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Wednesday, November 30

AP source: Mike Leach will be new Washington State football coach

Mike Leach has reached an agreement to be the new football coach at Washington State.

Matt Tait's football notebook: KU adds recruit, loses recruit

Despite its head coaching position being in limbo, KU picked up a surprise commitment from a junior-college defensive lineman on Tuesday.

Hal Mumme coaching tree fruitful ... and includes Mike Leach

A 24-hour drive to the northwest, in a town called Pullman, Wash., a college campus teeters on the verge of euphoria much like our town does.

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Other ADs also looking at Mike Leach

With Day 2 of the Kansas University football coaching search having come and gone, it appears to be a nationwide race for the services of Mike Leach.

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A look back at the highs and lows of KU football in 2011

Even though the Kansas University football season officially ended just four days ago, most people have moved on and are focused solely on the ongoing coaching search that could take another couple of days or another couple of weeks.

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KU men's basketball team eager to be back home

After exhilarating trips to New York and Hawaii, Kansas University’s basketball players are back where they feel most comfortable — home.

Houston coach Kevin Sumlin deflects talk about his future

Houston coach Kevin Sumlin deflected questions about his future Tuesday, saying he’s had several conversations with athletic director Mack Rhoades about a contract extension.

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Coach Bill Self looks to KU bench for more production

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self has certain numbers in mind when it comes to production from his key reserves.

Perry Jones stellar in Baylor season debut

Perry Jones III scored 27 points with some high-flying plays in his season debut and No. 7 Baylor defeated Prairie View 90-54 Tuesday night to wrap up its season-opening six-game homestand undefeated.

Tuesday, November 29

KU volleyball players honored

Kansas University’s volleyball team collected a couple of awards Monday.

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Tyshawn Taylor: Turnovers fixable

Kansas University senior point guard Tyshawn Taylor refuses to blame fatigue for his school-record 11 turnovers against Duke.

Timing right for Mike Leach

Mike Leach’s off-the-field issues — multiple lawsuits he has filed — don’t necessarily have to scare off Kansas just because they reportedly kept Maryland from pulling the trigger.

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KU football turns eye to future

As some members of the coaching staff loaded cardboard boxes into vehicles outside of the Anderson Family Football Complex on Monday afternoon, Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger met inside with the KU football team and a few remaining members of the staff.

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Brock Berglund sad to see Turner Gill go

Although he spent nearly all of the 2011 season away from the team, Kansas University freshman quarterback Brock Berglund expressed disappointment over the news of the firing of former KU coach Turner Gill.

Monday, November 28

OSU set to introduce Urban Meyer as next football coach

Urban Meyer is returning to coaching — and to his roots.

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Thomas Robinson named Big 12 player of the week

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson was named the Big 12's player of the week, the conference announced Monday.

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KU players talk about Turner Gill

Kansas junior linebacker Toben Opurum — like many of his teammates — emerged from his final meeting with Turner Gill wishing he could have done more.

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KU men's basketball facing tough nonconference slate

Kansas University’s men’s basketball team, which has defeated Georgetown, UCLA and Towson, and lost to Kentucky and Duke so far this season, currently has played the eighth-toughest schedule in the country according to Jeff Sagarin.

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Angel Goodrich, KU women roll in Classic

Just a few minutes after the final horn sounded Sunday afternoon, marking the end of the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s 82-63 victory over Florida Atlantic, junior point guard Angel Goodrich applauded as her Jayhawk teammates, senior Aishah Sutherland and junior Carolyn Davis, were named to the all-tournament team at the conclusion of the three-day Basketball Travelers Classic.

Gary Woodland helps U.S. end drought at World Cup

Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland ended the United States’ 11-year drought in golf’s World Cup by shooting a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win by two strokes.

Sheahon Zenger has guts to hire Mike Leach

You can’t hire a football coach who is suing the network that holds the rights to some of your conference games and is suing a school in your conference. Why not? You just can’t. Oh, OK, just like you can’t fire a football coach two years into a five-year, $10 million guaranteed contract.

Sunday, November 27

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What's next for KU football: Coaching candidates

The last time the Kansas University football program pushed a nice-guy head coach out the door after just two seasons, the university followed it up by hiring a hard-nosed disciplinarian to take his place.

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Turner Gill out as KU football coach

His goal was to turn Kansas University football into a dynasty, but the experiment ended with him going down as one of the least successful coaches in school history.

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Missouri's T.J. Moe wants Border War to continue

Missouri junior receiver T.J. Moe brought a personal item to Arrowhead Stadium for Saturday’s Border War game against Kansas.

KU volleyball downs Baylor

Behind a record-setting performance by senior Allison Mayfield, Kansas University volleyball defeated Baylor, 24-26, 25-23, 25-18, 25-9 on Saturday at Horejsi Center.

Griffin-less Baylor out-duels Tech, 66-42

Robert Griffin III stood on the sideline after halftime holding a towel and watching, the Heisman Trophy hopeful done for the night because of an apparent concussion.

No. 12 Sooners overcome Cyclones’ early challenge

With an assist from Mother Nature, No. 12 Oklahoma got its defense back in order and set up a Bedlam showdown for the Big 12 championship.

Saturday, November 26

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KU's next move must be bold one

Two years ago, after Mark Mangino had just coached his final game for Kansas University with a loss to Missouri and a seven-game losing streak, he spoke into a microphone on the table in front of him. His last words after eight years on the job: “I will tell you that I may be one of the more pleasant people to deal with in college football. Trust me.”

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So long: Kansas gives Missouri going-away gift in 24-10 Tigers' victory

If Saturday’s 24-10 loss to Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium was Turner Gill’s final game in charge of the Kansas University football program, the second-year head coach did not stray far from what people have come to expect.

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Matt Tait's football notebook: Jayhawks 'believe in Turner Gill'

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill said after Saturday’s 24-10 loss to arch-rival Missouri that he believed he would be back at Kansas for a third season in 2012.

Game balls and gassers: KU vs. Missouri

Bradley McDougald, KU's best player in the second half of the season, returned an interception 57 yards for a touchdown and had eight tackles, six solos, one for a loss.

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KU women take down IUPUI at classic

Kansas University's women's basketball team won its second game at the Basketball Travelers Classic on Saturday.

Travis Releford’s defense never rests

With a bench that’s thinner than the traffic going from Lawrence to Arrowhead Stadium will be today, Kansas University’s basketball team can’t afford for any of its four juniors new to the starting lineup to flop. Based on the way they played in the Maui Invitational, it looks as if they’re ready for the responsibility.

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First Fam, now MU: KU looking at void

When Kansas University icon Don Fambrough passed away in September at the age of 88, it left a void in the hearts of thousands of people close to KU.

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Backup blowout: KU women's starters rested in rout of Lamar

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team didn’t have much use for its regular contributors in a 90-40 beating of Lamar Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Iowa State downs Providence

Chris Allen scored 15 points, Royce White pulled down 16 rebounds, and Iowa State won its third-round game Friday at the South Padre Island Invitational, beating Providence 64-54.

Kansas returns from Islands

The Jayhawks’ return charter flight from Maui flew through the night and wee hours of the morning and landed at Topeka’s Forbes Field at 9 a.m. Friday. The players were able to sleep in their own beds Friday afternoon prior to a 7 p.m. workout in KU’s practice facility adjacent to Allen Fieldhouse.

Friday, November 25

Melvin, Young help DePaul beat Texas Tech. 76-70

It looks like DePaul has found a strong foundation in sophomores Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young.

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Virginia Tech beats Oklahoma State, 59-57

Virginia Tech was facing what was almost a must-win game in late November.

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KUsports.com staff's Week 13 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World staffers' picks for Week 13 of the college football season.

Tale of the Tape: KU-Mizzou

KU’s gameplan always features a heavy dose of the run, but the Tigers don’t figure to be accommodating to that idea.

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Bill Self: Hawaiian trip more than just fun in sun

Kansas University’s basketball players did more than body surf and spy on sea turtles while snorkeling during their just-completed trip to paradise. The Jayhawks (3-2), on their first extended road trip of the season, beat Georgetown (67-63) and UCLA (72-56) at the Maui Invitational before losing to Duke, 68-61, in the final, gaining some valuable experience against top-notch competition so early in the season.

KU football players weigh in on BCS

Kansas University football players might not have any bearing on the national championship picture, but — like anybody who keeps up with college football — they certainly have opinions on the BCS system, especially after watching a pair of then-top-five Big 12 teams get upset this past weekend.

Sully says KU can beat MU

Some names just don’t fit personality types. You never meet a Gertrude or a Matilda who’s an absolute wild woman, a Buddy who’s low-key, a Big Al who doesn’t sell used — excuse my 20th-century terminology; I meant to type “pre-owned” — vehicles for a living.

KU women to host own tourney

So much for a Thanksgiving break. Kansas University’s women’s basketball team won’t have much time to relax with three straight days of home hoops. The Basketball Travelers Classic, which begins for the Jayhawks at 7 tonight against Lamar, will feature games at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday and Sunday, as well.

Thursday, November 24

UT ruins Aggies’ farewell

Texas spoiled Texas A&M’s going away party.

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Mike Krzyzewski lauds 'dream shot'

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski had a good look at guard Tyler Thornton’s back-breaking three-pointer with 20 seconds left.

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Dave Odom: Both teams benefit

Maui Invitational tournament chair Dave Odom, former head coach at Wake Forest and South Carolina, sensed great excitement before Wednesday’s championship game between perennial powers KU and Duke.

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No thanks: Duke remains perfect in Maui

Duke remains perfect in paradise. Kansas University’s scrappy basketball team pushed the Blue Devils to the brink — leading at one point by seven in the second half — but ultimately fell victim to a pair of dramatic late threes by Tyler Thornton, 68-61, Wednesday in the finals of the Maui Invitational.

This one sure felt meaningful

It’s only November, remember? Don’t forget, college basketball games don’t mean so much this far from March.

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Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

The all-tournament team: Thomas Robinson, Kansas; Jason Clark, Georgetown; Tim Hardaway, Jr., Michigan; Austin Rivers, Duke. MVP: Ryan Kelly, Duke.

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Despite stakes, KU won’t empty football playbook

With so much and, yet, nothing at all at stake during this weekend’s Border War battle between the Kansas University and Missouri football teams, it would be easy to expect the match-up to feature a wide range of wild and crazy plays from both sides.

John Hubert has big impact for KSU

In the third quarter of last Saturday’s game against Texas, with No. 16 Kansas State clinging to a one-touchdown lead and 10 yards to go on third down, the ball went to 5-foot-7 John Hubert.

KU volleyball falls at KSU

Kansas University won the first set, but ultimately suffered a four-set Big 12 Conference volleyball loss to Kansas State on Wednesday.

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No. 9 Baylor wins 75-65 over Texas-Arlington

Quite a few doubles for ninth-ranked Baylor. Quincy Miller and Quincy Acy both had double-doubles and the Bears won their second game in less than 24 hours, 75-65 over Texas-Arlington on Wednesday night.

Texas, A&M gird for finale (?)

Longtime rivals meet Thursday, perhaps for last time

The winner of Texas and Texas A&M’s annual game usually gets a year of bragging rights in this football-crazy state.

AP source: Royals, Bruce Chen agree to $9 million deal

The Kansas City Royals agreed to a $9 million, two-year contract with left-hander Bruce Chen on Wednesday, solidifying their starting rotation.

Owens leads Stanford over Oklahoma State, 82-67

Josh Owens got off to a great start in his first game at Madison Square Garden.

Wednesday, November 23

KU, Mizzou fans face off in food drive challenge

A Kansas City food bank is tapping into the Missouri-Kansas football rivalry to drum up holiday donations.

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Showdown brewin’: Elijah Johnson helps KU dispatch UCLA

Elijah Johnson, the hero of Kansas University’s Maui Invitational semifinal victory over UCLA, Wednesday tonight fulfills a lifelong dream.

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UCLA guards: Counterparts just OK

Kansas Univeristy guards Tyshawn Taylor and Elijah Johnson combined for 36 points with seven assists on Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough to get overwhelming praise from the guys they went against.

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Kansas basketball notebook: Bill Self fired up to face Duke

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self is definitely energized about Wednesday’s 9 p.m. Maui Invitational final against Duke.

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As distractions swirl, KU football prepares for MU

Coaches in all sports have emphasized for years the importance of staying in the moment and focusing only on the game in front of them.

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Victory over UCLA sets up meeting with Blue Devils

An overflow crowd in a gymnasium that seats 2,800 and a global television audience will watch two of the top-four-winningest college basketball programs duke it out Wednesday for the Maui Invitational title.

Tuesday, November 22

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Kansas State thumps Maryland-Eastern Shore, 92-50

Thomas Gipson scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Jamar Samuels added 12 points on 7-of-9 free-throw shooting to help Kansas State defeat Maryland-Eastern Shore 92-50 on Tuesday night.

English leads No. 21 Mizzou to CBE Classic title

Kim English had 19 points to lead six Tigers in double figures and No. 21 Missouri dominated No. 20 California 92-53 on Tuesday night to win the CBE Classic.

Iowa State holds off Northern Colorado, 90-82

Iowa State set a school record with 16 3-pointers, but coach Fred Hoiberg was not elated as one might expect.

No. 9 Baylor beats South Carolina State, 70-50

Anthony Jones scored a career-high 21 points, including two 3-pointers in the opening stretch of the second half when ninth-ranked Baylor took control on the way to a 70-50 victory over South Carolina State on Tuesday night.

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Tyshawn Taylor recovers from second-half cramps in KU victory over Georgetown

KU senior guard receives IV in locker room, able to return to contest

KU senior guard Tyshawn Taylor scored 16 points in Monday's win over Georgetown.

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UCLA gets rematch with KU

A rematch of Kansas University’s thrilling 77-76 victory over UCLA, contested on Dec. 2, 2010, in Allen Fieldhouse, takes place in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational on Tuesday in Hawaii.

UCLA rolls over Chaminade 92-60 in Maui

Lazeric Jones had 19 points, Jerime Anderson added 18 and UCLA ran past Chaminade in the second half for a 92-60 victory in the first round of the Maui Invitational on Monday.

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Turner Gill’s focus on MU, not on his future

As his future with the program treads in uncertain waters and his team prepares for what could be the final game in the 120-year history of the Border War series with Missouri — 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. — Kansas University football coach Turner Gill continues to lean on the priorities that have defined his time at KU.

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Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook: KU hurt by cramps a decade ago

It has been 10 long years since Kansas University’s basketball team suffered a painful 93-91 loss to Ball State in the first round of the 2001 Maui Invitational.

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Reeves Nelson changes game for UCLA

Multiple tattoos make sleeves of his arms. His chin-down, expressionless stare and facial features call to mind Karl Childers, the character portrayed by Billy Bob Thornton in the compelling 1996 film, “Sling Blade.”

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Late bloomers: KU slips past Hoyas

Kansas University’s basketball players rewarded their sleep-deprived fans on the mainland late Monday night and into this morning.

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Georgetown coach frustrated with loss, team's defense

Georgetown coach John Thompson III was visibly upset at the press conference following his team’s 67-63 loss to Kansas on Monday night.

Monday, November 21

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Marcus Denmon leads No. 21 Missouri past Notre Dame

Missouri's Marcus Denmon figured he had about 30 friends and family members inside the Sprint Center on Monday night, taking advantage of the chance to see the hometown kid made good.

North Carolina St. 77, Texas 74

C.J. Leslie scored 17 points and North Carolina State overcame an 18-point second-half deficit to beat Texas 77-74 on Monday night in the third-place game of the TicketCity Legends Classic.

Contrite Gary Pinkel apologizes after DWI arrest, plea

Suspended Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel says he "failed miserably" as a role model after his recent drunken-driving arrest and guilty plea.

Mays’ late layup lifts KU women past Wake

A layup from sophomore Keena Mays with five seconds left gave the Kansas University women’s basketball team a 74-73 victory over Wake Forest on Sunday.

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Making waves: Jayhawks hope to bond — and win — in Maui

A talented but inexperienced Kansas University basketball team struggled mightily during the 2005 Maui Invitational.

ESPN trio a treat

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, an integral part of the best broadcasting trio in the business, is so good at his job because he’s talented and prepares obsessively. But he’s even luckier than he is good. Bilas and Sean McDonnough have the best seats in the house. No, not their court-side seats. They get to sit next to the most colorful man in the business on airplanes and airports, in restaurants and bars. Lucky men.

Maui tournament field loaded

Working as master of ceremonies at the Sunday-morning news conference featuring the eight 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational coaches, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas poked a little fun at his former coach and current employer.

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Kansas football rebounding again

Say what you will about Kansas University football coach Turner Gill’s two seasons at KU, but it’s hard to dispute that Gill has become highly skilled at putting blowout losses in the past and moving on to the next game. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect.

Seattle prep Anrio Adams confirms pledge

The commitment of Seattle combo guard Anrio Adams, which was reported in Sunday’s Journal-World, is now official. Adams, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior from Rainier Beach High, told Rivals.com on Sunday he’d spoken to Kansas University coach Bill Self, who Adams said, “is very excited I’ve decided to attend Kansas.”

Sunday, November 20

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Author sheds light on Penn State case

The most damaging scandal in sports history, rife with victims, enabling authority figures and an alleged monster, also includes one man not as easy to judge as the rest.

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KU football notebook: Jordan Webb knocked around in Jayhawks' loss

Kansas quarterback Jordan Webb was briefly removed from the game late in the first quarter of Saturday’s 61-7 loss to Texas A&M after taking a hit in the back from Texas A&M cornerback Lionel Smith.

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Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman says defense nearly perfect against KU

Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman was especially proud of his team’s near-shutout following the Aggies’ 61-7 triumph over Kansas on Saturday.

Game Balls and Gassers: Texas A&M

Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers ...

Missouri downs Texas Tech, 31-27

Missouri pulled one out for the seniors. For coach Gary Pinkel, too.

Baylor stuns OU: Last-second TD sinks Sooners, 45-38

Robert Griffin and Baylor created even more chaos in the national championship race with a stunning blow against fifth-ranked Oklahoma.

Klein carries ’Cats past UT

Collin Klein and Kansas State just keep finding ways to win.

Justin Wesley relishes defensive role

KU sophomore solid on UK standout Jones

Still a bit raw offensively, Justin Wesley has emerged as a solid defensive player early in his sophomore basketball season at Kansas University.

KU swimmers, divers win big

Kansas University won all individual swimming events in a 150-78 victory over Nebraska-Omaha in a swimming-and-diving dual Saturday at Robinson Natatorium.

Kansas women hit (tobacco) road

Off to a 2-0 start at Allen Fieldhouse, the Kansas University women’s basketball team faces its first road challenge of the season at 1 this afternoon, when the Jayhawks face Wake Forest at Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum, in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Seattle prep commits to KU basketball, but …

The way Seattle combo guard Anrio Adams sees it, he will be playing basketball at Kansas University next season.

Saturday, November 19

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Though KU football future uncertain, players deserve support in finale

If Kansas University football coach Turner Gill could get his players to execute on the field the way he has them talking in the media room, he might be on to something.

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Agg beating: Jayhawks suffer worst blowout of season in 61-7 loss to Texas A&M

With four games to play, and the 2011 season all but lost, the Kansas University football team turned to the slogan, "Remember November," in an attempt to find a way to fight through the final month.

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Welcome to Kyle Field, ... Home of the 12th man

With Texas A&M headed to the SEC next year and the Kansas University football team set to play what could be its final game ever at iconic Kyle Field at 11 today, it only made sense for the KU players and coaches to take a stroll down Memory Lane this week.

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KU eyes winning, waves in Maui

Kansas University junior Jeff Withey will swim — and maybe even snorkel — in Maui, but he will not surf.

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Walking the walk: Safety Bradley McDougald's confident play boosts KU defense

Kansas University senior linebacker Steven Johnson has a theory about why the Jayhawks’ defense has played its best games of the season in its last two contests.

Tale of the tape: KU vs. Texas A&M

With 296 yards rushing on 64 carries against Baylor last week, the Jayhawks got their rushing game going again.

No. 19 Texas A&M beats St. John's, 58-57

Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy has a future in politics.

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Iowa State stuns No. 2 Oklahoma State in double OT

Backup running back Jeff Woody scored on a 4-yard run in the second overtime and Iowa State stunned second-ranked Oklahoma State 37-31 on Friday night, derailing the Cowboys' national title hopes.

Steven Pledger leads Oklahoma over Coppin State

Steven Pledger said he felt some nerves Friday night. It didn't show much. The Oklahoma guard, who returned from a one-game suspension, scored 20 points as Oklahoma beat Coppin State 92-65 on Friday night.

Friday, November 18

Joe Paterno has lung cancer, son says

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno has a treatable form of lung cancer, according to his son.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel pleads guilty to DWI

Suspended Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving.

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KUsports.com staff's Week 12 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World staffers' picks for Week 12 of the college football season.

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Oklahoma State women's coach Kurt Budke, assistant die in plane crash

Oklahoma State University women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna were killed when the single-engine plane they were riding in during a recruiting trip crashed near a wildlife management area in central Arkansas.

Senior DT Dorsey excited for Texas homecoming

Kansas University football senior Patrick Dorsey has never stepped foot on famed Kyle Field, the College Station, Texas, home of Texas A&M.

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Tyshawn Taylor, Bill Self look to build off UK game mistakes

Playing No. 2-ranked Kentucky in New York’s famed Madison Square Garden — on ESPN, with various NBA players, celebrities and family members on hand — had Tyshawn Taylor a bit overanxious on Tuesday night.

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A familiar foe: KU’s Turner Gill to face off against old boss, A&M coach Sherman

Former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne may have shaped the way Kansas University coach Turner Gill looked at football, but this week’s opponent, Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman, helped Gill organize those views.

Thursday, November 17

Mizzou suspends Gary Pinkel 1 game after DWI arrest

Missouri has suspended coach Gary Pinkel for Saturday's game and frozen his salary for a year following his overnight arrest on suspicion of drunk driving.

Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel could face DWI charge

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving Wednesday night.

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Freshman RB Darrian Miller produces with pop, power

With the way he has run from the first scrimmage of the spring to last week’s loss against Baylor, it’s hard to believe the Kansas University coaching staff once questioned Darrian Miller’s commitment.

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Bill Self: UK could be top team

Kansas University coach Bill Self believes the Kentucky basketball team that pasted KU, 75-65, on Tuesday in New York ranks as one of the finest squads his Jayhawks have faced in the past nine years.

Kansas falls to Oklahoma, 3-1

It’s beyond old for this Kansas University volleyball team.

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Back with a bang: Injured forward Carolyn Davis returns, leads KU past Creighton

For someone who hasn’t been practicing, Kansas University women’s basketball forward Carolyn Davis didn’t show many signs of rust Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Wednesday, November 16

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Jayhawks turn up turnover margin

With Kansas University’s football team losing eight straight since starting the season 2-0, finding tangible evidence of improvement has been difficult.

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Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook: Bill Self speaks about signees

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self before Tuesday’s game announced the signing of Zach Peters and Landen Lucas to national letters of intent.

Wildcats' swats flummox KU

Five minutes into the second half of Tuesday night’s game against Kentucky in renovated Madison Square Garden, Elijah Johnson, Kansas University’s springy junior guard who revels in punishing rims, took the pass in the left corner and took off toward the hoop.

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UK wins, but John Calipari not impressed

Kentucky guard Doron Lamb believed his team made a statement following the Wildcats’ 75-65 victory over Kansas on Tuesday night.

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Loud and clear: UK pulls away, makes statement

The winningest college basketball program of all time looked quite a bit better than No. 2 ... at least on Tuesday night.

Kansas announces athlete signings

Three Kansas University coaches announced national letter-of-intent signing recently.

KU volleyball gets 10 on academic team

Kansas University’s volleyball team placed a program-best 10 members on the Academic All-Big 12 teams, tying Iowa State for most overall.

Kendial Lawrence, De’Vion Moore to split time for Mizzou

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Kendial Lawrence and De’Vion Moore will split time at tailback this week in place of Henry Josey, out for the year due to a knee injury.

Oklahoma State tops Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 73-46

Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford wants his starters to stop doing things that make them look bad.

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KU women wary of Bluejays’ treys

There is some uncertainty for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team as it heads into its game tonight against Creighton — specifically, whether junior forward Carolyn Davis will be able to play.

ISU receiver charged with robbery

Iowa State backup receiver Albert Gary has been charged with first-degree robbery stemming from a June incident in Ames.

Cyclones face ‘scary’ OSU

Iowa State wary of Cowboys’ offense

Iowa State had an extra week to try to figure out how to slow down Oklahoma State’s high-powered offense.

Sooners relish second chance

After early loss, OU back in national title picture

As he watched what was going on in college football during Oklahoma’s open week, tight end Trent Ratterree’s first reaction to seeing Stanford and Boise State drop from the ranks of the unbeaten was sympathy.

No. 6 A&M gets 76-58 win over No. 9 Louisville

Louisville coach Jeff Walz didn't want to make excuses after his team's 76-58 loss to Texas A&M on Tuesday.

Coach K alone atop Division I list

Mike Krzyzewski passed Bob Knight, then spent some special time with his former coach.

Tylor Palko takes over as Chiefs' starting quarterback

Tyler Palko knows full well that the most popular guy in town is the backup quarterback. He's the one every fan wants to see at the first sign of trouble, whose name floats across the airwaves whenever the starter is struggling.

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J'Covan Brown's 35 lead Texas over Rhode Island

J'Covan Brown was not happy with himself despite scoring a career-high 35 points against Rhode Island on Tuesday. The 87 percent free throw shooter missed two from the line as Texas won 100-90 in the TicketCity Legends Classic.

San Diego St. has 1st loss, 77-67 at No. 11 Baylor

This isn't the same San Diego State that won 34 games and went to the NCAA round of 16 last season.

Drake beats Iowa State, 74-65

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg hadn't been sleeping well. The Cyclones were preparing for their first road game of the year at Drake, a game many thought they would win with ease.

Winning ugly in the NFL beats the alternative

Tim Tebow has provided plenty of fodder for his fans and his critics alike.

Tuesday, November 15

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KU coach Bill Self announces signing of Landen Lucas

Landen Lucas has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Kansas, coach Bill Self announced Tuesday. Lucas is the second signee of the day, joining forward Zach Peters.

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KU announces signing of Zach Peters

KU coach Bill Self: Peters 'a potential top-20 player in the country'

High school forward Zach Peters has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Kansas, coach Bill Self announced Tuesday.

Monday, November 14

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Battle of the basketball bluebloods: Hoops heavyweights to go toe-to-toe tonight

The two winningest programs in college basketball history tangle tonight in the biggest — some say the best — city in the country. “That’s enough right there to start a party,” exclaimed Kansas University junior combo guard Elijah Johnson, eager to contribute to the hype surrounding an 8:30 p.m. Champions Classic contest between No. 1 Kentucky (2,053 all-time victories) and No. 2 KU (2,039).

Thomas Robinson MVP for KU

In his nine seasons at Kansas University, Bill Self has coached more-polished basketball players than junior post man Thomas Robinson. But has he ever had a player as difficult to replace, as valuable to his team? Not since Wayne Simien.

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KU, A&M football coming off OT losses

Each week, there are different elements that go into preparing a game plan for a college football game. This week, healing figures to be near to the top of the list for both Kansas University and Texas A&M.

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Zach Peters makes it official, signs letter-of-intent with Kansas University

Plano, Texas big man, who orally committed in April of 2010, happy to be a Jayhawk

Zach Peters on Monday night signed a letter of intent with KU.

UK has talent, KU has a shot

NBA Draft websites don’t have all the answers, but can provide interesting clues.

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KU football players stand up for coach

With the losses mounting and the embarrassment escalating, even Kansas University football players are starting to realize that coach Turner Gill’s future at KU may be in jeopardy.

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KU soccer falls in NCAAs, 2-0

Kansas University’s soccer team had a quick exit from the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, but it was enough to get a taste for the postseason.

Sunday, November 13

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Recruit Landen Lucas picks Kansas

Oregon big man chooses Jayhawks over Washington, Cal, Stanford, Tennessee

Oregon big man Landen Lucas has decided to play basketball at Kansas.

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KU women's basketball opens with 76-64 victory over Western Michigan

Tania Jackson posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Kansas women's basketball team to a 76-64 victory over Western Michigan in the season-opener on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Matt Tait's football notebook: Darrian Miller has career day

Although the effort was overshadowed by Saturday's 31-30 overtime loss to Baylor, Kansas University freshman running back Darrian Miller paced the KU rushing attack with a career day. Miller's 147 yards on 24 carries were the most by a KU freshman since 1993 and also represented a new career-high for the 5-foot-10, 191-pound back from Blue Springs, Mo.

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Baylor players, coach join in locker-room celebration following win over KU

Bears earn bowl eligibility for second straight year

Chants of “Bowl game! Bowl Game!” filled Baylor’s football locker room after the Bears’ 31-30 overtime victory over Kansas on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

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KU players, coaches perplexed by costly facemask call at end of first half

A controversial call at the end of the first half resulted in a Baylor field goal and also left Kansas players and coaches baffled following BU’s 31-30 overtime victory over KU on Saturday.

Kansas men 9th, women 8th in CC

Led by top-35 performances from Rebeka Stowe, Kara Windisch, Austin Bussing and Zach Zarda, Kansas University’s men placed eighth and the women ninth at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Saturday at the NIU North Course.

Second-ranked Oklahoma State crushes Texas Tech, 66-6

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy trusts his second-ranked Cowboys can handle the mounting pressure as they approach their final two games.

Mizzou shuts down No. 21 Texas, loses RB Josey

In the final Big 12 meeting, Gary Pinkel got the best of Texas.

No. 17 KSU tops A&M in four overtimes

Bill Snyder wonders whether his team is trying to get rid of him.

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Senior Conner Teahan off to red-hot start for KU basketball

Kansas University senior off guard Conner Teahan, who made 13 of 16 shots in the exhibition season for 81.3 percent, drained four of five attempts in Friday’s 100-54 regular-season opening rout of Towson.

KU women Carolyn Davis-less for opener

It’s not the way Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson would have drawn it up, but KU’s eighth-year coach will deal with it.

KU volleyball gets second league win

Senior outside hitter Allison Mayfield tied a career-high with 22 kills as Kansas University rebounded from a first-set loss to beat Texas Tech, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-16 in Big 12 volleyball on Saturday.

KU soccer opens NCAAs today

The majority of Kansas University women’s soccer players are about to embark on some uncharted territory: the NCAA Tournament.

Saturday, November 12

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Things just not working out for Turner Gill at KU

With one more successful play from his offense Saturday, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill could have ended a seven-game losing streak, made irrelevant blowing a 21-point fourth-quarter lead and drawn praise for having had the guts to fly in the face of conventional wisdom.

Game Balls and Gassers: Baylor

Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers ...

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Senior sadness: KU collapses in fourth quarter, blows 21-point lead in 31-30 overtime loss to Baylor

The Kansas University football team played well for three quarters, fell apart for a fourth and, somehow, still had a chance to win Saturday afternoon against the No. 25 team in the BCS standings in front of 35,188 fans at Memorial Stadium.

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Towson coach lauds Tharpe, Jayhawks

Towson coach Pat Skerry, who originally recruited Kansas University point guard Naadir Tharpe when Skerry was a part of the Providence coaching staff, was impressed with the freshman following KU’s 100-54 victory on Friday.

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Three-and-outs have been killers for KU football

Kansas right tackle Tanner Hawkinson knows that his team’s offense hasn’t always been able to help out its defense this season.

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Trouble, double: Thomas Robinson doubles up despite fouls

Thomas Robinson’s 18 points and 11 rebounds stood out on the postgame stat sheet Friday night.

Defending Robert Griffin

When Kansas University freshman quarterback Michael Cummings joined the Jayhawks last summer, he had no idea he would play such a large role in helping KU’s defense prepare for games.

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Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook: UK next test for KU

Kansas Unviersity’s basketball team goes from playing Towson at home to Kentucky on Tuesday in Madison Square Garden in New York. Tipoff is 8 p.m. Central time.

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Kevin Young no longer new kid on blocks

In the Kansas University basketball team’s two exhibition games against in-state Div. II schools, Loyola Marymount transfer Kevin Young looked like the new kid in class who moved in mid-year.

No. 12 Baylor opens with 77-57 win over TSU

The new Quincy is already getting comfortable on the court for No. 12 Baylor.

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Missouri sinks Kansas

The Kansas University swimmers knew what was coming when No. 15 Missouri entered Robinson Natatorium Friday night.

Chiney Ogwumike paces Stanford over Texas, 72-59

Even with half the Ogwumike frontcourt on the bench, No. 5 Stanford was still too strong and powerful for No. 24 Texas to handle.

Brittney Griner's 22 points lifts No. 1 Baylor over Howard, 82-28

The driving focus for Baylor is to finish the job with a national championship this season. Brittney Griner and the Lady Bears are off to dominating start.

NCAA finds major violations in Sooners basketball

Oklahoma had about one quarter of its recruiting days this season taken away by the NCAA on Friday as punishment for committing major violations while the men's basketball program already was on probation.

Texas Tech hangs on to beat Troy, 90-85

Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie saw plenty his young team needs to work on, but acknowledged his players came through down the stretch en route to beating Troy 90-85 on Friday night.

Sooners rally back to win Lon Kruger's debut, 78-74

Lon Kruger's tenure at Oklahoma got started with a scare.

Oklahoma St. routs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 71-39

LeBryan Nash says he'd been waiting for the first game of his college basketball career his whole life. On Friday night, the most anticipated freshman recruit in recent Oklahoma State history gave the Cowboys a glimpse of what to expect.

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No. 25 Missouri beats SE Missouri, 83-68

No. 25 Missouri led by only two at halftime of its opener, rushing shots and getting outrebounded. Players knew they'd be hearing from new coach Frank Haith.

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Kansas State survives Charleston Southern, 72-67

Frank Martin didn't yell. He didn't tear down the walls of the locker room at halftime, though just about everyone inside Bramlage Coliseum on Friday night expected just that.

Friday, November 11

KUsports.com staff's Week 11 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World staffers' picks for Week 11 of the college football season.

Henrickson not happy with rebounds

Unscathed in the win column in its two exhibitions, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team wasn’t completely perfect in winning the preseason warm-ups by an average margin of 23.5 points.

Looking at KU 11’s on 11-11

At 11:11 and 11 seconds this morning or at 11:11 and 11 seconds tonight, when the calendar reads 11/11/11, Kansas University basketball fans might want to reflect on the contributions of some former Jayhawks who made the school proud back when they wore No. 11.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook: Bill Self speaks on recruiting

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self likes what he’s seen in Perry Ellis the basketball player and Ellis the person.

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Back in the game: Starters Tyshawn Taylor, Elijah Johnson to return tonight in opener

Sitting out a pair of exhibition games as penalty for violating team rules proved painful for Kansas University combo guard Elijah Johnson.

What if ... the twins stayed?

No other two-letter word that says nothing real has inspired so many words written about it as “if.”

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Jayhawks aware of Baylor QB Robert Griffin’s speed

Kansas University senior Isiah Barfield isn’t afraid to admit it.

KU volleyball players named to award list

Two Kansas University volleyball players, Allison Mayfield and Tayler Tolefree, were named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team on Thursday.

KU softball signs four 2012 players

The Kansas University softball team received national letters of intent from shortstop Chaley Brickey, utility player Alex Hugo, pitcher Kelsey Kessler and infielder Kiley Kennedy for its 2012 signing class on Thursday.

Thursday, November 10

Two players sign with KU volleyball

The Kansas University volleyball team received two letters of intent for its 2012 recruiting class on Wednesday.

Looking ahead to ’12-13

Now that Wichita recruit Perry Ellis officially is on board, it’s worth looking to the 2012-2013 season for a guess at what the Kansas University basketball rotation might look like.

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Family feud: Longtime friends Walker and Wright can’t wait for a reunion on the field

Saturday’s 1 p.m. kickoff against Baylor might mark the final home game for 15 Kansas University seniors, but it figures to be more like a family reunion for junior linebacker Malcolm Walker.

Wednesday, November 9

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno fired

University president also ousted as child sex scandal consumes Penn State leaders

Joe Paterno was fired by the Penn State board of trustees Wednesday night despite saying he would retire as coach after the football season ended, brought down by the growing furor over the handling of child sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach.

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KU running back, Brandon Bourbon, out for the season with leg injury

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill said after Wednesday’s practice that red-shirt freshman running back Brandon Bourbon would miss the rest of the season because of a leg injury.

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Charlie Weis introduced at KU

New coach says KU 'unique' opportunity, right fit for his family

Charlie Weis was introduced as the new head coach at Kansas during a press conference on Friday afternoon at the Anderson Family Football Complex.

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Recruit Perry Ellis signs letter of intent with KU

Wearing a bright crimson and blue Kansas Jayhawks sweatshirt while seated in between mom, Fonda, and dad, Will, Wichita Heights senior forward Perry Ellis signed a national basketball letter of intent with KU on Wednesday in an early-morning ceremony at his high school.

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KU women's basketball forward Carolyn Davis day-to-day with foot injury

Kansas women's basketball forward Carolyn Davis has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in her right foot.

Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno to retire at season's end

84-year-old's legacy tarnished in wake of aide's child sex abuse scandal; calls situation "tragic"

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will retire at the end of the season, his long and illustrious career brought down because he failed to do all he could about an allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant.

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KU women’s soccer coach Mark Francis hopes for big student turnout

Kansas University women’s soccer coach Mark Francis would like nothing better than for the student body to have a Saturday night that’s so boring everybody gets to sleep early. That way, the won’t have to miss Sunday’s noon soccer game against Georgia in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Steven Johnson among seniors girding for finale

Small senior class remembered for big hearts

When Kansas University senior Steven Johnson first came to campus, he was a regular student like most of the people around him.

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Thomas Robinson impresses Tigers

Tuesday night, during Kansas University’s 101-52 exhibition victory against Fort Hays State University, all of the Tigers’ eyes were on KU junior Thomas Robinson.

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Bob Stoops: Ryan Broyles' injury shouldn't hurt stock

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is holding out hope that a season-ending knee injury to All-American receiver Ryan Broyles won’t hurt him when it comes to the NFL Draft or postseason awards.

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Wait and see: Thomas Robinson solid in delayed debut

Thomas Robinson’s season debut — which was delayed a week — definitely was worth the wait.

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Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook: Perry Ellis to sign with KU Wednesday

Texas center Zach Peters to wait; Bill Self says Jayhawks still looking to fill out class

Wichita Heights senior standout Perry Ellis will sign a letter of intent with Kansas University today, the first day of the weeklong fall signing period.

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Naadir Tharpe gives KU yet another jet

Thomas Robinson’s contagious smile starts at Washington, D.C., and travels along I-70 all the way to Lawrence. It’s that wide, and it consumed the room during Tuesday night’s postgame interview session when he was asked about the chemistry he had with high school and current teammate Naadir Tharpe.

Chiefs support troops during Whiteman AFB visit

Scott Pioli recalls growing up just north of New York City, in a small town called Washingtonville, not far from Stewart Air Force Base.

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Justin Wesley puts on better show than in opener

Justin Wesley wasn’t happy with himself after reviewing his performance against Pittsburg State from Kansas’ first exhibition game on Nov. 1.

Tuesday, November 8

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KU-Missouri football gametime changed to 2:30 p.m.

The Kansas-Missouri football game on Nov. 26 at Arrowhead Stadium will now kick off at 2:30 p.m., the Big 12 announced Tuesday.

KU soccer gets bid to NCAA Tournament

For the fifth time in program history, Kansas University’s soccer team will play in the NCAA Tournament.

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Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook: Bill Self reiterates Missouri stance

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self was asked again Monday about what KU’s fans think about Missouri leaving the Big 12 for the SEC.

Texas A&M running back Christine Michael out for season

Texas A&M running back Christine Michael will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees.

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Matt Tait's football notebook: KU coach Turner Gill talks about Missouri's departure

Sunday, after weeks of delaying, Missouri University officially announced its intention to join the SEC in 2012. Monday, on the Big 12 coaches teleconference, Gill echoed the comments shared by men’s basketball coach Bill Self, athletic director Sheahon Zenger and Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.

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Nice pick: Former Jayhawk DB Chris Harris proving to be good free-agent addition by Denver Broncos

Last April, when former Kansas University defensive back Chris Harris tuned in to watch the final few rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft, he didn’t really expect to hear his name called.

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Thomas Robinson eager to make season debut against Fort Hays State

Thomas Robinson didn’t feel comfortable wearing a shirt, vest and jeans —in lieu of his Kansas University jersey No. 0 — to Tuesday’s exhibition basketball game against Pittsburg State.

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Scoring runs the rage in open-throttle Big 12

It’s often said that basketball is a game of runs. In the Big 12 these days, so is football.

Monday, November 7

KU, Texas A&M football game to kick off at 11 a.m.

The Kansas football team's road game against Texas A&M on Nov. 19 will kick off at 11 a.m., the Big 12 announced Monday.

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Thomas Robinson expected to play against Fort Hays State on Tuesday

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson is expected to play in the Jayhawks' exhibition finale against Fort Hays State, KU coach Bill Self said Tuesday.

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Kansas loses bowl carrot

Saturday’s 13-10 loss to Iowa State made it impossible for the Kansas University football team to become bowl-eligible this season by earning at least six victories.

Bad move, Mizzou

Mystified at Missouri’s decision to bolt the Big 12 for the SEC, yes. Shocked? No. Remember, this is the same school that interviewed Quin Snyder and Bill Self to replace Norm Stewart and decided to hire Snyder.

Reunion nears for Hays products

There’s a good chance best friends Jordan Juenemann of Kansas University and Jason Ball of Fort Hays State will guard each other in Tuesday’s 7 p.m. exhibition basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse.

Sunday, November 6

KU's Self not fretting over Missouri's decision to leave Big 12 for SEC

'Majority of Kansas fans don't give a flip about playing Missouri,' Jayhawk basketball coach states

Bill Self, Sheahon Zenger and Bernadette Gray-Little commented about MU's decision to join the SEC on Sunday.

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KU women top Pittsburg State, 68-43, in final exhibition game

Monica Engelman scored 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting, leading the Kansas women's basketball team to a 68-43 exhibition victory over Pittsburg State on Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Missouri to SEC a done deal

The Southeastern Conference says it will add Missouri to the league, starting next football season.

Game Balls and Gassers: Iowa State

Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers ...

Wild KSU upset bid falls short at No. 3 OSU

Brandon Weeden threw for a school-record 502 yards and four touchdowns, and Joseph Randle scored the final, tiebreaking 23-yard touchdown with 2:16 remaining to lift No. 3 Oklahoma State to a 52-45 victory against No. 17 Kansas State on Saturday night.

UT volleyball survives KU

Kansas University’s volleyball team took No. 9-ranked Texas to five sets, but the Longhorns ultimately prevailed on Saturday at Horejsi Center.

Jayhawks tapped 11th in preseason men's basketball

Kansas University’s basketball team — which has been ranked preseason No. 13 by both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today — has been tapped No. 11 nationally by hoops guru Ken Pomeroy.

Griffin, Baylor offense have record day against MU

Robert Griffin III threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another, and Terrance Ganaway ran for touchdowns of 38 and 80 yards, leading Baylor to a 42-39 victory over Missouri on Saturday night.

Texas finds offensive identity vs. Tech

For several years, Texas lacked a power back who could pound defenses into submission. Now the Longhorns seem to have them everywhere.

OU beats A&M, but loses standout Broyles

No. 7 Oklahoma lost a lot in a victory over Texas A&M.

Kansas women add to arsenal for PSU

Kansas University’s women’s basketball lineup could be a little more lethal in its second exhibition game.

Saturday, November 5

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ISU coach Paul Rhoads: Triumph over KU 'a beautiful victory'

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads wasn’t about to apologize for his team’s 13-10 close-call victory over Kansas on Saturday afternoon.

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Close loss won't change opinions on KU, Turner Gill

The guys wearing KU ballcaps and blue coats, the coaches, wanted to win the game played Saturday in Jack Trice Stadium on the campus of Iowa State. So did the players wearing nameless jerseys and a “KU” on their helmets.

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Matt Tait's football notebook: Ron Doherty steps in at kicker; D.J. Beshears' role increased

Kansas University sophomore Ron Doherty, a 6-foot, 206-pound kicker from Klein, Texas, made the first field goal of his college career during Saturday's 13-10 loss at Iowa State.

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7 Down: KU's losing streak extended in 13-10 loss to Iowa State

Through eight games this season, the Kansas University football team had found just about every way imaginable to lose a game. Saturday, during a 13-10 loss to Iowa State in front of 51,575 fans at Jack Trice Stadium, the Jayhawks discovered another.

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Minding the Jayhawks’ minds

There were only a few minutes remaining in the game and Texas had built a 43-0 lead. The Kansas University football team was staring down the barrel of a sixth-straight loss, the fourth in a row by 30 points or more, and the familiar feeling of disappointment, frustration and embarrassment was starting to creep into the players’ minds.

Tale of the tape: KU vs. Iowa State

What once was viewed as a strength of the Kansas University offense has fallen on hard times during the past few games.

Big East files countersuit against West Virginia

The Big East filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against West Virginia on Friday, four days after the university sued the conference in a bid to make a quick exit for the Big 12.

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Brady Morningstar says Tulsa team good fit

Brady Morningstar was not surprised Thursday night when informed he’d been selected in the third round of the NBA Development League draft.

Kansas pretty spitty

Step into the manager’s office of any sub-par baseball team from any city in any decade, and the same mouth that spits tobacco juice into an empty cup on his desk will spill the same tired words of a man trying to make himself feel better about his fate.

KU softball players honored academically

Three Kansas University’s softball players were named National Fastpitch Coaches Association Academic All-Americans.

Inconsistent Texas Tech on road at UT

In one week, the Texas Tech Red Raiders went from conquering heroes to head-scratching no-shows.

KSU takes aim on last unbeaten

From a pack of four top 20 teams that were unbeaten a month ago, No. 3 Oklahoma State is left as the Big 12’s best hope at winning a national championship.

Tigers hope to polish off a Texas 2-step in Waco

Baylor and Missouri fans are doing the same math. Each team has four wins. It takes six to be eligible for a bowl game, so that means they need two more.

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Matt Tait's KU football notebook: QB change didn’t hurt ISU

Chuck Long returns to Iowa

For three weeks in September, Iowa State junior quarterback Steele Jantz was a rock star in Ames, Iowa.

Big 12 offers WVU seat at 'big boys' table'

So what does West Virginia University’s jump to the Big 12 Conference mean to West Virginians?

Sooners to Texas A&M in Norman without home winning streak intact

For more than six years, Oklahoma won every single time it played at home and usually won big. That air of invincibility is gone.

Friday, November 4

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KUsports.com staff's Week 10 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World staffers' picks for Week 10 of the college football season.

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KU’s Robinson honors mom by planting memorial tree

A loving, lasting tribute to Lisa Robinson, the mother of Kansas University junior basketball power forward Thomas Robinson, stands about 15-feet tall outside Wagnon Student Athlete Center, to the West of Allen Fieldhouse.

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Recent foes restrict KU football rushers

The running game no longer appears to be a strength for the Kansas University football team.

Ex-KU guard Morningstar selected in D-League draft

Former Kansas University guard Brady Morningstar was selected by the Tulsa 66ers in the third round of the NBA Development League draft on Thursday.

Thursday, November 3

Turner Gill suspends freshman DE Ja’Qwaylin Arps

Kansas University red-shirt freshman Ja’Qwaylin Arps, a defensive end from Denison, Texas, has been suspended, KU coach Turner Gill said after practice Wednesday.

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Kansas volleyball falls to MU

Kansas University’s volleyball team is tired of using the word “frustrated.”

Kansas TE Ted McNulty eager for ISU

So far, it has been a good week for Kansas University athletes who came to school as walk-ons and earned scholarships.

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Naadir Tharpe ‘antsy’ in KU debut

Freshman eventually settled down against Pittsburg State

Naadir Tharpe has been briefed on exactly what is expected of him as a freshman point guard at Kansas University.

Kansas soccer falls on PKs

Kansas University’s soccer team threw a scare into second-seeded Texas A&M, but the Aggies won their Big 12 Championship opener, 5-3 on penalty kicks, on Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 2

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KU women defeat Emporia State, 83-61, in exhibition opener

Kansas junior guard Angel Goodrich scored 16 points, leading the Kansas women's team to an 83-61 exhibition victory over Emporia State on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Little ‘Dipper’: Jeff Withey matches Wilt Chamberlain

Jeff Withey now has something in common with Kansas University basketball legend/fellow 7-footer Wilt Chamberlain.

Conner Teahan calming influence

The team’s three best players didn’t dress. Two were serving the first half of two-game suspensions. The third was injured. Two of the team’s top three freshman recruits will watch all season in street clothes because the NCAA denied them eligibility.

Seven Jayhawk soccer players on academic team

Kansas University senior Jordyn Perdue was named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team for the third time in her career to highlight a list of seven Kansas soccer players named to the conference’s academic list.

AP Source: Big East readies invites

The Big East is ready to start adding members after spending the last month and a half losing them.

Kansas women's basketball team eager to smell hot dogs

It might just be an exhibition, but the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s players and coaches aren’t any less excited about getting the 2011-12 season started.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook: Bill Self ‘nervous’ for short-handed Jayhawks

Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self admitted he had a bit of a queasy feeling entering Tuesday’s exhibition game without Thomas Robinson (hyperextended knee), Elijah Johnson and Tyshawn Taylor (suspension).

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PSU wanted Kansas’ best

It might have been known that the Kansas University men’s basketball program would be without starters Elijah Johnson (suspension), Thomas Robinson (injury) and Tyshawn Taylor (suspension) for its exhibition opener against Pittsburg State on Tuesday. But that didn’t change the way the Gorillas approached the game.

Kansas football turns page, looks to future

Kansas University’s football team, which has lost six games in a row and been outscored by an average of 55-21 in those losses, has found a way to flip the focus in its favor: by turning the page on the calendar.

Hurdles aside, West Virginia plans 2012 move

Interim Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas said Tuesday he fully expects West Virginia to start play next season despite a hard-line stance from the Big East.

Brittney Griner voted to All-America

Brittney Griner has already left a mark on women’s basketball, and she’s only beginning her junior season.

Tuesday, November 1

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Former KU track coach Bob Timmons to be inducted into USA Track and Field Hall of Fame

Former Kansas University track coach Bob Timmons has been selected for induction into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame, the organization announced Tuesday.

Tyshawn Taylor graph

Tyshawn Taylor graph

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Iowa State football eyes bowl eligibility

With four games remaining in the season, Iowa State University’s football team needs two more victories to reach six wins and become bowl-eligible.

KU's Ingrid Vidal makes All-Big 12 soccer

Kansas University soccer forward Ingrid Vidal was one of two freshmen named to the All-Big 12 first team, and teammates Whitney Berry and Liana Salazar were named members of the All-Big 12 second team, it was announced by the league office Monday.

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West Virginia files lawsuit against Big East

West Virginia University filed a lawsuit Monday seeking an immediate divorce from the Big East so it can become a member of the Big 12 before the 2012 football season.

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KU men's basketball to field wacky lineup against Pittsburg State on Tuesday night

Kansas University’s basketball team — which has won 37 consecutive exhibition games overall and 35 in a row in Allen Fieldhouse — will be taking nothing for granted in its game against Pittsburg State tonight.