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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes: 3.31.15

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- Kansas Sports -

Moving forward: Kansas recruit Carlton Bragg hustles to all-star game |

The Jayhawks’ style of play and Self’s history of success with power forwards were among the biggest reasons Bragg chose KU over UK, and he appears to be a worthy successor to the Morris twins, Thomas Robinson, Perry Ellis, et al.

KU's Perry Ellis receives honorable mention in All-America voting |

An All-Big 12 first-team selection in his junior season, Kansas University forward Perry Ellis received honorable mention on the Associated Press’s 2014-15 All-American team, unveiled Monday.

Self visits Thorne's parents |

Thorne, who averaged 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds a game last season, is considering a transfer to KU, Pitt, Illinois, Marquette, West Virginia, Xavier, Arizona, Virginia Tech, Minnesota and others.

100 Random Facts about the 2014-15 Kansas Jayhawks

As we turn the page on the 2015 squad, we look back on 100 facts about the team, from player stats to record-breaking performances, monumental comebacks and epic collapses, and all-time thrills and major heartbreak.

KU football assistants off to fast start |

Asked if he was surprised at the fast start from his coaching staff, Beaty said no. “It’s a way of life,” he said. “There was a plan from the beginning in terms of what type of folks we were looking for. It’s not necessarily yellers and screamers. It’s teachers, but we do want (the players) to feel urgency.”

Big 12 college football recruiting scorecard - ESPN

Kansas: One pipeline that new coach David Beaty will work hard to establish in Texas is at Cedar Hill High. The Jayhawks recently extended an offer to a good sleeper prospect, wide receiver Josh Stewart, and have also offered 2017 QB Avery Davis and WR Jaylon Jackson. It makes sense for Kansas to go after as many FBS-caliber players as possible from one of the best programs in the DFW area, a back-to-back state champion.

Accident teaches Kansas linebacker Ben Heeney life lesson

Kansas linebacker Ben Heeney learned a life lesson after a boating accident in high school.

Volleyball Spring Update: Kansas Solid in Colby Tournament

Official team practices began in early March and as the month winds down, the Kansas volleyball team took its spring training on the road to Colby, Kansas for the first of three offseason tournaments.

KU Soccer to Host FC Kansas City in Friendly

The Jayhawks will take on the defending champions of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), FC Kansas City, which is preparing to open its regular season on April 12. KU and FCKC have met each of the last two springs, also in exhibition play, with the pros coming out on top in each match, 4-0 in 2013 and 3-1 a year ago.

- College Sports -

Tennessee Volunteers close to hiring Rick Barnes, former Texas Longhorns coach - ESPN

Tennessee has offered its vacant coaching job to former Texas coach Rick Barnes, and the two sides are closing in on a deal, two sources with knowledge told ESPN.

Oklahoma State Cowboys mulling Travis Ford firing - ESPN

The chance of Ford being fired is "50-50," one source close to the situation said. The news was first reported by The Oklahoman, which cited multiple unnamed sources. The move would trigger a buyout worth at least $9.6 million, according to the Oklahoma newspaper, which reported the amount as the remainder of Ford's contract.

Georges Niang of Iowa State Cyclones returning for senior season - ESPN

"I was weighing it, but I want to be loyal to the program and didn't want to go out this way," Niang said. "I didn't want to leave my mark like that."

Archie Manning to be replaced by Bobby Johnson on College Football Playoff selection committee - ESPN

"I was honored when I was chosen to be on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee," Manning said in a statement from the College Football Playoff. "But as I look ahead to the various commitments I have -- to my family, numerous time obligations around the country and to other conflicting demands -- I have concluded that I won't be able to return to the committee."

Alabama AD Bill Battle to meet with Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall -

Alabama athletic director Bill Battle will meet with Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall on Monday to discuss the Crimson Tide's opening, a source told (Mr. Ed says: This is now past tense, the meeting took place yesterday.)

VCU's Shaka Smart in discussions with Texas about coaching post -

He's turned down vacancies at Maryland, NC State, Marquette, Illinois, and Wake Forest over the past five years. If Smart turns down Texas, the Longhorns likely will turn their attention to Utah's Larry Krystkowiak and Xavier's Chris Mack.

Oklahoma RB Keith Ford suspended for academic, team rules violations -

Junior tailback Keith Ford has been suspended over both academic and team rules violations, Bob Stoops confirmed Monday. Ford does not currently appear on the Sooners' online spring roster. No further details on the suspension have been made public.

NCAA, UNC want dismissal of lawsuit over fake classes -

In a filing Monday, the NCAA argued that although it supplies and enforces rules for various parts of college sports, it is not “subject to liability for the independent actions of its member institutions.” The NCAA said it's being sued for “conduct the NCAA did not and could not control.”

Titus’s 20 Sweet 16 and Elite Eight Observations: Sympathy for Notre Dame and Arizona, the Sam Dekker Comparison Machine, and the Road to the Dream Final Four «

For those scoring at home, Saturday’s loss to Wisconsin marks the fifth consecutive time Arizona has lost in the Elite Eight. It’s also the fourth time Sean Miller has come a game away from his first career Final Four. One of the first things that struck me when the bracket was released was that Miller’s path to the semifinals could go through a former boss (Thad Matta and Ohio State), a former understudy (Chris Mack and Xavier), and the team that beat Arizona in overtime in last year’s Elite Eight (Wisconsin). That’s exactly what ended up happening.

- Professional Sports -

MLBPA calls Kris Bryant decision 'a bad day for baseball' | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

The Major League Baseball Players Association is not happy about the Cubs' handling of Kris Bryant.

Looking at all sides of the Cubs, Kris Bryant issue -

The Cubs have sent super-prospect Kris Bryant to Triple-A. This has been much discussed, but let's look at every single angle here.

2015 MLB Season Preview: Kansas City Royals over/unders -

Will the Royals finish 10 games over .500, and where will they finish in the AL Central? Here are some Royals overs and unders to help you entertain yourself until opening day.

- Videos of the Day -

WATCH: Andrew Wiggins and Rudy Gobert had a battle at the summit -

Andrew Wiggins and Rudy Gobert had a battle at the rim on Monday. Wiggins dunked on the Utah Jazz defensive stalwart twice in the first half, before Gobert got him back big time.

LOOK: Visualizing how different pitches look to the hitter -

Hitting a baseball is the single most difficult thing in sports. Hitting a pitch moving that fast -- a 90 mph fastball travels 60-feet, 6-inches in 0.46 seconds -- totally amazes me. Nevermind doing it when the pitch breaks or when there are 50,000 screaming fans in your ear.

VIDEO: Blake Griffin's ridiculous, 360-degree block -

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin isn't known as a shot blocker, but he might have pulled off the block of the year against the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

WATCH: Cleveland Indians read mean tweets about themselves -

Thankfully, the Cleveland Indians have a sense of humor. A bunch of players, coaches and other personnel took some time to read a bunch of mean tweets about themselves on camera for us.