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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 9.22.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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The Day After: Surviving Central Michigan | Tale of the Tait |

KU started fast, finished strong and, regardless of how good or bad you think Central Michigan is, the Jayhawks found a way to make some plays to truly earn a victory, something that could do wonders for their confidence and overall vibe for the near future. It was far from perfect and there were still several of areas of concern, but the outcome is all that matters today, especially because these guys know it wasn't their best effort and they realize that they still have a ton of work to do.

Looking better: Cozart showing progress for KU |

Added Cozart: “We feel good about the (Central Michigan) win, and we’ve got Texas coming here. It’s a Big 12 team, and you can’t look at their record. They’re gonna come in here ready to go. It’s homecoming for us, so it’s gonna be real personal for us, and we just want to get another Big 12 win and get this team going.” The Longhorns opened as 14 1⁄2 - point favorites for Saturday’s 3 p.m. kickoff at Memorial Stadium.

Mundine, Cozart find comfort zone against Central Michigan |

Mundine kept going straight to the weak-side gap and Cozart kept hitting him. Quick pass after quick pass, the senior hauled in six catches for 67 yards without any drops. Both were career highs by Mundine.

KU's Heeney sticks by bold statement |

“I’ve said it the whole offseason. I think we’re one of the best defenses in the Big 12,’’ Heeney said of the unit he captains for Kansas. “I’m sticking by what I said. I think that’s true.’’ One thing for certain is this: Heeney deserves anything good that comes out of this season. If the statement he repeated after Saturday’s win pans out, KU has a fighting chance. If not, they’ve still got a fighter, and that’s Heeney.

Sunday Rewind: How KU started fast on the first play against Central Michigan | The Kansas City Star

But while Pierson’s speed is the first thing you notice on the touchdown run — the play took just 9.93 seconds from handoff to goal line — let’s take a look at the three players that made the play work.

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 4 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

10. Kansas Jayhawks. Record: 2-1 Overall. Previous Ranking: 10. It was hardly a program-defining win, but the Jayhawks bounced back nicely in a 24-10 victory over Central Michigan after the debacle the week before at Duke. Kansas flashed some much-needed big-play ability, with Tony Pierson, Justin McCay and Corey Avery all scoring on long touchdowns. The Jayhawks will need a lot more of that if they hope to escape the Big 12 basement for the first time in six years.

New York prep concludes KU visit |

Cheick Diallo, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound senior power forward from Our Savior New American High in Centereach, New York, who is ranked No. 6 in the recruiting Class of 2015 by, completed his weekend campus visit to Kansas University on Sunday.

Weekend Visitation: Five-star bigs take trips -

Ranked No. 4 in the 247Sports Composite, Cheick Diallo is one of the more intriguing prospects in the class of 2015. His recruitment has been played pretty close to the vest, as there haven't been too many interviews with him or his camp. Kansas, Iowa State, Pittsburgh and Kentucky were all expected to visit him at his Long Island in the past couple of weeks.

University of Kansas Athletics - Jayhawks Rebound with 4-0 Drubbing of Saint Mary’s

Less than two days removed from its first loss of the 2014 season, the Kansas soccer team got back to its winning ways with a decisive 4-0 win over the Saint Mary's Gaels Sunday afternoon inside the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. Conference play starts up next for the Jayhawks when they travel to Baylor for a match on Sept. 26.

University of Kansas Athletics - Jayhawks Pick Up Wins on Final Day of Oklahoma Classic

Kansas women's tennis wrapped up play at the Oklahoma Classic Sunday with several Jayhawks picking up wins in consolation play at the Headington Family Tennis Center.

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Will the Texas Longhorns gain bowl eligibility this season? - Burnt Orange Nation

Still awaiting official word from head coach Charlie Weis on the precise "pile of crap"-ness of the current edition of Kansas football, but the early returns suggest that the Jayhawks are piled high and steaming.

Brady Hoke's seat is hotter than ever in Ann Arbor -

After Michigan lost to Utah 26-10 at home Saturday night -- in a game that featured a two-hour weather delay and a flooded stadium -- Hoke's Michigan teams have gone 17-13 since the start of 2012. Saturday's loss dropped Michigan's record to 1-6 against Power 5 opponents outside the Big Ten under Hoke.

Cal store sends 'win' email too early - ESPN

An email sent by the athletic department's official store, sent moments before the Wildcats completed their comeback with a Hail Mary, congratulated the Bears on the win and offered 25 percent off the merchandise.

‘Dabo Has Hemorrhoids': Here’s Your Roundup Of College GameDay Signs From Florida State

Here are the 15 best signs from College Gameday at Florida State.

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PICTURE: ESPN's Sidney Rice Tweet Won the Roger Goodell Press Conference - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Mr. Ed says: Yup.

College GameDay's Sam Ponder Goes Off On Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston is suspended for today's game against Clemson, but that didn't stop him from being a major focus of College GameDay. Here contributor Sam Ponder—the only female member of GameDay—takes Winston to task and wonders "how can you think it would ever be appropriate to publicly speak in such an obscene and vulgar way about women?"

VIDEO: Ray Lewis: "There's some things you can cover up. And then there's some things you can't." - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

And ESPN willingly employs this guy.

VIDEO: Royals lose run when Salvador Perez doesn't tag up at third -

Perez did not tag up at third base on the line out. He retreated towards the base but took off for home as soon as the throw got by Suarez. Replays confirmed it clearly and the Tigers did appeal to third. Perez was initially ruled safe but the call was eventually overturned. Now, here's where it gets weird. Tagging up on a play like this is not reviewable. Don't ask me why. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus did challenge the play but that is not allowed and the umpires were told that when they put the headsets on and called the review office in New York.

Brian Hartline Flagged For Golfing Touchdown Celebration

Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline's invisible putt after his touchdown was rather funny. The officials didn't appreciate his creativity, though, flagging the Dolphins for use of a non-football sport in a football game. (OK, it was actually for unsportsmanlike conduct.)