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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 9.17.14

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A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Football -

University of Kansas Athletics - Jayhawks Look to Bounce Back Against Central Michigan

Kansas will look to bounce back quickly when it plays host to Central Michigan Saturday, Sept. 20, after dropping a 41-3 game at Duke. Kansas and Central Michigan will kick off at 2:30 p.m., at Memorial Stadium, with a live broadcast on FOX Sports Net.

Must-win: Weis says CMU game ‘critical’ | KUsports.com

“I think everyone knows that this is a critical game,” Weis said of Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. kickoff against the Chippewas (2-1). “Because now you go into the Big 12 stretch that we’re about ready to go into, and this kind of sets the table. (It) either sets the table well, or it sets the table where you’re really, really fighting an uphill battle.”

KU QB Montell Cozart deserves time to show improvement | Tale of the Tait | KUsports.com

Many people saw that heading into the season. I didn't. In fact, I saw pretty much the exact opposite. I saw a fast start. I saw Cozart sprinting out of the gates with the kind of play that would energize and invigorate the fan base and I expected that on Sept. 16, Jayhawks everywhere would be talking more about the excitement of what's happening instead of dwelling on the uncertainty of what may come and what to do now.

Weis, Jayhawks have plenty of issues to address this week | Smithology | KUsports.com

In the nearly three days that have passed since Kansas University’s football team suffered its first embarrassment of the season, in a 41-3 loss at Duke, coach Charlie Weis and his staff have had plenty of time to identify the numerous breakdowns that led to the drubbing.

KU coaches sticking with QB Montell Cozart ... for now | CJOnline.com

“All I know is whoever is going to give us the best chance to win this game, that’s who’s going to be in there,” Weis said during his weekly news conference Tuesday. “And right now we think that Montell gives us the best chance to win this game.”

Quick hits: Charlie Weis says QB Montell Cozart is starter, but Michael Cummings will be ready | CJOnline.com

Here are some quick notes from Kansas coach Charlie Weis' press conference Tuesday.

Fan angst builds around Kansas football as Jayhawks prepare for Central Michigan | The Kansas City Star

From the fan base to administrators, from the coaching staff to the players, the opening weeks of the KU season have amplified the angst around the program. Fan unrest has risen to a low boil. This is the backdrop for Kansas' nonconference finale against Central Michigan.

Central Michigan could play without star rusher against Kansas | The Kansas City Star

Central Michigan will likely be without one of its top players for its road game at Kansas on Saturday. Star running back Thomas Rawls, a former transfer from Michigan, has been suspended for a violation of team rules, Central Michigan announced this week.

Charlie Weis, KU football reach crossroads before Central Michigan game | The Kansas City Star

After a narrow victory against Southeast Missouri State and an ugly performance at Duke, the Jayhawks’ season now stands at an early crossroads. Central Michigan is set to arrive in Lawrence for a Saturday matchup, a final nonconference game that now feels deeply urgent for KU coach Charlie Weis, who’s 5-21 overall and 2-21 against FBS opponents.

The Bottom 25: Better late than never, Kansas - CBSSports.com

22. Kansas: During the first two weeks of the season Kansas has been the team I've heard the most about. Every where I go people ask me "why isn't Kansas ranked?" or "how can you not include Kansas in a ranking of the worst teams?" Well, we all knew it was only a matter of time, didn't we? I never lost faith. I knew that starting the season with a bye (which is a great time to take your bye so your team can get that week of rest to recover from the offseason) and with an FCS opponent might delay the inevitable, but the inevitable has finally arrived.

- Kansas Sports -

Vegas prep relishes visit from Self | KUsports.com

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend held an in-home visit with Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High senior Stephen Zimmerman on Monday night. Zimmerman, the No. 10-rated player in the recruiting Class of 2015 by Rivals.com, said a good time was had by all.

Jayhawks: Day One of 2014 Boot Camp ‘great’ | KUsports.com

“It was great this morning. The team did well. As a freshman, I’m adjusting to the lifestyle that I’m living right now,” said Oubre, a New Orleans native who played last season at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada.

University of Kansas Athletics - KU Women’s Golf Finishes Third at Minnesota Invitational Behind DiMarco’s Top-10 Placing

For the second week in a row, the Kansas women's golf team finished in the top three after placing third and shooting an overall team score of 905 (+41) at the Minnesota Invitational at the Minikahda Club here Tuesday.

University of Kansas Athletics - Jayhawks Finish Second at the Ram Masters Invitational

Behind a runner-up finish by sophomore Chase Hanna, the Kansas men's golf team finished second at the Ram Masters Invitational at the Fort Collins Country Club Tuesday. The Jayhawks shot 3-over 283 in their final round.

University of Kansas Athletics - Kansas Rowers Make Great Coaches

Excited to share their skills with the Lawrence community, the Jayhawk rowers acted as coaches at the community rowing clinic the team hosted Saturday. Kansas Athletics and the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department teamed up to host KU's annual community learn to row event, which the maxed-out attendance deemed a success.

- College Sports -

Mark Dantonio of Michigan State Spartans says they won't run up the score - ESPN

After a loss at Oregon two weeks ago, Michigan State may need to run the table to have a shot at making the inaugural college football playoff, but don't expect coach Mark Dantonio to rely on style points to get his 11th-ranked Spartans there.

Top 10 players who need to fulfill expectations - College Basketball - ESPN

This group of 10 players needs to meet expectations this season for their teams to succeed. Will they?

Top 10 mascots in college basketball - ESPN

Today's topic: The all-important best mascots in the game. Players change. Coaches come and go. Even arenas and courts get new looks. But mascots, for better or worse, are forever. For example, Kansas State fans may long for a full-bodied mascot. Alas, they are stuck with a male cheerleader wearing a Wildcat bobblehead.

- Professional Sports -

Arian Foster Thinks A Beer Company Hassling The NFL Is Bullshit

Foster's logic—and the logic of a lot of people shouting down the fire the NFL finds itself in—is faulty because it's really asking why the media and sponsors weren't talking about it sooner, not why they're talking about it now.

NFL Asks Peyton Manning to Keep Hidden for a Few Months Whatever Horrible Crimes He's Doing - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Goodell sent Manning the letter because the commissioner is “currently operating under the position that all NFL players have something horrible they are hiding,” said a league source. “That may sound cynical, but it’s not. Roger also has a lot of things he’s hiding, too, so he’s not judging. He’s just trying to get the NFL through this rough patch.” (Mr. Ed says: Once again, if you do not have a sense of humor, please do not click on this link.)

- Photos and Videos of the Day -

This Wake Forest recruiting photoshop is the year's weirdest - CBSSports.com

OK, OK: recruiting at Wake Forest is hard. There's a ton of in-state competition. The program's had little traditional success and has been to one bowl game in the last five seasons. The school's academic requirements rule many prospects out. In short: if you're going to successfully recruit to Wake Forest, yes, you're going to have to get creative.

Photo of the day: The LA Coliseum as big-league ballpark - CBSSports.com

When the Dodgers first moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, they didn't have, you know, an actual ballpark waiting for them. Walter O'Malley's famous helicopter ride over downtown LA was the first seed of Dodger Stadium, but the current home of the Dodgers wouldn't be in fighting shape until before the 1962 season, so the team played 1958-61 home games in a retrofitted Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

VIDEO: Pete Rose is in the hall (at least in this shoe commercial) - CBSSports.com

Hmm. And now it seems he's been booted out of the hall. As consolation, he can set up a table in his sunken den, which is near the hall, and sell his autograph to passersby. Yes, he'll sign body parts.

VIDEO: Bryan Cranston's hilarious 'One-Man MLB show' - CBSSports.com

With the postseason right around the corner, TBS has released a nearly six-minute long "commercial" for the American League playoffs (the NL playoffs will air on Fox). And it's the former Dentist of the Stars (Tim Whatley) turned into meth-cooking badass Walter White. Yes, it's Bryan Cranston performing a mock "one-man show."