Stories for December 2007


Monday, December 31

6News video: Former players hope third time's a charm

For KU and the Orange Bowl, the trend has been close, but no cigar. The football team has gone to Miami twice, in 1948 and 1969. Both times, they left without a victory. Members of those teams hope the third time's a charm in 2008.

6Sports video: Darnell wows with 'The Play'

The who? Kansas senior forward Darnell Jackson. The what? The beginning of the second half on Saturday night against Yale. There where? Allen Fieldhouse. The why? Simply because he can.

6Sports video: Hawks to work on free throws for new year

When you're undefeated, have won 27 of your last 28 games and have almost concluded your non-conference schedule, there are very few things worth changing when it comes to your New Year's resolution. But if you want to get picky, how about the Jayhawks' free throw shooting?

6Sports video: What is a Hokie?

The Kansas football team is set to play Va Tech Thursday in the Orange Bowl. With the Miami showdown just three days away, it's time to make sure you know the foe.

6Sports video: McCray is back

After missing her last three games to a stress reaction in her left leg, last night the Jayhawks' Danielle McCray returned to the floor.

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KU fans hit the road

Kansas University junior Tim Burgess hasn't missed a football game this season and he isn't about to let 1,503 miles keep him from attending the last one - Thursday's game in Miami.

UCLA coach busy already

Rick Neuheisel, still enjoying that new-car smell as UCLA's football coach, wasted little time in taking the job for a test drive.

Keegan: Ex-KU catcher on rise

Rob Thomson, a catcher in the early '80s for Kansas University and a member of the New York Yankees' organization for 19 years now, recently was promoted to serve as new manager Joe Girardi's bench coach.

Self's wish: better free-throw shooting for KU

Bill Self has one wish for his Kansas University Jayhawks as they enter 2008. "My new year's resolution for the team would be, 'Stay hungry,''' Self, KU's fifth-year basketball coach, said after an 86-53 rout of Yale on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas women rip Terriers

After the first eight minutes of the second half, Kansas University's Taylor McIntosh had seen enough. In that span, Boston University's leading scorer and Kansas City, Mo., native, Jesyka Burks-Wiley, ripped off 14 points.

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Sharing the love

Virginia Tech making two-QB system work

Sean Glennon was the Virginia Tech football team's quarterback for all 13 games in 2006 and figured heading into '07 that it once again would be his job. Not his job to lose. His job, period.

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Football helps Hokies heal

April's tragedy leaves indelible mark

Reminders of April 16 are everywhere. Especially at football practice. A black flag with an orange and maroon ribbon flies from a camera stand above the Virginia Tech practice fields. A similar patch is stitched to each jersey.

KU women tweak plans to watch Orange Bowl

Kansas University's women's basketball team will leave for its Jan. 4 game with Xavier in Cincinnati a day early. The departure gives the team a night at its hotel to watch the Jayhawk football team take on Virginia Tech Jan 3. in the Orange Bowl.

Ryan Wood's Orange Bowl notebook

Kansas University linebacker Joe Mortensen said his right knee is feeling better than it did last month, when he played through pain to close out the Jayhawks' regular season.

OU's Paris keeps streak alive

Courtney Paris kept her double-double streak alive to help No. 9 Oklahoma rout South Carolina, 95-63, on Sunday.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Future KU power forward Quintrell Thomas of St. Patrick High in Elizabeth, N.J., scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Celtics' 66-60 loss to Houston Yates on Saturday. The game, played in Houston, was shown on ESPNU.

'Bama holds off Colorado in Independence

Crimson Tide snaps four-game skid with 30-24 victory over Buffaloes

Alabama found enough offense Sunday night to win the Independence Bowl, but stumbled so much that even its star quarterback acknowledges the Crimson Tide isn't rolling just yet.

Emotions run high as OSU, Indiana gear for Insight

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has a theory about bowls. He's noticed the team that wants to be there the most often wins the game.

Carolina clubs Valpo

Danny Green has made coming off the bench something of a show for top-ranked North Carolina this season.

Tigers not sleeping in this year

Last Jan. 1, Missouri players were on their couches gorging on the action and recovering from a last-second Sun Bowl loss a few days earlier. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon recalls spending the day channel-surfing at a friend's house in Jasper, Texas. He also recalls oversleeping the early-starting Cotton Bowl, set for 10:40 a.m.

Sunday, December 30

6Sports video: KU women wallop Terriers

This afternoon the Kansas women returned home after soaking up the sun for their last two match-ups in California. The Jayhawks welcomed the 7-5 Boston Lady Terriers to Allen Fieldhouse.

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6News video: Orange Bowl links KU, Va Tech tragedy

Thursday's Orange Bowl forever links the University of Kansas with a difficult year at Virginia Tech. More than eight months after a shooter killed 32 people on the Blackburg, Va. campus, it's the football team that is still working to heal Hokie Nation. 6Sports reporter DJ Whetter joins us from Blacksburg.

6Sports video: Talib to return punts

Yesterday afternoon head coach Mark Mangino confirmed that cornerback Aqib Talib will now have the responsibility of returning punts during the Orange Bowl.

6Sports video: Hawks sun selves, visit vets

It's pretty good to be a member of the Kansas football team right now. Outside of preparation for Thursday's Orange Bowl, the Jayhawks found time for a little fun in the sun and even paid a visit to a local veterans' hospital.

6Sports video: KU climbs past Yale, 86-53

It was time to get back to work for the Kansas men's basketball team. Saturday the Hawks returned to the floor after their holiday layoff to square off against Ivy League opponent Yale.

6News video: Like father, like son for two Marching Jayhawks

Thirty-nine years ago, Gordon Alloway joined the Marching Jayhawks as they played in the Orange Bowl. Now as the Jayhawks football team prepares to play Virginia Tech on Thursday, his son carries the same tune as dad. 6News reporter Jonathan Kealing has more.

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Orange Bowl links generations

Father, son march in KU's band 39 years apart

The Kansas University football team may want to invest in keeping Gordon Alloway in school as long as it can. Alloway was an undergraduate at KU the last time the Jayhawks went to the Orange Bowl. He returned recently to pursue a master's degree in journalism. In 1969, Alloway was part of the Marching Jayhawks and made the trek to Miami to play at the game. And now, 39 years later, not only is Gordon Alloway back at KU, but his son, Stewart, also is an enrolled Jayhawk.

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Shoring up a weakness

All-American Talib to return punts, too

Kansas University's football team has been praised all season long for being across-the-board solid, one reason it's 11-1 and playing in the Orange Bowl on Thursday. But pulling up the caboose has been punt returns, a facet of the Jayhawks' game that has been scary at best and terrible at worst. For Thursday's game against Virginia Tech, KU coach Mark Mangino is pulling out his best weapon in the team's most important game yet: All-America cornerback Aqib Talib.

Keegan: Jackson most improved

Yale University's basketball players all know how to spell the word dribble. And they know how to define it, including the meaning as it pertains to the sport of basketball. As for demonstrating that definition, well, doing so against a backcourt as talented and determined as Kansas University's was way over their heads Saturday night inside Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas basketball notebook

Mario sets mark: Mario Chalmers, who scored 11 points, hit a three-pointer at the 8:32 mark of the first half to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career. He became KU's 50th 1,000-point scorer and joined Brandon Rush as active Jayhawks in the 1,000-point club.

KU gets steal-happy

Legal stealing generally isn't as easy as Kansas University made it look Saturday night in an 86-53 domination of Yale in Allen Fieldhouse. KU had 18 steals, including 11 from the starting backcourt of Russell Robinson and Mario Chalmers. On the season the guards average a combined 5.8 steals a game.

Holmes brothers struggle in return

The cheer received by Nick and Caleb Holmes during the introduction of the starting lineup was the only real bright spot for the twins from Olathe, when their Yale basketball team faced Kansas University on Saturday.

Robinson's steals help KU whale on Yale

Bill Self motioned for his point guard to come over to the bench area with 6:13 to play in Kansas University's 86-53 rout of Yale on Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse. No strategy was discussed between KU's coach and coach-on-the-floor Russell Robinson this time - not with the Jayhawks leading by 34 points.

Ryan Wood's KU Football Notebook

It sounds strange in late December, but Kansas University's football support staff is making sure that the 104 players practicing this week are staying hydrated in the muggy weather. "It's hot," cornerback Aqib Talib said after Saturday's practice at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla. "It's like two-a-days."

UCLA names Neuheisel

Bruins give ex-Colorado coach five-year deal

Rick Neuheisel is returning to college coaching at the school where he first found fame and success.

Tulsa viewers can watch OSU

Tulsa-area television viewers without access to the NFL Network will be able to watch the Insight Bowl after all.

McFadden expects to play

Arkansas star Darren McFadden said Saturday he fully expects to play in the Cotton Bowl after a television report raised questions about his eligibility. Arkansas television station KARK has since backed off the report, apologizing to McFadden and his family.

KU women hope to avoid holiday hangover

Today's Kansas University women's basketball game against the Boston Terriers at Allen Fieldhouse features a pair of teams with different ideas about holiday time off. The last time the Jayhawks (9-2) took the court was Dec. 21, a loss at California, leaving a nine-day layoff between games.

MSU wakes up just in time

Wesley Carroll, Mississippi State's freshman quarterback, had endured a miserable evening throwing the football. But he still had the savvy to make a critical suggestion on the sideline, in the fourth quarter of the 49th annual Liberty Bowl on Saturday evening.

Penn St. takes Alamo

Joe Paterno's 500th game as Penn State coach ended the way most have: with JoePa on top.

Wake weak no more

Put to rest those derogatory nicknames for Wake Forest. There's nothing weak about the Demon Deacons under coach Jim Grobe.

Top 25 Roundup: Dayton smothers No. 6 Pitt

Memphis waxes Arizona; Winthrop knocks Miami from unbeaten ranks

It was a battle of streaks. Pittsburgh's ended. Dayton's didn't. Brian Roberts scored 31 points, and Dayton upset No. 6 Pittsburgh, 80-55, on Saturday night, extending the Flyers' winning streak to 10 and handing the Panthers their first loss of the season.

Longhorns drop 2nd straight

OU stuns No. 23 WVU; K-State explodes for 101

Wisconsin's Michael Flowers had two options with time running out: pass to tie, shoot to win. Easy choice, really. With a Texas defender leaving him room to shoot, Flowers swished a long three-pointer with two seconds left to give the Badgers a one-point lead.

No. 24 Cowgirls end nonleague slate on high note

Andrea Riley scored 20 points, and No. 24 Oklahoma State wrapped up its nonconference schedule with an 85-39 victory against Texas Southern Saturday night.

Saturday, December 29

Extra Minutes: Kansas 86, Yale 53

Tying up loose ends from KU's final game of the 2007 calendar year, smoking Yale out 86-53. The Jayhawks forced 27 Bulldog turnovers and recorded 18 steals, including a career-high eight by Russell Robinson.

Jackson's 20 points, Robinson's eight swipes pace KU in 86-53 dusting of Yale

Russell Robinson fell one short of tying the school record set by Aaron Miles, but set a new personal best in swipes with eight, as KU shut down Yale from start to finish. The senior point guard also added five assists to the effort. Darnell Jackson led four Jayhawks in double figures with 20 points, adding five rebounds to go with it. Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers each scored 11 for the Jayhawks, while Brandon Rush added 10. KU improves to 13-0 on the season with two non-conference tilts left before the Big 12 opener in two weeks against Nebraska. The Jayhawks are off until next Saturday, when they'll play on the road at Boston College in an 11 a.m. central time tip.

Big 12 Women: Gant lifts Texas A&M; Texas upends DePaul

Danielle Gant had 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals to help Texas A&M beat Texas-Arlington, 69-55, on Friday. Takia Starks had 13 points, and Patrice Reado added 12 for the Aggies (10-2).

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Home court advantage

Cindy Self raises a family in the spotlight, commits time to charitable children's organizations

Cindy Kelly came to Lawrence for the first time as a sophomore to cheer for Oklahoma State University's basketball team when the Cowboys played the Jayhawks in 1984. OSU lost to Kansas, but Cindy was formally introduced to a Cowboy basketball player who had caught her eye.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

The police sirens howled through the neighborhood streets, and the Kansas University football team's buses were flanked by flashing red-and-blue lights on the way to practice Friday. Such an entrance is expected when President Bush is arriving somewhere. But this was just the Jayhawks, heading to Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla., for their first team practice in Florida before next week's Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech.

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Together again

Brothers relish different roles as KU reconvenes

Of all people, Marcus Henry spent much of his childhood being mentioned alongside bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger. For being one of the skinniest players on Kansas University's football team, such a comparison is a little strange. But it's Henry's other half who might get the blame for this one. Marcus is three minutes older than his twin brother, Maurice.

Keegan: Stars emerged in 1969

College years offer hints of future fame. Before taking a reverse-order look at the 10 names involved in the 35th Orange Bowl (Penn State 15, Kansas 14) who developed into the biggest stars, consider one man who deserves special mention.

BC salvages once-promising year

Matt Ryan's final game at Boston College made coach Jeff Jagodzinski's first season one of the best in school history.

Spurs ink former Jayhawk Langford

After successful D-League stint, guard rejoins team that cut him in preseason

Keith Langford, who was not selected in the 2005 NBA Draft despite being the sixth-leading scorer in Kansas University history, signed a contract Friday with the San Antonio Spurs. Langford, 24, was plucked from the roster of the Austin (Texas) Toros, where he averaged 23.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in nine games for the NBA Developmental League team affiliated with the Spurs.

Olathe twins return to Kansas with Yale

Former Olathe South standout Nick Holmes was not treated as the enemy during introductions before the Yale-Kansas basketball game on Jan. 4, 2006, in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawk faithful, in fact, gave the lifelong KU fan a nice round of applause despite the fact Nick and his twin brother, Caleb, were playing for the squad dressed in Yale Blue and White jerseys.

Ex-Jayhawk Rideau joins Bears' roster

The Chicago Bears have placed cornerback Nate Vasher on injured reserve and signed wide receiver Brandon Rideau to their 53-man roster.

Smith center of attention at Liberty

It's all about Kevin Smith. Today's Liberty Bowl offers plenty of story lines. There's Sylvester Croom's revitalization of moribund Mississippi State and George O'Leary's resurrection of Central Florida and his career. But all anyone wants to talk about is Smith's chase of Barry Sanders' single-season rushing record. Everyone except Smith, that is.

JoePa plays down milestone appearance

Enough about milestones. Joe Paterno hasn't counted his games and he's not going to start now.

Oregon State tops Terps in Emerald

Yvenson Bernard couldn't be stopped, and Oregon State's defense never let Maryland get started.

TCU holds on for 20-13 Texas Bowl victory

In a Texas Bowl with a Southwest Conference flavor, TCU took care of its old rivals from Houston. Andy Dalton ran for a touchdown and Justin Watts had the go-ahead score to help TCU to a 20-13 victory over Houston on Friday night in the Texas Bowl.

Top 25 Roundup: Cougars stifle N.C. A&T, 67-34

Derrick Low scored 19 points, and No. 4 Washington State's top-ranked defense did the rest in a 67-34 victory over North Carolina A&T on Friday night.

Sutton misses out on win No. 799

Eddie Sutton returned to coaching Friday night, but rather than recording win No. 799, the 71-year-old settled for loss No. 316.

A&M apologizes to Paterno

Texas A&M officials have apologized to Penn State administrators for a student leader's references to needing a "casket" for coach Joe Paterno.

Friday, December 28

6Sports video: Jayhawks touch down in Miami

Yesterday afternoon the Kansas football team touched down in sunny Miami, Florida.

6Sports video: Langford signs with Spurs

Former Kansas guard Keith Langford inked a deal this afternoon with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs after spending the first half of the season in the development league.

6Sports video: Can KU stop unique V-Tech offense?

There are six days and counting until KU and the Virginia Tech Hokies take the field in the 2008 Orange Bowl, but how can the Jayhawk defense stop the two-quarterback offense run by Frank Beamer?

6Sports video: KU prepares for Yale

The holiday break is over for the Kansas men's basketball team. They'll take the court against Yale on Saturday night.

Missouri clobbers Coppin State

DeMarre Carroll scored 19 points to help Missouri run its nonconference home winning streak to 26 games with a 72-38 victory over Coppin State on Thursday.

Ryan Wood's Orange Bowl notebook

The Jayhawks did not practice, but did have a meeting after all the players arrived in Miami on Thursday. Of course, the preparation for the Jan. 3 game against Virginia Tech long has been in the works.

After quick hiatus, Jayhawks get back to work

Three and a half days out of the gym seemed like an eternity to Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who nonetheless enjoyed a white Christmas in his snowy home state of Oklahoma. "It was good. I didn't do anything. I sat around and ate. I think I gained 10 pounds. That's what it feels like," Self said Thursday morning at KU's annual holiday hoops clinic at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Latitude adjustment

Hundreds turn out as KU leaves chill for 77 and sunny upon arrival in Miami

A few hundred fans braved the cold to give Kansas University's football team a warm sendoff Thursday. A mixed crowd of young and old gathered at Allen Fieldhouse to cheer as a small KU traveling party set out on the first leg of its trip to face Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 in Miami.

Woodling: A look at Big 12 bowls

Texas began the Big 12 Conference bowl run Thursday night in the Holiday Bowl. That's one down and seven to go, starting with the Alamo Bowl on Saturday.

Texas too tough for Arizona State, 52-34

Now this was a Holiday Bowl to remember. Texas coach Mack Brown's stepson sure won't forget it, after he reached out to touch a live ball and drew an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty that took away a big turnover.

Tar Heels romp, but lose reserve

Top-ranked North Carolina's latest lopsided victory didn't matter much in the locker room. Not after the Tar Heels lost a key contributor for the rest of the season.

Thursday, December 27

6Sports video: Jayhawks depart for Orange Bowl

Seven days and counting until the Kansas Jayhawks kick off their first Orange Bowl in nearly 40 years. Mark Mangino's team began that journey Thursday morning.

6Sports video: 'Hawks host holiday clinic

This morning coach Bill Self traded in his roster of less than 20 college kids for nearly 500 third- through eighth-graders for his annual holiday skills camp.

6Sports video: Sutton to coach again

Former Oklahoma State head basketball coach and Bill Self's mentor, Eddie Sutton, is coming out of retirement to coach San Francisco University.

6News video: Lawrence officials put Jayhawk pride on line

As the Jayhawks get closer to the Orange Bowl, the stakes keep getting higher. A cordial phone call this morning put the pride of the Lawrence City Commission on the line.

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Jayhawks hit the road to Orange Bowl

Contest heats up with boasts, bets

Bragging rights and friendly bets are on across the state as the Jayhawks prepare to take on Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Thursday. Folks aren't betting oranges. Nope, the wagers involve steaks, crimson-and-blue hats and sunflower seeds. Thursday morning, Lawrence Mayor Sue Hack challenged Blacksburg, Va., Mayor Ron Rordam and the town council to wear KU hats to their Jan. 8 meeting if the Jayhawks win. The Lawrence City Commission would don Hokie hats if KU loses.

Turnover at the top distracts Aggies

First, there was the sting and shock of Dennis Franchione's resignation. Then, there has been the uncomfortable acceptance of Mike Sherman as his replacement. Somewhere in between, the Texas A&M Aggies had to start mentally preparing for a bowl game.

Sutton returns to coaching

Former Oklahoma State coach resumes chase for 800 victories

Eddie Sutton acknowledges he's selfish: He really wants 800 wins. He also would prefer to end his career on a positive note rather than amid controversy as he did at Oklahoma State.

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Work, play on Jayhawks' minds

Team to meet today in Miami, where fun and practice await

Kansas University's football team will trickle into Miami today, ready for some fun and sun. Oh yeah : and a lot of tedious work with the Orange Bowl just a week away.

Woodling: Miami unkind to KU

Yes, I know Virginia Tech is favored over Kansas in the Orange Bowl. The Gobblers aren't turkeys, and the combined record of the 11 teams KU defeated was a lackluster 50-80.

Field goal as time expires lifts Purdue, 51-48

Chris Summers kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired in the Motor City Bowl, lifting Purdue to a 51-48 victory over Central Michigan on Wednesday night.

UT's Brown, Erickson to meet for first time

Longtime friends, veteran coaches to battle in tonight's Holiday Bowl

Mack Brown and Dennis Erickson have combined for 346 victories and three national championships. They've been friends for more than two decades and usually spend time together in the offseason on coaching junkets and at clinics.

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Back in the saddle

Walk-on keeping up after beating mono

There was a time not long ago when Chase Buford doubted whether he ever would play basketball competitively again. It was just last year when Buford was preparing for his senior season at Alamo Heights High in San Antonio, Texas. But the week before practice started, he came down with a strange affliction. "I got really sick, and I couldn't even move," Buford said. "So, I went to the doctor, and they found out I had mono."

Wednesday, December 26

6Sports video: Jayhawks leave for Miami Thursday morning

The day the Kansas football team plays in a BCS bowl game for the first time ever is fast approaching - in fact, Thursday morning the Jayhawks leave for Miami.

6Sports video: KU gearing up for Miami

The Kansas offense has been fantastic all season long, but the Jayhawks' stiffest test of the year comes in just over a week against Virginia Tech.

Buckeye lineman going home

When the Ohio State Buckeyes arrive in New Orleans on Jan. 2 for the national championship game against LSU, defensive tackle Nader Abdallah will serve as unofficial tour guide.

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Orange crushed

Jayhawks recall devastation after '69 Orange Bowl loss

Bobby Douglass wasn't the first big, strapping quarterback to date the prettiest girl in the class. "We went together the whole year," Douglass reflected on the 1968-69 Kansas University school year via phone from his home in suburban Chicago. "She went to Miami for the Orange Bowl and that made the trip a little more fun. Just a wonderful girl. She was great for me. She was a little more mature than I was."

Ex-Lion thrilled to be a Jayhawk

Junior guard Brennan Bechard more comfortable the second time around

Ask Brady Morningstar about his biggest rival - besides Kansas State and Missouri - and he'll tell you all about Brennan Bechard. "Oh, man, I go at him when he's guarding me," Morningstar, a Free State High graduate, said of Bechard, a Lawrence High alumnus. "He's a spot-up shooter, man, but if he catches the ball and I'm guarding him, he can't score."

Purdue, Central Michigan to showcase offenses in Motor City Bowl

When Joe Tiller came to Purdue in 1997, he was told his high-octane offense would never work in the Big Ten. Not only would the spread attack be frowned upon in a conference that still believed in Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler and "three yards and a cloud of dust," but a pass-based system would be grounded by the wind and cold of a Midwest autumn.

Colleges concern security experts

Stadium officials may not be taking needed precautions

After more than a decade in counterterrorism, Jim McGee can no longer relax and enjoy watching a sports event. The fans look like potential victims of terrorism to the former FBI agent turned college instructor. The players are possible targets and the security gaps are easy to detect.

Tuesday, December 25

6Sports video: Mangino, Beamer share similarities

Both Frank Beamer and Mark Mangino have taken very different paths to success, but they may be more similar than you think.

6Sports video: KU players home for holidays

There's no time like the holidays, and even Bill Self and Mark Mangino found time to be home for Christmas.

Disabled assistant to travel with UH

'Wheelchair-bound, non-speaking coach' to make first road trip, and it's a doozy

He spends hours on the football field, but his feet never touch the turf. His specialty is dissecting offenses, but he's never played a down.

Woodling: Merry Kansas musings

Rockin' around the Christmas tree while wondering whatever happened to Brenda Lee :

Former Jayhawk upbeat despite release

Family man Simien intends to finish rehab, return to NBA next season

Wayne Simien didn't forget his Kansas roots during his two seasons with the Miami Heat. "The whole city was tired of me bragging about the 'Hawks. Now with the 'Hawks in the Orange Bowl, the whole city gets to see what I was talking about," former Kansas University power forward Simien said of KU's football Jayhawks, who will play against ACC champion Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 in Miami.

Jayhawks' giving receivers

Energized by newcomers, corps reaches new heights

In years past, when NFL running backs cracked the 1,000-yard mark, they often showed their appreciation to the linemen that helped them get there by gifting Rolex watches or taking the hogs out to expensive steak dinners.

Jayhawks' Christmas wish list

What I'd buy the players

'Tis the season to be jolly ... and to give gifts. That said ... here are the Christmas presents I'd provide to Kansas University's basketball players if such generosity was allowed by the Scrooge-like NCAA.

Poll shuffled, but top 3 hold steady

Last week's three big-time matchups caused plenty of movement in the Associated Press college basketball poll Monday, except at the top.

Commentary: Jilted fans, save yourselves from embarassment

The holidays are times for forgiveness - old arguments settled over eggnog, lovers' spats ending under the mistletoe. The exception is college football, which seems to see villains born in December.

Texas Tech player leaving

Texas Tech backup defensive tackle Brian Jones plans to skip the Gator Bowl and won't return for his senior season because he earned a degree in three years.

Monday, December 24

6Sports video: Hokies know bowl game drill

All-time, the Kansas football team has been to 10 bowl games, but the Virginia Tech Hokies are no stranger to bowl games. In fact, they've been to 15 straight.

6Sports video: Hawks thinking big

The Kansas men's basketball team heads into the holiday break with a perfect 12-0 record, thanks in a large part to its large players.

6Sports video: Miami trumps 70-point limit

Christmas is the season of giving, and on Saturday the Kansas men's basketball team gave Miami the gift of being their first opponent in 45 games to score more than 70 points.

No. 22 Miami flushes North Carolina A&T

Jack McClinton scored 17 points, and No. 22 Miami defeated North Carolina A&T, 95-64, Sunday to stretch its season-opening winning streak to 12 games.

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(Almost) Everybody's All-American

KU cornerback Aqib Talib doesn't understand all the fuss about his award-winning 2007 season

Cornerbacks can't be hard on themselves on the field. That's how the mind gets cluttered and the performance gets bland. But in hindsight, KU standout Aqib Talib has been his own worst critic. Soon after getting named to every All-America team and being flown all over the place for awards banquets, Talib still is trying to see what the fuss is all about.

Strange situation won't faze Pelini, LSU

Before new Nebraska coach Bo Pelini could return to LSU's sideline for one last game as defensive coordinator, he and Tigers head coach Les Miles had to set a few ground rules.

New coach plans to strengthen Michigan

New Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez didn't spend too much time in Michigan last week. A Monday news conference, followed by meetings Wednesday and Thursday in Schembechler Hall and throughout campus, and then he was back to West Virginia to clean up his life there.

Missouri gives Pinkel raise

Gary Pinkel helped lead long-suffering Missouri into college football's elite ranks this year. Now he has the contract to match that lofty perch.

'Grind' awaits Jayhawks

After short break, KU will live, breathe ball

Kansas University's basketball players better rest up physically and mentally during their short-but-sweet holiday break, which officially started at the final horn of Saturday's game against Miami of Ohio. They'll be facing quite a grind upon their return to campus for practice Wednesday night, coach Bill Self said.

Late field goal leads ECU past Broncos

Boise State the squad victimized by last-second heroics this time around

Ben Hartman kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired to give East Carolina a 41-38 victory over No. 24 Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl on Sunday night.

'Bama upends Iowa St.

Missouri looks to rebound before Big 12 season arrives

There's no disputing Mike Anderson's post-game assessment that the annual Missouri-Illinois game is not the biggest game on the Tigers' schedule. The Big 12 conference schedule hasn't begun yet, and no game is bigger than their other border state rivalry with Kansas. Both good points.

Seventh-ranked Washington State coasts to easy victory over Idaho State

No. 7 Washington State 75, Idaho State 45

Derrick Low scored 20 points, and Kyle Weaver had 18 to lead Washington State to a victory at Idaho State. The Cougars (11-0) took control in the early going and coasted the rest of the way, leading by more than 20 points most of the second half.

FSU's Fisher is staying

Amid speculation that he might become the head football coach at West Virginia, Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher - who two weeks ago was named by FSU the successor to coach Bobby Bowden - announced Sunday that he is remaining at Florida State.

Sunday, December 23

6Sports video: KU continues to prepare for Orange Bowl

KU continued to prepare for the Orange Bowl this week. This time next week, the Jayhawks will have game planning for Virginia Tech on their minds.

6Sports video: Hawks handle Miami of Ohio

The Jayhawks hosted Miami of Ohio on Saturday, who had held its opponents to under 70 points in 44 straight games.

Jackson blows off shot to nose

Forward: 'It happens'

Brandon Rush wasn't worried when he saw teammate Darnell Jackson flat on the Allen Fieldhouse floor three minutes into Saturday's rout of Miami of Ohio at Allen Fieldhouse. "We all know Darnell is tough. That was just a little brush on the shoulder to him," Rush said of the rugged 6-foot-8, 250-pound Kansas University senior, who had his nose inadvertently flattened by 238-pound Tim Pollitz.

Hokies have knack for blocks

Duane Brown was so on top of it, the point-after try whacked him on the upper arm. That bruise is the most glory Virginia Tech's offensive tackle has received in a long time. And he loved every second of it.

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Streak, well, done

Kansas hangs 70-plus on RedHawks

Just like that, there goes Miami of Ohio's streak of holding teams under 70 points a game. "I'm a little surprised a lot of teams don't get 70 on them more often," KU senior guard Russell Robinson said after the Jayhawks' 78-54 rout of the RedHawks on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. "They didn't pressure at all in the half court. We pretty much got the shots that we wanted."

Kansas basketball notebook

The Jayhawks headed home for the holidays after Saturday's game. Kansas University's 17 players are required to be back for practice Wednesday night. Sasha Kaun, who hails from Russia, traveled to upstate New York to stay with a family that served as his host family when he attended Florida Air Academy. Russell Robinson of the Bronx, N.Y., was the only out-of-state Jayhawk who decided to remain in Lawrence.

RedHawks lament offense, not defense

Always proud of the defensive effort it gives, Miami of Ohio's basketball team instead watched as Kansas University scored too many easy ones in a 78-54 Jayhawks victory. Quietly, an impressive streak was smashed as well.

Keegan: Kansas thriving with 'D'

Very quickly now and without looking, can you name the Kansas University basketball team's record in its last 27 games? Try 26-1.

Report: Tressel violated rule

Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel wanted to reward two of his players for being named Academic All-Americans. Unfortunately for Tressel, his actions resulted in reporting a secondary violation to the NCAA, according to a published report.

Memphis guard snaps slump, humbles Hoyas

John Calipari wanted to test his Memphis Tigers. Junior guard Chris Douglas-Roberts snapped out of his personal slump and helped them pass in dominating fashion.

Buckeyes burn Huskers

Baylor, Oklahoma State win easily

Despite a bum knee and a shooting slump, Marscilla Packer showed up just in time for No. 18 Ohio State. Packer hit four critical three-pointers in the second half to finish with 23 points, and the Buckeyes pulled away, 86-74, ending the Cornhuskers' six-game winning streak.

Mauk makes mark in Cincy's 31-21 victory

Ben Mauk shrugged off mistakes and Southern Miss defenders alike, and helped No. 20 Cincinnati make one more entry into an impressive season. Outgoing Golden Eagles coach Jeff Bower, meanwhile, couldn't put another win on his ledger.

Commentary: Bowl season getting a little ridiculous

If you thought the PGA Tour was greedy for tacking on a few unofficial paydays at the end of the real season, get a load of college football's "silly season." It kicked off Thursday night with the Poinsettia Bowl and stretches all the way to the BCS National Championship on Jan. 7.

FSU loses 36 players for bowl game

Academic cheating scandal, violations, injuries take toll

Thirty-six Florida State players won't be going to the Dec. 31 Music City Bowl against Kentucky because of an academic cheating scandal, violations of team rules, injuries or other reasons.

Spartans hand No. 4 Texas first loss

KSU's Beasley scores 40; Texas Tech squanders halftime lead

A 6-foot, 180-pound point guard could not be stopped during the pivotal part of the Texas-Michigan State game. And it wasn't D.J. Augustin.

Boise State, E. Carolina to meet in Hawaii Bowl

Boise State might be a little disappointed about not returning to college football's big stage. The Broncos sure aren't showing it. "I tell you what, if you're not going to be in a BCS game, I don't know if there's a better place in the country to be," second-year Broncos coach Chris Petersen said. "I think half our team is on surfboards right now and hopefully staying safe."

New Mexico takes first postseason win in 46 years

For coach Rocky Long, it was just the next game, another brick to continue building his program. For delighted New Mexico fans, it marked the end of a 46-year skid.

Saturday, December 22

Extra Minutes: Kansas 78, Miami (Ohio) 54

Tying up loose ends from Kansas' 12th straight win to start the 2007-08 season, in which the Jayhawks snapped what had been an impressive streak by Miami's defense stretching 44 games.

KU snaps Miami's 44-game defensive streak, rolls RedHawks 78-54

KU made snapping Miami's 44-game streak of holding opponents under 70 points look easy at times, cruising to a 78-54 win. Darnell Jackson and Darrell Arthur led the way for KU, as each scored 14 points. Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush each tallied 10, including Rush's late layup which clinched the 70-point barrier being reached. The Jayhawks now get a few days off for the holidays, and will return to action next Saturday at 7 p.m. to welcome Yale into Allen Fieldhouse.

Staying the course

Big year doesn't change recruiting strategy

Aqib Talib and Anthony Collins gave their best pitch earlier this month. Kansas University's two All-American football players, each lightly recruited coming out of high school, were interviewed on national television during the ESPN College Football Awards Show on Dec. 6. Given the opportunity, Talib spoke eagerly into the camera about what Kansas can provide recruits that the tradition-rich programs can't - namely, early playing time.

Tease photo

Homage to the 'oop'

Lob play evolves from novelty to game-changer

Monte Towe and David Thompson may never fully get the credit they deserve for bringing the alley-oop play into the hoops limelight. In the early 1970s, there were no SportsCenter Top Ten plays in which to showcase the sweet lobs and finishes that have now become a nightly staple on the ESPN highlight hour.

RedHawks renowned for 'D'

Miami hasn't allowed 70 points since March 2006

Miami of Ohio basketball coach Charlie Coles, who has won 199 games at his alma mater, is known as a defensive wizard. "That probably means that I can't coach offense very well," the personable 11th-year RedHawks coach said jokingly to Blue Ribbon Yearbook. "Really it's all about players having a commitment to a plan and being responsible on the court."

Baylor turns back Southern

Kevin Rogers scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Baylor used strong scoring in the paint to beat Southern University, 71-60, on Friday in a nonconference matchup.

Clemson claws past DePaul

Marquette, BYU cruise to convincing victories

The size of No. 15 Clemson proved too much for DePaul. Trevor Booker scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Tigers beat the Blue Demons, 90-74, Friday in the San Juan Shootout.

Boeheim bugged by injuries

Syracuse coach suffering through frustrating stretch

Jim Boeheim hasn't seen anything like it in his more than three decades of coaching at Syracuse. Injuries are turning up everywhere, and this may be the first time he's lost a key starter to an injury so early in a season.

Mayer: KU tasted Orange in '47, '68

One of the most gracious things the Kansas athletic department has done in recent weeks is to offer free Orange Bowl tickets to the surviving members of KU's 1948 and 1969 bowl squads, those stellar '47 and '68 football teams.

Carolina 911 call released

A 911 dispatcher could barely hear a North Carolina football player as he quietly but desperately called for help during an apparent robbery last weekend, according to a recording released Friday by police.

Chaminade's 'miracle' still shocking

It's called the "biggest upset in college basketball history." Merv Lopes believes his team's shocking victory 25 years ago is more than that. "It's more of a miracle than an upset," the former Chaminade coach said. "Can it happen? No way." But it did. Chaminade 77, No. 1 Virginia 72.

Ranking the remainder

The following is an attempt to rank the 30 remaining bowl games in terms of entertainment value. That implies, of course, that one could reasonably predict what is going to happen. As Appalachian State, Stanford and Colorado have taught us, this may not be the right season to employ reason.

F-A-who? no more

Howard Schnellenberger's reaction to having a bucket of icy sports drink dumped on him showed precisely why Florida Atlantic chose him to build their fledgling football program.

Cal hammers KU women

Kansas coach: 'We weren't ready from the tip'

Kansas University's women's basketball team, which week after week has been receiving votes for the Top 25, isn't quite ready for prime time. No. 12 California (9-2) blistered the Jayhawks, 74-41, on Friday night at Haas Pavilion.

Friday, December 21

6Sports video: KU women to challenge #12

The Kansas women's basketball team is 9-1 on the season and is receiving votes in the AP top 25. The biggest challenge of the year, however, comes tonight.

6News video: Mangino signs autographs to fund local charity

Jayhawks football coach Mark Mangino has won the Home Depot and Associated Press Coach of the Year awards. Now he's giving back to the community.

6Sports video: Hawks back home

Tomorrow for the first time in two weeks the Kansas men's basketball team will play a game in Allen Fieldhouse.

6Sports video: Sans McCray, KU women stumble

Tonight the Jayhawks had the opportunity to add a huge road win to their resume. KU was in Berkeley to face the 12th-ranked California Golden Bears.

6Sports video: All-star squad

A national champion, two All-Americans and three conference champions return to the Kansas men's track and field squad this season.

Pittsburgh decks Duke in OT

Levance Fields had about as much on his mind as a player can. His team was down two points with 16 seconds left in overtime. He had turned the ball over on Pittsburgh's last two possessions. He was playing in front of a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden, the arena the junior guard used to take the subway to from his home in Brooklyn. His best friend on the team, Mike Cook, had been helped from the court with what looked like a severe knee injury just minutes earlier.

KU basketball team shops for charity

Instead of huddling around a Jayhawk on James Naismith Court Thursday night, members of the Kansas University men's basketball team huddled around a shopping cart at Wal-Mart as they prepared to give back to the community by purchasing presents for needy area families.

Jayhawks a little 'rusty'

Kansas University's football players took to the practice field on Tuesday and immediately noticed that this wasn't quite the same KU team that went 11-1 during the regular season. Not yet, anyway.

Commentary: Ex-UK coach Smith unfairly blamed

The Houston Cougars shot 36 percent on Tuesday night and still had no trouble defeating Kentucky, 83-69. This gave the Wildcats a four-game losing streak for the first time since the 1989-90 season. It also put them at 4-5 for the fourth time in 104 years of Kentucky basketball.

Buckeyes CB suspended

Ohio State backup cornerback Eugene Clifford will not play in the BCS national championship game against LSU after being suspended Thursday for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Three charged in attack

Authorities have charged two women and a man with a weekend attack on three North Carolina football players, which police said was motivated by robbery.

Michigan assistants fired

Rich Rodriguez fired Michigan's assistant coaches Thursday, his second day as an employee of the school. Rodriguez met with the coaches one by one at Schembechler Hall, as retiring coach Lloyd Carr packed up his belongings in boxes, clearing space for his successor.

Big test awaits KU women

Here comes the litmus test for Kansas University's women's basketball team. Unranked despite a 9-1 record, the Jayhawks will find out just how good they are tonight when they tangle with No. 12-ranked California.

Brace doesn't irk Rush

Student attendance noticeably declines

Brandon Rush is in no hurry to abandon his trusty black knee brace. "I like it," Rush, Kansas University's junior guard/forward, said of the medical instrument that provides support to his surgically repaired right knee.

Schnellenberger going bowling again tonight

Howard Schnellenberger's career in football has spanned generations, touching the lives of numerous successful coaches and players.

Utah turns back Navy at Poinsettia Bowl

Interception kills comeback after Midshipmen recover onside kick

Invite the Utah Utes to a bowl game and the odds are pretty good they're going to win. Brian Johnson threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and Utah opened the bowl season with a wild 35-32 victory over the Navy Midshipmen in the Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday night. It was Utah's seventh straight bowl victory dating to 1999.

Hoax calls traced to Chicago

An employee from a Chicago-based executive search firm is the registered owner of a cell phone used Wednesday night to make hoax calls to the Lawrence Journal-World. The phone was used to report inaccurately that KU football coach Mark Mangino was a candidate for the West Virginia football coach job.

Miami of Ohio works OT to defeat Illinois, 61-58

Miami of Ohio's basketball team started an ambitious two-game road trip successfully on Thursday night. Miami, which will play Kansas on Saturday, downed the University of Illinois, 61-58, in overtime.

ORU wins Sutton battle

Robert Jarvis scored 21 points to help Oral Roberts beat Oklahoma State, 74-59, Thursday night and give Scott Sutton a victory against older brother Sean in the first meeting between the two as head coaches.

Thursday, December 20

6Sports video: Mario saves the day

Tuesday night's match-up with Georgia Tech may have been a little too close for comfort for the Kansas men's basketball team, but the Jayhawks left with a 71-66 win and one of the more impressive plays of the year.

6News video: Hawks shop for local families

Tonight the Jayhawks are giving a little something back to the Rock Chalk Nation. The KU men's basketball team headed to Wal-Mart tonight for the Jayhawks' annual shopping spree to help local families in need.

Keegan: Mangino at KU to stay

It's fourth and short, and the kicker's leg is warm and ready to boot the 40-something field goal. But the coach waves off the special teams and puts it in the hands of his quarterback, who hands it off to the fullback, who gets stopped short of the first down.

KU-MU figures still not known

Financial gain from Arrowhead uncertain

There's still no final tally for how much Kansas University, Missouri University and the Kansas City Chiefs made from the two schools' Nov. 28 battle at Arrowhead Stadium. And according to a letter from the KU athletic department, the number won't be available until at least 60 days after the game - or sometime in mid January. The letter was received in response to an open records request by the Lawrence Journal-World.

Coach of the year

Mangino becomes first in KU history to win AP award

It began as a friendly basketball game in Mark Mangino's old neighborhood of New Castle, Pa. One of Mangino's teammates kept making mistakes. Finally, Mangino threw up his hands and let the kid have it.Those leadership skills 40 years later would steer surprising Kansas into national championship contention and help him become the Associated Press Coach of the Year.

Ryan Wood's KU Football Notebook

KU coach Mark Mangino confirmed after practice that Kansas signed junior-college standout Nathan D'Cunha on Wednesday, the first day mid-year transfers are allowed to sign letters of intent.D'Cunha, a 6-foot-7, 307-pound offensive tackle originally from Australia, has played juco football at Santa Barbara City College in California.

Navy, Utah kick off bowl season tonight

The Poinsettia Bowl between Navy and Utah tonight could come down to whoever can play keep-away the best.

Big Ten to start ref checks

The Big Ten will begin annual background checks on its football and basketball officials in response to a report about the checkered legal and financial record of one of its football officials.

Gary Bedore's KU Basketball Notebook

Jayhawks headed back to Canada

Kansas University basketball fans, who love to travel to see their Jayhawks, might want to consider applying for passports in coming months. The Jayhawks, as they did in September of 2004, will travel to Canada over the Labor Day holiday weekend (Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2008) to play exhibition games against Canadian college teams.

Hubalek helps Cyclones roll

Jiri Hubalek notched career highs with 27 points and 15 rebounds, and Iowa State thumped undersized Texas Southern, 79-55, Wednesday night in the second round of the Las Vegas Classic. Craig Brackins and Rahshon Clark each added 13 points for the Cyclones (6-4), who went on a 28-4 run between the end of the first half and the start of the second and won for the fourth time in five games.

OSU hires coordinator

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy hired Tennessee receivers coach Trooper Taylor on Wednesday to be the Cowboys' co-offensive coordinator.

Osborne to stay on at NU

Ex-coach to remain as AD until 2010

The interim tag has been removed. Tom Osborne is committed to being Nebraska's athletic director for 21â2 more years. Chancellor Harvey Perlman announced Wednesday that the 70-year-old Osborne would remain on the job until June 30, 2010.

Commentary: Colleges, coaches play greed game

In Atlanta, Bobby Petrino is a cancer, a coward, a fraud, a hypocrite, a jerk, a liar, a philanderer and a quitter. In Arkansas, he is an excellent hire. Whoa, Nellie! College football has lost its soul. The bowl games haven't even begun, but you can already make a conclusion about this season.

Boogaard lifts Kansas women

A big second half by Krysten Boogaard helped carry Kansas University's women's basketball team to a come-from-behind 59-52 victory over San Jose State on Wednesday nigh at the Event Center.

OSU bounces back

Andrea Riley scored 27 points, and No. 20 Oklahoma State beat North Texas, 77-55, on Wednesday night to rebound from its first loss of the season a night earlier.

Top 25 Roundup: Hansbrough OK; Heels move to 10-0

Tyler Hansbrough scored 27 points and showed no ill effects from a weekend concussion to help No. 1 North Carolina beat Nicholls State, 88-78, on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, December 19

KU women start road trip with sixth straight win, 59-52 over San Jose State

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Playing their second straight game without leading scorer/rebounder Danielle McCray, the Kansas women's basketball team won its sixth straight Wednesday night, knocking off San Jose State 59-52 in the front end of a two-game California road swing. Both of McCray's roles on the stat sheet were filled by freshman forward Krysten Boogaard, who had a career night with 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting and 10 rebounds. McCray, who is listed as day-to-day still, was out due to a stress reaction in her lower left leg.

6Sports video: KU's 'Sharp' dressed man?

KU running back Jake Sharp hopes to meet legendary rockers 'ZZ Top' during the Orange Bowl festivities in Miami.

6Sports video: Mangino named AP Coach of the Year

KU head football coach Mark Mangino has been named the Associated Press' Coach of the Year!

6Sports video: Two weeks left until Orange Bowl battle

With about two weeks left until the Kansas battles Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl, preparation for a KU victory is officially underway.

Mangino to West Virginia rumors a hoax

A back-and-forth conversation between the Journal-World and a man claiming to be Neil Cornrich, the agent for KU football coach Mark Mangino, was a hoax. The Journal-World had several conversations with a man claiming to be Cornrich, the final of which was a statement the agent said he wanted to release to the Kansas media. The Journal-World posted it on its Web site while continuing the pursue the story. A KU football spokesperson said the statement was not true. The Journal-World apologizes for misleading any readers.

Mangino named AP National Coach of the Year

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino brought in another lunker of an award. The Associated Press today named Mangino the national coach of the year, after the Jayhawks shocked college football by going 11-1 and earning an invitation to the Orange Bowl.

UK drops 4th straight

Billy Gillispie has accomplished something Rick Pitino also did in his first year at Kentucky. He's lost four games in a row.

Old-school KU fan gets degree

'There's never been a better Jayhawk fan'

Bob Nelson's 85-year-old body may be slowing, but his handshake is as strong as a vise. It is a grip that reveals the passion of a man widely considered to be one of the greatest sports fans in Kansas University history. "Arguably, there's never been a better Jayhawk fan," men's basketball coach Bill Self said.

Oh goody: KU to get bowl gifts

College athletes generally aren't allowed to accept gifts just for being good at sports. That's one of the NCAA's ultimate no-nos. So when it's permitted on one of those rare occasions, it's a pretty big deal to any young, broke student-athlete.

Keegan: Poised? Kansas? Really?

Football is so complicated that even the coaches don't know what happened in the game until they watch the film. Maybe basketball has gotten that way, too, because after Kansas University survived itself and Georgia Tech, 71-66, Tuesday in its second road game of the season, the coach and a couple of Tech players talked about how Kansas played with such poise. Huh?

Kansas basketball notebook

NBA scouts from 30 of the 32 teams in the league attended. There were a total of 31 scouts in all. San Antonio Spurs' general manager R.C. Buford, whose son Chase plays for the Jayhawks, attended.

Self: Great win, but :

Jayhawks have plenty to 'tighten up'

Bill Self spoke so matter-of-factly it wasn't apparent in a 10-minute postgame news conference whether he was happy or displeased with the Jayhawks' 71-66 basketball victory over Georgia Tech on Tuesday at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

'We did it to ourselves'

Coach laments Jackets' mistakes

The Alexander Memorial Coliseum scoreboard Tuesday night showed that it was Kansas University that defeated Georgia Tech, 71-66, but that wasn't the way Yellow Jackets coach Paul Hewitt saw it.

Tease photo

Democracy in action

Jayhawks vote to defend - then actually do it

Kansas University basketball is not a dictatorship. "We talked about it. I asked the guys what they wanted to do. They said, 'Coach let's defend 'em," KU coach Bill Self said of strategy devised during a timeout with 8.2 seconds left in the Jayhawks' nail-biting 71-66 victory over Georgia Tech on Tuesday at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

McCray questionable for Kansas women

Jayhawks might not need top scorer/rebounder tonight against SJSU

Danielle McCray remains day-to-day, meaning she may or may not play today. McCray is the leading scorer (16.6) and rebounder (8.0) on Kansas University's women's basketball team, but she missed Sunday's 62-49 victory over Cal-Riverside with an ankle injury, and her status for tonight's game is questionable.

Love perfect as UCLA rolls

Kevin Love made all of his shots in a 16-point performance, and No. 8 UCLA rolled past Western Illinois, 77-52, on Tuesday night.

Cowgirls routed

Lori Butler-Rayford had 30 points and 15 rebounds to lead TCU to a 97-63 victory over No. 20 Oklahoma State on Tuesday, the Cowgirls' first loss of the season.

Texas outslugs ORU

Bout with No. 9 Michigan State looms

Texas slugged its way through a tough battle on its home court. Now comes a Top 10 test for the unbeaten Longhorns. D.J. Augustin scored 24 points, and the fourth-ranked Longhorns beat Oral Roberts 66-56 on Tuesday night, a close game in a season full of blowouts.

Boosters blame WVU for coach's departure

West Virginia defended itself Tuesday against complaints from wealthy football boosters who are furious about the administration's failure to offer coach Rich Rodriguez a deal to remain with the Mountaineers.

Scandal could obliterate Florida State bowl roster

An academic cheating scandal could leave Florida State without as many as 25 players for its Music City Bowl game against Kentucky on New Year's Eve, coach Bobby Bowden said Tuesday.

NFL inquiries don't worry Mizzou

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel doesn't mind his underclassmen seeking information about their NFL potential. In fact, he encourages it.

AP honors UF's Tebow

Soph adds Player of the Year to accolades

At Southeastern Conference media days in July, Florida coach Urban Meyer joked about all the questions surrounding quarterback Tim Tebow.

Vitale out until February

Analyst undergoes vocal cord surgery

Dick Vitale, the voice of college basketball for almost three decades, had vocal-cord surgery Tuesday and is expected to be off the air until at least February.

Tuesday, December 18

6Sports video: KU defeats Georgia Tech in second road win

Just over two weeks ago KU remained perfect after their first road trip to sunny southern California. Tonight, the Jayhawks looked for a repeat performance against Georgia Tech.

Extra Minutes: Kansas 71, Georgia Tech 66

Tying up loose ends from KU's second road win in two tries this year. The Jayhawks let a 13-point lead slip in the second half, but Sherron Collins' late free throws and open court layup helped seal the win and made the No. 3 Jayhawks 11-0 on the season.

Collins' late steal-and-score seals a 71-66 KU win over Georgia Tech

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech had one last chance, but Sherron Collins made his biggest play since coming back from foot surgery two games ago against DePaul. He stole a loose ball at midcourt and finished the game off with an open court layup, sealing a 71-66 KU win, making the No. 3 Jayhawks 11-0 on the season. Collins was just four-of-12 from the field, but was one of four Jayhawks to score in double figures, finishing with 11, including two crucial free throws with :08.2 to go in the game and KU up by one. Russell Robinson was clutch for most of the night at the line, finishing with 17 points and four assists. Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers scored 11 points apiece for KU, who will return to action Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse against Miami (Ohio).

Woodling: Arenas progress in K.C.

After we wound down from the parking garage next to the Sprint Center, we belched out onto 13th Street in downtown Kansas City. Soon we were in front of Municipal Auditorium. Gee, I wondered, how many people remember when Kansas University's men's basketball team played in Municipal Auditorium?

Hansbrough is probable

All-American Tyler Hansbrough was listed as probable for North Carolina's next game following a concussion during a victory at Rutgers.

Florida St. deal expensive

Florida State must pay offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher $2.5 million if he isn't hired to replace Bobby Bowden as head coach in three years, but Fisher would have to pay an equal amount to leave before then.

Rodriguez introduced at UM

Rich Rodriguez, who flirted with the Alabama job a year ago, said it took a job of Michigan's stature for him to leave West Virginia, his home state and alma mater.

Mizzou receiver suspended

Bracey will miss Cotton Bowl after arrest

A Missouri reserve receiver has been suspended and will not play in the Tigers' Cotton Bowl game against Arkansas. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel on Monday confirmed the suspension of wide receiver Greg Bracey for disciplinary reasons. Pinkel said Bracey would not play in the bowl game, meaning his playing career at Missouri is over. Pinkel declined to elaborate.

Developing rivalry?

Jayhawks, Yellow Jackets played a pair of classics

It's not Kansas-Missouri, Kansas-Kansas State or for that matter Kansas-Kentucky. But KU-Georgia Tech - thanks to a pair of classic overtime contests in 2004 and '05 - has the word "rivalry" written all over it. Yes, there could be a budding "rivalry" blossoming between the Big 12 and ACC schools despite the fact KU leads the all-time series by a mere four games to one.

Bowl ticket allotment sold out

Seats still available through other avenues

The procrastinators are going to have to find another way now. Kansas University sold out its allotment of Orange Bowl tickets Monday, meaning the quadrant of Dolphin Stadium reserved for KU fans should be full Jan. 3 when Kansas plays Virginia Tech.

K-State cruises

Michael Beasley had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Kansas State made 21 free throws in the first half to overpower Florida A&M for an easy 87-60 victory Monday night.

Robinson picked KU over Tech

Mark Price, Stephon Marbury, Jarrett Jack, Travis Best, Kenny Anderson ... and Russell Robinson? If Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt had his way, Robinson, Kansas University's senior point guard out of New York's Rice High School, would have joined those above mentioned greats who starred at Tech - a school known in basketball circles as "Point Guard U."

Three teams slip into poll

Lots of final exams, little change in the Associated Press' Top 25 on Monday. With North Carolina No. 1 for the seventh consecutive week, the top 15 teams in the poll held their spots from last week. However, there was movement near the bottom of the rankings with three teams moving in, two for the first time this season.

Duke sharp in return

DeMarcus Nelson scored 23 points, and No. 6 Duke returned from a nine-day break for final exams with a 111-70 victory over Albany on Monday night. Reserve Jon Scheyer added 18 points for the Blue Devils, who shot 60 percent and had five players score in double figures. They hit 15 of 26 three-pointers.

Booth's stint over as KU basketball announcer

Hank Booth's four-year career as public-address announcer at Kansas University men's basketball games is over. Booth - a one-time radio station owner, longtime radio executive and ongoing on-air personality - learned last week that his services no longer would be needed near center court at Allen Fieldhouse.

Monday, December 17

6Sports video: Hawks hunker down, prep for Hokies

It's officially time to start talking about the Hokies. Today Mark Mangino and his Kansas football team began to insert a game plan for the upcoming Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech.

6Sports video: 10-and-0 never looked so easy

On Saturday the Kansas men's basketball team crushed another opponent: this time Ohio at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

6Sports video: No McCray? No problem

No Danielle McCray? No problem for the Kansas women. Last night without it's leading scorer, Bonnie Hendrickson's squad knocked off UC Riverside at Allen Fieldhouse.

6Sports video: All about the wait

For the Kansas football team, it's all about the wait. Kansas last played on November 24. Since then, 23 days have elapsed, and it will be another 17 until KU plays in the Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech.

6Sports video: Even scoreless, Robinson rocks

Every great team possesses a player that doesn't always light up the scoreboard, but makes sure others always do. For the Kansas men's basketball team, that player is Russell Robinson.

Texas A&M wins, still not satisfied

It didn't matter Sunday, but the Texas A&M Aggies know they'll have to develop more of a killer instinct to win once Big 12 play begins next month.

Darnell not picky about role

Darnell Jackson, whose numbers are slightly better as a starter than a reliever, says he relishes both roles equally. "My confidence is the same. I'm just having fun," Kansas University's 6-foot-8, 250-pound senior power forward said after scoring 11 points and grabbing eight rebounds in Saturday's 88-51 rout of Ohio at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

WVU coach bolts for Michigan

Rodriguez says goodbye to Mountaineers, joins Maize and Blue

Michigan hired Rich Rodriguez away from his alma mater after failing to bring back one of its own. A man with ties to both the Wolverines and West Virginia might've helped.

Wake takes men's title

Zack Schilawski scored the winning goal in his return to his hometown, lifting Wake Forest to a 2-1 victory over Ohio State in the NCAA College Cup championship Sunday.

KU tight end Fine going out in style

Five years ago, Derek Fine was enjoying Florida. Wearing a now-old-school navy-blue Kansas University football jersey, Fine stood on the sideline throughout the 2003 Tangerine Bowl in Orlando and did absolutely nothing. Fine plans to relish the Orange Bowl experience a little more this year. "Dude, why not?" Fine said. "I don't even like tangerines."

No. 9 Sooners stop Spartans

Amanda Thompson had 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead a balanced attack and help No. 9 Oklahoma overtake No. 21 Michigan State, 66-55, on Sunday.

Tar Heels keep grip on No. 1

The last time Tyler Hansbrough left New Jersey after a North Carolina game, he was devastated after a tough loss one game from the Final Four. On Sunday night, the junior forward left the Garden State with a headache and another easy victory for the top-ranked Tar Heels.

Short-handed KU routs Riverside

No way Kansas University can win without Danielle McCray. Uh, check that. With their leading scorer and rebounder out because of an injury, KU's women's basketball team responded by tripping Cal-Riverside, 62-49, on Sunday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

Keegan: Thomas victim of 'roids

Not all victims of the Steroid Era are as obvious as Taylor Hooton, the high school pitcher who fell into depression after taking steroids and committed suicide. Attention isn't called to all the slighted parties as frequently as to Hank Aaron, passed by Barry Bonds and his modern muscles.

Sunday, December 16

6Sports video: Hawks to tough it out in cold weather

It was a balmy 75 degrees this afternoon in Miami, Florida, the site of this year's Orange Bowl. Here in Lawrence, 75 would seem like a fantasy for the Kansas football team as they continue their preparation for Virginia Tech.

6Sports video: Sprint Center new home away from home

Well, it wasn't Allen Fieldhouse, but consider it a new home away from home for the Kansas men's basketball team. Yesterday the Hawks played host to the visiting Ohio Bobcats at Kansas City's brand new Sprint Center.

6Sports video: KU women sweep past Riverside to 8-1

Today the Kansas women had their own business to take care of as they looked to improve to 8-1 against UC Riverside.

Sans McCray, KU women win fifth straight, defeating UC-Riverside 62-49

Behind a career-high 20 points from sophomore guard Sade Morris, the Kansas University women's basketball team capped finals week by winning its fifth straight game, knocking off UC-Riverside 62-49 Sunday night in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks were forced to do so without leading scorer and rebounder Danielle McCray. The sophomore standout stayed in warmups on the KU bench with a stress reaction in her leg. She is day-to-day, as the injury is short of a stress fracture.

Kansas football won't head south early

Kansas University's football team will call Lawrence home for about 10 more days - but only after some serious consideration to take the show somewhere else. KU coach Mark Mangino said he pondered taking the team south before Christmas to get some work in under more favorable weather conditions as his team prepares to face Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. But the Jayhawks instead will stay in town and try to make it work before heading to Miami.

What could be next for FCS's best?

After a 49-21 victory Friday against Delaware for the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision title, Appalachian State is on an unprecedented roll. No FCS program has won three straight championships, as the Mountaineers now have. Can Appalachian State make it four in a row next season? Here's what the Mountaineers can look forward to.

Huskers slam door on No. 16 Ducks

After so much had gone so wrong for No. 16 Oregon, coach Ernie Kent figured his Ducks would win when Tajuan Porter went to the free-throw line for a chance at a rare four-point play in the final seconds of regulation. Porter's seventh three-pointer tied it, but he missed his only free throw of the game Saturday, and Nebraska dominated the overtime, winning 88-79.

Aggies withstand late rally

A&M hands Auburn first loss of season

Takia Starks scored 17 points, and No. 12 Texas A&M held off a second-half comeback by No. 14 Auburn to hand the Tigers their first loss, 62-60 Saturday night.

Duke introduces coach

David Cutcliffe molded quarterback after quarterback into Heisman Trophy contenders and prized NFL draft picks. Now comes an even tougher construction project: transforming downtrodden Duke into a winner.

Bearcats drop 3rd straight D-II title game

Northwest Missouri State set the very Division II record it was trying to avoid, thanks to a late touchdown by Valdosta State. Michael Terry scored with 22 seconds left, and Valdosta State beat Northwest Missouri, 25-20, Saturday, making the Bearcats the first team to lose three consecutive D-II title games.

Young Devils pummel No. 17 Xavier

Twelfth-ranked Tennessee escapes close bout with Western Kentucky, 88-82

Unable to shake a cold, Ty Abbott barely slept Friday night and didn't eat Saturday morning. He looked perfectly healthy Saturday afternoon, scoring 19 points to lead Arizona State to a 77-55 rout of No. 17 Xavier.

KU women sizzling

Cinderella-ish shooting can overcome ugly sister-ish turnovers. Case in point: Kansas University's women's basketball team.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

KU coach Mark Mangino expressed his pride that two of his players - cornerback Aqib Talib and offensive tackle Anthony Collins - were named first-team All-America by the Associated Press last week.

Pinkel says he's staying at Missouri

Tigers' coach had been linked to Michigan post

You can scratch Gary Pinkel's name off any other school's wish list. Missouri's coach has become a bit of a hot commodity in his seventh season, leading the Tigers to No. 1 before losing in the Big 12 championship game. But Saturday, as the team returned to practice for the Cotton Bowl, Pinkel said he was staying put.

W.Va. coach mum on Michigan

Rich Rodriguez discussed taking West Virginia to its second BCS game in three seasons and the challenge of facing Oklahoma's offense. What the Mountaineers' coach didn't want to talk about Saturday was Michigan's vacant head-coaching job.

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KU sprints to win

Rush digs new digs in K.C.

Thanks to shiny, new 18,500-seat Sprint Center, Kansas University's annual basketball trip to Kansas City is not drudgery any more. "This is so much better than Kemper. There's no birds (flying in rafters). It's just beautiful," Kansas City native Brandon Rush said Saturday after scoring 13 points with three assists and three rebounds in KU's 88-51 victory over Ohio - the Jayhawks' first game in the downtown arena that has replaced run-down Kemper Arena as "Allen Fieldhouse East."

Keegan: Robinson cuts off the head

Late great Marquette basketball coach and color commentator Al McGuire was noted for his descriptive quotes, delivered with a thick New York accent. Based on one of his most famous lines and on the defense-first philosophy he brought to the bench, McGuire would have loved Kansas University's senior point guard Russell Robinson.

'Cats find solace in Hawaii

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes - but not very often - you go on to Hawaii. "The good thing," Ohio U. coach Tim O'Shea said after the Bobcats' 88-51 bashing by Kansas University on Saturday in the Sprint Center, "is I get to lick my wounds on Waikiki Beach."

Kansas notebook

Mario Chalmers, who hit three of four threes and scored 17 points, played well after getting chewed out by coach Bill Self in the opening minutes.

KU's Aldrich on rise

Freshman 'getting better every day'

He was behind the play, and then he was the play. Kansas University reserve freshman center Cole Aldrich slammed home a missed shot with two hands to trigger a huge ovation from the crowd and the KU bench late in Saturday's 88-51 victory against Ohio University in the Sprint Center.

Surprise! Twins picked Jayhawks independently

Both Micah Brown and his younger sister, Ashley, insisted they didn't know where the other was headed for college, even in the minutes leading up to signing their letters of intent for track scholarships. The two sat down at a table inside their Kearney, Neb., high school on national signing day during their senior years, only to find out both had selected the same school.

Saturday, December 15

Extra Minutes: Kansas 88, Ohio 51

Tying up loose ends from Kansas' 88-51 slugging of Ohio in the program's first game down I-70 in the new Sprint Center. The Jayhawks held the Bobcats to just one two-point bucket in the first half, and pulled away thanks to a 32-4 first half run.

Chalmers' 17 points, four steals help lead KU to 88-51 rout in Sprint Center

Cole Aldrich put the finishing touches on the contest along with Jeremy Case. First, Aldrich finished off a missed layup with a two-handed slam. Then Case stroked a three to put KU up by 35 with just seconds to go. Mario Chalmers led four Jayhawks in double figures with 17 points, including a three-of-four showing from the three-point arc. Brandon Rush also hit a trio of threes, scoring 13. KU shot 56.7 percent from the floor, while Ohio struggled right from go, shooting just 28.3 percent on the afternoon, including under 20 percent in the first half. KU now has a quick turnaround, traveling to play Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga., Tuesday night at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

Bobcats have talent to reach tourney

Senior forward Williams aims to lead Ohio U. back to NCAAs

Ohio University senior Leon Williams, who played in the NCAA Tournament as a freshman, sorely wants to return as a older, wiser senior. "I'm trying to bring it full circle - leave how I came in - by getting back to the tournament," said Williams, third-leading scorer on a 21-11 Mid-America Conference champion Bobcat team that scared Florida before falling, 67-62, in a first-round 2005 NCAA Tourney game in Nashville, Tenn.

Junior thriving for Duke

Duke's Chante Black is flourishing in the system new coach Joanne P. McCallie has installed. After scoring in double figures in only 13 games as a sophomore and missing all of last season due to a knee injury, Black is averaging 12.9 points. She seems to touch the ball on almost every possession.

Wooden a big draw

Coaches thrilled to spend time with tourney's namesake

Spending time with John Wooden is a big lure for coaches whose teams play in the 97-year-old legend's doubleheader in Anaheim, Calif. Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett was a Pepperdine assistant under Lorenzo Romar when he spent two hours visiting Wooden's home.

Classmates Collins, Talib considering NFL Draft

Way back in January of 2004, two under-the-radar recruits named Aqib Talib and Anthony Collins met each other while on an official visit at Kansas University. Four years later, they might just be leaving together, too. Though the two are just juniors, Collins and Talib could get a nice payday if they skip their senior seasons and enter the NFL Draft. It's a major decision both are pondering. Together.

Jayhawks excited for Sprint debut

Self hopes new arena as kind as Kemper

Bill Self, who directed Kansas University's basketball team to five victories in six games in run-down Kemper Arena, definitely is looking forward to his coaching debut in shiny new Sprint Center. "It (Kansas City's downtown arena) has more atmosphere than Kemper had last year. I think it has running water," Self cracked, taking a lighthearted pot-shot at the old arena known for potholes in its parking lots.

Mayer: Revenge never certain

The legend of sweet revenge in athletics is often badly overrated. Current Missouri football fans may come to recognize that, except it may take a year to drive home such a realization. As it did for Kansas in 1960-61.

Duke hires Tennessee aide

Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe was hired by Duke as its football coach Friday, the Associated Press has learned.

Budig: Don't judge Selig too harshly

Asked to predict what will be the enduring legacy of Bud Selig's tenure as commissioner of Major League Baseball, most baseball fans likely would say the cancellation of the 1994 World Series and the explosion of steroid use. Not so fast, urges former Kansas University Chancellor Gene Budig, who served as Major League Baseball's last American League president, from 1994 to 1999.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

Returning punts? KU junior cornerback Aqib Talib dropped back and returned a punt late in the Nov. 24 game against Missouri. It was the first punt return of his career, but it might not be his last.

Appalachian takes title

Appalachian State kicked off this crazy football season with the stunning upset of Michigan. Now the Mountaineers have the perfect bookend: History as Division I-AA's first three-peat national champions.

Houston taps OU aide

Oklahoma assistant Kevin Sumlin was introduced as Houston's new coach Friday after agreeing to a five-year deal.

Friday, December 14

6Sports video: KU to make Sprint Center debut

For many of us, including the Kansas men's basketball team, Saturday will be our first look at Kansas City's new Sprint Center.

6Sports video: Collins weighs NFL, education

For the Kansas football team, the immediate future holds an Orange Bowl date with Virginia Tech. But for a select group of Jayhawks, life beyond the BCS means having to choose between the NFL and staying in school.

6Sports video: Mangino expects this season to set foundation

If you take Anthony Collins and group him with his fellow All-American teammates Aqib Talib and James McClinton, the trio has combined to earn 55 different individual honors or awards this season.

Keegan: Sports on path to eventual ruin

The idea that a man would walk on the moon seemed as preposterous a century ago as envisioning a world without sports seems today. Just watch, though - sports will end before the world does.

Next opponent coming off monster upset

It's not often Ohio University has a better basketball team than rival Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State. That could be the case in the 2007-08 season, however.

Commentary: Hinrich bricks helping bury Bulls

'I've had bad games before, or even two games, but I can't remember anything like this'

Kirk Hinrich is all alone in the corner. He shoots: clank. Again: clank. Once more: clank. This is during warmups when no one is keeping score and no one has a hand in his face. But the clanking continues when the shots count.

Texas Tech stings ASU

Dominic Seals scored 16 of her career-high 20 points in the second half to help Texas Tech beat No. 18 Arizona State, 73-69, on Thursday night. The victory was Texas Tech's first over a ranked opponent since the Raiders (10-1) beat Nebraska in February.

OU aide linked to Houston

Oklahoma assistant coach Kevin Sumlin will be named head football coach at the University of Houston, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Commentary: Roughing it at the game

Allen Fieldhouse isn't comfortable - that's what makes it great

No pain, no gain. You do not come to Allen Fieldhouse for comfort. To grumble that you're going to be stuck on a flat bleacher seat for two or three hours watching the Kansas Jayhawks play basketball would be like complaining about having to hang upside down to kiss the Blarney Stone. Some things are worth not only the cost but also the price you must pay.

AP honors Omon, other small-college stars

Danny Woodhead ran for more yards than any player in the history of college football and was selected to the Associated Press Little All-America teams each season he played at Chadron State.

N. Illinois hires SIU coach

Jerry Kill is the new football coach at Northern Illinois, less than a week after seeing Southern Illinois fall in a national semifinal game.

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KU continues aggressive testing

Three years ago, two former Kansas University baseball players told the Journal-World that they never had been tested for drugs or anabolic steroids during their college careers in Lawrence. Sensing that some athletes, like those two, seem to slip through the cracks occasionally, KU has evolved its drug-testing program to make sure every athlete is sampled at least twice during their playing days.

Thursday, December 13

6Sports video: KU up against worthy foe

The Kansas men's basketball team returns to the hardwood this Saturday against Ohio. The Jayhawks enter the contest with a perfect 9-0 record after rolling DePaul last weekend. The Bobcats are pretty good, too.

6Sports video: Numbers don't lie

The numbers say it's the most impressive football season in school history: a program-record 11 wins, two first-team All Americans and the Division I coach of the year.

6Sports video: More players could mean less playing time

For the first time this season the Kansas men's basketball team is playing with a full squad. Brandon Rush, Sherron Collins and Tyrel Reed will all return after injuries when KU plays Ohio this weekend.

Top 25 Roundup: Vandy rallies past DePaul

Shan Foster and A.J. Ogilvy came through after struggling most of the night, and No. 20 Vanderbilt rallied for a 91-85 victory over DePaul on Wednesday night to remain undefeated.

Colorado stumbles

Shaun Reynolds hit a driving layup and free throw with 4.3 seconds left, and Bo McCalebb scored 24 points to lead New Orleans to a 67-65 victory over Colorado on Wednesday night.

Probe of student loan lender settled

University Financial Services previously had sponsorship deal with KU

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has settled his investigation into a Florida-based student lender with ties to Kansas University. Student Financial Services, also known as University Financial Services, had marketing and sponsorship deals with 63 colleges and universities. Some of those deals, Cuomo said, duped students into choosing loans that were not beneficial to them.

Baylor remains unbeaten

Angela Tisdale scored a career-high 24 points, and No. 10 Baylor beat Oregon, 80-45, on Wednesday night in women's basketball. Jhasmin Player scored 15 points and Jessica Morrow 14 for the Bears (7-0).

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Mr. Electric

Safety known for vibrant personality

Kansas University football safety Darrell Stuckey's persona best can be summed up by a story told by teammate James McClinton. "I remember one time we were doing a Relay For Life," McClinton said of the event held annually at Memorial Stadium that raises money for the American Cancer Society. "You spend the whole night out there walking around the track, and he was on my team. He came in being Darrell Stuckey, all energetic.

Jayhawks land juco commitment reported Wednesday that Kansas University's football team received a commitment from Nathan D'Cunha, a 6-foot-7, 305-pound offensive lineman out of Santa Barbara (Calif.) Community College.

Rush's court date moved

A case in Lawrence Municipal Court against Kansas University basketball player Brandon Rush has been continued to April 11 - after the season is over. Rush, a junior from Kansas City, Mo., was supposed to appear in court Wednesday morning on charges of failing to appear in court on two other occasions for traffic violations.

Ohio stuns Maryland

Bobcats tune up for KU with victory over Terrapins

Ohio University forward Leon Williams put on quite a show in the Bobcats' 61-55 victory over Maryland on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, December 12

6Sports video: Collins to be tested on the court and in class

KU sophomore Sherron Collins not only has to worry about finals week on the hill, but also about the durability of his injured foot when he hits the court this Saturday against Ohio.

6Sports video: KU recruit Releford leads Bishop Meige in tourney

Future KU guard Travis Releford was in action at the Metro Prep Classic in Bonner Springs.

6Sports video: KU meeting with Virginia Tech first in school history

Kansas first fielded a football team in 1890 - but not once in 117 years have the Jayhawks played against Virginia Tech. At least not until January 3rd.

6Sports video: KU women's team also busy with finals

The KU men aren't the only ones taking those tests this week. The Kansas women's basketball team is also off this entire week thanks to finals exams.

Rush court hearing is delayed

A case in Lawrence Municipal Court against Kansas University basketball player Brandon Rush has been continued to April 11.

Alford, Knight cross paths again

Pupil and teacher will meet on Saturday

No matter where he coaches, New Mexico's Steve Alford ends up with mentor Bob Knight on the schedule. He's not doing it on purpose and, frankly, he doesn't like it. Saturday's fifth meeting between Texas Tech's Knight and his former player will be about the same for Alford as the previous four - "not fun."

KU women's basketball team spreads holiday cheer at LMH

Only 24 hours after he was born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Finn Nelson found himself surrounded by the Kansas University women's basketball team. While he comes from a family of Wisconsin Badgers, his crib on Tuesday was full of Jayhawk mementos and a stuffed animal given to him by the team.

KU baseball inks nine; Price says class KU's best

Ritch Price is banging the drum loudly for the nine 2009 recruits he announced on Tuesday. "This recruiting class may be the finest in Kansas baseball history," said Price, who has been head of KU's diamond program since 2003.

Three Jayhawks AP All-America

Collins, Talib KU's first first-teamers since 1983; McClinton second-team

It had been 24 years - long even for Kansas University - since a Jayhawk was honored on the football All-America first team by the Associated Press. Just to make sure Kansas crashed the party hard, there's two on the list this year - and one more knocking on the door.

'Minnesota grunt' identifies wild Aldrich

Born on Halloween in 1988, perhaps Cole Aldrich was destined to be a little different, a little wild. The Kansas University freshman center from Bloomington, Minn., has been on campus only a few months, and though he has played just 86 minutes in nine games and averages a mere 3.6 points an outing, he's establishing himself as a player who enjoys himself and makes his presence known.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Kansas University basketball signee Mario Little is averaging 15.9 points per game off 59.2 percent shooting for 14-0 Chipola (Fla.) Community College.

AP also honors McFadden, Tebow, KSU's Nelson

When it comes to being an All-American, Darren McFadden doesn't have to settle for second.

Arkansas hires Petrino

Falcons' coach resigns for Razorbacks' post

Bobby Petrino was hired Tuesday as the football coach at Arkansas, capping a whirlwind day in which he stunningly resigned from the Atlanta Falcons after just 13 games.

Mangino exalted yet again

Coach-of-the-year awards keep coming for KU skipper

Kansas University coach Mark Mangino was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation's 2007 Coach of the Year on Tuesday.

Orange Bowl ticket sales limp toward finish

KU, Virginia Tech both have plenty left

After a furious sprint out of the gate, Orange Bowl ticket sales are limping toward the finish line with just more than three weeks to go. Both Kansas University and Virginia Tech have tickets remaining for the Jan. 3 Orange Bowl. Virginia Tech assistant athletic director Sandy Smith said Tuesday the Hokies had sold around 15,000.

Saint Mary's Top 25 debut ruined

Bryan Mullins scored 24 points, and Southern Illinois spoiled Saint Mary's first game as a ranked team in 18 years with a 71-56 victory over the 24th-ranked Gaels on Tuesday night.

Keegan: DT funny, friendly, fierce

To spend 14 minutes interviewing outgoing Kansas University senior defensive tackle James McClinton is to laugh a lot, to witness scripture quoted accurately, to hear the word "man" 15 times and "hecks no" three times, to discover his fear of sting rays, and to learn what it was like growing up in a house with five sisters and nary a brother.

Tuesday, December 11

6Sports video: Reesing rooting for former HS team

Todd Reesing's former high school football team is still alive in postseason play.

6News video: KU players head to LMH to visit patients

The KU women's basketball team broke away from the practice court on Tuesday to visit with patients at Lawrence Memorial Hospital - all 85 of them.

6Sports video: 'Hawks preparing for Orange Bowl despite weather woes

As freezing rain and icy temperatures continue to assault Lawrence, the Kansas football team moves forward with its preparations for a January trip to Florida.

6Sports video: Finals week halts KU games

Finals week on the hill means no KU basketball games to look forward to until Saturday.

6Sports video: KU women's hoops squad receiving votes in AP Top 25

The Kansas women's basketball team is receiving votes in this week's Associated Press Top 25 College Basketball Poll.

6Sports video: KU trio tapped as AP All-Americans

Kansas University juniors Anthony Collins and Aqib Talib were named to the All-America first team by the Associated Press on Tuesday. In addition, KU senior James McClinton was named to the second team.

6Sports video: KU baseball inks nine players

Mother Nature could not stop KU's boys of summer from having an excellent winter day. Head baseball coach Ritch Price announced the signing of nine players for the 2009 season.

6Sports video: Kaun breaks loose after bad start

Sasha Kaun sauntered to the bench after missing a layup and committing a turnover in the opening minutes of Saturday's Kansas University-DePaul matinee at Allen Fieldhouse. Instead of chewing on the 6-foot-11, 250-pound native of Tomsk, Russia, coach Self consoled him.

KU trio tapped as AP All-Americans

Kansas University juniors Anthony Collins and Aqib Talib were named to the All-America first team by the Associated Press on Tuesday. In addition, KU senior James McClinton was named to the second team.

Reesing troubled to miss ZZ Top

Kansas QB to be busy when 'Little ol' band from Texas' plays Miami

Kansas University football quarterback Todd Reesing likely will have a few people from his home state of Texas in attendance at the Jan. 3 Orange Bowl in Miami. But one group of Texans will be the center of attention while the Jayhawks and Virginia Tech aren't on the field.

Saint Mary's makes poll appearance

Gonzaga has company in the Top 25. After being the West Coast Conference's lone representative in the Associated Press' college basketball poll for the past decade, Gonzaga has another league member in the rankings as Saint Mary's, Calif., moved in at No. 24 on Monday.

Woodling: RBs tied to city get tube time

Few knew that two talented college running backs with ties to Lawrence would be performing Saturday on national television. I was actually looking forward to watching Xavier Omon, but had lost track of John Randle.You may recall that Randle was one of the most promising football players to enroll at Kansas University when he showed up out of Wichita Southeast in 2003. But you're probably more familiar with his off-the-field peccadilloes.

Jayhawks busy with finals

Like the rest of the student body, Kansas University's basketball players are expected to hit the books hard this week - finals week. "Day One was a success. I certainly hope we have Day Two," KU coach Bill Self said as freezing rain fell Monday night during the recording of his Hawk Talk radio show.

KU's Mangino, Talib pick up more honors

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino and cornerback Aqib Talib were honored by the Touchdown Club of Columbus.

Cauzillo among honorees at KU soccer banquet

Nicole Cauzillo earned two awards - offensive MVP, and the "Speedy Gonzalez" Heart and Soul award - at the Kansas University soccer team's banquet and awards reception Monday.

Nebraska QB arrested

A Nebraska quarterback faces five misdemeanor charges after his arrest following a disturbance at a university residence hall over the weekend.

Monday, December 10

6Sports video: KU football squad worries about long layoff

The Kansas men's and women's basketball teams will play a combined 17 games between November 24th and January 3rd. In that same 40-day period, the KU football team will worry about only one opponent - Virginia Tech.

6Sports video: 'Super' Mario Chalmers puts up the stats

His Saturday stat line reads like this - 12 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and a career high 7 steals. It's the complete game from the Jayhawks complete combo guard Mario Chalmers.

6Sports video: Collins suits up for DePaul game

72 hours before suiting up to play DePaul, Bill Self didn't think Sherron Collins would be able to go. Luckily for coach, he was wrong.

Chalmers says triple possible

Junior came close to program-first against DePaul

Mario Chalmers believes he can achieve what no Kansas University basketball player "officially" has accomplished before: a triple-double. "I think I could. I was close tonight. I got a little taste of it. I'll see if I can try to get one next game," Chalmers said after scoring 12 points with nine rebounds, seven assists and seven steals in the Jayhawks' 84-66 rout of DePaul on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Commentary: BCS apologists just don't get it

Coaches' ludicrous lobbying reason enough to scrap dollar-driven system

It was non-appointment television, sponsored by the BCS. No, not the bowl matchups it produced or even the half-hour, product-pushing roundtable announcing them on Fox, where edgewise didn't have a chance to get a word in, but what took place less than 24 hours earlier on another network.

Washington State survives scare

Washington State hit 65 percent of its shots from the floor, 72 percent in the first half, yet barely hung on to beat unheralded Portland State on Sunday night. That fact had coach Tony Bennett shaking his head after Portland State stayed close virtually the entire game. WSU pulled away in the final minutes for a 72-60 victory.

Texas DE gives pledge to Kansas

Kansas University's football team received an oral commitment this weekend from D.J. Marshall, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end out of Mesquite, Texas.

Walker's career game lifts Wildcats over Cal

Beasley earns 9th straight double-double

The formula for beating Kansas State has been simple: Collapse on Michael Beasley and force the rest of the Wildcats to make shots. Bill Walker is out to make teams rethink that philosophy.

CU stuns Vandy

Bianca Smith scored 22 points, and Colorado held off No. 20 Vanderbilt for a 62-51 victory Sunday. The Buffaloes led 52-32 with 7:07 to play before the Commodores went on a 17-0 run to cut the lead to 52-49 with 3:01 remaining. But Colorado (6-2) made 10 consecutive free throws in the final 1:47 to secure the victory.

Keegan: Football awards plentiful

What college football really needs, besides more bowl games, is an injection of additional postseason awards. There simply aren't enough of them. Sure there is the Heisman Trophy for college football's outstanding player, which went to Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. The top player also is honored with the Maxwell Award (Tebow) and the Walter Camp Award (Darren McFadden of Arkansas).

ECU fans donate bowl tickets

East Carolina University football fans are buying tickets to their team's bowl game in Hawaii and donating them to military personnel who expect to spend time there during the holidays.

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Backups step up

Leaders struggle, but KU wins

Sophomore guards Danielle McCray and Sade Morris walked into Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon for their game with Indiana as the go-to scorers for the Kansas University women's basketball team. But when the game started and both struggled to fill their usual roles against the Hoosiers, their teammates didn't panic. They stepped their games up. And KU fought for a 69-61 victory.

Assist record shattered

The points kept coming, and so did the assists. David N. Arseneault shattered the NCAA assists record when he had 34 in Grinnell College's 151-112 victory over North Central University of Minnesota in a Division III game Saturday.

Layoff concern for KU football

Kansas University's football team will have 39 consecutive days without playing a game before meeting Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. And it's important - so important - that the Jayhawks are as crisp as ever when they take the Dolphin Stadium field to battle the fifth-ranked Hokies. Unfortunately, things might not necessarily add up in that regard.

Sunday, December 9

6Sports video: Hawks edge past Hoosiers in well-fought win

The Kansas women's basketball team had their own winning streak to defend this afternoon as the Indiana Hoosiers paid a visit to Allen Fieldhouse.

6Sports video: Revenge against DePaul best served hot

It may have been cold outside, but yesterday the Kansas men's basketball team had the heat turned up inside Allen Fieldhouse.

McCray, Boogaard pace KU women in 69-61 win over IU

The Kansas University women's basketball team got the revenge it wanted Sunday against Indiana, redeeming itself for last year's loss in Assembly Hall by knocking out the Hoosiers 69-61 today in Allen Fieldhouse. The win gives the KU women four straight, improving Bonnie Henrickson's squad to 7-1 on the year.

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Kaun comes alive

Struggling senior center helps Jayhawks exorcise Demons

Shoulders slumped, Sasha Kaun sauntered to the bench after missing a layup and committing a turnover in the opening minutes of Saturday's Kansas University-DePaul matinee at Allen Fieldhouse. "I took him out. He was so down," KU coach Bill Self said of his senior center. Instead of chewing on the 6-foot-11, 250-pound native of Tomsk, Russia, Self consoled him.

Tebow takes Heisman

Sophomore QB provides another unusual moment in wacky season

In a season in which the uncommon became commonplace and each week offered the elimination of another previously held truism regarding college football, one more never-going-to-happen event took place Saturday night at the 73rd Heisman Trophy Award ceremony. A sophomore took home the sport's most celebrated honor for the first time.

Keegan: Kansas coming together

In many ways, the lob pass that results in a loud dunk embodies what this Kansas University basketball team is all about. It at once is fresh material for the highlight videos and a sound, high-percentage play.

KU basketball notebook

Kansas University has agreed to play Tennessee in a home-and-home series starting next season. The Volunteers will visit Allen Fieldhouse next Dec. 20, with the Jayhawks returning the trip to Knoxville, Tenn., the following season.

Demons powerless against KU

DePaul unable to halt Jayhawks' first-half onslaught

DePaul basketball coach Jerry Wainwright tried and tried to stop the first-half bleeding. He called two 30-second timeouts. He benefited from two more television stoppages. He emptied his bench, putting in a walk-on who had two minutes of playing time all season.

Collins happy to return

Recovering guard targeted DePaul

Sherron Collins, who had missed six straight games because of injury, definitely did not want to skip No. 7. Not a game against his hometown rival - DePaul.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

Even while a KU men's basketball game was going on, Jayhawk football seemed to be all the buzz inside Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday. Has that sentence ever been written before?

'Revenge game' looms

Hoosiers blasted Jayhawks last year

Some coaches play down talk of payback or redemption when facing a team they lost to the last time out. Bonnie Henrickson is not one of those coaches.

KU vaulter sets meet record

Kansas University sophomore Jordan Scott set a meet record in the men's pole vault and was one of three Jayhawks to win their events at the season-opening KSU All-Comers track and field meet Saturday.

Sooners punish Golden Hurricane

Courtney Paris scored 17 points and matched her season high with 22 rebounds for Oklahoma, which won its sixth straight.

Top 25 Roundup: Devils batter Wolverines

No. 6 Duke hands Michigan 95-67 beatdown

Taylor King scored 18 points and fellow freshman Nolan Smith added a career-high 17 for No. 6 Duke, which defeated Michigan 95-67.

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Miami advice

There's plenty to do for bowl-bound Jayhawk fans

Gail Scott can't wait to be an honorary tour guide for her fellow Jayhawks in Miami. After living there 27 years, she boasts: "I know everything you would want to know about Miami." So let's get some tour advice from Scott and Bruce Frazey, another KU alum living in South Florida. They say Floridian Jayhawks will welcome you with open - and probably well-tanned - arms as you prepare to head to the Orange Bowl early next month.

Commentary: Coaches don't deserve right to vote

This hemisphere has had two major votes in recent days. The results made one thing clear. Venezuelans should run the BCS. Maybe not the whole thing, but they should at least give tutorials to college football coaches.

UT cooks Rice

No. 4 Longhorns roll to 80-54 victory

A.J. Abrams, D.J. Augustin and Damion James scored 18 points each to help Texas improve to 9-0 for first time since the 1981-82 season with an 80-54 victory over Rice.

Saturday, December 8

Extra Minutes: Kansas 84, DePaul 66

Tying up loose ends from KU's win Saturday over DePaul, which improved the Jayhawks to 9-0 on the season and snapped Bill Self's two-game losing skid against Jerry Wainwright.

DePaul has no answer for 22-1 first half run, KU wins 84-66

Sherron Collins hit his second three of the game with just under two-and-a-half minutes to go, giving him six points and pushing KU's lead to 84-58. DePaul never had an answer for KU's 22-1 first half run, keyed by a pair of Brandon Rush threes. In the end, Sasha Kaun used a big second half - nine points early - to finish with a team-high 15. He led four Jayhawks in double figures. Brandon Rush hit a trio of three-pointers to finish with 13. Darrell Arthur also had 13, while Mario Chalmers added 12. The Jayhawks will now be off until next Saturday, when they'll take on Ohio University in their first game in the brand new Sprint Center.

Franchione buyout approved

Texas A&M regents approved a contract buyout Friday for former football coach Dennis Franchione worth up to $4.4 million over three years.

Rush: 'It was all my fault'

Guard takes blame for arrest; Collins likely out

Brandon Rush, who stood before a judge Thursday afternoon in Lawrence Municipal Court, faced the media 21 hours later in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas University's junior guard blamed only himself for his arrest on two outstanding warrants stemming from his failure to appear in court on traffic violations.

Price named U.S. nationals aide

Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price has been named a USA Baseball National Team assistant coach for the summer 2008 tour, USA Baseball announced Friday.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

Here's a fun game: How much incentive money would KU coach Mark Mangino have earned under his old contract?

Kansas needed break

Not that James McClinton doesn't love football. But Kansas University's All-Big 12 defensive tackle had some other priorities the last couple of weeks. So putting the pads away for a while wasn't a bad thing at all.

Jayhawks seeking squasher

Up by 14 points with 14 minutes left, Kansas University's basketball team looked like a sure winner against DePaul last Dec. 2 in suburban Chicago. "We had the game under control," KU sophomore Darrell Arthur recalled. "But then we let it slip away."

Baylor names coordinator

Penn State defensive assistant Brian Norwood will take over as defensive coordinator at Baylor, coach Art Briles announced Friday.

Gundy's contract approved

Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy had a one-year contract extension unanimously approved Friday by the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents, extending his deal through 2013.

Friday, December 7

6Sports video: KU women 'shoot the lights out' - literally!

During Thursday night's KU women's basketball home victory vs. Marquette, Allen Fieldhouse temporarily lost all power!

6Sports video: KU's Price picked for Team USA

Kansas head baseball coach Ritch Price has been named an assistant coach for Team USA's 2008 summer tour.

6Sports video: KU women firing on all cylinders

Since their first loss of the season, the Kansas women's basketball team have out-scored their opponents by an average of 26 points.

6Sports video: Brandon Rush expected to play

Despite his recent legal troubles, Brandon Rush is expected to play in Saturday's game vs. DePaul. The Jayhawks are looking to avenge last season's loss.

6News video: in more legal trouble

Another turn today in the legal battle between KU and a downtown Lawrence T-shirt store.

6Sports video: Jayhawks resting up for Miami

The Jayhawks' big bowl game against Virginia Tech isn't until January, which gives the 'Hawks plenty of much-needed rest.

6Sports video: Winter weather not an issue for Orange Bowl

While winter may be taking it's toll here in Kansas, the weather is still warm in Miami - the destination for KU's upcoming Orange Bowl battle.

Rush apologetic about arrest

"It was all my fault," Rush said before practice. "I wasn't being responsible. Coach (Bill Self) always says take care of our responsibilities. I just got confused on the (court) dates, never showed up on the court date. That's what happens. I went in there too late."

KU women dominate third straight at home

Who knew losing could do so much for the Kansas University women's basketball team? Since dropping a game at SMU almost two weeks ago, Bonnie Henrickson's team found confidence and put its third straight Allen Fieldhouse opponent away early Thursday night on the way to beating Marquette, 74-55.

LSU extends Miles' contract

LSU coach Les Miles has signed a contract extension that will keep him with the Tigers through 2012.

Texas A&M topples FSU

Takia Starks scored 12 of her 28 points in the game's first five minutes, and No. 12 Texas A&M defeated Florida State, 81-67, on Thursday night. Danielle Gant had 25 points for the Aggies (7-1), who won their fourth straight.

Commentary: Don't look for logic in college football

If you're a Missouri Tigers football fan, it's a good bet you're as baffled as you are angry. Just over a week ago, Missouri vaulted to the top of the Bowl Championship Series heap after an impressive victory over then-No. 2 Kansas. The 11-2 Tigers fell to No. 6 in the standings Sunday, their penalty for a not-so-impressive loss Saturday to Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game.

Mayer: Jayhawks have 'big' problem

The Kansas basketball team has a "big" problem, and until a lot of the perplexing questions about it are answered, KU will not be a Final Four-caliber outfit.

Two A&M players arrested

Two Texas A&M football players have been charged in an alleged armed robbery of a College Station apartment.

Villanova edges LSU, 68-67

Villanova's only lead came on the shot that mattered most: the Wildcats' last one. Malcolm Grant converted a four-point play and scored 13 points over the final three minutes, and Dante Cunningham scored the game-winner with 5.9 seconds left as the 25th-ranked Wildcats rallied from a 21-point deficit to stun LSU, 68-67, on Thursday night in the Big East/SEC Invitational.

Jayhawks, Mangino fare well in awards

Kansas University's football team came away with gobs of hardware at Thursday's College Football Awards Show. The most notable honor went to KU coach Mark Mangino, who was named the Home Depot Coach of the Year.

Olson to take year off

Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson said Thursday night he would extend his leave of absence through the end of this season, citing undisclosed family matters that require his attention.

KU's bowl payout about $4 million

Revenue will cover travel, coach's bonus with plenty to spare

When all the numbers are crunched and the shared revenue is passed out, Kansas University could rake in close to $4 million this football bowl season, most of it based on playing in the prestigious Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.

Tebow snags preliminary trophies

Florida QB wins Maxwell, Davey O'Brien awards; Heisman may be next

If Thursday night was an indication, then Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will be bringing home the Heisman Trophy on Saturday. Tebow won two of college football's most prestigious individual awards not named after John William Heisman on Thursday during ESPN's college football awards ceremony at Disney World's Boardwalk Dance Hall. The sophomore won the Maxwell Award for the nation's best all-around player and the Davey O'Brien Award for the nation's best quarterback.

Kansas guard Rush arrested

Junior failed to appear at court date for traffic violations

Kansas University junior basketball guard Brandon Rush was arrested on Thursday afternoon on two outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court for traffic violations. The 6-foot-6 Rush was handcuffed and transported from Lawrence Municipal Court to Douglas County Jail where he was released after posting $500 bond.

Thursday, December 6

6Sports story: Useless trivia with Santa Whetter

DJ Whetter and Kevin Romary play useless fieldhouse trivia.

6News story: Rush arrested

KU basketball player Brandon Rush was arrested today on two warrants for failure to appear in court.

6Sports story: Mangino named National Coach of the Year

Tonight KU football head coach Mark Mangino was named the National Coach of the Year at the Football Awards Show in Orlando, Florida.

6Sports story: McCray leads Hawks to 300th win

Another night, another milestone for the Kansas women's basketball team. Tonight the Hawks racked up their 300th win at Allen Fieldhouse.

6Sports story: 'Big fellas' star against EWU

It was a big night for the big fellas Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse against Eastern Washington. The Jayhawks whipped the Big Sky Eagles, 85-47.

6Sports story: KU women shoot for 300th fieldhouse win

With a win tonight, the Kansas women's basketball team reaches yet another milestone at the historic Allen Fieldhouse. Kevin Romary joins us live from campus.

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Brandon Rush taken into custody on traffic warrants

Kansas University basketball star Brandon Rush has been taken into custody at Lawrence Municipal Court.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

Much ado about nothing? KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony denied talk on Wednesday that the Jayhawks broke a Big 12 Conference rule by promising to sell a certain amount of tickets above the 17,500 figure allotted to each school for the Orange Bowl.

Daniel finalist for Heisman

Tebow, McFadden, Brennan join MU QB

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, trying to become the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy, and Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, the runner-up for last year's award, were among the four finalists selected Wednesday.

Paris powers Sooners

Courtney Paris had 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 9 Oklahoma past Illinois, 77-67, on Wednesday night. Paris scored 16 in the second half as Oklahoma (6-2) broke open a close game.

Eagles overmatched

EWU lacks size, experience

When former Eastern Washington men's basketball coach Mike Burns was fired in May, he didn't do any favors for Kirk Earlywine, the man EWU hired in June to replace him. Earlywine led an Eagles team that dressed just nine players into Allen Fieldhouse last night, and he left with an 85-47 loss.

Colorado settles lawsuit

The University of Colorado has agreed to pay two women $2.85 million to settle a lawsuit alleging they were sexually assaulted by football players and recruits, school officials said Wednesday.

Texas stays hot, runs record to 8-0

There was no letdown for the streaking Texas Longhorns. D.J. Augustin had 29 points and 10 assists, and No. 4 Texas ran its record to 8-0 with an 88-72 victory over North Texas on Wednesday night, three days after pulling off one of the Longhorns' biggest road wins in recent years at UCLA.

Kansas basketball notebook

Bruises: Kansas University senior Sasha Kaun sprained his left ankle five minutes into the game. He had his ankle re-taped in the locker room, returned and finished with seven points and three rebounds in 12 minutes - five minutes the first half and seven the second.

Mangino says KU starting tradition

Coaches talk up Orange Bowl meeting

Against all odds, coach Mark Mangino found himself at a South Florida casino Wednesday. Mangino's surprising Kansas University football team earned a Bowl Championship Series at-large berth and a trip to the Orange Bowl to face Atlantic Coast Conference champion Virginia Tech on Jan. 3.

Nebraska tweaks schedule

The dates of two nonconference games on Nebraska's 2008 football schedule have been changed, and the Cornhuskers announced the addition of three opponents for 2010.

Late surge lifts Georgetown

DaJuan Summers had 18 points and nine rebounds, and No. 5 Georgetown dominated down the stretch to beat Alabama, 70-60, on Wednesday night. The Hoyas (6-0) went on a 14-1 run after the Crimson Tide (4-3) briefly took the lead in the final minutes, giving up only a free throw and a last-second basket in the final four minutes.

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KU bigs feast

Big men overwhelming in rout

Kansas University's basketball players do listen to their coach. Well, at least some of the time. "Coach (Bill) Self said, 'Attack, attack, attack. Everybody attack the rim tonight,''' KU senior power forward Darnell Jackson said. "Coach said, 'Pound it in, pound it in,''' sophomore forward Darrell Arthur revealed. And so it was Wednesday, as obedient Jayhawk guards fed the bigs early and often in an 85-47 victory over outmanned Eastern Washington at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU women aim for 300th win in Allen

If the Kansas University women's basketball team wants to get its 300th victory in Allen Fieldhouse tonight, it will have to do so by beating a 4-2 Marquette squad that features a do-it-all guard. Marquette junior Krystal Ellis enters the game averaging 21.3 points, 4.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and three steals in three games. She missed three games due to a sprained right knee.

Teahan torrid scorer

Conner Teahan, who scored five points in two minutes, was rewarded for his stint upon returning to the bench late in Kansas University's 85-47 rout of Eastern Washington on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Keegan: All signs say Rush on mend

A successful stock investor doesn't look at a company's bottom line today, rather looks for signs of where the company is headed. A baseball manager bringing along a flame-thrower coming off of arm surgery doesn't study his pitching line to determine when that pitcher is ready to slide back into the rotation. He looks for signs, first the consistent return of velocity, then his ability to hit spots consistently.

Wednesday, December 5

Extra Minutes: Kansas 85, Eastern Washington 47

Tying up loose ends from KU's 85-47 win over Eastern Washington, a game in which post scoring was the focus. Darnell Jackson and Darrell Arthur combined to score 32 points, including the Jayhawks' first 15 of the game.

6Sports story: Useless trivia with DJ

DJ Whetter and Kevin Romary play useless fieldhouse trivia.

6Sports story: KU faces Eagles, comes out on top

Tonight Bill Self's squad put their new #3 ranking on the line for the first time against Eastern Washington. The Hawks bested the Eagles, 85-47.

6Sports story: Mangino in Florida for Orange Bowl Kickoff Festival

The Kansas football team doesn't touch down in Miami for the Orange Bowl until late December, but head coach Mark Mangino made a brief stop in the Sunshine State this afternoon.

6Sports story: Eagles to invade Hawks' nest

After winning its first road game of the year at USC, the Kansas men's basketball team returns home tonight. This evening the Jayhawks take on Eastern Washington at Allen Fieldhouse, where Kevin Romary is standing by.

Post this: Jackson, Arthur combine for 32 points as KU rolls EWU, 85-47

Darnell Jackson finished with a team-high 17 points to go with nine rebounds, while Darrell Arthur scored 15. The two combined to score the Jayhakws' first 15 points of the night and take seven of the Jayhawks' first eight shot attempts. Brandon Rush hit a late three to give himself a final line showing nine points and 10 rebounds. Mario Chalmers, who was the Jayhawks' top offensive weapon in last Sunday's win over Southern Cal, only scored six points, but was a busy man elsewhere, with six steals and eight assists. The No. 3 Jayhawks, now 8-0 on the season, are home again Saturday at 1 p.m. to face DePaul, who they fell to in Chicago in last year's inaugural road game, 64-57.

Eagles lament NBA defection

Big Sky's top player left EWU before junior season

First-year Eastern Washington University coach Kirk Earlywine - it goes without saying - would liked to have coached Eagles sensation Rodney Stuckey this season. But Stuckey entered his name in NBA Draft after two years at the Cheney, Wash., school, and last June was selected No. 15 overall by the Detroit Pistons.

No apologies for weak schedule

There's plenty of time - about a full month - to hyper-analyze the heck out of the Jan. 3 Orange Bowl football game between Kansas University and Virginia Tech. That's roughly 30 days to pull the same argument out of the back pocket time and time again. The Jayhawks, the critics will scream, have a poor strength of schedule. Or a strong puniness, to the glass-half-full types.

Paterno joins Hall of Fame

The College Football Hall of Fame news conference had already started by the time Joe Paterno showed up and grabbed his seat at the end of the dais.

Keegan: Jackson having a blast

Watching Darnell Jackson play basketball for Kansas University is such a stress-free experience. It doesn't involve questions about how he'll fit as an NBA player. It doesn't leave the spectator asking: Does he look like he could be trying harder, or am I the only one who sees that? Or: Which Darnell Jackson will show up today? Or: Why did he take that shot? Or: What is so hard about making free throws?

Irish contain Beasley, 'Cats

The big sophomore stole the attention from the big-time freshman. Luke Harangody had 19 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead Notre Dame to its fourth straight victory, 68-59 over Kansas State on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Top 25 Roundup: Memphis escapes USC in OT, 62-58

John Calipari was honest with his team when it was about to start overtime. "I told them, 'This is very painful to sit here and be in this,'" the coach of No. 2 Memphis told his team after 40 minutes against No. 24 Southern California.

Newly ranked OSU rolls

Two seasons ago, getting to the top 25 wasn't even a consideration for Oklahoma State. Just getting one conference victory proved to be too difficult. Then Andrea Riley came to campus, and the transformation began.

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Better by the bucket

Arthur says he must attack rim to dominate

Kansas University forward Darrell Arthur, who has some size, hopes to use it to his advantage tonight against Eastern Washington. "I'm working on getting to the basket more and getting to the foul line more," said the 6-foot-9, 225-pound sophomore, who takes a 13.9 scoring, 6.1 rebound average into a 7 p.m. home nonconference clash between the (7-0) Jayhawks and (3-6) Eagles.

Pelini to help coach LSU

Bo Pelini has Tom Osborne's "full support" to help coach second-ranked LSU in the BCS Championship in New Orleans on Jan. 7.

Tuesday, December 4

6Sports video: KU women continue to roll

Throwing the knockout punch has been a problem for the Kansas women's basketball team the last few years. As for this season? Not so much...

6Sports video: B-Mac proud to be a Jayhawk

Brandon McAnderson grew up wanting to be a Jayhawk. Now the Lawrence High grad will end his career on the hill in the Orange Bowl.

6Sports video: Derek Fine eager for Orange Bowl

In the opinion of Kansas TE Derek Fine, oranges are much better than tangerines.

Paying green to go Orange

KU fans have T-shirt, travel plan options

Kansas University's football team will take the field for the Orange Bowl in less than a month on Jan. 3. For fans, those 30 days are time to revel in the team's success and make plans to watch the them play in Miami. So far, those in Lawrence seem to be lapping up everything they can get.

Woodling: Reasons for bid scarce

Lew Perkins strolled into Allen Fieldhouse around halftime of the Kansas University women's basketball game and took his customary seat on the floor east of the north basket. It was Sunday evening, and in about an hour Perkins was scheduled to appear at a media session that would reveal KU's football bowl destination.

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Orange Bowl extends in-person invite to KU

He had a tan. It was a cruel way for Vance Carlton to arrive in Lawrence, where you can see your own breath this chilly time of year. But Carlton, a lifelong Floridian and member of the Orange Bowl Committee, came with news Monday that made his bronze skin not so offensive.

LSU tackle wins Nagurski

Jayhawk Talib relishes 'great experience'

A day after their teams landed in the national championship game, LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis spent Monday night playfully talking trash in a hotel ballroom. They left with Dorsey holding the upper hand - for now.

BCS questions? We have answers

The Bowl Championship Series is set and as always there are some things that just don't add up. You've got questions and we've got answers.

Jayhawks survive first trip

Unlike last two years, Kansas still unbeaten after hitting the road

Bill Self warned his Kansas University basketball players about the perils of the road prior to leaving for Los Angeles last Friday afternoon. "I told the guys, 'First road game ... usually something happens. We'll have to play out of some situations. Something will go awry. We need to focus in and stay tough,'" Self said. "Look at DePaul last year, Maui the year before. Things happen sometimes when you go on the road for the first time."

Karl Dorrell fired at UCLA

UCLA coach Karl Dorrell was fired Monday, a day after the Bruins accepted a bowl bid and two days after a loss to cross-town rival Southern California.

Bowl teams doing better

More bowl-bound Division I football programs are meeting the NCAA's minimum acceptable academic standards than last year, according to a study released Monday.

Jayhawks move up one spot in polls

Texas' win at UCLA caused the first change this season in the top five teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll. North Carolina was No. 1 Monday, as it has been since the preseason poll, but Memphis and Kansas both moved up one spot to second and third, while Texas used its win over UCLA to vault from eighth to fourth.

Baylor smothers MVSU with second-half burst

Kevin Rogers had 26 points and 10 rebounds, with a pair of dunks in Baylor's game-turning run, and the Bears beat Mississippi Valley State 82-50 on Monday night.

Missouri bemoans Sunday's BCS snub

Kansas, not Missouri, earned the coveted Bowl Championship Series at-large berth and a Jan. 3 trip to the Orange Bowl to face ACC champion Virginia Tech. Missouri heads to the Cotton Bowl and a New Year's Day battle against No. 25 Arkansas, its southern neighbor.

KU's next opponent topples UMKC

Eastern Washington University started its two-game road trip to the Midwest successfully on Monday night. The Eagles improved to 3-6 by stopping UMKC, 65-54, at Municipal Auditorium.

Indiana star injured in win

D.J. White was on pace for a career best even before high-scoring freshman Eric Gordon was injured. After that, he had no choice but to keep shooting.

Monday, December 3

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6News story: Fans following the football team to Miami

The Jayhawks now know where they will be playing on January 3. The big question that remains for fans is how they will get to the Orange Bowl. 6News reporter Crispin Lopez explains how fans are planning their trips to Florida for the big game.

6Sports story: Hawks headed to Miami

After to falling to Missouri last week in what turned out to be the Big 12 North division title game, KU had to wait it out. Last night the Jayhawks were rewarded for their patience.

6Sports story: Orange Bowl reps in Lawrence

The BCS comes calling on the Kansas football team in the form of an invite to Miami. This week Orange Bowl representatives are in Lawrence to officially invite the Jayhawks to the game.

6Sports story: AP moves KU up to #3

The Kansas men's basketball team moves up one spot to #3 in the land after knocking off USC on Sunday. KU makes the jump following Texas' win over former #1 UCLA.

Robinson provides sticky 'D' on Mayo

More than once, Russell Robinson has been called the "glue" of Kansas University's basketball team. O.J. Mayo now knows why.

Title bout: LSU vs. Ohio St.

SEC champions slip into BCS championship

LSU has a ticket to the title game. Everyone else has a pretty good gripe. The latest chapter in this crazy, unpredictable college football season was written Sunday when LSU won the sport's version of the lottery, being picked to play Ohio State for the championship and leaving about a half-dozen other candidates with plenty to complain about.

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Mario steals spotlight

Chalmers hits trey to lift KU

Twenty-six NBA scouts gathered at USC's Galen Center on Sunday to check out certain "one-and-done" sensation O.J. Mayo in person. The talent evaluators may have left the shiny, new arena - this day at least - more impressed with Kansas University junior Mario Chalmers, whose deep 3-pointer with :20 left upped a two-point lead to five points and helped the Jayhawks hold off Mayo's Trojans, 59-55.

Keegan: Mayo, Arthur not picky

It was Selection Sunday in college football, but it certainly wasn't Shot Selection Sunday in college basketball, at least not inside the Galen Center. Both teams - blessed with long-armed, quick afoot athletes - played intense defense. That can cause players to panic into taking shots they normally wouldn't take. That can cause a final scoreboard to read: Kansas 59, USC 55.

Jayhawks juiced over Orange Bowl bid

Just before the BCS bowl selections were announced to the country Sunday, Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins slipped into a room where the Jayhawks' football team was waiting for big news.Perkins immediately pulled out a bag and started throwing oranges out to all the seniors. He didn't have to say a word.

Longhorns survive at second-ranked UCLA

Damion James had stars in his eyes playing No. 2 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. Not so much, though, that he couldn't finish off an upset victory for Texas. James dunked with eight seconds remaining, and the eighth-ranked Longhorns won, 63-61, after blowing all of a 16-point, first-half lead Sunday in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.

Missouri misses BCS, settles for Cotton Bowl

The national title hopes are over. The lopsided loss in the Big 12 championship still stings. And Missouri's consolation prize: a New Year's Day bowl game right back in Texas. Their Cotton Bowl opponent is No. 25 Arkansas (8-4).

Non-BCS Bowl Roundup: Michigan's season to end in January after all

Lloyd Carr's career at Michigan will end, fittingly, on New Year's Day. During his first dozen seasons as Michigan's coach, Carr took the Wolverines to 10 bowl games on Jan. 1, including a run of nine straight from 1997-2005.

Knight feeling OK

Texas Tech coach Bob Knight is feeling better, a day after leaving a game at halftime because he was feeling ill, his son said Sunday.

Nebraska hires Pelini

Bo Pelini is the new coach at Nebraska, leaving the defensive coordinator post at LSU for a job many Cornhusker fans thought he should have been given four years ago.

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Jayhawk fans seeing Orange

Agencies set up ticket packages for travelers

Hey, Mizzou ... how's that No. 1 ranking? Oh wait. The University of Missouri football team ended the season ranked sixth in the Bowl Championship Series, one spot ahead of Kansas University's team. And the Tigers didn't even get a BCS bid. It's sweet redemption for the BCS-bound Jayhawks, as they accepted a bid to play in the Orange Bowl on Sunday, while their archrivals in Columbia are stuck playing in the non-BCS Cotton Bowl.

Sizzling KU women rout Billikens, 81-55

Eight points and eight assists are hardly headline fodder, yet they mean a lot to Kansas University's women's basketball team. They're the numbers junior point guard Ivana Catic compiled in the Jayhawks' 81-55 sacking of Saint Louis on Sunday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.

KU hoops notebook

Rodrick Stewart, who played one season at USC before leaving his brother Lodrick and transferring to KU, was jeered during the game. "Lodrick's better," the student section chanted repeatedly.

Trojans OK allowing 3

USC celebrity freshman guard O.J. Mayo took some of the blame for a 59-55 loss Sunday to Kansas University in the Galen Center because of poor shot selection, but he couldn't second-guess his defensive effort on the winning shot.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

Missouri's football team, 11-2 and Big 12 North champions, was passed over by the BCS and instead will go the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. So did KU's players feel sorry for Missouri at all? "No," linebacker Joe Mortensen said.

Sunday, December 2

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6News video: Jayhawks Orange Bowl bound

There is no 'Fiesta' for KU, but the Jayhawks are celebrating with a BCS bowl game. The Jayhawks are heading back to the Orange Bowl for the first time since 1969.

6Sports video: KU to square off against Virginia Tech in Orange Bowl

The Kansas Jayhawk football team was rewarded for an 11-1 season by a birth in the Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech.

6Sports video: KU women stomp Billikens

The Kansas women's basketball team had little trouble defeating the St. Louis Billikens. The final score was 81-55.

6Sports video: KU hoops squad wins tough road match against USC

The Kansas Jayhawk basketball team won their first road game of the regular season against USC by a final score of 59-55.

KU to play Virginia Tech in Orange Bowl on Jan. 3

An 11-1 regular season in the end proved to be enough to earn KU a bid in a BCS bowl game for the first time in school history. The Jayhawks will face ACC champion Virginia Tech on Jan. 3 in Miami, Fla., in the Orange Bowl. This will be KU's third trip to the Orange Bowl, having played there in 1948 - a 20-14 loss to Georgia Tech - and 1969 - a 15-14 loss to Penn State.

Extra Minutes: Kansas 59, USC 55

Tying up loose ends from KU's 59-55 win in the Galen Center - a game in which neither team shot well and rebounding proved to be pivotal in the outcome...Mario Chalmers' late three and consistently solid defense on O.J. Mayo didn't hurt, either.

Chalmers' late three caps huge day and knocks out USC for good, 59-55

Mario Chalmers after the timeout dropped hin a huge three with the shot clock running out that all but sealed it. After an O.J. Mayo layup, Chalmers was fouled, hit one of two free throws to finish with a game-high 20 points and sent KU home with a 59-55 win. O.J. Mayo had 19 points for USC, but was an unimpressive 6-of-21 from the floor. Davon Jefferson had 17. KU outrebounded SC 42-30, including plenty on the offensive end for the Jayhawks. Chalmers' 20 points were a bright spot for the KU offense, which shot just 37.3 percent from the floor. Darnell Jackson was also huge for KU, with nine points and 13 rebounds, including two huge dunks to start the second half. KU, now 7-0, plays host to Eastern Washington at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse, then DePaul next Saturday at 1 p.m. in Lawrence.

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In the case of USC freshman phenom O.J.Mayo : Believe the hype

Less than eight minutes of game clock remained for University of Southern California celebrity freshman basketball player O.J. Mayo to justify all the hype. To that point in Thursday night's game against Oklahoma, Mayo had misfired on 10 of his 13 attempts from the field, and the Trojans led by six points.

Sooners lower boom on MU

The championship dream finally died for No. 1 Missouri. The Oklahoma Sooners showed the Tigers just what it takes to win a title: defense and a bruising running game near the goal line.

Billikens next test for surging Kansas women

Kansas is sizzling. Saint Louis is fizzling. Consequently, the Jayhawks will be favored today when they meet the Billikens in women's basketball. Or will KU suffer a letdown in the wake of last Tuesday's 91-56 ambush of Creighton?

Keegan: Tables turned on KU

So often during the first two seasons of their careers, Kansas University juniors Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush would play against a more experienced, less talented team. Today, they are on the opposite end of that formula when they face a USC basketball team loaded with talent inside and out and relying heavily on freshmen and sophomores.

Freshman class loaded

Vitale, Fraschilla agree: Rookies unprecedented

Southern Cal's O.J. Mayo has been famous the longest among freshmen college basketball players, but he's far from the only one who projects as an NBA All-Star. "I think it's the best class I've seen in terms of depth," ESPN analyst Dick Vitale said in a telephone interview. "It's unbelievable. A lot of it can be attributed to these kids playing 100 games a year.

Kansas basketball notebook

KU leads the all-time series, 8-5. The Jayhawks have won the last four meetings.

Saturday upsets muddle KU's bowl outlook

All bets are off now. With No. 1 Missouri and No. 2 West Virginia both losing Saturday, the BCS bowl picture was a complete mess heading into Selection Sunday.

Top 25 Roundup: Carolina wins clash of titans

Hansbrough hounded, capitalizes at free-throw line

Every time Tyler Hansbrough caught the ball in the post, Kentucky's players swarmed around him, swatting at the ball. The North Carolina big man did not retaliate to the bruising. He responded at the free-throw line.

K-State wins despite 16-0 run by UTEP

Shalee Lehning had 11 points and 13 rebounds to help Kansas State overcome a sluggish start in the second half and beat UTEP, 66-58, in the championship game of the Wildcat Classic on Saturday.

Cowboys crush UW; Knight leaves loss

James Anderson's high school coach ate breakfast Saturday with members of Oklahoma State's basketball team, then gave his former star some advice. "He just said, 'Do what you do,'" recounted Anderson's teammate, Terrel Harris, noting that Anderson "has a knack for scoring."

WVU out of the running

The curse of No. 2 claimed another victim. West Virginia is out of the national-title race. Ohio State is in. In a season defined by upsets, Pittsburgh came up with an enormous one, beating the second-ranked Mountaineers, 13-9, Saturday night to throw another curveball at the BCS.

Buckeyes heading back to championship

Three weeks after their unbeaten season, No. 1 ranking and dreams of redemption in the BCS title game seemed to turn to ashes, Ohio State is headed back to the ultimate game in college football. Thank you, Pittsburgh Panthers.

Pelini staying silent

Bo Pelini's actions may have said more than his words on Saturday night. Minutes after LSU's Southeastern Conference championship victory over Tennessee, players and coaches surged toward the LSU fans in one end zone in the Georgia Dome.

Saturday, December 1

Marquette crushes crosstown rival

Nevermind any city bragging rights. Jerel McNeal and No. 13 Marquette were just happy to get an easy win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Mizzou best bet to help Kansas

Like it or not, MU win gives KU best BCS shot

For the sake of comfort, Kansas University's football fans are going to have do something quite uncomfortable today. Root for Missouri. It's an awful solution for some. But in many ways, rooting for the Jayhawks today directly coincides with rooting for the Tigers. So grin and bear it.

Stewart's role expands before rematch with USC

Guard played just 3 minutes in last meeting with former team

Rodrick Stewart had a heart-to-heart talk with his father at the conclusion of a disappointing junior season at Kansas University. "He said, 'Dad, I will not disappoint you. I will go out my senior year with a bang,"' former world champion powerlifter Bull Stewart related from his fitness center in Seattle.

Mayo leads class of 1-year wonders

Self: 'O.J. made a good choice'

O.J. Mayo is considered a lock to enter the NBA Draft after one season at the University of Southern California. Other "one-and-done" players figure to include Indiana's Eric Gordon, Memphis' Derrick Rose, Kansas State's Michael Beasley and UCLA's Kevin Love, who arrived letting everybody know they could be in it for the short haul.

Report: Huskers to hire Pelini

LSU assistant denies rumor; Osborne has no comment

Nebraska interim athletic director Tom Osborne refused to comment on a report Friday night that LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini will be introduced as the school's coach next week., citing multiple unidentified sources, reported that Pelini will coach the Tigers' defense in the SEC championship game against Tennessee on Saturday, and travel to Lincoln for an announcement Monday.

NU official leaves for A&M

Nebraska's associate athletic director for football has resigned to return to Texas A&M in a similar role.

No. 6 Cougars get a fight

Baylor keeps it close, but Washington St. survives

Derrick Low kept taking shots for No. 6 Washington State, even though most of them were missing the mark for the team's leading scorer. His perseverance paid off - and kept the Cougars undefeated.

OSU extends Gundy contract

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy received a one-year contract extension Friday after leading the Cowboys to their second straight bowl game.