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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes: 9.08.15

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If you didn't check in over the long weekend, you missed a bunch of good stuff.  Go back to the front page and get caught up.  The news and notes will still be here when you get back!

- Kansas Sports -

Cozart interception provides important look at QB's make up | Tale of the Tait |

"It was a screen play, an inside zone play with a screen out there and we were trying to go so fast. We had 'em. We had 'em. The nickel was lined up all the way in the boundary and he was running over to the trips (side with 3 receivers) and our receivers, when they see someone like that, they don't account for him in their blocking and so the guy just ran right over and ran in front of the screen, but that's on me. I've gotta see right through him and throw the ball out of bounds or just hand the ball off.”

Underdogs: Beaty acknowledges KU must prove oddsmakers wrong |

“Until we earn it, we’re gonna be underdogs in every game we have,” said Beaty, whose Jayhawks are double-digit dogs for their Week 2 contest against Memphis. “That’s just the way it is. And we need to be playing like we’re the underdogs.”

Fast start: KU football vows to pick up pace |

Offensive coordinator Rob Likens marveled after his first practice with the Jayhawks about the team’s ability to get to 90 snaps in a new system. And Saturday, during Likens’ first game as an OC since 2009, the Jayhawks ran 90 plays — 50 runs and 40 passes.

AUDIO - David Beaty explains what went wrong in loss to SDSU (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

After a fumbled snap kept Kansas football from running a play in the final seconds of a 41-38 loss to South Dakota State Sept. 5, 2015, at Memorial Stadium, new KU coach David Beaty addresses the issues on that play and other parts of the game with the media.

Country music star Jake Owen hits up KU football practice | Tale of the Tait |

Feeling the need to get off the road and stretch his legs for a while, Owen took to Twitter to announce that he'd love to find a place to workout during a pit stop. Now, there's no telling how many people responded to the 34-year-old Owen, who has a whopping 1.7 million Twitter followers, but the official Kansas Football account was one of the respondents and that led to a memorable day for both Owen and the Jayhawks.

Jayhawks Host Memphis for Family Weekend/Band Day

The Kansas football team looks to get back on track as it plays host to Memphis, Staurday, Sept. 12, at Memorial Stadium. The game, that takes place on Family Weekend and Band Day, comes one week after the Jayhawks nearly came-from-behind to beat South Dakota State. Kickoff for Saturday's contest is slated for 6 p.m., and can be seen on the Jayhawk Television Network throughout the state of Kansas and Kansas City Metro Area, and on ESPN3 outside the coverage area.

KU basketball notebook |

Athlon picks Jayhawks No. 6 in preseason magazine; commemorative sculpture of Dr. James Naismith will be unveiled at 2 p.m., Friday, at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts; Andrew Wiggins of Team Canada had a vicious one-handed dunk in a win over Uruguay on Monday at the FIBA Americas tournament in Mexico. Wiggins scored 18 points, 11 in the third quarter, of a 109-82 second-round victory

Payne Repeats, Kinner Runs Away as Jayhawks of the Week

Kelsie Payne claimed the Jayhawk of the Week for the second consecutive week after helping Kansas volleyball move to 6-0 on the season and Ke'aun Kinner ran away with the honor on the men's side with an impressive debut on the gridiron, as selected by an internal panel Monday afternoon.

Volleyball Sweeps UMKC, Kansas Invitational

Junior libero Cassie Wait recorded 23 digs in just three sets to help lead Kansas volleyball to a sweep over UMKC, 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-16), in the finale of the Kansas Invitational on Saturday evening at Horejsi Family Athletics Center.  (Mr. Ed says: The Jayhawks have only lost one set in six matches so far this year.)

Volleyball - Payne Named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week

Payne led KU with 37 kills in three 3-set wins during the Kansas Invitational to earn All-Tournament honors. In KU's three victories, she posted a combined .464 attack percentage, including a match with no attacking errors against UMKC. (Mr. Ed says: She has been really, REALLY good this year. It's like when they say a basketball player plays "above the rim," well, she plays "above the net" and she is just smoking opponents.

- College Sports -

Winners and losers from Week 1 of the college football season

The good news is Kansas gained 576 yards in the game. The bad news is stopping opponents might be a challenge, as they surrendered 463 yards to the Jackrabbits.

Charlie Strong rips Texas offense: Woes from 2014 in loss at Notre Dame -

Texas coach Charlie Strong offered a blunt analysis of the Longhorns offense when meeting with reporters on Monday. Strong acknowledged the need to reverse course offensively, noting that the loss against Notre Dame included some lingering issues from the woeful 2014 season.

Former Oklahoma State player sues coach, says Marcus Smart hazed him -

Stevie Clark, who played for the Cowboys during the 2013-14 season, has filed a suit against Ford, and the university, that claims he was coerced into taking mind-altering drugs during his time at OSU. Clark also alleges his recruitment to Oklahoma State included vows of gifting him a car -- specifically, a Camaro -- something that never came to be once he got on campus.

Snyder: Kansas State QB Jesse Ertz (knee) 'out for quite some time' -

Speaking to reporters Monday, Bill Snyder confirmed the injury and said Ertz is "going to be out for quite some time" -- a period the Wichita Eagle described as likely to be the remainder of the 2015 season.

- Professional Sports -

Bryce Harper: Nationals fans leaving early is 'brutal' -

The atmosphere during the Nationals' five-run fourth inning was pretty solid, but by the ninth inning, there were many empty seats. A sizeable chunk of the ballpark was empty with a three-run deficit and the top of the order coming up.

- Videos of the Day -

LOOK: Boise State fans prank BYU ahead of week two meeting -

Boise State fans apparently hung one of the team's flags on top of LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.

WATCH: Isner puts unreal amount of backspin on volley vs. Federer -

This might be the volley of the tournament, via John Isner.

WATCH: Andrew Wiggins with the explosive transition dunk at FIBA Americas -

In international play, Canada could become a force behind Andrew Wiggins and other talented, athletic players. Wiggins showed Uruguay a little something about that Monday.

BYU beats Nebraska on 50-yard buzzer-beating Hail Mary -

Time to hug the nearest ref!  (Mr. Ed says: Lolololololololololololol all the LOLz - take that, Bugeaters!)