Stories for September 2020


Wednesday, September 30

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Kansas volleyball moves into AVCA Top 10

The Kansas volleyball team has its fingerprints all over the top 10 of this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association national poll.

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KU women's soccer ranked 6th in latest national poll

The Kansas women’s soccer team achieved something this week that had not been done in 16 years.

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Jayhawks downplaying defensive concerns, despite lack of takeaways

While the defense isn’t solely responsible for the 42.5 points per game KU (0-2 overall, 0-1 Big 12) has surrendered, the Jayhawks are still searching for their first takeaway of 2020.

Tuesday, September 29

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Jayhawks looking to get Pooka Williams more involved offensively

It had been a few hours since the Kansas football team’s loss at Baylor, but junior running back Pooka Williams wasn’t sneaking in some shuteye on the Jayhawks’ ride from the Topeka airport back to Lawrence. Williams wanted to see for himself what the footage would show about the KU offense in a 47-14 defeat. By Benton Smith

Monday, September 28

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Notebook: QB carousel might be back for Jayhawks' next game

Depending on how the next few days of practices play out — and the health of one of the Jayhawks’ offensive veterans — the Kansas football team might go back to rotating quarterbacks when it takes on No. 17 Oklahoma State this week.

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KU football legend John Hadl, given lifetime achievement award by KU Alumni Association

John Hadl, one of only three players in the history of football at the University of Kansas to have his number retired and a decades-long leader in Kansas Athletics' Williams Education Fund, has received the highest honor bestowed by the KU Alumni Association.

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With latest setback, KU football's road Big 12 losing streak reaches 50

College football’s most unenviable streak kept plummeting, clunking into a new low of a milestone this past weekend, as the Big 12’s often clobbered travelers, the Kansas Jayhawks, lost the program’s 50th true conference road game in a row.

Sunday, September 27

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Why KU freshman Jalon Daniels emphasized leadership while preparing to come to Kansas

Before he ever took a snap at the University of Kansas, freshman quarterback Jalon Daniels focused a lot of his time on developing his leadership skills. Now that he already has a start under his belt, those skills are coming in handy for Daniels and the Kansas football team. By Matt Tait

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Les Miles: New KU starting QB Jalon Daniels 'could' retain the job

Kansas football coach Les Miles started and stuck with true freshman quarterback Jalon Daniels in the Jayhawks’ 47-14 loss at Baylor. Nevertheless, KU’s quarterback situation going forward remained more murky than transparent late Saturday night.

Saturday, September 26

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Notebook: Freshman QB Jalon Daniels earns start for Jayhawks in loss to Bears

Kansas football coach Les Miles had another quarterback surprise for the Jayhawks’ opponent Saturday night in Waco, Texas.

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Baylor shakes off early rust, rolls past Kansas for 47-14 win

An unexpected change at quarterback only afforded the Kansas football team a fleeting spark in Waco, Texas, Saturday night.

KU volleyball falls to Baylor

The Kansas volleyball team fell to Baylor in three sets Saturday night at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.

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KUsports Live: Kansas football at Baylor

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

Friday, September 25

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Kansas volleyball holds off Baylor in 5 sets in season opener

The Kansas volleyball team opened its season in thrilling fashion with a 3-2 victory over Baylor at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena on Friday night.

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KU soccer tops Texas Tech 1-0 in home opener

The University of Kansas soccer team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 1-0 victory over Texas Tech on Friday night in the team’s home opener at Rock Chalk Park.

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KU to allow fans at next home football game, other events in October

The bleachers inside David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium won’t look so empty at the KU football team’s next home game.

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football at Baylor

If the Jayhawks have any obvious advantage in their Big 12 opener this season it’s that they’ve already played a game and know what issues need to be addressed, while Baylor hasn’t.

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NCAA releases first set of COVID-19 guidelines for college basketball

Nineteen days before the official start of practices for the 2020-21 college basketball season, the NCAA has released its first set of COVID-19 testing guidelines for the upcoming season. By Matt Tait

Thursday, September 24

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KU football doing its best to prepare for unknowns Bears bring into opener

With Saturday’s BU-KU matchup serving as Aranda’s head coaching debut as well as the Bears’ newest season opener for this pandemic challenged season, no one outside of Baylor’s football offices yet has any concrete video evidence of what the Bears will look like in 2020.

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Kansas volleyball team driven by chance to compete during strange 2020 season

The upcoming Kansas volleyball season won't have an NCAA tournament berth on the line, but KU coach Ray Bechard said recently that you’d never know that from watching his team practice and prepare this preseason. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, September 23

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KU backup Julian Chandler opts out of 2020 football season

The Kansas football team lost some depth in the secondary Wednesday, as reserve safety Julian Chandler became the second member of the program to opt out of playing this year.

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Gale Sayers statue coming to KU's Memorial Stadium

As memories and stories of Gale Sayers’ time with the Jayhawks came pouring in following his death Wednesday morning, the Kansas athletic department announced plans for a more permanent tribute in the near future. By Matt Tait

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TK Williams not satisfied, despite productive 1st career start

Don’t get Takulve "TK" Williams wrong. The junior receiver was happy to make his first career start for the Kansas football team in the season opener. It’s just that Williams’ most productive college game to date didn’t exactly meet his standards.

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Hall of Famer, former KU football star Gale Sayers dies at 77

Gale Sayers, a Kansas football legend who went on to become one of the NFL’s best all-purpose running backs, died Wednesday at the age of 77, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced.

Tuesday, September 22

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Les Miles not yet ready to play just 1 quarterback

Eventually the Kansas football offense might get back to playing one quarterback week in and week out, the way the Jayhawks did in Les Miles’ first season as head coach. But for the time being at least, it appears KU will keep rotating at the position.

Monday, September 21

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Corione Harris to return to KU football lineup at new position

When Corione Harris makes his return to the Kansas football lineup — likely as soon as this Saturday at Baylor — the recently reinstated junior will do so at a new position.

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Notebook: Bears optimistic about facing KU after virus led to postponing opener

MacVittie expected to return

No college football matchup in 2020 is a certainty, but this week’s Kansas football game at Baylor feels more in limbo than most, with the Bears having to call off what would have been their season opener versus Houston this past weekend.

Friday, September 18

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Big 12 teams already postponing football games as league braces for unpredictable calendar

In advance of the Big 12 launching into its pandemic reduced 2020 football schedule, it lost its debut game. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby admitted at the time he didn’t think the TCU-SMU matchup that was scheduled to kick off the season Sept. 11 would be the last game to fall by the wayside due to the COVID-19 crisis. And Bowlsby was proven right long before the Big 12 even reached its late September weekend of conference openers.

Thursday, September 17

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Notebook: Lack of spring reps showed for KU's O-line in loss, Miles says

In a 2020 college football calendar filled with oddities, one of the strangest discrepancies occurred long before the kickoff of a pandemic impacted regular season. Some programs, unlike KU, were able to get in some spring practices before the entire sports world got put on lockdown. It so happened the Jayhawks in their opener faced a Coastal Carolina team that not only had reps in the spring, but got through its entire 15-practice schedule.

Wednesday, September 16

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NCAA pegs Nov. 25 as start date for 2020-21 college hoops season

The NCAA Division I Council on Wednesday afternoon identified Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving, as the official start date for the 2020-21 college basketball season. By Matt Tait

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2021 Kansas Relays postponed due to pandemic

Citing financial obstacles created by the COVID-19 crisis, Kansas Athletics announced Wednesday the 2021 Kansas Relays will be postponed.

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Jayhawks appreciate assertive offensive approach on 4th downs and 2-point conversions

If there was one thing for Kansas football’s offensive players to at least feel somewhat positive about following a season-opening home loss to Coastal Carolina, it was the assertive approach their coaches took on 4th downs and 2-point conversions during the Jayhawks’ failed rally.

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KU-Oklahoma women's soccer match postponed because of COVID-19 issues on OU roster

The University of Kansas women’s soccer team’s home opener against Oklahoma on Friday has been postponed because of COVID-19 issues with the OU roster. By Matt Tait

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Gary Woodland's U.S. Open title defense begins with a special introduction before a recent practice round

Former University of Kansas golfer Gary Woodland is in New York this week, preparing to defend his U.S. Open crown at Winged Foot Golf Club. But before moving on to make new memories of what he hopes will be another run to claim the U.S. Open Championship Trophy, Woodland received a special surprise to kick-start his Tuesday practice round. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, September 15

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Three Jayhawks earn weekly soccer honors

Three Jayhawks earned national and Big 12 Conference weekly awards on Tuesday, following their season-opening, 1-0 victory over Texas last Friday.

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Jayhawks address defensive issues that arose in season-opening loss

As the turnovers piled up for the Kansas football offense in the Jayhawks’ season opener versus Coastal Carolina, veteran linebacker Kyron Johnson had a primary message for the rest of his teammates on the other side of the ball. “Three and out. Let’s just get off the field as fast as we can.” It proved easier said than done.

Monday, September 14

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Notebook: Les Miles reveals KU football had 2 new positive COVID tests last week

Like most everything else these days, college football game week anticipation looks a lot different in 2020. As head coach Les Miles and his Kansas Jayhawks learned leading up to their opener, it can also come with some anxious moments of waiting for test results.

Sunday, September 13

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Direction of KU's QB competition remains unclear following L to Coastal in opener

The Jayhawks’ starting quarterback in their season opener, Thomas MacVittie, had his last name misspelled on the back of his jersey Saturday night versus Coastal Carolina. Perhaps the “MacVitte” on his shoulders was an omen that the Kansas football team would run into some issues at QB.

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Turnover-plagued 1st half dooms Jayhawks in home loss to Coastal Carolina

The raw emotions of a discouraging loss in the season’s opener couldn’t be masked by Kansas senior receiver Andrew Parchment late Saturday night.

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Notebook: Senior QB Thomas MacVittie earns start in opener, Miles Kendrick also plays for KU

Les Miles’ quarterback secret lasted about as long as possible, all the way up to a few minutes before his Kansas football team made its season debut Saturday night, when senior Thomas MacVittie was finally announced as the starter in KU's eventual 38-23 loss to Coastal Carolina.

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Matt Tait: College football's back, but it sure looks and feels different

The first snap of the 2020 Kansas football season was taken by KU senior Thomas MacVittie at 9:21 p.m. on Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium and it led to a routine completion to Takulve Williams for no gain.

Saturday, September 12

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KUsports Live: Kansas football suffers 38-23 loss to Coastal Carolina in season opener

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

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KU women's soccer opens 2020 season with 1-0 victory at Texas

A late goal from senior midfielder Ceri Holland lifted the Kansas women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory in the season opener at Texas on Friday night.

Friday, September 11

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. Coastal Carolina

The last time these two teams met, just a year ago in Lawrence, the Kansas offense underwhelmed. The play-calling was uninventive and the Jayhawks rarely spread the field to play to the strengths of their best athletes.

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KU cornerback Corione Harris reinstated

Junior cornerback Corione Harris’ eight-month suspension from the Kansas football team, dating back to a January arrest, finally reached a resolution this week, as head coach Les Miles reinstated the defensive back.

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'Nothing but respect': Kansas QBs describe vibe of competition

Kansas football coach Les Miles decided not to publicly name a starting quarterback ahead of his team’s season debut Saturday night versus Coastal Carolina, maintaining in interviews that the competition would last through this week. With that as the backdrop for their week of preparation, both Kendrick and MacVittie described the vibe of their battle.

Thursday, September 10

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'I haven't done enough': Andrew Parchment striving to produce even more for KU as senior

No college football player has to play this year, in the midst of a pandemic. But Kansas receiver Andrew Parchment wanted to anyway. With his eyes set on a future in the NFL following what will be a truncated 10-game season at KU, Parchment wasn’t interested in opting out. He hopes to use his final collegiate games to prove his personal goals are more than just talk. By Benton Smith

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True freshman CB Karon Prunty expected to make immediate impact for KU football

It didn’t take long for Robert Jackson to realize that KU freshman cornerback Karon Prunty had a bright future. In roughly 12 months, Prunty went from an under-recruited prospect originally committed to Liberty to a true freshman starter for a Power Five program. By Shane Jackson

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NBA considering pushing 2020 draft back another month

The NBA’s board of governors and general managers will discuss a plan later this week to push the NBA draft back to Nov. 18, according to a memo sent to teams Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 9

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Notebook: Coastal playing 'cat and mouse' with QB decision, too

Les Miles isn’t the only head coach headed into this Saturday’s Kansas football opener keeping his quarterback plans to himself.

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KDHE releases locations of COVID-19 outbreaks across Kansas, including 4 in Douglas County; KU football team listed with 14 cases

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Wednesday released for the first time a list of specific locations and case counts associated with outbreaks of COVID-19 across the state.

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Former KU standout Aqib Talib retiring from the NFL

Former University of Kansas All-American and Super Bowl 50 champion Aqib Talib has decided to call it a career. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, September 8

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Jayhawks envision Velton Gardner being much more than a reserve RB

Pooka Williams is the undisputed star of the Kansas football offense. If you ask some of the Jayhawks, though, the preseason All-Big 12 running back has more than just a backup or sidekick in Velton Gardner. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Miles claims KU hasn't spent much time working on Wildcat plays

Maybe the Kansas football offense won’t feature a lot of Torry Locklin early in the season. Or maybe Les Miles doesn’t want Coastal Carolina spending time preparing for Locklin.

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Former KU All-American Thomas Robinson bringing "Beyond Basketball" camp to Kansas

Former Kansas All-American Thomas Robinson is bringing an elite basketball experience for children ages 9-17 to the Sunflower State later this month. By Matt Tait

Monday, September 7

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KU football's first depth chart of season features few position battles

The Jayhawks unveiled their first public depth chart of 2020 on Monday, and only two starting jobs on offense remained unresolved. The defensive two-deep didn’t include any either-or scenarios.

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Les Miles: KU could use 2 QBs instead of picking 1 starter after all

The Kansas football team’s quarterback competition could carry over into actual games instead of reaching a conclusion during this week’s practices.

Friday, September 4

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Long says another round of furloughs, salary reductions coming for KU athletic department; fans won't be allowed on hill for Sept. 12 football game

Kansas Athletics Director Jeff Long said Friday that the department would undergo another round of furloughs and salary cuts as it continues to struggle with cash flow amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kenny Logan Jr. could play 'several spots' for KU's defense, special teams

Kenny Logan Jr. appeared in all 12 games for the Kansas football team as a true freshman a year ago. But if your eyes weren’t glued to the action during special teams situations you might have missed him. Logan should be much easier to spot when the Jayhawks play this season, with his role expanding to defense.

Thursday, September 3

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KU defensive line likely to require production from freshmen

When Kansas football coach Les Miles speaks publicly about his team’s defensive linemen, he describes them as “big, strong, athletic men.” While that may be true, senior defensive lineman Sam Burt also was accurate in his assessment, calling the unit “kind of a young group.” By Benton Smith

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No substitutes: Once Miles picks a KU QB, the plan is to stick with him

Apparently the Kansas football team’s ongoing quarterback competition remains too close to call, a little more than a week before the Jayhawks’ 2020 debut. That doesn’t mean KU will try to play both Thomas MacVittie and Miles Kendrick when the season arrives, though.

Wednesday, September 2

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Kansas LB Dru Prox plans to build on injury-shortened breakthrough season

Dru Prox doesn't know exactly when or how it happened, but the Kansas linebacker remembers vividly the surge of emotions that accompanied the season-ending shoulder damage he suffered in the Jayhawks’ Big 12 opener nearly a year ago. “Pain. I was very upset,” Prox recalled. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Jayhawks preparing for opener without fans, late kickoff

Kansas senior defensive lineman Sam Burt summed up one of the many drawbacks of playing football during the COVID-19 crisis succinctly. “It stinks,” Burt began, while describing what it will be like for the Jayhawks to open their season without any fans in attendance.

Tuesday, September 1

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Reports: Big 12 lays framework for handling any football team outbreaks

The Big 12 reportedly has a plan ready in case one (or more) of its teams loses available players to COVID-19 quarantine during the upcoming season.

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Jayhawks to kick off season late on Sept. 12 vs. Coastal Carolina

Gone are the days of 11 a.m. college football kickoffs in Lawrence — at least for this year’s season opener.