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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 9.05.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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Pretty soon the Packers will realize they need some James Sims in the backfield!  He ain't going down with no concussion!

- Kansas FOOTBALL -

The countdown is on, one more day to go!  Stay tuned to Rock Chalk Talk all weekend!

KU football to learn soon if sacrifices worth it |

With Kansas University set to kick off its football season at 6 p.m. Saturday night against Southeast Missouri State at Memorial Stadium, several players, old and young, will take the first step toward finding out if everything they did to change the way things go for Kansas football was worth it.

Big 12 players in Week 2 spotlight - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas RB DeAndre Mann: Corey Avery will get lots of play, but Mann seems to be the more complete and experienced back at the moment and coach Charlie Weis has high expectations for his debut. Mann was prolific at the junior college level and couldn't have picked a better situation to play right away.

Confident Cozart eager for start of season |

When you’re sitting at the bottom of the Big 12 and looking up like Kansas is, there obviously is a lot of work to do before you get to the top.But a good way to help speed up the process — or at least take that pivotal first step — is with a talented, young quarterback who can make plays with his arm, his legs and light a fire in those around him. KU believes it has one in Montell Cozart.

KU’s Charlie Weis feeling healthier, lighter as Jayhawks’ season begins | The Kansas City Star

Kansas football coach Charlie Weis prepared for another football season with a new motivation. He has lost weight and says he is feeling better these days. Now his attention is on helping turn around the team’s fortunes.

Life-changing son: Kansas' Keon Stowers alters family cycle |

Keon Stowers was watching television on the couch when he heard the knock at the door. Two men in suits wanted to talk to his father, Desmond.Seventeen-year-old Keon had seen family members arrested before, and on this day, his father surrendered himself willingly and without a struggle. For the future 6-foot-3, 297-pound Kansas defensive lineman, the incident was just the latest in a string of childhood letdowns.

Kansas-Southeast Missouri football preview | The Kansas City Star

Rustin Dodd's pick: Kansas 35-13. Montell Cozart's athleticism will be on display and the Jayhawks' new spread offense should maneuver easily past Southeast Missouri. The defense should be solid.

Week 1 — Nobody's picking SEMO | Pick Six |

All season long, staff members from the Lawrence Journal-World will share their picks for six college football games a week.

University of Kansas Athletics - Kansas App Now Offers Jayhawk Upgrades & Experiences

Through the official Kansas app, available on iOS and android, fans attending Saturday's season opener against Southeast Missouri State will be able to upgrade their experience at Memorial Stadium right from their mobile device through partnership with mobile technology provider Experience (

- College Sports -

Arizona hold off UTSA 26-23

Cayleb Jones had an 85-yard scoring reception for Arizona on the first play from scrimmage, and redshirt freshman Anu Solomon was 17 of 32 for 231 yards after throwing for 425 yards and four touchdowns against UNLV.

Tusculum sets NCAA record with minus-100 total yards allowed - ESPN

Tusculum allowed minus-100 total yards and minus-124 yards rushing to set NCAA single-game records in both categories Thursday night in a 71-0 victory over the College of Faith.

Big 12's Bob Bowlsby talks autonomy, expansion and College Football Playoff - Orlando Sentinel

Bowlsby was at AT&T Stadium Saturday for the Cowboys Classic featuring Florida State and Oklahoma State and he spoke with the Sentinel about autonomy, the new College Football Playoff and whether he could ever see the league expanding.

Matukewicz up for the challenge at Southeast Missouri State |

The Southeast Missouri State sideline will have plenty of Kansas flavor Saturday. Silver Lake native Tom Matukewicz will lead his undefeated Redhawks into Memorial Stadium to take on the Jayhawks in KU’s 6 p.m. season opener. For Matukewicz, who is in his first year as head coach at the school, the opportunity to coach a game so close to home is something he’s been looking forward to.

- Thought This Was Interesting -

Adam Schefter is NFL reporting machine - The Washington Post

ESPN reporter Adam Schefter is in the news-breaking business — and no one breaks more.

Adam Schefter Is A Scoop Trader

After reading this Washington Post story on Adam Schefter, it's becoming clear that Rick Maese is the go-to writer for profiles of semi-scrutable ESPN personalities. The Schefter piece doesn't have the surprising pathos of Maese's memorable Skip Bayless profile from a year ago, but it does provide a shockingly simple answer to the million-dollar question of how Schefter gets what he does: he bargains for it.

- Why Can't We All Just Get Along? -

How Not To Be A (Jerk) When You Fly

What is it with all of the anger and stupidity on planes these days? It seems like every day a plane is diverted over a fight caused by something that should be a matter of simple respect. Clearly, some people need a reminder of how to act on a plane, so let's look at what (jerks) do when they fly.

- Photo and Video of the Day -

PHOTO: Rays fan lets friend at home watch game via video chat -

Something tells me they don't have the express written consent of Major League Baseball to retransmit the game! That's OK. I won't tell if you won't.

Ex-Bengal Ickey Woods does 'Ickey Shuffle' in Geico ad, internet loves it -

Thanks to Geico, the shuffle is now back. (Mr. Ed says: I actually saw this on TV last night.  Awesome.)

- Daily Trivia -

Ok, I screwed up yesterday's question.  The answer is 76 points vs Nebraska in 2007.  But I meant to exclude that game since everyone should know that.  The second highest is 72 points vs UAB in 1994.

Today's question: Actually two questions for you today.

1. What is KU's all-time record in bowl games?

2. What is KU's highest ever finish in a national poll?  Bonus points for year.  Hint: It's not 2007.