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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 10.31.14

A look-see around the internets.

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It's Friday!  It felt nice to finally get a full night's sleep, but man, I still wonder what the party would have been like in this town had the Royals managed a win in Game 7.

Also, Happy Halloween!  Party responsibly this weekend.

Edit: Daylight Savings Time also ends this weekend.  Don't forget to "fall back" an hour on Saturday night or you'll be an hour early to church on Sunday morning.  Or an hour late.  One of those...

- Kansas Sports -

Baylor offense is very predictable: It’s hard to stop | The Kansas City Star

In other words: Familiarity does not breed comfort. It breeds fear. And why not? Playing defense against Baylor’s spread offense is a little bit like juggling an assortment of flaming spears while running a 100-meter dash. And then doing it again.

QB Cummings uses bye week to reflect, fish |

On the field, Cummings says his mind is going a million miles per second. The pond offers him a chance for his brain to do the opposite. Granted, there is a lot for him to think about. Cummings and the Jayhawks will face four ranked teams in their last five games, starting with #13 Baylor on Saturday.

In search for team identity, KU's Clint Bowen getting positive example from his QB |

KU interim coach Clint Bowen has often preached how he wants his team to play with toughness, and since inserting Cummings into the lineup, he's gotten exactly that from the junior.

What caught my eye at Wednesday's KU football practice: Oct. 29 | Tale of the Tait |

Tony Pierson was out there working with the first-team offense and appears to be fine. I didn't see him favor anything or go half-speed to protect anything while he was participating in drills. Pierson was knocked out of the Texas Tech game after just two plays with what turned out to be a sprain of some sort near his neck. Good to see he's out there and ready to go for this week.

Fan collects KU basketball coaches’ signatures on Bible |

After the man for whom Allen Fieldhouse is named finished addressing the campers, Talley approached him and asked him to sign his Bible. Allen obliged and in red ink on one of the first few inside pages signed his name, "Forrest C. Allen, Phog."

University of Kansas Softball - Jayhawks’ Chemistry Strengthened by Rock Chalk Teams

"The Rock Chalk Teams is a good way to promote competiveness and team bonding," said Smith. "They players build relationships within those small groups. We mix positions and classes, so it gives them a chance to bond with players outside their own position or class. It's a great way to have them compete on and off the field. It's also a fun thing for the team and they have a lot of pride for their Rock Chalk Team. It's fun to watch them compete on those teams."

University of Kansas Rowing - Kansas Rowing to Conclude Fall Season at Head of the Hooch

The Kansas rowing team will get its last official test of the fall season when the Jayhawks travel to the Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, Tenn. An all-day event on Nov. 1-2, The Head of the Hooch is one of the largest regattas in the country with over 2,000 boats racing in two days.

University of Kansas Athletics - Self and Crew Surprise Students on Campus

Per the usual, the Underground at Wescoe was busy with the lunch crowd on Thursday afternoon. Awaiting students at the end of the register was a not-so-usual surprise as Kansas men's basketball head coach Bill Self and his staff stopped in to buy lunch.

University of Kansas Cross Country - Jayhawks Set to Host Big 12 Cross Country Championships

The University of Kansas cross country teams are in full gear as they prepare to host the Big 12 Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence.

University of Kansas Baseball - Tough Non-Conference Slate Highlights 2015 Baseball Schedule

Coming off one of the strongest seasons in program history, the Kansas baseball team beefed up its schedule with seven key non-conference matchups to open the 2015 slate, the squad released Thursday.

University of Kansas Swimming and Diving - KU to Host North Dakota and Big 12 Rival TCU

The Kansas swimming and diving team hosts its first Big 12 rival, TCU, and Western Athletic Conference member North Dakota in a double-dual on Saturday, November 1 at 1 p.m. in its home pool, Robinson Natatorium.

University of Kansas Volleyball - Kansas Starts Second Half of Big 12 Slate at TCU

Kansas closed the first half of Big 12 Conference play winning four of its last five matches, putting the Jayhawks back at .500 to start the final portion of league play beginning Saturday at TCU. First serve is set for 1 p.m. inside the University Recreation Center.

- College Sports -

Georgia Bulldogs RB Todd Gurley has suspension upheld by NCAA - ESPN

The NCAA announced Thursday night that its Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee has upheld Georgia running back Todd Gurley's four-game suspension, meaning he'll miss the Bulldogs' next two games after sitting out the previous two.

2014-15 College Basketball Preview: Top 10 frontcourts -

#6. Kansas: The Jayhawks lose Joel Embiid, but bring in potential star freshman Cliff Alexander to pair with stalwart Perry Ellis. They don't have the depth that some of the other teams listed above do -- Jamari Traylor and Hunter Mickelson are solid players, but not ones you build around at Kansas -- but those two stars are absolutely worthy of this lofty ranking.

- Potpourri -

121 players become free agents as offseason begins -

Now that the World Series is over, the baseball off-season can officially begin. A total of 121 players became free agents at 9 a.m. ET on Thursday. Teams have until Monday to negotiate exclusively with their free agents. At 12:01 a.m. ET next Tuesday, free agents will be able to negotiate and sign with any team. Here is the full list of 121 free agents from the MLB Players Association.

New York Formally Asks for the San Francisco Giants to be Returned - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

"Please, Ed. Please," New York’s mayor said on one voicemail. "Don’t make me beg. Jeter is gone. The Knicks are terrible. The Jets are worse. I don’t think Eli has another fluke Super Bowl in him. Please, Mr. Mayor. Give us some hope. Please."