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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 3.30.15

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- Kansas Sports -

Football - Jayhawks Put on the Pads for Practice No. 3

The Jayhawks went through a three-hour session using both the practice fields and Memorial Stadium as they popped the pads for the first time under head coach David Beaty. Beaty even got in the action, serving as the quarterback during a defensive drill.

What caught my eye at Day 3 of KU football's 2015 Spring practices | Tale of the Tait |

Mr. Ed says: Not really much new here, more sunshine and rainbows.

On the spot: Kansas Jayhawks linebacker Kyron Watson - ESPN

The last time Kansas was tasked with building a defense without linebacker Ben Heeney as the centerpiece West Virginia and TCU weren’t even in the Big 12. Captain Heeney leaves a major void in the Jayhawks defense after averaging 108.6 tackles per season during his final three years in Lawrence. Watson could be the Jayhawk who helps fill the void.

Bill Self's program provides perfect example of David Beaty's vision - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

"Everybody knows what a great coach this guy is. If you were able to go watch his practice, man it looks like a football practice there's no out of bounds, there are no fouls, those guys are physical as all get out. He values toughness." Beaty hopes to build a program with similar toughness. Not just a physical, hard-hitting football squad but one with an unyielding mentality and competitive streak. The importance of toughness is something Self has stressed to Beaty over and over.

Five thoughts from Kansas football's first practice

Here are five thoughts from Kansas's first practice of the David Beaty era.

Self: KU might ‘soften’ its schedule |

“The last two years it’s probably been too much for a really young team,” added Self, who has found it difficult to work in his newcomers in many of the nonconference contests, denying them experience prior to conference play.

University of Kansas Athletics - KU Softball Retires Jersey of Program’s First All-American

The Wichita, Kansas native was the first Kansas softball player to receive All-American honors. As a senior, Larson-Bradney led the team in six different offensive categories: hits (43), runs (17), doubles (4), RBIs (17), home runs (1), and batting average (.341). In her career as a Jayhawk (1978-81), Larson-Bradney registered a batting average of .341, listing her sixth in Kansas' all-time career records.

Rowing - Jayhawks Gather Wins, Support at Home Scrimmage

A crowd of more than 300 created an exciting atmosphere for the teams competing in the scrimmage, which made for a fun day for both rowers and spectators despite the chilly wind. Kansas began the day competing in First Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight races against Drake. The Jayhawks showed great endurance and toughness as both boats finished first in each of their five shortened races.

Track & Field - Jayhawks Conclude Successful Weekend in Austin, Emporia

An NCAA-leading mark from junior long jumper Sydney Conley as well as a top-10 high jump performance from senior Nick Giancana closed out a strong showing from the Kansas track & field teams at the 88th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Saturday inside Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Track & Field - World Leader, Stigler, Highlights KU’s Friday at Texas Relays

Senior Michael Stigler picked up his third-consecutive Texas Relays 400-meter hurdle title in grand fashion as the Kansas hurdler posted a school record and world-leading time Friday evening inside Mike A. Myers Stadium.

- College Sports -

Kentucky Wildcats odds-on favorite to win title, complete perfect season - ESPN

The Wildcats (38-0) are looking to become the first team to go undefeated since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers, a feat that would hand the William Hill sportsbook its largest loss on a single prop bet in the company's three-year history in Nevada. Last summer, William Hill posted Kentucky's odds of going undefeated at 50-1. Money poured in on the Wildcats, and the book is now facing a mid-six figures liability.

Duke's Meaningless Last Second Free Throw Cost Vegas Millions

This is a similar story to VCU's meaningless layup last week that caused bettors to go nuts. ESPN reports that most of the money bet on yesterday's games was bet on the Duke-Utah game, and most of that money was bet on Duke. Cook's final, meaningless free throw made for a lot of happy bettors and a lot of sad sportsbooks, with three different ones telling ESPN they suffered hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in losses, all based on a measly free throw.

Elite Eight takeaways: Duke, MSU ensure best Final Four in decades -

Really, it couldn't get much better than this. (Mr. Ed says: Oh, I dunno, maybe all four 1-seeds could have made the Final Four. Then maybe it might be better. Just sayin'.)

Belmont sends record 26 batters to plate in 20-run inning vs. UT Martin -

Twenty runs, 18 hits and seven home runs. And that was just the sixth inning. Belmont depantsed the University of Tennessee at Martin on Sunday by the score of 34-10 thanks to that 20-run sixth inning, during which they sent an NCAA record 26 men to the plate.

Report: Wichita State's Gregg Marshall eyes Texas job -

With Texas officially parting ways with coach Rick Barnes on Sunday, Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall has shown interest in the coaching vacancy at Texas, sources Yahoo Sports.

Kentucky-Notre Dame sets new ratings and viewership records -

Between 10:45 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET, 19.7 million fans were tuned in to see if the Irish could hold on and knock off the undefeated Wildcats to punch a ticket to the Final Four. According to a press release, it was the highest-rated and most-viewed college basketball game ever on cable as well as the highest-rated and most-viewed program ever on TBS.

NCAA responds to inquiries regarding Dean Smith's $200 gift to players -

"Contrary to inaccurate media reports, Dean Smith's generous gift to former student-athletes is NOT an NCAA violation," the NCAA announced via the @InsideTheNCAA.

Alabama Crimson Tide should have never admitted Jonathan Taylor - ESPN

After Alabama gave Jonathan Taylor a second chance, he needed all of 80 days on campus to blow it. Never mind that Taylor should have never been on Alabama's campus to begin with.

Bob Katz’s The Whistleblower excerpt: Why you hate NCAA refs.

The plight of the college basketball referee, excerpted from The Whistleblower: Rooting for the Ref in the High-Stakes World of College Basketball by Bob Katz.

- Potpourri -

Leonard Nimoy's son plans Spock documentary

The project is aimed at celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek,” which aired for the first time on Sept. 8, 1966. Zachary Quinto, who portrayed the Spock character in last two “Star Trek” films, will narrate the documentary.

Too Bad, That Rumor About A New Star Trek TV Show Is Absolutely False

We'd all love to see a brand new Star Trek TV series, as the show warps towards its 50th anniversary. Almost everyone agrees Trek belongs on television, where thoughtful stories and optimism can flourish. But the latest rumor about a Star Trek TV show in the works? Is absolutely 100 percent false.

- Video of the Day -

VIDEO: Joel Embiid says he will beat LeBron James one on one -

In an ad for the app Game On, Embiid answer's a fan question about who would win in a game between him and James. He emphatically says that he would win. Before we start to criticize Embiid, in the same ad he says that he is "dating" Rihanna so we should take his answer with a grain of salt. But kudos to the rookies for being so confident.