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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 diehard 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, as a digital editor, blogger and writer and that role changed again in 2016, when Smith was promoted to KU football beat writer shortly after the World Company sold the Lawrence Journal-World and to Ogden Newspapers.

Since the sale, Smith has become an even more important member of the team, expanding his coverage to include writing columns at men's basketball games and continuing to oversee our coverage of KU football, which included the hiring of Les Miles as KU's new head football coach in late 2018.

Recent Stories

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Former Florida QB Feleipe Franks visits KU football

As Les Miles and the Kansas football coaching staff look to figure out who will be the Jayhawks’ starting quarterback in 2020, the staff welcomed a former SEC starter to campus this weekend.

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Pooka Williams 1st Jayhawk to land on AP 1st team in consecutive years since Aqib Talib

Two seasons into his college football career at the University of Kansas, running back Pooka Williams Jr. is now a two-time member of the Associated Press All-Big 12 first team.

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2020 CB no longer committed to KU football

A week ahead of December’s early signing period for college football, the Kansas coaching staff’s 2020 recruiting class shrank by one member.

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Les Miles lands on list of top 150 college football coaches of all-time

ESPN named Les Miles one of college football’s top 150 coaches of all-time as part of its yearlong celebration of the sport’s 150th season.

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Texas prep OL Armaj Adams-Reed joins KU football's 2020 class

Kansas head football coach Les Miles and receivers coach Emmett Jones headed Monday to Texas for some recruiting, and by the end of the day the Jayhawks had another 2020 commitment in place.

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Khalil Herbert to transfer to Virginia Tech

After three-plus seasons with the Kansas football program, running back Khalil Herbert now has a destination for the final chapter of his college football career.

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Defensive issues typified KU football's 2019 season

In a season full of highs and lows for the Kansas football team, the valleys outnumbered the peaks for the Jayhawks’ defense. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks pick up pledge from Virginia prep CB Karon Prunty

A little more than a week before the start of the December early signing period, the Kansas football team added another commitment for its 2020 recruiting class. Karon Prunty, who visited KU this weekend, announced on Sunday his plans to join the program.

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Benton Smith: Marcus Garrett's disrupting defense sets tone for KU's latest win

With the Jayhawks’ Swiss army knife, Marcus Garrett, defending Tyler Bey and an ever-improving Kansas defense ready to take CU’s leading scorer and his teammates out of their comfort zones, No. 2 KU often unsettled No. 20 Colorado in a 72-58 victory.

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KU football welcoming visitors as early signing period approaches

With the December early signing period just around the corner, the Kansas football coaches are working toward adding to the program’s 2020 class.

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