Big 12 links: OSU's Young could be biggest coordinator hire
April, 22, 2009
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
As spring practices conclude, several reporters are taking stock of the conference in today's missives.
Here are some of the more notable stories for your lunchtime edification. Enjoy.
- Sporting News pundits Dave Curtis and Matt Hayes agree that Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young is positioned to have the biggest impact in college football among new coordinators.
- The Topeka Capital-Journal's Kevin Haskin wonders if Kansas should be the preseason favorite in the Big 12 North next season.
- The Dallas Morning News' Chuck Carlton provides an extensive review of the Big 12's spring so far.
- Baylor coach Art Briles told the San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle's John Whisler that the Bears are "miles ahead" of where they were last season.
- Former Nebraska All-American linebacker Trev Alberts came off as a polished potential candidate for the Nebraska-Omaha athletic director's job during a public forum for candidates, Lincoln Journal-Star columnist Steve Sipple reports. If hired, it would be Alberts' first job in athletic administration.
- Oklahoma likely won't have a first-round draft choice for the second straight season in Saturday's NFL draft. But Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler reports that the Sooners could be headed for a historic draft next season with a record four players likely to be picked in the first round -- quarterback Sam Bradford, tackle Trent Williams, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and tight end Jermaine Gresham.
- Converted 6-foot-4, 229-pound quarterback A.J. Steward is thriving at his new position of wide receiver for Kansas, the Lawrence Journal-World's Dugan Arnett reports.
- Baylor picked up its second receiving commitment this week when Midland's Antwan Goodley selected the school, John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald writes.
- It was another day of triple-digit scoring on both sides as Texas A&M's defense claimed a 109-103 scrimmage victory over the offense, Bryan Eagle beat writer Robert Cessna reports.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
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
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