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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 12.19.13

Today's look around the interwebs

Jamie Squire

Lots of news today, and as usual, the leftovers from the Weird Wednesday post are included at the bottom.

Also, be looking back here this afternoon.  I had a chance to review a good book on the Jayhawks that you may want to add to your Christmas list.  Plus, we'll be giving away a copy of it this weekend, so please come back to get the details.

Kansas Basketball

Tharpe steps up as leader since demotion |

Self, who after the UNM game expressed how much he’d been “disappointed in him, not in his play as much, but his ownership and how he’s helping the other guys,” indicated Tharpe took a major step in the right direction Saturday. “Naa had a really good game,” Self said. “He had a couple bonehead plays the second half, but for the most part played really well. We didn’t try to hit home runs. We were hitting a bunch of singles, making easy plays. We played through our bigs. It was kind of how we want to play.”

Will Kansas Jayhawks-Wichita State Shockers basketball play? - ESPN

“This isn’t knocking Wichita State,” Self told The Star on Tuesday. “But if it was best for our program, I would reach out to them about scheduling them. But it’s not. I’ve heard a lot of talk about them wanting to play us so bad; Gregg Marshall’s never contacted me about playing.”

I hadn't realized that this would become such a big thing nationally.  Although I guess I should have after the Shockers got ranked so high.

KU coach Bill Self has no plans for Jayhawks to play Wichita State -

Why won’t KU ‘Chickenhawks’ play Wichita State? -

This column is just ridiculous, completely ignoring the possibility that there might potentially be viable reasons to not play Wichita State, and instead insinuating there are nefarious reasons for not playing them.

In need of a big man, Pelicans don't turn to Withey | 'Hawks in the NBA |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 18 |

Kansas Sports

Jayhawks add three on first day of mid-year juco signing period |

Counting Wednesday’s trio of signees, KU’s 2014 recruiting class now includes 13 players — five juco commitments and eight high school prospects. The Jayhawks figure to have room for nearly twice that many by the time national signing day rolls around on Feb. 5, when all non mid-year transfers in the class are eligible to make their commitments official.

KU volleyball’s Jarmoc repeats as All-American |


Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson regrets calling out individual player during postgame tirade - ESPN

Double standard in rant of Barry Hinson of Southern Illinois Salukis - ESPN

Texas Longhorns vs. North Carolina Tar Heels - Recap - December 18, 2013 - ESPN

With Texas success, Big 12 deeper than Oklahoma State and Kansas - ESPN

Stanford shuts down UConn for much-needed win - ESPN

With win over UNC Tar Heels, Texas Longhorns earn some validation - ESPN

Iowa State Cyclones lead 2013 Diamond Head Classic basketball field - ESPN

NFL: Hit on Bengals punter Kevin Huber illegal | SI Wire

Weird Wednesday Leftovers (all via Deadspin)

The Patriots Came To Regret Hiring Lululemon To Make Their Pants

Mark Scheifele's Shift Was Over Anyway

The Earlobe Rotation

Dolphins Facefumble Field Goal Attempt

On-Field Idiot Kicks Player, Gets Stomped On By Two Others

Rob Gronkowski Now Has An Elf Costume To Go With His Sad Scooter