Who was calling the shots in Stillwater?
That became the question of the day for the Oklahoma State football program after new Texas coach Charlie Strong announced that former OSU line coach Joe Wickline will serve as offensive coordinator and call plays for the Longhorns.
The news spread quickly and it was accompanied by a wave of interesting Twitter messages, including this one from ESPN’s Travis Haney: “I asked a coach about (OSU offensive coordinator Mike) Yurcich during fall. “Doesn’t matter,” he said. “Wickline’s the one calling plays.”
The Twitter post was such a stunner that it deserved to be checked out. So I contacted two sources close to the OSU program and both said Wickline did not call plays. One of the sources said all of the Cowboys’ plays were called by Yurcich.
So, there you go.
Wickline will apparently co-helm the Texas offense with Shawn Watson, whose title is assistant head coach for offense and quarterbacks. After identifying Wickline as the Longhorns’ playcaller, Strong told the media that Watson (who called plays for Strong at Louisville) “is going to be involved, so he’s not just totally out of it.”
Something to watch: The Austin American-Statesman obtained a copy of Wickline’s OSU contract and reported that Wickline must be named offensive coordinator with playcalling duties in order for Texas to avoid paying a $600,000 buyout.