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Notebook: Eligibility Issues Kept Pooka Williams Out Week 1; KU Ranked Preseason #2

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Kansas News

Beaty: 'Eligibility issue' kept Pooka Williams out in Week 1
Previously, Beaty announced on the Big 12 Coaches Teleconference that the four-star running back from the Louisiana area would be available for Week 3. Unsurprisingly, the first question at Beaty's Tuesday presser involved the status of the freshman and whether or not the Jayhawks knew any more about his situation moving forward.

Jeff Goodman picks Kansas No. 2 in his preseason rankings
Kansas basketball figures to get collect votes at either No. 1 or No. 2 when polls and rankings come out over the next month. And while many feel the Jayhawks are the team to beat for 2018-19, longtime college basketball reporter Jeff Goodman, now with Stadium, ranked Kansas No. 2 behind Kentucky in his own rankings.

David Beaty excited for Todd Reesing to join KU Ring of Honor
On Saturday, former KU quarterback Todd Reesing will see his name unveiled near the top of the stadium. The leader of KU's 2008 Orange Bowl win, Reesing owns 14 school records. He tabbed more than 11,000 passing yards in his career (giving him a near 5,000-yard lead over the next closest player) and quarterbacked the Jayhawks in that 12-1 season, one in which he threw for nearly 3,500 yards, 33 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.

David Beaty maintains vague stance regarding Pooka Williams' availability past this week |
Yes, Kansas freshman running back Pooka Williams will play in the Jayhawks’ home football game Saturday against Rutgers.

Notebook: Game ball from KU's win at CMU makes the rounds |
Inside the visiting locker room at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Mich., this past Saturday, after he became the first Kansas football coach to win a road game since Mark Mangino’s final season, in 2009, David Beaty received the game ball as the Jayhawks celebrated.

KU football offense not perfect, but much cleaner through 2 games |
With seven takeaways (only two less than their previous yearlong total) and one giveaway, the Jayhawks own a plus-3.0 turnover margin average, a number that ties them for second nationally with Fresno State, Buffalo, Virginia Tech and Toledo. Only Ohio, with a plus-4 margin in its one game played, is ahead of them.

Chou's big day elevates Jayhawks to top-10 finish at the Minnesota Invitational - Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas women's golf concluded the Minnesota Invitational on a windy Tuesday afternoon, moving up to an 8th place tie which marks KU's best finish at the tournament since the 2014-15 season. The Jayhawks finished the week with a two-day score of 883.

Three Jayhawks open season ranked - Kansas Jayhawks
When Kansas head tennis coach Todd Chapman added the recruiting class of Nina Khmelnitckaia, Janet Koch and Anastasia Rychagova it propelled the Jayhawk program on an upward trajectory which has led to three-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. That is why it is fitting that all three KU seniors open their final season ranked nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), as announced Tuesday.

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Texas A&M Aggies replace Texas Longhorns as most valuable program, Forbes says
Texas A&M has supplanted Texas as America's most valuable college football program.

Tennis officials shaken by lack of support for chair umpire Carlos Ramos
Chair umpires and other officials are shaken by what they perceive as a lack of official support for chair umpire Carlos Ramos, given that his actions against Serena Williams during Saturday's US Open women's final were well within the rules.

Hawaii’s game time at Army is 6 a.m. Hawaii time. This is football hell -
Hawaii is six hours behind the East Coast, as many hours as the East Coast is behind Paris. Yet Hawaii’s football team is not taking a bye week before or after its lone 2018 trip to that part of the United States, in Week 3 at Army.

RPOs aren’t communism, no matter what Pat Fitzgerald says -
“Yeah, it’s communism. RPO is the purest form of communism. I don’t understand how offensive linemen can be downfield. It used to be ... when you tripped and fell down, it was an illegal man downfield. Now, if you’re just an uncovered lineman and you go 2.3 yards, it’s not a penalty, but if you go 3, it is, and nobody can see it till after the ball’s thrown. Again, it’s the rules. You can complain all you want. If I wanna get it fixed, I guess I can beg to get on the rules committee. But it’s the most en vogue change, I think, in football, that if you’re a purist of football, it’s not the game. It’s not. People downfield-blocking and the ball being thrown should be illegal.”

Nationals Spencer Kieboom lost a tooth before hitting his first home run -
Kieboom did indeed lose a tooth on Tuesday before hitting his first career home run. It just didn’t happen right before he hit the home run, but while eating a baguette with his breakfast earlier in the day. And it wasn’t even a tooth, but a veneer.

Tracking Hurricane Florence’s impact on college football Week 3: postponed, canceled, moved games -
The Category 4 Hurricane Florence was approaching the Carolinas and Virginia early this week, leading government officials to order at least a million people to evacuate. States of emergency were declared in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Other News

Author of 'How to Murder Your Husband' arrested for allegedly killing her husband - NY Daily News
In a twist of irony so devious it would have turned Agatha Christie green with envy, Oregon chef Daniel Brophy was found shot to death nearly seven years after his wife of 27 years penned an essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband.”

Dem senator releases documents appearing to show DHS diverted $10M from FEMA to ICE | TheHill
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Tuesday night released documents appearing to show the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) diverted nearly $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).