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Kansas Jayhawks Gameday News and Notes: 9.12.15

Jayhawk at Plaza de España
Jayhawk at Plaza de España

If you are in Lawrence today, make sure to drop by the RCT Tailgate and say hi. Its sure to be an awesome time. Second, thanks to Dnoll for the picture today in the RCT Photo Contest. Today's game would be a great opportunity to enter the contest.

Kansas Sports

GAMEDAY BREAKDOWN: A look at Saturday's Kansas-Memphis football game |
Memphis junior QB Paxton Lynch stands 6-foot-7, weighs 245 pounds and moves like a much more compact running back. The burden of stopping him could fall on the Kansas linebackers. Although none of the ’backers listed on KU’s depth chart come within four inches (three Jayhawks stand 6-foot-2) and 24 pounds (junior Schyler Miles weighs in at 221), these are the players who are more used to the physical style of play that will be needed to pop Lynch and make him pay when he decides to leave the pocket.

Beaty looking for more from defensive ends |
Although senior Ben Goodman and true freshman Dorrance Armstrong recorded two of Kansas University’s three sacks during last week’s season-opening loss to South Dakota State, the play of KU’s defensive ends as a whole was a source of disappointment for the Kansas coaching staff.

University of Memphis Athletics - Acceleration Ahead
"We are going to go play an offense that is pedal to the metal every single play," said Memphis coach Justin Fuente. "They will run it and throw it, going as fast as humanly possible. They are never out of a game and no lead is safe. It is one of those games where you have to be prepared to play the whole game, regardless the circumstance."

Jo Jo White joins Hall of Fame |
“To the Hall, thank you for the tremendous honor,” White said in the video. “In May 2010 I was diagnosed with a tumor on my brain. The doctor said I wasn’t supposed to be here, but God had other plans, and for this I am truly grateful.”

KU volleyball wins a pair |
“It was a great environment for Wyoming tonight but our team responded very well in all phases of the game – serving, passing, attacking – and ran the game plan how we wanted to,” KU coach Ray Bechard said. “This is one of those performances that our team can continue to build on as the season progresses.”

University of Kansas Athletics - Athletes of the Year to be Crowned at Rock Chalk Choice Awards
Kansas' list of history makers and record breakers includes all-league performers, NCAA champions and future professional stars and this year's collection of Rock Chalk Choice Awards nominees for Female and Male Athlete of the Year is one of the brightest yet. Fourteen Kansas Jayhawks – nine females and five males – have been nominated as KU's top student-athlete with the winner being announced at the fourth annual Rock Chalk Choice Awards, an Academy Awards-like celebration at the Lied Center Sunday evening.

Other Sports

What to watch Saturday: Michigan State, Oregon lead light slate -
It's the second week of the season, but it's the first "normal" week schedule-wise. Instead of having every game spread out over the course of five days like last weekend, just about every game will be played on Saturday this week.

Serena's Grand Slam run over, falls to Roberta Vinci in US Open semifinals -
After dropping an early break to Vinci, Williams looked poised to dominate with three breaks of Vinci's serve and a 6-2 first-set win. Serena had 16 winners to just three from Vinci and looked as dominant as ever. Williams was 38-0 in grand slam semifinals and finals when winning the first set coming into this match. She is now 38-1.

NFL determines no foul play involved in Steelers-Pats headset issues -
Based on our review to date, we believe that the audio interference on Steelers' headsets last night was entirely attributable to an electrical issue made worse by the inclement weather; that it involved no manipulation by any individual; and that the Patriots had nothing to do with it. The issue was promptly resolved and there were no further problems for the remainder of the game. We will continue to review the matter to determine if there are technical steps that can be taken to avoid similar problems from occurring in other games.

Rob Gronkowski matches Jason Witten's TD total in 125 fewer games -

On Thursday night, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski torched the Steelers secondary for 94 yards and three touchdowns. Really, what Gronkowski did Thursday night to jumpstart the 2015 regular season is what he's done his entire career.

Other News

Ex-NFL star Neil Smith regrets his playing days.
"Early in my career, I remember my rookie year, I probably had like three [concussions] in one game and still played and had one of the worst headaches in my life. You hear the trainers say, 'If you keep having these concussions, your career is over.' You say that to a 22-year old guy who just made it, they don't want to hear that. So what they do, they just don't say anything. They give you that time off now with the protocols."

Bear Cubs Struggle To Tame The Mighty Hammock
Someone needs to hook this bear family up with the Pool Bears. That would make for one hell of a party, my pals.

Football Team Passes For 782 Yards, Scores 90 Points, Still Loses
Last year, the Meadville (Pa.) High School football team scored 78 points in one game while rushing for more than 600 yards and lost, 79-78, to Warren. Tonight the Bulldogs did that feat one better—by being the victor, and turning the Dubois Beavers into the sad loser in a 107-90 victory... in, obviously, regulation.