Texas coach Mack Brown did not participate in the Big 12 teleconference on Tuesday due to a schedule conflict.
An event or flight originally scheduled for Monday was rescheduled to Tuesday morning, forcing Brown to miss the teleconference.
STOOPS, GUNDY: TOSSING BIG 12 TITLE GAME AN ADVANTAGE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops likes the thought of no longer having to play back-to-back championship games.
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder understands his Wildcats now could have a tougher road to the Big 12 Championship.
Both coaches addressed the pros and cons of a Big 12 Championship game, or lack thereof, during a Big 12 teleconference on Tuesday.
"I've always felt like that our goal as a league should be to have a national champion, and anything that takes away from that we should avoid," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. "And we've accomplished that by eliminating the championship game."
Stoops enjoyed playing in the Big 12 title game, particularly when the Sooners were no longer in the national title race, like last season's Big 12 Championship game against Nebraska.
Yet, the Sooners' head coach believes the elimination of the Big 12 title game gives any Big 12 team an advantage if they are in the BCS title hunt in December.
“We had to win our championship then go win the national championship or BCS game when we just won a huge game, it's like we had to do it twice,” Stoops said. “Now we don't have to do it, and I think it is an advantage.”
Snyder, meanwhile, pointed to the Big 12 Championship game helping the overall exposure of the conference.
“I think the championship game had a major impact on Big 12 football,” he said. “I think most people view the conference as one of the top two conferences in the United States, and I think we got there because the exposure that was received from the championship game.”
COACHES WEIGH IN ON CELEBRATION RULE
Not every coach supports the NCAA's implementation of the celebration rule, which will wipe out touchdowns on live ball taunting penalties next season.
“The referees have a tough job, because they're in a lot of judgment calls,” said Baylor coach Art Briles. “Taunting to you might not be taunting to me.
“I think there's a lot of subjectively to it, and if you're letting me vote, I'm voting no.”
Several of the league's coaches offered support of the rule, including Snyder, whose Wildcats essentially lost the Pinstripe Bowl last season due to a taunting penalty.
“I'm on board with taunting rules and behavioral rules,” Snyder said, “as long as they are called consistently.”