It never went away, but is Big 12 expansion back in the spotlight?

So here we go again.... again. As if any of us needed any more proof that it’s college football, and nothing else, that’s driving (and has driven) the seemingly constant changes on the landscape of college athletics, we now have more evidence. The Big 12 Conference, which ... Continue reading


Unhyped Mitch Lightfoot has time to grow and contribute at Kansas

Every year, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self brings in a new batch of recruits to add to the Jayhawks’ stockpile of talent. When he does, many of those freshman arrive in Lawrence with fans hoping the first-year college players will take on key roles in propelling KU ... Continue reading


How this year’s draft impacts the Jayhawks in the NFL

Another NFL Draft has come and gone and, not so surprisingly, no Jayhawks were selected in this year’s seven-round draft. That’s a far cry from a year ago, when three former Jayhawks — Ben Heeney, JaCorey Shepherd and Dexter McDonald — were drafted in the seven rounds. ... Continue reading


It’s gotta be the shoes

When people used to talk (and probably still do) about a school’s footwear of choice playing a role in the decision-making process of top-ranked basketball recruits, I used to think they were crazy. I mean, are we really living in a world where a young man might ... Continue reading


Veteran Paul Pierce goes through new playoff experience

Through the years, NBA veteran Paul Pierce made a name for himself by coming through in the playoffs. In the 2008 postseason alone, the former Kansas star scored 20-plus points 11 times. Pierce went for 41 points in a series-clinching victory over LeBron James and Cleveland, scored ... Continue reading


Cole Aldrich emerges as key contributor for Clippers in playoffs

When the Los Angeles Clippers signed Cole Aldrich in free agency last summer, the move didn’t exactly generate buzz in the NBA, or even among the Clippers’ fan base. Even when the regular season began this past fall, the non-response seemed appropriate, as Aldrich, a former standout ... Continue reading


Marcus Morris ready to put up fight vs. LeBron James and Cavs

Making his NBA Playoffs debut this spring, former Kansas star Marcus Morris isn’t going home without a fight. A starting forward for Detroit, Morris came out firing in his first professional postseason game, scoring 20 points in a loss to the Eastern Conference’s top seed, Cleveland. And ... Continue reading


Perry Ellis pens farewell letter to KU fans

Former Kansas University forward Perry Ellis, who still is less than a month removed from being the face of the KU basketball program, teamed with the popular web site The Players' Tribune to pen a farewell letter to Jayhawk fans everywhere. The letter, titled "Thank You, Kansas," ... Continue reading


Does the extra year of eligibility make it easier to move Montell Cozart?

For the past couple of years a lot of the talk surrounding Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart focused on what other position Cozart could play as much as it did on his qualities as a quarterback. And given the Bishop Miege graduate’s elite-level athleticism, that type of chatter ... Continue reading


Stock watch: Perry Ellis looks like late 2nd-round pick (for now)

If the NBA Draft happened today, odds are four-year Kansas forward Perry Ellis would last deep into the second round — or perhaps not be selected at all. A consensus All-American in his senior season with the Jayhawks, all Ellis did was average 16.9 points and 5.8 ... Continue reading


Kansas vs. Villanova one of 2016 tournament’s best games

Every March — and one weekend each April — the NCAA Tournament churns out indelible moments that live on in the consciousness of college basketball fans like the very March Madness promos designed to remind us of the mega event’s greatness. The 2016 tournament featured a phenomenal ... Continue reading


Tarik Black adjusted to lesser role in second season

Tarik Black didn’t play nearly as much in his second season with the Los Angeles Lakers as he did as a rookie. But the 24-year-old who spent his final season of college basketball at Kansas isn’t complaining. For one, Black had both a courtside seat and an ... Continue reading


Comparing potential point guard transfers for KU

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and his assistants [remain in the hunt for a high school player][1] who can help the Jayhawks in the upcoming 2016-17 season. In the meantime, it seems increasingly likely they will also add a transfer with college experience. Reports surfaced in early ... Continue reading


Which version of Frank Mason was better? 2014-15 or 2015-16?

The speculation from most fans and observers regarding Kansas guard Frank Mason throughout the 2015-16 KU men’s basketball season was that some kind of nagging injury might have been bothering him during various portions of the Jayhawks’ run to a 33-5 record and trip to the Elite ... Continue reading


Video of poignant pint-sized patriot with KU family ties goes viral

Starting with Bob Frederick, late athletic director of Kansas University, the Frederick family has built a rich Final Four tradition. Bob served as the chairman of the NCAA tournament selection committee and hired Roy Williams, who took the Jayhawks to four Final Fours. Bob’s son, Brad Frederick, ... Continue reading


Kelly Oubre Jr. evaluates rookie season: ‘I’m not a bust’

No rookie enters the NBA expecting to spend most of his initial season watching from the bench. Still, that’s the reality of the league — even for many first-round picks. Such was the case for one-and-done Kansas wing Kelly Oubre Jr., whose first go-round in The Association ... Continue reading


Brandon Rush part of Warriors’ historic run

For years, the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls seemed destined to reign forever as the greatest team in NBA regular-season history. The Bulls, as any NBA fan could tell you, went 72-10 that season, before winning their fourth of six championships, with legends Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading ... Continue reading


KU Sports Extra: Josh Jackson Impact and Spring Football Recap

There aren’t any Kansas basketball games for our team to talk about right now, but that doesn’t mean Tom Keegan and Matt Tait have run out of topics for discussion. For one, KU and coach Bill Self received some humongous news this week when the top-ranked ... Continue reading


Paul Pierce makes cameo in Kobe Bryant farewell commercial

Tonight's the night. Kobe Bryant, the man Magic Johnson himself calls the greatest Los Angeles Laker of all time, will play the final game of his legendary NBA career at home in front of what figures to be a star-studded crowd of some of the biggest names ... Continue reading


What caught my eye at Tuesday’s open KU football practice

Tuesday afternoon’s two-hour practice, which came three days after the annual spring game, represented our final chance to see the 2016 Kansas University football team until preseason camp. And, at least through these eyes, the 14th session of spring ball offered a much better look at this ... Continue reading