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KANSAS CITY, MO. (AP) - Bob Huggins is back in the Big 12, this time with West Virginia. TCU has joined the fold, too, and everyone else converged on the Sprint Center on Wednesday for the league’s annual media day.
Which happened to be down the road from Missouri, a school no longer part of the league.
Yes, there’s plenty of change in the conference this year. The Tigers and their high-octane offense are gone to the SEC along with Texas A&M, and in their place come the rough-and-tumble Mountaineers from the Big East and a Horned Frogs program rebuilding under Trent Johnson.
Billy Gillispie is gone after one messy season at Texas Tech, done in by an offseason of controversy that left untested and largely unknown Chris Walker to take over a program that appears to be in shambles.
Also gone is Frank Martin, the fiery former coach of Kansas State. Martin left for South Carolina _ maybe he couldn’t get enough of Missouri and Texas A&M _ and in his place is Bruce Weber, who was unceremoniously dumped by Illinois as that program slid into mediocrity.
There is one thing that hasn’t change, though: Kansas is still picked to win the league.
The Jayhawks will be reloading after losing bruising forward Thomas Robinson and senior guard Tyshawn Taylor to the NBA, but three returning starters and a crowded class of freshman were enough to make them the unanimous preseason pick to win the Big 12 for the ninth straight time.
“It’s a great sense of pride, or source of pride for us,” said Kansas coach Bill Self, who agreed to a new contract in the offseason that should keep him in Lawrence for the next decade.
“Our players don’t want to be the team that doesn’t win it. They put that pressure on themselves,” Self said. “There isn’t a jubilation of winning the league that you might anticipate with our guys because they take the approach that this is their job. They’re supposed to win.”
Until they lose, they’ll keep getting picked first.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of programs, including the two newcomers, salivating at the opportunity to knock the Jayhawks from their comfy perch.
“We’d like to be the first team that doesn’t have `Kansas’ on its uniform to win this thing in a long, long time,” Huggins said.
The Mountaineers gave Baylor everything it could handle in an overtime defeat early last season, and wound up winning 19 games and reaching the NCAA tournament, where they were ousted by Gonzaga. West Virginia lost leading scorers Kevin Jones and Darryl Bryant, but return sophomore guard Jabarie Hinds and Deniz Kilicli, the senior who shaved his sensational beard this offseason.
Huggins is no stranger to the Big 12, either. He returned from exile after a rough ending to his tenure at Cincinnati by taking over Kansas State, which he placed squarely on the path toward success that Martin continued to walk even after “Huggy Bear” left to coach his alma mater.
“We’re a lot like the other schools in the Big 12,” Huggins said. “We’re a state university. We’re a land-grant institution. We have great facilities. I think they did a great job of getting people who are like the schools already in the Big 12.”
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