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Notebook: KU Hires Jeff Long; Frank Mason Mauls Defense in Summer League

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Kansas News

KU hires Jeff Long as new football-savvy, fundraising-friendly athletic director
Long, 58, who was previously athletic director at Arkansas from 2008-17, replaces Sheahon Zenger, who was fired on May 21. Long will make $1.5 million per year for five years, according to his contract signed July 4. In all, $1.3 million will be paid by private funds from Kansas Athletics Inc., and $200,000 by the university.

Why KU's athletic director hire Jeff Long makes sense for school, new chancellor
Let's go back. Girod fired previous KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger on May 21, explaining to The Star then: "Football’s most certainly the most prominent challenge that we have right now. But it’s also getting excitement behind a vision, getting a fanbase moving behind a vision to really take athletics to the next level. We had lost some momentum there.”

Who is Jeff Long? Several prominent figures chime in on new KU athletic director
A six-and-a-half week search that began with the May 21 firing of then-KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger came to an end on Thursday. The University of Kansas officially announced Jeff Long as its new athletic director — news that was released in a statement from KU chancellor Douglas Girod.

Catching up on KU's Jeff Long: All of our stories on the Kansas Jayhawks' new athletic director
Jeff Long's candidacy — at least in the public eye — for the KU athletic director position can first be tied to May 22. One day after the university announced the firing of sitting athletic director Sheahon Zenger, former ESPN employee Brett McMurphy tweeted a list of who he called the 'top candidates' for the athletic director opening at the University of Kansas.

ESPN: Dedric Lawson is Kansas basketball's most exciting player
Kansas has the profile of a pretty exciting team in 2018-19, with deep and talented roster full of capable athletes. But Memphis transfer Dedric Lawson stands apart, according to ESPN’s Myron Medcalf, who named him as the Jayhawks’ “most exciting player.”

The Jeff Long hires: A list of football and basketball coach hirings by KU's new athletic director
Athletic directors obviously wear tons of different hats at their respective universities. But one role that may come into play for new KU athletic director Jeff Long could be hiring a new football coach — at least if the Jayhawks decide to make a change with the staff in the Fall or beyond.

Frank Mason's defense draws rave reviews: 'He's got a lot of bulldog in him'
Former Kansas point guard Frank Mason of the Sacramento Kings averaged 11.7 points and 6.3 assists in three games for the Sacramento Kings at this week’s California Classic in Sacramento, Calif.

Other Sports

Rescuer in Thailand cave where boys trapped dies from lack of oxygen
Thai authorities overseeing the rescue operation for 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave in the country's north said they have a "limited amount of time" to get them out, as they raced Friday against worsening weather and lowered oxygen levels in the underground complex.

Hunter S. Thompson told Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay to take Ryan Leaf over Peyton Manning
What if Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay had taken the advice of journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson, received a $30 million loan from him and selected Ryan Leaf over Peyton Manning with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft?

Ronda Rousey becomes first female inductee into UFC Hall of Fame
Ronda Rousey was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on Thursday, becoming the first female inductee in the company's history.

Trae Young of Atlanta Hawks, Grayson Allen of Utah Jazz get into altercation in Summer League
The play occurred just after halftime during a Hawks offensive possession. After coming off a pindown, Young popped out to the top of the 3-point arc and caught a pass and was met by Allen. As Young rose to shoot, he and Allen hooked arms. The two guards remained engaged as Young tried to wrestle free, and the pair scuffled as Young's right arm lowered onto Allen's back. Allen retaliated by thrusting his head into Young's chest.

Other News

Citizens of the EU Are Being Given the Chance to Vote Down Daylight Saving Time
The European Commission is giving citizens of the European Union the opportunity to cast their vote in a public poll that could lead to the elimination of the sleep-depriving practice of changing clocks twice a year for the sake of daylight saving time.

President Trump Sends North Korean Dictator a CD of Elton John's 'Rocket Man' Because Our World is Just One Big Joke
President Trump gave a speech at the United Nations in September of 2017 where he famously called Kim Jong Un, “rocket man.” Now, in one of the most bizarre stories we’ve heard this week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will deliver a CD of Elton John’s song “Rocket Man” to the North Korean dictator today. Our world is truly beyond parody.

Here's How To Follow The U.S. Cargo Ship Rushing To Beat New Chinese Tariff
China is set on Friday to implement a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans, in retaliation against tariffs imposed by the U.S. earlier this month. In an effort to stave off the added costs of importing goods, a U.S. cargo ship carrying soybeans is racing to northern China to beat the deadline for when the new tariff is set to go into effect. The joys of a burgeoning trade war.

The Results Of Taking A Fastball To The Nuts Are As Horrifying As You Can Imagine
Though we don’t have the specifics of Molina’s nut trauma, I am nonetheless very curious about the nature of these injuries. What, exactly, happens when a testicle gets hit really, really hard? Short answer: they pop.