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Who called plays in the Texas Bowl? Strong: ‘Bad day. I don’t know.’

Posted April 9th, 2015

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Sworn depositions in the ongoing legal drama between Oklahoma State and Joe Wickline pull back more layers on who exactly is calling plays for the Longhorns.

“I — I — I call the play and then I share that responsibility with — with Joe,” Texas quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson says in a deposition transcript obtained by the American-Statesman through open records requests.

That doesn’t satisfy Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder.

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“I don’t know if it’s normal for an offensive coordinator to call every play, but I just — in my mind I believe that Shawn Watson fills that role at Texas, not Joe Wickline,” Holder said in his deposition.

So who called the plays in Texas’ embarrassing loss to Arkansas in the Texas Bowl?

“Bad day. I don’t know,” Texas coach Charlie Strong said, according to the transcript. The Associated Press first reported details of the depositions. Attorneys for the Texas coaches have advised that Strong, Watson and Wickline can amend their statements before the documents are submitted to the Payne County, Okla., court.

OSU is suing Wickline for almost $600,000 in damages because the school believes Wickline did not get a full promotion as stated in his contract. Wickline would be fully released if he became offensive coordinator “with play-calling duties.”

Strong has said Watson would be the “one final voice” on play-calling. Holder said in the depositions that he read articles with Strong making that statement and assumed it to be true.

Watson and Wickline have insisted to the Austin media that covers the team they share play-calling duties.

For more information about this story, read Friday’s American-Statesman.

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