Newly released depositions from former Kansas football coach David Beaty’s ongoing court battle with Kansas Athletics Inc. include claims that Athletic Director Jeff Long planned to fire Beaty even before the coach’s final season with the Jayhawks began.
Kansas center Udoka Azubuike has added another honor to his long list of accolades from the 2019-20 season. By Matt Tait
It came as no big surprise when a new study on spending in high-profile college athletics found that the University of Kansas has paid more than most to get rid of football coaches.
Future Jayhawk Bryce Thompson will go down in the KU record books and media guides as a McDonald’s All American — but unlike All-Americans in years past, he won’t get the chance to play in the annual high school showcase game. By Matt Tait
The NCAA will permit spring sport athletes — such as baseball, softball and tennis players — who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus outbreak to have an additional year of eligibility.
Each of the three newest assistant coaches hired earlier this year to join Les Miles’ University of Kansas football staff signed a six-year contract, with only the first two years guaranteed.
Just like a slew of prominent athletes, leaders and celebrities of late, Kansas football coach Les Miles decided to use social media as a way to urge people to do their small part in fighting a global pandemic.
One week after watching teammate Marcus Garrett become a finalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award, KU senior Udoka Azubuike on Monday received national hardware for his work on the defensive end of the floor. By Matt Tait
It began with Kansas football offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brent Dearmon, barefoot in his basement, standing next to a white board and saying, “Hello, Twitter.” The video featuring Dearmon, posted to the team’s Twitter account this past week, served as an introduction to the KU coaching staff’s latest way of navigating social distancing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. By Benton Smith
Shortly after the 2020 NCAA Tournament was canceled, Bob Dekas, an 11-time Emmy winner who served as the lead producer for college basketball at CBS Sports for nearly three decades, gave the Journal-World a look at the work that goes into putting America’s favorite tournament on television. By Matt Tait
Former Kansas standout Ben McLemore is putting his heart and free time toward providing N95 respirator masks for doctors and nurses who need them. By Matt Tait
The Big 12 Conference lost two large revenue streams when the coronavirus pandemic canceled college basketball’s postseason tournaments, and the financial outlook of the league could look far worse if football games are lost in the fall.
Bryce Torneden isn’t the biggest, fastest or most coveted pro football prospect coming out of the University of Kansas this year. But after arriving at the program’s pro day earlier this month in peak shape and showing off what he brings to the gridiron in front of scouts from 28 organizations, Torneden heads into the next stage of his football life feeling sure of himself. By Benton Smith
The national Gatorade Player of the Year awards were released Thursday and a future Jayhawk was included among them. Bryce Thompson, a combo guard out of Booker T. Washington High in Tulsa, Okla., was named the 2019-20 Gatorade Oklahoma Boys Basketball Player of the Year. By Matt Tait
KU’s athletic director says the university is already talking about contingency plans in case the coronavirus pandemic that canceled the NCAA’s winter and spring championships affects the 2020 football season, too. By Benton Smith
Tuesday’s postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to 2021 brought with it mixed emotions for swimmer Michael Andrew. By Matt Tait
Kansas Athletics Inc. says it has evidence that former football coach David Beaty broke NCAA rules while at KU, and that it has spent “several hundred thousand” dollars in the court battles tied to Beaty’s lawsuit against the university, according to recently released court documents.
By this point of March, the Kansas football team was supposed to be four practices into its spring schedule. At least that was the plan before the coronavirus pandemic changed everything. Instead, spring football as the Jayhawks know it will be lost, and it remains unclear when they will next have a chance to practice again. By Benton Smith
Dayton’s Obi Toppin and Anthony Grant swept the Associated Press’ player and coach of the year honors, the AP revealed Tuesday. But a couple of Jayhawks factored into the voting by the 65-person panel, as well. By Matt Tait
Tuesday morning brought yet another set of honors for Kansas basketball standouts Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson, who both were recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for their strong 2019-20 seasons. By Matt Tait
An athletic trainer at the University of Kansas was aware of “at least some reports of unwarranted and unwanted touching” by a massage therapist who worked with female student athletes, university leaders said Tuesday. Shawn P. O’Brien, who has been charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child in an unrelated court case, allegedly conducted himself inappropriately with “at least six female student-athletes,” according to a statement from Chancellor Douglas Girod and Athletic Director Jeff Long.
You don’t expect to hear the words “incredibly awkward times” come from the mouth of a college administrator with three-plus decades of experience who prides himself on having seen just about everything. By Matt Tait
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to grow, University of Kansas Athletics Director Jeff Long said on Monday afternoon that neither any athletes on KU teams nor staff members within the department have tested positive for COVID-19. By Benton Smith
Kansas junior Marcus Garrett has been named one of four finalists for the 2020 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Monday. By Matt Tait
Even before University of Kansas football coaches secured a verbal commitment from hometown Lawrence High prospect Devin Neal this weekend, the program’s 2021 recruiting class looked to be ahead of schedule. By Benton Smith
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there hasn't been a lot of positive news as of late. For a brief moment, at least in the city of Lawrence, Devin Neal changed all of that with a single tweet late Friday night. Shane Jackson
Lawrence High’s two-sport standout Devin Neal will be staying home at the next level.
After teaming up to guide the Kansas basketball team to a 28-3 record and the likely No. 1 overall seed in the canceled NCAA Tournament, Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson on Friday earned second-team Associated Press All-American honors.
KU football offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon shared his appreciation for former Auburn QB Nick Marshall’s game when asked about the rushing ability of class of 2020 KU signee Jalon Daniels. By Benton Smith
During the week that followed the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Tournament, the debate about whether to hang a banner at Allen Fieldhouse raged on among Kansas basketball fans. And, in a way, KU coach Bill Self was right there with them.
Like college coaches in every sport throughout the country, the Kansas football staff quickly figured out in the past week or so that all of its recruiting plans for the immediate future would have to be scrapped. Instead of holding back, the Jayhawks pivoted and innovated. By Benton Smith
According to multiple reports Wednesday, including one from ESPN’s Josina Anderson, former Kansas cornerback Chris Harris Jr., has agreed to a free agent deal with the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Kansas men’s basketball team officially has finished the season as the No. 1-ranked team in college basketball. By Matt Tait
Although his dream of bringing a national title trophy back to Lawrence is now unattainable, Kansas big man Udoka Azubuike is still in the running for some meaningful hardware. By Matt Tait
Chris Harris Jr. has been looking forward to this week for what seems like forever.
During a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon, Kansas coach Bill Self said from his home in Lawrence that his players believed they were “built” to make a run to a national title. By Matt Tait
The plan was for Hakeem Adeniji to stick around Lawrence for a couple of more weeks. The former Kansas football offensive lineman would use his college town as a home base of sorts leading up to the NFL draft. That was before everything went haywire. By Benton Smith
Looked to by many as one of the strongest leaders on the 2019-20 Kansas basketball team, junior guard Marcus Garrett recently shared some of his thoughts and emotions about the abrupt end to KU’s season. By Matt Tait
Former Kansas golf standout and 2019 U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland said he felt "a little lost" after the PGA Tour's decision to postpone its season and the cancellation of March Madness. By Matt Tait
The Big 12 Conference on Friday evening announced that all conference and nonconference spring sports competitions through the end of the academic year have been canceled. By Matt Tait
Walking around Lawrence on Friday, you never would have known that the Kansas basketball season came to an abrupt end on Thursday, with the Big 12 and NCAA canceling the postseason. By Matt Tait
After testing the NBA waters following his freshman season at Kansas, point guard Devon Dotson’s decision about what to do after Year 2 has arrived sooner than anyone could have imagined. By Matt Tait
Kansas point guard Devon Dotson needed just one word to describe his emotions after learning Thursday afternoon that the 2020 NCAA Tournament had been canceled amid concerns over the rapid spread of the coronavirus. By Matt Tait
The NCAA canceled its men's and women's basketball tournaments on Thursday because of the spread of coronavirus, putting an abrupt end to the season less than a month before champions were to be crowned.
Kansas City, Mo. — Kansas basketball fans who on Thursday traveled from all across the state to cheer on the top-ranked Jayhawks in the Big 12 tournament had to find other ways to occupy their time. By Matt Tait
University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long said in a statement Thursday that all athletic-related travel is canceled indefinitely, and home and away athletic events have been suspended in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Big 12 and the other four Power Five conferences have canceled their basketball tournaments, putting the NCAA Tournament in doubt.
While the Kansas women’s basketball may have stumbled through conference play, the Jayhawks finished with their best regular season record since 2013 (15-14). Sure, 4-14 in Big 12 play is not ideal. But three of those wins came in the last six games, so the Jayhawks at least made some progress in the latter half of the season.
There will be basketball played at Sprint Center this week, but how big of a role fans and a couple of Jayhawks will play remains to be seen. By Matt Tait
The Kansas baseball team dropped the final game of the series to Iowa, 3-1, on Wednesday afternoon at Duane Banks Field.
Kansas City, Mo. — At Sprint Center on Wednesday afternoon for a pre-Big 12 Tournament shootaround in front of thousands of empty seats, the No. 1-ranked Kansas Jayhawks got a little preview of what the unconventional version of March Madness that awaits them. At least in terms of the atmosphere. By Benton Smith
After five hours of conversations and phone calls Wednesday afternoon, Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced that the conference was implementing a “limited access” policy for the Big 12 tournament beginning Thursday. By Matt Tait
NCAA tournament games will not be open to the general public because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. NCAA President Mark Emmert said Wednesday that he made the decision to conduct both the men's and women's tournaments, which begin next week, with only essential staff and limited family in attendance.
Kansas softball was unable to pull off the upset of the No. 20 ranked Arkansas Razorbacks on Tuesday, dropping a 3-2 decision and suffering a 1-0 loss in the midweek doubleheader at Bogle Park.
After the final round, the Kansas men’s golf team finished in fourth place and shot 7-over par 859 at the Bandon Dunes Championship on Tuesday. The Jayhawks’ top-five finish marks the fifth of the season.
Kansas baseball (7-9) fell to Iowa (9-5) in the first of a two-game series, 8-0, on Tuesday evening at Duane Banks Field.
Freshman Jiayu Chen has qualified to compete at the NCAA Championships for the second straight day after finishing fifth overall in the 3-meter dive event at the NCAA Zone D Championships in Dallas, Texas. Chen compiled a 647.10 total score on the day.
The first signs of the coronavirus impacting Big 12 basketball arrived Tuesday afternoon, when the conference announced that locker rooms would be closed to reporters at this week’s Big 12 tournaments at Sprint Center and Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. By Matt Tait
Make it two for two for Kansas senior Udoka Azubuike, who was named the Associated Press Big 12 Player of the Year on Tuesday. And this one was close. By Matt Tait
The state of Kansas is one step closer to a law that would allow student-athletes in the state to profit off the use of their name, image and likeness while in school — provided 15 other states pass legislation first.
It will go down as a week of firsts for Kansas senior Udoka Azubuike. By Matt Tait
The Kansas women's basketball team ended the regular season by falling to its in-state rival. The Jayhawks suffered an 83-63 loss to Kansas State on Sunday afternoon in the Sunflower Showdown at Bramlage Coliseum.
Despite jumping out to an early lead, the Kansas baseball team dropped the series finale to Indiana State, 8-2, at Hoglund Ballpark on Sunday.
Kansas softball completed a perfect 5-0 weekend in the Rock Chalk Challenge with a 10-7 victory over Wichita State on Sunday at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park.
The Kansas men’s basketball team cleaned up on Sunday, earning several all-conference honors from the league’s coaches including player of the year and defensive player of the year. By Matt Tait
The Kansas women’s golf team wrapped up the Gator Invitational in 10th place on Sunday afternoon at Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla.
After a hard charge to claim the Big 12’s regular-season crown, the Kansas Jayhawks enter the postseason in position to be picky about their approach. By Matt Tait
Kansas softball moved to 4-0 in the Rock Chalk Challenge with a 12-4 win over Kansas City and a 14-8 victory against Drake at Arrocha Ballpark inside Rock Chalk Park on Saturday. The Jayhawks are now 12-11.
A big fifth inning proved to be the difference as Kansas baseball dropped game two of a three-game series with Indiana State, 9-3, on Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark.
Lubbock, Texas — Saturday’s 66-62 victory by No. 1 Kansas over Texas Tech brought with it a hint of deja vu for head coach Bill Self. By Matt Tait
As shots refused to drop early in the second half, those offensive outcomes didn’t rattle No. 1-ranked Kansas, even as Texas Tech and its home crowd surged on every misfire Saturday afternoon inside United Supermarkets Arena. The Jayhawks long ago convinced themselves that they’re the type of team that can withstand most droughts and slumps. One more on the final day of the regular season didn’t fluster them. By Benton Smith
Three days after clinching a share of the 2020 Big 12 title, No. 1 Kansas pulled off a hard-fought, 66-62 win at Texas Tech to claim the crown outright on Saturday at United Supermarkets Arena. And the funny thing was it didn’t even have to. With eight minutes to play in Saturday’s victory, Kansas coach Bill Self let his team in on a little secret. By Matt Tait
Freshman Vasiliki Karvouni clinched a 4-3 win over Rice, helping Kansas to its seventh win of the season Saturday afternoon at the George R. Brown Tennis Center.
Before the first media timeout of the second half, No. 1 Kansas became the outright Big 12 champion. The rest of it was just gravy.
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The Kansas softball team picked up a pair of wins at home in Arrocha Ballpark on Friday.
The Kansas baseball team defeated Indiana State, 6-1, Friday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark in the opening game of KU’s first home series of the season.
A look at some of the keys for top-ranked Kansas in Saturday's regular-season finale at Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. By Matt Tait
A lot is riding on the University of Kansas' 149-page, often blistering, denunciation of the NCAA allegations against the school’s vaunted basketball program. By Conner Mitchell
A day before KU released its response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations, Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self said he didn’t believe the scandal around the program would create any added distractions for his players as they prepare for the postseason. By Matt Tait
The University of Kansas on Thursday responded to NCAA allegations of recruiting violations, arguing that the organization’s evidence in the case is not credible.
Fresh off a productive and potentially career-making trip to Indianapolis for the NFL pre-draft combine last week, Hakeem Adeniji still wanted to show scouts a little more at the Kansas football program’s annual pro day. By Benton Smith
A Lawrence man recently charged with a child sex crime had been on contract with several University of Kansas women's athletics teams since 2015, according to KU leaders.
Kansas coach Bill Self’s first inkling that Wednesday might be a big night for senior center Udoka Azubuike came during shoot-around. By Matt Tait
Wednesday was a night for the Kansas basketball program to salute the only two seniors on the active roster, Udoka Azubuike and Isaiah Moss, as they played their final game inside Allen Fieldhouse. While that was the main event, and rightfully so, in a 75-66 Jayhawks victory, the co-headliner might as well have been Devon Dotson. You could call this his sophomore night, too, because he’s not likely to play any games for KU as a junior or senior. By Benton Smith
With the Allen Fieldhouse stands still packed with fans, Kansas seniors Udoka Azubuike and Isaiah Moss delivered short-but-sweet senior night speeches following Wednesday’s Big 12-title-clinching, 75-66 victory over TCU.
After spending a year watching two other teams celebrate a Big 12 title, the top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks jumped back into their familiar spot as the kings of the Big 12 Conference with a 75-66 victory over TCU on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait
The Kansas baseball team used timely at bats and solid pitching to earn its first home victory of the season, 3-2, against Creighton at Hoglund Ballpark on Wednesday.
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A look at some of the keys for top-ranked Kansas in tonight's senior night clash with TCU at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait
The Kansas women’s basketball team couldn’t keep its recent late-season surge moving in the right direction on Tuesday night versus Iowa State.
Out of the walking boot and back on the practice floor in limited capacity Tuesday, Kansas senior Udoka Azubuike has done everything in his power to position himself to play in Wednesday’s 7 p.m. senior night game against TCU at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait
Dom Williams won’t be joining a roster full of strangers when he transfers to Northern Iowa. Former Kansas wide receiver Quan Hampton announced Tuesday he has committed to the Panthers, too.
When Kansas began recruiting Isaiah Moss, he was expected to bring the kind of 3-point shooting that the Jayhawks simply did not have on their roster entering the 2019-20 season. And the plan worked. By Matt Tait
Don’t be too alarmed when crimson and blue aren’t the only predominant colors on display in the Allen Fieldhouse stands during Senior Night for the Kansas women’s basketball team. Some bold blues, greens and yellows will be popping, too, with the colors of Brazil’s national flag paying homage to the Jayhawks’ two Brazilian seniors, Mariane De Carvalho and Niccolly Ramalho.
University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long will testify Wednesday in Topeka in favor of state legislation that would allow student athletes to be paid for use of their name, image and likeness.
Kansas point guard Devon Dotson on Monday was announced as one of five finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to college basketball’s best point guard. By Matt Tait
A few weeks after making public his decision to transfer from the University of Kansas, Dom Williams made up his mind on a destination.
Kansas women’s tennis picked up its second straight road win with a 4-3 victory over No. 41 Northwestern on Sunday afternoon at the Combe Tennis Center.
Add Christian Braun’s name to the list of native Kansans who have made their mark on the Sunflower Showdown. By Matt Tait
Neither a star on the Kansas football team nor a player who garnered the types of accolades usually associated with future pro football players, Azur Kamara got his chance to prove himself this weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Udoka Azubuike’s status for the final home game of his college career is in jeopardy, Kansas coach Bill Self said Sunday. By Matt Tait
The Kansas softball team fell to Texas A&M, 6-3, in the final game of the Reveille Classic on Sunday at Davis Diamond in College Station, Texas.
The Kansas baseball team dropped a 5-3 decision to Western Carolina in the final game of the First Pitch Invitational at Fluor Field on Sunday.
Kansas swimming and diving closed out the Big 12 Championships with a program-record 831 points and a second-place finish inside the Aquatic Complex at Mylan Park in Morgantown, W. Va.