Big 12 lunchtime links: Questions dog Missouri during spring
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Basketball fever is gripping the Big 12 today with the first day of the men's tournament at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.
But there's still plenty of football information going around the conference. It's why I'll be at Oklahoma State later today to watch the Cowboys' second practice of the spring.
And at other places across the Big 12, spring football still is making news. Here are some of today's more notable stories.
- Columbia Daily Tribune reporter Dave Matter writes that Missouri will be facing more questions this spring than in any of Gary Pinkel's previous tenure at the school.
- Colorado's Cody Hawkins is bracing for a big challenge to retain his job as the Buffaloes' starting quarterback, Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera reports.
- Former Kansas linebacker Joe Mortensen took a few snaps at fullback to show his versatility for NFL scouts at the Jayhawks' pro day, the Kansas City Star's Randy Covitz reports.
- Steve Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star writes that the Nebraska program might have missed out on a prime exposure opportunity by declining to have its April 18 spring game televised. The school has already sold more than 70,000 tickets for the scrimmage.
- Oklahoma center Ben Habern received a medical redshirt after missing last season, giving him four seasons of remaining eligibility with the Sooners, Jake Trotter of the Oklahoman reports.
- Heralded Denton (Texas) Ryan quarterback Scotty Young has given an oral commitment to Texas Tech, according to Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Young came within two touchdown passes of breaking Graham Harrell's state high-school mark of 67 touchdown passes last season as a junior.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31 Final Nebraska 42 24 USC 45
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
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
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