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Who's talking? No surprises

Texas president Bill Powers came and left last week's spring meetings without speaking publicly. He did the same over the weekend in Austin.

Missouri and Nebraska have offered little to no insight regarding future realignment.

Meanwhile, schools from the now-coined "Forgotten Four" are speaking up -- and loudly. Kansas, Baylor and Iowa State have all made public statements or answered questions about their future.

Kansas State continues to do the same, as president Kirk Schulz spoke to the Topeka Capital-Journal on Tuesday morning.

"It's tough when you're on the sidelines," Schulz said. "We're doing everything we can, but there's only so much we can do in terms of encouragement.

"We're using every bullet in our gun to be as encouraging as possible to these other schools. We'll sit here, we'll see what happens. When we get some decisions from our two Northern brethren, we'll move forward aggressively with whatever plan is there."

He continues later when asked about Missouri and Nebraska:

"Both schools were pretty careful about what they said at the Big 12 meetings," Schulz said. "I don't know right now, to be quite frank, what they're thinking."

Join the club. Missouri made it obvious last week that while the school is a "proud member of the Big 12," they're open to the idea of being a proud member of another conference, too.

Missouri president Brady Deaton didn't bother issuing a non-denial denial. He stuck to the standard non-denial.

"We're not shutting our ears to anything," Deaton said.

But unless schools have a lot to lose, like Kansas State, the same policy hasn't been applied to their mouths.