Rookie coaches among top storylines at Big 12 media days

From ESPN - July 17, 2017

Big 12 media days have arrived, which means the start of the season is around the corner. Here are five storylines to follow over the next two days in Frisco, Texas:

1. Rookie Red River coaches

Not since 1947 have Oklahoma and Texas had first-year head coaches in the same season. Blair Cherry got the best of Bud Wilkinson that year. But Wilkinson's Sooners won the next three matchups, and Cherry resigned amid criticism, despite going 9-2 in his final season. With the retired Bob Stoops no longer roaming the Oklahoma sideline, the pressure will be ratcheted up in this rivalry. Sooner Nation will expect Lincoln Riley to handle the Longhorns the same way Stoops did. For Tom Herman, the heat will be on to regain control in Dallas against a 34-year-old rookie head coach. Either way, the Red River Showdown just got all the more compelling.

2. Bill Snyder's health

In the spring, the 77-year-old Kansas State coach revealed that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer and had been undergoing chemotherapy treatments. In his first large public appearance since the spring, Snyder is sure to be peppered with questions about his health this week. With a veteran quarterback in Jesse Ertz and a potentially stingy defense, Snyder has a loaded squad. But for the Wildcats to reach their ceiling, they are going to need their Hall of Fame coach healthy and leading them.

3. The championship game


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