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Wednesday, April 30

6Sports video: KU golf takes 8th at Big 12 Championship

6sports reports on the final standings at the Big 12 Golf Championship.

KU golf 8th at league

Kansas University's golf team placed eighth at the Big 12 Conference championships, which concluded Tuesday at Southern Hills Golf Course.

Shockers rock Kansas - Wichita State 7, KU 2

Slumping Jayhawks manage just three hits

Hoglund Ballpark was as lively as ever, but the Kansas University baseball bats were fast asleep.

6Sports video: 'Hawks focused on post-season

6Sports reports on the thoughts of some members of the KU softball team on their season.

6Sports video: Jayhawks knocked off by Shockers

6Sports reports on the KU baseball game against the Wichita State Shockers.

KU's Collison selects agent

Nick Collison has picked an agent. Collison, Kansas University's 6-foot-9 senior forward from Iowa Falls, Iowa, has contracted with Mike Higgins of SFX Sports Group -- a talent and marketing agency that represents more than 500 pro athletes in baseball, basketball, football, golf, tennis, soccer and several Olympic sports.

Jayhawks to play host to Big 12 rowing invite

Big 12 Conference rowing teams Kansas, Kansas State, Texas and Baylor, plus Tulsa and Drake, are entered in the Big 12 Invitational Saturday on the Kansas River at Burcham Park.

Tuesday, April 29

Youth tourney to draw recruits

The third-annual Sport 2 Sport/Jayhawk Invitational youth basketball tournament will be held Friday through Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse, Horejsi Center and Sport 2 Sport.

6Sports video: 'Hawks drop last in series against Baylor

6sports reports on the KU baseball game against the Baylor Bears.

Eight finalists named for KU scholar award

Four men and four women have been named finalists for the Kansas University Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.

KU eager to face Shockers

Teams split last year

Kansas University's baseball series with Wichita State has been like a soap opera in recent seasons.

6Sports video: KU softball ends regular season with loss

6Sports reports on the KU softball game against the Baylor Bears.

Monday, April 28

KU blanked by Bears, 4-0

Following home finale, Jayhawks say they're still optimistic about a new field

Tracy Bunge was drinking from a half-full cup, not a half-empty one, Sunday afternoon. Bunge's Kansas University softball team had just played poorly in its home finale -- bowing to Big 12 Conference cellar-dweller Baylor, 4-0 -- and a new stadium to replace bare-bones Jayhawk Field remains in limbo.

Wood: University disregards tennis team

Is this any way to treat one of your own? Judging by the nightmare the Kansas tennis team has gone through this season, the Kansas Athletics Department appears to have forgotten that it cut only one of the two tennis teams in 2001. Women's tennis still exists at Kansas, hanging on by a thread with little to no support by the powers-that-be in the mismanaged department.

Malashock: Don't blame coaches who follow dream

Roy Williams and Bill Self are great people. Great college basketball coaches. One is a legend, a locked hall-of-famer. The other is a budding star, a success story in three previous coaching ventures. Both men truly care about their players; they honestly vow to make a lasting impact on their student-athletes.

Jayhawks flock to NFL

At least three players will be undrafted free agents

Kansas University didn't have a football player among the 262 athletes selected during the seven-round, two-day NFL draft.

Ex-Wildcat finds home at Kansas

KSU graduate Jankovich happy to be Jayhawk aide

A high school hero at Manhattan High and three-year starter at Kansas State University, Tim Jankovich has a lot of friends still living in the Little Apple.

Baylor bashes Kansas - Bears 11, Jayhawks 5

Kansas University baseball pitching coach Steve Abney almost got as much exercise as the Baylor runners circling the bases Sunday.

Sunday, April 27

Mayer: News events now spectacle

Some reflections on the evolution of the athletic "news conference" at Kansas University -- and the drastic changes in remuneration packages over the years.

Pierce pops Baylor

Pitcher returns, leads KU to 4-1 win

That pop Kara Pierce heard in her pitching shoulder hurt just as much above the neck as below. "For awhile, I was worried," Pierce said. "It got a little scary."

KU women 4th

Kansas University's women's bowling club placed fourth and the men finished eighth Saturday at the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships.

Jackson, Bookman win at Drake Relays

Kansas University's Anson Jackson and Leo Bookman claimed titles during Saturday's final day of competition at the Drake Relays.

Bears bash sloppy Jayhawks

The Kansas University baseball team gave No. 21 Baylor extra opportunities on five occasions Saturday. Not a good idea.

Seven days, four men, one coach

How the week from Williams' departure to Self's arrival went down

They said it couldn't be done. They said Kansas University could not hire a new men's basketball coach in less than a week. They were wrong.

Saturday, April 26

Jayhawks find way against BU

Kansas baffles Bears in Big 12 baseball, 4-3

Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price's grin said it all. After KU's thrilling 4-3 victory Friday night over No. 21 Baylor at Hoglund Ballpark -- a win that possibly shouldn't have been, considering all that went against the Jayhawks -- Price's smile showed he was enjoying the long-awaited accomplishment.

KU netter honored

Kansas University's Courtney Steinbock has been named to the All-Big 12 Conference tennis singles team. Steinbock, a junior from Lubbock, Texas, is the Jayhawks' first all-conference pick since 1999.

KU men ousted, but women reach semis

The Kansas University bowling club had one team advance and one team eliminated Friday at the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships.

KU's Emsick claims 5th straight discus title

Kansas University freshman thrower Abby Emsick claimed her fifth consecutive Drake Relays discus title Friday as the KU track and field teams competed in Day Two of the Relays.

Milhoan picks up KU - Kansas 1, No. 7 Nebraska 0

Don't stick a fork in Kansas University's softball team. Hold the autopsy. The Jayhawks aren't dead yet.

Future of KU's softball field remains 'in limbo'

Sunday's contest against Baylor was supposed to be Kansas University's last softball game at Jayhawk Field. Now KU coach Tracy Bunge isn't so sure.

6Sports video: 'Hawks take first in series with Baylor

6Sports reports on the KU baseball game against the Baylor Bears.

Friday, April 25

Wilkes, Padgett recommit to KU

New Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self has completed a successful West Coast recruiting -- make that re-recruiting -- trip. Wednesday, Self visited the homes of KU signees David Padgett and Omar Wilkes, and after three- and two-hour meetings learned both players would honor their commitments to attend KU.

KU track gets third, fourth at Drake

Kansas University's track and field teams picked up a pair of top-four placings during Day One of the Drake Relays.

KU, Baylor to hook up in baseball

Three-game weekend set could be high-scoring

As explosive as the Kansas University baseball team's offense is, Baylor -- KU's next opponent -- is even more potent, all but guaranteeing a potentially remarkable shootout at Hoglund Ballpark this weekend. "I hope the wind isn't blowing out," KU coach Ritch Price said. "I look at the offensive numbers of Baylor's team, and they're scary. It's going to be an interesting weekend."

Kansas men qualify No. 1, women No. 7 at nationals

Kansas University's men's bowling club was the No. 1 qualifier at the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships, and the KU women qualified seventh.

6Sports video: Former Jayhawk Gooden has been a stand-out in the NBA

Drew Gooden has played extremely well in his first year in the NBA, but not well enough to beat Amare Stoudemire for Rookie of the Year honors.

Jayhawk tennis falls to Colorado

The Kansas University women's tennis team's season ended Thursday with a 5-2 loss to Colorado at the Big 12 Conference Championships at Kansas City Racquet Club.

Thursday, April 24

Mangino on Bohl's departure: no impact

It's been a turbulent month for Kansas University's athletic department with the firing of AD Al Bohl and the resignation of men's basketball coach Roy Williams. KU football coach Mark Mangino said Wednesday that the ouster of Bohl -- the man who hired him Dec. 4, 2001 -- had not impacted his team.

AD search to launch

KU officials expect to take time in hiring

No word better describes Kansas University's search for a men's basketball coach than whirlwind. The Jayhawks' acquisition of Bill Self went faster than a speeding bullet. Now, KU's search for a new athletic director will be, comparatively speaking, a zephyr.

Women's golf 11th at Big 12 meet

The Kansas University women's golf team finished 11th at the Big 12 Conference Championships Monday at the Country Club of Missouri.

KU-WSU postponed

Wednesday's Kansas University baseball game against Wichita State at WSU's Eck Stadium was postponed because of rain. The game was rescheduled for 7 p.m. May 7. KU (30-16, 6-9 Big 12 Conference) will play host to Baylor in a three-game series starting at 7 p.m. Friday.

6Sports video: KU softball win against UMKC

While the Jayhawks have had trouble against conference opponents, they handle the 'Roos well. The second game of the doubleheader was canceled due to rain.

Self viewed as one of game's top recruiters

New Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self is known not only as a strong Xs and Os guy, but perhaps even more importantly, a standout recruiter. "Bill could sell popsicles to Eskimos. He is the best recruiting head coach I've seen," said recruiting analyst Greg Swaim of Oklahoma-based gregswaim.com, who gives the 40-year-old Self an "A" for his ability to find and sign high school talent.

KU routs UMKC, 6-0

Jayhawks, Milhoan shut down 'Roos

Senior Kirsten Milhoan hurled a three-hit shutout, leading the Kansas University softball squad to a 6-0 victory against Missouri-Kansas City Wednesday at Jayhawk Field.

Wednesday, April 23

Self has busy first day on job

Bill Self was in no rush to leave his Kansas University men's basketball office at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday after putting in eight-plus hours on his first full day on the job.

KU women's golf 10th at Big 12

Kansas University's women's golf team fell a spot to 10th after the second round Tuesday of the Big 12 Championships

Lions win final home meet

When Lawrence High senior swimmers Sarah Marlow, Sarah Ball and Samie Milligan sprinted toward the finish in the 200 individual medley, it was as if they were swimming for their lives.

6Sports video: Fans won't notice much change in 'Hawks play

6Sports reports on some of the changes new KU men's basketball head coach Bill Self will be making to the Jayhawks style of play.

Williams has job to do at Carolina

Roy Williams found out just how big Dean Smith's shadow can be as soon he walked into his posh new office at the University of North Carolina's Smith Center Wednesday, the day after he was announced as the Tar Heels' new basketball coach.

KU baseball faces tough 2-week stretch

Kansas University's baseball team is in for a busy 14 days. Over the next two weeks, the Jayhawks will eight big-time games -- six against Big 12 Conference powerhouses and two against Wichita State, KU's biggest non-conference rival.

Brown, Lorenz honored

Kansas University's Paige Brown and Kim Lorenz were named to the women's tennis academic all-Big 12 Conference first team, the conference office announced Tuesday.

Poll shows Jayhawk fans happy with selection of Self

Kansas University fans, apparently, are enamored of new KU basketball coach Bill Self.

Autographed ball no longer a treasure

Time, as the saying goes, changes everything. A mere two weeks ago, 60-year-old Robert Hoffman never would have given up the basketball his son gave him for his 55th birthday -- it was autographed by then-Kansas University coach Roy Williams and Williams' coaching mentor Dean Smith.

Two KU men's golfers honored by Big 12

Kansas University men's golfers Ryan Rainer and Pete Krsnich were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Conference first team, the league announced Tuesday.

Jayhawks: Center worth wait

Athletes say Anderson looks, smells better than cramped old weight room

There are a lot of things Nick Collison won't miss about the Shaffer-Holland Strength Center, including the smell.

Tuesday, April 22

WIBW video: KU's game will probably change under new coach

WIBW reports on what may happen to the style of play KU uses under new head coach Bill Self.

6Sports video: Illini players not taking Self's exit personally

6Sports reports on some Illinois players' reactions to Bill Selfs departure as the Illini head coach.

WIBW video: Self, players ready to get started

WIBW reports on new KU mens basketball head coach, Bill Self, and KU players' reactions to his hiring.

6Sports video: Self no stranger to coaching

6Sports reports on Bill Selfs' coaching history.

WIBW video: Fans glad to have new coach in place

WIBW reports on the reaction of some fans to the hiring of Bill Self as KU mens basketball head coach.

WIBW video: Self 'thrilled' to be head coach

WIBW reports on new KU mens basketball head coach Bill Self.

K-State coach fond of new Jayhawk boss

No team has tormented Kansas State quite like Kansas University, and no coach had his way with the Wildcats quite like Roy Williams.

6News video: Fans expecting big things from 'Hawks, Self

6News reports on some fans' reactions to the new KU mens basketball head coach, Bill Self.

6Sports video: Self already endearing himself to fans

6Sports reports on the new KU mens basketball head coach Bill Self.

KU women's golf 9th at Big 12 tournament

Kansas University's women's golf team was in ninth place after Monday's first round of the Big 12 Championships.

6News video: April a crazy month for 'Hawks

6News reports on the happenings during the past two weeks for the KU men's basketball team and the KU athletic department.

First day in 'hot seat'

Basketball coach Bill Self gets down to business

The first item on Bill Self's agenda Monday morning was not to hang pictures on the barren white walls of his new Kansas University men's basketball office, but to phone his predecessor, Roy Williams.

'The perfect hire' gets warm KU welcome

For a week now, Lawrence attorney Wint Winter Jr. has been telling friends not to spend too much time fretting over coach Roy Williams' departure.

Woodling: Coach to sign 5-year deal

Contract will feature buyout clause

Folks in Illinois, no doubt smarting about Kansas University's highjacking of men's basketball coach Bill Self, at least can rationalize they pocketed $500,000 from the deal.

Aides loyal to new KU leader

Former Jayhawks hope to join staff

Norm Roberts was the head basketball coach at Queens College in New York when Bill Self hired him as an assistant coach at Oral Roberts in 1996.

Lawrence special to Selfs

Coach met wife here during 1984 Big Eight Conference tournament

Bill Self's love for Lawrence isn't entirely basketball-related. This also is the place he met the love of his life, wife, Cindy.

Missouri softball sweeps ailing KU

Talk about pouring salt on an open wound. Kansas University's softball team, already in an offensive funk, now is injury-riddled on the mound.

6News video: Players ready to move forward

6News reports on the reaction of KU basketball players to their new head coach Bill Self.

6News video: 'Hawks get their man

6News reports on the hiring of Bill Self as the next head coach for KU men's basketball.

KU coach 'heady' as player

How talented a college basketball player was new Kansas University men's coach Bill Self?

Hershiser recalls former KU aide

Ex-FSHS coach served with Self as Kansas graduate assistant

Maybe Bill Self will be bigger than the Beatles. Few coaches have risen so high as quickly as the new Kansas University men's basketball coach.

Notebook: Self realizes Illini players 'upset'

As happy as he is to take over the head coaching basketball position at Kansas University, Bill Self is sad for the players he has left behind at Illinois.

Former KU coach Owens 'thrilled' with pick

What goes around comes around as far as Ted Owens is concerned. News that Kansas University had hired Bill Self as head basketball coach earned a ringing endorsement from Owens, who coached the Jayhawks from 1964-1983.

Michigan hires former KU player

Burnett takes over Wolverine women's program

Michigan introduced former Southwest Missouri State coach and Kansas University graduate Cheryl Burnett as its new women's basketball coach Monday.

Roy toys almost gone, too

Bobblehead supply limited

Now that Roy Williams has hightailed it to North Carolina, what happens to the doll he left behind?

Kansas football coach beams over Self

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino was smiling coast-to-coast as Chancellor Robert Hemenway introduced Bill Self as Kansas University's next men's basketball coach.

Haase, McGrath going to UNC

Assistant Miller mum on his next move

Not long after he was introduced as Kansas University's new basketball coach, Bill Self publicly thanked the three members of former coach Roy Williams' staff who ran the basketball office in the week since Williams resigned.

KU coach must play alma mater

Bill Self had hoped he would never have to face Oklahoma State again. Now he has no choice. The former OSU guard and aide was introduced as the eighth basketball coach in Kansas University history Monday.

Illini brace for coaching search

Nick Smith and his Illinois teammates tried to talk Bill Self out of moving. They tried to persuade him to stick around to win a national championship.

Self plans to visit recruits

It took David Padgett 21¼2 years to pick a college. It should take less than a day to determine if he plans to stick with the university he selected -- once he meets, face-to-face, with the new head basketball coach.

KU players tickled with selection

Kansas University's returning basketball players waited a week for official word on a new coach. Monday, they said the wait was worth it.

Road to new coach

On the street

Monday, April 21

KU has confidence in Self

Jayhawks excited about coach

His tie loosened around his neck, a worn-out Bill Self looked a bit disheveled upon meeting his Kansas University basketball players for the first time Sunday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Williams' flight from Kansas cloak-and-dagger affair

Among the first people to know that Roy Williams would be the new basketball coach at North Carolina was Paul Lawing, class of '83.

Self seen as coach 'destined for stardom'

Monte Johnson isn't the least bit surprised by what Bill Self has accomplished in the 17 years since he left Kansas University.

Fans agree: Illini coach fits at KU

Just call it love of Self. As Bill Self is announced today as the new Kansas University men's basketball coach, he will find himself welcomed with open arms, if fans contacted Sunday are any indication.

KU news release - Bill Self named Kansas men's basketball coach

Bill Self, who began his coaching career at the University of Kansas in 1985 and has since enjoyed successful head coaching stints at Oral Roberts, Tulsa and Illinois, was introduced on Monday as just the eighth head men's basketball coach in KU history.

Men's basketball coaches at Kansas University

In the 105-year history of Kansas basketball, just seven men have been head coach. Today, Bill Self adds his name to the list that also includes the game's creator, Dr. James Naismith. Ironically, only Naismith has an overall losing record as a Kansas coach.

Self news conference transcript

The following is the transcript of comments from KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway and Bill Self from Monday's news conference introducing Self as the new KU men's basketball coach.

Self meets Kansas media, promises to stay with Jayhawks

Saying it's been "a whirlwind" experience, former Illinois coach Bill Self spoke for the first time to the media Monday afternoon as Kansas University's eighth men's basketball coach. Self was introduced by KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway, who presented Self with a folding "head coach's chair," telling Self, "I know that you've dreamed of the head coach's chair at Kansas ever since you first coached at Allen Fieldhouse. So today's a day for dreams to come true. Here's the head coach's chair. We'd be pretty glad if you just kept it the next 25 years or so."

Coaches turning backs on players too easily

The predominant feeling is one of numbness. Vacant-eyed, absolute numbness. When a coach stays only three years before bolting for the next job, it's hard to build up much in the way of emotion one way or another.

WIBW video: Self to take head coaching job

WIBW reports on Bill Self who will be taking the head coaching position for the KU men's basketball team.

Woodling: Just another manic Monday for Kansas

Ho hum, today is just another routine Monday in April. Two Mondays ago, Kansas University played Syracuse for the NCAA men's basketball championship. No big deal.

Illini fans saddened to lose leader to KU

'I think it's kind of a poor career move'

Bill Self's apparent move to Kansas University left fans at the University of Illinois feeling insulted, disappointed and sympathetic toward the players he leaves behind.

Recruits optimistic about Self

Giddens 'excited,' but Wilkes, Padgett eager to meet KU coach

The pending announcement of Bill Self as Kansas University's next head men's basketball coach came as something of a relief for the Jayhawks' ballyhooed incoming freshman class.

What others are saying

Here's a sampling of what national media outlets were saying Sunday night about Bill Self accepting the head coaching position at Kansas University:

KU baseball routs Sooners, wins series

Kansas University banged out 20 hits and won its second Big 12 Conference baseball series in two weeks with a 16-6, run-rule-shortened rout Sunday of Oklahoma at Mitchell Park.

WIBW video: Self to be announced as new head coach

WIBW reports on the news that Bill Self will be taking the head coaching position for the KU men's basketball team.

WIBW video: Most fans happy with hire

WIBW reports on some fans' reactions to the new that Bill Self would be taking the men's basketball head coaching position.

Self takes KU job

New coach set to be introduced this afternoon

It didn't take long to fill the men's basketball coaching vacancy at Kansas University. Today -- just seven days after Roy Williams was introduced as head coach at North Carolina -- Bill Self will be formally introduced as the eighth coach in KU history.

WIBW video: Illini now in hunt for new head coach

WIBW reports on the reaction of Illini players to the news that Bill Self would be taking the head coaching position for the KU men's basketball team.

Sunday, April 20

Self accepts KU coaching job

High-school forward Villanueva undecided about plans

Kansas University will introduce Bill Self as the school's eighth men's basketball coach at a 1 p.m. Monday news conference. Several sources confirmed today that Self, 40, who led Illinois to a 78-24 record in three seasons, has accepted the job at Kansas. According to sources, Self's contract is a five-year deal for $1.1 million per season.

Illinois resigned to losing Self

If the race for Bill Self was a tug-of-war contest, as of early this morning it appeared Kansas University was close to knocking Illinois into the center pit.

14 years of Roy watching

Bob Davis, radio voice of Kansas University, ribbed both Roy Williams and the Journal-World while emceeing the KU men's basketball banquet five or six years ago.

Roy found real loyalty here in Kansas

There's all this mystique about roots, herbs, bloodlines and such that were critical determinants in Roy Williams' hegira to the homeland. He's devotedly grateful to North Carolina for all the things it did for him in the 15 years or so before he came into the Kansas basketball picture.

KU's lone win in finale by lone senior Lorenz, Skoda

For Kansas University's tennis team, Saturday's dual match against Texas A&M was all about confidence -- who has it and who wants it.

Andersons dedicate 'awesome' strength center

Chancellor Robert Hemenway proclaimed it "as good as any in the country." Senior associate athletic director John Hadl called it "the best facility in America." Women's basketball coach Marian Washington said, "It's awesome."

Magnificent mile

Ex-Jayhawk Gruber beats record-holder Webb in top event

The talk this week at the Kansas Relays was whether Alan Webb -- the young American distance runner who broke Kansas University alumnus Jim Ryun's long-standing prep mile record -- could win on Ryun's home track.

KU book for sale

It was a season to remember. And if you want a keepsake of the 2002-03 Kansas men's basketball season, the Journal-World has just what you're looking for.

Texas sweeps Jayhawks

Fourth-ranked Texas swept a Big 12 Conference softball doubleheader with Kansas University, 1-0 and 7-0, Saturday at McCombs Field.

OU overcomes deficit, KU

Kansas University couldn't hold a seven-run lead and dropped a 10-8 Big 12 Conference baseball decision Saturday to Oklahoma.

Mayer: Roy found real loyalty here in Kansas

There's all this mystique about roots, herbs, bloodlines and such that were critical determinants in Roy Williams' hegira to the homeland. He's devotedly grateful to North Carolina for all the things it did for him in the 15 years or so before he came into the Kansas basketball picture.

Bedore: 14 years of Roy watching

Bob Davis, radio voice of Kansas University, ribbed both Roy Williams and the Journal-World while emceeing the KU men's basketball banquet five or six years ago. "I knew Roy Williams was the most important person in Kansas, maybe even more important than the president, when I read this story in the paper: 'Williams has head cold,'" the loquacious, golden-voiced Davis said, holding up the paper as both proof and a prop

Saturday, April 19

KU to dedicate facility today

A dedication ceremony for Kansas University's new strength and conditioning center will be at 10 a.m. today. The $8 million, 42,000 square-foot facility is adjacent to Parrott Complex.

6Sports video: Area athletes make showing at relays

6sports reports on some of the results for area athletes after Fridays Kansas Relays events.

Simons: KU must turn its attention to maintaining winning tradition

Hopefully, the weeklong debate over the Roy Williams decision will be put to rest soon. It isn't good for anyone.

Source: Self torn between Illini, KU

Bill Self apparently has been doing some serious soul searching while wading in the waters off Miami Beach the past few days.

KU spending less than other schools

Jayhawks' total basketball expenses in 2001-2002 not as much as North Carolina, Kentucky, Syracuse paid

While keeping company with the elite circle of big-time basketball programs, Kansas University is like the guy who hardly ever picks up the check.

Kansas not interested in Doherty as replacement

Matt Doherty had a perfect candidate in mind to replace Roy Williams as head basketball coach at Kansas University.

Bridges' visit a rarity

Legend presented trophy to Collison

Attendees at Kansas University's men's basketball awards ceremony Thursday night witnessed a rare appearance by one of the most productive -- but least recognized -- Jayhawks of all time.

Lions split pair with North

Lawrence High's softball team split a doubleheader with Shawnee Mission North Friday, winning the first game, 10-9, in 11 innings and losing the second, 9-5, at Holcom Complex.

North Kansas City hires Hinrich's dad

The father of Kansas University guard Kirk Hinrich has been hired as boys' basketball coach at North Kansas City High.

Jayhawks rout Sooners, 11-4

Kansas University's baseball team rode the complete-game effort of junior pitcher Ryan Knippschild to an 11-4 victory against Oklahoma Friday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

Jayhawks win distance-medley relay

Kansas University's Kim Clark might love running the distance medley relay because it's unique in outdoor track.

KU must turn its attention to maintaining winning tradition

Hopefully, the weeklong debate over the Roy Williams decision will be put to rest soon. It isn't good for anyone.

6Sports video: Search appears to be narrowed to one

6Sports reports on the search for a new head basketball coach for the KU men.

Roy Watch 2003

Friday, April 18

Douglas County in tornado watch

(Updated Friday at 4:30 p.m.) Douglas County and surrounding areas are in a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Friday, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

6Sports video: Rumors about next coach focus on Bill Self

Bill Self of Illinois is said to have an out in his contract allowing him to leave for Oklahoma State. Also, Mark Turgeon of Wichita State has removed himself from consideration for the job.

6Sports video: Padgett will be at KU in summer

The recruit's father says that he fully expects his son to be on campus for the start of summer classes.

Prep competition awesome

Talented foes from multiple states will participate

Calling the high school version of the Kansas Relays a preview of the state track meet might be a stretch.

Nebraska dominates decathlon, heptathlon

The University of Nebraska dominated the Kansas Relays Thursday, sweeping the top two spots in the decathlon and the heptathlon.

Collison takes home hardware

Kansas senior Nick Collison, a consensus first-team All-American, was named the squad's Phog Allen Most Valuable Player at the Jayhawks' annual awards ceremony Thursday at the Lied Center.

Illini's Self great guy

Much can happen while covering a story that changes by the hour. So by the time you're opening your morning paper, the toughest decision in Bill Self's life already may have been made.

Dad says signee Padgett headed to Kansas

David Padgett, one of four Kansas University men's basketball signees, won't be asking for a release from his letter of intent, according to his father.

Woodling: Williams showed courage

OK, it's time to get over the resentment. It's time to get on with your lives. It's time to pick up the pieces and move on. Roy Williams was Kansas University's men's basketball coach for 15 years -- 15 mostly glorious years -- but that was then, and this is now. Only the earth -- and television commercials -- last forever.

Turgeon withdraws; Self, Brown 1-2

Now that Mark Turgeon has taken his hat out of the ring, the Kansas University men's basketball vacancy looks like a one- or two-man race. Illinois coach Bill Self, regarded as the leading candidate all along, appears to have the edge over Larry Brown, the man who guided the Jayhawks to the 1988 NCAA championship.

6Sports video: Roy Williams returns for awards banquet

Williams received a warm reception, and the players showed their respect for their former coach.

End of an era

Coach, players gather one last time

Roy Williams stood before the Jayhawk faithful one last time Thursday night. The former Kansas University basketball coach was met with a spattering of boos but heard mostly cheers from the 1,800 fans who attended Kansas University's annual basketball awards celebration.

Williams wins praise, criticism from fans

The crowd at Thursday night's basketball awards ceremony didn't run former Jayhawk coach Roy Williams out of town. Instead, they clapped -- and sounded pretty sincere in their appreciation for Williams.

6Sports video: David Padgett will be at KU in the summer

The recruit's father says that he fully expects his son to be on campus for the start of summer classes.

6Sports video: Day 2 of the Kansas Relays was dry

Athletes and organizers appreciated the lack of rain. Kansas runners made a good showing at the day's events.

Thursday, April 17

Williams will attend tonight's banquet

Roy Williams is wading into uncharted territory, and it's not in North Carolina -- it's right here in Lawrence. Williams, for 15 years Kansas University's basketball coach, tonight will make his first public appearance in Lawrence since being named head coach at the University of North Carolina.

6Sports video: Jayhawks contact Illinois' Bill Self about head coaching position

Self is one of the leading candidates for the job, as is Wichita State's Mark Turgeon.

6Sports video: Bryant Nash to have surgery on wrist

The senior-to-be tore cartilage in his right wrist during the NCAA tournament.

Huskers dominate first day

Nebraska made its presence felt on day one of the Kansas Relays as three NU women led the heptathlon race and three Husker men controlled the decathlon.

6Sports video: Kansas Relays start off in the rain

The Relays began with the men's decathalon and women's heptathalon today, and will increase into more events over the weekend.

Williams denies tampering with recruits

Former Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams says he is not trying to raid the school's 2003 hoops recruiting class.

Kansas splits with Hogs

Despite collecting only three hits in two games, Kansas University split a softball doubleheader with Arkansas Wednesday at Jayhawk Field.

McLouth's Edmonds set to compete for Jayhawks

When it came time for McLouth High senior Courtney Edmonds to choose a college, a couple of calls went a long way. Calls from Kansas University track coaches, that is.

6Sports video: Roy Williams wants to be at awards ceremony

Williams wants to honor his players at the banquet. Also, KU officials wonder if the former Jayhawks coach interfered with the recruiting process.

Jayhawks take look at Self

KU officials receive permission to speak with Illinois coach about vacancy

University of Illinois men's basketball coach Bill Self might be mixing business with pleasure during his Florida vacation. Kansas University athletic department officials Wednesday received permission to speak with Self about replacing Roy Williams as KU's coach, meaning the third-year Illini coach might be doing more than sunbathing during the next day or so in Miami Beach.

Padgett still coming; Turgeon staying at WSU

Regardless of whatever Roy Williams's motives may have been for mentioning KU-signee David Padgett's name on national television, the comments haven't swayed the Reno, Nevada, high school All-American towards Chapel Hill, N.C. David's father, and high school coach, Pete Padgett, has told 6Sports, "I know there's been a lot of rumors out there, we need to put one to rest right now. There is no chance that David will go to North Carolina. None."

Show your support for KU men's basketball players

You loved them when they won the Big 12 Conference regular season men's basketball championship. You cheered for them during their run to the NCAA title game. And you sympathized with them when they fell to Syracuse. Now is the time to tell the members of Kansas University's men's basketball team how much they mean to you and how great a season they had.

6Sports video: Nash to have surgery on wrist

The senior-to-be tore cartilage in his right wrist during the NCAA tournament.

Wednesday, April 16

KU Self-centered

Illinois coach considered a front-runner to replace Roy Williams as Jayhawks' coach; Choice to be made in 'days not weeks'

About 100 University of Illinois basketball fans wore "I Love My Self" T-shirts to the Illini men's basketball banquet Tuesday night at the Holiday Inn hotel in Urbana, Ill.

Woodling: Smith finally burned his last Kansas bridge

It's not whether you win or lose, the old sports aphorism goes, but who gets the blame. Kansas University basketball fans, hurting over the loss of Roy Williams, are looking for someone to blame and the man with the target on his back is Dean Smith.

Roy already having fun as Tar Heel

Wearing a dark suit and a bright smile and munching on doughnuts, new North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams mingled with students and faculty Tuesday morning.

Criticism hurt Williams

Roy Williams didn't like the overnight reviews of his departure from Kansas University.

Roy Williams' salary breakdown at KU

Roy Williams was paid a salary of $129,380 as Kansas University's men's basketball coach, but his total financial compensation package was worth much more.

Thursday parade canceled

Roy Williams' departure from Kansas University is raining on the parade scheduled to honor this year's men's basketball team.

Book celebrates Jayhawks' 2002-03 season

It was a season to remember. And if you want a keepsake of Roy Williams' last year with the Jayhawks, the Lawrence Journal-World has just what you're looking for.

KU coaching search should move quickly

Interim AD Jennings cites need for swift action to replace Williams

Kansas University's search for a replacement for Roy Williams is in high gear. "I cannot give you a time frame, but hopefully this will take days not weeks," Drue Jennings, KU's interim athletic director, said Tuesday. "We have had contacts already, and we will sort through those."

Padgett remark stings KU fans

Kansas University basketball fans are not happy with Roy Williams' comments about KU signee David Padgett during ESPN's "Pardon The Interruption" television show Tuesday.

If Doherty had only done his job...

Scope the landscape of college basketball, check the credentials and references, ask about what kind of man Roy Williams is, and you won't hear too many complaints. You might hear that he's fiery. That he's demanding.

Smith finally burned his last Kansas bridge

It's not whether you win or lose, the old sports aphorism goes, but who gets the blame. Kansas University basketball fans, hurting over the loss of Roy Williams, are looking for someone to blame and the man with the target on his back is Dean Smith.

Illini feeling Self-induced heat

Illinois coach leading candidate for KU job -- but no one in Champaign is saying much

After a weeklong wait filled with nervous anticipation, the aftershocks of Roy Williams' decision to leave Kansas University and take the job as North Carolina's basketball coach hit home Monday in Champaign.

Jayhawks survive 'awesome' pitcher

KU sneaks past Avila's Reid, 8-5

Langford, sophs will stay Jayhawks

Keith Langford will finish his college basketball career where he started it -- at Kansas University. "I mean, I owe it to the sophomores -- 'The Five,'" said Langford, a 6-foot-4 sophomore guard from Fort Worth, Texas, who Monday said he might follow the lead of Roy Williams and leave Mount Oread in the wake of Williams' decision to become coach at North Carolina.

6Sports video: Williams doesn't think recruits should be held by letters of intent

6Sports reports on former KU head coach Roy Williams' comments regarding KU recruits being held by the letters of intent they had signed.

6Sports video: Speculation abounds on next head coach

6Sports reports on the talk of who might be taking over the KU mens basketball head coaching position.

6News video: Welcome home parade canceled

6News reports on the cancellation of the Welcome Home parade for the Jayhawks after the players decided they didn't want to participate.

Williams ready to improve Tar Heels

Roy Williams needed a few minutes to muster the courage to sit in the chair behind his desk -- the spot once occupied by Dean Smith.

Williams returns to Lawrence

Former KU coach plans to attend Thursday's banquet

Roy Williams, his wife, Wanda, and assistants Joe Holladay and Steve Robinson, returned to Lawrence from Chapel Hill, N.C., today. The four landed a few minutes before 3 p.m. at Lawrence Municipal Airport in the same Cessna plane that took them to UNC Monday for Williams' news conference where he accepted the head coaching position. The group left the plane, got in Williams' car and left the airport.

Illinois, Turgeon contacted by KU

Kansas University has contacted the University of Illinois to talk to Bill Self, the school's head men's basketball coach, about becoming the next head coach at KU. Illinois sports information has confirmed to Channel 6 Sports that KU officials attempted to reach Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday night.

Tuesday, April 15

Williams a Heel now

Jayhawks stung by mentor's choice to return to Carolina

Wayne Simien shook his head sadly as he stormed out of Allen Fieldhouse late Monday afternoon.

Woodling: Family ties influenced decision

Many of those who wondered what Roy Williams would do -- including me -- figured if Williams followed his heart he would go to North Carolina, but if he used his brain he would remain at Kansas University.

Goodbye, Roy

Kansas is no place like home for Williams

This time, Roy Williams simply could not say no to the call of his alma mater.

Self tops candidate list

Former KU aide has reasons to stay at Illinois

Bill Self of Illinois probably is the leading candidate to replace Roy Williams as Kansas University's men's basketball coach.

Recruits stunned by move

Wilkes 'pretty sure' he'll come to KU anyway

Kansas University's incoming freshman class generally is regarded as one of the best in the country, a deep, talented group former KU coach Roy Williams referred to as a "core" class.

UNC not the good guys anymore

Tar Heels got their man in Williams, but forcing Doherty out was anything but classy

North Carolina has hired a great coach. Roy Williams is one of college basketball's best, and it's fascinating to daydream about him working next season against Wake Forest's Skip Prosser, Maryland's Gary Williams and, in front of all those screaming students at Cameron Indoor Arena, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.

It's still Kansas basketball

No one is indispensable, and the Jayhawk basketball program will survive the loss of coach Roy Williams.

Coach's decision stuns Jayhawk fans

Yes, Roy Williams is leaving Lawrence. But no, City Manager Mike Wildgen isn't going to order the city's flag lowered to half-staff.

KU coaches sad to see Roy go

It wasn't just his players or Kansas University fans that were hit hard by the devastating news of Roy Williams' departure to North Carolina -- fellow Jayhawk coaches were nearly in denial from the decision.

Fans say farewell to Williams at airport

Late Monday afternoon, Roy Williams drove onto the tarmac at Lawrence Municipal Airport, where a Cessna Citation 550 jet was waiting to take him, his wife, Wanda, and assistant coaches Joe Holladay and Steve Robinson to Chapel Hill, N.C.

Frederick: Lack of AD makes hiring difficult

Students in Bob Frederick's graduate course in sports administration had a hot topic for discussion Monday.

KU search begins immediately

Kansas University won't waste any time searching for a successor for men's basketball coach Roy Williams.

Former Jayhawks hope players will be patient

Pritchard, Maddox endured 1988 coaching change

Mike Maddox was a freshman forward when basketball coach Larry Brown left Kansas University in the summer of 1988 for the big bucks of the NBA.

Pollard feels betrayed by coach's departure

Former Kansas University forward Scot Pollard was so upset by Roy Williams' decision to leave KU for North Carolina, the Sacramento Kings veteran made an unsolicited phone call to the Journal-World late Monday night.

Roy Williams timeline

6News video: Fans say goodbye at airport

6News reports on the sendoff former KU head coach Roy Williams received as he left Lawrence on Monday.

Williams' news conference transcript

Here's the transcript from Roy Williams' statement during his news conference Wednesday in Chapel Hill.

On the street

J-W editorial: It's still Kansas basketball

No one is indispensable, and the Jayhawk basketball program will survive the loss of coach Roy Williams.

Lack of AD makes hiring difficult

Students in Bob Frederick's graduate course in sports administration had a hot topic for discussion Monday.

6News video: Williams headed home

6News reports on the news that Roy Williams has taken the head coaching position at the University of North Carolina.

6News video: Former player happy for Williams

6News reports on former KU basketball player Joel Branstroms thoughts on the departure of Roy Williams.

6News video: Friend says it was the saddest day of Williams life

6News reports on the reaction of former KU player and assistant athletics director Jerry Waugh to the news that Roy Williams would be taking the head coaching position at the University of North Carolina.

Former AD Bohl mum on shakeup

Nearly a week ago, Al Bohl blamed men's basketball coach Roy Williams after Bohl was fired as Kansas University's athletic director.

Jennings: KU search for new basketball coach to be done quickly

Four people will move quickly -- in days, not weeks -- to conduct a search for a new head basketball coach for Kansas University, Drue Jennings, interim athletic director, said at a press conference this morning.

KU coaches statements about Williams' departure

The following are statements released by KU coaches about Roy Williams' departure for the University of North Carolina.

Current Jayhawks staying put

Keith Langford says he'll finish his college basketball career where he started it -- at Kansas University. "I mean I owe it to the sophomores -- 'The Five,'" said Langford, a 6-foot-4 sophomore guard from Fort Worth, Texas, who on Monday had said he might follow the lead of KU coach Roy Williams and leave Mt. Oread in the wake of Williams' decision to take over as coach at North Carolina.

Monday, April 14

Fans sad about Williams' departure

(Updated Monday at 8:28 p.m.) Yes, Roy Williams is leaving Lawrence. But no, City Manager Mike Wildgen isn't going to order the city's flag lowered to half-staff.

Williams leaving Kansas

(Updated Monday at 8:28 p.m.) Roy Williams is leaving the head coaching job at Kansas University to return to the University of North Carolina, his alma mater. As he arrived about 5:20 p.m. at Lawrence Municipal Airport to board a charter flight bound for North Carolina, a tearful Williams said, "This place will never be far from my heart."

Kansas, Carolina await fate

Decision from Williams could come today

Allen Fieldhouse was quiet at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, as it normally is in mid-April. A basketball team manager deposited some equipment in a closet and prepared to turn out the lights on James Naismith Court, which had been used sporadically by women's and men's players throughout the day.

No-hitter no fun for KU

Jayhawks held hitless again in 5-0 loss to Aggies

Kansas University softball coach Tracy Bunge is asking for a little help from anyone willing. "If someone can talk to the softball gods," Bunge said, "I'd appreciate it."

6Sports video: Spring scrimmage offers look at newly healthy players

Barring injury, the KU football team is looking for a productive season this fall.

6Sports video: Roy era to end

Roy Williams held a meeting with the KU players today and told them of his decision.

Jayhawks snag series with Tech

KU wins baseball finale with Red Raiders, 7-6

Kansas University won its first Big 12 Conference baseball series against a Texas school Sunday after the Jayhawks rallied in their final at-bat to clip Texas Tech, 7-6.

Chancellor Hemenway's statement

The following is the press release announcing Chancellor Robert Hemenway's desire to start a search for a new KU men's basketball coach.

6Sports video: Williams headed to UNC

Coach Roy Williams has boarded a plane headed for Chapel Hill, N.C. and announced a press conference for tonight.

J-W Editorial: It's still Kansas basketball

No one is indispensable, and the Jayhawk basketball program will survive the loss of coach Roy Williams.

Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams has chosen to leave KU and accept a lucrative contract at the University of North Carolina. He built a highly successful program at KU, but apparently his emotional ties to North Carolina, along with pledges and promises by UNC officials, were enough to cause Williams to abandon KU, its current players and those who had signed agreements to become part of the Jayhawk basketball family next fall.

Ask coach once, but not twice

Jayhawks' Roy Williams shouldn't have been pestered about Carolina job on national telecast

We demand only one thing from the people we cover -- be perfect. Each time, every time, all the time. So when Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams -- on the spot, before millions of TV viewers, crushed from having just lost the most important game of his life, having already answered the question once -- is pushed into answering it again and he snaps off an expletive, well, why isn't this monster behind bars?

6Sports video: Fans in shock over Williams' departure

People on Massachusetts Street respond to today's events.

Sunday, April 13

Free State girls win track title

Sparked by an individual winner, three relay victories and a school record, Free State High's girls track and field team won the Blue Valley North Invitational Saturday.

Tennis team falls

Kansas University's tennis team suffered its third straight Big 12 Conference loss, a 5-2 setback Saturday to Kansas State at Robinson Courts.

KU track qualifies 7 for regionals

Four members of Kansas University's women's track and field team, three KU men and the women's 4X400 relay team qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Regional Championships Saturday during the McDonnell Invitational.

Texas A&M stifles struggling Kansas, 6-1

Another Big 12 Conference game, another struggle for the Kansas University softball team. Texas A&M pounded 12 hits off KU pitcher Kara Pierce, and despite stranding 13 runners still beat the reeling Jayhawks 6-1 Saturday at Jayhawk Field.

KU soccer drops two

Kansas University's soccer team dropped a pair of exhibition matches Saturday, falling 2-1 to Arkansas and 1-0 to Tulsa at Hardesty Sports Complex.

Jayhawks happy, healthy

Whittemore looks good at scrimmage

Bill Whittemore looked healthier than ever Saturday, completing seven of 11 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown and running for another TD during Kansas University's abbreviated spring football scrimmage at Memorial Stadium.

Texas Tech holds off KU baseball rally

Scooter Jordan went 3-for-4 to lead Texas Tech to a 5-4 Big 12 Conference baseball victory Saturday over Kansas University.

Ransburg nets MVP at awards banquet

Tamara Ransburg was named the Lynette Woodard Most Valuable Player at the Kansas University women's basketball awards banquet Friday.

New dad Gurley pulling for Williams to stay

Former Kansas University guard Greg Gurley spoke on a cell phone Friday from a room in St. Luke's (South) Hospital in Overland Park, his wife Amy, 8-pound, 2-ounce newborn daughter, Jane, and 3-year-old daughter Kate one big, happy family.

Mayer: Allen clan left quite a legacy

Death recently claimed the last member of the greatest father-son combination in Kansas basketball history. Dr. Bob Allen, son of Phog and brother of Mitt, died just as his beloved Jayhawks were beginning their latest NCAA Final Four venture. He was 83.

Williams 'out of it' at ceremony

Texas' Ford, not KU's Collison, wins Wooden Award

Kansas University men's basketball coach Roy Williams was presented the Legends of Coaching Award Saturday at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Williams was bursting with pride after being handed the Legends trophy, first won in 1999 by his mentor, Dean Smith.

KU men's golf 11th at Intercollegiate

Kansas University's men's golf team was in 11th place after two rounds Saturday of the Intercollegiate.

Saturday, April 12

Williams fanatic uses Chicago sports forums to beg coach to stay

At a time like this, sweet nothings will have to wait. Brian File, a Kansas University alumnus set to marry Allyson Guttery on May 25, is celebrating his last few days as a bachelor this weekend in Chicago with about 40 friends.

Ex-KU coach Allen weighs in on Roy

Iowa State football assistant thinks KU basketball coach Williams will take UNC job

It's early, and he's been wrong before. But in Terry Allen's mind, Roy Williams isn't long for Lawrence.

6Sports video: Relays set to begin Wednesday

6Sports reports on the upcoming Kansas Relays.

Woodling: One theory on why Williams will stay

If you're Roy Williams, happiness is more than a warm puppy. The Kansas University men's basketball coach has been to the NCAA Final Four two years in a row. He is the winningest active coach in NCAA Division One.

New line coach adjusting to KU's offense

Warriner spent 16 seasons with run-oriented attacks at service academies

Ed Warriner was ready for something different. He came to the right place.

KU coach's son thinks 'Pops' undecided

Younger Williams: 'I don't think he has any idea' what to do about UNC job

Scott Williams says no contracts have been signed, no secret deals have been reached.

Simons: Athletic director's departure ends unpleasant chapter at KU

Kansas University is a class institution in that the vast majority of its students, faculty members, administrators, alumni and friends try their best to behave and conduct their affairs in a manner that reflects credit on the school.

Mangino makes plea for Roy to stay

In the stands and on the field, Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams was a hot topic of conversation Saturday at KU's spring football scrimmage. After taking questions from reporters, football coach Mark Mangino made an unsolicited plea for Williams to remain at Kansas rather than accept the coaching job at North Carolina.

Williams accepts Legends of Coaching award

6Sports video: Williams doesn't seem bothered by UNC rumors

6Sports reports on KU mens basketball head coach Roy Williams' day on the Alvamar Golf Course in Lawrence.

Ninth-inning blast lifts Kansas past Tech

Kansas third baseman Travis Metcalf broke an 8-8 tie in the top of the ninth inning with a solo home run over the left-center field wall to give the Jayhawks a 9-8 win against Texas Tech Friday night at Dan Law Field.

Big 12 homer leaders to meet in softball series

Big 12 Conference co-home run leaders Selena Collins of Texas A&M and Jessica Moppin of Kansas will go head-to-head twice this weekend at Jayhawk Field.

Friday, April 11

As 'Roy watch' continues, plans marching forward for parade to honor team

(Updated Friday at 5:52 p.m.) It's still unclear what Roy Williams is going to do concerning his future as Kansas University's head basketball coach. But the lead organizer of a parade for the team says that celebration is still on.

Governor urges coach to stay at Kansas

The effort to keep Roy Williams at Kansas University has reached the Governor's Office.

KU baseball sweeps twinbill

Jayhawks claim 6-5, 9-6 wins; KU softball routed

The Kansas University baseball team got back on a winning track, winning both games of a doubleheader Thursday against Western Illinois.

Will Roy stay or will he go?

Coach says UNC job has not been offered

The "Roy watch" figures to continue into next week. Both University of North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour and Kansas University men's basketball coach Roy Williams on Thursday said that though talks indeed had been initiated by UNC, no head coaching job offer had been presented to the 15th-year Jayhawk coach, who tonight will travel to Los Angeles for weekend Wooden Award ceremonies.

Jayhawks awaiting decision

Sophomore Lee: 'I like to hear it from the source'

Michael Lee isn't glued to the computer all day, checking for the latest Internet rumors concerning the future of Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams. Lee, the Jayhawks' sophomore forward from Portland, Ore., isn't reading the papers, listening to talk shows or scouring the 10 o'clock TV sports reports.

6Sports video: Coach Williams cannot decide without offer

Fans offer their predictions about Roy's fate.

Woodling: Why didn't Roy go yet? 10 reasons

Will he or won't he? Nobody knows for sure except Roy Williams, and now that we have been placed on hold through the weekend, we can only speculate about how the wheels will be turning and in which direction.

Bohl finished as an AD

Al Bohl is done in Kansas, where athletic directors who tick off longtime basketball coach Roy Williams are as expendable as half-used tubes of rubbing liniment.

6Sports video: Once again, Roy keeps fans in suspense

North Carolina's AD has not yet offered Coach Williams the job, which gives everyone more time to wonder what Roy's decision will be.

Despite 'Roy watch,' parade to honor team still planned

(Web Posted Friday at 1:55 p.m.) It's still unclear what Roy Williams is going to do concerning his future as Kansas University's head basketball coach. But the lead organizer of a parade for the team says that celebration is still on.

6Sports video: Greg Cole was a defensive bright spot for KU

The former Jayhawks linebacker is hoping to impress NFL scouts at Pro Day.

Greene won't run at Relays

Sprinter Maurice Greene, who starred at the Kansas Relays two years ago and signed autographs for fans in the rain at last year's waterlogged track carnival, won't be back for next week's event at Memorial Stadium.

Thursday, April 10

Baddour: I have not offered Williams the UNC job

UNC AD confirms talks have begun, will continue through weekend

Dick Baddour, North Carolina athletic director, has released a statement confirming that he has not yet offered KU coach Roy Williams the Tar Heels' head coaching job. Baddour said Thursday that he and Williams have talked several times and talks will continue through the weekend. Baddour also said UNC would continue talking with candidates.

KU athletic director says Roy Williams 'chose to crush me'

Bohl blames basketball coach for his firing

Al Bohl was fired Wednesday as athletic director at Kansas University, but the sacking may not have come soon enough to keep Roy Williams from leaving for North Carolina. Bohl blasted Williams, the KU men's basketball coach, for orchestrating his dismissal. Chancellor Robert Hemenway, who fired Bohl, disagreed with that assessment.

News of firing draws mixed reaction

KU - Al = Roy staying.

Bohl: Roy Williams 'chose to crush me'

Former KU AD blames basketball coach for his firing

Al Bohl was fired Wednesday as athletic director at Kansas University, but the sacking may not have come soon enough to keep Roy Williams from leaving for North Carolina. Bohl blasted Williams, the KU men's basketball coach, for orchestrating his dismissal. Chancellor Robert Hemenway, who fired Bohl, disagreed with that assessment

Hemenway sought advice

Chancellor asked if Bohl was fulfilling his charge

In the weeks before he fired Al Bohl as athletic director at Kansas University, Chancellor Robert Hemenway turned to friends and colleagues from KU and around the country for advice.

Woodling, Romary chat wrap

Journal-World sports editor Chuck Woodling and 6Sports director Kevin Romary answered questions about KU athletics Thursday afternoon.

Woodling: Bohl's driveway sad scene

I parked my car west of Inverness Drive on Wimbledon Drive and walked about half a block to the scene of the first news conference I ever have attended on a driveway in a residential area. Kansas University athletic director Al Bohl, fired earlier Wednesday morning by Chancellor Robert Hemenway, had invited the media to hear his side of the story, and the media came in droves. What a scene. TV remote trucks parked along the curb, newspaper reporters clustered around Bohl, sticking tape recorders in his face, and neighbors rubber-necked like witnesses to an automobile accident.

KU's spring game now a scrimmage

Saturday's Kansas University spring football game has been downgraded to a practice session, coach Mark Mangino reported Wednesday.

6Sports video: Exit Al Bohl

Chancellor Hemenway stated that the firing of the former assistant director was not due to Coach Williams.

6Sports video: Stories conflict on reasons for Bohl's departure

Chancellor Hemenway said the decision was not made by Coach Williams, but Al Bohl believes it was directly due to Roy Williams' "hatred and vindictiveness."

Ex-coach Allen defends Williams

Many Kansas University basketball fans were angered Wednesday when Al Bohl blamed coach Roy Williams for Bohl's ouster as athletic director.

Relaying the news

Search to eschew outside firm

In 2001, Kansas University hired a consulting firm to help find a new athletic director. The result was Al Bohl.

Al Bohl timeline

¢ April 26, 2001 -- Athletic director Bob Frederick resigns after 14 years, saying he has had enough of the ever-increasing pressure to win and would like to return to teaching.

Tar Heels coming after Williams

North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour made the phone call Kansas University basketball fans dreaded Wednesday morning, asking KU senior associate AD Richard Konzem for permission to speak with coach Roy Williams about the Tar Heels' coaching vacancy. "The call lasted one or two minutes," said Konzem, who fielded the call that originally had been sent to athletic director Al Bohl's office, but was redirected because Bohl had been fired earlier in the morning. "I went in to talk to tell coach before lunch.

Collison blasts Bohl, supports coach

Al Bohl had plenty of negative things to say about Kansas University men's basketball coach Roy Williams after Bohl's dismissal as KU athletic director on Wednesday.

Coaches defend Williams

Bechard, Bunge livid about remarks made by former AD Bohl

Kansas University's coaches had little to say Wednesday afternoon when Chancellor Robert Hemenway announced he had fired athletic director Al Bohl. But coaches were livid later that night after hearing Bohl's comments on the evening news.

Interim replacement Jennings popular fit

A. Drue Jennings lettered only one season during his football career at Kansas University. He returned 11 punts during his senior season in 1967. Jennings will be busier as KU's new interim athletic director -- the man assigned to run the ship until a replacement for the fired Al Bohl can be found.

Wednesday, April 9

Bohl fired as KU athletic director

Chancellor: UNC contacted KU this morning about Roy

(Updated Thursday at 1:03 a.m.) Al Bohl struck back at Kansas University administrators and basketball coach Roy Williams after Bohl was fired Wednesday as KU athletic director. Bohl attributed his sacking to a power struggle and feud with Williams.

North Carolina AD contacts KU about Roy

During Wednesday's news conference announcing the firing of Kansas University athletic director Al Bohl, a reporter asked chancellor Robert Hemenway if the University of North Carolina had contaced him for permission to talk to basketball coach Roy Williams. Hemenway said Dick Baddour, North Carolina athletic director, had contacted the University at 11:30 a.m., though Hemenway wasn't sure of Baddour's reason behind the call.

6Sports video: KU announces Bohl's firing

Chancellor Robert Hemenway announces the firing of athletics director Al Bohl.

6News video: Regardless of loss, KU fans still excited

6News reports on the reaction of KU fans in downtown Lawrence after KU's loss in the national championship game.

6Sports video: Williams says UNC decision would be faster than 2000

6Sports reports on comments made by KU head coach Roy Williams on the the North Carolina job speculation.

6News video: Williams impressed with fan turnout

6News reports on the KU welcome home ceremony Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Bernstein interview still a hot topic

One day later, Kansas University men's basketball coach Roy Williams still has few regrets over his now-notorious interview with CBS reporter Bonnie Bernstein.

6News video: Douglas Co. Fire and Medical place extra crew on Mass. St.

6News reports on the reaction of KU fans in downtown Lawrence after KU's loss in the national championship game.

6Sports video: Bohl's tenure not without incident

An in-depth look at Al Bohl's tenure as KU athletics director and reactions about the firing.

KU coach will talk to Smith

The sequel to the saga surrounding Kansas University men's basketball coach Roy Williams is officially in full swing.

Lawrence Police credit 'best fans in the world' for lack of postgame arrests

Police arrested five people downtown for disorderly conduct or fighting on Monday night after Kansas University's loss in the national championship game.

6Sports video: Players thankful for teammates, fans

6Sports reports on some KU players' comments during the welcome home ceremony Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

NAIA's Baker takes care of KU youngsters, 7-4

Ouch. The Kansas University baseball team did battle Tuesday with the NAIA's Baker University -- and lost.

6Sports video: Williams happy with turnout

6Sports reports on KU welcome home ceremony Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

6Sports video: Orangmen impressed by 'Hawks

6Sports reports on the Syracuse Orangemens' thoughts on KU's play during the national championship game Monday night.

6News video: Fans hopeful Williams stays

6News reports on some KU fans' thoughts on whether or not KU head coach Roy Williams will stay in Lawrence.

6Sports video: Three pointers, missed free throws doom 'Hawks

6Sports reports on some KU players' feelings after their loss to the Syracuse Orangmen Monday night in the national championship game.

Williams left to ponder painful loss

Heretofore, Roy Williams was described as a hard-luck coach. After Monday night, he is, as so many of us who were cheering for him hoped he would be, hard-luck no more.

6Sports video: Thousands gather to greet Jayhawks

6Sports reports on the KU welcome home ceremony held Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

6Sports video: Players can't change free throws, lost opportunity

6Sports reports on some KU players' feelings after their national championship loss to the Syracuse Orangemen.

KU fans welcome home 'Hawks

Their quest for the NCAA championship fell short, but Kansas University's men's basketball player still received a thunderous welcome when they returned home Tuesday from New Orleans.

If Roy stays, Jayhawks will reload

Nobody would be surprised to see Kansas University's men's basketball team contend for Big 12 Conference and national titles next season, provided Roy Williams returns for his 16th season as Jayhawk coach.

6News video: Snow greets fans after game

6News reports on the reaction of KU fans in downtown Lawrence after KU's loss in the national championship game.

6Sports video: Orangemen impressed by 'Hawks

6Sports reports on the Syracuse Orangemens' thoughts on KU's play during the national championship game Monday night.

University press release: Al Bohl leaving as KU athletics director

Chancellor Robert Hemenway today announced that Dr. Al Bohl, athletics director at the University of Kansas since Aug. 1, 2001, is leaving his position, effective immediately.

Williams-Bohl saga continues

Al Bohl on Tuesday denied reports he was leaving his post as Kansas University's athletic director and blamed the media for portraying him as feuding with KU men's basketball coach Roy Williams.

Tuesday, April 8

Frosty weather, but warm reception, expected to greet Jayhawks

(Updated Tuesday at 7:18 p.m.) Lawrence's weather Tuesday morning was about as unexpectedly cold and raw as Roy Williams' icy blast at a CBS reporter Monday night.

Woodling: Foul-line yips -- not UNC talk -- doom KU

Who said life was fair? Nobody that I know of. Ten years from now, people will remember that three freshmen -- including the incomparable Carmelo Anthony -- combined for 50 points as Syracuse edged Kansas University, 81-78, for the 2003 NCAA men's basketball national championship.

6News video: KU officials ready for return celebration

6News speaks with a university official on the celebration being planned for the Jayhawks return to Lawrence.

6News video: First half highlights

6News recaps the first half action of the national championship game.

6News video: Despite loss, fans still excited

6News speaks with KU fans on Mass. St. after the KU loss to the Syracuse Orangemen in the national championship game.

Williams dejected

Kansas coach lets emotions show

Roy Williams was in no mood for questions about North Carolina after Kansas University came up three points short in the NCAA championship game.

Women seventh after first round

The Kansas University women's golf team is in seventh place after Monday's first round of the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic at Jimmie Austin Golf Course.

Seniors thrive on KU victories

You'd have to look long and hard to find a more loyal Jayhawk fan than Dorothy Knox. For sure, few have been as long-lasting.

Fans dejected after Jayhawks are denied

Brian Cook jumped, screamed, stomped and chanted and did just about everything else he could do behind the basket at the Superdome.

Warrick's incredible block key play for Orangemen

Hakim Warrick played 31 minutes yet scored only six points Monday night for NCAA champion Syracuse.

Former Jayhawks flocked to Superdome

With no games scheduled Monday in the NBA, some of Kansas University's most famous former basketball players had a rare opportunity to watch a college game.

Notebook: Kansas coach's mentor cheers on Jayhawks

OK, Kansas fans, hold your breath. I just decided to come here and talk about North Carolina," said Dean Smith, minutes before tipoff of Kansas University's national title game against Syracuse at the Superdome.

Cold stadium, loss leave faithful numb

About 1,500 Kansas University fans bundled against subfreezing wind chills Monday at Memorial Stadium to watch on a giant TV screen a game played indoors hundreds of miles away in a warm Gulf Coast city.

6News video: Fans of both teams enjoy Mass. St. atmosphere

6News reports on the reaction of KU fans in downtown Lawrence after KU's loss in the national championship game.

KU fans create little turnover at bars

Customers camp out at Lawrence bars

More people? Yes. More business? No. Owners of Lawrence bars say they were packed from open to close Monday because of Kansas University's NCAA championship game, but that doesn't mean they were making extra money.

Notebook: Kansas' Lee: 'We tried'

His jersey covering his head, Michael Lee slumped while seated in his Kansas basketball locker stall 20 minutes after the Jayhawks' 81-78 NCAA title loss to Syracuse Monday night at the Superdome.

6News video: Fans share thoughts on loss

6News speaks with some Jayhawk fans at Memorial Stadium after KU's loss to the Syracuse Orangemen in the national championship game.

Lawrence Police keep disappointed crowd in line

Police officers grabbed bottles of beer with no questions asked, shined flashlights in drivers' faces if their passengers got unruly, and stood two-by-two at most corners along Massachusetts Street.

Jayhawk faithful share sorrows after loss

Fans disappointed but remain orderly

Prayer suddenly became popular Monday night in Lawrence's downtown bars, but divine intervention in the form of a last-second Kirk Hinrich three-pointer just wasn't to be.

6News video: Snow greets fans after game

6News reports on the reaction of KU fans in downtown Lawrence after KU's loss in the national championship game.

So close

Comeback falls short; KU loses in title game

One of the easiest shots in basketball proved the most difficult for Kansas University to make Monday night at the Superdome.

Dejected Williams lets emotions show on national TV

Roy Williams was in no mood for questions about North Carolina after Kansas University came up three points short in the NCAA championship game.

6News video: Party on Mass. took time to get started

6News reports on the reaction to KU's loss in the national championship game.

6News video: KUPD hoping to keep violence down

6News speaks with KU police about their presence on campus after KU's national championship loss to the Syracuse Orangemen.

6News video: Second half highlights

6News recaps the second half action.

Foul-line yips -- not UNC talk -- doom KU

Who said life was fair? Nobody that I know of. Ten years from now, people will remember that three freshmen -- including the incomparable Carmelo Anthony -- combined for 50 points as Syracuse edged Kansas University, 81-78, for the 2003 NCAA men's basketball national championship.

6News video: Regardless of loss, KU fans still excited

6News reports on the reaction of KU fans in downtown Lawrence after KU's loss in the national championship game.

6News video: Douglas Co. Fire and Medical places extra crew on Mass. St.

6News reports on the reaction of KU fans in downtown Lawrence after KU's loss in the national championship game.

Monday, April 7

Preparations under way for national title game

(Updated Monday at 5:22 p.m.) As the clock ticks down to Monday night's national championship NCAA basketball game, Kansas University officials, Jayhawk fans and local media are getting ready for the 8:18 p.m. tipoff.

Boeheim: Texas, Kansas do many different things

Texas and Kansas University both might belong to the Big 12 Conference, but the Jayhawks, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim emphasized Sunday, are not the Longhorns.

Weather may cancel party at stadium

Students and fans are invited to cheer on the Kansas University Jayhawks in their NCAA national championship game tonight at Memorial Stadium if weather permits.

Question of the day

KU's Lee making impact

Michael Lee played the best basketball game of his short college career Saturday night in Kansas University's 94-61 national semifinal victory against Marquette.

Rock chalk

The hard work and determination of the Kansas basketball team gives Jayhawk fans around the world reason to be proud.

Lawrence, Syracuse mayors to make bet

Lawrence Mayor Sue Hack is ready to put the city's best ribs and buffalo wings where her mouth is -- but not the way you think.

Fan close, not quite there

Tim Alexander is among a dozen Kansas University classmates who made the trip from Lawrence to New Orleans for the Final Four, but he's the only one with a real taste for what it's like to be on the floor with the Jayhawks.

Colorado clubs KU tennis, 5-2

Kansas University dropped a Big 12 Conference tennis match Sunday with Colorado, 5-2, at the Wood Valley Racquet Club.

KU soccer sweeps Tulsa, Oral Roberts

Kansas University won a pair of exhibition soccer games Sunday, defeating Tulsa, 1-0, and Oral Roberts, 8-1, in the KU Spring Tournament at SuperTarget Field.

Jayhawk legends plan to see team in action

Fans hope for more KU magic

Joanie Stephens is mighty popular these days in the Big Easy. And for that she can thank her boss: Kansas coach Roy Williams, whose plucky Jayhawks play Syracuse tonight for the NCAA championship.

Texas Tech topples KU

Erin Crawford held the 23rd-ranked Kansas University softball team hitless through four innings as Texas Tech upended the Jayhawks, 8-4, Sunday.

KU baseball changes upcoming schedule

A snow storm pounding the Midwest has forced Kansas University's baseball team to alter its schedule for the week.

One coach will snag elusive title

Roy Williams has won 418 basketball games and nine conference titles and has guided the Jayhawks to four Final Fours in 15 seasons at Kansas.

Notebook: Jayhawk seniors motivated to win finale

Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison are hoping for a perfect ending to their glorious Kansas University men's basketball careers tonight.

KU set for date with destiny

Syracuse, Anthony stand between Jayhawks, title

The NBA is beckoning Syracuse freshman Carmelo Anthony, who, if he decides to leave college, figures to be a top-five pick in this summer's pro draft.

LHS coach Davis tickled with role for CBS

Kansas University's men's basketball team wasn't the only group on top of its game Saturday.

Woodling: High-scoring teams could make NCAA final history

Kansas University scores 94 points in winning its Final Four national semifinal Saturday night, then Syracuse goes the Jayhawks one better by scoring 95 in its semi.

Chat wrap with James Sido

6Sports anchor James Sido took about 30 minutes during the afternoon before the KU's national title game against Syracuse to answer visitors questions about the Jayhawks, the Orangemen and the chances of Roy Williams leaving for UNC.

KU loses thriller, 81-78

Roy curses when questioned about UNC

The Jayhawks lost a close national championship game against the Orangemen because of two of KU's typical banes -- the opponent's three-point shooting and its own free-throw shooting. While being questioned about the North Carolina rumors by a television reporter after the game, KU head coach Roy Williams responded by saying, "I don't give a shit about North Carolina."

WIBW video: Williams, Boeheim each vying for first national title

One of the two coaches will walk away with their first national championship come Monday night.

Sunday, April 6

WIBW video: Players think experience helped

WIBW reports on the thoughts of some KU players after their national semi final win over the Marquette Golden Eagles.

WIBW video: Thousands show for pregame pep rally

WIBW reports on the pregame pep rally held in New Orleans before the Jayhawks met up with the Marquette Golden Eagles in their national semi final game.

KU title could be going-away present

For one night, at least, North Carolina coaching job not topic of discussion

There was never really a need for Roy Williams to give North Carolina his resume last week, but if the Tar Heels wanted one, Kansas University's 94-61 win Saturday against Marquette should do nicely.

A big, easy blowout

Kansas routs Eagles to roll into finals

It looked easy, so easy, in the Big Easy. But Kansas University's basketball players insisted it was anything but simple after they treated Marquette like Emporia State, UNC Asheville, UMKC or any cream puff on the Jayhawks' regular-season schedule, annihilating the Golden Eagles, 94-61, in Saturday's Final Four national semifinal at the Superdome.

KU coach Williams: 'I hope there's some left in us'

Marquette played perhaps its best game in an 83-69 NCAA Midwest Regional final victory against top-seeded Kentucky March 29 at Minneapolis.

Owens familiar with Marquette

It had to seem oddly familiar to Ted Owens: Kansas. Marquette. Final Four. Owens had seen this before.

WIBW video: 'Hawks not celebrating yet

WIBW reports on the mood of KU players after their national semi final win over the Marquette Golden Eagles.

Jayhawks split with Huskers

The Kansas University baseball team managed a split of Saturday's doubleheader with No. 11 Nebraska, losing the three-game series.

Fierros' late homer helps Jayhawks rally

Freshman Nettie Fierros blasted a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning, helping the Kansas University softball team beat Texas Tech, 7-6, Saturday at Rocky Johnson Field.

Fans glued to television during Jayhawks game

Their party was small and maybe on the quiet side, but the six women watching the Jayhawks at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community had their beads and knew their basketball.

Stadium watch party draws 1,500

Memorial Stadium was a fitting locale Saturday for more than 1,500 Jayhawk fans to watch KU's blowout victory over Marquette.

WIBW video: 'Hawks hammer Golden Eagles

WIBW recaps the action from Saturday nights KU mens basketball win over the Marquette Golden Eagles in New Orleans.

Notebook: Jayhawks 'businesslike' after blowout

No loud music blared in Kansas University's locker room after Saturday's 94-61 massacre of Marquette in the Final Four semifinals at the Superdome.

Mayer: You gotta play by the rules ... here they are

You think you know college basketball? If you can stand a little humbling, review some of the rules that have been installed since inventor James Naismith cranked out the 13 originals in 1891 at Springfield, Mass. Boy, did I feel inadequate.

Woodling: Jayhawks focused on championship run

Perhaps as difficult as squeezing blood from a turnip or ink from a stone is eliciting a personal pronoun from Kansas All-American Nick Collison.

KU soccer tourney today

The Kansas University soccer team is playing host to the four-team KU Spring Tournament today at SuperTarget Field.

Syracuse has had its way with Big 12

Syracuse defeated three of the top four teams in the Big 12 Conference during its run to the NCAA Tournament final.

One to go!

Jayhawks dispatch Marquette, face Syracuse for title

David Wescoe heard it all week at work: Marquette's too strong, too fast, too destined to defeat the Kansas Jayhawks in the Final Four.

KU's Jackson qualifies for NCAA Regional

Kansas University senior runner Anson Jackson placed 10th Friday in the 110-meter hurdles at the Texas Relays, qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Regionals.

Eagles very, very, very impressed

So impressive was Kansas University that Marquette coach Tom Crean couldn't help but toss the Jayhawks a triple modifier.

Downtown erupts into Mass. party

With 60 seconds left in the Jayhawks' 94-61 victory over Marquette, the capacity crowd at Abe & Jake's Landing went crazy.

Kansas basketball family mourns Allen's death

Friends and family members of Bob Allen like to think there was one more spirit from Kansas University's historic basketball past standing courtside Saturday night in the Louisiana Superdome.

Question of the day

Governor hatches plan to keep Williams at Kansas

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius doesn't intend on letting Kansas University lose coach Roy Williams -- and she's willing to take prisoners.

Saturday, April 5

Warriors ... er, Eagles have history in NCAAs

When you get right down to it, Marquette is one of those mystery universities like Gonzaga, Hofstra, Bucknell, Holy Cross and, in some cases, Notre Dame.

KU students need tickets, beg Roy to stay

Call them the ring team. Tom Glennon and Tim O'Brien started making the rounds Friday, sizing Kansas University players, coaches and others for Final Four rings.

Players awed by Army officer's KU flag display

Nick Collison probably didn't need any extra incentive to win tonight's Final Four game against Marquette. But he was inspired on Friday by a photo of a Kansas University alumnus and Army captain holding a KU flag somewhere near Baghdad.

Question of the day

Looking back to last year's Final Four experience in Atlanta, what are you doing differently this year to get a win in New Orleans?

KU tennis canceled

The Kansas University tennis team's match today against Tulsa has been canceled because of poor weather conditions and a lack of an indoor facility. If poor weather continues, Sunday's 11 a.m. match against Colorado will be moved to 9:30 a.m. at Wood Valley Racquet Club in Topeka.

City, campus prepare for post-game

Jayhawk fans might worry about the outcome of tonight's Final Four game between Kansas, but it's what might happen after the game that worries Lawrence and Kansas University officials.

Marquette, who?

Jayhawks opponent unknown to KU fans, players

Kansas and Texas? States. Syracuse? City. Marquette? "No idea," said Keith Dawson, who works as an information specialist at Kansas University's computer center. "I know it's French. After that I have no idea."

University on lookout for counterfeit products

Officials from Kansas University and the Collegiate Licensing Company will be on the lookout for counterfeit Jayhawk merchandise this weekend.

Hot 'Huskers hammer Jayhawks

Near-freezing temperatures couldn't stop the Big 12 Conference's hottest baseball team.

6Sports video: Experience a big word in New Orleans

6Sports reports on how experience plays into this years final four.

6News video: Fans in New Orleans think Roy will stay

6News reports on Jayhawk fans' thoughts on whether or not KU mens head coach Roy Williams will stay in Lawrence or go to the University of North Carolina.

6News video: KU grad catches final four fever in Iraq

6News reports on KU graduate Capt. Brad Loudon who is fighting in the war in Iraq.

6Sports video: Players say focus is on game, not on coaching questions

6Sports reports on some of the KU mens basketball players regarding the questions surrounding head coach Roy Williams.

Texas at a glance: Final Four huge for UT's Barnes

This is Texas' first trip to the Final Four in the modern era of college basketball, and getting there has been the focus of coach Rick Barnes' recruiting. It is the dream on which he has based his program and what attracted many of the players on his 10-deep roster.

Syracuse at a glance: Boeheim melded young, old

Syracuse's Kueth Duany attempted to explain the feeling of adrenaline rushing through his body despite a calm exterior after Sunday's victory propelled the Orangemen into the Final Four in New Orleans.

McGrath 'paying dues'

Those who recognize C.B. McGrath at Kansas University men's basketball games -- and many still do -- often will see him lugging film equipment to the tip-top of Allen Fieldhouse before tipoff.

Ex-Jayhawks reflect on '93 trip to 'dome

Greg Gurley sat in coach Roy Williams' office Monday night, discussing Kansas University's trip to the 1993 Final Four in New Orleans and looking ahead to the Jayhawks' return trip to the Superdome this weekend.

Lee improves as sophomore

Roy Williams has often said college basketball players make their biggest improvement between their freshman and sophomore years.

Miles 'great' running team

Aaron Miles had a double-double for Kansas University in last year's Final Four game against Maryland, but the Jayhawks left Atlanta after a 97-88 national semifinal loss.

Notebook: "Too many" questions fielded about Williams' future

Kansas University sophomore Keith Langford was asked how many questions he fielded about Roy Williams' future during Friday's 45-minute media session at the Superdome.

Marquette at a glance: Crean stresses ownership

Fourth-year Marquette coach Tom Crean demands one thing from his players. They must embrace accountability.

Niang hopes to bulk up

Moulaye Niang wasn't in Atlanta last year when Kansas met Maryland in the NCAA semifinals.

Miles shrugs off criticism

Aaron Miles hears the criticism, but chooses not to listen.

KU sizes up competition

Jayhawks shrug off label of title favorites

Kansas University's basketball players beg to differ with pundits who have proclaimed the Jayhawks the runaway favorites at this year's NCAA Final Four.

KU adds baseball game

Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price announced the addition of a doubleheader at Western Illinois to the Jayhawks' 2003 schedule. KU will travel to Macomb, Ill., for a noon twinbill Monday.

6Sports video: Eagles get last practice before meeting up with 'Hawks

6Sports reports on the last practice the Marquette Golden Eagles got before their matchup with the Jayhawks tonight in the NCAA tournament final four.

Chat wrap with Gary Bedore

Journal-World assistant sports editor and KU men's basketball writer Gary Bedore took about 30 minutes during the afternoon before the KU-Marquette game to answer visitors questions about the Jayhawks, the Golden Eagles and the chances of Roy Williams leaving for UNC.

Fearful of jinxing beloved Jays, Kansans cling to superstitions

Black cats? No problem. Friday the 13th? Child's play. But letting your dog lick the Mardi Gras beads? Now that's tempting fate. Kansas University basketball fan Tom Dangermond learned the hard way.

Crean concerned about pace

Marquette coach says a fast-tempo game with Kansas 'not the way we can win'

First in Oklahoma City, later in Anaheim, Calif., and now in New Orleans, the same words have been uttered. Only the mouths have been changed to protect them from the redundancy police.

6Sports video: 'Hawks not sure when they became favorites

6Sports reports on the thoughts of some KU men's basketball players on their being favored by some to win the national championship.

UNC not on Williams' mind

KU coach focused on Final Four foe Marquette

Roy Williams doesn't have time to think about the coaching job at North Carolina right now.

Simien returns ... to bench

Wayne Simien shook up the staff at New York's Hospital For Special Surgery last Saturday night.

6Sports video: Final four fans having fun in New Orleans

6Sports speaks with some final four fans in New Orleans.

6Sports video: 'Hawks can't hold lead against Huskers

6Sports reports on the KU baseball game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Woodling: Warriors ... er, Eagles have history in NCAAs

When you get right down to it, Marquette is one of those mystery universities like Gonzaga, Hofstra, Bucknell, Holy Cross and, in some cases, Notre Dame.

KU blows out Marquette, 94-61

The Jayhawks and the Golden Eagles were tied at 12-all six minutes into the game, but the game was all KU after that. Kansas went on a 27-6 run over the next few minutes and finished the half with an 18-4 spurt. That was just the first part of a 32-6 run that carried over to the first few moments of the second half, putting the game out of Marquette's reach.

6News video: Students watch, celebrate at Memorial Stadium

KU students and fans gathered at Memorial Stadium to watch the Jayhawks' game against the Golden Eagles in the Final Four.

6News: Fans, fireworks highlight Mass St. celebration

Jayhawk fans gathered downtown early in the afternoon to watch the KU-Marquette game and celebrated in the streets after Kansas' blowout victory.

Final Four bid boosts retail sales

Jayhawks creating big business for area, KU

Kenyon Barker needed a T-shirt to prove she had been a Kansas University student when the Jayhawks made the Final Four.

Friday, April 4

The game's in the Bag, dad

Fraternity brothers share photo of Crimson and Blue carried to Iraq

(Updated Friday at 4:53 p.m.) Iraq Chalk Jayhawk! As U.S. forces advanced on the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, fraternity brothers and friends of Capt. Brad Loudon, a 1997 Kansas University graduate, were circulating this photo of Loudon that they found in their email inboxes along with a message from him early Friday morning.

Bohls: Carolina blue's not Roy's color

"Roy, this is Dean." "Hey, Dean, how's the golf game?" "Lousy. Listen, I know you're busy, and I don't want to bother you. So good luck this week, and we'll talk to you Tuesday." "That'd be neat." That may or may not have been how the phone conversation between Roy Williams and Dean Smith went this week.

Bohls: Longhorns riding high in men's, women's tournaments

This is good stuff. Great stuff, actually. Only eight basketball teams are playing in this weekend's men's and women's Final Four, and two of them are wearing Texas Longhorns uniforms. This city only thinks Mardi Gras falls only in February. Grab some beads because the real party is just getting started. They'll be doing the Texas two-step at Pat O'Brien's and in the Buckhead district -- and in the Superdome and Georgia Dome.

Wheeler doing some of everything for Jayhawks

How much can you ask of a baseball player?

Collison named AP All-American

Senior earns high honor; Hinrich on third team

Nick Collison got an early motivational boost before Kansas University plays Marquette Saturday in the Final Four. Collison, KU's 6-foot-9 senior, was named a first-team Associated Press All-American.

Waters' throw second-best at KU

Kansas University senior Jamie Waters' hammer throw was the highlight for the KU track and field team Thursday during the second day of the Texas Relays.

KU faithful post online pleas to Roy

When it comes to keeping their favorite coach, Jayhawk fans aren't waiting for him to be courted by the University of North Carolina before taking action.

Woodling: Toughness Nick's knack

Four years of watching Nick Collison answer the bell for every Kansas University men's basketball game reminds me of those Terminator movies with Arnold Schwarzenegger portraying an indestructible android. It's possible, you know, that Collison, who has never missed a KU game because of an injury, is actually a technologically enhanced machine with sophisticated plastic skin encasing an alloy skeleton.

Jayhawk fans fill road to Final Four

Judy Kasson isn't taking any chances during her trip to New Orleans for the Final Four.

6Sports video: Many KU fans have not heard of Marquette

Marquette, a private school in Milwaukee, is the real deal. Dwayne Wade, the Golden Eagles' top player, is considered one of the best in the country.

Wade Marquette's big daddy

Golden Eagles' standout juggles basketball, family

Marquette University's giddy basketball fans chanted, "One More Year, One More Year," as junior phenom Dwyane Wade clipped a strand of net after the Golden Eagles' 83-69 rout of Kentucky in the Midwest Regional final last week in Minneapolis.

Bohl controversial at Toledo, too

Columnist blames Kansas AD for creating working atmosphere polluted with naive expectations

Our old friend Al Bohl is fighting for his professional life. Again.

6News video: KU merchandise brings in the green

From t-shirts to mugs and everythign in between, Jayhawks merchandise is a top seller.

Coaches applaud oft-criticized Miles

Kansas University sophomore Aaron Miles might be the most underrated basketball player in this year's NCAA Tournament Final Four. Case in point: The 6-foot-1, 175-pound point guard, who has registered 233 assists against 117 turnovers this season while plucking 90 steals, hasn't heard a lot of praise for starting on back-to-back Final Four teams.

Jayhawks hit road to cheer for team

Sam Agnew saw all this coming -- so clearly, in fact, that last year he quit school at Arizona State and enrolled at Kansas University. All for today's 16-hour road trip from Lawrence here to the Final Four.

Thursday, April 3

Kansas Senate president predicts Roy will stay

(Updated Thursday at 11:38 a.m.) TOPEKA -- If state Senate President Dave Kerr is a good mind-reader, then Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams will remain at KU.

Roy's open letter to KU students

Bohls: Losing in conference tournament means little

Three weeks ago, Texas was embarrassed. Flat out, embarrassed. In their first and only Big 12 tournament basketball game in Dallas, the Longhorns fell to Texas Tech and fell hard. Of course, when you're letting your opponent sink 71 percent of its three-pointers, the chances of survival are rather bleak.

Two teams in Final Four 'legitimizes' Big 12 Conference

Back in New York, where everyone west of the Hudson River is viewed as an extra on "The Beverly Hillbillies," some of Royal Ivey's friends can't differentiate between one Texas school and the next. Texas. Texas A&M. What's the difference? No matter how many times Ivey explains that he plays for Texas, they think he means A&M.

KU plans game-watching bash with beads, bands and big TV

It's not Allen Fieldhouse with the Jayhawks on the hardwood, but it may be the next best thing. If you want to cheer on the team with thousands of other fans Saturday but can't get a ticket to New Orleans, then Memorial Stadium may be the place for you.

Recruits scoff at rumors of Williams leaving KU

Incoming Kansas University freshman basketball player Omar Wilkes chuckled when asked about rumors of Roy Williams possibly heading to North Carolina. "I can't really comment. I'll just say I'm not worried. I'm not nervous, and I'm still going to KU -- if that helps you any," Wilkes, a 6-4 guard from Los Angeles, said Wednesday.

Can Roy resist call by UNC?

At North Carolina, we are told, the inmates are not running the asylum. A potential player revolt was not the reason, UNC athletic director Dick Baddour avowed, that men's basketball coach Matt Doherty resigned. It would be "extremely unfair to those players" to blame Doherty's departure on them, he added.

6Sports video: Williams, his team focused on title

The team wants to go all the way. They will get a big boost from Nick Collison, just announced as a Wooden Award finalist.

Longhorns had brushes with scandals in 1947

In 1947, the last time the University of Texas men's basketball team was in the Final Four, that accomplishment meant a trip to New York City and Madison Square Garden. The trip brought a wide-eyed Texas team a brush with big-city fame. It also brought brushes with athletes who later became infamous in betting scandals that rocked the sports world. An innocent era didn't end on that giddy March weekend, but in retrospect, you can see the demise coming, along with some of the forces that would keep Texas from returning to the Final Four for decades.

UNC questions still pestering Williams

Questions about the North Carolina men's basketball coaching vacancy have become a "pain in the rear end" to 15th-year Kansas University coach Roy Williams.

6Sports video: Roy Williams and his team are focused on championship

The team wants to go all the way. They will get a big boost from Nick Collison, just announced as a Wooden Award finalist.

Tar Heels: Tradition will prevail

The door to the basketball office at the Smith Center was locked Wednesday.

Collison Wooden finalist

Final Four participants Nick Collison of Kansas University, T.J. Ford of Texas and Dwyane Wade of Marquette were among the John R. Wooden Award finalists announced Wednesday.

Threading the needle

6Sports video: Jayhawks have tournament experience

Everyone believes that the team's Final Four appearance last year will give them an edge this year. Also, Coach Williams is not thinking about the UNC question.

WSU sweeps Kansas

Shocker pitchers stifle Jayhawks

The Kansas University softball team ran into two impressive pitchers Wednesday, losing two games against Wichita State.

Super sophs appreciate berth

Some of Kansas University's greatest basketball players in the Roy Williams era -- Raef LaFrentz, Paul Pierce and Jacque Vaughn come to mind -- never played in a Final Four. "It's not easy. A lot of guys scrap all their careers just to get to the NCAA Tournament," KU sophomore Keith Langford said, shedding some sanity on the situation. "It's hard to get to the Final Four. It's not something I take for granted."

Wednesday, April 2

Barnes well compenstated for trip to Final Four

DeLoss Dodds, University of Texas athletic director, says he was ready for Rick Barnes when the Final Four-bound Longhorn men's basketball coach jokingly suggested recently that it was time to renegotiate his 1-year-old contract.

Assistants crucial to Longhorns' success

The men's basketball offices at the University of Texas simmered with quiet preparation. Rodney Terry watched Marquette. Frank Haith studied Kansas. Russell Springmann examined Syracuse, the Longhorns' opponent in New Orleans in the NCAA semifinal game. Rewind. Stop. Fast forward. Stop. Pause, Stop, Play.

Freshman stands between Texas and title

The best freshman basketball player is nothing if not persistent. Whether Carmelo Anthony is maneuvering to the basket, collecting rebounds or reaching for that elusive academic test score, the Syracuse forward usually gains favorable position.

KU wants to 'finish it'

Jayhawks set sights on winning national title

A poster was placed in the locker of each of the Kansas University men's basketball players the morning of Oct. 12, 2002, as the Jayhawks dressed for their first official practice of the 2002-03 season.

6Sports video: Williams won't respond to UNC questions

6Sports reports on the reaction of KU men's basketball coach Roy Williams to questions regarding the head coaching position at the University of North Carolina.

Superstitions might be biggest distraction

Not that Keith Langford's eyeballs were as big as manhole covers and as bright as Las Vegas Boulevard, but the Kansas University sophomore concedes he was indeed a starry-eyed freshman at last year's NCAA Final Four.

Notebook: Holladay proud of son

KU assistant's offspring with U.S. Army in Iraq

Kansas University basketball assistant Joe Holladay placed his right hand in his pants pocket, pulling out a picture of his son, Matt.

6Sports video: 'Hawks need big minutes from bench

6Sports reports on the role the KU men's basketball bench players will play.

'Hawks play mentioned during Pentagon briefing

The war against Iraq is foremost in the mind of the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, but even he can't escape the lure of March Madness and Kansas basketball.

Lawrence bars brace for Final Four basketball business

The game doesn't start until 5:07 p.m., but Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar will be opening early Saturday morning for Final Four fans.

Doherty on minds of 'family' members

Coach Roy Williams often has referred to his players and assistant coaches as family during his 15 years as Kansas University's basketball coach.

6Sports video: Hinrich leads they way against Arizona

6Sports reports on the reaction of players and Roy Williams to the Jayhawks win over the Arizona Wildcats.

KU awards dinner

Reservation deadline is Monday for the Kansas University women's basketball awards dinner April 11 at the Marriott SpringHill Suites. To reserve a spot, call Cindy Vinyard at 864-4938.

Jayhawks use bats to battle past Bears

Kansas 12, Southwest Missouri State 7

Those poor Hoglund Ballpark walls. They can't seem to hold anything in. Kansas University's baseball team once again was in an offensive shootout Tuesday night, earning a 12-7 nonconference victory over Southwest Missouri State.

Woodling: Superstitions might be biggest distraction

Not that Keith Langford's eyeballs were as big as manhole covers and as bright as Las Vegas Boulevard, but the Kansas University sophomore concedes he was indeed a starry-eyed freshman at last year's NCAA Final Four.

Tuesday, April 1

6News video: Final Four t-shirts a hot commodity

6News reports on the sale of KU Final Four merchandise in Lawrence.

6Sports video: 'Hawks return to thousands of fans

6Sports reports on the welcome the Jayhawks received when they returned to Lawrence after their win in the NCAA West Regional Final against Arizona.

Kansas earns first Big 12 win

Finally, Kansas University's baseball team has a Big 12 Conference victory.

6News video: Celebrations pack Mass St.

6News reports on the reaction of KU fans downtown after the Jayhawks won the West Regional Final in the NCAA tournament to continue on to the Final Four in New Orleans.

6News video: KU fans pack Jayhawk Blvd.

6News reports on the reaction of KU fans on campus to the Jayhawks win over the Arizona Wildcats.

KU softball splits twinbill

Kansas University's softball team will journey Wednesday to Wichita State to tune up for this weekend's home series against Texas Tech.

Doherty resigns from UNC

Former KU men's basketball assistant coach Matt Doherty has resigned from his job as head coach at North Carolina. "Clearly, this has been a most difficult day for my staff, their families and for me," Doherty said in a statement read during a press conference Tuesday. "I thank the players, the coaches and their families, and the administrative staff for their dedication and hard work."

KU hot TV commodity

Everybody loves a winner ... or so the saying goes. "It's crazy," Kansas University director of media relations Mitch Germann said Monday from his office at Allen Fieldhouse.

Woodling: All eyes firmly on Jayhawks

America's Team may not be a tag that applies to Kansas University men's basketball -- at least not yet, but no question the Jayhawks are Lawrence's Team.

KU graduation rates steadily improving

Numbers released Monday show a strong majority of Kansas University athletes eventually graduate.

Notebook: KU hot TV commodity

Everybody loves a winner ... or so the saying goes. "It's crazy," Kansas University director of media relations Mitch Germann said Monday from his office at Allen Fieldhouse.

6Sports video: Hinrich leads the way against Arizona

6Sports reports on the reaction of players and Roy Williams to the Jayhawks win over the Arizona Wildcats.

Tournament a family affair for Buckmans

Brent Buckman knows what it's like to help win an NCAA championship for the University of Texas. But now that his son is trying to do the same thing, the local golf pro now known as Brad Buckman's dad is vicariously reliving those emotions of more than 30 years ago. Only more so.

Texas lives up to magazine's praise

In October, Sports Illustrated surveyed the college sports scene and asked, "Who's No. 1?" The cover photo featured athletes from Texas and Stanford, two schools noted for their excellence in a variety of sports. SI gave the nod to Texas.

Kansas won't go wild in Big Easy

Kansas University's basketball players were granted free time to walk famed Bourbon Street in March of 1999, the last time the Jayhawks played NCAA Tournament games in New Orleans.

6Sports video: KU gets first conference win against Cowboys

6Sports reports on the KU baseball game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.