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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 11.17.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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Well, I'm back from my trip to southern Missouruh over the weekend.  What'd I miss?  I assume Florida State, TCU, Arizona State, Auburn, LSU, Notre Dame, and Clemson all rolled this weekend?

We might have to start doing a weekend edition of News and Notes - there's tons of stuff to wade through today.

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University of Kansas Football - Jayhawks Fall Short to No. 4 TCU on Senior Day, 34-30

The Jayhawks (3-7, 1-6 Big 12) controlled the scoreboard for more than 24 minutes in the middle half of the game until a TCU (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) touchdown with 2:38 left in the third quarter swept the game away from Kansas and gave the Horned Frogs the momentum they needed to outlast KU in the final period of play.

The Day After: A Senior Day heartbreaker vs. No. 5 TCU | Tale of the Tait |

If it's football you want to talk about, Saturday's effort against a darn good TCU team proved that the Jayhawks might have a chance to be competitive in their two remaining games. That's something almost no one thought they could say a couple of weeks ago. But this team is tough, the offense is clicking and the defense is confident it can play with anybody. That alone should make for a fun couple of weeks. If it's the coaching search you're more interested in following, Saturday's game was relevant there, too. Bowen has proven he can coach. He took a group of guys who have done nothing but lose and made them winners. Maybe not on the scoreboard all that often, but they'll leave here with their heads up and remember this season much differently than it looked like they were going to. People realize that. People like that. And it's made a huge difference in the way a lot of people view Bowen as a candidate for the job.

TCU coach supports Bowen for head coach |

“You don’t have things going for you and things happen. That’s why I went for it on fourth down,” Patterson said. “Everybody said, ‘Why didn’t you kick a field goal?’ To be honest with you, you’ve got to get an inch. They had no time outs left. You get an inch you win the ballgame. If they go down and score a touchdown (after field goal) they could go for two and still beat you.”

Zenger: Bowen a 'strong candidate' for head coach |

Asked after the game if Saturday's effort against TCU, a 34-30 loss, had any impact on the ongoing search to find a new football coach, KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger spoke highly of Bowen and what he has accomplished here in the past seven weeks. (Mr. Ed says: Obviously, Sunshine and Rainbows (aka the LJW) is all over the Bowen for HC bandwagon.)

Mundine's career day is one for the ages |

His seven-catch, 137-yard afternoon, which included a 13-yard touchdown reception and a 67-yard catch and run that set up another TD, was the most by a KU tight end since 1974, which is as far back as the KU records go.

KU football notebook: Seniors make most of final home game |

Senior linebacker Ben Heeney said he thought the emotions of Senior Day played a big role in the Jayhawks' spirited effort and, in addition to being honored on the field prior to kickoff with their families, the KU seniors were the stars of a pregame video shown only to the team inside the Anderson Family Football Complex.

Best of the recruiting visits: Big 12 - ESPN

Many dislike giving credit to moral victories, but after watching Kansas play TCU, a moral victory for the Jayhawks is warranted. Kansas fell, 34-30, to the No. 4 team in the College Football Playoff rankings, and it showed for the second consecutive week that it is playing a new level of confidence under interim coach Clint Bowen. One player in Lawrence was 2016 Jack Domandle, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound interior offensive lineman who made the unofficial visit from Nebraska. The two-year starter is looking to become a household name in the spring. He not only enjoyed his trip to Kansas but also nearly watched one of the biggest college football upsets of the year.

Big 12 College Football Power Rankings: Week 12 - ESPN

8. Kansas (3-7, 1-6) - Prev Rank 9. Interim coach Clint Bowen has the full support of the players, and he could be well on his way to earning it from the decision-makers at Kansas, too. The Jayhawks couldn't finish off the upset of TCU, but they delivered another valiant performance in taking the fourth-ranked Horned Frogs to the wire. "He cares about KU," TCU coach Gary Patterson said after the game. "I think Kansas people deserve somebody like that." Two weeks ago, Kansas hired Chuck Neinas to assist with a nationwide coaching search. But the Jayhawks might very well have the right guy right under their nose.

What we learned in the Big 12: Week 12 - ESPN

Down four against the nation’s No. 4 team with four minutes left -- can’t ask for a better chance than that, can you? Kansas continues to play inspired ball under interim head coach Clint Bowen, who’s making a compelling case that he’s fit to lead this program into 2015 and beyond. The search process will continue, and AD Sheahon Zenger isn’t going to hand Bowen the keys just yet, but the transformation of this team in recent weeks -- especially since Bowen changed offensive playcallers -- is hard to ignore. The Jayhawks aren’t playing like pushovers.

Clint Bowen's changes paying off at Kansas - ESPN

Bowen's promotion brought a wave of changes through the program, from personnel to practice habits to the general atmosphere in the halls of Anderson Complex. Things are different with Bowen in charge.

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The Day After: A grinder with the Gauchos | Tale of the Tait |

It's easy to look at all of that talent and all of those options and say to yourself, “Damn, they've got another loaded team.” And the Jayhawks do. But games like the one we saw Friday night remind you that, even with all that talent and depth, it's still going to take some time for this team to be clicking on all cylinders. The Jayhawks were good at times during Friday's opener, but careless and sloppy at others and slow and sluggish some, as well. Particularly on offense. If there's one thing that Friday showed you it's that this team really might be a team that hangs its hat on defense. If it is, I'm guessing that would be just fine with Bill Self.

Self: Jayhawks can finally turn attention to Kentucky |

“We’re going to have to do a much better job of being tougher in rotation rebounding and really paying attention to that, because they’re really good. They’re long, and they’re going to be hard to score against. Cal (John Calipari, UK head coach) is a good defensive coach, and they’ve got so much length. So we need to be sure we’re really good rebounding on the defensive end ourselves.”

University of Kansas MBB - No. 5 Kansas to Face No. 1 Kentucky in State Farm Champions Classic Tuesday

No. 5/5 Kansas (1-0) will face top-ranked Kentucky (2-0) in the fourth State Farm Champions Classic, Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

KU freshman Cliff Alexander dealing with sore wrist |

“I hurt my wrist last game,” the 6-foot-8 Alexander said, bruising his wrist off a violent dunk in the second exhibition game against Emporia State. “It’s OK though.”

Can Kentucky run the table? ‘I don’t know’ |

On Friday, after KU’s season-opening 69-59 victory over UC Santa Barbara, Self acknowledged the Wildcats probably will be favored in every game and that they’d wind up with a “terrific record, that’s for sure.” Crazy thing is, Kentucky, which whipped Grand Canyon, 85-45, in Friday’s opener, actually trailed Buffalo, 38-33, at halftime Sunday in Lexington, Kentucky, before rallying to a 71-52 victory.

Self reacts to Larry Brown's comments about UK going unbeaten |

“Who knows what Larry is doing. He may be mad at Cal about something,” Self said with a smile. “But yeah, they’re probably a team, I haven’t seen them enough, but they’re a team that could obviously make a run like that. And they’ve got more veterans than what you think with some of their returning guys.

NBA scouts flock to Fieldhouse for season opener |

“Twelve NBA scouts watched us practice yesterday. I told our guys, ‘They are not here (in Lawrence) to see you. They are here to see the big fella.’ He’s a terrific player,” Self said of 6-8 Santa Barbara senior Alan Williams, who had 22 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.

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University of Kansas Soccer - Jayhawks Fall to Tigers in First Round of NCAA Tournament, 3-1

A pair of goals off the foot of Missouri senior Taylor Grant early in each half spelled doom for the Kansas Jayhawks as they dropped the First Round NCAA Tournament game to their old rivals, 3-1, inside Rock Chalk Park Sunday afternoon.

University of Kansas WBB - Gardner Welcomed to 1,000-Point Club In Regular-Season Opener

Senior Chelsea Gardner became the 27th Jayhawk to chalk up 1,000 career points in KU's season-opening victory against South Dakota, 68-60, Sunday afternoon inside Allen Fieldhouse.

University of Kansas Cross Country - Morgan Earns Bid to NCAA Cross Country Championships

Kansas junior Jacob Morgan was selected to the NCAA Cross Country Championship field as an at-large participant it was announced Saturday. Morgan was one of 38 runners on non-automatic qualifying teams to be selected to the NCAA meet to be held in Terre Haute, Indiana on Saturday, Nov. 22.

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Florida's Will Muschamp out at end of the season -

Will Muschamp will coach two more games at Florida. The school announced Sunday that Muschamp would coach Florida's final two games of the regular season and then step down from the position.

Georgia RB Todd Gurley suffers torn ACL, out for rest of 2014 -

Later Sunday afternoon, the Bulldogs confirmed that Gurley tore the ACL in his left knee, an injury he suffered late in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game. Surgery has not yet been scheduled to repair the ligament.

TaShawn Thomas' immediate eligibility makes OU threat in Big 12 -

Basically, Thomas is a godsend for an Oklahoma team whose one weakness seemed to be in the paint. Of course, Ryan Spangler is the leading returning rebounder in the Big 12, and is a potential all-league player this season. But looking beyond him there isn't a lot of depth for coach Lon Kruger to play around with. Tyler Neal graduated after last season, leaving D.J. Bennett as OU's lone returning bench forward. Freshman Khadeem Lattin is an intriguing prospect, but he's still pretty skinny and will be forced into action this year. With Thomas in the fold, the Sooners' frontcourt roles just seem clearer.

Did Kentucky abandon its 'platoon' already? Not necessarily -

We're holding Calipari's idea to an unfair standard if we're expecting him to never sub outside of a straight five-for-five switch. Game situations, such as foul trouble and the general inconsistency of 18- to 22-year-olds, are going to call for substitutions. Maybe "platoon" is the wrong word for what the coach wants to do, but as long as he's getting everyone involved his idea is alive and well.

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Marshawn Lynch didn't go to Seahawks locker room at halftime -

At halftime of the Chiefs 24-20 win over the Seahawks on Sunday, Marshawn Lynch made an interesting decision: He decided not to go to Seattle's locker room. Instead, Lynch spent the entire 12-minute halftime outdoors on the sideline at Arrowhead Stadium where it was about 20-degrees.

LOOK: Colts mascot tries to distract Patriots with giant Jimmy Fallon head -

As most good NFL mascots know, the best way to distract the other team's kicker is to hold up a giant head of a late night talk show host. Blue, the Colts mascot, definitely knows this, which is why he brought a Jimmy Fallon head to the game with him on Sunday.

Jermaine Gresham gives TD ball to Bengals fan, Saints fan steals it -

After Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham scored a touchdown in the third quarter against the Saints, he casually tossed the ball to the only Bengals fan he saw: A woman in an A.J. Green jersey.

VIDEO: Behold the Worst Rowing Competition in History - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

“If you can’t row, don’t row!” Well said, Mom!

Woody Harrelson, 'Saturday Night Live' mock new football rules, tackling -

With Woody Harrelson as the coach of a team giving a halftime speech, he instructed his players how to tackle ("PUT YOUR PRINCESS TO BED!") through a gentle assist to the ground.