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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 10.01.14

A look-see around today's internets, and how 'bout those Royals?!?!?!

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A manager who refuses to win, and a team that refuses to lose.  MLB needs to do an investigation and see if Ned is putting money down on the other team...


- Kansas Sports -

Assistants helping defensive-minded Bowen address issues on offense, special teams | Smithology |

Bowen started off by talking about the great challenge and opportunity that awaits KU (2-2 overall, 0-1 Big 12) this Saturday at West Virginia (2-2, 0-1) before getting into the big-picture changes he hopes to make and many other topics.

Jayhawks’ staff impressed by Bowen |

Reagan continued: “We do have a very good relationship. We’ve been friends for a long time, both on a professional and personal level. We were both a part of doing something here previously and winning some games and, right now, it’s just a matter of working together and making sure we’re all headed in the same direction.”

Radio gig caps Bowen’s wild first day |

Asked by Davis where the radio show ranked in the scheme of the day’s events, Bowen smiled and said, “This was the highlight of my day.” It wasn’t the first time he said that.

KU football changing the way it calls plays |

Kansas offensive coordinator John Reagan will be switching locations this week, moving to the coach’s box after previously calling KU’s plays from the sideline.  “I think I can help us more by being upstairs,” Reagan said during an interview with reporters Tuesday. “I think I can help us more, maybe take some decisions out of the quarterback’s hands.”

Bob Lutz: Can Kansas find the right football coach? | The Wichita Eagle

Bowen, according to Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger, will be evaluated during the next eight games as a potential replacement for Weis. The only issue there is those eight games, none of which the Jayhawks are likely to win unless Bowen can work a miracle or two.

4 things to know about KU football's upcoming coaching search | Tale of the Tait |

3. Mark Mangino is not on our coaching search list and, barring the miracle of all miracles, he's not coming back.

Self ‘excited’ for interim football coach Bowen |

“I feel bad for the Weis family. But I love Kansas. I want what’s best for Kansas,” Self said. “I will be very supportive of Clint and the decision that’s been made, and I hope it turns out to be a great thing. It doesn’t take away from the fact these are hard decisions. People and families are involved, and it can be very difficult. But I love Kansas and I want what’s best for Kansas.”

Former Mississippi coach Ed Orgeron expresses interest in KU football job | The Wichita Eagle

Two days after Kansas fired football coach Charlie Weis, there is at least one outside candidate with interest in the job. Former Ole Miss and USC interim coach Ed Orgeron told USA Today on Monday that the KU job was an attractive opportunity.

Big 12 roundtable: Keys for TCU, Texas - ESPN

In our weekly Big 12 roundtable, we examine the keys to Texas and TCU knocking off Big 12 co-favorites Baylor and Oklahoma this weekend, and whether Kansas will win a game under Clint Bowen in 2014. (Mr. Ed says: RCT will be running its own roundtable in the next day or so, stay tuned!)

University of Kansas Athletics - Jayhawks Trek to West Virginia for Conference Road Matchup

Kansas travels to West Virginia in what will mark the first game at the helm of the Jayhawk program for interim head coach Clint Bowen.

University of Kansas Athletics - Jayhawks Finish Eighth at the Badger Invitational

With junior Ben Welle shooting a final-round 73 (+1), the Kansas men's golf team finished eighth at the Badger Invitational at the University Ridge Golf Course Tuesday.

- College Sports -

Ed Orgeron, college football free agent, wants back in

Kansas? You bet he's interested. "It's a Power Five (job)," he told USA TODAY Sports. "(Mark) Mangino went 12-1 and went to the Orange Bowl. It's in a great conference. His staff proved that you can do it."

Forde-Yard Dash: Who Survives October?  - Yahoo Sports

Of the 128 FBS teams in America, we have whittled the number of undefeated to 17. And that number is going to really get chopped down in the next month, with 13 of the current unbeatens playing at least one other current unbeaten. By kickoff Nov. 1, we may be counting the unblemished records on one hand.

- Professional Sports -

FCC eliminates sports blackout rule, NFL can still enforce -

"The NFL has the right to enforce their current blackout rules and I suspect that they will continue to do so," O'Reilly said. Clearly the NFL objected to ending the policy, warning that games could possibly move away from broadcast and into "paid" television.

- How 'bout those Royals? -

Mr. Ed says: Seriously.  Fire Ned Yost.  NOW.  The Royals are in the ALDS in spite of their manager, not because of him.  Also, all the Billy Butler haters out there can go suck on a truckload of lemons.

Resilient Royals endure, eke out wild win in biggest game in 29 years -

The resilient Royals also overcame their own manager, Ned Yost, who removed the aforementioned Big Game James after only 88 pitchers, perhaps forgetting why he earned that nickname, to summon a rookie starting pitcher in the middle of a jam that called for a veteran reliever. Yost was booed lustily as he came out to remove Ventura, who allowed a three-run home run to supposedly struggling slugger Brandon Moss (who had two home runs and five RBI), and again when he returned to the dugout.

MLB Recap - Oakland Athletics at Kansas City Royals - Sep 30, 2014 -

Quite a start to October baseball - even if this one appeared to be over with plenty of time to spare in September. But in a back-and-forth epic that lasted 4 hours, 45 minutes, the A's lost their seventh straight winner-take-all playoff game since 2000.

Pedro Martinez rips Ned Yost

TBS analyst/pitching great Pedro Martinez wasn't letting Yost off the hook. On both the TBS postgame show and on his Twitter account, Martinez let the criticism fly like one of his fourseamers. publishes "Royals Lose" game story

Someone screwed up here by putting the wrong story live, but I'm not looking to make fun of anyone here. (It's standard operating procedure for writers put together their gamers before the last out, and then just fill in the details, to get the story live as soon as possible.) Instead, consider this is a historical curio of one of the greatest winner-take-all games in recent memory, baseball's "Dewey Defeats Truman" moment.

TBS Cameraman Ogles Women in the Crowd

If you're this TBS cameraman, however, it's your chance to ogle attractive women in the stadium. Three seconds to find them, seven seconds to stare at them, and ten seconds to pan back to the action.

- Videos of the Day -

Wake Up, Buddy!

A fan in the mega-million dollar seats at Kauffman Stadium slept through the biggest play of the game.

VIDEO: Royals' Salvador Perez ends wild night with walk-off single -

Here's the 12th-inning walk-off single by Salvador Perez that plated the winning run.