First off, a lion? Swimming? In the ocean? Lions don't like water. If you'd placed it near a river or some sort of fresh water source, that might make sense. But you find yourself in the ocean, 20-foot waves -- I'm assuming off the coast of South Africa -- coming up against a full-grown, 800-pound tuna, with his 20 or 30 friends? You lose that battle. You lose that battle nine times out of 10.
Despite the recent recession, ticket prices for high-demand games are at an all-time high. And the highest prices for those games are in the Big 12, reports Rachel Bachman of The Oregonian.
Baylor gave some players a microphone and put them in front of the camera. Hilarity ensued. Former fireman and current left tackle Danny Watkins is a masterful host.
Texas' defense, which Mack Brown believes might be his best ever, is dishing out the big hits early, writes Cedric Golden of the Austin American-Statesman.
Getting through preseason camp is hard because preseason camp is.... hard. Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World-Herald consults a few Huskers for their secret to making it to opening weekend.
The Kansas City Star takes a long look at what seems like excess spending on private planes by Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins. Perkins says its a matter of convenience, not luxury. Great reporting on this; it's a lot more interesting than it sounds. Elsewhere, The Star's Sam Mellinger reminds us that he's done nothing illegal, but says if Perkins cares about his legacy, he'll decline a $600,000 bonus he's due two months before he retires next fall.
Robert Cessna of the Bryan-College Station Eagle sees progress from the Aggies defense.
Colorado linebacker Michael Sipili has developed from a troubled young player into the Buffaloes hardest hitter and defensive leader, writes Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera. And the Buffaloes are in negotiations to play a game at Ohio Stadium against the Buckeyes in 2011, reports the Camera's Neil Woelk and Ryan Thorburn.
John Helsley of The Oklahoman examines the idea of Mike Gundy as a resident of the hot seat.
Safeties Tysyn Hartman and Emmanuel Lamur anchored the Kansas State defense last season, but they still have to get better, reports Austin Meek of the Topeka Capital-Journal.
College football pundit Phil Steele extensively lays out his case for Oklahoma as his preseason No. 1 to Jake Trotter of The Oklahoman.
Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas needed a priority change before he had a chance to pursue the success he achieved in his first year, writes John Henderson of the Denver Post.