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Big 12 Media Days: Day Two Links

With Texas off the docket, Day Two was basically just left to Oklahoma and the conference's "lesser lights," who evidently make the conference stronger simply by being confident. Or something.

Burnt Orange Nation: Big 12 Media Days: Kabuki Theater (David Ubben): Afternoon Big 12 notebook
Daily Oklahoman: Former Big 12 North teams left to navigate games against South powerhouses
College Football Talk: ‘New and improved’ Big 12 tabs Oklahoma as preseason favorites
KC Star: Confidence from Big 12’s lesser lights makes conference stronger

Iowa State

I know he hasn't won much, and I'm not the first to say this, but Ohio State could do a lot worse than Iowa State's Paul Rhoadsless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Dallas Morning News: Iowa States' Rhoads: I'd try fake extra point again
Daily Oklahoman: Big 12 football notebook: OT loss to Nebraska eats at ISU's Paul Rhoads

Damn right he'd try the fake extra point again. It was a brilliant call ... with horrible execution.


Gill said he would have liked to have seen his team respond to adversity "a little bit better." #kufballless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Rock Chalk Talk: Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 7.27.11
KC Star (Campus Corner): Gill says he's more 'at ease' as he enters year two
Dallas Morning News: Kansas' Turner Gill: First year was learning process
KC Star: KU’s Gill turns the page with bowl expectations

I do believe Gill set a new record for understatement with his use of "a little bit better" above.

Kansas State

Sounds like Bill Snyder isn't thrilled with participation in summer workouts. "Some youngsters believe it's voluntary," he said.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Bring On The Cats: K-State Slate: 7.27.11
KC Star (Campus Corner): Bill Snyder takes the podium, talks about salute and scholarships
KC Star: K-State hopes linebacker Arthur Brown can bolster defense
KC Star: K-State football notebook: Klein leads QB battle

And Kansas State wins the prize for "Best Tamping Down of Expectations" with their effort. A thin team (69 scholarship players according to Snyder) that isn't completely committed to offseason workouts? Yikes.


#Big12 At one point today, Bob Stoops was surrounded by 29 reporters. At the same time, no other coach attracted more than five reporters.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Crimson and Cream Machine: Quoting Bob Stoops From Big 12 Media Day
Post-Dispatch: Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops: It's our job to win it
Dallas Morning News: Stoops on dealing with tragic death of Austin Box: "We're still working through it"
Daily Oklahoman: OU coach Bob Stoops excited about team's running backs
Daily Oklahoman: OU linebacker Travis Lewis: Sooners embracing high expectations
Houston Chronicle: Oklahoma linebacker Lewis embraces high expectations

Oklahoma's in an odd place right now, dealing with questions about expectations and tragedy. Knowing Stoops' motivational effectiveness, he will likely have them primed and ready this fall, eh?

Texas Tech

Tommy Tuberville at the podium at Big 12 media days. I'm convinced he has the most underrated team in the league.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Double-T Nation: Red Raider Gridiron | Texas Tech at the Big 12 Media Days
KC Star (Campus Corner): Tuberville's political answer
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Tuberville sees improvements coming after solid foundation laid in 2010

I don't think Tech is going to be fantastic this year by any means, but I do think Matter's on to something here, not because they're a darkhorse title candidate, but because they've been completely and totally forgotten this offseason.