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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes: 9.25.15

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- Kansas Sports -

Kansas football headed to college game’s birthplace |

“It’s a pretty cool place to play,” said Likens, who made trips to Rutgers when he coached running backs and wide receivers at nearby Temple from 1998-2003. “I’ve been there before, been up in the booth before. ... It’s an historic stadium, an historic place, and it’s gonna be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to it.”

Getting to know Rutgers | Smithology |

All that disarray has led many who follow Kansas football to circle this week’s game at Rutgers (11 a.m. kickoff on Big Ten Network) as one of the few winnable dates on the schedule. But before deciding if that’s the case, we should probably get to know the important remaining members of the Scarlet Knights, because those players will be the ones trying to extend KU’s 33-game losing streak away from Memorial Stadium.

Uh oh: KU-Rutgers getting the wrong kind of attention | Tale of the Tait |

This weekend, when KU plays at Rutgers, two of the worst programs in the so-called Power 5 conferences will be squaring off in a game that both sides have to be looking at as a winnable and welcomed vision. One problem: The rest of the nation has caught on to just how bad these two programs are at the moment and they're not afraid to poke a little fun.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Kansas Jayhawks play for the dishonor of being the worst team in major college football

So what follows might seem disrespectful to both programs. It is perhaps unfortunate that this little ditty might seem as though it encourages college football fans to leap into the air and click their heels together with sadistic glee over the fact that, at the very least, their team isn't Rutgers or Kansas. Call this sentence an apology in advance.

Kansas Jayhawks hope Rutgers Scarlet Knights issues could open door to road victory | FOX Sports

"You see it every time you turn on ESPN, but you try not to pay attention to it," Jayhawks quarterback Montell Cozart said. "Everyone around the country has something going on with them in their locker room. Those guys are kind of going through something right now, but on Saturday when 11 o'clock comes around, they're going to be ready to play football."

Take two: Is Rutgers or Kansas in worse shape as a football program? - Big Ten Blog - ESPN

At this stage of the season, which team is worse off? Here's a debate with perhaps no wrong answer.

Big 12 Preview: Kansas Seeks First Win at Rutgers - Big 12 Blog - Big 12 Conference Blog

When Kansas takes on Rutgers Saturday at 11 a.m., no current Jayhawk that steps on the field after kickoff will have experienced a victory away from Memorial Stadium. Kansas will look to snap a staggering winless streak of 33 games played outside of Lawrence. The last time a Kansas team recorded a victory in a hostile or neutral environment, the 2015 freshman class of Jayhawks were just eighth graders.

VIDEO - The 3rd Degree with Bryan Peters

Each week during the 2015 Kansas football season Katie Falco from Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will get inside the head of a KU Football player during an episode of The 3rd Degree.

So many bigs: KU's front court could be crowded this season | Smithology |

The Jayhawks rarely lack in the depth department down low. Now entering his fourth season in Lawrence, Lucas (who red-shirted his first year) has played alongside or practiced with interior contributors such as Tarik Black, Joel Embiid, Kevin Young and Jeff Withey in the past. Still, the 6-foot-10 Lucas said the 2015-16 KU roster is more crowded in the front court than any he has seen.

- College Sports -

Baylor Suspends Coach for Violating NCAA By-Law 11.6 - Big 12 Blog - Big 12 Conference Blog

McCaw announced that Baylor was imposing a half-game suspension of Lebby to be served during the first-half of the November 14 contest versus Oklahoma. Additionally, Baylor has self-reported to the NCAA a violation of NCAA bylaw 11.6.1 which prohibits scouting of a future opponent.

Memphis-Cincinnati had 99 points, 12 lead changes, 1,300 yards, INT finish -

Memphis beat Cincinnati 53-46 in a wild game that ended in an interception.

- Professional Sports -

Royals clinch AL Central, claim first division title since 1985 -

The Royals are going back to the postseason. They clinched their first division title since 1985 on Thursday night.

Royals say Greg Holland is done for year with 'significant' UCL tear -

Royals closer Greg Holland is going to see a doctor about his troublesome elbow. His 2015 season -- including the playoffs -- is over. And the news might get worse, as he's said to have a 'significant tear' in his UCL.

Those Packers' pass plays from SNF? May be as illegal as they are clever -

The Packers are using the old 'stick' play better than any team these days, but it's darn close to being pass interference. Pete Prisco and Brady Quinn break it all down. You'll want to listen and watch.

Redskins' terrible-looking play-action fake maybe not so terrible after all -

The Redskins ran a terrible play action fake. Except it might not have been so bad. We explain.

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WATCH: Extra point hits ref in head, deflects through uprights -

This is the greatest extra point attempt of all time.

Texas A&M freshman Daylon Mack tackles QB and RB at the same time -

Texas A&M true freshman defensive tackle Daylon Mack blows up an option play by tackling the running back and quarterback at the same time.