Stories for July 2020


Friday, July 31

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Four-star forward KJ Adams picks Kansas

The Kansas men’s basketball program picked up another commitment in the 2021 recruiting class on Friday night, when four-star forward KJ Adams picked the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

Thursday, July 30

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Citing scheduling uncertainty, Big 12 Conference cancels annual media day for second time this summer

For the second time this summer, the Big 12 Conference has canceled its virtual media day for the 2020 football season. By Matt Tait

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5 key questions for Kansas football heading into the start of the 2020 season

One of the most unusual seasons in Kansas football history officially opens Friday, when the Jayhawks conduct their first official practice of 2020. Here are five key questions the Jayhawks are facing as they open preseason camp. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, July 29

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KU's football game with Boston College could be in jeopardy after ACC's new scheduling provisions for 2020

Wednesday’s newly unveiled plans for the 2020 football season in the Atlantic Coast Conference figure to have a direct impact on the Kansas football schedule. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, July 28

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Kansas Athletics reports zero positive results in latest round of COVID-19 testing

Kansas Athletics on Tuesday night released the results of its most recent round of COVID-19 testing, which yielded zero positives in 156 tests. By Matt Tait

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MLB outbreak reveals college football's vulnerabilities

Those working to get college sports up and running have been hoping the return of professional sports would provide valuable information that could aid their efforts to play through a pandemic. A COVID-19 outbreak for a Major League Baseball team three days into its season forced two games to be postponed Monday and brought a glimpse of how difficult the task will be.

Monday, July 27

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How Kansas and Southern Illinois came together to replace a pair of canceled college football games

Although it took time to finalize the details, Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long identified a replacement for New Hampshire on KU’s 2020 football schedule the same day that UNH pulled out. By Matt Tait

Saturday, July 25

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Three-star defensive back from Florida commits to Kansas

Less than a week after de-committing from Ohio, three-star defensive back DeVonte Wilson orally committed to Kansas on Saturday afternoon. By Matt Tait

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KU to open 2020 football season Aug. 29 vs. Southern Illinois

The Kansas football program has a new start date for the 2020 season and a new first opponent. By Matt Tait

Friday, July 24

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KU's Pooka Williams Jr., Stephon Robinson Jr. named to Maxwell, Hornung watch lists

Earlier this week, two of the Kansas football program’s most dynamic offensive players were named to watch lists that honor all-around versatility.

Thursday, July 23

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NCAA football oversight committee asks Board of Governors for patience

The NCAA football oversight committee is asking the association’s Board of Governors to avoid making a decision soon on whether to conduct fall championships as college sports tries to find a path to play through the pandemic.

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Olympian, former congressman and KU alumnus Jim Ryun says receiving Presidential Medal of Freedom is 'a great privilege'

Olympian and former Republican congressman Jim Ryun doesn't know whether it was his athletic accomplishments or his years of political service to his country that earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. But whichever one it was, he said he's honored by the gesture. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, July 22

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Kansas football resuming voluntary workouts

The University of Kansas football program resumed voluntary workouts on Wednesday, 19 days after suspending offseason activities because of a dozen positive COVID-19 tests. By Matt Tait

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KU senior Kyle Thompson named to Ray Guy Award watch list

University of Kansas senior Kyle Thompson was one of 19 punters in the country named to the Ray Guy Award preseason watch list on Wednesday.

Tuesday, July 21

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Former Jayhawk Jim Ryun to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Donald Trump is awarding the nation’s highest civilian honor to Jim Ryun, a former Kansas congressman who was the first high school runner to clock a mile in under 4 minutes.

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Former KU golfer Chris Thompson qualifies for Korn Ferry Tour event in Springfield, Mo.

Former Kansas golfer Chris Thompson will be returning to action this week, gunning for another shot at golf’s top level on the Korn Ferry Tour in Springfield, Mo. By Matt Tait

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KU football lands commitment from 2021 Texas offensive lineman

Two-star offensive lineman Larson Workman became the 14th prospect in the 2021 recruiting class to commit to the Kansas football program. By Matt Tait

Monday, July 20

KU promotes athletic administrator Terry Prentice to associate AD for diversity

University of Kansas athletic administrator Terry Prentice has been promoted to the role of Associate Athletic Director/Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

Former KU pitcher Blake Goldsberry joins Colorado Rockies organization

Former University of Kansas relief pitcher Blake Goldsberry recently signed a free agent contract with the Colorado Rockies organization.

Sunday, July 19

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Former Jayhawk Gary Woodland finishes tied for 22nd at Memorial

Another round over par on Sunday led former University of Kansas golfer Gary Woodland to a 22nd-place finish at the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio. By Matt Tait

Friday, July 17

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Kansas football picked to finish last in Big 12 preseason poll

The Kansas football program found itself in the familiar position of last place when the 2020 preseason Big 12 Conference media poll was released Friday afternoon. By Matt Tait

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New Hampshire cancels fall sports seasons, leaves KU football looking for new first-week foe

The Kansas football program is suddenly without an opponent for the first week of the 2020 season, as the University of New Hampshire announced Friday that none of its fall sports teams would play this year.

Thursday, July 16

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NCAA recommends testing all athletes for COVID-19 within 72 hours of games

The NCAA on Thursday released its latest guidance to help member schools navigate competition during the pandemic, and they come as the prospects of actually playing look grim. By Ralph D. Russo, Associated Press

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KU's Andrew Parchment, Pooka Williams Jr. named preseason all-Big 12

Kansas football senior Andrew Parchment and junior Pooka Williams Jr. were two of the 15 players named to the Big 12 Conference’s preseason all-Big 12 offense, league officials announced Thursday. By Matt Tait

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NABC aiming to eliminate standardized testing from initial eligibility equation

Men's and women's college basketball coaches are proposing the NCAA eliminate standardized testing requirements from initial-eligibility standards, calling exams such as the SAT and ACT “longstanding forces of institutional racism.”

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KU receiver Andrew Parchment lands on Biletnikoff Award watch list

After a strong 2019 season in which he earned honorable mention all-Big 12 honors, Kansas wide receiver Andrew Parchment landed on the Biletnikoff Award’s preseason watch list for 2020 on Thursday. By Matt Tait

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Kansas football to conduct next round of COVID-19 testing Saturday

The Kansas football program is planning another round of COVID-19 testing on Saturday and the results of those tests will determine how soon the Jayhawks can get back on the field, KU Athletic Director Jeff Long said Wednesday. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, July 15

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Kansas basketball pushes back return date for second time in 3 weeks

Big 12 football still in wait-and-see mode

The Kansas men’s basketball program is responding to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases by pushing its return-to-campus date back for the second time in three weeks, KU coach Bill Self told the Journal-World on Wednesday. By Matt Tait

Monday, July 13

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Dozens of college basketball coaches announce creation of John McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative

Kentucky’s John Calipari, KU coach Bill Self and more than 30 other college basketball coaches announced Monday the creation of a minority leadership initiative that carries the name of former KU pioneer John McLendon. By Matt Tait

Kansas Athletics settles dispute with now-former employee for $600,000

The athletics department at the University of Kansas at the end of June settled a dispute involving the now-former assistant athletic director for alumni engagement for $600,000, a settlement agreement shows. By Conner Mitchell

Sunday, July 12

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Popular Kansas football manager remembered for willingness to do anything to help the program

University of Kansas football manager Jack Roche died late Saturday night in his hometown of Chicago after being hit by a car, multiple people close to the KU program confirmed to the Journal-World. By Matt Tait

Friday, July 10

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T-Mobile Center taking over for Sprint Center in downtown KCMO

In the aftermath of its recent merger with Sprint, T-Mobile announced this week that the venue known as Sprint Center since 2007 now will be called T-Mobile Center through at least 2032.

Thursday, July 9

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Big Ten scraps nonconference football games for 2020

The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday it will not play nonconference games in football and several other sports this fall, the most dramatic move yet by a power conference because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, July 8

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Kansas football hires Texas staffer as new director of operations

The University of Kansas football program has hired a new director of football operations from one of the premier programs in the Big 12 Conference. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, July 7

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Four-star KU football commitments Devin Neal, Keon Coleman both have big goals for multiple sports at Kansas

During the past couple of weeks, future Jayhawks Devin Neal, of Lawrence, and Keon Coleman, of Opelousas, La., have connected a few times on the phone to lay the foundation for a relationship they both hope will bring a lot of points, production and excitement to Lawrence in the years to come. By Matt Tait

Monday, July 6

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Former Jayhawk Jacque Vaughn gearing up for next NBA head coaching opportunity

While the upcoming restart to the NBA season will be big for a handful of former Jayhawks still chasing a title, it may be even bigger for former KU point guard Jacque Vaughn. By Matt Tait

Saturday, July 4

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76ers deem former Jayhawk Joel Embiid ready to roll for NBA restart

Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown says All-Star center Joel Embiid and All-Star guard Ben Simmons are ready to roll for the NBA restart.

Friday, July 3

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Kansas football suspends voluntary workouts after 12 positive COVID-19 tests

An uptick in positive COVID-19 tests has led the Kansas football program to suspend its voluntary summer workouts, KU officials announced Friday morning. By Matt Tait

Thursday, July 2

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KU linebacker Steven Parker dubbed one to watch during 2020 season

After playing four games during his true freshman season, Kansas linebacker Steven Parker is being regarded by 247 Sports analyst Chris Hummer as one of college football’s redshirt freshmen who should not be forgotten. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, July 1

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Independent committee agrees to hear, rule on KU's NCAA infractions case

A new panel designed to handle the most complex rules in collegiate sports has officially agreed to hear the University of Kansas' case surrounding serious pay-for-play allegations in the men's basketball program, the sports' governing body announced Wednesday. By Conner Mitchell

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SEC commissioner urges NIL uniformity in meeting with U.S. Senate committee

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey told a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday that there needs to be a uniform federal law to regulate the compensation of college athletes instead of a series of state-level versions with differing requirements.