Stories for August 20, 2008


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KU tops North Carolina for royalties title

Kansas has beaten North Carolina again, this time when it comes to proceeds from sales of officially licensed merchandise.

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Freshman Jayhawk basketball player gets court date after BB gun incident

KU coach Self: 'We take this matter very seriously'

An incoming Kansas University basketball player is accused of shooting an Airsoft rifle BB gun out of his university dorm room, possibly hitting a woman in the courtyard below, the KU Public Safety office said. Markieff Morris, 18, was issued a notice to appear in court after the incident, which the KU Public Safety office said occurred about 11:15 p.m. Saturday at Jayhawker Towers. According to a report from the KU Public Safety Office, Morris was suspected of using alcohol.

OSU to honor Thomas

Former Oklahoma State running back Thurman Thomas will be honored during the Bedlam football game this year as part of his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Keegan: Mangino faces decision

I know a guy who knows a guy who got his start in the college football coaching business as a spy. This is how the spy didn't do his job: He didn't wear a big red "S" on his forehead. He didn't wear a Groucho Marx nose, glasses and mustache set. He didn't carry a briefcase. This is how the spy did his job: He peeled back a few bills from the huge wad of cash one of the coaches paid him, purchased a round-trip airline ticket, and arrived in town mid-week, late enough that if he were spotted, the enemy couldn't redo its entire game plan.

Heels' Lawson pleads guilty

North Carolina basketball player Ty Lawson has pleaded guilty to underage drinking and driving.

New year, new faces motivate KU's Self

Nolan Richardson, who coached the University of Arkansas to an NCAA basketball championship in 1994, visited with the 2008 national title coach on Sunday at an auction to benefit the College Basketball Experience in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Richardson told Kansas University's Bill Self what he should expect in leading the Jayhawks the season after winning it all.

IU's Crean signs 10-year contract

Hoosiers coach's deal worth at least $23.6 million

New Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean received the job security he wanted, signing a 10-year contract worth at least $23.6 million.

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Finally his time

Russell a thankful participant in Beijing

As I reflect on the events of Aug. 8, I recall the lyrics of Mick Jagger. You can want something so bad in life, whether that be material things, wealth, happiness or, in my case, a life-long goal, but sometimes things get in the way and you don't achieve these things. I have felt this way for so long. When I missed qualifying for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, I felt like I was still too young and immature in this sport to be extremely upset. I was nowhere near my peak in terms of age, so I was not heartbroken.

Rivalries renewed: Ranking the biggest games in the Big 12 this fall

Five teams have legitimate shots of winning the Big 12 Conference this upcoming football season. All due respect to Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Baylor: It's just not going to happen this year. However, the conference looks as powerful as it's been since 2001, when the Associated Press ranked four Big 12 teams in the top 10.