Big 12: Austin Woods
- Andy Staples of SI.com writes about the Big 12's realignment resurgence, which now includes the welcome signs of logo discussion.
- Is Texas officially preparing for the Tyrone Swoopes Era after David Ash leaves? Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman says it looks that way.
- Oklahoma offensive lineman Austin Woods is cancer free and threw out the first pitch at the Women's College World Series last night.
- Missed this last week, but eyebrow-raising story out of Lubbock here. Texas Tech's previous staff promised to keep defensive lineman J.J. Lollar on scholarship despite an eye condition. The new staff pulled his scholarship after moving him to offensive line. Now, he's transferring to Lamar.
- Bob Stoops talks about balancing his duties as a husband, father and coach in a central Oklahoma parenting magazine. Oklahoma's coach and some of his players helped unload some tornado relief supplies from all the way at Stoops' alma mater, Iowa, on Monday.
- Scott Grayson of WV Illustrated caught up with Mountaineer quarterback Clint Trickett, who is settling in around Morgantown.
- Can Iowa State get back to a bowl game? The Des Moines Register discusses the possibility.
- Gilbert Brown's son, who played high school ball in Lawrence, will be walking on with Kansas. Very cool.
- Really interesting move from the Pac-12. We'll see if other leagues follow suit.
- Oklahoma State missed out on a top quarterback prospect on Monday. Texas A&M got a commitment from him.
- Interesting look here at the changing world of sports media relations.
- Two Texas receivers are officially suspended for the Longhorns' season opener after offseason issues with the law.
- Former Texas Tech safety Cody Davis blogs about the transition from Lubbock to St. Louis.
- Matt Hayes of Sporting News ranks the college football coaches from top to bottom. I disagree with a lot of these.
- Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman has a good look at the winners and losers with the ACC's grant of rights deal.
- Geno Smith is only the latest quarterback who's been forced to pay "the black tax," writes Jarrett Bell of USA Today.
- Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World writes about Oklahoma's offensive line's efforts to help raise money for cancer research, and their teammate who's winning his battle with the disease.
- Athlon ranks the Big 12 running backs.
- Colleague Ivan Maisel writes about Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert's change of attitude.
- West Virginia OC Shannon Dawson is trying to strengthen his relationship with his quarterbacks, but could WVU be leaning a lot more on a powerful running game this year?
- Can I interest you in a Kansas State football hype video?
- Cedric Golden of the Austin American-Statesman is writing about Iowa State's fight to reach the next level in the Big 12.
- Texas Tech has crowned its new Masked Rider. Leana Solis of the Daily Toreador was there for the hallowed ceremony.
- Kansas State's defensive line is depleted, but Ken Corbitt of the Topeka Capital-Journal writes about the efforts to rebuild it.
- The Lawrence Journal-World looks at Kansas' biggest position of strength.
- Stats don't mean much for NFL-bound receiver Chris Harper from Kansas State, writes Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle.
- Tony Jefferson and Kenny Stills' departure leaves room for more intense leaders to emerge for the Sooners, writes Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman. Former Sooner Jammal Brown is angry about the direction of Oklahoma's program. "I hear these guys exciting about sharing a championship? That ain't nothing to be excited about. This is Oklahoma football," he said.
- Oklahoma State signed what sounds like a solid DE prospect from Georgia who will enroll early and be an All-Name teamer.
- Very cool stuff here from Oklahoma. Offensive lineman Austin Woods is a nominee for an award. Hear more about his inspirational story. See more on him here.
- Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman plays the "What if" game as it relates to Northern Illinois' BCS bid and the rest of the Big 12.
- Another West Virginia defensive assistant is out the door, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Gina Mizell of The Oklahoman looks back at her preseason predictions for Oklahoma State.
- A former TCU star from the 1960s is facing 20 years in prison after swindling investors out of more than $15 million.
- Get to know Texas' new running backs coach, Larry Porter, a little better here.
- Mad about Denard Robinson edging out Pat White for the quarterback rushing record? Dave Hickman of the Charleston Gazette says it's simply not a big deal.
- The best news of the day: Oklahoma lineman Austin Woods' cancer is officially in remission.
- Oklahoma and Notre Dame might meet again ... in the Fiesta Bowl. Jason Kersey of The Oklahoman looks at what has to happen for a rematch.
- TCU clearly wasn't ready to handle playing BCS-level teams every week, writes Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
- Kansas State players are gunning for Oklahoma State after last year's heartbreaker, writes colleague Ivan Maisel. "This is a game we really want," fullback Braden Wilson said. He also checks in on the "Colorado Curse" and if Oregon will fall victim.
- Jim Vertuno of the Associated Press writes about Texas' legendary coach Darrell Royal's fight with Alzheimer's, and the family around him fighting with him.
- Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail looks at WVU's struggles over the past month, going nearly a month without a lead. Part of that is the Mountaineers' youth in the secondary.
- The Des Moines Register has video of linebacker Jake Knott's emotional farewell news conference on Wednesday.
- What's ahead for Texas' and Mack Brown's future? It's difficult to tell, writes Cedric Golden of the Austin American-Statesman.
- Matt Tait of the Lawrence Journal-World looks at the changes DC Dave Campo made to improve the KU defense.
- West Virginia QB Geno Smith is trying to ease the pain of a rough pair of losses. Bob Hertzel of the Times West Virginian explains how he's trying to move on.
- Is Oklahoma State prepping for a repeat of one of its greatest upsets this weekend? Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman notes the similarities. Former Pokes back Herschel Sims was Lamar's leading rusher after transferring, but he's leaving for a new school again. Odd story there.
- Kellis Robinett of the Kansas City Star introduces you to Kansas State's opponent that never showed up on its schedule.
- Art Briles is known as a gambler, but more often than not, his risks pay off, writes Will Parchman of the Waco Tribune-Herald.
- Alex Okafor and Kenny Vaccaro are becoming bigger leaders for the Texas defense, writes Mark Rosner of the Austin American-Statesman.
- KU kicker Nick Prolago got one moment this season. He took advantage with a memorable kick, writes Tom Keegan of the Lawrence Journal-World.
- The Heisman Trophy will be on display at Baylor's homecoming festivities this weekend.
- TCU got good news on its injury report this week. QB Trevone Boykin and DE Stansly Maponga should start.
- In the middle of losses and injuries, Josh Stewart has emerged as Oklahoma State's go-to receiver, writes Gina Mizell of The Oklahoman.
- Kevin Robbins of the Austin American-Statesman tells the story of a Longhorn who had football taken away from him and there was nothing he could do about it.
- Oklahoma State offensive coordinator/ quote machine Todd Monken, says "stats are for losers." Gina Mizell of The Oklahoman has more.
- The Big 12's apology (or non-apology) will ultimately help Oklahoma State, says Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman. Still, the damage has been done, writes The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson.
- Colleague Ivan Maisel weighs in on the apology and notes that Geno Smith could be playing for Alabama.
- Nick Saban was no fan of the Baylor-West Virginia game, I'm assuming. "Is this what we want football to be?" he says.
- Texas Tech QB Seth Doege is learning to put the bad plays behind him.
- Want to watch Baylor's stadium as its built? Today is your lucky day.
- Iowa State's Texas natives are ready for their first trip home of the 2012 season, writes Andrew Logue of the Des Moines Register.
- Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett is trying to figure out what went wrong, writes John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald.
- Get to know Texas Tech defensive coordinator Art Kaufman a little better.
- After giving up bushels of points, confidence is an issue for defenses in the Big 12, writes Dave Hickman of the Charleston Gazette.
- Kansas is hoping to imitate Kansas State.
- How does Oklahoma State's offense compare to the rest of the Big 12?
- Leave it to Bill Snyder to turn a former quarterback into a stalwart at linebacker for the Wildcats, writes Joshua Kinder of the Manhattan Mercury.
- Stephanie Kuzydym of The Oklahoman has more on Oklahoma lineman Austin Woods' battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma.
- Center Joey Madsen's getting plenty of attention from the coaching staff, and he's OK with it, writes Dave Hickman of the Charleston Gazette.
“That’s the way he has been and that’s the way he will always be,” Irwin said. “It’s a fighter’s mentality. It’s a 12-round prize fight and Austin will be there the whole time.”
Following Tuesday's practice, Woods spoke to the media for the first time since his diagnosis:
SoonerNation: Talking to all your teammates, every single one of them mentions you as an inspiration. What does it mean to you to hear things like that from your teammates?
Austin Woods: It means a lot that they say that about me. We’re all brothers on this team. I knew no matter what I wanted to be there for them. It could always be worse. As bad as you think you are, you’re not as bad as some other people. No matter what you’re going through, we can get through this together.
SN: When did you first notice there might be something wrong?
AW: All spring I had a sore throat and swollen glands. I went to trainer Scott Anderson and showed him and asked if that was normal, he said no, not really. I saw multiple doctors and was finally diagnosed with it. It wasn’t [mononucleosis], wasn’t strep throat but nobody was really talking cancer. Went to an oncologist and thought maybe this is cancer. If that’s the case, (I've) got to let my family know. Got to have my coaches and teammates know and be ready to fight this thing.
- According to a poll, 41 percent of West Virginians were indifferent to the Big 12 move. Another 40 percent favored the move and 19 percent opposed it. Jared Hunt of the Charleston Daily Mail has the report.
- Eyebrow-raising story from Iowa State. Defensive back Anthony Young believes he was run off by coach Paul Rhoads because of a knee injury he says was mistreated by ISU staff. ISU declined comment. Dan Tracy of the Iowa State Daily explains.
- Transfer? Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh doesn't sound like he's going anywhere after losing the QB job to freshman Wes Lunt.
- West Virginia had a memorable trip to the Orange Bowl, but it still lost more than $200,000 on the game.
- Former TCU linebacker Tanner Brock looks like he's transferring to UTEP. Brock was one of four TCU players arrested in a campus drug sting this spring. His brother, however, says the reports are mere rumor.
- Kansas State AD John Currie is joining the board of directors at the Fiesta Bowl.
- Oklahoma offensive lineman Austin Woods is now battling Hodgkin's lymphoma.
- Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas came away very impressed with the BCS meetings last week, writes colleague Ivan Maisel.
- How will Texas Tech handle its third-tier TV rights? AD Kirby Hocutt discusses the logistics with Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
- New Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly weighed in on Charlie Weis' prospects at his new home in Kansas.
- There's nothing left for WVU to do on the field for now. Coach Dana Holgorsen's hoping his players don't make headlines off the field this offseason, writes Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail.
- Kansas' backfield duo proved the running back position is in good hands after James Sims' suspension, writes Matt Tait of the Lawrence Journal-World.
- WVU defensive end Bruce Irvin talks about his pre-draft arrest and surprising draft night.
- Oklahoma State defensive lineman Calvin Barnett was arrested on four driving charges this week.
- What will the first round in 2013 look like? Plenty of Big 12 talents could hear their name called.
- Texas Tech looks like its adding a QB transfer from New Mexico.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
The Fourth of July has sent most players and coaches across the Big 12 scurrying to an early vacation this week.
But we don't stop around here just because of the approaching festivities.
There are always a good crop of lunchtime links available, if you search hard enough. And today's group is especially succulent.
So here are today's offerings as a prelude to all the brats and watermelon that will be available for all of you over the weekend.
Enjoy them responsibly, along with the weekend pyrotechnics.
- The Kansas City Star's Mike DeArmond reports about the banner year for quarterbacks from across Missouri among the class of 2011.
- Nebraska freshman safety Mason Wald and junior walk-on fullback Justin Makovicka have left the Cornhuskers' program since the spring semester ended, the Omaha World-Herald's Rich Kaipust reports.
- Projected Kansas starting offensive tackle Tanner Hawkinson has boosted his weight by 19 pounds since the spring, Susie Epp of the McPherson Sentinel reports. Hawkinson now weighs 279 pounds with eventual plans to reach 290 -- up from 245 pounds that he weighed when he arrived at Kansas last year.
- Martin Manley of the Kansas City Star's blog "Upon Further Review" checks out the cumulative preseason rankings of Big 12 teams.
- The Tulsa World's Bill Haisten has an interesting question-and-answer session with Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy. Haisten also comments on the chances that the Cowboys will enter the season with their highest preseason ranking in history.
- Colorado cornerback Anthony Wright is expected to be ready to compete for playing time after sitting out spring practice to recover from a knee injury, the Boulder Camera's Kyle Ringo reports.
- Lincoln Journal-Star staffers Curt McKeever and Brian Christopherson and Steve Ryan of the Big Red Report discuss Nebraska's rushing game and the productive combination of Roy Helu Jr. and Quentin Castille in their Husker Extra Press Box.
- Center Austin Woods of Heath High School in Rockwall, Texas, has committed to Oklahoma, the Oklahoman's Jake Trotter reports. Woods, who chose the Sooners over Baylor, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas, Tech, is the Sooners' fourth offensive line commitment in the 2010 recruiting class.
- Texas will spruce up the appearance of its mammoth Godzillatron scoreboard by putting a burnt-orange backing on it, the Austin American-Statesman reports.