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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 4.21.15

Then I saw little Tiffany. I'm thinking, y'know, eight-year-old white girl, middle of the ghetto, bunch of monsters, this time of night with quantum physics books? She about to start some (crap), Zed. She's about eight years old, those books are WAY too advanced for her. If you ask me, I'd say she's up to something. And to be honest, I'd appreciate it if you eased up off my back about it.

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- Kansas Sports -

Kansas Names Schneider Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Schneider will be formally announced at a press conference scheduled for Tuesday, April 21 at 10 a.m., in the Allen Fieldhouse media room.

ESU coach: Brandon Schneider will bring 'transformation' to KU women's basketball |

Much of Schneider’s success at ESU came from player development. A 1995 psychology major, the often-intense Schneider would scream at some players while giving additional pats on the back to others, pushing each player based on her personality type.

Yenser wants O-Line competition to continue

"Before I even got here coach Beaty signed those three mid-year guys and if we don't have those guys we're just a little thin up front," Yenser said. "Going into spring practice that is just part of it. Those guys have done an awesome job coming into a new system. They have bonded and gotten to know the other players."

Shelley-Smith feeling comfortable at OL

Shelley arrived in Lawrence as a tight end and until eight months ago that was the position he always played. After a crash course in the fall and close to a spring season under his belt he has made the full transition down the line.

Who are these guys? KU wideout corps unknown for now |

"Play-makers set themselves up," Kubiak said. "So if there are anonymous guys (this fall), it’s probably because they’re not good enough. Those guys that go in, they better not be anonymous when they’re in the game. They better be a force."

Thibodeaux pumps positivity into defensive line | FOX Sports

Kansas' defensive line coach, Calvin Thibodeaux, wore a microphone for one of the Jayhawks' recent practices, giving KU fans an inside look at how the newcomer operates on the practice field.

Video - Ben Goodman: Jayhawks now have greater sense of urgency |

Kansas senior defensive end Ben Goodman discusses how things have changed for the entire team, and KU's defensive linemen in particular, since David Beaty's staff took over.

Coming Thursday: David Beaty vs. KU in a cornhole challenge | Tale of the Tait |

First-year KU football coach David Beaty is ready and willing to take on all comers in an oversized game cornhole, the popular tailgate game also known as bags.

Basketball Roundup |

Diallo sets Twitter abuzz, no announcement yet; Andrew White III's brother a mid-major prospect; KU coaches visit JUCO player Tyrone Outlaw; KU coaches expected to visit 6-10 senior forward Ebuka Izundu who is transferring from Charlotte

Softball - Jayhawks Host SIU-E for Midweek Match Up

The game will be broadcast on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3 along with the Jayhawk Radio Network.

Baseball - Jayhawks Look for Season Sweep of the Shockers

The two teams previously met in Wichita on April 1, in an 11-inning slugfest that went the way of the Jayhawks, 13-12.

Volleyball - Kansas Closes Spring Slate at Arkansas

On Saturday, Kansas traveled to Arkansas for five sets against the Razorbacks. Spring ball is not officially scored, nor are the matches set up in traditional best-of-five format. That being said, the Jayhawks took three of five from the Razorbacks and finished the spring with victories in 16 of 19 sets played.

- College Sports -

Sarkisian: Blind walk-on Jake Olson snapping for USC 'will happen' -

With the help of his teammates, Olson overcame his blindness to become the long-snapper for his Orange Lutheran High team and will be attending USC this fall on a scholarship from the "Swim With Mike" program for physically challenged athletes. Per the Times, Olson "would join the program as a walk-on" -- and it sounds like Steve Sarkisian will do more than just hand a jersey.

Fred Hoiberg in recovery after successful heart surgery -

Per Iowa State's brief release, all is well. Dr. Rakesh Suri was in charge of the operation and said, via release, "Everything went very well. The operation was a success and Mr. Hoiberg is in recovery and doing very well himself."

WR LaQuvionte Gonzalez will seek a transfer from Texas A&M -

LaQuvionte Gonzalez has decided to continue his playing career elsewhere, announcing his decision to transfer from Texas A&M on Monday. (Mr. Ed says: I link this only because of who his most recent position coach was...)

Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer returning for senior season -

Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer has decided to return for his senior season, sources told

- Professional Sports -

A's owner Lew Wolff calls Royals behavior 'despicable' -

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Major League Baseball probably will hand out suspensions Tuesday for the recent Oakland Athletics-Kansas City Royals shenanigans stemming from Brett Lawrie's hard and questionable slide into K.C.'s Alcides Escobar. (Mr. Ed says: You know, if Brett Lawrie wasn't a d-bag, none of this would have ever happened.)

Report: Thunder eyeing UConn coach Kevin Ollie -

Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie is being "seriously considered" to replace Scott Brooks as coach of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, according to a report from's Adam Zagoria.

49er, ex-Buckeye Alex Boone: Harbaugh 'might be clinically insane' -

"He does a great job of giving you that spark, that initial boom. But after a while, you just want to kick his ass. ... He just keeps pushing you, and you're like, 'Dude, we got over the mountain. Stop. Let go.' He kind of wore out his welcome." As documented by, that's quite the change of tune from last September, when Boone asked "how can you not want to win for a guy that wears cleats during the game? ... He's excited 24-7. You've got to love to play for a guy like that. That's what football is all about."

- Videos of the Day-

VIDEO: Andre Iguodala finishes huge alley-oop from Draymond Green -

In the fourth quarter in Game 2 of their first-round series against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green connected on quite a play. Green pushed the ball after a steal, then threw a perfect pass to Iguodala for an alley-oop dunk that brought the house down at Oracle.

WATCH: Blake Griffin dunking on Baynes is even better in super slo-mo -

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin made Aron Baynes' life miserable on Sunday. The San Antonio Spurs center tried to stop Griffin from dunking three times in the third quarter. All three times, he failed.

WATCH: UNC, High Point go to 'war' during rain delay -

Determined rearguard action by the retreating Heels, but retreat they did under a hail of fresh fruit. Godspeed to those boys.

Fan behind home plate at PNC Park hit in head with foul ball -

Some viewers may find this disturbing: A woman walking to her seat behind home plate at PNC Park was struck in the head with a foul ball in the top of the second inning Monday night. Off the bat of Starlin Castro, the ball hit the protective backstop net and bounced back onto the field, but the woman was close enough on the grandstand side that, when the net gave from the force of the ball, she was struck.