Shane is a sports writer for the Lawrence Journal-World and KUsports.com
When Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby got off the plane in Lawrence, he was greeted by a group of local reporters. Bowlsby, of course, knew he was not the reason for this welcoming party at the Lawrence Municipal Airport. It marked the second time that reporters were at the airport regarding the coaching search since Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long announced that David Beaty would not be the head football coach following the conclusion of the 2018 season.
After a slow start, No. 2 Kansas did enough in the second half to finish off a 84-68 win over Vermont in the home opener.
Despite knocking off a top-10 team in the season opener, Kansas was unable to keep its No. 1 spot in the latest AP poll, which was released Monday morning.
Kansas State made enough plays down the stretch to hold off Kansas yet again. With 2:46 left in the game, K-State quarterback Alex Delton scored on a 21-yard touchdown run to give the hosts the final advantage in the 21-17 victory. The win extended the Wildcats’ (4-6, 2-5 Big 12) dominance in the Sunflower Showdown, as they have won 10 consecutive meetings over the Jayhawks.
The Sunflower Showdown has featured its fair share of lopsided affairs, particularly this decade.
In the first official action of the new season, No. 1 Kansas demonstrated its talent on the national stage. Behind contributions from several new players, KU was nearly always in control during its 92-87 win over No. 10 Michigan State Tuesday night during the Champions Classic. It marked the third consecutive season that the Jayhawks have won their matchup in the Champions Classic, which was moved up a weak earlier this season.
After notching its first conference win of the year, the University of Kansas football team could not build on that momentum against Iowa State. ISU scored a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter, and KU never recovered during a 27-3 loss Saturday at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. The Jayhawks (3-6, 1-5 Big 12) have now lost their last four meetings to the Cyclones (5-3, 4-2) following the lopsided defeat.
The University of Kansas football team ended another streak.
The Big 12 men’s basketball tournament will remain in Kansas City. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby made two announcements during his brief press conference at the Big 12 Media Day Wednesday morning at the Sprint Center, one of which included that the conference has selected Kansas City to serve as the host site for the Phillips 66 men’s and women’s basketball championships in a multi-year agreement that will run from 2021-24.
The University of Kansas football team was unable to do enough to pull off the upset over No. 9 West Virginia. WVU led the entire contest during a 38-22 home win over KU Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Jayhawks (2-4, 0-3 Big 12) created four takeaways on the defensive end, while holding the Mountaineers (5-0, 3-0) to a season low in points scored. Kansas has dropped the previous five meetings with West Virginia