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2007-'08 Big 12 schedule unveiled

Jayhawks to play three of four Big Mondays in Allen Fieldhouse

For the first time in the Bill Self era, Kansas University's men's basketball team will play more ESPN Big Monday games at home than on the road. The Jayhawks on Friday were awarded Big Monday home games against Oklahoma (Jan. 14), Missouri (Feb. 4) and Texas Tech (March 3) and a road contest versus Texas (Feb. 11). The tally in Self's five years at KU now: Seven Big Monday games at home and 11 on the road.

Talib has answers for everything

Ballyhooed corner sets lofty goals

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino was speaking cautiously to a dozen or so reporters at the Big 12 media days earlier this week when the subject of Aqib Talib came up. Specifically, how is KU's star cornerback handling all of this attention? "I'm a little bit concerned," Mangino said. "A lot of people are tugging at him and wanting his time. Once we get him started with football, we're going to have him just focus on that."

Eight ex-Jayhawks attending NFL camps

Eight former Kansas University football players are listed on the rosters of National Football League teams as preseason camps open this weekend.

Thompson's 71 keeps him near the top

Former Kansas University golfer Chris Thompson dropped to fourth place after the second round of the Nationwide Tour's Cox Classic on Friday. Thompson shot a 71 after firing a 60 on Thursday and is four strokes behind Roland Thatcher, who shot 63 on Friday. Thatcher is two strokes ahead of Scott Sterling (68) and four clear of Miguel Carballo (63), Michael Walton (64) and Thompson (71).

Former KU great Pless to join Ring of Honor

Linebacker set standard for Jayhawk tacklers

Willie Pless will join a select Kansas University list this fall when he becomes the 14th football player to have his name added to the school's Ring of Honor. A linebacker for the Jayhawks from 1982-85, Pless is the KU and Big Eight Conference career tackling leader. He will be feted during the season opener Sept. 1 against Central Michigan.