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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 12.1.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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Our man fetch tweeted this out this weekend: "If all you have to do is beat 1 team with a winning conference record in 2 years to go to two title games sign me up for the SEC."

I mean, I really hate Missouruh, but I also don't want any SEC teams in the final four... decisions decisions...

- Kansas Football -

Loss motivates KU football |

“The message in there was to thank those seniors,” Bowen said after the loss to K-State, which made him 1-7 as KU’s interim head coach. “Regardless of how their careers went here, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. The message to the underclassmen was to remember the feeling we have right now, to remember where we’re at and keep that feeling for everything we do from this time forward.”

Bowen, Zenger discuss what's next for Kansas football |

“We did have a goal and an objective that we wanted to set an identity for what we want Kansas football to be and I believe we did make a very good start on that,” Bowen said of he and Zenger. “I believe, at this point, our kids understand the importance of playing hard, playing smart and playing tough. They're the same things that K-State demonstrated (today) and I think the kids now understand that there's a price to be paid if you're gonna have success.”

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 14 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

9. Kansas: Prev. Rank: 9. The big storyline in Lawrence the next month will be whether interim coach Clint Bowen did enough to earn the permanent job. The last two weeks were ugly. But before that, Bowen beat Iowa State, then gave TCU quite a scare. Bowen clearly won over the players the last several weeks. But we're about to find out whether he also won over athletic director Sheahon Zenger, who is under pressure to get this hire right after the Charlie Weis flop.

As long as Snyder's in charge at K-State, nothing much will change for KU football | FOX Sports

And the contrasts between the two rivals-slash-neighbors on Saturday, from the outset, could hardly be more pronounced. While K-State officially began breaking ground on a new $65 million football complex during a feel-good halftime ceremony, the third phase of its facilities "Master Plan," KU is on its sixth head coach since 1997. In Manhattan, they build. In Lawrence, they rebuild. And rebuild. And rebuild. And rebuild. And rebuild.

- Kansas Basketball -

University of Kansas MBB - No. 11/12 Kansas Claims Orlando Classic Crown

Tournament MVP Perry Ellis earned every bit of his award, leading the Jayhawks on the scoreboard for all three games of the Orlando Classic to power his No. 11/12 Kansas Jayhawks to the title over Michigan State, 61-56, Sunday afternoon inside the HP Field House.

Disney princes: Jayhawks impress in Mickey's territory |

“I think it’s big. It’s great for us. We came down here and got better as a team,” Ellis said, referring to KU’s storming to victories over Rhode Island, Tennessee and Michigan State. “It’s just a big momentum boost for us, to continue to get better,” Ellis added after the Jayhawks improved to 5-1 and dropped the Spartans to 5-2.

Mykhailiuk finding his way |

“I’m trying to keep shooting because it’s one of my best weapons on the court,” said Mykhailiuk, whose three-pointer stretched a 47-44 lead to six points with 10:21 left. “I try to get better (by) practicing. I go shoot by myself. I felt better (today). I was three of six, so it was good.”

Izzo: 'A dead man can make a layup' |

Izzo said, “You just can’t miss easy shots. The number of layups we missed was incredible. I’m not sure Kansas played great. I’m not sure Michigan State played great. Maybe we should be crediting both defenses. They found a way to win. Give them credit. We found a way to lose. Give us blame.”

- Kansas Athletics -

Congrats to the volleyball team on earning another national seed in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament!

University of Kansas Volleyball - NCAA Tournament: Kansas Hosts For Third-Straight Year

Kansas volleyball team was named the overall No. 16 seed, and will serve as an NCAA Tournament First and Second Round host for the third-straight season, Dec. 5-6, in the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Kansas. (Mr. Ed says: Due to a conflict with men's basketball, volleyball can't host in Allen Fieldhouse, but needs a venue bigger than Horejsi.)

University of Kansas Volleyball - Senior Day Magic Drives Five-Set Comeback

Trailing 8-5 in the middle of the ominous fifth set, Kansas senior Sara McClinton crushed three-straight kills to begin the storybook ending to the Jayhawks' Senior Day that saw KU come back to defeat Oklahoma Saturday inside the Horejsi Family Athletics Center, 17-25, 25-18, 25-20, 20-25, 15-11.

KU volleyball to host NCAA game again ... in Topeka |

“There was some suspense,” he said, “not suspense whether we’d get in or not, but I thought we were a bubble team (to host). You never know how that’s going to go. It’s exciting to be seeded.”

University of Kansas WBB - Kansas Unable to Overcome Notre Dame, 89-47

Kansas women's basketball concluded the Basketball Hall of Fame Tournament with nationally-ranked Notre Dame and the No. 1 Fighting Irish proved to be too much for the Jayhawks. Kansas dropped the tournament finale, 89-47, on Sunday afternoon at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

- College Sports -

In case you haven't heard, Bo Pelini got fired on Sunday morning.  Apparently, Nebraska fans still think their program is relevant on a national scale.

Nebraska Cornhuskers fire Bo Pelini - ESPN

"We weren't good enough in the games that mattered," athletic director Shawn Eichorst said in his meeting with the media that lasted nearly 35 minutes. "I didn't see that changing at the end of the day." (Mr. Ed says: Hey Nebraska: STOP FIRING WINNING FOOTBALL COACHES. Do you remember what happened the last time you fired a guy after a 9 win season? DO YOU?)

Nebraska players are upset with AD, school for firing Bo Pelini -

Pelini's dismissal is not a total shock given the growing tensions with the fan base and expectations for fielding a championship-caliber team, but after Friday's come-from-behind overtime victory at Iowa there was no indication that Pelini had coached his last game with the Cornhuskers.

With Pelini out, Nebraska must nail replacement; blame game is stale -

There aren't many coaches with a .713 winning percentage coming off a nine-win season (without scandal) like Pelini who get fired. Nebraska has canned two of them. Frank Solich -- the last guy to win a conference title -- was dumped after six seasons in 2003 after winning more than 75 percent of his games.

'College GameDay' heading to Waco - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

ESPN's "College GameDay" is heading to Waco, Texas, on Saturday morning with No. 7 Baylor hosting No. 12 Kansas State at McLane Stadium later that evening. The winner of the game will secure at least a share of the Big 12 title with the Bears also playing to earn consideration for a College Football Playoff berth.

UAB Blazers coach Bill Clark fears football program will be shut down - ESPN

"I think it's going to happen," said Clark, who led UAB to a 6-6 record in his first season at the school. "Unless something changes before the weekend ends, I think it's over. I think the odds are very high it ends this week. To shut the doors? That's sad."

UAB Blazers can't outrun past, escape shadow of Alabama Crimson Tide - ESPN

“Some of the folks on that board would rather destroy UAB than beat Auburn,” said Alabama state Rep. Jack Williams, an outspoken supporter of UAB football. UAB football supporters have long argued the board of trustees has sought to hamper the program’s success. In 2006, UAB had reached an agreement with Jimbo Fisher to become its new football coach. But the board of trustees nixed the deal, and Fisher, who was then LSU’s offensive coordinator, went to Florida State the next season.

Auburn Tigers dismiss defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson day after loss to Alabama Crimson Tide - ESPN

Johnson joined Gus Malzahn's staff at Auburn in December 2012 and helped lead the Tigers to a spot in last year's BCS national championship game. However, his defense has regressed this season, and Saturday's loss to Alabama was the final straw.

SMU hires Chad Morris as new coach -

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris has agreed to become SMU's new coach, the school announced. Morris will be formally introduced at a press conference Monday. (Mr. Ed says: Well, there goes one of the guys off of our list. Get it together Zenger; you've had almost as much time as SMU has.)

Body of missing Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge found -

A Columbus Police spokesman said it appears that Karageorge, 22, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His body and a handgun were found in a dumpster near his apartment, according to CBS News.

Dan Mullen realistic: Miss. State wouldn't have made playoff anyway -

The math for a four-team playoff never worked from the beginning. Five major conferences, four playoff spots. If an 11-1 Mississippi State had been allowed in, that could have knocked out at least two Power 5 conference champions. "If we made it, it would have steered the playoffs in the future. If we didn't, people probably would have looked at things a lot different," Mullen said.

- Videos of the Day -

Ravens Player Experiences Snow For The First Time, Runs Late To Meeting

The defensive lineman eventually realized he was late and abandoned his project. Coach John Harbaugh didn't seem mad about Jernigan's tardiness, though.

UTEP Coach On Beating MTSU: "Look At Me. I Don't Drink Light Beer."

UTEP won a hard-fought 24-21 victory over MTSU tonight, and ASN announcers asked Miners coach Sean Kugler how he'd celebrate. "I might have a few beers."

WATCH: Jonathan Holmes sinks late 3, Texas beats UConn 55-54 -

This was a beautiful play by the sometimes-maligned Texas coach. He gets his best player, Holmes, a look in his favorite spot -- the corner 3-pointer. He sets up Holmes right in front of the ball, then brings Demarcus Holland up for the screen that will give the inbounds passer another option if Connecticut covers Holmes. Daniel Hamilton gets lost in the screen, and Holmes ends up wide open for the winner.

VIDEO: George Mason wins game on amazing 75-foot buzzer-beater -

The sheer difficulty combined with the luck factor of the shot is punctuated by the fact George Mason was down by eight points with 80 seconds to go in the game against Manhattan, a team that made the 2014 NCAA Tournament.