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Kansas Jayhawks New and Notes 10.16.14

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Alright, now that I have that out of my system, let's get to the rest of the news.

-Kansas Sports-

Selden preparing to play (gulp) power forward |

Stressing that Selden and Frank Mason have thus far "separated themselves a bit" from KU’s other five perimeter players, Self said he might experiment with Selden and 6-7 Kelly Oubre Jr. at power forward during the 2014-15 campaign.

Self: Jayhawks can shoot the three |

"The three best shooters on our team without question are (Conner) Frankamp, (Brannen) Greene and Svi (Mykhailiuk). They are all fighting for minutes," KU coach Bill Self said at Wednesday’s Big 12 Media Day in Sprint Center.

Live from Sprint Center: Big 12 Men's Basketball Media Day | Smithology |

Recap of all the happenings at Big 12 Media Days

KU volleyball rallies past WVU |

Kansas University rallied from a first-set setback to beat West Virginia in four sets in Big 12 volleyball on Wednesday.

Kansas’ Wayne Selden ready to step into bigger role as a sophomore | The Kansas City Star

Even in the preseason, with the Jayhawks’ season opener more than two weeks away, it appears clear that Kansas could be Selden’s team. A natural leader, Selden is the type of player, teammate Jamari Traylor said, who can hold teammates accountable in practice and be humble enough to take responsibilities for his own mistakes.

What caught my eye at Wednesday's KU football practice: Oct. 15th | Tale of the Tait |

• Senior Tony Pierson spent the early portion of practice working exclusively with KU's running backs. The good thing about Pierson right now — other than all that speed — is that he's reached a point where he's advanced enough as a receiver and yet still comfortable enough as a running back to be used in either spot (or even both) week in and week out.

The KU football word association exercise (Spodcasters) |

Bold Predictions For The Big 12 - ESPN Video - ESPN

Kansas Big 12 Media Days Audio and Video

Perry Ellis at Big 12 Media Day (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

Bill Self fields questions at Big 12 Media Day (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

Wayne Selden Jr. at Big 12 Media Day (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

Video: Jamari Traylor talks Big 12, Texas |

-College Sports-

Bo Jackson says Jameis Winston of Florida State Seminoles blowing off his advice - ESPN

In an interview Tuesday on The Jim Rome Show, Bo Jackson lashed out at fellow Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, suggesting the star Florida State Seminoles quarterback has ignored his advice even while his off-the-field incidents have escalated.

Georgia Bulldogs coach Mark Richt says Todd Gurley's playing status to be known by Friday - ESPN

Georgia coach Mark Richt told reporters after Wednesday's practice that the No. 10 Bulldogs will know whether star running back Todd Gurley will be reinstated to play before boarding a plane to Arkansas on Friday morning.

Florida Gators suspend Chris Walker for two regular-season games; Brandone Francis out for season - ESPN

Florida Gators starting forward Chris Walker has been suspended for the team's first two regular-season games due to an unspecified violation of team rules, coach Billy Donovan announced Wednesday.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive will retire in July 2015 - ESPN

SEC commissioner Mike Slive will retire next summer after 13 years leading the league and plans to begin treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer.

Five observations from Big 12 college basketball media day - ESPN

Kansas, reigning Big 12 champs 10 years in a row, were the coaches totally predictable preseason title pick. But they weren't unanimous: Bill Self admitted he chose Texas and said the Longhorns' five returning starters, plus super-talented incoming freshmen, made them the selection.

Big 12 stat check: Week 8 - ESPN

Kansas: Michael Cummings' 288 passing yards against Oklahoma State were the most by a Kansas quarterback since Dayne Crist threw for 303 in a loss to TCU on Sept. 15, 2012. That means Kansas has now gone 27 games since its last 300-yard passer. Cummings could be the guy to snap that streak soon.

-Professional Sports-

Royals head to World Series after sweeping Orioles in ALCS | The Kansas City Star

All around them, the stadium swelled and exulted in a celebration 29 years in the making. The Royals are going to the World Series. Better yet, the World Series is coming to them, with game one on Oct. 21 here, hard by Interstate 70 and the George Brett Bridge, the home of the only team in baseball history to begin a postseason with eight consecutive wins.

The World Series-bound Royals have transformed KC’s sports identity | The Kansas City Star

The franchise once defined by a manager saying it can always get worse is now, somehow, America’s team and the greatest story in sports. They are the last team standing in the American League and the betting favorite to win the whole thing. In the stands and even in the clubhouse, over and over, you hear grown men ask each other if this is real life.

Royals’ Lorenzo Cain celebrates MVP award with his family | The Kansas City Star

Cain had a .667 slugging percentage, collected two doubles, scored five runs and, remarkably, stole the only base of the series for the Royals. He also robbed J.J. Hardy with an amazing catch in game two and tracked down Nelson Cruz’s long fly in the ninth inning of game three.

Giants beat Cardinals in Game 4, take 3-1 NLCS lead: Quick hits -

The San Francisco Giants have come from behind to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-4, giving them a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven NLCS.

LeBron James wants a shorter season to protect players -

LeBron James wants a shorter season. Before the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, the best player on the planet said that he doesn't care about the length of games, but he thinks there are too many of them.

Colin Kaepernick won appeal, not happy that he's still being fined -

The NFL reduced the fine to $5,512 after Kaepernick won his appeal. The fine was handed down because Kaepernick allegedly used the N-word in a game. Kaepernick has maintained all along that he never used the N-word and an NFL arbitrator agreed with him.

-Videos and Photos-

GIF: Royals' Alex Gordon robs Hardy of extra bases in ALCS Game 4

Alex Gordon is good at catching baseballs, you see.

FINAL OUT VIDEO: The Royals are going to the World Series

PHOTO: Bruins coach cut by puck, gets staples in head, returns to bench

PHOTO: Tom Brady pumpkin looks exactly like Tom Brady