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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 5.23.15

Cliff Alexander says mom was "tricked into" impermissible benefits; Providence transfer to visit KU; KU volleyballers enjoying their European tour

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- Kansas Sports -

Cliff Alexander says mom was 'tricked into' impermissible benefits | NCAA Basketball | Sporting News

“My mom got tricked into something she didn’t know what she was doing,” Alexander said. “And we needed money at the time." “I was thinking about staying,” Alexander said. “Then when the incident went down, I felt like I was going to be ineligible for my sophomore season. So I made the choice to leave.”

Video: Alexander on His Suspension |

Former Kansas forward Cliff Alexander opens up about the suspension that the NCAA handed down to him due to the "impermissible benefits" that his family allegedly received.

Providence transfer center to visit Kansas |

Paschal Chukwu, a 7-foot-2, 225-pound center who has announced plans to leave Providence after his freshman year, will visit Kansas University the first weekend of June, Chukwu told on Friday.

USA National Team to Open World University Games July 3 in the States, July 4 in Gwangju

The USA National Team will play Turkey on Saturday, July 4, at Dongkang Gymnasium, but with the 14-hour time difference, it will still be 10 p.m. (Central) on Friday, July 3, in Lawrence, Kansas, when the two teams meet.

Kansas Jayhawks football preview - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

It’s yet another reboot for the Jayhawks, their fourth in five years. David Beaty, an assistant during Mark Mangino’s heyday, inherits a program that has lost 48 games in five years, so he knows it won’t be hitting .500 this season. Improving on a minus-185 point margin (118th in the FBS) would be a start.

Strong and weak: Kansas Jayhawks - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas has question marks at quarterback, running back and in the secondary exiting spring ball. Its offensive line will be better, but it doesn’t have much to lean on in the way of experienced depth. But let’s turn our attention to the wide receivers.

University of Kansas Athletics - Jayhawks in Europe: Janae Hall

Mr. Ed says: Are you following the Jayhawk volleyballers as they blog about their European trip?

- College Sports -

ISU AD Jamie Pollard is handling Bulls-Hoiberg situation perfectly -

So you can understand why ISU fans are going through it these days, right? It's late May, otherwise known as a stress-free time in college basketball. The prospects have mostly committed. The coaching carousel has paused. Everything is calm. But not in Ames, Iowa. Folks are in a frenzy in Ames.

Army, Navy will not move game, risking College Football Playoff access -

"We have no intention of moving it. None," Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk told USA Today. "It would show that we've realigned our priorities in a way that doesn't complement our mission. We can't do it. It's something that's that special."

He continued: "If it means that we've got to sacrifice the opporutnity to participate in the playoff system, then that's something we'll have to deal with. We'll have to work on that."

(Mr. Ed says: You see that there, MU/NU/CU/TAMU? That's called loyalty. Rivalry. Respect. It's how the world is supposed to work.)

Ex-Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill says he'll transfer to TCU -

Hill will sit out the mandated transfer season in 2015 and have two seasons of eligibility remaining in 2016 -- at which point the Frogs' starting job will come open after the graduation of Trevone Boykin. The transfer has not yet been made official by TCU.

- Professional Sports -

Romo, Gronk, 100-plus NFL players going to Vegas for fantasy convention -

"The level of excitement and interest from players and former players is incredible," Romo said of the convention. "I can't wait for fans to have this chance to learn from and meet players, because there's never been anything like this before."

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LOOK: This sinkhole will make you never want to play golf again -

The post says that the sink hole is 100 feet deep and 100 yards long. Good if you're trying to putt into it. Bad if you're trying to play through it.

WATCH: Let us enjoy R.A. Dickey's knuckleball in flight -

It gives the appearance of a waist-high meatball, but then it just keeps fading and diving. Joyce whiffs, and, as you can see, he's so off-balance that he rolls his wrists too early -- if he had hit it, it probably would've been a weak grounder to the left side.

LOOK: NFL stars show skills at Larry Fitzgerald's charity softball game -

It's always fun to watch professional athletes play a sport other than the one they get paid to play. Courtesy of the Arizona Cardinals' official website, we've got some pictures and video of various NFL stars showing off their bat skills at Larry Fitzgerald's charity softball game, which benefits his foundation, The First Down Fund.

Mike Trout: Also good at sliding -

Mike Trout stole third base. That's five words of the 1,000 or so that the following GIF is worth.

Alcides Escobar wows again with long distance backhand flip | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

The Alcides Escobar highlight reel continues to grow by flips and dives.