Big 12 lunch links: Paul will pay $150 for wreckless driving charge

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

It's Wednesday and preseason practice loom less than a month away.

We're almost there.

So breathe deeply and check out these links. Because good things happen for those who will wait.

  • Nebraska wide receiver Niles Paul was ordered to pay a $150 fine for reckless driving, the lone conviction stemming from an alcohol-related arrest on April 12, the Omaha World-Herald's Jon Nyatawa reports. Paul also agreed to enter pretrial diversion for a minor in possession charge stemming from the same traffic stop, the Lincoln Journal-Star reports.

  • Dave Curtis thinks that Oklahoma State-Texas will be the best game this season and Matt Hayes picks Florida-LSU. But both two Sporting News college football writers think that Colorado's Ralphie is the ultimate college mascot in their weekly "Four Downs" column.

  • The Des Moines Register is polling its readers on the ultimate Iowa State football player.

  • The Topeka Capital-Journal's Tully Corcoran analyzes an interesting new advertising campaign for Kansas' football team that suggests the Jayhawks have arrived as a North Division contender.

  • The Omaha World-Herald's Joseph Morton reports that Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman faced some intense grilling about the viability of the BCS on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Perlman, chairman of a group of university presidents that oversees the BCS, appeared before a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing. And the Oklahoman's Berry Tramel isn't buying the Utah "pity party" that was the predominant theme during Tuesday's BCS hearings.

  • The NFL's straight talk at their rookie symposium about the perils of celebrity caught former Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo's attention, the Austin American-Statesman's Cedric Golden reports.

  • Former Oklahoma backup quarterback Tommy Grady will receive his first arenafootball2 start with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz Saturday night against Bossier-Shreveport, the Oklahoman's Robert Przybylo reports.

  • New Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost is bracing for a big challenge as he attempts to rebuild Missouri's offense without Chase Daniel, Jeremy Maclin and Chase Coffman, WGEM.com reports. Yost was in Palmyra, Mo., Tuesday night to talk about the Tigers' upcoming season.

  • Ryan Hyatt of the Williams and Hyatt Sports Blog writes that it's time for Texas Tech to have a game with throwback uniforms.