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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 8.20.14

A look-see around today's internets.


Horrible injury news coming out of Lawrence yesterday with our projected top two RBs going down for the season.  Major bummer.

- Kansas Sports -

RBs Brandon Bourbon, Taylor Cox to miss 2014 KU football season |

KU coach Charlie Weis announced Tuesday night that senior running backs Brandon Bourbon (torn ACL) and Taylor Cox (torn Achilles' tendon) both will miss the 2014 season after suffering injuries during preseason camp.

Kansas University Athletics - Injuries Shake Up Running Back Depth Chart

Both Bourbon and Cox have decided to stay at Kansas to further their education as both student-athletes have already earned their undergraduate degrees. They will have surgery and go through rehab in Lawrence, while Kansas explores the opportunity to file for a sixth-year clock extension due to injury.

Latest KU football injury news as unfair as it gets | Tale of the Tait |

Those mentioned above are more than capable. And any one or two of them could be in for big seasons. But with Bourbon and Cox out now, their ability to deliver just became even more critical.

Kansas University Athletics - Outspoken Offensive Line Speaks Loudly Tuesday

Reagan realizes that if Kansas is going to be successful and score points while breaking in an unfamiliar offense, the offensive line is the key to making the transition as smooth as possible.

Will shorter play calls lead to better offense for KU football? |

Under new offensive coordinator John Reagan, KU is working to simplify things as part of an offensive overhaul this season.

Joe Gibson, as true blue as Jayhawks get, in the running to start at center | The Kansas City Star

His great uncle Ray Evans was a Kansas All-American in both football and basketball in the late 1940s. Another uncle, Harry Gibson, played basketball for KU in the early 1960s. The Jayhawk roots stretch back generations.

Football 2014: Kansas’ schedule | The Wichita Eagle

Game 5: West Virginia, Oct. 4 in Morgantown, Series: WVU leads 3-0, This was KU’s lone Big 12 win in 2013. (Mr Ed says: Someone can't add.)

KU hoops target Mitchell Ballock talk of town |

Ballock says he’s fired up about the KU offer but in no hurry to end his recruitment at this time. “Obviously, my heart is going to be there. Overall, it’s not about that. It’s about where you fit the best,” Ballock said. “I’m going to see how everything goes and take my visits and see. I am still young. I have a lot of time. There’s no pressure to commit anywhere.

- College Sports -

Maryland to offer lifetime scholarships for all athletes -

What is different about the program at Maryland is that the lifetime scholarship will be ofered to all athletes, not just those in the major revenue sports. Other schools are moving towards guaranteed scholarships for men's basketball and football, but the Terps are one of the first athletic departments to do so across all sports.

- Professional Sports -

They Might Be Royals (Royals) «

The Royals were a respectable and occasionally competitive franchise for the first decade of their streak, but then the strike hit, and they were unable to spend money, but also unwilling to think outside the box like the A’s did to find a different way to win. They tried to beat teams with three times their payroll using the same playbook. It worked about as well as you’d expect. Hope is not a strategy.

Russia resists demands to cut number of stadiums - Yahoo News

"The conception, under which 12 stadiums in 11 cities will host World Cup matches, is not being changed," Mutko said, according to the ITAR-Tass agency. "FIFA recommends 10 stadiums in nine cities, including two arenas in Moscow."

- In The News -

This Hoodie Is So Insanely Popular You Have To Wait Months To Get It - Business Insider

So what's so great about this hoodie, anyway? For starters, it appears to weigh more than two pounds. The fabric, which is 100% cotton, feels about three times thicker than most sweatshirts. And ribbed paneling along the shoulders and sides help create a tailored look, eliminating the boxy silhouette of most hoodies.

- This Day in Sports History -

1945 - Tommy Brown of the Brooklyn Dodgers became the youngest player to hit a home run in a major-league game at 17 years, 8 months, and 14 days old.

1949 - The Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox played at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland before the largest crowd ever to see a nighttime major-league ballgame, 78,382.

- Videos of the Day -

VIDEO: Kole Calhoun robs homer in Fenway Park -

Tuesday's game between the Angels and Red Sox marked just the second game Kole Calhoun was playing in the unique Fenway Park in his young career. He seems to have made himself right at home in the field, though.

Julia Louis-Drefus tries to sell Emmy to Brian Cranston and Aaron Paul in Pawn Shop Parody

In a new video produced by Audi of America, sponsor of the upcoming 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, in the run-up to Monday's ceremony, the three nominees team up for a reality-style spoof which sees Louis-Dreyfus stopping by a sketchy pawn shop owned by Buzz Jackson (Cranston) and Randy Jackson (Paul). She tries to unload her Emmy for Best Supporting Actress for “Seinfeld,” but it's not clear if the Jacksons have any clue what they're looking at

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's answer: Kirk Hinrich was traded to the Washington Wizards in 2010.

Today's question: Two parter - What players were on the throwing and receiving end of the longest pass play - 98 yards - in school history vs Colorado in 1987?