- Kansas Football -
A source with knowledge of Kansas University football coach David Beaty’s coaching staff told The Journal-World on Monday night that Cal’s Rob Likens, who served as the Golden Bears’ passing game coordinator and assistant head coach in 2014, was expected to join the KU staff as Beaty’s offensive coordinator.
Kansas cornerback JaCorey Shepherd has accepted an invitation to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl, football's premier senior showcase event, while linebacker Ben Heeney will suit up in the East-West Shrine Game, the nation's longest-running college all-star game.
KANSAS: We've mentioned in this space before that 2016 RB Aubrey White was the kind of steal that Kansas will have to fight hard to keep over the next year. Well, guess who joined the Wylie (Texas) East back's offer list this weekend? Alabama. David Beaty is a master recruiter of the DFW area and might have to put in some serious work on White as that list keeps growing.
The Jayhawks can thank Bowen for escaping an F. KU went from a program with little hope to a program moving in a much better direction under Bowen. After Weis' departure it became clear the players considered Bowen an upgrade over Weis while becoming more entrenched and involved in the program. If Beaty comes in and builds on foundation laid during October and November, we could look back upon the end of 2014 as KU’s first steps toward a return to relevance.
- Kansas Basketball -
The victory capped KU's non-conference record at 11-2, which, by all accounts, is pretty solid given the difficulty of KU's schedule. Many fans and critics will point to KU's two blowout losses (to Kentucky and Temple) as reasons to question this team — and it certainly remains a team with plenty of questions. But, given the fact that teams like Tennessee, Georgetown, Michigan State and UNLV were on the schedule, a case could be made that Kansas easily could have more than two losses.
No. 13/14 Kansas (11-2, 0-0) opens Big 12 play at No. 21/22 Baylor (11-2, 0-1) on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.
On Wednesday night, the No. 12 Jayhawks head to No. 21 Baylor to begin pursuit of their 11th straight. That would tie Gonzaga for the second-most in major college basketball, and move within two of matching the 13 straight Pac-10 championships that UCLA won in the 1960s and `70s.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self talks with the media about the depth of the Big 12 as the Jayhawks begin conference play this week. Self says there were many times during the past 10 years when, at some point during a particular season, he wondered if KU had what it took to win the Big 12 championship.
Before KU (11-2) begins conference play, Wednesday at Baylor (11-2 overall, 0-1 Big 12), Self met with the media Monday afternoon to talk about the loaded league and where the Jayhawks stand entering the home stretch.
Self has referred to the Massachusetts native as his first-half-of-the-season MVP, and the metrics won't argue that point. Sports-Reference.com tracks a number of advanced college basketball statistics, but one of the most interesting is something called win shares per 40 minutes (WS/40) -- an estimate of the number of wins a player contributes to his roster on offense and defense per 40-minute interval.
Kansas women's basketball hosts Oklahoma on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m., inside Allen Fieldhouse.
- College Sports -
Zach Auguste's basket off an offensive rebound with 1:07 left helped the No. 13 Fighting Irish hold off the No. 18 Tar Heels 71-70 on Monday night.
Oklahoma (11-3, 2-0) beat a top 10 team on the road for the first time since 1993 and could get a huge confidence boost at the start of the Big 12 schedule. The Sooners also tied their largest margin of victory over Texas on the road in the history of the rivalry, matching a 21-point win in 2001. OU 70, UT 49.
The school called a news conference for Tuesday for Ray but did not elaborate on the purpose. Ray was SEC defensive player of the year and led the conference in sacks. (Mr. Ed says: Maybe he's just going to apologize for the hit that got him thrown out of the SEC title game?)
Let's make it a rule: If you're a borderline top-25 team that loses three straight games to unranked teams -- including one at home to an unranked America East foe -- in an eight-day span, you aren't allowed to subsequently appear on anybody's AP ballot.
- Videos of the Day -
Our media criticism in these parts often accuses television of being so lacking in basic sensibility that it has become post-human. Stuart Scott's death at 49 prompted a reminder that, yes, these are real people on TV; there's no more accurate a depiction of this than the tentative and often fragile on-air reactions of people who knew Scott to the news that he was dead.
Rich Eisen announcing his friend and colleague Stuart Scott's death live on-air this morning was heartbreaking, but his tribute to the late ESPN anchor tonight on NFL Network was enough to bring a smile back to your face.
Here we see Sapa Fehervar goalie Christian Engstrand experiencing every players worst nightmare: The own goal. And this one is a special kind of nightmare because, well ... just watch.
Here's a video of a race Sunday at Florida's Gulfstream Park featuring a horse named "Harass." The horse's name sounds different in a race call, and Harass stays near the front of the pack, which means the announcer says it frequently, like, for example, "Julien Leparoux gets Harass going on the outside," or, "Here comes Harass!"