Stories for August 2006


Thursday, August 31

6Sports video: KU's starters dominated by freshmen

The Kansas depth chart has been swept by a youth movement in the off-season.

6Sports video: Meier family a 'split home'

The Meier family has a decision to make this weekend as son Dylan starting QB for K-State while Kerry taking the snaps for KU.

6Sports video: Mangino signs five-year, $1.5 million extension

Kansas head football coach Mark Mangino is no longer the lowest paid coach in the Big 12.

6Sports video: Home course advantage for KU runners in first meet

The 2006 cross country season starts this weekend as well, firing off the gun at home.

Mangino gets contract extension

New deal announced today

Extension given on the eve of football coach's fifth season at KU.

KU football notebook

Kansas University's football team released its depth chart late Wednesday, with only a few surprises on the list.

Keegan: Kansas schedule not easy

No Texas, no Oklahoma, no Texas Tech, no sweat, right? Wrong.

Playing down common

Half of Big 12 - including KU - will face I-AA football foes

Legislation allowed it. Victory-hungry coaches jumped on it. Financial considerations supported it. And fans, like it or not, will have to live with it.

Farewell, football

Collins concentrating on hoops

Sherron Collins, who scored five touchdowns in Chicago Crane High's football opener last August, says he'll be content watching, not playing, in Kansas University's nonconference clash against Northwestern State on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

Wednesday, August 30

6Sports video: Sophomore remembered for big catch

Dexton Fields only caught one pass as a red-shirt freshman in 2005, but it's a pass that no KU football fan will ever forget.

6Sports video: Hinrich continues to spark US team

Former Jayhawk Kirk Hinrich helped the U.S. improve to a perfect 7-0 at the world basketball championships in Japan.

6Sports video: Football schedule looks managable

On paper at least, the Kansas football team faces an easier slate of opponents in 2006 compared to the past two seasons.

Keegan: Cornish could be top-tier

Jon Cornish, not one to tire easily, didn't hesitate when asked to name his most tiring job during a football game.

Super Meier brothers

Kerry, Dylan put parents in awkward situation

Oh boy. This is quite the conundrum. On one hand, the Meier family can't help but have a lot of pride that two of the boys are starting quarterbacks in the Big 12 Conference - Kerry Meier at Kansas University and Dylan Meier at Kansas State. But what should family members do Saturday, when the two in-state teams are both playing home games at the exact same time?

KU football notebook

Mangino didn't name every true freshman who's expected to skip a red-shirt, but Jake Sharp, Olaitan Oguntodu and Anthony Webb are three near-certainties. Mangino has said previously that Shar

Jayhawks jump on 'Roos early, sweep match

If there was one player who would have been the most jittery in the Kansas University volleyball home opener at Horejsi Family Athletics Center on Tuesday, the first guess would be true freshman Brittany Williams.

Miles in town, honing game for NBA tryouts

Aaron Miles, who practiced with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs last week, is spending this week running the floor with some of the best college players in the country - at his alma mater, Kansas University.

Hearing discussed by board

Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins continues to be quiet about the Aug. 13 hearing with the NCAA, at the request of the Committee on Infractions. But he did briefly address the situation Tuesday at the Kansas Athletics, Inc., board meeting.

Tuesday, August 29

6Sports video: Cornish to serve double-time for KU

If head coach Mark Mangino could find a sport for Jon Cornish on defense, the Jayhawk senior would never have to leave the field.

6Sports video: Red-shirt freshman to take reins at QB

The last time KU quarterback Kerry Meier threw a meaningful pass was two years ago in the Kansas high school Shrine Game. That will change Saturday when the red-shirt freshman starts for the Jayhawks against Northwestern State.

6Sports video: Jayhawks continue season-opening streak

The Jayhawk volleyball team opened its home season tonight against UMKC.

Mangino: Youth will be served this season

College football depth charts usually are filled out with a big chunk of battle-tested juniors and seniors.

Self holds court on course

Kansas coach impressed by Hinrich

Thanks in part to former Kansas University basketball player Kirk Hinrich, the United States appears to be regaining prominence on the international scene.

Kansas volleyball to entertain UMKC in home opener

Kansas University's volleyball team will entertain

Monday, August 28

6Sports video: Former KU linebacker cut from Chiefs

If former Kansas linebacker Nick Reid plays in the NFL it won't be with Kansas City.

6Sports video: Self puts golf skills to use for charity

Bill Self took a break from his coaching duties on the hardwood today to hit the links for the Boy Scouts of Douglas County.

6Sports video: KU's roster thin from injuries, suspensions

The list of players available for Saturday's KU football game is getting shorter.

Talib suspended; Allen sidelined with knee injury

Kansas University's football team continues to take hits during the wild weeks of August preseason practices.

Kansas 'Caveman'

Rivera voted captain

In addition to the intangibles, instructions and ideology of how to win football games on the defensive side of the ball, Kansas University's senior linebackers last season passed an extra trait on to sophomore Mike Rivera - a cool moniker.

Billy Thomas signs with Serbian league

Former Kansas University basketball guard Billy Thomas, who played for the NBA's Washington Wizards last season, has signed a contract to play in Serbia this season.

KU soccer game canceled because of unsafe field

Kansas' second game of the season was canceled because of rain Sunday. Kansas was scheduled to play Loyola Marymount at 1 p.m. at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Keegan: Defense full of defects

It sounds good when you hear it, so you repeat it to someone who repeats it to someone else. No one stops to challenge the worthiness of the original statement.

Sunday, August 27

6Sports video: Team confident in unexperienced QB

In less than a week, the KU football team will kick off the 2006 season and like always, much of the pressure will be placed on the quarterback.

Keegan: KU will show life on offense

Cavemen could have put on a livelier offensive performance than Kansas University stumbled through in a 12-3 loss to Kansas State last season in Manhattan.

Jayhawks split two in 'Bama

Kansas University's volleyball team split a pair of matches Saturday at the Crimson Tide Invitational.

Rose lists KU among final five

Chicago Simeon High senior Derrick Rose has narrowed his list of prospective colleges to five: Kansas University, Memphis, DePaul, Indiana and UCLA.

Millennium man?

Cornish confident benchmark within reach

A specific goal that is made public often comes with scrutiny. Kansas University running back Jon Cornish now knows that.

Saturday, August 26

KU volleyball wins opener

Senior Jana Correa set a career high for attack percentage in the first game of her final season with the Kansas University volleyball team.

'Too much hype' about ISU winner, Webb says

Everybody remembers Scott Webb's game-winning field goal against Iowa State last season. But how many recall Webb's game-losing field-goal attempt against Texas Tech the year before?

KU basketball tryouts set

Kansas University's men's basketball team will hold walk-on tryouts at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 15, in Allen Fieldhouse.

After booting 77-yarder, Tucker focuses on hang time

Kansas University punter Kyle Tucker, who averaged 42.9 yards per attempt last season, unleashed a 77-yarder against Texas Tech on Oct. 1 in Lubbock.

Strong second half lifts KU over Furman

Kansas University soccer coach Mark Francis was visibly upset when he lashed out to his team at halftime. The Jayhawks led by one and, in his mind, were playing sluggish.

Butler denied again

Former Kansas University football player Eric Butler continues to fight for more eligibility - and continues to lose.

Friday, August 25

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6Sports video: KU soccer opens season with win

The KU soccer team opened play on the hill this evening hosting the Lady Paladins of Furman University.

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6Sports video: Former Lion looking to make bigger impact for KU

For three years, he dazzled us on Friday nights at Haskell Stadium, but now former Lawrence Lion running back Brandon McAnderson hopes to do the same the next two years at Memorial Stadium.

Chesang's KU career nears finish

As legend has it, Benson Chesang used to run eight miles a day - five days a week - as an elementary-school student in Eldama Ravine, Kenya.

Kansas Relays director resigns, citing family

Tim Weaver, meet director of the Kansas Relays since 2000, has accepted a position with a commercial real estate company in Kansas City, Mo.

Former Jayhawk Lima to play volleyball in Spain

Former Kansas University volleyball player Josi Lima will play professionally in Spain this season.

Langford headed overseas

Former KU standout to play season in Italy

Former Kansas University basketball standout Keith Langford, who has been working out with the NBA's Dallas Mavericks the past couple of weeks, apparently is headed overseas to play basketball.

Mayer: Seat sales could be bad sign

Two factors indicating how Kansas University football enthusiasm has blossomed are: (1) People want to know when the Jayhawks will have an open practice so they can watch, and (2) season-ticket sales seem sure to top the all-time record level of 27,700 in 1969.

Ochoa to captain line

Center ignores preseason accolades, lauds Meier

After scanning some sports clips, David Ochoa's girlfriend, Allison Smith, informed him the media had named him to the preseason watch list for the Outland and Rimington trophies, which are awarded to the best interior lineman and center, respectively.

Thursday, August 24

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6Sports video: Look of 2006 Jayhawks a mystery

When KU hooks up with Northwestern State in nine days, it's hard to know what to expect as eight starters are gone making this a totally different team than a year ago.

6Sports video: KU volleyball starts season on road

Ray Bechard's Kansas volleyball team opens the regular season on the road at the Alabama Crimson Tide Invitational.

6Sports video: Langford headed overseas

Former Jayhawk hoopster Keith Langford is headed overseas to play professional ball, competing in Italy's A-2 division.

6Sports video: Former 'Hawk Reid fights for spot with Chiefs

From Jayhawk to Chief, it's been a short but tough journey to the NFL for Nick Reid.

6Sports video: KU soccer to host season opener

In less than 24 hours Mark Francis' squad opens it 2006 slate at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Weaver leaves the Kansas Relays

Tim Weaver, meet director of the Kansas Relays since 2000, is leaving the Relays and the field of athletics event management to take a position with a commercial real estate company in Kansas City, Mo. He will remain with Kansas University Athletics until his successor is named.

Kansas soccer seeking starters

Competition fierce among KU midfielders

The Kansas University soccer season is exactly one day away, and that can only mean one thing for Jessica Bush: better get the dance mix ready.

KU gives thanks

Mangino lauds fan support

Gratitude - not gloss - was on Mark Mangino's mind Wednesday.

Dallas prep eyes KU

Anthony Randolph, a 6-foot-10, 210-pound senior basketball forward from Dallas' Woodrow Wilson High, has set up campus visits to Texas, Georgetown and LSU, his uncle told on Wednesday.

KU women's hoops releases schedule

Home games against California and Xavier and road contests at Wisconsin and Indiana highlight the 29-game Kansas University women's basketball schedule announced Wednesday.

Keegan: Dad says Downs misguided

The phone rang, and I feared it was a parent bitter over coverage given to an athlete at another high school, or, get this, to a teammate of the parent's son or daughter. Believe it or not, some such parents exist, though, thankfully, not many. They begrudge coverage given to teenagers. Imagine how embarrassed their children would be if they knew such calls were being made.

Wednesday, August 23

6Sports video: Jayhawks welcome fans to practice

The Kansas football team will face its first opponent on the Hill next Saturday. But tonight, the 'Hawks opened the Memorial Stadium gates to a crowd of 1,500 for Fan Appreciation activities.

6Sports video: Talib keeping routine the same

Sophomore cornerback Aqib Talib has earned a great deal of preseason attention, but it isn't affecting his training.

6Sports video: Lima lands in Spain

Former Kansas University volleyball standout Josi Lima will be playing for a professional team in Spain.

KU women announce 2006-07 schedule

Kansas University women's basketball team will play 17 of its 29 games in the 2006-07 schedule against teams that participated in postseason play last season, KU officials announced Wednesday.

KU approaching ticket record

With just a little time left, Kansas University is approaching a long-lasting record for season- ticket sales.

Keegan: Murph's task no easy one

Ask those who have done it and they will tell you fielding punts isn't as easy as it looks.

Focused on a fourth

Seniors aim to repeat success; Uhart out for year

Kansas University volleyball's five seniors hope to accomplish something unprecedented this year. "Our senior class wants to be a senior class that's been to four NCAA Tournaments," coach Ray Bechard said. "Prior to them coming here, Kansas volleyball had never been to one, and now they've never known anything but NCAA Tournaments."

Gatlin receives eight-year penalty

Sprinter avoids lifetime ban in exchange for cooperation

Sprinter Justin Gatlin received an eight-year ban from track and field Tuesday, avoiding a lifetime penalty in exchange for his cooperation with doping authorities and because his first positive drug test was deemed an honest mistake.

Tuesday, August 22

6Sports video: Free State senior eyeing both KU and Georgia

Free State High senior and Kansas University football recruit Christian Ballard has taken an unofficial visit to Georgia.

6Sports video: NCAA snub still stings soccer team

Last year the NCAA selection committee left the KU soccer team on the outside of the NCAA Tournament despite the Jayhawks' second-place finish in the Big 12. Nine months later, it's an event that still resonates with the Soccerhawks.

6Sports video: Freshman getting preseason notice

With the departure of the all-conference linebacking trio of Nick Reid, Banks Floodman and Kevin Kane, the KU football team has spent the offseason replenishing the core of its defense with young talent. But of all the 'Hawks expected to fight for a starting spot this fall, one named that was never metnioned was Jake Shermer.

6Sports video: Bechard confirms Uhart's absence

Volleyball coach Ray Bechard confirmed today that Kansas University middle blocker Natalie Uhart will miss the entire 2006 season.

Vegas tickets hot item for KU hoop fans

Kansas University's men's basketball fans have been gobbling up tickets for the eight-team Las Vegas Invitational, set for Thanksgiving weekend in Glitter City.

K-State's Huggins completes staff

Wildcat coach hires former Bearcat Erik Martin as assistant

Kansas State men's basketball coach Bob Huggins completed his staff on Monday, hiring former player Erik Martin to be an assistant coach.

Hard work pays off for Seymour

Former Lawrence High star has new title in 2006: scholarship player

Brian Seymour was working with the special teams, as usual, when Mark Mangino beckoned to him on the sideline.

Keegan: Jayhawks need their safety net

Not all glory positions in football are manned by men in the offensive huddle. Defensive ends make posters chasing quarterbacks. Middle linebackers are lauded as the most rugged of all players. Cornerbacks live to be called "shut-down" corners.

Uhart out indefinitely

Kansas University middle blocker Natalie Uhart, who injured her knee in an Aug. 19 preseason scrimmage, will be sidelined until further notice, KU volleyball coach Ray Bechard said Monday.

Monday, August 21

6Sports video: Mangino, team not focusing on NCAA ruling

Don't expect the ongoing NCAA investigation into the Kansas football program to affect the way the jayhawks perform on Sept. 2.

6Sports video: KU finding replacements at punt returner

There will be a notable player missing when KU football hits the field next Saturday as the always dangerous Charles Gordon is only a memory at the punt return position.

6Sports video: Uhart out indefinitely with knee injury

Last week KU volleyball player Natalie Uhart was named the Big 12 preseason newcomer of the year, but after a knee injury this weekend, validating that title will be tough.

Uhart out indefinitely due to injury

Due to an injury, Kansas University middle blocker Natalie Uhart will be sidelined until further notice, KU coach Ray Bechard announced Monday. Uhart a junior and Lansing, Kan. native suffered a knee injury Aug. 19 in a preseason scrimmage.

Self says Wright tops list

Coach: Sophomore had impressive summer

If an award were handed out to the Kansas University men's basketball player who had the most productive offseason, it'd go to : envelope please : Julian Wright.

Lineman McClinton sets sights on road skid

James McClinton is ready to break an unpleasant streak. It won't be for individual reasons, but for a Kansas University football team that McClinton said was "starting to pick up the enthusiasm and play as a team."

Sunday, August 20

6Sports video: Hendrickson holds annual golf tourney

Yesterday at Alvamar 164 golfers had a chance to meet and greet KU women's basketball coach Bonnie Hendrickson in her second annual golf tournament.

6Sports video: Uhart injured in alumni game

Last night at the Horejsi Center, it was mostly fun and games as the current KU volleyball squad beat the the alumni team three games to none.

New gear powers up tailgating fun

Tailgating season - you might prefer to call it "football season" - is close enough you can almost smell the brats.

KU's Uhart hurt in scrimmage

Brown leads Jayhawks to sweep of alumni

The Kansas University volleyball team won the annual KU Alumni Scrimmage Saturday night at the Horejsi Family Athletic Center, but may have lost one of its key players in the process.

Link to her past

Henrickson cherishes time at tourney

Before becoming involved with the 24/7 grind of Kansas University basketball, Bonnie Henrickson played golf regularly.

Hinrich scores 15 in U.S. victory

Americans top Puerto Rico in world championships

Puerto Rico was scoring so easily against the United States, maybe the Americans should have considered playing 6-against-5. Actually, they tried that.

Saturday, August 19

KU soccer, Drake play to 1-all tie

Senior midfielder Jessica Kilpatrick scored an unassisted goal, and the Kansas University defense held Drake to just three shots on goal as the Jayhawks and Bulldogs played to a 1-1 tie in exhibition women's soccer Friday at Drake Stadium.

KU in running for Arkansas prep

James Anderson, a 6-foot-5 small forward from Junction City (Ark.) High, has narrowed his list of prospective colleges to four - Kansas University, Arkansas, Florida and Oklahoma State - with the possibility of adding one additional school to his final list.

KU volleyball team to hold exhibition

Kansas University's volleyball team will compete against a group of ex-Jayhawks in tonight's annual varsity-alumni exhibition match. Game time is 7 p.m. at Horejsi Center. Admission is free.

KU football notebook

Jake Schermer's rise to first-team linebacker might have been the least expected, considering hype surrounding Mike Rivera, Joe Mortensen, James Holt and Brandon Duncan in recent months.

Ex-Jayhawk Pollard signs with Cavaliers

Scot Pollard is taking his blue-collar work ethic and rugged style of play to his fourth NBA team.

Keegan: Sharp reason to smile

A crowd nervous over the mounting injuries to a young defense already learning on the fly needed something to lift the spirits at Friday afternoon's open-to-the-public football practice. Consider those spirits lifted.

Injuries piling up

RB Quigley ruled out for year

Kansas University's football program has taken multiple blows to the gut in the last two weeks by an injury bug that has ravaged preseason camp.

Friday, August 18

6Sports video: Injury bug plagues Jayhawks; Quigley out for year

The college pigskin season is over before it ever began for one member of the Kansas University football team.

Quigley out for season

Kansas University football running back Angus Quigley is out for the season after suffering an injury coach Mark Mangino deemed "unusual."

Familiar faces back on Mount Oread

Former KU athletes taking advantage of 'Degree Completion Program'

Former Kansas University athletes who came close but never earned a college degree now may have some extra incentive to return to school.

No joking around

Untested Meier crucial for KU

If they felt like it, teammates of Kansas University red-shirt freshman quarterback Kerry Meier could tease him frequently.

Orgas out for 2006-07

Sophomore forward Jen Orgas will not play for the Kansas University women's basketball team during the 2006-07 season due to personal reasons, head coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Thursday.

Ballard checks out Georgia on own dime

Free State High senior and Kansas University football recruit Christian Ballard recently took an unofficial visit with his family to Georgia, another school he's considering.

Thursday, August 17

6Sports video: KU must fill holes on defense

Last year's KU's defense could be described in a number of ways and pick a word synonymous with dominate would be right on target.

Orgas departs KU women's team

Kansas University sophomore forward Jen Orgas will not play for the Jayhawks women's basketball team during the 2006-07 season due to personal reasons, head coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Thursday.

Packers release former Jayhawk Bookman

Leo Bookman, a former Kansas University track standout, was released Monday by the Green Bay Packers.

Hinrich tapped for final U.S. roster

Bulls guard picked for 12-man World Championship squad

Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, a Kansas University product, has survived the final cut for the U.S. basketball team, which begins play in the World Championships in Japan on Saturday.

Self sings team's praises at picnic

As Bill Self waited to tee off Wednesday morning at Salina Country Club, part of his mind was a couple of hours away in Lawrence.

Keegan: Fall nears; Kish picks up pace

No need to check the calendar to remember September is two weeks away. Just listen to Bernie Kish talk. He's up to a million words a minute from his normal 750,000, which means college football season nearly is upon us.

Rookie Sharp wants to play

Mangino: Freshman RB likely won't red-shirt

Given a choice, Jake Sharp would rather play in games than wear a red shirt his freshman year at Kansas University.

Falkenstien won't go quietly into retirement

Max Falkenstien's "retirement" will be an active one. The longtime Kansas University football and basketball announcer, who completed 60 years of broadcasting KU athletics last spring, will continue to have a presence on the radio network while also performing duties for the athletic department as KU's new "special assistant to the athletic director" during the 2006-07 school year.

Wednesday, August 16

6Sports video: Salina product ready to take field for KU

Jake Sharp might not red-shirt like most freshman. Coach Mark Mangino says the Salina product might help the squad as a back-up running back or on special teams.

6Sports video: Volleyball team sets NCAA goals

It took Ray Bechard six seasons to get the Kansas Jayhawks to their first NCAA volleyball tournament. Since their inaugural trip in 2003, however, the 'Hawks have gone dancing three straight years, which means just making the tournament is no longer the goal.

K-State fans taking bad news in stride

Defections, dismissals have taken toll on football, men's and women's basketball programs

Some Kansas State fans in the Aggieville business district near campus said Tuesday the dismissal of center Tyler Hughes from the Wildcat basketball team seems to be par for the course in a year when the athletic department has seen tremendous turnover.

Parker at world meet

Kansas University freshman pole vaulter Brittany Parker will compete in the IAAF World Junior Championships today in Beijing, China. The McKinney, Texas, native has a career-best jump of 13-5. If she qualifies, she will compete in the finals Friday.

Picnic slated for Aug. 26

Kansas University's women's basketball team will hold its annual welcome back picnic at noon Saturday, Aug. 26, at Centennial Park. There will be free games, food and prizes for fans with a program scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Butler dealt two more defeats in eligibility quest

After back-to-back knockout blows, Eric Butler's chances of playing football for Kansas University this season are all but dead.

Keegan: KSU boss off to odd start

With every injury to a defense thin on depth, the Kansas University football outlook grows a little hazier. Linebacker James Holt and safety Darrell Stuckey are sidelined. That hurts. Yet, the KU program remains on solid footing.

The gift of gab

Talib not afraid to talk a good game

Death. Taxes. Aqib Talib running his mouth on the football field. All three are money in the bank. You know - just know - they're an inevitability before too much longer.

Tuesday, August 15

6Sports video: Butler's KU career may be over

Back-to-back negative rulings in Kansas defensive lineman Eric Butler's ongoing eligiblity case with the NCAA may have ended his football career.

6Sports video: Cornish has big expectations for fall

Running back Jon Cornish isn't shy about his predictions for the upcoming football season. Since the spring game, the KU senior has said it would be a disappointment if he didn't put up more than 1,000 yards rushing.

Butler's motion denied

Former Kansas University football player Eric Butler's motion for an injunction that would have allowed him to continue practicing with the Jayhawks was denied Tuesday afternoon by a U.S. District Court judge.

6Sports video: Volleyball transfer gets additional eligibility

Good news for KU volleyball coach Ray Bechard: transfer Natalie Uhart has been granted an extra year of eligibility due to medical hardship.

KU's Gault tapped for all-conference team

Kansas University senior Holly Gault was named to the preseason all-Big 12 soccer team, the conference announced Monday.

Woodling: Hearing a time to grovel

Earl Huyser approached me Sunday morning and queried: "What do you think is going to happen in Baltimore today?"

Little lineman beefs up

Rodriguez refined technique last season

Cesar Rodriguez knew how the better - or in this case, bigger - half lived.

Middle blocker Uhart granted waiver for '05

Kansas University middle blocker Natalie Uhart was granted a medical-hardship waiver Monday and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining at KU, coach Ray Bechard said Monday.

Kansas State dismisses Hughes

Player's name discovered in registered sex-offender database

Tyler Hughes, a reserve basketball player at Kansas State University, was dismissed from the team Monday after it became known that his name appears in a registered sex-offender database.

Monday, August 14

6Sports video: Mangino weary of new rule

They say 'time is money,' but apparently in college football, too much time is not good for the sport.

KU soccer picked fifth

Gault named to Preseason All-Big 12 Team

Kansas University's soccer team was picked to finish fifth in the Big 12 and senior Holly Gault was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team the conference announced on Monday as league coaches voted on both the preseason poll and All-Big 12 team.

Uhart granted a medical hardship waiver

Kansas University middle blocker Natalie Uhart was granted a medical hardship waiver by the Big West Conference for her 2005 season at Long Beach State and thus will have two seasons of eligibility with the Jayhawks, KU coach Ray Bechard announced Monday.

Kansas awaits NCAA fate

Jayhawks make case; formal response still 5-7 weeks away

Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway's was the lone voice - carefully crafted and, perhaps, humorously prophetic.

KU makes case to NCAA

It's all over now except for the waiting.

Allen hopes less is more

Ballyhooed KU defensive end 'lean, mean'

Now that Kansas University football fans can expect to see more of The Next Great Thing, there's less of The Next Great Thing to see.

UTEP passes on Jankovich, taps Barbee

University of Memphis assistant basketball coach Tony Barbee will today be named Doc Sadler's replacement as head coach at UTEP.

Sunday, August 13

6Sports video: KU benefiting from in-state recruits

In today's world of college football, recruiting is everything and to a greater degree, in-state recruiting is even more crucial.

6Sports video: KU tells its side to NCAA committee

After months of hearing phrase like lack of institutional control and academic fraud, the University of Kansas had its turn to tell its side of the story in front of the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

KU officials meet with NCAA Infractions Committee

All Kansas University officials can do now is wait to see what the NCAA decides. Representatives from KU met with an NCAA Committee on Infractions for six and a half hours on Sunday in Baltimore to give their side of the story on 11 violations that were self-reported last summer.

NCAA hearing serious business

Infractions committee to hear KU's case today

If anybody should know what Kansas University is diving into today with the NCAA Committee on Infractions, it's the university's legal counsel, Overland Park-based attorney Rick Evrard.

Saturday, August 12

Woodland wants company at NCAAs

Gary Woodland hopes he won't have to walk alone again this year.

Damage control

Large KU delegation will ask NCAA to come down easy on alleged missteps

Roy Williams waited and waited for his turn. Sitting outside closed doors at a Kansas City hotel, Kansas University's new men's basketball coach just wanted to let the NCAA Committee on Infractions know how it was going to be under his watch.

Mortensen sizing up big shoes on defense

Sophomore finds himself in heated battle to replace departed Reid on linebacking unit

Preparing for a photo shoot, linebacker Joe Mortensen answered questions in his blue No. 8 jersey, which he changed symbolically from No. 37 for the 2006 season.

New pilots for Tech's passing machine

Graham Harrell drops back quickly, wheels to his left and zips a screen pass to an inside receiver. Seconds later, Chris Todd lines up and fires the exact same pass with equal sharpness.

Source: Jankovich met with UTEP

Kansas University men's basketball assistant coach Tim Jankovich is one of several coaches in the running for the UTEP head basketball coaching job.

Mayer: Ex-Lions not lucky at Kansas

The 1966 football season was a great one for Lawrence High, a lousy one for six former Lions. They were on the Kansas University roster but sometimes wished they were back home enjoying the delights of LHS success.

Rookies should push returnees

The Kansas University women's golf team will tee off next season with the Kansas Women's Golf Association Amateur champion, two participants at the U.S. Women's Amateur and one All-Big 12 Conference golfer.

Jayhawks set sights on NCAA Tournament

After its most successful season in recent years, the Kansas University tennis team has realistic hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2007.

With top five back, men's goals high

For more than 50 years, Al Frame was the only Kansas University cross country runner to win back-to-back conference championships - in 1954 and 1955. Benson Chesang added his name to that list last year.

Jayhawks strong in throws

As one star in the shot put leaves the Kansas University track and field squad, another one begins to shine bright - though the one leaving is one of the brightest ever to don a Kansas uniform.

Large cast of newcomers should provide boost

With 11 new swimmers and two new divers, the Kansas University swimming and diving team will look different this season.

Bunge expects transition year

Serena Settlemier is playing as a professional. So is shortstop Destiny Frankenstein. Second baseman Jessica Moppin has been working with the Russian national team.

Price: Kansas must maintain

Ritch Price has elevated the Kansas University baseball program where he wants it to be.

Jayhawks riding wave

KU beat UT, KSU

Kansas University rowers will look to build off a season that produced wins over Texas and Kansas State - the only other Big 12 universities that field rowing teams.

Deeper squad must stay well

Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard has the bodies this year. Now he just needs a little luck.

No Smith, no problem, coach maintains

Caroline Smith was the scoringest soccer player in Kansas University history, but her four years are up and it's time for the Jayhawks to move on.

Newcomers boast pedigrees

Collins, Arthur head incoming quartet that also includes two Lawrence products

Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self continued his stellar recruiting ways last school year, adding two McDonald's All-Americans to the roster.

Henrickson: Freshmen key

Bonnie Henrickson only knows one way to approach a season in which half of her scholarship players will be freshmen.

Great expectations await

Older, battle-tested Jayhawks enter season with bull's-eye on their backs

After a full year of playing "under the radar," Kansas University's men's basketball team will be in everybody's field of vision this season.

Kansas football recruit capsules

A look at the newest Jayhawks

Bulls counting on Hills

Sept. 23: South Florida: Surname same for several top athletes

If you want South Florida's answer, look to the Hills. All three of them.

Rockets unsettled at quarterback spot

Sept. 15: at Toledo

Starting under center, Toledo won't be the same football team Kansas University routed, 63-14, back in 2004.

Warhawks have ties to Kansas

Sept. 9: Louisiana-Monore

Surprisingly, Kansas University and Louisiana-Monroe have a few ties within their football programs.

Demons no sure victory

Sept. 2: Northwestern, La., State

Kansas University will open its season Sept. 2 with an NCAA Division I-AA foe, and while that usually points to a sure victory, that's hardly the case when you consider the opponent.

OU, Texas should lead league

South showdown could be huge, but Nebraska, A&M could be spoilers

The representation is unmatched - further giving credence to the theory the Big 12 Conference is college football's most powerful league.

Experience, options abound

Led by Cornish, Jayhawks could field best offense in years

Really, Kansas University running back Jon Cornish was no different than any gifted playmaker coming off a high school football field.

Youth to be served

Despite inexperience, KU could be better than last year

Kansas University defensive coordinator Bill Young is banking on the innocent - and praying for the injury gods to look away - if he wants the 2006 season to work out.

Reporter moving to broadcast booth

New sportscasters replace KU legend Max Falkenstien

David Lawrence swears his daily routine won't change.

Letter-winner tapped as basketball analyst

New sportscasters replace KU legend Max Falkenstien

Chris Piper, a four-year letter-winner who played forward on Kansas University's 1988 national-championship basketball team, will replace Max Falkenstien as analyst on Jayhawk radio broadcasts next season.

Friday, August 11

6Sports video: Tight end key part of KU offense

When the KU football team opens play next month, expect some Fine play from the Jayhawks receiving corps.

Ready to role

Fine not concerned with numbers

After the Kansas University football team selected Derek Fine as one of four team captains, it appeared his role in the offense would increase for 2006.

Kaun thrilled about sampling home cookin'

Tired and cramped after sitting on three airplanes for a total of 16 hours, Sasha Kaun felt rejuvenated after catching a glimpse of his mother eagerly awaiting his arrival June 16 at Tomsk Airport in western Siberia.

Thursday, August 10

6Sports video: KU football addressing road woes

Last year the KU football team was undefeated in the friendly confines of memorial stadium, but KU's road record was quite the opposite.

K-State loses another quarterback

Evridge third KSU QB to leave program since spring game

Less than a week into fall practice under new Kansas State head coach Ron Prince, former starting quarterback Allan Evridge has decided to transfer.

KU recruit Aldrich invited to Classic

Future Kansas University basketball center Cole Aldrich will compete in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic at 7 p.m. on Sept. 1 at New York's Rucker Park.

Dozen to plead KU's case

Hemenway, Perkins, Self, Mangino to travel to NCAA hearing

Kansas University expects to take a sizable travel party - roughly a dozen officials - Sunday to Baltimore for its hearing with the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

Ready to rumble

McAnderson could see expanded role

Truth be told, the Kansas University football offense never will be known as the B Mac Attack.

Wednesday, August 9

6Sports video: 'Hawks sport variety of hairdos

If you've been paying attention to the 2006 crop of KU football players you may have noticed that some prefer a full head of hair, while others perfer the bald look. But who looks best?

6Sports video: Mangino's crew shows progress

Kansas has graduated from a football team to a full-on football program, according to Coach Mark Mangino.

Prep Singler likely Late Night visitor

Oregon standout setting up visits; Dallas star Randolph 'wide open'

Kyle Singler, a 6-foot-8 senior basketball forward from Oregon's South Medford High, has started the process of setting up his official campus visits.

Steady climbers

Mangino: Jayhawks 'on solid turf'

Really, it's like climbing a flight of stairs. Kansas University's football program could have taken the chance and tried to lunge up four steps at a time, with the risk of rolling head over feet back down to the bottom. Or it could do what steady progress demands - step by step, low-risk, knowing that the footing always will be there.

Colorado coach sends out 'pick-me-ups'

The group of Colorado Buffaloes football players were just relaxing after lifting weights, hanging out, playing video games when all of their cell phones, Treos and Blackberries started buzzing.

Hearing not on KU's minds

Coach 'focused on our football team,' not NCAA

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino seemed undeterred - and claims his players couldn't care less - about the upcoming NCAA hearing taking place Sunday in Baltimore.

Keegan: Ingram symbolic for KU

The entrance to the room at Memorial Stadium that Kansas University uses to show off its football program to the world through the media wasn't blocked on football media day, but it was crowded. An unmanned massive crane hovered over a gargantuan light tower that was on the ground.

Tiger backs expecting more work

With quarterback Brad Smith gone, Missouri running backs Tony Temple and Marcus Woods know they'll carry a much larger load this season.

Tuesday, August 8

6Sports video: Offensive forces need to mesh for KU

The Kansas football has an undisputed No. 1 quarterback in Kerry Meier, a senior running back who could cross the 1,000-yard barrier in Jon Cornish, and an offensive line that returns as the most experienced unit on the field - but how will those elements combine?

6Sports video: Kansas defense has work ahead of it

In 2005, the Kansas football team rode its stifling defense all the way to a Fort Worth Bowl victory. The Hawks' D was especially dominating against the run, surrendering less than 100 yards in nine of 13 outings. But if the Wrecking Crew want a repeat performance in '06, it has some work to do.

What if...

If Kevin Kane, Nick Reid, Brandon Perkins and Mark Simmons hadn't played as true freshmen, they'd be fifth-year seniors this season. How much better would the Jayhawks of 2006 be?

If Kevin Kane, Nick Reid, Brandon Perkins and Mark Simmons hadn't played as true freshmen, they'd be fifth-year seniors this season. How much better would the Jayhawks of 2006 be? And how much worse would that 2002 team have been?

Sadler leaves UTEP for Nebraska

Standout center Maric leaving program, won't play for new coach, two newspapers report

Nebraska has a new basketball coach, but apparently has lost a key player.

Self: NU tapped 'good people'

Kansas coach fond of new head Husker

Kansas University's Bill Self has known new University of Nebraska's men's basketball coach Doc Sadler a long time.

Monday, August 7

6Sports video: Former 'Hawk out for preseason with knee injury

Former KU footballer, Charles Gordon is expected to miss the rest of the NFL preseason due to a knee injury sustained last week.

Tease photo

6Sports video: 'Hawks look to young players on defense

Eight starters are gone from Bill Young's nationally ranked defense, but now the focus is on the young Hawks to fill the void this fall.

Summer flies by for Self

KU coach enjoys break before fall's 'fun stuff'

Bill Self spent half of June working his basketball camps for youths in Lawrence.

USF faces eligibility obstacles

The South Florida football team's summer hasn't exactly been smooth sailing.

Eyes of the Tigers

MU players shed helmets, meet fans

Temperatures soaring near 100 degrees Sunday afternoon didn't keep Tom Phillips, a 20-year season-ticket holder out of St. Louis, from driving two hours to see the 2006 Missouri football team up close.

Sunday, August 6

6Sports video: KU football practice opens to public, media

Hundreds of anxious fans came to practice to watch KU quarterback Kerry Meier in the season's first practice open to the public.

Kansas football notebook

¢ DB Thompson ineligible ¢ Freshman a no-show ¢ Whitaker going slow ¢ So far, so good ¢ Oh, captain, my captain

Defense impressive already

Mangino: Defenders quick, but must be quick to learn

Last year's Kansas University football defense was impressive.

Toledo coach has nightmarish memories of KU

Tom Amstutz hopes his last memory of Kansas University's football team isn't similar to his next one.

Saturday, August 5

Monroe sporting new look

Louisiana-Monroe's mascot isn't the only thing changing in time for 2006. The football team's offense is undergoing a significant tinkering as well.

Ex-Jayhawk Gordon done for preseason

Former Kansas University football player Charles Gordon, who hurt his left knee in practice with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, was on crutches Friday and will have a procedure performed Monday to repair cartilage damage.

Randle transfers to SIU

Troubled running back finished at Kansas

Former Kansas University running back John Randle was back in the news again Friday, but this time his actions were related to football instead of the law.

Departures put pressure on defense

Brent Venables knows the unexpected could happen at any moment, and he wants his defense to be prepared.

Sooners grapple with effects of dismissals

Loss to offensive line as big as loss of Bomar

Questions about Oklahoma's offensive line depth already were numerous, and that was before one of the Sooners' linemen, guard J.D. Quinn, was dismissed from the football team earlier this week.

Mayer: Phog belongs in Hall

Alleged masterminds-that-be selected five guys for the initial class to be enshrined in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City's Sprint Center - James Naismith, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, John Wooden and Dean Smith. Let's hope some savior adds a sixth icon, Forrest C. Allen, before the formal induction Nov. 19.

Kansas State still a work in progress

After two straight losing seasons, Wildcats look to rebuild with new coach at helm - starting today, the first day of fall drills

There is constant bustle at Kansas State. Scaffolding surrounds the Vanier Football Complex as workers quickly hurry to finish a massive renovation to the football program's headquarters. Trucks and construction material are scattered everywhere.

Friday, August 4

6Sports video: Former KU running back transfers to SIU

Running back John Randle will be on the practice field tomorrow, but not at university of kansas.

6Sports video: Let the season begin

Football season officially started on the hill today and for the first time in 2006, Mark Mangino's boys hit the practice field.

Randle transfers to SIU

The first day of Kansas University's football practice started with few surprises (although the Jayhawks drills were closed to the public), but a former KU athlete once again had his name turn up in the headlines. Former Kansas running back John Randle -- who was kicked off the KU squad March 14, 2004 after a series of arrests -- has transferred to Southern Illinois, Saluki coach Jerry Kill said.

Camping with Collison

Jayhawk freshmen aid former KU forward

Eleven-year-old Austin Bell never had a chance. Nick Collison came at him from every angle.

Sooners move forward minus Bomar

Two dismissed players apologize; Stoops says Oklahoma will survive latest shockwave

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Thursday that the school acted quickly when it found out that starting quarterback Rhett Bomar and offensive lineman J.D. Quinn broke NCAA rules through their employment at a car dealership.

KU football squad starts practice today

Kansas University football players reported back to Lawrence on Thursday before preseason camp opens up today.

Keegan: Sizing up future KU foes

College basketball games aren't played on paper, otherwise Kansas University would have defeated St. Joseph's and Bradley and would have lost to Kentucky and, in the Big 12 tournament final, to Texas.

Gordon injures knee during Vikings camp

Former Kansas University defensive back Charles Gordon, now with the Minnesota Vikings, was carted off the field after injuring his left knee during practice on Thursday.

Pitcher Land finds success

Other former Jayhawks still trying to locate footing

Of the record-tying six Kansas University baseball players selected in the June free agent draft, pitcher Sean Land has made the most impressive professional debut.

Injury bug plagues Northwestern State

Northwestern State's football team already has an uphill battle to start its 2006 season, with two deeper, more polished, Division I-A teams kicking off the schedule.

Thursday, August 3

6Sports video: Passing game still shaky for KU

Putting the ball in the air was a problem for the 2005 Jayhawks, but now head coach Mark Mangino must improve his team at the QB spot and replace his top two wide-outs as well.

Woodling: Of 'B' samples, Berroa

Nobody asked me, but : the next time my doctor tells me my cholesterol level is too high, I'm going to ask him to delay judgment until he checks the "B" sample.

Creepy peepers

Nike's new MaxSight lenses designed to aid outdoor athlete

Nike would lead you to believe better sporting performance comes in a box. That's the implied promise behind the shoes the corporate giant shills, but it's also the allure of another boxed bit of athletic gear Nike is pitching: MaxSight contact lenses.

Former coach proposes walk of fame to honor KU greats

A dream for Allen Fieldhouse

Former Kansas University track coach Bob Timmons has a dream for Allen Fieldhouse.

Report: OU quarterback dismissed

Bomar kicked off team for violating NCAA rules

Oklahoma starting quarterback Rhett Bomar was kicked off the team Wednesday after an investigation revealed he broke NCAA rules through his employment at a local business, according to a television report.

KU official sympathizes with Huskers

The timing couldn't be much worse for the University of Nebraska as it begins its search for a new men's basketball coach.

NU tapped No. 1 in volleyball

Nebraska is the preseason favorite to win the Big 12 Conference volleyball title for the 10th consecutive season in a vote of the league's head coaches.

Perkins gets raise of $20K

Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins received a 4 1â2 percent raise for fiscal year 2006-07 and now has a salary of $458,651, according to information provided by the KU athletic department through an open-records request.

Butler's eligibility saga continues

Eric Butler suddenly has one more shot.

Wednesday, August 2

Butler appeals NCAA decision

Kansas University defensive tackle Eric Butler has one more chance at retaining his eligibility with the Jayhawk football team.

6Sports video: Summer a recruiting challenge for Price

The Major League draft has made it a long summer for KU head baseball coach Ritch Price. In late June, the 1,500 draft selections over 50 rounds took a huge bite out of the Big 12 champions' recruiting class.

6Sports video: Butler to attempt another appeal

When the Kansas football team opens practice on Friday, defensive tackle Eric Butler will be there.

Uhart tabbed Big 12 Newcomer of the Year

Jayhawks selected seventh; Brown picked all-conference

Kansas University senior transfer Natalie Uhart was voted Big 12 Conference Preseason Newcomer of the Year and junior Emily Brown was named Preseason All-Big 12, the league office announced Wednesday.

Collier accepts AD post at Butler

Nebraska starts looking for next basketball coach

Barry Collier said only one job could have taken him away from Nebraska.

Wood: Incidents haunt Relays

Sigh. The Kansas Relays certainly has seen better days. First, a massive fight at the after-party (bearing the Relays' name) breaks out at Abe & Jake's Landing in April. Then, the headline act, sprinter Justin Gatlin, has a positive drug test that was conducted following his leg of the race at our hometown's meet.

Collier re-starts coaching carousel

Barry Collier's decision to leave Nebraska means the Big 12 Conference will have six new men's basketball coaches next season.

Tuesday, August 1

Woodling: It's not too late for Henry

Of basketball players it is often said they play either taller or shorter than their listed height. Most play shorter. Only a few play taller.

Kansas QB club to meet tonight

Kansas University's Quarterback Club will have its inaugural 2006 gathering at 5:30 p.m. today in the Adams Alumni Center on KU's campus.

OU recruit Griffin plays through pain

The pain in his right shoulder didn't matter to Blake Griffin on Monday. He wanted to play basketball.

Hawkins headed overseas

Former Kansas University basketball point guard Jeff Hawkins will play professional basketball in Germany next season.