Stories for May 2011


Tuesday, May 31

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Charlette Blubaugh begins serving prison sentence at Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas

Charlette Blubaugh won’t be spending the next four-plus years in camp. Blubaugh, former associate athletics director for ticket operations at Kansas Athletics Inc., started her 57-month prison term last week in a Texas prison for her role in a scheme to steal and resell tickets to regular-season games for football and men’s basketball.

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Changing of the guard: Torbush retires from KU football; co-defensive coordinators step up

Kansas football coach Turner Gill announced Tuesday that current cornerbacks coach Vic Shealy would replace the retired Carl Torbush as KU's defensive coordinator.

KU coach Turner Gill would be wise to promote Vic Shealy and hire Clint Bowen

Good guy Carl Torbush — you hear him talk, you feel like you’re in a rocking chair on a porch just waiting for a line that’s going to crack you up — will be missed by the Kansas University football program.

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KU defensive coordinator Carl Torbush retires

Assistant recently diagnosed with low grade prostate cancer

Because of health reasons, Kansas defensive coordinator Carl Torbush announced today he is retiring from KU and college football. Torbush, who served as KU’s defensive coordinator/linebackers coach, was recently diagnosed with low grade prostate cancer. He will be having surgery in the near future and expects a full recovery.

Dad Days to celebrate paternal bonding

KU football coach, columnist to speak about fatherhood

Dads, granddads, fathers-to-be and anyone else of the male persuasion with a connection to younger offspring are invited to pick up tips, share advice and otherwise boost the profile of fatherhood during an event next month.

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Switching it up: Kande confident in change from safety to linebacker

If you can look past his size and focus solely on the type of player he is, you’ll realize that Kansas University sophomore Prinz Kande really has been a linebacker all along.

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Nick Collison relishes run with OKC

Oklahoma City power forward Nick Collison, who signed a lucrative, creative four-year contract extension last November, made a grand total of $13.3 million during the 2010-11 season.

Decorated George Mrkonic dies at 81

George Mrkonic, one of 13 first-team All-Americans ever to put on a Kansas University football helmet, died after a long battle with cancer on May 23. He was 81.

Monday, May 30

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Texas A&M defeats Missouri, wins Big 12 baseball tournament

Andrew Collazo hit a game-ending homer into the left-field bleachers with two outs in the 10th inning Sunday, lifting Texas A&M to a 10-9 victory over Missouri and its second straight Big 12 tournament title.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Video man leaving for A&M

Kansas University video coordinator Kyle Keller will join Billy Kennedy’s Texas A&M staff as an assistant coach, Jeff Goodman of reported Sunday.

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Welcome back: Cole Aldrich returns to KU

Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Cole Aldrich, whose NBA season ended Wednesday, packed up his belongings, hopped in his car and hit the highway Thursday afternoon.

Sunday, May 29

Former Oklahoma player drowns

Brandon Everage, a safety on Oklahoma’s 2000 national championship team, drowned while swimming in a Texas river. He was 30.

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Former Jayhawk Mario Chalmers one-ups Derrick Rose again

Mario Chalmers, whose Kansas Jayhawks defeated Derrick Rose’s Memphis Tigers in the 2008 NCAA championship game, did not gloat after once again emerging victorious against Rose, this time in the 2011 NBA Eastern Conference finals.

Former KU golfer Gary Woodland three shots back at Byron Nelson

Ryan Palmer fought through a breezy day for a 3-over 73 on Saturday at the Byron Nelson Championship. That was good enough to top the leaderboard at 5 under after three rounds.

Saturday, May 28

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Markieff Morris slams Arizona's Derrick Williams

Former University of Arizona forward Derrick Williams, who is expected to be selected No. 1 or 2 in the 2011 NBA Draft, has received no ringing endorsement from Kansas University’s Markieff Morris.

A&M regents approve Bill Kennedy's contract

The Texas A&M System Board of Regents has approved a five-year, $5 million contract for new Aggies’ basketball coach Billy Kennedy.

Four track Jayhawks advance

Four Kansas University track-and-field athletes advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships — one in a second event — based on their performances Friday at the West Preliminary meet.

Friday, May 27

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Former KU cornerback Aqib Talib indicted in alleged gun incident

Former Kansas University cornerback and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Aqib Talib has been indicted on a charge accusing him of firing a gun at his sister's boyfriend.

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Six Jayhawks named preseason all-Big 12 by analyst Phil Steele

TE Tim Biere tops list with 2nd-team nod

College football analyst Phil Steele tapped six Kansas University football players to his preseason all-Big 12 teams Friday.

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Josh Selby seeks to prove he ‘deserves’ shot

Former Kansas guard proves he’s healthy with 42-inch vertical leap

Former Kansas University combo guard Josh Selby, who worked out for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday and Indiana Pacers on Thursday, has taken a humble, low-key approach into a month’s worth of individual drills with NBA teams.

Kansas O-line signee Phil Ford ineligible

Quite a fuss was made about the high number of offensive linemen the Kansas University football team signed last February. But recent developments have made adding the extra bodies look like a good move.

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Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

Morris Twins try out for Houston Rockets

Former KU forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris worked out for the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Mario Chalmers was the only former Jayhawk in NBA action Thursday, May 26, 2011.

Four KU athletes advance to NCAA track and field championships

In less than ideal weather conditions, the Kansas University track and field team got off to a solid start on the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships West Preliminary on Thursday afternoon at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Four Jayhawk athletes punched their ticket to the NCAA Championships, which will be held June 8-11 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Thursday, May 26

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Bob Davis remembers winningest pitcher in K.C. Royals history, Paul Splittorff

Kansas University football and basketball play-by-play man/Kansas City Royals announcer Bob Davis worked Wednesday night’s K.C.-Baltimore baseball broadcast with a heavy heart.

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Finals set in All-Decade Team voting

Vote here for the All-Decade Team.

KU football adds Florida cornerback Daniel Gray

The recruiting haul for the Kansas University football program in the Class of 2012 officially is in motion.

Wednesday, May 25

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Diara Moore to transfer from KU women's basketball team

Kansas freshman guard Diara Moore will transfer from the KU women's basketball team, coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Wednesday.

UConn, Southern take hits in APR reports

The NCAA has put Connecticut on notice — improve in the classroom or face tougher penalties.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Mario Chalmers was the only former Jayhawk in NBA action Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Here is how he fared.

KU baseball players honored by Big 12

Kansas University senior baseball outfielder Jimmy Waters was named second-team all-Big 12, the league office announced Tuesday. Senior outfielder Casey Lytle and senior pitcher T.J. Walz were named honorable mention. Freshman second baseman Ka’iana Eldredge was selected to the freshman all-conference squad.

Bill Self has Boogie fever

Kansas head men's basketball coach Bill Self is looking forward to his third Bill’s Basketball Boogie, set for Saturday, June 4, at College Basketball Experience next to Sprint Center.

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Recruiting hot topic for KU coach Bill Self

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who for eight years has been an active member of the Lawrence community, meets his fair share of townspeople almost every day.

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Incoming QB Michael Cummings' rehab ‘ahead of schedule’

Kansas University freshman-to-be Michael Cummings has a few classes to finish, an enormous KU playbook to scour and a couple more weeks of fun with friends in front of him before he reports to Lawrence in June.

Tuesday, May 24

KU softball catcher Brittany Hile stoked for pros

Last weekend, while dozens of friends and teammates walked down the hill and crept closer to life after college, Kansas University softball senior Brittany Hile calmly clapped and grinned. Hers wasn’t exactly the face of a fellow graduate freaking out over the future.

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Downright scary: Former KU guard Jeff Boschee safe from Joplin tornado’s destruction

Former Kansas University basketball player Jeff Boschee, his wife, Jamie, and daughter, Mary Rose, were not caught in the path of Sunday afternoon’s deadly tornado in Joplin, Mo.

KU football hot on recruiting trail for 2012

With an impressive 2011 recruiting class already signed, Kansas University’s football program has not let off the gas pedal with regard to chasing down talent in the Class of 2012.

Monday, May 23

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Bitter end: K-State sweeps KU to end Jayhawks’ year

Kansas University’s baseball team needed two victories Sunday to keep its season alive and got none.

KU’s year as bad as it gets

Las Vegas offers propositions on just about any sports wager imaginable, but when an outcome is too predictable, it’s taken off the board. No way Vegas or any bookmaker elsewhere working illegally ever would offer odds on which of Kansas University’s 14 athletic teams that compete in the Big 12 will have the best conference finish in the 2011-2012 season.

Sunday, May 22

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Gimme shelter: Severe weather suspends KU-KSU baseball; rivalry resumes today

If the Kansas University baseball team is going to save its season, it will have to do so with two victories today.

KU golf’s Gilbert ties for 55th

Kansas University golfer Chris Gilbert tied for 55th place at the NCAA Regional on Saturday. Gilbert, who qualified for the regional as an individual, shot a final-day 73.

Selby, Carmelo keeping in touch

Former Kansas University basketball guard Josh Selby has been keeping in contact with fellow Baltimore native Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks as he prepares for the 2011 NBA Draft.

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Against the odds, Mario Little will graduate today

Mario Little, who in grammar school once brought home a report card with straight Fs, today graduates from Kansas University.

Saturday, May 21

ISU suspended assistant 2 games

An Iowa State assistant men’s basketball coach was suspended for two games last season for using his frequent flyer miles to buy a player a round-trip plane ticket in 2009, according to an Iowa State report submitted to the NCAA.

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Recruit DeAndre Daniels remains quiet

No telling when saga with prep will end

No. 10-rated basketball prospect DeAndre Daniels will sign a financial-aid agreement with a college at some point.

Boogaard died of alcohol, oxycodone

The death of Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard was an accident, due to a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkiller oxycodone.

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Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

Kansas University’s Morris twins and Josh Selby are attending the NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago.

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Win … or else: KU must win out to reach OKC

The task of qualifying for the postseason just became a lot tougher.

Friday, May 20

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AAU coach: KU fans will love hoops recruit Jamari Traylor

Jamari Traylor, who played basketball his senior year of high school in Bradenton, Fla., was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago.

KU rower earns academic award

Kansas University rower Nicole Schneider was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District Women’s At-Large Team on Thursday.

Big 12 berth on line in KU-KSU baseball series

Separated from in-state rival Kansas State by a half game in the conference standings, Kansas University’s baseball team will square off with the Wildcats for three games this weekend with a trip to the Big 12 tournament on the line.

KU golfer Chris Gilbert tied for 38th at regionals

Kansas University sophomore Chris Gilbert is tied for 38th place after the first day of the NCAA regional golf tournament.

KU softball's Brittany Hile, Maggie Hull named to all-region team

Kansas University senior Brittany Hile and sophomore Maggie Hull were named second-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region on Thursday.

KU freshman sprinter Diamond Dixon honored

Kansas University sprinter Diamond Dixon was named the 2011 Big 12 Female Outstanding Freshman of the Year on Thursday as voted by the league coaches.

Thursday, May 19

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Jayhawks go 1-1-1 on D-Day

Jamari Traylor picks KU; Trevor Lacey taps UA; DeAndre Daniels delays

Jamari Traylor, who will arrive at Kansas University in a few weeks as the No. 141-ranked player in the class of 2011, in the eyes of at least one observer is much more accomplished than that.

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Wally Judge transfers from K-State to Rutgers

Forward Wally Judge is transferring to Rutgers after spending two seasons at Kansas State.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Mario Chalmers was the only former Jayhawk in NBA action Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Here is how he fared.

Top 10 KU football positives

DeAndre Daniels’ delay until today in making a decision on where he will play college basketball makes “incomplete” the only reasonable grade for this Kansas University recruiting class.

Wednesday, May 18

DeAndre Daniels delays decision until Thursday morning

DeAndre Daniels, a 6-foot-8 small forward from IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., has delayed his decision on a college until Thursday morning.

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Recruit Jamari Traylor picks Kansas

Traylor on KU campus: 'I fell in love with it on the day I came on my visit'

Jamari Traylor, a 6-foot-7 power forward from IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., announced plans to play basketball at Kansas University on Wednesday on the IMG Academies website.

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Recruit Trevor Lacey picks Alabama over KU

Trevor Lacey, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Huntsville, Ala., announced plans to play basketball at Alabama on Wednesday afternoon during a news conference at his high school.

PGA golfer Gary Woodland returns to roots

A silver-haired gentleman who has made his name in business never could win a dunk contest against Blake Griffin, but he could, for one hole at least, be twice as good as a young man who ranks 11th on the 2011 PGA Tour money list ($2,047,660) and sixth in average driving distance (301.9 yards).

Brooke Jelniker leaving KU women’s basketball team, transferring to University of San Diego

Freshman guard Brooke Jelniker has left the Kansas women’s basketball program and will be transferring to the University of San Diego.

KU track and field teams move up in U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association rankings

Both of Kansas University’s track and field teams jumped several spots in this week’s U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings that were released Tuesday. The KU women made a significant move up the poll from No. 25 last week to No. 18 this week, while the Jayhawk men elevated two spots from No. 17 last week to No. 15 this week.

KU baseball players named to academic All-Big 12 teams

Six Kansas University baseball players were named to academic All-Big 12 teams, which were announced Tuesday. Seniors Casey Lytle and T.J. Walz, junior Zac Elgie and sophomores Jake Marasco and Tanner Poppe were all selected to the first team, while junior Jordan Jakubov earned second team honors.

Boogaard family asks for donations

The family of Derek Boogaard, the New York Rangers forward who died last week in Minnesota, is asking for donations to be made to Defending the Blue Line in his memory, in lieu of flowers.

Ex-KSU aide Hill hired at Maryland

Former Kansas State basketball assistant Dalonte Hill has been hired to a similar position at Maryland, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. In Hill, new Maryand coach Mark Turgeon lands a person with recruiting ties to the D.C. area.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Tuesday, May 17, 2011.

KU women's basketball to travel to Italy this summer

The Kansas University women’s basketball team will spend 10 days playing games in and traveling around Italy this summer.

Kansas softball’s Maggie Hull honored

Kansas softball’s Maggie Hull was named to the All-Big 12 second team on Tuesday. The teams were voted on by the league’s coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.

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Bill Self not interested in coaching in NBA right now

KU coach Bill Self was asked about possibly coaching in the NBA someday in an interview Tuesday with 610 sports radio.

Tuesday, May 17

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Recruits DeAndre Daniels, Jamari Traylor and Trevor Lacey to pick schools Wednesday

IMG Academy basketball players DeAndre Daniels and Jamari Traylor will announce their college choices on Wednesday, the final day of the spring signing period, IMG director of basketball Andy Borman said Tuesday.

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Men's basketball 1 of 3 KU athletic programs to earn perfect multiyear academic honors

Already known for its place at the top of the school’s athletic mountain, the Kansas University men’s basketball program continues to carry the torch for the academic side of the university’s athletics department, as well. Tuesday morning, the NCAA and KU released the results of the most recent Academic Progress Rate numbers and they revealed that head coach Bill Self’s squad was one of six programs at KU that delivered a perfect APR score of 1,000 during the 2009-10 school year.

KU baseball’s Ka’iana Eldredge named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week

Kansas University baseball freshman Ka’iana Eldredge was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Monday, the first time Eldredge has been honored by the conference.

Kennedy introduced at Texas A&M

Billy Kennedy donned a maroon jacket Monday and officially became Texas A&M’s basketball coach.

Kansas track suits Free State’s Logan Sloan

Kansas University was simply the right fit for Free State High senior Logan Sloan.

Monday, May 16

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Jeff Withey, Jordan Juenemann to play in Europe this summer for Athletes in Action

Kansas University basketball players Jeff Withey and Jordan Juenemann will play for Athletes in Action during a two-week trip to Europe from May 19 through June 3.

K-State basketball coach Frank Martin recovering from blood clot problem

Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin is recovering at home after being treated for blood clots that formed after a recent knee surgery.

A&M taps Murray State’s Kennedy

Billy Kennedy returned to Texas A&M on Sunday, leaving Murray State to replace Mark Turgeon as the Aggies’ basketball coach.

Kansas rowing seventh at C-USA Championship

Kansas University placed seventh of eight teams Saturday at the Conference USA Rowing Championship.

Derek Boogaard’s brain donated for trauma research

Derek Boogaard’s relatives and fans shed tears Sunday as they remembered the former NHL tough guy as a “teddy bear” who was as generous and kind as he was burly and tough, a somber end to a weekend during which his distraught family agreed to donate his brain to medical researchers.

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KU baseball completes lopsided sweep

Sunday, for the fourth straight game, Kansas University’s baseball team pounded visiting Alabama A&M in seven innings, this time by a 16-2 margin that gave the Jayhawks their first four-game winning streak of the season.

Dixon wins 400; KU 7th, 6th at Big 12

Kansas University freshman Diamond Dixon came from behind in the final 100 meters to win the 400-meter title at the big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday.

Upcoming week big for Kansas basketball

The last week of the spring signing period figures to be a huge one for Kansas University’s men’s basketball team.

Sunday, May 15

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Roy Williams, Randy Towner defeat Bill Self, Notah Begay in charity skins game

Bill Self, who crushed a drive about 300 yards early in Sunday’s Celebrity Skins Game, heard no oohs and aahs from a gallery of about 250 fans at Firekeeper Golf Course.

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KU baseball destroys Alabama A&M

After Friday’s 10-run victory against Alabama A&M, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price revealed his strategy for the weekend was to clear his bench and play as many players as possible.

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Friendly faceoff: KU’s Bill Self, UNC’s Roy Williams to take opposite sides at golf event

Of all the tee shots Roy Williams has hit in five decades of playing golf, just one has dropped in the cup.

Chalmers returns to Final Four ... this time, in NBA

Mario Chalmers has been watching plenty of video, studying Derrick Rose’s game in an effort to get ready for the Eastern Conference finals.

KU track’s Scott repeats as champion

Kansas University senior Jordan Scott repeated as Big 12 champion in the pole vault Saturday at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.

Saturday, May 14

Rangers’ Derek Boogaard — brother of KU women's basketball player — dies at 28

New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard has died. He was 28.

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Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Cole Aldrich to hold camp in Olathe

Former Kansas University basketball center Cole Aldrich of the Oklahoma City Thunder will hold a basketball camp for youths kindergarden through eighth grade from June 27-30 at Olathe Northwest High School. Aldrich will be assisted by former KU players Jeff Gueldner, Tyrel Reed and Mark Randall.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Friday, May 13, 2011.

KU takes fourth in javelin events

Kansas track and field had a solid performance on the opening day of the 2011 Big 12 Outdoor Championships on Friday at the John Jacobs Track Complex on the University of Oklahoma campus. KU got on the board in the team standings quickly after capturing fourth-place finishes in both the men’s and women’s javelin throw.

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Running down dream: Grenada Olympic team goal for sprinter

For a man so young, Keron Toussaint has seen the world from many angles.

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Coaches reunite in KU victory

Almost two decades ago, a man named Ed McCann joined the coaching staff of current Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price, when Price was the head coach at Cal-Poly, and a friendship was born.

KU softball hands out end-of-season awards

Kansas University sophomore Maggie Hull won the Big Jay Award at the Jayhawks’ postseason awards banquet Friday.

Former KU pitcher Brett Bochy to play with Class A Giants team

Former Kansas University pitcher Brett Bochy has completed his extended spring training assignment with the San Francisco Giants organization and has been added to the Augusta GreenJackets’ roster.

Nebraska’s Doc Sadler: A&M hasn’t called

It looks like Nebraska’s Doc Sadler is staying put.

Court hearing postponed for OSU F

A court hearing scheduled Friday for suspended Oklahoma State forward Darrell Williams has been postponed until June 10. Williams faces five felony counts alleging he inappropriately touched two female OSU students without their consent at an off-campus party in December.

Friday, May 13

Ex-Aggie joins KU women’s basketball staff

Former professional basketball player and Texas A&M standout A’Quonesia Franklin has been named an assistant coach of the Kansas University women’s basketball program, head coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Thursday. “Aqua” Franklin spent last season as an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin.

Kansas rowing puts 3 on academic team

For the second-straight year, Kansas University tied for the most student-athletes on the Conference USA Rowing All-Academic Team, with three selections of the 15 honored, including two rowers who were selected unanimously.

Lon Kruger’s Oklahoma deal approved

The University of Oklahoma’s Board of Regents voted Thursday to approve a seven-year, $16.6 million contract for new men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger.

Texas lawmakers criticize raise given to Longhorns basketball coach Rick Barnes

Several Texas senators on Thursday criticized the recent $200,000 raise for Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes, calling it “nuts” and “tone deaf” during a state budget crisis that threatens deep cuts to higher education.

Six Jayhawks named to softball grade team

Six members of the Kansas University softball team were named Academic All-Big 12.

Thursday, May 12

KU Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger discusses Arrowhead game, team rankings at Chamber of Commerce luncheon

Kansas University’s athletic director repeated old themes Thursday, saying he remains focused on helping student-athletes with the transition into adulthood.

Prosecutor: No evidence Lew Perkins ‘knowingly participated’ in KU's cash-for-tickets scheme

Federal prosecutors say they don’t anticipate filing any more criminal charges connected with a five-year ticket-stealing scheme that cost Kansas Athletics Inc. at least $2 million.

KU, U.S. Attorney focus on recovering money lost in cash-for-tickets scam

Now that former Kansas Athletics Inc. employees are headed to prison for their roles in a $2 million scheme to steal and sell Kansas University football and basketball tickets, the next step for authorities and campus officials dealing with the repercussions is clear.

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Bill Self, Roy Williams to participate in Mayetta golf event on Sunday

Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self and former KU coach Roy Williams will play in a celebrity skins game Sunday at the grand opening of the newly constructed Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta, Kansas.Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self and former KU coach Roy Williams will play in a celebrity skins game Sunday at the opening of the Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta, Kansas.

Ex-KU athletics official Ben Kirtland sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for role in ticket scam

The man who led fundraising for Kansas Athletics Inc. for more than five years is headed to prison for his role in a ticket-selling scheme that drained at least $2 million from the department and cost some donors opportunities for the seats they deserved at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU tennis duo honored

Kansas University tennis players Ekaterina Morozova and Dylan Windom were recognized by the Big 12 Conference on Wednesday.

Former KU guard Tony Guy to be inducted into Hall

Former Kansas University basketball guard Tony Guy will be inducted to the Baltimore Catholic League (BCL) Hall of Fame on May 19.

KU women's hoops assistant O’Connor accepts job at Virginia

Kansas University women’s basketball assistant coach Katie O’Connor has accepted a job as assistant coach at the University of Virginia.

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Former Jayhawk Royce Woolridge visits Washington St.

Royce Woolridge, who announced plans to transfer from Kansas University on April 15, recently made a recruiting trip to Washington State University.

Wednesday, May 11

Judge restrains former KU associate athletic director Ben Kirtland and ex-wife from transferring property

Property involved in the divorce case of a former Kansas University athletic administrator — a former associate athletic director awaiting sentencing for his role in a ticket-stealing scheme — cannot be sold, transferred or otherwise assigned, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

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Jayhawks, Yellow Jackets to kick off at 11:30 a.m. central time on Sept. 17

The Kansas Jayhawks and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will kick off at 11:30 a.m. central time on Sept. 17, KU announced on Wednesday.

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KU releases post-spring depth chart; Lewandowski back to DE, Patmon 2nd team

The Kansas University football program released its first official depth chart of the spring this week, and more than a couple of things popped off the page about the new pecking order.

CU, NU to continue meeting

The University of Colorado football team will play its season finale on the day after Thanksgiving, continuing a tradition it had with Nebraska for 15 seasons in the Big 12.

Hey Terps, give Turgeon a chance

Let’s acknowledge the obvious right away: The hiring of Mark Turgeon won’t have Maryland basketball fans dancing in the streets.

KU softball game canceled

Due to schedule conflicts, the Kansas University softball game versus UMKC on Tuesday was canceled and will not be rescheduled.

Sprinter earns award

Kansas freshman sprinter Diamond Dixon was named Big 12 Female Track and Field Athlete of the Week Tuesday. Dixon was honored for the first time in her KU career and was just the third freshman to receive the award this season.

Track athletes honored

A total of 28 Kansas University athletes have been named to the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Teams, the league office announced Tuesday.

Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

ESPN’s NBA draft expert, Chad Ford, watched former KU guard Josh Selby work out on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

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Jeff Withey, Thomas Robinson putting on pounds

Kansas University’s two biggest returning basketball big men are faring well in the weight room this offseason.

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Back on the line: Offensive lineman Spikes matures through injury

Major injuries have a way of haunting players well after they’re healed. Kansas University offensive lineman Jeff Spikes learned that firsthand this spring.

NDSU to meet K-State in 2013

The North Dakota State University football team is heading back to the state of Kansas to face an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision school.

Tuesday, May 10

Visit to continue voting for the All-Decade Team

Visit to continue voting for the All-Decade Team

Kansas Athletics collects insurance on theft claim in ticket scandal

Kansas Athletics Inc. has recovered nearly $340,000 in losses from a tickets scandal that cost the department at least $2 million.

Missouri backup QB to transfer

The battle to replace Blaine Gabbert as Missouri’s starting quarterback is over. His younger brother, Tyler, has decided to transfer.

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Mark Turgeon leaving Texas A&M and Big 12 to coach at Maryland

As the new basketball coach at the University of Maryland, Mark Turgeon hopes to experience the same kind of success he enjoyed at Texas A&M.

Mark Mangino breaks silence in newspaper interview

Former Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino conducted his first newspaper interview since losing his job after the 2009 season.

Iowa State dismisses forward

Iowa State forward Calvin Godfrey has been dismissed from the team after the school said he was arrested for marijuana possession.

Kirk Hinrich: Hamstring getting better

Atlanta Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich says his ailing right hamstring is finally starting to show some improvement.

Texas players stay in NBA Draft

Texas standouts Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph are staying in the NBA Draft and won’t be back for the Longhorns. Thompson and Joseph were freshmen last season. They join teammate Jordan Hamilton in leaving the Longhorns early for the NBA.

KU’s Carolyn Davis to try out for USA hoops team

Kansas University sophomore forward Carolyn Davis is one of 34 players who will participate in the USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team Trials, which run May 22-25 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Recruit Trevor Lacey through visiting

Basketball guard to make choice on May 18

Trevor Lacey, a 6-foot-3 senior combo guard from Huntsville (Ala.) Butler High who completed an official basketball recruiting visit to Kansas University on Monday, will not make any more trips to schools, Lacey’s dad told on Monday.

KU golfer Gilbert invited to regional

Kansas University golfer Chris Gilbert was selected to compete in the NCAA Arizona Regional, it was announced Monday night.

KU rowers honored

Kansas rowing honored 13 seniors and handed out multiple individual awards at its end-of-the-year team banquet Friday night.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Monday, May 9, 2011.

Monday, May 9

KU hires associate AD

Terry Mohajir, senior associate athletic director at Florida Atlantic University, has been hired as Kansas University’s associate athletic director for development and marketing, KU AD Sheahon Zenger announced Sunday.

Results from All-Decade Team voting: First Round, Point Guards

Results from All-Decade Team voting: First Round, Point Guards

Former K-State coach Ron Prince pleased with settlement

Former Kansas State football coach Ron Prince says he is satisfied with a settlement reached with the school that calls for him to receive $1.65 million.

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NFL’s labor strife has several former Jayhawks in lockout limbo

Most years, at least a few former Kansas University football players would have been scooped up by NFL teams by now.

Sunday, May 8

KU baseball falls to OU

Kansas University’s baseball team gave up six unearned runs and committed five errors in an 11-4 setback to No. 10 Oklahoma on Saturday. KU (22-26, 9-14 Big 12) has made nine errors in its last two games.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Saturday, May 8, 2011.

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Best friends: Tyshawn Taylor cherishes eternal support from mom

In between bites of salad on a late lunch break Thursday at Hy-Vee, cashier Jeanell Taylor paused to fiddle with her iPhone.

Saturday, May 7

Dixon highlights KU track showing

Freshman Diamond Dixon set a Kansas University record with her time of 52.96 seconds in the 400 at the Arkansas Twilight track and field meet on Friday.

Kansas baseball battered

Sooners cruise to 12-1 victory

Kansas University managed just seven hits and committed four errors in a 12-1 Big 12 Conference baseball setback to 10th-ranked Oklahoma on Friday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

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KSU settles with ex-coach Ron Prince

Kansas State has agreed to settle a contract dispute with former football coach Ron Prince for $1.65 million.

Horse, hoops musings

That poor horse Dewey Bunnell, a band member of America, rode through the desert in 1971. It had no name. Makes me sad to think that horse is dead now with no name engraved on its tombstone.

Visiting Alabama prep Trevor Lacey ‘natural leader’ — and pretty good scorer, too

Trevor Lacey, a two-time Alabama Mr. Basketball award-winner who led Huntsville’s Butler High to three consecutive state championships, today begins his two-day recruiting trip to Kansas University.

Shaw released from Oklahoma St.

Sophomore center Jarred Shaw has been released from the Oklahoma State basketball team.

Kansas State signs four

Kansas State signed four basketball players to national letters of intent and announced the transfer of two other players Friday.

Lonergan takes coaching job at GW

Mike Lonergan is coming home, taking the men’s basketball coaching job at George Washington after six successful seasons in Vermont.

Friday, May 6

Former associate athletics director Ben Kirtland settles with Kansas Athletics in tickets scheme, awaits sentencing

The highest-ranking onetime Kansas Athletics Inc. employee convicted in a tickets scam that cost the department at least $2 million has repaid $63,000 to the department.

KU softball called off

Kansas University’s softball game on Thursday against Drake was called off because of rain.

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KU hoops commit Zach Peters to also tackle football in senior year of high school

Prestonwood Christian Academy’s football team will boast one of the tallest wide receivers in the state of Texas this fall. Future Kansas University basketball power forward Zach Peters, a massive 6-foot-9, 240-pound junior who last played football his freshman year, has decided to play two sports his final year at the Plano, Texas, high school.

KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s approach refreshing

A couple of weeks ago, I observed new Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger on the job.

Thursday, May 5

James Naismith basketball rules exhibit extended at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City has extended its display of the "Original Rules of Basket Ball" for two weeks.

2 in KU tickets scheme sent to prison camps

Two conspirators convicted in the theft and sales of Kansas University football and basketball tickets are now in prison, according to federal officials.

Alabama prep to visit Kansas basketball

No. 24 Lacey eager to compare UK, KU

Blue-chip basketball prospect Trevor Lacey, who had spent the last 48 hours on an official recruiting visit to the University of Kentucky, returned to his tornado-ravaged home state of Alabama on Wednesday afternoon.

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Shock and awe: Jayhawks pummel Wichita State

Kansas University’s baseball team scored 11 runs on a season-high 18 hits, including three each by freshman Ka’iana Eldredge and senior Casey Lytle as the Jayhawks unloaded on Wichita State, 11-2, to complete a sweep of the two-game midweek series Wednesday night at Eck Stadium.

Wednesday, May 4

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Tuesday, May 3, 2011.

Victor Ortiz plans to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr.

WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz, a native of Garden City, told the Journal-World on Tuesday night that he plans to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Sept. 16 in Las Vegas.

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Faith in Haith? Mizzou’s new coach recruits followers

Taking over a successful college basketball program as the new guy is never easy. Competing with live coverage of the NFL Draft when your new school has two top 10 picks? More like downright unfair.

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Kansas baseball stops the bleeding

The Kansas University baseball team ripped a pair of run-scoring doubles and delivered seven RBIs in all, but two defensive gems may have been the difference in KU’s 7-4 victory against Wichita State Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark.

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Fighting with pride: WBC welterweight champ Victor Ortiz representing Kansas well

Next to the choice Meryl Streep’s Sophie had to make, the saddest moment in cinematic history just might be Marlon Brando’s Terry Malloy measuring himself as a total failure as a boxer and a human being with the words, “You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been some somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it.”

Tuesday, May 3

Man tied to fight between KU basketball, football teams still must complete court-ordered anger management classes

A 21-year-old man with ties to a 2009 fight between Kansas University football and basketball players told a judge Tuesday he had two more anger management classes to complete related to a diversion agreement.

Jayhawks add juco linebacker Isaac Wright

Brad Thorson taken in UFL draft

Throughout the offseason, adding speed had been a major point of emphasis for the Kansas University football program.

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Tyrel Reed, Karina Garlington awarded scholar athletes of year

Nearly four years ago, Kansas University seniors Tyrel Reed and Karina Garlington shared the experience of their first class at KU together.

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Naadir Tharpe’s prep teammate undecided on Kansas

Brewster Academy senior point guard Naadir Tharpe hasn’t tried to actively recruit his prep school teammate to Kansas University just yet.

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KU family reunion: WR coach Beaty sets lofty goals in second go-around

Kale Pick was here because he’d forgotten the snap count. During a practice early last week, the Kansas University wide receiver picked up a false start penalty after not remembering his team was trying to draw the defense off side.

Monday, May 2

A&M completes sweep of Kansas

Saturday, Kansas University’s softball team expended a lot of energy mounting a seventh-inning rally against No. 21 Texas A&M.

Raiders rally past KU

Texas Tech scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Kansas University, 8-7, Sunday and sweep the three-game Big 12 Conference baseball series.

KU football schedule brutal

The best way to appreciate just how brutal a schedule Kansas University faces in the fall is to consider that nine of its 12 opponents played in bowl games last season, and Texas is one of the three that didn’t.

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Show stoppers: Ballyhooed recruits live up to hype

Shabazz Muhammad, the No. 3-ranked basketball player in the recruiting Class of 2012, and Chris Thomas, the No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2013, lived up to the hype in Sunday’s finals of the Jayhawk Invitational at Haskell’s Coffin Complex.

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NFL on DE Toben Opurum’s radar

A football fan in every way, Kansas University junior-to-be Toben Opurum paid close attention to last weekend’s NFL Draft.

Sunday, May 1

KU football notebook: Edge to Jordan Webb in QB race

For the second straight spring, KU coach Turner Gill said the competition for the starting quarterback job would continue into the fall.

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Spring fling: Christian Matthews’ TD catch highlights KU football scrimmage

At this point, it’s probably safe to pencil in Christian Matthews for a big play in next year’s spring game, too.

Slam lifts Tech past KU baseball, 9-4

Jamodrick McGruder’s grand slam in the bottom of the sixth sparked Texas Tech to a 9-4 Big 12 Conference baseball victory over Kansas University on Saturday.

KU softball's rally falls short

Kansas University’s softball players always manage to come off the field with smiles on their faces. Even during a tough Big 12 schedule and seemingly crushing losses — like Saturday’s 3-2 setback to No. 22 Texas A&M at Arrocha Ballpark — the Jayhawks are focused on moving forward.

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Recruit Nino Jackson has fun on court

Nino Jackson, who lives in Ardmore, Okla., plays AAU basketball for the Compton (Calif.) Magic.

KU defensive end D.J. Marshall gains strength from team

The hardest moments, Kansas University defensive end and cancer survivor D.J. Marshall said, came during the four-hour drives each way between Lawrence and Tulsa for 12 eight-hour chemotherapy treatments.