Stories for October 2017


Monday, October 16

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KU confirms internal review of its basketball program; Zenger says NCAA ordered reviews of all Division I programs

The University of Kansas is conducting an internal review of its basketball program for possible rules violations after being instructed by the NCAA to do so, KU Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger said Monday.

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Beaty: Jayhawks have 'great opportunity' in prime time at No. 4 TCU

Loss would tie KU for all-time worst road streak

In its early years, long-running T.V. variety series Saturday Night Live branded its cast members as “the not ready for prime time players.” Those who follow the Kansas football program closely might say the same of the Jayhawks, particularly after back-to-back debacles — against Texas Tech and at Iowa State. Third-year head coach David Beaty would disagree. By Benton Smith

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Devonte' Graham named to Cousy watch list

Kansas senior point guard Devonte' Graham was named to the Bob Cousy watch list, given to the top point guard in the country, announced Monday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Sunday, October 15

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Tom Keegan: Clock tick, tick, ticking on Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger

David Beaty has the second half of his third season to prove he has made progress with the Kansas football program. But D-Day comes earlier than that for the man making the call on Beaty’s boss, athletic director Sheahon Zenger. A generous estimate for that timetable is two weeks.

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KU defense played 'by far' its best game of season at ISU

The statement on its own defies logic, but here it is: the Kansas football team’s defense surrendered five touchdowns and a field goal Saturday at Iowa State and played better than it had in any other game during the first half of the season. By Benton Smith

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The Season of Svi: Why 2017-18 might be different for KU's Mykhailiuk

Svi Mykhailiuk's experience testing the NBA Draft waters was a little different. By Scott Chasen

KU soccer can't record shot on goal in 1-0 loss to Baylor

Baylor goalkeeper Jennifer Wandt could've taken the day off. By Scott Chasen

Saturday, October 14

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Tom Keegan: Cyclones in a blowout; Jayhawks in a tailspin

A dreary, rainy day in the Big 12’s northern-most outpost took a turn for the worse when a football game started and a Keystone Cops routine broke out at Jack Trice Stadium, home of Iowa State’s tough, disciplined, steadily improving football team.

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Notebook: Khalil Herbert sits with injury; punting unit struggles in 45-0 loss

On a cringeworthy day for the Kansas football offense, the Jayhawks had to make due without two key first-stringers. By Benton Smith

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Mounting Miscues: KU offense shutout in road loss to Iowa State

On a rainy Saturday afternoon at Jack Trice Stadium, the Kansas football team’s Air-Raid-branded offense slowly drowned the Jayhawks’ chances of challenging Iowa State in a 45-0 shutout. By Benton Smith

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No offense: Jayhawks thumped against Iowa State, 45-0

In an Air Raid offense that’s supposed to stretch the field and hurt opposing defenses with a quick tempo, the Kansas football team did neither of those things in its most dismal offensive performance of the season. By Bobby Nightengale

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New KU hoops point guard Devon Dotson unselfish to the core

Being unselfish is often the first quality that people list when talking about pass-first, true point guards. Friday evening, shortly after committing to play his college basketball at Kansas, five-star point guard Devon Dotson took being unselfish to another level. By Matt Tait

Friday, October 13

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'Man of the people': Joel Embiid returns to Sprint Center in 76ers win

The headband helped him stick out, but it was far from necessary. By Scott Chasen

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football at Iowa State

Get the keys to the game before the Kansas football team tries to topple Iowa State on the road. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Self fields Adidas questions without sweating

Predictably, at the end of Friday's Kansas basketball Media Day, Bill Self deftly handled questions about the Adidas scandal that rocked college basketball three weeks ago and keeps on rockin'.

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Devonte's team: KU guard ready and willing to shoulder all that comes with leadership role

In addition to the big news about the Border War revival and more candid comments from KU coach Bill Self about the ongoing FBI investigation into college basketball — "I’m much more concerned about our sport than I am anything at Kansas," Self said Friday — Kansas basketball media day offered the entire roster, eligible or otherwise, an opportunity to meet the media dressed in full uniform shortly after taking the official team photo for 2017-18. By Matt Tait

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2018 point guard Devon Dotson commits to Kansas

The Kansas men's basketball team landed on Friday night landed its third commitment and first guard in the 2018 recruiting class, when five-star point guard Devon Dotson, of Charlotte, orally committed to KU. By Matt Tait

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Jacob Pullen reflects on KU-K-State rivalry in return to Allen Fieldhouse

Jacob Pullen was happy to be back "in" Kansas — just not "at" Kansas. By Scott Chasen

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KU football picks up commitment from juco DE

The day before the Kansas football team’s second road game of the season, head coach David Beaty and his assistants received some good news on the recruiting front. Najee Stevens-McKenzie, a defensive end at ASA College (N.Y.), called Beaty, en route to Ames, Iowa, to inform the third-year coach of his decision to commit to Kansas. By Benton Smith

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Kansas, Missouri renew basketball Border War for hurricane relief

Bitter rivals Kansas and Missouri have agreed to play an exhibition basketball game at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Oct. 22 to raise money for hurricane relief efforts.By Matt Tait

Thursday, October 12

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Joel Embiid 'thankful' for time at KU

It had been three years, seven months and 18 days since he last played basketball in Allen Fieldhouse. So forgive former University of Kansas center Joel Embiid if he couldn’t recollect the most specific details of his home finale as a Jayhawk, while visiting the venue he loves Thursday afternoon with the rest of his Philadelphia 76ers teammates. By Benton Smith

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Is the Border War back?

KU, Mizzou in discussions about an 'event' to raise money for hurricane relief

Could the Border War be coming back? For at least one day in the not-too-distant future, that may very well be the case. By Matt Tait

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FBI investigative file includes KU documents; athletic department says investigators have not contacted KU

Kansas University Athletic officials have not been contacted by federal investigators who are looking into shady college basketball recruiting practices, a KU spokesman told the Journal-World. That response on Thursday morning came on the heels of a University Daily Kansan article from Wednesday night that reported the FBI had documents relating to KU and its sponsorship with Adidas.

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KU's Devonté Graham named Big 12 preseason player of the year

Teammates Malik Newman, Svi Mykhailiuk also earn preseason honors

If his goal is to follow in the footsteps of 2016-17 Big 12 and national player of the year, Frank Mason III, Kansas senior Devonté Graham already has a head start. By Matt Tait

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Keegan: KU volleyball's loss to Texas a learning experience

It’s always better to win than lose. It feels better. Your supporters head home happy. Your confidence soars. It always beats losing. Always.

Wednesday, October 11

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'We had our opportunities': KU volleyball misses out on key chances in five-set loss to Texas

It was still early enough, but Kansas couldn’t afford to let Texas off the hook. By Scott Chasen

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Notebook: KU football closer to full strength with scholarship players

Due to players leaving the program for various reasons in the years before he took the job, the Kansas football roster David Beaty inherited close to three years ago was lacking in the scholarship category. By Benton Smith

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Self: Newly formed Commission on College Basketball will provide 'long-term benefit of our sport'

NCAA president Mark Emmert on Wednesday announced the formation of a Commission on College Basketball, which will be headed by former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, October 10

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'I'm not that person': How Kylee Kopatich found and embraced her own leadership role

Self-described as a formerly “wide-eyed, deer in headlights kind of person," Kylee Kopatich has emerged as one of the leaders of the Kansas women's basketball team heading into her junior season. By Scott Chasen

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Notebook: Beaty remains faithful in Bowen and KU defense

A few days removed from Texas Tech’s 65-19 thumping of KU, head coach David Beaty stated his satisfaction with how defensive coordinator Clint Bowen has handled the adversity that comes with such unwelcome results. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks awaiting possible decision, official visitor during big recruiting week

The Kansas men’s basketball program is facing another big week on the recruiting trail, with one important decision potentially coming by Friday and another weekend visitor on the schedule. By Matt Tait

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Ainise Havili nearing program history as Texas match looms

When Ainise Havili checked the record books as a freshman, that number — 4,772 — never really seemed within reach. By Scott Chasen

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Beaty: Jayhawks already know starting QB's identity

Publicly, Kansas football coach David Beaty doesn’t want anyone to know which of his team’s quarterbacks will start Saturday at Iowa State. Within the walls of Anderson Family Football Complex, the identity is no secret. By Benton Smith

Monday, October 9

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With the waiting now behind him, Malik Newman is ready to roll

Before the 32-point explosion in Italy or his 19.3 points per game average in KU’s four exhibition contests overseas, there was the waiting — long, painful, miserable, dead-end waiting. By Matt Tait

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Beaty doesn't plan to name starting QB ahead of trip to ISU

Now that the starting quarterback job is back in a state of flux on his Kansas football team, head coach David Beaty doesn’t plan on naming a No. 1 QB ahead of the Jayhawks’ upcoming trip to Iowa State.By Benton Smith

Sunday, October 8

KU’s Rychagova wins consolation

Kansas junior tennis player Anastasia Rychagova won the consolation bracket Sunday at the Riviera ITA Women’s All-American in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

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2018 standout Zion Williamson recaps Late Night visit

For the first time since his visit to Kansas for Late Night in the Phog a couple of weeks ago, prized Class of 2018 recruit Zion Williamson talked publicly about his recent trip to Lawrence. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Matt Campbell showing major progress already in second season at Iowa State

Nobody freaked out last season when Matt Campbell started his Iowa State career 0-3, losing to FCS school Northern Iowa, then at Iowa, 42-3, then at TCU, 41-20.

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Sluggish again: Early defensive missteps haunting KU football

Another Saturday. Another colossal first-half crater too deep to escape. Another loss for the Kansas football team. In the Jayhawks’ fourth consecutive defeat they suffered their worst start yet in Saturday’s drubbing at the hands of Texas Tech. By Benton Smith

Saturday, October 7

KU volleyball tops Oklahoma

Kansas’ volleyball team improved to 5-0 in the Big 12 with a 25-18, 25-19, 24-26, 25-11 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday night in Norman, Okla.

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Notebook: Herbert limited in run game, hurts hamstring; Armstrong notches first sack

After back-to-back monster rushing days, Kansas running back Khalil Herbert couldn’t extend his streak of 100-plus performances Saturday in the Jayhawks’ 65-19 homecoming loss to Texas Tech. By Benton Smith

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Deja vu: Kansas rotates quarterbacks in 65-19 loss against Texas Tech

Here we go again. The Kansas football program is back to using two quarterbacks and claiming neither as the clear-cut starter in the wake of a 65-19 loss to Texas Tech. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks show no signs of progress in loss to Texas Tech

Fans of KU sports teams know the drill. When the basketball schedule comes out, they circle the few possible losses. When the football slate is released, they circle the possible upset victories. By Tom Keegan

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Jayhawks dropped by Texas Tech, 65-19

Coming out of its bye week, the Kansas football team endured the same problems that it had prior to Saturday’s 65-19 loss to Texas Tech at Memorial Stadium. By Bobby Nightengale

Friday, October 6

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'It just sucks': KU shut out in inaugural soccer Sunflower Showdown

In a match played in front of a Kansas D-I soccer record 2,514 fans, it wasn’t one in the stands, but a straggler in the lounge just off the press box overlooking Rock Chalk Park that perfectly summed up the gut-wrenching loss. By Scott Chasen

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Kansas Athletics official says none of Bill Self's pay comes directly from Adidas

The Louisville Courier-Journal report that revealed that 98 percent of the Adidas money paid to Louisville went directly to basketball coach Rick Pitino suggested an obvious question locally: What percent of the money that Adidas pays Kansas Athletics Inc. goes directly to Bill Self? Zero, according to KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony.

Former KU golfers Chase Hanna, Chris Thompson advance to second stage of Tour qualifying

Former Kansas golfers Chase Hanna and Chris Thompson made it through the first stage of Tour Q school Friday in Nebraska City, Nebraska, at Arbor Links, where the top 24 and ties moved onto the second stage.

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Time to shine: KU needs pass-rush production from star D-linemen Armstrong and Wise

Had someone told coordinator Clint Bowen back in August that a third of the way through the season his Kansas football defense would have just three sacks on its resume, he likely would have left the conversation baffled. Two of the most talented players on the Jayhawks’ roster — juniors Dorance Armstrong Jr. and Daniel Wise — man the defensive line. However, between the two of them they have made just one sack. By Benton Smith

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. Texas Tech

Get the keys to Kansas football's homecoming game before the Jayhawks take on Texas Tech at Memorial Stadium. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Kansas football on lookout for tough guys

It takes more than a stopwatch to determine who would make the best fireman to run into a building when everybody else is running out of it.

Thursday, October 5

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To run or not to run: Where KU's offense goes from here

Doug Meacham’s coaching career included stops as an offensive coordinator or co-coordinator at six other college football programs before he arrived at Kansas. As a play-caller, the Jayhawks’ Air Raid authority almost felt out of his element during a rush-heavy loss to West Virginia on Sept. 23. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, October 4

Kansas volleyball wins in four sets at West Virginia

Madison Rigdon led Kansas to a victory with 17 kills and 11 digs Wednesday night in a four-set match at West Virginia. KU defeated the Mountaineers, 28-26, 25-22, 17-25, 25-17, to improve to 15-2 overall and 4-0 in the Big 12. KU setter Ainise Havili contributed 50 assists to help the Jayhawks past West Virginia (12-5, 1-3).

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Tom Keegan: Time for bad-start trend to end for Kansas football

Kansas opened its Big 12 football schedule in Lubbock last season with a realistic shot at shedding its habit of getting off to woeful starts. Texas Tech was coming off consecutive games in which it had allowed 68 points to Arizona State and 45 to Louisiana Tech.

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Brandon Schneider eyeing culture shift for KU women's basketball

After saying it at Late Night, Brandon Schneider wanted to affirm his message. By Scott Chasen

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KU offense showing progress under coordinator Doug Meacham

While the addition of offensive coordinator Doug Meacham to the Kansas football staff hasn’t yet translated to more victories, the Jayhawks’ current version of the Air Raid offense has proven more effective than the 2016 model. Through four games a year ago, when Meacham still worked for Gary Patterson at TCU, the KU offense floundered, averaging just 353 yards — 102nd among FBS programs. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, October 3

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Morris twins acquitted in Phoenix assault case

A Phoenix jury acquitted NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris in their aggravated assault trial Tuesday.

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Tom Keegan: Kansas safety Mike Lee eager to show he's more than a hard hitter

It didn’t take Kansas safety Mike Lee long to establish himself as one of the Big 12's most feared bone-crushing tacklers.

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Jayhawks used bye week to self-assess, prepare for Texas Tech

When the 2017 calendar first came out, third-year head coach David Beaty didn’t know whether he liked the timing of the Jayhawks’ bye. But in retrospect, Beaty entered preparation for this Saturday’s home game against Texas Tech glad the off week came when it did. By Benton Smith

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Strong senior leadership a luxury for 2017-18 Kansas basketball team

Despite losing Frank Mason III and Landen Lucas from last year's 31-5 squad, the Kansas men's basketball team returns a pair of important veterans, in Devonte' Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk, who should be able to pick up where Lucas and Mason left off a year ago. By Matt Tait

Monday, October 2

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Out of bye week, Jayhawks preparing for talented Texas Tech offense

Even before the Kansas football team went into its bye week, there was plenty of familiarity with Texas Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek. By Bobby Nightengale

Tom Keegan: Paranoia haunts cheating college basketball coaches more now than ever

Put yourself inside the mind of a cheating college basketball coach who hasn’t yet been implicated in the bribery/fraud scandal that rocked the college basketball world with 10 arrests.

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2017-18 Jayhawks prepared to practice for real on Tuesday

While Saturday night officially was the first practice of the 2017-18 Kansas basketball season, don’t think for a second that the coaching staff or players viewed it that way. By Matt Tait

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Havili named Big 12 player of the week

For the second time this season, Kansas senior setter Ainise Havili was named the Big 12's Offensive Player of the Week, announced Monday.

Seabury slips at Wellsville tourney

Bishop Seabury's volleyball team posted an 0-6 record at the Wellsville tournament on Saturday.

Sunday, October 1

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Tom Keegan: Brandon Schneider has game-changing recruiting day

Sure, women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider won big at the Div. II and mid-major levels, but would he be able to go up against heavyweights in recruiting battles and come away with commitments from prospects capable of playing winning basketball in the Big 12?

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KU women's basketball lands 3 commits after Late Night

One day after watching all of the Late Night in the Phog festivities, the Kansas women's basketball team picked up three commitments from recruits in attendance.

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Lagerald Vick off and running toward big junior season

The night was mostly about senior Devonte’ Graham stepping into the spotlight and the nearly two dozen recruits in attendance for the season tip-off spectacle known as Late Night in the Phog. But somewhere along the way, junior guard Lagerald Vick decided to steal the show. By Matt Tait