Big 12 lunch links: Bradford aiming to become better leader
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
No contract negotiations across the conference for Big 12 coaches and we're only four days from the start of spring practice.
Oh yeah, it's supposed to be 72 degrees in San Antonio this afternoon with nary a cloud in the sky.
Could life get much better?
Maybe with these Big 12 lunch links ...
- Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford tells the Oklahoman's Jake Trotter that his thumb feels fine, he wants to recognize defenses quicker and he feels some responsibility to become more of a leader for his team.
- Colorado plans to return to the huddle more next season as its basic offensive philosophy because of determination to stress a "downhill" running game, the Boulder Daily Camera's Kyle Ringo reports.
- New Iowa State defensive coordinator Wally Burnham plans a high-energy defense to counter the Big 12's spread offenses, Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register reports. And Burnham also sounds off on Bear Bryant, Iowa's weather and how long he wants to keep coaching in a sidebar to the story.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz predicts that the shake-up on Missouri's staff caused by the departure of both coordinators could benefit Gary Pinkel's coaching staff.
- Former Kansas senior associate athletic director and senior women's administrator Kelly Mehrtens is one of three finalists for the vacant Rutgers athletic director position, according to Tom Luicci of the Newark Star-Ledger.
- Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Nebraska linebackers coach Mike Ekeler is being strongly considered for South Florida's vacant defensive coordinator position.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State