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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 7.04.14

Happy Independence Day! A quick look-see around the internets.

Photo courtesy of yours truly.

KU only articles today.  Everybody enjoy your weekend, try not to lose any fingers, and we'll see ya back here on Monday.

- Kansas Basketball-

Wayne who? Simien relatively unknown now |

One couldn’t tell by looking at him, but the 2005 first-round NBA Draft pick of the Miami Heat only plays basketball about once a year and stays fit with all the exercises and nutritional discipline Kansas strength coach Andrea Hudy "beat over" his head. Chasing around his five young kids does the job, too — "That’s a calorie-burner," Simien added.

KU women's basketball recruit not swayed by dad’s alma mater |

Johnson, a 6-foot-2 senior-to-be at Leavenworth High, orally committed to Kansas University on Wednesday and, in doing so, chose a school and program that made her the most comfortable over loyalty to Oklahoma, the alma mater of her father, David Johnson.

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Best case, worst case: Kansas Jayhawks football 2014 - ESPN

The premise of these fun posts is to examine what the season may look like if everything fell into place for each school -- the best-case scenario for 2014. Conversely, we’ll also show what might happen if everything goes wrong -- the worst-case scenario. The truth, as usual, should fall somewhere in the middle. We continue the series today with Kansas.

Big 12 recruiting scorecard - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas continued to make noise on the recruiting trail by snagging a pair of Texas prospects last week. Carl Thompson, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive lineman from Denton (Texas) Guyer, had offers from Duke, Minnesota and Vanderbilt. Taylor Martin, a 5-foot-9, 179-pound running back, committed to Kansas later the same day. He had an offer from Colorado State, and was reportedly drawing interest from TCU, Illinois and Kansas State. The Jayhawks went into the month of June with one commitment, but now have nine.

Q&A: Kansas OL signee Jacob Bragg - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Even though he was a four-star recruit and a rare ESPN 300 signee for Kansas, Jacob Bragg arrived in Lawrence this summer with a serious chip on his shoulder. The Under Armour All-America center from Nacogdoches, Texas, didn't have a choice when it came to leaving his home state. None of the major programs in Texas offered him a scholarship.

Now or never for Big 12 seniors - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

When he’s healthy, Pierson is a big play waiting to happen. In limited action in 2013, Pierson averaged 10.33 yards per play from scrimmage. He’s had the potential to be one of the Big 12’s top players since his sophomore season but this year is his last chance to cement his name alongside the conference’s top offensive threats.

Big 12 mailbag - ESPN

Jesse in Houston writes: How would you rank the Big 12 college campuses from the point of view of a recruit?

Trotter: This question is going to make pretty much everyone on here mad so ... let’s answer it! Again, this would be through the lens of a football recruit, not necessarily my own personal preference. And we’re talking campuses, not just football facilities. Austin, where I was for a couple days last week, is the clear No. 1. After that: 2. Lawrence, 3. Fort Worth, 4. Stillwater, 5. Norman, 6. Morgantown, 7. Lubbock, 8. Manhattan, 9. Ames, 10. Waco. Let the hate mail flow.

Kansas RB Mann plans to play right away |

"As I told the coaches, I’m not planning on red-shirting wherever I go," Mann said in an interview on signing day in early February. "No disrespect to anybody who’s there, I just believe in my talents, and the coaches told me I’d have an opportunity at Kansas to compete for a starting spot."

Tracking the progress at Memorial Stadium | Tale of the Tait |

It's now been a full week since construction began to remove the track from around the playing surface at Memorial Stadium and, as you'll see in the photos below, the crews in charge of doing the work have made significant progress