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Les Miles looking forward to returning to OSU, where he first became a head coach

It was 15 years ago Wednesday that Les Miles last was inside Boone Pickens Stadium, in Stillwater, Okla., for a college football game. On that mid-November Saturday back in 2004, Miles led the Oklahoma State football team, ranked No. 25 in the country, onto the field. He’ll return, of course, this coming Saturday, in charge of the Kansas Jayhawks this time, and looking to knock off the No. 25-ranked Cowboys. By Benton Smith

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2 O-linemen leave KU football's 2020 recruiting class

The Kansas football program’s 2020 recruiting class looks a little less crowded as of Monday, when a potential signee announced a future with the Jayhawks was no more. A three-star offensive lineman from Iowa, Jackson Stoefen shared via Twitter that he no longer is committed to the Jayhawks. By Benton Smith

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'We have 3 opportunities left': Urgency a theme as Jayhawks prepare for final stretch

The days remaining in the 2019 Kansas football season are disappearing quickly. And as the Jayhawks’ game week preparations for Oklahoma State started rolling on Monday, the need fur urgency wasn’t lost on anyone. Before a weight-lifting session inside Anderson Family Football Complex, an impromptu group talk among players epitomized the current vibe in the building. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Kansas S Jeremiah McCullough out for season

Les Miles still hasn't ruled out Dru Prox return

The Kansas football defense will finish out the season without one of its starting defensive backs. That much head coach Les Miles would admit Monday, even if he refused to publicly rule out a late season return for a starting linebacker. By Benton Smith

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KU's 3rd down defense a concern entering season's final 3 weeks

Following a letdown of a performance by the entire Kansas football team in front of a sold out stadium a week ago, the Jayhawks’ defense headed into a bye week with no shortage of concerns. With only three games remaining on their November calendar, it didn’t take any deliberating by safety Mike Lee to identify the most worrisome development in KU’s 28-point loss to Kansas State. By Benton Smith

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KU football LT Hakeem Adeniji to play in Senior Bowl

The bye week came with some good news for Kansas football offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji, who discovered Thursday he will have a chance to showcase his skills to NFL draft coaches and evaluators in January. His head coach, Les Miles, had a little fun, too, in delivering the word to Adeniji. By Benton Smith

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Pooka Williams: KU offense 'out of character' in latest defeat

It had only been two games, but the Kansas football offense performed so well under new coordinator Brent Dearmon that the Jayhawks began looking at themselves differently. This was the type of team, they were convinced, that should regularly put up 500-plus yards of offense and 30-plus points. By Benton Smith

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Fiery KU football leaders Daylon Charlot, Andrew Parchment keep preaching postseason

As the first Kansas football team coached by Les Miles heads into the final three games on its schedule, a pair of outspoken receivers remain vigilant in spreading the message that the season doesn’t have to end in November. Senior receiver Daylon Charlot said the Jayhawks as a whole felt like they let their fans down in a 38-10 loss to Kansas State this past weekend. Despite their disappointment, Charlot voiced publicly the notion that he and other team leaders keep clutching to tightly. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: ‘Miles to Go’ grabs Wildcats’ attention

It turns out Kansas football fans aren’t the only people paying attention to the niche ESPN+ streaming series “Miles to Go.” By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks hoping to once again capitalize on bye week

It hasn’t even been a month since Kansas football players learned how valuable a bye week can be for a team. Now the Jayhawks will try to make the days surrounding their second open date of the season as productive as their first. By Benton Smith

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'Crushing': Jayhawks regret failing to give sellout crowd a proper show

“Playing football here for five seasons now, I’ve never seen that,” Carter Stanley said. “That meant the world to us as players.” Of course, the Jayhawks left the stadium after it emptied out filled with regrets, because the buzz and momentum they created heading into the game couldn’t be reignited during a 38-10 loss to K-State. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Carter Stanley's injury not considered serious heading into bye week

An already miserable Saturday for Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley at least didn’t conclude with a serious injury.

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Jayhawks stunned in lopsided loss to Wildcats in front of sellout crowd

The Kansas State Wildcats didn’t only harass, hurry and sack Carter Stanley throughout Saturday’s Sunflower Showdown. They blindsided his outlook for one of the most anticipated KU home games in a decade.

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KU football could win more than 1 Big 12 game for a change

For a decade now, winning one Big 12 game has been not even a norm, only a ceiling, for the Kansas football program. Now, in 2019, after living through some of the program’s lowest moments, KU seniors such as Hakeem Adeniji and Carter Stanley have a chance to take KU (3-5 overall, 1-4 Big 12) to multiple league victories for the first time since 2008. By Benton Smith

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Game Day Breakdown: KU football vs. No. 22 K-State

New offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon, according to the players learning from him, is an endless fountain of energy. The Jayhawks will need to tap into some of Dearmon’s get-up-and-go early this week to set themselves up for a successful rivalry game. By Benton Smith

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Dineens looking forward to Sunflower Showdown's brother vs. brother matchup

Joe Dineen felt confident roughly a decade ago that the oldest of his three younger brothers, Jay, possessed the fire required to play linebacker. Jay didn’t prove this to Joe on a football field, though. Joe’s revelation came in the basement of their parents’ home in Lawrence. By Benton Smith

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Big 12 reprimands KU for football fans' field-storming

Other universities fined for similar incidents

The Big 12 Conference reminded football fans Wednesday evening that it frowns upon them celebrating their favorite team’s victory on the field.

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K-State's Chris Klieman lauds KU's offense ahead of Sunflower Showdown

It might have been easier than some would expect for Kansas State’s football players to flip the page this week and move on from a victory over Big 12 powerhouse Oklahoma. According to Wildcats head coach Chris Klieman, the way their in-state rival Kansas Jayhawks are playing had something to do with that. By Benton Smith

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'I didn't expect this': WR Stephon Robinson Jr. emerges as key KU playmaker

Kansas football coach Les Miles, happily reciting some statistics from his team’s just completed victory over Texas Tech on Saturday night, had to stop himself after reading the stat line for Stephon Robinson Jr. “Oh, my goodness,” the giddy coach remarked, after saying the numbers out loud. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks sense buzz leading up to Sunflower Showdown in Lawrence

It’s not often that a Kansas football game in November is greeted with anticipation in the days leading up to it. With the Jayhawks winning three or fewer games each of the past nine years, a late-season malaise became the norm for many within the fan base. Something about this season, and this week’s Sunflower Showdown against Kansas State, feels distinctly different, though, to KU’s veterans. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Jayhawks win Big 12 weekly awards; league acknowledges clock mistake at Texas

Although his head coach, Les Miles, described Carter Stanley being named the Big 12’s Offensive Player of the Week as “wonderful,” the Kansas football team’s starting quarterback went out of his way to downplay the honor. By Benton Smith

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Specialists steal spotlight in wild KU football victory

Incognito no longer, a couple of Kansas football specialists found themselves directly in the middle of the limelight as the Jayhawks and their fans alike rollicked Saturday night on the field at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. There would have been no party at all at the fourth quarter’s conclusion without long snapper Logan Klusman and kicker Liam Jones. By Benton Smith

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'He's a stud': QB Carter Stanley and KU's offense regroup to beat Tech

A little more than an hour after the entire Kansas football team celebrated its last-second victory over Texas Tech with a swarm of fans on the turf Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, quarterback Carter Stanley tried his best to recall the “blur” of the frenzied scene to reporters when a shout from the hallway interrupted him. “He’s a stud!” offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon shouted in the direction of Stanley, following the senior’s 415-yard performance in a 37-34 KU win. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Former KU safety Darrell Stuckey joins Ring of Honor during homecoming tilt

In the days leading up to his Ring of Honor ceremony Saturday night, it wasn’t an interception or some type of game-swinging takeaway that stood out to former Kansas football safety Darrell Stuckey, as he reflected on his days in the Jayhawks’ secondary.

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Liam Jones drills game-winning field goal to lift Kansas past Texas Tech for 37-34 win

The entire Jayhawks roster had one thing in mind once the game clock expired Saturday night: chasing down the man who just made their 37-34 victory over Texas Tech possible. Benton Smith

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Game Day Breakdown: KU football vs. Texas Tech

Head coach Les Miles handed the offensive keys over to Brent Dearmon during KU’s midseason bye week, and the new coordinator didn’t disappoint in his debut at Texas, where the Jayhawks nearly won a shootout. Now Dearmon, senior quarterback Carter Stanley and company have a new challenge: proving that wasn’t a one week wonder. By Benton Smith

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Benton Smith: KU center Udoka Azubuike taken out of comfort zone in exhibition opener

Udoka Azubuike hadn’t played a real basketball game in nearly 10 months. And he won’t officially play one until Kansas takes on Duke in Madison Square Garden on Nov. 5. Benton Smith

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'Farfetched opportunity' awaits Darrell Stuckey, KU's next Ring of Honor member

Like most college football players, Darrell Stuckey didn’t give much thought when he arrived at the University of Kansas as a freshman about the possibility of seeing his name commemorated inside the stadium where he played.

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Kansas K Liam Jones flushing blocked kicks from his mind

In a narrow, last-second loss for the Kansas football team at Texas this past weekend, a number of mistakes at various junctures of a wild game in Austin prevented the Jayhawks from pulling off the upset victory. Some special teams failures, by KU’s kicking unit in particular, stood out in a 50-48 loss. But junior kicker Liam Jones said this week he and his teammates plan to learn from their mistakes. By Benton Smith

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Bill Self 'proud' to see KU football 'on an uptick' under Les Miles

“I know one thing. We’ve gotten better,” Bill Self said of KU football under Les Miles. “Gosh dang. We’ve gotten better. It’s proud to see as a fan, that you can see we’re on an uptick.” By Benton Smith

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KU's defensive struggles continued in loss at Texas

For all the relatively positive vibes a last-second defeat at Texas seemed to generate for the downtrodden Kansas football program, the Jayhawks obviously encountered some defensive issues yet again in a 50-48 loss. As Les Miles succinctly put it during his Saturday night postgame press conference while glancing at the statistics in front of him, and reading that the Longhorns finished with 638 total yards, “That’s too much.” By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks pick up 2020 commitment from another Louisiana prospect

With the early December signing period now just a couple months away, the Kansas football team added another commitment to its already crowded 2020 recruiting class.

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KU football will have an early Big 12 road game in 2020

The second season of the Les Miles era at the University of Kansas will jump into Big 12 action in a hurry. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Jeremiah McCullough out for KU's matchup with Tech

The Kansas football team’s defense will be without another starter when the Jayhawks face Texas Tech for homecoming on Saturday. By Benton Smith

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Les Miles: Game clock didn't start on time late in KU loss at Texas

Usually understated during his weekly press conferences, Kansas football coach Les Miles heard something Monday afternoon that stirred him to exuberance. The subject material didn’t have anything to do with the Jayhawks’ performance this past weekend at Texas, either. Rather it was a matter of a procedural oversight on that Saturday night stage that appeared to go UT’s way. By Benton Smith

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'I'd say A+': KU offense prolific in Brent Dearmon's OC debut

The Kansas football team lost on the last play of the game in offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon’s sideline debut Saturday at No. 15 Texas. Even so, the offensive output fortified the Jayhawks’ conviction that the midseason switch to Dearmon will make a significant difference moving forward. By Benton Smith

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A Tom Herman question unintentionally motivated Carter Stanley and Jayhawks

In college football, motivational ploys know no bounds. And it appears one such behind-the-scenes tactic carried out by the Kansas staff this past week left its mark on quarterback Carter Stanley. By Benton Smith

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Late 2-point conversion at Texas gave Jayhawks confidence

In the exhilarating moment, the Kansas Jayhawks were convinced they had done it. They arrived at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday convinced they could knock off No. 15 Texas. And when KU quarterback Carter Stanley found receiver Daylon Charlot in the back of the burnt orange south end zone for a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter, the underdogs felt justified in their confidence. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Freshman QB Torry Locklin earns first career snap in KU's 50-48 loss at Texas

Austin, Texas — Although still listed on the game day roster as a quarterback, Kansas football freshman Torry Locklin took all of his pregame reps with the Jayhawks’ running backs.

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Despite late-game heroics, KU drops 50-48 decision at No. 15 Texas

Austin, Texas — Les Miles didn’t shake up his coaching staff in the middle of the season to play it conservatively with a chance to knock off a top-15 ranked Texas team on the road. Benton Smith

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Game Day Breakdown: KU football at No. 15 Texas

No, the Jayhawks aren’t completely overhauling their offense in the middle of the season. But head coach Les Miles decided to fire offensive coordinator Les Koenning and replace him with Brent Dearmon, so changes should be expected as KU returns from a week off to play at No. 15 Texas. By Benton Smith

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Inconsistency at root of KU offense's issues before OC shakeup

KU football's offense needs to improve significantly in the second half of the season, but Les Miles sn’t interested in broadcasting the ways new O.C. Brent Dearmon plans to go about making that happen. A head coach doesn’t fire an O.C. six games into his tenure if the offense is humming along. Examine the statistical output from KU’s first six games and it’s easy to spot warts. By Benton Smith

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3-star WR decommits from KU football's 2020 class

It lasted close to eight months, but as of Wednesday the connection appears to be severed between the first Class of 2020 prospect to commit to Kansas and Les Miles' coaching staff. By Benton Smith

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KU signed Brent Dearmon to 6-year contract, guaranteed through 2021 season

The third offensive coordinator Les Miles has hired since taking over the Kansas football program in November of 2018, Brent Dearmon’s contract could keep the recently promoted senior offensive consultant with the Jayhawks through the 2025 season. Dearmon’s first two years — which include the remainder of this season, and all of the 2020 and 2021 seasons — are guaranteed and will pay him $250,000 each of those years. By Benton Smith

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KU defense has much to fix in 2nd half of season

Both before and after his Kansas football team’s midseason bye week, head coach Les Miles spoke of the importance of self scouting during the Jayhawks’ relative downtime. However, as often is the case with Miles, he didn’t allow outsiders much of a peek behind the curtain in terms of how this past week’s practices benefited KU’s defense. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Les Miles says Jayhawks needed change at OC

Whether it was shortcomings with his game plans, individual instruction or in-game play-calling — or some other reason — that cost former Kansas football offensive coordinator Les Koenning his job, head coach Les Miles didn’t choose to share that information Monday afternoon, during his first press conference since firing Koenning. By Benton Smith

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With emphasis on RPO, QB Carter Stanley feeling like a PG

Carter Stanley doesn’t consider himself a skilled basketball player. The senior Kansas quarterback has spent most of his time since about eighth grade focusing his athletic conquests on football, after all. During the past week, though, when Stanley runs the Jayhawks’ offense in practices, under the guidance of new coordinator Brent Dearmon, the QB can picture himself as a distributor on the hardwood. By Benton Smith

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KU's Pooka Williams starting to feel like dynamic rusher again

Ahead of the Kansas football team’s midseason bye week, the offense didn’t perform at a high enough level against Oklahoma to satisfy the Jayhawks. But they at least saw running back Pooka Williams start to look like his old self again. By Benton Smith

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'More work to do': Andrew Parchment's slog through offseason set him up for success

It was January, and Andrew Parchment didn’t have Timberlands, snow boots, nor anything of the sort. So he put on a pair of slides over some socks and trudged from the student apartments over to KU’s football facility in order to sharpen his skills. Comfortably the Jayhawks’ leading receiver at the midway point of the season, Parchment thinks the time he invested in himself shortly after joining the program this past winter as a junior college transfer paid off. By Benton Smith

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Self scouting, reflecting big part of bye week for Jayhawks

Even before Les Miles decided to make a drastic change on his coaching staff, firing offensive coordinator Les Koenning and promoting Brent Dearmon to O.C., the Kansas football head coach knew the Jayhawks’ bye week would be a critical juncture of the season.

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