Big 12 links: OU's Brandon Walker arrested twice in last week
May, 19, 2009
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Here are some Tuesday lunch links for your lunchtime edification.
- Jake Trotter of the Oklahoman reports that former Oklahoma lineman Brandon Walker was arrested on a complaint of driving while intoxicated. It was the second time that Walker, who recently signed a rookie free agent contract with the Houston Texans, had been arrested within a week. He earlier was arrested for driving without proper registration or proof of insurance.
- Discussion about the Big 12's bowl arrangements is expected to dominate the Big 12's meetings today in Colorado Springs, Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera reports.
- The Oklahoman's Andrea Cohen writes about the devotion that Oklahoma State strength coach Rob Glass has for helping run the Special Olympics competitition at the school each year.
- Texas A&M gets to keep the Lone Star Showdown trophy - an all-sports award given with points in each sport - after a dramatic late victory over Texas in track over the weekend. But Bryan Eagle columnist Robert Cessna said that fans he surveyed while waiting for five hours in a jury room were more concerned with how Mike Sherman will do in his second season or the Aggies' struggling baseball team.
- Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads has charged his assistants for looking for productive players as they hit the recruiting trails, Bobby LaGesse of the Ames Tribune reports.
- Bryan Harlan, Paul Rhoads' agent, told Randy Peterson of the Ames Tribune that the Iowa State coach is close to signing his original contract with the school. And Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette wonders why it takes coaches so long to sign their original contracts.
- New Kansas State athletic director John Currie was hired because of his acumen at raising funds, the Kansas City Star's Jeffrey Martin reports. The KSU athletic director will receive $350,000 annually in his new contract with the school, Austin Meek of the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. Topeka Capital-Journal columnist Kevin Haskins predicts that Currie has the opportunity to make a big splash in his new job.
- Dave Matter's always interesting "Case of the Mondays on Tuesday" relates why he picked Kansas and Texas as his preseason Big 12 favorites, Missouri's recent success at recruiting cornerbacks and his plans for creating the NCAA playoffs.
- With tongue placed firmly in cheek, the Omaha World-Herald's Tom Shatel wonders how Nebraska can be considered a co-favorite in the North Division after Greg Paulus elected to attend Syracuse.
- The "Three Wise Men" of Nebraska football analysis, Steve Sipple, Brian Christopherson and Kent Wolgamott of the Lincoln Journal-Star, discuss their Big 12 South predictions and how Nebraska matches up with them.