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.
Unranked and winless in Big 12 play, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team gave No. 3-ranked Baylor a scare before falling 71-63 Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team couldn’t sustain a hot start in the Sunflower Showdown Sunday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum, and lost its third straight Big 12 game in a 58-52 setback to rival Kansas State.
Carlton Bragg, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound senior basketball power forward from Villa Angela St. Joseph High in Cleveland, who is ranked No. 14 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com, today orally committed to play basketball at Kansas University — after accidentally stating he was Kentucky-bound. By Benton Smith
A look at Saturday's Kansas-Texas women's basketball game By Benton Smith<s
Paul Pierce’s career is winding down. Andrew Wiggins has only just arrived on the scene. So right now, in a window that could close before long, Markieff Morris might be the best former Kansas University basketball player in the NBA.
A look at Monday's Kansas University-Samford women's basketball game.
When new Kansas University football coach David Beaty arrived on campus, much of the buzz surrounded his successful track record with wide receivers.
Seven of the 17 former Kansas University basketball players fortunate enough to play in the NBA have a chance to bask in the national spotlight today. By Benton Smith
A look at Kansas University's women's basketball matchup at Creighton.
Alert the hype police. Someone actually had the audacity to compare Minnesota rookie Andrew Wiggins with future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant.