FRISCO, Texas \u2014 Breckyn Hager didn\u2019t set out to become a football Fabio. Yet there he was July 17, goldilocks draping down past the buttons on his burnt-orange polo.\r\nAfter pledging in 2015 not to cut his hair until Texas captured a conference championship, the linebacker enters his senior season with only one more chance.\r\n\u201cI wanted something tangible, visible, that could always remind me to go after what I thought was a simple goal at the time. But now I\u2019m realizing, \u2018Wait, it\u2019s not that simple,\u2019 \u201d he said. \u201cNow to see my hair, it\u2019s getting longer \u2014 like \u2018Oh my goodness. Oh my gosh.\u2019 \u201d\r\nHe twirled his hair and added, \u201cI hate it. You know how many tears have soaked up in this after all the games I\u2019ve lost? C\u2019mon. I\u2019m ready to get this off.\u201d\r\nA preseason all-Big 12 selection, Hager earned Most Valuable Quote honors at Big 12 media days. He began by taking blame for \u201cbeing a little rebel\u201d during 2017\u2019s early run-ins with head coach Tom Herman and defensive coordinator Todd Orlando.\r\n\u201cDude, I\u2019m sitting on the best coach in college football, and I\u2019ve been highly critical for no reason. Stubborn, foolish young man,\u201d he said.\r\nHis Nov. 18 ejection at WVU for targeting wasn\u2019t Hager\u2019s proudest moment, but he stuck around long enough to appreciate the passion of Mountaineers fans on a cold, rainy afternoon.\r\n\u201cThere\u2019s a lot of interesting things that happened to me that game that I\u2019m not going to discuss until I\u2019m no longer relevant to college football,\u201d he said. \u201cI love West Virginia fans. They\u2019re hilarious.\u201d\r\nGUNDY RESPONDS TO AD\r\nAthletics director Mike Holder caused a stir by saying Oklahoma State should recruit better, but football coach Mike Gundy wasn\u2019t irked by it.\r\n\u201cI knew what he was trying to say \u2014 he just didn\u2019t do a good job of getting the information out clearly,\u201d Gundy said.\r\nWhat about the coach tweeting a puzzled-looking emoji as fans discussed Holder\u2019s comments?\r\n\u201cI try to get hits on social media. I\u2019m not worried about what he did, I\u2019m trying to get hits. He lobbed me a pitch for a great Twitter hit.\u201d\r\nPROMOTING AN 8-TEAM PLAYOFF\r\nCount Gundy among the proponents of expanding the college football playoff from four to eight teams.\r\nIn four seasons, no Group of 5 team has cracked the field.\r\n\u201cIf you\u2019re at a smaller school, you essentially have no chance to win a national championship because you\u2019ll never get in,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd I don\u2019t think that\u2019s fair.\u201d\r\nHOLGORSEN ON INJURY REPORTS\r\nWith sports betting forcing conferences to consider standardizing injury reports in the NFL model, WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen doesn\u2019t sound excited. Keeping injury revelations mostly under wraps during recent seasons, he joked that coaches should embrace Bill Snyder\u2019s hardline approach to not discussing injuries at all.\r\n\u201cFor an 18-, 19- or 20-year-old kid, they don\u2019t know how hurt they are,\u201d Holgorsen said. \u201cIf it\u2019s a long-term deal where he\u2019s going to get cut on or he\u2019s got a broken bone, I\u2019ll say it \u2014 he\u2019s not playing. If it\u2019s a sore calf, some of the kids are soft and they\u2019re going to be out three weeks, and some of them are tough and they\u2019re not going to miss a game.\u201d\r\nARE GAMES TOO LONG?\r\nThe new Big 12 coordinator of officials said college football administrators and TV execs are aiming to keep games under 3 1\/2 hours.\r\n\u201cAnd we want to do that without taking plays out of the game,\u201d Greg Burks said Tuesday. To that end, officials will continue strict enforcement of 20-minute halftimes and start the PAT play-clock immediately after touchdowns.\r\nAsked about fan frustration over replay delays, Burks cautioned that the Big 12 averaged only 2.2 stoppages during 2017. Momentum-sucking television timeouts remain a necessary evil as millions of network dollars drive athletics budgets.\r\n\u201cThere\u2019s a cost,\u201d Burks said, \u201cbut I don\u2019t think any of us would want football not to be on TV.\r\n\u201cI get that we need a window for TV. It\u2019s frustrating when you\u2019re in the western United States and you\u2019re the third game on the network and you miss your first half because they\u2019re still playing.\u201d\r\nTARGETING CLARIFICATION\r\nOfficiating crews will continue to lean toward player safety on 50-50 targeting calls, Burks said, noting that \u201cplayer behavior has changed\u201d under the threat of ejection.\r\nIn hopes of making replay rulings more consistent, in-game reviews will be forwarded to \u201cThe Rock,\u201d an operations hub in Irving.