Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes: 11.19.2018

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Kansas News

He Sounds Like The Same Old Les Miles, But Maybe That’s Exactly What Kansas Needs
The differences between his new job and his old one could hardly be greater, and yet the questions facing new Kansas coach Les Miles are exactly the same.

Les Miles resumes his career at Kansas, the land college football forgot – The Washington Post
Kansas has gone 18-89 in football this decade, a winning percentage of 0.16822429907, so if new Coach Les Miles spends his first three years going 9-27, which is the way to bet even though no one should be sitting around betting on Kansas, that will prove the adage that .250…

Les Miles’ return to the Big 12 at Kansas makes the league even more fun
On Sunday, arguably the country’s most entertaining conference, heavy on high-flying offenses, electric quarterbacks and dramatic last-second finishes — and yes, light on defense — added back one of the most entertaining figures from its past.

New KU football coach Les Miles wants to finish career with ‘championships’ | KUsports.com
Two weeks after Jeff Long first stood in Hadl Auditorium and detailed what he hoped to accomplish in his Kansas football coaching search, the first-year athletic director returned Sunday night with an old colleague in tow.

‘Spectacular’ KU football fans greet Les Miles for first ‘Hawk Talk’ | KUsports.com
When new University of Kansas football coach Les Miles emerged from the kitchen inside Johnny’s Tavern West on Sunday night, approximately 350 fans welcomed him to Lawrence with 30 seconds worth of cheers and applause.

Smacker Miles believes KU football is ‘perfect place’ for Les Miles’ next stop | KUsports.com
Kathryn Miles (nickname “Smacker”), a former swimmer at Texas and currently a TV sports personality, had become accustomed to seeing the version of her dad when he wasn’t coaching football. Les Miles had been linked to multiple coaching positions since getting fired by LSU midway through the 2016, though none eventually panned out.

What people are saying about Les Miles | KUsports.com
Les Miles was introduced as the program’s 40th head coach in team history Sunday afternoon. Miles brings to Lawrence 142 victories, a BCS national championship and two SEC titles in 15-plus seasons as a head coach, the most career wins of anyone who has coached football at Kansas in the modern era.

Jessica Washington returns as KU takes down Alabama A&M | KUsports.com
Jessica Washington waited patiently to be checked in along with Briana Osorio and Michaela Wilson. It’s the first time she’s played in a game in over a year.

KU’s Bill Self ‘real pleased’ with David McCormack’s energy
David McCormack is currently behind KU’s starting big men in the rotation, and to no fault of his own, though that shouldn’t come as any surprise. Dedric Lawson, a redshirt-junior, was a preseason All-American. Udoka Azubuike, another junior, was dominant for the Jayhawks at times last season.

Pooka Williams is again the 247Sports True Freshman of the Week
David Beaty is on the way out. Les Miles is on his way in. Does the play on the field even matter at this point? Yes, yes it does. Pooka Williams is the reason. Saturday night against No. 6 Oklahoma, Williams single-handily dragged his team to competitiveness in a 55-40 loss. Williams rushed for 252 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries. He’s the only FBS player since 2000 to clear the 250-yard barrier with 15 or fewer carries against a ranked opponent.

Three stats that illustrate how crazy the Les Miles hiring is
The KU football team is expected to announce a major hire today in naming Les Miles, former LSU coach, as the front-man of the program. Miles will take over for David Beaty, who will coach out the Jayhawks’ final game in 2018 against Texas. Beaty’s Jayhawks are currently 3-8 on the season and 6-41 in his tenure as head coach.

Coaches, players, media chime in on new KU coach Les Miles
Miles was introduced on Sunday. Later in the day KU athletics sent out a release of quotes from former players, coaches and assistants who had all worked with Miles — in addition to some comments from some of the current KU staff.

10 thoughts on the Les Miles hiring as KU football coach
Les Miles will address the media for the first time as KU football’s head coach in just a couple of hours. After that, he’ll speak with Brian Hanni on the latest edition of Hawk Talk, meaning fans will hear plenty from the soon-to-be KU football front man on Sunday.

Other Sports News

LeBron James of Los Angeles Lakers scores 51 in first win at Miami since ’14 exit
LeBron James scored 51 points Sunday in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 113-97 win over the Heat, marking James’ first victory in Miami since leaving the Heat franchise in 2014.

Russell Westbrook missed Oklahoma City Thunder’s game vs. Phoenix Suns due to birth of twin girls
Westbrook, who was a full participant in a contact practice on Friday and went through the team’s shootaround on Saturday, appeared set to return against the Suns. However, he left after the team’s shootaround to fly to Los Angeles to join his wife, Nina, for the birth of their daughters on Saturday night.

Kelly Oubre shares game day outfits and shows off his style and fashion
“I just create the wave,” Oubre said. “I don’t really follow anything. … I don’t get any inspiration from anywhere. It’s just what comes from inside.”

Steve Kerr: Warriors now in ‘the real NBA’ after dreaming for years
After a third straight loss and fourth in five games, Steve Kerr admitted the Golden State Warriors are going through their toughest regular-season stretch in his four-plus years as coach.

Other News

Calif. Authorities Raise Wildfire Death Toll To 80, Lower Number Of Missing Persons : NPR
Authorities in California have added an additional fatality to the official death toll of the Camp Fire, bringing its total number of deaths to at least 77.

Before Camp Fire, Many Were Gridlocked or Unwarned, Reports Say
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, one question after the disaster is whether officials did enough to prepare for the eventuality of one of the state’s rampaging wildfires sweeping through the town. Paradise officials had seen one prior fire result in “disaster” a decade ago, the Times wrote, after a fire stopped at the edge of Paradise and “three of the four major roads out” of the region were ablaze. The result was hours of gridlock, leaving evacuees “defenseless” on the road and leading to many trying to outrun the fires on foot:

Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn Arrested, to Be Ousted as Chairman Amid Misconduct Probe – WSJ
Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested Monday in Tokyo, and Nissan said it intended to oust Mr. Ghosn from his post after uncovering “significant acts” of financial misconduct.

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