Loads of links now, chat tonight at 7
Kickoff is now less than 36 hours off (thanks, those of you with clocks), and I start this morning with a programming note: I'll be chatting at 7 p.m. tonight at Thebullspen.com, where we had a good showing with lots of great questions a few weeks back. Probably can only go an hour tonight, so get there early and I'll get to as many questions as I can.
Links? The day before a national TV showdown between two ranked teams, of course there's links to share.
-- Basketball recruiting? I'm working to confirm an official campus visit from a recruit this weekend, but can also report that Orlando's Keith Clanton, playing for former Bulls star Reggie Kohn at Orlando Christian Prep, has USF in his final four with a visit scheduled, according to the Orlando Sentinel's Buddy Collings. UCF, South Carolina and SMU are the other three, which bodes well for the Bulls.
-- Speaking of the Sentinel, Jeremy Fowler writes today about the challenges of providing security to college football stars like Matt Grothe and Tim Tebow.
-- The University Daily Kansan takes a closer look at Jeff Spikes, the redshirt freshman who's tasked to contain USF's George Selvie in just his third career start. Huge, huge matchup, very pivotal. The Topeka Capital-Journal also wrote about Spikes, and you'll read more about the attention Selvie is getting from opposing offenses in Friday's Times. The Kansas City Star looks at the time Jim Leavitt and Kansas coach Mark Mangino spent together on Bill Snyder's staff at Kansas State. I think the relationship is a friendly one, but not nearly as close as what Leavitt has with former colleagues like Bob and Mike Stoops.
-- Picks? The Lawrence Journal-World's Tom Keegan picks Kansas 20-17 ... The Tulsa World likes "SF" to win by four ... the Warren Record of North Carolina takes USF, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram takes Kansas 21-17.