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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 10.09.14

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A look-see around today's internets.

Andy Lyons

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Oklahoma State Cowboys at Kansas Jayhawks Big 12 Football Preview - Big 12 Blog - Big 12 Conference Blog

Oklahoma State is ranked No. 16 in this week's Associated Press poll and is No. 18 in the Coaches poll. Kansas is, as you should know unless you just woke up from a coma you entered in 2008, unranked. This week's game marks the 75th time in the last 91 weeks of college football that OSU has appeared in the top 25 of the AP poll, dating back to the 2008 season.

Big 12 stat check: Week 7 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas: One obvious reason for Kansas' ineptitude on offense: its now-reopened quarterback situation. Kansas' quarterback play and production -- measured in opponent-adjusted QBR -- ranks No. 117 nationally. Only Vanderbilt and Wake Forest have worse quarterback play among Power 5 conference schools. KU's team adjusted QBR of of 26.1 is nearly 30 points below the national average.

Jayhawks face tall task in clash with 16th-ranked Cowboys | The Wichita Eagle

The Kansas Jayhawks will try once again to secure the first victory for interim coach Clint Bowen when the team entertains the 16th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys for a Big 12 Conference clash on Saturday afternoon.

KU interim coach Clint Bowen working to keep team united | CJOnline.com

Each of the Kansas football players gathered at midfield at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday, jumping around before yelling “Jayhawks” four times in unison during practice at Memorial Stadium.It’s just a small example of a larger mission for interim coach Clint Bowen: Get the squad to think of itself as a team and not as individuals or small groups. “It's always, ‘Encourage and help your teammates,’ and, ‘Take care of your job,’” Bowen said.That was a challenging message to get across two weeks ago.

Kansas QBs seem unified in mission | KUsports.com

“We’re just trying to go into practice to put our offense in the best position to be successful,” said Cozart, who started the first four games of 2014 but was benched for the second half last week. “(Tuesday) at practice, going in and out, coming off, Mike asked me questions, and when I come out, he gave me advice, and T.J., as well. We’re all kind of counting on one another to build off of and learn.”

What caught my eye at Wednesday's practice: Oct. 8th | Tale of the Tait | KUsports.com

It was too hard to tell exactly who looked best as a thrower — each guy (Michael Cummings, Montell Cozart and T.J. Millweard) had good moments and bad — but it was easy to see who was the most impressive receiver. His name was Nigel King and he caught everything. King got open, used his big frame to shield off DBs and snatched the ball out of the air.

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Talent show: Top preps expected for Late Night | KUsports.com

A whopping 16 senior, junior and sophomore blue-chip recruits have said they will be in the stands for the 30th-annual Late Night in the Phog, which will start at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m. for the event. Admission is free.

As Bill Self sorts through crowded backcourt, freshman Devonte’ Graham emerges | The Kansas City Star

If there’s been one theme during the Jayhawks’ first week of official practice, it’s been Self’s praise of Graham, a 6-foot-2 guard who spent last season at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., the same prep school that produced former Kansas players Thomas Robinson and Naadir Tharpe.

University of Kansas Women's Basketball - Kansas Tabbed to Finish Eighth in Big 12 Preseason Poll

Kansas women's basketball was voted to finish the 2014-15 conference slate in eighth place by the Big 12 coaches as announced Wednesday morning.

University of Kansas Athletics - Woodland Visits KU Men’s Golf Practice

Woodland, a Topeka native, was back in town for his former Kansas head coach Ross Randal's induction into the Kansas Hall of Fame on Oct. 5. The following Tuesday, met with the men's golf practice to give a message about his experience at KU and playing on the PGA Tour.

University of Kansas Athletics - No. 11 Jayhawks to Meet Longhorns Friday Night in Austin

Sitting atop the Big 12 table, the No. 11 Kansas Jayhawks will look to keep their unblemished conference record intact when they go up against the Texas Longhorns Friday night inside Mike A. Myers Stadium. The Jayhawks, who will try for the program's first victory in Austin, will meet the Longhorns for a 7 p.m. kickoff to be televised on the Longhorn Network.

University of Kansas Athletics - Kansas Ready to Right Big 12 Start at Baylor

Head coach Ray Bechard said it best after Sunday's match against No. 2 Texas when he said his team wasn't happy with its Big 12 Conference start but they are – and will be – ok.

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New Iowa State gold uniform gets thumbs-up from McDonald's - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Iowa State has accidentally found a way to replicate the classic outfit worn by Ronald McDonald, all the way down to the red shoulder stripes. The Cyclones might want to stay away from striped socks and red shoes on Saturday. As for McDonald's tweet, well, that sure is some fine (and probably unintended) trolling.

Notre Dame QB Everett Golson could have been someone on the hardwood - ESPN

A Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, native, Golson had initially pledged to the Tar Heels' basketball program in February 2010. He had spoken with legendary coach Roy Williams, and there was a strong possibility that he would have spent his winters in Chapel Hill on the hardwood, before the football team's NCAA investigation and a trip to Notre Dame eventually forced him to flip his commitment.

Ole Miss fans cover $75,000 field-storming costs in four hours - CBSSports.com

Ole Miss's fundraising page to let fans help with the costs of Saturday's field storming raised enough money to cover both the price of new goalposts and the SEC's $50,000 fine in no time.

NCAA College Basketball Rankings - CBSSports.com

The CBSSports.com Top 25 (And One) college basketball rankings are produced by college basketball insider Gary Parrish. These rankings are updated daily throughout the season.

2014-15 College Basketball Conference Champion Predictions - CBSSports.com

CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish, Matt Norlander, Chip Patterson, Jerry Palm, CBS Sports Network's Jon Rothstein and CBS Sports analyst Doug Gottlieb predict the 2014-15 champion for each conference.

- Videos of the Day -

Mr. Ed says: This first video is almost cruel:

These Deadbeat Parents Fell For The Old "Free Tickets To The Iron Bowl" Trick

The Lee County Sheriff's Office in Opelika, Ala. took a creative approach to rounding up a few parents who'd fallen way behind in their child support payments: they told them they'd won free tickets to the annual Iron Bowl, and then they arrested them when they came to collect on the prize. It's like To Catch A Predator, but with more malice, because these people just wanted to watch a football game.

Mr. Ed says: Apparently marriage is supposed to be hard.  This next video has been recommended to me by at least five separate people.  Apparently it's great advice.

It's Not About the Nail

You always do this!  You always try to fix things when what I really need is for you to just listen!