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Big 12 football notebook: Home-field advantage takes a backseat

Road games are the way to go for now. The visitors have a 16-11 record in Big 12 games.
BY MIKE BALDWIN Published: November 5, 2012


Some teams nowadays cut back practice reps to prevent potential injuries. Snyder, though, schedules full-speed drills every day.

“It depends on how you define full speed,” Snyder said. “We go full speed with the exception of not taking a player to the ground. We like segments of our practices to be physical.”

Snyder includes segments matching the first-team offense against his first-team defense.

“I would like to think it allows you to become a more physical football team,” Snyder said. “As much as anything, when we go good against good, it's because it's so hard to simulate someone's offense or defense. People on the scout team, their time is going to come, but they're not the same caliber you'll face on game day.”


For the second time this season, Kansas was involved in a lengthy weather delay.

The first time was a home game against Oklahoma State, when the game was stopped for 1-hour, 19 minutes due to inclement weather.

Last week at Baylor, the Jayhawks trailed 21-14 at halftime. Lightning strikes in the area forced a lengthy delay before the Bears dominated the second half.

“In the offseason, it's one of things I'm going to have to research — how teams handle that hour-plus in the locker room,” said Kansas coach Charlie Weiss. “In both games, we came out flat. It's led to nothing good happening.”


Decades ago, Mack Brown missed most of his senior year at Florida State due to a knee injury. The Texas coach feels bad for players who experience a similar fate. Brown often sends a letter or a card to the injured player.

Iowa State senior linebacker Jake Knott, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, tweeted last week that Brown had sent him a letter.

“He's a great player,” Brown said. “By all accounts he's a better young man. I hate that any young man that's as passionate about this game as he is gets the latter part of his senior year taken away from him. I want them to understand there are coaches out there that respect what they've accomplished.”