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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 11.20.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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One more day 'til Friday...

- Kansas Sports -

What caught my eye at Wednesday's KU football practice: Nov. 19 | Tale of the Tait |

Usually by now — at least during the past four or five years — it's been about going through the motions of getting the season over with and moving on to the next chapter of hoping for something different. Not now. Not today. After dominating Iowa State and nearly knocking off TCU, these guys really believe they can beat anybody right now and they practice like it, coaches included.

Big 12 stat check: Week 13 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas: Beware of the Jayhawks coming out of the halftime locker room. KU has a plus-8 turnover margin in the third quarter, which leads the Big 12. Clint Bowen’s squad could need some turnovers to upset Oklahoma in Norman, so an opportunistic defense could be the Jayhawks' key against OU.

More signs of support for Clint Bowen popping up around town | Tale of the Tait |

Some people just talk about their feelings. Others send emails and write letters or post their thoughts on social media sites. And still more have tried to think of ways to demonstrate their support for Bowen in a larger manner. One such way recently showed up at local bars Six Mile Tavern, in West Lawrence, and Louise's Downtown, on Mass Street. Near the front of each establishment, hang giant banners that simply read “We Want Clint!” They may only be a couple of banners hanging at a couple of bars in town, but they speak for a lot of people and are merely the latest signs of support for the hometown candidate.

University of Kansas Football - Kansas Announces 2015 Football Schedule

Kansas football will host seven home games in 2015, including five Big 12 Conference opponents, according to the newly-released schedule that was approved by the Big 12 Directors of Athletics Wednesday morning.

VIDEO: KU co-offensive coordinator Kiesau on continued improvement |

Kansas co-offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau discusses how KU's offense has improved over the past few weeks, and how he works with QB Michael Cummings to find the right plays.

The Day After: A UK embarrassment | Tale of the Tait |

It's cliché, but it's also true. Getting rocked like that in front of the entire world could be the best thing to happen to this team. The young Jayhawks surely now realize that they need to listen to anything and everything Self has to say, and coaches always say it's easier to teach and coach after a loss than a victory, so this week's practices should be, well, interesting. KU will be fine. They'll regroup, learn from this and start to come together in the very near future.

Late return fitting finish following KU’s loss to Kentucky |

“It was kind of cute. There was nothing cute about what happened (in Tuesday night’s 72-40 loss to Kentucky in Indianapolis), but when we finally got home, all the guys were crashed on couches before the bus got there,” KU coach Bill Self said, entering storyteller mode on Wednesday night’s Hawk Talk radio show.

Kansas Coach Bill Self Takes 32-Point Beatdown With Humor

Sipping his water after the dispiriting loss postgame, Self was really hoping for something stronger...

University of Kansas WBB - Jayhawks to Host Naismith Hall of Fame Women’s Basketball Challenge

Kansas is set to play three games in as many days during the 2014 Naismith Hall of Fame Women's Basketball Challenge. The Jayhawks kick-off the round-robin style tournament with the SEC's Alabama on Friday night at 6 p.m., inside Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas faces Temple and Georgetown on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. All of the KU games during the tournament will be broadcast on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3 and the Jayhawk Radio Network. Kansas concludes the tournament on Sunday, Nov. 30 against No. 2 Notre Dame at noon, inside the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

University of Kansas Swimming/Diving - Swimmers to Topeka, Divers to Texas, Looking to Divide and Conquer

This weekend, head coach Clark Campbell and diving coach Brian Pritt hope to see the team challenge not only the competition, but also itself. The team splits up for two separate invitational meets, where they hope to persevere through the mental and physical obstacles. The swimmers host the third annual Kansas Classic at Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka Nov. 21-23, and the divers travel to Austin, Texas, for the Texas Diving Invitational Nov. 20-22.

University of Kansas Volleyball - Kansas Closes Door on Iowa State, 3-1

With Iowa State closing in and a fifth set looming, senior Sara McClinton and sophomore Tayler Soucie powered Kansas on an electrifying 8-0 run to elevate the Jayhawks over the Cyclones in four sets Wednesday night in the Horejsi Family Athletics Center, 25-17, 25-23, 20-25, 25-15.

- College Sports -

ACC commissioner John Swofford would like 8 teams in College Football Playoff - ESPN

"I don't think all the controversy's going to go away," Swofford said of the four-team College Football Playoff, according to the newspaper. "You have four teams that get a chance to play for the national championship, which is twice as many as before, but whoever's fifth or sixth is not going to be happy. There will be some conferences that won't have a team in the playoff."

Marcus Mariota's speeding ticket and John Swofford's push for eight teams are in the 3-point stance - ESPN

ACC commissioner John Swofford broke from the party line Wednesday and declared his personal support for an eight-team playoff, laying responsibility for the 12-year, four-team playoff at the feet of the presidents. Swofford said the presidents don't want a two-semester sport. That sets up the obvious trade: Swap the conference championship games for the quarterfinals. An additional playoff round would recoup the money the conferences give up. It's also addition by subtraction. No championship games means one more bye week. That should keep players healthier. And that's how the proponents of the eight-team format should sell it.

CFP Analysis: Looking at Marshall from a different perspective -

Just how good is Marshall? It's a question that the College Football Playoff Selection Committee has tried to figure out, and considering that it has yet to include the Herd in its weekly rankings, I think we all have a good idea what the committee thinks. But are they correct?

MAC postpones Buffalo-Kent State game due to snow -

The MAC announced Wednesday afternoon that the game between Buffalo and Kent State has been postponed due to heavy snowfall in the area. According to the release from the MAC, officials will meet again on Thursday to figure out whether it's feasible to play the game Thursday night, or whether it will have to be scheduled for another time.

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Creighton Bluejays - Recap - November 19, 2014 - ESPN

The Bluejays came back from an 18-point deficit in the second half to upset 18th-ranked Oklahoma 65-63 on Wednesday night. The victory set off a court-storming by the student section and kept the good times rolling for the sellout crowd of 17,393 that continues to come to CenturyLink Center in droves even after the departure of the program's biggest star.

Indiana Hoosiers' Stanford Robinson, Troy Williams apologetic before return - ESPN

Embarrassed and conciliatory, Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams said they are ready to return to the Indiana Hoosiers' lineup Thursday night but that they know they need to earn back the respect of both their teammates and fans. The sophomores were suspended for four games -- two exhibition games and the first two regular-season games -- for failed drug tests during the summer.

Tennessee State Finishes Game With Only Four Players On The Court

Southern Illinois beat Tennessee State 84-67, scoring 31 of their points at the free throw line. That many fouls was a big problem for Tennessee State. Marcus Roper fouled out with 8:36 left, Demontez Loman fouled out with 5:12 left, Xavier Richards fouled out with 2:40 left, and finally Jay Harris fouled out with 1:47 left. Tennessee State had only dressed eight players for the game, so Harris fouling out meant they had to play the final 1:47 with only four players.

- Potpourri -

Bills stadium covered in snow, Bills-Jets still on for Sunday -

As of right now, the game is still planned for Sunday at 1 p.m., but it's possible -- potentially because the team can't even practice right now -- the league decides to move the game to Monday. Per King, it would be a league decision (and not a team choice) about whether or not they move the game.

Bills hiring snow shovelers for $10 an hour, free game tickets -

Parts of the Buffalo area are under six feet of snow and more is expected in the days leading up to Sunday's Jets-Bills get-together. As it stands, the game is still a go but in order to make that happen, the Bills need your help. Specifically: Can you shovel snow? Do you like football? How about money? Then you might want to dial this number.

Cam Newton was hacked because he had the worst Twitter password ever -

The mystery of how Cam Newton's Twitter account got hacked has finally been solved. Apparently, coming up with passwords isn't one of Newton's talents.

Browns WR Josh Gordon plans to 'tear this league up' : Fantasy News

Browns wideout Josh Gordon told his former teammate Nate Burleson back in training camp he had big plans for his comeback. "He said, 'I plan to lose 10 to 15 pounds and when I come back I'm going to tear this league up,'" Burleson recalled, per Gordon returns from his 10-game suspension Sunday at Atlanta. Practice observers said Wednesday he looked to be in good shape.

- Videos of the Day -

VIDEO: Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon runs over Nebraska in Tecmo Bowl, too - ESPN

If you're of a certain age and a football fan, you remember the classic Nintendo/arcade game Tecmo Bowl. If you're of any age and a football fan, you remember Saturday's destruction of the Nebraska defense by Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, who ran for an FBS-record 408 yards in just three quarters during the Badgers' 59-24 rout of the Huskers.

VIDEO: Mario Williams shovels Jim Kelly's driveway with a Bobcat -

One person who doesn't need any help shoveling his snow is Jim Kelly -- and that's because Kelly already has some help. The Hall of Fame quarterback called up Bills defensive end Mario Williams, who brought over a Bobcat and did this.

This Is The Coolest Volleyball Play We've Ever Seen

Who knew you were allowed to kick the ball in volleyball? As it turns out, the rules say you can use any body part—from your arms to your feet to your head. V-ballers generally stick with their hands whenever possible, but this move (known as a foot dig) is a legal, if rare, maneuver. So here's Brazilian libero Fabiana de Oliveira making the most of her feet.

VIDEO: Brandon Knight Misses Game-Winning Breakaway Layup - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

If you could have any player in the NBA not take a game-winning shot, it would be Brandon Knight.

Proof That Surprise Kittens Are The Most Adorable Therapy

After walking in, they sit down on a pillow, put on headphones, and are instructed to close their eyes. The guided meditation starts, and they’re told to listen to some gentle purrs.  (Mr. Ed says: Unless you have a cat allergy, amirirte??)