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Kansas toughens up with football pads

Updated: January 4, 2005, 12:52 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Bill Self knew without Wayne Simien against Georgia Tech that he needed to shake up practice last week or else Kansas wasn't going to win.

The Jayhawks weren't tough enough. He went as far as to call them soft.

So, he got Kansas' blue and white football jerseys, picking the same numbers his basketball players wear in tank tops. He had helmets ready. The equipment was all lined up, ready to be unveiled at the slightest hint that the Jayhawks were slacking in practice.

"I ...

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