Minus everyone but the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners, both of whom are leaving the Big 12 for the SEC sooner rather than later, Big 12 coaches are stoked for the league’s new arrivals, which is assumed to take place as soon as 2023, per multiple outlets.
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Oklahoma State Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy: “We hit a home run. The presidents, ADs, Big 12 office, whoever was involved in this, there couldn’t be a better scenario, in my opinion. You pick up four very good football programs, big colleges, big television markets located in populated areas across the country that have been very competitive from a football standpoint. And you’ve solidified this league until things start to change after the 2024 season with media rights across the country.”
Kansas State Wildcats head coach Chris Klieman: “I appreciate what Commissioner Bowlsby did in acting quickly. We got four really good programs that are a couple of top 10 teams that football is really important—a couple of really good markets in Florida and Houston. I’m excited to have BYU join because I’ve played out there when I was at another school, and it’s a great environment and venue. I think it solidifies the Big 12 as a power conference that is here to stay for the long haul.”
Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach Matt Wells: “Going into LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo will be a great atmosphere. They are always close to a sellout. I played there, coached there quite a bit. It’s a good atmosphere. They’re good fans,” Wells said when asked how BYU fans will receive the new Big 12 setup. “I think the fan base is very comparable, you know, to here in the Big 12. And I think it’s a great atmosphere to play in and I think it’ll be very well received.”
Baylor Bears head coach Dave Aranda: “A lot of respect for their head coaches, a lot of them I know personally. A lot of respect for the brand of football that they play; it’s physical. It’s, you know, simple can be sophisticated. It’s execution-oriented. I think the brands with all of those teams that are coming in all exude toughness and execution. So I’m excited about it and I know our recruits are as well.”
TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson: “You got Cincinnati which has a great recruiting base up where they’re at; a hard place to go play. Houston is always going to have speed and skill. And then you know, BYU, they’ve got a big group and they’re really throwing the football. Central Florida’s got one of the largest universities in the United States. They have a great recruiting base; you have a place with the transfer rule, you’re going to always end up playing against a great skill level. So all the places have their advantages and all of them have a media presence. I think it’s all a big positive.”
And last but not least, Kansas Jayhawks head coach Lance Leipold: “I think all of these teams, at least from a football perspective, have all been highly successful, you know, where they’ve been playing before and played in some big ball games. Nationally, you know, in the last few years, whether it be Coach Herman, Coach Sumlin back at Houston. At UCF, Coach Frost, Coach Heupel, and now Coach Malzahn. So you’ve got great pedigree there as head coaches and reputations. Coach Fickell is an outstanding coach. We’ve had chances through our time at Buffalo to be around them and during some of the summer camp circuits. So I have great respect for them. BYU is one that I don’t have as much familiarity with, but their name and brand speak for itself. So you’re bringing in some quality programs.”
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
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