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Big 12 mailbag: Coaching carousel, early 2017 favorites

In this week's Big 12 Twitter mailbag, we discuss the ongoing coaching carousel, the playoff that won't be including the Big 12 and take some way-too-early looks at the 2017 season.

On to the 'bag:

Trotter: I don't think Snyder is going to retire after this season. In fact, from what I've heard, he might have a couple more seasons left. That said, you want a good name for K-State? How about Les Miles? I think that would be a terrific fit, both ways. Maybe if Miles sat out the 2017 season, that could be in play.

Trotter: If they're not prepared, they better get there. Big 12 ain't making the playoff this year.

Trotter: Texas was getting its pick of the litter long before Tom Herman arrived. Charlie Strong had the league's best recruiting class the last two years. With Herman, there could be an uptick. But recruiting at a high level hasn't been Texas' problem.

Trotter: When the SEC gets left out of the party.

Trotter: Oh boy. With questions like these, it's no wonder Dana Holgorsen might consider leaving.

Trotter: Probably Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. He already has been connected to openings at Oregon and Houston. I don't think he'll get either one of those jobs. But he's getting closer to becoming a head coach somewhere.

Trotter: Completely depends on who comes back. If Oklahoma and Oklahoma State bring back all their big boys then they'll be the prohibitive co-favorites. Texas, I'm sure, will get the Herman bump, especially with the talent base in place. TCU will be right there, but I'm a little bullish on K-State at the moment for next season. Snyder's best years have come with veteran quarterbacks, and Jesse Ertz will be that next year. Virtually the rest of the offense will be back, including surging running back Alex Barnes. The defense, with Elijah Lee and Duke Shelley, should be salty again, too.

Trotter: I really enjoyed Kevin Wilson when he was in the Big 12. But given the program's relatively recent history, I don't think Kansas is in the position to be hiring coaches who have been accused of mistreating players.

Trotter: Bowl eligibility seems like a fairly reasonable, though also lofty goal. Wideout Allen Lazard coming back for 2017 won't hurt that cause.

Trotter: Was hoping you could tell me.