NCF Nation: UTSA Roadrunners

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

The weekend is coming. If you can't wait for the spring games, here are a few links to get you ready.  

  • Don't look for much of a statement from Texas A&M's running game at Saturday's spring game. The Aggies will have only seven scholarship offensive linemen and two running backs healthy for the workout, Robert Cessna of the Bryan Eagle reports.
  • Texas Tech defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill worked with a retooled defensive front to accommodate the loss of McKinner Dixon, Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports.
  • Quarterback Zac Robinson's playing time will be limited at Saturday's Orange-White game, but most other starters will play in the game, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy told the Oklahoman's Scott Wright.
  • Missouri kicking coach Dave Yost expects a stiff three-way battle to replace Jeff Wolfert to play out throughout the summer, Matt Schiffman of the Columbia Missourian reports.
  • Hey, blame them and not me. Sporting News college football writers Matt Hayes and David Curtis will make a lot of Big 12 fans angry after both picked Tim Tebow over either Sam Bradford or Colt McCoy as the best quarterback in college football.
  • Multi-faceted Colorado standout Josh Smith had to overcome an initial fear of returning kicks, Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera reports.
  • Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler opines on the rock-solid Oklahoma defense.
  • Former Oklahoma State defensive back Eric Roark was among the first assistant coaches named Wednesday to Larry Coker's inaugural coaching staff at Texas-San Antonio.

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Earlier this week, I could have sworn I would be spending my Friday afternoon covering a board of regents meeting in Lubbock. And if you had asked me yesterday morning, I would have been even more convinced.

Instead, things played out a little easier for me and Mike Leach. I've got no complaints and I bet the Tech coach doesn't, either.

Here are some Big 12 lunchtime links to get you ready for the weekend.

  • Gil Lebreton of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram analyzes how Leach outfoxed Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers in the negotiations for his contract extension.
  • The Houston Chronicle's Richard Justice believes that Mike Leach's contract extension is a dramatic move for Texas Tech, although he wishes that the Tech coach would be a little less restrictive on his media access to players.
  • Texas A&M quarterbacks coach Tom Rossley is one of six candidates known to have interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at start-up program UTSA, the San Antonio Express-News' David Flores reports. Former Baylor defensive coordinator and Texas football standout Bill Bradley also is scheduled to meet with UTSA athletic director Lynn Hickey about the job next week.
  • Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel breaks down Bill Snyder's daunting challenge of turning the culture at Kansas State -- again.
  • How about a look ahead to Texas spring practice? The Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls provides most of the early answers.
  • Renny Vandeweghe of the Big Red Network proposes five wishes to help spruce up Nebraska's Memorial Stadium.

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Happy Monday. Here are some fresh links to get your through the weekend leftovers that were probably brought from home.

  • Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads says he's "in no hurry" to hire a defensive coordinator, Des Moines Register columnist Sean Keeler reports.
  • New Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young is talking about planting trees, signaling the 62-year-old veteran coach is thinking about staying at his new school longer than some other stops, the Oklahoman's Scott Wright writes. Wright also notes that Young is determined to have the Cowboys playing a fast, physical defense.
  • David Flores of the San Antonio Express-News reports that former Baylor coach Grant Teaff and former Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum are serving as unofficial advisers to Texas-San Antonio athletic director Lynn Hickey as she searches for the school's first football coach.
  • Mike Huguenin of Rivals.com predicts that Colorado will crack the top 25 next season.
  • Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is expected to delineate the exact roles of the new members of his staff sometime after National Signing Day next week, the Oklahoman's Scott Wright reports.
  • Steve Sipple of the Lincoln Journal-Star and hundreds of the newspaper's readers are wondering why Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz didn't get invited to any postseason all-star games or the NFL combine.

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