ORG XMIT: TXMS111 Big 12 football sit next to the podium as Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy answers questions during NCAA college football Big 12 Media Days, Monday, July 25, 2011, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)

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Big 12 takeaway: When sports and real life collide with each other

Posted July 18th, 2016

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DALLAS — Normally, the sports page is a place for escapism. There was no hiding from real life on Monday. Kansas coach David Beaty, the son of a police officer started by honoring the officers killed in the Dallas shootings. “I pray that we will begin to listen to one another, love one another and get to the hard work of healing our nation,” Beaty said.

Several players were asked off-topic questions about Black Lives Matter and the shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La.

The Baylor scandal brought about questions over how much responsibility coaches should take when bringing recruits to campus. “I don’t see color. Good is good; bad is bad,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said.

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Asked what constitutes a recruiting background check, Patterson scoffed and said, “It’s extensive enough to understand if you have a file.”

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