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.
Prior to Saturday's spring football game, Kansas University had about 40 alumni take the field for a flag football contest. While most participants weren’t too far removed from their glory days, it was a Kansas standout from 1946-48 who stole the show. By Benton Smith
While Saturday’s Kansas University spring football game served as a reminder of the uphill climb ahead for new coach David Beaty and his staff, the days leading up to the exhibition also featured examples of attainable success. By Benton Smith
Shortly after the conclusion of Kansas University’s annual spring game, head coach David Beaty showed up for his news conference with the same bounce and energy he takes with him everywhere. But even the most optimistic person in the room didn’t try to paint a false picture of the Blue team’s 20-7 victory against White in the Saturday scrimmage at Memorial Stadium. By Benton Smith
Michael Stigler had his Friday all mapped out. Venture out to Rock Chalk Park. Jog. Stretch. Pretty simple.
One never really knows what to expect out of the Downtown Lawrence Shot Put. Not even its defending champion, Christian Cantwell.
Lindsay Vollmer had just set a Kansas Relays record Thursday at Rock Chalk Park, with her heptathlon-winning score of 5,767 points. Instead of basking in the victory or pondering her place in Kansas University history, though, the senior’s mind entered an inner-debate.
When Calvin Thibodeaux runs defensive line drills at Kansas University football practices, he doesn’t do so lightheartedly. Less than 10 years ago the defensive-line coach played the position at Oklahoma and led the Big 12 in sacks (10) in 2005, when he was first-team all-conference.By Benton Smith
When Kansas University women’s tennis coach Todd Chapman describes the passion senior Maria Belen Ludueña has for competition and for her school, he uses her actions while watching a KU men’s basketball game as a reference point. By Benton Smith
Nationally ranked and riding a 10-game winning streak, Kansas University’s softball team picked a poor time to put out what coach Megan Smith described as the Jayhawks’ worst effort of the season.
For the second season in a row, the Big 12 will send seven of its 10 teams dancing in the NCAA Tournament.