Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
It's hard to believe that Mark Mangino was on the hot seat before last season after earlier struggles. In less than 10 months, everything is coming up roses for the Kansas coach after the announcement of a mammoth contract extension on Tuesday.
Here are some details on his new deal and other Big 12 news this morning from around the conference:
Kansas coach Mark Mangino has come a long way from driving ambulances on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. His contract extension announced Tuesday pushes him to $2.3 million through 2012 -- making him among the three highest-paid coaches in the Big 12 along with Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and Texas' Mack Brown.
The check for Mangino's big extension is a little easier to write for Kansas officials considering the Jayhawks have set attendance records each of the last three seasons. But Mangino will be trying to make history this season. Kansas has never made back-to-back bowl trips in consecutive seasons.
Mangino's contract has a couple of intriguing incentives. He'll receive a $125,000 bonus if the Jayhawks sell 40,000 season tickets. That bonus is the same if the Jayhawks make a BCS bowl game and higher than the bonus he would earn ($75,000) if the Jayhawks win the Big 12 championship.
Missouri as the next college football superpower? CBSSports.com columnist Dennis Dodd told collegefootballnews.com that the Tigers have elements in place for a long run. "This Missouri thing isn't a fluke," Dodd told the web site. "Gary Pinkel is recruiting great. Even when his program was down, I couldn't find a coach around the country who said a bad thing about him. Now, he's got the weapons in a league he can win."
College Football News columnist Pete Fiutak says that the vintage hairdos of former Oklahoma players J.C. Watts and Billy Sims help get him interested in college football.
Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy will allow fans to watch the Cowboys' entire Aug. 2 practice and the first seven periods of their first seven practices, beginning July 31.
Legendary Kansas track standout Wes Santee told the Lawrence Journal-World that Kansas officials are planning to take the track out of Memorial Stadium. Eventual plans are to build a separate new track stadium southwest of Allen Fieldhouse.
Nebraska coaches are confident that heralded receiving prospect Khiry Cooper will turn down a chance at a pro baseball career to play for the Cornhuskers.
The Daily Texan takes a detailed, analytical look at Mack Brown's 10 years at Texas.
Columbia Daily Tribune Missouri beat writer Dave Matter's consistently good blog, "Behind the Stripes," has several interesting nuggets this week, including Missouri athletic director Mike Alden talking about Iowa and Arkansas as potential future football opponents for the Tigers.
If a pre-play of NCAA Football 09 is any indication, Oklahoma might be headed for a special season. A simulation played by reporters at the Daily Oklahoman finished with the Sooners winning the national championship. Included was a 47-10 beatdown of rival Oklahoma State in a simulated "Bedlam Game."