Big 12: Jack Mitchell
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The title for the greatest 58-yard touchdown ever goes to Texas Tech's Wes Welker. Before he became the NFL's premier slot receiver, he was a punt return specialist.
Nov. 1, 2003: Texas Tech's Wes Welker broke an NCAA record with his eighth career punt return for a touchdown, racing 58 yards for a score in the second quarter of the Red Raiders' 26-21 victory over Colorado. Welker, who had 211 all-purpose yards in the game, broke an NCAA record previously shared with Nebraska's Johnny Rodgers, Kansas State's David Allen and Oklahoma's Jack Mitchell.
-- Mark Schlabach
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Former Oklahoma quarterback and Kansas coach Jack Mitchell was one of the pivotal figures in the athletic programs in the history of both schools.
Mitchell was the first All-American quarterback at Oklahoma in 1948 under Bud Wilkinson. He still holds the NCAA career record for punt return average more than 60 years after he stopped playing.
He then went on to a successful coaching career at the University of Wichita (now Wichita State), Arkansas and Kansas. Only Glen Mason coached the Jayhawks longer than Mitchell's nine-season tenure there.
Mitchell's death Sunday at the age of 85 in Sun City, Ariz., sparked several interesting stories that provided much context to his rich life. The Lawrence Journal-World's Dugan Arnett delves into his coaching career at Kansas, where he attracted Hall of Famers Gale Sayers and John Hadl.
The Topeka Capital-Journal's Kevin Haskin detailed some of Mitchell's endearing qualities as a player, coach and businessman. And the Oklahoman's Berry Tramel provides a look at his memorable playing career at Oklahoma and why he might have been the ultimate dashing Sooner quarterback.
Good stories indeed. They don't make 'em like Mitchell anymore.
Here are some other missives from across the conference this afternoon.
- Native son Mike Leach returned to Cody, Wyo., over the holiday weekend to introduce his family to his old stomping grounds, Richard Reeder of the Cody Enterprise reports.
- Nebraska wide receiver Niles Paul plans to enter a plea Tuesday in connection with his DUI stop on April 12, attorney Eric Whitney told Lori Pilger of the Lincoln Journal-Star.
- Former Texas wide receiver Sloan Thomas is helping UTSA build its football program from the ground up, Austin American-Statesman columnist Cedric Golden writes.
- The Boulder Daily Camera's Kyle Ringo analyzes the major questions facing Colorado before the start of preseason practice. And he also answers questions about Tyler Hansen's recovery, Josh Smith's transfer and other topics in his weekly chat.
- Dave Matter details the win-loss records of Big 12 coordinators and provides his plan for a playoff incorporating the current bowl structure in his "Case of the Mondays" blog.
- Nebraska offensive line coach Barney Cotton told Lane Grindle of Nebraska Sports Nightly on Monday that the Cornhuskers still plan to use Jacob Hickman at both center and guard when they begin preseason drills on Aug. 8, Steve Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star reports.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
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
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
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