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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 05.22.14

A look around today's internets. MikeMikeMikeMikeMike... what day is it, Mike?

Jamie Squire

Lots of stuff on the newest Bill Self signee Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk.  Can't figure out if he's 6'6" or 6'8".

- Kansas Basketball -

University of Kansas Men's Basketball KU Signs Foreign Phenom Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

A native of Cherkasy, Ukraine, Mykhailiuk is a dynamic 6-8, 195-pound shooting guard/small forward. The 16-year old will be eligible to play in the upcoming 2014-15 season. He will turn 17 in June, but already completed high school in the Ukraine, which would keep him in the college ranks for a minimum of two years due to the NBA Draft age requirement rules.

Self says Ukrainian recruit will provide immediate impact |

“He is a guy that can play all three positions on the perimeter. At 6-8, he can play point, play the No. 2 (shooting guard) or the No. 3 (small forward). He allows us to be more versatile next year, and certainly there would be few people that would shoot it better than him.”

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk highlights | Tale of the Tait |

Here's a quick look at a few of the highlight films out there on the Jayhawks' newest wing player, who sounds like he comes with a ton of potential and versatility.

Ukrainian wing Mykhailiuk chooses KU |

Self, who became aware of the Ukrainian talent three months ago, credited his development through his club team — the Cherkasy Mavpy — to be one of the most appealing factors in KU's recruitment, citing that Mykhailiuk will begin his college career very skilled, drilled and prepared.

Kansas adds Ukrainian star Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk -

Mykhailiuk is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard who plays for Cherkassy and is just 16 years old. He will turn 17 in June, and is expected to attend Kansas for two seasons. Jonathan Givony of Draft Express said Mykhailiuk never signed a pro contract and should have no eligibility issues.

- Kansas Sports -

KU baseball drops the opening game of the Big 12 tournament yesterday morning.  They continue play at the 2014  Big 12 Baseball Championship Thursday, May 22, and will play the loser of TCU vs. Baylor at 9 a.m. (today - Now, right now!!)  Fans can watch the game live on FOX College Sports or tune in to Jayhawk Digital Passport via

University of Kansas Baseball Offenses Explode, Late Mountaineer Rally Upends Kansas, 10-9

A combined 19 runs and 26 hits capped off by a Big 12 Championship record of seven doubles in a game by the Jayhawks (34-23) led to a wild finish as West Virginia (28-24) erased a six-run deficit in the seventh inning with an eight-spot to steal the game away from KU.

WVU scores eight in seventh to knock off KU baseball |

After closing the season with nine consecutive victories over Big 12 foes, the third-seeded Kansas University baseball team dropped its opening game at the Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City, 10-9, to No. 6 seed West Virginia.

KU football's usual suspects getting the most national love this offseason | Tale of the Tait |

Although the Jayhawks have not been regarded in the exercises as a sleeper team for the upcoming season or anything like that, they have been given a little bit of love. Here's a quick look at just how much.

University of Kansas Women's Golf Kansas Women’s Golf Improves on Day 2 at NCAA Championship

Kansas moved up one spot to 23rd in the 24-team field with a two-round 606 (+46). KU is two shots ahead of Campbell at 608 (+48) and six shots behind South Carolina who is in 20th position heading into Thursday's third of four rounds.

- College Sports -

Despite John Currie's change of stance, Leticia Romero won't receive transfer waiver from Kansas State -

Kansas State athletic director John Currie attempted to help Leticia Romero gain a conditional release from her basketball scholarship, but his efforts will not be enough. The university issued a statement Wednesday night that made its stance on Romero's ongoing transfer battle clear: Because a K-State appeals committee denied Romero's request for a release last month, she will not be able to obtain one.

Notre Dame paid Charlie Weis more than Brian Kelly in 2012 -

In 2012 Brian Kelly led Notre Dame through a 12-0 regular season and a berth in the BCS National Championship game against Alabama. And it turns out he did all this without being the highest-paid football coach Notre Dame was paying that year.

About to be an active Hall of Famer, K-State's Snyder isn't slowing down -

If he has an exit plan, it is not evident. A question about Snyder having input in picking his successor is met with a clipped reply: "I would hope that I would."

Jerry Kill: 'I'll be on the sideline' for Minnesota games this fall -

The 52-year-old Kill was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2005 and missed two 2013 games after suffering a seizure in early October. He coached the Gophers' remaining seven games from the press box. But Kill also said Tuesday he is "feeling pretty good," has not suffered a seizure since the October incident, and has been driving himself to work.

Boise State president blasts NCAA reform in letter to media -

Boise State's president issued a scathing criticism of NCAA reforms Wednesday night, seemingly accusing the commissioners of the SEC and Big Ten of “calling the shots.” Bob Kustra spent more than three pages ripping Big Five conferences in an email sent to media outlets. The correspondence came less than 24 hours after Pac-12 presidents called upon their Big Five peers to quickly pass NCAA reforms.

Commissioner Mike Slive expects autonomy to be hot topic for SEC meetings - ESPN

SEC commissioner Mike Slive, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany all said Wednesday during interviews with The Associated Press that they want to ensure the biggest football conferences can decide how their own legislative process works in many areas affecting their athletes. The NCAA board of directors is expected to vote on a restructuring in early August.

PHOTO: Michigan needs to use spell check -

Michigan created a mock up of a ESPN The Magazine cover with four star running back Mike Weber on the cover, and sent it to the junior from Detroit's Cass Tech. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, Michigan forgot how to spell "American."

- Professional Sports -

Chiefs sign fifth-round pick Aaron Murray to contract -

The Chiefs announced Wednesday that they have signed quarterback Aaron Murray, their fifth-round draft choice, to a contract.

- World Cup -

AP: Corruption linked to soaring Brazil World Cup stadium prices -

The cost of building Brasilia's stadium, one of the host arenas for next month's World Cup, has ballooned to $900 million in public funds, nearly triple what was originally planned. The excess is due to allegedly fraudulent billing, government auditors claim, and the stadium is now believed to be the world's second-most expensive stadium.

Mexico's Herrera to players: No sex during World Cup -

Mexican national team coach Miguel Herrera wants his team thinking about football during the World Cup, not sex. As such, Herrera has banned his team from having sex during the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.

- Today in Sports History -

1970 - The NHL officially welcomes the Vancouver Canucks and the Buffalo Sabres as expansion teams.

2003 - High schooler LeBron James signed a $90 million endorsement contract with Nike.

- Video of the Day -

My best friend is going to incredible lengths to ignore me.

Peter, come out of that thing!