Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Les Miles to appear in 4 Kansas cities as part of ‘Hawks & Highways’

Newly-hired Kansas football coach Les Miles shakes hands with a fan as he is introduced to the Allen Fieldhouse crowd during halftime of the Jayhawks’ game against Stanford.

Newly-hired Kansas football coach Les Miles shakes hands with a fan as he is introduced to the Allen Fieldhouse crowd during halftime of the Jayhawks’ game against Stanford.


Kansas football fans around the Sunflower State who are eager to see head coach Les Miles in person before the Jayhawks’ season opener will have a few opportunities to spot The Mad Hatter in the coming weeks.

Kansas Athletics and the University of Kansas Alumni Association announced Wednesday the continuation of their annual "Hawks & Highways" series of programs in communities throughout the state, with Miles headlining four of the stops.

"I am looking forward to getting out and meeting many Jayhawks across the state of Kansas," Miles said in a release. "These events will be a great opportunity for me to share the vision we have for Kansas football with people who are very important to our program — our alumni and fans."

The trek kicks off Tuesday, May 21, in Dodge City, with Miles in tow. The first-year Kansas coach, formerly of LSU and Oklahoma State, also is scheduled to appear at “Hawks & Highways” stops in Independence (May 22), Salina (June 11) and Wichita (June 25).

The series also is set to visit Emporia (June 4), Hutchinson (June 6), Atchison (June 13), Topeka (June 18) and Pittsburg (June 26).

Per KU, additional university and athletics representatives will be announced at a later time. The series also incorporates academic departments and entities from KU.

The Jayhawks’ 2019 season, Miles’ first in charge of the program, kicks off Aug. 31 at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, where KU will play host to Indiana State.

2019 “Hawks & Highways”

(all events scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m.)

— May 21: Happy Hour in Dodge City, at Boot Hill Museum-Occidental Saloon, 500 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd.

— May 22: Happy Hour in Independence, at Independence Country Club, 2824 Country Club Circle

— June 4: Happy Hour in Emporia, at Radius Brewing Company, 610 Merchant St.

— June 6: Happy Hour in Hutchinson (location TBD)

— June 11: Happy Hour in Salina, at 638 Event Space, 638 Francis Ave.

— June 13: Happy Hour in Atchison (location TBD)

— June 18: Happy Hour in Topeka (location TBD)

— June 25: Happy Hour in Wichita, at Chicken N Pickle, 240 N. Greenwich Rd

— June 26: Happy Hour in Pittsburg (location TBD)

KU at BC kickoff time announced

The ACC announced on Thursday kickoff times for football games that will air during the first three weeks of the 2019 college football season on the new ACC Network.

Among those was KU’s trip to Boston College.

The Jayhawks’ nonconference finale on Friday, Sept. 13 at Alumni Stadium, in Chestnut Hill, Mass., is slated to start at 6:30 p.m. Central time.

All ACC Network games also are available on the ESPN app to authenticated cable subscribers. Per the ACC Network, carriage agreements for the new network already are in place with the following video providers, among others: Altice, DirecTV, Google Fiber, Hulu Live TV, Optimum, PlayStation Vue, Suddenlink, TVision and Verizon Fios. A search on for current ACC Network providers in the Lawrence area listed: DirecTV, Hulu and PS Vue.

2019 KU Football Schedule

Aug. 31 — Indiana State

Sept. 7 — Coastal Carolina

Sept. 13 — at Boston College

Sept. 21 — West Virginia

Sept. 28 — at TCU

Oct. 5 — Oklahoma

Oct. 12 — bye

Oct. 19 — at Texas

Oct. 26 — Texas Tech

Nov. 2 — Kansas State

Nov. 9 — bye

Nov. 16 — at Oklahoma State

Nov. 23 — at Iowa State

Nov. 30 — Baylor


Dane Pratt 6 months ago

Wish we could get back to 12 teams so we can play 4 non-cons.

Stephen Johnson 6 months ago

Dane - right on target. We need the 4 non-cons at this stage of KU football.

Sam Meyer 6 months ago

The SEC and ACC are the only major conference that play 8 conference games. The ACC has added the stipulation that its members must play 1 Power 5 school for non-con. The SEC has no such rule, to the best of my knowledge, primarily because they haven't gotten bitten in the rear end due to it...thus far (and likely not for some time). My point is that the days of KU football playing 4 cupcake non-con games like we did in 2007 are behind us (unless the SEC added us, and that's not happening).

Eric Eakins 6 months ago

I'm hoping 3 years from now the non-con games will seem boring and a glorified practice and we will all be debating how we are going to tear into the Big 12 schedule. Unfortunately, I've been hoping a long time. But after 40+ years a fan, it comes and goes and maybe we are ready for it to come around again.

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