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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 1.08.15

A look-see around today's internets.

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It's awfully cold outside (I mean, it's literally zero degrees right now), but there's not much that's colder than the ice in Brannen Greene's veins when he's at the free throw line.

- Kansas Basketball -

University of Kansas MBB - Icy Veins Lift No. 12/13 Kansas Over No. 21/22 Baylor, 56-55

The Bears entered the night ranking in the top-15 nationally for points allowed per game (56.1) and top-30 in the country in opponent field goal percentage (37.7). The Bears also had a 12-game home win streak on its side, but it was the Kansas streak that ultimately held out. The win marked the 24th-consecutive year that Kansas has opened conference play with a victory.

Late heroics lift Kansas at Baylor |

"We are a close-knit team," assessed Greene. "It’s one of the reasons I feel we pulled out this game, the experience we had in past games. It’s been an up and down season for us, at times not the greatest for us. What is so special about this team is this year we’ve been put in situations we’ve had to come out on top an that’s what we’ve done."

Tait: Devonté Graham managing to learn while sidelined |

"At times it's hard," Graham said of sitting out. "But you just can't rush it. It was really bad timing because before I got injured I think I was starting to get into a good flow and understand what coach was asking me to do and be more aggressive and stuff like that."

The Big 12 is going to be a grind -- and nobody grinds at this time of year like KU | FOX Sports

If the Jayhawks (12-2, 1-0) are destined to grab an 11th straight league title, it will likely be more a slog than a runaway. And it could require a different hero every night. Or, in the case of the wild win at Waco, a different hero every 10 minutes. It was Brannen Greene early, Jamari Traylor in the middle, Selden late and Oubre right at the end.

Notebook: Malik Newman to visit KU |

No. 3-rated Class of 2015 recruit Malik Newman plans to pay a visit to Lawrence, Kansas.

Carlton Bragg ready to announce college choice |

Today is Decision Day for blue chip basketball prospect Carlton Bragg, who will announce for either Kansas University, Kentucky or Illinois at 1:45 p.m., Central time, at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, Ohio.

- Kansas Football -

University of Kansas Football - Cassius Sendish to Play in Medal of Honor Bowl Saturday

Kansas safety Cassius Sendish has been tabbed to play in the 2015 Medal of Honor Bowl, which will take place Saturday, Jan. 10 at Johnson Hagood Stadium on the campus of The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Sendish will suit up for the American team and the game is set to kick off at 1:30 p.m. (CT), with a live broadcast on NBC Sports Network.

University of Kansas Football - Zach Yenser Joins Kansas Football Staff as Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach

Kansas football head coach David Beaty put another important piece of his staff in place Wednesday as he announced the addition of Zach Yenser to the Jayhawk coaching staff. Yenser will serve as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach at KU.

Jump to Kansas represents huge opportunity for growth for former Cal assistants | Tale of the Tait |

Clearly, both guys stand to receive promotions, with Likens jumping from receivers coach and passing game coordinator to OC and the opportunity to call plays, and Yenser from O-Line coach to O-Line coach/run-game coordinator. But the titles are just half of it. Those titles also figure to come with a couple of bigger numbers attached to their paychecks.

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University of Kansas Track and Field - Jayhawks to Kickoff New Year with Bill Easton Classic

Kansas track & field will look to continue its strong start to the 2015 campaign after a month off from competition. The Jayhawk men and women will host the Bill Easton Classic on Friday, January 9 inside Anschutz Sports Pavilion. Admission is free to the public.

University of Kansas WBB - Kansas Drops Conference Home Opener to Oklahoma, 69-57

Every time Kansas found a spark, Oklahoma was there to halt the momentum and shift it back the Sooner's way, as the Jayhawks fell in their Big 12 home opener on Wednesday night inside Allen Fieldhouse.

University of Kansas Athletics - Rock Chalk Audition Workshops to be Held

Kansas' Spirit Squad and Kansas Athletics are pleased to announce an exciting, new opportunity for up-and-coming dancers to be a part of, the Rock Chalk Dance Audition Workshops. The workshops are open to all high school-aged dancers, not just candidates interested in auditioning for the Rock Chalk Dance team.

- College Sports -

Bowl ratings up, attendance down in first year of College Football Playoff era - ESPN

ESPN announced that the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and Allstate Sugar Bowl semifinals in the College Football Playoff drew the largest two audiences in cable television history, with each game attracting over 28 million viewers. The semifinals drew more viewers than any of the four BCS championship games broadcast by ESPN, which will air Monday's title game between Ohio State and Oregon.

Will College Football Playoff success translate into 'iconic' championship? -

Here's how successful the first College Football Playoff semifinals turned out to be: The two games produced viewership numbers similar to some NFL wild Card games. Now comes the goal of eventually making the College Football Playoff National Championship (yes, it's a long, clunky name) similar -- in some regards -- to the Super Bowl.

Jameis Winston of Florida State Seminoles off to NFL draft, father says - ESPN

Winston confirmed the decision in a statement issued late Wednesday morning by The Legacy Agency, which will represent him. Winston's father, Antonor Winston, had told ESPN earlier Wednesday that his son had decided to enter the draft after initially planning to announce the decision after Monday's College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T.

Sumlin really did fire his pool boy -

Last week Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin fired his pool boy on Twitter. We now know this for a fact.

No foul play: Oregon associate AD leading charge in agent reform -

He has kicked representatives out of the Ducks' locker room. Agents have to deal with him if they want proper access to Oregon players. Positioning himself like an imposing D-end he played for real, they can't go through through him. "I will hunt them down and report them," Hawkins told SportsBusiness Journal.

- Professional Sports -

Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay Packers says he'll play Sunday against Dallas Cowboys - ESPN

The better question might be how Rodgers' strained left calf might limit him in Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field. "I'm going on Sunday," Rodgers said Wednesday. "It's just a matter of how."

- In The News -

StubHub Screws Another Guy Out Of Cheap Championship Tickets

If there's one thing you can almost guarantee any time a big sports contest is coming up, it's that some version of this story will play out: Man finds astoundingly cheap tickets for upcoming big sports contest on StubHub; man pounces on shockingly good deal; StubHub realizes that the tickets were meant to be much more expensive, panics.

- Videos and Pics of the Day -

VIDEO: Johnson, Pedro, Smoltz show how they threw their top pitches -

On Wednesday, the trio stopped by the MLB Network studios and showed everyone how they threw their signature pitches, those being Johnson's slider, Smoltz's splitter and Pedro's changeup.

LOOK: Packers selling 3.5-pound 'Big Game' Burger at Lambeau for playoffs -

This mammoth monster of a meal includes 1/2 pound of ground venison, 1/2 pound of ground bacon, 1/2 pound of certified angus beef ... and that's just the patty.

Bad Knicks Goober Flings Hook Shot To Nowhere

That's Cole Aldrich, starting center for the New York Knicks, draining a sweet turnaround hook shot on the invisible ghost-hoop six feet to the right of the regular one. Good move.

SVG On Playing Defense With 0.1 Seconds Left: "Form A *BLEEP* Wall"

Stan Van Gundy coached his Pistons to a 105-104 win in San Antonio tonight over the Spurs, and a late inbound attempt with a tenth of a second remaining led him to advise Detroit players to "just form a (frickin') wall" around the rim.