Big 12 lunch links: Osborne defends Pelini's megabuck salary

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

I'm back home with a cornucopia of Big 12 links for your lunchtime delight as spring practice continues across the conference.

Enjoy them.

  • Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne defended Bo Pelini's new megabuck salary by saying the school is one of 10-12 in the country where the athletic program is self-supporting, David Ledbetter of NewsnetNebraska reports.

  • Pete Fiutak of collegefootballnews.com makes his early BCS predictions, soothsaying that Texas will meet Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl and Oklahoma will hook up with Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.

  • Citing a dwindling budget, Kansas has decided to do away with the 20 percent discount for faculty and staff for athletic events, Chad Lawhorn of the Lawrence Journal-World reports.

  • Robert Griffin's second spring at quarterback has been much smoother after establishing himself as the leader of Baylor's offense, John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.

  • Record-setting Nebraska kicker Alex Henery is in a tight battle for the team's punting job this spring, the Lincoln Journal-Star's Brian Christopherson reports.

  • Kansas defensive lineman Jamal Greene returned to practice Wednesday, although wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe still remains suspended, Dugan Arnett of the Lawrence Journal-World reports.

  • Missouri tailback Derrick Washington has a new look to match his determined attitude, Dave Matter of the Columbia Daily Tribune reports.

  • Missing last season's Holiday Bowl because of academic struggles helped Oklahoma State cornerback Terrance Anderson's commitment, Oklahoman beat writer Scott Wright reports.

  • Texas A&M defensive coordinator Joe Kines' decision to make a four-linebacker alignment prominent is bringing back memories of the school's vaunted "Wrecking Crew" defenses of the past, reports Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle/San Antonio Express-News.