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Notebook: Kansas Looking to Regroup after two losses

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Bill Self's hints of 'change' more complicated than just flipping a switch |
“Maybe I shouldn't be as surprised,” Self said when asked after Sunday's loss what he thought of his team's inability to answer his recent call for toughness. “And maybe I need to change. I'm not ready to accept that that's the best we've got. But it's pretty embarrassing to keep looking at the tape afterwards and saying, 'Well, this is what we don't have.' We've been saying it now the entire year, at least from a defensive and competitive standpoint.”

Examining potential areas of emphasis during finals week for Kansas basketball | Tale of the Tait |
Remember, they're still just seven deep — six while Malik Newman recovers from the concussion he suffered during Sunday's loss — and Self twice on Sunday mentioned second-half fatigue as a potential reason for the Jayhawks' defensive struggles.

KU assistant says Malik Newman 'a little bit better' on Monday | Tale of the Tait |
“He's got a bit of a headache and that stuff,” Roberts said midway through the show. “But he seemed to be doing a little bit better.”

'Louisianimal' RB Anthony 'Pooka' Williams picking up interest from major programs | Smithology |
Over the weekend, the biggest name tied to the Jayhawks, four-star New Orleans receiver Devonta Jason, decommitted from David Beaty’s program. Meanwhile, the only quarterback in KU’s class, Texas prep Clayton Tune, visited Ole Miss and currently describes Kansas as “still in the picture” for the quickly approaching signing day.

Former Jayhawk Carlton Bragg pretty popular on Twitter Sunday | Tale of the Tait |
Despite not even being eligible to play this season, and with a personal matter taking him away from the ASU team altogether, Bragg clearly was watching Sunday's showdown between his new team and his old squad.

Back-to-back losses drop KU to No. 13 in latest AP poll |
Rare back-to-back losses for Kansas this past week cost the Jayhawks 11 spots in the Associated Press Top 25.

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Yeah, we text sometimes. We talk to each other sometimes. I mean, that's the guy that drafted me, and he made sure he put everything in place so I could get healthy. And I got healthy and I got back on the court. And I feel like he basically kind of lost his job because of me, because I missed two years. So I feel like I owe him a lot. Yeah, we talk. We talk sometimes.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Is Mad Because Outside Magazine Pointed Out He's A Fly Fishing Novice
As Zinke and I casted over the ice-cold water, I noticed something funny about his setup. He kept struggling to strip line out of the bottom of the reel. For a while, I thought he was simply having trouble concentrating on our conversation while casting. No, there was something wrong, and when I asked him to stand for a portrait, I finally saw what the problem was. He had rigged his reel backward, so that the line was coming out of the top of the reel. Every so often when he went to strip line out, he would grasp air where the line should’ve been.