Stories for March 2005


Thursday, March 31

Official crows over talent

Marion Jones officially added to appearance list

Moments after formally adding Marion Jones, another A-list track celebrity, to the Kansas Relays, meet director Tim Weaver thumped the tub.

Photo: Wiping the slate clean

Simien cheering for Heels

KU senior pulling for former coach to win NCAA crown

More than anything, Wayne Simien wishes he could cut down the nets late Monday night at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

KU signee honored

Kansas University volleyball signee Katie Martincich recently was named the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year. Martincich, a 5-foot-10 setter from Roeland Park Miege High, will join the Jayhawks for the 2005 season.

6Sports video: KU signees shine at All-American game

Kansas University men's basketball recruits Mario Chalmers, Julian Wright and Micah Downs combined for 42 points as the West team fell to the East, 115-110, in the McDonald's All-American game on Wednesday night in South Bend, Ind. Chalmers led the way with 20 points, Wright added 14 and Downs eight.

6Sports video: State leaders honor KU's Simien

Kansas University All-American basketball forward Wayne Simien was honored today in the Capitol as a great athlete and role model.

6Sports video: Big name joins Kansas Relays

Kansas Relay director Tim Weaver announced Wednesday that three-time Olympic champion Marion Jones will run on April 23 at Memorial Stadium.

6Sports video: Softball team returns to home field

The KU softball played at a foreign place today: Arrocha Ballpark. For the first time since March 12, and for the fifth time all season, the Jayhawks played a home game.

6Sports video: Wright focused on team's well-being

He's got high-flying dunks and arms that stretch into next week, but KU recruit Julian Wright isn't a scoring monster -- instead of always taking the shot, Wright considers the team's needs and will play at any position.

Rigg: It's the end of the world as we know it

This blog is about the end of the world.

Awards ceremony set

Kansas University's men's basketball awards ceremony will be at 7 p.m. April 14 at the Lied Center.

Kansas softball 'flat' in loss to Huskers

Coach Tracy Bunge and her Kansas University softball players were eager to climb aboard a bus today and head for Wichita.

Big man off campus: Lawmakers honor Simien

Kansas University's Wayne Simien on Wednesday added another frame to his highlight reel: bringing Republicans and Democrats together in the Capitol.

KU signees shine

Chalmers leads way with 20 in loss

Mario Chalmers guarantees Kansas University basketball fans will see a lot more of what he showed at Wednesday night's McDonald's All-American game.

Wednesday, March 30

State leaders honor KU's Simien

(Updated Wednesday at 3:50 p.m.) Kansas University All-American basketball forward Wayne Simien was honored today in the Capitol as a great athlete and role model. Proclamations signed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and approved in the House and Senate praised Simien for his play, academic skills and high morals.

Catch KU's big 3 on TV

Chalmers, Downs, Wright set for all-star game tonight

Just as the college basketball season is coming to an end, it's time for the first televised preview of next year's freshmen.

Spring slate revealed

Kansas University's soccer squad will play five exhibition matches during the spring.

State to honor Simien

Kansas University senior Wayne Simien, who Tuesday was named one of five finalists for the Wooden Award, will be recognized by the Kansas Senate and House of Representatives at 10:30 a.m. today at the state capitol in Topeka.

KU softball to entertain Huskers

Eight of Kansas University's last nine scheduled softball games have been rained out.

Kansas golf takes second

Kansas University's men's golf team settled for second place Tuesday after the final round of the Western Intercollegiate was rained out.

Padgett learning at L'ville

Ex-Jayhawk happy with transfer decision

David Padgett reached the Elite Eight his freshman year at Kansas University. Now, he is headed to the Final Four his first season at his second stop -- Louisville.

6Sports video: Simien to visit Statehouse

The Kansas Senate and House of Representatives will be paying a tribute to KU senior Wayne Simien at the Statehouse on Wednesday.

State leaders honor KU's Simien

(Web Posted Wednesday at 11:37 a.m.) Kansas University All-American basketball forward Wayne Simien was honored today in the Capitol as a great athlete and role model. Proclamations signed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and approved in the House and Senate praised Simien for his play, academic skills and high morals.

6Sports video: Chalmers doing double duty this week

KU signee Mario Chalmers is keeping himself busy. Not only did he win the McDonald's High School All-American game's three-point contest on Monday, but he's also going to help his prep team compete in their state playoffs on Thursday night.

Tuesday, March 29

KU signee three-rific

Chalmers claims shooting contest

Aside from the thousands of fans that packed the humid gym to capacity at Bethel College on Monday night, Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self was the first to hear the good news.

Future Jayhawks sizzle

Kansas University fans would have been in men's basketball paradise at one sight during Monday morning's practice session for the McDonald's All-America Game.

Kansas Relays adds name

Marion Jones, who won five gold medals at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, will compete at the Kansas Relays.

Jayhawks visit retirement center

It wasn't much of a surprise that residents of the Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community in West Lawrence had permanent ear-to-ear grins Monday night.

6Sports video: LHS alum wows Big 12 baseball

Curtis Ledbetter was a standout player for the Lions, and he brings hitting power to the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

6Sports video: KU baseball prepares for Big 12 run

Coach Price believes that the team has proven their offensive mettle, and needs to improve their defense.

6Sports video: All three of next year's 'Hawks will play in McDonald's All-American game

When the game will tip off on Wednesday, KU recruits Micah Downs, Mario Chalmers and Julian Wright will play together for the West squad.

Monday, March 28

McDonald's game just part of Chalmers' week

In a way, Kansas University men's basketball recruit Mario Chalmers will attempt something that New Jersey Nets superstar Vince Carter could not accomplish in 2000.

KU women's signee has huge hoops game

Kansas University signee Shaqina Mosley scored 18 points and had 10 assists, leading Central Arizona to an 83-50 rout of College of Southern Idaho in the NJCAA women's basketball tournament championship game Saturday night at the Bicentennial Center.

Husker defense dominant as Jayhawks drop series

After Sunday's 9-4 loss to Nebraska, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price said if his team could win five of its nine league series, the Jayhawks would advance to the Big 12 Conference tournament and the NCAA Tournament.

6Sports video: Jayhawks fall to Cornhuskers in series finale

The Kansas University's baseball team fell, 9-4, to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Big 12 Conference play Sunday at Hoglund Ballpark. The Jayhawks won the first match on Saturday while the Cornhuskers won the second match.

6Sports video: Michigan State knocks off Kentucky in 2OT

Michigan State advances to the Final Four after knocking off the Kentucky Wildcats, 94-88 in double overtime, Sunday.

6Sports video: Roy leads North Carolina to Final Four

North Carolina advances to the Final Four after taking out the Wisconsin Badgers, 88-82, Sunday. This will be Roy Williams' fifth trip to the Final Four.

KU women's golf ninth in Arizona

The Kansas University women's golf squad placed ninth after Sunday's final round at the 15-team Mountain View Collegiate.

Sunday, March 27

Kansas track gathers 12 first-place finishes

The Kansas University track and field team, in its first outdoor meet of the season, compiled 12 individual first-place finishes Saturday at the Tulsa Duals.

Texas rowers sweep Jayhawks

The KU rowing team wrapped up its spring training Saturday by being swept in a four-race dual by Big 12 Conference foe Texas.

Mayer: This Jayhawk basketball senior class was overrated

Kansas University basketball teams are inclined to have more NCAA Final Four success when they sneak up on people. The more highly the Jayhawks are ranked (like this year's faulty preseason expectations), the more they seem to falter.

Dugout collapse cancels game

Four Texas players injured in mishap

Tracy Bunge and a handful of her Kansas University softball players were sitting in their dugout Saturday waiting out a rain delay at Texas University's McCombs Field.

Big 12 victory in hand

KU splits NU twinbill to open league play

The Kansas University baseball team was undefeated in Big 12 Conference play for about three hours Saturday after it won the first game of a doubleheader against Nebraska, 7-6, at Hoglund Ballpark.

Saturday, March 26

Moving forward

Jayhawks made strides in their first year under Henrickson

No one expected Bonnie Henrickson to perform miracles during her first year as Kansas University's women's basketball coach.

Mother: Langford loves KU

Kansas University senior Keith Langford meant nothing sinister by the quote that has had Jayhawk Nation buzzing since a season-ending loss to Bucknell.

KU softball falls to Longhorns, 4-1

Kansas scored a run and had another in scoring position in the seventh inning, but it wasn't enough to prevent a 4-1 loss to fourth-ranked Texas in the Big 12 Conference softball opener Friday for both teams.

Football facility funding growing

KU officials halfway to $30 million goal

Kansas University's athletic department continues to plug away at its $30 million goal for building a new football facility.

6Sports video: Teams continue run to the Final Four

Wisconsin defeats N.C. State, and will play the winner of the Villanova/UNC game. Michigan State defeats Duke, and Kentucky is struggling against Utah.

Local games postponed

Cold weather and wet grounds Friday forced postponement of two baseball games.

Friday, March 25

6News video: Bucknell T-shirt sales rising

When the Kansas University's men's basketball team faces rival Missouri next year, the Jayhawks may see more than black and gold in the stands. Ever since KU was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by Bucknell, Missouri fans have been buying Bucknell shirts as a way to taunt their Jayhawk rivals.

At KU's expense, MU fans getting more bang for their Bucknell T-shirts

Beware, Kansas University faithful: Fans at the University of Missouri are stockpiling Bucknell T-shirts.

6Sports video: Miles to play in Portsmouth Invitational

In April, senior guard Aaron Miles will play in the Portsmouth Invitational, an event where some of the top seeds in the nation will gather to show off for NBA scouts. Miles is the only Jayhawk who will play in this invitational.

Quarterbacks galore

Barmann: Battle for starting job will help offense

It seems like a deflating thought, knowing your job has been put on the market to see if better offers are out there. But Kansas University junior Adam Barmann sees the fight for the starting-quarterback job -- his in 2004 -- as a way to improve KU's lagging offense.

Rainouts annoy KU softball

Jayhawks to face Texas this weekend in Austin

Seven straight rainouts weren't what Tracy Bunge had in mind prior to beginning Big 12 Conference play. "It's very frustrating," said Bunge, now in her ninth season as Kansas University's softball coach. "But we can't control the weather."

Roberts upset after Jayhawks' NCAA loss

Former aide, now at St. John's, says KU future in good hands with Self

What makes the NCAA Tournament so beautiful also is what made the 2005 edition so ugly for Kansas University's men's basketball players, coaches and fans.

KU baseball ready for rugged Big 12 play

Jayhawks to open conference portion of schedule with home series against Nebraska

Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price scheduled tough matchups in for his team's nonconference schedule for a reason. He knew that once Big 12 Conference play started, his team would have to be ready to play some of the nation's best teams.

Woodling: Carolina will have to wait

If ifs and buts counted more than three-point goals, this paragraph would have started with a Syracuse, N.Y., dateline. And I guarantee you it would have contained the words "Roy" and "Williams." If Kansas University had made two of 11 three-point goals, the Jayhawks would have defeated Bucknell in the first round of the Syracuse Regional. But KU made only one of 11 three-pointers.

6Sports video: Jayhawks to face Nebraska in Big 12 opener

The Kansas University's baseball team will face Nebraska in the Big 12 opener at 3 p.m. Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.

6Sports video: KU softball showing great improvement

The Lady Jayhawks hope that this weekend's Big 12 opener against the Longhorns will prove that their 15-9 record is no fluke. Kansas head coach Tracy Bunge says her team has been doing a lot of good things.

Thursday, March 24

6Sports video: No player defections expected this year

Unlike last year, Coach Bill Self doesn't expect any players to leave following this year's end. However, Self is continuing to recruit, and DeAndre Thomas of Chicago will be making an official KU visit.

KU points to future

Incoming point guard named juco player of year

Every little bit helps as Bonnie Henrickson tries to rebuild women's basketball at Kansas University.

First-round loss 'hurts a lot'

KU's Self reflects on 2004-05 season, future of program at wrapup media session

Still stinging from Kansas University's first-round loss to Bucknell, Bill Self doesn't plan on watching the NCAA Tournament on TV.

Local teams washed

Wet grounds in Springfield, Mo., forced the cancellation of Wednesday's scheduled Kansas University softball and baseball games against Southwest Missouri State.

Barnstorming tour to begin April 15

The four KU seniors will play games on their upcoming barnstorming tour beginning April 15. They will be joined by ex-Jayhawk Brett Olson as they take on all-star teams.

6Sports video: Jayhawks working on quarterback question

For the second straight spring, the starting quarterback job is up for grabs. This year it's Adam Barmann versus redshirt freshman Marcus Herford.

Wednesday, March 23

FSHS, Kansas washed out

Tuesday's rain washed out two scheduled afternoon games.

Bucknell coach on handshake snub: Don't worry

Kansas University's basketball players have been criticized by some media members for not sticking around to shake the hands of Bucknell's players after a season-ending loss to the Bison on Friday night at Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

KU headed to nationals

Kansas University's defending-champion men's team and KU's women's team have qualified for the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships April 20-23 in Rockford, Ill.

Everybody's All-American

Simien earns right to have jersey hoisted

Kansas University senior power forward Wayne Simien was named first-team All-American on Tuesday by the Associated Press.

6Sports video: Kansas hoping to maintain streak

The Jayhawks have a seven-game winning streak going into their final test before conference play, an away game versus Southwest Missouri State.

6Sports video: Rain frustrating softball team

In the past five days, the Kansas softball team has been rained out four times, which is not the warm-up to conference team the Jayhawks had hoped for.

6Sports video: Langford, Self meet

Coach Bill Self has met with Keith Langford to discuss the senior's comments following his final game as a Jayhawk: "Now I can sit down and express myself and say what I really want to, let people know how I really feel. Get a lot of things off my chest."

6News video: KU's early NCAA loss a bummer for retailers

KU's surprising loss to Bucknell last week did more than just knock the Jayhawks out of the NCAA Tournament. It also struck hard at some business owners who were hoping to cash in on the team's success.

KU tennis player Skoda Big 12 player of week

Kansas University junior Christine Skoda has been named the Big 12 Conference women's tennis player of the week, league officials announced Tuesday.

Woodling: Rookies peaked against Panthers

Thirty-one percent of the schools remaining in the NCAA men's basketball tournament were on Kansas University's schedule.

Pats sign ex-Jayhawk

The New England Patriots re-signed linebacker Don Davis on Tuesday.

KU wins golf tourney

Kansas University's men's golf team won the 14-team Stevinson Ranch Invitational on Tuesday at Stevinson Ranch Golf Club. The Jayhawks shot a final round of 299 to give them a two-day score of 872.

Commentary: NCAA 'bracket destroyers' annoying

Proposed age limit in NBA would stop March Madness stunners from happening

Don't know about you, but my NCAA Tournament bracket looks like something a 2-year-old drew at Head Start.

Kansas softball washed out

Tuesday's rain washed out another of the Jayhawks' scheduled games.

6Sports video: Simien honored as All American

Kansas University senior power forward Wayne Simien was named a first-team All-American on Tuesday by the Associated Press. Joining Simien on the squad were Utah's Andrew Bogut, Duke's J.J. Redick, Wake Forest's Chris Paul and Syracuse's Hakim Warrick.

Tuesday, March 22

Proposal would help KU football

NCAA could pass legislation allowing I-AA schools to count toward '05 bowl-eligibility

Kansas University was unable to secure a Division I-A football opponent for its final nonconference opening in 2005, but for bowl considerations it might not matter.

Self, Jayhawks taking shots from media

Bill Self took some inevitable heat for Kansas University's shocking loss to Bucknell in the NCAA Tournament. One sports writer, however, threw KU's second-year coach into the blast furnace.

KU basketball signee also 'shocked' by loss

Like most Kansas University men's basketball fans, Julian Wright was overcome with emotion after the buzzer sounded in the Jayhawks' 64-63 first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Bucknell late Friday night in Oklahoma City.

Ex-Jayhawk Hicks dead

Former Kansas University football player Emery Lee Hicks, a linebacker on the Jayhawks' 1968 Orange Bowl team, died Thursday at the age of 57.

6Sports video: Self still recruiting without scholarships

Although Kansas head coach Bill Self does not have any scholarships to offer right now, he is still recruiting. Self has already recruited four players -- Mario Chalmers, Micah Downs, Julian Wright and Rodrick Stewart -- to the team next season.

Woodling: Stats show KU squad same as last year's

Just when I thought I had seen the last dagger thrown at Kansas University's men's basketball team, somebody tossed another stiletto. The Jayhawks, it has been discovered, must suffer the ignominy of being the first No. 1 pick in the AP preseason poll to lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament since seeding began in 1979.

6Sports video: Wilder a 'huge' asset for KU

Junior college transfer Wayne Wilder looks to make a huge impact on Kansas University's defensive line this fall. Afterall, the transfer from Garden City Community College is 6-foot-4 and weighs 295 pounds.

6Sports video: KU's Green is short but quick

Freshman running back Gary Green is turning heads with his quick shifty moves. Kansas football head coach Mark Mangino says Green can make a big play out of a small space.

Monday, March 21

KU golf takes 15th

Kansas University's women's golf team shot a final-round 302 and placed 15th at the LSU/Cleveland Classic. KU shot a three-day total of 934. LSU won with 879.

KU softball washed out

The final 20 games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in the Capital Classic Softball Tournament were canceled because of heavy rains.


Kansas University senior Aaron Miles finished his career eighth on the NCAA's all-time assist chart.

6Sports video: Wisconsin takes out Bucknell

Wisconsin advances to the Sweet 16 after taking out Bucknell, 71-62, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

6News video: Fans react to Jayhawk loss

Many Jayhawk fans walked out of Lawrence bars upset after the Kansas University's men's basketball team got knocked out of the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday by the Bucknell Bison.

6Sports video: Pitcher gets seventh win

Kansas University pitcher Kodiak Quick got his seventh win of the season after the Jayhawks took out Western Illinois, 3-2, Sunday. Last year, the winningest pitcher had only seven victories.

6Sports video: Jayhawks dealing with NCAA loss

The Kansas University's men's basketball team is still trying to figure out where things went wrong after losing to Bucknell, 64-63, in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday in Oklahoma City.

KU wrings Leathernecks

Quick makes short work of WIU, 3-2

Kansas University junior pitcher Kodiak Quick notched his seventh victory of the season Sunday when the Jayhawks held off Western Illinois, 3-2.

Back Gary Green turning heads in practice

It lacked a shred of significance, considering it took place in a Kansas University spring football practice.

Simien Naismith finalist

Kansas University senior Wayne Simien is one of four finalists for the Naismith Trophy.

Sunday, March 20

Jayhawks tied for 15th at LSU golf tournament

Kansas University's women's golf team shot a second-round 307 and is tied for 15th place at the LSU/Cleveland Classic held at the University Club.

Softball rained out

Day Two of the Capital Classic has been canceled because of rain. Kansas is scheduled to face Utah Valley State at 11 this morning followed by Sacramento State at 1 p.m. today.

'Everybody is bummed'

Self, Jayhawks dealing with range of emotions after loss

Kansas University's basketball players and coaches filed slowly and silently toward the team bus after an equally solemn brunch late Saturday morning at the Oklahoma City Marriott.

Milner's ninth-inning RBI single powers KU

When junior outfielder Matt Baty hit the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning just foul over the left-field wall, almost everyone at Hoglund Ballpark could sense what was coming

Mayer: NCAA no place for cheap shots

It's time for Temple's Chaney to get out of game

The dirtiest, ugliest, most cowardly play in basketball is the willful assassination of somebody who's airborne. I'm talking about undercuts, hammer-chops and the like while an individual is so vulnerable he can be killed, let alone injured, while driving to the hole or soaring for a rebound.

Kansas edges OSU in Big 12 tennis, 4-3

Kansas University's tennis team continued its successful trip to Oklahoma with a 4-3 Big 12 Conference victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Stunning KU loss slow to sink in

The sun did, in fact, rise on Saturday, but it didn't shine as brightly for the Kansas University basketball nation.

Gruber, Short compete at NCAA Championships

Kansas University senior Amy Gruber and sophomore Jenny Short placed 22nd and 45th at the final day of the 2005 NCAA Swimming Championships.

So, what happened?

Our sports writers answer the most pressing questions facing the Jayhawks

You have questions -- many questions -- in the wake of Kansas University's shocking 64-63 loss to Bucknell, a No. 14 seed, in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night in Oklahoma City.

Saturday, March 19

Jayhawks split pair

Kansas University's softball squad split a pair of games Friday at the Capital Classic. KU beat Rhode Island, 8-0, in five innings, but lost to Minnesota, 2-1.

Photo: Grab that pill

6Sports video: Oklahoma State knocks off SE Louisiana

Oklahoma State rolls into the second round of the NCAA tournament after knocking off Southeastern Louisiana, 63-50, Friday.

6Sports video: KU baseball takes out Western Illinois

Kansas University's baseball team beat Western Illinois, 13-7, Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.

6News video: Bucknell alumnus rooting for KU

Although Tom McDonald graduated from Bucknell University, the Kansas University's School of Welfare associate dean says he'll be cheering for Kansas on Friday. The Jayhawks will meet the Bison at 8:50 p.m. Friday in Oklahoma City in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

6News video: Family torn between KU, Bucknell

When Kansas and Bucknell faces off Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament, members of the Hirschberg family will be cheering for different teams. Mike Hirschberg, who graduated from KU in 2001, says he and his father have been doing a lot of trash talking about the rivalry this week.

6Sports video: Cornish moved to linebacker

With the loss of John Randle, the Kansas University's football team is running out of running backs. Especially now that coach Mark Mangino has moved running back Jon Cornish to linebacker.

6Sports video: Wisconsin to face Bucknell in NCAA tourney

The Wisconsin Badgers advanced to Sunday's NCAA Tournament second-round game after defeating Northern Iowa, 57-52, Friday in Oklahoma City.

6Sports video: NCAA tourney ends for KU

For the first time since 1978, Kansas is bounced in the first round of the NCAA tournament. On Friday night, the No. 14-seeded Bucknell Bison knocked off the Jayhawks, 64-63, in Oklahoma City.

KU's Giddens says he'll return

J.R. Giddens, whose sophomore season ended with a 1-for-7 shooting performance in his hometown in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, said he would be coming back to Kansas University for his junior season.


Jayhawks' first-round loss is first since 1978

For many at the Ford Center, it was almost unimaginable. Kansas University on Friday lost a first-round game in the NCAA Tournament -- something the Jayhawks hadn't done since 1978, ending the Final Four dreams of a men's basketball team that started the season ranked No. 1 in the polls.

KU tennis trips Oklahoma

Kansas University's tennis squad rallied past Oklahoma for a 4-3 victory Friday. Elizaveta Avdeeva, Christine Skoda, Brittany Brown and Stephanie Smith won singles matches KU (3-9 overall, 2-2 Big 12 Conference).

Langford refuses to blame ailments

Keith Langford had no comment on how he felt Friday. To admit he still was sick, still banged up, and probably extremely exhausted would be making excuses for a sub-par performance.

Woodling: Seniors stuck with Bucknell bummer

Dynamic start. Dreadful finish. I can't think of a better way to sum up the ultimately disappointing Kansas University men's basketball season. Who would have ever believed that after the Jayhawks won their first 14 games and 20 of their first 21 that they would lose six of their last nine?

Gruber 18th at NCAAs

Kansas University senior Amy Gruber placed 18th on Friday in the 100 butterfly at the NCAA Swimming Championships.

One and done

Jayhawks ousted in opener

No national championship. No Final Four. No Sweet 16. No Elite Eight. Heck, even no Round of 32 for Kansas University's men's basketball seniors, stunned beyond belief following the No. 3-seeded Jayhawks' 64-63 loss to No. 14-seeded Bucknell, a team with just five scholarship players, Friday night at Ford Center.

Bucknell coach: Victory 'surreal'

Pat Flannery didn't need to be pinched. He knew what had happened wasn't a dream. And yet the Bucknell University men's basketball coach had a strange feeling as he shook hands with Kansas University coaches and players following the Bison's stunning 64-63 victory over the Jayhawks.

Men's basketball briefs

¢ Traditions ¢ Loyal fan attends ¢ No crystal ball ¢ Midnight owls ¢ Simien good with media ¢ TV time ¢ OKC natives ¢ Schedule talk

Baty's return sparks KU

'Energy guy' lifts Jayhawks past WIU

Sure, the Kansas University baseball team scored a combined 50 runs in its past four games, all victories. But in the Jayhawks' 13-7 victory Friday against Western Illinois at Hoglund Ballpark, they got back someone, and something, that had been missing and much-needed during that stretch -- junior outfielder Matt Baty, the team's "energy guy."

Woodling: Gautt's passing leaves genuine sense of loss

What I remember most about Prentice Gautt is the way he shook hands, and, believe me, he grasped more mitts than a presidential candidate.

North Carolina smokes Oakland

North Carolina's romping offense kept Roy Williams unbeaten in the first round of the NCAA tournament and ended the postseason run of perhaps the tournament's most unlikely participant.

Vermont shocker: Syracuse falls to the Catamounts in the first round

Retirement will have to wait at least two more days for Vermont coach Tom Brennan. And he couldn't be happier to still be working. The 13th-seeded Catamounts thrilled the Green Mountain state Friday night, pulling off a most stunning upset of Syracuse. They beat the Big East champion 60-57 in overtime in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Friday, March 18

Jayhawk fans flock to Oklahoma

After watching the Jayhawks on TV all year, Dennis Bates and his 4-year-old son, Jackson, were thrilled to get their first live glimpse of the team. It came at Thursday's open practice at the Ford Center.

Bucknell coach: 'I just hit a wall'

In his 11th year as Bucknell University's men's basketball coach and in the midst of an 11-game win streak, Pat Flannery took a walk. Twice.

Kansas fans not worried by OKC's bison parade

Could it be an omen? Or is it a hoofed, horned happenstance? To Bucknell University Bison fans, the 100 painted buffalo lining the streets of Oklahoma City point to a win for their team as they match up against Kansas University in the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

Men's basketball briefs

¢ Moody's staph infection potentially serious ¢ Proud of home state ¢ Seniors' last chance ¢ Stingy zone ¢ Confident ¢ Focused group

KU's Hawkins OK after run-in

Lee unfazed by practice collision; Jayhawks loose

In an instant, many of the fans at the Ford Center whipped their attention toward midcourt during Kansas University's open basketball practice Thursday after hearing a blood-curdling scream and seeing a KU player drop to the floor in pain out of the corner of their eyes.

Photo: Practice cheers

Softball hitting road

Kansas is back in California this weekend to participate in the Capital Classic in Sacramento.

Editorial: Success

The fine 1997 and 2005 Kansas basketball teams have special reasons to be proud.

Kansas University has had its full share of outstanding basketball teams, players and coaches and trails only Kentucky and North Carolina on the all-time victory list. But two Jayhawk seasons that merit extra attention at tournament-time are those of 1997 and 2005.

6Sports video: KU football in good shape

Despite the loss of two key players this year, the Kansas University's football team is still in good shape. Junior Banks Floodman says the linebackers are gelling well.

6Sports video: Nevada takes out Texas

Nevada beat eighth-seeded Texas, 61-57, Thursday in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament.

6News video: Fans happy KU to play in OKC

Although Kansas alumni in Oklahoma City meet regularly to watch KU basketball games on television, members are happy this year because they can actually watch KU play live.

6Sports video: Langford's health still questionable

Although Keith Langford has been practicing with the team, the Kansas guard says he won't know if he'll be able to play in the first round of the NCAA tournament game against Bucknell until Friday.

6Sports video: Self happy to be home

Kansas head coach Bill Self returned home to Oklahoma with his team Wednesday night. Kansas University's men's basketball team will face Bucknell at 8:50 p.m. Friday in Oklahoma City in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

6Sports video: Former coach remembers Giddens

John Martin, Kansas University's J.R. Giddens' former coach, said Giddens was the best athlete he had ever coached. Giddens, who hails from Oklahoma, attended John Marshall High School.

Chat wrap with Bedore, Housenick

KU beat writer Gary Bedore and Bucknell beat writer Tom Housenick answered questions from readers during a 10-minute chat just hours before the teams faced off in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

X-Factor Game 15: Kansas 83, Bucknell 58

Kansas University sophomore J.R. Giddens made up for Keith Langford's reduced play with 25 points and five rebounds in the Jayhawks' 83-58 virtual victory over the Bucknell Bison in the first X-Factor simulation of the NCAA Tournament. Giddens also grabbed five rebounds in 23 minutes, helping replace Langford. The injured senior scored seven points in 13 minutes off the bench.

Bison shock Jayhawks, 64-63

Bucknell knocks KU out of NCAA Tournament

Kansas University's men's basketball team had a chance for a last-second victory, but the No. 14-seeded Bucknell Bison knocked the Jayhawks from the NCAA Tournament with a 64-63 first-round win Friday in Oklahoma City. Trailing 64-63 with less than three seconds left in the game, Michael Lee inbounded the ball all the way to Wayne Simien at the free-throw line. Simien turned around and launched a shot that bounced off the front of the rim as time expired.

Woodling: KU-OSU dream game

Thousands upon thousands of newspaper inches have been devoted to the NCAA men's basketball tournament during the last several days. I've tried to read as many words as I could, but after awhile they run together and become a blur. Nevertheless, one opinion column I came across caught my attention.

Langford vows to play tonight

Senior says he will be on floor for opener

If there's any way humanly possible he can play, Kansas University's Keith Langford will play in tonight's first-round NCAA Tournament game against Bucknell.

Baseball playing at home

Kansas University's baseball team begins a three-game weekend series with the Western Illinois Leathernecks at 3 p.m. today at Hoglund Ballpark.

Swimmer finishes 30th in NCAA championships

Senior swimmer Amy Gruber finished 30th in the 50 freestyle event Thursday at the NCAA Swimming Championships.

Thursday, March 17

Young Davis lands gig

KU radio voice's son following dad

Steve Davis doesn't hide his pride for his father, Bob Davis, the familiar radio voice of Kansas University athletics and the television voice of Royals baseball.

Aide Townsend settles in

'Slick' says Jayhawks 'like family' now

It might be the hair. Kansas University men's basketball assistant Kurtis Townsend knows it could be his smoothed-back hairstyle that caused the players referred to him as "Slick" in their Senior Night speeches. But he also has some other theories.

Langford likely won't play

KU senior suffers relapse of stomach woe, remains doubtful for Bucknell game

Keith Langford dropped his gear in the luggage deck, then stopped to sign autographs for a pair of fans before boarding the charter bus for Topeka's Forbes Field on Wednesday night outside Allen Fieldhouse.

Rugged defense lifted Bucknell into NCAAs

Need perseverance? Try beating the perennial basketball power of your league with an elusive NCAA Tournament berth on the line -- on their home court. That's how Bucknell made it and earned an invitation to play Kansas University on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Oklahoma City.

Richardson wakes up, powers Jayhawks

Stuck in an extended hitting slump, Kansas University catcher Sean Richardson decided to change his tune Wednesday against Baker.

Jayhawks depart for the Big Dance

KU fans see team off to first-round game

Dozens of Jayhawk fans gathered outside Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday evening to give the Kansas University men's basketball team a boisterous send-off to Oklahoma City and the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Coach: Bucknell will come to play

Patriot League men's basketball teams have come close, but never won, an NCAA Tournament game.

Bison excited to face nationally renowned Jayhawks

Junior co-captain Kevin Bettencourt always takes a break from pregame warmups to enjoy the scenery prior to a Bucknell road game.

Photos: Last Dance

KU fans leave nothing to chance

Today, as people across Lawrence put on their green, drink a Guinness and pay tribute to the luck of the Irish, some Kansas University fans will be focusing on the luck of the Jayhawk.

Stat man Jones says KU games a labor of love

Tom Jones' cell phone buzzed. On the other end was his pregnant wife, Marsha. "She was in hysterics," Jones recalled. "She was due, and I thought she was going into labor, but she was actually laughing hysterically."

Defense already in charge

KU offense catching up to Mangino's dominant 'D'

Kansas University's football team put on pads for the first time in four months Wednesday, but the defense didn't look rusty.

Seniors set for last hurrah

Langford, Lee, Miles, Simien quality class

Kansas University has had some stellar men's basketball recruiting classes throughout the years. Not many, if any, have meant more to the school than the class of Keith Langford, Michael Lee, Aaron Miles and Wayne Simien.

Walk-ons provide boost from bench

Vinson, Bahe cheer, contribute in practice

Kansas University's big-time basketball standouts such as Wayne Simien, Keith Langford and Aaron Miles might be the ones putting smiles on the faces of fans in the stands.

Kleinmann happy to help KU starters

Matt Kleinmann just shakes his head and smiles. With striking red hair, he is accustomed to the nicknames "Big Red" and "Opie." At 6-foot-10, he is used to standing out in a crowd.

6Sports video: Langford doubtful for Friday

KU coach Bill Self has downgraded the chances of senior Keith Langford playing on Friday to doubtful, thanks to a relapse of the stomach flu.

6Sports video: Seniors ready for one last tourney run

This year will be the final chapter for the four senior Jayhawks and their post-season experiences.

Sole senior ready to lead Bucknell

Chris Niesz stood before his teammates prior to Bucknell's final regular-season game at Sojka Pavilion.

Foot injury hampers Oklahoma native's homecoming

Bucknell head coach Pat Flannery wasn't pleased with his team's effort during a practice last season.

6Sports video: KU baseball routs Baker, 16-6

Baker led twice during this pre-conference game, but KU kept coming back to give Coach Ritch Price his 300th Division I coaching victory.

6Sports video: Public gets sneak peek at Jayhawk football

The Kansas football team has had three practices this spring, and the Jayhawk offense is getting a workout in the early going.

Langford believes he'll play Friday

Kansas University senior Keith Langford practiced twice Thursday and believes he will play Friday against Bucknell.

Wednesday, March 16

Living a dream: German import at home in U.S.

As a boy who grew up in one of 50 homes in a small German country town, Bucknell center Chris McNaughton really cherished his summers in the United States.

Woodling: KU, OU, Okie St. Big 12's best bets

A half-dozen Big 12 Conference men's basketball teams have an opportunity to win the NCAA championship. Realistically, though, only Kansas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have a legitimate chance and all three will have to perform at peak levels even to reach the Final Four.

Who's on your Big Dance card?

It's the talk of the town. Everybody's filling out their men's basketball NCAA Tournament bracket, with eyes on the Final Four in St. Louis. The Journal-World decided to check in with some local notables to get their thoughts on this year's tournament, which began Tuesday with the play-in game between Alabama A&M and Oakland.

6Sports video: Mizzou drops first game in NIT to DePaul

Linas Kleiza had 23 points and Thomas Gardner 17 for Missouri, but their efforts weren't enough in the opening round of the NIT. The Tigers, who lost to DePaul, 75-70, have been in postseason play for eight straight seasons, but the last two they've lost in the first round of the NIT.

6Sports video: Simien to pose problem for Bucknell

Bucknell has good guards and an experienced head coach. But one thing the Jayhawks' first-round NCAA opponent does not have is an answer to Wayne Simien.

6Sports video: Williams not happy with KU questions

UNC head coach Roy WIlliams has faced quite a few questions from the media ever since the brackets were announced -- and he's not pleased about it.

6News video: NCAA shirts mean big business

Local business owners are crossing their fingers for the Jayhawks, but not just because they're fans. The farther Kansas goes in the tournament, the better for T-shirt sales.

6Sports video: Wooldridge to stay at KSU

Although K-State did not get an NIT bid this year, Jim Wooldridge's winning record was enough for him to maintain his job in Manhattan.

Langford 'doubtul' for Friday's game

Kansas University senior Keith Langford had a setback in his battle with the stomach flu Wednesday and, in fact, is now listed as doubtful for Friday's first round NCAA Tournament game against Bucknell.

Bucknell leads tourney in graduation rate

Off the court, anyway, Bucknell already has Kansas University beat. All of the players who entered Bucknell's basketball program between 1994 and 1997 graduated within six years, according to a report released Tuesday. That compares with 60 percent of KU's players, which ranked ninth among the 65 men's teams in the NCAA tournament.

UNC coach Williams not eager to face KU

University of North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams has made it clear he's not looking forward to a possible meeting against Kansas University in the NCAA Tournament.

Jayhawks still dealing with health concerns

Langford recovering from ankle injury, flu; Moody not 100 percent healed

Wayne Simien can't imagine a scenario that would keep Kansas University senior teammate Keith Langford from playing in Friday night's NCAA Tournament opener against Bucknell.

Greene, Dragila will enter Gold Zone

Track meet to feature three-hour session with popular events

Kansas City, Kan., native Maurice Greene will be joined by fellow Olympic champions Stacy Dragila, Allen Johnson, Jearl Miles-Clark and Nick Hysong as headliners for the new Gold Zone of the Kansas Relays.

Four KU seniors to graduate together

Kansas University's four senior men's basketball players are "student-athletes" in the true sense of the word.

KU baseball to face Baker at home today

Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price will be seeking his 300th win at the NCAA Division One level when the Jayhawks play host to Baker University today.

Tuesday, March 15

6Sports video: K-State's coach Wooldridge has uncertain fate

Kansas State was not invited to the National Invitational Tournament. This is the sixth year that the Wildcats did not participate in post-season play. Coach Wooldridge has a losing record during his time at K-State.

6Sports video: Langford will be back for NCAA Tournament

Keith Langford missed the Big 12 Tournament due to a sprained ankle and stomach flu. Coach Self says his ankle is healed and he's recovering from the flu.

6Sports video: Randle dismissed from Jayhawks

Spring football practice began Monday morning, but his star running back John Randle wasn't there. He spent the night before in jail. This lack of responsibility has led to coach Mark Mangino dismissing Randle from the team.

KU basketball briefs

¢ Injury update ¢ Kansas signee Wright not involved in brawl ¢ League strong ¢ Famous papa

Office pool participants can score fine, jail

Jumping into the NCAA Tournament office pool could land you in hot water.

Bucknell thrilled with site, if not foe

Bucknell University's basketball players, who knew they would receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Patriot League postseason-tournament title game Saturday, jumped for joy while watching the NCAA Tournament selection show Sunday.

Oakland, Alabama A&M overcame adversity

Grizzlies struggled with 0-7 start to season; Bulldogs' coach has cancer

As an NCAA moderator introduced Oakland coach Greg Kampe on Monday night, he mentioned the Grizzlies' 12-18 record.

The madness is at hand

Tourney means money flowing

Hours before the first game of the NCAA Tournament tips off Thursday, every seat will be taken in the Mandalay Bay sports book and people will be lining up at the betting windows with fistfuls of cash.

Self expects to be bugged by 'buddies' back home

A former high school basketball all-stater from Edmond, Okla., Bill Self knows full well he'll be a popular figure at this weekend's NCAA Tournament in Oklahoma City.

KU back Randle charged, dismissed

Troubled Kansas University football player John Randle was dismissed from the team Monday, just hours after being charged in Douglas County District Court with misdemeanor battery for allegedly hitting a man outside a downtown bar early Sunday.

Despite history, little guys dream big

Fairleigh Dickinson coach Tom Green was going over potential NCAA Tournament matchups, daydreaming about his Knights playing Wake Forest. Or Washington. Maybe even North Carolina.

6Sports video: Jayhawks head into NCAA tournament

Kansas is the 3rd seed in their bracket, which features other teams such as UNC, Connecticut and Florida. They will play late Friday night.

6News video: NCAA tournament betting is illegal

Prosecutors and police don't remember charges ever being filed, but do say that placing bets on the tournament, such as in an office pool, is prohibited by gambling laws.

6Sports video: A look at Bucknell

KU's first-round opponent, the Bucknell Bison, has earned its way to the tournament for only the third time in school history.

6Sports video: Giddens will return home for tournament opener

J.R. Giddens is a Oklahoma City native and graduate of John Marshall High School. Being so close to home means that he's got a lot of distractions to deal with.

Monday, March 14

KU football player charged in bar incident

(Updated Monday at 5:37 p.m.) A Kansas University football player who was arrested early Sunday morning after allegedly striking another man outside a downtown Lawrence bar was formally charged this afternoon with misdemeanor battery.

Intramural basketball tourney planned at KU

Thirty-six intramural basketball teams will be vying for a bid to the national championships next week at Kansas University.

Jayhawks finish 16th in Austin invitational

Kansas University's golf team finished strong, shooting a tournament-best 319 during Sunday's final round, but settled for 16th place at the 2005 Betsy Rawls Invitational.

No. 3 seed disappoints fans, but OKC's OK

A collective sigh could be heard Sunday at Henry T's Bar & Grill as Kansas University's NCAA Tournament pairing was announced.

Bucknell can boast quality wins

Bison beat then-No. 10 Pitt, Saint Joseph's earlier this season

The Bucknell men's basketball team caused a national tremble Jan. 2 -- one day after Kansas University beat Georgia Tech in a classic nonconference battle at Allen Fieldhouse.


KU's Keith Langford worked out Saturday night and Sunday and says his bruised left ankle is feeling close to 100 percent. He's still recovering from a nasty bout with the flu.

Analysis: Gonzaga pick for national title

You start with 65 schools and a lot of empty lines headed to the middle of the page.

KU softball canceled

Cold temperatures caused the cancellation of Kansas University's softball team's game with Louisville on Sunday. The Jayhawks (14-8) finished the Jayhawk Classic with a 4-0 record.

NCAA selections went down to wire

If the process of seeding the top teams is any indication, this could be one big buzzer-beater of an NCAA Tournament.

Jayhawks, Quick roll Bison, 17-2

While Kansas University junior pitcher Kodiak Quick was all business, mowing through the North Dakota State lineup Sunday, his teammates on the field were finding other ways to stay entertained.

Woodling: Play well, and seed forgotten

Each March since 1981, when the NCAA first seeded its men's basketball tournament, people called bracketologists have cranked out predictions of what the field will look like.

Road begins in OKC

KU seeded 3 behind UNC, Connecticut in regional

Bill Self made a bold prediction as he and his Kansas University basketball players munched on barbecue and checked out their new, gray "Destination: St. Louis" T-shirts before the start of CBS' NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Sunday in a Memorial Stadium skybox.

Randle dismissed from football team

Mangino punishes running back for violation of team rules

Kansas Universitiy running back John Randle, who was arrested early Sunday morning after allegedly striking another man outside a downtown Lawrence bar and was formally charged this afternoon with misdemeanor battery, has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.

6Sports video: Cowboys claim Big 12 title

Texas Tech took it down to the wire but could not hang on as Oklahoma State went on to win its second straight Big 12 tournament championship.

6Sports video: Players ready for Big Dance

They might have liked a higher seed, but the short trip down Interstate 35 this week to face Patriot League champion Bucknell in Oklahoma City for the first round of the NCAA Tournament suits the Jayhawks just fine.

KU football player arrested again

Kansas University football player John Randle is in trouble with the law again.

6News video: KU fans flock for Selection Sunday news

Anticipation filled the air at sports bars around the city as Jayhawk fans flocked together to watch the selection show.

6Sports video: Jayhawks get bracket answers

Kansas University's men's basketball team will face Bucknell on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The No. 3-seeded Jayhawks and the Bison will play at 8:50 p.m. in Oklahoma City and the winner will advance to the second round to face either Wisconsin or Northern Iowa.

Sunday, March 13

Sutton gets title-game berth for birthday

Happy birthday, Eddie Sutton. "I've have had a lot of disappointment on my birthday," Sutton said Saturday, "but today is one I'll never forget."

Woodling: Rematch another classic

In a storybook world of lollipops and sugar-plum fairies, the two schools clashing for the NCAA men's basketball championship April 4 would be Kansas and Oklahoma State.

Round Two to OSU

Cowboys advance to final

Keith Langford, who checked out of Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Saturday morning, worked out Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. Yes, some good news came out of KU's basketball camp on an otherwise gloomy day -- a day Oklahoma State nudged the Jayhawks, 78-75, in a Big 12 Conference tournament semifinal thriller at Kemper Arena.

Giddens busts 3-point slump

J.R. Giddens suddenly started shooting the basketball Saturday like he really, really wanted to go home this week -- as in, his Oklahoma City home.

Freshman Giles answers call

C.J. Giles, who had played just three minutes total in Kansas University's last four games, was the Jayhawks' first big man off the bench Saturday at Kemper Arena.

KU seed in deeper limbo after loss

The shot didn't fall. But the chances of Kansas University landing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament did.

Kansas sweeps twinbill

Kansas University softball coach Tracy Bunge had to wait an extra inning for her team to win Saturday afternoon, so she delayed her squad for a couple of extra seconds afterward.

Tennis squad falls to Nebraska, 6-1

Kansas University's tennis team fell to Nebraska, 6-1, Saturday at Robinson Courts with KU's lone victory coming from junior Christine Skoda in No. 2 singles.

Jayhawks bounce Bison

When the going got tough in Friday's series opener against North Dakota State, the offense shut the door for Kansas University's baseball team.

Fans say goodbye to Kemper arena

Jayhawks may have played last game in 31-year-old event venue

Oliver Minnis felt a little sentimental Saturday. As Kansas University lost 78-75 to Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Tournament, the Jayhawks' days of playing tournament basketball at Kemper Arena have likely come to a close.

KU senior Linnen wins vault

Kansas University senior pole vaulter Amy Linnen won the NCAA Indoor Championship, posting a school-record vault of 14 feet, 1 1/4 inches Saturday.

Roberts 17th at Zone

Kansas University red-shirt freshman Jenny Roberts finished 17th in one-meter diving competition at the NCAA Zone D Diving Regional. The Chesterfield, Mo., native recorded a score of 414.40 and did not qualify to compete in the NCAA Championships.

Committee puts premium on schedule strength

New Mexico coach Ritchie McKay believes winning more than 20 games should be enough for an NCAA Tournament bid. Indiana coach Mike Davis argues the Hoosiers should be rewarded for playing one of the nation's toughest schedules.

Mayer: Game of basketball has its problems

"Clang!" That's the title of a recent New York Times Magazine article by Michael Sokolove who notes that "pro basketball doesn't have a drug problem or a thug problem. ... It has a basketball problem."


KU coach Bill Self faced the usual barrage of questions about today's release of the NCAA Tournament pairings.

Kansas football to focus on offensive line this spring

Kansas University's football mission this spring is to kick the offense in the tail and crank it up again.

Saturday, March 12

6Sports video: Lady Jayhawks sweep Classic

Kansas University's softball team beat Southwest Missouri State and Louisville at the Jayhawk Classic on Friday at Arrocha Ballpark.

Editorial: A Kansas City tradition

Officials should go all-out to try to bring the Big 12 basketball tournaments back to Kansas City.

It would be great to bring the Big 12 basketball tournaments back to Kansas City on a permanent basis. Tournaments for the Big 12 and its predecessors are a treasured tradition in Kansas City. The post-season tournaments and the old holiday tournaments have been a wonderful event for Kansas City and for Kansas University fans.

Wildcats didn't expect KU to be vulnerable

Jeremiah Massey and Lance Harris made one thing perfectly clear: The two Kansas State University basketball players were not licking their chops about playing a Keith Langford-less Kansas.

Miles still hot beyond arc

Despite rep, guard sizzling from 3-point range

Someday, one of these long-range swishes finally will cause Aaron Miles' reputation to crumble. Can't shoot? Try telling that to Kansas State.

Kats activate Whittemore

Former Kansas University football standout Bill Whittemore was activated Friday by the Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League.

Hot bats lift KU past Louisville, SMS

The Kansas University softball squad celebrated returning to its home ballpark by leaving it quite a bit. KU hit six home runs in two home-opening games Friday at Arrocha Ballpark, earning a 12-2 run-rule victory over Louisville and a 7-1 win over Southwest Missouri State at the Jayhawk Classic.

Oklahoma State ready for rematch with Jayhawks

After getting a buzzcut from a Colorado sword swipe Friday in the Big 12 Conference tournament quarterfinals, Oklahoma State men's basketball coach Eddie Sutton hopes a night of sleep will get the Cowboys back in tune before today's 3:20 p.m. matchup with Kansas University.

Battle, Bacchus, Mims compete at NCAAs

Three Kansas University track and field athletes competed during the first day of the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday at Randal Tyson Track Center.

Woodling: Lee fills void

Kansas State is Kansas State is Kansas State is ... at least when the Wildcats play Kansas in men's basketball. Once the 'Cats knocked off Texas A&M in Thursday's first-round game of the Big 12 Conference tournament, talk radio and Internet chat rooms began blathering that the time was ripe, that the Jayhawks were vulnerable, that The Streak was in danger.

Fans just mad about collectibles

Looking for a sweet ride to the Big 12 or NCAA tournaments? Brad Miller has a deal for you. The Topekan is looking to sell his Jayhawk-mobile -- a 2001 electric blue Volkswagen Beetle that has the Kansas University mascot painted on the hood, with side and tail feathers and "KU" decals.

Jayhawks finally wake up

KU overcomes sluggishness in win over N.D. State

After four innings, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price had seen enough. The Jayhawks were flat against winless North Dakota State at Hoglund Ballpark, and it didn't help that their "energy guy," junior outfielder Matt Baty, missed the game because of an injury.

Men's basketball briefs

¢ KU aide Jankovich mum about opening ¢ Big trey ¢ Streakin' ¢ Minutes ¢ Hawkins excels ¢ Recruiting

KU knocks 'Cats out of tourney

Call it the Sunflower Sweep. The Kansas University men's basketball team knocked off Kansas State for the third time this season Friday night, advancing the Jayhawks to a 3:20 p.m. semifinal matchup with Oklahoma State University today in the Big 12 Tournament.

Red Raiders survive ISU

Cyclones' turnovers costly late in loss

Iowa State kept giving away the ball, and Texas Tech kept making the Cyclones pay. Jarrius Jackson converted three last-minute turnovers into six free throws Friday, sealing the Red Raiders' 64-56 victory in the second round of the Big 12 Conference tournament.

6Sports video: KU fans optimistic about Big 12 title

Kansas University men's basketball fans are optimistic that not only will the Jayhawks win the Big 12 title but that they will also 'go all the way' in the NCAA tournament.

Keith-less KU cruises

Langford sick, hurt; Jayhawks step up

Keith Langford is not only injured. He's mighty sick, too. "Keith's had a tough-luck week. Yes, he's bummin' right now," Kansas University coach Bill Self said after his Jayhawks blitzed Kansas State, 80-67, in a Big 12 Conference tournament quarterfinal Friday at Kemper Arena.

Oklahoma State holds off Kansas, 78-75

Cowboys send Jayhawks home to wait on NCAA Tournament bracket

Without Keith Langford for the second straight game, Kansas University's men's basketball team couldn't quite pull out a victory Saturday, falling to Oklahoma State, 78-75, in the Big 12 Conference Tournament semifinals in Kemper Arena. The Jayhawks, who Sunday afternoon will find out their NCAA Tournament seed, region and first opponent, had a chance to tie the game just before time expired, but Alex Galindo's three-pointer bounced off the front of the rim.

6Sports video: Oklahoma, Texas Tech advance in Big 12 tourney

Oklahoma advances in the Big 12 tournament after defeating Missouri, 83-79. Texas Tech also advances after defeating Iowa State, 64-56, in the second round of the Big 12 Conference tournament.

Friday, March 11

Kansas softball glad to be home

KU to tangle with Louisville, SMS starting today at Arrocha

Kansas University's softball players finally can leave their suitcases in the closet. After playing their first 18 games on the road, the Jayhawks will make their home debut this weekend in a three-team tournament at Arrocha Ballpark.

6Sports video: KU to face Kansas State in Big 12 tourney

Kansas University's men's basketball team will face Kansas State in the quarterfinal of the Big 12 tournament at 6 p.m. Friday. The Jayhawks were able to rest Thursday after earning a co-conference championship during the regular season.

Henrickson recipient of WBCA Eckman Award

Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson has been named the 2005 recipient of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Carol Eckman Award.

Jayhawks to start series with NDSU

Kansas University's baseball team, still a couple of weeks away from Big 12 Conference competition, will entertain winless North Dakota State in a three-game weekend series.

Simien tapped All-America by USBWA

Kansas University senior Wayne Simien has been named first-team All-America by the United States Basketball Writers Assn.

6Sports video: USBWA honors Simien

The United States Basketball Writers Association named Kansas senior forward Wayne Simien a first-team all-American. Simien is the ninth Jayhawk to be given this award.

Wood: In search of spring answers

Kansas University's football team will have an intriguing spring. A program on the up-and-up, KU returns many of its impact players. But question marks still are leaking out of Memorial Stadium.

Good grief! No Keith

Self: Langford won't play today in Big 12 tournament

Today, for the first time in four full seasons, Kansas University will try to win a basketball game without Keith Langford. Langford, who has started every game KU has played the past three years and averaged 20 minutes in 37 games as a freshman reserve, has not practiced this week because of a badly bruised left ankle.

6Sports video: No enjoyment reason for Giddens' slump

Sophomore forward J.R. Giddens says he has not been performing well because he has not been able to enjoy the game like he should.

Sooners get revenge against Tigers

Terrell Everett had 18 points and made a key play in the final seconds Friday to lead No. 17 Oklahoma past Missouri 83-79 in the second round of the Big 12 tournament. It was the seventh straight victory for the top-seeded Sooners, who have not lost since dropping a 68-65 overtime decision to Missouri on Feb. 12.

Seniors lead KU past KSU for 31st straight time

Jayhawks advance to Big 12 Tournament semifinals with 80-67 win

With senior guard Keith Langford out with an ankle injury, Kansas University men's basketball team needed its other seniors -- Wayne Simien, Aaron Miles and Michael Lee -- to step up Saturday against Kansas State. The experienced trio did just that, leading the Jayhawks to an 80-67 victory over the Wildcats in the Big 12 Conference Tournament quarterfinals. It was KU's third win of the season and 31st victory in a row over KSU.

Jackson leads Texas Tech past Iowa State

Jarrius Jackson scored 20 points, six of them on free throws in the final minute, and Texas Tech used a late run to beat Iowa State 64-56 on Friday in the second round of the Big 12 tournament. The fourth-seeded Red Raiders (19-9) advanced to the semifinals for the fourth straight year and will meet top-seeded Oklahoma on Saturday.

6Sports video: Jayhawks advance to Big 12 semifinals

Kansas University's men's basketball team advances to the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament after knocking off Kansas State, 80-67, Friday in Kansas City, Mo. This is the Jayhawks 31st straight win over the Wildcats.

Moody inspires fans, teammates

Walk-on's attitude as positive as his play this season

Quick, name the greatest walk-on player in the history of college basketball. If you ask CBS analyst Billy Packer, it's Kansas University junior Christian Moody -- college basketball's "Rudy." And Packer made sure the rest of the nation heard it Jan. 9 during the Jayhawks' game at Kentucky.

Thursday, March 10

Simien named Big 12 player of year in media polling

It's hard to get a group of sports writers and coaches to agree on anything.

Self seeks Saturday title game

KU coach says moving Big 12 championship up a day would help teams

If Bill Self could, he definitely would change the dates of the Big 12 men's basketball tournament.

History belies tourney's wide-open look

No team seeded fifth or worse has won Big 12 men's postseason event

On paper, this might look like the most wide-open Big 12 tournament in the conference's nine-year history.

Jayhawks' McCoy earns vacation

Kansas football player gets two weeks off from tour in U.S. Army before returning to Iraq

John McCoy is home -- at least for a little while.

6Sports video: Self's second regular season at KU a roller-coaster ride

It hasn't been the smoothest sailing ship in the history of Kansas basketball, but the 2004-05 regular season has had its moments.

Missouri knocks off Nebraska in Big 12 Tournament

Linas Kleiza scored 26 points to lead Missouri past Nebraska 70-67 in the first round of the Big 12 tournament Thursday.

Clark leads Cyclones past Bears

Rahshon Clark scored a career-high 20 points to lead Iowa State to a 77-57 victory over Baylor on Thursday in the first round of the Big 12 tournament. Jared Homan added 17 points for the Cyclones (18-10), who won for the 10th time in their last 12 games and will meet Texas Tech in Friday's semifinals.

Langford to miss Friday's game

Senior star could return if KU advances in Big 12 Tournament

Kansas senior Keith Langford will not play in Friday's Big 12 Tournament quarterfinal game, KU head coach Bill Self said after Thursday's practice at Allen Fieldhouse. Langford, who severely twisted his left ankle in last Sunday's game against Missouri, has not practiced this week.

Massey leads Wildcats past Wright, Aggies

Jeremiah Massey had 18 points and fueled a key surge in the second half that propelled Kansas State past Texas A&M 68-62 Thursday night in the first round of the Big 12 tournament. It was the first tournament win since 2002 for the Wildcats (17-11), who suffered through a frustrating regular season, losing twice on last-second shots and twice in overtime.

Buffaloes become first No. 11 seed to advance

Colorado ousts Texas from Big 12 Tournament

Richard Roby had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Colorado overcame horrible first-half shooting to upset Texas 81-69 Thursday night in the first round of the Big 12 tournament. The Buffaloes (14-15), who shot just 13-for-36 in the first half but were 14-for-27 after the break, are the first No. 11 seed to advance out of the opening round in the tournament's nine-year history.

K.C. hopes to become permanent Big 12 home

City officials want commitment to keep conference tournament

Kansas City is trying to put its best sneaker-clad foot forward this week for the Big 12 men's and women's basketball tournaments.

Wednesday, March 9

Commentary: Part of Self must wish he had stayed

Now at Kansas, former Illinois coach says all the right things, but surely he has some regrets

We all have regrets. But it's hard to imagine having the kind of industrial-strength regrets that Gary Barnett surely has had since he left Northwestern for Colorado.

KU men's lacrosse club beats Kansas State

Kansas University's men's lacrosse club beat Kansas State, 5-2, Friday, earning its second victory over the Wildcats this season.

6Sports video: Big 12 tournament loss ends women's season

Kansas University's women's basketball season ended on a sour note Tuesday -- a 62-57 loss to Missouri in the Big 12 Conference tournament.

6Sports video: Langford's ankle on day-to-day basis

Kansas senior Keith Langford is wearing a boot, walking on crutches and rehabbing often. Although his ankle is not broken, his availability for the Big 12 Tournament is still up in the air.

Fans lodge complaints against Mizzou's chief of police after game

Four Kansas University fans thought they had spent their time and $35 at Kinko's on a special banner for an afternoon of taunting Tiger fans at Sunday's basketball game against the University of Missouri.

6News video: Fans report run-in with police chief

A trip to Columbia, Mo., for four KU students didn't just end with a disappointing loss to the Tigers -- they found themselves in a confrontation with a police chief that landed one of them in jail.

Ankle starting to heal

Langford able to walk, but could miss Big 12s

A black boot covering his badly bruised left ankle, Keith Langford limped into Allen Fieldhouse without the assistance of crutches Tuesday afternoon.

KU men's golf fourth at Louisiana tourney

Kansas University's men's golf squad placed fourth after the final round Tuesday of the 15-team Louisiana Classics Invitational at Oakbourne Country Club.

KU sophomore diver to travel to NCAAs

Kansas University sophomore diver Jenny Roberts, after a strong 2004-05 season, has qualified to compete at the NCAA Zone D Regional meet on March 11-13 in College Station, Texas.

Focus: 2005-06

Big 12 tourney loss ends Jayhawk hopes; Henrickson, juniors shift goals to future

Wait 'til next year. Kansas University's women's basketball season ended on a sour note Tuesday -- a 62-57 loss to Missouri in the Big 12 Conference tournament -- but coach Bonnie Henrickson wielded a bright brush.

Spring will reveal Herford's future -- at either QB or WR

Expect Marcus Herford on the football field this fall -- somewhere.

Tuesday, March 8

KU women's lacrosse drops pair in Missouri

Illinois stopped Kansas University's women's lacrosse team, 19-7, Saturday.

All-Big 12 Conference honors

Docking, KU in hunt

Sophomore Tyler Docking is tied for second after he fired a 3-under 69, helping Kansas University's men's golf team earn a share of fourth place Monday after the first round of the Louisiana Classics Invitational.

Jayhawks seek sweep today against Tigers

Hold the brooms. Kansas University must knock off Missouri one more time to claim a women's basketball season sweep.

Woodling: Henrickson has Kansas headed in right direction

Who says women are the weaker sex?

Illinois not unanimous

Illinois' first loss of the season wasn't enough to knock the Illini out of the top spot in the AP poll, but Kansas University's fourth loss in six games dropped the Jayhawks to a season-low ninth.

6Sports video: Jayhawks prepare for women's Big 12 Tournament

The Lady Jayhawks have an 8 seed at the tournament, better than the predicted 11th-seed spot. KU's first game will be against border rivals Missouri.

6Sports video: Langford's ankle sprained, not broken

If Keith Langford is 80% in time for the Big 12 Tournament, he will play. If he does not feel ready, he will sit out until the NCAA Tournament.

Langford expected to play in NCAA

Senior guard's ankle bruised, not broken

Keith Langford has a deep bone bruise in his left ankle, not a fracture, which is a big break for Kansas University's men's basketball team.


Kansas University senior Jeremy Sims' clocking of 1:47.04 in the 800-meter run Saturday at Iowa State eclipsed Jim Ryun's school record of 1:47.91 set in 1967. Ryun's time was omitted from a story in Sunday's Journal-World.

Simien alone at top

Coaches tap senior player of year

The postseason awards already are starting to pour in for Kansas University power forward Wayne Simien.

Monday, March 7

MU's Gardner proves point

Sophomore outshines other Portland products

Thomas Gardner left little doubt Sunday. Gardner, a 6-foot-5 Missouri University sophomore, clearly was the best player on the Mizzou Arena floor who graduated from Portland, Ore., Jefferson High.

6News video: Fans frustrated by Border Showdown

KU fans gathered on Sunday to watch the Jayhawks, hoping to see them earn a No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Tournament.

Self: Langford could play in Big 12 Tournament

Simien named Big 12 player of the year

There was some good news regarding Kansas University's Keith Langford on Monday. The senior guard was diagnosed with a severe left ankle sprain, not a break. There's a chance he could play in this week's Big 12 tournament.

Freshman Robinson fills in

All along, Russell Robinson has been yearning for some responsibility.

Quick roughed up as Jayhawks tumble

Kansas University pitcher Kodiak Quick was roughed up for nine runs on eight hits, and No. 17 Mississippi State routed the Jayhawk baseball squad, 9-2, Sunday in the final game of the NBC Classic at Dudy Noble Field.

Iowa blanks KU, 7-0

Kansas University's tennis squad fell flat Sunday in a 7-0 loss to Iowa at Clark Racquet Center.

Simien stung by setback

Losing at Missouri for the first time in his career pains Kansas University senior Wayne Simien.

Jayhawks split pair at SIU tournament

Kansas University's softball squad split a pair of games Sunday at the Kay Brechtelsbauer Classic at Southern Illinois.


KU coach Bill Self started Michael Lee and brought in J.R. Giddens off the bench. Lee missed five shots, including four threes, and didn't score. Giddens had 13 points off 5-of-12 shooting. He missed five of six threes. Jeff Hawkins had eight points off 2-of-5 three-point shooting, also off the bench.

Woodling: Jayhawks missed slasher

On Wednesday, Kansas University's Wayne Simien will be tapped Big 12 Conference player of the year. Another KU senior, Keith Langford, probably will earn second-team All-Big 12 Conference honors. Heck, Langford might even have to settle for a third-team berth.

Final denial

KU loses league, Langford

Kansas University senior Keith Langford dejectedly limped off the basketball court carrying a pair of crutches as a flood of delirious Missouri students raced past him after the Tigers' 72-68 victory over the Jayhawks on Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

Sunday, March 6

KU seniors hope to complete Columbia sweep

Shiny, brand-new Mizzou Arena will resemble the worn-out Hearnes Center in at least one way today. It'll be rocking and rolling with Kansas University in town.

Woodling: My picks for best in Big 12

One game to go in the Big 12 Conference men's basketball season, and it's time to hand out the awards. Player of the year? No question. Kansas University's Wayne Simien should be unanimous.

6Sports video: Tigers' shooting, Langford's injury hinder Kansas

Strong three-point shooting in the first half and free throw shooting throughout the game by Missouri kept Kansas University's men's basketball team from outright winning the Big 12 Conference regular season title.

Missouri upsets Kansas, 72-68

Tigers' shooting, Langford's injury doom Jayhawks

Strong three-point shooting in the first half and free throw shooting throughout the game by Missouri kept Kansas University's men's basketball team from outright winning the Big 12 Conference regular season title. The Tigers defeated the Jayhawks, 72-68, Sunday in the new Missouri Sports Arena, ending the Jayhawks' hopes of a solo league championship. Kansas finished tied with Oklahoma atop the standings, but the Sooners won the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Tournament thanks to their victory over the Jayhawks earlier this season.

KU tennis rolls past Iowa State

Kansas University's tennis team rolled past Iowa State in dominating fashion, 7-0, Saturday.

KU bowling boss Fine heading to Florida State

A new job in Tallahasee, Fla. is right up Kansas University bowling coach Mike Fine's alley.

Another Ryun record falls

Senior Mims breaks 800-meter mark

Kansas University senior Jeremy Mims broke a 38-year old school record Saturday, finishing the 800-meter run in 1:47.04 at the Iowa State Qualifier.

Jayhawks take two to open tourney

Kansas University's softball team used abundant hitting and timely hitting Saturday to win two games on the first day of the Kay Brectelsbauer Classic at Southern Illinois.

KU needs victory for undisputed Big 12 title

Kansas University's men's basketball team must defeat Missouri today to gain an undisputed Big 12 Conference regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in next week's Big 12 tournament.

Snyder not bitter toward fieldhouse fans

Kansas University's student newspaper, The University Daily Kansan, played a prank on Quin Snyder the night of the KU-Missouri men's basketball game Jan. 31 at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU baseball splits pair

Kansas University's baseball team managed a split in two games Saturday, topping Austin Peay, 11-4, before falling, 5-0, to Mississippi State in the nightcap of the NBC Classic.

Saturday, March 5

6Sports video: Jayhawks ready for Tigers

Kansas University's men's basketball team will have its eye on the Big 12 crown as the Jayhawks face rival Missouri on Sunday in Columbia, Mo. This will be the first time the Jayhawks will face the Tigers in the new Mizzou Arena.

Bahe still close with Wilkes, Padgett

How have former Kansas University basketball players Omar Wilkes and David Padgett been faring with their new teams, Cal and Louisville, respectively?

Two swimmers earn berths

Kansas University senior Amy Gruber and sophomore Jenny Short have qualified for the NCAA Championships on March 17-19 in West Lafayette, Ind.

KU softball to play in Classic

Kansas University's softball team will continue its 19-game road swing today and Sunday at the Brechtelsbauer Classic in Carbondale, Ill.

Dunlap effort spoiled by loss

Kansas University senior designated hitter Travis Dunlap went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, but it wasn't enough as the Jayhawks fell to Austin Peay, 11-6, Friday in the opening game of the 2005 NBC Classic baseball tournament.

Tigers' Snyder under fire again

Coach causes stir with comments on radio show about beating KU

Missouri men's basketball coach Quin Snyder came out roaring on his weekly "Tiger Talk" radio show Thursday night. Asked about Sunday's 1 p.m. MU-Kansas University Border Showdown in Columbia, Mo., Snyder said defiantly, "We need to make the game about trying to kick their (butts)."

Kemp, Hallman earn Big 12 honors

Kansas University juniors Crystal Kemp and Erica Hallman earned honorable mention on the All-Big 12 Conference women's basketball team as chosen by league coaches.

Mayer: Jayhawks' best bet for NBA careers comes with winning in NCAAs

One of the beauties of the current Kansas University basketball team, at least in my mind, is that no players have harmed the team with mindsets about how professional scouts are perceiving them. That's not the case for many college teams anymore. Such selfishness is the stuff that drives coaches nuts and loses key games.

X-Factor Game 14: Kansas 85, Missouri 72

Kansas University's virtual men's basketball team didn't let its first trip into Paige Sports Arena -- the video game won't let Missouri forget Ms. Laurie's indiscretions -- be intimidating, easily handling the Tigers in an 85-72 victory.

Friday, March 4

KU to play at Classic

Four games in three days are on tap for Kansas University's baseball team this weekend at the NBC Classic on the Mississippi State University campus.

6Sports video: Seniors dominate Senior Night

In their last game at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas University seniors Aaron Miles, Michael Lee, Keith Langford and Wayne Simien combined for 58 points in KU's 72-65 victory over Kansas State on Wednesday.

Juco transfers could start new network

Whether it was the massive size, the scary strength or the flat-out dominance of the Jayhawk Conference trenches, something kept Kansas University assistant coach Clint Bowen's eyes glued on the defensive line of Garden City Community College's football team last fall.

Ex-KU basketballer dead at age of 70

Memorial services are scheduled today for John Parker, co-captain of Kansas University's 1957 NCAA Final Four men's basketball team.

Pritchard shaking up Trail Blazers' system

The changes already were evident as Kevin Pritchard took charge of his first practice Thursday as interim coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, one day after Maurice Cheeks was fired.

KU seniors quickly learned to appreciate Self

One thing was obvious after listening to the poignant postgame speeches of Kansas University's senior basketball players Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Thursday, March 3

Blazers turn to Pritchard

Portland names ex-Jayhawk interim coach

Kevin Pritchard, who played on Kansas University's 1988 national championship team, on Wednesday was named interim head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers.

KU golf victorious in Texas invitational

It wasn't a thing of beauty, but Kansas University golf coach Ross Randall was smiling Wednesday after the Jayhawks won the two-day Texas-San Antonio Invitational.

Simien especially poignant

Big Dub's Senior Night speech culmination of lifelong dream

They saved the Big Dub for last, and there's a reason for that.


Kansas University's Aaron Miles and Christian Moody were named to the 2005 men's basketball academic All-Big Conference 12 team, the league announced Wednesday.

Massey: 'Cats 'were terrible'

Jeremiah Massey found no solace in playing Kansas University tough on Senior Night.

KU outfielder honored

Kansas University junior outfielder A.J. Van Slyke has been selected the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week. Van Slyke batted .556 with a 5-for-9 week, two home runs and six RBIs with a slugging percentage of 1.333 against Northern Colorado. His homers were a grand slam and a walk-off in the bottom of the 11th of Sunday's 9-8 win.

Jayhawks' Giddens shrugs off bad miss

J.R. Giddens' first three-pointer missed by a wide margin on Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

6News video: Changes coming to venerable fieldhouse

A wholesale change of venue is not on the schedule for Kansas basketball, but an update for Allen Fieldhouse is in the works.

6News video: Family has 'magical' night at Fieldhouse

A local family in need had prime seats Wednesday night at their first KU basketball game. Kyra Welter has been dealing with difficulties since her husband, Steve, a Lawrence firefighter, was deployed to Iraq.

6Sports video: Former KU guard now NBA coach

Former Kansas University men's basketball player Kevin Pritchard has taken over as interim head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. Pritchard was the director of player personnel for Portland.

6Sports video: 'The Stilt' comes in as Fieldhouse's No. 1

Simply put, Wilt Chamberlain was the best player KU's ever had, and his debut in December 1956 changed everything. His arrival on the Kansas basketball court against Northwestern is the No. 1 moment in Allen Fieldhouse history.

Icing on the cake

Jayhawks celebrate anniversary, Senior Night with victory

Kansas University senior Wayne Simien wept as he walked toward his parents amid a shower of flowers before Wednesday's Senior Night game against Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse.

Woodling: Game routine, but night wasn't

The Big Three-Oh on The Big Five-Oh. On the Golden Anniversary of Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas University's men's basketball team made it 30 straight victories over Kansas State.

Sweet send-off for seniors

Foreclosure threat yields tickets

As special as Wednesday night was to the seniors on Kansas University men's basketball team, the evening was downright magical for an Osawatomie woman and her two children who had never been to a KU game before -- let alone to an intrastate rivalry as Allen Fieldhouse turns 50.

Wednesday, March 2

More than Phog -- smoke scare leads to Allen Fieldhouse evacuation

(Updated Wednesday at 6:41 p.m.) About 100 of Kansas University students were briefly evacuated from Allen Fieldhouse this afternoon after smoke filled the building.

Jayhawks hire final football assistant

The assistant-coaching alterations within Kansas University's football program appear to have wrapped up.

6Sports video: Seniors help Jayhawks knock off Wildcats

In the final game of Allen Fieldhouse's 50th season and the last home game for four seniors, Kansas University's men's basketball team defeated rival Kansas State, 72-65, Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Seniors lead KU to victory over KSU

Simien, Miles, Langford, Lee guide KU to 72-65 win

In the final game of Allen Fieldhouse's 50th season and the last home game for four seniors, Kansas University's men's basketball team defeated in-state rival Kansas State, 72-65, Wednesday in the fieldhouse. The quartet of Jayhawk seniors — Wayne Simien, Keith Langford, Aaron Miles and Michael Lee — appropriately led the way in the team's 30th straight win over the Wildcats.

Pritchard named Trail Blazers interim head coach

Former Jayhawk takes over for fired Cheeks

Former Kansas University men's basketball player Kevin Pritchard has taken over as interim head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers after Maurice Cheeks was fired Wednesday. Pritchard was the director of player personnel for Portland, which has lost seven of nine games and is in danger of missing the playoffs for the second straight years.

6Sports video: Jayhawks fall to SMS

Kansas baseball had a rough time at home this past weekend, and the problems continued on Tuesday against Southwest Missouri State.

KU women give Cyclones scare on their Senior Night

The emotions of Senior Night almost got the best of Iowa State. The No. 21 Cyclones came out tight, missed easy shots, threw the ball away and never seemed to relax. But they did just enough down the stretch to escape with a 61-52 victory over Kansas University on Tuesday night in a game that had plenty of grit and determination but little style.

KUAC clarifies APR process

The loss-of-scholarship punishment is enough to make almost every Kansas University coach cringe, but a presentation at Tuesday's KUAC board meeting showed that the NCAA's new Academic Progress Rate consequences weren't as harsh as they might have seemed.

Jayhawks 'embarrassed' by loss

KU commits six errors in 8-4 setback against SMS

After Kansas University's baseball team dropped an 8-4 decision to Southwest Missouri State on Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark, junior shortstop Ritchie Price wanted to vent a little.

Baseball player arrested

A Kansas University baseball player was arrested on suspicion of battery this weekend after a fight near campus.

KU vs Kansas State Notes

'An emotional night'

Seniors to bid adieu against KSU

Nothing ever seems to rattle unflappable Kansas University senior Keith Langford. "He is cool. Keith is 'Freeze.' That's his nickname. He lives by it," KU coach Bill Self said of the senior guard from Fort Worth, Texas.

Fans part of fieldhouse's mystique

Lew Perkins, who played college basketball at the University of Iowa and worked as athletic director at Connecticut, Maryland and Wichita State, has attended games in some fabulous, historic hoops venues.

Woodling: White's finale hard to top

Initial memories seem to linger longer in the synapses, and thus it was that I never will forget the first time I experienced the singular sensation of a sellout crowd in Allen Fieldhouse. The occasion probably was the most unusual Senior Night in Kansas University basketball history.

6Sports video: KU's senior four prepare for emotional speeches

Nothing ever seems to rattle Kansas University senior Keith Langford. Langford, who has always been calm and collected while asking for the basketball during crunch time, tonight finally might find it difficult to keep his composure. He and his three senior teammates will give emotional speeches after an 8 p.m. game between KU and Kansas State.

6Sports video: 'Cathedral of basketball' home to variety of activities

Allen FIeldhouse has earned renown as basketball court, but it was built to serve as a multipurpose sport facility and armory, making it home to a variety of events throughout the past 50 years.

6Sports video: Stallworth's thrashing of Missouri ranks among fieldhouse highlights

In 1972, Bud Stallworth was a sharpshooting guard and part-time trumpet player, the shining light of a KU team that had played out of tune all season. But on Feb. 26, No. 14 Missouri came to town and Stallworth stunned them with a 50-point performance, which ranks as the No. 2 moment in Allen Fieldhouse history.

Sanctity of original fieldhouse reinforced in 50th year

Like many Kansas basketball fans, athletics boosters, university officials and other followers of college basketball, Warren Corman said he wouldn't even consider replacing Allen Fieldhouse.

Where was Williams?

The lack of recognition for one of Kansas University's most successful coaches was a noticeable omission in the 50th anniversary celebration for Allen Fieldhouse.

When is it best to let a questionable situation or occurrence pass without comment so as not to disturb or anger anyone, and when is it appropriate to call attention to something that doesn't reflect well on an individual or institution? There probably isn't any perfect answer to that question. Nevertheless...

Tuesday, March 1

Jayhawks hot in hunt for No. 1 seed

It's by no means a sure thing, but Kansas is right up there on the list of teams with a good shot at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

6Sports video: Giddens continues to struggle

J.R. Giddens has been slumping of late, and had a scoreless game against OSU.

6News video: '50 years in the Phog' celebrates the history of Allen Fieldhouse

Coach Allen first mentioned that he wanted a new basketball arena in the 1920's.

Retro, but no short shorts

KU to wear 'modernized' old-style uniforms

Kansas University's basketball players will wear old-fashioned jerseys during Wednesday's game against Kansas State.

Woodling: KU slate tough after all

Admit it. You weren't overwhelmed late last summer when the Kansas University men's basketball schedule was released.

Lee reflective as basketball career wanes

Michael Lee stood Saturday night on the top row of an otherwise deserted Allen Fieldhouse, scanning the bleachers and James Naismith Court.

KU's 150-95 romp over Kentucky one of Allen Fieldhouse's greatest moments

All-time moment number 3 in the countdown to 50 years in the Field House: On December 9, 1989, Rick Pitino and the Kentucky Wildcats were run out of the gym. The Jayhawks won a fast-paced game, 150-95.

Our readers top Allen Fieldhouse memories

We came up with our own list of the top moments in Allen Fieldhouse history, but we know we're not smart enough to have remembered everything — no matter how much we kid ourselves.

McMillan's smokin' 40 glistens at NFL combine

For a guy out to prove himself as an NFL-caliber talent, David McMillan sure helped his cause Monday.

No surprise: Illinois still on top

Unbeaten Illini unanimous No. 1; LSU tops women's poll

Illinois was No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll Monday, the Illini's 13th straight week on top and their fifth consecutive poll as a unanimous choice.

Cyclones will be motivated

KU facing yet another emotional night in hostile environment

Bonnie Henrickson saw what she described as one "big, fat lovefest" Saturday night in Manhattan, and Kansas University's women's basketball coach knows she'll see another one tonight.

KU lacrosse club splits two games

Kansas University's women's lacrosse club split a pair of games Saturday in Lincoln, Neb.

KU women's golf 14th at "Mo"Morial

The Kansas University women's golf squad shot a first-day score of 663, placing 14th in the 15-team field after the first two rounds of the Texas A&M "Mo"Morial Invitational.

Three KU sports falter in NCAA report

A preliminary report released Monday by the NCAA cited the need for three of KU's athletic programs to improve its academic progress standing or face future punishment, including a possibility for loss of scholarships.

6Sports video: KU outplays OSU

Both teams had incredible shooting percentages and attacked the basket. However, the Jayhawks played hard enough to keep Oklahoma State from the win.

SMS playing poorly

Bears, Jayhawks geographic rivals

Every season, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price looks forward to playing Southwest Missouri State.