Stories for April 2002


Tuesday, April 30

6Sports video report: KU women to take seventh seed into Big 12 tourney

6Sports reports on the upcoming Big 12 Softball Tournament.

6Sports video report: KU women to take seventh seed into Big 12 tourney

6Sports reports on the upcoming Big 12 Softball Tournament.

Monday, April 29

Kansas splits two with NU

Cole Armstrong had three RBIs and Ryan Baty added two RBIs and scored three runs as Kansas University pounded Nebraska, 14-1, in the first game of their doubleheader Sunday. Jed Morris' eighth-inning grand slam led Nebraska to a 9-1 win in the nightcap.

Jayhawks add another Oklahoma junior

By Andrew Hartsock The weekend proved productive for Kansas University's men's basketball team. On Sunday two days after securing an oral commitment from ballyhooed Oklahoma junior guard Jeremy Case the Jayhawks picked up another pledge from another heralded junior guard from the Sooner State. The Jayhawks have five scholarships available for the 2002-03 class.

KU rowing team wins dual

Kansas University lost the premier race, the First Varsity 8, but the Jayhawks beat Kansas State, 13-8, in a dual regatta on Sunday. The Jayhawks, winners of four straight over the Wildcats, won the Second Varsity 8, Varsity 4 and Novice 8 races.

Sunday, April 28

New Web site to detail KU history

By Terry Rombeck Henry Fortunato is helping breathe new life into the musty papers and photographs in the Kansas University archives. Fortunato, a graduate student in history, is leading a team of historians in launching a major Web site on KU's past.

Defensive assistants old friends

By David Mitchell Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino was impressed with how quickly his staff bonded during its first offseason. "It's been a very successful spring in terms of the staff meshing together," Mangino said. "We're starting to get a feel for each other."

KU seniors bow out in twinbill today

By Chuck Woodling Riddle: How can eight Kansas University senior softball players have only six surnames? Answer: Two sets of identical twins Shelly and Christi Musser and Kelly and Katie Campbell will be among the KU seniors playing their last home games today at Jayhawk Field.

Saturday, April 27

KU-KSU event reset for Sunday

Today's Kansas Cup rowing event between Kansas and Kansas State has been moved to Sunday because of threatening weather. Races will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Tuttle Creek Lake.

KU netters advance

No. 3 seed Kansas dumped No. 6 Kansas State, 4-1, on Friday in the Big 12 women's tennis quarterfinals at the Texas A&M Tennis Center.

Retired KU researcher to lead disabilities center in Saudi Arabia

By Terry Rombeck Stephen Schroeder figures making life easier for people with disabilities should be a goal that transcends cultures. With that in mind, the retired director of Kansas University's Institute for Life Span Studies next week will leave Lawrence to lead a center for disability research in Saudi Arabia.

KU Basketball Notebook: Recruiting analysts high on Jayhawk prospect

By Gary Bedore How good a basketball player is future Kansas University combo guard Jeremy Case? He's a blue-chip "can't miss" prospect says recruiting analyst Greg Swaim, who has watched the 6-foot-1, 160-pound point guard/shooting guard not only excel for McAlester (Okla.) High School, but also Athletes First AAU out of Oklahoma City.

KU unveils new uniforms, captains

By Doug Pacey Kansas University football players Greg Cole and Harrison Hill aren't exactly what one would call male models, but they served a purpose Friday night. The two were featured sporting the Jayhawks' new uniforms on Memorial Stadium's MegaVision videoboard during halftime of the spring game Friday night.

6Sports video report: Mangino pleased with Jayhawks' performance

6Sports reports on the annual Spring game, and gauges the reactions of head coach Mark Mangino.

Late surge sinks Kansas

Fueled by a three-run homer from catcher John Grose, Nebraska snapped a scoreless deadlock by scoring four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to upend Kansas, 4-0, in Big 12 Conference baseball on Friday night.

Jayhawks eye No. 6 seed for tourney

By Chuck Woodling In Big 12 Conference softball, any seed lower than No. 6 for the postseason tournament is tantamount to early elimination. That's why this weekend's two-game series with Iowa State is so important for Kansas.

Friday, April 26

Maybe Davison should look in mirror

By Chuck Woodling If I could lead this column with a circular mug shot of Andrew Davison and a slanted line emblazoned across his face I would. It's a picture that would speak volumes about Kansas University football past. As KU's spring drills come to a close tonight, we can only hope first-year coach Mark Mangino has weeded Davison-like attitudes out of the program.

6Sports video report: Mark Mangino's first 14 practices will end in the Spring Game

KU's football teams like Mangino's drive and discipline, but are looking forward to a scrimmage instead of practice.

Three hoops recruits in this weekend

By Gary Bedore Two of the top high school junior guards in the country and one of the best big men will be on Kansas University's campus for official men's basketball recruiting visits this weekend. They are: David Padgett, 6-foot-11 from Reno, Nev.; Omar Wilkes, 6-2 from Los Angeles; and J.R. Giddens, 6-5 from Oklahoma City.

Area briefs

Vice chancellor among elite businesswomen Audubon fund-raiser seeks participants

Biologist launches research of ticks

By Mike Belt Most people go out of their way to avoid ticks. Not Greg Burg. He tries to find all he can. And Burg's searches along the wooded trails at Dad Perry Park in west Lawrence have been growing more fruitful by the week.

Thursday, April 25

6Sports video reports: Scott Russell hopes to reach the Olympics in 2004

Kansas University's Scott Russell has won many accolades in his career throwing javelins, hammers, weights and the discus.

KU Med expansion plan announced

By Terry Rombeck KU Med will add a sixth floor to its hospital building in response to an influx of patients, officials announced Wednesday.

Kansas tennis team draws bye at Big 12

No. 3 seed Kansas has a bye and won't have to play until Friday in the Big 12 Conference women's tennis championships at the Texas A&M tennis facility. Kansas will meet the winner of today's match between No. 6 seed Kansas State and No. 11 seed Iowa State at 4 p.m. on Friday.

Kansas softball team splits with Huskers

Kansas bounced back from a 9-4 loss to Nebraska and split a Big 12 doubleheader Wednesday at Bowlin Stadium with a 3-2 victory in the nightcap. The Jayhawks (30-22, 6-10) scored all three of their runs in the third inning and made the lead stand up against NU starter Peaches James (18-7). The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for KU.

Coffeyville basketball standout picks Virginia over Kansas

By Gary Bedore Coffeyville Community College freshman guard Devin Smith has accepted a basketball scholarship offer from the University of Virginia. Smith, 6-foot-5, 195 pounds from New Castle, Del., on Wednesday night chose the Cavaliers over Kansas and Iowa.

Wednesday, April 24

Davison signs with Jets, blasts Kansas

By David Mitchell Don't congratulate Andrew Davison on signing with the New York Jets. In a terse phone interview from his home in Detroit, the former Kansas defensive back made it clear he was severing ties with the program where he was a four-year starter. "I'm not talking to anyone from Kansas," Davison said. "I ain't got (expletive) to say about Kansas. I hate Kansas. There's no way I should have been a free agent."

Bears blast Jayhawks, 20-8

By Levi Chronister The runs just keep coming at Hoglund Ballpark. Unfortunately for the Kansas baseball team, they're on the wrong side of the scoreboard, including Tuesday's 20-8 loss to Southwest Missouri State.

Annual recognition ceremony honors women for outstanding achievements

By Mindie Paget One thing former Kansas University administrator Sally Frost Mason has learned during her ascendancy through the ranks of academia is that a true leader must believe in herself.

6Sports video report: Mangino updates progress

6Sports reports from KU football Spring practice, and Mark Mangino's latest on his quarterback decision.

Tuesday, April 23

Senior Cole making move inside

By Doug Pacey The only thing that hasn't changed about Greg Cole in the last few years are his two cougar tattoos the Miami, Fla., native has a growling cat on his right biceps and another on his chest and his nickname, "Hollywood."

Glass ready for start of Senior Tour

By Chuck Woodling Aches and pains and the PBA Seniors Tour go hand-in-hand, so Tour standout Bob Glass must be in peak form. "I've had a sinus infection since February, my knees hurt and my back hurts," Glass said. "I'm doing well."

Atkinson signs deal with Pack

By David Mitchell Algie Atkinson's disappointment didn't last long. Atkinson, Kansas University's senior linebacker, wasn't selected in the NFL draft over the weekend, but the free agent signed a two-year contract with the Green Bay Packers on Monday.

Monday, April 22

Sooners slip past Jayhawks

Kansas University gave up just one big hit Sunday against No. 11 Oklahoma, but it happened to be a two-run home run in the Sooners' 2-0 softball victory at the OU Softball Complex.

Kansas golf finishes last at Big 12

Kansas University finished last in the Big 12 women's golf championships after Sunday's final round at Colbert Hills Golf Course. The Jayhawks, who completed their second round Sunday morning because of Saturday's rain delay, closed with a three-round total of 989 on the 6,008-yard, par-72 course.

Manson chasing record

Track fans don't need to chant, "One more year," for former Kansas University pole vaulter Pat Manson. Manson, 34, from Aurora, Colo., who is a three-time Pan American Games champion, has no plans to retire -- not with a significant record within reach.

Texas takes title against Jayhawks

Kansas University's women's tennis team was pounded by No. 11-ranked Texas, 7-0, Sunday at Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin, Texas. The Jayhawks finished the regular season 15-5 overall, 9-2 in the Big 12. The victory clinched the Longhorns' sixth consecutive Big 12 title.

Many stations may end broadcasts

By Dave Ranney Kansas radio stations are likely to give up broadcasting on the Internet if they're forced to pay the thousands of dollars in royalty fees that federal officials are proposing.

Sunday, April 21

Vitale: Even without Gooden, Kansas still will be pretty good

By Gary Bedore With Drew Gooden in the lineup, Kansas University basketball figured to face some high expectations next season. "No. 1, they'd be my No. 1 team in the nation," ESPN color analyst Dick Vitale said emphatically in a phone interview. Gooden won't be in the lineup, though.

Wet weather disrupts regional sporting events

Inclement weather throughout the region Saturday forced the cancellation or postponement of nearly all scheduled outdoor athletic events. Here is a look at what was affected by the wet weather:

Overhaul includes offices

By David Mitchell Kansas University football fans were clamoring for change last fall while the Jayhawks were struggling through their sixth straight losing season. Change is what they're getting. KU has eight new coaches, who will oversee 24 new players wearing new uniforms when the new season starts Aug. 31 at Iowa State.

Stars-in-waiting abound at KU

By Bill Mayer Roy Williams stressed Friday that Drew Gooden is the best offensive rebounder Williams ever coached. Roy's said that before. No surprise. But in once again complimenting his beloved junior All-American following Drew's departure declaration, Williams formally issued the challenge for his 2002-03 Kansas basketeers.

KU softball falls to OU

Kansas University scored twice in the top of the first inning, but couldn't hold on against Oklahoma, falling to the Sooners, 6-3, in softball on Saturday. After taking an early 2-0 lead, the Jayhawks allowed two runs in the bottom of the second, saw the Sooners add three more runs in the third and push an insurance run across in the sixth.

Saturday, April 20

Hands-on activities to greet Museum Day participants

By Jan Biles Hands-on activities involving the bones of man's earliest ancestors, wings of insects and Amish quilt blocks are among the highlights of this year's Museum Day at Kansas University.

KU Basketball Notebook

Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams asked Drew Gooden to inform him of his decision whether to leave for the NBA or return for his senior year at KU via telephone. "That'd way it'd be easier for him to tell me if he was leaving," KU coach Williams explained.

6Sports video report: Gooden announces decision after weeks of waiting

6Sports reports on Friday's press conference where Drew Gooden announced his decision to enter the 2002 NBA draft.

KU bowling ousted from national tournament

Kansas University's bowling club was eliminated from the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships after a pair of 4-1 losses on Friday. KU fell to defending national champion Western Illinois early, then to Michigan State in the loser's bracket of the 16-team tournament.

6Sports video report: Prep students see action at Relays

6Sports reports on Friday's Kansas Relays action.

No ifs, ands or buts, Gooden made right decision

By Chuck Woodling Not too long ago I saw a comment from Don Chaney, head coach of the New York Knicks, one of the NBA's below-water teams. Chaney was talking about potential NBA draft choices for a long time that's all Knicks' fans have had to talk about and Chaney allowed how he didn't think any of the players available for the 2002 draft qualified as an impact player.

Short-handed KU softball to face mighty Sooners

Whether short-handed or with a full roster, Kansas University's softball team is facing a rugged stretch in its schedule. "We have a tough road ahead," KU coach Tracy Bunge said. "We don't have any gimmes."

KU bowling ousted from national tournament

Kansas University's bowling club was eliminated from the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships after a pair of 4-1 losses on Friday. KU fell to defending national champion Western Illinois early, then to Michigan State in the loser's bracket of the 16-team tournament.

Friday, April 19

Drew Gooden headed for the NBA

(Updated Friday at 7:00 p.m.) BULLETIN Drew Gooden, Kansas University's All-American junior forward, announced at a press conference Friday that he plans to enter the 2002 NBA Draft. See video

Short-handed KU softball falls to Tigers

By Chuck Woodling Jay Miller was a bit concerned. Missouri University's softball coach had learned five Kansas players, including four starters, had been suspended, and he didn't know how the Jayhawks would react. "You can't think it'll be a cakewalk," Miller said. "Those kids on the bench see it as an opportunity. You can't take anybody for granted."

Students rally for higher-ed funding

By Terry Rombeck University students from across Kansas took their turn rallying for state funding Thursday at the Capitol. About 90 students most from Kansas University stood on the Capitol steps for the "Education is a Right" rally.

Campus panel backs five-year plan for tuition increases

Despite the opposition of many students, a Kansas University governance group endorsed a plan that would more than double tuition in the next five years.

6Sports Video: Drew Gooden will announce his decision today

Drew Gooden will hold a press conference today at 4:30 p.m. to announce whether he'll stay with the Jayhawks for his senior year or go on to the NBA.

Mideast issues divide students

By Joel Mathis It was near the beginning of spring semester at Kansas University when Israeli tanks rolled through Rajaa Abujabr's hometown of Deir El-Balah in the Gaza Strip. There's a refugee camp in the town that Israeli military officials said was the source of rocket attacks. They responded with force.

Thursday, April 18

6Sports Video Reports: Prospective KU quarterback Kevin Long changes positions

Coach Mangino believes that Kevin Long will give the Jayhawks a better lift as a tight end than QB.

6Sports Video Reports: Maurice Greene returns to the Kansas Relays

The Relays have kicked off with decathalon and heptathalon events. Everyone is waiting to watch Maurice Greene, the fastest man alive, run on Saturday.

KU quarterback Long moves to tight end

By David Mitchell Kevin Long's days as Kansas University's quarterback of the future are over. Coach Mark Mangino hopes Long will develop into a productive tight end instead.

KU softball splits with UMKC

Kansas salvaged a split in softball with UMKC on Wednesday at Adair Park. UMKC won the first game, 2-1, before the Jayhawks rebounded with a 6-0 decision in the nightcap.

Wednesday, April 17

KU names new directors of bands, choral activities

Two new faculty members will be taking the reins of Kansas University's band and choral programs next fall. John P. Lynch, associate director of bands at Northwestern University in Chicago, will become KU's director of bands.

Minnesota prep to visit

By Gary Bedore Kris Humphries, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound junior forward from Hopkins High in Minnetonka, Minn., will make a recruiting trip to Kansas this weekend. Humphries just might be in town Friday in time for Drew Gooden's "I'm Leaving" or "I'm Staying" press conference at 4 p.m. at Hadl Auditorium.

Multi-events to kick off Kansas Relays

Grant Dennis of UMKC and Shannon Mihaltan of Hastings College in Nebraska are the favorites to win the 2002 Kansas Relays decathlon and heptathlon, which begin today at Memorial Stadium.

Student leadership conference offers memories for retiring dean

By Terry Rombeck David Ambler plans to do some reminiscing this weekend. Ambler, Kansas University's retiring dean of student affairs, advised student body presidents and vice presidents on Mount Oread for 25 years.

Ex-Jayhawks Winbush, Smith headed to CFL

By David Mitchell Unless you count video games, David Winbush hasn't played football in 17 months. His senior season at Kansas University ended with a 38-17 road loss to Iowa State on Nov. 18, 2000. Undrafted, unsigned and unwanted, the sixth-leading rusher in Kansas history was out of football.

Tuesday, April 16

Decisions difficult for Jayhawks

By Chuck Woodling What almost everyone thought was a done deal Drew Gooden declaring for the NBA Draft is dragging like the cold molasses of an extra-inning baseball game. Now we hear that Gooden, who had said he would announce last week whether he would turn pro or return for his senior season at Kansas University, will wait until Friday afternoon before revealing his decision.

6Sports video report: Gooden to make announcement on Friday

Kevin Romary reports on Drew Gooden and the ucomping announcement of his decision to stay at KU or leave for the NBA.

Monday, April 15

Gooden sets press conference for Friday

(Updated Monday at 4:59 p.m.) Drew Gooden, Kansas University men's basketball All-American junior forward, will discuss his future during a press conference at 4 p.m. Friday. See video of press conference

Gruber, Wonder qualify for NCAA

In its final competition before the Kansas Relays, Kansas University's track team competed in the John McDonnell Invitational on Saturday. The Jayhawks had 24 top-three placers and more importantly provisionally qualified two more athletes for the NCAA Championships.

Kansas rowers first in three races

KU's rowing team placed first in varsity four and both second varsity eight races at the Villanova Invitational. KU was timed in 8:05.5 in varsity four; 7:13.0 in second varsity eight and 7:18.9 in second varsity eight.

KU women seventh

Kansas University's women's golf team placed seventh in a 10- team field Sunday at the Iowa Invitational. KU totaled 937 strokes. Michigan won with 888. Junior Jill MacDonald shot a final round 80 for a total of 221 good for third place.

Jayhawks finish 10th at North Carolina

Kansas University's men's golf team finished 10th of 12 teams at The 2002 Intercollegiate Sunday at Finley Golf Course. KU finished with a final round of 301 on Sunday and shot 870 total

KU tennis still perfect in Big 12

Kansas improved to 9-0 in Big 12 play by dumping Nebraska, 5-2, in women's tennis on Sunday. The Jayhawks improved to 15-3 overall. Nebraska opened by taking two of three doubles matches and winning the doubles point. KU rallied in singles.

Sunday, April 14

1952 graduates reunite at KU

The following are biographies of registrants for the Class of 1952 activities this weekend at Kansas University. The KU Alumni Association provided the biographies.

Bullpen dooms KU baseball to loss in 10th

By Levi Chronister With just two innings left in Saturday's game, Kansas University's baseball team led 1-0 and was on the verge of its first-ever series win against Texas Tech. But the season-long curse of poor relief pitching doomed the Jayhawks in a 5-2, 10-inning loss to the Red Raiders at Hoglund Ballpark.

Gold Medal Club forges new alumni ties

By Matt Merkel-Hess Frances Flynn Koppers smiled with delight as she was wheeled into the Kansas Union surrounded by 19 members of her family. Below her wheelchair, the floor depicted the different versions of Kansas University's mascot through the years.

NBA age limit would help players, programs

By Bill Mayer The National Basketball Assn. probably never will go back to the draft plan that forced Kansas' Wilt Chamberlain to play a season with the Harlem Globetrotters (1958-59). But it would help everyone immensely by adopting a recent proposal by Tom McMillen, onetime Maryland All-American and, at 6-foot-11, a former very lofty member of Congress.

Lawrence residents celebrate gay pride

Spring blossoms provide background for dozens of participants in the annual Lawrence Pride March. The downtown event, a celebration of gay pride, began Saturday morning at Buford M. Watson Jr. Park and ended at South Park, where participants held a rally. The march coincides with Pride Week, an annual gay-awareness event and celebration at Kansas University.

KU women golfers 4th

Kansas University junior Jill MacDonald resides in second place and the Jayhawks sit in fourth after the first two rounds Saturday of the Hawkeye Invitational women's golf tournament. MacDonald shot a 141 on the par-73 Finkbine Golf Course.

KU wins boat race

Kansas University's Second Varsity Eight boat won its race Saturday in the Knect Cup. Another KU boat placed fourth in that category. KU placed second in the Second Varsity Four and second in the First Varsity Eight race.

KU softball lightens up, hammers Tech

By Chuck Woodling There's nothing like a run-rule romp to cure what ails a softball team. Kansas University came out with smoking bats and flying feet and flogged Texas Tech, 9-0, on Saturday afternoon at Jayhawk Field. "We were really pumped up," said KU third baseman and co-captain Megan Urquhart. "We were relaxed and having fun."

KU men in sixth place

After learning Kevin Ward wouldn't compete because of food poisoning, the four remaining members of Kansas University's men's golf team carded a 290 and a 279 at The 2002 Intercollegiate. The Jayhawks are sixth in the team race.

Iguodala taps UA

Andre Iguodala, a 6-foot-6 guard from Springfield, Ill., Lanphier High School, has decided to attend Arizona on basketball scholarship. Iguodala, who chose Arizona over KU, originally signed a letter of intent with Arkansas last November, then gained a release after the dismissal of coach Nolan Richardson.

Professors hope to diversify KU foreign language offerings

By Terry Rombeck Melissa Rossow doesn't have many conversation partners in her classes to learn Wolof, a language spoken in Senegal. "Sadly, I was the only student the whole first year I was here," she said. Rossow, a Kansas University graduate student in anthropology, is learning Wolof to study the plants Senegalese use to treat diseases.

Saturday, April 13

Jayhawk Invitational: Dakotan Koenig a Boschee fan

By Gary Bedore A native of Fargo, N.D., Tyler Koenig knows everything there is to know about Kansas University senior and North Dakota legend Jeff Boschee. "Jeff Boschee is a god there (in North Dakota)," says Koenig, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound Fargo North High School junior basketball forward and football wide receiver.

Pride Week shows fun, serious sides

By Terry Rombeck Hundreds of students flocked Friday to watch men in wigs, high heels and fishnet hose dance outside the Kansas Union. The popular Brown Bag Drag show brought together drag queens, gay and straight students, and protesters as part of the annual Pride Week.

6News video report: KU breaks ground on new fitness center

Tina Terry reports on the new, state-of-the-art fitness center under construction at Kansas University.

Prep coaches impressed by Mangino, staff

By David Mitchell Neither the media nor the general public has seen much of the Kansas University football team this month. First-year coach Mark Mangino has kept distractions to a minimum by keeping spectators to a minimum during spring drills.

6Sports video report: Hawks rout Raiders

Kevin Romary reports on the Kansas University's baseball team getting a big "W" over the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Jayhawks romp over Red Raiders - Kansas 14, Texas Tech 3

By Levi Chronister One batter into the game, Texas Tech should have known it was in for a rough night Friday at Hoglund Ballpark. Tech leadoff hitter Jon Slack fouled off a Jeff Davis pitch, and the ball hit on-deck hitter Kevin Jordan in the stomach.

KU Football Notebook: Kansas assistant coach Bowen to find time for wedding tonight

By David Mitchell Today will be a busy day for Clint Bowen. Kansas University's running backs coach and special teams coordinator will be on campus this morning for the Jayhawks' scrimmage.

6Sports video report: Hawks rout Raiders

Kevin Romary reports on the Kansas University's baseball team getting a big "W" over the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

6Sports video report: Local athlete to participate in only one event

Kevin Romary reports on the upcoming Kansas Relays and the participation of Kansas City native Maurice Green, who holds the world record in the 100 meters.

Friday, April 12

6Sports Video Reports: Maurice Green will return to the Kansas Relays

The annual event will provide great competition, especially the World's Fastest Human.

Coker returns for 'fresh start'

Former Hoisington High standout back to vie for spot on offensive line

By Andy Samuelson Tony Coker has been here before, but he doesn't want to talk about it.

Area briefs

Lawrence bank robber sentenced to prison Leawood senior elected to lead KU student body County, area escape thunderstorm damage Organization seeks pledges for annual fund-raiser

Thursday, April 11

Prep players to invade Lawrence

City will play host to second-annual Jayhawk Invitational this weekend

By Gary Bedore The second-annual Jayhawk Invitational youth basketball tournament won't be as star-studded as the first.

Jayhawks narrow QB field

Mangino wants 'pecking order'

By David Mitchell Seven quarterbacks are too many. So are five, but Mark Mangino is working on it. On the 10th day of spring football practice, KU's first-year coach said that junior Kyle Cernech had moved from quarterback to tight end.

Bartow keys KU comeback

Junior scores game-winning run in ninth for 6-5 victory

By Levi Chronister Kansas University baseball coach Bobby Randall has a knack for using back-up outfielders as ninth-inning pinch hitters.

Greene to highlight 75th Kansas Relays

Olympic gold medalist Maurice Greene will run his specialty -- the 100-meter dash -- at the 75th Kansas Relays, set for next Wednesday through Saturday at Kansas University's Memorial Stadium. Greene, who won the gold medal in the 100 at the 2000 Olympic Games, is expected to run the 4x100 relay at 7:15 p.m. a week from Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Gold Medal Weekend approaches for Jayhawks from Class of 1952

By Terry Rombeck A lot has changed at Kansas University since Jim Logan graduated in 1952. But there remains one constant students still are crazy about Jayhawk basketball.

Wednesday, April 10

6Sports video report: KU softball team takes home double header wins

Kevin Romary reports on the KU softball double header against Southwest Missouri State.

KU rips WSU

By Levi Chronister Kansas University's baseball team almost had a brother-vs.-brother pitching matchup Tuesday night against Wichita State at Hoglund Ballpark. KU coach Bobby Randall considered starting junior Ryan Jakubov on the mound because the Shockers were starting Ryan's younger brother, Mathew.

KU polls prepped for smooth election process

By Terry Rombeck Kansas University students go to the polls today and Thursday to elect new student leaders, and election organizers said they are hoping to avoid problems seen this spring at other universities.

KU Med dean finalist for new job

By Terry Rombeck The executive dean of Kansas University's School of Medicine is a finalist for a similar position at the University of Minnesota. Deborah Powell, who has been at KU since 1997, interviewed Monday and Tuesday at the Minneapolis campus.

Robinson may be top candidate to join KU staff

By Gary Bedore It looks as if Steve Robinson may be coming home. Robinson, an assistant under Kansas head basketball coach Roy Williams from 1989-95 and head coach at Florida State the last five years, is believed to be the leading candidate to replace Neil Dougherty, who accepted the head coaching post at Texas Christian on March 25.

KU netter honored

Kansas University's Aurelie Bejar, a freshman from France, has been named Big 12 Conference tennis player of the week after posting a 6-0 record in singles and doubles in matches against Kansas State, Missouri and Iowa State. KU's Courtney Steinbock won the award last week.

KU baseball adds game

Kansas University's baseball team has added Nebraska-Omaha to its schedule. The first pitch is slated for 5 p.m. today at Hoglund Ballpark.

Kansas softball sweeps

By Chuck Woodling Maybe it was the Wizard of Oz. Maybe it was the one hour of sleep. Whatever it was, Kansas University shortstop Courtney Wright broke out of a season-long slump with two hits one a game-winning home run as the Jayhawks swept a softball twinbill from Southwest Missouri State on Tuesday at Jayhawk Field.

Ex-Jayhawk Thomas propels Greenville

Former Kansas University guard Billy Thomas scored 20 points to lead Greenville to an 81-63 victory over North Charleston in the opener of the NBDL Finals on Monday night at the Bi-Lo Center.

6Sports video report: KU softball team takes home double header wins

Kevin Romary reports on the KU softball double header against Southwest Missouri State.

6Sports video report: Hawks roll over Shockers

Kevin Romary reports on the KU baseball win against the Wichita State Shockers.

Tuesday, April 9

6Sports video report: Basketball team members honored with awards

Kevin Romary reports on Monday night's basketball awards ceremony, and the cancellation of Monday,s Final Four parade.

Study abroad numbers up

By Terry Rombeck World turmoil and the murder of a Kansas University student in Costa Rica last year apparently haven't discouraged students from wanting to travel to other countries. Applications for KU's study abroad summer programs have increased slightly from last year.

New coach Mangino wild about wideouts

By Robert Sinclair There's at least one thing Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino and his predecessor, Terry Allen, have in common the belief that one of the Jayhawks' strengths is their wide receivers.

6Sports video report: Fans still have chance to see Mangino in action before next season

Kevin Romary reports on the last public practice the Jayhawk football team held before the spring game, coming up on April 26th.

6Sports video report: Basketball team members honored with awards

Kevin Romary reports on Monday night's basketball awards ceremony, and the cancellation of Monday,s Final Four parade.

Monday, April 8

Jayhawk parade canceled

(Updated Monday at 12:10 p.m.) Rainy weather has forced the cancellation of today's parade honoring the Kansas University's Final Four men's basketball team.

KU golfers place 13th

Kansas University's women's golf team finished in 13th place in a 14-team field, after Sunday's final round of the Indiana Invitational. Kansas finished with a total of 980 strokes. Michigan won at 919.

KU student center is host of first Big 12 Gay Conference

By Terry Rombeck Kansas University's gay students say they look forward to showing off their campus' progressive policies to students from other universities this week. But members of the campus activist group Queers and Allies say the university's relative tolerance makes further advances more difficult.

KU Med Program earns top recognition

The Continuing Medical Education program at the Kansas University School of Medicine has been given a rare six-year renewal of its accreditation.

Sunday, April 7

Music offers a way of coping, former resident of region says

By Terry Rombeck Ben Sayevich hopes to replace the sound of artillery fire in Israel with music from his violin. Sayevich, a Kansas University associate professor of music, will travel to the war-ravaged country next week for three concerts with Israeli chamber musicians. "There is no end to destruction, and there's no end as we've proven to how much people can hurt each other," he said.

Jayhawks scored at blistering pace

By Gary Bedore Forgive Kansas University's men's basketball players if they doze off during Monday afternoon's Final Four parade in downtown Lawrence. The Jayhawks, you see, are used to traveling at breakneck speed on the basketball court, not crawling at a snail's pace in snazzy convertibles.

Steinbocks boost Jayhawks

By Andy Samuelson With their matches already over and a Kansas University victory never more secure, Courtney and Kristen Steinbock decided to have a little fun at Robinson Courts on Saturday.

Saturday, April 6

6Sports video report: Mangino positive about season opener

Kevin Romary reports on the KU football team and their season opener at Iowa State.

KU baseball tops Texas, 5-3

Jeff Davis pitched a seven-hitter, and Kansas University's baseball team halted a four-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over 11th-ranked Texas on Friday night. The Jayhawks (13-13, 2-8 Big 12) recorded their first Big 12 road victory since April 13, 2001 and snapped a five-game skid against Texas (26-9, 5-5) that dated back to the 2000 season.

Russell fifth in discus at Texas Relays

Kansas University's Scott Russell placed fifth in the discus at the Texas Relays on Friday with a throw of 181-10. KU's Benaud Shirley tied for fifth in the triple jump (49-11). Shondra Rauterkus tied for fifth in the women's high jump.

Mangino looking for leaders

By Robert Sinclair Leadership is as critical to a college football team as a 1,000-yard running back or wide receiver, but it can be as elusive as a shutout. "Leadership is something we talk about all the time as a staff," Kansas University coach Mark Mangino said.

Students hear stories of space from native-Kansan astronaut

By Joel Mathis There are people who have been into space more often than Kansas-bred astronaut Steve Hawley. But nobody, he said Friday, has taken more trips to the launch pad with the intent to fly. It took Hawley 15 launch attempts to make his five space shuttle trips; 10 launches were aborted in the final seconds for safety reasons.

Med Center begins notifying workers of layoffs

By Terry Rombeck Kansas University Medical Center officials this week began notifying employees of layoffs in response to expected state budget cuts. Eleven full-time, unclassified staff members were told their positions would be eliminated as of June 30. Another 10 vacant unclassified positions also will be eliminated.

6Sports video report: Boschee will say 'Goodbye', but Jayhawks will still have talent

Kevin Romary reports on departing KU senior Jeff Boschee's thoughts on next year's team.

6Sports video report: Mangino positive about season opener

Kevin Romary reports on the KU football team and their season opener at Iowa State.

Friday, April 5

6Sports Video Reports: KU men's basketball team is looking to the next season

Coach Roy Williams believes the Jayhawks are at the top level of college basketball, and next year will only see more success.

Thursday, April 4

University dumps sludge near creek

By Terry Rombeck A report earlier this week that the Kansas River was one of the nation's dirtiest waterways hit home for Tom Bryce, a senior mechanic at Kansas University. He's worried the university may be contributing to the pollution.

6News video: Will Drew Gooden stay?

Kevin Romary discusses the perplexing question on the minds of many Jayhawk basketball fans: Will Drew Gooden go, or will he stay?

Jayhawks excited

Kansas practicing with renewed enthusiasm

By Robert Sinclair The couple of dozen people who attended Kansas University's football practice Wednesday afternoon couldn't always see what was going on across the practice fields, but they had a pretty good idea. "If you can't see it," KU senior linebacker Leo Etienne said, "you can hear it."

6News video: Mangino brings changes to KU football

Kevin Romary reports what Kansas University's new football coach, Mark Mangino, says about his first spring practice with the KU Jayhawks.

Symposium honors KU professor of Spanish

A Kansas University professor of Spanish will be honored at a symposium Friday and Saturday at KU.

Tourney will lure prospects to campus

Thirty teams expected to compete in Jayhawk Invitational next weekend

By Gary Bedore The second-annual Jayhawk Invitational, which will feature high school basketball players from across the country, will be held April 12-14 at Kansas University's Allen Fieldhouse and Horejsi Center, plus Sport 2 Sport. Approximately 30 teams will compete in the 15, 16 and 17 age divisions. Local teams entered include Lawrence Sport 2 Sport, Kansas City Nets, KC Rocktown and KC Premier.

Wednesday, April 3

6Sports video report: Gooden to make decision in a few weeks

James Sido reports on the highly anticipated decision by KU Junior Drew Gooden on whether or not to leave KU for the pros.

Flyover causes degree of panic

By Mindie Paget What was supposed to be a low-flying, high-speed show of support for the Kansas Jayhawks' successful season had many Lawrence residents running for cover Tuesday.

Fans get out of hand in Indiana, Maryland

Basketball fans upset by Indiana's loss in the NCAA championship torched couches, toppled street signs and threw beer bottles at officers, while Maryland fans set bonfires and shot off fireworks in celebration.

Hoosiers receive warm welcome

The Indiana Hoosiers, looking glum and weary, returned from their surprising Final Four run on Tuesday to hear a simple message from their fans: Thanks. Once inside Assembly Hall, the team returned the message.

Downtown parade to honor Jayhawks on Monday

The Kansas University men's basketball team will be honored with a downtown parade Monday. The parade, sponsored by Downtown Lawrence and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 4 p.m. and will go along Massachusetts Street from Seventh Street and South Park.

ORU rips Jayhawks

Oral Roberts' Rene Recio allowed just one hit and struck out 13 as the Golden Eagles hammered Kansas University, 8-0, on Tuesday at Johnson Stadium.

6News video report: 5,000 fans brave cold temperatures to give a warm welcome

Tina Terry reports on the Welcome Back party for the Jayhawks on Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

6Sports video report: Gooden to make decision in a few weeks

James Sido reports on the highly anticipated decision by KU Junior Drew Gooden on whether or not to leave KU for the pros.

6Sports video report: Williams not impressed by defense, but by players

James Sido reports on KU basketball coach Roy Williams' feelings on this year's Jayhawks basketball team.

6Sports video report: 2002-03 NCAA men's basketball projections already out

James Sido reports on the projected rankings for the 2002-2003 men's basketball teams.

6Sports video report: Jayhawks get warm welcome back

James Sido reports on the Welcome Back party held for the Jayhawks on Tuesday afternoon in Memorial Stadium.

Tuesday, April 2

Welcome Back Video: Drew Gooden speaks

(Updated Tuesday at 5:38 p.m.) Drew Gooden thanks the gathered fans at Kansas University's Memorial Stadium, offering cryptic hints about his future at KU.

Jayhawk fans flock to welcome team back to Lawrence

(Updated Tuesday at 5:39 p.m.) Thousands of Jayhawk basketball fans flocked to Kansas University's Memorial Stadium Tuesday afternoon to welcome the KU men's Final Four basketball team home. See the video clip of Roy Williams.

Maryland students light fires, toss bottles after win

Students lit bonfires, threw bottles, climbed onto business roofs and shot off fireworks after Maryland beat Indiana in the NCAA championship game Monday night. One student was cut badly when he was hit in the head with a bottle, and another was tackled by an ice cream shop employee after trying to ram a police barricade through the shop's window.

Welcome planned for Jayhawks today

By Terry Rombeck It won't be the party Jayhawk fans were hoping for. Instead of a welcome-home party for a national championship men's basketball team, fans will gather today to celebrate a bittersweet season ended too soon. "It doesn't need to be somber," said KU spokesman Todd Cohen. "They had a fantastic season. Any time you have a Final Four team, you're a success."

Work begins on KU rec center

By Terry Rombeck After six years of planning, Kansas University's new Student Recreation Fitness Center finally is in the starting blocks. Construction crews Monday began work on the $17 million, 98,000-square-foot facility. The official groundbreaking is set for 4 p.m. April 12.

KU to hold soccer clinic

Kansas University's soccer staff will hold a spring clinic from 2-4 p.m. on April 14 at Anschutz Sports Pavilion.

Girls, Boys Town event to feature KU coach

Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams will be the featured speaker at the Girls and Boys Town Booster Banquet May 2 in Omaha, Neb. More than 1,000 children and adults are expected to attend.

Mangino tickled with first day on field

By Robert Sinclair There was at least one die-hard Kansas City Royals baseball fan who missed Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium on Monday. "You know, I thought about it," Mark Mangino said with a smile, "but I had some work to do."

6Sports video report: Spring drills kick off

James Sido reports on the first day of spring drills for the KU football team.

6Sports video report: Spring drills kick off

James Sido reports on the first day of spring drills for the KU football team.

Gary - not Roy - Williams fulfills dream

By Chuck Woodling Not only was my sister-in-law, a Kansas University graduate, excited about KU reaching the NCAA Final Four near her suburban Atlanta home, she was positively giddy about the storybook Kansas-Maryland semifinal.

6Sports video report: Final Atlanta report

Kevin Romary reports for the last time from Atlanta on the Jayhawks' Final Four loss to the Maryland Terrapins.

New dean of KU libraries set goals for tenure

By Terry Rombeck Stella Bentley says Kansas University has "one of the finest libraries in the country." But Bentley, who started Monday as KU's new dean of libraries, is formulating plans to make it better. One of the most immediate needs, she said, is space. The eight libraries are bursting at the seams with 3.6 million volumes and 27,000 periodicals.

Monday, April 1

Trade show vendors try to score with NCAA fans

By Tim Carpenter Win or lose on the basketball court in the Georgia Dome, business at the Final Four moved Sunday at fast-break pace. Two-dozen corporate partners of the NCAA Tournament demonstrated their dedication to intercollegiate athletics by trying to seduce 50,000 fans into switching brand loyalties.

Huskies bank on Cash

Swin Cash was Connecticut's money player all season. Nothing changed Sunday night in the Huskies' 82-70 national championship victory over Oklahoma.

Despite questions, Jayhawks count on bright future

By Gary Bedore It remains to be seen whether Kansas will go undefeated again, or even win the Big 12 Conference, next men's basketball season. But the Jayhawks who lose 13 points a game from senior Jeff Boschee, two from Jeff Carey and perhaps 20 points a game from Drew Gooden, who is likely to head to the NBA return major contributors in seniors-to-be Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich.

Knight-backers rooting against IU

By Chuck Woodling Hard to believe, but a small group of Indiana University basketball fans will be pulling for Maryland in tonight's NCAA Championship game.

Kansas fans have reasons to support IU, Maryland

By Chuck Woodling Consolation is about as appetizing as cold refried beans, but that's about all Kansas University basketball fans have today. If Maryland, for example, skunks Indiana, as expected, in tonight's NCAA championship game, then KU boosters can say, "Well, we lost but it was to the eventual national champs."

Does sex sell? Maybe, but fans stay for game

Sex may help sell women's sports, but the NCAA championship game wasn't in need of any extra help. The question was not an April Fool's joke. It would have been a dandy.

Jayhawks will unveil new look this season

By Robert Sinclair When Kansas University's football team takes the field this fall, it will mark the debut of more than just head coach Mark Mangino. The Jayhawks also will take the field in new uniforms when they kick off the 2002 campaign against Iowa State on Aug. 31 in Ames, Iowa.

KU netters dump Iowa

Kansas can thump a nonleague foe as well. Still undefeated in the Big 12, the Jayhawk netters won two singles matches and four doubles matches to upend Big Ten's Iowa, 5-2, on Sunday at Robinson Courts.

Rich plot lines intersect in title game

Your choice tonight is a team with a sense of destiny or a team with a sense of humor. Not your classic matchup, and with destiny you have to give the points. In this corner are the stallions, in that corner the mules. Different styles, different baggage. Maryland is still explaining away Len Bias. Indiana continues to apologize for Bobby Knight.

Professional society honors scientists

Five scientists from the Kansas Geological Survey were recently recognized by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Sooners end best season as runners-up

Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma knew what he was talking about three months ago when he said Oklahoma would be a tough team in March. While Oklahoma missed a slew of inside shots Sunday night, Auriemma's Huskies still had to come up big to beat the determined Sooners 82-70 to complete a perfect season.

UConn caps perfect year with 82-70 win over OU

Connecticut refused to let an imperfect game stand in the way of a perfect season. All that's left now is deciding whether it's the best women's team ever. Connecticut beat Oklahoma, 82-70, Sunday night to conclude its second unbeaten season with a third national championship and prove that yes, it could win a close game, too.

Cowboys club Kansas

Oklahoma State moved into first place in the Big 12 baseball race with a 10-2 romp over Kansas on Sunday. Zach Cates' RBI single in the fourth inning tied the score and an error by KU allowed OSU to take the lead for good.

KU Basketball Notebook: Jayhawks moved by postgame talk

By Gary Bedore Roy Williams' final locker-room speech to his 2001-02 Kansas basketball players is one the Jayhawks will never forget. "Looking at him crying up there talking to us it got everybody's emotions. It was just a sentimental moment for us," KU junior Drew Gooden said, reflecting on the moments immediately after KU's 97-88 loss to Maryland in the Final Four semifinals.