Big 12: Mike Eargle
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
What was that old joke about there being only two seasons at Texas -- football season and spring football season?
Rick Barnes has done a marvelous job during his 11-season tenure with the Longhorns' basketball program, turning it into one of the nation's most consistent powers.
But there's no doubt about which sports is the most popular among Texas fans. If you have any doubt, check out the Austin American-Statesman's weekly chat with columnists Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls for an answer.
Football questions for the esteemed duo outnumber all of the other sports combined. So it's a must read for any Longhorn football fan looking for a few snippets of newsheading into the start of spring football practice on Friday.
Football support isn't as intense around much of the rest of the conference. But there's still enough news to provide a little lunchtime diversion. Here are some of Wednesday's more notable stories.
- The Sporting News' Matt Hayes and David Curtis break down what quarterback Patrick Witt's departure from Nebraska will mean to the Cornhuskers.
- Nebraska linebackers coach Mike Ekeler does not appear headed to South Florida to become Jim Leavitt's new defensive coordinator. The Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette's Bob Asmussen reports that Illinois co-defensive coordinator Dan Disch has been offered the job. And Brett McMurphy of the Tampa Tribune reports that former Kansas State offensive coordinator Ron Hudson is among the coaches who have interviewed for the Bulls' vacant offensive coordinator position.
- Mike Eargle, a cornerback from Lackawanna (Pa.) College, will be transferring into the Oklahoma State program, according to the Oklahoman's Scott Wright.
- Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic speculates that Texas' Brian Orakpo could emerge as one of the "hybrid" defenders that are the current rage in the NFL.
- Brock Murphy of Lindysports.com opines on the massive offensive rebuilding job Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is facing this spring.
- Chuck Woodling of the Lawrence Journal-World comments on the first four years of Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins' ambitious five-year development plan for the Jayhawks' athletic program.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
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