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.
In the months following Bryce Torneden’s oral commitment to play football at North Dakota State, one of the Free State High senior’s closest teammates, Sam Skwarlo, stayed in his ear about the possibility of playing for their hometown program, Kansas University, instead.
A troubling and recurring issue once again thwarted Kansas University’s women’s basketball team in the Jayhawks’ quest for their first Big 12 victory of the season. By Benton Smith
Hillcrest Academy center DeAndre Ayton split his Saturday in Lawrence as a spectator and the main event.
Figuring out a way to become the first opponent this season to defeat No. 4 Texas would’ve been difficult enough for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team. When the struggling Jayhawks spotted the mighty Longhorns 17 points, arduous morphed into impossible, and UT remained undefeated with a 75-38 drubbing Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Shots didn’t fall, the ball too often ended up in the hands of its opponent and Kansas University’s women’s basketball team dropped its fourth consecutive game Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse, where West Virginia handled KU, 65-45.
With conference play tipping off Saturday, the rest of the Big 12 once again will be reminded of its recurring nightmare: seeing Kansas University finish atop the men’s basketball standings year after year. By Benton Smith
A sluggish start nearly cost Kansas University’s women’s basketball team Sunday afternoon against Navy, but the Jayhawks found just enough offense late to score a 61-54 overtime victory at Allen Fieldhouse and avoid a three-game losing streak.
When Bill Self needed a victory Saturday night at Sprint Center and decided the best way to get one would be shortening his bench in the second half, Kansas University’s basketball coach knew only one of the four big men sitting near him would get a crack at helping the Jayhawks rally. By Benton Smith
Surrendering far too many high-percentage shots to St. John’s Sunday afternoon, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team lost its first home game of the season, 86-71.
It’s rare that sophomore point guard Lauren Aldridge doesn’t enjoy the company of her teammates during a Kansas University women’s basketball victory, but she might have been pushed to the brink of mild annoyance Wednesday night at the end of the third quarter if she wasn’t having so much fun.