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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 12.15.14

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Only five more days until my birthday.  What are y'all getting me this year?

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University of Kansas MBB - Grind to Win: Kansas Takes Utah in Final Seconds, 63-60

Facing its fourth-top-25 team in nine games, Kansas (8-1) blew out Utah (7-2) in the opening half – then was outscored by 15 points in the second period – before extending its win streak to seven games and collecting its 25th win in 30 all-time games at Sprint Center.

The Day After: Survival at Sprint Center | Tale of the Tait |

The game featured one of KU's best halves of the season and also one of its worst, as the Jayhawks (8-1) raced out to a 42-21 lead behind a strong first half and then saw that lead erased when a less-than-stellar second half.

Utah center: KU more 'physical' than Shockers — but overall, race is too close to call | FOX Sports

"It's tough," No. 13 Utah's 7-foot freshman center said when asked to compare No. 10 Kansas, a 63-60 winner over his Utes on Saturday, with No. 11 Wichita State, which his team had beaten in overtime, 69-68, 10 days earlier at home. "I'd say Kansas is a more physical team, and Wichita was really great in (terms of) like, offensive execution and defensive discipline.

Self: Kansas grades out OK so far |

“I would never have thought before the season we’d be 8-1 at this juncture, playing the schedule we’ve played with this many young kids,” KU coach Bill Self said, looking at the big picture following Saturday’s 63-60 victory over No. 13 Utah in Sprint Center.

KU football picks up 5 commitments from busy weekend |

KU's commitment list in the Class of 2015 is now up to 17, leaving room for seven or eight more guys. This was the final weekend of the current recruiting period and college football will now enter a four-week dead period before recruiting can pick up again.

Best of the college football recruiting visits: Big 12 - ESPN

The David Beaty era is here for Kansas, and the Jayhawks are wasting no time adding quality talent.

KU football 2015 recruiting class |

LJW's up-to-date list of current football commits.

Vote: Biggest all-Big 12 first-team snub? - ESPN

Kansas cornerback JaCorey Shepherd was quietly excellent for Clint Bowen’s defense, leading the Big 12 with 18 passes defensed. Much like Sanchez, receivers knew they were in for a battle anytime they lined up opposite Shepherd, yet he went largely overshadowed thanks to the ridiculous production of teammate Ben Heeney.

University of Kansas WBB - Kansas Outlasts Arkansas State, 62-48

Multiple career highs fell for Kansas freshman guard Chayla Cheadle en route to a 62-48 Jayhawk victory over Arkansas State Sunday night inside Allen Fieldhouse.

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Replacing David Beaty as a recruiter key for Kevin Sumlin - SEC Blog - ESPN

Though the defensive coordinator is priority No. 1, replacing Beaty’s spot on staff will be critical as well. In his three years in Aggieland, the former Texas high school football coach earned a reputation as a stellar recruiter and was the lynchpin to the Aggies’ success in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, a fertile area for talent and one that is a priority to Sumlin in the team's annual recruiting efforts.

Navy Midshipmen vs. Army Black Knights - Recap - December 13, 2014 - ESPN

The 13-game run by Navy is the longest in the history of a series that began in 1890. Before the Midshipmen went on their unprecedented streak, neither team in this storied rivalry had won more than five in a row.

Oregon State Beavers congratulate Oregon Ducks' Marcus Mariota on Heisman Trophy - ESPN

They call the game between them the Civil War, but Oregon State put aside its dislike of its in-state rivals to congratulate Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota who won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night.

Duke forward Semi Ojeleye to transfer from school -

Ojeleye will have two and a half years of eligibility remaining.

Oklahoma State Dismisses Tyreek Hill After Domestic Violence Arrest

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has kicked running back Tyreek Hill off the team after his arrest on domestic violence charges, less than a week after Hill led the Cowboys to a comeback victory in Bedlam.

College QB Forced To Sue T-Shirt Company To Retain Eligibility

Mississippi State quarterback Dakota "Dak" Prescott is suing a T-shirt company for using and profiting from his name without permission. Whether Prescott actually gives a shit about some guys making a few bucks off some T-shirts is unclear, because no matter how he feels about it, he has to sue the T-shirt company if he wants to retain his eligibility. I direct your attention to NCAA bylaw

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Saturday's Top Blocks 12/13/14 - Video - Campus Insiders: Live video and breaking news for college basketball and college football

Campus Insiders brings you the best rejections from Saturday's full slate of college basketball games, including fantastic chase down blocks from Kansas' Jamari Traylor and New Mexico's Devon Williams, and a huge swat from Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns.

LOOK: Eagles don't know how to cover Dez Bryant, who's wide open -

By the time the time there was 10 minutes left in the game, Bryant had already racked up 99 of those yards and apparently, the Eagles just gave up on covering him -- because that's the only way to explain how he got as open as he did below.

Titans fall nine yards short of pulling off second 'Music City Miracle' -

To win the game, the Titans needed to go 58 yards on one play -- and they almost did it. With one second left, Tennessee quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, took a shotgun snap and threw a quick pass to Dexter McCluster. That's when things got crazy.

LOOK: Chiefs mascot is not happy about Raiders field goal -

K.C. Wolf is only briefly on screen, so don't miss him. He's the guy bashing his head against the field goal post. He might have to pass concussion protocol for the second half.

VIDEO: Massive glass-shattering hit interrupts ECHL game -

After 160 games in the NHL, former Edmonton Oilers enforcer Theo Peckham is plying his trade in the ECHL these days with the Wichita Thunder. He's still racking up PIMs, but on Friday night against the Quad City Mallards, Peckham was on the receiving end of a pretty big body check from Todd Fiddler.

Steelers LB destroys Matt Ryan, refs throw iffy roughing the passer flag -

That's Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds destroying Ryan with what appears to be a clean hit. However, the refs didn't think it was cleaned and Worilds was flagged for roughing the passer.

(Mr. Ed says: Alright, now I'm getting pissed. Someone tell me what was wrong with this play. Quarterbacks are football players. (So are kickers and punters.) They should be allowed to get hit. This is getting ridiculous. Roughing penalties are out of control.)

VIDEO: Corey Brewer Sets NBA Record for Longest Uncalled Travel - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Why dribble when it just slows you down?

Woman Issued Ticket for 'Unsafe Backing'

This video isn't for the faint of heart. There's nothing that dramatic, but it only takes a few seconds before the question of how someone could be so incompetent at simply backing out of a parking space becomes almost too much to bear. The 97-point turn by a woman in a BMW X3 captured last week in Calgary, Canada, takes four minutes to complete and results in damage to one nearby car, all before the driver simply rolls onto her next appointment with befuddlement.