Thursday, February 19, 2009
Big 12 lunch links: Tech's leaders are taking a media beating
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
We're barely a day away from the most eagerly anticipated matchup in Lubbock since the end of football season. Mike Leach's future as Texas Tech's coach dangles precariously until the school's board of regents conducts a teleconference Friday afternoon in Lubbock.
Until then, the Tech coach is carrying on a lobbying schedule over the next 24 hours that would make Barack Obama proud.
And we still have some lunchtime links from around the conference, gauging the mood on Leach's contract squabble and other Big 12 topics of interest.
- Houston Chronicle columnist Richard Justice writes about the leadership failure at Texas Tech and wonders if Art Briles really would leave Baylor to join the Red Raiders if Leach is fired.
- Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman opines that Leach's impasse with the school gives "a horrible impression" of Texas Tech's athletic department.
- Idaho State originally wanted no part of playing Oklahoma next season. But interim ISU athletic director Jeff Tingley told USA Today that he changed his mind and approved the game specifically because of a budget shortfall caused by the declining economy.
- New Colorado offensive line coach Denver Johnson's arrival was boosted by an unusual source, Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera reports. Johnson was recommended to Colorado coach Dan Hawkins by an old friend, Colorado football and basketball play-by-play announcer Mark Johnson.
- Heralded Houston Second Baptist High School quarterback Connor Wood has become the second player at his position in next season's recruiting class to commit to Texas, Sam Khan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Wood chose the Longhorns over Oklahoma and Stanford.
- Nebraska and Colorado still appear to be set to remain on the Big 12's schedule on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal-Star reports.