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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 11.18.24

A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Basketball -

Arch rivals: KU-UK an All-American reunion |

“Kelly and I played against half those guys all year round last year, so we kind of know how they play a little bit. I think we can match up pretty well,” Alexander, KU’s 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward from Chicago, said of UK’s Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyler Ulis. They joined the two Jayhawks in both the McDonald’s All-America Game and Jordan Brand Classic last spring.

KU, UK are recruiting rivals |

Said Bill Self, "That’s always going to be the nature of the business. We’re going to recruit against Duke. We’re going to recruit against Carolina. We’ll recruit against UCLA. We’ll recruit against Texas. It seems there’s been more of the Kentucky-Kansas crossover than maybe there has any other school, at least with us.”

'Cal' addresses Kansas |

“They are running their stuff. They are doing a terrific job of doing what they do. They play a style, and they play it well," he said. "They are playing hard. They are pressing. They are denying. They are pushing up on defense. They are trapping randomly at times. They are trapping pick and rolls. They are being very, very aggressive."

KU ‘anxious’ for Classic |

“I liked it one year, and it sucked two years,” KU coach Bill Self joked of the Classic. “The competition is so tough. We played Kentucky when they were No. 1 (in 2011-12). We played Duke when they were 4 last year. The year we got beat by Michigan State, they were Top 10, if I’m not mistaken (No. 21; KU No. 7). It’s a great barometer. The thing that will be real interesting for us is, there’s a whole different level we got to play to be ready to compete against a really good team.”

University of Kansas MBB - Four Jayhawks Named to Wooden Award Men’s Preseason Top 50

Kansas and Kentucky were the only two schools with four individuals named to the 2014 50-man list. Alexander and Oubre were two of seven freshmen on the list and the Big 12 Conference led the way with 10 picks. Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden, Jr. round out the list of KU players.

- Kansas Football -

Bowen: TCU game product of hard work |

The KU players who have been available to the media during the past few weeks have talked about more intense practices and, without so much as a hint of complaining, pointed to those as the reason for better showings on Saturdays.

Thanks to Cummings, Kansas’ QB play improves |

In his five games as KU’s starter this season, Cummings has tossed seven touchdowns, run for four more, completed 59 percent of his passes and averaged 284 passing yards per game. His 1,492 passing yards move him ahead of the season totals put up by former five-star starters Dayne Crist (1,313 in 2012) and Jake Heaps (1,414 in 2013) and within striking distance of topping Jordan Webb’s 1,884 yards in 2011 and the fourth-best non-Reesing season total in the past 25 years.

Big 12 football recruiting scorecard - ESPN

Kansas: Junior college athlete Cory Butler flipped from Utah to Kansas this summer. He went back to Utah last week, committing to the Utes after taking an official visit. Butler could've been a receiver or defensive back for Kansas out of Los Angeles Harbor College, but he says he'll play cornerback at Utah.

Big 12 weekend rewind: Week 12 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Big Offensive Man on Campus: Michael Cummings threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another score. The Horned Frogs were so nervous about Cummings beating them at the end of the game they went for a fourth-and-one instead of kicking a field goal and giving him the ball with a chance to score a touchdown and win the game on a potential two-point conversion.

University of Kansas Football - Jimmay Mundine Named Semi-Finalist for the John Mackey Award

Kansas senior Jimmay Mundine was named one of eight semi-finalists for the John Mackey Award Monday morning, it was announced by The John Mackey Award. Mundine is the first Kansas player to be named a semi-finalist for the award, which has been in existence since 2000.

University of Kansas Football - Sunflower Showdown Set For 3 p.m., Kickoff

Kansas football will travel to Kansas State for the annual Sunflower Showdown and its 2014 season finale on Saturday, Nov. 29. The game, which will air on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), is slated for 3 p.m., the Big 12 Conference announced on Monday.

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University of Kansas WBB - Kansas’ Homestand Continues with Texas Southern

In the midst of a six-game homestand, the Jayhawks host Texas Southern in the first of four games to be played this week inside Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas opens the week against the Lady Tigers on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Tuesday night's game will be broadcast on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3 and the Jayhawk Radio Network.

University of Kansas Golf - KU Men’s Golf Signs Five to National Letters of Intent

The Kansas men's golf team signed five to its 2015-16 squad, landing one of the top-50 ranked recruits, Charlie Hillier, of New Zealand, KU head Jamie Bermel announced Monday.

University of Kansas Volleyball - Talented Twosome Signs with Kansas

A year ago, head coach Ray Bechard and his staff were diligently working on replacing an abnormally-large senior class with a nationally-ranked group of freshmen. While the number is significantly smaller this time around, Kansas volleyball will still welcome a high-powered class as Patricia Montero and Ashley Smith signed National Letters of Intent to join the Jayhawks in 2015.

University of Kansas Volleyball - McClinton’s Big Night Earns Big 12 Offensive Honors

"Individual awards reflect team success," head coach Ray Bechard said. "We had a good week last week and Sara was a big part of that. She was very effective in Manhattan and I know it meant a lot to her to finish her career against K-State on a good note. But it means even more to her, to all of us, to keep climbing in the standings."

University of Kansas Volleyball - Jayhawks Start Final Stretch With Iowa State

Kansas picked up the major win it needed at No. 23 Kansas State to kick off the final five matches of the regular season. Now with four to play and just a half-game back from a tie for second place in the Big 12 Conference standings, the Jayhawk volleyball team will welcome Iowa State to the Horejsi Family Athletics Center Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

- College Sports -

Bob Stoops expects improved Cody Thomas in second start - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

The Oklahoma quarterback will earn his second start against Kansas on Saturday after Sooners head coach Bob Stoops ruled out the return of starting quarterback Trevor Knight to the lineup on Monday. Knight missed Oklahoma's 42-30 win against Texas Tech on Saturday with a neck injury.

TCU's playoff hopes take hit but chug on - ESPN

Saturday, the fourth-ranked Horned Frogs escaped Lawrence by inches in an ugly performance in every way a game can be measured. As a result, TCU’s playoff chances are sure to take a hit when the selection committee reconvenes this week to update its rankings. Even Patterson conceded such a likelihood.

Texas Longhorns coach Charlie Strong says program will never lose 5 games in a season again - ESPN

Two days after the Longhorns beat Oklahoma State 28-7 to improve to 6-5 and clinch bowl eligibility, Strong said Monday the turning point is coming for his program and that another five-loss season "will never happen in this program again."

Mike Smith: Ex-DC tipping off foes - ESPN

Texas Tech interim defensive coordinator Mike Smith blasted former Red Raiders defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt on Monday, accusing him of giving away the team's defensive signals to opponents.

Miami (FL) Hurricanes vs. Florida Gators - Recap - November 17, 2014 - ESPN

Angel Rodriguez scored 24 points on seven baskets, including a falling-down, hand-in-the-face 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining, to help the Hurricanes overcome a 15-point deficit and upset No. 8 Florida 69-67.

Tuesday's Viewer's Guide: A marathon punctuated by Kansas-Kentucky -

Today is the best day of basketball that we'll see until the end of the new year, featuring three marquee matchups of ranked teams as well as countless other high-major games. Here is who you need to watch.

Big names already being removed from Florida coaching search -

Who will Florida end up hiring? Nobody knows at this point, though athletic director Jeremy Foley did say Monday that the search will begin immediately, but you shouldn't expect an announcement anytime soon.

- Potpourri -

It's official: Josh Gordon returns to the Browns -

The Browns' loss to the Texans knocked them out of first place in the AFC North but here's your silver lining: All-everything wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated. After missing 10 games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, one of the NFL's best young pass catchers can now rejoin his team for the stretch run.

Police: Drunk Jaguars Player Tried To Use Bubble Gum As Money

Dwayne Gratz had a weird Saturday night. Or maybe Sunday morning. At 5:53 a.m. on Sunday, Miami beach police arrested the Jaguars cornerback and cited him for disorderly intoxication and trespassing after trying to pay for items at a store with bubble gum.

Police: Drunk Nebraska Fan Tried To Jump Over Taxi, Failed

On arrival officers learned that Consbruck, (who was visiting Madison from Nebraska for today's football game) intentionally ran into traffic in an attempt to jump over a moving Union Taxi cab. Mr. Consbruck failed in his attempt, sustaining facial injuries in the process. Officers found Consbruck to be intoxicated and he was conveyed to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. After citing Consbruck for Sudden Pedestrian Movement, Consbruck gave the officers an expletive laden statement in which he hopes the "Huskers" defeat the Badgers and that he promises to "never try and jump over a moving car again".

- Videos of the Day -

EMU's Karrington Ward Throws Down Huge Dunk

I am not going to overdo the hyperbole and say that this dunk is a MUST SEE or watching it will BLOW YOUR MIND or Oakland University's Kahlil Felder got DESTROYED. No, this is just a pretty cool dunk with a very emphatic call, and you'll probably enjoy spending 30 seconds watching it.

Desperation Lateral Wins High School Playoff Game

It was emphatically not a planned play. "Coaches always tell us not to go down with the football on a two-point play," said QB Noah Hillman, and he's lucky football doesn't have the NHL's "intent to blow" rule because Greguson's forward progress appeared to be just on the verge of being stopped.