Stories for March 2, 2005


Lead stories

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.

Baseball player arrested

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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