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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 11.7.14

A quick look-see around today's internets.

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Once again, pressed for time this morning.  I promise I'll do better next week!  I thought it was weird that I couldn't find any football articles on the FRIDAY BEFORE A GAME.  Well... I mean, I did, against my better judgment I tried hitting up CJO and KCStar, but today the SBN article clipper wouldn't work at all on those sites, so I give up there.  Maybe they saw me complaining about them yesterday or something...

- Kansas Sports -

Kansas-Iowa State Preview - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Cellar Bowl 2k14 takes place in Lawrence this weekend, and both teams are looking for momentum to end the season.

Self: KU younger than ever |

"Last year Naadir (Tharpe, junior) had good feel. We started three freshmen, but Jo (Embiid) was smarter than any senior we’ve ever had for the most part," Self said. "We’re younger in our mind this year too. Last yearwe were beyond our years from a basketball IQ. This year we have more to learn from that standpoint."

University of Kansas Athletics - Self Gets Chatty on Twitter

Eight days separate the two exhibition games for Kansas men's basketball, and head coach Bill Self took a quick pause from preparation to conduct a live Twitter chat Thursday morning.

University of Kansas Volleyball - Trail of Texas Teams Continue, Kansas Off to Tech

A convincing sweep at home against Baylor has Kansas on the upswing and ready for its fourth Texas-based team in a row as the Jayhawks will travel to Lubbock for a Saturday meeting with the Texas Tech Red Raiders. First serve is set for 3 p.m. inside the United Supermarkets Arena.

Steven Johnson to make it a trio of former Jayhawks starting in Denver | Tale of the Tait |

The Denver Post is reporting that Johnson will start in Nate Irving's spot at middle linebacker, as Irving left last week's loss with an injury and is expected to miss some time. Johnson has been in the Broncos' plans at LB for the past couple of years but mostly in a role as a luxury to have a guy like him for depth purposes. When asked to play, Johnson has delivered, but this weekend figures to be his first true crack at proving himself as a regular in the NFL.

- Potpourri -

Platoon system planned at Kentucky |

Kentucky coach John Calipari has said he will use a "platoon system" this season in which 10 or 11 players could go about 20 minutes a game.

2014-15 college hoops postseason, Player of the Year predictions -

Fun fact: Mike Krzyzewski has never won the Associated Press' national coach of the year award.

10 rare Mickey Mantle rookie cards destroyed in plane crash -

Back in 2009, 60-year-old Douglas Wielinski was killed when Continental Connection Flight 3407 crashed into his Buffalo area home. His extensive sports memoribilia collection, which has been valued at approximately $2.4 million, was destroyed in the crash. It included 10 rare Mickey Mantle rookie cards from 1952.

Masahiro Yamamoto will turn 50 next year while pitching in Japan -

This past season, Yamamoto set the NPB record for the oldest pitcher to ever win a game at 49 years and 25 days old. The MLB record is Moyer at 49 years and 150 days. Like Moyer, Yamamoto is also a lefty.

Bengals Fan Is Having A Wonderful Time

Mr. Ed says: Seems like there's someone like this at every sporting event, but I'm hurting for links today, so here ya go.

VINTAGE GIF: Triple-A shortstop B.J. Upton makes great jump throw -

Upton had to move to the outfield because he was very error-prone on the infield, though, on occasion, he could be brilliant at shortstop. Check out this play from his days in Triple-A with the then-Devil Rays.