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Monday, September 30

Soccer: Jayhawks settle for tie with No. 18 NU

After seven years of futility against Nebraska, Kansas University's soccer team came within a few feet of finally breaking through against the No. 18 Cornhuskers on Sunday at SuperTarget Field.

Sunday, September 29

(Whitte)more than enough - Kansas 43, Tulsa 33

Quarterback leads KU past Hurricane

Imagine what Bill Whittemore could have done if he had put in a full day's work. Kansas University's junior quarterback rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries and passed for 218 yards and one TD on Saturday night at Skelly Stadium in the Jayhawks' 43-33 victory against Tulsa.

Ceremony at hoops Hall has KU flavor

Kansas University was well represented at Friday night's Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Springfield, Mass.

Lima helps Kansas volleyball sweep Texas Tech

Kansas University's volleyball team won again, and that usually means one thing. Lima time.

Tulsa wary of Whittemore

Tulsa University football coach Keith Burns knew Kansas quarterback Bill Whittemore could run the option.

Saturday, September 28

KU, Tulsa bosses on same committee

Only two of the five members of the powerful NCAA presidential search committee represent Div. I-A football schools. Those two schools Tulsa and Kansas will be meeting tonight at Skelly Stadium on the TU campus.

6Sports video report: KU defense needs fireman mentality

6Sports reports on KU head coach Mark Mangino's thoughts on the play of the KU defense.

Fifth-year receiver making impact for KU

Newfound success won't change attitude of Jones

Marcellus Jones remembers that the last time a football season started this way, he became quite fond of himself. Kansas University's senior receiver will not make the same mistake in 2002.

KU volleyball hopes to build on victory over Colorado

It could be the spark every program on the rise needs a stunning victory in a hostile environment against an opponent against which it has had minimal success.

Hurricane hoping to end skid

Tulsa opened the 2001 college football season with a 51-0 victory against Indiana State. Since then, things have been bleak for the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa enters tonight's nonconference game against Kansas at Skelly Stadium trying to halt a 14-game losing streak, including the first four games of this season.

Smith lifts Kansas soccer past CU

Caroline Smith is scoring goals at a faster pace than any player in the brief history of Kansas soccer. Consequently, the Jayhawks are off to their best start in eight seasons.

Friday, September 27

6Sports video: Tommy Mangino takes a hit against Olathe East

(Updated Tuesday at 3:36 a.m.) This video shows LHS quarterback Tommy Mangino taking a hit from an Olathe East defender. The video clip shows the play at regular speed, then at slow motion, then slow motion backwards.

KU boasts grad rate above average

Kansas University's student-athletes are ahead of the national curve when it comes to graduation rates.

Mangino expresses regret over ref incident

Kansas football coach Mark Mangino said he made a mistake when he lost his composure after Lawrence High's football game Friday at Haskell Stadium. "I certainly did have a message that I wanted to convey, but I do acknowledge and admit that I did not select the appropriate forum," Mangino said Thursday on his weekly radio show.

Kansas, Chattanooga work on series in basketball

Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga's Jeff Lebo are working on scheduling a 2-for-1 basketball series that will begin next season.

Thursday, September 26

Mangino: 'It wasn't a big deal'

Kansas football coach was looking out for son

Kansas football coach Mark Mangino is standing firm in his belief that he did nothing wrong following Lawrence High's game last Friday night. Mangino yelled at game officials as they left Haskell Stadium because he was angry about a hard hit his son, Tommy, the Lions' quarterback, took during the game against Olathe East.

6Sports video: The Jayhawks practice harder after Coach Mangino's criticism

Coach Mangino is pushing his team to improve their performance in next week's game.

Wednesday, September 25

6Sports video report: Defense needs to play with attitude

6Sports reports on the thoughts of the players and head coach Mark Mangino on the upcoming game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

Kansas golf second at home tournament

Kansas University's golf team found out this week that home isn't always all that sweet. "Sometimes," KU coach Ross Randall said, "it's easier to play elsewhere." Despite finishing second out of 14 teams in the Kansas Invitational, the Jayhawks left Alvamar Tuesday afternoon wondering what could have been.

6Sports video report: KU golfers come up short

6Sports reports on the outcome of the Kansas Invitational at Alvamar golf club.

Why can't basketball start tomorrow? Gary gets you ready for the upcoming season

As die-hard KU basketball fans are well aware, Late Night With Roy Williams and the start of hoops season is approaching quickly. Late Night With Roy No. 15 will be held the night of Friday, Oct. 11. No specifics have yet been released, but you can expect doors to open 6 p.m.-ish with the festivities to start about 10 p.m. Dat's the way it usually works. Admission is free and seating is first come first served. KU will release specifics in the opening days of October, so stay tuned.

Mangino punished

KU coach yells at officials after LHS game

Lawrence High officials are tight-lipped, but they have taken some form of action against Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino because of a post-game incident. Mangino's son, Tommy, who is the Lions' starting quarterback, was hit hard late in Friday night's 26-7 win over Olathe East and had to come out of the game.

Tuesday, September 24

Kansas third after 36 holes

Jayhawks one stroke out of second place heading into todays final round

Kansas Universitys mens golf team shot a 580 on Monday, good enough for third place out of 14 teams after day one of the Kansas Invitational at Alvamar. As for individual achievements, it was all Pete Krsnich.

Tulsa coach wants more

Tulsa has played one good game among its four losses the first half against Oklahoma and the second half against Baylor. The Golden Hurricane forced five Baylor turnovers and outscored the Bears 19-7 in the second half of their 37-25 loss Saturday.

Monday, September 23

Kansas golf to conduct Invitational

Kansas University's men's golf team will play host to 13 other teams in the KU Invitational today and Tuesday at Alvamar Golf Course. Competitors will play 36 holes today and 18 on Tuesday.

Haylock leads Jayhawks

Kansas University's Emily Haylock swept both her singles and doubles matches Sunday at the Hurricane Invitational. Haylock defeated Tulsa's Mariana Barrios, 6-1, 6-1, before teaming with freshman Christine Skoda to top TU's Barrios and Tiffany Smith, 9-7.

Saturday, September 21

Kansas loses to Bowling Green: 36-16

Four different quarters seemed like four different games. Kansas came out firing and held Bowling Green to just one first down, and two three-and-out possessions in the opening frame. The second quarter opened with a KU touchdown, but ended badly: a pair of late first-half fumbles resulted in 15 Falcon points. The third? The Falcons took the kickoff and drove 80 yards in four quick plays. By the fourth quarter, the Falcons were playing ball controll with their reserves on the field and few fans left in the stands.

6Sports video report: Nash to miss four weeks of pick up games

6Sports reports that KU junior basketball player Bryant Nash will miss four weeks of pick up games after breaking his thumb.

6Sports video report: Bowling Green continues tour of Big 12

6Sports previews the Jayhawks' meeting with the Bowling Green Falcons.

Friday, September 20

6Sports: KU's punter has been exceptional this year

Curtis Ansel usually takes the field when the Jayhawks are not doing well, but he does everything he can to give the team a boost.

Whack-y pick: KU over BG

Does it seem like Big 12 Conference football teams are playing the same non-conference opponents? Troy State and Tulsa are the primary ex-officio Big 12 members with three conference schools on their schedules. Troy State has Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa State; Tulsa tangles with Oklahoma, Baylor and Kansas. Six others Southern Cal, UCLA, Bowling Green, Louisiana Tech, SMU and New Mexico have two Big 12 foes apiece on their slates.

KU soccer rolls, 2-0

Two freshman led Kansas University's soccer team to a 2-0 victory in its opening match in the Evansville (Ind.) Tournament on Thursday.

Thursday, September 19

Volleyball: Aggies sweep Jayhawks

Kansas University's volleyball team dropped its Big 12 opener to Texas A&M, 30-24, 30-26, 30-26, on Wednesday.

6Sports video: KU is worried about Bowling Green's Harris

Despite KU's ranking as fifth-best pass defense in the conference, Coach Mangino believes that Josh Harris is a force to be reckoned with.

Aggies sweep Jayhawks

Kansas University's volleyball team dropped its Big 12 opener to Texas A&M, 30-24, 30-26, 30-26, on Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 18

6Sports video report: Whittemore continually improving

6Sports reports on Jayhawk quarterback Bill Whittemore, and the improvement he has made after the first three games.

Kansas volleyball eager for Big 12 opener

Everything could change for the Kansas University volleyball team today for better or for worse. Junior outside hitter Abbie Jacobson wants the Jayhawks to take a different course in Big 12 Conference play than her previous two seasons.

Portland prep picks MU over Kansas

The Portland pipeline now flows through Missouri as well as Kansas. Mizzou basketball coach Quin Snyder on Tuesday received an oral commitment from Thomas Gardner, a 6-foot-5 guard from Portland (Ore.) Jefferson High, who chose MU over UConn and Kansas.

6Sports video report: KU volleyballers undefeated heading into conference play

6Sports reports on the thoughts of KU volleyball players as they head into Big 12 conference play against Texas A & M.

Tuesday, September 17

Jayhawks struggling

Kansas University's men's golf is tied for 12th in a 15-team field after two rounds of the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational. Kansas opened the two-day tournament with a first round total of 304, then followed with a second-round score of 307 for a two-round total of 611.

6Sports video report: Wooden commits to Sun Devils

6Sports reports on the oral commitment given to Arizona State University by Free State senior, Keith Wooden, who had been considering coming to KU.

Monday, September 16

No appetite for hotdogging

If you detest outlandish athletic hot-dogging as much as I, you're probably super-jubilant over how the Kansas City Chiefs lucked out against the Cleveland Browns in last Sunday's incredible football battle. Two bits of egotistical stupidity, then victory for Kansas City in a game the Browns had won, twice, but threw away. Hot dog!

Sunday, September 15

KU blows by Bears - Kansas 44, Southwest Missouri State 24

Special teams spark Kansas to first victory

Kansas University had been sorely lacking in big plays from its defense and special teams. Both units delivered Saturday night at Memorial Stadium as the Jayhawks (1-2) claimed their first victory of the Mark Mangino era a 44-24 rout of Southwest Missouri State (2-1).

Saturday, September 14

6Sports video report: SMS to pay Jayhawks second visit

6Sports reports on the Jayhawks' home opener against Southwest Missouri State. Kevin Romary also includes highlights from last year's tilt.

Kansas records first win of the Mark Mangino Era: KU 44, SMS 24

When Greg Heaggans bobbled the opening kickoff on his own goal line, it looked like an inauspicious beginning was about to befall Kansas' home opener. One hundred yards later, and Mark Mangino had his first lead as the Jayhawks' head coach. By the third quarter, Heaggans had amassed a whopping 195 yards on kickoff returns, smashing the previous record set by Jayhawk legend John Hadl against Syracuse in 1959. By the end of the game, Mangino and the Jayhawks chalked up their first win of the season.

Jayhawks juggernaut for a day

Records are indeed made to be broken. Even 43-year-old records the record-setter can't remember. Up in Suite 601 at Memorial Stadium, former Kansas University football All-American John Hadl watched with delight Saturday night as red-shirt freshman Greg Heaggans returned four kickoffs for 195 yards, including a 100-yard TD gallop with the opening kickoff.

KU soccer drops Hogs

Caroline Smith scored two goals including the game-winner with two minutes left in regulation and assisted on the third as Kansas University upended Arkansas, 3-2, in college soccer on Friday.

Tips ease game-day dilemmas

If you're heading out to a Kansas University football home game, you may already have taken the first steps: getting the tickets, the bratwurst and the beer. But next on the game day agenda is figuring out where to park and where to have your pregame party.

Lawrence merchants hope to score touchdown with KU football fans

Lawrence merchants are hoping for an invasion of free-spending football fans when the Kansas University Jayhawks play their first home game today. But considering the Jayhawks are already 0-2 and coming off a season where they won just three games some merchants say that the return of Band Day after a one-year hiatus may be just as helpful to their sales.

Friday, September 13

Whack Woodling? Piece of cake

Early in life, I realized I couldn't run, sing or hit a baseball. Much later in life I discovered I couldn't pick college football winners. Those of you who watched the old "Fearless Football Forecasters" television show on Sunflower Broadband know I took more pies in the face than Milton Berle and Soupy Sales combined.

6Sports video: KU's defense hopes to improve

Make no mistake about it, Kansas' football team did improve from week one to week two. Now the Jayhawks hope to take an even biggger step in week two to week three. Coach Mangino believes that his defensive line is so anxious to make big plays that they make mental mistakes.

KU volleyball eager for home

Today's Jayhawk Classic first Horejsi match appearance for KU in 298 days

Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard would call this weekend's Jayhawk Classic a homecoming if he could remember what home was like. Sure, the fifth-year coach has seen plenty of the Horejsi Center during the Jayhawks' fall practices, but it's been 298 days since KU played a competitive match in the gym.

Thursday, September 12

6Sports video: KU prepares for their next game despite somber day

Coach Mangino lost a childhood friend on 9/11, but he and the Jayhawks have to move on.

July 7, 2000 press conference, part 6

Further video from Roy Williams' July 7, 2000 press conference - part 6.

Video: "I'm Staying."

Pandemonium erupts in Memorial Stadium as over 16,000 fans watch a broadcast of Roy Williams' announcement.

June 30 press conference

Head KU men's basketball coach Roy Williams delcares he will not announce his final decision on the North Carolina job until July 7.

Blaney born to coach

KU offensive line leader says coaching in his blood

Brandon Blaney never considered surviving on $600 a month a sacrifice. That's good, because he did it for three years as a graduate assistant football coach.

Jayhawks all business despite distractions

On a day of national remembrance, it was business as usual for Kansas University's football team. "Everybody thinks about it," senior safety Jake Letourneau said of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. "After practice we talked about it. During practice our focus was on getting ready for Saturday's game. It's a sad day, but we have to prepare for a couple hours on the field."

Williams impresses during recruiting

Two of Kansas University's top men's basketball recruits might have been tempted, but did not orally commit during KU coach Roy Williams' in-home visits this week. By all accounts Omar Wilkes, 6-foot-4 from Los Angeles, and David Padgett, 6-11 from Reno, Nev., were enthralled with Williams' two-hour presentations Tuesday and Monday respectively, but remain uncommitted.

Wednesday, September 11

6Sports video report: Coaching changes take place after Conaster's resignation

6Sports reports on the coaching change being made after the resignation of Offensive Line coach, Ken Conaster.

Senior Hurst moving from tight end to offensive line

Senior David Hurst wasn't playing much at tight end, so he went looking for another position. "David Hurst came to me and asked if he could be moved to the offensive line," Kansas football coach Mark Mangino said Tuesday during his weekly news conference. "He thinks we can use some help up there."

Kansas football aide Conatser calls it quits

Kansas University offensive line coach Ken Conatser has resigned two games into the football season. Head coach Mark Mangino, speaking at his Tuesday media session, said Conatser left KU "for personal reasons." He declined to elaborate or take questions about the surprise departure.

Tuesday, September 10

Come dancing with 'Ask Gary' at Late Night

Hello from Hoopville. Recently I asked you to flood me with e-mail concerning "Late Night With Roy Williams." I wanted to know whether you liked Late Night the way was (is and probably forever will be) or if you had some suggestions to make it better. I received 10 replies and heeerrrrreeeee they are...

6Sports video report: KU defense still struggling against the run

6Sports reports on the ongoing problems the Jayhawk defense has against the run.

Monday, September 9

Phog Allen Letter to 1950-51 Jayhawk 'Basketeers'

Remember, 'Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that upon other fields in other years are born the fruits of victory.'

Mark Mangino: 2002

Three days after withdrawing his name for consideration for the head-coaching job at Kansas, Mark Mangino was running the football program.

Terry Allen: 1997-2001

Terry Allen arrived at KU, to take his first Division I-A head-coaching job, he left the University of Northern Iowa as the winningest active coach in Division I-AA. Five seasons later, he left as the only coach in KU history to post five consecutive losing seasons and be fired during a season to be replaced by an interim coach.

Glen Mason: 1988-96

Two and a half months after Glen Mason's Kent State squad beat KU in 31-17 on the Jayhawk's turf, he was named to the post vacated when athletic director Bob Frederick fired Bob Valesente.

Bob Valesente: 1986-87

In December of 1985 KU athletic director Monte Johnson moved quickly to name assistant coach Bob Valesente to replace his outgoing boss, Mike Gottfried.

Mike Gottfried: 1983-85

After turning around football programs at Murray State and Cincinnati, Mike Gottfried lasted just three seasons as the head Jayhawk. The man that replaced Don Fambrough could do no better than a 6-6 final season in 1985, posting a cumulative record of 15-18-1.

Don Fambrough: 1979-82

Resigned, now re-signed would be one way to describe Don Fambrough's head-coaching fortunes at Kansas University. After being denied a contract extension in 1974, Fambrough resigned.

Bud Moore: 1975-78

On December 17, 1974, two weeks after Don Fambrough resigned as KU head football coach, athletic director Clyde Walker named 35 year-old Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Robert Wayne "Bud" Moore to the job.

Don Fambrough: 1971-74

Don Fambrough might as well be known as Mr. KU Football. His lengthy association with the program begins with his career as a player, earning All-Big Six honors in 1946 and 1947, and playing in the 1948 Orange Bowl, the Jayhawk's first post-season bowl appearance.

William Allen White to Phog Allen, 1927

It seems to me that the big job before a Department of Physical Education in any State University is to keep down the desire for athletic supremacy rather than to fan it. I know this advice gives you heart failure and yet I hope, in the long run, you will find it wise advice.

Phog Allen to William Allen White, 1927

I trust you will pardon this lengthy epistle, but I wanted you to feel that we are still trying to play the game squarely here at Kansas. We will not overemphasize athletics to the detriment of academic responsibility.

Pepper Rogers: 1967-70

Kansas University's 31st head football coach was 35 year-old Franklin C. "Pepper" Rogers, who came to Kansas after a stint as backfield coach at UCLA. Signed to a four-year deal, the rookie skipper succeeded Jack Mitchell who was bought out of a ten-year deal following two disastrous seasons.

Jack Mitchell: 1958-66

On November 28, 1957 33 year-old Jack Mitchell was named Kansas University's 30th head football coach following the departure of Chuck Mather, who, under pressure, tendered his season's-end resignation with four games left on the '57 schedule.

J.V. Sikes: 1948-53

Chuck Mather 1954-57

Following Coach J.V. Sikes' November 21, 1953 resignation, it took until January 15 for Kansas University Chancellor Franklin D. Murphy to name 38 year-old Ohio native Chuck Mather as the Jayhawk's 27th head coach.

Sunday, September 8

Kansas-UNLV Notebook

At least Jayhawks show hope of improvement

Add Kansas University's football team to the endless list of Las Vegas losers. Still, like everyone else who leaves Vegas after dropping a bundle, it is not only mandatory but socially acceptable to rationalize.

Turnovers no problem for Rebels

One big fat zero really stuck out when Nevada-Las Vegas football coach John Robinson looked at the statistics. The Rebels were turnover-free in Saturday night's 31-20 win over Kansas. Then again, KU didn't have any turnovers, either.

Saturday, September 7

McDonald, Mather kings of QB club

Not long back, stablemate Chuck Woodling touched on the golden days of the Lawrence Quarterback Club, when the likes of Frank McDonald, Jack Mitchell and Chuck Mather produced so many slap-thigh, rub-gut sessions on Monday nights.

6Sports video report: Jayhawks' visit to Vegas all business

6Sports reports on the preparations the KU football team is making for its first visit to UNLV.

Game, gaming attract KU fans

A large flock of Jayhawk faithful has taken wing to attend tonight's Kansas University football game at Nevada-Las Vegas if ticket sales are any indication. "We've gone through approximately 1,600 tickets," Diana Grover, director of ticket sales, said Thursday. "We're getting ready to ask for 100 more."

6Sports video report: Jayhawks visit to Vegas all business

6Sports reports on the preparations the KU football team is making for its first visit to UNLV.

Friday, September 6

Jayhawks aide Young no stranger to Vegas

To Bill Young, Las Vegas is not about gamblers, showgirls, magicians and Wayne Newton. It's about football and only football. "I probably went there about five times my last year at SC. I was there working," said Young, Kansas University's first-year defensive coordinator who recruited the Las Vegas area during the 1999-2000 school year for the University of Southern California.

6Sports video: UNLV also had a poor opener

UNLV had a weak showing against Wisconsin, but Coach Mangino isn't taking the Rebels lightly.

6Sports video: KU's next football opponent also had a poor opener

UNLV had a weak showing against Wisconsin, but Coach Mangino isn't taking the Rebels lightly.

6Sports video: KU cross country prepares for its only home meet

The Bob Timmons Invitational has four men's teams and five women's teams.

Defense strong suit for Rebels

Iowa State's defense limited Kansas to 150 yards and three points in a season-opening loss last Saturday. KU coach Mark Mangino thinks UNLV might be even tougher. "They are very strong defensively," said Mangino, whose team meets the Runnin' Rebels at 9 p.m. Saturday at Las Vegas.

Thursday, September 5

6Sports video: The Jayhawks have a lot of room for improvement

After last week's loss to Iowa State, Coach Mangino and his players are looking hard for ways to get better.

Wednesday, September 4

Jaybowl scores a strike with students

The orange bowling ball rolled down the left half of the highly-polished hardwood. It traveled past three blue pillars with different variations of painted Jayhawks. And, spinning, it neatly kicked out the remaining pin

6Sports video: The Jayhawks make some changes

Whittemore replaces Dyer as starting quarterback; also, Floodman's knee injury is still being assessed, requiring other defesnive linemen to fill his shoes.

6News video: Jaybowl is rolling strikes again

Renovations began in the Kansas Union's Jaybowl a year ago today. Allison Mann presents the details of its re-opening.

Tuesday, September 3

6Sports video report: Jayhawk freshman leaves mark in 2-1 overtime win

6Sports reports on the Jayhawk freshman, Caroline Smith, who scored the winning goal in Sunday's soccer game against Boston University.

Davison makes roster with Jets

Former Kansas University defensive back Andrew Davison complained when his name wasn't called in last April's NFL draft, blaming the KU coaching staff for not lobbying him for postseason all-star games.

On the road to Vegas with 'Ask Gary'

Here's a special travel edition of Ask Gary, which should be of interest if a.) you are headed to Las Vegas for Saturday's Kansas-UNLV football game or b.) if you have been to Slot City and want to compare notes with Gary on your favorite sites, sounds and smells in the Oasis in the Desert. Skip this one if you have no interest in Vegas, cause this Ask Gary isn't about hoops. It's about Vegas, baby, Vegas.

6Sports video report: KU hammered in season opener

6Sports reports on the KU game against the Iowa State Cyclones.

Sunday, September 1

Ex-KU coach Allen tickled

The two children flipping a football back and forth in the Jacobson Athletic Building on Saturday could have cared less about their papa's prized possession. But for former Kansas University football coach Terry Allen, the football served as a poignant symbol of redemption.