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.
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
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 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
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
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
When David Beaty claims he would’ve worked on the Kansas football staff this season, even if he hadn’t been hired as head coach, the statement carries some weight. By Benton Smith
Kansas University quarterbacks Carter Stanley, Montell Cozart and Ryan Willis are in contention for the Jayhawks' starting job.
When David Beaty arrived at Kansas University as its new football coach in December, it looked as if finding a starting running back would be the least of his problems.
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