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NCAA Football: Big 12 Media Days Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

We’re just #33 running back Tyler Burns days from Kansas State football!

In keeping with the impending arrival of gridiron shenanigans, the players reported to fall camp in Manhattan today. For a team with a good mix of youth and experience, the two most important goals are to maximize potential and avoid complacency.

Training camps all over the country are starting earlier than usual in 2017 because the NCAA recently eliminated two-a-days primarily out of concern for player safety. But some coaches are now complaining that players coming out early for practice means cutting off academic and work opportunities for student-athletes in the summer, and in the South at least, there is also extreme heat to contend with (Scott Ferrell, Shreveport Times).

Bill Bender of The Sporting News picks Kansas State to finish fourth in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia. He also picks the Sooners to win it all in a Bedlam-rematch title game.

Here’s a detailed roundup of the biggest stories from Media Days across the country, courtesy of Sports Illustrated and Bruce Feldman.

Food for thought: 11 of 24 Big 12 football players responding to a survey suggested they’d been taunted for their race or ethnicity by opposing players and/or fans. West Virginia, in particular, was considered the conference’s most hostile environment, partly because of the frequency of racial/ethnic taunting (AJ Perez, USAToday).

Happy Monday!