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Kansas Jayhawks New and Notes 11.8.13

A season-opening look around the day's interwebs

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And the excitement officially begins tonight!  With KU basketball playing tonight, football tomorrow, and the Champion's Classic coming up on Tuesday, it is an exciting weekend for KU sports.

It seems like it is about time to revisit the pictures policy for the News and Notes.  While the cheerleaders were great for the summer months, and helped distract us from the disaster that is the KU football team, it may be time to start changing it up.  Please give me some comments below on what you would like to see from this point forward.

EDIT: The picture discussion generated a lot more ... discussion ... than I thought it would.  To help keep everyone happy (we all CAN just get along), I'll be rotating pictures around starting tomorrow. Cheerleaders will make regular appearances (either game days or every Friday).

And with that, to the links....

Kansas Basketball

Opening-night victory would be 700th in Allen Fieldhouse |

Noted former KU coach Ted Owens, who has the most wins of any KU coach in the fieldhouse (206): “The great thing in going back to a Kansas game ... they play the same traditional songs — the Rock Chalk Chant and ‘I’m a Jayhawk’ and all that. It’s like you never missed a game even though it’s been 30 years since I was coach. You walk in and it’s a beautiful arena. They’ve made wonderful improvements from the days when we had the old steel lockers, the dirt infield and all that. It’s a beautiful place but still the same place.”

That's an awesome milestone to hit. Hopefully many more to come.

Freshman point guard Frank Mason gets chance right away for KU -

Playing against a Louisiana-Monroe program that finished 4-23 last season, the Jayhawks could probably scratch out a victory with 7-foot freshman Joel Embiid running the show. But for Kansas, just four days away from a heavyweight tussle with No. 4 Duke at the Champions Classic in Chicago, this opener will be about more than results. This will be about building to something greater.

Freshman guard Mason brings determination, preparation to spot start |

“We’ve had some guys who are pretty fast. I don’t know if we’ve had anybody other than Tyshawn (Taylor) that’s for sure faster with the ball than he is,” 11th-year Kansas coach Bill Self said. “I think when he gets comfortable and turns it loose, we’ll see another gear because right now he’s playing safe a little bit, which is what I want him to do until he gets comfortable. But he is fast with the ball.”

Anytime someone's ball handling gets compared to TT, I get a bit nervous.

Brannen Greene OK after getting hit in abdomen at practice |

“He got hit and had some pain. They ran tests and nothing came back. There’s nothing there,” Self said, referring to injury. “He was released and we anticipate he’ll play tomorrow (against Louisiana at Monroe).”

Glad he is OK. I don't know how we would have won tonight without him available.

Predictions for the college basketball season - ESPN

I think Dan Dakich has my favorite set of predictions, although I wouldn't mind a combination of Eamonn Brennan's POY, Jimmy Dykes COY, Adrian Branch's FF, and Andy Katz's Champion.

Video: KU’s Andrew White III, Frank Mason talk Jayhawks’ defensive growth -

KU coach Bill Self talks before season-opener (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 7 |

Kansas Football

Will offensive linemen Damon Martin and Riley Spencer make a difference for KU's offense? | Tale of the Tait |

Remember, continuity and chemistry are keys at this position and KU has not had much luck with either throughout 2013. That leads to penalties, breakdowns and uncertainty from the quarterback and running backs.

Unfortunately, we are sorely lacking in the whole continuity department.

Opinion: For Weis, cover-up worse than punt fake |

And everyone will remember him as the coach who tried a fake punt from the 16 with 13 yards to go for a first down in the second quarter of a tie game and just couldn’t bring himself to own it.

No way that fake punt gets tried without approval from HCCW.

KU football players reunited on Baker coaching staff |


What to watch in the Big 12: Week 11 - Oklahoma Sooners, Baylor Bears - ESPN

3-point stance: BCS shakeout begins - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN

Season of change: November games mean more than ever now - ESPN

Police report filed against Richie Incognito for alleged molestation in 2012, but no charges - ESPN

Real Salt Lake's Javier Morales has potential winner vs. LA Galaxy chalked off, but what for? |

The Stanford Cardinal grinded to a win over the Oregon Ducks and into the driver's seat for the Rose Bowl. - ESPN

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Baylor Bears - Recap - November 07, 2013 - ESPN