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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 8.10.11

Big day in the links after KU Media Day.  Photo Galleries, quotes, stories and more.  Media day recap and Oklahoma Preview to come today.

Kansas Football

Kevin Haskin: Opurum continues to adapt for KU |
Yes it's a position change in name but it's going to be a similar role that he was being moved toward a year ago.

Head and shoulders: James Sims obvious No. 1 running back for Jayhawks |
Seemed like some of the coaching quotes yesterday indicated that the competition was stiff at the position. I would certainly think Sims is going to be the guy to beat but Miller, Pierson and Bourbon have all shown the ability to make plays early.

KU can, must run first |
I don't disagree at all

KU coach Turner Gill ‘more relaxed’ |
Don't relax too much yet Coach.

2011 KU football media day |
Photo Gallery. If you remember back to last year players looked bigger but not necessarily in any sort of shape. This year take a look at that offensive line picture and tell me those guys don't look bigger and more physically fit. I'd say those offseason changes we started hearing about LAST December should help a great deal in terms of our ability to compete.

KU football adds some speed to its roster -
A couple of local KC prospects the focus on this one.

Kansas football seeks to start over — again -
“Last year we came into camp and didn’t even know the structure of practice, how they were going to be run,” senior tight end Tim Biere said. “This year we know it. We know our offense, we know our defense. We can expand on it. There’s a new level of confidence about it all.”

Twitter BANS!

Coaches' Twitter ban isn't stunting players, it's protecting them -
The twitter conversation goes National

College Football/Sports

Andrew Luck, Big Ten expansion, more reasons to love 2011 season - NCAA Football -
The first eight months of 2011 have not been pleasant for college football enthusiasts. One of the sport's most accomplished coaches resigned in disgrace. One of the four most prestigious bowl games was embroiled in corporate fraud. NCAA investigations hovered over both schools that participated in last season's BCS championship game and a host of other high-profile programs. At conference media days, commissioners' speeches about full-cost scholarships and stiffer sanctions drowned out the usual anticipatory chatter about the upcoming season.

Fundamental change may be coming to NCAA sports - ESPN
Reform has been tried before, but this week's meetings may actually lead to change