Oklahoma State requests new depositions from Strong, Swoopes


Oklahoma State requested new depositions from Texas if a contract lawsuit continues against offensive line coach Joe Wickline, according to a report by the Associated Press. Head coach Charlie Strong, three assistant coaches, junior quarterback Tyrone Swoopes and former athletic director Steve Patterson are among those requested.

Oklahoma State sued Wickline last fall for nearly $600,000, alleging he breached his contract by making a lateral move to Texas. Wickline, the school says, didn’t receive a promotion with “play-calling duties” as he says.

The case resurfaced after Strong demoted Wickline and assistant head for offense/quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson on Sept. 8. Wide receiver coach Jay Norvell became Texas’ play-caller after the Longhorns’ 38-3 loss to Notre Dame.

Oklahoma State wants to hear new depositions from Strong, Wickline, Watson, Norvell, Swoopes and Patterson.

Strong, Wickline and Watson were deposed earlier this year. Oklahoma State argues that Watson had the “final voice” over plays when the two served in co-offensive coordinator roles.

A tentative trial date has been set for March 2016 by Oklahoma Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler.