Friday, September 12, 2008
Big 12 links: Longhorns face brutal scheduling gauntlet
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Here are some of the stories that are making news after Hurricane Ike drastically affected this weekend's Big 12 schedule.
Austin American-Stateman columnist Kirk Bohls said the postponement could help the Longhorns or it could hurt them. The Longhorns will have extra time to build confidence in a developing defense. But it also would set up a punishing four-game schedule with consecutive games against Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Missouri.
Kansas coach Mark Mangino and South Florida coach Jim Leavitt have come a long way since they were toiling on Bill Snyder's staff at Kansas State. So has former Kansas standout CB Aqib Talib, who plans to watch the game tonight against USF along Kansas' sidelines. The Jayhawks hopes will rely on unconventional QB Todd Reesing, who crams his backpack with copies of the Economist and dreams of studying abroad after his college career ends.
Talking about West Virginia's talent can sometimes raise Colorado coach Dan Hawkins' voice. Although some Mountaineer fans might now be wondering if Bill Stewart really was the wise choice as the program's new head coach.