Stories for June 2002


Sunday, June 30

Ex-Jayhawks Thomas, Woodberry mull future

By Andy Samuelson While Drew Gooden was cementing his future last Wednesday night via the NBA draft, two former Jayhawks contemplated their potential basketball plans in the friendly confines of Allen Fieldhouse. Billy Thomas, who is coming off a championship season with the Greenville Groove in the NBA Developmental League, still wants to make it to the pro show, while Steve Woodberry is enjoying the game oversees.

Draft worked well for Gooden

By Bill Mayer When television producers need satisfied, gratified faces to feature in commercials about pills for relief of pain and discomfort, they should start with the visages of Drew Gooden and Roy Williams on Wednesday night. They were classic. And later in the evening, the mug of Kareem Rush would have met similar standards.

Friday, June 28

KU interviews Baylor aide

Baylor assistant baseball coach Mitch Thompson was the last of four candidates to interview for the vacant Kansas University head coaching position on Friday. "It went well and I enjoyed my time meeting the people, seeing the town and getting to know the people in the athletic department," said Goodland native and Fort Hays State graduate Thompson, who was joined by his wife, Amber, on the trip.

Williams clarifies Gooden's remark

Ex-Jayhawk 'upset, disappointed with the way his comment came out'

By Gary Bedore After playing phone tag with Roy Williams after the NBA draft Wednesday night, Drew Gooden finally hooked up with his Kansas University basketball coach on Thursday morning.

Lineman Grady trading cleats for clipboard

By David Mitchell The injury problems that plagued Kyle Grady's college playing career have apparently ended it. Kansas football coach Mark Mangino said Thursday that Grady, a senior offensive lineman from Mesquite, Texas, will join the Jayhawks' coaching staff as a student assistant.

Regents endorse tuition increases

By Scott Rothschild The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday approved a 25.2 percent tuition increase for resident, undergraduate students at Kansas University, part of a package of increases that KU officials promise will improve the school but some students say will produce a barrier to higher education. The new rates, which will be in effect for the fall semester, will increase the tuition for a full-time, resident undergraduate to $1,460 per semester from $1,166 per semester, an increase of $294.

6Sports video report: Ostertag donates kidney

6Sports reports on the successful surgery to transplant one of former Jayhawk Greg Ostertag's kidneys into his sister. Jacque Vaughn reacts.

Thursday, June 27

Ex-Jayhawk in a haze during draft

Drew Gooden was in a daze, a fog that matched the steam rising off the streets of muggy Manhattan. Gooden was higher than the humidity.

6Sports video report: KU alumni take on current players

6Sports reports on the second match between the old players and the new players at Roy Williams' basketball camp.

6Sports video report: Gooden headed to Memphis

6Sports reports on Wednesday night's NBA draft in New York.

NBA Draft: Grizzlies select Gooden

Former Kansas University basketball standout Drew Gooden predicted Tuesday that he would be the fourth pick in the NBA draft. Gooden's prediction, and his dream, came true Wednesday night in New York when the Memphis Grizzlies selected the 6-foot-10 forward from Richmond, Calif., with the fourth pick.

Accounting scandals offer ethics lessons

By Mark Fagan Kansas University doesn't require its accounting students to take an ethics course, but recent scandals that have shaken financial markets offer real-life evidence of such a course's value, a KU professor said.

Wednesday, June 26

KU Baseball: Search down to four finalists

Kansas University is down to four candidates in its search for a head baseball coach. The baseball search committee has sliced Northern Iowa head coach Rick Heller from its list of candidates.

Tuesday, June 25

6Sports video report: Vaughn makes stop at basketball camp

6Sports reports on Jacque Vaughn's visit to Roy Williams' Basketball camp where he spoke about is career.

6Sports video report: KU gets closer to finding a new baseball head coach

6Sports reports on the ongoing search for a new baseball head coach at KU.

Monday, June 24

KU designer accommodates student decorating quirks

By Terry Rombeck Carol von Tersch's interior design clients aren't wealthy homeowners wanting to impress guests at dinner parties with ritzy amenities. Sometimes they want a pingpong table in their living room, or a firefighter's pole running between floors.

Sunday, June 23

Night-side workers keep KU running despite budget cuts

By Mindie Paget The lights are off, the doors locked tight. In this otherwise abandoned building, Josh Wheeler flips a switch on a massive control panel, sending a snapping sound down the empty hallway.

Saturday, June 22

Kansas Baseball: Arkansas selection may affect KU search

Nebraska baseball coach Dave Van Horn's decision to fill the Arkansas vacancy could have an effect on Kansas University's search for a new baseball coach. Rob Childress, Van Horn's assistant at Nebraska, was reportedly one of the leading candidates to replace Bobby Randall who resigned in May after seven years as KU's coach.

Kansas Basketball: KU to play host to Mules

Kansas University will play not one, but two NCAA Div. II schools in men's basketball next season. The Jayhawks have agreed to meet coach Kim Anderson's Central Missouri State Mules at 7 p.m., Dec. 4 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Friday, June 21

Oklahoma honors Holladay

KU aide recognized for work as coach

By Gary Bedore A fixture at Kansas University for almost a decade, Joe Holladay has not been forgotten in his home state of Oklahoma. Holladay, who is beginning his 10th year on Roy Williams' basketball staff, on June 8 was inducted into the inaugural 20-member group of the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in ceremonies in Shawnee, Okla.

6Sports video reports: Roy Williams says Gooden will go far in the NBA

Coach Williams believes Drew will be hard to guard.

Thursday, June 20

6Sports video report: Current Jayhawks defeat alumni in annual classic

In a yearly tradition at Roy Williams' summer basketball camp, former KU players return to take on the current squad. This year, the kids beat the old-timers 80-73.

Peruvian university to honor chancellor

By Terry Rombeck Robert Hemenway is headed to Peru to pick up an honorary degree.

Hemenway supports Bohl

Kansas University chancellor Robert Hemenway says he has not lost faith in embattled athletic director Al Bohl.

6Sports video report: One week to go before Gooden turns pro

Kevin Romary presents the latest of Drew Gooden's hopes and fears on entering the professional basketball ranks in one week.

Warren leaving KU post

Pat Warren, a Kansas University athletic administrator for the last eight years, resigned on Wednesday in order to pursue a master's in business administration at the University of Chicago.

Wednesday, June 19

6Sports video report: Gooden back in town to talk about importance of listening

6Sports reports on Drew Gooden's visit to KU's summer basketball camp, and his anticipation for next Wednesday's NBA draft.

6Sports video report: Former KU athlete named Academic All-American

6Sports reports on the naming of Scott Russell to the Academic All-American first team.

NBA taking close look at Gooden

By Gary Bedore Just when Drew Gooden thought he was finished with final exams, NBA teams came calling with a new batch of tests.

KU asks governor to approve razings

By Terry Rombeck Gov. Bill Graves will get the final say on whether three houses in the Oread neighborhood are demolished. Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway on Tuesday asked Graves to allow KU to raze the homes to make way for a scholarship hall.

Tuesday, June 18

Manning continues to wait, work during offseason

By Gary Bedore Some day, perhaps in a year or two, Danny Manning will take it easy during the summer. But until he officially retires, the 36-year-old former Kansas University basketball All-American will continue to put himself through a rigorous regimen to prepare himself for the upcoming NBA season.

6Sports video report: Danny Manning speaks at camp

6Sports reports on Roy Williams' summer basketball camp.

6Sports video report: KU baseball team to get five new pitchers

6Sports reports on the five pitchers who signed with KU for the 2003 season.

KU search committee meets

At least eight names remain on the list for the Kansas University baseball coaching vacancy after the search committee met Monday for the second time. KU is looking for a replacement for Bobby Randall, who resigned in May after the Jayhawks finished in the Big 12 Conference basement for the second year in a row.

KU reaps rewards

By Chuck Woodling The check isn't in the mail. At least not yet. It's coming, though, and when it does Susan Wachter will be taking it to the bank quickly because the numbers on the check will be at least $6,100,000.

Saturday, June 15

Free State turns to Duncan to coach girls

By Chuck Woodling Bryan Duncan, coach of Free State High's sophomore boys basketball team since the school opened in 1997, will be in charge of the Firebirds' varsity girls team next season.

Friday, June 14

Robinson happy to return

KU basketball aide adjusts to environs

By Gary Bedore Steve Robinson rejoined Kansas University's men's basketball staff on April 11. But it wasn't until last Saturday night that the 44-year-old Robinson welcomed his family wife, Lisa; and children, Tarron (13), Denzel (11), Kiaya (10) and Shauna (22) into their Alvamar home.

Gooden put to test repeatedly

NBA teams poke, prod, test former KU All-American

Drew Gooden had already gone through two hours of physical tests at the Chicago Bulls' practice facility last month during stop No. 3 on his pre-NBA draft tour. He had already had everything from his vertical leap to his percentage of body fat measured and logged. He had already gone through on-court basketball drills for nearly 90 minutes.

Thursday, June 13

KU's Collison views U.S. team appointment as 'internship'

By Gary Bedore Nick Collison this summer will find out first-hand if he's ready to play in the NBA. So will a batch of pro coaches, scouts and general managers who will be watching every move by Collison, Kansas University's senior forward, as an alternate/practice player for the USA Men's World Championship team.

KU football slate wacky, other notes

By Chuck Woodling Hope Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino is adept at adjusting players' biological clocks. The Jayhawks will open the season with a morning game at Iowa State (11:30 a.m. kickoff) on Aug. 31, then play a late-night game (9 p.m. kickoff) the following Saturday at Nevada-Las Vegas.

KU loses swim coach

Cathy Burgess, Kansas University's women's swim coach the last two years, resigned Wednesday.

6Sports video report: Collison chosen as Team USA alternate

Nick Collison compares his assignment to Team USA to an internship.

Tuesday, June 11

6Sports video report: Jayhawk Shocker duo take Four Ball tournament

6Sports reports on the KGA Four Ball tournament finals.

All-star game coming to Haskell

By Chuck Woodling Haskell Stadium will be the site of the first Native American All-Star football game on June 22. Approximately 70 graduated high school seniors, all of Native American heritage, from 13 states will participate in the all-star contest, according to Jeff Bigger, the game's organizer.

Friends say act typical, commendable

By Gary Bedore Those who know Utah Jazz center Greg Ostertag will tell you the 7-footer can act a bit goofy at times. "He can be as different as anyone. He could be the weirdest guy in the world, but everyone would agree what he is doing is pretty neat," said Greg Gurley, a tri-captain with Ostertag and Calvin Rayford on Kansas University's 1994-95 men's basketball team.

Sunday, June 9

Wives of coaches have always been taken for granted

By Bill Mayer I think it was Henny Youngman who declared that behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law.

Friday, June 7

KU lands 9 faculty Fulbrights

Nine Kansas University faculty members the most in 22 years will receive Fulbright grants to research or teach abroad during the coming school year. Officials number likely will put KU toward the top in number of Fulbright faculty members for a university for the 2002-2003 year. The totals won't be announced until all universities receive notification of their Fulbright scholars.

Three KU golfers honored by coaches

Kansas University seniors Casey Harbour and Travis Hurst and KU junior Chris Marshall all have been honored by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Harbour, who just completed his fourth year of eligibility, was one of 86 student-athletes selected to receive Academic All-America accolades. Harbour was also selected as an Academic All-American last season.

Thursday, June 6

Brown elected to Hall of Fame

Magic, Olson also to join hoop shrine

By Gary Bedore A member of Kansas University's Athletics Hall of Fame, former Jayhawk coach Larry Brown is now a member of basketball's most prestigious Hall. Brown, who coached at KU from 1983 to 1988, will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame on Sept. 27 in Springfield, Mass.

Santaularia transferring to Kansas

Former Free State golfer leaving University of Texas

By Andy Samuelson Former Free State High golfer Charlie Santaularia was a little surprised when Kansas University golfer Kevin Ward called and asked him if he wanted to play with him in this week's Kansas Golf Assn. Fourball Championship at Alvamar. After all, Santaularia had just returned from his freshman year at the University of Texas and he was hoping for a little time to relax.

Wednesday, June 5

Kansas University courses in full swing

The students have returned to Kansas University at least some of them. Tuesday marked the first day of summer classes at KU. Though state policy forbids universities from releasing enrollment totals until last day of the summer session, about 10,500 students typically attend summer courses at KU.

KU Football: Olathe North standout to walk on at Kansas

By David Mitchell Jonathan Lamb had lots of choices. In the end, he had to pick Kansas. Lamb, a multi-sport athlete from Olathe North High, has decided to join the Jayhawk football program as a preferred walk-on.

Hall Center announces lecture series lineup

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author will kick off the 2002-'03 Humanities Lecture Series at Kansas University. The series, sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities, is in its 55th year. Lecturers are nominated by KU faculty members.

Sunday, June 2

KU, Oklahoma long way from halcyon days

By Bill Mayer Veteran Oklahoma and Kansas university sports fans tend to be a little embarrassed upon noting that their athletic programs finished fifth and 10th in the 2001-02 Big 12 all-sports race.

Saturday, June 1

Russell earns place among KU track elite

By Gary Bedore Winning a pair of NCAA championships puts Kansas University's Scott Russell in an elite class of athletes at his alma mater. Russell, who graduated last Sunday, snared his second NCAA championship on Thursday, winning the javelin throw at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor at LSU's track.