Big 12 lunch links: Eberflus excited about new job

February, 24, 2009
2/24/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Maybe there really is something about the Dawg Pound and hating Pittsburgh. The devotion of a Cleveland Browns fan really has no bounds.

Former Missouri defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus told the Columbia Daily Tribune's Dave Matter that the chance to join the Browns as their linebackers coach helps fulfill a childhood fantasy. Eberflus remembers watching two or three Browns games per season at old Municipal Stadium during his childhood in nearby Akron.

So when Eric Mangini offered Eberflus a chance to join his organization, it really was a no-brainer -- even after eight years on Gary Pinkel's staff at Missouri and 17 years working with Pinkel at other jobs.

Such a childhood connection is a tough one to overcome.

Hopefully these lunchtime links are earning that kind of attachment, too.

  • Lincoln Journal Star columnist Steve Sipple reports that the main reason disgruntled quarterback Patrick Witt has decided to leave the Nebraska program is that Cornhusker coaches were unwilling to name their starting quarterback for the upcoming season at the end of spring practice. Instead, Sipple writes that Nebraska coach Bo Pelini plans to continue the competition through the start of the season.
  • Kansas State will feature two nonconference road games this season for the first time of Bill Snyder's coaching tenure at the school. Mark Janssen reports that Snyder's team has played 10 true nonconference road games in his previous 17 seasons coaching at the school.
  • Dugan Arnett of the Lawrence Journal-World catches up with 8-month-old Bode Lubbers of Wichita, Kan., famous in internet lore as "Baby Mangino."
  • Recent suspensions and dismissals have turned Oklahoma State's wide receiving corps into a major question mark this spring, Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World reports.
  • After a sparse turnout for a "town meeting" with Colorado students to discuss the school's athletic department, Colorado coach Dan Hawkins had a quick remedy for better attendance, according to Doug Bonham of the Colorado Daily. Just bring free food.
  • Don't be surprised if Texas punter Justin Tucker continues his rugby-style punting with both his left and right foot, depending on game situations, Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls reports.

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