Big 12: Eric Kiseau
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
There's a reason why the NFL is the marketing monolith that it is.
The announcement the league made earlier this week where the old American Football League teams will be wearing throwback uniforms for select games during the upcoming season was a stroke of genius.
So figuring the NFL will do that, why can't Big 12 teams do the same thing?
Check one of my favorite football books, the ESPN College Football Encyclopedia, for some of the helmets that have been featured and could be brought back for special occasions.
Like Baylor's white helmet with the green interlocking BU that was used from 1969-71. Or the Colorado helmet with the black honors that the Buffaloes employed from 1960-62.
Or my very favorites, the Oklahoma and Texas helmets with uniform numbers adorning them.
Heck, we could even bring those Texas A&M uniforms with the striped shoulders that the Aggies wore back in the mid-1970s. Long live the exploits of Garth Ten Napel and Ed Simonini!
Until I go too far down memory lane, how about some lunchtime links to firmly ground me in the present?
- Matt Hayes of the Sporting News writes that Oklahoma State's Kendall Hunter would be his fourth choice in the Heisman Trophy balloting behind Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow.
- Kyle Ringo weighs in on the hiring of new offensive coordinator Eric Kiseau, Colorado's depth in the backfield and the Buffaloes' administration chances of getting more multi-year contracts for assistant coaches in his weekly chat from the Boulder Daily Camera.
- The Oklahoman's John Rohde says no change is necessary in the Big 12's tiebreaker system of settling conference deadlocks. The proposal will be discussed today by Big 12 coaches in Phoenix.
- The San Antonio Express-News' Mike Finger compares the futility of Big 12 coaches discussing the tiebreaker and members of Congress talking about the BCS.
- Texas holds an 8½-7½ edge over Texas A&M in the Lone Star Showdown with three events remaining this season, the Austin American Statesman's Randy Riggs reports. A&M won the championship last season after Texas claimed the first three titles.
- The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel opines about the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington, Texas, calling it the "Waldorf-Astoria" of football stadiums.
- Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne remains adamant about a stricter enforcement of the alcohol ban in the luxury boxes at Memorial Stadium, Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal-Star reports. Nebraska and Baylor are the only schools in the Big 12 that forbid alcohol in the school's luxury boxes.
- Lawrence Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan discusses the promise that Kansas' retooled offensive line exhibited during spring practice.
- The Columbia Daily Tribune's Dave Matter catches up with Chase Patton after his work at the Chicago Bears' mini-camp over the weekend. And the Kansas City Star's "Red Zone" indicates that Patton may be working out at the Kansas City Chiefs' rookie camp this weekend.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- It was unusually busy in downtown Columbia for a Monday night after I arrived here. The Field House appeared to be rocking and other clubs and coffee houses were packed with students along Broadway.
But before I got back to my hotel room and started my work for the following day, I had to make one pilgrimage.
I'll be out at Missouri's practice later this afternoon and will deliver a report before I leave, but I wanted to provide a few lunchtime links along the way.
I'm going to enjoy my links mine with a big cold chunk of Shakespeare's finest pizza -- canadian bacon, mushroom and green pepper, thank you very much.
And for all of the Missouri expatriates out there, I'll gladly have a second piece for them, too.
Until then, here are some of today's most notable Big 12 stories.
- Nick Montana, the son of NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana, has been offered a scholarship by Nebraska and Oklahoma is interested in him, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Michael Carvell reports.
- SI.com's Cory McCartney profiles Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin and lists Griffin and Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts among 10 players nationally who are primed for breakout seasons.
- Andrew Logue of the Des Moines Register writes that Iowa State wide receiver Darius Darks is hoping for a fresh start with new ISU coach Paul Rhoads and his staff.
- Texas Tech running back Aaron Crawford is poised to challenge for playing time after after missing most of his sophomore season last year, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal beat writer Don Williams writes.
- Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal-Star reports that Bo Pelini's new 68 percent salary increase makes him the highest-paid coach in Nebraska history. But Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald opines that Pelini also vigorously campaigned and received hefty salary hikes for his assistants.
- Colorado wide receivers and passing game coordinator Eric Kiseau has been promoted to associate head coach, Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera reports.
- Standout Rock Bridge (Mo.) defensive lineman Chase Rome has selected Oklahoma State over several other Big 12 suitors including Missouri and Oklahoma, Dave Matter of the Columbia Daily Tribune reports.
- Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is determined to play his substitutes in scrimmages while keeping key starters out of the action to prevent injuries, the Oklahoman's Scott Wright reports.