In three consecutive losses for the Kansas football team, a troublesome trend emerged. First came an 18-point deficit against Central Michigan, then another on the road at Ohio. In Saturday’s Big 12-opening defeat at the hands of West Virginia, the Jayhawks fared even worse, falling behind by 25. All three of those substantial holes came before halftime, too. By Benton Smith
Now that new University of Kansas chancellor Dr. Doug Girod made it clear he stands behind athletic director Sheahon Zenger and football coach David Beaty and no changes will be made there any time soon, the challenge to Saturday’s home football game became seeking a sign, any sign, of progress from a football program running on a hamster wheel for going on eight years. By Tom Keegan
As word spread that Lawrence High and University of Kansas graduate David Booth had pledged $50 million, in $10 million installments over five years, toward a $300 million football-stadium renovation, many wondered aloud “Why would he do that?”
Among the miscellaneous errors that made it impossible for the upset-minded Kansas football team to topple West Virginia Saturday at Memorial Stadium, the penalties and turnovers bothered head coach David Beaty most of all. By Benton Smith
If it were possible for one man on an outmatched Kansas football roster to carry the entire program to an upset victory over West Virginia Saturday, it was going to be Khalil Herbert. By Benton Smith
The ball was at 30. It was third down, and KU needed a stop. By Scott Chasen
Despite one of the best outings in school history by sophomore running back Khalil Herbert on Saturday, the Kansas football team couldn’t keep up with West Virginia in a 56-34 loss at Memorial Stadium in its Big 12 opener. By Bobby Nightengale
The future of Memorial Stadium now has a vivid picture to go with it — and some of the money required to eventually carry out that vision. Kansas Athletics on Friday unveiled renderings for large-scale improvements to the football program’s facilities, which were met with a $50 million pledge — the largest in the athletic department’s history — from KU alumnus and benefactor David Booth.
A couple of things quickly became clear about the new University of Kansas chancellor, Douglas Girod, during his initial session Friday with reporters who cover KU Athletics.
Get the keys to the KU football team's Big 12 opener before the Jayhawks (1-2) take on West Virginia (2-1). By Benton Smith
While first-year Kansas coordinator Doug Meacham never would claim his offense is anywhere near where he wants it to be three games into the season, he does think the Jayhawks are improving. Headed into Saturday’s Big 12 opener against West Virginia, Meacham feels even better about the offense, which is averaging 452.7 yards a game, because junior running back Taylor Martin will be back in the mix. By Benton Smith
The question put to West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen made sense: “You said before going into that venue you have to kind of warn your team (about) the crowd and kind of the lackadaisical atmosphere. Do you still worry about that?”
Much like the KU football fan base, standout defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. knows all too well he enters Week 4 behind schedule in the sack department. By Benton Smith
Although diehard optimist David Beaty opened his Tuesday press conference with some good news on the injury front for his football team, the Kansas coach also revealed the Jayhawks suffered a blow to their defensive line. By Benton Smith
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