Attorneys representing Texas offensive line coach Joe Wickline filed a legal brief in Oklahoma last week asking for an outright dismissal from the $593,478 penalty being sought by Oklahoma State officials.
In lieu of that, Wickline’s attorneys also state their client cannot get a fair trial in Payne County, home of Oklahoma State University. The brief suggests the case be moved to Travis County in Austin or a federal court.
The filing states Wickline does not “question the propriety of the judges of Payne County. Nevertheless, in the event of a jury trial, it is difficult to imagine a panel free from OSU influence in Payne County.”
Later in the filing, the document states, “The defendant lives in Austin, Texas, along with most every other witness that has knowledge about Wickline’s play calling duties. Another location could be the federal court in the Western District of Oklahoma.”
OSU officials originally filed a suit in Payne County seeking damages as stated in Wickline’s contract while with the Cowboys. The penalty would be waived if Wickline became an offensive coordinator at another school with “play-calling duties.” OSU officials do not believe Wickline actually calls the plays for the Longhorns even though Texas coach Charlie Strong insists that he helps with quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson.
Wickline filed a countersuit in Travis County saying he was being harassed by OSU and that he should be released from paying any penalty.
The Longhorns face the Cowboys, Wickline’s former employer the previous nine seasons, on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.
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