Big 12 lunch links: Tech's Hunter changes positions

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. -- No need for any April's Fool jokes today.

These are just solid Big 12 stories about spring practice taking place almost everywhere around the conference.

Here are some of the most notable ones from this morning.

  • Texas Tech defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill has made a couple of unusual position switches early in spring practice. Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal details how Victor Hunter has moved from middle linebacker to nose tackle after adding 20 pounds and Julius Howard has switched from outside linebacker to safety after dropping 20 pounds.

  • Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman ranks head football coaching jobs at Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas among his 10 toughest jobs in college sports.

  • Colorado defensive line coach Romeo Bandison tells the Boulder Daily Camera's Kyle Ringo that intense competition will mark battles to replace three senior defensive line starters from last season.

  • With contract extensions in place for football coach Gary Pinkel and basketball coach Mike Anderson, the Kansas City Star's Jason Whitlock proclaims the "Dark era" finally is over for Missouri.

  • Nebraska coach Bo Pelini pocketed an extra $50,000 for sharing the Big 12 North title with Missouri last season and his assistants earned a collective $68,750 for that achievement, Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

  • Pete Fiutak of College Football News ranks Texas' Colt McCoy and Oklahoma's Sam Bradford among his top three 2009 Heisman contenders and also lists Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant and Kansas' Todd Reesing as dark-horse candidates for the award.

  • Iowa State and Toledo have announced a two-game, home-and-home series in 2013 and 2014, the Toledo Blade reported.

  • The Tulsa World's John Hoover profiles Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis, who says he is feeling more comfortable with Oklahoma's defense heading into his second season as a starter.