In this week's Big 12 Twitter mailbag, we discuss the ongoing coaching carousel, the playoff that won't be including the Big 12 and take some way-too-early looks at the 2017 season.
On to the 'bag:
@Jake_Trotter If Bill Snyder retires, do you see either Mark Helfrich or Charlie Strong going to KState?
— Curt Rose (@soxhawk) December 2, 2016
Trotter: I don't think Snyder is going to retire after this season. In fact, from what I've heard, he might have a couple more seasons left. That said, you want a good name for K-State? How about Les Miles? I think that would be a terrific fit, both ways. Maybe if Miles sat out the 2017 season, that could be in play.
@Jake_Trotter How does Big 12 respond if they don't make playoffs? Or are they already prepared for this option?
— Jimmy Rice (@GotRice117) December 2, 2016
Trotter: If they're not prepared, they better get there. Big 12 ain't making the playoff this year.
@Jake_Trotter a lot were worried about recruiting in Texas w/ UH possibly joining Big 12. Should coaches be more worried with Herman at UT?
— Aaron McBride (@Atmcbride) December 2, 2016
Trotter: Texas was getting its pick of the litter long before Tom Herman arrived. Charlie Strong had the league's best recruiting class the last two years. With Herman, there could be an uptick. But recruiting at a high level hasn't been Texas' problem.
@Jake_Trotter We're only in year 3, but it seems painfully clear that the CFPC is focused on brand over product. When do we get 8 teams?
— christian (@cbake44) December 2, 2016
Trotter: When the SEC gets left out of the party.
@Jake_Trotter Is Holgorsen's job safe after this season, even with no Top-25 wins and no conference championship?
— Jonathan Langer (@Langer241) December 2, 2016
Trotter: Oh boy. With questions like these, it's no wonder Dana Holgorsen might consider leaving.
@Jake_Trotter what b12 assistant coach has the best shot of being a Head coach in 2017? Also, Does Beaty hire an OC? Please say yes.
— Kurtis Russell (@KurtisRussell) December 2, 2016
Trotter: Probably Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. He already has been connected to openings at Oregon and Houston. I don't think he'll get either one of those jobs. But he's getting closer to becoming a head coach somewhere.
@Jake_Trotter Way way early thoughts on 2017?
— Zach Brehmer (@Zbrehmer3) December 2, 2016
Trotter: Completely depends on who comes back. If Oklahoma and Oklahoma State bring back all their big boys then they'll be the prohibitive co-favorites. Texas, I'm sure, will get the Herman bump, especially with the talent base in place. TCU will be right there, but I'm a little bullish on K-State at the moment for next season. Snyder's best years have come with veteran quarterbacks, and Jesse Ertz will be that next year. Virtually the rest of the offense will be back, including surging running back Alex Barnes. The defense, with Elijah Lee and Duke Shelley, should be salty again, too.
@Jake_Trotter any chance of Kansas landing Kevin Wilson to take over OC duties for Beaty?
— A$AP (((Dad))) (@zmckellips) December 2, 2016
Trotter: I really enjoyed Kevin Wilson when he was in the Big 12. But given the program's relatively recent history, I don't think Kansas is in the position to be hiring coaches who have been accused of mistreating players.
@Jake_Trotter Ceiling for Iowa State next year?
— Rod Morrow (@rodmo71) December 2, 2016
Trotter: Bowl eligibility seems like a fairly reasonable, though also lofty goal. Wideout Allen Lazard coming back for 2017 won't hurt that cause.
@Jake_Trotter Who is Baylor going to hire?
— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) December 2, 2016
Trotter: Was hoping you could tell me.