Big 12: Laton Dowling
July, 21, 2009
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
The Midlands are being held hostage. Six days and counting to the Big 12's media days.
Here are some stories from across the conference to peruse while we all wait.
- Colorado running backs coach Darian Hagan tells Tom Kensler of the Denver Post that he was never concerned that Darrell Scott would follow his disgruntled uncle, Josh Smith, out of the Buffaloes' program.
- Mike Gundy plans to call plays again this season for Oklahoma State, the Oklahoman's Scott Wright writes.
- The Lincoln Journal-Star's Steve Sipple profiles "Walk Ons: Huskers' Edge," a new Nebraska Educational Telecommunications documentary that details the mystique of Nebraska's storied walk-on program.
- Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson is bracing for a stiff challenge from Ryan Tannehill for the Aggies' starting job once practice begins, Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle/San Antonio Express-News reports. And Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman tells the Austin American-Statesman's Randy Riggs that Tannehill likely won't play as much wide receiver this season as he works more at quarterback.
- Colt McCoy came back to college football for a variety of reasons, most notably a chance to win the national championship, USA Today's Steve Wieberg reports.
- Kevin Wilson's adaptability as an offensive coordinator is examined by the Oklahoman's Jake Trotter.
- The Columbia Tribune's Dave Matter ranks his all-time Missouri interview team and starts his national top 25 countdown.
- The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel answers his e-mails, which includes whether a team has ever been able to sweep Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma in the same season. Here's a hint: it's never been done in Big 12 history.
- Oklahoma could have turned to Jim Donnan in 2002 if Bob Stoops had taken the Florida job when Steve Spurrier left, the Tulsa World's Guerin Emig reports.
- The Omaha World-Herald's Tom Shatel writes that he'd rather see college coaches than college administrators being grilled by congressmen about the BCS.
- Kansas State has added three commitments to the Wildcats' 2010 recruiting class, the Manhattan Mercury reports. The players include linebacker Laton Dowling of Dodge City, Kan., and defensive end Adam Davis and cornerback Matthew Pearson, both of Hutchinson Community College.
- Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn told the Boulder Daily Camera's Kyle Ringo that his program still needs to sell 3,000 season tickets to reach last season's level.
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BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
2:00 PM ET Washington State Colorado State 3:30 PM ET 20 Fresno State 25 USC 5:30 PM ET Buffalo San Diego State 9:00 PM ET Tulane Louisiana-Lafayette
6:00 PM ET Pittsburgh Bowling Green 9:30 PM ET Utah State 23 Northern Illinois
2:30 PM ET Marshall Maryland 6:00 PM ET Syracuse Minnesota 9:30 PM ET Brigham Young Washington
12:00 PM ET Rutgers Notre Dame 3:20 PM ET Cincinnati North Carolina 6:45 PM ET Miami (FL) 18 Louisville 10:15 PM ET Michigan Kansas State
11:45 AM ET Middle Tennessee Navy 3:15 PM ET Ole Miss Georgia Tech 6:45 PM ET 10 Oregon Texas 10:15 PM ET 14 Arizona State Texas Tech
12:30 PM ET Arizona Boston College 2:00 PM ET Virginia Tech 17 UCLA 4:00 PM ET Rice Mississippi State 8:00 PM ET 24 Duke 21 Texas A&M
12:00 PM ET Nebraska 22 Georgia 12:00 PM ET UNLV North Texas 1:00 PM ET Iowa 16 LSU 1:00 PM ET 19 Wisconsin 9 South Carolina 5:00 PM ET 5 Stanford 4 Michigan State 8:30 PM ET 15 UCF 6 Baylor
7:30 PM ET 13 Oklahoma State 8 Missouri 8:30 PM ET 12 Clemson 7 Ohio State