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Possible AD candidates for Kansas

Jayhawks prep for search for new athletic director in wake of Sheahon Zenger firing

The University of Kansas is in the market for a leader of its athletic department for the first time since late 2010 now that Sheahon Zenger is out. Monday morning's news that KU Chancellor Doug Girod had relieved Zenger of his duties, effective immediately, means that the university is looking for its 11th AD in school history. By Matt Tait

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With the NBA combine behind him, it's now countdown to decision time for Azubuike

This week's NBA combine in Chicago brought with it a mixed bag of results for Kansas center Udoka Azubuike, the lone KU player of the five in attendance who still could return to KU for the 2018-19 season. By Matt Tait

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NBA Combine Notebook from Friday: Graham gets going, Svi stays hot

The NBA combine taking place this week in Chicago is all about drills, testing, scrimmages and interviews designed to give all 30 NBA franchises an even better picture of the players they might draft during the June 21 NBA Draft in Brooklyn, N.Y. By Matt Tait

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KU's Mykhailiuk shoots lights out during Day 1 of scrimmages at NBA combine

Azubuike, Graham squared off as opponents in Thursday's first scrimmage

While Day 2 at the NBA combine in Chicago proved to be beneficial for all five Jayhawks in attendance, sharp-shooting guard Svi Mykhailiuk may have helped himself the most. By Matt Tait

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It's NBA combine time for five Jayhawks

Azubuike, Graham, Mykhailiuk, Newman and Preston all set to tackle pre-draft showcase in Chicago

The mere idea that former Kansas point guard Devonte' Graham, he of 17 games of 40-plus minutes and 11 more of 38-plus during the 2017-18 season, could be deemed “out of shape” less than two months after the end of his senior season is borderline laughable. By Matt Tait

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Supreme Court ruling on sports gambling likely to lead to lengthy discussions at KU, across Kansas

It is still too early to know whether Kansas will legalize sports betting in the wake of Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling, but already Kansas Athletics can envision the ruling changing its operations. By Matt Tait

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KU center Azubuike ready for next step in stay-or-go decision

KU sophomore Udoka Azubuike may have made his first trip to workout with an NBA franchise at this time last week, but according to Kansas coach Bill Self, now that final exams have finished, Azubuike's workout schedule may increase dramatically. By Matt Tait

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A Mother's Day first for Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and family

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has celebrated plenty of Mother's Days throughout his 55 years, honoring both his mother, Margaret, and wife, Cindy, many times over on the special holiday. But he's never had one like this. By Matt Tait

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The Final Act: Big weekend of celebrations awaits KU point guard Devonte' Graham and his family

As far as weekends go, they don't make them much bigger than the one KU senior Devonte' Graham and his family will experience during the next couple of days. By Matt Tait

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Former KU teammate Brett Ballard: Collison 'at peace' with decision to retire

In Nashville to check out the Justin Timberlake concert with his wife, Kelly, former Kansas basketball player and current Washburn head coach Brett Ballard got a first-hand look this week at the end of an era. By Matt Tait

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KU great Nick Collison calls it a career after 15 years in the NBA

Former Kansas great Nick Collison on Thursday announced his retirement from the NBA after spending 15 years with the same franchise in Seattle and Oklahoma City. By Matt Tait

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KU guard Marcus Garrett ready to begin the process of fixing his jump shot

After shooting just 27 percent from 3-point range and losing a little bit of his confidence during his freshman season at Kansas, KU guard Marcus Garrett has big plans for how to fix his jumper and improve his game this summer. By Matt Tait

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Former Jayhawk Rex Walters talks college basketball corruption, real and fictional

With a background that includes serious accolades on the court and a small part in the 1994 movie "Blue Chips" on the silver screen, former KU guard Rex Walters offers an interesting perspective into the corruption surrounding college basketball. By Matt Tait

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Texas shooting guard announces plans to walk on at Kansas

Depending on the circumstances, walk-ons can have a hard time adjusting to the world of big time college basketball. But doing so does not sound like it will be a problem for new Jayhawk E.J. Elliott, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard from just outside of Dallas, who made his plans to come to Kansas official over the weekend by announcing his decision to walk on via Instagram. By Matt Tait

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How, and why, Albany guard Joe Cremo became one of the hottest targets in college basketball

Grad transfer set to take official visit with KU this weekend

In the period of about four weeks, Joe Cremo transformed himself from little-known college basketball player who hails from a town of 3,000 people just north of Albany, N.Y., to one of the hottest commodities on the recruiting trail. By Matt Tait

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KU basketball target Romeo Langford to make college choice known tonight

The time has come for Indiana prep standout and Hoosier State legend Romeo Langford to make his college decision public. Langford, the top remaining prospect in the 2018 college basketball recruiting class will announce his choice between Kansas, Indiana and Vanderbilt around 6 p.m. tonight at a ceremony at his high school in New Albany, Ind. By Matt Tait

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Self, Zenger react to college basketball recomendations with wait-and-see approach

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and athletic director Sheahon Zenger offered little in the way of specific reactions to the recommendations into fixing college basketball dished out early Wednesday morning by The Commission on College Basketball. By Matt Tait

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Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, R.J. Hampton among KU targets who turned heads during big recruiting weekend in Dallas

With Kansas coach Bill Self and part of his coaching staff down in the Dallas area over the weekend for what Rivals.com recruiting analyst Krysten Peek described as, “a huge opening weekend for recruiting,” several targets in the 2019 and 2020 recruiting classes put on quite a show in front of the KU coaches and dozens more. By Matt Tait

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KU big man Udoka Azubuike to test NBA waters without an agent

After two seasons and 47 games as a Kansas Jayhawk, sophomore center Udoka Azubuike is at least curious to hear what NBA evaluators have to say about his game. By Matt Tait

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KU signee Ochai Agbaji calls jump from unranked to Top 150 'kind of crazy'

When the updated Rivals.com recruiting rankings came out earlier this week, one future Jayhawk experienced of the biggest jumps up the rankings of any KU player in recent memory. By Matt Tait

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KU signee Quentin Grimes rock solid again at Nike Hoop Summit

With KU target Romeo Langford sidelined because of a minor injury he suffered at last week's Jordan Brand Classic, KU signees Quentin Grimes and David McCormack took center stage — from the Kansas perspective, anyway — at Friday's showcase game at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland. By Matt Tait

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Former prosecutor: KU not in clear yet, but one past case provides hope

Even those with courtroom experience in cases involving NCAA corruption are reserving judgment as to what the ramifications will be for the Kansas basketball program from a federal indictment released Tuesday. By Matt Tait

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De Sousa guardian has had long relationship with KU freshman and his family

Although the involvement of guardian Fenny Falmagne and KU forward Silvio De Sousa in a federal investigation into corruption in college basketball remains up in the air in the eyes of the law, Falmagne maintains that neither he nor De Sousa have done anything wrong. By Matt Tait

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Bill Self responds to allegations in federal indictment regarding illegal payments

At KU's annual basketball banquet on Tuesday evening, University of Kansas coach Bill Self responded to Tuesday's news that a federal indictment alleged that the families or guardians of at least two KU basketball players were illegally paid by a shoe company executive to attend the school. By Matt Tait

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Future Jayhawk Quentin Grimes shines, teams with Romeo Langford to lead Home team to victory at Jordan Brand Classic

Out with an injury, but still a main attraction nonetheless, Duke-bound forward Zion Williamson wasted no time explaining to ESPN2 sideline reporter Brooke Weisbrod what stood out to him this week at the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn. By Matt Tait

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Grimes, Langford ready to roll at 2018 Jordan Brand Classic

Kansas basketball target Romeo Langford will be in Brooklyn on Sunday, participating in another significant event that could bring him one step closer to making a decision about where he will play his college ball next season. By Matt Tait

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KU's Lagerald Vick announces intention to turn pro

Two days after sophomore guard Malik Newman announced his decision to forego his remaining eligibility at Kansas for a shot at pro basketball, junior guard Lagerald Vick on Friday followed suit. By Matt Tait

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Kansas guard Malik Newman to enter NBA Draft

Sophomore plans to sign with an agent, marking the end of his KU career

After a stellar run through the postseason, Kansas sophomore Malik Newman is headed to the NBA Draft and will be forgoing his remaining eligibility at KU. By Matt Tait

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Self tells Jayhawks to keep heads high after disappointing, season-ending Final Four loss

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, up close and in person, saw all he needed to see during Saturday's 95-79 Final Four loss to Villanova at The Alamodome to know what went wrong, why the Jayhawks could not set it right and how a slight lack of energy early and an amazing performance from the Jayhawks' opponent ended KU's season. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Azubuike's mom attends first game; KU players undecided on NBA futures

Escorted by her son's host family, with whom he lived in Jacksonville, Fla., after leaving Nigeria at age 13, Florence Azuonuwu, the mother of Kansas center Udoka Azubuike, walked over to Scott “Scooter” Ward about 15 minutes before tipoff of Saturday's Final Four clash with Villanova and planted a big hug on him.

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Final Stop: Jayhawks crushed by 3-pointers in Final Four loss to Villanova

A Kansas basketball season that featured the Jayhawks playing with fire and experiencing growing pains throughout came to an end on Saturday night at the Alamodome in front of 68,257 spectators and under a barrage of Villanova 3-pointers. By Matt Tait

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Game day Breakdown: No. 1 seed KU basketball vs. No. 1 seed Villanova

A look at some of the keys for top-seeded Kansas in tonight's Final Four showdown with No. 1 seed Villanova at the Alamodome in San Antonio. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks relish family culture that helped lead Kansas back to the Final Four

Take a look anywhere around the Kansas basketball program and you'll see countless signs of the Jayhawks operating as a family. By Matt Tait

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Graham vs. Brunson: All-American point guard battle matches speed vs. power

Viewed as different players by most who know them, and operating with the approach that the only thing that matters is team success, All-American point guards Devonte' Graham and Jalen Brunson enter Saturday's Final Four showdown between No. 1 seeds Kansas and Villanova knowing their matchup will draw the brightest spotlight.By Matt Tait

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KU signees shine in McDonald's All-American Game

Playing in the McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday, future Kansas guards Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson didn’t disappoint in a 131-128 victory over the East squad, which featured a big night from KU signee David McCormack at Phillips Arena in Atlanta.

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Jayhawks arrive in San Antonio ready to make 'new memories'

It sounded more like a home game than a hotel arrival. With dozens of staff members and KU fans lined up in all corners of the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk lobby on Wedndesday evening, the Jayhawks officially arrived at the Final Four. By Matt Tait

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KU fans have 2 opportunities today to send off Jayhawks en route to San Antonio

Kansas basketball fans wanting to send off the Jayhawks to San Antonio with good wishes and loud cheers will have two opportunities to do so today. By Matt Tait

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KU's Devonte' Graham earns AP All-American nod

Kansas senior Devonte' Graham, already overjoyed by breaking through to the Final Four, received some more good news on Tuesday when he was named a 2018 Associated Press first-team All-American.

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KU coach Bill Self explains overwhelming emotion after KU's Elite Eight win over Duke

For a coach who, throughout his career, has emphasized toughness the way an auto mechanic emphasizes changing your oil, a man whose signature quote outside of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mo., is about mules and wagons, the vision of genuine emotion pouring out for all to see was quite a sight. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Jayhawks outrebound Duke; Newman named regional's Most Outstanding Player

The fear going in was that the mammoth size and superior rebounding prowess of Duke would be too much for Kansas to contend with in Sunday's Elite Eight game, a game that was the antithesis of the rest of this year's NCAA Tournament, pitting the top two seeds and college basketball powerhouses against each other in the regional final. By Matt Tait

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Mr. March: Malik Newman carries Jayhawks past Duke, into Final Four

KU returns to Final Four for first time since 2012

It would be next to impossible to take complete inventory of all of the celebratory moments that followed top-seeded Kansas' 85-81, overtime victory over second-seeded Duke at CenturyLink Center on Sunday night. By Matt Tait

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The Road to Recovery: Inside KU center Udoka Azubuike's journey back to full health

The Kansas Jayhawks are ready to tip it off in the Elite Eight for the eighth time under Bill Self at 4:05 p.m. Sunday in large part because of the strong play of KU sophomore Udoka Azubuike. But there was a time, just 19 days ago, when not even Kansas coach Bill Self was convinced that his team would be playing Duke today for the right to go to the Final Four. By Matt Tait

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Game day Breakdown: No. 1 KU basketball vs. No. 2 Duke

A look at some of the keys for top-seeded Kansas in Sunday's Elite Eight, NCAA Tournament clash with second-seeded Duke at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Graham still searching for shot; Azubuike says knee is 'better'

After delivering a 1-of-7 shooting performance in last weekend's second-round victory over Seton Hall, the expectation was that Kansas senior Devonte' Graham would come out in Friday's Sweet 16 game against Clemson ready to bounce back big time. By Matt Tait

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Still Dancin': Azubuike leads Jayhawks to third straight Elite Eight appearance

After rolling to a 14th straight Big 12 regular season title a little more than a month ago, the Kansas men's basketball team now sits one win away from adding an ACC title to its 2017-18 haul. Oh, and a trip to the Final Four. By Matt Tait

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Game day Breakdown: No. 1 seed KU basketball vs. No. 5 seed Clemson

A look at some of the keys for top-seeded Kansas in Friday's Sweet 16 showdown with fifth-seeded Clemson at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Guard-heavy attacks will be key for both KU and Clemson

Kansas and Clemson are both wary of serious backcourt talent on the other bench heading into Friday's Sweet 16 showdown at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. By Matt Tait

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KU's Lagerald Vick riding high heading into NCAA Tournament's second weekend

The improved play of Kansas junior Lagerald Vick is as big of a reason as any that the top-seeded Jayhawks are still playing this March. By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self calls Jayhawks 'the healthiest that we have been'

With the usual media horde surrounding him and staff members at the downtown Omaha hotel decked out in Kansas T-shirts and clapping along to the fight song as the team rolled in, KU coach Bill Self shared some news that Jayhawk fans everywhere have been waiting a couple of weeks to hear. By Matt Tait

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The rocky, yet rewarding, evolution of KU's Malik Newman

From the times last season when Kansas coach Bill Self touted him as a future all-league player to the stellar five-game run he currently is on, KU sophomore Malik Newman has been on one heck of a ride with the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

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