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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 3.25.15

Oh, just hangin out, looking at the internets...

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Football - David Beaty Era Officially Opens With First Spring Practice

Even in the first practice and with players donning just helmets and shorts Beaty and the coaching staff was impressed with the tenacity and focus of the group in day one. "Tempo is very important to us," Beaty said. "It's a characteristic we're going to possess on offense and defense. We ran 94 plays in 44 minutes which – man for the first day – that's pretty good."

KU spring practice opens Beaty era |

“The installation, offensively and defensively is very rapid,” Beaty said. “It’s a three-day installation and we just repeat it every three days. Day 1, Day 2, Day 3. Day 1, Day 2, Day 3. Until we get bored. Until everybody knows where everybody’s gonna be all the time.”

What caught my eye at Day 1 of KU football's 2015 Spring practice | Tale of the Tait |

Several guys looked bigger than I remember (safety Fish Smithson was another who looked noticeably bigger), something that Beaty said was the product of the work strength coach Je'Ney Jackson and his staff had done with the physical make up of this team. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I thought juco transfer Ke'aun Kinner looked thinner than I expected, but also blazing fast. Josh Ehambe (a monster) and Bazie Bates IV (a newcomer who's clearly ready to play) also caught my eye in terms of physical size.

A dozen Jayhawks I'm eager to watch during spring football | Tale of the Tait |

There's plenty of time ahead to learn, examine and analyze all of that, but, for now, let's take a quick look at a dozen players I'm most looking forward to seeing this spring. A lot of them are newcomers — big surprise – but a few of them are names you know and I'm just as eager to see what those guys have done to position themselves for more playing time or bigger roles.

Self reflects on season’s highs, lows |

“The kids adjusted and basically really did well to win the league and be a 2-seed against a monster schedule. Basically our inconsistencies certainly caught up to us at the very end,” Self added.

Kansas Softball’s Midweek Match Up Cancelled

Due to forecasted rain and thunderstorms late this afternoon and early evening, Kansas softball's rescheduled game against Drake on Tuesday, March 24, has been cancelled.

Track & Field - Jayhawk Women Open Outdoor Season Ranked 25th

The Kansas Jayhawk women's track & field team was slotted 25th in the preseason outdoor rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCA) Tuesday. The announcement marked the fifth-straight season the KU women were slotted in the NCAA's preseason top-25 rankings.

Baseball - Jayhawks Overwhelmed by Bears, 15-9

The Jayhawk offense went toe-to-toe with Missouri State (14-7), matching them in nearly every inning, until a struggling Kansas bullpen gave up multiple big innings late to put the game out of reach. Freshman southpaw Blake Weiman started on the bump for just the second time in his career, while eight other KU pitchers saw action in the loss.

Rock Chalk Weekly: Kansas Rowing Begins Spring Season

With the first regatta of the season in the books, Kansas returns to Lawrence to host Drake in an exhibition dual on March 28, the first chance for Kansas fans to see the Jayhawks at home in 2015. The race will take place in Lawrence on the Kansas River at the prestigious Kansas Boathouse. Fans are encouraged to pack the Kaw and cheer on the Jayhawks.

Rock Chalk Weekly: The Full Experience - Softball player Maddie Stein

A day in the life of Stein begins in the Kansas Athletics communications office as a member of the student staff. Her day-to-day responsibilities consist of everything from filing player and coach's profiles like Wilt Chamberlain and Forrest 'Phog' Allen, to writing feature stories on both former and current athletes.

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Kansas State Wildcats dismiss star sophomore Marcus Foster - ESPN

Foster only has a handful of options if he intends to continue his career. He can transfer to another school and sit for a year -- the NCAA recently eliminated hardship waivers that have allowed some transfers to play immediately. Or he can turn to a junior college and then return to a high major program after a stint there.

Kansas State's Marcus Foster and Tre Harris dismissed from team -

"Marcus and Tre have been unable to live up to the standards that we expect of our players," Weber said. "It is a privilege to represent Kansas State University and there are consequences when players don't live up to those expectations. Hopefully, they will learn from this experience and make the necessary progress to continue their basketball careers elsewhere."

Report: Tre Harris, Jevon Thomas transferring from Kansas State -

Kansas State guards Tre Harris and Jevon Thomas will be transferring, according to a report by ESPN.

K-State reaches final verdict with Marcus Foster - Bring On The Cats

The move comes after Foster signed off on the wasted season by saying he was finally ready to commit himself a la Rodney McGruder-style and wanted to return for not just one year, but two. The renewed commitment speeches, made at different times at the end of the year, apparently didn't sell Foster's now former head coach.

Titus’s 20 NCAA Tournament Observations: Kentucky’s Roll, Villanova’s Swoon, and #BanCharges «

Roy Williams is 25-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament, he’s tied with Dean Smith for second all-time in tournament wins, he’s won two national titles, and now he’s salvaged one of his most miserable seasons in recent memory with a Sweet 16 berth. Here’s a scary thought: People who think Williams is a bad coach get to vote in elections, and their votes count the same as yours and mine.

Despite UAB debacle, football a must-have for status-hungry schools -

Outside of downtown Birmingham, college football is a growth sport. The Football Bowl Subdivision roster (formerly Division I-A) has grown by nine to an all-time high of 129 in the last 10 years. Since 1999, the FBS membership is up 11 percent. Profit be damned. Overall profit for the athletic department matters less than the residual benefits of sponsoring football. Ever hear of the Flutie Effect?

Jeff Capel can be Arizona State's next head coach, if he wants -

School officials have already indirectly reached-out to Capel, a source told Whether the former VCU and Oklahoma coach will take the job remains unclear. He's now an assistant at Duke, his alma mater, and preparing for Friday's Elite Eight game vs. Utah.

AUDIO: Gregg Marshall: I'll listen to 'crazy' Alabama offer after our season -

Marshall also noted Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker may well return for their senior seasons, and the school also has three top-100 recruits arriving in the summer. It's not like Wichita State is likely take a big dip next season.

Clayton Custer transferring from Iowa State -

Custer was slowed by a bout of mononucleosis early in the season and averaged just 5.8 minutes and 1.1 points. (Mr. Ed says: Our KC area readers may recognize this name - he was a four-star recruit out of one of the Blue Valley Schools.)

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WATCH: Guess who beat the shift with a bunt single ... -

Take that, shiftheads! That's Prince Fielder, he of the zero career sac hits and zero career bunt hits, laying it down perfectly.

Watch the Yankees recreate scene from 'The Sandlot' -

Not sure I love Brett Gardner's portrayal of the bumbling Smalls, but Brian McCann as Ham Porter was pretty stout. I'm on the fence with Jacoby Ellsbury as Squints, too. Maybe he needs a run at Wendy Peffercorn?

Sergio Garcia hits one of the craziest recovery shots ever out of a tree (VIDEO) | Devil Ball Golf - Yahoo Sports

Sergio hit his ball in a tree on the 10th hole at Bay Hill, and instead of taking a drop, he climbed up the tree and hit it right out of the branches (it happens around the 3:15 mark of the video). (Mr. Ed says: This happened over two years ago and somehow I'm just seeing this for the first time.)