Big 12 lunchtime links
January, 8, 2014
By Jake Trotter | ESPN.com
It's so cold, the Great Lakes are freezing over, from Chicago to Toronto:
- New Texas coach Charlie Strong has a lot of catch-up to do in establishing Texas recruiting ties, writes the Dallas Morning News' Brad Townsend. Strong reportedly has hired his defensive coordinator. The Dallas Morning News compiles what former players, fans and recruits have been saying about the Strong hire.
- Texas lost two defensive line recruits Tuesday after their position coach decided to head to USC.
- Billionaire Texas donor Red McCombs thinks Jon Gruden could have won five national titles in 15 years with Longhorns.
- Oklahoma State slot receiver Josh Stewart declared for the NFL draft.
- With Stewart gone, the Oklahoman's Gina Mizell breaks down what Oklahoma State will take into its opener with defending national champ Florida State in 2014. Cowboys athletic director Mike Holder is excited about the matchup.
- Iowa State recruits are excited about the new offensive hires, including the hiring of offensive coordinator Mark Mangino, the Des Moines Register's Tommy Birch reports.
- Baylor ended the season as the nation's No. 1 offense, and tied for third all-time in points per game.
- The Charleston Gazette's Chris Anderson wonders if West Virginia will be able to poach any recruits before signing day.
- The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel writes that Cleveland was not the right spot for Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. The paper's Jason Kersey briefly previews Oklahoma's chances of making the first College Football Playoff. The Allstate Sugar Bowl was watched by a lot of people.
- Oddsmakers give Oklahoma the edge over Baylor to win the Big 12 next season.
- Kansas will play Illinois in 2023-24.
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