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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 5.28.15

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Kansas Men’s Hoops Leads the Way in New NCAA APR Data

Three teams led Kansas with near perfect scores of 990 or above and all Jayhawk programs were in good standing above 930, according to the latest NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released Wednesday.

Self sees summer contests as chance to grow | KUsports.com

“I want our guys to have a great educational experience. I want us to get better and I also want to get better personally (as a coach),” Self said on Lawrence 1320 radio. “I think with the FIBA rules and the short (24-second) clock ... I think there’s a lot of different things we can do defensively to put us in a situation to experiment some. I think that will be positive. I want it to be fun, but we’ve got to win. I think our players will take great pride in the fact they are actually representing our country playing over there against pros. We’ll go see how we stack up against the world.”

Ten Big 12 games to look forward to in 2015 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas at Kansas State, Nov. 28: New KU coach David Beaty has been candid about his respect and admiration for Bill Snyder since taking over the job. Beaty will get a firsthand look at the Wildcats veteran head coach in his Sunflower Showdown debut as a head coach. (Mr. Ed says: Ugh, I'm not sure I'm looking forward to this game...)

Registration Open for Brandon Schneider Golf Tournament

The inaugural Brandon Schneider Golf Tournament will tee off on Saturday, Aug. 22 at Alvamar Golf and Country Club in Lawrence. Registration for the event is now open for singles, pairs and foursomes.

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Four men’s teams banned from 2016 postseason due to APR scores | CollegeBasketballTalk

Alcorn State, Florida A&M, Stetson and Central Arkansas are the four men’s teams that will be sitting out next year’s postseason, while on the women’s side, Savannah State will be ineligible for the postseason.

Big 12 spring meetings Day 1: League cracking down on court-storming, chants | FOX Sports

The league adopted a new sportsmanship policy on Wednesday that gives commissioner Bob Bowlsby the authority to dole out reprimands, fines and if necessary, strip programs of future home contests.

Walter Byers, NCAA's 1st executive director, dies at 93 | FOX Sports

In his autobiographical book "Unsportsmanlike Conduct -- Exploiting College Athletes," published after he retired, Byers blasted the NCAA -- an organization he had defended in highly publicized battles with Congress -- as arrogant, autocratic and "self-righteous." He urged lawmakers to enact an athletes' bill of rights.

LSU AD: No. 1 recruit Simmons signed off on 'aggressive' ticket campaign - CBSSports.com

The decision to market a season-ticket campaign around a college athlete has raised eyebrows. It comes at a time when the NCAA -- and thus, its member schools -- are appealing the Ed O'Bannon decision in which a federal judge ruled that college athletes are allowed to be paid for use of their names, images and likenesses.

SEC coaches will "fan out" to satellite camps if NCAA won't ban them - CBSSports.com

Retiring SEC commissioner Mike Slive said Wednesday that if the camps are not prohibited by the NCAA, which will see legislation introduced by the SEC , it will be open season for his coaches by next summer to “fan out and have at it.”

John Calipari questions if refs will 'have the stomach' to call fouls - CBSSports.com

Speaking Wednesday at the SEC spring meetings, Calipari said the decision to reduce the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds won't help or hurt the product. But if officials aren't instructed and don't follow through on calling fouls, Calipari said the game won't stop being so rough.

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Seventh-round pick Dexter McDonald has unique opportunity in Oakland | Smithology | KUsports.com

Dexter McDonald’s life changed earlier this month, when Oakland snagged him in the final round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

FIFA officials arrested over corruption: Five things to know - CBSSports.com

There are a ton of legal terms and speculation being thrown around in regards to the news that has rocked the global game, so here is what you really need to know about what's going on.

McHale to Dwight: 'Hit them first; They always call the second one' - CBSSports.com

Dwight Howard may have been facing down a suspension for a retaliatory backhand directed at Warriors' center Andrew Bogut, but Rockets' coach Kevin McHale had some critical advice for his star big man heading into Game 5. “Hit them first,” he said. “They always call the second one.”

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March Madness: If You Root Against Kansas, You Root Against America - The Atlantic

As Kansas alum Wilt Chamberlain once famously said, "Nobody roots for Goliath." In this case though, that's a real shame. It's shame because hating on the Jayhawks means you hate the United States of America. (Mr. Ed says: This is an older article, but I just now came across it and thought it was interesting.)

How A Clever Kansas Play Went Viral And Took Over College Basketball

The goal of a good offense is to keep the five defenders moving, to force them to scurry around the court, heads swiveling this way and that. Not only does that defensive movement open up gaps in the half court, it also creates confusion—both are the essence of Chop. The ball and flare screens are so distracting that even when opponents know Chop is imminent, it is still hard to stop. "Even great defensive teams get caught ball watching at times," says Dooley. (Mr. Ed says: Another older article, but a good one.)

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Jon Lester sets dubious record by starting career 0-for-58 - CBSSports.com

Though he'll never be an even remotely decent hitter -- even by pitcher standards -- Lester doesn't have a brutal enough to swing to believe he'll be hitless all season. In his strikeout he even hit a line drive down the left field that was a few feet foul.