Big 12: Ben Lueken
- Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com has more on Nebraska's version of The Decision. Baseball or football for Bubba Starling?
- Mack Brown's first choice as his new offensive coordinator? Charlie Weis, writes Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman.
- Whatever stability the Big 12 has remaining took a big blow with the birth of Texas' new TV network, writes Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman.
- Texas Tech's top talent from the 2011 class leans toward offense, writes Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
- Colorado running back Rodney Stewart is making good on his nickname, "Speedy." It's time for him to take his talents to the track.
- Nebraska added a defensive end for the 17th commitment to its 2011 class.
- Texas linebacker Tariq Allen has left the team and plans to transfer.
- Oklahoma State 2011 commit Josh Stewart had to relocate to Texas after Hurricane Katrina, but the move helped him develop into the player he is today, writes Brandon Chatmon of The Oklahoman. He also writes that current Oklahoma State coach and playing legend Mike Gundy was almost a Sooner.
- Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World profiles another one of the Cowboys' commits, a versatile defensive prospect named James Castleman.
- Look out, Baylor and Notre Dame. Oklahoma is gunning for your team's commits, and they've had success swiping them this late in the game before, writes Jake Trotter of The Oklahoman.
- Former KU offensive lineman Ben Lueken's career ended because of injuries, but he's since joined an even tougher challenge than Division I football: The Marines. John Hoffmann of the Creve Coeur Patch.com site writes.
- Texas A&M is still waiting for its on-field success to translate to the recruiting trail, writes Robert Cessna of the Bryan-College Station Eagle.
- Want an elite defensive lineman? Texas isn't the place to find the player whose dominance can spur a team to a championship. They're in the deep South, writes Andy Staples of SI.com.
- Iowa State linebacker Matt Tau'fo'ou was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated over the weekend, reports Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register.
"...and my mood ring! And I don't know how I feel about that."
- Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara feels the pressure of the Huskers' final season in the Big 12, writes Steve Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star. "Everyone's out to get us," he says.
- Another legal run-in for Missouri. Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune reports.
- Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman can't believe Texas Tech against Oklahoma State won't be on television .
- At 2-2, Texas Tech can already see its season slipping away, writes Adam Zuvanich of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
- Bill Snyder faced a couple silly questions on Monday, writes Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle.
- Kansas offensive lineman Ben Lueken left the program in 2009 to "pursue other opportunities." Now, he's graduated from the Marine Corps' boot camp.
- Oklahoma State kicker Dan Bailey has the most distinctive footwear in the Big 12, writes Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World.
- It's not often a coach would prefer not to score a touchdown, but Iowa State's Paul Rhoads felt that way this week.
- Demoted Nebraska quarterback Zac Lee also spoke to the media for the first time since Taylor Martinez won the job.
- Defensive end Aldon Smith, who had three sacks against the Buffaloes last year, won't be on the field for Missouri against Colorado.
- Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville is comparing Baylor's Robert Griffin to Michael Vick.
- Texas A&M is running short on sacks this year, writes Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News.
- Mack Brown and Texas are in a rare position with their backs against the wall this early in the season, writes Cedric Golden of the Austin American-Statesman.
- Oklahoma and Oklahoma State's seasons haven't been for the faint of heart, writes Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman.
- Storming the field cheapens Colorado's wins, writes Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Briscoe, a playmaking receiver who led the Jayhawks in receiving yardage and touchdown receptions last season, missed all of spring practice after an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Crawford, a former national junior-college rushing leader, was suspended midway through the spring and kept out of the Jayhawks' spring game on April 11 for another undisclosed violation of team rules.
"I've no comment on any issues that I'm dealing with in-house," Mangino said.
The Kansas City Star reported that Crawford was arrested and then unarrested early on the morning of April 5. It was the same time that Kansas redshirt freshman offensive lineman Ben Lueken sustained head injuries after an incident at the Jayhawker Towers student dormitory.
Lueken either was hit by or rolled off of a moving vehicle. He was hospitalized for several days before he was released.
Mangino said he visited with Lueken on Monday.
"Ben is doing well, Ben is feeling good," Mangino said. "He looks great."
The Star reported Tuesday that the case involving Lueken is currently in the hands of the Douglas County District Attorney's office, where district attorney Charles Branson will decide whether to charge the driver of the vehicle.
The departure of both suspended players could have drastic effects on whether the Jayhawks are able to contend for their first Big 12 title game appearance in 2009.
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Heralded junior-college running back Jocques Crawford's career at Kansas could be in jeopardy after coach Mark Mangino announced he was suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Mangino made the announcement after the Jayhawks' spring game on Saturday.
"To be quite honest, it was a situation where he has breached team policy more than once in a relatively short period of time," Mangino told reporters. "Every kid that I deal with and every situation, they're all different. I'm taking a look at his situation. He will not participate the rest of the spring. I just don't know his situation. I'll be honest with you, I don't know his status, whether he'll be back or not."
The Kansas coach declined to confirm or deny if Crawford's suspension had anything to do with an incident last weekend that sent Kansas freshman offensive lineman Ben Lueken to the hospital after he was struck by a vehicle last weekend outside a Lawrence apartment complex,
Lueken was treated in the hospital for several days before he was released last week. Neither Lueken or Crawford played in Saturday's spring game.
"There's an investigation that's pending and I can't speak to that at the present time," Mangino said.
Crawford was one of the most ballyhooed recruits to arrive at Kansas during Mangino's coaching tenure after he led the nation's junior college rushers with 1,935 yards in the 2007 season at Cisco (Texas) Junior College. He chose Kansas over offers from TCU, Arizona and Alabama.
Before last season, Crawford predicted he would rush for 2,000 yards. Instead, he struggled finding a niche and produced only 262 rushing yards as Jake Sharp emerged as the Jayhawks' featured ball-carrier.
Crawford's suspension is the third for the Jayhawks this spring. Earlier, defensive tackle Jamal Greene and wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe also were suspended for undisclosed violations of team rules.
Greene has returned to the team. Mangino will meet with Briscoe on Monday to determine whether he will be reinstated.
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.
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Who needs "Amen Corner" and a bunch of azaleas blooming at some stuffy golf course when you've got these links?
Here are today's offerings.
- The Sporting News' Dave Curtis puts Texas Tech coach Mike Leach at the top of his list for unique motivational methods this spring.
- A slimmer Darrell Scott has returned after an injury-marred freshman season intent on winning a starting job as Colorado's starting tailback, Boulder Daily Camera columnist Neill Woelk writes.
- Bryan Eagle columnist Robert Cessna opines about futbol at Kyle Field after Texas A&M's home stadium was listed with a group of stadiums for a potential United States World Cup bid in 2018 or 2022.
- Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy tells the Tulsa World's John Hoover that the Sooners will have the top defensive unit in the country.
- Dave Matter of the Columbia Daily Tribune analyzes Missouri's new starting safeties.
- Freshman offensive lineman Ben Lueken is in good condition at Kansas University hospital after being involved in a weekend accident, Dugan Arnett of the Lawrence Journal-World reports.
- The Cedar Rapids Gazette's Eric Peterson discusses Iowa State's need for more speed.
- The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel writes that Texas' idea of putting up an asterisk to claim an imaginary Big 12 football championship was a bad idea from the start.
- Texas Tech punter Jonathan LeCour is struggling with the high spring winds that typically bedevil West Texas, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's Don Williams reports.