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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 4.22.15

Monty, this is Hackensack, NJ. No scout comes here, you understand that. Trains are going through the outfield right now. But you strike this guy out, I'll take you with me tonight and get you drunk, that's a promise.

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- Kansas Sports -

Basketball Roundup |

Malik Newman to announce college choice on Friday; Diallo early next week; Ingram on Monday; KU visits Tevin Mack; KU basketball schedule nearly finalized

Beaty reaching out to students |

Beaty said getting the student body to feel ownership in and a connection with the program would go a long way toward helping the Jayhawks on Saturdays in the fall and in recruiting as well. Beaty said he has seen the way the students operate at Allen Fieldhouse.

And he remembers the student section at Memorial Stadium being packed and rocking when he was an assistant coach here. He believes that with a little effort and some improvement on the field, such an atmosphere again can exist.

Baseball - Jayhawks Sweep Season Series with Shockers, 11-6

Kansas (17-24) blasted 12 hits off the Shockers' (14-26) pitching staff, taking advantage of a season-high 10 free passes to put up 11 more runs on WSU, marking its two-game total to 24. KU pitchers held Wichita State hitless through five frames before surrendering the first knock of the game with two outs in the sixth. Sophomore righty Sean Rackoski (2-3) picked up his second-career win on the hill, while sophomore closer Stephen Villines earned his Big 12-leading 10th save of the season.

Schneider Introduced as Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Schneider thanked a number of people in the audience, particularly his family and his father, Bob, who coached for 43 years, including 25 seasons at West Texas and won more than 1,000 games in his career, before taking questions from the media. A full video replay of the press conference is available on Kansas Athletics' YouTube page ( and a full transcript of the audio is available below.

Looking back on new KU women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider addressing fans in wake of winning national title at Emporia State |

It will be interesting to see how far Schneider has come as a public speaker in the past five years. You can do so by taking a look at the video below of Schneider addressing Emporia State fans.

KU's Michael Stigler adapts to life as world's top hurdler |

Now, Stigler is still getting accustomed to his newfound fame. Not only is the Canyon, Texas, native one of the main attractions at every meets he goes to, but his interview requests also have increased exponentially. Stigler will continue to train with KU sprints coach Elisha Brewer after the season as he prepares for a run at the 2016 Rio Olympics. It’s a similar path to former KU star Diamond Dixon, who earned a gold medal as part of the United States' 1,600-meter relay in 2012.

- College Sports -

The NCAA's new policy on transfers has one bad unintended consequence -

College basketball has lots of problems. Transfers are not one of them. Either way, the issue of transfers is quite clearly perceived as a problem, and in a presumed effort to make it less of a problem the NCAA will no longer allow men's basketball players who transfer from one Division I institution to another to apply for a waiver and become eigible immediately (unless they're graduate transfers).

Briles is right that Duke is schedule upgrade, wrong that that's enough -

The end result is that Briles has both the right idea about Baylor's nonconference scheduling ... and the wrong idea about Baylor's nonconference schedule.

- Professional Sports -

11 things to know about the 2015 NFL Schedule -

11 things to know about the 2015 NFL schedule, including an awesome Thanksgiving slate of games.

Brett Lawrie rips Royals fans for 'antagonizing' recent beanball war -

On Tuesday, Lawrie ripped Royals fans for "antagonizing" everything that happened in Kansas City last week. Lawrie says, "Shame on their fans for antagonizing everything that went on there." (Mr. Ed says: Good LORD what a d-bag. He is basically asking to be thrown at now.)

- Potpourri -

Don McLean Explains The Meaning Of 'American Pie'

McLean has been cagey about the song for decades, but has always insisted that "American Pie" was inspired by musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P "The Big Bopper" Richardson, who died in a tragic plane crash on Feb. 3, 1959. It became known as "the day the music died." But McLean never explained the song's 800-plus words, which he wrote 13 years after the accident.

- Pics and Videos of the Day -

LOOK: Baylor's back-to-back Big 12 championship rings -

Funny, I don't see any reference to TCU or the teams' co-Big 12 championship on there. Must be an oversight.

WATCH: Jared Sullinger sets a screen on teammate to help LeBron score -

Jared Sullinger grew up in Ohio and played for Ohio State in college. But he plays for the Boston Celtics now and has for the last two seasons. That is Sullinger setting a great screen on his teammate Avery Bradley, so LeBron James could score an easy two points.

WATCH: Astros farmhand makes like Superman for catch -

Tony Kemp is off to quite the start for Double-A Corpus Christi (Astros). Through 11 games, he's hitting .342/.479/.368 with two stolen bases. He also went flying for a spectacular catch Monday night.

Woman on spring break freaks out in presence of docile manatee |

For one spring-breaker in Florida recently, the friendly manatee in her midst might as well have been a ferocious shark.