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.