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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes: 8.16.15

Hey, when the legendary Donny Berger comes in here using a fake name, you go with it!

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- Kansas Sports -

Big targets: Kansas' Air Raid demands play-making TEs |

In KU’s new Air Raid offense, Likens doesn’t need — or want — a traditional tight end. You know the type: wears No. 80-something, too slow to play wide receiver, too slim to play on the offensive line, does more blocking than route-running. Likens isn’t looking for warm bodies. He requires play-makers.

Cozart ready to strut his stuff |

The suddenly veteran Cozart emerged as a strong leader this summer, by any measure, and has the clear edge in experience in the race to become KU’s starter, which includes juco transfer Deondre Ford and true freshmen Carter Stanley and Ryan Willis.

Two-Minute Drill: The Standard

Practice was over, the players were on the sidelines, and it was time for them to meet coaches at midfield to stretch and receive the post-scrimmage message from Beaty. However, the majority of the Jayhawks didn't have the spark in their step that Beaty was looking for.

KU receivers coach Klint Kubiak can lean on his dad, the Denver Broncos’ coach, for advice | The Kansas City Star

This season, Gary Kubiak is back in the AFC West, in his first season as coach of the Broncos, where he worked for years as the offensive coordinator. Klint Kubiak, meanwhile, is in his first season on Beaty’s Kansas staff. The Kubiak men talk almost every night, Klint says. Sometimes it’s about the Broncos; sometimes it’s about Kansas football, where Klint is trying to mold an unproven and inexperienced receiving corps.

Kansas quarterback competition could come into focus over next week | The Kansas City Star

Junior quarterback Montell Cozart remains the front runner to win the starting job and start the Jayhawks’ opener against South Dakota State on Sept. 5. But for the first week of fall camp, Beaty says, the KU staff has attempted to balance reps in an effort to gain a full evaluation.

KU basketball notebook |

Perry Ellis ranked 15th best player in college basketball by ESPN's John Gasaway; Tyshawn Taylor arrested for allegedly using a counterfeit money order; Embiid having surgery on his right foot for a second time on Tuesday

- College Sports -

UNC reports new violations to NCAA that should delay infractions case -

But the timing basically ensures UNC won't be punished before National Signing Day for football or the 2016 NCAA Tournament, meaning Roy Williams' Tar Heels, a possible preseason No. 1, now run almost no risk of being banned from this upcoming season's postseason. In other words, in a twisted way, these newly discovered potential violations could prove helpful to the sports that matter most in Chapel Hill.

Baylor says 61-58 in team photo just a weird coincidence - Yahoo Sports

Baylor officials insist it is a fluke that Nos. 61 and 58 are side-by-side in the Bears' new football team photo. TCU fans likely won't believe that since the Frogs lost 61-58 at Baylor last season.

- Professional Sports -

Mario Chalmers remains calm amid storm of rumors |

Welcome to Mario Chalmers’ offseason, where the discussion has been as much about trimming the Miami Heat’s luxury-tax bill with a trade as it has been about how the veteran guard might fit in with a roster that has undergone a dramatic upgrade over the past six months.

Trent Richardson appears to be in midseason form for Raiders -

In three NFL seasons, Trent Richardson has averaged 3.3 yards per carry. On Saturday, in his preseason debut with the Raiders, he did slightly better than that, rushing 5 times for 18 yards. Still nothing to get too excited about, especially when all the Internet is talking about the next day are the yards Richardson left on the field.

- Potpourri -

Candid Coaches: Would you hire a woman to coach in the next 3 years? -

The NBA now has two female assistant coaches. So will men's college basketball be far behind? Judging by some responses, probably not.

James Harrison returns trophies, says his sons didn't earn them -

"I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy."

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WATCH: Three runs score on one wild pitch in All-America Game -

Reminder: Baseball is hard. And often funny.