Big 12 lunchtime links: Who knew Leach liked Rio Bravo?

November, 11, 2008
11/11/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Let's get linked up over an early lunch. Lots of good stories across the conference today.

  • Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle does a nice job on a story about the perils of personal web pages for athletes. Best factoid in the piece is that Texas Tech coach Mike Leach has a MySpace page where you learn under his personal profile that his favorite movie is Rio Bravo and his interests include pirate history, football and throwing stuff.
  • No more charges about being a "system quarterback." John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald writes that Graham Harrell deserves all of his Heisman Trophy mention he's receiving.
  • Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera writes that Ron Prince didn't receive a fair shake when he was dismissed after less than three seasons at Kansas State. But, Ringo writes, at least Prince gets to move back to civilization after he leaves Manhattan, Kan., for his next job.
  • Forget about the South Division having the Big 12's only potential train wreck that could rely on BCS standings to determine a championship-game participant. Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star writes that the North could get thrown into similar turmoil if Kansas upsets Texas and Missouri.
  • Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Stateman wonders how Texas can be ranked below Oklahoma, considering the Longhorns' head-to-head victory over the Sooners. One major reason for the Longhorns' erosion in the computer polls might be their weak nonconference schedule, compared to Oklahoma that has beaten two potential conference champions in Cincinnati and TCU -- both who are currently in the BCS top 25.
  • Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald credits defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill's work turning around Texas Tech's defense as an underrated component in the Red Raiders' 10-0 start.

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