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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, as a digital editor, blogger and writer.

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Kansas safety Fish Smithson on mend

FBS tackling leader looks ‘pretty good’

Still sitting at a cool 100 total tackles for the season, and still leading Kansas University in that category after missing this past week’s West Virginia loss because of an ankle injury, junior safety Fish Smithson at least is starting to look more like himself at practices, according to coach David Beaty. By Benton Smith

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Kansas football unveils 2016 schedule

The Kansas University football team officially announced its 2016 schedule on Tuesday. The Jayhawks will play six games at Memorial Stadium and six on the road.

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Beaty: Showdown finale huge for Jayhawks

As Kansas University football coach David Beaty alluded to on more than one occasion Monday morning during his turn on the Big 12’s weekly media conference call, all the Jayhawks have left in front of them is a “one-game season.” By Benton Smith

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KU football regroups for KSU

As discouraged as Kansas University’s football players felt Saturday after a 49-0 home loss to West Virginia, the Jayhawks have plenty of incentives to do everything they can to move on, forget all the negatives and mistakes and prepare for their next game as if it were the most important one in the nation. By Benton Smith

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Willis underwhelms against WVU

On a day that true freshman quarterback Ryan Willis completed just 35 percent of his 37 throws and had two picked off, Beaty noted under-throwing receivers proved to be one of the many issues plaguing KU’s offense against West Virginia. By Benton Smith

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Dineen sets career high, Neal grabs first interception

Coming into the West Virginia game, Lawrence native and Free State High product Joe Dineen had twice finished with 11 tackles, but he easily eclipsed that number on the second-to-last weekend of his sophomore season.

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Smithson sits with ankle injury

No member of the Kansas University football team thought the addition of one man would’ve changed the outcome of a 49-0 home loss to West Virginia on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, but the Jayhawks surely missed injured junior safety Fish Smithson. By Benton Smith

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Shut down: Jayhawks routed by West Virginia

Whatever momentum the Kansas University football team generated a week earlier in a one-score road loss to TCU didn’t make the trip back to Lawrence with the winless Jayhawks, who suffered a 49-0 loss to West Virginia Saturday at Memorial Stadium, in front of an announced crowd of 21,415. By Benton Smith

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Brannen Greene suspended, won't travel to Maui

Reserve guard to miss 6 games 'for conduct detrimental to the team'

After opening his junior season with an explosive shooting performance, coming off the bench for Kansas University’s men’s basketball team, three-point specialist Brannen Greene is back in coach Bill Self’s dog house.

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In the flow: KU women pick up attack after halftime

After a 12-turnover first half had Kansas University women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider discouraged with his players’ offensive efforts, the Jayhawks found an effective remedy in the second half Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse. By Benton Smith

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