Early December and coaching searches go together like Christmas television commercials popping up as soon as the Thanksgiving dishes are done.
So it's really not a surprise that the Big 12 is squarely in the middle of these searches that are such a part of modern college football.
And, yeah, there is that championship game coming up on Saturday night, too.
Here are some of the topics of conversation across the conference this morning.
Bob Stoops' lack of patience dealing with his limited collection of beat writers at Oklahoma makes the Notre Dame job a bad fit for him, ESPN.com’s Ivan Maisel writes.
Tulsa World’s Dave Sittler doesn’t believe that Bob Stoops is lying about his lack of interest in the Notre Dame vacancy.
The Austin American-Statesman’s Kirk Bohls wishes we could see the current Texas dynasty play the “old” Nebraska. And the Omaha World-Herald’s Tom Shatel writes about the tradition of the Texas-Nebraska rivalry.
The Omaha World Herald’s Lee Barfknecht writes about the Big 12 season that could have been.
Will Muschamp and Bo Pelini share a connection and a healthy respect because of their defensive roots, the Omaha World-Herald’s Rich Kaipust writes.
The Lawrence Journal-World’s Chuck Woodling defends Mark Mangino’s late-game play calling against Missouri.
The Bryan Eagle’s Robert Cessna reports that Texas A&M likely would trump Iowa State for the Big 12’s Independence Bowl berth.
Texas' consistency under Mack Brown is analyzed by The Dallas Morning News’ Kevin Sherrington.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Mark Anderson reports that former Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione is among the top candidates for the vacant UNLV coaching job.