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At the risk of offending K-State fans, can we take a moment to pass out some kudos for the Kansas Jayhawks 12th Straight Big 12 Championship? 12 straight? In this day and age? Remarkable!
John Wooden and UCLA did it 13 straight times way back when and that’s also terrific. However, college basketball was not then what it is now. Arguably, it is much more competitive today. Better teams, more of them and way better players. Besides, the Big 12 today is a much better, more competitive basketball league than the old Pac-10 EVER was. No folks, you are witnessing an achievement of epic proportions. Mark this down too; Kansas will be the odds-on favorite to win its’ 13th straight championship in 2016-17!
Kansas has won an NCAA-leading 59 conference regular-season titles. The Jayhawks have 25 victories, or more, for the 11th straight season. They own the longest home-court winning streak in the country at 39.
Yes, Bill Self’s reign has been remarkable in Lawrence but that’s only part of the story. The reign of success has been going on since Phog Allen. This truly is one of the great stories in all of college sports!
Texas is considered a hotbed of high school football and, thus, where their top high school players go to college is always big news. The Texas’ Top 100 high school recruits, and where they signed shows some interesting trends.
Oklahoma has always raided the Lone Star State for tons of talent but this year garnered only two recruits. A whopping 61 signed with in-state schools, thanks to the Big 12. You would expect the Texas Longhorns to lead the field and they did with 18 signees BUT Art Briles and his Baylor Bears garnered 15 of Texas’ best. Texas A&M signed 10 to their Southeastern Conference and Rozel’s Gary Patterson continued his success with 9 signees for the TCU Horned Frogs.  
Amazingly, the top out-of-state school was Stanford with their tough academic regimen. They signed 5 Texas recruits. The Kansas Jayhawks signed 6-2, 220lb. linebacker Maciah Long. Kansas State did not sign any of the Top 100 from Texas but that’s nothing new. Bill Snyder can find unpolished gems with better accuracy than anyone in college football.
Did you hear about the guy in Spain, a building supervisor, who collected his $41,500 yearly salary from his local government without showing up for work, for SIX years? He would have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for him getting an award for his 20 years of loyal service!
That makes a number of people in the sporting world come to mind, including the President of the NCAA!                                    
Finally, this story about the star female MMA fighter, Ronda Rousey who has disclosed on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” that she contemplated suicide after her shocking loss by knockout by Holly Holm last year. Rousey was  considered unbeatable.
That must be how Texas Longhorn basketball coach Shaka Smart felt after the Kansas Jayhawks ran his Longhorns out of their home court on Monday evening with their worst loss of the season. Both Rousey and Smart are said to be looking for a rematch!