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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 4.03.15

I got a six, a five, a jack, a four, and a eight. I win!

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Happy Friday!

- Kansas Sports -

KU Basketball Notebook |

Bragg battled nerves at McDonald’s game; Diallo update; Zimmerman update; Brown update

Carlton Bragg's windmill jam highlights future Jayhawk's McDonald's experience | All Eyes on KU |

With the expected departure of Cliff Alexander, Bragg could make an immediate impact for KU next season, providing the Jayhawks with another long body to man the paint with Perry Ellis, Landen Lucas and Hunter Mickelson.

Jayhawks place emphasis on earning their way |

During the past five seasons of mostly disappointing Kansas football, there have been a lot of Twitter hashtags associated with the KU program. This year is no different, as the folks at KU are pushing yet another hashtag to serve as the mantra for Kansas football in 2015.

Clint Bowen details what's in store for KU's defense this spring | Smithology |

After going through just four practices, Bowen — also the safeties coach — sat down with the media Wednesday to discuss the state of the defense.

KU Athletics Joins 'It's On Us' Campaign to Stop Sexual Assault

Kansas Athletics and its student-athletes, through the Jayhawk Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, have joined a campus- and nation-wide awareness campaign to stop sexual assualt on campuses and in communities.

Tennis - Jayhawks Host Wildcats for Senior Day in Jayhawk TV Network Match

Kansas' match against Kansas State will be televised live on the Jayhawk Television Network in the state of Kansas and the Kansas City metro area and nationally on ESPN3. The match marks the second televised match in program history for the Jayhawks.

Softball - Late-Inning Rally Lifts No. 23 Jayhawks Past Cowgirls

The comeback kids returned to the softball diamond on Thursday night as No. 23 Kansas rallied for its seventh come-from-behind victory of the season. KU overcame a four-run deficit to defeat Oklahoma State, 7-6, at Cowgirl Softball Stadium.

Baseball - Jayhawks Drop Opener to OU on Walkoff Bomb, 7-6

Sophomore closer Stephen Villines couldn't hold on to a four-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, as the Kansas baseball team fell at the hands of an Oklahoma walk-off home run, 7-6, Thursday night in a 10-inning affair at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

- College Sports -

Shaka Smart to be new Texas Longhorns coach

VCU sports information director Scott Day confirmed to reporters gathered at the campus Thursday night that Smart was making the move. Smart met with VCU players earlier in the evening at the Siegel Center, the team's home arena, and at least one player was seen crying when he left.

Kansas State president Kirk Schulz supports court storming for college basketball

Kansas State president Kirk Schulz told ESPN that court storming is a cool part of college basketball and should be allowed, but the opposing players and officials must be protected. (Mr. Ed says: LoL of course. Have fun with this one, RCT!)

Why Rose Bowl tape, not score, shows Winston is superior NFL QB to Mariota -

Both quarterbacks did some really good things in the game. Both made plays when asked to do so. Both made mistakes, including mechanically. Both handled themselves like future NFL quarterbacks. But only one had the look of a sure-fire NFL passer, and it wasn't Mariota.

Ranking college basketball's national champions since 1985 | FOX Sports

In ranking the top national champions of the 64-team era, starting in 1985, we attempted to look at the entire picture — chiefly, how the team performed from beginning to end during the season, who each team had to beat in the Tournament and the overall talent on the roster. (Mr. Ed says: If Kentucky wins two more games this year, where will they rank on a list like this? Discuss.)

- Videos of the Day -

LOOK: Top defensive plays of spring training -

So, with spring training very close to being over, let's look back at some of the top defensive plays from the month of March (and early April). Because hey, Web Gems still exist in spring.

LOOK: Keenan Allen beating Twitter follower 41-7 in Madden -

On Wednesday night, Chargers wideout Keenan Allen sent out an invitation to his Twitter followers asking if any of them wanted to play him in Madden 15.

WATCH: Bo Jackson explains to Adam LaRoche's son who Bo Jackson is -

Bo Jackson, former two-sport All-Star and current spring training instructor with the White Sox, had to explain to Adam LaRoche's 13-year-old son Drake who Bo Jackon is. Here's the video from White Sox camp.  (Mr. Ed says: If that kid was a Royals fan instead of a Sox fan, he would have already heard about Bo Jackson by age 13.)