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Saturday, August 23, 2008
Big 12 morning links: KU's field is finally shrouded

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Kansas coach Mark Mangino can finally rest, not worrying about whether his words, gestures or coaching methods on the practice field will be picked apart by the prying eyes of the public.

Of course, it was nothing a little horticuture couldn't help -- or hide.

The Kansas athletic department will spend $90,000 to strategically plant 100 pine trees around the $31 million Anderson Family Football Complex with hopes of enhancing the team's privacy during its workouts.

Kansas assistant athletic director Jim Marchiony told the Lawrence Journal-World that the additions will help the campus in several ways.

"You can say we're doing it for the sake of those who use Mississippi Street so they won't feel like they're disturbing practice if they make noise," Marchiony joked. "Also, it's an effort to assist the campus in going green."

"The real reason," he added, "is just to allow for more privacy during practice with respect to how much can be seen and heard."

Mangino told the Journal-World that he didn't have a problem with the location of the practice fields and the exposure they provided.

"I'm not at all concerned about that stuff," he said. "I think it's a tempest in a teapot. Much ado about nothing."

Ah, Coach ... If I'm going to believe that, you probably have some swamp land for me just outside Olathe, right?

No matter. The Kansas practice field is shrouded and the season is only a week away.

But most importantly, here are some tasty Big 12 links for a Saturday morning.