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Monday, November 30

How Keegan voted — Nov. 30 college basketball poll

The following is Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's ballot in the Associated Press college basketball poll for Nov. 30, 2009.

KU, Texas 1-2 in both college basketball polls

Kansas and Texas were first and second, respectively, in the latest Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches polls released Monday.

St. Louis prep Beal chooses Florida

High school junior says KU was runner-up

Bradley Beal tried to squeeze several caps onto a podium Monday morning in the St. Louis Chaminade High School library.

Reasons for skid plentiful

Overshadowed by the head coach’s unusual two-week walk on the plank was the collapse of a Kansas University football team that won its first five games and lost its last seven. How did it happen?

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Uncertainty surrounds Kansas football

About the only certainty with the 2010 Kansas University football team is uncertainty

St. Louis prep Beal to declare today

Bradley Beal, a 6-foot-3 junior shooting guard from Chaminade High in St. Louis, has called a 10 a.m. news conference today at his high school to announce his college choice.

KU freshman shines in Norwegian meet

Kansas University freshman swimmer Monica Johannessen won two more medals on Sunday’s final day of the Junior Norwegian Championships.

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KU coach Self perks up ailing Texas youth

Quade Towers, a 9-year-old Kansas University basketball fan and standout youth-league player from Austin, Texas, recently received a spirit-lifting phone call from the coach of his favorite team.

Sunday, November 29

KU swimmer excels

Kansas University freshman swimmer Monica Johannessen finished the third day of the Junior Norwegian Championships with two silver medals and one bronze medal on Saturday in Harstad, Norway.

Timeout snafu costs KU women in Bahamas

Kansas University senior All-America candidate Danielle McCray’s untimely call for a timeout cost the Jayhawks dearly in the Junkanoo Jam.

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KU walk-on Juenemann enjoys career game

Jordan Juenemann was counting his points — six of ’em — and his blessings on Friday night.

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Briscoe undecided

KU wideout mulls NFL future

Dezmon Briscoe hasn’t decided yet if he’ll return to Kansas University next year or if he’ll forgo his senior season to enter the 2010 NFL Draft.

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Mangino not living on his knees

He didn’t win the thrilling football game Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium, and for that he felt genuinely bad for his players, especially a senior class that won 20 games in the middle two seasons of their careers.

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Game balls and gassers

Game balls and gassers for KU vs. Missouri.

KU volleyball team swept by Texas

Despite 11 kills from senior Brittany Williams, the No. 2 Texas Longhorns defeated the Kansas University volleyball team, 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-19), in KU’s final regular-season contest.

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KU planned to run on final drive

Many Kansas University fans might have wondered why KU didn’t elect to run the ball on first down of its final offensive possession against Missouri.

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Miserable ending

Reesing, Jayhawks go down slinging

Todd Reesing went out firing Saturday, which shouldn’t have come as too big a surprise to anyone who heard his midgame exchange with Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino on the sidelines.

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Mangino defends way he runs program

Asked Saturday whether he would consider changing his coaching style if asked to by school administrators, Kansas University coach Mark Mangino indicated he doesn’t feel there’s any problem with the manner in which he runs his program.

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Tiger wideout huge — again

The way Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel sees it, Batman must be on the voting panel for the national receiving awards.

Saturday, November 28

No. 18 KU women lose to TCU

Jayhawks fall to 0-2 at Junkanoo Jam

The 18th-ranked Kansas University women's basketball team lost to Texas Christian University, 74-69, in the consolation game of the Junkanoo Jam tournament on Saturday afternoon.

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Mangino 'optimistic' he'll return next season

Embattled Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino said before Saturday's Border War matchup with Missouri that he was optimistic he'd return to coach the team next season.

Top-rated basketball recruit Bradley Beal to make college choice Monday

Bradley Beal, a 6-foot-3 junior basketball guard from Chaminade High in St. Louis, will orally commit to a college sometime Monday, his high school coach told Rivals.com.

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FINAL: Ressel's last-second field goal gives MU 41-39 victory over KU

The Missouri kicker knocked through a 27-yard field goal with no time remaining, as Todd Reesing's 498-yard passing day wasn't enough to save the Jayhawks.

Rested Kansas women to face weary TCU today

Kansas University's women's basketball team, which bowed to No. 9-ranked Xavier, 76-71, on Thursday afternoon, will meet TCU in their Junkaroo Jam finale at noon in the Freeport YMCA gym.

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For Markieff Morris, the screen’s the thing

It’s not quite Robin Ventura getting a hit in 58 consecutive games for Oklahoma State, or Joe DiMaggio doing it in 56 in a row for the Yankees, but Kansas University reserve post player Markieff Morris has a nice little streak going.

KU vs. MU head to head

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SNL actor in ‘House'

“Saturday Night Live” actor Jason Sudeikis, a huge Kansas University basketball fan who graduated from Shawnee Mission West, attended the game and sat lower-level, east side. He was introduced to the crowd via the videoboard during the second half.

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Eagles’ Davis gets his fill

Guard strikes for 23

A crazy road trip didn’t keep Tennessee Tech’s Frank Davis from enjoying Thanksgiving dinner just outside Lawrence.

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‘It’s about time’

Taylor busts slump

A wide-open Tyshawn Taylor accepted a crisp pass from Markieff Morris, elevated high, then hoisted a three-pointer from the left side. Swish.

KU’s Johannessen wins in Norway

Kansas University freshman Monica Johannessen competed in the Norwegian Junior Championships Thursday, winning the 100 butterfly and placing second in two other events on the first day.

Today’s Big 12 capsules

Sooners didn’t expect adversity

Season unusual, but ‘I’m not going to overreact to it’

Bob Stoops has never had a season like this at Oklahoma. The injuries keep piling up, along with the losses. For the first time in Stoops’ 11 seasons in Norman, the Sooners have lost five games in the regular season and are limping toward the postseason instead of trying to finish off another run to the Big 12 championship game.

Roles have changed for OU, OSU

The Bedlam rivalry has been defined over the past decade by one Oklahoma team pursuing postseason greatness and another trying to stand in the way.

Mizzou wideout having huge year

Nine games into the 2009 college football season, it became quickly apparent that Missouri receiver Danario Alexander needed to re-evaluate his preseason expectations.

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Season salvager? Jayhawks say win today could ease sting of season

The Kansas University football team’s season can be salvaged today. That’s how senior defensive back Justin Thornton sees it, anyway.

Friday, November 27

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FINAL: Taylor bounces back with big night as KU routs Tennessee Tech, 112-75

KU's sophomore guard finished with 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting, as five Jayhawks posted double figures in the blowout win.

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KUsports.com staff's Week 13 football picks

The following are the Journal-World/6Sports staffers’ picks for Week 13 of the college football season. This will be the last pick 'em week for the 2009 season.

Texas prevails in Paradise

Texas defeated Mississippi State and Oklahoma took down South Carolina on Thursday.

Recession makes large donations harder to come by

As Kansas Athletics Inc. seeks support for building a $34 million Gridiron Club atop Memorial Stadium, pumping $25 million into building an Olympic Village for nonrevenue sports, and sending $40 million up Mount Oread to address academic needs, officials are counting on loyal KU fans and supporters to make the vision a reality.

Tennessee Tech coach thankful

Tennessee Tech basketball coach Mike Sutton, his wife, Karen, and members of their extended Golden Eagles’ basketball family gathered for a make-shift Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday night.

Musketeers hand KU women first loss

The Xavier Musketeers are glad to have Amber Harris back from the knee injury that sidelined her last season.

Gridders, win one for yourselves

Phog Allen’s Kansas basketball pep talks emphasized that while it was all right for his players to win a given game for Phog, the university, the state, their families — on and on — the most important approach was to win it for themselves.

KU follows Cal financing game plan

Kansas Athletics Inc. didn’t come up with the idea for a new Gridiron Club on its own, or at least not the vehicle for financing it.

Huskers’ visit brings back bad memories for CU

The turning point that began the Colorado Buffaloes’ spiral came when Nebraska kicker Alex Henery just cleared the crossbar with a 57-yard field goal in Lincoln last year with the Cornhuskers trailing by a point in the closing minutes.

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Kansas Athletics seeks football fans to invest $34M for Gridiron Club

Kansas football stock is taking a beating this season, just as its top officials ask fans to invest in what could amount to more than a $200 million Initial Public Offering.

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Natural scorer: Xavier Henry used to carrying points load

Xavier Henry, who averaged 28.3 points a game as a senior and 26.7 as a junior at Putnam City (Okla.) High School, leads Kansas University in scoring through the first four games of his college basketball career.

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Longhorns win in shootout

Colt McCoy threw four touchdown passes and dashed 65 yards for another score, and No. 3 Texas overcame a huge game by Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson to wrap up an undefeated regular season with a 49-39 win over the Aggies on Thursday night.

Aggies knock off No. 19 Clemson

B.J. Holmes scored 20 points to help Texas A&M upset Clemson in the first round of the 76 Classic.

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Jayhawks: We are focused on Tigers

Since the news broke early last week that Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins had launched an investigation into the conduct of KU football coach Mark Mangino, distractions have run wild throughout the KU football program.

Thursday, November 26

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Jayhawks thankful for break

Cole Aldrich’s dream Thanksgiving Day dinner consists of turkey and mashed potatoes, as well as ...

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Collins shares wealth

The McDonald’s All-American basketball game is a showcase for individual talent. Team play rarely is discussed, except when legendary UCLA coach John Wooden is interviewed from his seat in the stands and shares his displeasure with the game.

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At Fambrough’s urging, fans show support for KU football

In an effort to counteract the recent drama, ex-KU coach Don Fambrough organized an impromptu pep rally following Wednesday evening’s practice at Memorial Stadium, inviting supporters of the program to show up and help provide players a pick-me-up prior to Saturday’s Border War matchup at Arrowhead Stadium.

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Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

KU point guard Sherron Collins became ill at halftime.

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook

At some point in the next few months, Kansas University receiver Dezmon Briscoe realizes, he’ll have to decide whether to return to KU for this senior season or enter the 2010 NFL Draft.

KU women to meet ranked team

Both teams are 3-0. Both teams are nationally ranked.

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KU gobbles up Grizzlies

Marcus propels Jayhawks

Marcus Morris, who had missed three of his previous four free throws, caressed the basketball and gave it a little kiss.

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Oakland center stars on big stage

One is 6-foot-11, 245 pounds and is a household name throughout college basketball. The other measures 6-11, 225 and somehow has managed to keep a low profile.

Wednesday, November 25

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FINAL: Marcus Morris scores career-high 19 points in KU's 89-59 win over Oakland

Marcus Morris contributed a double-double, and Xavier Henry also added 19 points as the Jayhawks improved to 4-0.

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KU volleyball sweeps Texas Tech

Total domination with a soft side. That best described the scene Tuesday at Horejsi Family Athletics Center, where the Kansas University volleyball team swept Texas Tech on Senior Night — 25-8, 25-15 and 25-10 — and did so with plenty of smiles during the match and a few heartfelt thank you’s during the senior speeches at the end.

KU grad students host Frederick tribute

In honor of former Kansas University athletic director Bob Frederick, the Health, Sport and Exercise Science graduate students at KU hosted a 3-on-3 tournament and celebration last Saturday at Robinson Gymnasium.

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Stay or leave? It's business as usual for Mangino in wake of probe

Given the events of the past few days, the question posed to embattled Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino five minutes into his Tuesday meeting with the media seemed relevant enough.

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Bashing or battle? Oakland hoping for latter at Fieldhouse

There are those who view tonight’s Kansas University-Oakland men’s basketball game as a huge mismatch.

George, Goodrich genuine

If you don’t give a hoot about women’s basketball, shift your eyes to the latest update on Mark Mangino twisting in the Lew Perkins wind … if you haven’t already.

KU football places 15 on Academic All-Big 12

The Kansas football team placed 15 players on the Academic All-Big 12 team on Tuesday.

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook

Kansas Board of Regents vice chair Gary Sherrer said Tuesday that — as long as it’s carried out in a fair and thorough manner — he supports Kansas University’s ongoing investigation into the actions of football coach Mark Mangino.

Tuesday, November 24

Former coach Fambrough still spirited

He hasn’t coached in decades, but Don Fambrough still considers the young men who wear KU on their helmets to be his players. That’s why nearly daily he stands on the sidelines and watches Kansas University coach Mark Mangino put the players through their drills.

KU’s Bonds 61st in NCAA cross country

Kansas University senior Lauren Bonds finished 61st in the women’s division of the NCAA cross country championships on Monday.

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Self proves point by elevating Morningstar in practice

Suspended junior guard getting Jayhawks into better rhythm

Kansas University guard Brady Morningstar — who has been running second- and third-team at practice since returning from his right ankle sprain a couple weeks ago — was elevated to the first team for Saturday’s workout.

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Former colleagues come to KU coach Mangino’s defense

When, in the winter of 2001, former Kansas University athletic director Al Bohl tapped a fiery Oklahoma assistant named Mark Mangino to help turn around a program coming off six consecutive losing seasons, he did so with the comfort that he’d picked the right man for the job.

Monday, November 23

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Mangino's communication with Perkins has been 'practically none'

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino, speaking during Monday morning's Big 12 coaches teleconference, said his communication with athletic director Lew Perkins has been "practically none" since Perkins' announced an investigation into the coach's behavior last Tuesday.

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Texas Tech's Leach calls Mangino investigation 'witch hunt'

Speaking out about the investigation into the actions of Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino, current Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said Monday he feels the situation is a "witch hunt" and offered his support of the Jayhawks' embattled coach.

Probe timing curious

The timing is one of the strangest facets of the Kansas University athletic department’s investigation into football coach Mark Mangino’s treatment of his players. Why in the world couldn’t it wait until the end of the season? Why the urgency to jump-start it with two weeks remaining in the season?

KU divers 2-3-4

Kansas University divers Meghan Proehl, Christy Cash and Allison Ho placed 2-3-4 in the platform dive Sunday on the third and final day of the Houston Cougar Classic Fall Invitational.

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Mangino going about his business

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino long has prided himself on his ability to maintain focus in the face of adversity, so it’s not altogether surprising that he has spent the past few days going about his business as usual — even as speculation about his job security has swirled.

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‘Robin’ to rescue

Morris saves day for Jayhawks

Sade Morris scored a career-high 26 points to help KU dispose of Michigan, 77-66, in women’s basketball in Allen Fieldhouse.

Sunday, November 22

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Sade Morris scores career-high 26 points in KU women's 77-66 win over Michigan

Sade Morris scored a career-high 26 points, leading the Kansas women to a 77-66 victory over Michigan on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU running back Opurum out against Missouri

Kansas University running back Toben Opurum will miss next Saturday's regular-season finale against Missouri due to injury, coach Mark Mangino said Sunday night.

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Brown lauds KU’s Mangino

‘Mark’s won a lot’

Texas coach Mack Brown admits he doesn’t know Kansas University coach Mark Mangino that well. He also doesn’t know many of the circumstances surrounding KU’s investigation of Mangino in the last week.

KU coach kinder, gentler

A kinder, gentler Mark Mangino watched from the sideline as his team was overwhelmed by Texas talent, 51-20, Saturday night in front of 101,357 witnesses who can’t give Lori Williams anything interesting for her investigative report.

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Kansas’ Taylor bounces back from ‘freak night’

Kansas University sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor, who committed a career-high seven turnovers in Tuesday’s narrow victory over Memphis, bounced back to play an error-free game Thursday against Central Arkansas.

Michigan not playing like cellar dweller

No. 19 Jayhawks to face Wolverines today

Was Michigan University really picked to finish last in the Big 10 Conference preseason women’s basketball poll?

KU football kicker: ‘Stay slow, stay balanced’

We’ve all heard the kicker jokes, maybe even been the source of one or two ourselves, but kicking a football through the uprights is much more difficult that it looks. Kickers make it look easy.

Game balls and gassers

Candidates for game balls and gassers, Nov. 21 at Texas

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Longhorns roll over embattled KU

Mark Mangino could have used a break Saturday night.

Huskers sweep KU volleyball

With a chance to send one more message to the NCAA volleyball tournament selection committee before the end of the regular season, the Kansas Jayhawks were swept by No. 9 Nebraska in three sets Saturday at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.

Saturday, November 21

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Wright’s role clarified

Linebacker didn’t seek out Perkins

A source familiar with how the investigation into Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino started said that a clarification is in order in regards to Arist Wright’s role in it.

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FINAL: McCoy leads Longhorns over Jayhawks, 51-20

UT's senior quarterback threw for 396 yards and four touchdowns on his Senior Night, helping the Longhorns to the win.

Meier mature, classy

With all the mud-slinging flying through the eight years of Mark Mangino’s soon-to-end reign as coach of the Kansas University football team hogging the headlines, it ought to come as no surprise that one man standing above the fray is a guy who always has managed to sound a voice of reason and conduct himself with class and maturity.

KU vs. UT Head to Head

A look at the matchup between KU and Texas Saturday, November 21, 2009 in Austin.

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Mangino's contract outlines probe

Investigation is first step for potential ‘termination for cause’

News this week that Kansas University administrators have launched an investigation into the actions of football coach Mark Mangino might have come as a bizarre development to some, but those familiar with the wording of the coach’s contract might not be surprised.

KUsports.com staff's Week 12 football picks

The following are the Journal-World/6Sports staffers’ picks for Week 12 of the college football season.

Mangino facing long odds to stay

Apparently, Mark Mangino has made it successfully to tonight’s game at Texas as the football coach at Kansas.

KU’s Proehl takes fifth

Kansas University diver Meg Proehl captured fifth place in the three-meter diving competition on the first day of the Cougar Classic Fall Invitational on Friday. Kansas finished the day in eighth place.

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On target

Shots start dropping for guard Reed

Kansas University junior Tyrel Reed’s personal stat line wasn’t pretty heading into Game Three of the 2009-10 basketball season.

Know the foe: Texas

UT boasts two Heisman hopefuls

When Kansas University’s football players first saw the 2009 football schedule, they knew they’d be facing a likely Heisman Trophy candidate during the Nov. 21 game at Texas.

Offenses sputtering: Without standout quarterbacks, league teams struggling

Colt McCoy remembers the Year of the Quarterback in the Big 12 last season. It’s no mystery to him why the league’s offenses haven’t been able to keep up the blistering scoring pace this year.

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Nothing to lose: Reeling KU huge underdog for a change

For each of the past five weeks, the Kansas University football team either has been favored or a single-digit underdog according to Las Vegas oddsmakers. Not this week.

Friday, November 20

KU's Chancellor issues statement putting support behind Lew Perkins

In the wake of an ongoing investigation of KU football coach Mark Mangino, and with rumors flying in the media and on message boards, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little issued a statement this morning indicating her full support of athletic director Lew Perkins.

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Bears bemoan lack of scoring

UCA players feared KU would be fired up

Tuesday night, when the University of Central Arkansas men’s basketball team watched No. 1 Kansas University take on Memphis in a nationally televised showcase, its players had two thoughts.

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Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

News and notes from Thursday night's Kansas basketball victory.

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Elder Henry makes debut

C.J. well enough to play nine minutes

Perhaps intentionally, C.J. Henry didn’t tell his mother, Barbara, that he was going to play in his first game for Kansas University on Thursday night.

What if KU stuns Texas?

In theory, Central Arkansas could have defeated No. 1 Kansas on Thursday night in Allen Fieldhouse. The Bears didn’t, losing 94-44, but since they played on the same basketball court under the same rules, a victory was within the realm of possibility.

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Rise and shine

Inspired KU rolls past UCA

Kansas University’s sleep-deprived basketball players didn’t nod off in the Jayhawks’ brand-new film room Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday, November 19

Mangino denies validity of former player allegations

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino responded Thursday to allegations that he has made a habit of verbally abusing players during his eight-year tenure in Lawrence.

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FINAL: Morris twins shine in KU's 94-44 victory over UCA

KU's big-man twin brothers combined to go 8-for-9 from the floor with 20 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the Jayhawks' thumping of Central Arkansas.

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Not-so-gentle reign

Former, current players offer look at Mangino’s style

For Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino, the hits just keep on coming.

Fine goes on Bills’ IR

Former Kansas University tight end Derek Fine was placed on injured reserve Wednesday by the Buffalo Bills after being diagnosed with a torn knee meniscus.

Iowa State sweeps KU

Kansas University’s volleyball team fell to No. 8-ranked Iowa State, 25-17, 25-20, 25-20, on Wednesday.

Drama takes away from game

Anyone else dream of those times when athletic teams got ready to compete, coaches and players discussed what was shaping up, played games and then talked about what happened, win or lose?

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KU hoping to move ball better against UCA

University of Central Arkansas’ basketball players and coaches boarded the bus at 8 a.m. Wednesday for a long, but relaxing, seven-hour drive from Conway, Ark., to Lawrence — site of tonight’s Kansas-UCA game.

Wednesday, November 18

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No. 19 KU women pick up road win over Iowa, 66-55

Danielle McCray scored 20 points and No. 19 Kansas used a late 11-0 run to beat Iowa 66-55 on Wednesday night.

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Harris voices his support for coach

Beleaguered Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino insists he hasn’t “lost” his players.

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Center Aldrich steady

Xavier Henry missed shots, froze the offense by keeping the ball too long and at times was sloppy.

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Wicked west Texas

Devastating injuries, losses haunt OU

None of Oklahoma’s players can claim many happy memories from playing at Texas Tech.

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Mangino wins games, not friends

When he coached his team to an Orange Bowl victory and a 12-1 record just two seasons ago, he was fiery, a western Pennsylvania, blue-collar underdog who made it big and never forgot his roots.

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Probe aims to determine if Mangino went too far

There never were any illusions when running back Brandon McAnderson chose to sign with Mark Mangino’s Kansas University football program in 2003.

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Investigation under way

Football review involves personnel matter

The Kansas University football program and its coach soon will be under review.

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Robinson plays sparingly

Freshman sat out so Aldrich could play

Kansas University freshman Thomas Robinson logged just two minutes in the Jayhawks’ 57-55 victory over Memphis.

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Tiger liked 3’s chances

Elliot Williams couldn’t have felt better about his three-point shot to win the game in the final seconds.

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The great escape

Kansas survives rematch

Marcus Morris hoped for the best as Memphis’ Elliot Williams hoisted a possible game-winning three-pointer with just a couple seconds remaining in Tuesday’s Hall of Fame Showcase at Scottrade Center.

KU women set sights on Iowa

It’s atonement time for Iowa University’s women’s basketball players.

Tuesday, November 17

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Documents show what it looks like when Mangino loses his temper

Coach accused of berating student parking employee in 2007, has not had a ticket since

The summer before Kansas football would embark on its most successful season in history, the team’s coach would be accused of verbally berating a KU student who had issued him the latest of nearly two dozen tickets for illegally parking in a loading zone near his office.

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FINAL: KU survives Memphis, 57-55

UM's Elliot Williams missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer as KU held on for the two-point win.

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Investigation of Mangino launched after player complains coach poked him

Reesing tells media that Perkins told players an outside entity would conduct 'unbiased' investigation of football coach

The Kansas Athletic Department is conducting an investigation of football coach Mark Mangino and the Journal-World has confirmed the investigation began after Arist Wright complained that Mangino poked him in the chest in the days before KU took on Colorado.

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KU AD Perkins meets with football players over concerns about coach Mark Mangino

KU linebacker Arist Wright complained that Mangino poked him in the chest

Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins met Monday night with the school's football players to discuss concerns about football coach Mark Mangino brought to his attention by one of the current players and others with ties to the football program, the Journal-World has learned.

KU still ranked No. 1

An opening week in which only one ranked team lost meant few changes in the first poll of the regular season.

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Oh, the memories

KU, Memphis to meet for first time since title game

There are reminders of Kansas University’s 2008 national title victory over Memphis all over Allen Fieldhouse.

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Jayhawks focusing on fourth-quarter play

On the heels of a four-game stretch in which his team has reserved some of its worst play for the fourth quarter, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino said Monday that the focus going forward will be making sure the Jayhawks figure out a way to buck their recent trend.

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Kansas athletic department reports higher grad rates

The Kansas University athletic department turned in its best showing to date in its annual student-athlete graduation-rate report, recording a graduation success rate of 74 percent, four points higher than last year’s total.

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C.J. familiar with Tigers

C.J. Henry, who played basketball at Memphis last season, remains good buddies with several of the Tigers.

Monday, November 16

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C.J. Henry cleared to play against Memphis

KU guard still might not see much action; Releford talks about red-shirting

Kansas University freshman basketball guard C.J. Henry said this afternoon he’s been cleared to play in Tuesday’s game against his former school, Memphis.

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Mixed bag

Henrickson only half happy

Kansas University's women's basketball team beat ORU, 106-80.

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Morris twins Tiger targets

Marcus, Markieff once were committed to Memphis

Marcus Morris is thankful Tuesday’s Kansas University-Memphis basketball game will be played at a neutral site in St. Louis, not the Tigers’ 21,165-seat FedEx Forum.

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Mangino likes new-look offensive line

Kansas University coach Mark Mangino indicated Sunday that he has found an offensive-line alignment he’s happy with —Tanner Hawkinson at left tackle, Sal Capra at left guard, Jeremiah Hatch at center, Jeff Spikes at right guard and Brad Thorson at right tackle — after plenty of mid-season tinkering.

Women put on a show

Look for Allen Fieldhouse crowd counts to climb from Sunday’s figure (3,860) once word spreads throughout town about just how captivating a show sixth-year Kansas University coach Bonnie Henrickson’s best team puts on.

Sunday, November 15

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KU women top ORU in season opener

All five of the Kansas University's women's basketball team's starters scored in double figures as KU defeated Oral Roberts, 106-80, Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU-Texas set for 7 p.m. kickoff

The Kansas University football team's game against No. 2 Texas next Saturday in Austin has been slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff and will be part of a split national feed along with the Oregon-Arizona game, the Big 12 Conference announced Sunday.

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For a change, NU offense delivers

Kansas University’s pooch kickoff — with the wind and a 17-16 lead — certainly surprised lots of fans Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Not Nebraska return man Niles Paul, however.

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Memphis coach tosses bouquets Self’s way

Memphis coach Josh Pastner had nothing but nice things to say about Kansas University's Bill Self.

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Title IX suit targets KU men’s athletics

Complaint focuses on level of competition for under-represented gender

A former Kansas University swimmer and member of the 1980 Olympic team has filed a Title IX complaint against the university, alleging that the school does not offer adequate competition for men.

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Game balls and Gassers

Game balls and gassers for KU vs. NU, November 14, 2009.

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KU’s late D lacking

Jayhawks can’t get key stop again

Justin Thornton knows there’s something that needs to be fixed with Kansas University’s defense late in games.

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Kansas neutralizes NU’s Suh

For a Kansas University offensive line that seemingly had regressed in recent weeks, the prospect of going against Nebraska defensive tackle and All-American candidate Ndamukong Suh didn’t seem like an overly promising venture.

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From bad to worse

KU’s losing skid hits five; ‘It sucks’

They’re running out of adjectives.

KU women to open season against ORU

Back in the spring of 2006, Olathe East’s Danielle McCray was honored as the Kansas City Metro female high school athlete of the year. About the same time, Janae Voelker of Newton was named Kansas female prep athlete of the year by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.

KU runner Bonds qualifies for nationals

Kansas University senior Lauren Bonds earned an automatic bid to the 2009 Cross Country National Championships after a fifth-place finish (20:49.10 in the 6K) at the Midwest Regional Championships on Saturday.

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Kansas seniors deserved better

In some ways, it seemed like just yesterday that Todd Reesing stretched his arms and started tossing a football on the sideline, warming up to rip off his red shirt, save a sinking game and, as it turned out, push a tradition-poor football program to new heights.

KU volleyball upsets Baylor

In the record book, it will go down as a single victory. But in the minds of the Kansas University volleyball coaches and players, it meant so much more.

Saturday, November 14

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Alexander helps Missouri beat Kansas State 38-12

Missouri's 38-12 victory over Kansas State on Saturday can be explained in two words — Danario Alexander. Shaking off some would-be tacklers and outrunning others, the powerful 6-foot-5 wide receiver had 200 yards and three touchdowns on only 10 catches, his second consecutive monster game, and simply overwhelmed the overmatched Wildcats.

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FINAL: KU's defense collapses late in 31-17 loss to Nebraska

NU's Roy Helu Jr. rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns as KU couldn't hold on to a fourth-quarter lead.

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Huskers still searching for offense

Playing offense for the University of Nebraska football team does not appear to be a particularly difficult venture.

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A senior moment

Captains, seniors hope for memorable Memorial finale

Four years is a lot of time.

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Kansas proves unselfish

The fear, expressed often by those who pin a large chunk of their happiness on the outcome of Kansas University basketball games, was this year’s team would be so deep there wouldn’t be enough minutes to go around.

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Hofstra standout’s plan goes awry

Jenkins tries — and fails — to get Kansas center Aldrich in foul trouble

Hofstra junior Charles Jenkins set a personal goal before Friday’s game against Kansas University: to take it straight at KU center Cole Aldrich.

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Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Kansas University senior Mario Little and sophomore Travis Releford will red-shirt this season, KU coach Bill Self said after Friday’s victory over Hofstra.

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X-cellent debut

Henry nets 27, record

It took much-hyped freshman sensation Xavier Henry all of one game to etch his name into Kansas University’s storied basketball record books.

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McCray a 2nd-teamer

ESPN.com tapped Kansas University senior guard/forward Danielle McCray a preseason second-team All-American on Friday.

KU softball signs six

First-year Kansas University softball coach Megan Smith announced the signing of six players to national letters of intent Friday.

Kansas women’s golf adds state champ

Indiana high school state champion Meghan Potee signed a national letter of intent to play golf at Kansas University on Friday.

Friday, November 13

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FINAL: Xavier Henry sets KU freshman debut record with 27 points in 101-65 rout of Hofstra

Henry made eight of 12 shots and five of eight three-pointers in his first game as a Jayhawk; Self announces after the game that Travis Releford will red-shirt.

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Harrison Barnes chooses North Carolina

Harrison Barnes, the No. 1-ranked player in ESPNU's class of 2010, chose North Carolina at a 3:10 p.m. Friday press conference televised by ESPNU.

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Oread residents hope to flush portable toilets out of neighborhood

As crowds clamor for KU football, portable toilets have become a fixture

Yes, there’s talk about toilets as the Jayhawks prepare for their final home game of the year. And no, it is not what you think.

No charges will be filed against KU football or basketball players involved in brawl

City prosecutors have determined no criminal charges will be filed against members of Kansas University’s football and men’s basketball teams, in connection with a public fight that broke out between the teams in September.

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KUsports.com staff's Week 11 football picks

The following are the Journal-World/6Sports staffers’ picks for Week 11 of the college football season.

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Shoot for the stars

Freshman Robinson aspires to join wall of greatness

Thomas Robinson, who says “tradition played a big part” in his decision to attend Kansas University, wants to earn his rightful place in KU basketball lore.

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Hofstra guard Jenkins a dangerous threat

The best player in the New York Metropolitan area will be competing in Allen Fieldhouse tonight.

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Dolinsky nets honor

Kansas University senior midfielder Monica Dolinsky was an honorable mention selection on the TopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s Team of the Year.

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KU sees dramatic rise in sports donations

While Kansas University’s private giving levels continue to remain strong, the pace of giving to athletics has increased more dramatically than giving to academics.

KU tennis taps 4-star

Kansas women’s tennis coach Amy Hall-Holt on Thursday announced the signing of Dylan Windom for the 2010-2011 season.

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KU football emotionally tough

It’s easy to look at a college football player and see his physical strengths. Chiseled arms, strong frames and athletic builds are common for most. But, at Kansas University, the one characteristic of strength that you can’t see just might be the most important.

New facility electric

Bill Self is, along with everything else, a super promoter, so when he calls the current Allen Fieldhouse package the best basketball venue in the world, some might be dubious.

Thursday, November 12

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Little to red-shirt this season, Self says

No final call made yet on Travis Releford

Kansas senior Mario Little will red-shirt this season, KU coach Bill Self said Thursday.

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Losing streak ‘hurts’ Jayhawks

KU football reeling over recent skid

Kansas University's football players are reeling from their four-game losing streak.

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Sunflower sweep

Kansas makes short work of KSU

KU completed a season sweep of in-state rival Kansas State, winning in straight sets on Wednesday, 25-19, 25-19 and 25-23. The victory marked the first time since 1993 that the Jayhawks had swept the season series with the Wildcats. Because the victory came in three sets — just like the earlier meeting in October in Manhattan — it also marked the first time in series history the Jayhawks won the series without the Wildcats winning a single set.

Kansas women sign four

Four high school senior guards — three from Texas — have signed national women’s basketball letters of intent with Kansas University.

Wednesday, November 11

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Phoenix prep signs with KU

As expected, combo guard Woolridge joins Jayhawks

Royce Woolridge, a 6-foot-3 senior combo guard from Sunnyslope High in Phoenix, Ariz., signed an official basketball letter of intent with Kansas University Wednesday in a late-morning ceremony at his high school.

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Gorillas’ Iba floored by Jayhawks

Prior to the opening tipoff of Kansas University’s exhibition basketball game against Pittsburg State on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, KU coach Bill Self presented Pitt State coach Gene Iba with a one-foot-square piece of the Allen Fieldhouse floor that was used from 1992 through 2005.

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Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Kansas University junior guard Conner Teahan will not red-shirt this season. He scored seven points while playing 15 minutes in Tuesday’s 103-45 rout of Pittsburg State in Allen Fieldhouse.

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A grand slam

Marcus’ dunk lifts KU

Marcus Morris’ vicious one-handed slam — off a no-look, left-hand, over-the-shoulder feed from Tyshawn Taylor — ranks as the 6-foot-8 sophomore’s top dunk in a game. Ever.

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Spread offense falling out of favor in Big 12

It started, like these things typically do, slowly and discretely. Teams called for a few fewer passing plays per game. A fourth receiver was pulled in favor of an extra tight end. An I-back here, a few bunch formations there. All minor things, maybe not even detectable to the average fan.

Dugan Arnett's KU football notebook

There are brains and there is brawn, and then there is Ndamukong Suh, the University of Nebraska defensive tackle who appears to possess a good amount of both.

Robinson not just a ‘motor’

One of the coolest things about the game Dr. James Naismith invented in Springfield, Mass., as it’s played today, is that no two players are alike.

Tuesday, November 10

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Teahan to play Tuesday; teammates say Little, Releford likely red-shirting

Kansas University junior Conner Teahan will play in tonight's KU-Pittsburg State game, KU coach Bill Self said before the game on his pregame radio interview.

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FINAL: KU gives highlight-reel performance in 103-45 exhibition win over Pitt. State

Freshman Thomas Robinson led the Jayhawks with 17 points.

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Tania Jackson will red-shirt for KU women

Kansas women's basketball freshman and former Lawrence High standout Tania Jackson will red-shirt this season, KU coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Tuesday.

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Feeding Aldrich in post a priority for KU

Fun-loving, easy-going Cole Aldrich, who often refers to himself as “goofy” in interviews, isn’t happy-go-lucky all the time.

Gary Bedore’s KU Basketball Notebook

Kansas University junior guard Tyrel Reed re-sprained his right ankle at practice over the weekend. Coach Bill Self said Reed still might play today in the Jayhawks’ 7 p.m. exhibition finale against Pittsburg State.

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Limited production

Opurum’s touches dwindle with Sharp’s return to lineup

When Kansas University running back Jake Sharp missed nearly three games with an undisclosed leg injury earlier this season, backup Toben Opurum was handed the keys to the team’s ground attack.

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NU offense in urgent need of lift

Just when Bo Pelini seems to have Nebraska’s defense rebuilt, he’s facing a crisis on offense.

Monday, November 9

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Reed re-injures right ankle but still might play against Pitt State Tuesday

Kansas junior guard Tyrel Reed re-sprained his right ankle at practice over the weekend, but KU coach Bill Self said the guard still might play Tuesday in the Jayhawks' exhibition finale against Pittsburg State.

KU football's final three games will be on ABC

The Kansas football team's final three games will be televised on ABC, the Big 12 announced Monday.

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That’s better

Jayhawks widen gap with ESU

This Kansas University women’s basketball team is clearly better than two years ago … at least if you compare exhibition games against Emporia State.

KU rowers 1-2 in Novice Single

Kansas University rowing sophomore Paige Stephens and junior Cassie Sparks finished 1-2 in the Novice Single division Sunday at the Head of the Hooch.

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Suddenly, Kansas vexed by run

K-State’s Thomas latest to run roughshod over KU

Well, the Kansas University football team’s defense seems finally to have figured out how to stop the pass. Problem is, now it’s having all kinds of problems against the run.

KU ’09 like ’07? Hardly

A popular opinion heading into this football season espoused the belief that this Kansas University team would be just as good as the 2007 version, but would not be able to duplicate its 12-1 record because that team played a softer conference schedule than this one. It sounded reasonable enough at the time, but it has played out wrong on both counts.

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Gorillas expect exquisite test

Pittsburg State basketball coach Gene Iba’s farewell tour begins with two of the toughest tests imaginable: exhibition games at Kansas State and No. 1-ranked Kansas.

Sunday, November 8

KU women defeat Emporia State, 85-48, in exhibition finale

Krysten Boogaard and Aishah Sutherland both contributed double-doubles, and the 20th-ranked Kansas women used a late first-half run to pull away in an 85-48 victory over Emporia State in the Jayhawks' exhibition finale.

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Game balls and Gassers

Game balls and gassers from KU's game against K-State, November 7, 2009.

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Wildcats fired up

Graffiti sends message of disrespect

Kansas State’s football players probably didn’t need any extra motivation for Saturday’s game against Kansas University.

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Point guards key for KU, Emporia State

If point guards are your basketball passion, today is your day.

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K-State wins by not losing

Sometimes the best way to win a football game is by not losing it.

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New-look O-line improved

KU still can’t run, but pass-blocking ‘much better’

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino made it clear following last week’s loss to Texas Tech that he’d do what was necessary to shore up his team’s offensive-line struggles, and Saturday that meant making a number of personnel changes.

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KU coughs it up

Reesing’s slump continues; KU falls

Todd Reesing can’t explain it, and so, for the most part, he has given up trying.

KU swimmers, divers top Drury, 161-76

Three Kansas University swimmers and one diver won two events each to give the Jayhawks a 161-76 victory over Drury on Saturday.

KU’s Powers finishes tied for 45th

After five rounds of play, Kansas University senior Emily Powers finished the Duramed Futures Tour Qualifying tied for 45th Friday.

Oklahoma sweeps Kansas volleyball

After winning three-straight Big 12 Conference road matches, the Kansas University volleyball team suffered a 3-0 setback (25-17, 25-16, 25-13) Saturday at Oklahoma.

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Reed a leader for Kansas men

Tyrel Reed, who started twice and came off the bench 33 times last season, opened Tuesday’s exhibition contest against Fort Hays State. The steady 6-foot-3 junior from Burlington has no idea if answering the bell was a one-time occurrence or sign of things to come in 2009-10.

Saturday, November 7

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FINAL: Daniel Thomas runs for 183 yards in KSU's 17-10 victory over KU

Three first-half turnovers proved costly for KU in fourth straight loss.

KU vs. KSU Head to head

Reesing’s impact huge

It won’t be until next year, when Todd Reesing is gone, that it will become clear how much of the growth of the Kansas University football program can be attributed to improved recruiting and how much to having a once-in-a-generation quarterback. The answer lies somewhere in the middle.

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KU freshmen overcome first-game jitters

Kansas University’s freshmen basketball players — as one might expect — experienced some Opening Night jitters last Tuesday in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Ex-Jayhawk Holt seeing hard work pay off

Maybe he was still in a state of shock, or maybe the reality hadn’t quite sunk in yet, but when former Kansas University linebacker James Holt phoned friends and family this week to let them know he’d been added to the San Diego Chargers’ active roster, he apparently did so with a noticeable level of passivity.

Returner Banks key weapon for KSU

Rest easy, Kansas University football fans, for Mark Mangino has uncovered the secret to stopping Kansas State standout kick returner Brandon Banks.

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A different path: Unlike his brothers, Kerry Meier picked KU

When Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino decided to pursue a quiet quarterback from Pittsburg High a few years back, he did so with the understanding that luring the player to Lawrence would not be an easy task.

OU, NU D-linemen foresee ‘battle of best’

Nebraska and Oklahoma have been laying it on the line all season. That would be the defensive line.

Today’s Big 12 capsules

Friday, November 6

Kansas Highway Patrol advises football fans to arrive early, stay sober at KU-KSU game

The Kansas Highway Patrol offers a winning game plan for fans attending Saturday’s Sunflower Showdown in Manhattan: Arrive early and leave sober.

Holt's promotion means 6 former Jayhawks are on active NFL rosters

With the activation of linebacker James Holt on the San Diego Chargers' roster, Kansas University now has six former players on active NFL rosters. Two other former players currently are on NFL practice squad rosters.

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KUsports.com staff's Week 10 football picks

The following are the Journal-World/6Sports staffers’ picks for Week 10 of the college football season.

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Former KU basketball player Billy Thomas picked up by D-League expansion team

A former Kansas University guard who has NBA time on his resume is the first player in the Maine Red Claws basketball franchise's history.

Doctors warn about game-day stress, as intrastate rivalry approaches

“He was out of bounds. Come on!” “Are you kidding me? A fumble?!” Welcome to Game Day, when fans tend to get a little — OK, very — fired up as they root for their team.

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Markieff improving around the rim

It took all of 16 seconds for Kansas University sophomore power forward Markieff Morris to show how much he has improved since the end of last season.

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Three-game losing streak new territory for many Jayhawks

When the 2009 Kansas University football season began, people everywhere — from players and coaches to fans and family members — were fixated on this being KU’s best chance to win the Big 12 North.

Powers tied for 59th

Kansas senior Emily Powers was tied for 59th Thursday on the Duramed Futures Golf Tour after firing a fourth-round 79.

4 Jayhawks honored for academics

Four Jayhawks were honored Thursday by ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-District team.

Gary Bedore's KU Basketball Notebook

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self hopes injured freshman guard C.J. Henry will be able to play in Tuesday’s exhibition finale against Pittsburg State.

Reesing deserves courtesy

Speculation continues about how many of its four remaining games the Kansas University football team will win. The immediate emphasis should be on bagging that first ONE. End the current slump, now three losses deep, then there might be a reason to discuss a 7-5 or better record and a decent bowl game.

Thursday, November 5

KU football player D.J. Marshall diagnosed with lymphoma

Kansas University defensive end D.J. Marshall has been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma and informed his coaches and teammates about the diagnosis Thursday.

Mayfield’s 21 kills spark Jayhawks at CU

Kansas University sophomore Allison Mayfield had a career-best 21 kills in the Jayhawks’ 25-22, 25-23, 25-16 volleyball victory over Colorado on Wednesday night

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Senior Little ponders sitting out this season

Mario Little, the subject of Kansas University’s first “Pop-Up Video” of the basketball season, gives the production mixed reviews.

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Mangino shifts attention to offense

Back in April, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino looked at his defensive unit and saw a disaster-in-waiting.

KU soccer places three on all-league

Kansas University seniors Monica Dolinsky and Estelle Johnson and freshman Whitney Berry have been named to the All-Big 12 Conference soccer second team.

Kansas golfers competing at Futures

Kansas University women’s golfer Emily Powers and former Jayhawk Amanda Costner were among 288 players who began play at the Duramed Futures Golf Tour Qualifying Tournament this week.

McCray recognized

Kansas University senior guard/forward Danielle McCray on Wednesday was named to the 30-player Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidate list.

Wednesday, November 4

KU soccer falls to top-seeded Missouri, 3-2, in OT

The Kansas soccer team fell to top-seeded Missouri, 3-2 in overtime, in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship at the Blossom Soccer Complex in San Antonio, Texas.

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KU's Stuckey named Thorpe Award semifinalist

Kansas University safety Darrell Stuckey this week was named one of 12 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive back.

KU women unranked in USA Today poll

The Kansas women’s basketball team received 110 votes and barely missed out on being ranked in the USA Today/ESPN Preseason poll released today.

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Johnson provides suspense

Given the presence of softies on a nonconference schedule that features Allen Fieldhouse visitors Central Arkansas, Tennessee Tech and Alcorn State, the crowd will need something other than suspense to stave off daydreaming.

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Early wake-up call

Demoted Taylor responds

Tyshawn Taylor, who started 33 of 35 games his freshman season at Kansas University, came off the bench in Tuesday’s exhibition opener against Fort Hays State. The demotion wasn’t because of injury. It wasn’t because of suspension.

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Tiger’s take: KU ‘lived up to hype’

Willie Hassell left Allen Fieldhouse with one main impression of the Kansas University men’s basketball team.

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Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Kansas University junior walk-on guard Conner Teahan did not play Tuesday. He’s considering a possible red-shirt season.

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook

For a while, it looked like the Kansas University offensive line might have been the program’s most overachieving unit this fall.

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Reesing: Benching ‘was a big deal to me’

Todd Reesing says he was surprised to be benched against Texas Tech.

Tuesday, November 3

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FINAL: Xavier Henry scores 14 in debut as KU defeats FHSU, 107-68

Sherron Collins led KU with 19 points, as six Jayhawks scored in double figures.

Kansas wins in shootout

Kansas University freshman goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau’s save on Texas Tech midfielder Maggie Fete — the Red Raiders’ fifth shooter in the shootout — on Monday at the Blossom Soccer Complex advanced the Jayhawks to the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 soccer tournament.

Monday, November 2

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Releford, Little to sit out exhibition game

Both players will sit out while considering red shirts

There was as much discussion Monday about who wouldn’t be playing in tonight’s Kansas University-Fort Hays State exhibition basketball game as who would be debuting for the Jayhawks.

KU-Nebraska to kick off at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 14

Game will be televised on ABC

The Kansas-Nebraska football game on Nov. 14 will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on ABC, the Big 12 announced Monday.

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Two of a kind

Collins, Aldrich named preseason first-team All-Americans

Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins, who last month were named the Big 12’s co-preseason basketball players of the year, shared another huge honor Monday.

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Mangino: Reesing will start Saturday

Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing, who was benched in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 42-21 loss to Texas Tech, will start this weekend in the Jayhawks’ road game against Kansas State, KU coach Mark Mangino said Monday.

Recruit Knight enjoys visit to KU

Brandon Knight, a 6-foot-3 senior basketball point guard from Pine Crest High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., completed his official recruiting visit to Kansas University on Sunday morning.

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A good start

Sutherland, Goodrich carry KU

Two Jayhawks making their first starts — Aishah Sutherland and Angel Goodrich — stole the show as KU punctured Pittsburg State, 86-56, in an exhibition game in Allen Fieldhouse.

Meier could be answer

If Todd Reesing doesn’t show enough in practice to prove he’s fully healthy, then the right choice for QB, obviously, is senior receiver Kerry Meier.

Big 12 men’s hoops more than just Big 3

Here’s a look at the Big 12 men's basketball teams that weren’t ranked, but at least received votes.

Sunday, November 1

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Mangino downplays Reesing injury

Is Reesing hobbled? ‘I don’t think so’

A day after Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing indicated he's been playing with a groin injury sustained during the Jayhawks' Oct. 17 loss to Colorado, KU coach Mark Mangino downplayed the injury and its effect on the senior signal-caller.

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Big 12 announces gametime for KU-KSU

Game to be televised at 11:30 a.m. on Versus

The Big 12 conference announced Sunday the Kansas-Kansas State football game scheduled for Nov. 7 in Manhattan will be televised at 11:30 a.m. on Versus.

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KU can’t hold on against Aggies

Kansas University’s volleyball team looked primed to beat a ranked opponent for the first time since November of 2007 early Saturday night in Horejsi Center.

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Reesing benched in Jayhawks’ loss

Todd Reesing has discussed a good number of things during postgame news conferences.

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Tech’s goal: confusion

Raiders mix it up on KU

The Texas Tech defense had one main objective Saturday when it came to Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing: confuse him.

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QB playing hurt, and it clearly shows

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino has his reasons for keeping injuries a secret. Knowing a player is hurt can change the way the opposition prepares its game plan. Dirty players might even want to aim for the injured guy’s aching body part.

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Offensive line miffs Mangino

Of all the things that went wrong during his team’s 42-21 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday — and there were quite a few to choose from — none hit Kansas University coach Mark Mangino harder than the lackluster play of the team’s offensive line.

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Guard Goodrich to make debut for Kansas today

Today will be Angel Goodrich’s coming-out party.

KU swim team tops Nebraska-Omaha

Freshman Monica Johannessen won two events to help the Kansas University swimming and diving team secure a 79-45 victory over Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday in Robinson Natatorium.

Game balls & Gassers

Candidates for Game balls, Candidates for Gassers

KU women’s CC places fifth; men eighth

The Kansas University women’s cross country team earned its best finish in 15 years at the league championship meet, as the Jayhawks captured fifth place at the 2009 Big 12 Cross Country Championships on Saturday at the A.L Gustin Golf Course.

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KU soccer to face Tech in play-in game

The Big 12 Conference has reconsidered its tie-breaker ruling from Friday night, meaning that the Kansas University soccer team will play a play-in match at 6 p.m. Monday against Texas Tech to determine the No. 8 seed in the Big 12 Soccer Championship.