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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 8.08.14

A look-see around today's internets.


Happy Friday!

- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Football Coaches Kickoff Fall Camp, King Joins Squad

"I'm really looking forward to being a head coach," Weis said. "I've spent so much time on the offense and trying to find out how you can create something. (Instead) What I'm going to do is I'm going to spend some time sitting in the offensive room, I'll spend some time sitting in the defensive room, but really I'm going to spend much more time on special teams. That's where I'm going to spend my time because I want to let the coaches coach."

KU Football Roundup |

Nigel King arrives on campus, immediately appears on two-deep; Zach Fondal gone; Position changes; TJ Semke earns scholarship; Position battles at backup QB and PK

Will KU's Charlie Weis be rewarded for his recruiting risk? |

Two years ago, Weis devoted 16 of his 24 scholarships to junior-college players. And while six of those players are no longer on the roster, the 10 that remain have helped form a foundation of upperclassmen that Weis hopes to win with this season.

Kansas Jayhawks 2014 season preview - ESPN

ESPN previews the upcoming season for Kansas.

Kevin Haskin: Run-first Reagan takes on tough task at KU |

By adopting a spread attack, Kansas is not, just now, escaping pigskin’s dark ages.New offensive coordinator John Reagan worked for the Jayhawks before under Mark Mangino. Back then, when he served as KU’s run game coordinator, Reagan remembers adopting the spread, in earnest, in 2007. That was a pretty fair team. Finished 12-1. Beat Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Burned opponents with Todd Reesing’s arm, Dexton Fields' hands and Brandon McAnderson's feet.

The Season: College football's best seasons before 1960 - ESPN

Ray Evans, HB, Kansas (1942): Evans led the nation in passing in 1942 and once owned the NCAA record of 60 passes attempted without an interception. After the war, he came back to Kansas to star for the Jayhawks again in football and basketball.

University of Kansas Volleyball Havili Named Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year

Three other Jayhawks also earned preseason recognition. The Kansas volleyball team reports to campus on Aug. 8 and will start its preseason camp the following day. KU will host its annual Crimson and Blue match on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m., inside the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. The event is free and open to the public.

- College Sports -

NCAA approves governing autonomy for ‘Big Five’ conferences | The Kansas City Star

The vote means the power five conferences — Big 12, SEC, Big Ten, ACC and Pac-12 — plus Notre Dame, will have the ability to pass legislation that impact only their conferences, including rules that can increase benefits to athletes such as full cost of attendance.

Autonomy grants Power 5 more control - ESPN

But benefits for the student-athletes have always been the subject of legislation. Michigan may be able to fill the Big House, but it could fill the pockets or the stomachs of its players only as much as Eastern Michigan could afford. The NCAA considered that to be competitive equity, legislating in the meeting room what could not be equalized in the world outside it.

Majority of Power Five coaches want Power Five-only schedules - ESPN

Of the 65 Power Five coaches from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and Notre Dame, 46 percent (30 coaches) favored playing exclusively Power Five opponents while 35 percent (23 coaches) were opposed. About 18.5 percent (12 coaches) were undecided.

Big 12 coaches favored it by a 6-4 margin, but Kansas State's Bill Snyder was against it. Snyder's reasoning was that the Wildcats annually need seven home games because of the amount of money brought into the Manhattan, Kansas, community. By playing only Power Five opponents, Snyder said K-State would not be able to schedule seven home games each season.

Oklahoma AD says school will purchase food truck for athletes -

Castiglione told that the school is in the process of purchasing a truck that can move to different locations to service as many student-athletes as possible. The food truck is partly possible thanks to a new NCAA rule, passed in April, that allows schools to provide unlimited snacks and meals to its athletes.

Former KU, Blue Springs running back Darrian Miller to play for Northern Iowa | The Kansas City Star

Darrian Miller, the former Kansas running back and Blue Springs High standout, has landed at Northern Iowa. He will be able to play right away for the Panthers, who compete in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Big 12 Mascots: A Pro-Con Analysis - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Mascot diversity is pretty high in the Big 12, but not all mascots are created equal. WRNL takes a humorous look at the mascots.

- Professional Sports -

Andrew Wiggins trade done deal |

“Visiting with Andrew, I think he’s fine,” Self said. “It’s something that his agent and people close to him have told him that was more than likely going to happen. When I visited with Andrew, he’s like, ‘Coach I’m good with whatever.’

Kevin Durant withdraws from Team USA, won't play in FIBA World Cup -

"Kevin reached out to Coach K and myself this afternoon and expressed that he is just physically and mentally drained from the NBA season and his attention to his many responsibilities," USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a statement.

- This Day in Sports History -

1903 - Joe McGinnity pitched two complete games in one day, winning both.

1954 - The Brooklyn Dodgers scored 13 runs in the eighth inning to beat the Cincinnati Reds 20-7.

1982 - Doug DeCinces hit three home runs against the California Angels, just five days after hitting three home runs vs Minnesota.

1992 - The "Dream Team" clinched the gold medal at the Barcelona Summer Olympics, beating Croatia 117-85.

1996 - Willie McGee of the St. Louis Cardinals picked up his 2,000th MLB hit.

1998 - Paul Molitor stole his 500th base.

- Video and Photo of the Day -

PHOTO: Northern Illinois to wear corn-themed jersey for charity -

Eat your heart out, Iowa-Nebraska. Ya snooze, ya lose, rejected 2011 CyHawk trophy. Some programs aren't afraid to mix a little corn into their football.

One Triumphant Little Girl Emerges Out Of A Foul Ball Frenzy

A Michael Morse foul pop floated into the stands in today's Giants-Brewers game, and when it landed, fans descended upon it like wolves upon prey. While those saps were still looking, one girl behind everyone shot up victoriously with the baseball in her hand.

- Just For Fun -

The 10 Best Golf Tips for Beginners - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

5. Take a Practice Swing Take a full practice swing and visualize in your mind the ball’s flight and where it will land. Visualize it really really really good because this imaginary part is as good as it’s going to get. It’s all downhill from here.

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's answer: Tyshawn Taylor helped lead the Jayhawks to 127 wins during his stay at Kansas.

Today's question: What Kansas defensive lineman was taken with the ninth overall pick in the 1977 NFL Draft?