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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 4.16.15

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I've decided that I really don't like ESPN's redesign.  The primary reason for that is that I can't link stuff for you guys like I could in the before time.  I mean, I can, but it links to the full blog page - I can't just link to one post on that blog.  So if you didn't get to the N&N until later on in the day and clicked on the link I had, you probably won't see what I saw.  If anyone can figure this out for me, let me know.  Otherwise, I guess we'll have less ESPN content in the N&N.

- Kansas Sports -

Bragging Rights: Carlton Bragg Picks Kansas

On Jan. 8, Bragg invited fans, family and the media to the VASJ campus to announce his decision. With the beginning of the spring signing period running from April 15-May 10, Bragg signed the National Letter of Intent as soon as he was able on Wednesday.

KU’s Self boasts about newest recruit |

“Carlton is a legitimate 6-foot-9 inch scoring- and shooting-type of power forward,” Self said Wednesday. “Certainly, he’s one of the more skilled big guys that we’ve signed since we’ve been here.”

Kansas Women's BBall search update: UALR's Joe Foley and Wichita State's Jody Adams are in final mix - Swish Appeal

Yesterday, there was a report that Stephen F. Austin's Brandon Schneider interviewed for the vacant Kansas post. There is a new report confirming that the other two finalists are Joe Foley from Arkansas Little-Rock and Wichita State's Jody Adams.

Cummings 'excited' for Kansas QB competition |

“At quarterback, the No. 1 thing at the end of the day is did you manage the game well,” Likens said Wednesday. “Because you could have 10 great plays, but you throw one pick-six and you’ve lost the game. So it’s all about managing the game.”

University of Kansas Athletics - Kansas Blanked By No. 15 Bears in Midweek Tilt, 3-0

The Jayhawks (15-22, 3-6 Big 12) surrendered a three-spot in the second inning to the Bears (25-8) and that was all #15 MSU needed as Kansas lost its eighth-straight matchup with Missouri State dating back to March 30, 2011. (Mr. Ed says: Criminy.)

Vollmer Out to Big Lead on Day One of 88th Kansas Relays

Senior Lindsay Vollmer was victorious in all four events on day one of the heptathlon competition Wednesday at the 88th Kansas Relays at Rock Chalk Park. Vollmer leads the competition by 466 points with three events still to come Thursday.

- College Sports -

Q&A: New Texas coach Shaka Smart -

Shaka Smart is starts a new chapter in his coaching career. After six seasons at VCU, highlighted by a 2011 Final Four trip, Smart is taking over at Texas.'s Jon Rothstein talked with Smart about the choice, the Longhorns' roster and what lies ahead in the Big 12.

TCU fan allegedly punched 78-year old man at spring game -

Now, to be clear, we're only getting one side of the story in this account. Things may have gone down a bit differently, but even if they did, I would like to think there were other ways to end the situation that didn't involve a 42-year old firefighter allegedly punching a man 36 years his elder in the face.

Whataburger also wants Texas and Texas A&M to play -

Texas' most famous burger chain has weighed in, and it wants the Longhorns and Aggies to play again, too.

- Professional Sports -

Timberwolves: Andrew Wiggins will play for Canadian national team -

Timberwolves rookie Andrew Wiggins said Wednesday he will play for the Canadian national team in the FIBA Americans Olympic qualifier in August.

- Potpourri -

Father-to-Be Creates Online Petition to Settle Baby Name Dispute

Nicholas Soukeras is arguing with his wife Kseniya over naming their firstborn son Spyridon. He created an online petition asking the Internet to weigh in on the baby name battle that he tells Yahoo Parenting makes his “blood boil.”  (Mr Ed says: Please don't name your children weird things.  That is all.)

3-D Lashes, Jamberry & Other Ways to Lose Facebook Friends

I got your friend request on Wednesday, and even though I barely remembered you from high school, I accepted. Approximately 19 seconds later, I got the notification that I had been added to your “Super Special Essentially Sensual Scented Thirty-One Thrive Jamberry Jamboree!” Facebook group.

- Videos of the Day -

LOOK: Michigan State's Spartan statue vandalized -

Judging by what happened to a bronze Spartan statue on Michigan State's campus, it appears Little Brother is in Big Brother's head.

LOOK: Jacoby Ellsbury uncorks a big bat flip ... on a foul ball -

To be fair, it sort of looked like Ellsbury knew the pitch was going to be foul and flipped his bat out of frustration. Plus he's not exactly a home run hitter. Bat flip opportunities are few and far between for him. I don't blame him for flipping his bat when he had the chance.

WATCH: Robinson Cano makes baserunning blunder of a lifetime -

He forgot how many baserunners there were and started walking home as if Morrison's base on balls had forced in a run. We've all seen major leaguers forget how many outs there were. Heck, that might happen once a week. But how many baserunners?

LOOK: Texas C Michael Cantu blocks pitch, makes great throw from knees -

Earlier this week, Texas catcher Michael Cantu made a remarkable play behind the plate, blocking a breaking ball in the dirt then firing a perfect strike to second from his knees.