Big 12 lunch links: Steckel expected to begin work as MU's coordinator
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Missouri will start spring practice today in Columbia with no official announcement of who will be the Tigers' defensive coordinator.
It would be a shock if anybody but former Missouri linebackers coach Dave Steckel is serving as the group's coordinator when the Tigers start. The vacancy was created when Matt Eberflus was hired as the linebackers coach for the Cleveland Browns.
But we'll see who is calling the defenses when the Tigers work today.
Here are some other stories from around the conference.
- Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen will try to trust his arm to make plays rather than merely his feet, Boulder Daily Camera beat writer Kyle Ringo reports.
- A number of well-intentioned Nebraska fans were burned by a cyberprank perpetrated on Facebook, Lincoln Journal Star reporter Brian Christopherson reports.
- Chuck Woodling of the Lawrence Journal-World writes that changing the name of a Lawrence street in honor of 86-year-old former Kansas coach Don Fambrough will depend on a push from a Lawrence city commissioner.
- Joe Walljasper and Dave Matter analyze a tumultuous offseason for Missouri in a podcast produced for the Columbia Daily Tribune.
- Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald writes that Nebraska-Colorado still has national appeal if it can beat out the Missouri-Kansas game for the coveted day-after-Thanksgiving slot.
- Mike Gundy told Andrea Cohen of the Daily Oklahoman that he's excited about spending more time with his players as he allows his assistants more latitude in coaching during spring practice.
- The Austin American-Statesman's Suzanne Halliburton reports that Brock Fitzhenry is having the best spring work of any redshirt receiver in Texas' early practices.