Big 12 lunch links: Stoops still steamed about lagging o-line
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops didn't hesitate to call out his offensive line even before spring practice started. And he's not stopping now, either.
Stoops told the Tulsa World that he isn't budging from the hard line he's taken with the revamped offensive line that will feature four new starters.
"If they will come on and be what they need to be, we have a chance to have a really good team," Stoops told the World. "If they don't, we'll just have an OK team. That's the bottom line."
If Stoops' stinging words during his vacation are any indication of what he's thinking, we can only wait to see what he has to say once preseason workouts begin.
Until then, here are a few other links from around the conference.
- Dave Matter's must-read "Case of the Mondays" analyzed Missouri's offense compared with the 1991 Tigers team. The reason? That was the last time before this season that the Tigers lost their top passer and top three receivers in the same season.
- The Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls has the story about Texas assistant strength coach Donnie Maib, who was recently ordained as a minister.
- Brian Christopherson's outstanding "Deep Red" series about Nebraska's football history spotlights one of the biggest humiliations in school history -- the Cornhuskers' stunning 6-0 upset home loss to Hawaii in 1955.
- Tom Keegan, Kevin Romary and Jesse Newell break down various topics during a wide-ranging recent Lawrence Journal-World podcast, including Kansas' hopes to win the North, Kerry Meier's opportunity to play wide receiver full-time and Bill Snyder's chances for immediate success at Kansas State.
- Mike Leach must have had a good time when he went to Reno last season? The Texas Tech will be the guest speaker at the Governor's Dinner, the biggest special event for Nevada's athletic department, on July 17. Tickets are $300 apiece.
- Seth Jungman of Double T Nation provides a detailed look at Texas Tech's defensive ends -- one of the Red Raiders' biggest questions heading into the season.
- The Omaha World-Herald's Tom Shatel answers a Dallas-based Nebraska fan's question of why more Cornhusker merchandise isn't more readily available across the South Division.
- How about some family pictures from Colt McCoy's trip to throw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers' game earlier this week? Texassports.com has a montage of McCoy's trip.
- The Oklahoman's Scott Wright looks ahead to Oklahoma State's season-opening game against Georgia on Sept. 5 with an in-depth examination of the Bulldogs.
- Landry Locker of the Texas Tech Daily Toreador student newspaper writes that the Red Raiders' game against Texas A&M might be their most important game of the season for a variety of reasons.
- Pete Fiutak of College Football News predicts that no Big 12 school would willingly consider leaving the conference for the Pac-10.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
5:15 1st Qtr Fresno State 0 Rice 3 Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49
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