Big 12 lunch links: Plea-bargaining deal cut for OU recruit
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
A variety of links from across the Big 12 came through today.
Here's a look at the most topical ones to go with a late lunch.
- Oklahoma signee Justin Chiasson has agreed to a plea-bargaining deal in Clark County (Nev.) Court that will reduce three felony charges to gross misdemeanors, the Oklahoman's Jake Trotter reports. Chiasson has been sentenced to a year of domestic-violence counseling after being accused of holding a screwdriver to the neck of his ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her.
- Cory McCartney of Sports Illustrated ranked Texas A&M wide receiver Jeff Fuller among his biggest winners of the spring and the Missouri offense as collectively one of his biggest spring losers.
- The Dallas Morning News' Kevin Sherrington has an interesting column with Mike Leach about his running feud with Texas A&M over Stephen McGee's pro prospects. The highlight was a great quote from Leach, who fills notebooks with more regularity than any coach I've ever seen.
"In all my life, I've never been mad at Texas A&M about anything," Leach told the News. "I've always respected their traditions and what makes the school special. It just seems like once every six months, they get upset with me."
- New Nebraska-Omaha athletic director and former Nebraska All-American linebacker Trev Alberts has hit the ground running with some ambitious plans for his new job, Omaha World-Herald reporter Rob White writes. And the World-Herald's Tom Shatel writes that Alberts' hiring could work, despite his lack of previous athletic administrative experience.
- Big 12 coaches will discuss a change in the conference's tiebreaker rule during their meetings in Phoenix next week, the Dallas Morning News' Chuck Carlton reports.
- Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins defends big coaching salaries as money well spent if the coaches are productive, the USA Today's Steve Weiberg reports.
- The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel figures out that the Big 12 is playing only 22.9 percent of its 2009 nonconference games against teams from BCS-affiliated conferences -- the lowest total among any of the six BCS conferences.
- Courtney Linehan of the Ames Tribune has a few links about Cyclones from the past in her blog.