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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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Hectic Sunday also brings three additions to KU football's 2018 recruiting class

On the same day his Kansas football program officially lost commitments from two longstanding Class of 2018 recruiting targets, three-year head coach David Beaty on three occasions Sunday took to Twitter to make unrelated “neat deal” declarations, marking the additions of new recruits. By Benton Smith

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4-star New Orleans WR Devonta Jason decommits from Kansas

A day many Kansas football fans feared — and others assumed was inevitable — for months finally arrived Sunday. Five-star receiver Devonta Jason, the 31st-best high school senior in the country according to Rivals, backed out of his non-binding verbal commitment to play with the Jayahwks. By Benton Smith

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KU football loses pledge from prep D-end, who commits to K-State

Mark off another name from the Kansas football team’s list of potential high school signees in the 2018 recruiting class. By Benton Smith

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Devil of an afternoon: Arizona State knocks off KU in Allen Fieldhouse

The nation’s No. 2-ranked team, the Kansas Jayhawks lost their second game in a row Sunday afternoon, as No. 16 Arizona State easily survived a 13-point first-half deficit to shoot its way to a 95-85 victory at Allen Fieldhouse. By Benton Smith

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Four Jayhawks selected to AP's All-Big 12 second team

Although the Big 12’s coaches determined Kansas junior defensive tackle Daniel Wise belonged on their all-conference first team, neither Wise nor any of his KU teammates received the same distinction when the Associated Press unveiled its all-league selections Friday. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: New Orleans prep re-opens his recruitment

The Kansas football team’s 2018 recruiting class may have lost another potential signee Thursday evening, when a high school prospect from New Orleans announced his plans to further examine other programs. By Benton Smith

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SI names Kansas LB Joe Dineen a 2nd-team All-American

A week after learning the Big 12’s coaches voted him a second-team all-conference linebacker, Kansas redshirt junior Joe Dineen picked up a national honor Thursday from Sports Illustrated with an even more prestigious ring to it: second-team All-American. By Benton Smith

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Lagerald Vick's big night can't keep Jayhawks unbeaten

Huskies knock off No. 2 KU in K.C.

A career night from Kansas junior wing Lagerald Vick couldn’t keep the No. 2-ranked Jayhawks undefeated. Washington almost dared Vick to take over at times, and he responded by scoring a personal-best 28 points on 12-for-23 shooting. However, the Huskies held most of his teammates in check, enabling them to knock off KU, 74-65, Wednesday night at Sprint Center. By Benton Smith

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Productive linebacker Joe Dineen still upbeat about KU's future

Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen would be the first to admit the 2017 season didn’t live up to the expectations he and other team leaders had going into it. But that doesn’t mean the redshirt junior couldn’t find some small gratification in his contributions to the Jayhawks’ endeavors. By Benton Smith

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Four-star KU football recruit narrows choices down to two programs

As Dec. 20 and the NCAA’s new early signing period for college football nears, one of the New Orleans high school players Kansas has coveted for months has eliminated all but two programs from his list of potential destinations. By Benton Smith

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