NCF Nation: Mark Ellis
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
And then there were three.
Teams, that is.
With Texas Tech starting spring practice this afternoon, only Texas A&M, Colorado and Kansas State still haven't started their spring work. And the Aggies kick off spring practice on Thursday.
With camps opening across the Midwest, it means more news.
And thankfully, more potential sources for lunchtime links from across the conference.
Here are today's offerings.
- Texas Tech defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill plans to alternate Ra'Jon Henley and Brandon Sesay at defensive tackle and end this spring, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal beat writer Don Williams reports.
- So much for any lingering bad feelings after he was demoted as Iowa State's defensive coordinator late last year before left the school. Charles Goldberg of the Birmingham News reports that Gene Chizik has hired former ISU assistant Wayne Bolt as Auburn's director of football operations.
- New Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads avoided confusion with his team by having his players tape their names on the front of their helmets to make for easier recognition on the Cyclones' first day of spring practice, Andrew Logue of the Des Moines Register reports. And Rhoads told Chuck Schoffner of the Cedar Rapids Gazette that his first day of practice was "boring."
- Kansas coach Mark Mangino will be honored Sunday when he's inducted into the Pittsburgh chapter of the National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame, the Topeka Capital-Journal's Tully Corcoran reports.
- Newsday's Mike Rose has Baylor ranked No. 1 among five national programs set to rise in 2009.
- Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal-Star details the higher expectations that Bo Pelini has for his program as he begins his second spring as head coach.
- NCAA heavyweight champion Mark Ellis plans to join Missouri's football team after spring break as a walk-on defensive end, Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.
- Tulsa World beat writer Bill Haisten details how Oklahoma State will rebuild its punting game without Ray Guy Award winner Matt Fodge.