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While the minutes leading up to the 2 p.m. kickoff against No. 5 TCU figure to be filled with wild emotion and tears from the players and their families, Wednesday was more about laughs and positive reflection as several seniors gave their answers to the question: What is your favorite Memorial Stadium memory?
Keon Stowers, Andrew Bolton and De'Andre Mann all were practicing and appeared to be going full speed through the drills I saw. That bodes well for KU's lineup this weekend. Still waiting for more information on offensive lineman Ngalu Fusimalohi. We might not fully know his status until game time.
Kansas: According to KU, cornerback JaCorey Shepherd became the first FBS player to record six passes defended in a game this season. Against Iowa State, he had a career-best five pass breakups and also sealed the game with an interception. He hasn't give up a touchdown pass since the season opener.
Kansas quarterback Michael Cummings patiently waited for his opportunity and it paid off as he took over as the Jayhawks starting quarterback against Oklahoma State on Oct. 11. He's getting better each week and led KU to a 34-14 win over Iowa State last weekend. He chatted with ESPN.com about getting a win, the roller coaster season and playing for interim coach Clint Bowen.
- Kansas Basketball -
KU coach Bill Self made no secret of the fact that he does not put too much stock into what happens in these exhibition games and he made it clear that he's not an easy guy to impress in games like this, where the Jayhawks are far superior to their opponent in size, speed, depth and overall talent.
“Even though the numbers aren’t unbelievable, I thought Wayne and Jamari were our best guys (in the two exhibition games),” Self said on Wednesday’s Hawk Talk radio show.
- Kansas Sports -
Sets one and two made for great volleyball as Kansas had to battle its way back from deficits to take a two-set lead against No. 23 Kansas State. The final frame, however, saw the Jayhawks take the lead and run with it on their way to the sweep inside Ahearn Fieldhouse in the final Sunflower Showdown of the 2014 season, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21.
On the heels of four straight dual meet victories, including a photo-finish win last weekend against Illinois, the Kansas swimming and diving team continued celebrating Thursday when head coach Clark Campbell announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent (NLI). The class includes the top-ranked swimmer from the states of Oklahoma and Missouri, and the #2 ranked swimmer from New Mexico according to collegeswimming.com.
The No. 19-ranked 2015 signing class hails from near and far as half of the incoming class are from the Sunflower State (Johnson and Kopatich), while the other two are headed to Lawrence via the West Coast (Christopher and Robertson). ProspectionNation also has Kansas' recruiting class ranked in the top 20 in the country and has the Jayhawks selected as the 20th-best signing class. Henrickson signed three recruits that are ranked in ESPN's top 100 and three from ProspectNation's 150 Elite.
The Kansas baseball team wrapped up its fall slate Monday (November 10) with one final intrasquad scrimmage to round out a successful autumn training session. Encouraged by the progress and development made by the Jayhawks over the fall campaign, which peaked in the last week of practices during the team's version of the World Series, head coach Ritch Price knows there is still work to be done.
After a two-week layoff, the Kansas cross country teams will compete in their most important meet of the season on Friday, Nov. 14 at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Peoria, Illinois. The men's team will look to return to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2006, while the women, who last qualified for nationals in 1994, will try to better last year's fifth-place finish.
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"I talked with coach Brady Hoke today to apologize for not providing this full picture in my earlier remarks, and I asked him to convey that to his team. And I plan to do the same, in person, when I return from out-of-town commitments," Schlissel said. "I have a great deal of respect for the efforts of our student-athletes and for the coaches and others in athletics who support them, and that did not come through in my earlier comments. I regret that."
Memphis suffered a 74-70 overtime exhibition loss to Division II Christian Brothers University on Wednesday night. The Bucs finished second in the Gulf South Conference last year. They shot 45 percent overall in the game and went 3-for-5 in overtime. "There is no good news out of it, other than the fact that it doesn't go in the record books," Memphis coach Josh Pastner told the Commercial Appeal.
South Carolina is the first big winner of college basketball's early signing period, as the Gamecocks landed a commitment from 6-foot-6 perimeter prospect P.J. Dozier on Wednesday afternoon. Dozier, who is ranked No. 21 in the ESPN 100, chose South Carolina over Louisville during a news conference at Spring Valley (S.C.) High School.
Oklahoma State forward Michael Cobbins has been suspended for three regular season games and one exhibition by the NCAA after appearing in two games for a total of five minutes during the 2010-11 season prior to redshirting.