Big 12: Broderick Smith
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Busy today with all kinds of interviews, including more later this afternoon at Texas A&M.
But would I forget your lunchtime links?
Not a chance.
- Texas safety Blake Gideon tells USA Today's Steve Wieberg that he's using last season's critical dropped interception against Texas Tech as motivation to prepare him for 2009.
- Iowa State wide receiver Darius Darks could miss the Cyclones' Sept. 3 opener against North Dakota State as he recovers from a hamstring injury, the Des Moines Register's Randy Peterson reports. Darks set an ISU freshman record for receptions last season.
- Lawrence Journal-World columnist Tom Keegan writes about the early production of Kansas freshman linebacker Huldon Tharp.
- Nebraska tight ends coach Ron Brown tells the Lincoln Journal-Star's Steve Sipple he's excited about the Cornhuskers' wealth of talent at the position.
- The Topeka Capital-Journal's Austin Meek writes about how fatherhood has matured former Minnesota transfer and current Kansas State walk-on wide receiver Broderick Smith.
- Even six likely starting sophomores and another freshman hasn't dampened the enthusiasm for veteran Texas A&M coordinator Joe Kines, the San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle's Brent Zwerneman reports.
- The Daily Nebraskan's Kris Knowlton ranks the Big 12 coaches from worst to first.
- College Football News' Pete Fiutak examines the scariest potential letdown game for each Big 12 team.
- The Oklahoman analyzes Oklahoma tackle Trent Williams and Oklahoma State tackle Russell Okung, who the paper calls the two best tackles in the nation.
- The Denver Post's Tom Kensler writes about Colorado's return to a power running game.
- Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin expects massive defensive tackle Phil Taylor to have an immediate impact on the Bears' defense, the Waco Tribune-Herald's John Werner reports.
- Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler writes about the improvement in Oklahoma State's defense as nurtured by veteran coordinator Bill Young.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Who said that May was supposed to be the quiet time for college football?
They haven't seen the news percolating across the Big 12.
Here are today's offerings:
- Missouri athletic director Mike Alden was nearly fired three years ago. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Vahe Gregorian details Alden's turnaround in the Tigers' program, including three teams that set school records for victories this season.
- Boulder Daily Camera beat writer Kyle Ringo writes about why he isn't buying that Dan Hawkins is on the hot seat, as well as the development of former Colorado center Kai Maiava's development at UCLA and the emergence of Colorado backup safety Travis Sandersfeld.
- Wichita-based trainer Brian Butler told Topeka Capital-Journal reporter Austin Meek that Kansas State remains a viable transfer option for both former Oregon quarterback/wide receiver Chris Harper and former Minnesota wide receiver Broderick Smith.
- Omaha World-Herald reporter Lee Barfknecht writes that Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads is receiving praise from Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.
- "The Three Wise Men" of Cornhusker football, the Lincoln Journal-Star's Steve Sipple, Brian Christopherson and Kent Wolgamott, discuss the keys for Nebraska notching an upset at Virginia Tech on Sept. 19.
- Former Oklahoma guard and World War II hero Norman McNabb passed away Wednesday in Atlanta at the age of 85, the Oklahoman's Berry Tramel reports. McNabb was co-captain of the Sooners' 1950 national championship team and fought in the Pacific theater during the war.
- The San Antonio Express-News' Mike Finger said that transparency was the biggest victim when coaches decided to shield their final votes in the 2010 poll. And the Dallas Morning News' Kevin Sherrington writes that the coaches' poll ultimately loses credibility as the votes are shielded.
- The Oklahoman's Jake Trotter writes about the unique commonalities of Oklahoma wide receivers Adron Tennell and Brandon Caleb, who are among the biggest offensive keys for the Sooners this season.
- Mack Brown is interested in receiving a first-hand look at war-torn Iraq when his visit of U.S. military bases with other football coaches begins today, Austin American-Statesman reporter Randy Riggs writes.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State