A few hours before the release of the men's conference schedule, the Big 12 Conference released the complete women's basketball schedule for the upcoming season.
Even if Saturday’s first football game of the season (against Southeast Missouri State) doesn’t pan out for the Jayhawks, KU fans may still have occasion to celebrate this weekend.
The Kansas men’s basketball team now has a clearer view of what the path to a 14th consecutive Big 12 title looks like. By Matt Tait
Now that he is retired from coaching, Mark Mangino can reveal the secret sauce that led to his football success at a basketball school.
As the head football coach at Kansas, David Beaty has his hands full with a myriad of responsibilities, so he doesn’t mind letting his players have a voice in at least one critical decision. The Jayhawks, not the coach, decide on team captains, via private votes. They elected Dorance Armstrong Jr., Daniel Wise, Joe Dineen, Jeremiah Booker and Denzell Evans. By Benton Smith
His visit came out of nowhere and the whole process of recruiting him only lasted about a month. But that was all of the time Class of 2018, five-star big man Silvio De Sousa needed to discover that Kansas was the right place for him. By Matt Tait
The faces of the Kansas football team’s defense, no doubt, are junior defensive linemen Dorance Armstrong Jr., and Daniel Wise. But the starting lineup when the Jayhawks take the field Saturday for their season-opener will have a distinct Lawrence vibe to it. By Benton Smith
When the Kansas football team published its first depth chart of the season this week no revelation on the 2-deep resonated quite like former Alabama wide receiver Daylon Charlot’s presence on the second string. What’s more, Charlot, a four-star recruit during his prep days in Patterson, La., was listed by his coaches as an either/or option, with sophomore Evan Fairs. By Benton Smith
In trying to prevent Southeast Missouri State from finding out the identity of the starting quarterback for Saturday’s season-opener, Kansas football coach David Beaty lapsed into double-speak on the Big 12 conference call. That left a significant portion of the fan base wondering if he knows what he’s doing at QB, wondering if the Jayhawks are headed for the same old story at the most important position on the field.
Kansas football head coach David Beaty and his staff made public Monday evening their first depth chart of the 2017 season, which included some expected “or” distinctions at the most contested positions on the roster. By Benton Smith
The woman accused of battery against former University of Kansas basketball player Carlton Bragg Jr. reportedly got a DUI, which appears likely to cost her her diversion in the case.
When David Beaty announced the signing of running back Octavius Matthews this past February, the Kansas football coach envisioned Matthews, a junior college standout, becoming a versatile weapon in KU’s Air Raid offense. The Jayhawks won’t get to see Matthews reach that on-field potential, though. By Benton Smith
Hurricane Harvey’s devastation throughout the greater Houston area hit home for a number of Kansas football players the past several days. KU head coach David Beaty said Monday the program is doing all it can to support Jayhawks who call the flooded metropolitan Texas area home, as well as their families. By Benton Smith
According to head coach David Beaty, the Kansas football team has a clear starting quarterback for Saturday’s season-opener versus Southeast Missouri State — for the time being. By Benton Smith
Senior Hannah Lukinac and sophomore Sophie Maierhofer scored goals, and senior goalkeeper Maddie Dobyns recorded a shutout to lead Kansas’ soccer team past Oregon State, 2-0, on Sunday in Corvallis, Ore.
Following a breakout sophomore year, Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. won’t be sneaking up on any opponents during the 2017 season. By Bobby Nightengale
Long off the Kansas radar, the Mitchell Robinson saga appears to be ending right where it began. According to a report from Chad Bishop of WBKO 13 in Kentucky, the 7-foot, McDonald’s All-American who, earlier this summer, asked for his release from Western Kentucky University after his godfather left the coaching staff, is planning to return to WKU for his freshman season. By Matt Tait
In late 2014, David Beaty agreed to become the head football coach at the University of Kansas, knowing the job in front of him came with various challenges. Heading into his third season in charge, the eternally optimistic Beaty feels better today than he could at any point during his first two years, when the Jayhawks went 2-22 overall.
As the University of Kansas begins to celebrate its 50th year of having women’s athletics, cross country coach Stanley Redwine began to ponder at KU fall sports media day about the special impact that junior Sharon Lokedi has already made in his program in just two years.
Senior Kelsie Payne had 23 kills, 15 digs and five blocks, and Kansas’ volleyball team defeated Missouri State, 25-23, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19, in the Wolfpack Invitational on Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.
When Hakeem Adeniji and Daniel Wise returned to their home state for Big 12 football media days last month, they had some special guests by their side. By Bobby Nightengale
The signature play from Kansas 24, Virginia Tech 21, in the Orange Bowl 10 football seasons ago came early, courtesy of the biggest star in a game loaded with future NFL players.
With the opening Saturday of the Kansas football season now less than a week away, either Peyton Bender or Carter Stanley will soon find out he will start at quarterback for the Jayhawks against Southeast Missouri State. By Benton Smith
Next week brings the start of a new football season at the University of Kansas, and with it ramped-up security measures meant to keep fans safe in the wake of on-campus concealed carry.
When Kansas football head coach David Beaty had to decide which players to bring with him to the team’s Friday night pep rally, he opted not to limit it to a handful of familiar faces as he had in the past. And that’s because the third-year coach thinks KU’s fan base has gotten to know a lot more of the Jayhawks wearing those crimson and blue helmets and uniforms since he took over the downtrodden program. By Benton Smith
The Kansas volleyball team won its season opener on Friday, defeating North Carolina State in four sets. By Scott Chasen
Kansas officials announced Friday afternoon the official date of Late Night in the Phog 2017. As had been expected by fans and recruits alike, the 33rd annual season tip-off event will take place Sept. 30 and will feature a variety of activities beginning at 10 a.m. and running through the on-court basketball fun slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. inside Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait
So how many players who compete in games for KU this coming season will play in at least one NBA game? Six.
The seniors on the Kansas volleyball team are proud of the banners that the Jayhawks have been able to hang over the past two years, but they're not content.
Sophomore libero Allie Nelson is hoping to fill the void left by the departure of program stalwart Cassie Wait. As it were, their paths are quite similar. By Scott Chasen
When offensive coordinator Doug Meacham has his Kansas receivers all in a room together and he wants them to understand how much effort their position requires, the coach can cite some handy footage of the men who run routes and catch passes for the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. At KU’s preseason practices this month, the program’s new Air Raid expert sees junior Jeremiah Booker meeting his standards as well as anyone. By Benton Smith
Although Kansas coach Bill Self revealed his choice several weeks ago, the pick became official on Thursday, when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the presenters for this year’s class. When the KU coach is inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sept. 8 in Springfield, Mass., Self will be presented by former Kansas coach Larry Brown.By Matt Tait
Although the Kansas football team is nearing the completion of its fourth week of preseason practices, the Jayhawks’ first-year offensive coordinator, Doug Meacham, didn’t want to start any specific game-planning for the season-opener versus Southeast Missouri State until this stage. By Benton Smith
The amount of annual donations it takes to secure prime seating at KU sporting events — especially including men's basketball — is likely to change for many University of Kansas fans. By Matt Tait
As was expected, Kansas sophomore Udoka Azubuike returned to Lawrence for the start of the fall semester a couple of days after the rest of his teammates earlier this week, a notable arrival for arguably the most important player on KU coach Bill Self’s roster this season. By Matt Tait
In less than two weeks, the Kansas football team will make it’s season debut. So it’s just a matter of time before the coaches will announce the Jayhawks’ starting quarterback, one would assume. By Benton Smith
Reports are starting to roll in that say 7-foot center Mitchell Robinson, who recently was given a release by Western Kentucky University, may be considering sitting out the 2017-18 season altogether. By Matt Tait
On a 1-to-10 scale that starts with easy and progresses to difficult, Kansas sophomore defense end Isaiah Bean ranks playing football with a mean spirit a 1 and putting weight on a 10. So many of us can attest to the challenges of taking off weight. Not Bean.
Kansas football coaches and players are aware of the dangers of their sport. Head injuries, including concussions, have become a popular topic. By Bobby Nightengale
The crutch phrase on which athletic departments lean, the infamous “violation of team rules,” for suspensions and dismissals serves the purpose of remaining so vague as to not reveal anything, sometimes in order to save the athletic department and/or dismissed individual embarrassment. By Tom Keegan
A University of Kansas football player has been kicked off the team after allegedly threatening someone with a gun and being arrested Sunday evening in Lawrence.
As spectacular as the Kansas Orange Bowl team's offense was, the defense coordinated by Bill Young was even better.
Kansas coach Bill Self confirmed to the Journal-World on Sunday night that all but one player on the 2017-18 roster had arrived back in town. Self said sophomore center Udoka Azubuike was expected to return to Lawrence sometime today or Tuesday morning. By Matt Tait
Cole Moos has several goals for 2017, but they aren’t the only thing the senior punter is hoping to tackle. By Scott Chasen
With temperatures all the way up into the mid-90s, KU soccer coach Mark Francis couldn’t complain about the post-match celebration, even if it caught him off guard. By Scott Chasen
When it comes to traditions, one of the most overlooked but one that's still plenty exciting at the University of Kansas is the annual Traditions Night at Memorial Stadium, when incoming freshmen are introduced to the ins and outs of the KU way, with coaches, chancellors and occasionally even celebrities welcoming the new students to KU. By Matt Tait
KU volleyball swept UMKC in its lone exhibition match, but things didn't quite go off without a hitch. By Scott Chasen
The visitor list — official or otherwise — for Kansas basketball's Late Night 2017 is starting to take shape. Here's a look at the prospects expected to visit Lawrence during KU's big weekend. By Matt Tait
Program supporters hoping Saturday morning to get a good look at the 2017 Kansas football team had to discern what they could out of a lot of drill work and third-string repetitions during an open practice at Memorial Stadium, as part of KU’s Fan Day. By Benton Smith
The Kansas women's soccer team came up with several chances against No. 22 Nebraska, but the Jayhawks were unable to capitalize in the regular season opener at Rock Chalk Park.By Scott Chasen
When they got on a bus and headed to Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Mazin Aql, Beau Lawrence, Cole Moos and Reese Randall had no idea what was in store for them. By Benton Smith
Former Kansas receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez didn’t take long to find a new college football home. By Benton Smith
Growing up in Houston, Dorance Armstrong spent much of his youth on the baseball diamond, which allowed him to feel right at home Friday night at Kauffman Stadium, where the Kansas defensive end threw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of the Royals’ “KU Night.” By Benton Smith
Listening to Kansas football head coach David Beaty and defensive coordinator Clint Bowen talk about what Mark Mangino's return to Memorial Stadium means to them and listening to Mangino talk about the role his gratitude for KU’s loyal football fans played in his decision to come back, a thought occurred: Could the season-opening game vs. Southeast Missouri State be the school’s first football sellout since Mangino was head coach?
Barring unforeseen injuries or issues, KU will at no point in the coming months have to consider the merits of redshirt freshman Tyriek Starks or true freshman walk-on Miles Fallin as a starting quarterback. Still, both are just one unavailable QB in front of them away from moving up the depth chart. By Benton Smith
After finishing second in the Big 12 regular season race in 2016 and as runners up in the Big 12 tournament the year before, the Kansas women's soccer team is looking to end on a different number in 2017. By Scott Chasen
When the weather forecast for Wednesday morning called for rain, the Kansas football staff decided to turn a negative into a positive and reward the Jayhawks with a new experience. By Benton Smith
When Grace Hagan arrived in Seattle for the U.S. Soccer U23 Women's National Team Camp, her greeting came in the form of a rather ominous message from B.J. Snow, head of U.S. Women's National Team talent identification. By Scott Chasen
Early Thursday morning, the name of Kansas forward Dedric Lawson appeared in a police report in his hometown of Memphis after a server at a local bar and grill alleged that Lawson skipped out on a tab worth $88.20. But by Thursday night, the general manager of the Bar Louie restaurant had given The Commercial Appeal in Memphis a statement that was sympathetic to the Kansas sophomore. By Matt Tait
Among all the words offensive coordinator Doug Meacham has used since accepting his position at Kansas to describe what type of weapon junior receiver Steven Sims Jr. can become in his Air Raid system, three stand tall above the rest. Makes. You. Miss. By Benton Smith
Asked on a radio appearance Wednesday about the recent suspension of transfer forward Dedric Lawson, who missed KU's trip to Italy earlier this month, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said the former Memphis standout was "very good about it" and understood why he was disciplined the way he was. By Matt Tait
A second-team All-American in 2007, James McClinton was a beast of a defensive tackle, so explosive, so quick, so strong, so consistently enthusiastic.
As recently as the spring semester, the Kansas football roster only featured two tight ends: senior Ben Johnson and redshirt freshman Ryan Renick. While it seemed an indicator of the need, or lack there of, for tight ends in the Jayhawks’ Air Raid offense, head coach David Beaty disclosed earlier this week his pleasure with the team’s ability to add a number of tight ends and H-backs. By Benton Smith
Kansas went 50-48 in eight seasons under Mark Mangino and is 14-70 in the eight seasons since. In his final two seasons, the average attendance at Memorial Stadium was 50,907 (2008) and 50,581 (2007). Attendence has dropped every season since and was 25,828 in 2016.
Nearly 10 years after the 2007 Kansas football team became the winningest in program history, members of the squad, who went on to lead the Jayhawks to an Orange Bowl championship, will see their names become permanent fixtures at the university. By Benton Smith
There are very few people who can steal the spotlight of an entire golf tournament without ever swinging a club. But that’s exactly what former Kansas star Mario Chalmers, the hero of the 2008 national title game, did on Monday afternoon at The Jayhawk Club, which hosted Chalmers’ ninth annual charity golf tournament benefitting the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation. By Matt Tait
While observing the ongoing quarterback competition between junior transfer Peyton Bender and redshirt sophomore Carter Stanley, Kansas offensive coordinator Doug Meacham has gone on record saying he doesn’t care if the Jayhawks wait until kickoff of the Sept. 2 opener to announce a starter. Meacham had no update on the timetable while speaking with media Monday, but said the lengthy battle has benefited both Bender and Stanley. By Benton Smith
The defensive playbook has been installed and athletes on coordinator Clint Bowen’s side of the ball have no problems getting lined up or identifying assignments. Still, following Kansas football’s 13th preseason practice Monday, Bowen explained what the defense has shown him has left him underwhelmed. By Benton Smith
Kansas State left tackle Scott Frantz, a Free State High graduate, earned a spot on the Associated Press all-bowl team by holding No. 1 overall draft pick Myles Garrett of Texas A&M without a sack. Right tackle Dalton Risner did a better job against Big 12 2017 preseason defensive player of the year Dorance Armstrong than anyone Kansas faced in 2016.
Set to enter his third year with the program, Kansas junior Lagerald Vick continues to make the kind of progress that has transformed him from deep reserve as a rookie to bona fide weapon in Year 3. By Matt Tait
“I decided it’s go-time. Time to dye this thing in, get ready to go,” Joe Dineen said of rocking a mustache for Kansas football's preseason camp. By Benton Smith
At one of the deepest and most talented position groups, defensive end Vaughn Taylor Jr. quickly impressed his Kansas football teammates and coaching staff. By Bobby Nightengale
In the team's lone exhibition game prior to the start of the 2017 season, the Kansas soccer team was shutout, 1-0, against Iowa on Saturday at Rock Chalk Park.
As he is wont to do, Kansas football head coach David Beaty used a portion of his interview time this week to highlight the names of players who grabbed his attention with their play over the course of the past several practices. By Benton Smith
After starring at Lansing High and moving on to Kansas City Kansas Community College, KU walk-on Clay Young's journey with the Jayhawks has taken him places he never would have imagined he'd go.By Matt Tait
Former Kansas guard Mario Chalmers returned to Lawrence late Friday night to kick off a weekend of fundraising events for The Mario V. Chalmers Foundation that will culminate with his annual golf tournament on Monday at The Jayhawk Club Golf Course. By Matt Tait
After 10 practices worth of playbook install, drills and meticulous buildup designed to keep players healthy throughout the preseason, the Kansas Jayhawks finally on Friday experienced their first thorough camp scrimmage. While third-year head coach David Beaty said KU previously went through two “mini-scrimmages” involving roughly 60 live plays apiece, he described the morning’s activity as the initial “big scrimmage” since the team opened camp July 31. By Benton Smith
After several practices and more repetitions and routes than anyone in his group could count, sophomore Daylon Charlot understood what each of his fellow Kansas receivers brought to the mix at preseason camp. The former Alabama wideout came away impressed with three Jayhawks in particular: juniors Steven Sims Jr. and Jeremiah Booker, and Quan Hampton, a true freshman. By Benton Smith
Five position battles for the top spot on the depth chart stand above the rest as most intriguing during the Kansas football team’s fall camp. By Tom Keegan
A limited number of Kansas football fans observing a touchdown from the north end of Memorial Stadium now have the option of doing so accompanied by some celebratory beer or wine. By Benton Smith
It’s shaping to be a big recruiting month for the Kansas men’s basketball team and that goes far beyond the arrival of Mitchell Robinson, the 7-foot center and former McDonald’s All-American who is expected to make a visit to campus this weekend. By Matt Tait
Former Kansas point guard Aaron Miles, who got a crack at the NBA and spent eight years playing overseas and later coaching on KU coach Bill Self’s staff, officially was named the head coach of the NBA G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors on Wednesday. By Matt Tait
While it’s true defensive coordinator Clint Bowen has found early signs from the Kansas football secondary encouraging at preseason practices, the program’s assistant head coach also will tell anyone listening his current opinion of the group doesn’t necessarily correlate with fall success. To truly know how the best of his defensive backs mesh as a unit, Bowen will have to wait and see cornerbacks Hasan Defense and Shakial Taylor, safeties Mike Lee and Bryce Torneden, and nickelback Derrick Neal react to in-game adversity. By Benton Smith
With a powerful senior lineup that includes three All-Americans, the Kansas volleyball team will enter the season ranked No. 8 in the AVCA coaches poll, released Wednesday.
Team bonding and a better understanding of the newcomers was a major point of emphasis for the Kansas men's basketball team during its recent trip to Italy. And while many Jayhawks felt progress was made in that department, they also feel there's still room to do more. By Matt Tait
The Dallas Cowboys have one of the most passionate fan bases on the planet but even given that, it would be difficult to find one who watches the team as often and as closely as Kansas left tackle Hakeem Adeniji.
Less than four weeks away from his team’s season-opener, Kansas football coach David Beaty might not be able to characterize any of his team’s running backs as a definitive No. 1 option on the depth chart. But as far as Beaty is concerned, the offense would be better off with more than one featured back. By Benton Smith
After cruising through four games against Italian foes on the basketball court during their eight-day exhibition tour of Italy, the Jayhawks boarded a boat on Monday morning and spent their final day abroad on an actual cruise.
For all that ailed the Kansas offense in 2016, nothing deflated the football team’s chances a year ago quite like turnovers. None of that, of course, happened under the watch of first-year KU offensive coordinator Doug Meacham, who joined David Beaty’s staff this offseason after working as a co-coordinator at TCU. By Benton Smith
If Royals general manager Dayton Moore had taken the podium during the World Series parade of 2015 and announced, “We’re hiring a new manager,” and that was the first Ned Yost had heard of it, it would have come as no less a surprise than what happened in the wake of a successful USA Track and Field Junior Olympics event at Rock Chalk Park.
The competition wasn’t great and the games were completely one-sided, but that did not keep Kansas coach Bill Self from learning something about his basketball team during the Jayhawks’ recently completed eight-day, two-city tour of Italy. By Matt Tait
Dorance Armstrong Jr. is no fan of sitting out. So when the defensive end’s right hamstring sidelined him during many important repetitions the first week of Kansas football’s preseason camp, Armstrong took his typically assertive style and applied it to recovering. By Benton Smith
Andrea Hudy has had a handful of memorable birthdays in her life — most on a beach somewhere, or during her childhood — but none of them were spent in Italy. Until Sunday, that is.
Kansas senior Devonte’ Graham, the pick by many to lead the Jayhawks in scoring during the 2017-18 KU basketball season, did not score his first basket of his team’s 118-74 win at Palasport gymnasium outside of Milan on Sunday night until the midway point of the third quarter. By Matt Tait
Kansas right tackle Charles Baldwin told his position coach Zach Yenser before he got to Lawrence the whole recruiting process — being considered a five-star junior college prospect, signing with powerhouse Alabama, etc. — changed his mindset for the worst. “I got a big head about it,” Baldwin admitted to Yenser. Since then, KU coaches see Baldwin maturing. By Benton Smith
Saving their best for last, the Kansas men’s basketball team, behind 32 points from Malik Newman, steam-rolled Dream Team Italy, 118-74, at Palasport gymnasium outside of Milan on Sunday night. By Matt Tait
As his father was dying, Kansas junior linebacker Keith Loneker Jr. took a break from summer conditioning to be with him. Upon Loneker’s return, head coach David Beaty took him aside.
His Kansas football team isn’t yet deep enough into August practices to have experienced a scrimmage, but head coach David Beaty gave his Jayhawks a taste of gameday-like situations Friday. In full pads for the first time at preseason camp, KU players went live during certain team periods. By Benton Smith
Six practices into Kansas football’s preseason camp, the quarterback competition remains as close as when it began in January, with the arrival of junior transfer Peyton Bender. Head coach David Beaty offered no indications of redshirt sophomore Carter Stanley or Bender taking the lead or out-playing the other at practices this week. Beaty only reveled he has enjoyed watching the pair of quarterbacks vie for the starting job. By Benton Smith
His older brother’s status as a bona fide NBA scorer with the Denver Nuggets and now Los Angeles Clippers makes him at qualified to know what good basketball looks like. And Players Group guard Federico Gallinari believed he saw it on Saturday night. By Matt Tait
The Kansas men’s basketball team moved to 3-0 in Italy this month with a 99-71 victory over the same Players Group team they beat 92-61 a couple of nights ago in Rome. By Matt Tait
During the spring football game in April, Kansas safety Mike Lee saw a screen pass developing in front of him around the 15-yard line and his eyes lit up. By Bobby Nightengale
Fresh off of a summer spent playing with his home country in the U20 European Championships, Kansas guard Svi Mykhailiuk has rejoined the Jayhawks in Italy looking to slide into the role of senior leader.By Matt Tait
This time of year, with more than 20 practices remaining before the season-opener, Kansas head football coach David Beaty doesn’t mind spreading the love, and praising the numerous players who have found various ways to impress him. Following KU’s fourth preseason practice on Thursday, the third-year head coach took time to single out many Jayhawks, some far more prominent than others. By Benton Smith
Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen has been doing this long enough to know there is no reason for him to feel overly excited about what he sees out of players at an August practice that doesn’t even involve full pads. Although cornerback qualifies as the least experienced position on KU’s roster, Bowen, who works directly with safeties during drills, said assistant Kenny Perry’s corners have shown some promise this week. By Benton Smith
After beginning the summer searching for his first Division I college football scholarship offer, Lawrence High senior cornerback Ekow Boye-Doe landed offers from Kansas State and Kansas on back-to-back days. By Bobby Nightengale
As well as he did in so many other areas in a pair of exhibition games in Rome, center Udoka Azubuike did nothing to quiet concerns about the gaping hole in his game: He can’t shoot free throws. If he doesn’t become significantly better, he leaves himself open to opponents employing a Hack-A-Dok strategy against him on a regular basis.
The thing about Udoka Azubuike’s second game in Italy this summer — a 92-61 win over Players Group at Honey Sport City gymnasium in Rome — was not that he stopped dunking or even that he stopped dunking so hard. Instead, the KU big man started dunking smarter. By Matt Tait
The Big 12’s preseason Defensive Player of the Year watched most of Thursday morning’s Kansas football practice from the sideline. But Dorance Armstrong’s coaches aren’t nearly as concerned about the severity of what ails the star defensive end as they were a year ago at this time. By Benton Smith
The talent of the opponent was slightly better but so were the Jayhawks. That was the story Thursday night from Rome, where the Kansas men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 on its four-game Italian exhibition tour with a 92-61 victory over Players Group Roma, a collection of professional players from various Italian leagues. By Matt Tait
For Kansas guard Sam Cunliffe, an Italian Catholic who grew up among pictures on his grandparents’ walls of the old country’s most magical places, the signature moment of Thursday’s team trip to Vatican City came when he was in the silent Sistine Chapel staring up at Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” some 70 feet above his head.
Sure, new Kansas football coordinator Doug Meacham is in charge of the entire offense. But when Meacham runs back and forth across the practice fields he finds himself zeroing on the receivers he coaches. Camp just began Monday, so the first receivers the coordinator mentioned were the ones he’s just getting to know. By Benton Smith
Freshman Billy Preston joined Udoka Azubuike, Devonte’ Graham, Malik Newman and Lagerald Vick in the starting lineup during the Jayhawks’ 90-56 exhibition victory over Stella Azzurra / HSC Roma at Happy Sport City gymnasium in southwest Rome on Wednesday night. And, according to Kansas coach Bill Self, did so with good reason. By Matt Tait
The signature moment of the Kansas basketball team’s 90-56 victory in its Italian exhibition opener over Stella Azzurra/HSC Roma was not the three monster dunks by sophomore center Udoka Azubuike nor the three Devonte’ Graham 3-pointers that unofficially kicked off the KU point guard’s senior season. By Matt Tait
Kelsie Payne, a senior All-American, was named the preseason Big 12 Player of the Year for the second straight season on Wednesday, voted by the conference's coaches.
Peyton Bender and Carter Stanley take the fun out of what could be a percolating quarterback controversy because they’re good friends, roommates even. By Tom Keegan
The Kansas men’s basketball players can now add walking out of the tunnel at the Roman Colosseum to the thrill of running out of the tunnel for home games at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait
After leading his team through a morning practice, David Beaty entered Anderson Family Football Complex Tuesday as jovial as ever. The jokes soon subsided, though, as the subject of the head coach’s recent disciplinary actions permeated his media session. Beaty said junior offensive lineman Charles Baldwin "is another guy that is really having to toe the line when it comes to standards.” By Benton Smith
Kansas football coach David Beaty declined to specify Tuesday what former receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez did to earn a dismissal from the program just days before preseason camp began. By Benton Smith
Shortly after arriving in Rome, where his team will play two of its four games in this week’s exhibition tour on Italian soil, Kansas coach Bill Self confirmed that freshman forward Billy Preston had been fully cleared by the NCAA to play this season. By Matt Tait
By the time Kansas big man Udoka Azubuike took the first steps off the team bus after leaving Fiumicino Airport and taking an all-encompassing city tour en route to the Jayhawks' hotel in the heart of Rome, the clock read 1:51 p.m. local time, more than 19 hours after the Kansas basketball team’s flight took off from Kansas City, Mo. By Matt Tait
It’s a late-July morning inside the Kansas football team’s training facility on the bottom floor of Anderson Family Football Complex. A few grunts reverberate off the ceiling. No clangs or thuds follow, though. The weight plates, dumbbells and machines remain a static backdrop for the Jayhawks, laid out nearby on a 25-yard patch of artificial turf. Welcome to Wednesday morning yoga. By Benton Smith