Big 12 Media Notes & Quotes: Day 1

Notes and quotes from the first day of the Big 12 Conference Football Media Day, in which Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas and Texas A&M were featured.

** KU head coach Mark Mangino would not discuss the alleged NCAA rules violations publicized last week. Mangino said the investigation is ongoing and he did not think it was appropriate to comment during an ongoing investigation.
** Mangino believes that the 2005 version of the Jayhawks will be the best in his four years at KU. He said the Jayhawks learned some lessons in 2004 (ie the last second loss to Texas on their home field), and hope to learn from those lessons this season.
** Standout defensive back/kick returner Charles Gordon was a no-show at Tuesday's media day. Gordon was expected to be one of three Jayhawk players attending, but Mangino said he was left in Lawrence because he had a summer school class that he couldn't miss.

** Cyclone head coach was adamant that his team would be able to kick extra points and field goals this season. Iowa State would have won the Big 12 North if not for a missed field goal in the final game of the regular season against Missouri.
** McCarney knows that the Big 12 has some outstanding quarterbacks in Vince Young of Texas and Reggie McNeal of Texas A&M, but he believes that Brett Meyer, who started last year as a freshman, is going to have an outstanding sophomore season.

** Buffalo head coach Gary Barnett is the unsinkable Molly Brown of the Big 12. Barnett has kept the CU football program afloat despite the turmoil of the past two years, and was his steady self again Tuesday. Barnett answers each question in a calm, confident manner and his players see that and respond to it.
** Barnett said even though the Buffaloes won eight games a year ago and won the Big 12 North, their motivation this season will come from the spanking they got from Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game. "I want our kids to remember how miserable that was," Barnett said.
** Watch out for tight end Joe Klopfenstein (6-5, 245) this season. Klopfenstein is in the best condition of his life (32-inch waist) and looks more like a wide receiver than a tight end. He could have a monster season.
** Does anyone else think that A&M free safety Jaxson Appel has been around for a while? How about Dennis Franchione. "I'd like to introduce Jaxson Appel, who is beginning his 15th year at Texas A&M," Franchione said.
** Quarterback Reggie McNeal was outstanding in 2004, but he expects even more out of himself this fall. He says he's throwing the ball better than he ever has and is in the best physical shape of his life.
** The point of emphasis for the Aggies this season will be protecting Kyle Field. If Texas A&M can win all of its home games (Baylor, Oklahoma State, Iowa State & Texas in the Big 12), and win its share of road games the Aggies believe they can be in the hunt for the Big 12 title.

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