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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 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, as a digital editor, blogger and writer.

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New women’s coach: Don’t judge yet

New Kansas University women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider, while amped up for his first Late Night in the Phog, realized the 12-minute scrimmage his players put on for a packed Allen Fieldhouse wouldn’t exactly give KU fans an accurate preview of what’s to come. By Benton Smith

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KU women’s basketball embraces change

So much changeover exists within the Kansas University women’s basketball program right now, you’ll have to be patient with first-year head coach Brandon Schneider when it comes to figuring out one fairly significant aspect of this roster’s makeup.

KU volleyball counts on Havili

Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard had high expectations for his Jayhawks entering this season, but their offensive production has surprised him a little bit.

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KU looking for a few good (D-line)men

Kansas University’s football coaching staff knew entering Year One of a difficult rebuilding project the Jayhawks would have deficiencies in a number of areas this season. They thought — and hoped — defensive end would be one position KU could count on for depth and productivity. By Benton Smith

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Local Joe: Free State grad Dineen aims to rebuild tradition

Though obviously essential, preseason football practices can get a bit repetitive. The drills. The heat. The lack of Saturday payoff in the form of a game. By Benton Smith

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Role models: Jayhawks’ defensive backs need not look far to find pro-level motivation

Every time Kansas University safety Bazie Bates IV takes a seat in Mrkonic Auditorium at Anderson Family Football Complex, the junior from Trinity Valley Community College can look over his shoulders and see larger-than-life reminders of what is possible for a Jayhawks defensive back. By Benton Smith

KU soccer’s Salazar motivated by snub

When Kansas University soccer standout Liana Salazar returned to her native Colombia this past summer, she figured her stay would be short, just a detour on her way to Canada. By Benton Smith

Kansas soccer fueled by 2014's finish

Kansas University soccer coach Mark Francis concedes most people would view the Jayhawks’ 2014 season as a success. KU, after all, won eight more games than it had the previous year, finished third in the Big 12 and reached the NCAA Tournament. By Benton Smith

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‘Unprecedented’: KU volleyball aims for fourth NCAAs

If everything goes according to coach Ray Bechard’s plans this fall, Kansas University’s volleyball program will accomplish something it never has before. By Benton Smith

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Big targets: Kansas' Air Raid demands play-making TEs

Kansas University lists sophomore Ben Johnson and junior Kent Taylor as tight ends on its football roster. That doesn’t mean offensive coordinator Rob Likens has to agree with those labels. By Benton Smith

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