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Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook

August 16, 2007

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Transfer coming?: Though nothing is official yet, wide receiver Andrew Norman, an Arkansas transfer, could be joining Kansas University's football team soon.

Norman's father, Robert, wouldn't confirm his son was choosing KU when reached by cell phone Wednesday, saying "nothing's official." He declined to comment further because "coach Mangino asked us not to."

Arkansas compliance director Marvin Caston, meanwhile, said Wednesday afternoon that no school had contacted Arkansas about obtaining paperwork on Norman, which is a requisite for him to participate in any athletic activities elsewhere. Norman already was granted his release by the Razorbacks, which allowed him to shop around for a new school.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Norman was one of four standouts out of Springdale (Ark.) High to sign with the Razorbacks in 2006, choosing the local school over Kansas, Louisville and Michigan State. He's also one of the three to leave the program after just one year. Quarterback Mitch Mustain and receiver Damian Williams already have transferred to Southern California. Norman decided earlier this month to leave Arkansas, after red-shirting with the Razorbacks last year.

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Norman was choosing between Kansas and Tulsa, and attended a Tulsa practice last week. Tulsa's offensive coordinator is Gus Malzahn, Norman's high school coach in Springdale.

If the transfer is finalized, Norman must sit out this season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules. He then will have three years to play three seasons beginning in 2008.

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Mangino to speak: KU coach Mark Mangino will speak at a KU Kickoff Rally on Friday in Prairie Village.

The rally, which is free and hosted by Kansas Athletics and the KU alumni association, will take place from 6:30-10 p.m. at Corinth Square at the intersection of 83rd Street and Mission Road.

Mangino is expected to speak around 8:20 p.m.

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FSN preview: Fox Sports Net (Sunflower Broadband channel 36) will air a 30-minute special previewing the 2007 Jayhawks.

The show will feature an interview with coach Mark Mangino along with outlook and analysis of the '07 Kansas squad.

The show will next air at 8:30 p.m. Friday, and will have subsequent airings Saturday, Sunday, Monday and again on Aug. 27.

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