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Oklahoma Sooners Hot Links: The Current State of the Big 12

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The Big 12 has had a problem putting talent into the NFL. Why is that?

NCAA Football: Big 12 Media Day Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

If you were to ask four different people about the future of the Big 12, you might get four different answers.

Ask the same four people about their perception of the league now, though, and you’ll probably get similar answers. Something like, “it’s not where it used to be.” Probably put a little more derogatorily, though.

And that’s probably true: as Dennis Dodd of CBS points out, Western Kentucky put as many players into the first 72 picks than the Big 12 did.

Dodd places some of the blame on the fact that, in the words of one scouting director, there is a recruiting “hole in the fence” in Texas. In other words: conferences like the SEC and the Pac-12 are taking a sizable share of the state’s talent.

It’s not an easy problem to solve, but the apparent resurgence of Texas will help the perception of the Big 12. The conference is not going anywhere for the time being, so it’s important that it puts some talent into the NFL.

Without further ado, today’s edition of Hot Links:

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