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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 11.3.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Football -

Bears do as they please in dominating victory |

“Nothing surprised us,” senior cornerback JaCorey Shepherd said. “They did what they did and what we had seen on film. It hurts a lot, though. They're a high-powered offense and you know they're gonna make plays and they're gonna make big plays.”

Baylor uses defeat as fuel while demolishing KU |

“There was emotion before we even started,” defensive end Shawn Oakman, who finished a sack, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. “Just the fact that we had to come and play off of a loss, off a loss that we felt as though we shouldn't have received, that was motivation for us.”

Bowen: Kiesau verdict still out |

Clint Bowen’s decision to promote wide-receivers coach Eric Kiesau to co-offensive coordinator prior to Saturday’s 60-14 loss at Baylor was done with the idea of helping the Kansas University offense get moving. But after a loss in which the Jayhawks finished with 304 yards of total offense, Bowen said he was not ready to judge Kiesau’s ability based on one loss to a top-15 team and tough defense.

Injury update on KU football players Derrick Neal and Keon Stowers | Tale of the Tait |

Both players were taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation during Saturday's loss but nothing new was known about their status following the game. Sunday night, the update indicated that both players had returned to Lawrence and both participated in team activities on Sunday.

- Kansas Basketball -

University of Kansas MBB - Self Welcomes Media for First Weekly Presser

With the 2014-15 exhibition season just days away, Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self met with the media Friday afternoon for his first press conference of the year. No. 5 Kansas is slated to host Washburn in an exhibition contest in Allen Fieldhouse on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.

First-game jitters likely await KU men tonight |

“I was real nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. The first couple times in the fieldhouse ... it was too loud for me. Even though they were cheering for me, it was too loud for me. I’m excited to get back into it,” added the 6-foot-5 sophomore from Roxbury, Massachusetts, who wound up with five points and four turnovers in his collegiate opener.

KU freshman forward Cliff Alexander ‘great’ so far |

“Him being out the whole summer (with severe right-ankle sprain) didn’t help him at all, and so he’s a little bit behind with simple things, whether it be pivoting or being able to fan the ball out of the post, just things that he’s never had to do because he just caught it and mauled people in high school, and you can’t do that obviously at this level,” Self stated.

KU players express surprise at Frankamp transfer |

Junior forward Perry Ellis, who like Frankamp is from Wichita, stated: “I didn’t actually see it coming. He was doing real well. He only knows what’s best for himself. Only yourself knows what you want to do and need to do. We’re all behind him. We’re all going to support him. He’s a great guy, always about the team first, just a great guy, overall guy.”

University of Kansas Athletics - Men’s Hoops Opens Exhibition Play Monday

No. 5/5 Kansas opens 2014-15 exhibition play when it hosts Washburn Nov. 3. The game will be televised on Jayhawk IMG TV and can also be seen via the internet by fans outside of Kansas by visiting For more information on accessing Kansas video content, visit

- Kansas Athletics -

University of Kansas WBB - Jayhawks Stifle Tigers in Season Debut, 73-52

Preseason All-Big 12 First Team selection Chelsea Gardner unofficially logged the 19th double-double of her career, as Kansas cruised by Fort Hays State, 73-52 to open exhibition play, Sunday afternoon inside Allen Fieldhouse.

University of Kansas Athletics - Featured Freshman Friday: Sydney Power

From the Windy City to the Sunshine State, Power was drawn to KU by the Jayhawk pride. In this week's Freshman Friday, sat down with Power to get the scoop on the diver outside the pool.

University of Kansas Soccer - Jayhawks Drop Regular-Season Finale to Oklahoma, 1-0

A penalty kick in the final minutes of the first half was all that Oklahoma needed to down the No. 14 Kansas Jayhawks, 1-0, in the regular-season finale Friday night inside the Oklahoma Soccer Complex. Despite the loss, Kansas finished third in the final Big 12 standings, the squad's highest finish in league play since 2007.

University of Kansas Volleyball - Kansas Succumbs to Five-Set Funk, Loses at TCU

For the fifth-time this season the Jayhawks saw a lead turn into in a five-set loss, 25-19, 25-18, 20-25, 23-25, 16-18.

University of Kansas Swimming and Diving - Kansas Doubles Up, Beats TCU and North Dakota

Five members of the Kansas swimming and diving team contributed wins in multiple events, including three individually from Chelsie Miller, as the Jayhawks won all but three events in a double dual sweep of TCU and North Dakota at Robinson Natatorium Saturday.

University of Kansas Cross Country - Morgan Leads KU Men to Fifth-Place Finish at Big 12 Championships

Kansas junior Jacob Morgan made the hometown crowd proud as he hung with the leaders from start to finish on his home course and helped the Kansas men to a fifth-place finish at the Big 12 Championships Saturday morning at Rim Rock Farm.

University of Kansas Rowing - Top-10 Boats Lead Kansas at Head of the Hooch

After day one of the 2014 Head of the Hooch was cancelled due to inclement weather, the Kansas Rowing team made the best of the situation by racing as many boats as possible during Sunday's finale.

- Potpourri -

Maryland Terrapins coach Randy Edsall apologizes for his captains refusing to shake hands - ESPN

Maryland and Penn State also got into a brief scuffle before the coin toss. Wideout Stefon Diggs -- one of the Maryland team captains who refused a handshake, alongside tight end P.J. Gallo and safety Sean Davis -- was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Kansas City Royals decline 2015 option on Billy Butler - ESPN

The Royals declined their option on Butler for next season Saturday, making the former All-Star designated hitter a free agent for the first time in his eight-year major league career.

- Videos of the Day -

Dying College Basketball Player Gets Start, Scores In First Game

After Lauren Hill chose to attend Mount St. Joseph University in Ohio, she was diagnosed with brain cancer. Given the circumstances, the school was able to persuade the NCAA into moving their first game, against Hiram College, up to today. And Hill was one of the starting five.

All Hail Daren Bates, Who Committed A Truly Magnificent Offside Penalty

Never shame a man who tries his hardest, as the Rams' Daren Bates did today in attempting to block a 49ers field goal—and pulled the trigger just a bit too early.

Steelers Turn Botched PAT Snap Into Two-Point Conversion