Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
AMES, Iowa -- Good afternoon from the nation's heartland.
Day four of my swing through the North Division continues today with a visit with new Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads and several players.
But like a basket of yeast rolls and a big slice of raisin and sour cream pie -- local delicacies from what I've heard -- these links are meant to provide some daily sustenance.
Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman writes about how Texas defensive linemen Sergio Kindle and Lamarr Houston are taking boxing lessons as a way to work on their hand speed to better ward off blockers.
Mike Gundy tells Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World that he has no problems with his new $15.7 million, seven-year contract, but still hasn't signed it yet. Gundy might want to ask Billy Gillispie about the sagacity of that decision.
Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram details six under-the-radar players and coaches who could emerge as important personalites during the upcoming season.
Lawrence Journal-World publisher Dolph C. Simons Jr. wonders if the recent success for athletic fundraising programs has come at the expense of a campaign for the school's endowment.
Four players are set to compete to replace Daniel Sanders at center when Colorado starts practice on Tuesday, the Boulder Daily Camera's Kyle Ringo writes.
Bo Pelini wants his offense to be "multiple" in the upcoming season, Omaha World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel writes.
Stephen Montemayor of the University Daily Kansan checks in with several quick hits from recent Jayhawks practices.