Big 12: Ben Lueken

Lunch links: Mack wanted Charlie Weis

January, 31, 2011
And then I said, ‘Uh, you know what? We need to get these bananas OUTTA HERE.’

Lunch links: Field to the battlefield

October, 5, 2010
"Also, we took Tracy's cell phone, his wallet..."

"...and my mood ring! And I don't know how I feel about that."

Mangino mum on status of Briscoe, Crawford

April, 21, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Kansas coach Mark Mangino refused to comment Tuesday when asked about the playing status of suspended players Dezmon Briscoe and Jocques Crawford.

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.

Jocques Crawford's career in limbo after recent suspension

April, 13, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

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.

Big 12 lunch links: OU's line ready for spring test

April, 10, 2009

Posted by'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.

Big 12 lunch links: Nobody like Leach in building his team

April, 9, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

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.



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