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Mean Girls of KU

So this is how I’ve been utilizing my access to Photoshop at work. Any more suggestions are welcome. This is only the beginning.ImageImageImageImage


A Guide to Awesome KU Twitter Accounts

When it comes to twitter, sometimes finding the right accounts to follow can be a little overwhelming. Check out some of these awesome twitter accounts to follow while you’re watching the games, or for updated info regarding the team. Of course you can always check out the #KUBball hashtag at any point for updated info. While researching this post, I also came across an awesome one by that from last year that talks about just why KU Basketball fans are so great at utilizing twitter to its full potential. In the meantime, check out these great follows & feel free to follow my KU Basketball twitter list, which filters out only those who I think provide great info to watch during games.

Fake Jeff Withey

Handle: @FakeJeffWithey
Followers: 21,202
Average Retweets per 100 Tweets: 3,853
Known For: Halftime Locker room Updates, Witheying, Jokes at Juenemann’s Expense, & “HOLLLDDD MAH DICKKKK”
Fav Hashtags: #WitheyBeingWithey #Witheying #WitheyWednesdays

Can’t make this list without one of the originals, and unquestionably  one of the best.Screen shot 2013-01-05 at 2.16.48 PM
Created by a KU Student in August of 2011, Fake Jeff Withey provides for some of the best in-game commentary from a comedic perspective of a player. His combination of pop culture references and Mizzou insults will make you laugh intermittently throughout the play time and well in to the post-game. He’s even inspired a new photo-posing craze called “Witheying,” where girls squat in front of a male while making a “W” with their hands, and the male leans back with his hands behind his head. He recently did a Q & A column about dating, which you can check out here.

Jeff Withey demonstrates the true art form of "Witheying"

Jeff Withey demonstrates the true art form of “Witheying”

Fake Joe Dooley

Handle: @FakeJoeDooley
Followers: 12,223
Avg RTs Per 100 Tweets: 1,076
Known For: All around Ratchiter, Love of Pizza, & the Dooley Drinking Game
Fav Hashtags: #POE (Pizza Over Everything) #DoomsdayDooley

The actual Joe Dooley is an assistant coach for the KU Men’s Basketball Team. He’s known for his sweet comb-back hair style, and pale chicken legs that we see at every game in athletic shorts. Fake Joe Dooley, on the other hand is a straight up thug. He frequently mocks the smaller players (Juenemann, Niko, Self) with hilarious results. His main aim appears to be cruel and deserved jokes at Missouri’s expense. Screen shot 2013-01-05 at 2.47.01 PM

Perhaps his largest claim to fame last season was the invention of the “Joe Dooley Drinking Game” with rules tailored to each players’ strengths and weaknesses. Its great for away games, and even comes with some handy cheat sheets in case you forget all of the complicated rules. He tweets a special rule before each away game that relates to the team we’re playing! You can access the rules for this season and last season on a great KU Blog, His avatar frequently changes according the season; whoever runs this thing is definitely a fan of Photoshop.Screen shot 2013-01-05 at 2.55.41 PM

Travis Releford

Handle: @T_2releFOUR
Followers: 16,030
Avg RTs per 100 Tweets: 451
Known For: “Got ‘Em!” & Adorable Instagrammed pictures of his son, TJ
Fav Hashtags: #GotEm #KUCMB #FOE

Unlike the previous two accounts, this one is actually run by the person they claim to be. Travis Releford, a starting senior for the Jayhawks runs an active twitter account with updates from both Lawrence, and on the Road. His Instagram account- which is linked to his twitter- is the real star of the show. One of his favorite things to do is take pictures with

got em

Local Media Outlets have started using Trav’s catch phrase “Got ‘Em!”

 sleeping friends, teammates, and strangers while they’re sleeping. He slaps on a cartoonish grin and gives a thumbs-up to the camera with the catch phrase and matching hashtag- “Got Em!” He has a son, TJ, who attends almost all home games and is in the running for “most adorable child to ever be born while their dad still plays for KU” (Tyshawn’s son is in the runner up). The combination of humor, cuteness, and inside info from an actual player on the team is perfect.

On a related note, this is Travis’s 5th and final year, and he is a huge part of the team leadership (along with Elijah). He brings together relationships with former players as well as some of our newest ones.

The Shiver (Matt Scott)

Handle: @KUTheShiver
Followers: 4,064
Avg RTs Per 100 Tweets: 49
Known For: Fast Uploads & Up to Date information, KU Recruiting News, & Great Pictures
Fav Hashtags: #KUBball #KUBballRecruiting #JayhawkNation #KUCMB

Matt is a great source for loads of KU information, especially regarding recruiting. The shiver also has a great YouTube channel. They upload post-game interviews quicker than the athletics department, and the sound quality is better too (A lot of the post-game videos on are difficult to hear-you’re based out of the LJW, buy a microphone please!).

He tweets out great information, but doesn’t blow up your news-feed with unimportant information. He includes his personal opinion within the info, but its all fair analysis. He’s funny and smart, a great follow overall.

Kansas Basketball

Handle: @KU_Hoops
Followers: 36,105
Avg RT per 100 Tweets: 2541
Known For: Insider info from within the team, coaching staff, and athletics dept, The Pay Heed Series
Fav Hashtags: #KUBball #RockChalk

A part of the, it is the self-proclaimed “official twitter of Kansas Men’s Basketball” and does a great job of picking informative and insightful tweets to retweet. They also provide up to date information from the team practices and busses on the way to away games. I’m pretty sure this account is run by the youngest person on the KU Social Media Staff. Hell, they probably are the entire Social Media Staff. Either way, this account is a great follow for news from behind the scenes. Don’t expect any opinions or recruiting info though, unless its been absolutely confirmed.

“I guess Pickleman’s in Lawrence saw the game last night. Rock Chalk Pickle-guys!”

The youtube account associated with this account is also great. They are the home of the Midcourt Mayhem video where Cole Aldrich and three other Jayhawks make half-court shots at practice one day. It was featured on multiple sports shows and countdowns. They also provided us with the glorious video of Elijah shooting the ball all the way across the court and providing one of my favorite sound-bites “Too Strong! Put ya shoes on!” Their most recent development is a weekly series called “Pay Heed” that’s narrated by Wayne Simien. It’s excellent, check it out.

Long Distance Jayhawk

Handle: @longdistncejhawk
Followers: 70
Avg RT per 100 Tweets: 3
Known for: Sarcastic and Humorous analysis of games, best nicknames of all time
Fav Hashtags: #KUBball

Long Distance Jayhawk is hands-down my favorite jayhawk sports blog. He writes well, often, and with a strong voice. Check out his profiles on each player for important information and a nickname that you won’t be able to shake. This twitter account frequently replies to the conversation revolving around Kansas Basketball, so look no further if you want someone to argue about the exact radius of Kevin Young’s Fro

An Open Letter to Bill Self & his Jayhawks

I’m sure you get more fan mail than Santa in December, so I don’t know if this will ever reach any of you, but I’m writing everything down anyway if only for posterity’s sake. Allow me to introduce myself. I am a member of Jayhawk Nation, an enrolled student at KU, & perhaps most importantly for this letter; your campaign manager. You may be thinking, “I don’t remember authorizing that hire?” Or you may even be wondering why you need one? The truth is its a role I was destined to play.

A fourth generation Jayhawk, I have followed KU Basketball my whole life. I remember learning the fight song before the national anthem, saying “Rock Chalk” before learning to recite my address or phone number, and watching March Madness with my mother and grandmother, wishing more than anything to follow exactly in their footsteps that lead to Lawrence. Now it is my fourth and final year at the University, and frankly I can’t believe it’s almost over.

So thank you Bill Self & Your Jayhawks, for becoming a team that has been one of my only constants these past years. While my roommates changed, my major switched back and forth, and the football program burned through 3 coaches (and counting), I knew I could count on my Basketball Boys to deliver. Thank you, for continuing the traditions of a program that never sets the bar below the roof of Allen Fieldhouse. I know it can’t be easy, KU fans aren’t easily pleased-myself included. Thank you for representing a sense of class that we expect to be upheld by any of those remembered eight legacies that call themselves Kansas coaches. Thank you for building teams that I can believe in, fight for, and stand behind. I never once uttered the words “rebuilding year” in 2011-2012. When My friends from other schools asked me if we would make it in to the tournament, I simply corrected them: we were going to the championship.

Thank you Allen Fieldhouse, for being a building that I have never left without a smile on my face, save for one exception; for being a place where I have felt more passionate, inspired, comradery then anywhere else ever. I’ve laughed, cried, jumped up and down until I couldn’t feel my legs, sat ripping newspaper for hours, hugged perfect strangers, and lost my voice from screaming. On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve also slept more hours than I could count inside of 1651 Naismith Drive. The week before the K-State game I spent more time on our camping group’s air mattress than I did in my own bed. I wish that I could tie one specific memory to that magical building; The second we went into overtime at the last border war, the Ohio State game, the time I watched a proposal occur across the court, the countless senior speeches that made me cry- Damn you Sherron- and laugh, or one of the exhibition games against a small school that felt more like an all-star dunk contest. But I can’t, there’s simply too many.

Which leads me to the Jayhawk Video team, thanks for making my heart swell whenever I hear “Dream On.” At the beginning of every game, my friends and I compare our goosebumps as the “Requiem for a Dream” theme plays with flashing images of our Hawks proudest moments. We wait for all our favorite parts to jump up and down, like popcorn kernels ready to explode with excitement. Every one, is somehow better than the last. You truly are talented and under-appreciated, and I cannot wait to see the magic you will produce with those new HD screens.

Finally to the team, and most importantly: my fellow Seniors. Thanks for it all. For sticking it out when you might have had the talent to leave earlier, for enduring stares and points from those on campus who couldn’t contain their excitement at seeing you “in real life.” For being patient with thousands of autograph seekers and picture takers everywhere. Thanks for working your hardest to represent Kansas the way we see it: as the absolute best. Not all of you are hometown boys, so adjustments no doubt had to be made in the move, but you handled it with grace and poise. Thanks for waking up early and practicing even when you didn’t want to, and most importantly for giving your all-every day.

And so as I enter in to my senior season of KU Basketball, it comes with the bittersweet feeling that a part of this will all soon be over. My love and adoration for Jayhawk Basketball will never fade. But it will certainly be different to sit somewhere that isn’t behind the baskets, imagine getting in to a game without camping days in advance, and to call myself an Alumnus instead of a student. This year Senior night will partially belong to my peers and I, as we start our journeys into the “real world” that most of us have been simultaneously dreading and looking forward to.

And since they won’t announce my name or let me give a senior speech to express my gratitude to Kansas Basketball that night, I’m doing it a little early. THANK YOU to all who have given themselves to this team. Thank you for making me happier than anything or anyone else ever has. I truly believe that only together, We are Kansas.


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4th Year, 3rd Football Coach

This year marks the beginning of “A New Era” in KU Football. Charlie Weis (See “Our Coach Can Eat Your Coach: The Sequel”) is starting his first year. And luckily for him, the expectations are pretty low. All he really has to do is improve on his predecessor, Turner Gill’s record of 2 wins. He doesn’t even have to beat Mizzou because they are too busy getting ground to a pulp in the SEC they are no longer in our conference, and we will not be scheduling any games against them in the near future.

So let’s take a look at how old Chuck is doing so far:

  • vs SDSU: W, 31-17
  • vs Rice: L, 25-24
  • vs TCU: L, 20-6

Let’s face it, the first game of the season was basically our only expected win. However, the Rice Game would not have surprised anyone had we come out victorious. The match-up versus Texas Christian University begins the long downward spiral that is and from now on will be called The Slaughter Conference Season. I for one would like to come into this with a positive attitude, but I can’t help but pull from previous experiences. After looking it up, I see that in my time at KU (3 Football Seasons thus far) our record is 10-26. Which, all in all doesn’t sound too bad! We are still 0-3 in football coaches, but only time will tell there.

Next week brings our first away game. The first week without tailgates, A Friendly atmosphere, and the athletes sleeping on their own beds. So here’s my proposition, fellow Jayhawks: Cheer On the Losers. After all, isn’t that why we all love those underdog movies they keep making on Disney Channel? And who do they have to play for if there’s no one there to cheer them on?

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