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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 10.08.15

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- Kansas Sports -

Baylor QB Russell planned to be a Jayhawk |

“The whole deal was a weird situation,” Russell told the Journal-World earlier this week. “I committed to Kansas before my senior season of high school so, you know, I was pretty dead set on going there. But after the season, coach Gill got released and everything just kind of unraveled. I kept my commitment and stayed strong with Kansas because I wasn’t sure what was going on. I wasn’t just gonna drop the ball and say, ‘Hey, I’m not going there.’ I gave coach Weis complete respect. I came and visited and it just didn’t have that same feeling. One of my main reasons for committing to Kansas was the family atmosphere. I felt like coach Gill had that and coach Weis and I just didn’t really connect on that aspect.”

VIDEO - Phil Steele picks Baylor-Kansas - ESPN Video

Phil Steele offers his pick for the Big 12 showdown between Baylor (-44) and Kansas in Lawrence.

Jayhawks hope to have short memories |

Ellis said the days that immediately follow a season-ending loss never get easy. “It’s a weird feeling, man,” he said. “Knowing that you could still be playing and you’re just sitting around. You really don’t want to watch the games because you want to be in that situation. You just kind of want to sit around and get in the gym and get some shots up to kind of get your mind away from it.”

Volleyball - No. 10 Kansas Sweeps Texas Tech for 16th Consecutive Win

No. 10 Kansas Volleyball swept Texas Tech, 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-20), on Wednesday night at United Supermarkets Arena to reach a program-record 16th consecutive victory.

Women's Basketball - Jayhawks Welcome Reporters for Annual Media Day

The Jayhawks will conduct their second practice of the season this Thursday as the team gears up for Late Night in the Phog, set for Friday, Oct. 9. Below are quotes from Schneider and the student-athletes.

- College Sports -

Leonard Fournette has just started and already we're imagining the end -

Unable to play in the NFL, for which he is clearly ready, Leonard Fournette continues to take hits in college -- and we hold our breath with each one.

Flood moves LSU-South Carolina game from Columbia to Baton Rouge -

Flooding in Columbia has forced South Carolina to move its home game against LSU to Death Valley.

LSU band to learn Gamecocks' fight song; ticket profits to South Carolina -

LSU's marching band will learn South Carolina's fight song and alma mater since the flooding in Columbia has moved the game to Baton Rouge.

West Virginia star S Karl Joseph (knee) out for season: 3 things to know -

Karl Joseph was likely West Virginia's best player. He's done for the season after a non-contact knee injury suffered in practice.

- Professional Sports -

Cubs beat Pirates 4-0 in NL Wild Card game: 6 Things to know -

The Cubs beat the Pirates 4-0 in the NL Wild Card Game Tuesday night. They're advancing to the NLDS to play the Cardinals. Here are six things to know about the Wild Card game.

ALDS Preview: 10 things to know about Astros vs. Royals -

The teams have similarities -- notably strong defense, and sneaky offense. The Astros definitely have more power and appear to be better at the top of the starting rotation, but will those strengths be available thanks to conditions of the series?

NFL kicker gets his old job back after tweeting he's available -

Social media isn't just for being social. There's also a chance you can get your old job back.

- Video of the Day -

LOOK: Jimmy Graham threw one of the worst blocks of all-time vs. Detroit -

No one will ever mistake Jimmy Graham for a blocking tight end.