Lunchtime links: 'Tis the season for coaching speculation

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin:

Ty Willingham's forced resignation at Washington earlier this week has prompted some early stories about potential replacements with Big 12 connections. What a better topping to spice up this lunchtime collection of links?

  • The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Bryan Burwell writes that leaving Missouri for Washington makes little sense for Missouri coach Gary Pinkel -- even if the Husky program once might have been considered Pinkel's "dream job." The Columbia Tribune's Dave Matter writes that a more logical candidate might be Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who is familiar with Washington president Mark Emmert and athletic director Scott Woodward, who both worked with him at LSU.

  • Former Kansas defensive coordinator Bill Young can't get away from the struggles his old defense is facing this season. Young told J. Brady McCullough of the Kansas City Star that playing tougher Big 12 opponents has been a big cause of the unit's sputtering early performance.

  • Oklahoma defensive end Frank Alexander relayed the grisly details of his Aug. 31 stabbing to Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler. Alexander missed four games but is back in the Sooners' rotation for Saturday's game against Nebraska.

  • Oklahoman beat writer Scott Wright writes that Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy's dream job is now turning into one of the best ones in college football.

  • Even Kansas State coach Ron Prince's own sons are asking him when the Wildcats will beat Kansas, Wichita Eagle/Kansas City Star beat writer Jeffrey Martin reports.

  • Colorado offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich has made some noticeable changes after the Buffaloes were shutout last week by Missouri -- the first blanking of a Colorado offense in 20 years.