The Kansas cross-country teams made a clean sweep of team titles Saturday afternoon at Rim Rock Farm, as the men won the annual meet for the fourth-straight season.
It was only a matter of time before ‘The Mad Hatter’ decided to spice things up for the Kansas football team.
The mystery surrounding the starting quarterback job for the Kansas football team finally dissipated Saturday afternoon as head coach Les Miles went with — and stuck with — redshirt senior Carter Stanley.
While running onto the field before a game for the first time as the head football coach at Kansas, Les Miles felt relatively calm about what was to come. Benton Smith
Carter Stanley was not perfect during Saturday’s 24-17 KU victory over Indiana State. But the decision to use him was. By Matt Tait
It wasn’t always pretty, but the Les Miles era got off on the right foot.
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It was a strong showing to start the 2019 season.
On the eve of his first game as head coach at the University of Kansas, Les Miles’ 2020 recruiting class added yet another high school prospect, giving the program one more player than it could technically sign to join the program a year from now.
Though Les Miles is about to make his Kansas football debut without the program’s most talented offensive player, the head coach is neither ready to abandon hope nor drastically alter his game plan for the season opener. In fact, it doesn’t seem like Miles expects the absence of suspended running back Pooka Williams to sway the Jayhawks’ offensive capacity against Indiana State much at all. By Benton Smith
If Les Miles' hunch is correct, and left tackle Hakeem Adeniji, left guard Malik Clark, centers Api Mane and Andru Tovi, right guards Chris Hughes and Adagio Lopeti, and right tackles Kevin Feder and Clyde McCauley III are going to be effective blockers, there’s no reason to complicate things in KU's 2019 debut. By Benton Smith
It only made sense that it was Katie McClure.
If you ever wondered what basketball coach Bill Self had to say to Jeff Long on the day the athletic director fired David Beaty or how Les Miles might react to seeing one of his players doubled over vomiting into a trash can, “Miles to Go,” has your answers.
Some new bells and whistles are coming to the Kansas football fan experience beginning this weekend, just in time for the start of the Les Miles era.
Much like any other preseason, the starting quarterback competition has been well-documented ahead of Les Miles’ first year with the Kansas football team. Yet the battle to be the player snapping him the ball has flown under-the-radar. Shane Jackson
Given that neither potential Kansas starting QB has been anywhere close to perfect during the team's closed practices, offensive coordinator and QBs coach Les Koenning recently provided some insight about what he would like to see from the man who ends up with the job. By Benton Smith
Even though the season opener is three days away, Kansas senior safety Jeremiah McCullough can tell this year is going to be different.
Although not one is a projected defensive or offensive starter for the Kansas football team’s season opener on Saturday versus Indiana State, true freshmen are expected to contribute for the Jayhawks out of the gate in Les Miles’ first season as head coach. By Benton Smith
For the first time in his collegiate career, Jay Dineen doesn’t have his brother around the Kansas football facility. Shane Jackson
Maybe Daylon Charlot leads KU in receptions by a landslide this year. Perhaps junior Andrew Parchment delivers a breakthrough season. For all one knows days ahead of KU’s season opener, junior Stephon Robinson could outproduce the rest of his fellow receivers. Even if no such scenario transpires, the absence of a clearcut No. 1 wideout won’t alarm Emmett Jones. By Benton Smith
Following a four-goal, two-assist opening two matches of the 2019 regular season, Kansas senior forward Katie McClure picked up a pair of accolades.
Head coach Les Miles felt pretty confident he could identify the best leaders on his Kansas football team. A player vote this past weekend confirmed it. By Benton Smith
The starting quarterback job isn’t the only one on the Kansas football team that remains unresolved as the Jayhawks go through game week preparations for their season opener. The first published depth chart of the Les Miles era arrived Monday, and it lists seven first string spots up for grabs ahead of KU’s Saturday debut versus Indiana State. By Benton Smith
Les Miles hinted earlier this month the competition for the Kansas football team’s starting quarterback job could last all the way up to the Jayhawks’ season opener. By Benton Smith
Although Late Night and the season opener remain in the distance, the start of another school year marks the unofficial beginning of a new journey for the Kansas men’s basketball program. And what a journey it’s been already. By Matt Tait
As she’s done so often over her career, Kansas senior forward Katie McClure caught the opposing team’s defense sleeping.
Kansas freshman quarterback Torry Locklin has been unique since the first time he threw a football. Shane Jackson
It all came down to a simple question: Would you rather fight 12 tiny Bill Selfs or one giant Les Miles? By Braden Shaw
For a little more than an hour on Saturday afternoon, 1,000 friends, family members, admirers and KU fans packed the Lied Center to celebrate the life and legacy of late Kansas broadcaster Max Falkenstien. By Matt Tait
After playing mainly quarterback during high school, Kansas freshman running back Velton Gardner has gone through a bit of a learning curve during preseason camp. By Braden Shaw
Les Miles didn’t have any grand announcements or bold declarations to make Friday night while addressing a large contingent of University of Kansas fans at the athletic department’s annual KU Kickoff at Corinth Square. Nor did the head football coach want to share any such information with a small group of reporters before he took the stage. By Benton Smith
It doesn’t matter where you look or who you talk to, everybody wants to make the upcoming Kansas football season about new head coach Les Miles. Except Les Miles. By Matt Tait
College football coaches know it is a dangerous game in the offseason. Shane Jackson
The secret is out. The fastest man on the Kansas football roster isn’t a widely known running back or even a touted young prospect from the program’s most recent recruiting class. His name is Jamahl Horne. He redshirted in 2018. He plays receiver. And at one offseason workout, he blew his teammates away. By Benton Smith
Coming into preseason camp, Kansas graduate transfer Manny Miles didn’t really know what it would be like having his father, Les, coach him for the first time. “And you respect him like he’s going to run you after practice, even though he’s your dad,” Miles, a reserve quarterback and holder, said recently. “Then you get home and you think, ‘Oh, he’s going to turn into the dad now.’ But the coaching never stops with him.” By Braden Shaw
The Kansas women’s soccer team kicked off the season with a dominant 4-0 victory over Nebraska, which came courtesy of a hat trick by senior forward Katie McClure Thursday night at Rock Chalk Park.
It is no secret that the tight end position has changed at nearly every level of football.
Emmett Jones coaches the receivers on the University of Kansas football roster. But not a day goes by without Jones staying in the ear of outside linebacker Steven Parker. By Benton Smith
Few moments are more valuable to the Kansas basketball program than the early days of summer when returning sophomores offer help to incoming freshman trying to figure things out for the first time. By Matt Tait
The process to replace two longtime Kansas Athletics sports performance employees is underway and KU Athletic Director Jeff Long hopes to have at least one hire made in the next two weeks. By Matt Tait
A hand injury he suffered during Denver’s Monday Night Football exhibition earlier this week is expected to keep former Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen out for the remainder of the NFL’s preseason.
It has become a routine during preseason camp. Shane Jackson
Any Kansas football fans who have looked forward to getting some behind the scenes glimpses of Les Miles and the Jayhawks through a new ESPN+ series will have to wait another week — and then binge watch the first four episodes before the season kicks off. By Benton Smith
Kansas football coach Les Miles left a steamy preseason practice early Tuesday afternoon not drowning in sweat, rather once again in a buoyant mood. Following what Miles disclosed would be the last camp practice during which the team tackled throughout, from start to finish, he opened his press conference by talking up some top offensive performers. By Benton Smith
After a few rough seasons of limited snaps and even a position change, Kansas wide receiver Daylon Charlot is right again, and his coaches believe they know why. By Matt Tait
An idea pushed this past spring by University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long, which would allow a football program to sign as many as 35 players in one recruiting class and 50 over a two-year period, may be picking up some steam nationally. By Benton Smith
Now that D.J. Eliot has 15 spring practices and two-plus weeks of preseason camp behind him, Eliot is much more familiar with the defensive personnel on the Kansas football roster than he was when he agreed to become the defensive coordinator for head coach Les Miles. By Benton Smith
The starting quarterback battle isn’t the only competition up in the air for the Kansas football team. Shane Jackson
The Kansas volleyball team earned a 3-2 victory over Wichita State inside Wichita's Koch Arena in the Jayhawks’ lone exhibition match of the 2019 season on Saturday.
A two-time NCAA Champion with the University of Kansas track program, Bryce Hoppel announced on Saturday he has signed a professional contract to represent Adidas.
Dating back to the spring and continuing on through the summer and into preseason camp, first-year Kansas football coach Les Miles has leaned into letting those who are listening know that he feels positive about his new team. So much so that it almost seemed out of character on Friday at KU’s media day when Miles referenced some shortcomings while answering questions about the team’s goals. By Benton Smith
As soon as Kansas football head coach Les Miles handed him the Gatorade towel, junior nose tackle Sam Burt knew something was up. A walk-on the previous two seasons who played mainly on the scout team and special teams, Burt received the unexpected gift from Miles Wednesday night. By Braden Shaw
The Kansas women’s soccer team unofficially opened the 2019 season with a 0-0 tie against Omaha in an exhibition match on Friday night at Rock Chalk Park.
With the season two weeks away, Kansas offensive line coach Luke Meadows has yet to narrow his unit down to five starters. And that is by design. Shane Jackson
When the Kansas football team makes its debut under Les Miles in a couple of weeks, it looks like the Jayhawks are prepared to take an either/or approach when it comes to the starting center. By Benton Smith
A few minutes into his press conference as part of the Kansas football team’s media day on Friday, head coach Les Miles, before fielding questions, had a couple to present to the auditorium. “Let’s see. Should I go into quarterbacks, too?” By Benton Smith
After 15 years at a place that, “means the world” to her, Kansas basketball strength and conditioning coach Andrea Hudy is officially leaving KU. By Matt Tait
Longtime Kansas basketball strength and conditioning coach Andrea Hudy is leaving KU for a job at Texas, both Hudy and Kansas coach Bill Self confirmed to the Journal-World late Thursday night. By Matt Tait
After making it to the second round of the NCAA tournament a year ago, Kansas soccer has made a concerted effort during offseason training to build on 2018.
Even though Kansas cross country coach Stanley Redwine thinks the Jayhawks made significant strides in 2018, Redwine said the team still has plenty of room to grow.
New arena. New team. Same expectations. Shane Jackson
A homegrown University of Kansas junior from the small city of Abilene, Sam Burt is no longer a walk-on with the Jayhawks’ football program. By Benton Smith
The job isn’t done yet for Les Miles and his Kansas football staff, but the coaches now have 25 commitments lined up for their 2020 recruiting class. By Benton Smith
During his eight seasons as a college football coach Kansas defensive line coach Kwahn Drake has become a bit of an expert at starting over. By Matt Tait
Rushing the passer isn’t literally the only thing Azur Kamara ever is asked to do from the edge. Much of his individual progress this past offseason, as he worked toward playing a much larger role for KU in 2019, came in the way he adapted. By Benton Smith
Attorneys for three men convicted of providing payments from Adidas to steer high-profile college basketball prospects to specific universities have filed an appeal of their sentences, according to a Wednesday report from ESPN.com.
A three-year starter on the Kansas football team’s offensive line, senior left tackle Hakeem Adeniji earned a spot on the preseason watch list for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.
It will be a long time before Ben Easters plays college football. But as of Tuesday evening the high school quarterback from Brownsburg, Ind., plans to do so at the University of Kansas. By Benton Smith
When Kansas center Udoka Azubuike and forward Silvio De Sousa elected to return to KU for the 2019-20 season, the move did much more than solidify the Jayhawks’ front court. It also added some much-needed experience to the Kansas roster. By Matt Tait
By now, you have surely seen it. This past weekend, a video from a Kansas football team meeting surfaced via social media. KU head coach Les Miles, who is now a little over two weeks away from his debut with his new team, was captured dancing to ‘Before I Let Go’ by Frankie Beverly & Maze. Shane Jackson
As the competition for the starting quarterback job continues to unfold during preseason football practices, a young QB is finding ways to make his mark, too, even if that doesn’t vault him into the marquee battle. By Benton Smith
“I have always been a special teams guy,” Miles professed recently. His regard for that third phase of football went up a notch roughly 20 years ago, thanks to the time he spent working with Dallas’ special teams coach at the time, Joe Avezzano. By Benton Smith
It might just be easier to list the positions that Kyron Johnson hasn’t played. Shane Jackson
It’s a daily conversation between Les Miles and his coaching staff, but there’s no tag line or marketing ploy associated with it. It’s just good, old-fashioned evaluation, and it’s just as important today as it was on Day 1 of preseason camp and as it will be on the final Friday before the season opener, which is now just 19 days away. By Matt Tait
Even though the Kansas football team lost three of its top four receivers from 2018, with the departure of Steven Sims Jr., Jeremiah Booker and Kerr Johnson, junior wide receiver Kwamie Lassiter II doesn’t see KU’s receiving corps falling off this year. By Braden Shaw
The Kansas football coaches’ 2020 recruiting class already boasted commitments from prospects residing in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, Michigan, California, Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio, Missouri and Kansas. Now they can add Florida to the list. By Benton Smith
Making his Team USA debut at the Pan American Games, in Lima, Peru, former University of Kansas track standout Bryce Hoppel took fourth place in the 800 meters.
A specific series of events had to unfold for Les Miles to become the football coach at the University of Kansas. And if a program near to his heart had ever offered him the head coaching job, it’s unlikely Miles ever would have ended up in Lawrence. By Benton Smith
With three weeks left before he leads the Kansas football team onto the field for a game for the first time, Les Miles and his assistants spent much of Saturday’s practice in scrimmage mode, trying to gauge how far away the Jayhawks are from being ready for the season. By Benton Smith
A sign just inside the entrance to the Kansas football team’s indoor practice facility Saturday warned autograph seekers headed into the program’s Fan Day that head coach Les Miles and players could only sign one item to “accommodate all fans.” Vicky and Bob Mall, from Clay Center, were able to work the system a bit. By Braden Shaw
Eight practices into preseason camp, the Kansas football team’s quarterback competition continues to hover in a persistent status quo. Head coach Les Miles didn’t mention any real separation in the race between Thomas MacVittie and Carter Stanley following Saturday’s session at the team’s indoor practice facility. What’s more, Miles suggested he’s in no rush to pick the Jayhawks’ starting QB. By Benton Smith
The first time Dorance Armstrong suited up for a football game and found himself wearing the iconic Dallas Cowboys’ uniform instead of the crimson and blue of the University of Kansas, emotions hit the defensive end from Houston hard. “Man, I was real nervous,” Armstrong recalled.
On an offensive line that Kansas football coach Les Miles professes to be encouraged by during the team’s closed preseason practices, the man at the focal point of it all is catching the head coach’s eye for the right reasons. By Benton Smith
“We’re kind of the voice of the team," senior safety Bryce Torneden said of the unity council created by KU football coach Les Miles. By Braden Shaw
Six practices into preseason camp, Kansas football coach Les Miles has seen a lot of his Jayhawks over the course of the past week. And if you asked him to name a position group or player who stood out, Miles’ answer might surprise you. By Benton Smith
As much as Les Miles enjoyed his first four preseason practices as the head coach at the University of Kansas over the course of the past week, it was the fifth one that he looked forward to most. By Benton Smith
Kansas head volleyball coach Ray Bechard announced the addition of Kennedy Farris to the 2019 roster.
The only way to go is up. At least that has to be the mindset of the Kansas defense in regards to putting pressure on the quarterback this fall. KU recorded 21 sacks in 2018, which was only better than Kansas State (18) in the Big 12 conference.
A federal judge on Thursday denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that former University of Kansas football coach David Beaty filed against Kansas Athletics Inc.
While Les Miles isn’t predicting his first KU football team will buck the program’s recent history of O-line issues, the program’s new head coach actually felt optimistic about the offense’s most important blockers as the Jayhawks opened preseason camp. By Benton Smith
According to his roommate, Christian Braun, KU junior Silvio De Sousa has spent more time in the gym this summer than in their room. And while that setting has provided the 6-foot-9 forward from Angola with the perfect place to work on his game and release his endless amount of excited energy from regaining his eligibility, it also has been a good vantage point for De Sousa to see Braun in action. By Matt Tait
Even though the season opener is a little over three weeks away, Kansas football might have picked up one of its most significant wins of the year. Shane Jackson
For all of the Kansas football program’s recruiting success this summer, as it stacked up new commitments in bunches, the Jayhawks’ 2020 class lacked a marquee talent. Until Tuesday night. By Benton Smith
While Les Miles’ first team at the University of Kansas isn’t expected to zig while everyone else is zagging and turn back the offensive clock 40 years, he hinted that some old school features could factor into the Jayhawks’ approach this fall. By Benton Smith
After a long offseason full of changes, Kansas fans are that much closer to learning the answer to the biggest question surrounding Les Miles’ football program — how good can the 2019 Jayhawks be? By Matt Tait
It was a trip down memory lane for former Kansas standout Thomas Robinson. Shane Jackson
The massive recruiting weekend enjoyed by the Kansas football program in late June is still paying dividends for the Jayhawks more than a month later. By Benton Smith
One of the top basketball prospects in the country plans on joining the college ranks a year sooner than originally expected.
I don’t know about you, but it sure would be nice to know a little more about this Kansas football team heading into a critical 2019 season. By Matt Tait
Precisely how soon the decision will be reached remains to be seen. But sometime in the days or weeks ahead, Kansas football coach Les Miles will see enough of some specific qualities in one of the team’s two most trusted quarterbacks that the head coach and his assistants will be ready to name a starter. By Benton Smith
The Kansas football program’s lengthy list of 2020 commitments shrank by one this weekend. By Benton Smith
Former Kansas walk-on and Free State standout Garrett Luinstra has found his new home.
Early preseason impressions don’t win college football games, but the ones made by Kansas football players on their head coach this week seemed to reveal that the Jayhawks opened camp right on track. By Benton Smith
For a man who lost a potential starting linebacker ahead of preseason camp, Kansas football coach Les Miles came across as more upbeat than worried about the position following his team’s first practice on Friday. By Benton Smith
Just as many anticipated when word of his name entering the transfer portal became public knowledge earlier this week, Ben Miles found his new football home at the University of Kansas. By Benton Smith
The family of Max Falkenstien, in conjunction with Kansas Athletics, will host a celebration of life for the late KU broadcaster at 2 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the Lied Center on KU's west campus. By Matt Tait
A first-string linebacker for the Kansas football team at the conclusion of spring practices, on the eve of preseason practices Drew Harvey reportedly has entered the transfer portal.
Les Miles’ presence undoubtedly has created some buzz around the long struggling program. But some real questions will need to be addressed between now and the Aug. 31 opener versus Indiana State. By Benton Smith
It was expected, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it was easy to see. For the ninth year in a row, the Kansas football team was picked to finish last in the Big 12 conference in the preseason poll as voted on by media members.
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, marked the completion of Jeff Long's first full year as the Athletic Director at the University of Kansas. Just prior to the anniversary's arrival, Long sat down with the Journal-World to look back at the year that was and what's ahead for Kansas Athletics. By Matt Tait