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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 11.15.13

Today's down-to-business look around the interwebs.

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No fancy lead in today, just links!

Kansas Football

Weis: Next foes no easier, despite worse records |

“I don’t look at (KU’s remaining schedule) as being softer,” said Weis, whose team will welcome 4-6 West Virginia to Lawrence for an 11 a.m. kickoff on Saturday. “I think that West Virginia’s capable of beating anyone like they showed when they beat Oklahoma State at home (Sept. 28). Like they showed last week when they had Texas basically beat. But, they could lose to anybody, too.”

We are most definitely part of the "anybody" group. I just wish I knew which one....

What to Watch in the Big 12 Conference: Week 12 - ESPN

9. Is this the week Kansas finally wins? You might've noticed my colleague Jake Trotter boldly went out on a limb and predicted Kansas would pull off a victory over West Virginia on Saturday. The Jayhawks, you might have heard, have lost 27 consecutive Big 12 games and are 0-15 in conference games under Charlie Weis. Will KU reward the bravery of Trotter and its remaining fans and finally notch that elusive victory? If this isn't the week, don't worry, there’s still a game against Iowa State left.

Big 12 Week 12 picks, topped by Baylor Bears-Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN

Kansas 20, West Virginia 17: It will be interesting to see how the Mountaineers respond after the deflating overtime loss to Texas. They still have plenty to play for, needing to win these last two games to qualify for a bowl. And they have plenty to build from off last week’s offensive outbreak. Then again, this is a prime spot for a West Virginia letdown. Led by linebacker Ben Heeney, the Jayhawks continue to play solid defense, and they have seemingly uncovered something at quarterback in true freshman Montell Cozart. Kansas played OU tough at home last month and trailed Texas only 14-6 deep into the third quarter two weeks ago. The 27-game conference losing streak has to end at some point. The combination of a West Virginia hangover and Cozart at quarterback finally ends it.

I hope this isn't the last time we get picked to win a Big 12 game...

Former KU fullback files concussion lawsuit against NCAA |

The lawsuit includes charges of negligence, concealment and unjust enrichment relating to head injuries and research on their effects. In the filing, Powell said he incurred multiple concussions during his time in Lawrence, but KU is not named in the lawsuit

A little surprised the university is not named in the suit. Usually guys go after anyone even remotely associated.

Contract Talk: Evaluating KU football's salary structure and how we got there | Tale of the Tait |

Perkins paid <redacted> what he wanted the job to be worth instead of paying <redacted> what he deserved, and that one move forever changed the KU football salary structure.

I apologize for  linking to an article that uses that name so many times, but even horrible times in our history have to be referenced occasionally.

Kansas Basketball

Opinion: Take it from Traylor: KU's 'definitely stacked' |

“Go through the roster,” Traylor said after a practice shortly before the season started. “I’ve definitely guarded everybody already.”


Traylor paused and summed it up: “This team’s definitely stacked.”

Top KU basketball recruits to announce college choices today |

“Okafor and Jones are Sporting News’ No. 1 and No. 2 rated prospects and they cover the two most important positions on the floor,” writes Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News. “I could be persuaded that Dallas-area big man Myles Turner (No. 6-rated player, 6-11 from Euless, Texas, who will sign in April) might have a similar long-term impact in the game, but I’m not as convinced he’s ready to carry a program in the same way as Okafor for a single season at the Division I level,” DeCourcy added.

Have we ever actually asked a freshman to carry the team? Maybe a group of them, but I don't think we have too much to worry about if we end up with someone like Turner.

College notebook: Self to receive award, signings and soccer playoffs -

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self will receive the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award on April 14 in Oklahoma City as part of the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards ceremony.

Family Over Everything (except dunks) | 'Hawks in the NBA |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 14 |


KU men's golf signs three in 2014 class |

Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans - Recap - November 14, 2013 - ESPN

Richie Incognito files grievance vs. Miami Dolphins - ESPN

Can Kansas State Wildcats get offense going? - college basketball - ESPN

Attorney for Florida State QB Jameis Winston denies sexual battery allegations | SI Wire

Deal struck: KC woman trades wedding rings for Chiefs tickets -