Big 12: Adrian Fiala
Several Nebraska newspapers reported Monday that Dave Witty, the vice president and general manager of the Cornhuskers' radio network, has decided to go with a two-man team in the booth for Nebraska games for the 2010 season. The grouping will include play-by-play announcer Greg Sharpe and analyst and former Nebraska wide receiver Matt Davison. Lane Grindle will continue doing sideline reports.
"It's always tough when you're talking about somebody who’s been part of the broadcast that long and somebody who I respect and always have had a good relationship with,” Witty told the Lincoln Journal-Star. “It’s just that at some point you have to do what you think is right.
"You obviously get feedback from lots of different people and sources. You take all the feedback and you have to make decisions at the end of the year, and that was the decision that was made.”
Fiala is a Lincoln-based attorney who is heavily involved in insurance and investments. The former All-Big Eight linebacker and catcher at Nebraska has one of the longest tenures of any Big 12 broadcaster.
It's a little surprising that the Cornhuskers decided to let go of one of the remaining links to the Bob Devaney era. The Nebraska broadcasts won't be quite the same without Fiala involved in them.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
So much for this being a holiday weekend around the Big 12.
There's a lot of news around the conference, starting with spring games tomorrow at Oklahoma and Kansas.
And here are some daily links to get you ready for your Easter egg hunts.
- The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Mike Jones reports how Oklahoma's offensive line has responded to Bob Stoops' pre-camp admonitions.
- The Lawrence Journal-World's Dugan Arnett lists 10 things to watch for in Kansas' spring game on Saturday.
- Missouri tight end Michael Egnew will undergo surgery Friday morning for a high ankle sprain, Columbia Daily Tribune beat writer Dave Matter reports.
- Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis likes what he's seen in tailback Cody Johnson, but wants him to report back this summer weighing 240 pounds - down 15 pounds from his listed spring weight, Dallas Morning News Big 12 reporter Chuck Carlson writes.
- Colorado coach Dan Hawkins explains why he has decided to close practices to media members, the Denver Post's Natalie Meisler reports.
- Kansas sophomore offensive line Ben Lueken was released from KU Hospital Thursday afternoon after being struck by a vehicle early Sunday morning outside a Lawrence apartment complex, the Lawrence Journal-World reports.
- The Lincoln Journal Star's Steve Sipple wonders if the vacant Nebraska-Omaha athletic director position could serve as a training ground for Tom Osborne's eventual successor at Nebraska. Among the potential candidates that Sipple names are former Nebraska All-American Trev Alberts and current Nebraska radio football analyst Adrian Fiala.
- The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel opines about what happened to the quaint notion of competitive, interesting spring games.