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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 1.13.15

A look-see around today's internets.

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I dunno how you east coast folks do it... I tapped out with Ohio State up 35-20 and Oregon punting the ball back to them.

- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Football - Nick Harwell to Play in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Saturday

Kansas wide receiver Nick Harwell has been tabbed to play in the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. The game will kick off at 3 p.m. (CT), Saturday, Jan. 17, from the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The game will be televised live on ESPN2. ESPNU will also air live broadcasts from practices on Wednesday, Jan. 14 and Thursday, Jan. 15.

The best of the Big 12 in 2014 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Play of the year: The Jayhawks didn’t deliver many wins this season, but they did deliver the play of the year on Nov. 15 against TCU. Midway through the third quarter, Kansas wide receiver Nigel King hauled in a tipped pass with a one-handed acrobatic grab, then raced 78 yards down the sideline to give the Jayhawks a 27-17 lead. The play nearly catapulted Kansas to the upset of the college football season, but TCU rallied to survive King and the Jayhawks, 34-30.

Getting to know the No. 24 Cowboys | Smithology |

Meet the Cowboys the Jayhawks will have to worry about while attempting to open conference play with three straight victories.

KU wary of OSU’s 1-2 punch |

The Jayhawks today face the task of slowing a Cowboy team led by junior guard Phil Forte III and senior wing Le’Bryan Nash, who rank 1-2 in the Big 12 in scoring at 17.7 and 17.6 points a game. Nash has made 47.9 percent of his shots, which ranks sixth in the league. Forte has hit 46 percent, which ranks 10th.

Perry Ellis is stuck in the margins -- and if he gets unstuck, the Jayhawks could take off | FOX Sports

Ellis is many things -- smart, thoughtful, tough, resilient -- but a natural rim protector, he ain't. Big 34 is a finesse guy being asked to take on more of an enforcer's role, whether by design or by default. And it just doesn't fit, doesn't feel right. Kid's pressing. The strain shows.

AUDIO - Mickelson discusses practicing to earn minutes and differences between KU and Arkansas (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

Kansas University junior forward Hunter Mickelson meets with media members and discusses what it's like to have to perform in practice to earn game minutes, as well as the differences between playing at KU and his former school, Arkansas.

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Oregon Ducks vs. Ohio State Buckeyes - Recap - January 12, 2015 - ESPN

Cardale Jones, Ezekiel Elliott and the Buckeyes won the first College Football Playoff National Championship, upsetting Marcus Mariota and Oregon 42-20 on Monday night.

Uber offers helicopter rides to College Football Playoff National Championship - ESPN

Uber teamed up with Epic Helicopters to offer the service. Passengers hailed a private car through Uber for a ride to a helipad, where they boarded a helicopter for an aerial tour of Dallas before being dropped off at the stadium to watch Ohio State play Oregon.

Police use pepper spray to subdue Ohio State scene - ESPN

Officers reported using pepper spray, from a canister and from what appeared to be a paintball gun, but said that particularly in the case of the revelry at Mirror Lake, that was used for the safety of the students, given the combination of low temperatures, slick surfaces and large crowds. "We want them to celebrate," one responding officer said. "We just want them to be safe."

Gary Patterson, Art Briles, Big 12 offer case study of CFP snub -

Patterson's diplomatic handling of TCU going from No. 3 to No. 6 in a one-week span was a stark contrast to Baylor coach Art Briles, who even complained that the playoff committee needs more Texans. The lack of sour grapes by Patterson differed from his own past.

Renovation to keep Texas A&M's Kyle Field free of its former 250,000 bats -

The local Eagle reported Sunday that though Aggies' human fans will no doubt be thrilled with the venerable stadium's $485 million makeover, the area's population of Mexican free-tailed bats will be far less impressed. Up to 250,000 of the bats have roosted in Kyle Field in its recent past, but A&M officials and local bat experts are working to ensure the overhauled venue is a bat-free zone.

NFL Playoffs? Nah, college basketball had craziest day - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN

This is the time of year when folks like to debate college basketball's place. Should the season be shifted so it's not competing with the NFL, NHL, NBA and college football for attention?

Defining what is really an upset - ESPN

But what's that mean, really? What exactly is an upset? Is it simply when one ranked team loses to an unranked team? Is it based on the numbers Vegas creates? Who decides what's supposed to happen in a game and what isn't?

Poll Attacks: You have Villanova and Arizona in the wrong order -

I knew somebody would rank Arizona too high because they either missed the Wildcats' loss late Sunday at Oregon State or just couldn't come to grips with the idea of dropping a national brand that, on paper, still projects as great. Happens all the time.

- Professional Sports -

Ranking the Rookies: Andrew Wiggins ascends to the throne -

Over his past 10 games, Wiggins has averaged 21 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists with a 57.5 true-shooting percentage.

Jacque Vaughn focused on coaching Magic, not rumors or speculation | 'Hawks in the NBA |

Orlando (13-27) currently is tied with Boston for 11th in the mostly wide-open Eastern Conference and sits in fifth place in the five-team Southeast Division (comprised of Atlanta, Washington, Miami, Charlotte and the Magic). However, Vaughn told the Sentinel he isn’t worried about what outsiders think of the job he’s doing and he avoids reading about rumors and speculation.

Broncos' Chris Harris: Season was 'a waste of time' -

Harris, meanwhile, himself had an excellent year; he was Pro Football Focus' No. 1 graded cornerback this season. Of corners who played at least 25 percent of their team's snaps, only Vontae Davis and Tharold Simon allowed a lower passer rating on throws in their direction. Harris finished with three interceptions and didn't allow a single touchdown.

12-year old writes letter to all 32 NFL teams, only Panthers respond -

Cade Pope, a 12-year old NFL fan, sent a letter to the owner of each of the NFL's 32 teams about two weeks ago, asking for help deciding which team he should become a fan of. He has received only one response to date.

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Photo of the Day: Roy Halladay with oblivious fan of his -

When we remember Roy Halladay from his days on the mound, his stoic demeanor is definitely one of the main qualities that immediately comes to mind. Since his retirement, though, he's joined Twitter and shown that was only his on-mound personality.

LOOK: TCU fans brought a 'Winner plays TCU' banner to the title game -

A "Winner plays TCU" banner showed up at the College Football Playoff National Championship between Ohio State and Oregon. Carried by a pair of Horned Frogs fans in purple, we're guessing the TCU fans capitalized on the cheap ticket prices to drive over from the Fort Worth area to troll the College Football Playoff.

LOOK: Deja vu, Cardale Jones fumbles like Jameis Winston in CFP -

Just one week after Florida State's Jameis Winston committed a fumble that earned him national mockery, Ohio State's Cardale Jones did the same, allowing the ball to slip out of his hands while under pressure from an Oregon pass rush in the third quarter of the CFP National Championship on Monday.