Stories for December 2017


Sunday, December 31

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Unselfish Jayhawks roll to 86-77 win over TCU in Big 12 home opener

Kansas junior Kylee Kopatich dished out a career-high nine assists, and was one of four Jayhawks in double figures in their 86-77 win over TCU on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse. Four Jayhawks scored in double figures between Christalah Lyons (18 points), Kopatich (17), Brianna Osorio (15) and Austin Richardson (10).

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De Sousa making solid first impression with Jayhawks

Despite still waiting for the final OK to hit the floor, freshman newcomer Silvio De Sousa already has made a strong impression on his teammates. By Matt Tait

Texas A&M announces hiring of KU assistant Laura "Bird" Kuhn as head volleyball coach

It’s official. Kansas volleyball associate head coach Laura “Bird” Kuhn is leaving Kansas to become head coach at Texas A&M, the SEC school announced today.

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Tom Keegan: Efficient Lagerald Vick soaring in every way

Lagerald Vick's lob finishes represent the loudest of so many ways that he demonstrates his high ceiling as a basketball player. So much of the rest of what he does flies under the radar, in part because of how efficiently he moves and shoots and how quickly he makes decisions.

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Jayhawks continue to torch nets from 3-point range

For a head coach and group of players still searching for an identity, simple statistics seem to suggest the Kansas men's basketball may already have one. By Matt Tait

Friday, December 29

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Three's Company: Jayhawks hit record 17 3-pointers to top Texas

There were a bunch of reasons to wonder whether 11th-ranked Kansas could kick off its quest for a 14th consecutive Big 12 title on the right foot Friday night at Frank Erwin Center against Texas. And the Jayhawks had 17 answers during a 92-86 victory that was not quite as close as the final score indicated. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks adjust appropriately to long arms of Longhorns freshman

Mohamed Bamba played his first Big 12 game Friday night at Frank Erwin Center against visiting Kansas and made it a memorable one for everyone in attendance. Kansas won the game, 92-86, on the strength of 3-point shooting, and Bamba kept the Longhorns in it, flirting with a triple-double. Bamba dominated the paint in the first half and finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocked shots. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Marcus Garrett earns spot in starting lineup; De Sousa travels but awaits certification

Marcus Garrett sure has impeccable timing. After making the first start of his career in KU's home opener this season against Tennessee State on Nov. 10, Garrett picked up his second start on Friday night in the Jayhawks' Big 12 opener at Texas. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks bombard Longhorns with 3-pointers to win Big 12 opener

As Kansas opened Big 12 play Friday night at Frank Erwin Center, it didn’t take long for Texas freshman Mohamed Bamba to establish himself as a force inside defensively, what with his 7-foot-9 wingspan and active hands and feet. So the No. 11 Jayhawks used one of their greatest strengths, their 3-point shooting, to avoid the dangerous Bamba and win, 92-86, in Austin, Texas. By Benton Smith

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Change of plans: Looking back at 11 Class of 2018 prospects who decommitted from KU football

In the sphere of college football recruiting, assigning programs and their coaches credit for landing verbal commitments from prospects can prove dicey, due to the potentially temporary nature of a player’s non-binding words. KU's dreams of competing with college football’s juggernauts on the recruiting front this year perished as de-commitments trickled in, following a memorable junior day for the Jayhawks more than 10 months ago, when six high school players — now all considered three- or four-star talents — stated their intentions to eventually join Kansas. By Benton Smith

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Game day breakdown: No. 11 KU basketball at Texas

A look at some of the keys for 11th-ranked Kansas in tonight's Big 12 opener in Austin, Texas. By Matt Tait

Thursday, December 28

KU women's basketball dropped in overtime at Iowa State

Ahead by 1 with less than 30 seconds left, the KU women's basketball team was unable to snag its first win on the road in conference play.

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Lawrence native Mumford wraps up first year as New Mexico State D-line coach with bowl game

Each college football bowl season has its fair share of feel-good moments, and Lawrence native John Mumford is looking forward to being a part of one on when New Mexico State takes on Utah State at 4:30 p.m. CST Friday in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl on the CBS Sports Network.

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Bill Self on Big 12 race: '13-5 will get it free and clear'

With Big 12 Conference play opening Friday night for the 11th-ranked Kansas men's basketball team in Austin, Texas, the time has come to consider the Jayhawks' chances of extending their record-tying streak of 13 consecutive regular season conference titles to 14 and standing all alone, ahead of the UCLA dynasty of yesteryear, by season's end. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, December 27

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Breaking down how long each new KU football signee could potentially impact the program

In the midst of his final post-game comments following KU's 1-11 season, while explaining the patience KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger displayed in continuing to back him, despite a 3-33 record in three years, David Beaty stated rebuilds don’t always include a quick fix. “Sometimes there is, but it will be short-lived if you’re not careful,” Beaty said at the time, “So we’re trying to do it the right way. Trying to do it with guys that have three to four-plus years to where we can develop them.” In the weeks that followed those remarks, Beaty and his staff added seven junior college players to KU’s 2018 recruiting class, and signed nine in total this past week. By Benton Smith

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De Sousa won't make KU debut at Texas

Self hopes new big man will be cleared 'within a week'

Over the course of the past several days, Silvio De Sousa completed the academic work necessary to graduate early from high school, relocated from Bradenton, Fla., to Lawrence, and experienced his first basketball practice at the University of Kansas. The 6-foot-9 power forward, though, won’t be able to add an in-game collegiate debut to his whirlwind December. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, December 26

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KU football's 2018 recruiting class currently lacks a QB

The Kansas football team’s 2018 recruiting class doesn’t yet include a quarterback, thanks to the on-again, off-again interest in the Jayhawks shown by Texas prep QB Clayton Tune, a two-time KU commit who twice changed his mind and has yet to sign with any program. That, of course, doesn’t necessarily mean Kansas will head into February’s National Signing Day without a possible quarterback signee. By Benton Smith

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Workaholic: Kicker Gabriel Rui emerged unexpectedly for KU

Somehow, the same specialist who badly missed a 40-yard field goal from the left hash in the KU football spring game and sent a 39-yarder from the middle of the field wide right — with no real rush presented by the defense — turned into the program’s best placekicker in at least a decade. “I’m not sure, going into fall camp,” KU head coach David Beaty said of Gabriel Rui, “if anybody would have gave him the chance to be the starter, and all he did was keep his head down and just keep working.” By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks jump three spots to No. 11 in latest AP Poll

Back-to-back victories over Omaha and Stanford last week led to some upward movement in the Associated Press poll for the Kansas men's basketball team. By Matt Tait

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KU's Bill Self enjoying Joel Embiid's rise to stardom

Former Kansas center Joel Embiid has officially taken over the NBA and he's not afraid to let everyone know about it. But there's one man who saw it coming long before the player they now call The Process ever actually suited up for an NBA game. By Matt Tait

Monday, December 25

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KU football receives holiday gift in form of verbal pledge for Class of 2018

Christmas Eve for the Kansas football program included a gift in the form of a verbal commitment from a high school prospect. By Benton Smith

Sunday, December 24

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Sam's siblings: Cunliffe shares special bond with sisters, finds brother in Lightfoot

Kansas redshirt sophomore Sam Cunliffe has remained in close contact with his eight sisters since transferring from Arizona State last winter, and has developed a brotherly bond with Mitch Lightfoot to help make him feel at home in Lawrence. By Chris Duderstadt

Saturday, December 23

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KU's Azubuike on fire as he enters uncharted territory

Although Kansas basketball coach Bill Self stopped short of giving sophomore center Udoka Azubuike the full endorsement of having figured it out — “clicking may be too strong,” Self said this week — there's no denying that the past 14 days marked a notable stretch for Azubuike's overall development. By Matt Tait

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'Pooka' Williams: 'I managed to be a man of my word'

Louisiana RB heard plenty of LSU pitches

A popular young man around the Hahnville High campus and Boutte, La., community the past several months, running back Anthony “Pooka” Williams heard countless pitches from those he encountered in the heart of LSU country. Of course, the new Kansas football signee told The Times-Picayune, those interactions tended to be opinionated and distinctly pro-Tigers. By Benton Smith

Friday, December 22

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Power forward Silvio De Sousa officially cleared to join the Jayhawks

The Kansas men's basketball team officially has a new big man. By Matt Tait

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RB 'Pooka' Williams signs with Kansas football, instead of LSU or Nebraska

The first player from the Class of 2018 to commit to the University of Kansas, running back Anthony “Pooka” Williams took a couple extra days in the December early signing period to contemplate making that choice official before resolving to stick with his initial decision and sign with KU. By Benton Smith

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The latest on De Sousa, Preston: Still no news, but still getting closer

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self moments after Thursday's 75-54 victory over Stanford at Golden 1 Center said there was no change in the status of Class of 2018 big man Silvio De Sousa on Thursday. However, Self did provide a couple of snippets of new information in the 6-foot-9, 245-pound power forward's quest to join the Jayhawks in time for the upcoming second semester. By Matt Tait

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Balanced beat down: Jayhawks' stellar offense, defense in first half lead to easy win vs. Stanford

The first half of 14th-ranked Kansas' 75-54 victory over Stanford at Golden 1 Center, home of the NBA's Sacramento Kings, provided KU coach Bill Self one of those rare moments where he actually could be pleased with both his team's offense and defense. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Front-court additions needed to make Big 12 throne seem secure for Kansas

It’s tough to forecast KU’s chances of pushing its Big 12 title streak to 14 seasons until a final verdict arrives on potential front-line additions Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Jayhawks heading home for holidays

When the 14th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks left California late Thursday night following their final game before the start of Big 12 play against Stanford, they did so knowing two things about their immediate future. First, with Christmas just three days away and school and basketball grinding to a momentary halt, they get the next few days to kick back, relax and celebrate the holiday season with friends and family. Second, their down time will not last long. By Matt Tait

Thursday, December 21

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No. 14 Jayhawks pound Stanford in Sacramento

The Kansas basketball team jumped — and slammed and shot — out of its December Pac-12 funk Thursday night in Sacramento, Calif., where the Jayhawks rolled past Stanford, 75-54, a little less than two weeks removed from back-to-back losses to Washington and Arizona State. No. 14 KU established its dominance from the get-go, force-feeding big man Udoka Azubuike inside and letting him go to work in the paint. The sophomore center scored the first 10 points for Kansas (10-2) en route to a 24-point, seven-rebound night. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Blueprint used by military academies suits Kansas football

Triple-option teams can afford to play with smaller quarterbacks — they don’t have to see over the linemen if they’re running most of the time and on the run when passing — slot backs and linemen.

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'Pooka' Williams to sign with 1 of 3 programs Friday

The Kansas football staff won’t have to wait until February to find out whether longtime recruiting target Anthony “Pooka” Williams will stick to his verbal commitment to the Jayhawks. By Benton Smith

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New KU football signee Corione Harris credits Tony Hull for job well done

With a smile on his face Wednesday morning at Landry-Walker High, in New Orleans, cornerback Corione Harris uttered eight words that had to have inspired the same reaction out of Kansas football fans, coaches and players alike. “I’ll be taking my talents to Kansas University,” the high school senior announced from a podium at a signing ceremony in his high school’s gymnasium. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, December 20

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Game day breakdown: No. 14 KU basketball vs. Stanford

A look at some of the keys for 14th-ranked Kansas in tonight's West Coast clash with Stanford in Sacramento. By Matt Tait

KU women cruise past Iona, 72-58

Austin Richardson completed a double-double and the Kansas women's basketball team rolled past Iona, 72-58, on Wednesday at Hynes Athletics Center.

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Tom Keegan: Corione Harris signing, 2016 Texas upset David Beaty's two shining moments

One recruit does not a program change anymore than one victory, however thrilling, turned a losing program into a winning one.

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KU football stadium to be renamed after donor David Booth

At its meeting Wednesday in Topeka, the Kansas Board of Regents granted authority for the University of Kansas to rename its football stadium.

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KU football signs 14 prospects to 2018 recruiting class

9 new Jayhawks to join from juco ranks

Within the first several hours of the NCAA’s new early signing period for college football, the University of Kansas officially added 14 members to its 2018 recruiting class on Wednesday. Nine of the prospects head coach David Beaty and his staff can now call Jayhawks signed on from the junior college ranks. The group also included a graduate transfer and four high school seniors, headlined by New Orleans cornerback Corione Harris. By Benton Smith

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Baker trio, ex-Jayhawk Gonzalez named to NAIA All-America teams

Three Baker football players and former Kansas wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez earned NAIA All-America honors, announced Wednesday.

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4-star CB Corione Harris sticks to his word, signs with Kansas football

Out of nowhere this past February, receiver Devonta Jason and cornerback Corione Harris — Louisiana prospects considered four-star talents and among the top 100 players in the nation — caught the recruiting world off guard by announcing they were committing to KU. A little more than 10 months later, when those non-binding pledges could become official, the Jayhawks had to settle for one Landry-Walker High stud. Harris remained loyal to his word, signing with Kansas. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, December 19

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Self says Jayhawks should know Silvio De Sousa's status 'by the end of the week for sure'

KU coach also provides the latest in the Billy Preston situation

Class of 2018 big man Silvio De Sousa's quest to gain immediate eligibility for the current Kansas basketball season has entered its final stages. And a decision on the status of withheld freshman Billy Preston appears to be not far behind. By Matt Tait

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3rd juco prospect, CB Elijah Jones, commits to KU on eve of early signing period

KU's 2018 class up to 9 potential juco signees

A busy Tuesday for Kansas football recruiting continued into the evening, when the program added its third junior college prospect of the day, and ninth overall, to its 2018 recruiting class. The day before the new December signing period for college football commences, Ellsworth Community College (Iowa) cornerback Elijah Jones described himself as “1,000” percent committed to the Jayhawks By Benton Smith

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KU football adds 8th juco prospect, DL Charles Cole, to recruiting class

The Kansas football program’s 2018 recruiting class picked up its eighth junior college prospect — and second of the day — Tuesday afternoon, hours ahead of the beginning of the new early signing period. Butler Community College defensive tackle Charles Cole announced his plan to sign with the Jayhawks via Twitter, along with a photo of him wearing a KU uniform. By Benton Smith

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KU receiver Chase Harrell witnessed brother shot and killed

This past weekend University of Kansas football receiver Chase Harrell, back home near Houston after the completion of the fall semester, saw his older brother shot and killed at a house party. The Houston Chronicle reported Cole Harrell, 23, died after an argument turned into a violent fight early Sunday morning, in a Summerwood, Texas, home where a small group of people had gathered. By Benton Smith

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Plans for a new KU volleyball home pushed back a year

Kansas volleyball's plans to open a new arena in 2018 have been pushed back a year. By Matt Tait

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Juco DE Azur Kamara commits to Kansas football

On the eve of college football’s new early signing period, Kansas added another junior college commitment to its 2018 recruiting class. A defensive end at Arizona Western College, Azur Kamara announced his intentions to sign with the Jayhawks through a note on Twitter Tuesday morning. By Benton Smith

Monday, December 18

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Tom Keegan: Sam 'I Am' Cunliffe makes memorable Allen Fieldhouse debut

Sam “I Am” Cunliffe gave the Allen Fieldhouse crowd thrills for the first time Monday night, but he already had gotten chills himself in college basketball’s most famous building. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Malik Newman looks 'a lot better'; Omaha lauds KU's home-court advantage

While Monday's 109-64 rout of visiting Omaha was celebrated mostly as the night Sam Cunliffe played big minutes and walk-on big man James Sosinski played his first minutes, a much more important thing than either one of those occurrences may have happened. By Matt Tait

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Back in Action: Mykhailiuk paces Jayhawks in rout over Omaha

The thinking going into Monday's 109-64 Kansas victory over Omaha at Allen Fieldhouse was that Svi Mykhailiuk's game-winner against Nebraska, two days earlier, might have snapped the senior's mini-shooting slump. By Matt Tait

KU women fall to St. John's in overtime

After a potential game-winning shot from Kansas junior Austin Richardson was ruled no good following a monitor review at the end of regulation, the KU women's basketball team suffered a 65-53 overtime loss to St. John's on Monday in Queens, N.Y.

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No. 14 Jayhawks blow by Omaha

Back inside Allen Fieldhouse for the first time since its home loss to Arizona State, the Kansas basketball team posted triple digits for the third time this season, in a 109-64 drubbing of overmatched Omaha. By Benton Smith

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Kent State football not going with a KU assistant

The Kansas football coaching staff won’t be losing any of its members to Kent State.

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Jayhawks drop a spot in latest AP poll, currently rank 14th

On a relatively slow week for college basketball, the Jayhawks’ narrow victory at Nebraska Saturday wasn’t enough for Kansas to hold steady in the Associated Press Top 25.

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TE Mavin Saunders, a Florida State graduate, to transfer to Kansas

Fresh off graduating from Florida State University, where he spent four seasons within the nationally renowned football program, tight end Mavin Saunders plans to finish his college career playing for Kansas. The 6-foot-5, 256-pound Bimini, Bahamas native confirmed to the Journal-World he decided to transfer to KU after visiting Lawrence this past weekend. By Benton Smith

Sunday, December 17

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Tom Keegan: Kansas takes more than a victory home from Nebraska

Lincoln, Neb. — Beating Nebraska in basketball by one point doesn’t look like much of a step forward on paper, but the way Kansas stopped its two-game losing streak spoke more to progress than the 73-72 margin.

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 14 KU basketball vs. Omaha

A look at some of the keys for 14th-ranked Kansas in Monday night's home clash with Omaha at 6 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Saturday, December 16

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Notebook: Jayhawks improve defensively, struggle to score against zone

After getting torched by Arizona State in its last game out for 95 points and several drives right to the basket, the Kansas men's basketball team knew it needed to get tougher defensively if it wanted to get back on the winning track. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Mykhailiuk's game-winning three could lift him out of mini-slump

The basketball was in the air for a brief eternity, a moment that makes basketball fans age a year per second. Wide-open Kansas senior Svi Mykhailiuk, mired in a mini shooting slump, had launched it from deep in the left corner, right in front of the visitors' bench at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Devonte’ Graham had set him up with a well-timed pass. By Tom Keegan

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Saturday Squeaker: Azubuike's career night lifts Jayhawks past Nebraska

During the week leading up to Saturday's Nebraska game, one that followed back-to-back losses to Washington and Arizona State, Kansas coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks implored sophomore center Udoka Azubuike to do more. By Matt Tait

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KU scrapes past Nebraska to snap 2-game skid

It had been a while — nearly five years, in fact — since KU basketball lost three games in a row. Playing at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday, the No. 13-ranked Jayhawks were determined to keep it that way. By Scott Chasen

Friday, December 15

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 13 KU basketball vs. Nebraska

A look at some of the keys for 13th-ranked Kansas in Saturday's clash with former Big 12 foe Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. By Matt Tait

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Longtime Jayhawk Montell Cozart looks to finish career with Boise State bowl win

'It's kind of like a dream come true'

For four years Montell Cozart called the University of Kansas football program home. The quarterback from nearby Kansas City, Mo., played in 27 games, started 18 and became a much-respected leader within the KU locker room, but saw KU win eight games and lose 40 before deciding to finish his career elsewhere. Saturday afternoon, Cozart will experience something that proved impossible at Kansas, when he suits up for No. 25 Boise State at the Las Vegas Bowl. By Benton Smith

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Omaha prep QB plans to walk on at Kansas

The Kansas football program has added a walk-on quarterback, Dylan Plautz, from Westside High, in Omaha, Neb., to its list of potential newcomers for the 2018 season. By Benton Smith

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DA won’t file rape charges from incident at KU basketball dorm; no suspect ever identified after alcohol-filled party

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office will not file sex assault charges from a report that a 16-year-old girl was raped a year ago at the University of Kansas men’s basketball dorm.

Thursday, December 14

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Tom Keegan: Malik Newman emerging from the haze of a concussion

“I was just looking at the paper the whole time. I mean, the words started looking like they were moving over the whole paper at the end. I’m sure I did well.” — Malik Newman talking about taking a final exam Monday, a day after he suffered a concussion in a loss to Arizona State at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Reports link KU football assistants with Kent State opening

The Kent State football program is in need of a new head coach, and two current Kansas assistants reportedly have factored into the search. According to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, KU defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Clint Bowen is one potential candidate for the Kent State job. By Benton Smith

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KU coach Bill Self: 'We could become deep' in a hurry

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Thursday offered updates on three Jayhawks who have yet to play a minute for the team this season. He followed them up with an explanation for why constant questions about Sam Cunliffe, Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa were worth addressing week after week, as all three continue to strive to get back on the court. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, December 13

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Wichita prep makes verbal commitment to KU

Wichita Collegiate High senior quarterback Cody McNerney tweeted Wednesday that he has made a verbal commitment to attend Kansas.

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Jayhawks on Steele's All-Big 12 team

Most publications and websites limit their college football all-conference postseason honors to two teams — but not national analyst Phil Steele. With first-, second- and third-team slots available on Steele’s All-Big 12 list, Kansas landed seven total players on the 2017 postseason edition. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, December 12

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Tom Keegan: Sam Cunliffe realizes the year-long wait made him more ready for prime time

Take us inside what your mind, Sam Cunliffe, at the moment coach Bill Self calls on you to resume your career Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska, after a full year as a practice player for Kansas. By Tom Keegan

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Report: New Orleans prep WR Devonta Jason still considering Kansas

According to Devonta Jason, there’s still a chance the coveted New Orleans prep receiver could end up signing with the Kansas football team he publicly decommitted from on Sunday. By Benton Smith

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KU assistant pinpoints ways Jayhawks can improve defensively

Monday afternoon, a little more than 24 hours after watching the Jayhawks get torched by Arizona State at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas basketball assistant Norm Roberts grabbed a couple of KU's younger players and had a conversation about defense. By Matt Tait

Monday, December 11

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Tom Keegan: Perseverance puts Lawrence pro golfer Chris Thompson back on tour

Eleven years after his first Q school survival, Chris Thompson finished tied for 16th Sunday, earning exempt status for the first eight tournaments of the tour. By the end of that eight-tournament, five-country stretch, he likely will have made enough money to qualify for the full 27-tournament schedule, the final 22 played in the United States. That would mean a year without the dreaded Monday qualifiers, one-day shots at earning entry into and PGA Tour events.

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Prep QB Tune describes KU as 'still in the picture' after Ole Miss offer, visit

Mere days after announcing he had picked up a scholarship offer from Ole Miss, Texas prep quarterback Clayton Tune, a Class of 2018 recruiting target of Kansas, traveled to Oxford, Miss., to check out the SEC program in person. According to what Tune told Rebel Grove, the visit went “really well.” What’s more, the QB described KU as “still in the picture” — far from a ringing endorsement. By Benton Smith

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Bill Self's hints of 'change' more complicated than just flipping a switch

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self did not earn his Hall of Fame jacket or eclipse the 600-win mark by being wishy-washy throughout his career. But after watching his team suffer back-to-back losses last week to Pac-12 teams Washington and Arizona State, he appears to be considering tweaking the way his team operates in order to create a more competitive and hungry roster. By Matt Tait

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Back-to-back losses drop KU to No. 13 in latest AP poll

Previously ranked No. 2 in the nation, KU’s men’s basketball team dropped all the way down to No. 13 in the new rankings released Monday.

Sunday, December 10

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'Proud for her': Jayhawks claw past SEMO on late free throw

On a day when just about nothing bounced her way, Kylee Kopatich needed the extra second. Really, the whole team did. By Scott Chasen

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Former KU golfer Chris Thompson qualifies for Tour

Lawrence resident Chris Thompson, a two-time golf All-American during his University of Kansas career, made it through the final stage of Q School to gain exempt status in the first eight tournaments on the tour for 2018.

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Hectic Sunday also brings three additions to KU football's 2018 recruiting class

On the same day his Kansas football program officially lost commitments from two longstanding Class of 2018 recruiting targets, three-year head coach David Beaty on three occasions Sunday took to Twitter to make unrelated “neat deal” declarations, marking the additions of new recruits. By Benton Smith

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4-star New Orleans WR Devonta Jason decommits from Kansas

A day many Kansas football fans feared — and others assumed was inevitable — for months finally arrived Sunday. Five-star receiver Devonta Jason, the 31st-best high school senior in the country according to Rivals, backed out of his non-binding verbal commitment to play with the Jayahwks. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Malik Newman leaves game with a concussion

When three Arizona State players and Sun Devils coach Bobby Hurley stepped into the Allen Fieldhouse media room to field questions about their 95-85 victory over No. 2 Kansas on Sunday afternoon, three of the four were wearing ASU warm-up shirts that simply read, “Guard U” on the front of them. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks missing scoring spark off the bench

With no Josh Jackson on the scene to come to the defensive rescue of blown-by teammates and no Landen Lucas to lend timely help, Kansas has more defensive vulnerabilities than is typically the case. By Tom Keegan

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More Miscues: Jayhawks struggle defensively, fall at home to Arizona State

Back-to-back men's basketball losses don't happen all that often at Kansas, so when they do the aftermath often includes some harsh words and serious reality checks. By Matt Tait

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KU football loses pledge from prep D-end, who commits to K-State

Mark off another name from the Kansas football team’s list of potential high school signees in the 2018 recruiting class. By Benton Smith

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Devil of an afternoon: Arizona State knocks off KU in Allen Fieldhouse

The nation’s No. 2-ranked team, the Kansas Jayhawks lost their second game in a row Sunday afternoon, as No. 16 Arizona State easily survived a 13-point first-half deficit to shoot its way to a 95-85 victory at Allen Fieldhouse. By Benton Smith

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Game day breakdown: No. 2 KU basketball vs. No. 16 Arizona State

A look at some of the keys for second-ranked Kansas in Sunday's Top 20 showdown with Arizona State at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Saturday, December 9

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Tom Keegan: Basketball man-child Udoka Azubuike doing his best to catch up

At 7-feet tall and 280 pounds, he’s a man-child in many ways. Looking at him towering above the competition, it’s easy to forget that Udoka Azubuike just turned 18 in September. By Tom Keegan

Friday, December 8

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self searching for 'dogs'

Kansas coach Bill Self is in search of a dog. But not because he lost the family pet or is trying to get rid of pesky cats in his neighborhood. By Matt Tait

Water valve malfunction causes flooding at Allen Fieldhouse; game still on for Sunday

A water valve malfunction on the third floor of the south side of Allen Fieldhouse left as much as 3 feet of standing water in some areas and sent water pouring down to the ground floor.

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Four Jayhawks selected to AP's All-Big 12 second team

Although the Big 12’s coaches determined Kansas junior defensive tackle Daniel Wise belonged on their all-conference first team, neither Wise nor any of his KU teammates received the same distinction when the Associated Press unveiled its all-league selections Friday. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: New Orleans prep re-opens his recruitment

The Kansas football team’s 2018 recruiting class may have lost another potential signee Thursday evening, when a high school prospect from New Orleans announced his plans to further examine other programs. By Benton Smith

Thursday, December 7

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SI names Kansas LB Joe Dineen a 2nd-team All-American

A week after learning the Big 12’s coaches voted him a second-team all-conference linebacker, Kansas redshirt junior Joe Dineen picked up a national honor Thursday from Sports Illustrated with an even more prestigious ring to it: second-team All-American. By Benton Smith

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Phone call with Syracuse staff helped Washington's Mike Hopkins game plan for Kansas

Sometimes in sports, coaches and players spend hours studying an opponent and preparing for game day only to see things go south when game time finally arrives. And then there are moments like Wednesday night, when all you need is a phone call. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, December 6

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Zone-busted: Washington's strategy flummoxes No. 2 Kansas

For the second game in a row, Lagerald Vick in the high post proved to be a massive story line for the Kansas men's basketball team. But this time, instead of the junior guard giving KU's opponent fits, it almost looked as if Washington wanted Vick to be there. That was the recipe all night for the upset-minded Huskies, who led No. 2 Kansas for 28:53 and ran away at the end, 74-65, at Sprint Center. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Malik Newman not playing selfless Bill Self basketball yet

The game drew inside the three-minute mark and Kansas trailed by double digits. Malik Newman had the ball alone in the left corner with all the time in the world to bury a 3-pointer and ignite the comeback. Newman didn't cash in and his struggles continued. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Early foul trouble forces KU to go small in loss to Washington

Foul trouble on the Kansas basketball team’s two big men once again forced Clay Young into action during the first half on Wednesday night at Sprint Center. This time, however, Young's contribution did not lead to senior point guard Devonte' Graham calling him the game's MVP. Instead, it led to the first Kansas loss of the season, a 74-65 dud at the hands of visiting Washington. By Matt Tait

'A learning experience': Nebraska hands KU women's basketball first loss of 2017-18

Following his team's first loss of the season, it was a "four" on the box score that jumped out to KU coach Brandon Schneider. By Scott Chasen</strong

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Lagerald Vick's big night can't keep Jayhawks unbeaten

Huskies knock off No. 2 KU in K.C.

A career night from Kansas junior wing Lagerald Vick couldn’t keep the No. 2-ranked Jayhawks undefeated. Washington almost dared Vick to take over at times, and he responded by scoring a personal-best 28 points on 12-for-23 shooting. However, the Huskies held most of his teammates in check, enabling them to knock off KU, 74-65, Wednesday night at Sprint Center. By Benton Smith

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Productive linebacker Joe Dineen still upbeat about KU's future

Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen would be the first to admit the 2017 season didn’t live up to the expectations he and other team leaders had going into it. But that doesn’t mean the redshirt junior couldn’t find some small gratification in his contributions to the Jayhawks’ endeavors. By Benton Smith

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Game day breakdown: No. 2 KU basketball vs. Washington

A look at some of the keys for second-ranked Kansas in tonight's Jayhawk Shootout showdown with Washington at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, December 5

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Jayhawks to get second crack at Syracuse-style zone

It's extremely rare for a college basketball team to play the same team twice in a row. And even though that will not be exactly the case at 8 p.m. Wednesday, when No. 2 Kansas faces Washington at Sprint Center in the Jayhawk Shootout in Kansas City, Mo., the unbeaten Jayhawks will be getting the next best thing.By Matt Tait

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Four-star KU football recruit narrows choices down to two programs

As Dec. 20 and the NCAA’s new early signing period for college football nears, one of the New Orleans high school players Kansas has coveted for months has eliminated all but two programs from his list of potential destinations. By Benton Smith

DA drops assault charge against ex-KU football player accused of threatening girlfriend with gun

Judge orders probation, anger management for marijuana conviction instead

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office has dropped a felony assault charge against a former University of Kansas football player accused of threatening his girlfriend with a gun.

Monday, December 4

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Tom Keegan: Svi the senior playing Self defense

Knowing precisely what’s highlighted with a yellow marker in a scouting report doesn’t always require reading it. Sometimes all you have to do is watch what happens after a player checks into the game.

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KU coach Bill Self indicates Billy Preston situation nearing resolution

In what has become fairly routine for the Kansas basketball program during the past month, KU coach Bill Self on Monday offered up the latest on the status of withheld freshman forward Billy Preston and used the words, “relatively near future,” in doing so. By Matt Tait

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Juco D-lineman backs off KU commitment, intends to sign with Ohio

The Kansas football team’s Class of 2018 commitment list is one name shorter after a junior college defensive lineman this past weekend declared his intentions to play elsewhere. Zach Burks, a sophomore defensive tackle at Coffeyville Community College, announced through his Twitter profile after making an official visit to Ohio University that he had committed to the Bobcats. By Benton Smith

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KU to create neighborhood committee for football practice facility design process

A neighborhood group will be formed to provide input on the design of the new indoor practice facility for the University of Kansas football team.

Sunday, December 3

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Kopatich nets career-high 26 points to lead KU past Arkansas

Kansas junior Kylee Kopatich scored a career-high 26 points to power the Kansas women's basketball team past Arkansas, 71-60, on Sunday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge at Allen Fieldhouse. Christalah Lyons and Tyler Johnson joined Kopatich in double figures with 15 and 10 points, respectively, to help the Jayhawks improve to 7-0.

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Tom Keegan: Lagerald Vick's game and confidence steadily growing

If the Big 12 had a most improved basketball player award, Kansas junior Lagerald Vick would be nominated for the second consecutive year.

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New Orleans WR Devonta Jason drawing interest from another SEC program

A new suitor has emerged on the Devonta Jason recruiting front. The five-star receiver from Louisiana, who committed to the University of Kansas back in February, revealed in an interview this weekend with Pelican Preps his top choices for the upcoming Dec. 20 signing day include not only KU, LSU and Mississippi State, but also Florida. By Benton Smith

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Clay Young's 'MVP' performance helps KU over Syracuse

If Clay Young doesn’t want MVP honors, he’ll have to settle for president. After all, that was the honor bestowed upon him by a teammate after his previous career-best outing. By Scott Chasen

Saturday, December 2

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Tom Keegan: Devonte' Graham even impresses NBA exec Pat Riley, who's seen it all

It takes a lot to impress Miami Heat team president Pat Riley. He coached Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and James Worthy with the Lakers, Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade with the Heat and Patrick Ewing with the Knicks. He also signed LeBron James with the Heat. Riley’s seen it all, so to catch his attention a college basketball player must do something pretty special. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Lagerald Vick finds groove vs. Syracuse zone

Occupying arguably the most important spot in the Kansas offense against Syracuse's dangerous 2-3 zone, junior guard Lagerald Vick delivered a masterful performance in the high post and helped the Jayhawks slug past Syracuse, 76-60, on Saturday night at American Airlines Arena. Operating like a quarterback making reads down the field or a point guard playing from the inside out, Vick flirted with a triple-double, tallying 20 points, seven assists and eight rebounds in what was arguably the best and most active game of his career. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks squeeze Orange in Miami

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self is not known for easily handing out high praise to his KU defenses, even in the biggest moments and after the most impressive performances. That's what made his postgame love for the second-ranked Jayhawks' stifling, first-half defense in Saturday's 76-60 victory over Syracuse at American Airlines Arena so noteworthy. By Matt Tait

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Devonte' Graham, Clay Young spark KU past Syracuse

All the attention was inside. Devonte’ Graham made sure it didn’t stay there very long. By Scott Chasen

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Freshman forward Billy Preston not in Miami with second-ranked Jayhawks

The news had no bearing on today's clash with Syracuse — 4:30 p.m. at American Airlines Arena on ESPN — but we now know for sure that KU freshman Billy Preston will not play against the Orange. By Matt Tait

Friday, December 1

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Tough Ending: KU volleyball falls to Missouri in five sets

It was three years ago when freshmen Kelsie Payne and Ainise Havili took the floor together in their first NCAA tournament together. Kansas was the 16-seed, playing host to Arkansas Little Rock, and it was the third straight time Ray Bechard’s team had made its way to the tournament.

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Jayhawks eager to try to solve Syracuse's 2-3 zone

If it's not Jim Boeheim's scowl or that big, orange mascot, it's probably the 2-3 zone that first comes to mind when thinking Syracuse basketball. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 2 KU basketball vs. Syracuse

A look at some of the keys for second-ranked Kansas in Saturday's Hoophall Miami Invitational vs. Syracuse at American Airlines Arena in Miami. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Kansas and Syracuse a study in contrasts

This year’s Kansas and Syracuse basketball teams are as different as the body types of their Nigerian centers.