Big 12 Teleconference News & Notes: Digesting Baylor's Loss, Ash's Year Is Done

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Big 12 Teleconference News & Notes: Digesting Baylor's Loss, Ash's Year Is Done
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Every Monday, Big 12 coaches answer questions for the Big 12 coaches teleconference. Here are the highlights for Nov. 25. 

 

Baylor coping with an embarrassing loss

Nothing humbles a locker room quite like getting beat by 32 points on national television, but that's what Baylor has felt the past 24 hours following a 49-17 loss to Oklahoma State. 

This week, it's all about focusing on the small stuff for Baylor. 

"Unless it’s happened before, no one’s ever gone back and changed the game," Bears coach Art Briles said. "We have to move on."

The goal is simple: beat TCU, a team that housed the Bears a year ago, 49-21. The availability of running backs Lache Seastrunk (groin) and Glasco Martin (knee) are still up in the air. 

"We’d like to think [they'll be ready]," Briles said. 

 

David Ash is done for the year

This was technically released following the teleconference, but it's obviously important—albeit unsurprising—news: Texas quarterback David Ash, who has been dealing with lingering concussion symptoms, will not return this year. He is, however, expected to return for spring practice, according to a release from the university. 

Senior Case McCoy will again start for the Longhorns on Thursday against Texas Tech, but head coach Mack Brown said it's possible freshman Tyrone Swoopes will see some playing time. 

 

No Waymon James? No comment

TCU coach Gary Patterson was asked about the status of running back Waymon James. The senior was suspended for the Iowa State game and is no longer on the roster, according to Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Patterson wouldn't take the bait. "I'm only going to talk about players who are here," Patterson said. "I'm here to talk about Baylor." 

It's not clear what James' situation is, but barring a major development, it doesn't look like he'll be playing against the Bears on Saturday. His long-term future with the Frogs is likely also in question. James had 242 yards rushing and four touchdowns on the season. 

 

Other Notes

  • Kansas coach Charlie Weis wouldn't disclose who the starting quarterback will be against Kansas State. Freshman Montell Cozart was just 4-of-12 for 20 yards and a pick in a 34-0 loss to Iowa State.
  • West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said that quarterback Clint Trickett (head) has been cleared to play this Saturday against the Cyclones. It doesn't mean he'll start, however.
  • According to Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, running back Desmond Roland was not 100 percent for Saturday's win over Baylor. Wide receiver Josh Stewart and defensive back Justin Gilbert are also banged up. However, it doesn't sound like they will miss the season-ending game against Oklahoma. 

 

Ben Kercheval is the lead writer for Big 12 football. All quotes obtained via teleconference. You can follow Ben on Twitter @BenKercheval

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