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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 8.10.15

That’s closest thing to ‘Bender is great’ that anyone other me has ever said.

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Earning their stripes: Under OC Rob Likens' watch, Jayhawks all business … between lines |

“We do not allow any of our offensive football players to walk across the white stripe of the practice field until we gather up and somebody is picked out to discuss the tone they want to set for the day,” Likens said. “They tell ’em, and we all agree on it, and then we snap our helmets on, and then we run across the right stripe, signifying that we just went from the real world, clowning around and all that stuff, to, ‘OK, boys, it’s time to go to work.’”

Montell Cozart remains favorite in KU football quarterback competition |

During Saturday’s KU football media day, the first-year coach reiterated comments he made a week ago that junior Montell Cozart had the “inside track” to win the position.

Nick Reid delivers message to team

He was asked to speak to the team about being part of a group that helped turn the program around.

"I told them keep working this is a lot like when I got here," he said. "I told them that you can be that team everybody talks about that rebuilt KU football and got them going in the right direction."

Beaty hauls in impressive walk-on class

Here is a look at the players we have confirmed that have arrived in fall camp from a group that are classified as walk-ons.

Jayhawks land commitment from 3-star Houston LB with several big offers |

Long, who ranks as the 30th best inside linebacker in the 2016 class and the 93rd best player in Texas, according to, picked Kansas over offers from several big time programs, including Ohio State, Missouri and UCLA.

Basketball recruiting update |

Pekka Markkanen's son to play college ball in the U.S.; TJ Leaf has a list of eight; Mitch Lightfoot down to five on his list; Josh Jackson puts up 50 points in last outing

Cheick Diallo: Kansas freshman waiting on NCAA eligibility ruling - College Basketball -

Kansas five-star recruit and incoming freshman Cheick Diallo is still waiting on his eligibility ruling from the NCAA.

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Tramel: The Big 12 should look west for two new additions | News OK

The Big 12 has to add two schools that bring value to the Big 12 brand. And in the 21st century, most certainly in the Big 12’s case, that means football brand.

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Raiders training camp day 9 wrap: Ben Heeney stuffs the run - Silver And Black Pride

In running game team sessions, Ben Heeney lit it up. He was working with the second team mostly which means his assignment was Trent Richardson and George Atkinson III. And he made their lives miserable the whole time. On two consecutive runs, Heeney stuffed Richardson. The first was for a loss when he got into the backfield, the other was right at the line for a short gain. He was then plugging holes to stuff GA3 on at least two runs.

Frank Gifford, NFL Hall of Famer and 'MNF' star, dies at 84 -

The family of Frank Gifford announced that the Pro Football Hall of Famer passed away on Sunday at age 84.

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Should you name your baby Anakin?

“Anakin” made its chart debut at #957, the name having been bestowed on exactly 218 baby boys in 2014. Granted, Anakin hovers near the bottom of the boys’ list, with nowhere near the popularity of Top-10 names like Jacob, Liam and Noah.  But its appearance is noteworthy, because Anakin didn’t exist as a name until George Lucas invented it for Star Wars.

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LOOK: Some guy actually owns a Tim Tebow Steelers jersey -

Tim Tebow seems to have a big fan in Pittsburgh.

LOOK: Brett Gardner hit in head by home run ball thrown back by fan -

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner was hit in the head by a home run ball thrown back by a fan on Sunday afternoon.

Chris Owings hits walk-off single for D-backs, but then it gets strange -

Umpires get call right after an odd-looking final play that includes runners not touching bases and a security guard who helps the Reds start a relay.