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National Writers On KU Hoops, Art Briles
December 06, 2012
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.

Jason King of on Kansas coach Bill Self and his team's toughness:
One thing on Bill Self's Christmas wish list is a player with a mean streak. Self's biggest issue with the Jayhawks is that they are too nice. Self is longing for a "bulldog" type of player who refuses to let his team lose, the kind of guy who gets so fired up that steam is practically coming out of his ears. A player with that kind of demeanor can be infectious to his teammates. Self saw it happen in the past with standouts such as Sherron Collins, Marcus Morris and Thomas Robinson. The one player on this season's squad who carries that type of persona is freshman forward Jamari Traylor, but he isn't logging enough minutes to make a difference. "I guarantee we lead the country in three-point plays [against us]," Self said. "We foul so soft."

Bruce Feldman of on Baylor's season:
Great job, Art Briles ... again. Baylor lost its franchise player, Robert Griffin III, and still led the nation in total offense, averaging 579 yards a game. At this point last year, with RG3, the Bears ranked No. 2, averaging 572 yards. On Saturday, they beat Oklahoma State 41-34, eclipsing the 600-yard mark for the sixth time. Oh, and anyone who had been ready to label former blue-chipper Lache Seastrunk as "a bust" better think again. The former Oregon RB had 178 yards on 16 carries and averaged 139 rushing yards in the Bears' final five games.

And here's Ivan Maisel of on Baylor coach Art Briles getting a contract extension:
The other big winner in Arkansas's decision to hire Bret Bielema is Baylor, which signed its coach, Art Briles, to a new long-term contract. Briles, with his spread offense and Texas recruiting ties, became a logical option for the Razorbacks. He not only brought Robert Griffin III to the banks of the Brazos, he has led the Bears to three consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 61 years. That success has translated into a new stadium on campus. But would a new coach continue to succeed where so many have failed? Briles is a fit at Baylor, and the Bears are lucky to keep him.

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