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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 11.5.14

A quick look-see around the internets.

Ronald Martinez

An abbreviated version today due to an alarm clock malfunction.  And no, it was not user error.

- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Athletics - Jayhawks Return Home to Host Iowa State

Kansas looks to snap a five-game winless streak on the season and a four-game skid at the hands of the Cyclones when the two teams meet on the gridiron for the 2:30 p.m., kickoff live on FOX Sports Net.

With fond memories in hand, former KU football coach Mark Mangino calls Saturday visit to Lawrence 'a business trip' |

“KU's a great place and (I) had a lot of fun there and met a lot of wonderful people,” Mangino said during a 12-minute conference call with Kansas media. “Many people from Lawrence and affiliated at one time or another with KU have text me, emailed me, Tweeted me and I sincerely appreciate that. But it's really a business trip. Maybe after the game I might feel differently but not going into it.”

Mark Mangino takes 'no joy' in KU football's struggles since his departure |

Since Mangino left, KU hasn't come close to its previous successes. The Jayhawks are just 11-45 in their last four-plus seasons with three straight last-place Big 12 finishes.

Mark Mangino week is here | Smithology |

At Bowen’s weekly press conference Tuesday afternoon, he didn’t seem overly eager to talk about his former boss or his time working on Mangino’s staff, but he didn’t shy away from the inquiries, either.

ISU vs. KU: Embrace the Suck - Wide Right & Natty Lite

But you know what? As bad as it's been for Rhoads and crew lately, it's been so much worse for the Kansas faithful. Since beating Iowa State in 2009 (and getting out to a 5-0 start), the Jayhawks have gone 11-54 and have only won just two conference games in that span.

The Day After: Running over Washburn | Tale of the Tait |

It's unwise to try to take too much away from a game like this, but it was good to see a few of the new guys actually play in a game setting and enough happened — both good and bad — to get at least a small feel for where this team is heading into the 2014-15 season.

Self: Mason stood out against ’Bods |

“I think Frank inch-for-inch, pound-for-pound is the best athlete on our team. He’s as fast as anybody. He can do seven, eight backflips in a row. I’m not talking with his hands. I’m talking about just flipping in the air. He could be a cheerleader for sure if the point-guard stuff doesn’t work out for him,” Self joked. “Hopefully he’ll show his athletic ability out there some.”

- Potpourri -

CFP poll: Ole Miss falls hard; Arizona State, Kansas State make jumps -

Poll mentality shows itself when a team is mindlessly dropped significantly in the rankings after losing to another team with a similar record. It also appears when a worthy team can't jump over another team with a similar record without pulling a major upset. Strength of schedule is rarely a concern among pollsters. When you lose is the most important thing.

AP unveils preseason All-Americans; Duke frosh Okafor Player of the Year -

Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor, who we at rank as the No. 1 player in college basketball, is the APs preseason Player of the Year. Okafor follows in the steps of Harrison Barnes (2010) and Andrew Wiggins (2013) as freshmen to earn the distinction.

2014 Gold Glove Awards announced; three Royals repeat -

Rawlings and Major League Baseball announced the 2014 Gold Glove winners during a live television broadcast on Tuesday night. As a reminder, Gold Glove voting consists of two components: 75 percent from managers and coaches, and 25 percent from statistical data.

Cowboys create unfortunate 'CowboysUK' hashtag for London trip -

Unfortunately someone on their social media team missed a pretty obvious phonographic issue with "CowboysUK."

Video - I told my kids I ate all their Halloween candy - 2014 edition - Jimmy Kimmel Live

Mr. Ed says: Some of these kids are way to old to react the way they do.