The weekly press conference is a big deal for America’s college football coaches.
It’s their chance to meet the media, preview the upcoming game, look back on the previous one, and maybe, if they have a little personality, crack a few silly jokes to appease the media over-laughers, who will cackle like they have front row seats at The Improv.
So who are the in the Big 12? Let’s rate them.
1. MIKE GUNDY- OSU
Not all Gundy pressers are winners, but you get enough good stuff and honesty to put him at the top of this list.
Sometimes Gundy rambles and seems disinterested, but he also can go off with classics like “I’m
a man, I’m forty!,” or, “we were at the pool chasing chicks.”
Gundy isn’t afraid to come after a benefactor billionaire or the athletic director, and sometimes can go off the rails on a “crazy train,” which makes him numero uno here.
2. DANA HOLGORSEN- WEST VA
If you can handle Holgorsen hacking up a lung, he has to lead the country in coughs per presser, it’s is usually decent stuff.
You get some canned coaching cliches, but you also get some honesty. Holgorsen will rip into his team if he feels it’s needed, and has a dry, sardonic wit that makes for good sound bites.
3. CHARLIE STRONG- TEXAS
Not nearly as good as his now defunct defunct defensive coordinator Vance Bedford (who is in a class by himself), but the Strong presser has taken on the tone of the captain of the Titanic trying to explain how he’s going to avoid the iceberg.
You can hear the band playing in the background while women and children jump in the lifeboats.
4. BOB STOOPS- OKLAHOMA
Bob’s pressers run hot and cold.
Combative Bob is the best Bob. Sometimes you can see in his demeanor that Stoops would rather be getting a root canal than dealing with the media.
A good John Hoover question and follow up usually is the best setup for a good Stoops comment.
Bob is much better in a more relaxed setting, like when he does his weekly radio appearance with Toby Rowland, he doesn’t treat that show like he does the battleground of pre and post game press conferences.
5. GARY PATTERSON- TCU
Would rank much higher if Art Briles was still around to push his nuclear button, but Patterson still has enough crazy in him to occasionally provide some good, non coach speak material.
6. BILL SNYDER- KANSAS ST
Trying to edit a Snyder filibuster into a :20 sound bite is a near impossibility.
Snyder is always classy, complimentary, and sounds like your grandpa addressing relatives at the family reunion.
Milk and cookies should always be served here. Mr. Bill also likes mac and cheese, which he surprisingly mentioned last year, waking up several reporters from a deep slumber.
7. KLIFF KINGSBURY- TECH
This dude is too good looking and he knows it. Smug and monotone.
8. JIM GROBE- BAYLOR
Sounds like the ill-informed director of FEMA trying to assess the disaster without having all of the facts.
Good guy in a tough spot, who has been made to sound foolish at times because of the sordid situation at Baylor.
9. MATT CAMPBELL- ISU
It’s Iowa State, so unless there are magic tricks or giveaways, I’m not interested.
10. DAVID BEATY- KANSAS
Energetic guy who’s in the same situation as Baghdad Bob was, you know you’re going into battle without any chance of victory, so just try and say everything’s great, and hope to get out of town ASAP.