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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Spring practice is blooming across the Big 12 this week with workouts beginning Monday at Baylor. There's unbridled excitement over the Bears following a 4-8 season that saw them lose three games by a touchdown or less.
The Bears' spring work will be dotted by fewer unanswered questions in Art Briles' second season directing the Bears, the Waco Tribune-Herald's John Werner writes. And the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Dwain Price writes that the Bears have legitimate hopes to make their first bowl trip since the 1994 Alamo Bowl.
Ah, the enthusiasm of the start of spring practice. It's catching across the conference.
Here are a few other stories around the Big 12 that struck me as interesting this morning.