Big 12 links: Look for Pinkel riding his hog

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Hope everybody got what they really wanted on Christmas.

Me? Just the chance to spend the day with my family was great, along with a couple of classic Humphrey Bogart movies last night -- "Casablanca" and "The Big Sleep."

Here are some links to help the holiday leftovers go down a little easier at lunch.

  • The San Antonio Express-News' Chris Ferrell writes that Missouri coach Gary Pinkel's love of motorcycles will have him riding through the San Antonio area as his team prepares for its upcoming Valero Alamo Bowl against Northwestern Monday night.

  • Oklahoma State tailback Kendall Hunter's career has been marked by resiliency. The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson writes about how Hunter overcame an impoverished childhood in Tyler, Texas, and a serious ankle injury in high school to become the Big 12's leading rusher.

  • Mack Brown's status as one of the nation's great coaches was solidified by his 2005 national championship and then bolstered by his current streak of eight straight 10-win seasons, the Columbus Dispatch's Bill Rabinowitz reports.

  • The Tulsa World's Guerin Emig profiles Oklahoma backup quarterback Landry Jones, who is poised to become Oklahoma's quarterback if Sam Bradford leaves school.

  • Missouri's Jeff Wolfert came to college with a partial scholarship as a diver. He will leave after the Valero Alamo Bowl as the greatest kicker in school's history and the NCAA record-holder for combined percentage in field goals and extra points, the Kansas City Star's Mike DeArmond writes.

  • Although he still considers himself a quarterback, Kansas wide receiver Kerry Meier has grown into liking playing his new position, according to the Lawrence Journal-World's Dugan Arnett.