Happy Friday everyone! Did that short week just fly by or what?
- Kansas Sports -
The Jayhawks (34-24, 15-9 Big 12) arrived in Louisville, Kentucky, late Tuesday night and had all day Wednesday and Thursday to prep for the Wildcats (35-23, 14-16 SEC) before matching up against them in game one Friday at 1 p.m.
This is rare territory for Kansas, 34-24, which is playing in just its fifth NCAA regional and first since 2009. The Jayhawks have advanced past a regional just once before, during a run to the College World Series in 1993.
Kansas pitching coach Ryan Graves loves the way his staff doesn’t get caught up in strikeout numbers. KU is second in the Big 12 with 2.57 walks per nine innings (only TCU is better at 2.19). Duncan (6-3, 2.46 ERA) is third in the Big 12 with 80 Ks and leads the conference in innings pitched (109.2), but he — like the rest of KU’s pitchers — don’t mind attacking the strike zone.
Architectural firm Gould Evans has released renderings of the DeBruce Center, the 32,000-square-foot building that will permanently house James Naismith's original "Rules of Basket Ball". The University of Kansas held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the building May 2; construction is slated to begin this summer, with completion scheduled for the 2015-16 basketball season.
“I think Andrew is the best athlete. I think Jo has maybe the highest ceiling. I think all three of ’em can help your team a lot. I could see them (Cavs) taking ‘Wigs’ one. Of course, Jabari is in the game, too. I could see ’em taking Jo one. Whoever gets one of those three guys with the first three picks, I think all franchises will probably be pretty happy,” Self added.
The Big 12 Conference released the television broadcast assignments for the first three weeks of the 2014 college football season, with Kansas being tabbed for television in each of its first two games. The Jayhawks have a bye the opening week of the 2014 college football season.
Kansas women's golfer Minami Levonowich shot a 1-under 71 at Drumm Farm Golf Club in Independence, Missouri, on May 27 to qualify for the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links (WAPL) Championship.
Kansas track & field got off to a solid start on the first day of action at the 2014 NCAA West Preliminary Thursday afternoon at John McDonnell Field on the University of Arkansas campus.
For updates and results from the final two days of the West Prelim, log on to KUAthletics.com (Bookmark this link) and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @KUTrack.
- College Sports -
"I think we're holding the fort," said South Carolina president Harris Pastides. "If we allow this reform to fail, the obvious next step would be to give up amateurism."
USC was subsequently stripped of the 2004 title because of numerous NCAA violations. Now Auburn is looking into whether it should recognize more than the two national titles they are traditionally given credit for.
An Arizona donor has devised a creative way to attempt to keep the stars of the school's athletic department in Tucson for a long time. The donor, who has yet to be identified, has offered football coach Rich Rodriguez, basketball coach Sean Miller and athletic director Greg Byrne a small stake in an oil and gas company -- and a potentially huge lump-sum payment -- if they stay at the school for the next eight years.
- Professional Sports -
Shelly Sterling released a statement late Thursday night that she had signed a binding contract to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, via the Associated Press.
- In The News -
When the confetti flew, the two boys stood in the center of the stage and shook hands. They held up the trophy together. Both were champions, a Spelling Bee finish unseen in more than half a century.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he expects to give up hosting a Sunday night radio talk show while he campaigns for re-election.
- Today in Sports History -
1935 - Babe Ruth plays his final MLB game, taking one at-bat for the Boston Braves vs the Philadelphia Phillies.
1977 - Dennis Eckersley throws the first and only no-hitter of his career, a 1-0 decision vs the California Angels.
1985 - Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers win their second straight Stanley Cup, beating the Philadelphia Flyers in five games.
2011 - Jim Tressel resigns as head coach at Ohio State.
- Daily Trivia -
Yesterday's answer: Clyde Lovellette was the first men's basketball player to lead the nation in scoring and win an NCAA Championship in the 1951-52 season.
Today's question: Who was the first college player ever to rush for a 99-yard touchdown?
- Video(s) of the Day -
Slow runner (Billy Butler of the Royals) + Hard liner to right field + Right fielder with a hose (Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays) = Embarrassing.
I'd rather pay for it.