The Kansas basketball team is perfect through 6 games - but none of the wins have come on the road. If the 'Hawks want to improve to 7-0, that will have to change.
Gonzaga needed overtime to deny Saint Joseph's its biggest win in four years. Matt Bouldin scored 16 points, including the go-ahead free throws in overtime, to help No. 19 Gonzaga hold off Saint Joseph's, 70-65, on Thursday night.
Oregon had never, in its 105-year history, been in this position: on the road, facing a ranked opponent outside its conference. Overwhelming? Maybe at first. Then the Ducks got over it.
Police reports of an alleged shooting incident involving Bob Knight differ slightly from the account given by the Lubbock man who said the Texas Tech coach or his hunting buddy fired birdshot his way.
No doubt, there's been enough Mizzou-mania swirling around Gary Pinkel this week. So one less phone call to him wasn't a bad thing. "I talked to him the week they played Oklahoma earlier," said Don James, former Washington coach. "So I decided I wasn't going to call him this week."
First time out, O.J. Mayo scores 32 points for the University of Southern California. In his first game for Indiana, Eric Gordon tops that with 33. After three games, Kansas State's Michael Beasley is averaging 30.0 points and 16.6 rebounds. Looking at it from that lofty stratosphere, trying to make the case that it's hard for freshmen to play Division I basketball is like suggesting someone needs to open a soup kitchen to feed those poor Kennedys.
Ralph Beard left the University of Kentucky's basketball program having won national championships in 1948 and '49 and with a reputation as one of the all-time greats on the hardwood.
In a year full of surprises, here's one predictable result: The Missouri Tigers dominated the Associated Press All-Big 12 team. Top-ranked Mizzou placed eight players on the first team, including a pair of unanimous picks in quarterback Chase Daniel and do-it-all freshman Jeremy Maclin in the all-purpose spot.
Few Nebraska football fans are going to argue with Tom Osborne's decision on an interim head coach. Already the interim athletic director, Osborne declared himself the coach until he hires a successor to Bill Callahan, allowing Nebraska's beloved former coach to visit prospective recruits and try to prevent the program from slipping during the recruiting contact period.
In the biggest game ever played by either school, Missouri led Kansas by six points before Lorenzo Williams' clinching sack in the end zone for a safety with 12 seconds to go. The cushion was supplied by Jeff Wolfert's extremely accurate right leg. He connected on a pair of 43-yard field goals in the 36-28 victory that vaulted the Tigers to No. 1 for the first time since 1960, to continue a perfect two-year run in Big 12 Conference play.
Takia Starks scored 23 points and No. 13 Texas A&M beat Michigan 69-41 on Thursday night.
Oklahoma center Courtney Paris' double-doubles streak is still intact after all.
Success-wise, it's been a 3-2 season for head coaches who never played football as collegians. Three are Big 12 people. At the start of the '07 campaign, there were five non-gridder coaches in the major college ranks: Mark Mangino of Kansas, Paul Johnson of Navy, Mike Leach of Texas Tech, Charlie Weis of Notre Dame and Dennis Franchione of Texas A&M. Mangino (11-1), Johnson (7-4 to date) and Leach (8-4) have had good to excellent seasons; Weis suffered through a devastating 3-9 at Notre Dame; Franchione (7-5) was fired at A&M.
It's a good thing for some schools that the Bowl Championship Series, or BCS, rankings are computed based on athletic performance and not academics. While Kansas University is ranked No. 5 in the BCS standings, its theoretical "academic BCS" puts KU at No. 17.
Kansas University's men's basketball record is perfect. The team, of course, is not. "I told the guys the other day, 'We are further along than we were last year no question, but we are not together like we need to be.' We've got to get to the point we value every possession,'' KU coach Bill Self said of his squad, which improved to 6-0 (compared to last year's 5-1 mark) following an 87-49 pasting of Florida Atlantic on Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse.
Aqib Talib's preseason All-America label by Playboy magazine came with a luxurious photo shoot in Arizona, some added publicity and perhaps some extra weight on his shoulders. But really, it was all hype. This time, Talib earned it. Kansas University's junior cornerback was named to the All-America team Thursday by the American Football Coaches Association.
Last night Kansas crushed Florida Atlantic to improve to a perfect 6-0. Among the highlights: how about freshman walk-on Connor Teahan? Kansas City Rockhurst High grad scored 9 points in 9 minutes.
Three seasons on the hill and just four career starts for Darnell Jackson. Last night in D-Jax's 91st game as a Jayhawk, he earned start number 5.
This morning the American Football Coaches' Association named junior cornerback Aqib Talib a first-team All-American.
Mike Anderson's return to Bud Walton Arena ended a little sooner than he wanted. "I don't think our guys lost," Anderson said. "They just ran out of time." Charles Thomas scored 21 points and defended two last-second 3-pointers by Missouri, helping Arkansas hold off the Tigers, 94-91, Wednesday night. Anderson, Missouri's coach, spent 17 seasons as an assistant at Arkansas.
Dezmon Briscoe, a leading receiver on this year's Kansas University football team, has submitted a diversion application to Douglas County District Court.
An emotional guy, Darnell Jackson admits that being introduced as a starter at Allen Fieldhouse really gets his blood churning. "When they call your name," said Jackson, who made his first start of the season and fifth of his four-year Kansas University basketball career Wednesday night, "and you run out there and everybody is yelling, it gives me a lot of energy. I was real comfortable starting the game."
The University of Georgia recently sent a marketing package to the Rose, Orange and Fiesta bowls showing just how the school is going to sell a boat-load of tickets to whichever game the Bulldogs are invited. This is what the at-large BCS bowl candidates do in the days leading up to Selection Sunday.
You can tell college football's regular season is almost over. The arguing has begun. Which teams deserve a title shot? Who's getting shafted? What will we see first, a playoff or a Martian president? Things always get contentious, but this year could set the record for holiday angst.
Michigan athletics officials asked for and received permission from LSU to meet with Les Miles about the Wolverines' head football coaching vacancy.
One wild and unpredictable college football season won't cause the Bowl Championship Series to change.
A Texas Tech committee is looking into a stunt by the school's caped mascot, who apparently violated safety policy by riding a horse into the football stadium with the reins in his teeth and hands flung into the air like pistols.
Houston coach Art Briles is next to take on the task of pulling Baylor out of the Big 12 basement. Greeted by enthusiastic applause, Briles flashed the school's trademark bear claw sign to supporters when he walked into a crowded room to be introduced Wednesday as Baylor's 25th coach.
Seattle SuperSonics forward Nick Collison will miss at least the next three games after breaking his nose against the Los Angeles Lakers.
North Carolina didn't need any help from apparitions. It just seemed that way to cold-shooting Ohio State. Wayne Ellington and Deon Thompson led a second-half surge, and the top-ranked Tar Heels held Ohio State without a field goal for almost 11 minutes in a 66-55 victory Wednesday night.
Stuff me now, not later: Brandon Rush, who had 17 points off 6-of-14 shooting in 19 minutes, had a dunk try snuffed by high-flying FAU player Xavier Perkins in the first half.
Bill Self joined the Allen Fieldhouse fans in giving Florida Atlantic coach Rex Walters a thunderous ovation during pre-game introductions on Wednesday night. "I got goosebumps," Self, Kansas University's fifth-year coach, said of the applause accorded to ex-Jayhawk standout Walters prior to opening tip of the Jayhawks' 87-49 rout of Walters' Owls.
Kansas University basketball fans welcomed former guard Rex Walters back to Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday night with a rousing ovation in pregame introductions. One fan brandished a sign that read: "Welcome Back Sexy Rexy."
The toughest thing about garbage time during a college basketball game is watching the patronizing cheers for walk-ons and the gut-busting by the regulars that takes place on the bench when one of the non-scholarship players scores.
Kansas University cornerback Chris Harris was named Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year by the Associated Press, it was announced Wednesday.
Tying up loose ends from Kansas' 87-49 pasting of Florida Atlantic, coached by former Jayhawk great Rex Walters. Brandon Rush led the Jayhawks in scoring, notching 17 points for the second straight game, but this time doing so in just 19 minutes on the floor.
A leading receiver on the KU football team applied for a diversion today to charges of stealing less than $1000 worth of merchandise from Walmart in June.
A warm reception from the crowd greeted former Jayhawk Rex Walters, now coaching the FAU Owls. The Jayhawk players, though, were less than friendly during the actual game.
Last spring, junior college transfer Kendrick Harper won the starting job at CB opposite Aqib Talib. An injury kept him from playing most of the season, and in his place a true freshman stepped in.
Kevin Romary and DJ Whetter play useless fieldhouse trivia.
Tonight an old face enters Allen Fieldhouse wearing a new uniform. Former Kansas sharpshooter Rex Walters returns to the Phog as the head coach of the FAU Owls. Kevin Romary has more from the hardwood.
Four Jayhawks scored in double figures as KU routinely dispatched Florida Atlantic and spoiled Rex Walters' return to Allen Fieldhouse, meaning KU will go to Southern Cal as a 6-0 ballclub for Sunday's 1 p.m. tipoff in Los Angeles. Brandon Rush led all scorers with 17 points, while Darnell Jackson hit a late three-pointer to give himself 13. He started in place of Sasha Kaun, providing instant energy as KU hardly ever trailed in this one. Darrell Arthur scored 12, Mario Chalmers had 11 and FAU shot below 30 percent for the game. Conner Teahan scored nine points late for KU, all of those coming from beyond the three-point arc.
Harris, a true freshman out of Bixby, Okla., has started nine games at cornerback this season for the 11-1 Jayhawks. He has recorded 61 tackles, one interception and five pass breakups. He was thrown into starting duties after projected starter Kendrick Harper was injured during preseason practices.
Redshirt freshman sensation Jeremy Maclin and the tight end duo of Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman have gotten much of the attention among Missouri receivers, but quarterback Chase Daniel has plenty of other options, too.
The cynics and troublemakers want to see chaos. They want to see upsets. They want to see Missouri, the college football Cinderella, turn into a pumpkin. They want to see Dave Wannstedt's underachieving Pitt team spoil West Virginia's heavenly dreams. They want bloodshed in Baton Rouge and Columbus.
No matter the outcome of Saturday's game between USC and UCLA, the Trojans could wind up in the Rose Bowl. For good.
The way Mike Krzyzewski saw it, there weren't any complex plays he could design that would make Duke any taller. So instead, the more athletic Blue Devils overcame their height disadvantage by simply running super-sized Wisconsin out of Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Jared Josten scored 20 points, 18 of which came in the second half, and Northern Iowa beat in-state rival Iowa State, 61-48, Tuesday to snap a four-game road losing streak against the Cyclones. Eric Coleman added 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Panthers (5-1), who outscored Iowa State 30-10 down the stretch and picked up their first win at Hilton Coliseum since 1997.
Kansas University junior Brandon Rush, who played 36 productive minutes in a 76-72 overtime victory over Arizona on Sunday night, reports that he felt fine physically the day after his longest outing of the season. "I felt good, no soreness. It (surgically repaired right knee) was a little stiff, but I expected that. Other than that, no swelling, no nothing."
Two people said Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight or his hunting companion hit them with birdshot on two occasions last month. Neither person was injured or required medical treatment, and no criminal charges were filed against Knight.
Courtney Paris got back in the double-double groove with 19 points and 22 rebounds to lead No. 9 Oklahoma to a 79-42 victory against North Texas on Tuesday night in the Sooners' home opener.
The Kansas University football coaches, taking a breather from practice and game preparation during the most successful season in school history, are on the road recruiting this week. They have more bait than ever to dangle in front of prospects.
Mark Mangino orchestrated an unprecedented regular season for Kansas University's football team. And he'll get a nice holiday bonus for doing so. KU's sixth-year coach was named co-coach of the year in the Big 12 Conference by the Associated Press, and won the award outright by a vote of the league coaches. Both honors were announced Tuesday.
Rex Walters stood at center court Tuesday afternoon in Kansas University's Horejsi Center, his Florida Atlantic basketball players huddled around him, taking in every word. The 37-year-old former KU standout, who played for Roy Williams in college and Chuck Daly, Larry Brown and Pat Riley in the NBA, now is using the lessons taught him by his mentors at the Sun Belt Conference school.
Marcus Herford is not flashy when he fields a kick and takes off. But he is productive - and now, decorated. Kansas University's junior kick-return specialist was named the Big 12 special-teams player of the year Tuesday in a vote by the league's coaches.
Houston coach Art Briles interviewed Tuesday with Baylor about the Bears' coaching vacancy. Briles, who has led the Cougars to four bowls in five seasons, returned to Houston after meeting with Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw in Dallas. Briles had not been offered the job, though he still appeared to be a front-runner to replace the fired Guy Morriss.
Solomon Elimimian is savoring Hawaii's success - and it shows. The leading tackler for the unbeaten and 11th-ranked Warriors is already wearing out his T-shirt that says, "2007 Western Athletic Conference champions."
Southern Methodist didn't do Creighton any favors. "We were ready to get over that loss," Kansas University senior forward Taylor McIntosh said, "and make a statement." What a statement it was, too, as the Jayhawks pounded the Bluejays, 91-56, in women's basketball on Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
The KU women's basketball team demolished Creighton Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse by a final score of 91-56.
Five games into his senior campaign, and USC transfer Rodrick Stewart is playing the best basketball of his college career.
A thousand-point scorer who helped KU to the 1993 Final Four will be back in Allen Fieldhouse tomorrow as a member of the opposition.
A school record eleven wins was enough for conference football coaches to name Mark Mangino the Big 12 Coach of the Year.
Behind the momentum created with a 27-2 run to start the game, the Kansas University women's basketball team rolled over Creighton 91-56 Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse. Sophomores Danielle McCray and Sade Morris each scored 16 points to lead the Jayhawks, who successfully avenged Saturday's 68-56 loss at Southern Methodist. McCray's stat line also included six rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Morris tallied four boards and four assists.
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino was named Big 12 coach of the year by the league's coaches, one of several Jayhawks to be honored Tuesday.
The overwhelming perception is that Saturday's Big 12 football championship game has huge implications toward Kansas University's chances of going to a BCS bowl. That might not be entirely accurate, according to one expert.
The same day Texas A&M entrusted its program to one former NFL head coach, Georgia Tech decided to end the tenure of another. Coaches were coming and going Monday around college football as each school searched for a winning formula.
These are the best of times for Kansas University football. Never been better. These are the worst of times for Haskell Indian Nations University football. Same old, same old. Within the Lawrence city limits is a classic example of both ends of the college football spectrum. The classy Mercedes is, of course, the Jayhawks. The used Kia is the Fightin' Indians. Does any other city in America contain such collegiate gridiron disparity?
At least 1,000 Kansas University students missed a highly competitive, marquee college basketball game Sunday night. The northwest corner of Allen Fieldhouse - normally packed with enthusiastic KU students - was empty for No. 4-rated KU's 76-72 overtime victory over Arizona.
The status of Oklahoma defensive end Auston English, the Big 12 sacks leader, remains in question for the league's championship game, but his backup is expected to be healthy enough to play Saturday against No. 1 Missouri.
Missouri tight end Chase Coffman has an ankle injury and is questionable for Saturday's Big 12 championship game against No. 9 Oklahoma.
The many holiday tournaments didn't cause any changes at the top of the Associated Press' men's college basketball poll. The bottom of the Top 25, however, was another matter after 13 ranked teams lost a game last week.
Rex Walters' trip home is off to a rocky start. The former Kansas University basketball guard's Florida Atlantic Owls dropped a 77-66 decison to UMKC on Monday night at Municipal Auditorium, despite a 26-point, 13-rebound outing by 6-foot-8 junior Carlos Monroe. Walters' squad will play KU at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse.
Aleks Maric broke out of a mini slump to score 30 points Monday night and lead Nebraska to a 79-62 victory over IPFW. Maric, the Big 12's top returning scorer, made 13 of 18 shots in 26 minutes against the Mastodons after going a combined 6 for 15 for 18 points against Norfolk State and Creighton last week.
Growing up in the Sooner State, Missouri defensive tackle Lorenzo Williams had a close-up look at what a traditional power Oklahoma has been. And he knows just how wide the gap is between the Sooners and his top-ranked Tigers when it comes to big games.
The Jayhawks will learn their bowl fate at 7 p.m. Sunday, but standout cornerback Aqib Talib won't be around for the announcement. Talib is flying to Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday as part of festivities for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given to college football's top defensive player.
Four games. Four different leading scorers. Clearly, Kansas University's women's basketball team doesn't have a go-to player. At least not yet. "It's an equal-opportunity offense," coach Bonnie Henrickson said. "We're still trying different combinations. We're still a work in progress."
No Big 12 championship game for the Kansas football team this weekend. The Jayhawks now wait for a big-time bowl committee to come calling.
Chase Daniel is suddenly the starting QB for the top-ranked team in the land and a contender for the Heisman Trophy. Jayhawk CB Aqib Talib says Daniel "ran the show" in Saturday's Border Showdown.
Twelve minutes in his first game back, 16 minutes in game two and 36 minutes last night. So much for the slow and gradual return of Kansas guard Brandon Rush.
On Sunday night Kansas survived Arizona in overtime. The game, however, narrowly missed being decided in regulation in one of the most dramatic endings in Allen Fieldhouse history.
Kansas University freshman guard Tyrel Reed, who was injured in the closing seconds of the first half during Sunday's 76-72 overtime win over Arizona, suffered a sprained right ankle and is currently listed as day-to-day, coach Bill Self said Monday.
Kansas University's football players didn't trudge into the meeting rooms Sunday dragging tail. That doesn't mean, however, their tails couldn't use some time off.
Andre Gilbert scored 22 points, Jacob Pullen added 19 points and five assists, and Kansas State held off Rider, 82-69, in the Old Spice Classic. The Wildcats' Michael Beasley had 13 points and 10 rebounds - his sixth double-double in six games, but well short of the 30-plus points he had been scoring.
If Florida quarterback Tim Tebow wins the Heisman Trophy, he might have to lift the heavy, bronze statue with one hand. Tebow broke his right, non-throwing hand Saturday night against rival Florida State and will be in a cast for at least two weeks.
Jessica Morrow scored 18 points, and Angela Tisdale added 16 to lift Baylor over California, 69-56. Baylor's Jhasmin Player scored 15 points, and Danielle Wilson added 10, all in the second half. The Lady Bears (5-0) shot 61 percent from the floor after halftime to improve to 53-1 in home nonconference games since Kim Mulkey became coach in 2000.
Kansas dropped to fifth in the BCS Standings after Saturday's 36-28 loss to Missouri, the new No. 1 team.
He glides effortlessly into the lane with the basketball, looking to dish to an open man. His quick release allows him to pull up for 3 over anybody on the fast break. And teammates and opposing players constantly must be aware of his movements as he curls around screens at a dizzying pace to get open. Sound like the play of an active, fleet-footed guard or a big, 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward?
Brandon Rush made sure to have a boring summer full of tedious exercises. As a result of that, thousands of basketball fans had a blast Sunday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Houston Texans assistant Mike Sherman declined comment Sunday on reports that he's the leading candidate for the Texas A&M job.
Like most all college basketball players, Kansas University's Brandon Rush tries to hit a halfcourt shot at practice now and then. "I've thrown in a few like that, not in a game, especially tied going into overtime," said Rush, whose 55-foot shot - that's eight feet behind the midcourt line - kissed softly off the glass and the rim and darn near dropped through the hoop at the final horn of Sunday night's nonconference thriller against Arizona at Allen Fieldhouse.
Don't be misled as you watch this week's Big Ten/ACC Challenge. That is just a grandiose title that barely brushes up against reality. This is no challenge at all, no smackdown to determine a conference's superiority or settle where the best basketball is played. It is simply a bunch of early-season games.
Nebraska's search for a new football coach is under way.
Reed hurts ankle: Kansas University freshman guard Tyrel Reed had one assist and no points in seven minutes. He didn't play the second half after spraining his ankle on the last play of the first half.
Darrell Arthur laughed hard when asked if he felt like a "hero" after Kansas University's 76-72 overtime victory over Arizona on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse. "No : but Brandon would have been a hero if that shot would have gone in," Arthur, Kansas University's sophomore forward, said after a game that nearly was decided on a 55-foot desperation heave by Brandon Rush that barely missed at the end of regulation.
Tying up loose ends from KU's overtime thriller against Arizona, in which Brandon Rush sparked KU with 17 points and eight rebounds while playing an unexpected 36 minutes.
Hours before kickoff Saturday, ESPN made Arrowhead Stadium the perfect scene for the perfect big game preview.
The new BCS standings were released, and the Jayhawks are still in BCS bowl contention, but first: how the unbeaten season slipped away last night at Arrowhead.
The dream of a perfect season and BCS championship was scratched out by the border rival Missouri Tigers. 6Sports reporter Andrew Baker joins us live from the Newscenter with more from the Border Showdown.
Amidst all the Border Showdown hype, the Kansas basketball team was at home tonight with the always dangerous Arizona Wildcats.
KU fans flocked to various locations around Lawrence to grab a seat for the most anticipated game of the season. 6News reporter Crispin Lopez has more.
Jawan McClellan missed a three on the other end, and then Arizona was relegated to simply fouling KU. Russell Robinson headed to the line after a foul at midcourt. Robinson hit both to end it. Chase Budinger led all scorers with 27 points, but they were rendered meaningless with KU pulling it out in overtime, 76-72. Darrell Arthur scored four huge points for KU in overtime and led the Jayhawks with 20. Brandon Rush, who played a season-high 36 minutes, scored 17, including a pair of huge game-clinching dunks in the extra stanza. KU was outrebounded 38-29, but Arizona turned the ball over 25 times, giving KU multiple chances to win it in heart attack fashion. KU will play Wednesday against a Rex Walters-coached Florida Atlantic team before hitting the road for the first time to play at Southern Cal next Sunday.
Tying up loose ends from KU's first loss of the 2007 season, a game which boosted Missouri into the Big 12 title game for the first time in program history. KU now must wait until next Sunday to find out where it'll go in terms of a bowl game.
Chase Daniel stood on the Arrowhead Stadium field late Saturday night, pointing his index finger toward a throng of Missouri fans who were wildly celebrating their Tigers' 36-28 victory over rival Kansas University. "If we're not the No. 1 team in the nation tomorrow, something's wrong," Daniel told a pair of TV reporters before exiting to a happy Tiger locker room.
Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing shouldered a share of the blame for Saturday night's 36-28 loss to Missouri for throwing two interceptions, but he wasn't about to blame the glove. To combat the cold, Reesing decided to wear a glove for the first time this season.
Officials from the Orange, Sugar, Fiesta, Cotton and Holiday bowls were credentialed for Saturday's game. With the loss, Kansas may be headed to a non-BCS bowl like the Cotton or Holiday, but a BCS at-large bid is a possibility. Kansas needs to remain in the top 18 of the BCS standings through Dec. 2 to be eligible for selection.
One of the top college players in the country, Arizona sophomore Chase Budinger says he's paying no attention to analysts who have him pegged as a certain top-10 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. "There's always those players that get hyped up in things. ... When people tell me that stuff, I let it go in one ear and out the other," the 6-foot-7, 203-pound Budinger told the Arizona Daily Star.
Massachusetts Street was quiet Saturday night as Kansas University football fans reeled from a loss to the Missouri Tigers. "We're thoroughly disappointed," said George Brahler, a 21-year-old KU senior and Lawrence native. Brahler might not have seen the victory he wanted, but like many other fans, he said he is proud of the team's success this season and looking forward to a bowl game.
¢ Dezmon Briscoe for a leaping catch that set up KU's first score.¢ Kicker Scott Webb missed field goal attempts of 33 and 45 yards.
Well, that's that. Just as the pretty girl was really showing some interest, the nemesis grabbed Kansas University's football team by the collar and threw it out the door. Oh well. The Jayhawks crashed the party anyway.
Kansas University sophomore Danielle McCray turned in a season-high 21 points, but it was not enough as the Jayhawks dropped their first game of the season, 68-56, to tournament host SMU on Saturday.
We'll never know which team would have won the 116th rendition of the Border War had it been played in Memorial Stadium, home field of Kansas University, 36-28 loser Saturday night to Missouri at sold-out Arrowhead Stadium. This much we do know: The more deserving team advanced to the Big 12 title game and kept its national-title hopes alive.
The Kansas football team drops 21 points on the Missouri defense in the fourth quarter, but it's still not enough tonight at Arrowhead Stadium. Posted Nov. 25, 2007.
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The e-mails started soon after Dennis Franchione bolted Alabama for Texas A&M. The Aggies will regret it, they read. Coach Fran is a fraud. Good riddance. Frankly, they seemed like the wounded laments of a jilted lover, meaning no rational person should read too much into them. Coach Fran lacked grace in executing the proper exit from Alabama, but he was a good hire for A&M. Maybe even a great one.
Texas A&M defensive coordinator Gary Darnell was named interim head coach Saturday, a day after Dennis Franchione resigned.
In large part because of Arizona, Kansas University's last trip to Maui was no day at the beach. "We played them with our young pups over there. We weren't ready for that to start the season. They got us real good," KU coach Bill Self said, reflecting on the Jayhawks' 61-49 loss to Arizona in a first-round 2005 Maui Invitational contest.
Texas is finding there is life and a lot of good basketball even with Kevin Durant playing in the NBA. D.J. Augustin scored 23 points, A.J. Abrams had 21 and the 15th-ranked Longhorns shot 64 percent from the field in routing No. 7 Tennessee, 97-78, in the championship game of the StubHub! Legends Classic on Saturday night.
Pat White has No. 4 West Virginia on the brink of playing for a national championship. White rushed for 186 yards and accounted for three touchdowns to lead the Mountaineers to a 66-21 victory over No. 20 Connecticut on Saturday night, clinching the Big East championship and a spot in the Bowl Championship Series.
Under coach Tom Osborne, Nebraska was one of the bullies of college football, a program to be feared. Under coach Bill Callahan, the Cornhuskers were too often the ones getting pushed around. After watching Callahan's Huskers for five games, Osborne, in his new role as interim athletic director, decided it was time for change. He fired Callahan during a five-minute meeting Saturday.
Eric Gordon's soaring act never got off the ground, and Indiana stayed down with him. C.J. Anderson and B.J. Raymond scored 19 points apiece, and Xavier handed the eighth-ranked Hoosiers their first loss, beating them, 80-65, in the final of the Chicago Invitational Challenge on Saturday night. Gordon had a rough night, and the Hoosiers could not get going without him.
Allen Patrick made the most of his chance at redemption. The tailback who turned heads while filling in for Adrian Peterson last season ran for a career-best 202 yards as No. 10 Oklahoma wrapped up a spot in the Big 12 championship game with a 49-17 win Saturday against Oklahoma State.
Tom Brandstater passed for a career-high 313 yards and two touchdowns to Marlon Moore, and Fresno State knocked Kansas State from bowl contention with 45-29 victory Saturday.
Scott Harrington is taking the half-full approach. Even if losing to his arch rival - and missing out on a Big 12 Championship and a chance at a national football title - is virtually impossible to swallow. "I hate losing to Missouri," the Lawrence resident said Saturday, filing out of Arrowhead Stadium after his Jayhawks lost 36-28, in the annual Border War clash. "But still: We're 11-1. We're going to go to a great bowl."
Nico Roesler came into Saturday's game with a pretty good idea about the opposition. After all, he'd been doing his best Chase Coffman impersonation all week - and his Kansas University teammates had managed to successfully stuff Roesler and his fellow scout team players more often than not.
Takia Starks scored 17 points to lead Texas A&M to a 60-48 victory over Indiana on Saturday in the Paradise Jam. Starks, 3-for-9 from 3-point range, scored 12 of her points in the second half when the Aggies pulled away by shooting 48 percent from the floor and outrebounding the Hoosiers 25-16. Danielle Gant added 12 points and six rebounds for Texas A&M (4-1).
The story of the night was Missouri's Chase Daniel covering up 13 MU penalties by completing 40 pass attempts en route to a 361-yard, three-touchdown night, earning the Tigers a berth in the Big 12 title game next Saturday in San Antonio against Oklahoma. Todd Reesing rallied KU back with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, finishing 28-of-29 for 349 yards and two TDs to go with two picks. He also had a five-yard touchdown run in the second half. KU couldn't get much of a running game going at all, finishing with just 42 yards - a season-low. KU will now have to wait until Dec. 2 to find out what bowl game it will be playing in.
A look at who scored, when they scored and how it happened.
Tammy Ford, of Lawrence, is facing a clothing conundrum. She and her husband will be at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., today to cheer on the Kansas University Jayhawks, but they may have to do so clad in the University of Missouri's colors. "I'm a little bit worried because my coat is black, and my husband's is gold," she said.
Every time Brandon McAnderson took a handoff his senior year on Lawrence High's football team, Kansas University coach Mark Mangino's emotions would be in a tug-of-war. What a talent, he would think. But what a price.
All eyes in Nebraska now look toward Tom Osborne's office - to see if Bill Callahan could possibly emerge from his upcoming meeting with Nebraska's athletic director with his job still in hand.
Dennis Franchione gave Texas A&M another victory over Texas. Then the embattled coach handed in his resignation. While there were no Big 12 titles or bowl victories in Franchione's five seasons, his tenure ended on a high note, a 38-30 victory over 13th-ranked Texas that gave the Aggies consecutive wins over their hated rival. "This team has been special all year to me," Franchione said. "And I thought they played a wonderful game."
Let's see : LSU's top-ranked football team lost to Arkansas in three overtimes on Friday, meaning Kansas University conceivably could be ranked No. 1 in the country come Sunday. No. 1, that is, if the Jayhawks defeat Missouri's Tigers at 7 tonight at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
There's a lot at stake tonight at Arrowhead Stadium when Missouri and Kansas reenact their uncivil war. This will be a memorable football game and a massive party. From inside the stadium walls to the far reaches of the parking lots, the action will be fast and furious.
Kansas University sophomore LaChelda Jacobs was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field and scored 15 points off the bench as the KU women's basketball team held off Drake, 69-64, Friday in the first round of the SMU Hoops for the Cure Classic.
Lawrence native Rick Morris won't be getting much sleep for awhile. Morris will begin watching the Kansas-Missouri football game at 4 a.m. Sunday. That's Iraq time.
Kansas University sophomore running back Jake Sharp has seen a few big games. After all, he has been involved in some storied high school football matches between Salina South and his alma mater, Salina Central. But what is about to transpire tonight between Sharp's No. 2-ranked Jayhawks and No. 3 Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium undoubtedly will trump many of the memories he has from those days in Salina.
Monica Wright scored 23 points to lead Virginia to an upset victory over Texas in the first round of the Rainbow Wahine Classic.
Alex Tchangoue scored 16 points, including four free throws with less than 10 seconds left, to rally Wake Forest over Texas A&M at the Paradise Jam. Tiffany Roulhac added 12 points and four assists and Mekia Valentine had four blocks for the Demon Deacons (4-1).
Oklahoma will always have Paris, but it won't necessarily be Courtney.
Freshman Michael Beasley had 30 points, Jacob Pullen added 19, and Kansas State beat Central Florida in overtime in the Old Spice Classic. The Wildcats (4-1) were coming off an 87-77 upset loss to George Mason on Thursday.
We've heard it all week: Today's game between No. 2 Kansas and No. 3 Missouri is shaping up to be the most important game in the 116-year history of the Border War rivalry. Ever. That certainly is a good guess, even without going back through time. Both the No. 2 Jayhawks (11-0) and No. 3 Tigers (10-1) are in the running for a Big 12 championship and a coveted berth in the BCS National Championship Game. But "ever" is such a strong word, isn't it? Or is it?
Missouri University's football team already had playmakers. Chase Daniel, one of college football's best quarterbacks, had a tremendously talented cast of targets - Martin Rucker, Chase Coffman and Will Franklin - over the last three seasons. But they had no shot, none of them, of bringing the "wow" factor quite like Jeremy Maclin does.
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino is in his sixth season as head coach. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is in his seventh. Yet both remember clearly their first run-ins with the new fan base they'd be out to please. Not surprisingly, the subject went to the Border War game quite quickly.
Reserve guard Derrick Roland scored a career-high 15 points and Texas A&M held Ohio State to one field goal in the first 111â2 minutes of the second half in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
For nigh onto four decades now, Jim Carothers and I have been transplanted Tigers in the Land of the Jayhawks. Both of us graduated from Missouri in the spring of 1963, yet he witnessed arguably the most depressing defeat in MU football history, and I didn't.
Even in a best-case scenario, Oklahoma State can't find its way into its first Big 12 championship game. Keeping rival Oklahoma from getting there wouldn't be a bad consolation prize, though.
Very few players on Kansas State's roster were around the last time the Wildcats squared off against Fresno State, but those who were remember it clearly. The year was 2004, and No. 13 Kansas State's hopes for the season were sky-high following a Big 12 Championship the season before. But Fresno State came to Manhattan and exposed the Wildcats.
To get through 11 games and have exactly the same yardage totals in rushing and passing took quite the coincidence for Oklahoma State - or maybe some meticulous planning.
A.J. Abrams had career bests of 31 points and nine 3-pointers to lead Texas to victory over New Mexico State in the semifinals in the StubHub! Legends Classic on Friday night.
St. Louis Rams players usually keep a close eye on the big college games. But somehow, tonight's Kansas-Missouri matchup for the Big 12 North title holds almost zero interest. Tight end Randy McMichael, who went to Georgia, had a succinct "Who cares?" reaction this week followed by more lengthy discourse on the state of the game.
It was the rarest of days in Memorial Stadium. The flags were limp, even the one high atop the construction crane that was supposed to be the season-long symbol of new heights the Kansas University football team would reach in the future.
Security will be heavier than usual for Saturday night's KU-MU football game
An unranked Arkansas beat top ranked LSU on Friday night, which means a win for KU on Saturday would make the Jayhawks the number one ranked team in the nation.
The Kansas women's basketball team defeated the Drake Bulldogs on Friday night, 69-49
Saturday night's KU-MU match-up is on national TV, but the game is expected to draw some worldwide attention.
In less than 24 hours, the endless buildup and hype for possibly the biggest game ever played in Arrowhead Stadium will come to an end and the Border Showdown will be decided on the field.
Believe it or not, there's a pretty big basketball game Sunday night at Allen Fieldhouse
LSU, the No. 1 team in college football, lost this afternoon to Arkansas, 50-48.
Corey Fisher made his first basket, then another. The Villanova freshman didn't stop until the No. 20 Wildcats finished off Central Florida in the opening round of Old Spice Classic.
Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford was cleared to play Saturday against Oklahoma State.
The eyes of Texas' college football fans are focused on College Station, awaiting today's big game on the Big 12 schedule. But to fans in 49 other states, the Texas A&M-Texas rivalry is dwarfed by this week's truly Big Game in the Big 12.
To follow the footprints back to answer the question why the man who recommended Todd Reesing to the Kansas University athletic department did so is to go all the way back to when the quarterback was about 5 years old. Todd's father, Steve Reesing, and Tom Stoetzner were college roommates at the University of Texas and friends before that. Stoetzner's son, Jake, alerted Kansas to Reesing after his big junior season for Lake Travis High in suburban Austin, Texas.
Scoreboard. That word printed below a picture of Lawrence burning on a Missouri-yellow T-shirt was enough to ignite the Jayhawk faithful. Soon, drawings of John Brown superimposed over the state of Kansas popped up on the Internet. Kansas fans were making their own statement about a rivalry that dates back more than 150 years. Yes, the rivalry between Oregon and Oregon State actually is known as the Civil War. But Saturday night's Armageddon at Arrowhead - alternately known as the Border War or the Border Showdown - is rooted in the actual, shooting Civil War.
A traditional Russian salad and a Hungarian chocolate dessert added to the international flair of one Lawrence home during Thanksgiving. Amy Hall-Holt, head coach of Kansas University's women's tennis team, invited her international players to join her and her family to experience the American holiday feast. However, she also requested they bring a dish from their native country.
If Todd Reesing has 100 percent of his physical faculties and can go the route, Kansas is going to defeat Missouri in Saturday's football showdown. If "Sparky" is still hindered by that dinged-up ankle that had him limping the past two games, MU is likely to prevail.
You pick up the phone and dial the numbers to Don Fambrough's house just days before Saturday's Border War game between No. 2 Kansas and No. 3 Missouri. A perfect chance, you think, to pick the brain of the most passionate Mizzou hater out there. Busy signal. Big surprise.
Conner Teahan arrived at Kansas University with a reputation as a "pure shooter" with range past the 3-point arc. He hasn't disappointed yet this young season, cashing five 3s in six tries - including three of three from 3-point land - in Wednesday's 87-46 rout of Northern Arizona at Allen Fieldhouse.
Nicollette Smith burst comet-like onto the Kansas University women's basketball scene. Then she quickly faded away. Now the question is: Will Smith return to view tonight when the Jayhawks tangle with Drake in SMU's Hoops for the Cure Classic?
Kansas has led for most of the game, but it's late and Missouri is driving. A field goal wins its for the Tigers, whose fans are in a mad frenzy at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., as the seconds wind down in a game up for grabs. KU's fans are too tense to lift a finger, anticipating the biggest game they've ever seen their team play is about to get away.
Despite two losses, Southern California still believes it is one of the nation's best teams. The Trojans looked like it on Thursday night.
Five years later, Texas A&M is back where it started. In 2002, the Aggies were 6-5 heading into their season finale with Texas, and disgruntled fans were calling for a coaching change. By then, A&M had slipped from elite to ordinary, the "Wrecking Crew" defense had become a remnant of the past and its once-steady supply of in-state recruits had started looking elsewhere.
The stakes go way beyond bowl eligibility when the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Colorado Buffaloes play their annual grudge match on the day after Thanksgiving. Only interim athletic director Tom Osborne knows for sure if this is Bill Callahan's last game as Nebraska's coach, and the Buffs could clear up the matter for everyone else with a win today.
Mike Singletary is staying with the 49ers for now. Singletary pulled himself from consideration for the Baylor head coaching opening Thursday. He said he wasn't offered the job at his alma mater.
Courtney Paris had 16 points and 19 rebounds, and sister Ashley scored 21 points to help No. 10 Oklahoma win for the first time this season, beating 14th-ranked Arizona State, 69-57, in the Caribbean Challenge.
John Vaughan scored 21 points, and Folarin Campbell and Will Thomas each added 18 to lead George Mason to an 87-77 upset of No. 18 Kansas State in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic on Thursday night.
Head KU men's basketball coach Bill Self, one of the biggest football fans on campus, will no be able to attend this weekend's border showdown at Arrowhead Stadium.
The KU football team held practice as usual on Thanksgiving in preparation for this weekend's Border Showdown.
No tickets? No worries. There will be plenty of opportunities to watch Saturday's football game between KU and MU right here in Lawrence.
According to KU cornerback Aquib Talib, even with the biggest football game in Kansas history a little less than 48 hours away, there's always time to celebrate the holidays with friends and family...even if it's at McDonald's.
Kansas big men Darrell Arthur, Sasha Kaun, Darnell Jackson and Cole Aldrich dominated in Wednesday night's win over Northern Arizona University.
After a seven day break, the KU women's basketball team will take the court against Drake on Friday night in Dallas.
Kansas University's volleyball team ended its season on a high note Wednesday, winning a three-game match at Texas Tech. KU swept the Red Raiders 30-28, 30-21 and 30-23 and finished with a 13-17 overall record and a 6-14 mark in Big 12 play.
Most of Kansas University's basketball players will be eating Thanksgiving dinner at Lawrence native Brady Morningstar's childhood home today. While appreciative of an offer to chow with the Morningstars or with coach Bill Self, whose house is always open to his players, senior Darnell Jackson will pass this year.
For some, it's boring. For others, it's oblivion. Still others just don't care. "For crying out loud, what's wrong with them?" asked Ann Reaney, who was dumbfounded to learn that some of her fellow Lawrencians were not planning to watch Kansas University's showdown against Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday.
Some fans will do just about anything if they think it will help their team win. And in Lawrence, excitement for Kansas University's football team's 11-0 record is going to some people's heads - literally.
Mike Hall won't be at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday. Hall, who graduated from Kansas University in May, tried getting tickets to the Border Showdown between Kansas and Missouri on eBay but couldn't handle the hefty price tag. "We couldn't get four tickets for less than 700 bucks," Hall said. So now he is left with two options.
Players with local families will get some time today to go celebrate Thanksgiving. KU defensive tackle James McClinton, who has family in Missouri, plans to stuff himself.
A few weeks ago, while discussing his policy on playing true freshmen, Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel said the decision is based strictly on whether the player can help the Tigers win immediately and has nothing to do with getting the player experience for the next year.
The public's perception of Mark Mangino has changed now that his team is 11-0 and his career record is 36-35 as coach of the Kansas University football team, but the coach himself maintains he hasn't changed much at all. He said he tells his players repeatedly, "You should have the same friends today as you had a year ago. And if you do, you should be just fine. I do."
Morningstar injured: Kansas University sophomore Brady Morningstar, who is red-shirting this season, did not dress for the game. He sat on the bench with a boot on his left foot. He has a high-ankle sprain and likely will miss a week of practice.
After losing for the second time this season to a traditional basketball powerhouse, Northern Arizona coach Mike Adras wasn't about to lambaste his team. "We've lost two games that we're supposed to lose. That's just the reality of the situation," he said after Kansas University routed the Lumberjacks, 87-46, Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse.
Like most everybody on the planet, Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self has some things to be thankful for today. For starters ... ¢ His health. ¢ His family. ¢ And a perfect 4-0 record following KU's 87-46 Thanksgiving Eve basting of Northern Arizona in a game that celebrated the return of the proud Jayhawk defense, which had been missing in routs of Louisiana-Monroe, UMKC and Washburn.
Roy Hibbert scored 16 points and had seven rebounds, and Georgetown made seven 3-pointers in a victory over outmanned Ball State. The Cardinals (0-3) were led by Peyton Stovall with 16 points.
Watching young big men play basketball can be such an exercise in frustration, even at the major-college level. So many tend to grab a rebound and bring it down below their waists, making themselves 6-footers. They fumble the basketball, demoralizing teammates. They like to showcase their guard skills and avoid the combat zone underneath.
Donald Sloan scored 18 points, and Texas A&M held Washington without a field goal for a key five-minute stretch in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals.
Don't have tickets to the Border Showdown? You can catch some of the excitement early by attending Saturday's live taping of ESPN's GameDay.
Once the Border Showdown wraps up on Saturday, 6News will be here live for a special broadcast.
After a six-day layoff, the Kansas men return to action in the Jayhawk Invitational against Northern Arizona. DJ Whetter has more from the Fieldhouse.
DJ Whetter and Andrew Baker play useless Fieldhouse trivia.
It was 2004 the last time the Kansas basketball team started the season 3-0. That year the Hawks shot out of the gate to a 14-0 record. Tonight, sans Sherron Collins, the Hawks went 4-0 against NAU.
No opponent this season has held the Missouri football team to fewer than 30 points. That's the task the Jayhawks' second-ranked defense is charged with this weekend.
Foul trouble will make or break the Kansas women's basketball team this season, and that applies specifically to standout sophomore Danielle McCray.
The Kansas volleyball team was in action tonight in Lubbock for more than likely Emily Brown and Caitlin Mahoney's last match.
They stand 5'10" and 6 feet tall, respectively, but every Saturday Todd Reesing and Chase Daniel have proven that not having an NFL-typical body can still produce Heisman Trophy results.
KU's blowout win marks victory number 600 in Allen Fieldhouse and sets up a showdown with Arizona Sunday night. The game will be the final contest in the Jayhawk Invitational, and KU will look for win No. 601 in the old barn.
Kansas University fans are invited to a pep rally Friday evening at the Corinth Square Shopping Center at 83rd Street and Mission Road in Prairie Village.
The epitaph for Al Bohl's reign as athletic director at Kansas University has read "The guy who held the driveway news conference and accused Roy Williams of holding him like a dove in his hand and choosing to crush him instead of set him free, and the AD who understaffed compliance."
Kevin Love got UCLA started. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute finished it off. Love had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Mbah a Moute hit a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left, helping second-ranked UCLA rebound from a miserable first half to beat Michigan State in the championship game of the CBE Classic.
She enrolled at Kansas University as a freshman in the fall of 1940 and has been a fan of the football team ever since, but that doesn't mean Scottie Lingelbach wastes negative energy hating on all things Missouri. On the contrary, some of her fondest memories date back to when she and her late husband, Dale, lived in St. Joseph, Mo.
So you've got your tickets. Or you've got "a friend" who knows where you can get some. Or you don't have any but want to get as close to Saturday's Armageddon at Arrowhead as you can. First you have to decide when you'll get there. Then it's what to bring, how to get home and how much to plan to spend. We're here to help.
Aqib Talib imagines Kansas University defensive coordinator Bill Young locked up in his office going mad as he dissects just what makes Missouri's football team tick. "Coach Young is going to be frying his brain," said Talib, KU's star cornerback. "I wouldn't want to be a coach this week."
Lew Perkins, who has spoken to, and received e-mails from, countless die-hard Kansas University sports fans in his five years as athletic director, says Jayhawk nation is in total agreement on one topic: the future of 52-year-old Allen Fieldhouse.
A huge football fan, Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self on Tuesday was asked to predict the outcome of Saturday's KU-Missouri Border War battle at Arrowhead Stadium.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Allen Fieldhouse in 2005, the Journal-World sports staff compiled a list of 50 of the most memorable sporting moments in Allen Fieldhouse's storied history, in no particular order. Here's an updated version of the list with KU one win shy of 600 victories in the building.
KU utility man Kerry Meier is on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, a tremendously popular magazine with 3 million subscribers.
Illinois coach Ron Zook has been chosen to coach one of the teams in the Hula Bowl, set for Jan. 12 at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.
Highly-touted guard Willie Warren signed with Oklahoma as part of a four-player recruiting class announced by coach Jeff Capel on Tuesday
City commissioners approved plans by Downtown Lawrence, Inc. to hold an outdoor watch party for the football game between Kansas and Missouri.
Former Piper basketball player Nate Daniels is now an Ichabod. Last Thursday the Washburn freshman took the court against Kansas University in Allen Fieldhouse.
The Border Showdown between Kansas and Missouri will take place at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City this year and next.
With the KU football team undefeated, fans are showing their support through haircuts and tattoos.
Brandon Rush is back. After five months of ACL rehabilitation, the Jayhawks junior guard saw ten minutes of action last Thursday against Washburn.
For the second time in his career, Colby Wissel is an All-American. The Kansas University senior placed 39th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Monday. His time of 30:36 was the second-fastest 10K of his career.
Lost in the euphoria of this stunningly serendipitous Kansas University football season has been any notion of assessing its impact on the big picture. While the Jayhawks' 11-0 start has been a short-term delight, the long-range effect could be even more significant based on what happened just 13 months ago.
KU junior left tackle Anthony Collins has been named one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, given to college football's best interior lineman.
A glance at the Associated Press Top 25 rankings is all that's necessary to validate Lew Perkins' ability to hire a winning football coach. Perkins was the athletic director at University of Connecticut when the time came to find the right coach to bring the school from the less competitive Division 1-AA to Division 1-A. He hired Randy Edsall, whose Huskies are ranked 20th in the nation.
Only two Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools remain undefeated at this late juncture in the college football season. One is, of course, the hometown Kansas Jayhawks. The other is the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. Though the two schools are separated by four time zones and nearly 3,600 miles - and good luck driving that - they share a bond beyond the goose eggs in the loss column.
Missouri University quarterback Chase Daniel was in Columbia, Mo., on an unofficial visit while in high school, when he stopped at an ice cream shop to satisfy his sweet tooth. "Right when we were leaving, someone said, 'Beat KU all four years you're here, and we'll still love you no matter the outcome.'" Daniel recalled with a laugh. No word on if the fan added, "By the way, where's the rest of you?"
OK, gambling geniuses: Who put $100 on Kansas at the beginning of the season and let it ride? You'd have $102,400 to wager on this weekend's Missouri game, with a shot at much, much more.
Kansas University's men's basketball team will shoot for its 600th victory in Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday night against Northern Arizona. It could be yet another festive evening in KU's tradition-rich building provided the Jayhawks, who have a 599-106 all-time mark in Allen, take care of business, and if the enthusiastic student section is filled for a game played on Thanksgiving Eve.
Louisville center David Padgett has a fractured right knee cap that will cause him to miss at least 10 weeks - possibly the rest of the season.
Iowa State freshman guard Marcus Brister is leaving the team for personal reasons, coach Greg McDermott said Monday.
Lloyd Carr alternately choked up and chuckled for nearly 40 minutes Monday, as he announced his 13th season as Michigan football coach would be his last.
Oklahoma's leading rusher DeMarco Murray has a dislocated kneecap and will miss Saturday's game against Oklahoma State.
Bill Callahan isn't saying - or doesn't know - whether he's starting his final week as Nebraska's coach.
UCLA freshman Kevin Love is proving to be a quick learner. Love adjusted after being frustrated by Maryland's early physical play, scoring 18 points and grabbing 16 rebounds to help second-ranked UCLA overcome a sloppy first half in a 71-59 victory over Maryland on Monday night in the semifinals of the CBE Classic.
Florida is back in the Top 25. The two-time defending national champions came into this season having lost the top six players from the team that repeated. It took the new group of Gators just two weeks to move into the Associated Press college basketball poll.
Drew Neitzel drifted along the baseline, brushed through a pick by Marquise Gray and spotted up in the corner. The high-arching shot was never in doubt, barely rippling the net as it passed through. After all but disappearing in the second half, Neitzel hit the shots when Michigan State needed it, and it still almost wasn't enough.
Oklahoma's loss Saturday at Texas Tech did more than knock the 10th-ranked Sooners out of the national championship picture. It kept Texas in contention for the Big 12 South title and a possible BCS game.
Lawrence radio personality Hank Booth of KLWN might miss a few Jayhawks basketball games this season as he recovers from a fall at his home, his wife said Monday.
Today the 2008 Kansas baseball schedule was released. For the sixth season in a row, the Hawks will begin the year in Hawaii, and they'll face off against Missouri at Kaufmann Stadium on April 29th.
This week's big KU-MU game is about more than a chance to play for the Big 12 title. It's also a chance to sell more stuff.
The Kansas football team prepares to embark on their epic battle against the Tigers this Saturday. The Jayhawks have had one constant to rely on all season: their defense.
Today quarterback Todd Reesing was named Big 12 co-offensive player of the week, while Kansas tackle Anthony Collins was selected as an Outland Trophy finalist.
The Missouri defense enters Saturday's Showdown at Arrowhead Stadium ranked 29th in the nation against the run, giving up 122 yards per contest. This weekend that unit will go up against KU's 1000-yard rusher, Brandon McAnderson.
A recovering Brandon Rush and a sidelined Sherron Collins means more minutes to go around in the Kansas backcourt. That includes a chance for invited walk-on Connor Teahan.
For the past four years, Emily Brown has been the face of KU volleyball. On Saturday she left the Horejsi Center the same way she walked in: with a smile on her face.
Turns out moving the final home Kansas University football game to Arrowhead Stadium will end up costing Lawrence merchants and local taxing bodies more than the $713,000 that had been estimated just last spring, an economist said.
Joining Collins are LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and Michigan left tackle Jake Long. the 62nd Outland Trophy will be presented on Dec. 6 during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show from The Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Saturday's installment of the Kansas-Missouri Border War will mark the most momentous sporting event in the Kansas City area since the Jayhawks and Oklahoma Sooners played for the NCAA basketball championship 19 years ago at Kemper Arena. Those who don't hold a ticket to the game, which kicks off at 7 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium, should clear their calendars Saturday night and turn the dial to ABC, Sunflower Broadband channels 9 and 12. Already have plans? Cancel them.
Reesing, who shared the honor with Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell, passed for 253 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-7 win over Iowa State. Reesing completed 19 of his first 20 passes, the one incompletion a throw-away.
College football has so many awards that one of these days you half expect someone to come up with a new one in honor of the nation's best backup quarterback. It could be called the Kerry Meier Award. Meier's transition to receiver has been such a compelling development, what has been lost is how well he runs Ed Warinner's offense when Heisman Trophy candidate Todd Reesing is watching from the sideline.
Swimming to the top was tough enough. Now, Kansas University's football team has to tread the dangerous currents to reach the ultimate prize. That's setting up to be even tougher. Kansas has ascended to the No. 2 ranking in the Bowl Championship Series standings, as well as all three major polls - the Associated Press, the USA Today coaches and the Harris Interactive - after beating Iowa State, 45-7, on Saturday.
Kansas University's football team is treating Saturday's showdown with Missouri like another home game on the schedule. Even if home is now across a state line. The Jayhawks and Tigers, of course, made a much-publicized agreement in January to move the 2007 and '08 Border War games to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
His animated sideline rants led opposing fans to implore former Missouri coach Norm Stewart to just "Sit down, Norm." On Sunday, Norm could finally stand up and be recognized as one of college basketball's winningest coaches.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr will retire today after 13 seasons, ending an era marked by highs of winning a national championship and five Big Ten titles and lows of losing to Ohio State and Appalachian State.
Baylor coach Guy Morriss was fired Sunday, a day after the Bears finished their 12th consecutive losing season with their 12th straight Big 12 loss. Morriss was unable to produce a winning record in his five seasons, going 18-40 overall and 7-33 in conference games. He had a year left on his contract.
All that stands between a Kansas-LSU matchup in the BCS national championship game are some tough opponents. LSU was first, and unbeaten Kansas was second in the Bowl Championship Series standings Sunday and the chances of another team catching either without the Tigers and Jayhawks losing seems remote.
Kansas University's improbable climb has the unbeaten Jayhawks ranked higher than ever and preparing to play their biggest game ever. Kansas was No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 released Sunday behind top-ranked LSU. Next up for the Jayhawks - No. 3 Missouri.
A.J. Abrams kept getting open for 3-pointers. So he kept putting them up, and they kept falling in. The Big 12-record holder for 3-pointers in a season hit eight on his way to a career-high 30 points Sunday, leading No. 16 Texas to an easy 100-52 victory over Division-II Arkansas-Monticello.
Through three games, Kansas University's basketball team has displayed an offense even the Jayhawks' high-scoring football team would be proud of. KU, which has defeated overmatched Louisiana-Monroe, UMKC and Washburn by an average of 28 points per contest, has averaged 94.7 points off sizzling 53.7 percent shooting.
Kansas University senior Colby Wissel will compete at the NCAA cross country championships today in Terre Haute, Ind.
T.J. Worley banked in a 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left, and New Orleans became the latest mid-major to spring an upset by beating No. 21 North Carolina State, 65-63, on Sunday night. In a wild finish that had three lead changes in the final 15 seconds, New Orleans erased a late seven-point deficit by scoring eight straight points in the final 1:48, taking a 62-61 lead with 14.9 seconds left on two free throws by Bo McCalebb.
Top-ranked Tennessee raised a banner celebrating last season's NCAA title over their home court on Sunday then played like national championship contenders in a 92-67 win over No. 21 Texas.
It was a special day for senior volleyball players Emily Brown and Caitlin Mahoney as the Jayhawks hosted Iowa St. on senior day.
Brandon Rush may have returned, but the injury bug is still a factor for the Kansas basketball team. With Sherron Collins out with a foot injury, Rodrick Stewart has stepped in, and stepped up.
The frenzy for food and football have local establishments packed on gamedays.
KU's dream season lived on after a victory over Iowa St. on Saturday. The win helped put the Jayhawks at number two in the BCS rankings.
For the past four years, Emily Brown has served as the face of the Kansas University volleyball program. Brown's dream of playing at KU - which she said had lingered since third grade - officially will come to a close Wednesday at Texas Tech. Saturday, Brown played her final match at KU's Horejsi Family Athletics Center.
Kansas University freshman Erin Mertz turned in three top-four performances for the Jayhawks at the Houston Diving Invitational, which ran Thursday through Saturday at the University of Houston.
It's now official: The Border War game will be a primetime, national affair. Kansas University officially learned that KU's football game Saturday against No. 6 Missouri will kick off at 7 p.m. and be televised by ABC.
This spellbinding Missouri football team had methodically busted yet another ghost - winning at Kansas State for the first time since 1989 - and achieved the unprecedented: a 10th regular-season victory for the first time in the school's 117 years of football. So much for the preliminaries.
Welcome to Missouri week - officially. Don't be alarmed by the massive, beyond-your-wildest-dreams hysteria that will surround this edition of the Border War. It's expected, especially after both No. 4 Kansas University's and No. 6 Missouri University's football teams defiantly took care of business all season long.
KU's next opponent, No. 6 Missouri, beat Kansas State, 49-32, on Saturday to improve to 10-1. It's a good bet that many at Memorial Stadium for the Kansas game didn't know. The Missouri score never was shown on the Memorial Stadium video board during KU's game Saturday. And it was intentional.
The good news for the Iowa State University football team Saturday afternoon was that it forced Kansas University's high-powered offense to punt on the first possession of both halves. The bad news: everything that happened in between.
Lew Perkins brought a reputation with him from the University of Connecticut when he arrived at Kansas University in June 2003. He'd overseen success in men's and women's basketball, with both winning national titles. And he'd just taken a football team from Division I-AA to the pinnacle of college football, Division I-A. Though it never was declared Perkins' primary focus at KU, reviving the football program - which had seen just three bowl appearances since 1981 - was a high priority.
Since this is Kansas University and the national title remains in play, view the Jayhawks' situation in basketball terms. Kansas defeated Iowa State, 45-7, Saturday in packed Memorial Stadium to advance to the Elite Eight. A victory against Missouri in Arrowhead Stadium this coming Saturday night advances KU to a Final Four semifinal matchup in San Antonio. A victory there moves the Jayhawks onto New Orleans to play in the national title game.
An ice bag wrapped around his right knee, Kansas University football linebacker Joe Mortensen walked into a room full of reporters and plopped down on a chair in the middle of them all. Happy, but hurting. And he has one of the mild setbacks.
OU is out. Graham Harrell and Texas Tech knocked No. 3 Oklahoma out of the national title chase Saturday night with a 34-27 victory. Harrell threw for 420 yards and two touchdowns for the Red Raiders (8-4, 4-4 Big 12), and for the 11th time this season a top-five team lost to an unranked team.
Freshman Michael Beasley scored 23 of his 28 points in the second half and had 22 rebounds, helping Kansas State overcome a sloppy first half on the way to a 77-64 victory over Western Illinois.
Terrence Williams recorded the third triple-double in Louisville history with 14 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds, and the sixth-ranked Cardinals rolled by Hartford 104-69 in their season-opener Saturday.Louisville set a school record with 22 3-pointers, burying the overmatched Hawks (1-3) under a barrage of jumpers. Andre McGee led the way, scoring a career-high 18 points - all on 3-pointers.
Trotting off the field after a resounding, historic victory, Missouri players were serenaded by a group of shirtless, chest-painted Kansas State fans: "Beat KU! Beat KU! Beat KU!"
Oklahoma State became bowl-eligible with a 45-14 victory Saturday night over Baylor, which finished the season without winning in the Big 12 and likely played its last game under coach Guy Morriss.
Turns out Colt Brennan isn't the only one who can be a star for No. 13 Hawaii.
Jim Tressel and Lloyd Carr tried their best to take themselves out of the story. In the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry, which has been as much about Woody and Bo as blocking and tackling, the coaches always are center stage.
Angus Quigley scored the first rushing TD of the game for KU on a quick scoring drive.
The KU offense racked up 566 yards to ISU's 234 in a 45-7 drubbing. Reesing finished the day with 253 yards passing and went 21-for-26 with four TDs.The Jayhawks' ground attack was equally impressive as McAnderson, Sharp, Quigley and Meier combined for 37 carries and 212 yards. Dexton Fileds tallied 11 receptions and two TDs to lead the receiving corps for KU.
Two high school seniors signed national letters of intent to play volleyball at Kansas University on Friday. Allison Mayfield, a 6-foot-1 hitter from Overland Park Aquinas, and Nicole Tate, a 5-10 sitter from St. Louis, will comprise coach Ray Bechard's 2008 freshman class.
John Calipari didn't call out Chris Douglas-Roberts by name after an off night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic. But the Memphis coach did single out the guy wearing No. 14."I think he got the message," he said.
Curtis Jerrells scored 23 points to lead Baylor to a 64-55 victory over Wichita State on Friday night in the first round of the Paradise Jam. Jerrells, who went 5-of-8 from 3-point range, gave the Bears a 30-28 lead with a shot from well behind the arc in the first half and Baylor (2-0) did not trail the rest of the way.
As Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon crumbled to the turf with a left knee injury Thursday night, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow's Heisman Trophy chances rose a little bit more.
Dennis Dixon will have surgery on the left knee that buckled early in second-ranked Oregon's upset loss to Arizona, spoiling his chance to win the Heisman Trophy.
Don't expect coach Bob Stoops to plan any special touchdown celebrations or break out new jerseys to get No. 3 Oklahoma motivated for a pivotal final road game of the season. Just the prospect of clinching a spot in the Big 12 championship game should be enough to get the job done.
No matter how potent No. 6 Missouri's offense, coach Gary Pinkel believes there's a point where enough is enough. Big 12 Conference teams have topped 70 points the last two weeks, with Kansas embarrassing Nebraska 76-39 and Nebraska rebounding to hammer Kansas State 73-31 on Saturday. Pinkel said he's not into running up such a gaudy score, even if it might benefit the school in the polls.
It didn't take long for Kansas State safety Chris Carney to get a few phone calls from family members following the Wildcats' 73-31 loss at Nebraska on Saturday. They weren't poking fun at him. They just wanted to make sure he was all right.
Big game. Big screen. No, a really big screen. Kansas University fans may have the chance to watch the upcoming KU vs. Missouri football game on a 50-foot, outdoor screen near the corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets, if city commissioners approve a request from Downtown Lawrence Inc.
Kansas University's football team will go for consecutive victory number 11 at 2:30 p.m. today at Memorial Stadium. But first, the 10-0 Jayhawks will honor 13 seniors who have gone through quite a bit in Lawrence.
Iowa State wide receiver Todd Blythe spent a little time at Big 12 Conference football media days over the summer getting some good-natured ribbing in toward KU cornerback Aqib Talib. "I definitely had a little conversation with him last year and told him he got the day off last year," Blythe joked in July.
Both college football teams were unbeaten and headed for a big rivalry showdown with implications that went beyond Big 12 title talk to national title projections. It happened in Week 5 of this football season. Texas needed only to win a home game against Kansas State. Winning at Colorado was the only hurdle in Oklahoma's way. Texas and Oklahoma both lost, tainting the appeal of the Red River Shootout, won this season by the Sooners, 28-21.
Football fans judge wide receivers based on whether they get open for passes, how often they drop the balls thrown to them and how many yards they run for after catches. Football coaches' grades go deeper than that, and the Kansas University receivers are grading particularly high in one of the less-talked about areas. For a hint as to where they are grading so well, take a look at all the big plays that started as small ones.
When Glee and Jerry Smith first attended Kansas University football games, there was no tailgating, and there was no Baby or Big Jayhawk mascot. There wasn't even a Campanile. "The word tailgate hadn't even been invented yet," said Glee, 86. The couple met in 1941, during their junior year at the university when they attended a Greek "midweek" dance. They married two years later and have attended KU football games together ever since.
It was just a towel. A Kansas University football player in 2002 took a towel out of the weight room after a workout one day. It was on the floor of KU's locker room when a coach found it - where it wasn't supposed to be. If they hadn't gotten the memo yet, the Jayhawks were about to find out what life was like under new coach Mark Mangino.
Travis Releford completed all his paperwork on Friday, freeing Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self to comment on the signing of the 6-foot-5 senior guard from Roeland Park Miege. "Travis is a young man we recruited longer than anyone else," Self said of Releford, on the Jayhawks' radar for several years now.
Caitlin Mahoney and Emily Brown will make their final appearances at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center on Saturday - Senior Day for the KU volleyball team.
To some, wearing the jersey of your favorite player is the sign of a true fan. And in Lawrence, basketball jerseys have long been the campus staple - at least until this season.
Before tailgating and the Jayhawk mascot as we know it today - there was Glee and Jerry Smith - a Lawrence couple who have attended every home football game since 1941.
The last time that Kansas University's football team went 10-0, a "good meal" at a downtown restaurant cost 15 cents, a teenage trend of "progressive buggy rides" was emerging and Lawrence streets were being paved for the first time with brick. The year was 1899.
The Kansas Jayhawks will look to improve on their 10-0 record against Iowa State in the 2007 home finale.
Brandon Rush scored seven points and had three rebounds sparking a slow-starting KU team to a 92-60 victory over the NCAA Div. II Ichabods.
The Jayhawk women's basketball team is on hiatus from the hardwood until November 23 when they square off against Drake at the SMU Tournament in Dallas, Texas.
Destination Basketball: In no hurry to join the 9-to-5 rat race after graduating from college, best friends Dave Bensch and Andrew Hemminger devised a way to have fun and make money at the same time.
Kansas University standout Aqib Talib has been named one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded by the Football Writers Association of America to the best defensive player in college football.
America was at war. The Eldridge Hotel had just been remodeled. Voters approved a new school and a new courthouse. And Kansas University's football team was 10-0. The year: 1899. The last time that Kansas University's football team went undefeated for so long, a "good meal" at a downtown restaurant cost 15 cents, a teenage trend of "progressive buggy rides" was emerging and Lawrence streets were being paved for the first time with brick.
In the span of a few seconds, Kansas University sophomore safety Darrell Stuckey's face can shift from football-serious to sporting a mile-wide smile. The topic that produces this change? His sister.
One high school basketball player in Kansas University's back yard and another 1,100 miles away joined the Jayhawks' recruiting Class of 2008 on Thursday. Travis Releford, a 6-foot-5 guard from Roeland Park Miege, and Quintrell Thomas, a 6-8 power forward from St. Patrick High in Elizabeth, N.J., signed their national letters of intent a day after Mario Little and twins Marcus and Markieff Morris were welcomed to the program.
Former Free State High left-handed pitcher Travis Blankenship signed a national letter of intent with Kansas University on Thursday.
Fans behind Kansas University's basketball bench started clapping as Brandon Rush stood and headed to the scorer's table 3 minutes, 20 seconds into Thursday's mismatch against Washburn at Allen Fieldhouse. Cheers spread to all corners of the building as the 6-foot-6 Kansas Citian sat still, waiting for a stoppage in play.
Washburn head coach Bob Chipman had seen this show before. The last time the Ichabods came to Allen Fieldhouse for a regular-season game against Kansas University in December 1996, an injured Jayhawks guard returned to the lineup, and KU won by 25.
During a timeout with 3:58 remaining in the second half of Kansas University's 92-60 basketball victory against Division II Washburn University on Thursday night, a second-quarter college football score flashed on the scoreboard: Arizona 17, Oregon 11. What was left of the crowd inside Allen Fieldhouse, which never looked close to full, erupted.
Football coaches at Kansas and Missouri have warned their teams not to look past their opponents Saturday to the later match-up between the border rivals. But that hasn't stopped the governors.
The curse of No. 2 claimed another victim. Second-ranked Oregon lost Heisman Trophy candidate Dennis Dixon to a knee injury and never recovered in a 34-24 upset by Arizona on Thursday night.
Super blue-chippers they may not be, but Bonnie Henrickson believes her three signees will be impact players next winter. "I believe so," said Henrickson, now in her fourth season as Kansas University's women's basketball coach, adding that the three newcomers would ": fit in the pieces of the puzzle we're trying to complete."
Candace Parker had 28 points, Shannon Bobbitt scored 22 of her career-high 27 points in the second half, and No. 1 Tennessee beat No. 9 Oklahoma, 70-67, on Thursday night.
J.J. Hickson wasted no time finding his place in North Carolina State's loaded frontcourt. The freshman scored 31 points on 12-for-12 shooting Thursday night, and No. 21 N.C. State beat William & Mary, 66-47, for the program's 14th straight season-opening victory and second in two tries under coach Sidney Lowe.
Joey Dorsey returned to the Memphis lineup with the kind of performance the third-ranked Tigers will need from him every game if they are going to be a contender for the national championship. Dorsey, who missed the first two games of the season because of a shoulder injury, finished with nine points, 12 rebounds and five blocks in the Tigers' 63-53 victory over Oklahoma on Thursday night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports College Hoop Classic.
Tying up loose ends from KU's win over Washburn, which marked the return of junior guard Brandon Rush from a knee injury sustained while preparing for last summer's NBA Draft.
Bonnie Henrickson received good news on Wednesday: the Jayhawks signed three players for next season, including one of the top 50 players in the nation.
The Hawks play yet another small Kansas school tonight at Allen Fieldhouse. Kevin Romary has more from the hardwood.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt place a friendly wager on the Border Showdown. They have agreed to wear the colors of the opposing team if their team is defeated on Saturday.
Aqib Talib is a finalist for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, given to the best defensive college player of the year.
Thirteen KU seniors will say goodbye to Memorial State when they take on Iowa State in the last Jayhawk home game of the year.
Useless fieldhouse trivia with DJ Whetter and Kevin Romary.
Senior tight end Derek Fine has seen the Jayhawks come from 2-10 in 2002 to 10-0 in 2007.
Five and a half months after surgery to repair a torn ACL, Jayhawk junior guard made his 2007 KU debut this evening against Washburn University.
Brandon Rush was the story of the night, though, playing all 12 of his minutes before the half and resting in the second stanza. He was active and unafraid, finishing with seven points, three rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. Rodrick Stewart also showed to be a valuable replacement in game one without Sherron Collins. He had nine points, four rebounds, four assists and an emphatic blocked shot at the end. KU is off now until the night before Thanksgiving (next Wednesday), when the Jayhawks host Northern Arizona for the second straight year. Tip time will be 7 p.m.
Kansas Universiy junior cornerback Aqib Talib on Thursday was named one of five finalists for the 2007 Bronko Nagurski award, which is given annually to the nation's top defensive player. The other four finalists are Ohio State junior linebacker James Laurinaitis, LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, Virginia defensive end Chris Long and South Florida defensive end George Selvie.
University of Nebraska police are looking for a man who left two threatening voicemail messages for Cornhuskers defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove.
If the sixth-ranked Missouri Tigers have their way, leading rusher Tony Temple will get a second Senior Day send-off next fall.
Injury report: KU coach Mark Mangino said he wasn't sure whether safety Patrick Resby would be ready to play Saturday against Iowa State, after sitting out last week's game with an undisclosed injury.
The Kansas University volleyball team fell, 3-1, to Kansas State on Wednesday. KU took the first game before KSU rallied to win the final three.
Twins Marcus and Markieff Morris will arrive at Kansas University as Rivals.com's No. 37- and 72-rated players nationally. They're even better than that, Jayhawk coach Bill Self said Wednesday after receiving signed letters of intent from the Philadelphia duo.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo got everything he expected from his freshmen - and then some. Freshman Chris Allen scored 17 points, and All-American Drew Neitzel had 15 to help No. 12 Michigan State withstand a 3-point barrage and beat Louisiana-Monroe, 83-65, on Wednesday night in a CBE Classic regional final.
Keith Wooden and Josh White scored 25 points apiece to lead North Texas over Oklahoma State Wednesday night. The Mean Green (2-0) used runs of 17 and 10 points to pull away twice from Oklahoma State (1-1). It was North Texas' first win in three tries in the all-time series against the Cowboys.
Kansas University never has looked ahead to a football game against Missouri with a greater opportunity for glitz and glory than it does this year. The first time for anything even remotely comparable was 60 years ago, in 1947, when the first bowl game in KU history was at stake.
Bonnie Henrickson opened her postgame media session with a plea. "If you have an answer," the Kansas University women's basketball coach said, "I'm open to suggestions." Henrickson had just watched the Jayhawks stage a Jekyll and Hyde performance in clipping UMKC, 64-58, on Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
If Brandon Rush has his say, he'll not only dress, but also play in today's 7 p.m. home game against Washburn. "I'm dying to play ... but it's not my decision. If it was up to me, I'd say go ahead, but it's not up to me. No matter what ... it's going to be pretty soon," said Rush, who has made a steady comeback from June 1 ACL surgery.
Sherron Collins' mother, Stacey, was prepared to hop on a plane and travel from Chicago to Lawrence on Monday after hearing her son was headed to surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot.
It's amazing what an undefeated football team can do for the mood of fans who've waited years to see it. This week, if Jayhawk fans in Lawrence need a reminder about the team's record, all they have to do is drive by a home in the 1300 block of Kentucky Street, where a group of students has designed "10-0" in Christmas lights.
Kansas University's football team dropped 76 points on Nebraska earlier this month, gave up 39 and made headlines for winning a game featuring an unheard-of 115 points. Amazingly, that total was blown away seven days later. North Texas and Navy exploded for 136 points last week in a 74-62 Navy victory in Denton, Texas.
The Sunflower State showdown resumes tonight in Manhattan as the Hawks travel to take on Kansas State.
The Kansas defense is preparing to face one of the top touchdown combinations in the country this weekend: Iowa State senior quarterback Brett Myer and senior wide receiver Todd Blythe.
DJ Whetter and Kevin Romary play useless Fieldhouse trivia.
Freshman forward Krysten Boogaard sees the KU women's basketball team to a 64-58 victory over UMKC.
Much of the Kansas football team's success can be attributed to turnovers. While the offense takes care of the ball, the defense is taking it away.
The Kansas men's basketball team picked up three expected letters of intent on the first day of the national signing period.
The Jayhawk women take on UMKC tonight in what could be Coach Bonnie Henrickson's 200th win. Kevin Romary has more from Allen Fieldhouse.
Six Jayhawk fans on Kentucky Street added "10-0" in Christmas lights to the front of their house after Saturday's football victory.
Don't be surprised if Brandon Rush makes his season debut on Thursday against Washburn. Plus, KU received signed Letters of Intent from three of its five Class of 2008 commitments Wednesday.
Women's basketball coaches have always enjoyed a low profile on the national media landscape. We know where Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma work, because they're constantly on our TVs in March coaching in the NCAA Tournament. But really, what do you hear about those coaches the other 11 months of the year?
Not often does a basketball team's leading scorer and rebounder come off the bench. That's what happened Sunday, however, when Kansas University women's basketball opened with a 76-72 victory over Hartford. Freshman Nicollette Smith didn't start, yet led the Jayhawks with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Missouri played the first half against Fordham on Tuesday like Mike Anderson's up-tempo style is supposed to be played. That's why the sluggish second half that followed wasn't a problem for Missouri in a 79-55 victory over the Rams in the CBE Classic's Columbia Regional.
Take three steps back, seven steps to the left, 11 steps back to the right, five steps forward, seven steps back to the left and one more step forward. And do it all in 10.6 seconds. Congratulations. You have just done the Reesing Shuffle. For a video demonstration of the dance created by Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing before he threw across his body, a la John Elway, for a 34-yard completion to Dexton Fields on Saturday night in Stillwater against Oklahoma State, visit YouTube.
It's on now. When Kansas University cornerback Aqib Talib intercepted his fourth pass of the season Saturday at Oklahoma State, it was reminder to many of the All-America resume Talib continues to build on the football field.
Sherron Collins' basketball teammates filed into his Jayhawker Towers apartment one by one Monday night, several hours after Kansas University's sophomore guard had surgery on his left foot. "It was sad to see him sitting there after the surgery. He was kind of down. The first day is the worst, especially getting out of surgery," KU senior guard Rodrick Stewart said. "You say, 'Man, I just had surgery.' Everybody came down to his room to give him support. That's all he needs is support."
The Big 12 Conference named six Kansas University volleyball players to its academic all-conference teams Tuesday.
A letter from the Heisman Trophy Trust showed up in the mail on Tuesday at KU, detailing what might come in the next six weeks if quarterback Todd Reesing fares well in the voting. A Heisman spokesperson said "20 or 30" candidates received the letter.
North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough is ready for the top-ranked Tar Heels' opener against Davidson today after injuring his thumb in an exhibition game last week.
No. 17 Arizona lacked an inside presence and toughness. The Wildcats were also missing Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson. It all added up to a shaky 76-69 victory over Northern Arizona on Tuesday night.
A photo of a yellow-and-black T-shirt has disgusted some Kansas University fans. The shirt displays a picture of Lawrence burning in William Quantrill's Raid of 1863. Below the picture is the word "Scoreboard" and a University of Missouri logo.
Three years ago, the Big 12 Conference slapped Mark Mangino with a $5,000 fine after the Kansas University football coach had blasted an official's call.
When Brandon McAnderson was recruited, he was brought in as a fullback - a player to block for the running back and to gain extra yardage here and there. However, the senior has excelled at the running back position and is only 61 yards shy of 1,000 yards rushing this season.
While it didn't exactly come as a surprise that the KU women's basketball team won their season opener against Hartford - but the fact that a freshman led the team in scoring and rebounding certainly did.
It's part of a downtown promotion. For each touchdown KU scores, customers receive 5% off their purchases - with a maximum discount of 30%.
Nationally, Todd Reesing winning the Heisman Trophy still seems like a long-shot, but a grassroots effort may get underway for the Kansas quarterback thanks to one of his teammates.
Don't rule out KU basketball star Brandon Rush for Thursday's contest against Washburn.
With Sherron Collins sidelined for 4-6 weeks with a foot injury and Brandon Rush still recovering from a torn ACL, the Jayhawk basketball team hopes the big men will take charge.
Tomorrow night, the Jayhawk volleyball team travels to Manhattan to take on K-State as the 'Hawks head down the home stretch of this season.
Linebacker Chris Collins was permanently dismissed from Oklahoma State's football team Monday, six days after he pleaded guilty to the felony aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in Texas.
The Atlantic Sun Conference doesn't have any members in the Top 25, but its teams knocked a couple of big-name schools out of the rankings.
Texas won its season opener but boy, did the Longhorns miss Kevin Durant. Last season's freshman phenom and national player of the year is now in the NBA, and his absence left a huge hole in the Texas offense as the 16th-ranked Longhorns scored their fewest points in a season-opening win in 25 years in a 58-37 victory over Texas-San Antonio on Monday night.
Indiana fans welcomed Eric Gordon by chanting his name Monday night. The highly touted freshman responded with an opening act that lived up to the billing. Gordon finished with 33 points, the most ever by an Indiana player in his college debut, and it was his play at both ends of the court that eventually helped the eighth-ranked Hoosiers beat Chattanooga, 99-79, in their season opener.
It's not uncommon for lines of students to stretch around Allen Fieldhouse before a game. But on Monday, for perhaps the first time anyone can remember, the line of Kansas University students waiting for football tickets was perhaps 50 times longer than the line of people waiting for tickets to men's basketball games.
Kansas University's men's basketball team will be without sophomore point guard Sherron Collins the next six weeks. Collins, who sprained his left ankle in the second half of Sunday's 85-62 victory over UMKC, had surgery Monday to repair a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot.
Kansas University fans hungry for bowl trips already are inquiring about travel plans, whether it's to San Diego, Dallas or - if the unbeaten crimson-and-blue streak continues - perhaps New Orleans to close out this most unexpected of football seasons.
Somewhere in the back pages of the Coaching Handbook is a rarely used ploy. If your team loses a game you think will be damaging to your players' psyches and the game contained some marginal calls that went against you, blame the officials.
Kansas is 10-0 for the first time since 1899, and that might mean big Bowl Championship Series trouble again for those of us who remember Kansas State in 1998.
Arizona interim coach Kevin O'Neill said Lute Olson would return soon from his personal leave of absence.
Every year in November, the Heisman Trophy Trust sends letters out to some 25 colleges across the country, preparing them for the possibility of having a Heisman candidate on campus.
A media voting panel tapped Kansas University basketball forward Nicollette Smith Big 12 Rookie of the Week. She had 19 points and 10 rebounds in a 76-72 victory Sunday against Hartford.
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach was unapologetic Monday for comments he made about officiating in the Red Raiders' 59-43 loss to No. 12 Texas. After watching film of the game, he held his ground on the thrust of his postgame comments Saturday about bad calls that went the Longhorns' way.
Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman will miss the remainder of the regular season because of an injured right knee.
Don't get greedy. So what if zero is still less than one? Who cares if a Duck is getting more respect than a majestic Jayhawk? Kansas University football fans Monday weren't complaining too loudly that the Jayhawks improved only to No. 3 in the Bowl Championship Series standings.
KU junior Aqib Talib was named Big 12 defensive player of the week on Monday for his work in the Jayhawks' 43-28 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday.
With the Jayhawks trailing in the second quarter, Todd Reesing's completion to Marcus Henry not only moved the chains but kept the momentum for the Jayhawks.
It's not unusual to see KU students lined up for tickets for an athletic event outside Allen Fieldhouse, but this line of fans was not waiting for tickets to the next basketball game.
With the absence of Sherron Collins, senior Russell Robinson is even more vital for the Jayhawks' success.
This afternoon KU's leading scorer Sherron Collins underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot after turning his ankle in last night's game.
Kansas sophomore Sade Morris scored a career-high 17 points as KU opened the season with a 75-72 win over Hartford.
In last Saturday's sweep in Stillwater, Junior QB Aqib Talib recorded a career-high 9 tackles.
Smith made 4-of-7 shots from three-point range, and she was a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line. Four of those charities came in the game's final minute against Hartford, the two-time defending America East champion, Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas University sophomore point guard Sherron Collins, who rolled his ankle in Sunday's 85-62 victory over UMKC, had surgery on Monday to repair a stress fracture in the fiftth metatarsal of his left foot.
Talib had nine tackles, an interception and a pass breakup in a 43-28 victory over Oklahoma State. His pick with 7:23 left was his fourth of the season and sealed the Jayhawks' 10th victory of the season.
Mostly, her teammates just call her Nic, but Nicolette Smith may be in line for a new nickname. Smith drained 4-of-7 3-point shots, swished a couple of clutch free throws and snatched 10 rebounds to lead Kansas University to a 76-72 victory over Hartford in the women's basketball opener for both schools Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. "Green Light Nic?"
On the playgrounds of New York City, it's win or give up the court. That's why the city's playground legends through the generations have been guys who take it to the rack. With so much at stake, they didn't want to let the wind or anything else come into play by firing many shots from the perimeter.
Some golfers miss three-foot putts consistently, yet that doesn't stop them from saying, "I shot an 83, but it should have been a 78." It can be that way for post players in basketball, too.
Brandon Rush will continue to practice this week as he makes steady progress from June 1 ACL surgery. Kansas University coach Bill Self was asked if the junior guard/forward could play in Thursday's 7 p.m. game against Washburn in Allen Fieldhouse.
It would have been easy for the University of Missouri-Kansas City men's basketball team to pack up shop early Sunday night at Allen Fieldhouse. Down 19 points to No. 4 Kansas University just five minutes into the second half, a comeback looked bleak for UMKC, picked to finish in the bottom half of the Summit League standings this year.
A pure shooter with a mentality to match, Mario Chalmers shook his head 'No' when asked if Kansas University's basketball players launched too many 3-pointers Sunday night at Allen Fieldhouse. "I don't think so. We shot 22 3s. That might be our new game plan," the 6-foot-1 junior marksman said, grinning, after the Jayhawks' 85-62 victory over pesky University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Tickets to the Kansas-Missouri football game are a hot commodity, and Kansas University students camped out Sunday to ensure they get the best seats available. About 15 students set up tents and folding chairs Sunday in preparation for a long day and night of waiting to pick up tickets to the Nov. 24 Border Showdown, which become available at 9 a.m. today.
Beware of Kansas. LSU moved into the first place in the Bowl Championship Series standings Sunday and Oregon jumped into second place, a day after previous No. 1 Ohio State was upset by Illinois.
Michael Beasley scored 30 points, most of them during a critical second-half run, and Kansas State escaped an upset.
Texas defender Kasey Moore scored a goal and assisted on the other as the Longhorns defeated top-seeded Texas A&M, 2-1, Sunday to win their second consecutive Big 12 Conference women's soccer championship.
Perhaps more embarrassing than anything Kansas University football represented in the last five years was complete ineptitude, time and time again, when playing on the road.
Ohio State's loss to Illinois on Saturday shuffled the top of the Bowl Championship Series standings on Sunday to KU's advantage.
Maria Mayrovich, Alicia Casillas and Danielle Herrmann led the Kansas University swimmers to a 171-68 victory over Drury on Saturday. The Jayhawks swept all events of the meet. Mayrovich, Casillas and Herrmann each recorded individual victories and broke Breech Pool records in their respective events.
Freshman Austin Daye scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help No. 14 Gonzaga open its season by beating Montana, 77-54, on Sunday.
School officials believe Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan suffered a mild concussion during a jarring hit in Saturday's 37-30 victory over Fresno State. He wasn't available after the game, but said in a statement that he was "looking forward to getting back on the field for next week's game."
Darren Collison will miss at least two more games for No. 2 UCLA while the preseason All-American guard recovers from a sprained left knee.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Sunday the Cowboys would have to "wait and see" whether leading receiver Adarius Bowman would be able to return from a right knee injury in time to play against Baylor this week or at all this season.
Tying up loose ends from KU's third win in six days, counting Tuesday's exhibition finale. Mario Chalmers led the way with 23 points, including a career-high six three-pointers.
The Kansas Jayhawk men's basketball team defeated the UMKC Kangaroos by a final score of 85-62.
The Kansas Jayhawk football team improved to 10-0 after defeating Oklahoma State by a final score of 43-28.
The Kansas Jayhawk women's basketball team barely defeated the Hartford Hawks by a final score of 75-72.
Ohio State's loss to Illinois on Saturday created a little bit of wiggle room for Kansas University to continue climbing. The Jayhawks, after beating Oklahoma State 43-28 on Saturday, is now ranked third in the Bowl Championship Series standings. The top two teams at the end of the regular season will play for the BCS National Championship on Jan. 7.
A Mario Chalmers layup off a steal with over a minute left was the final piece to his sound evening on the floor. KU wasn't all that sound defensively and committed some silly errors, but eventually pulled away in its second game of the regular season. Mario Chalmers scored a game-high 23 points, hitting several of his six three-pointers in key moments when KU needed a pick-me-up. Russell Robinson hit three longballs of his own, finishing with 15, while Darrell Arther had 13 and both Sasha Kaun and Sherron Collins scored 10 apiece. KU is off until Thursday, when the Jayhawks face Washburn in Allen Fieldhouse at 7 p.m.
Tying up loose ends from KU's finishing touch on a clean sweep of the Big 12 South in the 2007 regular season, also giving KU its first 10-0 start since 1899.
The Kansas University rowing team fell Saturday to Kansas State, 16-9, in KU's final fall regatta. The Jayhawks took the three novice races, but narrowly fell to K-State in the varsity races. It was K-State's first victory over the Jayhawks in a dual since 2005.
Marcus Henry: Contributed his fifth 100-yard receiving game with career-high 199 yards and three touchdowns on eight catches.Anthony Webb: Still sets himself up for too many punishing hits instead of calling for a fair catch.
Kansas is 10-0 for the first time since 1899. With Ohio State's loss to Illinois earlier Saturday, the Jayhawks are the last unbeaten team among the six major conferences.
Once Nebraska's offense got going, coach Bill Callahan showed no inclination to let up. Joe Ganz threw for 510 yards and seven touchdowns to set school records and Nebraska scored on 11 straight possessions while ending a five-game losing streak with a 73-31 dismantling of Kansas State on Saturday. Did Callahan run up the score? "I didn't think about the score," he said. "We just kept playing."
Iowa State coach Gene Chizik wasn't sure what happened at the end. Neither was Colorado coach Dan Hawkins. They weren't alone.
Give it up for the Atlantic Sun. Mercer capped a sensational week for the low-major conference, stunning No. 18 Southern California, 96-81, Saturday and spoiling O.J. Mayo's college debut.
The college football waters are anything but still. The giants continue to drop, one by one, and the basketball giant is the lone football school from a BCS conference without a loss. The landscape is so different that Kansas University even has one of those classic tall, long-armed, high-jumping, fast Big 12 receivers playing on its side, pulling a big victory out of the sky, instead of having to watch one on the other side.
This is beyond a nice little run, beyond a cute storyline and into the world of straight-faced seriousness. Kansas University has one of college football's top teams in 2007. Because, without fail, it has an answer for everything. A counterpoint for every point. A backup plan for every hiccup. A victory for every challenge. Ten in all.
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach ripped game officials Saturday, suggesting the crew favored Texas, after the Longhorns beat the Red Raiders 59-43. Without naming him, Leach noted that referee Randy Christal lives in Austin.
Danielle McCray dazzled for Kansas University on Thursday, but Hartford U. has a dandy Danielle, too. In fact, Danielle Hood and the rest of the Hawks have been tapped as the unanimous preseason favorite to capture the America East Conference women's basketball championship.
Senior Colby Wissel qualified for the NCAA Championships for the Kansas University cross country team with his fifth-place finish at the Midwest Regional Championships on Saturday afternoon. As a team, the KU men finished 10th and the women placed 12th in the 19-team field.
After trailing two games to none Saturday night, the Kansas University volleyball team showed battled back to win the last three games and earn a 3-2 victory over Colorado. Kansas improved to 12-15 on the season and 5-12 in Big 12 matches. Colorado dropped to 6-19 overall and 1-16 in league play.
Stepping into Allen Fieldhouse as he enters his fourth year as a student at Kansas University, redshirt junior Matt Kleinmann sees things through different eyes. Following a summer internship with 360 Architecture in Kansas City, Mo., he now looks at the old barn - site of today's 7 p.m. battle against UMKC - as both a college athlete and a hopeful designer.
The slump is dead. Kansas University junior cornerback Aqib Talib cut in front of a Zac Robinson pass and intercepted it with 7:32 left on Saturday, sealing the Jayhawks' 43-28 victory at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Top-ranked Ohio State's national title hopes teetered on a timeout, the ball inches from a first down for Illinois. Illini coach Ron Zook changed his mind and decided to go for it on fourth down, and that was the beginning of the end for the Buckeyes' hopes of redeeming themselves in this season's national championship game.
Shalee Lehning had 16 points and 11 assists to lead Kansas State to an 88-61 victory over Washington on Saturday. Lehning also had six rebounds and four steals before being substituted out with five minutes remaining, missing out on a third career triple-double.
Martin Zeno scored 19 points, and Alan Voskuil keyed a second-half run to lead Texas Tech past UC Riverside, 68-56, Saturday.
Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman, who caught 300 yards and four touchdowns last season in Lawrence, was a non-factor Saturday in a 43-28 Kansas victory against the Cowboys before he left the game with an injury in the second quarter.
It figures to be bombs away for the University of Missouri-Kansas City during today's 7 p.m. nonconference clash at No. 4-ranked Kansas University.
A look at who scored, when they scored and how it happened.
Todd Reesing spent most of the second half limping, but he left the field with a smile following his 326 passing yards on 28 completions, including three touchdown passes - all to senior Marcus Henry. Henry had eight catches for 199 yards and the aforementioned three trips to paydirt. It was the fourth-most receiving yards in a single game recorded in Jayhawk history. He now has 885 yards on 46 grabs this season with seven scores. Reesing's 2,665 passing yards are the third-most in a single season now in the KU record books. KU is now 10-0, with its best record since 1899. The Jayhawks will try for 11-0 next Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against Iowa State. That game will air on ABC.
Prior to his team playing against Kansas, coach Dennis Franchione said if an opponent can't stop Texas A&M's running game, he likes the idea of bloodying their nose with it until they do. Since then, it's been the Aggies banging their heads against the wall with no success, for at least three quarters.
When Kansas State coach Ron Prince was in San Antonio in July for the Big 12 media days, he made sure to take three of his players to the Alamo Dome, site of the Big 12 Championship game. He told his players he wanted come back to that building in December - as Big 12 North champions.
New QB driving Cowboys
They can profess their love for Kansas University all they want, and it's probably genuine. But the truth is, many of the Jayhawks' native Oklahomans are playing football at KU because competing in the Big 12 Conference meant leaving their home state.
Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel has a lot of targets in the spread offense, so it isn't uncommon for some receivers to occasionally get lost in the shuffle. It happened to wide receiver Will Franklin when he caught just one pass over two games last month. And despite the fact that the Tigers have what many consider to be the best tight end tandem in the nation in Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman, it's happened to both of them.
Iowa State got a glimpse of its future quarterback Saturday, and coach Gene Chizik liked what he saw. Red-shirt freshman Austen Arnaud, the kid from Ames who has been groomed to take over for Bret Meyer in 2008 and beyond, was 5-of-7 passing for 130 yards in Iowa State's 31-20 win over Kansas State.
Kansas University's basketball team originally had planned to play in the 2007 Preseason NIT : until meet organizers went to a controversial regional-site format for first- and second-round games. Not interested in competing in the tourney that used to guarantee powers like KU two home games, the Jayhawks went looking for alternatives.
Darnell Jackson wears thick pads on both thighs underneath his shorts at Kansas University basketball practices and games. "I don't get bruised. I get scratched a lot," the 6-foot-8, 250-pound senior enforcer explained. The protective equipment didn't weigh him down any Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino would rather finish his painting before taking a step back and admiring it. For now, the Jayhawks' sixth-year leader is keeping his eye on each Saturday ahead of him, continuing with today's 7 p.m. game at Oklahoma State.
Bill Self has a coach's dream of a roster in this respect: He has so many scorers that he can afford to lay down the law, and the law is this: You play really good defense, or you don't play.
Kansas University coach Bill Self was unhappy with his squad's defense, to say the least. Louisiana-Monroe hit 51 percent of its shots in becoming the third team in the last 75 games to hit 50 percent or better against the Jayhawks.
Facing the No. 4 team in the country, it didn't take long for the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks to realize they might be out of their league. So at what point in the Warhawks' 107-78 loss to Kansas University did they realize they were up against a tough team?
Kansas University's volleyball match a week from today against Iowa State has been moved from a 7 p.m. start time to an 11 a.m. start. The match in Horejsi Center will be senior day for Emily Brown and Caitlin Mahoney.
Kansas University's Maria Mayrovich was named Big 12 swimmer of the week.
Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel went with a whole new look in the second half: a totally different starting five and more casual attire. Capel's move to bench his starters worked, as transfer point guard Omar Leary scored 14 points to lead a dominant effort by the Sooners' second unit in an 80-50 victory against Denver on Friday night in the second round of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic.
Kansas State guard Blake Young figured teammate Michael Beasley would break some records during his time with the Wildcats. He just didn't know it would happen in his first game.
Kevin Love had 22 points and 13 rebounds in his college debut, helping No. 2 UCLA dominate Portland State, 69-48, on Friday night, its fifth consecutive season-opening victory under coach Ben Howland.
Takia Sparks scored 17 points, and Ashlaa Horton added 15 rebounds as No. 11 Texas A&M rallied to beat SMU, 62-57, Friday night. Texas A&M trailed 36-26 at halftime, but turned it up defensively in the second half of its season opener.
Funny thing happens when Todd Reesing keeps throwing touchdown passes, Mark Mangino continues sawing wood and the Kansas Jayhawks unassumingly work their way deeper into college football's national championship discussion.
Tying up loose ends from KU's romp over Louisiana-Monroe in the 2007-08 opener, in which seven Jayhawks scored at least eight points, with five in double figures.
The Jayhawk women's basketball team jumped into regular season play with an overtime exhibition thriller.
The Jayhawks swept the Lousiana-Monroe Warhawks tonight at Allen Fieldhouse, 107-78.
This perfect season has more KU fans cheering on their Jayhawks outside of Memorial Stadium. 6News reporter Crispin Lopez explains why fans are waving the wheat at road games.
Kevin and DJ face off in a game of useless fieldhouse trivia.
The KU football team looks to improve to 10-0 this Saturday against Oklahoma State.
A year ago, the Kansas basketball team opened the season by ripping Northern Arizona and then falling to Oral Roberts. Tonight the '07-'08 season begins against Louisiana Monroe.
Sherron Collins led all scorers with 22 points , including five threes, while Darnell Jackson scored a career-high 21 points in a variety of ways - such as with baseline jumpers and highlight-reel dunks. Darrell Arthur scored 11 points and had six rebounds, and freshman Tyrel Reed had 11 also, including three three-pointers. Russell Robinson had 10, paced by a pair of early threes. KU was 12-of-23 from three on the night, while ULM tried the same route to stay in the game, going just 9-of-24. Tony Hooper had 19 for ULM, while Jordan Payne had 17. KU plays again Sunday night in Allen Fieldhouse against UMKC. That game tips at 7:00 p.m.
Though it's unlikely Anthony Webb ever thumbed through the rule book himself, he is comfortable enough to trust his entire well-being on it. The safety net - sort of - is right there in the NCAA manual, Rule 6-3, Section 4: "A player of the receiving team within the boundary lines attempting to catch the kick : must be given an unimpeded opportunity to catch the kick." That's all Webb needs to hear.
With the clock winding down in the waning minutes of regulation, Danielle McCray wanted off the Allen Fieldhouse floor. She tugged on her jersey to signal to her coach that she needed a breather. "I didn't even look at her, I just ignored her," Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson said afterward. Good thing she looked the other way.
Kansas University did not pick a patsy to play on Opening Day. The Jayhawks at 7 tonight will entertain University of Louisiana at Monroe, a squad that returns all five starters and 11 letter winners from last year's Sun Belt Conference West Division co-regular-season men's basketball championship team.
West Virginia quarterback Pat White's third fumble late in the game helped Louisville erase a 17-point deficit. His final carry kept the sixth-ranked Mountaineers in the thick of the Big East title race.
One game into his career, Oklahoma freshman Blake Griffin appears to be a keeper.
Look at it this way. Now there really is nowhere to go but up. "Life goes on," said Billy Gillispie. Although life sure can throw a rock upside your head, even on your birthday. The new Kentucky basketball coach wanted more practice time. He's got it. He said this was too early to start a season. Now he gets a long layoff. He said that despite the victorious outcomes, his team wasn't playing well. They proved him right.
Baylor coach Guy Morriss won't return for the remaining year on his contract after being unable to produce a winning record in any of his five seasons, two newspapers reported Thursday night.
One of Kansas University's senior team leaders, Sasha Kaun doesn't think he'll have to say anything to inspire the younger Jayhawks tonight. "I'm pretty sure the guys know," Kaun said of the difference between KU's two exhibition games and tonight's Opening Night contest against University of Louisiana at Monroe (7 p.m., Allen Fieldhouse).
Ratings, shmatings! Kansas, or any other college football team, is no better off on the charts than its last game. While the 9-0 Jayhawks are fourth in the BCS standings and no worse than sixth in a variety of polls, they will fade from major prominence if they don't defeat Oklahoma State. With at least 10 victories they'll get a pretty good bowl game, but not the brass-ring type of prize this club really wants - and will deserve if it can at least reach the Big 12 title game.
Despite a 9-0 start to this season, the current 'Hawks easily recall last year's 42-32 loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Danielle McCray exploded for 36 points - including 13 in overtime - as the Jayhawks defeated the Emporia State Hornets, 74-64.
The Kansas Jayhawk basketball regular season officially tips off Friday night when the 'Hawks host the UL-Monroe Warhawks at Allen Fieldhouse.
The sporting world's age bias is the Kansas University football program's gain. Defensive coordinator Bill Young's performance as a recruiter who entices players to come to KU, as an instructor who makes them better, and as a game-planner who schemes to shut down offenses, should make him a big-name coaching candidate. Right? Wrong, Young said.
Mama's gotta eat - but not yet. So says Kansas University offensive lineman Anthony Collins, a promising NFL prospect who's only a junior this year.
When sirens pierced the air through Novi Sad, Serbia, one March afternoon eight years ago, Marija Zinic knew what it meant. NATO forces were preparing to bomb her hometown. She was 13 years old. Every day for 21â2 months, her routine was the same. With school canceled, she spent seven-hour stretches in her family's basement as sirens blared and bombs detonated around her. The family was without electricity and water.
The list of accolades for the University of Texas volleyball team stretches on and on. First in the Big 12 in blocks, hitting percentage, assists and kills. Four different players named conference offensive player of the week. Ranked No. 3 in the nation overall.
A year older and presumably wiser, Kansas University's basketball players insist they won't take any team lightly early this season. "We have more toughness than in the past," KU senior guard Russell Robinson said Wednesday. "It's a new year. We'll take each and every game as it comes and try to get better."
Following her team's 82-48 victory over Pittsburg State on Sunday, Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson was already wary of tonight's opponent, Emporia State.
Though Saturday's Kansas-Oklahoma State game is a regional telecast on ABC, it will be seen by the majority of the country according to the ABC coverage map released Tuesday.
Oklahoma State scored three goals in a four-minute span in the first half to upend Kansas University, 3-0, in the first round of the Big 12 Soccer Championship on Wednesday at Blossom Soccer Stadium.
Billy Gillispie's second game as Kentucky's coach was one he'd rather forget - and Gardner-Webb will remember for a long time.
A Texas jury recommended Wednesday that an Oklahoma State linebacker receive five years of probation after he pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.
Dezmon Briscoe, a Kansas University freshman football player and one of the Jayhawks' leading receivers, will appear in court at the end of the month on charges of theft by deception, less than $1,000.
The No. 3 ranked Texas Longhorns defeated the KU volleyball team, winning 3 straight matches.
Kansas University sophomore Sade Morris is hoping to lead by example this season for the women's basketball team.
After losing only one key player from last year's squad, the KU basketball team doesn't feel as much pressure as it did a year ago entering into a new season.
This Saturday when the KU football team heads to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State, they hope to accomplish a feat that hasn't been done since 1899 - start the football season 10-0.
With 12 of the 17 players on the KU mens basketball roster playing the guard position, Brady Morningstar has decided to take a 'red shirt' this season.
Even though the KU football team finds itself on the road this weekend in Stillwater, many of the current Jayhawk players will feel right at home in Oklahoma.
Kansas University offensive tackle Anthony Collins, considered a potential NFL prospect, spoke for the first time about his possible future in the NFL. Collins, a junior who's nickname is "Mama's Gotta Eat" because of his desire to make money playing professionally, was asked Wednesday if "Mama's eating yet."
Dezmon Briscoe, a Kansas University freshman football player and one of the Jayhawks' leading receivers, will appear in court at the end of the month on charges of theft by deception, less than $1,000.
In his 10 seasons as Kentucky's coach, Tubby Smith never had a team hold an opponent to 20 percent shooting. Billy Gillispie's players accomplished the feat Tuesday night in his first game. So how did the new coach describe the defensive effort - the lowest shooting percentage allowed by the Wildcats since 1995 against Morehead State?
Kansas University's basketball team beat Pittsburg State by 35 points and Fort Hays State by 37. So which was the better outing for the Jayhawks? Tuesday's drubbing of the Tigers, the participants say.
OK, so it had to be asked. Though Kansas has thrived in part because of its ability to stay focused on the task at hand, fans everywhere can't help but think of KU's potential this season, especially being ranked No. 4 in the BCS standings.
Reesing lauded: Kansas University football quarterback Todd Reesing sat in the first row of the west bleachers near KU's bench. He received a thunderous ovation, with fans in the end-zone student section standing for him, as he left the building with 4:05 to play.
Candace Parker helped Tennessee win a national title and the United States qualify for the Olympics. Now there's one more honor to add to this run the last few months: a unanimous choice for the preseason All-America team by the Associated Press.
Fort Hays State's men's basketball team lost to Kansas University by one more point than it did Kansas State. But Tigers coach Mark Johnson couldn't help but think his team played better against KU than it did against K-State three days earlier.
The Big 12 Conference named two Kansas University soccer players to its all-conference teams Tuesday and tapped seven Jayhawks academic All-Big 12.
Those weren't smudge marks on Darrell Arthur's shoes Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The black markings on his Adidas sneakers were autographs of his Kansas University basketball teammates next to numbers of the players. Sixteen players.
Dennis Franchione dodged questions about his future as Texas A&M coach Tuesday and said reports he was negotiating a contract buyout were untrue.
Vance VanPelt left Kansas University behind after graduating several years ago, but the Jayhawks' success has the Hutchinson High teacher and coach ready to hop in his car and head for Stillwater, Okla. - and who knows where else.
Finally, if only for a week, we saw a flaw on Kansas University's football team. A new angle. A fresh concern in a season that hasn't had very many. Each day since KU's 76-39 victory over Nebraska last week, Jayhawk coach Mark Mangino has been pressed about his defense, which surrendered 405 passing yards and 39 points to a Nebraska team going nowhere fast.
Don't study Danny Manning's personality, which can be on the introverted side, to determine whether he will impact recruiting in a positive way for his alma mater. Study the way the big men improve under his tutelage.
Tying up loose ends from KU's 93-56 blowout of Fort Hays State Tuesday night in its 2007-08 exhibition finale.
This time last year, the closest the Jayhawks were to the BCS standings was watching on TV. Kansas faces Oklahoma State ranked in the top five.
In the absence of Brandon Rush, the Hawks made the most of their floor time tonight. Darrell Arthur had a game-high 20 points.
Darrell Arthur played the role of human highlight reel in the Jayhawks' 93-56 blowout of Fort Hays State in its exhibition finale. Arthur led all scorers with 20 points, finishing the night with a flurry of lob finishes after a slow offensive start. He also pulled down eight rebounds. Mario Chalmers scored 14 points for KU, including a 3-of-4 showing from three-point range. In the two exhibition contests, Chalmers was a combined 7-of-9 from long range. The two other Jayhawks scoring in double figures were Sherron Collins, who scored 12, and Darnell Jackson, finishing with 10 points and eight rebounds of his own. The Jayhawks' first regular season game will be Friday against Louisiana-Monroe in Allen Fieldhouse. That one will tip at 7 p.m.
Kansas State defensive tackle Steven Cline will be out for the remainder of the season with an ACL injury, coach Ron Prince said Monday at the team's weekly press conference.
Texas A&M said Monday it would wait until the end of the football season before deciding coach Dennis Franchione's fate. CBS Sportsline and the Houston Chronicle reported Monday that Franchione and the school were working on a buyout deal that would end his tenure at the end of this season.
Add Kansas State University president Jon Wefald to the growing crowd on the Kansas University football bandwagon. Wefald phoned KU coach Mark Mangino on Monday morning to offer his congratulations about the Jayhawks' 9-0 start.
KU has won all four meetings against FHSU, including one exhibition game. KU won the last meeting, 96-62, on Nov. 9, 2005, in Allen Fieldhouse.
Fort Hays State basketball coach Mark Johnson and his Tiger players saw much-hyped Kansas State freshman Michael Beasley up close and personal last Saturday night. They came away from a 95-59 exhibition loss in Manhattan convinced the 6-foot-10 Washington, D.C. native is for real.
Derrick Rose didn't take long to adjust to the college game. The highly touted freshman had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists in his collegiate debut and No. 3 Memphis beat Tennessee-Martin 102-71 on Monday night in the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic.
The Oklahoma State media were shocked. After the Cowboys beat Kansas State, 41-39, on Oct. 20, a few players filed out of the locker room to talk to reporters as they do every week. But this time, standout wide receiver Adarius Bowman emerged, plopped down and answered his share of questions.
It's time to see if all that practice time has paid off for Kansas University's basketball players. The Jayhawks, who have been working out on an almost daily basis since Oct. 12 - with just one exhibition game to break the routine - will play three games in six days.
Seventy-six. Let's see : there were 76 trombones leading the big parade in "The Music Man." And 76ers is the nickname of Philadelphia's NBA team. Too, there's Union 76 gasoline. Oh, and did you know 76 is the atomic number of osmium? You've never heard of osmium? Neither had I. But I looked the word up in the dictionary and discovered the metal's color is - would you believe? - blue.
Tyler Hansbrough's junior year at North Carolina has begun much the same way his sophomore did, as the leading vote-getter on The Associated Press' preseason All-America team.
Texas senior center Dallas Griffin will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his right knee.
Coach Bill Callahan sidestepped questions about his future at Nebraska, saying he's concerning himself with preparations for Saturday's game against Kansas State.
KU sophomore guard Sherron Collins racked up a game-high 18 points and 5 assists in just 23 minutes in Thursday's exhibition game against Pitt State.
Year four of the Bonnie Henrickson era launched on Sunday. Jayhawk sophomore guard Danielle McCray was dominant from the opening tip.
KU freshman forward Nicollette Smith is beginning to make a name for herself after just one game.
Saturday's KU-NU game changed football history for both teams: the 76 points the Jayhawks hung on the Huskers were the most KU has ever scored in any conference game.
KU senior guard Rodrick Stewart will try to carry on the momentum from a great opening evening in the Hawks' final exhibition game tomorrow night.
It will mark the second straight week the Jayhawks (9-0) are on ABC. This week's game against Oklahoma State will kick off at 7 p.m. on ABC.
LSU is back where it started in the Top 25. The Tigers moved up to No. 2 in the Associated Press poll released Sunday, right where they began the season. No. 3 Oregon also moved up a spot and was close behind LSU. The Tigers received 1,523 points and the Ducks had 1,517.
LSU is in position to play for a national championship. Oregon isn't far behind the Tigers, and unbeaten Kansas University is looming.
Kansas has jumped four spots to No. 4 in the Bowl Championship Series standings, behind only Ohio State, Oregon and LSU. The Jayhawks came out with a BCS average of 0.8431, slipping them past No. 5 Oklahoma (0.8393).
As of Sunday afternoon, Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy had not started preparing for the team nobody has beaten. But he didn't need to see any film to have a confident assessment of Kansas University.
A guilty facial expression, followed by a barely audible question can be found at Hy-Vee and Dillons, Eagle Bend and Alvamar, Zig and Mac's and Shenago. A glance this way and then that to make sure nobody else is listening, and then: "Do you suppose it's at all possible Kansas could play for the national championship?"
Cut out the opening act, and it was a solid debut. After missing 25 shots in the first half of its exhibition opener, Kansas University's women's basketball team recovered in the second to defeat Pittsburg State, 82-48. The Jayhawks hit 53 percent of their shots, scored 58 points and seemed much more comfortable on the Allen Fieldhouse floor after halftime Sunday.
Kansas University's Yuliana Svistun placed third in the Black singles bracket and Edina Horvath fifth in the Gold draw Sunday at the Florida State Invitational.
The Baylor Bears players have tuned out the rumors surrounding the job status of coach Guy Morriss. "We don't mess with that," quarterback Blake Szymanski said. "He's our coach right now." Yeah, but for how long?
Oregon can save itself a lot of idle bowl speculation by sweeping its final three games. Best case? The Ducks play in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
Arizona coach Lute Olson is taking a leave of absence for unspecified personal reasons. In a statement issued by his public-relations firm Sunday, the 73-year-old Hall of Famer said the matter was not health-related.
The Kansas Jayhawk football team continued it's Big 12 dominance with a 76-39 victory over Nebraska to improve to 9-0 on the season.
The Kansas women's basketball team had little problem defeating the Pittsburg State Gorillas. The final score was 82-48.
Putting up 76 points on Nebraska must send some kind of message. The voters responded positively in KU's favor on Sunday, voting the Jayhawks fifth in this weeks AP and USA Today Coaches' polls. The computers were just as kind, bumping the Jayhawks to fourth in the BCS standings.
Mack Brown isn't sure if Texas has a psychological edge on Oklahoma State. It certainly seems a plausible explanation for what his Longhorns have done to the Cowboys in recent years. Four times in the past five seasons, Texas has come from way behind to break Oklahoma State's heart.
Holy Husker, Batman! What on earth was THAT? Kansas University's football team didn't just win Saturday. It trampled the Memorial Stadium end zones to near-death. When the smoke cleared - if it ever did, or ever will - Kansas had a 76-39 victory over Nebraska.
On a sunny Saturday afternoon, the local football team loaded with fascinating books that so easily could be misread by their covers pushed its story a little closer to the fiction section of the library.
A Nebraska football fan leaned over a railing in the southeast corner of Memorial Stadium after spotting interim athletic director Tom Osborne outside the Cornhuskers' locker room. "Hey, Tom, thanks for coming back," the fan bellowed at the ex-NU coaching legend, who took over for embattled AD Steve Pederson on Oct. 17. "Help us!" the fan implored.
Kansas is 9-0 for the first time since 1908. If KU wins next week at Oklahoma State, the Jayhawks will be 10-0 for the first time since 1899.
Todd Reesing stretched his streak to 139 passes without an interception. He threw six touchdown passes, a single-game school record, and also broke the single-season KU record with 23 touchdown passes.
If the glass is half full, Kansas University's football team intercepted four passes Saturday to add fuel to a 76-39 blowout victory over Nebraska. If the glass is half empty, NU quarterback Joe Ganz had an admirable first start in his college career, throwing for 405 yards and four touchdowns. So it wasn't a great day for KU's pass defense at Memorial Stadium. But it wasn't a disaster, either.
DeMarre Carroll, playing in his first game since his sophomore season at Vanderbilt in 2006, had 16 points and six rebounds as Missouri beat Missouri-St. Louis, 78-51, in exhibition play Saturday.
Michael Beasley scored 35 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Saturday night in his first game for Kansas State, leading the Wildcats to a 95-59 exhibition victory over Fort Hays State.
A pair of newcomers to the Kansas University cycling team earned some hardware for the program at the North Central Collegiate Cycling Conference mountain bike championships in Red Wing, Minnesota in early October.
Coach Bonnie Henrickson and her players haven't had much to look at while preparing for today's exhibition opener against Pittsburg State. The Division II Gorillas have a new coach and no returning starters, so forgive the Jayhawks if their scouting reports are a little thinner than usual heading into this afternoon's 4 p.m. contest.
"My, how the mighty have fallen," one Kansas University student said to another after the two failed to get the rest of the crowd to join them in their KU volleyball chant at Horejsi Center Saturday night.
Saturday's swimming dual between Kansas University and Nebraska-Omaha wasn't a typical meet but more of a short exhibition. Nevertheless, KU swimming coach Clark Campbell said the team's 153-67 victory over UNO at Robinson Natatorium served its purpose for the squad's future meets.
JNumbers were up this year for Bill Self's coaching clinic, held Friday and Saturday on the Kansas University campus. "We had about 350 coaches. That's more than last year. I think our football success helps that, too, all the excitement on campus," Self, Kansas University's fifth-year coach, said.
Kansas University's homecoming week culminated Saturday with a spirited gameday atmosphere and a lopsided victory against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Before the game, hundreds of people lined Jayhawk Boulevard, the campus' main street, in anticipation of a colorful parade, which included Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who served as grand marshal.
Chase Coffman turned No. 9 Missouri's trip to Colorado into his own personal pro tryout, displaying the talent that has NFL scouts drooling over the 6-foot-6, 245-pound touchdown machine.
Iowa State coach Gene Chizik could see the Cyclones improving even as the losses kept piling up. On Saturday, their progress finally resulted in a victory. Chris Singleton made two key interceptions, Alexander Robinson ran for two touchdowns, and Iowa State stunned Kansas State, 31-20, to snap a six-game losing streak.
There goes another No. 2. Geno Hayes returned Matt Ryan's third interception for a 38-yard touchdown with 1:10 to play Saturday night to help Florida State beat second-ranked Boston College, 27-17, ending the Eagles' run at an unbeaten season and shaking up the BCS standings yet again.
Tying up loose ends from KU's 76-point output Saturday against Nebraska - the most points ever allowed in a single game in the Huskers' 117-year history.
A look at who scored, when they scored and how it happened.
Todd Reesing set a handful of school records when it was all said and done, finishing the day by going 30-of-41 for 354 yards and six touchdown passes. The six-pack of TDs set a KU single-game record, and gave him 23 for the season, which surpassed Bill Whittemore's previous single-season record of 18 set in 2003. Three of his touchdown passes went to freshman Dezmon Briscoe, who now has seven on the season. Brandon McAnderson was huge again, finishing with 119 yards on 25 carries, but doing the bulk of his damage in the red zone with four touchdown runs. He now has 797 yards and 13 TD runs on the year. KU's 76 points were the most ever allowed by a Nebraska team, breaking the old mark of 70. KU will try to go 10-0 and stay in the Big 12 driver's seat when it travels to Stillwater next Saturday for a 7 p.m. kickoff against Oklahoma State. The game will be televised by ABC.
The country's coaches and writers are in agreement: North Carolina is the preseason No. 1 team in the country, followed by UCLA, Memphis and Kansas University. The Associated Press released its rankings a week after the coaches, awarding KU a top-10 ranking for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
The undefeated start for the Kansas University football team continues to be the surprise story of the year. The Jayhawks head into this morning's game against Nebraska ranked No. 8 in all four major college football rankings - and KU is favored to win the rivalry matchup.
J'Mison "Bobo" Morgan, a 6-10 senior center from Dallas' South Oak Cliff High, chose LSU over KU, UCLA, Alabama and Cincinnati on Friday at a news conference at the high school.
Even during Oklahoma State's off week, quarterback Zac Robinson was focused on a championship. Only this one was the World Series. With his Cowboys getting their only Saturday off during football season, Robinson flew home to Colorado to watch the Rockies play the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of baseball's fall classic.
Jordy Nelson has a hard time making himself watch game film from a year ago. While the senior receiver enjoys seeing the difference in Kansas State's offense from a year ago, it makes him cringe to go back and look at old tape.
It might be difficult for Iowa State to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But the Cyclones have gotten much better over the past two weeks. While their progress hasn't resulted in wins, it has given coach Gene Chizik a glimpse of what might be ahead.
Just when Kansas University's football team had an idea on how Nebraska's defense would attack, the Huskers threw a wicked curveball before today's 11:30 a.m. game between the two teams.
Nebraska University's new starting quarterback, Joe Ganz, is privy to leaving his cement boots on the sideline. Because when the pocket collapses on him, Ganz has no plans to be at the bottom of a pile taking a loss of yards.
Five years ago, Kansas University football was the campus-wide joke. It was criticized, laughed about and trashed. Perhaps worse than any of those, it was largely ignored on Mount Oread.
Kansas University sophomore guard Brady Morningstar has decided to wear a red shirt during the 2007-08 basketball season. Morningstar, a 6-foot-3, 187-pound sophomore out of Free State High, will practice and travel with the Jayhawks, but not play in any games. He'll have three years of eligibility remaining starting next season.
Thanks to freshman defender Katie Williams, the five seniors on the Kansas University soccer squad - Kelsey Archuleta, Nicole Cauzillo, Colleen Quinn, Afton Sauer and Emily Strinden - were able to celebrate their Senior Day on a positive note.
It's on the walk down the blocks near Memorial Stadium, hours before kickoff, that this feels most like football country. Lively young faces, a few of them painted, most of them smiling. Sweet-smelling smoke clouds mushrooming above grills. Sometimes, great ideas even come from the pre-game revelers.
Former Kansas University guard Keith Langford, who was a late training-camp cut of the San Antonio Spurs, is on the roster of the Austin Toros of the NBA Developmental League.
Get all 20 of these answers correct, and once you move on to your eternal reward you deserve to be buried at the 50-yard line of Kivisto Field, provided you have enough Willams Fund points.
Entering the season's final month, it's time to start speculating on title-game matchups. A season that has spent the last month on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride returned to what passes for normalcy.
When Oregon coach Mike Bellotti heard the Ducks were picked to finish sixth in the Pac-10, he wasn't surprised. He was amused. He had a feeling his team would surpass expectations and the Ducks have done that in a big way.
This Alabama-LSU game is a high-stakes division showdown with major Southeastern Conference and national title implications, featuring a once-dominant program battling back toward the top and another trying to stay there.
The University of Oklahoma claims the NCAA infractions committee unfairly took previous violations by the men's basketball into consideration when it stripped the Sooners' football team of eight wins from the 2005 season.
Rick Majerus had it pretty good the last couple of years. He watched all the basketball he wanted and never had to sweat the results. He dropped in on friends across the country. Nobody bugged him about his weight or his health. All this, and he got to stay in his hometown of Milwaukee, too.
For a guy best known as "Coach K," Mike Krzyzewski stopped being just a coach long ago. As the wins, Final Fours and national championships accumulated over nearly three decades, Duke's Hall of Fame coach evolved into the most iconic figure in college basketball - with the influence to match.
Twenty questions (and answers) as the 2007-08 college basketball season is about to start.
About 350 high school, junior college and small-college coaches attending Bill Self's Kansas Basketball Coaches Clinic, watched with interest Friday as junior Brandon Rush reached a new milestone in his comeback from June 1 ACL surgery.
Thursday marked the debut of three Kansas freshmen at Allen Fieldhouse. The Hawks ripped Pittsburg State 94-59 in their exhibition opener.
Freshman Katie Williams scored twice in the Kansas soccer team's match against rival Missouri this afternoon, leading the Hawks to a 2-1 victory.
The undefeated Kansas Jayhawks take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers tomorrow. If the oddsmakers are correct, KU will win by three touchdowns.
Kansas versus Nebraska: only two other schools have played more in NCAA football history. 6News reporter Crispin Lopez finds out whether a Jayhawk victory tomorrow will stir up a celebration similar to the one that happened in 2005.
Kansas University sophomore Brady Morningstar has decided to take a reshirt for the 2007-08 season. Morningstar, a Free State High graduate, will practice but not play in games this year. He will have three years of eligibility remaining starting next season.
In tonight's 6News and tomorrow's Lawrence Journal-World, a coffee shop is looking to secure its longtime ability to serve alcohol on its downtown sidewalk, and a preview of the showdown between KU and Nebraska.
J'Mison Morgan, a 6-foot-10, 270-pound shot-blocking and rebounding machine out of Dallas' South Oak Cliff High, has decided to play college basketball at Louisiana State University.
Those making plans for the Border War football game might have to wait a little longer to get them finalized. ABC has decided to wait until Nov. 17 to decide which game it wants to televise on Nov. 24 between Kansas University-Missouri and Oklahoma-Oklahoma State. As a result, the kickoff times for both rivalry games also are on hold.
No one thought Ohio State or its quarterback would be all that good this season. One of the biggest reasons nobody expected the Buckeyes to be contenders is because they were losing a Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback and replacing him with a guy who had more birthdays (23) than he had minutes on the field (20).
Oklahoma was in a run-out-the-clock situation with a first down at its own 12-yard-line with 1:05 to play in the first half at Iowa State. But rather than take a surprising 7-0 lead to the house, Cyclones coach Gene Chizik twice called a timeout in the last minute, after first railing at officials who had inadvertently allowed 12 seconds to lapse off the game clock.
Given Pittsburg State's history against Kansas University's men's basketball team, it didn't seem likely the NCAA Division II Gorillas would stand much of a chance against the No. 4-ranked team in Division I. Entering Thursday night's exhibition game at Allen Fieldhouse, PSU never had beaten KU. Five games, five losses.
Twins Marcus and Markieff Morris, who announced their decision to attend Kansas University on Wednesday night, were still beaming about their choice on Thursday morning.
Brady Morningstar was the only Kansas University basketball player not to enter a 94-59 exhibition rout of Pittsburg State on Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse. It likely will be a pattern that continues all season.
An asterisk was put next to Kansas University freshman Erin Mertz's name on the three-meter diving results to signify a first-place tie with Arkansas' Madison Palmer. For KU fans at Robinson Natatorium during Thursday's swimming and diving dual between Kansas and Arkansas, the asterisk takes on a different meaning.
The stakes for the NCAA Tournament's play-in game have increased.
Rodrick Stewart stopped in his tracks while exiting Kansas University's basketball interview room to thoughtfully ponder one final question. That is: "Can you remember the last time you scored in double figures in a college game?"
Recruiting is so inexact, so unpredictable and so unapologetic, it can sting like an oversized wasp sometimes. Kansas University linebacker Joe Mortensen was almost that tragic case of a solid football prospect - and equally good person - who completely fell through the cracks. And, right or wrong, almost all of his anger toward his recruiting experience is aimed directly at the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
The guys with Kansas on their chests defeated the team with red jerseys by 35 points. Wouldn't you love to read that identical sentence in Sunday's paper?
Leland Johnson has held KU football season tickets for more than 25 years. He has sat in his seats under the press box at Memorial Stadium for virtually every game, arriving before kickoff and not leaving until the band has concluded "Home on the Range." But Wednesday, the Goddard resident received his tickets to the Nov. 24 KU-MU game at Arrowhead Stadium, and he's disappointed.
Sean Glennon wore a Georgia Tech jersey. There was no doubt he was playing for Virginia Tech. Wearing a replacement jersey provided by the home team when his own disappeared, Glennon threw two long touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead No. 11 Virginia Tech to a 27-3 win over Georgia Tech on Thursday night.
Tying up loose ends from KU's 2007-08 exhibition debut, which featured the three-guard starting lineup of Mario Chalmers, Sherron Collins and Russell Robinson.
6Sports reporters DJ Whetter and Kevin Romary play KU basketball trivia.
Plenty of experience returned to the hardwood this evening for Bill Self and the Kansas men. Kevin Romary has post-game highlights.
The Jayhawks hit the hardwood of Allen Fieldhouse tonight in their first exhibition game. Kevin Romary has more from the fieldhouse.
Season ticket holders now have their hands on the coveted KU-MU football tickets, but for some the excitement was short-lived once they found out where they would be sitting.
A season of much promise begins tonight for the 4th-ranked Kansas men's basketball team. This evening the Jayhawks open exhibition play against Pittsburg State.
Though KU enters this Saturday's game as a 19-point favorite over NU, the Hawks aren't walking around campus like rock stars.
It's taken nearly a century for the Jayhawks to get this far into a football season undefeated, and that has a longtime Lawrence resident welcoming his late father's return to the news.
Last week Kansas runningback Brandon McAnderson racked up 183 yards and 2 touchdowns against Texas A&M. This weekend B-Mac comes home to face the worst rushing defense in the nation.
Sherron Collins led all Jayhawks with 18 points, splitting them with eight in the first half and 10 in the second. Mario Chalmers was KU's ultimate catalyst on offense in the first half, when he went four-of-five from three-point range. Darrell Arthur had 12 and Rodrick Stewart had 11 for KU. KU will take on Fort Hays State in its final exhibition tune-up Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse, followed by next Friday's season opener against Louisiana-Monroe, also in Allen Fieldhouse.
ABC is exercising a six-day window to decide which game it wants to broadcast on Nov. 24, it was announced Thursday.
Seniors are an endangered species at the country's college basketball powerhouses. "It is pretty uncommon now. Pretty much all the talented players leave early," KU guard Russell Robinson said. "It's giving the smaller schools more opportunities to make runs late in the tournament.
Ted Kennedy, 95, answered the door of his Lawrence home, greeted his three visitors with a smile and welcomed them into his living room. "Oh, I hate that expression: 'Still driving!'" Kennedy echoed one of his visitor's patronizing statements. With those words, he taught his visitors a valuable lesson: Age is just a number...
Basketball highlights from twins Marcus and Markieff Morris, highly-regarded prep school forwards from Philadelphia who recently announced their commitment to play with the Jayhawks in 2008.
Standing next to a concession stand in the northwest corner of Allen Fieldhouse, Cole Aldrich reverently eyed the tunnel that leads to James Naismith Court. "I had goosebumps going through it at Late Night. I've got goosebumps on my arm right now even talking about it ... See?" Aldrich, Kansas University's 6-foot-11 freshman from Bloomington, Minn., said, pointing to an arm that indeed was covered with small marks.
Kansas has ventured to Philadelphia - home of former KU great Wilt Chamberlain - for not one, but a pair of blue-chip high school basketball prospects. "Wilt Chamberlain ... he is big here, very big," exclaimed Markieff Morris, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound power forward/center, who on Wednesday night orally committed to play ball at the alma mater of the late, great Chamberlain.
OK, so Brad Witherspoon knows he's not the big man on campus. It's just that he's a little bigger now than he was a year ago.
It's not a push to compare Taylor McIntosh to Steve Jobs.
Jeremy Case has heard the teasing. He knows what gives teammates reason to laugh at his expense.
Florida International football coach Mario Cristobal was met with rolling eyes and accusations of over-the-top coach-speak in September. Six weeks later, he's getting the last laugh.
Freshman Blake Griffin scored 19 points and Tony Crocker added 17 as Oklahoma beat Rockhurst of Kansas City, Mo., 93-58 in an exhibition game Wednesday night.
It took four games, but Baylor claimed its fifth straight Big 12 volleyball victory, a 30-19, 20-30, 30-24, 30-22 victory Wednesday night over Kansas University.
With Sasha Kaun standing at 6-foot-11 - whether that is with or without the new curly hairdo is uncertain - most of the Kansas University men's basketball team has to look up to see him.
It's hard enough holding onto a basketball when former Kansas University All-American Danny Manning is trying to knock it from your grasp.
William Dent resigned Wednesday from his position as director of sports medicine for Kansas University, according to assistant athletic director Jim Marchiony.
The Kansas football team's 4-0 mark in Big 12 play might be 1-3 right now if the team hadn't overcome its fourth-quarter el floppo tendencies of last year's snake-bit crew. Unless the current Jayhawks suffer a massive collapse, they should be 9-0 and 5-0 after Nebraska's visit Saturday.
The Kansas University football team's 8-0 start is starting to pique the interest of some major bowl games. The Jayhawks' 11:30 a.m. game Saturday against Nebraska will be attended by multiple representatives of four big bowls - the Cotton, Sugar, Fiesta and Orange bowls.
Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and ... Rodrick Stewart?
Everyone on the Kansas University basketball team, it seems, has a different opinion of Russell Robinson's best attribute.