Big 12 links: Chris Whaley's toughness stories are sprouting

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Notice how quiet it is on the day after national signing day?

The hype has been turned down and spring football is less than a month away at some Big 12 schools. Here are some Big 12 stories people are talking about.

  • Who needs those same stale Chuck Norris stories? Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls writes of two games last season when Texas running back recruit Chris Whaley rushed for 400 yards apiece with his broken hand in a cast after falling off a horse.

  • Linebacker Jake Knott of Waukee, Iowa, is profiled by the Ames Tribune's Bobby La Gesse as coach Paul Rhoads' first in-state recruit.

  • Omaha World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel notes how Bo Pelini specifically thanked each booster who provided a plane for Nebraska's recruiting use at his national signing day press conference, but failed to mention any specific recruits by name.

  • The St. Louis Post Dispatch's Jeff Gordon writes that talent recruited by Missouri makes it difficult for the Tigers to catch Texas and Oklahoma as Big 12 powers.

  • Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman repeatedly stressed the need for more athleticism in his program and he introduced his 2009 recruiting class, San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle beat writer Brent Zwerneman reports.

  • The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel writes that Oklahoma might receive more of an immediate boost from walk-on kicker Bryce Easley than any of the more heralded players in its 2009 recruiting class.