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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 12.5.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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Happy Friday!

- Kansas Sports -

KU football coaching search moving at smooth pace |

Sources confirmed that no offer had been made to any of the coaches KU had talked to, and one source said phone interviews may extend through Friday, clearing the way for in-person interviews to take place next week. Clint Bowen, Tim Beck, David Beaty and Ed Warinner all were interviewed by telephone this week by Zenger and members of the committee.

Coaching Search 2014: Another hypothetical example of the trickle-down effect | Tale of the Tait |

According to a couple of people I've (Matt Tait) talked with, it sounds very likely that Jake Spavital will get the Tulsa job, which, obviously, would leave open the OC job at A&M. That's where things get interesting for Kansas and for two very different reasons.

Donovan remembers fieldhouse atmosphere |

“I was there at Kentucky. We lost by 55. That was the first year, 1989 I think it was. I think it was 155-100 score,” Donovan added. Donovan served as an aide to Rick Pitino when UK was hammered by KU, 150-95, on Dec. 9, 1989, in Allen. It’s the most points scored by KU in a single game in history and most given up by Kentucky.

University of Kansas Volleyball - NCAA Tournament: Kansas Practices in Topeka

Said head coach Ray Bechard: "There's a different feel to the building. It's not as intimate (as the Horejsi Family Athletics Center), but the court's the same size and the net's the same height. We'll have to play well, just like we would have to if we played anywhere else in the NCAA Tournament. I'm really proud of the way our administration rallied when they knew there was going to be a scheduling conflict. The more you think about just the opportunity to be in the NCAA Tournament and what a privilege that is and not worry about the where and when, you'll keep your mind in the right place. It's a privilege to represent our athletic department and our University."

KU’s Wait steps up quickly |

With seven new faces replacing a group of outgoing seniors who had as much success as any class in KU volleyball history, repeating the feat of hosting opening-round NCAA Tournament matches for the third year in a row seemed like a tall task at the beginning of the season. But thanks to Wait picking up where Riley left off, freshman setter Ainise Havili having an all-Big 12 season and returners Chelsea Albers, Sara McClinton and Tayler Soucie pacing the KU offense, the Jayhawks are right where they want to be.

University of Kansas Athletics - Once a Jayhawk, Always a Jayhawk: Lisa Tilson

Just seven years after graduating from KU, Tilson has had amazing opportunities all over the United States. Being all of these remarkable places, she still says that "Lawrence will always hold a special place in my heart. It's always so nice to come back."

University of Kansas Athletics - Jayhawk Track and Field Ready to Make 2014-15 Debut at Bob Timmons Challenge Saturday

The University of Kansas track & field teams will kick off the 2014-15 indoor season by hosting the Bob Timmons Challenge at Anschutz Pavilion on Saturday, Dec 6. The first events are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m., with admission free to the public.

University of Kansas Golf - Welle Earns Big 12 Golfer of the Month Honors

Welle finished 16th at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic on November 9th. He started the tournament with five birdies in the first-round 68 (-3). Welle finished the event with 11 birdies, shooting a three-round 68-73-72—213 (E). Welle is the first Kansas men's golfer to win this award since Nate Barbee in October 2010.

University of Kansas WBB - Kansas Bounces Back With Win Over Incarnate Word, 68-46

For the fourth time this season, a quartet of Jayhawks scored in double figures, this time leading Kansas to victory over Incarnate Word, 68-46, Thursday evening inside Allen Fieldhouse.

University of Kansas Swimming - Kansas Well-Represented During Winter Nationals Opening Day

Kansas swimming's past, present and future were on display Thursday as current Jayhawk swimmers turned in season- and lifetime-best times and KU alumna Danielle Herrmann raced her way into the finals and a top-eight finish on the opening day of the 2014 AT&T USA Winter Nationals at the Greensboro Aquatics Complex.

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UAB Blazers' chance of at-large bowl bid basically nonexistent - ESPN

UAB's only chance to play one final game would be for a bowl not affiliated with C-USA and with an opening to select the Blazers. There are currently 79 bowl eligible teams for 76 bowl berths, so it "doesn't look great" that UAB would be selected, another source said. (Mr. Ed says: If you ran a bowl, why WOULDN'T you select UAB if you had the chance? I think the storyline behind it would be great.)

Florida Gators pay record $5 million buyout to Colorado State for Jim McElwain - ESPN

Florida said Thursday that it would pay CSU a total of $5 million -- $3 million in cash over six years and another $2 million to play a football game in Gainesville in the near future. McElwain will also pay $2 million to make for a total buyout of $7 million.

The Gators' total eclipsed the previous school-to-school record of $4.375 million that Texas paid Louisville last year for Charlie Strong. McElwain's payment of $2 million is also the largest amount that a coach has ever paid to buy himself out of a contract. The previous record was held by Rich Rodriguez, who paid $1.5 million to West Virginia to get out of his contract and take the job at Michigan.

(Mr Ed says: His buyout was at $7.5M, so UF is getting off easy.)

Ex-AD: Colorado St. botched McElwain deal, opening door to Florida -

"We did not need to lose Jim McElwain," Graham continued. "Florida was not going to come up with $7.5 million on their own. It was working the way it was supposed to work." Graham's comments may explain why Foley, the Florida athletic director, was reportedly hung up on the buyout despite already flying to Fort Collins to court McElwain.

LSU Tigers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Recap - December 04, 2014 - ESPN

Josh Gray made a go-ahead layup with 7.4 seconds left and reserve guard Tim Quarterman scored 21 points to help the Tigers upset No. 16 West Virginia 74-73 on Thursday night.

Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Iowa State Cyclones - Recap - December 04, 2014 - ESPN

Dejean-Jones had 27 points, Niang added 26 with eight assists and 20th-ranked Iowa State never trailed in rolling past No. 18 Arkansas 95-77 on Thursday night.

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TCU student draws up fake Baylor billboards - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Baylor caused a stir this week when it was revealed the Bears had hired the public relations firm Kevin Sullivan Communications to advocate Baylor for the playoff. TCU student @andrewfelts had some fun with this news, creating a series of fake billboards Baylor's PR firm might draw up. (Mr Ed says: I like the last one.)

WATCH: UCF connects on Hail Mary to shock East Carolina -

Trailing East Carolina 30-26 with five seconds left in the game on Thursday night, Central Florida quarterback Justin Holman threw a rainbow pass to Breshad Perriman. Three Pirates defenders were in a spot to make a play. Easy knock-down, game over, let's go home, right?

This Kansas City Beer Bravely Triumphs Over Its Hippie-Trash Name - Deadspin

Boulevard Long Strange Tripel is a great beer from a great brewery, especially if you can will yourself into denial of its dubious cultural associations. It costs $9 per 750-ml bottle, which is about the going rate for an American tripel (referring to straight versions, not barrel-aged and otherwise adulterated bottles that can cost up into the $20s), and if Drunkspin makes good on its threat to introduce some sort of fake-official star-rating system in the future, we'll retroactively award this one a very high grade.