Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes: 1.12.2019

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Les Miles, KU football announce signing of two new staff members
In a KU Athletics release sent out Friday, Miles announced the hiring of Dave Shumate and Devin Ducote. Shumate, the release noted, will serve as director or player of personnel. Ducote, on the other hand, will serve as senior analyst for special teams.

Leftovers: Player, coach quotes on Ochai Agbaji’s Kansas debut
While he only scored seven points on Wednesday, Ochai Agbaji was the focal point of much of the talk after KU basketball’s win over TCU. Dedric Lawson, who crossed the 30-point mark, said he was “great.” Marcus Garrett said he was “fantastic.”

What Bill Self said about Baylor heading into Saturday showdown
Regardless, after a 2-1 start through their first three games, the Jayhawks will be back on the road Saturday, where they have yet to win in 2018-19 (0-2). After the Jayhawks’ most recent game, a home win over TCU, KU coach Bill Self broke down what he was expecting from the team’s next opponent: Baylor (9-5, 1-1 Big 12).

‘Student of the game’ Dedric Lawson abandons Netflix for now, gears for Baylor game
“Like on our iPads … I stay up late and watch (tapes),” Lawson said. “I see where the guys on defense are coming from, just different reads. It’s definitely something I like to do, to break down the game, try to be a student of the game. I watch the way the guys on other teams are guarded. I try to evaluate it like that, too.”

Quick scout: Will a four-year trend continue in this KU-Baylor game?
Baylor, which plays about two-thirds man defense and one-third zone, ranks fifth nationally in reducing opponent shots at the rim and also sixth in defensive block rate.

Baylor’s zone may force KU to play 2 bigs | Smithology | KUsports.com
Asked following the Jayhawks’ home victory over TCU what he thought about a nearly six-minute stretch in the second half, when Dedric Lawson and Mitch Lightfoot played together, it brought about a visceral reaction from Self, his face grimacing in borderline disgust.

“It was fine,” Self followed, with his reply.

Les Miles hires director of player personnel, senior special teams analyst with SEC backgrounds | KUsports.com
As new Kansas football coach Les Miles looks to fill the recently vacated offensive coordinator spot on his full-time coaching staff, Miles announced Friday the hiring of a pair of support staffers who used to work for SEC programs.

Other Sports News

James Harden of Houston Rockets logs another historic triple-double
As the ball bounced off the rim and caromed right to him, Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker intentionally got out of the way, screening out Cleveland Cavaliers center Ante Zizic and essentially gift-wrapping the rebound for James Harden.

Ben Simmons calls Philadelphia 76ers ‘too soft’
Playing without star center Joel Embiid, who missed the game with a sore ankle, the Sixers allowed Atlanta to rack up 62 points in the paint while outrebounding Philadelphia 44-30.

NFL divisional round playoff game guide – score predictions, key matchups, stats to know, betting nuggets and more – 2018
One round of the 2018 NFL playoffs is in the books. Now we’re previewing the divisional game slate with a rundown for each matchup from Dan Graziano, score predictions from our NFL Nation reporters and Football Power Index projections from ESPN Stats & Information.

Other News

SpaceX will lay off 10 percent of its staff to fund projects
SpaceX is letting around 10 percent of its 6,000-plus employees go, according Reuters and Ars Technica. The private space corporation previously said it’s been profitable for years, thanks to lucrative contracts from clients that include NASA and the US Air Force. But it looks like the company is tightening its belt to ensure it has the money for its biggest projects, namely the development of interplanetary rockets and a space-based internet meant to cover the entire planet.

Teen attempting ‘Bird Box’ challenge crashes into car, could face charges
A Utah teen maybe facing charges after police say she crashed into another vehicle when she covered her eyes while driving as a part of the “Bird Box” challenge.

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