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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 8.8.12

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Kansas Football

Charlie Weis now a 'big fan' of James Sims | KUsports.com
"Right now, if I had to pick the most complete running back on our team, I would pick James," Weis said of the junior tailback. "I think he responded pretty well. James is way better than I thought he was. He just unfortunately can’t play right now."

Running back Sims responding well since suspension - KansasCity.com
"I think James is way better than I thought he was," Weis said. "He just unfortunately can’t play right now. He can run inside, he can run outside. People told me he couldn’t run outside. They were wrong; he can. People told me he doesn’t have another gear; he does."

KU backs fight for snaps with Sims sidelined | CJOnline.com
This suggests Sims, KU’s leading rusher the past two seasons, won’t disappear into oblivion while he serves an early-season suspension related to his offseason arrest for operating a vehicle under the influence.

KU's Weis no stranger to turning around football teams | KUsports.com
Three times prior to coming to Kansas, Weis was part of a coaching staff that took over a downtrodden program and, almost immediately, turned it into a winner.

Big-play Pierson has chance to lead KU in rushing | KUsports.com
Should be fun to see how Pierson is used.

Kansas Basketball

KU edges Switzerland in Euro basketball tour opener - KansasCity.com
Senior center Jeff Withey finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes, while senior forward Kevin Young had nine points and eight rebounds on four-of-six shooting.

Game 1 observations: Zach Peters, Travis Releford two highlights for KU in win | The Newell Post | KUsports.com
Jesse Newell is covering the basketball team in Switzerland. Not a bad gig.

Swiss miss: KU survives late rally by Switzerland in tour opener | KUsports.com
Offense is definitely going to be something that will need to come along.

Basketball Prospectus | A New Breed of Jayhawk
A look at the roster heading to Europe.

Big 12

ESPN.com Preseason Power Rankings 2012 - ESPN
More Big 12 teams as the power rankings continue to unfold.

College Basketball

Dance between NCAA Eligibility Center and colleges can be contentious rather than collaborative - ESPN
Kansas coach Bill Self understands the needs for standards imposed by the NCAA's Eligibility Center, but admits the process can be frustrating when trying to clear incoming freshman, such as former Jayhawk Josh Selby in 2010.