Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
An interesting slate of games approaches tomorrow in the Big 12.
Here are some links to get you ready.
Sporting News’ Matt Hayes writes that Mark Mangino made his first major mistake of his coaching career in his handling of the benching of Todd Reesing.
Not good news for Colorado’s Dan Hawkins. The Denver Post’s John Henderson writes about how four-straight losing seasons usually leads to firing for a coach.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Vahe Gregorian wonders whether the NCAA would have been as callous in its penalty for Dez Bryant if he had been playing at Ohio State or USC rather than Oklahoma State.
The Oklahoman’s John Helsley writes about the developing Oklahoma State defensive line, which battled Texas to a virtual stalemate last week.
Decreasing attendance at Folsom Field is analyzed by the Boulder Daily Camera’s Melanie Asmar.
The Kansas City Star’s Kellis Robinett writes that Bill Snyder’s system still works at Kansas State. And the Lincoln Journal-Star’s Steve Sipple opines that Snyder’s quick start has silenced critics of his hiring.
Kansas redshirt freshman defensive end D.J. Marshall has informed his coaches and teammates that he’s been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, the Lawrence Journal-World reports.
Alexander Robinson is one good closing month from becoming the first Iowa State back to lead the Big 12 in rushing since 1999, Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register reports.
Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne tells the Omaha World-Herald’s Rich Kaipust that maturity is the key to using a freshman quarterback. Osborne started only one freshman quarterback during his 25-season career as a head coach.
The Dallas Morning News’ Chuck Carlton writes about the noticeable unity shown this season by Texas’ surging defense.