Friday, June 5, 2009
Big 12 lunch links: Brown returns from Middle East
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Here are some Big 12 links to send you bouncing into the weekend.
- Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News reports about the end of Mack Brown's trip to the Middle East with a group of other college football coaches.
- Nebraska wide receiver Niles Paul has pleaded not guilty on charges of reckless driving, being a minor in possession of alcohol and driving under suspension in connection with an April 12 traffic stop performed by a Nebraska State Patrol trooper. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Paul's bench trial will be July 6.
- Missouri quarterback Blaine Dalton tells Bill Althaus of the Rock Springs Examiner that he is excited to be practicing with the Tigers again after his suspension was rescinded by coach Gary Pinkel. Dalton was reinstated after it was revealed that no felony charges would be filed against him for his arrest by Columbia police a month ago.
- David Flores of KENS5.com reflects on the still powerful legacy of Texas' 1969 national championship team.
- The Lawrence Journal-World's Bill Mayer writes about the problems that Kansas State leaders will be facing in regaining public trust.
- Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione is among athletic directors who will work with the NCAA Champions Forum in hopes of improving the hiring ratio of minority head football coaches, the Oklahoman reports.
- Texas lost its second commitment in as many weeks when wide receiver Ross Apo of Arlington, Texas, switched from the Longhorns to BYU, ESPN.com's JC Shurburtt reports.
- Adding Missouri to the Big Ten was the least popular of three Big Ten expansion alternatives that Cedar Rapids Gazette columnist Mike Hlas presented in an online poll of his readers.
- The Tulsa World's Bill Haisten reports that Kevin Johnson, a wide receiver from Houston Cypress Ridge High School, has become Oklahoma State's 10th recruit in the class of 2010. The Cowboys beat out more than a dozen schools, including Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas, Utah and Syracuse.
- The Columbia Tribune's Dave Matter breaks down what the additions of Indiana and Miami (Ohio) will mean to Missouri's future schedules.
- Nebraska's Sept. 19 game with Virginia Tech will be part of the ACC's television package and carried nationally by the ABC/ESPN networks, the Lincoln Journal Star's Brian Christopherson reports.
- Jake Trotter of the Oklahoman reports that former Oklahoma defensive back Moses Washington remains alive on Michael Irvin's "Fourth and Long" reality football show on Spike TV.