Thursday, April 23, 2009
Big 12 links: No more booze allowed in Nebraska's skyboxes
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
It might be a little quieter at Memorial Stadium this season, at least if a directive from the Nebraska athletic department is enforced.
Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald reports that skybox holders at Memorial Stadium have received word that there will be stricter enforcement of the campus law that forbids alcohol possession on campus.
No beer or whiskey in those prime seats might lead to a more sedate crowd -- at least in what some Nebraska insiders refer to as "Lexus Lane."
But something tells me that if Bo Pelini's team is as good as expected, the rest of the stadium might drown them out.
We won't know about that until early September at the Cornhuskers' first game. Until then, here are some notable stories from across the conference.
- Mark Hasty of Fanhouse.com wonders if the Big 12 can rebound after last season's disappointing bowl performance.
- Randy Riggs of the Austin American-Statesman writes about how Texas A&M defensive coordinator Joe Kines has simplified his defensive scheme in hopes of improving the defense's production.
- Colorado is intent on improving its ability to block kicks this spring, the Boulder Daily Camera's Kyle Ringo reports.
- Robert Cessna of the Bryan Eagle is sticking to his 6-6 prediction for Texas A&M next season.
- Backup Oklahoma offensive tackle Donald Stephenson turned himself into Norman police after a municipal warrant was issued for his failure to pay a previous speeding ticket, the Oklahoman's Jake Trotter reports.
- Backup Texas Tech quarterback Steven "Sticks" Sheffield is intent on earning a scholarship to get his parents off the hook for tuition, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's Don Williams writes.
- Michael Crabtree and Brian Orakpo are among players who will serve as cover athletes for different platforms of EA Sports' NCAA Football, the Business Wire reports.
- Former Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman tells Joshua Kinder of the Manhattan Mercury he isn't looking back at his decision to declare for the NFL draft.
- John Whisler of the San Antonio Express-News profiles backup Iowa State quarterback Jerome Tiller, who has emerged as one of the Cyclones' biggest spring surprises.
- Lydon Murtha and Matt Slauson hope to renew the reputation of Nebraska's offensive line as a pipeline to the NFL, the Omaha World-Herald's Rich Kaipust reports.