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Offensive line woes make quarterback a tough place to play at Kansas

Playing quarterback for Kansas against a brutal schedule requires making the right decision when the best-laid plans break down. For example, take a look at three screen shots taken from ESPN's telecast, all from the biggest play of KU's 43-7 loss at Memphis, defensive tackle Jonathan Wilson's ... Continue reading

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KU Basketball Boot Camp Journal: Sept. 23, 2016

You’ve heard the stories, read the accounts and probably even imagined what it’s like. But to see it is a whole different experience. Boot Camp, Kansas basketball style, is not for the faint of heart and on Friday a handful of local media members were invited in ... Continue reading

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Behind the curtain at another KU Boot Camp

The Kansas basketball team plowed its way through Day 3 of Bill Self's annual preseason Boot Camp on Wednesday and was at it again bright and early for Day 4 on Thursday morning. That puts the Jayhawks one day away from the halfway point of the annual ... Continue reading

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He Will, He Won’t, He Might: Devonte’ Graham

We're back for more with our new feature, "He Will, He Won't, He Might," which aims to identify something each Kansas basketball player definitely will do during the 2016-17 season, something the same player almost certainly won’t do and, of course, the wildcard, something each player actually ... Continue reading

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He Will, He Won’t, He Might: Frank Mason III

Welcome to a new feature here at KUsports.com, where we take a little closer look at the potential for every player on the Kansas men’s basketball roster, one at a time, leading up to the start of the season next month. Dubbed, “He will, he won’t, he ... Continue reading

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Say something nice about Kansas football: Passing defense ranked No. 9 in nation

Don't look now, but Kansas has the ninth-ranked passing defense in the nation, allowing just 135 passing yards per game and 4.8 yards per pass attempt. The D-line will need to continue to bring the heat for Kansas to maintain what has been the strongest aspect of ... Continue reading

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Jayhawks survive Day 1 of Boot Camp

Carlton Bragg and Landen Lucas were living proof, and the two Kansas big men confirmed that everyone else on the team survived, as well. Early Monday, Jayhawks old and young ran through the first day of Bill Self's annual Boot Camp, a two-week conditioning adventure that tests ... Continue reading

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Memphis loss puts backing of many KU football fans on life support

If you’ve followed Kansas football for any length of time — 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, even 50 years — you’ve seen, or perhaps even been a part of, a fan base that has suffered through all kinds of frustration, dashed hopes and disappointment. Few stretches ... Continue reading

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Herbert leads ratings with long TD run

**1. Khalil Herbert** – His first reception out of the backfield went for 35 yards. He followed that a while later with a 66-yard touchdown run down the left sideline, showing serious speed. **2. Dorance Armstrong –** As fast as advertised, Armstrong had an active first half. ... Continue reading

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Getting to know: Memphis football

It’s only been one year since the Memphis football team traveled to Lawrence for last season’s matchup against Kansas, but the Tigers will feature a much different look Saturday. Exit former coach Justin Fuente (Virginia Tech) and quarterback Paxton Lynch (Denver Broncos). Enter Mike Norvell and Riley ... Continue reading

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Waiting game roars on in Big 12 expansion saga

My favorite part about the ongoing Big 12 expansion saga is how often it compels people to state the obvious. The most recent and notable example of that came earlier this week when Oklahoma president David Boren, speaking after the Oklahoma board of regents meeting Wednesday night, ... Continue reading

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Joel Embiid subject of mockumentary

In the two-plus years since Joel Embiid left Kansas for the NBA, his injury-plagued career has kept him from playing any games for the Philadelphia 76ers. But the 7-foot-2 center from Cameroon somehow found a way to stay relevant in the league’s zeitgeist by becoming an internet/Twitter/Instagram ... Continue reading

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Gonzalez gaffe a good example of great mindset, poor execution

When the ball bounced off of LaQuvionte Gonzalez’s shoulder pads late the second quarter of last week’s loss to Ohio, the sneaking suspicion I had at the time was that the muffed punt came because Gonzalez was dying to take another kick back to the house. Just ... Continue reading

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KU hoops well represented at Rock Chalk Choice Awards

The Kansas men’s basketball team, as one might expect, received plenty of love Sunday night at the annual Rock Chalk Choice Awards at the Lied Center. In addition to celebrating the academic and athletic achievements of the past year, along with highlighting some of the top individual ... Continue reading

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Say something nice about Kansas football: Halftime adjustments worked in ugly loss to Ohio

During my two-and-a-half years as co-host of a show on ESPN Radio in New York City, Mondays after a Jets loss required the least preparation. Throw out the phone number and listen to the apoplectic voices break it all down to help themselves avoid a breakdown. When ... Continue reading

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Two TD catches places Sims atop ratings

**1. Steven Sims Jr.** – Two games into the season, Sims has nine receptions, for four touchdowns, and is averaging 26.4 yards per catch. His second of two TD catches Saturday was a spectacular one on which he was closely covered near the left boundary of the ... Continue reading

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Getting to know: Ohio Football

Under former Nebraska coach Frank Solich, Ohio’s football program finished with a winning record for the past seven seasons, including five years with at least eight wins. The Bobcats have similar expectations this season, voted to finish second in the MAC East preseason poll, but they were ... Continue reading

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Meet the Playmakers

Even one week against one of the five least talented teams of Div. I football, FBS and FCS combined, can reveal obvious traits about a squad coming off an 0-12 season. For Kansas, which ended a 15-game losing streak with a 55-6 thrashing of Rhode Island, two ... Continue reading

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KU’s Carlton Bragg ear-marked as breakout candidate for 2016-17 season

Of all of the sophomores in all of college basketball, Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn believes the one guy ready to make the biggest leap might reside in Lawrence, Kansas. In the eighth edition of Winn's Sophomore Breakout Formula, KU's Carlton Bragg landed at the top of the ... Continue reading

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Life after Ayton: Quick look at 2017 big men still available

The Kansas men’s basketball team missed out on one of their top targets on Tuesday, when 7-foot center DeAndre Ayton, the nation’s top-ranked recruit in the Class of 2017, opted for Arizona over Kansas and Kentucky. Ayton’s decision, though not crippling, certainly served as a blow to ... Continue reading

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