Kansas University football players Dexton Fields and Kendrick Harper, who have each missed multiple games this season due to injury, are expected to play Saturday when the Jayhawks travel to Ames, Iowa, for their 11 a.m. game against Big 12 conference for Iowa State
Most likely, you do not know the name Kayl Anderson. He is a fourth-year student at Kansas University. He is originally from Tulsa, Okla., and he is currently a widely unknown member of the Kansas football team, where his duties include, mostly, throwing footballs under his butt.
Kansas State safety Gary Chandler has been suspended indefinitely after being arrested for driving on a revoked license and obstructing the legal process. Team spokesman Kenny Lannou said coach Ron Prince decided Monday that Chandler won't be involved in the football program until his legal problems are resolved.
Texas Tech has unveiled a mock-election format to promote Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree for the Heisman Trophy. Athletic department media officials announced the campaign Monday. Fans can go to the Web site www.passorcatch2008.com to choose between Harrell and Crabtree.
Roommates tend to look out for each other during two weeks of Kansas University basketball Boot Camp. "I always wake up first. I've got to drag him out of bed," KU sophomore Brady Morningstar said of delivering a 5:30 a.m. wake-up call to junior Sherron Collins.
The Kansas football team opens Big 12 play this weekend against Iowa State. It's a game you can see live on Versus (Sunflower Broadband channel 38).
Pencil in the Oct. 17 Late Night in the Phog and Nov. 18 CBE Classic game against Florida Gulf Coast as "banner days" for Kansas University basketball this season.
The Kansas football team's home game against Colorado on Oct. 11 will be played at 11:30 a.m. and will be nationally televised on ESPN2, the Big 12 announced Monday.
Cole Aldrich nearly lost his breakfast during his first Kansas University basketball Boot Camp experience in Allen Fieldhouse. "Yes, once or twice, but I didn't. Chase was 4-for-4 - the first four days. After that he was fine," Aldrich, KU's 6-foot-11, 245-pound sophomore center, said, laughing.
Kansas University sophomore Maria Martinez fell to Mary Weatherholt of Nebraska, 6-0, 6-0, in the championship match of the Jayhawk Flight of the Jayhawk Tennis Invitational at First Serve on Sunday. Yuliana Svistun beat an Arkansas State opponent, 6-1, 6-4, in the third-place match for the Jayhawks only victory of the day against four defeats.
Three Kansas University players each scored a goal as the Jayhawks edged Iowa State, 3-2, in Big 12 Conference soccer on Sunday. After the Cyclones jumped to a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute, KU's Monica Dolinsky slipped the ball past ISU goalie Ann Gleason to make it 1-all in the 19th minute. It was Dolinsky's fifth goal, tying Emily Cressy for the team lead.
Oklahoma, where the No. 1 ranking rests again. The Sooners sit atop the AP Top 25 on Sunday after the first upset-filled weekend of the season gave the media poll a powerful shake. Alabama was both a mover and a shaker, as the Crimson Tide rose to No. 2 after a surprising 41-30 pounding of Georgia.
Your Kansas University football magnet schedule fell off the refrigerator and you accidentally swept it up and tossed it in the garbage? Forgot to take your pocket schedule out of your pocket and it shriveled up in the wash?
Texas senior fullback Luke Tiemann will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. Tiemann was hurt Saturday in the Longhorns' 52-10 victory over Arkansas. Tiemann, a fifth-year fullback, also played defensive end and contributed on special teams during his 34-game career.
On the bright side, the Kansas University volleyball team's match with visiting Texas could have gone much worse. For one thing, the Longhorns entered as the country's No. 3- ranked team. For another, they feature four all-Americans and a bench full of players that would not look out of place in the starting lineup of the New York Knicks.
Forget the famous rivalry. Colt McCoy and No. 7 Texas clobbered Arkansas like any other early season warmup. And when the most lopsided game between the border foes in decades was over, all Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino could do Saturday was collapse into a chair and sigh. Hard. "That's a beating," Petrino said after the 52-10 Texas win.
Larry Brown, who has had a pair of hip replacement surgeries, has been told by doctors he dare not jog anymore. "I'm over the hill now," the 68-year-old Brown said at Saturday's "An Evening With Larry Brown and Friends" fundraiser to benefit Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center.
Jevan Snead threw two touchdown passes, ran for another score and led the Rebels to a stunning 31-30 victory at No. 4 Florida on Saturday. Snead, the former Florida recruit who backed out of his commitment when he learned the Gators were going after Tim Tebow, outplayed last year's Heisman Trophy winner.
Kansas University sophomore Maria Martinez remained undefeated in match play to lead the Jayhawks on Saturday in day two of the Jayhawk Invite at First Serve Tennis Center.Martinez won both doubles matches with her partner, freshman Erin Wilbert, defeating Kansas State's Petra Chuda and Andrea Straznicka, 8-6, and Air Force's Shelly Johnson and Megumi Voight, 8-0.
University of Colorado junior point guard Whitney Houston will miss the season after tearing a ligament in her left knee during individual workouts this week.
After jumping to a halftime lead, the No. 18 Kansas University soccer team fell, 2-1, to Nebraska in double overtime Friday at the NU Soccer Field. KU broke the scoreless tie in the 42nd minute, when Sara Rogers set up Kim Boyer for her second goal of the season.
Five of the eight Kansas University tennis players competing at the Jayhawk Invitational went undefeated through the first day of the tournament Friday. Seniors Yuliana Svistun and Edina Horvath each won two singles matches and one doubles match.
Though pleased with its 3-0 start, Nebraska knows that tonight's game against Virginia Tech will be the first true measure of progress under first-year coach Bo Pelini. "We have to prove ourselves to everybody," defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said.
A rejuvenated Larry Brown, who was out of coaching the past two seasons, will open Charlotte Bobcats training camp on Tuesday at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. "I missed it. I'm glad I'm back," said the 68-year-old Hall of Famer, who was hired by the Bobcats on April 29.
Self in Jersey: KU coach Bill Self spoke Friday at the Garden State Coaches Clinic at St. Benedict's High School in Newark, N.J. Current KU players Tyshawn Taylor and Quintrell Thomas are from Jersey schools St. Anthony and St. Patrick, respectively.
No game for Mark Mangino and the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday. Instead, the Hawks will take a rest and watch the rest of the country. Kansas is 3-1 heading into its bye week.
Mark Mangino is good at devising ways to motivate his Kansas University football players. He will bench them, lash out at them, pat them on the back, even give them the silent treatment. As droning and monotonous as his low-key public utterances might seem, he can shift gears fast. The coach is never shy about ripping somebody on the sideline during a game. He won't suffer fools.
Freshman Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns, and Oregon State built an early lead and held on for a 27-21 upset victory over top-ranked Southern California on Thursday night.
Adrian Jones says to call him A.J., reaching out a hand before pulling a shiny, red Chiefs polo shirt over his Air Jordan sweatpants. Behind him are two pairs of red cleats, two neatly folded white towels and a locker with a red nameplate: "Adrian Jones 73." Jones is the first Kansas University graduate on the Kansas City Chiefs' 53-man roster since Doug Terry in 1995. And he's the one who never thought he'd be here in the first place.
¢ Self to be inducted into Chicagoland Hall¢ Kickoff event set¢ Free agents hopeful
Missouri junior linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is racking up so many tackles he sometimes loses count.
Against Sam Houston State, the overall running game numbers were better. However, they still weren't good enough to satisfy KU head football coach Mark Mangino.
Until senior Kendrick Harper returns to the Kansas secondary, Mark Mangino will continue to evaluate a host of young cornerbacks as replacements. Harper was taken off the field on a stretcher during KU's week two game against Louisiana Tech.
Three weeks after angering NBA officials with their behavior at a league symposium, Miami Heat rookies Mario Chalmers and Michael Beasley reiterated their regret over starting their careers on such a sour note.
New Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford would have to pay the university $1 million if he leaves before the end of his seven-year contract.
To hear his high school coach tell it, Kale Pick, red-shirt quarterback for the Kansas University football team, arrived on campus last spring with the goal of becoming the team's starting quarterback. As in, immediately. "Oh, yeah," says Dodge City head coach Justin Burke, asked whether Pick was gunning for immediate playing time at the position. "There's no doubt." Barring injury or some unforeseen disaster, Pick will likely have to wait a year-and-a-half before being handed the keys to the Jayhawks' high-powered offense.
Former Nebraska running back Thunder Collins was arrested Wednesday, nearly 24 hours after a shooting left one person dead and another seriously wounded.
Ron Prince found the focus for his future as the football coach at Kansas State in his past. He grew up 20 miles from campus, the son of a retired Army noncommissioned officer and was exposed to the hard work that characterized young military leaders.
Despite falling at No. 2 Nebraska, Kansas University's volleyball team became just the fourth team to win a game against Nebraska this season as the Jayhawks notched a 25-22 set-three victory. KU lost the match 3-1 by scores of 25-15, 25-19, 22-25, and 25-15.
The NCAA has selected Indianapolis and five other cities for a pilot program that will give them an opportunity to play host to multiple championship events through 2012.
The kindergarten class at Hillcrest School got three big surprises yesterday, and they were all more than 6 feet tall.
Mario Little was hanging out in Kansas University basketball teammate Conner Teahan's Jayhawker Towers apartment when he spotted a keyboard next to a computer. "Plug it in. I'll play it," Little, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound tough guy born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, said defiantly. "Man, you can't play," responded a skeptical Teahan, who took piano lessons as a kid growing up in suburban Kansas City.
Nearly half the Big 12 schools are averaging more than 500 yards a game, led by NCAA pacesetter Missouri at 595.5. Texas Tech is third nationally at 572.8, Oklahoma fourth at 556.7 and Oklahoma State fifth at 546.0. Texas is ninth at 502.3. Kansas ranks 15th at 473.0.
The Texas Tech women's basketball team is seeking a few young men to help them improve.
Missouri's Chase Daniel and Texas' Colt McCoy recently threw themselves - literally - into the Big 12 Conference football record books. Daniel set a conference record for consecutive completions in a game with 20 in Missouri's 42-21 victory over Buffalo on Saturday, eclipsing the previous marks of 18 by Sam Bradford (2007) and Seneca Wallace (2001).
Colorado and Colorado State agreed Tuesday to keep their football rivalry alive past 2010, but it's unclear if the game will ever return to the Denver Broncos' stadium.
Mike Gundy's rant quickly took its place in college football lore. Measuring its effect, though, is hard to do even a year later.
Kansas University's senior associate athletic director Larry "Contrary" Keating, always eager to disagree with anybody, anywhere, any time, was busy finalizing details of the women's basketball schedule Tuesday afternoon. Athletic director Lew Perkins was in Rhode Island, schmoozing donors. Smart move. New England sports fans are in a great mood now, thanks to the remarkable revival of the Boston Celtics engineered by general manager Danny Ainge.
Elijah Johnson, a 6-foot-2 senior guard from Cheyenne High in Las Vegas, will attend Kansas University's Late Night in the Phog on an official recruiting visit, Johnson told Rivals.com
Kansas will try to end Nebraska's domination in volleyball when the Jayhawks and Cornhuskers tangle on national cable television at 7 tonight in Lincoln, Neb.
For the second time this season, Kansas freshman Emily Cressy is named the Big 12 Conference soccer newcomer of the week.
The first time Kerry Meier ever took the football field as a wide receiver at any level was last year for Mark Mangino. Now, the Jayhawks former starting QB is the nation's top receiver.
For five hours, Emily Powers coolly drove, chipped and putted her way to one of her best 18-hole rounds of golf this season. Only those precious minutes after that round had the Kansas University junior on edge.
Nebraska safety Rickey Thenarse is expected to play after weeks of injury when the Huskers meet the Hokies on Saturday in Lincoln.
In late September of 2007, then-Kansas University freshman Chris Harris returned to his hometown, Bixby, Okla., which natives proudly call "the fastest growing city in Oklahoma." During his first season in Lawrence, the KU football team was off to a 4-0 start and Harris, a 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback, had started at right corner in each of those four games.
Kickoff has been set at 8 p.m. Central for nationally ranked Missouri's Oct. 4 game at Nebraska.
In street clothes, Todd Reesing looks more like an alto in the cherub choir than he does a major-college quarterback. Yet the Kansas University junior quarterback can play. He's one of the best passing QBs in the country. In the same vein, Camren Torneden looks more like a jockey intern than he does a high school quarterback in the state's largest classification.
Kansas University's Jennifer Clark, playing as an individual, shot a two-round 149 to take the overall individual lead after Monday's first day of the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational at Alvamar Public Golf Course.
The Kansas University athletic department Monday released its annual graduation-rate report, and for the second straight year, the university recorded a graduation success rate of 70 percent of its student athletes, meeting the NCAA's goal exactly.
Former Kansas University wide receiver Marcus Henry was waived by the New York Jets on Monday to make room for punter Ben Green.
Bend but don't break - that saying definitely applied to the Kansas defense during Saturday's 38-14 victory over Sam Houston State.
10 years from now, Kansas football fans who attended Saturday's game against Sam Houston State will still be talking about 'The Play.'
The Big 12 Conference announced Monday that the Kansas University-Iowa State University football will be at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 4, and televised by the Versus Network.
The Southeastern Conference needs to find another pushover. Vanderbilt, for years the weakest team in college football's toughest league, moved into the AP Top 25 on Sunday for the first time in 24 years.
Erin Wilbert and Maria Martinez provided the only victories of the day for the Kansas University tennis team, which finished its first tournament of the fall season at the University of New Mexico on Sunday.Six Jayhawks played in the consolation brackets, with Katerina Morosova, Alessandra Dzuba, Kate Goff and Yuliana Svistun each dropping their matches.
The gunslinger mentality Todd Reesing has developed during his time as Kansas University's starting quarterback certainly has its perks. It has earned him mention in various national sports publications - the New York Times sports page being the most recent example.
There are some striking similarities between Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self and his mentor, Larry Brown. Hall of Famer Brown led the Jayhawks to an NCAA championship in 1988 at the age of 47 in his 16th year as a head coach. Self led the same program to a national title 20 years later at the age of 45 in his 15th year as a head coach.
Texas tight end Blaine Irby will miss the rest of the season after dislocating his right knee Saturday against Rice, trainer Kenny Boyd said Sunday. Irby caught 10 passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns this season.
The Kansas volleyball team was looking for its first conference win of the year against Iowa State.
Sam Houston State football coach Todd Whitten gathered his players on the 20-yard line for a five-minute pep talk after Saturday night's 38-14 loss to Kansas University at Memorial Stadium. "I told them I was proud of their effort and appreciate the way they played," the coach of the Football Championship Subdivision.
A sellout Memorial Stadium crowd showed up Saturday night expecting to see the 19th-ranked Kansas University football team roll over an outmanned Sam Houston State team. And the fans got what they wanted : kind of.
With just under a minute remaining in the first half, Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing turned a broken play into the Jayhawks' third touchdown. After scrambling, Reesing fired a 57-yard touchdown pass to receiver Dezmon Briscoe to give Kansas a 21-7 lead.
Kirk Hinrich's jersey No. 10 will be hung in the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse in a halftime ceremony at a yet-to-be-determined game during the 2008-09 college basketball season. "It's a great honor," said Hinrich, starting point guard for the Chicago Bulls, referring to the highest honor that can be accorded a Kansas University basketball player. "To have my jersey up in this building - a place that means so much to me - it's an amazing feeling."
Todd Reesing had to stop a second while pondering the question after his Kansas University football team's 38-14 victory Saturday over Sam Houston State. Surely his 57-yard, highlight-reel touchdown pass to Dezmon Briscoe in the second quarter would make it on "SportsCenter," along with every KU football highlight film from 2008.
Jarrett Lee and Brandon LaFell connected on an 18-yard touchdown pass with 1:03 left to lift No. 6 LSU to another dramatic comeback victory over No. 10 Auburn, 26-21, Saturday in an SEC West showdown. The last eight games in the series had gone to the home team. LSU also snapped Auburn's streak of six consecutive victories at Jordan-Hare Stadium against Top-10 teams.
Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes - including a game-tying five-yarder to George Bryan with 1:12 left in regulation for the Wolfpack (2-2), seven-point underdogs to East Carolina, whose BCS-busting hopes are all but over after their second straight loss to N.C. State.
Chase Daniel was close to perfect in an otherwise sloppy final tuneup for No. 5 Missouri. Daniel passed for a career-high 439 yards and set a Big 12 record with 20 consecutive completions, helping the Tigers overcome a rash of errors in a 42-21 victory over Buffalo on Saturday.
Candidates for Game balls¢ Darrell Stuckey intercepted the pass that set up KU's first score early in the second quarter.¢ Todd Reesing's amazing scramble and perfect 57-yard throw to Dezmon Briscoe in the end zone was vintage Reesing.
Jenna Kaiser's familiarity with her warm-up jacket was beginning to grow old. For five weeks, the sophomore outside hitter never removed the pregame garb to enter a match for Kansas University's volleyball team. A strained ligament in her right elbow had forced her to the sideline. Saturday afternoon, the warm-ups came off, and she stepped on the court for the first time this season.
Former Kansas University basketball standouts Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison attended Friday's ceremony in which members of the 2007-08 Jayhawks were presented their national title rings. Collison said he had mixed emotions about his Seattle SuperSonics moving to Oklahoma City. In his five years in Seattle, Collison has grown fond of the great Pacific Northwest.
Freshman Ekaterina Morosova gave a strong performance for the Kansas tennis team Saturday at the University of New Mexico Invite. Morosova and senior Yuliana Svistun went 1-1 to finish the doubles competition at 2-1. Morosova also won her singles match to advance to the finals of the consolation bracket.
Animals at the Lawrence Humane Society will be the beneficiaries of an auction scheduled Friday at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive. The 14th annual Pawsible Dream Benefit Auction will start at 6 p.m. with the silent auction, followed by a live auction at 8 p.m.
Following his team's loss last week to South Florida, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino issued a mandate to his receiving corps: Improve your blocking significantly or be prepared to watch from the sidelines. Saturday, during his team's 38-14 victory over Sam Houston State at Memorial Stadium, Mangino made good on that promise.
Ed Warinner, the mastermind behind the Kansas University football team's no-huddle, spread offense, gets high grades for innovative thinking. An offensive coordinator's job can grow pretty complicated, but Warinner's most brilliant move to date was right in front of his face.
Some postgame audio clips have been posted, including ones from Mark Mangino, Todd Reesing and Angus Quigley.
Congratulations, Sam Houston State University! Not only have you been forced to spend the past week dealing with the after-effects of Hurricane Ike - and not only has it been three weeks since you've played a real, actual game - but now you get to try to knock off the rust by taking on a 19th-ranked Kansas team on the road.
Brandon Rush removed his shiny, new national championship ring from a fancy black box, proudly displaying his prized possession to a handful of reporters Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse. "It's beautiful as you can see," Rush, leading scorer on Kansas University's 2008 NCAA title team said after a 21â2-hour banquet in which rings were distributed to the 2007-08 Jayhawk players and coaches.
Tickets for KU's CBE Classic games on Nov. 24 and 25 in Kansas City's Sprint Center are now on sale through Ticketmaster (816-931-3300) or through Ticketmaster.com. KU will play Washington on Nov. 24 and either Florida or Syracuse on Nov. 25. KU's games against UMKC (Nov. 16) and Florida Gulf Coast (Nov. 18) are part of KU's season ticket package.
Based on the Jayhawks' inability to run the football in the team's first three games this season, it's hard to give them an edge against any defense in this area. But if there's a game to get it jumped started, it figures to be today, when they'll be facing a Division I-AA opponent at home. Most likely, Kansas will be looking to establish some kind of consistency in the run during its final game before the start of conference play, and it'll have the opportunity to do that today.
The 21st-ranked Kansas University soccer team (6-1) defeated No. 18 Central Florida, 3-2, on Friday in Orlando, courtesy of Emily Cressy's goal with just over eight minutes left in the second half.
Mike Leach has suggested he may shake up his receiving corps when No. 11 Texas Tech goes against Massachusetts tonight. But it wouldn't be to fool the Minutemen, the second Football Championship Subdivision opponent Texas Tech has faced in nonconference.
Kansas State running back Leon Patton was charged with abuse involving a 4-month-old boy and was dismissed from the team. He was arrested and jailed Thursday on $30,000 bond for his actions July 15, police said. A news release Friday gave no other details. Patton rushed for 999 yards and 10 touchdowns in two seasons.
Annette Davis, one of the top high school women's basketball players in Texas (11 points per game last year for Bellaire High), is on a recruiting visit to Kansas this weekend.
Since Kansas University's football team opened its 2008 season Aug. 30, explanations for the Jayhawks' dismal running game have been plentiful and well documented.
The Kansas Jayhawks hope to bounce back after falling for the first time this season. On Saturday, KU takes on Sam Houston State at Memorial Stadium.
Kansas University baseball player Buck Afenir was arrested early Thursday at a Lawrence bar around closing time.
The only basketball coach to win an NCAA national championship and an NBA title will return to Lawrence next weekend to raise funds for mental health services in Douglas County.
Zac Elgie said no to the pros. So did Lee Ridenhour. And that's good news for Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price.
Aric Goodman made a 25-yard field goal in overtime to give Colorado a 17-14 victory over No. 21 West Virginia on Thursday night.
Three of the top high school basketball players in the Class of 2009 will be on Kansas University's campus today through Sunday on official recruiting visits. The terrific trio consists of the top prospect in the country - 6-foot-4 point guard John Wall of Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C.; No. 18-rated Thomas Robinson, a 6-8 power forward from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.; and No. 22-rated Daniel Orton, a 6-10 center from Bishop McGuinness High in Oklahoma City.
Miami Heat rookie Michael Beasley was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Thursday after acknowledging that he was involved in an incident involving teammate Mario Chalmers and Memphis' Darrell Arthur at the Rookie Transition Program this month.
Tim Biere set relatively modest expectations for his freshman debut as a college football player at Kansas University: He wanted to get in the game. Biere managed to fulfill that goal. Just barely. He made it on the field for one play in this year's season-opener, and he remembers it precisely, including his assignment against Florida International. Double-tight-end set. Block on the back side.
Connecticut tailback Donald Brown and Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin are not household names in college football - yet.
Gale Sayers, the greatest football player ever to wear a Kansas uniform, will be in attendance at Saturday's game against Sam Houston State. If Sayers happens to notice Tent No. 2 near the bottom of the hill during pregame tailgating, it's doubtful he will find anything he sees during the game as meaningful. For Sayers, the term "student-athlete" means the student comes first for a reason.
The Kansas football program has never faced Sam Houston State University. But the Jayhawks are 0-1 all-time against the Bearkats starting quarterback.
For 13 straight games in 2007, the Kansas football defense gave up virtually nothing. Through two games and two quarters in 2008, little had changed. Then, the third quarter happened at South Florida.
For the first time in the 11 years since he became an internationally renowned filmmaker, Neil LaBute is on the brink of an elusive, unlikely achievement. The Kansas University graduate has already solidified his reputation as a master of crafting controversial tales involving revenge, betrayal and cruelty. But nothing has quite prepared him for the expectations of how his latest project, "Lakeview Terrace," will be received.
A musical flock of Jayhawks will be expected to grow larger, play louder and ensure that crimson-and-blue notes are heard clearly throughout the country.
Maybe Louisville should have Muhammad Ali stop by more often. The Cardinals roared by Kansas State, 38-29, on Wednesday night, coming to life after an appearance by the former heavyweight champion.
Washington hired Scott Woodward as athletic director on Wednesday, ending a nine-month search. Woodward held the interim position after Todd Turner resigned in December. Woodward also served as Washington's vice president of external affairs since arriving at the school in 2004.
Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins topped the public voting in Time Magazine's poll of the best sports executives in the world. Perkins is the only college sports administrator to make the list of 35 individuals, which includes team owners, team managers, league commissioners and other executives from around the world.
Kansas University's volleyball team dropped a five-set decision to Colorado on Wednesday. Colorado won the Big 12 opener for both teams, 25-18, 26-28, 15-25, 26-24, 15-12.
Kansas coach Mark Mangino said Wednesday that injured receiver Dexton Fields will be a game-time decision heading into the team's game against Sam Houston State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Fields, who practiced with the team Wednesday, has been out since leaving the team's season-opening victory over Florida International due to what appeared to be a left foot injury.
Ernie Davis never wore Nikes, until now. A new statue of the first black player to win the Heisman Trophy depicts him in modern-day football gear - including Nike cleats. The problem is that Davis led Syracuse to the national title in 1959 and won the Heisman two years later, before Nike was formed.
With Kansas University's football team driving for a potential game-winning field goal in the final minute of Friday's 37-34 loss at South Florida, KU place-kicker Jacob Branstetter went through his usual routine on the sideline. Visualize. Focus. Kick. Visualize. Focus. Kick.
Xavier Henry, who had planned to make an unofficial visit to Kansas University this weekend to attend a private dinner in which the 2007-08 Jayhawks receive their national championship rings, has decided to skip the trip. That doesn't mean Rivals.com's No. 2-rated high school basketball player has soured on co-finalist KU, says Xavier's dad, Carl, KU's leading scorer in both the 1982-83 and '83-84 seasons.
Wednesday's announcement that Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins topped the public-voting standings in Time Magazine's look at the top sports executives of the world is no shocker. The Kansas fan base is a passionate one and went to bat successfully for the boss of the athletic department.
It's no secret that the star of any football team is normally the quarterback. So, who receives the least amount of attention while, at the same, doing an extremely important job? The answer just might be KU long snapper Kayl Anderson.
Three contests into 2008, the Jayhawks have rushed for only 315 yards. More than half of those have come from third-stringer Angus Quigley.
The Kansas University football team's 6 p.m. game against Sam Houston State on Saturday has sold out, the university announced Wednesday.
Regular visitors to our Web site this morning noticed a problem: There was no Web site waiting for them.
Sometimes, the life of Riley isn't all it's cracked up to be. Neither is the life of Reesing. Robert Riley, a Journal-World reporter by day and a cage fighter/instructor by night, strolls Mass Street in the late afternoons, asking topical questions of strangers. He shoots pictures of them and runs their responses in the daily "On the Street" feature.
North Carolina natives haven't forgotten the athletic accomplishments of Danny Manning, who led Greensboro (N.C.) Page High School to a large class state championship back in 1983. Manning, who won national titles at Kansas University as both a player (1988) and assistant coach (2008), on Monday will be inducted into the Guilford (N.C.) County Sports Hall of Fame.
For most student-athletes, accepting a college athletic scholarship registers as one of those dream-come-true moments. That was not the case for Lawrence High senior Tayler Tolefree, who earlier this season orally committed to play volleyball at Kansas University.
Kansas University sophomore Nate Barbee placed sixth overall at the Kansas Golf Invitational on Tuesday at Alvamar Golf Club. Barbee shot a final-round 70 to go with first day rounds of 76 and 71 to finish at 1-over-par 217. Cal-Davis' Austin Graham was medalist at 72-70-68 - 210.
In the turbo-charged world of Big 12 Conference football, scoring is king. Take these sample scores from the first three weeks of the season to refresh the memory. Keep in mind the following opponents who faced these Big 12 teams all made bowl games last season: Missouri 52, Illinois 42; Oklahoma State 56, Houston 37; Texas 52, Florida Atlantic 10; Oklahoma 52, Cincinnati 26. The bottom line: These outrageous scoring outputs are mandatory in the new era of spread offenses and winning football games in the Big 12. And the statistics prove it.
The NCAA has told Indiana University to wait until Sept. 26 to respond to the latest allegation that the school failed to monitor its men's basketball program.
¢ OSU backs thriving¢ ISU forcing turnovers¢ Time on KU's side¢ Meier grabs early lead¢ Flags haven't cost TTU
Any worries Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino might have had about how his team would rebound from its 37-34 loss to South Florida last Friday were quickly dispelled during the team's practice Sunday in Lawrence.
If Brad Thorson is as fast a study on the field as he is the classroom, Kansas University football coaches have reason to smile. Before arriving at Kansas this summer as a transfer, Thorson - thanks largely to a heavy advanced placement workload in high school - managed to complete his undergraduate degree in two years at the University of Wisconsin, where he also played as a backup center on the school's football team.
The aftermath of Hurricane Ike is very real for the Kansas football team. Not only will the Jayhawks face a squad out of the Houston area this Saturday, but several KU players also have friends and family in the path of the storm.
The University of Arizona has reported a possible NCAA recruiting violation by men's basketball coach Lute Olson, who called it "an unfortunate and regrettable error."Athletic director Jim Livengood said Monday that Olson had sent a letter to basketball boosters asking for a donation to Jim Storey's Arizona Cactus Classic basketball tournament, held last May at Arizona's McKale Center.
Former Louisiana-Lafayette assistant baseball coach John Szefc has been named an assistant on coach Ritch Price's Kansas University staff, Price announced Monday. Szefc will serve as KU's third-base coach, hitting instructor and will also coordinate recruiting efforts.
The declaration from Kansas University wide-receivers coach David Beaty was made succinctly and matter-of-factly. Standing in a crowded conference room in the school's new Anderson Family Football Complex last month, Beaty was rattling off answers to questions about the team's receiving corps - strengths, weakness, expectations, etc.
Oklahoma starting defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger has been diagnosed with a sprained left foot. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday that it was too early to determine how long Granger might be out of action.
Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee is throwing again after spraining his shoulder, but coach Mike Sherman hasn't decided if he'll play against Miami on Saturday. McGee was injured early in A&M's game against New Mexico on Sept. 6, and sophomore Jerrod Johnson stepped in to lead the Aggies to a 28-22 victory.
Kansas University's women's golf team was in eighth place after shooting 612 on Monday at the Chip-N-Club Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. The Jayhawks shot a 306 in the first and second rounds at the par-72, 6,608-yard Wilderness Ridge Golf Course.
Last week's storms are long gone - and that's good news for the Kansas men's golf team. On Monday, the 'Hawks welcomed 15 other teams to Lawrence for the Kansas Invitational.
Two former Kansas Jayhawks made big plays for their teams on Sunday in the NFL.
As of Sunday night, Kansas University coach Mark Mangino had watched enough film of his team's 37-34 loss to South Florida to know this: The Jayhawks' receivers, despite their statistical achievements, have a long way to go. Asked whether he thought the Jayhawks' receiving corps was as deep and talented as any he's had at Kansas, Mangino replied, "I thought they were up until (Friday) night. I think we have a mentality with some of our receivers where they want to catch passes. But as far as the other things that come with the game - running precise routes and blocking - I thought we were very sub-standard."
Former Kansas University football defensive standouts Aqib Talib and Charles Gordon both intercepted passes during NFL games Sunday.
The law of averages figured to go against Kansas University's soccer team at some point this season. On paper, Sunday afternoon didn't appear to be one of those points for the Jayhawks. On the field, No. 18 Kansas let too many chances to score get away, and Loyola-Chicago handed KU its first lost, 2-1, on a blustery, overcast day at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Southern California is now a no-doubt-about-it No. 1 in the AP Top 25, and there's a new No. 2 as Georgia slipped again.
Kansas Football legend Gale Sayers will meet fans and sign books at the KU Bookstores on level 2 of the Kansas Union at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The book signing, scheduled for 2-5 p.m. on Sept. 20 as part of KU's Family Day, and is free and open to the public.
Former Kansas University basketball shooting guard Billy Thomas, who has played professionally in Argentina, Italy and Serbia, now is giving Greece a try.
Portland Trail Blazers center Raef LaFrentz will have shoulder surgery later this month.
Universitiy of Alabama-Birmingham's volleyball team tripped Kansas University, 3-0, Saturday at the Cowgirl Classic.
No. 2 Georgia and Knowshon Moreno made sure South Carolina didn't ruin a second straight shot at a championship season. Moreno's sliding 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter lifted the Bulldogs to a 14-7 victory over the Gamecocks on Saturday.
Jimmy Clausen threw two touchdown passes, and Notre Dame took advantage of six Michigan turnovers to get some revenge for consecutive blowout losses to the Wolverines with a 35-17 victory Saturday.
Kansas University men's and women's cross country teams each placed second behind Missouri on Saturday at the Missouri Cross Country Challenge at Gustin Golf Course.
The Kansas University defense was closing in on pushing its touchdown shutout streak to 10 quarters, when the defense that to that point had bent but never broken was blown to bits for roughly 20 minutes of game clock Friday night at Raymond James Stadium. For those 20 minutes, beginning with a few minutes left in the first half and ending a couple of minutes into the fourth quarter of a 37-34 loss to the University of South Florida, the KU defense allowed four touchdowns.
Graham Harrell threw for 418 yards and five touchdowns, three to Michael Crabtree, to help No. 12 Texas Tech rout SMU, 43-7, on Saturday night.
Missouri wants to score on every possession. Against Nevada, the No. 6 Tigers almost did. Chase Daniel threw for 405 yards to set the school career passing record and Missouri scored on its first 10 possessions in a 69-17 win Saturday against Nevada.
Southern California turned the most anticipated September game in years into a mismatch.
Candidates for Game balls:¢ Johnathan Wilson had 10 receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns.¢ Todd Reesing suckered a pass-rusher into leaping to block a pass by pump-faking and then delivered a 56-yard completion to Wilson, one of the many creative plays on the night by Reesing.
Entering the season, Kansas University's football team knew its schedule would present a number of obstacles. With games against five teams ranked in the preseason Top 25, a return trip to a BCS bowl - or beyond - would depend largely on how the team fared against some of the country's elite programs.
In Week 1, it was Dezmon Briscoe, dazzling with nine catches that resulted in three touchdowns. The following week, it was true freshman Daymond Patterson, filling in for an injured Dexton Fields to grab two touchdowns in a 29-0 victory over Louisiana Tech.
Today's Missouri-Nevada football game, previously scheduled for telecast on a pay-per-view basis, has been moved to Fox Sports Midwest (Sunflower Broadband channels 36, 236). The MU-Nevada game replaces the Washington State-Baylor game that was moved to Friday due to weather conditions from Hurricane Ike. Kickoff will be at 11:30 a.m.
So just how close was Kansas University to a football victory Friday night? Todd Reesing says a couple of feet, tops. It was the Kansas quarterback's final throw - his underthrown pass that was intercepted by safety Nate Allen - that ended up being the game-deciding play in KU's 37-34 loss at Raymond James Stadium.According to Reesing, it wasn't short by much.
Quarterback Todd Reesing didn't lose the game Friday night for Kansas University. Instead, he almost won it, amid a swarming rush, without any running game to speak of and with very little help from a defense exposed from front to back.
The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into reports that some police used excessive force on football fans during East Carolina's dramatic win last weekend. Officials said Friday the SBI will consider video that shows fans being knocked down by officers as fans rushed the field after the Pirates' 24-3 victory against West Virginia.
Baylor freshman quarterback Robert Griffin ran for a school-record 217 yards and two touchdowns on only 11 carries to lead the Bears to a 45-17 victory over Washington State on Friday night, a day earlier than scheduled because of Hurricane Ike.
Kansas junior receiver Kerry Meier pulled in a school-record tying 11 receptions Friday in a losing effort. He finished with 11 catches for 120 yards. The most recent player to catch 11 passes was senior Dexton Fields, who did it against Iowa State in 2007.
Timing can be everything in life. University of South Florida football coach Jim Leavitt's timing on a decision to change kickers turned out to be a kick in the teeth for Kansas.
Final, USF wins 37-34. Bonani's 43-yard field goal split the uprights as time expired, giving the Bulls the victory.
The Big 12 Conference and Oklahoma City All Sports Association have announced that tickets for the 2009 Big 12 men's and women's basketball tournament will be available beginning on Monday.
Bob Stoops probed his players to see if they had any solutions to improve Oklahoma's poor play on the road. He came away without any real answers.
Despite having seen only limited game footage of South Florida as of Tuesday afternoon, members of the Kansas University secondary unit already had seen something eerily familiar while watching Bulls quarterback Matt Grothe pick apart opposing defenses. "He reminds us of Todd (Reesing)," Kansas cornerback Chris Harris said.
Two games into the 2008 season, the Kansas football team has yet to establish a consistent ground attack. Both Jake Sharp and transfer Jocques Crawford have struggled to get going offensively, and coach Mark Mangino said earlier this week that third-string running back Angus Quigley (15 carries, 84 yards against Louisiana Tech) will play a bigger role in Friday's game.
Controversy? What controversy? Iowa State's quarterback dilemma hasn't looked like one so far. Sophomores Austen Arnaud and Phillip Bates have both shown they can lead the offense, and the statistics bear that out.
During her darkest days last year, Emily Cressy wondered if she had made a mistake. Maybe she shouldn't have committed to play for Kansas University, she thought. Maybe the soccer sensation from sunny California with the golden left foot should have found a way to remain on the West Coast. She'd always dreamed of playing for UCLA, after all.
Gotta try again to correct some flawed history. Don Haskins just died, and he was a pretty good college basketball coach. Still I don't consider him the ultra-noble social engineer that Sports Illustrated and the film "Glory Road" depict him. Don rode pretty good coat-tails into Valhalla.
The Washington State-Baylor football game has been moved up to tonight to avoid complications with Hurricane Ike on the Texas coast this weekend.
Nebraska has no plans to alter its three-man rotation at running back, coach Bo Pelini said.
Years ago, when Kansas University coach Mark Mangino and South Florida's Jim Leavitt were toiling away as members of coaching legend Bill Snyder's staff at Kansas State, it was inconceivable they one day would be in the position they are today - coaches of two of the top programs in the land. Back then, in the mid-90s, they were too busy worrying about keeping their heads above water. There were game plans to be developed and video to break down and recruits to pursue. There was no time to dream.
It's been two seasons since the Kansas football team faced off against South Florida. Back in 2006, the Bulls made the trip to Memorial Stadium.
Kansas last played a ranked non-conference opponent back in 2001 when 14th-rated UCLA came to town. The last time KU played a ranked non-conference opponent on the road was way back in 1988 at number 6 Auburn.
It's Thursday morning inside the posh locker room at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice facility, across the street from Raymond James Stadium, not far from a giant billboard picturing Aqib Talib and coach Jon Gruden, both smiling. Talib is standing in front of his locker, conducting a one-on-one interview, and is asked about when Gruden wasn't smiling, thanks to the rookie chosen with the 20th selection of the first round.
Since Jeff Spikes, Kansas University's red-shirt freshman offensive lineman, is currently preparing for the biggest challenge of his collegiate career, now would probably not be the best time to bring to his attention the following pieces of information about South Florida defensive end George Selvie, the man he will be charged with blocking come Friday: 1. Selvie was the nation's leader in tackles for loss in 2007 with 31.5 and was second in sacks (14.5)...
Eddie Crowder, who spent nearly half a century at the University of Colorado as a football coach, athletic director and mentor to generations of players, coaches and administrators, died Tuesday night from complications of leukemia, the school said. He was 77.
Hurricane Ike has pushed back the Arkansas-Texas football game to Sept. 27.
Don't expect Kansas University to copy Kentucky and move its season-opening Late Night basketball practice up a week. "There's no reason for us to do that. It's part of the history and tradition we have," sixth-year KU coach Bill Self said. He'll continue to hold Late Night in the Phog on the Friday closest to Oct. 15 - this year that's Oct. 17 - the first day practices are allowed in accordance with NCAA rules.
True freshman Tim Biere this week replaced sophomore Bradley Dedeaux as Kansas' No. 1 tight end, Kansas University offensive coordinator Ed Warinner said.
The Kansas State University men's basketball team will spend a day at Fort Riley training and playing ball with an artillery unit that's preparing for war.
Former Kansas teammates Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers were fined $20,000 apiece after being banished last week from the NBA rookie symposium, the league said Wednesday.
Oklahoma certainly isn't hoping for a replay of what happened on its last trip to play a Pac-10 team.
Ohio State tailback Chris "Beanie" Wells worked out with the team in pads and is on target to play against No. 1 Southern California on Saturday night.
Much of the hype for Friday night's Kansas-South Florida game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa centers on a matchup that pits proven performance against potential. South Florida's George Selvie, second in the nation in sacks with 20 and an All-American as a sophomore last season, faces redshirt freshman Jeff Spikes, making his third career start. The mismatch of experience plays a part in South Florida being favored by a field goal. It's a legitimate concern. It also is overplayed because it doesn't take into account the equalizer.
A little advice from Chase Daniel helped Blaine Gabbert make it through his college debut.
The Kansas defense has been fantastic thus far in 2008. Against FIU, the Jayhawks defense surrendered just three points. Against Louisiana Tech, the 'Hawks pitched the shutout. On Tuesday, sophomore defensive back Chris Harris sat down with Sports Director Kevin Romary for a one-on-one chat...
It's time to find out if the Kansas passing game can continue its 2008 success on the road. This Friday, Todd Reesing and company head to Tampa for a battle with the South Florida Bulls.
Just because Nicole Tate and Allison Mayfield are starters now doesn't mean they're devoid of rookie chores. The two first-year Kansas University volleyball players still must perform the requisite mundane tasks, from getting water bottles for teammates to carrying players' gym bags. No special treatment.
Jeremy Case isn't the only member of his family starting a new job. Win Case, father of Kansas University's first-year basketball graduate student manager, Monday was named to an assistant coaching position on Kermit Davis' Middle Tennessee State University staff.
Jocques Crawford paused, stretched his lips, grimaced and softly said something about his mouth hurting. He meant from his braces, not from his boldly stated goal of rushing for 2,000 yards in this, his first Div. I football season.
They're not exactly household names, these three Oklahoma State Cowboys. They're recipients of little national attention. They're overshadowed by the No. 4 team in the nation that resides an hour-and-change south in Norman, Okla.
The Miami Heat has been informed by the NBA that point guard Mario Chalmers will not be suspended for his role in the incident that led to last week's expulsion from the Rookie Transition Program. Although a suspension initially was a concern, Chalmers' penalty will be a $20,000 fine, as well as the requirement he repeat the program next year.
Receiver Dexton Fields, who missed Kansas University's game against Louisiana Tech after an injury in Week 1, won't be available for Friday's 7 p.m. game at South Florida, KU coach Mark Mangino said Tuesday. "Dexton's not going to play this week," he said. "We've tried, and that's not going to happen. We expect him back pretty soon, though."
Until this season, the only thing that called attention to Kansas University running back Angus Quigley was his unusual first name. Turns out, people only knew the half of it.
Ordinarily, the Friday night lights of northeast Kansas are reserved for the local high school football teams. But, that's not the case this week. In three days, Lawrence, Free State, Eudora, Tonganoxie, Basehor-Linwood and Piper High schools will be joined by Kansas University and its tilt with South Florida University.
Watching Daymond Patterson run with a football calls to mind watching Tom Seaver firing fastballs for the '69 Mets. Under normal circumstances, Seaver had an overpowering fastball. Put a runner in scoring position and two strikes on the batter, and Seaver reached back for more. Under normal circumstances, Patterson is the fastest player on the football field. Then when he needs a little extra, he kicks it up a notch.
Sometimes in the game of football there are moments that occur that define your season.
Two games into the season, Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman has another quarterback quandary. Senior Stephen McGee, who beat out sophomore Jerrod Johnson for the starting job in preseason practices, sprained his throwing shoulder on the sixth play of Saturday's game against New Mexico.
Angus Quigley has already surpassed his career rushing numbers.
Offensive lineman Andy Christensen was reinstated to Nebraska's football team after being acquitted of sexual assault charges last week. Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini said Monday that Christensen would resume practicing, but will be suspended for Saturday's game against New Mexico State.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy says receiver Artrell Woods is day-to-day after spraining his knee in the Cowboys' victory against Houston. Gundy says the worst-case scenario is that Woods would be probable for Oklahoma State's game against Missouri State on Saturday.
By any stretch of the imagination, the Kansas University football team's nationally televised matchup with South Florida on Friday night is a big deal. USF enters the game ranked 19th in the nation after holding off Central Florida in a 31-24 overtime victory last week. Kansas, following a 29-0 victory over Louisiana Tech, is ranked 13th. And for the first time this season, both teams will find out how they stack up against one of the nation's elite.
In the grand scheme of things, it's impossible to do everything you want to do, but that doesn't mean you can't give it your best shot. In that regard, I have now checked a football game at the U.S. Military Academy off my list of wanna-dos.
Texas defensive tackle Lamarr Houston will play for No. 8 Texas against Arkansas after serving a one-game suspension for a drunken driving arrest, Longhorns coach Mack Brown said Monday. Houston was held out of Texas' 42-13 victory over Texas-El Paso.
After a 2007 campaign that featured senior Natalie Uhart and junior Brittany Williams on the shelf for an extended period of time, this season Head Kansas Volleyball Coach Ray Bechard has the luxury of utilizing both middle blockers.
Rex Walters knows firsthand the coaching genius of the late Don Haskins, who won 719 basketball games in 38 seasons at University of Texas-El Paso. "He was an absolutely unbelievable coach. They absolutely ruined a year of mine," said Walters, the first-year University of San Francisco head basketball coach.
Sam Houston State game to be televised: Kansas' Sept. 20 game against visiting Sam Houston State will be broadcast by Fox College Sports (FCS), KU announced Monday.
The glow from Don Haskins' greatest triumph was mostly a memory when Disney decided to take another look.
Dominic Cheek, a 6-foot-5 guard from St. Anthony High in Jersey City, N.J., has decided to make official basketball recruiting visits to Kansas University, Villanova and Wake Forest, according to ZagsBlog.net.
So the Big 12 went 12-for-12 this past weekend, a first in the league's 13 seasons. Sounds great. But what does it really mean?
When Kansas University third-string running back Angus Quigley rushed for 47 yards on six carries in the team's season opener, it didn't seem to raise many eyebrows. Just a minor note in a 30-point Jayhawks blowout, fans figured. Just a backup making the most of his garbage-time carries. But while the first game easily could have been written off as a fluke, Quigley's effort Saturday - a 15-carry, 84-yard outing in which he finished with a 5.6 yards-per-carry average -was a bit harder to ignore.
Two games into the season, the Kansas University football defense has allowed three points, the receiving unit looks as if it could become known as the best in school history, the punt-return team has transformed from a horror show into a highlight show, and the Jayhawks are ranked 13th in the nation by the Associated Press. Sometimes it pays to pause and soak in all that before returning to freaking out about the state of the running game.
Kansas University freshman Kortney Clifton scored her third goal of the weekend, and junior goalkeeper Julie Hanley posted her second shutout of the season as 20th-ranked Kansas held off SMU, 1-0, in a nonconference soccer match Sunday at Westcott Field.
Well Mother Nature didn't make it easy, but on Saturday the Kansas football team recorded it's 11th straight victory at Memorial Stadium.
Over the weekend, the Kansas volleyball team was battling for a second place spot in the Jayhawk Invitational with Central Florida.
Kansas University senior cornerback Kendrick Harper, who left Saturday's game late in the first quarter on a stretcher, was released from the hospital Sunday evening and was doing "fine", according to coach Mark Mangino.
Did You See That? Five minutes into the second half, Kansas sophomore receiver Dezmon Briscoe caught a short pass from quarterback Todd Reesing and broke five - yes, five - tackles on his way to a 48-yard touchdown reception that gave KU a 20-0 lead.
Apparently, Louisiana Tech didn't get the memo. A week after the Kansas University football team nickel-and-dimed its way past visiting Florida International by passing for 256 yards and three touchdowns in a lopsided season-opening victory, Louisiana Tech on Saturday didn't veer too far from the Golden Panthers' unsuccessful strategy.
A 22-play drive that resulted in no points deflated Louisiana Tech's football team Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. "Anytime you get down there tight and don't get points, it's devastating," Tech coach Derek Dooley said after a 29-0 loss to the Jayhawks, a loss that came one week after the Bulldogs' stunning 22-14 victory over Mississippi State.
Family Day at the Horejsi Center held an interesting twist during warm-ups for Kansas University's volleyball match Saturday afternoon. The usual applause rained down as each Jayhawk was introduced with her family, of course.
Skip Holtz followed his biggest coaching victory at East Carolina with an even more impressive one.
Baker University opened its football season Saturday with a 56-0 loss to Tennessee-Martin.
¢ Kansas' Harper hurt in first-quarter collision¢ Hatch makes first career start¢ Branstetter takes over kicking duties¢ McCormack honored at halftime
Weekly candidates for who's taking home the game ball and who will be running gassers at practice.
Niles Paul ran back a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, allowing Nebraska to break open a close game and go on to beat San Jose State, 35-12, Saturday.
Sam Bradford overcame two interceptions and threw for a career-best 395 yards and five touchdowns and No. 4 Oklahoma overpowered Cincinnati, 52-26 Saturday.
Angus Quigley says he was surprised - shocked even. Just before the end of the first half, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino came up to Quigley and delivered a simple message: The junior was going in at running back, and soon. "I was kind of like, 'What? I'm just a fourth-quarter guy. What am I doing in the third quarter?'" Quigley said. The running back answered his own question soon enough.
Put a knucklehead in a fishbowl, and he's bound to expose himself sooner or later. Bang, there goes his reputation, up in smoke. He says he didn't do it. Some even believe him. Others never again will trust him. It happens to athletes all the time.
Final, KU wins 29-0. Two more rushes by Quigley ends the game. KU improves to 2-0 with impressive performances by both Reesing and the Jayhawks' defense.
Finally, Kansas University lineman Mike McCormack's name goes up on the Ring of Honor at halftime of tonight's football game against Louisiana Tech. McCormack doesn't have the name recognition of a Gale Sayers or a John Riggins, a John Hadl or even a Bobby Douglass. Sayers ran the football with such speed and grace that he still jumps out of your television when his Chicago Bears highlights are shown.
At 6-6 and 245 pounds, Missouri's tight end does not fit the image of a player whose signature move is hurdling opponents.
Freshmen forwards Kortney Clifton and Emily Cressy scored two goals apiece, and Jessica Bush recorded a pair of assists in Kansas University's 5-2 soccer victory over Alabama-Birmingham on Friday at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
The blood smeared across Will Muschamp's left cheek as it dripped from an inch-long cut near his ear.
When kicker Alex Henery was in his first year at Nebraska in 2006, TV announcers sometimes confused him on the sideline with Adam Carriker.
Like any good quarterback, Taylor Bennett worries about security. Security in the pocket. Security in his position. And, of course, homeland security as it relates to the advancement of the world's technological capabilities. After graduating in four years with a degree in international affairs from Georgia Tech, Bennett is now pursuing a Master's in business information (with an emphasis in computer information securities) at Louisiana Tech, where he also happens to be the starting quarterback for the school's 1-0 football team.
None of Kansas' three running backs - with the possible exception of third-stringer Angus Quigley - was particularly impressive in the team's opening victory, combining for 128 yards on 36 carries. What's more, it's unclear whether transfer Jocques Crawford will be available today after tweaking his ankle in last week's victory over Florida International.
Former Kansas University basketball players Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers on Friday apologized for being expelled from the NBA's Rookie Transition program.
Former Kansas University basketball forward Darnell Jackson, who on Friday signed a three-year guaranteed contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, e-mailed a letter to the Journal-World this week. The Cavs' second-round draft pick out of Oklahoma City asked the J-W to share the letter with all KU fans.
Natalie Uhart keeps talking about what it means to seize these moments. As a sixth-year senior down to her last collegiate volleyball season, she tends to appreciate and understand the rarity with which such times occur.
Darnell Jackson wanted to share his good fortune with members of his extended Kansas University basketball "family." So the 6-foot-8, 250-pound former KU power forward cell-phoned the Journal-World from the lobby of the Doral Arrowwood Resort Friday afternoon in Rye Brook, N.Y., as he prepared to sign a three-year guaranteed contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The thing about the Kansas University defense, is that - with a couple notable exceptions - there are not a lot of stars. No sure-fire NFL prospects. No big-time personalities. Only one player - linebacker Joe Mortensen - was named to the Big 12's preseason all-conference team. For the most part, Kansas' defense is a group comprised mostly of "program guys," to steal a term from coach Mark Mangino.
Saturday night at Memorial Stadium, Mark Mangino and the Kansas Jayhawks try for a perfect 2-0 start.
Kansas University kicker Jacob Branstetter, who missed the Jayhawks' season-opening victory over Florida International because of eligibility issues, has been cleared to play in this Saturday's game against visiting Louisiana Tech, the school said Friday.
Chris Nickson threw for a touchdown and ran for another and Vanderbilt finally beat a ranked opponent on its own field Thursday night, upsetting No. 24 South Carolina, 24-17, in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Kansas football coach Mark Mangino produced chuckles galore last season while discussing KU's spotty longtime football record. In a masterpiece of drollery, he noted that "anybody can have a bad century." Certainly the Jayhawks never threatened the excellence of Notre Dame, Michigan or Ohio State in that 1900-2000 span. But KU had its moments of glory in those hundred years. So far this century, there's only a 45-51 start, so Mark and his successors face a major challenge over the ensuing 82 years.
One of the top high school girls basketball players in Texas will make an official recruiting trip to Kansas University this weekend.
The word captain carries with it many different meanings. From the commander of a ship on the high seas or leader of a military outfit all the way down to the guys who pick the teams on the playground, captains have held a variety of responsibilities throughout history. You know what they are, you understand what they do. But what do they mean to a football program that plays its games at the highest level of the collegiate ranks?
NBA commissioner David Stern mentioned former Kansas University basketball players Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers by name in his introductory speech to 67 players at the NBA Rookie Transition Program on Wednesday morning, ESPN reports.
The competition gets tougher for the Kansas football team this weekend. On Saturday, the Jayhawks welcome Louisiana Tech to the Hill.
Kansas University's basketball team grew in both size and stature at 4 p.m., Thursday. That's when KU athletic director Lew Perkins received word from the NCAA Clearinghouse that 6-foot-9, 232-pound Markieff Morris, and 6-8, 225-pound Marcus Morris, two featured players in KU's recruiting class of 2008, had been deemed academically eligible to compete at KU as freshmen.
Wednesday's drizzly weather didn't seem to bother Mangino, who admitted following his team's evening practice that it was probably good to get some work in under less-than-stellar conditions.
On more than one occasion last Saturday, the Kansas backfield featured a pair of running backs - junior Jake Sharp and junior transfer Jocques Crawford - alongside quarterback Todd Reesing.
It is a testament to the 2006 Cedar Hill (Texas) High football team that receiver Dezmon Briscoe, who would later develop into a freshman all-American honorable mention selection at Kansas University, was not the most highly touted player on the Longhorns' state championship team. That honor went to quarterback William Cole, a nationally known prospect who, before committing to Oklahoma State during a highly publicized signing-day ceremony, was high on the Jayhawks' - and just about everybody else's - wish list.
Former Kansas University tight end Derek Fine did not have to dump much of his KU gear when he joined the NFL last April. Thanks to the Buffalo Bills selecting him with one of their two fourth-round picks (No. 132 overall), Fine still wears red and blue to work. Through rookie camp, off-season training activities, minicamp and the preseason, the Jayhawk some saw as a longshot to get drafted, has managed to stick with the Bills.
The biggest improvement during the season for any football team should come between weeks one and two - this according to head football coach Mark Mangino on Tuesday at his weekly media gathering.
Injury also affected the Kansas offensive line in the opener. Freshman Jeremiah Hatch did not see time at right tackle thanks to an undisclosed injury. Senior Matt Darton took his place while another freshman, Jeff Spikes, manned the left tackle spot. While KU is young on the ends - there's experience in the middle with Ryan Cantrell. Kevin Romary caught up with the Jayhawks' senior center on Tuesday...
Kansas University senior receiver Dexton Fields will miss Saturday's game against visiting Louisiana Tech due to injury, coach Mark Mangino said Wednesday evening.
The NBA careers of former Kansas University basketball standouts Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers are off to stormy starts, to say the least. Memphis Grizzlies power forward Arthur and Miami Heat point guard Chalmers were dismissed from the NBA's rookie transition program Wednesday for violating unidentified league rules.
If there was an eye-popping moment from the Kansas University football team's meeting with the media Tuesday, it occurred when defensive tackle Jamal Greene, a 6-foot-4, 301-pound mountain, sat in a chair in the back of Mrkonic Auditorium and started talking about "onesies." This, for the record, is not everyday lingo among members of the 14th-ranked Jayhawks. During interviews, players do not, generally speaking, spend significant amounts of time discussing baby attire. Greene does.
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self returned to work Tuesday with pleasant thoughts of his team's Labor Day-weekend trip to Canada. "As long as NCAA legislation stays the same, absolutely we'll do it again. I don't know if it'd be Ottawa (again), but it's certainly something that's been good for us. It's so easy," Self said of making the short trip north of the border.
By staying away from the cupcakes, Southern California earned itself a slim new ranking. No. 1 always seems to fit USC.
Former Newark high school basketball standout Keon Lawrence has transferred from Missouri to play at Seton Hall.
Mike Sherman pronounced himself disappointed Monday, two days after his Texas A&M coaching debut ended in a stunning home loss to Arkansas State.
Jeremy Maclin left the Missouri sideline on a cart in the fourth quarter of Saturday's opener, believing he had broken his left ankle and with a towel over his face to conceal the anguish. Not again, Maclin thought.
When former Kansas University defensive coordinator Bill Young opted to leave his post for a spot on the staff at the University of Miami after last season, it was looked upon as a significant loss for the Jayhawks. And following his first game as defensive coordinator with the Hurricanes, it's clear why.
Bill Self's Labor Day weekend trip to Canada was short, but oh so sweet. "It was great. The only thing that could have been better is if we had the twins with us," Self, Kansas University's sixth-year basketball coach, said, referring to freshmen Marcus and Markieff Morris, who are still awaiting word from the NCAA Clearinghouse on their eligibility.
Ohio State tailback Chris "Beanie" Wells did not practice with the second-ranked Buckeyes on Monday.
Quarterback Kevin Craft sparked UCLA's offense in the second half Monday night, and Kai Forbath kicked a 42-yard field goal in overtime to lift the Bruins to a 27-24 victory over No. 18 Tennessee, making coach Rick Neuheisel's debut a winning one.
Here are some of my first impressions of the 2008-09 Kansas Jayhawks, based on the squad's Labor Day weekend trip to Canada. KU defeated McGill, 72-67, and Carleton, 84-83, on Saturday before pounding Ottawa, 95-60, on Sunday.
For the first time since 2004, the 25th ranked Kansas soccer team is 2-0.
Well, it didn't take the Kansas football team long to pick up right where they left off. On Saturday - in front of a packed Memorial Stadium - the Jayhawks sent Florida International packing to the tune of 40-10.
Consider all the issues raised in Kansas University's sometimes-sloppy 40-10 season-opening victory against Florida International, and then note what they have in common. Based on the unproductive run game and the heat put on quarterback Todd Reesing by FIU's blitzing defense, the readiness of the inexperienced offensive line remains a concern. Red-shirt freshman Jeremiah Hatch, who had earned the starting right tackle spot, did not play.
The law of averages finally caught up with Kansas University's Canadian exhibition opponents. Ottawa's Gee-Gees misfired on 14 of 17 three-point tries in a 95-60 blowout loss to Kansas at Montpetit Hall, just a day after Carleton and McGill swished 15 and 10 treys apiece in one- and five-point losses to the Jayhawks.
A hint of satisfaction pierced through Mark Francis' scathing words. Just don't hurt your eardrums trying to pick it up. Kansas University's soccer coach first took a trip to Negativetown, lamenting his team's poor play Sunday afternoon at Jayhawk Soccer Complex against Auburn University. The Jayhawks didn't control the tempo, Francis said. They continually got beat to the ball. They allowed the Tigers to fire freely away on goal.
Josh Smith bounced back from a rocky start with a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Colorado beat Colorado State, 38-17, on Sunday night in what might have been their last game at Invesco Field.
Mario Chalmers' three-pointer that sent the 2008 NCAA men's basketball title game into overtime truly was a shot heard 'round the world. Proof is Jay Roberts' reaction north of the border. "I drove everybody nuts. I went off the deep end," former Kansas University football/basketball/track athlete Roberts said. He jumped for joy while watching KU's 75-68 victory over Memphis on TV in his Ottawa, Ontario, home.
Kansas University newcomer Mario Little fell just short of a triple-double in the Jayhawks' 95-60 men's basketball exhibition rout of the University of Ottawa on Sunday night at Montpetit Hall. For the record, the undersized, 6-foot-5, 210-pound power forward scored 21 points off 9-of-11 shooting, dished eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds in 28 minutes.
I'm thinking about what I'm going to write today while reclining in a downtown Ottawa Starbucks on a beautiful Sunday morning, 65 degrees, just a few clouds in the sky. I'm reading the print edition of the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, sipping a Grande-sized coffee and also gazing at tourists ambling past a Sears Department Store with a giant red Canadian Maple Leaf emblazoned above the entry-way.
Typically, it is difficult to find glaring fault in a college football team's 30-point victory. It is even harder to do so when the team's quarterback threw for over 250 yards and three touchdowns and its biggest cause for concern entering the season - special-teams play - proved, for a day at least, to be a strong suit.