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Friday Daily Bears Report: Brain Power

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Soccer is fun and the Big 12 announces a new academic honor for its athletes.

Ronald Martinez

There are 72 days until football in this place:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>She is a beaut. <a href="https://twitter.com/McLaneStadium">@McLaneStadium</a> with 73 days to go. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SicEm&amp;src=hash">#SicEm</a> <a href="http://t.co/zGcqgtfnAk">pic.twitter.com/zGcqgtfnAk</a></p>&mdash; Sean Doerre (@Sean_Doerre) <a href="https://twitter.com/Sean_Doerre/statuses/479839208761085952">June 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Brain Power

For the first time ever, the Big 12 Conference released an Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team. I have no idea why they call it a team, since it consists of 455 athletes across the conference with representation mostly being in line with the number of athletes in the program. I'd call it the conference rookie honor roll. Texas and Oklahoma led, and Baylor took third with 50 rookie athletes on the list. I'm not sure if redshirts are eligible for the list or not. Here's how it shakes out in the end.

Obligatory World Cup Update

England is all but dead, requiring a highly unlikely sequence of events to advance out of the group stage. After their loss to Uruguay yesterday, the Brits fell to 0-2 at the tournament, but have yet to be eliminated. For England to survive, Italy must win its next two games and England will have to overcome an unfavorable goal differential in their third game against Costa Rica. Mario Balotelli of Italy is willing to play his part.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Mario Balotelli wants a kiss from the Queen if Italy beat Costa Rica <a href="http://t.co/blXeCqYvu5">http://t.co/blXeCqYvu5</a></p>&mdash; The Guardian (@guardian) <a href="https://twitter.com/guardian/statuses/479894828478889984">June 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Italy and Costa Rica play at noon. Switzerland and France meet at 3:00 in a game that will determine once and for all which country is the worst at conquering things. Honduras and Ecuador play at 6:00. Germany and Ghana highlight tomorrow's matchups.

The Daily Bear

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I wonder if the Aggies enjoy camping. I know Joy and Lady enjoy camping.