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Big 12 lunchtime links: How Snyder was hired by KSU

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Here are some stories that people are talking about across the Big 12 today. Enjoy them.

  • Jeffrey Martin of the Kansas City Star/Wichita Eagle provides the definitive story of the re-hiring of Bill Snyder at Kansas State. Among his findings include that Kansas State athletic director Bob Krause had no preconceived notion that he was going to hire Snyder before choosing to fire Ron Prince, that there was "absolutely no contact" between KSU and TCU coach Gary Patterson and that Snyder returned to coaching as a sense of obligation for his school.

  • Gerry Fraley of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes about the decline and fall of Kansas' defense this season.

  • The Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls wonders if Texas A&M is destined to fall into the South Division's cellar with Baylor's recent development.

  • After losing nine players to season-ending injuries this season, the Rocky Mountain News' B.G. Brooks writes that Colorado coach Dan Hawkins will reflect on the past season as the most challenging of his career.

  • The Omaha World-Herald's Lee Barfknecht takes a critical look at Gary Pinkel's whopping new contract and opines that more work will be needed to keep the Tigers at the top of the North Division.

  • The Tulsa World's John Klein explains why Saturday's Bedlam Game is so important for the national perception of Oklahoma State.