Big 12 links: Can Harrell change thinking about spread QBs?

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Spring practice is only one day away from starting in the Big 12 as Texas kicks off its work Friday afternoon in Austin.

I can hardly wait.

Here are some stories from around the conference to get you primed.

  • Doug Farrar of The Washington Post wonders if Texas Tech's Graham Harrell can crack the stigma dogging spread quarterbacks promulgated by NFL teams.

  • Nebraska linebackers coach Mike Ekeler has turned down the opportunity to join South Florida's staff as defensive coordinator, according to Tampa Tribune reporter Brett McMurphy.

  • Considering the Virginia staff is already stacked with an offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator and offensive line coach, Accsports.com figures out what former Kansas State coach Ron Prince will be doing on Al Groh's staff.

  • Dallas Morning News columnist Kevin Sherrington wonders if Texas Tech coach Mike Leach really wanted to use the word "extort" to describe his contract negotiations last week -- especially considering the nation's struggling economy.

  • Former Nebraska fullback Willie Miller is in court on a charge of road rage after allegedly ramming an off-duty Omaha policeman with his automobile after a high-speed chase last April, Todd Cooper of the Omaha World-Herald reports.

  • Kansas is hoping that the atmosphere at the school's basketball victory over Nebraska helped convince several key junior recruits to attend the school, Stephen Montemayor of the University Daily Kansan writes. Most notable among the attendees was Wichita, Kan., quarterback Blake Bell, who is also considering a group of suitors including Notre Dame, Oklahoma, LSU, Georgia and Nebraska.