This week in the Big 12: KSU's spring game tops activities

April, 27, 2009
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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.

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