In today's holiday edition of the Big 12 Twitter mailbag, we talk recruiting, potential expansion (again), who could be 2015's version of TCU, and the end of a Twitter era, as @FauxHolgorsen.
Here's to everyone having a Merry Christmas.
Now, on to the 'bag;
— BearsCanClimb (@TideNormand) December 23, 2014
@Jake_Trotter: It's probably a wash. Considering the Bears still have coach Art Briles and a veteran quarterback in Bryce Petty, I don't think not having Phillip Montgomery will have a major effect on the offense. Briles has established a culture of scoring that goes beyond any one assistant or player. Likewise, Michigan State has implemented a culture of defense under Mark Dantonio. Pat Narduzzi has been a fabulous coordinator. But just because he won't be in Arlington doesn't mean the Spartans will forget how to play defense. I still expect this to be an epic clash of irresistible offense vs. immovable defense.
— Steven Torpy (@Torpyedo) December 23, 2014
Trotter: From a list of West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Kansas and Iowa State, I would have to go with the Cowboys. Oklahoma State appears to have uncovered its long-term answer at quarterback in Mason Rudolph, who was terrific in his two starts to cap the regular season. Oklahoma State will also return its entire receiving corps, as well as eight starters defensively. With TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma and Kansas State all headed to Stillwater next season, the schedule lines up for the Cowboys to make a bounce-back run at the conference crown.
— Will Estel (@willestel) December 23, 2014
@Jake_Trotter do you see expansion on our horizon?
— Jake Perry© (@JakePerry56) December 23, 2014
Trotter: For the first time this football season, I went to the movies over the weekend and saw "Interstellar." So if by "horizon" you mean the wormhole next to the rings of Saturn, then yes, expansion is on the horizon.
@Jake_Trotter what is the percent of probability, in your opinion, that UCF joins the Big 12 in the next 3 years?
— Eli Fried (@elisfkc) December 23, 2014
Trotter: Highly unlikely, considering any expansion is highly unlikely. That said, commissioner Bob Bowlsby has indicated in recent days that if the Big 12 ever expanded, it would look east instead of west. That would seemingly put UCF in play, as one of the top available schools to the east. I'm not sure how a Big 12 school in Florida would work. Then again, the Big 12 really has no convenient options left when it comes to expansion.
— Raider_Red (@RAIDER_R3D) December 23, 2014
@Jake_Trotter tech DC thoughts? Who might it b? Ideas on where President is leaning?
— Brian Martin (@gunsupbm) December 23, 2014
Trotter: It's possible Chad President ends up in Lubbock. After losing Jarrett Stidham to Baylor, Texas Tech needs a quarterback for this class, and President needs a new team after de-committing from Baylor. But Tech won't be the only Big 12 school that goes after him. Highly ranked quarterbacks (even quarterbacks that could end up as college receivers) usually aren't available this late in the recruiting game. So President will be in demand. As for the Tech defensive coordinator search, Houston's David Gibbs is at the top of the list. Even though Houston finished just fifth in the American, the Cougars have improved defensively under Gibbs, ranking 11th in scoring defense this season. A former defensive coordinator at Minnesota and Auburn, Gibbs is the kind of veteran coordinator Kliff Kingsbury needs to add to his staff.
@Jake_Trotter if you could put a percentage on it, what are the odds Daylon Mack ends up in a TCU uniform?
— Chris Conaty (@Con_Man95) December 23, 2014
Trotter: After de-committing from Texas A&M, Daylon Mack tweeted that TCU and LSU were his top two schools. He is apparently scheduled to take an official visit Texas on Jan. 23, which could change things. But I would think TCU's odds of landing Mack at this point are at least 33 percent.
— Jake Lantz (@NiteStare) December 23, 2014
Trotter: Huge bummer. This, by the way, was his farewell letter. In memoriam, below was a great moment in @FauxHolgorsen history...
— Not Dana Holgorsen (@FauxHolgorsen) October 21, 2014
— Garrett Smith (@Gsmitty_titty) December 23, 2014
Trotter: This one is easy ...
— Geoff Coyle (@GFCoyle) December 18, 2014