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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 11.23.13

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Championship Weekend!  My son has his little league football championship today, so here is a focused News and Notes.

Kansas Football

Football: Kansas' Sims has ISU's attention | Ames Tribune

“Seeing him having such an explosive game the week before (facing ISU) is not encouraging, not exciting to us,” Rhoads said.

Wins are more valuable than yards as James Sims’ KU career winds down | Wichita Eagle

In four seasons, Sims, a senior running back, has carved his name in the Kansas record book, recording one of the most prolific careers by a running back in KU history. For a school that produced the incomparable Gale Sayers and NFL Hall of Famer John Riggins, Sims enters this week as the third all-time leading rusher in KU history, behind Tony Sands and June Henley.

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Front and center: Howard makes KU offensive line better in classroom, on field |

“He just makes it simpler than how a teacher would explain it,” Sterling said. “He’s like, ‘This is what you need to know, and this is what you need to focus on.’”

It has obviously helped. Not only have the Jayhawks set a program record in back-to-back seasons by landing 19 players on the All-Big 12 academic teams, but they also have the highest sustained team grade-point average, semester by semester, during the past two years.

Charlie Weis won’t dwell on forecast chill |

“You can’t simulate a drop of 20 degrees or whatever it ends up being,” Weis said. “The high now is in the low 20s, with the low being around 7, so you figure if the sun goes down before 5 o’clock, you’re playing at 7 o’clock, then the odds are by kickoff it’s probably going to be in the low teens. With wind chill, it’s definitely going to be in the single digits. It’s going to be chilly, but they’re going through the same thing.”

Former KU great Jon Cornish named CFL's Most Outstanding Player | Tale of the Tait |

Before breaking his own CFL record this season, Cornish, who hails from Westminster, British Columbia and played at KU from 2002-06, set a CFL record by rushing for the exact totals — 1,457 yards on 258 carries – that he tallied to set the KU single season record.

Big 12 Week 13: Did you know includes Baylor Bears' big numbers - ESPN

Tale of the tape: KU vs. Iowa State |

Kansas Basketball

Jayhawks too fast for Towson |

On most nights, Towson is a strong offensive rebounding team because Skerry likes to send four, sometimes even five, guys crashing to the offensive glass. Friday night, the Tigers made it a point to send two guys back on defense after every shot and even that could not slow down Kansas.

“We had to,” Skerry said.

Kansas unstoppable in rout of Towson |

KU had four players in double figures on a night no Jayhawk took more than eight shots.

Notebook: White produces off the bench for KU |

Self on pulling away from Towson early: “I thought Andrew White came in and gave us some good minutes. Frank Mason was solid again. Our bench was pretty good. They were probably as good as our starters in the first half. The second half we didn’t play quite as well (Towson outscored KU, 42-39) and that is kind of the tendency to let up a little bit. The law of averages kind of prevailed. We can still tighten up a lot of things, defensively."

Opinion: Wiggins provides much more than highlights |

Wiggins was assertive enough to lead the team with 16 points to go with seven rebounds. I had an inkling his favorite stat on his efficient line in the box score would be the number “4” under the offensive-rebound column, and asked him.

He answered with a big smile and a small word: “Yes.”

Wiggins floors it against Towson | The Keegan Ratings |

AUDIO: Bill Self says Friday's 88-58 win over Towson was first time all year team's looked athletic (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

AUDIO: Tarik Black, Andrew Wiggins & Joel Embiid discuss playing fast and having fun after 30-point win (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

PHOTOS: KU basketball v. Towson |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 22 |


Former KU football player's aggravated robbery trial moved to March |

Jameis Winston accuser's lawyer -- This was a rape - ESPN

Big 12 mailbag: Baylor Bears vs. Ohio State Buckeyes - ESPN

Kansas State Wildcats vs. Georgetown Hoyas - Recap - November 22, 2013 - ESPN

Lawyers in O'Bannon vs. NCAA case trying same tactic that defeated NCAA in 1984 case - ESPN

Shabazz Napier leads Connecticut Huskies to 2K Sports tournament title - ESPN