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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 9.26.14

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Big 12 Football: Texas Longhorns at Kansas Jayhawks 2014 Preview - Big 12 Blog - Big 12 Conference Blog

The Texas Longhorns are prepping for the football team's first road game of the season on Saturday when head coach Charlie Strong takes his Horns (the ones that managed not to get dismissed yet) to Kansas to face Charlie Weis' Jayhawks in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.

Locker signs, music meant to bring out 'extra edge' in KU football players against Texas |

The Texas fight song blared over Kansas’ speakers at practice this week.Not only that, signs in the weight room and locker room reminded players that the Jayhawks haven’t defeated the Longhorns since 1938.“It’s really just getting us psychologically ready as well as physically ready,” KU defensive lineman Keon Stowers said, “to beat a team that we haven’t beat in a while.”The two motivational ploys are clear attempts by KU coach Charlie Weis to emphasize a point before Saturday’s 3 p.m. matchup at Memorial Stadium.

Former QB Brady Quinn a believer in Charlie Weis and his tough tactics |

Brady Quinn missed a practice throw because of poor footwork, and coach Charlie Weis walked away grumbling.“That’s why you’ll always be a 50-percent passer,” the coach said.Some nine years later, Quinn still remembers how comments like that propelled him to become a better player during his two years at Notre Dame.

Q&A: Former Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn talks Charlie Weis, KU football | The Kansas City Star

Former Notre Dame standout and Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn will serve as the color analyst for Saturday’s game between Kansas and Texas in Lawrence.

Kansas linebacker Jake Love lives on instincts | The Kansas City Star

The son of a high school coach, junior linebacker Jake Love is an anchor for KU defensive coordinator Clint Bowen’s unit.

Texas (1-2) at Kansas (2-1) (ET) | The Wichita Eagle

The Jayhawks should be able to make it a game on their home field, but the Longhorns are the far more talented team and will find a way to pull off the always-cherished road conference victory.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas 34, Kansas 24

Texas red-letter game for Kansas’ Texans |

For the handful of KU Texans who are seniors, Saturday’s 3 p.m. kickoff at Memorial Stadium will mark their final shot at taking down UT. It’s an opportunity that’s not lost on any of them and one that means as much as any game they’ve played thus far in their college careers.

Running backs Avery and Mann capable of carrying offensive load | Smithology |

Cozart said the Jayhawks (2-1) would love to exploit the UT defense and its physical front seven one way or another, and the team has confidence Avery, a true freshman, and Mann, a junior college transfer in his first season, can help make that happen. Both of them have produced at least one 10-plus yard carry each of the previous three games.

Keeping Stats: Where KU football ranks nationally heading into Big 12 play | Tale of the Tait |

Here's a look at where the 2-1 Jayhawks stand in the most popular categories on offense defense, special teams and miscellaneous.

Big 12 players in the Week 5 spotlight - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas RB Corey Avery: The freshman running back from Dallas is going to be motivated to shine against Texas, a program that recruited him on and off throughout 2013 and did bring him in for a January official visit. KU will try to pound the middle of Texas' defense, but Avery has the burst to pick up some big gains outside or inside.

Big 12 Week 5 predictions - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Why Kansas will keep it close: The Jayhawks almost beat the Longhorns the last time Texas traveled to Lawrence, and there's no reason to think they can't do it again. Kansas' defense is better than people think. If Cozart and the Jayhawks' offense can hold up its end of the bargain and put up points, all bets are off.

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KU basketball notes

University of Kansas Athletics - Once a Jayhawk, Always a Jayhawk: Allen Frame

The former cross country star was an academically brilliant student, ranking in the top five of his class. He started his academic career strong at the University of Kansas in 1952, as he came to college with the Summerfield Scholarship underneath his belt. This is an award that is given to only 10 students throughout the entire state of Kansas.

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Phil Hughes passes on chance to pitch out of bullpen, collect $500K bonus -

Nice gesture by the Twins and at the very least an interesting gesture by Hughes. Most of us wouldn't pass up the chance to, in essence, nab half a million bucks for a single relief appearance, but most of us, unlike Hughes, aren't already millionaires several times over.

20 Ways the World Was Very Different the Last Time the Pittsburgh Pirates Missed the Playoffs - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

The Pittsburgh Pirates are a postseason regular. But years ago, way back in 2012, this franchise was one of the worst in sports. How much in the world has changed since then? Let’s take a look.

Mets Writer Notes Team Hasn't Balked All Year; Mets Immediately Balk

Dillon Gee must have seen DiComo's tweet—or maybe higher powers knew the Mets couldn't have anything nice—because two minutes later...