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Big 12 links: Newspaper, reporter seek damages after internet hoax

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Better late than never, I guess. A cranky computer program left me scrambling all morning, but here are the morning links from around the Big 12 delivered a little later than I would like.

  • The (Oklahoma City) Daily Oklahoman and its Oklahoma beat writer Jake Trotter have filed suit in federal court in Oklahoma City against the perpetrator of an internet hoax in a false story about two Oklahoma quarterbacks last week. The 10-count lawsuit accuses James W. Conradt of copyright violations, libel and trademark infringements.

  • Heralded Colorado recruit Darrell Scott still hasn't hit campus yet, according to the Denver Post. Running backs coach Darian Hagan said a required algebra course kept him from enrolling in college in June as planned. But Colorado officials expect Scott, who should contend for a starting job this season, to arrive for freshmen orientation later this week.

  • It isn't easy being a Heisman Trophy candidate. Check out the upcoming schedule of Missouri QB Chase Daniel, whose next few days look like something that presidential candidates Barack Obama or John McCain could identify with.

  • How important is football at the University of Texas? The Austin American-Statesman recently released its listing of the 25 most powerful figures in Central Texas sports. Texas football coach Mack Brown is listed as a co-No. 1 choice with his wife, Sally. Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds is No. 3 and former Texas football coach Darrell Royal is No. 11. And Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes, who has taken the Longhorns to the NCAA tournament in each of his 10 seasons coaching there, was ranked 24th.

  • Kansas State DE Chidubamu Abana's playing status is in question because of "personal issues," KSU coach Ron Prince told the Manhattan Mercury. Abana had been expected to challenge for the starting position opposite Ian Campbell.

  • Burnt Orange Nation has a detailed statistical breakdown on all of Texas' touchdown drives in Big 12 play from last season. On the 35 drives that resulted in touchdowns, the Longhorns averaged at least 10 yards per play on 17 of them. Eight of the drives featured at least 10 plays, while nine featured four plays or less.

  • A federal judge in Topeka, Kan., has ruled that a Lawrence T-shirt store, Joe-College.com, infringed on Kansas' trademark and awarded the school $127,000. The sum was about a fourth of what the school had initially sought in damages. Both sides claimed victory in the settlement.

  • New Oklahoma State co-offensive coordinator Trooper Taylor had some revealing insights into his abilities as a recruiter in a story in the Daily Oklahoman. "I don't apologize for being a Christian, Taylor said,. "People talk about me being a recruiter and how I relate to kids, and like I tell the parents, I'm a Christian that does have some flaws, but I always treat (recruits) like I would want my sons treated.