Posted by Coleman Swierc
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - There was Big 12 coaching royalty in East Texas on Monday.
At Willowbrook, Texas Tech head football coach Tommy Tuberville and newly hired basketball coach Billy Gillispie visited alumni during the annual J.L. Gulley Jr. Alumni Tournament.
Of course, the main topic of discussion, the new look Big 12 conference, with just ten teams.
"A lot of people are calling it the Big 12 light now," said Tuberville, "I really do not understand all of that, but there will be some changes a few years from now, but I think we will hold on to ten teams right now and for the next 4 or 5 years, and I think people will really see the strength of this conference."
Just 20 miles away, the rival Baylor Bears were hosting their alumni tournament at Garden Valley.
In attendance was Bears head coach Art Briles, who has elevated the Baylor program to above and beyond respectablility.
His outlook on the new Big 12, is similar to that of Tuberville's.
"I like the format that you will get to play everyone, and we will have a true champion," Briles said, "There will not be anyone wondering what would have happened if you played them because we will play everyone and we will know."
With just 10 teams, all teams will now play each other during the conference season, as the divisions have been wiped out.