Welcome to the HCS Big 12 mailbag. This mailbag is for all you football junkies out there who root for a Big 12 school who not only have questions about your team, but other teams in the conference as well. So, join me, grab a cold brew or your favorite drink and relax as I answer all your Big 12 questions in my mailbag. For those interested, I will send out a tweet (@Derekduke25) every Monday at noon until last call (No, not 2 AM) at 8 PM CT for you to send in your questions to be answered every Tuesday right here at Heartland College Sports.
I will pick the best question for each mailbag and label it as my question of the week. The winner gets a free HCS Koozie to keep your beer cold (Unless you like it warm, but that’s just plain wrong). It was busy question day which tells me that this mailbag is working harder than me at my day job. Unlike the “Big 12 blog” over at ESPN (I say that loosely because one story a month is a tragedy), we here at HCS are determined to give you the best Big 12 coverage on the planet. I want to thank each one of you who submitted a question this week and for those reading, I am glad you could join me. This week’s mailbag was so full, I had to break it up into two parts. So, if you don’t see your question in this mailbag, look for it on tomorrow’s part two. Also, tonight’s drink of choice? Mint Julep. Had some leftover supplies from the Kentucky Derby this past weekend. On to the bag!
@FitzDaddy85 asks: Do you think Les Miles coaches another ten years? Not necessarily just at Kansas but overall. If not, how many years do you cap him at?
Duke: This is a very interesting question here, but I don’t think it is that tough to answer. Right now, Les Miles is 65 years old and when November comes around, he will be 66. So that means in the year 2029 Les Miles will be 75 pushing 76. There is now way he is coaching college football until he is 75. In fact, I don’t even think he makes it to 70. I’ll say he coaches for three years at Kansas before calling it a career. However, it is possible he could coach a senior citizens flag football league after his time in Lawrence. I could totally see that. Right now, I will say three years and anything more than that is just gravy for him.
@RPTexan asks: What is the worst loss each Big 12 team has had in the past few years?
Duke: I have been writing here since the 2016 season and for this question, I will list every Big 12 team’s worst lost since the 2016 season. I think that is fair, right?
Texas: Loss at Kansas back in 2016 (Lost 24-21 in OT to a 2-10 Kansas team). This was just flat out embarrassing for Texas but maybe it was a blessing because the Charlie Strong era was officially over after this game.
Baylor: I almost went 2018 West Virginia here but I am going to say it was their 2017 home opener loss to Liberty to kick off the Matt Rhule era. Baylor lost 48-45 to a 6-5 Liberty team who was still in the FCS at the time. I covered this game and it was one of the strangest games I have seen in person.
Texas Tech: This one is easy. Go back to 2016 when Tech traveled to Ames, Iowa and got slaughtered 66-10 by an Iowa State team that finished 3-9. That one still must make Texas Tech fans cringe because that was a flat-out ass whooping.
TCU: Anytime you lose to Kansas, that will likely make this list. The same goes for TCU this past season when they lost 27-26 to Kansas. I don’t know why but TCU has had a history of playing close with Kansas except for the 2017 game. I know TCU was limping into the Kansas game with injuries but still, you don’t lose to Kansas.
Oklahoma State: This one was tough. I have two options here both from the 2018 season. The Texas Tech game or the Kansas State game. I’ll say the 41-17 loss to Texas Tech at home was worse than the 31-12 loss at Kansas State just because the Cowboys got embarrassed at home rather than on the road.
Oklahoma: Easy. 2017. 38-31 loss to Iowa State. NOBODY saw that one coming.
Kansas: Ha. The jokes could write themselves here.
Kansas State: Probably the 51-14 loss to Oklahoma this past season. That one was tough to watch.
Iowa State: Go back to the 2016 season when Iowa State lost to their rival Iowa 42 to 3. Yeah, that was bad to say the least.
West Virginia: I had high expectations for the Mountaineers this past season and even though the score won’t show it, their loss in Ames to Iowa State was ugly. They only lost 30-14 but if you watched that game, West Virginia was dull in the final three quarters.
@camerontvance: What is your mount Rushmore of Big 12 team names and why?
Duke: Are you referring to players or team names in general? I am guessing you want current team names since you said “team” so here we go. My three favorite team names in the Big 12 are Mountaineers, Horned Frogs and Red Raiders. All cool names and would be at the top for me. If this wasn’t what you meant let me know and we can throw it in next week’s mailbag and get this straightened out. Maybe I am just an idiot. Ha.
@CEO_ff11 asks: Will any of the HCS staff be attending Lincoln Riley’s fantasy football camp in June?
Duke: For those who don’t know. Lincoln Riley is hosting a football camp for grown men and here are the camp details from the OU website.
“Have you ever dreamed of playing football at the University of Oklahoma? Join us this summer for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at Lincoln Riley Fantasy Football Camp!
Here you will experience all the joys and thrills of being an Oklahoma Football Student-Athlete. This special 2- day camp experience will take you through workouts, on-field stations & drills, recovery sessions, chalk-talks, a photoshoot, and best of all, special instruction and fellowship with our Oklahoma Football Coaching Staff.” Also, the price of this camp is $2,500 per person. Even though I don’t have a spending budget (Because I don’t hold the company card) I honestly can 1,000% say that none of us will be going. I could maybe understand paying $2,500 for going to a Lincoln Riley offensive camp but what if I want to go and do defensive drills there? With the way Oklahoma has played defense over the last few years the cost should be cut in half and in fact, they could have used this as an open try out with guys who have eligibility left. But $2,500 for a 24-hour football camp? I don’t think we have money like that to waste currently. Maybe I’ll hit up the Athletic. They were giving out jobs like hotcakes and if they must pay some of those salaries with their staff, I am sure there is a pile of money somewhere. Or maybe I can borrow the money from some college basketball bagmen too, but I doubt it.
@SethLDow asks: Charge or Block?
Duke: If you didn’t see my mailbag question gif on Twitter then you need to go see it but if not, I will simply explain it to you. It’s the clip of Texas QB Sam Ehlinger running over Kansas State DB Denzel Goolsby back in the 2017 Texas vs K-State matchup. There is no such thing as a charge or block when it comes to football. It was Sam running a defensive back over and putting him on his ass. That’s what I would call it.
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