Coaches’ answers conflict amid dispute between Texas football assistant, Oklahoma State

Ponca City Now - April 10, 2015 10:47 am

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Depositions in a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by Oklahoma State reveal differences of opinion on who calls the shots for the Texas offense at Longhorn football games.

Assistant head coach Shawn Watson says he calls the plays, but offensive coordinator Joe Wickline says he does, too. Head coach Charlie Strong said he didn’t know who called most of the plays in Texas’ 31-7 loss to Arkansas in the Texas Bowl.

The Associated Press obtained copies of their sworn testimony through open records requests.

Oklahoma State wants Wickline to pay nearly $600,000 for making a lateral move to Texas and not taking a promotion with "play-calling duties," as required in his OSU contract.

The Texas coaches say they often collaborate, with Wickline handling running plays and Watson handling passes. Watson said he was responsible for sending plays to the quarterback, but that he took input from Wickline.


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