Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
What better way for Big 12 coaches to get away from the pressure of their own jobs by taking a break to meet -- or maybe commiserate -- with some of their fellow coaches.
The Big 12 will conduct its spring coaches' meetings apart from the Big 12's annual spring meetings for the first time in the conference's history. Instead of meeting along with all of the conference's major figures later this month in Colorado Springs, the coaches will convene to meet and probably play a little golf in Phoenix for a three-day session beginning Wednesday.
One of the biggest topics will be some kind of agreement on the league's tiebreaker system. Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech were involved in an unprecedented three-way tie for the South Division championship. The Sooners advanced to the Big 12 title game where they wrapped up their third straight Big 12 championship -- despite losing to Texas earlier in the season.
Texas coach Mack Brown had been one of the biggest critics of the manner the conference employed to settle its tiebreaker. But Brown will not attend the meeting this week because his wife, Sally, is undergoing wrist surgery. Texas instead will be represented by assistant athletic director of football operations Cleve Bryant.
Recommendations about the tiebreaker will be forwarded to athletic directors, who will discuss their findings at the conference spring meetings in Colorado Springs on May 19-21.
Head coaches are not allowed to recruit off campus during May. Some coaches are taking advantage of the lag to make speaking engagements across the country over the next several weeks.
And all conference teams have concluded their spring games. Kansas State was the final conference team to finish its spring work when the Wildcats culminated spring practice with a spring game on Saturday.