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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes: 8.03.15

It's August! Football is right around the corner. Aren't you excited?

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- Kansas Sports -

KU cornerback Stewart profits from Perry’s insight |

That style of coaching — from all of the KU assistants, not just Perry — is something KU coach David Beaty believes will help KU rebuild from the Big 12 basement into a bowl contender in time, and the key to it all is finding the right players who are mentally tough enough to understand that, scream as they may, these coaches care about them.

Beaty likes KU’s options at running back |

As preseason camp approaches, KU might not have a clear-cut No. 1 running back. But cheery first-year coach Beaty isn’t concerned about finding a productive runner for his team’s Air-Raid offense. He actually thinks a few Jayhawks might fit the bill.

Lions’ Amani Bledsoe cuts list to 10; KU makes cut |

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end, ranked as the top recruit in Kansas and No. 131 nationally by, cut his list to 10 schools: Kansas University, Miami, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, TCU and UCLA. Bledsoe plans to go on official visits to Oregon and UCLA in September.

Bill Self put to test by young Olathe campers |

Bill Self faced a firing squad in the form of 200 or so basketball campers who grilled Kansas University’s coach with an assortment of personal questions Sunday morning at Olathe South High.

KU likely to add walk-on from KCKCC |

Clay Young, a 6-foot-5 former Kansas City Kansas Community College and Lansing High forward, likely will be officially added to Kansas University’s basketball roster as a non-scholarship player this week, KU coach Bill Self told the Journal-World on Sunday.

Kansas freshmen drawing praise |

Sports Illustrated has great expectations for two of Kansas University’s incoming freshmen basketball players.

Swimming and Diving - Kansas Incoming Freshman Walker Shines Bright at Futures

Kansas swimming and diving will be well served by at least one of Libby Walker's 2015 summer habits – carving up collegiate aquatic centers. Some of the freshman-to-be's best swims have come in NCAA Division I pools, including an Olympic Trials cut at the Mizzou Aquatic Center and four final-heat swims over the weekend at the USA Swimming Futures Championships inside the Boilermaker Aquatic Center at Purdue.

- College Sports -

Big 12 Summer School: Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa St. aim for Final Four -

The conference benefited in a big way because so many guys who could have tested pro waters instead opted to return to school, all of them upperclassmen.

New Big Ten schedule 'commitment': at least one Power Five game, no FCS -

At Big Ten Football Media Days on Friday, the league unveiled a new, detailed "commitment" to its schedules for 2016 and beyond, one that now also includes a mandated nonconference game against an "intersectional" Power Five opponent. Have a look.

Meet Wenyen Gabriel, AAU's fastest rising prospect with Kansas, Duke, Kentucky offers -

The New Hampshire native capped his incredible summer with a huge weekend in Las Vegas. Now the blue blood offers are rolling in.

WRNL ASKS THE FANS: Favorite and Least Favorite Big 12 Teams - Wide Right & Natty Lite

We asked and you answered. Here's your favorite and least favorite Big 12 teams outside of Ames, Iowa.

- Professional Sports -

How Cliff Alexander went from basketball prodigy to NBA project -

Cliff Alexander was a top-five recruit that fell off the basketball map after a disastrous year at Kansas. Now, he's trying to walk a different path to NBA success.

Jose Bautista says he “lost a lot of respect for [Ned Yost] today” | HardballTalk

Mr. Ed says: I know I'm biased, but come on - pitchers have to be able to pitch inside. Get off the plate. If you ask me, the Blue Jays are the ones coming off like a bunch of whiny toddlers.

Undrafted RB signed by Chiefs a day after tweeting team his highlight reel -

LaVance Taylor sent his highlight reel to the Chiefs via Twitter. Then, the Chiefs signed him to a contract.

- State of Kansas Education Crisis -

Mr. Ed says: This is now making national news.  And if you do a Google search for "Kansas teacher shortage" you get articles dating back to 2013.

Why teachers can’t hotfoot it out of Kansas fast enough - The Washington Post

Teachers can’t hotfoot it out of Kansas fast enough, creating a substantial shortage expected only to get much worse. Why?

Kansas teacher shortage grows - Emporia Gazette: Opinion

The number of Kansas teachers moving to another state doubled the 2010 figures. Kansas teacher retirements are up as well. Last week, the Kansas State Board of Education received the 2014-2015 Licensed Personnel Report. There was little in their data to ease the worries of some Kansas schools districts that are now seeing unfilled vacancies even in elementary education.

Teacher shortages challenge Kansas schools | KSN-TV

In all its estimated Kansas schools have about 800 positions left to fill. With so many open positions across the state and not enough teachers to fill them there could be an increase in classroom sizes or a reliance on long-term substitutes.

Kansas facing major teacher shortage in weeks leading up to school - +

"It's pretty scary being four weeks out,” said Julie Wilson, who is the coordinator of statewide recruitment and retention. “The number of openings that we have right now is atypical. We have over 500, and usually we end July, especially mid-July, we see a tapering to 200, even 100 sometimes.”

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LOOK: Letter from Pirates GM denying Roberto Clemente a raise in 1960 -

Following the 1959 season, Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente wrote a letter to Pirates GM Joe L. Brown seeking a raise from $20,000 to $23,000 for the 1960 season. The CPI Inflator Calculator tells me $23,000 in 1960 is equivalent to $185,428.28 in 2015 dollars. Brown denied the request. Here's the letter he sent Clemente, courtesy of ESPN's Darren Rovell.

Snake in the Grass! Huge Everglades Python Shows Invasive Issue - Yahoo News

A giant python — about as long as a shipping container — that was captured in Everglades National Park in Florida earlier this month has now been euthanized, authorities say. The accidental finding of this snake shows how easily even huge pythons can remain hidden in Florida's swampy south, experts say. The creature weighed a whopping 133 lbs. (60 kilograms), and at 18-feet, 3-inches (5.6 meters), was almost as long as the largest python ever captured in the state of Florida, which was 18-feet, 8-inches long (5.7 meters). (Mr. Ed says: Damn, Florida. You scary!)

Kendrys Morales avoids a sure out with an incredible slide into home plate -

Look at this, there is just no way Morales should be safe. Zero. None.