College football coaching is becoming more and more youth-focused, and the Big 12 is a great example. Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, 33, and Texas’ Tom Herman, 42, are set for their first years as head coaches in the conference. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy just turned 50, but there are times he lives like he’s half that.
Thursday, 247Sports released its 30Under30 list for the 2017 season, examining all those within athletic departments and coaching staffs who higher-ups in their school deemed “college football’s rising stars.” Among the 30 were several with Big 12 connections.
Kansas State quarterback-turned-quarterbacks coach Collin Klein made the cut. A Heisman Trophy finalist in 2012, the 27-year-old is one of the youngest position coaches in the FBS.
One of the only ones younger than Klein is Clint Trickett, who’s 26. West Virginia’s quarterback in 2013 and 2014 is now the tight ends coach at Florida Atlantic under Lane Kiffin. He had previously been the quarterbacks coach at East Mississippi Community College, the school featured on the Netflix docuseries “Last Chance U.”
Another former quarterback making his name known is Tyler Tettleton, a graduate assistant at OU. A native of Norman, Okla., Tettleton had a successful college career with the Ohio Bobcats and is entering his third year with the Sooners.
Drew Mehringer, Texas’ 29-year-old receivers coach, keeps the former-quarterback train moving. After a brief stint as a quarterback at Rice, Mehringer was a student assistant there under Herman, then the Owls’ quarterbacks coach. Mehringer was Herman’s receivers coach in Houston before a one-year stint as Rutger’s offensive coordinator.
Fernando Lovo has also benefited from his connection with Herman. The 29-year-old Florida grad spent five years working for Urban Meyer at his alma mater before following Meyer to Ohio State, where Herman was his offensive coordinator. When Herman became Houston’s coach, Lovo became his Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations. Lovo now holds the same title in Austin, Texas.
Like Lovo, Drew Schlosser made an impact at Houston before moving to a Big 12 school. Schlosser, 27, was Houston’s graphic designer in 2015 and 2016. He is now OSU’s creative director for football.
Annie Hanson, a former All-Big 12 track and field athlete at OU, is now North Carolina’s Assistant Athletic Director for Recruiting Operations & External Affairs. The 27-year-old was previously OU’s Assistant Director of Development and worked with Kansas State, Nebraska and the Jacksonville Jaguars.