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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 11.21.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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Man, what a bummer last night was with K-State winning and the Chiefs losing.

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Big 12 Week 13 predictions - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Why Kansas will keep it close: The Jayhawks will find a way to force OU to pass the ball. KU plays great pass defense. Without Trevor Knight, Oklahoma isn't playing great pass offense. Oklahoma 31, Kansas 21

Visinia paying dividends for KU |

“I feel like he’s excelled with the playing time he’s gotten,” junior quarterback Michael Cummings said of Visinia. “To see a young guy step in there and see him do as well as he’s done, that’s great. That’s great for him and for the program because he’s definitely gonna be a staple for years to come.”

University of Kansas Football - Kansas Football Lands 23 on Academic All-Big 12 Teams

Highlighted by senior offensive lineman Pat Lewandowski - who earned his second-consecutive selection to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team - Kansas football placed a league second-best 23 student athletes on Academic All-Big 12 Teams, as announced by the conference office Thursday.

VIDEO: Shepherd and Cummings recall KU's last visit to OU |

JaCorey Shepherd and Michael Cummings both recall the Jayhawks' 2012 trip to Oklahoma as one of the early challenges of their respective careers.

Pollard plays role of delivery guy |

“Mostly because of the ability to be relevant in this market still,” Pollard said, asked why he accepted the UPS gig. “I love KU. I get to talk about KU. This is a locally focused commercial (to appear on social media platforms and the UPS website). Desmond Howard did one at Michigan that was pretty cool. Anything helping with the university ... also I’m getting paid,” he added, laughing.

University of Kansas Volleyball - Kansas Takes Streak to No. 3 Texas

Winners of four-straight, including back-to-back top-20 RPI matches, the Kansas volleyball team will look to extend its winning ways in Austin, Texas, the home of defending Big 12 Champion Texas. First serve is set for 3 p.m. from Gregory Gymnasium.

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Larry Brown 'worried' by UNC academic scandal - ESPN

"Absolutely I'm worried about it," Brown said after the Mustangs' shootaround at Indiana on Thursday. "What's troubling me the most is that some of that stuff dates back to coach [Dean] Smith, and we all know the character of that man."

Texas Longhorns vs. Iowa Hawkeyes - Recap - November 20, 2014 - ESPN

The Longhorns trailed by 12 points in the first half but outscored Iowa 47-27 in the final 20 minutes to advance to the championship game Friday at Madison Square Garden against California.

Roddy White says he'd contribute if it will help save UAB football -

Concern about the future of the program began when UAB's president and athletic director released noncommittal statements regarding a strategic study of the school's athletics department. UAB's football boosters are concerned, as head coach Bill Clark's contract does not extend beyond 2016 and the Blazers have no non-conference games scheduled beyond 2016 either.

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Bills-Jets to be played Monday in Detroit due to snow in Buffalo -

It's snowy in Buffalo. Like, extra snowy. Which is why the NFL on Thursday decided to move the Bills-Jets game scheduled for Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and now, the contest will take place at Ford Field in Detroit. The game will be televised on CBS in those team markets.

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VIDEO: Joakim Noah throws tempter tantrum after Cousins flop -

It's hard to know if Noah should contain himself or not. That emotion he plays with is part of what makes him great. But he could probably do with peeling back a little bit, or at least not, you know, literally stomping up and down like a toddler.

GRAPHIC: Ralph Wilson Stadium has almost 30K elephants worth of snow -

Some 220,000 tons of snow had fallen on or near Ralph Wilson Stadium by Wednesday afternoon, and more is expected on Thursday and Friday. If you're wondering exactly what you get for 220,000 tons, here you go.

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte may finally get chance after signing with A's | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

For those who might not be familiar with Venditte's story, the 29-year-old is a true switch-pitcher capable of retiring professional hitters with his right or left arm. Like a switch-hitter, he determines which arm he's throwing with depending on who he's facing. In the instance he faces off against a switch-hitter, he has to declare which arm he's throwing with before the at-bat begins. That's to avoid a repeat of the comical moment in the video above from a minor league game in 2008.