Stories for November 28, 2007


Lead stories

Extra Minutes: Kansas 87, Florida Atlantic 49

Tying up loose ends from Kansas' 87-49 pasting of Florida Atlantic, coached by former Jayhawk great Rex Walters. Brandon Rush led the Jayhawks in scoring, notching 17 points for the second straight game, but this time doing so in just 19 minutes on the floor.

6Sports story: Useless trivia with DJ

Kevin Romary and DJ Whetter play useless fieldhouse trivia.

6News story: Briscoe applies for diversion

A leading receiver on the KU football team applied for a diversion today to charges of stealing less than $1000 worth of merchandise from Walmart in June.

6Sports story: Hawks face off against former KU sharpshooter's team

Tonight an old face enters Allen Fieldhouse wearing a new uniform. Former Kansas sharpshooter Rex Walters returns to the Phog as the head coach of the FAU Owls. Kevin Romary has more from the hardwood.

6Sports story: Harris named Big 12 Defensive Newcomer Of the Year

Last spring, junior college transfer Kendrick Harper won the starting job at CB opposite Aqib Talib. An injury kept him from playing most of the season, and in his place a true freshman stepped in.

6Sports story: Hawks sweep Owls, 87-49

A warm reception from the crowd greeted former Jayhawk Rex Walters, now coaching the FAU Owls. The Jayhawk players, though, were less than friendly during the actual game.

Rush leads four Jayhawks in double figures, KU drops FAU 87-49

Four Jayhawks scored in double figures as KU routinely dispatched Florida Atlantic and spoiled Rex Walters' return to Allen Fieldhouse, meaning KU will go to Southern Cal as a 6-0 ballclub for Sunday's 1 p.m. tipoff in Los Angeles. Brandon Rush led all scorers with 17 points, while Darnell Jackson hit a late three-pointer to give himself 13. He started in place of Sasha Kaun, providing instant energy as KU hardly ever trailed in this one. Darrell Arthur scored 12, Mario Chalmers had 11 and FAU shot below 30 percent for the game. Conner Teahan scored nine points late for KU, all of those coming from beyond the three-point arc.

Harris named Big 12 Defense Newcomer of the Year

Harris, a true freshman out of Bixby, Okla., has started nine games at cornerback this season for the 11-1 Jayhawks. He has recorded 61 tackles, one interception and five pass breakups. He was thrown into starting duties after projected starter Kendrick Harper was injured during preseason practices.

Keegan: KU has plenty to sell

The Kansas University football coaches, taking a breather from practice and game preparation during the most successful season in school history, are on the road recruiting this week. They have more bait than ever to dangle in front of prospects.

Walters tickled to return to Allen

Ex-Jayhawk to coach Florida Atlantic against alma mater

Rex Walters stood at center court Tuesday afternoon in Kansas University's Horejsi Center, his Florida Atlantic basketball players huddled around him, taking in every word. The 37-year-old former KU standout, who played for Roy Williams in college and Chuck Daly, Larry Brown and Pat Riley in the NBA, now is using the lessons taught him by his mentors at the Sun Belt Conference school.

Houston's Art Briles interviews at Baylor

Houston coach Art Briles interviewed Tuesday with Baylor about the Bears' coaching vacancy. Briles, who has led the Cougars to four bowls in five seasons, returned to Houston after meeting with Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw in Dallas. Briles had not been offered the job, though he still appeared to be a front-runner to replace the fired Guy Morriss.

Mangino nets coach-of-year award, bonus

Mark Mangino orchestrated an unprecedented regular season for Kansas University's football team. And he'll get a nice holiday bonus for doing so. KU's sixth-year coach was named co-coach of the year in the Big 12 Conference by the Associated Press, and won the award outright by a vote of the league coaches. Both honors were announced Tuesday.

Paris propels Oklahoma

Courtney Paris got back in the double-double groove with 19 points and 22 rebounds to lead No. 9 Oklahoma to a 79-42 victory against North Texas on Tuesday night in the Sooners' home opener.

Last of the unbeatens

With Kansas going down, Hawaii stands alone at 11-0

Solomon Elimimian is savoring Hawaii's success - and it shows. The leading tackler for the unbeaten and 11th-ranked Warriors is already wearing out his T-shirt that says, "2007 Western Athletic Conference champions."

Missouri's offense has supporting cast

Redshirt freshman sensation Jeremy Maclin and the tight end duo of Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman have gotten much of the attention among Missouri receivers, but quarterback Chase Daniel has plenty of other options, too.

Two say they were hit during Knight hunt

Two people said Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight or his hunting companion hit them with birdshot on two occasions last month. Neither person was injured or required medical treatment, and no criminal charges were filed against Knight.

Northern Iowa turns back Iowa State

Jared Josten scored 20 points, 18 of which came in the second half, and Northern Iowa beat in-state rival Iowa State, 61-48, Tuesday to snap a four-game road losing streak against the Cyclones. Eric Coleman added 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Panthers (5-1), who outscored Iowa State 30-10 down the stretch and picked up their first win at Hilton Coliseum since 1997.

Herford highlights all-Big 12 honorees

Marcus Herford is not flashy when he fields a kick and takes off. But he is productive - and now, decorated. Kansas University's junior kick-return specialist was named the Big 12 special-teams player of the year Tuesday in a vote by the league's coaches.

Rush only a 'little stiff' after UA

KU's Reed, nursing sprained ankle, likely won't play tonight; FAU leader left at home

Kansas University junior Brandon Rush, who played 36 productive minutes in a 76-72 overtime victory over Arizona on Sunday night, reports that he felt fine physically the day after his longest outing of the season. "I felt good, no soreness. It (surgically repaired right knee) was a little stiff, but I expected that. Other than that, no swelling, no nothing."

Commentary: BCS works strictly by coincidence

The cynics and troublemakers want to see chaos. They want to see upsets. They want to see Missouri, the college football Cinderella, turn into a pumpkin. They want to see Dave Wannstedt's underachieving Pitt team spoil West Virginia's heavenly dreams. They want bloodshed in Baton Rouge and Columbus.

Top 25 Roundup: Duke picks up pace against Wisconsin

The way Mike Krzyzewski saw it, there weren't any complex plays he could design that would make Duke any taller. So instead, the more athletic Blue Devils overcame their height disadvantage by simply running super-sized Wisconsin out of Cameron Indoor Stadium.

USC could play at Rose Bowl

No matter the outcome of Saturday's game between USC and UCLA, the Trojans could wind up in the Rose Bowl. For good.

Jayhawks bounce back, flog Jays

Southern Methodist didn't do Creighton any favors. "We were ready to get over that loss," Kansas University senior forward Taylor McIntosh said, "and make a statement." What a statement it was, too, as the Jayhawks pounded the Bluejays, 91-56, in women's basketball on Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.