Big 12 Teleconference News and Notes: Case McCoy, Holgorsen vs. Kingsbury,

Ben KerchevalCollege Football Lead WriterOctober 14, 2013

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 12:  Case McCoy #6 of the Texas Longhorns looks for an open receiver in the first quarter against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Cotton Bowl on October 12, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Every Monday, Big 12 coaches answer questions for the Big 12 coaches teleconference. Here were the highlights for Oct. 14. 


Case McCoy is Texas' quarterback...for now

With each passing week, it's clearer that Texas coach Mack Brown is putting all his faith in senior quarterback Case McCoy while starter David Ash recovers from concussion-like symptoms. 

Once Ash is able to return to practice, however, Brown will consider his options. 

"This is Case's team until David returns," Brown said. "Then we have to go back and figure it out." 

It's not surprising that Brown is standing behind McCoy, especially after the way McCoy played against Oklahoma. Brown has to supply that confidence in whomever is starting for the Longhorns. 

But, ultimately, Brown is doling out a generous serving of coachspeak. The question won't be if Ash regains the starting job as much as it is when will Ash be able to return. Ash simply brings more to the offense than McCoy does. 

Oct 5, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury on the sidelines against the Kansas Jayhawks in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Texas Tech won the game 54-16. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
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Dana Holgorsen vs. Kliff Kingsbury: just another game?

Undefeated Texas Tech travels to West Virginia on Saturday with the storyline being the matchup between head coaches Kliff Kingsbury and Dana Holgorsen. Holgorsen was a member of Mike Leach's coaching staff when Kingsbury was a quarterback for the Red Raiders (2000-02) and later coached with Kingsbury at Houston (2008-09). 

"I wouldn't have gotten into coaching if it wasn't for Dana," Kingsbury said, adding that the biggest thing he he learned from Holgorsen was how to adapt to the personnel available. "[Holgorsen] is a master at it," Kingsbury said. 

The two coaches may share a bond, but Holgorsen wasn't about to get warm and fuzzy. 

"The sentimental side doesn't typically exist," Holgorsen said. 


West Virginia's quarterback situation still seeks resolution

Speaking of the Mountaineers, the quarterback situation still lacks clarity. Clint Trickett and Ford Childress are recovering from injuries, so Paul Millard has been taking a majority of the snaps. 

Sep 7, 2013; Norman, OK, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen talks with quarterback Paul Millard (14) during a timeout in the third quarter against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The Oklahoma Soon
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"Clint took the whole week off; Ford repped more than he did a week ago," Holgorsen said. "They feel better, but feeling better throwing hundreds of balls during practice are two different things."

Who performs the best in practice during the week will decide who starts against the Red Raiders. 

"I know what I'm getting with Paul Millard, but I don't think we've seen the last of him," Holgorsen said. 


Coaches are split on the use of the USA Today poll 

An interesting series of questions were asked about the use of the USA Today coaches poll relative to its impact on the BCS standings. 

Kansas' Charlie Weis and Kansas State's Bill Snyder no longer cast a vote, citing the time and dedication it takes to accurately fill out a poll. 

"I outright hated it," exclaimed Weis, who used to vote when he was the head coach at Notre Dame. "I'm glad I'm not a part of it."

Meanwhile, Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy voiced their support for using coaches votes as part of the BCS formula. Specifically, Stoops said he does his best to catch up on all the scores even though it can be time consuming. 

It was an intriguing difference of opinions on a controversial topic. A common complaint about the USA Today poll is that coaches don't have the time to fill it out accurately. 


Ben Kercheval is the lead writer for Big 12 football. All quotes obtained firsthand unless noted otherwise. You can follow Ben on Twitter @BenKercheval.