Texas's Tyrone Swoopes runs against Oklahoma State during the first half at Royal Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 26, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas QB Tyrone Swoopes on Oklahoma State’s witness list

Posted November 16th, 2015


Oklahoma State officials intend to get Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes on the stand as part of the upcoming trial against Joe Wickline to learn who was indeed calling plays during the 2014 season.

Swoopes’ name was included on a plaintiff’s witness list submitted by OSU officials to a Payne County court earlier this month. UT coach Charlie Strong, quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson and even former athletic director Steve Patterson were also on the witness list, according to court documents.

Oklahoma State’s attorneys had previously signaled to Wickline’s attorneys that it wanted to question Swoopes. The OSU court document states that Swoopes “will testify regarding his duties and responsibilities … and who actually calls plays for the UT offense.”


The trial is currently scheduled to begin May 10 and last four days.

Texas athletic director Mike Perrin had no comment when asked directly prior to the TCU game whether he would allow an athlete to testify. School officials generally do not comment on ongoing litigation, although Perrin has called the Wickline case a “distraction.”

Oklahoma State officials are seeking almost $600,000 in liquidated damages in the case, as they believe Wickline made only a lateral move to UT prior to the 2014 season.

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