Jayhawks return 16 starters as they build for Big 12 future

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ If the Jayhawks can just hold tight,
relief may be on the way.
Arising day-by-day on the southwest side of Memorial Stadium is
the Anderson Family Football Complex. Barring delays, the $31
million project will be ready by 2008 for the Jayhawks' grateful
players and coaches.
It's unlikely to cause jealousy among Big 12 rivals Texas,
Nebraska or Oklahoma. Their facilities bring comparisons with the
NFL. But Kansas' new complex will be an enormous, much-needed
upgrade and possibly go a long way toward erasing decades of
Jayhawk gridiron mediocrity.
What about the this year's team? There are some big holes to
Gone is Big 12 rushing leader Jon Cornish, who was mainly
responsible for Kansas ranking fourth in the conference and 19th in
the nation with a rushing average of almost 177 yards. But coach
Mark Mangino returns 16 starters and 33 lettermen from last year's
6-6 squad and may have the league's finest cornerback in junior
Aqib Talib.
But Kerry Meier's battling Todd Reesing to hold onto his job as
starting quarterback.
Whoever wins the job will face one of the league's friendliest
schedules. Kansas' first four games are at home. The Jayhawks won't
even leave the state until they go to Colorado on October 20th. And
they miss Texas and Oklahoma this year.

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