Big 12 lunchtime links: Wild start to the week

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

C'mon, admit it. You thought that all of the action was usually reserved for the playing field.

But welcome to the Big 12, where a lot of things happened since the games finished up Saturday night in Norman.

Here's a look at some of the more notable events from around the conference.

  • Jeffrey Martin of the Kansas City Star/Wichita Eagle provides the details of Bill Snyder coming out of retirement to direct the Kansas State program. The Topeka Capital-Journal's Tim Bisel writes about why the return of Snyder to coaching reminds him of the B-52's "Love Shack." And the Wichita Eagle's Bob Lutz writes that bringing Snyder out of retirement is a gamble that KSU president Jon Wefald is ready to take.

  • Here's an amazing story written by ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman about spending the last few hours before the Texas Tech-Oklahoma game with the Red Raiders. Maybe they should have known something was wrong. Their omelet station ordered at the team hotel before the game didn't materialize.

  • Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman writes about why Texas should have jumped Oklahoma in the human poll, why he boosts Colt McCoy ahead of the rest of the Heisman contenders and Bob Stoops' praiseworthy move of giving up his coach's vote after other balloters declined to acknowledge his team's victory over Missouri in last season's title game.

  • The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson did a nice job on a feature about former Oklahoma State wide receiver Brent Parker. His dropped pass cost the Cowboys a 1988 victory over Oklahoma in the biggest "Bedlam" probably other than the upcoming one.

  • The Lincoln Journal-Star's Steve Sipple writes that Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson could be an intriguing possibility for a vacant head coaching position somewhere.

  • Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News writes that Oklahoma could be well positioned to sneak past Texas into the Big 12 Championship Game with a big victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday.