Benton Smith was born in Kansas City, Mo., and bounced around in the years that followed, living in Pennsylvania, Iowa and North Carolina, before moving to Lawrence in 2006. Along the way, he lived in Sanford, N.C., for a huge chunk of his life and graduated in 2002 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — an institution, he assures die-hard Kansas fans, which he attended primarily for its in-state tuition and journalism program. Shortly after moving to Lawrence, Smith began working part-time at the Journal-World, initially covering youth sports. Next, he covered Free State High athletics and area sports for the J-W, before taking on the position of sports editor for one of The World Company's weekly newspapers, The Mirror, in Tonganoxie. He worked there from 2008 to 2011, until returning to the Journal-World to lead its high school sports coverage. In 2013, Smith took on a new role with KUsports.com, as a digital editor, blogger and writer.
Quarterback Michael Cummings, entering his senior season with KU, took a helmet to his left knee in the program’s spring game. The injury looked bad that afternoon, and the result proved worse. Cummings had surgery on the knee in June and is likely to miss the entire 2015 season. By Benton Smith
After the College Football Playoff committee passed on including either TCU or Baylor in the inaugural four-team tournament for college football’s national championship last season, players and coaches from both programs knew they wouldn’t escape Big 12 Football Media Days without addressing the snubs. By Benton Smith
The passion Kansas State’s fan base has for legendary football coach Bill Snyder doesn’t flow in one direction. By Benton Smith
The newest Kansas basketball player to join the ranks of the NBA, Kelly Oubre Jr. doesn’t appear to care about making any friends before his first season.
When Canada’s basketball team assembled a week ago for the upcoming World University Games in South Korea, coach Barnaby Craddock figured this week’s pair of exhibitions against Kansas University, the USA’s National Team, would go a long way in preparing his group for the competition ahead.
It’s not often that Ben McLemore takes a break from basketball. After two seasons with the Sacramento Kings, Kansas University’s former one-year sensation knows he is far from a finished product in the NBA, so his offseason mostly consists of working out and developing more tools and tricks.
When Aaron Miles watches basketball, he can’t fight back his strong personal bias in favor of point guards. By Benton Smith
No basketball player in his right mind would enjoy the distinction of suiting up for one of the league’s worst teams — even if that league is the NBA and that team plays its home games in New York City. By Benton Smith
Down a returning point guard just more than a week before his team leaves the country for the World University Games, Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self finds himself scrambling, in search of a replacement. By Benton Smith
Even though Kansas University will have to play in the World University Games without sophomore point guard Devonté Graham, the Jayhawks aren’t worried about an injury to post player Jamari Traylor. By Benton Smith