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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 10.29.14


Ezra Shaw

I said I'm going to Kansas City!!!  Kansas City here I come!!

As I'm sure most of you know, the Royals forced a Game 7 last night with an impressive win over the Giants in Game 6.  Of course, RCT has you covered.  He doesn't know it yet, but we'll be sending one of our very own, KUGrad08, out into the field tonight at P&L.  Hopefully he comes back with an actual report and not just a huge bar tab.  I will be covering Game 7 for you at the stadium.  A friend - a true, dear, precious friend - cut me a great deal on tickets (when they could have sold them for probably triple what they asked from me) and I said yes immediately.

As such, there may or may not be a News and Notes tomorrow (Thursday).  We'll just have to see what happens.

So, with apologies to PenHawk (White Sox fan, I believe, everyone boo PenHawk)...

LET'S GO ROYALS!!!  ::clap clap clapclapclap::

LET'S GO ROYALS!!!  ::clap clap clapclapclap::

LET'S GO ROYALS!!!  ::clap clap clapclapclap::

Game 7 will decide strikingly even Giants-Royals World Series -

There wasn't a single 100-game winner in baseball this regular year, or even a 100-game loser. Counting the postseason, the Royals did become the game's first 100-game winner. If the Giants win Game 7, they, too, will have 100. It's only fitting we're going 7.

- Kansas Sports -

Jayhawks bracing for Baylor’s big offense |

The Baylor offense leads the Big 12 in 11 statistical categories and ranks first nationally in four, including total offense (579 yards per game), touchdowns per game (6.6) and fourth-down conversions (18) and attempts (25).

Quick Hits: Bowen says playing with urgency key to stopping Baylor |

Bowen on Baylor's tempo: The tempo is something that has taken over this league. The challenge is always to match their urgency. If their players are doing it quickly enough you have to match their tempo. We’ve developed a system where the tempo isn’t an issue for us.

Dangerous Bears await Bowen's Jayhawks after week off | Smithology |

No. 12 Baylor (6-1 overall, 3-1 Big 12) now routinely ranks among the nation’s top offenses and this season is no different. The Bears average 6.5 yards per play and have scored 45 or more points in five of their seven games.

University of Kansas Athletics - Kansas Heads Back to Texas for Conference Road Test at Baylor

Kansas travels back to Texas Saturday, Nov. 1, for a conference road test against No. 12/12 Baylor at the brand new McLaned Stadium in Waco. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m., with a live broadcast on FOX Sports 1.

KU football still struggling to get physical in Big 12 |

After taking over last month, Bowen has talked often about creating a team that plays hard, smart and physical. Based on the numbers, becoming a physical team might be the toughest of the three to accomplish, especially for a squad that appears to still have plenty of issues on the offensive line.

Senior tight end Jimmay Mundine stepping up for Jayhawks | The Kansas City Star

It was nearly 10 days ago that Mundine walked quickly down a long tunnel at Jones AT&T Stadium at Texas Tech. It was halftime, and teammates could hear Mundine’s voice, revving up again. This time, he was talking to his quarterback, junior Michael Cummings, and he had an imperative message.

The Texas Tech defense was shading him to the outside, leaving the middle of the field open. If the Red Raiders kept doing it, he was floating toward the opening — even if that wasn’t the play. “I know the coaches are going to get on us tomorrow at film,” Mundine said, “but we’re going to get the first down.” The halftime conversation between tight end and quarterback paid off.

Coaches recall moments at historic Allen Fieldhouse |

Leftover notes from Monday’s Celebrating 60 Years event in Allen Fieldhouse.

University of Kansas Athletics - Kansas’ GSR Reaches Record High Again

Jayhawk student-athletes posted their best single-year score and the Kansas Athletics department tied its Graduation Success Rate (GSR) record for the second time in the last three years in numbers released by the NCAA Tuesday afternoon. Kansas logged an 85 percent GSR, up one point from a year ago, as four Jayhawk teams posted perfect scores.

University of Kansas Cross Country - Big 12 Names Eight KU Runners to All-Academic Lists

Eight members of the Kansas men's and women's cross country teams received Academic All-Big 12 recognition, announced Tuesday by the league office. Headlining the group were junior Hayley Francis and sophomore Julia Dury, who each claimed spots on the first team for the second time. Redshirt freshman Hannah Dimmick also earned a spot on the first team with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

University of Kansas Golf - Kawinpakorn Places Second at the Palmetto Intercollegiate

Kansas women's golfer Yupaporn Kawinpakorn placed second as KU finished fifth at the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Turtle Point Golf Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina on Tuesday.

Snyder, KSU athletic director pay to open dorms early for KU game |

The university announced Tuesday that Snyder and Currie will each donate $2,500 to allow the university's residence halls to re-open early during Thanksgiving weekend. The Wildcats are scheduled to play Kansas on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, the end of the university's week-long fall break. Snyder's and Currie's donations will cover the cost of reopening the residence halls on Friday and Saturday to allow students to return early to campus.

- College Sports -

College Football Playoff rundown: How it could look - ESPN

In what was a historic day for college football, the 12 members of the College Football Playoff’s selection committee have determined that three SEC West teams are among the top four in the country, along with undefeated defending national champ Florida State. (Mr. Ed says: Was it really that historic? These rankings don't mean anything yet. They don't matter for at least another month. Also, every other level of college football has a playoff system. So, I ask again... historic?)

SEC dominates rankings now, but it might all change come December -

There's so much we don't know about what's coming in the CFP that we might as well chronicle what we've seen to this point. The following are random scenes from a poll assembly.

College Football Playoff, Ball State Cardinals and West Virginia Mountaineers are in the 3-point stance - ESPN

On the whole, I am surprised the College Football Playoff selection committee rankings look as similar to the traditional rankings as they do. This much we can glean from the opening week: The committee ignored conference affiliation in putting three SEC teams in the top four. It took into account the way that teams won or lost, something the BCS formula never could do. Arizona beat an injured Oregon team. Now that the Ducks are healthy again, that loss has diminished in importance. The Ducks are fifth and the Wildcats 12th. And Auburn, which thrashed LSU, finished ahead of Ole Miss, which lost to the Tigers.

NCAA graduation rates improve as critics cry foul - ESPN

NCAA President Mark Emmert keeps touting the record-breaking graduation rates of Division I athletes. Critics keep balking at the interpretation of those numbers, citing recent academic scandals.

- Potpourri -

Singer Aaron Lewis apologizes for botching anthem - ESPN

"All I can say is I'm sorry and ask for the Nation's forgiveness. My nerves got the best of me and I am completely torn up about what happened," he wrote.

"America is the greatest country in the world. The Star-Spangled Banner means so much to so many, including myself. I hope everyone can understand the intensity of the situation and my true intent of this performance. I hope that the Nation, Major League Baseball and the many fans of our national pastime can forgive me."

15 Quick-and-Easy Sports Halloween Costumes - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Amish beard + Dodgers hat + choking on Halloween candy = Clayton Kershaw