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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes: 10.18.15

Oh, him? He's harmless. Back in the sixties, he was part of the free speech movement at Berkeley. I think he did a little too much LDS.

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The Day After: A rally vs. the Red Raiders | Tale of the Tait |

It's easy to look at Saturday's outcome and feel pretty encouraged. Kansas played with a lot of heart and some of the youngest, most inexperienced guys on the team looked awfully sharp and played beyond their years. But there were still a ton of mistakes — silly mistakes that might have cost KU the chance to win — and this game, perhaps better than any other to this point, illustrated exactly where this program is right now. There will be progress. It will show up at unexpected times and in unexpected places, but the talent gap and lack of quality depth means the Jayhawks are going to have to play a nearly flawless game to have a shot at a victory. Had they done that against Texas Tech, the first win of the season might have been the result. But they didn't. And now it's on to the next one, with new lessons learned and more growing pains ahead.

Kingsbury: Red Raiders 'choked' on offense vs. Kansas |

“I thought we were at a point offensively where we weren’t actually. I thought we had mature players that could get it done and handle it,” Kingsbury said after Tech’s 30-20 win over the Jayhawks. “Guys got nervous. Really we all just choked on that side of the ball is the only way to put it — drops and penalties and fumbles, not interested in playing hard. That’s on me as a head coach,” Kingsbury added.

To go or not to go: Fourth down debate continues for KU |

And although he wound up going for it instead of kicking on a couple of occasions late in a 30-20 home loss to Texas Tech — “we had to,” Beaty said — the decision to punt instead of trying to keep drives alive early in the game again played a factor.

Matthew Wyman now punting, too |

Wyman averaged 42.3 yards per punt on three attempts Saturday, including one that was downed inside the 20.

Texas Tech survives Kansas' upset bid, 30-20 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

The Jayhawks could very well finish 0-12 this season, but coach David Beaty's bunch demonstrated major progress Saturday. True freshman quarterback Ryan Willis had a breakout performance with 35 completions, and Kansas gave the nation's third-highest scoring offense major fits. Had the Jayhawks not missed three field goals and an extra point, who knows, they might have pulled off the upset. Even so, this showing gives Beaty plenty to build on for the rest of the season.

Ben Heeney returns to support Jayhawks |

Heeney, one of KU's all-time leading tacklers, sat in the south end zone and addressed the team both before the game and at practice on Friday.

Self excited by quick Vick's potential |

“He can make shots, without question,” Kansas University coach Bill Self said of Vick, the lanky, 6-foot-5 freshman combo guard who averaged 4.5 points off 51.6 percent shooting (57.1 percent from three) for the gold-medal-winning Jayhawks at this summer’s World University Games. “But he’s a slasher, an athlete, quick-twitch kid.”

Kansas Jayhawks 2015-16 Season Preview - Busting Brackets

Here is what is funny when it comes to the outlook on Kansas Jayhawks basketball. While everyone is making a big deal about how North Carolina should be the No.1 team in the land, mainly because they are returning a lot of experienced players this season, people don’t feel the same way about the Jayhawks, and they are returning just as much this season.

Kansas Jayhawks new player housing is way nicer than your dorm - Extra Mustard -

Kansas has a new housing complex for the men’s and women’s basketball teams and they look a whole lot nicer than the standard dorms many students have come to know and loathe.

Women's Soccer - No. 3 West Virginia Tops Kansas, 6-0

The loss dropped the Jayhawks to 8-6-1 in 2015 and 3-2-0 in Big 12 play. West Virginia extended its unbeaten streak to 13 games and moved to 13-1-1 in its season with a 4-0-1 clip in conference.

Cross Country - Lokedi’s Top-Five Finish Highlights KU’s Day at Pre-Nationals

Lokedi's performance marked the best finish ever by a Jayhawk at the Pre-National meet and helped the KU women to a 19th-place finish. The Kansas men finished 29th as a team and were paced by senior Jacob Morgan, who finished 82nd overall.

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Tom Izzo says he'd prefer college hoops to be more like the NBA -

He wants his sport to adapt, to take the current college basketball rulebook and remake it just like the NBA's -- quarters and all. "If I was the czar for the day, I'd try to get every rule like the NBA, personally," Izzo told assembled media in Chicago. "I just think that we'd have a better working relationship."

Q&A: Gonzaga's Mark Few on streak of 16 NCAA appearances -

Gonzaga coach Mark Few talks about the Bulldogs' NCAA streak and their difficult loss to Duke in the NCAA Tournament last year.

College Football Best Bets: Roll with the Wildcats -- both of them -

Both Kansas State and Northwestern should cover small spreads, and maybe even spring upsets. That and more from Jerry Palm in this week's College Football Best Bets. (Mr. Ed says: LOL how wrong was this guy?)

- Professional Sports -

Zack Greinke to opt out of Dodgers contract, command a big deal -

Zack Greinke will opt out of a contract that has $71 million over three years remaining, according to sources, and one GM suggested he should get multiple offers for $125 million over five years, at a minimum, with the likely winning bid at about $150 million over five years, or perhaps even more.

Joe Montana on Patriots: 'If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying' -

Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, who has admitted that his Super Bowl-winning 49ers teams were known to skirt the rules, said this week that cheating is part of the game.

Average NLCS Cubs tickets at Wrigley Field going for more than $1,000 -

Per, we've got at how the secondary markets for tickets to the Cubs-Mets NLCS and Blue Jays-Royals ALCS are shaping up.

A new St. Louis stadium deal doesn't force Rams owner's hand to stay -

Stan Kroenke wouldn't be guaranteed to play a game at a new St. Louis stadium even if it were to meet all the league's guidelines.

Joakim Noah's California summer could make Bulls a contender -

Joakim Noah changed everything up this summer, and this could mean Chicago is a contender.

The Blue Jays watch as October chaos unfolds in Game 2 of ALCS - Jeff Passan - Yahoo Sports

When Ben Zobrist lofted a pop-up into shallow right field on Saturday afternoon, he slammed his bat in frustration, resigned to his place as the 19th consecutive hitter to return to the Kansas City Royals' bench conquered by David Price. Then the ball fell in between two confused Toronto Blue Jays, and the next 24 minutes exposed the frailty of postseason baseball and the difficulty in parsing responsibility for a sport that exists in perpetual chaos.

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Golden Tate scores a TD because nobody knows what a catch is -

We've given up trying to interpret the catch rule.

Texas Tech calls sideways snap trick play; OL scores 2-point conversion -

The Red Raiders showed the familiar offset lineup for the extra point -- similar to the swinging gate -- but instead of shifting back into the point-after kick, the center quickly tossed the ball sideways to Clark, who was lined up in the backfield behind the rest of the offensive line.