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- Kansas Sports -

Who Stays and Who Goes? 2015-16 Big 12 Season Lookahead (Part 4 – Kansas Jayhawks)

The Jayhawks will have at least three McDonald’s All-Americans on the roster for 2015-16, and that’s not even including Frank Mason, who’s arguably KU’s best player. Kansas’ offseason is far from complete; expect Self to land at least one more big-name recruit before the signing period ends. Even if Oubre and Alexander both leave, the Jayhawks return the core of a team that won 27 games. They should be deep, talented, and experienced – all five projected starters at this point are upperclassmen.

Football - Jayhawks Return to the Practice Fields

Kansas football returned to the practice fields Tuesday afternoon, once again donning full pads. KU head coach David Beaty ran the Jayhawks through another spirited practice, as Kansas continues to implement its new up-tempo offense.

What caught my eye at Day 4 of KU football's 2015 Spring practices | Tale of the Tait | KUsports.com

Here's the rest of what caught my eye at Tuesday's practice, the first of the spring in which we were asked to leave early as had been normal in the past.

Kansas Athletics Announces Exciting Activities Scheduled Around 2015 Kansas Football Spring Game

Gates to Memorial Stadium open at noon and numerous 2015 promotional items will be available for fans. With the entire stadium open for seating, fans will be allowed to enter the stadium at the NE, SE, NW, SW and west ramps as well as the suite elevators.

VIDEO - KU football coach David Beaty "Mic'd Up" for first practice | All Eyes on KU | KUsports.com

The video gives you a great look at the constant energy and urgency that Beaty operates with during practices. This was not just him putting on a show because he knew the mic was on. In fact, a good guess would be that he forgot he was wearing the thing about 10 minutes into practice.

An Introduction to Kansas ILB Ben Heeney - Dawgs By Nature

Meet Ben Heeney. The best player in the NFL draft you've never heard of. Blame that on the fact that he played at the University of Kansas, not on him. The 6'0, 235 pound Senior ILB from Hutchinson, Kansas has impressive skills and production and would be a terrific addition to the Cleveland Browns.

Baseball - Jayhawks Stay In-State, Travel to Wichita to Face Shockers

WSU leads the all-time series between the two schools, 44-29, but the Jayhawks are 13-12 under head coach Ritch Price and have won eight of the last 11 matchups.

Soccer - Jayhawks Fall to FC Kansas City, 2-0

The all-star FCKC defense made it difficult for the Jayhawk offense to find their rhythm throughout the match, as the home team managed to test the Blues' keeper only once.

Rock Chalk Weekly: A Multi-Sport Athlete

"I think it was important to participate in all sports," Tim said. "Life is a sport. Sports teach you how to handle life, whether it is a team sport or an individual sport. I have always told Logan, 'I can teach you how to throw a baseball, football, shoot a free throw, dribble behind your back etc., but I can never teach you (would always point a finger to my heart) this!'"

- College Sports -

McDonald’s standouts inspire rumors | KUsports.com

Questions about colleges were all the rage this week leading up to tonight’s McDonald’s All-American Games — and they’re asked more often by players than reporters.

Tennessee hires Rick Barnes - CBSSports.com

Former Texas coach Rick Barnes has reached an agreement to become Tennessee's next men's basketball coach, a source told CBSSports.com on Tuesday morning.

NCAA grants Temple DE sixth year of eligibility after false rape accusation - CBSSports.com

Praise Martin-Oguike, an all-conference starter at defensive end for Temple in 2014, had his eligibility extended by the NCAA this week, giving Martin-Oguike a chance to make up the time he missed during an investigation of rape accusations which were later found to be false.

UConn coaches won't attend Final Four due to controversial Indiana law - CBSSports.com

Ollie and Co. have opted out -- and basically been forced to, because UConn is a state-backed institution and so the university is now prohibited from sending its employees to Indiana for business-related purposes. A travel This ban was put into effect on Monday by Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy. The ban prevents any state-funded business to be paid for, via flights or other transit, into Indiana.

(Mr. Ed says: Many other states have similar laws, including Missouruh and Kansas. Will UConn not be traveling to those states either? Can they now not recruit those states?)

Arizona Wildcats Sean Miller and Louisville Cardinals Rick Pitino rue missed NCAA tournament opportunity

Sometimes, it's the NCAA tournament losses that linger in a coach's memory more than the memorable wins.

Is this football's next big coaching breakthrough? | FOX Sports

J. Craig Flowers is the man in the video, a retired Army colonel and the executive vice president of APTUS Discovery, a company formed in 2009. Their assessments--one for football and one that's universal and can be used for other sports, the military, education or the corporate world--lift the veil for coaches on an important attribute that too often goes overlooked: How a player learns. Specifically, how a player "defines, processes and executes instructions and information across various contextual environments."

- Tech News (?) -

ESPN.com redesign: It's a whole new website

Our goal is simple: Make what matters most to you easily accessible the moment you want it, wherever you are. Whether researching our fantasy teams at work or jawing with friends while watching a game or sneaking a score check during dinner, we want to reflect the way we all consume our sports news and information today. (Mr. Ed says: Kinda looks a lot like SBN if you ask me.)

- Pic of the Day -

LOOK: Your 'fake Joe Nathan troll-job baseball card' of the day - CBSSports.com

The lesson, perhaps, is don't sign 39-year-old closers coming off seasons driven by batted-ball luck, lest people be rude to him on Photoshop.