Stories for January 2002


Thursday, January 31

Something about 'Harry'

Hinrich 'out in cold' about likeness to Potter

By Gary Bedore The chant, "Harry Potter, Harry Potter," cascaded through the student section at Texas A&M's Reed Arena last Saturday. It was directed toward Kansas University's Kirk Hinrich as the Jayhawks' shaggy-haired junior guard stepped to the free-throw line late in KU's 86-74 victory.

Wednesday, January 30

Jayhawks clobbered by Colorado, 80-41

Britt Hartshorn and Tera Bjorklund combined for 26 points Tuesday night as No. 17 Colorado stretched its winning streak to six with an 80-41 women's basketball victory over Kansas.

6Sports video report: KU men get largest margin of victory over Tigers in Lawrence

A huge second half gave the Jayhawks the largest margin of victory over MU in the history of the series, topping a 31 point win in 1916.

6Sports video report: KU women suffer second worst defeat in program history

Kevin Romary reports on the KU women's ninth conference loss, this time to Colorado.

6Sports video report: KU men get largest margin of victory over Tigers in Lawrence

A huge second half gave the Jayhawks the largest margin of victory over MU in the history of the series, topping a 31 point win in 1916.

Pierce first ex-Jayhawk named all-star since Manning

By Chuck Woodling Notes, quotes and comments while wondering how many of the KU students who wielded those noisy inflatable "Thundersticks" at the Missouri game the other night will bring them back for Colorado on Saturday.

Gooden does it all in victory over Missouri

By Gary Bedore Drew Gooden did a little bit of everything Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse. On the court, Gooden, Kansas University's 6-foot-10 forward from Richmond, Calif., scored 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting, grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked two shots and had three steals in the Jayhawks' 105-73 rout of Missouri.

Tuesday, January 29

Kansas women trekking to CU

When you're hot, you're hot, and Colorado is scorching in Big 12 Conference women's basketball with five straight victories. "We've been keeping our focus for 40 minutes," CU coach Ceal Barry said, "and I think we're tough to beat when we do that."

KU manhandles Mizzou, 105-73

'Sensational' second half lifts Kansas to Border blowout

Roy Williams had a brief conversation with his wife, Wanda, before Monday's big Border War battle with Missouri. "I was very sincere. I told my wife, 'Give me a one-point win and I'll be as happy as I can be,'" Williams, Kansas' coach, said after the Jayhawks' 105-73 win yep, a 32-point annihilation of rival Mizzou before 16,300 delirious fans at Allen Fieldhouse.

Jayhawks gain three pledges

Kansas University's football team recently secured nonbinding oral commitments from tight end Brandon Perkins, linebacker Kevin Kane and wide receiver Mark Simmons. With the additions, the list of KU's known commitments has soared to 21.

Gooden adds to league-leading stats

By David Mitchell Drew Gooden isn't ready to call himself the best basketball player in the Big 12 Conference. But as his father points out, numbers don't lie. "I go by stats," Andrew Gooden said after watching his son score 26 points and grab 10 rebounds in second-ranked Kansas' 105-73 victory over No. 22 Missouri on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Pair of Jayhawks headed to Super Bowl

Two former Kansas University football players Don Davis and Rod Jones will be playing in Sunday's Super Bowl in New Orleans. Davis and Jones, both sixth-year pros, play for the St. Louis Rams. Davis, a 6-foot-1, 234-pounder, is a starting linebacker while the 6-4, 330-pound Jones backs up Orlando Pace at left offensive tackle.

KU Basketball Notebook: Missouri coach lauds Hinrich

By Gary Bedore Missouri coach Quin Snyder tossed bouquets at Kansas junior guard Kirk Hinrich on Monday, saying if Drew Gooden wasn't the best player in the Big 12 Conference, then Hinrich was.

6Sports Video Report: KU takes Missouri to school, 105-73

The Jayhawks were in top form tonight, led by Drew Gooden's highlight-reel performance.

Monday, January 28

Hatred has deep roots in rivalry

Former Jayhawks recall Mizzou memories

By Gary Bedore To players, coaches, alumni and fans, Kansas-Missouri is more than just a basketball game. "It is larger than life," Missouri sophomore center Arthur Johnson says.

Gooden impressed by Rush

'He'd be the perfect three-man for us'

By Gary Bedore Kansas' Drew Gooden and Missouri's Kareem Rush some day could be teammates in the NBA. That'd be OK with Gooden, the Jayhawks' 6-foot-10, 230-pound junior forward, who is a big fan of Rush, MU's slick 6-6, 218-pound junior small forward.

Border War through the years

Kansas leads all-time series, 153-90

Web site outlines events for KU Engineering Expo

The Kansas University School of Engineering has launched a Web site highlighting this year's Engineering Expo.

Sunday, January 27

KU women suffer eighth straight loss - Oklahoma State 73, Kansas 48

By Andy Samuelson Saturday started well enough for Kansas University women's basketball coach Marian Washington. She exchanged laughs and hugs with former players at the team's annual alumnae game during the morning.

Jayhawks finish second in track event at K-State

Kansas University's track and field teams finished second in Saturday's triangular with Missouri at Kansas State. The final team results were based on a combined men's and women's scoring system. K-State won the event.

Aggies impressed by KU

By Chuck Woodling Ifs and buts were nowhere to be found in Texas A&M coach Melvin Watkins' postgame remarks on Saturday. No. 2-ranked Kansas had just posted an 86-74 victory over the Aggies and Watkins made it sound like if the two teams met nine more times the Jayhawks would go 10-0.

KU football adds California wide receiver

Kansas University's football team continues to corral oral commitments. Charles Gordon, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound wide receiver, reportedly has agreed to join the Jayhawks.

KU Basketball Notebook: Nash drains first trey

By Gary Bedore Bryant Nash hit the first three-point basket of his college career on Saturday afternoon. Nash, Kansas' 6-foot-6, 205-pound reserve forward from nearby Carrollton, Texas, insists it will not be his last.

Saturday, January 26

Langford making most of opportunities

By Gary Bedore Homesick from time to time during his freshman season, Keith Langford is ready for a weekend in the Lone Star State. "I have really good feelings about going back home to see some old faces," said Langford, Kansas University's 6-foot-4, 200-pound guard.

Kansas hoping to end free fall

By Andy Samuelson Kansas women's basketball player Katie Hannon has to wonder where this has been her whole career. Coming into this season, the 6-foot-2 senior guard/forward from Rochester, N.Y., had scored only 18 points, but over the past two games her first career starts she's contributed 14.

Friday, January 25

Area briefs

City crews to start work Residents seek changes in policing of Wellsville Heritage task forces begin preliminary work this week KU tuition committee wins faculty, staff backing

Jayhawks gain running back

Jerome Lewis of Carrollton (Texas) Turner High has made a nonbinding oral commitment to Kansas University, his mother told Jeremy Crabtree of

Dwyer to play in Senior Bowl

Kansas University defensive tackle Nate Dwyer, a first-team coaches' All-Big 12 selection, will be playing in the Senior Bowl on Saturday in Mobile, Ala.

6News video report: KU students feel the effects of financial problems

Tina Terry reports on the release of student assistants to cut expenses at the university.

NCAA could send Jayhawks to St. Louis for tournament

By Chuck Woodling Those who count their chickens before they're hatched are often forced to wrap their choppers around a crow omelet. Still, you can't keep from speculating with the college basketball season well past the point of no return.

Thursday, January 24

6Sports video report: KU women still winless in Big 12

Kevin Romary reports on the Jayhawk women's loss to the Kansas State Wildcats.

6Sports video report: KU women still winless in Big 12

Kevin Romary reports on the Jayhawk women's loss to the Kansas State Wildcats.

KU Basketball Notebook: Hinrich, Collison have hand in win

By Gary Bedore Relief or happiness? "A little of both," Kansas junior guard Kirk Hinrich said after the Jayhawks' 88-81 basketball victory over Iowa State on Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum.

6News video report: Committee to be formed for KU tuition hikes

Tina Terry reports on a meeting between KU students and student senators to discuss the upcoming tuition hikes.

Choice seats to KU-MU game on line for student campers

By Terry Rombeck Allen Fieldhouse looks like a campground. Dozens of students line the arena's concourse in hopes of nabbing premium seats to Monday's home basketball game against Missouri. "It'll be worth it," said camper Kayla Schippers. "It's Missouri our big rival."

6Sports video report: Jayhawk men break five game Iowa State skid

Kevin Romary reports on the KU meeting with Iowa State that ended KU's five game losing skid to them.

Wednesday, January 23

KU taking look at nonconference schedule

By Robert Sinclair When Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino was hired last month he said one of the first moves he wanted to make was to compile easier nonconference schedules. A quick look at the Jayhawks' tentative 2002 slate shows KU opening with back-to-back road games at Iowa State and Nevada-Las Vegas.

6Sports video report: Jayhawks go for seven-man rotation

Kevin Romary reports on the KU men's basketball team's implementation of a seven-man rotation.

6Sports video report: Mangino's staff complete

Kevin Romary reports on the final two members to join Mark Mangino's staff.

Duncan to serve jail time

By Mike Belt Kansas University running back Reggie Duncan will spend the weekend in the Douglas County Jail. Duncan was sentenced for misdemeanor theft by Lawrence Municipal Court Judge Randy McGrath to 180 days in jail. McGrath then suspended all but two of the days. He also ordered Duncan to pay a $100 fine.

Rugged K-State awaits Jayhawks tonight

Tickets for Kansas State University women's basketball games are going faster than slop near a farrowing hut. The Big 12 Conference-leading Wildcats will play in front of full houses this Sunday against Texas Tech and against Iowa State on Feb. 2.

Tuesday, January 22

Duncan to serve 48-hour sentence, pay $100 fine

(Updated Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.) A Kansas University football player will serve two days in the Douglas County Jail and pay a $100 fine for shoplifting at a Lawrence discount store.

6Sports Video Reports: KU's victory over Oklahoma was hard but rewarding

The win helped Drew Gooden win the Big 12 Player of the Week award again, as well as put the Jayhawks back to No. 2.

Haskell football lacks funding, coach

By Chuck Woodling Strange that Haskell Indian Nations University, a school with financial woes, would be featured in a story in the Wall Street Journal. Even stranger, the article was about football.

KU tapped 4th in league

Defending Big 12 champion Nebraska has been selected to repeat in a preseason softball coaches' poll. Kansas was predicted to finish fourth in the 10-team league. Nebraska received seven of a possible nine first-place votes in the coaches' poll and edged Oklahoma.

KU haunted by skid against Cyclones

By Gary Bedore It's been a while two full seasons since Kansas University has defeated Iowa State in men's basketball. "It's something we do remember," KU coach Roy Williams said of the Jayhawks' five-game losing streak to the Cyclones, the last KU victory a 74-60 decision on Jan. 9, 1999 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Coalition unites Lawrence, university

By Joel Mathis While a state official mulls a dispute between Kansas University and an adjacent neighborhood, a new group is trying to prevent similar rifts in the future. The KU Neighbors Coalition brings together representatives from the city, university and surrounding neighborhoods to talk about common issues.

Monday, January 21

Area briefs

KU Med Center to offer free lip-reading classes Senior Services board to introduce new members Service academy nominees include area students Elder Law Clinic offers seminar on consumer benefits

Miles: 'no more excuses'

Freshman guard seeks consistency

By Gary Bedore Kansas freshman point guard Aaron Miles has had some dandy games this season. Six assists vs. no turnovers at Oklahoma State, plus assist to turnover ratios of 5-to-1 at Arizona, 7-1 at Colorado; 8-1 vs. Valparaiso at Allen Fieldhouse and 7-2 vs Houston in Hawaii.

Williams confident in Doherty

As a North Carolina graduate, former UNC assistant coach and mentor to current Tar Heels coach Matt Doherty, Roy Williams feels the pain the former KU assistant is experiencing in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Sunday, January 20

Howell lifts NU, dooms KU women to sixth straight loss - Nebraska 73, Kansas 59

Shannon Howell scored 18 points as Nebraska handed Kansas its sixth straight women's basketball loss, 73-59, on Saturday night. Nebraska (12-7 overall, 2-4 Big 12) held Kansas to 32-percent shooting on the way to a 38-18 lead at halftime. Kansas won the second half, 41-35.

Jayhawks winning despite faults

By Chuck Woodling Do statistics lie? In the case of Kansas University's men's basketball team, a few do. Take a close look at KU's stats and you'll see the Jayhawks have committed only two fewer turnovers than their opponents. That's a surprising number for a team with 15 wins in 17 starts. Giveaways are usually indicative of a team with woes.

6News video report: KU working with NASA to change flying habits

Josh Garber, 6News anchor, explains what a Kansas University researcher is doing with NASA to revolutionize how we use small aircraft.

Saturday, January 19

Jayhawks survive Sooner comeback: KU 74, OU 67

(Web Posted Saturday at 2:50 p.m.) Kansas saw a 22-point second half lead dwindle down to six with under three minutes to play, and struggled at the line in defense of that lead. KU, perhaps inspired by the presence of the great Bill Bridges, managed to hold on for a 7-point win.

Kansas Basketball Notes: Sooners coach impressed by fourth-ranked KU

By Gary Bedore Get him going and Oklahoma's Kelvin Sampson, one of the Big 12's most quotable coaches, will go on and on about all of Kansas University's basketball players. For instance, he loves Drew Gooden.

Mangino completes staff with addition of 2 aides

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino apparently has completed his coaching staff by hiring two assistants last week. George Matsakis, a former Kansas State player who has served as director of football operations the past two years at Houston, will fill that role at KU.

Lineups, Rosters, and Notes

OU tilt vital to Big 12 title hopes

By Gary Bedore The goal, Jeff Boschee says, is to be fitted for a Big 12 title ring in six weeks or so. "Since I've been here, I've not won a conference championship, only a (postseason) tournament championship," said Boschee, Kansas University's senior shooting guard from Valley City, N.D.

Huskers next hurdle for KU

When the going gets tough, the old sports bromide goes, the tough get going. Still, it's becoming tougher and tougher for Kansas University's slumping women's basketball team to remain mentally tough.

Friday, January 18

Have KU women hit bottom? Road may get rougher

By Chuck Woodling No profession, Roy Williams uttered not too long ago, has higher highs and lower lows than coaching. That's not true, of course. It's just Williams jaw-boning, as he often does. You want high highs and low lows?

Area briefs

KU sets final exam County forum explores economic development Possible embezzlement investigated at credit union KU climbs in rankings of research universities

KU search panels review dean applicants

By Terry Rombeck Kansas University should have two new deans selected by the end of the spring semester.

Williams finds little time to savor win over OSU

By Gary Bedore How does a major college basketball coach like Roy Williams celebrate a big-time victory like Tuesday's at No. 6-rated Oklahoma State?

1952 Jayhawks returning to KU for 50th reunion

A majority of the surviving members of the 1952 Kansas University basketball team that won the national title and had seven men on the victorious U.S. Olympic team will gather here the weekend of Feb. 2 for a 50th reunion.

Thursday, January 17

Kansas to honor Bridges

Bill Bridges, a Kansas University basketball All-American in 1961, will be honored at halftime of Saturday's Kansas-Oklahoma game in Allen Fieldhouse. Bridges, who lives in Santa Monica, Calif., will be presented a Kansas Hall of Fame portrait during the ceremony.

6News video report: KU students take complaints to the Board of Regents

Tinna Terry reports on the arguments given by KU students to the Kansas Board of Regents.

6Sports video report: Hawks hit 0-5 with fewest points ever scored by KU women's basketball team

Kevin Romary reports on the fifth conference loss for the KU women's basketball team.

Jayhawks clicked in Stillwater

By Gary Bedore Kansas sure looked pretty on offense during the first half of Tuesday's 79-61 rout of Oklahoma State. Fast-break layups, three-point shots, dunks ... a little bit of everything contributed to the No. 4-ranked Jayhawks' 53-31 halftime lead against the country's No. 6 squad.

Wednesday, January 16

Boschee gets record despite flu

By Robert Sinclair That feeling in the pit of Jeff Boschee's stomach wasn't just from becoming the Jayhawks' all-time leading three-point shooter on Tuesday night against Oklahoma State. Boschee, KU's senior guard, battled flu-like symptoms all day, but drilled the record-breaking trey with 5:53 remaining in the first half of Kansas' 79-61 victory.

6Sports video report: Jayhawks get their revenge, 79-61

Kevin Romary reports on the Jayhawks' win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

KU student-athletes succeed in classroom

Nine of 16 Kansas University athletics teams posted grade point averages of 3.0 or better in the fall semester. KU teams had a combined GPA of 2.83. During the fall semester, 207 student-athletes were named Jayhawk Scholars for earning 3.0 GPAs or better, and 29 Jayhawks earned 4.0 averages.

6Sports video report: Jayhawks get their revenge, 79-61

Kevin Romary reports on the Jayhawks' win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

KU officials say plan step in right direction

By Scott Rothschild Kansas University officials on Tuesday applauded Gov. Bill Graves' proposal to restore funds for higher education, saying that cuts envisioned in a no-new-taxes budget would cause serious harm.

University to present tuition strategy

By Terry Rombeck Kansas University shouldn't rely solely on tuition to match its peers' funding, university officials said Tuesday. But doubling tuition rates to match the peers' budgets is still an option, Provost David Shulenburger said.

Tuesday, January 15

Kinsey finds new school

Former Kansas University football quarterback Mario Kinsey has found a new home. Kinsey, who was kicked off Kansas' football team on Dec. 18 for violating athletics department policies, has enrolled at NCAA Div. I-AA Sam Houston State University.

Jayhawks recall 2000 OSU debacle

By Gary Bedore So, Roy Williams, what do you remember most about Kansas' last trip to Oklahoma State's Gallagher-Iba Arena, site of tonight's KU-OSU Big 12 basketball showdown? "That they just killed us," Williams said Monday.

Plug to be pulled on Fox Sports Midwest

By Chuck Woodling Fox Sports Midwest will not be available on Sunflower Broadband, the city's cable television outlet, after Friday. Patrick Knorr, general manager of Sunflower Broadband, announced last month the regional sports network would be dropped because Sunflower did not want to pass an FSM rate hike to its customers.

6Sports Video Reports: KU Men's Basketball team falls out of the No. 1 spot

The Jayhawks are now ranked fourth, with three more Big 12 teams in the top 25.

Monday, January 14

UCLA regains passion while toppling Jayhawks

After two months of up-and-down results, No. 11 UCLA showed it is one of the best basketball teams in the country when it knocked off No. 1 Kansas University.

Lobbying a KU priority in light of budget crunch

By Terry Rombeck Janet Murguia had hoped for a smoother transition from federal to state politics. Instead, she enters her first year leading Kansas University's legislative lobbying as the state faces one of its bleakest budget outlooks in years.

Brazilian student holds out hope for kidney transplant

By Joy Ludwig Though she is dealing with mounting medical expenses and often experiences fatigue, Rachel Magario is trying not about to let her disease get her down. "I don't think it's any easier to be blind and have a chronic disease," she said. "I just can't keep going and going like I used to. It's frustrating at times, but I have to pace myself."

Sunday, January 13

Boschee sullen after tying record

By Gary Bedore Kansas senior Jeff Boschee was in no mood to celebrate after hitting three three-pointers Saturday and tying Billy Thomas for first on the Jayhawks' all-time three-point chart.

UCLA gives Kansas sense of mortality

By Chuck Woodling Those of us who are not too young to remember the glory days of UCLA basketball the Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton years, in particular experienced a strange feeling on Saturday afternoon in legendary Pauley Pavilion.

Sloppy second half dooms KU women - Missouri 66, Kansas 48

By Andy Samuelson Elbows flying, players diving, shots not falling, turnovers it was ugly basketball early between Kansas and Missouri on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. Gritty defensive play kept a struggling KU women's basketball team close to its rival after 20 minutes.

Bruins bolstered by crowd

By Chuck Woodling Once upon a time you couldn't obtain a ticket to a UCLA men's basketball game in Pauley Pavilion with a gold bar. Not anymore. Saturday's attendance of 12,280 for No. 1-ranked Kansas was the Bruins' first sellout of the season.

Saturday, January 12

KU women hoping to get back on track

By Andy Samuelson After a week of firsts, Kansas University's women's basketball team hopes for another today one it won't be disappointed about.

KU fans sure to be fired up for Buffs

By Bill Mayer Roy Williams won't have to break out his silly "wine and cheese" script when Colorado plays basketball here on Feb. 2. The Buffaloes are super-pumped about real or imagined wrongs done by Jayhawks and KU realizes it might have to turn out the lights and call the law to prevent a Buffalo stampede.

KU-UCLA at a glance

Track team opens season

The Kansas University track team started its 2002 campaign at the Missouri Invitational Friday at Columbia, Mo.

Friday, January 11

6Sports video report: No. 1 Jayhawks stop Cochran from scoring

Kevin Romary reports on the steps the Jayhawks took to stop the Huskers leading scorer.

KU professor finds himself speaking German on Web

By Terry Rombeck Mark Reaney didn't know he spoke German. He didn't know he was a Swiss theater star or that he'd talked with Alice in Wonderland, either.

Officials visit with British alumni in KU fund-raising efforts

By Terry Rombeck All the world's a stage for Kansas University's fund-raising efforts. Chancellor Robert Hemenway and an entourage of KU officials this week are in London to meet with British alumni and donors. The events include one-on-one meetings and a reception at the Globe Theatre where William Shakespeare staged plays.

Williams having a blast this season

By Gary Bedore Roy Williams is a happy camper in this, his 14th season at Kansas. "Thank goodness they mail that check to my wife or direct deposit it because I'd feel guilty going to the pay window if I had to go pick up my paycheck," Williams, coach of the country's No. 1 team, said Thursday.

6Sports video report: No. 1 Jayhawks stop Cochran from scoring

Kevin Romary reports on the steps the Jayhawks took to stop the Huskers leading scorer.

Thursday, January 10

6Sports video report: KU women go 0-3

James Sido reports on the Lady Jayhawks' loss to the Baylor Bears.

Huskers: KU worthy of No. 1 ranking

By Steve Rottinghaus Nebraska senior Cary Cochran had seen former No. 1-ranked Duke play basketball on TV a few times this season and wondered what it'd be like to take on the Blue Devils. Now he knows all about being a bit player on reality TV.

6Sports video report: KU men roll

Kevin Romary reports on the KU men's basketball game against the Huskers.

6Sports video report: KU women go 0-3

James Sido reports on the Lady Jayhawks' loss to the Baylor Bears.

KU women fall to 0-3 in league - Baylor 68, Kansas 49

Danielle Crockrom scored 24 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead No. 12 Baylor to a 68-49 women's basketball victory over Kansas on Wednesday night. Sheila Lambert also posted a double-double for Baylor (13-1, 1-1 Big 12) with 14 points and 11 assists.

Wednesday, January 9

Kansas defends ranking: KU 96, NU 57

(Updated Wednesday at 10:27 p.m.) The Jayhawks made the first successful defense of their No. 1 AP ranking tonight with a thoroughly dominating performance over the visiting Nebraska Cornhuskers. When someone brags that a particular game was over in five minutes, that is usually just a bunch of hot air.

Cochran, Huskers to provide test tonight

By Gary Bedore The leading scorer in Iowa prep basketball history will be in Allen Fieldhouse tonight. And he won't be wearing a Kansas basketball jersey. Nebraska senior Cary Cochran, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound three-point bomber from Linden, Iowa, scored 2,650 points in his prep career, more than KU's Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich and even 502 points more than ex-Jayhawk All-American Raef LaFrentz of Monona, Iowa.

KU last in Sears Cup

Kansas University ranked in a tie for dead last in the country in the just-completed fall standings for the Sears Cup.

Tuesday, January 8

Jayhawks on brink of important stretch

By Chuck Woodling Now that we know Duke is as mortal as John Wayne losing at Florida State is the equivalent of Kansas losing at Texas A&M anybody can win the 2002 NCAA men's basketball championship.

Former KU aide joins SMU

New Southern Methodist coach Phil Bennett rounded out his staff Monday by hiring former Kansas University wide receivers coach Clarence James and former Kansas State colleagues Bob Fello and Jim Gush.

Research gives low marks to Kansas private school affordability

By Terry Rombeck Kansas' public colleges and universities are among the most affordable in the country, according to a new study. But researchers from the Lumina Foundation for Education said no Kansas private university is affordable for low-income traditional students.

Gooden earns third Big 12 honor of season

By Gary Bedore Drew Gooden is the Big 12 men's basketball player of the week again. Gooden, Kansas University's 6-foot-10, 230-pound junior forward from Richmond, Calif., on Monday earned the league's weekly award for the third time this young season.

KU's Beck tapped by The Sporting News

Kansas University kicker Johnny Beck was named to The Sporting News' Big 12 All-Freshman team, the publication announced Monday.

KU hires strength coach

Former Florida strength and conditioning coordinator for football Mark Smith has been named head strength and conditioning coach for Kansas University. "Mark is a highly respected strength coach who has been a vital part of one of the top programs in college football," KU coach Mark Mangino said Monday.

Monday, January 7

College women's basketball KU signs seventh recruit

Tamara Ransburg, a 6-foot-4 forward from Virginia Beach, Va., has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Kansas next season. Ransburg, a native of Kansas City, Mo., chose KU over Connecticut, Old Dominion, Duke and North Carolina. She averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds for Tilton (N.H.) High last season.

Saturday, January 5

Hawks survive the day: KU 97, CU 85

(Web Posted Saturday at 10:27 p.m.) Numbers 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 19, 21, 24 and 25 in the Associated Press poll all lost today, and the Colorado Buffaloes looked to add Kansas to that list. This fast-paced, highly physical affair saw seven ties and lead changes in the first seven minutes, but ended like the previous 24 times these two teams played: with a Jayhawk win.

KU-CU Glance

KU weight center set for 2003 opening

Kansas University athletics department officials have established March of 2003 as the scheduled completion date of the new Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center. "We're in the middle stages of design," Pat Warren, KU associate athletics director for external affairs, said on Friday. "Construction should begin in the next six to eight weeks."

Friday, January 4

State denies preservationists more hearings on KU sites

By Joel Mathis Lawrence residents and preservationists won't get another public hearing on their challenge to Kansas University scholarship hall plans, a state official said Thursday. Ramon Powers, the state historic preservation officer known also as SHPO is still weighing whether KU will be allowed to tear down three university-owned houses in the 1300 block of Ohio Street. The Oread Neighborhood Assn. and the Lawrence Preservation Alliance had asked for a public hearing.

6Sports Video Reports: Boschee's upset stomach takes him off the court briefly

In Wednesday's game against Valparaiso, Jeff Boschee left the game briefly.

Mailing service closes doors at Kansas Union location

By Terry Rombeck Kansas University students won't be able to mail a package at the Kansas Union this spring, but they may be able to plan a vacation.

Thursday, January 3

6Sports Video Reports: KU men keep ahead of 'giant-killer' Valpariso

Kevin Romary recounts the game, which was dominated by Drew Gooden.

NU must win to salvage .500 bowl mark for Big 12

By Chuck Woodling Now it is left to Nebraska to save the face of Big 12 Conference football. Seven Big 12 schools have preceded the Cornhuskers in the postseason bowl parade and only three of the seven won, meaning the Huskers must triumph against 8-point favorite Miami tonight in order for the league to salvage a .500 record.

Gooden: 'It's like high school'

By Gary Bedore Kansas junior Drew Gooden is starting to put up monumental numbers every time he takes the floor.

Collison hits 1,000

Forward joins elite KU fraternity

By Levi Chronister A routine layup by Nick Collison early in the second half of Kansas' 81-73 victory over Valparaiso on Wednesday put the Kansas forward in elite company. Collison's shot gave him his eighth point of the night and, more importantly, the 1,000th of his career, a mark reached by just 43 other Jayhawks.

One Drew lauds another

Crusaders' coach on Gooden: 'He broke our backs'

By Chuck Woodling Homer Drew likes the name and he loves Drew Gooden's game. "Drew is a great name to take to the pros," Valparaiso coach Drew said, smiling after Gooden's tour-de-force performance in Kansas' 81-73 win over the Crusaders on Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

Jayhawks dunk Valpo

Williams perturbed by defense

By Gary Bedore Jeff Boschee charged out of the northwest tunnel of Allen Fieldhouse during the second half of Wednesday's Kansas-Valparaiso basketball game. He returned shortly after taking care of a nasty upset stomach.

Wednesday, January 2

Jayhawks ring in the year with a win: KU 81, Valpo 73

(Updated Wednesday at 9:29 p.m.) Last game, Drew Gooden went into halftime stuck on his 999th career point. Tonight, Nick Collison went into the lockers stuck on 998. Shortly into the second half, Collison rolled one in to become the 44th Jayhawk to notch over 1,000 points.

No. 9 Texas Tech awaits KU women

Kansas University's women's basketball team, which lost five of its final seven nonconference games, will face mighty Texas Tech to open the Big 12 season today. Tipoff will be 8 tonight at the ninth-ranked Red Raiders' United Spirit Arena.

KU Med doctor challenges study on breast cancer

By Terry Rombeck A breast cancer researcher from the Kansas University Medical Center is questioning the impact of a study published in a recent issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study, conducted by researchers from the University of California at San Francisco, indicated that using a breast pump to collect fluid from the nipple may be a simple and noninvasive way to gauge a woman's risk of breast cancer.

Collison on verge of joining 1,000-point club

By Gary Bedore Drew Gooden received a warm yet rather short in duration ovation after scoring the 1,000th point of his college basketball career on Saturday night at Kansas City's Kemper Arena.

Road-weary Valpo to meet Jayhawks tonight

By Gary Bedore Happy New Year, Valparaiso. Valparaiso University basketball players and coaches, in town for tonight's KU-Crusaders nonconference game (7:05 p.m., Allen Fieldhouse), rang in the new year with a horde of Lawrence residents late Monday night at Set'Em Up Jack's Bar and Grill.

Tuesday, January 1

Doeren joins KU staff

Dave Doeren, secondary coach and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Div. I-AA football champion Montana, has been named Kansas University's linebackers coach. "Dave is a rising star in the coaching ranks," KU coach Mark Mangino said Monday.

6Sports video report: Another addition to the coaching staff

Kevin Romary reports on the newest addition to the KU Football coaching staff.

Narrow win beneficial in long run for Jayhawks

By Gary Bedore What, me worry? Not Keith Langford, who wasn't gnawing his fingernails in the latter stages of last Saturday's 93-85 victory over Tulsa at Kemper Arena.

KU not considering Classic

Contrary to a published report, Kansas University's football team is not contemplating opening its 2002 season at Ohio State in the Pigskin Classic in late August. "There were some preliminary discussions in August, but nothing since," KU associate athletics director Richard Konzem said.

6Sports video report: Another addition to the coaching staff

Kevin Romary reports on the newest addition to the KU Football coaching staff.

6Sports video report: Hinrich helps Jayhawks go 10-1

Kevin Romary reports on KU Jayhawk Kirk Hinrich and his role in Saturday's win against the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane.