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July 23, 2013

A wide-open race for conference supremacy in the Big 12

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DALLAS —

Gundy believes as long as that trend continues, so will parity. To him any rules that negatively affect the up-tempo offenses will only hurt parity.

Also any notion that up-tempo offenses are causing more injuries is misplaced.

“It would be a huge mistake for somebody to be convinced that that would have in any form or fashion or reason to cause any injury,” he said. “We’re spread out. We’re throwing it around and catching it. There’s not as many collisions compared to putting everybody together tight and ramming everybody up in there and being a pile. So I certainly don’t agree with that. I think it’s great for college football.”

 

No predictions: Kansas State is picked to finish in the lower half of the league this season after sharing the conference title with Oklahoma last season.

Wildcats coach Bill Snyder was fine with the prognosticators picking his team to finish there.

“I know it has to be done, but it’s an awful difficult task to make those kinds of decisions. I certainly couldn’t do it,” he said. “I’ve declined so many times to be on the coaches polls in regards to selecting the top 25 in the country, et cetera, because I just — it is so difficult to do. Even during the course of the season, it becomes difficult to pick winners and losers. That’s why people make so much money in Las Vegas, I guess.”

 

Playing time available: Any recruits looking for immediate playing time, take a close look at Kansas. Coach Charlie Weis isn’t exactly enamored with his roster.

The Jayhawks went 1-11 last season and haven’t won a Big 12 game since 2011.

“Everyone wants to play. There’s no one that wants to not play,” Weis said. “I said, have you looked at that pile of crap out there? Have you taken a look at that? So if you don’t think you can play here, where do you think you can play? It’s a pretty simple approach. And that’s not a sales pitch. That’s practical. You’ve seen it, right? Unfortunately, so have I.”

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