Long weekend means long links post. Perhaps record-breaking? I'll try to get the fine people at Guinness on the phone later this afternoon.
Here's what you missed over the three-day weekend:
Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman says a merger with the Pac-10 could be the Big 12's best option.
And later takes a look at the motivation behind Bob Stoops' philosophy of encouraging his players to return for their senior seasons.
Stu Durando of the St. Louis Post Dispatch gives a look at Dan Beebe, the rugby player who later helped investigate the SMU scandal that led to the program's death penalty.
Here's a few cool-looking photos from Floyd Casey Stadium, where Baylor is in the process of replacing the turf on its field.
Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins' alleged blackmail centered around his previous acquisition of exercise equipment, report Tully Corcoran and James Carlson of the Topeka Capital-Journal in an expansive investigative story.
Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson is with a handful the nation's elite quarterbacks at the Manning Bros. camp this week in New Orleans.
Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman kept a narrative of his travels to Iraq earlier this month.
Kansas running back DeShaun Sands is following in the footsteps of his favorite player in KU history: his dad, Tony "Tuxedo" Sands, writes Gary Bedore in the Lawrence Journal-World.
And coach Turner Gill is specifically targeting in-state talent for his 2011 recruiting class, reports Matt Tait of the Journal-World.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is ready for a renewed focus on defense now that he's relieved himself of his play-calling duties, writes John Helsley of The Oklahoman.
Pete Fiutak at College Football News turns in an extensive preview of the Red Raiders.
Steven Sipple and Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal Star look ahead to the marquee game on Nebraska's schedule: Texas.
Does DeMarco Murray's game translate to the NFL? Wes Bunting at the National Football Post tries to answer.