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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 11.26.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Football -

University of Kansas Football - Kansas Ready for Sunflower Showdown with No. 11 K-State

Kansas hits the road for one final contest in 2014 when the Jayhawks take on in-state rival No. 11 Kansas State in the annual Sunflower Showdown Saturday, Nov. 29. The 111th edition of the rivalry matchup kicks off at 3 p.m. with a live broadcast on FOX Sports 1.

Clint Bowen thankful as he completes final week as interim coach | Smithology |

But Bowen also took the time to show his appreciation for this experience — or audition, if you will — following the removal of former head coach Charlie Weis. Here are the highlights from Bowen’s Q&A with the media.

AUDIO - Clint Bowen talks K-State, his desire to become KU's permanent head coach (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

Interim Kansas University football coach Clint Bowen speaks with the media at his final weekly press conference, before the Jayhawks play at Kansas State in their season finale. Once the season ends, Bowen hopes to be named KU's new head coach. But he also says he trusts athletic director Sheahon Zenger's decision — whatever that might turn out to be.

Kiesau’s counsel: Savor the moment |

“Sometimes they get in the grind of the season a little bit and they kind of take it for granted a little bit and they don’t realize how special it is until it’s gone,” Kiesau said. “So that’s really what I’m trying to get them to do. Enjoy this last week and kind of savor every moment.”

Big 12 stat check: Week 14 - ESPN

Kansas: Big plays have been lacking for Kansas’ offense for much of the season. The Jayhawks have gained 10 or more yards on 16 percent of their plays this season, ranking last in the conference and No. 115 among FBS teams. New offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau has helped increase that number with some personnel changes, but KU will need several big plays if it hopes to upset Kansas State.

- Kansas Basketball -

Lucas likes first time in KU's starting lineup |

“I was always raised it’s not who starts it’s who finishes,” Portland, Oregon, native Lucas added. “We’ll see what happens when big games come around, but any way I can help the team. If coach (Bill Self) feels it’s at the start of the game, I’m ready for it.”

The Day After: Rolling over Rider | Tale of the Tait |

As a whole, KU seemed determined to bounce back from the embarrassing loss to Kentucky six nights earlier and did just that with an 87-60 victory over overmatched Rider. Things don't get any easier from here, though, as the Jayhawks will play three games in four days against tough competition in Orlando and will return home for a match-up with Florida on Dec. 5.

University of Kansas MBB - No. 11/12 Men's Hoops Heads to Orlando Classic

On Thanksgiving Day, No. 11/12 Kansas (2-1) plays Rhode Island (3-0) at 1 p.m. (Central) in the opening round of bracket play at the Orlando Classic from HP Field House at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. The contest will be televised on ESPN2.

- Kansas Athletics -

University of Kansas Rowing - Nine Sign with Kansas Rowing

"This class is the start of another strong recruiting year for Kansas. Our expectations are high and so are the expectations of this class," Head Coach Rob Catloth said.

- College Sports -

Urban Meyer, Ohio State Buckeyes coach, vows to punish players for fighting Michigan Wolverines - ESPN

Urban Meyer is expecting better behavior from his Ohio State team, and anybody who gets ejected for fighting this year against rival Michigan could face an even harsher penalty from the Buckeyes coach. "He wants the game to be very intense, but if anybody throws any punches this year, we're dismissed," linebacker Curtis Grant said. "You know he pretty much put it out there [Sunday], so there's no telling what will happen if you get into a fight this year. We've got to be on our best behavior."

Kansas St Wildcats vs. Arizona Wildcats - Recap - November 25, 2014 - ESPN

Faced with their first big challenge of the season, the third-ranked Wildcats went toe-to-toe with Kansas State and put themselves on the brink of a tournament title. Kaleb Tarczewski scored 18 points, Gabe York added 15 and No. 3 Arizona hung on to win its first close game of the season, beating Kansas State 72-68 Tuesday in the Maui Invitational semifinals.

Maryland Terrapins vs. Iowa State Cyclones Recap -

Jared Nickens and Jake Layman scored 15 points apiece to lead a balanced offense, and Maryland shut down the No. 13 Cyclones for a 72-63 victory Tuesday night in the CBE Classic title game.

Remembering "Kick Six" -

Consider that before the Kick Six, over the past four decades of FBS football, a field goal had been returned for a touchdown only three times -- California's Don Guest vs. Washington State in 1966; Clemson's Richie Luzzi vs. Georgia in 1968; and LSU's Odell Beckham vs. UAB in 2013.  (Mr. Ed says: Fair warning, this article is really long.  I mean, really, really long.)

Few Teams Have Been More Mediocre Than Nebraska This Decade

Trends that have recently favored Southern schools don't appear to be slowing down. While this list is just a snapshot of what's happened in recent seasons, demographics and economics suggest that former-Midwest powerhouses like Nebraska will continue gravitating toward mediocrity.

- Videos of the Day -

VIDEO: Nuggets' Ty Lawson breaks Kirk Hinrich's ankles -

Kirk Hinrich is a respected veteran defender, as you know if you've listened to Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau speak in the last few years. Ty Lawson, though, doesn't care about that.

Remember When: Chiefs crowd makes life hard for Elway in 1990 -

Can they be loud enough where Denver's quarterback can't take a snap and the game's referee has to try to shush the crowd by threatening to take away Kansas City timeouts? Probably not, but that actually happened in 1990 when the Broncos featured a man named John Elway at quarterback.  (Mr. Ed says: John Elway.  Sheesh.  What a frickin' baby.)

VIDEO: James Harden Sets New Personal Record for Not Caring About Defense - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Well, he didn’t sit down on the court. So that’s a positive.