Stories for September 2007


Sunday, September 30

Tigers' upset tops them all

Wes Byrum started celebrating before his kick even cleared the uprights. He knew it was good when it left his foot. For Auburn, it was actually perfect. For Florida, it was a kick where it hurt most.

Oklahoma, Texas among top-10 upset victims

Unranked Kansas State and Colorado strike blow for Big 12 North; Florida, Rutgers tumble

The national title race received a major makeover in an upsetting couple of days for a bunch top-ranked teams. Half of the top 10 teams in the country lost in the fifth weekend of the season, including defending national champion and fourth-ranked Florida falling, 20-17, at home to Auburn on a last-second field goal.

Loneker's new role

Ex-lineman wants to make it as an actor

Keith Loneker wants to make it as a movie actor. Not so that he can rub elbows with celebrities. He already has the pass code to gain entry to George Clooney's backyard basketball court.

Boston leads KU rowing

Kara Boston led the Kansas University rowing team with two gold medals at the Head of the Des Moines regatta Saturday.

KU men's CC 13th at Griak Invitational

Kansas University's men's cross country team placed 13th of 23 teams Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational at the Les Bolstad Golf Course. The Jayhawk women placed 16th out of 26 teams.

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Football and the game of life

LHS assistant McAnderson battling potentially deadly disease

Roughly 28 hours before his first varsity start at quarterback for Lawrence High, senior Andrew Miller rushed off the practice field to see a man in a blue sweatshirt watching from the sidelines. Eyes wide open, steps delicate, Miller approached the visitor and went in for a hug.

Cornhuskers silence boos, ISU; Tech tallies 75

A week after being jeered by the home fans, Nebraska's defense played well enough to earn some cheers at Memorial Stadium.

Wildcats: 'Texas who?'

K-State's three return TDs doom UT

The Kansas State Wildcats charged toward their purple-clad fans behind the end zone to celebrate, then turned around and left the field flashing downward "Hook'em Horns!" signs. "Texas who?" shouted Wildcats wide receiver Deon Murphy. No longer undefeated Texas, that's who.

Buffalo's 45-yard kick stuns Oklahoma at CU

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops envisioned it going down to the wire. Colorado's Dan Hawkins had a hunch his team would pull off the big upset. Both coaches turned out to be correct, and Hawkins' Buffaloes dealt a serious blow to the Sooners' national title hopes when Kevin Eberhart kicked a career-long 45-yard field goal as time expired to send Colorado past No. 3 Oklahoma, 27-24, on Saturday.

Saturday, September 29

Gundy: Tirade wasn't intentional

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Friday he never intended to raise his voice during a postgame tirade at a newspaper columnist that has become an Internet video sensation.

Jayhawks get weekend off

Kansas University's basketball players, who successfully completed Week One of Boot Camp conditioning drills, are on furlough until Monday. "Everybody got through it and met their requirements. Next week, we'll have a couple of days a bit tougher," KU basketball coach Bill Self said Friday. "I'll say this : if they could get through Wednesday, which they did, they can get through anything."

KU soccer ties Bears

Kansas University's soccer team shrugged off a disappointing nonconference season to tie Baylor, 2-2, Friday at Mays Complex in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.

Franchione sold inside info

A&M coach told to discontinue 'VIP Connection,' a for-pay newsletter for Aggie boosters

The Texas A&M athletic director said he didn't know coach Dennis Franchione was providing inside information on the Aggies in a newsletter to boosters who paid $1,200 per year until two weeks ago.

Friday, September 28

6Sports video: Jayhawks take a break from the pigskin

The Kansas Jayhawk football team carries a 4-0 record into week 5 of the season, but the 'Hawks won't be taking the field on Saturday - instead they will be enjoying their bye week and preparing for KSU next Saturday in Manhattan.

Huskers hope to hear some cheers

Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller hopes the cheers return to Memorial Stadium during Saturday's Big 12 opener against Iowa State. The 25th-ranked Cornhuskers (3-1) were booed in the fourth quarter last week as they struggled to win 41-40 against a Ball State team that came in as a 23-point underdog.

Jayhawks ready to enjoy day off

Joe Mortensen is no expert on the art of fishing. But after Saturday, he might be ready for his own Sunday morning television show. Mortensen, a junior linebacker on the Kansas University football team, is going to be getting away from football, if only for a day this weekend.

East Coast standout to visit KU this weekend

Power forward Thomas has narrowed his choices to four schools

One of the top high school power forwards on the East Coast will make his official recruiting visit to Kansas University today through Sunday morning. He's Quintrell Thomas, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound senior inside force from St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J.

Police target minors using alcohol

Educational initiative may have reduced game-day citations

Lawrence police and state agents moved into the neighborhoods surrounding Kansas University's Memorial Stadium last Saturday in a stepped-up effort to enforce liquor laws. "Our goal was to reduce the flow of alcohol to minors," Police Sgt. Dan Ward said. There were 84 citations issued for being a minor in possession of an alcoholic beverage.

Mayer: K-Staters aren't so bad

My favorite aspect about the Kansas-Kansas State athletic rivalry? There are enough flip-flop alumni and friends, dual loyalists, in the two camps that seldom does this linkup produce the ugliness and bitterness we've seen too often in the KU-Missouri alignment.

Langford invited to Spurs' camp

Shooting guard was double-digit scorer in Italy's pro league last season

Keith Langford has earned an invitation to San Antonio Spurs training camp. The 24-year-old former Kansas University shooting guard, who was a double-digit scorer in Italy's pro league last season, averaged 9.0 points and 2.8 rebounds for the Spurs at last summer's Rocky Mountain Review in Utah.

Commentary: OSU coach's tirade leaves a bad mark

It turns out Mike Gundy has a little fire after all. Strange as it seems after last weekend's YouTube instant classic, but that's a question some Oklahoma State fans were asking about his deer-in-the-headlights look as his team got pushed around two weeks ago by Troy.

Two KU tennis players to compete in ITA event

Kansas University senior Elizaveta Avdeeva and junior Edina Horvath will join a collection of the country's top tennis players over the next week as they travel to Southern California for the ITA All-American Championships.

Softball event to stress breast cancer awareness

Kansas University softball fans will be seeing plenty of pink Saturday when the Jayhawks play host to three other schools in a fall exhibition tournament stressing breast cancer awareness.

Thursday, September 27

6Sports video: KU cruises into bye week with 4-0 record

The Kansas Jayhawk football team rolls into a bye week carrying a 4-0 record and their sights set on conference competition.

6Sports video: Meier at WR just one of many KU surprises

Surprised to see Jayhawk QB Kerry Meier line up at wide receiver? How about Talib playing offense? Well those aren't the only surprises the Jayhawks have in their offensive arsenal this season.

Hadl, J-W sports editor featured speakers

Former Kansas University and NFL football great John Hadl and Journal World sports editor Tom Keegan will be the featured speakers tonight at the Holidome at a KU Quarterback Club meeting.

KU cracks top 10 in preseason magazines

Predictions from various organizations and publications are starting to surface with the Oct. 12 beginning of college basketball season rapidly approaching. One of the most respected of all the preseason magazines - Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook - taps the Jayhawks seventh in the country, tops in the Big 12 Conference.

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KU left seeing red

Huskers roll over Jayhawks in 3 games

The defending national volleyball champion Nebraska Cornhuskers arrived at the Horejsi Center ranked No. 1 in the nation and displayed their depth and dominance by sweeping Kansas University, 30-18, 30-24 and 30-18, Wednesday at Horejsi Center.

Keegan: Horejsi chock-full of fun

Guaranteed good times are rare in sports because most venues require the home team to score a victory to send the patrons home happy. Not so at the Horejsi Center, home of the Kansas University volleyball team.

O-Line pleased with early effort

Ryan Cantrell sensed a good vibe from Kansas University's offensive line long before the football season began earlier this month. "I was confident in the spring," KU's junior center said. "It's been a good feeling all throughout. We can go in the film room and watch film together, and everybody knows exactly what everybody's talking about. They can make each other's calls for them. It's actually pretty phenomenal."

Leach has ranted, too

As Gundy was exploding, Tech's coach was having his own tirade

While Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was angrily berating a newspaper columnist in an outburst that has become an Internet video favorite across the country, a lesser post-game rant was also going on not far away.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

Kansas is having a relatively normal week of practice despite having no game on Saturday.

Wednesday, September 26

6Sports video: Meier shows off talents outside quarterbacking

With starting QB Todd Reesing off to an excellent start this season, KU's Kerry Meier may not see much action at QB - but that won't stop this great athlete from find other ways to crack the lineup.

6Sports video: Jayhawk volleyball team falls to #1 Nebraska

The Kansas Jayhawk volleyball team was outplayed by the #1 Nebraska Cornhuskers who went on to win all three matches.

Franchione under fire again

Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione says he's unaware of the latest round of criticism aimed at him after the Aggies' embarrassing loss to Miami.

Commentary: Gundy took away from OSU's win

Coach's tirade against columnist should have come day or two after game, not following 49-45 victory

My biggest problem with Mike Gundy isn't that he yelled at a newspaper columnist (happens all the time) or that he chose to do it in a public forum (that's his right) or that he made an outrageous fool of himself on TV (been there myself).

NU budget down this year

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln athletic department is operating on a $66.7 million budget in fiscal year 2008, down about $2.2 million from last year, according to figures released Tuesday.

Boathouse proposal approved

Local environmentalists object to Burcham Park plan at city meeting

Plans for a Kansas University boathouse to be built in Burcham Park won City Commission approval Tuesday night, despite encountering choppy waters from environmentalists. Commissioners unanimously approved a special-use permit for an approximately 16,000-square-foot, $6 million facility that will serve as a boathouse and clubhouse for the Kansas University rowing team.

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Some tears, no fears

Two years after Katrina, soph keeps chin up

Reflecting on the days of devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, Brittany Williams, sophomore on the Kansas University volleyball team, broke into laughter at her own immaturity. "Being the superficial teenager that I was, I was crying about losing my CD collection for a quick second, and my brother was whining about his PlayStation that he had left on the coffee table," said Williams, who added that despite a left-knee injury she expects to play tonight against the nation's No. 1 team, Nebraska, in Horejsi Center.

Stewart handling Boot Camp

Rodrick Stewart hopped out of bed at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday for 6 a.m. Boot Camp conditioning drills in Allen Fieldhouse. After a 50-minute workout and shower, the Kansas University senior basketball guard attended classes on campus from mid-morning until early afternoon.

KU men's cross country receives votes in poll

After a two week layoff, the Kansas University men's cross country team is receiving votes in this week's U.S. Track & Field Coaches Association Poll.

Columnist defends reporting after OSU coach's tirade

A newspaper columnist for The Oklahoman on Tuesday defended her reporting on a story that prompted a tirade by Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy. Jenni Carlson, in a column on the front page, maintained the accuracy of an earlier column critical of the Cowboys' former starting quarterback.

Tuesday, September 25

6Sports video: Talib's INT return hits the record books

For 48 years, John Hadl's 98-yard interception return for a TD in 1949 stood as the longest interception return in Kansas football history. But now, Hadl's record has been topped by KU defensive ace Aqib Talib.

6News video: City leaders approve $6M addition along Kansas River

Tuesday night, Lawrence City Commissioners gave the KU rowing team unanimous permission to build a new boathouse on the Kansas River at Burcham Park.

Merciless slate awaits ISU

Cyclones to face four ranked teams in next five games

Iowa State doesn't have much time to get over its fourth-quarter collapse at Toledo. The Cyclones kick off Big 12 play this week at No. 25 Nebraska, the start a five-week stretch that, on paper, looks merciless.

Bye before Showdown could favor KU

Kansas University's football team is trying to downplay the whole scenario. But history presents repeated evidence that the Jayhawks are benefiting from a fortunate scheduling quirk yet again. Kansas has this week off before playing rival Kansas State on Oct. 6 in Manhattan. K-State, meanwhile, has a little distraction this Saturday called the Texas Longhorns.

Woodling: KU grad target of tirade

Ten years ago, Jenni Carlson was among an elite group of 11 Kansas University graduates who earned a chancellor's award. Who knew that a decade later the same Jenni Carlson would be treated with unconscionable rudeness and brazen disrespect by the football coach of a Big 12 Conference school?

KU Boot Camp 'off to a good start'

Kansas University's 17 men's basketball players walked through the northwest tunnel of Allen Fieldhouse onto James Naismith Court at 6 a.m. Monday - one hour and 10 minutes before sunrise.Everybody on the roster was present and accounted for for the squad's first Boot Camp conditioning workout of the 2007-08 preseason.

KU's Brown honored

After notching a triple-double and double-double in last week's matches to help Kansas University's volleyball team to a pair of conference victories, KU senior Emily Brown has been tapped Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.

Freshman QB shines for UT

Chiles yanks red shirt to provide depth

Texas' freshman quarterback ran to his right, speeding past defenders on his way to a big gain in his first game. John Chiles made it look so easy that he kind of looked like - dare we say it - Vince Young.

Gundy doesn't want rant to overshadow win

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy hopes that the fallout from his screaming defense of demoted quarterback Bobby Reid does not overshadow the Cowboys' upcoming game against Sam Houston State the way it obscured their victory to start Big 12 play.

Big 12 coaches weigh in on tirade

Mike Gundy has had time to cool off and think about his postgame tirade. Even if he could, the Oklahoma State coach still wouldn't take a word back. Gundy was upset over a story that was critical of quarterback Bobby Reid.

Monday, September 24

6Sports video: Jayhawk volleyball team improves to 2-2 in conference play

The Kansas Jayhawk volleyball team picked a perfect time to turn things around by improving to 2-2 in conference play over the weekend.

6Sports video: B-Mac bounces back for KU

After two uncharacteristic fumbles in Florida International territory for Brandon McAnderson, the senior Jayhawk RB bounced back to his usual form to help trounce FIU 55-3 last Saturday.

6Sports video: 'Fine' time to break loose for KU football TE

Jayhawk TE Derek Fine caught 9 passes for 90 yards and 1 TD in Kansas' 55-3 win over Florida International.

6News Now: Development of South Iowa under discussion

In tonight's 6News and tomorrow's Lawrence Journal-World, city and county planners try to determine how south Lawrence will look years down the road, and national recognition for the city as a retirement destination.

Talib's INT return one for the 'books

Read what Talib's teammates thought about the play, and watch it over and over with the 6Sports call from Kevin Romary and Chip Budde.

KU vs. K-State set for 11 a.m. on FSN

The Oct. 6 Big 12 Conference opener between Kansas University and Kansas State will kick off at 11 a.m. and be televised on Fox Sports Net (Sunflower Broadband Channel 36).

Defenses struggle around Big 12

Texas Tech, ISU, Texas A&M, Nebraska surrender big points Saturday

Get meaner and nastier. That was the message Texas Tech coach Mike Leach had for his defense after the Red Raiders' 49-45 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday. "The defense can't sit there and pout," Leach said. "They need work on having a burning desire to be tougher than the guy across from them."

KU blanked again

Jayhawks suffer sixth shutout, 1-0

It was the same old story for Kansas University's soccer squad in its final nonconference home game. For the sixth time this season, the Jayhawks were held scoreless in a 1-0 loss to 19th-ranked California on Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Keegan: Hadl high on Talib, Jayhawks

All-purpose football players, most notably Aqib Talib and now Kerry Meier, have made this Kansas University football team more compelling than usual, and an all-time great Kansas all-purpose player has been there to watch every play. Well, almost every play.

TD return surpassed 100 yards

Kansas University cornerback Aqib Talib was credited with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown Saturday against Florida International, but that seemed to sell the play a little bit short. Talib obviously was two or three yards in the end zone when he picked off the Wayne Younger pass, meaning he really returned it about 103 yards in the Jayhawks' 55-3 victory at Memorial Stadium.

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Boot Camp cause for alarm

Kansas men's basketball players begin early-morning drills today

Rule No. 1: Never be late for a session of Kansas University basketball Boot Camp. "Me and Moulaye (Niang) missed one time because the lights went out at the (Jayhawker) Towers and our alarms didn't go off," KU junior Brandon Rush recalled. "Coach was mad, really mad. He didn't believe us at all. We all had to run extra at the end. He said in the future to set a different clock."

KU doubles team falls in championship

Elizaveta Avdeeva and Edina Horvath placed second in doubles Sunday at the Leary Tournament.

Husker faithful unhappy

The so-called "greatest fans in college football" aren't happy, and Nebraska's coaches and players are hearing about it. A chorus of boos poured out of the Memorial Stadium stands Saturday as the Cornhuskers' foundering defense tried to keep up with Ball State. The Huskers won 41-40, but the victory didn't satisfy the fans, many of whom directed their ire at defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove.

Commentary: Oklahoma St. coach takes aim at columnist

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy didn't have time to talk about his team's 49-45 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla. Instead, he chose to use his postgame interview session with the media to go ballistic on Jenni Carlson, a columnist for the Daily Oklahoman.

Sunday, September 23

6Sports video: Jayhawks trounce FIU 55-3

The Kansas Jayhawks improved to 4-0 on the season after easily disposing of Florida International, 55-3.

6Sports video: KU volleyball team downs Texas Tech

The Kansas Jayhawk volleyball team defeated Texas Tech.

6Sports video: KU soccer squad falls to California

The Kansas Jayhawk soccer team fell to # 19 California by a final score of 1-0.

6News video: KU rowing team seeking new facility

The KU rowing team will ask the city for special permission to build a six million dollar boathouse in Burcham Park.

The Fifth Quarter: Kansas 55, Florida International 3

Tying up loose ends from KU's non-conference finale win, in which KU wrapped up the pre-conference slate by outscoring its four opponents a combined 214-23.

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Above the rest: Kansas 55, Florida International 3

Talib TD sparks KU to victory

It has come to this: A single fan sitting in the west side of Memorial Stadium on Saturday used every bit of his voice box to scream a message at Kansas University cornerback Aqib Talib.

Meier wrinkle revealed

Kerry Meier can't remember the last time he was on the football field with the offense and not lined up at quarterback.

Keegan: Thinking outside the box

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino would hold football practice on the moon if his boss, Lew Perkins, could schmooze enough rich guys into footing the travel bill. By the way, don't bet against it.

Big 12 opens with dandy

Brandon Pettigrew had run more than 50 yards toward the winning score in a wild shootout for the ages. Without knowing who might be tracking him down from behind, the Oklahoma State tight end wasn't about to take any chances.

FIU lauds Jayhawks

'They truly are a machine'

Florida International's football team has played, and lost to, Penn State, Maryland, Miami (Fla.) and Kansas University during the nonconference portion of the 2007 season.

Lasorda an inspiration

KU skipper dons No. 2 in honor of baseball icon

Long a bitter, sometimes even dangerous baseball rivalry, the ugly side of the feud between the Dodgers and Giants is best captured in an incident in which Giants pitcher Juan Marichal hit catcher Johnny Roseboro on the head with a baseball bat.

KU sweeps Texas Tech in volleyball

Kansas University's Karina Garlington has been the odd woman out in a three-player competition with fellow volleyball freshmen Jenna Kaiser and Flavia Lino.

Kansas football notebook

Kansas debuted its red jerseys with the new trajan font Saturday, after wearing blue tops in the first three games.

Saturday, September 22

Scoring Summary: KU-FIU

A look at who scored, when they scored and how it happened.

KU-FIU updates

For the fifth time in three years, Kansas University busted out its alternate red uniforms for tonight's non-conference finale against lowly Florida International. As if KU didn't need anything else in its corner, as the Panthers enter Memorial Stadium with a 15-game losing streak - the longest such run in the FBS ranks. On top of it, KU enters the contest 3-0, averaging 53 points per contest, and the Jayhawks have never lost in their red duds. Since their 2005 unveiling, KU is 4-0 when donning crimson tops.

Greatest day: college football Saturday

I can't tell you the time or date that the transformation took place. I can only tell you that it has.

KU's Horvath fares well at season-opening tourney

Kansas University junior Edina Horvath advanced to the quarterfinals of the main doubles draw and to the round of 16 in the main singles bracket Friday at the season-opening Cissie Leary Tournament.

KU releases graduation report

Keeping with its policy, Kansas University's athletic department released its annual graduation report Friday - a couple of weeks before the NCAA will release the rates of all member institutions.

High-powered Sooners roll

With so much talent, No. 4 Oklahoma can take turns scoring touchdowns.

Offense vanishes in latest loss

No. 25 Illinois upends Jayhawks; No. 19 California looms Sunday

A lack of offense continues to plague the Kansas University soccer squad and continues to frustrate coach Mark Francis.

Keegan: Sagarin addicts unite

Hi, my name is Tom, and I'm a Sagarin addict. Say hello to the man in my e-mailbox. His name is Steve, and he's a Sagarin addict.

Rucker happy he returned to Mizzou

Missouri's Martin Rucker is playing like a guy who has something to prove.

Nunn closing in on NU records

Huskers' receiver has catches in 36 of 40 games

Terrence Nunn already is one of the most dependable receivers in Nebraska football history. Now he's making a run at the records of one of the program's most revered figures.

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Going long

Deep ball electrifying Jayhawks' offense

Something zapped Aqib Talib. It was a beautiful play, that 58-yard touchdown catch against Toledo last week. Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing scrambled right, threw it just as he was getting tackled, and Talib was 30 yards downfield ready to catch and turn for a big gain.

Mangino knows Panthers' pain

Know the foe: Florida International

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino considers himself well versed in the task of building a football program.

Meier settling into new role

Former starting QB lends stability as a backup

Kerry Meier expected his sophomore season to be a strikingly new experience to him. It is to everyone else.

Friday, September 21

6News video: Downtown business owners urge KU fans to avoid Arrowhead game

KU takes on MU at Arrowhead Stadum on November 24. Jerry Neverve wants to give discounts to people who don't go to the game.

6Sports video: KU gearing up for FIU

The Kansas football team will take on Florida International. At stake is the Jayhawks' chance to start the season at 4-0.

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6News video: Mascots find love

Plenty of people find love on the Hill, but this couple bring new meaning to the term "lovebirds." The happy couple have played the Big Jay and Baby Jay mascots.

Boycott of KU-MU game urged

Bar owners protest loss of revenue from moving match to K.C.

Stay at home and party. That's what a pair of downtown Lawrence business owners will be trying to convince Lawrence residents to do on Nov. 24, rather than travel to the Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., to watch Kansas University's "home" football game against Missouri.

Jayhawks not stressing about receivers' drops

Kansas University's football team plans to solve the noticeable pass-dropping hiccup last week in an innovative way - by doing nothing. That's the strategy to overcome an uncharacteristic case of bad hands in last week's 45-13 victory over Toledo.

OSU must pay former coach

Ohio State must pay former men's basketball coach Jim O'Brien more than $2.4 million for his wrongful firing in 2004, an appeals court ordered Thursday.

'Better team' upends Aggies

The last Thursday night game at the venerable Orange Bowl was something for the Miami Hurricanes to cherish. And it was a victory they desperately needed.

Mayer: Another KU legend passes

He'd never stayed in a hotel, never been to a dentist and never ordered a meal from a restaurant menu. Could you find a modern college basketball recruit with such a trifecta? Those were some of the circumstances when Maurice King enrolled at Kansas University as a 1953-54 freshman.

KU stays motivated

Jayhawks so far avoiding major upsets

Motivation has not been a problem for Kansas University's football team this nonconference season. Heavy favorites against Central Michigan, Southeastern Louisiana and Toledo, the Jayhawks have suffered no Michigan-style upset defeats ... or even close calls.

Did Heels commit secondary violation?

Prospect Shumpert chatted with NBA players on visit to University of North Carolina campus

The University of North Carolina is conducting a review to determine whether the school committed a secondary recruiting violation during a basketball prospect's campus visit last weekend.

Tyshawn Taylor starts to plan visits

Kansas University basketball recruiting notes. ...

Thursday, September 20

6Sports video: Reesing thriving in new KU offense

Todd Reesing for Heisman? Probably not...but the Jayhawks' starting QB has kicked off the 2007-2008 KU football season off with a bang after stellar play in KU's first 3 games.

Jayhawks plenty deep at corner

Imagine the game-long disbelief Chris Harris experienced last week, as he ended up having a pretty uneventful night against Toledo. You see, Harris is just asking to be picked on. Kansas University's starting cornerback is a true freshman, lined up opposite All-America candidate Aqib Talib.

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Tales of former KU great lavish but true

Here's the problem with the legend of John Riggins: So many unbelievable stories about him are completely true, which makes some tall tales regarding his life journey seem all too believable. So Riggins, a former Kansas University football great, took the time to debunk one myth from his younger days when chatting with reporters Wednesday.

Keegan: Stooges suit fans just fine

The scheduling goal, Kansas University associate athletic director Larry Keating said, is to play one 1-AA game a year, one "buy" game and two games as part of a home-and-home series, one at home, one on the road each year.

KU volleyball stuns Mizzou

Kansas University's volleyball team edged rival Missouri in a five-game thriller on Wednesday night.

Hoops schedule grades out well

Rush rehab progressing nicely

Kansas University's football strength of schedule has been widely discussed this nonconference season. What about the 2007-08 hoops slate?

Two MU players arrested

Police have arrested two reserve defenders on the Missouri football team in separate incidents.

KU basketball coaches to help cancer fight

Kansas University basketball coaches Bill Self and Bonnie Henrickson are teaming up to help beat cancer at this season's American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer program Oct. 9.

Wednesday, September 19

6Sports video: FIU brings 15-game losing streak into Lawrence

Florida International has lost 15-games in a row and the Kansas Jayhawks are looking to push that streak to 16 after this Saturday's game.

KU slips to second

Houston makes itself at home on Alvamar links

There was no four-peat of the Jayhawk Invitational for the Kansas University men's golf team. With the strong winds carrying over to Tuesday's final round at Alvamar Golf Club, KU couldn't hold onto its five-stroke lead from Monday's 36 holes. The Jayhawks, instead, finished in a tie for second with Oral Roberts at 894 - six strokes behind first-place Houston.

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Vanishing act

Sharp elusive on field, nearly anonymous off

A basketball player walks across the Kansas University campus and just about every student can identify him. Not so for football players. Their faces remain largely anonymous because they are hidden by helmets and face masks.

Self pays visit to juco recruit Mario Little

Mario Little, who made official basketball recruiting trips to Kansas University and Kansas State the past two weekends, met with KU coach Bill Self on Tuesday at Chipola (Fla.) Junior College. "It was great to see him. We talked about a lot of stuff," Little, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound sophomore, said Tuesday night.

Keegan: King recalled fondly

The memory of losing a game, even one in triple overtime for the national title, Monte Johnson can deal with 50 years later. It's losing so many friends from that 1957 Kansas University basketball team that spins Johnson's head.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

Kansas coach Mark Mangino was noncommittal when asked if cornerback Kendrick Harper would return from an undisclosed injury this week. "We don't give status reports," Mangino said Tuesday, "but if I did, I'd say he's probably questionable for this week's game."

Kansas soccer ends dry spell

Jayhawks topple Missouri State in overtime, 1-0

Winless on the season and scoreless in four straight games, Kansas University's soccer team came into its home game against Missouri State the owner of a pair of dubious streaks. But those dry spells came to an end Tuesday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex ... eventually.

Another Longhorn arrested

Freshman running back faces felony charges

Texas freshman running back James Henry has been charged with two felony counts of obstruction and tampering with evidence, making him the sixth Longhorns player arrested since June.

OU to test Tulsa's no-huddle offense

Tulsa's no-huddle offense clicked to deliver a statement win over Brigham Young last weekend, but the fast-paced scheme will be put to the test Friday against Oklahoma.

A&M player's tribute to Everett touches 'Canes

Martellus Bennett was someone the Miami Hurricanes badly wanted. They wooed the talented tight end out of his native Texas for a recruiting visit, got an oral commitment before his junior year of high school, then watched him change his mind and eventually enroll at Texas A&M. No hard feelings, though.

Cowboys circle wagons

Gundy: OSU focused on Big 12 opener

With fan frustration rising after a pair of early road losses - including a lopsided one to a supposedly overmatched foe - Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy said the Cowboys' supporters should not abandon the team.

CU won't sell beer at games

Beer sales to the general public will no longer be offered at Coors Events Center for University of Colorado basketball games.

Poll taps Avdeeva, Horvath

The preseason FILA/ITA poll ranks Kansas University doubles tandem Elizaveeta Avdeeva and Edina Horvath 36th in the nation.

KU women's golf 12th after day one

The Kansas University women's golf team shot an opening-round 309 on Tuesday at the Ron Moore Invitational.

Cyclones reborn

Iowa State relishes victory over Iowa

Even Iowa State's most die-hard supporters are still wondering how the same Cyclones team that lost to Northern Iowa could turn around and stun Iowa a week later. It's not much of a mystery to Cyclones coach Gene Chizik. Iowa State took care of the football and, for the first time this season, played physical enough to win.

Tuesday, September 18

6Sports video: Jayhawk soccer squad pulls out an OT victory

The Kansas Jayhawk soccer team was able to defeat the Missouri St. Bears, but needed OT to do so. Final score, 1-0.

6Sports video: KU golf squad falls short at invite

Despite taking a five-shot-lead into the final round of the Kansas Invitational, the KU men's golf team fell short of a first-place finish.

6Sports video: Despite lop-sided score, KU was sloppy against Toledo

Even though the final score shows KU winning 45-13, the Jayhawks looked very sloppy against Toledo last Saturday evening.

6Sports video: The KU offense features some 'Sharp' running

Three games into the 2007 Kansas football season and sophomore running back Jake Sharp already has more rushing yards he had his entire freshman campaign.

NU lineman out for season

Nebraska guard Andy Christensen will miss the rest of the season after injuring his left knee against Southern California, coach Bill Callahan said Monday.

Mangino: What's good for 'Cats good for KU

More and more every day, you get the sense that the "Bill Snyder approach" to nonconference scheduling at Kansas University is here to stay. KU's football team, if all goes as expected, will win again by a wide margin Saturday when Florida International (0-3) comes to Memorial Stadium. FIU has lost its last 15 contests, the longest drought in the Bowl Subdivision.

KU golfers blow past opponents at Day One of invitational

The wind was nobody's friend on this day. Kansas University's men's golf team, however, was able to overcome the howling obstacle on its home course Monday at the Kansas Invitational. And because of that, the Jayhawks are in position to go for a four-peat.

Henry facing decision

Will ex-KU recruit pick hoops or baseball?

Now that C.J. Henry has completed his third season in professional baseball, he has a crucial decision to make. Should the free-agent outfielder, who hit .184 with nine home runs and 38 RBIs for the Philadelphia Phillies' Class A Lakewood (N.J.) BlueClaws this past season, sign a free-agent contract with another major-league baseball organization or scrap baseball altogether and play college basketball?

Three Texas players reinstated for Rice

Three Texas players suspended for the first three games have been reinstated and should be available to play Saturday against Rice.

Stoops: Friday nights belong to high schools

For years and years, an unwritten rule in college football said you never schedule games on Friday nights. Those belonged exclusively to high schools. It was sort of a gentleman's agreement between universities and secondary schools because colleges did not want to cut into high school attendance or harm high school programs in any way.

Monday, September 17

6Sports video: KU leads invitational

After round one of the Kansas Invitational, the Kansas Jayhawk golf team is atop the leader-board.

6Sports video: Talib shines on offense

Three games into the season, the Kansas Jayhawk football team has been firing on all cylinders on offense. Already KU's top defensive player, Aqib Talib has been a big part of the offense pulling down a TD catch in each game thus far.

Recruit Morgan back in Dallas, uncommitted

Blue-chip high school basketball center J'Mison Morgan returned to his hometown of Dallas on Sunday morning after his two-day recruiting visit to Kansas University.

Alabama back in AP top 25

Nick Saban needed three games to get Alabama back in the Top 25. The Crimson Tide jumped into the Associated Press poll Sunday at No. 16, its first time in the rankings since the final poll of the 2005 season.

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Is KU looking for new returner?

Mangino: Position might be up for grabs

Raimond Pendleton's struggles as Kansas University's punt-return specialist Saturday don't necessarily mean he's going to lose his job. But they might. After stellar play in his first two games, Pendleton struggled in KU's 45-13 victory over Toledo, fumbling two punts and losing one that eventually led to the Rockets' first score.

Kansas men's golf to host tourney today

Kansas University's men's golf team will play host to The Kansas Invitational this week, a 54-hole tournament at Alvamar Golf Club that starts with 36 holes today and finishes with 18 on Tuesday.

Ex-LSU player Earl issues apology

Nine years after NCAA sanctions, Kansas University transfer tells Tigers he's sorry for probation

Nine years after NCAA sanctions stemming from his recruitment brought down the LSU men's basketball program, former Tiger Lester Earl has issued a written apology to LSU fans, former LSU coach Dale Brown and his assistant, Johnny Jones.

Keegan: Kansas pass 'D' on rise

Dead last in the nation in pass defense last season, the Jayhawks have moved up more than 100 spots to 10th in the country. Central Michigan, Southeastern Louisiana and Toledo averaged 121 yards per game in the air and just 3.67 yards per attempt. That's domination.

Kansas soccer still winless after 1-0 setback

McKenna Waitley's header late in the first half lifted Washington to a 1-0 college soccer victory over Kansas University in a nonconference match Sunday at Merlo Field as part of the Portland Invitational. The Huskies improved to 2-4, while the Jayhawks fell to 0-5-1. Waitley used her head to direct a cross in from three yards out for the game's only score.

Sunday, September 16

6Sports video: No double OT this year

When the Jayhawks locked up with Toledo last season, it was a double overtime thriller with the Rockets eventually clinching the win. But with a new year also comes new opportunity.

The Fifth Quarter: Kansas 45, Toledo 13

Tying up loose ends from Kansas' 45-13 win over Toledo, which improved KU to 3-0 on a night when playmakers were spotlighted while covering up a handful of miscues.

Utah humbles UCLA

After starting the season 0-2 and facing No. 11 UCLA, Utah was ready for any breaks it could get. UCLA offered plenty of chances, and Utah took advantage almost every time in a 44-6 upset on Saturday. The Utes forced five turnovers and kept the Bruins from scoring a touchdown for the first time in four years.

Trojans rip 'Huskers

Iowa State stuns Iowa in rivalry game

Top-ranked USC ran through, around and all over Nebraska. Stafon Johnson ran for 144 yards and one of USC's five rushing touchdowns, and John David Booty threw two short TD passes in a 49-31 victory Saturday night.

Kansas upended at Oklahoma

The Kansas University volleyball team lost its second straight match to a Big 12 foe Saturday afternoon, losing to Oklahoma in four games, 30-24, 30-20, 27-30 and 30-17.

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Kansas in 'zone

Talib's spectacular TD helps KU roll

Aqib Talib wasn't asked about his tumbling skills. But he did shed some insight on his track-and-field days growing up. "I long-jumped in high school a little bit," Talib said. "I wasn't no good at it." Could've fooled us.

Rockets: KU inspired

Jalen Parmele, the hero of last year's Kansas University-Toledo football game, was victim of payback time on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. "Yes, there's a grudge all teams have after a loss," Parmele said, asked if he could tell the Jayhawks had revenge on their minds during a 45-13 romp over the Rockets. "You've got to give Kansas credit. Kansas had more intensity than we did."

Larson's pick, return seemed familiar

Kansas University defensive end John Larson wasn't playing a lot when he first joined the football team as a walk-on in 2004. But apparently he was watching.

Kansas football notebook

Freshman Ian Wolfe started at right tackle on Saturday, while Cesar Rodriguez was on the left side in place of Anthony Collins. After the first drive, Rodriguez moved back over to right tackle and Collins came back in at left tackle.

Keegan: Jayhawks better than beer

Note to the thirsty fools who left Memorial Stadium at halftime Saturday night to find entertainment elsewhere: This is not another deadly dull Kansas University football team. It has too many playmakers this season to bore audiences.

A true winner

Others in collegiate sports should emulate the career and positive attitude of Roy Williams, who was recently inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

At a time when newspaper sports pages are filled with stories of athletes and coaches engaged in crimes, arrests, foul language, violent tempers, cheating, drugs and other such actions, it is refreshing to know there are coaches such as former Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams, recently inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Saturday, September 15

KU defeats Toledo, 45-13

Todd Reesing was 16-of-35 through the air for 313 yards and four touchdowns. He wasn't as efficient in terms of completion percentage as he had been in the first two weeks, but his receivers piled up tons of yards after short receptions. He hit four receivers (Aqib Talib, Marcus Henry, Dezmon Briscoe and Dexton Fields) for touchdowns.

Scoring Summary: KU-Toledo

A look at who scored, when they scored and how it happened.

NU's Keller eager for USC

Husker quarterback has shot at redemption

Sam Keller is getting another shot at Southern California, and this time he's out to finish the job.

Missouri's 'D' a question again

Undefeated Tigers have averaged 39 points a game, but they've allowed 29.5

Two games in, Missouri's 2007 season looks a lot like 2006. The Tigers are 2-0 thanks to an offense averaging 39 points per game in wins over Illinois and Mississippi and despite a defense that's struggling to stop anyone.

Stoops: OU looking 'great' so far

Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops said the No. 3 Sooners have shown some early signs of mimicking his championship-caliber teams of the past, but greatness will only follow if they keep it up.

KU shines on kickoffs; Toledo doesn't

College football's biggest statistical mismatch will be tested today at Memorial Stadium.

KU's 1-2 punch

Running backs Jake Sharp and Brandon McAnderson happy to share the load

Every Tuesday last season, Kansas University's football team went through its most demanding practice of the week. And every Tuesday, fatigued running back Jon Cornish would stand on the sideline and watch.

Troy trounces Oklahoma State

Cowboys handed 41-23 setback

Omar Haugabook passed for a career-high 371 yards and a touchdown and ran for 49 yards and two scores as Troy upset Oklahoma State, 41-23, in a dominating performance Friday night.

Kansas soccer falls to Portland, 2-0

Despite 10 saves from senior goalkeeper Colleen Quinn and three shots from senior Emily Strinden, Kansas University fell to No. 4 Portland, 2-0, in front of 3,060 fans in a nonconference soccer match Friday at Merlo Field.

Walk-on hoops tryouts scheduled for Oct. 10

A meeting for those interested in walk-on tryouts for Kansas University's men's basketball team is set for 4 p.m., Oct. 10, at Hadl Auditorium.

'Cats giving Missouri State respect

Kansas State linebacker Reggie Walker didn't need to see Appalachian State beat Michigan two weeks ago to know his team will have its hands full when it faces another school from the lower division formerly known as I-AA today. Walker learned that lesson a year ago.

Rockets grounded by injuries

The University of Toledo football team isn't getting a free pass from the injury gods this season. Heading into today's 6 p.m. game with Kansas University at Memorial Stadium, the Rockets are ravaged with aches and pains, particularly on defense.

Friday, September 14

6Sports video: Jayhawks looking for revenge against Toledo

After losing to Toledo in overtime last season, the Kansas Jayhawks are out for revenge this Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Laptad grows into role

Eight meals a day bulked up KU lineman

Go ahead and call Jake Laptad a pig. For a while there, he couldn't argue. Kansas University's freshman defensive end was merely a toothpick one year ago, at least by defensive-lineman standards. Finishing up his senior season at Jenks (Okla.) High, Laptad weighed 212 pounds. His 6-foot-4 frame was ready for more weight, and Laptad's college career depended on it.

Mayer: It's time to enjoy schedule

Enough of the purist wailing about Kansas University's soft football schedule. It's here, let's relish it. KU has needed a break like this for a long time. If it can get through four live scrimmages unbeaten and without injuries and can go to Kansas State 4-0, there's no telling what might happen. KU badly needs an 8-4 or even 9-3 record to prove it has finally arrived. Either of those is in reach.

Big-time recruit Morgan visits KU

One of the best - and definitely one of the biggest - high school basketball players in the country will be on Kansas University's campus this weekend. J'Mison Morgan, a 6-foot-10, 270-pound shot-blocking and rebounding machine out of Dallas South Oak Cliff High, makes his official recruiting visit to KU this afternoon through Sunday morning.

Texas safety Gatewood arrested, suspended

Texas senior safety Tyrell Gatewood was suspended indefinitely Thursday after his arrest on drug charges, the fifth arrest of a Longhorns player since June.

Thursday, September 13

6Sports video: Terry Allen heads back to Kansas

Former KU head coach Terry Allen will be in Manhattan this weekend when Missouri State hits the turf against the K-State Wildcats.

6Sports video: Special teams coming up big for KU

Through the first two games of the season, the Jayhawks' special teams unit has been nothing short of fantastic.

Woodling: Michigan lousy venue

You won't catch me shedding any tears over the current plight of Michigan University's football team. I've had no love lost for the Wolverines since way back in September of 1979, when Kansas traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., and the UM athletic department treated me like : well, let me tell you about it.

Michigan, Notre Dame down to size

There's more laughing than loathing as we approach Surreal Saturday. A winless Michigan facing a winless Notre Dame for the first time provides irrefutable evidence that God has a sense of humor. Both programs find comfort in their delusions. Both believe that this week's criticisms and catcalls are a by-product of envy rather than honest assessments that maybe, just maybe, neither is as good as its reputation. This week proves there is justice.

Jayhawks' offense clicking

Offense's outburst no surprise for players

Ed Warinner sounded like he was spouting a cliche during the summer, and maybe he was. But Kansas University's offensive coordinator wasn't lying when he laid out the fundamental rule of the Jayhawks' new offensive attack: Get the ball into the playmakers' hands.

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Full house trumped

Jayhawks fall to Wildcats in three games

Despite having a rare opportunity to play in a packed gym in front of a raucous home crowd, the Kansas University volleyball team fell to 19th-ranked Kansas State, 30-20, 30-21 and 30-26, in the Big 12 opener for both squads Wednesday night at Horejsi Center.

Gary Bedore's KU hoops notebook

Wednesday, September 12

6Sports video: KU looking good against Toledo

Let's do some math. The Kansas football team beat Central Michigan 52-7 in week one. Central Michigan beats Toledo 52-31 in week two. In week three, Toledo comes to Lawrence to take on Kansas.

6Sports video: Mortensen leading KU defense

Through eight quarters of football this year, the Kansas Jayhawks defense has surrendered just seven points. Leading the charge? Linebacker Joe Mortensen.

6Sports video: KU volleyball opens Big 12 season

There's no easing into the Big 12 schedule for the Kansas volleyball team.

Rivalry game awaits Chizik, struggling ISU

Iowa State coach Gene Chizik has been involved in some of college football's biggest rivalries, like Clemson-South Carolina, Alabama-Auburn and Texas-Oklahoma. He'll get his first taste of Iowa-Iowa State on Saturday, and star wide receiver Todd Blythe says Chizik will finally get to see just how much this matchup means to the coaches, players and fans on each side.

KU women's golf fifth

Kansas University's women's golf team placed fifth of 18 teams at the Nebraska Chip-N Club Invitational on Tuesday at Woodlands Hill Golf Course.

D-tackle on field at '95 percent'

Haselhorst overcomes another maddening injury setback

Just imagine what went through Todd Haselhorst's head this summer when an unmistakable pain shot through his foot. "I was a little (ticked) off at first," said Haselhorst, a Kansas University defensive tackle. "I walked off the field and knew something wasn't right." Once again, his career was derailed without ever really gaining any steam. Haselhorst suffered a broken left foot that was to keep him out for roughly a month.

Kansas men's golf 17th

Kansas University freshman Nate Barbee shot a final-round 77 Tuesday to place 47th overall at the St. Mary's Invitational in his collegiate debut. The Jayhawks as a team carded a final round score of 312 to place 17th.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

¢ One year ago¢ Harper healing¢ Players of the game¢ Rocket injuries

Keegan: Jayhawk altogether a Raider

The appeal of the Oakland Raiders extends well beyond the Bay Area. It's not about geography. It's about mentality. Kansas University middle linebacker and Oakland native Joe Mortensen calls himself a Raiders fan. Let's consult the checklist and see if he qualifies.

Players' rights important, too

During my 13 years as a faculty member at Kansas University, there have been times when I have been exceptionally proud of the university and other times when I have felt disappointed and let down. Never before, however, have I felt embarrassed about being at KU as I do now. I am embarrassed as a member of the community and as a member of the faculty. What is the source of my embarrassment?

Kansas State sets sights on KU volleyball's streak

Kansas University takes a five-match winning streak into tonight's conference opener at 7 in the Horejsi Center against rival Kansas State. "Kansas State will be the best we've seen so far this season," said Ray Bechard, coach of the 7-3 Jayhawks. The Wildcats (8-2) are ranked 19th in the country. Some of their improvement can be traced to the addition of junior Russian newcomer Nataly Karobkova.

Texas receiver Jones gets his shot

Senior has snared 17 catches in two games playing opposite superstar WR Sweed

It would have been easy for Nate Jones to be the forgotten man in Texas' offense. That's pretty much what he was the last three seasons anyway. That's far from the case this year. The senior wide receiver has 17 catches for 163 yards and a touchdown in the No. 6 Longhorns' first two games, good enough to rank ninth in the country with 81â2 receptions per game. He had only 13 catches all of last season.

Big 12 honors Wissel

Kansas University's Colby Wissel was named the men's Big 12 cross country runner of the week Tuesday. Wissel, a senior from Elm Creek, Neb., won the Kansas-Kansas State dual in a 5K time of 15:07.6. He also won the award a year ago.

Jayhawks land two

Ashley Ellis' friends and family are getting frequent-flyer miles saved up. That's because the 6-foot-3 high-school senior out of Antioch, Calif., is going far, far away for college. Ellis committed to play for the Kansas University women's basketball team last week. "People are telling me, "That's so far away!" Ellis said. "I say 'Yeah, but it's a good place.'"

Texan set to visit

J'Mison Morgan, one of the top basketball players in Texas and the No. 23-ranked player in the country, will be on Kansas University's campus this weekend for an official recruiting visit. Another Texan who was slated to make his visit to KU with Morgan, however, won't be coming to town.

Tuesday, September 11

6News video: Last time in Lawrence, KU routed Toledo

In 2004, the Kansas football team smacked Toledo 63-14 in Lawrence. Last year, the Rockets got their revenge knocking off the Jayhawks at the glass bowl 37-31 in double overtime.

6Sports video: KU volleyball starts Big 12 season with K-State

Three weeks into the Kansas volleyball season and the non-conference portion of their schedule is complete. Tomorrow night, Ray Bechard's squad opens its Big 12 slate with the Sunflower Showdown.

6Sports video: Last year, Rockets won 2OT

The date, September 15, 2006. The event, Kansas vs Toledo. The result, a gutwrenching 37-31 double overtime loss for the KU football team.

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Return to grace

Big 12 honors KU's Herford, who passes credit along

Kansas University football junior Marcus Herford doesn't get a crystal football for winning the Big 12 Conference's Player of the Week award on Monday. But if he did, you can bet he'd like to split it 11 ways.

Keegan: Untold courage at KU

This is a story about courage on the football field, about finishing your job, about being there for teammates when your body is begging you to go to the hospital. Above all, it's about playing hurt.

Twins considering Kansas

Morris brothers withdraw commitments to Memphis

Two of the country's top prep school power forwards are back on the market. Twins Marcus and Markeiff Morris,'s No. 37- and 74-rated players in the Class of 2008, over the weekend withdrew their oral commitments to the University of Memphis and now will consider other schools, including Kansas University.

KU men's golf team 15th after day one

The Kansas University men's golf team opened its season with rounds of 311 and 300 at the St. Mary's Invitational. KU is tied for 15th after day one.

Ryan Wood's KU Football notebook

Monday, September 10

6Sports video: KU soccer struggles

After a run of three NCAA tournament appearances in four years, the Kansas soccer team has been on the outside looking in for the past two seasons.

6Sports video: Talib shows versatility

Two games, two receiving touchdowns for the guy who only plays offense part-time. All-American cornerback Aqib Talib is usually known for his big plays on defense.

6Sports video: KU defense was fantastic

On opening weekend, we sang the praises of Todd Reesing and the Kansas offense. This week, it's time to give thanks to the Jayhawk defense. After all, on Saturday, it was fantastic.

6Sports video: Herford honored

Kansas return man Marcus Herford was named the co-Big 12 special teams player of the week. The Jayhawk junior from DeSoto, Texas returned three kickoffs for 149 yards against Southeastern Louisiana.

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Kansas soccer blanked

KU off to worst start in program history

Kansas University's soccer squad suffered its third shutout in the first four games of the season with a 2-0 loss to Southern Methodist on Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. Kansas (0-3-1) is off to its worst start in program history and has been outscored 8-1 in the process.

Kansas football turns attention to Toledo

If Kansas University's football players have fire in their eyes with Toledo coming up on the schedule, they're not admitting it. Instead, they're saying it's just another week of work for the Jayhawks, who will play the Rockets on Saturday at Memorial Stadium - one year to the day after losing in double overtime to them, 37-31, in Toledo, Ohio.

Little has 'great' visit

Mario Little returned to Marianna, Fla., on Sunday, well fed, informed and entertained - but not yet offering an oral commitment after his basketball recruiting visit to Kansas University.

Ryan Wood's KU Football notes

¢ Sending a message¢ About Toledo¢ He's OK

LSU gains on Trojans

Tigers close gap; Appy State gets votes

LSU is closing in on Southern California in the AP Top 25, and Appalachian State is getting some recognition - but not a ranking. After a surprisingly easy and thoroughly impressive victory over Virginia Tech, No. 2 LSU took 19 first-place votes from No. 1 USC in the AP Top 25 released Sunday.

Keegan: Bradford top QB in league

It's a little too early to make statistical projections. For example, at this rate, Kansas University backup Kerry Meier would finish the season 42 for 42 with 420 yards and 12 touchdown passes.

Sunday, September 9

6Sports video: KU soccer still looking for win

The ladies of the Kansas soccer team are still looking for the win column.

6Sports video: Jayhawks 2-0 on the season

1975 was the last time a Kansas football team held back to back opponents under ten points, until Saturday. The Jayhawks were looking to start the year 2-0 for the fourth straight season against FCS opponent Southeastern Louisiana.

6Sports video: KU volleyball hosts Jayhawk Classic

The Kansas Volleyball team looked to sweep the competition at the Jayhawk Classic. Off the Eagle serve, Emily Brown set up Savannah nows with the spike.

The Fifth Quarter: Kansas 62, SE Louisiana 0

Tying up loose ends from KU's 62-0 blanking of Southeastern Louisiana, which was the school's first shutout since a 42-0 win over Southern Illinois in 2000.

Wolverines humiliated once more

Oregon coach Mike Bellotti posed for a picture on the block M in the middle of the field at Michigan Stadium, a scoreboard looming in the background. "Make sure you get the score in there," Bellotti said.

Lane lifts A&M in 3OT

Texas A&M turned to its powerful running back to stave off Fresno State on Saturday. Jorvorskie Lane rushed for two of his four touchdowns in the second and third overtimes as the 23rd-ranked Aggies beat the feisty Bulldogs, 47-45, in the first three-OT game in A&M history.

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Band-day beatdown

Jayhawks rough up little Lions

In all aspects, Saturday's snoozer at Memorial Stadium just wasn't a fair fight. That was symbolized countless times in Kansas University's 62-0 football victory over Southeastern Louisiana. The Jayhawks' defensive line often would explode at the snap, toss the Lions' offensive big boys aside and swarm to the football. Chaos ensued.

KU fans adjust to construction's effect on tailgating experience

New view not entirely pleasing

Football, beer, burgers and a bunch of dirt. Tailgating just isn't quite the same this season at Kansas University. Construction of the Anderson Family Football Complex and practice fields has changed the landscape and tailgating experience.

Kansas Football Notebook

Kansas University junior Aqib Talib, the recipient of a 36-yard touchdown catch Saturday, has four career catches now - a three-yard reception last week, and touchdowns strikes of 42, 49 and 36 yards in each of KU's last three games dating to last season.

How they scored

A rundown of when the coring happened.

KU has no takeaways

(Not that it really matters, though)

It's nitpicking at its finest, so here goes: Kansas University is struggling to create turnovers. With KU's 62-0 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday the second straight blowout the Jayhawks have accomplished, it's interesting to note that the points haven't added up by capitalizing on takeaways.

Lions suffer bad breaks

Southeastern Louisiana's football program, which netted $275,000 for playing at Kansas University, suffered a rather costly defeat Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. "It's not worth a nickel to lose a guy like that for our season," Mike Lucas, coach of the second-tier school, said dejectedly after a 62-0 loss to the Jayhawks.

Keegan: KU has wicked WR fleet

Sometimes talent screams so loudly it can be heard even above the shrill voices shouting that no conclusions can be reached from a mismatch as grand as the one played Saturday night at Memorial Stadium, where Kansas University buried Southeastern Louisiana, 62-0.

MVP Brown lifts KU to crown

Kansas University's volleyball team closed out its non-conference schedule with an emphatic sweep - 30-17, 30-24, 30-28 - over Morehead State on Saturday in Horejsi Center to claim the Jayhawk Invitational crown.

No. 9 V-Tech unravels at LSU

LSU didn't need any small-school sacrificial lambs on its early season schedule to post a couple of gaudy blowouts. No. 9 Virginia Tech couldn't stop the second-ranked Tigers any more than some pushover could.

Saturday, September 8

Scoring Summary: KU-Southeastern Louisiana

How the points were scored: KU-Southeastern Louisiana

KU-SELa. Updates

Southeastern Louisiana is certainly not Appalachian State, the I-AA opponent who stunned No. 5 Michigan on the road a week ago, sending quakes throughout the college football world. But even though the Lions aren't as dangerous, the Jayhawks have made it clear throughout the week that Southeastern Louisiana is not to be taken lightly. Besides, the Jayhawks have a reputation to uphold following last Saturday's 52-7 thumping of Central Michigan in front of a loud Memorial Stadium crowd.

Miami may be unranked, but Sooners still anxious

A 69-point romp is proof Oklahoma didn't look past its season opener against North Texas, but there's little doubt the Sooners - and that number includes coach Bob Stoops - are relishing the challenge that awaits them this week.

Lions expect 'challenge' today

Southeastern Louisiana football coach Mike Lucas seems to be bracing for a bad day in Lawrence, even if he's not throwing in the towel before today's 6 p.m. game with Kansas begins. "It is a challenge," Lucas said. "We've got such a young club that we've got to make sure we stay positive and really try to extenuate the good things and not dwell on the bad things that happen.

Sharp shows he's up to speed

After struggling in two-a-days, running back impressive in opener

Seeing Jake Sharp shake and bake for 106 yards on 15 carries last week was a fulfilling feeling for Kansas University's football coaches. Sharp, a sophomore running back out of Salina, picked up all but 19 of those yards in the second half of KU's 52-7 victory over Central Michigan.

Anatomy of a big hit

More uplifting than a goal-line stand, more game-changing than a fumble, a clean-the-clock blow can fire up a crowd - and a team

Joe Mortensen could've picked anything. The question let him go wherever he wanted to go. Kansas University's middle linebacker was asked after last week's 52-7 victory over Central Michigan what his favorite part of the night was. Within a second, he was ready to answer. "Mike Rivera's hit on that screen," he said with a sly smile.

This 'Pig' can fly

Brown brings 'character' to Mizzou

It's not every junior college transfer who plays like Cornelius "Pig" Brown. Brown came to Missouri last year from a community college in California with two years of eligibility remaining. He took over the starting spot at strong safety this season, and had his best game ever in Missouri's 40-34 season-opening win against Illinois Saturday.

Freeman showing poise

Kansas State QB shrugs off Auburn's relenting pressure

Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman threw a career-high 57 passes in the Wildcats' 23-13 loss at No. 18 Auburn on Saturday. He took repeated shots from the Tigers' attacking defense and even twisted his ankle when his cleat got caught in the grass trying to slide.

Nebraska defense gears for tricky Wake Forest

Nebraska's defensive coaches are preaching patience as their charges prepare for Wake Forest's misdirection offense. "They get you going one way, and they have reverses that go the other," coach Bill Callahan said.

KU finds ways to win

Jayhawks topple Peahens, Cowgirls

No one is going to mistake St. Peters' and Wyoming's volleyball teams for perennial Big 12 powerhouses Nebraska and Texas. Still, a win's a win, and Kansas University's volleyball team fashioned two totally different ways to do just that during Friday's Jayhawk Invitational in the Horejsi Center on the cusp of starting Big 12 play.

Former Kansas coach inducted

Jayhawk career 'best 15 years of my life,' Williams says

Between a morning ceremony when he received his official Hall of Fame blazer and an afternoon speech to a group of sixth- and seventh-graders, Roy Williams had just a few minutes to gobble down a lunch of chicken nuggets inside the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Top point guard visiting Kansas

Angel Goodrich, a 5-foot-5 senior point guard from Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, Okla., is on Kansas University's campus this weekend for an official recruiting visit.

Ugly Jayhawk

A video now making the rounds on the Internet is an embarrassment to Kansas University.

Kansas University alumni everywhere should be embarrassed by football coach Mark Mangino's profane tirade that's displayed for all the world to see on YouTube.

OSU loses big man Cooper

Oklahoma State lost its only remaining experienced frontcourt player Friday when Kenny Cooper decided to transfer. "Kenny has chosen to leave our team," coach Sean Sutton said. "It was a tough decision for him, and it was a lengthy process. But eventually, it boiled down to him wanting to play closer to home."

Friday, September 7

6Sports video: Jayhawks ready for SE Louisiana

The KU football team readies for week two against an FCS opponent. Last week, Michigan lost to one of those former Division 1-AA schools, but don't expect the Jayhawks to fall victim to SE Louisiana in the same manner.

6News video: A few tips to enjoying a safe KU gameday

Lawrence police suggest being mindful of some new enforcement strategies and even a new law on KU gamedays that could quickly turn a good time into a major loss.

6Sports video: Jayhawk Invitational kicks off on the volleyball court

At the Horejsi Center, the Kansas volleyball team opened day one of the Jayhawk Invitational.

6Sports replay of KU-SE Louisiana to air Sunday

Channel 6 on Sunday will air replays of Kansas University's Saturday night nonconference football game against Southeastern Louisiana, Sunflower Broadband general manager Patrick Knorr announced Friday.

KU splits Sunflower Showdown with K-State

Behind senior Colby Wissel's second straight first place finish to open the season, the Kansas University men's cross country team took out Kansas State 39-21 Friday at a duel between the two schools in Lawrence Friday. The KU women lost 35-22.

Tourney taps pair of KU tennis players

Kansas University's top tennis doubles team was selected to the International Tennis Association All-American Championships, the ITA announced Wednesday.

Juco recruit Little visiting Kansas

Mario Little will have a huge impact at Kansas University, Kansas State or the University of Illinois. So says Chipola (Fla.) Junior College coach Greg Heiar, who thinks the Indians' 6-foot-5, 210-pound sophomore small forward will make fans at his future major college fall "in love" with him.

B-Mac right at home

It's possible that Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino never has scouted a single high school player more than running back Brandon McAnderson. Of course, there's a reason for that.

Mayer: Carlisle's stunner still best

Appalachian State 34, Michigan 32 - greatest upset in college football history? If not, it's certainly among 'em. But I'd lean toward a West Point-Carlisle showdown featuring a couple of guys named Thorpe and Eisenhower as my favorite. It had far more penetrating social impact - Nov. 9, 1912, when Pop Warner's lightly regarded Carlisle Indians romped, 27-6, past a befuddled Army club suffering its only loss of the season.

AP opens poll to little guys

After pulling off one of the greatest upsets in college football history, Appalachian State is still shaking things up. The Associated Press said Thursday that lower-division schools - that means you, Mountaineers - are now eligible for its 71-year-old poll.

BYU sinks KU soccer

There might not be a tougher way to end a soccer match for a goalkeeper. After playing 98 minutes of scoreless soccer, thanks in large part to a stellar performance by Kansas University senior goalkeeper Colleen Quinn, the Jayhawks lost to 19th-ranked Brigham Young in overtime when junior forward Katie Larkin scored on a penalty kick to give the Cougars a 1-0 victory.

Ex-KU coach Williams to enter Hall

Roy Williams tonight at the age of 57 receives coaching's highest honor - induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Williams, an Asheville, N.C., native who enters this season with a 524-131 record in 15 years at Kansas University and four at North Carolina, readily admits tonight's ceremony will be special.

Thursday, September 6

6Sports video: Pendleton makes huge splash in collegiate debut

In 2005, he red-shirted. In 2006 he did not see any game action as a freshman. In 2007, however, KU sophomore Raimond Pendleton is making a name for himself.

Big 12 removes interim tag from Beebe

Conference's new commissioner vows to keep fans on cutting edge of technology

Dan Beebe was hired as Big 12 Conference commissioner Wednesday with an eye toward reaching fans with newer technologies and making new revenues. Beebe was awarded the job permanently after taking the job in an interim role in July. The Big 12's chief operating officer since joining the conference in 2003, he emerged from a field of five finalists to become the third commissioner of the 12-year-old conference.

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Jayhawk from the start

Lineman shuns Seminoles to live out dream at KU

Sometimes, the roots run so deep that they never let you get too far away. Chet Hartley knows the feeling. A Butler Community College lineman out of small-town Kansas, Hartley was being courted by legendary Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden a year ago. Yet deep down, he knew the tradition-rich Seminoles didn't have much of a chance. Not over Kansas University.

Keegan: Speed sets KU apart

Big, fast and extremely physical wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe had Boise State, Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma State after his signature on a letter of intent. It's never easy for a prospect to let a coach know he has chosen someone else. Yet for Briscoe, the coaches who didn't get him weren't the ones he worried about informing.

Case flashes other athletic talents

Jeremy Case, who played a lot of basketball this past summer, added some other sports to his repertoire. "I took a bowling class," explained Case, Kansas University's fifth-year senior guard from McAlester, Okla."I like it a little but, but I couldn't sit up there and bowl all day like Julian did." He's referring to former teammate Julian Wright, who made the Jaybowl his home away from home during his two years at KU.

Wednesday, September 5

6Sports video: Warinner's offense shines

Todd Reesing wasn't the only new guy that produced for the Kansas offense last Saturday. Much of the credit for KU's 52-7 beatdown of Central Michigan has to go to first-year offensive coordinator, Ed Warinner.

6Sports video: KU preparing for SE Louisiana

It's not often that a smaller division school beats a bigger division school in college football. But that's just what Southeastern Louisiana will try to do this weekend in Lawrence against Kansas.

Dan Beebe named Big 12 Commissioner

Dan Beebe on Wednesday was named the new Commissioner of the Big 12 Conference. Beebe has been the Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of the Big 12 since February 2003, and before that was the Commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference for 14 years.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

The Kansas University football team introduced a new offensive scheme against Central Michigan, and Saturday it was missing one big aspect of what other recent KU teams did: quarterback scrambles.

Pendleton's folly popular on YouTube

As tough as it is to return punts - much less one for a 77-yard touchdown - it's kind of crummy that Raimond Pendleton has gained Internet fame for what he did wrong. But it is what it is, and Pendleton became a household name around the sports world this week based on his appearance on YouTube, a popular video-clip Web site.

MU coach admits error on 2-point conversion

The "comedy of errors" that plagued Missouri in a 40-34 victory over Illinois included one highly noticed flub of his own, coach Gary Pinkel now admits. Two days after defending his decision to try a two-point conversion after taking a 13-6 lead in the second quarter of Saturday's game, Pinkel said Monday on his weekly coach's show that the decision was a mistake.

Notre Dame's Clausen to start against PSU

Notre Dame freshman Jimmy Clausen will start at quarterback Saturday against Penn State, with the Irish looking to rebound from a season-opening 33-3 loss at home to Georgia Tech.

Iowa lineman finished

Iowa junior lineman Alex Kanellis' career is over because of headaches that have plagued him since he had a concussion last spring, coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday.

A.G.'s probe clears schools in loan case

Attorney General Paul Morrison said Tuesday he found no wrongdoing on the part of Kansas schools in the way they help students secure education loans. But Morrison urged the schools to adopt a "code of conduct" that he said would prevent possible unethical practices in the future.

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KU overcomes jetlag, pesky UMKC

After playing at Oregon and Michigan State the last few weekends, Kansas University's volleyball team may have been recovering from jetlag when it finally received a chance to play in front of a home crowd against UMKC on Tuesday night at Horejsi Center.

Keegan: Football's toughest position

The longsnapper must accurately send a ball 15 yards to the punter, and then he must quickly deal with the monster trying to get past him. Making an open-field tackle on a ball-carrier who decides which way he cuts requires great skill. Kicking a game-winning field goal invites as much pressure as anything a football player does, even though football players don't consider kickers to be football players.

Rush's rehab picks up

Junior hopes to dress for KU's first practice

As a high-profile Kansas University basketball player, junior Brandon Rush is used to drawing both stares and comments from passers-by on The Hill. There have been more gazes than ever this semester ... all eyes fixed on the 6-foot-6 Kansas Citian's surgically repaired right knee. "Every time I walk to class, they say, 'Looking good,'" Rush said Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 4

6Sports video: Mangino happy with RBs

Conventional wisdom says two heads are better than one. And if you ask Kansas football coach Mark Mangino, he feels the same way about running backs.

6Sports video: KU volleyball returns home

After weekends in Oregon and Michigan, the Kansas volleyball team finally came home. Ray Bechard's squad played its first contest in Lawrence against its rival from just across the border.

6Sports video: New offensive strategy works for KU

No huddle, get to the line of scrimmage, take your time, check the defense, get a signal from the sideline, then snap the ball. It's all part of the new offense run by Ed Warinner and the Kansas Jayhawks.

Mangino A-OK with I-AA opponents

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino heard the giggles back in 2005 from schedule-strength pundits. With the '05 season just months away, KU quickly was running out of options to find one more nonconference opponent for its football schedule. Associate athletic director Larry Keating finally opened up communication with Division I-AA schools and found a team willing to come to Lawrence on the weekend Kansas needed someone.

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Manning lends a hand

The two-hour birthday basketball clinic at Haskell Indian Nations University had concluded at noon Monday, and the 10 third-graders who had participated sat on the floor and looked up at Kansas University assistant basketball coach Danny Manning.

Texas Tech cruises past SMU, 49-9

Texas Tech has proven in recent years that it can keep its offense chugging even when changing quarterbacks. Turns out, coach Mike Leach can plug offensive linemen and receivers into his system just as seamlessly.

Monday, September 3

6Sports video: Wissel, KU dominate home meet

This past weekend for Colby Wissel and the men's cross country team was just another day at the office. The Jayhawk senior continued his reign on Rim Rock by finishing first for the second time in three years knowing it would be his last in the Crimson and Blue.

6Sports video: KU offense goes vertical

Saturday, the Kansas offense exploded onto the scene by going vertical, racking up over 300 yards through the air. When the switch was made earlier in the year to Ed Warner as the new offensive coordinator, change was to be expected, but not this quickly.

Strinden's goal helps Kansas soccer claim 1-all tie with Auburn

Senior Emily Strinden scored Kansas University's lone goal, and goalkeeper Colleen Quinn made five saves in a 1-1 soccer deadlock with Auburn early Sunday morning.

Kansas receivers flawless

During the Kansas University coaching staff's weekly film study of the previous day's football game, a tally is kept to track how many passes the Jayhawk receivers dropped during the course of the day. This week's answer was a pleasant surprise, after Kansas blew out Central Michigan, 52-7, on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. "None," head coach Mark Mangino said.

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Darnell lightens up

The first noticeable change in Kansas University post player Darnell Jackson, as he put aside time for a chat on his way to a workout in the weight room, was that he looked lighter. He still has the broad shoulders and thick muscles, of course, but he's definitely sporting a sleeker look.

Keegan: Kansas offense different

College football fans all over the map invest emotions in believing this is the year the offense will look different, feature the vertical passing game and keep the defense in a constant state of retreat. Then the season starts, and it's the same old, same old. Safe and boring.

KU baseball roughs up Croatia

Things Kansas University's baseball team likely won't see come opening day in February: a 33-year-old designated hitter, players leaving and re-entering a game, gift exchanges, team photos with an opponent and the use of wooden bats.

Sunday, September 2

6Sports video: KU XC dominates home invite

It was back to business as usual this weekend for Colby Wissel and the KU mens and womens cross country teams. For the third consecutive year, bot teams swept the competition at the Bob Timmons Invitational.

6Sports video: 'Hawks rout Chippewas

The 2007 college football season is officially underway and Kansas football fans finally received some answers to their questions. Just how would Todd Reesing perform after earning the starting QB job? And would the Kansas defense bounce back after a season that ranked them dead last in the country on pass defense?

The Fifth Quarter: KU 52, Central Michigan 7

Tying up the loose ends from KU's 52-7 opening night thrashing of Central Michigan.

Appy State stuns Michigan

Chances are, most of the 110,000 fans at the Big House had no idea exactly where Appalachian State is located. By the time they saw a blocked field goal in the final seconds, this much was certain: The little Mountaineers pulled off one of the greatest upsets in college football history. Appalachian State 34, No. 5 Michigan 32.

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Flyin' high

Jayhawks do little wrong in opening rout

If Kansas University's football team is plagued with any glaring weaknesses this year, they'll have to be exposed another time. Because what 46,815 fans witnessed during Saturday's season opener was a shiny new team, a superior product that did little wrong and a performance that had the supporters dreaming of what might come to be over the next three months.

Family shares friendly rivalry at KU game

Brandon and Sarah Warner, 2003 Kansas University graduates, had a party divided on Saturday during KU's first game of the season against Central Michigan University. The couple, who live in Lenexa, tailgated this weekend with CMU fans, including Sarah's father, a CMU professor; her brother, a CMU graduate; and his girlfriend, a CMU senior, outside Memorial Stadium before watching the game, the first time the teams have competed against each other.

CMU: Mistakes proved costly

Dan LeFevour summed up Central Michigan's opening loss succinctly enough. "They made plays and we didn't," LeFevour said. "That's about it."

Hawaii soccer rolls over Kansas, 4-0

Hawaii exploded for three second-half goals and spoiled Kansas University's season soccer opener with a 4-0 victory early Saturday.

KU volleyball wins; Bechard becomes winningest coach

Ray Bechard became the winningest coach in Kansas University volleyball history Saturday night following a 3-1 victory over Missouri State at the Michigan State Invitational. KU prevailed 30-22, 30-21, 22-30, 32-30.

KU dominates Timmons race

Wissel, Hefferon place 1-2; Jayhawks sweep titles

Rim Rock Farm is a special place for Kansas University cross country runner Colby Wissel. Saturday, the senior conquered the course - and the competition - one last time in winning the Bob Timmons Invitational. Prior to this weekend, the last time Wissel had raced Rim Rock was the 2006 Big 12 Conference cross country championship. He won that race, too.

Texas unimpressive in victory

Colt McCoy threw two first-quarter touchdown passes and No. 4 Texas stumbled through a sloppy 21-13 season-opening win over Arkansas State on Saturday night, narrowly avoiding yet another huge upset on the day.

Auburn escapes against K-State

Wildcats scare No. 18 Tigers, but falter in fourth quarter, 23-13

Auburn didn't win it with talent, style or grace. "We gutted it out. That was a gut win," Tigers coach Tommy Tuberville said. Brandon Cox threw a touchdown pass to Gabe McKenzie with 2:01 remaining, and Antonio Coleman returned a fumble for a score moments later to give No. 18 Auburn a 23-13 win over Kansas State on Saturday night.

Missouri survives Illinois

Tigers hang on for 40-34 victory

A seemingly safe 24-point lead in hand, Missouri nearly self-destructed over the final 20 minutes of Saturday's season opener against Illinois. It took a leaping interception by Cornelius Brown at the one-yard-line with 51 seconds to play to salvage the Tigers' 40-34 win.

Keegan: Reesing strikes a pose

Heisman campaigns must start somewhere. Why not right here in your hands? The life-size posters, the wallet cards, the glossy literature : all that will arrive in voters' mailboxes later. For now, this must do. Todd "Sparky" Reesing was that impressive Saturday evening against a bad defense in a 52-7 blowout victory against Central Michigan.

Kansas football notebook

Raimond Pendleton fielded the punt and moved into a clearing and ran as fast as he could. At the last instant, he slowed down to execute a horizontal leap into the end zone. KU coach Mark Mangino then removed his headset and sprinted as fast as he could down the sideline, and it wasn't to congratulate the sophomore receiver out of Garland, Texas.

Pless credits determination

Willie Pless, the 14th Kansas University football player inducted into the Ring of Honor, earned it largely because he was the leading tackler in school history. What made Pless, honored at halftime of KU's 52-7 victory over Central Michigan, such a superior tackler?

Defense allays coach's worries

Call him a worry wart, but Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino was a bit stressed about game-planning for Central Michigan's offense. "I was really concerned earlier in the week that we were asking our defense to do too much," Mangino said. Don't sweat it, coach.

Saturday, September 1

KU-CMU live game updates

Memorial Stadium, even with its limited exterior confines due to a massive construction site, today welcomes the start of the 2007 season under perfect weather conditions against Central Michigan. The clear skies are perfect, too, as plenty of offensive fireworks are expected between the Jayhawks and the Chippewas, as both have plenty of reason to be excited with the ball in their hands.

Nevada has NU's attention

Nebraska looks at its opener against Nevada as more than just a warm-up for looming games with Wake Forest and USC. "We have our marquee games everyone wants to lean toward," tight end J.B. Phillips said. "The little ones, they are important. Not to say this is a little one, but it's the first one we have. You have to get off to a good start."

Scouting Report: Dan LeFevour

Middle Tennessee State coach Rick Stockstill studied Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour for several weeks before MTSU and CMU played in the Motor City Bowl last December. Here's his scouting report on the quarterback of Kansas University's opponent today...

Tigers, Illinois facing great expectations

The last time Missouri entered a season with such high expectations, things didn't go so well. This year, the Tigers are determined to live up to the hype. Expectations are growing, too, for Illinois as the Illini and Tigers prepare for today's opener at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Illinois was 2-10 last season but third year coach Ron Zook's recruiting class was considered among the best in the nation.

KSU, Auburn QBs hope to bounce back

Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox played like an aging veteran down the stretch last season, gimpy legs and all. Kansas State's Josh Freeman, meanwhile, performed like exactly what he was: a talented freshman thrust into the starting job. The two passers are at different stages in their careers, but both are trying to rebound from inconsistent, occasionally woeful seasons entering tonight's season opener for both teams.

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Reminders for Jayhawk fans attending today's season opener

Jayhawk fans will break out their barbecue grills and coolers today, hours before the 6 p.m. kickoff with Central Michigan. And with 40,000 people expected to attend the season opener at Kansas University's Memorial Stadium, Lawrence police officers will be on the lookout for underage drinkers.

KU volleyball upended by MSU

Kansas University's volleyball team fell to Michigan State, three games to two, Friday night at the Spartan Invitational. The Jayhawks lost, 30-16, 26-30, 30-22, 19-30, 15-4.

Buffs, CSU to start early

This time, the showdown is at sunrise. Or thereabouts. Rivals Colorado and Colorado State open the season today with a novel 10 a.m. (local time) kickoff at Invesco Field, which comes a bit early for fans trekking down from Fort Collins or Boulder to tailgate before the Rocky Mountain Showdown or for students accustomed to either wolfing down breakfast or grabbing some extra Z's at that hour.

Many happy returns?

Herford counts on experience, new rule

Blame it on inexperience, offset by a wicked combination of being fast and fearless. But Kansas University junior Marcus Herford had a predictable pattern when returning kickoffs last season: He'd catch, accelerate, find the hole and shoot through it like a bullet out of a revolver. After picking up good yardage going relatively straight, he often would get blindsided and flail to the turf, a crash-landing finish to an accomplished mission.

KU punter seeks consistency

Determining whether Kansas University punter Kyle Tucker had a good season last year depends on what way you look at it. Pinning opponents inside the 20-yard line? Yeah, that was good. His average? By his standards, it stunk.

Keegan: KU gray areas analyzed

It's worthwhile taking one last look at the gray areas of the 2007 Kansas University football team, unit-by-unit, on paper before the the Jayhawks take the field tonight at Memorial Stadium in the season opener against Central Michigan.

Senior linebackers key for Chippewas

Yeah, yeah. The talk of Central Michigan's football team usually revolves around its beyond-his-years quarterback, Dan LeFevour. It's justified. LeFevour emerged from a red shirt to pick apart defenses last year, passing for 3,031 yards and 26 touchdowns for the Mid-America Conference champions. Shootouts aren't a desired weekly ritual for the Chippewas, though, so CMU is turning to two heralded senior linebackers to rally the troops and make some stops.