This week in the Big 12: KSU's spring game tops activities
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Only one team has spring practice continuing, but it still should be a busy week around the Big 12 with a variety of activities.
Kansas State will conclude Bill Snyder's first spring practice since his return Saturday in Manhattan. The Wildcats traditionally drew very well for their spring games when Snyder had the program contending for Big 12 championship and BCS bowls. It will be interesting to see the kind of crowd they will attract for Saturday's spring game and fan fest, which will feature an afternoon of activities including a pregame concert and carnival.
Before that, we'll have the announcement of a new College Football Hall of Fame class Thursday in New York City. The Big 12 was strongly represented in the finalists that were announced earlier this year.
Among the players who could receive the call to the Hall of Fame include Nebraska linebacker Trev Alberts, Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth, Texas A&M defensive end Ray Childress, Kansas quarterback Bobby Douglass, Texas A&M kicker Tony Franklin, Texas defensive tackle Steve McMichael, Nebraska guard Will Shields, Baylor quarterback Don Trull, Colorado linebacker Alfred Williams and Nebraska defensive end Grant Wistrom.
The remnants of the draft will play out with free-agent signings this week after a record-setting haul in the early stages. The Big 12 set a record on Saturday with conference players selected in the first round of the draft. But several top players weren't signed, leading to some negotiation going on early this week for players like Graham Harrell.
And it will be interesting to see Mark Helfrich's coaching opportunity at Oregon play out. Helfrich will interview this week at Oregon for a position on new coach Chip Kelly's staff. It might be hard for Colorado to match Helfrich's offer in Oregon, considering he grew up in the state and would likely have the security of a multiyear contract with the Ducks. Those contracts are rarely -- if ever -- granted to Colorado assistant coaches.
It's not a good situation for a search to be made for an offensive coordinator after spring practice. Colorado coach Dan Hawkins hopes he won't be making that hire if he can help it.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
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