Stories for August 2000


Wednesday, August 30

Collison playing against pros

KU sophomore in paradise as part of Dream Team workouts

By Gary Bedore It wasn't a dream. It was Nick Collison versus the Dream Team on Tuesday in Hawaii. Collison, Kansas University's 6-foot-9, 240-pound sophomore forward from Iowa Falls, Iowa, joined 11 other college all-stars in a scrimmage against the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team the so-called NBA "Dream Team" in Honolulu.

Tuesday, August 29

KU recruits won't attend same events

By Gary Bedore Portland, Ore., blue-chip prep point guard Aaron Miles had hoped to attend the same Midnight Madness as his buddy Josh Childress.

Monday, August 28

Ex-Jayhawk Gogel struggling on PGA Tour

Since finishing tied for second at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February, former Kansas University golfer Matt Gogel has struggled on the PGATour.

Illinois soccer team blanks KU women

Illini freshman Tiffani Walker scored two goals in the first 10 minutes, as Illinois shut out the Kansas University women's soccer team, 4-0, on Sunday.

Recruiting notes

National high school standouts Alan Anderson and David Lee narrow their college basketball choices.

KU fans pack stadium for rally

Pre-season event draws nearly 6,000 students, fans to cheer Jayhawk football squad

By Tom Meagher Nearly 6,000 people crowded the new turf Saturday night at Memorial Stadium, playing games, getting autographs and cheering on the new Jayhawk football squad for the 2000 Get Ready Rally.

KU's Lies, Banks among NFL roster cuts

Two former Kansas University offensive linemen were let go by their respective teams Sunday as NFL squads cut their rosters to 53 players.

Sunday, August 27

KU netters beat alums

Kansas University's volleyball team beat a group of former Jayhawks 17-15, 15-6, 15-6, 15-5 Saturday night in the annual KU volleyball alumni match at Horejsi Family Athletics Center.

Saturday, August 26

Roy reflects on recruiting/UNC job

Cards, letters, emails and faxes have poured into Roy Williams' office since Decision Day -- July 6 -- when he announced he was staying at Kansas.

Jayhawks blank Northwestern in opener

Senior midfielder Meghann Haven scored two goals and junior forward Natalie Hoogveld scored one, leading Kansas University to a 3-0 women's soccer victory over Northwestern on Friday.

Crider, Hinrich rule run/KU notes

John Crider is a three-time winner of Kansas University's preseason 12-minute men's basketball conditioning run. Crider, a junior from Horton, completed 81/3 laps at Kansas Memorial Stadium, clipping Kirk Hinrich, who finished 81/4 laps.

Friday, August 25

Randall returns

KU coach captains U.S. team in England

By Gary Bedore Ross Randall has completed the first leg of his world golf tour. Randall, Kansas University's veteran golf coach, returned Thursday from Hoylake, England where his United States Palmer Cup team fell to Great Britain/Ireland, 121/2 to 111/2, in a collegiate all-star competition at Royal Liverpool Golf Clue.

Thursday, August 24

Recruiting briefs

Luke Axtell isn't the only Kansas basketball player, past or present, to possess some artistic ability. Axtell, Kansas University's 6-foot-10 senior guard, who has recorded, but put on hold the sale of his country compact disc -- "The River Runs Dry" -- can play the guitar and sing.

Wednesday, August 23

Recruiting big on Internet

Updates from on-line talk shows and chats among Kansas University basketball notes

By Gary Bedore Basketball notes The Internet continues to unearth ways to cover men's college basketball recruiting. Recruiting analyst Marc Maggard hosts an Internet talk show each Tuesday night, accessible nationwide via

Tuesday, August 22

Kansas' Axtell unplugged by NCAA

By Gary Bedore If you want to buy Luke Axtell's new country compact disc, "The River Runs Dry," you have just two days to do so.

Local Sports Briefs

KU soccer coach optimistic as opener nears

Last year as a first-year coach, Mark Francis guided Kansas University's soccer team to a school-record eight victories.

Thursday, August 17

JayHawk Updates

ABA team eyes ex-Jayhawks

By Gary Bedore The Kansas City Knights selected just one former Kansas University player Darrin Hancock in Tuesday's 12-round ABA Draft.

Jayhawks trying to keep their cool

Heat effecting KU football practices

By Chuck Woodling How hot is it? So hot that Kansas University football coach Terry Allen has been forced to change his practice plans. Scheduled for two sessions in full pads on Wednesday, the Jayhawks instead practiced in full pads in the morning and shoulder pads and shorts in the afternoon.

Wednesday, August 16

KU football tickets sport art from Lawrence children

By Andrew Hartsock Kansas University athletics tickets have sported several looks over the years, from high-tech to low-tech and everything in between. This year's KU football season tickets are going a different direction: kid tech.

Murphy key for KU

Jayhawks endure first day of full-pad drills Tuesday

By Andrew Hartsock Murphy, a 6-foot-4, 252-pound senior from Galveston, Texas, by way of Garden City Community College, agreed with his coach's description of him as a Swiss Army Knife kind of defender.

Tuesday, August 15

Wideouts' return buoys Kansas football offense

Fulton, Gasaway back and better than ever after medical red-shirt seasons

By Andrew Hartsock Termaine Fulton and Byron Gasaway aren't just back on the Kansas University football team. They're back bigger, stronger and faster than they were when injuries forced them to sit out last season as medical red-shirts.

Monday, August 14

Chenowith making most of summer

KU center hopes work pays off

By Gary Bedore Kansas University senior Eric Chenowith left his home in California on Sunday morning for the week-long Pete Newell Big Man Basketball Camp in Honolulu.


Waiting in the wings

Weatherbie, Dyer prep for backup roles

By Chuck Woodling As nightmares go, it's not his worst, yet Kansas University football coach Terry Allen won't be dancing a jig if starting quarterback Dylen Smith goes down.

Sunday, August 13

Jayhawks trying to beat heat at football practice

KU establishes 'cool zones' to deal with oppressive heat, humidity

By Chuck Woodling If you can't stand the heat of Kansas University's sun-drenched preseason football practices, you don't have to get out of the kitchen. All a player has to do is go to a "cool zone."

Local Sports Briefs

Saturday, August 12

Dwyer's impression: wow

New defensive linemen to make impact for Jayhawks

By Andrew Hartsock Journal-World Sports Writer Nate Dwyer is the only letterman returning on KU's defensive line, but junior college transfers are expected to fill the void.

Branson staying at Kansas

Five-time All-America pole vaulter Andrea Branson has decided to stay at Kansas after all. Branson, a senior from Shawnee Mission East, said earlier this week she was seriously considering transferring.

Recruits to visit for Late Night

By Gary Bedore Journal-World Assistant Sports Editor Two blue chip high school basketball players from California are expected to attend Late Night With Roy Williams on Oct. 13 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Friday, August 11

Kansas Football Roster

Kansas gridders talk shop

Bowers maximizes ability for Kansas

By Chuck Woodling Journal-World Sports Editor Fifth-year senior Tim Bowers has been a hit on the field and in the classroom for Kansas.

Defensive lineman Dillon no longer on KU roster

By Andrew Hartsock Journal-World Sports Writer Kansas University football coach Terry Allen held out hope until the very end that Dijon Dillon, a defensive lineman from Free State High, would return to KU for his red-shirt freshman season.

KU's Axtell leads Big 12 in Vienna

Axtell, a 6-foot-9 guard from Kansas University who left the Jayhawks after 20 games last season, hit three of five three-pointers and scored a game-high 19 points as the Big 12 All-Stars stopped the Basket Club of Vienna, 95-57, on Thursday in Vienna, Austria.

High doesn't mind being 'other safety'

By Andrew Hartsock Journal-World Sports Writer Kareem High doesn't have a catchy nickname.

Ask Gary

Gary answers a wide array of questions from KU basketball fans, ranging from when Late Night will be to when he thinks Roy Williams will retire....

Thursday, August 10

Free State's Dillon might be leaving KU

By Andrew Hartsock Journal-World Sports Writer Kansas University's already-thin defensive line might have just become a little thinner. Dijon Dillon, a red-shirt freshman defensive lineman from Free State High, is believed to have left the KU football program.

Wednesday, August 9

Latimore still has KU on list

By Gary Bedore Journal-World Assistant Sports Editor Halstead's Dennis Latimore said KU, Arizona and Florida are the leading contenders for his choice of college, with Stanford, UCLA and Kentucky also on his list.

Getting to know KU

Football newcomers bond during retreat

By Andrew Hartsock Journal-World Sports Writer Kansas' newest players spent some quality time together at the university's Adams Campus Challenge Course.

Vaughn stays with Utah

New pact for two years, $2 million, newspaper says

Jacque Vaughn was courted by Boston and Orlando, but elected to remain in Utah. Point guard Jacque Vaughn passed a physical and re-signed with the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, giving the Jazz a familiar face backing up veteran John Stockton.

Tuesday, August 8

Cornerback Bryant stands out in newcomer testing

By Andrew Hartsock Journal-World Sports Writer It would be foolhardy, Matt Link knows, to predict a recruiting class' future football contributions by its first-day performance in the weight room.

Freshmen ready to run

By Andrew Hartsock Journal-World Sports Writer The Kansas football team's freshman class which reported Sunday includes the two fastest sprinters in the state of Texas. Given his experience and position, J.T. Thompson well could be tailor-made for a red shirt.

Jayhawks pursuing 4 Kansans

By Gary Bedore Journal-World Assistant Sports Editor Sunflower Staters Wayne Simien, Dennis Latimore, Jeff Hawkins and Jamar Howard plan to make official visits to KU.

Monday, August 7

U.S. tabs Collison for game with pros

By Gary Bedore Journal-World Assistant Sports Editor KU's Nick Collison has been named to a U.S. Select Team that will face the U.S. Olympic squad. Collison, Kansas University's sophomore forward from Iowa Falls, Iowa, has been named to a USA Basketball Select Team that will take on the U.S. Dream Team in an Olympic tune-up on Sept. 2 in Honolulu.

Sunday, August 6

KU class 'perfect'

Allen has confidence in newcomers

By Andrew Hartsock Journal-World Sports Writer Kansas University's football season officially begins today when the Jayhawks' newcomers report to campus.

Jayhawks' 2000 foes could cure road woes

By Chuck Woodling Too bad Kansas University isn't the college football equivalent of the Hotel California.

Saturday, August 5

Axtell begins comeback

By Gary Bedore Journal-World Assistant Sports Editor KU's Luke Axtell starts practicing with the Big 12 Foreign Tour Team today.

Winning would make life easier for Allen

Given a fair and full chance, he's going to get the job done. But you can't blame Kansas football coach Terry Allen if he occasionally wonders if some hostile harpy has floated a Joe Blitzspflk storm cloud over his office.

Friday, August 4

Lawrence's Haack among walk-ons

Aaron Haack, an offensive lineman from Lawrence High, is among eight walk-on candidates expected for the start of Kansas University football preseason drills.

Redwine's daughter among KU track signees

By Gary Bedore Journal-World Assistant Sports Editor So far, Stanley Redwine has signed nine high schoolers to Kansas University track and field letters-of-intent.

Thursday, August 3

Pollard signing pleases Kings

Amid the ice packs, the soaked jerseys, the dirty towels and the oppressive, overpowering stench of defeat following the Kings-Lakers finale last spring at Staples Center, there were two truly encouraging sightings.

Jayhawks to tangle with UCLA

By Gary Bedore Journal-World Assistant Sports Editor KU will open the 2000-2001 men's basketball season against the Bruins in the Coaches Vs. Cancer IKON Classic.

Wednesday, August 2

New official pushing football tickets

By Andrew Hartsock Journal-World Sports Writer Marc Gibson, KU's new assistant director of promotions in charge of football tickets sales, is spearheading several unusual ticket promotions and packages.

Pollard re-signs with Sacramento

The Sacramento Kings Tuesday re-signed free agent forward-center Scot Pollard to a multiyear contract and inked free agent guard Bobby Jackson to a multiyear pact.

Volleyball standout picks KU

By Steve Rottinghaus Journal-World Sports Writer Dani McHenry, one of the state's top high school volleyball prospects from Shawnee Heights, has orally committed to Kansas.

KU seeks to lease last suites

By Chuck Woodling Journal-World Sports Editor While Border War rival Missouri has leased all 32 of its private suites, Kansas still has "eight or nine" scholarship suites unleased.

Tuesday, August 1

Branson to bolt KU

Coaching change prompts transfer

By Gary Bedore Journal-World Assistant Sports Editor Andrea Branson, a Prairie Village junior who thrilled a crowd of 13,000 at the 2000 Kansas Relays, is planning on leaving KU for her senior season.

Williams turning 50 today

By Gary Bedore Journal-World Assistant Sports Editor Happy Birthday to you; Happy Birthday to you; Happy Birthday Roy Williams, Happy Birthday to you." Here are 50 reasons Roy Williams deserves "Happy Birthday" salutations in his adopted hometown today as he turns 50 yep, the big five-oh.