Stories for September 2006


Saturday, September 30

Final: Kansas falls in OT 39-32

Kansas will attempt to break the 18-game losing streak in Nebraska's own Memorial Stadium tonight in Lincoln. Tonight's match-up will be the first Big 12 conference game for both teams. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will be televised on FSN, Sunflower Broadband channel 36.

Huskers fortunate to have Lucky

Running back had breakthrough game against Troy, with 156 yards, 3 long TDs

To this day, Nebraska football coach Bill Callahan's biggest recruiting victory may have been North Hollywood, Calif., running back Marlon Lucky, who signed with the Huskers in 2005 as one of the nation's top rushing prospects.

Rookie QBs hurting Big 12

League struggling, young signal-callers part of reason

Nine quarterbacks in the Big 12 Conference have less than a season of starting experience. Two of them are playing in new offenses under new coaches.

Creighton slips past Kansas, 1-0

Katy Peetz's goal in the 51st minute doomed Kansas University to a 1-0 soccer loss to Creighton on Friday at Morrison Stadium.

Awash in a sea of red

KU's Barmann familiar with NU's den of din

Adam Barmann still can feel the electricity. Kansas University's senior quarterback was the starter on Oct. 2, 2004, the last time the Jayhawks played at Nebraska's Memorial Stadium in front of the "Sea of Red."

KU receiver Brown fan of Huskers

Kearney native son of former Nebraska pass-catcher

There has to be someone, somewhere in the Cornhusker State who does not root for the Nebraska football team.

Jayhawk LB Washington 'fine now'

Senior fully healed from shoulder injury

Apparently, Kansas University linebacker Eric Washington resorts to erasing his memory when bad thoughts come up.

Friday, September 29

6Sports video: Oddsmakers not favorable for KU

Enjoy the memories of 40-15 while you can. According to oddsmakers, the Jayhawks head to Lincoln tomorrow as a three touchdown underdog against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

Quarterback update: Kansas University coach Mark Mangino did not disclose who would play quarterback at Nebraska during his weekly radio show Thursday, though he did answer a question on whether Adam Barmann and Kerry Meier may rotate in and out throughout the game.

Army's resurgence feel-good story of '06

West Point faces certain disadvantages on the football field compared to other Division 1-A football programs.

Mayer: Health a key concern

Some bookies are calling Nebraska a three-touchdown favorite over Kansas in football Saturday. The KU team has differing intentions, hoping to triumph at Lincoln for the first time since 1968.

Webb steps up at corner

True frosh rebounds from bad first play

In all honesty, Kansas University assistant football coach Earnest Collins kind of liked that Anthony Webb's first play in his first start last week didn't go so well.

Bets off for buddies

Hinrich, Collison won't wager on preseason match

Former Kansas University roommates Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison won't be placing a friendly wager on the Oct. 15 Chicago Bulls-Seattle Super Sonics NBA exhibition in Allen Fieldhouse.

Thursday, September 28

6Sports video: 'Hawks ready for Husker atmosphere

When it comes to playing in Lincoln, the Kansas football team hasn't enjoyed much success over the years.

6Sports video: KU's ground game key to success

As of tonight, the Kansas football team is a 23 point underdog against Nebraska in Lincoln, but while oddsmakers don't think the game will be close, the Jayhawks will get a chance to prove otherwise.

Kansas volleyball falls to Texas Tech

Three Kansas University players had double-digit kills, but the Jayhawks fell to Texas Tech, 30-26, 30-25, 22-30, 30-25, Wednesday at United Spirit Arena.

Bomar itching to play

Former Oklahoma QB biding his time until NCAA restores his eligibility

Rhett Bomar took the snap in an empty stadium and zipped a perfect strike to one of his new teammates at Sam Houston State.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

There still is no definite word on quarterback Kerry Meier's availability, and it's likely nothing will be made public before Saturday's game.

Rookies tested by camp

Sherron Collins sprinted through an Allen Fieldhouse hallway, looking a bit relieved to see his teammates leisurely walking through the northwest tunnel onto the court.

Keegan: Husker happy again

In the days before Kansas University defeated Nebraska in 2005, an outcome he predicted, former Cornhuskers middle guard and Lawrence resident Kerry Weinmaster held nothing back in expressing his frustration over the state of his alma mater Nebraska's football program.

Mangino: Officials on top of replays

Mark Mangino knows where not to go for advice. When mulling whether to exercise a coach's challenge requesting instant-replay review of a disputed call, Kansas University's fifth-year football coach tries to avoid going straight to the source of the controversy: the player.

Huskers not worried about earning revenge

KU loss a 'springboard' to better things

Nebraska players say they aren't using revenge as a motivating factor for Saturday night's Big 12 opener against Kansas.

Wednesday, September 27

6Sports video: KU hoping to break winless Lincoln streak

One streak is over, another streak remains. Last year the KU football team but Nebraska for the first since 1968, but NU still owns a dominate string of victories when playing the 'Hawks in Lincoln.

Former Jayhawks latch on

Chenowith, Miles invited to NBA training camps

Former Kansas University basketball players Eric Chenowith and Aaron Miles have accepted invitations to preseason training camps of NBA teams. Miles, a 6-foot-1 point guard who opened last season with the Golden State Warriors and finished with the NBADL's Fort Worth Flyers, will attend camp with his hometown Portland Trail Blazers.

Barmann content at No. 2

QB will gladly resume backup role when starter Meier is healthy

Outsiders are trying hard to throw Kansas University's football team into a quarterback controversy, and Adam Barmann's stellar play against South Florida is directly to blame. While usual starter Kerry Meier wasn't allowed to even pick up a football Saturday because of a lingering arm injury, Barmann stepped up and played like : well, a starter - leading Kansas to victory over a Big East conference foe.

Keegan: Nelson's record could fall

He was on the practice green with his team - where else? - on a pluperfect day for golf, when Kansas University coach Ross Randall first heard the news that Byron Nelson, one of the game's all-time greats, had died earlier Tuesday.

Taylor: It's all KU's fault

Nebraska QB calls Kansas debacle his turning point

Zac Taylor's career at Nebraska can be divided in two - before and after the Kansas game of 2005. The No. 21 Cornhuskers have won six of seven since getting embarrassed 40-15 in Lawrence last November. When the Huskers (3-1) open Big 12 play at home against Kansas (3-1) on Saturday night, they'll enter the game off their best seven-game stretch since 2003.

KU football notebook

¢ Meier update ¢ Reesing's next ¢ TV is fun ¢ Players of the game

Tuesday, September 26

6Sports video: Pain-free Meier necessary to play

Kerry Meier's injury status is improving, but the redshirt freshman QB will have to be pain-free before he makes his return.

6Sports video: Who will be QB?

When the Kansas football team takes the field on Saturday in Lincoln, will the starting quarterback be freshman Kerry Meier or senior Adam Barmann?

Boot Camp off to early start

Everybody reported on time, raring to go for the start of Boot Camp 2006 at 6 a.m. Monday at Allen Fieldhouse. "There will have to be a serious case of electricity going out or whatever for somebody to be late the next two weeks," Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said after Day 1 of the two-week preseason conditioning program.

KU softball goes 3-1 in exhibition openers

Kassie Humphreys collected 16 strikeouts in two weekend appearances, and Val Chapple went 6-for-7 in two games Sunday to pace Kansas University's softball team to a 3-1 record at Arrocha Ballpark to start the fall season.

Ballard bails out on Kansas

Free State senior drops KU for Iowa

Free State High senior Christian Ballard, the highest-rated college football prospect in the state of Kansas, said Monday he would attend the University of Iowa next year - not Kansas University as he originally planned. "I'm committed to Iowa now," Ballard said by phone Monday evening.

When it came to squaring off with top-shelf programs, the Big 12 was rank against the ranked

Conference members finish 0-9 against nonconference heavyweights

With nonconference play all but over, the teams of the Big 12 Conference still find themselves looking for a signature victory. Big 12 teams finished a combined 0-9 against ranked foes from other conferences, with only a pair of games against Division I-AA teams left on the nonconference schedule. Still, league coaches feel the Big 12's strong reputation is not at risk.

Husker bashing a thing of past

KU, Nebraska put 2005 result out of mind

It may have been the earthquake game of the Big 12 Conference season last year - loud and powerful, with aftershocks lasting for days. Kansas University's football team walloped Nebraska, 40-15, at Memorial Stadium in 2005, dominating the Huskers in every way imaginable.

Monday, September 25

6Sports video: Softball preparing for spring

It sounds a little weird, but yes, the Kansas Softball team actually does play games in September. The outcome, however, isn't so important. Preparing for the spring though, is.

6Sports video: Ballard no longer committed to KU

Free State High tight end Christian Ballard says he's no longer committeed to Mark Mangino and the Jayhawks.

6Sports video: KU survives last-second play

It's the game's final play. Your team leads by six and the opposing team is within striking distance of the endzone. You know what play is coming. Question is, can you stop it?

KU-Texas A&M kickoff set

Kansas University's football game on Oct. 7 against Texas A&M has been slated for an 11 a.m. kickoff from Memorial Stadium, and will be televised on Fox Sports Net, Sunflower Broadband Channel 36.

Soccer squad tops OU

Sophomore Jessica Bush's goal in the 68th minute lifted Kansas University to its first Big 12 Conference soccer victory of the season, 1-0 over Oklahoma on Sunday at John Crain Field.

Buzzer beaters

Boot Camp can be a rude awakening

Brandon Rush set his alarm clock for 5 a.m. on a crisp September morning a year ago, giving himself plenty of time to devour an energy bar and report to Allen Fieldhouse for a 6 a.m. Boot Camp conditioning session.

6Sports video: QB not a problem position

2006 has been QB controversy-free for head coach Mark Mangino.

Mizzou enters AP poll

Ohio State is still No. 1 with 59 of a possible 65 first-place votes in The Associated Press Top 25. No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 Southern California and No. 4 West Virginia each received two first-place votes.

Self responds to article's citations

KU coach sees 'nothing remotely wrong' with hiring high school and AAU coaches for camps

The Dallas Morning News on Sunday cited Kansas University, the University of Texas and Texas A&M as three schools that pay high school and AAU coaches of prospective players for speaking at their summer camps.

No more tuneups for Kansas

Jayhawks open as 191â2-point underdogs to 'Huskers; Meier practices

Phase two is here. Four tuneups with ascending challenges left Kansas University's football team with a 3-1 record after nonconference play. Now, the Big 12 Conference season begins, and KU will face perhaps its toughest test of the season Saturday at Nebraska.

Wood: Great finishes galore

Just 48 hours before watching South Florida march downfield in an attempt at a last-second victory Saturday, a great book arrived in the mail documenting the 116 greatest college football finishes since 1970.

Sunday, September 24

6Sports video: KU softball pounds Bulter 10-3

The KU softball team took on Butler in the final game of a weekend tournament at Arrocha Ballpark this afternoon.

6Sports video: Barmann leads 'Hawks to victory over USF

The Kansas football team barely found its way back to the win column with a 13-7 victory over South Florida Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

How they scored

Commentary: QB shows grit, but it's not enough

From the other side

Down to Saturday night's final, frantic seconds, USF quarterback Matt Grothe was still slinging. Still leading. Still making something out of nothing. On the opposite sideline, Kansas senior quarterback Adam Barmann was helplessly watching.

Keegan: Barmann saves KU's day

Adam Barmann stepped out of all Kansas University football fans' nightmares and saved a football season Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

Webb shines in start

Two weeks after the near debacle against Louisiana-Monroe, Kansas University defensive coordinator Bill Young has two reasons to feel much better about his team's ability to defend the pass.

A feel-good story

Barmann steps in, sparks KU past Bulls

For all the times Kansas University's quarterbacks have caused anguish the last five years, there seem to be just as many feel-good stories of perseverance at the position when another of them is called to duty.

KU's Svistun to vie for title

The Kansas University tennis team will send Yuliana Svistun to the championship match of a singles bracket at the Deacon Classic.

Kansas football notebook

USF: 'We didn't finish drives'

Putting three points on the scoreboard 31â2 minutes into the game might have been huge for the University of South Florida football team Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. How huge we'll never know.

Sloppy still good enough

Backup QB guides No. 8 Louisville past K-State

Hunter Cantwell is no Brian Brohm, and No. 8 Louisville's high-scoring offense was not exactly its old self, either.

Lightning can't slow Longhorns

Texas was cruising to another Big 12 Conference victory when the weather put everything on hold for more than an hour.

Buffs put scare in Bulldogs

No. 9 Georgia scores twice late to escape with home victory

Freshman Joe Cox may have won more than a game with his fourth-quarter performance Saturday.

Jayhawks fall in five games

Colorado rebounds from 2-1 deficit

The Kansas University volleyball team fell to Colorado in five games Saturday.

Kansas men 9th, women 23rd of 31

Juniors Colby Wissel and Paul Hefferon scored top-20 finishes to guide the Kansas University men's cross country team to a ninth-place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational. The women's squad placed 23rd in the 31-team field.

Saturday, September 23

6Sports video: KU beats USF in second half

The non-conference portion of the Jayhawks' season is over, and it ends at 3-1 heading into BIg 12 play thanks to a 13-7 victory over the University of South Florida in Memorial Stadium. Kerry Meier, the redshirt freshman, did not get the start from Mark Mangino's squad. Coach said as early as Thursday that he knew Meier - and his shoulder - would not start against USF.

Army scores OT win

Baylor loses third game 27-20

Tony Moore converted a crucial fourth down in overtime and later scored on a 4-yard run to give Army a 27-20 victory over Baylor on Saturday night. A week after Army's upset bid against Texas A&M ended 6 yards from the end zone after a run by Moore on the game's last play, the Black Knights overcame a 10-0 deficit and two botched field goal attempts by Austin Miller.

Nebraska routs Troy 56-0

Marlon Lucky ran for 156 yards and three long touchdowns and Kenny Wilson ran for 106 yards and two scores in No. 23 Nebraska's 56-0 victory over Troy on Saturday night. It was a dominating performance by the Cornhuskers (3-1), who had been criticized for coach Bill Callahan's conservative offensive game plan in last week's 28-10 loss at Southern California.

Sooners shut out Blue Raiders

Oklahoma routs Middle Tennessee 59-0

Adrian Peterson and Malcolm Kelly made sure there was no doubt Oklahoma came away with a win this time. Peterson scored three touchdowns, Kelly set a school record for receiving in a brilliant first quarter and the 17th-ranked Sooners scored 45 points in the first half on their way to a 59-0 win against Middle Tennessee on Saturday night.

Weather can't stop Texas

Longhorns beat Cyclones 37-14

Texas was cruising to another Big 12 win when the weather put everything on hold for more than an hour. No matter. By the time the rain and lightning had cleared, Iowa State was in no position to mount much of a rally. Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy engineered another efficient game with a pair of touchdown passes Saturday to lead No. 7 Texas to a 37-14 victory in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Defense leads Tigers to victory

Missouri beats Ohio 31-6

At times, Chase Daniel looked like a player making only his fourth career start. But Missouri's sophomore quarterback hit more than enough high notes to help his team complete a perfect non-conference schedule. Daniel threw two touchdown passes to Will Franklin and ran for another score, compensating for a lost fumble and interception in Missouri's 31-6 victory over Ohio on Saturday.

Colorado continues winless season

Georgia squeaks by CU, 14-13

Freshman Joe Cox may have won more than a game with his fourth-quarter performance Saturday for No. 9 Georgia. Cox rescued Georgia, throwing two touchdown passes in the last 9:11 - the second a 20-yarder with 46 seconds left - and the Bulldogs came back to beat winless Colorado 14-13.

Louisville hands Kansas State first loss

Cardinals beat Wildcats 24-6

Hunter Cantwell is no Brian Brohm, and No. 8 Louisville's high-scoring offense was not exactly its old self, either. Nevertheless, the Cardinals overcame three turnovers and pulled themselves together behind backup quarterback Cantwell for a ragged 24-6 victory over Kansas State on Saturday. Starting in place of Heisman-hopeful Brian Brohm, who was injured in last week's 31-7 rout of then-No. 17 Miami, Cantwell threw for 173 yards and a touchdown.

Final: KU 13, USF 7

Tonight's 6 p.m. kickoff at Memorial Stadium will not only be the first meeting between KU and South Florida, but will also feature two of the top freshmen quarterbacks in the country.

Turnovers focus for KU

Kansas University's football team may find out that late whistles can lead to more turnovers. The Jayhawks, mired in a takeaway funk as they head into today's 6 p.m. game against South Florida, have tried several different approaches to force more turnovers. One is to blow the whistle later than normal at the end of plays in practice, so defenders can keep clawing and scratching for a strip that could turn into a recovered fumble.

KU tennis sends 2 to semis

Kansas University freshman Kunigunda Dorn, competing in her first collegiate tournament, advanced to the semifinals of the Flight C doubles bracket with teammate Yuliana Svistun, and she also won her first match in the Flight B singles bracket, highlighting a strong opening day for the Jayhawks at the Deacon Classic.

Only K-State can save Big 12 from ignominy

It comes down to this for the beleaguered Big 12: If Kansas State cannot upset No. 8 Louisville today, the league will remain winless against Top 25 opponents from other conferences until bowl season. Sad, but true.

UT's Hills puts injury, old position in the past

Tony Hills signed with Texas as one of the best tight end prospects in the country. Three years later, he hasn't caught a pass. But no worries. Instead of bowling over defensive backs in the secondary, Hills is now firmly entrenched at left tackle and could develop into the next Longhorns All-American on the offensive line.

Know the foe: South Florida

Bulls reinvent offense around QB

With former South Florida running back Andre Hall - the cornerstone of the Bulls offense the last two years - having moved on to the professional ranks, USF coach Jim Leavitt was forced to re-examine his strategy to move the ball downfield.

Branching out

Early 90's K-State staff talented bunch

Sometimes, finding out where to go often means digging into where you've been. The year was 1991. Mark Mangino dreamed of being a college football coach, but in the meantime was paying his dues at Ellwood City High in Pennsylvania, all the while raising two small children on a limited income.

Buffs' boss still upbeat

Despite losses, Hawkins remains 'enthusiastic'

Dan Hawkins' infectious personality was one of the things that excited Mike Bohn when he was looking for a coach to replace Gary Barnett at the University of Colorado. That zeal is coming in quite handy with the bumbling Buffs off to an 0-3 start heading into today's game at ninth-ranked Georgia. Junior cornerback Terrence Wheatley said Hawkins' upbeat attitude is keeping the Buffs from drowning in their doldrums.

KU soccer tumbles at OSU, 1-0

Yolanda Odenyo's goal in the 106th minute led Oklahoma State to a 1-0 double-overtime victory over Kansas University in Big 12 Conference soccer on Friday at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex. KU fell to 5-3 overall, 0-1 in the Big 12. OSU improved to 7-1-1 and 2-0.

Friday, September 22

6Sports video: Mangino, Leavitt former K-State coaches

Well, back in the early '90s, KU coach Mark Mangino and South Florida head coach Jim Leavitt were assistants for Bill Snyder at K-State. Tomorrow, the two men meet again in the Sunflower State. This time, they will be on opposite sidelines.a

Rare shanks sour KU punter's season

It pains Kyle Tucker that, after a night of beautiful boots, the Jayhawks' junior punter considers it a wasted performance if he shanks one off the side of his foot.

Mayer: Kansas must win Saturday

If the Kansas football gang doesn't feel desperate about its game with South Florida, it should.

Perkins: Coaches to net extensions

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino recently signed a contract extension.

Thursday, September 21

6Sports video: 'Hawks support struggling QB

After the KU football team's tough two overtime loss to Toledo last Friday, a lot of the blame fell on the banged up shoulder of freshman quarterback Kerry Meier.

Keegan: KU must turn up the heat

Three games into a season that is off to a shaky start, Kansas University opponents have two turnovers. Both came in an opening-week victory over Division I-AA Northwestern State.

KU squeaks out first Big 12 win

Jayhawks go to five games to edge A&M

It may have come by the slightest of margins, but Kansas University won its first Big 12 Conference volleyball match in a five-set thriller with Texas A&M University. "You've got to protect your own court," KU coach Ray Bechard said. "And we did that - barely."

Mangino: Meier on mend

Kansas QB 'limited' due to bruised arm

Kansas University quarterback Kerry Meier continues to bounce back from an arm injury suffered late in Friday's game at Toledo, according to KU coach Mark Mangino.

Game-day flyover would be fitting tribute to Cushman

One of Kansas University's greatest student-athlete heroes missed a gold medal by tripping over a hurdle in quest of such, issued a timeless challenge to us all, then fell from the skies over Vietnam.

Wednesday, September 20

6Sports video: 'Hawks to work to pressure QBs

The Jayhawks' turnover margin through three games is no good. So how does Kansas go about creating more turnovers and giving the offense more opportunities? One solution is to put more pressure on the opposing quarterback.

6Sports video: Defense performs well in defeat

It's tough to blame the Kansas defense for last Friday's overtime loss to Toledo. Although the Jayhawks allowed the Rockets to score 37 points, not all of that can be laid at the defense's feet.

6Sports video: Jayhawks pick up first conference win of season

The Big 12 schedule makers finally eased up on the Kansas volleyball team tonight. After opening the conference season with back-to-back matches against No. 1 Nebraska and No. 5 Texas, the Jayhawks drew Texas A&M in the Horejsi Center.

Keegan: Bad call shouldn't tilt polls

The rules are in place, and nowhere in the rules does it say that when an officiating crew is so totally incompetent as to blow a call that gives the wrong team the victory, then the game can be erased from the record books.

Jayhawks, Woodland win invite

Gary Woodland won his first career collegiate event last fall, but his victory Tuesday at the Kansas Invitational was more special because of who was able to see it.

KU women take 3rd at golf event

Kansas University's women's golf team moved up two spots on the final day to place third of 14 teams Tuesday at Nebraska's Chip-N Club Invitational. The Jayhawks finished with a total score of 943 (322-317-304) at the 6,040-yard, par-72 Yankee Hill Country Club.

New York AC to fete ex-Jayhawk on Oct. 11

The New York Athletic Club will hold a dinner Oct. 11 to honor Al Oerter on the 50th anniversary of the first of his four Olympic gold medals.

Kansas coaching staff not second-guessing

A fade pass play in the second overtime. A shotgun formation on an obvious running situation in the first overtime. Running back Jon Cornish getting just 20 carries in a game featuring 81 offensive plays for Kansas University's football team.

What can't Brown do for KU?

Junior's personality, skills boost Jayhawks

After a volleyball match against BYU, Emily Brown walked off the court feeling proud that the Jayhawks handed the Cougars their first loss of the season. The junior right-side hitter smiled - but she wouldn't let post-game interviews begin.

KU graduation rates inch up 2 percent

Kansas University's student-athlete graduation rates improved by 2 percent in the latest annual report released by KU athletic department officials Tuesday.

K-State suspends tight end Norwood

Tight end Rashaad Norwood, the leading receiver for the Kansas State Wildcats, has been suspended for Saturday's game against No. 8 Louisville.

Ex-Jayhawk Gooden enjoys warm welcome

Drew Gooden pumped iron for an hour Tuesday in Kansas University's Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center. The 6-foot-10, 242-pound Cleveland Cavaliers power forward, who played at KU from 1999-2002, also scrimmaged with the Jayhawks an hour and a half after taking a brisk walk on campus.

OU's Stoops still steamed

Pac-10 admits officials missed call on Oregon's onside kick

A phone call from Oregon coach Mike Bellotti was nice, but it did absolutely nothing to soothe Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops over an incorrect officials' ruling that likely cost his team a victory over the Ducks.

Commentary: Big 12 loses its luster

ESPN dubbed it "Separation Saturday," and way too many Big 12 Conference football teams embraced the concept.

Tuesday, September 19

KU adds Winston-Salem State to hoops schedule

Kansas University's men's basketball team has completed its non-conference schedule and will play Winston-Salem State on December 19, KU athletic department officials announced Tuesday.

6Sports video: KU defense working to force turnovers

The Jayhawk defense didn't do as badly as the score might indicate against Toledo on Friday, but in at least one area they could use some improvement: turnovers.

6Sports video: 'Hawks dominate golf links

Gary Woodland and the Jayhawks dominated rounds one and two of the Kansas Inviational at Alvamar.

6Sports video: Toledo leaves Meier black and blue

Quarterback Kerry Meier returned to the practice field for the Jayhawk football team this afternoon. The early indication is that a minor arm injury will not affect Meier's abilty to start against South Florida on Saturday.

Jayhawks fifth at invite

The Kansas University women's golf team currently sits fifth among 14 teams following the first two rounds of the Chip-N Club Invitational on Monday at Yankee Hill Country Club.

Youth gone wild

Top rookie QBs ready to rumble

Call it the tangle of the toddlers. When Kansas University and South Florida battle at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, both programs will be saddling up on the top two freshman quarterbacks in the country in terms of passing yardage.

Woodland wants to play all day

KU senior fires two rounds in 60s to take commanding 36-hole lead

Kansas University senior Gary Woodland did not want to stop playing after his first-round 67 Monday at the Kansas Invitational.

Woodling: September too early for drama

While watching some of the countless number of college football games on the tube last weekend, my wife noticed ESPN was making numerous knowing references to what they had dubbed Separation Saturday.

Tech coach calls out players

OU's Stoops still miffed about officiating

Texas Tech's high-powered offense failed to show up Saturday, scoring just three points in a loss to No. 16 TCU.

Monday, September 18

6Sports video: Free State's Ballard narrows college choices

Free State tight end Christian Ballard has narrowed his college choices to two - KU and Iowa.

6Sports video: Mangino says Meier suffered injury versus Toledo

After reviewing game tape of Friday's 37-31 overtime loss to Toledo, Coach Mangino says that a minor arm injury reduced Kerry Meier's throwing ability late in the game.

6Sports video: 'Hawks top scoreboard at Kansas Invitational

Thirty-six holes into the Kansas Invitational, the host Jayhawks are in control.

6Sports video: KU volleyball learning from loses

The 2006 season has felt like a roller coaster for the KU volleyball team.

KSU football player arrested on campus

Kansas State Police arrested Rashaad Jermaine Norwood, 21

Kansas State Police arrested Rashaad Jermaine Norwood, 21.

KU-NU game kickoff set

The September 30 game between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Nebraska Cornhuskers will kickoff at NU's Memorial Stadium at 6 p.m. The game will be aired by FoxSports Net, Channel 36 on Sunflower Broadband cable.

AP poll excludes Miami

Auburn new No. 2

Miami is out of the rankings for the first time since 1999, and Auburn is the new No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25.

Keegan: Coaches shouldn't baby QB

The worst possible way to react to Kansas University's sloppy, 37-31 double-overtime loss at Toledo would be to serve as an apologist with soft serves such as, "The Jayhawks are young," or, "Toledo has won 35 of its last 37 games at the Glass Bowl. It's a tough place to play."

Collison relishes 'brighter' fieldhouse

Surprise visitor Nick Collison walked through the northwest tunnel of Allen Fieldhouse late Friday afternoon and shaded his eyes as he looked around the renovated basketball palace.

KU soccer shuts out Central Florida

The Kansas University soccer squad held on for a 2-0 shutout against the University of Central Florida.

KU QB Meier injured at Toledo

Kansas University quarterback Kerry Meier sat out Sunday's practice because of an undisclosed injury that took place in the fourth quarter of Friday's game at Toledo, coach Mark Mangino revealed Sunday.

Sunday, September 17

6Sports video: Jayhawks shutout Central Florida in win

The KU soccer team tried to rebound from its loss on Friday, playing host to Central Florida.

6Sports video: KU volleyball team loses third straight

The KU volleyball team suffered its third straight loss over the weekend coming from the fifth-ranked Texas Longhorns.

K-State reaches 3-0

Wildcats turn back Marshall, 23-7

Most football teams make time of possession a priority. The way Kansas State played without the ball, it wasn't such a big deal.

KU football notebook

¢ Defense overdid it ¢ Cornish keeping pace ¢ In the zone ¢ Still no threes

Longhorns tower over KU

No. 5 Texas uses height advantage to sweep Jayhawks in three games

The No. 5 Texas volleyball squad reinforced the saying that "everything's bigger in Texas" when it went up against Kansas University on Saturday night at the Horejsi Center.

Huskers can't crack USC's stingy defense

No. 4 Trojans dominate Saturday's showdown

The Southern California Trojans have a new starting quarterback and six new running backs. But they look like the same old USC - with an even better defense than last year.

Talkative Talib gives KU immediate spark

Sophomore defensive back shows no rust against Toledo following two-game suspension

With the University of Toledo football team pinned back on its own 2-yard line Friday, Kansas University cornerback Aqib Talib jawed some heated words of encouragement toward the Jayhawk defensive line - an attempt to fire the squad up, perhaps like only the free-talking Talib can.

Oregon stuns Sooners, 34-33

Ducks block field-goal attempt on final play

In a wild final 72 seconds, Dennis Dixon and the Oregon Ducks had everything go their way.

Saturday, September 16

Mizzou sets sights on 3-0 beginning

Sure, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel wants revenge after last season's close home loss to New Mexico.

Turnovers no problem for Rockets

Toledo junior running back Jalen Parmele ran for the winning touchdown in the second overtime period to give his team a 37-31 victory over Kansas University.

Kansas football notebook

How they scored

Nebraska fans should be evident in L.A. tonight

Nebraska is shooting for a return to elite status. Southern California hopes to stay there. One faces a setback tonight.

KU kicks away momentum

Jayhawks fall on home turf to unranked Pepperdine

Just when Kansas University's soccer team looked like it was emerging as a national power ... along came Pepperdine.

Leuer picks Wisconsin

Jon Leuer, a 6-foot-10 senior from Orono, Minn., has orally committed to Wisconsin.

KU volleyball in action

Kansas University's volleyball team will meet No. 5 Texas at 7 tonight at Horejsi Center. KU is 7-3 overall, 0-1 Big 12; Texas is 6-2, 1-0.

Not Rocket science

Jayhawks can't find way to win in Toledo

Kansas University's football team skipped shooting itself in the foot and just went straight for the heart.

KU's road woes continue in '06

The road woes continue for Mark Mangino's Kansas University football program.

Keegan: Meier needs support

At this rate, Kerry Meier will turn everyone who watches him into a manic-depressive by alternately showcasing his considerable talent and leadership abilities with an abundance of rookie miscues.

Friday, September 15

6Sports video: KU falls in double OT to Rockets

Friday night, national TV and Kansas. Sounds a little weird but that's the way the MAC Conference does it. So tonight KU travelled to Toledo for a battle with Rockets.

Final: Kansas falls, 37-31, in double OT

Toledo defeated Kansas, 37-31, in two overtimes Friday night in Toledo.

6Sports video: KU expects closer game than two years ago

Two years ago it wasn't even close, Kansas beat Toledo 63-14 at Memorial Stadium. As it turns out that wasn't a very good KU team and it was a pretty good Toledo squad.

King Arthur's court

Versatile freshman adjusting to college game

Sandra Arthur was in town a couple weeks ago. The drive up from Dallas had nothing to do with her son - Kansas University freshman basketball forward Darrell Arthur - being homesick.

Stadium honors city roots

So why do they call it the Glass Bowl, anyway? Kansas University's 7 p.m. game at Toledo today will be played in the Glass Bowl, a charming stadium in Toledo, Ohio, with roots dating back 70 years.

Rockets enjoy friendly confines

Quaint Glass Bowl has been good to home team: 34-2 since end of 1999 season

The Glass Bowl, the home stadium of the University of Toledo football team, quickly has established itself as a place visiting opponents just don't want to go to.

Kansas' mane man

Wild-haired Como versatile defender

There's really no point in diving into Paul Como's world without first discussing his hair.

KSU foe Marshall not dwelling

When Marshall made the flight to Kansas State today, last year's last-second loss to the Wildcats wasn't be among the baggage that coach Mark Snyder was carrying.

Bacon makin' most of move

Former MU back thrives as 'backer

When Marcus Bacon made the transition from the defensive backfield to linebacker two years ago, he admits there was some trepidation.

Cowboys not carried away with fast start

Sporting his signature mohawk, Adarius Bowman hears the buzz around campus after Oklahoma State's 2-0 start. From teachers, from students, from everyone.

Mayer: Fridays can be cruel

Friday night lights? Seems everyone around here is playing football tonight. Seldom has Kansas University seen action on this night of the week.

Thursday, September 14

6Sports video: Friday game features 'Hawks on ESPN

Tomorrow night the Kansas football team will do something it doesn't do very often: play a regular season game on a day other than a Saturday.

6Sports video: KU must overcome road woes vs. Toledo

The road has been tough on the fighting Mangino's as of late with their last true road win coming in 2004 but tomorrow the Jayhawks will attempt to overcome that trend versus Toledo.

Keegan: Talib bolsters Kansas

Cornerback looked like a strength for Kansas University until Charles Gordon bypassed his final year of eligibility and suspended Aqib Talib missed the season's first two games.

Jayhawks concentrate on takeaways

So, do the turnovers make the defense, or does the defense make the turnovers? Or neither?

Huskers sweep KU

Top-ranked Nebraska swept Kansas University in a Big 12 Conference-opening volleyball match Wednesday at Nebraska Coliseum.

Super Saturday

Unprecedented weekend awaits

Seven games, 14 ranked teams, one beautiful day of football.

KU football notebook

Kansas University's players and coaches have been impressed with the tight-end fleet Toledo has, particularly the No. 1 guy, senior Chris Hopkins.

Peterson goes wide

OU standout gives slot a shot, too

Opponents already know the havoc Adrian Peterson can create coming out of the backfield. But what if he's not in the backfield at all?

KU runner honored

Kansas University's Colby Wissel was named Big 12 runner of the week for his performance at last week's Kansas State Wildcat Invitational. At the dual meet with Kansas State, Wissel repeated as the event's champion, running the 5k race in 14:57.2.

Wednesday, September 13

6Sports video: Soccerhawks off to strong start

The KU soccer team is receiving national attention after a pair of wins in the UAB Nike Classic last weekend.

6Sports video: Rockets misfired on last meeting with KU

The Kansas football team heads to Toledo for round two of a three-game series on Friday. The Rockets will make a return trip to Memorial Stadium next September, and the initial matchup in this two-for-one showdown took place in Lawrence back in 2004.

6Sports video: Nebraska takes down 'Hawks

The Kansas volleyball team opened its Big 12 season tonight in Lincoln against the top-ranked Cornhuskers.

Road victories elusive for Kansas

Tulsa. Wyoming. Missouri. That's it. In Mark Mangino's four-plus years as Kansas University's head football coach, the Jayhawks have won three regular-season games on the road - at Tulsa in '02, at Wyoming in '03 and at Missouri in '04.

Keegan: Klinger's guide to Toledo

The most famous pair of legs in pre-Heidi Klum television history were hairy and usually exposed from just below the knees to the high heels. They belonged to a big-nosed man on a mission to be declared crazy so that he could be sent back home to his beloved Toledo.

Final schedules taking shape

Pencil in a few updates to Kansas University's 2006-07 men's basketball schedule.

Golf team places ninth

Kansas University's women's golf team placed ninth of 17 teams at the Colorado after completion of the final two rounds Tuesday at the Colorado State Classic. The Jayhawks finished with a total score of 903 (295-310-298) at the Ptarmigan Country Club. Colorado won with 872 strokes. Senior Amanda Costner tied for 18th place with scores of 70-74-79 - 223.

KU runners ranked 10th

Kansas University's men's cross country team is ranked 10th in the country in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Assn. preseason poll. The Jayhawks have won their first two meets of the season. Colorado is ranked No. 3, Texas No. 5 and Oklahoma State No. 9. Wisconsin is ranked No. 1.

KU soccer team rated

Kansas University's soccer team is ranked No. 18 in the Soccer America top 25 poll and No. 20 in Soccer Times poll. The Jayhawks, 4-1, play host to Pepperdine at 5 p.m. Friday at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

KU volleyball at Nebraska

Kansas University's volleyball team will meet Nebraska at 7 p.m. today at Devaney Center. The match against the 7-0 Cornhuskers will be shown live on CSTV.

K-State basketball adds player

Ex-St. John's point guard to join Wildcats this season

With only a few weeks remaining before the start of team practices, Kansas State men's basketball coach Bob Huggins on Tuesday announced the addition of yet another player to his roster.

Sooners see Oregon as statement game

Oklahoma seems to keep running into Oregon in games like this.

Tuesday, September 12

6Sports video: Talib not officially back for Toledo game

Mark Mangino says he still has not decided whether Aqib Talib will be allowed to play this week, but Talib's teammates sound confident that he will be on the field.

6Sports video: Jayhawks hit road as underdogs

The Kansas football team hits the road for the first time this season on Friday, when the Jayhawks meet Toledo in a nationally televised contest.

Schedule squeezes Jayhawks

Rare Friday game means one less day of preparation for KU

There are no days off this week. Not for the Kansas University football players, and especially not for the coaching staff.

Gooden signs extension with Cavs

Former Kansas University forward puts pen to three-year, $23 million deal

Much-traveled Drew Gooden seems to have found a home in Cleveland.

KU women's golf in 8th at Classic

The Kansas University women's golf team sits in eighth place following the first round of the 17-team Colorado State Ptarmigan Ram/Fall Classic.

A tamer tour of duty

Milligan trades war for spot with Tigers

Zach Milligan expects to spend most of this season with a view from the Missouri Tigers' sideline. But some say the defensive lineman from Hardin is lucky to be here.

Speed-up rules anger coaches

NCAA games are averaging 12.6 fewer combined plays in 2006

The new NCAA rules designed to shorten football games are actually diminishing the time-honored experience for fans and players alike, say several Big 12 coaches who are exasperated by the changes.

Woodling: Pigskin answers aplenty

Questions : you have questions about football. Perhaps these are some of them:

Monday, September 11

6Sports video: Williams making most of starting spot

A year ago a natural disaster changed the life of KU freshman Brittany Williams, and this year she's experiencing another change but this time a good one in KU's starting lineup.

6Sports video: Hawks hope to return Talib for Toledo

Last Saturday's game against Louisiana-Monroe was a close call for KU's comfort, but this Friday the Jayhawks hope to return a key ingredient on defense.

6Sports video: Warhawks teach KU a lesson

It's a young team with a lot to learn and it's possible the Jayhawks learned a valuable lesson on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium - don't overlook anyone.

Kansas' Mangino: Pass defense passable

Anybody could see that Kansas University's pass defense had some serious problems in its 21-19 football victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.

Wood: A guide to wild weekend

Get your laziness ready. This is once-in-a-lifetime stuff.

Ohio State tightens grip

There's little doubt about Ohio State after a convincing victory in the 1 v.s 2 showdown with Texas.

Kansas lines up visits

Self and staff hit road to see '5 or 6' preps

A 26-day contact period in college basketball recruiting started Saturday. This gives coaches like Kansas University's Bill Self the freedom to travel the country and make in-home visits with seniors in the recruiting class of 2007.

KU soccer shocks Duke

Freshman Shannon McCabe's goal with 26 seconds remaining gave Kansas University a 4-3, come-from behind soccer victory over No. 12 Duke in the final day at the UAB Classic on Sunday at West Campus Field.

Sunday, September 10

6Sports video: KU slips by LA-Monroe 21-19

Last night the KU football team won its 8th straight game in the friendly confines of Memorial Stadium.

6Sports video: Jayhawks win tourney despite loss

Yesterday the KU volleyball team was crowned champion of the Jayhawk Classic, but it was bittersweet title for Ray Bechard's team as it lost in the final match to Arkansas in five games.

Kansas football notebook

Standout cornerback Aqib Talib suited up, but once again did not play because of a disciplinary suspension. KU coach Mark Mangino wouldn't definitively confirm that Talib's suspension is done, but Talib is expected to play against Toledo on Friday.

Now that was close

Pass-happy Warhawks throw scare into KU

OK, so now it has been established that Kansas University's football team can win a close game. But is that worth anything, when Saturday's showdown wasn't supposed to be close?

Keegan: Talib-less Kansas exposed

Aqib Talib had to be feeling mighty guilty as he watched his secondary mates spend Saturday night getting fried.

'We had our chances'

Warhawks lament near miss

Mid-major Louisiana-Monroe nearly knocked off one of the big boys Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

Jayhawks' offense inconsistent

A basic offensive game plan almost bit Kansas University's football team Saturday.

How they scored

No. 1 Buckeyes rock 'Horns

Troy Smith and the Ohio State Buckeyes showed the defending champions who's No. 1. Now comes the burden of holding on to the top spot.

KU volleyball tumbles

Razorbacks win by razor-thin margin

Like a swinging pendulum, momentum shifted between Kansas University and the University of Arkansas, but Arkansas eventually won the close match in five games Saturday afternoon.

Huskers primed for USC

Nebraska finally can start talking about Southern California.

Saturday, September 9

6Sports video: Jayhawks escape Warhawks

Kansas moved to 2-0 on the season, but it wasn't easy with Louisiana-Monroe in town. The defense held when it mattered, but a lot of question marks were raised for the Jayhawks.

Final: KU holds on for 21-19 victory

Kansas defeated Louisiana Monroe, 21-19, Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. The Jayhawks are now 2-0 at home.

Kansas' cornerbacks growing up - literally

Suddenly KU secondary has handful of 6-plus-footers, including 6-3 Brown

Kansas University assistant football coach Earnest Collins has coached for 10 years and played four more as a defensive back at Northern Colorado.

Tackling troubling to OU

Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables echoed coach Bob Stoops' disappointment in the way the Sooners' touted defense missed tackles Saturday in the 24-17 victory over Alabama-Birmingham.

Colonels inspired by MSU

Huskers hope Nicholls State just takes money, runs

Montana State's surprising victory over Colorado last week was another reminder that games matching I-AA teams against BCS members aren't always just about the money.

KU volleyball to meet Arkansas

Kansas University's volleyball team will meet Arkansas at 1 p.m. today at Horejsi Center.

KU soccer defeats Alabama in ugly game

Emily Strinden's goal in the 94th minute lifted the Kansas University soccer team past Alabama, 2-1, Friday.

Players enjoy gridiron games

Jeremy Case envisions a perfect Saturday unfolding today - a rare day in the school year in which he and his Kansas University's basketball teammates can blend in with the rest of the student body and enjoy a home football game.

Rivals Colorado, Colorado State both reeling

Buffs coming off loss to Montana State, while Rams rocked by injury loss of best player, three arrests

There's a little more spice than usual to the annual Rocky Mountain Rivalry between Colorado and Colorado State this year.

Warhawks coach familiar with KU

Weatherbie 'very supportive' of KU program when son Jonas was on roster

While between jobs in 2002, Charlie Weatherbie would come to Lawrence occasionally and watch his son Jonas practice with Kansas University's football team.

Can Buckeyes beat heat?

OSU ready for Longhorns, but wary of swelter

No. 1 Ohio State has thought of everything in preparing for tonight's showdown at No. 2 Texas. The weather, however, is out of the Buckeyes' control.

Easy money

The University of Louisiana-Monroe and its Sun Belt brethren are appealing foes for big-time college football teams.

Some 100 miles east of Shreveport, La., down I-20 sits the small town of Monroe, and in that town is an NCAA Division I-A college football team that has the attention of roughly 20 larger programs each year.

Friday, September 8

6Sports video: KU ready for Division I-A LA-Monroe

In 24 hours the Kansas football team will take on a Division I-A opponent for the first time in 2006.

KU lineman back on field

Return sweet for Blakesley

Caleb Blakesley had prepared for this moment for two long years, since he "blew out" his right knee on Sept. 10, 2004. His return to football.

Sooners' Peterson draws criticism

Running back started slowly in 24-17 victory against UAB

Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson walked into Oklahoma's locker room and sat down with Adrian Peterson.

Jayhawks sweep No. 16 BYU

Brown notches 20 kills in one of KU's 'best efforts' at home

Brittany Williams was getting tired of watching the volleyball blaze back and forth between the Kansas side of the court and the BYU side. She decided to take action.

OSU's Cox makes impact

The first time he ever touched the ball in college play, Perrish Cox went 96 yards for a touchdown. It still didn't earn him a better spot in Oklahoma State's meal line.

Song barred from Allen

Kansas University pep band members can crumple the sheet music to a song that's been a fixture in Allen Fieldhouse and Memorial Stadium for at least two decades.

Thursday, September 7

6Sports video: Brown leads KU's sweep of No. 16 BYU

Tonight the KU volleyball team began play in the Jayhawk Classic and first up for Ray Bechard's team was 16th ranked and undefeated BYU.

6Sports video: 'Hawks hoping to fix mistakes for week two

Week one is over which means week two is here and for the Kansas football team, that should translate into big time improvements.

Kansas football notebook

Bob Whitaker may never get rid of the pain. But that doesn't have to hold him back.

KU's annual music event to recall 9-11 sacrifices

Band Day will feature more than 30 high school groups

Kansas University's 59th annual Band Day will take on added significance Saturday for some musicians and directors, because the five-year anniversary of 9-11 falls two days later.

Guess what, parents: Babies charged adult prices at games

Policy criticized as 'a grab for money'

It used to be you could hardly give away Kansas University football tickets. But they aren't free anymore - even for babies.

Kansas safety learns quickly

Oguntodu making name for himself as true freshman

You don't need to bother with a clever moniker for Olaitan Oguntodu. O.O. or O2 or The Next Nigerian Nightmare isn't really necessary. Just call him Olaitan.

Cardinals call up ex-Jayhawk

John Nelson became the third former Kansas University baseball player to join a major-league roster this summer when the St. Louis Cardinals recalled the right-handed-hitting shortstop Tuesday from their Class AAA farm team in Memphis.

Keegan: Guns, athletes bad mix

Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, one of my five all-time favorite basketball players (Bob McAdoo, Jack Marin, Brandon Rush and Dwyane Wade), told me he once was on the verge of leaving the NBA in favor of the renegade ABA.

Wednesday, September 6

6Sports video: Oguntodu making name for himself

Olaitan Oguntodu has not recorded a tackle for KU yet, but that will surely change, just like KU fans' ability to change the freshman's name.

6Sports video: Nothing dull about Sharp's debut

His high school stats make him one of the best running backs in Kansas prep football history, and last Saturday Jake Sharp made his college gridiron debut as a Jayhawk.

Ex-Kansas QB fills new role

Last spring, Whittemore worked for KU's next foe

More often than not, Bill Whittemore is doing the dirty work these days - just a few years removed from being The Man on Kansas University's football team.

Texas moves up, sets up 1-2 bout

Notre Dame drops after narrow victory

As if Ohio State at Texas wasn't already a big enough game, now it's No. 1 vs. No. 2.

Keegan: Apathy a thing of past

Any talk of an apathetic football fan base at Kansas University will be just that for true freshman running back Jake Sharp: talk.

Recruit Singler to visit

Forward will join Aldrich at Late Night

Kyle Singler, the country's No. 4-rated player in the recruiting Class of 2007, will attend Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 13 in Allen Fieldhouse.

Jayhawks strive for balance

A traditionally balanced offense strayed slightly on Saturday, but that doesn't mean Mark Mangino's mind-set has changed. Kansas University's football coach still feels that the way toward a powerful offense is to mix it up as much as possible - in a perfect world, 50 percent run and 50 percent pass.

Tuesday, September 5

6Sports video: Special teams show uneven results

Grading the special teams play from Saturday's opener is not so easy for the KU football squad.

6Sports video: Options open for Meier at QB

The entire offensive playbook is open to red-shirt freshman Kerry Meier, according to head coach Mark Mangino.

Mangino contract has no buyout

Kansas University football coach can walk away anytime without paying penalty

If there ever comes a time when Mark Mangino wants out of Lawrence, no price tag is going to hold him back.

K-State's Prince: No apologies for winning

Except for Colorado and Baylor, all the Big 12 Conference football teams opened the season with victories.

Texas CB Brown arrested

Starter's status for OSU not settled

Texas cornerback Tarell Brown was arrested on misdemeanor drug and weapon charges early Monday, leaving his status in question for the No. 3 Longhorns' game with top-ranked Ohio State.

Monday, September 4

6Sports video: KU's special teams impressive

Outside of some early kicking troubles, teh Jayhawks special teams units may have been the most impressive performers in saturday's 49-18 win over Northwestern State.

Defense looks familiar

Jayhawks stifle run - albeit against I-AA squad

The capability is still there, despite a massive changing of the guard on Kansas University's defense.

KU soccer upends St. Mary's

Holly Gault had a goal and an assist in a 10-minute span, helping the Kansas University soccer team defeat St. Mary's, 4-2.

Wood: First '06 awards go to trio

OK, so my game balls aren't traditional. I'm a little too weird for that. But I think it's appropriate to recognize effort that may otherwise go unnoticed (or in some cases, wrongly scrutinized). So here are my personal heroes from Kansas University's football-season-opening victory Saturday:

Baylor drops opener to TCU

With undefeated TCU starting quarterback Jeff Ballard woozy on the sideline and unable to play, coach Gary Patterson only had one real option.

Vikings sign Gordon to practice squad

Charles Gordon, a rookie free agent from Kansas University, signed with the Minnesota Vikings practice squad Sunday after he was one of 21 players released by the Vikings a day earlier.

Sunday, September 3

6Sports video: KU cross country teams take first

The KU cross country team started the '06 season Saturday, with both the men's and women's squad taking first place in the Bob Timmons Invite at Rim Rock Farm.

6Sports video: Jayhawks thump NSU 49-18 in season opener

Last night at Memorial Stadium Jayhawk fans finally got to see highly-touted quarterback Kerry Meier and the rest of the 2006 team as KU clobbered Northwestern State by a score of 49-18.

Demons: Kansas didn't run it up

NSU coach understands starters staying in late

Kerry Meier wasn't sipping water on the sidelines with a wet towel on his head late in a 49-18 blowout victory over NCAA Div. I-AA Northwestern State on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

How they scored

Opening-night delight

Kansas starts slow, rolls over Demons

This is about what was expected out of Kansas University's football team Saturday: some nerves, some mistakes, but some serious bright spots to get the fans really humming.

Kansas football notebook

Brian Murph still is batting 1.000. The senior wide receiver now has two career punt returns, and both were taken back for touchdowns.

'Smooth sailing' for QB Meier

Kerry Meier didn't even have to do much - just take a snap and hand it off to running back Jon Cornish - for the butterflies to take a hike for good in his first collegiate game.

Keegan: If nothing else, KU speedy

It's too early to have much of a feel for how good Kansas University's football team will be this season because Northwestern State, Saturday night's season-opening opponent, was so inferior.

Buffs bummin'

D-II Montana State springs upset

Dan Hawkins was hired to clean up a Colorado program soiled by scandal and embarrassing losses under former coach Gary Barnett.

KU recruit Aldrich shines at Classic

Future Kansas University basketball center Cole Aldrich emerged as a fan favorite, scoring 14 points in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic on Friday night at New York's famed Rucker Park.

Kansas sweeps home meet

Jayhawks dominate at championship site

Cross country is highly regarded as an individual sport. But at the Bob Timmons Invitational at Rim Rock Farm on Saturday, a pair of Kansas University runners showed the team side of things.

Jayhawks win tourney

The Kansas University volleyball team won the Temple Classic tournament Saturday with victories against Maine and Rutgers.

Dreams rebound for KU football fans

Judy Lessenden tailgated two hours before kickoff Saturday with some lofty goals in mind for her Jayhawks.

Saturday, September 2

6Sports video: Jayhawks dominate in season opener

Kerry Meier and the rest of the Kansas football team easily came out on top in their home opener, 49-18.

KU crushes NSU 49-18, Cornish hits career high

Kansas defeated Northwestern State 49-18 in its season opener from Memorial Stadium. Jon Cornish set a career high in rushing yards with 140.

Safety in numbers

KU receivers take committee approach

Sometimes, the names - and performances - are close enough to confuse even Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino, who spends almost every waking hour around his players.

Four Jayhawks lead Kansas to volleyball victory

Four Kansas University players recorded double-digit kills as the Jayhawks claimed a 3-1 volleyball victory over Temple on Friday night at the Temple Classic at McGonigle Hall.

KU soccer falls to Cal

Kansas University held No. 10 California to just one shot attempt in the second half, but the Bears claimed a 1-0 soccer victory Friday at Edwards Stadium.

Daniel eager to step in at Mizzou

Sophomore QB hopes to fill departed Smith's big shoes

For the first time since 2001, someone other than Brad Smith is starting at quarterback for Missouri when the Tigers open today at home against Murray State.

Texas coaches juggling QBs - again

Two talented, young quarterbacks. One football. No chance to make everyone happy.

Sooner offense prepares secretly

OU has worked out mostly in privacy, keeping offense shrouded in mystery

What does Oklahoma have in store on offense this year? A new play-caller, a new quarterback and a whole lot of mystery.

QB Taylor experienced

Nebraska signal-caller learned from last season

Zac Taylor says he wasn't prepared for what awaited him as Nebraska's first-year starting quarterback.

Demons also are young

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino was asked a fair question Tuesday: With Northwestern State having only seven seniors, is there a way for the Jayhawks to expose the Demons' youth?

Mangino contract can be broken

Kansas has out if NCAA hits program with major sanctions

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino's new contract does contain an out if the Jayhawk football program is hit with major NCAA sanctions.

Opposing QB eyes golf future

So get this: Northwestern State's starting quarterback, the son of a high school coach with football ingrained in nearly every relative in his family, has aspirations of being a professional golfer after college.

Self primed for pigskin

KU hoops coach weaned on game in native Oklahoma

Bill Self, who played quarterback in grade school through his freshman year of high school in the football-crazed state of Oklahoma, readily admits to being a pigskin fan.

Friday, September 1

6Sports video: KU ready, aware of NSU's talent

Tomorrow the Kansas football team struts its stuff for the first time in 2006.

Mangino signs on through 2010

Kansas football coach's new five-year deal includes $1.5 million yearly in guaranteed money

More than the money, perhaps, it was the message. Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins frequently brought up the phrase - sending a message - when discussing football coach Mark Mangino's five-year contract extension, which was finalized and made public Thursday.

Cyclones survive scare

ISU wins opener in 3 OTs, 45-43

Todd Blythe caught a pair of touchdown passes in overtime, and Iowa State held on to a 45-43 triple-overtime victory Thursday night over Toledo when Rockets receiver Chris Hopkins couldn't hold on to a potential game-tying two-point conversion pass on the goal line.

Mayer: Kansas deserves throngs

The last time the Kansas University football program set a season-ticket sale record, 27,700 in 1969, the Jayhawks also posted an average attendance mark of 41,161 for five home games.

Kansas' Muhammed proves he belongs

Former walk-on now on scholarship - and atop depth chart at free safety

You could credit Sadiq Muhammed's emergence this season to a depleted secondary. It's an easy theory, but one Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino won't buy.

Contract incentives more ambitious

Before Thursday, Mark Mangino received a fair share of bonuses for taking small steps - beating Nebraska, graduating a player or appearing on regional television, for example. Not anymore.