Stories for July 2011


Sunday, July 31

KU athletic director reviewing department's 6-figure salaries

A review of salaries at Kansas Athletics Inc. shows 36 of the top 42 administrators and coaches — 85 percent — are paid at least $100,000.

Backcourt prospects stand out in Shawnee

Prep guard Koenig: Kansas has faded

Two nearly identical blue-chip backcourt players in the Class of 2013 — one headed to Kansas University and the other with KU on his list of prospective schools — played well at the KC Prep Invitational held Thursday through today in Shawnee.

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Happy in the end: Versatile Opurum solidifies spot along defensive line

Two years ago, Kansas University’s Toben Opurum finished the season at the top of the football team’s depth chart at running back.

Saturday, July 30

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KU football adds WR Neal Barlow

Six-foot-7 wide receiver Neal Barlow, who played football at Arkansas for two years before transferring to Arkansas-Little Rock to play basketball, will become a member of the Kansas football team, is reporting.

KU basketball pursuing pair of Dallas teammates

Urban DFW Elite graduate Darrell Arthur has gotten to know some of the current players on coach Jazzy Hartwell’s Dallas/Fort Worth-based AAU basketball team.

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In good condition: KU players in better shape with more intense workouts

Kansas tight end Tim Biere admits that his conditioning limited him during the 2010 season, when he played at around 260 pounds.

Former Jayhawks get shot in NFL

While last Monday’s announcement of the end of the NFL lockout marked a big day for the professional football players of the world, it also proved to be a huge moment for a few undrafted, former college players who have had to wait a lot longer than any before them to get their shot at living out their dreams.

Friday, July 29

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Kansas linebacking corps deeper in 2011

When Huldon Tharp went down with an injury last spring, the loss decimated the Kansas University football team’s depth at linebacker.

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Cool, calm, collected: Turner Gill appears more comfortable, prepared in Year 2

A year ago, about this time, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill stepped to the podium in Dallas and introduced himself to the scores of media members that had descended upon Big D for the annual Big 12 media days.

Jayhawks’ hoops commit dazzles in tourney

Frankamp scores 20, drills game-winner

Conner Frankamp signed autographs for a handful of Kansas University basketball fans before Kansas City Pump N Run’s opening game of the KC Prep Invitational on Thursday night at Mid America Sports Complex West.

Free agent DE Laptad signs with Chicago

According to his Twitter feed, former Kansas University defensive end, Jake Laptad, on Thursday, became the third member of KU’s most recent graduating class to pick up a free agent offer from an NFL team.

Thursday, July 28

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KU freshman Jamari Traylor learning from Morris twins, Cole Aldrich

Kansas University freshman basketball power forward Jamari Traylor has found a way to beat the heat during a brutally-hot July in his new college hometown.

Wednesday, July 27

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Two quarterbacks commit to KU

Earlier this summer, Kansas University recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Reggie Mitchell said the one position KU would try to sign in every class no matter how big or small was quarterback.

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Jayhawks land Texas QB Seth Russell

Lending credence to recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell's claim earlier this summer that, "you always take a quarterback," the Kansas University football program picked up an oral commitment from a three-star QB out of Texas on Wednesday.

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Less is more: Kansas football OL Jeremiah Hatch shows off trim(mer) frame

A few weeks ago, Kansas University senior Tim Biere was taken aback by a string of words that came out of the mouth of fellow senior Jeremiah Hatch.

Big 12 football notebook: OU still recovering from tragedy

The University of Oklahoma football team was forced to deal with a tragedy in May, when senior linebacker Austin Box was found dead in El Reno, Okla., about 30 miles west of Oklahoma City.

KU, UT provide balance for Big 12

Let Texas A&M agonize over the unfair advantages the Texas television network has in revenue and recruiting. Let Missouri fret over it as well. For Kansas, the best thing to say about it is what’s being said: Nothing.

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KU football notebook: Turner Gill still thinking big for Jayhawks

Since the day he arrived in Lawrence as the head football coach at Kansas University, Turner Gill has talked the talk.

Mass. prep Kaleb Tarczewski has stellar summer

Blue-chip basketball prospect Kaleb Tarczewski, who has had yet another stellar summer playing center for the New England Playaz, will complete his AAU career at this week’s Double Pump Best of Summer Tournament in Anaheim, Calif.

Tuesday, July 26

Soccer promotes aide Smith

Jessica Smith has been promoted from volunteer assistant to full-time assistant coach of Kansas University’s soccer team.

Four Jayhawks get tennis award

Four Kansas University tennis players — sophomores Amy Barnthouse and Paulina Los and former Jayhawks Kate Goff and Maria Martinez — have been named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar Athletes for the 2010-11 season.

KU’s Dixon medals twice

Kansas University sprinter Diamond Dixon represented the United State at the Pan American Junior Games over the weekend.

Kansas volleyball honored

Kansas University’s volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the excellence in the classroom.

Wichita AAU player impresses

Wichita Heights sensation Perry Ellis is no longer the only major-college recruit on Wichita’s Pray and Play Players AAU team.

Swimmer Stephanie Payne makes Trials

Kansas University swimmer Stephanie Payne finished the 200-meter butterfly in 2:16.39 at sectionals over the weekend in Columbia, Mo., and earned a trip to Omaha, Neb., in June for the Olympic Trials.

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Mizzou DE: ‘No rivalry compares to KU’

A few years ago, Missouri left tackle Elvis Fisher viewed Florida vs. Florida State as the fiercest rivalry in college football. Understandable, considering the 6-foot-5, 295-pound senior grew up in nearby St. Petersburg, Fla.

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All eyes on Texas: Longhorn Network hot topic on Day 1 of Big 12 media days

Those who stepped to the podium before him did their best to bite their tongues. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel chose not to.

Matt Tait's KU football notebook

This year’s Kansas football media guide, revealed for the first time Monday at Big 12 media days in Dallas, was a little more nondescript than last year's.

Monday, July 25

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KU's Brock Berglund pleads not guilty to assault charge

At a pre-trial hearing Monday morning in Castle Rock, Colo.,. Kansas University freshman Brock Berglund pled not guilty to misdemeanor assault charges stemming from an April 9 incident in which Berglund was alleged to have thrown a punch at another male.

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Former Lawrence police Chief Ron Olin to leave $115,000 job at Kansas Athletics

Former Lawrence police chief Ron Olin has resigned his position as Kansas Athletics Inc. director of security and internal controls effective at the end of this month, according to an athletics department news release.

Storylines for Big 12’s new math

The Big 12’s annual Media Days gathering is Monday and Tuesday at the Westin Galleria in Dallas. The annual event serves as a kickoff to the coming football season, and there will be plenty of questions for coaches and invited players to answer in a season of big changes for the conference. Here are five storylines to follow for the Big 12:

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Legacy recruit on KU’s radar

Guard Christian Sanders’ dad a Jayhawk 1975-79

Christian Sanders began to draw the attention of major-college basketball recruiters in March when the 6-foot-3, 180-pound junior combo guard helped propel his Houston St. Thomas High team to a Texas state championship.

Sunday, July 24

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Recruit J-Mychal Reese’s dad not Aggie yet

John Reese, the father of blue-chip senior point guard prospect J-Mychal Reese, told on Wednesday he was not leaving his head-coaching position at Bryan (Texas) High for an assistant-coaching post at Texas A&M.

Saturday, July 23

Contracts, extensions may put new KU athletic director in tough spot

New Kansas University Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger may be limited in his ability to make certain coaching changes in the coming years because of contracts signed by former KU Athletic Director Lew Perkins.

Top hoops recruit Shabazz Muhammad impresses in Vegas

Wearing his trademark gold shoes, Shabazz Muhammad was easy to spot Friday morning at the adidas Super 64 AAU basketball tournament held at Rancho High School in Las Vegas.

KU golfer Nate Barbee honored

Kansas University golfer Nate Barbee was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar for the second straight year, as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

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Henderson State to induct KU offensive line coach J.B. Grimes into Hall of Honor

Throughout his football playing life, Kansas University offensive line coach J.B. Grimes got used to being the guy who looked a little out of place at his position.

Friday, July 22

Mario Chalmers celebrates opening of specialty shop for cancer patients at LMH

Former Kansas University basketball guard Mario Chalmers already is a hero in Lawrence. He made that miracle three-point shot that led to KU’s 2008 national title. But he’s also a hero off the court.

KU men's golf coach Kit Grove advances at Kansas Amateur

Kansas University men’s golf coach Kit Grove defeated former KU player Pete Krsnich, 4-2, during the first round of match play at the Kansas Amateur Championship on Thursday at Hallbrook Golf Club.

QB Brock Berglund, coach Turner Gill both in a pickle

Ever play the quarterback middle-name game? No? OK, this will be your debut. It consists of just two questions, so it won’t take long.

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(B)all in the family: Freshman Natalie Knight continues KU basketball tradition

James Knight — the father of incoming Kansas University freshman basketball guard Natalie Knight — wasn’t about to fill up his gas tank if he didn’t have to.

Brother of Krysten and Derek Boogaard arrested

The brother of former Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers player Derek Boogaard, who died from a drug overdose in May, has been arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal prescription pills on the same night.

Thursday, July 21

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KU QB Brock Berglund to appear in court Monday; lawyer releases statement

Court officials confirmed Thursday afternoon that Kansas University quarterback Brock Berglund, a freshman from Highlands Ranch, Colo., who has been charged with third-degree assault in his home state, has a court appearance scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday in Castle Rock, Colo.

KU men's basketball to play four Big Monday games

The Kansas men's basketball team will play on ESPN's Big Monday four times during the 2011-12 season, the Big 12 announced Thursday.

Journal-World staff Big 12 football preseason picks

The following is a breakdown of how Journal-World staffers Matt Tait, Tom Keegan, Jesse Newell and Eric Sorrentino see things shaking out in the Big 12 this season.

Texas talks Longhorn Network

Texas officials talked with Big 12 athletic directors and presidents this week about the upcoming launch of the Longhorn Network in hopes of calming fears that it gives the Longhorns an unfair advantage over their rivals.

Oklahoma picked No. 1 in Big 12 preseason football poll; KU last

Losing a couple of teams in the offseason apparently has done nothing to change the landscape of the race for the Big 12 football title.

Jayhawks’ schedule not kind

We’re approaching the end of July — like it or not — and now is the time that many fans start seriously scouting the season ahead and gearing up to make their predictions that can make or break their status as true sports fans with their friends.

KU hoops coach Bill Self hitting recruiting trail

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self maintained a rather hectic schedule during the first 10 days of the July basketball recruiting period.

Wednesday, July 20

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Report: KU QB Brock Berglund charged with assault in Colorado

According to a KCTV5 report Wednesday night, Kansas University freshman quarterback Brock Berglund, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., was away from the football team this spring and summer because he was facing assault charges back home.

Chris Thompson, Kansas’ other golf pro, on rise

Gary Woodland is the only former Kansas University golfer this season to win a PGA Tour event, finish in the top 30 in all three major golf tournaments and amass more than $2 million in earnings, but not the only one whose game has taken a big step forward.

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Ex-Jayhawk Terry Nooner up for ‘big’ challenge with SIU

Terry Nooner, who played combo guard at Kansas University from 1997-2000, will be working with the bigs in his first season as assistant women’s basketball coach at Southern Illinois University.

KSU golfer leads Kansas Amateur

Kansas State golfer Kyle Smell leads Kansas University’s Chris Gilbert and KU coach Kit Grove by three strokes after the first day of the Kansas Amateur Championships.

Kansas’ Andrea Hudy named finalist for award

Andrea Hudy, Kansas University’s assistant athletics director for sports performance, has been selected as one of five finalists for the 2011 Strength Performance College Coach’s Choice Award, the Strength Performance Network has announced.

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Don’t count out Quinn: Mecham worked hard in offseason to improve arm strength, mobility

In six games last season, Kansas University quarterback Quinn Mecham was good but not great, solid but not spectacular, and still managed to set a school record for consecutive pass completions (19) and lead the greatest comeback in KU history.

Tuesday, July 19

KU running back Dreamius Smith not eligible

Wichita Heights freshman Dreamius Smith will not be with the Jayhawks this fall because of a low ACT score.

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Back in action: RB Brandon Bourbon cleared to return from injury

Thirteen weeks after suffering an injury that ended his spring, red-shirt freshman running back Brandon Bourbon appears to be back in action and gearing up for the 2011 season.

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Coach: Conner Frankamp created buzz

Two years ago — at the age of 13 — Wichita eighth-grader Conner Frankamp received an invitation to work out with the Kansas City Pump N Run AAU team.

Monday, July 18

Gary Woodland ties for 30th at British Open, earns $47,000

Gary Woodland picked up a few pounds during his first trip to the British Open.

Bill Self, Lon Kruger to attend Illini alumni event

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self and Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger will attend University of Illinois hoops alumni weekend events in early August, the university has announced. Self will attend a reception on Aug. 5 honoring his 2001 and 2002 U of I Big Ten championship teams. Former Illini coach Kruger will attend an alumni game on Aug. 6.

Gary Woodland majorly consistent

In that window after the British Open ended and before the gripping women’s World Cup title game kicked off, Chris Lazzarino, associate editor of the Kansas Alumni magazine, wondered aloud how many American golfers can claim top-30 finishes this year in all three (of the four) major golf tournaments.

Sunday, July 17

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Soph Conner Frankamp commits to KU hoops

Conner Frankamp, a 6-foot-0, 160-pound junior-to-be from Wichita North High School, announced his oral commitment to play basketball at Kansas University on Sunday.

Former Jayhawk Scott Russell breaks Canadian javelin record

Former Kansas University javelin thrower Scott Russell broke his 6-year-old Canadian national record in the event last week at the Toronto International Track and Field Games.

Gary Woodland drops at British Open

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland shot a 4-over-par 74 in the British Open on Saturday.

Former Jayhawks honor Neil Dougherty

Kansas University basketball players and coaches past and present were among the hundreds who packed Sacred Heart Church on Saturday morning for the funeral Mass of former Jayhawk assistant Neil Dougherty.

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KU tight-end combo: Mundine will add excitement to Biere’s consistency

For two straight springs, there has been one guy on the Kansas University football team whose name would pop up just about every time KU coach Turner Gill was asked by the media which players stood out to him the most. That player is senior tight end Tim Biere.

Saturday, July 16

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Perry Ellis draws heavy attention on recruiting circuit

For the second straight summer, Wichita Heights senior-to-be Perry Ellis is drawing a lot of attention on the July recruiting circuit.

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Safety nets: McDougald, Terry offer upside, chemistry in secondary

Just as it’s important for a football team to have a good rapport between its quarterback and his wide receivers or the head coach and his offensive coordinator, the same can be said for any squad’s safeties. Kansas University has that in the relationship between projected starters Bradley McDougald and Keeston Terry.

Gary Woodland (barely) makes British Open cut

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland barely made the cut at Friday’s British Open in Sandwich, England.

Kansas golfers 3,4 at Women’s Amateur

Kansas University graudated senior Jennifer Clark finished third, while KU junior-to-be Audrey Yowell took fourth at the Kansas Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship this week at Turkey Creek.

Friday, July 15

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Commentary: KSU 13, Kansas 1 — really

It’s not difficult to find a counter to the argument geography plays the biggest part in Kansas’ failing to compete for any conference titles outside of men’s basketball. The excuse falls apart 75 miles to the west, 10 to the north.

Kansas football foe GaTech slapped by NCAA

Kansas University’s football program might be staring down an overwhelming rebuilding project, but even so the Jayhawks are in far better shape than one of their 2011 football opponents.

Hearing for Thomas Robinson’s sister set

The date of a hearing to help decide the future residence of the sister of Kansas University’s Thomas Robinson has been officially set for Aug. 17 in circuit court in Prince George County, Md., an attorney in the case said Thursday.

Helmets have improved over the years

Schools keep close eye on equipment

Kansas University equipment manager Jeff Himes is in his 24th season with the school and has seen the technology of helmets improve dramatically.

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Concussion discussion: Coaches, trainers mindful of head injuries

When he played at Lawrence High in the 1970s, Bob Lisher remembers many times that his head would bang against the top of his helmet.

Thursday, July 14

What is the farthest you have traveled to attend a sporting event?

What is the farthest you have traveled to attend a sporting event?

Ex-KU lineman James McClinton faithful

Teammates who fed off his energy, admired his spirituality and loved his humor, used to be fond of saying James McClinton “would play on Sundays,” meaning in the NFL.

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Thomas Robinson teaches LeBron James a lesson-*

*-’LeBron wasn’t playing full speed’

Kansas University basketball power forward Thomas Robinson reportedly held his own while guarding — and being guarded by — LeBron James in a pick-up game last week at the NBA phenom’s Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio.

Mario Chalmers to celebrate opening of shop for cancer patients at LMH

Former Kansas University basketball star Mario Chalmers will be in Lawrence next week to celebrate the opening of Mario’s Closet at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Lineman Jeremiah Hatch on Rimington Watch List

Kansas University offensive lineman Jeremiah Hatch was one of 43 college players named to the Rimington Trophy committee’s 2011 Fall Watch List, the group announced Wednesday.

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Unflagging: Parents’ push gets diagnosis for golfer daughter Mackenzie Thayer

The parents of Mackenzie Thayer refused to take “don’t know” for an answer, so the Garden City couple relentlessly pursued a diagnosis for their daughter’s problematic left leg.

Wednesday, July 13

Four KU golfers earn academic honors

Four Kansas University women’s golfers on Tuesday were named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholar list for the 2011 season.

Colombia’s Vidal signs with Kansas soccer

Colombian national soccer player Ingrid Vidal on Tuesday signed a national letter of intent to play at Kansas University beginning in the 2011-12 season.

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Krysten Boogaard to play in France

Former Kansas University women’s basketball center Krysten Boogaard recently signed a professional contract to play basketball in Nice, France.

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Mike Leach tells his side of Texas Tech firing

Former Red Raiders football coach provides details in book

Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach on Tuesday offered up fresh details on what he says was happening behind the scenes around the time he was fired.

Locals weigh in on British Open

While in England as captain of the United States in the 2000 Palmer Cup, college golf’s version of the Ryder Cup, former Kansas University golf coach Ross Randall had a chance to play Royal St. Georges with wife Linda, evidently quite an accomplished stick herself.

Premium placed on KU football recruiting close to home

On Tuesday, released its state-by-state rankings of high school football prospects in the Class of 2012.

KSU’s Pullen signs with Italian team

Former Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen has signed a contract to play for Pallacanestro Biella of the Italian League.

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KU men's basketball reports early-season tourneys through 2014

Kansas University’s men’s basketball team, which will compete in the 2011 Maui Invitational, has scheduled appearances in early-season tournaments through 2014.

Tuesday, July 12

Tourism opportunity

Local officials should be taking a hard look at how the original rules of basketball might be used to anchor a major tourist attraction.

The prospect of bringing James Naismith’s original rules of basketball to Lawrence opens a window of opportunity for Kansas University and local tourism.

Services set for Neil Dougherty

The wake for former Kansas University assistant basketball coach Cornelius Aaron “Neil” Dougherty is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church in Leavenworth.

Recruit Derek Keaton reaffirms commitment to KU

Just a couple of days after reports surfaced that Class of 2012 commitment Derek Keaton, an “athlete” from Camden (Ark.) Fairview High, was reevaluating his future because of growing interest from Arkansas, Keaton went on record to reaffirm his pledge to the Kansas University football program.

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Growing pains: New forward Braeden Anderson getting acquainted with college workouts

Though he’s barely been in Lawrence a week, Braeden Anderson is already feeling what it’s like to be a Kansas University men’s basketball player.

KU’s Tyrel Reed, Conner Teahan, Jordan Juenemann honored

Kansas University’s Tyrel Reed, Conner Teahan and Jordan Juenemann were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court on Monday.

New rules good for KU?

Larry “Contrary” Keating, an associate athletic director at Kansas University, loves to take the other side of a debate. He has had much tougher challenges than one he faced in his office Monday afternoon.

Monday, July 11

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Thomas Robinson has huge potential

Many wondered why so many basketball players would end their college careers prematurely to enter the NBA Draft when the 2011-2012 season is threatened by a lockout.

Gary Woodland ties for 97th at Scottish Open

Luke Donald shoots 9-under 63 to win

Luke Donald shot a 9-under 63 to win his first Scottish Open by four strokes, cementing his position as the world’s top-ranked player in dominant fashion.

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Webb 2.0: KU’s leading QB Jordan Webb showing improvement

For the last couple of years, Kansas University football coaches — old staff and new alike — have raved about quarterback Jordan Webb’s strong arm. Three years into his career as a college quarterback, the red-shirt sophomore’s feet are starting to catch up to his cannon.

Sunday, July 10

Former Jayhawk Terry Nooner hired by SIU

Former Kansas University basketball guard Terry Nooner recently was named assistant women’s basketball coach at Southern Illinois University.

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In the trenches: KU’s offensive line healthy, experienced

In 2010, Kansas University’s offensive line suffered a slew of injuries and watched as a handful of guys were forced to play out of position.

Saturday, July 9

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Bad press: Previews universal in disdain for KU

Posting a 3-9 record one season usually doesn’t get a team a lot of preseason publicity the next. The good news for Kansas University football, which won just 25 percent of its games during head coach Turner Gill’s first year in town in 2010, is that those preseason magazines that hit news stands in mid-June examine and analyze every Div. I team out there.

Ex-Jayhawk Kevin Pritchard to get Pacers job

Former Kansas University basketball point guard Kevin Pritchard officially has been named director of player personnel of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers.

Friday, July 8

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Booth says addition to Allen Fieldhouse seems likely to be home for original basketball rules

Kansas Athletics Inc. is working with an architectural firm on a concept to house James Naismith’s original rules of basketball, said David Booth, the KU alumnus who purchased the rules at an auction intending for them to be displayed at KU.

Gary Woodland shoots two-under on Friday before Scottish Open play suspended

Gary Woodland, a native of Topeka and graduate of Kansas University, shot two-under par through 12 holes on Friday to lower his overall score to one-under at the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness, Scotland.

KU football player enters into diversion agreement on DUI charge

A Kansas University football player who faced a drunken driving charge in Lawrence Municipal Court turned in a diversion agreement Friday morning, according to the city prosecutor’s office.

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QB Brock Berglund committed to playing football at Kansas

For weeks, the here-today-gone-tomorrow status of Kansas University freshman quarterback Brock Berglund has been one of the most talked about topics within the KU football community.

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Former KU coach Roy Williams: Neil Dougherty was 'true gentleman'

Former Jayhawks assistant dies at age 50

Native Kansan Neil Dougherty, who worked as head basketball coach at Texas Christian University from 2002-08 after seven seasons on Roy Williams’ staff at Kansas University, died Tuesday while jogging in Indianapolis.

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KU football players endure uphill battle

Upperclassmen lead summer workout on Campanile Hill

Temperatures in the low 80s made conditioning a little more bearable for the 60 or so Kansas University football players who participated in an afternoon workout on the Campanile Hill on Thursday.

KU volleyball schedule released

Seven matches versus 2010 NCAA Tournament teams that advanced to the Sweet 16 or further highlight the 2011 Kansas University volleyball schedule, which was released Thursday.

Thursday, July 7

Gary Woodland shoots one-over 73 in first round of Scottish Open

Gary Woodland shot a one-over par 73 Thursday morning in the first round of the Scottish Open. Woodland’s round put him in a tie for 106th place, eight strokes behind co-leaders Lee Westwood and Mark Tullo.

Report: QB Brock Berglund back in Lawrence reported Wednesday, via Twitter, that freshman quarterback Brock Berglund was back in Lawrence.

Former Jayhawk running back Sharp helping others get up to speed

After a tryout with the Chicago Bears, a stint with the Wichita Wild, of the Indoor Football League, and a quick look from the UFL’s Omaha Knighthawks, former Kansas University running back Jake Sharp appears content to hit the brakes on his playing career.

Links up next for Gary Woodland

The newspaper in your hands rolled off the presses at 1 a.m. Thursday, 55 minutes before Gary Woodland was scheduled to tee off in the Scottish Open, his first taste of golf in Great Britain.

Wednesday, July 6

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Catching up: A look at Kansas University's top wideouts

Last season, Kansas University’s football wide receivers left more than a little to be desired.

Two Jayhawks on preseason watch list

’Tis the season for college football’s watch lists. And even though the Kansas University football team is coming off its worst season in nine years, a couple of Jayhawks have landed on one of those watch lists.

Tuesday, July 5

Former KU cross country, track star Herb Semper dies at 81

Former Kansas University cross-country and track star Herb Semper has died. He was 81.

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Jake Sharp to host camp in Olathe

During his playing days, former Kansas University running back Jake Sharp was one of the fastest players to suit up for the Jayhawks. Today, Sharp spends his time helping young athletes build their speed and sharpen their football skills.

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Relentless pursuit: KU assistant coaches place premium on recruiting QBs

While the coaching staff waits to see if either Brock Berglund or Michael Cummings turns out to be Kansas University’s quarterback of the future, the position remains a priority on the recruiting trail.

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Sasha Kaun relishes time in Russia

Former Kansas University basketball center Sasha Kaun — who has made over $1 million a season playing for Russian Superleague Club CSKA Moscow the past three years — is in no hurry to switch to the NBA.

Jayhawks last in Big 12 in Directors Cup

Kansas University’s athletic department ranked 72nd of 284 teams overall — last of all Big 12 schools — in the final Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings for the 2010-11 school year.

Monday, July 4

Alonzo Jamison to coach Bethel

Former Kansas University power forward Alonzo Jamison has been named head basketball coach at Bethel College.

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KU hoops coaches ranging far, wide

Self: ‘We’ve had them from all over’

Bill Self has signed prospects from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma — as well as the faraway reaches of Canada, Russia, Alaska, Arizona, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington — in his eight seasons as basketball coach at Kansas University.

Sunday, July 3

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KU coach Self: Nix one-and-done rule

If Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self had his way, the NBA’s next collective bargaining agreement would include an alteration of the so-called “one-and-done rule.”

Saturday, July 2

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QB Brock Berglund won’t suit up for KU

The official Kansas University football roster continues to list Brock Berglund as a freshman quarterback, but it’s time to speak the plain truth.

KU soccer player Liana Salazar playing in World Cup for Colombia

Kansas University freshman soccer player Liana Salazar will compete for Colombia in today’s FIFA women’s World Cup game against Team USA in Germany. Colombia lost to Sweden, 1-0, in the first round.

KU basketball team down to two Kansans

Senior scholarship player Conner Teahan and senior walk-on Jordan Juenemann will be the only Kansans on the KU basketball roster next season following the graduation of Brady Morningstar and Tyrel Reed.

KU women’s basketball team adds assistant

Former Murray State guard Alaina Lee has been named assistant women’s basketball director of operations/video coordinator, Kansas University, coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Friday.

NCAA eyes summer recruiting

July period expected to be slimmed down to diminish influence of hangers-on

It’s July, and for college basketball coaches and their assistants, that means a series of trips that makes the conference road schedule look like a drive to the gym.

NU: New league fits to a T

Huskers say Big Ten perfect match — unlike Big 12

Nebraska has officially tied the knot with the Big Ten and, unlike its marriage of convenience with the Big 12 Conference, both parties enter this one believing they’re a perfect match.

Bonuses plentiful in contract for new OU coach Lon Kruger

New Oklahoma men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger will have 20 hours of private-plane usage and bonuses of up to $175,000 under terms of his new contract.

Friday, July 1

2011 NBA Draft contest winner announced

The picks are in, the scores are tallied and we have a winner for the 2011 NBA Draft contest.

Ex-Jayhawk Talib won’t stand trial until 2012

Former Kansas University star cornerback Aqib Talib reportedly will not stand trial for a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon until 2012.

Ritchie Price to rejoin KU baseball team

Former Kansas University baseball standout Ritchie Price was named an assistant coach for the KU baseball program on Thursday.

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In complete control: Former Jayhawk Brett Ballard has high hopes for future of Baker hoops

It’s only been 15 months since he was introduced as the head men’s basketball coach at Baker University, but he carries himself like a man who’s been running the Wildcats’ program for 15 years.

Randall recalls earlier lockout

Former KU forward hopes 2011 dispute doesn’t last as long

Denver Nuggets community relations director Mark Randall hopes the current NBA lockout does not stretch as long as the last.