By Gary Bedore Criticism of Kansas University's basketball schedule rubs coach Roy Williams the wrong way. "It is sort of a source of irritation. People say and write things about our schedule not looking at the big picture," Williams said Wednesday.
By Gary Bedore Is Jeff Carey getting a raw deal his junior year at Kansas? Sure is, says KU coach Roy Williams, who would like to give the 6-foot-11, 250-pounder some more minutes during tonight's nonconference game against Illinois State (7:05 p.m., Allen Fieldhouse).
By Andrew Hartsock Jaclyn Johnson joined Kansas University's 1,000-point club Tuesday, and all she gets is an embarrassing T-shirt. Really, Johnson doesn't mean to sound ungrateful. It's just that the tangible reward that goes along with going over 1,000 career points is, well, unflattering in Johnson's eyes.
Kansas University's football team has lost another assistant coach. A day after KU coach Terry Allen announced the dismissal of aides Ardell Wiegandt and Walt Klinker, Allen announced Todd Middleton, who worked as linebackers coach for three years and tight ends coach last season, has resigned.
By Chuck Woodling Way back in the '40s when heavyweight champion Joe Louis was dispatching foes with regularity, a long-forgotten sportswriter opined that Louis was waging a "Bum-of-the-Month" campaign.
By Gary Bedore For the first time in three seasons, a Kansas University men's basketball player has been named Big 12 Player of the Week. Senior Kenny Gregory, who has averaged 19.0 points and 8.8 rebounds a game through six games, is KU's first honoree since Paul Pierce won the award in February of 1998.
By Jason Franchuk It's hard to tell what seemed to take longer for Illinois' women's basketball team getting back to the mainland for its next game or scoring in the second half during it. The second-half malaise for the No. 24-ranked Illini which included a 10-minute field-goal drought was enough for Kansas to win, 73-60, Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
By Jason Franchuk Jeff Boschee, normally quiet on the court, took a short moment Monday night to josh an opponent. Boschee, Kansas University's 6-foot-1 guard, chided Middle Tennessee State's D'Marius Wilkes during KU's breezy 92-66 win in Allen Fieldhouse.
By Gary Bedore Nobody's calling talk shows complaining about Kansas coach Roy Williams' substitution policy this season. Williams, who has used up to 10 or 11 players in the past, went with a seven-man rotation in Monday's 92-66 victory over Middle Tennessee State.
Kansas University's men's golf team announced the signing of Pete Krsnich on Monday.
By Gary Bedore One bad game was one too many for Kansas sophomore Nick Collison. "I was in a funk against Washburn. I don't know what the deal was. I wanted to come out tonight and prove to myself that was just a fluke," said Collison, who bounced back from Saturday's two-point outing by scoring 14 points and blocking three shots in KU's 92-66 rout of Middle Tennessee State on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
By Andrew Hartsock KU coach Terry Allen announced Monday that defensive coordinator Ardell Wiegandt and offensive line coach Walt Klinker had been dismissed from the staff, and that Darrell Wyatt, KU's wide receivers coach/assistant head coach since 1997, had been promoted to offensive coordinator and associate head coach.
By Andrew Hartsock Don't ask Kansas University women's basketball coach Marian Washington whom she will start tonight against Illinois. She really doesn't know, and might not make a decision until just before game time.
By Chuck Woodling Sure, Randy Wiel and Roy Williams have been friends ever since their days at North Carolina University in the 1980s. And if there's one thing Wiel, now in his fifth year as coach at Middle Tennessee State, knows about Williams, it's that the Kansas University coach asks no quarter and gives none.
Kansas University's women's basketball team bounced back from Saturday's loss to host Alabama-Birmingham with a 73-60 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Sunday in the consolation game of the Blazer Classic.
It took one minute and 47 seconds for Kansas to score the game's first points. It didn't take them much longer to put in a lot more on their way to a 92-66 victory over Middle Tennessee State.
By Gary Bedore Here it is only November and Kansas University's basketball team appears to be in midseason form. "I sat down and watched a lot of games last week the Alaska Shootout, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. It seems to me Kansas is executing better than anybody in the country," Middle Tennessee State coach Randy Wiel said Sunday.
By Gary Bedore Kansas sophomore forward Drew Gooden isn't the only basketball player in his family. Brother Antonio has some ability, too. "My little brother was showing off his stroke in the fieldhouse today," Gooden said of 13-year-old Antonio, who put up some shots before the Jayhawks' 99-56 victory over Washburn Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.
By Chuck Woodling Rare is the night when Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams pep-talks the visitors before doing his post-game radio show. It happened Saturday night.
Kansas ended the volleyball season with a victory Saturday, defeating Oklahoma 15-13, 15-8, 15-12. Senior Amy Myatt recorded 14 kills, setting a school record with 457 for her career.
By Gary Bedore Watching film with basketball coach Roy Williams is not Kirk Hinrich's idea of a good time. "I really like coach, but hopefully now I won't have to go watch tape with him. I don't like to sit there and watch tape of the mistakes I made over and over," Hinrich said Saturday night after scoring a career-high 22 points in Kansas' 99-56 victory over Washburn at Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas University women's basketball coach Marian Washington couldn't complain about bench production in the Jayhawks' opening game at the Blazer Classic. Production from her starters is another matter. KU's reserves contributed more than half of the Jayhawks' points and outscored Alabama-Birmingham's bench by 34 points, but Kansas fell to the host Blazers, 67-62, on Saturday night at Bartow Arena.
Levi Chronister Luke Axtell returned to the court for his first official NCAA basketball game in nearly 10 months in Kansas University's 99-56 victory Saturday over Washburn University at Allen Fieldhouse.
By Gary Bedore Eric Chenowith hoped to tie a career high with 20 rebounds on Saturday night. He "settled" for 17 boards to go with 19 points in Kansas' 99-56 victory over Washburn at Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas University senior running back David Winbush, junior defensive lineman Nate Dwyer and senior safety Carl Nesmith were named to the All-Big 12 second team by league coaches. Kansas, which had no first-team picks, also had a pair of third-teamers: senior offensive lineman Marc Owen and senior fullback Moran Norris.
By Gary Bedore Kansas University's basketball players don't call Bob Chipman "coach." They call him "boss." All of KU's returning scholarship players have worked as summer camp counselors for Chipman, Washburn University's 22nd-year coach.
By Gary Bedore Tonight could be a red-letter day in Kansas University men's basketball history. The Jayhawks, who have won 499 games and lost 98 in Allen Fieldhouse, seek Fieldhouse victory No. 500 tonight against Washburn. Tipoff is 7:05 p.m. with a live telecast on channels 13 and 62.
Kansas University's women's basketball team will make its television debut tonight. The Jayhawks, playing the second of three straight road games, will face host Alabama-Birmingham in the first round of the Blazer Classic tonight.
Kansas University's volleyball team has a chance to finish with a winning record tonight.
By Bill Mayer Both the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas City Chiefs too often play dumb. Neither team is going to win more games than it loses until there's an SSU epidemic (suddenly sharpen up a term an old Air Corps drill sergeant vehemently demanded almost 60 years ago).
By Gary Bedore The basketballs stopped bouncing and the sneakers stopped squealing as Roy Williams halted practice at Allen Fieldhouse. Suddenly one could hear a pin drop as Williams, Kansas professor of basketball, pop-quizzed one of his pupils freshman Bryant Nash. "I probably get on Bryant more than anybody else at practice," said Williams, who keeps his players sharp daily by asking strategy questions with absolutely no warning.
Whoa ... not so fast, Super Mario. "I wanted to get on the bike today, but our trainer said I'd better hold off until tomorrow," said Kansas guard Mario Kinsey, eager to begin rehab following anterior compartment surgery on his lower left leg.
Miranda Issac of Hutchinson, Libby Erickson of Blue Valley Northwest and Alyson Colver of Holyoke, Colo., have signed swim letter of intents with Kansas.
Cheryl Bergman, the Class 1A 200-meter champion from Baileyville B&B, has signed a track letter of intent with Kansas University.
Jaclyn Johnson had 13 points, four blocked shots and four steals offset by nine turnovers as Kansas' women's basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak to Arkansas State with a 63-51 victory over the Indians on Tuesday night at ASU's Convocation Center.
By Gary Bedore Eric Chenowith scored a season-high 15 points on Monday night against Boise State. Guess what? He could have tallied a whole lot more. "Eric had an opportunity to score 100. He didn't quite get there," Kansas coach Roy Williams said after the Jayhawks' 101-61 victory over the Broncos at Allen Fieldhouse. "I like how active he was. He was trying. He just missed a lot of shots."
By Gary Bedore Kansas freshman Mario Kinsey had surgery on his lower right leg on Oct. 17 to repair a case of anterior compartment syndrome. On Tuesday, Kinsey had surgery for the same condition in his lower left leg. Kinsey, who missed about a week of practice after the procedure on his right leg, is slated to miss between 10 and 14 days of action, KU coach Roy Williams said Tuesday.
By Gary Bedore Roy Williams' words of wisdom are starting to sink in. "I'm glad I finally took coach's advice," Kansas University senior guard-forward Kenny Gregory said after grabbing a career-high 11 rebounds several that led to stickback baskets in the Jayhawks' 101-61 rout of Boise State on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
By Jason Franchuk It took Chris Zerbe a few seconds, but he finally thought of a Kansas University player he resembles. After Kansas' 101-61 win over Boise State on Monday night, Zerbe, a first-year forward, picked Paul Pierce.
By Andrew Hartsock Two days after the last game of his fourth straight losing season as Kansas University's football coach, Terry Allen had the KU football office pretty much to himself.
By Chuck Woodling For a while Monday night, it looked like Boise State's Abe Jackson would score as many points against Kansas as Abe Lincoln or Abe Vigoda.
By Chuck Woodling Four straight years without a bowl ring and it sure looks like Kansas University football coach Terry Allen will have a ringless thumb in 2001. One thing is certain. Allen won't have the onus of high expectations hanging over his head next year.
By Gary Bedore Mario Kinsey had surgery on his lower right leg on Oct. 17 to repair a case of anterior compartment syndrome. Now it appears Kinsey, Kansas University's freshman football quarterback/basketball point guard, might need surgery for the same condition in his lower left leg.
Grambling State at home was no problem for Kansas University's women's basketball team. Arkansas State on the road could be. "Arkansas State will be tougher, particularly on the inside," KU coach Marian Washington said.
By Andrew Hartsock All through the week leading up to Kansas University's football season finale, coach Terry Allen pointed to the similarities between KU and its final foe, Iowa State. Immediately after the Cyclones beat the Jayhawks, 38-17, on Saturday at chilly Trice Stadium, Allen pointed to another similarity.
By Gary Bedore Kansas is not playing Cupcake University tonight. "I told the kids, 'Do not expect this one to be easy,''' KU men's basketball coach Roy Williams said of Boise State. The unheralded Broncos, who visit Allen Fieldhouse for a 7:05 p.m. tipoff, fell to No. 17-ranked Cincinnati, 73-61, on Saturday night at UC's Shoemaker Center.
Kansas University swimmers Beth Schryer and Carrie Kirkham each captured individual titles on Sunday, helping KU's women's swimming team to a third-place finish at the Minnesota Invitational.
By Chuck Woodling Grambling State rode the wrong road on Saturday afternoon. "We got it going from Jump Street," Kansas University senior Jaclyn Johnson said. "Our attitude was these girls weren't going to score."
By Andrew Hartsock Kansas University football coach Terry Allen used a lot of words trying to explain the Jayhawks' season-ending loss to Iowa State. He talked about ISU's running game, KU's offensive struggles, the weather you name it. After the final television camera was turned off, though, Allen summed up the game and the season quite well.
By Gary Bedore Kansas University basketball players take it as a compliment when opponents bomb away from the outside. "I think it's a tribute to our defense," KU senior Kenny Gregory said after the Jayhawks held North Dakota to 9-of-34 three-point shooting in a 92-61 victory on Friday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Senior Day at Horejsi Family Athletics Center had all the necessary ingredients for memories. Parents, friends and family members of Kansas seniors Nancy Bell, Danielle Geronymo, Sara Kidd and Amy Myatt were in attendance to cheer the Jayhawk seniors, who fell to Missouri, 15-9, 15-12, 15-8.
By Jason Franchuk When you're hot you're hot, but when you're in Iowa in the latter part of November you're not. With temperatures in the 20s and the wind chill hovering around zero, Kansas struggled from the start in its season-ending 38-17 loss to Iowa State on Saturday afternoon.
By Andrew Hartsock Who says Iowa State had nothing to play for in its season finale? The Cyclones, already assured their first bowl bid since 1978, improved to 8-3 overall, 5-3 in the Big 12 with a 38-17 victory over Kansas on Saturday at Trice Stadium. Just six other ISU teams have finished with eight victories.
By Chuck Woodling North Dakota native Jeff Boschee might as well have had a bull's-eye on his back when he faced his home-state school on Friday night.
By Gary Bedore No special oratory planned, coach Roy Williams stated the obvious before Friday's Kansas-North Dakota basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse. "I told 'em, 'We should win,''' said Williams, whose Jayhawks returned to action for the first time since winning last week's Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic in New York.
By Steve Rottinghaus Kansas University junior guard Jeff Boschee couldn't remember the last time he didn't attempt at least one three-pointer during his two-plus seasons as a Jayhawk. "Yeah, it has been awhile," Boschee said with a chuckle following KU's 92-61 victory over Div. II North Dakota on Friday at Allen Fieldhouse.
By Chuck Woodling Her full name is Kelly Christine Hilgenkamp, but call her KC. Yes KC, not K.C. "I just don't use the dots anymore," said Hilgenkamp, a 5-foot-10 junior college transfer who will be the lone newcomer in the starting lineup for the Kansas University women's basketball team today.
By Chuck Woodling On paper, Kansas University's season football finale at Iowa State today is meaningless. KU cannot qualify for a postseason game and, in reality, it means little whether the Jayhawks finish with a 5-6 record or a 4-7 mark.
By Gary Bedore The number 1,000 started dancing through Eric Chenowith's head late in Friday's Kansas-North Dakota basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse. "It froze me up," said Chenowith, Kansas' senior center from Orange, Calif.
Missouri coach Quin Snyder yes. Kansas coach Roy Williams no. That's the gist of a survey that appears in this week's Sports Illustrated.
Kansas University's volleyball team will play its last home match of the season tonight when it meets Missouri at 7 p.m. at Horejsi Center.
By Bill Mayer Maybe gregarious Eric Chenowith should wait until he's averaging points and rebounds in double figures and blocking two or three shots a game before he gets any more talkative. He still has a lot of ground to make up after a disappointing junior season. Much is left to be proven despite his ballyhooed offseason quest for improvement.
Justin Humphries, of Richmond, Texas, has signed a national letter of intent with the Kansas baseball team.
Kansas University junior Carrie Kirkham had the fastest 50-yard freestyle preliminary times in a field of 49 swimmers Friday on the first day of the Minnesota Invitational.
By Andrew Hartsock Kansas University football quarterback Dylen Smith knows with the holiday season approaching it might not be the best time to say it, but he knows for a fact it's better to receive than give. Turnovers, that is. "If we eliminate half our turnovers, we'd have six, seven wins," Smith said.
Paige Brown, the sixth-ranked U-18 player in Texas, has signed a national tennis letter of intent with Kansas University.
By Andrew Hartsock Throw out the win-loss differential, and Kansas' and Iowa State's football teams are virtually indistinguishable, at least from a statistical standpoint. The two teams separated by three games in the all-important win column are no more than three spots away in the Big 12 statistical rankings in just about every category.
Brooke Barnett of Washington, D.C., Wilson High has signed a rowing letter of intent with Kansas University.
Serena Settlemier, a pitcher from Kelso, Wash., and Lindsey Weinstein, a first baseman/outfielder from Tarzana, Calif., have signed softball letters of intent with Kansas University.
By Gary Bedore One stereotype about Jeff Boschee's neck of the woods happens to be true. Yes, Kansas University's junior shooting guard says, it does get awfully cold during the winter in North Dakota. As to another stereotype the Valley City, N.D., player has heard during his college years.
By Andrew Hartsock Perhaps because of a heightened sense of his own professional mortality, Kansas University football coach Terry Allen's final weekly press conference took a turn for the morbid on Wednesday.
Texas swept Kansas University, 15-1, 15-2, 16-14, on Wednesday at Gregory Gymnasium. The Jayhawks fell to record 14-13 (5-13), while UT improved to 9-16 overall (7-10).
Kansas University's baseball team has signed three athletes to national letters of intent, the school announced Wednesday.
Mario Kinsey, Kansas University's 6-foot-2 freshman point guard from Waco, Texas, has a severe case of the flu.
By Gary Bedore Kansas filled four of its five men's basketball scholarship agreements during the early signing period. KU coach Roy Williams announced Tuesday a fall signee class of guards Aaron Miles (6-foot-1), Michael Lee (6-2) and Keith Langford (6-4), plus power forward Wayne Simien (6-8). So, will the Jayhawks save scholarship No. 5 for the second semester or recruit somebody else?
Kansas will be seeking its first volleyball victory over Texas when the two Big 12 Conference schools clash tonight on the UT campus.
By Robert Sinclair Free State High senior golfer Lauren Phlegar wasn't even sure she wanted to play at the next level. Kansas University made that decision easy for her. Phlegar, the Firebirds' No. 1 golfer and a three-time Class 6-5A state qualifier, signed a national letter of intent with the Jayhawks on Tuesday on the KU campus.
By Andrew Hartsock It took Bill Snyder five years to get Kansas State to a bowl game, while Chuck Reedy put Baylor in the postseason after two seasons. So, Terry Allen, how long does it take a coach to take a mid-level Big 12 team bowling?
By Gary Bedore Kansas senior guard Luke Axtell, who suffered a severe left ankle sprain at practice seven days ago, is listed as doubtful through Thanksgiving, coach Roy Williams said Monday.
Kansas University's men's basketball team is on the move after the season's opening weekend. Arizona, Duke and Michigan State, the top three teams in the Associated Press preseason poll, held those places in the first regular-season poll Monday, while KU vaulted from seventh to fourth.
By Gary Bedore Bryant Nash admits he had some big-time butterflies before his college basketball debut against UCLA on Thursday at the Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden. "I was not too comfortable the first night," said Nash, who had no points, a rebound and a wild turnover while playing the first half of KU's 99-98 victory.
By Andrew Hartsock In the past three games, Kansas University's football team has surrendered nearly a mile of total offense and allowed 50.7 points per game. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that the Jayhawks have lost three straight, tumbled from the ranks of the potentially bowl-eligible and are one loss away from their worst losing streak since 1988.
By Levi Chronister After falling behind by two scores, Texas fought out of its initial doldrums and dominated the rest of its 51-16 victory over Kansas University on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Kansas talked as if Texas had the Jayhawks' number. But the Longhorns played more like they had the Jayhawks' playbook. After bolting to a two-touchdown lead in the first five minutes, the Jayhawks scored just two points the rest of the way, gained a total of 236 total yards and surrendered 637 in a 51-16 loss to UT on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
By Christina Woods Kansas State University rode the purple wave back to Manhattan on Saturday night after handing Kansas University its second straight sweep, 15-12, 15-8, 15-1.
By Andrew Hartsock All week, Kansas University's football team talked about all the weapons Texas had at its disposal. As it turns out, the Longhorns just needed two.
By Chuck Woodling After being frozen out in Alaska, Kenny Gregory finally broke the ice in the Big Apple. Gregory, Kansas University's senior forward, was named most outstanding performer in the Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic late Friday night.
By Jason Franchuk Really, truly, seriously the Kansas University secondary was the reason the Jayhawks were able to keep any hope of beating Texas on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
By Bill Mayer If they stayed the full three-year course, the sophomores on the 1957 and 1959 Kansas football squads shared in feats about which they can feel special pride. Both groups posted 3-0 sweeps of Nebraska.
By Andrew Hartsock It was the summer of 1997, and David Winbush was in a bad way. A native of Killeen, Texas, Winbush found himself toiling through Kansas University's football preseason. School hadn't started, and, though high school teammate Jason Stevenson, was going through the same practices, Winbush felt awfully alone.
By Gary Bedore Nothing could stop Kansas' basketball players on Friday night on their quest for the Coaches Vs. Cancer championship trophy. Not foul trouble. And certainly not a young, athletic St. John's basketball team one that likes to talk a little trash and play some Big Apple mind games on the court.
Kansas University's women routed Southwest Missouri State, but the KU men fell in a swimming and diving dual meet on Friday at Robinson Natatorium.
By Chuck Woodling Don't look for St. John's to lead the NCAA in free-throw shooting statistics this season. Don't even look for the Red Storm to be ranked.
By Chuck Woodling Now that Kansas has weathered the Red Storm and beaten back the Bruins on back-to-back nights in the Big Apple, I have two questions.
By Gary Bedore Mario Kinsey used the massive Coaches Vs. Cancer championship banner as a robe as he exited the court after Kansas' 82-74 victory over St. John's on Friday at Madison Square Garden.
Kansas University women's basketball coach Marian Washington announced on Thursday the signing of Blue Valley North's Blair Waltz and Chelsey Thompson, a senior from DuPont High in Louisville, Ky.
By Chuck Woodling Wow, what a game. Sometimes when you're supposed to sit intently and analyze every tenth of a second, every nuance, every missed or made free throw, every turnover and every coaching decision, you just have to sit back and ooh and aah.
By Andrew Hartsock For the longest time, Texas football coach Mack Brown couldn't decide between his quarterbacks. He finally settled on Major Applewhite, who now holds 41 UT offensive records. Then, last week Applewhite suffered a sprained knee against Texas Tech, and again the job fell to sophomore Chris Simms.
By Gary Bedore Kirk Hinrich is a rookie no longer. "It's just a big difference from your freshman year to being a sophomore," said soph point guard Hinrich, who exploded for a career-high 21 points on 5-of-6 shooting in Kansas' 99-98 win over UCLA on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
By Chuck Woodling Funny thing about UCLA freshman forward T.J. Cummings. His first name is Robert and his middle name is Tyrell. He doesn't go by R.T., though. T.J. stands for Terry Jr., as in the son of Terry Cummings, the former NBA and DePaul standout.
A Kansas University gymnastics reunion is set for this weekend. Events include a reception and dinner at 6 p.m. today at the Naismith Lounge in the Wagnon Student Athlete Center.
By Gary Bedore Wall Street might want to start selling options in a hot new stock. "That was 'bucket trading' out there tonight," Kansas forward Drew Gooden said after scoring 18 points in the Jayhawks' 99-98 first-round Coaches Vs. Cancer victory over UCLA Thursday to kick off the college basketball season. Yes, the teams traded baskets a lot at Madison Square Garden in a game that featured what KU's Kenny Gregory termed "terrible" defense.
By David Mitchell There will be no distractions to clutter Wayne Simien's senior season. The 6-foot-8 power forward from Leavenworth High signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to play basketball at Kansas, bringing the all-state selection one step closer to his childhood dream.
By Gary Bedore Kenny Gregory wants to be known for more than his jumping and dunking ability this season. Gregory, Kansas Univer-sity's 6-foot-5 senior guard-forward from Columbus, Ohio, would like to be regarded as a quality jump shooter, too.
By Gary Bedore Eric Chenowith has a recurring dream that goes something like this: "We make the Final Four. We win the national championship for coach Williams," says Chenowith, Kansas University's 7-foot-1 senior center from Villa Park, Calif.
By Andrew Hartsock Luke Axtell is healthy again and, he says, in the best shape of his life. No wonder he has high expectations for his final college basketball season. "I'm in the best shape I've been in, ever," Axtell, Kansas University's 6-foot-10 senior swingman, said.
By David Mitchell Though some recruits struggle with the transition from high school to major college basketball, Jeff Boschee's freshman season couldn't have gone much smoother.
By Jason Franchuk If nothing else, Jeff Carey hopes his best contribution to Kansas basketball will be behind the scenes. But he's doing his part to help all student-athletes as a member of the Student Basketball Congress, a group committed to helping college basketball players.
By Gary Bedore Kansas is the team to beat in the Big 12 Conference. So say the league men's basketball coaches, who made KU the unannimous pick to win the 2000-01 conference crown. The Jayhawks received all 11 first-place votes in the preseason poll released last month.
By Gary Bedore Nick Collison answered to the nickname "Junior" a year ago. "Coach Williams called me that because we had Nick Bradford and coach would get us mixed up when he wanted to say something to us," said Collison, Kansas University's sophomore forward from Iowa Falls, Iowa.
By Chuck Woodling An athlete has a terrific freshman season and, as soon as the next year rolls around, what does he hear? Are you worried about the sophomore jinx? "That's just a superstition," says Drew Gooden, the 6-foot-10 Kansas University sophomore whose freshmen year was terrific indeed.
By Levi Chronister What a difference a year makes. Last year, Kirk Hinrich was a freshman at Kansas University, learning a new campus and the intricacies of a new basketball program and coach.
By Andrew Hartsock Brooke Reves sees the graduation losses of Lynn Pride and Suzi Raymant as a classic case of addition by subtraction. "In the past, Kansas has always had a superstar," Reves, Kansas University's fleet senior women's basketball forward, said. "This year, we're more balanced, which I think is an advantage."
By Chuck Woodling Selena Scott has a shot. She just hasn't used it much during her first two years as a Kansas University basketball player. "I thought my role was to distribute the ball," said Scott, a 5-foot-5 junior guard from Austin, Texas.
Lubbock, Texas Texas Tech drubbed Kansas in Big 12 volleyball on Wednesday, cruising to a 15-1, 15-5, 15-11 victory at the United Spirit Arena.
By Andrew Hartsock Kansas University football coach Terry Allen doesn't need a lantern in the Campanile tower to know how the Longhorns will try to invade KU. Allen's solidly in the one-if-by-land camp.
By Jason Franchuk If Kansas gains nothing else from its first exhibition game Wednesday night, at least count the Jayhawks as being good at improvisation.
By Gary Bedore UCLA's Earl Watson was not highly recruited his senior year at Kansas City Washington High School. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound playmaker-deluxe signed with the Bruins during the November 1996 signing period, after receiving serious interest from just one other major college Iowa State.
By Gary Bedore Four of the top programs in college basketball history have gathered for the Coaches Vs. Cancer Tournament. "These programs have such a storied history, it's almost a celebration of basketball," said St. John's coach Mike Jarvis.
By Gary Bedore Jeff Hawkins is a future Kansas University men's basketball player. Hawkins, a 5-foot-11 senior point guard out of Kansas City Sumner, on Wednesday verbally committed to KU's team. Hawkins will red-shirt next season, then receive a scholarship the following four years.
Four future Kansas University men's basketball players will sign their national letters of intent today and ship the packets to KU's hoops office. The players Keith Langford, Michael Lee, Aaron Miles and Wayne Simien make up a pretty decent recruiting class.
By Gary Bedore Kansas University senior guard-forward Luke Axtell will miss the entire Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic because of a left ankle sprain. Axtell, a 6-foot-10, 220-pounder from Austin, Texas, sprained the ankle at practice on Tuesday and didn't make the trip to New York Tuesday night.
By Andrew Hartsock Kansas University women's basketball coach Marian Washington doesn't know much about the Jayhawks' first outside opponent. What she does know she doesn't much like.
By Andrew Hartsock Saturday is the Kansas University football team's Senior Sendoff day. Last Saturday was KU's freshman arrival day. Freshmen red-shirt and true accounted for 185 of the Jayhawks' 266 total yards in a 56-17 loss to Nebraska.
By Andrew Hartsock Leila Meng't a big fan of the food, and the public transportation system leaves a lot to be desired. Other than that, Mengnsas University's 5-foot-6 women's basketball point guard from Stockholm, Sweden, is tickled to have left Scandinavia behind for midwestern America.
By Gary Bedore One commitment by day; another by night. Kansas University's men's basketball team, which received an oral commitment from Portland, Ore., point guard Aaron Miles Monday morning, landed a commitment from Crowley, Texas, shooting guard Keith Langford on Monday night.
Nebraska has a sure-fire prescription to cure the rare-loss hangover: Take two halves of Kansas and call the Bowl Championship Series in the morning. For the third straight year, Nebraska faced KU after the Huskers were coming off a loss, and for the third straight year Nebraska won the get-well game. Suffice it to say, the Big Red Machine is back in the pink after a 56-17 rout of the Jayhawks on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
The Universiy of Kansas women's tennis team was impressive during the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regional Championships, held Nov. 1-5 at the Hanscom Indoor Tennis Center in Omaha, Neb.
Saturday's game was the 238th straight sellout at Memorial Stadium, an NCAA-record streak dating to 1962. The announced crowd of 78,096 fans for NU's homecoming was an all-time high. The reason? The Huskers brought in a few dozen folding chairs for homecoming royalty.
Kansas topped Kansas State, 15-11, on Saturday at the Kansas River to win the fourth annual Sunflower Showdown Regatta.
Nancy Bell, Danielle Geronymo and Amy Myatt led Kansas' attack in a Big 12 volleyball sweep of Baylor on Saturday at Horejsi Center.
Despite a number of outstanding individual performances, the Kansas swimming and diving squads were swept by Missouri in dual meet action on Saturday afternoon in Columbia, Mo.
Kansas University's volleyball team, fresh from a win over Iowa State, will meet Baylor at 2 p.m. today at the Horejsi Center.
Rowers from Kansas and Kansas State will battle for the Sunflower Showdown Trophy this morning on the Kansas River. The first race will begin at 10 a.m. at Burcham Park. The Varsity Eights will conclude the event at 11:45 a.m.
Kansas University's athletics department has a deal for you.
By Andrew Hartsock Dylen Smith makes it sound like the Kansas University football team is headed more for the sandlot than Nebraska's famed Memorial Stadium. "Nebraska doesn't do a lot of tricks," Smith, KU's senior quarterback, said. "They just line up in man-to-man and do it well. I don't have to read a lot. I just have to play catch."
By Gary Bedore Scoring wasn't on Drew Gooden's mind during pre-game warmups on Wednesday night. Visions of rebounds danced through the head of Gooden, Kansas University's 6-foot-10, 230-pound sophomore forward from Richmond, Calif. Gooden totaled 12 rebounds while playing 15 minutes the first half. He had two rebounds in 10 minutes the second half.
In a bid to boost attendance for the KU home football finale on Nov. 11 against Texas, fans can buy a ticket to that game and tickets to two KU men's basketball games for $60.
Kansas University's men's basketball team is ranked sixth in the country in the USA TODAY/ESPN preseason poll. The Jayhawks, who return five starters from last year's 24-10 team, tallied 587 points.
Kansas has been tapped the top men's basketball team in the Big 12 Conference in a vote of league media members. The Jayhawks totaled 258 points and 17 first-place votes. Runner-up Oklahoma had 235 points and four first-place votes.
Keith Langford, a 6-foot-4 1/2, 195-pound senior guard from North Crowley High School in Crowley, Texas, will be on campus today through early Sunday on an official campus recruiting visit.
Three Kansas women's tennis players advanced Thursday to the Round of 32 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Assn. Central Regional Championships.
Kansas senior Luke Axtell drew some pine-time in the second half after making an unsuccessful behind-the-back pass to teammate Kenny Gregory.
Kansas held top seed Nebraska scoreless in the first half, but the Cornhuskers posted a 4-0 victory over the Jayhawks in the first round of the Big 12 Conference soccer tournament on Wednesday.
By Jason Franchuk A year older and a year wiser, Nick Collison still is learning how to keep his hands from getting him into trouble. Collison, Kansas University's 6-foot-91/2 sophomore forward, knew coming into this season that to increase his playing time he would have to stay out of foul trouble.
By Gary Bedore Kansas freshman point guard Mario Kinsey, who missed 10 days of practice after surgery to alleviate anterior compartment syndrome in his lower right leg, figures to play some tonight against the California All-Stars.
Kansas leads the all-time exhibition series, 2-0. Last season KU beat the All-Stars 124-101 on Nov. 6, 1999.
Pardis Brown, a Kansas University sophomore from Salt Lake City, has been named to the second team of the All-Big 12 Conference soccer team.
By Christina Woods Even Tweety Bird and Elmo stopped by the Horejsi Family Athletics Center Tuesday before trick-or-treating to see Kansas University's women's volleyball team sweep Iowa State, 15-2, 15-6, 15-6.
Kansas football coach Terry Allen will speak to the Lawrence Quarterback Club at 5:30 p.m.Thursday in the Adams Alumni Center.