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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 6.11.12

April 1, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self speaks to those attending the Naismith brunch after being awarded the Naismith coach of the year award. Mandatory Credit: Crystal Logiudice-US PRESSWIRE
April 1, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self speaks to those attending the Naismith brunch after being awarded the Naismith coach of the year award. Mandatory Credit: Crystal Logiudice-US PRESSWIRE

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Ex-Notre Dame QB Dayne Crist has new home at Charlie Weis' Kansas - latimes.com
"It was one of the most traumatic experiences I've dealt with," he said of the South Florida benching. "I tried not to deal with it.… It was that and how the rest of the season transpired. It was frustrating. Every negative emotion you could feel, I dealt with."

KU players find roles in league that loves stars | CJOnline.com
Believe it or not, though, role players still matter. When Bill Self watches the playoffs — which he does, even when he's on vacation — he sees Kansas players who have learned how to specialize in a game that wants its stars to do it all.

Finally, Zach Peters arrives at KU | KUsports.com
"Finally feeling like a Jayhawk the first day was an incredible feeling. Getting my codes to get into the gym to work out on my own ... that was surreal. Going into the locker room and seeing my name on my locker ... it’s amazing. I’m really excited about this year."

Evan Manning returns to camp | KUsports.com
Evan Manning sat at a table with fellow Kansas University freshmen Zach Peters and Tyler Self for 21⁄2 hours Sunday afternoon in Booth Family Hall of Athletics, fulfilling his first official obligation as a Jayhawk basketball player.

Kevin Haskin: Self appreciates OKC glow | CJOnline.com
“I remember telling my dad, ‘I don’t think it’s big enough. I don’t think it will work. I don’t think free agents will want to come to Oklahoma City,’ ’’ Self recalled. “How wrong was I?

Replacing a legendary coach is never easy -- men's college basketball - ESPN
Within a week of Williams' departure, Jennings had hired Self. "Let's face it," Jennings said. "I got lucky." It almost didn't happen. A few days before he accepted the job, Self telephoned his father, Bill Sr., and expressed reservations about taking the job. Self had spent the previous three seasons at Illinois.

McLemore uses year off at KU to his advantage - KansasCity.com
If you want to be specific, it’s been more 15 months since Ben McLemore has played in an official basketball game. Real jerseys? Real referees? A scoreboard that mattered? McLemore can hardly remember what it feels like.