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Friday, October 31

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Selden, Ellis surprised by news of Frankamp's decision to transfer

Wayne Selden and Perry Ellis said Friday they did not realize teammate Conner Frankamp was thinking about leaving KU.

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Conner Frankamp decides to transfer from KU basketball team

Self says he anticipated combo guard playing significant role this season

Kansas University sophomore guard Conner Frankamp has decided to transfer, coach Bill Self announced Friday. Frankamp played sparingly last season and had hoped for additional playing time this year. By Gary Bedore

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Fan collects KU basketball coaches’ signatures on Bible

Last Monday’s 60 years of Allen Fieldhouse celebration was supposed to be all about the old Kansas University basketball arena that has served as the stage for some of the most memorable moments in the program’s storied history.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Oct. 30, 2014

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

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Self springs for lunch for KU students

Bill Self and three of his Kansas University basketball staff members — Brennan Bechard, Kurtis Townsend and Fred Quartlebaum — marched on foot from Allen Fieldhouse uphill to Wescoe Hall shortly after noon Thursday.

Thursday, October 30

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Lunch break: Self and staff hit Underground, buy students' lunch

Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self, never lacking in the category of popularity points on campus, padded his total Thursday afternoon. The head coach and his staff stopped by the Underground at Wescoe to pick up some lunch tabs.

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Column: Royals deserve admiration reserved for championship teams

I’m trying to figure out how losing Game 7 of the World Series instead of winning it made the Kansas City Royals any less worthy of the respect and gratitude typically reserved for World Champions. The empty feeling from finishing second quickly gave way to admiration for the remarkable baseball team that posted the best possible postseason record a team could have without winning the World Series. Column by Tom Keegan

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Larry Brown: 24-second shot clock too short for NCAA

Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown of SMU, the only coach to win both an NCAA national championship (Kansas, 1988) and an NBA championship (Detroit, 2004), said Wednesday he’s against shortening the college shot clock from 35 seconds to the pro and international game’s 24. By Gary Bedore

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Brother, move to Utah shaped KU safety Smithson

Given all that Fish Smithson, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior-college transfer, has been through in his life to get to this point, it’s hard to imagine anything would faze him. By Matt Tait

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Column: QB change smart for KU

Dayne Crist, Jake Heaps and Montell Cozart stand so much taller, and Cozart runs so much faster than current Kansas University quarterback Michael Cummings. Yet Cummings, a Turner Gill recruit, moves the offense better than those three Charlie Weis recruits did. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Oct. 29, 2014

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Wednesday, October 29

How Former Jayhawks fared (10-28-2014)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.

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Column: Mundine, Cummings forming connection

Michael Cummings has started two games and senior tight end Jimmay Mundine set a different career record in each one. You think maybe Mundine likes the way Cummings finds him?

Kawinpakorn places second

Kansas University’s Yupaporn Kawinpakorn took second place Tuesday at the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Turtle Point Golf Course. Kawinpakorn fired a final-round 68.

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Jayhawks bracing for Baylor’s big offense

The Baylor offense leads the Big 12 in 11 statistical categories and ranks first nationally in four, including total offense (579 yards per game), touchdowns per game (6.6) and fourth-down conversions (18) and attempts (25).

Tuesday, October 28

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Coaches recall moments at historic Allen Fieldhouse

Leftover notes from Monday’s Celebrating 60 Years event in Allen Fieldhouse: Kansas University coach Bill Self praised the “IQ” and class of KU fans, citing a March 3, 2007 game in which Texas’ Kevin Durant scored 25 points the first half of the Jayhawks’ eventual 90-86 victory. Durant limped to the locker room to be re-taped after tweaking an ankle.

Snyder, KSU athletic director pay to open dorms early for KU game

Kansas State football Coach Bill Snyder and Athletics Director John Currie are giving a Thanksgiving gift to student fans of the football team.

Kansas' Sakdee in 5th at Palmetto

Kansas University sophomore Pornvipa Sakdee shot a 1-under 71 to move into a tie for fifth place after Day Two of the Palmetto Women’s Golf Intercollegiate on Monday at Turtle Point Golf Course.

Column: On paper, next year's football roster looks worse

If you think the Kansas University football team lacks talent this season, wait until next year. By Tom Keegan

Notebook: Bill Self hopes to outlast mentor Larry Brown

Bill Self, 51, grinned when asked if he’d like to stay in coaching as long as his mentor, 74-year-old Larry Brown of SMU. By Gary Bedore

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Warm welcome: Fieldhouse faithful cheer Roy Williams

Roy Williams, who admits he’s as emotional as any person alive, tossed and turned in his Lawrence Oread Hotel bed on Sunday night/early Monday morning. By Gary Bedore

Monday, October 27

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Former Jayhawks celebrate Allen Fieldhouse, Roy Williams at 60-year celebration

Monday night’s 60 years of Allen Fieldhouse celebration might have been about a building that began with a $2 million budget in 1955 and still stands strong today, but, for several former Kansas University players who once called the venue home, it was as much about the men who made memories inside of it as anything. By Matt Tait

KU-Iowa State to kick off at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8

Mark Mangino's return to Kansas University's Memorial Stadium officially will kick off at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 8, as the Jayhawks welcome the Iowa State offensive coordinator and his Cyclones to town for a showdown of teams at the bottom of the Big 12 standings.

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Tony Pierson 'fine' as Jayhawks prep for Baylor

Kansas University football coach Clint Bowen on Monday's Big 12 coaches teleconference said that running back/wide receiver Tony Pierson was back in the mix after recovering from an injury that knocked him out of the Jayhawks' loss to Texas Tech after just two plays. By Matt Tait

KU women’s golf off to solid start

Kansas University junior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn shot a 3-under 69 to put herself in third place after the first round of the Palmetto Intercollegiate women’s golf tournament Sunday at Turtle Point Golf Course.

KU men’s golf third in El Paso

Chase Hanna tied for third and Ben Welle tied for ninth as Kansas University’s men’s golf placed third at the Price’s Give ’Em Five Invitational at the Butterfield Trail Golf Course on Sunday.

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Column: Bilas says Allen Fieldhouse ‘has a soul’

Jay Bilas is to college basketball what Charles Barkley is to the NBA, which is to say the smartest, funniest, most candid commentator on the air. By Tom Keegan

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Bill Self expects grand old time at fieldhouse celebration

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self is looking forward to seeing 7,000 fans show their appreciation to former KU mentors Larry Brown, Ted Owens and Roy Williams during Monday's “Celebrating 60 Years” event in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

Saturday, October 25

KU volleyball sweeps Tech to reach .500 in Big 12

A popular senior starter and returning All-Big 12 volleyball player, Chelsea Albers was mobbed by adoring grade school fans in the interview line after blasting a match-high 10 kills in Kansas University’s 3-0 rout of Texas Tech on Saturday in Horejsi Center.

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Brown impressed by Jayhawks’ tradition

Larry Brown chuckled when informed he, Ted Owens, Bill Self and Roy Williams on Monday will represent 51 of the 60 seasons in Allen Fieldhouse lore.

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A day in the life of Clint Bowen

Interim KU football coach right at home in charge of Jayhawks

Last Wednesday, the Journal-World's Matt Tait and Nick Krug got the chance to go behind the scenes for a look at a day in the life of KU football interim head coach Clint Bowen, who has been given the tall task of guiding the struggling Jayhawk football program since the firing of Charlie Weis on Sept. 28. From sunup to sundown, every step the former KU safety took revealed a coach who values hard work above all else and has a darn good time along the way. By Matt Tait

Hanna, Welle pace Kansas men’s golfers

Kansas University sophomore Chase Hanna had five birdies and two eagles in his career-low round of 66 to sit in fifth place after the first day of the Price’s Give ’Em Five Golf Invitational on Friday at the Butterfield Trail Golf Course.

Salazar’s goals lift KU to 2-1 victory over ISU

While the Kansas University women’s soccer team has split its home games this season between Rock Chalk Park and Jayhawk Soccer Complex, KU has had no trouble winning at both places. By Chris Duderstadt

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Tarik Black not assured spot with Rockets

Former Kansas University forward Tarik Black, who has started the Houston Rockets’ last two preseason games in place of Dwight Howard (arm laceration), still isn’t guaranteed a spot on the NBA team’s roster as the next round of cuts looms Sunday, the Houston Chronicle reports. By Gary Bedore

Friday, October 24

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Jayhawks a hit at Ladies Night Out

Just a freshman, Devonté Graham showed the smarts of a seasoned point guard in speaking before 450 women at Bill Self’s fifth-annual Ladies Night Out breast cancer research fundraiser on Thursday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Thursday, October 23

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Ben Heeney, an appreciation

Senior linebacker earns respect from former KU greats

Nick Reid, Kevin Kane and Banks Floodman. Mike Rivera, James Holt and Joe Mortensen. All are former Kansas University linebackers who, for one reason or another, won the hearts of the KU fan base during their playing days in Lawrence. And all are names that still make Jayhawk fans think about a style of play more than a team or a time.

Tight end Josh Moore decommits from Ohio State and picks Kansas

Score one for the Clint Bowen recruiting resume. Thursday afternoon, JayhawkSlant.com reported that Josh Moore, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end from nearby Olathe North High had switched his commitment from Ohio State to Kansas University.

Kansas volleyball falls at ISU

Kansas University suffered a five-set volleyball setback to Iowa State on Wednesday at Hilton Coliseum.

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Roy Williams never doubted he’d succeed at Kansas

Roy Williams was asked about the obvious confidence he took into his first college head-coaching job at KU in 1988-89, despite the fact he was third assistant on KU grad Dean Smith’s UNC staff. By Gary Bedore

Wednesday, October 22

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Mundine honored by Mackey Award for career game vs. Texas Tech

Kansas University senior Jimmay Mundine kept his strong season going during last week's 34-21 loss at Texas Tech and the representatives at the John Mackey Award recognized it and threw some praise Mundine's way Wednesday morning.

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Column: Jayhawks a blend of talent, attitude

This Kansas University basketball team has four more McDonald’s All-Americans on the roster than it had when the Jayhawks reached the 2012 national-title game.

Tuesday, October 21

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Former KU coach Roy Williams excited for return to Lawrence, Allen Fieldhouse

UNC coach calls KU arena 'the greatest home court advantage in college basketball'

Former Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams, who is now in his 12th season at North Carolina, will be returning to Allen Fieldhouse at 7:30 p.m., Monday, for the upcoming “Celebrating 60 Years” program and he's looking forward to joining current coach Bill Self and former coaches Ted Owens and Larry Brown at the event, which will pay homage to 60 seasons of basketball in KU’s tradition-rich building. By Gary Bedore

KU tennis team falls in semis

Kansas University’s Maria Jose Cardona and Maria Belen Ludueña dropped an 8-4 decision to a team from Oklahoma State in the semifinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regionals on Monday.

Kansas sweeps volleyball awards

For the first time in program and fourth time in Big 12 Conference history, Kansas University swept the Big 12 Player of the Week Awards.

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Ted Owens remembers dusty, starry Allen Fieldhouse

Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse has changed quite a bit since Ted Owens patrolled the home team’s basketball bench from 1964 to 1983. By Gary Bedore

Column: Jayhawks recall Royals reliever Finnegan

Just six months ago, left-hander Brandon Finnegan stared in at the catcher’s signs from atop the mound at Hoglund Ballpark, a Jayhawk in the batter’s box. By Tom Keegan

Monday, October 20

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KU's Tony Pierson being evaluated for injury near neck

Kansas University senior Tony Pierson, who missed all but two plays of last Saturday's 34-21 loss at Texas Tech, is being evaluated by doctors this morning for an injury in his neck area and the full scope of the injury is not yet known. By Matt Tait

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Cummings-King connection pays off for KU football

The developing relationship between junior quarterback Michael Cummings and junior wide receiver Nigel King is one of the most intriguing aspects of the slowly improving Kansas University offense. By Matt Tait

KU soccer upended again

The No. 9-ranked Kansas University soccer team had won 14 of its first 15 games before suffering its first back-to-back losses of the season — the latest, 2-0, to No. 16 West Virginia. By Benton Smith

Column: Ritch Price marvels at run by Royals

Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price, who has friends in the organizations of both World Series teams, did a nice job of articulating the key moment for the Royals, America’s darlings. By Tom Keegan

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Larry Brown especially fond of Allen Fieldhouse

Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown has been in virtually all the great hoops arenas in his 74 years on the planet. Where does Allen Fieldhouse rank? "The best." By Gary Bedore

Sunday, October 19

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Rush feels at home again

Former Kansas University guard Brandon Rush tore the ACL in his right knee in late May of 2007 and had surgery performed on June 1 of that year.

Jayhawks sweep TCU in volleyball

In an eight-day span, Kansas University’s volleyball team went from 0-3 in the Big 12 to .500 and No. 30 in the all-important RPI to No. 20.

Ludueña rolls in regional tennis

Kansas senior Maria Belen Ludueña continued to roll in both singles and doubles at the Intercollegiate Regional Championships on Saturday, picking up two wins.

Saturday, October 18

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Column: KU linebacker Heeney remarkable, irreplaceable

Seldom has a football player who does everything so right and with all his might so often been asked to explain what went wrong as Ben Heeney. Kansas University’s senior middle linebacker is a team captain and as such a team spokesman. His team usually loses. So he has to try to break down why. By Tom Keegan

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Heeney's monster day impresses Red Raiders

Ben Heeney's 21-tackle performance during Saturday's 34-21 loss to Texas Tech at Jones AT&T Stadium may have shocked some of the folks watching the game from the bleachers. But it did not catch anyone in a Red Raiders uniform by surprise. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Containing Tech offense not KU's only issue

The Texas Tech curse strikes again. One year after a head injury knocked Tony Pierson out of Kansas University's game against the Red Raiders in Lawrence, Pierson again was bounced from Saturday's 34-21 loss at Jones AT&T Stadium with an undisclosed injury. By Matt Tait

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Streaking in wrong direction

Jayhawks drop 30th straight away from Lawrence

The Kansas University football team's streak of second-half shutouts by its defense ended at two on a drizzly and dreary Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium, where Texas Tech's 17 second-half points helped the Red Raiders put away Kansas, 34-21, in front of a crowd of 54,071. That's four losses in a row for Kansas (2-5 overall, 0-4 Big 12) and the end of a four-game losing streak for Texas Tech (3-4, 1-3). By Matt Tait

Game balls and gassers: KU at Texas Tech

Ben Heeney’s interception and 37-yard return gave the offense great field position and it took advantage, getting its only points in a first half that ended with Texas Tech leading, 17-7.

Tech shuts out KU soccer

The No. 9-ranked Kansas University women’s soccer team suffered its first Big 12 loss Friday at Rock Chalk Park. By Chris Duderstadt

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Brandon Rush: ‘Brutal’ 2 years history

Now 29 years old and in his seventh season in the NBA, Kansas City native Brandon Rush is a different player and different person than the one who helped Kansas University claim the 2008 NCAA basketball championship. By Gary Bedore

Column: ‘Dark side,’ Bowen driving KU football

When true freshman Derrick Neal made the switch from offense to defense, team captain Ben Heeney initiated him with five words: Welcome to the Dark Side. It’s the side you want to be on. By Tom Keegan

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GAMEDAY BREAKDOWN: A look at Saturday's Kansas-Texas Tech football game

A look at Saturday's Kansas-Texas Tech football game. By Matt Tait

KU’s Ludueña advances

Kansas University senior Maria Belen Ludueña won in singles and doubles Friday to advance at the Central tennis regionals.

Friday, October 17

Column: Kansas must be smarter in hiring next coach

When Charlie Weis draws his final paycheck from Kansas Athletics in 2016, he will have been paid $12.5 million for winning one Big 12 game. Turner Gill made $10 million for one Big 12 victory.

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Self 'a little surprised' by KU's top-five ranking

The loss of one-and-done sensations Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid to the NBA hasn’t caused a drop in expectations for Kansas University’s basketball team.

Thursday, October 16

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Cummings gives Jayhawks a boost through the air

With new blood at quarterback and renewed hope for the offense, the Kansas University passing game suddenly has some life.

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Jayhawks picked No. 5 in preseason coaches poll

When the 2014-15 preseason USA Today Coaches poll was unveiled Thursday, Kansas University’s men’s basketball team landed in the top five — No. 5, to be exact.

KU volleyball rallies past WVU

Kansas University rallied from a first-set setback to beat West Virginia in four sets in Big 12 volleyball on Wednesday.

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Self: Jayhawks can shoot the three

Kansas University’s basketball players have shown an ability to knock down the three during practices this preseason. By Gary Bedore

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Selden preparing to play (gulp) power forward

On a lazy summer day, with not much happening on Kansas University’s campus, Bill Self gave sophomore combo guard Wayne Selden Jr. something to think about. The Jayhawks’ 12th-year basketball coach told the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder he’d likely be playing some power forward during his second season. By Gary Bedore

Tuesday, October 14

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KU hoping to build momentum

The Kansas University football team is headed back into enemy territory this weekend in Lubbock, Texas, where it will look not only to build on last week’s near-upset of No. 16 Oklahoma State, but also to snap a 29-game losing streak away from home.

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Elite guard to decide early

One of the five senior blue-chip high school basketball players who attended last Friday’s Late Night in the Phog definitely will be signing with a school in November.

Big 12 honors Kansas setter

Kansas University freshman volleyball setter Ainise Havili was named Big 12 Rookie of the Week on Monday.

KU swimming wins UNO dual

Kansas University won all but one event in a 99-41 dual-meet swimming and diving victory over Nebraska-Omaha on Monday.

KU men’s golf in tie for fifth

Kansas University junior Ben Welle is tied for eighth, and the KU men’s golf team is tied for fifth after the first day of the Sagamore Preview on Monday at the Sagamore Club.

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KU’s Henrickson stresses defense

Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson is excited about the Jayhawks’ upcoming season, but there is still one thing in the back of her mind from the 2013-2014 campaign. By Chris Duderstadt

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Blue-chip recruits consider package deal

Three of the blue-chip high school senior prospects who attended Kansas University’s Late Night in the Phog — Carlton Bragg, Jaylen Brown and Brandon Ingram — are talking about attending college as part of a package deal, Bragg told Zagsblog.com on Monday. By Gary Bedore

Column: 50 years after Olympic gold, Billy Mills has sweet memories

Billy Mills, who shocked the world 50 years ago today by winning the gold medal in the 10,000 meters at Tokyo, considers his memories and friendships from his days in Lawrence priceless. By Tom Keegan

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TTU, Kansas coaches in familiar spot

Texas Tech football coach Kliff Kingsbury knows a thing or two about the position Kansas University coach Clint Bowen is in today. By Matt Tait

Monday, October 13

KU women’s golf 2nd in Colorado

Yupaporn Kawinpakorn and Pornvipa Sakdee placed 2-3, and Kansas University’s women’s golf team finished runner-up at the Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate on Sunday.

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Vegas prep Zimmerman wowed by KU, Late Night

Kansas University’s basketball players, coaches and support staff obviously made a big impression on Stephen Zimmerman, one of the best big-man prospects in the recruiting Class of 2015, last weekend.By Gary Bedore

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Junior Cummings provides spark at QB

Kansas University junior Michael Cummings was probably the least impressed of all the Jayhawks by his performance Saturday as KU’s starting quarterback in a 27-20 football loss to Oklahoma State. By Matt Tait

Sunday, October 12

OSU ‘thankful’ for kickoff

Mike Gundy agreed with a media member who said Oklahoma State’s 10th-year football coach had to be “thankful” Kansas University decided to kick deep to speedy Tyreek Hill in the fourth quarter of a tie game Saturday in Memorial Stadium. By Gary Before

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Freshman Oubre brings energy to Late Night

Kelly Oubre Jr. kept the energy at a fever pitch after the opening tip of a 20-minute scrimmage at Friday's Late Night in the Phog. By Gary Bedore

Kansas golfers 2nd in Colorado

Junior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn shot even-par 72 to position herself and Kansas University’s women’s golf team in second place Saturday after two rounds of the Ron Moore Intercollegiate.

Saturday, October 11

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Column: Bowen's passion, intensity rubbing off on Jayhawks

Two games, both losses, don’t supply enough evidence for Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger to call off the coaching search and remove the interim tag from Clint Bowen. Yet, anybody who hasn’t seen a serious change in the way the team plays either isn’t watching, doesn’t want to see it, is blinded by Bowen’s lack of celebrity, or all of the above. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Former Jayhawks show their support

Before Saturday's 27-20 loss to No. 16 Oklahoma State, nearly 200 former Kansas University football players joined the KU band and spirit squad to form a giant K and tunnel at the south end of Memorial Stadium designed for this year's Jayhawks to walk through as they took the field. By Matt Tait

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Quick reversal: Late kickoff return dooms KU's upset bid

In the moments that followed a game-tying 35-yard field goal from Kansas kicker Matthew Wyman, KU coach Clint Bowen elected to send the ensuing kickoff deep. And in the 12 seconds of game time that elapsed following Wyman's kick, Hill reached the end zone with what proved to be the game-winning touchdown. By Matt Tait

Game balls and gassers: KU vs. Oklahoma State

Ben Heeney had 14 tackles, a sack and 3.5 tackles for 15 yards in loss.

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Fieldhouse not filled to capacity

Just 14,000 fans attended the 2014 Late Night in the Phog on Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Aldridge highlight for women

When her Kansas University women’s basketball teammates discovered during a weight-room session that freshman guard Lauren Aldridge could do backflips, they had one piece of advice for her. By Benton Smith

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Lookin' sharp: Suited Self, squad stylin’ at Late Night

The 2014-15 Jayhawks looked rather flashy during a Late Night “evolution of hip hop dance number” and a 20-minute scrimmage to conclude the festivities before a crowd of 14,000 fans in a building that seats 16,300. By Gary Bedore

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GAMEDAY BREAKDOWN: A look at Oklahoma State vs. Kansas

A game-day breakdown of the Oklahoma State-Kansas University football game By Matt Tait

Kansas soccer tops Texas, 1-0

Ashley Williams scored in the 63rd minute, and Kansas University edged Texas, 1-0, on Friday night in Big 12 soccer.

KU golfers lead in Colorado

Sophomore Pornvipa Sakdee shot a 2-under par 70, and Kansas University’s women’s golf team led after the first round of the Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate on Friday.

KU volleyball wins at Baylor

Tiana Dockery totaled 19 kills, and Kansas University defeated Baylor, 25-22, 18-25, 28-26, 25-22, on Friday night in Big 12 volleyball.

Friday, October 10

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Column: Alexander doesn't have to be great, but freshman headed that direction

Kansas University freshman center Cliff Alexander didn’t have a baby hook shot until Bill Self taught him one in Lawrence. Now he looks as if he has had it his whole life. By Tom Keegan

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KU's first 'Late Night' in 1985 set tone for many more to come

"Late Night" turns 30 tonight, and Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who will host his 12th, was there for the first one. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Football is passion of Bowen family

Clint, the youngest of three sons born to Charley and Joyce Bowen, said his brother Charley was a better football player than he was for Lawrence High and Kansas University. Charley said his kid brother Clint was a harder worker.

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Former Jayhawks flocking back to support Bowen

It’s rare for a college football program to have two Homecomings in one season, but that’s basically what Kansas University has in store for this weekend.

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Late Night always full of surprises

Situated a row or two behind the Kansas University basketball bench, Cliff Alexander had one of the best seats in the house for last year’s Late Night in the Phog in Allen Fieldhouse.

Thursday, October 9

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Memorable moments lead up to the 30th Late Night in the Phog

A look back at the first 29 years of Late Night in the Phog before Friday's 30th annual tipoff to the Kansas University basketball season.

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KU basketball edges Texas for No. 1 spot in preseason poll

League's coaches give six first-place votes to Kansas, three to Texas

If the Big 12 preseason men’s basketball poll is any indication, Kansas University will have some serious competition in its search for an 11th consecutive conference championship.

Kansas women tapped eighth in Big 12 poll

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team was picked to finish eighth in the Big 12 in a poll of league coaches released Wednesday.

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Talent show: Top preps expected for Late Night

If it weren’t against NCAA rules, Kansas University could hold a heck of a high school all-star basketball game Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Column: CB Boateng received trial by fire

Dexter McDonald, Kansas University’s talented senior cornerback, ran off the field with his shoulder stinging, and the West Virginia announcers were on it immediately. By Tom Keegan

Kansas QBs seem unified in mission

Kansas University again might be searching for the right man to quarterback the Jayhawks, but you’d never know it from talking to the top three contenders for the job. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, October 7

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Column: Jayhawks’ Graham exudes confidence

All sorts of modifiers capture different types of confidence, ranging from “quiet” to “obnoxious.” “Classy” is the best word to put in front of confidence as it relates to Kansas University freshman point guard Devonté Graham.

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Kansas seeking ways to get Pierson more touches

When you own a Ferrari, taking the bus is not quite as fulfilling. That’s the epidemic plaguing the Kansas University football team five games into the 2014 season, with senior Tony Pierson stuck in neutral and the rest of the offense struggling around him.

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KU’s starting lineup in flux

As one might expect, Kansas University’s starting lineup is up for grabs a mere four practices into the 2014-15 basketball season.

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Henrickson eager for start of women's basketball practice

Kansas women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson could not be much more eager about her team’s first day of practice today: not only to officially put last season behind her, but to see how her senior- and freshman-laden squad comes together.

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Prep Jaylen Brown singles out Self, Calipari

Jaylen Brown, the No. 2-ranked basketball prospect in the country who will be attending Friday’s Late Night in the Phog, recently completed in-home visits with coaches from five schools — Kansas University, Kentucky, UCLA, Georgia and Georgia Tech. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Know who’s perfect 6th man?

Two starters return from last year’s Kansas University basketball team, but a surplus of starter-caliber players, not a shortage, makes projecting which five will make the most starts together a tricky proposition. By Tom Keegan

Monday, October 6

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Identity of KU's starting QB for this week remains a mystery

Bowen: You're gonna earn the right to play

The Jayhawks return home to play Oklahoma State at 3 p.m. Saturday, but the identity of KU's starting quarterback remains a mystery for now. Interim coach Clint Bowen did not name a starter for this week on Monday morning's Big 12 coaches teleconference but did spell out very clearly what the guy who wins the job would have to do. By Matt Tait

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Chicago prep to visit for Late Night

Marcus LoVett, a 5-11 senior point guard from Chicago’s Morgan Park High, will attend Friday’s Late Night in the Phog on an official recruiting visit, Rivals.com reports.

Kansas soccer clips Missouri St.

Taylor Estrada netted her first career goal, and Ashley Williams scored her second game-winner of the weekend less than five minutes later as Kansas University edged pesky Missouri State, 2-1, in nonconference soccer Sunday at Rock Chalk Park.

Freeman, 2 Jayhawks enter Hall

Former Lawrence High football and track coach Bill Freeman and Kansas University athletes Charlie Hoag and Walt Wesley were among 10 individuals inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday at Wichita Boathouse.

Mighty Longhorns roll over Kansas volleyball

Texas continued its domination of Big 12 volleyball Sunday, downing Kansas University, 3-1, for the undefeated Longhorns’ 19th straight victory in Big 12 matches, 11th straight on the road and 21st in a row versus the Jayhawks. By Gary Bedore

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Backup QB Cummings proves he's prepared

Kansas University quarterback Michael Cummings started the second half and finished 8-of-17 passing for 65 yards against West Virginia. “I take pride in being prepared,” he said. By Matt Tait

Sunday, October 5

KU men fourth, women second at CC meet

Jacob Morgan claimed his first collegiate victory to help Kansas University’s men’s cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the Rim Rock Classic on Saturday at Rim Rock Farm.

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Self not a fan of UK-style NBA combine

Kansas University’s basketball program will not copy-cat Kentucky and hold a combine for all 30 NBA teams anytime soon. By Gary Bedore

Former Lawrence High coach Bill Freeman to enter state hall of fame today in Wichita

Just seven days after Clint Bowen was named interim football coach at Kansas University, his high school mentor — Lawrence High’s Bill Freeman — is set to be immortalized in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Saturday, October 4

Game balls and gassers: KU at West Virginia

JaCorey Shepherd broke up three passes and averaged 24.5 yards per kickoff return. Shepherd repeatedly passed long test after long test and passed them.

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Column: Now is not the time for Bowen, Jayhawks to hesitate

New Kansas University football coach Clint Bowen is trying to make something out of nothing. Based on how Bowen handled his first week of practices and first of eight games during his head-coaching tryout, hesitation won’t be a problem for him. By Tom Keegan

Holgorsen cured of what ailed him

Leading up to Saturday's 33-14 victory over visiting Kansas, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen was awfully outspoken about how poorly his team played in a 31-19 loss last season in Lawrence. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Nothing set in stone at QB for Kansas

Starting quarterback Montell Cozart played the first half and second-string QB Michael Cummings played the second in Kansas University’s 33-14 loss at West Virginia Saturday. After the game, interim head coach Clint Bowen said no decision had been made about the future of the position. By Matt Tait

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New foundation: Jayhawks say they fought, improved in loss

When the final horn sounded Saturday night on Kansas University's 33-14 loss to West Virginia, the dozens of Jayhawks who sprinted off the field at Milan Puskar Stadium left with one thought in their minds — We can build on that. By Matt Tait

Ex-KU coach Randall headed to golf Hall

Stories will fly this weekend with 55 former Kansas University golfers in Lawrence for a Sunday night dinner to celebrate Ross Randall’s induction into the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame. By Tom Keegan

KU soccer claims 2-1 win at RCP

The No. 16-ranked Kansas University women’s soccer team returned to Rock Chalk Park on Friday for the first time since its season opener, and the Jayhawks were more than happy to be back. By Chris Duderstadt

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Heeney: WVU seething

As they walked off the Memorial Stadium field last November following a 31-19 loss to Kansas, the West Virginia Mountaineers were serenaded by an overjoyed KU fan base and a team celebrating an improbable Big 12 victory, complete with singing, hugging and falling goal posts. By Matt Tait

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Self pleased with 1st practice

Kansas University’s basketball players were in no hurry to head home after Friday’s rousing three-hour practice — the first official practice of the 2014-15 season in accordance with NCAA rules. By Gary Bedore

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GAMEDAY BREAKDOWN: A look at Kansas vs. West Virginia

A game-day breakdown of Saturday's Kansas-West Virginia football matchup. By Matt Tait

Friday, October 3

KU basketball notebook: Ellis perfecting ‘Blender’ move

A 55-percent shooter as a sophomore, Perry Ellis is expected to unleash his share of jump shots from the perimeter during his junior season at Kansas University. By Gary Bedore

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KU soccer relishes turnaround

A year ago, Kansas University’s soccer team struggled to score goals. Looking back on it, coach Mark Francis called KU’s offense a “big nemesis.” By Benton Smith

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Column: Pierson, RBs give Kansas a chance

Corey Avery and De'Andre Mann bring excitement to KU’s rushing attack, but nobody the team has puts a scare into a defense the way senior Tony Pierson does. By Tom Keegan

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Cliff Alexander a laid-back ‘beast’

Freshman a ‘big teddy bear’ … mostly

Cliff Alexander’s teammates say the 6-foot-8 1/2, 240-pound Kansas University freshman is a gentle giant when he’s away from the basketball court. By Gary Bedore

Thursday, October 2

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KU's Perry Ellis, Cliff Alexander highlight preseason all-Big 12 selections

Junior forward Perry Ellis was the lone Kansas University men's basketball player named to the preseason all-Big 12 basketball team, voted on by the league's coaches, and Cliff Alexander was one of two players to earn preseason freshman of the year honors, the Big 12 announced Thursday.

Wednesday, October 1

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KU locker room gets facelift

Kansas University’s men’s basketball locker room and hallway leading to the locker room in the northwest corner of Allen Fieldhouse have undergone a facelift heading into the 2014-15 season.

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Jayhawks fall to Kansas State in five sets

Kansas University’s volleyball team has opened the 2014 Big 12 season with a pair of similar, gut-wrenching performances — a five-set loss Saturday at Oklahoma followed by Wednesday’s 19-25, 25-23, 25-14, 22-25, 8-15 setback to Kansas State in Horejsi Center. By Gary Bedore

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Cozart’s confidence remains high

Change of any kind can create some uneasy days and be pretty taxing on the mind. But, so far, the transition from former Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis to interim head coach Clint Bowen seems to have done wonders for the spirits of the KU football players.

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Drone at KU football game raises concerns

Kansas University authorities say they are taking seriously an incident Saturday in which an unauthorized drone flew around Memorial Stadium right before the Texas-KU football game. By Scott Rothschild

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Column: Mason an expert on Kansas turnaround

One of the many things Kansas University’s interim football coach Clint Bowen said that resonated during his Monday introductory news conference was that he is prepared for this job because he witnessed turn-around efforts under Glen Mason and Mark Mangino.

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Jayhawks’ staff impressed by Bowen

Monday morning, newly named Kansas University interim head football coach Clint Bowen said the KU coaching staff had jumped on board with the transition with great attitudes and incredible energy.

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Self ‘excited’ for interim football coach Bowen

Kansas University has had three head football coaches — Mark Mangino, Turner Gill and Charlie Weis — during basketball coach Bill Self’s 12 years at Kansas University.