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Big 12 morning links

  • Great job of Allen Taylor of West Virginia MetroNews with this profile on Mountaineers receiver Kevin White, told by talking to his high school and junior college coaches. They certainly aren't surprised that White put in the work to become one of the nation's best receivers. A lot of kids in his situation might not have hung in there for those three years in juco ball. Funny to hear, too, that a year ago he wondered if he'd have to go into coaching after his senior season.

  • You knew this was coming: Ryan Teeples of the Desert News makes the case for why BYU should join the Big 12. I'm intrigued by the writer's suggestion that, from a logistics standpoint, the easiest compromise might be for BYU to become a football-only member of the conference. He makes a good point, too, about the flexibility the Cougars could have involving TV rights. If you're interested in expansion talk, give this a read.

  • In a column on Baylor and the Big 12 drama over the weekend, Kevin Sherrington of the Dallas Morning News mentions that he thinks Art Briles should "pay handsomely" for his outburst on Saturday. Do you readers agree with that? No word on whether the Big 12 is sending him a bill for going after Bob Bowlsby and the league. Sherrington also gets into expansion but rightfully argues the next league champion would also benefit greatly if Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech can return "to some semblance of themselves."

  • Perhaps the most under-the-radar player to receive a major Big 12 award on Wednesday was Iowa State safety Kamari Cotton-Moya, the league's Defensive Freshman of the Year. We probably haven't written enough about the redshirt freshman who led ISU with 77 tackles and added eight pass breakups. As you can imagine, that honor was a pretty present for the day before his 20th birthday.

  • Lastly, a cool idea by Kyle Fredrickson of The Oklahoman to round up a brief oral history of Tyreek Hill's punt return TD, one of the all-time great Bedlam shockers, as retold by fans. Shoutout to the guy who busted up his own ceiling in excitement, as well as the mother throwing up the pistols from the hospital. What an unforgettable finish. This was a nice way to capture the moment.