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I am one with the Force, and the Force is with me.

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Self seeking better defensive effort from Jayhawks | KUsports.com

“We don’t guard,” said Self after his team’s 86-80 victory over TCU on Friday night. “We don’t guard. We can look at stats, and stats can be misleading and stuff, but we’ll watch this game and (see), when we got stops, they missed. It wasn’t because we created things to make them miss. We don’t guard.”

KU sophomore Lagerald Vick picks good time to score 17 points

KU coach Bill Self was encouraged by the performance of Vick, who had to play some at the 4-spot with freshman Josh Jackson in foul trouble.

How Frank Mason ignored Bill Self ... and helped KU to a win over TCU

On the game’s biggest possession, Mason is calling an audible. And he’s also ignoring a future hall-of-fame coach.

KU transfer Evan Maxwell leaving the program | KUsports.com

Although the news does nothing to damage KU's rotation this season, KU's crop of big men took another hit on Saturday, when 6-foot-10 center Evan Maxwell announced, via press release, that he was leaving the program.

The Americanization of KU junior Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk | KUsports.com

The way Mykhailiuk sees it, his Americanization process, which remains ongoing, has come naturally, the product of spending time around teammates and teachers with American backgrounds in American cities. It’s not that he has changed, even if the added facial hair and bulked-up physical frame make the 2014 version of Mykhailiuk nearly unrecognizable. More that he has evolved.

Top 10 most important members of KU football program in 2016 | Smithology | KUsports.com

4. David Beaty: The head coach’s first season doubling as offensive coordinator might not have gone as well as he wanted, but ultimately the notable overall progress within the program happened under his watch, and Beaty deserves credit for the strides made by the players and in recruiting.

Mr. Ed says: So I triple-checked the by-line, and this article was not written by Tait. Still, the sunshine and rainbows come flowing through.

Women's BBall - Kansas falls to No. 3 Baylor on the road, 90-43

Kansas women's basketball couldn't hold off the top offense in the Big 12 Conference, as Baylor secured the New Year's Day victory, 90-43, over the Jayhawks on Sunday afternoon, inside the Ferrell Center.

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Bob Stoops has said a bunch of stuff about the SEC, so the Sugar Bowl could be fun - SBNation.com

Oklahoma’s head coach has said a number of things about college football’s oft-proclaimed top league over the years. These things have not been all that friendly, as a general rule. And with Stoops’ Sooners playing against this year’s SEC No. 2, Auburn, in Monday night’s Sugar Bowl (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN), he has a good chance to either back up his words or look awfully silly.

Top 10 NCAA Tournament resumes: Profile for Louisville keeps getting better - CBSSports.com

5. Kansas: Kansas lost to Indiana in overtime on a neutral floor to start the season and hasn't lost since. The Jayhawks' schedule isn't quite as difficult as we are used to seeing from them, but it's not bad either. Kansas doesn't play many bottom feeders, so that helps the strength of schedule ranking.

You can't fault this coach for crying after his team's blowout loss to UNC - CBSSports.com

You'll often see older coaches deflect from having to play their former players/colleagues (Mike Krzyzewski famously avoids it), but Williams and Rice certainly have a powerful relationship.

Tripping leads to stripping: Coach K says Grayson Allen is no longer Duke captain - CBSSports.com

And as for Allen's suspension, we still don't know how long it will last.

Keith Jackson returning to the Rose Bowl as a fan, Penn State supporter - CBSSports.com

Jackson, the legendary college football broadcaster, will be back at the Rose Bowl on Monday, but not in his old role of play-by-play in the announcing booth.

Ohio State 'fan' sends incredibly sad, mean email to kicker after Fiesta Bowl - CBSSports.com

"I hope you don't believe your parents saying they're proud of you for that trash performance. They have to say that. They are embarrassed. Just like the other 50,000,000 proud Ohio State fans ..."

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Chip Kelly fired by 49ers after just a single season amid full housecleaning - CBSSports.com

Kelly's ouster comes with the previously known -- because he told a radio station -- firing of GM Trent Baalke. Niners president Jed York announced both moves on Sunday evening in a lengthy statement.

Mr. Ed says: David Beaty, you call this man, and I mean right meow.

49ers owe $69 million to the coaches they’ve fired - SBNation.com

(Nice.) Jed York is blowing through his inheritance as fast as he’s turning away fans.

Firing Fred Hoiberg would be another Bulls mistake - SBNation.com

After botching the summer, Chicago is reportedly thinking about blaming it on the coach. This is what the Bulls do.