It's a marquee day in Wildcat country. Fans and signs in Aggieville today celebrated K-State's big win over KU last night at Bramlage Coliseum.
The season-long goals remain, but the undefeated run is over for the Kansas men, and so is their winning streak in Manhattan.
Threes, Beas and B-Walk: that pretty much sums up Wednesday nights in Manhattan, Kansas. After dropping 24 straight games to Kansas in the Little Apple, Kansas State finally won one.
Tying up loose ends from Kansas' 84-75 loss to Kansas State, which snapped a 24-game win streak for the Jayhawks in Manhattan. Paced by three freshman scoring at least 20 points, K-State took over sole possesion of first place in the Big 12 standings at 5-0.
Superstar Kansas State freshman Michael Beasley and first-year coach Frank Martin still maintained that it was just another game, just another victory. Freshman Bill Walker, who contributed 22 points and five rebounds to the 84-75 upset victory against Kansas, couldn't have disagreed more.
The Streak is dead. Long live The Streak. "It's tough to take a loss here. It's tough to take a loss when we own a streak like that. It's really tough. Things happen," KU junior Brandon Rush said after the Jayhawks' 84-75 loss to Kansas State on Wednesday night at crazed Bramlage Coliseum.
Until now, we have relied mostly on large doses of symbolism and hope to convince us that Missouri's basketball program was headed in a new direction. Mike Anderson has been like a barnstorming preacher or a breathless politician selling prosperity to the impatient masses, yet mostly delivering uneven supplies of frustration and disappointment.
James Easter Heathman, who was 13 when he raced to a field near his family's central Kansas farm to find the plane crash that killed legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne, has died. He was 90.
Tom Izzo turned Michigan State into a national power, building his program upon a foundation of toughness. The eighth-ranked Spartans set a school record with a 51-41 victory over Illinois on Wednesday, but none of them were in the mood to celebrate.
Kansas State is feeling right at home on the road these days. The 18th-ranked Wildcats ended another opponent's long home winning streak Wednesday night, overcoming their coach's ejection and Marlies Gipson's foul trouble to beat Nebraska, 77-75, on Ashley Sweat's baseline drive with seven seconds left.
Notes from Wednesday's game at K-State.
Young 'Cats, yes. 'Fraidy Cats, not even close. Kansas State's freshman-driven slaying of second-ranked Kansas in front of a loud, proud Bramlage Coliseum crowd evoked memories of Michigan's Fab Five freshman class. The K-State rookies showed that much confidence, that much talent, that much savvy.
Texas A&M's confidence was sagging after a tough start to Big 12 play. Nothing like a victory over archrival Texas to get things back on track.
Mario Chalmers doesn't anticipate being caught off-guard by Jacob Pullen when Kansas University entertains Kansas State on March 1 in Allen Fieldhouse. Chalmers and the rest of the KU guards came to that resolution the hard way in Wednesday's 84-75 loss to KSU in Bramlage Coliseum.
The NCAA plans to ease restrictions on educational expenses for current student-athletes while setting aside $10 million to reimburse former athletes as part of a tentative class-action lawsuit settlement.
A former athletic manager for Hofstra University's football team claims in a federal discrimination lawsuit that players sexually harassed her repeatedly, including when an assistant coach played a sexually explicit movie on a team bus.
Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale chalked up the latest outing in a baffling stretch of basketball to a simple case of growing pains. Nyeshia Stevenson scored 15 points, Courtney Paris extended her double-double streak to 79 games and the 11th-ranked Sooners routed Kansas University's women's basketball team, 67-51 on Wednesday night, but it was a 25 in the turnover column that jumped off the stat sheet.
6Sports reporter Kevin Romary takes us on a tour of the new football facility at KU.
One Lawrence resident has been to every match-up between KU and K-State in Manhattan since the Jayhawks' winning streak began 24 years ago.
Until tonight, KU had taken a bite out of the Little Apple and defeated Kansas State in Manhattan every season for 24 years.
Manhattan - If streaks were meant to be broken, then the Jayhawks could take solace in having held off fate for this long. After 24 years of home court suffering, the Kansas State Wildcats ended a drought in Manhattan against in-state rival Kansas University, taking home a resounding 84-75 win in Bramlage Coliseum Wednesday night. Behind three freshmen, Kansas State did what no WIldcat team had done since 1983. Mike Beasley had 25 points and six rebounds, while Bill Walker supplied the 'Cats with 22 points and five boards. Point guard Jake Pullen stole the spotlight, though, with 20 points and four assists, including perfect 10-of-10 free throw shooting. Senior Clent Stewart also had 11 points.
Three days after a weekend brawl left his top scorer with a broken jaw, Missouri basketball coach Mike Anderson has suspended five players indefinitely. In a statement from the university, Anderson declined to indicate the reason for the discipline, calling the infractions a violation of team rules.
So much of the Sunflower Showdown pre-game chatter has focused on which Kansas University player will guard Kansas State's Michael Beasley, the nation's leading Player of the Year candidate.
Paul Showalter, retired Navy man living in Lawrence with wife Peggy, is determined to gain admission to tonight's big game in Bramlage Coliseum. "I may have to go up and stand on the corner with my finger in the air," Showalter said.
It was ear-splitting loud in Bramlage Coliseum for last year's Sunflower Showdown ... and that was two hours before tipoff. Then-Kansas State assistant coach Frank Martin's pep talk had purple-clad fans worked into a frenzy - cheers that continued throughout the Wildcats' 71-62 loss to rival Kansas University.
Bill Self will not mention "The Streak" to his Kansas University basketball players at morning shootaround or afternoon pre-game meal today. "I don't need to address that," Self, KU's fifth-year coach said, referring to KU's 24-game, 24-year win streak over Kansas State in the Little Apple that includes 19 victories in Bramlage Coliseum and five in old Ahearn Fieldhouse.
Kansas University's football team now has three known scholarships left to pass out this recruiting season. An extra one opened up after the coaching staff was forced to rescind its offer to Zach Stadther, according to Rivals.com.
Former West Virginia football coach Rich Rodriguez filed a $1.5 million letter of credit Tuesday, claiming that's the amount he owes the university after leaving for Michigan.
It turns out Tony Temple's career at Missouri is, in fact, over. Temple announced Tuesday he will give up on any further appeals for an extra year of eligibility and focus on readying himself for the NFL Draft.
Oklahoma defensive end John Williams was granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA on Tuesday, allowing him a sixth season of eligibility with the Sooners.
Takia Starks led Texas A&M with 18 points as the Aggies beat Missouri 62-43 on Tuesday. Starks hit three jumpers in the first four minutes as the Aggies jumped out to an 8-0 lead. Missouri turned the ball over 19 times in the first half as Texas A&M (15-6, 3-4 Big 12) coasted to a 36-23 halftime lead. The Aggies never trailed in the game.
Craig Brackins and Jiri Hubalek each scored 10 points and Iowa State beat Colorado 57-41 on Tuesday night to snap a two-game losing streak.
Chris Lofton and JaJuan Smith got hot from the outside in plenty of time to bail No. 7 Tennessee out of serious trouble.
Sade Morris vows she'll try to maintain a normal heartbeat. For the first time as a collegian, Morris, the second-leading scorer on Kansas University's women's basketball team, will be playing tonight in her hometown. "I'm trying not to make it any different than any other game," Morris said, "because I don't want to psych myself out."
The Kansas women's basketball team must take on one of the best players in the nation. On Wednesday, Bonnie's bunch travels to Oklahoma to take on Courtney Paris and the Sooners.
Two undefeateds remain in Big 12 play, and both call the state of Kansas home. Tomorrow the KU men make the drive west to Manhattan to battle with Kansas State at Bramlage Coliseum.
If Kansas wants to win #25 in a row in Manhattan, the Jayhawks will have to find a way to stop or at least contain Wildcats freshman phenom Michael Beasley.
Larry Smith, the emotional coach who led Southern California to the Rose Bowl three times and won 143 games with Tulane, Arizona, USC and Missouri, died Monday after a long bout with chronic lymphatic leukemia. He was 68.
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino released a statement Monday evening indicating he underwent medical testing for undisclosed reasons.
Another ranking, another loss for Saint Mary's. For the second time this season the Gaels lost in their first game after moving into the Associated Press' Top 25.
Taylor Griffin got wrapped up in a headlock and got slammed to the ground. Then he and his brother made sure Oklahoma got the last laugh.
Missouri guard Stefhon Hannah, the team's leading scorer, remained hospitalized Monday with a broken jaw after a weekend brawl outside a downtown nightclub. The senior is expected to miss at least four to six weeks and could be out for the rest of the season.
Michael Beasley's boasts do not bother Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin, whose Wildcats now will have to back up the freshman phenom's guarantee of victory against Kansas University on Wednesday night. "Do you think Darrell Arthur will become a better player because of what Michael says? Do you think Kansas will become a better team because of what Michael says? They are competing for a national championship. Do you think that will make them better?" Martin said forcefully Monday.
It happened exactly a quarter of a century ago, and it hasn't happened since. On Jan. 29, 1983, Kansas State's men's basketball team trimmed Kansas, 58-57, in cacophonus and claustrophobic Ahearn Fieldhouse on the K-State campus - the Wildcats' last victory over KU in their own bailiwick.
Darnell Jackson said after Saturday's 84-49 Kansas University men's basketball victory over Nebraska that it takes more than one player to beat a team. The 'one player' to which the Jayhawk forward was referring was Kansas State's Ã¼ber-talented freshman forward, Michael Beasley. In the Wildcats' eyes, though, they see themselves as more than one player.
Memphis made it to a second week as No. 1. The Tigers led the Associated Press' college basketball poll Monday, doubling their only other stint as a top-ranked team. In January 1983, Memphis went to No. 1 and lost hours later.
According the Kansas head men's basketball coach Bill Self, the Jayhawks' current win streak of 20-0 isn't as impressive as the end of the 2005-06 season's 15-1 run.
KU players fended off questions regarding KSU freshman Michael Beasley's comments that the Wildcats would beat the Jayhawks at Bramlage, in Allen Fieldhouse and even in Africa.
For Bonnie Henrickson and the Kansas women's basketball team, the first six games of the Big 12 season haven't gone according to plan.
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino released a statement Monday evening indicating that he underwent medical testing this week in Lawrence. "I underwent some tests over the past couple of days at Lawrence Memorial Hospital," Mangino said. "These are tests that I had put off until after the season. The tests have been completed, I'm fine and I'll be back in the office and recruiting starting tomorrow."
The message on the card attached to a bouquet of red roses was simple, yet eloquent. "We all love you and miss you. Still."
For a change, the best player in the Sunflower Showdown wears purple and white, instead of crimson and blue. An argument could be made that the second-best player does, as well. Kansas State's Michael Beasley and Bill Walker, both classified as freshmen and both already built like NBA veterans, have combined for 41.1 points and 19.3 rebounds. Both men were recruited to Manhattan by Bob Huggins and play for first-year coach Frank Martin.
The Streak continues for another year. Not Kansas University's 24-game winning streak against Kansas State in men's basketball in Manhattan. That's still to be decided, with the latest edition of the Sunflower Showdown set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bramlage Coliseum. It's KU's 24-year uninterrupted stretch of working with Special Olympians that continued Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Facing its biggest deficit of the season in a hostile environment, No. 4 Duke showed its resilience in denying Maryland another upset. DeMarcus Nelson scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half, Gerald Henderson added 23, and the Blue Devils rallied to beat the Terrapins, 93-84, Sunday night.
Marlies Gipson had a season-high 21 points and 16 rebounds, and Kimberly Dietz hit four three-pointers in the second half to help No. 22 Kansas State win its ninth straight game, beating No. 14 Oklahoma State, 68-63, on Sunday.
Shots were flying in all directions. They hit the rim, they hit the backboard. They seemingly hit everything but the bottom of the net until Leandro Barbosa got going early in the fourth quarter and buried the Bulls again.
Missouri senior point guard Stefhon Hannah was in serious condition at University Hospital Sunday night, a hospital representative told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Scott David Webb, 23, a Kansas University senior and kicker for the 2007 Jayhawk football team, was arrested Saturday on a failure to appear charge. He was originally issued a notice to appear in Municipal Court for having a dog at large on Oct. 30. He failed to appear in court on that charge.
The Kansas University women's basketball team took on Texas A&M Saturday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
The result of Nebraska's rematch with KU on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse isn't exactly what the Huskers were looking for.
The day of basketball entertainment started in Allen Fieldhouse and finished inside Bramlage Coliseum. The focus for Nebraska, as usual, was to get the ball inside to its best player, Aleks Maric. Kansas didn't let that happen.
Kansas State freshman phenom Michael Beasley has been telling anybody and everybody who'll listen that the Wildcats will halt Kansas University's 24-game winning streak in Manhattan this season. "We're gonna beat KU at home. We're gonna beat 'em at their house. We're gonna beat 'em in Africa. Wherever we play we're gonna beat 'em," Beasley said at a summertime Catbacker function.
As many 21s as came up for Texas A&M, the Aggies should have spent the rest of the night at the blackjack table. A&M's women's basketball team forced 21 turnovers and grabbed 21 offensive rebounds in dispatching Kansas University, 58-51, on Saturday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Tom Younger of Victoria held a sign that read: "Jayhawk Fan for 66 years: First game in fieldhouse." Younger, 75, attended with five friends who made the long trip via limo.
Late in the second half, Nebraska University's best basketball player, 6-foot-11 center Aleks Maric, pulled up from 18 feet and heaved a prayer toward the basket. By that point, it was really all he had.
Brandon Rush insists he doesn't see red when he takes the court against Nebraska's basketball team. "I've got nothing against Nebraska," Rush, Kansas University's 6-foot-6 junior guard, said, indicating he's as fired up to play the Cornhuskers as any other Big 12 squad. Then how does he explain hitting five of seven threes and scoring 17 points in Saturday's 84-49 rout of the Big Red just two weeks after sinking an identical five of seven from beyond the arc and scoring 19 points in a 21-point victory in Lincoln?
Junior co-captain Danielle Herrmann and junior Maria Mayrovich each recorded three event victories as the Kansas Unviersity's swimming and diving team defeated Iowa, 144-89, Saturday at the Missouri Aquatics Center Saturday. KU improved its record to 6-2 (1-1 Big 12).
John Calipari knew his Memphis Tigers would need a little jolt right about now. That's why he wanted to play Gonzaga at this point of the season. He got what he hoped for from the Bulldogs.And his top-ranked Tigers still won.
Now Kansas State can focus on Kansas University. After an 82-57 dismantling of Iowa State on Saturday, Kansas State freshman Bill Walker admitted it was a relief to finally be able to concentrate on the No. 2 Jayhawks.
Any victory would do for No. 18 Texas A&M just a few days after losing the game that wouldn't end. Dominique Kirk hit the go-ahead free throws with 44 seconds left, and the Aggies snapped their three-game losing streak by beating Oklahoma State, 59-56, in a game that was anything but pretty.
Blake Griffin clenched his fists, looked up and let out a loud scream. One of triumph, not pain.
Colorado set the tempo and the tone, so the Missouri Tigers turned to their pressure defense to secure their first road win of the season.
Bob Knight got a standing ovation and a rousing cheer from Texas fans for getting his 900th victory earlier this season.
Angela Tisdale stood in the backcourt letting the clock wind down a bit. When the time was right, Baylor's smallest player and lone senior blew by a defender and drove all the way through the lane for a layup.
Texas A&M was just 20-of-61 from the floor, but KU couldn't capitalize, as lack of scoring punch again appeared as a bugaboo for the Jayhawks. Danielle McCray, KU's leading scorer, played 39 minutes, but was just 4-of-14 from the floor, finishing with a team-high 11 points. Sade Morris and LaChelda Jacobs each scored 10, but the two combined for 11 of KU's 21 turnovers.
Tying up loose ends from the Jayhawks' throttling of Nebraska, sweeping the season series from the Huskers and helping set the stage for a showdown Wednesday between the only two teams left who are undefeated in Big 12 play (KU and K-State, FYI).
Now it's official: Kansas University will head to Bramlage Wednesday night not just protecting an unscathed record in the Manhattan arena, but also a 20-0 record for the 2007-08 season. For the second time this month, KU took off right from go and ended up throttling its neighbor to the north, besting Nebraska 84-49 Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. Darrell Arthur was efficient yet again despite tweaking a calf muscle in practice Tuesday, scoring 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting. The sophomore forward also had seven rebounds. Brandon Rush scored 17 for the Jayhawks, including a 5-of-7 showing from three-point range. Darnell Jackson (13 points) and Sherron Collins (10 points) were the only other Jayhawks to notch double figures as KU improved to 5-0 in Big 12 play.
More than three weeks after the Orange Bowl and almost two months after the Kansas-Missouri football game in Arrowhead Stadium, the Kansas University Athletic Department still has not provided details about revenue and expenses connected to the two games.
At his first news conference in Columbia, Mo., after his team's Cotton Bowl victory, Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel was asked if he would be interested in continuing to play the series with Kansas University in Arrowhead Stadium beyond the current two-year contract that expires after the 2008 game.
Kansas University senior guard Rodrick Stewart, who averaged 17.1 minutes per game during the nonconference season, is down to 8.0 minutes in four league contests. But hey ... who's counting? Not team player Stewart, that is for sure. "This is bigger than me. It's not about me," Stewart said simply.
A steady, sometimes spectacular basketball big man, Aleks Maric figures to make some money playing the game he loves. "Nobody has told me that," Maric, the University of Nebraska's 6-foot-11, 275-pound senior center, said of being a "lock" for the NBA.
Ever wonder what became of Bryce Drew, the Valparaiso player you see every March, hitting that buzzer-beating three-point shot against Mississippi in the 1998 NCAA Tournament? He's the busiest man in college basketball. Not only does he have to perform the duties of a Division I assistant coach for Valparaiso University, he also has to find time to fulfill his passion as No. 1 long-distance fan of Baylor University basketball.
Any hole left by the departure of assistant coach Tim Beck may have been filled nicely. Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino announced Friday the hiring of David Beaty to replace Beck. Beaty, 37, served as wide-receivers coach at Rice for the last two seasons.
The price of watching Kansas University's football team just went up. KU released football-ticket prices for the 2008 season and an online "priority points special" on Friday.
Four races into her Kansas University track-and-field career, junior Nickesha Anderson has set four records.
Go figure Texas A&M. Tapped as the preseason favorite by Big 12 Conference women's basketball coaches, the Aggies are off to a surprising 1-4 start in league games.
Southern California freshman O.J. Mayo violated an NCAA rule by accepting free tickets from Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony to an NBA game, but his punishment won't include missing games.
Two Texas A&M football players accused of tying up and mugging a drug dealer at gunpoint have been indicted on felony robbery charges, the district attorney's office said.
The Kansas Indoor Track and Field team was in action on Friday at the Anschutz Sports Pavilion.
The Jayhawks and Huskers played just two weeks ago. On that night, KU hammered NU by 21 in Lincoln. Preparing for Doc Sadler's team this time around should be much easier. After all, the game plan from matchup number one is still fresh on the minds of the 'Hawks.
Beaty replaces Tim Beck, who took a job at Nebraska. He will coach the wide receivers. KU plucked Beaty from Rice University, where he coached the Owls' wide receivers for two seasons. One of his prized pupils was All-American Jarett Dillard.
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino will be featured on a 30-minute television special devoted to the 2007 Bear Bryant Coach of the Year, which Mangino won.
Popular perception is Kansas University's basketball team has flown "under the radar" this season despite being undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the country. That's changing with each and every victory, of course.
After Arizona beat No. 6 Washington State, 76-64, on Thursday night, Wildcats sophomore Chase Budinger dismissed the notion that his team had pulled off an upset. "I think we can beat anyone in the country right now," said Budinger, who scored 22 points.
Three years later, it certainly looks like Alex Galindo made a pretty fair trade when he gave up the tradition at Kansas University for the opportunity at Florida International. True, the Sun Belt Conference is not the Big 12. True, FIU hasn't enjoyed a winning season since the 1999-00 campaign. And, true, the crowds for home games in Pharmed Arena aren't quite as plentiful as those in Allen Fieldhouse. Program prestige isn't everything, though.
The Kansas Quarterback Club will play host to a special gathering on Feb. 7 to review the KU football team's 2008 recruiting class.
Southern California coach Tim Floyd has taken the blame for a possible NCAA rules violation by freshman standout O.J. Mayo.
It took five overtimes, but Baylor stayed perfect on Wednesday night by beating Texas A&M to join KU at the top of the Big 12.
When Iowa State decided to tighten the defense on KU's guards Wednesday night, the Jayhawks took over in the paint.
Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 20 points, Derrick Rose added 19 points, and top-ranked Memphis beat pesky Tulsa, 56-41, Wednesday night.
Curtis Jerrells sat down, slumped his shoulders and exhaled audibly. "I'm tired," he said. No one could blame him after he scored a career-high 36 points in 53 minutes of No. 25 Baylor's 116-110 five-overtime win over No. 18 Texas A&M on Wednesday night.
Danny Manning, who works with Kansas University's big men every day, likes to kid fun-loving senior power forward Darnell Jackson. "I tease him all the time: 'Darnell you ever gonna get a double- double?''' Manning said Monday night in subbing for Bill Self as guest host on Self's weekly Hawk Talk radio show.
Title forfeit: Darrell Arthur's alma mater will forfeit its 2005-06 Texas high school state basketball championship. Dallas TV station WFAA reported that former South Oak Cliff player Kendrake Johnigan should have been academically ineligible for the 2006 regional and state tournaments.
Individuals seek physical balance through weight-lifting and aerobic exercise. They seek emotional balance through methods as diverse as yoga and psychological counseling. Nutritionists preach the importance of balanced meals. Rare is the individual who can maintain balance. Why? Because it's extremely difficult.
Sherron Collins, who missed six games after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot, likely would be missing some time right now due to a right ankle sprain ... if he weren't so tough.
It's so cruel. Iowa State's men's basketball team arrived at Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday and pretty much knew it only had two options once the game with Kansas University tipped off. Option one: Drink this poison and hope it doesn't kill you. Option two: Drink that poison and hope it doesn't kill you. Disclaimer: Both of them probably are going to kill you.
Kansas University's football coaching staff officially made another transition Wednesday, when the poorly kept secret of Clint Bowen's promotion to defensive coordinator was announced. Bowen will replace Bill Young, who will be defensive coordinator at Miami. KU coach Mark Mangino, as familiar with Bowen as anybody, was quick to give the 35-year old Lawrence native a promotion.
Kansas University's baseball team has added a pair of pitchers, coach Ritch Price announced Wednesday. Junior lefties Sam Freeman (North Central Texas) and Daniel Manos (Santa Ana, Calif.) have both transferred to Kansas from junior colleges.
Southern California freshman standout O.J. Mayo might have violated an NCAA rule by accepting free tickets to Monday night's NBA game between Denver and the Los Angeles Lakers from Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony.
New Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini's contract is for five years and pays a base salary of $1.1 million annually. The contract was made public Wednesday.
Tying up loose ends from KU's 19th straight win to open the 2007-08 season. This one, an 83-59 win over Iowa State, improved the Jayhawks to a perfect 4-0 in league play. Darnell Jackson led the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds, good for his first double-double of the season, as the Jayhawks outscored the Cyclones in the paint 42-16.
Just ten days into the 2008 Big 12 conference men's basketball season, and only three unbeatens remain. This evening 2-1 Iowa State hopes to become the first team to knock off the Jayhawks.
The numbers are downright ridiculous. On the season, the undefeated Kansas men have the best scoring margin average in the nation at plus 24 points a game. Break it down, and the Jayhawks average 83 points while giving out just 59.
After winning in a game Saturday where Missouri tried to speed things up, Kansas University was able to garner the same result Wednesday night against a team which did the exact opposite. Darnell Jackson and Darrell Arthur combined for 37 points on combined 17-of-27 shooting as the Jayhawks won round one of the two-game season series with Iowa State 83-59 Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
One of the best rebounders in the Big 12 Conference, Wesley Johnson was moved from forward to shooting guard for his sophomore season at Iowa State University. The shift was not designed to give the 6-foot-7, 210-pound Johnson - who grabbed a team-leading 244 boards last year (sixth best mark by a freshman in Big 12 history) - more room to maneuver on the court. It was out of necessity.
One of these days, when Russell Robinson returns to his old haunts in The Bronx, he won't be surprised if a former nemesis approaches him with basketball in hand. "I've not seen him in a couple years. I heard he was asking about me when I went back to New York. He never found me," Robinson, Kansas University's senior point guard, said of ex-Iowa State standout Curtis Stinson.
Gee, if only Julian Wright hadn't left early for the NBA. Admit it. You thought you might be uttering those words sometime during this Kansas University men's basketball season. Instead, the Jayhawks have missed Wright about as much as they've missed a shot putter on the roster.
Jason Jones, an assistant at Tulsa, has been hired as the secondary coach at Oklahoma State.
Once again, points proved to be at a painful premium for Kansas University's women's basketball team. After racing out to an early advantage Tuesday against Colorado, the Jayhawks found it strangely difficult to keep putting the ball in the basket. It led to a second-half slump and a 59-41 loss at the Coors Events Center, KU's second-lowest scoring output of the season.
The Kansas University men's basketball team ranks second in the nation in field goal percentage with a .516 mark, behind Boise State's .522 accuracy rate.
"Billyball" may have finally arrived at Kentucky. Patrick Patterson scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Wildcats knocked off No. 3 Tennessee 72-66 on Tuesday night.
The Jayhawks (12-6 overall, 1-4 Big 12) led 18-8 at the 8:20 mark in the first half after freshman Nicollette Smith cashed one of her two three-pointers on the night. But Colorado (13-5, 2-4) then went on a 13-0 run over the next 4:59 and never looked back.
The similarities between the Kansas women's basketball team and the Colorado women are too many to ignore. This season the Jayhawks and the Buffaloes are both 12-5 overall and 1-3 in conference.
It wasn't pretty, but it was a win: something not all great Kansas basketball teams can say about visiting Columbia, Missouri. The '01-02 and '02-03 teams also won at Mizzou, and they both advanced to the Final Four.
Depending on which way you look at it, the Kansas women's basketball team is either in a tie for 6th in the Big 12, or in a tie for 12th. It's hard to believe that four games in, seven conference squads have identical lead records of 1-3.
Bill Self's squad returns to Allen Fieldhouse tomorrow night to battle Iowa State. The Cyclones have been one of the peskiest foes for the Jayhawks in recent years.
Jeremiah Rivers spent the final seconds of overtime with a hand in Jonny Flynn's face. No surprise there. After all, Rivers had been making life rough for the Syracuse freshman for the last 15 minutes of the game.
Memphis replaced North Carolina as the No. 1 team in college basketball Monday, the Tigers' first appearance in 25 years at the top of the Associated Press poll.
With Texas struggling on offense, D.J. Augustin showed why he's the Longhorns' leader. The sophomore point guard scored the 12th-ranked Longhorns' final 10 points Monday night, leading them to a 63-61 victory over Oklahoma State.
A No. 2 national ranking in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN college basketball polls satisfies Kansas University's players ... for now. "If I had my way, I'd rather be 2. When you are 1, there's nowhere to go but down," KU senior Russell Robinson said Monday after learning Memphis moved from No. 2 to 1 and KU from No. 3 to 2 two days after top-ranked North Carolina's loss to Maryland.
It appears that Clint Bowen will become the Kansas University football team's next defensive coordinator. The Sporting News, citing an unidentified source, said that Bowen - the best guess to replace outgoing coordinator Bill Young - indeed is the guy, and a source confirmed it to the Journal-World on Monday. Bowen has worked as co-defensive coordinator under Young for the last two seasons.
For all the things to marvel at on this undefeated Kansas University basketball team, Darnell Jackson working so hard and still finding the time to smile so often on the court ranks near the top.
Norm Chow, who tutored a pair of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks at Southern California, is returning as offensive coordinator at crosstown rival UCLA. Chow, fired last week by the Tennessee Titans, joins the staff of new UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel.
Baylor coach Art Briles completed his staff Monday by adding former UCLA assistant Dino Babers as outside receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.
Bucknell men's basketball coach Pat Flannery has been reprimanded and will be suspended for one game for arguing a call during Friday's game against Holy Cross.
Oregon State interim basketball coach Kevin Mouton's first act as Beavers' coach on Monday was to kick C.J. Giles off the team. Mouton, who took over for Jay John, who was fired, said former Kansas University forward Giles likely will transfer to a Div. II school or try to play pro basketball.
Talk about a logjam. Four games into the Big 12 Conference women's basketball race, and seven of the dozen teams are sitting on identical 1-3 records. Two of those seven - Kansas and Colorado - will tangle tonight in Boulder, Colo. Tipoff will be at 8 p.m. (Lawrence time) in the Coors Events Center.
North Carolina's loss is Kansas' gain, but only by one spot. Memphis claims the top spot this week in both college national basketball polls, just a handful of points ahead of KU thanks to Maryland's win at UNC.
It's safe to say the Kansas men had to grind out a victory against Missouri this weekend. The Jayhawks and Tigers traded the lead 10 times at Mizzou Arena, with KU coming out on top by a 76-70 final.
Jim Calhoun needed a way to get his team's attention after a bad home loss. He simply wrote down the rest of the schedule. It worked like a charm.
Kansas University's undefeated men's basketball team has proven it can win blowout games, outscoring 18 opponents 83.3 to 59.0 for a nation's-best scoring margin of 24.3. Saturday night, the Jayhawks showed for the fourth time in 2007-08 they can win nail-biters as well.
He was named All-Pro nine times. He blocked for Jim Brown, the greatest football player ever, and for Otto Graham, one of the game's most famous quarterbacks. He was inducted into the pro football Hall of Fame.
Rich Rodriguez agreed to six-year deal worth $2.5 million annually when he left West Virginia last month for Michigan.
Kansas University's football team received a commitment on Sunday from one of its top remaining targets. Jocques Crawford, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound running back originally from Memphis, Tenn., gave the Jayhawks an oral commitment after taking an official visit this weekend, according to Rivals.com.
North Carolina spent the first two months of the season looking every bit like the nation's top-ranked team. Things have gotten much tougher now that the Tar Heels are starting Atlantic Coast Conference play.
Angela Tisdale scored a career-high 35 points and directed the sixth-ranked Bears' decisive run in an 84-73 victory against No. 11 Oklahoma on Sunday. The win snapped Baylor's six-game losing streak to Oklahoma.
Not long ago, they were carrying him onto airplanes. David Padgett couldn't bend either of his knees, so a couple of his Louisville teammates had to hoist the 6-foot-11 forward up the steps, squeeze him through the front door and cart him to the rear of the Cardinals' charter, where he could stretch out across three seats.
Yesterday the Kansas track & field team hosted their annual Kansas Invitational.
Yesterday on senior day the Kansas swim team hosted the Nebraska Cornhuskers, looking to improve to 5-3 on the year.
The Kansas women yesterday afternoon won their home half of the Border Showdown against the Missouri Tigers.
Yesterday afternoon as the Kansas Jayhawks prepared for their first installment of this year's Border Showdown, Roy Williams and the #1-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels suffered their season's first blemish.
Senior forward David Hoskins will undergo surgery on his left knee and not play this season, Kansas State announced Saturday.
Little doubt the wind that waves the wheat on Kansas University's women's basketball team is Danielle McCray. Stop McCray, and you stop the Jayhawks. "That's what teams are doing now," said McCray, KU's leading scorer and rebounder. "But teams can't do that for 40 minutes. They won't be able to stop me for 40 minutes."
KU senior Russell Robinson had to leave the game early in the second half for a short spell.
A little home-field advantage made for quite an entertaining day for Kansas University's track and field team Saturday at Anshutz Pavilion. KU athletes gushed over the pumped-up crowd of Jayhawk faithful at the Kansas Invitational.
Southern California's two freshmen were better than UCLA's one.
With the No. 1 ranking in sight, the Memphis Tigers wanted to seize the opportunity.
A whopping 52 personal fouls were whistled Saturday night during Kansas University's 76-70 victory against Missouri in Mizzou Arena.
Kimberly Dietz scored 18 points, and Kansas State rallied to beat No. 25 Colorado, 67-60, Saturday night.
Bo Pelini's new contract to coach at Nebraska is a multiyear deal worth more than $1 million a year, a newspaper reported on Saturday.
Despite a standout college career at Utah State, Kevin Robinson was virtually unknown to most football fans.
Kansas State's first home victory over a Top-10 opponent in almost four years may have gone a long way toward answering the question of whether Frank Martin can coach.
Bambale Osby dropped to the court with his hands covering his face. He knew his basket had given Maryland the lead late. He heard the horn as North Carolina's final desperation shot clanged off the rim.
When Kansas University's undefeated basketball team tipped it off Saturday night against rival Missouri, four top-15 teams had been knocked off earlier in the day by unranked opponents.
Yes, Kansas University's basketball players knew No. 1-ranked North Carolina lost to Maryland on Saturday afternoon, hours before the Jayhawks' game against their Border War rival, underdog Missouri.
Bundled up in his winter garb, a white and blue Kansas University stocking cap covering his ears, Brandon Rush was in a hurry to head out into the bitter cold and board the team bus Saturday night outside Mizzou Arena. "I'm going to go text my brother. I will say I got him : again," Rush said with a grin.
Junior co-captain Danielle Herrmann set Robinson Natatorium records in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, and Kansas University's swimming and diving team won all 16 events in a 197-99 victory over Nebraska on Saturday.
Tying up loose ends from KU's grinder of a win Saturday night in Columbia. Neither team shot the ball particularly well, but the Jayhawks were able to get to the free throw line enough late in the game to hold off the Tigers and improve to 3-0 in league play.
COLUMBIA, Mo. - It certainly wasn't pretty, but the Kansas University men's basketball team found a way in the second half to avoid the fate suffered by fellow Top-5 residents North Carolina and UCLA Saturday, knocking off Missouri 76-70 in Mizzou Arena. The Tigers jumped out to a 7-1 lead right off the bat on the Jayhawks, but KU fought back with a 9-2 run and from there, it was a slugfest until the closing minutes. Darnell Jackson and Darrell Arthur played much of the second half in foul trouble in a game ruled by an abundance of whistles.
Behind 15 points and 12 rebounds from sophomore forward Danielle McCray, the Kansas University women's basketball team broke into the Big 12 win column Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse, knocking off Missouri 66-60.
The latest edition of the Border War features two undefeated teams tonight. Well, sort of. There's No. 3-ranked Kansas with its sparking overall record of 17-0 and unranked Missouri, a perfect 10-0 - at Mizzou Arena. That 10-0 mark includes last Saturday's 97-84 win over then-No. 12 Texas.
Julian Wright and his Kansas University basketball teammates looked up at the videoboard in Mizzou Arena. They could not believe their eyes.
As Kansas University and Missouri renew an intense rivalry tonight in Columbia, Mo., a basketball game tips off in Des Moines, Iowa, featuring another coach with strong ties to Lawrence trying to extend a long winning streak.
Former Kansas University standout James McClinton is in Houston for today's East-West Shrine Game. But after a scary incident earlier this week, he won't be playing. McClinton suffered a seizure on Monday - the second time he's had one in the last year - and was held out of football this week for precautionary reasons.
Kentucky offensive coordinator Joker Phillips will eventually become the Wildcats' head coach following Rich Brooks' retirement.
Former Kansas University and NFL defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield pleaded guilty Friday to lying to investigators in the BALCO steroids case, making him the first football player charged in the long-running federal investigation.
Even when the odds are against you, you have to keep fighting for your dream. That's the message a Kansas University football player had for South Junior High School students Friday.
Hey, college basketball fans, there's more than one Border War skirmish today. The women's teams will rumble, too. "There's never a bad time to play Missouri because of the rivalry and intensity involved," Kansas University coach Bonnie Henrickson said. "Hopefully, we'll get a nice crowd."
Former Kansas and NFL defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield pleaded guilty to lying to investigators in the Balco steroid case.
One week into the Big 12 conference men's basketball season, and only three unbeatens remain in league play. KU's opponent tomorrow, the Missouri Tigers, had a change, but MU blew it on Wednesday night against Ohio State.
After helping the Kansas University football team win the Orange Bowl, Darrell Stuckey, a KU sophomore and football safety, has proved hard work and perseverance pay off.
Bad news for Kansas defensive lineman James McClinton: he suffered a minor seizure on Monday in Houston where he was preparing to play in the annual East-West Shrine game.
You take a basketball team with the vast proclivities of Kansas, which includes a senior quarterback the caliber of Russell Robinson, and, mercy sakes, you just might have yourself a national collegiate champion.North Carolina? UCLA? KU without any new injuries is clearly on a par with both of them, and these three are clearly the pick of the 2008 litter, Memphis with its softer schedule be damned.
Kansas coach Mark Mangino won the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award on Thursday as the college football coach of the year.
Kansas University's softball team has been projected to finish ninth in this season's Big 12 Conference softball race. In a vote of league coaches, the Jayhawks were predicted to wind up ahead of only Iowa State in the 10-team league.
Not about to leave his cozy apartment on a bitterly cold, snowy Wednesday evening, Russell Robinson chose to watch a marquee college basketball game on TV. Not a Big 12 battle between Missouri and Iowa State, but an ACC clash between No. 1 North Carolina and upset-minded Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
Cedric Jackson scored 14 points as Cleveland State, a program in disarray for most of the past 20 years, stunned No. 12 Butler 56-52 on Thursday night for the Vikings' first regular-season win over an AP Top 25 team.
With a blanket of snow covering Lawrence on Thursday, Kansas University defensive coordinator Bill Young was dreaming of the sunshine. "I like palm trees and beaches," Young said. He'll get his share now.
Before entering Missouri, Jayhawks beware.
Some members of the KU men's basketball game choose to watch fellow undefeated North Carolina on Wednesday night rather than their next opponent, the Missouri Tigers.
Only paperwork stands in the way of Kansas football's defensive coordinator, Bill Young, accepting a coaching job at the University of Miami.
History is against KU when an undefeated Kansas basketball team travels to play an unranked Missouri team in Columbia. Despite that, the Jayhawks are looking forward to the trip.
A bill proposed in the Missouri Senate would make the Kansas Jayhawk the official game bird of the "Show Me" state.
Kansas University defensive coordinator Bill Young confirmed to the Journal-World that he is in line to become defensive coordinator at Miami. The official announcement is awaiting the processing of paperwork. "It's a new challenge," Young told the Journal-World. "Sometimes as a coach, you need that." Young said it's not a done deal because of paperwork that needs to be completed. He said details of a contract have not been finalized. He will replace Tim Walton, who was fired last month by Miami head coach Randy Shannon.
Bob Knight reached another milestone. Texas Tech beat No. 10 Texas A&M, 68-53, on Wednesday night, the Hall of Fame coach's 900th career victory.
Oklahoma State coach Sean Sutton says freshman James Anderson likely won't miss any basketball games because of an ankle injury.
Andrea Riley scored 19 points, and Taylor Hardeman matched her season high with 16 points to help No. 18 Oklahoma State rout Missouri, 76-41, on Wednesday night.
The college basketball polls have North Carolina ranked No. 1, Memphis No. 2 and Kansas No. 3. They are the only remaining undefeated NCAA Division I schools. Unlike in college football, a tournament is in place to crown the champion, but that won't happen until April 7. The schools will not have a chance to play each other unless it happens in the NCAA Tournament, perhaps in the Final Four in San Antonio.
Cole Aldrich realizes he's not playing as many minutes as several of his McDonald's All-America Game contemporaries. Does that fact bother Kansas University's 6-foot-11, 240-pound big man from Bloomington, Minn.? Not in the least.
Off to its first 3-0 start in the Big 12, Baylor is in uncharted territory.
Hold it, Hurricanes. Kansas University defensive coordinator Bill Young, who has been on coach Mark Mangino's football staff since 2002, denied a published report Wednesday that he already has accepted a deal to be defensive coordinator at Miami.
Greg McMackin was hired as Hawaii's football coach Wednesday after serving as its defensive coordinator last season on a team that went undefeated until losing the Sugar Bowl.
Former Texas quarterback Major Applewhite is rejoining the Longhorns as an assistant coach, Texas announced Wednesday night, leaving his current job as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Alabama.
North Carolina usually does its best work at the offensive end. This time, it was a defensive play that kept the top-ranked Tar Heels perfect.
West Virginia University's lawsuit against Rich Rodriguez was transferred to federal court on Wednesday because the former Mountaineers coach had moved to Michigan when it was filed.
The Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team will travel to Columbia on Saturday to take on rival Missouri.
The Kansas University women's basketball team's rough start to the Big 12 slate got no smoother Wednesday night, as No. 6 Baylor slugged Bonnie Henrickson's squad 59-35 in Waco, Texas.
Kansas University defensive coordinator Bill Young denied a published report stating he accepted a job at Miami on Wednesday. "I haven't accepted a job anywhere," Young said when reached Wednesday evening.
Columbia, Mo. is the perfect place for junior guard Brandon Rush to continue his torrid conference shooting stretch.
In 2002, they led Dirk Wedd's team to a 8-3 record and a spot in the Class 6A Semi-finals. Five years later, they helped Mark Mangino's squad to a 12-1 record and an Orange Bowl win. Coincidence? Certainly not! Kevin Romary takes a look at the careers of Brian Seymour and Brandon McAnderson.
The Kansas University women's basketball team's rough start to the Big 12 slate got no smoother Wednesday night, as No. 6 Baylor slugged Bonnie Henrickson's squad 59-35 in Waco, Texas. The Jayhawks drop to 0-3 in conference play and 11-5 overall.
Kansas University defensive coordinator Bill Young denied a published report stating he accepted a job at Miami on Wednesday. "I haven't accepted a job anywhere," Young said when reached Wednesday evening.
Back-to-back Big 12 Conference defeats don't mean Bonnie Henrickson is reaching for the button with the capital P on it.
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self was relieved Tuesday to learn Oklahoma freshman forward Blake Griffin would not need surgery on his injured left knee. "It's great news in what could potentially have been a terrible situation. It's not good, but better than what it could have been," Self said, commenting on reports Griffin will be out up to four weeks after suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament five minutes into Monday's 85-55 victory over the Sooners in Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas University athletics officials have scheduled a free public event to celebrate the football team's Orange Bowl victory.
I'm like most of the rest of you. I watch Kansas University's multi-talented men's basketball team on television. This, of course, has been an adjustment after covering the Jayhawks in person for nearly four decades. Sure, I miss the fieldhouse buzz and all that, but that's not really the biggest change.
One of the most intriguing positions Kansas is pursuing in the final weeks of recruiting is running back, with the loss of Brandon McAnderson to graduation still on the minds of KU coaches.
Kansas University student-athletes earned a combined 2.93 grade-point average during the 2007 fall semester, setting an athletic-department record for a fall semester.
Untrained observers might have wondered how Texas could have defeated two top-10 teams in November and be ranked as high as No. 4 without Kevin Durant, unequivocally the best player in college basketball last season.
Tyrelle Blair blocked five shots against Miami, and that was enough to make the Hurricanes worry about him every time they put the ball up.
Henry Dugat scored 23 points as the Baylor Bears got off to their best start since the 1940s with a 79-71 victory over Oklahoma State Tuesday night.
Cornerback Reggie Smith has become the third University of Oklahoma junior to declare for the NFL Draft.
California receiver DeSean Jackson will skip his senior season to enter the NFL Draft. Jackson, a punt returner who had an underwhelming junior season as a receiver, waited until the last possible day to declare his long-assumed intention to leave the Golden Bears (7-6), who lost six of their final eight regular-season games.
With a deep pool of running backs set for the NFL Draft, Marlon Lucky announced he would return to Nebraska for his senior season.
The last thing Darnell Jackson wanted to see Monday night was his buddy, Blake Griffin, hit the deck because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
Kansas athletics officials have scheduled a free public event to celebrate the football team's Orange Bowl victory.
Tying up loose ends from KU's 85-55 win over Oklahoma Monday night. Four Jayhawks scored in double figures, further brandishing the team's overall balance, and KU showed continued improvement from the free throw line, converting 17 of 18 attempts.
An NFL Draft rich with running backs has a new star at the head of the class: Darren McFadden.
As minds go, Bill Self's is about as quick as Mario Chalmers' first step when the guard pops into a passing lane. Self's always quick with a one-liner and is even quick to check his swing when he thinks the quip that popped into his head might come back to haunt him. He's quick to ask for a stranger's name, slow to forget it.
The 30-point margin of victory tied for the second largest in Lawrence against OU. It tied for KU's third-largest overall versus the Sooners. KU beat OU by 37 points back in 1970 and 30 in 1978, both at Allen.
The last thing Darnell Jackson wanted to see Monday night was his buddy, Blake Griffin, hit the deck because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. "I was looking forward to playing against him. I know he was looking forward to playing against me. I've known him since he was a little kid," Jackson, Kansas University's senior forward, said of fellow Oklahoma native Griffin, who went down battling Jackson for a defensive rebound five minutes into KU's 85-55 annihilation of Griffin's Oklahoma Sooners at Allen Fieldhouse.
Losing its head coach and best player doesn't seem to be slowing down Texas A&M one bit. If anything, says Texas Tech assistant coach Pat Knight, the Aggies are better than last year, when Billy Gillispie and Acie Law led them to a school-record 27 wins in one of their greatest seasons ever.
The last of the unbeatens are 1-2-3 in the Top 25 - again. North Carolina, Memphis and Kansas, the only Division I teams yet to lose this season, were the top teams in the Associated Press' college basketball poll for a seventh straight week Monday.
A few days after Pitt lost starters Levance Fields and Mike Cook to injuries last month, coach Jamie Dixon delivered a simple message to his nine healthy scholarship players.
Kansas University might not be at the top of the national basketball rankings, but upon losing to No. 3 KU, 85-55, Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse, Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel thinks the Jayhawks should be."They are the best team in the country," Capel said.
Now - two weeks into the new year - is typically about the time those new year's resolutions tend to deteriorate, whether they be to lose weight, quit smoking or not to curse so much. So far, the Kansas University men's basketball team has bucked that trend - at least at the charity stripe.
After less than 48 hours since the Jayhawks took the floor against Nebraska, they went against Oklahoma and looked to remain unbeaten on Monday night.
Some might say Oklahoma was deflated when losing star freshman Blake Griffin five minutes into Monday night's 85-55 KU win over the Sooners in Allen Fieldhouse. Though, in all honesty, it might not have mattered had Griffin been able to play 35, as the Jayhawks never trailed in routing OU. Four Jayhawks scored in double figures, led by 17 points from senior Darnell Jackson on 8-of-10 shooting. That went with eight rebounds on his final stat line. Darrell Arthur chipped in 14 points and eight boards alongside Jackson in the paint. Griffin, who figured to be the duo's biggest road block, left early in the game with a sprained left knee.
Two years ago, as the Kansas University basketball team hit the road in the Big 12 Conference, newspaper after newspaper would hype that night's game with stories on the Jayhawks' talented freshman class visiting for the first time. Now, Kansas is on the other end of those stories. Oklahoma power forward Blake Griffin, coming off a 27-point, 14-rebound effort in Saturday's two-point loss to Kansas State, tonight becomes the first freshman of many elite recruits from the Big 12 to test his game against the conference's best team.
Athletes who become pregnant or have other medical conditions moved closer to NCAA protection of their scholarships under legislation overwhelmingly approved Sunday by the Division I management council.
Eric Gordon and No. 10 Indiana stuck it to Illinois again. The high-scoring freshman, who reneged on an oral commitment with the Illini and signed instead with the Hoosiers, had 17 points and Indiana rallied from a seven-point deficit in the second half to beat Illinois, 62-58, Sunday.
Shalee Lehning scored 21 points to lead Kansas State to a 77-74 overtime upset of No. 15 Texas in the Longhorns' Big 12 home opener on Sunday.
Kansas University's basketball players showered, met the media, then signed autographs for 200 or so Crimson and Blue-clad fans before boarding the team bus about 11 p.m., Saturday outside Nebraska's Devaney Center.
In just a few short months, former Kansas University bowler Rhino Page has gone from hoping to be a part of the Professional Bowlers Association tour to nearly taking his first title in December at Spartanburg, S.C. Page, 24, came within 10 pins of defeating PBA veteran Parker Bohn III at the Spartanburg Classic, the tour's eighth event of the season.
The Kansas Jayhawk men's basketball team added another victory to their season after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers 79-58.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated the Kansas Jayhawk women's basketball team by a final score of 71-51.
Tying up loose ends from Kansas' 79-58 thumping of Nebraska to open up the 2008 Big 12 season. Brandon Rush answered his coach's call for more offensive aggression, leading the Jayhawks with 19 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting.
The Devaney Center crowd was into it, filling the arena with red sweaters. The Nebraska game plan - keep turnovers and in turn transition buckets the other way to a minimum - was sound and well executed. And the Cornhuskers didn't stand a chance.
Ever wonder where athletic directors of all Big 12 Conference schools sit during their home men's basketball games? The Journal-World's Nate Reed received responses from all schools in the league with the exception of Colorado.
There were nothing more than congratulations and smiles dealt out between Kansas University senior Sasha Kaun and pal Aleks Maric, Nebraska's monstrous senior center, following Saturday's game in the Devaney Center. But one couldn't blame Maric if there was a bit of frustration still stewing underneath the friendly facade.
Head coach Doc Sadler and sophomore guard Ryan Anderson, the only two members of the Nebraska basketball program available for interviews after Saturday night's 79-58 loss to Kansas University, tried to look in the mirror to explain the blowout. The more they looked, the harder time they had finding any warts.
Message received. Loud and clear. "That's going to be the last time he (coach Bill Self) ever says anything to me about being aggressive," Kansas University junior guard Brandon Rush said Saturday night after scoring a season-high 19 points - 16 in the first half - of the Jayhawks' 79-58 victory over Nebraska in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
The father of Arkansas star Darren McFadden denied a report that he has sent paperwork to the NFL so his son can enter the upcoming draft.
It's kind of assumed: Big-money boosters will, from time to time, try to influence the direction of their favorite college teams, however discreetly. But when Ed Hansen - lawyer, multimillionaire, University of Washington alumnus and former three-term Everett mayor - wrote UW President Mark Emmert six weeks ago, he abandoned all sense of delicacy.
Division I coaches are barred from text messaging recruits. An attempt to override a ban failed Saturday at the NCAA convention. The vote by delegates was 240 to 65, with one abstention.
KU lands recruit: Kansas University's football team picked up a junior-college wide receiver this weekend - and he's coming soon.
Washington State couldn't make a dent against UCLA's defensive pressure most of the game. When the Bruins let up, the Cougars unleashed a stunning barrage of three-pointers and still lost.
A succession of narrow losses to top teams from the Big 10, Southeastern Conference and other power leagues had some Missouri fans wondering whether the Tigers would have been better served with a bunch of early-season patsies.
It took Bob Knight 42 seasons to get to the brink of 900 wins. Oklahoma State's Obi Muonelo needed less than 2 minutes to call off the celebration.
Texas A&M didn't feel much like celebrating after opening Big 12 play with a convincing victory. The team that prides itself on defense deemed its performance in that area subpar, despite an easy 86-69 victory over Colorado on Saturday.
Iowa State coach Greg McDermott knew all about Baylor's ability to make runs. That didn't help him or the Cyclones stop a 22-2 Baylor spurt in the second half that propelled the Bears to a 74-67 victory Saturday night.
Freshman Michael Beasley scored 32 points, including the game-winner with 2.3 seconds left, as Kansas State outlasted Oklahoma 84-82 on Saturday in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.
Angela Tisdale missed her first 10 three-point attempts Saturday. Try No. 11 was the one Baylor needed. Tisdale made her first three-pointer of the day with 38 seconds left to give the Bears a one-point lead, and eighth-ranked Baylor went on to a 59-56 victory over No. 13 Texas A&M.
Alyssa Hollins scored 25 points and hit a crucial three-pointer in the final minute to lead Missouri past Texas Tech 68-59 on Saturday night.
With only a few days of preparation for the Hula Bowl, the Aina team had a simple game plan. Marshall's Bernard Morris threw for 172 yards and a touchdown in the first half to lead the Aina to a 38-7 victory over the Kai in the Hula Bowl on Saturday.
With the way Andrea Riley kept scoring, No. 6 Oklahoma tried just about everything to slow her down. Even the kind of double-teams the Sooners normally see deployed against Courtney Paris. None of them worked.
After all the whooping, hollering and celebration had ceased following the Jayhawks' Orange Bowl victory, 1,075 was the magic number of total photos I shot by the game's end.
Again for the Kansas University women's basketball team, three days will have to do. KU will take on No. 8 Baylor on Wednesday night in Waco, Texas, but now carries with it an 0-2 Big 12 record after being haunted Saturday at Nebraska by a not-so-old nemesis - foul trouble - in a 71-51 loss to the Huskers in the Devaney Center.
LINCOLN, Neb. - Four days after Bill Self again used a public forum to express his want for Brandon Rush's offensive aggressiveness to show through, the junior guard responded. Rush scored a game-high 19 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting, plus went a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line, as KU continued its warpath through the 2007-08 schedule with a 79-58 win at Nebraska to open Big 12 play. Nebraska (12-3 overall, 0-1 Big 12) was led by Aleks Maric, who finished with 16 points. Ryan Anderson was just 3-of-10 from three-point range and scored 12. The Jayhawks (16-0, 1-0) have a quick turnaround, as they'll host Oklahoma for Big Monday in Allen Fieldhouse at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
LINCOLN, Neb. - Foul trouble again hurt the Kansas Unversity women's basketball team in insurmountable ways. First, when leading 19-16 in the first half, fouls on sophomore Danielle McCray and senior Taylor McIntosh put both on the bench, while Nebraska then went off on a 17-2 run. The other crippling product of the Jayhawks' 21 personal fouls Saturday afternoon was the Huskers' 30-of-32 performance from the charity stripe. Both aided equally in Nebraska's 71-51 win over KU, dropping the Jayhawks to 11-4 overall on the season and 0-2 in Big 12 play.
Thursday's Kansas University women's basketball practice session - a little more than 12 hours removed from a 59-54 loss in the Big 12 opener to No. 25 Oklahoma State - was a tad quiet. A year ago, that might have concerned Bonnie Henrickson.
Ask him his name and he'll answer, "First name, 'Cow,' last name 'Boy.'" Refer to him as Larry Wiezorek and some of his friends might not know the name. They know him as Cowboy, the proud Kansas State fan working in Lawrence as project superintendent for Gene Fritzel Construction.
Former Lawrence High football players Brandon McAnderson and Brian Seymour, honored Friday morning during an assembly at their old high school, looked back on their Kansas University football careers without regrets.
Squatting in a defensive stance while wearing his "Golden Green Gang" uniform, Mario Chalmers must have looked like the cutest, most innocent little 5-year-old basketball player in Anchorage, Alaska, Military League history.
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams cut his scalp and needed five stitches Friday when he tripped over a cord in his office and hit his head on a door, giving the Tar Heels a bumpy start to their final day of practice for today's game against rival North Carolina State.
Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart will pass up his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. The school confirmed Stewart's decision Friday. The junior ran for a school-record 1,722 yards.
Richmond coach Dave Clawson resigned Friday and accepted a job as Tennessee's offensive coordinator.
There was nowhere to go, nowhere to hide. Aleks Maric simply had to grin and bear it - and try to do something about it - as Kansas University's No. 8-ranked basketball team built a commanding 43-8 lead over his unranked Nebraska Cornhuskers on Jan. 29, 2007, in Devaney Center.
Kansas University senior wide receiver Marcus Henry was added Friday to the West squad for the East-West Shrine Game, to be played Jan. 19 in Houston's Robertson Stadium.
Junior Zlata Tarasova, sophomore Kelsey Erb, senior Jordan Scott and freshman Amanda Miller each won their respective events for the Kansas University track and field teams Friday at the Arkansas Invitational.
A year ago the Kansas men's basketball team beat Nebraska not once, but twice. It's not that the Jayhawks beat the Huskers, but how they did it.
Six years ago, Brandon McAnderson and Brian Seymour roamed the halls of Lawrence High as seniors. Today, they're both Orange Bowl champions.
Kansas wide receiver Marcus Henry has been added to the Shrine Game roster.
Rashard Mendenhall will skip his senior year at Illinois and enter the NFL Draft after rushing for a school-record 1,681 yards while leading the Illini to the Rose Bowl.
Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden was handcuffed by police and then released without charges after being involved in a "pretty rowdy scene" at a piano bar early Thursday.
Anyone worried that their kids spend too much time reading sports sections shouldn't assume that's harmfully myopic, with just wins-losses, statistics and scores. Anymore, there are countless articles on crime and punishment, medicine and better living through chemistry, political chatter, social action, loyalty and betrayal, the seven deadly sins, sexual peccadilloes ... a kid also can learn a lot about high finance.
The 6Sports, Journal-World and KUSports.com staffs combine to come up with a list of the most memorable plays from each weekend this fall during KU's historic 12-1 run to the Orange Bowl title. Watch them all right here.
Mario Chalmers, who has missed just one game in his three-year Kansas University basketball career, hopes to sit out no more. "I feel good. I'm good to go. I practiced today. I'll play Saturday (at Nebraska)," said the 6-foot-1 junior guard, who dressed but did not enter Tuesday's game against Loyola College because of a strained groin.
Wide receiver Malcolm Kelly will skip his senior season at Oklahoma and enter the NFL Draft.
It appears that next season's Kansas-South Florida game in Tampa, Fla., will not be moved to the opening week of the season for television.
No. 4 Washington State passed its first major test of the season most impressively Thursday night. The Cougars will face an even bigger one Saturday.
Shooting abysmally in the first half and improving to awful in the second, St. Louis University was demolished by George Washington, 49-20, at Smith Center.
Oklahoma forward Keith Clark will miss the rest of the basketball season after becoming academically ineligible, coach Jeff Capel said Thursday.
At a school that hasn't won a conference championship in 58 years and has never won an NCAA Tournament game, an 11-2 record in January should be cause for celebration. Not so at Nebraska, whose best start since 1994-95 has come against a schedule that ranks 331st out of 341 teams, according to collegerpi.com.
Former Kansas guard Jeff Boschee was back in Lawrence last night as the head man of the Barstow Knights. Boschee's coaching path mirrors that of his mentor Roy Williams.
Fifteen games down, sixteen conference match-ups to go: the Big 12 season gets underway for the undefeated Kansas men in less than 48 hours.
Mario Chalmers' tweaked groin muscle is feeling much better. He will play against the Cornhuskers after sitting out Tuesday's win over Loyola.
Once a player, now a coach: that's the story for former KU sharpshooter Jeff Boschee.
Tyler Smith did just what Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl wanted done with the Volunteers' Southeastern Conference opener against undefeated Mississippi on the line. "He took it right to the basket. He stuck it up their nose," Pearl said.
To understand how good Oklahoma State guard Andrea Riley was against the Kansas University women's basketball team Wednesday night, just listen to the player responsible for guarding her nearly every second of the game.
To the members of the Barstow School's varsity boys basketball team, he isn't former Kansas University basketball player Jeff Boschee. He's simply Coach Boschee.
Funny how University of Georgia president Michael Adams suddenly found his voice and lent it to the cause of college football reform. Several months ago, at the Southeastern Conference meetings in Destin, Fla., Adams didn't have very much to say when the subject of a college football playoff came up. Florida president Bernie Machen suggested one as an alternative to the deeply flawed Bowl Championship Series, but was greeted by the sound of chirping crickets.
We all have our pet peeves. Ice chunks in ice cream. Self-centered cads who recline their seats into my face on airplanes. Politicians who say "change" every other word. Cats. Last but not least, basketball players who equate "pass" with "unselfish."
New Mexico plans to self-impose penalties, including the reduction of two scholarships for next season, in response to an NCAA investigation into academic fraud involving the school's football team.
Washington coach Tyrone Willingham has been elected president of the American Football Coaches Association.
¢ Michigan QB departs¢ Clemson's Davis leaving
¢ UT aide gets new position¢ A&M hires line coach¢ OU lineman misses court
Nebraska basketball coach Doc Sadler, whose Cornhuskers lost to Kansas University by 20 points in Lincoln, Neb., and 53 in Lawrence last season, fears the No. 3-ranked Jayhawks are even better this year.
Freshman Danielle Robinson scored a career-high 23 points to lead No. 6 Oklahoma past Iowa State, 67-64, on Wednesday night in a rematch of last season's Big 12 title game.
Bob Knight is about to enter a realm occupied by only two other Division I basketball coaches, and they're both women. When the Hall of Fame coach gets win No. 900 he will join former Texas coach Jody Conradt and Tennessee's Pat Summitt as the only members of the Division I club. Knight's first shot comes Saturday at Oklahoma State.
The Kansas women began Big 12 conference play this evening against an angry Oklahoma State squad. The last time KU battled OSU, the Jayhawks knocked the Cowgirls out of the first round of the Big 12 tournament.
Former Kansas guard Jeff Boschee now stalks the sidelines of high school gyms as the head boys' basketball coach for the Barstow Knights. Boschee was back in Lawrence this evening as his team battled Bishop Seabury.
The Jayhawks fought back to tie things up with No. 25 Oklahoma State, 36-36, with 10 minutes to play, but as was the case late in the first half, 5-foot-5 lightning rod Andrea Riley was too much for KU's backcourt - and frontcourt - to handle. The Big 12's leading scorer finished with 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting as the Cowgirls survived a trip to Allen Fieldhouse, 59-54. The loss drops Kansas to 11-3 overall on the season and gets Bonnie Henrickson's club off to an 0-1 start in Big 12 play.
Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing fought hard for his blindside. He knew that All-America left tackle Anthony Collins protected him well this football season. So after last week's Orange Bowl, Reesing pleaded with Collins to stay at KU for another season.
Kansas University's football team showed up at No. 7 in both of the final Top 25 polls released Tuesday - behind six two-loss teams. The reaction? From All-America cornerback Aqib Talib, nothing more than a shrug.
College basketball awards the national championship to the last team standing after a 65-team, single-elimination tournament. College football allows sports writers, coaches and computers to decide which two teams get to play it off for the national title.
In the eight games previous to Kansas University's 90-60 victory against Loyola of Maryland, senior guard Jeremy Case did not get off the bench twice and averaged five minutes of playing time in the other six games. Mario Chalmers' groin injury took Chalmers out of the rotation Tuesday night, a factor in Case playing 12 minutes.
Bill Self was mad at Brandon Rush and let his star player know it. "Coach was pretty angry. He jumped me a little bit at halftime. I was not shooting the ball at all. I don't think he was pleased with me," said Rush, Kansas University's junior guard who attempted just three shots the first half of Tuesday's 90-60 rout of Loyola College.
Six years ago, Loyola (Md.) basketball coach Jimmy Patsos was an assistant at Maryland, helping coach his Terrapins against Kansas University in the 2002 Final Four. That's the last time he saw the Jayhawks play in person. Truthfully, he doesn't think a whole lot has changed.
Sherron Collins darted through the lane, went up as high as a 5-foot-11, 205-pound guard can sky and flipped the basketball through the hoop with his left hand while getting hammered by a defender. It was apparent just five minutes into Tuesday's 90-60 rout of Loyola (Md.) College that Collins is finally close to recovered fully from Nov. 12 surgery on his left foot.
KU seniors James McClinton and Brandon McAnderson will play in the annual East-West Shrine game on Jan. 19.
The president of the University of Georgia proposed an eight-team playoff system to determine the NCAA's national football champion.
For the first time, a team with two losses ended up No. 1.
Reserve Kalin Lucas scored 16 points, and Travis Walton had his only four points in the final 22 seconds to help No. 6 Michigan State survive a scare from Purdue with a 78-75 victory Tuesday night.
Five days ago, Kansas University's women's basketball team was busy polishing off its nonconference season with a sparkling 11-2 record and a come-from-behind victory against Xavier on the road. No doubt players were pleased already to have matched KU's victory total from last season's 11-20 team.
The University of Hawaii fired athletic director Herman Frazier on Tuesday after he failed to re-sign football coach June Jones.
Five Missouri football players who were thinking about entering the 2008 NFL Draft have decided to return for their senior season instead.
The buzz didn't reach the Bayou. The BCS national championship game didn't generate much electricity because there was a consensus that neither LSU nor Ohio State was worthy of participation. The whiners were out in full force.
Tying up loose ends from KU's non-conference finale against Loyola. Sherron Collins replaced the injured Mario Chalmers in the starting lineup, scored 18 points, and KU polished off it's non-con slate unscathed for the first time since the 1996-97 season.
Bill Self's squad reached a perfect non-conference record after defeating Loyola (Md.) on Tuesday night.
Aqib Talib and Anthony Collins talked on Tuesday about foregoing their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft.
The mayors of Lawrence and Blacksburg, Va., the home of Virginia Tech., settled a friendly wager tonight.
With Mario Chalmers as a late scratch tonight, Sherron Collins took his turn to officially re-introduce himself to the starting five. The sophomore guard's 18 points - including three trifectas - paced KU to a 90-60 win in its non-conference finale against Loyola (Md.) Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse. Darrell Arthur, who scored 22 for the Jayhawks on Saturday in Boston, added 14 points, while Sasha Kaun scored 14 and had eight rebounds off of the bench. Darnell Jackson and Brandon Rush each scored nine, while Jeremy Case sparked KU off the bench with eight points, including two three-pointers and an assist coming while saving a ball from going out of bounds late in the game. The Jayhawks open Big 12 play Saturday night in Lincoln, Neb., against the Cornhuskers at 8 p.m.
Both visibly relieved to have one of the toughest decisions of their lives out of the way, KU juniors Aqib Talib and Anthony Collins met with the media Tuesday evening on what will be the last day in Lawrence for each of the NFL hopefuls. Talib, the MVP of last week's FedEx Orange Bowl, and Collins, along with Talib a first team All-American selection following KU's historic 12-1 2007 ride, both leave tomorrow for Tempe, Ariz. There, they will train leading up to the 2008 NFL Draft Combine, held in Indianapolis from Feb. 20-26.
Kansas University's football team finished ranked No. 7 in both the Associated Press and the USA Today coaches poll. The Jayhawks entered bowl season ranked eighth. After beating Virginia Tech, 24-21, in the Orange Bowl, Kansas passed Oklahoma and VT in the polls, but dropped behind West Virginia.
Shot after shot clanged off the rim. Passes went to the wrong team, leading to easy baskets at the other end. Fans started yelling "Mercy bucket!" in hopes that Savannah State could find some way to get the ball in the basket at least once. Finally, one did, though it wasn't enough to avoid the record books.
Anthony Collins couldn't hide his excitement. After all, Mama is about to eat. Collins and Aqib Talib, both juniors on Kansas University's football team, each confirmed Monday that they will skip their senior season and enter the 2008 NFL Draft.
Shawn Jackson, so strong and brave around her son, Darnell, before and after her 10 surgeries the past two years, no longer could mask the pain. Following last July's triple fusion procedure to repair ankle, heel and talus injuries sustained in a May 29, 2005, car crash that claimed the life of her mother, Evon, Shawn confided in her oldest of three children she was hurting ... badly.
There was smoke, and now there's fire. Kansas University football assistant coach Tim Beck officially was named running-backs coach at Nebraska on Monday, ending weeks of swirling rumors that he would be leaving KU after the Orange Bowl.
Les Miles unleashed an ear-piercing whoop, then leaned back and exhaled as if he had been holding his breath all night. "I just had to do that," the LSU coach said. Easy for him to say, now that he has the BCS national championship trophy.
There's plenty of motivation for Kansas University's basketball players tonight in their final nonconference game of the 2007-08 season. "This is basically our championship game for the preseason, so we're going to treat it like a championship game," KU senior Russell Robinson said, referring to a 7 p.m. home battle versus Loyola (Md.) College. The championship he refers to would be an undefeated nonconference campaign. KU enters 14-0; Loyola 6-8.
BCS officials are going to have some serious discussions in the upcoming months about going to a plus-one format, which could create a four-team major college football playoff.
Matt Howard scored 19 points, and No. 14 Butler won its sixth straight game, pulling away for a 66-55 victory over Loyola of Chicago on Monday night.
North Carolina's overtime win at Clemson kept the Tar Heels unbeaten and the top of the Associated Press' college basketball poll unchanged Monday.
Staying at Hawaii would have been the easy choice for June Jones. It was the challenge of rebuilding a tattered football program that led him to take the coaching job at Southern Methodist, which stumbled to a 1-11 record this season.
Connecticut steamrolled its way to a unanimous choice at No. 1.
It turns out the starting lineup is the perfect place for KU basketball senior Darnell Jackson.
As expected, Juniors Aqib Talib and Anthony Collins will skip their senior seasons to enter the NFL Draft.
Kansas University football assistant coach Tim Beck was officially named running-backs coach at Nebraska on Monday.
Michael Vick, who pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting charges, appears to be transferring to a drug rehabilitation program in Leavenworth County.
KU junior offensive lineman Anthony Collins confirmed to the Journal-World on Monday that he will skip his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft. "I'm done with KU," Collins said when reached by cell phone. "I loved every minute of it. I enjoyed my time here. I enjoyed working under coach Mangino. I felt like there was nothing else to prove. I felt like I need to get better at the next level."
Kansas University assistant football coach Tim Beck officially has been hired to coach running backs at Nebraska. The Huskers made the announcement on Monday, ironically the same day new Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was preparing for one last game - the BCS National Championship Game - as defensive coordinator of LSU.
As expected, Kansas University football standout Aqib Talib plans to skip his senior season and enter his name into the NFL Draft, according to his father, Theodore Henry. "God has blessed him and not let him get injured," Henry said. "It's time." Talib long was considered to be on his way out if he had a healthy, productive junior season. He did, playing all 13 games and registering 66 tackles and five interceptions, two returned for touchdowns.
Kansas University senior forward Darnell Jackson, whose career-high 25 points and nine rebounds paced the Jayhawks' 85-60 win at Boston College Saturday, was named Monday as the Big 12 Conference's Co-Player of the Week alongside Texas sophomore point guard D.J. Augustin. Jackson is the first Jayhawk to be honored by the league in the 2007-08 season, while this is Augustin's second time being named Player of the Week (Dec. 10). Jackson also scored 20 points in the Jayhawks' 86-53 thrashing of Yale to close out the calendar year in Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 29.
After months of twists, turns, detours, U-turns and upsets, tonight's Bowl Championship Series title game has arrived. Ohio State (11-1) vs. LSU (11-2) in the Superdome is not necessarily the game everyone pined for or expected.
When Free State High junior Chase Hoag was in sixth grade, he experienced something very few young men get to encounter during their lifetime. Hoag, a budding basketball fanatic, had a one-on-one conversation in his living room with legendary coach and former Jayhawk Dean Smith.
No. 1 North Carolina passed its first true test - barely. Wayne Ellington's three-pointer with 0.4 seconds left in overtime lifted the top-ranked Tar Heels to a 90-88 victory over 19th-ranked Clemson on Sunday night.
Kansas University football juniors Anthony Collins and Aqib Talib are expected to make an official announcement today regarding their futures. The two are considering skipping their senior seasons to enter their names in the NFL Draft.
Just six of the country's 341 Div. I men's basketball teams take perfect records into Week Two of the New Year. The Sensational Six? North Carolina (15-0), Memphis (13-0), Washington State (13-0), Vanderbilt (15-0), Mississippi (13-0) and Kansas University (14-0).
June Jones spent Sunday night trying to decide whether to accept an offer to coach SMU or return to Hawaii, where the governor is among those trying to keep him.
From now until election day, the political buzzword "change" will bombard our senses. For the next 10 months, candidates will jockey for position to try to make more vague promises of "change" than the competition.Hillary Clinton placed first in the change count among the 10 candidates who debated Saturday night in New Hampshire on ABC. She used it 21 times.
Before KU's 24-21 Orange Bowl victory over Virgina Tech, head coach Mark Mangino decided to have the team wear their undefeated red uniforms.
On Saturday, the Jayhawk men's basketball team remained perfect after a 85-60 beating of Boston College.
Rice is nice: Boston College's Tyrese Rice scored 14 of the Eagles' first 22 points and finished with 18 the first half.
Kerry Meier knows what's up. Just minutes after Kansas University's football team defeated No. 3 Virginia Tech, 24-21, to win the Orange Bowl, KU's sophomore utility man was asked to put the present aside for a second and think about the future. It was hard work to get here, Meier answered. It will be even harder to stay.
Sonny Weems scored 18 of his 21 points after halftime, including consecutive three-pointers that tied the game and four free throws in the final 19 seconds, to help rally the Razorbacks to an 85-78 victory over Baylor on Saturday night.
Ask NBA scouts to name the Kansas University player who will make the most money in his basketball career and most will answer Darrell Arthur. They watch him run the court so swiftly, consistently getting back on defense, which allows the guards to protect the perimeter against three-point shots. They watch Arthur catch the ball reliably. They watch him throw down a one-handed slam as he did in Saturday's 85-60 blowout against Boston College in sold-out Silvio O. Conte Forum.
There was no real pushing or shoving and certainly no fisticuffs exchanged. But plenty of words were traded between Kansas University's Mario Chalmers and Boston College's Rakim Sanders with 9:55 left in KU's 85-60 pasting of Boston College on Saturday in Conte Forum.
Last month, as his starting lineup was changing and players were shuttling back and forth between getting heavy minutes and being on the inactive list, Cavaliers coach Mike Brown stated the obvious when he proclaimed himself in "search mode."
Ray Rice ran over Ball State and through the 2,000-yard barrier in the International Bowl, giving Rutgers the second postseason victory in its 138-year history.
Oregon played like the Pac-10 contender it is supposed to be. "Finally," coach Ernie Kent said. Malik Hairston tied his career high with 29 points, and the Ducks shot 56 percent from the field Saturday to beat Arizona at McKale Center for the second year in a row, 84-74.
Speed kills. Having its leading scorer - junior guard Tyrese Rice - spend 10 second-half minutes on the bench in foul trouble only compounded the problem for Boston College's men's basketball team.
Darnell Jackson stood outside a tunnel of Conte Forum, desperately trying to compose himself before returning to the court at halftime of Saturday's Kansas University-Boston College game. Jackson, the Jayhawks' 6-foot-8, 250-pound senior forward, sobbed after exploding for 15 points and six rebounds and helping KU to a 47-29 lead en route to an 85-60 blowout victory.
Texas A&M tight end Martellus Bennett said Saturday he would skip his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.
Seattle Seahawks receivers coach Nolan Cromwell was named Texas A&M's offensive coordinator Saturday. Cromwell, who played quarterback at Kansas University in the 1970s, will join the Aggies and new coach Mike Sherman after the Seahawks' season ends. Seattle beat Washington, 35-14, in an NFC wild-card game Saturday and will play at Green Bay next weekend.
The Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star is reporting that KU assistant coach Tim Beck "appears" to have been hired by Nebraska.
Ayana Brereton scored 16 points, and No. 25 Arkansas beat Texas Tech, 80-57, on Saturday to improve to 15-0, the best start in team history.
Tying up loose ends from the Jayhawks' 85-60 win at Boston College, which included a 25-7 run to close out the first half - possibly the team's most complete half played this season.
Boston - So much for second half woes striking on the road for a third time. The Jayhawks put on a show, start to finish with the exception of a few minutes midway through the second half, and slammed Boston College Saturday on Chestnut Hill, 85-60. It was nearly the same score as last year (84-66), and KU goes down with a sweep of the two-game home-and-home series with the Eagles. Darnell Jackson and Darrell Arthur carried the load in the traditional way to start the game and never let up. The two were able to get more involved in transition late in the game, and finished with a combined 47 points on 19-of-25 shooting. They were also a combined 9-of-10 from the free throw line. The team was 15-of-19 from the stripe.
Rachel Allison helped Baylor ride out a bumpy first half before taking control. She had 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 9 Baylor to an 84-57 victory over Texas State on Friday night.
The kids didn't know any better, and as a result they had the party figured out better than anyone. A gap-toothed 7-year-old held high a poster of coach Mark Mangino wearing a crown of oranges. Ten-year-old Sydnee Pointer of Independence, Mo., showed off her KU cheerleader outfit and told how she got to wear it to school.
For a sports fan about to see his program's biggest victory in at least 40 years, and perhaps ever, the biggest sin is forgetting the tickets. By that measure, count Adam Shaull, a Kansas University fan from Hattiesburg, Miss., as a sinner. The 2005 KU graduate left the two Orange Bowl tickets he purchased at home.
There was no time for employees to even put the new Orange Bowl champion shirts on hangers. "We've just lined up the boxes, and people are going through them," Ryan Owens, manager and buyer at Jock's Nitch, said Friday as customers of all ages streamed through the downtown store.
Any two-loss team chirping about belonging in the Bowl Championship Series national title game instead of Louisiana State needs to get in line behind Kansas University. Yeah, that's right, Kansas, the basketball school. It's the team some didn't think even belonged in the Orange Bowl, the last game of the BCS undercard.
Paraphrasing Old Bear Bryant again, when you finish a football season victoriously at 12-1, you don't explain or apologize about the teams you beat. Throw in a nationally televised triumph in one of the elite bowl games and the prospect of finishing among the top five or six clubs in the final ratings; the Kansas Nation has a delightful trophy to cuddle up to on cold and lonely nights.
The Woodys never have been more meaningless. I'd like to think that for the last few years, winning a Woody was a huge accomplishment for Kansas University football players. I pictured them sending a copy back home to mama, or putting it on the fridge, or maybe recreating the scene in "He Got Game" where Booger pulls the clipping out of his sock and screams "You didn't read the paper that day, son?"
Bottom line is, Kansas University's basketball team won the game. But the Jayhawks struggled at times in a 59-55 victory over USC in an 11 a.m. (Pacific Time) tipoff on Dec. 2 in Los Angeles.
Eddie Sutton, who came out of retirement last week to be San Francisco's interim coach, has no intention of remaining on the job permanently.
Bobby Reid's Oklahoma State football career appears to be finished, coach Mike Gundy acknowledged Friday.
Reggie Herring, Arkansas' interim head coach in the Cotton Bowl, was hired Friday to become the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M.
If only he could, Scot Pollard would be sitting behind Kansas University's bench today at Boston College's Conte Center. "I'm ticked off. We play Detroit. I wish it was different. This NBA schedule ... you can't do anything about it," the frustrated Boston Celtics forward said.
Kansas University won 11 games all of last year. This year, the Jayhawks have won 11 before the start of the conference season.
Marcus Hall scored 16 points and six assists to lead Colorado to a 63-52 victory over SMU on Friday night.
The Orange Bowl champs received a heroes' welcome upon their return to today to the Sunflower State.
KU's sweet win in Miami helps erase the foul taste that generations of Jayhawks endured.
A hot item on the streets of Lawrence today: Orange Bowl championship t-shirts.
Moments after the Jayhawks clenched the victory, fans poured out of downtown bars to celebrate.
Lost in the middle of all the Orange Bowl celebration is the Kansas men's basketball team. Tomorrow morning the Jayhawks look to stay unbeaten at Boston College.
For the first time in nearly 40 years, last night the Jayhawks returned to the Orange Bowl to put a cap to the season they'll never forget.
The Kansas women were on the road earlier this afternoon. The Hawks fought their way past Xavier to a 62-60 finish.
Behind 24 points from sophomore Danielle McCray, the Kansas University women's basketball team avenged last year's home loss to Xavier Friday night in Cincinnati with a 62-60 win. The victory puts the Jayhawks at 11-2 with Big 12 conference play now on the horizon. The women open the league slate Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse against Oklahoma State, who the Jayhawks defeated last season in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine told Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius "the ham is on its way."
The Kansas University athletics department currently has no immediate plans for a Lawrence parade to celebrate Thursday's Orange Bowl victory.
KU Jayhawks football team landed at Forbes Field this afternoon.
Tying up loose ends from possibly the biggest win in KU football history. The Jayhawks silenced several critics who had questioned the team's schedule this season, and the defense, which returns at least 10 starters next season, ended 2007 with possibly its best performance yet.
The road has been a tricky place for the Kansas University women's basketball team this season. Tonight, at 5 p.m. against Xavier in Cincinnati, KU will get a chance to add to the chapter.
Six games into the season, Bill Self had seen enough. It was time for a coach/player chat with Kansas University senior center Sasha Kaun, who bricked three of four free throws in a Nov. 28 rout of Florida Atlantic.
After a disastrous non-conference season, Cliff Clinkscales and DePaul teammates were more than ready to get the Big East portion of the season under way.
Virginia Tech has earned a reputation under coach Frank Beamer as being a program that thrives on forcing opponents to make mistakes. The emphasis, heavy on special teams and defense, even has a nickname familiar to many college football fans: "Beamerball." On Thursday night at the Orange Bowl, however, the Hokies got beat at their own game.
It was an early warning - albeit an illegal one - that Kansas University was here to win a football game and do so with a little spunk. Aqib Talib, after jumping in front of a Virginia Tech pass, high-stepped his way into the end zone in the first quarter of KU's 24-21 Orange Bowl victory on Thursday.
Bill Stewart didn't need an actual job interview. His performance in the 21â2 weeks since Rich Rodriguez resigned, punctuated by West Virginia's resounding victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, was enough.
Come back to Kansas. That's the underlying message in television ads that ran in selected markets Thursday night during the Orange Bowl matchup between Kansas University and Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech's football team had one tangible chance to tie Thursday's Orange Bowl game in the second half. But Joe Mortensen's unblocked body put a quick end to it.
The 21st century is young, but it already has clinched the title as the best in the history of a Kansas University football program born in 1890. Orange Bowl champions. A 12-1 record. The last of lingering doubts perished Thursday night in Dolphin Stadium.
As oranges flew into the crowd Thursday night and with their favorite players on the grandstand, fans of the Kansas University Jayhawks danced in their seats. And fans in Lawrence crowded downtown, screamed for joy and shot off fireworks.
Morenike Atunrase scored 22 points in her best game since returning from an injury last month, helping No. 13 Texas A&M to an 84-53 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Thursday night.
A limited number of tickets for the 2008 Big 12 men's basketball tournament, scheduled for March 13-16 at Sprint Center, will be available to the public.
They don't take home the Hibachi grill or a set of steak knives. Those are the parting gifts for contestants who leave the "Wheel of Fortune" a few spins short of winning the Bermuda vacation. College football players who go to bowl games get show-up gifts, precious presents for being present, and we're not talking about wicker fruit baskets or mere tokens of logo-emblazoned pens, trinket travel mugs or souvenir T-shirts.
Kansas University offensive tackle Anthony Collins said after Thursday's game that there will be a press conference, probably on Monday in Lawrence, with him and cornerback Aqib Talib regarding the players' decisions on the NFL.
Minute-by-minute Orange Bowl analysis
With just an hour to go before the Orange Bowl kickoff, fans were out in force.
Tomorrow night the Kansas women's basketball team will take to the road after their recent win over Boston. Kansas is looking to improve to 11-2 on the season against Xavier.
Virginia Tech's senior class has had at least 10 victories every year, while KU is coming off a record season. The 'Hawks are playing for respect, and Tech is playing to maintain a legacy.
KU is known for its basketball program, and now the football team is garnering national attention. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more on the fans that are catching football fever.
Amidst all the Orange Bowl festivities, the Kansas men's basketball team has quite a large ACC test in front of them.
Reesing was KU's offensive sparkplug as always, finishing with 219 yards and one TD pass on 21 completions. His favorite target on this night was Dexton Fields, who caught seven passes for 100 yards. Senior Marcus Henry had two grabs for 20 yards, ending his KU career with a 1,000-yard season (1,014, 9 TDs). VT's offense couldn't get much going through the air until late, with Taylor and Glennon combining to go 15-of-32 through the air with the aforementioned three interceptions. Branden Ore rushed for 114 yards on 23 carries for VT, but missed the pivotal first quarter due to suspension. The Jayhawks now have their signature win, and are the first Division-I football team in the state of Kansas to ever win 12 games in a season. Log back onto KUSports.com later tonight and tomorrow for full postgame coverage.
Come back to Kansas. That's the underlying message in television ads slated to run tonight during the Orange Bowl matchup between Kansas University and Virginia Tech.
There's a touching Christmas story for all the world to see currently playing on the popular Internet site YouTube.com. And it involves Kansas University basketball.
The Virginia Tech football team carries the names in its hallowed lunch pail. Professor Bryan Cloyd carries the memories in his heart. Both are seeking inspiration - Cloyd in the New Year, the team in tonight's Orange Bowl game against Kansas.
Former Kansas University coach Don Fambrough electrified the crowd Wednesday night at the WaMu Fan Fest. With a quote that can only be described as not suitable for a family newspaper, Fambrough convinced the crowd that they were going to beat Virginia Tech in tonight's Orange Bowl game.
Just $50. That's how much Mark Robinett needed to scrape together for an entire trip to the Orange Bowl in 1969. That amount of money wouldn't cover the cost of a student ticket to tonight's Kansas University-Virginia Tech football game.
KU coach Mark Mangino is not being mentioned among candidates for any head coaching openings, despite leading the Jayhawks to an 11-1 record and Orange Bowl appearance this year. The sixth-year coach said he believes it's because the word is out about his loyalty to Kansas.
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino said he was told that roughly 100 friends and family members from New Castle, Pa. are in town to attend tonight's Orange Bowl game. The sixth-year Kansas coach seemed almost embarrassed at the fuss that has been made over his success this season.
The phrase "freezing warnings in effect," is only a click of the remote away, and it's colder here than it's been at any time in the past five years. Weird.
Members of the 1948 and 1969 Kansas University Orange Bowl teams swapped stories Wednesday night over drinks at Daisy Duke's, when Don Fambrough started bragging about his roommate from the '48 team that lost to Georgia Tech, 20-14.
Mark Mangino was stopped by a Kansas University football fan coming out of the team hotel in Sunny Isles Beach earlier this week. "Coach," the fan told him, "I think your team has done the unthinkable."
Jamaal Charles was the fourth Texas Longhorn to rush for more than 1,500 yards in a season. He'll be the first from a list that includes a pair of Heisman Trophy winners to leave early for the NFL.
By now, the Bulls' Dec. 15, 2004, road victory over the Memphis Grizzlies has faded from the memory of most people.
Missouri finished its season by routing Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl. The Tigers will soon learn whether the victory in their first Jan. 1 bowl appearance since 1970 helps as much as their lopsided loss in the Big 12 championship game hurt.
Rich who? The West Virginia Mountaineers didn't need coach Rich Rodriguez. They had Pat White, and their elusive quarterback led them to a surprising 48-28 romp over No. 3 Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl on Wednesday night.
Damion James is doing quite the Kevin Durant impersonation for No. 14 Texas. James had another big game Wednesday, scoring a career-high 29 points and grabbing 14 rebounds as Texas beat TCU, 67-59. He also swatted five blocks and made the defensive play of the game as the Longhorns snapped a two-game losing streak. James had his seventh double-double in nine games.
Tyler Hansbrough scored 25 points to lead No. 1 North Carolina to a 90-61 rout of Kent State on Wednesday night.
Tomorrow's game against Virginia Tech is the Jayhawks' third trip to the Orange Bowl. Tonight in Hollywood, Florida, members of the Jayhawks' 1969 Orange Bowl team gathered at a reunion.
Lawrence may be Jayhawk country, but there are a few Virginia Tech Hokies that roost here. With the Orange Bowl putting the two birds head to head, the Tech grads are ready to cheer on their team.
On the eve of the Orange Bowl, several fans took advantage of the sunshine today on South Beach and say they are thankful to have the chance to see the Jayhawks in a BCS contest.
The Kansas men's basketball team continues its streak of perfection after a recent 86-53 win over Yale on Saturday. Yet as the Jayhawks take to the road for their last nonconference trip of the season, things could be better down low on the low block for the Kansas men.
In other news from Miami, head coach Mark Mangino assured KU fans that Kansas is the place for him.
Today coaches Mark Mangino and Frank Beamer met with the media one last time before the Orange Bowl. Kevin Romary has more from Miami.
Just over 24 hours until KU kicks off against Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Tonight we bring you the story of one fan who's waited nearly 40 years to see the Hawks play in Miami.
We're finally just a little less than 24 hours until the Jayhawks and the Hokies take the field. Today coaches Mark Mangino and Frank Beamer made their final Orange Bowl preparations. DJ Whetter's in Miami with more on the Jayhawks' dream that has become reality.
For the past week we've covered all the hard-hitting stories of this year's Orange Bowl, including the true definition of a Hokie. It's time to flip the coin and find out how much the Hokies know about the Jayhawks.
Southern California was every bit as good as advertised, and the Rose Bowl was even more lopsided than expected, with freshman tailback Joe McKnight gaining 170 of USC's 633 yards in a record-setting romp Tuesday, 49-17 over outmatched Illinois.
Colorful confetti flip-flopping around him, fans in black and gold chanting his name, Tony Temple and his Missouri teammates were basking in a terrific ending to a magical season.
Victor "Macho" Harris isn't as big as a yacht. He doesn't have biceps the size of your head, and he's not a particularly scary guy on the surface. So why is Virginia Tech's All-ACC cornerback, who will line up against Kansas University's deep receiving fleet Thursday in the Orange Bowl, nicknamed Macho?
Crews finished painting the Dolphin Stadium end zones Tuesday - one in Kansas University blue, one in "Chicago maroon" for Virginia Tech. At the Orange Bowl on Thursday night, some 72,000 fans are expected to file into the stadium to watch the premier college football game being played that day. Millions more will watch on television. The fans' allegiance, of course, will be split between the Jayhawks and Hokies. Sound familiar?
Scattered rainfall dotted South Florida on Tuesday, and KU became a victim of it.
Texas Tech didn't score 40 or more points, as it had all season. Through three quarters, the nation's top passing offense couldn't score much at all.
More than 200 children and their parents attended Kansas University's women's basketball Holiday Hoops Clinic on Tuesday afternoon.
Tyrel Reed, who had missed four of seven games primarily because of ankle sprains, had his best game in five weeks Saturday against Yale. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Kansas University freshman from Burlington scored eight points off 3-of-3 shooting - including a pair of threes - and had a steal while playing 10 minutes of the Jayhawks' 86-53 victory over the Bulldogs.
It's always better to peek inside a kicker's head than to check the weather forecast when trying to determine kicking conditions. Weather.com's prediction for Thursday night's Orange Bowl that pits underdog Kansas University against Virginia Tech, by the way, calls for a low of 59 degrees and winds of 11 mph out of the northeast.
At first blush, the idea seemed OK. It was even appeeling. Er, appealing. When the Jayhawks were picked for the Orange Bowl, my wife and I were looking for some sort of theme for the bowl-watching party we were planning for a few friends. Jana suggested we serve only foods that included oranges.
Michigan assistant coach Ron English accepted Louisville's offer to be its defensive coordinator, the same job he had at Michigan, where incoming coach Rich Rodriguez fired all of Lloyd Carr's assistants.
In late 1947, before the advent of jet aviation and the interstate highway system, the best way to get to the 1948 Orange Bowl was by train. Two former Kansas University cheerleaders recall that train ride lasting two days. While it has been 60 years since KU made its first appearance in an Orange Bowl, Alberta Cornwell and Dick Wintermote remember that trip vividly.
Bob Knight knew his Texas Tech team would have its hands full with Lamar. "I told our team this was the most athletic team we've played against all year," said Knight, who got win No. 898 with the Red Raiders' 79-77 victory over the Cardinals Tuesday night. "They keep coming at you and coming at you and playing hard."
Head coach Bonnie Henrickson and the Kansas women's basketball team rang in the new year by hosting their annual Holiday Hoops clinic.
When it comes to picking the pocket of opponents on the hardwood, there are few better in the nation than KU's Mario Chalmers and Russell Robinson.
Mark Mangino and the Jayhawks were forced to practice in some unexpected elements in Miami on Tuesday.
For many KU fans, seeing the Orange Bowl on a big screen TV just doesn't do it.
As KU prepares for its Orange Bowl appearance, some fans are thinking of a similar game.
Not all Lawrencians will be donning crimson and blue for Thursday's Orange Bowl. There are some Virginia Tech Hokies in town. Steve and Ashley Strand are two local Hokies who bleed maroon and orange, even though Steve is a native Kansan. "I figured we were going to play either KU or Mizzou," Steve Strand said. "I was a little hesitant at first because I didn't want to root against KU because I love KU, but I've got to go with the alma mater."
Virginia Tech standout cornerback Brandon Flowers is from nearby Delray Beach, Fla., meaning that Thursday's Orange Bowl at Dolphin Stadium will be a great chance for family to see him play.
It sounded like a cliche six months ago, the kind of quote you've heard before. Ed Warinner sat behind the desk in his second-floor office over the summer, trying to explain Kansas University's new offensive approach on the football field without giving away too many secrets.
Two Kansas University basketball players appear to be ahead of the rest in early-season running for the Jayhawks' most-improved-player award.
Happy New Year. You have questions about 2008 and I don't have answers, of course, because I don't have a crystal ball. But I do have opinions.
Dayton was impressive with its road win over Louisville. The Flyers went a lot further with their 25-point rout of previously unbeaten Pittsburgh last weekend, a victory that moved them into The Associated Press' Top 25 for the first time in four years.
Oklahoma defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger will miss the Fiesta Bowl after being sent home from Arizona following an arrest for shoplifting.
Back in September, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy made headlines by ranting "I'm a man!" But Zac Robinson is the man for the Cowboys.
Kansas University freshman Cole Aldrich's parents, Walter and Kathleen, made the trip from Bloomington, Minn., to watch their son score five points and grab seven boards while playing 12 minutes in KU's rout of Yale on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Jayhawk fans hope the third time's a charm in the Orange Bowl, but perhaps none more so than members of Kansas University's first team to make that trip to Miami.
There was nothing subtle about Xavier's approach. The Musketeers were going to make a point by making it painfully tough to get any points.