The following are the Journal-World staffers' picks for Week 5 of the college football season.
Kansas assistant coach David Beaty has given his receivers two additional reasons to block hard this season: competition and chocolate.
We got around to talking football eventually, but it’s just that when you only have an hour to spend on the phone with a man who has seen so much, learned so passionately and lived so fully as has Curtis McClinton Jr., sports don’t dominate.
Kansas University’s basketball recruiting Class of 2012 is currently ranked No. 19 in the country by Rivals.com, the website reported this week.
Through four weeks and three games of the 2011 season, Kansas University’s football team has faced some pretty good opponents. But starting Saturday, when the Jayhawks (2-1) play host to Texas Tech (3-0) at 11 a.m., the level of talent on the opposite sideline is about to go up.
Twenty-three former Kansas University basketball players and 16,300 fans had no idea what to expect Saturday afternoon as they entered Allen Fieldhouse for a late-September alumni game entitled, “Legends of the Phog.”
Kansas lost to No. 16 Iowa State, 22-25, 17-25, 15-25, on Wednesday at the Horejsi Center.
With Kansas University’s homecoming set for this weekend, more than three dozen members of the 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl team have taken that as a challenge.
Interim Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas says he is confident Missouri will stay in the Big 12.
Big 12 athletic directors discussed ways during their meeting Tuesday to stabilize their league before they can determine if and how much they might expand.
For Steele Jantz, the last seven weeks have been a whirlwind few could be fully prepared for.
Alex Gutesha improved two positions on the final day of the Cardinal Intercollegiate to tie for 10th place, finishing with a two-round score of even-par to lead the Kansas University men’s golf team at the event hosted by Louisville at the Cardinal Club Golf Course.
Kansas University sophomore Thanuttra Boonraksasat tied for fourth, and KU placed fifth as a team at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational on Tuesday at Colbert Hills Golf Course.
Oklahoma State billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens says the Big 12 is in trouble if Missouri leaves.
Blue-chip high school senior basketball big man Kaleb Tarczewski will make official recruiting visits to Kansas University and Arizona before choosing a college.
Because of a broken foot that had kept him out of action since Aug. 17, defensive tackle Patrick Dorsey was forced to watch Georgia Tech dismantle his Kansas University football team from a television set in Lawrence.
Any thoughts I had about leaving (school early) for the NBA ended when I got stabbed. After that I knew I wasn’t going anywhere. If anything, I was trying to figure out if I was ever going to play basketball again.
Kansas University freshman basketball walk-on Christian Garrett stopped to chat with a reporter and KU administrator as he traipsed to the weight room for a Boot Camp lifting session Monday afternoon in Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center.
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive welcomed Texas A&M as the 13th member of the league Monday and said he doesn’t expect to add another team before the Aggies begin play next season.
Both the Kansas University men’s and women’s cross country teams moved up in this week’s Midwest Regional polls.
Thanuttra Boonraksasat fired two rounds of 74 and was tied for fourth place individually, leading the Kansas University women’s golf team to a fourth-place team standing on Monday after Day One of the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational.
Alex Gutesha posted an opening round of 71 to tie for 12th place on a rain-shortened Monday in the Cardinal Intercollegiate. As a team, Kansas shot a 299, 11-over par, which put it in 14th place out of 18 teams at the end of Day One at the Cardinal Club Golf Course.
Kansas State and Iowa State were picked to finish near the bottom of the Big 12 standings before the 2011 season. After undefeated starts in nonconference play, they will get a chance this week to show whether they’re contenders or pretenders.
In 2009, with Texas Tech quarterbacks suffering injuries all around him, a freshman named Seth Doege was thrust into a starting role for then-head coach Mike Leach’s high-octane passing offense.
While the door is shut to Pac-12 expansion for now, that doesn’t necessarily mean the league won’t entertain offers in the future.
Another decisive victory away from home pushed LSU to No. 1 in the Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 2007.
Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland recorded four birdies and didn’t make a bogey on his way to a tie for 13th place at The Tour Championship on Sunday at the East Lake Golf Club.
Starting center Ben Habern could miss six to eight weeks for top-ranked Oklahoma after breaking a bone in his right arm.
Kansas University freshman Ingrid Vidal collected two goals, and four other Jayhawks scored as KU soccer topped Oral Roberts, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Merv Lindsay, who has developed a close friendship with former Kansas University basketball player Marcus Morris since arriving on campus in June, had a heart-to-heart talk with his brother-figure the other day.
Although it has gone largely unnoticed, one of the biggest areas of improvement for Kansas University’s football team thus far has come in the kicking game. Specifically, on punts.
When you go on a recruiting visit, it’s not uncommon to see things get wild and crazy. But once you sign with a school and get to campus, you realize that life can be like that every night. It’s up to you.
Texas A&M is set to join Southeastern Conference, the league said Sunday, possibly signaling legal hurdles have been cleared for the Aggies to leave the Big 12.
For the first time, Landry Jones found himself leading Oklahoma on Owen Field with another team in the lead.
Kansas University’s women’s cross country team placed 14th out of 26 teams, while the KU men placed 15th of 24 teams on Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational.
Despite 14 kills from senior outside hitter Allison Mayfield and four blocks by redshirt sophomore middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc, Kansas Universty’s volleyball team fell to No. 8 Texas (20-25, 21-25, 17-25) on Saturday.
Former Kansas University guard Darnell Valentine, 52, was the oldest Jayhawk to play in Saturday’s Legend of the Phog exhibition in Allen Fieldhouse.
This is now class warfare.
For the past few weeks, on a very public stage, Kansas University had been reduced to the role of second-class citizen because of the turbulent conference realignment talk that, at times, left KU in the very unfamiliar position of feeling like an outsider.
Boston Celtics phenom Paul Pierce knew Saturday’s “Legends of the Phog” would be no ordinary exhibition basketball game.
Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland slipped two spots to 23rd place Saturday after shooting a 2-over 72 in the third round.
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will have several high school prospects in town this weekend on recruiting visits. They are: Taya Reimer, 6-foot-2 center,
Although Kansas University’s football team won’t face them for another week, the Texas Tech Red Raiders already have the Jayhawks’ attention.
Think Josh Selby versus USC. That’s how strong interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas’ introduction to the media was Friday during an early-evening conference call that lasted about 40 minutes.
Junior Whitney Berry scored in the 77th minute, but Kansas University suffered a 5-1 soccer loss to No. 2-ranked Oklahoma State on Friday night in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.
Former Kansas University basketball forward Julian Wright, who speaks in rapid-fire sentences, was rendered speechless Friday afternoon upon entering the Jayhawks’ shiny, new practice facility for the first time.
Adam Scott is playing well enough to win the Tour Championship. With a little help, he could win a lot more.
When No. 7 Oklahoma State meets eighth-ranked Texas A&M today, it will be the first Top 10 matchup at Kyle Field since 1975.
The rush onto the field was a long hoped-for release for Missouri fans, a celebration of a monumental upset after so much heartache over the years — and so much recently against Oklahoma. The Sooners haven’t forgotten.
B-Rush is one of the goofiest guys I know. When you were around him, you couldn’t help but laugh.
Marcus Morris hasn’t heard if he’ll be playing with — or against — NBA phenom Paul Pierce during Saturday’s Legends of the Phog exhibition game in Allen Fieldhouse.
Imagine, for a second, if Kansas University football coach Turner Gill had stayed at Buffalo for the 2010 season instead of coming to Kansas.
He’s not quite King Arthur of Kansas just yet. The start that linebacker Arthur Brown has gotten off to with Kansas State may earn him that nickname in due time, though.
With a bleached blonde streak on the back of his mohawk, his bottom lip pierced and his chest and arms covered with tattoos, Kenny Stills is clearly the wild child for top-ranked Oklahoma.
The Big 12 dumped embattled Commissioner Dan Beebe on Thursday and announced a plan to bind nine member schools together by holding a huge financial hammer — their TV rights for the next six years — over their heads.
The Georgia Tech game notwithstanding, Kansas University’s football team has not panicked regarding its defensive approach during the bye week.
For authorities tracking a marijuana shipment from California, the trail ended unexpectedly at the home of a Cincinnati Bengals player in suburban northern Kentucky where police say they found more drugs.
Soft-spoken Wichita Heights senior basketball sensation/4.0 student Perry Ellis sat at a table in the Falcons’ gymnasium Wednesday afternoon, his mother, Fonda, positioned to his left, and dad, Will, to his right.
So far, Kansas University wide receiver Daymond Patterson’s senior year has not gone according to plan.
Turned away by the Pac-12, the Big 12’s most powerful members are trying to find ways to live together again after weeks of hurtling toward a break-up.
Dan Beebe’s days as commissioner of the Big 12 Conference appear to be numbered.
A roundup of conference realignment news.
Kansas University’s baseball team pulled in the 40th-ranked recruiting class in the country, according to College Baseball Newspaper’s annual rankings released on Tuesday.
Paul Harris shook his head at the leaderboard after the Kansas Invitational on Tuesday at the Alvamar Golf Club. He was either squinting from the sun in his eyes or wincing at the disappointing numbers.
Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who lost his starting job after the second game, will miss the rest of the season for the No. 19 Longhorns after having surgery on his right throwing shoulder.
Late Tuesday night, as one of the wildest days of the conference realignment saga was starting to wind down, the Pac-12 Conference released a statement saying it was not interested in expanding past its current 12-member set-up.
If it takes buying out the remaining three years of Dan Beebe’s contract to calm the stormy waters, then do it. But that’s only the first step on the road to recovery for a conference in need of a more powerful bilge pump to keep the ship from sinking the next time it tries to negotiate stormy waters.
Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Nick Collison — who set numerous screens on offense and guarded some of the NBA’s biggest bruisers on defense last season — plans on turning back the clock to his high-scoring college days Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.
Surprises never cease in college football. Just three weeks into this season we’ve learned that a game can be won on the field without any individuals piling up stats and that a team can take three minutes between snaps and not get penalized for delay of game.
Most people don’t know this, but we had a lot of recruits take visits here, guys that are in the NBA right now, that Roy turned down.
Wichita Heights senior sensation Perry Ellis, who has emerged as one of the top players in Kansas high school basketball history, Wednesday will orally commit to either Kansas University, Kansas State, Wichita State or Kentucky at 2:45 p.m., at the Heights gym.
Fresh off one of the worst defensive performances in school history, Kansas University’s football team laced up the cleats and got back to work quickly despite not having a game to prepare for this week.
Two days after winning one of the college football season’s early marquee games, Bob Stoops was rewarded Monday with a new contract extension that could keep him as the coach of top-ranked Oklahoma through 2018 and pay him $34.5 million over the next seven years.
Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops insists he hasn’t thought too much about the possibility that it could be the last season of the Big 12 as he knows it.
Kansas University golfer Paul Harris tied for seventh overall and finished five shots back of the leader after the first two rounds of the Kansas Invitational Monday at Alvamar Golf Club.
The New York Times, not claiming to have conducted a scientific study, used various data to calculate an estimate on the size of each of the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools fan bases.
Oklahoma cleared the way Monday for its possible departure from the Big 12, with university president David Boren demanding the league move toward an equal revenue-sharing model and create stability or else lose the Sooners to the Pac-12.
Regents Chairman Ed McKechnie of Arcadia said Monday that he wanted to make sure board members were up to speed on all the talk about conference realignment.
An attorney entered a not guilty plea Monday for a Kansas University football player accused of running from a police officer earlier this month.
The Kansas football team's Oct. 1 home game against Texas Tech will kick off at 11 a.m. and will be televised on FSN, the Big 12 announced Monday.
Wichita Heights senior blue-chip basketball forward Perry Ellis will orally commit to Kansas University, Kansas State, Wichita State or Kentucky at a 2:45 p.m. assembly Wednesday in the Heights gymnasium.
Remember that it’s always about the “student-athlete.” In a world more populated by frauds every second, college sports may have more frauds per square inch than any endeavor on earth.
They might not have done much Saturday to back it up, but Kansas University’s football players want people to know this year’s team is different than the one that finished 3-9 and rarely competed during 2010.
There’s no football game on tap Saturday at Kansas University. Instead, there’s an early preview of basketball season — the Legends of the Phog exhibition game involving KU’s current NBA players, set for 4 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse.
If you just can’t stand to read the painful truth, put the paper down and go for a walk, or pop in a CD, or turn on the TV, or read a book, or swear off following sports for the rest of your life and replace it with a more stable hobby, you know, like playing the stock market.
One of my favorite Coach Williams stories involves Moulaye Niang.
The latest dominos have fallen in the ever-changing world of college conference realignment. Now schools from coast to coast are left to figure out how they will be affected.
Kansas University sophomore Claire Dreyer won the Singles Draw E on Sunday on the third and final day of the Kansas Invitational at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
As the time kept ticking away, quarterback Brandon Weeden began to wonder if it was getting too late for Oklahoma State to play its game against Tulsa.
Despite freshman Ingrid Vidal’s conference-leading sixth goal of the season and another score from sophomore Caroline Kastor, Kansas University soccer lost to No. 8 Florida, 7-2, on a cloudy Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
In just one round, Floyd Mayweather Jr. got a head butt, a kiss and a hug from Victor Ortiz. He responded with a right hand that ended a bizarre fight early.
More than 200 people came out to support the Kansas University women’s basketball team and the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Breast Center on Saturday afternoon for the seventh-annual Bonnie Henrickson Golf Tournament at Alvamar Golf Club.
Kansas University’s volleyball team just keeps winning tournaments.
Kansas University basketball fans who follow Braeden Anderson on Twitter and Facebook have helped lift the spirits of the fallen freshman with their supportive posts the past couple of days.
Kenny Stills reached high to grab a 37-yard touchdown pass from Landry Jones midway through the fourth quarter for the tiebreaking score, and Oklahoma’s defense made the lead stand as the top-ranked Sooners beat No. 5 Florida State on Saturday night.
Candidates for Game Balls
Georgia Tech’s players made it clear following Saturday’s 66-24 victory over Kansas that this game had extra significance.
A source within the ACC told the Journal-World on Saturday morning that the league could announce the addition of Big East schools Pittsburgh and Syracuse as early as today, a move that likely would set off widespread movement in conference realignment.
If reports are true that Kansas University has become a target of the ACC, it’s a safe bet the Georgia Tech football team is OK with it.
The points Georgia Tech scored didn’t do justice to the more revealing indictment of Kansas University’s defense, which was the ease with which the Yellow Jackets scored them.
If Georgia Tech is still seething over last year’s unexpected loss to Kansas University in Lawrence during the second week of the season, the Yellow Jackets are not making it obvious.
Darius Reynolds had 128 yards receiving and two second-half touchdowns to lead Iowa State to a 24-20 victory over Connecticut on Friday night and a 3-0 start for the first time since 2005.
If the Big 12 fades away and doesn’t revive itself under a new name, Kansas University must find a new conference home. Assuming the Big Ten has no interest in extending an invitation, it feels as if the ACC might be the school’s preferred destination.
Kansas University’s volleyball team opened the DePaul Invitational with a four-set victory (20-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-18) over San Diego State on Friday.
Kansas University junior tennis player Monica Pezzotti began the first day of the Kansas Invitational by going undefeated in both singles and doubles play on Friday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
Florida State believes it’s ready to return to the big time.
Kansas State has spent two weeks stewing over a victory. That’s what happens when it takes about 59 minutes to finally put away Eastern Kentucky.
Pick a back, any back. By now, it’s clear that the Kansas University ground game is a force to be reckoned with.
Braeden Anderson shed tears during an emotional meeting with Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self late Friday afternoon.
Douglas County prosecutors have filed three misdemeanor charges against Elvis Patterson, a former Kansas University and NFL football player, related to a June vehicle stop on Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence.
The following are the Journal-World staffers' picks for Week 3 of the college football season.
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So big and so raw, Jeff Spikes projected as an offensive lineman who would need five years of practice and four years of game experience to maximize his potential.
The head of the Big 12 board of directors says the future of the embattled league largely rests with Oklahoma.
When the Kansas University football team invades Atlanta this weekend for its highly anticipated rematch against Georgia Tech, the Jayhawks are expected to get a boost from an old friend.
Former Newberry College head men’s golf coach Brian McCants was named an assistant coach for the Kansas University men’s golf team on Thursday. McCants will begin working with the team Wednesday.
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari will conduct an in-home recruiting visit with Wichita Heights blue-chip senior forward Perry Ellis this afternoon in Wichita.
With two wide receivers out for this week’s game at Georgia Tech and a couple more coming back from suspension, the Kansas University football team is in need of a spark in the pass-catching department.
Donning a San Francisco Dons T-shirt and sweats, Michael Lee marched toward Kansas University’s men’s basketball offices at 5 p.m., Wednesday, in search of any or all Jayhawk hoops coaches.
People like to talk about the North Carolina and Memphis games, but one of the biggest wins for us during the NCAA Tournament was against Villanova.
Now that the Big 12 appears closer than ever to death, the obvious question becomes which direction makes the most sense for Kansas University. All indications are north is not an option because the Big Ten isn’t interested. So it boils down to east or west.
When James Sims leaves the locker room on game days, his body is consumed by nerves. That’s how it’s always been for the Kansas University sophomore who leads the team in rushing with 214 yards and three TDs on 45 carries. And that’s how he hopes it always will be.
Kansas University junior Chris Gilbert recorded four birdies and one eagle in the final round of the Mark Simpson Invitational Tuesday to card a 68 and finish ninth in the first men’s golf tournament of the fall season.
Kansas University’s women’s golf team dropped a place to 13th after the second round of the Dale McNamara Invitational on Tuesday.
Kansas University senior Rebeka Stowe was named the Big 12 Runner of the Week on Tuesday.
Zach Peters didn’t forget how to catch the football during his two-year hiatus from the sport.
For a team that finished the 2010 season at 3-9 and went more than a month without a victory, all of this winning early stuff has the juices flowing.
The most important commodity in an unsteady Big 12 is options.
A freshman Kansas University football player who faces a drunken driving charge has applied for diversion, his attorney said Tuesday.
Kansas University safety Bradley McDougald was booked into the Douglas County Jail on Friday afternoon on a warrant related to a Chase County traffic case, according to jail records.
Garrett Gilbert is out as the starting quarterback at No. 23 Texas. The Longhorns will go with Case McCoy and David Ash when they play at UCLA.
The average fair market value of top-tier college football and men’s basketball players is over $100,000 each, and the athletes are entitled to at least a portion of that, a new report from an advocacy group argues.
A person with knowledge of the situation says Texas and Oklahoma officials met over the weekend amid speculation that the Sooners are considering leaving the Big 12.
After seeing how easily Northern Illinois senior quarterback Chandler Harnish exploited the soft spots in Kansas University’s pass defense, it’s natural to consider the run-oriented option spread offense favored by Georgia Tech a welcome change of pace. Not so fast.
Former Kansas University basketball guard Josh Selby has confirmed he will be playing in the Legends of the Phog alumni exhibition game at 4 p.m., Sept. 24, in Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas University junior D.J. Beshears left Memorial Stadium last Saturday night as one of the heroes in KU’s 45-42, come-from-behind victory against Northern Illinois after hauling in what proved to be the game-winning touchdown catch with nine seconds remaining.
Kansas University golfer Alex Gutesha finished in 15th place with a 69 and 74 in two rounds at the Mark Simpson Invitational on Monday.
It has been tough to read the recent comments of Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin and not be concerned about how a man in such a leadership position is so lacking in perspective.
Kansas University freshman golfer Nadia Luttner finished with a 2-over 74 to tie for 14th place in the first round of the Dale McNamara Invitational at The Patriot Golf Club on Monday.
The country’s No. 15-ranked basketball player in the Class of 2012 shocked the recruiting world Sunday by orally committing to the University of Houston.
Freshman Ingrid Vidal’s golden goal in the 98th minute lifted Kansas University to a 1-0 overtime soccer victory against Purdue on Sunday at the Boilermaker Challenge.
Kansas University football coach Turner Gill announced Sunday night that defensive tackle John Williams would miss the remainder of the season because of a torn ACL.
The ledges recently packed with schools ready to jump seem to have emptied. Did they step inside to hide behind the curtains while final details get worked out, or have they reconsidered and reached the conclusion that staying put with a few adjustments here and there makes more sense?
For the second straight game, Kansas University’s football team wowed its home crowd with an awesome display of running the football.
The last thing Northern Illinois wanted to do was give red-hot Kansas University quarterback Jordan Webb time to throw the football.
For better or worse, Kansas University junior wide receiver D.J. Beshears had his hands all over the Jayhawks' 45-42 victory against Northern Illinois on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Kansas University linebacker Steven Johnson’s first stop in the locker room was to find teammates Jordan Webb and D.J. Beshears, who combined on the Jayhawks’ game-winning touchdown Saturday.
BYU had a chance to make a big statement. A week after a road win in the Southeastern Conference, the Cougars were dominating Texas in the Longhorns' backyard.
Nebraska, Texas and now Iowa. Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads is knocking off the big boys one by one.
Candidates for game balls and gassers against Northern Illinois.
A somber Tyshawn Taylor plans to take time today to reflect on the 10-year anniversary of the worst day of his life — one of the worst days in U.S. history — Sept. 11, 2001.
Kansas University claimed both the men’s and women’s team titles at the Missouri Cross Country Challenge on Saturday morning.
Kaleb Tarczewski, a 7-foot senior center from St. Mark High Southborough, Mass., will make an official recruiting visit to Kansas University on Sept. 17 and Arizona the following week, then decide between the two schools, pointguardu.com reported Saturday night. Tarczewski is Rivals.com’s No. 12-rated player nationally.
Kansas University’s volleyball team made Minnesota its highest-ranked victim in program history in the morning, then beat Saint Louis in the evening to complete a sweep on the final day Saturday at the Clarion Inn-vitational.
Players and coaches in the Kansas University football program are not allowed to answer this upcoming question. For the hundreds of thousands of the rest of you who follow KU football, a show of hands please: Who thought Jordan Webb ever would look as good at quarterback as he looked in directing his school to a 45-42 upset victory Saturday night against Northern Illinois at Memorial Stadium?
Lightning flashing above a stadium filled with a sea of black, Arizona State found itself in a precarious position after blowing a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Former Kansas University basketball power forward Darrell Arthur has confirmed he will be playing in the Legends of the Phog alumni exhibition game at 4 p.m., Sept. 24, in Allen Fieldhouse.
Of the 325 passing yards the Kansas University defense gave up to McNeese State last week, nearly half came on screen plays.
In rushing for 301 yards on 55 carries last week, the Jayhawks topped the 300-yard mark for just the second time in the last 10 seasons. The way they did it was the fun part. Four backs got meaningful carries, and KU ran inside, outside and over McNeese State. That’s the game plan again this week, and if the blocking holds up, KU should succeed.
The Kansas University football team picked up another commitment from the Class at 2012 on Friday, as Clarksville (Texas) High cornerback H.B. Rosser orally pledged his future to KU.
With senior Daymond Patterson listed as doubtful because of a groin injury and sophomores Erick McGriff and Christian Matthews sitting in street clothes due to suspensions, Kansas University quarterback Jordan Webb will be missing a few of his top targets when the Jayhawks play host to Northern Illinois at 6 tonight.
Teammates Marcus Smart and Phil Forte of Flower Mound Marcus High School in Texas orally committed to play basketball at Oklahoma State on Friday, the Tulsa World reports. The 6-foot-4 Smart, who at one point had Kansas on his list, is ranked No. 14 nationally by Rivals.com. He also had Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina and others on his list. The 5-11 Forte is son of former KU football player Phil Forte. He is unranked. He made an unofficial visit to KU this summer.
The Texas Longhorns passed the first test of their big rebuilding project. Now comes a much more difficult one.
The big-time stage. A BCS road game in front of tens of thousands. Northern Illinois defensive end Alan Baxter has been through it all before.
Kansas University’s soccer team suffered a 3-1 setback to Dayton on Friday at the Purdue Boilermaker Challenge, ending the Jayhawks’ five-game winning streak.
After sprinting out to a two-set lead, the Kansas University volleyball team couldn’t hold on against No. 15 Northern Iowa and fell, 25-19, 25-20, 20-25, 8-25, 8-15, on Friday night at the Clarion Inn-vitational
The Associated Press on Friday incorrectly listed KU as a possible opponent for Connecticut in the second-annual Carrier Classic basketball game set for Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), 2012, aboard an aircraft carrier in San Diego Bay.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has said the conference is not actively seeking new members.
Firemen work in 24-hour shifts, so when they use vacation, they need to make the most of it. Frank Seurer, former Kansas University quarterback and now the proud father of Olathe South’s junior quarterback, certainly didn’t waste any of his vacation Friday.
As the Big 12’s future continued to hang in limbo Friday, a Texas A&M official stressed that the Aggies have no desire to be part of it after June 30, regardless of other schools’ efforts to prolong their stay.
While Baylor is pushing an email campaign to preserve the Big 12 Conference and rivalry games in the state, Texas A&M said Friday that the Bears purchased only 830 tickets from a possible allotment of 3,850 for their Oct. 15 football game at Kyle Field.
The Kansas University football program and the city of Lawrence bid farewell to one of their most relentless promoters this afternoon by celebrating the life of Don Fambrough at First Christian Church with pastor David Rivers presiding.
Three-time national champion Connecticut has signed a deal with the Morale Entertainment Foundation to play in the second edition of the Carrier Classic basketball game in 2012 aboard an aircraft carrier on San Diego Bay.
The following are the Journal-World staffers' picks for Week 2 of the college football season.
More times than not, when a Big 12 football school takes on a team from the MAC, the Big 12 team is favored, especially when that game takes place in Big 12 country.
A memorial service for former Kansas University football coach Don Fambrough will be held at 1 p.m. today at Lawrence’s First Christian Church, 1000 Kentucky Street.
Relative to Wednesday’s mass chaos, Thursday was a calm day in the world of conference realignment.
As uncertainty muddies Kansas University’s conference affiliation, fears grow the Jayhawks could end up in a league without strong ties to their most fertile recruiting ground, the state of Texas. KU will continue to recruit Texas football players, regardless of its affiliation, but must expand its recruiting nets.
Brandon Weeden connected with Justin Blackmon on two short touchdown tosses, Joseph Randle ran for two scores, and No. 9 Oklahoma State used an early burst of offense to beat Arizona, 37-14, on Thursday night in a rematch of last year’s Alamo Bowl.
Kansas University freshmen basketball players Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor attended classes Thursday morning for the first time this semester, but have not yet been fully cleared by the NCAA to participate during the 2011-12 basketball season, coach Bill Self said Thursday.
The way Kansas University’s defense sees it, the best way to frustrate a veteran quarterback like Northern Illinois senior Chandler Harnish is to mix things up.
Bill Self gave a simple, direct, forceful answer when asked if the uncertainty surrounding conference realignment is something that might someday drive him out of college athletics. “No. No ... because everybody adjusts,” Self, Kansas University’s ninth-year basketball coach, said Wednesday in an interview with the Journal-World.
One man could put a halt to the impending mass fratricide of the Big 12, a conference that makes so much sense and packs such a powerful punch in football and basketball.
For at least a few hours Wednesday, Baylor University felt what it was like to be king of the conference.
The Big 12 erupted in infighting Wednesday, with Texas A&M angrily accusing the commissioner of going back on his word and suggesting one of its fellow league schools was deliberately slowing its departure to the Southeastern Conference.
Metro Sports will televise the Legends of the Phog exhbition basketball game on Saturday, Sept. 24, to the Kansas City area, KU announced Wednesday. Former KU broadcaster Max Falkenstien will join veteran broadcaster Dave Armstrong on the call.
For the second straight week, Kansas University soccer freshman Ingrid Vidal was named the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week. The announcement came Tuesday.
The big question surrounding Kansas University’s offense heading into last week’s season opener against McNeese State was whether the Jayhawks would have enough carries to pass around to keep their deep and talented stable of running backs happy.
Lawrence High’s boys soccer team did everything right against defending state champion Blue Valley West.
Kansas University might call the Big 12 home (for now), and Northern Illinois might be coming to Memorial Stadium on Saturday with the tag of mid-major, but you’d never know it listening to the Jayhawks on Tuesday.
Luckily, Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self didn’t accompany receivers coach David Beaty on his recruiting trip to a Horn High basketball game in Mesquite, Texas, last winter to watch JaCorey Shepherd.
A Kansas University football player was arrested early Saturday, accused of carrying a fake ID, misdemeanor battery on a law enforcement officer and obstruction before he posted bond Sunday evening.
The Legends of the Phog exhibition game — scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, in Allen Fieldhouse — is sold out, the KU athletic department announced Tuesday.
The last time conference realignment threatened to blow up the Big 12, a move to the Big East for four schools, including Kansas University, came closer than most realize, according to an insider with strong ties to one of the conferences.
Lefty Merv Lindsay is developing a reputation as somebody who can stretch the defense.
While realignment talk dominated Monday’s call, there was some football tossed around. Asked who deserved the credit for KU’s solid showing on the ground during Saturday’s 42-24 victory against McNeese State, Gill handed out gold stars to several positions.
Most years, the opening weekend of a new college football season would’ve dominated the talk at the weekly Big 12 football coaches teleconference. But that was not the case Monday.
Webb Simpson finished off an amazing comeback with three clutch birdies, the final one on the second extra playoff hole Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship for his second win in three weeks.
Sure, Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden wants to outplay fellow quarterback and NFL prospect Nick Foles of Arizona this week. That’s because the quarterback that plays better usually wins the game.
The Texas Longhorn Network that pushed rival Texas A&M out the door of the Big 12 has quickly become a model for other conference schools.
When Kansas State’s schedule was first announced, Bill Snyder wasn’t exactly pleased to see that the Wildcats would have a week off after just one game.
While almost everyone else has been worried about Texas A&M’s conference affiliation, the Aggies have been concentrating on SMU.
Freshman Liana Salazar scored her first collegiate goal in the 81st minute to lift Kansas University to a 2-1 soccer victory over South Dakota State on Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Former Kansas University basketball coach Ted Owens was heartbroken Saturday after learning that former KU football coach Don Fambrough — his friend of 51 years — had died at the age of 88.
As buzzards begin circling, anticipating the imminent demise of the Big 12, top Texas lawmakers are reaching out to slow the realignment process.
In Northern Illinois, a much tougher opponent awaits Kansas University’s football team Saturday than the McNeese State squad the Jayhawks defeated 42-24 Saturday night in Memorial Stadium.
Studying the box score in Mrkonic Auditorium after Kansas University’s 42-24 victory against McNeese State on Saturday night, junior linebacker Tunde Bakare searched for what he believed should’ve been half a sack on his stat line.
For all that went wrong for Bubba Watson on the back nine Sunday, at least he still had the lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Preoccupied with preparing for his team’s 42-24, season-opening victory against McNeese State for most of the day Saturday, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill took time out after the game to comment on the passing of legendary KU coach and supporter Don Fambrough, who died Saturday at the age of 88.
It looks as if the days of Kansas University playing in the same conference as Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are numbered. Based on the pass defense’s performance in Saturday’s season opener, it’s evident the Jayhawks already are not in the same league as the Sooners and Cowboys.
The perfect opening-game scenario for Kansas University’s true freshmen must have looked something like this: Darrian Miller runs hard all night and has every carry but one go for positive yardage; Tony Pierson picks up a touchdown and delivers a few electrifying runs; and JaCorey Shepherd, the wide receiver teammates said all summer was nearly unguardable, picks up a TD in his first game.
Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger took time away from KU’s season-opening football victory against McNeese State on Saturday to discuss the uncertain future of the Big 12 Conference.
Eastern Kentucky shut out Kansas State for 49 minutes, 49 seconds on Saturday night. The Colonels would rather forget the rest of the game.
James Franklin’s gut reaction: He flunked his first career start.
McNeese State’s football players didn’t gift-wrap a victory for their head coach Saturday on his 48th birthday.
For the second consecutive weekend, Kansas University’s volleyball team won a tournament title.
Landry Jones re-established his connection with All-American receiver Ryan Broyles, Dominique Whaley ran for four scores in his debut and top-ranked Oklahoma routed Tulsa Saturday night.
Oklahoma State billionaire booster Boone Pickens says he doesn’t think the Big 12 will last much longer and believes the Cowboys eventually will end up in what’s now the Pac-12 Conference.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is willing to listen if Oklahoma or others want to join his conference.
Don Fambrough, 88, beloved former Kansas University football player, assistant coach and two-time head coach, died Saturday morning after hitting his head in a fall.
After winning his first collegiate cross country race at the Bob Timmons Classic on Saturday, Kansas University fourth-year junior Zach Zarda’s post-race celebration became the focal point of camera lenses on hand to witness the event.
Finally, Kansas linebacker Steven Johnson was able to see some other defense try to tackle KU freshman running back Darrian Miller.
Former Kansas University football player and coach Don Fambrough passed away today at the age of 88.
Former Kansas University basketball standouts Brandon Rush and Julian Wright have confirmed they will be playing in the Legends of the Phog alumni game at 4 p.m., Sept. 24, in Allen Fieldhouse.
ESPN’s Longhorn Network has announced a second Texas football game that it will carry in its inaugural season, and the first Big 12 matchup.
Aaron Jones kicked a 37-yard field goal with 1:04 left and Baylor averted a monumental collapse to pull out a 50-48 season-opening victory over 14th-ranked TCU on Friday.
University of Oklahoma president David Boren says multiple conferences have shown interest in the Sooners recently and he expects to decide whether to leave the Big 12 or not within the next three weeks.Boren said Friday that Oklahoma is seeking stability in its conference relationship.
Kansas University senior linebacker Steven Johnson will be the first to tell you he’s not a complex man.
Kat Liebetrau collected six saves, and Kansas University’s soccer team secured a 3-1 victory over Missouri State on Friday.
If the expectations for the Kansas University cross country teams weren’t high enough, athletic director Sheahon Zenger made sure the teams knew that he wants to see success.
Kansas University’s volleyball team won a pair of matches Friday in the Jayhawk Invitational at Horejsi Center.
With everyone still exhaling from reaching a resolution on Texas A&M's decision to leave the Big 12, Oklahoma has entered the picture.
The following are the Journal-World staffers' picks for Week 1 of the college football season.
Former Kansas University basketball forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris prefer to look at the bright side regarding the NBA lockout.
Texas A&M could have been a partner with Texas in a lucrative television network but wasn’t interested in joining the Longhorns when the idea was hatched, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said Thursday.
A basketball Cinderella story plays out in the NCAA Tournament. Inevitably, the focus shifts away from celebrating the players who made it happen to guessing the coach’s next job. What a buzz kill for the alumni.
Last month, ESPN.com’s Brad Edwards revealed that he picked Kansas University’s football team to play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl this December.
A new bronze Jayhawk statue found its perch Thursday just outside the Anderson Family Football Complex facing the south side of Memorial Stadium.
With a roster that includes more than 30 new players and seven to 10 true freshmen expected to play, Saturday’s Kansas University football season opener against McNeese State figures to give fans in the stands an early read on which newcomers they like best. They won’t be the only ones paying close attention.
Shabazz Muhammad, a 6-foot-6 senior guard from Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman High, who is ranked No. 1 nationally by Rivals.com, will welcome Kansas University’s coaches into his home Sept. 14.
There were no TV trucks parked outside Kansas University’s Strong Hall and athletic department offices Wednesday after Texas A&M officially announced plans to flee the Big 12 Conference.