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Kansas Jayhawks New and Notes 1.4.14

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Playoff Football today in the NFL. Unfortunately, with no Kansas alumni in action tomorrow, there is no team we can all rally behind and cheer on tomorrow.

Instead, pick your favorite (or a random) team to root for today, and get ready to gear up for basketball tomorrow.

Kansas Basketball

Jayhawks stress defense in lead-up to Aztecs |

“We’ve emphasized it (defense) all along. We’ve probably put more an emphasis on it the last several days,” Self said. “The emphasis has been defense for sure. “There are a lot of things that are correctable that we can do. I don’t think it’s as much from a positioning standpoint as it is a reckless-abandon standpoint.”

Kansas’ Perry Ellis finds his footing in Jayhawks’ offense -

“I’ve never told him whether it’s green or not, because I do want him to shoot it,” Self said. “Because he can shoot. But I don’t want him to think that’s how he needs to earn his money, so to speak.”

KU’s Self: Too early to know if Joel Embiid will be back for sophomore year -

“Joel could go anywhere this year from (No. 1 to No. 5) probably, I would say,” Self said Thursday night when the subject came up on his weekly radio show. “It would be hard for a staff member or myself to say, ‘Hey it’s best for you to come back.’ It’s really probably best for us if he comes back.”

KU basketball press conference notes: Jan. 3 | Tale of the Tait |

AUDIO: Bill Self discusses KU's defense, Perry Ellis and San Diego State coach Steve Fisher (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

AUDIO: KU forwards Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor preview Sunday's showdown with No. 21 San Diego State (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 3 |

Kansas Football

KU football recruiting heavy on DBs |

“I think that you have to get more DBs on the field because (if you don’t) you could get mismatched personnel-wise,” Weis said. “Schematically, you could be in good shape, but personnel-wise you could get exploited some.”

John Reagan knows how to build blockers, but needs more building blocks | Double-Chin Music |

It’s at tackle that KU appears frighteningly thin and could use a boost from a graduating transfer with one remaining year of eligibility. (Rice has no such players who fit the profile.) Sometimes, the most frank assessments of position outlooks are offered by players who have used up their eligibility, such as Gavin Howard, who spent five years in the program and made at least one start at all five O-line positions.


AUDIO: Tom Keegan and Matt Tait usher in 2014 with a look at the year ahead (Spodcasters) |

Arizona, Syracuse stride into 2014 as top teams - College Basketball - Luke Winn -

Sunday's slew of Top 25 matchups highlight weekend picks - College Basketball - Seth Davis -

Jameis Winston jokes that he’d follow Jimbo Fisher to Texas | SI Wire

Clemson vs. Ohio State - 2014-01-03 - NCAA College Football Score -

Source: Charlie Strong expected to be Texas' next head coach - College Football - Pete Thamel -

Pope calls nuns on New Year’s Eve ... gets no answer, leaves voice mail -