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Matt Tait: Beer sales at Memorial Stadium worth the risk for Kansas football

Selling beer at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium won’t automatically fill the place with 50,000 rabid KU football fans. But it’s a start. By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: What if college basketball followed the NBA's free agency model?

Imagine a world in which KU big man Udoka Azubuike left for North Carolina, Devon Dotson jumped ship to Texas and Michigan State point guard Cassius Winston wound up at Villanova for his senior season. By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: Rock Chalk Roundball Classic just keeps getting bigger, better

For years, the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic was a fun, summer event that brought together a bunch of former KU basketball players for a night of highlights. Today, the Roundball Classic has become a powerhouse, three-day fundraiser for a great cause — helping area families that are fighting against pediatric cancer. By Matt Tait

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Give the man credit, Les Miles is going for it — for now

It’s been 137 days since Les Miles was introduced as the next football coach at the University of Kansas and in that time the program has taken on an entirely different look. By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: With Coach Cal in for life at Kentucky, will Kansas, others follow suit?

So John Calipari is now at Kentucky for life and the whole thing got me wondering if this kind of contract extension is going to become more popular in the coming years. By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: Les Miles methodically moving through the steps required to revive Kansas football

When Les Miles was introduced as the next Kansas football coach back in mid-November, a fairly significant portion of the story of his hiring was about a big name coach with a national championship ring returning to the college sidelines for the first time since being fired by LSU in 2016. But Miles no longer is focusing on his part in this story. By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: Chip Lindsey departure doesn't have to spell doom and gloom for Kansas football

There’s enough reason to believe that Chip Lindsey was not Kansas football coach Les Miles’ first choice as KU’s new offensive coordinator to make Lindsey’s departure a little easier to digest. But that’s only if Miles’ Plan C or Plan D or Plan E or wherever we’re at on the list at this point can bring the same kind of buzz and clout to the long-suffering KU program. By Matt Tait

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Shane Jackson: Time for KU women's basketball to prove it can win in Big 12

One. That’s the number of losses the University of Kansas women’s basketball team suffered during nonconference play in 2018. The Jayhawks went 10-1 in their 11-game nonconference slate, outscoring opponents by 177 points in the process. Yet, in many ways, KU still has plenty to prove as it heads into the start of Big 12 play by playing host to Iowa State at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Matt Tait: Big 12 men's basketball race far from a foregone conclusion

With the fifth-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team now less than a week away from the actual start of its run toward a 15th consecutive Big 12 Conference regular season title, the conference’s list of true challengers has basically been divided right down the middle, with four teams looking like real threats, four teams currently struggling and one team — Kansas State — split down the middle as a sort of unknown because of an injury to star forward Dean Wade. By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: Les Miles' juco signing strategy has different feel than recent experiments

Let the record show that the first official recruiting class in the Les Miles era of Kansas football will include at least six junior college signees. Insert your best eye roll, more-of-the-same statements and belly laughs worthy of Old Saint Nick here. Hasn’t Kansas tried this whole juco thing way too many times before? Yes and no. By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: MacVittie commitment KU football's first step to continuity at the QB position

All right, all right, all right. I know what you’re thinking. And I’m here to tell you to stop. Look, I don’t blame you if you roll your eyes and quietly think to yourself, ‘Here we go again,’ every time Kansas lands a commitment from a transfer quarterback. Hey, you might be right. By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: Biggest job for new Kansas OC Chip Lindsey: Get Pooka the ball

New Kansas offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey will have a number of important roles and duties during his first year with the Jayhawks. But none will be bigger or more important than him finding ways to get the ball to dynamic running back Pooka Williams.By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: History of developing NFL talent an added bonus of Les Miles hire

The list of former LSU Tigers who played for Les Miles and were drafted into the NFL is roughly as long as the number of junior college transfers the Kansas football program brought in during the past 10 years, hoping against hope that the juco route would be the elixir that cured KU’s woes. Can you imagine if Miles flips the script? By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: Kansas coach Les Miles doesn't have to win big right away to make good on recent claim

Last week, new Kansas football coach Les Miles caught people’s attention with one simple sentence — “I think we will win in the first year.” What does that mean? How might it look and where would it put him in relation to the 38 KU coaches who came before him?By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: KU linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. ready for final act in classic career that rang familiar

The onslaught of campaign ads has dissipated and the elections are over. But there’s still one more order of business and a couple of key votes ahead for Kansas senior Joe Dineen Jr. By Matt Tait