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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 2.06.15

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A look-see around today's internets.

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Happy Friday!

- Kansas Sports -

Self Previews Oklahoma State Trip in Weekly Presser

Armed with a two-game lead halfway through the Big 12 Conference season, No. 8/9 Kansas will hit the road for a pair of road games at Oklahoma State and at Texas Tech. Head coach Bill Self held his weekly press conference Thursday afternoon to discuss the trip back to his alma mater, three-point shooting and how his players genuinely like each other.

Midway through Big 12 schedule, Self still sees areas where KU needs improvement | Smithology | KUsports.com

Sitting alone at the top of the Big 12 standings, with a two-game lead in the loss column on both West Virginia and Iowa State, the No. 8-ranked Kansas basketball team travels to coach Bill Self’s old stomping grounds, Oklahoma State, this weekend.

Kansas QB signee Stanley sparks memories of Reesing | KUsports.com

KU’s struggles at the game’s most important position in the post-Reesing era have been well documented. The Jayhawks have fielded five different opening-day starters during the past five seasons and seen just one of them (Jordan Webb’s 2011 season of 1,884 yards and 13 touchdowns) record even half of Reesing’s worst full seasons in passing yardage (3,486, 2007) and touchdowns (22, 2009).

Texas sits atop Big 12 recruiting rankings - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

No. 61: Kansas: The Jayhawks did a solid job in Texas during David Beaty’s initial class with 17 of 24 signees from the state of Texas. The Jayhawks staff is full of coaches with solid recruiting ties in Texas and leaned on those relationships to land guys like Houston North Shore DE Dorance Armstrong and Sherman (Texas) guard Aaron Garza.

Kansas Hosting Football Fan Fest Saturday

The 2015 Football Fan Fest will take place in Anschutz Pavilion from 4-6:30 p.m. Williams Fund members, football season ticket holders and KU Alumni Association members will be admitted at 4 p.m. (with proof of membership or ticket purchase), while the doors will open at 5 p.m., for the general public.

2015 Kansas Class Breakdown - 247 Sports

A look at all the superlatives of the 2015 Kansas recruiting class, from gems to sleepers to recruiting battles both won and lost.

Jayhawk Soccer Signs Seven for 2015

Coming off one of its best seasons in program history, the Kansas women's soccer team has reloaded with one of its top recruiting classes to date.

Kansas Softball Announces Jayhawk Network Lineup

Prior to the start of the new season, Kansas Athletics announced KU softball's lineup on both the Jayhawk Radio Network and Jayhawk Television Network. Every game of the 2015 campaign will air on the radio, while four can be seen on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3.

- College Sports -

Big 12 ADs meeting today in Dallas - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

While the bulk of the meetings will be focused around the latest NCAA legislation, an early signing period, TV contracts and the basketball tournament, there’s no dodging the Big 12’s controversial role in the inaugural playoff. The league still needs to figure out the true value of a 13th game, and determine if its method of crowning a champion (or co-champions) is the best way to position the conference for a top-four spot in the committee’s rankings moving forward.

(Mr. Ed says: This meeting actually occurred yesterday, Thursday.)

Colorado hires Jim Leavitt as defensive coordinator - ESPN

Colorado has hired former USF coach Jim Leavitt as its defensive coordinator and Central Michigan defensive coordinator Joe Tumpkin as safeties coach.

Colorado AD not looking to extend series with Colorado State - CBSSports.com

You better enjoy those matchups between Colorado and Colorado State while you still can, because Colorado's athletic director says he has no plans to renew the series once the current deal ends after 2020.

If a recruit wants to leave Louisiana, Les Miles says 'to hell with him' - CBSSports.com

Miles, as he does, has been winning interviews throughout the week, first disclosing his daughter's former crush on Brady Quinn during CBSSports.com/247Sports Signing Day Live and then, according to Instagram, delivering a message to the top talent in Louisiana at an event later in the day. If a high school football player wants to leave Louisiana without going to LSU , Miles says, "to hell with them."

Rece Davis taking over as host of 'College GameDay' - ESPN

Rece Davis is taking over as host of ESPN's "College GameDay," with Chris Fowler focusing on calling the Saturday prime-time games.

Idaho remains committed to recruit with cancer - CBSSports.com

Last week fullback Jace Malek, a high schooler out of Spokane, Wash., who committed to Idaho, found out that he had cancer. Doctors found a tumor the size of a cantaloupe on his hip. His prognosis is uncertain, and he'll begin radiation next week, but Malek was also concerned that he'd lose his scholarship to Idaho. In fact, he fully expected to, but that's not what happened.

- Professional Sports -

Clippers' Chris Paul critical of referee after receiving tech

"The tech I got was ridiculous," Paul said. "That's terrible. There's no way that can be a technical. We try to get the ball out fast every time down the court. When we did that, she said, 'Uh-uh.' I said, 'Why uh-uh?' and she gave me a technical. That's ridiculous. If that's the case, this might not be for her."

Brooklyn Cyclones minor leaguers to wear 'Saved By The Bell' jerseys - CBSSports.com

The minor-league team that brought us "Seinfeld Night" is back with another re-run idea in 2015. The Brooklyn Cyclones, a New York Mets Class A affiliate in the short-season New York-Penn League, will wear jerseys inspired by "Saved By The Bell" in the coming season.

Royals billboard 'smolders' as Jarrod Dyson burns up base paths - CBSSports.com

The Kansas City Royals reached the World Series in 2014 and, coincidentally or not, they also lead the league in cool billboards. Heading into the 2015 season, the Royals are exciting drivers along Interstate 35 by reminding them of what speed can do.

Al Michaels says Twins used artificial noise in 1987 World Series - CBSSports.com

"I'm going, wait a minute. This is a baseball game," Michaels told the host, NBC colleague Mike Florio. "Nobody is screaming like this when the fifth inning starts. ... To me, there was no question" that the crowd noise was not natural.

- Potpourri -

The Truth About What Went Wrong With The Third Season Of Star Trek

The original Star Trek was a revolutionary television show... that came to an ignominous end. The classic space opera saw a huge drop in quality in its final season, and then was cancelled. Legend has it the ratings were terrible, and the new producer, Fred Freiberger, ruined it. But the truth is a bit more complicated.