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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 11.5.13

A look around the game day interwebs.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Even though I won't be watching it (no online streams for preseason games), I'm excited for another Jayhawk game day.  Lots of news today, including crazy animals!

Kansas Basketball

Jayhawks get another chance to learn from exhibition game -

For now, there are plenty of things to work on. Self says he’s always been the type of coach who emphasized teaching offense in November. Defense was important, of course, but he didn’t need to teach it.

"I thought it was easier to teach them how to guard than how to score," Self said.

I always thought Self was a defense-first coach, so I was surprised to hear this take from him.

Point-guard switch in store for Kansas' second exhibition |

Self said he’s "hoping we don’t miss him (Tharpe on Friday). I’m hoping other guys step up and play great. A couple of years ago, Tyshawn (Taylor) and Elijah (Johnson) sat out Naadir’s first game, and Naadir almost got a triple-double — 12 points, nine turnovers and eight assists (in exhibition win over Pitt State in 2011). So I think certainly Frank is going to make some mistakes. I think it’s great for him to get out there."

This will be a good chance for Mason to get out his first-start jitters in case we need him for a spot start later in the year.

Opinion: Catching up: Jamari Traylor growing into his role |

Part of his job, Traylor indicated, is to introduce the freshmen to the rough realities of the way college basketball is played in the paint by "making them a little tougher, like the guys before me did to me. I try my best to bang around with these guys. I used to be like a pinball in practice with Thomas (Robinson) and Jeff (Withey) taking turns on me. I guess it’s my turn to help other guys out by making them tougher."

KU's Andrew Wiggins selected to AP preseason All-America team |

Freshmen should not be eligible for preseason All-America honors | Double-Chin Music |

Have to disagree.  The preseason team is all about projections. If you feel a freshman will be good enough, there is no reason to leave them off. That being said, I wouldn't mind seeing them split up.

Kansas Football

Tweaks to OL likely for KU |

While the moves, however large or small, will be made public during Weis’ regularly scheduled news conference today, KU’s second-year head coach said rearranging the parts only could do so much.

"Changing personnel is one answer. Chemistry is one answer. But when it comes down to it, we just gotta get the guys playing better," he said.

Amen. Have to play much better.

Best WR tandems in Big 12 history - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

7. Kerry Meier and Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas (2008): It might be difficult to remember now, but the Jayhawks used to play some ball. Meier tied Crabtree for second in the league with 97 receptions. Briscoe trailed only Dez Bryant with 1,402 receiving yards. This was an underrated duo.

Boy I miss those two....

Big 12's unsung heroes: Week 10 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Unfortunately, the offensive woes cause good defensive play to get largely ignored.

KU, West Virginia kickoff set for 11 a.m., Nov. 16 |


KU freshman Soucie honored by Big 12 |

All-Big 12 soccer taps 3 Jayhawks |

KU bowling finishes 5th at Jayhawk Collegiate Challenge |

Eamonn Brennan breaks down the preseason All-America basketball team - ESPN

Richie Incognito of Miami Dolphins used slurs in messages to Jonathan Martin - ESPN

Big 12 football weekend rewind: Week 10 - ESPN

Big 12 third in conference power ranks - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

3-point stance: Larry Scotts climb with the Pac-12 - ESPN

Why Saint Louis could be this season's Wichita State in the NCAAs | One And One -

Kentucky wide receiver Alex Montgomery tears ACL in touchdown celebration | Campus Union -

Miami radio host fired for offering bounty on Florida State's Devonta Freeman | Campus Union -

Texans coach Gary Kubiak suffered a 'mini-stroke' | Audibles -

Rodgers injury opens the door for McCown, Bears | Audibles -

Crazy Story Of The Day:

Nothing but a hound dog? Elvis the beagle has a nose zoos can use -