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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Big 12 morning links: Reesing slides into obscurity


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing probably would have liked to have gone unnoticed after his team's loss to South Florida last week.

He just didn't realize it would really happen when he got back home to Lawrence after the game.

Lawrence Journal-World columnist Tom Keegan recounts an interesting tale that took place earlier this week in preparation for his newspaper's "On the Street" column. The newspaper poses a question at random to five Lawrence residents whom they meet on the streets.

Journal-World reporter Robert Riley was walking down Massachusetts Avenue Monday afternoon asking respondents their opinion about the Jayhawks' loss at South Florida three days prior. Riley originally planned to pose a question about the stock market collapse, but that produced little passion among respondents.

So the football question was asked, first to a normal-looking college student who was waiting for a couple of his friends to leave a store.

Here's the way Riley relayed the conversation to Keegan.

Riley: "Has the KU football team's recent loss shaken your faith in the team?"

Student: "I sure hope not."

Riley: "Why's that?"

Student: "I'm on the team."

Riley: "What position do you play?"

Student: "I'm the quarterback."

It turns out that Riley was asking the questions of Reesing, who ended up as the first answer in Riley's column on Tuesday morning.  

"I thought it was more funny than anything," Reesing told Keegan, laughing at the memory. "I don't even know what to say. It was a funny thing, though. I was trying not to laugh too hard. He was pretty cool about it."

Here are some other links from across the conference this morning.