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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 4.10.15

Yes uh, well, Mr. Tucker, it seems your son Jake had some vodka at the school dance and uh, Chris got blamed for it. This whole situation has just turned his whole life upside down face.

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- Kansas Sports -

Bowen helped KU build foundation |

The Bowen interim era only lasted nine weeks and produced a 1-7 record, but the gains the program made during that stretch helped first-year KU coach David Beaty and his staff start from a point that was much further along than it could have been had Bowen not put the wheels in motion.

Top prospects to meet at Summit |

Blue-chippers Jaylen Brown, Cheick Diallo and Thon Maker have been talking about the recruiting process, which is sure to heat up now that seven Kentucky players and two Kansas University players have declared for the NBA Draft.

Baseball - Jayhawks in the Pros, Update No. 1

Tom Gorzelanny was the only former Kansas baseball player to crack an Opening Day roster with an MLB club. Gorzelanny debuted with the Detroit Tigers, after playing last season with the Washington Nationals. The lefty played for the Jayhawks in 2002 and is currently in his 11th season in the big leagues.

Jayhawk Trio Makes USA Volleyball Roster

Of the 36 athletes that USA Volleyball selected to participate in the U.S. Collegiate National Team (CNT) program, three of them are Jayhawks per USA Volleyball's announcement on Thursday.

- College Sports -

Braxton Miller of Ohio State Buckeyes will not lose eligibility, NCAA says

The Buckeyes reported the potential violation after Miller posted a photo of himself with AdvoCare health supplements on Instagram last month and included his name on a website that sells the products, which qualified as "promotion of a commercial product," according to NCAA rules regarding amateur status.

Arizona State Sun Devils hire Bobby Hurley as new coach -- college basketball

Hurley, 43, had been the head coach at Buffalo the past two seasons. The former Duke star is 42-20 and helped lead the Bulls to the NCAA tournament last season.

Jahlil Okafor to join elite Duke Blue Devils' list of one-and-dones

Okafor joins Corey Maggette (1999), Luol Deng (2004), Kyrie Irving (2011), Austin Rivers (2012) and Jabari Parker (2014) as Blue Devils who entered the draft after their freshman seasons. Each was selected among the first 13 players in their drafts, with Irving going No. 1 in 2011.

Seven Kentucky players announce they're entering 2015 NBA Draft -

Seven underclassmen from Kentucky's team that started 38-0 this season before losing to Wisconsin in the Final Four announced Thursday they are entering the 2015 NBA Draft. The seven players were UK's top seven scorers.

University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers ex-players hold spring game despite football program shutdown

They'll gather Saturday for the Sons of UAB alumni flag football game, while other schools around the country are planning spring scrimmages for their current teams and fans. Coach Bill Clark started the alumni game this past spring after his hiring, and it's being kept alive this year, though the program was shut down in December.

TCU's Patterson criticizes selection committee about being left out -

It's never been adequately explained by committee folks how TCU could be good enough to be No. 3 after 11 games, but fall three places after winning its final game by 52 points.

Report: Georgia State will play Alabama in 2020, Auburn in 2021 -

Citing an open records request, FBschedules is reporting that the Panthers will visit Tuscaloosa in 2020 and Auburn in 2021. Georgia State, a program started in 2010 with just two years in the Sun Belt, is 0-3 against the SEC, dropping two games against Alabama (2010, 2013) and one to Tennessee (2012).

- Professional Sports -

Troy Polamalu retires after 12 seasons: Five things to know -

After 12 years and two Super Bowl wins, one of the greatest players to ever put on a Pittsburgh Steelers uniform has decided to retire. Troy Polamalu told the Uniontown Herald-Standard on Thursday night that he's decided to hang up his cleats after playing 158 regular season games in a Steelers uniform.

Brewers' Double-A team set to begin 55-game road trip -

The Biloxi Shuckers, Double-A affiliate of the Brewers, are heading out on a two-month trip through the southeast United States as their new $36 million stadium finishes being built, according to the Associated Press. Construction delays are to blame.

Happy 50th birthday, baseball in the Astrodome -

Built for the now-quaint cost of roughly $40 million, the Astrodome (originally known by the desmonstrably less inspired name, "Harris County Dome Stadium") seated more than 50,000 for baseball and featured almost 5,000 translucent panels that allowed, for a time, grass to grow on the playing surface.

Eye on MLB, April 9: The Royals would like to send you a reminder -

Just like that, the defending AL champs were again underdogs -- an afterthought for many. Apparently that's how they like it, because they've stormed out of the gate, sweeping the White Sox in three games -- much to the delight of the hometown crowd in Kauffman Stadium.

- Videos of the Day -

WATCH: Theo Epstein purposely throws pitch at Cubs mascot Clark -

In the Vine below, the ball gets away from Epstein and is thrown toward the hind paws of Clark, who came along from Wrigley Field to help with the celebration. Clark does a good job of jumping out of the way and the ball misses him. What isn't obvious about Epstein's pitch: It was on purpose.

WATCH: Adrian Beltre falls down on whiff, then homers from one knee -

Adrian Beltre is once again doing Adrian Beltre things.

LOOK: Lorenzo Cain and Adam Eaton trade highlight reel catches -

The two teams are playing the series finale on Thursday afternoon (GameTracker), and center fielders Lorenzo Cain and Adam Eaton traded highlight reel catches.