Big 12 Teleconference News and Notes: Offensive Question Marks, Kingsbury's Path
Every Monday, Big 12 coaches answer questions for the Big 12 coaches teleconference. Here were the highlights for Oct. 21.
What's going on with TCU's offense?
TCU coach Gary Patterson shook up things on offense against Oklahoma State when he turned play-calling duties over to co-offensive coordinator Rusty Burns from Jarrett Anderson mid-game. And, briefly, Patterson replaced starting quarterback Trevone Boykin with Tyler Matthews.
Neither move worked particularly well.
Patterson said Monday that Burns would continue to be the lead play-caller, but that Burns and Anderson will share offensive coordinator responsibilities. So, technically, not much change.
Patterson also refused to elaborate on whether senior Casey Pachall, who started the year at quarterback, would play against Texas. Pachall has been sidelined with a broken arm he sustained in a Week 2 win over Southeastern Louisiana.
Kliff Kingsbury: coaching wasn't a first choice
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has been getting plenty of accolades from his Big 12 coaching peers. With Tech at 7-0 and No. 10 in the BCS standings, he deserves it.
But what if Kingsbury never decided to pursue coaching?
"Coaching wasn't a long-term plan that I had," Kingsbury said. "I sort of fell into it and it took off from there."
Kingsbury, 34, had a brief career in at the pro level and he still feels like he wants to play. But coaching, he says, is the next best thing. Kingsbury is usually full of coachspeak and clichés, but this was an interesting, honest answer. Especially for a guy who has had a lot of success and quickly.
West Virginia sticking with Clint Trickett
Now that he's healthy, West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett is "the guy" to start against Kansas State.
"The current situation, yes, Clint is our guy," Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen confirmed. "I do think he's played his best football to this point."
Fellow QB Ford Childress is reportedly out for the year with a torn pectoral muscle. Junior Paul Millard is available if needed.
Meanwhile, Iowa State and Oklahoma State have a QB toss-up
Oklahoma State travels to Iowa State in Week 9. We may not know which quarterback will start for either team until game time.
The updated depth chart for ISU has Sam Richardson 'OR' Grant Rohach listed as the starting quarterback.
Similarly, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy didn't elaborate on who would start against the Cyclones, J.W. Walsh or Clint Chelf. When asked why the quarterbacks have seemingly taken a step back this year, Gundy attributed it to poor play elsewhere.
"We've been average up front blocking," Gundy explained. "We haven't had running backs make players miss in open space.
"If we can do those things, that'll help us be more effective at QB."
Ben Kercheval is the lead writer for Big 12 football. All quotes obtained firsthand unless noted otherwise. You can follow Ben on Twitter @BenKercheval.
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