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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 5.11.15

No, no. It's not a cow. It's a a minotaur. It's a creature of myth. And he got this one out of your mom's closet.

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- Kansas Sports -

Twice is Nice: Jayhawk Softball Headed Back to Columbia Regional

Kansas is making its 12th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history and second under Smith. The Jayhawks concluded the regular season recording their most victories (38) of the Smith-era and the best winning percentage (.745) since KU went to the Women's College World Series in 1992 and posted a .818 winning percentage.

Kansas Football Tours Texas

Kansas Athletics and the KU Alumni Association with Head Football Coach David Beaty are excited to bring the Kansas Football program to the Houston, Dallas and Denver areas. Join fellow Jayhawks, members of the KU Alumni Assocation, KU Athletics Administration and assistant football coaches for a happy hour to talk what's next for Kansas Football. Food will be provided with a cash bar. Event is free to the public.

Kansas’ Landen Lucas: Time off ‘great’ for his health |

“I’m pretty much 100 percent now,” Lucas said. “The time off I spent after the surgery was great for me. I had a bunch of minor things. All they needed was some time off. Now I’m working to get back in shape.”

Golf - Kawinpakorn Finishes Tied for 10th at the NCAA Regional

Kansas junior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn finished tied for 10th at the NCAA Regional in San Antonio as she carded a 75 (+3) in Saturday' final round at the Briggs Ranch Golf Course in San Antonio. Kawinpakorn missed advancing to the NCAA Championship by one stroke.

- College Sports -

ISU guard Naz Long out 3-5 months following second hip surgery -

The surgery went well, per ISU's athletic trainer, who told the Des-Moines Register there were "no hitches" in the procedure. Long needed a torn labrum taken care of in his right hip. He had his left labrum worked on at the end of March.

Report: Iowa State RB signee accidentally shoots self in hand -

A three-star running back recruit from Bakersfield signed as part of the Cyclones' class of 2015, Croney could have the chance to make an immediate impact as a freshman. 2014 leading rusher Aaron Wimberly exhausted his eligibility, and his backup Devondrick Nealy left the program this spring. No other Cyclone tailback carried more than 24 times last season.

Pac-12 supports football early signing date, but Big 12 has concerns -

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt, a member of the NCAA committee that worked on the early signing date, said the Big 12 does not unanimously support the proposal. Hocutt said it's not clear how the concerns would affect Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby's position if the proposal comes up for vote in June. Bowlsby was not present when the early signing period discussion occurred this week and referred comments to Hocutt.

Pressure mounts for College Football Playoff to expand to eight teams -

How soon before the College Football Playoff expands to eight teams? It's obvious the system is feeling the heat on the matter, and we have some scenarios.

Texas A&M chancellor jabs at Texas, Longhorn Network: not 'real TV' -

"We're hopeful that sometime in the future there will be a bowl game that we're able to play in, you know, if [Texas] gets there," he said. "But the great thing about playing us is that you can get on real TV if you play us.”

UAB task force raises $6 million for football program -

According to Craft, the money was raised through 154 seperate pledges (about $39,000 per) and the money would be used to reinstate football, bowling and women's rifle. "I'm overwhelmed at the support," Craft told "This is really something people want. I think Birmingham wants this program to return."

- Videos of the Day -

Paul Pierce on Schroder calling his shot lucky: 'He's a little young' -

Paul Pierce hit the game-winning shot over Dennis Schröder in the Washington Wizards' 103-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. It was from his sweet spot, the left elbow, and it was a familiar sight in that kind of situation. Schröder, however, didn't exactly expect it to go in, saying he contested it as well as he could and Pierce just made a tough shot

WATCH: These angles of Paul Pierce's winner over Hawks are incredible -

Perhaps even cooler, though, is the fan-filmed footage of the moment. Here via the Washington Post's Dan Steinberg, are several others from various vantage points inside the Verizon Center -- enjoy, and be ready for lots of yelling and screaming.

LOOK: Pirates turn unconventional 4-5-4 triple play -

It's not often you see a triple play with no force play in effect, yet the Pirates managed to pull it off Saturday afternoon. With runners on second and third in the second inning, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina lined into a 4-5-4 triple play.