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.
Don’t expect Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis to spend any time on his phone texting his vote for which of three uniform combinations the Jayhawks will wear Sept. 6 in their home opener against Southeast Missouri State. By Benton Smith
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis didn’t have to use the words “bowl game” to fire up a parking lot full of crimson-and-blue-clad supporters Friday evening at Corinth Square. By Benton Smith
Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard lost seven seniors from the first Sweet-16 team in program history, but all he has to do is pick up KU’s media guide to be reminded of the quality players returning from a historic 2013 run. By Benton Smith
Now a 6-foot-2, 265-pound junior defensive lineman on scholarship after bouncing around from position to position as a special-teams and show-team warrior in 2013, T.J. Semke spent some of his spare summer time as “extra muscle” for a bail bonds business. By Benton Smith
For a guy joining a football team that finished 117th out of 123 FBS programs in passing yards per game a year ago, wide receiver Nick Harwell sure seems upbeat about what Kansas University can accomplish by throwing the ball this season. By Benton Smith
Junior-year drops kept Kansas University tight end Jimmay Mundine from transforming into the total package he aspired to be, so this summer he has lived by three words: catch the ball. By Benton Smith
The Big 12 Conference’s ability to implement a full round-robin schedule distinguishes it from the other four power conferences, all of which boast more than 10 teams. It is that unique characteristic that led the league to its slogan: one true champion. By Benton Smith
It takes a special kind of confidence and optimism to represent Kansas University football. By Benton Smith
Andrew Wiggins signed his first NBA contract on Thursday. The one-and-done Kansas University product is a Cleveland Cavalier, for now.
Hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy, it was not. But second-year guard Ben McLemore and his Sacramento teammates did get a trophy and on-court presentation after winning the 24-team Las Vegas Summer League tournament this week. By Benton Smith