Big 12 lunch links: Montana's son looking at OU, Nebraska
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- It was unusually busy in downtown Columbia for a Monday night after I arrived here. The Field House appeared to be rocking and other clubs and coffee houses were packed with students along Broadway.
But before I got back to my hotel room and started my work for the following day, I had to make one pilgrimage.
I'll be out at Missouri's practice later this afternoon and will deliver a report before I leave, but I wanted to provide a few lunchtime links along the way.
I'm going to enjoy my links mine with a big cold chunk of Shakespeare's finest pizza -- canadian bacon, mushroom and green pepper, thank you very much.
And for all of the Missouri expatriates out there, I'll gladly have a second piece for them, too.
Until then, here are some of today's most notable Big 12 stories.
- Nick Montana, the son of NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana, has been offered a scholarship by Nebraska and Oklahoma is interested in him, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Michael Carvell reports.
- SI.com's Cory McCartney profiles Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin and lists Griffin and Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts among 10 players nationally who are primed for breakout seasons.
- Andrew Logue of the Des Moines Register writes that Iowa State wide receiver Darius Darks is hoping for a fresh start with new ISU coach Paul Rhoads and his staff.
- Texas Tech running back Aaron Crawford is poised to challenge for playing time after after missing most of his sophomore season last year, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal beat writer Don Williams writes.
- Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal-Star reports that Bo Pelini's new 68 percent salary increase makes him the highest-paid coach in Nebraska history. But Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald opines that Pelini also vigorously campaigned and received hefty salary hikes for his assistants.
- Colorado wide receivers and passing game coordinator Eric Kiseau has been promoted to associate head coach, Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera reports.
- Standout Rock Bridge (Mo.) defensive lineman Chase Rome has selected Oklahoma State over several other Big 12 suitors including Missouri and Oklahoma, Dave Matter of the Columbia Daily Tribune reports.
- Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is determined to play his substitutes in scrimmages while keeping key starters out of the action to prevent injuries, the Oklahoman's Scott Wright reports.