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July 23, 2013

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

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But Weis said the one thing that turns him off about a recruit is when they ask him about the depth chart.

“I answer the question: Let me give you some advice, never ask that question again because that means that you don’t think you’re good enough,” he said. “So really, by being honest with them and just saying here’s what it is, hopefully, before it’s all said and done, before I end up leaving the place, that’s not going to be the same thing I’m saying, but that’s what I’m saying right now.”

Think young: At 33 years old, Kliff Kingsbury is the youngest head football coach in the history of the Big 12. However, he believes his age will help him on the recruiting trail. After all his last season as Texas Tech’s quarterback was just 11 years ago.

“I think not only age, but being in a place that I played and wasn’t too far removed from, I think that helps,” he said. “It’s easy to sell a product when you lived it and you loved it and you’re telling the parents and telling the kids. Hopefully, they see that passion.”

Kingsbury was the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M last season.

 

More defensive limitations? The NCAA has added the stiffest penalty for tacklers targeting about the shoulders this season. Players can be ejected after one offense this season.

The penalty has been implemented because every level of football is doing what it can to limit head injuries.

However, some believe trying to take away vicious hits are just too drastic. Kansas State linebacker Tre Walker is among that group.

“You have running backs that are 6-foot-1, 6-2 and 220 pounds. They have the ability to come at you in the open field and run you over in front of 60,000 fans. They can embarrass you, No. 1. No. 2, the minute you have a wide receiver going over the middle and you can’t do that (stop him with a punishing hit),” he said. “We all understand about helmet-to-helmet and that it’s all about safety. But when you start taking away big hits, it’s not football.”

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