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Big 12 morning links

I don't care what you or the rule book say, that was a catch.

  • The Oklahoma offensive coordinator search could be nearing a head. Dean Blevins of News 9 in Oklahoma City reported Sunday night that the Sooners have “plans to name” East Carolina offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley to the same position at Oklahoma. Multiple outlets in Oklahoma and North Carolina, however, tapped the breaks on that news, reporting that no offer had yet been expected. But everyone agrees that Riley is a serious candidate. It would be an interesting hire. Riley is obviously one of the brightest young offensive minds in the country. The Pirates ranked third in the country in passing this past season. But like ex-OU coordinator Josh Heupel, who was fired last weekend, Riley is a Mike Leach disciple. He has never coordinated a Power 5 offense, and is only 31 years old. If Bob Stoops goes in this direction, it could be the definition of a boom or bust hire. Stay tuned.

  • Despite the playoff snub, Gary Patterson and TCU are still winners, in the opinion of Nancy Armour of USA TODAY. In the piece, Armour accused Baylor and Art Briles of "bellyaching" and "begging" while pointing out that Patterson and the Horned Frogs have taken the "high road." "It may not be that shiny gold trophy either Oregon or Ohio State will leave with Monday night," Armour wrote, "but Patterson and TCU's class have won them respect from just about everyone, to say nothing of some good karma down the road." There's no doubt Patterson has handled the playoff snub well. And having good karma never hurt anyone. Of course, when it comes to TCU's 2015 playoff chances, having 10 returning offensive starters trumps any and all karma.

  • Five decommitments to its recruiting class in recent weeks has spelled disaster for Iowa State, notes the Des Moines Register's Randy Peterson. "(These recruits) know what programs are winners," Peterson wrote. "They know what might happen if (Paul) Rhoads (29-46 in six seasons) doesn't coach the team to a bowl game next season." That's why 2015 is a huge year for Rhoads and Iowa State. The Cyclones have been trending in the wrong direction the last couple years, both on the field and on the recruiting trail. They desperately need to reverse that trajectory next year and get back to bowl eligibility. If they do, they can begin to generate momentum again on the trail.

  • In case you missed it, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, former Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth 1984-86), ex-Texas running back Ricky Williams (1995-98) and former Texas Tech linebacker Zach Thomas (1992-95) were announced as members of the 2015 College Football Hall of Fame class Friday. In his acceptance speech, Snyder told reporters that it's his "intent to come back” and coach in 2015. That's good news for Purple Nation. After graduating several key players off this year's team, the Wildcats have some major rebuilding to do before next year. But at least they'll have the master builder overseeing the rebuild plans.

  • According to the Houston Chronicle, Houston quarterback John O’Korn has been given permission to contact TCU and Texas, as well as Wisconsin and Florida. UH has not yet granted O’Korn his release to transfer, and it's unclear if the Horned Frogs or Longhorns would have any interest. O’Korn had a banner freshman season, throwing for more than 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns to earn American Athletic Conference rookie of the year, but struggled this past season and lost his job. TCU has also been connected to Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill, who has been given his unconditional release to transfer. Either way, the Horned Frogs are in good shape at QB, at least in 2015 with Trevone Boykin. But given its struggles at the position, Texas should be inquiring into every available and interested quarterback, including O'Korn.