Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
IRVING, Texas -- I'm headed home in a few minutes, but I couldn't jump on the road without providing a few links from the conclusion of the Big 12's media days.
My conscience wouldn't let me.
Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com says that Mike Leach's job at Texas Tech is the best coaching job in the country and that Leach perhaps is the most important person in the history of the school.
The Omaha World-Herald's Tom Shatel writes that Bill Snyder's legacy is secure at Kansas State -- no matter what happens during his second run of coaching the Wildcats.
Travis Haney of the Charleston Post and Courier mentions that Oklahoma State might be a potential opponent that makes sense for South Carolina in 2010.
Sporting News pundits Matt Hayes and Dave Curtis choose one player to start a college football team. (They couldn't select Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow or Sam Bradford.) Hayes said his next choice would be Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Curtis say he would select Baylor's Robert Griffin.
Good story by the Dallas Morning News' Brad Townsend, who spent Wednesday following Mike Leach at the Big 12 media days.
Denver Post reporter Tom Kensler writes that the North Division must show improvement in order for the Big 12 to have a legitimate claim as the nation's strongest football conference.
The Lincoln Journal-Star's Steve Sipple opines that he was wowed and borderline disgusted as he visited the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium earlier this week.
The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel writes that Mack Brown is no longer tormented by his problem with beating Oklahoma. Three victories in the last four seasons over the Sooners will slay those demons.
Texas Tech tackle Brandon Carter's back is covered by a large tattoo inspired by "Red Dragon," the novel that introduced the world to cannibal serial killer Hannibal Lecter, the Kansas City Star reports.
Jordan Shipley's long, injury-plagued career at Texas is detailed by the Houston Chronicle/San Antonio Express-News' Mike Finger.
The summer break is officially over at Nebraska as Cornhusker coaches met Wednesday to plot strategy for their start of preseason camp on Aug. 8, the Omaha World-Herald's Mitch Sherman reports.
Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder tells the Tulsa World's John Klein that a little "pain and sacrifice" goes along with being a fan.