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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 12.16.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Sports -

KU suddenly thin at point guard |

The point-guard slot took a hit Wednesday when freshman Devonté Graham suffered a severely sprained right big toe against Georgetown. He’s out anywhere from a month to the rest of the season. KU’s other scholarship lead guard, sophomore Conner Frankamp, left the team in the preseason and has since committed to Wichita State. Naadir Tharpe, who had a year of eligibility remaining, left the program last spring and now is in the NBA Developmental League, leaving Mason as the lone scholarship point guard left standing.

Kansas interested in Ojeleye? |

Kansas University on Monday was one of many schools to inquire about Duke forward Semi Ojeleye, who has decided to transfer. KU has two scholarships to give in recruiting, more if players turn pro or transfer after the season. Schools such as Missouri, Maryland, Indiana, Butler and Wisconsin have also inquired.

University of Kansas Football - JaCorey Shepherd Recognized with the Haier Achievement Award

JaCorey Shepherd, a senior football player at the University of Kansas, has been selected as a recipient of the Haier Achievement Award, which is presented to deserving student-athletes for their accomplishments beyond sports.

Juco RB Kinner picks Kansas |

Navarro Junior College running back Ke'aun Kinner, who is expected to sign Wednesday on the mid-year transfer signing day, told Jon Kirby of on Monday that he had committed to Kansas.

Another Texas athlete commits to Beaty, Kansas football |

Monday morning, Hargrave High wide receiver Chase Harrell, from Huffman, Texas, joined the party by picking Kansas, as well, according to

Big 12 recruiting scorecard - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas: New coach David Beaty has forged a reputation on being able to recruit Texas, and over the weekend, he delivered four verbal commitments from the Lone Star State. The Jahawks also added tight end Jace Sternberger from Kingfisher, Okla.

Bringing perspective to Beaty's big weekend | Tale of the Tait |

Beaty had prior relationships with a couple of the guys who committed, but he had had no contact whatsoever with a couple of the others. The fact that those guys were not only willing to visit Kansas, but, in some cases, also visited despite already having committed elsewhere speaks to the strength of Beaty's relationships in Texas.

- College Sports -

ESPNU College Basketball - ESPN

Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg welcome Kansas' Bill Self to discuss how his team has rebounded from their loss to Kentucky and Jay Bilas gives his early season impressions.

Daily Word - ESPN

Daily Word: Concern over North Carolina?

The 2014 Ubbies: Best of the Big 12 season | FOX Sports

Best play: Nigel King, WR, Kansas. King's focus turned a possible interception into a tip drill 78-yard touchdown to help the Jayhawks nearly knock off TCU. TCU safety Chris Hackett tipped the ball into the air, but King managed to haul it in with one hand and stay in bounds for the long score.

Poll Attacks: You won't believe what one AP voter did to Utah this week -

How can you rank Utah 13th one week and not at all the next when all Utah did in between is beat BYU and almost beat Kansas? Obviously, I have no idea. But that's exactly what one voter did. And now he has to take his turn in the Poll Attacks.

College football attendance: Home crowds drop to lowest in 14 years -

The biggest decreases in the Power Five: Purdue (28 percent), Pittsburgh (17 percent), Virginia (15 percent), Kansas (10 percent), Arizona State (9 percent) and Oklahoma State (8 percent).

- Potpourri -

Blandino says SF shouldn't have been penalized for roughing passer -

49ers linebacker Nick Moody hit Wilson in a way that compelled referee Ed Hochuli to throw a penalty flag for roughing the passer, giving the Seahawks an automatic first down. Two plays later, Wilson threw a touchdown pass, giving Seattle the 17-7 lead it would hold until the end of the game.

LOOK: Michigan fan reserved Jim Harbaugh a parking spot -

The tortoise-like pace of Michigan 's coaching search since the Dec. 2 dismissal of Brady Hoke has earned the Wolverines more than a few nationwide jeers, but it's not like interim athletic director Jim Hackett and Co. don't have a perfectly good reason for taking things slow.

- Video of the Day -

Arian Foster Goes Left; Tom Savage Doesn't

Arian Foster went left. Tom Savage went right. The Colts went to town.