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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 2.20.15

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A look-see around today's internets.

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Happy Friday!!  BRRRRRRRRR is it cold!!

- Kansas Sports -

Kansas Baseball Stuns Washington in Come-Back Fashion, 11-8

Kansas pulled together in the eighth inning, pounding out six runs off of five hits, with right fielder Dakota Smith driving in the go-ahead run with two outs thanks to his two-RBI double.

Beaty fires up KU football fan base | KUsports.com

Beaty described the race to become KU’s 2015 starting quarterback as “wide open,” in the midst of mentioning returning Jayhawks Montell Cozart and T.J. Millweard and alluding to recently signed recruits Carter Stanley (Vero Beach, Florida) and Ryan Willis (Bishop Miege). One thing he did make clear: KU won’t utilize a two-QB offense.

Bill Self wants more out of Jayhawks in stretch run | Smithology | KUsports.com

Self, with his team coming off a last-second loss at West Virginia and having lost two of its last four, discussed TCU, the Big 12 race and much more Thursday afternoon during his weekly press conference.

Self Talks TCU at Weekly Presser

A hard-fought game at TCU last month has the eighth-ranked Kansas men's basketball team prepared to host the Horned Frogs in Lawrence. During his weekly press conference, head coach Bill Self talked about the keys to playing TCU the second time around, his post player depth and crunch time in the Big 12 Conference race.

KU's Mykhailiuk sees path to improvement | KUsports.com

Mykhailiuk said he’s a better player now than when he arrived at KU. “I think I improved a lot because I practice every day with one of the best college programs in the nation with the best coaches,” Mykhailiuk said. “They help me every time. I think I improved a lot from the beginning.”

Once A Jayhawk, Always A Jayhawk: Ernest "Ernie" Shelby

In 1958, Shelby, Chamberlain and Floyd were able to claim another victory. In that year, the University of Kansas was home to several of the greatest athletes of our time in Chamberlain, Floyd, and Shelby. It was that same year, 1958, that for the first time in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) history the captain of every major sport was African-American.

Fire and Ice: Cold Temps Alter Red-Hot Jayhawks' Softball Weekend Slate

An arctic blast affecting much of the United States has dipped all the way into Florida causing Aquafina Invitational tournament organizers to adjust the weekend playing schedule, including Kansas softball's contests.

(Mr. Ed says: Short story version: The organizers of the tournament, for some reason, instead of just changing gametimes changed up the entire tournament - times and matchups. The bottom line is instead of two shots at Florida, we only get one. Instead we play Mercer twice. Whoopee.)

- College Sports -

Big Ten considering ineligibility for freshmen - ESPN

The Diamondback, the student newspaper at Maryland, reported Thursday that the Big Ten is circulating a document titled, "A Year of Readiness," which explores making freshmen in football and men's basketball ineligible for competition.

- Professional Sports -

Five-Star Review: Everything happened at the NBA trade deadline - CBSSports.com

Just an unbelievable day with twists at every turn and a record number of players moved. It made for constant surprises and Twitter was absolute chaos when the deals started flooding in at 3 p.m. ET. It was a throwback to when the deadline was a thrilling event every year, and really shook up the league. What seemed quiet wound up being incredible.

Chargers, Raiders propose joint $1.7 billion stadium near LA - CBSSports.com

The Chargers want to stay in San Diego and the Raiders want to stay in Oakland, but if the two teams can't get a deal done in their respective cities by the end of the year, they're going to move forward with plans to move to LA.

- Fake News -

Report: Jameis Winston Not Throwing at Combine Would Leave Scouts with Only 851 In-Game Throws to Analyze - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

“Scout Jameis? Like before now? Ha. No,” said the scout for an NFC North team. “Scouts don’t actually do anything during the college season. We just like to go to SEC, ACC and Pac-12 games to go to warmer climates and hang out and drink. Scout him in college. Good one, man.”

10 Reasons the Eye Test is Better for Evaluating Players Than Analytics - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Without eyes, there aren’t analytics. Ever try reading a spreadsheet without eyes? You can’t. Before you can have analytics, you need eyes. Just facts.

- Potpourri -

The Running Man's Goofy, Violent Dystopia Hasn't Arrived Yet, Alas

Right around New Year's Day, I saw a bit of online chatter pointing out that we were entering the year depicted in Back to the Future II, and that to our great disappointment, we still don't have hoverboards or '80s-themed diners. Tragic as that may be, I'm more concerned that we're now only two years away from the dystopian hell of the 1987 movie The Running Man. That means we have only 24 months to squeeze in a worldwide economic collapse, the rise of a totalitarian American police state, and the emergence of a violent televised bloodsport in which garishly costumed assassins hunt down and execute convicts. We need to get on that! Time's a-wastin'!

- Videos of the Day -

Jon Octeus Dunks The Hell All Over Indiana

Senior Purdue guard Jon Octeus sparked a big Boilermakers run with this towering dunk over 6'7" Collin Hartman on a play that drew all the energy out of Assembly Hall—save for ESPN's ecstatic broadcasters.

Trampoline Dodgeball Exists, And It Looks Extremely Fun

Deadspin's Tim Burke found this game on a Fox Sports channel, and it's pretty intense. A 2 vs. 2 situation turns into a 3 vs. 1 match quickly. There are a few highlights in the clip, too. This is an excellent weird sport.

VIDEO: Daniel Tosh is Not a Fan of the Patriots - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Really, almost no one is a fan of the Patriots. He just gets to share his hate on TV.

Alabama News Station Reports That Water Freezes When It's Cold

The Facebook post that goes along with this report is even better: "So we put 2 cups of water outside this morning and checked them after an hour and a half. It's so cold you can freeze water outside."