Big 12 lunch links: Football still dominates in Texas
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.