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KU football ranked 14th in AP preseason poll

Five Big 12 teams ranked in top 14

The Kansas Jayhawks are ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press preseason poll released Saturday. KU is joined by four other Big 12 teams in the top 14: Oklahoma is fourth, Missouri is sixth, Texas is 11th and Texas Tech is 12th.

KU picked sixth in Big 12

The Kansas University soccer team was picked to finish sixth in the Big 12 by the league's coaches in the annual preseason poll, released by the conference office Friday. Texas was selected to finish first, garnering five first place votes and 94 total points.

OSU receiver sidelined

William Cole, a converted cornerback who had become a prospect to start at wide receiver for Oklahoma State, will miss this season because of a knee injury.

Bechard facing changing of guard

Over the past four years, Emily Brown had been the face of Kansas University volleyball. But in 2008, KU coach Ray Bechard will begin life without the Baldwin City native. And while Brown was an integral player on the court, Bechard already has prepped for the post-Brown era.

Several track and field stars departed

On the heels of easily the best year in program history, the 2008-09 Kansas University women's track and field team will have to overcome a lot of hurdles to reach the same bar as the 2007-08 season.

Dugan Arnett's KU football notebook

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino put months of speculation to rest Friday when he announced following the team's open practice that redshirt freshmen Jeff Spikes and Jeremiah Hatch will start at the Jayhawks' two vacant offensive tackles positions.

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Musicians jump on the KU bandwagon

Athletic success pumps up band

For the first time in a decade, the small but proud contingent of Marching Jayhawks has exceeded 200 members. Scott Weiss, Kansas University director of bands, said he was thrilled to see such a positive turnout. The Marching Jayhawks band, which has lagged behind other Big 12 schools in the number of students, had 239 show up for registration Friday. Last year, 177 musicians were in the athletic bands. Weiss has his theories for the increase.

Rowing team loaded with experience

Experience is big advantage when it comes to sports. Especially when it's in the leadership positions - like point guard in basketball or quarterback in football. Or in rowing, it's the coxswain.

Self prepares for Canada

The first day of school will be tougher than usual for Kansas University's men's basketball players this year. The 2008-09 Jayhawks on Thursday not only will attend class, but also begin pre-Canada trip training camp.

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QB security: Enabled

KU offensive tackle Spikes relishes starting opportunity

Things you would not realize by looking at Jeff Spikes, the monstrosity of an offensive lineman for the Kansas University football team: He is quite fluent in matters involving the saxophone. It's true. No lie. He started playing in sixth grade, realized that he liked it, and hasn't really stopped since. And he's good. In fact, if push came to shove, he says, he could grab the sax right here and now and provide teammates with a little post-practice entertainment.

Coach Bunge's outlook: 'I like what I see'

Tracy Bunge can't help but be optimistic about next spring and her 13th season as Kansas University's softball coach.

Keegan: Focus shifts to football

Now that the Royals are back to back to back to back to awful, surrendering four consecutive home runs in Thursday night's loss, nothing within miles qualifies as a decent way to capture the local sports fan's attention in the days leading up to the Kansas University football team's season opener Aug. 30 at Memorial Stadium against Florida International.

Price counting on ballyhooed recruits

Rarely one to avoid hyperbole, Ritch Price nonetheless raised more than a few eyebrows when he announced his group of signees.