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Stories for December 13, 2016

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Tom Keegan: Zenger had no choice but to extend his football coach

It’s Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s job to make decisions with his head, ones that are best for the football program, not easiest to explain to the fan base.

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Jason Thoren: A football coach who shows his players more than football videos

In 13 years as Baker University head football coach Mike Grossner’s right-hand man, former Lawrence High and University of Kansas football standout Jason Thoren has watched a great deal of video with his players. But Thoren, Baker’s defensive coordinator, isn’t always showing them football videos.

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KU football's 2017 schedule includes seven home dates

Year Three of the David Beaty era at the University of Kansas will come with greater expectations for the football head coach now that he has signed a contract extension and received a raise. Beaty and his Jayhawks will at least get the benefit of a home-friendly schedule. By Benton Smith

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Pair of juco defenders commit to KU football

Jayhawks add CB and DE to recruiting class

David Beaty’s December hot streak continued Tuesday as the Kansas head football coach, who just signed a two-year contract extension, landed verbal commitments from a pair of defensive prospects. Northwest Mississippi Community College defensive end Willie McCaleb let the KU coaches know of his decision to sign first, and Mesa Community College cornerback Shakial Taylor did the same shortly after. By Benton Smith

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Fish Smithson headed to East-West Shrine Game

Safety Fish Smithson's football career at the University of Kansas is complete, but he has one more game left in which he can represent the Jayhawks. Smithson, following his All-Big 12 senior season in the KU secondary, has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game. By Benton Smith