Friday, May 22, 2009
Big 12 lunch links: Watts decides not to run for governor
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Former Oklahoma quarterback J.C. Watts always had the flair for the dramatic.
Whether it was breaking big runs as a wishbone quarterback under Barry Switzer or the way he directed the Sooners to back-to-back Orange Bowl victories in 1980-81, Watts always had star power.
After he left football he has carved an enviable career as a politician. He's accustomed to tackling challenge issues. One of the most interesting was his work as a lobbyist on Capitol Hill trying to curry favor among congressmen and senators for the Bowl Championship Series.
Many thought it was only a matter of time before Watts returned to the political arena.
But that idea will have to wait after he announced Friday he won't be running for governor of Oklahoma in this year's election to replace outgoing Gov. Brad Henry.
As such, I would imagine that Watts has more time to keep up with his old team. And I can't think of a better way to do that than by reading these daily links.
Here are a few I hope will enlighten him if he gets the chance to read them today.
- Texas Tech coach Mike Leach tells Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram why Bart Starr's picture hung on his wall when he was a kid and why he enjoys boxing and rugby but hates golf.
- Even as the Big 12 cuts the largest distribution pie in conference history, the conference is still considering ways to save money, according to Austin American-Statesman reporter Randy Riggs.
- The Dallas Morning News provides a video look at the new $40 million high-definition video boards at Cowboys Stadium. The facility will host three Big 12 regular-season games in the upcoming season and the Big 12 title game.
- The Los Angeles Times' Chris Dufresne lists three Big 12 games among the 10 national contests he can't wait for in 2009. Included are Georgia-Oklahoma State, Texas-Oklahoma and Texas-Texas Tech.
- The Kansas City Star's Jeffrey Martin reports on a new twist on Kansas State's lawsuit against former football coach Ron Prince. The Star's editorial page ripped the contract between Prince and former Kansas State athletic director Bob Krause, calling it a "stain on collegiate sports."
- Texas A&M's season opener against New Mexico likely will not be shown on national television as Texas A&M officials earlier had hoped, Robert Cessna of the Bryan Eagle reports.
- The Columbia Daily Tribune's Dave Matter answers questions about Missouri's offensive line, numbers he expects Missouri to retire and Chase Daniel's chance to stick with the Washington Redskins.
- The Lincoln Journal-Star's Brian Christopherson has the interesting story of Nebraska philosopher Hartley Burr Alexander, whose legendary "In the Deed the Glory" maxim put some big ideas into a few words on the side of Memorial Stadium.
- Trey Bradley of bleacherreport.com included two Big 12 jobs among his list of the nation's top 10 coaching jobs.