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

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New KU D-lineman Charles 'Codey' Cole learning all he can from veteran Daniel Wise

When defensive tackle Charles “Codey” Cole decided to sign with the Kansas football program, he didn’t know whether a key Jayhawk who plays the same position, Daniel Wise, would still be around by the time he arrived in Lawrence for the spring semester. The new Jayhawk was glad KU’s star lineman returned for the 2018 season. The 6-foot-3 transfer from Butler Community College plans to pick Wise’s brain as much as he can. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks blow out Oklahoma, 104-74, on Big Monday

The Kansas basketball team’s revenge week started just the way the Jayhawks envisioned Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse. A few weeks removed from its loss at Oklahoma in late January, KU throttled Oklahoma in the rematch, 104-74, ahead of its much-awaited trip to Texas Tech this coming Saturday. By Benton Smith

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Comeback kids: Jayhawks rally to knock off West Virginia again

For the eighth time this season, the Kansas basketball team found itself in a double-digit deficit. Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks rediscovered the Morgantown magic that helped them pull off a major comeback in their first meeting with West Virginia. Although six other KU opponents have sent the perennial Big 12 champion home with a loss after leading by 10, WVU failed to do so again in an incredible 77-69 Kansas victory. By Benton Smith

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KU's Khalil Herbert states shock over mass shooting at Florida high school he attended

Now in his second year with the University of Kansas football program, running back Khalil Herbert spent some of his formative years attending Marjory Stonemason Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla., site of a deadly shooting on Wednesday. Herbert stated his shock over the mass shooting, which left 17 dead. By Benton Smith

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KU offense crashes in road loss at Baylor

A lackluster first half put the Kansas basketball team in a troublesome spot Saturday afternoon at Baylor, so much so that a second-half surge couldn’t save the Jayhawks in an 80-64 road loss. The Bears ended an 11-game losing streak versus KU by shooting 57 percent from the floor and turning the Jayhawks’ offense into a shell of itself most of the first half. By Benton Smith

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KU football's 2018 spring game set for April 28

University of Kansas football fans can get their first glimpse of the 2018 team on the final Saturday of April, when the Jayhawks will play their annual spring game at Memorial Stadium. By Benton Smith

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KU football's 2018 class best since Beaty's arrival, but far from historic

When David Beaty said during his National Signing Day press conference Wednesday he doesn’t care about national team recruiting rankings the Kansas football coach wasn’t kidding. By Benton Smith

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11-year-old from Tonganoxie 'signs' with KU football

Not many college football coaches recruit 4-foot-10, 70-pound wide receivers, but when David Beaty heard about Tayber Witt, the Kansas coach couldn’t resist. Beaty included Witt, an 11-year-old from nearby Tonganoxie, among the Jayhawks’ National Signing Day additions Wednesday, highlighting the relationships the elementary school student is developing with KU football players and staff members. By Benton Smith

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KU football's 2018 signing class includes 2 prep stars, 11 juco prospects

Fourth-year Kansas coach David Beaty finally got to discuss one of his favorite topics, recruiting, on Wednesday, otherwise known as National Signing Day in the realm of college football. Speaking with media members for the first time since the Jayhawks lost their 2017 season finale at Oklahoma State, on Nov. 25, capping a 1-11 season, Beaty reveled in hailing the program’s newest additions. Eventually the coach also responded to queries on the presence of 11 junior college signees in a 2018 class that currently features seven known scholarship players from the high school ranks. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks recover in 2nd half to beat TCU

No victory is guaranteed or a foregone conclusion this season in the Big 12 — not even inside Allen FIeldhouse. The Kansas basketball team survived a serious test from visiting TCU Tuesday night, though, 71-64. By Benton Smith

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