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KU athletic department content with equipment policies in wake of UNC suspensions

The recent suspension of 13 North Carolina football players who sold exclusive, team-issued Jordan III shoes has college athletic departments across the country, including at the University of Kansas, on high alert.By Matt Tait

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Kansas to face Marquette in NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn

It’ll be Kansas versus Marquette on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, with the winner playing the winner of the Louisville-Tennessee the Friday after. By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self willing to let 'significant changes' to NCAA rulebook play out

It’s anyone’s guess how much longer the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball will last, but we now have concrete evidence that the probe has changed the game. By Matt Tait

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UNC to name basketball court after head coach Roy Williams

In a different world, a similar move could have happened at Kansas. Instead, it’s the University of North Carolina that will be naming its basketball court after long-time Tar Heels basketball coach Roy Williams, the school announced Thursday. By Matt Tait

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Ready to Roll: KU AD Jeff Long officially takes over with football, fundraising among top priorities

The bare walls and empty bookshelves were an obvious sign that the athletic director’s office at the University of Kansas had a new tenant. By Matt Tait

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An overview of what's in store as Jeff Long officially moves into AD office at KU

Today is new KU athletic director Jeff Long’s first day on the job. And while that might sound exciting and worthy of some kind of official recognition, Day 1 figures to be pretty tame. Here's a look at his first day along with what might be on the agenda for the weeks and months ahead. By Matt Tait

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Uncertainty offers flexibility in KU's pursuit of Class of 2019 hoops prospects

After a furious month of live evaluation, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and the rest of the college basketball world are set for a little break. By Matt Tait

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KU PG Charlie Moore eager to 'learn and get better' during second trip to Italy

The last time Kansas point guard Charlie Moore hopped onto a plane bound for Italy, he carried a much different approach than the one he has today. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks maintain Border War bragging rights with 109-101 alumni victory

Brandon Rush explodes for 46 points to lead Kansas

Of all the memorable moments and big games he had against the rival Missouri Tigers during his three-year KU career, former Kansas great Brandon Rush never did anything quite like this. By Matt Tait

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Junior guard Sam Cunliffe leaving Kansas

The Kansas career of guard Sam Cunliffe, which really never got off the ground, has come to a close. By Matt Tait

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KU teammates seeing new, improved version of Lagerald Vick

Despite having limited past interactions with the lone senior on this year’s roster, two current Kansas basketball players recently acknowledged recently that they had been thrilled by what they had seen so far from Lagerald Vick, who decided to return to KU after dabbling with the idea of leaving school a year early. By Matt Tait

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Suddenly well-known Porter Moser in Lawrence recruiting

A year after Loyola-Chicago basketball coach Porter Moser recruited the Hardwood Classic in Lawrence, he returned this weekend for the 2018 event with a Final Four ring and a whole lot more recognition. By Matt Tait

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Dunk contest, 3-point shootout highlight Day 2 of Hardwood Classic

4 current Jayhawks on hand to judge

The Hardwood Classic AAU event out at Sports Pavilion Lawrence capped off its second day on Friday with a spirited dunk and 3-point contest that wowed the crowd and got the adrenaline flowing in all four corners of the massive gym. By Matt Tait

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New Kansas AD no stranger to working with big-time college basketball

During his introductory news conference last week, new Kansas athletic director Jeff Long made it crystal clear that the struggling Kansas football culture, coach and program would have his full attention when he officially takes over on Aug. 1. But don’t mistake that for Long jumping into his new job with tunnel vision. By Matt Tait

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Jeff Long hire illustrates Chancellor Girod's comfort working in college athletics

While Wednesday’s news conference introducing KU Athletic Director Jeff Long offered insight into where he came from, where he’s going and how he plans to get there, it also provided a more complete look at the make-up of KU chancellor Douglas Girod, the man who hired Long. By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self on new AD: 'Our place got better today'

The historic account of his time at the University of Kansas forever will show that Jeff Long’s first comments as the KU athletic director were about basketball. But it was not praise for Kansas coach Bill Self, the 14 consecutive Big 12 titles or Long’s future plans or promises for the program that crossed his lips. Instead, the 58-year-old Long on Wednesday made it clear to Self that while he hopes to bring a lot to the KU athletic department athletic prowess is not on the list. By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self, new AD Jeff Long discussed ongoing FBI investigation during interview process

Shortly after shaking hands with his new boss for the first time and watching a 45-minute news conference introducing Jeff Long as KU’s 11th athletic director, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Wednesday found himself in a hallway of the Lied Center answering questions about sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa. By Matt Tait

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KU acknowledges having received federal subpoena in ongoing FBI investigation into college basketball

Four days after a report surfaced stating that it had obtained a federal subpoena from the University of Maryland regarding the recruitment of Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa, Yahoo Sports on Tuesday released another report stating that its request for similar subpoenas from KU had been “tacitly acknowledged.” By Matt Tait

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KU point guard Devon Dotson impressing early with serious speed

It’s only been a month, and he clearly still has a lot to learn about playing point guard at Kansas, in the Big 12 and for KU coach Bill Self. But the early feedback from summer pick-up games and team scrimmages thus far have pinpointed one area in which KU newcomer Devon Dotson already is well ahead of the curve for a true freshman — speed. By Matt Tait

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OU AD Joe Castiglione on new KU athletic director Jeff Long: 'He really understands the role of the leader'

The news had been out only a couple of hours when the first text messages began flooding his phone. Late Thursday afternoon, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione, who once hired newly named Kansas AD Jeff Long for a senior associate role at OU in 2001, had started to hear from his friends in Kansas. By Matt Tait

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Report: Feds seeking more information regarding KU forward Silvio De Sousa

Despite continued confidence from both him and Kansas coach Bill Self about his status for the 2018-19 college basketball season, KU sophomore Silvio De Sousa was back in the news again Friday.

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Matt Tait: KU maximizes reach in hiring Jeff Long as new athletic director

The punchy, popular and somewhat impatient question floating around following Thursday’s announcement of the hiring of Jeff Long as the new athletic director at the University of Kansas was short and sweet. Was this a good hire? By Matt Tait

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Chemistry developing quickly for KU big men Udoka Azubuike, Dedric Lawson

If Kansas center Udoka Azubuike is going to follow up his fabulous, 120-slam, sophomore dunk-fest by reaching triple digits in dunks again during the 2018-19 season, he’s going to have to make sure he’s ready to catch the ball from at least one different position — the 4. By Matt Tait

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Class of 2019 target Jeremiah Robinson-Earl headed to IMG for senior year

This past weekend might have been all about former college basketball players learning their fate and preparing to make the jump to the NBA, following last Thursday’s NBA Draft in Brooklyn, N.Y. But there also was a significant piece of news regarding potential future Jayhawks that surfaced, as well. By Matt Tait

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Graham, Mykhailiuk enjoy welcome-to-NBA moments after wild draft night

Videos and photographs are no substitute for seeing things in person, but judging by the looks on their faces and bounce in their step on the videos that have been floating around the Internet, former Kansas guards Devonte’ Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk have yet to come down from Thursday night’s NBA Draft high. By Matt Tait

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Tied to the end: Graham, Mykhailiuk officially leave Kansas 13 picks apart in 2018 NBA Draft

Fellow former Jayhawks Malik Newman, Billy Preston not selected

Forever linked during their KU careers thanks to their close friendship, sweet shooting strokes and ability to lead Kansas to a lot of victories during the past four seasons, Devonte’ Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk delivered one final act together as Jayhawks on Thursday night by becoming second round picks in the 2018 NBA Draft. By Matt Tait

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Los Angeles Lakers snag Svi Mykhailiuk with 47th pick in 2018 NBA Draft

He was seated in the stands at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, with his agent, coach from Ukraine, parents and girlfriend, when former Kansas guard Svi Mykhailiuk heard his name called out in this year’s NBA Draft. By Matt Tait

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KU's Devonte' Graham picked No. 34 overall by Atlanta, quickly traded to Charlotte

As predicted by most mock drafts throughout the past several weeks, former Kansas point guard Devonte’ Graham became the first KU player selected in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night, when the Atlanta Hawks picked him with the fourth pick of the second round, No. 34 overall. By Matt Tait

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It's time! Four Jayhawks hope to hear names called in tonight's NBA draft in New York

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, who has spent his entire 33-year coaching career in college basketball, has a phrase he uses for the way prospects view their chances at making it in the NBA when draft time rolls around. By Matt Tait

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KU freshman Quentin Grimes handed heavy praise by new head coach

With his latest prized pupil sitting to his right and their recently claimed gold medals tucked safely away in their respective homes, Kansas coach Bill Self on Tuesday heaped the kind of praise onto KU guard Quentin Grimes that is not often attached to a true freshman. By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self still plans to meet with Lagerald Vick about future plans

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Tuesday stopped short of saying that the door was completely closed for Lagerald Vick to return to Kansas for his senior season. And it’s clear, at least as of Tuesday, that Self and Vick will sit down for a conversation about the Memphis native’s options and desires in the coming days. But whether that meeting leads to the 6-foot-5 guard rejoining the Jayhawks for one more run is uncertain. By Matt Tait

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Potential AD candidates at Kansas forever a part of Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione's tree

As the University of Kansas continues its search for a new athletic director, Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione recently took time to discuss the characteristics of those groomed under him who may be in the running for the KU job. By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self eager to see commitment level of trio of transfers

Now that Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has finished leading Team USA to a gold medal at the U18 FIBA Americas tournament, Self can turn his attention back to the Jayhawks and preparation for a fast-approaching 2018-19 season. By Matt Tait

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10th Rock Chalk Roundball Classic just one event in busy charity weekend

One of the biggest Kansas basketball celebration weekends of the year is set to tip off Thursday night, when Brian Hanni’s 10th annual Rock Chalk Roundball Classic charity basketball game gets going at 7 p.m. at Free State High. By Matt Tait

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Dedric Lawson says brother, K.J., has 'improved a lot'

With their red-shirt year now behind them, Memphis transfers Dedric and K.J. Lawson have jumped in feet first to their first official season as Jayhawks. But just because it was Dedric who drew most of the attention and praise during the Lawson’s red-shirt season does not mean that K.J. is merely here as an afterthought. By Matt Tait

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Off & Running: KU forward Dedric Lawson shows off wide range of offensive skills in camp scrimmage

It was a sneaky-quiet 20 points and it came in a camp scrimmage against his teammates, but the particulars were not important. What was noteworthy was the way Kansas forward Dedric Lawson scored those 20 points during the Blue team’s 81-74 loss to the Red squad at the first Bill Self Basketball Camp scrimmage of the summer on Tuesday afternoon at Horejsi Family Athletics Center. By Matt Tait

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Day 1 of Kansas basketball summer workouts features familiar look from years past

With KU’s star-studded and mostly new cast of guards scattered all over the place on Monday — one at the USA Basketball tryout, others working camps nearby and one more yet to arrive on campus in the first place — the Jayhawks’ first day of summer workouts took on a decidedly bigger look. By Matt Tait

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KU forward Mitch Lightfoot bulks up to better fit in with bigger KU basketball roster

Up 16 pounds from his playing weight at the end of the 2017-18 season, Kansas junior Mitch Lightfoot, said Sunday that, with all of the beef on this year’s KU basketball roster, getting bigger was not just the goal but also necessary for him to fit in. By Matt Tait

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Big 12 Conference announces record revenue number for 2017-18

The Big 12 Conference wrapped up its annual spring meetings on Friday and did so with a couple of big things to celebrate. By Matt Tait

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Former Jayhawk Lagerald Vick pulls name from NBA draft pool

NBA G League and a return to school now among guard's top options

Fresh off of his experience at the Professional Basketball Combine in Florida in late May, former Kansas guard Lagerald Vick has pulled his name out of the 2018 NBA draft pool and is undecided about his immediate future. By Matt Tait

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KU center Udoka Azubuike to return for junior season

The Kansas Jayhawks officially have their big man back. Sophomore center Udoka Azubuike, who spent the past month or so testing his status with the NBA, announced today that he would return to Kansas for his junior season. By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self sounds off on King James' streak

A man who knows a little about streaks himself, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self was in complete awe on Sunday night when he watched Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James knock off the Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals to reach his eighth consecutive NBA Finals. By Matt Tait

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Kansas, Kentucky to meet again next season in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

The University of Kansas men's basketball team will face fellow blue blood Kentucky for the fifth straight season in 2018-19, the schools announced Thursday.

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Big 12 AD discusses challenges of the job in the current college athletics landscape

Hired by Iowa State at the start of the 2005-06 academic school year, Jamie Pollard has seen quite a change in the office he has occupied as the Cyclones' athletic director for the past 13 years. By Matt Tait

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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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