Big 12 lunchtime links: Why have all the CU players left?

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

It's getting close to summer. Most schools are conducting "unofficial" workouts as players return to prepare for the season and get ahead in their schooling.

And we still have links.

Many of them.

Here are some of today's best.

  • Boulder Camera columnist Neill Woelk writes that there's no common reason to explain why five Colorado players have transferred from the program in the last several months.

  • I guess we can figure who Athlon likes to win the Oct. 17 game in Dallas, can't we? Oklahoma is revealed as the magazine's No. 2 national team, a day after Texas was released as No. 3.

  • The Lubbock-based Williams and Hyatt Blog wonders if Texas Tech moving their game at Texas to Sept. 19 is really such a good idea.

  • Linebacker Jacob Lattimer of Hutchison Community College is the second linebacker added to Iowa State's program after signing day by new coach Paul Rhoads, the Ames Tribune's Bobby La Gesse reports.

  • The Lawrence Journal-World's Tom Keegan isn't buying a preseason prediction that slots Kansas fourth in the Big 12 North.

  • The Tulsa World's Dave Sittler plays a game of "what if" with the career of former Oklahoma assistant coach Jim Donnan, who will be elected to College Football Hall of Fame's Divisional Hall of Fame.

  • Backup quarterback Blaine Dalton is off suspension and back taking part in offseason drills with the Missouri football team, Mike DeArmond of the Kansas City Star reports.

  • Nearly 1,000 attendees took part in Football 101, Bo Pelini's interactive course in football developed for women, Jon Nyatawa of the Omaha World Herald reports. The event raised more than than $50,000 to benefit the Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center Foundation and the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center, according to the Lincoln Journal-Star.

  • Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, Texas defensive end Sergio Kindle, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin, Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud and Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing are among the players that a panel of College Football News columnists predict could be "September stars" early in the season.

  • Former Texas A&M All-American lineman Joe Boyd passed away at the age of 92, the Dallas Morning News reports. Boyd, who later became a noted evangelist, was a member of the Aggies' 1939 national championship team.

  • Former Texas defensive back Erick Jackson didn't make the cut on Michael Irvin's "Fourth and Long" reality football show, Austin American-Statesman columnist Cedric Golden reports in his delicious blog "Golden Nuggets."