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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 06.10.14

A look-see around today's internets.


- Kansas Sports -

Crowd-pleaser: Ex-KU star McLemore speaks, slams at Self camp |

Still a kid at heart, 21-year-old NBA jumping jack Ben McLemore heeded the requests of a throng of young Bill Self basketball campers, who chanted “360, 360” at the 6-foot-5 Sacramento Kings guard Monday in Horejsi Center.

Former KU star Ben McLemore: Jayhawks could have ‘more talent’ this year | The Kansas City Star

McLemore, slipping into the role of scout and talent evaluator, is already impressed with what he’s seen. "Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot of talent last year,” McLemore says. “But there’s even more talent in the gym."

KU O-Lineman Joe Gibson earns scholarship for coming season |

Gibson comes from a family with deep ties to KU. His great uncle, Ray Evans, was an All-American in both football and basketball for the Jayhawks, and his uncle, Harry Gibson, played on the KU hoops team from 1962-64 and served as a team captain as a senior.

University of Kansas Baseball Villines Named Second-Team Freshman All-American

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) announced Monday afternoon that Kansas closer Stephen Villines earned a spot on the Freshman All-America Team.

University of Kansas Track and Field Stigler Named Midwest Track Athlete of the Year

Kansas junior Michael Stigler was named the Midwest Region's Male Track Athlete of the Year, as was announced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Monday morning. Stigler's award, which was the first USTFCCCA honor of his career, marked the fifth-straight year at least one Jayhawk has garnered the regional honor.

University of Kansas Track and Field KU Track Ready for Nation’s Best at NCAA Championships

The Kansas men's and Women's Track & Field teams will be traveling Eugene, Oregon this week for the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Jayhawks will have a total of six entries at this week's meet, which will compete against the nation's best at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon, June 11-14.

KU students messed with the bull, got the horns, and shame on the bull | The Kansas City Star

The people who work there should be more self-aware than to think that adults who work for a corporation that brought in $93 million in the 2013 fiscal year can react to a 0.3 percent loss of revenue by directly hitting back against tuition-paying students without it being seen by level-headed folks as a form of revenge.

- College Sports -

The 2014 College World Series match-ups are set -

After the last of the NCAA super regionals wrapped up on Monday, we now know which eight teams are headed to Omaha to participate in the College World Series.

Nebraska football signee Monte Harrison agrees to terms with Milwaukee Brewers - ESPN

A heralded three-sport star who caught 13 touchdown passes at Lee's Summit (Missouri) West High School last fall, Harrison leaves Nebraska with a hole in its class of newcomers.

NCAA reaches $20M settlement involving student-athletes, video game claims | Wichita Eagle

The $60 million worth of settlements cover claims made in the Keller and O'Bannon cases against EA, along with two other cases, attorney for the plaintiffs Steve Berman said. The agreement announced Monday covers Division I men's basketball and Bowl Subdivision football players whose images, likenesses or names were included in game footage or in an EA video game after 2005. The $40 million settlement covers athletes to 2003, even if they were not in the video games.

Mack Brown's resignation as University of Texas football coach impacted more than 100 coaches across the country - ESPN

Directly or indirectly, Brown's decision to leave Texas affected the jobs of 103 coaches and influenced coaching changes at 47 college programs, four NFL organizations and two high schools.

Mack Brown's retirement sets off chain reaction among NCF coaches - ESPN The Magazine - ESPN

Graphic breakdown how one coach's retirement set off a nationwide chain reaction among college football coaches.

- Professional Sports -

Los Angeles Kings vs. New York Rangers - Recap - June 09, 2014 - ESPN

Los Angeles leads 3-0 and can claim the Cup on Wednesday night in New York. The Kings have already survived three Game 7s on the road, so this amount of success has their confidence soaring.

Cleveland Cavaliers offered John Calipari nearly $80 million over 10 years as coach, team president - ESPN

NBA coaching sources have told's Marc Stein that the Cleveland Cavaliers' recent pitch to Kentucky coach John Calipari was a 10-year offer worth nearly $80 million and included the role of coach and team president.

- World Cup -

Two days to go.

Spain has shot at soccer immortality with second World Cup win | The Kansas City Star

Brazil is a very strong team and will have the tremendous support of home crowds for every match. Argentina has the world’s best player, Lionel Messi. Germany has the deepest and most talented squad. Those are the three favorites that experts and betting companies have tipped to win it all.

World Cup: Facts and figures - ESPN FC

A collection of some of the more interesting numbers related to the history of the competition.

- In The News -

Olympic star Van Dyken severs spinal cord in crash | Wichita Eagle

Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken severed her spinal cord in an all-terrain vehicle accident over the weekend, and she told emergency workers she could not move her toes or feel anything touching her legs.

Flooding, more moisture forecast as soaking rains soothe much of Kansas | Wichita Eagle

The rains came too late to help his wheat crop but early enough to help those who have planted milo, corn and soybeans. “I’d be a bad hypocrite to curse the rains,” McRae said after his son-in-law got a pickup stuck and McRae’s jeep wouldn’t pull the vehicle from the mud.

Restored Memphis Belle B-17 coming to Wichita | Wichita Eagle

The Memphis Belle, a restored B-17 Flying Fortress, will be available for public flights and viewings June 21 and 22 at the Colonel James Jabara Airport.

- This Day in Sports History -

1975 - Pele signs with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League for $1.4 million per year.

1978 - Affirmed becomes the 11th and most recent horse to win the Triple Crown.

2010 - The NCAA levies sanctions down on USC athletics, including bowl bans and scholarship restrictions.

- Photos (and Video) of the Day -

PHOTO: Miami wants fans to attend fewer games in 2014 -

What the school is doing is trying to sell a "Two-Game Mini-Plan" rather than an entire set of season tickets, with the second game being the Canes home date with defending champion Florida State Nov. 15.

PICTURE: Greatest Royals Fans Say "Strike 'Em Out Right Meow" - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Every sports fan should have a kitty cat Spandex onesie.

Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

You can't expect to wield supreme power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's Answer: Aaron Miles registered a school career-record 954 career assists.

Today's Question: Since the outdoor championships are starting up this week - Who was the ex-Kansas track and field great who was a four-time champion in the discus at the Summer Games?