We have no idea of knowing just how entertaining the Big 12 match-up between Texas and Oklahoma State will be later this fall, but we do know it will be a heated contest given the ongoing legal dispute between the Cowboys and former offensive line coach Joe Wickline. The next step in the legal dispute appears to be heading to court in October, with the Austin-American Statesman reporting Friday an Oklahoma judge has ordered a pretrial conference for October 23.
As a quick refresher, Texas hired Wickline as offensive line coach in January 2014. Last October Oklahoma State filed a lawsuit against the Longhorns assistant and accused him of breach of contract. Oklahoma State claims the contract Wickline had with the program would have him owing the university the balance of his contract unless he was named the offensive coordinator with play-calling duties or went to the NFL. Texas head coach Charlie Strong had suggested at one point Wickline was responsible for some of the play-calling duties, but that Shawn Watson ultimately had the last call as offensive coordinator. That has led Oklahoma State to push for Strong to be made available to call as a witness.
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has called Wickline’s move a lateral one.