In his 20-plus years as a football coach, David Beaty has seen enough successful offenses to realize the importance of a go-to wide receiver. By Benton Smith
I thought it would be fun to rank 11 suitors and one blind résumé from a Big 12 school, 1 through 12, in four weighted categories and see what the numbers say. This is not meant to reach a definitive conclusion, rather to serve as a starting point for discussion on the relative merits of the many suitors. By Tom Keegan
Five tweaks allowed Bill Self to take the torch from Roy Williams and continue Kansas basketball's winning ways. By Matt Tait
When Kansas football recruits have questions about the program and the city of Lawrence, Free State High senior linebacker Jay Dineen is more than happy to answer any questions. By Bobby Nightengale
Perry Ellis has received his first taste of professional basketball. His experience in the Las Vegas summer league was not quite as sweet as the pastries in the 23rd Street Hy-Vee Bakery, where he signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans Saturday afternoon. By Gary Bedore
Senior safety Fish Smithson, set to enter his third season as a key contributor for the Kansas defense, will be the first to tell you that covering world-class athletes in the Big 12 Conference can be a nightmare.
Kansas University basketball players Carlton Bragg Jr., Devonté Graham and Frank Mason III are working as college counselors at this weekend’s adidas Nations camp in Los Angeles.
Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland missed the cut Friday at the PGA Championship.
Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s hiring of former KU baseball standout Matt Baty to lead the Williams Education Fund’s efforts into the future indirectly represents one of the strongest public commitments to upgrading Memorial Stadium. By Matt Tait
Jacqui Mostrom, a 5-foot-3, defensive specialist from Springfield (Mo.) Glendale High, has joined Kansas University’s volleyball team, KU coach Ray Bechard announced Thursday.
Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland had a rough first round Thursday at the PGA Championship.
Troy Brown, a 6-foot-6 senior combo guard from Centennial High in Las Vegas who is ranked No. 10 in the recruiting Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, on Thursday cut his list of prospective colleges to eight. By Gary Bedore
A school doesn’t win 12 consecutive Big 12 basketball titles without at least a little variance in relative strengths and weaknesses. Take the case of Kansas and rebounding. By Tom Keegan
According to a Thursday morning press release, former Jayhawk baseball standout Matt Baty has been named Associate Athletics Director, Williams Education Fund, Marketing & Sales. Baty replaces Banks Floodman, a former KU football linebacker, who led the department for the past three years.
Trae Young, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound senior guard from Norman (Okla.) North High who is ranked No. 14 in the recruiting Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, listed Kansas University among his six finalists Wednesday night on Twitter. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University senior basketball guard Tyler Self and recent KU graduates Perry Ellis and Evan Manning have been named to the 2015-16 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court, the NABC announced Tuesday.
Big 12 expansion talk runs hot so it’s time for us all to board the plane to Fantasy Island, time for Herve Villechaize to come back from the dead to greet us, time for us to talk about what to wear for the wedding between the Big Ten and Kansas.
Kansas University’s matchup with Alabama on Dec. 4 is one of 10 games in the 2016 SEC/Big 12 Women’s Basketball Challenge, which features every Big 12 program for the first time.
Local professional golfer Chris Thompson will compete in the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC in Hayward, Calif., this week, making it five of the past six Web.com tournaments for which he has qualified.
Kansas University junior guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored 21 points off 7-of-14 shooting in Ukraine’s 105-103 loss to Czech Republic in the final consolation game of the FIBA Under 20 world championships on Sunday in Finland. By Gary Bedore
Microwaving is not an option when turning high school offensive linemen into Big 12-ready blockers. It’s purely a slow-cook. Shortcuts don’t exist. Kansas center Joe Gibson, entering his fourth season in the program, spent his first season as a red-shirt walk-on determined to get bigger, stronger and quicker. By Tom Keegan
If you want to be a Kansas basketball player, 82 is an important number to know. It’s how many games are in an NBA season. It’s also how many times more money KU coach Bill Self made than his 13 men’s basketball scholarship athletes last year. This may seem unbelievable, but it’s true: Self earned more than $3.9 million, while the 13 players on scholarship took home $47,372 combined. The unbelievable part is that the players were paid at all.
Sasha Kaun, one of only two Kansas University basketball players, along with Hall of Famer Clyde Lovellette, to win an NCAA title (2008), NBA title (2016) and medal in the Olympic Games (2012 bronze), has decided to retire from pro ball at the age of 31.
The next college football head coach or assistant who says the staff has downgraded recruiting will be the first and won’t be in office for long.
Kansas University junior guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored 12 points off 5-of-21 shooting in Ukraine’s 64-52 loss to Germany on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Under 20 FIBA European Championships in Finland.
The Kansas football program’s strong recruiting stretch took a small hit this week, when three-star Texas defensive back Akayleb Evans announced he was de-committing. By Matt Tait
When Kansas University’s football team opens camp during the first week of August, second-year head coach David Beaty will have one major expectation about the new-look Air Raid offense. By Matt Tait
Kansas University softball coach Megan Smith filled several of the vacancies left on her staff at the end of the 2016 season with the addition of Maggie Hull-Tietz and Jessica Hancock.
Kansas University junior guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk’s Ukrainian national team will meet Germany in the quarterfinals of the FIBA Under 20 world championships today in Finland. By Gary Bedore
Kansas men’s golfers Connor Peck and Chase Hanna have been named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
Kansas University women’s golfer Annika Cedo defeated Connor Beth Ball, 1 up, in the first round of match play Wednesday at the U.S. Girls Junior Championship at Ridgewood Country Club.
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will play eight of its 11 regular-season nonconference games at home next season.
Former Kansas University forward Cheick Diallo has reached an agreement on a three-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, ESPN.com reported Wednesday.
Fourth-year junior Montell Cozart has heard and seen just about everything during his days as a Kansas University football player. The loudest sounds have come from the doubters. By Matt Tait
Kansas University incoming freshman golfer Annika Cedo has qualified for match play at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at Ridgewood Country Club.
Kansas University’s men’s basketball exhibition game against Emporia State, initially set for Nov. 7, now will be played at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6 in Allen Fieldhouse, KU announced Tuesday.
In front of a room full of reporters who instantly caught David Beaty in his favorite little white lie Monday morning at the Omni Dallas Hotel, the second-year Kansas University football coach repeated a concept he first introduced to his players months ago. By Benton Smith
Interim Baylor football coach Jim Grobe admitted Tuesday at Big 12 Football Media Days the job ahead of him, with the program and university reeling this offseason in the aftermath of a sexual-assault scandal, will be daunting.
Monday afternoon at a ballroom in the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas, the Kansas University football program played the role of the bearded lady. By Matt Tait
Based on the inflated heights on some college basketball rosters, the players must have been measured when standing on high school press clippings. By Tom Keegan
The Big 12 is accepting resumes from expansion candidates.
Ogden Newspapers Inc. on Monday hired 61 staff members as part of its acquisition of The World Company’s media assets, including the Lawrence Journal-World.
Kansas University sophomore Nina Khmelnitckaia won the singles championship and KU’s Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum and Anastasia Rychagova won the doubles title at the ITA Summer Circuit on Monday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
Coaches and football players from Kansas University, TCU, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Oklahoma State arrived Monday at the Omni Dallas Hotel ready to take on all questions at Big 12 Football Media Days. But on some occasions the topic of conversation steered away from those programs and toward the disastrous past few months for Baylor. By Benton Smith
David Beaty was asked at Big 12 Media Days if he has found his job as football coach at Kansas to be as tough as he thought it would be, and naturally he polished his answer with positive paint. The Kansas job is considered a career-killer by many, and several factors do make it a risky challenge for a young coach to undertake. By Tom Keegan
David Beaty and his staff want to help create good young men who will go on to become good fathers and husbands well after their days as good football players are behind them. By Matt Tait
Tucker Vang has joined the KU men's basketball team as a walk-on.
Lufkin, an East Texas town of 35,000 hit hard by the job reductions in the oil industry, still brings spirited passion for its main attraction.
Some of the top athletes and coaches in the Big 12 Conference will invade the heart of Big 12 country today and Tuesday for the annual and unofficial start of the college football season known as Big 12 media days.
Kansas University junior guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored 12 points off 5-of-9 shooting and grabbed three rebounds in Ukraine’s 90-69 victory over Serbia in the second pool play game of the FIBA Under 20 European Championships on Sunday in Helsinki, Finland.
Lawrence resident and former Kansas University golfer Chris Thompson shot a 6-under-par 65 and finished in a tie for 13th place Sunday in the Lincoln Land Charity Championship, a Web.com Tour tournament.
It will be an all-Kansas University final in both women’s singles and doubles at the ITA Summer Circuit today at Jayhawk Tennis Center.
NBC has done a nice job through decades of Olympic coverage at shining a light on athletes overcoming odds, turning obstacles into opportunities, tears of agony into joyful sobs.
Kansas University junior guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored 14 points off 5-of-22 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds in Ukraine’s 70-68 loss to Slovenia in the first game of the FIBA Under 20 European Championships on Saturday in Helsinki, Finland.
Six Kansas University women’s tennis players advanced at the ITA Summer Circuit on Saturday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
Lawrence resident and former two-time All-American golfer for Kansas University, Chris Thompson shot a 3-under-par 68 to finish the third round of the Lincoln Land Charity Championship in a seven-way tie for 22nd place Saturday, eight strokes behind leader Wesley Bryan in the Web.com Tour event.
Lawrence resident and former Kansas University golfer Chris Thompson followed up his opening-round 68 with a 66 on Friday and sits in a tie for 14th place, five strokes off the lead of Jason Millard, in the Lincoln Land Charity Championship.
Action gets underway today at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) 2016 ITA Summer Circuit hosted by Kansas University.
The all-time assist leader in Kansas University and Big 12 basketball history on Monday begins a coaching career meant to help others develop their games. By Gary Bedore
Former Kansas University guard Wayne Selden Jr. has been invited to Memphis Grizzlies preseason camp, the Commercial-Appeal reports. Selden will be a non-roster player with no guaranteed contract.
Former Kansas University forward Sasha Kaun on Friday was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Philadelphia 76ers, ESPN reported. The move created room on the roster for Cleveland to sign center Chris Andersen in a separate deal.
Friday morning, Florida Gulf Coast University announced that Aaron Miles was leaving Kansas to become a full-time assistant on Joe Dooley’s coaching staff.
When the results of the 2016 preseason Big 12 football media poll were released on Thursday, it came as no surprise that Oklahoma was the overwhelming favorite to win the conference, securing 258 points and 24 of 26 first-place votes.
Andrew Wiggins, who spent just one year in college, figures to be a walking, talking advertisement for Kansas University’s basketball program for some time to come.
Lawrence resident and former Kansas University golfer Chris Thompson shot a 3-under-par 68 Thursday and is a 24-way tie for 40th place, four strokes off the lead shared by five golfers, in the Lincoln Land Charity Championship. The Web.com tournament is being played at Panther Creek Country Club.
Kansas University’s softball team added two players Thursday: transfer Sarah Miller and freshman Zara Voulgaris.
Even at a wide, muscular, massive 6-foot-8, former Kansas University weight thrower Mason Finley has a distinctly different look these days. He looks so much thinner, which makes sense because he has lost more than 80 pounds over the past three years. By Tom Keegan
Wednesday, the Big 12 Conference released this year’s preseason all-conference football selections as voted by the media. As you might have guessed, no Kansas University players were mentioned. By Matt Tait
Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore, who has been working diligently on his game this summer as he prepares to complete the final year of his first NBA contract (four years, $13,087,722), has developed a reputation as a guy who spreads his wealth around. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University senior football safety Fish Smithson was named to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list and the Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team on Wednesday.
Former Kansas University pitcher Frank Duncan threw one perfect inning in the International League All-Stars’ 4-2 victory over the PCL All-Stars in the Triple-A All-Star game on Wednesday.
Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 16 points off 5-of-13 shooting (two of eight threes) with six rebounds in Washington's 87-85 NBA summer-league win over Brooklyn on Tuesday in Las Vegas. For the summer, Oubre has hit five of 23 threes.
Former Goddard High football and basketball player Tucker Vang will be joining the KU basketball team as a walk-on.
The second-annual Brandon Schneider Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday at Alvamar Golf and Country Club in Lawrence. All proceeds from the tournament support Kansas University women’s basketball and the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Breast Center.
No need to send local golf pro Chris Thompson a birthday gift for turning 40 Monday. It couldn’t compare to the one he gave himself.
Former Kansas University sprinter Kyle Clemons is officially an Olympian after he was selected to the American 4x400-meter relay squad that will compete next month in Rio, Team USA announced Monday.
DeAndre Ayton, the No. 1-rated basketball player in the recruiting Class of 2017 according to Rivals.com who has a final list of Kansas University, Kentucky and Arizona, says he’ll definitely attend college one year. By Gary Bedore
Anyone not willing to acknowledge that the SEC ranks ahead of every other college football conference views it through green glasses colored so by envy. As for the best quarterback conference, the Big 12 rules in terms of talent, excitement and famous genes. Three of the 10 projected starting quarterbacks in the Big 12 are sons of former major-league baseball players who combined to play in 36 seasons. By Tom Keegan
The name Kendall Nyear Duckworth appeared on a booking report at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office over the weekend, but not because of any new criminal activity.
Former Kansas University forward Cheick Diallo has made a good first impression on his New Orleans Pelicans teammates. By Gary Bedore
The 2016-17 season doesn’t tip off for another four months, but college basketball prognostication is a year-round business. Last week, SI.com published its preseason power rankings, awarding the No. 2 spot in the nation to Kansas University. By Benton Smith
Kansas University product Cheick Diallo played a team-high 28 minutes and scored 11 points in his NBA Summer League debut on Friday, an 85-65 loss by his New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers.
I noticed recently that the Kansas University football coaching staff had extended a scholarship offer to Class of 2018 pro-style quarterback Cammon Cooper, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound Utah prospect who already is receiving interest from several big-time programs.
Kansas University senior Zainab Sanni has been named to Nigeria’s women’s 4x100-meter relay pool that will compete at the Rio Olympics next month.
Kansas’ Memorial Stadium may sit 811 miles from the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, city limits, but, to three-star defensive end Troy James, it felt closer than that. By Matt Tait
Mason Finley, an eight-time All-American while at Kansas from 2010-12, won the discus championship Friday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field.
Ex-Kansas guard Brannen Greene was scoreless in his first action for the Memphis Grizzlies’ summer league team.
Former Kansas forward Jamari Traylor’s run with Indiana’s summer league team came to a close Friday in Orlando. Traylor, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound backup big for the Pacers during the past week, played a personal-high 21 minutes in an 85-72 win over the Magic’s Blue squad.
Well traveled basketball coach Larry Brown led SMU to at least 25 wins in each of the past three seasons, but won’t be back for a fifth year with the Mustangs.
Kansas University product Andrea Geubelle, a three-time NCAA champion for KU from 2010-13, qualified for the Rio Olympics by placing third in the triple jump at the U.S. Trials on Thursday night at Hayward Field.
Former Kansas University guard Xavier Henry is a member of the Golden State Warriors’ summer-league team, the organization announced. Henry, a 6-foot-6, 220 pounder from Oklahoma City, finished last season with Golden State’s D-League team in Santa Cruz, Calif.
The Portland Trail Blazers waived former Kansas forward Cliff Alexander on Thursday to create salary cap space, according to a tweet from The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Alexander, who played one season at KU, only appeared in eight games for the Blazers last season, scoring 10 points in 36 minutes.
The most famous smile on the Kansas University campus belongs to a student whose listed and seemingly outdated height is 6-foot-9, but he’s well over 7-feet when going from one class to another atop his preferred mode of transportation, a hoverboard. By Tom Keegan
Former Kansas University basketball forward Hunter Mickelson is a member of the Portland Trail Blazers’ NBA summer league team, the squad has announced.
With college football season getting closer by the day, some of the award watch lists have started to trickle out. Kansas football tight end Ben Johnson became the first Jayhawk to earn preseason recognition Wednesday, when the John Mackey Award’s selection committee placed Johnson on its watch list.
Kansas University sophomore-to-be Ariadna Fonseca Diaz was named a Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar Tuesday by the organization.
Bill Self ranks “hard to guard” as one of the most important qualities in a basketball player when he wears the general manager’s hat and determines which players to offer scholarships. By Tom Keegan
Before the summer is over, one of the busiest and most sought-after basketball players in the Class of 2017 plans to cut his list of potential schools to 10. By Benton Smith
On a day when the 2017 NBA title was pared down to a race between two teams — Golden State and Cleveland — the constant radar tracking whether Kansas basketball coach Bill Self one day could jump to the NBA himself may have been trimmed to one team.
Former Kansas University athlete Andrea Geubelle was fifth in the women’s triple jump preliminaries Monday at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.
It came as no surprise when Kansas University strength-and-conditioning coach Je’Ney Jackson named sophomore wide receiver Jeremiah Booker as the fourth Workout Warrior of the Week, following defensive tackle Daniel Wise, defensive end Josh Ehambe and LaQuvionte Gonzalez. By Tom Keegan
Greg Chalmers won the Barracuda Championship on Sunday at Montreux for his first PGA Tour title, eagling the final hole for a six-point victory in the modified Stableford scoring event. Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland, the 2013 winner, was second.
Greg Chalmers birdied five of the final six holes Saturday to increase his lead to six points in the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour’s lone modified Stableford scoring event.
Malik Newman commits to Kansas University out of high school, and the internet breaks, the Mass Street bars sell out of legal beverages, and every baby boy born in Lawrence for the next six months is named Malik.
One Kansas University track and field athlete has earned a trip to the Rio Olympics, while others still have a chance.
Kansas University basketball assistant Jerrance Howard, who had spent two years recruiting Mississippi high school phenom Malik Newman, remembers the disappointment felt on April 24, 2015 — the day Rivals.com’s No. 8-rated player announced for Mississippi State over KU and Kentucky.
During his first four months on the job, Kansas University running-backs coach Tony Hull’s deep connection to his hometown of New Orleans has paid off more quickly than expected for the rebuilding Jayhawks.
Former Mississippi State basketball guard Malik Newman, who admittedly was in a great mood Friday after announcing plans to transfer to Kansas University, laughed into his cell phone upon hearing a question he particularly embraced. “Did you ask if this was a great marriage? I like that. I think it’ll be a perfect marriage. Can I use that?” Newman asked a Journal-World reporter after making what he called at least a two-year commitment to KU. By Gary Bedore
Greg Chalmers birdied five of his last eight holes to take a two-point lead in the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour’s only modified Stableford scoring event.
Malik Newman says 'arrows' were pointing to KU not once, but twice.
Malik Newman, a 6-foot-3 combo guard from Mississippi State, has decided to transfer to Kansas, saying "I'm glad they wanted me again."