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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 5.01.14

A look-see around the internets. Happy May Day!

Jamie Squire

Kansas Football

KU has designs on Memorial Stadium facelift |

“It’s not lost on me and shouldn’t be lost on anyone else that we need a little momentum in football to inspire the donors whose help we’re going to need,” Zenger said.

Kansas Jayhawks spring football wrap 2014 - ESPN

A recap of what we learned about Kansas this spring as Charlie Weis prepares for his third season as coach.

Kansas Basketball

Keegan: Texas wins recruiting battle, but KU still team to beat in Big 12 |

Tom Keegan says Texas has the edge on paper over KU, but of course reminds us that games aren't played on paper.

Kansas Sports

University of Kansas Softball Kansas Travels to Texas For Final Big 12 Road Trip

Kansas is one win away from reaching the 30-win plateau for the fourth-consecutive season under head coach Megan Smith. KU closes out the season with three of its final six games on the road. The Jayhawks are 29-19 in 2014 and 22-15 away from Arrocha Ballpark.

University of Kansas Track and Field Stigler Repeats as Big 12 Athlete of the Week

For the second-consecutive week Kansas junior Michael Stigler was tabbed the Big 12's Male Athlete of the Week the conference office announced Wednesday afternoon. Stigler remained unbeaten in the 400-meter hurdles this season after winning the event and posting the third-fastest time of his career at the Drake Relays last weekend.

University of Kansas Women's Volleyball Spring Update: Jayhawk Volleyball Gets Reps in KC

Kansas volleyball has been in the gym all spring, training and preparing to improve on the Jayhawks' historical run to the Sweet 16 last fall. On Saturday, the team tested its off-season work against Wichita State, Saint Louis and Illinois in a full day of spring scrimmaging. Kansas played matches consisting of two sets apiece against the Shockers, Billikens and Fighting Illini. No official scores or stats were kept

College Sports

Myles Turner taps UT |

Turner to UT; Devonte Graham down to KU and NCST; KU recruiting Thon Maker

Five-star prospect Myles Turner picks Texas |

"I'm happy to be a Texan," Turner said on the live broadcast. "Always been a Texan my whole life."

What Myles Turner Recruiting Coup Means for Texas | Bleacher Report

There's still some work to be done. But they're back on the upswing, and their made-for-TV infomercial that doubled as Turner's announcement sure didn't hurt the cause.

College football playoff selection committee sets parameters for season - ESPN

The college football playoff selection committee will release a weekly top 25, starting Oct. 28, and panel members will be required to recuse themselves when a school they work for comes up for discussion.

ACC schedule not set as athletic directors split on preferences - ESPN

The SEC's recent decision to stick with an eight-game league schedule leaves the ACC as the lone conference among the power five that has yet to determine its future conference schedule, and the athletic directors throughout the ACC remain undecided as a potential vote could be just weeks away at the league's annual spring meetings in Amelia Island.

New Missouri Tigers coach Kim Anderson to retain associate head coach Tim Fuller - ESPN

New Missouri coach Kim Anderson is retaining Tim Fuller, the associate head coach under Frank Haith.

Tom Izzo says he'll coach Michigan State Spartans next season - ESPN

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said he'll remain with the Spartans next season despite rumors that he is a candidate for NBA openings in Minnesota and Detroit.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles hire Doc Sadler - ESPN

Former Nebraska and UTEP coach Doc Sadler has been hired as the next coach at Southern Mississippi, the school said on Wednesday night.

Dorial Green-Beckham's Father Disputes Reports of Transfer to Eastern Illinois | Bleacher Report

Jameis Winston of Florida State Seminoles cited for shoplifting - ESPN

Florida State quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston received a civil citation after he was accused of taking crab legs and crawfish from a supermarket.

Professional Sports

Mike D'Antoni resigns as Los Angeles Lakers' coach -

Mike D'Antoni has resigned as the Lakers' coach.

Houston Texans deciding between Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel at No. 1 in 2014 NFL draft | Audibles -

With the 2014 NFL draft just over one week away, the No. 1 overall pick remains a mystery. For weeks it had appeared that the Texans would be drafting a quarterback with the top pick, but the recent buzz has indicated the team prefers South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Miguel Cabrera's Bad April Finally Reopens AL MVP Door | Bleacher Report

Not sure if this is still the case, but a week ago, Alcides Escobar had more extra-base hits than Miguel Cabrera.

Star Wars

Mark Hamill May Have Revealed Star Wars: Ep. 7 Plot | WebProNews

It was exciting news for Star Wars fans Tuesday with the announcement that Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher will reprise their roles of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa. Other original cast members Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker will join the trio in the film as Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2.

Check Out Carrie Fisher's Rare 'Star Wars' Photos For A Trip To Galaxy Far, Far Away

"Star Wars" fans looking to get their hands on a piece of history would be wise to check out Profiles in History's two-day Debbie Reynolds auction on May 17-18.

Can a ‘Cool’ Actor Survive ‘Star Wars’? «

Historically, a Star Wars role has been not unlike an Academy Award: It raises your profile no matter where you are in your career, but timing is everything. Get it when you’re already thoroughly established and it’s a fun feather in your cap; get it too soon and you may be cursed for life.

Weird News

Bob Costas Abandons Broadcast Booth Mid-Inning

Bob Costas handed over play-by-play to MLB Network commentator John Smoltz in the bottom of the seventh inning tonight at Yankee Stadium, escaping the booth to hit the little boys' room.

You can soon buy stock in Bills QB EJ Manuel -

Manuel agreed to a “brand contract” with Fantex, which is expected to offer 523,700 shares of the second-year QB's stock at $10 per share. In return, the company will pay Manuel nearly $5 million up front for 10 percent of whatever he earns throughout his career (endorsements, etc), estimated to be around $104 million by the company. His stock will trade under the symbol EJMLL.

A Complete Rundown of Every Team Tony Romo Has Caused to Lose by His Very Presence - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Is there such a thing as the Tony Romo curse?

Funny Video of the Day

This Hilariously Accurate Tour Of Kansas City Will Make You Love It

A local sketch comedy troupe made this video and it’s pretty clever, not to mention accurate.