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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 3.26.15

Sweet 16 play starts tonight.

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Don't worry, there's another puppy/kitten video in case not playing this weekend makes you sad again.

- Kansas Sports -

KU hits road wooing prep Diallo |

Kansas University coach Bill Self and assistant Norm Roberts reportedly visited the 6-foot-9, 220-pound senior power forward from Our Savior New American High in Centereach, New York, on Wednesday, with Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg and assistant Matt Abdelmissah apparently headed to New York today. Pitt coaches were in town to check in on’s No. 7-rated player Monday, with St. John’s expected to visit before week’s end. Kentucky is also on Diallo’s final list.

Football - Jayhawks Shine at 2015 KU Pro Day

It was a busy day around Kansas football's Anderson Family Football Complex and the adjacent practice fields as KU held its annual Pro Day Wednesday. In all, 29 of the 32 NFL teams were represented as 15 former Kansas football players ran through the gamut of tests and skill work.

Put to the test: Jayhawks run, jump, lift for NFL scouts |

Wednesday’s pro day, which marked the last official KU event for these athletes, began in the weight room at 10:30 a.m. and wrapped on the practice fields just before 2 p.m. In between, the Jayhawks — along with a dozen or so others from schools nearby, including former Jayhawks Keeston Terry and Jake Heaps — ran through combine-style drills that tested everything from speed and strength to intelligence and agility.

Softball - No. 22 Kansas Opens Big 12 Action with Texas

Kansas softball begins the 2015 Big 12 Conference slate this weekend hosting Texas in a three-game series March 27-29, at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park concluding an 11-game homestand. The series debut is the first of four appearances for KU softball on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3.

Kansas softball to retire Larson-Bradney's jersey |

A third baseman and pitcher for the Jayhawks from 1978-81, Larson-Bradney was the first softball All-American in school history after being named to the AIAW First Team in 1981. She was a three-time Big Eight Championship All-Tournament Team selection and helped lead the Jayhawks to the 1979 Big Eight Championship and a runner-up finish in 1981.

Track & Field - Jayhawks to Kick Off Outdoor Campaign in Austin and Emporia

Kansas track & field is set to open up the 2015 outdoor season at two meets this weekend.

Golf - Kansas Defeats Michigan on Final Day at SDSU Farms Invitational

Kansas posted a 2-2 record at the event. KU opened the event falling to California, 3-2, on March 23. The following day, KU tied New Mexico, 2.5-2.5, and won the tiebreaker before falling to Long Beach State 3-2 in the afternoon match.

- College Sports -

Meet LaQuan McGowan, Baylor's 400-pound tight end - ESPN

McGowan grew up in a rough Dallas neighborhood. So rough that his mother feared he might not ever make it out. When he was 11 years old, she enrolled him at the Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, a nonprofit school with about 250 students outside Amarillo, Texas, that takes in at-risk boys and girls.

West Virginia Mountaineers feeling confident going into NCAA tournament game against Kentucky Wildcats - ESPN

"I give them their props," West Virginia freshman guard Daxter Miles Jr. told reporters Wednesday. "Salute them to getting to 36-0. But tomorrow they're gonna be 36-1." Miles said the Wildcats "don't play hard," and should fear the Mountaineers -- not the other way around.

Pat Haden of USC Trojans -- Sanction documents hint at NCAA hypocrisy - ESPN Los Angeles

The NCAA had fought to keep the documents sealed, arguing, according to the Los Angeles Times, "that not doing so would hinder future investigations by the organization." The court rejected the argument.

Jake Rudock of Iowa Hawkeyes free to transfer anywhere - ESPN

"We signed a release, basically, with no strings attached," Ferentz said on the first day of Hawkeyes spring practice. "... Bottom line is I want him to be happy about the opportunities in front of him."

Florida's Adam Lane is happy he pooped his pants during a game -

"It was the best thing that could have happened," said Lane, via's Richard Johnson. "It got a lot of attention and just put me in a place where I was out there publicly and people knew who I was. I really didn't get a lot of grief from it. A lot of people were really more focused on how well I did in the game more than anything. I feel like it was that way because I embraced it."

Iowa State and Colorado to kick off 2015-16 season in South Dakota -

Iowa State and Colorado will open the 2015-16 men's basketball season in a neutral-site game at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Nov. 13th, sources told on Wednesday.

- Potpourri -

Being Andre the Giant -

Andre first learned he had acromegaly in Japan in the early 1970s. He refused treatment that time. He refused it again at Duke.

- Fake News -

13 Reasons Kentucky Wildcats are Overrated

10. Head coach John Calipari has a 72–112 career record as an NBA head coach. Calipari has proven incapable of winning with NBA talent. Kentucky is 36–0. Ergo, Kentucky does not have NBA talent.

10 Best NCAA Tournament Photos (and captions)

A picture tells however many words are in the caption of that picture.

NFL Owners Vote Down Rule Proposed by Jaguars that Other Teams Stop Beating the Jaguars

NFL owners voted at their annual meeting this week to allow for medical timeouts and end TV blackouts, but several other proposals by teams were not approved.  Among them included the Patriots proposal to make all plays reviewable, the Colts wanting to change the scoring system, and the Jaguars requesting that the other teams please stop being so mean to them.

- Videos of the Day -

LOOK: Tim Duncan bet his friend $100 that he would make a 3-pointer -

Tim Duncan is known for having a fundamentally sound game. He excels at many different facets of the game but three-point shooting is not his forte. However if you challenge him to make a three, he will do it.

WATCH: Buzzer-beater sends Old Dominion into NIT semifinals -

Fans watching Wednesday's NIT quarterfinal matchup between Murray State and Old Dominion were treated to not one, but two big shots in the final seconds of the game, with the second sending Old Dominion into the semifinals with a 72-69 victory.

- Puppies and Kittens -

Puppy Stop Kitten Fight