As for Oklahoma State, I thought what Mike Gundy did this year with young quarterbacks and all the injuries to the quarterbacks was nothing short of remarkable. I thought they did a fantastic job this year and proved they were more than a good team from the year before, that Mike had turned them into a good program. They too have some holes to fill. They have a lot of returning starters. The quarterbacks will be much more mature. They will have to replace (offensive coordinator Todd) Monken, which is certainly is going to be important because I think that guy is a really sharp coach. I think Oklahoma State will be a very good team. They open with Mississippi State early, so they have a chance to give the SEC a black eye right out of the gate. That will make everybody in the Big 12 happy, I'm sure.
How do you rate the Big 12 men's basketball race?
I think that Kansas is the standard-bearer in the Big 12, but I think there is some depth there. I know Baylor and Kansas State are off to a good start. Oklahoma's record is good, and Lon (Kruger) is doing to a great job there. I saw a little bit of Oklahoma State in a game earlier this year. They are a team that is talented and capable in the right set of circumstances. They lost a couple of tough games recently against really tough teams. It's probably a little disappointing that this is not one of Huggy Bear's (West Virginia coach Bob Huggins) better teams, venturing into the Big 12 for the first time. Eventually, he'll have good teams because he always does.