The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports.
On how the Big 12 looks next year:
The Big 12 looks wide open to me. I think the Sooners are the likely favorites, but it's tight with West Virginia and K-State and TCU. I don't think you can count out OSU, because the last time the Cowboys went looking for a quarterback, they produced the greatest in school history. And Texas will be really good on defense. I can see the Big 12 champ going 7-2 in conference next season.
On the Thunder’s chances again New Jersey:
Well, I assume the Thunder will beat the Netropolitans. Of course, the Thunder should have defeated the Wizards, too. Maybe the Washington debacle will sober up the Thunder. Make them focus on every game. As for re-signing Harden and Ibaka, I think it's possible. The extra $3.2 million they saved by signing Westbrook to a max contract now without the possible Derrick Rose increase will help. Harden will cost a bunch. I don't think Ibaka will cost a ton.
On the chance that OU will play three games in Dallas next year: Texas, TCU, and Baylor:
Well, let's see. OU is scheduled to host Baylor next season and go to TCU, so that shouldn't be a problem. Looks like they've got that rotation OK. But that's a good point. OU (and OSU) will have bigger profiles in Dallas. But less in Houston, because of A&M's departure. If I was OU or OSU, I would do all I could to get games scheduled with Houston and Rice. I'd try to play them home and home, if necessary. For that matter, A&M some, too.
On who the Sooners might hire to be their new linebacker coach:
I have no idea. I'm just like you guys. I've just read the names that we trotted out. Many of them seem good to me. Personally, I'd go offer Gary Gibbs the job. You want a defensive coach, there's you one. I think he's still safe with the KC Chiefs, since Romeo Crennel was retained, but you never know. Maybe Gibbs would like to come home. If Dave Campo can coach the Dallas secondary several years after he was fired as head coach, maybe Gibbs can return.