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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 7.16.15

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

- Kansas Sports -

Gold Laden Jayhawks Return to Lawrence

The undefeated, gold medal winner of the 2015 World University Games was welcomed home warmly by a crowd who offered a standing ovation and loud cheers before Team USA and Kansas head coach Bill Self addressed the crowd.

Warm welcome: About 1,000 fans cheer gold medalists |

Said Self, “I don’t think anybody thought we could win the gold medal. I was hoping we could get out of pool play and at least make it to the medal round. I think 2009 was the last time anybody (from USA) played for a medal there, the bronze medal. The last two times we went, we hadn’t even got out of pool play, and these were (U.S.) Select Teams.”

Kansas Jayhawks gold medal World University Games valuable experience

Congratulations are in order to Self and Kansas. The team that represented the U.S. in the recently concluded World University Games was comprised mostly of Jayhawks. The American squad won the gold medal in South Korea, beating a tough Germany squad in double overtime in the final.

Jordan Shelley-Smith and Fish Smithson Named To 2015 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List

The Wuerffel Trophy announced its watch list of 80 players from college football's Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Wednesday morning, with Kansas players Jordan Shelley-Smith and Fish Smithson each being honored.

Summer Ball Report: Several Jayhawks on All-Star Rosters

With the month of July half over and Major League Baseball's (MLB) Midsummer Classic complete, many summer leagues across the country follow suit with all-star games of their own with several rosters sporting some Crimson and Blue.

- College Sports -

Big 12 Media Days live coverage on FOX Sports | FOX Sports

BIG 12 LIVE FROM MEDIA DAY will be televised both days from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. CT nationally on FOX Sports 2 and on FOX Sports Regional Networks in the Big 12 footprint, including FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Oklahoma, FOX Sports Midwest and FOX Sports Kansas City.

Michigan's Nike contract worth $169 million, richest in college sports -

Michigan revealed the details of its new all-sports apparel contract with Nike on Wednesday, per, a contract that will pay it a record $169 million through 2027. The Wolverines will receive $80.2 million in apparel over the life of the deal and $76.8 million in cash.

Schools would be wise to learn from this messy Nichols-Memphis divorce -

By denying Nichols what he wanted from the outset -- and then making it more difficult than it should've been -- Memphis turned what could've been a one-day story into an eight-day story, and the school came off looking petty at first and weak in the end. Memphis didn't ultimately decide to do what's right as much as it caved under pressure, and it didn't cave until after its best player's attorney called the staff "dysfunctional" and the program "failing."

- Professional Sports -

Chiefs sign Justin Houston to $101 million deal: 3 things to know -

On Wednesday, hours before the franchise-tag deadline, he signed a six-year, $101 million deal that includes $52.5 million in guaranteed money, according to various reports. It's the richest contract in Chiefs' in history, and Houston also becomes the highest-paid linebacker in league history.

USMNT to face Cuba in Gold Cup quarterfinals on Saturday -

Needless to say, the US is the heavy favorite in the upcoming clash. But, Cuba did draw Mexico, and with how the US has played, the guys must take Cuba seriously. It's a great draw for the US, one that should see the hosts advance.

- Video of the Day -

A very young Andrew Wiggins calls himself 'Mr. Fantastic' -

In 2005, when Wiggins was 10 years old, the original Fantastic Four movie came out. Wiggins may have just watched the movie at the time of this video recording, and like anyone that is young and impressionable, he could've been wowed by the superpowers of Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic.