DALLAS — Dave Wannstedt has changed careers, trading in his headset after a 39-year coaching career to enter the broadcasting world.
Wannstedt, who joined Fox Sports 1 as a college football analyst, spent the past two days helping cover Big 12 Media Days. The former Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins and University of Pittsburgh head coach spoke with The Oklahoman about his career change, his years as an Oklahoma State assistant coach and his view of the Big 12 Conference in 2014.
Q: What’s it like being on this side of things now?
A: “I’m excited about the opportunity. Obviously, I’ve got a passion for football. This has been rejuvenating to me, just being around the coaches and seeing the players and talking to some of them. Hopefully after 39 years of coaching, I have something to bring to the table to enhance the Fox team.”
Do you see yourself returning to coaching someday?
“You know what? I’m excited about having the opportunity for a new career. Last year was my 39th year, so it’s time for a break.”
You spent four seasons as an OSU assistant between 1979 and 1982. What do you remember about those years?
“It was a great four years. We went down there with Jimmy Johnson and felt like we made some headway. Got them to a bowl game or two and met some great friends that I still have.”
What’s your view of the Big 12 entering 2014?