Lunchtime links: Tech K Williams revels in joining team

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

What better way to celebrate the holiday season that catching up with some good stories from across the conference?

Enjoy them and enjoy the holidays.

  • Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal catches up with Texas Tech walk-on kicker Matt "Lynwood" Williams, who came out of the stands to earn a place as the Red Raiders' kicker after winning an in-game kicking promotion earlier this year.

  • Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel tells the San Antonio Express-News' Bryan Chu that the upcoming Valero Alamo Bowl will be emotional for him as his final college game.

  • Good story from the Lincoln Journal-Star's Steve Sipple about Nebraska safety Ricky Thenarse's escape from gang violence in his Los Angeles home for a starting position with the Cornhuskers' secondary.

  • Dave Sittler of the Tulsa World wonders if a couple of subtle hints might indicate that Sam Bradford will pull a stunner and return to college for another season next year.

  • Oklahoma players have asked Coach Bob Stoops to put a nightly curfew on the team when it leaves for the BCS National Championship Game in Miami. "This ain't no party trip. This ain't no vacation," cornerback Lendy Holmes told John Hoover of the Tulsa World. "We're going down there to go win a national championship."

  • John Denton of Florida Today analyzes the question that continues to puzzle many outside observers: Are the Big 12 defenses really as soft as national statistics seem to indicate?