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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 1.15.15

A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Sports -

New offensive coordinator bringing Air Raid offense to KU |

The Jayhawks will be one of six Big 12 teams running a version of the Air Raid offense next season. “If you’re doing the same thing that everybody else is doing, and you want an edge, you better do it better than they do it,” Likens said. “So then you have to coach the details in practice, that practice is premium. You can’t just roll the balls out there and expect to be good. You have to be freakishly detail-oriented, and then on top of that, I think we’re going to bring a little bit of a twist to it.”

Toughness, teamwork common themes on David Beaty's coaching staff | Tale of the Tait |

The two common themes that bounced around throughout the room were toughness and teamwork. Nearly every coach I spoke with mentioned something about playing tough and coaching tough kids. The most notable such soundbite came from Kubiak, the 27-year-old wide receivers coach who told me that he wanted KU's wide receivers to be the toughest unit on the team and added, “And if they're not, they won't play.”

KU offensive coordinator Likens impressed Beaty quickly |

“As soon as coach Beaty shared his vision with me I was like, ‘Let’s do this. I’m onboard.’ He wants to do it right. He wants to build a solid foundation doing things the right way, building a program over the long haul not just coming in here and doing quick-fix type stuff. That was very attractive for me.”

University of Kansas Football - Hyman Named Special Teams Coordinator; Football Staff Meets the Media

As Beaty's Kansas staff nears completion, those who have been put in place were made available to the media Wednesday afternoon at the Anderson Family Football Complex. The following are a sampling of quotes from Wednesday's availability.

Self saw a couple positives against OSU |

“There are two areas we played really well — our field-goal percentage defense was great and rebounding was great. That’s a pretty dominant effort on the glass,” KU coach Bill Self said. “For them to miss 35 shots and only get four back (four offensive rebounds to KU’s 10), that is good. That’s a positive."

The Day After: Cutting down the Cowboys | Tale of the Tait |

The story of the game was the Kansas defense. Oklahoma State entered the game with the top two leading scorers in the Big 12 (Phil Forte and Le'Bryan Nash) and those two exceeded their averages, yet OSU scored just 57 points. Cowboys coach Travis Ford shared his frustration after the loss by simply saying that OSU had to find a way for other guys to score.

Turnovers doom KU women in 80-63 home loss to TCU |

The Kansas University women's basketball team remained winless in Big 12 Conference following an 80-63 home loss to TCU on Wednesday night.

University of Kansas Athletics - Rock Chalk Weekly: A Knight's Tale

Natalie Knight takes "FOE" to a whole new level. The five-foot-seven guard from Olathe, Kansas not only eats, sleeps and breathes basketball, but has bled Jayhawk Crimson and Blue throughout her entire life.

Kansas Softball Gearing Up for 2015 Season

Coming off of its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006, Kansas softball is looking to make another postseason run in 2015. Just a month away from the start of the new season, the Jayhawks have returned to campus to begin preparation for competition.

- College Sports -

Marcus Mariota of Oregon Ducks to declare for NFL draft - ESPN

The Oregon quarterback announced Wednesday on the school's website that he would forgo his senior season. Oregon said that the redshirt junior filed paperwork on Wednesday, a day before the NFL deadline.

Ohio State Buckeyes name Ed Warinner offensive coordinator, Tim Beck co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach - ESPN

Less than two days after the Buckeyes claimed the national title in the final game of Tom Herman's decorated career with the program before he takes over at Houston, coach Urban Meyer tabbed offensive line coach Ed Warinner to fill the primary offensive coordinator role and Beck to handle the quarterbacks and become the co-offensive coordinator.

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Baylor Bears - Recap - January 14, 2015 - ESPN

Kenny Chery, the senior point guard who struggled shooting for most of the game, made a jumper with 4.7 seconds left, and the Bears won 74-73 after blowing a 14-point lead in the final 8 1/2 minutes.

- In The News -

What Do We Know About Rob Konrad's 16 Hours At Sea?

Alone under the sky, impossibly far from anyone who could help him and miles from shore, the former football player swam nine—or was it 27?—miles to save his life. He pictured his two daughters waiting for him back home, and used the sun and stars to guide himself through shark-infested waters to make it back to shore. This is exactly the kind of feel-good story sports reporters love to write and television producers clamor to package, and former Miami Dolphin Rob Konrad provided it this past week, telling an unbelievable story that started with him falling off a boat and ended in the triumph of the human spirit.

But lost in all the commotion is one point worth considering: How do we know any of this happened?

- Fake News -

Not sure if the Rob Konrad story goes in here or not... anyway...

Report: New Coach to be a Big Improvement Over Old Coach - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

According to team sources, the coach just hired to replace the old coach while be significantly better at coaching. “This is the right guy for the job,” said one. “We appreciate the previous coach’s time here, but I truly believe that the new coach is going to put us in position to compete for championships. It’s an exciting time.”

Ohio State's 4th String QB Expected to Go No. 1 Overall in NFL Draft - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

“I don’t know what his name is, what he looks like or how big or small he may be, but he must be awesome,” said Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht. “Ohio State’s quarterbacks just get better and better as you go down the depth chart. Ohmigod! Do you think they have a fifth-string quarterback? He must be amazing!”

- Video of the Day-

The greatest flop of all time: Breaking down P.J. Hairston's performance art -

But there is so much more in this sequence to be adored beyond just the simple flop. In fact, when you look at it through a certain lens, Hairston has in fact disproven Newton's third law of physics.