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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 3.02.15

A look-see around today's internets.

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Oh, Perry Ellis faces... how much fun they are to behold.

- Kansas Sports -

Longhorns wonder about late no-call |

“I wanted to know if that was a (foul) because from where I was sitting I thought it was,” said Barnes of Taylor's strong take that missed and failed to draw a whistle. “Jay Bilas walked right up to me and said, 'Rick, he got fouled.' I don't know what you guys saw who were sitting right there. I haven't seen it. I'm just quoting Jay Bilas.”

The Day After: Out-toughing Texas | Tale of the Tait |

That was by far the toughest I've seen this Kansas team look and the hardest I've seen them compete. The officiating was inconsistent and non-existent at times, in both directions, and, for the most part, instead of whining about the whistles or lack thereof, KU simply kept playing. Despite being without one of their bigger bodies, they battled Texas' big front line for everything they got and often did so with smaller, quicker perimeter players mixing it up.

Kansas Jayhawks' Perry Ellis is making a push -- quietly, of course -- to be named Big 12 Player of the Year | FOX Sports

Since Valentine's Day, Ellis, the 6-foot-8 junior, has accounted for 32.1 percent of KU's total points and 35.2 percent of all the Jayhawks' field-goal makes, all while shooting .575 (42 for 73) from the floor. Over the past nine tilts, his average line looks like this: 18.7 points, 8.5 rebounds -- and all without a post partner of any consistency to speak of, all as pretty much the only reliable scoring option down low.

Column: Big 12 could have 5 champs |

The final week of the Big 12 men’s basketball season begins with the chance that the conference that markets itself with the slogan “one true champion” could crown five true champions. (Mr. Ed says: Thanks, Keegan, but our very own PenHawk already figured this out. Either you're late to the party or you read RCT.)

Time frame for Cliff Alexander's return remains a mystery | Tale of the Tait |

Following Saturday's game, KU coach Bill Self admitted to having little knowledge about the situation — though it seems highly likely that Self has learned a ton more in the 24 hours since first hearing about it — but Self also made it clear that he did not believe the issue had anything to do with something the school, the coaches or the basketball program had done wrong.

Attorney mum on Cliff Alexander |

Arthur McAfee, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney retained by the family of Cliff Alexander regarding an undisclosed issue with the NCAA, hopes for a timely resolution of the matter.

Big 12 spring battle spotlight: Kansas CBs - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

The cornerback spot was the strongest position on Kansas' defense a year ago. Heading into David Beaty’s first season in charge in 2015, Kansas will need to replace a pair of productive senior cornerbacks, particularly if its defense is going to be as aggressive as Beaty would like to see.

Women's Basketball - Kansas Upsets Oklahoma on the Road, 65-58

Kansas fought off a late Oklahoma rally with the help of clutch free throw shooting in the waning minutes from several Jayhawks to bring home the 65-58 victory over the Sooners to even the 2015 series, Saturday night, inside the Lloyd Noble Center.

Track & Field - Kansas Men, Women Each Place Sixth at Big 12 Indoor Championships

Senior Kenneth McCuin ran to victory in the 600 yards and claimed his first Big 12 title as the Kansas men's and women's track & field teams concluded the Big 12 Indoor Championships Saturday inside the Lied Recreation Center Saturday.

Swimming & Diving - Kansas Places Third in Big 12 Conference Championship

On the final day of the league meet held at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center, Kansas finished in third place with 589 points behind Iowa State (618.5) and Texas (1,082.5). West Virginia claimed fourth place (481) and TCU (458), fifth.

- College Sports -

Illegal man downfield penalty is misguided, some coaches say - ESPN

The current rule prohibits offensive linemen from drifting more than 3 yards past the line of scrimmage on pass plays unless a screen pass is caught behind the line of scrimmage. The new rule would make it a penalty if a lineman is or has been beyond 1 yard of the line of scrimmage when the ball is released, which matches the NFL rule. Gus Malzahn and others think it's an overreaction to rewrite the rule simply because of what he said were some higher-profile plays that might have been missed by officials last season.

BYU Cougars vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs - Recap - February 28, 2015 - ESPN

Kyle Collinsworth scored 20 points as the Cougars beat No. 3 Gonzaga 73-70 on Saturday night, ending the Bulldogs' school-record 22-game winning streak and perhaps costing them a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Tekele Cotton is Wichita State's 'other' guy -- and completely fine with it -

Yes, Cotton is widely regarded as a terrific perimeter defender and amazing dunker. But he's always been in the shadows of at least two other Shockers -- whether it's Joe Ragland and Garrett Stutz, Cleanthony Early and Carl Hall or Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet. Cotton has never been better than fourth in points per game, never been the center of anything. And yet he's won more games in a Wichita State uniform than anybody in history, and he's about to become the only Shocker to ever compete in four NCAA Tournaments.

Welcome to the SEC West, where a $4 million coach will finish last -

The last-place coach in arguably the best division in football, the SEC West, will make at least $4 million next season. Let that sink in for a moment now that Mississippi State has granted a raise and extension to Dan Mullen.

Kansas State, Vanderbilt schedule home-and-home for 2017, 2020 -

Having hosted Auburn in 2014 and with Mississippi State already on the docket for 2018 and '19, Kansas State has added another SEC school to its future schedules.

Phillies lose to Division II college team -

We'll get to the myriad caveats here in a second, but in order to not bury the lead we'll just put it out there: The Philadelphia Phillies lost to the University of Tampa Sunday, 6-2, in an exhibition game.

- Videos of the Day -

WATCH: Northern Illinois F brings down hoop, almost injures opponent -

He just put that hoop to sleep.

LOOK: Pepperdine's ballpark seems all right -

Working assumption: The Pepperdine Waves are doing all right when it comes to doing all right.

In honor of the late Leonard Nimoy, the 'Vulcan changeup' -

RIP, Mr. Nimoy, and thank you for your baseball contributions.