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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 9.08.14

A look-see around the internets.

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This weekend was actually pretty successful all the way around KU athletics!

- Kansas Sports -

Pierson shows off speed in KU victory |

When Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart pulled off a play-action pass in the third quarter and hit Pierson at midfield with a SEMO defender closing in, Pierson chose to spin off the hit. And once he did, there was no catching him.

KU fans stay away for opener | The Wichita Eagle

On Saturday night, the announced attendance for Kansas’ season-opening victory over Southeast Missouri State was 36,574 — the lowest attendance for a KU season opener in 11 years.

Donor: Stadium upgrade nice first step |

“I’d seen pictures,” the donor told the Journal-World on Sunday afternoon. “But I hadn’t been there to see it, and I was very pleased with how it looked, pleased with what they did, and I think it’s a definite step in the right direction.”

Redhawks lament slow start |

“Obviously, I’m proud of our team for continuing to fight. Most average teams ... the way we started that thing would lay down, just get our check and move on,” Southeast Missouri coach Tom Matukewicz said, alluding to the Redhawks’ 24-0 opening deficit. “I appreciate the fight in them. I cannot believe we’re in a football game with three turnovers and 174 yards of penalties."

(Mr. Ed says: I can't believe they were in that football game after seeing those stats either.)

Monday Report Card: SEMO | Tale of the Tait |

Matt Tait gives out some grades from the football game on Saturday.

Top prospects to attend Late Night as a group -

In an interesting recruiting twist, Class of 2015 blue-chip prospects Stephen Zimmerman, Jaylen Brown, Carlton Bragg and Brandon Ingram will visit both Kansas University and Kentucky as a Fab Four group.

Self bonds with buddy Garth Brooks |

Saturday morning, Self spent some quality time with his pal, assisting at a Brooks charity basketball camp at Elk Grove High School in suburban Chicago.

University of Kansas Athletics - Tourney Champs: Kansas Hands Denver First Loss to Win Pioneer Classic

Neither Kansas (5-1) nor Denver (5-1) had lost a set entering the tournament finale. In fact, the Pioneers were undefeated before hosting the Jayhawks in their first true road match of the season.

University of Kansas Athletics - Kansas Finishes Third at Wolverine Intercollegiate

Behind top-10 finishes from juniors Connor Peck and Ben Welle, the Kansas men's golf team opened the 2014-15 season finishing third at the Wolverine Intercollegiate at the U-M Golf Course, here Sunday. The Jayhawks shot an even-par 281 in their final round.

University of Kansas Athletics - Jayhawks Win OT Thriller Over Buffaloes, Move to 5-0

It took more than 100 minutes but Salazar found a way to keep the Jayhawks unbeaten by netting her sixth goal in five contests, including at least one in every game so far.

University of Kansas Athletics - Rocky Mountain High: Jayhawks Dispatch of Denver to Move to 6-0

The Jayhawks shutout Denver, 2-0, at CIBER Field Sunday afternoon with a pair of first-half goals to go to 6-0 to start the year, the first time KU has done so since 2004.

University of Kansas Athletics - Stigler’s Repeat, Sweet Haul for Volleyball Highlight Rock Chalk Choice Awards

Kansas hurdler Michael Stigler repeated as the Male Athlete of the Year, but it was Female Athlete of the Year Caroline Jarmoc and the volleyball team – winners of the Team GPA and CHAMPS Awards – collecting the most hardware at the third annual Rock Chalk Choice Awards held inside the Lied Center of Kansas Sunday night.

- College Sports -

Big 12 Conference suspends replay officials - ESPN

An internal review by the league determined video evidence of the play was inconclusive. But Big 12 officiating supervisor Walt Anderson said the unidentified replay officials should have stopped the game before the next snap to allow for a review.

Haden's sideline rant shows pitfalls of putting ADs on CFP committee -

You may have heard/seen that Haden made his way down to the USC sideline Saturday to have the back of his coach Steve Sarkisian. Haden did some gesticulating to the officials. Sark apparently wanted help arguing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

- This Day in Sports History -

1965 - Bert Campaneris became the first MLB player to play all nine positions in one game.

1973 - Hank Aaron hits home run # 709.

1986 - Herschel Walker makes his first start in the NFL after leaving the New Jersey Generals of the USFL.

1998 - Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinal hits home run # 62 of the season, breaking Roger Maris' record that had stood for 37 years.

2002 - The Houston Texans played their first regular season game, defeating the Dallas Cowboys 19-10.

2002 - Pete Sampras won his 14th Grand Slam title when he beat Andre Agassi in the US Open.

- Videos of the Day -

LOOK: Vanderbilt fan tosses hat, shirt on field in blowout loss -

First, some context: after going to three bowls in three seasons under James Franklin and winning 9 games each of the past two, Vanderbilt has been outscored 78-10 in its first two games under Derek Mason -- both at home -- and after losing 41-3 to Ole Miss still has yet to score an offensive touchdown.

WATCH: Nebraska saved by Ameer Abdullah TD vs. McNeese State -

Mr. Ed says: I'm guessing Nebraska probably should have lost this game... ?  Anyway, pretty good run by this guy to win the game and save the Corn from some embarrassment.

- Daily Trivia -

Friday's answer(s): KU is 6-6 all time in bowl games, and has won five of the last six.  KU's highest finish in the polls was 6th in the coaches poll in 1968.

Today's question: Name the writer who attended Kansas, and left in 2011 to become the National Baseball Editor for SBNation.