Star-studded Hardwood Classic AAU tourney in Lawrence tips off today, runs through Sunday

Kansas recruiting targets N’Faly Dante and Malik Hall are headed back to Lawrence. And this time, they’re bringing a few friends. Starting today, and running through Sunday, the first session of the annual Hardwood Classic AAU tournament will tip off at Sports Pavilion Lawrence. Session 2 is ... Continue reading


David Beaty ‘absolutely not’ concerned about KU’s current 2-player 2019 recruiting class

Five months still remain between now and December’s early signing period for college football, but as of mid-summer, at least the Kansas football program’s 2019 recruiting class appears minuscule in comparison to most. While seven Big 12 teams, according to Rivals, have at least 12 commitments lined ... Continue reading


Say What? Tait’s weekly appearance on Rock Chalk Sports Talk

Believe it or not, this week marked the unofficial beginning of college football season and KU coach David Beaty and veterans Joe Dineen, Khalil Herbert, Steven Sims Jr., and Daniel Wise went down to Dallas this week for Big 12 media days 2018. I wasn't there — ... Continue reading


‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 3: Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic

Some names in sports evoke strong reactions in both directions with nobody sitting on the fence. A-Rod. LeBron. Tonya Harding. Nancy Kerrigan. Tiger. And Lane Kiffin. **No. 3 — Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic** Age: 43 Record at school: 11-3 Overall record: 46-24 Impressive win: vs. Akron, 50-3, ... Continue reading


Jayhawks offer scholarship to rising 4-star forward

According to multiple reports from a number of national recruiting analysts, the Kansas men’s basketball program has offered a scholarship to four-star Class of 2019 power forward Kai Jones. Jones is currently ranked No. 123 in the 2019 class by, but appears to be well on ... Continue reading


A quick look at some top KU basketball recruiting targets as July continues to heat up

When it comes to recruiting the Class of 2019, it has long been evident that [local prospect turned IMG Academy senior Jeremiah Robinson-Earl][1] is at the tippy top of the Kansas basketball wish list. But with more uncertainty surrounding who will stay and who will go following ... Continue reading


Former KU guard Ben McLemore headed back to Sacramento in two-team trade

The Memphis Grizzlies are down a Jayhawk and Ben McLemore is headed back to the place where he began his NBA career. That much became known early Tuesday, when's Adrian Wojnarowski reported a trade between the two franchises that sends McLemore back to Sacramento — along ... Continue reading


‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 4: Jeff Monken, Army

The biggest misconception held by some surrounding college football is that it's the schmoozers who make the best recruiters. Wrong. It's those blessed with the best ability to project talent who make the best recruiters. They can study high school players, make educated guesses as to how ... Continue reading


Final Four to continue to call massive venues home through at least 2026

It’s more of the same in college basketball when it comes to awarding the sport’s signature event to a host city. Long gone are the days when a venue like Kansas City’s Kemper Arena — I still marvel at this every time I drive by it — ... Continue reading


David Beaty not interested in putting win-total number on this season’s expectations

Frisco, Texas — Through three seasons as head football coach at the University of Kansas, David Beaty has not yet been able to pull off the grueling task of turning around the long-struggling program. Addressing reporters Monday, at Big 12 Football Media Days, for the first time ... Continue reading


A peek behind the curtain of a couple KU summer training sessions

It seems certain that everyone around here would agree that Kansas basketball coach Bill Self is one of the best coaches in the game and his assistants, Norm Roberts, Kurtis Townsend and Jerrance Howard, are also talented coaches with a ton of experience and more than a ... Continue reading


‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 5: Troy Calhoun, Air Force

The service academies have found a path to competing against schools with less stringent academic standards and far better track records for sending players to the NFL, schools with bigger, stronger athletes. Precise, disciplined execution of the triple-option offense has become an equalizer for Air Force, Army ... Continue reading


Summer Svi: Lakers 2nd-rounder Mykhailiuk proving himself in Las Vegas

Some around the NBA may have found themselves caught a little off guard the past couple of weeks by the summer success of Los Angels Lakers second-round pick Svi Mykhailiuk. L.A. assistant coach Miles Simon is not one of those people. After Mykhailiuk scored 15 points and ... Continue reading


‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 6: Craig Bohl, Wyoming

It’s always a dangerous thing to shrink a pool of candidates for any job by disqualifying someone based on a trait that has nothing to do with the ability to do the job, such as: “Too old. They need a younger guy.” Mention any football coach approaching ... Continue reading


New Kansas AD Jeff Long addresses still-defunct KU-MU Border War

For the past seven years, after watching Missouri leave the Big 12 for the SEC, Kansas, as an unofficial athletic department policy, has been steadfastly against scheduling the rival Tigers for any regular season games in any sport. But with recently hired athletic director Jeff Long now ... Continue reading


‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 7: Neal Brown, Troy

This series is a list based largely on how one section of potential coaching hires — head coaches at “Group of Five” schools — shape up on paper. So it’s a nice first step for deciding which candidates to interview. Once candidates advance to the phase of ... Continue reading


Say What? Tait’s weekly appearance on Rock Chalk Sports Talk

Wednesday was a big day for the Kansas athletic department. In introducing Jeff Long as the 11th athletic director in school history, the Jayhawks received a new lease on life in all of their athletic programs, some in need and others not as much. During my latest ... Continue reading


Senior guard Lagerald Vick off to good start in return to KU basketball program

The experiment known as [Lagerald Vick’s return to Kansas][1] evidently is off to a good start. Talking with reporters shortly after [the official introduction of new athletic director Jeff Long,][2] KU men’s basketball coach Bill Self on Wednesday classified Vick and him as being “definitely right now ... Continue reading


Highlights from Jeff Long’s press conference Highlights from Jeff Long's press conference Wednesday at the University of Kansas. Long, who was named the university's new director of athletics July 5, will begin his role Aug. 1. Long brings more than two decades of experience in athletic administration at the Division I level, ... Continue reading


‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 8: Bryan Harsin, Boise State

Schools shopping for a head football coach are not unlike investors trying to decide which company’s stock to purchase. Ideally, an investor wants as many evidence as possible about a company, but wait too long and the bargain disappears. Similarly, a school wants to know that a ... Continue reading