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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 4.27.15

Yeah I called her up. She gave me a bunch of crap about me not listening to her, or something. I don't know, I wasn't really paying attention.

Lots of spring game coverage from RCT, be sure to check it out!

- Kansas Football -

Jayhawks' productive spring ends with plenty left to accomplish |

The first-year coach saw the game for what it was. At times, some Jayhawks showed potential, but mostly they all have loads of work to do. For every positive Beaty witnessed, he didn’t hide the opposing negatives. That included the play of Cozart.

Notebook: David Beaty brings back Kansas greats |

“Our guys, I want them to understand they didn’t build this place,” Beaty said. “Those (former players) did, and we’re getting to benefit from it. I want them to look (former players) in the eye, so whenever they feel like they need to tap out, I want them to think about these guys.”

Bryan Sperry, 89, steals show in alumni flag football game |

Prior to Saturday's spring football game, Kansas University had about 40 alumni take the field for a flag football contest. While most participants weren’t too far removed from their glory days, it was a Kansas standout from 1946-48 who stole the show.

Spring over, Beaty turns attention to recruiting — especially in-state |

“We’ll be in this great state for the entire week with every coach on our staff in the state of Kansas,” Beaty said, emphasizing his point by pounding the podium in front of him as he spoke. “We’re going to down the door of every school, unless they lock it on us. And then we’re going to try to break in and get in there.”

Spring game nets KU receiver Braylon Royal |

A 6-foot wide receiver from Mansfield Timberview High in Arlington, Texas, Braylon Royal told he met with KU assistant coaches Kenny Perry (co-defensive coordinator) and Klint Kubiak (wide receivers) before the scrimmage and decided to commit to Kansas after making his first trip to campus.

Former Texas A&M WR says he's headed to Kansas |

A four-star recruit from the Class of 2013, Gonzalez’s attraction to KU is obvious. New Jayhawks head coach David Beaty, the receivers coach at A&M from 2012-14, recruited the Cedar Hill, Texas, native to College Station. (Mr. Ed says: #calledit)

Phone call pays dividends for KU football coach David Beaty |

Though KU football has struggled in recent years — winning nine games in its last four seasons — Johnson said it was important for alumni to continue to show pride in the program. The linebacker has done that in the Broncos locker room. “Different guys are like, ‘Man, I went to LSU,’ or, ‘Man, I went to Alabama.’ I’m like, ‘Man, I went to Kansas,’” Johnson said. “They’re like, ‘Y’all are terrible.’ I’m like, ‘Look, I went to Kansas.’ “You say it with a little bonus about you, a little promise. Just be proud where you came from.”

- Kansas Sports -

Coveted recruit Ingram to declare Monday |

Ingram, a 6-foot-8, 198-pound forward from Kinston (North Carolina) High, will at a 5:10 p.m., Central time, news conference announce for one of three in-state schools — Duke, North Carolina or North Carolina State — or one of three out-of-state contenders — Kansas University, Kentucky or UCLA.

Transfer rule controversial |

“We benefited from the rule even though I don’t like it at all. I think it’s one of the bad rules we have,” KU coach Bill Self said recently. “From a national standpoint, I don’t think there are people out there trying to coax players out of programs. (But) the antennas do go up with this rule.

Column: KU freshman Aldridge ‘loves’ new coach’s message |

“Everything (Schneider) talked about at the press conference was right up my alley,” Aldridge said. “I love how he talked about toughness and how he said he’ll keep everyone on the team accountable.”

Softball - Kansas’ Final Midweek Game Cancelled

Kansas softball was scheduled to play its final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday, April 28 against Wichita State, but the Shockers have cancelled the midweek match-up that was to be played at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park.

Golf - Jayhawk Duo Finish in Top-5 at Big 12 Championship

Kansas sophomore Pornvipa Sakdee and junior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn each garnered all-tournament honors at the 2015 Big 12 Women's Golf Championship at the Dominion Country Club in San Antonio, Texas, Sunday.

- College Sports -

Oklahoma's Buddy Hield coming back for senior season -

Oklahoma's Buddy Hield announced Friday morning that he'll stay in Norman for a fourth and final season. It's a huge boon for Lon Kruger's team, which should absolutely be a preseason top-10 club. And for Hield, expect him to be on many a preseason ranking of First Team All-Americans.

NCAA penalizes Oklahoma State for violating drug testing policy -

Oklahoma State has been forced to close its hostess program for a span of four years, fined $8,500 and penalized in the form of recruiting restrictions due to NCAA violations stemming from a 2013 series of articles published by Sports Illustrated.

- Professional Sports -

Etan Thomas shares amazing Tim Duncan story on Facebook -

It just says so much about Duncan, a guy who is totally stonefaced in moments where 90 percent of NBA players would talk trash or lose their cool. We already knew Duncan was the guy who would drop 30 and 20 on you without saying a word or changing his expression. Now we know he'll do it while dispensing wisdom.

Red Sox manager rips ump: 'The strike zone tonight was horrific' -

Following Friday's game, Farrell ripped DeMuth while talking to reporters, calling his strike zone "horrific" and saying the Orioles got calls the Red Sox did not.

Stallworth's career rewrite -

Stallworth's path is one less taken -- or rather never before taken -- with his journey from speedy wideout at the University to Tennessee that spawned a 10-year playing career that's now evolved into a post-football life in which he's pursuing his unique and varied interests.

- Pics and Videos of the Day -

WATCH: High schooler catches pitch with bare hand, awarded first on HBP -

At some point recently, an unnamed high school player at an unknown high school caught a pitch coming at him with his bare hand. The batter attempted to continue the at-bat, but the umpire ruled it a hit-by-pitch.

LOOK: Paul Pierce gets philosophical about his nickname -

Pierce quoting the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer confirms yet again that "The Truth" is just the perfect nickname for him.

LOOK: Paul Pierce trolls Raptors with Game Of Thrones reference -

If you are unfamiliar, Pierce is poking fun of the Raptors' "We The North" slogan by channeling Game Of Thrones with this photo.

Alex Gordon makes three great plays, hits home run, Royals lose twice -

Gordon made three terrific defensive plays — including a fabulous and dangerous dive into the stands at U.S. Cellular Field — and he hit a two-run home run.