Mar 14, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Rick Barnes talks to guard Isaiah Taylor (1) during a timeout during the second half against the Baylor Bears in the semifinals of the Big 12 Conference college basketball tournament at Sprint Center. Baylor won 86 - 69. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Big 12 Quotes Of The Week

What Big 12 head coaches are saying this week:

“In looking at the entire (recruiting) class, we needed size and athleticism on the wing, and we needed to continue to improve out skill set and depth in the frontcourt. Most importantly, we needed to find individuals who fit our program and the culture and chemistry that our returning players worked so hard to develop last year. We’re not looking to be a really good team for just one year. We’re looking to be a consistently good program for a long period of time.”

Texas head basketball coach Rick Barnes on the recruitment of top-10 player Myles Turner

“I look at them as part of our family in a way that we’re here to support them and help them in any way we possible and help guide them and help them get their education along with developing them to be as good of athlete as they want to be. That’s kind of different because I’ve never fired one. So, if they’re employees, you have to fire them, and I’d never want to do that to a young guy that’s doing the best he can to be a part of this program.”

Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops on if he views student athletes as university employees

“It wasn’t like we went out and said, ‘Here’s five bucks, respect us.’ No, we went out and earned it over a period of time. Once you get to that level, then you fight your butt off to hang on to it, because it’s hard to get respect in this profession. And right now, Baylor is respected.”

Baylor head football coach Art Briles on how his program has gone from rags to riches in recent seasons

“That is the hard part for us: Knowing how to slow the game down and get under control to execute pitches, execute a play and execute an at-bat. Right now, we are just out of control, and that happens with the continuation of losing.”

Kansas State head baseball coach Brad Hill after being swept by West Virginia last weekend

“Texas is Texas. Traditionally, Texas has been one of the best teams in the history of college baseball…It’s going to be a treat for our kids to play against them, and it’s going to be a treat for all of our fans to come out and see them play. We just can’t get caught up in the uniform they are wearing. We’ve just got to come out and play our game. Their pitchers have to throw it over the plate just like everyone else’s. As long as we do what we do, I like our chances.”

–West Virginia head baseball coach Randy Mazey on his team’s series this weekend hosting Texas

“We still have questions, but we also have a lot more answers now than we did at the beginning of the spring. We’ve implemented a new offense and we still have a ways to go, but I think it’s positive at this stage. We’ve got to continue raising the bar around here.”

Kansas head football coach Charlie Weis on the development of the Jayhawks in spring practice

“I do not think we are the kind of football team I wanted us to be today. There were some good things; there were some bad things. The White team (second team offense and defense) just killed themselves with penalties and took themselves out of field position and scoring range on more than one occasion. I think part of that is because I have not been with them to work with them as much as I would like to.”

–Kansas State head football coach Bill Snyder on his observations of the annual Purple-White game, concluding spring football practice

Tags: Art Briles Baylor Bears Bob Stoops Brad Hill Charlie Weis Kansas Jayhawks Kansas State Wildcats Oklahoma Sooners Randy Mazey Rick Barnes Texas Longhorns West Virginia Mountaineers

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