Lots of stuff today, peeps, hang on to your hats! (And I didn't have enough time this morning to get to all the places I usually check!)
- Kansas Sports -
Obama became the fourth-sitting United States president to visit KU, but is the first in more than 100 years. Prior to Obama's visit, William H. Taft was the most recent in 1911.
“I think I’ve got a pretty good relationship with our guys, most of them, and a pretty open line of communication. Very rarely do they just text me out of the blue and say, ‘Hey coach, how are you doing today?’ After this today, half the team texted me immediately saying, ‘Coach, man that was awesome, Thanks for allowing us to be part of that.’ It’s a big deal for everybody."
“He made a point to tell our team we’d disappointed him twice during his (NCAA Tournament) picks when he picked us twice to win the national championship and we came up short,” Self added of Obama needling the Jayhawks a bit. “He said he didn’t think he’d go in that direction this year but he thought we’d be a pretty high seed.”
“Coach Self has won 10 straight, I lost two straight (in Kansas),” he said, referring to losing the state of Kansas in the general election during both of his presidential campaigns. “I might have won some sections of Lawrence. That might have happened.”
The Jayhawks are coming to town this Saturday. The game starts at 1 PM CST, and airs on CBS.
9. Ben Heeney, LB, Kansas (16): Few players can match the productivity of Captain Heeney in 2014. The Jayhawks senior left his best for last, leading the Big 12 with 10.58 tackles per game and 88 solo tackles. Heeney could make plays from sideline to sideline and finished his final season with double-digit tackles in seven games, including a 21-tackle game against Texas Tech. KU didn’t have the team success he was striving for, but Heeney did everything he could for the Jayhawks.
Two additional Kansas football players have been invited to participate in a postseason all-star game. Cornerback Dexter McDonald and tight end Jimmay Mundine, members of the 2014 Kansas senior class, accepted bids to compete in the 2015 College Gridiron Showcase all-star game on Jan. 31, in Arlington, Texas.
- College Sports -
After an eventful 2014 football season, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby recently conducted a lengthy phone interview with ESPN.com to discuss the state of the conference.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby discusses state of Big 12 and the controversial co-champions rule.
The heart and soul of the 2014 Kansas State team is graduating after the Wildcats stuck around in the Big 12 title chase until the end.
Yogi Ferrell scored 24 points, James Blackmon Jr. added 22 and the 23rd-ranked Hoosiers made a season high 15 3-pointers to stun No. 13 Maryland 89-70.
Art Briles is OK if opposing teams "hate" his team. "I hope so. They talk bad about the Patriots and they are a pretty good football team."
- Professional Sports -
Chris Harris (2007-10), Darrell Stuckey (2006-09) and Aqib Talib (2005-07), who shared the same KU secondary during the 12-1, 2007 season and 2008 Orange Bowl victory, will be the first trio of Jayhawks to play in the Pro Bowl since Galen Fiss (1950-52), Mike McCormack (1948-50) and Curtis McClinton (1959-61) represented their pro teams in the 1963 Pro Bowl.
Matthews, a special teamer, was not on the field during the play in question and instead came on to congratulate his teammate.
Roger Federer was eliminated from the Australian Open in the third round after losing to Andreas Seppi on Friday in Melbourne. Federer entered the tournament as the second seed, and lost in four sets to the unseeded Italian. Federer dropped the first two sets, then rallied in the third, beating Seppi 6-4. The fourth set went to a tiebreaker, but Federer could not capitalize on multiple mini-breaks.
- Pics and Videos of the Day -
But he also got in some time with Bill Self and the guys. As you can see above, he also left a note. You wonder if that part of the white board will but cut off and framed within the next 24 hours.
"It was very unexpected," Bouchard said, per the Guardian. "I don't know, an old guy asking you to twirl. It was funny."
Throwback Thursday is where people take to social media to show a picture or video from their past. In Edelman's case, he decided to make a one minute video that was set to the "Growing Pains" theme song and featured childhood pictures of his teammates.
Arkansas did everything it could to lose, including fouling Alabama's Michael Kessens on a 2-point lay-up when they were up three points with two seconds left. Kessens made the lay-up, converted the free throw, and sent the game to overtime.
The people over at Bad Lip Reading have come out with their 2015 version for the NFL. So, what funny lines do we get this year?