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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 3.27.15

Happy Friday!

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Don't forget to check out the softball team tonight!

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Football Completes Spring Practice No. 2; Cox Officially Granted Clock Extension

The Jayhawks also received some good news as senior running back Taylor Cox was officially approved for a clock extension by the NCAA. With this approval, Cox is cleared to participate for the Jayhawks in the 2015 season. He missed all but two games for Kansas in 2013 after suffering a hamstring injury. Cox then missed the entire 2014 campaign after suffering a torn Achilles tendon during fall camp.

Strength coach Jackson getting Jayhawks into shape |

Mazyck, whose playing weight during the 2014 season hovered around 360 pounds — and was even higher when he first arrived on campus — is merely the best and most obvious example of a program-wide change that has taken place at Kansas during the past few months. (Mr. Ed says: It seems like I read a similar article about football strength and conditioning every single year. I dunno what to think anymore.)

New KU coach David Beaty: “We’re going to take this dadgum state back.” | CollegeFootballTalk

“That man down the road, you can say what you want, but he built it to last,” Beaty told the Topeka Capital-Journal. “We’re going to take this dadgum state back. We’re going to take it back.” Beaty was speaking to a group of KU supporters in Topeka during a goodwill tour of the Sunflower State. “You’ve got to share your vision with fans, and the next thing is about earning that respect and not expecting anyone to give it to us,” Beaty said.

Beaty contract more favorable for KU than those of previous football coaches |

According to a copy of the contract obtained by the Journal-World on Thursday, Beaty, at $800,000 annually, is scheduled to make significantly less than either Gill ($2 million) or Weis ($2.5 million) and the former Texas A&M assistant coach signed a contract loaded with incentives.

Some NFL scouts (not all) are getting wise to ex-Kansas Jayhawks LB Ben Heeney's upside | FOX Sports

The tape don't lie. But the stopwatch doesn't, either, and the first-team All-Big 12 'backer has pretty much crushed any speed or agility test thrown his direction. The NFL is a short-passing, hashmark-to-hashmark game, now more than ever. And few inside linebackers in the 2015 draft pool cover short spaces in shorter times than Heeney, whose 4.59 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine ranked fifth best among all linebackers, and whose 20-yard shuttle (4.00), 60-yard shuttle (11.06) and three-cone drill (6.68) times all topped the position group.

AUDIO - Ben Heeney discusses his NFL future |

Former Kansas football linebacker Ben Heeney speaks at KU's pro day about his future in the NFL, how he would fit in on a pro defense, whether the Chiefs have shown any interest and more.

Once A Jayhawk, Always A Jayhawk: Gilbert Brown

Brown would receive several scholarship offers from the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, UCLA, Kansas and Minnesota. After an initial visit to Minnesota, Brown was still undecided on where he would attend college and play football. Still searching, he took a trip to Lawrence and loved it.

KU’s Self talks with Charlotte center Thorne |

KU is one of a whopping 41 schools that have expressed interest in the 6-foot-11, 270-pounder since March 13 when Thorne’s high school coach, Heath Vandevender of Fayetteville Trinity Christian, announced the transfer plans.

KU Soccer to Open Spring Season in Iowa Saturday

Kansas soccer will open its 2015 spring exhibition season when the Jayhawks take on the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, March 28. The Jayhawks and Hawkeyes will square off in Ames, Iowa inside the Cyclone Sports Complex at 11:30 a.m.

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Dean Smith thanks former players with checks | Smithology |

Before Smith died, the former Kansas basketball player and legendary North Carolina coach made sure he left a little “thank you” behind for each of his former players.

NCAA concerned about Indiana's new law on religious objections - ESPN

The law would prohibit state and local laws that "substantially burden" the ability of people -- including businesses and associations -- to follow their religious beliefs. "We will work diligently to assure student-athletes competing in, and visitors attending, next week's Men's Final Four in Indianapolis are not impacted negatively by this bill," Emmert said, hours after Gov. Mark Pence signed the measure into law.

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NBC Reviving Coach With Craig T. Nelson | TIME

This not a reboot, but a sequel to the comedy series that ran for nine seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1997.

LOOK: NFL fact sheet from 1995 draft asks, 'What is the internet?' -

Take the NFL for instance. The league didn't start taking the Internet seriously until 1995, when it sent out a "Welcome to the Internet" fact sheet before the draft. NFL PR guy Brian McCarthy tweeted out a picture of the 1995 fact sheet Thursday and because fact sheets from 1995 are always amazing, we're bringing it to you here.

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LOOK: Alligator invasion of golf continues with chomping on a turtle -

If the enormous alligator taking over a Florida golf course two weeks ago was not enough, or the monster alligator interrupting the Valspar Championship did not convince you, perhaps this display of ferociousness will make it clear that golf now belongs to these super-sized reptiles, rather than humans. (Mr. Ed says: So it's decided.  I am NEVER playing golf in Florida.)

Imperial Star Destroyer Drone patrols skies over France

A French maker who creates incredible "Star Wars" drones is back with another. This time, he flies a modded Imperial Star Destroyer sure to strike fear into the heart of any Rebel in its path.