The Kansas football team’s 2018 recruiting class shrank by one commitment Monday evening, with Texas prep Tevailance Hunt announcing his decision to de-commit from David Beaty’s program. By Benton Smith
Sometimes, if it seems too good to be true, it’s false.
Having waited more than a full year for the opportunity to get back on the court and compete in a real game, one would think that Kansas transfer Malik Newman would be most excited about his own return ahead of this week’s trip to Italy. By Matt Tait
Sometimes the players who don’t hog the highlights are the ones who end up becoming most popular with Allen Fieldhouse spectators. The little things they do that play huge parts in long winning streaks give them crimson-and-blue-collar appeal.
One day before his team boarded a plane for Italy, Kansas coach Bill Self revealed that the Jayhawks’ flight overseas would be one body lighter. By Matt Tait
After hosting events such as the NCAA West Preliminaries in 2016 and the Big 12 Championships in May, Kansas track and field coach Stanley Redwine was looking forward to see how Rock Chalk Park would be able to accommodate the USATF National Junior Olympics. By Chris Duderstadt
Thought to be one of the Kansas football team’s deepest positions this fall, the Jayhawks’ receiving corps suffered an unexpected blow just days before the start of preseason camp. KU’s second-leading receiver a year ago, would-be senior LaQuvionte Gonzalez has been dismissed from the program, a KU official confirmed to the Journal-World Sunday afternoon. By Benton Smith
Preseason Kansas football camp begins on Tuesday. But the Jayhawks aren’t worried about coming in rusty. Every week they were on campus this summer, team leaders made sure players convened every Tuesday for seven-on-seven competition — offense versus defense. By Benton Smith
Golfer Chase Hanna certainly has a knack for making his birthdays memorable ones.
Former University o f Kansas golfer Gary Woodland shot a 9-under 63 Friday in the second round of the Canadian Open to move to 11-under heading into the final two rounds.
Back in Lawrence for the second of a four-leg summer camp tour that started in Olathe on Thursday, continues Friday in Wichita and will wrap in his new home of Sacramento next week, former Kansas point guard Frank Mason used some of his spare time to try to make special arrangements to join the Jayhawks in Italy. By Matt Tait
Former Kansas guard Tyler Self, the son of KU coach Bill Self, is headed to San Antonio to begin his career in basketball. By Matt Tait
One minute he has a roof over his head, is looking forward to finishing his final high school football season, starting his final basketball season and graduating in the spring with his friends. The next minute, he, his brother and mother are evicted from their home. By Tom Keegan
Up to a point, the defensive improvements shown by his Kansas football team in 2016 encouraged head coach David Beaty. He still speaks some eight months later about how proud he was to see coordinator Clint Bowen’s group lead the Big 12 in third-down defense and finish second in red-zone defense. Beaty raves, too, about KU’s star defensive end, Dorance Armstrong Jr., leading the conference with 20 tackles for loss. The head coach’s usual enthusiasm, though, remains tempered by reality. By Benton Smith
Former Kansas point guard Frank Mason III will be back in Lawrence for a one-day camp today, inspiring and teaching young players of all ages who one day hope to follow in his footsteps. By Matt Tait
Thursday's first round of the Digital Ally Open was postponed until Friday because five inches of rain fell on Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park, the web.com tour announced. The second round is scheduled for 36 holes and the golfers who make the cut are scheduled to play 36 holes Sunday.
Landen Lucas’ bid to make an NBA roster fell short after his summer with the Boston Celtics. But that does not mean the former Kansas center has reached the end of big time basketball. By Matt Tait
In ongoing efforts to revitalize the Kansas football program, no strategy looms larger than the planned $300 million renovation project for Memorial Stadium. KU athletics director Sheahon Zenger, appearing Wednesday on “The Program” with Soren Petro in part to discuss the university’s new partnership with 810 WHB, said he has looked forward to the massive task at hand since arriving in Lawrence in 2011. By Benton Smith
A day after University of Kansas football and men’s basketball fans learned one radio station in the Kansas City area would no longer broadcast live play-by-play action of KU games, a new radio home for the Jayhawks emerged. 810 WHB and the Kansas athletics department announced Wednesday 810 will carry KU football and basketball games beginning this season. By Benton Smith
With thousands of athletes in attendance at Rock Chalk Park on Tuesday night, Olympic gold medalists Carl Lewis and Ashton Eaton sat on a podium ready to offer words of advice.
University of Kansas fans accustomed to listening to football and men’s basketball games on 610 Sports Radio will have to get used to finding the Jayhawks elsewhere on the radio, beginning this season.
Former Kansas sharp-shooter Jeff Boschee, who still holds most of KU’s biggest 3-point shooting records, has not been able to get back to Lawrence as often as he would have liked since the end of his playing days, with his own coaching career and busy family life dominating most of his time. By Matt Tait
Head coach David Beaty says he is in no hurry to name the Kansas football team’s starting quarterback for the quickly-approaching season. When that declaration comes, though, Beaty will be glad to have whomever finishes second between junior transfer Peyton Bender and redshirt sophomore Carter Stanley in a backup role. By Benton Smith
Long before Dayton Valentine was named one of the five captains of the Kansas State football team, he had dreams of playing for a different team in the state. By Bobby Nightengale
When Kansas football coach David Beaty makes a public appearance or fields questions from reporters, he often finds himself on the topics of KU’s quarterback competition and/or the program’s current star defensive linemen. When Beaty considers the Jayhawks’ roster for the upcoming season, though, the talent at another key position group — wide receiver — gets him characteristically fired up about KU’s potential. By Benton Smith
Omaha — Same man, same putter, same caddie, same greens. Couldn’t miss Saturday, couldn’t make one Sunday. It even happens to men so skilled they make their livings playing golf.
Above the entrance to Sports Pavilion Lawrence this weekend hung a huge banner announcing the Hardwood Classic AAU basketball tournament that simply said #BeSeen. That was the goal for the players from the more than 250 teams that invaded Lawrence over the weekend for the second, and best, event of its kind in Lawrence’s shiny new facility, and that was incredibly easy to do given the impressive list of college coaches who made the trip to evaluate some of the top talent in the next few recruiting classes. By Matt Tait
Former Kansas All-American golfer Chris Thompson started the third round of the web.com tour’s Pinnacle Bank Championship in Omaha in atypically poor fashion and more than made up for it with a spectacular finish Saturday.
The potential recruiting benefits for the University of Kansas to having Rock Chalk Park jammed with AAU games being played on eight different courts in the same building are obvious.
Four months after personal tragedy made him withdraw from his match with Rory McIlroy in the World Golf Championship Match Play tournament, Gary Woodland will walk 18 holes today with McIIroy in the third round of the British Open at Royal Birkdale.
Chris Thompson shot a 1-under par 70 Friday in the second round of the Pinnacle Bank Championship in Omaha, Neb.
Although news of forward Jack Whitman’s departure from the program caught him “totally off guard,” Kansas coach Bill Self already has started thinking about what to do with the scholarship vacated by Whitman’s departure.
Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot will be held out of contact for the next few days after completing surgery for a broken nose, Kansas coach Bill Self said Friday. By Matt Tait
With its front court depth taking a hit with the unexpected departure of transfer forward Jack Whitman on Wednesday night, the Kansas men’s basketball team got some good news in the big man department. By Matt Tait
If Jack Whitman’s departure from the Kansas basketball program were nothing more than a convenient means of clearing a roster spot for the possibility of landing Marvin Bagley, then that would have happened much later, so it’s not that.
Chris Thompson shot a 3-under par 68, good for a tie for 26th place in the first round of the Pinnacle Bank Championship, a web.com tour event at The Club at Indian Creek in Omaha.
A source close to the Kansas basketball program confirmed to the Journal-World on Wednesday night an earlier report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that William & Mary transfer Jack Whitman had decided to leave the program. By Matt Tait
The statistics say Joe Dineen had a productive sophomore season, but he’s serious enough about becoming a better football player than to let numbers tell the story.
Starting Thursday and running through Sunday, Lawrence, Kansas, will become the focal point for college basketball recruiting, with some of the top teams and talents in the country traveling to the Midwest to play in this year’s Hardwood Classic. By Matt Tait
Former Kansas star Mario Chalmers on Tuesday found "the right fit," in his NBA return, agreeing to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal with the Memphis Grizzlies for the 2017-18 season, according to a report from ESPN. By Matt Tait
The best at their jobs in sports transcend rivalries and gain the respect of the enemy. In college football, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder has reached that level of respect, regardless of the loyalties of fans, players and coaches. By Tom Keegan
Before David Beaty arrived at Ford Center on Monday for Big 12 Media Days, he anticipated hearing numerous questions and providing subsequent sound bites about Kansas star defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. So part of the KU head coach’s personal mission, with all those cameras and audio recorders pointed his direction, became to introduce the conference to a Jayhawk “nobody really talks about,” Daniel Wise. By Benton Smith
After being named the head football coach at Texas in November, Tom Herman has spent the following months trying to develop a competitive culture. By Bobby Nightengale
Two years after leaving his job at Kansas to advance in the coaching ranks, former KU point guard Aaron Miles is poised to become a head coach. By Matt Tait
So far, third-year Kansas football head coach David Beaty has something in common with the three other men, one interim head coach and two permanent ones, to fill the office once held by Mark Mangino. By Tom Keegan
Even though Kansas football’s preseason camp begins the first week of August, a decision on the Jayhawks’ starting quarterback might not be imminent. By Benton Smith
Riding home this past week, Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. saw a giant surprise out the window. High above the city street soared his likeness, on a massive KU advertisement. Actually, the billboard qualified as the junior defensive lineman’s second shock of the week, seeing as how his preseason Defensive Player of the Year honor also caught him off guard. By Benton Smith
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told reporters Monday that he expected to sign a contract extension through the 2024-25 season.
Lincoln Riley makes his game debut as head coach of perennial powerhouse Oklahoma three days in advance of his 34th birthday and isn’t the family’s lone football prodigy.
Former Kansas great Paul Pierce, who recently wrapped up a stellar, 19-year NBA career, on Monday signed one last pro contract designed to enable him to go out with the team he came in. By Matt Tait
As head coach David Beaty, preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Dorance Armstrong Jr., and his Kansas teammates Daniel Wise, Joe Dineen and Hakeem Adeniji prepare to spend most of their Monday discussing the program at Big 12 Media Days, the Jayhawks’ Sept. 2 opener versus Southeast Missouri State — and the end of college football’s lengthy offseason — feels closer than ever. By Benton Smith
Former Kansas forward Tarik Black is headed back to the NBA team with which he started.
When Alvamar Country Club turned 25, Matt Gogel was a member of the University of Kansas golf team. When it turns 50 under a different name next year, he’ll take pride in being a driving force behind its facelift.
When Peyton Bender arrived in Lawrence as a challenger to Carter Stanley’s job as the starting quarterback at the University of Kansas, Stanley didn’t view Bender as an adversary. In fact, KU’s incumbent No. 1 QB welcomed the man recruited to possibly replace him with open arms. By Benton Smith
If news of Big 12 media members picking Kansas football last in the 2017 preseason poll had made its way through Anderson Family Football Complex Thursday afternoon, players weren’t paying much attention to the prognostication. By Benton Smith
As if preparing for four games on Italian soil in early August was not making things busy enough, Kansas coach Bill Self and his staff have been running ragged on the recruiting trail of late. By Matt Tait
It has become a conference tradition. Every year since the Big 12 scrapped divisions following the 2010 season, the Kansas football team has been picked by media members to finish last in league play. By Benton Smith
With practices for their upcoming trip to Italy in full swing, Kansas coach Bill Self and a couple Jayhawk players recently explained the difference between their summertime exhibition routine and the grind that comes with the regular season.By Matt Tait
The secret is out. The University of Kansas is the home of one of the Big 12’s best football players. Despite the program’s longstanding struggles to escape the conference’s basement, the talent of junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. is so great that media voted Armstrong the preseason Defensive Player of the Year in the Big 12. By Benton Smith
All the whining in the world isn’t going to bring the Border War back to life, but an NCAA tournament bracket has the potential to make it happen as soon as March of 2018. By Tom Keegan
If you didn’t know his name, his number or his situation, you might have thought that junior forward Dedric Lawson was preparing for his third or fourth season at Kansas, not his first. By Matt Tait
Just as he did a year ago, ahead of his junior season, Kansas tight end Ben Johnson found his name on the John Mackey Award preseason watch list Tuesday, when the rundown of college football’s best at his position was unveiled. By Benton Smith
Although he showed up to discuss his team’s upcoming summer trip to Italy, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self couldn’t get through a media session Tuesday afternoon without the subject of the currently dead Border War coming up. By Benton Smith
Although he said he was pleased with the work put in by his entire roster so far this summer, three names came rolling off of Bill Self’s tongue first when the KU coach was asked, before practices for Italy began, which Jayhawks had stood out during summer workouts. By Matt Tait
With actual college football games less than two months away, preseason awards and watch lists season has arrived, and players at the University of Kansas aren’t being left out. By Benton Smith
True to the form he showed throughout his one year at Kansas, Josh Jackson has filled up the stat sheet with numbers and the floor with energy and effort, which has led to several good moments and a few bad during his first two NBA Summer League games with the Phoenix Suns. By Matt Tait
ESPN uses a formula that ranks all 130 Football Bowl Subdivision schools. It’s called Football Power Index (FPI) and is defined as “a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance." By Tom Keegan
With 268 college victories between them, former NCAA standouts and current NBA rookies De’Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson, Harry Giles and former KU point guard Frank Mason III will be asked to bring a winning culture back to Sacramento during the next few years. By Matt Tait
They did not spend much time matched up against each other, had plenty of good moments and bad and watched their new teams do battle in a down-to-the-wire, NBA summer league game in Las Vegas. In the end, it was Josh Jackson’s Phoenix Suns who topped Frank Mason’s Sacramento Kings, 89-85 in Vegas, during the first official NBA action for the two former Kansas teammates. By Matt Tait
Headed into the 2016 season, the Kansas football team needed all the on-field help it could get — on all fronts. Accordingly, some true freshmen, instead of slowly working their way up through the ranks, got legitimate chances to shine as starters. The Jayhawks hope that also brings some payoff in 2017, when three of the more important players on the roster will be sophomores. By Benton Smith
When David Beaty heads to Frisco, Texas, later this month for the Big 12’s annual football media days extravaganza, the Kansas football coach plans to bring four players with him to pose for photos and answer questions about the upcoming season. By Benton Smith
Historically, Kansas hasn’t landed many recruits who play in prestigious, nationally televised high school football all-star games, so when Jacob Bragg, a three-star center from Nacogdoches, Texas, did in 2013, hard-core KU football fans celebrated the news.
The four Kansas men’s basketball games played on Italian soil in August will be streamed live online for fans back home to watch and will carry with them a familiar sound. By Matt Tait
Having spent most of the summer playing with his national team in Ukraine, KU senior-to-be Svi Mykhailiuk is expected to meet up with the Jayhawks in Italy in time for Kansas' four exhibition games abroad during the first week of August. By Matt Tait
Josh Ehambe's next step is trying to transfer all of his accomplishments from the weight room to the field. His goal is to line up on the opposite side of the defensive line from preseason All-American candidate Dorance Armstrong Jr. By Bobby Nightengale
Family and close friends at the Wise household in Lewisville, Texas gathered to watch the television coverage of the third day of the NFL draft. Everyone in the room was confident that an NFL team would select Deatrich Wise it was just a question of when.
As the all-important recruiting month of July heats up, here's a quick look at some of the Kansas basketball program's top targets in the Class of 2018. By Matt Tait
Former Kansas standout Josh Jackson this week officially became a member of the Phoenix Suns, signing his rookie contract, which, over four years, is expected to be worth more than $27 million. By Matt Tait
It’s not the job of an athlete to care about what others deem possible or impossible in his or her sport. Nor is an athlete required to base personal or team goals solely off of recent history. All of which is helpful to keep in mind while considering this: football players at the University of Kansas have bowl game aspirations. As in this year. By Benton Smith
The message on the T-shirts of the athletes grabbed the attention of visitors to the Kansas football program’s weight room during a recent workout session for the offensive and defenisve linemen: SAVAGE MINDSET.
Former KU guard Ben McLemore, once the No. 7 overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2013 NBA Draft, has agreed to a two-year deal with Memphis, which, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes, is worth a total of $10.7 million. By Matt Tait
A pair of Class of 2015 offensive linemen from Kansas, one from Louisburg, the other Overalnd Park, didn’t receive any scholarship offers to play Div. I-A football and read those snubs the same way.
It was just a single moment in a simple drill during the first team workout of the summer, but it was as telling as anything possibly could be about the new reality for the Kansas men’s basketball team. By Matt Tait
For all the havoc expected to be produced by the Kansas football team’s defensive line this coming fall, move a level back on the Jayhawks’ defense and you’ll find a less heralded unit accompanied by more reservations then presumptions. Not one senior will play linebacker for KU in 2017. Nevertheless, redshirt junior Joe Dineen thinks the group is up for the challenge of supporting the defensive studs who play in front of them. By Benton Smith
While the moves might not have carried the same splash as Paul George being traded to Oklahoma City or Chris Paul going to the Houston Rockets, the first official day of NBA free agency 2017 featured some news involving a couple of former Jayhawks. By Matt Tait