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After tragic and turbulent last few months, WR Chase Harrell to transfer from Kansas

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After a tragic and turbulent last few months, Chase Harrell has decided to start over at somewhere other than Kansas.

On his personal Twitter account late this past week, Harrell announced that he’s “looking for a FRESH start and have decided to transfer from KU and play my FINAL TWO years at another D1 University.” As he will be leaving the Jayhawks as a graduate, the wide receiver would be eligible to play immediately at another FBS school if that’s the tack he takes.

In the social media missive, Harrell alluded to “everything I’ve been through this past 6 months.” In late December, Harrell watched his older brother gunned down and murdered after a verbal argument turned violent at a house party in Texas; three months later, Harrell was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

As a redshirt sophomore this past season, Harrell was third on the Jayhawks with 25 receptions and a pair of receiving touchdowns, while his 221 receiving yards were fifth.Ā  Harrell will finish the Jayhawks portion of his playing career with 25 catches, 302 yards and five touchdowns.

Ex-Alabama OL Charles Baldwin leaving Kansas, too

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Charles Baldwin‘s winding journey through college football will apparently include another stop.

David Beaty confirmed Thursday that Baldwin will graduate from Kansas next month and will then transfer to another undetermined, football program. And, while his name has remained on the Jayhawks’ roster, he apparently hasn’t been part of the team for quite a while.

From the Lawrence Journal-World:

Baldwin, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound tackle first disappeared from KUā€™s depth chart two weeks into the 2017 season. He soon after left the program completely, fourth-year head coach David Beaty revealed Thursday, during his first press conference of the spring.

KUā€™s head coach confirmed Baldwin left the team early this past fall and hasnā€™t been involved with any type of practices or workouts since.

Baldwin came to KU as a transfer from Alabama in 2016, but he never played a down for the Jayhawks.

Baldwin was considered the top junior college offensive tackle the 2016 recruiting cycle, rated as a five-star prospect coming out of ASA College in Brooklyn, NY. ESPN.com had Baldwin rated as the No. 1 JUCO prospect regardless of position, while Rivals.com had him No. 2 overall.

Baldwin had enrolled at UA in January and took part in spring practice. The 6-5, 297-pound lineman had been competing at right tackle before he was dismissed by Alabama in May of 2016.

OC Doug Meacham adds QBs to Kansas coaching duties

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With one of the worst aerial attacks in the pass-happy Big 12 the past couple of seasons, David Beaty is making a change to his coaching staff in an effort to jumpstart that phase of the offense.

As Kansas kicked off spring practice Thursday, Beaty announced that Doug Meacham will assume responsibility for the Jayhawks’ quarterbacks. Meacham will continue on in his role of offensive coordinator, a job he’ll head into his second season holding.

Meacham, who was wide receivers coach as well last year, has coached quarterbacks just one time in his collegiate coaching career — at Houston in 2013

Last year’s quarterbacks coach, Garrett Riley, will shift over to coaching tight ends, fullbacks and inside receivers. Justin Johnson will now take over Meacham’s role as receivers coach.

The Jayhawks in 2017 were ninth in the 10-team Big 12 in passing yards per game at 226.4. They were dead last in the conference and 119th nationally (out of 130 teams) with a 106.4 pass efficiency rating; the year before, they were 109th (114) in that category.

Kansas’ starting center not listed on Jayhawks’ spring roster

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This is not a development the interior of Kansas’ offensive line wanted or needed.

Wednesday, KU released its depth chart ahead of the start of its fourth spring practice under head coach David Beaty. Most notably missing from that roster was starting center Mesa Ribordy.

The Lawrence Journal-World wrote that “[a] team official said an undisclosed medical condition forced Ribordy away from competition.” Whether that’s a temporary or permanent departure is decidedly unclear at the moment, as is the specific nature of the health issue.

As a redshirt freshman in 2016, Ribordy started 11 games at center for the Jayhawks. He followed that up with 10 starts last season.

Big 12 is only conference with College Football Playoff and Final Four participant

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A basketball tournament that opened with 68 teams vying for a chance to win inĀ all has come down to four final contenders. Over the weekend, Villanova, Kansas, Michigan, and Loyola-Chicago all captured their respectiveĀ regions to advance to next weekend’s Final Four in San Antonio, Texas. With Big 12 champion Kansas reaching the final weekend, the Big 12 is the only conference this year to place a team in both the College Football Playoff and the Final Four of the men’s basketball tournament.

The Oklahoma Sooners won the Big 12’s football championship last fall and were sent to Pasadena, California to play SEC champion Georgia in the Rose Bowl semifinal of the College Football Playoff. The Oklahoma men’s basketball team also was selected to play in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, although they did not stick around for very long. The Sooners were bounced in the first round by Rhode Island. This marks the second time the Big 12 has had a final four team in both sports. The last time it happened was 2016 when Oklahoma played in their first College Football Playoff and the Sooners reached the basketball Final Four. Oklahoma is still the only school to reach the Final Four in both sports in the sameĀ season in the young College Football Playoff era.

This year marks the first season in whichĀ the ACC was not represented in each sport’s final four since the introduction of the College Football Playoff, thanks to Kansas knocking out Duke in a regional final on Sunday. The ACC was represented by Florida State and Duke in the College Football Playoff and Final Four, respectively, in the 2014-2015 season. Clemson football has appeared in the past three College Football Playoff brackets while the Final Four was represented by the ACC thanks to North Carolina and Syracuse in 2016, and UNC again in 2017 (The Tar Heels won it all last season).

The SEC has had a final four team in both sports twice in the CFB Playoff era. Alabama has been in every College Football Playoff to date and in 2015 (Kentucky) and 2017 (South Carolina), the SEC had a basketball team win a region to get to the Final Four.

The Big Ten has had a team in the final four of both sports in the same season just once. Ohio State played in the inauguralĀ College Football Playoff in 2014-2015, and the basketball Final Four included both Wisconsin and Michigan State to represent the Big Ten a few months later. This year’s Michigan team is the first Final Four team out of the Big Ten since then. This is also the first year the Big Ten was not included in the College Football Playoff.

The Pac-12 has also had a team in the final four in both sports just once, and it occurredĀ last year. Washington was selected to play in the College Football Playoff and Oregon reached the Final Four. This year the Pac-12 was left out of the College Football Playoff and the conference went 0-3 in the NCAA Tournament.

A non-power conference has never been represented in the College Football Playoff (although that hasn’t stopped UCF from claiming a national championship), but a mid-major in the Final Four has happened each of the past two seasons (which of course does not include the Big East, since the Big East is considered a major conference in basketball).

The ACC is the only conference to get a team to reach the championship game in both sports in the same season. Clemson’s back-to-=back College Football Playoff national championship appearances against Alabama in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 was accompanied by North Carolina’s back-to-back national championship game appearances in the same seasons (against Villanova and Gonzaga, respectively). Of course, that means the ACC is the only conference to win it all in the same season in the brief College Football Playoff era with Clemson and UNC winning it all in 2016-2017.

Helmet sticker to Diehards.