Big 12 lunchtime links

Great moments are born from great opportunity.

  • West Virginia cornerback Travis Bell has arrived at another precipice in his life, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Stephen J. Nesbitt writes in this profile.

  • Texas Tech nose tackle Bennett Ofor had surgery after the season for a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament and will miss spring practice, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's Don Williams reports.

  • Members of the Red Raiders football team will have a slam-dunk contest during halftime of Tuesday night's basketball game. No word on whether Kliff Kingsbury will be a participant.

  • The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey profiles Oklahoma signee Steven Parker, who is headed to the school where his grandfather left a legacy.

  • Former Sooners QB Kendal Thompson, who is transferring, visited Utah over the weekend.

  • Kansas running back James Sims is still focused on the NFL, despite being snubbed on the NFL Scouting Combine invite list, the Lawrence Journal-World's Matt Tait writes.

  • A man is lobbying in hopes that a mural of a bear his relative created for Floyd Casey Stadium will find a new home in Baylor's new McLane Stadium.

  • Former Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden called the proposed rule changes to slow down the game "bogus," according to The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell.