Stories for September 2009


Wednesday, September 30

KU Alumni Association to charter bus for KSU game

The Kansas University Alumni Association will charter a bus to take Jayhawk fans to Manhattan for the KU football team's matchup against Kansas State.

KU women’s golf team finishes in sixth

Emily Powers fired a final-round 73 en route to a seventh-place individual finish to help Kansas finish in sixth place at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Women’s Golf Invitational on Tuesday.

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Practice pays off

Barbee’s improved putting leads to win

Kit Grove, Kansas University’s men’s golf coach, was on his way out of Alvamar Golf Club on Monday night when he noticed a solitary figure stationed on the course’s putting green, tapping in six- and eight-footers as dusk settled over Lawrence.

Fam’s pal survives accident

The old football coach’s best buddy figured maybe miracles happen in twos, so when John Novotny Sr. returned Tuesday to the scene of his serious automobile accident in Moran, four weeks after it happened, three weeks after he was released from the hospital, a part of him hoped against hope his dog Maddie would be sitting there in the ditch, waiting for his master to bring him home.

Tuesday, September 29

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Buford not alone suffering at Camp

KU guard hopes to chuck reputation

Chase Buford wasn't the only one suffering Monday through the first day of Kansas University's Boot Camp.

Kansas men’s golf in fourth at invite

Nate Barbee shot a first-day 143 to finish a shot back of the individual leader, and Kansas University’s men’s golf team was in fourth place after two rounds Monday of the Kansas Invitational at Alvamar Country Club.

KU women’s golfers in sixth at Smith

Kansas University’s women’s golf team was in sixth place after the first day of the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational on Monday at Colbert Hills.

Monday, September 28

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Judge orders business to cover KU Athletics’ attorney fees, expenses

The owners of must pay Kansas Athletics Inc. $667,507 in attorneys fees and expenses generated during a court case over the content of loosely — and perhaps not-so-loosely — KU-themed T-shirts, a federal judge ruled Monday.

KU-Iowa State football game to kick off at 11:30 a.m.

Contest will be televised on Versus

The Kansas football team's Big 12 opener against Iowa State will kick off at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 10 and will be televised on Versus.

Fast start reveals little

Kansas University's 4-0 football start was expected — and not particularly revealing.

KU tennis shines

Kansas University’s tennis team went 7-2 in doubles and 19-9 in singles at the KU Invitational, which concluded Sunday at First Serve Tennis Center.

Boot Camp under way for Kansas

Bill Self’s Boot Camp officially was to begin at 6 a.m. today, in Kansas University’s new basketball practice facility.

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Despite WR success, Meier still wears red

Even as he has developed into Kansas University’s most reliable wide receiver, and even as red-shirt freshman Kale Pick has proven himself to be a capable No. 2 quarterback, Jayhawks senior Kerry Meier still shows up to football practice every day wearing the red jersey that marks the team's quarterbacks.

Selby cuts list to six

Josh Selby, a 6-foot-2 senior guard from Lake Clifton High in Baltimore, has narrowed his list of prospective colleges to six, including Kansas University.

Sunday, September 27

KU soccer picks up 5-3 victory

Kansas University's soccer team defeated Oral Roberts, 5-3, Sunday afternoon at Tulsa, Okla.

How Keegan voted

The following is Tom Keegan's Sept. 27 ballot for the Associated Press college football poll.

KU football moves up to 16th, 18th in national polls

The Kansas football team moved up the national rankings this week, jumping three spots to No. 16 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and two spots to No. 18 in the Associated Press poll.

Kansas tennis led by doubles teams

The Kansas tennis team finished day two of the Jayhawk Invitational with an undefeated doubles performance Saturday at First Serve Tennis Center.

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KU ‘prepared to play’

On Wednesday, in the aftermath of an ugly two-day stretch in which members of his team engaged in multiple confrontations with members of the school’s men’s basketball team, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino insisted that the incidents would do little to shake the focus of his team heading into a weekend matchup with unbeaten Southern Mississippi.

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Opurum rises to occasion

At 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds, Toben Opurum knows he usually has physics on his side.

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Good to the last stop

Defensive stands preserve victory

Mark Mangino was standing behind a podium Saturday, and he was talking about his defense, and he was doing this in a rather un-Mangino-like fashion.

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USM’s Davis: Setback ‘kills me’

Unheralded Southern Miss. sophomore quarterback Austin Davis matched All-America candidate Todd Reesing yard for yard — and touchdown for touchdown — on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

How they scored: KU vs. USM

The scoring plays from KU vs. Southern Mississippi.

Game balls and Gassers

Game balls and Gassers for KU vs. Southern Mississippi.

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A special view on Game Day

KU holds seat for fan fighting cancer

When Denise DeBrine and her son Jackson heard they were going to get upgraded to the “cushy seats” at Saturday’s Kansas University football game, DeBrine was expecting the ones that folded out with pads.

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Murphy has first big day at Kansas

The TV camera lights and the winning smile lit up Ryan Murphy’s face again Saturday, a slice of nostalgia for the former Free State High superstar quarterback and defensive back.

Saturday, September 26

KU volleyball loses to Baylor

Kansas University's volleyball team lost to Baylor in a three-set sweep Saturday afternoon.

KU's Perkins calls recent fights most complicated issue he's dealt with

Speaking with members of the media prior to today's football game against Southern Mississippi at Memorial Stadium, Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins shed little light on the details of the past week, but insisted it was a matter being handled with the utmost importance

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FINAL: KU defense buckles down in fourth quarter of 35-28 win over Southern Miss

The KU defense shut down Southern Miss late, helping to preserve the seven-point victory.

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NU streak witnessed from start

When I read that Nebraska University would celebrate its 300th straight football sellout tonight, I was hardly surprised. But I was a bit taken aback when I realized I had been in NU’s Memorial Stadium for the start of that streak.

Eagles see KU as signature opponent

Know the foe: Southern Miss

Members of the Southern Mississippi football team don’t expect a whole lot of love when they take on Kansas University at 11 a.m. today at Memorial Stadium — or any other time, for that matter.

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Wild about the Wildcat: Southern Miss. successful with odd offense

Damion Fletcher wondered what the hold-up was. During his first three years at Southern Mississippi, the running back had heard the rumblings of this “Wildcat” offensive formation, had watched as Darren McFadden and Felix Jones tore through opposing defenses while using it as members of Arkansas’ team two years ago, and was wondering when, exactly, the Golden Eagles would give the formation a try.

Kansas soccer shut out, 3-0

The Kansas University soccer team was blanked, 3-0, by Oklahoma State on Friday in the Jayhawks’ Big 12 opener at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.

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Former walk-on Bechard newest member of KU coaching staff

Former Kansas University basketball walk-on guard Brennan Bechard has joined the Jayhawk coaching staff.

KU vs. So. Miss. Head to head

Four KU tennis players start undefeated

Kansas University junior Maria Martinez, sophomores Erin Wilbert and Ekaterina Morozova, and freshman Sara Lazarevic went undefeated in singles play to open the KU Invitational on Friday at First Serve Tennis center.

Friday, September 25

Ticket ‘stimulus’ program kicks off

As officials at Kansas Athletics Inc. line up Jayhawk boosters to finance a $34 million Gridiron Club and pump another $40 million into academics, they’re working to keep less well-to-do fans in the game plan.

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Shades of Orange? KU could start 4-0 again

The last time a Kansas University football team began the season 4-0, KU went on to win the 2008 Orange Bowl.

Standards have been lowered

The disconnect between the words Tyshawn Taylor used on his Facebook page and the ones he had used when speaking in public sent my constant companion — a headache that beats down from the top — to new levels of discomfort, so I just had to talk to him to see which was the real Tyshawn Taylor.

Kansas’ image ugly after ridiculous turf war

Some things never change. The late Dick Harp during his days as a Kansas basketball assistant and head coach often uttered a patented evaluation of his job: “Coaches are responsible for a lot of irresponsible kids.” Sound timely?

Thursday, September 24

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Apologies issued

Taylor says he’s embarrassed for role in fights

Wearing a splint on his thumb and heavy wrap on his injured left hand, a contrite Tyshawn Taylor met the media Thursday afternoon in Wagnon Student Athlete Center. staff’s Week 4 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World/6Sports staffers' picks for Week 4 of the college football season.

Self starts Boot Camp today

Coach gathers players into gym at 6 a.m.

Bill Self’s Basketball Boot Camp 2009 has started a few days earlier than originally planned.

Kansas playing dodgeball

As if athletic director Lew Perkins didn’t have enough things bumming him out Wednesday, he just had to know his archenemy, T-shirt creator Larry Sinks of Joe College, was busy at work cashing in on his misery.

KU soccer's Dolinsky honored

Kansas senior soccer midfielder Monica Dolinsky was named to’s National Team of the Week on Wednesday.

Former LB Floodman to be a guest

Former Kansas University linebacker Banks Floodman, a three-time captain and two-time all-conference honoree, will be the featured speaker at the weekly KU Quarterback Club gathering today at Buffalo Wild Wings (1012 Mass Street).

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Sayonara, Sooners

Kansas volleyball outlasts Oklahoma in five-set thriller

It’s probably appropriate that Kansas University’s Big 12 Conference volleyball home opener against Oklahoma went five sets, because the Jayhawks and Sooners were not separated by much on Wednesday night.

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KU coach Self disappointed with feud

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who was out recruiting Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, hustled back to Lawrence early Wednesday night and promptly called a team meeting.

Stuckey recognized

Kansas senior football safety Darrell Stuckey was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team on Wednesday.

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook

Following a highly-publicized two-day feud between members of the Kansas University football and men’s basketball teams — during which sophomore basketball player Tyshawn Taylor admitted to throwing a punch via his Facebook account — Kansas football coach Mark Mangino on Wednesday addressed the precautions taken by his team’s staff to prevent offensive material from being posted.

Laptad named to watch list

Kansas defensive end Jake Laptad was added on Wednesday to the watch list for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.

Wednesday, September 23

Mangino: As of now, no players will serve suspensions

Up until two days ago, the biggest problem facing Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino was how to defend against Southern Mississippi’s quirky “Wildcat” formation.

Perkins calls meeting with KU football, basketball players; statement issued

Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins called to order a meeting of the feuding Jayhawk football and basketball teams Wednesday afternoon at Anderson Family Football Complex.

Lew Perkins issues statement on Tuesday incident

Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins commented on the incident between some KU football and basketball players Tuesday night in a statement released Wednesday morning.

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KU sports teams’ apparent feud spurs 2nd brawl

Fights Tuesday, Wednesday, lead to meetings, joint statement

An apparent feud between members of the Kansas University men’s basketball and football teams spilled over into the day Wednesday, when a second altercation between the groups was reported on campus.

Colorado prep taps KU

Commitment thrills Henrickson

Brooke Jelniker, a 6-foot-1 senior from ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., has committed orally to play for Bonnie Henrickson and the Kansas University women’s basketball team.

It’s time to call a truce

The credibility of all that happy talk about the Kansas University athletic department being one big, cuddly family has been called into question by football players and basketball players getting into repeated fights with each other.

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Swagger to be put to test

Southern Miss and its big receiver to challenge Jayhawks’ secondary

Kansas University's secondary expects to be tested by Southern Miss.

Kansas men’s golf takes 2nd

Nate Barbee’s top career finish helped lead Kansas University’s men’s golf team to a second-place finish at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate on Tuesday at Colbert Hills Golf Course.

Tuesday, September 22

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Fracas sends KU guard Tyshawn Taylor to hospital

Source says Taylor hurt in skirmish with football players

Kansas University sophomore basketball guard Tyshawn Taylor was involved — and injured — in an incident that broke out in front of Burge Union on the KU campus shortly after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a source confirmed Tuesday night.

KU officials mum on any changes they're making after feds issue terror alert for sports stadiums

No particular venues named; KU mum on security changes

Kansas University police officials aren’t saying whether there will be any noticeable change in security during Saturday's football game at Memorial Stadium, after a national security warning was issued Monday regarding potential terrorist attacks at stadiums.

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Local elementary students get visit from Jayhawk basketball players

Advice on healthy eating teamed with exercise, autograph session

Several members of the Kansas University men’s basketball team — junior center Cole Aldrich, senior guard Mario Little and sophomore guard Jordan Juenemann — dropped in on physical education classes at Sunset Hill School to make sure the students understand that healthy eating and exercise make for a great game plan.

KU soccer player Morris honored

Kansas junior Rachel Morris has been named to the’s National Women’s Team of the Week.

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First impressions

Pick-up games provide glimpses of Xavier Henry

There are days Kansas University freshman Xavier Henry dominates pick-up games contested in the Jayhawks’ new basketball practice facility.

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RB Lewis could see time against Southern Miss

With the availability of injured running back Jake Sharp uncertain, Kansas University coach Mark Mangino said Monday that third-string back Rell Lewis likely would see an increased role in Saturday’s game against visiting Southern Mississippi.

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook

It took about five minutes for Kansas to suffer its first deficit of the season Saturday, as Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis ran for a 21-yard score on the Blue Devils’ second offensive play of the game.

Payne to visit Oct. 31

Adreian Payne, a 6-foot-10, 215-pound senior center from Jefferson High School in Dayton, Ohio, will make his official basketball recruiting visit to Kansas University the weekend of Oct. 31.

Self clinic Oct. 23-24

Bill Self’s annual basketball coaches’ clinic will be held Oct. 23-24 in Allen Fieldhouse.

KU’s Barbee leads at Colbert Hills

Kansas golfer Nate Barbee fired a first-round 69, landing atop the leaderboard Monday at the rain-shortened Jim Colbert Intercollegiate at Colbert Hills Golf Course.

Monday, September 21

KU football game against Southern Miss a sellout

Kansas Athletics announced Monday that the KU football team's game Saturday against Southern Miss is a sellout.

Offense must do better

In order for this KU football team to hang with Big 12 heavyweights, the offense will have to perform at near perfection because the defense is young in some spots and soft in others.

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Jayhawks slow to start

While the Jayhawks have outscored opponents by a lopsided total of 127-26 this season, they hold a much less daunting 17-7 first-quarter advantage, as the team’s offense has typically taken some time to get comfortable.

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Shutout gives KU soccer title

Junior forward Rachel Morris scored two goals and added an assist, and freshman Whitney Berry chipped in two assists as 22nd-ranked Kansas University won the Jayhawk Invitational title with a 4-0 soccer victory over South Dakota State on Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Sunday, September 20

How Keegan voted

The following is Tom Keegan's Sept. 20 ballot for the Associated Press college football poll.

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KU's Sharp likely a game-time decision against Southern Miss

Injured Kansas University senior running back Jake Sharp underwent a light practice Sunday, but will be a game-time decision heading into Saturday's final non-conference game against Southern Mississippi, coach Mark Mangino said Sunday evening.

KU women's basketball team ranked in preseason magazine

McCray honored as preseason second-team All-American

The Kansas women's basketball team is ranked No. 22 in the recently released Athlon Sports College Basketball preseason issue. KU is one of four Big 12 schools to make the preseason top 25.

KU football moves up to 19th, 20th in polls

The Kansas football team continued to move up the national rankings this week, jumping four spots to No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches poll and two spots to No. 20 in the Associated Press poll.

Pick shows flashes of bright KU future

Upperclassmen at Kansas University who like to take in sporting events are no strangers to late-game, garbage-time novelty acts producing freakishly phenomenal statistics as the parking lots begin to jam up.

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Duke’s 2 QBs < Kansas’ 1

Blue Devils impressed by Jayhawks’ Reesing

Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis didn’t look like a guy nursing a sore ankle on a shocking 21-yard touchdown burst that opened the scoring on Saturday morning at Memorial Stadium.

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Kansas carrying on

With Sharp ailing, Opurum steps up

For the second time in three games, Kansas University’s football team played without one of its top offensive players. And for the second time in three games, the Jayhawks carried on as if everything was perfectly normal.

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Sharp ‘upset’ to sit

The leading rusher on the Big 12’s top rushing attack found himself pacing the sideline for much of Kansas University’s 44-16 victory over visiting Duke on Saturday.

Game balls and Gassers

Candidates for Game balls and Gassers

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KU bemoans drops

Beau White delivered the bad news to the Kansas University football receivers in the locker room. As is tradition, the KU assistant media-relations director went to the wideouts to tell them their statistics from the game.

Saturday, September 19

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FINAL: Reesing passes for 338 yards as KU tops Duke, 44-16

Maxwell Onyegbule added an interception return for touchdown as the Jayhawks defense posted another strong effort.

Devils downplay QB controversy

Somewhere along the way, a quarterback controversy was stirred up over in Durham, N.C.

KU basketball notebook

Kansas University junior center Cole Aldrich has been named Blue Ribbon Yearbook’s preseason college basketball player of the year.

Stadium curbs rowdiness with breath tests

Students who get kicked out of a University of Minnesota football game for drunken rowdiness won’t be allowed back next time unless they pass an alcohol breath test at the gate — one of the most extreme attempts yet by colleges to curb misbehavior in the stands.

Yankee Bowl likely to have Big 12 ties

The Big 12 Conference more than likely will add a bowl game to its slate next season at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Alumni swimmers win

The Kansas University swimming and diving alumni team placed first in all events but the mixed 50-yard backstroke against the current team on Friday at Robinson Natatorium.

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KU soccer ‘pretty good’ in rout

Eight games into the Kansas University soccer team’s 2009 season, this is what coach Mark Francis has realized about his team: When it shows up ready to play, it can be a pretty good college soccer squad. When it doesn’t, it’s a fairly average one.

KU to conduct free football tailgate

Kansas University students can participate in a free breakfast and beverage tailgate from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today before the football kickoff against Duke.

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Quest for perfection: Jayhawks lament squandered offense

Well, this was something. Here was Todd Reesing — quarterback of a Kansas University offense that had racked up 34 points and 576 yards of total offense in a lopsided road victory over UTEP, in a game some national media tapped as a possible upset — talking about his team’s recent effort with the jubilation of a guy who’d just watched his dog get kicked.

KU vs. Duke Head to head

Today’s Big 12 games at a glance

Friday, September 18

WWII cannon tested, ready for Saturday's KU game

The cannon is ready, now it's up to the Jayhawks to score in Saturday's game against Duke.

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Duke still triggers thoughts of hoops

In the song, “Hold Up,” with R. Kelly, famed hip-hop artist Jay-Z describes the relationship between the two icons with the following lyric, “I’m back, in a zone like Duke or Stanford... Me and the boy Kel, like Duke and Kansas.” Odds are, when Jay-Z wrote it, he wasn’t thinking Mark Mangino and David Cutcliffe.

Thursday, September 17

A Lew Perkins contract one of questions raised in KU management audit

Auditor gives university an overall clean bill of health

An audit of financial dealings at Kansas University and its affiliated groups found no major problems, but did question an $18,000 per-year contract between KU Athletic Director Lew Perkins and a private company that does business with Kansas Athletics Inc. staff's Week 3 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World/6Sports staffers' picks for Week 3 of the college football season.

KU will fire a cannon when Jayhawks score this weekend against Duke

The National Guard ceremonial cannon will likely stay around for home games this season

Those large booms echoing through Lawrence on Saturday won’t mean some kind of foreign invasion is afoot — they’ll just be a sign of happy Jayhawk football fans.

Kream Keegan winners chosen

Congratulations to Rick Anderson, Luke Grover, Todd Hayworth, Bryan Mounce and Zach Knight, who were the five winners chosen out of 55 entries for the Kream Keegan T-shirt drawing.

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Regents approve expansion of Memorial Stadium

The Kansas Board of Regents has OK’d a $34 million addition of seating on the east side of Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium.

’38 Duke team stole my heart

When I was 10 years old in KCK, my parents ordered me to be a Kansas University fan. Neither had gone to college, but Dad drove Greyhound buses in Kansas and Missouri and, a la Don Fambrough, he liked the Kansans a lot better. The vaccination took; I wound up carrying a Jayhawk good-luck charm into war.

KU hoops players to sign autographs

Kansas University’s men’s basketball players will sign autographs at 10 a.m. Saturday at the HyVee Hawk zone on the west side of Anderson Family Football Complex at Memorial Stadium.

KU volleyball team falls to MU

Kansas University’s volleyball team fell to rival Missouri, 19-25, 25-22, 27-25, 26-24, on Wednesday night in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.

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Spikes feeling more comfortable on O-line

Lost amid the numerous changes on this year’s offensive line — and the lingering questions about new left tackle Tanner Hawkinson and recently transplanted center Jeremiah Hatch — was talk of Jeff Spikes, Kansas University’s mammoth right tackle.

Ex-players to gather in honor of Randall

Alvamar to host retirement party tournament today for former Kansas golf coach

Alvamar Country Club head pro Randy Towner came up with the idea and sent the word out through the Internet that Alvamar would play host to a “Ross Chalk Tournament” as the official retirement party for former Kansas University golf coach Ross Randall, who spent 30 years in the school’s golf program, the first 28 as head coach of the men’s team.

Wednesday, September 16

KU's Biere could miss Duke game

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino said Wednesday that tight end Tim Biere could miss Saturday's game against visiting Duke.

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Extreme makeover

Onyegbule vital component of revamped defensive line

At some point during the past offseason, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino decided his team’s pass rush needed a proverbial kick in the pants. Then, he set out to make sure it got one.

Powers second, KU women’s golf third

Emily Powers finished second individually to lead the Kansas University women’s golf team to a third-place finish on Tuesday at the Chip-N Club Invitational.

Duke: No QB controversy

Thad Lewis probably knew he’d hear the term “quarterback controversy” this week after the way backup Sean Renfree played in Duke’s weekend win at Army. He just won’t let himself think of it that way.

Duke strikes a nerve

The game had been played, the trip completed and still the song looped in my head. The more I tried to think about something else, the louder it roared, bringing pressure from the top of head down on my eyes, slightly blurring my vision.

Pollard most likely done with NBA

Scot Pollard, who in 11 days will play in his first organized basketball game in 19 months, says his two-game stint with the Midwest All-Stars isn’t the start of a full-fledged pro comeback.

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Tech quarterback a quiet leader

He’s thrown for 861 yards and nine touchdowns in two games, more than anyone else in college football this season.

Kansas men’s golf third in Nebraska

Nate Barbee carded an even-par 72 and the Kansas University men’s golf team placed third on Tuesday at the Fairway Club Invitational.

Tuesday, September 15

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Improved food choices await KU fans this season

Salty Iguana, Bigg’s aim to enhance fans’ experience at games

New choices awaiting KU fans at Memorial Stadium and Allen Fieldhouse are likely to make your mouths water.

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook

Kansas University defensive lineman Maxwell Onyegbule was named the Big 12's co-defensive player of the week, the conference announced Monday.

Powers leads KU women’s golfers

Emily Powers fired a 2-under-par 70 in the morning and an even-par 72 in the afternoon and is tied for second place individually, while leading the Kansas women’s golf team to a fourth-place team standing after day one of the Chip-N Club Invitational Monday.

KU men’s golfers in third place

Three returning members of the Kansas men’s golf team helped guide the Jayhawks to third place after the first two rounds at the Fairway Club Invitational.

Ex-Jayhawk Pollard to play against Serbia

Former Kansas University basketball power forward/center Scot Pollard will compete for the Midwest All-Stars in a pair of games against Basketball Club Partizan of Belgrade, Serbia, later this month.

Monday, September 14

Kream Keegan contest canceled for 2009

We're sorry to announce that we won't be running the Kream Keegan football pick 'em contest for the 2009 football regular season.

Onyegbule earns Big 12 co-defensive player of the week

Kansas defensive lineman Maxwell Onyegbule was named the Big 12's co-defensive player of the week, the conference announced Monday.

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook

As the swine flu has begun wreaking havoc on the locker rooms of various Div. I football teams in recent days, Kansas University coach Mark Mangino and his staff are taking precautions to limit the chances of a team-wide outbreak.

Maturing before our eyes

For the Kansas University football team, 2-0 with a combined score of 83-10, it’s worth examining two players from each class who so far have shown they are developing well, ahead of projections many had for them coming into the season.

Self hits recruiting trail

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self today will visit the Queens, N.Y., home of Doron Lamb, a 6-foot-4 senior shooting guard from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.

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Sharp, Kansas have hit ground running

After being named the preseason starter at running back for the first time in his four-year Kansas University career, senior Jake Sharp has wasted little time proving the honor was deserved.

KU soccer settles for 0-0 tie

Kansas University outshot Colorado College handily, but the teams played to a scoreless college soccer tie on Sunday in the final match of the Colorado College Invitational.

Sunday, September 13

How Keegan voted

The following is Tom Keegan's Sept. 13 ballot for the Associated Press college football poll.

KU football moves up in both polls

Jayhawks ranked 22nd in AP, 23rd in coaches poll

Following a 34-7 victory over UTEP on Saturday, the Kansas football team moved up in both national rankings.

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Miners: KU unstoppable

UTEP coach Mike Price stood calmly in the postgame news conference, his message much like a famous rant from former Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green.

KU tennis wins six of eight singles matches

The Kansas women’s tennis team won six out of eight singles matches to complete the second day of the UNCW Collegiate Tennis Invitational on Saturday.

Game balls and Gassers

Game balls and Gassers from KU vs. UTEP

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Miner imperfection

Jayhawks cruise, but bemoan late slip-up

One thing. On the Kansas University football team’s trip back home from Saturday’s 34-7 victory over Texas-El Paso, the defensive unit will have just one thing to dwell on — a late-game breakdown that resulted in a 75-yard UTEP touchdown that put a blemish on an otherwise impressive performance.

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KU position changes abound

After a 2008 season in which the defensive secondary underwent a massive overhaul, playing what essentially amounted to a game of musical chairs, members of the Kansas University defensive backfield have grown accustomed to adapting quickly.

KU volleyball team snags title

Three Kansas University volleyball players finished with double digit kills in the Jayhawks’ 3-0 victory over the University of Arkansas Saturday night at the Arkansas Tournament.

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D-line shows its fangs

Bar stools across America are kept warm with former defensive backs crying into their drinks, convinced they were failures as football players, haunted by unflattering nicknames pinned on them for giving up touchdowns to flashy receivers.

KU runners finish first, second in Missouri

The Kansas men’s cross country team won its second straight race on Saturday, winning the Missouri Cross Country Challenge.

Saturday, September 12

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FINAL: KU's defense dominates in 34-7 trouncing of UTEP

KU's defense swarmed UTEP with six sacks in the Jayhawks' first road non-conference victory since 2003.

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Rock Chalk chant ‘8 Wonders’ finalist

Rock Chalk. Jayhawk. Vote for KU.

KU vs. UTEP Head to head

KU hoops barbecue on tap

Guests at tonight’s Bubbles and Barbecue benefit for Community Living Opportunities’ Midnight Farm will be treated to brisket, chicken and sausage, Kansas University hoops style.

Miner familiar with KU aide

The other day, UTEP receiver Jeff Moturi called up a member of the Kansas University coaching staff to talk trash.

Jayhawks’ soccer tripped

Kansas drops first game of season

The No. 13 Kansas University soccer team dropped its first game of the season, 2-1, to the University of Denver on Friday at the Colorado College Invitational.

KU volleyball sweeps

A balanced offense and solid defense helped Kansas University’s volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep (25-15, 25-16, 25-20) of North Texas on Friday in the first match of the Arkansas Tournament.

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Being Reesing: The curious, glamorous, wacky and utterly unbelievable world of one of Lawrence’s most famed residents

At the moment — based on clues such as the above photo and headline — you are likely of the impression that this is a story about Todd Reesing. You would be correct in that assumption, though only to a certain extent. Certainly, you will find this story to contain a great deal of information on Kansas University’s senior quarterback —thoughts from friends and family members, historical context, a collection of anecdotal tidbits.

Friday, September 11

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Snyder agrees to 5-year contract with K-State

Bill Snyder agreed to a five-year contract with Kansas State on Friday, giving the 69-year-old coach the opportunity to pull off another reclamation project after the program he built unraveled under Ron Prince.

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KU Athletics turns to social media to get fans closer to games

Are you constantly checking your BlackBerry for Twitter updates? Can’t wait to upload images from that latest get-together on Facebook?

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Jayhawks hoping for better opener on the road

Last season, in its only nonconference road test of the year, the Kansas University football team looked like a Top-25 team at the beginning and a bottom 25 team at the end.

Hird brothers recalled

Wednesday’s Dugan Arnett article on the Springer twins meeting via rival football teams Saturday at UTEP reminded Lawrence attorney Rick Hird of another adversarial clash of brothers, both Lawrencians.

Self visits Oak Hill prep Lamb

Kansas University coach Bill Self had a recruiting visit Thursday with Doron Lamb, a 6-4 senior guard from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.

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Ostertag wants back in NBA

Former KU center works out with Trail Blazers

Greg Ostertag, who retired from professional basketball three years ago at the age of 33, wants to play in the NBA again.

Thursday, September 10

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Lineman has beef with Reesing

Rookie tackle Hawkinson wants steak … or Chinese

Having successfully protected the blindside of quarterback Todd Reesing for one week, Kansas University rookie left tackle Tanner Hawkinson would like to make clear that he is not opposed to a complimentary dinner courtesy of the senior signal-caller.

KU men’s basketball tickets available

A limited number of Kansas University men’s basketball season tickets are on sale, KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony announced Wednesday.

Self makes pair of in-home visits

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self made in-home recruiting visits with a pair of high school players on Wednesday: Josh Selby, 6-foot-2 from Lake Clifton High in Baltimore, and Roscoe Smith, 6-8 from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.

Wednesday, September 9

KU senior midfielder Dolinsky honored

Kansas University midfielder Monica Dolinsky has been named Big 12 offensive player of the week as well as to the Soccer America national team of the week.

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Self: KU's Aldrich could be a top pick

Kansas coach Bill Self was asked where he feels junior Cole Aldrich and senior Sherron Collins will be taken in the 2010 NBA Draft. It’s all but certain the 6-foot-11 Aldrich will head to the pros after this campaign.

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Self: Memphis could be like KU last year

It’s not often Bill Self receives a hearty ovation in the state of Missouri.

Laptad a coach’s dream

Given the assignment to create in his basement the perfect football brain, Dr. Frankenstein would have made a man who speaks exclusively in clichés, does not question authority and does the same things with his free time as coaches have him doing at practice.

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Battle of brothers

Linebacker Springer’s twin plays for Miners

Growing up, there was never any real question that twins Justin and Jeremy Springer would end up playing football at the same university.

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook

While Clint Bowen was not exactly a fan of the penalty-prompting ways of sophomore cornerback Anthony Davis in last weekend’s season-opening victory over Northern Colorado, Bowen, the second-year Kansas University defensive coordinator, pointed out Tuesday that things could have been a lot worse.

Tuesday, September 8

How Keegan voted

The following is Tom Keegan's Sept. 8, 2009, ballot for the Associated Press college football poll.

KU soccer team ranked 13th in Soccer America poll

The Kansas University soccer team is ranked 13th in this week's poll released by Soccer America.

KU climbs one spot in latest AP poll, enters coaches' poll at No. 25

Kansas University climbed one spot to No. 24 in the latest AP poll out this morning.

Kansas soccer's Dolinsky honored

Kansas University soccer midfielder Monica Dolinsky was named to’s National women’s team of the week, it was announced Monday.

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Flourishing friendship

Rookies Johnson, Robinson forming special bond

Elijah Johnson found it difficult to traverse Kansas University’s hilly campus after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on June 23. He leaned on a buddy — freshman basketball teammate and roommate Thomas Robinson — for support.

Former Firebird’s impact felt with KU cross country

It did not take long for former Free State High standout Kyra Kilwein to make her mark at the college level.

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Defensive end suits Foster

Former fullback finds niche along line

It took a couple years, but Kansas University red-shirt sophomore Steven Foster seems to have finally found a home on the Jayhawks’ roster.

Former KU player Thomas leads NBA team to win

Former Kansas University basketball guard Billy Thomas scored 27 points off perfect 12 of 12 shooting to lead the NBA Generations team to a 94-82 victory over Incheon Etland Elephants on Sunday at the NBA Asia Challenge.

Monday, September 7

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Mangino: So far, so good for linebackers

The first glimpses of the Kansas University football team’s revamped linebacker corps came Saturday, and while the foe proved particularly inferior — NCAA Championship Subdivision Northern Colorado finished just 1-10 last season — there was reason enough to be encouraged.

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Less than perfect

KU soccer not ‘fat and happy’ despite 5-0 start

Kansas beat Rhode Island, 3-1, to improve to 5-0.

Rookie looking sharp

Bradley McDougald looks sharp on and off the field for Kansas University's football team.

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OU's Bradford could return in 2-4 weeks

Sooners coach says QB probably won’t need surgery

Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford is not expected to need surgery on his sprained right shoulder and the quarterback could play again for No. 3 Oklahoma in two to four weeks.

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Kansas safety Harris gets swagger back

After a rough 2008 season, Kansas' Chris Harris started out 2009 with a bang.

Colorado State stuns Buffaloes

Fifth-year senior QB passes Rams to 23-17 victory in Boulder

Grant Stucker’s made his first start Sunday night and led Colorado State to a 23-17 upset of Colorado, the Rams’ first victory in Boulder since 1986.

Sunday, September 6

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Opurum, Pick have dandy debuts

Toben Opurum already has come up with a plan to combat his insomnia next week.

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Go, Rebeka! Stowe, Kansas CC sweep

Rebeka Stowe, a sophomore from Olathe Northwest High, paced the KU women to a team championship at the squad’s only home meet of the season.

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A grand opening

Jayhawks run wild in blowout of Bears

At this time last year, Kansas University’s football coaching staff was fielding a steady stream of questions about the team’s lack of a potent running game.

Sayers tickled by sellout

Kansas University’s football program has come a long way in 45 years.

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Game balls and Gassers

Who strutted their stuff Saturday? Who fell short of expectations?

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Bears impressed by Kansas QB

Northern Colorado’s football team left Memorial Stadium on Saturday night with lasting memories of Todd Reesing.

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KU volleyball takes second

Sophomores Allison Mayfield and Nicole Tate each tallied double-doubles as the Kansas University volleyball team beat the Creighton Bluejays, 3-1, Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd at Horejsi Family Athletics Center.

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Four Jayhawks suspended

Four Kansas University football players, including standout receiver Dezmon Briscoe, were held out of Saturday’s season-opening victory over Northern Colorado for disciplinary reasons.

Reesing has game on string

A young Michael Jackson, before he lost his face both literally and figuratively, really knew how to grip a crowd with his moves, high-pitched voice and contagious energy.

Saturday, September 5

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FINAL: Reesing's four combined TDs lead KU to 49-3 rout over Northern Colorado

Jake Sharp and Toben Opurum added two TDs each as the Jayhawks made quick work of the Bears.

Briscoe, three others to miss UNC game

Kansas University junior receiver Dezmon Briscoe is expected to miss tonight’s season-opening game against Northern Colorado, the Journal-World has learned

Pelini anxious for Huskers’ opener

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is more on edge than usual. The 24th-ranked Huskers are breaking in a new quarterback and young players at several other positions, yet they’re three-touchdown favorites at home against Florida Atlantic today — an opponent that has won back-to-back bowl games and is accustomed to playing in some of college football’s biggest venues.

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KU soccer wins, 3-1

Kansas University senior Monica Dolinsky scored her first goal of the season and added an assist, while sophomore Emily Cressy and freshman Whitney Berry also scored in the Jayhawks’ 3-1 soccer victory over Long Beach State on Friday at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

QB followed circuitous rout to UNC

Know the foe: Northern Colorado

The questions arrived almost as soon as the new quarterback did: How did you like Florida? What’s Urban Meyer like? What about Tim Tebow?

KU vs. UNC: Head to head

KU men’s golf team receives academic honor

The Kansas University men’s golf team was recently named to the Golf Coaches Association of America 2008-09 All-Academic Team.

This year, Sooners counting on defense

In 2008, Oklahoma had a record-setting offense in a conference known for its high-flying attacks. This season, it has last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Sam Bradford, returning at quarterback. It also has a coach, Bob Stoops, whose 0-5 record in Bowl Championship Series games since the 2002 season has turned the nickname “Big-Game Bob” into something of a misnomer.

Jayhawks hoops players voice support for football team

There’s a pretty good football team lurking in Kansas University’s basketball locker room.

Kansas football Q&A

Questions you always wanted to ask about today’s Kansas University football opener against Northern Colorado (6 p.m. kickoff, Sunflower Broadband Channels 2, 145) but forgot to ask...

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Reesing’s top 10: A subjective look at some of the Kansas QB’s best plays

Ed Warinner’s response was the only appropriate one: laughter. The question: When you think about memorable Todd Reesing plays, which are the first to come to mind? It’s a question akin to asking Don Rickles to name his favorite put-down. So many from which to choose.

Former Kansas football player Shanklin dies

Former Kansas University football player Donnie Shanklin died Aug. 30 in his hometown of Amarillo, Texas, at the age of 62.

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Jayhawks split at home

The Kansas University volleyball team split its two matches Friday at the Jayhawk Invitational.

Friday, September 4

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When game day arrives, fans undergo their own mental transformation

Game day unlocks deep inhibitions

For the last four years, John-Mark Zini has been a mainstay along with his buddies in the front row at Kansas University football games.

KU associate AD enters diversion over domestic violence charge

Diversion agreement to last 1 year

Kansas University associate athletic director Chris Howard has entered into a diversion agreement in Douglas County District Court on two misdemeanor charges he faced related to a June domestic incident at his home.

KU tailgating fundraiser

Lawrence will turn into tailgate city once again Saturday afternoon around Memorial Stadium as football season arrives.

St. Louis hoops recruit has KU on top list

Bradley Beal, a 6-foot-3 junior guard from Chaminade High in St. Louis, has narrowed his list of prospective colleges to six, according to

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Offseason anticipation almost over

There was a time, not too long ago, when the Kansas University football team’s offseason flew by with barely a peep.

Hadl, Sayers have come a long way

They can wheel and deal in the best of social circles with style and grace and solid articulation. That doesn’t hurt a bit in their efforts to raise money for the Kansas athletic program.

Thursday, September 3

KU football's season-opener officially a sellout

The Kansas University football team's season-opener Saturday against Northern Colorado has been sold out, according to KU athletics officials.

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Transportation options plentiful for those going to Saturday's KU game

But fans also have several options if they don’t park at the stadium for the 6 p.m. Kansas University game against Northern Colorado. For them, there is the park-and-ride shuttle bus.

Tease photo gets ready to launch KU fan travel community

This week, will debut Road Hawks, an interactive, online, multimedia feature designed to help you have the best experience when you’re on the road, watching the ‘Hawks.

Former Jayhawks join Team NBA

Former KU guards Russell Robinson and Billy Thomas will be playing for Team NBA in the 2009 NBA Asia Challenge, which starts Saturday in Seoul, Korea.

Mangino stresses importance of field position

KU’s high-powered offense already proven; coach wants improved special teams

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino is tired of seeing his team backed up near its own end zone.

Hadl featured guest

The Kansas Quarterback Club resumes tonight at a new location with a celebrity guest kicking off the season.

Stuckey named to CLASS award candidate list

KU football player Darrell Stuckey was named to the 30-player Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidate list Wednesday.

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Sophomore swagger

Patterson more comfortable, confident in second year

The weekly Tuesday afternoon media sessions with Kansas University football players can at least crack windows into their personalities. At those sessions a year ago, Daymond Patterson’s clipped responses to questions were delivered at low volume. His body language screamed he didn’t want to be there. Now, he talks louder, looks into the eyes of his partner in conversation, never mumbles and appears to enjoy the exchanges.

Northern Colorado AD Hinrichs thrilled for visit

Jay Hinrichs can think of no place he’d rather be than Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium on a pleasant, late-summer Saturday evening.

Wednesday, September 2

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Kansas Athletics to give $40 million to academic programs at KU

Revenue would come from proposed 3,000-seat addition to east side of stadium

Kansas Athletics will direct $40 million — a portion of revenue expected from an addition to Memorial Stadium — to academic programs at Kansas University.

Hadl a quiet closer

Closers come in all different personality types. The quintessential Type-A closer portrayed by Alec Baldwin in an unforgettable way in the 1992 film “Glengarry Glen Ross” drives a fancy car and wears expensive threads.

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook

Meet Sal Capra, “Program Guy.”

Two Jayhawk soccer players honored

Kansas junior defender Lauren Jackson and freshman goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau have been honored by the Big 12 after their performances at the Lady Vol Invite over the weekend.

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Weighty words

Praise for WR McDougald continues

Bradley McDougald smiled like he knew the question was coming.

Tuesday, September 1

Kansas soccer picks up national ranking

Following a 3-0 start, the Kansas University soccer team has earned a national ranking; the Jayhawks are ranked No. 23 in the Soccer Times' Top 25.

Self event a success

More than 100 golfers participated in the Bill Self Boy Scout Classic on Monday at Lawrence Country Club.