Big 12 football notebook: Texas' Mack Brown misses teleconference

By Brandon Chatmon and Jake Trotter, Staff Writers Published: April 19, 2011

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.”

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