Big 12: Matthew McConaughey
- All of a sudden, the SEC looks pretty weak in conference realignment, writes Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman.
- Texas doesn't want to go independent, but it has done nothing but act like an independent lately, writes Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman.
- If the Big 12 breaks up, Iowa State will be flat broke, writes Marc Hansen of the Des Moines Register. "They become Northern Iowa with a $5 million scoreboard," said a former regent. "Without that money, they’re dead in the water. No way they can run an athletic department then without a subsidy."
- Texas A&M's hope is that the SEC withdraws its conditional acceptance, writes Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News.
- Baylor can file suit, but Texas A&M has history on its side and it's not worth the money, writes Gil LeBreton of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
- Texas superfan Matthew McConaughey wrote a letter to the editor of the Austin American-Statesman heading into the 2011 season. It's also the transcript of this video, which I'm sure you'll enjoy.
- Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis says he's focused on keeping Oklahoma State in the Big 12.
- Iowa State found a good catch at receiver, almost on accident.
- Kenny Stills is glad to be back in uniform for the Sooners after a one-game suspension.
- Want to see inside of exactly how the old new Cy-Hawk trophy came to be? Andrew Logue unearthed emails through an open records request.
- If the Pac-12 expands, Colorado better not expect to have much say in which division it plays in, writes John Henderson of the Denver Post. Oklahoma State and Tech fans will not enjoy the first few sentences.
- The "Forgotten Five" have clout this time around, writes Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star.
- The Longhorn Network will broadcast five UTSA home games.
- The stall in realignment has given the Big 12 hope for survival, reports Pete Thamel of the New York Times.
- Former Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins is back in college athletics.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- You've got to love free wi-fi, don't you?
Taking advantage of the generosity of the good folks at the San Diego International Airport, here are some quick links before I board for Reno, Nev., in a few minutes.
- Everybody's favorite Texas student, actor Matthew McConaughey, is doing some voice-over work for something called the "Baby Longhorn DVD." The Austin American-Statesman has linked to some of the outtakes.
- ESPN's Chris Fowler speculates to the Kansas City Star that a potential Iowa-Nebraska game at Arrowhead Stadium could be an intriguing future nonconference matchup.
- The Big Red Zone at the Omaha World-Herald discusses Alex Henery's streak of 12 straight field goals. Henery still needs six to break the school and Big 12 record of 18 set by Kris Brown in 1997-98.
- Check out what Oklahoman beat writers Scott Wright and Jake Trotter have to say about Oklahoma's and Oklahoma State's games this week. It's more than nine minutes long, but well worth the time. It sure beats watching "Judge Judy" here, anyway.
- Manhattan Mercury sports editor Joshua Kinder said he almost forgot about Kansas State's original opponent for this week -- Fresno State. I haven't. Instead, the Wildcats are playing Football Championship Series opponent Montana State and I'm headed to Reno. The blog Bring on the Cats provides a quick look at the Bobcats.
- USA Today provides an extensive, handy preview of this week's Big 12 games. I wouldn't jump on an airplane without a copy.
- For readers in the Denver area, the Ralphie Report provides a way for fans to score two free tickets for tomorrow's Colorado-Eastern Washington game.
Guys, gotta run, because the A group is boarding. Talk to you tomorrow.