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Big Programs' Big Problem: Big Men

Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News

NFL Coaches Need Grade-School Math

Benjamin Morris, FiveThirtyEight

Young Talent Not Producing for Jayhawks

Jeff Eisenberg, The Dagger

What makes Dayton Moore so good is that he's comfortable being himself. He's not concerned about getting accolades or attention. His focus is on winning. And Moore's Royals have wo...(full article)

Bill Self's run of 11 consecutive Big 12 regular-season championships is remarkable and well-documented and unlikely to ever be matched by a Power 5 coach again. Also worth noting:...(full article)

College basketball is a guard’s game. Now, where have we heard that before? We’ve heard it from coaches: “College basketball is a guard's game; it's not a big man's game....(full article)

The NFL divisional playoff action once again demonstrated that NFL coaches are terrible at basic win-maximizing tactical decisions. In particular, there were two glaring spots wher...(full article)

At the end of the first start of Cheick Diallo's college career Tuesday night, two things were already plainly clear.  You can see why Kansas fans clamor for the McDonald's Al...(full article)

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Missouri Pulverized as Haith Walks Free

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Chiefs Aren't Patriots' Main Problem

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Chiefs Finally End Playoff Drought

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Hield Heroic Despite Crushing Loss

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Good Reasons to Fear Kansas City

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Manziel Blocks Path to Chiefs' 9th in Row

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Missouri Athletes Win One for Free Speech

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Lifetime of Good Luck, Surpassing Talent

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Manager-of-Year Balloting an Absurdity

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Only His Storied Name Is Sparing Manning

If his name weren’t Peyton Manning, it wouldn’t have taken this long to bench him. That’s the reality of Sunday’s swap by the Denver Broncos, who have spent much of this ...

Pinkel Made Missouri Better

A decade ago, Missouri began a new unofficial tradition.  Every year, Gary Pinkel coaches the first quarter of the season's final home game with red, bloodshot, puffy eyes. He can...

Expect Big 12 to Have Big Presence in March

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Sleazy Attempt to Discredit Mizzou Race Story

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Objectivity Sacked in Missouri Protest

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Missouri 'Incidents' Might Be Based on Lies

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Missouri Puts Power in Athletes' Hands

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Missouri Players Show Power of the Pigskin

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At Missouri, It's Sideshow Over Education

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Mets' Horizon Sunnier Than Royals'

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Royals Crafted Perfect Postseason

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Royal Coronation: 30-Year Drought Over

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Another Pennant for Royals

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Ohio State, Kansas Evenly Matched

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Beware These 10 Darkhorses

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Baylor Spoils Border War Rematch

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Where Might Manning Land?

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Denmon Gives Missouri Edge

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Mizzou Survives Scare, Stays Perfect

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