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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 12.24.14

Merry Christmas Eve, movie hounds!

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

I believe fetch has his annual "Twas the Night Before RCTmas" coming out later.  Not sure what we'll have tomorrow if anything - if one of us gets a wild hair, maybe a Christmas Day open thread or maybe even a News and Notes.  But we'll see.  I'll be traveling so I'll leave it up to misterbrain or fizzle.

Merry Christmas, hope everyone has a good holiday.

- Kansas Sports -

Local high school coaches see Gene Wier as solid fit for KU football |

If it's respect the Kansas University football program is looking for under new head coach David Beaty, adding a guy like Gene Wier to the coaching staff seems like a good place to start.

KU football recruiting Q-and-A: How is David Beaty doing? |

KU has 20 total commitments so far under Beaty, who has been on the road recruiting since being announced as the Jayhawks' coach nine days ago. So how has Beaty done so far? For help with that question and others, here's a Q-and-A with Jon Kirby, recruiting analyst for and Rivals.

The Day After: Getting trounced by Temple | Tale of the Tait |

You all saw it, so there's no real reason to rehash the gory details of Monday nights' 77-52 KU basketball loss to Temple. The Jayhawks were as bad in this one as they were in the loss to Kentucky in the second game of the season, and, in some areas, may even have been worse.

College hoops world reacts to Temple thrashing KU | All Eyes on KU |

When a program with brand-name recognition like Kansas loses a game, it registers throughout the college hoops landscape. When one of the blue bloods gets blown out, that attention reaches another level. Here is a look at some of the reactions to the surprising beatdown.

KU hopes to make strides following break |

“I think it’s good timing,” sophomore Landen Lucas said of a three-day break followed by weeks of basketball with no classes on campus. “Before the season, you just want to get to the games. Around this time, it’s good to look at things you need to improve on after the first couple of games. Going into a tough league schedule it’s time that can really become helpful for us.”

Tait: Traylor should turn up the heat |

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Traylor does not have to go as far as developing a reputation for which Detroit’s “Bad Boys” or Oakley and Mason’s Knicks were known. But would it hurt if he were to lean that way ever so slightly?

- College Sports -

More upsets last night.

Arizona Wildcats vs. UNLV Rebels - Recap - December 23, 2014 - ESPN

Christian Wood had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Rashad Vaughn added 21 points, and Patrick McCaw had a key steal in the closing seconds to help UNLV knock off No. 3 Arizona 71-67 on Tuesday night.

Stanford Cardinal vs. Texas Longhorns - Recap - December 23, 2014 - ESPN

Chasson Randle added 22 points, including a clutch shot in overtime to help Stanford beat a top 10 team on the road for the first time since 2008.

Wichita St Shockers vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors - Recap - December 23, 2014 - ESPN

Kelly battled for a tough rebound and put back a short bank shot with 3.8 seconds remaining Tuesday night to give No. 11 Wichita State a 80-79 overtime win over Hawaii and reach the final of the Diamond Head Classic.

- Professional Sports -

Chris Harris, Aqib Talib among NFL-best 9 Broncos named to Pro Bowl |

Former Kansas University players Chris Harris and Aqib Talib, starting cornerbacks in KU’s 2008 Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech, both were selected to the NFL Pro Bowl roster, the league announced on Tuesday.

Q&A: Heat guard Mario Chalmers is not a kid anymore -

Chalmers was a free agent last summer, but returned to Miami instead of trying to find a new home and a fresh start. He's stuck with where he's been successful, no matter how often he's been perceived as a punchline. Chalmers sat down with recently to talk about how life has changed since you know who left, about playing point guard in the NBA, and about Alaska.

Who swung Fantasy Super Bowls? -

However, no matter how seemingly-dominant a team you put together, the week-to-week randomness of Fantasy football can ruin your season. On the other hand, if you had a handful of players get hot at the right time, you could have ridden them to a surprise victory, despite mediocre results overall. What follows is a list of the five players who found themselves on the most Super Bowl winning teams last week, vs. those who were on the most losers, and a few things stick out from these lists.

- Potpourri -

Some Things Are Best Left Unexplained

Mr. Ed says: Agreed.

The dude map: How Americans refer to their bros - Quartz

"It seems safe to report that dude has supplanted totally as the word most often uttered by American youth," claimed Richard Hill in his 1994 paper on the history of the word "dude." That might be true, but as it turns out, "dude" is more popular in some parts of the United States than others....

- Videos of the Day -

VIDEO: Andrew Wiggins throws the hammer down on the Cavs -

Andrew Wiggins could have been a Cavalier . And while the Cavaliers cruised over Wiggins' Timberwolves on Tuesday, they got a good look at what Wiggins can do, as he exploded for 22 points through three quarters, including this absolute throwdown in the third quarter.

The Muppets: Carol of the Bells

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