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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes: 9.5.2017

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The Bill Self I Know | By Larry Brown
Back then, I had one focus: I wanted to surround myself with coaches who cared about kids, who loved the game and who wanted to get involved with this profession. Bill was a perfect example of that. I could tell he cared about kids and that he was loyal. Loyalty is something that a lot of people forget is a critical part of this business. Bill’s been loyal to me for 30 years, and people who coach with him now — Norm Roberts, Kurtis Townsend, Danny Manning — stay around him a long time. I think that shows that Bill creates a great environment that’s really hard to leave. Coaches want to be around Bill.

Jayhawks anticipating improved Central Michigan team following 3OT win |
Some might cite Central Michigan’s triple-overtime victory over Rhode Island this past Thursday as a sign the Kansas football team should have no problem in Week 2 defeating the visiting Chippewas, picked by Mid-American Conference coaches to finish fifth in the MAC’s West Division.

No. 7 KU volleyball overcomes heat, No. 13 Kentucky to move to 7-0 |
Payne and the No. 7 Jayhawks had just finished off their sweep (25-23, 25-20, 25-20) over No. 13 Kentucky, moving to 7-0 and giving them their first home regular season win of the year. But as the senior approached the group, the first words out of her mouth had little to do with the match — at least the volleyball part of it.

Matt Tait: Bender's debut worth feeling good about |
But the Week 1 debut by Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender certainly qualified as reason for optimism among the long-suffering Kansas football fan base

Other Sports

2017 NFL predictions: Wild AFC West, five different Super Bowl champions crowned -
Before the Chiefs and Patriots kick things off Thursday, the NFL panel is ready to weigh in with exactly how they picture the standings looking at the end of the season, as well as which teams will meet in Super Bowl LII -- and who will come out on top.

Tomorrow's Top 25 Today: Michigan moves into the top 10 as Florida State falls -
Ohio State-Indiana feels like it was two weeks ago. The opening weekend of college football is a marathon, and AP Top 25 responsible for the new college football rankings didn't submit their ballots until the completion of the five-day football extravaganza with Georgia Tech's option-crazy offense amassing 535 rushing yards but still losing to Tennessee 42-41 in two overtimes Monday night in Atlanta's new dome.

NFL Week 1 picks: Patriots pound Chiefs in opener, Chargers upset Broncos -
This column has now outlasted any relationship I've ever been in and Johnny Manziel's NFL career, which are both kind of surprising, but for different reasons. This thing started way back in 2013 when CBS gave me a typewriter and told me to make some picks. Of course, I have no idea how a typewriter even works, so the first week was kind of a struggle.

Report: Houston Rockets to be sold for record price of $2.2 billion -
In a surprising move back in July, Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander decided to put the team up for sale. Now, less than two months later, he reportedly has a buyer.

Le'Veon Bell says preseason holdout wasn't about money but this one simple fact -
After missing every minute of training camp and four preseason games, Le'Veon Bell finally returned to Pittsburgh on Monday to sign his $12.1 million franchise tender and rejoin his teammates. That means that the league's most dynamic running back is playing on a one-year deal.

NFL files motion to dismiss Ezekiel Elliott's federal court case -
The NFL has filed a motion to dismiss Ezekiel Elliott's federal case. According to's A.J. Perez, the league isn't convinced Elliott has the legal standing to challenge in court his six-game suspension relating to domestic assault allegations.