Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Lunch links: Strong words from Texas AD
By ESPN.com staff
Is this toothbrush approved by the American Dental Association?
- Texas AD DeLoss Dodds tells Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports that "In the next five years, the Big 12 will be making as much [money] as anybody in the country."
- Mike Gundy's loyalty isn't being rewarded with a big contract, writes Dave Sittler of the Tulsa World. Sources told Sittler that Gundy was a major candidate for the Texas A&M job, but his desire to be an OSU lifer kept him from going to Aggieland.
- Meanwhile, in Morgantown, WVU coach Dana Holgorsen still hasn't signed a contract. That makes him a flight risk to a new team in West Virginia's new conference, writes Jack Bogaczyk of the Charleston (W.V.) Daily Mail. (I 100 percent agree.)
- West Virginia's road out of the Big East continues to be sticky. The league asked for an injunction to make the Mountaineers play in the Big East next year, not in the Big 12, reports Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Oklahoma's once-deep running backs corps is trimmed to just two, writes Travis Haney of The Oklahoman. Even in tough times, though, Bob Stoops' leadership isn't wavering.
- Blaine Irby of Texas is leaving football, but he's leaving in style.
- You've heard about it, but have you ever really learned about it? Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman takes you inside OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden's minor league baseball days.
- New helmets and uniforms for Mizzou? Tigers coach Gary Pinkel addresses the possibility with Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star.
- A joke turned to reality for Mike Gundy, too.
- Colleague Corey Long gets you ready for Wednesday's start of junior college signing period with a primer.
- Arizona AD Greg Byrne offered an interesting look inside his recent coaching search. Cool read, regardless of conference.
- Iowa State fans can purchase tickets to the Pinstripe Bowl to be donated to troops.
- Tom Timmerman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tracks Missouri QB James Franklin's growth into his new role this year.
- Kansas coach Charlie Weis had successful hip surgery in Florida this week.