Stories for June 2007


Saturday, June 30

Woodling: Maybes abound for KU

While strolling through a Lawrence grub stop the other day, I spotted a stack of those wallet-sized Kansas University football schedules that show up about this time every summer. So I picked one up and checked it out.

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Wright arrives

Lottery pick treated like royalty in Big Easy

Former Kansas University forward Julian Wright, his mother, Gina, brother, Andre, and agent, Rob Pelinka, were treated like royalty by New Orleans Hornets officials and fans Friday in the Big Easy. Wright - who Thursday night in New York was tapped 13th in the NBA Draft - flew with his loved ones and business partner to Louisiana on Friday morning. The Wright contingent was met by Hornets executives at Louis Armstrong International Airport and transported to Dickie Brennan's Steak House in the famed French Quarter.

Friday, June 29

6Sports video: Arthur continues USA team tryout

Darrell Arthur continued tryouts for the under-19 USA basketball squad in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. The 6-9 sophomore, along with 17 other players, is in the midst of three days of tryouts before the final roster is trimmed down. The players who make the team will head to Serbia starting July 12 for the World Championships.

6Sports video: Wright lands in New Orleans

Last night, former KU guard Julian Wright was the lucky 13th player selected in the 2007 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets. Today, the Noodle arrived at his new home. Wright went to the New Orleans YMCA in a limo and was greeted by dozens of fans and even a brass band outside the gymnasium. Inside, more fans greeted their newest player.

What, Self worry?

KU coach confident in Wright's status

Bill Self never feared his star player would drop out of the NBA Draft lottery on Thursday night. Self, Kansas University's fifth-year basketball coach, remained relaxed while watching the proceedings on TV with his wife and children even when Philadelphia - a team rumored to be quite interested in Julian Wright - passed on the 6-foot-8 KU sophomore at No. 12.

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Wright hits lottery

Ex-Jayhawk tapped 13th by Hornets

Julian Wright made it clear he didn't want to go down in NBA Draft history as one of those selections regarded as the "best player available." Style of play was Wright's priority. The former Kansas University forward wanted to be a good fit for the team that decided to call his name. Wright got his wish Thursday night when the New Orleans Hornets made him the No. 13 pick overall in the 2007 NBA Draft.

As expected, Oden, Durant go 1-2

The Portland Trail Blazers got Greg Oden and felt like they won a championship. The Seattle SuperSonics settled for Kevin Durant, thrilling fans disappointed by the trade of All-Star Ray Allen to Boston.

Mayer: KU QB situation unsettling

"When you're playing two quarterbacks, you don't have a quarterback." Source: The late Paul Christman, former Missouri All-American and Chicago Cardinals star when he visited Lawrence in the early 1950s to do color commentary for a televised Kansas University football game.

Hornets stunned Wright lasted until 13th

New Orleans GM Jeff Bower said Thursday the Hornets had Julian Wright listed at No. 6 on their mock draft board. "The scenarios we had played out over the last week or so, this was one we were very hopeful for it to happen, but didn't really expect it to because of how highly we had him rated in our evaluations," Bower told the Associated Press. "So we're extremely happy."

KU softball field upgrades warning track

FieldTurf surface enhances Arrocha Ballpark's safety, drainage issues

A handful of luxuries still are needed at Kansas University's Arrocha Ballpark, but it's already-impressive playing surface just received what is hoped to be a final facelift. Recently installed was a synthetic FieldTurf surface to replace the warning track and dirt surrounding the grass and infield, which already has a top-notch drainage system.

Thursday, June 28

6Sports video: Julian drafted by New Orleans at 13

Former KU basketball standout Julian Wright was selected 13th overall by the New Orleans Hornets in the 2007 NBA Draft.

6Sports video: Arthur back in Dallas for National Team tryouts

Kansas sophomore Darrell Arthur is back home in Dallas, Texas tonight for tryouts for the US National Team's 'Under 19' squad.

Former KU forward Wright selected No. 13 by New Orleans

Former Kansas University forward Julian Wright was selected 13th overall in Thursday night's NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets, making him KU's first lottery pick (Top-14) since seniors Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich were both selected high in the 2003 NBA Draft.

Bonnie stays busy as camp closes

More KU camps, off-campus recruiting loom

Bonnie Henrickson concluded her Individual Camp on Wednesday, but her busy summer continues as the Kansas University women's basketball coach looks to improve on last year's disappointing season.

Group suggests sickle-cell testing

Inherited blood disorder has been linked to athletes' deaths, including Missouri linebacker Aaron O'Neal

The growing number of exercise-induced deaths among athletes with sickle cell trait can be curtailed with proper treatment and greater awareness among team doctors and athletic trainers, a national medical group said in a report released Wednesday.

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Arthur begins tryouts today

Recruit Liggins chooses Kentucky over KU, others

Darrell Arthur today begins his quest to make the final roster of USA Basketball's Under 19 Select Team.

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Up in the air

Ex-Jayhawk has no clue which team will call his name

On the eve of the 2007 NBA Draft, Julian Wright could honestly say he had no idea what the future holds. If the former Kansas University forward had any clue about his place in the draft, or which team might be inclined to select him, Wright wasn't tipping his hand Wednesday.

Woodling: Wright fits mold of role player

The NBA is more than just scoring. Points aren't everything. The NBA is about role players, too.

Wednesday, June 27

6Sports video: Local athletes making adjustment to Div. I level

They probably wont' be the stars of next year's Kansas mens basketball team but they're guaranteed to have plenty of local fans rooting them on.

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Less is more

McCray heeds weight-loss edict

Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson issued an edict to Danielle McCray: Weigh 170 pounds by Aug. 1, or else. What does "or else" mean?

Special Olympic fundraiser golf on tap Saturday

The Lew Perkins Charity Golf Classic Supporting Douglas County Special Olympics tees off Saturday morning at Alvamar Golf and Country Club, and there are still slots available.

KU's Arthur off to trials

Kansas University sophomore Darrell Arthur is one of 18 players to compete at USA Basketball's Under 19 team trials Thursday through Saturday at American Airlines Center.

KU's Wright: Bulls would be a good fit

As a youngster growing up in Chicago, Julian Wright followed the fortunes of just one NBA team: the Bulls.

Two ex-Jayhawks in CFL

Two former Kansas University football players have made the opening-day rosters of Canadian Football League teams.

KU recruit Clarke to visit Kentucky

Rotnei Clarke, a 6-foot senior to be from Claremore, Okla., plans to visit Kentucky this weekend, he told

Kansas' Agafonov on academic team

Kansas University junior Egor Agafonov was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America men's track and field/cross country second team Tuesday.

Kansas lineman fired up

Haselhorst thrilled to get break from rehab

Kansas University junior Todd Haselhorst gladly will take the butt-kicking that summer conditioning gives football players like himself. He knows that the pot of gold - a 12-game season this fall - is the reward.

Tuesday, June 26

6Sports video: KU track junior named to 2nd-team

KU junior Egor Agafonov was named a second-team academic all-american by CO-SIDA and ESPN the Magazine.

Nebraska's Pavan top female athlete

Canadian volleyball player with perfect grade-point average nets Honda-Broderick Cup

Nebraska volleyball standout Sarah Pavan maintained a 4.0 grade-point average in biochemistry while leading the Cornhuskers to a 33-1 season and the NCAA title.

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Tovar to the rescue

New linebackers coach a leader, not a bystander

Three-time all-conference selection. Big Ten defensive player of the year as a senior, the same season he and current ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit were Ohio State's co-captains. The Buckeyes' leading tackler three consecutive seasons. Such honors don't come to those who are content to blend quietly into the background, always following, never leading.

KU sophomores dressing for success

Kohn dons odd ensemble to improve ball-handling; Morris adjusts to college game

When Kelly Kohn's Kansas University teammates watch her go through basketball drills while wearing thick goggles and gloves, they do a double take - or guffaw. "Everybody makes fun of me," Kohn said Monday during the Bonnie Henrickson Camp. "It looks a little funny."

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Maybe it's because he has been slowed by a sprained ankle and not shot the ball especially well in workouts for NBA teams. Whatever the reason, former Kansas University forward Julian Wright is one player whose stock is said to be dropping just days before Thursday's NBA Draft.

Earl shifts his focus

Knee injuries put end to forward's career

A 1998 knee surgery for former Kansas University men's basketball player Lester Earl didn't seem to have any short-term effects, since the Louisiana native went on to play in another 31 games at KU before more knee surgeries. Nearly 10 years later, Earl found out about the long-term effects.

Woodling: Wright, Giddens diverge

Julian Wright was the third-leading scorer on Kansas University's men's basketball team following his sophomore season. So was J.R. Giddens. Wright's inherent athleticism and jumping ability allow him to make highlight-reel dunks. Giddens also can jam with the best of them.

Monday, June 25

6News video: Massive project at Memorial Stadium beginning to take shape

KU officials say the $31 million Anderson Family Football Complex is on budget and on target to be ready about one year from now.

6Sports video: Shoulder injury causes former KU guard to ponder hoops retirement

Maintaining a career in professional basketball often means plenty of moving around, and that's certainly the case for former KU guard Mike Lee. And now, a shoulder injury may cause Lee to retire from hoops altogether.

6Sports video: Former KU linebacker looking for an NFL opportunity

Former KU linebacker Nick Reid made his case once again that he belongs in the NFL after a sensational outing in the World Bowl.

Construction kicks off on football complex

Dirt began flying and trucks rolled into the area south of Memorial Stadium on May 21, the morning after Kansas University commencement ceremonies. And they haven't stopped yet. Now, the outline of a major construction project is emerging.

Kansas camp experience suits Jackson to a 'T'

Most of the 8- to 18-year-olds who attend Bill Self's basketball camp are diehard Kansas University fans.

Coach K: Why all the hate for Duke?

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski recently completed a three-week family vacation to a secluded stretch of North Carolina coastline, only occasionally crossing paths with fellow beachgoers during his daily one-hour walks.

Wright works out in Charlotte

Any dad who has spent a hot summer day chasing around kids knows how Julian Wright felt Saturday: Those little guys wear you out.

Sunday, June 24

Commentary: Two Wrights can't be wrong

Carolina's Brandan Wright, Kansas' Julian Wright expected to go in top 10 of Thursday's NBA Draft

For weeks, writers have written about the Wrights, analyzing which Wright is right for which NBA team. Brandan Wright or Julian Wright - both are likely top-10 picks in Thursday's NBA draft. But which player will be the better pro? Who has the right stuff?

KU recruit Releford shines at Festival

Future Kansas University basketball guard Travis Releford scored 23 points off 7-of-17 shooting, including two of four threes, in the White Team's 125-120 victory over the Blue on Saturday morning at the U.S. Olympic Festival. He had five rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes.

Team's long hours, hard work pay off with second-place win

A second-place finish in this month's Formula SAE West car competition was worth nearly a year of hard work for Tanner Rinke and his Jayhawk Motorsports teammates - even the times they stayed up for two consecutive nights to meet their self-imposed deadlines.

V is for victor

Ex-Jayhawk Vaughn relishes NBA crown

Focused on winning his first NBA championship, Jacque Vaughn was in no mood to socialize - even with the best of friends - during the NBA finals.

Woodling: Commish merely a puppet

News that Kevin Weiberg was leaving the Big 12 Conference front office hardly struck Sunflower State soil like a thunderbolt. Even though he was league commissioner - a position perceived as powerful - Weiberg's profile was lower than the attendance at a Baylor-Colorado basketball game.

Roberts runs golf gamut

From Wales to a warehouse, amateur champ has played 'em all

He has played all over the world, from the seaside courses of his native Wales, to Japan with the Kansas University golf team.

Saturday, June 23

Collins lends a hand at prep camp

Sporting new Bible-verse tat, sophomore keeps book; Wright tweaks ankle during workout

As Sherron Collins sat at midcourt, Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self leaned over to peek at the guard's newest piece of ink. His just-emblazoned forearm tattoo quotes a passage from Jeremiah 15:15."It just basically means, reaching out to God, telling Him to care for me and watch over me," Collins said.

KU vaulter 13th

Kansas University freshman Jordan Scott tied for 13th at the AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships when he cleared 17-feet, 81â2-inches in the pole vault Friday night.

Public Links tourney on tap

This much is certain: This weekend's 13th annual, 36-hole Public Links Championship at Eagle Bend Golf Course will not have a repeat victor.

Chicago prep Liggins likes KU

Chicago Washington High senior guard DeAndre Liggins, who is still recovering from a broken foot suffered in May, continues to receive recruiting interest from powerhouse programs.

Friday, June 22

Chalmers scores 30 in pro-am victory

Kansas University's Mario Chalmers and Darnell Jackson scored 30 and 22 points respectively in TDS Rocks' victory over Wolves Klub in Kansas City Pro-Am basketball action on Thursday at Penn Valley Community College.

Supreme Court upholds recruiting limits

Friday night lights are lure enough for young football players, the Supreme Court said Thursday in a decision that upholds limits on high school sports recruiting. The high court ruled in a dispute between a Tennessee athletic association and a football powerhouse, the private Brentwood Academy near Nashville.

Mayer: Domes demand protecting

Wear a helmet! Wear a helmet! Every day we hear pleas from people eager to protect individuals in contact activities from suffering head injuries, whether it's skateboarding, bicycling, football, hockey, almost any sport - or some youngster with equilibrium problems who should wear headgear because he falls a lot and hits his head. Concussions are, and should be, a constant fear for parents.

Beebe tapped interim commissioner

Big 12 names temporary successor to Weiberg

Don Beebe was named interim Big 12 Conference commissioner just days after Kevin Weiberg announced he was stepping down on July 15.

Rehab tedious, Rush says; no timetable for return

Kansas University junior Brandon Rush admits rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee is about as fun as undergoing a root canal. "The past week has been really tough. It's nothing that can kill you or anything. It's been tough though, I'm not gonna lie about that," Rush said Wednesday. The most difficult part?

Thursday, June 21

6Sports Video: It's official: Releford heading to KU

Late Tuesday evening, Bill Self landed the first of what will likely be many recruits for the 2008 season: Travis Releford.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

Kansas University freshman wide receiver Tertavian Ingram missed a large chunk of spring practices with an undisclosed injury, one from which he's still not completely recovered.

Pair of ex-Jayhawks agree with teams

Two former Kansas University baseball players tapped in the major-league baseball draft have agreed to terms with their teams.

Reed shines in pro-am

Kansas University freshman Tyrel Reed scored 12 points in Team Jackson's 102-99 victory over Team Holmes in Kansas City Pro-Am play Wednesday at Penn Valley Community College.

Quigley returns to RB

KU soph won't move to wideout after all

Add another horse to the Kansas University football team's intriguing backfield.

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Big fun with 'Big O'

Ostertag ponders return to NBA

Greg Ostertag flipped in a one-handed, behind-the-back three-point shot while warming up for the Bill Self campers game Wednesday at Horejsi Center.

No foolin': Releford committed to KU

Travis Releford played a prank on his mom Tuesday night. "He called me from practice and said, 'Mama, I committed,''' related Venita Vann, mother of Releford, the 6-foot-4 high school senior-to-be from Roeland Park Miege.

Wednesday, June 20

Camping with...Brandon Rush and Tyrel Reed

With Bill Self's basketball camps wrapping up this week, that means Jayhawks both current and former are helping instruct. editor Ryan Greene takes some time to talk with them, sharing their answers with you in Q&A format. In this installment, hear from junior Brandon Rush on his knee rehab and freshman Tyrel Reed on his first couple weeks on campus.

6Sports video: Two more 'Hawks sign with professional teams

A month ago, he was shagging fly balls for the Kansas Jayhawks at Hoglund Ballpark and now he's a part of the Texas Rangers baseball organization.

6Sports video: Jayhawks land first recruit for class of 2008

Bill Self picked up his first recruit from the class of 2008 after Bishop Miege senior-to-be Travis Releford verbally committed to the Jayhawks Tuesday evening.

6Sports video: Miles trying to play his way back in NBA

Former Jayhawks guard Aaron Miles was a part of the camp pick-up game last week, but thanks to a mini-camp with the Milwaukee Bucks, the Portland, Ore., native missed out on today's contest at the Horjesi Center.

Indiana football coach dies at 59

Brain tumor complications claim life of Hoosiers' Hoeppner

Terry Hoeppner won nine games as Indiana's coach, but he will always be remembered as the program's rock. The man hired to revive Indiana's foundering football program in 2004 - and had a 3-ton limestone boulder placed in the north end zone of Memorial Stadium - died of complications of a brain tumor Tuesday morning at Bloomington Hospital with his family at his side. He was 59.

Sooners to play in Canada

Oklahoma announced plans Tuesday for its men's basketball team to play exhibition games against four Canadian schools during a trip to Vancouver over Labor Day weekend.

Smith to leave Nebraska

Mike Smith will leave Nebraska and transfer to a junior college for the 2007-08 season, coach Doc Sadler said Tuesday.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

¢ Miles in Milwaukee: Former KU point guard Aaron Miles is in Milwaukee today working out with members of the Bucks. Miles next month will be playing for the San Antonio Spurs summer league team.

Keegan: Jayhawk has fierce genes

Zale-Graziano. Ali-Frazier. Leonard-Duran. Bowe-Holyfield. Gatti-Ward. Derek Boogaard vs. any poor undersized, overmatched tomato can on skates. Don't believe Boogaard deserves to be ranked with those pugilists? Type "Derek Boogaard compilation" in the search box on It's 4 minutes and 4 seconds of highlights of the Minnesota Wild hockey player's greatest moments.

Dean Smith to appear for former U.S. senator

Former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith plans to make his second trip to Lawrence this year in October.

Tuesday, June 19

6Sports video: KU's Arthur looking to step up for his sophomore season

With Julian Wright headed to the NBA, it's time for sophomore Darrell Arthur to contend for a starting spot in Bill Self's lineup.

Prep Releford picks Jayhawks

Roeland Park Miege guard chooses Kansas over several Big 12 rivals

Roeland Park Miege star guard Travis Releford, who will be a senior this season, announced Tuesday evening his intention to play college basketball at Kansas University. Releford, the No. 66 ranked player in the Class of 2008 by and the No. 25 ranked prospect by, is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who was also had scholarship offers on the table from Big 12 schools such as Missouri, Kansas State, Texas and Oklahoma.

Body near campus poses mystery to police

Lawrence police are investigating an unattended death near the Kansas University campus this afternoon after a someone discovered a body hanging inside a small outbuilding."We found a small shed behind the residence, and there's a body hanging in the shed. It's obviously been there for a long time," said Capt. Ray Urbanek.

TE Biere commits to Kansas

Tim Biere, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound senior tight end from Westside High in Omaha, Neb., has committed orally to Kansas University's football team.

KU athletes set record for grades: 3.02 GPA

Football squad sets its own mark with 2.69 GPA

A total of 247 student-athletes, representing 61 percent of Kansas University student-athletes, earned spots on the Athletics Directors' Honor Roll with grade-point averages of 3.0 or better during the spring semester, KU officials announced Monday. In all, 36 achieved perfect 4.0 GPAs.

Cowboys' Curry to stay in draft

Guard will return to school only if he's not selected

Guard JamesOn Curry announced Monday that he would skip his senior season at Oklahoma State and remain eligible for the NBA Draft.

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Soaring senior

Stewart always willing to participate in impromptu dunk drills at camp

Rodrick Stewart isn't afraid to attempt slam dunks with high degrees of difficulty. "I'm the guy on the team who will always try any dunk. Like if a little kid asks me to try a behind-the-back dunk, I'll do it. It's something me and coach Self always joke around about, how I miss a lot of dunks," Stewart, Kansas University's senior guard from Seattle, said with a big grin.

Bruce to return to Baylor

Baylor guard Aaron Bruce has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return for his senior season.

Monday, June 18

6Sports video: KU football coaches busy hosting high school camps

While the players are busy with summer workouts, KU coaches are hosting high school camps in search of future flocks of 'Hawks.

6Sports video: KU sports teams enjoy excellent Spring academic semester

The Spring academic semester was a good one for University of Kansas sports teams with 61% of players making the AD Honor Roll.

6Sports video: Week two of 'Camp Self' underway

Hundreds of youngsters are in Lawrence this week for Bill Self's basketball camp. It was only a few years ago that current Jayhawks Brady Morningstar and Brennan Bechard were attending the camp ... now they are helping run it.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Former Kansas University basketball forward Julian Wright has started working out for NBA teams leading up to the June 28 draft.

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Robinson ready for last go-around

Kansas senior guard working summer camps, working out in preparation for final season

Russell Robinson is savoring every second of his fourth Bill Self summer basketball camp.

Sunday, June 17

6Sports video: Jayhawk football lands in-state recruit

To the gridiron now, where during summer workouts coaches cannot supervise their players so instead the KU coaching staff turned their focus to future of the program.

6Sports video: KU's parent-child basketball camp a hit

While coach Mangino may have been recruiting kids for the class of 2008, KU men's basketball coach Bill Self was just next door searching for prospects for the class of 2018 and beyond.

High schoolers flock to KU clinic

Super Jayhawk Camp sees big attendance boost

It looked a lot like a typical practice for Kansas University's football team. The seven assistant coaches were scattered across three practice fields adjacent to Hoglund Ballpark, using whistles, voice boxes - even an air horn - to keep things running.

Metcalf wins clash of former Jayhawks

Before Thursday night, Travis Metcalf's mere presence at former Kansas University teammate Tom Gorzelanny's wedding as an usher this upcoming November was going to be more than enough to validate his friendship.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

New guy: Kansas University has some offensive-line help coming to Lawrence this summer.

Commentary: Brown wants back in coaching

Sacramento Kings should give 66-year-old former Kansas University coach a call

He is the only person out there who should immediately disrupt the Sacramento Kings' coaching search. He is available, accomplished and interested. He is also eccentric and impossible. But he irrefutably is one of the most brilliant teachers and coaches in the history of the game.

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Camp cruising

Self makes the rounds about town

Sitting in the driver's seat of his blue Lincoln Navigator, Bill Self fiddles with the radio while searching for a suitable rock station. "Great song," Self says as U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" is deemed an acceptable choice on the FM Dial. The streets in Lawrence have names. Kansas University's fifth-year basketball coach knows that all too well after this week.

Saturday, June 16

Keegan: Raised hoop just a novelty

Imagine Muggsy Bogues having played a lengthy NBA career at 4-foot-3, Yao Ming towering way above the competition at 6-foot-6. That in essence is what it would be like if former NBA assistant coach Tom Newell had his way.

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KU athletics budget to increase again

Board projects 8 percent rise for '08

If Kansas University's athletic programs continue to bout with mediocrity in 2007-08, financial support once again won't be to blame. Kansas Athletics, Inc., approved its projected fiscal year 2008 budget on Friday at its quarterly board meeting, and KU's athletic department once again expects to have even more money to work with.

Coach's team third at Bill Self Classic

The team of Gary Leonardi, Jerry Magnuson, Megan Menzel and John Zylstra combined to shoot 17-under-par 55 to win the fourth-annual Bill Self Lawrence Parks and Rec Youth Scholarship Golf Classic on Friday at Eagle Bend.

Newspapers blurring lines, Marchiony says

A Louisville Courier-Journal reporter was banned recently from the press box for blogging while an NCAA Tournament baseball game was in progress, but that's not likely to happen at Kansas University-run sporting events, associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said.

Friday, June 15

6Sports video: Bill Self trades in his gym shoes for golf shoes for fundraiser

Bill Self and hundreds of his closest friends hit the links at Eagle Bend to raise money for the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department.

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Bird sisters have big plans

Duo wants to see LHS girls squad take flight

Although 22 months apart in age, the Bird sisters are often confused for twins. "That happens more times than I can count," said Taylor, the younger of the two. "It happens all the time." Danielle and Taylor Bird's similarities don't stop with a facial resemblance. Both are also talented high school basketball players who helped Lawrence High post a 14-8 record last winter.

Mayer: Coaches belong at colleges

North Carolina's Roy Williams is too smart to try to be a pro basketball coach. So is Duke's Mike Krzyzewski. Billy Donovan looks a lot smarter after taking the Orlando Magic job, then retreating to his comfort zone at Florida.

Weiberg resigns Big 12 position

Commissioner accepts VP job with Big Ten Network

Big 12 Conference commissioner Kevin Weiberg announced his resignation Thursday. Weiberg is leaving his post effective July 15, 2007, to become vice president of University planning and development with the Big Ten Network.

Rims to be raised in experiment

Exhibition game featuring 11-foot goals to be contested Saturday at University of Washington

Tyler Besecker started near the bench, a foot off the court. The 6-foot-7, one-time Stanford reserve launched into a sprint toward the basket, leaping to touch the rim. He missed. Badly. By a good 3 or 4 inches. "It's kind of humiliating at first," Besecker said.

Thursday, June 14

6Sports video: Big 12 Commissioner steps down

For the first time in nine years, the Big 12 has no Commissioner. Today, Kevin Weiberg handed in his resignation to leave office on July 15th.

6Sports video: Former KU standout has eyes set on returning to the NBA

Billy Thomas, a KU guard from 1995-1998, is looking for another opportunity to play for an NBA team. This time, it's the Milwaukee Bucks showing interest in the former Jayhawk.

6Sports video: Bonnie Henrickson holds annual basketball camp

Roughly 100 of the best players from around the country are in Lawrence for Bonnie Henrickson's Elite Camp.

Big 12 Commissioner Kevin Weiberg to step down

Kevin Weiberg, just the second commissioner in the history of the Big 12 conference, announced Thursday that he will be stepping down from his post effective July 15, 2007. Weiberg will be taking over as the Vice President of University Planning and Development with the Big Ten Network.

Camping with...Aaron Miles and Mike Lee

With Bill Self's basketball camps going on this week and next, that means Jayhawks both current and former are helping instruct. editor Ryan Greene takes some time to talk with them, sharing their answers with you in Q&A format. In this installment, hear from former Jayhawk guards Aaron Miles and Mike Lee what coming back to Lawrence means to them, plus what's new in their post-graduate hoops journeys.

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Thomas not one to keep quiet

Former Jayhawk bummed by another alumni setback

He talked trash good-naturedly with Sherron Collins and other members of Kansas University's basketball team before the game, then jawed with an official during the action. You better believe ex-Jayhawk shooting guard Billy Thomas came to play - and win - the contest featuring alumni and current players that capped Bill Self's camp Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Mokeski added to Bobcats' coaching staff

Charlotte Bobcats coach Sam Vincent completed his staff Wednesday by hiring former NBA center and Kansas University product Paul Mokeski as an assistant coach.

Wednesday, June 13

6Sports video: Alumni return to the fieldhouse for annual pick-up game

Several former Jayhawk basketball players returned to Allen Fieldhouse to take part in an alumni/freshmen vs. returning players pick-up game on Wednesday.

6Sports video: Robinson has high hopes for '07-'08 Jayhawk hoops squad

He's been called the glue of the KU basketball team, but last March in San Jose, even Russell Robinson couldn't hold the Jayhawks together in a 13-point loss to UCLA in the Elite Eight. Now, the baby-faced senior is back for one more ride - hoping to take that next step in his final go-around.

Talib named to watch list

Kansas University football cornerback Aqib Talib was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy preseason watch list by the Football Writers Association of America on Tuesday.

Miles, Lee help at camp

Lifelong friends return to Kansas

Bosom buddies in grade school, high school and college, Michael Lee and Aaron Miles remain best of friends well into adulthood.

Keegan: KU 'O' not easy to project

The pessimist looks at the Kansas University football team's offense for 2007 and notes that one quarterback, Kerry Meier, throws too many interceptions and the other, Todd Reesing, too often fumbles.

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Free-form football

'Versatility is key,' new coordinator says

Ed Warinner is sure of one thing this football season - he will never let his ego get in the way.

Tuesday, June 12

6Sports video: Talib named to defensive player-of-the-year watch list

Kansas junior cornerback Aqib Talib has been named to the Bronko Nagurski preseason watch list.

6Sports video: Following surgery, Rush now focuses on rehab

Three weeks ago, Brandon Rush was ready to strut his stuff at the NBA pre-draft camp in Orlando. But after suffering a torn ACL in a pick-up game in Kansas City, Rush decided to return to Mount Oread for his junior season. Now, the easy part, surgery, is over and the long road of rehab begins.

Aggies' forward Jones to return to school

Texas A&M forward Joseph Jones said he has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to the Aggies to play for new coach Mark Turgeon his senior season.

Brown, Manning join All-American list

The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Monday that Kansas University juniors Ashley Brown and Crystal Manning have been named Outdoor All-Americans.

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Woodling: Perkins' mandate tough task

Four years ago this week, many a jaw dropped when Lew Perkins was named Kansas University athletic director. Supposedly entrenched at Connecticut, Perkins opted to change jobs essentially because KU chancellor Robert Hemenway dangled the proverbial offer Perkins couldn't refuse - a salary and compensation package worth around $1 million a year.

Sashas share camp spotlight

Kaun's namesake a big hit with coaches, KU players

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self just had to put Sasha on the spot Monday at Self's basketball camp in Horejsi Center. It wasn't the 6-foot-11, 245-pound Sasha Kaun from Tomsk, Russia, that all the campers were gawking at. Instead, it was a 5-4, 100-pound camper with the same name, albeit a slightly different spelling - Sasha Kahn.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

It doesn't appear any of KU's nonconference football games will be aired as part of the Big 12 television package this September.

Monday, June 11

6Sports video: Bill Self kicks off annual basketball camp

Bill Self's usual roster of 14 jumps up to about 800 this week for Bill Self's Summer Camp.

6Sports video: KU baseball player makes the All-American 2nd Team

Wally Marciel, a pitcher for the Kansas Jayhawk baseball team, has been named to the All-American 2nd Team.

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No time wasted

Zagurski relishes meteoric rise to majors

Five years ago, Mike Zagurski was raking his own pitcher's mound at Hutchinson Community College, surviving on meager meal money and taking stretch vans all over small-town Kansas just to play baseball.

So much for the offseason

Camps, defection, injuries give coach plenty to think about

Although Sunday was the first day of his camp, Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self already was in the midst of a turbulent offseason.

Keegan: Sophs bond like brothers

Kansas University basketball star Sherron Collins has been here long enough to call Lawrence home, so it seemed like a reasonable question. Did he have any plans to attend the Wakarusa Festival, which concluded Sunday night?

Sunday, June 10

Former Jayhawks claim crown

Roberts, Roesler hold off WSU pair

Chad Roesler and Conrad Roberts kept reminding themselves - along with friends and media - that they were the 'old guys' in a dwindling field that was full of college kids for the Kansas Golf Association Four-Ball Championship.

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Beginning to bond

Jayhawk freshmen 'like to work hard'

With the high schoolers occupied during a scrimmage at Bill Self's Elite basketball camp Saturday, Kansas University's incoming freshmen used the 45 minutes to hoist 600 jump shots.

Releford makes clinic appearance

Aligned with Kansas University guards Brady Morningstar and Sherron Collins Saturday afternoon, even in an instructional setting, Travis Releford certainly looked the part of a potential teammate for the two.

Ex-Jayhawk Metcalf recalled

The Texas Rangers recalled former Kansas University third baseman Travis Metcalf back to the major-league club - and Rangers manager Ron Washington pledges to use him this time.

Keegan: Collins ready to lead

Basketball in his right hand, left hand at his side, Sherron Collins stood in the right corner of the Free State High gymnasium Saturday, beyond the three-point line, and eyed the rim. Swish.

Manning lands 9th in triple jump at NCAAs

Kansas University junior Crystal Manning settled for ninth place in the triple jump Saturday in the NCAA Outdoor track and field championships at Spanos Sports Complex.

Saturday, June 9

Ashwood has two suitors

Cubs select KU lefty while he's busy negotiating with Cards

Here's a curious tale: Kansas University pitcher Zach Ashwood was on the phone with the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, trying to come to a verbal agreement on a signing bonus before the Cardinals would go through with selecting him in the Major League Baseball player draft.

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Best seat in the house

Rush must settle for watching campers

Sprawled out across two chairs - one for his body and one for his bad wheel - Kansas University's Brandon Rush was only a spectator at Bill Self's Elite basketball camp Friday.

More honors for KU track squads

Kansas University's track and field team claimed four more All-Americans, and the men are 10th and women 19th after three days at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Alex Spanos Sports Complex.

Roesler atones for late miscue

Near-perfect approach on first playoff hole puts KU 'old guys' in 36-hole finals

Chad Roesler couldn't let a missed 3-foot putt on the 18th hole of the semifinals be his lasting memory of the Kansas Golf Association Four-Ball Championship.

Friday, June 8

6Sports video: MLB taps four 'Hawks in amateur draft

To the diamond now where four Kansas Jayhawks are selected on day two on Major League Baseball's amateur draft.

6Sports video: Former KU golfers make KGA four-ball championship semifinals

This mornings quarterfinal round at the Kansas Golf Association's four-ball championship produced this final four: top-seeded former KU golfers Conrad Roberts and Chad Roesler vs. 13-seed Zach Cleland and Mitch Boles, the other side of the bracket an all wheat-shockers semifinal.

6Sports video: Three Jayhawks place at national track meet

Let's head to Sacramento, Calif., now where the NCAA track championships saw three Jayhawks place in their respective events.

Four Jayhawks tabbed in MLB Amateur Draft

Senior outfielder Kyle Murphy was joined by three Kansas University juniors - outfielder Brock Simpson, pitcher Zach Ashwood and infielder Erik Morrison - in hearing his name called on Friday's second day of the MLB Amateur Draft.

'Old guys' Roberts, Roesler win

Former Jayhawks claim pair of match-play victories, reach quarterfinals

Old is a bit of a harsh word to use when comparing Conrad Roberts and Chad Roesler to the other seven teams left in the Kansas Golf Association Four-Ball Championship. They are more like seasoned veterans.

Mayer: Hoag unlucky in '52

If Kansas University and Charlie Hoag had been blessed with the medical presence of a Jeff Randall or Oklahoma's Don O'Donohue in 1952, KU well might have won its second straight NCAA basketball title. Charlie was that good, until : we'll get there.

Two Jayhawks earn All-America honors

Two Kansas University track and field athletes earned All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Thursday.

Donovan apologizes, inks with UF

Billy Donovan swallowed a gulp of water and then his pride. He apologized Thursday to the Orlando Magic, his family and the Florida Gators for changing his mind about joining the NBA coaching ranks. Instead, he'll rejoin Florida with a new six-year contract worth $3.5 million per year.

'Elite Camp' starts today

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self will hold his first annual "Elite Camp" starting today at Allen Fieldhouse.

Thursday, June 7

6Sports video: Former KU golf wins KGA championship

Alvamar now, where the field of 80 has been narrowed to a final eight at Kansas Golf Association's four-ball championship.

Keegan: Pollard not mane attraction

After falling one series short with the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers, Scot Pollard has made it to the NBA finals, and his mane is not even the one getting the most attention. Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Drew Gooden, who arrived at Kansas University when Pollard was in his third NBA season, these days sports one large patch at the back of his neck on an otherwise bald dome.

Mangino talks up his squad

Coach: Jayhawks 'enthusiastic bunch'

With no pads being popped and no footballs being thrown around, all Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino really can do this time of year is talk about his 2007 team. He did just that in Wichita on Wednesday, speaking at a KU football reception held at the Hyatt Regency.

JaRon Rush won't coach after all

JaRon Rush won't be on Jeff Boschee's coaching staff at The Barstow School in Kansas City, Mo., after all, according to Head of School Art Atkison.

Magic officially release Donovan

Coach to return to Florida; news conference this morning

Billy Donovan is out in Orlando, and his cold feet could cost both him and the Magic. The Magic finally let Donovan out of a $5.5 million annual deal late Wednesday night after news broke days ago he was having second thoughts.

Jayhawks advance at NCAA Outdoor

Six Kansas University track-and-field athletes qualified for the finals on the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Julius Jiles set a school record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.66 seconds.

Former MU coach lands job

Former Duke player and Missouri coach Quin Snyder has been hired as head coach of the Austin Toros of the NBA Developmental League.

Wednesday, June 6

Miami transfer picks K-State

Denis Clemente, who started 15 games at point guard for Miami last season but was suspended in February for violating team rules, has transferred to Kansas State.

King lauds schools for gender gains

Women's Sports Foundation gives Kansas University B+ in quest for 'equitable opportunities'

For Billie Jean King, opportunity means everything. On Tuesday, she honored Purdue, Tennessee Tech, Washington State and SUNY at Buffalo for making gender equity a priority.

Keegan: Combine proves pointless

In case we needed another reason to love Kevin Durant, the phenomenal freshman from Texas obliged by exposing the NBA combine for what it is: a complete farce. Durant, projected to go second in the draft behind Ohio State's Greg Oden, finished just a shade lower than that in the overall Orlando combine ranking system. He finished third. From the bottom. Out of 80 players evaluated.

Tuesday, June 5

Woodling: Coaches won't talk flip-flops

They never say, you know. Coaches who change their minds after accepting a job never give a definitive reason for their surprising flip-flops. Kansas University's all-time leader in the about-face category is Glen Mason, with Larry Brown and Roy Williams sharing second place.

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Chalmers, Collins invited to Pan Am tryouts

Kansas University guards among 30 players vying for spots on this summer's 12-man roster

Kansas University guards Mario Chalmers and Sherron Collins are two of 30 college basketball players invited to participate in USA Basketball's Pan American Games Team Trials on July 12-14 at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

Donovan trying to void NBA deal

Magic: Talks continuing with 'conflicted' coach

Billy Donovan's NBA coaching career might end up being a whole lot shorter than his pro playing career - and that didn't last very long.

Monday, June 4

6Sports video: Two Jayhawk hoopsters invited to Team USA tryouts

Jayhawk guards Mario Chalmers and Sharron Collins have been invited to tryout for Team USA's Pan American squad.

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Man on a mission

Staffer champions organ donation - and plays a mean game

The man seated in front of him finished a sneezing fit and uttered a common gripe among area golfers this spring: "These stupid allergies won't let up."

Recruits stranded when coaches leave

Prospect says he signed with Florida because of Donovan, who informed him of departure via phone

After Orlando got its man, after Billy Donovan got his millions, after Gainesville got its hug goodbye and after the media got two news conferences 90 miles apart, Adam Allen got the only thing coming to him. A phone call.

Elder Rush to coach at Barstow

JaRon Rush, the brother of Kansas University junior Brandon Rush, has joined former KU guard Jeff Boschee's boys basketball coaching staff at The Barstow School in Kansas City, Mo.

Juco lineman commits to KU for football

Kansas University's football program landed another early commitment for its 2008 class, this time from a junior-college transfer.

Donovan waffling on move to Magic

Billy Donovan might not be done with the Florida Gators after all.

Sunday, June 3

6Sports video: Former Jayhawks reach NBA finals

Meanwhile on the hardwood last night, two former Jayhawks reached the NBA finals for the first time in their respective careers.

Football complex showing progress

Construction crews wiping out parking spots to make room for practice fields

Work continues at the Anderson Family Football Complex, and it's getting pretty noticeable now.

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Workin' double time

Rehab, fatherhood keep Hawkins busy

Jeff Hawkins' three-month European vacation was cut short last December when, unexpectedly, his funds ran low. "The team owed me a little bit of money.

Saturday, June 2

Rush's knee surgery deemed a success

Brandon Rush's right knee surgery has been deemed a success. "The surgery couldn't have gone any better. The doctors couldn't be more pleased," Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said Friday, referring to right ACL surgery performed Friday afternoon by KU's medical team in Lawrence.

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Postage duo

Hinrich, Pierce included in NBA stamp series

Jeff Lough is a Kansas University basketball fan and a stamp collector. Leave it to the NBA to bring two of his hobbies together. His interest piqued by an article in Linn's Stamp News - the world's largest weekly stamp newspaper - Lough purchased a sheet of legally valid postage stamps featuring Kansas University product Kirk Hinrich, now with the Chicago Bulls.

Friday, June 1

6Sports video: Rush's ACL surgery deemed a success

Kansas Jayhawk basketball player Brandon Rush underwent surgery today to repair a torn ACL. The procedure has been deemed a success.

Rush's surgery successful

Kansas junior Brandon Rush had successful surgery on his knee Friday afternoon, KU coach Bill Self indicated.

Arthur to try out for national team

Kansas University sophomore forward Darrell Arthur is one of 20 players selected to participate in tryouts for the 2007 USA Under-19 World Championship team June 28-30 in Dallas.

Big 12 honors Costner

Kansas University's Amanda Costner, who placed first at the Big 12 golf championships, on Thursday was named the league's female sportsperson of the year.

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Long road ahead

K-State's Walker, 41â2 months removed from ACL surgery, offers advice to Rush

If Brandon Rush needs a shoulder to cry on - somebody to commiserate with or ask for advice the next six months - that person is available 90 miles down the road in Manhattan."I don't have his number. If Brandon wants to get in touch with me, I'll definitely talk to him about this," Kansas State sophomore guard Bill Walker said.

Donovan decides to test NBA waters

Florida coach accepts offer to coach Orlando Magic

Rich history wasn't enough to lure Billy Donovan away from Florida. In the end, it was just riches. Donovan will have plenty of them after he was hired to coach the Orlando Magic on Thursday.

Mayer: Injury will cost Kansas

Brandon Rush's knee injury renewed his loyalty to Big Blue - Blue Cross-Blue Shield, that is, or whatever health insurance covers the Kansas University athletic department. Anybody who believes the high-profile basketball sophomore would have bypassed the pros before he hurt his hinge also thinks Dolly Parton wears a padded bra.

Ex-Tech coach Gibson dies

Gene Gibson, who coached the Texas Tech men's basketball team from 1961-69, has died. He was 82.

NU's Purify given diversion

Nebraska receiver Maurice Purify, arrested for his role in a disturbance at a Lincoln bar, has been authorized to participate in a pretrial diversion program, a city prosecutor said Thursday.