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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 12.30.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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Boy, a rough day for Big 12 football teams yesterday.  Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia all lost their bowl games, and OU and UT weren't even competitive.

- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas MBB - Self Addresses Media at Weekly Presser

Head coach Bill Self discussed the game with the Golden Flashes as well as his team's recent performance at Temple during his weekly press conference Monday afternoon.

Jayhawks have to learn and improve from Temple 'beatdown' | Smithology |

Self, whose No. 13 Jayhawks (9-2) return to the court Tuesday night against Kent State (8-3), often used the pre-Christmas embarrassment as a reference point while discussing where KU is at right now, with two non-conference games remaining before Big 12 play begins Jan. 7, at Baylor.

Getting to know Kent State | Smithology |

After playing one of the most challenging non-conference schedules in the nation — the fifth-most difficult according to — Kansas University’s basketball team should get a bit of a reprieve Tuesday night, when the Jayhawks play host to Kent State (8-3).

Self seeking ‘energy’ source |

“What are we, No. 2 in the RPI? And we’ve played a great schedule,” Self said Monday in advance of Tuesday's 7 p.m. home battle against Kent State. “So it’s not like it’s totally busted, but the last game was broke, without question, and I think that it isn’t as much what we do as having the passion and the energy.”

Source: Klint Kubiak expected to join KU football staff |

After spending three seasons as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M, Kubiak was hired in 2013 by the Minnesota Vikings as an assistant wide receivers coach and quality control coach. He spent the past two years in that role, including this season under the direction of Minnesota offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

University of Kansas WBB - Kansas Stifles Samford, 66-44

For the fifth time this season, four Jayhawks scored over 10 points to lift Kansas over Samford, 66-44, Monday night inside Allen Fieldhouse.

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How TCU built its breakthrough in 9 months - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

The Air Raid, while incredibly simple in terms of its playbook, isn’t easily taught in less than a hundred days. TCU’s vanilla spring game hinted at the difficulty. Too many balls on the turf, too many interceptions, too many incorrect routes. Teaching the system is largely a mental challenge that requires constant repetition.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says conference staying at 10 schools - ESPN

Bowlsby, who met with reporters at halftime of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, said his schools' presidents and chancellors prefer for the conference to remain at 10 teams for the foreseeable future.

Baylor QB Bryce Petty on playoff snub: 'It pisses us off' -

Petty isn't alone, as receiver Antwan Goodley believes that the reason Ohio State made it over Baylor is because it's, well, Ohio State.

Vegas casino hoping Kentucky Wildcats do not go undefeated - ESPN

The Kentucky Wildcats' dominating start to the college basketball season has one Nevada sportsbook in a precarious position.

Poll Attacks: More to UNLV's resume than that win over Arizona -

The only way to rank UNLV, at this point, is to completely ignore everything else that's happened this season, not to mention the fact that the Rebels are, even after the win over Arizona, still ranked just 113th at KenPom, 92nd in the Sagarin ratings and 42nd in the RPI. Simply put, there's just nothing available that suggests Top 25 right now.

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Jim Harbaugh arrives at Michigan -

According to the Detroit Free Press, a deal has been signed and Harbaugh will be introduced to the media in a news conference on Tuesday. Photographers caught Harbaugh and his family as they got off the plane in Detroit on Monday night.

Harbaugh-Michigan union to bring Big Ten back into REAL big time -

Short of -- you know -- actually winning, the league also did a fine job of setting itself up as a piñata. Leaders and Legends gave way to Maryland and Rutgers -- expansion to a couple of football "powerhouses."

Sorry, but Nebraska winning nine and Wisconsin producing another 1,500-yard rusher are nice but they weren't enough to distract us from the detritus -- Indiana, Purdue, Illinois and those gripping matchups with the MAC.

Jim Harbaugh's return could spark quick rise for Michigan in Big Ten -

While it is probably be a bit too optimistic to expect Harbaugh to show up in 2015 and have Michigan immediately competing for a conference title, there is some reason to believe it's possible. After all, while the results on the field were progressively worse each season under Brady Hoke, Michigan's recruiting never really suffered.

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LOOK: Detroit paper puts wrong Harbaugh on Michigan front page -

Yes, that's right. The Harbaugh in question here isn't former 49ers coach Jim but instead current Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

PICTURE: Rutgers-UNC Graphic Accurately Captures What's at Stake in Most Bowl Games - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Not even that much is really at stake.

LOOK: A&M assistant hits two different Mountaineers on sideline -

Texas A&M sent out a release stating that coach Kevin Sumlin was made aware of the incidents at halftime, and Richardson did not return to the sideline for the second half, which is a start. Frankly, with behavior like this, Richardson shouldn't be allowed on the sideline again any time soon.

Man On Drugs Jumps Off Bridge, Walks Away Like It's Nothing At All

A half-naked man in Tijuana, Mexico, found himself higher than an astronaut and cornered by police on both sides of a bridge. So he did the only thing you can when you're higher than an astronaut and half-naked in Tijuana, Mexico – he jumped.