Aqib Talib and James McClinton are gone. Luckily for the KU defense, there are nine other guys waiting to take over leadership roles in 2008.
On the field, the Kansas defense won't change much this Fall. Nine starters return to anchor the unit. But that experienced group is under new management.
As the line of people waiting to enter Kansas University's new Anderson Family Football Complex grew Wednesday, and as it began to stretch well past the ticket office and down toward 11th St., Rob Crane offered an insight that, in its simplicity, was quite appropriate. "This is like a movie premiere," said the 35-year-old Olathe resident. If this was the case, then the program's newest entity enjoyed a whopper of an opening night.
Kansas divers Meghan Proehl and Erin Mertz placed at the U.S. Senior Diving Nationals last week in Pasadena, Calif.
Kansas University's Morris twins, who had watched Wayne Simien play basketball on TV many times, finally met the Jayhawk All-American this week. "I think I want to get to know him better as a person because he's a great role model," Marcus Morris, KU's 6-foot-8, 220-pound freshman small forward from Philadelphia, said Wednesday after working the afternoon session of Simien's "Called to Greatness" camp for youths at Free State High.
In 2007, Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing set 21 school passing records. If he has any chance of repeating that performance this Fall, some newcomers will have to fill some pretty big shoes on the offensive line.
New Mexico State of the Western Athletic Conference will meet KU on Dec. 3 in Allen Fieldhouse.
Lucious Wagner, who played alongside Wayne Simien on Leavenworth High's 2000 Kansas Class 6A state championship basketball team, has since followed his buddy's college and pro career closely. "It's a lot easier to keep track of him since he's on TV a lot," former University of Evansville standout Wagner said. Wagner, who played pro ball in the Czech Republic last season, has cheered Big Dub's accomplishments (Simien is Kansas University's No. 7 rebounder and No. 12 scorer of all-time and a first-round 2005 draft pick of the Miami Heat) and jeered his many physical setbacks.
With 10 of its top 12 quarterbacks returning, the Big 12 Conference should be anything but boring during the upcoming college football season. Some of the best quarterbacks in the country play in the Big 12, as evidenced from the "Mt. Passmore" feature showcased on page 1B of today's sports section. But what about the guys that complete the highlight reel?
It wasn't always like this, understand. There was a time - not so long ago - that cornerbacks still had a fighting chance. Defensive coordinators still had their hair, and a running back could still hope to make a decent living in this league.
Kansas University senior swimmer Ashley Leidigh placed 35th in the 200-meter butterfly at 2:19.95 on Tuesday at the U.S. Open Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Harrison Barnes may be considered a small forward by recruiting Web sites because of his 6-foot-6, 196 pound frame. But ask him what "position" he plays and the Ames (Iowa) High junior-to-be has a better answer.
With presumed starter Leon Patton battling legal troubles and last year's leading rusher James Johnson fighting for a spot in the NFL, the keys to the Kansas State football team's tailback position are up for grabs.
For the third-straight year, the Kansas University volleyball team earned the Game PlanTM/American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for achieving a 3.39 cumulative grade-point average during the 2007-08 season.
In college football, it's a rarity for the elite players in the country face off against one another during a given season. But that's not the case in the Big 12 this year.
The USA Baseball National Team won the FISU World Championships on Sunday, defeating Japan, 1-0, for its third consecutive FISU title. Kansas University coach Ritch Price served as an assistant coach for the United States.
Tom Kivisto may be out as CEO of what had been one of the fastest-growing private companies in the country, but he's still part of Kansas Athletics Inc. And he's still current on his payments for a $12 million pledge he's made to improve football facilities on campus.
12-1. 12-2. In the final 2007 records of the Kansas University and Missouri University football teams, the Big 12 North had the conference's two best overall marks and, at 7-1, the two best league marks, as well. Evidently, that was nothing compared with what North Division teams expect to see during 2008.
Indiana guard Jordan Crawford has accepted a scholarship from Xavier, making him the second Hoosiers recruit to join the Musketeers in the last three months.
A national basketball championship and an Orange Bowl victory weren't enough to secure ESPN's TitleTown honors for Lawrence.
An open house for the public to tour the Anderson Family Football Complex, the new football facility, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The tour will include the locker room, the strength and conditioning area and the training room.
The coaches of the Missouri Valley Conference didn't know what to expect of Illinois State under a new head coach last season, picking the men's basketball team to finish fifth in the league. Tim Jankovich didn't know what to expect of his Redbirds squad either.
Surrounded by auction items signed by Joe Montana, Bobby Douglass, Tom Brady and Lance Alworth, Lawrence football legend John Hadl earned an honor none of those players can claim: a retired Lawrence High jersey. More than 100 friends, teammates, coaches and fans gathered Monday at Alvamar Country Club to honor Hadl as his No. 21 jersey was retired.
Sasha Kaun is a member of Russia's Olympic basketball team, according to the official Website of Kaun's pro team, CSKA Moscow.
Former Kansas University basketball player and current athletic department benefactor Tom Kivisto, who on July 18 was removed as CEO and president of SemGroup of Tulsa, on Saturday spoke publicly for the first time since his dismissal.
Before the collegiate all-American honors, the NFC Player of the Year award and the 16-year professional career that many believe is Hall-of-Fame worthy, John Hadl was a Lawrence High Lion. In the late-1950s, Hadl's legend blossomed as a prep star for the town's only high school football team. As an electric halfback, Hadl, now nearing 70, would letter during all three seasons of high school ball - a feat unheard of in those days - and was a major part of the team's storied 47-game winning streak.
For the past two years, walking away victorious from Memorial Stadium has been next to impossible for Kansas opponents. Since the 2006 seasons, Mark Mangino's squad is 12-2 while playing under the hill.
ESPN and the Big 12 Conference made life a bit tougher on Kansas University's young basketball team last week. The 2008-09 Jayhawks, who lose all five starters off last year's national title team, were assigned three ESPN Big Monday games on the road, just one at home. KU will play host to Texas A&M on Monday, Jan. 19, then travel to Baylor on Feb. 2, Missouri on Feb. 9 and Oklahoma on Feb. 23.
If early returns are to be trusted, the amount of wheat waved this season at Kansas University's Memorial Stadium might reach an all-time high. According to KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony, season-ticket sales heading into the season already have exceeded last year's total, and, with five weeks remaining before the season officially kicks off, those figures are expected to increase substantially by the time the Jayhawks take the field against Florida International in their home opener Aug. 30.
Coming off its second straight losing season with a 6-7 record, Colorado is looking to revamp its football program this fall. And freshman running back Darrell Scott just might be the man to do it.
Two Kansas University football players who happened to be roommates two years ago best capture the Mark Mangino era. One is quarterback Todd Reesing, a perfect example of Mangino's ability to see a big-time college football player where others saw a high school star too short to have a high ceiling. The other is former quarterback Kerry Meier, who symbolizes the upgrade in athletic ability that Mangino has been able to lure to Kansas. He also symbolizes Mangino's ability to find a way to put the best athletes on the field.
Registration is now open for the fourth annual Bonnie Henrickson Golf Tournament, which will take place Aug. 16 at the Alvamar Golf and Country Club.
Kerry Meier started the 2007 college football season as a backup quarterback. He finished the year, however, with a much larger role.
Former Missouri basketball player Jason Horton will wait until at least September for his trial on assault charges for a midseason fight outside a downtown nightclub.
After tossing touchdowns for most of his recent life, Kansas red-shirt freshman A.J. Steward will be charged with catching them this year.
Kansas University seniors Danielle Herrmann and Ashley Leidigh, as well as freshman Abigail Anderson, will compete in the U.S. Open Swimming Championships, which begin Tuesday in Minneapolis.
The late Nanny Duver was noted for his Central Junior High football program that was, in effect, an incomparable farm system. CJHS helped push Lawrence High's record up among the best the nation has ever seen. Hard-core Nanny wasn't one to spew verbal superlatives so you had to take him seriously when he said of a young John Hadl, "This kid's really gonna be SOMETHIN'!" Was he ever! LHS head coach Al Woolard drooled for a long time waiting for the kid to show up on his roster.
Art Briles doesn't have to look far for proof Baylor really can turn around its football fortunes. Briles, the Bears' first-year coach, inherits a team that has won a combined eight Big 12 Conference games in the past six years, hasn't won more than three league games in a season in the history of the conference and has four seasons without a Big 12 victory.
He's only played in 16 games at Kansas, but already, Todd Reesing has set 20 different Kansas football records.
In 2005, no one on the Kansas football staff was throwing around phrases like 'Division Title' or 'Conference Title' much less 'National Championship.' However, in 2008, those words and phrases are coming up...
All 31 Kansas men's basketball games will be televised nationally during the 2008-09 regular season, Kansas Athletics Inc. announced Thursday.
Kansas University's defending men's basketball champions will make three television appearances on ABC and two on CBS during the Big 12 Conference portion of their 2008-2009 schedule.
Games against Southern California and Arkansas are included in the nonconference men's basketball schedule released Wednesday by Oklahoma.
Since he first came to Kansas University in 2004, senior linebacker Mike Rivera has seen his share of ups and downs.
Kansas University sophomore Jennifer Clark won the Collegiate Players Tour/Manhattan Collegiate Open on Wednesday.
He knew the question would come sooner or later. As he sat on the second floor of the Marriott Downtown on Wednesday, hands folded in his lap, Colt McCoy felt quite certain that the dreaded "sophomore slump" inquiry eventually would find its way into the steam of questions being hurled his way by members of the Big 12 Conference football media.
Call him crazy (or stupid, or idiotic), but Art Briles looks at the Baylor football team - with its recent struggles and its lack of big-name players - and feels good.
An open house for the new Anderson Family Football Complex will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Former Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart is recovering from open-heart surgery at a Columbia hospital.
For all the success the Oklahoma football team has enjoyed over the past few years, the Sooners have struggled in one fairly important department: bowl victories.
The Iowa Board of Regents has reopened its investigation into how the University of Iowa handled an investigation into the alleged assault of a woman by two football players.
The grumbling heard in Manhattan these days has nothing to do with an unhappy fan base growing tired of waiting for the Kansas State football team to return to its powerhouse days of the past. It could just be a few upset stomachs.
Knots in the stomach start forming when you sit back and take an objective look at just how much blocking the Kansas University football team lost from last season.
Members of the media are suckers for a good "rant" story, and so it didn't take long before someone at Tuesday's Big 12 Media Days asked Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy about his press conference rant last year aimed at a local reporter.
Kansas University's Crystal Manning and Jordan Scott claimed victories last weekend at the NACAC Under-23 Track & Field Championships.
Tuesday morning, at Kansas City's Marriott Downtown, the Kansas University football team arrived at its annual meeting with the Big 12 media in a way it never had before: as the main attraction.
Two of the Big 12 Conference's three new head football coaches took their turn at the podium Monday, selling themselves and their programs to the masses at Media Days. One man replaces an NFL coach who failed miserably in college. The other returns to the college game after a long stay in the NFL.
These are tough times for Tom Kivisto, and that saddens me because Kivisto fills a unique niche in Kansas University athletics. Kivisto is the only KU athlete in my memory who was booed repeatedly on the basketball floor, yet years later donated millions of dollars to his alma mater. Kivisto, who was removed last week as president and CEO of his Tulsa-based energy company, came to KU as a highly touted point guard out of a suburban Chicago high school.
With his 2008 Cotton Bowl Championship ring displayed prominently on his right hand, Missouri University sophomore Jeremy Maclin sat tall and laughed with reporters. Down the hall to his right, senior quarterback Chase Daniel tossed his moxie onto media members who lined up eight deep to get a piece of the MU quarterback, some with more success than many of the tacklers Daniel danced around a season ago.
On Day 1 of the Big 12 Conference's annual Media Days on Monday at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, two of the conference's biggest names - Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell and receiver Michael Crabtree - were glaringly absent.
Kansas Athletics will hold a weight-room sale every Wednesday from July 30-Aug. 20 at the Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center.
The twin towers known as 'The Twins' have officially landed in Kansas. Philadelphia prep phenoms Marcus and Markieff Morris arrived at KU last week. On a nightly basis, they can be found playing basketball in Kansas City. Andrew Baker has more...
Time magazine readers have ranked Kansas University Athletics Director Lew Perkins among the top 10 sports executives in the world.
Thanks to Tuesday's announcement that Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino had inked a contract extension making him the 13th-highest-paid football coach in the country, it became apparent that the university is willing to pay its head coaches among the best in the land.
Kansas University junior golfer Patrick Roth fell to Wichita State's Cameron Bishop, 4-and-3, in the finals of the Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship on Sunday at Wichita Country Club.
It had been at least six years since a Kansas University athlete competed in the U.S. Senior Diving National Championships. Two divers - sophomore Erin Mertz and junior Meghan Proehl - will put an end to that streak this summer.
If the stars were aligned perfectly, the day would come on Feb. 1, 2021 - 2/1/21. But those who love John Hadl aren't interested in waiting that long. So instead, Hadl, a Lawrence native and legendary Lawrence High, Kansas University and NFL football player, will have his high school number, 21, officially retired a week from today.
A modest guy, Bill Self didn't wear 2008 Kansas University national-championship apparel into gyms in Akron, Ohio; Louisville, Ky.; Philadelphia; and North Augusta, S.C., during the first half of the July recruiting period.
Cause of death: mat drills. That's what the autopsy report should have said Friday. It should have said, "Ereck Plancher, just 19 years old, literally worked himself to death doing a draconian football drill that should be outlawed in 21st-century America."
As if an Orange Bowl championship and national basketball title weren't enough already, Kansas University is riding its athletic prowess into unprecedented success in what just might be the most competitive market around. High finance.
Penn State coach Joe Paterno helped a lot of players make it into the College Football Hall of Fame. He counts former Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie among them.
Kansas University junior-to-be Patrick Roth advanced to the finals of the 98th Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship on Saturday at Wichita Country Club.
Three Kansas University football players will be made available Tuesday to answer questions at the Big 12 Conference's annual media day. In the meantime, here are 10 pressing questions already being asked by KU football fans counting the days until the Jayhawks open their season against Florida International on Aug. 30 in Memorial Stadium.
Honoring athletes from the distant and recent past, the University of Texas announced Friday it is retiring nine jerseys in football, men's basketball and baseball, including Vince Young and Kevin Durant.
Kansas University golfer Jennifer Clark overcame a four-shot deficit with a 2-over 72 and edged Dodge City's Tara Goedeken by one shot to win the Kansas Women's Amateur Thursday at Leavenworth Country Club.
Kansas University freshman Markieff Morris, who had already swished a pair of NBA three-pointers, let fly from 23-feet, 9 inches with :03 remaining in Thursday night's Kansas City Pro-Am game at Penn Valley Community College.
Host Argentina defeated the United States, 77-64, on Friday night in the finals of the FIBA Americas Under 18 championships. Kansas University freshman guard Travis Releford scored 12 points off 5-of-8 shooting - he made two of four free throws - while starting and playing 31 minutes.
Kansas junior Meghan Proehl and sophomore Erin Mertz will compete in the U.S. Senior Diving Nationals from July 22-27 at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasedena, Calif.
Tom Kivisto, a major donor for Kansas University football facility improvements, was removed as president and CEO of SemGroup LP on Friday, the company announced.
The U.S. won the silver medal at the FIBA Americas Under 18 championships in Argentina.
It's a good time to be a young guard on Bill Self's basketball team. With Russell, Rodrick, Jeremy, Mario and Brandon all lost to the NBA or graduation, there's plenty of playing to go around on the perimeter.
USA Basketball's Under 18 national team downed Canada, 82-66, on Thursday in the semifinals of the FIBA Americas U-18 championships in Formosa, Argentina.
Oklahoma women's basketball coach Sherri Coale says starting guard Jenna Plumley has been suspended from the team indefinitely following her arrest for petty larceny.
Kansas University track athletes Crystal Manning and Jordan Scott will travel to Toluca, Mexico, for the 2008 NACAC Under-23 Track and Field Championships, which take place today through Sunday.
Former Kansas Relays meet director Tim Weaver, a manager on international track and field teams for five years, was selected for that same role on the United States team staff for the 2008 Olympic Games next month in Beijing.
Teammates and best of friends for four years at Kansas University, Darnell Jackson and Russell Robinson took the court as adversaries Wednesday night. "It was weird," Houston Rockets free-agent point guard Robinson said of competing against Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Jackson in Las Vegas NBA summer-league action.
The Big 12 Conference released its 2008 media preseason first-team Thursday.
This, for once, wasn't all about the money. Oh, Kansas Athletics Inc., saw dollar signs, all right, but the conservative culture of the corporation that operates on the Kansas University campus was motivated more by a particular T-shirt. You know the one I'm talking about. Muck Fizzou. Lew Perkins, CEO of Kansas Athletics Inc., hates that T-shirt. First, Perkins tried jawboning entrepreneur Larry Sinks to get rid of it, but Sinks declined. Then Perkins convinced ESPN to ignore students wearing it, but so many students donned it that ESPN couldn't avoid all of them.
Tyshawn Taylor turned some heads Tuesday night in Kansas City Pro Am basketball at Penn Valley Community College. Taylor, Kansas University's 6-foot-3 freshman point guard from St. Anthony High in Jersey City, N.J., scored 47 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, dished six assists and had two blocks in The Hawks' 108-89 victory over the Cavaliers.
If there was a black mark on the Kansas University football team's stunning 12-1, Orange Bowl-champion 2007 season, it was the incessant question surrounding the team's strength of schedule. Or, more precisely, its lack of it. Despite leading his team to its best season in modern history (and picking up nearly every coach of the year award along the way), Jayhawks coach Mark Mangino was forced to defend against rumblings that Kansas lacked victories against quality opponents -rumblings that, from an objective standpoint, weren't altogether unreasonable.
"KUnfusing." The jury's verdict in Kansas University's trademark infringement lawsuit was filed Wednesday, and it did little to clear up why the eight-member panel ruled against certain T-shirts sold by Joe-College.com and allowed others.
If not for legendary Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart, Kansas University fans might have had 20 more games to heckle Jason Sutherland. Sutherland, the fiery former Mizzou point guard who undoubtedly ranks high on KU fans' list of least favorite opponents, actually considered playing football at Missouri before Stewart sacked the idea. Today, 11 years after playing his last game of roundball for the Black and Gold, Sutherland finds himself playing out his football passion - for a team in Kansas, no less.
Eddie Sutton's signature will remain on the court at Oklahoma State, although the handwriting will be a little smaller.
Kansas University officials are optimistic that recent academic and athletic success will help bolster enrollment. Although the Kansas Board of Regents forbids Kansas schools from discussing early enrollment numbers until mid- to late September, the school is anticipating a growing freshman class.
Former Kansas forward Wayne Simien continues to search for an NBA roster spot. SInce being selected 29th overall by Miami in the 2005 NBA Draft, 'Big Dub's' pro career has been defined by injury and illness. But this week a healthier Simien is preparing for NBA Summer League play with the Atlanta Hawks.
Kansas University freshman Travis Releford didn't score in Team USA's rout of Puerto Rico on Wednesday.
Members of the Big 12 Conference media have spoken, and their consensus is that fans can expect a Missouri-Oklahoma showdown in the conference's 2008 football title game.
Oklahoma starting guard Jenna Plumley has been arrested on a petty larceny charge after allegedly trying to steal makeup from a Wal-Mart store.
The great Wes Santee knows greatness when he sees it. Other than during his morning shave, it sounds as if he didn't see much of it during a recent trip to Eugene, Ore., for the Olympic trials. Santee, who resides in El Dorado, spent a good part of Tuesday in Lawrence and shared his thoughts on the state of distance running in the United States. I asked the Great Santee: Was there any one runner who really impressed you? "In all honesty, no," Santee said.
Growing up in the northern outskirts of ACC country, I saw and heard Billy Packer when he was at his absolute best. He played the game, coached the game, knew the game and could explain the game. If you loved college basketball back then, you loved listening to Packer. Doing those regional ACC games, he told you stuff you did not know in a way that made you understand it, appreciate it and savor it.
Staff writer Eric Sorrentino ranks the Big 12 basketball teams from best to worst.
OK, so the 2008-2009 men's college basketball season is 31â2 months away. But we know which key players from the Big 12 Conference left early for the NBA Draft and which key players stayed in school. Rosters are beginning to take shape. Incoming freshmen, for the most part, have arrived on their campuses.
The Indiana Pacers, who have been embarrassed by some off-the-court incidents involving their players, believe they will have no problems with first-round draft picks Brandon Rush and Roy Hibbert. At least that's the hope of Pacers' president Larry Bird, who announced the duo's signing Tuesday in Indianapolis. "If Brandon would just pay his parking tickets, we'd be fine," Bird said, jokingly.
Oklahoma's season opener against Chattanooga will be televised only on pay-per-view. It will be the third time since the 2003 season that a Sooners football game won't be available either on network or cable television.
Kansas University track great Wes Santee said the 2009 Kansas Relays would be the last held at Memorial Stadium, but KU officials said the move to a dedicated facility southwest of Allen Fieldhouse wasn't a done deal.
After scoring 8 points in the tournament opener against Venezuela, Kansas incoming freshman Travis Releford scores 11 as USA Basketball's Under-18 Team whips Bahamas 111-51 in the FIBA U-18 Championships in Argentina on Tuesday.
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino, the 2007 consensus national coach of the year after leading the Jayhawks to a 12-1 record, signed a contract amendment Tuesday that will pay him $2.3 million a year through 2012, an increase of $800,000 from his previous deal.
Incoming KU freshman Travis Releford scored 11 points for the United States Under 18 team on Tuesday.
The USA Baseball National Team, for which Kansas University head baseball coach Ritch Price is an assistant coach, defeated Cuba, 4-1, to win the Haarlem Baseball Week championship on sunday at Pim Mullier Stadium.
Go ahead. Laugh when you read this, but college basketball fans will miss Billy Packer. They'll miss him for the same reason that the late Al McGuire once explained why Packer basically had two categories of fans - those who don't like him, and those who really don't like him.
Billy Packer didn't sound like a man who found out his 34-year run as part of the Final Four broadcast had ended. On Monday, CBS announced that Clark Kellogg would replace Packer after 27 years as the network's lead college basketball analyst. Including his earlier years at NBC, Packer had done every Final Four since 1975, an unparalleled run for a national sports championship.
Former Kansas University power forward Darnell Jackson scored 10 points off 4-of-9 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 97-94 loss to the New York Knicks on Monday at the Las Vegas summer league.
"Muck Fizzou" lives but "Our Coach Can Eat Your Coach" is T-shirt history. That was part of the outcome Monday from a federal jury in the lawsuit filed by Kansas University over T-shirts sold by Joe-College.com, 734 Mass.
Awarded a spot in the starting lineup on USA Basketball's Under 18 National Team, Travis Releford didn't disappoint in the opening game of the FIBA U18 championships Monday in Argentina. Releford, Kansas University's 6-foot-5 freshman combo guard out of Roeland Park Bishop Miege, scored eight points off 4-of-5 shooting and grabbed five rebounds in the United States' 82-73 victory over Venezuela.
It takes 10 fouls, not the usual six, for an NBA player to be disqualified from a Las Vegas Summer League game. Relaxing of the foul rules has been a blessing for former Kansas University basketball power forward Darrell Arthur of the Memphis Grizzlies, who was whistled for nine fouls Friday in his pro debut against New Orleans.
Former Kansas University forward Julian Wright of the New Orleans Hornets had 11 points off 5-of-12 shooting with six turnovers in Sunday's 77-75 victory over Charlotte.
Brittany Potter tried soccer, softball and dance, then finally settled on swimming. So did her twin sister, Alyssa. The twins have been competing against each other in the pool since they were 8 years old and continue to swim together as upcoming sophomores at Kansas University. They even share an event: the 200-meter butterfly.
A federal jury must weigh complex legal issues and hundreds of pieces of evidence in a lawsuit pitting Kansas University against a Lawrence T-shirt seller.
Spin doctors at Missouri University sent an e-mail to alumni members not too long ago trumpeting the Tigers' success in athletics during the 2007-2008 school year. Missouri finished - fanfare, please - 38th in Director's Cup standings compiled by the nation's athletic directors (NACDA). Big deal, huh? Thirty-eighth in the nation. Whoopee. Looking at it another way, while Kansas University fans are still trumpeting the school's NCAA title in men's basketball and the Jayhawks' best football season in modern history, Missouri is ballyhooing a 38th place finish in the NACDA rankings.
Memphis coach John Calipari says guard Doneal Mack will return to the team for the 2008-09 season after all.
Dave Robisch, who played on the 1971 Kansas University basketball team that advanced to the Final Four, is among 10 athletes, coaches and broadcasters the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame plans to induct in October.
It has become practically a ritual after each Miami Heat game at the Orlando Pro Summer League. Mario Chalmers is approached and asked about "the shot." The rookie guard smiles, recounts his three-pointer that sent the NCAA title game against Memphis into overtime, and then politely excuses himself without making much fuss about Kansas' national championship. No one bothers to ask Jason Richards, the Heat's other rookie point guard, about his shot.
It's a changing of the guards at the guard position this year for the Kansas basketball team. With Mario Chalmers, Brandon Rush and Russell Robinson all working on their pro careers, Bill Self will rely on his incoming recruits up top next season.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson declined to file criminal charges against Sherron Collins for a May 2007 incident reported to have occurred in Jayhawk Towers at the University of Kansas.
The two main reasons I rooted so hard for Boston in the 2008 NBA finals: (1) Kansas' Paul Pierce and Scot Pollard on the Celtics roster; (2) Boston played mostly American guys, Los Angeles too many foreigners. (I know, you're supposed to say "international" players. Nuts!) Anybody notice I tend to be pathetically parochial?
Sure, wins and losses fill the top line of any college coach's resume, but the list of qualifications can't stop there. For example, never doing anything to embarrass the university comes with the job description. Comport yourself in public with class, dignity and a constant awareness that what you do affects not just your own reputation, but that of the athletic department and the entire university. Which brings us to the Kansas University men's golf coach.
Mike Strauss is a member of the Orange Bowl champion Jayhawk football team, but the average Kansas fan probably has no idea who he is. As the sports information director of Mark Mangino's staff, Strauss is stuck dealing with reporters on a daily basis. That said, this hard-working KU staffer is a champion in his own right. DJ Whetter has the story.
A federal jury in Kansas University's trademark lawsuit against Joe-College.com failed to reach a verdict Thursday but will continue deliberating Monday.
Apparently the Miami Heat liked what they've seen out of Mario Chalmers so far. The Heat signed Chalmers - one of the heroes of Kansas University's 2008 national-championship team - to a three-year contract worth around $2.3 million, according to published reports.
Before 2003, the Kansas volleyball program had never been to the NCAA tournament. But that season head coach Ray Bechard led the Jayhawks there for the first time, then against in 2004 and 2005. 2006 and 2007, however, were empty seasons for coach B and the girls. As for 2008? It looks much more promising.
A team of jurors has begun to deliberate whether Larry Sinks and his Joe-College.com business should pay penalties and be prohibited from producing and selling T-shirts that officials at Kansas Athletics Inc. contend infringe on the department's trademarks.
Lately, members of the Olathe North High football team have been getting an earful from standout defensive end Kevin Young about the benefits of this new, highly beneficial training tool that works wonders for agility and leaping ability.
Arizona signee Brandon Jennings will pursue a professional basketball career in Europe, backing out on his commitment to the Wildcats. Jennings, who played his final two high school seasons for Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, had not yet become academically eligible to play at Arizona.
Kansas University product Darrell Arthur, the 27th selection in the NBA Draft, has signed with the Memphis Grizzlies, the team announced Tuesday.
Emily Powers did her best to make it seem like she belonged among the best women's golfers in the world. And while her deportment and play might have allowed her to blend in, the pen in her hand made her stand out."I saw all of them," Powers said. "I wanted to act like you're one of them. At the same time, oh my God, it's the first time I've seen an LPGA event. You're not supposed to get autographs, but I got autographs there, too. Even though I was playing in it, it was my first time."
The selection of Travis Releford to the USA Basketball U-18 national team underscores just what a blockbuster recruiting year Bill Self and his staff executed. One of 12 players chosen to the team that is a blend of rising high school seniors and incoming college freshmen, Releford has been the stealth recruit of the 2012 class ranked by Rivals.com as second in the nation to UCLA.
A record 23 Kansas University baseball players were named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for the spring semester.
In less than 48 hours, coaches and staff for the Kansas football team move into their new home. But the KU football players won't arrive at the Anderson Family Football Complex until August. When they do so, they'll find an entire lower level dedicated to the student-athlete. Here's a preview of that area in installment two of the 6Sports video tour of the new complex.
A certified letter about a personal injury claim sent to Kansas University basketball player Sherron Collins had an incomplete address on it, court documents filed Tuesday say.
Tuesday was a good day for Kansas University basketball players, former and future. On the same day that incoming 6-foot-5 freshman guard Travis Releford learned he had made the cut and is one of 12 players selected for the USA Basketball men's U-18 national team, Mario Chalmers had a big game for the Miami Heat in the NBA Orlando Summer Pro League.
Kansas State junior running back Leon Patton was arrested for two outstanding warrants and driving with a suspended license.
Kansas University's Meghan Gockel and Sydney Wilson were named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team.
Ballyhooed men's basketball recruit Xavier Henry reportedly has expanded his list of possible college destinations.
Oh, what a book Marge Hazlett could write. Oh, the tales she could tell of skeletons in closets, of peccadilloes swept under rugs, of juicy tidbits never made public. Several years ago, I queried the woman who was secretary to every Kansas University football coach since Pepper Rodgers if she had ever considered doing a tell-all book when she retired.
Keon Lawrence firmly slammed the door on any possible return to Missouri basketball Monday.
Michael Beasley stood in the doorway to the gym an hour before gametime, iPod in his left hand, head bobbing slightly as he chatted with new Miami Heat teammate Mario Chalmers. He was the picture of cool. And on the court, his demeanor didn't change much.
Olathe North High senior-to-be Kevin Young, Rivals.com's 33rd-ranked strongside defensive end, recently became the Kansas University football team's 13th commitment in the Class of 2009.
More than 250 girls aged between 6th and 12th grades are spending their week with KU head volleyball coach Ray Bechard.
It's a project so big, we'll spend the next two nights trying to show it to you. On Thursday, Mark Mangino and the Kansas football coaches and staff move into the Anderson Football Complex at Kivisto Field.
Former Kansas University football coach and fan favorite Don Fambrough remembers well the first time the hand of Mike McCoy relieved him of so much stress. "I had a hell of a time recruiting him," Fambrough said Sunday of the offensive lineman from Hiawatha. "It was snowing and sleeting. I was staying at the Big Chief Motel. There was a gap of six inches between my door and the floor. Room full of snow."
Everything about the man screams Chicago: The hard "Cs," the flat vowels, the way he pronounces "South Side" as "Sout Side," the firm handshake, the Dick Butkus connection, the straight-shooting way he answers questions, the friendly manner and general air about him suggesting he's too much of a gentleman to start fights yet sure would feel comfortable finishing them. Kansas State's new athletic director, Bob Krause, is proud of his Second City roots, but would object to Manhattan being labeled the Second (Kansas) City of the Big 12.
Kansas University volunteer assistant track-and-field coach Aarik Wilson won the finals of the men's triple jump Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials and advanced to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Scott Russell is headed to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Everywhere Mario Chalmers goes these days, someone asks about The Shot. You know the one. Down by three, 2.1 seconds left, NCAA title game, Kansas vs. Memphis. Chalmers gets the ball near the top of the key, lets fly over the outstretched arm of Memphis guard Derrick Rose and waits for the crowd to roar. They did, the Jayhawks head to overtime and minutes later, they're the national champions and Chalmers is the hero of the Sunflower State.
Kansas University standout Julius Jiles ran the 110-meter hurdles in 13.98 seconds Saturday in the men's preliminaries, falling short of advancing to the quarterfinals at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.
Post-graduate life has not been overly kind to Brandon McAnderson. Since piecing together a senior season in which he compiled 1,125 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns for the Orange Bowl-champion Jayhawks, the former Kansas University running back and Lawrence High product has experienced a collection of bumps, bruises, disappointments and near-misses in his quest to make an NFL roster.
Former Missouri running back Tony Temple just wants a chance. One chance to prove he should have been snagged in April's 2008 NFL Draft. One chance to prove the Cotton Bowl-record 281 rushing yards and four touchdowns he recorded in his final game in a Missouri uniform wasn't a fluke.
Known as one of the top recruiters in the country during his 16 seasons as a college head basketball coach, Bill Self has additional ammunition to use in pursuing prep players in the Class of 2009. Kansas University's sixth-year coach, who today hits the road for the start of the July evaluation period, can sell ...
A young woman approached former Kansas University basketball All-American Wayne Simien as he ran some errands in Lawrence the other day. She did not want an autograph. "She said, 'I have a story I remember about you, not on the court but at Jayhawker Towers,'" Simien said of his living quarters from 2001 to '05. "She said, 'My grocery bag broke and everything fell out. You stopped, helped me pick up my groceries and helped me carry them to the room. I'm trying to teach my two sons to have that same kind of character.'
Wayne Simien, who donated his 2006 NBA championship ring to Kansas University's Booth Family Hall of Athletics, admits he's wandered by the trophy case to check on the jewelry.
The Heat's summer camp is exacting a greater toll than could have been anticipated from such offseason workouts.
Former Kansas University basketball forward Wayne Simien will be holding his "Called to Greatness" camp for boys and girls fourth through 12th grade July 29-31 at Free State High. Cost is $100. Registration deadline is July 24.
The phone call that would change the course of Joe Bob Clements' football career - and his life, really - was made from a parking lot pay phone outside of Emporia High School. This was in 1994. It was a weekday afternoon in January ("For all I know, I should have been in class," says Clements). The previous evening, after a conversation with his father, Clements, at the time an 18-year-old lineman on the Emporia football team, had decided he wanted to play Division-I football.
Former Kansas University basketball guard Brandon Rush hopes to remind Indiana Pacers fans of one of the best players in team history, Reggie Miller.
Former Kansas University track and field javelin standout Scott Russell is on track to compete at his first Olympic Games.
Bill Self's new contract as head of the Kansas basketball program will probably pay him around $3 million annually along with innumerable perks, bonuses and such. If Bill's not already set for life, he will be soon.Some might assay that amalgamation of loot and think they'd love such a deal. Few could handle it. Even if you think Self is overcompensated, consider what he has to do to fill in the squares to create those enormous paychecks.
Kansas University golfer Jennifer Clark recently finished second at the Kansas City Women's Amateur Golf Tournament, while teammate Sydney Wilson placed fourth at the Collegiate Players Tour/Lagoon Park Collegiate Open.
Members of the Kansas University athletic department crossed the country in search of inspiration for the soon-to-be completed Anderson Family Football Complex. And after touring the facilities of some of the nation's most storied programs - Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, to name a few - they're confident that the Jayhawks' $31 million complex will rest among the country's elite.
It's been a long, strange pro basketball journey for former Kansas guard Aaron Miles. After helping KU to the 2003 National Title game, Miles did get a brief shot at the NBA. But since that month-long stint with Golden State in 2006, the point guard has kept his pro career alive by playing basketball in France, Spain, and the NBA Developmental League. But as Andrew Baker explains - the NBA dream is still very much alive...
KU freshman Travis Releford made the first cut of the U18 USA Basketball team that will compete in Argentina later this month at the FIBA Championship.
At 6-foot-9, Scott Russell is the tallest javelin thrower in the world. But on the field, it's not his height, but his impressive throwing distance and fiery dedication that have earned him recognition. After years of disappointments, Russell finally will have his shot at the Olympics when he travels to his hometown of Windsor, Ontario, for the Canadian Track and Field Olympic Trials on Saturday.
Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price, who is serving as an assistant coach with the USA Baseball National Collegiate team this summer, boarded a plane Wednesday for Europe.
Mark Mangino's football teams typically are among the least-penalized in the nation, and the special teams routinely rank among the best in the Big 12. More often than not, they're on the right side of the give-away, take-away ratio. All three areas generally are considered accurate barometers of how well-coached a football team is. Mangino believes in putting the best players on special teams. Some coaches believe in putting the best of the rest, as in non-starters.
Ashley Ellis, one of three Kansas University women's basketball signees, won't be enrolling in August.
Several Div. I schools offered Tyrone Sellers a football scholarship or at least showed interest, but Sellers was sold on one of the first. Sellers, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound weakside defensive end from McCook (Neb.) High, has committed orally to Kansas University.
Michael Beasley's first official practice with the Miami Heat ended quickly.
Indiana University will give up two basketball scholarships for the upcoming season in anticipation of penalties related to the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate, assistant athletic director Frank Cuervo confirmed Wednesday.
In a motion filed this week in Douglas County District Court, Jessica Brown maintains that Sherron Collins, 21, showed "reckless indifference" by not responding to two letters her attorney sent to him.
Between bouts of rain and trips to the trucks to avoid lightning, Kansas Turnpike Authority workers Wednesday raised a new exit sign to three I-beams along Interstate 70 east of Lawrence.
Texas Tech hired an Arizona Diamondback scout as an assistant baseball coach with responsibilities in all facets of the team's program, including pitching, offense and defense.
Former Kansas University football player and current Colorado Crush defensive lineman Kyle Moore-Brown has advanced to the Divisional Round of the 2008 Arena Football League playoffs.
Former Kansas University point guard Jacque Vaughn on Tuesday exercised his contract option with the San Antonio Spurs, meaning he will be under contract with the team through the 2008-09 season. Vaughn, 33, is in the final year of a deal that pays him about $2.5 million total. He has been with the Spurs the past two seasons - including the 2006-07 championship season - serving as backup to Tony Parker.
After all 60 NBA Draft selections were made and the league approved a plethora of trades that would leave Albert Einstein perplexed, here's a few images basketball fans can start formulating in their minds:Mario Chalmers passing to Michael Beasley; Brandon Rush dishing to brother Kareem; D.J. Augustin setting up Jason Richardson and Emeka Okafor for high-percentage looks.
The draft lottery recently suggested the most NBA-ready players in college basketball competed in the Big 12 and Pacific-10 conferences last season. Of the 14 lottery picks taken in last week's NBA Draft in New York, eight came from the Big 12 or Pac-10.
UCLA basketball coach Ben Howland, who has guided the Bruins to the Final Four each of the past three years, agreed to a new seven-year contract with the university Tuesday.
With six Jayhawks from last year's mens basketball team heading to the pros, it's easy to see why Bill Self's 2008 recruiting class is seven players deep. The most recent addition to that list is freshman Tyshawn Taylor. As Kevin Romary explains - the big city product only chose Lawrence a couple of months before arriving on campus in June...
The honors just keep pouring in for Kansas University's men's basketball team. ESPN announced Tuesday that the Jayhawks are up for sports team of the year honors in the annual ESPY Awards.
You know what today is, don't you? OK, it's the first day of the rest of your life. But it's also a new year for Kansas Athletics Inc. KAI, the corporate behemoth that operates on the Kansas University campus, functions on a fiscal year basis that begins on July 1. The arrival of New Fiscal Year's Day means that just about all the KAI employees will be receiving their hefty raises based on the bountiful booty created by the football team's appearance in the Orange Bowl and the men's basketball team's : well, you know what it did.
Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, while Jayhawk linebacker Mike Rivera was tabbed to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, it was announced by the Maxwell Football Club on Monday.
Marcus Morris realizes he and his brother, Markieff, are not the first Kansas University basketball players to be born and raised in far-away Philadelphia. In fact, there's ... "Wilt the Stilt," Marcus, a 6-foot-81â2, 220-pound KU freshman from Prep Charter High, said Monday, acknowledging Hall of Famer and fellow City of Brotherly Love native Wilt Chamberlain. "He's very big in Philly. He's still known as the best high school player to ever play the game. He's a legend, and he'll always be a legend."
Kalynd Carson, a Kansas University women's golf signee, won the Texas-Oklahoma Tournament tournament last week in Wichita Falls, Texas.
There are certain things parents can tell their up-and-coming athlete without the message fully sinking in. Such messages perhaps carry a bit more weight when delivered by a national champion such as Kansas University guard Sherron Collins, who helped the Jayhawks defeat Memphis in overtime, 75-68, on April 7 in the NCAA finals.
Kansas University freshman Travis Releford is one of 20 players who will gather in Washington, D.C., today for USA Basketball's Under 18 national team trials at Verizon Center.
Kansas University rower Kara Boston and football player Jeff Foster were among the 24 Big 12 student-athletes selected to receive 2007-08 Dr. Prentice Gautt Graduate Scholarships, the conference office announced.
Former Kansas University defensive back Ronnie Amadi has advanced to the Divisional Round of the 2008 AFL Playoffs.