Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes: 6.26.2019

From now on, we use regular toilet paper. Not that fancy quilted kind.

Kansas News

‘Relentless’: David McCormack carries memory of late grandmother
David McCormack remembers every detail of the call. His grandmother had been diagnosed with breast cancer, which she had dealt with for nearly a decade. McCormack was getting ready to go to the McDonald’s All-American game — the game itself was played March 28, 2018 — which should have made for one of the most joyous experiences of his basketball career.

3-star LB Taiwan Berryhill makes it 9 new commitments for KU football in 4 days | KUsports.com
An aftershock from a massive recruiting weekend for the Kansas football program vibrated Tuesday night, as the Jayhawks picked up yet another three-star prospect for their 2020 class.

KU football gets late addition to 2019 class in juco LB Hayden Hatcher | KUsports.com
A linebacker from Iowa Western Community College, Hayden Hatcher announced on Twitter that he has committed to the Jayhawks and will become a part of the program this coming season, essentially making him a late addition to the 2019 recruiting class.

KU football’s latest recruiting haul reminiscent of another in Class of 2018 | KUsports.com
As momentous as this past weekend turned out to be around the Kansas football facilities, with eight new recruits committing from the Class of 2020 — nine if you count Tuesday’s addition of three-star linebacker Taiwan Berryhill — it wasn’t completely extraordinary for the program.

Former KU standout Darrell Stuckey hosting youth football camp in KCK | KUsports.com
“I am hosting a free camp solely because I love this game and want to share my passion with the youth of my community,” Stuckey said in a release. “I want athletes to walk away with something they can take back to their own teams. I did not have opportunities like this during my developmental years and I want to give back and show kids that through hard work, all things are possible.”

Other Sports News

Oklahoma State hires brother of No. 2 prospect
Oklahoma State made a significant move in the basketball recruiting world on Tuesday, hiring the older brother of No. 2-ranked rising senior Cade Cunningham as its new assistant coach.

Vandy’s Rocker fans 11 to force CWS Game 3
reshman Kumar Rocker struck out 11 while pitching 6⅓ innings of three-hit ball, and Vanderbilt got to Michigan’s shaky bullpen in a 4-1 win in Game 2 of the College World Series finals on Tuesday night.

Yankees homer in MLB-record 28th straight game
“I’ve heard the players comment on it, and they’re very aware of it,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after the game. “It’s impressive to me. It’s a tribute to having a lot of really good hitters and guys that could hit for power.”

Sources: Rockets eyeing sign-and-trade for Butler
Once free agency starts on Sunday, the Rockets are planning to recruit Jimmy Butler to push the Philadelphia 76ers for a sign-and-trade deal that would allow the All-Star forward to join James Harden and Chris Paul in Houston, league sources tell ESPN.

How Playing In The NFL Ruined Me For Life On The Outside
This summer marks 10 years out of football for me. Training camp 2009 was the end of my football story. People always say, “Oh, you’re retired!” And “How’s retirement? Must be nice!” I have to break it to them that I didn’t actually retire. It was a forced exit. I retired from football the way Harambe retired from the Cincinnati Zoo. The way Joe Takagi retired from the Nakatomi Corporation. “I am going to count to three. There will not be a four.” Hans Gruber could easily take Roger Goodell’s job and do just as well. The average NFL career does not reach the count of four.

Other News

Rio Grande deaths: Tragic photo shows migrant father, toddler who died trying to cross – CBS News
The image shows a young father and his daughter who died trying to cross the Rio Grande in south Texas. They were found in shallow water, a few hundred yards from where they tried to cross. The girl is still clinging to her father’s neck. This follows outrage over U.S. officials returning more than 100 migrant children to a facility where they reportedly lived in inhumane conditions.

Road projects continue along Kalispell roads – KPAX.com
White’s Civil Contracting is paving Conrad Drive with work taking place from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the rest of the work week.

James Harden Gave The NBA Too Much Of What It Wanted
What happened to James Harden and the Houston Rockets? This time last year, Harden was receiving his coronation as the league’s MVP and the Rockets were seen as the only real challengers to the Warriors’ dynasty, which they very nearly ended through an almost religious adherence to what we’ve devotionally named Moreyball. But look at them now: Harden, after playing even better than he did last season, didn’t even come close to winning the MVP, nor even the second round. The Rockets, meanwhile, are quickly becoming one of the league’s biggest laughingstocks, thanks in large part to that flat-out embarrassing “data driven referee report,” a pathetic parody of stats-first mentality we once praised them for. Everyone just seems to be sick of their shit, Chris Paul included. So what changed?

Source: Rock Chalk Talk