Stories for March 30, 2007


Lead stories

With Cornish gone, KU football team looks to focus on its receivers

This year, with Cornish gone and a new offense in place, look for the KU football team to rely more on the passing game this season.

Aldrich excited about joining the Jayhawks

No is more excited about KU basketball recruit Cole Aldrich than, well Cole Aldrich. Cole has made some pretty bold predictions about next year's squad.

Final Four tickets part of course

Some students may skip classes this week to attend college basketball's Final Four, though at least a dozen have managed to score class credits out of the trip.

Story of this Final Four: No underdogs allowed

There won't be any warm and fuzzy scenes like when Jim Valvano sprinted across the court looking for somebody to hug. You won't see any blubbering meltdowns a la Rollie Massimino, either.

Distractions greet Gators

Defending champs arrive in Atlanta as speculation surrounds coach's future

The police escort, the fans and autograph seekers roaming the hotel - all part of a Final Four welcome to Atlanta for Florida on Thursday.

Commentary: Wait a minute : or 14:25

"Just one minute left, honey." Those are the five most dangerous words in sports. Because when it comes to the NCAA Tournament, the clock is a crock.

Receiver Henry 'a hassle' to defend

Take a look at Marcus Henry, and try convincing yourself he isn't the prototypical playmaker at wide receiver.

Reports: Gillispie staying

Deal reportedly worth $2 million per year

Texas A&M appears poised to retain Billy Gillispie as men's basketball coach and make him the highest-paid among his Big 12 peers, according to media reports in Texas.

Pritchard named Trail Blazers' GM

Former Kansas University basketball guard Kevin Pritchard has been named the Portland Trail Blazers' general manager.

Nebraska CB out 6 months

Ruptured tendon in knee sidelines Huskers' star cornerback

Nebraska senior cornerback Zack Bowman had surgery Thursday morning for a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee and will be sidelined for up to six months.

KU baseball hopes to reprise Big 12 tourney success at MU

The Border War baseball games between Kansas University and Missouri University have been laden with intensity, but the rivalry escalated when the teams met for a fourth time last year during the semifinals of the Big 12 Conference tournament.

Ex-KU aide Jankovich makes first ISU hire

New Illinois State basketball coach Tim Jankovich has hired the first full-time member of his Redbird coaching staff.

Mayer: Big 12 upturn ahead

Texas A&M could be awfully good. Same goes for Texas, particularly if Kevin Durant returns. Kansas State is expecting a big-time up-tick in basketball next season. Even Missouri and Baylor are hopeful. Kansas, with or without Brandon Rush, is fully capable of more Big 12 glory and an NCAA Final Four visit.

Keating, Self head to meetings

Coaches to discuss possible court changes

Bill Self won't be the only member of Kansas University's athletic department attending a batch of meetings Final Four weekend in Atlanta.