Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Today's a getaway day as me and my family get ready for a trip to grandma and granddad for my little one. I'll be back with all kinds of stuff on Monday about the Big 12.
But before we hit the open road, I wouldn't imagine leaving without sharing a few lunchtime links.
Enjoy them and enjoy the weekend.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops told the Oklahoman's Jake Trotter that incoming freshman defensive end Justin Chaisson has joined the team and backup running back Justin Johnson is expected to transfer to another program.
Former Texas A&M offensive lineman Yemi Babola was found guilty of two counts of aggravated robbery, the San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle's Brent Zwerneman reports. Babola could be facing life in prison.
The Bryan Eagle's Robert Cessna comments on the Chaisson and Babola cases and says it's time that colleges athletic institutions started policing themselves.
The Columbia Daily Tribune's Dave Matter reports that Missouri will start mandatory screening of athletes for sickle cell traits.
Stoops might have won three consecutive Big 12 titles, but some Oklahoma alumni at a Dallas outing are wondering when the Sooners will snap their BCS bowl drought, Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman reports.
ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman had a fascinating piece on the effectiveness of offensive and defensive linemen who threw the shot put or the discus in high school track. Among those he mentions are offensive tackles Russell Okung of Oklahoma State, Trent Williams of Oklahoma and Adam Ulatoski of Texas and defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska and DeMarcus Granger and Gerald McCoy of Oklahoma.
The Colorado Springs Gazette's David Ramsey said it's time to renew the Colorado-Air Force series that hasn't been played since 1974.
Another interesting story from the Lincoln Journal-Star's Brian Christopherson's "Deep Red" Series. This week's offering is about a 1953 home game against Oregon -- the first televised game in the history of the program.
Mike Leach tells Mike Whitson of the San Angelo Standard-Times he's enjoyed bigger victories than Texas Tech's pulsating victory over Texas that was settled by Michael Crabtree's game-winning catch. Like the time his 13-year-old all-star team defeated Cheyenne when he was growing up in Cody, Wyoming.
Former Kansas athletic director Bob Frederick was listed in critical condition in a Kansas City, Kan., hospital after suffering a head injury in a bicycle accident, the Kansas City Star reports.
The Topeka Capital Journal's Austin Meek writes it's time for new Kansas State athletic director John Currie to come clean about the administrative leave given to Jim Epps and Bob Cavello earlier this week.
Podcasters Kevin Romary, D.J. Whetter and Jesse Newell of the Lawrence Journal World all ranked the Kansas-Missouri football game ranked as the best Kansas sports event last season and discussed whether the Jayhawks' 2010 game against Georgia Tech is a good idea.