Jayhawks and Tigers give Big 12 a little Northern exposure

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UNDATED (AP) _ Iowa State could be next; maybe even Colorado.
That's the kind of hope Kansas and Missouri have given to other
schools in the Big 12 North.
A little time and commitment to a program and presto _ a
successful season.
The most recent Bowl Championship Series standings has Kansas at
No. 4 and Missouri checking in at No. 6.
Yet success hasn't happened overnight for both schools. Kansas
coach Mark Mangino is in his sixth year at Kansas, and Gary Pinkel
his seventh at Missouri.
TEMPORARY BIKE BAN: One little fall won't stop Mike Leach from
riding his bicycle again.
The Texas Tech coach broke a bone in his right arm in early
October when he took a tumble. He's been banned from riding for at
least another month as his arm heals.
Asked if he'll stay away from cycling after this, Leach
emphatically said, ``No.''
MISERY LOVES COMPANY: There was a long pause as Nebraska coach
Bill Callahan contemplated the question of whether he'd be back
next season.
Callahan said he'd leave that decision to ``the powers that
The Cornhuskers suffered an embarrassing 76-39 loss to No. 5
Kansas on Saturday, surrendering the most points ever by a Huskers
team in their 117-year football history.
Baylor coach Guy Morriss is in the same boat as Callahan. There
are rumors swirling about his job status after the Bears were
guaranteed the team's 12th consecutive losing season after a 38-7
loss to Texas Tech on Saturday.
Morriss said of his job security -- ``That's some stuff that I
can't control.''
FRIENDLY ADVICE: Whenever first-year Iowa State coach Gene
Chizik is feeling a little down, he'll talk to Texas coach Mack
Chizik was an assistant coach on Brown's Texas staff before
moving to Iowa State. He says Brown is, in his words, ``a guy that
I've leaned on.'' He calls Brown ``a great friend and mentor.''
EXTRA POINTS: Kansas State wideout Jordy Nelson had a
school-record 214 yards receiving in a loss to Iowa State last
week. He broke his own mark of 209 yards set earlier in the season
against Missouri State. ... Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said
nobody felt worse about the team's 38-35 loss to Texas than kicker
Jason Ricks, who missed a 34-yard attempt with 1:13 remaining.
Gundy says ``that's a chip shot'' for Ricks. He adds Ricks is
``going to make that kick time-and-time again. He just missed it.''

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