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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 1.28.15

A look-see around today's internets.

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Tomorrow is Kansas Day!  (aka the anniversary of Kansas becoming a state.  I'm telling you now in case I forget tomorrow...)

- Kansas Sports -

Jayhawks wary of latest road trip to TCU |

They are playing well. This isn’t the same TCU team we played the last couple years. This is a good team. They could have easily won (at West Virginia). They’ve been in almost every game. All it does is continue to tell you how good the league is,” Self said.

Getting to know TCU | Smithology |

Entering Tuesday night, TCU ranked third in the nation in field-goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 35.1% shooting. The two teams ahead of the Horned Frogs? Undefeated Kentucky (31.7%) and Virginia (34.1%). In Big 12 play, TCU leads the league in FG% defense at 37.4% (ahead of second-ranked KU’s 38.6%), as well as 3-point FG% defense (25.3%).

KU LB Ben Heeney, CB JaCorey Shepherd snag invitations to NFL Combine |

Former KU linebacker Ben Heeney and cornerback JaCorey Shepherd on Tuesday officially learned that they were among the list of 300 or so NFL hopefuls invited to this year's combine — Feb. 17-23 in Indianapolis.

Wild world of recruiting strikes again as KU commitment Josh Moore backs out | Tale of the Tait |

Even though Bowen remained on staff when KU hired David Beaty, something inspired a change of heart for Moore, who initially was committed to Ohio State before picking Kansas. It's possible that the change in leadership was enough to change his mind, but, according to a few people I've (Matt Tait) talked to about his recruitment, it's more likely that Moore may not wind up qualifying academically and may have to go the junior-college route.

Position that needs improvement: Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN

A new era of Kansas football has arrived. New head coach David Beaty hopes to bring an explosive offense and aggressive defense to Lawrence, Kansas, but will need to replace several playmakers on a team that finished 3-9 in 2014. Pretty much every position on the roster needs upgrading, but KU hasn’t gotten good quarterback play since Todd Reesing in 2009.

Kansas Rowing Prepares For Spring Schedule

Kansas will open its spring schedule on March 14, when the Jayhawks travel to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to participate in the Louisville Invitational. The Jayhawks will look to build on last year's success as KU had three boats place first at the regatta. The Louisville Invitational is known as one of the toughest regattas in the nation and features defending American Athletic Conference Champion, Louisville.

Lever First Rower to Receive Marlene Mawson Award

Kansas rower Claudijah Lever was recognized for her hard work, her involvement in the community and her and consistent positive attitude both on and off the water, as the senior was named the 2015 recipient of the Marlene Mawson Exemplary Student-Athlete Award on Saturday afternoon. She became the first rower in school history to take home this accolade.

Men’s Golf Leads as 12 Jayhawk Teams Earn GPAs of 3.0 or Better

Most notably among Kansas teams, the men's golf program posted the highest team GPA with a 3.40 – a team record – and was one of six teams, including swimming and diving (3.34), soccer (3.34), women's cross country (3.34), women's golf (3.33), and volleyball (3.27) with a GPA of 3.25 or higher.

- College Sports -

Baylor Bears vs. Oklahoma St Cowboys - Recap - January 27, 2015 - ESPN

Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford was fine with getting close-to-normal scoring production from stars Phil Forte III and Le'Bryan Nash. What everyone else did helped the Cowboys beat No. 20 Baylor 64-53 on Tuesday night. Oklahoma State's suffocating defense held the Bears to 34.5 percent shooting.

Nebraska recruit, father: We booted Michigan out of in-home visit -

"Michigan was a powerhouse, they came in and they stormed us, they made one bad statement and it was over," Hoskins told 1620 the Zone. "They said without football, Daishon wouldn't be able to go to Michigan. Like we couldn't afford to send him there, or that we couldn't get him in academically. "Once he said that, we pretty much escorted him out of the house."

- Professional Sports -

Exonerated of rape, Brian Banks now realizing NFL dream – in different capacity - Yahoo Sports

Banks, now 29, was cleared and freed in May 2012 after serving five years of probation (in addition to the five years in prison) when his accuser recanted her story. He got a tryout from Carroll and the Seahawks, and then another from the Falcons. But it was too late for his original dream to come true.

- Videos of the Day -

VIDEO: Stephen Curry's no-look pass on perfect Warriors fast break -

Just beautiful, isn't it? The anticipation and timing of Andre Iguodala, the brilliant, impossible-looking pass from Stephen Curry, the strong finish from David Lee. It's all perfect.

LOOK: Marshawn Lynch repeats same answer 29 times at Media Day -

During Lynch's appearance at Media Day, he gave the same answer to every question, "I'm just here so I won't get fined." Marshawn was required to stay at the podium for five minutes and as soon as those five minutes were up he was gone.

WATCH: Marshawn Lynch finally has answers -- in a Progressive ad -

The most impressive thing out of this? Lynch has turned not talking to the media into a lucrative business for him.