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Strange preseason underway for KU soccer, volleyball programs

1 soccer player opts out due to COVID-19

“If you don’t feel safe, let us know. This isn’t something that you have to do.” Such is the new reality of trying to prepare for a season in the midst of a pandemic. By Benton Smith

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KU soccer picked 6th in preseason Big 12 poll

The Kansas soccer team won the Big 12 Tournament and advanced to the NCAA’s Sweet 16 a year ago, but according to the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll, expectations outside of Lawrence aren’t as high for the Jayhawks in 2020.

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KU senior Ceri Holland makes preseason All-Big 12 soccer team

A three-year starter and the Kansas soccer program’s leading returning scorer, senior midfielder Ceri Holland added a spot on this year’s preseason All-Big 12 team to her resume.

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Signs ominous and hopeful as college sports hangs in balance

The announcements came within 40 minutes of each other Wednesday morning, one bleak, the other providing a glimmer of hope for a college football season that is looking iffy at best right now.

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Kansas Athletics reports zero positive results in latest round of COVID-19 testing

Kansas Athletics on Tuesday night released the results of its most recent round of COVID-19 testing, which yielded zero positives in 156 tests. By Matt Tait

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Self, some other Kansas coaches returning to offices in limited capacity and with precautions

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and some of the school's other coaches were back in their offices this week — albeit with a host of COVID-19-related precautions and new routines. By Matt Tait

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Kansas Athletics survey aims to find out how ready fans are to return

Kansas Athletics Inc. is conducting an online survey to gauge fan interest in attending KU sporting events in the fall and beyond. By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: At least three key questions remain on whether endorsements will be good for college sports

The NCAA’s recent show of support for compensation through endorsement deals for college athletes was a win for the athletes. But there are still so many questions to ask, loopholes to close and concerns to consider before this development can be called a success for college athletics. By Matt Tait

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NCAA board supports allowing college athletes to get paid for endorsement and other deals

The NCAA is moving forward with a plan to allow college athletes to earn money for endorsements and a host of other activities involving personal appearances and social media.

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KU soccer adds Israeli standout to 2020 recruiting class

A recent recruiting trip to Tel Aviv, Israel, paid off for Kansas women’s soccer coach Mark Francis.

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KU Athletic Director Jeff Long says Kansas has not considered cutting sports in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

While colleges and universities across the country wrestle with the idea of cutting sports to save money in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long said no such discussions had taken place in Lawrence. By Matt Tait

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KU AD Jeff Long says cost-cutting measures not on the horizon for Kansas Athletics

Pay cuts taken by coaches in the Iowa State University athletic department this week will not be replicated at the University of Kansas for now, KU Athletic Director Jeff Long said. By Matt Tait

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KU says massage therapist's alleged misconduct involved at least 6 female student-athletes, went unreported by trainer

An athletic trainer at the University of Kansas was aware of “at least some reports of unwarranted and unwanted touching” by a massage therapist who worked with female student athletes, university leaders said Tuesday. Shawn P. O’Brien, who has been charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child in an unrelated court case, allegedly conducted himself inappropriately with “at least six female student-athletes,” according to a statement from Chancellor Douglas Girod and Athletic Director Jeff Long.

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Former KU standout Katie McClure signs with Washington Spirit

The Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League announced Monday the signing of all five of the team’s 2020 draft picks, including former Kansas standout Katie McClure.

Former KU soccer standouts Katie McClure and Addisyn Merrick selected in NWSL draft

For the first time in program history, two members of the Kansas soccer team were selected in the National Women’s Soccer League draft after Katie McClure and Addisyn Merrick were picked Thursday afternoon.