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Skywriters Tour Wrap Up And Review
August 24, 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.

The 2012 Big 12 Skywriters Tour wrapped up its fifth season of traveling around the Conference to gather interviews to preview the upcoming football season.

The Tour started on Aug. 3 and wrapped up Tuesday with a trip to Iowa State. Your Humble Correspondent planned the trips, held the microphone and asked the questions. Video whiz Jesse Jung set up the camera angles, ran the camera and has edited hours of video into concise and informative videos. started its 10 days of football previews Monday with a report on Baylor and the series will continue through Aug. 31 (Iowa State).

For those interested in useless trivia, here are the facts from the Skywriters Tour.

Schools visited: 10.

Days on the road: 11.

Hotels: 5.

Hotel nights: 6.

Rental vehicles: 4

Miles driven: 2,259.

Speeding tickets: 0.

Round-trip flights: 4.

News conferences: 7.

Interviews on tape: 49.

The schedule: Aug. 3, Baylor; Aug. 4, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State; Aug. 5, TCU and Texas; Aug. 11, Texas Tech; Aug. 13, Kansas; Aug. 14, Kansas State; Aug. 16, West Virginia; Aug. 21, Iowa State.

And, if you're curious why it's called the Skywriters Tour, here's the explanation:

"In a tradition that harkens back to a previous era in college football, sportswriters and broadcasters would gather in a central location and go on an annual conference-wide tour, traveling from campus-to-campus to cover preseason practices. The tour provided fans with unprecedented daily coverage from each school by moving the group between campuses by charter bus or air service and thus was dubbed the Skywriters Tour."

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