Oklahoma St. wants new depositions in lawsuit against Texas assistant

Friday September 18th, 2015

Oklahoma State has notified Texas that it wants new depositions from head coach Charlie Strong, three members of his staff, quarterback Tyrone Swoopes and former athletic director Steve Patterson if a breach-of-contract lawsuit against assistant coach Joe Wickline reaches trial, according to the Associated Press

Oklahoma State is currently suing Wickline for around $600,000, saying that he breached his contract when left the Cowboys and made a lateral move to Texas in 2014. Oklahoma State argues that Wickline didn't take a promotion with "play-calling duties" as stated in his previous contract. 

Strong, Wickline and assistant head coach Shawn Watson have previously testified that Watson and Wickline shared play-calling duties last season. Oklahoma State, however, insists that Watson had final authority over play calling. 

Attorneys for Oklahoma State and Wickline appeared in court on Thursday seeking rulings in their favor. Oklahoma Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler said that he would rule in seven to 10 days, but also set a tentative trial date for March 2016. 

Assistant athletic director Arthur Johnson was also on the list of people that Oklahoma State may wish to talk to for the case. 

Wickline previously turned down a $250,000 settlement deal from Oklahoma State. 

Oklahoma State play Texas on Sept. 26. 

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