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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Big 12 well-represented on coaches' all-star team

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

The Bleacher Report has an interesting article this morning, detailing an all-star football team based on the playing exploits of current Division I-A coaches.

Some of the selections were rather easy. It's kind of hard to keep South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier off the team after "The Ol' Ball Coach" claimed the Heisman Trophy at Florida in 1966. But some of the others were more problematic.

For example, Colorado coach Dan Hawkins earned a selection at running back, mainly because no other current college coaches played there. Hawkins was an overachieving slow-footed fullback at California-Davis from 1978-82.

The Big 12 was represented with several coaches, including Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops (Iowa defensive back, 1979-82), Nebraska coach Bo Pelini (Ohio State free safety, 1987-90) and Iowa State coach Gene Chizik (Florida linebacker, 1981; injury cut short his career).

And interestingly, two of the four current head coaches who did not play college football are in the Big 12. Texas Tech's Mike Leach and Kansas' Mark Mangino did not play football in college, along with Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson and Notre Dame's Charlie Weis.