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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes: 9.04.15

Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm?

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- Kansas Sports -

Kansas Athletics Announces Gameday Information Leading Up to Saturday’s Football Home-Opener

With the 2015 Kansas football season slated to kickoff Saturday morning, Kansas Athletics announced some helpful hints and reminders, including a newly added Hawk Walk and upgraded wireless capabilities, to enhance Jayhawk fans' gameday experience in and around Memorial Stadium.

Jayhawks hope to lean on captains to emerge from obscurity | FOX Sports

''They control the temperament on the field,'' said Kansas defensive coordinator Clint Bowen, who was interim coach last season when Charlie Weis was dismissed. ''You need to get your guys to understand that a good play doesn't mean go crazy and get too excited and a bad play doesn't mean get all down. I think the captains being on the field will keep that under control.''

The 3rd Degree with Jordan Shelley-Smith

In this week's episode, Falco gives Shelley-Smith a minute and a half to answer as many questions as he can in rapid-fire questioning. The Waco, Texas, native set the bar high by answering 25 questions.

VIDEO - Shelley-Smith ready for opener

A lot of people don't have trouble putting on weight, but Jordan Shelley-Smith said it is one of the toughest things he's done. Shelley-Smith talked about what will be going through his mind running on the field and the Jayhawks first opponent.

OC Likens can’t wait to reveal Air Raid offense |

“I just kind of want to see how good we are, because you really don’t know when you’ve been going against the same guys,” Likens said earlier this week. “I can’t wait to get out there and kind of see where we are.”

Does Air Raid = Air It Out? Eh, not exactly | Tale of the Tait |

Under OC Tony Franklin at Cal, Likens was a part of an offense that ran the ball 440 times and threw it 535 times during the 12-game regular season. That's an average of 37 runs and 45 passes per game and a run-pass split percentage of 45-55.

Volleyball - Jayhawks Primed for Home-Opening Weekend

Riding a three-match winning streak, Kansas volleyball returns to the friendly confines of the Horejsi Family Athletics Center to open the 2015 home schedule with the Kansas Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

- College Sports -

Conference USA beats SEC for first time since 2010: WKU tops Vandy -

Vanderbilt dropped its opener to Western Kentucky by a final score of 14-12, becoming the first SEC team to lose to a CUSA opponent since 2010.

Breakdown: Utah hands Jim Harbaugh his first loss at Michigan -

The Jim Harbaugh Era at Michigan began with a loss, as the Wolverines fell to Utah 24-17.

What you might have missed from college football kickoff Thursday -

There were 18 games played Thursday night (not including Colorado-Hawaii) and not all of them had TCU, Michigan or South Carolina involved. Here's what you'll want to know from those other games.

What you need to know from No. 2 TCU's 23-17 victory over Minnesota -

Heisman favorite Trevone Boykin didn't have his best night, but TCU got out of Minnesota with a 23-17 win in the opener.

UConn's Kevin Ollie showing he can win recruiting battles -

Sure he's known as a capable bench coach, but UConn's Kevin Ollie can also recruit top players to Storrs.

Kentucky's fullback is nicknamed 'Taco Meat' and he explains why -

This is the story about how he earned the nickname "Taco Meat" by eating his family's entire meal after a workout on accident.

- Professional Sports -

Judge nullifies Tom Brady's 4-game suspension in Deflategate case -

Judge Richard M. Berman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has ruled in favor of Tom Brady and the NFLPA in its case against the NFL, overturning Brady's four-game suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate.

NFL will appeal Deflategate ruling to 'protect the integrity of the game' -

"We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today's decision. We will appeal today's ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game," Goodell said. "The commissioner's responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end.

High school coach who never punts: I'd win a Super Bowl with the Cowboys -

A high school coach thinks he could win the Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys.

How Aaron Rodgers went from not being recruited to a star at Cal -

Aaron Rodgers' double dip took him from Butte Community College to Cal, where he became a star.

- Videos of the Day -

Nuggets mascot Rocky obliterates a kid at halftime of Broncos game -

The Nuggets mascot Rocky stone-cold smoked a kid at halftime of the Broncos game during a football thing.

Justin Upton is safe, but even Justin Upton thinks Justin Upton is out -

In the sixth inning of Thursday night's Dodgers-Padres game, it appeared that Jedd Gyrko hit into a 6-4-3 double play. However, second base ump Chris Conroy didn't grant the "neighborhood play" turned in by Chase Utley, and Justin Upton was ruled safe. (Mr. Ed says: Good for that umpire. The 'neighborhood' call is stupid and makes me mad every time. Touch the base when you have the ball if you want the out.)