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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 8.20.15

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What caught my eye at Day 12 of KU football's 2015 preseason practices | Tale of the Tait |

No real shake up with the two-deep at offensive line, though there was one new name in the group. The first string remained the same and went like this (from left to right): Jordan Shelley-Smith, Bryan Peters, Keyon Haughton, D'Andre Banks and Larry Mazyck. The second team (from left to right): Clyde McCaulley, Jacob Bragg, Joe Gibson, Jayson Rhodes and Larry Hughes. Rhodes moved from tackle to guard and Hughes, the other “Big Larry” was a new addition to the two-deep.

Kansas football notebook: King impressing; Semke solid |

Miami FL transfer Corey King impressing coaches; Juco transfer QB Deondre Ford in the mix for a starting spot; TJ Semke continues to impress

Kansas' returning kickers sharp |

As for Wyman’s role as the Jayhawks’ place kicker, the junior who made nine of 15 attempts in 11 games in 2014 is involved in quite a battle with newcomer Nick Bartolotta, a 5-foot-6, 190-pound juco transfer whom coaches and teammates call “Yoda.”

AUDIO - David Beaty talks preseason intensity, D-line (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

First-year Kansas football coach David Beaty answers questions from the media on Aug. 19, 2015, about quarterback Deondre Ford, the intensity level at preseason practices (and inevitable fights), and the importance of KU's defensive linemen, including Corey King and T.J. Semke.

Two-Minute Drill: Third and Long

Each D-lineman that spoke to members of the media said that they had each looked at the single-season sack record and that it was a goal to break it this season.

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Women's Soccer - No. 23 Jayhawks Set to Open 2015 Season at Nebraska

Kansas, which returns seven starters from last season's 15-win NCAA Tournament squad, will go up against the Cornhuskers for the first time since 2010.

KU Soccer Takes Part in Media Day

Kansas head soccer coach Mark Francis discussed his 2015 squad at length during the fall sport media, which combined the Kansas volleyball, cross country and soccer programs.

Cross Country Previews Season at Media Day

Stanley Redwine discussed both the men's and women's teams' depth in the upcoming season as well as his programs' opportunity to host the NCAA Midwest Regional at Rim Rock Farm in November.

Volleyball - Jayhawks Welcome Reporters to Media Day

With three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances to their credit, the Jayhawks are looking to make the postseason for an unprecedented fourth-consecutive year.

‘Unprecedented’: KU volleyball aims for fourth NCAAs |

Bechard’s group might be able to do something special this season with plenty of talent returning from 2014’s 22-9 squad. At outside hitter, KU has Dockery, sophomore Madison Rigdon (a part-time starter last season), senior transfer Ashlyn Driskill from Wichita State and freshman Ashley Smith, of whom the coach expects much in the future.

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Candid Coaches: Has a shoe company ever cost you a player's commitment? -

Nike, Adidas, Under Armour. The Big Three in basketball. How big is the influence, though?

Notre Dame has lost independent luster, should join conference soon -

Independence should not last much longer for Notre Dame, which is losing grip on the prestige it once had as an outliner in college football.

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LOOK: Northern Kentucky's new floor features massive Viking ship -

The NKU Norse are embracing their nickname. Awesome court design here.

LOOK: Miguel Cabrera trades baseball for 'Fire Ausmus' sign -

Needless to say, manager Brad Ausmus is not a popular man in Detroit. When a team underperforms as much as the Tigers have this year, the manager will get a big chunk of the blame, fair or not. One fan went as far as bringing a "Fire Ausmus" sign to a game recently.

Athletic freak from Kansas can jump a car better than Kobe Bryant | FOX Sports

Kansas sophomore DeVonte M. Wilson will make you feel like you’re really out of shape by what he can do in the gym.