Stories for October 26, 2007


Lead stories

6Sports video: KU ready to roll against Texas A&M

The Kansas Jayhawks football team heads to College Station to face a Texas A&M squad determined to hand KU their first loss of the season.

6Sports video: KU basketball team tabbed No. 4 in Coaches Poll

The Kansas Jayhawk basketball team has been tabbed No. 4 in the Preseason Coaches Poll.

Mayer: Spoils await Kansas

If the current Kansas football team finishes as well as the last two Jayhawk crews that got off to a 7-0 start, there'll be dancing in the streets and the coaching staff will fare even better financially than it is now. There'll be bonuses if Kansas winds up in a big-time bowl game; raises already may be under consideration.

BC QB leads rally, topples Hokies

Matt Ryan bought some time, scrambling to his left away from the Virginia Tech rush while searching for an open receiver. He found just what he was looking for, fired a pass all the way across the field and kept No. 2 Boston College perfect. Call it Ryan's Heisman moment.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

To prepare for the road environment at Texas A&M, Kansas practiced Wednesday at Memorial Stadium and had crowd noise piped through the sound system. It's been a Wednesday ritual at KU for years, though it was washed before the Colorado game last week because of rain.

UK's Gillispie not fazed

Attention, expectations come with the territory

Billy Gillispie's first Kentucky team has two seniors, enough injured players for a starting lineup and a sixth man, and of course the high expectations that greet the Wildcats every season. Don't feel too sorry for him, though.

A&M tackle in top form after surgery

Senior defensive tackle Red Bryant is back to form a year after knee surgery. "It's been very fulfilling this year," said Bryant, who has 28 tackles, including a sack. "Each week was a challenge, getting my confidence back, learning how to play through it, little small things."

Paris changes outlook

The most dominant player in Oklahoma women's basketball history found out this summer how the other half lives, and Courtney Paris said she's better off for it.

Kaun's 'wild-man' locks drawing attention

Senior center's hair sparks ribbing from teammates, coach, but he intends to keep curly 'do

There's always at least one of them at Kansas University men's basketball games: A picture of Ivan Drago in reference to Sasha Kaun's Russian roots - along with his large stature. No longer does Kaun sport a clean-cut hair style that correlates with the fictional Russian boxer from "Rocky IV" however. He's gone for a little bit more messy look.

Pollard keeps 'em laughing in Boston

Humorous big man hopes to get on court soon following severe ankle sprain

Move over, Denis Leary, Lenny Clarke, Dane Cook, Steven Wright, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and Paula Poundstone. There is a new Boston comedian, and his name is Scot Pollard.

Unbeaten Jayhawk football team keeps it loose

He rarely shows it publicly, but Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino has a clever sense of humor when he lets it out. Lately, quarterback Todd Reesing has been his number-one target.