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Big 12 lunch links: Kansas board could take oversight role

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

More information keeps coming out of Manhattan in the news story that new Kansas State athletic director John Currie probably wishes would die.

Unfortunately for Currie in his new job, that's not the case.

The Associated Press reports that the Kansas Board of Regents may consider taking a greater oversight role of athletics at all six state universities. That discussion comes after a recent audit found numerous questionable transactions at KSU.

The Manhattan Mercury's Carrie Miller reports that new KSU president Kirk Schulz and Currie will take questions from students, faculty and staff at a meeting Monday at the KSU student union. The story makes it a point to inform readers that the general public isn't invited to the meeting because of a fear of a lack of room for all those who would like to attend.

The NCAA already has told KSU officials it won't get involved because it didn't present an NCAA issue or the lack of institutional control at the institution.

But I still would imagine that the Wildcats' Sept. 5 opener against Massachusetts can't come soon enough for Currie.

Until then, here are a few lunchtime links to help familiarize him with his new conference.

  • The Tulsa World's Dave Sittler writes that contract hikes to Bob Stoops and his staff were accompanied by a significant reminder of their value to the school -- a gift of $3 million back to the school's general academic fund. And Tulsa World sports editor Mike Strain explains why Stoops is worth every penny of his new contract.

  • Nebraska recruit Eric Martin, a linebacker from Moreno, Calif., tells the Lincoln Journal Star's Brian Christopherson he is confident he will make his grades this summer and report to the Cornhuskers next month. Martin was one of only two linebackers in Nebraska's 2009 recruiting class.

  • The Bryan Eagle's Robert Cessna analyzes which athletic department had a better year -- Texas or Texas A&M.

  • The Dallas Morning News' Brandon George reports that former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell's father, Sam Harrell, is battling Multiple Sclerosis. Sam Harrell, a noted Texas high school football coach, was diagnosed with the illness four years ago but has decided to tell everybody about the condition over the last several weeks.

  • Paul Myerberg of the New York Times' college sports blog, The Quad, ranks Kansas State No. 70 in his countdown of teams heading into the season.

  • Linebacker Jared Parham of Coppell, Texas, is Missouri's seventh football commitment in the 2010 recruiting class, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported. Parham chose the Tigers over offers from Arkansas, North Carolina and Texas Tech.

  • Phil Steele ranks Oklahoma No. 4 in his national countdown.

  • Quarterback Nick Hirschman of Las Gatos, Calif., has committed to Colorado, the Boulder Daily Camera reports. Hirschman is the fourth commitment for the Buffaloes in the 2010 recruiting class and first commitment from out of state.