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April 26, 2013
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Oklahoma first baseman Kolbey Carpenter returned to his hometown of West, Texas, after the tragic fertilizer plant explosion rocked the community.

With its inclusion in the College Football Playoff rotation, the Cotton Bowl ends nearly two decades of patient campaigning and hard work.

According to an informal survey of basketball coaches by ESPN’s Andy Katz, there is support for an earlier start to practice and a shorter shot clock. And ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan says such changes are a “good start.”

And Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News writes that taking five seconds off the 35-second shot clock won’t solve college basketball’s offensive woes.

Baylor freshman Sarah Smith has been effective as the cleanup hitter for the 17th-ranked Lady Bears.

Junior Michele Shealy’s mental approach to competition helped her finish fifth – the highest ever for an Iowa State gymnast – in the NCAA Gymnastics Championship.

Mitch Vingle of the Charleston Gazette weighs in on West Virginia joining the Big 12 remains the smart choice.

John Hoover of the Tulsa World says that while the  Big 12 will have a lot of new quarterbacks this year, that doesn’t mean the QB play will take a step back.


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