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Questions We'd Love to Ask Every Coach at Big 12 Media Days

Sean FryeFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2014

Questions We'd Love to Ask Every Coach at Big 12 Media Days

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    Summer workouts are drawing to an end, and we're a little more than a month from the start of the season. So you know what that means. 

    Media days are upon us. 

    It's the time of year where the media gets to bombard coaches and players with any and every question under the sun, from how they expect the season to go to what their favorite breakfast foods are. 

    If fans wish they could do one thing, it would be to ask questions to their favorite coach. So let's check out the top question fans want to ask each Big 12 coach. 

Art Briles: 'Are You Going Anywhere Anytime Soon?'

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    After Baylor's first-ever Big 12 title last year, Art Briles' name was brought up in job openings, particularly the one that came up in Austin, Texas. 

    So now Baylor fans have to be wondering whether or not the Bears are part of Briles' long-term plans or if he's thinking about moving on to bigger and better things. 

    This past November, Briles signed a 10-year contract extension that'll keep him in Waco until 2023. So, for now, it seems that Briles is content with staying at Baylor. 

    But with how well he's turned the program around, you never know what might open up and what opportunity might be enticing enough to lure Briles away. 

Paul Rhoads: 'Is Your Job on the Line This Season?'

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    After winning just three games last year, and never winning more than three games in Big 12 play since his tenure started in Ames, many Iowa State fans have to be wondering whether or not Paul Rhoads' job is on the chopping block this year. 

    Rhoads brought in Mark Mangino to be his offensive coordinator in an effort revitalize the Cyclones. But with the Big 12 slated to be one of the toughest conferences in the country, a staff shakeup may not be enough to save Rhoads. 

Charlie Weis: 'How Would You Describe Your Team Last Year?'

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    At the 2013 Big 12 media days, Charlie Weis made waves when he called his team "a pile of crap" when referencing how he pitches playing time to recruits. 

    So now everybody has to be wondering, after another lackluster season, what did Weis think of his team last season? 

    Other questions on Jayhawks fans' minds for Weis surround his job security. Kansas doesn't seem to be improving much under his direction, so it's only a matter of time before he could be unemployed yet again. 

Bill Snyder: 'How Much Longer Until You Retire, Again?'

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    Twice now, Bill Snyder has turned around the Kansas State football program. He's won two Big 12 titles, the latest coming in 2012-13, and he has a very real claim to being one of the top coaches of all time. 

    So, naturally, all that anybody in Manhattan wants to know is how much longer Snyder is sticking around for this time? 

    Snyder has been tight-lipped about exactly how long he'll stay with the program. He'll likely be welcome as long as he likes though, and it's no secret that he loves nothing more than burying into his work. 

    So will it be five years? Less? More? Only Snyder knows, and that's how he likes it. 

Bob Stoops: 'If You Could, Would You Start Baker Mayfield over Trevor Knight?'

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    Baker Mayfield looked impressive enough at the spring game that some fans in Norman considered him to be a better gunslinger than Trevor Knight, despite Knight's outburst in the Sugar Bowl. 

    So the question on everybody's mind is that, if Mayfield didn't have to sit out this season due to eligibility rules, would the former Texas Tech signal-caller start over Knight? 

    Fortunately for both Knight and Stoops, that question is ultimately a hypothetical one that won't need to be answered until next season at the earliest. 

    But nevertheless, it's always interesting when potentially the team's best option at quarterback is forced to be relegated to the bench. 

Mike Gundy: 'How Serious Is the NCAA Investigation?'

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    A few days ago, it was announced that the Oklahoma State football program was under investigation from the NCAA stemming from allegations made by a Sports Illustrated report published last season, per ESPN's Brett McMurphy

    That made what was a rocky offseason for the Cowboys, which included the arrest of freshman running back Devon Thomas, a whole lot worse. 

    Now everybody just wants to ask Gundy about the state of the program and how serious the NCAA allegations against the school are. 

    If Gundy feels his program slipping away from him, then that could have serious on-field ramifications for a coach and team that has been on a meteoric rise the past few years. 

Gary Patterson: 'Can TCU Make a Name for Itself in the Big 12 This Year?'

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    Since TCU joined the Big 12 two years ago, it hasn't exactly been the red-carpet entrance to high major football that Horned Frogs fans expected. 

    Since 2012, the Horned Frogs inaugural season in the conference, they've mustered up just six conference wins, including a dismal 2-7 record in Big 12 play last season. 

    TCU is used to much more success under Gary Patterson, so fans have to be wondering where the magic's gone. 

    The Horned Frogs are always a hotbed for some of the best talent the Lone Star State has to offer, and Patterson is surely one of the country's best coaches. But questions surrounding the quarterback position, namely is Trevone Boykin up to the task to rejuvenate the Horned Frogs, continue to loom. 

Charlie Strong: 'What Is the QB Situation in Austin, Really?'

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    With Max Wittek out of the picture, the quarterback job seems to be securely David Ash's. 

    Or is it? 

    As it is with any new coach, everybody is on a new, possibly shortened leash. Ash has been inconsistent at best since joining the Longhorns, and it was quarterback play in general that doomed the last few seasons of Mack Brown's tenure. 

    So is Ash on a short leash? Will Strong have no problem pulling the trigger and putting in Tyrone Swoopes should things take even the slightest turn south? 

    Only the start of the season will tell. But we'd love to find out more at media days. 

Kliff Kingsbury: 'Can Davis Webb Bring a Top 3 Big 12 Finish to Lubbock?'

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    With the transfers of Baker Mayfield and Michael Brewer, Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is putting all his marbles into quarterback Davis Webb's basket this season. 

    That isn't necessarily a bad thing, as it was Webb that led the Red Raiders to an upset win over Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl. 

    Texas Tech started the season off red-hot last year, going 7-0 and rapidly rising up the polls. 

    However, that was quickly followed by a five-game losing streak to end the regular season. 

    The fans in Lubbock saw in one year how high and how low things can get, so the biggest challenge for Webb will be to get hot and stay hot. 

Dana Holgorsen: 'Does Clint Trickett Have What It Takes to Beat Alabama?'

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    At the end of June, Dana Holgorsen put an end to the quarterback race in Morgantown and named Clint Trickett the starter for West Virginia's season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide. 

    Not exactly a great Week 1 test of a person's fortitude, but nevertheless, Holgorsen is gambling on Trickett to turn the Mountaineers around after a dismal 2013-14 season that included a loss to Kansas. 

    While it's unlikely any sort of turnaround will begin by upsetting Alabama, as the old saying goes, you never know.

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