Big 12: Ron Brown
- Tom Kensler of the Denver Post gives a quick profile of Colorado's spectacularly named new quarterback, Stevie Joe Dorman.
- Kansas receiver Chris Omigie was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence over the weekend, reports George Diepenbrock of the Lawrence Journal-World.
- Big challenges are nothing new for possible new offensive coordinator Tim Beck at Nebraska, writes Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal Star.
- Colleague Bruce Feldman ranks the top impact junior college transfers from 2011 and Missouri signee Sheldon Richardson checks in at No. 2.
- Don't expect veteran assistant Ron Brown to hang up his coaching whistle, writes Steve Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star. He also gives a note about why no official announcements about coaching vacancies have come down yet.
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Busy today with all kinds of interviews, including more later this afternoon at Texas A&M.
But would I forget your lunchtime links?
Not a chance.
- Texas safety Blake Gideon tells USA Today's Steve Wieberg that he's using last season's critical dropped interception against Texas Tech as motivation to prepare him for 2009.
- Iowa State wide receiver Darius Darks could miss the Cyclones' Sept. 3 opener against North Dakota State as he recovers from a hamstring injury, the Des Moines Register's Randy Peterson reports. Darks set an ISU freshman record for receptions last season.
- Lawrence Journal-World columnist Tom Keegan writes about the early production of Kansas freshman linebacker Huldon Tharp.
- Nebraska tight ends coach Ron Brown tells the Lincoln Journal-Star's Steve Sipple he's excited about the Cornhuskers' wealth of talent at the position.
- The Topeka Capital-Journal's Austin Meek writes about how fatherhood has matured former Minnesota transfer and current Kansas State walk-on wide receiver Broderick Smith.
- Even six likely starting sophomores and another freshman hasn't dampened the enthusiasm for veteran Texas A&M coordinator Joe Kines, the San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle's Brent Zwerneman reports.
- The Daily Nebraskan's Kris Knowlton ranks the Big 12 coaches from worst to first.
- College Football News' Pete Fiutak examines the scariest potential letdown game for each Big 12 team.
- The Oklahoman analyzes Oklahoma tackle Trent Williams and Oklahoma State tackle Russell Okung, who the paper calls the two best tackles in the nation.
- The Denver Post's Tom Kensler writes about Colorado's return to a power running game.
- Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin expects massive defensive tackle Phil Taylor to have an immediate impact on the Bears' defense, the Waco Tribune-Herald's John Werner reports.
- Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler writes about the improvement in Oklahoma State's defense as nurtured by veteran coordinator Bill Young.
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Bo Pelini's new contract received much of the buzz Monday as the Cornhuskers' second-year coach received a hike that will push his yearly contract to $1.851 million per season.
Lost in that fanfare was the 22.2 percent boost that Nebraska assistant coaches received in the new deal.
The highest-paid assistant will be offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, who will receive a whopping 66.7 percent increase from last season. Watson's new yearly salary will be hiked to $375,000, according to figures obtained by the Lincoln Journal Star. It will make Watson the highest-paid assistant coach in Nebraska football history.
Here's a look at the salaries of Pelini's staff for the 2009 season.
Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson $375,000
Defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Carl Pelini $208,360
Running backs coach Tim Beck $208,360
Tight ends coach Ron Brown $208,360
Offensive line coach/associate head coach Barney Cotton $208,360
Wide receivers coach/assistant head coach Ted Gilmore $208,360
Secondary coach Marvin Sanders $208,360
Linebackers coach Mike Ekeler $150,000
Defensive ends coach John Papuchis $150,000
The collective package will pay Nebraska assistants a total of $1,925,160 -- the highest collective total ever paid to Nebraska assistant coaches. The school said the assistants' new salaries rank sixth among Big 12 teams.
One of the more interesting items to watch this season will be the Nebraska coaching staff. New coach Bo Pelini seems intent on rebuilding his staff to look like the one he left after his one-game stint as the Cornhuskers' coach in the 2003 Alamo Bowl.
Tight ends coach Ron Brown, offensive line coach Barney Cotton and secondary coach Marvin Sanders all coached with Pelini on Frank Solich's final Nebraska staff. None of them has coached at Nebraska since then. Pelini's older brother, Carl, now the Cornhuskers' defensive coordinator, was a graduate assistant on that 2003 Nebraska staff. He worked under Bo, who was the Cornhuskers' defensive coordinator.
Brown will return to coaching after spending the last four seasons as the Nebraska state director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. His comeback will begin his 18th season on a Nebraska staff, a figure that ranks him third in coaching service at the school.
Here's a list of the coaches who have worked at their current schools for the most number of years:
And here's a list of coaches who will be making debuts at new schools this season.
Baylor: Phillip Montgomery, co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks/running backs; Randy Clements, co-offensive coordinator/offensive line; Dino Babers, outside wide receivers; Kendal Briles, inside wide receivers; Brian Norwood, defensive coordinator/safeties; Theo Young, defensive ends; Chris Achuff, defensive tackles; Kim McCloud, cornerbacks.
Kansas: David Beaty, wide receivers; Jim Bob Clements, defensive line.
Kansas State: Warren Ruggiero, quarterbacks; Cornell Jackson, linebackers; Jeff Rodgers, special teams coordinator.
Nebraska: Tim Beck, running backs; John Papuchis, defensive ends; Mike Ekeler, linebackers
Oklahoma: Jay Norvell, co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers
Oklahoma State: Trooper Taylor, co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers; Glenn Spencer, defensive line; Jason Jones, secondary.
Texas: Will Muschamp, defensive coordinator/linebackers
Texas A&M: Nolan Cromwell, offensive coordinator/wide receivers; Tom Rossley, quarterbacks; Randy Jordan, running backs; Jim Turner, offensive line; Joe Kines, assistant head coach/defensive coordinator; Charles McMillian, co-defensive backs.
Texas Tech: Dennis Simmons, wide receivers; Matt Moore, offensive line; Clay McGuire
, special teams.