Stories for June 2009


Tuesday, June 30

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Former KU golf coach Ross Randall retires

Ross Randall, who has been involved in the Kansas University golf program for the last 30 years, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Self comments on Henry situation

Carl Henry says sons might still choose Kentucky

Kansas University basketballl coach Bill Self today commented to the Journal-World on reports that Xavier Henry and C.J. Henry were having second thoughts about attending KU and still might attend Kentucky.

Lawrence builder pleads guilty in bank fraud case, will testify against others

David Ray Freeman, a Lawrence builder, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to commit bank fraud in connection with an anticipated building boom in Junction City.

Clark takes 2nd at K.C. Amateur

Kansas University junior-to-be Jennifer Clark shot a final-day 75 to place second at the Kansas City Women’s Golf Amateur over the weekend.

KU falls to No. 72 in NACDA rankings

Among Big 12 Conference schools, Kansas and Kansas State brought up the rear in NACDA Director’s Cup standings that are used to measure overall athletic success.

Monday, June 29

Perkins hosts Golf Classic

KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins hosted his fifth annual Golf Classic at Alvamar Golf Course to benefit the Douglas County Special Olympics.

Kansas pitcher Walz wins debut with national team

Kansas sophomore pitcher T.J. Walz tossed 4 1⁄3 innings of scoreless relief and struck out nine to earn the win in the U.S. National Team's 14-5 rout of Canada on Saturday at the Durham Bulls' Athletic Park.

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Manning the line

Defensive tackle Johnson focused on getting to QB

It has been just four months since Tom Sims joined the Kansas University football staff as defensive line coach, but in that time, he has had no trouble making his expectations for the 2009 season clear. The task charged to members of his unit? Get to the opposing quarterback — and do so often.

Fuller leads Kansas track team on final day

Four Kansas track & field freshmen competed on the final day of the USA Junior Outdoor Championships Sunday at Hayward Field.

U.S. basketball team, Taylor scrimmage against Croatia

The USA U19 World Championship basketball team and Kansas University guard Tyshawn Taylor scrimmaged against Croatia on Sunday, winning 97-68.

Sunday, June 28

Hayes, Stowe lead Kansas track team

Keith Hayes placed fourth in the men's 110-meter hurdles, and Rebeka Stowe qualified for the finals of the women’s 1,500 meters to lead Kansas University at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.

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Getting a leg up

Jayhawks punter Rojas spends time studying returners

Often lost in the enduring images that come to mind when recalling the Kansas University football team’s 40-37 victory over Missouri in the 2008 Border War — the sky spitting snowflakes, KU quarterback Todd Reesing’s game-winning lob to receiver Kerry Meier with less than a minute to go — is the scene of a frustrated and dejected Jeremy Maclin making his way from the field after another unsuccessful punt return.

Ten KU football players to watch in preseason

Golfers who walked instead of rode this past week nearly broke their arms patting themselves on the back for having the courage and toughness to gut out the heat and humidity.

Prep standout Stephenson visits Cincinnati

New York high school basketball standout Lance Stephenson is on a recruiting trip to the University of Cincinnati this weekend, reports.

Grizzlies wanted to trade for former Jayhawk Chalmers

The Memphis Grizzlies tried to acquire former Kansas University guard Mario Chalmers during Thursday’s NBA Draft, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Saturday.

Saturday, June 27

Builder expected to plead guilty in bank fraud conspiracy case

A Lawrence builder charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud in connection with a building boom in Junction City is expected to plead guilty Tuesday in federal court in Topeka.

KU's Reed eyeing leadership role

Kansas University junior guard Tyrel Reed has his sights set on becoming more of a leader for the Jayhawks.

Jayhawks reportedly land Juco linebacker

Various recruiting web sites are reporting that the Kansas University football team has added a Juco linebacker.

Friday, June 26

Taylor, U.S. hoops team leave for New Zealand

Kansas University sophomore Tyshawn Taylor and his USA Basketball Under 19 World Championship teammates left training camp in Colorado Springs on Thursday for Auckland, New Zealand, site of the July 2-12 tournament.

Softball coach Smith eager to start at KU

Never in 14 years of Big 12 Conference softball has Kansas University ever won a regular-season championship.

Clippers draft Sooners’ Griffin

Blake Griffin was the consensus No. 1 pick. Shaq to the Cavs was the consensus blockbuster.

KU releases GPAs for spring semester

Eleven Kansas University athletics teams posted grade-point averages of 3.0 or better, leading KU student-athletes to an overall GPA of 2.95 during the 2009 spring semester, KU athletic department officials announced Thursday.

Hoops troubles not new

USA Today this week devoted a cover story to the premise that college basketball is in troublesome shape with its payoffs, academic finagling, coaching crookery and financial excesses.

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Aldrich’s dad: Cole content at KU

Kansas University junior-to-be Cole Aldrich told the Journal-World before the NBA Draft he had no second thoughts about putting the pros on hold another year.

Thursday, June 25

KU pitcher Walz named to Team USA

Kansas University pitcher T.J. Walz, who recently completed his sophomore season for the Jayhawks, became the first KU baseball player ever to make a U.S. National Team after being named to the team's 22-man 2009 roster this week.

KU Athletics hires risk management AD

Lori Williams, director of academic review at the NCAA Eligibility Center, has been named associate athletic director for risk management by Kansas Athletics Inc.

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Offering no regrets

With draft tonight, Aldrich, Collins content at Kansas

The 2009 NBA Draft has been called one of the weakest in many years. “Just lousy or all-time terrible?” blared a headline on, in advance of tonight’s draft at New York’s Madison Square Garden, an event that will include no Kansas University players.

Tourney special for Lew

All my life I’ve been fascinated by look-alikes.

New KU softball coach introduced

Four years ago, when Western Carolina inaugurated an intercollegiate softball program, the school tapped new Kansas University coach Megan Smith for the start-up job.

Powers eliminated

After earning a spot in match play by advancing from a playoff, Kansas University senior-to-be Emily Powers lost in the first round of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links on Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 24

KU freshman Elijah Johnson undergoes knee scope

Las Vegas PG to miss 2-to-3 weeks of pick-up action

KU freshman Elijah Johnson had arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday in Lawrence.

KU's Powers in playoff for match play spot

Kansas University senior-to-be Emily Powers shot a 78 on Tuesday and her two-round total of 152 put her in a playoff for the final spots of match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Golf Championship.

KU's Robinson embracing life on the hill

The regular season is five months away, but for KU freshman Thomas Robinson, it's never too early to get your feet wet.

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Quigley's crash course

Senior leans on mom’s support in transition to LB

Not long ago, as he sat slouched in a chair in the Parrott Athletic Center on the Kansas University campus, Angus Quigley was talking about his mom.

KU track and field athletes to compete at USA championships

Nine Kansas track & field athletes will be competing this week at the 2009 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships Thursday through Saturday in Eugene, Ore.

Union man a KU fan

Nowhere in the stories written about Donald Fehr’s decision to step down as executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association did it say that one of his assistants has very definite opinions on Danielle McCray’s game and how Aishah Sutherland’s athleticism helped the Kansas University women’s basketball team.

Tuesday, June 23

Athletic-academic balance

Bill Mayer’s June 19 column, in which he praised the balance that Bob Frederick brought to the KU athletic department during his time as athletic director, has resurrected the ongoing conflict that has been brewing in college sports for at least the past century.

Holy Cross search includes KU's Dooley

KU assistant Joe Dooley has seen his name pop up in the coaching search at Holy Cross.

Powers shoots 74

KU senior golfer Emily Powers shoots a 74 in the first round of stroke play qualifying at the 2009 Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.

KU soccer inks Canadian

The Kansas University soccer team has signed a midfielder from Montreal.

Woodland finishes in a tie for 47th

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland shot a final-round 77 and finished the first major of his career tied for 47th at 12-over. Woodland reached as low as 1-under for the tournament and was tied for 12th heading into the third round.

Monday, June 22

McCray survives cut, makes roster of USA Basketball's World University Games team

KU senior to compete July 1-11 in Serbia

KU senior Danielle McCray is one of 12 basketball players to represent the U.S. in the World University Games.

Woodland struggles to third-round 76

After spending three days near the top of the leaderboard, former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland fell back a bit on Sunday.

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McCray one step away

KU standout hoping to make USA roster

Danielle McCray felt humbled and honored — and also experienced a surge of patriotic pride — when presented her Red, White and Blue Team USA jersey, shorts and warmups last month at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Sunday, June 21

KU’s past, present make Self’s camp a hit

Thomas reflects on 33-point exhibition explosion

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self coach expects a peaceful, highly uneventful Father’s Day 2009.

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O-lineman finds new life at Kansas

Though it’s eight feet away from him, Brad Thorson immediately recognizes the video on the computer across the room.

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Anyone's tournament

Woodland seven behind leader Barnes at U.S. Open

One day after blazing his way into contention by playing 14 holes of his second round at 4-under par, former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland proved Friday’s performance at the 109th U.S. Open was no fluke.

Saturday, June 20

Woodland solid in U.S. Open

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland is off to a good start at the U.S. Open.

Assists Foundation announces first awards

Bill Self’s Assists Foundation has announced its first round of grant and scholarship recipients.

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Iowa prep Barnes not typical standout

Ballyhooed Ames High recruit keen on business (and, yes, KU is on his list)

Heralded Ames (Iowa) High basketball standout Harrison Barnes is as concerned about his future college's business school as its basketball program.

KU great Sayers joins another Hall of Fame

Gale Sayers was inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame.

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Extreme makeover: Stadium edition

New turf going in at KU’s Memorial Stadium

New turf is being installed at Kansas University's Memorial Stadium, and a new scoreboard might be in the works, too.

Friday, June 19

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KU's Taylor selected for USA men’s U19 team

Kansas sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor was selected as one of 12 players that will compete for the USA Men’s U19 World Championship Team, USA Basketball announced Thursday.

Memorial provides perspective

Bill Mayer column on the Bob Frederick memorial service.

KU pitcher Smyth signs with Oakland

Kansas University product Paul Smyth signed with the Oakland Athletics.

Kansas swimming adds seven newcomers

Kansas University swimming and diving coach Clark Campbell announced the addition of seven student-athletes to next year's roster.

Ex-Jayhawk Higgins to run marathon for U.S.

Ex-Kansas University runner Paige Higgins will represent the United States in the marathon at the World Championships.

KU softball taps coach: ex-LSU aide

Kansas University has picked its new softball coach, as Megan Smith, an LSU assistant, will replace Tracy Bunge on Mt. Oread.

Thursday, June 18

KU's Smyth signs with Oakland A's

Former Kansas University pitcher Paul Smyth signed a contract with the Oakland A's organization Thursday, a week after being selected in the 35th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

Gary Bedore's KU Basketball Notebook

Kansas University freshman Jeff Withey and junior Tyrel Reed did not play in the scrimmage. Withey, a 7-foot transfer from the University of Arizona, is out two to four weeks with a sprained right thumb.

Woodland set for U.S. Open

Former KU golfer Gary Woodland will tee off at the 2009 U.S. Open on Thursday, which will be his first ever major.

KSU faces another buyout

Kansas State University could be required to pay another expensive buyout if it does not reinstate Jim Epps, a deputy athletic director on indefinite administrative leave, according to a published report.

Thompson named to ABCA 2nd team

Kansas University sophomore Tony Thompson was named a second-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

It’s time to change NBA Draft rule

Kudos to Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self for coming down on the wise side on the issue of when basketball players should become eligible for the NBA Draft. Self, likely about to coach his first one-and-done player in Xavier Henry, could have kept his mouth shut on the issue, but as he’s known to do, he was asked a question and answered it.

Wednesday, June 17

Genuine memories

Family, friends, community gather to celebrate Frederick

Rarely, if at all, did Bob Frederick appear in public wearing shorts and a T-shirt. Frederick, in fact, may have made Beau Brummell look like a hobo.

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KU basketball alumni outlast current players, 67-63

Withey to miss 2-4 weeks with sprained thumb

Point guard/team leader Aaron Miles gave a pep talk to Kansas University’s alumni basketball squad Wednesday afternoon at Horejsi Center.

Bob Frederick Memorial Service from Lied Center of Kansas

Check back here shortly before 1 p.m. for the live video of Bob Frederick's Memorial Service.

Frederick: ‘What it Means to be a Jayhawk’

Following is Bob Frederick’s chapter from the book: “What it Means to be a Jayhawk.” The book is published by Triumph Books and authored by Doug Vance and Jeff Bollig. Both Vance and Bollig worked under Frederick in the KU athletic department.

KU has new food vendor for games

Centerplate signs 10-year concession contract

Centerplate has a new contract to provide concessions at all Kansas Athletics events next season, replacing Mid-America Concessions, which had the contract since 1990.

KU has filled void at short

Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price thinks he has found a suitable replacement for David Narodowski at shortstop.

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Ready to rumble

Releford healthy for alumni game

Travis Releford says he has overcome the painful skin irritation that kept him out of the last Bill Self Camp game.

NCAA gives grant to Kansas women

The NCAA has given Kansas University a $60,000 grant to promote women's basketball.

Frederick memorial today; Self to attend

Kansas University coach Bill Self plans to attend today’s memorial service for former KU athletic director Bob Frederick, who died Friday at the age of 69.

Tuesday, June 16

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Bob Frederick tributes

The Journal-World has compiled some comments from individuals expressing sorrow at the death of former Jayhawk athletic director Bob Frederick.

Bob Frederick tribute: Ashley Schlotzhauer

I’m still trying to read all the articles about Bob without crying.

Bob Frederick tribute: Chuck Holley

It's men like Carney Smith (head football coach at Pittsburg State), Nanny Duver and Bob who just happen to have the name “Coach” before their name, that make me glad and proud to live, work and coach in Kansas.

Bob Frederick tribute: Mitch Germann

I was in Las Vegas last week when my dad texted me the news.

Bob Frederick tribute: Chris Theisen

I was privileged to get to know Dr. Frederick through my years at the Big Eight Conference and the Big 12 Conference.

Bob Frederick tribute: Bill Freeman

Bob was really a good guy. In all the time I’ve known him I never heard him complain about anything.

Bob Frederick tribute: John Burch

I appreciate your tribute articles on Bob Frederick and would like to offer my thoughts in response. I had a unique relationship with Bob in that I played basketball for him at Coffeyville Community college in 1970 and was his assistant coach at Lawrence High School in 1977-79 before I was the girls coach there for one season.

Bob Frederick tribute: Ken Davis

Bob was a sportswriter’s dream, a terrific interview on any topic involving college athletics.

Bob Frederick tribute: Jeff Bollig

My best memory of Bob Frederick is how he made anyone he met and interacted with feel at ease, regardless of whether the situation was casual or professional.

Bob Frederick tribute: Bill Self

Coach Frederick came as the athletic director after I left as a graduate assistant.

Bob Frederick tribute: Doug Vance

KU was very fortunate to have a man like Bob Frederick guide its athletic department.

Bob Frederick tribute: Wayne Simien

Bob Frederick had a demeanor about him that made every student-athlete he encountered feel valuable.

Bob Frederick tribute: Andy Katz

I want to express my deep condolences to the family of former Kansas athletic director Bob Frederick.

Sunflower Broadband Channel 6,, to carry Bob Frederick's memorial live

Services for former Kansas University athletic director Bob Frederick are set for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Lied Center on KU's west campus.

KU's Narodowski signs with Arizona Diamondbacks

Kansas junior shortstop David Narodowski has signed a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and will not return to KU for his senior season.

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More than a cheerleader

Former Jayhawk Langford prefers playing in Russia to sitting on NBA bench

Keith Langford still hopes to someday play in the NBA.

Frederick generous, respected

It must seem like everyone on the Journal-World sports staff has written something about Bob Frederick since his tragic death in that bicycle accident late last week.

Budig: Frederick leaves rich tradition

Back in 1987, Kansas University chancellor Gene Budig wasted little time in hiring a replacement for athletic director Monte Johnson, who had resigned.

Monday, June 15

Area golfers invited to tee off with Bill Self

Once again, it's time for Bill Self's annual golf tournament.

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Collins to skip USA basketball team trials

Kansas University senior point guard Sherron Collins will not be attending USA Basketball's World University Games Team Trials, Collins said Monday at Bill Self's basketball camp in Horejsi Center.

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KU's Afenir signs with Yankees

Kansas University catcher Buck Afenir, who just finished his senior season as a member of the Kansas University baseball team, signed a free agent contract this week with the New York Yankees' organization.

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It’s time to think tribute

Patches for Kansas University and Lawrence High athletes honoring Bob Frederick seem a fitting tribute.

KU hoops players welcome Johnson

Kansas University basketball players have been welcoming to newcomer Elijah Johnson.

Sunday, June 14

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Football camp attracts national prospects

Years from now, when the names on Saturday’s Super Jayhawk Camp football prospect roster are looked back upon and their football accomplishments are researched, then it can be determined how much talent worked out on the two practice fields southeast of Memorial Stadium.

Freddy’s integrity inspiring

As soon as I started working at the Journal-World, I encountered a couple of local titans.

Frederick, a friend, will be missed by all

In mourning the loss of a mutual friend, Roy Williams and I shared some memories of Bob Frederick on Friday night.

Saturday, June 13

Kansas Tarasova 11th in NCAA hammer throw

On the third day of the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Kansas senior Zlata Tarasova placed 11th in the hammer throw finals to wrap up the season for the Jayhawks track and field team Friday at John McDonnell Field.

Freddy exuded class

To Kansas University student-athletes, he was Dr. Frederick. Others simply called him Dr. Bob. But to his friends — and that includes many of us media-types — he was simply Freddy.

Ex-Lions remember ‘Coach’

To most in town, Bob Frederick was remembered as Kansas University’s extremely likable former athletic director, but to a group of grateful men in Lawrence and elsewhere, he is remembered simply as “Coach.”

A chronology of events in Bob Frederick's life

Below is a time line of events in the life of Bob Frederick.

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Chasing his dream

Robinson will play summer-league basketball with Orlando Magic

Russell Robinson will not be vacationing in Turkey anytime soon. “It wasn’t good,” former Kansas University point guard Robinson said of his brief stay in Zonguldak, a province with a population of 100,229 located along the western Black Sea coast region of Turkey. It was there he opened his pro basketball career, playing point guard for Erdemir Zonguldak for a brief period last winter.

Friday, June 12

Former KU athletic director dies

Bob Frederick, who played and coached basketball at Kansas University and served as athletic director for 14 years, died Friday night at Kansas University Hospital at the age of 69.

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KU pitcher Shaeffer Hall signs with Yankees

Left-hander will forgo senior season at KU

Kansas pitcher Shaeffer Hall has signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees and will not return for his senior season at KU.

Snyder tells crowd of K-State's boosters he was Sebelius' first choice to be her Lt. Gov.

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder prefers football to politics. Snyder told a crowd of football boosters in Winfield, Kan., this week that he was asked to be former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ running mate in 2006. He said he seriously considered the job but eventually decided not to delve into politics.

MU to test for sickle cell

University of Missouri athletes will face mandatory sickle cell tests in a change spurred by the 2005 preseason death of a 19-year-old football player. The change comes less than three months after the school agreed to pay $2 million to the family of reserve linebacker Aaron O’Neal. The redshirt freshman collapsed and later died during a voluntary summer workout.

Jayhawks’ Thompson earns more awards

Kansas University sophomore Tony Thompson was honored with three more awards this week, including selection to two All-America teams.

Global game growing

It’s still called the National Basketball Association, but International Basketball Association would be a more fitting name considering the league long ago went global. Young basketeers trying to make the jump to the pros after one year in college must beat out not only collegians such as Blake Griffin, Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry, but international stars such as Spain’s Ricky Rubio.

Xavier Henry to skip summer school, will report to KU's campus in August

Incoming Kansas University freshman basketball player Xavier Henry won't be attending summer school, coach Bill Self said today on the final day of his five-day camp for youths.

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Welcomed return

Jackson scores 30 in charity game at FSHS

He has performed in packed NBA arenas from New York to Los Angeles, suited up for the recently completed Eastern Conference Finals and played alongside the most exciting player on Earth.

KU volleyball team’s schedule release

Ten NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago highlight the Kansas University volleyball team’s 2009 schedule.

Langford reports accurate

Various international Internet Web site reports of Keith Langford playing basketball in Russia next season are accurate, Langford’s agent, Michael Whitaker told the Journal-World on Thursday.

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Former KU pitcher pursuing pro dream

Ryan Knippschild sipped on a small styrofoam cup of beer outside the T-Bones’ clubhouse, relaxing and visiting with a couple of friends, after a solid pitching performance.

Ex-Tennessee forward joins KU women’s staff

Former University of Tennessee forward Alex Fuller has been named graduate student manager for the Kansas women’s basketball team, head coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Thursday.

KU’s Hayes qualifies for hurdles semifinals at NCAA championships

Kansas University’s Keith Hayes earned a spot in today's 110-meter hurdles semifinals to lead the Jayhawks on day two of the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Thursday at John McDonnell Field.

Thursday, June 11

Former KU athletic director in hospital after bicycle accident

Former Kansas University athletic director Bob Frederick remained in critical condition Friday afternoon at a Kansas City, Kan., hospital, where he was taken Thursday night after a bicycle accident at Sixth Street and Kasold Drive.

Smyth, Heere taken in MLB Draft

KU closer Paul Smyth and right-fielder Brian Heere heard their names called Thursday, during the final day of the 2009 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

Owens to be inducted in Kansas Hall of Fame

Former Kansas University basketball coach Ted Owens is one of 14 individuals to be inducted in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 4.

KU’s Tarasova moves on to NCAA finals in hammer throw

On the first day of the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Kansas University senior Zlata Tarasova advanced to the finals of the women's hammer throw by posting a mark of 57.34 meters (188 feet, 1 inch) on her first attempt Wednesday at John McDonnell Field.

Former Jayhawk Langford to Russia?

It looks as if former Kansas University guard Keith Langford is about to strike it rich.

Wednesday, June 10

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Old school

Thomas’ 33 points lead alumni to victory

Billy Thomas saw no need to talk any trash — or even pump his fist — during a remarkable 33-point explosion that carried Kansas University’s alumni team to a 67-52 victory over the current Jayhawks on Wednesday at Horejsi Center.

Morningstar out 4-6 weeks with stress fracture

Kansas University junior basketball guard Brady Morningstar had surgery Tuesday to repair a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot.

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Two KU baseball players drafted

Narodowski taken in 15th round by Arizona; Hall selected in 25th round by Yankees

On Wednesday, the second day of the 2009 Major League Baseball amateur draft, Kansas University shortstop David Narodowski learned of his professional fate much the way baseball fans across the country did — by calling up’s live draft tracker and watching the drama play out one pick at a time.

KU releases 2010 football schedule

A non-conference home game against Georgia Tech is one of the highlights of the 2010 Kansas football schedule released Wednesday by the university.

Gary Bedore's KU Basketball Notebook

KU’s Sherron Collins (ankle sprain) and Travis Releford (skin irritation) may not play in today’s Bill Self camp game between current and former players.

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Royals select Mizzou's Crow

With the 12th overall pick in the baseball draft Tuesday night, Kansas City took pitcher Aaron Crow, who grew up in Kansas, played for Missouri and loves the Royals.

Ex-KU golfers compete in U.S. Open qualifying

Former Kansas University golfers Chris Thompson and Ryan Vermeer also advanced to the sectional portion of U.S. Open qualifying on Monday, along with ex-Jayhawk Gary Woodland.

June's hot topics

Notes, more notes and a few comments while wondering how many autographs Bill Self signs annually. …

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Kaun enjoys life in Russia

Former KU center back in town for camp

Sasha Kaun is living the good life back in his native Russia. In his first season as a member of the tradition-rich CSKA Moscow team, the 24-year-old former Kansas University basketball center received the following...

Tuesday, June 9

Former Jayhawk Morrison named to all-star team

Former Jayhawk Erik Morrison was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team this week.

KU-Southern Miss football start time moved up

Game will begin at 11 a.m.

FSN has changed the start time of the Kansas-Southern Miss football game on Sept. 26, moving it up to 11 a.m.

Jayhawks await baseball draft

No Kansas University baseball players are likely to have their names called during the first day of the free-agent draft.

Woodland confident qualifier

Former Jayhawk Gary Woodland qualified for the U.S. Open.

For KU football, summer grueling

Jayhawks’ conditioning gets under way

Kansas University's tough football summer conditioning program is under way.

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Taylor gives digits to KU basketball freshman

Kansas sophomore Tyshawn Taylor will wear No. 10 this season, allowing newcomer Elijah Johnson to wear No. 15.

Former Jayhawks to play in fundraiser

Several former KU basketball players will play in the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic.

Monday, June 8

KU football gets another game on TV, and it's at 11:30

The Big 12 Conference announced two more TV games Monday morning and the Kansas Jayhawks picked up one of them, at the not-always-popular-with-fans time of 11:30 a.m.

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Leaving the nest

Freshman Robinson settling in at KU

Kansas University basketball freshman Thomas Robinson has been busy since setting foot in Lawrence.

Sunday, June 7

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Griffin works out for Clippers

Blake Griffin showed off the high-flying dunks that helped him become college player of the year in a very public pre-draft workout Saturday for the Los Angeles Clippers.

NCAA rules place limits on fan enthusiasm

Messages on social networking sites may violate recruiting rules

Interested in starting an online group dedicated to, say, showing Wichita Heights High School sophomore and Kansas University basketball recruit Perry Ellis how awesome KU is? Better think twice.

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Billy Thomas giving NBA one final shot

Bill Self might want to make a way-early scholarship offer to one Zion Thomas, a 3-month old shooting guard out of suburban Kansas City. “He has an athletic body already,” gushed Zion’s proud papa, former Kansas University shooting guard Billy Thomas.

KU football lands two commitments

The Kansas University football team's 2010 recruiting class grew by two this week with the addition of three-star prospects Geneo Grissom and Jacoby Walker.

Saturday, June 6

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Athletic departments accused of censorship

Universities use vague law to keep public records from being seen

Across the country, many major-college athletic departments keep their NCAA troubles secret behind a thick veil of black ink or Wite-Out. Alabama. Cincinnati. Florida. Florida State. Ohio State. Oklahoma. Oregon State. Utah. They all censor information in the name of student privacy, invoking a 35-year-old federal law whose author says it has been twisted and misused by the universities.

Topekan Lucas masters Four-Ball

Gary Lucas and Mike Grosdidier won the Masters Division of the Kansas Four-Ball Championship.

Stephenson undecided

One-time Kansas University basketball recruit Lance Stephenson still hasn't picked his college.

Catalog reveals KU basketball opponents

Kansas University will face Oakland, Georgia State and Tennessee Tech next men's basketball season.

Friday, June 5

K-State in dickens of a mess

The Kansas State Ron Prince-Bob Krause football agreement makes the Wildcats look bad.

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Heights prep Perry Ellis coming to KU camp

Wichita Heights sophomore Perry Ellis is among 50 players who will attend Bill Self's Kansas University Elite Camp.

Kansas’ Bonds on academic team

KU's Lauren Bonds was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District FIrst Team.

Kansas ranks 25th in women's crowds

KU ranked 25th nationally in women's basketball attendance last season.

KU’s Gockel falls in quarterfinals

KU's Meghan Gockel lost in the quarterfinals of the Women's Southern Golf Association Amateur.

Thursday, June 4

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UCLA, Michigan on KU women’s schedule

Home games against UCLA and Michigan highlight next season’s Kansas University women’s basketball schedule.

Gockel gains quarterfinals in Southern Amateur

Meghan Gockel, a senior on the Kansas women's golf team, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Women's Southern Golf Association Amateur Championship with an extra-hole victory Wednesday.

Ex-players remember former KU assistant basketball coach Miranda

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, former KU coach Ted Owens and a flock of players past and present were among the hundreds of individuals who packed First Presbyterian Church on Wednesday for a memorial service for former KU basketball assistant coach Sam Miranda.

Wednesday, June 3

KU football picked No. 21 by Lindy's

The Kansas University football team on Wednesday was ranked No. 21 by the preseason football publication Lindy's.

KU's Thompson invited to Team USA baseball tryout

Tony Thompson, who just completed his sophomore season as the third baseman for the Kansas University baseball team, is one of 34 players invited to try out for the United States National Team, the school announced Wednesday.

KU golfer Gockel wins first match

Kansas women's golfer Meghan Gockel won her first-round match at the Women's Southern Golf Amateur on Tuesday.

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2009 Jayhawks fourth in North? I think not

Shocking prognosis

The Phil Steele preseason college football magazine hits the stands next week and consider yourself warned, fans of Kansas University football: You’re going to see the same color your favorite players see when they look into the stands during football games in Lincoln and Norman.

Chapple, Brorsen honored by Big 12

Kansas student-athletes Valerie Chapple and Russell Brorsen have been selected to receive 2008-09 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships, the Big 12 conference office announced.

Memorable run leaves Price proud of players

Some might call the Kansas University baseball team’s unexpected 2009 success a pleasant surprise.

Tuesday, June 2

KU hoops non-conference schedule released

Non-con schedule includes meetings with Memphis, UCLA, Cal and Michigan

The Kansas University men's basketball non-conference schedule for 2009-10 was released by KU on Tuesday.

Briscoe, Stuckey named preseason all-Americans

Kansas University football players Dezmon Briscoe and Darrell Stuckey have been named to Phil Steele's preseason all-American teams, it was announced Tuesday.

Memphis finds no proof former player cheated

Memphis was unable to find proof a former player cheated on his SAT exam in its internal investigation of NCAA allegations against the men's basketball team. The investigation report, released to The Associated Press and other news outlets Tuesday under a public records request, details Memphis' internal investigation into allegations that a former player allowed a stand-in to take his SAT test and of grade tampering.

Carl Henry says sons still coming to Kansas

Suffice it to say the Henry family is not fond of the Internet Web site “Twitter.”

One-and-done era a complete joke

Four years ago, when the NBA instituted a 19-year-old age limit, the breathless first thought was to declare it a lifeline for college basketball.

KU’s Gockel first in qualifying in Georgia

Kansas University senior Meghan Gockel shot a 4-under par 68 to take medalist honors in the qualifying round of the Women's Southern Golf Amateur on Monday.

Monday, June 1

KU football to play UTEP, Duke on national TV

The Jayhawks' Sept. 12 game against UTEP, which will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. in El Paso, Texas, will be televised on CBS College Sports (Sunflower Broadband channel 143), while their 11 a.m. game against Duke on Sept. 19 will air on the VERSUS network (Sunflower Broadband channels 38, 238 HD).

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That’s a lot of ball: Texas wins in 25 innings

Texas outlasted Boston College, 3-2, in 25 innings — the longest game in NCAA history.

KU football offers half-season packages

Two half-season ticket packages are now available for the 2009 Kansas University football season. The Rock package includes games against Duke (Sept. 19), Iowa State (October 10) and Oklahoma (October 24). The Chalk package includes games against Duke (Sept. 19), Southern Mississippi (September 26) and Nebraska (November 14). Each package costs $150. For more information go to