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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.

Recent Stories

KU soccer upended again

The No. 9-ranked Kansas University soccer team had won 14 of its first 15 games before suffering its first back-to-back losses of the season — the latest, 2-0, to No. 16 West Virginia. By Benton Smith

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Aldridge highlight for women

When her Kansas University women’s basketball teammates discovered during a weight-room session that freshman guard Lauren Aldridge could do backflips, they had one piece of advice for her. By Benton Smith

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KU soccer relishes turnaround

A year ago, Kansas University’s soccer team struggled to score goals. Looking back on it, coach Mark Francis called KU’s offense a “big nemesis.” By Benton Smith

KU volleyball miffed despite win

A 3-1 home victory might be all right for some teams, but members of Kansas University’s volleyball program feel like they’re past that point. By Benton Smith

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Ben Heeney is ... 'The Diabolical Defender'

Ben Heeney’s teammates will attest: He is the hero Kansas University football deserves. By Benton Smith

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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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