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Big 12 mailbag: Coordinator hires, dunks and races

In today’s Big 12 mailbag, we discuss West Virginia hiring a new offensive coordinator, a TCU wide receiver’s dunk, a hypothetical footrace between two Big 12 quarterbacks and much more.

Olson: I already miss it so much. Might have to bust into my DVR's collection of 2016 Big 12 games soon. It's times like these when we really need EA Sports to bring back the "NCAA Football" video games to help us survive the offseason.

Olson: No kidding, the timing worked out perfectly for Dana Holgorsen and for Jake Spavital, and I think this reunion is going to be a very exciting deal for the Mountaineers. It's easy to forget Spavital is only 31, and he learned a ton in his stints at Texas A&M and Cal. He's going to help deliver exactly what Holgorsen wants offensively and he's going to get Will Grier operating this offense with a lot of confidence. Really like that hire.

Olson: Let's go to the tape...

Oh my. That is tremendous. Turpin gets a full 10 from me because a 5-foot-9 dude should not be able to make it look that easy. Full disclosure: I'm 6-foot-2 and I absolutely cannot dunk.

Olson: Jesse Ertz ran a 4.99 in the 40-yard dash in high school. I don't know what Baker Mayfield runs in the 40, but I bet he can beat that. I'm going with Mayfield because, in a deceptive-speed footrace, it's all about grit, hustle, determination and those rare qualities that all former walk-ons possess.

Olson: I'm glad you put it like that, because it's tough to ask any one player to "replace" what those guys brought to the table. It's going to take a committee at running back, and I honestly don't know who will step up as Mayfield's No. 1 receiver. But keep an eye on two guys who just got to campus. Marcelias Sutton was ESPN's No. 2-rated junior college RB and Marquise Brown was ESPN's No. 3 juco WR. They'll get in the mix right away this spring.

Olson: I swear I'm getting questions about Texas' Sam Ehlinger and TCU's Shawn Robinson in every single mailbag lately. I get it, guys. You're excited about these freshman QBs. I do think Ehlinger will be given a real opportunity to take the starting job at some point in the next year, as long as he can stay healthy.

Olson: As we learned with Charlie Strong this last year, putting a magic number on this stuff doesn't really matter. We all figured it was eight wins for Strong, but seven would've saved him and instead he gets five. So I'm not really a fan of assigning one for Texas Tech at this point. Their 2017 schedule looks really tricky from start to finish and poses a serious challenge for a program that needs to show progress.

Olson: I would say very slim. There aren't many Big 12 jobs that could come open at the end of 2017 in the first place, and Les Miles doesn't really make sense for any of them. Personally, I'm hoping he takes a break from coaching and takes his talents to the TV business.

Olson: In case you all missed this, I committed on Twitter to eating dinner at Whataburger U on Jan. 7. I had their buffalo ranch chicken strip sandwich on Texas toast. It was a very successful unofficial visit. But we all know verbal commitments are nonbinding, and while I am loyally committed to Whataburger, I will continue to take visits to other burger joints. This is a 40-year decision, not a four-year one, and I hope you all will respect my decision.