Monday, August 16, 2010
Lunch links: Big 12 in high demand
By ESPN.com staff
First off, a lion? Swimming? In the ocean? Lions don't like water. If you'd placed it near a river or some sort of fresh water source, that might make sense. But you find yourself in the ocean, 20-foot waves -- I'm assuming off the coast of South Africa -- coming up against a full-grown, 800-pound tuna, with his 20 or 30 friends? You lose that battle. You lose that battle nine times out of 10.
- Despite the recent recession, ticket prices for high-demand games are at an all-time high. And the highest prices for those games are in the Big 12, reports Rachel Bachman of The Oregonian.
- Baylor gave some players a microphone and put them in front of the camera. Hilarity ensued. Former fireman and current left tackle Danny Watkins is a masterful host.
- Texas' defense, which Mack Brown believes might be his best ever, is dishing out the big hits early, writes Cedric Golden of the Austin American-Statesman.
- Getting through preseason camp is hard because preseason camp is.... hard. Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World-Herald consults a few Huskers for their secret to making it to opening weekend.
- The Kansas City Star takes a long look at what seems like excess spending on private planes by Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins. Perkins says its a matter of convenience, not luxury. Great reporting on this; it's a lot more interesting than it sounds. Elsewhere, The Star's Sam Mellinger reminds us that he's done nothing illegal, but says if Perkins cares about his legacy, he'll decline a $600,000 bonus he's due two months before he retires next fall.
- Robert Cessna of the Bryan-College Station Eagle sees progress from the Aggies defense.
- Colorado linebacker Michael Sipili has developed from a troubled young player into the Buffaloes hardest hitter and defensive leader, writes Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera. And the Buffaloes are in negotiations to play a game at Ohio Stadium against the Buckeyes in 2011, reports the Camera's Neil Woelk and Ryan Thorburn.
- John Helsley of The Oklahoman examines the idea of Mike Gundy as a resident of the hot seat.
- Safeties Tysyn Hartman and Emmanuel Lamur anchored the Kansas State defense last season, but they still have to get better, reports Austin Meek of the Topeka Capital-Journal.
- College football pundit Phil Steele extensively lays out his case for Oklahoma as his preseason No. 1 to Jake Trotter of The Oklahoman.
- Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas needed a priority change before he had a chance to pursue the success he achieved in his first year, writes John Henderson of the Denver Post.