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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 1.30.15

A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Sports -

Self will ‘take the win,’ but that’s all |

“I am not happy. Nobody on our staff is happy. The players shouldn’t be happy,” Self said. “We’re relieved we won, but how we closed the game ... even as bad as we played, if you close the game right, you win by 10 and leave feeling better. That’s a terrible way to close the game.”

The Day After: Trouble at TCU | Tale of the Tait |

The Jayhawks won. And they won ugly. But a win is a win, as the saying goes, especially on the road in a deep and talented Big 12 Conference.

#KUReview: One play that shows KU was out of it against TCU |

Kansas coach Bill Self was most upset with his team's energy following its 64-61 victory over TCU on Wednesday. What he didn't talk about as much — but what also seemed to hinder KU quite a bit — was the Jayhawks' lack of concentration to run the plays that were being called.

Kansas State Wildcats forward Nino Williams likely out against No. 9 Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN

Kansas State likely will be without Nino Williams for Saturday's game against No. 9 Kansas after the starting forward hurt his left knee in a loss to West Virginia.

New turf being installed at KU's Memorial Stadium | Tale of the Tait |

Work on the project began last weekend and the construction crews are currently in the process of re-leveling the entire field. According to a KU official with knowledge of the project, the new turf is expected to hold up for around eight years.

Jayhawk Track Previews 2015 at Media Day

Kansas track & field head coach Stanley Redwine discussed his team's upcoming 2015 season at media day, Thursday inside the Rock Chalk Park media room. Questions ranged from the team's excitement over their new facility at Rock Chalk Park to the difficult schedules it will face as they head into the heart of the 2015 season.

Stigler stalwart for Jayhawks’ track and field |

All senior hurdler Michael Stigler has done since coming to KU is win three straight Big 12 championships in the 400 hurdles and earn first-team All-American status each season.

Kansas Softball Meets with the Media

With the 2015 season right around the corner, Kansas softball hosted its annual media day on Thursday afternoon. This year's media event was held for the first time in the Jayhawks' brand-new media room at Rock Chalk Park. Head coach Megan Smith and select student-athletes previewed the upcoming season with members of the media.

KU softball sets sights on NCAA repeat |

“I want more than ever, even more than I did before, to see that name (KU) on the screen again,” senior pitcher Alicia Pille said Thursday afternoon at Rock Chalk Park. “So, I can’t wait, and I think everybody feels the same way.”

KU's Rock Chalk Park offers 'unreal' upgrades for teams |

Standing on the mound at Arrocha Ballpark in the recently opened Rock Chalk Park, Kansas senior pitcher Alicia Pille envisions how the new home of KU softball will feel on game day. She can see the stands packed, the scoreboard lit up and the sun setting behind home plate.For KU softball coach Megan Smith, it’s the toilets at the new field that mesmerize her the most.

- College Sports -

Utah Utes vs. UCLA Bruins - Recap - January 29, 2015 - ESPN

Norman Powell scored 23 points and the Bruins defeated No. 11 Utah 69-59 on Thursday night for their first victory over a Top 25 opponent this season.

Duke Blue Devils dismiss junior Rasheed Sulaimon - ESPN

In a stunning announcement, Duke junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon was dismissed from the program on Thursday. The Houston native had not previously been disciplined, at least publicly, all season.

Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett of Seattle Seahawks bash NCAA - ESPN

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and defensive end Michael Bennett both gave impassioned speeches Thursday about how student-athletes are unfairly maligned and how universities don't do enough for them.

Big 12/SEC Challenge changing to single-day event in 2016 - ESPN

The Big 12/SEC Challenge is moving to one day at the end of January in an attempt to create more exposure for the annual event. The conference matchup, which has been held during multiple dates in November and December over the first two seasons, will take place entirely on Sat., Jan. 30 in 2016.

- Videos of the Day -

GoDaddy pulls controversial puppy commercial from Super Bowl slot -

On Wednesday, we showed you a new Budweiser ad that will run during the Super Bowl, featuring an adorable dog and its owner. Later in the day, GoDaddy released an ad of their own, seemingly in response to the Budweiser spot. You can see that ad, "Journey Home," here courtesy of Adweek Magazine, but you won't be seeing it during the Super Bowl.

Lynch To Media: "If Y'all Ain't Mad At Me, Then What Y'all Here For?"

Marshawn Lynch had to make his final Super Bowl week media appearance today, and unlike his previous two press conferences, he came with a direct message for writers and reporters.