Big 12 lunchtime links: A look back at a vintage KU-KSU battle

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

As anybody who has read this blog for any amount of time knows, I'm a sucker for the history of college football.

That's why I was attracted to a great series in this morning's Kansas City Star.

The newspaper has a regular series called "Star Stories" where they link stories from the newspaper's storied past. Today's edition included stories and pictures from the 1958 Kansas-Kansas State game.

It had some great content and was an even better idea. Now if newspapers only made their archives free to the average reader all the time ... ah, but I'm getting way ahead of myself.

Check these stories and pictures out on the Star's Web site. You can almost hear Elvis Presley and Danny and the Juniors playing in the background.

And here are some other links from around the Big 12. Enjoy them.

  • It's no surprise that Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is a prime topic for today's Big 12 disseminators. The Rocky Mountain News' B.G. Brooks says it's time for Leach to prove something to the nation. Kansas City Star's Blair Kerkhoff chimes in a column on Leach's big opportunity for a national breakthrough Saturday against Texas. And the Austin American-Stateman's Randy Riggs writes of the mutual infatuation he shares with Leach for Sherlock Holmes stories.

  • Louisiana native Earl Patin can handle playing at Baylor, as long as his mother occasionally brings him a pot of gumbo from back home, the Waco Tribune-Herald's John Werner writes.

  • The Denver Post's Woody Paige is full of suggestions today for Colorado coach Dan Hawkins. How about moving cornerback Cha'pelle Brown for an occasional stint at wide receiver or defensive tackle George Hypolite at "Buffalo Back" in short-yardage stints?

  • Des Moines Register's Andrew Logue writes about the musical passion of Iowa State tight end Collin Franklin, who plays guitar, trumpet, piano and drums. And he also catches a few passes, too.

  • Starting freshman Kansas State running back Logan Dold has confounded his old high school coach, who thought his old pupil was headed for a defensive career in college, the Kansas City Star/Wichita Eagle's Jeffrey Martin writes.

  • When Bob Stoops and his wife, Carol, were newlyweds back in Manhattan, Kan., they had an extended houseguest for several months. It was none other than Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini, who was then working for the Wildcats as a graduate assistant.