Big 12 lunch links: Loss brought Gresham back

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

I'm finally off to my first practice of the season this afternoon as Baylor kicks off its preseason work.

But before that, here are some lunchtime links for your edification:

  • Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham told the Tulsa World's John Hoover that last season's BCS title game loss spurred him to return for his senior season.

  • The Los Angeles Times' Chris Dufresne ranks Oklahoma State among three teams most qualified to earn a BCS bowl berth if it can run through a difficult schedule.

  • Omaha World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel wonders if Paul Rhoads might be Jamie Pollard's mulligan.

  • Texas A&M interim president R. Bowen Loftin has called for an independent examination of the Aggies' indoor football and track practice facilities, the San Antonio Express-News' Brent Zwerneman reports. Loftin's announcement comes after the same company that built A&M facilities also built the Dallas Cowboys' facility that collapsed on May 2.

  • The Des Moines Register's Sean Keeler writes that new Iowa State coordinator Tom Herman's offense will go only as far as his receivers can take it.

  • Missouri enters spring practice with something to prove after back-to-back championship game appearances, the Columbia Daily Tribune's Dave Matter reports.

  • The Manhattan Mercury's Joshua Kinder profiles Alex Hrebec, a walk-on linebacker set to emerge as one of Kansas State's pivotal players.

  • Baylor's season-opening game at Wake Forest will be critical in terms of judging its bowl hopes, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald's John Werner.

  • The Boulder Camera's Kyle Ringo opines why it's been nearly a year since Dan Hawkins' blog has been updated.

  • Quarterback/safety Tyler Evans from Waverly, Neb., became Nebraska's fifth commitment of the 2010 recruiting class, the Lincoln Journal-Star's Brian Christopherson reports. Evans, a 4.0 student who is expected to be a wide receiver or defensive back in college, chose the Cornhuskers over Ohio University and Princeton.

  • Would a Todd Reesing Heisman campaign work? The Lawrence Journal-World's Dugan Arnett analyzes its chances.

  • Markques Simas could be poised to emerge as Colorado's deep receiving threat, the Denver Post's John Henderson reports.