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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 11.13.12

Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 11.13.12

Jamie Squire

Kansas Basketball

Under the lights: Unproven Jayhawks face tough test against Spartans |
“It’s a great deal. The concept is great. The concept is terrific. We’re happy and proud to be part of it, absolutely,” said KU coach Bill Self.

KU basketball notebook: Prep recruit Joel Embiid to announce college choice today |
“At 6-11, he’s got an effortless shot,” Harden added. “He’s a long-term stock. With what he’s been able to do in 18 months in terms of skill development (it’s impressive). Once he gets consistent weight training the sky is the limit.”

Setting, opponent to test Jayhawks -
At some point on Tuesday night, a Kansas freshman will stand near center court at the Georgia Dome and take in the cavernous surroundings. The lights will be hot, the stands buzzing with NBA scouts, and four of the most historic programs in the country will make this football stadium the center of the college basketball world — at least for a night.

The KU Chalkboard: How will the defense develop? -
Is it safe to expect a November grinder? Probably.

Kansas Football

Monday Rewind: Texas Tech | Tale of the Tait |
Even with all of those signs pointing in the right direction for a program desperate to shake its losing culture, never was this team’s evolution from flops to fighters as evident as last Saturday in Lubbock, Texas, where the Jayhawks (1-9 overall, 0-7 Big 12) went toe to toe with the 25th-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders before losing, 41-34, in double overtime.

College Football

Texas A&M's BCS-altering upset at Alabama could have SEC impact - Stewart Mandel -
For the most part, conference realignment has wrought more bad than good. Longstanding rivalries (Texas-Texas A&M, Kansas-Missouri, West Virginia-Pittsburgh) have been disrupted. One conference (the Big East) will soon be a geographic farce, and another (the WAC) will soon be extinct.

Pac-12 to investigate allegations against Washington State Cougars coach Mike Leach - ESPN
The Pac-12 has agreed to look into allegations made by former Washington State receiver Marquess Wilson of abusive behavior by coach Mike Leach and his staff, commissioner Larry Scott said Monday.

Florida State Seminoles' Jimbo Fisher wants move back to pre-BCS system - ESPN
"I think it stinks," Fisher said. "I think the BCS and how we do it with these computers, I think we're ruining it. And the playoff isn't going to solve it, either. They've got to change how we pick the top teams in this country. It's not working. I think it was better in the old days when you did it by the eye test and you didn't have a championship game."

On The Mark: Week 12 - ESPN
It's a three-legged BCS race to the finish for Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame.

NCAA College Football BCS Standings Week 8 - ESPN
Hard to see an unbeaten K-State being left out. Impossible almost I'd think.

College Basketball

Previewing the top Tip-Off Marathon games and picking winners - NCB - ESPN
Even more exciting: This will be our first real exposure to Kansas, which is relying not only on returners (dominant shot-blocker Jeff Withey, guards Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford), but much-ballyhooed newcomers Ben McLemore and Perry Ellis. Bill Self's teams are always good, but it should be fascinating to get a look at how good this team can be and how early.

NCAA tourney czar Dan Gavitt talks 75th anniversary, expansion, more - Luke Winn -
For the new czar of the NCAA tournament, March Madness is a family thing. Dan Gavitt's late father, Dave, was a driving force behind bracket-expansion and the boom in tourney-TV exposure in the 1980s, when he chaired the selection committee while also serving as commissioner of the newly formed Big East. In mid-August, Dan left his post as associate commissioner of Big East men's basketball to become the NCAA's new vice president for men's basketball championships. Dan steps into the post in the 75th year of the NCAA tournament's existence, and, before his first round of meetings with basketball-committee members in Dallas, he did a phone Q&A with