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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 12.7.14

A look-see around the internets on this day that shall "live in infamy."

Today the inaugural College Football Playoff contestants will be announced.  I have a feeling the Big 12 will be left out, which is a major bummer.  There are FIVE one-loss teams... how they'll be able to defend whatever they choose is beyond me, and all the more reason for a minimum 16-team playoff.  #17 can't complain as much as #5 can.

- Kansas Athletics -

Former Kansas wideout Briscoe fondly recalls position coach Beaty |

When Briscoe first heard the news on Friday morning that his old position coach had been named the 38th head coach at his alma mater, Briscoe’s mind immediately flashed back to the wide-receiver room where Beaty liked to do his toughest teaching.

The Day After: Chomping the Gators | Tale of the Tait |

There's a whole lot of basketball left to be played and if the Jayhawks more often look like the team they were in the second half and less like the team that sputtered up and down the floor in the first, there figure to be some great days ahead in the immediate future.

Kansas quickly caught Gators |

On Friday, Self, whose squad held the Gators to just one field goal from the 11:33 mark to 1:07, noted: "Tonight we learned that, because we’ll draw from this again, we learned that, hey, no matter what the situation is, it’s a long game. And the guys did play it like it was a long game."

Reclamation project: Selden regains touch, leads rally |

Selden — who, by the way, went 0-for-10 in his previous game — scored 21 points off 9-of-15 shooting as the Jayhawks were able to erase an 18-point second-half deficit.

University of Kansas Swimming - Kuchkarova Earns Record at Jayhawk Open

"I was really happy when I saw the 55 hanging up," Kuchkarova said of her 100-yard backstroke. "I was like, 'I went a 54, I beat it! Oh, wait…' I remembered the girl from Denver had gone faster (earlier this season), so I knew that I didn't really beat it. Then, coach Jen talked to me and told me I was ready for the 200 record, even though I didn't think I was. It gave me courage and I just went for it."

University of Kansas Swimming - Kansas Wraps Up USA Winter Nationals Trip with Fast Times

Kansas freshman Hannah Driscoll swam the fastest time by a Jayhawk in the 100-yard freestyle this season, breaststrokers Bryce Hinde and Lydia Pocisk each dropped nearly five seconds from their season-best times and Chelsie Miller swam a Big 12 leading 1650-yard freestyle as KU finished competition at the AT&T USA Winter Nationals at the Greensboro Aquatics Complex Saturday.

University of Kansas Track & Field - Jayhawks Enjoy Successful Opener at Bob Timmons Challenge

Kansas track & field opened its 2014-15 indoor season Saturday with the Bob Timmons Challenge inside Anschutz Pavilion. Seventeen event titles were won by Jayhawks on the day, including a pair by junior All-American Sydney Conley.

- College Sports -

Baylor Bears coach Art Briles criticizes Big 12 for co-champions policy - ESPN

Briles confronted Bowlsby on stage after the Big 12's trophy presentation and addressed his frustration about being presented as co-champions with TCU during his postgame news conference. "You know, if you're going to slogan around and say there's 'One True Champion,' all the sudden you're gonna go out the back door instead of going out the front?" Briles said. "Don't say one thing and do another."

NJIT beats Michigan in possibly the upset of the 2014-15 season -

The New Jersey Institute of Technology is the lone independent in Division I. Coming into today's matchup with Michigan, it was ranked 293rd in KenPom with a 2-5 record and two losses this season to UMass-Lowell -- which is only in its second year of Division I competition. None of that mattered today though, as the Highlanders defeated the 17th-ranked Wolverines 72-70 in what will likely be the biggest upset of the season.

Illinois, UAB lead list of bowl-eligibile teams projected to stay home -

And people thought 38 bowls was too many. Turns out, it wasn't enough. There are six teams that won't find a postseason home this season, but fear not. The Cure Bowl starts up next year, so there will be spots for two more, though that won't do this list of teams any good.

- Videos of the Day -

Video: Missouri's star DE Shane Ray ejected for targeting -

Already leading 7-0, the Crimson Tide doubled its lead with a 58-yard touchdown strike from Blake Sims over the top to DeAndrew White. But defensive end Shane Ray -- the SEC leader in sacks with 12 -- was called for targeting and ejected for this hit on Sims. (Mr Ed says: And then in postgame interviews, he says he doesn't think he did anything wrong. What a turd.)

VIDEO: Baylor's sales pitch: This is America! - ESPN

Briles asked ESPN's Holly Rowe on national TV after the Bears' win over Kansas State: "What country do we live in?" Watch it in all of its glory.

- "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." -

Mr Ed says: As a history buff, every year when December 7 rolls around on the calendar, it makes me pause and remember our greatest generation.  The quote above is generally attributed to Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, (and spoken by his character in the movie "Tora, Tora, Tora") although there is no direct evidence that he ever said it or wrote it.

Survivors to commemorate 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack - Yahoo News

More than 50 World War Two veterans will gather in Honolulu on Sunday to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that left more than 2,000 Americans dead and thrust the United States into the war. Among them will be four of the nine remaining Pearl Harbor survivors who have traveled to Oahu for the last official gathering of the USS Arizona Reunion Association.

Attack on Pearl Harbor: Ships, Heroes and Speeches

On an otherwise calm Sunday morning on December 7, 1941, the Japanese shocked the world by bombing the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  (Mr. Ed says: The attack began shortly before 8 AM local time, which would have been shortly before noon Kansas time.)

Pearl Harbor - World War II -

The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan; Congress approved his declaration with just one dissenting vote. Three days later, Japanese allies Germany and Italy also declared war on the United States, and again Congress reciprocated. More than two years into the conflict, America had finally joined World War II.

YouTube Video - Day of Infamy Speech

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. Click here for the text of FDR's Day of Infamy Speech.