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KU to place trees along new practice fields

If Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino was concerned about the lack of privacy provided by his team's new practice fields, he now can rest easy. KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony told the Journal-World on Friday afternoon that 100 pine trees will be planted around the fields in an effort to enhance privacy during team workouts.

No change in status of Morris twins

Twins Marcus and Markieff Morris still waiting on clearance

There's been no change in the eligibility status of Kansas University freshmen Marcus and Markieff Morris, KU coach Bill Self said before Friday afternoon's practice at Allen Fieldhouse

OU guard not enrolled

Guard Jenna Plumley has not enrolled at Oklahoma for the fall semester after being suspended indefinitely.

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Morris twins, Collins don't practice

Travis Releford was deemed academically eligible by the NCAA Clearinghouse on Thursday and participated in Kansas University's 2-hour, 20-minute season-opening, pre-Canada-trip basketball practice at Horejsi Center. Fellow freshmen Marcus and Markieff Morris missed the session, however, as they continue waiting for what is expected to be a favorable ruling from the organization.

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From the field to the sideline

Former KU QB Barmann transitions from player to coach

Of all the perks of Adam Barmann's new job - he was recently named an assistant football coach at Free State High, where he'll also work as a paraprofessional - the biggest might be a potential relief from his duties as the Barmann household lunch-maker.

Mayer: Football fever hits KU fans

Kansas football fever may be the most intense right now than it's been for 47 years. A 12-1 record and a major bowl victory can do that for a program which has had so many convolutions since its debut in 1890.Max Rife, Jerry Rogers, Jerry Waugh, Floyd Temple and John Hadl were around for that wildly anticipated 1961 season. They'll attest how the joint jumped. The KU Nation had savored its storied '60 campaign (7-2-1) and figured '61 would be even better. It was, sort of (7-3-1). The '08 preseason atmosphere crackles as much as it did then.