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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 12.6.13

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Volleyball action tonight! Please try to make it to Allen Fieldhouse if you can tonight, the ladies can really use your support.

Kansas Volleyball

Payback time? KU volleyball gets another shot at Shocks |

Bechard made a case for the Lawrence pod having the most depth of any in the nation, citing the strong RPI numbers of all four schools.

The three visiting schools have at least one thing in common: Each defeated KU in its most recent match against the Jayhawks.

KU volleyball players share success | Wichita Eagle

In addition to McNorton and Riley, senior defensive specialist Jaime Mathieu and senior twins Kara and Amy Wehrs have lived in the Bungalow.

"I think the chemistry of our team is what’s gotten us so far," Riley says. "Obviously, we have talent, but I think our chemistry has made us what we are."

Kansas Basketball

Frank Mason to open at point guard for Jayhawks |

"We’re going to put Frank out there to start the game," Self said. "He’s been one of our more consistent, better performers so far this year. I think he deserves the opportunity."

Column: Once switch flips for young KU basketball players, look out |

"You can be aggressive and get that shot any time, and it’s not anything selfish. He’s doing exactly what I’m telling him to do, be aggressive."

When the light goes on for young players, they understand that it doesn’t mean the light is always green when playing aggressively.

Weekend homework Colorado Buffaloes-Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN

I couldn't really tell from what was said, but I think our assignment was "just win" although we might get extra credit for "stomping the Buffs on their home floor."

KU’s Self on his team’s defense: ‘We ain’t going zone’ -

Bill Self press conference: Dec. 5, 2013 | Smithology |

Recap of the press conference. Full audio below.

AUDIO: Bill Self press conference, Thursday, Dec. 5 (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 5 |

Kansas Football

Football prep still committed to KU |

Although the news changed the look of Bragg’s future, it did nothing to change the relationship between the two centers. Grunhard, who stepped down after two seasons at KU in order to spend more time with his family, reached out to Bragg the night his resignation became public, and it was that gesture along with a Monday visit from KU head coach Charlie Weis that encouraged the eighth-rated center in the country to stick with his commitment to Kansas.

"KU’s been loyal to me, and I’m going to show them the respect they deserve," Bragg said.

Firebirds' Dineen named state's top football player |

The Firebirds quarterback and free safety is the first FSHS football player to earn the award, which distinguishes him as the state’s top player and, according to a press release, recognizes him not only for outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.


Committed to play for his hometown college football program at Kansas University, Dineen is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this month.

Big 12 recruiting storylines: Dec. 5 - ESPN

I'm assuming the insider piece here will be reiterating what was said above, but since I'm not sure and I saw we had a recruit mentioned, I thought I'd include the link.


Sporting KC finds success by including fans in its decision-making -

Eamonn Brennan's College Basketball Wooden Watch: Week 3 - ESPN

Jameis Winston not charged after sexual assault investigation - ESPN

Texas Longhorns' title hopes, Mack Brown's future among what to watch - ESPN

K-State hands Mississippi its first loss -

Flem File -- Players' reluctance to wearing cups is baffling - ESPN