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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 and that role changed again in 2016, when Smith was promoted to KU football beat writer.

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Balanced offense helps Jayhawks survive at Iowa State, 76-72

No one on the Kansas basketball team expected it to be easy to stay unbeaten in Big 12 play — not with the Jayhawks playing a solid Iowa State team in front of a malicious Hilton Coliseum crowd Monday night.

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Jayhawks hold off Oklahoma State, 87-80

With a balanced effort from its starting five, No. 2-ranked Kansas basketball scraped together just enough offense to defeat underdog Oklahoma State, 87-80, Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Trio of KU football players headed to Tropical Bowl showcase

Three Jayhawks hoping to showcase their football skills for professional scouts will get a chance to do so this Sunday, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Defensive end Damani Mosby, cornerback Marnez Ogletree and safety Tevin Shaw — all seniors for Kansas football in 2016 — will team up again at the second annual Tropical Bowl. By Benton Smith

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Doug Meacham named KU football's offensive coordinator

David Beaty’s days of running the Kansas football team’s offense are over. The third-year head coach announced Thursday the hiring of offensive coordinator Doug Meacham, who joins the Jayhawks after working the past three seasons at another Big 12 program, TCU. By Benton Smith

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KU football announces ACC, Big Ten foes for future seasons

It won’t happen immediately, but the Kansas football team soon will begin playing a heartier non-conference schedule. By Benton Smith

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Mason propels Jayhawks past Oklahoma, 81-70

Though a winning streak dating back to the second week of November appeared in jeopardy, No. 2-ranked Kansas basketball redeemed itself after a shaky first half at Oklahoma Tuesday night, securing 14th-year head coach Bill Self his 400th victory with the Jayhawks, in an 81-70 comeback win.

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Mason, Graham lead Jayhawks past Texas Tech, 85-68

Frank Mason III added another not-so-subtle reminder of his importance to the success of Kansas basketball this season Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse, where the 5-foot-11 senior guard produced his eighth game of 20-plus points, leading the No. 3 Jayhawks to an 85-68 home win over Texas Tech.

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Jason Phillips leaves KU football staff

After spending one season on David Beaty’s Kansas football coaching staff, wide receivers coach Jason Phillips has left the program to head to Pac-12 country, where he’ll work for coach Gary Andersen at Oregon State. By Benton Smith

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Special teams trickery has KU football up for play call of year

Against Iowa State, Kansas football special teams coordinator Joe DeForest sent kick returner LaQuvionte Gonzalez to the end zone — to hide. Ultimately, the play didn’t set up a score — or even a victory — but it proved bizarre enough to populate the college football Twittersphere and highlight shows on Nov. 12, and the “camouflage” kickoff now has KU up for USA Today Sports’ Coach’s Play Call of the Year. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks edge rival K-State at buzzer to win Sunflower Showdown

The typical Kansas stars did most of the damage, but junior wing Svi Mykhailiuk won the game late for the Jayhawks in a thrilling Sunflower Showdown Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. Mykhailiuk beat the buzzer with a game-winning layup against rival Kansas State, allowing KU to edge the Wildcats, 90-88. By Benton Smith

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