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Kansas offensive line coach Zach Yenser yells at Kansas offensive lineman Chris Hughes (76) as he heads to the sidelines during the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.

Beaty not retaining O-line coach or special teams coordinator for 2018 season

Offensive analyst Johnson promoted

The Kansas football program announced the dismissal of two assistant coaches and the promotion of another Friday. Fourth-year head coach David Beaty will not retain either special teams coordinator Joe DeForest or offensive line coach Zach Yenser for the 2018 season, Beaty revealed in a release. Beaty promoted Justin Johnson, who has worked for KU football as an offensive analyst the past two years. By Benton Smith

January 12, 2018

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Kansas offensive line coach Zach Yenser yells at Kansas offensive lineman Chris Hughes (76) as he heads to the sidelines during the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.
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Backup QB Tyriek Starks leaves KU football

After two seasons with the University of Kansas football team and almost no time actively contributing in a game, quarterback Tyriek Starks has left the program. By Benton Smith

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Juco QB to enroll at Kansas this semester

The Kansas football team didn’t sign a quarterback during December’s early signing period, but head coach David Beaty and his staff won’t have to wait until February to add a QB to the 2018 recruiting class. By Benton Smith

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Report: Texas A&M quality control staffer to join KU football, oversee special teams

With a new NCAA rule allowing college football staffs to add a 10th full-time assistant coach going into effect this week, it appears University of Kansas head coach David Beaty has found his next hire. FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported Thursday night the Jayhawks plan to bring on Jeremy Springer, a Texas A&M quality control aide

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Daniel Wise to return for redshirt senior season at Kansas

DT and captain won't enter draft

The University of Kansas football team will only lose one half of its imposing defensive line duo heading into the 2018 season. By Benton Smith

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Kansas OL Jayson Rhodes to play in showcase

Former Kansas offensive lineman Jayson Rhodes will play one final college football game on Sunday, when he hopes to showcase his abilities at the Tropical Bowl, in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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Dorance Armstrong to skip senior year at KU, enter NFL Draft

The next time the University of Kansas football team takes the field it will do so without one of its captains and most talented players. Defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. announced Thursday his decision to leave KU a year early and enter the NFL Draft. By Benton Smith

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Fueled by skepticism, KU football shocked many with Orange Bowl triumph

Talib, Mangino recall Jayhawks' decade-old accomplishment

About a decade ago, a prominent ESPN college football announcer ran into then-KU football coach Mark Mangino. “Coach, I think you did a heck of a job. You’ve got a great team,” Mangino related of the interaction. “You can’t beat Virginia Tech.” Such an anecdote rings comical now, with the 10-year anniversary of the Jayhawks’ Jan. 3, 2008 Orange Bowl victory coming up on Wednesday. At the time, though, Mangino and his Jayhawks simply welcomed the doubters. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Playoff selection committee Frost-bitten by UCF

Nothing shy of assigning a No. 1 ranking to UCF and recognizing it as co-national champion does justice to this season’s best story in college football. The Knights ought not be ranked second to anyone.

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Tom Keegan: Receiver Evan Fairs has football career pointing in right direction

Kansas wide receiver Evan Fairs came out of Fulshear High in Foster, Texas, with a two-star rating from Rivals. Halfway into his KU career, Fairs shapes up as the second-brightest potential star among the 14 high school players in KU’s recruiting Class of 2016, ranking behind only running back Khalil Herbert, a fellow two-star prospect. By Tom Keegan

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Change of plans: Looking back at 11 Class of 2018 prospects who decommitted from KU football

In the sphere of college football recruiting, assigning programs and their coaches credit for landing verbal commitments from prospects can prove dicey, due to the potentially temporary nature of a player’s non-binding words. KU's dreams of competing with college football’s juggernauts on the recruiting front this year perished as de-commitments trickled in, following a memorable junior day for the Jayhawks more than 10 months ago, when six high school players — now all considered three- or four-star talents — stated their intentions to eventually join Kansas. By Benton Smith

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Lawrence native Mumford wraps up first year as New Mexico State D-line coach with bowl game

Each college football bowl season has its fair share of feel-good moments, and Lawrence native John Mumford is looking forward to being a part of one on when New Mexico State takes on Utah State at 4:30 p.m. CST Friday in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl on the CBS Sports Network.

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Breaking down how long each new KU football signee could potentially impact the program

In the midst of his final post-game comments following KU's 1-11 season, while explaining the patience KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger displayed in continuing to back him, despite a 3-33 record in three years, David Beaty stated rebuilds don’t always include a quick fix. “Sometimes there is, but it will be short-lived if you’re not careful,” Beaty said at the time, “So we’re trying to do it the right way. Trying to do it with guys that have three to four-plus years to where we can develop them.” In the weeks that followed those remarks, Beaty and his staff added seven junior college players to KU’s 2018 recruiting class, and signed nine in total this past week. By Benton Smith

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KU football's 2018 recruiting class currently lacks a QB

The Kansas football team’s 2018 recruiting class doesn’t yet include a quarterback, thanks to the on-again, off-again interest in the Jayhawks shown by Texas prep QB Clayton Tune, a two-time KU commit who twice changed his mind and has yet to sign with any program. That, of course, doesn’t necessarily mean Kansas will head into February’s National Signing Day without a possible quarterback signee. By Benton Smith

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Workaholic: Kicker Gabriel Rui emerged unexpectedly for KU

Somehow, the same specialist who badly missed a 40-yard field goal from the left hash in the KU football spring game and sent a 39-yarder from the middle of the field wide right — with no real rush presented by the defense — turned into the program’s best placekicker in at least a decade. “I’m not sure, going into fall camp,” KU head coach David Beaty said of Gabriel Rui, “if anybody would have gave him the chance to be the starter, and all he did was keep his head down and just keep working.” By Benton Smith

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