And we're back. Not a lot happened over Christmas week with regards to KU sports, but if it would have, we certainly would have covered it for you. Just wanted you to know that.
I also believe that Bret Bielema knew exactly what he was doing and made the "'Horns Down" hand sign on purpose.
On to the links. Tons of stuff for you guys today.
- Kansas Basketball -
Kansas (9-2) returns to the friendly confines of Allen Fieldhouse to face Kent State (8-3), Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 7 p.m. (Central) on Jayhawk IMG TV/ESPN Full Court/ESPN3.
CBS Television officials have announced the UNLV at Kansas men's basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 4, will begin at 3:30 p.m. (Central).
Spirits were high for the Kansas men's basketball team as they hosted the annual Men's Basketball Holiday Clinic Sunday afternoon.
Kansas University’s basketball players, who had already completed four practices in three days — including one that started at 8:30 a.m. Sunday — returned to the Allen Fieldhouse floor to work with 500 youths for three hours Sunday afternoon.
KU has started intense practices over the winter break, and one of Self’s main concerns continues to be trying to find ways to get his team close shots.
Chenowith, who played for Williams, has become a friend of current KU coach Self. He attended the Final Four semifinal victory over North Carolina during the 2008 title season, having to miss the final against Memphis in San Antonio because of his Idaho Stampede NBA Developmental League game. Chenowith had an eight-year pro career playing with eight different NBA organizations, D-League teams and international squads.
- Kansas Football -
“I mean, you’re talking about the corner who’s at Cal when we’re talking to him, and he’s hearing from his coach that he shouldn’t make a decision without at least coming and talking to us,” Beaty recalled. “You don’t get a kid to do that without his head coach calling him up and saying, ‘Hey, listen, you need to call up and talk to this guy. I know him. I know what he stands for. And it might be a fit. Why don’t you give him a few minutes?’”
“Not one man on his (Texas A&M) staff came from any place other than a team that he lost to,” Beaty said of Sumlin. “And particularly a team that overachieved in an area. His guys on his staff are all guys that beat him somewhere.”
The 2014 Kansas University football season actually wound up feeling like three or four different seasons.
- Kansas Sports -
Kansas women's basketball closes out its non-conference slate with Samford on Monday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m., inside Allen Fieldhouse. The contest is the Jayhawks final tune up game before opening 2015 Big 12 conference action on the road against nationally-ranked Texas.
- College Sports -
Wanting to hand out as many championship rings as possible for the kids is a nice way to look at it. But a more cynical, and perhaps more realistic, viewpoint is that coaches and ADs realized crowning two or three co-champions increased their chances of receiving conference championship bonuses by two or three times.
Instead of installing a permanent championship game, the Big 12 should ensure itself the right to hold a championship game only when necessary.
Chris Thomas' offensive rebound and putback tied it at 56 with 0.9 seconds left and, after Kansas State threw the inbounds pass away, Jason Carter hit a jumper as time expired, giving the Tigers their second win over 2014 NCAA tournament teams in eight days.
"I was more excited than nervous because it was my first away game," said Tyler Ulis, who shook off a bloody cut to score 12 key second-half points and lead the Wildcats to a hard-fought 58-50 victory over the Wildcats on Saturday.
Ricky Tarrant outscored UCLA before halftime and finished with a season-high 24 points to lead Alabama to a 56-50 victory on Sunday night over the struggling Bruins. He had 18 points at the half, one more than UCLA.
Jameel Warney banked in a short runner with 30 seconds left to give Stony Brook its first lead and the Long Island university overcame a 16-point deficit to stun No. 13 Washington 61-57 on Sunday night.
Baylor coach Art Briles announced Friday that his son, Kendal Briles, will be the Bears' offensive coordinator moving forward, including in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl against Michigan State.
Hines says his goal is to pursue "a specific career path in law and politics" and says enrolling at an Ivy League school will help make that happen.
At one point, Mississippi State, Baylor, TCU and Arizona State all threatened to make the College Football Playoff despite athletic revenue that ranked 36th or lower nationally (based on 2012-13 figures). Instead, the first CFP has, in terms of revenue, No. 3 Alabama, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 9 Oregon and No. 26 Florida State.
Duke transfer Semi Ojeleye has committed to SMU, sources told CBSSports.com on Saturday afternoon.
Narduzzi was officially introduced to the Pittsburgh media in a news conference on Friday. He thanked his "Spartan Dawgs" and Mark Dantonio for "incredible" years at Michigan State.
- Harbaugh Watch -
The Niners issued a statement shortly after Sunday's season-ending victory over Arizona, confirming their split with Harbaugh and saying that they already have begun their search for another head coach.
Harbaugh is scheduled to be on a private jet at 10 a.m. PT Monday headed for Ann Arbor, a source said. The plan is for Harbaugh to be at Michigan's home basketball game on Tuesday against Illinois.
Football Finances. $8 million dollars a year for a football coach sounds like a lot of money, but according to Campus Insiders business insider Kristi Dosh, Michigan could actually be getting a bargain.
The reason the cheapest ticket for the game against the Illini is selling for $132.35 as of Sunday morning is that Michigan fans are willing to spend big bucks for the chance to see Jim Harbaugh speak at halftime. CSNBayArea.com reported that Michigan has reached an agreement with the San Francisco 49ers coach and that he will be introduced as the school's next football coach at a news conference Tuesday morning.
- Professional Sports -
CBSSports.com NFL playoff schedule and bracket and playoff-related news.
The Bucs lost to the New Orleans Saints, 23-20, despite carrying a 13-point lead into the fourth quarter. The collapse happened with the Bucs (2-14) playing a lot of backups, and it led to questions about whether the team "tanked" to get the No. 1 pick. Coach Lovie Smith strongly denied that.
Sunday, Smith completed 20 of 25 passes for 358 yards and three touchdowns -- all of which equals a perfect passer rating of 158.3.
Mr. Ed says: KU football fans everywhere can now laugh at the Chiefs.
- Videos of the Day -
Right at the end you can clearly see Bielema move his fingers into the shape of the "Horns down" sign. Now, whether this was intentional or not, we don't know. Maybe, he had no clue what he was doing. Maybe, it was a brilliant troll move by a coach who isn't new to having fun or throwing a little shade toward his opponents.
ESPN cameras caught this Nebraska fan discussing something loudly with an entire section of USC fans tonight in San Diego at the Holiday Bowl. The Trojans have had a decent lead most of the game, so this 'Huskers fan couldn't possibly be taunting.. could he?
The Millennium Falcon pulls some pretty crazy stunts in the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And while we recognize Star Wars takes place in a fictional universe, we couldn't help but get pedantic about the physics of the scene, and the effects it might have on the human body.
Jim Harbaugh is looking for a new job. Dustin Diamond is out here getting into bar fights on Christmas Eve. In better times, they were on Saved By The Bell* together teaching the students of Bayside High School about heroism.