Monday, January 11, 2010
Big 12 lunch links: Don't mess with Texas -- or a Longhorn hat
By ESPN.com staff
We're coming down to the finish for recruiting season and Big 12 coaches are scrambling to fill their staffs.
In short, it's not a dead time around the Big 12, even though the season ended last week.
Here are some of the stories people are talking about around the conference.
- The Austin American-Statesman’s Kirk Bohls opines on Tommy Tuberville, Jordan Shipley and C.J. Mosley’s act of throwing down a Longhorn hat to pick Alabama at the Army All-America game in his marvelous nine things and one crazy prediction about college football.
- Texas A&M will interview Air Force defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter later this week for the Aggies’ vacant defensive coordinator position, the San Antonio Express-News’ Brent Zwerneman reports.
- Tommy Tuberville’s first act at Texas Tech will be to reunite the Red Raiders’ fractured fan base, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams reports. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal sports editor Courtney Linehan writes that Tech might have found the anti-Leach in Tuberville. But the Huntsville Times’ Bill Bryant wonders if the Red Raiders misfired by hiring Tuberville.
- The Orange County Register’s Jeff Miller ranks Mike Leach as the worst potential replacement for Pete Carroll at USC.
- Tulsa television station TUL reports that Dez Bryant has hired Eugene Parker as his agent. Parker also represented former NFL All-Pro Deion Sanders, who helped get Bryant into trouble with the NCAA earlier this season.
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Tony Barnhart writes that witnessing Colt McCoy watch most of the national championship game from the sidelines was one of his saddest memories from the past season.
- Oklahoma State is losing recruiting traction in Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Michael Carvell reports.
- Texas and Nebraska are projected by the Omaha World-Herald's Dirk Chatelain as among the top 10 programs of the upcoming decade.
- Colorado is tied for 99th with Indiana among the College Football News’ final rankings -- lowest of any Big 12 team.
- Nebraska is back in the hunt for Owamagbe Odighizuwa, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end prospect from Portland, Ore. -- the hometown of Ndamukong Suh. The Cornhuskers are challenging Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and USC for Odighizuwa, the Lincoln Journal Star’s Brian Christopherson reports.