Stories for November 2000


Thursday, November 30

Williams defends Jayhawks' schedule

Kansas wraps up five-game homestand tonight against Illinois State

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.

Waiting his turn

Carey hoping for chance to contribute more

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).

Wednesday, November 29

Jayhawks soar

KU claims 73-60 win over No. 24 Illinois

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.

KU aide Middleton resigns

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.

Jayhawks tuning up with November punching bags

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.

Gregory gains rare weekly honor

Off to sizzling start, Jayhawks' senior forward recognized by Big 12 Conference

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.

Illinois fades in second half

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.

Tuesday, November 28

Boschee puts up big numbers

KU guard torches Middle Tennessee State for season-high 19 points

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.

Rotation of 7 men serves KU

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.

KU signs golfer

Kansas University's men's golf team announced the signing of Pete Krsnich on Monday.

KU rolls over Blue Raiders

Collison bounces back to help Jayhawks to 92-66 rout of MTSU

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.

Allen shakes up assistant coaching staff

Wiegandt, Klinker dismissed, Salmon demoted, Wyatt promoted in wake of fourth straight losing season

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.

KU women ailing for Illini

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.

Wiel expected no favors

Middle Tennessee State coach: 'They put you away'

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.

Monday, November 27

Jayhawks rebound with win over UL-Monroe

Kansas 73, Louisiana-Monroe 60

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.

Jayhawks improve to 6-0

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.

Blue Raiders wary of Kansas

Jayhawks averaging 94.6 points through first five games of season

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.

Gooden's family visiting Lawrence

Soph works on mechanics

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.

Sunday, November 26

KU's Williams gives Ichabods pep talk

Washburn players tickled with visit from Kansas' coach after lopsided loss

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.

KU volleyball team wins

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.

Jayhawks bruise Ichabods - KANSAS 99, WASHBURN 56

Hinrich scores career-high 22 points, dishes six assists as KU cruises

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.

Alabama-Birmingham hangs on

Jayhawks get boost from bench but tumble, 67-62, in Blazer Classic opener

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.

Axtell scores 5 in return

Texan 1-for-3 on three-pointers in 2000 debut

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.

Chenowith falls short of goal

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.

Saturday, November 25

Three Jayhawks 2nd team

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.

Jayhawks familiar with 'Bods boss Chipman

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.

KU aims for No. 500

Jayhawks 499-98 in Allen Fieldhouse

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.

KU women to tangle with UAB

Blazer Classic battle to be televised

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.

KU volleyball team to end season tonight

Kansas University's volleyball team has a chance to finish with a winning record tonight.

Friday, November 24

KU, Chiefs must 'sharpen up'

Penalties, special teams blunders foil football teams

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).

'A work in progress'

Williams has high hopes for freshman Nash

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.

Thursday, November 23

KU's Kinsey plans rapid recovery

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.

Wednesday, November 22

KU swim signees

Miranda Issac of Hutchinson, Libby Erickson of Blue Valley Northwest and Alyson Colver of Holyoke, Colo., have signed swim letter of intents with Kansas.

Four preps sign KU track tenders

Cheryl Bergman, the Class 1A 200-meter champion from Baileyville B&B, has signed a track letter of intent with Kansas University.

KU women turn back Arkansas State

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.

Chenowith 'trying'

Jayhawks' center miffed about early misfires

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."

Frosh Kinsey to miss 10 to 14 days

Anterior compartment syndrome in left leg shelves point guard

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.

Tuesday, November 21

Jayhawks bash Boise State

Gregory dominates in 101-61 victory over Broncos

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.

KU walk-on Zerbe plays like Pierce?

Transfer forward scores six points in three minutes against Boise State

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.

Loss to Mustangs set tone for season

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.

KU puts clamps on native Kansan

Marion's Jensen, Bronco teammates struggle in 40-point loss to Jayhawks

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.

QB Smith never improved in 2000

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.

Kinsey might have second leg surgery

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.

Kansas hits road to face Arkansas State

Jayhawks to begin three-game stretch away from Allen Fieldhouse

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.

Monday, November 20

Jayhawks hope to duplicate Iowa State's turnaround

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.

KU expecting tough test tonight

Unranked Boise State gave No. 17 Cincinnati a scare on Saturday night

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.

Kirkham, Schryer win for Jayhawks

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.

Sunday, November 19

Jayhawks blast past Grambling State

Kansas claims 122-71 victory in season opener

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."

'A bummer' in Ames - Iowa State 38, Kansas 17

Jayhawks finish season with fourth straight setback

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.

Kansas defense dandy

North Dakota forced to shoot from outside

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.

Missouri sweeps KU in volleyball

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.

Iowa State chills Jayhawks in finale

Quick start ignites Cyclones past Kansas on frigid November day in Ames, Iowa

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.

Cyclones capture eighth victory

Iowa State awaits bowl bid after posting 8-3 record

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.

Saturday, November 18

Fighting Sioux come out swinging

North Dakota coach proud his team didn't 'roll over and die' against KU

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.

KU dominates Dakota - Kansas 92, North Dakota 61

Jayhawks win home opener

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.

Boschee quiet in matchup with Fighting Sioux

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.

Kansas women set for season opener

Hilgenkamp only newcomer expected to crack starting lineup for Jayhawks today against Tigers

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.

Hill points to ISU as 2001 season opener

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.

Chenowith corrals 1,000th point

After stalling at 999, KU senior center achieves milestone with free throw

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.

Big 12 players trash Williams

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.

KU to meet Mizzou in volleyball tonight

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.

Too much talk, not enough action

Jayhawks' Chenowith should let his scoring, rebounding, defense do all the talking

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.

Jayhawks gain another signee

Justin Humphries, of Richmond, Texas, has signed a national letter of intent with the Kansas baseball team.

Kirkham wins prelim

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.

Jayhawks too generous

Turnovers factor in Kansas' disappointing 2000 season

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.

Friday, November 17

KU signs netter

Paige Brown, the sixth-ranked U-18 player in Texas, has signed a national tennis letter of intent with Kansas University.

Jayhawks, Cyclones surprisingly similar

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.

Thursday, November 16

KU signs rower

Brooke Barnett of Washington, D.C., Wilson High has signed a rowing letter of intent with Kansas University.

Kansas signs pair to softball tenders

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.

Small-town wonder

North Dakota native Boschee eager to face Fighting Sioux

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.

Finale still important to Kansas

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 downs Jayhawks

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).

KU baseball adds three for '02 season

Kansas University's baseball team has signed three athletes to national letters of intent, the school announced Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 15

KU freshman Kinsey suffering from flu

Mario Kinsey, Kansas University's 6-foot-2 freshman point guard from Waco, Texas, has a severe case of the flu.

Jayhawks loaded with guards

Williams announces signings of three backcourt players, one power forward

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?

KU volleyball team to meet Texas tonight

Kansas will be seeking its first volleyball victory over Texas when the two Big 12 Conference schools clash tonight on the UT campus.

Free State's Phlegar signs with Jayhawks

Firebird senior wanted to continue playing golf close to home

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.

Tuesday, November 14

KU's Allen says sixth year the charm

Coach points to Cyclones' McCarney as example of slowly building toward bowl

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?

Axtell doubtful through Thanksgiving

Swingman definitely out next two games; Hawkins won't make signee lists

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.

Jayhawks jump to No. 4 after winning Classic

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.

Monday, November 13

Nash learning outside game

Texas freshman played center at Carrollton High in Texas

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.

KU defense reeling in three-game skid

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.

Sunday, November 12

Longhorns 'hung in there' against Jayhawks

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.

Texas barbecues KU - TEXAS 51, KANSAS 16

Longhorns erase early deficit as well as Jayhawks' postseason hopes

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.

Wildcats clobber Jayhawks

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.

UT's Williams, Mitchell double trouble for KU

Texas-KU Notebook

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.

Jayhawks' Gregory earns vindication in New York

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.

KU secondary can't hook 'Horns

Texas' Williams scores three TDs, finishes with four catches for 180 yards

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.

Saturday, November 11

Sophs of '57, '59 found success

Jayhawks had five-game winning streak against Nebraska

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.

Seniors bid KU adieu

Winbush, Garcia, 18 others seek stylish sendoff

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.

Jayhawks weather Storm - Kansas 82, St. John's 74

KU silences St. John's trash talking

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.

KU women win, men fall in swimming dual

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.

St. John's satisfied by effort

Red Storm pulled within two points in closing minutes of 82-74 setback

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.

Gregory goes the distance for KU

Senior swingman one of five Jayhawks to log at least 30 minutes against St. John's

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.

Kinsey key for KU

QB/guard fills in for foul-plagued Hinrich

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.

Friday, November 10

KU women announce recruiting class

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.

Who could ask for more?

Kansas-UCLA matchup, as you would expect, was a classic

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.

Jayhawks' objective is to 'rattle Simms'

Allen says Texas doesn't lose much with quarterback switch in wake of Applewhite injury

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.

Hinrich fuels Jayhawks' offense

KU soph erupts for 21 points

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.

Cummings sparks UCLA

Backup scores team-high 24 points in college debut

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.

Gymnastics reunion slated for ex-Jayhawks

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.

A grand opening

KU begins season with win over Bruins in Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic

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.

Thursday, November 9

Simien eager to focus on games

KU recruit happy to sign in early period

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.

KU senior Gregory adds to game

Swingman plans to prove his jump shot worthy of respect

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.

Chenowith hopes dream comes true

Senior center sets sights on national championship for team and coach, NBA lottery pick for himself

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.

Senior Axtell back, better than ever

Texas gunslinger says he's in the best shape of his life and eager for final year with Jayhawks

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.

Boschee comes to terms with new role

KU junior accepts move from point to shooting guard, expects big things from his third year

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.

Carey contributes quietly

Junior has role with Student Basketball Congress

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.

KU men top poll

Jayhawks unanimous No. 1 pick

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.

Collison hopes to shed 'Junior' label

Model of consistency as a freshman, front-liner hopes to step up his game as a sophomore

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.

Gooden not worried about jinx

Sensational forward says sophomore slump simply a superstition

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.

Hinrich more confident as sophomore

Point guard finished freshman season as Jayhawks' most improved player, led team in assists

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.

KU women 'balanced'

Jayhawks say: no Pride, no Raymant, no problem

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."

Kansas' Scott swears she has a shot

Point guard hopes to display shooting prowess as well as distribution ability this year

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.

Texas Tech pops KU

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.

Allen expects UT to run

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.

Kansas overcomes slow start - KU 69, KSC Szekszard 50

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.

Watson eager to face KU

KC native picked UCLA when Jayhawks weren't interested

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.

Top college teams meet tonight

KU faces UCLA, St. John's meets Kentucky at Madison Square Garden

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.

KC Sumner guard to join Jayhawks

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.

Wednesday, November 8

Four preps to sign KU letters today

Generally speaking, Williams declares class 'better than average' for Kansas

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.

Injury will force Axtell to miss tournament

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.

Jayhawks to play exhibition tonight

Hungarian opponent 0-4 on U.S. trip, including three losses to Big 12 teams

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.

Kansas getting big lift from freshman Duncan

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.

Tuesday, November 7

Mengusting to KU life

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.

Langford commits

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.

Sunday, November 5

Huskers drop hammer - NEBRASKA 56, KANSAS 17

Allen says 2000 Cornhuskers best Nebraska team he's seen

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.

Kansas netters impress at ITA Championships

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.

KU-NU notebook

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.

KU rowers beat Kansas State, 15-11

Kansas topped Kansas State, 15-11, on Saturday at the Kansas River to win the fourth annual Sunflower Showdown Regatta.

KU sweeps Baylor volleyball

Nancy Bell, Danielle Geronymo and Amy Myatt led Kansas' attack in a Big 12 volleyball sweep of Baylor on Saturday at Horejsi Center.

Kansas falls to Missouri in swimming and diving

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.

Saturday, November 4

KU-BU volleyball

Kansas University's volleyball team, fresh from a win over Iowa State, will meet Baylor at 2 p.m. today at the Horejsi Center.

KU, KSU to row today

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.

Friday, November 3

Kansas university athletics Jayhawks offer ticket deal

Kansas University's athletics department has a deal for you.

Kansas hopes to pass against NU

Jayhawk quarterback Smith's philosophy: 'I just have to play catch' with KU wideouts

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."

Gooden big on boards

Jayhawks place added emphasis on rebounding

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.

Jayhawks offer ticket deal

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.

KU sixth in USA TODAY poll

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.

League media pick Kansas No. 1

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.

Texas prep Langford to visit Kansas

Senior guard says Jayhawks leading; Lone Star State fertile ground for KU

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 KU tennis players advance at regionals

Three Kansas women's tennis players advanced Thursday to the Round of 32 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Assn. Central Regional Championships.

Thursday, November 2

KU misfires on flashy play

Axtell pays price for missed connections on behind-the-back pass

Kansas senior Luke Axtell drew some pine-time in the second half after making an unsuccessful behind-the-back pass to teammate Kenny Gregory.

Huskers halt Jayhawks

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.

Collison's aim: Stay in game

Kansas sophomore forward hoping to cut down on foul trouble

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.

Wednesday, November 1

Kinsey to play

Quarterback 'sharp young man'

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.

California All-Stars notes

Kansas leads the all-time exhibition series, 2-0. Last season KU beat the All-Stars 124-101 on Nov. 6, 1999.

KU soccer player second-team pick

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.

Jayhawks stomp ISU

KU prevails before 457 fans

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.

KU coach to speak

Kansas football coach Terry Allen will speak to the Lawrence Quarterback Club at 5:30 p.m.Thursday in the Adams Alumni Center.