A year ago, the Kansas football team had to win its 11th and final game of the season in order to become bowl eligible and that opponent just so happens to be Iowa State.
It's been a long time since the Kansas football team has won a true road game.
Whether you were waiting to see Shady, Brady or Sherron, tonight was your night as the Kansas men's basketball team opened exhibition play this evening in the Fieldhouse against Washburn.
KU sizzles down stretch, knocks off Washburn 99-69
An offseason's worth of moves are coming during the first hours of the Seattle SuperSonics' new ownership. The Sonics announced late Tuesday that they have signed forward-center Nick Collison to a multiyear contract extension, after hinting such a deal may not get done until after this season.
No. 8-rated Texas swept the Kansas University volleyball team, 30-20, 30-25, 30-20, Wednesday night. With the loss, the Jayhawks moved to 10-13 on the season and 3-11 in Big 12 play. UT improved to 16-5 and 11-3.
Dominic Roux sees a little bit of himself when lining up at his new cornerback position for Kansas University. That's why it has worked so well - and so fast - in the middle of his senior football season. "I played receiver, and when you look at a receiver's hips and everything he does, it's basically the same thing I did," Roux said.
Washburn University's basketball players looked like easy marks to vendors selling Rolex watches, DVDs and sandals last summer on the streets of downtown Shanghai. The Ichabods, who were sight-seeing in China's biggest city, resisted the temptation to purchase any items - until one persistent peddler made her plea for a box of green tea.
Milan Donley, an assistant track and field coach at Kansas University, has been named meet director of the Kansas Relays. Donley, who has spent the past six seasons coaching horizontal jumpers for the Jayhawks, replaces Tim Weaver in managing one of the nation's oldest and largest track and field meets.
No sense trying to hide what will be obvious at pregame meal, in the locker room and on the Allen Fieldhouse court during warmups tonight. "Yes, I'm nervous," Kansas University freshman point guard Sherron Collins said. He was referring to days, hours, minutes and seconds leading up to the Jayhawks' exhibition basketball opener against Washburn.
Despite containing Colorado scoring sensation and Big 12 leader Nikki Marshall and holding the Buffaloes to a single score while Kansas forward Jessica Bush notched her team-leading seventh goal, the Jayhawks fell to the Buffaloes, 5-3 in penalty kicks, Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson joked that several of her seven freshmen recruits did not play in the fourth quarter of their high school games, and it showed Wednesday.
Of all the words Mark Mangino spoke while answering questions for 20 minutes at his weekly news conference, one stood out as particularly disagreeable. The word? Agreeable. "Todd Reesing has played one half of football," Mangino said. "Most of what he did during that one half was agreeable."
They competed in different events and different eras, but they share a bond. In track and field, they either ran, jumped, threw, vaulted or coached - all wearing the crimson and blue. Wednesday was an evening to celebrate their Olympic gold medals, national championships, various records and a slew of other achievements.
Shaquina Mosley sparkled in her first game in a Kansas University basketball uniform. Mosley was also splendid in the Jayhawks' season finale. Then there were the 28 games between the opener and the final contest of the 2005-06 season. Mosley was no factor in any of them. In fact, if the Big 12 Conference awarded a Flop of the Year Award, Mosley would have won in a landslide.
For Ivana Catic, it was a December to remember. Catic was a rookie point guard, yet the clear-cut catalyst for a Kansas University women's basketball team that began last season with a surprising 12-0 record. A native of Serbia who had spent the previous year at a prep school in West Virginia, Catic was turning the tiller of the Jayhawks' offense like a old salt while averaging more than 11 points a game.
You can't sneak the sun past a rooster, and you can't slip a protein milkshake by Brady Morningstar. "Every time I go into the locker room I drink one," Morningstar said. Now a freshman basketball player at Kansas University, Morningstar continues to pursue the maturity he needs to become a viable NCAA Divison One performer.
During the Big 12 meetings, Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson approached Texas University's Jody Conradt, who coached seven freshmen last year, for advice on how to handle her own class of septuplets. Conradt, whose team finished 13-15 last year, looked at Henrickson and shook her head. "Call three right now," Conradt said, "and tell them not to come."
Kansas University's men's basketball team has been known as Point Guard U. - at least in the Midwest - for the past three decades. Kirk Hinrich, Cedric Hunter, Adonis Jordan, Aaron Miles, Kevin Pritchard, Mark Turgeon, Jacque Vaughn and Darnell Valentine have excelled at the lead guard spot, piling up points and assists as well as victories for the tradition-rich Jayhawks, who have a new floor-general in town eager to join that list of greats.
Just imagine: Another Julian Wright running the Allen Fieldhouse floor. As rare a speciman is Wright is - lean, explosive and full of tools - there might be another one on Kansas University's men's basketball team this season. That is, if you listen to the players.
Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard had dreamed of coaching Division I volleyball. So when Kansas State offered the Barton Community College coach its head job during the mid-1990s, moving on seemed like a no-brainer except to his son, Brennan. "Dad, you can take that job," Brennan said. "But I'm still going to cheer for Jacque Vaughn and the Jayhawks."
After a late-night return to Lawrence from a Madison Square Garden road trip last season, Matt Kleinmann quickly realized his night wasn't over. "Around 3 in the morning, I realized I had a project due in a couple of days," the Kansas University sophomore forward said. "It was one of those days that it was so cold, my head hurt from just walking outside. I had two to three jackets on."
Glaring doesn't begin to describe how Mario Chalmers' performance against Cal last season sticks out from the other 32 games in which he played for Kansas University's men's basketball team. Chalmers' line: 0-for-3 from the floor, 1-for-2 from the free-throw line, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 6 turnovers, 1 point in 11 minutes.
On the basketball court, Julian Wright is a man who always seems to be in a hurry. He rushes to hit the open man. He puts up a shot and streaks to the other side of the lane to put it back up again when it misses. He bolts to get into position to block a shot and is off to the races on a fastbreak or to get back on defense. As for the college experience as a whole, Wright doesn't seem to be in any great hurry for that to end.
Rodrick Stewart, who transferred from USC to Kansas University in January of 2005, wasn't eligible to play in a game until the start of second semester last season. It put the 6-foot-4 guard at a disadvantage in his quest for playing time, several other perimeter players getting an eight-game head start on the season. "Yes and no," Stewart said, asked if he was at a disadvantage because he couldn't dress until the Dec. 19 contest against Pepperdine.
When Sasha Kaun went home for the summer, it became evident - sports fans in Lawrence vastly differ from the ones in his hometown of Tomsk, Russia. "People don't look at basketball as a sport that much in Russia," the Kansas University junior center said. "The major sport is soccer there. The people don't know much about basketball."
The rumor mills had him slotted him on NBA Draft boards, but guard Brandon Rush formed his own contrasting notion as he sat in the Palace of Auburn Hills locker room following Kansas University's shocking NCAA Tournament first-round exit. "Right after the Bradley game, I knew I was going to come back," Rush said. "It wasn't a close decision."
It has been a difficult 18 months for junior forward Darnell Jackson. In November of 2005, he was suspended for nine games by the NCAA for accepting $5,000 in gifts from family friend, and Kansas booster, Don Davis. Just a few months earlier, in May, his mother, Shawn, and grandmother, Evon, were in a car accident in Nevada.
According to Brandon Rush, the best three-point shooter in the nation plays for the Kansas University men's basketball squad - but it's not he, it's Jeremy Case. "If he started getting a lot of playing time, I think he'd be the best shooter in the nation," Rush said. "That's how great he can shoot." Case was willing to be a little selfish in agreeing with Rush - but it was only to an extent.
Such a gifted communicator is Bill Self that with one answer to one question he can efficiently kill what could have been months worth of hype. How, he was asked, does this year's team compared to the 1996-97 team that went 34-2 and lost in the Sweet 16 to eventual national champion Arizona?
A hero at Humboldt High, Brad Witherspoon had offers to play college basketball. Small-college basketball. "I could have went juco, I could have went D-II to play, but I was like, 'No, I'm going to come to KU. No questions asked,'" said Witherspoon, who recently survived walk-on tryouts and is a nonscholarship junior guard on KU's 2006-07 team.
When a Kansas guard is looking for inspiration to become more vocal, one name comes to mind for junior Russell Robinson. Aaron Miles. Robinson speaks with Miles regularly, and Miles, the former leader of the team, has given the new leader of the team a few tips.