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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 11.28.13

A Thanksgiving look around the interwebs

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  Running a bit late today, but we have a full slate of links for you to enjoy while stuffing your faces and prepping for the games today.

Kansas Men's Basketball

Wake Forest respects, doesn’t fear KU |

Miller-McIntyre, a point guard who leads the Demon Deacons with averages of 18.6 points and 4.8 assists, said they don’t mind taking a shock-the-world approach to facing Kansas.
"We feel like we’re underdogs, and that’s one thing I love about being here with my teammates, the coaching staff I have," the 6-foot-3 sophomore said. "Every game we come in, we feel like we have a point to prove, which is not bad. I like approaching a game like that, nothing to lose but everything to gain from being in that type of situation."

Two tickets to paradise: Transfer Tarik Black gets second shot at Atlantis title |

"I’m excited to be here again with a chance to do things a little bit differently, have a different type tournament and come out of here with a victory. But to be honest with you," he added, "coach (Bill Self) has been talking to me about letting go of the past — a fresh start, brand new season, new time for me, new team that is very talented that can come out of here with a championship. That’s what I’m focused on."

Giving thanks for getting to watch Joel Embiid so early in his basketball career | Double-Chin Music |

He also showed extraordinary ability throwing the outlet pass to teammates fast enough to run them down.

"I'd like to say I've been working with him on that, but I think it's more instinctive," Self said of the outlet passes. "He's smart. He understands. He's got feel. You know, he played with that AAU team with Chris Walker (Florida) and Brannen (Greene) and Kasey Hill (Florida). The only time he touched it was when he rebounded it, so he wanted to try to do something positive. He's been doing that for a while."

Taylor takes it old school | 'Hawks in the NBA |

AUDIO: Bill Self, Tarik Black, Naadir Tharpe at Battle 4 Atlantis (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 27 |

Kansas Football

Source: Weis to hire John Reagan as offensive coordinator; KU confirms Tim Grunhard to step down |

Before joining the Jayhawks and Owls, Reagan, a Syracuse graduate, coached at Air Force and Temple. He has long been considered one of the up-and-coming offensive minds in football and his familiarity with the Big 12 and recruiting connections in Texas could provide a huge lift for a KU offense that has struggled during the past two seasons.

Weis, Grunhard issue statements on offensive line coach's upcoming resignation | Tale of the Tait |

Charlie Weis makes wise decision in bringing John Reagan on board as OC/O-line coach | Double-Chin Music |

What to watch in the Big 12: Week 14 - ESPN

9. Could there be an upset in the Sunflower Showdown? KU was taking consistent steps forward until its 34-0 loss to ISU last weekend, taking a clear step backward. But the Jayhawks can earn some bragging rights and grab some momentum with a win over KSU on Saturday. The Wildcats’ four-game winning streak was snapped by OU last Saturday but they’re still the clear favorite in the Sunflower Showdown. But, this Jayhawk squad has shown enough positive signs that that an upset it not completely out of the realm of possibility.

Kansas Sports

KU volleyball’s Ray Bechard, son and nephew part of growing coaching tree |

To say things were going well for Ray at Barton is an understatement. Although he regrets not being able to lead Barton to a national title, the Cougars went to 10 NJCAA Final Fours and didn’t lose a home match in 13 years under Bechard.

Ray also played basketball at Barton for two years before completing his undergrad at Fort Hays State. Brennan followed in his dad’s footsteps by starting his collegiate basketball career at Barton before he joined Self and the Jayhawks as a walk-on from 2007-2009.

Focus key for KU women's basketball on Virgin Islands trip |

"The players are excited and they should be excited," Henrickson said. "You have the team-bonding part of it and also quality competition on a neutral floor in a beautiful setting. I think it’ll be really, really good for us."


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Maui championship shows that Syracuse Orange still have 'the look' - ESPN

A conversation with Charlotte 49ers head basketball coach Alan Major - ESPN

Texas Tech Red Raiders hope to stop November schneid - ESPN

Big 12 chat wrap: Heisman Trophy for Baylor Bears QB Bryce Petty? - ESPN

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