Stories for November 2015


Monday, November 30

Former Jayhawk Robben dies

Roger Robben, a former Kansas University fullback who played for football coach Glen Mason from 1989-91, passed away unexpectedly Monday morning after returning home from a run.

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KU’s Bechard named top Big 12 coach

Kansas University’s volleyball team topped off the best season in program history with six postseason Big 12 honors, including head coach Ray Bechard being named coach of the year and sophomore Ainise Havili being selected as setter of the year.

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Tom Keegan: Addition of Diallo makes this Self’s best

We never will know what shape last season would have taken for the Kansas University basketball team had Devonté Graham not missed six consecutive games from the middle of December through the first week of January with an injury. By Tom Keegan

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Power source: Self seeks energy off bench from Diallo

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self envisions an epic Allen Fieldhouse roar when Cheick Diallo enters tonight’s KU-Loyola game. It’s time for the long-awaited collegiate debut of the 6-foot-9 Mali freshman, who missed two exhibitions and the first five regular-season contests as he awaited clearance by the NCAA Eligibility Center. By Gary Bedore

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Wayne Selden Jr. shares Big 12 Player of Week honors

Wayne Selden Jr., co-MVP of the Maui Invitational, earned another co-honor Monday, with the announcement of the Big 12 Player of the Week.

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Grateful hosts: Jayhawks happy to be at Horejsi

Seated in front of a TV screen in the Naismith Room of Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas University’s volleyball players cheered wildly Sunday night when it was revealed on ESPNU that the Jayhawks would be hosting a first-round NCAA Tournament match against Furman at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in cozy Horejsi Center. By Gary Bedore

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One-win Greyhounds to visit KU

Loyola University Maryland will bring a 1-5 record to town for Tuesday’s 7 p.m. game against Kansas University. By Gary Bedore

Tom Keegan: ‘Dock’ proof Kansas volleyball for real

Sometimes college coaches really do tell the truth when recruiting athletes. Kansas University senior volleyball player Tiana “Dock” Dockery can attest to that. By Tom Keegan

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KU football sets futility standard

Jayhawks rare Power 5 school to go winless

Kansas University’s football team made the wrong kind of history Saturday with its 45-14 loss to Kansas State cementing the first winless season in Big 12 history. By Matt Tait

Sunday, November 29

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 29, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 29, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 28, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 28, 2015

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LOOK: The laundry won't do itself; student team managers keep KU players in clean uniforms

If you ask one of the student managers for the Kansas men’s basketball team, they might tell you the hustle element doesn’t just exist between the whistles. In fact, they’d probably tell you it is required in every nook and cranny of the program, and this includes the laundry room. By Nick Krug

Saturday, November 28

Kansas women stumble at SMU

Don’t be surprised if the Kansas University women’s basketball team was in a foul mood after losing to SMU, 73-64, in the final of the SMU Thanksgiving Classic.

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KU volleyball sweeps finale

Ashlyn Driskill’s five-kill, one-error performance on Kansas University volleyball Senior Day — which included her unleashing a cannon of a serve in a 3-0 sweep of Texas Tech — might have surprised a few fans Saturday in sold-out Horejsi Center. By Gary Bedore

Game balls and gassers: KU vs. K-State

Bobby Hartzog did a nice job of staying in bounds when making 26-yard touchdown catch.

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Wildcats' Kansas natives relish clobbering rivals

Saturday's 45-14 victory over Kansas University at Memorial Stadium marked the 20th win in 24 tries against the Jayhawks for Kansas State coach Bill Snyder. But even with all of those wins under his belt, beating his Sunflower State rival does not appear to be getting old for the 76-year-old Snyder. By Matt Tait

Notebook: Jayhawks take streak with them into 2016

Although the Kansas University football team’s loss was at home Saturday, the Jayhawks hoped to snap their long road losing skid during the 2015 season.

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David Beaty: KU seniors deserved proper sendoff

Led by first-year head coach David Beaty, the Kansas University football program made sure to send its seniors out on a high note off the field during Saturday's season finale, a 45-14 loss to rival Kansas State at Memorial Stadium.

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Ryan Willis finishes as top freshman passer in program history

With the conclusion of the Kansas football season, Chapter 1 of the Ryan Willis era is now complete, and the true freshman quarterback who played in 10 games and started the final eight finished his first season with the Jayhawks as the program's all-time leading freshman passer.

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Kansas punter Matthew Wyman takes blame for special teams blunders

A pair of punting problems played a huge role in Kansas University's 45-14 loss to Kansas State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, and Kansas punter Matthew Wyman took full blame for both of them. By Matt Tait

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Nothing to show for it: Season comes and goes without a KU victory

As has become customary in this one-sided rivalry, Kansas State jumped all over the Jayhawks early and barely even had to break a sweat en route to a 45-14, run-away victory in front of an announced crowd of 23,842, half of which was wearing purple. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: KU can't drastically improve overnight — nor in one offseason

Barring a phenom-filled recruiting class, a rarity in college football, where players at most positions must learn to crawl and then walk before soaring, it’s going to take time for the Kansas University football program to become competitive in games, much less the standings. By Tom Keegan

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Kansas falls to K-State, goes winless in 2015

Kansas University’s 2015 football season, the first under head coach David Beaty, finished Saturday at Memorial Stadium without a Jayhawks victory.

Friday, November 27

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 27, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 27, 2015

KU women’s basketball nudges Northern Illinois

Lauren Aldridge scored 17 points, and Kansas University’s women’s basketball team defeated Northern Illinois, 66-58, on Friday night in the SMU Thanksgiving Classic.

Tom Keegan: Wildcats present special problems

The early-in-his career play that portended greatness for former Kansas University linebacker Ben Heeney came against Kansas State at the end of the first half on Oct. 6, 2012. K-State couldn’t get a play off against KU, enabling the visitors to stay within a touchdown at halftime. The Wildcats went on to win 56-16, but the memory of Heeney’s play endures.

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KU's Selden makes the most of Maui

Wayne Selden, Jr. — who arrived in Hawaii eight days ago averaging a somewhat pedestrian 12.5 points per game off 38.1 percent shooting — left the islands as Maui Invitational co-MVP and Kansas University’s scoring leader through five games.

Beaty sees familiar look from KSU

When David Beaty sat down and began examining video of rival Kansas State in preparation for today’s Sunflower Showdown, the first-year Kansas University football coach thought the Wildcats epitomized a typical Bill Snyder-coached team.

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

A game-day breakdown of Saturday's West Virginia-Kansas University football game By Benton Smith

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KU football on verge of worst statistical season in 115-year history

Unless the Kansas University football team can score a major upset in Saturday’s 3 p.m. kickoff at Memorial Stadium against rival Kansas State, the Jayhawks will finish the season winless for the second time in history and the first since 1954. Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder was a sophomore at Lafayette High in St. Joseph, Mo., when KU went 0-10 in its first season under coach Chuck Mather. Neither first-year Kansas head coach David Beaty nor any of his assistant coaches had been born. Edward Ferdinand Arn was governor of Kansas, Dwight D. Eisenhower president of the United States. By Tom Keegan

Thursday, November 26

KU women’s hoops at a glance

Here's a look at Friday's Kansas-Northern Illinois women's basketball matchup.

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Jayhawks excited about Diallo’s debut

Perhaps the only thing that might have made the Maui Invitational title sweeter for Kansas University coach Bill Self would have been Cheick Diallo actually playing and contributing during victories over Chaminade (123-72), UCLA (92-73) and Vanderbilt (70-63).

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Seniors give KU football a foundation

During the middle of a long, challenging season, well before the Kansas University football team’s winless streak reached 11 games, the coaches needed to have a talk with their seniors.

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Tom Keegan: Snyder’s brilliance evident early

As college announcing tandems go, Gary Bender and Dick Vermeil were tough to beat. When Bender looks back on those days with ABC, his mind often drifts to a moment that with the benefit of history would reveal Vermeil as a prophet.

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Cheick Diallo 'can't wait' to play for Jayhawks

But freshman wanted to suit up for Maui title game

Wearing a black, button-up KU shirt, khaki shorts and enormous blue-and-white adidas shoes, Kansas University freshman Cheick Diallo sat at the podium in the media room at the Maui Invitational with a look of relief splashed across his face. By Matt Tait

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Far and away: Wayne Selden Jr. leads Jayhawks to Maui title

Junior guard matches career high vs. Vandy

Wayne Selden Jr., who has had plenty of success on the mainland, seems to take it to another level far from home. By Gary Bedore

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Can you dig it? KU volleyball wins

The second edition of the volleyball Sunflower Showdown between Kansas University and Kansas State teams mirrored the first, and that was perfectly fine with the Jayhawks. By Chris Duderstadt

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Matt Tait: Jayhawks embracing quality 3-point attempts

It makes little sense that, with its best shooter sitting at home back on the mainland, the Kansas University men's basketball team would roll through the field at the Maui Invitational with the three-pointer serving as the team's most dangerous weapon. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 25, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 25, 2015

Wednesday, November 25

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Jayhawks win Maui Invitational

No. 5 KU rallies in 2nd half to beat No. 19 Vandy

Kansas University coach Bill Self is finally a Maui Invitational champion. Self and the No. 5 Jayhawks brought home the coach's first Maui title in four tries — he previously was 0-for-2 at KU — with a 70-63 victory over No. 19 Vanderbilt on Wednesday night at Lahaina Civic Center. By Matt Tait

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Freshman Cheick Diallo will play first college game next week

Bill Self, attorney still not pleased by NCAA's process

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self received the long-awaited word on Cheick Diallo’s eligibility from his administration about 5:30 a.m., Hawaii time Wednesday — the day before Thanksgiving. By Gary Bedore

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Freed: Cheick Diallo finally cleared by NCAA

Freshman will make debut Dec. 1

Maybe all of those chants and instances of public posturing from head coach Bill Self finally worked. The NCAA announced Wednesday afternoon Kansas University freshman big man Cheick Diallo has been cleared to play for the Jayhawks, beginning on Dec. 1, at Allen Fieldhouse against Loyola (Maryland).

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Bruins stymied early in loss to Kansas

For the second night in a row, the Kansas University men's basketball team lit up the first-half scoreboard for more than 50 points during Tuesday's 92-73 victory over UCLA in the Maui Invitational semifinals.

KU swimmers ranked 32nd

Kansas University swimmers Chelsie Miller and Yulya Kuchkarova led a team-wide effort during the Big Challenge last weekend, helping the Jayhawks to a No. 32 ranking in’s top-50 released on Tuesday.

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Kansas safety Fish Smithson on mend

FBS tackling leader looks ‘pretty good’

Still sitting at a cool 100 total tackles for the season, and still leading Kansas University in that category after missing this past week’s West Virginia loss because of an ankle injury, junior safety Fish Smithson at least is starting to look more like himself at practices, according to coach David Beaty. By Benton Smith

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 24, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 24, 2015

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No offense, dad: Evan Manning prefers playing for KU

Kansas University senior walk-on guard Evan Manning could have joined his dad at Wake Forest last season with the blessing of Jayhawks coach Bill Self.

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Cheick Diallo still not free to play

At different junctures throughout Kansas University’s 92-73 win over UCLA Tuesday at the Maui Invitational, the throngs of KU fans in attendance chanted “Free Diallo.”

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Big, talented Vandy next for KU

After taking care of business in a 92-73 victory over UCLA in Tuesday’s semifinals, Kansas University plays Vanderbilt, a team that whipped Wake Forest, 86-64, next.

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More of the same: Offense carries Kansas back to Maui final

Kansas vs. UCLA in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational has turned out dandy for the Jayhawks the last two trips to paradise. By Gary Bedore

Tuesday, November 24

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Matt Tait: Devonté Graham defense keys KU victory

Tuesday night, during a 92-73 slaughter of UCLA in the Maui Invitational semifinals at Lahaina Civic Center, sophomore guard Devonté Graham showed with absolute certainty that all of that attention on the scoring end of the floor did not do any harm to his ability to defend. By Matt Tait

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KU keeps rolling in Maui semifinals

Picking up right where they left off in Monday's 123-point explosion against Div. II Chaminade, the Jayhawks raced out to a 59-point first half and slaughtered UCLA in the Maui Invitational semis, 92-73, at Lahaina Civic Center on Tuesday night.

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Kansas football unveils 2016 schedule

The Kansas University football team officially announced its 2016 schedule on Tuesday. The Jayhawks will play six games at Memorial Stadium and six on the road.

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'Voice of the Jayhawks' Bob Davis to retire following 2015-16 basketball season

Bob Davis will retire as football and men's basketball play by play announcer after the hoops season.

UCLA knocks off UNLV, will face Kansas in Maui semis

It's a battle of college basketball bluebloods in the bottom half of the Maui Invitational championship bracket, as UCLA, a 77-75 winner over UNLV in Monday's tournament finale, will face Kansas, a 123-72 winner over Chaminade, in a semifinal at 9 p.m. central time Tuesday night.

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Beaty: Showdown finale huge for Jayhawks

As Kansas University football coach David Beaty alluded to on more than one occasion Monday morning during his turn on the Big 12’s weekly media conference call, all the Jayhawks have left in front of them is a “one-game season.” By Benton Smith

KU women stumble at Arizona, 67-52

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team came up short in its first road test of the season.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 23, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 23, 2015

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Danny Manning's Demon Deacons knock off No. 13 Indiana

Former Kansas University basketball All-American Danny Manning claimed arguably his biggest win as a head coach on Monday at Lahaina Civic Center. By Gary Bedore

Monday, November 23

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Chaminade's strategy backfires against Kansas

It's not that Chaminade coach Eric Bovaird was in the gambling mood, more that he knew packing the paint and daring Kansas to shoot was his team's only shot. It didn't work.

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'Everything looks better' for KU in Hawaii

Still, Bill Self not pleased with Jayhawks' defense

Scoring inside, outside and from the free-throw line, Kansas University’s basketball team erupted for 123 points on Monday night in an 123-72 first-round Maui Invitational victory over Chaminade. That’s most points in a game by a KU team in the Bill Self era, sixth most in a contest in school history and most ever against an opponent on a neutral court. By Gary Bedore

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Matt Tait: Jayhawks display veteran response in Maui opener

After a long trip and all of the distractions that paradise has to offer, a sluggish and sloppy victory by Kansas to open the Maui Invitational might not have surprised anybody, especially when you consider that Chaminade has been known to get hot from three-point range and ride the triple to some serious point totals. On Monday, it was Kansas that put up the serious point total, storming to a 123-72 victory. By Matt Tait

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Bill Self: NCAA 'working on' Cheick Diallo eligibility case

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self offered up his daily Cheick Diallo update after Monday night's 123-72 victory over Chaminade in the Maui Invitational that KU athletic director was contacted by the NCAA on Monday and told that college basketball's governing body was, "working on it."

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Offensive explosion: KU puts up 123

It wasn't always pretty, but it definitely didn't need to be as the Kansas University men's basketball team overpowered the smaller host school, Chaminade, 123-72, in the opening round of the Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center.

Kansas to face UCLA in Maui Invitational semifinals at 9 tonight

Bruins lead all-time series with KU, 10-7; Jayhawks have dominated of late

KU will meet UCLA at 9 tonight in Maui.

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Manning relishes familiarity

There’s still something more than a little strange about seeing former Kansas University great Danny Manning decked out in colors other than crimson and blue. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Time right for Svi to shine

Andrew White III was part of the Kansas University Class of 2012 basketball recruiting class, and Conner Frankamp and Brannen Greene came on board the following year, ensuring that the Jayhawks had an embarrassment of riches in terms of ultra-soft, three-point-shooting touches from the wing. Except that nothing in life is guaranteed. By Tom Keegan

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Crossing Swords: KU, Chaminade to clash in opener

It’s a big deal — front-page news of USA Today, the lead story on “SportsCenter” — on the rare occasion NCAA Div. II Chaminade knocks off a Div. I squad at the Maui Invitational. By Gary Bedore

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Bill Self not letting up on NCAA over Cheick Diallo

Bill Self’s taking the NCAA and its Eligibility Center to task for its snail-like pace in the Cheick Diallo eligibility case has caught the attention of Self’s peers. By Gary Bedore

KU women's basketball-Arizona at a glance

A glance at Monday's Kansas-Arizona women's basketball game

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KU football regroups for KSU

As discouraged as Kansas University’s football players felt Saturday after a 49-0 home loss to West Virginia, the Jayhawks have plenty of incentives to do everything they can to move on, forget all the negatives and mistakes and prepare for their next game as if it were the most important one in the nation. By Benton Smith

Sunday, November 22

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 22, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 22, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 21, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 21, 2015

KU diver Jones fourth at Invite

Kansas University divers Graylyn Jones and Nadia Khechfe placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in three-meter diving at the Kansas Dive Invitational on Saturday at Robinson Natatorium.

KU swimmers big at Challenge

Kansas University swimmers took titles in four events in the Big Challenge on Saturday at Capitol Federal Natatorium.

KU’s Lokedi 10th at NCAAs

Kansas University freshman Sharon Lokedi took 10th place Saturday at the NCAA cross country championships, and the KU women placed 27th in the team standings.

KU volleyball sweeps West Virginia

Kansas University’s volleyball team recorded its 17th sweep of the season Saturday against West Virginia, 25-20, 25-16, 25-17.

Saturday, November 21

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KU fans stick with shirtless tradition

It’s not easy watching a winless football team. But a group of seniors do their best to make the most of it. During Kansas University’s 49-0 loss against West Virginia on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, a group of six students continued to cheer shirtless in the front row of the student section, with W-I-L-L-I-S painted across their chests. By Bobby Nightengale

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West Virginia gets revenge for '13 loss

Kansas University so seldom wins a Big 12 football game that when it does, the stink of defeat for the opponent on linger for years. By Tom Keegan

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Willis underwhelms against WVU

On a day that true freshman quarterback Ryan Willis completed just 35 percent of his 37 throws and had two picked off, Beaty noted under-throwing receivers proved to be one of the many issues plaguing KU’s offense against West Virginia. By Benton Smith

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Dineen sets career high, Neal grabs first interception

Coming into the West Virginia game, Lawrence native and Free State High product Joe Dineen had twice finished with 11 tackles, but he easily eclipsed that number on the second-to-last weekend of his sophomore season.

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KU coach Bill Self says Cheick Diallo should be deemed eligible by NCAA ... pronto

Two groups hired by KU indicate Mali native has met core coursework standards; ball remains in NCAA's court

Two groups hired by KU conclude that Cheick Diallo has met initial eligibility standards. The admission has been submitted to the NCAA.

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Smithson sits with ankle injury

No member of the Kansas University football team thought the addition of one man would’ve changed the outcome of a 49-0 home loss to West Virginia on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, but the Jayhawks surely missed injured junior safety Fish Smithson. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Rivalry game looming, plenty of drama left

Not all Big XII entertainment derives from the top half of the loaded football conference's standings. Sometimes it’s amazing what you can find rummaging around in the basement too. By Tom Keegan

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Shut down: Jayhawks routed by West Virginia

Whatever momentum the Kansas University football team generated a week earlier in a one-score road loss to TCU didn’t make the trip back to Lawrence with the winless Jayhawks, who suffered a 49-0 loss to West Virginia Saturday at Memorial Stadium, in front of an announced crowd of 21,415. By Benton Smith

Game balls and gassers: KU vs. WVU

Sophomore LB Joe Dineen, who did not let the scoreboard curb his enthusiasm, had 16 tackles, all of them by the solo variety.

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Jayhawks shut out against West Virginia, 49-0

Any momentum for Kansas football disappeared in the first quarter against West Virginia on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The Jayhawks turned the ball over twice and gave up 28 points in the first 15 minutes, leading the way for a 49-0 thumping, pushing their losing streak to 14 games dating back to last season.

Self plans to keep KU busy in Hawaii

It’s off to paradise for Kansas University’s basketball players and coaches, who Monday through Wednesday will be representing the school at the Maui Invitational for the third time under head coach Bill Self. By Gary Bedore

Kansas divers Khechfe, Jones finish 3rd, 4th

Kansas University’s tandem of Nadia Khechfe and Graylyn Jones placed third and fourth, respectively, in the one-meter competition Friday at the KU Dive Invite at Robinson Natatorium.

Miller wins 200 IM at Big Challenge

Kansas University swimmer Chelsie Miller hit a NCAA B-standard time to win the 200 IM Friday in the Big Challenge at the Capitol Federal Natatorium.

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Father explains Greene’s 6-game suspension due to playing-time dispute

Kansas University’s basketball team will be without junior guard Brannen Greene for the upcoming Maui Invitational. Greene’s dad, Jeffrey, on Friday night stressed the suspension had nothing to do with any troubles with the law. By Gary Bedore

Smithson gives KU’s defense big lift

Through 10 games, KU's Fish Smithson leads the FBS in both solo tackles (78) and solo tackles per game (7.8). His 100 total stops rank second in the Big 12 to Texas Tech linebacker Micah Awe’s 102, but Awe has recorded his total in one more game. By Matt Tait

KU football players keep positive attitude

Despite their upbeat attitude and never-say-quit demeanor, the members of the Kansas University football team are human. And, positive or not, realistic or otherwise, zero wins in 10 tries this season can take a toll on even the most optimistic man. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 20, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 20, 2015

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GAMEDAY BREAKDOWN: A look at Saturday's Kansas-West Virginia football game

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

Friday, November 20

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Brannen Greene suspended, won't travel to Maui

Reserve guard to miss 6 games 'for conduct detrimental to the team'

After opening his junior season with an explosive shooting performance, coming off the bench for Kansas University’s men’s basketball team, three-point specialist Brannen Greene is back in coach Bill Self’s dog house.

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In the flow: KU women pick up attack after halftime

After a 12-turnover first half had Kansas University women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider discouraged with his players’ offensive efforts, the Jayhawks found an effective remedy in the second half Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse. By Benton Smith

Kansas men’s golf team ranked in two Top 50 polls

Following five top-five finishes during the fall season, including two tournament victories and an individual title for senior Ben Welle, the Kansas men’s golf team made appearances in two national polls, ranking in the top-50 of each.

Shoot! Kansas guards couldn’t

The three guards who started for Kansas University in Tuesday’s 79-73 loss to Michigan State, hit a combined 9-of-36 shots. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 19, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 19, 2015.

Thursday, November 19

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Diallo to travel to Maui

KU freshman Cheick Diallo has received a waiver from the NCAA that allows him to travel to Maui for the Maui Invitational, sources close to the program told the Journal-World on Thursday night. By Gary Bedore

Balanced attack helps KU women hold off Memphis

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team shared the wealth, made sure to get the ball inside and held off the pesky Memphis Tigers for a 72-63 win Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 18, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 18, 2015

Wednesday, November 18

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Self sees progress but looks for more

The mood in the locker room the day after Kansas University’s 79-73 Champions Classic loss to Michigan State apparently was nothing like a year ago when the shell-shocked Jayhawks tried to make sense of a 32-point loss to Kentucky in the same event.

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Tom Keegan: Friday night football a huge event in Texas

The first indicator that the high school football program plays a more prominent role than in your average affluent town shows itself in the names of local businesses.

Kansas women's basketball vs. Memphis

Here's a look at the upcoming women's basketball game between Kansas University and Memphis.

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Bill Self, Tom Izzo go way back

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self has known Michigan State’s Tom Izzo a long time, since Self’s days coaching Illinois of the Big Ten.

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Thon Maker intrigued by KU

Thon Maker, a 7-foot senior center from Orangeville Prep in Mono, Ontario, who attended Friday’s KU-Northern Colorado game on an unofficial recruiting visit, has set his first official visit for Arizona State in late January, his guardian, Ed Smith, told

Notebook: KU band doesn't travel to Champions Classic

Kansas University’s band did not make the trip to Tuesday’s Champions Classic, where the Jayhawks lost 79-73 to Michigan State.

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Jayhawks can't stop Denzel Valentine, fall to Michigan State

Prior to Tuesday night, it had been 36 years since a player recorded a triple-double against Kansas University’s basketball team. Suffice it to say the Jayhawks and their fans — shocked beyond belief after Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine went for 29 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists in a 79-73 Spartans victory — are certainly hoping it’s another four decades before they see one again. By Gary Bedore

Perry Ellis makes Wooden preseason top 50

Kansas University senior Perry Ellis, who scored 21 points in a 79-73 loss to Michigan State at the Champions Classic, has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list for the second straight season, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Tuesday.

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Michigan State's Valentine joins good company with great night

Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine’s triple-double made up of 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in Tuesday night’s 79-73 victory over Kansas University evoked big names from the Spartan’s rich basketball tradition. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: KU fails to get Perry Ellis enough shots in first loss

In victory or in loss, whether Perry Ellis has a big scoring game or a quiet one, a high-volume shooting night or a low-volume one, I always seem to find myself thinking the same thing driving out of the parking lot: They should have fed the ball more often to Ellis. By Tom Keegan

KU volleyball players win Big 12 academic honors

Six Kansas University volleyball players are listed on the 2015 Academic All-Big 12 Team.

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Beaty: ‘Click’s starting to happen’ with Jayhawks

One day after nearly knocking off high-powered and 13th-ranked TCU, Kansas University’s football team hit the practice fields in Lawrence with newfound energy. By Matt Tait

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Free State runners sign with Kansas

For the past three seasons, Free State High’s cross country teams have consistently been among the best in the state. Two of the big reasons for the annual success were the performances from Free State senior Ethan Donley and Claire Sanner. The two seniors made a step toward the next level on Tuesday, signing their letters of intent to run cross country and track for Kansas University. By Bobby Nightengale

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 17, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 17, 2015.

Tuesday, November 17

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Spartans, Denzel Valentine beat KU at Champions Classic

After controlling most of the game on both ends, the Jayhawks fell victim to the versatile skill set of Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine on Tuesday night. 

KU’s Payne honored again

Kansas University sophomore right-side volleyball hitter Kelsie Payne earned her third consecutive Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week award Monday.

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Big stage: Jayhawks wary of Spartans, Valentine

Kansas University’s basketball team knows all about Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound senior combo guard from Lansing, Michigan, who is considered a strong candidate for All-Big Ten and national honors in 2015-16. By Gary Bedore

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West Virginia moves to rushing attack

Three years ago, during the final game of the 2012 season, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith and a lightning-fast group of receiving weapons lit up the Kansas University football team for 407 yards of offense on 23-of-24 passing in a 59-10 rout. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 16, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 16, 2015

Monday, November 16

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Diallo doesn’t make trip, Vick out due to eye injury

There was no change in the status of Cheick Diallo on Monday, Kansas University coach Bill Self told the Journal-World after the team’s arrival in Chicago.

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KU-KSU set for 3 p.m. kickoff Nov. 28

The Big 12 Conference announced Monday morning that Kansas football's season finale, Nov. 28 at home against Kansas State, would kickoff at 3 p.m. and be televised by FOX Sports 1.

KU football toughens up in red zone

All season, the knock on these Jayhawks has been that they’re too small, too slow, too weak and too inexperienced to compete. Most weeks during Kansas University’s 0-10 start to the 2015 season, that has proven true.

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Tom Keegan: Bledsoe to KU? Makes sense

The more I think about it, the more I believe that Kansas has a legitimate shot at landing Lawrence High senior defensive end Amani Bledsoe, the top local football recruit in decades. A variety of factors play into that belief. By Tom Keegan

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Traylor fired up for Windy City return

Jamari Traylor has traveled to some exotic locales in his five years at Kansas University — Bahamas, Switzerland and South Korea internationally — to go with a plethora of U.S. cities, such as Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. Of all the flights he has boarded, none may prove as meaningful as today’s charter to Chicago, site of Tuesday’s 9 p.m., Champions Classic battle against Michigan State in the United Center. By Gary Bedore

Sunday, November 15

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 15, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 15, 2015

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Kansas women win opener, 72-65

Lauren Aldridge scored 17 points, and Caelynn Manning-Allen and Timeka O’Neal contributed 12 each as Kansas University opened its women’s basketball season — and Brandon Schneider opened his KU coaching career — with a 72-65 victory over Texas Southern on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Chris Duderstadt

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 14, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 14, 2015

Saturday, November 14

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KU volleyball puts hurt on Frogs

Kansas University sophomore volleyball hitter Kelsie Payne on Saturday helped make sure there were no lingering effects from Wednesday’s five-set loss to powerful Texas. By Gary Bedore

KU women earn trip to NCAAs

For the first time in 21 years, the Kansas University women’s cross country team earned a spot at the NCAA Championships.

KU women’s hoops at a glance

Kansas kicks off the Brandon Schneider era with the start of 2015-16.

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Kansas ‘hot’ from 3 in season opener

Evan Manning’s three-pointer off a pass from fellow walk-on Tyler Self with 1:43 left concluded the scoring for Kansas University in its 109-72 rout of Northern Colorado on Friday in Allen Fieldhouse. The trey happened to be the Jayhawks’ 15th in 26 tries, just one off the school record of 16 hit against Baylor on Jan. 25, 2005. By Gary Bedore

Game balls and gassers: KU at TCU

S Fish Smithson intercepted a Bram Kohlhausen pass and returned it 20 yards, killing TCU’s series scoring threat on first possession of second half. Had 12 tackles.

TCU forced to use three quarterbacks in win over KU

Weakened by injuries all season, TCU finally lost its best player to one for three quarters of Saturday’s 23-17 victory over Kansas.

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Notebook: QB Ryan Willis plays through pain

He limped out to the bus with a grimace on his face and ice on his body. But there was never a thought about yanking him from Kansas University’s 23-17 loss at TCU on Saturday. That's just not the way KU's true freshman quarterback Ryan Willis was taught to play the game he loves.

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Fish Smithson has offensive flashback on interception return

On a day when the Kansas University defense played its most complete game of the season and nearly delivered a monster upset over TCU, one of the biggest plays of Saturday's 23-17 loss at Amon G. Carter Stadium nearly made KU coach David Beaty faint.

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Tom Keegan: KU football just might have a shot at first win

The gap between telling yourself you can do something and actually believing it can be wider apart than the hands a lying fisherman describing his latest catch. That’s why if Kansas University had taken its anticipated beating Saturday at the hands of TCU, the claim of KU junior linebacker Marcquis Roberts that KU could win its next two games would have been emptier than Allen Iverson’s bank account. By Tom Keegan

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Tantalizingly close: Jayhawks can't knock off TCU

In sports, as in life, you just never know when an opportunity for something unexpected is going to come your way. For the winless Kansas University football team, that day was Saturday, in front of 44,375 fans at Amon G. Carter Stadium, where the Jayhawks made 13th-ranked TCU sweat deep into the fourth quarter before falling, 23-17. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks fall just short in upset bid at TCU

With one of the nation’s elite quarterbacks, TCU senior Trevone Boykin, sidelined due to a first-half injury, Kansas University’s football team found itself competing with the No. 13 Horned Frogs on Saturday, at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

KU, Northern Colorado play foulfest

Kansas University and Northern Colorado combined for 59 fouls, the most in a KU game since KU and Nebraska were also called for 59 fouls on Feb. 4, 1989.

Recruit Thon Maker attends KU-Northern Colorado

Thon Maker, a 7-foot, 210-pound senior center from Orangeville Prep High in Mono, Ontario, attended Friday’s Kansas-Northern Colorado basketball game with other members of his high school team who are competing in an event in Wichita.

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Notebook: Diallo sits out opener

Cheick Diallo sat on Kansas University’s basketball bench, decked in a white warmup top and blue sweat pants rather than his official Jayhawk jersey and shorts Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Northern Colorado simply can't keep up with Kansas in 109-72 rout

As so often becomes the case when a mid-major men’s basketball team visits Allen Fieldhouse, Northern Colorado coach B.J. Hill left Kansas University’s campus Friday night somewhat regretful of what he had just put his players through. By Benton Smith

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

A game-day look at Saturday's Kansas-TCU football game By Matt Tait

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Benton Smith: Graham grand in first career start for KU

For Kansas University sophomore Devonte' Graham, Friday night's 109-72 win over Northern Colorado at Allen Fieldhouse turned into a lead guard’s dream, with teammates seemingly scoring at will. By Benton Smith

KU’s Rychagova falls at Indoor

Kansas University freshman Anastasiya Rychagova lost her consolation match Friday in the USTA)/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship.

Three golfers sign for KU women

Kansas University’s women’s golf team has added two commitments for the 2016-17 season and another for the 2016 spring season.

Ex-Kansas golfer Thompson heats it up

Lawrence resident and former Kansas University All-American golfer Chris Thompson blew away the competition this week in a four-day Q school tournament at TPC Craig Ranch.

KU’s Lokedi advances to NCAA meet

Throughout Sharon Lokedi’s freshman cross country season at Kansas University, unwavering trust in training from head coach Stanley Redwine and assistant Michael Whittlesey has propelled her to success in each race.

Friday, November 13

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Easy being Greene: KU junior goes off for 18 points to lead KU to 109-72 win over Northern Colorado

Just three days after being unable to play in KU’s second and final exhibition game because of discomfort in the hip, KU junior Brannen Greene lit up the Allen Fieldhouse scoreboard to the tune of 18 points to lead Kansas to a 109-72 victory over Northern Colorado in the 2015-16 season opener. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 13, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 13, 2015

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Kansas explodes for 109 points in season opener

One season-opening blowout does not mean much in the grand scheme of things, but Kansas University’s men’s basketball team put on quite the offensive display Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse, in a 109-72 drubbing of Northern Colorado.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 12, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 12, 2015.

Thursday, November 12

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Diallo attorney concerned over alleged NCAA tweet

Don Jackson, attorney who is working on KU freshman Cheick Diallo’s eligibility case, sent out an e-mail to media Thursday indicating the NCAA Eligibility Center was “incapable of objective analysis of African American and African student-athletes’ credentials for initial eligibility at NCAA member institutions.” By Gary Bedore

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Returning from injury, Kinner ready for TCU

After battling through nagging injuries for the past five or six weeks, Kansas University running back Ke’aun Kinner is finally back, and he’s ready for Saturday’s 11 a.m. showdown at TCU.

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Haase aids UAB finances

UAB coach Jerod Haase is using part of his new seven-figure contract to help cover the cost of attendance stipends for both the men’s and women’s basketball players.

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KU opens 2015-16 slate with Northern Colorado

There’s one topic currently off limits in Kansas University’s basketball locker room: It’s next week’s trip to Chicago for a Champions Classic matchup between No. 4-ranked KU and No. 13 Michigan State. By Gary Bedore

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Matt Tait: Your daily dose of Diallo

Another day in the ongoing saga of Cheick Diallo’s quest for eligibility came and went Thursday, and a news conference scheduled to preview tonight’s regular season opener at Allen Fieldhouse against Northern Colorado quickly turned into the latest dose of your daily Diallo update. By Matt Tait

Kansas softball signs five players

Kansas University softball coach Megan Smith and her staff signed five incoming freshmen on Thursday afternoon. The 2016 class includes a pitcher, a catcher and three infielders.

Kansas men's golf signs pair

Kansas University’s men’s golf team had signed a pair of high school players: Drew Shepherd of Hinsdale (Illinois) Central High School, and Andy Spencer, from Shawnee Mission East.

KU volleyball adds two signees

Kansas University volleyball announced the signings of two high school seniors on Thursday: Jada Burse of DeSoto, Texas, and Allie Nelson of Chicago.

KU’s Rychagova drops opener

Kansas University freshman Anastasiya Rychagova lost her opening match Thursday at the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Indoor.

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Lightfoot signs with Kansas

Lifelong Kansas University basketball fan Mitch Lightfoot is officially a member of the Jayhawk basketball program. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound senior from Gilbert (Arizona) Christian High, on Thursday signed his national letter-of-intent with KU. By Gary Bedore

Wednesday, November 11

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 11, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 11, 2015

Tom Keegan: Kansas volleyball setting loftier goals

Eighteenth-year Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard’s program has come so far so swiftly in the past handful of years that the Jayhawks took mighty Texas to five sets Wednesday night in electric Horejsi and instead of strutting at that achievement they kicked themselves for not winning it in four sets. And rightly so.

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Texas turns back Jayhawks in five sets

Losing to powerful Texas in a five-set thriller in a match for first place in the Big 12 Conference — before a loud sellout crowd Wednesday in Horejsi Center — made Kansas University’s volleyball players feel just like one would imagine they’d feel.

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Beaty believes freshmen are growing

One of the most difficult things for college football coaches to do year in and year out is to find ways to spend time with their families during the grind of the season that keeps their attention from sun up well past sundown.

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Attorney involved in Diallo case confident KU freshman will play this season

Don Jackson hasn't ruled out lawsuit to get Mali forward on the court in games

Attorney Don Jackson told 610 radio today he expects Cheick Diallo will play this season.

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Jayhawks wear down undersized Tigers

Fort Hays State men’s basketball players had trouble against Kansas University’s size and athleticism on Tuesday. At the Division-II level, there’s not too many ways to prepare for it. The Tigers shot 32 percent from the floor, including 27 percent from deep, in a 95-59 loss to the Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse in the final exhibition game for both schools. By Bobby Nightengale

NFL upholds Talib’s suspension

Cornerback Aqib Talib will sit out the Denver Broncos’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday after losing his appeal of a one-game suspension for poking a player in the eye.

Miami trades Mario Chalmers to Memphis

Mario Chalmers and Memphis are linked again. Best known in college for helping Kansas University beat Memphis in the 2008 NCAA championship game, Chalmers was traded by Miami to the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday in a four-player deal.

KU volleyball eager for another shot at UT

October 23 sticks out on Kansas University’s volleyball schedule like an overturned car in a botanical garden — a head-scratching abnormality. By Benton Smith

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Willis could start for Jayhawks at TCU

Bruised and battered but far from out, freshman quarterback Ryan Willis, injuries and all, is on pace to start Saturday at TCU.

Tuesday, November 10

Notebook: Self goes tie-less; Greene aggravates hip

Bill Self during Tuesday’s 95-59 exhibition victory against Fort Hays State did not wear a tie with his suit jacket. The Kansas University men’s basketball coach said that’s a first in his coaching career. By Gary Bedore

Men's basketball players big KU volleyball fans

As usual, several Kansas University basketball players figure to be in the Horejsi Center stands tonight when the Jayhawk volleyball team meets Texas in a 6:30 p.m., match. The winner moves into sole possession of first place in the Big 12. By Gary Bedore

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Bill Self: Lawyers fighting hard for Cheick Diallo's eligibility

Kansas University freshman basketball forward Cheick Diallo’s legal guardian, Tidiane Drame, has hired Alabama-based attorney Don Jackson to assist him as Diallo attempts to gain eligibility, Jackson told the Journal-World on Tuesday. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: KU's 'old guys' finally get it

Fort Hays State forward Dom Samac efficiently explained Tuesday night what made Kansas University such a difficult opponent. “They’re long, they’re athletic, and they’ve got a lotta old guys,” Samac said. By Tom Keegan

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Fire away: Svi Mykhailiuk drains 5 from deep in Jayhawks' rout

Nobody discouraged Kansas University sophomore Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk from firing shots from beyond the arc after his 0-for-3 effort in last week’s exhibition opener against Pittsburg State. By Gary Bedore

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KU finishes preseason with high-scoring victory

While all the talk around Kansas University basketball the past few days has focused on the waiting game surrounding Cheick Diallo’s eligibility, the Jayhawks looked locked in Tuesday night in a 95-59 victory over Fort Hays State.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 10, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 10, 2015

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Hoppin’ mad: Jayhawks preparing for angry TCU

For the second time this season, Kansas University’s football team is facing the reality of playing a ticked off opponent. By Matt Tait

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KU hitter becoming a Payne to opponents

A 6-foot-3 freshman who started 15 times in her first season with Kansas University’s volleyball program, Kelsie Payne didn’t exactly go unnoticed in 2014. But as a sophomore, the Austin, Texas, native has gone from reliable role player to a hitter the rest of the Big 12 can’t help but fear. By Benton Smith

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 9, 2015

How former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Nov. 9, 2015

Wagner leads KU bowlers

Kansas University’s Rob Wagner placed second overall and earned a spot on the all-tournament team at the Jayhawk Collegiate Challenge bowling tournament over the weekend at Royal Crest Lanes.

Monday, November 9

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Lucas says his ankle is OK

Landen Lucas said he has recovered from the ankle sprain that limited his playing time to eight minutes in the opener against Pittsburg State. By Gary Bedore

Tonight's matchup: Fort Hays State vs. Kansas

Tipoff: 7 tonight Allen Fieldhouse. TV: Time-Warner Cable Sports Channel (WOW! channels 37, 226).

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Cheick Diallo's legal guardian hires attorney as Diallo continues battle to become eligible

Alabama-based Don Jackson explains case

The legal guardian of Cheick Diallo has hired an attorney to help in his case versus the NCAA.

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KU senior Perry Ellis might be used more at the 3 (that's small forward) this season

Perry Ellis may play small forward a lot this season. By Gary Bedore

Sunday, November 8

Kansas tennis 0-3 at Tech

Kansas University tennis players dropped all three of their singles matches at the Texas Tech Invitational on Sunday.

KU men’s golf sixth in Hawaii

Kansas University’s Ben Welle placed 11th, and the KU men’s golf team finished sixth at the Ka’Anapali Collegiate Classic, which concluded Sunday at the Ka’anapali Golf Course.

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What, Self worry? Not about 3s

Bill Self wasn’t alarmed at Kansas University’s 4-of-19 three-point shooting in Wednesday’s basketball exhibition opener against Pittsburg State. By Gary Bedore

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Reesing on hand for loss to ’Horns

Former Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing made a career out of scrambling around the field, avoiding big hits and making big plays. Saturday night, at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, Reesing watched another KU quarterback attempt to do the same thing. By Matt Tait

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‘Cruel’ end: Red Raiders end Kansas’ soccer run, 1-0

Kansas University’s soccer team’s deepest run in the Big 12 tournament in school history ended with a 1-0 loss to Texas Tech in the conference championship game Sunday at Swope Soccer Village. By Chris Duderstadt

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 8, 2015

How former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Nov. 8, 2015

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KU football adds D-Lineman to 2016 recruiting class

Kansas University football coach David Beaty has talked all season about the difficulty associated with upgrading the defensive line, a position where the Jayhawks are thin and inexperienced. Sunday, Beaty and company took a step in changing that when they received an oral commitment from DeeIsaac Davis, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle from Highland Community College.

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Brandon Schneider's Jayhawks defeat his former program, ESU

With a hot start to the third quarter Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team avoided entering the regular season on a disappointing note, while simultaneously making sure first-year head coach Brandon Schneider didn’t suffer an exhibition loss to the program he led from 1998 to 2010.

Charlie Strong: UT 'had to dominate' Kansas

Reeling from last week's 24-point, shutout loss at Iowa State, the Texas Longhorns knew they needed something to spark them and win back the faith of the burnt-orange posse that packed Darrell K Royal-Texas Stadium for Saturday's game against Kansas.

KU tennis goes 7-0 in Lubbock

Kansas University’s tennis team posted a 7-0 record Saturday at the Texas Tech Invitational — winning five singles and two doubles matches.

Kansas rowers win in Oklahoma

Kansas University’s rowing program ended its fall season on a high note Saturday at the Tulsa Fall Invitational. The Jayhawks swept the day’s events, placing first in both the Women’s Varsity 8 and Women’s Novice 4.

Kansas golfers move to seventh

Senior Ben Welle led Kansas University men’s golf team’s charge up the leaderboard Saturday at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic, collecting six birdies on the way to shooting a second-round score of 69.

Notebook: Turnovers plague Kansas in latest road loss

All season, Kansas University football coach David Beaty has talked about controlling the things his team could control and being competitive by playing smart, mistake-free football.

KU volleyball upends Sooners

Kelsie Payne provided the offensive punch, and Cassie Wait was the defensive backbone for No. 10 Kansas during a 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-21, 25-19) road volleyball victory over Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon, which swept the regular-season series against the Sooners for the first time since 2012.

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Kansas RB Ke'aun Kinner feeling healthy again

During Kansas University’s 59-20 loss at Texas Saturday night, junior running back Ke’aun Kinner showed the burst that has eluded him since he rushed for 100 yards in back-to-back games to open the season.

KU women’s hoops at a glance

It wasn’t that long ago that new Kansas University women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider held the same position at Emporia State. The Hornets’ head coach from 1998-2010, Schneider led ESU to a 306-72 record and the 2010 NCAA Division II national title.

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Devonté Graham finds ways to contribute

Devonté Graham had problems putting the ball in the basket in Kansas University’s exhibition opener against Pittsburg State on Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Kansas fired up for final

Two underdogs will meet at 3 p.m. today in the Big 12 soccer tournament championship game, as No. 6-seeded Kansas University takes on No. 5 seed Texas Tech at Swope Soccer Village. By Chris Duderstadt

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Keaton Perry replaces Ryan Willis late

When David Beaty finally pulled the plug on injury-plagued quarterback Ryan Willis in the fourth quarter of the Kansas University football team’s 59-20 loss at Texas, KU’s head coach turned to third-string QB Keaton Perry and not immediate back-up T.J. Millweard.

Game balls and gassers: KU at Texas

Wide receiver Shakiem Barbel alertly fell on a fumble for a TD after it was poked out of De’Andre Mann’s hand just shy of the goal line.

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Suspensions deplete KU receiving corps at UT

Kansas University’s football passing game was without two of its top receiving targets Saturday against Texas.

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Tom Keegan: Longhorns suddenly pass-happy vs. Jayhawks

The masses frustrated with the sluggish state of Texas Longhorns football wondered what it was going to take to shake the Longhorns’ vertical passing game from a deep, season-long slumber. The one-word answer was right at their fingertips on the schedule they held in their hands: Kansas. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 7, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 7, 2015.

Saturday, November 7

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Disorder restored: KU fails to keep pace at Texas

If the Kansas University football team had played the entire game the way it played the second quarter, the Jayhawks might have left Darrell K Royal-Texas Stadium on Saturday night with their first victory over the Longhorns since 1938. Instead, Texas dominated late and a couple of huge plays by the UT offense and horrific mistakes by Kansas allowed order to be maintained in the KU-UT football series. Texas 59, Kansas 20. By Matt Tait

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Longhorns blow out Jayhawks in second half

After a rare competitive first half on the road Saturday night for the downtrodden Kansas football program, the Jayhawks snapped back to their familiar reality in the second half of a 59-20 loss to Texas, at Darrell K. Royal Stadium.

Kansas tennis wins 6 at Tech

Kansas University’s women’s tennis team claimed six victories Friday at the Texas Tech Invitational.

KU swimming outduels Huskers

Kansas University won the first six events and cruised to a 180.5-119.5 college swimming victory over Nebraska on Friday at Robinson Natatorium.

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

A game-day breakdown of Saturday's Kansas-Texas football game By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 6, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 6, 2015

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Kansas soccer reaches Big 12 finals

Friday was an all-around milestone day for Kansas University’s soccer program, as the Jayhawks advanced to the Big 12 tournament championship game for the first time in school history with a 2-0 victory over Baylor at Swope Soccer Village.

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Blue-chip prep Giles headed to Duke

Harry Giles, with his mom seated to his right and his Oak Hill Academy coach to his left, grabbed a Duke hat that was hidden under a chair and placed it on his head, revealing his college choice Friday morning on ESPN.

KU gets a chance to impress in Texas

With 44 native Texans on the 114-man Kansas University football roster, returning to the Lone Star State to play anybody is a big deal.

Friday, November 6

Blue-chip forward Harry Giles commits to Duke

Elite power forward Harry Giles will play basketball at Duke next season.

Thursday, November 5

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 5, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 5, 2015.

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Mickelson provides highlights in exhibition

Two of the top individual plays in Kansas University’s 89-66 victory over Pittsburg State on Wednesday came courtesy of athletic 6-foot-10, 245-pound senior big man Hunter Mickelson.

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Texas football in unfamiliar territory

It’s a tough time for Texas football, which enters Saturday’s 7 p.m. home game against winless Kansas at 3-5 overall, 2-3 in Big 12 play and with a very un-Texas-like 39-33 record since the 2010 season that followed UT’s loss in the 2009 BCS national championship game.

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KU soccer upends UT, 2-1, in Big 12 quarterfinals

A matchup against All-Big 12 first-team goalie Abby Smith did not faze Kansas University’s soccer team. By Chris Duderstadt

Three KU teams post GSRs of 100

Kansas University men’s basketball, men’s golf and women’s golf posted a 100 percent graduation success rate (GSR) in results released by the NCAA on Wednesday.

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Beaty open to quarterback combo

Whether it’s because of injury or a desire to add a wrinkle to their offense, six Big 12 Conference programs have used at least two quarterbacks as a part of their attack during the 2015 season.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 4, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 4, 2015

Wednesday, November 4

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Cheick Diallo case remains ongoing

Bill Self spent his Wednesday morning and afternoon working as an administrator, not as a basketball coach. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Lifelong KU fan watching her 81st season

Margaret Shirk has been attending Kansas basketball games for 81 seasons. And she doesn't plan to stop any time soon. By Tom Keegan

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No more nerves: Freshman Carlton Bragg shines in debut

Carlton Bragg tossed and turned in bed on Tuesday night, hours before his exhibition debut with Kansas University basketball team. By Gary Bedore

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Leaner, improved Perry Ellis too much for Gorillas

Just a few minutes after watching Kansas University senior Perry Ellis explode for 22 points and 12 rebounds during Wednesday's 89-66 KU victory at Allen Fieldhouse, Pitt State basketball coach Kevin Muff was asked what he thought of Ellis. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks' depth carries KU in exhibition debut

The Kansas University men's basketball team unofficially kicked off the 2015-16 season with a hard-fought 89-66 home exhibition victory over visiting Pittsburg State.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 3, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 3, 2015.

Tuesday, November 3

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Inspiration: Beaty points to Royals’ rise, KU’s future

First-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty has proven to be quick to jump on an opportunity to congratulate another coach in athletics, be it a colleague, someone at a different school or even in a different league or sport. By Matt Tait

Bishop is Big 12 swimmer of week

Kansas freshman Haley Bishop has been named’s Big 12 Swimmer of the Week.

KU soccer earns academic honors

Five Jayhawks were named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team for the second-consecutive year to highlight a list of eight Kansas soccer players who were recognized on the conference’s academic list when it was released Tuesday.

KU’s Rychagova headed to NYC

Kansas women’s tennis freshman Anastasiya Rychagova has been selected to participate in the 2015 United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. The tournament will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, Nov. 15-17.

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Jayhawks glad of outside competition

Kansas University’s basketball players may be as fired up tonight playing NCAA Div. II Pittsburg State as they would be if the foe was Pitt of the powerful ACC. That’s because the Jayhawks, who have been practicing since Oct. 2, are desperate for a game — any game — exhibition or otherwise. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 2, 2015

How former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Nov. 2, 2015

Monday, November 2

KU’s Payne top offensive player

Kansas University sophomore right-side hitter Kelsie Payne was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after career performances that helped lift No. 10 Kansas to becoming the fastest team in program history to reach 20 wins.

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Coaches enthused by play of DE Armstrong

Silver linings come in all shapes and sizes. But in the case of the Kansas University football team, which was bullied by Oklahoma, 62-7, Saturday at Memorial Stadium, the latest silver lining stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 225 pounds.

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Self says three-guard lineup likely to start

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who has tinkered with all sorts of combinations since the start of practice on Oct. 2, said the three-guard lineup of Frank Mason III, Devonté Graham and Wayne Selden Jr. will likely start Wednesday’s 7 p.m. home exhibition game against Pittsburg State. By Gary Bedore

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Royals fans tear down goal post at KU's Memorial Stadium

KU official: Slogan was 'Take the Crown' not 'Take the Goal Post'

Several individuals broke the lock on the south gate to Memorial Stadium after the Royals' World Series victory Sunday night, took down a football goal post and tossed it into Potter Lake. KU police say more than $10,000 in damage was done.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 1, 2015

How former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Nov. 1

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KU-PSU exhibition will be Wednesday after all

Kansas University’s exhibition basketball opener against Pittsburg State will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, as originally planned, in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

Tom Keegan: KU women's team puts out positive vibe

Where had all the long faces gone? The yawns? What happened to the zombies yearning to watch something more interesting, like maybe C-SPAN? No need to send out a search party for joy. It was written all over the players. By Tom Keegan

Sunday, November 1

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KU women roll under new coach in exhibition opener

The first peek at Kansas University women’s basketball under the guidance of new head coach Brandon Schneider turned out well for the Jayhawks, who easily beat Pittsburg State, 80-54, Sunday afternoon in an exhibition at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas women swim past TCU

Kansas University’s swimming and diving team won 12 of 14 events to defeat TCU, 178-119, Saturday.

Three KU runners earn All-Big 12

Top-15 finishes from seniors Jacob Morgan and Evan Landes as well as freshman Sharon Lokedi highlighted the Kansas University cross country teams’ performance at the Big 12 Championships.

KU women’s hoops at a glance

Today marks the first time new Kansas coach Brandon Schneider will lead the Jayhawks onto the court at Allen Fieldhouse — even if it is just an exhibition.

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Self hosts coaches at annual clinic

Sean Pearson, who played small forward at Kansas University from 1993 to ’96, returned to campus Friday and Saturday to watch a pair of practices and listen to a plethora of speakers at Bill Self’s coaches clinic. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Oct. 31, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Oct. 31, 2015

KU volleyball back at it, sweeps Bears

Kansas University's volleyball team swept Baylor, 3-0, on Saturday at sold-out Horejsi Center. By Gary Bedore