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Tuesday, December 31

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KU Men's Basketball - All-Decade Team

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self gets 13 scholarships per season to fill out his roster. So today, as we look back on the last 10 years of Kansas basketball under Self, it only makes sense that we put together an all-decade team that features 13 players — five starters and eight on the bench. By Matt Tait

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KU football All-Decade Team - Defense

Before the Jayhawks head into 2020, and the second year under head coach Les Miles, here’s a look at the previous 10 years, and some of the program’s best players. Benton Smith

Monday, December 30

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KU football All-Decade Team - Offense

Before the Jayhawks head into 2020, and the second year under head coach Les Miles, here’s a look at the past 10 years and some of the players who helped a long-suffering fan base get through it all.

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KU women's basketball pulls away from Wofford with decisive run in 3rd quarter

It was the type of play that tends to happen when a team is rolling. Late in the third quarter, senior forward Mariane De Carvalho had arguably the play of the year for the Kansas women’s basketball team.

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Jayhawks land safely in Kansas after engine failure on previous flight

Topeka — Roughly 19 hours later than they were supposed to arrive, the Kansas Jayhawks finally made it back to Kansas just after 6 p.m. Monday. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks jump two spots to No. 3 in latest AP poll

Sunday’s win at Stanford, coupled with a big win by their next opponent over No. 2 Ohio State, was enough to clear the way for the Kansas Jayhawks to climb in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. By Matt Tait

Sunday, December 29

KU men's basketball team's charter flight loses an engine, returns safely to airport

The KU men’s basketball team’s charter plane lost an engine shortly after taking off Sunday evening, forcing the flight to return to the airport in California, KU officials said.

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Notebook: Jayhawks notch first true road victory of season ahead of Big 12 play

Stanford, Calif. — Kansas basketball coach Bill Self entered Sunday’s 72-56 win at Stanford with one major goal in mind — don’t let last season’s road struggles carry over into the current season.

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Almost Home: No. 5 Kansas upends Stanford, 72-56, in front of pro-KU crowd

Stanford, Calif. — The road sure is a lot friendlier when it sounds like home. Matt Tait

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Quick recap: No. 5 Kansas earns convincing road win over Stanford

Thanks to a dominant defensive effort out of the gate, No. 5 Kansas earned a 72-56 road win over Stanford Sunday afternoon.

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KUsports Live: No. 5 Kansas at Stanford

Follow along during the game with our crew and the KUsports.com community.

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Game Day Breakdown - No. 5 Kansas at Stanford

A look at some of the keys for fifth-ranked Kansas in today's true road game at Stanford. By Matt Tait

Friday, December 27

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A look back at the top KU sports stories of 2019

From titles and first-time triumphs to legal issues and hope for the football program, the past 12 months delivered several memorable moments and stories that will be talked about for years to come for athletic programs at the University of Kansas.

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Kansas coach Bill Self, Marcus Garrett expect junior guard to play Sunday vs. Stanford

Kansas junior Marcus Garrett said Friday he did not think the ankle injury he suffered in KU’s loss to Villanova last Saturday would keep him out of Sunday’s game at Stanford. By Matt Tait

Thursday, December 26

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Missouri football announces hiring of former KU strength coach

The next chapter in the career of former Kansas football strength coach Zac Woodfin officially began Thursday, as the Jayhawks’ old rivals at Missouri announced the Tigers’ football program hired Woodfin as its strength and conditioning director.

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'They're pretty special': KU football has high hopes for 2020 cornerbacks

Kansas head coach Les Miles was especially giddy about one position group after the early signing period.

Wednesday, December 25

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Notebook: KU football WRs also gain All-Big 12 recognition

When the Big 12’s football coaches and a panel of media members selected their respective all-league teams for 2019, only two Jayhawks made the cut. But even more KU standouts were included when national college football writer Phil Steele unveiled his all-conference choices this week. By Benton Smith

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Improved chemistry a key component of KU women's basketball team's 10-0 start

Kansas women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider has been waiting for his roster to be made up entirely of players he recruited for five seasons. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, December 24

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KU football D.C.: New signees recruited 'to come in and play'

As coordinator D.J. Eliot looks to enhance the Kansas football defense for next season and beyond, the hope is incoming freshmen will be able to contribute in some fashion during their first year on campus next year. Actually, that possibility often is a selling point during Eliot’s conversations with prospects. By Benton Smith

Monday, December 23

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KU senior Udoka Azubuike fully embracing final run with Jayhawks

Now in his fourth season at a school he figured he would only attend for a couple, KU center Udoka Azubuike is embracing his role as the face of the Jayhawks and stepping out of his comfort zone more and more all the time.By Matt Tait

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David Beaty's lawyers file partial motion for summary judgment on lawsuit

Lawyers for former University of Kansas head football coach David Beaty filed on Friday a partial motion for summary judgment on their breach of contract claim in U.S. District Court for the district of Kansas. “It is beyond dispute that (Kansas Athletics) terminated the agreements without cause,” Beaty’s lawyers continue to argue in the latest filing, which asks the court to grant summary judgment on the matter.

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KU women's basketball receiving votes in latest AP poll

After a 10-0 start to the 2019-20 season, the Kansas women's basketball team is on the Associated Press Top 25 radar. By Matt Tait

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Les Miles glad to have 19 signees in place in December

Out of coaching when the NCAA first allowed college football staffs to make use of an early December signing period, Kansas head coach Les Miles got just a taste of the process a year ago, in a hurried fashion, with only a few weeks between the time of his hiring and the three-day window to try and line up recruits. With the class of 2020, Miles got to fully appreciate the format, describing it as advantageous. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks drop to 5th in latest AP poll

Last Saturday’s 1-point loss to Villanova in Philadelphia cost the Kansas men’s basketball team four spots in the latest Associated Press rankings. For the second time this season, the Jayhawks fell to No. 5 in the AP Top 25 following a loss. By Matt Tait

Sunday, December 22

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Brandon Schneider claims 450th win, Jayhawks hold off Saint Louis

Head coach Brandon Schneider cleared 450 career wins as Kansas women’s basketball held off Saint Louis in overtime, 68-60, in Chaifetz Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Jayhawks improved to 10-0 with one nonconference game remaining, while Saint Louis fell to 7-5 on the year.

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Emmett Jones: Incoming KU WRs 'not going to cheat the game'

“I know them well, man, and I know what they bring to the table,” Emmett Jones said of KU football's receiver signees. By Benton Smith

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Self, Wright agree there's no clear No. 1 team in college hoops this season

The No. 1 spot at the top of the college basketball polls will remain a revolving door for at least another week thanks to top-ranked Kansas’ 56-55 loss to No. 18 Villanova on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center. By Matt Tait

Saturday, December 21

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Notebook: Junior Marcus Garrett injured in KU's road loss to Villanova

Philadelphia — It’s hard enough to try to beat ranked teams on the road with your entire roster in tow. But it’s even tougher to do when you lose your most experienced player and best defender to injury after just 13 minutes.

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'It was awful': No. 1 Kansas falters late in 56-55 loss at No. 18 Villanova

Philadelphia — Kansas coach Bill Self needed just three words to communicate his thoughts on his team’s late-game execution in Saturday’s 56-55 loss to No. 18 Villanova at Wells Fargo Center. By Matt Tait

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Quick recap: No. 1 Kansas falls at No. 18 Villanova

Down goes another No. 1 team. This time, No. 1 Kansas was unable to hang on in a 56-55 loss to No. 18 Villanova Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center. The Jayhawks led by as many as 4 points with 1:49 remaining, but faltered down the stretch.

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KUsports Live: No. 1 Kansas at No. 18 Villanova

Follow along during the game with our crew and the KUsports.com community.

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Long before he became KU's OC, Brent Dearmon 'fell in love' with QB Jalon Daniels' play

The way Brent Dearmon described the amenities, he worked in a closet with no windows when he first became aware of California prep quarterback Jalon Daniels. By Benton Smith

Friday, December 20

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Strength coach Zac Woodfin moving on from KU football

It appears the bulk of the offseason strength and conditioning work Kansas football players endure in the months ahead will come with the help of a new staff member.

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Game Day Breakdown - No. 1 Kansas at No. 18 Villanova

A look at some of the keys for top-ranked Kansas in Saturday's road clash with No. 18 Villanova at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks sign Missouri prep WR Luke Grimm after all

As head coach Les Miles and his Kansas football staff celebrated Wednesday the signings of 18 high school prospects, it seemed one recruit who had been committed to the program for months would end up playing elsewhere. By Benton Smith

Thursday, December 19

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KU football OC Brent Dearmon identifies potential starting QBs for 2020

Though obviously enthused this week by the signing of a dual-threat quarterback in the Kansas football program’s 2020 recruiting class, offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon isn’t the type to expect incoming freshman Jalon Daniels to show up in Lawrence as some kind of preordained starter. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks expect to have their hands full with Villanova freshman Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

Throughout the late stages of his college recruitment, it always looked like Jeremiah Robinson-Earl would be on the floor for Saturday’s clash between No. 1 Kansas and No. 18 Villanova. By Matt Tait

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Longtime KU football assistant Clint Bowen leaving Jayhawks

UNT names Lawrence native new D.C.

Although he has spent most of his professional life on the sidelines with the Kansas football program for which he played, longtime Jayhawks assistant Clint Bowen has left KU. As first reported Thursday afternoon by the Journal-World, Bowen, KU’s safeties coach during Les Miles’ first season with the Jayhawks, was announced as the new defensive coordinator at North Texas. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, December 18

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Les Miles lauds Class of 2020 signees, including new dual-threat QB

There’s still some work to do for Kansas football coach Les Miles and his staff when it comes to completing their 2020 recruiting class, but by Wednesday’s end the coaches didn’t only have much of that labor out of the way, they also added a quarterback to the mix. By Benton Smith

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KUsports Live - Early Signing Period: KU football Class of 2020 updates

Follow along for recruiting updates with our crew and the KUsports.com community.

Tuesday, December 17

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Early loss to Duke may have refocused top-ranked Kansas

Winners of nine consecutive games since a season-opening loss to Duke in early November, Kansas coach Bill Self believes his team may actually have benefited from the early setback. By Matt Tait

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Les Miles, KU staff poised to sign many 2020 recruits during early period

On the always fluid college football recruiting scene, nothing is official until a prospect signs his national letter of intent. Now, after months of work toward trying to get some new Jayhawks to enlist, Kansas head coach Les Miles and his staff should soon be able to rest a little easier. By Benton Smith

Monday, December 16

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Better by KU standards, Jayhawks' offense still lagged in 2019

Compared to some recent Kansas football teams, the 2019 Jayhawks had a relatively successful offense. For instance, KU’s 377.3 total yards per game marked the program’s best average in that category since the final season of head coach Mark Mangino and quarterback Todd Reesing, in 2009. However, compared to the rest of the FBS teams this year, statistics show that KU still has miles of ground to make up offensively. By Benton Smith

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Kansas takes over No. 1 spot in AP Top 25 and coaches poll

The Kansas men’s basketball team is the new No. 1 in college basketball. KU replaces Louisville at the top of this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll, following the Cardinals loss to Texas Tech last Tuesday night. By Matt Tait

Sunday, December 15

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KU women's basketball outlasts Saint Mary’s to stay undefeated

Sophomore guard Brooklyn Mitchell posted a career-high 24 points as Kansas women’s basketball battled to an 86-81 win over Saint Mary’s on Sunday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Improved activity on both ends leads to season-high 21 minutes for KU freshman Christian Braun

There’s little doubt that Kansas freshman Christian Braun was energized by playing in front of his family in his hometown on Saturday during KU’s 98-57 victory over Kansas City at Sprint Center. By Matt Tait

Saturday, December 14

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Big Dave's big day: No. 2 Kansas crushes Kansas City behind career-high from David McCormack

Behind a career-high 28 points from David McCormack — in fewer than 17 minutes — and another all-around strong effort from senior center Udoka Azubuike, the second-ranked Jayhawks steamrolled Kansas City, 98-57, on Saturday evening at Sprint Center. Matt Tait

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Notebook: KU freshmen get extended minutes off bench during blowout win

Kansas City, Mo. — With Saturday’s 98-57 rout of Kansas City well in hand early in the second half, the second-ranked Jayhawks got the opportunity to give extended minutes to some of their reserves.

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Quick recap: No. 2 Kansas rolls past Kansas City

Kansas City — Even if it wasn’t always pretty, No. 2 Kansas took care of business Saturday night at the Sprint Center.

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Former Florida QB Feleipe Franks visits KU football

As Les Miles and the Kansas football coaching staff look to figure out who will be the Jayhawks’ starting quarterback in 2020, the staff welcomed a former SEC starter to campus this weekend.

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KUsports Live: No. 2 Kansas vs. Kansas City

Follow along during the game with our crew and the KUsports.com community.

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Game Day Breakdown - No. 2 Kansas vs. Kansas City at Sprint Center

A look at some of the keys for second-ranked Kansas in today's showdown with Kansas City at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. By Matt Tait

Friday, December 13

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Pooka Williams 1st Jayhawk to land on AP 1st team in consecutive years since Aqib Talib

Two seasons into his college football career at the University of Kansas, running back Pooka Williams Jr. is now a two-time member of the Associated Press All-Big 12 first team.

Thursday, December 12

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'I just love coaching him': KU coach Self, guard Garrett on same page

Junior guard Marcus Garrett has played 78 games in a Kansas uniform, likely has between 60-70 more before he’s finished and already has earned some of the highest praise possible from KU coach Bill Self. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, December 11

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2020 CB no longer committed to KU football

A week ahead of December’s early signing period for college football, the Kansas coaching staff’s 2020 recruiting class shrank by one member.

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Ochai Agbaji's father, Olofu, explains his son's 'special purpose' after 95-68 Kansas win vs. Milwaukee

Before Tuesday’s 95-68 rout of Milwaukee at Allen Fieldhouse, Ochai Agbaji’s father, Olofu, told his son to go easy on the Panthers. And then he saw his son score nine of KU’s first 11 points and explode for 22 points and eight rebounds to help lead the second-ranked Jayhawks to the easy win. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, December 10

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3 and easy: Jayhawks' hot hands lead to rout of Milwaukee

Tuesday night’s 95-68 rout of Milwaukee at Allen Fieldhouse was a perfect illustration of why the Kansas players and coaches say guys will be fine while opening the season in a shooting slump. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Jayhawks close impressive decade at Allen Fieldhouse with 151st victory

Tuesday’s 95-68 victory over Milwaukee marked the final game of the decade for the second-ranked Kansas Jayhawks inside Allen Fieldhouse. And what a decade it has been. By Matt Tait

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KUsports Live: No. 2 KU beats Milwaukee, 95-68

Follow along during the game with our crew and the KUsports.com community.

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Les Miles lands on list of top 150 college football coaches of all-time

ESPN named Les Miles one of college football’s top 150 coaches of all-time as part of its yearlong celebration of the sport’s 150th season.

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Game Day Breakdown - No. 2 Kansas vs. Milwaukee

A look at some of the keys for second-ranked Kansas in tonight's home matchup with Milwaukee at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Monday, December 9

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Texas prep OL Armaj Adams-Reed joins KU football's 2020 class

Kansas head football coach Les Miles and receivers coach Emmett Jones headed Monday to Texas for some recruiting, and by the end of the day the Jayhawks had another 2020 commitment in place.

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Khalil Herbert to transfer to Virginia Tech

After three-plus seasons with the Kansas football program, running back Khalil Herbert now has a destination for the final chapter of his college football career.

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Defensive issues typified KU football's 2019 season

In a season full of highs and lows for the Kansas football team, the valleys outnumbered the peaks for the Jayhawks’ defense. By Benton Smith

Sunday, December 8

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KU women's basketball overcomes early deficit to defeat Florida 76-66

After falling into an early 8-2 hole, Kansas women’s basketball had to regroup and refocus quickly. And KU did just that Sunday, as the Jayhawks defeated Florida 76-66 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

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Jayhawks pick up pledge from Virginia prep CB Karon Prunty

A little more than a week before the start of the December early signing period, the Kansas football team added another commitment for its 2020 recruiting class. Karon Prunty, who visited KU this weekend, announced on Sunday his plans to join the program.

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Self seeking better consistency from KU's bench

Always one to think big picture first and recognize subtle weaknesses ahead of splashy stat lines, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Saturday pointed to the need for better play from his bench after a 72-58 win over No. 20 Colorado at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Saturday, December 7

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Benton Smith: Marcus Garrett's disrupting defense sets tone for KU's latest win

With the Jayhawks’ Swiss army knife, Marcus Garrett, defending Tyler Bey and an ever-improving Kansas defense ready to take CU’s leading scorer and his teammates out of their comfort zones, No. 2 KU often unsettled No. 20 Colorado in a 72-58 victory.

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Kansas overwhelms Colorado in Top 20 battle to net 7th consecutive win

Saturday’s opponent might have entered Allen Fieldhouse representing a new conference and with a shiny Top 25 ranking next to its name. But, in many ways, it was still the same old result between Kansas and Colorado. Matt Tait

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Notebook: Despite final result, Colorado coach Tad Boyle enjoys return to alma mater

Although things did not go well for his team on the floor during Saturday’s 72-58 loss to No. 2 Kansas, Colorado coach Tad Boyle’s return to his alma mater was still something to remember.

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Quick recap: No. 2 Kansas pushes past No. 20 Colorado

Behind another strong defensive showing, Kansas was victorious in a top-20 matchup Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KUsports Live: No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 20 Colorado

Follow along during the game with our crew and the KUsports.com community.

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Game Day Breakdown - No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 20 Colorado

A look at some of the keys for second-ranked Kansas in tonight's Top 20 clash with Colorado at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Friday, December 6

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KU football welcoming visitors as early signing period approaches

With the December early signing period just around the corner, the Kansas football coaches are working toward adding to the program’s 2020 class.

Thursday, December 5

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Jeff Long: KU football 'far closer' now to meeting expectations

AD offers evaluation of Year 1 under Les Miles

In evaluating the first season of the Les Miles era at the University of Kansas, the man who hired Miles, Athletic Director Jeff Long, hesitated to call the 2019 season an outright success. And even though Long might be openly overzealous with his verbalized expectations that KU win every game, he described the just completed 3-9 year as a step in the right direction. By Benton Smith

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Boyle's Return: Former Jayhawk and current Colorado coach Tad Boyle eager for Saturday matchup with his alma mater

While memories of his days as a player at Kansas in the early 1980s no doubt will come flooding back to Colorado coach Tad Boyle this weekend, the top priority for the 10th-year CU coach is bringing a competitive team to Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, December 4

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Pooka Williams, Hakeem Adeniji make coaches' All-Big 12 1st team

The last-place Kansas football team only won one conference game this season, but the league’s head coaches voted two Jayhawks onto the 2019 All-Big 12 first team.

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KU coach Bill Self on struggling junior Silvio De Sousa: 'He's going to be fine'

Although there were signs of life in a couple of games leading up to Maui, Kansas junior Silvio De Sousa found himself back on the bench struggling with confidence during the Jayhawks’ most recent games. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, December 3

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Pooka Williams just 2nd Jayhawk to top 1,000 rushing yards in consecutive years

The Jayhawks weren’t able to accomplish many of their week’s goals during a one-sided loss to Baylor. But they did set up Pooka Williams for some relative success, as the sophomore rusher topped 100 yards for the fifth time in 2019. Williams became only the second player in program history to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. By Benton Smith

Monday, December 2

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KU volleyball reflects on first season in renovated Horejsi Arena

Right before Kansas volleyball faced off against Iowa State on Wednesday night, KU coach Ray Bechard was a little nervous about the fan turnout.

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Disappointing end to year won't be forgotten as Jayhawks head into offseason work

Whether the returning Jayhawks who endured the Kansas football team’s worst loss of 2019 on the final Saturday of the season use that as motivation entering the offseason will vary from man to man. Just the same, as everyone involved in the program moves past a 61-6 beating at the hands of Baylor in the finale, head coach Les Miles said in the aftermath of the thumping that it will get brought up again. By Benton Smith

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Les Miles says recruiting a QB a priority for KU

Carter Stanley’s college career is over and the Kansas football program needs a starting quarterback. While it’s possible Stanley’s replacement could already be on the roster, KU head coach Les Miles said following his team’s finale that the QB position will be one of priority as the coaching staff turns its focus to the recruiting trail. By Benton Smith

Sunday, December 1

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Jayhawks contend progress was made in Les Miles' 1st year in charge

“That’s not the way you wanted to see this team go out,” Les Miles said after KU's season finale. Still, the head coach had a different view of the past year as a whole, after returning to the sidelines out of semi-retirement to try to rebuild the KU program. By Benton Smith