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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 10.02.14

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Welcome to Okctober.  Yes, that's spelled correctly.  No, seriously.

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What caught my eye at Wednesday's practice: Oct. 1st | Tale of the Tait |

One of the best soundbites of the practice came from Bowen during a linebacker drill. It was simple and to the point, directed at one player but was probably a subtle message sent to the entire team. “Quit being soft,” he barked.

Drone at KU football game raises concerns |

A Kansas University official says the school is taking seriously an incident Saturday in which an unauthorized drone flew around Memorial Stadium right before the Texas-KU football game. (Mr. Ed says: I noticed this before the game as well and was wondering about it.)

Cozart’s confidence remains high |

“I came in a little bit early before we started meetings and he told me I was still the guy, they believe in me, everyone’s still rallying around me,” Cozart said. “I’ve never heard anything like that from the head coach. I heard it a little bit in high school, but, in the past, I haven’t heard that and it felt really good hearing that from the head coach.”

Moment not too big for KU coach Clint Bowen, who lets personality shine through | Tale of the Tait |

He's been respectful the whole way, but also flashed a lot of his true personality and, for lack of a better term, sense of humor. Never was that more evident than during Tuesday's regular meeting with the media when Bowen opened up by talking about West Virginia, this week's opponent for the Jayhawks.

Big 12 stat check: Week 6 - ESPN

Kansas: One small reason for hope for new Kansas interim coach Clint Bowen: Of KU's 18 conference losses under Charlie Weis, the Jayhawks did hold a lead at some point in nine of those Big 12 games (including a 13-0 start vs. Oklahoma last season). But KU held a fourth-quarter lead in just one of those games, a 21-17 loss to Texas in 2012.

Heeney, Bowen bond stronger in wake of Weis firing |

To Bowen, coaching football is about connecting with your players. You celebrate with them, you suffer with them and you talk with them. In his first practice as head coach, Bowen went through stretches and springs with the team, too.

KU’s Clint Bowen hopes small changes yield big results | The Kansas City Star

For the moment, Bowen’s main goal will be fostering a culture of energy and toughness, a fresh voice for a program that had grown stale in the third season under Weis. But there are tangible changes taking place throughout the program.

KU’s Tony Pierson looking for more ways to help a struggling offense | The Kansas City Star

Pierson, who spends most of his time lined up at receiver, enters the weekend with 12 receptions for 155 yards in four games. He’s also rushed seven times for 124 yards, averaging 17.7 yards per carry. The numbers are inflated by some big plays, of course, but that’s partially the point.

University of Kansas Athletics - Five-Set Sunflower Showdown Goes to Kansas State

Kansas (12-4, 0-2) was on pace to pick up its first Big 12 win on the season, but the Wildcats (14-2, 1-1) battled back from a 2-1 deficit to steal the win in five, giving KU an 0-2 start to league play for the first time since 2011.

University of Kansas Athletics - No. 16 Jayhawks Welcome Cowgirls to Rock Chalk Park Friday

The 16th-ranked KU soccer team will return to Rock Chalk Park this Friday, Oct. 3 to take on the Oklahoma State Cowgirls. Kansas, which currently boasts the best winning percentage in the nation, will take on OSU at 7 p.m. The match will be one of five home games the Jayhawks will play at Rock Chalk Park over their final seven regular-season matches.

University of Kansas Athletics - Kansas Men’s Hoops Locker Room Area Gets Facelift

Consisting of more than 5,000-square feet, production on the makeover to KU's locker room and clubhouse began in summer 2014 to bring a taste of modern design with the rich traditions of Kansas basketball.

University of Kansas Athletics - Gardner Collects Preseason All-Big 12 Honor

After ending 2013-14 with various postseason awards, Kansas senior forward Chelsea Gardner is kicking off the upcoming season the same way adding to her list of accolades. The DeSoto, Texas, native was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team, as voted on by the conference head coaches, Wednesday morning.

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Heeney and Stowers describe what Bowen brings to KU as interim coach |

Kansas University seniors linebacker Ben Heeney and defensive lineman Keon Stowers have played for Clint Bowen's defense and say the new interim coach will bring tremendous energy to the entire team now that he is in charge of the program.

John Reagan on working with Clint Bowen |

Kansas University football offensive coordinator John Reagan knows Clint Bowen well. Tuesday afternoon Reagan talked about why he is looking forward to working in a different fashion with the new interim head coach, and what kind of changes will come with the program's new direction.

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Fred VanVleet using newfound fame to spread a positive message -

"When I was coming up, I had my dad on my butt, but there was nobody for me to look toward to tell me I could do this or do that," VanVleet said in a phone conversation earlier this week. "We were all just kind of figuring it out on our own, from scratch. So all I'm trying to do is give the kids something else and show them that they can do it even if they don't feel like they can, and I want to show them how to do it if they don't already know how."

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 6 - Wide Right & Natty Lite

10. Charlie Weis - Charlie Weis is the real winner here, he is going to get paid for doing absolutely nothing at Kansas. Yes it's hard to be the coach at Kansas, but seriously, Charlie Weis might have been the worst possible hire they could have made at the time. He said he wasn't going to stay at Kansas for very long, and he was right, but no one saw this comi........wait yes everyone did. How dumb are you KU? You deserve to be ranked last.

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FCC will consider petition to ban Redskins nickname from airwaves -

The FCC is all up in the NFL's b-i-z these days. On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission lifted the archiac blackout rule it's had in place for several decades. It also discussed the possibility of banning the term "Redskins" from public airwaves.

Larry Donnell benches himself in fantasy football, loses because of it -

While he's been spectacular on the field so far this year -- he's tied for fifth in the league with four receiving touchdowns and his 25 receptions are the second-highest of any tight end this season -- he's obviously still got a ways to go before he masters the art of Fantasy Football GM.

Oakland Raiders Head Coach Application - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Explain five specific ways you would create a championship team without any good players.

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This Kid Behind Home Plate Was The Highlight Of Tonight's Game

At least somebody in Pittsburgh is a champion tonight.