Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook

McClinton works out

Former Kansas University defensive tackle James McClinton worked out Monday in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine, along with about 50 other defensive linemen.

McClinton didn’t place in the top 10 in any of the tests posted by NFL.com on Monday. His unofficial 40-yard dash time, according to the NFL Network, was an unimpressive 5.49 seconds.

Like other KU products, McClinton will get a chance at redemption on March 11 when Kansas holds its Pro Day.

Up next

The final day of the NFL Combine workouts will feature former KU All-America cornerback Aqib Talib, who will work out with the defensive backs.

According to most draft analysts, Talib has a legitimate shot at being a top-10 pick in April’s draft, especially if he tests well today at the RCA Dome.

Television coverage starts at 10 a.m. on the NFL Network (Sunflower Broadband channel 154).

More ESPN coverage

The Big 12 Conference will continue to get exposure on cable giant ESPN.

The league announced Monday that ESPN and ESPN2 will broadcast select Big 12 games on Thursdays and Saturdays the next two seasons.

Two 2008 games already have been decided: West Virginia at Colorado on Sept. 18, and Texas A&M at Texas on Nov. 27. Both games are Thursday night telecasts, with the Texas-Texas A&M game being played on Thanksgiving.

Other games will be announced closer to time. Kansas was on ESPN or ESPN2 twice last season, in victories at Colorado and Texas A&M.