NCF Nation: J.C. Watts
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Wasn't it the Bangles who sang about "Manic Mondays" way back when?
But Susanna Hoffs can't top these smokin' hot links for the first day of the work week.
Here they are. And you don't even have to put up with a bunch of cheesy VH-1 videos to read them.
- Former Oklahoma quarterback and former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts has pocketed $620,000 over the last five years as a lobbyist for the Bowl Championship Series, Daniel Libit of the political Web site Politico.com reports.
- The Omaha World-Herald's Lee Barfknecht projects Texas and Kansas as his Big 12 divisional favorites coming out of spring practice.
- Kelly Beaton of the Waterloo Courier analyzes the importance of new Iowa State strength coach Yancy McKnight to the Cyclones' program.
- Kansas State still hopes to be able to hire a new athletic director by June 1, incoming president Kirk Schulz told Joshua Kinder of the Manhattan Mercury.
- Oklahoma State recruit Colton Richardson of Ada, Okla., was arrested at his high school and charged with possession of marijuana, the Tulsa World's Bill Haisten reports.
- The Topeka Capital-Journal's Tully Corcoran thought it was a little strange that Sam Keller was the player suing EA Sports and the NCAA in a class-action lawsuit. But the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel's Michael Cunningham hopes that Keller's suit will lead to college athletes sharing in the wealth that the NCAA makes from marketing them.
- Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh tells the Omaha World-Herald's Rich Kaipust about his expectations for the upcoming season.
- Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel weighs in on various Oklahoma football topics, including Justin Chaisson's legal dilemma and the spiraling price of Oklahoma football season tickets and parking.
- Steve Sipple of the Lincoln Journal-Star writes that Shawn Watson's offensive philosophy provides the best of both worlds. Quarterbacks are trained in an NFL-friendly West Coast passing offense combined with a running offense that encompasses some elements of the spread, including zone reads.
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."