Big 12: Bill Parcells

Wilkinson, Osborne picked for Sporting News' top coaches list

July, 30, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

The Sporting News came up with an interesting list of its top 50 selections of the greatest coaches of all time.

Not surprisingly, legendary UCLA men's basketball coach John Wooden earned the top slot.

There were 11 college football coaches on the list, including two that represented Big 12 schools during their coaching careers. It was selected by a panel of 118 Hall of Famers, championship coaches and other experts.

Bud Wilkinson of Oklahoma was picked as 29th on the list and Tom Osborne of Nebraska was 34th.

Two active coaches were picked and there's really no surprise that either of them made the list. Penn State's Joe Paterno was listed as 13th and Florida State's Bobby Bowden checked in at No. 24.

And several coaches in college basketball, the NBA and the NFL with Big 12 connections also made the list.

Among them included:

  • Dean Smith, college basketball, No.  8: Graduated from Kansas.
  • Bob Knight, college basketball, No. 16: Retired from coaching after finishing his career at Texas Tech.
  • Tom Landry, NFL, No. 18: Played college football at Texas.
  • Adolph Rupp, college basketball, No. 21: Played college basketball at Kansas.
  • Bill Parcells, NFL, No. 33: Worked as an assistant football coach at Texas Tech.
  • Hank Iba, college basketball, No. 47: Coached at Oklahoma State.
  • Gregg Popovich, NBA, No. 49: Worked as volunteer assistant at Kansas.  

It's a well-researched list and Big 12 schools certainly are well represented.

Parcells visits Oklahoma practice at Barry University

January, 3, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Among the visitors at Oklahoma's Saturday practice at Barry University on Saturday was Miami Dolphins executive director of football operations Bill Parcells, who spent extensive time watching the Sooners' workout.

Parcells and several Miami team officials left shortly before the Sooners finished practice.

"It was great," Stoops said. "He was evaluating our players, I'm sure, and it was great to have him here."

Stoops said he admired Parcells, who has helped direct the Dolphins from a 1-15 record last season to Sunday's playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens. In the process, the Dolphins became only the second team in NFL history to make a 10-game turnaround in one season.

"I've always been a big fan of the way he coaches and the way he handles you media guys, too," Stoops said.

Parcells briefly talked with the Sooners before leaving practice.

"For most of you, this may well be the highlight of your athletic life," Parcells told the Sooners on a video available on Oklahoma's athletic website. "You are playing for big stakes on a big stage, something you are going to remember for a long time. So what you've got to do in this situation is promise each other in that dressing room that you are going to do everything you can to help your team win. You leave it right there - that's all you need to say. Everyone who does that, usually the results have been pretty good.

"In pro football, we're looking for guys who like it, that are accountable, that have good character, that are not too cool for school, that are reliable guys who want to play football and help our team to win year after year after year," Parcells continued. "That's why I am here today. You guys have a great team and a great opportunity, a great coaching staff and a great tradition. You've got everything going for you."

Maybe taking a hint from "The Big Tuna," Stoops said that he has limited access to the media during his preparations for this year's bowl game compared to previous national championship game trips. No players were made available after today's practice -- a change from previous Oklahoma bowl trips.

"We've reduced that to some degree," Stoops said. "And they (the players) seem to like it."

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