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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 10.03.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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Boom.  And if you're an Oregon fan, Ouch.

- Kansas Football -

West Virginia Mountaineers need focus to beat Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN

"With all due respect to Kansas, it's going to be a little bit more about us than it's going to be about them," Holgorsen said. "We'll let them worry about their team and we'll worry about our team."

Through all KU football changes, much still rides on QB Montell Cozart |

On Monday, Bowen quoted his old KU coach Glen Mason in saying the two most important people in a college football program are the head coach and quarterback — "and not in that order."

KU captain Ben Heeney: Jayhawks enjoying fresh start under interim coach Clint Bowen | The Kansas City Star

In his first five days on the job, Bowen ran sprints with his players, invited some former Jayhawks to practice, opened up a weekly workout to the media, subtly jabbed a rival Big 12 coach (more on that in a moment), and perhaps unintentionally changed the music soundtrack during practice.

Big 12 players in Week 6 spotlight - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas cornerback Dexter McDonald: West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen praised McDonald and cornerback JaCorey Shepherd, calling the duo "as good as I've seen" earlier this week. But Holgorsen won't hesitate to go right after them, especially with Mountaineers pass catcher Kevin White playing as good as any receiver in the Big 12. McDonald will have plenty of chances to impact the game and has the talent to do just that.

Big 12 Week 6 predictions - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

West Virginia over Kansas, 45-6: West Virginia will be out for revenge after last season’s debacle in Lawrence. The Mountaineers look like the most improved team in the league, while Kansas looks destined for another trip to the cellar.

- Kansas Basketball -

University of Kansas Athletics - Kansas Men’s Basketball Conducts Media Day

Kansas men's basketball held its media day Thursday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. A team photo started the afternoon before head coach Bill Self took to the podium for his first press conference of the year. All 16 Jayhawks were interviewed on the floor following the presser to close out the off-season as practice officially begins on Friday.

University of Kansas Athletics - Ellis and Alexander Land Preseason Big 12 Honors

Kansas junior forward Perry Ellis and freshman forward Cliff Alexander have been named to the 2014-15 Preseason All-Big 12 Team in a vote by the conference coaches the league announced Thursday. Ellis was named to the five-person All-Big 12 team, while Alexander was named co-Preseason Freshman of the Year.

Bill Self expects improved toughness, defense out of Jayhawks | Smithology |

Thursday marked the very unofficial start of the college basketball season at Kansas University, where Bill Self and the Jayhawks went through media day at Allen Fieldhouse. Self provided some insight on what’s to come in the months ahead for KU, as well as some of the shortcomings that impacted last season, and what he, the coaching staff and the players learned from those experiences.

KU basketball notebook: Bill Self talks lineup combinations; Jayhawks snubbed? |

"We need more playmaking," Self said. "Last year our assist-to-turnover ratio wasn’t what we hoped. We didn’t handle pressure as well as we hoped. We probably didn’t feed the post as well as we hoped. So getting your ballhandlers and passers out there you think would help."

Kansas Jayhawks are loaded with men’s basketball talent again | The Kansas City Star

"We stunk last year defensively," Self said. "We didn’t put pressure on the ball, we never cut the head off and we let teams get comfortable. When I say we stunk though, we were probably still the second-best defensive team in our league. But that is not who we’ve been for years."

- College Sports -

Q&A: Hoiberg looks to continue Iowa State success, pursuit of Kansas -

Fred Hoiberg has made Iowa State into a nationally relevant program. The Cyclones have won games in the past three NCAA Tournaments and advanced all the way to the Sweet 16 last March before falling to eventual national champion UConn. CBS Sports Network and's Jon Rothstein sat down with Hoiberg Thursday in Ames to discuss the expectations surrounding this year's team, chasing Kansas, and Iowa State's strong influx of transfers for the 14-15 season.

Sources: Mississippi under investigation for rules violations in multiple sports - Yahoo Sports

Athletic director Ross Bjork confirmed to Yahoo Sports on Wednesday that Ole Miss "is working with the NCAA" in an ongoing investigation. Bjork said the school has not received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, nor does it have a date set for a hearing before the NCAA Committee on Infractions. He declined further comment.

Michigan AD Dave Brandon says he has not considered firing head coach Brady Hoke | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo Sports

Despite the ongoing scrutiny surrounding the handling of quarterback Shane Morris’ concussion, Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said he has not considered firing head coach Brady Hoke, nor has he considered resigning.

- Potpourri -

Royals puppy woman watched comeback from outfield and will get puppy after playoffs | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

While Castan had a picture of a Corgi wearing a crown on her sign and she really likes the breed, she says the couple will likely adopt a small dog from K.C. Pet Project, a local animal shelter after the playoffs conclude. She doesn't want to miss any Royals games.

Fans Of The TV Show Castle Angry At Sports

In the bottom of the eighth inning of the first game of the ALDS series between the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers, the Orioles offense went gangbusters and sent 14 players to the plate as well as prompting three pitching changes. This took a long time, so the Los Angeles Angels-Kansas City Royals game began on TNT instead of TBS. But Thursday night was a Castle marathon on TNT, and when it got interrupted by baseball, Castle fans were none too pleased.

- Video of the Day -

WATCH: Newly-discovered film from Senators' 1924 World Series -

The Library of Congress recently discovered footage from the Washington Senators' 1924 World Series victory over the Giants, footage that had somehow turned up in the rafters of a garage in Worcester, Massachusetts.