KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The mercurial state of college football, and athletics in general, could be summed up by listening to Big 12 coaches respond to questions Monday as spring practices draw to a conclusion.

What was once an opportunity to discuss X's and O's, the hotshot freshman or a new starting quarterback instead became a discussion of whether players are employees, the perils and merits of transfers, and the money associated with the new format for college football's playoff.

None of the coaches asked said they viewed their players as employees, though many did acknowledge the time demands are such that it often seems like it.

As for the playoff, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy predicted that the four-team arrangement will soon be scrapped for eight teams.

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