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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 12.19.14

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A look-see around today's internets.

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Happy Friday!

Also, I haven't received any packages in the mail for my birthday yet (which is tomorrow).  Be sure to send them separate from my Christmas presents - it sucks getting #birthdayslashchristmas presents.

- Kansas Sports -

Beaty dispenses recruiting credit to staff | KUsports.com

From Baltimore to Chicago to a dozen places in Texas and several stops in between, Beaty, Bowen and Mitchell used the final week of the open recruiting period to address some of the team’s most important needs through the junior-college ranks. The result of little sleep and even less family time was a haul that Beaty said was "a little bit better" than he expected, and, again, he credited Bowen and Mitchell for holding the group together while Kansas operated without a full-time head coach.

Big 12 unsung heroes - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas C Joe Gibson: The redshirt freshman took over starting center duties midway through the season and brought solidarity to the Jayhawks' interior line. Making QB Michael Cummings the starter and Eric Kiesau the playcaller were among the noted changes that paid off during Clint Bowen’s time as interim coach but Gibson’s role was just as important.

University of Kansas MBB - No. 10 Kansas to Host Lafayette in Men’s Hoops Saturday

No. 10/10 Kansas (8-1) returns home to host Lafayette (7-2) out of the Patriot League Saturday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. (Central) on Jayhawk IMG TV/ESPN Full Court/ESPN3.

University of Kansas MBB - Jayhawks Showcase Present-Picking Skills for Lawrence Families

All 15 players were joined by head coach Bill Self, his coaching staff, student managers, family members and friends as they assembled at a local Wal-Mart to find "Wish List" gifts for 15 total families.

University of Kansas WBB - Once a Jayhawk, Always a Jayhawk: Jaclyn Johnson

During her four years as a Jayhawk (1997-2001), Johnson made her way into the record books. Not only is she a member of the 1,000-point club, but she also ranks fifth on KU's all-time rebounding list with 846 boards. The California native was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2000 and 2001.

- College Sports -

Big bowl season would boost Big 12 playoff hopes for 2015 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Though out of the playoff, the Big 12 is hardly devoid of high-profile matchups against name teams this bowl season. And a successful bowl record would cement national perception of the strength and depth of the Big 12 while setting the conference up for a run at the playoff next season. (Mr. Ed says: I'm not sure I believe this. I just can't see how this year's bowl season affects next year's playoff in the slightest.)

Iowa's Big Four Classic extended through 2017 - ESPN

The athletic directors at Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Drake announced Wednesday that the Big Four Classic will be held in Iowa's capital of Des Moines for two more years.

Game-worn Michael Jordan shoes from UNC sell for $33K - ESPN

A pair of Converse shoes that an auction house says Michael Jordan wore when he played at the University of North Carolina sold for $33,387 on Thursday morning.

Rutgers' WR Turzilli finally going to bowl game | FOX Sports

''It still hasn't hit me yet just because we haven't gotten there yet. We haven't been to downtown Detroit, still practicing and stuff like that,'' Turzilli said. ''But again, just having that extra month to practice - if I was at my other school, again, I'd be done. Just grateful to have the opportunity.''

Worsening brain cancer ends Lauren Hill's career; now honorary coach - CBSSports.com

Hill's college career ends with 10 points in four games. She's now receiving hospice care at her home in Ohio. Hill's been an ambassador for the human spirit, the fight that inspires so many in the face of crushing mortality.

- Professional Sports -

One stat that largely defines why Jay Cutler is having such a bad season - CBSSports.com

If only Jay Cutler's team would help Jay Cutler on the field.

Hall of Fame candidate breakdown: John Smoltz - CBSSports.com

All together, Smoltz went 213-155 with 154 saves in 3,473 career innings. He finished his career with a 3.33 ERA (125 ERA+), a 1.18 WHIP and a 3.05 K/BB ratio. Smoltz ranks 16th all-time in strikeouts (3,084), 39th all-time in WAR (66.5) and 74th all-time in innings. Smoltz is the only player in MLB history with 200-plus wins and 150-plus saves. (Dennis Eckersley had 197 wins and 390 saves.)

(Mr. Ed says: John Smoltz was my favorite player as a kid, in high school, in college, and as a young adult. I loved watching this guy pitch.  If anyone needs gift ideas, how about a Smoltz jersey or autographed baseball!)

LOOK: Close-up of Sean Payton's play sheet shown during MNF - CBSSports.com

"Pretty soon they'll be in our bench area helping out with the play calls," he joked on Wednesday. "I don't think there's much to it. There's a lot of terminology. But I am kind of surprised it showed up on the TV screen. … I wouldn't put it on if I was ESPN." That said, Payton doesn't think there's much an opponent can do with the information.

- Potpourri -

Which Fantasy Football Sites Have The Best Projections?

Last week, we wrote about the accuracy of ESPN's fantasy football projections and found that, well, they're not perfect. Fortunately, ESPN isn't the only prognosticator in town. With championships starting this week, it seemed like a good idea to compare the accuracy of these seven sources in order to determine which is best to trust before setting your lineup.

Dear Sony, We'll Screen "The Interview" For You

It's understandable if you think we're the bad guys right now. But there are real bad guys involved in this, and it's not good for any of us to let them win. Let's show that movie. It will be fun. (Unless the movie sucks.)

- Videos of the Day -

Brandon Jennings, Man, What Are You Doing?

Ah, the old "pass up an open layup for a turnaround jumper" move. That one usually works!

The Funniest Sports Media Moments and Failures of 2014 - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Mr. Ed says: Take your time and enjoy, lots of clips on here (some NSFW).