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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 8.22.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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Happy Friday y'all!

A couple of things to note right off the bat:

- Kansas Soccer kicks off tonight at Rock Chalk Park.  If you're in town, check it out.

- KU Football kickoff party at Corinth Square in Prairie Village.  If you're in the KC metro, check it out.

 - I will be at neither of the above mentioned events as I will be dealing some nasty slow-pitch slurves in Lawrence tonight.  Don't worry, I'll have plenty of water (forecast high is 97).

- A public service announcement to all RCT readers and commenters.  We want YOU to become more involved on RCT content.  If you see or hear of breaking news regarding KU sports and it's not on RCT yet, or if you just see a fun tweet or cool article about a KU figure, help us out!  How?  FanShots!  Even if you're not a contributor, you can post a FanShot.  It may lead to one of the authors putting up a post around here, and surely you'll get a Hat Tip if you were the first to FanShot something.

So, the idea is, whenever we see a "tidbit" about KU or KU-related things - i.e., Bill Self's ice bucket challenge, or AW3's transfer, or even Cox and Bourbon going down, throw up a FanPost real quick.  We always have the option to come back and write a little bit more in-depth article at a later point.

The easiest way to post a FanShot is this:

1. Go to

2. On the right hand side, there is a + button says "Fanshots on the go". Drag that into your toolbar.

3. Click on a tweet (the time stamp, so you're on the specific tweet and not your timeline) or any page you want to Fanshot.

4. Stay on that window with the tweet / page you want to Fanshot, then click the Fanshot button in your toolbar.

5. A popup comes up with the URL automatically pulled into the Fanshot.

6. Tweak the headline or whatever you want to do and publish (make sure the Twitter button is checked). Boom, a fanshot is on your site.


On to the links!

- Kansas Sports -

Kansas University Athletics - Spotlight Finds Freshmen

With classes starting on Monday, the Kansas football is in the home stretch of its annual fall camp gauntlet after completing two weeks of continuous meetings, conditioning and practices. On Thursday, head coach Charlie Weis made a group of freshmen available to the media for the first time.

KU freshman RB Corey Avery relishes 'Superman' alter ego |

"That’s what people started calling me around my hometown," Avery said during Thursday’s meeting with the media. "It was my junior year going into my senior year."

Loud, quiet Corey Avery likes underdog status at KU |

In early February, he made it official during a hat ceremony that was televised in Dallas. Avery picked KU over finalists Texas and Nebraska. "It’s easy to go to a place where people are already winning," Avery said. "It takes someone that wants to actually do something or be something to go somewhere that’s trying to do something."

Freshman KU running back Corey Avery understands his opportunity | The Wichita Eagle

In a sense, Avery, a freshman from Dallas, had always planned on instant playing time. It was part of the reason, he says, that a three-star recruit with interest from schools such as Texas, Baylor and Nebraska and who once committed to Ohio State would end up at Kansas

University of Kansas Football KU Kickoff at Corinth Square Set For August 22

Football season is right around the corner and for Jayhawk fans that is signified by what has become an end-of-the summer tradition, the KU Kickoff at Corinth Square. The ninth annual event sponsored by First National Bank, will be held on Friday, Aug. 22, beginning at 6 p.m.

KU volleyball seeks to build momentum |

The Jayhawks expect to get tested throughout the coming months, playing a schedule that includes defending national champion Penn State and two matchups with 2013 national semifinalist Texas. After back-to-back NCAA berths, Bechard said the Jayhawks now play and prepare with expectations. (Mr. Ed says: Look for RCT's volleyball preview later this morning.)

KU volleyball wants to show it has staying power |

And, soccer opens at its new facility on Friday.

- College Sports -

Texas Tech lifts scholarship ban for OU's Baker Mayfield -

That's great that Mayfield can at lease get his tuition paid for, right? Well, not according to the Oklahoman, OU doesn't have a scholarship available because "Tech waited too long to stop blocking it." Mayfield decided to transfer in early December and committed to Oklahoma afterward.

Kent State starting center dies at 21 - Yahoo Sports

Police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue, the school said. The school said in a release the 21-year-old Bitsko was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment shortly before 9 a.m.

Blueprint for a rebuild: Six head coaches on how to restore a college football program -

Here's a year-to-year look at the anatomy of a rebuild, from Year 1 (in which Bob Diaco is worried about the flow of foot traffic and researching direct flights from Hartford) to Year 26 (in which Bill Snyder goes to work in the shadow of a stadium that bears his name so he can corner teenagers, asking them how they've improved today).

Move over, SEC: Why the Pac-12 will be the nation's best football conference

The programming pom-pom wavers at CBS and ESPN don’t want to hear it. Paul Finebaum’s collection of crazies doesn’t want to hear it. The "SEC! SEC! SEC!" chanters don’t want to hear it.  But hear this: The Pac-12 should be the premier conference in college football in 2014.

ESPN reports new allegations against former MU player Derrick Washington

New allegations against former Missouri running back Derrick Washington surfaced Thursday as part of a report by ESPN's Outside the Lines, which also said MU officials didn’t properly handle an alleged sexual assault as required by Title IX.

Read more here:

Notre Dame Was Never Special And Never Will Be

(Mr. Ed says: A Deadspin writer goes after the Irish.) Leave it to Notre Dame to take a cheating scandal (if the skylarking of college athletes can even be called a scandal anymore) and somehow use it to buff its own halo. No one does exceptionalism and shabby gentility quite like the Domers, who were always less exceptional and a little shabbier than they would have us believe. Here they are in The New York Times, crying, "Gosh, this is so unlike us!"

- Professional Sports -

Toronto Blue Jays are ticked, want Creighton Bluejays to change logo -

A different team from a different sport in a different country with a different spelling of its nickname is trying to get the Creighton Bluejays to change their logo.

Tim Howard taking break from national team, will return Sept. 2015 -

Tim Howard, the US national team keeper for the last two World Cups, is taking a year-long sabbatical to spend more time with his family. He's expected to return and compete for a spot on the national team in September 2015, but will miss this year's remaining international friendlies as well as next year's CONCACAF Gold Cup.

- In The News-

National Guard is pulling out of Ferguson as tensions ease | The Kansas City Star

The move came after two nights of calm marked by none of the clashes between the police and protesters that had been a regular occurrence since the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown. In a statement, Nixon said the situation had "greatly improved with fewer incidents of outside agitators interfering with peaceful protesters and fewer acts of violence."

Paralyzed Olympian Van Dyken-Rouen Takes First Steps With Bionic Legs

Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen severed her spinal cord in a freak ATV crash back in June, and was paralyzed from the waist down. Her future prognosis isn't yet clear, but this is a huge, huge victory.

High school senior says she was suspended for saying 'bless you' - Yahoo News

A high school senior in Tennessee says she was given an in-school suspension for saying "bless you" to a classmate who had sneezed.

Bank of America agrees to nearly $17B settlement - Yahoo Finance

The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Man Brandishes Knife When Golfer Hits Ball Into His Yard

Don't threaten golfers if you live on a golf course. Chill, or move.

‘Dating Naked’ star sues, saying she was too naked | The Kansas City Star

"I felt lied to, manipulated and used. I was horrified," Nizewitz told The New York Post. She says that she has been ridiculed on social media since the broadcast. (Mr. Ed says: Sigh.)

Gutenberg Bible, Magna Carta on Display at Benedictine College

Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., is pleased to bring "The Wisdom of the Ages," a major exhibition from The Remnant Trust, Inc., to the area. The spectacular collection includes a page from one of the first finished copies of the Gutenberg Bible from 1455, a copy of the Magna Carta from 1576, a hand-written manuscript of the works of Thomas Aquinas from 1475, the first public printing of the Emancipation Proclamation from the New York Times in 1862, an extremely rare Dunlap journal printing of the Declaration of Independence from 1776 and much more.

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- This Day in Sports History -

1951 - The largest crowd to see a basketball game, 75,052 people, watched the Harlem Globetrotters perform.

1989 - Nolan Ryan became the first MLB pitcher to strike out 5,000 batters.

2003 - Albert Pujols of the St Louis Cardinals had a 30-game hitting streak broken.

- Videos of the Day -

GIF: Kid with popcorn bucket on head pays for foul ball exuberance -

Not only did the young man get struck in the chops by a cowhide orb, but he also fell onto the field with a popcorn bucket on his head.

‘The Simpsons’ often had fun with the Royals | The Kansas City Star

In honor of cable channel FXX broadcasting every episode of "The Simpsons" in order starting Thursday, it’s a good time to acknowledge some of the times when Kansas City has been the butt of the joke.

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's answer: I figured most people would know Jon Cornish is the single season rushing leader in KU history.

Today's question: So now we know the single season record holder for rushing... but who sits atop the career rushing yards list in KU history?  Bonus points if you can name #2 and #3.