Big 12: Alfred Williams
- The Columbia Tribune's David Briggs looks at the possibility of Missouri starting its own TV network.
- Meanwhile, the startup costs for Texas' network mean trying to earn big money will be a big risk, report Mark Rosner and Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman.
- Should the Big Ten or Big 12 change its name? Brian Christopherson at the Lincoln Journal Star tackles the question, and the answer is probably what you thought.
- Former coach Ron Prince's ambitious scheduling has put Kansas State in an awkward position, writes Tim Bisel in the Topeka Capital-Journal. Here are Bill Snyder's thoughts on the issue from a few months earlier, also.
- Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance takes the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's Matthew McGowan through the realignment process from Texas Tech's perspective.
- Bowl officials aren't complaining about what the new Big 12 has to offer, reports Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune.
- Iowa State's newest recruit is ready for a family in-state rivalry.
- The Oklahoman's Brandon Chatmon looks at how each position on the OSU defense breaks down between current players and incoming recruits.
- Nebraska receiver Niles Paul pleaded guilty to a minor in possession of alcohol charge stemming from a May incident and was ordered to pay $400.
- Turner Gill beat out Florida State for an offensive lineman from California, reports Matt Tait of the Lawrence Journal-World.
- Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman says Oklahoma and Texas are attached at the hip--and it's best for both.
- Lee Barfnecht at the Omaha World-Herald surveys Nebraska's assumed financial gains after joining the Big Ten.
- Life is good for former Colorado linebacker and new Hall of Fame inductee Alfred Williams, Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post reports.
The Buffaloes game against Georgia on Oct. 2 will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net and kick off at 4:30 p.m ET.
Ray Childress spent two seasons dominating on the defensive line for the Texas A&M's defense in the mid-80s. He was a two-time All-American and two-time All-Southwest Conference selection after racking up 25 sacks and 241 tackles in his final two seasons.
His 360 career tackles and 25 sacks rank fifth all-time in school history, and Childress was drafted by the Houston Oilers with the third pick in the 1985 NFL Draft.
Alfred Williams helped the Buffaloes capture the 1990 national title and won the Butkus Award as college football's best linebacker. He also earned All-American honors in 1989 and 1990. He's the school's all-time leader in sacks, with 35.
Williams is the program's fifth Hall of Fame selection, and the school plans to honor him with a celebration surrounding the Sept. 18 home game, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.
"I'm speechless," Williams said. "I'm honored ... I've been nervous all day. I was supposed to be waiting for some kind of envelope, and I was sitting around the house waiting for it all day. I started to think it wasn`t going to come."
Williams had been on the list of nominees for the last three years. "I was beginning to think it wasn't going to happen," he said.
[...]At one point after being told of the honor, Williams teared up in the radio studio and briefly took a break from the show.
Gene Stallings might be best known for winning a national title at Alabama in 1992, and being a part of Bear Bryant's staff for championships in 1961 and 1964, but his first head coaching job came as a 29-year-old in College Station. He was also one of Bryant's "Junction Boys" at A&M before joining his staff at Alabama when his playing career was up.
In 1967, under Stallings' direction, the Aggies won the Southwest Conference title.
Here are the other inductees for the Class of 2010, who will be enshrined later this year.
- Dennis Byrd, NC State
- Ronnie Caveness, Arkansas
- Randy Cross, UCLA
- Sam Cunningham, USC
- Mark Herrmann, Purdue
- Clarkston Hines, Duke
- Desmond Howard, Michigan
- Chet Moeller, Navy
- Jerry Stovall, LSU
- Pat Tillman, Arizona State
- Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Only one team has spring practice continuing, but it still should be a busy week around the Big 12 with a variety of activities.
Kansas State will conclude Bill Snyder's first spring practice since his return Saturday in Manhattan. The Wildcats traditionally drew very well for their spring games when Snyder had the program contending for Big 12 championship and BCS bowls. It will be interesting to see the kind of crowd they will attract for Saturday's spring game and fan fest, which will feature an afternoon of activities including a pregame concert and carnival.
Before that, we'll have the announcement of a new College Football Hall of Fame class Thursday in New York City. The Big 12 was strongly represented in the finalists that were announced earlier this year.
Among the players who could receive the call to the Hall of Fame include Nebraska linebacker Trev Alberts, Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth, Texas A&M defensive end Ray Childress, Kansas quarterback Bobby Douglass, Texas A&M kicker Tony Franklin, Texas defensive tackle Steve McMichael, Nebraska guard Will Shields, Baylor quarterback Don Trull, Colorado linebacker Alfred Williams and Nebraska defensive end Grant Wistrom.
The remnants of the draft will play out with free-agent signings this week after a record-setting haul in the early stages. The Big 12 set a record on Saturday with conference players selected in the first round of the draft. But several top players weren't signed, leading to some negotiation going on early this week for players like Graham Harrell.
And it will be interesting to see Mark Helfrich's coaching opportunity at Oregon play out. Helfrich will interview this week at Oregon for a position on new coach Chip Kelly's staff. It might be hard for Colorado to match Helfrich's offer in Oregon, considering he grew up in the state and would likely have the security of a multiyear contract with the Ducks. Those contracts are rarely -- if ever -- granted to Colorado assistant coaches.
It's not a good situation for a search to be made for an offensive coordinator after spring practice. Colorado coach Dan Hawkins hopes he won't be making that hire if he can help it.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Ten players from seven different Big 12 schools have been nominated for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, according to the 2009 FBS ballot that was released on Tuesday.
The group were among 76 players and six coaches who were included in this year's final ballot.
The FBS Hall of Fame Class will be announced live on ESPNEWS at a press conference in New York City on April 30. The group will be inducted at The National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner on December 8 in New York City and enshrined in the Hall of Fame in South Bend next summer.
Here's the Big 12 representatives for this year.
- Nebraska LB Trev Alberts (1990-93).
- Oklahoma LB Brian Bosworth* (1984-86).
- Texas A&M DE Ray Childress (1981-84).
- Kansas QB Bobby Douglass (1966-68).
- Texas A&M K Tony Franklin* (1975-78).
- Texas DT Steve McMichael (1976-79).
- Nebraska G Will Shields (1989-92).
- Baylor QB Don Trull (1961-63).
- Colorado LB Alfred Williams (1987-90).
- Nebraska DE Grant Wistrom (1994-97).
*Indicates first-time nominee.