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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 4.23.15

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For David Beaty, Kansas Jayhawks football is a garden that will require nurture and time (mostly time) | FOX Sports

"We've got a big job right in front of us," said Beaty, the former Texas A&M assistant/recruiting coordinator who replaced Charlie Weis in December. "And it's not for us to judge (what's) behind us or in front of us. We've got to focus on where we're at with what we've got right now."

Could newcomer be KU's heir apparent to Tony Pierson? |

The Navarro (Texas) junior-college transfer says there’s only been one time when he hasn’t been the fastest player on his football team; at Little Elm (Texas) High, track teammate Jaylen Brown ran a 4.36 in the 40-yard dash, while Kinner ran a 4.37.

Kansas Athletics Announces Changes to 2015 Spring Football Game Day Schedule

Kansas Athletics has a fun day of events and activities planned surrounding the annual Kansas football Spring Game presented by Cox Communications. Kickoff is slated for Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m., on Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium and admission is free. With expected inclement weather in the morning, a couple of changes have been made to the schedule for the day's events and activities—most notably the timing of the Train Like A Jayhawk clinic.

KU basketball recruiting notebook: |

Malik Newman says not so fast, he hasn't decided on Mississippi State yet. Newman will announce at noon on Friday; Diallo met with St. John's coaches yesterday; Rivals released final 2015 player rankings, Bragg drops from 15 to 21; Bragg shares his sales pitch for KU to Malik Newman

Self: Women's coach Schneider ‘solid’ |

“I was very impressed. He has energy, is very knowledgeable, is very driven. That was obvious in my talk with him. He’s rock-solid to me,” Self, KU’s men’s coach, said Wednesday, asked about the former Stephen F. Austin coach who held his introductory news conference Tuesday when Self was out of town on a recruiting trip.

Bill Self better off at Kansas than with home-state Oklahoma City Thunder | Smithology |

KU fans long have feared Self would leave Allen Fieldhouse behind for a lucrative, appealing job in the professional ranks. Throw into the equation that Self grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma, and went to Oklahoma State, and one could easily infer the Jayhawks’ coach would listen if OKC gave him a call.

Softball - Kansas Downs Cougars, 6-4, in Midweek Match Up

SIU-Edwardsville (35-11) put a run on the board first, but the Jayhawks (34-8) tacked on six runs over three innings to take the lead, which wouldn't be relinquished no matter how hard the Cougars fought to rally.

Volleyball - Kansas Sweeps Through Spring Home Finale

KU welcomed local college teams Washburn, Rockhurst and the professional team Heart of America Havoc to its home court, squaring off for two sets against each opponent. Since the spring season revolves around training rather than scores and stats, the matches are not played in the traditional format. Nevertheless, the Jayhawks rolled through the evening with a 2-0 mark against all three teams.

Volleyball - Road Trip on 10: Kansas Takes Training to Europe

From May 18-30, the Jayhawks will set off on their European training trip aimed at combining cultural education with intense practices and competition. The team will play six matches, sandwiched between training sessions and travel to destinations in Italy, France and Spain.

Two KU Track Contingents in Action this Weekend

The University of Kansas track & field teams will send groups to two different meets this weekend. The KU throwers will journey to La Jolla, California to take part in the Triton Invitational April 24-25, while the sprinters will trek to Joplin, Missouri for the Bill Williams/Bob Laptad Invitational on April 24.

Rowing - Stage Set for Big 12 vs. Big Ten Double Dual

The University of Kansas rowing program will be back on the water this weekend, competing in the Big 12 vs. Big Ten dual at Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kansas. The Jayhawks will team up with fellow Big 12 conference foe Oklahoma in a league battle against Big Ten schools Iowa and No. 9 Wisconsin.

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Bronco Mendenhall wants BYU in a Power Five conference -

Mendenhall did an interview with, and in the interview he echoed the desires of BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe, saying he'd like the Cougars to join a Power Five conference rather than continuing on as an independent program.

Nick Saban: Satellite camp situation is 'ridiculous' -

If future SEC commissioner Greg Sankey throwing down the gauntlet earlier this week wasn't indication enough, Nick Saban made it even plainer Tuesday: the SEC and its coaches are seriously unhappy with the current trend of coaches from other leagues holding satellite camps in the conference footprint.

Kevin Ollie dims din on NBA chatter; UConn the safer bet -- for now -

"As I have said many times, I am proud and honored to be the head basketball coach at the University of Connecticut and I have no plans to pursue other opportunities," Ollie said. "We are already excited about next season and I am looking forward to preparing our team to be the best we can be on the court, in the classroom, and in our community."

- Professional Sports -

With Brooks out, all signs point to OKC pursuing Billy Donovan -

And guess what you don't do if you value certainty the way the Thunder do? You don't fire your coach unless you already have a pretty good idea who his replacement will be. All signs point to University of Florida coach Billy Donovan, a longtime friend of Thunder GM Sam Presti who is itching to move to the pros, league sources told on Wednesday.

Pierce after Game 2 in Toronto: 'I don't want to go through customs no more' -

Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce declared on Saturday that he could play the psychological war better than Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri. More important than that, in two games at the Air Canada Centre, his team has played better basketball than the Raptors. Following their 117-106 victory on Tuesday, the trash-talking future Hall of Famer was as excited as you'd expect walking to the locker room.

Cards GM: If Hannibal Lecter ran a 4.3, we'd say he had eating disorder -

Credit to Cardinals general manager Steve Keim for his brutal honesty, which is hard to come by this time of year when obfuscation reigns in the days leading up to the NFL Draft. He offered a frank assessment of how much stock teams put into "off-field issues" when determing a player's draft stock.

Agent's Take: The hidden economics in the 1st round of the NFL Draft -

Here are a couple of additional financial or economic dynamics surrounding the draft and rookie deals that have developed under the 2011 CBA.

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LOOK: Yankees and Tigers play through snowfall at Comerica Park -

On Wednesday, Mother Nature cranked it up a notch at Comerica Field. The Yankees and Tigers played the first inning through heavy snowfall. Check it out.

WATCH: Torii Hunter unwisely tries straight steal of home, fails -

Geez, getting thrown out trying to steal home to end the inning when you had the bases loaded and Jeremy Guthrie on the ropes? That's as bad as it gets.