Big 12: Bob Kalsu
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Welcome back to the work week after the long Memorial Day weekend.
Here are some Big 12 links to get you through the malaise.
- Kansas State football season-ticket sales are down for the fifth consecutive year, Manhattan Mercury sports editor Joshua Kinder reports. The Wildcats are experiencing a season-ticket decrease of about 6 percent this season after dropping 5 percent last season.
- The Tulsa World's Dave Sittler wonders how much of a difference a healthy DeMarco Murray would have made in Oklahoma's BCS title game loss to Florida.
- Bo Pelini doesn't like the idea of an early signing period, the Lincoln Journal-Star's Brian Christopherson reports.
- The Boulder Camera's Neill Woelk advocates increasing Colorado's student athletic activity fee.
- Colorado self-reported 12 violations to the NCAA from its athletics program, including five minor violations from the football team, the Boulder Daily Camera's Kyle Ringo reports.
- Zac Robinson for the Heisman? Hunter Ansley of the DraftZoo.com details the reasons why the Oklahoma State quarterback is his sleeper candidate.
- How's this for a change? Midway (Texas) defensive back Ahmad Dixon has changed his recruiting commitment from Texas to Baylor, Chad Conine of the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.
- Dave Sittler of the Tulsa World writes of the ultimate sacrifice provided by former Oklahoma players Bob Kalsu and John Benien.
- Iowa State tailback Alexander Robinson can't wait to check out the EA Sports College Football 2010 game this season to see how he's ranked, the Des Moines Register's Andrew Logue reports.
- Athlon's preseason magazine pegs Oklahoma State at No. 9 nationally in its poll.
- Mara Rose Williams of the Kansas City Star analyzes the tenures of soon-to-be-retiring Kansas chancellor Robert Hemenway and Kansas State president Jon Wefald as they prepare to leave their offices.
- New Colorado offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau plans an pro-style offensive philosophy with heavy emphasis on dropback passing and the running game, the Denver Post's Terry Frei reports.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Oklahoma's three legendary coaches made for an easy trio of anchors on my personal Sooner Mount Rushmore, leaving room for the greatest football player in school history as my fourth selection.
And you think it's easy to do that?
Here are my selections:
- Bud Wilkinson -- The father of modern Oklahoma football and a pretty good football analyst during my youth. He set the school record with 145 victories, including an NCAA FBS record 47-game winning streak from 1953 through 1957.
- Barry Switzer -- The lovable rogue who perfected the wishbone offense with scores of great Texas expatriates. It helped him finish with 157 career triumphs, three national championships and a share of every Big Eight title from 1973 to 1980.
- Bob Stoops -- The most successful coach in Big 12 history has claimed six Big 12 titles, including an unprecedented current streak of three straight championships. Recent BCS title games haven't been kind to him, but he still claimed the 2000 national championship in only his second season as the Sooners' head coach.
- Billy Sims -- He still makes Heisman Trophy presentations a lively affair, particularly when an Oklahoma player wins the award. He won the Heisman in 1978 and finished second the following season, leading the nation in rushing and scoring in both seasons.
I had many potential nominees for the Oklahoma football Rushmore. A case could be made for Bennie Owen, Billy Vessels, Tommy McDonald, Jerry Tubbs, Bob Kalsu, the Selmon Brothers, Brian Bosworth, Tony Casillas, Prentice Gautt, Granville Liggins, Keith Jackson, Roy Williams, Tommie Harris, Rocky Calmus, Josh Heupel, Adrian Peterson and Jason White.
I could go on and on.
And if he has another Heisman-winning season, it might be especially hard to argue with that Sam Bradford fellow, too.
Anybody I've forgotten, or grossly underrated or overrated?