Last year, the Jayhawks beat Nebraska in football for the first time since the Vietnam War. But the Cornhuskers are 6-1 since then, and the Journal Star says Nebraska is on a roll: "In tattooing Troy, Nebraska rolled up its largest output on offense in five years (597 yards) and its first shutout in three. The Huskers rank No. 2 nationally in point production (42.75 per game) while allowing 11.25 to rank No. 15." John Mabry has been sports editor at the Lincoln Journal Star since 1997. He joined the staff three weeks before Tom Osborne announced his retirement. John is a graduate of Kansas University. John Mabry, the paper's sports editor, shares his Husker expertise with Jayhawk fans at 1:30 p.m. Friday.
From the KU media guide: "Among the winningest coaches at the collegiate volleyball level, Ray Bechard enters his ninth season at Kansas after leading the Jayhawks to three straight NCAA Tournament bids and arguably the best three seasons in the program's 31-year history. Bechard has taken the Kansas program to new heights since his arrival in Lawrence prior to the 1998 season. The Sunflower State native holds a remarkable all-time coaching record of 854-168 (.836 winning percentage) and has led the Jayhawks to a 138-108 mark over the past eight seasons. Bechard led the Jayhawks to a 15-15 overall record and their third-straight postseason appearance in 2005. Despite a depleted roster due to injuries, KU battled No. 16 UCLA to four games in Los Angeles in the NCAA Tournament First Round."
Budde was a lineman for the Jayhawks from 1987 to 1990. He now provides color commentary for Channel 6 telecasts of KU football games.