Stories for August 2015


Monday, August 31

Column: Athletes driven by hearts of Lions

When last we spoke, indomitable Abby Vestal, one of my all-time favorite athletes, was busy making arrangements before heading out of town to chase a dream. By Tom Keegan

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Recruiting notebook: Self looking for 'everything'

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said “everything,” when asked what he’s looking for in recruiting. By Gary Bedore

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Kansas football notebook: Clean it up

Mistakes are commonplace in season openers across the country, but Kansas University football coach Beaty does not believe they’re necessary. By Matt Tait

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Bill Self says he's 'confident' freshman Diallo will be cleared to play this season

KU coach is also 'nervous because we don't know' status of 6-9 forward who creates lazer-fast pace on court

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said on Monday he’s “confident” that 6-foot-9 freshman forward Cheick Diallo will ultimately be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center and compete for the Jayhawks during the upcoming season.

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KU football reveals captains for 2015 season

The Kansas University football program on Monday revealed the identity of its three captains for the 2015 season. The team vote last Friday elected junior quarterback Montell Cozart, senior defensive end Ben Goodman and junior safety Fish Smithson as this year's leaders.

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’Bama making a run at KU target Bolden

Big man reveals list of eight schools on Monday

Alabama has emerged as a major player for Kansas University basketball recruiting target Marques Bolden, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound senior center from DeSoto, Texas, who according to reports made an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa over the weekend. By Gary Bedore

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Role models: Jayhawks’ defensive backs need not look far to find pro-level motivation

Every time Kansas University safety Bazie Bates IV takes a seat in Mrkonic Auditorium at Anderson Family Football Complex, the junior from Trinity Valley Community College can look over his shoulders and see larger-than-life reminders of what is possible for a Jayhawks defensive back. By Benton Smith

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Column: SDSU likely lone win for KU football

It’s that time of year: time to predict the Kansas University football team’s record, and then get ready to duck from verbal darts accusing me of a “negative” slant. By Tom Keegan

Sunday, August 30

KU soccer edges UNT

Freshman Anna Courtney knocked in the game-winner in the 76th minute to give Kansas University a 2-1 soccer victory over North Texas on Sunday inside the Mean Green Soccer Complex.

Saturday, August 29

KU volleyball wins twice

Kansas University’s volleyball team picked up wins over McNeese State and Arkansas on Saturday in the Arkansas tournament to stay perfect at 3-0 on the season.

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Ellis makes regional magazine cover

Kansas University senior forward Perry Ellis is featured on the regional cover of Athlon’s College Basketball 2015-16 Preview Magazine.

Offensive line taking shape

From the time he arrived in Lawrence through the start of preseason camp, first-year Kansas University offensive line coach Zach Yenser made clear the details of his search for the five linemen who would work hard, play smart and not be afraid to battle their butts off.

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Beaty begins building plan at Kansas

The college head coaching careers of West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen and first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty have more than a few similarities.

KU volleyball opens with win

Led by 15 kills from senior outside hitter Tiana Dockery, Kansas University cruised to a three-set victory over Army to open the Arkansas Invitational — and the 2015 season — on Friday at Barnhill Arena.

Freshmen spark Kansas soccer

Kansas University freshmen Grace Hagan and Parker Roberts each shot in the first goals of their collegiate careers to lift the Jayhawks to a 2-1 soccer victory over SMU on Friday at Westcott Field.

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Haitian forward keeps KU on list

Haiti native Schnider Herard, a 6-foot-10, 255-pound senior power forward from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, has announced his final list of five prospective schools via Twitter. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Kinner, Mann give KU needed RB depth

Maybe the coaching staff can get creative and find ways for junior-college transfer Ke’aun Kinner and senior De’Andre Mann to play at the same time, with Kinner lining up in the slot or motioning out of the backfield and lining up as a wide receiver. By Tom Keegan

Friday, August 28

City announces game-day bus service from downtown to KU's Memorial Stadium

The city of Lawrence is again offering an alternative to searching for parking around Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium — and walking for blocks to the game — this football season. Park downtown and catch the bus.

Wiggins leads Team Canada in Olympic qualifier

A spectacular one-handed dunk by former Kansas University/current Team Canada guard Andrew Wiggins at Wednesday’s Tuto Marchand Cup has drawn over 50,000 views on By Gary Bedore

Thursday, August 27

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Kansas defense works on run-pass balance

The extent of the information we’ve learned about Kansas University defensive end Damani Mosby — from the day he arrived on campus, and even a little before that — has started and ended with his ability as a pass-rusher. But as it turns out, Mosby has focused on much more than sacking the quarterback. By Matt Tait

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Column: Kansas’ opener will be tester

Every school’s football schedule has a litmus test. The season opener vs. South Dakota State of the Football Championship Subdivision qualifies as Kansas University’s. By Tom Keegan

Jets cut ex-Jayhawk Heaps

The New York Jets have waived quarterback Jake Heaps and signed quarterback Josh Johnson.

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Kansas hoops to bask in glow of TV

Kansas University’s basketball team will play 25 games on the ESPN family of networks and one apiece on CBS and the CBS Sports Network, KU’s athletic department announced Wednesday. By Gary Bedore

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Jayhawks make-believe it’s football game week

The opening game of the Kansas University football season is just nine days away. But you’d never know it from watching the Jayhawks work this week at practice. By Matt Tait

KU soccer’s Salazar motivated by snub

When Kansas University soccer standout Liana Salazar returned to her native Colombia this past summer, she figured her stay would be short, just a detour on her way to Canada. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, August 25

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KU target Bolden to visit UK, too

Marques Bolden, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound senior forward from DeSoto (Texas) High, who recently announced plans to make a pair of recruiting visits to KU, will visit Kentucky on Sept. 4-5, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported Tuesday.

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Column: Jayhawks hoping for reliable receiving targets

Now that Montell Cozart has been named starting quarterback, it’s time to look at the most promising targets he’ll look for when a pass play is called. To Cozart’s detriment, tight end Jimmay Mundine and receivers Nigel King and Nick Harwell have exhausted their eligibility. They all had a knack for getting open and consistently catching what was thrown their way.

Speed gives Cozart another dimension

It sounds as if one of the biggest factors in the decision to name Montell Cozart Kansas University’s starting quarterback for the 2015 season may have been his feet.

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KU freshmen could make quick contributions

Last week, first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty made no secret about the fact that he plans to play several of his youngest players during the 2015 season.

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Kansas Basketball Notebook: Jazz sign Withey

The Utah Jazz on Monday signed former Kansas University center Jeff Withey to a two-year contract. By Gary Bedore

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Starting quarterback Montell Cozart credits brother for improvement

Up a few pounds and 2 percent body fat from the end of the 2014 season, Kansas University junior Montell Cozart on Monday was named the Jayhawks’ starting quarterback for 2015 by first-year coach David Beaty. By Matt Tait

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Column: Junior QB hearing freshman footsteps

The purpose of head football coach David Beaty’s news conference Monday inside Mrkonic Auditorium was to announce Kansas University’s starting quarterback of the present, Montell Cozart. Those listening closely could hear the thundering footsteps of the program’s QB of the not-necessarily-distant future. By Tom Keegan

Monday, August 24

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David Beaty names Montell Cozart starting quarterback

Kansas University still has nearly two weeks worth of practices to get through before playing its first football game of the 2015 season, but head coach David Beaty decided to go ahead and name his starting quarterback.

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KU football on weight-watcher plan

There are more than a dozen items on the to-do list of first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty. But no matter how busy the day or how daunting the tasks, Beaty and his assistant coaches always make time for one simple yet important part of player safety. “We weigh ’em every day,” Beaty said. By Matt Tait

KU soccer ties, nil-nil

Kansas University edged Minnesota in shots and shots on goal, but the teams played to a scoreless soccer draw on Sunday at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.

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Bill Self turns ticket-seller

Bill Self, who doesn’t have to worry about attendance at his sold-out Kansas University men’s basketball games, may have helped sell some tickets for a pair of first-year Jayhawk coaches Saturday in Memorial Stadium. By Gary Bedore

Sunday, August 23

Column: Kansas’ ends crucial for CBs

In recent years, Kansas has been well-equipped in the secondary, but a steady pass rush has been lacking. Now, it looks as if the Jayhawks have the athletes to bring heat, but could get exposed at the back end of the defense when the quarterback has time. By Tom Keegan

Saturday, August 22

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Self says season should be lots of fun

Bill Self, who runs Kansas University’s tradition-rich basketball program, kicked off his 13th year at KU and 30th overall as a coach by speaking at Saturday’s semester-opening Traditions Night in Memorial Stadium.

Sasha Kaun agrees to contract with Cavaliers

Former Kansas University center Sasha Kaun has agreed to a two-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, ESPN reported Saturday.

KU volleyball, alumni meet

Kansas University’s volleyball team swept three sets from a KU alumni squad, 25-19, 25-21, 25-21, on Saturday at Horejsi Center before coach Ray Bechard mixed the rosters to shake up the fourth set, giving the Blue squad a 25-21 victory.

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Column: KU’s plans may mean risk now, rewards in future

The more possessions a game has the more it favors the team with more talent, the favorite. That’s pretty much true in every sport. By Tom Keegan

KU women home — a lot

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will play 17 of 29 regular-season games within the friendly confines of Allen Fieldhouse this season.

Huskers upend Kansas soccer

Nebraska scored two goals in the opening 14 minutes, and No. 23-ranked Kansas University dropped its soccer season opener, 3-0, Friday at Barbara Hibner Stadium.

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Texas F Bolden plans 2 KU visits

Kansas University basketball recruiting target Marques Bolden has scheduled two trips to KU. Bolden, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound senior forward from DeSoto (Texas) High who is ranked No. 14 nationally in the Class of 2016 by, will visit officially on Sept. 25-26. He will make an unofficial visit for Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 9. By Gary Bedore

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Column: In-depth guesses

A look at how Kansas' football depth chart is shaping up

First-year Kansas University head football coach David Beaty hasn’t revealed a depth chart, even to his players, but one appears to be falling into place. By Tom Keegan

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KU football notes: Loneker turning heads at camp

He can’t officially play for the Kansas University football team for another year, but one newcomer added to the team this summer already has impressed head coach David Beaty enough to earn some praise near the end of preseason camp. By Matt Tait

Friday, August 21

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Jayhawks' 2016 Big 12 schedule announced

Kansas University’s 2015-16 men’s basketball schedule is now complete, with the Big 12 rolling out its conference dates Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, August 20

Kobie Eubanks out at Alabama

Kobie Eubanks, a 6-5 guard from Elev8 Sports Academy in Delray Beach, Florida, has not qualified for a scholarship at Alabama and will likely attend a junior college. By Gary Bedore

Kassoum Yakwe down to St. John's, Oregon

Kassoum Yakwe, a 6-7 senior forward from Our Savior New American High in Centereach, New York, has completed visits to St. John’s and Oregon and will soon decide between one of those two schools, reports. By Gary Bedore

Andrew Wiggins on Canadian national team

Former KU guard Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday was one of 13 players named to the Canadian national team’s roster for the Tuto Marchland Continental Cup, Aug. 23-26 in Puerto Rico. By Gary Bedore

Bledsoe again cuts his list

For the second time this month, Lawrence High senior football standout Amani Bledsoe cut his list of potential college choices.

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End game: Three vow to challenge sack record

Fifteen. On the surface, it’s just a number. One more than the point total of two touchdowns, a date on a calendar, an age, a jersey number.But for a trio of defensive ends on the Kansas University football roster, the number carries with it great meaning. It’s the number of sacks it will take during the 2015 season to move past Ron Warner into first place on KU’s single-season sacks list. By Matt Tait

Column: How to kickstart a Kansas kicker

As is typical of so many student-section spectators, Matthew Wyman watched the Kansas University football team compete and told himself he could do better. By Tom Keegan

For Kansas cross country runners, there’s no place like home

The runners on Kansas University’s cross country teams should be quite familiar with Rim Rock Farm by season’s end. By Chris Duderstadt

Kansas soccer fueled by 2014's finish

Kansas University soccer coach Mark Francis concedes most people would view the Jayhawks’ 2014 season as a success. KU, after all, won eight more games than it had the previous year, finished third in the Big 12 and reached the NCAA Tournament. By Benton Smith

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‘Unprecedented’: KU volleyball aims for fourth NCAAs

If everything goes according to coach Ray Bechard’s plans this fall, Kansas University’s volleyball program will accomplish something it never has before. By Benton Smith

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Column: Which Kansas unit has edge?

For a change, instead of comparing how the team looks compared to the 12 opponents on one of the nation’s most difficult schedules, let’s take a look at which side of the line of scrimmage is closer to looking as if it at can compete for big chunks of games. By Tom Keegan

UK gets commitment from prep forward Killeya-Jones

Sacha Killeya-Jones, a 6-10 senior forward from Virginia Episcopal in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Wednesday orally committed to Kentucky.

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KU basketball notebook: Michael Lee lands prep job

Former Kansas University guard Michael Lee is new head coach at Portland’s Roosevelt High. By Gary Bedore

Kansas football notebook: King impressing; Semke solid

He was unable to scrimmage over the weekend because of his late arrival, but University of Miami (Florida) transfer Corey King, a 6-foot-1, 295-pound defensive tackle, has pleased his new coaches during his first couple of days in pads. By Matt Tait

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Kansas' returning kickers sharp

A couple of returners appear to be in good shape as they battle to keep their special-teams jobs with Kansas University’s football team. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, August 18

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Texas big man to attend Late Night

Schnider Herard, a 6-foot-10, 255-pound senior center from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, will attend the Oct. 9 Late Night in the Phog as part of an official recruiting visit to Kansas University, Herard’s mentor, Derrick Shelby, told on Tuesday.

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Column: Brandon’s father is coach Schneider

A Div. II national title at Emporia State. Back-to-back Southland Conference titles for Stephen F. Austin. Landed two highly regarded transfers shortly after becoming Kansas University’s new women’s basketball coach.

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Center of attention: Jayhawks placing emphasis on snaps

During his Tuesday afternoon meeting with the media, Kansas University offensive line coach Zach Yenser revealed a very specific aspect of the key to KU’s new offense.

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Jayhawks searching for starting linebackers

In the interest of identifying the gap between first- and second-team linebackers at the midway point of preseason camp, Kansas University linebackers coach Kevin Kane has come up with an additional competition for his group this week. By Matt Tait

No. 2 prep plans KU visit

Harry Giles, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound senior forward from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, who is ranked No. 2 in the recruiting Class of 2016 by, will visit Kansas University for the Oct. 9 Late Night in the Phog, Giles’ dad told By Gary Bedore

Ferguson commits to Alabama

Terrance Ferguson, a 6-6 senior guard who played at Prime Prep Academy in Dallas last season and is ranked No. 11 nationally, on Monday committed to Alabama over KU, North Carolina, Louisville, Baylor, SMU, Texas and others. By Gary Bedore

Markieff situation with Suns potentially ‘ugly’’s John Gambadoro says things could “get ugly, real ugly,” if the Phoenix Suns don’t trade disgruntled forward Markieff Morris, who is livid the Suns shipped brother Marcus to Detroit. By Gary Bedore

KU volleyball faces alums Saturday

Kansas University volleyball players won’t simply face off against one another in KU’s annual Crimson and Blue Match.

Column: Kane able to see progress at linebacker

Five things needed to happen for the linebacker position to undergo an upgrade from frighteningly thin to adequate. So far, the Jayhawks are 5-for-5. By Tom Keegan

Monday, August 17

No. 2-ranked recruiting prospect Harry Giles to visit KU for Late Night in the Phog

Harry Giles will visit KU for the Oct. 9 Late Night.

KU soccer draws, 2-all

Kansas University freshman Grace Hagan scored a pair of goals to help the No. 23-ranked Jayhawks to a 2-2 exhibition draw with North Dakota State on Sunday at Rock Chalk Park.

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KU basketball notebook: Diallo, Mykhailiuk get 'Big Board' nod; Tyshawn Taylor's summer not all bad

Kansas University freshman forward Cheick Diallo is listed No. 12 and shooting guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk No. 17 overall on ESPN analyst Chad Ford’s first Big Board for the 2016 NBA Draft. The Big Board is essentially a ranking of the top 30 prospects expected to enter the draft. By Gary Bedore

Beaty throws out first pitch at ‘The K’

First-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Sunday night’s Kansas City Royals-California Angels game at Kauffman Stadium. It was “KU Night” at Kauffman. By Gary Bedore

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In the fast lane: KU walk-on RB Ryan Schadler quickly impresses

A little more than four months ago, first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty posted a message to Twitter about unknown walk-on Ryan Schadler. Now we know why. By Matt Tait

Column: Kansas athletes getting a raise

Student-athletes at Kansas University on Aug. 24 will walk to the Olympic sports office on the second floor of the athletic department complex to receive old-fashioned paper checks, their first of 10 for the school year. The envelopes will be a little heavier this year because they will be given a set amount in order to cover living expenses, including travel to and from school. By Tom Keegan

Sunday, August 16

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KU basketball notebook: Perry Ellis ranked 15th nationally; Tyshawn Taylor arrested

Kansas University senior Perry Ellis is the 15th-best player in college basketball entering the 2015-16 season, according to ESPN’s John Gasaway. By Gary Bedore

Thompson 36th at

Former Kansas University All-American Chris Thompson shot a second consecutive 3-under 69 on Saturday at the Price Cutter Charity Championship at Highland Springs Country Club.

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Big targets: Kansas' Air Raid demands play-making TEs

Kansas University lists sophomore Ben Johnson and junior Kent Taylor as tight ends on its football roster. That doesn’t mean offensive coordinator Rob Likens has to agree with those labels. By Benton Smith

Mario Chalmers remains calm amid storm of rumors

As he prepared to make a Thursday appearance at a youth basketball camp, Mario Chalmers bumped into former teammate Joel Anthony, who had just addressed the group. As Anthony and Chalmers spoke, a member at the front desk of the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center said to the receptionist, “Joel doesn’t play here anymore. And Chalmers might not, either.”

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Column: Cozart ready to strut his stuff

We won’t know what tweaks and upgrades Kansas University quarterback Montell Cozart made to his game this offseason until he steps onto the field for the first time against a live opponent. But make no mistake about it: Cozart has changed. By Matt Tait

Saturday, August 15

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KU in running for prep De'Aaron Fox

De’Aaron Fox, a 6-foot-3 senior point guard from Cypress Lakes High in Katy, Texas, who is ranked No. 9 nationally by, on Friday said he has narrowed his list of prospective colleges to seven: Kansas University, Kentucky, Arizona, North Carolina, Louisville, LSU and N.C. State. By Gary Bedore

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Pulling away: Three receivers earning separation in KU preseason camp

Throughout the offseason, the phrase “earn it” has been the mantra of the Kansas University football coaching staff. Evidently, a few wide receivers have. By Matt Tait

Thursday, August 13

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On the corner: Perry working to replace two NFL picks

Kansas University cornerbacks coach Kenny Perry was not in Lawrence for the 2014 season so he does not miss departed seniors JaCorey Shepherd and Dexter McDonald quite as much as most people associated with the program. By Matt Tait

Single-game football tickets on sale next week

With the Kansas University football season-opener just over three weeks away single-game tickets for Jayhawk games will go on sale to Williams Education Fund members Aug. 17-18 and to the general public on Aug. 19.

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Jayhawks add former Univerity of Miami lineman

Landing a player at the midway point of preseason camp does not always qualify as a huge lift. But in the case of former Miami, Florida, defensive lineman Corey King, that’s exactly what it could be for the Kansas University football team. By Matt Tait

Column: KU golf: Woodland withdraws, Thompson contends

Thursday was a mixed bag on the former Kansas University golfer front. By Tom Keegan

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Milt Newton honored in Virgin Islands

Former KU coach Larry Brown on hand for dedication of park on "Milt Newton Day"

Kenneth Mapp, the 29th governor of the Virgin Islands, declared August 7, 2015 “Milt Newton Day” in the United States territory. By Gary Bedore

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KU football adds former Miami, Fla., D-Lineman Corey King

The Journal-World learned Thursday afternoon that King, a 6-foot-1, 295-pound D-tackle, has been cleared to join the Jayhawks in time for the start of the 2015 season. By Matt Tait

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KU basketball notebook: F Gabriel cuts KU; Markieff Morris wants out of Phoenix

Wenyen Gabriel, a 6-foot-9 senior forward from Wilbraham and Monson in Massachusetts who is ranked No. 84 in the Class of 2016 by, on Wednesday cut Kansas University from his list of prospective schools. By Gary Bedore

KU soccer blanks Drake

Senior Ashley Williams swiped a poorly played ball by the opposing goalkeeper and slammed it into an open net less than six minutes into the match to key Kansas University to a 5-0 rout of Drake in a college soccer exhibition match Wednesday night at Rock Chalk Park.

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Carrying his weight: Juco transfer Ke'aun Kinner no stranger to being asked to ‘step up’

Given that Kansas University running backs Taylor Cox and De’Andre Mann are coming off significant injuries that kept them out of portions of the 2014 season, the Jayhawks could be required to rely on a couple of newcomers to handle a good chunk of the work in the running game this fall. By Matt Tait

Column: Nickel Tevin Shaw crucial for KU

So many new faces. So much for the mostly new Kansas University football coaching staff to evaluate in Saturday’s first intrasquad scrimmage of fall camp. By Tom Keegan

Wednesday, August 12

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Jayhawks to play four Big Monday games in 2016

As usual, many Mondays will be big for the Kansas University basketball team in the 2015-16 season, once Big 12 play begins in January.

Tuesday, August 11

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New York guard Rawle Alkins rounding into top prospect

Rawle Alkins, who has Kansas University on his list of 11 schools, is emerging as one of the top prospects in the high school recruiting Class of 2016.

Column: Changing coaches, revolving roster

The massive overhaul of personnel on the Kansas University football team that has taken place this offseason highlights the danger in universities making coaching changes so frequently. By Tom Keegan

KU's Miller swims at U.S. Nationals

Kansas University swimmer Chelsie Miller concluded a busy weekend and summer with swims in the 400-meter individual medley and 200-meter butterfly at USA Swimming’s National Championship meet.

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David Beaty says he was KU-bound, even if not named head coach

When David Beaty claims he would’ve worked on the Kansas football staff this season, even if he hadn’t been hired as head coach, the statement carries some weight. By Benton Smith

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Bowen: KU linebacker Marcquis Roberts a 'pleasant surprise'

With the departures of Ben Heeney and Jake Love, the Kansas University football team lost 180 tackles at the linebacker position from last year's team. And replaced those with a guy who made 31.

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Walk-on Michael Glatczak has moved on from hit that injured KU QB Michael Cummings

Last April, senior walk-on Michael Glatczak became a well-known name in KU football circles for a fluke hit he made in the annual spring game that left quarterback Michael Cummings with a serious knee injury. Today, Glatczak has moved past the play and is looking to make a name for himself in another way. By Matt Tait

Wiggins in camp for Canadian National Team

Former Kansas University guard Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves is one of 16 players trying out for the 12-man Canadian National Team that will be competing at the FIBA Americas Championship, Aug. 31-Sept. 12 in Mexico. By Gary Bedore

Column: Cozart will start opener (probably)

Opening Day-starter announcements, whether in major-league baseball for the pitcher or college football for the quarterback, generally fall into the anti-climactic category. A trail of crumbs usually leads to the obvious choice. By Tom Keegan

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Need for speed: Offense's tempo comes at defense’s expense

Three practices into preseason camp, Kansas University junior quarterback Montell Cozart needed just a few words to describe the Jayhawks’ new Air Raid offense.

Kansas soccer faces Drake in exhibition

The 2015 Kansas University soccer team will see its first action of the season when the Jayhawks play the first of two preseason exhibition matches against the Drake Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The match will take place at Rock Chalk Park.

Embiid’s second surgery scheduled

Joel Embiid has not yet undergone a second surgery on his right foot, sources close to the situation told, however, that procedure is still scheduled to take place and Embiid is still expected to miss the upcoming 2015-16 season.

Monday, August 10

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Former KU cornerback JaCorey Shepherd suffers season-ending knee injury

Just days after learning that he was in line to open the 2015 season as the Philadelphia Eagles' starting nickel back, former Kansas University cornerback JaCorey Shepherd suffered a knee injury that ended his season before it began.

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Earning their stripes: Under OC Rob Likens' watch, Jayhawks all business … between lines

Kansas University offensive coordinator Rob Likens is a big believer in preparation and focus, and he expects the players he coaches to bring both to the practice field every day. By Matt Tait

Sunday, August 9

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Pekka Markkanen’s son coming to U.S.

The son of former Kansas University basketball center Pekka Markkanen has decided to follow in dad’s footsteps and play college ball in the United States. By Gary Bedore

Saturday, August 8

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A faster pace: Jayhawks put premium on ‘hidden area’

By now, roughly seven months into their time in Lawrence, the new Kansas University football coaches have figured out they are going to have to emphasize a bunch of little things if they hope to win games during the first year or two of the transition to head coach David Beaty.

Timmons recalled warmly by friends

It’s time to share a few stories about Bob Timmons, the former Kansas University track coach from 1966 to ’88 who died on Tuesday at the age of 91.

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Jayhawks land commitment from 3-star Houston LB with several big offers

The third practice of Kansas football's 2015 preseason camp featured all kinds of memorable plays and strong efforts from players on the current KU roster. It also featured a glimpse into the future. In town on a visit with his father, three-star Houston linebacker Maciah Long orally committed to join the Jayhawks.

Talib: I’m not jealous of Harris’ success

Aqib Talib is still at the top of his game. Only, he finds himself often overshadowed by fellow University of Kansas alum Chris Harris Jr.

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Who’s No. 1? Three KU quarterbacks vying for starting job

Kansas University quarterbacks Carter Stanley, Montell Cozart and Ryan Willis are in contention for the Jayhawks' starting job.

Friday, August 7

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Forward puts KU on list

Another big man in the recruiting Class of 2016 is available. T.J. Leaf, a 6-foot-10, 215-pound senior power forward from Foothills Christian from El Cajon, California, on Thursday decommitted from Arizona.

KU volleyball picked fourth in Big 12

Kansas University’s volleyball team has been picked fourth in the Big 12 in the preseason coaches’ poll.

Thursday, August 6

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Starting line: ‘It’s great to be out there with those kids,’ Beaty says of first practice

Already known for his energy, passion and unrelenting enthusiasm, first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty on Thursday did his best to dwell in reality following the first official practice of the 2015 season. By Matt Tait

Former KU golfer Levonowich shoots even par at Q School

Former Kansas University women’s golfer Minami Levonowich shot an even-par 72 Thursday on the Palmer Course at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, in her first round of Stage I of the LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifying School.

KU’s Miller 37th in 200-meter IM at nationals

Kansas University swimmer Chelsie Miller lowered her Olympic Trials time in the 200-meter IM and moved up 10 spots from her seeded position at the 2016 Phillips 66 National Championships with a runner-up finish in her heat and 37th-place overall.

Three Jayhawk volleyball players named Preseason All-Big 12

Each of the three Kansas University volleyball players on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team are accustomed to the spotlight. Junior Tayler Soucie and sophomores Ainise Havili and Kelsie Payne — all of whom were all-conference selections in 2014 — were recognized Thursday.

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KU target Ferguson gives Alabama a ‘10’ on visit

One of Kansas University’s top recruits broadcast part of his campus visit to Alabama for the world to see on Internet app Periscope (which is available off Twitter) on Thursday. By Gary Bedore

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They said it: Reflections on the late Bob Timmons

Bob Timmons died on Tuesday night at the age of 91. Here are some tributes from former athletes and friends of the former KU track coach. Thanks to Tim Weaver for sharing some of the comments he compiled during his tenure as KU Relays organizer.

KU midfielder Salazar on award watch list

Kansas University senior midfielder Liana Salazar was one of 28 women in NCAA Div. I soccer to be selected to the watch list for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, which is considered the most prestigious individual award in collegiate soccer.

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Arizona prep to visit KU

Mitch Lightfoot, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound senior forward from Gilbert (Ariz.) Christian High who is ranked No. 140 in the basketball recruiting Class of 2016 by, will visit Kansas University Sept. 11-13, reported Wednesday. By Gary Bedore

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‘He was visionary’: Hall of Famer Bob Timmons dies at 91

Bob Timmons' teams captured 13 Big Eight Indoor titles, 14 Outdoor titles and four CC league titles. He led KU to NCAA Indoor titles in 1966, ’69 and ’70. His ’70 outdoor team tied for the NCAA title. His four NCAA crowns are most of any head coach in KU athletics history. By Gary Bedore

Wednesday, August 5

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Updated KU football roster features new faces, 2 omissions

The updated Kansas University football roster, released Wednesday night, on the eve of the start of preseason camp, featured nearly two dozen new names and included a couple of notable omissions. By Matt Tait

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Former KU track coach Bob Timmons dead at 91

Ex-KU official: 'He led life to the fullest;' set the bar, expectations

Legendary former Kansas University track coach Bob Timmons has died, a family representative confirmed to the Journal-World.

Tuesday, August 4

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Plenty of questions to answer with KU football camp set to start

August has arrived and that means another Kansas University football season is officially upon us.

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Former Jayhawk White to debut with NU

Former Kansas University guard Andrew White III, who sat out last season at Nebraska in accordance with NCAA transfer rules, will make his unofficial Husker debut on a four-game trip to Spain that starts on Aug. 16.

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Morris twins' attorneys seek new grand jury in assault case

Defense attorneys for former Kansas University basketball standouts Marcus and Markieff Morris are seeking a new grand jury for the twin brothers, who are charged with aggravated assault.

KU’s Kuchkarova nears national record

Kansas University swimmer Yulduz Kuchkarova nearly matched her own Uzbekistani national record in the 100-meter backstroke prelims at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

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Dallas guard Terrance Ferguson considers Kansas

Terrance Ferguson, a 6-foot-6 high school senior shooting guard from Dallas who is expected to announce his college choice this month, will visit Alabama this weekend, according to Eric Bossi of By Gary Bedore

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Catching on: Freshman receiver Chase Harrell made his mark in spring

Year after year, with player after player, coaches consistently talk about what an advantage it is for prospects to graduate high school early and make it to their college campuses in time for spring football practices. By Matt Tait

Monday, August 3

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Former Jayhawk JaCorey Shepherd sprinting toward starting spot in Philadelphia?

He has only been playing the position for a few years, but former Kansas University standout JaCorey Shepherd may already have positioned himself to become a starting cornerback in the NFL. By Matt Tait

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Broncos take a look at former KU WR Nigel King

The Denver Broncos may be looking to add another former Kansas University football to the three they already have on their roster.

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Lions’ Bledsoe cuts list to 10; KU makes cut

Lawrence High senior football standout Amani Bledsoe cut his list of potential college choices on Sunday.

Sunday, August 2

KU likely to add walk-on from KCKCC

Clay Young, a 6-foot-5 former Kansas City Kansas Community College and Lansing High forward, likely will be officially added to Kansas University’s basketball roster as a non-scholarship player this week, KU coach Bill Self told the Journal-World on Sunday.By Gary Bedore

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Bill Self put to test by young Olathe campers

Bill Self faced a firing squad in the form of 200 or so basketball campers who grilled Kansas University’s coach with an assortment of personal questions Sunday morning at Olathe South High. By Gary Bedore

Saturday, August 1

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Kansas freshmen drawing praise

Sports Illustrated has great expectations for two of Kansas University’s incoming freshmen basketball players.

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Beaty likes KU’s options at running back

When David Beaty arrived at Kansas University as its new football coach in December, it looked as if finding a starting running back would be the least of his problems.