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.
Long before he ever put on a Stanford basketball uniform, Christian Sanders was just a kid in Allen Fieldhouse trying to out-play his fellow campers. By Benton Smith
The Allen Fieldhouse crowd greeted Stanford head coach and former Kansas standout Jerod Haase with a long ovation prior to Saturday afternoon’s tip-off. The Jayhawks on the court weren’t as kind to Haase’s Cardinal.
A lot has transpired in the world since Creighton’s volleyball team faced another one of the nation’s best, Kansas, on a Thursday night in September. So sophomore Bluejays outside hitter Jaali Winters gets a pass for not recalling many of the finer details of the last meeting between the two programs ahead of the rematch — Friday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. By Benton Smith
With the 2016 season complete and Kansas football coaches out on the recruiting trail searching for more talent to add to the roster, David Beaty received some good news Wednesday when one of the rebuilding program’s targets called the head coach to commit to KU. By Benton Smith
The revolving door for the Kansas football team’s quarterback position finally closed over the course of the season’s final weeks, thanks to redshirt freshman Carter Stanley. Though far from perfect, Stanley now enters the offseason as the Jayhawks’ incumbent No. 1 quarterback. By Benton Smith
Lagerald Vick might make it impossible for Kansas head coach Bill Self to remove him from the starting lineup. Starting for just the second time in his college career, Vick led KU to a 91-61 thumping of Long Beach State by scoring a new career-high 23 points while not missing a shot from the field.
As the Kansas football team congregated in the visitors’ locker room at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday minutes after its loss to Kansas State, head coach David Beaty didn’t say a whole lot about the Jayhawks’ season-ending defeat. Instead, Beaty elected to turn the focus to the 22 seniors on KU’s roster. By Benton Smith
With only fair catches and no returns in the punt game in its season-ending loss Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, the Kansas football team finished the year with negative-10 punt return yards in 2016. However, the Jayhawks kept themselves in what became a 34-19 defeat at Kansas State with some special teams success. By Benton Smith
When David Beaty looks back on the final Saturday of his second season as Kansas football coach, he will find it difficult to ignore a bumpy first-half stretch that sent his underdog Jayhawks into constant comeback mode for the remainder of the Sunflower Showdown. By Benton Smith
About to make just his third career start, and first on the road, Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley has shown head coach and offensive coordinator David Beaty a lot during the past few weeks — some good, some bad. By Benton Smith