COACHES TALK PLAYOFF
Several coaches addressed the possibility of changes to the BCS on Monday's Big 12 teleconference.
Meetings are scheduled for later this week in Florida to discuss the future of the controversial system to determine college football's national champion.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops firmly stood against the idea of a playoff, but said he is in favor of a plus-one system, where the top four teams would meet in BCS bowls and the winners facing off in a championship game.
“I'm not for a playoff because it would ruin the bowl system, and I don't believe that would be good for student-athletes,” Stoops said. “The bowl experience overall is too positive for them.”
He said players could get a bowl experience in their BCS “semifinal,” and then, if they win, focus on the national championship game without pomp and circumstance of a regular bowl game.
Texas coach Mack Brown said he wants to see changes.
“I'm not really sure what I think would be best,” Brown said. “I don't like our current system”
Brown said he didn't like that Alabama and LSU met in a rematch for the national title, and that he thinks there needs to be more emphasis on strength of schedule than the BCS gives.
“I'd rather see the best teams play at the end; I don't think that happens always with the BCS,” Brown said.
TUBERVILLE HOPES TO ADD MORE TEAMS
Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville praised the Big 12's additions of TCU and West Virginia, but said he'd like to see two more teams added to reinstate a conference championship game.
But, Tuberville added, finding the schools won't be easy.
“Who's out there?” he asked. “Everyone is kind of scrambling around trying to fill it up.”
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy expressed his disappointment that Missouri and Texas A&M bolted for the SEC, but said he, too, likes the conference's new blood.
“Geographically it's a reach,” Gundy said of West Virginia, “ it's out there a little bit, but I think it was a good addition and should strengthen our football conference.”
BROWN: TEXAS WORKING TO GET PRIDE BACK
Brown said last season, when his squad won eight games, was about getting Texas' pride and confidence back after a 5-7 season in 2010.
“We were disappointed we didn't win 10, because we felt like we had those opportunities,” Brown said of last season.
“I think now we're back ... where we feel like we have a chance to win every game. It's easy to say it; it's even easier to start feeling it again, but you've gotta produce.”
HOLGORSEN MAKING EFFORT TO RECRUIT TEXAS
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said ever since he was hired by the school, athletic director Oliver Luck has wanted to see the Mountaineers recruit more in Texas.
“That was one thing that was attractive about getting up here to West Virginia,” said Holgorsen, the former Houston, Texas Tech and OSU offensive coordinator.
But Holgorsen added that, despite the switch to the Big 12, the school is still focused on recruiting the states surrounding West Virginia.
“That's always been the back of what our program is about,” Holgorsen said, adding that, because of the Big 12's “national scope,” it isn't hard to pitch the conference to recruits on the east coast.
WEIS DISMISSES TWO FROM SQUAD
New Kansas coach Charlie Weis announced Monday the dismissal of sophomore linebacker Collin Garrett and freshman cornerback Chris Robinson for violating team rules.
Weis did not elaborate on what caused the players to be kicked off the team.
Garrett played in six games as a freshman last season, making his debut against Oklahoma, when he recorded four tackles. Robinson spent the season as a redshirt.
Earlier in the day, on the teleconference, Weis discussed transfer quarterback Dayne Crist, who came to Kansas from Notre Dame and doesn't have to sit out a year because he completed his undergraduate requirements and still has a year of eligibility left.
Crist and Weis are familiar with one another; it was Weis who recruited him to Notre Dame when he was coach there.
Crist is considered a key in Weis' attempt to turn Kansas' struggling program around.
“Anytime you can have a guy come in, and he's on campus for about five minutes and he's already viewed by his peers as the leader of the team, that is saying volumes about the situation,” Weis said. “On the negative end, it means you're lacking leadership.
“On the positive end, it means you have somebody that brings leadership to the table. When you can bring in a guy that has that type of character and that type of leadership, it makes your job as a coach that much easier.”
PATTERSON: WINNING WILL HELP RECRUITING
TCU coach Gary Patterson said his team will have to prove it can win in the Big 12 to convince top recruits to give it a look vs. established powers like Oklahoma and Texas.
“For us, recruiting wise, we were already recruiting against these teams for these kinds of players a year ago,” Patterson said. “The saying out there was ‘well, they aren't in the Big 12.' Now, it's ‘can they win in the Big 12.'”
Patterson said the school's location is one of its biggest advantages.
“I think once we can prove that we can win in the Big 12 then I think you're going to see a big change in how we do things,” he said. “It will be the first time the Metroplex will have a football team (in a major conference) since TCU and SMU were part of the Southwest Conference.”