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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Big 12 lunch links: Eberflus excited about new job


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Maybe there really is something about the Dawg Pound and hating Pittsburgh. The devotion of a Cleveland Browns fan really has no bounds.

Former Missouri defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus told the Columbia Daily Tribune's Dave Matter that the chance to join the Browns as their linebackers coach helps fulfill a childhood fantasy. Eberflus remembers watching two or three Browns games per season at old Municipal Stadium during his childhood in nearby Akron.

So when Eric Mangini offered Eberflus a chance to join his organization, it really was a no-brainer -- even after eight years on Gary Pinkel's staff at Missouri and 17 years working with Pinkel at other jobs.

Such a childhood connection is a tough one to overcome.

Hopefully these lunchtime links are earning that kind of attachment, too.