Stories for August 2002


Saturday, August 31

KU soccer settles for tie

Last season, the Kansas University soccer team made it's first trip to the NCAA tournament before losing, 1-0, to Brigham Young in the first round. This year, the Jayhawks began Friday's season opener against Nevada-Las Vegas seemingly still with something to prove, scoring two goals in the first 16 minutes.

6Sports video report: In search of Seneca

6Sports heads to Seneca, Kansas, in search of Iowa State quarterback Seneca Wallace.

Good football would help KU

If insults, "disrespect" and all that "nobody believed we could " baloney really motivates football players, the 2002 Kansas team should have more incentive than that of a turpentined cat.

Friday, August 30

6Sports video report: Jayhawks just need to polish things up

6Sports reports on the final preparations being made by the Jayhawks before their season opener at Iowa State on Saturday.

KU Football Notebook: Free State grad Heider leaves team

Kansas University's football team has run out of homegrown talent. Free State High graduate Matt Heider, the only Lawrence product on the KU roster this season, has left the team.

Thursday, August 29

'69 Orange Bowl: Jayhawks drop nailbiter to Nittany Lions

Costly error leads to 15-14 loss to Penn State in '69 Orange Bowl

January 1, 1969 saw the Jayhawks make their second appearance in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla., the team's third bowl bid. Now known as the "twelfth man game," the bitter 15-14 loss that was very nearly a victory.

'92 Aloha Bowl: After 11 years out of the bowl picture Hawks win their second bowl game

KU bests Brigham Young 23-10

It took KU 11 seasons to make it back to another bowl game when they met Brigham Young in the 1992 Aloha Bowl on Christmas day in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game got off to a less than stellar beginning when BYU's Hema Heimuli ran back the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.

'75 Sun Bowl: Strong Pitt start too much for Jayhawks to overcome

Panthers defeat KU 33-19 in 1975 Sun Bowl

Jayhawk standout Laverne Smith's 118-yard rushing game in the 1975 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Tex. on the day after Christmas, couldn't offset the three 100-plus yard performances posted by the Pittsburgh Panthers' Tony Dorsett, Elliott Walker and Robert Haygood.

'95 Aloha Bowl: Second Honolulu trip makes it two bowl triumphs in a row for Kansas Jayhawks

KU beats UCLA in 51-30 romp, Mason stays

If it's possible to overshadow a bowl victory such as the 51-30 pounding KU gave the UCLA Bruins in the 1995 Aloha bowl on Christmas day in Honolulu, Hawaii, then head coach Glen Mason surely did it.

'81 Hall of Fame Bowl: Kansas shut out in 6th bowl bid

Jayhawks extend bowl winless streak by losing to MSU 10-0

New Year's Eve, 1981 marked the end of a six-year bowl game drought for the Kansas Jayhawks when they met the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the fifth annual Hall of Fame Bowl in Birmingham, Ala.

6Sports video: Coach Mangino thinks Iowa State may have an edge over KU

The Cyclones have had a chance to improve their team after their first game of the season; the Jayhawks are going in untested.

'73 Liberty Bowl: Favored Hawks fail to prevail

North Carolina State posts 31-18 upset victory

Going into the December 17, 1973 Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Ten., the Jayhawks were modest favorites over the North Carolina State Wolfpack. NC State's 31-18 upset victory came despite the Jayhawks holding onto a 10-10 tie score in the third quarter.

Defensive back still trying to qualify

Kenneth Thompson won't play football for Kansas this season. Next season might be a different story. While KU prepares for Saturday's season opener at Iowa State, the all-state defensive back is back home in Grand Prairie, Texas, because he failed to qualify academically.

Wednesday, August 28

6Sports video report: Zach Dyer to start against ISU

6Sports reports on KU football coach Mark Mangino's plan for the Jayhawks' season opener against Iowa State University on Saturday.

Tuesday, August 27

KU baseball staff taking shape

First-year Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price named two of his three assistants Monday, both coming from the state of California.

GTAs unanimously approve contract

Kansas University's graduate teaching assistants ended two years of negotiations Monday by unanimously approving a new contract. The 70-0 vote sends the contract to the Kansas Board of Regents and Department of Administration, both of which are expected to approve the deal to take effect Oct. 1.

6Sports video report: Linebackers comfortable with their depth

6Sports reports on the Jayhawk linebacking corps and their outlook on this year's group.

Sunday, August 25

Kansas football fortunes uncertain

If I plunked a Sacagawea dollar into my pocket every time someone asked me how I thought the Kansas University football team would do this fall, I'd be listing to starboard. New coach. New staff. New interest. New enthusiasm.

Bechard encouraged by scrimmage

It was hard to tell much about this season's Kansas University volleyball team Saturday night. In the Jayhawks' first public scrimmage at the Horejsi Center, the blue squad beat the red team handily, 3-0.

Saturday, August 24

Mangino tweaks depth chart

When Kansas University released its first updated football depth chart on Aug. 14, there were more than a dozen changes from the original two-deep list printed before full-squad, two-a-day workouts began on Aug. 10. There were few changes, however, in the depth chart released Friday � the first update since two-a-day practices ended Wednesday.

6Sports video report: KU fans can catch sneak peak at ISU

6Sports reports on the Jayhawks' first football opponent this season, Iowa State, and their game in Kansas City against the Florida State Seminoles.

GTAs likely to approve contract

Two years of effort to secure better wages could come to an end next week for Kansas University's graduate teaching assistants.

Budigs establish special ed professorship

It has been eight years since Gene Budig was chancellor of Kansas University, but his influence continues on campus.

Prep center from Wisconsin to visit Kansas

Brian Butch, a 7-foot, 215-pound high school senior blue chip basketball recruit from Appleton, Wis., will visit Kansas University Sept. 20-21, analyst Dave Telep of reports.

Friday, August 23

Walk-on Vinson wins conditioning run

Kansas University men's basketball walk-on Stephen Vinson showed good running form on Thursday night. Vinson, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound freshman from Lawrence High, placed first in KU's 12-minute hoops conditioning run at Memorial Stadium's track.

Collison scoreless

Kansas University senior Nick Collison was rewarded Thursday for his work in practice, logging five minutes of playing time in the United States' 84-54 world championship exhibition victory over China. Collison, an alternate/practice player on the USA World Championship team roster who was not assured of playing time when accepting his position with the team, found the going rough in his first game with NBA players. He had his only two shots blocked by 7-foot-5 Chinese sensation Yao Ming.

Jayhawks boast 2 punters

Considering the Kansas University football team converted just a bit more than 25 percent of its third-down attempts last year, the punting game could be critical this season. Fortunately for the Jayhawks, they have two punters � senior Curtis Ansel and sophomore Chris Tyrrell � who should be able to get the job done.

6Sports video: In nine days, KU faces the first game of the season

The Jayhawks have been focusing on Iowa State since practices began.

Seven receive Kemper Awards

Stephen Benedict, a Kansas University associate professor, wore shorts and a polo shirt Thursday to his first immunology class of the semester. Imagine his surprise when Chancellor Robert Hemenway and an entourage of suit-clad men and women walked in to hand him a $5,000 check.

Thursday, August 22

KU profs surprised with $5,000 awards

(Web Posted Thursday at 11:30 a.m.) Three Kansas University faculty members had their first-day classes interrupted Thursday morning to receive Kemper Awards for teaching excellence.

6Sports video: KU's Scrimmage gives fans a chance to meet the players

Fan Appreciation Day gives fans a look at the team. Also, Coach Mangino pushes run defense.

Linebackers eager to lead

You can't really call them chameleons. After all, Kansas University's top three returning linebackers this fall are all 6-foot or taller and each weighs 215 pounds or more.

KU intramurals displaced

The games are still on, but there will be a change of venue.

Wednesday, August 21

Boschee becomes an author

Jeff Boschee the three-point bomber soon will be known as Jeff Boschee the author.

Demolition foes direct harsh words toward KU

The gloves are off. A hearing Tuesday night on the fate of three houses in the 1300 block of Ohio featured the expected he-said, she-said debate between the demolition proponents at Kansas University and opponents from the Oread Neighborhood Assn. and Lawrence Preservation Alliance.

6Sports video report: Two-a-days end with scrimmage

6Sports reports on the final day of two-a-day practices for the KU football team.

Kansas soccer loses senior captain

As soon as Pardis Brown felt the headache coming on three weeks ago, heartache immediately set in.

KU rates low on studying, high on prayer

Kansas University students don't study much, but compared with students on other campuses nationwide, they sure pray a lot.

Tuesday, August 20

6Sports video: Derek Mills makes the big plays

Coach Mangino believes Derek Mills will do big things at the wide receiver position.

Traditions Night stirs spirit for new Jayhawk students

The fall semester at Kansas University doesn't officially begin until Thursday, but class was in session Monday night at Memorial Stadium. The subject matter included Jayhawks, Rock Chalk chants, fight songs and ceremonial treks down Campanile hill.

Sunday, August 18

Preseason NIT, 2002

Kansas University Honor Roll

Kansas University has announced the names of area students who made the honor roll during the 2002 spring semester. They are:

Saturday, August 17

6Sports video report: Offense takes on task of learning new scheme

6Sports reports on the new offensive style for the KU football team.

Pace picks up around campus

By Terry Rombeck Today is the calm before the storm for the Kansas University campus. On Sunday, most of the 5,100 students who will live in the university's residence halls, scholarship halls and student apartments will haul their mini fridges and lava lamps into their rooms, preparing for another school year.

Friday, August 16

Picnics replace quarterback clubs

Gone the way of the leather helmet, the one-platoon system and $15 laundry money is the latest college football dinosaur the quarterback club. Quarterback clubs have become victims of changing times, attitudes and technology. For sure, QB clubs at Kansas University are toast.

6Sports video: Place-kicker's position is secure

Johnny Beck is big enough to be a linebacker but is locked in as kicker.

Nash scores 7 in All-Stars' win

Kansas University junior forward Bryant Nash scored seven points in the Big 12 All-Stars' 121-48 victory over Swedish club team I.K. EOS on Thursday.

KU briefs

KU softball walk-ons KU rowing walk-ons

Collison excited about USA Basketball camp

Nick Collison won't be carrying any books in his backpack next Thursday, the first day of the 2002-03 academic year at Kansas University. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound KU senior from Iowa Falls, Iowa, instead will be 1,500 miles away, soaking up knowledge not in a classroom, but on the basketball court during his "internship" at U.S. World Championship training camp in Oakland, Calif.

KU announces Ellsworth winners

The three winners of this year's Fred Ellsworth Medallions all have worked to increase cultural and ethnic awareness at Kansas University. R.A. Edwards, Cordell D. Meeks Jr. and James E. Seaver will receive medallions the highest honor given by the KU Alumni Association at a dinner Sept. 20 at the Adams Alumni Center. KU officials announced the winners Thursday.

Thursday, August 15

Charities benefit from sale of KU basketballs

It's Christmas in August for five charities, courtesy of Kansas University's men's basketball team. The 2001-02 Jayhawks raised $65,898 for Lawrence's Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers and Sisters; Nebraska's Girls and Boys Town; and Camdenton R III Foundation of Camdenton, Mo.

6Sports video reports: Coach Mangino is pushing for success

Mangino wants to be competing for championships and in bowl games as soon as possible.

Wednesday, August 14

6Sports video report: Quarterbacks still vying for starting spot

6Sports reports on the fight between Zach Dyer and Bill Whittemore for the starting quarterback spot at KU.

Tuesday, August 13

6Sports video report: Mangino pleased with progress

6Sports reports on KU head coach Mark Mangino's comments on the progress the football team is making during practices.

6Sports video report: Hill made decision to leave because of ongoing health problems

6Sports reports on Harrison Hill's decision to leave the KU football team.

Monday, August 12

Big 12 All-Stars slip past Norwegian team

Kansas' Bryant Nash hit a three-pointer for his only points in the Big 12 All-Stars' 89-79 victory over the Norwegian National Team on Sunday. Kansas State's Pervis Pasco led the Big 12 with 15 points and six rebounds.

Sunday, August 11

Many Medical Center salaries rely on grants

By Terry Rombeck Many of the highest-paid state workers in Kansas work at Kansas University Medical Center. But that doesn't mean taxpayers are footing the bill for their salaries. Grants and funds from the KU Endowment Association often pay as much or more than state money.

Saturday, August 10

Rec renovations continue

By Andy Samuelson For Kansas University students hoping to use recreational services this year, things will look much like driving on Kansas Highway 10 lots of construction work and some uncertainty.

2002 Football Signees

Veteran Hill used to being butt of jokes

By Andrew Hartsock One thing the NCAA doesn't warn student-athletes petitioning for a rare sixth year of eligibility about is the endless string of age-related jokes to which the successful ones are subjected.

Kansas Schedule

Rec opportunities

2001 Big 12

Hemenway supports Kansas AD Bohl in FSU fund flap

A flap over the funneling of funds at Fresno State caused Kansas athletic director Al Bohl some embarrassment last spring, but Bohl has the full support of KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway.

Preseason NIT

KU 2001 Recap

6Sports video report: Mangino understands that overnight success stories are the exception, not the rule

6Sports reports on KU head football coach Mark Mangino's thoughts and outlook on the upcoming football season; KU football players comment on Media Day.

Bears hope to improve on last year's 6-5 season - Southwest Missouri State: at Kansas, Sept. 14

After opening season with 2-5 mark including a 24-10 setback at Kansas SMS won its last four to snap string of 5-6 records

Four straight years of 5-6 football seasons ended at Southwest Missouri State last fall. Now the Bears hope to improve on their 6-5 over-the-hump 2001 season. "Every year is different and each team develops its own personality," SMS coach Randy Ball said, "but there are some things we've been looking for that we started to see last fall and we've continued to see in the off season."

Friday, August 9

6Sports video reports: Returning players join the newcomers for practices

One of Coach Mangino's impressive new recruits hails from Canada.

Dole Institute plans to be landmark

By Terry Rombeck Richard Norton Smith says he's skeptical of any public policy center that doesn't involve the public.

Lawrence briefs

Delta Chi's KU chapter wins top national award VFW to honor teacher KU sets final exams

KU assistant football coaches at a glance

Nick Quartaro, Bill Young, Ken Conaster and Pat Henderson.

Thursday, August 8

Freshman Knighton moved to end

By David Mitchell Kyle Knighton's career as Kansas University linebacker lasted one day. Knighton, the Missouri prep record holder for single-season tackles (222) and career tackles (547), moved to defensive end Wednesday during the Jayhawk newcomers' second day of two-a-day football practices.

6Sports video report: The Jayhawks have 24 days to prepare for the season

Coach Mangino says that the newcomers' practice was a success.

Hot games are coming

6Sports' James Sido breaks down the top NCAA games

At first, it seemed an odd form for a wake-up call, but it was a wake-up call nonetheless. There before me (or, on the TV screen before me) stood Steve Spurrier. The expression was one that I've seen countless times before twisting his face into a harsh grimace the kind of wincing one expects to see on the face of a 5-year-old getting a booster shot.

KU football could face travel delays

By Chuck Woodling New federal airport security measures for charter flights could add delays to the road itineraries of Kansas University's football team this fall. "We anticipate increased security," said Richard Konzem, KU senior associate athletic director. "We know we'll have to screen."

Big 12 road team rolls

Kansas University junior forward Bryant Nash scored nine points on 3-of-4 shooting and had three rebounds in the Big 12 All-Stars' 101-68 victory over the Stockholm Human Rights Club Wednesday.

Graves changes stance on Ohio Street property hearing

By Joel Mathis Flip. Flop. First, Gov. Bill Graves said he wouldn't take public input before deciding the fate of houses in the 1300 block of Ohio Street. He changed his mind last month, but his office said at the time he wouldn't conduct a public hearing.

Wednesday, August 7

'Ask Gary' takes on baseball, and returns to KU Hoops

It's time for you fans to forget Kansas basketball for a bit to clear your minds as you follow the fortunes of the Kansas City Royals. The Royals? Yeah right, you say. Because of the baseball mess and Tony Gonzalez situation with the Chiefs, perhaps it IS time for you to think KU hoops and only KU hoops. So here are some summertime questions and my answers regarding KU roundball.

KU law admissions likely to be squeezed

By Terry Rombeck Steve McAllister, dean of the Kansas University School of Law, has a predicament. More students want to study law at KU, but McAllister wants smaller class sizes. That means more competition for fewer spots.

6Sports video report: Two-a-days start for football team

6Sports reports on the first day of two-a-day practices for the KU football team.

Tuesday, August 6

Jayhawks hope newcomers contribute

By David Mitchell Kansas University's freshman class will take the field for the first time today when preseason football practices begin. KU fans and first-year coach Mark Mangino are hoping the newcomers can help the Jayhawks improve on last year's 3-8 record.

Monday, August 5

Nash dunks in all-star scrimmage

Kansas University junior forward Bryant Nash scored six points, including a three-pointer and vicious slam dunk, in the Big 12 men's basketball all-stars' scrimmage on Sunday at the American Airlines Center.

KU football freshmen to report today

By David Mitchell For three years, Jerome Kemp and Nick Reid were rivals. Starting today, the Kansas University freshmen are roommates and teammates. "We've been good friends since our recruiting trip," said Reid, one of 17 scholarship freshmen who will report to preseason football camp today. "I knew of him, but I didn't know him."

Saturday, August 3

Collison, Hinrich receive more preseason praise

By Gary Bedore Kansas University senior basketball players Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich are two of 50 preseason candidates for the Wooden Award, the Wooden selection committee announced Friday. The Iowans also are Playboy Preseason All-Americans and members of Dick Vitale's first-team Preseason All-America squad.

College activists share strategies

By Terry Rombeck Daniel Vaught was one of hundreds of students who protested higher tuition rates at a rally last year.

Friday, August 2

Mangino eager to open

First-year KU coach happy to be part of panel

By Andy Samuelson On one side sat his former boss, Bill Snyder, maybe the most popular sports figure in the state of Kansas. On the other side sat two of the area's top football coaches � Pittsburg State's Chuck Broyles and Northwest Missouri State's Mel Tjeerdsma, who share three national championships in the 1990s.

Campbell returning to alma mater

By Gary Bedore Clark Campbell is coming home. Campbell, a 1993 Kansas University graduate and former KU swimmer, KU assistant coach and professional triathlete from Coffeyville, on Thursday was named head women's swim coach at Kansas.

Thursday, August 1

Douglas declines offer from KU

Former Free State football player won't be a preferred walk-on

By Mike Miller When Kansas University football players report for the first day of practice Monday, Free State High graduate Walker Douglas won't be one of them. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Douglas was one of about 10 players invited to report to camp along with the rest of the scholarship players. Those invited walk-ons usually are players that stay with the team four or five years, and may even earn a scholarship after a couple of years.

Dwyer breaks hand

Arizona's depleted defensive line took another hit when rookie tackle Nate Dwyer broke his left hand.

Russell mines silver

Former Kansas University track All-American Scott Russell placed second in the javelin Wednesday at the Commonwealth Games.