DALLAS — Kliff Kingsbury’s watch that stirred up an Internet buzz after his Monday appearance at Big 12 football media days was given to him as a gift several years ago, Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said Tuesday.
The website Deadspin posted a story Monday calling Kingsbury’s timepiece “probably fake” and suggested it was a roughly $100 replica of a limited edition watch that retails for more than $100,000.
“He got it as a gift 10 years ago when he was playing in NFL Europe and has worn it ever since,” Beal said Tuesday. “He could care less if it’s real or not. He just likes the watch.”
The watch Kingsbury wore Monday during Tech’s media day appearance looks much like a Breitling Mulliner Tourbillon that, according to various reports, can sell for as much as $150,000 or $175,000.
In addition to the Deadspin story, LostLettermen.com said “Internet sleuths” and enthusiasts at BreitlingSource.com believed it was more likely a replica available for $100.
Beal said he doesn’t know which is correct.
“And it’s nobody business,” he added. “As I said, he doesn’t know and doesn’t care.”
Lobbying for Mayfield
Former Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield made a good first impression at his new home at Oklahoma, according to Sooners coach Bob Stoops.
Mayfield transferred to OU at mid-term after starting seven games and passing for 2,315 yards for the Red Raiders.
“Through all our scrimmages in the spring, it was obvious to everyone that he played a year ago, that he’s been on the field, in action,” Stoops said during Big 12 media days. “The way he handles himself, the poise, the plays he makes, he really does an excellent job.”
Tech did not approve Mayfield’s transfer to OU. He must sit out a season and, by switching schools within the conference, forfeit a year of eligibility. He’ll be able to play in 2015 as a junior.
Stoops said he thinks Mayfield should be eligibility immediately, given that he was a walk-on last season.
“I think it’s one thing if you’ve invested a scholarship in an individual and he decides to leave. Heck, they even, half the time, allow them to play immediately,” Stoops said, exaggerating the frequency. “But a guy that you haven’t invested a scholarship in, I don’t know why … it would be an issue.”
Stoops said Mayfield would be competing with two others to be the No. 2 quarterback if he were eligible this season.
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Mayfield wasn’t blocked from transferring to many schools.
“He had a chance to get scholarships at a lot of schools, and he chose to go to OU,” Kingsbury said during his Monday appearance at media days. “More power to him. That’s what he wanted to do, but he was held to the same rule (regarding transfers) that other players are.”
Kingsbury said Mayfield would have gone on scholarship at Tech for the spring semester had he stayed.
“His father had been made aware of that,” Kingsbury said. “That wasn’t an issue. That never had anything to do with his decision (to leave Tech) whatsoever.”
Bill Snyder has coached in 15 bowl games in his last 18 seasons as Kansas State coach, but said he’s never had a team prepare better than the Wildcats did before their 31-14 victory against Michigan to end last season.
“I cannot recall a preparation that was as pleasing to me as the one that took place this past season,” Snyder said at Big 12 media days.
The Wildcats beat Michigan 31-14 at the Buffalo Wild Wings bowl. K-State quarterback Jake Waters seemed taken aback by Snyder’s praise.
“Coach Snyder doesn’t give out compliments that often, so it means a lot,” Waters said. “When I got out there and saw everything Michigan showed, I’d seen on film and I knew what we wanted to get to.
“That three or four weeks, it was crazy how much we prepared and how we were going into that game and it showed.”
Kansas State finished 8-5.
Last year, defensive players had to be cognizant of the new targeting rule. This year, they’ll have to be careful about hitting quarterbacks in the pocket at the knees.
Rushers will be flagged for hits at and below the knees to quarterbacks in “a passing posture,” according to Big 12 officials coordinator Walt Anderson. The penalty will fall under the same umbrella as roughing the passer.
Anderson said there are three exceptions: if the quarterback has left the pocket and become a runner, if a defensive player makes a traditional wrap-up tackle in the knee area and if a defensive player is blocked into the quarterback. All those instances are legal.
Anderson said it had been under discussion for eight years.
“Unfortunately, what happened last year,” Anderson said, “was there were a number of high-profile either season- or career-ending injuries to quarterbacks across the country that I think finally elevated this concern to the level where action was taken and a change was made.”
Former Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton is working as an offensive quality control assistant on the Oklahoma staff, Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. “He’s a young guy, but he’s sharp. He’s going to be good,” Stoops said. Tettleton, a son of former Major League baseball player Mickey Tettleton, passed for more than 9,000 yards in college and led Ohio to its first bowl victory in 2011. … West Virginia announced it has signed to play Tennessee in a 2018 season opener in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Mountaineers have home-and-home series with Virginia Tech in 2021-22 and Penn State in 2023-24. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said he’d welcome renewing a series against nearby Pittsburgh. The two programs have played 104 times, but not the last two years.