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Notebook: A Look at the 14 Team Big 12

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Mass Street players bring common origins, distinct experiences to The Basketball Tournament - KU Sports
“I didn’t get that walk-off moment,” Langford told reporters on Zoom, “and I wasn’t able to finish my career the way I wanted to due to the Achilles injury (a tendinopathy that derailed his final years playing in Europe). But to be able to have this full-circle moment, playing with Kansas, especially when the end of my Kansas career did not end well, so to be able to close my career and then close it wearing a form of a KU jersey -“

Three-star defensive end commits to KU football - KU Sports
“It was the culture and I could really feel how much they wanted me and needed me,” Warner told Adam Gorney of “The coaches really loved me and there were moments where we weren’t doing anything about football and everybody was close, like a family, so that was one of the things that made me choose them.”

KU football adds new coaching intern with Jayhawk ties - KU Sports
While he comes from a Cornhusker family — his father and three uncles all earned letters on the Nebraska football team — he possesses several current Jayhawk connections. His younger brother Ezra will be a freshman linebacker at Kansas this season, while his sister Anna is already two years in as a pole vaulter on the KU track and field team.

14-team Big 12 will yield one odd year of scheduling - KU Sports
As a result of a move nearly two years in the making, however, it will spend one season among the biggest. With BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF joining the league Saturday – a year before Oklahoma and Texas bolt for the Southeastern Conference, and UCLA and USC leave the Pac-12 for the Big Ten, reshaping the college athletics ecosystem as we know it – the Big 12 will spend one ephemeral academic year with a robust 14-school membership, exceeding its eponymous number for the first time in its history.

Several preseason football predictions pessimistic about Kansas - KU Sports
The optimism about this year’s Kansas football team that pervades Lawrence, following the Jayhawks’ first bowl appearance in 14 years, does not seem to extend to Bristol, Connecticut, and beyond.

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Taco Bell Menu Brings Back Two Classic Items Nationwide - TheStreet
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Fire destroys Kalispell home | Daily Inter Lake
The Kalispell Fire Department headed to the scene around 7:17 p.m., July 1. Firefighters remained on the scene, extinguishing the blaze, until a second crew arrived around 7 a.m. Sunday to mop up and assess the situation, a job they performed throughout the day, according to Tim Gaston of the Kalispell Fire Department​.

We craft the future to come | Daily Inter Lake
Music lovers dotted the grass, tiered hardscape and patio bar on the east side of the Wachholz College Center early last month to christen the O’Shaughnessy Outdoor Amphitheatre at Flathead Valley Community College. The sun warmed us, a breeze riffled through the trees, and the free show — including the Texas boogie of Artist Robinson and the folkie rock of Halladay Quist — made a perfect venue for taking stock of a momentous year.

Harrison Ford on MCU debut: “Let’s shoot this piece of $#*!"
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Brain scans of coffee drinkers show its effects go beyond caffeine
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