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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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Week 2 foe? Beaty says he doesn’t know

In front of a room full of reporters who instantly caught David Beaty in his favorite little white lie Monday morning at the Omni Dallas Hotel, the second-year Kansas University football coach repeated a concept he first introduced to his players months ago. By Benton Smith

Grobe: Baylor’s ‘issues’ not unique

Interim Baylor football coach Jim Grobe admitted Tuesday at Big 12 Football Media Days the job ahead of him, with the program and university reeling this offseason in the aftermath of a sexual-assault scandal, will be daunting.

Big 12 coaches mostly skirt topic of Baylor’s sexual-assault scandal

Coaches and football players from Kansas University, TCU, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Oklahoma State arrived Monday at the Omni Dallas Hotel ready to take on all questions at Big 12 Football Media Days. But on some occasions the topic of conversation steered away from those programs and toward the disastrous past few months for Baylor. By Benton Smith

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Who's No. 1? Sure it’s early, but puts Jayhawks No. 2 in 16-team power rankings

The 2016-17 season doesn’t tip off for another four months, but college basketball prognostication is a year-round business. Last week, published its preseason power rankings, awarding the No. 2 spot in the nation to Kansas University. By Benton Smith

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No. 4 prospect Bamba will cut list to 10 in August

Before the summer is over, one of the busiest and most sought-after basketball players in the Class of 2017 plans to cut his list of potential schools to 10. By Benton Smith

KU softball disappointed by rainout

With two runners on base and one out in the bottom of the fourth Sunday afternoon at a drenched Arrocha Ballpark, Kansas University’s softball players and coaches remained optimistic something positive would come out of a weekend series already sealed in favor of visiting Oklahoma State. By Benton Smith

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Powerhouse: Brickey helps KU softball complete sweep of Texas Tech

At 5-foot-1, Kansas University softball leadoff hitter Chaley Brickey certainly doesn’t scream power hitter when she steps into the batter’s box. But those who have seen the four-year starter attack a pitch know exactly what kind of power lurks within Brickey’s arms and bat. By Benton Smith

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Frog warning: Eight-run fifth dooms Jayhawks, 14-6

Although Kansas scored in four of the first five frames and produced 11 hits, the Horned Frogs’ monstrous fifth inning powered the visitors to a 14-6 rout in the series finale. By Benton Smith

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QB Cozart offered to switch positions

Montell Cozart entered his junior season at Kansas University as the team’s starting quarterback, hoping for big things under a new regime, led by first-year head coach David Beaty.

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Jayhawks will have new look next year

Returning KU players hope to carry over culture

As March comes to a close, and the Jayhawks, the top overall seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament, watch from afar while four other programs battle for a national championship, no one — not even Bill Self — knows exactly what the Kansas University basketball roster will look like next fall.

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