Big 12: Rob Long
December, 30, 2010
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
Phoenix, you gotta warm up quick. We're freezing out here.
- There were five big mysteries when Nebraska's season began, according to the Omaha World-Herald. It looks back and assesses the answers to all five before the Huskers' bowl game.
- Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News catches up with an Aggies fan who'll be following the team like he always has this year: from Afghanistan. "The Cotton Bowl will be on here about four in the morning, and it will be freezing in the TV tent," he said. "But I'll be there watching."
- Kansas State coach Bill Snyder gave a meaningful pep talk to Syracuse punter Rob Long, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. Snyder cited his own daughter's serious car accident and doctors' proclamations that she would never walk again. "She is walking today," Snyder said.
- Nebraska coach Bo Pelini says receiver Niles Paul will be playing on Sundays. "I promise you that," he said.
- Will Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert stay or go? Vahe Gregorian of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks back on his Insight Bowl postgame comments and tries to answer the question.
- And what about Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon? Stay or go, he looked NFL-ready in the Alamo Bowl, writes Brandon Chatmon of The Oklahoman.
- Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis, meanwhile, hinted that he might be staying.
- Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal catches up with Texas Tech's defensive coordinator for the TicketCity Bowl, Sam McElroy.
- McElroy also says he's not auditioning for a permanent coordinator job in the game.
- Kansas State and the Pinstripe Bowl have conquered the snow, and got through a boat ride with both teams that resulted in no incidents, writes Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle.
- Along with this morning's story about Taylor Martinez, the Los Angeles Times reports that Casey Martinez signed a licensing deal with Nebraska a year before Taylor came to the school, but doing so is not a violation of NCAA rules.
- Baylor isn't letting an ugly loss in the Texas Bowl taint what was a major accomplishment for the program in 2010.
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