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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 8.31.15

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- Kansas Sports -

Role models: Jayhawks’ defensive backs need not look far to find pro-level motivation |

Between the proven accomplishments of Pro Bowlers Talib, Harris and Stuckey and seeing KU corners JaCorey Shepherd and Dexter McDonald taken in the NFL Draft this past spring, there are plenty of examples for KU’s defensive backs to follow. As Bates, fellow safeties Fish Smithson and Greg Allen, corners Brandon Stewart, Matthew Boateng, Ronnie Davis and Tyrone Miller and nickel back Tevin Shaw aim to carve out paths of their own to the NFL, they know helping turn around a downtrodden KU program would be a critical step in the right direction.

Now that QB settled at Kansas, race is on to catch passes | FOX Sports

"They're competing. It's a battle out there," said Beaty, who was hired last fall to replace the fired Charlie Weis. "There's some depth there we didn't have before. Hopefully we can find eight we can count on so we can roll eight and keep some fresh bodies in there."

Big 12's Top 10 trap games in 2015 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Potential trap games are littered all over the Big 12 schedule in 2015. Here's a look at the biggest trap games of the season.  (Mr. Ed says: Two involve.... Kansas?)

Coming off hot summer, Wayne Selden Jr. plans to be more effective scorer | Smithology |

And Selden knows Bill Self needs the junior guard in an effective, assertive role, to compliment junior point guard Frank Mason III and senior forward Perry Ellis. The trio figure to carry the Jayhawks and trade off leading the team in scoring from game to game.

Women's Soccer - Jayhawks Escape North Texas with 2-1 Win

The win completed an unblemished weekend for the Jayhawks, who now sit with a 2-1-1 record this season. Kansas also handed North Texas the first loss of their season as the Mean Green fell to 3-1-0.

Volleyball - Kansas Comeback Claims Arkansas Invitational Crown

"In set two, we were down 22-18. Our body posture didn't change, our communication didn't change – we stayed true to who we are," head coach Ray Bechard said, who logged his 298th win at Kansas. "We played well to end the second set and turn the momentum. Then, the third and fourth sets were pretty high-level volleyball on the Jayhawks' side."

- College Sports -

Inside College Hoops: Ex-BC guard hoping NCAA will 'do what's right' -

Jordan Daniels, who has played at both Boston College and Drake, is still waiting to hear if the NCAA will give him another year of eligibility or actually count a couple of preseason scrimmages from three years ago as an entire year of eligibility.

Tim Beckman releases statement firing back at Illinois after being fired -

Tim Beckman has released a statement on being fired by Illinois and denies allegations of player mistreatment

- Professional Sports -

Dodgers no-hit for second time in 10 days -- an NL record -

Jake Arrieta of Cubs gives Dodgers nothing but blanks, like Mike Fiers of Astros on Aug. 21.

Athletics try, fail to get their travel-heavy 2016 schedule changed -

The Athletics tried and failed to get their travel heavy 2016 schedule changed. The club routinely logs among the most miles traveled each season.

- Potpourri -

Michael Jordan's 'Space Jam' uniform is up for auction, opening bid $10,000 -

Michael Jordan's actual Tune Squad uniform from the movie "Space Jam" is up for auction with an opening bid of $10,000.

LOOK: You can play Minnesota Golden Gopher Frogger -

It's called "Go Gopher Go!" Instead of cars, your Goldy dodges TCU football players. (Minnesota opens the season against TCU next Thursday.)