Friday, November 14, 2008
Jaw jacking from across the Big 12
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Here's a collection of some of the best quotes of the last week from the Big 12
- "I'm very blessed. But I don't think patience is forever," Iowa State coach Gene Chizik on his 5-17 start as the Cyclones' coach.
- "I've not talked to (anyone). As God is my witness, I have not heard from a person. And I don't have an agent, so ain't nobody contacted my people, because 'my people' is me. I'm just doing my gig and doing it hard." Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, who told reporters he hadn't met with any representatives from other schools about a vacant head-coaching job.
- "I don't know if he's got an evil mind and wants to kick a man when he's down, but I'm not sure what he was doing," Baylor coach Art Briles, who described to the Waco Tribune-Herald a miscommunication with an official that left his team on the field for several minutes during halftime last week against Texas.
- "Tonight was about him. It wasn't about the seniors. It wasn't about this team. It was about him. ... I'm just glad we came out with a win for him." Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, who told the Columbia Tribune that his team's victory over Kansas State was dedicated to the late Aaron O'Neal.
- "I guess I'm not going to church enough, I don't know, but they're battling," Colorado coach Dan Hawkins, after his special teams struggled through a miserable game against Iowa State. The Buffaloes missed two field goals, had a point-after-touchdown blocked, had a kickoff go out of bounds and were flagged for roughing the punter and running into the punter.
- "A lot of people picked us to lose and thought we wouldn't be ready to play. But that's the thing about this team; we put games behind us and get ready for our next opponent," Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell, on the Red Raiders' resiliency after beating No. 1 Texas and following that up with a strong victory over Oklahoma State.
- "I'm never on campus. I don't have to deal with students." Kansas State defensive end Ian Campbell, who told the Manhattan Mercury that he hasn't heard much feedback about Ron Prince's dismissal because he takes only two online classes this semester at his school.
- "It wasn't like (winning) the World Series or popping Gatorade -- they were very level-headed. Tonight, the same thing. This is a different group, and I think it starts with leadership," Texas Tech defensive coordiantor Ruffin McNeill, describing the reaction of his team after beating Texas and Oklahoma State in back-to-back weeks.