Big 12 morning links: Washington looks to lead Missouri's running game

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Sorry I'm waaaay late to the party. A family vacation kept me from starting with my fellow bloggers last week. So I've got a lot to catch up on.

Here are a few Big 12-related items to mull this morning:

  • Maybe it's not the Griswolds, but Colorado coach Dan Hawkins had some wild stories about his family vacation earlier this month to Peru. The Boulder Daily Camera has all of the details.

  • The Kansas City Star's Jason Whitlock touches on an interesting legal battle between Kansas and Larry Sinks, the owner of a T-shirt company that lampoons the school's coaches and its opponents.

  • Derrick Washington will be aiming to fill Missouri's most pressing offensive need as the team's featured rushing threat.

  • New Nebraska linebackers coach Mike Ekeler was profiled by the Omaha World-Herald. Ekeler's high-energy style will be crucial for Coach Bo Pelini's new staff, but an even better story is the time he almost shaved his eyebrows off to celebrate victories at Kansas State when he was playing there.

  • Times are good at Kansas and Missouri, where success last season is translating into unprecedented season-ticket demand for the upcoming season.

  • The Bleacher Report likely is feeling the wrath of Oklahoma fans after this story.

  • Burnt Orange Nation provides an early look at Texas' offensive depth chart.

  • New Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman will have a lot of pressure on him to win against Miami this season. The San Antonio Express-News reports that new A&M president Elsa Murano would like nothing better than to beat the team from her old hometown.