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Benton Smith

KUsports.com reporter

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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 KUsports.com, as a digital editor, blogger and writer and that role changed again in 2016, when Smith was promoted to KU football beat writer.

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David Beaty announces KU's new strength coach

Currently operating within a crucial portion of the college football offseason, Kansas head coach David Beaty wasted no time in filling a staff vacancy. Beaty announced Thursday the addition of Zac Woodfin as the new director of strength and conditioning. By Benton Smith

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Benton Smith: Carlton Bragg looked more like the player KU hoped for

On a night when Bill Self’s Kansas basketball players did what they always seem to do — win at Allen Fieldhouse and accumulate new Big 12 championship gear — an unexpected conqueror emerged from the KU bench. By Benton Smith

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Make it 13: Jayhawks match UCLA's league-title run

It’s been a long time coming, but Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks can now officially be mentioned in the same sentence as the great UCLA teams of the 1960s and ’70s. KU wrapped up at least a share of its 13th consecutive Big 12 regular-season title Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, where the Jayhawks’ 87-68 victory over TCU tied the league-title streak produced by the Bruins from 1967-79. By Benton Smith

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Montell Cozart transferring from Kansas

No longer a part of the Kansas football team’s plans at quarterback, former starter Montell Cozart announced Tuesday afternoon his intentions to transfer. By Benton Smith

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Tony Hull creating national buzz for KU football

When a football program such as Kansas — which hasn’t posted a winning record in eight seasons or won more than three games in seven — starts landing commitments from four-star prospects and appearing on national top-10 lists dedicated to recruiting success, those following the sport can’t help but wonder how something like that occurs. As a result, the college football nation is getting an informal introduction to second-year KU running backs coach Tony Hull. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks win battle of top-four teams at Baylor

KU now up 3 games in Big 12

With the unflinching approach the Kansas basketball team has shown all season long, the Jayhawks took a major step toward the program’s 13th-consecutive Big 12 championship Saturday afternoon, with a 67-65 road victory at Baylor. By Benton Smith

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Defensive line coach Jesse Williams officially joins KU football staff

Looking to bring an experienced defensive assistant to his third Kansas football staff, head coach David Beaty officially announced Friday the addition of former Ohio defensive line coach Jesse Williams. By Benton Smith

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Another Louisiana prospect backs out of initial commitment to KU football

And then there were four. Once a group of six, the number of Class of 2018 Louisiana prospects committed to the Kansas football program again shrank on Thursday, when three-star defensive lineman Nelson Jenkins announced his intentions to play closer to home, at LSU. By Benton Smith

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Beaty reportedly ready to add new D-line coach

It didn’t take David Beaty long to find a new defensive line coach. Days after news of Michael Slater’s departure from the Kansas football staff emerged, his replacement was identified. By Benton Smith

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Receiver Daylon Charlot left Alabama to make 'big impact' at Kansas

After one season with Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide, and appearing briefly in five games for a team that won the national championship, Charlot decided to leave behind the glory of SEC royalty. This past August, ahead of what would’ve been his sophomore season with Alabama, Charlot resurfaced at Kansas, a program long serving as the butt of Big 12 jokes. By Benton Smith

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