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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 8.18.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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Still in first place, y'all.

- Kansas Sports -

KU's Ben Heeney looking to leave lasting impression in final season |

“It’s all or nothing right now,” Heeney said. “This is my last opportunity to leave an impact on this program and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Fan-tastic: Spectators get glimpse of Jayhawks |

Several spots are already locked in, but several more, like place kicker, remain hotly contested. The positions with the most competition appear to be: offensive line, running back and in the return game. Several of the best battles are not for the first-string spots but the second-team.

University of Kansas Football Weis Accepts Challenge, Receivers Field Questions

Head football coach Charlie Weis completed the Ice Bucket Challenge Friday night to wrap up the squad's second two-a-day session inside Memorial Stadium. In between practices over the noon-hour, requested quarterbacks and wide receivers were available to the media at the Anderson Family Football Complex.

Grand plan: KU wideout Nigel King working way up depth chart |

King said he came to Kansas largely because of the relationship between KU wide-receivers coach Eric Kiesau and King’s high school coach, Otis Yelverton.

After whirlwind month, receiver Nigel King ready to settle in at KU |

Both KU coach Charlie Weis and Kiesau have praised King’s willingness to raise his hand to ask questions in meeting rooms. King also has set up morning meetings each day with student manager Charlie Weis Jr., with Weis drawing plays on the whiteboard to quiz King about his assignments.

What caught my eye at Saturday's open practice: Aug. 16 | Tale of the Tait |

The misses might not have been all on the kickers. Long snapper John Wirtel had a rough day as he bounced several snaps back to holder T.J. Millweard and even fired a few over Millweard's head. Props to Millweard for doing a great job of getting most of them down so the kickers had a chance. Millweard looks really strong in that role. He's confident, has good hands and is constantly encouraging the KU kickers.

Five thoughts from Kansas’ open football practice | The Wichita Eagle

On other practice days, Kansas allows the media to watch the first 20 minutes of practice, which consists of some stretching, running and positional drills. It’s tough to glean much from those little snippets of football, but here are five thoughts from the Jayhawks’ open practice on Saturday.

University of Kansas Football Community Service Highlights Sunday’s Camp

Kansas football opened Sunday's fall camp activities focused on giving back to others in the Lawrence community. A group of Jayhawks trekked to Walmart, along with former Kansas basketball great Wayne Simien, to assist some local residents in back-to-school shopping.

Hudy’s book available soon |

Kansas University strength coach Andrea Hudy’s first book, “Power Positions: Championship Prescriptions for Ultimate Sports Performance,” will be available Thursday on, with pre-order information currently available at, Hudy said Friday.

University of Kansas Soccer KU Offense Comes Alive Late in 3-0 Exhibition Win Over Jackrabbits

Kansas will kick off the 2014 regular season when it plays its inaugural match at Rock Chalk Park versus the Wyoming Cowgirls on Aug. 22. Start time from the newly-constructed facility is set for 7 p.m. The game will air for free live on the Jayhawk Radio Network at

- College Sports -

Power and water shut off, Huskers' Bell paid bills with bartender gig -

"I went without power for like a week and half," Bell said. "I didn't go home. I stayed up at the stadium until I would go to sleep because I couldn't do anything at my house. "All the lights were off. It was terrible."

Jim Grobe regrets not taking Nebraska job, staying at Wake Forest -

To be fair, Grobe unequivocally accepts blame for Wake Forest going from three straight bowls between 2006-08 to 5-7 and 3-9 records in his final two years. Grobe blames himself for making recruiting mistakes by getting too caught up in signing more talented players who had off-the-field behavioral issues.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish coach talks about school's academic misconduct investigation - ESPN

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly expressed disappointment Saturday about the school's academic misconduct investigation involving four of his players, saying he was shocked and disappointed when athletic director Jack Swarbrick called him into his office Thursday to inform him of the news.

Baylor visits new McLane Stadium as a team for first time, holds scrimmage (Photos) | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo Sports

Predictably, the players and coaches were excited about the experience – from walking on the bridge over the Brazos River to dressing in the awesome locker room to finally running out of the tunnel.

- Professional Sports -

Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins - Recap - August 17, 2014 - ESPN

Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Josh Willingham homered, and the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 12-6 on Sunday for their 20th win in their last 25 games.

- In The News-

Missouri governor sends National Guard to Ferguson | The Kansas City Star

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to Ferguson early Monday, hours after police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets following a week of demonstrations against the fatal police shooting of a black Missouri teenager.

- This Day in Sports History -

1973 - Hank Aaron set an MLB record with his 1,378th extra base hit.

1980 - George Brett of the Kansas City Royals had his batting average reach the .400 mark.

1981 - Herschel Walker of the University of Georgia took out an insurance policy with Lloyd's of London for one million dollars.

1982 - The longest baseball game ever played at Wrigley Field went 21 innings before the Dodgers defeated the Cubs, 2-1.

1987 - Earl Campbell announced his retirement from the NFL.

1992 - Larry Bird announced his retirement from the NBA.

1995 - Tom Henke of the St. Louis Cardinals became only the seventh MLB player to record 300 saves.

1996 - Frank Thomas of the Chicago White Sox became the fourth player to reach 100 RBI in each of his first six seasons.

- Videos and Pics of the Day -

Watch Kevin Spacey's 'House of Cards' character do Bill Clinton in call to Hillary - Yahoo News

In the video, Spacey calls Hillary Clinton, pretending to be her husband, and asking the former secretary of state and possible 2016 presidential contender for an elephant for his upcoming birthday.

VIDEO: Miss Texas's ceremonial first 'pitch' -

Prior to Friday's Angels-Rangers tilt (LAA 5, TEX 4), Miss Texas 2014 Monique Evans, who seems nice and also cheerful, "threw" out the ceremonial first pitch.

Guy Loses Fantasy League, Has To Make Embarrassing Photo Calendar

Mr Ed says: This might be a little too much for RCT, but these are pretty good (possibly NSFW).

- Daily Trivia -

Due to (surprisingly) popular demand, daily trivia is back.

Today's question: Who is the football team's career sacks leader?