Stories for August 2013


Saturday, August 31

KU freshmen sweep cross country duals at Bob Timmons Classic

In his first cross country race at Kansas University, freshman Tyler Yunk ran away from the field down the stretch on Saturday at Rim Rock Farm, winning the Bob Timmons Classic by more than four seconds with a time of 19:34.19. By Jesse Newell

Lyden’s goal sparks KU soccer

Kansas University junior Kelsey Lyden scored her first career goal in the 87th minute as the Jayhawks edged Missouri State, 1-0, Friday at the Plaster Sports Complex.

Kansas volleyball drops opener

Kansas University outhit and outdug Central Arkansas, but the Sugar Bears claimed a four-set volleyball victory over the Jayhawks in the season opener for both teams Friday at the Arizona Invitational.

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Veteran Matthews entrenched at WR for Jayhawks

Christian Matthews, a 6-foot-1 receiver from Arlington, Texas, has drawn high praise from KU’s coaches in fall camp for his work to improve himself and also teammates. By Jesse Newell

Friday, August 30

Hiawatha football recruit Peyton Newell picks Nebraska

Peyton Newell, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive end out of Hiawatha, announced his decision to attend Nebraska during a Friday press conference at his school.

Thursday, August 29

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Vestal turns up volume on KU football staff

When Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis promoted Scott Vestal into a role as a full-time assistant during the offseason, Weis knew he was turning up the volume. “He is exactly what I thought he’d be,” Weis said. “He’s wired for sound.” By Matt Tait

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Frankamp picks up pointers from pros

Conner Frankamp, who hopes to be in the mix for playing time during his freshman year at Kansas University, certainly didn’t forget about basketball during a 31⁄2-week break between the end of summer school and Monday’s start of the 2013-14 school year. By Gary Bedore

KU volleyball’s Jarmoc up for CLASS Award

Fifth-year Kansas University senior All-American Caroline Jarmoc was named one of 30 candidates to be considered for the Senior CLASS Award in collegiate volleyball, the committee announced Wednesday.

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Teammates sing QB Jake Heaps’ praises

Some of the most frequently asked questions of Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis this offseason centered on his quarterback, Jake Heaps, the junior transfer from BYU who sat out the 2012 season and will start his first game for the Jayhawks nine days from today. By Matt Tait

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Off the Beaten Plate: Wang Burger at the Wheel

ESPN sports announcers visiting Lawrence have been known to hit the Wheel before games to chow on these unpretentious white-bun burgers topped with a fried egg, bacon and cheese — and sometimes even profess their love for them on air.

Wednesday, August 28

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Wayne Selden makes most of camp trip

Wayne Selden headed to the 2013 adidas Nations camp determined to soak up as much knowledge about the game of basketball as possible. By Gary Bedore

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Self: Jayhawks may change autograph policy to limit sales

Kansas University’s basketball players typically sign hundreds of autographs — for fans young and old — after each and every game in Allen Fieldhouse. KU coach Bill Self says that setup might have to be altered a bit in the wake of a recent pay-for-signing scandal at Texas A&M. By Gary Bedore

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Small for a cornerback, KU’s Hollomon plays big

In a world where cornerbacks seem to stand taller every year, 5-foot-10 Kansas University sophomore Brandon Hollomon knows his size makes him an obvious target for opposing passers. He also knows to use his speed and quickness to make quarterbacks think twice about coming his way. By Matt Tait

Monday, August 26

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Bill Self fired up for start of school year

Kansas’ men’s basketball coach predicts practices will be ‘competitive’

The start of the 2013-14 school year had Bill Self beaming bright and early on a sunny Monday morning. By Gary Bedore

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Charlie Weis: Early bye nice

Jayhawks get extra week to get ready for opener

Whether they start Friday night, like Kansas State and Texas Tech, or Saturday like seven other league teams, nine of the 10 Big 12 Conference football coaches made the transition from offseason to game week on Monday. Kansas University's Charlie Weis is the exception.By Matt Tait

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Loud & clear: Kansas volleyball libero Brianne Riley vocal leader

Sometimes at practice, when Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard tires of one player doing all of the talking, he tells senior libero Brianne Riley to stifle. By Gary Bedore

Ravens sign ex-Jayhawk QB Crist

Former Kansas University quarterback Dayne Crist has signed with the Baltimore Ravens.

KU soccer clobbers Pacific

Three Kansas University soccer players scored, and four had assists as the Jayhawks won their home opener, 3-0, on Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

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Bill Self’s squad ready to go

Jayhawks hold first team meeting on eve of start of school

Bill Self and his 18 Kansas University basketball players are ready to get to work. By Gary Bedore

Opinion: Fans, friends gather for golfer Gary Woodland

One of my favorite guilty pleasures is sitting alone in my man cave and not only rooting for Gary Woodland to keep it in the fairway, to nail his approach shots and drop his putts, but pulling for every other golfer to find the water, deep rough and steep bunkers and extending their slides with three-putt greens. By Tom Keegan

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A blessing in disguise: Kansas CB Greg Allen recalls Hurricane Katrina

Eight years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest natural disasters in United States history, began battering the country’s Gulf Coast and brought the city of New Orleans to its knees. It also was when Kansas University cornerback Greg Allen began to see the light. By Matt Tait

Sunday, August 25

Scott wins Barclays; Woodland 1 back

Masters champion Adam Scott didn’t think his good round was good enough Sunday at The Barclays.

Saturday, August 24

Woodland, Kuchar share lead at Barclays

Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland began their week at The Barclays by going to Citi Field and getting a tour of the clubhouse, where Kuchar noticed an indoor batting cage and asked if they could try it out. He stood behind the net and threw to Woodland, a promising baseball player in high school.

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KU safety Dexter Linton motivated by miss

Dexter Linton, a Kansas University safety, sat at his locker following the Jayhawks’ 25-24 home loss to Rice on Sept. 8 of last year, knowing if he’d made the tackle on fourth-and-four against Rice tight end Vance McDonald in the final two minutes, his team would be celebrating a victory. By Jesse Newell

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Opinion: Bonnie puts on quite a show

The popularity of Bonnie Henrickson’s annual golf tournament at Alvamar shows how appreciative the community is for everything the Kansas University women’s basketball coach does to heighten breast-cancer awareness and how well-run the event is every year. By Tom Keegan

Dallas prep Mudiay taps SMU

Former Kansas University basketball coach Larry Brown and ex-Jayhawk assistant Tim Jankovich pulled off a major recruiting coup for SMU on Saturday, landing an oral commitment from Emmanuel Mudiay,’s No. 3-rated player in the Class of 2014. By Gary Bedore

Friday, August 23

KU soccer drops opener

A brief letdown doomed Kansas University’s soccer team to a 1-0, season-opening loss. Arkansas sophomore Ashleigh Ellenwood scored the match’s only goal in the fourth minute.

Dallas prep Mudiay to choose SMU?

Blue-chip basketball point guard prospect Emmanuel Mudiay of Dallas’ Prime Prep Academy, who on Monday tweeted “sometimes you have to just shock the world,” just might do so tonight. By Gary Bedore

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KU walk-on kicker surprises

Wyman has ‘legitimate chance’ to be KU’s starting FG kicker

With fall camp coming to a close Friday at Kansas University, football coach Charlie Weis shed some light on how the Jayhawks’ depth chart stacked up during his final preseason meeting with the media. By Matt Tait

Opinion: A look at KU’s football fortunes

It’s that time of year again. I predict the record for the Kansas University football team, get blasted for being too pessimistic, only to be proven too optimistic once the victories and losses are tabulated. By Tom Keegan

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KU coach Charlie Weis says he doesn't know when, if juco OL Pearce Slater will return to campus

Kansas coach Charlie Weis opened his Friday press conference by addressing the status of junior-college offensive lineman Pearce Slater, who left the team Saturday to attend a family emergency.

Thursday, August 22

Cox Communications joins Jayhawk network

Cox Communications in Kansas will distribute Jayhawk IMG Television Network (JTV) programming, including six men’s basketball games and two football games, across the state of Kansas during the 2013-14 academic year, Kansas University officials announced Thursday.

Success hasn’t changed Kansas track coach

Stanley Redwine — the first coach to lead a Kansas University women’s athletic team to an NCAA championship — hasn’t let success go to his head. By Gary Bedore

UCLA 'not the place' for Kansas-bound QB Millweard

Just as Kansas University’s football program is getting ready to jump into the Jake Heaps era, another potential quarterback of the future has decided to come aboard. By Matt Tait

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Opinion: Some of the top questions surrounding Kansas football

Charlie Weis today gives his last news conference until game week, and if I don’t write down all the questions I have about his Kansas University football team, I might forget a few when it’s time to ask them. So here goes. By Tom Keegan

UCLA transfer QB T.J. Millweard commits to KU

T.J. Millweard, a freshman quarterback at UCLA, told Thursday he will transfer to Kansas University.

Wednesday, August 21

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Coaches tap Bill Self fourth for X’s, O’s

Kansas University’s Bill Self has been named the fourth-best “X’s and O’s coach” in college basketball, according to 250 NCAA Div. I coaches polled by By Gary Bedore

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Kansas football freshmen persevere at camp

Wednesday afternoon, several KU rookies were made available to the media for the first time since arriving, and their tales about the ups and downs of camp life prove that the pecking order is still alive and well in college football. By Matt Tait

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Greater expectations: Kansas volleyball’s Jarmoc says, ‘The bar is high’

Caroline Jarmoc isn’t bothered if others have high expectations for Kansas University’s volleyball team this season. Her goals are even more ambitious. By Jesse Newell

Tuesday, August 20

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Notebook: Ex-KU coach Brown confident in SMU revival

It’s only taken former Kansas University head coach Larry Brown and ex-Jayhawk assistant Tim Jankovich one year to make SMU relevant in hoops again. Speaking to ESPN on Monday, Brown would not rule out his Mustangs for a 2014 NCAA Tournament bid. Notes by Gary Bedore

Opinion: KU safety Isaiah Johnson good bet for picks

The Kansas University football defense has averaged 8.25 interceptions the past four seasons. Isaiah Johnson, a sophomore junior college transfer ranked first on the depth chart at strong safety, has averaged 8.5 interceptions in his past two seasons as a defensive back. Column by Tom Keegan

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Short window: Delayed juco corner Kevin Short arrives, must catch up fast

After a long wait, Kevin Short finally made it to campus. The Kansas University cornerback from Fort Scott Community College, who spent the past several weeks waiting to be cleared academically, took part in his first KU practice Tuesday afternoon. By Matt Tait

Monday, August 19

Opinion: KU QB Heaps set for success

Jake Heaps, the second coming of Dayne Crist in the hype department, will perform in front of a skeptical Kansas University fan base coming off the disappointment of Crist’s dead-last statistical performance among 118 ranked Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks. Column by Tom Keegan

Special teams standout Ford aims for KU's starting WR job

Kansas senior receiver Josh Ford is ready to be more than a special teams player. After spending most of last season third at X receiver on the depth chart, Ford’s strong camp has put him in position to compete for a starting job. By Jesse Newell

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KU football announces Heaps, Heeney, Sims and Stowers as captains

Kansas University junior quarterback Jake Heaps, senior running back James Sims, junior linebacker Ben Heeney and junior defensive tackle Keon Stowers will be KU's 2013 team captains, coach Charlie Weis announced Monday. By Matt Tait

Sunday, August 18

KU soccer kicks off season with exhibition victory

Kansas University's soccer team won its first and only exhibition game, 1-0 against Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

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Thomas Robinson recharged, settled after rocky rookie season in NBA

Former Kansas University standout Thomas Robinson says he’ll go back to being a rugged rebounder during his second year in the NBA. By Gary Bedore

Saturday, August 17

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NBA rookie McLemore assists at Self camp

Ben McLemore, who had hoped to be selected first or second, but slipped to seventh overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, carries some added motivation into his first pro season and has his sights set on the Rookie of the Year award. By Gary Bedore

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Jayhawks thank fans with first look at fall football

Whether they came for the football or the autographs that came afterward, an estimated 3,500 Kansas University fans enjoyed a pleasant Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium for Fan Appreciation Day. By Matt Tait

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Ex-KU coach Mark Mangino building happy, healthy life at alma mater

Former Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino says he’s “having more fun right now than I’ve had in a long, long time in coaching” during his first few months at Youngstown State, his alma mater. Mangino is YSU's assistant head coach, tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. By Tom Keegan

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Pierson, Coleman held out as precaution

Kansas junior receivers Tony Pierson and Rodriguez Coleman did not participate in the Jayhawks’ Friday practice that was open to media members.

Friday, August 16

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Self, KU players ready to get back to work after time off

A refreshed, relaxed and tanned Bill Self followed Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger, football coach Charlie Weis, track coach Stanley Redwine and women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson atop the big stage at Friday night’s KU Kickoff pep rally at Corinth Square.

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KU offensive tackle Sterling a changed man

The joke Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis liked to tell during fall camp in 2012 was that then-newcomer Aslam Sterling, an offensive tackle from Nassau Community College in New York, was a cheeseburger shy of 400 pounds.

Thursday, August 15

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Johnson signs one-year deal to play with team in Poland

Former Kansas University basketball combo guard Elijah Johnson has signed a one-year contract with Anwil Wloclawek, a professional team based in Wloclawek, Poland.

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Taylor Cox puts red-shirt on back burner

Running back Taylor Cox knows that getting carries in the crowded Kansas University backfield figures to be a difficult task this season. But, at least for now, the senior from Mill Creek, Wash., would rather compete with all he’s got than give in to the idea of red-shirting the upcoming season.

Missouri adds ex-Jayhawk Tania Jackson

Former Kansas University women’s basketball forward Tania Jackson has been added to the Missouri women’s basketball roster, MU announced Thursday.

Wednesday, August 14

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D-line coach: KU newcomer Bolton rusty, but star talent

Because of his elite blend of power and speed, Andrew Bolton, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound Kansas University defensive end by way of junior college, developed quite a reputation during the recruiting process for being the type of player who could make a major difference in a short time. By Matt Tait

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Kansas at Oklahoma State to be on ESPN's College GameDay

The Kansas University men's basketball team will make its ninth appearance on ESPN's College GameDay when the Jayhawks travel to Oklahoma State on March 1, 2014, the network announced on Wednesday. By Gary Bedore

Tuesday, August 13

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Jayhawks adjust autograph policies after A&M investigation

Kansas University’s athletic department will continue to let its athletes sign autographs for fans, despite fallout from the Johnny Manziel sign-for-profit allegations at Texas A&M. By Gary Bedore

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Weis singles out stars of KU football camp

One week into fall camp, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has seen enough to feel comfortable handing out a few gold stars. The positive reports, which came during a meeting with the media Tuesday morning between two-a-day practice sessions, included both newcomers and veterans and reached both sides of the line of scrimmage. By Matt Tait

Cliff's notes: Charlie Weis press conference: Aug. 13

Keeping the tradition from last week, here's the new-look Cliff's notes version from Kansas coach Charlie Weis at his press conference today.

Monday, August 12

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Analysts project KU freshmen near top of 2014 NBA Draft

Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins maintains his hold on the top spot in the 2014 NBA Draft according to ESPN’s Chad Ford. By Gary Bedore

KU volleyball 20th in preseason poll

Kansas University’s volleyball team came in at No. 20 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s preseason poll, released Monday.

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From juco to Jayhawks, KU football newcomers lean on friendship

Not long after Kansas University defensive tackle Marquel Combs arrived in Lawrence, his fun-loving attitude was put to the test when he learned that juco teammate and fellow Jayhawk Marcus Jenkins-Moore had injured his knee and, in all likelihood, would miss the 2013 season. By Matt Tait

Former KU wide receiver Omigie arrested in robbery case that ensnared Chris Martin

Another former Kansas University football player is facing charges in a robbery case that already ensnared Chris Martin, a once-touted defensive end, and two others in May. Chris Omigie, a former wide receiver from Arlington, Texas, was arrested today in Johnson County on suspicion of aggravated robbery in connection with a May home invasion in southwest Lawrence. By Ian Cummings

Sunday, August 11

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Bowen, KU football assistants adjust roles to maximize new defense

Kansas University's football team will have a new look on the field and on the sideline this fall. In addition to having more defensive backs on the field in order to match the fast-paced offenses in the Big 12, linebackers coach Clint Bowen will play a bigger part in coordinating the defense. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Former KU golfer Woodland shows glimpses of greatness

Gary Woodland is to golf what the young bonus baby with the 100 mph fastball, sharp curve and still-a-work-in-progress command of the strike zone is to baseball. When he’s good, he’s great. The gallery at Oak Hill caught a glimpse of his greatness Sunday during the final round of the PGA Championship. Column by Tom Keegan

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KU staying in soon-to-be-renewed Champions Classic

It looks as if the popular early-season Champions Classic — a one-day, one-site doubleheader matching college basketball powerhouses Kansas University, Kentucky, Duke and Michigan State in a round-robin format — will be renewed for another three years. By Gary Bedore

Saturday, August 10

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Opinion: August crucial for these 5 KU football players

With the Kansas University football team’s fall camp officially under way, it’s time to start identifying the players who have the most to gain in the month of August. By Matt Tait

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Dream team: Ex-Jayhawk Hull-Tietz relishes pro softball job

Since Maggie Hull-Tietz played her last softball game for KU a couple of months back, she joined the elite ranks of professional softball players, added a husband and a hyphen, took a quick two-week honeymoon, then reported back to her Bandits team, where she and her teammates found themselves title-hunting in National Professional Fastpitch. By Andrew Hartsock

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KU football fosters confident mindset

Despite three consecutive years of forgettable football that have been played in Memorial Stadium, Kansas University's 2013 squad entered fall camp with an unexpected amount of confidence. By Matt Tait

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Former KU basketball champion Dean Smith to receive Medal of Freedom

Former Kansas University men’s basketball player and assistant coach Dean Smith will be receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Barack Obama announced Thursday.

KU soccer fifth in Big 12 preseason poll

Big 12 Conference coaches voted Kansas University soccer to finish fifth in the league’s preseason poll, which was released Friday.

Thursday, August 8

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Versatile KU lineman Lewandowski shifts spots again, to center

Near the end of spring football drills in April, Kansas University junior Pat Lewandowski was enjoying his status as the team’s first-string left tackle just a year after moving over from the defensive line. A few weeks later, the KU coaching staff moved Lewandowski to center, where he opened fall camp as the Jayhawks' top option. By Matt Tait

Lawrence man's 1,000-piece Jayhawk collection going up for auction

A collection of more than 1,000 pieces of Kansas University memorabilia is going up for auction after spending years on display on the KU campus. By Ian Cummings

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Big 12 releases KU men's basketball conference schedule

The Kansas men's basketball team won't be easing into this year's Big 12 schedule.

KU volleyball third in Big 12 preseason poll

Big 12 Conference coaches picked Kansas University volleyball to finish third in the league’s preseason poll, released Wednesday.

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Self clarifies comments on NBA coaching possibility

Kansas University coach Bill Self clarified his stance on the possibility of coaching in the NBA a day after earlier comments made national news and even the front page of “I only said, ‘Sure, I’d be open to it,’” Self told Reid Forgrave of on Tuesday. “That was something taken way out of context.”

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Weis: KU football's juco reinforcements ready for first practices

At his opening news conference of fall camp, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis revealed that all but two of KU's more than 20 incoming junior college players had made it to campus and were cleared for practices. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, August 7

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Stealing the Cliff's notes: Charlie Weis' press conference

After typing up 67 minutes worth of Cliff's notes, I paid the price for not saving by losing every one of those words. Lesson learned.

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Weis: Transfer WR Nick Harwell to red-shirt

Miami (Ohio) transfer Nick Harwell, a wide receiver who was seeking eligibility to play his final season at KU this fall, will sit out the 2013 season and be eligible in 2014, KU coach Charlie Weis said during his pre-fall camp news conference Wednesday.

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KU to appear four times on ESPN's Big Monday

The Kansas men's basketball team will make four appearances on ESPN's Big Monday in 2014, tying for the highest number in the conference with Oklahoma State.

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Jayhawks’ first football drills to offer peek at progress

With most of Kansas University's football team expected to report to campus today for the first official day of the 2013 season — the first practice is scheduled for Thursday — some of the questions surrounding the Jayhawks' offseason changes should be answered soon. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, August 6

Juco All-American signs with KU men's golf

First-team junior college All-American Ben Welle has signed to play golf at Kansas University, KU coach Jamie Bermel announced Tuesday.

Big 12 volleyball honors KU trio

Three Kansas University volleyball players earned spots on the Big 12 Preseason Team, the conference announced Tuesday.

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Rising star Perry Ellis, KU freshmen turn heads at adidas camp

Kansas University sophomore Perry Ellis and freshmen Wayne Selden and Joel Embiid served as counselors and played games at last week's adidas Nations camp in Los Angeles, where the trio received positive reviews from media in attendance. By Jesse Newell

Monday, August 5

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Bill Self shares credit at Hall induction

Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self was one of seven individuals inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Monday at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

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Opinion: Don’t count out Kansas LB Schyler Miles

The tendency in today’s world of college athletics is to write off a guy if he doesn’t come in and make a major impact as a true freshman. By Matt Tait

Sunday, August 4

Self to go into Oklahoma Hall today

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame tonight at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. By Gary Bedore

Gary Woodland claims his second PGA Tour victory

The momentum slipping away in the Reno-Tahoe Open, Gary Woodland escaped trouble in a hurry on the par-4 14th hole.

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Quote, unquote: A look at some of the top quotes of the Bill Self era

For our final installment in this year’s summer series that looked back the best players and most memorable moments of the first decade of the Bill Self era in Kansas basketball, we dug through scores of stories and racked our brains to come up with a few of our favorite quotes from the past 10 years.

Saturday, August 3

Clowney no stranger to Stowers

Some football fans might need to look up the pronunciation of college football’s most famous defensive lineman, South Carolina’s Jadeveon (juh-DAY-vee-on) Clowney, but Kansas D-lineman Keon Stowers is not among them.

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Lineman Stowers finds right path at Kansas

It takes a lot to impress legendary retired high school football coach Jimmy “Moose” Wallace, winner of four state titles in South Carolina and former coach of 10 NFL players. Yet, the young man sitting across the lunch table from Wallace last Thursday afternoon wowed him so much the coach said it “brings cold chills to my body,” just talking about his progress. By Tom Keegan

Guide gives glimpse into Jayhawks

In addition to its sharp cover, fun facts about the players and coaches and historical information about the Kansas University football program, the annual media guide can provide subtle hints about the make-up of the team.

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Baylor 'belittled' by memory of Robert Griffin III

Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk has given up watching ESPN. He says it just makes him mad that his team doesn’t get the publicity it deserves. By Jesse Newell

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Dual-threat QB David Ash to lead Texas Longhorns

If a good quarterback is the key to winning in the Big 12, then the Texas Longhorns should feel good about their chances in 2013. By Jesse Newell

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Opinion: Big 12 quarterbacks a mystery this year

Spread offenses choreographed by accomplished coaches and speedy receivers have played a big role in the Big 12 fielding the nation’s most exciting scoring machines, but gifted quarterbacks deserve even more credit. By Tom Keegan

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Oklahoma State relishes role as Big 12 favorites

For the first time in Big 12 history, Oklahoma State was the preseason pick by media members to win the league. OSU coach Mike Gundy is taking the selection as a compliment. By Jesse Newell

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Kansas defense deeper for a change

During his first season in charge of Charlie Weis’ defense, Kansas University assistant head coach Dave Campo was forced to play with half the deck. By Matt Tait

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TCU 'excited' for sophomore season

TCU football coach Gary Patterson knew the 2012 season was going to be a challenge for his Horned Frogs in their Big 12 debut. By Matt Tait

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Offensively, West Virginia shifts gears

During his first season coaching the Mountaineers in the Big 12, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen had the luxury of getting the ball to three of the country’s most dynamic offensive weapons to keep up with a wide-open and fast-paced offensive league. By Matt Tait

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Quarterback competition no problem for Texas Tech

First-year Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury didn't mind going into fall camp with a quarterback competition. By Jesse Newell

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Even with unproven QB, Oklahoma offense solid

Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard pulled out his phone to check his list, then told a reporter at Big 12 media days he was the 42nd person that day to ask him who the Sooners’ starting quarterback would be this season. By Jesse Newell

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Jayhawks seeking 'snowball effect' in nonconference play

When asking the current Kansas University football players to size up the nonconference schedule they’ll face this September, the same word tends to come up over and over. By Matt Tait

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Charlie Weis strives for balance with Jake Heaps as quarterback

A 1-11 season and winless stretch during Big 12 Conference play was not what Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis envisioned for his first season in charge of the Jayhawks.

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Iowa State settled on its quarterback

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads described it as the most boring, uneventful and terrific media days in his five years with the Cyclones. By Jesse Newell

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Kansas State again picked in middle of the pack

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder has been through this whole song and dance before: The media and others outside of Manhattan pick the Wildcats to finish in the middle of the Big 12 Conference standings and by year’s end look foolish when KSU is not only among the best teams in the Big 12 but also in the country. By Matt Tait

Friday, August 2

KU swimmers conclude at Open

Five Kansas University swimmers wrapped up competition at the U.S. Open on Friday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center.

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KU grad Nick Bradford to coach at MSSU

Nick Bradford, who worked the past two years as an assistant coach at Labette Community College in Parsons, this week was named assistant at Missouri Southern State University, joining KU teammate/fourth-year Lion aide Jeff Boschee at the NCAA Div. II school in Joplin, Mo. By Gary Bedore

Thursday, August 1

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Marquel Combs can be serious

Colorful juco DT can ‘flip switch’

Thanks to his presence on Twitter and in interviews with the local media, top-rated junior-college prospect Marquel Combs made a name for himself as a bit of a jokester throughout his recruitment. By Matt Tait

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ESPN ranks Calipari, Self 1-2

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari and KU coach Bill Self rank as the top two recruiters of all head coaches in the country, according to a summer survey of 200 coaches by By Gary Bedore

KU swimmers compete at Open

Alison Lusk placed 31st in the 200-meter breaststroke to pace three Kansas University swimmers competing Wednesday in the U.S. Open at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif.

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Jayhawks eager to open football camp

Most — but not all — of Kansas University’s football players recently headed home to recharge their minds and bodies after an intense summer of workouts, conditioning and classes. Junior safety Cassius Sendish hopes they remember the point of all their hard work. By Matt Tait

KU assistant Kurtis Townsend named top recruiter

ESPN’s summer survey of more than 200 college basketball coaches says the No. 1 recruiter of all assistant coaches in the country is ... 10th-year Kansas University aide Kurtis Townsend. By Gary Bedore

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Opinion: Among talented newcomers, Joel Embiid is KU's X factor

Without question, the most compelling development to watch will be that of center Joel Embiid, so remarkably talented and so very new to the game. He qualifies as this team’s X factor. By Tom Keegan