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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 1.2.15

A look-see around today's internets.

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First off, Happy New Year!  Hope everyone had a safe, good time.

Secondly, not really a lot of KU news and notes... but that's ok.

Thirdly - my word did Baylor pee down their leg or what?  That was embarrassing.

Fourthly, I really thought FSU would have the athletes to keep up with Oregon.  Boy, was I WRO-ONG.

And fifthly(?), I still haven't seen any other media confirming Beaty's OC hiring... so... yeah...

On to the links!

- Kansas Sports -

Self: Small forward spot Oubre's to lose |

After the game, the 12th-year coach was asked about his team’s small forward position, and he responded by saying, “It’s Kelly’s spot.” Self was quick to point out that Brannen Greene and Svi Mykhailiuk still could earn minutes in KU’s rotation. Oubre, though, appears to be locked in as KU’s starting 3.

Alexander has lofty goal for Jayhawks |

Asked to reveal one wish for the New Year, Kansas University freshman basketball forward Cliff Alexander paused for just a moment, grinned, then responded, “Go undefeated.”

University of Kansas WBB - Jayhawks Host 2014 Holiday Hoops Clinic

Children from kindergarten to eighth grade participated in the yearly clinic that includes all sorts of basketball drills with current Jayhawks and the KU coaching staff. The young basketball players, along with some parents, rotated through seven stations that focused on different skills.

University of Kansas WBB - Kansas Begins Big 12 Play at No. 3 Texas

The Jayhawks travel to No. 3 Texas on Saturday, Jan. 3, to open league play at the Erwin Events Center. The game will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network and the Jayhawk Radio Network.

- College Sports -

Professor Jeanette Boxill among four fired in North Carolina Tar Heels academic fraud scandal - ESPN

North Carolina's flagship public university is trying to fire a senior professor, accepted the resignation of another faculty member and dismissed an academic counselor for athletes for their roles in the fraud scandal that rocked the school, campus officials said Wednesday.

St. John's Red Storm vs. Seton Hall Pirates - Recap - December 31, 2014 - ESPN

Sterling Gibbs had 25 points, eight assists and no turnovers to lead the Pirates past the Red Storm 78-67 in the Big East opener for both teams Wednesday.

Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Evansville Purple Aces - Recap - 2015 - ESPN

D.J. Balentine scored 17 points and Evansville came back from a 16-point deficit to beat No. 23 Northern Iowa 52-49 on Thursday.

Oregon Ducks vs. Florida State Seminoles - Recap - January 01, 2015 - ESPN

In a span of 12:54 on the game clock, the score went from 25-20 to 59-20.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Ohio State Buckeyes - Recap - January 01, 2015 - ESPN

Cardale Jones turned in another savvy performance in his second college start and Ezekiel Elliott ran for a Sugar-Bowl record 230 yards Thursday night, leading Ohio State to a 42-35 upset of top-ranked Alabama in the second semifinal of the College Football Playoff.

Streak snapped, Winston wobbles, FSU caves in loss to Oregon -

Maybe these Noles were too full of themselves. Maybe they just weren't good enough to be here. Oregon had one more touchdown (eight in all) than FSU had fumbles (seven).

Mack Brown: Bob Bowlsby handled TCU-Baylor Big 12 tie the right way -

“Bob Bowlsby was smart by saying, ‘Let's get both in. If it doesn't matter let's don't choose. We might get two teams in,' Brown said. “If Ohio State and Florida State lost on the last day we've got Baylor and TCU in the playoff.

- Professional Sports -

NFL playoffs - Expanded postseason could include 14 or 16 teams and various seeding strategies - ESPN

Is 14 teams the right number? What about 16? How should teams be seeded in light of the Carolina Panthers becoming the second sub-.500 division winner in five seasons? And how much, if at all, should the NFL reward the regular season's top teams? Should its goal be to grease a path for the best team? Or should the playoffs provide a "second season" for all above-average teams to compete tournament-style for a title? Let's consider the possibilities.

- Pics and Videos of the Day -

Mr. Ed says: I think my favorite one of these today is actually the Joe Montana commercial.  Hey fizz... have you ever been to Joe, Montana?

LOOK: The Jameis Winston fumble, Lance Stephenson combo Vine -

Someone has edited Lance Stephenson's infamous exhale into LeBron James' ear on top of Jameis Winston's fumble that was returned for a touchdown by Oregon in the Ducks' 59-20 win.

LOOK: Baylor kicker on wrong end of decleater hit on blocked FG -

Callahan was on the wrong end of one of the most vicious blocks you'll see, courtesy of Michigan State's Tony Lippett. The Spartans blocked Callahan's fourth-quarter field goal and then ... and then, yeah, this hurt.

LOOK: Buccaneers fan makes awesome Rose Bowl sign -

Sorry Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, but the lady's right, one of you is definitely going to get Buc'd on April 30 in the first round of the draft.

LOOK: The Fat Guy Touchdown to end all Fat Guy Touchdowns -

Kendal Briles is running the offense for Baylor in the Cotton Bowl, and let's just say he's calling plays like he has the job security of a man whose boss is his own father.

VIDEO: Frustrated DeMarcus Cousins ejected for tossing Marcus Smart -

After picking up a technical foul earlier in the game, Cousins got tangled up on a box out by Celtics' rookie Marcus Smart. Cousins tussled with Smart for position before finally just throwing him to the ground. (Mr. Ed says: Amazing, Smart didn't flop this time...)

WATCH: Father 'pulls' son's tooth by tying it to a golf ball and hitting it -

This father (of two, no less!) ties one end of a string to a golf ball and the other to his kid's tooth and proceeds to hit the ball to yank the tooth. It works. Nobody dies.

AT&T TV Commercial, 'CFB Legends: Trophies' Ft. Joe Montana, Bo Jackson -

These four college football legends gather in front of the screen to watch the College Football Playoff, and they are as thrilled as ever. Each guy strikes a pose in declaring that he won the Heisman Trophy -- well, except for Joe Montana. He silences them with his five championship rings.

Maxx Williams Dominates Missouri Defense, Double-Hurdles Way To TD

It appears Maxx Williams will be declaring early for the NFL draft, the time is nigh for him to impress the NFL scouts. They'll be plenty impressed with this play, as he hurdles not one but two Missouri defenders en route to a long touchdown catch.

13 Photos of Bama Fans Looking Stupid - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Mr. Ed says: I know, I know... I hate slideshows too, but this one was actually pretty good...