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Big 12 lunch links: Mangino falls on the sword and Leach gets one

Some coaches get gifts from appreciative fans for their accomplishments.

Others get hefty cash settlements on their way out.

We've got all that and more across the Big 12 this morning -- and a pretty big football game tomorrow night.

Check them all out in this delicious collection of lunchtime links.

  • Kansas City Star’s Jason Whitlock writes that Mark Mangino was as much of an anchor for the Kansas football program as he was a springboard.

  • Texas Tech coach Mike Leach received a commemorative 30-inch stainless steel pirate sword from Tech boosters after setting the school record for all-time coaching victories, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams writes. There's a great picture that goes with the story, too.

  • The Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla explains why Ndamukong Suh deserves the Heisman Trophy.

  • Remember the good ol' days when Nebraska was churning out big-time offensive linemen? The Lincoln Journal-Star's Steve Sipple writes that no Nebraska offensive lineman has made the All-Big 12 team selected by coaches since Toniu Fonoti in 2001. The Cornhuskers had at least one all-league lineman every year from 1970 to 2001.

  • The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Gil Lebreton writes that Nebraska can repay an old debt to TCU by upsetting Texas on Saturday in the Big 12 championship game.

  • The Lawrence Journal-World’s Tom Keegan writes about his encounter with Mark Mangino's dog Thursday night and opines that Jim Harbaugh and Kevin Sumlin stand above the other potential candidates for the vacant Kansas coaching position.

  • The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Jimmy Burch profiles Texas redshirt freshman Tre’ Newton, who has been collecting a fair share of nicknames this season.

  • Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle describes the contributions provided to Texas’ special teams by wide receivers Marquise Goodwin and Malcolm Williams.

  • The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel analyzes whether Oklahoma will be playing in the Alamo or the Sun Bowl and why he thinks that college football should challenge the NFL’s stranglehold on Thanksgiving morning.

  • The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Bernie Miklasz describes why falling to the Texas Bowl wouldn't necessarily be all bad for Missouri.

  • The Bryan Eagle’s Robert Cessna expects Jerrod Johnson to return next year and answers a reader’s plaintive claim that Mike Sherman should be fired as Texas A&M’s coach.