Big 12: James Currie
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
It's hard for me to fathom a bowl season without a game being played in the venerable Cotton Bowl at Fair Park in Dallas.
The Cotton Bowl is moving to the greener (at least financially speaking, anyway) pastures at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. That departure might get that bowl into the BCS mix in the near future because of stadium capacity, improved spectators amenities and location.
Gary Jacobsen of The Dallas Morning News writes of an interesting announcement back at the old stadium, where veteran bowl official Tom Starr is working with Dallas officials to bring another bowl game back to the Cotton Bowl's old location.
The stadium has been renovated and now seats 92,000 for football. After seeing it in operation for last season's Texas-Oklahoma game, it's really been dressed up.
Starr, who I first met when he was working with the old Big Eight offices, has loads of contacts in the football business. He's been involved in working with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth most recently and has worked as an executive director for other bowl games in the past.
So it wouldn't surprise me if another bowl game ends up playing in Fair Park again with Starr running it.
I don't know if it would involve a Big 12 team or not, but it would be good to see football being played at that facility in a bowl game again. I'm enough of a football sentimentalist to enjoy something like that.
Here are some lunchtime links from across the Big 12 today dedicated to the old Cotton Bowl.
Read them while eating with some hot chicken soup to remember Joe Montana's comeback victory over Houston at the 1979 Cotton Bowl. Or even better, a Fletcher's Corny Dog slathered with extra mustard to recall all the great games that have been played there over the years.
- The Boulder Camera's Neill Woelk writes about the rarity of top-rated quarterbacks attending Colorado, among other items in his notepad.
- The Kansas City Star's J. Brady McCollough provides a moving account of Bob Frederick's funeral, which attracted about 2,000 friends who came to pay their respects to the former Kansas athletic director. Frederick's sartorial flair and his people skills were highlighted at his funeral, the Lawrence Journal-World's Chuck Woodling reports. And the Journal-World also provides video excerpts of the funeral.
- New Kansas State athletic director James Currie told a crowd of Catbackers in Wichita that he aims to rebuild trust in the department, Kansas City Star/Wichita Eagle beat writer Jeffrey Martin reports.
- The Bryan Eagle's Robert Cessna analyzes if Baylor really will be able to finish ahead of Texas A&M next season.
- Tom Osborne and Bo Pelini shared some of their leadership secrets at a seminar Wednesday in Lincoln, Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald reports.
- The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson reports that Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson is lending a helping hand this week at Camp Live-A-Dream, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
- New Nebraska recruit Tyler Gabbert tells the Lincoln Journal-Star's Brian Christopherson that he wants to take an active role in recruiting new teammates to play with the Cornhuskers.
- Matt Hayes of The Sporting News has an extensive look at the Big 12's nonconference schedules.