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Conner Mitchell

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KU football legend John Hadl, given lifetime achievement award by KU Alumni Association

John Hadl, one of only three players in the history of football at the University of Kansas to have his number retired and a decades-long leader in Kansas Athletics' Williams Education Fund, has received the highest honor bestowed by the KU Alumni Association.

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KDHE releases locations of COVID-19 outbreaks across Kansas, including 4 in Douglas County; KU football team listed with 14 cases

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Wednesday released for the first time a list of specific locations and case counts associated with outbreaks of COVID-19 across the state.

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Kansas Athletics seeking $20 million emergency line of credit in case pandemic alters football, basketball seasons

University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod on Wednesday called an emergency meeting of the governing board that oversees Kansas Athletics seeking permission for Athletic Director Jeff Long to obtain a $20 million, short-term line of credit in case the COVID-19 pandemic significantly modifies the 2020 football and basketball seasons. By Conner Mitchell

Kansas Athletics settles dispute with now-former employee for $600,000

The athletics department at the University of Kansas at the end of June settled a dispute involving the now-former assistant athletic director for alumni engagement for $600,000, a settlement agreement shows. By Conner Mitchell

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Independent committee agrees to hear, rule on KU's NCAA infractions case

A new panel designed to handle the most complex rules in collegiate sports has officially agreed to hear the University of Kansas' case surrounding serious pay-for-play allegations in the men's basketball program, the sports' governing body announced Wednesday. By Conner Mitchell

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Kansas coach Self threatens legal action against NCAA regarding handling of infractions case

Kansas coach Bill Self’s personal attorney has informed the NCAA, college sports’ governing body, that the Hall of Fame coach is considering legal action against the NCAA for its handling of the violations case involving Self and the Kansas men’s basketball program.

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Settlement agreement breaks down $2.55 million deal between KU and fired football coach Beaty; KU legal fees total $477K

A June 5 settlement agreement between Kansas Athletics and former KU football coach David Beaty totaling $2.55 million shows that $357,000 of that total is designated to pay Beaty for claims of lost wages, while the remaining $2.193 million is to compensate Beaty for other claims against the university — mainly his disputed contractual buyout.

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KU asks NCAA to hold separate hearings over alleged football, basketball violations; independent committee still to decide whether to hear case

The University of Kansas agreed with the NCAA on Monday that allegations against its men's basketball program should be sent to an independent panel — but it wants the less severe allegations involving its football program to go through the NCAA's traditional process instead.

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Kansas Athletics governing board approves smaller budget for coming fiscal year amid COVID-19 pandemic

AD Jeff Long also says athletes will be tested for COVID-19 upon return to campus

The board of directors for Kansas Athletics, Inc. on Wednesday approved an operating budget for the coming fiscal year roughly $5.1 million smaller than the current operating budget as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present officials with a myriad financial unknowns.

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Depositions in Beaty lawsuit can be part of KU infractions case, NCAA committee chair says; decision could affect basketball case too

KU has lost a ruling in its NCAA infractions case related to evidence involving its former football coach, and the ruling ultimately may play a role in the higher-stakes case against the men’s basketball program.

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