When Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr.’s name is added to the Ring of Honor inside Kansas David Booth Memorial Stadium Saturday night, the former KU standout will be glad to see it so close to a pair of his one-time teammates. By Benton Smith
Nicholls State, ranked No. 17 in the preseason FCS Coaches Poll, has too many experienced, confident players for Kansas to give the Colonels a big head start and still get out of Week 1 with a victory. By Benton Smith
University of Kansas safety Mike Lee knows too much about football players from his hometown of New Orleans to disregard the Jayhawks’ season-opening opponent, Nicholls State. By Benton Smith
In an alternate reality, free of injuries, Kevin Feder likely never would have ended up at the University of Kansas. By Benton Smith
Both Nicholls State from the FCS and Kansas had fallen on hard times and decided to make coaching changes shortly after the end of their 2014 seasons. Both schools hired position coaches who had worked at the school earlier in their careers and had built reputations as hotshot recruiters. Both men last had been head coaches in high school.
A former standout linebacker at the University of Kansas, Ben Heeney’s fourth NFL season ended Wednesday before it ever really began.
Next to running back on the Kansas football team’s published depth chart this week, you can find the names of three players, each separated by an “or.” When the Jayhawks make their season debut Saturday against Nicholls State, the starter might be junior Khalil Herbert. Or it could be sophomore Dom Williams. Or just maybe true freshman Pooka Williams will be the first to line up in the backfield. By Benton Smith
Alex Fontana’s passion for football has taken him from his hometown of Toronto to faraway places.
Ahead of Saturday’s season opener, Kansas football head coach David Beaty has a message for his counterpart at Nicholls State, Tim Rebowe. It came when asked during his Tuesday press conference to elaborate on his declaration the night before on his Hawk Talk radio show that backup quarterback Miles Kendrick will play this week, as well as in “every game” this season. By Benton Smith
Peyton Bender learned a week ago he would open the season as the Kansas football team’s starting quarterback. As the senior approaches Saturday’s matchup with Nicholls State, Bender also understands he will have to prove himself worthy of maintaining that status in Week 2 and beyond. By Benton Smith
Familiar names on a depth chart, particularly for a football team coming off a 1-11 season, can breed contempt in a fan base. Understandable, but before jumping off the Kansas football bandwagon — or is it a unicycle? — calm down and consider a few mitigating factors.
We already knew the identity of the starting quarterback for the Kansas football team’s season opener against Nicholls State. Now some greater clarity exists for the rest of the Jayhawks’ lineup, too. By Benton Smith
His goal, these days, is to emerge victorious at least twice a year in his matchups with his alma mater. But that did not stop Oklahoma State University’s Alumni Association from honoring Bill Self as Distinguished Alumni Award recipients for 2018. By Matt Tait
University of Kansas offensive lineman Malik Clark was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence this past weekend, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s online booking report.
Speaking publicly for the first time since naming Peyton Bender his team’s starting quarterback for Saturday’s season opener, Kansas football coach David Beaty shared Monday morning some of the details that led to the decision. By Benton Smith
For as long as they can remember, University of Kansas senior linebackers Joe Dineen and Keith Loneker Jr. have been inseparable. Loneker, who is 20 days older than Dineen, have been lifelong friends due to their parents’ connection. Dineen was the only person at Loneker’s first birthday, and there is a photo of them in diapers together. They both played for the same pop warner team when they first started playing football in the second grade.
In the midst of a back-and-forth fourth set, Kansas finally had Arkansas on the heels of a true deja vu from Friday.
A late second half goal by Oregon forced No. 18 Kansas soccer to settle for a 1-1 draw Sunday morning inside Hibner Stadium.
Every starter except defensive end Dorance Armstrong returns on defense. Center Mesa Ribordy, tight end Ben Johnson and part-time starters Chase Harrell at receiver and Zach Hannon from various spots on the offensive line, are the only significant losses to the offense.
Hernia surgery kept Kansas coach Bill Self mostly away from his team during the Jayhawks’ first week on campus, but before he went into the operating room last Thursday, Self saw enough to know where the 2018-19 team stood entering the start of the fall semester. By Matt Tait
Internally, head coach David Beaty knows how critical it will be for his fourth University of Kansas football team to outperform the three that preceded it. While externally, Beaty won’t say how many games his Jayhawks need to win to squelch questions about his job security, he has acknowledged such debates come with his position. By Benton Smith
For members of the University of Kansas men’s golf team, from this century and last, 2018 has been a stupendous year.
Seated seven stories down, near the corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self craned his neck to watch assistant coach Kurtis Townsend and former KU basketball players Jeremy Case and Jeff Hawkins rappel down the 888 Lofts building for Saturday’s “Over The Edge” charity event. By Matt Tait
Ask Daylon Charlot to name one Kansas football receiver he thinks is ready to have a breakthrough season and he won’t vacillate. “I would pick myself,” the junior from Patterson, La., will respond. By Benton Smith
Behind career-high kill totals from juniors Patricia Montero (16) and Zoe Hill (14), the Kansas volleyball team rallied from a two-set deficit to defeat Arkansas. The Jayhawks claimed a 3-2 victory (21-25, 23-25, 25-20, 27-25, 15-8) Friday night inside Barnhill Arena.
Junior Kansas forwards Katie McClure and Taylor Christie were too much for Oregon State to handle Friday night inside Nebraska's Barbara Hibner Stadium. The tandem combined all three goals in a 3-0 victory.
It was billed as the day Kansas basketball coach Bill Self would go “Over the Edge” and rappel down a seven-story building for charity. Instead, the KU coach will watch staff members Kurtis Townsend and Jeremy Case scale down the 888 Lofts building in his place. By Matt Tait
Junior Khalil Herbert just might be the frontrunner to start at running back for Kansas this fall. And most of the Jayhawks’ supporters are counting down the days until they get to see true freshman Pooka Williams with the football in his hands. Just the same, sophomore Dom Williams allocated too much of his offseason time to becoming a more effective rusher to get overlooked. By Benton Smith
Long before he made his debut as a head coach, David Beaty talked about how Kansas needs to become the smartest football team in the country. By that, he largely meant becoming a team that consistently wins the turnover battle.
Live broadcasts of some University of Kansas football and basketball games will be accessible through a new platform beginning this fall. By Matt Tait
A same old, same old malaise overcame a segment of the Kansas football fan base after Peyton Bender was announced as the starter for the Sept. 1 season opener against Nicholls State.
College basketball is changing the system it uses to evaluate the strength of its teams for inclusion and seeding in the NCAA Tournament. By Matt Tait
When the KU football team’s medical staff discovered Kezelee Flomo, a transfer from North Dakota School of Science, had a heart condition, the 5-foot-10, 215-pound would-be senior had to retire. Even so, Flomo remains involved in a student-coach capacity, and the program announced Wednesday the former running back will be awarded a scholarship. By Benton Smith
When Peyton Bender returns to his spot as the Kansas football team’s staring quarterback Sept. 1 for the season opener, the ultimate success of not only the QB, but also every other skill position player who touches the ball, will boil down to one question. Do the Jayhawks have a capable offensive line this season? By Benton Smith
Junior forward Katie McClure received a pair of accolades following her performance over the weekend, in which she helped the University of Kansas soccer team notch two victories to start the 2018 season.
Too many recent college graduates seem convinced that because they compiled a nearly perfect grade point average, piled up the volunteer hours and used the just the right blend of colors on the resume, Fortune 500 companies will engage in a bidding war to hire their new CEO.
The Kansas football team has its starting quarterback for the 2018 opener. By Benton Smith
Since taking over as athletic director at the University of Kansas on Aug. 1, Jeff Long has spent some of his time getting to know football coach David Beaty. By Benton Smith
Another poll with Kansas on top — this one of college basketball coaches, conducted by CBS — means more fuel will be added to the notion that this will be a disappointing underachievement of a season if the Jayhawks don’t make it to the Final Four.
The University of Kansas athletics director Jeff Long has named Jennifer McFalls the head softball coach, the team announced Monday evening.
Popular opinion might state that most of the Kansas football team’s defensive linemen are unproven. The foremost member of the position group happens to see it differently. By Benton Smith
Nineteen years after turning pro, Chris Thompson finally has made it to the big leagues.
With a steady rainstorm towering over Rock Chalk Park, University of Kansas senior forward Grace Hagan knew her team needed to score quickly.
Former Lawrence High head coach Dirk Wedd didn’t stay retired very long. Not long after finishing his 19th season at LHS last November, Wedd was offered a chance to make an impact at the collegiate level. David Beaty, who is the head football coach at the University of Kansas, decided to bring Wedd on the staff as a defensive analyst for the 2018 season.
Catch, drop, kick. Those three phases to a successful punt need to come in the right order.
Touring Web.com pro Chris Thompson has one more round to play in the regular season and enters it projected to finish 17th on the money list. The top 25 earn PGA Tour cards.
When two small buses filled with Kansas football players pulled into the Corinth Square parking lot in Prairie Village Friday night for the athletic department’s KU Kickoff event, freshman Corione Harris was the first to leap out. By Benton Smith
Freshman Sarah Peters got her first chance at giving the Kansas women's soccer team a win against No. 18 Pepperdine before she even went to her first class. With two saves already on the night, into the 61st minute, Peters saw pressure coming toward the net from Pepperdine's forward line. Deciding to not play the ball short, she launched a goal kick as hard as she could into the Jayhawks backline that wasn’t being defended.
As more than 20 University of Kansas football players and head coach David Beaty began mingling with fans Friday night at the athletic department’s 13th annual KU Kickoff at Corinth Square, new athletic director Jeff Long outlined a few of the ways he hopes to help the long struggling program head toward recovery. By Benton Smith
Kansas quarterbacks aren’t the only players on the football team gunning for a starting role this weekend. Head coach David Beaty plans on using Saturday’s scrimmage, the second of preseason camp, as a proving battleground to sort out positions all over the depth chart. By Benton Smith
For the first time in awhile, the Kansas volleyball team will have a new setter this season. Ainise Havili, who netted three consecutive Big 12 Setter of the Year honors, has since graduated. Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard, who spoke to reporters at Fall Sports Media Day on Thursday in Allen Fieldhouse, believes he has multiple options to help fill that void in 2018.
The fourth-and-1 decision arrived Thursday for David Beaty in the form of his final press conference until the week of the season-opener against Nicholls State.
Eight days after Jacobi Lott suffered an undisclosed injury at Kansas football practice that required him to leave in an ambulance, head coach David Beaty could not provide Thursday a detailed update on the freshman offensive lineman’s status. Lott, Beaty said, has not yet been able to return to football activities. By Benton Smith
Twelve practices into the Kansas football team’s preseason camp, head coach David Beaty has not yet seen enough to decide upon a starting quarterback. However, Beaty indicated at his weekly press conference Thursday the moment of truth should be right around the corner. By Benton Smith
Three and out after three and out. The quarterback seeing stars, but not open stars slipping behind the secondary, stars in his eyes from getting slammed to the turf yet again. Bubble screens bursting, blown up by a lack of blocking, the ball floating in the air too long or both.
The most experienced and prolific skill player on the Kansas football roster entering this season, Steven Sims Jr. expects the Jayhawks to show significant progress offensively in the months ahead. Those who follow college football foresee Sims, a senior receiver, playing a starring role regardless. By Benton Smith
The recent suspension of 13 North Carolina football players who sold exclusive, team-issued Jordan III shoes has college athletic departments across the country, including at the University of Kansas, on high alert.By Matt Tait
Touring Web.com pro Chris Thompson, who had multiple near misses over the years in Q school in his quest to make the PGA Tour, finished third in the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae on Sunday by shooting a 64.
Gary Woodland and Tiger Woods, playing partners Sunday, were hunting the same dangling carrot during strong weeks at Bellerive Country Club in the 100th PGA Championship. They both were seeking to slay outside doubts about their ability to achieve firsts. Woodland sought his first major title and came closer than ever, finishing in a tie for sixth. His previous best was a tie for 12th. By Tom Keegan
Dating back to the first grade, Hakeem Adeniji has never missed a game. A junior offensive tackle at the University of Kansas, Adeniji has overcome every minor injury throughout his football career. Since arriving in Lawrence in 2016, he has started all 24 games with the Jayhawks, and never doubted whether he’d be ready to go this fall after undergoing two different shoulder surgeries in the offseason. By Shane Jackson
Chris Thompson shot a 1-under 69 in the third round of the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae to fall into a 10-way tie for 16th at 10-under. Thompson was 3-under on the day until he had back-to-back bogey holes on 13 and 14.
St. Louis — As if this week hasn’t been wild enough already for Gary Woodland. He’s been the target of Mizzou hecklers ad nauseam during the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, was the sole leader after the first and second rounds, and carded a triple-bogey on the 10th hole Saturday.
St. Louis — Gary Woodland, leader after each of the first two rounds of the PGA Championship, slipped into a three-way tie for third two strokes behind Brooks Koepka after shooting a 71.
Currently going through his third preseason with the University of Kansas football program, safety Mike Lee feels better about the state of the team this August. By Benton Smith
St. Louis — Two thousand miles west of Bellerive Country Club, where Gary Woodland finished his round on top of the leaderboard for the second day in a row Friday, another former University of Kansas golfer kept his hot streak alive.
The galleries at Bellerive Country Club for the PGA Championship were so thick that Gary Woodland’s parents, Dan and Linda, weren’t always able follow the flight of their son’s golf ball as it tore off they tee boxes Friday morning.
While one Kansas newcomer recently completed his trip to Europe for a summer basketball tour in Italy, another is on his way over. By Matt Tait
It’ll be Kansas versus Marquette on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, with the winner playing the winner of the Louisville-Tennessee the Friday after. By Matt Tait
St. Louis — Gary Woodland, one of the world’s longest drivers of the golf ball, would be a fashionable pick to win a major, if only the shortest stick in his bag treated him better.
As Kansas football head coach David Beaty and his staff led players through their first few days of preseason camp, they learned a man with a long history of working with successful Power Five programs will soon join them. By Benton Smith
A day removed from seeing offensive lineman Jacobi Lott leave practice in an ambulance, his Kansas football head coach and teammates shared Thursday what they could about the scene. By Benton Smith
Six practices into preseason camp, the Kansas football team still has a three-man quarterback competition on its hands, with Thursday morning marking just the second session in full pads. As repetitions remain split between Peyton Bender, Carter Stanley and Miles Kendrick, their head coach, David Beaty, is eyeing an upcoming scrimmage as a likely moment of separation. By Benton Smith
Kansas junior receiver Evan Fairs still remembers the first time he beat his older sister in a race. The sibling showdown was formed by Fairs’ parents when he was 8 years old in Fulshear, Texas. They challenged both Erin Fairs and Evan Fairs to run to the stop sign, which was about a mile away from the house, and the winner received money. By Shane Jackson
St. Louis — Working on adjusting struggling golfers’ grips and other flaws as recently as Saturday, former University of Kansas golf All-American Ryan Vermeer was gripping a Sharpie, accommodating hordes of autograph seekers Wednesday at multiple locations on the grounds of Bellerive Country Club.
As the Kansas football team continues its preseason camp schedule, defensive coordinator Clint Bowen looks forward to having an essential inspirational factor of sorts at his disposal this season. By Benton Smith
A serious injury marred the Kansas football team’s fifth preseason practice, the first in full pads, on Wednesday morning. By Benton Smith
It’s anyone’s guess how much longer the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball will last, but we now have concrete evidence that the probe has changed the game. By Matt Tait
The NCAA made a number of rule changes Wednesday that could have an impact on the Kansas men’s basketball team. The rule changes are effective immediately.
Before the Kansas football team makes its season debut Sept. 1 against Nicholls State, fans around the Sunflower State will have chances to hear from and meet some members of the program at a series of rallies this month.
A couple of days into preseason camp, Kansas cornerback Hasan Defense could tell that the secondary in which he played didn’t resemble its predecessor. “Before we would get a lot of reps. Now you have to split up the reps. Obviously when your reps get taken you notice it A.S.A.P.,” Defense said. By Benton Smith
It has been a bizarre journey for James Sosinski. A junior tight end for the Kansas football team, Sosinski hasn’t played a meaningful snap since his senior year of high school in 2014. Since then, Sosinski has switched positions, changed schools and even competed in a different sport to get to this point. As a result, Sosinski wants to prove something when he steps on the field in David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium this fall. By Shane Jackson
This is a busy week for several University of Kansas golfers, past and present.
This past Saturday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, former Louisiana prep football star Pooka Williams was recognized at the Greater New Orleans Male Amateur Athlete of the Year during the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Banquet. It was an event, of course, Williams couldn’t afford to attend. Louisiana’s reigning Mr. Football, following Williams’ electrifying senior season at Hahnville High, now calls the Sunflower State home. By Benton Smith
University of Kansas punter Kyle Thompson called what led him to become a punter “actually a pretty funny story,” but nothing about his expression hinted at humor when he told it.
Less than a week into his time as athletic director at the University of Kansas, Jeff Long is bringing a fresh approach to how the department will handle its long-struggling football program. Long announced Monday the hiring of Mike Vollmar, a former associate athletic director for football at Alabama and Michigan, as KU’s senior associate AD for football administration. By Benton Smith
Chris Thompson had planned to skip this week’s stop on the Web.com Tour, the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif. (near San Francisco), a week to remove himself from the pressure cooker, but he might have to call an audible.
Ask University of Kansas football coach David Beaty which Jayhawks among the team’s 22 offensive linemen will play center and he will tell you “about eight” of them spent some time snapping the ball during the team’s first couple of preseason practices. But before the fourth-year head coach actually jumps into a speech on the matter, he will bring up the name of one man: Alex Fontana. By Benton Smith
Write off Daylon Charlot at your own risk, but before doing so, consider something just one more time. Alabama’s Nick Saban, worthy of a bust on the all-time Mount Rushmore of college football coaches, wanted him to play for the Crimson Tide not just once, but twice.
Accelerated though it may prove to be, the quarterback competition at Kansas football preseason camp remained nowhere near resolved on Saturday. No hints of a leader. No sense of separation. After all, starting QB candidates Peyton Bender, Carter Stanley and Miles Kendrick only have two August practices behind them. By Benton Smith
Overland Park — The skies darkened and the wind kicked into another gear late Saturday afternoon, making the possibility that Chris Thompson’s round, which had been a bit of a grind to that point, might be interrupted, making for a long day.
Now that preseason camp has arrived, the Kansas football team’s offensive line looks significantly different than it did just a week ago. By Benton Smith
Overland Park — The KC Golf Classic needed someone to step forward and become the man the average fan would take interest in following.
Only a few months remain in Daniel Wise’s college football career. And the redshirt senior defensive tackle at the University of Kansas would like to cram as many successes as possible into them. "Our goal is to go to a bowl game and be the best that we can be for KU fans, KU nation and all that," Wise said. By Benton Smith
Late last month, Sam Cunliffe became the 17th Kansas basketball player to the leave the program for another Div. I opportunity during Bill Self’s first 15 years at Kansas. By Matt Tait
Overland Park — Chris Thompson, Lawrence’s touring Web.com pro, gave himself ample reason to unravel late in his Thursday afternoon round at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate.
David Beaty’s fourth season as head football coach at the University of Kansas officially kicks off in a little more than four weeks. Here are five storylines to track in the weeks ahead, as Beaty and his staff prepare their players for what they hope will become a breakthrough year for the long-struggling program. By Benton Smith
In a different world, a similar move could have happened at Kansas. Instead, it’s the University of North Carolina that will be naming its basketball court after long-time Tar Heels basketball coach Roy Williams, the school announced Thursday. By Matt Tait
Lawrence resident, two-time Kansas golf All-American and touring Web.com pro Chris Thompson, 42, gets to sleep in his own bed for a tournament for a change this week.
As Kansas football players experience their first practice of the preseason on Friday, most of the Jayhawks, and all of their coaches, already know what to expect out of true freshman cornerback Corione Harris.
The bare walls and empty bookshelves were an obvious sign that the athletic director’s office at the University of Kansas had a new tenant. By Matt Tait
The already minuscule 2019 Kansas football recruiting class lost its biggest and likely most talented prospect Wednesday morning. By Benton Smith