Big 12 lunch links: Alden fashions Missouri turnaround

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Who said that May was supposed to be the quiet time for college football?

They haven't seen the news percolating across the Big 12.

Here are today's offerings:

  • Missouri athletic director Mike Alden was nearly fired three years ago. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Vahe Gregorian details Alden's turnaround in the Tigers' program, including three teams that set school records for victories this season.

  • Boulder Daily Camera beat writer Kyle Ringo writes about why he isn't buying that Dan Hawkins is on the hot seat, as well as the development of former Colorado center Kai Maiava's development at UCLA and the emergence of Colorado backup safety Travis Sandersfeld.

  • Wichita-based trainer Brian Butler told Topeka Capital-Journal reporter Austin Meek that Kansas State remains a viable transfer option for both former Oregon quarterback/wide receiver Chris Harper and former Minnesota wide receiver Broderick Smith.

  • Omaha World-Herald reporter Lee Barfknecht writes that Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads is receiving praise from Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.

  • "The Three Wise Men" of Cornhusker football, the Lincoln Journal-Star's Steve Sipple, Brian Christopherson and Kent Wolgamott, discuss the keys for Nebraska notching an upset at Virginia Tech on Sept. 19.

  • Former Oklahoma guard and World War II hero Norman McNabb passed away Wednesday in Atlanta at the age of 85, the Oklahoman's Berry Tramel reports. McNabb was co-captain of the Sooners' 1950 national championship team and fought in the Pacific theater during the war.

  • The San Antonio Express-News' Mike Finger said that transparency was the biggest victim when coaches decided to shield their final votes in the 2010 poll. And the Dallas Morning News' Kevin Sherrington writes that the coaches' poll ultimately loses credibility as the votes are shielded.

  • The Oklahoman's Jake Trotter writes about the unique commonalities of Oklahoma wide receivers Adron Tennell and Brandon Caleb, who are among the biggest offensive keys for the Sooners this season.

  • Mack Brown is interested in receiving a first-hand look at war-torn Iraq when his visit of U.S. military bases with other football coaches begins today, Austin American-Statesman reporter Randy Riggs writes.