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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 1.21.15

A look-see around today's internets.

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Does God care about the outcome of football games?  I'm inclined to say no.

- Kansas Sports -

Kansas Athletics Announces Football in February Dates

The 2015 Kansas 'Football in February' events will include a KU Signing Day Party and a Football Fan Fest in Lawrence, as well as stops in Hays, Hutchinson, Topeka, Kansas City and Wichita.

Underclassmen to watch in the Big 12 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas LB Kyron Watson: It’s easy to trust the guy Ben Heeney has selected as his successor. The top backup at middle linebacker this season, Watson played in 11 games as a reserve and on special teams. Heeney took the former top-150 recruit under his wing last season and taught him plenty. You can’t teach Watson’s athleticism. Watch out for him.

Bourbon headed to Washburn; Cox expected back |

The Journal-World has learned that former Kansas University running back Brandon Bourbon will enroll at Washburn University in Topeka and play his final season of eligibility for the Ichabods next fall.

AUDIO - New KU offensive coordinator Rob Likens on installing new system |

New Kansas football offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Rob Likens talks about installing a new offense, and what he looks for in a QB.

AUDIO - KU O-line coach Zach Yenser on familiarity wtih Rob Likens, keeping offense simple |

New Kansas football offensive line coach and run-game coordinator Zach Yenser talks with the Journal-World about the importance of working with KU offensive coordinator Rob Likens at Cal, and keeping the new offense simple as it is installed.

The Day After: Overcoming OU | Tale of the Tait |

Had Oklahoma, which confirmed all of the things I already liked about them (mental and physical toughness, great guard play, well coached) had been able to erase that 19-point halftime deficit and walk out of there with a victory, it would've been one of the better wins in school history. Instead, KU rose a level above and the home crowd took the Jayhawks the rest of the way to a huge conference victory that may very well have re-established KU as the team to beat in the Big 12.

Oubre, Jayhawks make noise from long range |

“At the beginning of the game, we had in the back of our mind we went to Ames and didn’t come out as successful as we wanted to,” Oubre said of Saturday’s 86-81 loss at Iowa State in which KU hit nine of 23 threes. “So we wanted to come out from the jump and do things better than we did at Iowa State.”

Kansas Basketball: Freshmen Oubre, Alexander growing up

One of the more pressing issues of the Jayhawks’ season thus far has been the utilization and performance of McDonald’s All-Americans Kelly Oubre Jr. and Cliff Alexander. Pundits and fans alike believe that if Bill Self can get these two uber-talented freshmen to play up to their lofty expectations, then the Jayhawks have another Big 12 Championship and Final Four caliber team on their hands.

- College Sports -

No miracles, but Wake Forest is making strides under Manning |

The Demon Deacons (9-9, 1-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) have played unexpectedly close in losses to then-No. 5 Louisville, then-No. 2 Duke and Syracuse.

NCAA aircraft shortage might lead to teams sticking around tournament - ESPN

Due to what the NCAA says is a shortage of charter aircraft, losing teams might be sticking around up to a full extra day before flying back to campus.

Is this year's Big 12 the best college basketball league ever? | FOX Sports

Top to bottom, the Big 12 doesn't have a rival. "To me, it's fairly conclusive that the Big 12 is the better conference," said Ken Pomeroy, the college basketball advanced statistics guru who runs the authoritative site,

The Big 12 is proving to be fun and exhausting for all coaches involved -

Self has coached 11 years at KU, won at least a share of the Big 12's past 10 titles and never lost more than four league games. And yet, by his estimation, in this particular season, he -- or anybody else, for that matter -- might be able to win the Big 12 even with five league losses, which is a testament to the quality and depth of the conference.

- Professional Sports -

Aaron Rodgers: I don't think God cares about football game outcomes -

During his weekly radio show on WAUK-AM in Wisconsin, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said that his belief is that God doesn't care who wins or loses a football game.

Ernie Johnson Jokingly Asks Westbrook "How Was The Execution Tonight?"

On Friday night Russell Westbrook raged at the media, refusing to answer questions with anything other than "we executed," and telling one reporter that he flat out didn't like him.

- In The News -

Preparations underway for President Obama's visit to KU | Local News - KMBC Home

President Barack Obama will be arriving in Lawrence, Kan. on Wednesday night and deliver a speech at the University of Kansas on Thursday.

Thousands waited for tickets to see President Barack Obama at University of Kansas - +

On Thursday, the President will speak at the Anshutz Pavillion on KU's campus. The speech comes less than two days after the State of the Union Address.

- Cool Stuff -

New amazing metal is so hydrophobic it makes water bounce like magic

The material is so strongly water-repellent, the water actually gets bounced off. Then it lands on the surface again, gets bounced off again, and then it will just roll off from the surface.

"Baseball" is 8th-most popular password -

IT best practices teach us that passwords should be so inscrutable that not even that account holder should be able to remember them on pain of death or inaccessible checking account. On the opposite end of that particular continuum, we have what follows, which is a listing of the most popular/stupidly obvoius passwords from 2014 and some years prior.

- Video and Pic of the Day -

LOOK: All-22 film shows how much space Morgan Burnett had to run -

While the television angle shows that Burnett had at least a little bit of room to run, the All-22 shows us just how much. Via ESPN's Rob Demovsky, here's a shot of the open field in front of Burnett, as well as Julius Peppers telling him to go down. (Mr Ed says: The Packers did NOT lose because Morgan Burnett took a knee after picking off Russell Wilson. They had a 12-point lead with only 5 mins to go at that point (and now the ball). The blame lies elsewhere.)

Not Even Hockey Is Safe For Packers Fans Right Now

When your own team sucks—as the Vikings do—sports, in their infinite wisdom, offer you a consolation prize: exulting in the tears of your enemies.