Shane is a sports writer for the Lawrence Journal-World and KUsports.com
The streak is over. After an overtime loss in the season opener, the University of Kansas football team ended its infamous losing skid on the road with 31-7 victory at Central Michigan Saturday. The Jayhawks (1-1) had dropped the previous 46 straight road games, which was the longest such streak in college football.
The University of Kansas football team lost its 12th-straight game Saturday at Memorial Stadium in the season opener. Following a field goal by Gabriel Rui on the first possession of overtime, Nicholls State scored the necessary touchdown to finish off a 26-23 victory. Junior quarterback Chase Fourcade delivered the game-winning score on a 4-yard rushing touchdown.
For as long as they can remember, University of Kansas senior linebackers Joe Dineen and Keith Loneker Jr. have been inseparable. Loneker, who is 20 days older than Dineen, have been lifelong friends due to their parents’ connection. Dineen was the only person at Loneker’s first birthday, and there is a photo of them in diapers together. They both played for the same pop warner team when they first started playing football in the second grade.
Former Lawrence High head coach Dirk Wedd didn’t stay retired very long. Not long after finishing his 19th season at LHS last November, Wedd was offered a chance to make an impact at the collegiate level. David Beaty, who is the head football coach at the University of Kansas, decided to bring Wedd on the staff as a defensive analyst for the 2018 season.
For the first time in awhile, the Kansas volleyball team will have a new setter this season. Ainise Havili, who netted three consecutive Big 12 Setter of the Year honors, has since graduated. Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard, who spoke to reporters at Fall Sports Media Day on Thursday in Allen Fieldhouse, believes he has multiple options to help fill that void in 2018.
Dating back to the first grade, Hakeem Adeniji has never missed a game. A junior offensive tackle at the University of Kansas, Adeniji has overcome every minor injury throughout his football career. Since arriving in Lawrence in 2016, he has started all 24 games with the Jayhawks, and never doubted whether he’d be ready to go this fall after undergoing two different shoulder surgeries in the offseason. By Shane Jackson
Kansas junior receiver Evan Fairs still remembers the first time he beat his older sister in a race. The sibling showdown was formed by Fairs’ parents when he was 8 years old in Fulshear, Texas. They challenged both Erin Fairs and Evan Fairs to run to the stop sign, which was about a mile away from the house, and the winner received money. By Shane Jackson
It has been a bizarre journey for James Sosinski. A junior tight end for the Kansas football team, Sosinski hasn’t played a meaningful snap since his senior year of high school in 2014. Since then, Sosinski has switched positions, changed schools and even competed in a different sport to get to this point. As a result, Sosinski wants to prove something when he steps on the field in David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium this fall. By Shane Jackson
There have been a number of memorable moments during the historic rivalry between Kansas and Missouri. For former Tiger Keyon Dooling, though, one play still stands with him 18 years later. Moments before the scrimmage between alums from both schools — a game dubbed “Rivalry Renewed” — Dooling reflected on the greatest dunk that never happened. By Shane Jackson
It’s no secret that basketball has changed at both the collegiate and professional level.