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Les Miles touts ‘winners’ KU signed in 2021 class

Kansas football coach Les Miles provided his thoughts on the 18 players the Jayhawks signed on Wednesday, Dec. 16, the first day that Class of 2021 recruits could make their pledges official.

“Here’s what we did. We went out to get guys that were winners. Guys that have played and competed and understood what it was like to win," Miles said, before fielding questions.


KU Sports Extra: Flat in the Finale

Benton Smith and Shane Jackson review an odd end to the first year of KU football under the direction of Les Miles.

The Jayhawks lost to No. 11 Baylor, 61-6, to end the season.

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Les Miles on KU’s late 4th down try at ISU

Following his Kansas football team’s 41-31 loss at Iowa State, head coach Les Miles explained why he wanted to go for it on 4th down in the fourth quarter, with his team down three.

“I thought the offense played spotty at times but really got in a groove late in the game,” Miles began.

KU trailed 34-31 with a little more than four minutes left when a Carter Stanley incompletion from the KU 37-yard line ended the drive.

“In the back half of the game I would have rather had the ball in our hands than their hands, and the opportunity to go for it on 4th down when your quarterback is hot,” Miles said. “It didn’t turn out.”


Mark Mangino on turning around KU football

Former Kansas football coach Mark Mangino returned to Lawrence this weekend so he could watch another one of his former players, Darrell Stuckey, join the Ring of Honor.

Mangino said Stuckey was one of the many Jayhawks who helped change the perception of KU football when he was the coach.

While speaking with reporters at halftime of KU’s homecoming win over Texas Tech, Mangino described the difficulties that come with turning around a program and the challenges of coaching at Kansas.

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KU Sports Extra: Drama goes Jayhawks’ way this time

The Kansas football team broke its four-game losing streak Saturday night with a last-second victory over Texas Tech, in Lawrence.’s Benton Smith and Shane Jackson discuss how the Jayhawks won a bizarre game in fitting fashion, 37-34.

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Les Miles on KU’s 51-14 loss at TCU

Kansas football coach Les Miles discusses the Jayhawks' 51-14 loss at TCU.

KU fell to 0-2 in the Big 12 and 2-3 overall with the defeat.

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KU Sports Extra — Football worth watching

Although Kansas football players and coaches left Saturday's 29-24 home loss to West Virginia discouraged by the result,'s Benton Smith and Shane Jackson discuss why the showing actually was a promising sign for the Jayhawks.

KU fell behind by two touchdowns but managed to have at least a chance of winning the game on the final play of the fourth quarter.


Scenes from the Jayhawk drill

Members of the Kansas football offense and defense square off, one on one, during Les Miles’ Jayhawk drill at Friday morning’s practice.

At least a few minutes during every contact practice are set aside for the drill, during which Miles calls out the names of each participant — one in blue for the offense and one in white for the defense — before each battle.

Miles first introduced the drill to the team in the spring.


KU Sports Extra: Talking About The Quarterback

After Carter Stanley passed for 247 yards and three touchdowns in the Kansas football team’s 48-28 home loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday, head coach David Beaty was reluctant to name the redshirt junior the team’s new starter.

In fact, Beaty didn’t want to talk about the position at all after a few questions on the subject.

Beat writer Benton Smith and Tom Keegan discuss what is going on with KU’s QB situation and where the Jayhawks go from here.


KU Sports Extra: Rumbling Past Rutgers

After the same Kansas football team (sort of) that lost at home to Nicholls State delivered its second consecutive convincing victory, Benton Smith and Tom Keegan discuss the ramifications of the Jayhawks’ 55-14 drubbing of Rutgers.

Carried once again by its defense and running game, KU (2-1) suddenly looks like a team capable of competing when Big 12 play begins next week at Baylor (2-1).