Dorance Armstrong’s junior season with the Kansas football program hasn’t played out the way the massive defensive end envisioned. As his coaches adjusted schemes to make up for the unit’s shortcomings, they revised Armstrong’s responsibilities. Consequently, the sacks and tackles for loss that defined his breakout sophomore year often have been replaced by near misses and frustration. The 6-foot-4, 246-pound Houston native, though, hopes all of this will ultimately benefit him as a player. By Benton Smith
When the Kansas football team’s captains decided to snub Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield during pre-game unpleasantries this past weekend, they had no idea of what fallout would come. A day after their head coach, David Beaty, declared public apologies to numerous parties on their behalf, he announced at his Tuesday press conference Daniel Wise, Dorance Armstrong Jr., Joe Dineen and Jeremiah Booker will be deprived of their captain status for the upcoming season finale at No. 18 Oklahoma State. By Benton Smith
Rare is the basketball player who leaves for the arena with his mind trained on how miserable he’s going to make life for the man he will guard that night.
Captured on ESPN grabbing his crotch and yelling profanities toward the Kansas sideline following a third-quarter touchdown in his team’s trouncing of the Jayhawks Saturday at Memorial Stadium, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won’t start or serve as a captain for the Sooners on his Senior Day. First-year OU head coach Lincoln Riley announced those punishments for his fiery Heisman Trophy-hopeful quarterback at his Monday press conference, in Norman, Okla., while also referencing the pregame handshake snub by the Jayhawks’ captains that set Mayfield down that path. By Benton Smith
A couple days removed from seeing three of his Kansas football team’s defensive captains refuse to shake hands with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield prior to kickoff, head coach David Beaty took a contrite stance on the matter Monday morning, on the Big 12 coaches media teleconference. “First of all, that was absolutely unacceptable,” Beaty began, when asked to further explain the occurrence, adding he reached out to OU head coach Lincoln Riley to apologize “on the behalf of myself and our team.” By Benton Smith
There were more family and friends in the stands than usual, but Amani Bledsoe tried to treat Saturday’s football game against Kansas like all of the others. By Bobby NIghtengale
The No. 3-ranked Oklahoma Sooners are known for their highly effective offense and a tough-to-defend quarterback in Baker Mayfield, who just might win the Heisman Trophy, in spite of his combustible personality. OU’s football team, at least this season, is not known for its defense. Nonetheless, Kansas failed to score a touchdown in its 2017 Memorial Stadium finale, a 41-3 defeat. By Benton Smith
At what point will the power brokers at the University of Kansas pretend to care about the football team enough to be embarrassed into action? By Tom Keegan
The Kansas football team’s receiving corps’ run of injury bad luck continued Saturday during a 41-3 loss to Oklahoma at Memorial Stadium. By Benton Smith
If the Kansas football team’s defensive captains hoped to rattle Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Baker Mayfield by refusing to shake his hand during the pre-game coin toss, the ploy’s effects weren’t nearly enough to upset the No. 3 Sooners. By Benton Smith
When the best football team in the Big 12 meets the worst, the last thing anyone expects is a memorable game that grabs national attention. Yet that’s exactly what happened Saturday at Memorial Stadium, and for all the wrong reasons.
There was an icy standoff during the opening coin toss. Some trash talk and unsportsmanlike penalties after plays. But in the end, the result was the same for the Kansas football team as all of its other Big 12 games. By Bobby Nightengale
For all the challenges the staggering Kansas football team has endured at various points throughout what stands as a nine-game losing streak, the Jayhawks just might be in for their most formidable trial yet. No. 3 Oklahoma, averaging 44.3 points a game and a nation-leading 600.7 yards, hasn’t scored fewer than 29 points in a game this season. Its opponent Saturday at Memorial Stadium, KU, hasn’t scored 30 points in a game since September and has averaged 12.5 points in the six defeats since. By Benton Smith
Other than the players and coaches who occupy the Kansas locker room, there might not be a single person who follows college football who expects the Jayhawks to beat Oklahoma. Earlier this week, KU chancellor Douglas Girod endorsed third-year head coach David Beaty and his long-term vision for the program. So there couldn’t be less pressure on the home team, considered a five-touchdown underdog. By Benton Smith
In his third start this season and sixth during his time at Kansas, redshirt sophomore quarterback Carter Stanley threw a career-best three touchdown passes this past Saturday at Texas. The Jayhawks’ ninth consecutive loss, though, also included three costly Stanley interceptions, a career-worst for the second-year QB. Offensive coordinator Doug Meacham broke down what went wrong for Stanley and his teammates on each giveaway. By Benton Smith