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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 12.18.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Football - Jayhawks Ink Eight on First Day of Mid-Year Signing Period

The early signing class boasts three offensive linemen, three defensive backs, a defensive lineman, and a running back, with six hailing from The Lone Star State. The group also consists of two sophomores and six juniors.

Mid-year signing day opens with a flurry for KU football | Tale of the Tait |

Mr. Ed says: Tait provides a short write-up on each of the commits plus a highlight tape.

Friends Bates, Banks among KU signees |

Even though Trinity Valley Community College teammates Bazie Bates IV and D’Andre Banks committed to the Kansas University football program six months apart, the two friends and teammates spent plenty of time talking about the Jayhawks during the wait.

KU's Beaty hits the recruiting ground running -- but it's a marathon, not a sprint | FOX Sports

"And listen to this: The Charlie Weis staff -- and this is really (aimed) at Charlie Weis, he's the head coach, he's making these things happen -- he would go three weeks at a time without even talking about recruiting. Now that is laughable. When you're talking about college, the big-time programs, they talk about recruiting and work on recruiting every day" said former Kansas quarterback David Jaynes.

Q&A: David Beaty on the plan for the Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN

You’re going to hear this question a lot: How do you win at Kansas?

I think it’s real simple. ... You work hard and you earn everything. You earn playing time, we earn respect throughout the media, we earn respect throughout the state and in our own backyard, the city of Lawrence, the Kansas City area by making sure we take those great players and make sure they stay at home. Our players do it through hard work and earning everything. They’re going to work their tails off in that room we started our first meeting in, our weight room. That’s where championships are won. In weight rooms and practice fields, working your craft. We’re going to work, work, work and we’re going to expect nothing and earn everything.

Self sees Ellis as Kansas’ go-to guy in clutch |

“I’d turn to Perry. I’d put the ball in Perry’s hands in some way, shape or form and say, ‘Hey go do it,’’’ Self said, asked on this week’s ESPN/Andy Katz podcast which Jayhawk he’d most likely rely on if a bucket is needed during crunch time.

University of Kansas Volleyball - All-American Duo: Albers, Havili Named Honorable Mention

Capping off their impressive veteran-rookie 2014 campaign, senior Chelsea Albers and freshman Ainise Havili were named to the AVCA All-America Honorable Mention Team Wednesday.

University of Kansas Soccer - Caroline Van Slambrouck Named to Academic All-America Squad

Kansas senior defender Caroline Van Slambrouck was named to the Scholar All-America Second Team it was announced Wednesday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Van Slambrouck became the third KU soccer player and the second in two years to find her name on the prestigious list, which recognizes just 33 of the nation's top collegiate soccer players per season, for their performances on the field and in the classroom.

- College Sports -

West Virginia AD Oliver Luck resigns, joins NCAA -

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck has been named the NCAA's executive vice president of regulatory affairs, the organization announced Wednesday. Per an NCAA statement, Luck's position is a newly created one "that will bring the national office regulatory functions -- academic and membership affairs, the Eligibility Center and enforcement -- under one umbrella." Luck is believed to be second-in-command in the NCAA's organizational hierarchy, answering only to president Mark Emmert.

Bo Pelini profanely ripped Nebraska's AD during meeting with players -

On Wednesday, Bo Pelini took a shot at Nebraska president Harvey Perlman during his introductory press conference at Youngstown State. It turns out Perlman wasn't the only member of the Nebraska administration that Pelini is upset with, as he ripped into the school's athletic director, Shawn Eichorst, during his final meeting with Nebraska players.

Nebraska responds to Bo Pelini's comments with long statement -

Soon after Pelini's comments were released, Nebraska issued a statement that, while short on expletives, made its feelings about Pelini crystal-clear.

Reports: Michigan offering Jim Harbaugh nearly $50 million to coach -

According to multiple reports from CBS 5's Joe Pequeno and's Ian Rapoport, Michigan has offered Harbaugh the coaching job in Ann Arbor. Both reporters say the offer is for six years, though Pequeno lists the contract as worth $49 million and Rapoport notes that it's $48 million. Either way, if accurate, Harbaugh would surpass Alabama's Nick Saban as the highest-paid coach in college football, were he to accept the deal.

South Carolina coach Frank Martin learned valuable lessons working as a bouncer in Miami nightclubs - ESPN

Here's what you might not know about Martin and that notorious -- or misunderstood, per his players and others who know him -- disposition: When he was a bouncer in Miami, it probably saved his life.

5-year-old sends letter and $1 donation to help save UAB football - ESPN

It all started a couple months ago when a little football fanatic named Bennett Williams had his parents print out a big sheet of the 125 FBS team logos so he could learn all of the nicknames and schools. He follows after his parents and is a huge Buckeyes fan, but one logo on the sheet really caught his eye: the colorful, fire-breathing dragon of UAB. Almost immediately, he said, "I really like that team, Dad."

Royals hoping Edinson Volquez's 2014 was no fluke (but it probably was) -

As for what they can expect from Volquez, the Royals, without question, are hoping that his 2014 performance is repeatable. With the Pirates last season, Volquez pitched to a 3.04 ERA in 192 2/3 innings of work. In terms of ERA+, Volquez put up his highest -- i.e., best -- figure since his All-Star season of 2008. The same goes for his innings total. But is it sustainable?

- Potpourri -

Qatar Pays Migrant Workers $1 an Hour To Be Fake Sports Fans

The life of most migrant workers in Qatar is bleak—so bleak, it's a human rights violation. The latest report from Doha reveals a new twist in the sad story. When they're not toiling away at building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, many workers are being paid impossibly small wages to be fake sports fans. It doesn't sound fun, either.

- Video of the Day -

The Force is with this incredible 'Star Wars' Christmas light show

He didn't just throw together a few synchronized lighting elements. He coordinated dazzling displays with around 100,000 lights strung across his house, a massive tree, a piano, and a giant guitar. Even better, he set the light show to John Williams' universally renowned Star Wars music.