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"This shows our appreciation for Coach Beaty, his staff and our players," said KU Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger. "I have enjoyed watching their progress during this season. We want to capitalize on the momentum we all saw as the season came to a close. This reflects our belief in Coach Beaty's leadership, and the energy and enthusiasm that we see every day from him and his players."
While the new deal doubled Beaty’s annual base salary to $1.6 million beginning in 2017, with that amount increasing by $100,000 each year he remains at KU, the contract also includes a number of incentives.
“I took an official visit to Hawaii,” Tago wrote in his note. “I had the opportunity to connect with my former teammates, family and friends. I miss my family, being close to home and the aloha spirit. This was not a easy decision and after further discussion with my family, I’ve decided to decommit from KU. I appreciate all the love from head coach David Beaty, coaching staff and fans. God bless and all the best to the KU program.”
While various issues contributed to the Jayhawks’ 2-10 record in head coach David Beaty’s second season, an area in need of drastic improvement showed up on one segment of special teams. KU only returned seven punts all season, netting a negative total of -10 yards.
Self said there’s no magic number to use in a rotation, though “eight or nine” has worked well for his teams in the past.
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Texas has the money to cover the buyout, but Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek offered another option if the Longhorns want to take the top off the price: come play us. Yurachek told reporters this week that he proposed home-and-home series in football and basketball. Texas athletic director Mike Perrin apparently responded with a hard pass, choosing to pay the Cougars rather than play them.
"The winning is defined at University of Houston as 10 and 2," UH president Renu Khator told faculty and staff at the annual holiday party at her home. "We'll fire coaches at 8 and 4.
Western Michigan basketball player Joeviair Kennedy has been charged with murder in connection with last week's shooting death of a fellow Western Michigan student.
Last week, Bob Hertzel, who covers the West Virginia basketball beat locally, ran a piece with some loud quotes from Huggins, things that deserve to be discussed.
One AP voter moved TCU up four spots on his ballot after TCU lost by 15 to SMU.
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"I never had a player try to end my career before," Harris told reporters afterward. "That's not football. He tried to end my career with a hit like that. ... [The officials] didn't call it, but hopefully the league can take a look at that."
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had little to say about underinflated footballs on Sunday. Recall how long it took for the NFL to make a statement in regards to the New England Patriots’ version of deflate-gate?
We’re guessing Demoff won’t add his new job title to his LinkedIn page anytime soon.
The policy, obtained by The Associated Press, prohibits "requiring, coercing or encouraging" players from "dressing up as women or wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identify or other characteristic."
ESPN Deportes initially reported that the Brazilian Football Confederation fined the team $29,850 and handed the teams automatic 3-0 defeats for not playing.