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Afternoon

FINAL: Briscoe's 201 receiving yards lead KU to 42-21 Insight Bowl win

Reesing throws for 313 yards; Meier adds passing, receiving touchdowns

Early Morning

Good move after all

Secondary shakeup turns defense around

To many on the outside, it appeared such a desperate move, realigning the secondary in midseason in such a way that only one player, junior safety Darrell Stuckey, remained at the same position.

Gopher turnaround reminiscent of KU’s

Minnesota rebounded from a 1-11 record to 7-5 (so far) this season, a turnaround similar to KU's improvement from 2-10 in 2002 to at least six wins in all but one of the years since.

Evening

Jayhawks destroy Albany, 79-43

Cole Aldrich scored 20 points, grabbed six boards and blocked three shots, Tyrel Reed added 12 points off 3-of-5 shooting from three-point land and Kansas shredded Albany, 79-43, on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Appleton feeling more comfortable

Tyrone Appleton wore a big smile on his face as he signed autographs for 100 or so Kansas University basketball fans who were in no hurry to head home after Tuesday’s 79-43 rout of Albany in Allen Fieldhouse.

KU fans fill bars for Insight Bowl

Many believe KU is capping off what may be the greatest year in KU sports history.

Insight Bowl champion Jayhawks to return Thursday

The Kansas football team, fresh off of Wednesday night's 2008 Insight Bowl victory, will return home Thursday evening. The team plans to land at Forbes Field in Topeka around 4:20 p.m.

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McCray magic humbles Houston

Danielle McCray isn’t Houdini and she isn’t Mandrake or David Copperfield.

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FINAL: Briscoe's 201 receiving yards lead KU to 42-21 Insight Bowl win

Reesing throws for 313 yards; Meier adds passing, receiving touchdowns

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Kansas dogs Danes

Arizona loss sparks team meeting, leads to blowout victory

It wasn’t nearly as dramatic as February’s team meeting at Henry T’s Bar and Grill. You remember — the one held after Kansas University’s disappointing one-point men’s basketball loss at Oklahoma State. Hot wings and turkey club sandwiches were nowhere to be found as KU’s players lounged in the locker room before Saturday’s practice in Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks’ first workout following a three-day Christmas vacation.

Injury gives OU’s No. 3 back chance to shine

Madu latest Oklahoma backup to step up when starter knocked out

In recent years at Oklahoma, if one running back is injured, it seems there’s always another ready to take his place. Mossis Madu is the latest chapter in that Sooners story. Impressed with Madu’s talent, Oklahoma coaches spent much of the season trying to work him into the offense, but he was stuck on the depth chart behind the Sooners’ two primary backs, DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown.

Kansas women to entertain similar Houston squad today

Each team owns eight victories, and each boasts a standout performer. Kansas and Houston appear to be evenly matched going into their women’s basketball game on the final day of 2008. Houston, in fact, probably will be the Jayhawks’ toughest home opponent since they tangled with Iowa more than a month ago.

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Gopher turnaround reminiscent of KU’s

Minnesota rebounded from a 1-11 record to 7-5 (so far) this season, a turnaround similar to KU's improvement from 2-10 in 2002 to at least six wins in all but one of the years since.

Dugan Arnett’s Insight Bowl notebook

If there were any doubts about Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino’s appreciation for junior receiver Kerry Meier, they were dispelled Tuesday during the team’s final news conference before taking on Minnesota in today’s Insight Bowl.

KU vs. UMinn: Head to head

During conference play this season, Kansas running back Jake Sharp was third in the Big 12 in rushing and has compiled 796 yards on 170 carries. Since breaking out in a victory over Iowa State earlier this season, Sharp has been a focal point of the team’s offense, earning honorable-mention all-conference honors.

Prepare for erratic new year

Well, folks, that’s all you get of Kansas University men’s basketball in 2008. Tuesday night’s 73-49 dispatching of Albany in Allen Fieldhouse brought one of the most memorable years in school annals to an official close. What did we learn?

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Good move after all

Secondary shakeup turns defense around

To many on the outside, it appeared such a desperate move, realigning the secondary in midseason in such a way that only one player, junior safety Darrell Stuckey, remained at the same position.

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Longhorns leave snub behind

Texas players say there’s still plenty at stake in Fiesta Bowl matchup with Ohio State

The Fox Sports college football panel raised the subject a few minutes after revealing the final BCS standings. Texas would be a facing an “emotional hangover,” the group predicted, which qualified as part coachspeak, part pop psychology and part common sense.

Golden Gophers burrowed throughout Jayhawk staff

Minnesota, KU football teams facing off

The Insight Bowl pits the Kansas University Jayhawks against the Golden Gophers of the University of Minnesota, but local ties to the Twin Cities run deeper than a football game.Some Minnesota alumni are even teaching Jayhawks.

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Oregon runs past Oklahoma St.

Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli ran through and over Oklahoma State’s defense for three touchdowns and threw for another to lead the No. 15 Ducks to a 42-31 victory over the No. 13 Cowboys in a wild, record-setting Holiday Bowl on Tuesday night.

Reviled Albany center dismayed

Will Brown strolled down Massachusetts Street on Monday afternoon, looking for a long-sleeve Kansas University T-shirt for his 6-year-old son, Jackson. Brown, the eighth year head basketball coach of the University at Albany, stumbled upon Joe-College.Com at Seventh and Mass. Intrigued by the litany of shirts in the window, he went inside.

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KU familiar with Gophers’ spread

Just when the Kansas University football team thought it was done with these high-octane Big 12 offenses, just when players figured they could relax a little bit, play in the box, enjoy a little old-fashioned style of football — the kind they played before Mike Leach started hanging around the conference’s sidelines and 4,000-yard passing seasons became the norm — they find themselves matched up with Minnesota in the Insight Bowl.

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NU’s offense creates challenge for Clemson

The caveat — not to mention the compelling matchup in Thursday’s Gator Bowl — is that Clemson’s highly-ranked defense hasn’t faced an offense as prolific as Nebraska’s.

Gophers favored in omens

Omens leading up to the Insight Bowl seem to fall in Minnesota's favor, but the Jayhawks have better players and coaches.