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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.

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(S)milestone: KU gives soccer coach 200th win … and a bath

Kansas University soccer coach Mark Francis, soaked from the neck down, spat some water out Sunday afternoon at Jayhawk Soccer Complex and smiled as he addressed his team after a 4-1 victory over No. 24 Wake Forest. By Benton Smith

Dineen willingly moved to RB

Just as freshman Joe Dineen started getting comfortable at Kansas University’s preseason football camp, his head coach offered him an opportunity that would change that instantly. By Benton Smith

KU soccer nets ‘home’ win

Jayhawks return to Complex for 3-0 victory

KU’s season-opening victory Friday against Wyoming left its new home field with some divots and potholes, so the Jayhawks headed back to the facility they have played at for years and practiced at all preseason for a 3-0 victory over the visiting Mustangs. By Benton Smith

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Kansas senior Victor Simmons at home at ‘buck’

It’s a good thing Victor Simmons does not fear change, because the Kansas University senior has experienced nothing but transition since joining the program. By Benton Smith

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KU football fans asked to vote on opening-game uniforms

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

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At pep rally, Weis won’t utter B-word

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

KU volleyball seeks to build momentum

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

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Dogged pursuer: Junior DL Semke relentlessly chases perps, QBs

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

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KU passing offense confident in turnaround

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

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Drop-plagued TE Jimmay Mundine heeds coach’s call: ‘Catch the ball’

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

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