Big 12 morning links: Reesing slides into obscurity
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing probably would have liked to have gone unnoticed after his team's loss to South Florida last week.
He just didn't realize it would really happen when he got back home to Lawrence after the game.
Lawrence Journal-World columnist Tom Keegan recounts an interesting tale that took place earlier this week in preparation for his newspaper's "On the Street" column. The newspaper poses a question at random to five Lawrence residents whom they meet on the streets.
Journal-World reporter Robert Riley was walking down Massachusetts Avenue Monday afternoon asking respondents their opinion about the Jayhawks' loss at South Florida three days prior. Riley originally planned to pose a question about the stock market collapse, but that produced little passion among respondents.
So the football question was asked, first to a normal-looking college student who was waiting for a couple of his friends to leave a store.
Here's the way Riley relayed the conversation to Keegan.
Riley: "Has the KU football team's recent loss shaken your faith in the team?"
Student: "I sure hope not."
Riley: "Why's that?"
Student: "I'm on the team."
Riley: "What position do you play?"
Student: "I'm the quarterback."
It turns out that Riley was asking the questions of Reesing, who ended up as the first answer in Riley's column on Tuesday morning.
"I thought it was more funny than anything," Reesing told Keegan, laughing at the memory. "I don't even know what to say. It was a funny thing, though. I was trying not to laugh too hard. He was pretty cool about it."
Here are some other links from across the conference this morning.
- Good story by Dallas Morning News reporter Kate Hairopoulous about Texas A&M WR Jeff Fuller and his father, a member of the San Francisco 49ers dynasty in the late 1980s who had his promising career cut short by a neck injury.
- Kansas State needs to rev up its running game tonight against Louisville, which is allowing only 1.7 yards per rush.
- Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said he tried not to run up the score in his team's record-breaking 69-17 triumph over Nevada last week. "I don't want to humiliate people," Pinkel told the Kansas City Star. "People that know me know I'm not." The Tigers are averaging 57.7 points per game this season.Thirteen FBS teams have yet to score 57 points this season.
- Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was a barrel of laughs in this video from Tuesday's press conference, but said his team still has a long way to go after a 3-0 start.
- As Oklahoma and Oklahoma State prepare for a bye week, the Oklahoman's football roundtable answers some burning questions about the teams.
- It's such a big week in Boulder that Colorado QB Cody Hawkins spent $6 to dye his hair black to celebrate West Virginia's visit. And Boulder Daily Camera columnist Neill Woelk recalls a time that Colorado not only played in big games, but also expected to win them.
- Colorado T Ryan Miller wears an armband to remember one of the victims of the Columbine shootings.
- Baylor coach Art Briles is looking forward to his team's first road game, even if it is against emerging Big East power Connecticut.
- Iowa State coach Gene Chizik doesn't expect UNLV to be a one-hit wonder after the Rebels' upset over Arizona State. The Cyclones are hoping to turn around a 12-game road losing streak -- third-longest among FBS teams.
- Nebraska DB Eric Hagg has emerged as a key contributor as the Cornhuskers' nickelback.
- Despite an impressive 3-0 start, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy insists his team isn't good enough to look past any opponents.
- A heaping helping of Rice has boosted Texas' running game in recent years. But Texas running backs coach Major Applewhite insists his starting tailback job is "still a three-way tie."
- Homesickness helped spur Texas Tech S Daniel Charbonnet's return from Duke, paving the way for his school-record three interceptions last week against SMU.