Stories for February 2017


Tuesday, February 28

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Rough start costs KU baseball in 12-1 loss

Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price could tell right away that something was different from the moment the first pitch left the hand of freshman pitcher Ryan Zeferjahn. By Shane Jackson

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Tom Keegan: Don't bet against Kansas winning 14th consecutive Big 12 title

Now that the new-car smell has faded from the UCLA-tying 13th-consecutive conference title, it’s time to examine what it will take for Kansas to own the outright record by securing a 14th Big 12 title in a row.

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Self deems senior Frank Mason III worthy of player of the year nod

Kansas senior Frank Mason III has put himself in position to become KU’s first John R. Wooden and/or Naismith award winner since Danny Manning in 1988 and the first ever to play for Self. By Matt Tait

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Bill Self: Last 5 seasons at Kansas have been more special because of my son

When the final horn sounded on Kansas’ 73-63, Senior Night victory over Oklahoma on Monday night, it signaled the Allen-Fieldhouse-end of a five-year run that has been like no other for the head basketball coach at KU. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Fearless Frank and friends make encore a memorable one

The Jayhawks are just heating up, ready for the postseason. No way they were going to let Fearless Frank Mason’s final home game end on the court where he arrived as the guard nobody else but Towson wanted, and immediately went to work at building higher hopes and finished as a Kansas legend. By Tom Keegan

KU women fall to West Virginia, 73-54

West Virginia built a 16-point first-quarter lead and went on to defeat Kansas, 73-54, in Big 12 women’s basketball Monday night in Morgantown, W.Va.

Monday, February 27

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Jayhawks' Senior Night goes from sluggish to spectacular

The West Virginia comeback it was not, but there sure were moments when it looked — and sounded — like it. After a sloppy and sluggish 30 minutes of basketball against last-place Oklahoma, No. 1 Kansas woke up in a big way and buried the Sooners, 73-63, with a suffocating 31-9 surge to the finish line on Senior Night. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: KU seniors appreciative, humorous in send-off speeches

Before getting to the three senior speeches following Monday’s wild, come-from-behind, 73-63 victory over Oklahoma at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas coach Bill Self asked the crowd to give it up to “the rest of the team for their efforts and how they represented (you).” By Matt Tait

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No. 1 Jayhawks avoid Senior Night scare, beat Oklahoma

No one who walked into Allen Fieldhouse Monday wearing Kansas basketball gear expected the No. 1 Jayhawks to drop their home finale against Oklahoma on Senior Night. But some doubt definitely crept in before senior point guard Frank Mason III and the Jayhawks closed the second half playing the type of basketball that helped them reach the top ranking in the country. By Benton Smith

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Alvamar Country Club changes name to Jayhawk Club; deal struck with KU

In a unique licensing and branding allowance by the University of Kansas, Lawrence’s Alvamar Country Club is now called the Jayhawk Club with a Jayhawk-emblazoned logo to match. KU on Monday announced the licensing agreement between the university and club ownership, an LLC headed by Lawrence developer Thomas Fritzel and his family, who also developed Rock Chalk Park.

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Jayhawks take over No. 1 spot in latest AP rankings

With just a week left to play in the regular season, Kansas has ascended to the No. 1 spot in the country.

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Josh Jackson picks up 7th Big 12 Newcomer of Week award

KU freshman now has 2nd-most newcomer awards in league history

For the second consecutive week and seventh time during his outstanding freshman season, Kansas swingman Josh Jackson has picked up a Big 12 Newcomer of the Week award.

Sunday, February 26

KU women golfers lead Arizona tourney

Kansas women’s golfer Chomchana Phuchanbanchob fired rounds of 68 and 73 to tie for second place after two rounds Sunday at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz.

Reid propels KU softball

Sophomore pitcher Alexis Reid pitched her third complete game of the weekend, and junior Jessie Roane and senior Lily Behrmann homered as Kansas’ softball team defeated Alabama A&M, 5-1, on Sunday in the Cardinal Classic at Beaumont, Texas.

Jayhawks swept at Stanford

Stanford completed a three-game sweep of Kansas’ baseball team with a 4-2 victory Sunday in Stanford, Calif.

Future KU golfer wins tournament

Kansas women’s golf signee Sera Tadokoro, who will join the Jayhawk roster in the fall of 2017, won the Georgia Open at Savannah, Ga., on Sunday as part of the International Junior Golf Tour.

Kansas-West Virginia women's basketball preview

Here's a look at Monday night's Kansas-West Virginia women's basketball game.

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Brought up on Kansas basketball, walk-on Tyler Self prepared for only start

While obviously not as intricately involved as his father, Tyler, since the elder Self became KU’s head coach nearly 14 years ago, has felt as much a member of the KU basketball family as anyone. It gives the walk-on guard a unique outlook ahead of Monday’s home finale versus Oklahoma (8 p.m., ESPN), which doubles as Senior Night for Tyler, Frank Mason III and Landen Lucas. By Benton Smith

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Senior Night came quickly for Kansas trio

The look in his eye and expression on his face said it for him, but Kansas senior Frank Mason III decided to go ahead and attach the words anyway. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: KU basketball vs. Oklahoma

A look at some of the keys for Kansas in Monday's Senior Night extravaganza against Oklahoma at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Kansas tennis falls to Vols

Sophomore Anastasia Rychagova and freshman Maria Toren Ribes won their third-straight doubles match for Kansas, but Tennessee won the doubles point and added three singles wins to defeat KU’s women’s tennis team, 4-0, on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Saturday, February 25

Kansas softbal splits pair

Sophomore pitcher Alexis Reid pitched her fourth shutout of the season as Kansas softball defeated Lamar, 1-0, on Saturday in Beaumont, Texas. Reid allowed six hits, striking out three.

KU track 2nd at Big 12 Indoor

Kansas track and field secured a runner-up finish at the Big 12 Indoor Championship Saturday at the Lied Recreation Center in Ames, Iowa, with the Kansas men finishing 13 points behind overall champion Texas and the women posting a fifth-place finish. The teams scored 110.5 points and 81 points, respectively, over the two-day meet.

Stanford blanks Kansas baseball

Stanford’s baseball team shut out Kansas for the second straight day, winning a 5-0 decision over the Jayhawks on Saturday in Stanford, Calif.

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Notebook: Jayhawks keep business as usual after Big 12 outright title; Bill Walton meets with team

There were no trophies, no hugs and smiles, no celebratory video and, really, no hubbub at all. By Matt Tait

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Benton Smith: Self masterfully pushes the right buttons, Jayhawks avoid trap game

Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks have experienced more hostile environments and found ways to slow down more dynamic lineups, while tangling with some of the nation’s top teams over the course of this season. By Benton Smith

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Dominant Dwight: Coleby's big first half lifts Jayhawks past Texas, 77-67

Kansas forward Dwight Coleby has had moments during his short KU career when his play positively impacted a game. But none of them were like this. By Matt Tait

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KU women slip in Sunflower Showdown on Senior Day

Kansas guard Jessica Washington could only put her hands on her hips as she shook her head in disbelief. By Shane Jackson

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Jayhawks secure outright Big 12 title with win over Texas

With an opportunity to lock up an outright Big 12 title Saturday, the Kansas basketball team leaned on some of its players off of the bench in a 77-67 victory over Texas at the Frank Erwin Center.

Kansas-Kansas State women's basketball preview

Here's a look at Saturday's Kansas-Kansas State women's basketball game.

Stanford blanks Kansas baseball

Kansas’ baseball team had just one hit, a single by James Cosentino, in a 6-0 loss to Stanford on Friday night in Stanford, Calif.

Kansas softball splits two games

Kansas’ softball team split a pair of games Friday at the Cardinal Classic in Beaumont, Texas.

Kansas tennis defeats UNLV

Senior Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum claimed a pair of victories to help 14th-ranked Kansas defeat No. 33 UNLV, 4-1, on Friday in Las Vegas.

Friday, February 24

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 3 KU basketball at Texas

A look at some of the keys for third-ranked Kansas in Saturday's road clash with the Longhorns deep in the heart of Texas.By Matt Tait

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Texas coach Shaka Smart marvels at KU's Big 12 title streak

Nearing the end of just his second season as a head coach in the Big 12 Conference, Texas coach Shaka Smart has been around long enough to get a full understanding of just how impressive Kansas’ streak of 13 consecutive Big 12 titles has been. By Matt Tait

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KU basketball player Josh Jackson charged in car vandalism case; Self says he won't bench 'great ambassador' for KU

University of Kansas basketball player Josh Jackson was charged Friday with one count of criminal damage to property for allegedly damaging a car outside a Lawrence bar in December.

Thursday, February 23

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Townsend brothers tie Kansas, UCLA conference title streaks together

One of just a handful of players to suit up for all three coaches responsible for UCLA’s record run of 13 consecutive conference titles in the late 1960s and 1970s, Raymond Townsend could do nothing but smile when No. 3 Kansas clinched a share of its record-tying 13th-consecutive Big 12 title with a win over TCU on Wednesday night. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Former KU football player directs compelling documentary on Thailand prison fighters

Micah Brown's project to air on Showtime

Imagine a world where the better a prisoner is at beating up another man with his fists and feet, the greater his chance at gaining freedom. Better yet, don’t imagine that world. Immerse yourself in it from a safe distance for 90 minutes Friday night in front of your television. You can do that by watching former Kansas football player Micah Brown’s documentary, “Prison Fighters: 5 Rounds to Freedom." By Tom Keegan

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Four Jayhawks named Academic All-Big 12

One day after helping the team secure a record-tying 13th consecutive Big 12 men's basketball title, four members of the Kansas basketball team added some academic hardware to their memorable week. By Matt Tait

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David Beaty announces KU's new strength coach

Currently operating within a crucial portion of the college football offseason, Kansas head coach David Beaty wasted no time in filling a staff vacancy. Beaty announced Thursday the addition of Zac Woodfin as the new director of strength and conditioning. By Benton Smith

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KU basketball player Graham arrested on municipal court charge after team's Big 12 conference win

Several hours after the University of Kansas men’s basketball team celebrated winning its 13th Big 12 conference title in a row, one of the team’s players was arrested.

Wednesday, February 22

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Notebook: Birthday Boy Graham celebrates 'special' day; Jackson OK after injury scare

Serenaded by the sweet sounds of “Happy Birthday” from Kansas fans throughout the night, KU junior Devonte’ Graham could not have imagined a better way to spend his 22nd birthday. By Matt Tait

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Benton Smith: Carlton Bragg looked more like the player KU hoped for

On a night when Bill Self’s Kansas basketball players did what they always seem to do — win at Allen Fieldhouse and accumulate new Big 12 championship gear — an unexpected conqueror emerged from the KU bench. By Benton Smith

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Historic Achievement: Jayhawks crush TCU, earn 13th-straight Big 12 title

All good parties have a guest of honor. And on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, the Kansas men’s basketball team welcomed 13 of them. By Matt Tait

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Brandon Rush fights back emotions during jersey retirement ceremony

With about five minutes remaining in the first half of the Kansas men’s basketball game Wednesday, Brandon Rush took a few moments to drink water and gather himself. By Bobby Nightengale

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Make it 13: Jayhawks match UCLA's league-title run

It’s been a long time coming, but Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks can now officially be mentioned in the same sentence as the great UCLA teams of the 1960s and ’70s. KU wrapped up at least a share of its 13th consecutive Big 12 regular-season title Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, where the Jayhawks’ 87-68 victory over TCU tied the league-title streak produced by the Bruins from 1967-79. By Benton Smith

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Records requests connected to McCarthy Hall rape investigation denied; judge cites mental health of witnesses

The substance of a search warrant connected to a rape investigation at the apartment building where the University of Kansas men's basketball team lives is sealed to the public, a judge ordered on Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 21

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Washington scores 36, but Kansas falls to ISU

Entering Tuesday, Iowa State was the only team in the Big 12 that Kansas junior Jessica Washington failed to score double figures against. She only scored four points in the teams’ first meeting, and she was determined to have a better showing at Allen Fieldhouse.

Young Jayhawks didn't look young in scoring 11-1 victory against Omaha in baseball home opener

Don’t expect the time-honored baseball tradition of smashing a shaving-cream pie into the face of a player being interviewed after the game to surface often at Hoglund Ballpark, home of the Kansas baseball team, this spring. This team is so young it’s not a given that all the players would know how to get the shaving cream out of the can.

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 3 KU basketball vs. TCU

A look at some of the keys for third-ranked Kansas in Wednesday night's match-up with TCU. By Matt Tait

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Montell Cozart transferring from Kansas

No longer a part of the Kansas football team’s plans at quarterback, former starter Montell Cozart announced Tuesday afternoon his intentions to transfer. By Benton Smith

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Former Jayhawk Brandon Rush excited, nervous for jersey retirement at Allen Fieldhouse

On a night when the current Kansas basketball team can help clinch a share of a record-tying 13th Big 12 regular season title, one former Jayhawk who played a huge role in delivering three of those titles will share the spotlight with the 2016-17 team. By Matt Tait

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Tony Hull creating national buzz for KU football

When a football program such as Kansas — which hasn’t posted a winning record in eight seasons or won more than three games in seven — starts landing commitments from four-star prospects and appearing on national top-10 lists dedicated to recruiting success, those following the sport can’t help but wonder how something like that occurs. As a result, the college football nation is getting an informal introduction to second-year KU running backs coach Tony Hull. By Benton Smith

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Fighting through foul trouble has forced KU's Lucas to adapt

Kansas senior Landen Lucas' ability to play through foul trouble has been one of the biggest reasons the Jayhawks are on pace to pick up Big 12 title No. 13 in a row. By Matt Tait

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Death of dream enabled shortstop Matt McLaughlin to become 'Jayhawk for life'

Four-year letter winner and three-time all-league selection in baseball and two-time all-county quarterback, Matt McLaughlin specialized in making his dreams come true at Leland High in central California. But nobody bats a thousand on his dreams, a harsh reality he absorbed as a teenager when he answered the phone and his uncle, University of Washington head baseball coach Lindsay Meggs, was on the other end.

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KU-ISU women at a glance

The University of Kansas women's basketball team will play Iowa State at 7 p.m. tonight in Allen Fieldhouse.

Monday, February 20

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Jayhawks maintain No. 3 spot in latest AP poll

A pair of victories over top-10 teams this past week didn’t nudge Kansas into one of the top two spots in the latest Associated Press college basketball poll, released Monday.

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Another one: Josh Jackson named Big 12's top newcomer for 6th time

In what is becoming a regular occurrence, the Big 12 on Monday named Kansas freshman wing Josh Jackson its Newcomer of the Week. It marked Jackson’s sixth such honor this season — a record for first-year Jayhawks.

Sunday, February 19

KU golfers tie for 4th

Kansas golfer Daniel Hudson fired a final round of 1-under 71 and tied for fifth Sunday at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, Calif.

S.D. State tops KU softball

Kansas’ softball team overcame an early two-run deficit but lost to South Dakota State, 3-2, on Sunday in the Osprey Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla.

Virginia rallies past KU baseball

Kansas’ baseball team failed to hold a six-run lead after six innings and fell to Virginia, 9-6, in the Charleston Crab House Challenge on Sunday in Charleston, S.C.

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Tom Keegan: Vick stock up, Svi stock down last week

All the chatter surrounding the Kansas basketball team has centered on its incredible finishes, which hasn’t left room for much talk about who starts. By Tom Keegan

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Jayhawks enjoy giving back at Special Olympics clinic

Only a few days away from an opportunity to clinch another Big 12 title, Kansas basketball players spent their Sunday afternoon helping other teams. By Bobby Nightengale

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Graham keeps gunning, finds other ways to help Kansas

Throughout Saturday’s 67-65, scratch-and-claw thriller at No. 4 Baylor, Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham could feel that it was not his day shooting the basketball. By Matt Tait

Saturday, February 18

Kansas softball wins two shutouts

Ania Williams pitched a one-hit shutout and Alexis Reid tossed a two-hit shutout as Kansas softball team won two games Saturday in the Osprey Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla.

Kansas baseball falls to Liberty, 6-1

The Kansas baseball team was held to four hits Saturday and suffered its first loss of the season against Liberty, 6-1, at Riley Park in Charleston, S.C.

KU golfers third after second round

Kansas’ men’s golf team held third place among 22 teams after the second round of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate on Saturday in Palm Desert, Calif.

Kansas goes cold in 75-60 loss to Texas Tech

Kansas’ women’s basketball team sprinted to an 11-point first-half lead but couldn’t hold it in a 75-60 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas.

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Notebook: Buzzer-beater gives Jayhawks 'big momentum boost' at half; KU up three games in Big 12

On a day when No. 3 Kansas made just 5-of-20 3-point attempts in a 67-65 win over No. 4 Baylor, back-to-back 3-pointers just before halftime helped save the Jayhawks.

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Tom Keegan: With brains and brawn, Lucas is the key in crunch time

Most of the 10,021 in Ferrell Center whistled, waved, hollered and did whatever else they thought might influence Landen Lucas to miss at the free-throw line with the game tied and 11.5 seconds showing on the clock. By Tom Keegan

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Last Stand: No. 3 Jayhawks surge past No. 4 Baylor in final minutes, 67-65

As the Kansas Jayhawks filed off the floor of Baylor’s Ferrell Center on Saturday afternoon, some looking exhausted, others with arms raised in victory, assistant coach Jerrance Howard hollered instructions on the way back to the locker room. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks win battle of top-four teams at Baylor

KU now up 3 games in Big 12

With the unflinching approach the Kansas basketball team has shown all season long, the Jayhawks took a major step toward the program’s 13th-consecutive Big 12 championship Saturday afternoon, with a 67-65 road victory at Baylor. By Benton Smith

Walk-off home run drops KU softball

The Kansas softball team lost its first two games of the season Friday, including a 10-inning thriller to North Florida, 8-6, in the Osprey Invitational.

Friday, February 17

KU baseball wins opener, 7-5

Kansas freshman infielder James Cosentino drilled a three-run home run for his first collegiate hit, helping the Jayhawks to a 7-5 road victory in their season-opener against The Citadel.

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 3 KU basketball at No. 4 Baylor

A look at some of the keys for third-ranked Kansas in Saturday's road match-up with No. 4 Baylor.By Matt Tait

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Defensive line coach Jesse Williams officially joins KU football staff

Looking to bring an experienced defensive assistant to his third Kansas football staff, head coach David Beaty officially announced Friday the addition of former Ohio defensive line coach Jesse Williams. By Benton Smith

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Managing Motley again key for Kansas in rematch with Baylor

The last time the Kansas men’s basketball team faced Baylor menace Johnathan Motley, the Jayhawks watched the junior forward go off for 14 points in one half and barely move the needle for two more points in the other. By Matt Tait

Thursday, February 16

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Tom Keegan: Bill Self has winning record at Kansas vs. future NBA All-Stars

Bill Self still has not had the pleasure of kicking back with a plate of BBQ and a strawberry soda in front of his TV to watch one of his Kansas players compete in the NBA All-Star Game, although he did coach three-time All-Star Deron Williams at Illinois. As for coaching against players who went on to play in the league’s splashy mid-season exhibition, that’s another story entirely.

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With Baylor battle looming, Jayhawks' wild West Virginia victory still celebrated

Even with a road game at No. 4 Baylor looming this weekend, one of the most popular topics at Thursday’s media session with the Kansas basketball team was still the Jayhawks’ wild and crazy come-from-behind victory over West Virginia on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Another Louisiana prospect backs out of initial commitment to KU football

And then there were four. Once a group of six, the number of Class of 2018 Louisiana prospects committed to the Kansas football program again shrank on Thursday, when three-star defensive lineman Nelson Jenkins announced his intentions to play closer to home, at LSU. By Benton Smith

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2017 PG Trae Young picks Oklahoma

In the end, Trae Young just could not leave home. Young, one of the Kansas basketball program’s top remaining targets in the 2017 recruiting class, announced shortly after noon on Thursday that he would attend the University of Oklahoma, picking the hometown Sooners over Kansas and Oklahoma State. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, February 15

Kansas State president asks fans to stop vulgar chants

The president of Kansas State University has asked Wildcat basketball fans to stop using vulgar chants targeted at the Kansas Jayhawks when the rivals meet in Bramlage Coliseum.

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Beaty reportedly ready to add new D-line coach

It didn’t take David Beaty long to find a new defensive line coach. Days after news of Michael Slater’s departure from the Kansas football staff emerged, his replacement was identified. By Benton Smith

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Freshmen, newcomers rounding out Kansas’ latest baseball team

It has become an annual tradition for Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price to start getting excited around this time about the prospect of returning to the diamond. By Shane Jackson

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Receiver Daylon Charlot left Alabama to make 'big impact' at Kansas

After one season with Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide, and appearing briefly in five games for a team that won the national championship, Charlot decided to leave behind the glory of SEC royalty. This past August, ahead of what would’ve been his sophomore season with Alabama, Charlot resurfaced at Kansas, a program long serving as the butt of Big 12 jokes. By Benton Smith

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KU's Frank Mason III named one of 10 finalists for Senior CLASS Award

Kansas senior Frank Mason III has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2016-17 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate basketball, it was announced Wednesday. By Matt Tait

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With decision day nearing, analysts split down the middle on 5-star PG Trae Young

If ever there were an even split for a high-profile basketball prospect’s college decision, this is it. Five-star point guard Trae Young, of Norman, Oklahoma, is set to reveal his long-awaited decision at noon Thursday at Norman North High and a quick glance at nearly every legitimate recruiting site out there has this one coming in as a dead heat between Kansas and Oklahoma.

Tuesday, February 14

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Tom Keegan: Dick Vitale calls KU's backcourt best in nation

Eighteen hours later, colorful analyst Dick Vitale still was juiced by witnessing the unlikeliest of Big Monday comebacks, one that ended with Kansas stealing a victory from West Virginia, 84-80 in overtime.

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In close games or colossal beatdowns, Jayhawks just win

The stat sheet shows that the third-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team has outscored opponents 2,171-1,883, but that hardly tells the story of KU’s season. By Matt Tait

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KU football spring game set for April 15

In just a couple of months, fans looking for a sneak peek at David Beaty’s third Kansas football team will get their chance when the Jayhawks invite the public into Memorial Stadium for their annual spring game. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Vick provides big first-half lift; Mason feeling better

On a night when so many wild and crazy things happened down the stretch, it could be easy to forget one player’s contribution midway during the first half. By Matt Tait

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Comeback for the Ages: Jayhawks shock West Virginia with late rally, 84-80

On a night when they set the Guinness World Record for loudest indoor arena, a handful of Kansas basketball fans began filing out of Allen Fieldhouse with a little less than 3:00 remaining. Boy, were those folks sorry they left. By Matt Tait

Monday, February 13

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Tom Keegan: Devonte' Graham heats up right on time for Jayhawks

The fans who turned their backs on the court and headed for the exit ramps as West Virginia led by 14 points with fewer then three minutes remaining, just might have been muttering, “Where have you gone, Devonte’ Graham? It seemed like just yesterday you outplayed the best player in the country.” Fair question, but those who left were not able to witness Graham’s return to prominence, not to mention a once-in-a-lifetime team comeback. By Tom Keegan

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Jayhawks surge late to overtake West Virginia in OT

The Kansas basketball team hadn’t lost consecutive games inside Allen Fieldhouse since the 1988-89 season entering a top-10, Big Monday clash with West Virginia. By the end of a long night for the Jayhawks’ offense, 14th-year KU head coach Bill Self still had yet to experience back-to-back home losses. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks holding steady at No. 3 in AP Poll

The Top 3 remained unchanged in this week's AP Poll, with Kansas holding on to its No. 3 ranking behind No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 Villanova.

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K-State coach Bill Snyder diagnosed with throat cancer

Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder has been diagnosed with throat cancer, though treatments are going well and he expects to be on the field when Kansas State begins spring practice next month.

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Josh Jackson's big week earns him conference's top honor

A five-time winner of the conference’s Newcomer of the Week award already this season, Kansas freshman Josh Jackson added to his list of accolades Monday morning, when the Big 12 named him the league’s Player of the Week for a second time.By Matt Tait

Sunday, February 12

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Strength coach, defensive line coach leaving Kansas football program

Kansas football coach David Beaty’s 2017 coaching staff isn’t quite fully assembled after all.

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Four-star WR Chase decommits from KU football

Serving as a reminder of just how mercurial the college football recruiting world can be, Kansas coaches learned Sunday night one of the touted Louisiana prospects who committed to join the Jayhawks just over a week ago has decided to back out. By Benton Smith

Kansas softball improves to 5-0

The Kansas softball team completed its season-opening weekend with a 6-0 victory over Akron on Sunday in the Stetson Lead-Off Classic in Deland, Fla.

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Tom Keegan: Josh Jackson rising up to meet every steep challenge

Such brutal blocks of a schedule have been known to expose freshmen as less-than-ready for the prime-time. Not just any freshman, Josh Jackson has exploded with his most productive run, which figures. His emergence as a consistent big-time scorer coincides precisely with the uptick in the difficulty of the schedule. The more his team needs him, the better he tends to play.

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KU's Big Monday rematch with WVU more about revenge than league race

As most everyone knows, Kansas coach Bill Self throughout the years has made winning the Big 12 Conference a point of emphasis for his KU teams. But for one night, in the thick of this season’s chase for the title, Self would like to put the Big 12 race on the back burner and play a game for pride. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: KU basketball vs. West Virginia

A look at some of the keys for Kansas in its Big Monday rematch with West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Saturday, February 11

KU tennis falls to Arkansas

The Kansas women’s tennis team couldn’t rally behind sophomore Nina Khmelnitckaia’s pair of wins and fell to Arkansas, 4-3, on Saturday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Kansas softball wins two more

Behind strong pitching performances, the Kansas softball team remained unbeaten in its season-opening weekend. The Jayhawks beat Savannah State, 16-1, and topped Stetson, 4-0, on Saturday in Deland, Fla.

Texas trips KU women

The Kansas women's basketball team never found a rhythm offensively Saturday, shooting 21 percent from the floor in a 75-42 loss to 10th-ranked Texas at Frank Erwin Center.

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Notebook: Mason 'wasn't himself' playing sick; KU earns a top seed in NCAA tournament sneak peek

Battling an illness throughout the week but still able to practice, Kansas senior Frank Mason III gutted out a season-low 26 minutes to help No. 3 Kansas hold off a serious threat by Texas Tech, 80-79, on Saturday at United Supermarkets Arena. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Growing with each game, Jackson doesn't play like a freshman

Josh Jackson arrived at Kansas with a sophisticated basketball mind and perpetually revved motor, but in the months of November and December he flashed teenager moments. By Tom Keegan

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Freshman Phenom: Jackson's career day lifts Jayhawks past Texas Tech

If Saturday was any indication of how the 20th year of his life is going to go, Kansas freshman Josh Jackson is in for a heck of a ride. By Matt Tait

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Josh Jackson carries KU to win at Texas Tech

Senior leader Frank Mason III can’t carry the offensive load every game for Kansas. So his freshman teammate Josh Jackson came through with his best Mason impersonation Saturday afternoon at Texas Tech, in an 80-79 KU road win. By Benton Smith

KU softball sweeps season openers

Kansas softball opened its season with a 2-1 victory over Akron on Friday morning and a 16-2 win against Savannah State in the afternoon.

Friday, February 10

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Offensive coordinator Doug Meacham highest-paid Kansas football assistant, D-coordinator Clint Bowen close second

Kansas will pay its nine assistant football coaches $3,031,999 in 2017.

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Tom Keegan: Texas Tech experienced and tough at home

If Texas Tech “upsets” Kansas, a four-point favorite, many will want to send out a search party to find an explanation for the unthinkable. Were they flat, exhausted, distracted, robbed by the refs? Better question: What if Texas Tech is just better for two hours in the game that tips off at 1 p.m.? A four-point underdog does win every now and then.

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Holy Guacamole! KU's Graham thriving in supporting role

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self never has talked much about a love of comic books, but he dropped a doozy of a comic reference earlier this week when describing the play of junior Devonte’ Graham. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 3 KU basketball at Texas Tech

A look at some of the keys for third-ranked Kansas in Saturday's Big 12 battle with Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. By Matt Tait

Thursday, February 9

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With QB spot not guaranteed, Stanley keeping true to himself

After sitting out and playing only on the scout team during his first year in the University of Kansas football program, quarterback Carter Stanley began his redshirt freshman season this past fall as the odd man out — the third quarterback on a team rotating two others in and out of the lineup.

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KU's Josh Jackson still searching for fix to free throw woes

For all of the high-flying dunks, big time passes and huge point totals that have led to six double-doubles, Kansas freshman Josh Jackson still can’t get comfortable at the free throw line. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Third staff the charm for David Beaty

Early in David Beaty’s tenure as head football coach at Kansas, athletic director Sheahon Zenger mentioned in passing but with confidence that it had been his experience that it takes until a coach’s third year on the job for him to get his staff just right.

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Kansas football adds commitment from Missouri defensive lineman

Less than a week after adding the first player in the 2018 recruiting class, the Kansas football team picked up its eighth pledge Thursday. By Bobby Nightengale

Investigation into car vandalism possibly involving KU basketball players partially complete

A portion of the investigation into a December car vandalism possibly involving two University of Kansas basketball players is complete, the Douglas County District Attorney's Office said in a release.

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Promotion to associate head coach earns Tony Hull huge raise

The Kansas athletic department made another serious commitment to improving its football program Tuesday when it more than doubled the salary of running backs coach and standout recruiter Tony Hull, who also received a new title.

Wednesday, February 8

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Ranking KU's top perimeter trios of the past 25 seasons

A talented trio of terrific guards in the starting lineup hardly has been a rare occurrence at Kansas throughout the past 25 years, but few groups have had the sort of night in, night out impact that senior Frank Mason III, junior Devonte’ Graham and freshman Josh Jackson have for this year’s Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

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KU women knock off OSU for second Big 12 victory

After Kansas earned its first Big 12 win over TCU earlier this season, the team doused coach Brandon Schneider with Gatorade as he entered the locker room. This time, as the Jayhawks picked up their second conference win, the coaches returned the favor.

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KU football's Tony Hull promoted to associate head coach

Second-year Kansas running backs coach Tony Hull sent shockwaves through the college football recruiting world last week by landing a large group of commitments from Louisiana, his home state.

KU-OSU women at a glance

Kansas women will face Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. tonight, at Allen Fieldhouse.

Tuesday, February 7

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Jayhawks fueled by hostile road environments

Monday night, during KU's 74-71 victory over Kansas State in Manhattan, the signs were out, the students were loud and the sounds of “Sandstorm” threatened to melt the faces off of everyone in the building during the frantic final few minutes. And the Jayhawks loved every minute of it. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Tony Hull brings taste of Cajun culture and Kansas football recruits follow

Kansas, of all places, is fast becoming a popular destination for college football prospects from the state of Louisiana.

Monday, February 6

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Notebook: Carlton Bragg provides lift in return from three-game suspension

The three-game suspension served by Kansas sophomore Carlton Bragg Jr., officially ended Monday night at Bramlage Coliseum, 4:58 into KU’s 74-71 victory over Kansas State. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Josh Jackson will find way to truly be 'good at everything'

The play called for the ball to go to Josh Jackson in the post and it did, where two defenders quickly crowded him. Thinking and acting quickly, as is his way, Jackson whistled the ball to Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk for a wide-open 3 that he hit late to help Kansas score a 74-71 victory over Kansas State in a battle played in front of 12,528 rowdy witnesses. “Biggest shot of the game,” Kansas coach Bill Self said of the Svi 3 that broke a tie with 2:34 left. Kansas led the rest of the way. By Tom Keegan

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How Sweep It Is: Mason's steal highlights road win at K-State, 74-71

Almost every game has a signature play that is remembered as the reason a team won or lost. And for the Kansas men’s basketball team, which secured a season sweep over in-state rival Kansas State with a 74-71 victory Monday night at Bramlage Coliseum, that play began with senior guard Frank Mason III on his back. By Matt Tait

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Sunflower sweep: Kansas wins at K-State on Big Monday

Playing on its rival’s home floor at Bramlage Coliseum Monday night, the Kansas basketball team, coming off a rare home loss two days earlier, withstood a valiant second-half rally from Kansas State for a 74-71 victory. By Benton Smith

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Sixth touted Louisiana prospect commits to KU football

Jenkins a three-star D-lineman from 'The Boot'

The Kansas football program’s Louisiana recruiting revolution didn’t flame out over the weekend. Nelson Jenkins, a defensive lineman from Plaquemine, Louisiana, listed at 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, announced Monday morning on Twitter his intentions to play at KU. By Benton Smith

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Carlton Bragg Jr. will suit up for Kansas tonight vs. K-State

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Monday afternoon told the Journal-World that the suspension for sophomore forward Carlton Bragg Jr., had been lifted and that Bragg would suit up and be eligible to play in the Jayhawks’ Big Monday showdown with Kansas State at 8 p.m. on ESPN. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks remain 3rd in latest AP Poll

The Kansas men’s basketball team held its spot at No. 3 in this week’s Associated Press poll despite falling to unranked Iowa State at home last Saturday. By Matt Tait

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Bragg's diversion agreement effectively closes drug paraphernalia case, pending any other offenses

After being suspended three games, University of Kansas men’s basketball player Carlton Bragg Jr. was expected to be back in uniform Monday night against Kansas State. Off court, Bragg’s recent drug paraphernalia case appears to be wrapped up.

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Gameday Breakdown: KU basketball vs. Kansas State

A look at some of the keys for Kansas in Monday's Sunflower Showdown rematch in Manhattan. By Matt Tait

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Big Monday Sunflower Showdown likely to be extra energized

No one was questioning whether the Kansas State Wildcats would be salivating over a shot at revenge against in-state rival Kansas at 8 p.m. tonight in Manhattan. But then the weekend happened and Kansas State upset No. 2 Baylor on the road while Kansas fell to Iowa State at home, bringing the anticipation for tonight’s Big Monday showdown on ESPN to new heights. By Matt Tait

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TCU tops Kansas, 80-68

Junior guard Chayla Cheadle didn’t even try to plead her case. She merely gave the official a puzzled look.

Sunday, February 5

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Bragg travels with Jayhawks to Manhattan; gameday status uncertain

It’s too early to know if he’ll play, but he is expected to be in the building. That’s the latest on Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr., who has been suspended indefinitely since Jan. 26 and has missed the Jayhawks’ last three games. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks' 2018 recruiting class grows to six late Saturday night

If David Beaty had gone to bed early Saturday night, after he and his Kansas football assistant coaches secured four verbal commitments for their 2018 recruiting class, the KU head coach could’ve slept well following what already had to be considered a wildly successful day for the downtrodden program. Believe it or not, the Jayhawks’ banner recruiting day was just getting started. By Benton Smith

Saturday, February 4

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Two of top 60 prep juniors in nation commit to KU football

Jayhawks begin building 2018 class with four pledges

Prior to this weekend, the Kansas football team hadn’t picked up any commitments for its 2018 recruiting class. Over the course of a few hours Saturday, though, the list went from nonexistent to four deep and included the names of two of the top prospects the state of Louisiana has to offer. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Unlikely 3-point threat shoots Cyclones to win in Allen Fieldhouse

This is how easier-than-most-to-shake upsets happen in basketball: A talented player who doesn’t care how many shots in a row he has missed keeps firing without ever looking back, without ever fearing consequences in the event the shots keep clanking off the rim. By Tom Keegan

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Self: Jayhawks handling off-the-court issues 'as good as we can do'

There isn’t a non-Jayhawk soul on the planet that’s going to feel too sorry for the Kansas men’s basketball team following Saturday’s 92-89, overtime, home loss to Iowa State. By Matt Tait

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Cyclones experience rare 'special day' at Allen Fieldhouse

ISU snaps Jayhawks' 54-game home winning streak

Opposing players and coaches so seldom get to leave Allen Fieldhouse with smiles on their faces, Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm had to take a deep breath and compose himself Saturday afternoon before getting into the finer details on his Cyclones’ 92-89 overtime victory against Kansas. By Benton Smith

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Streak Stopped: Jayhawks slip against Iowa State, suffer first home loss

The longest active home-court winning streak in the country is now a thing of the past thanks to Iowa State’s 92-89, overtime victory over No. 3 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon. By Matt Tait

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Cyclones topple No. 3 Kansas in overtime

Iowa State, like many teams that have encountered Kansas this season, had trouble stopping senior point guard Frank Mason III, Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. But Cyclones veterans Monte’ Morris, Deonte Burton and Naz Mitrou-Long shot ISU past the defending Big 12 champions, despite a woeful first half of defense and trailing by as many as 15 points. By Benton Smith

Friday, February 3

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KU Athletics director explains ‘no comment’ stance on reports of basketball players’ misconduct

Zenger asserts department does not influence investigations

In recent weeks, members of the highly-ranked University of Kansas men’s basketball team have made national headlines due to off-court incidents. In an interview with the Journal-World on Friday, KU’s top athletics official assured that the KU basketball team is not out of control and said administrators' “no comment” stance on the alleged incidents was required.

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Tom Keegan: If basketball roster thins, a pair of football players worthy of jerseys

What if another suspension comes? What if another player suffers an injury? Fewer blowouts have resulted in fewer minutes for walk-ons. Even so, based on limited evidence, it doesn’t seem to be as talented a group as in many years.

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Coleby, Lightfoot slowly sliding into bigger roles for Kansas

Less than six weeks ago, Kansas forwards Dwight Coleby and Mitch Lightfoot faced long odds of seeing much court time this season. Today, it's a much different story for the two Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

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KU football welcoming slew of 2018 recruits to campus this weekend

Some of top prospects in Louisiana to visit

Kansas football coach David Beaty deemed this week’s National Signing Day a success for the rebuilding program, but that didn’t mean he and his staff could celebrate or relax. In college football, recruiting never stops. As evidence, look no further than the Jayhawks’ weekend plans, which revolve around welcoming to campus a slew of recruits from the Class of 2018. By Benton Smith

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 3 KU basketball vs. Iowa State

A look at some of the keys for third-ranked Kansas in Saturday's rematch with Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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QB Deondre Ford announces transfer from KU

A starting quarterback briefly during his time at the University of Kansas, Deondre Ford announced Friday morning he is transferring out of the program. Ford, who transferred to KU from Dodge City Community College before the 2015 season, didn’t say where he will go next in a tweet signaling his departure, but the QB is looking for a place where he can play. By Benton Smith

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KU softball gears up for new season, new identity

When the Kansas softball team takes the diamond in Deland, Florida on Feb. 10, it will be a much different group than the one that walked off the diamond in May of last year.

Thursday, February 2

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Kansas coach Bill Self: 'Our team got better'

Tough 3-game stretch leaves Jayhawks in good shape

With off-the-court questions still lingering and nine games remaining in the regular season, the third-ranked Jayhawks sit at 20-2, are poised to move up in the rankings and recently answered one question during what will go down as their toughest three-game stretch of the 2016-17 season — these guys know how to win. By Matt Tait

Report: 2 KU basketball players allegedly involved in car vandalism case

Two University of Kansas men’s basketball players are persons of interest in a car vandalism case being investigated by Lawrence police, according to a Kansas City Star report published online Thursday.

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Quarterback Peyton Bender stuck with Kansas and wants to play

A junior college quarterback sitting in his dorm room in Fulton, Mississippi, Peyton Bender answered a phone call from a random number this past October, unaware the conversation that followed would get him back to playing football in a Power Five conference. By Benton Smith

KU women overpowered by No. 18 Oklahoma, 89-52

Maddie Manning had 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals, Peyton Little scored 16, and No. 18 Oklahoma beat Kansas 89-52 on Wednesday for its eighth straight home win.

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Notebook: Jayhawks lead Big 12 standings at halfway mark

These are the games that get remembered when a team rips off a streak that is talked about in every conference town and at the beginning and end of every college basketball season. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, February 1

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Jayhawks grind out victory over Baylor in top-three clash

KU moves into sole possession of 1st in Big 12

About 30 minutes after the third-ranked Jayhawks secured a 73-68 victory on Wednesday night over No. 2 Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse, junior guard Devonte’ Graham found himself laughing while thinking back to a question posed by KU coach Bill Self to his team a couple of weeks ago. “It’s funny, because coach asked us if we would rather be down two with the ball or up two and have to get a stop (to win),” Graham began. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: The biggest games bring out the best in Josh Jackson

Back-to-back games against top-five teams, one in enemy territory with more than 24,000 rooting against him, the other in the building that supplies college basketball’s most outrageous home-court advantage. Time for Josh Jackson to show the nation how much he loves to play basketball, how much he loves to win. By Tom Keegan

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No. 3 Jayhawks prevail against No. 2 Baylor

Even facing the No. 2 team in the nation and playing without one of its top frontcourt players didn’t stop No. 3-ranked Kansas, which won its 51st consecutive game inside Allen Fieldhouse, 73-68, Wednesday night against Baylor. By Benton Smith

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Running backs highlight Signing Day victory for Beaty and KU football

Some coaches liken National Signing Day to Christmas. For third-year Kansas football coach David Beaty, who saw a crop of new additions make their affiliation with the program official Wednesday, it felt more like a game day. And Beaty thought the Jayhawks emerged victorious. By Benton Smith

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Firebirds' Dineen inks with Kansas

As soon as Free State High senior Jay Dineen woke up Wednesday, he quickly filled out paperwork and sent it to the University of Kansas. By Bobby Nightengale

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KU's Bragg gets diversion in drug paraphernalia case

University of Kansas men’s basketball player Carlton Bragg is now on diversion in his drug paraphernalia case.