Stories for August 2008


Sunday, August 31

KU cross country team kicks off 2008 season

This weekend, the Kansas cross country team kicked off their season in the Bob Timmons Invitational.

KU basketball defeats Ottawa, 95-60

Jayhawks complete exhibition trip to Canada with victory

Jayhawks complete exhibition trip to Canada with victory

Gary Bedore's KU in Canada postcard

It's easy to see why Kansas University's basketball team prefers traveling to Canada over, say, Mexico or France for the Jayhawks' once-every-four-years foreign tour.

Top 25 Roundup: Ohio State cruises, 43-0, but RB Wells injured

An eerie silence descended on Ohio Stadium when Ohio State's Heisman Trophy prospect Chris "Beanie" Wells went down with a foot injury in the third quarter of Ohio State's 43-0 rout of Youngstown State.

KU squeaks out pair of wins

It was Team Canada versus Team USA on Saturday night at Scotiabank Place. Well, not exactly, but close enough. Kansas University's defending NCAA champions and Carleton U's Ravens, who went 26-1 last year and have claimed five of the past six Canadian national titles, put on a classic show of international pride, which the Jayhawks ultimately won, 84-83.

KU-FIU football notebook

Senior receiver Dexton Fields didn't get much of a chance to enjoy his last "first" game Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Jayhawks sloppy in opening victory

Dr. James Naismith certainly would have enjoyed Saturday's exhibition basketball game between his alma mater, McGill University, and his beloved Kansas University Jayhawks on Saturday morning at Montpetit Hall. The underdog Redmen out of Montreal showed guts in racing to a 17-4 lead before succumbing to a young, equally gritty KU team that built an 11-point lead before holding on for a 72-67 victory.

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Fine first impression

Freshman electric in KU's opening victory

It took Kansas University punt returner Daymond Patterson a total of two returns to amass more return yards than last year's starter, Anthony Webb. It took him three returns to score his first career touchdown. And it took him approximately a quarter of a second to provide the team's first highlight-reel moment of the 2008 season, when, during his touchdown return, he somehow managed to hurdle a Golden Panthers defender before knifing his way into the end zone.

Keegan: Texas twosome awesome

It's tough to say whether the Kansas University football team has the muscle up front to get the better of the behemoths from Oklahoma and Texas, but nobody can question the Jayhawks have the skill players to hang with anybody, any night in any stadium. Never mind that Florida International was the competition in Saturday night's season-opener witnessed by a Memorial Stadium-record 52,112 fans.

Panthers: 'We're getting better'

Mario Cristobal doesn't have a crystal ball. Cristobal, Florida International's second-year football coach, can't say how many victories his team will wind up with this season, although two would be an improvement on last year's campaign. All he can say is that his Panthers are getting better.

Missouri prevails in shootout

Maclin injures ankle in 52-42 Tigers victory

Missouri and Illinois played another wild one, combining for 92 points and 1,068 yards while leaving fans of both schools totally wrung out by the finish. Again, the sixth-ranked Tigers held on for the victory.

Fans kick up heels for season's kickoff

Past performance feeds present fervor

Let's be realistic - the last Kansas football season was a magical year, said Nick Hosler, 29. "You're not going to go 12-and-1 every year," he said from his tailgate spot, dubbed "Camp Mangino," before the season kickoff at Memorial Stadium. KU's Orange Bowl victory in January concluded what Heather Hice, a Kansas University graduate, called "a perfect season."

KU volleyball team sweeps N.C. State

The Kansas University volleyball team swept North Carolina State on Saturday at the VCU Invitational to earn its first victory of the season. The Jayhawks defeated the Wolfpack 25-15, 25-13 and 25-15.

Jayhawks sweep races

Junior Bonds, freshman Wasinger lead KU

Kansas University's cross country teams felt compelled to represent for the big dogs on Saturday morning. As the only Division I school present at the Bob Timmons Classic, the Jayhawks weren't about to let anybody else capture the team title at their only home meet of the season.

Looking ahead : La. Tech wins, too

Kansas University's next football opponent, Louisiana Tech, opened its season with an ugly 22-14 victory Saturday over Mississippi State in Ruston, La.

Wilson makes name for himself

Wideout often mistaken for teammate Briscoe

Johnathan Wilson grins when talking about that day last year at the movies. Right after walking in, he was stopped by a young boy. "Hey Dezmon Briscoe, No. 80!" the boy yelled out to him. Wilson just smiled, waved and kept walking.

Big 12 Roundup: Arkansas St. spoils Sherman's debut, tops A&M, 18-14

The Mike Sherman era at Texas A&M got off to a disastrous start.

Saturday, August 30

KU basketball defeats Carleton, 84-83

The Kansas men's basketball beat Carleton, 84-83, on Saturday night in Ottawa, Canada.

KU basketball defeats McGill, 72-67

Jayhawks win exhibition opener in Canada

The Kansas men's basketball team recovered from a slow start to take a 72-67 victory over McGill University at Montpetit Hall in Ottawa, Canada.

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Briscoe's 3 TDs lead KU to 40-10 victory over FIU

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Jayhawks open season with blowout win.

Two-wheeled parking on game day has free options

Free bus shuttles aren't the only way to avoid parking fees in campus lots leading up to today's season-opening Kansas University football game at Memorial Stadium.

Scouting the KU opponents: Carleton a Canadian power

Here are some tidbits on Kansas University's Labor Day weekend exhibition basketball opponents: McGill University of Montreal, Carleton University of Ottawa as well as the University of Ottawa:

OSU receiver Woods back from scary injury

Artrell Woods was in the Oklahoma State weight room when his life came crashing down.

Keegan: Still no respect for KU

The best measure of the respect level a nation of college football fans has for any given school can be found in Las Vegas, where oddsmakers offer action on all sorts of propositions. Only one conclusion can be reached based on a number offered in one revealing proposition and that is that America still doesn't respect Kansas University football. America still thinks Kansas is a basketball school coming off a fluke of a 12-1 football season.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Kansas University's basketball players and coaches were greeted by about 50 Jayhawk fans upon entering the lobby of the downtown Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel at 8:30 p.m., Friday, in Ottawa, Ontario.

Self to value progress over results

Jayhawks won't have set lineup in exhibition trip to Canada

A fierce competitor, Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self would rather win than lose three exhibition games in Canada this Labor Day weekend. Yet the Jayhawks' sixth-year coach realizes the scores of today's twinbill against McGill University (10 a.m., Central time, Montpetit Hall) and Carleton University (6 p.m., Scotiabank Place) and Sunday's game against the University of Ottawa (6 p.m., Montpetit Hall) mean zip, zero, nada, nothing in the big scheme of things.

Longhorns counting on freshmen on defense

The Texas Longhorns revealed their first depth chart for the season with a few new faces and a bit of anxiety about their pass defense.

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Off on the right foot

KU counting on freshman WR/returner

A few weeks back, during the Kansas University football team's annual media day, Daymond Patterson was not sure what his immediate future would entail. A true freshman competing in his first college training camp, Patterson was in the process of making the sometimes-smooth, sometimes-bumpy transition from high school to Div. I football, and despite whispers that he stood the best chance to forgo a red-shirt season, he stopped short of saying he'd prefer to play right away.

Coach changing FIU's 'culture'

The first things to go, the new coach with the funny name told them, were the cell phones and the iPods. Hats and pants that sagged halfway down butts? Those were history, too. Players, this new coach said, would sit in the first three rows of class. They would not slouch. They would ask questions. Oh, and if a practice began at 5 a.m., that was simply an easier way of saying that it started at 4:45 a.m.

Football's return puts superstitions back in play

You stick with what works. A year after Kansas University's football team vaulted to its most successful season in decades - with 12 wins and its first Orange Bowl title - Jayhawk fans vow to continue using the lucky rituals and charms they picked up last year.

Sherman generating buzz again at A&M

The Mike Sherman era at Texas A&M begins against the same opponent that the last coach faced in his first game.

Pelini's goal to erase sour 2007 memory

Those fans who chanted "We Want Bo" after Nebraska's 2003 Alamo Bowl victory have waited five long years for this. The Bo Pelini era at Nebraska begins tonight when Western Michigan visits.

KU volleyball drops season opener to VCU

The Kansas University volleyball team was swept in its season opener against Virginia Commonwealth, 3-0, on Friday night.

Kansas vs. FIU: Head to head

Today, fans will get their first look at junior transfer Jocques Crawford, who rushed for over 1,900 yards at Cisco Junior College last year on the way to earning national junior college offensive player of the year honors. In last year's meeting with FIU, three Kansas players rushed for 40 yards or more against the Golden Panthers, who struggled to stop the run throughout the season.

MU-Illinois not just about hoops

Coming off a 12-win season and ranked higher than ever before to start the season, No. 6 Missouri is counting on an immediate test from Illinois. The 20th-ranked Fighting Illini feel likewise.

MU's Maclin, Daniel develop into dynamic duo

This time last year, Jeremy Maclin was a backup wide receiver at Missouri. Highly touted, definitely, but still a red-shirt freshman coming off major knee surgery.

Friday, August 29

KU cross country team opens 2008 season on Saturday

The Kansas cross country team opens the 2008 season on Saturday.

Recycling effort at KU football games boosts charities

When KU wins, local charities win. That's the game plan for folks at Cans for the Community, an organization whose members line up in parking lots, streets and yards near Kansas University's Memorial Stadium in search of aluminum cans for recycling.

Mayer: Pay to park? Please!

You get all agog about a football team and its prospects, then have a jug of Gatorade dumped on your enthusiasm when facing the perils of parking, which so many Kansas fans have to conquer. With the Jayhawks coming off a 12-1 Orange Bowl season and hopes soaring for 2008, wouldn't it be wonderful if there were simpler ways to get to the stadium and luxuriate? Gets tougher and costlier every year.

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Rivera ready to go

'Big Time' linebacker hopes to live up to nickname

They come up with nicknames for guys like Mike Rivera, usually something like Freight Train, The Animal or Mad Dog. Rivera's no different. In fact, he has more nicknames than most. He has been called The Italian Stallion. That one's near and dear to his heart. Two years ago, when he let his hair and beard grow wild, they called him Caveman. He still smiles when he hears that one.

Wake Forest crushes Baylor, 41-13

Riley Skinner goes through stretches where he looks as if he just can't miss. A pass tucked under a cornerback, another dropped over a linebacker, followed by a mid-range pass down the middle. All of it keeps No. 23 Wake Forest on the move.

OSU guard suspended

Oklahoma State point guard Andrea Riley, the Big 12's top scorer, has been reprimanded and suspended by the NCAA for fighting with an LSU player during the Cowgirls' final postseason game last season.

KU's Little working with bigs

Mario Little has been working out with Kansas University's 'bigs' during pre-Canada-trip basketball practice sessions. Those in the know say the 6-foot-5, 210-pounder out of Chipola (Fla.) Community College has fared well inside in the absence of 6-9 Markieff Morris and 6-8 Marcus Morris, who have yet to be cleared for practice by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

ISU forces 6 turnovers in 44-17 rout of SDSU

Turnovers weren't exactly Iowa State's strong suit last year. The Cyclones turned that around in their season's opener, converting nearly every South Dakota State miscue into points.

Injury-prone senior has high hopes for final KU volleyball season

Natalie Uhart figures she must have been cursed. How else to explain her string of injuries as a collegiate volleyball player?

Thursday, August 28

KU's Crawford excited to play first Division 1 football game

Saturday is an especially huge day for Kansas tailback Jocques Crawford. On Saturday, the Jayhawk junior college transfer will play in his very first Division 1 football game.

KU starts season against familiar foe

The Kansas football team opens a new season against a familiar foe on Saturday.

Expectations for KU football team reach all-time high

When the Kansas football team opens the 2008 season - expectations will be at an all-time high.

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Time for new beginning

Coach thinks event will thrive in new track facility

On a bright, sunny late-April day, there's perhaps no better place to watch a track meet than Kansas University's Memorial Stadium, site of the Kansas Relays for 80-plus years. "It is beautiful," ninth-year KU track coach Stanley Redwine said of the annual spring carnival held in and around KU's massive 50,000-seat football/track facility.

Self: 5 of 7 days have been good

KU has shown youth on other days

Kansas University's basketball team completed its seventh day of pre-Canada-trip training camp Wednesday at Horejsi Center. "To be honest with you, in our seven days we've had five good days and two where we looked really young," KU coach Bill Self said of his 2008-09 team that currently includes eight returnees and five newcomers.

Wilson likes 'sleeper' status

Unheralded Kansas wide receiver earns starting spot

The thing about Kansas University sophomore receiver Johnathan Wilson is that, heading into Saturday's home opener against Florida International, it is not quite clear whether he fits under the umbrella of "Next Big Thing" or "Unproven Entity."

Wednesday, August 27

KU football fans to pay more for pregame fun

The cost of tailgating in a campus parking lot is going up faster than Todd Reesing's anticipated passing yardage.A space in the lone on-campus, tailgate-friendly lot designated for parking by people outside the Williams Educational Fund - lot 90, east across Naismith Drive from Allen Fieldhouse - will cost $20 this season, up from zero a year ago.

OU guard enrolls at Lamar

Suspended Oklahoma guard Jenna Plumley is leaving the Sooners' squad and has enrolled at Lamar University.

IU forward to have surgery

Indiana senior forward Kyle Taber will undergo surgery on his knee Wednesday and is expected to be out for 10 weeks. Coach Tom Crean said Tuesday that Taber injured the knee last week.

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Welcome back: How will Big 12 schools fare in Week One?

At long last, the wait is over. Kind of a lengthy wait, too, for college football fans. Big 12 supporters who watched their teams play in bowl games last season endured roughly eight months without football. Essentially, it's the longest wait in sports. Not to worry, though: College football season is only three days away for most Big 12 fans; one day away for the Baylor and Iowa State faithful.

Two KU players honored

The Big 12 Conference honored Kansas University soccer players Estelle Johnson and Emily Cressy this week.

NU coach Pelini: I don't mean to be grouchy

Nebraska's Bo Pelini acknowledges that he's feeling some anxiety as his head coaching debut approaches. And it shows.

Celtics sign Giddens

The Boston Celtics signed their first-round draft pick J.R. Giddens on Tuesday. The 6-foot-5 guard, the 30th pick in the draft, averaged 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds for New Mexico during his senior season.

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Bold statement

Crawford's personal goal set at 2,000 yards

It wasn't a guarantee, the way Joe Namath's was when he predicted the New York Jets from the underestimated AFL would win Super Bowl III. It even stopped short of a prediction. Still, when Kansas University running back Jocques Crawford stated in such a confident manner his individual goal for the impending football season, the words left the few listening feeling as if they had just stuck their fingers into a light bulb socket.

MU linebacker likely to miss opener

As expected, it looks like Missouri will be without one key defensive player when the No. 6 Tigers open the season Saturday against No. 20 Illinois in St. Louis.

Rojas thrust into role of punter/kicker

As it happens, Alonso Rojas' foray into the realm of kicking/punting came about by accident. A freshman on his high school team six years ago, Rojas was working as a linebacker when it came to light that the team was a kicker/punter short of a football team. It later came to light that Rojas had grown up a soccer player, and after he was promptly repositioned, the result was that - for the next four years - Miami's Killian High School did not have to worry about its kicking game.

Opening with Chattanooga wasn't in Oklahoma's plan

Considering the timing, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops didn't want to show any disrespect toward his team's opponent for this weekend.

C.J. Henry commits to Memphis, says brother still undecided

C.J. Henry, who orally committed to play basketball at Kansas University in the spring of 2005, only to sign a professional baseball contract as a first-round draft pick of the New York Yankees, has again decided to play hoops. But this time it's at the University of Memphis, not KU.

Tuesday, August 26

Mangino eager to start 2008 season

Oddsmakers say the Kansas football team is a 37 point favorite this weekend at home against Florida International. But that made-up number does little to ease Mark Mangino's week one jitters...

KU soccer team ranked no. 25

After whipping 20th ranked Purdue last Friday, 3-0, the Kansas soccer team finds itself ranked!

Ballard promoted; Keller joins KU basketball staff

Kansas University coach Bill Self has promoted from within to fill the position of KU director of basketball operations. Brett Ballard, who has worked in KU's hoops office the past five years as KU's administrative assistant/video coordinator, on Tuesday was named replacement for Ronnie Chalmers, who resigned his director of basketball post on Aug. 12.

Backpacks banned from KU football stadium

Football fans making the hike to Kansas University's Memorial Stadium no longer can tote their belongings - blankets, diapers or anything else - in backpacks.

KU, city team up for free game-day parking, shuttle

KU football fans looking to avoid confusion with on-campus parking lots, on-the-hill construction and any remaining road detours can turn to a new option for game-day parking beginning Saturday. Park and ride, for free, from downtown Lawrence.

A&M's Lane questionable

Texas A&M running back Jorvorskie Lane is questionable for Saturday's opener against Arkansas State because of lingering effects from a neck injury.

NU player pleads guilty

Nebraska football player Andy Christensen has pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and criminal mischief in connection with a sexual-assault case pending against him.

OU's Griffin ticketed

University of Oklahoma starting forward Blake Griffin has been ticketed by Norman police for outraging public decency.

KU guard Reed finally takes a much-needed break

After attending summer school, working basketball camps, lifting weights, playing pick-up games with his Kansas University teammates and competing in the Kansas City Pro-Am League - all after a hectic, eye-opening freshman year - Tyrel Reed needed a little break.

Five freshmen could forego red shirts

Of the 26 true freshman listed on the Jayhawks' preseason roster, at least five could forego a red-shirt season, Kansas football coach Mark Mangino said Monday.

LB Tharp commits

Huldon Tharp, an outside linebacker from Mulvane High, has orally committed to play at Kansas next season, according to the Web site

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Secondary swagger

Defensive backfield must replace skill, confidence of Talib

In its final test of the 2007 season, the Kansas University secondary stymied Virginia Tech's passing attack into just 171 yards, less than a 50 percent completion rating and three interceptions in the Jayhawks' 24-21 Orange Bowl victory. It was the perfect exclamation point to a season that began with major questions about whether KU could improve its woefully low pass-defense ranking (119th in the nation) from 2006. So now what?

Monday, August 25

Bill Self hits the links for boy scout charity

Bill Self's golf-playing days are coming to an end. This weekend, he'll be in Canada for the Jayhawk's exhibition trip to Ottawa. But on Monday, however, he took part in the Boy Scouts of America Benefit Tournament at Lawrence Country Club. Unfortunately for coach, he got stuck playing with Sports Director Kevin Romary and Sports Editor Tom Keegan for part of the day...

KU football releases depth chart

Patterson named punt returner; still no decision on kicker

ith the release of the Kansas University football team's Week 1 depth chart Monday morning, some of the Jayhawks' biggest positional questions were answered. And some weren't.

Keegan: Bowen natural selection

He played at Lawrence High and at Kansas University. His personality and local roots make him a popular figure in town. Everybody likes Clint Bowen. And none of that has anything to do with why KU football head coach Mark Mangino named Bowen to fill Bill Young's Bob Lanier-sized shoes. Mangino gave Bowen the promotion for selfish reasons. He did it because he thinks he's the best man to lead his defense. He did it because he believes Bowen knows his stuff.

Guard a wily veteran

Morningstar 'focused' heading into season

Brady Morningstar, who turns 23 on Jan. 23, is older than your average college sophomore. "They always joke to me I'm going to graduate when I'm 27," Morningstar, Kansas University's third-year soph basketball shooting guard, said with a laugh, referring to his Jayhawk teammates. "I've always felt like an older guy on the team," he added, asked about his status as a team veteran.

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Biding his time

Murphy waiting his turn

The path is one often traveled by former high school football stars making the transition to big-time college football: Rembrandt one day, house-painter the next. Ryan Murphy lit up Friday nights in a way no other had before or since for Free State High. See Ryan pass. See Ryan run. See Ryan pick off a pass and take it to the house. See Ryan pin a vicious hit on a receiver, popping the ball loose.

Sunday, August 24

KU basketball team preparing for journey to Canada

In 5 days, the defending National Champions will pack their passports and head north for Ottawa, Canada for three days of preparation for the 2008 season.

KU volleyball team routs alumni

Kansas University's volleyball team defeated a group of Jayhawk alumni, 3-0, in a preseason scrimmage on Saturday at Horejsi Center.

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Rush plans to make many returns to Lawrence

Former Kansas University basketball standout Brandon Rush, who last week bought a condo in Indianapolis, plans on returning to his college hometown often during a long NBA career. "I love Lawrence. I don't know what it is about it. I fell in love with it as soon as I got here," said Rush, a Jayhawk for three seasons before being tapped No. 13 overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2008 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-6 Kansas City, Mo., native, who was traded to the Indiana Pacers on draft day, was in town Friday and Saturday to sign some national championship books and visit with his former KU teammates.

Saturday, August 23

Russell places 10th in Olympics javelin

Former Jayhawk Scott Russell placed 10th in the Olympics javelin competition.

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Second-half surge carries KU soccer to rout

Rather than pacing the sidelines Friday afternoon, Mark Francis could be spotted perched above Jayhawk Soccer Complex, catching the Kansas University women's soccer season opener from a camera tower just outside the pitch.

Bethel taps ex-Jayhawk

Former Kansas University standout Alonzo Jamison has been named an assistant men's basketball coach at Bethel College.

Georgia LB out for year

Georgia freshman Charles White will miss the season due to an Achilles' tendon injury that is cutting into the Bulldogs' depth at linebacker.

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Center of attention

Aldrich 'doing great' so far as Jayhawks' default leader

All work and no play makes for a brutally dull summer vacation. So Kansas University sophomore center Cole Aldrich, who served as a counselor with other college standouts at the Adidas Nations camp in Dallas and spent countless hours in the gym and weight room, also fit in some down time during June and July.

Woodling: A look at future of Big 12

Big 12 Conference athletic directors adopted a rule today requiring league schools to play at least one football game on campus every season. The ruling is aimed at preventing league schools with smaller stadiums from staging all their games at larger professional facilities in order to boost attendance and increase revenue. Over the last few years, for example, Kansas and Kansas State have been playing the majority of their home games at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium.

NU: Athletes broke rules

Two wrestlers kicked off Nebraska's team after appearing on a pornographic Web site broke NCAA rules twice in five months, athletic director Tom Osborne said.

Friday, August 22

KU to place trees along new practice fields

If Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino was concerned about the lack of privacy provided by his team's new practice fields, he now can rest easy. KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony told the Journal-World on Friday afternoon that 100 pine trees will be planted around the fields in an effort to enhance privacy during team workouts.

No change in status of Morris twins

Twins Marcus and Markieff Morris still waiting on clearance

There's been no change in the eligibility status of Kansas University freshmen Marcus and Markieff Morris, KU coach Bill Self said before Friday afternoon's practice at Allen Fieldhouse

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From the field to the sideline

Former KU QB Barmann transitions from player to coach

Of all the perks of Adam Barmann's new job - he was recently named an assistant football coach at Free State High, where he'll also work as a paraprofessional - the biggest might be a potential relief from his duties as the Barmann household lunch-maker.

OU guard not enrolled

Guard Jenna Plumley has not enrolled at Oklahoma for the fall semester after being suspended indefinitely.

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Morris twins, Collins don't practice

Travis Releford was deemed academically eligible by the NCAA Clearinghouse on Thursday and participated in Kansas University's 2-hour, 20-minute season-opening, pre-Canada-trip basketball practice at Horejsi Center. Fellow freshmen Marcus and Markieff Morris missed the session, however, as they continue waiting for what is expected to be a favorable ruling from the organization.

Mayer: Football fever hits KU fans

Kansas football fever may be the most intense right now than it's been for 47 years. A 12-1 record and a major bowl victory can do that for a program which has had so many convolutions since its debut in 1890.Max Rife, Jerry Rogers, Jerry Waugh, Floyd Temple and John Hadl were around for that wildly anticipated 1961 season. They'll attest how the joint jumped. The KU Nation had savored its storied '60 campaign (7-2-1) and figured '61 would be even better. It was, sort of (7-3-1). The '08 preseason atmosphere crackles as much as it did then.

Thursday, August 21

KU's Releford eligible; twins waiting on clearance

Self says Collins a month behind in conditioning

Kansas University freshman basketball player Travis Releford has been deemed academically eligible by the NCAA Clearinghouse, KU coach Bill Self said Thursday. Freshmen Marcus and Markieff Morris, however, were not cleared Thursday, thus they did not participate in an afternoon practice, KU's first workout in preparation for a three-game, Labor Day weekend trip to Canada.

Markieff Morris' attorney enters not guilty plea in battery case

An attorney entered a not guilty plea for incoming Kansas University basketball player Markieff Morris Thursday in Lawrence Municipal Court.

Self awaiting word on twins, Releford

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self hopes three incoming freshmen will be available to practice today, the first day of the 2008-09 school year. Twins Marcus and Markieff Morris, as well as Travis Releford, need to get the OK from the NCAA Clearinghouse before being eligible to take part in workouts prior to the Jayhawks' trip to Canada.

Ex-Husker accused in theft

Former Nebraska cornerback Andre Jones is jailed in Lincoln, accused of stealing a big-screen television in June.

NCAA slaps New Mexico

The NCAA has penalized the University of New Mexico with three years of probation for academic fraud within the football program.

Keegan: KU will be able to run

Former Kansas University offensive coordinator Nick Quartaro ran a spread offense. Successor Ed Warinner ditched the huddle, spread the field even more and had a superior quarterback in Todd Reesing. Both coordinators had productive running backs. Jon Cornish led Quartaro's offense with 1,457 rushing yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. A year later, in Warinner's offense, Brandon McAnderson rushed for 1,125 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Kansas soccer expects increase in scoring

There were times last season when the goal looked as tiny as a thimble for the Kansas University women's soccer team. Eight times, to be exact. That was the number of games in which KU failed to record a score, with players stumbling through their first losing season (7-10-4) since they arrived at KU.

KU grad Russell reaches finals

Former Kansas University standout Scott Russell, competing for Canada, advanced to the finals of the Olympics javelin competition today.

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Jayhawks hold meet-and-greet

On Wednesday night, during the Kansas University football team's annual fan appreciation day, 11-year-old Parker Hopkins got a lot of work done. Every preseason, Hopkins, a Lawrence resident, gets a football. And every year, he sets out to collect on it the signature of every member of the Jayhawks' football team by season's end. "I've got a ball from every Mangino year," Hopkins said proudly, referring to seventh-year KU coach Mark Mangino. "I haven't missed one."

Wednesday, August 20

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KU tops North Carolina for royalties title

Kansas has beaten North Carolina again, this time when it comes to proceeds from sales of officially licensed merchandise.

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Freshman Jayhawk basketball player gets court date after BB gun incident

KU coach Self: 'We take this matter very seriously'

An incoming Kansas University basketball player is accused of shooting an Airsoft rifle BB gun out of his university dorm room, possibly hitting a woman in the courtyard below, the KU Public Safety office said. Markieff Morris, 18, was issued a notice to appear in court after the incident, which the KU Public Safety office said occurred about 11:15 p.m. Saturday at Jayhawker Towers. According to a report from the KU Public Safety Office, Morris was suspected of using alcohol.

New year, new faces motivate KU's Self

Nolan Richardson, who coached the University of Arkansas to an NCAA basketball championship in 1994, visited with the 2008 national title coach on Sunday at an auction to benefit the College Basketball Experience in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Richardson told Kansas University's Bill Self what he should expect in leading the Jayhawks the season after winning it all.

IU's Crean signs 10-year contract

Hoosiers coach's deal worth at least $23.6 million

New Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean received the job security he wanted, signing a 10-year contract worth at least $23.6 million.

Heels' Lawson pleads guilty

North Carolina basketball player Ty Lawson has pleaded guilty to underage drinking and driving.

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Finally his time

Russell a thankful participant in Beijing

As I reflect on the events of Aug. 8, I recall the lyrics of Mick Jagger. You can want something so bad in life, whether that be material things, wealth, happiness or, in my case, a life-long goal, but sometimes things get in the way and you don't achieve these things. I have felt this way for so long. When I missed qualifying for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, I felt like I was still too young and immature in this sport to be extremely upset. I was nowhere near my peak in terms of age, so I was not heartbroken.

Rivalries renewed: Ranking the biggest games in the Big 12 this fall

Five teams have legitimate shots of winning the Big 12 Conference this upcoming football season. All due respect to Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Baylor: It's just not going to happen this year. However, the conference looks as powerful as it's been since 2001, when the Associated Press ranked four Big 12 teams in the top 10.

Keegan: Mangino faces decision

I know a guy who knows a guy who got his start in the college football coaching business as a spy. This is how the spy didn't do his job: He didn't wear a big red "S" on his forehead. He didn't wear a Groucho Marx nose, glasses and mustache set. He didn't carry a briefcase. This is how the spy did his job: He peeled back a few bills from the huge wad of cash one of the coaches paid him, purchased a round-trip airline ticket, and arrived in town mid-week, late enough that if he were spotted, the enemy couldn't redo its entire game plan.

OSU to honor Thomas

Former Oklahoma State running back Thurman Thomas will be honored during the Bedlam football game this year as part of his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, August 19

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Kansas kicking corps dangerously thin

A week ago, when Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino had his pick of three able-bodied placekickers competing to replace departed starter Scott Webb, the coach was faced with a welcome problem. Today, he might just be faced with a problem. The Journal-World learned Monday that red-shirt freshman placekicker Stephen Hoge had left the team to concentrate on academics, while sophomore Jacob Branstetter could miss the 2008 season due to eligibility issues stemming from his transfer from Air Force Academy.

Ex-Iowa State coach dies

Former Iowa State basketball coach Glen Anderson, the third-winningest coach in school history, has died. He was 79.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

On Monday, Tubby Smith (Minnesota), Tim Jankovich (Illinois State), Dana Altman (Creighton), Lon Kruger (UNLV), Phil Martelli (St. Joe's), Gregg Marshall (Wichita State), Nolan Richardson (Arkansas, retired), Gene Keady (Purdue, retired) and Bo Ryan (Wisconsin) joined Big 12 mentors Bill Self (Kansas), Mike Anderson (Missouri), Frank Martin (Kansas State) and Greg McDermott (Iowa State) at the CBE Celebrity Golf Tournament at The National to raise money for the College Basketball Experience.

Fresh-faced Jayhawks wave hello to KU

Students receive lesson on tradition, sports accolades

The noise when Bill Self entered Memorial Stadium on Monday was almost deafening. The theme of Kansas University's Traditions Night was "A great place to be a champion," and the men's basketball coach's appearance drove that point home for the several thousand students.

KU football holding appreciation day

Kansas University football will play host to its annual Fan Appreciation Day at Kivisto Field at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

OU's English returns

Oklahoma's Auston English, the preseason Big 12 Conference defensive player of the year, participated in contact drills for the first time in fall camp Monday after having an emergency appendectomy just before practice started.

Reesing lands on award watch list

Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing is one of 35 players named to the 2008 Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List.

Woodling: Sayers utilized properly

Gale Sayers received his Medicare card a couple of months ago, and you know what that means. People who sat in the Memorial Stadium stands back in the early '60s and watched the man many consider the greatest open-field runner in college football history are becoming fewer and fewer. I never saw Sayers perform in person, yet, like most of you, I've heard plenty about how amazing he was. At the same time, the Sayers legend has been dogged over the years by speculation he was underutilized.

KU's Self marvels at USA's splendor

So far, so good for the United States Olympic men's basketball team, a squad that has stormed to a 5-0 record in pool play at the 2008 Games in Beijing. "The way the 'Dream Team' is playing - and the way 'Coach K' has them playing - it is absolutely beautiful to watch, in my opinion," Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said Monday at the CBE Celebrity Golf Tournament at The National Golf Club of Kansas City.

Monday, August 18

Reesing undisputed starter at QB in '08

A year ago this week, it was a two-man quarterback race for the KU football team. Todd Reesing vs. Kerry Meier. In the end, Reesing won the job and led the Jayhawks to a 12-1 season capped off with an Orange Bowl victory.

Coaches raise money at golf tournament

A number of the nation's best college basketball coaches teed it up this afternoon at the National Golf Club of Kansas City for the CBE Celebrity Golf Tournament.

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Kicker Hoge leaves KU football team

Hoge leaves school to pursue academics; Branstetter could miss season due to eligibility issues

Kansas University redshirt freshman Stephen Hoge, one of three placekickers vying for the Jayhawks' starting job this season, left the team Sunday, according to his father, John Hoge.

Latest recruit finds football to his liking

Three years ago, a lanky freshman showed up for high school football practice at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark. He had never played football before, and, at 6-foot-4, he looked a lot like a basketball player - which, in fact, he was. But as a new student in his first year at a new school, Neal Barlow figured football would be the best way to get acquainted with his new classmates.

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Who'll fill the void?

KU searching for B-Mac's replacement

Kansas University's football team will miss Brandon McAnderson. Curiously, though, according to the guys whose job it will be to replace him, the nifty numbers McAnderson put up last season - 190 rushes, 1,125 yards, 5.9 per carry, 16 touchdowns, plus another 213 yards receiving - are the least of their worries.

Keegan: Hmmm, good question

The question sounded easy enough, until, that is, it came time to answer it. "Which team will be better this year," a marginal sports fan asked, "Kansas football or basketball?" It's been so long since the answer automatically was basketball that the question threw me for a loop. Which team will be better, Kansas football or Kansas basketball?

Sunday, August 17

Georgia No. 1 in preseason AP poll

y the time Georgia was done demolishing Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl, it was apparent the Bulldogs were well on their way to being No. 1 - to start the 2008 college football season. Seeking its first national championship in 28 years, Georgia is on top of the Associated Press preseason Top 25 for the first time.

Pinkel disappointed in Tigers' scrimmage

Missouri's football coach didn't mince words or tiptoe around his analysis of his team's Saturday-morning scrimmage. There were flags, turnovers, fights between personnel and a general lack of focus. In short, he was not pleased.

Brothers thrilled to play at MU at same time

Separated by four years, brothers Ryan and Brad Madison never had the chance to compete on the same team in organized sports.

Red-shirt freshman leads KU to soccer rout

Emily Cressy didn't record a shot last season for Kansas University's soccer team. In fact, she never even saw the field, choosing instead to sit out and take a red-shirt year. If she continues to perform the way she did Saturday afternoon, there won't be any reason for her to come off the field again.

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Stretching the field

Receiver wants to be 'big-play guy'

Dexton Fields has heard it a thousand times. He knows fans and teammates marvel at his reliable hands. He's well aware that he's been pegged by many as KU's "possession receiver." And he's tired of it. "I never really considered myself a possession guy, just the position I've played has made me a possession guy," Fields said. "But I'm capable of making big plays just like anybody else.

Pelini: NU still has work to do

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini says his team has improved in the first half of fall camp, but the team is not yet ready for a game.

Keegan: Tourney turnout uplifting

Usually, for coaches, winning comes first, and popularity follows. Seeing two packed Alvamar golf courses on a sun-kissed Saturday afternoon proved that isn't always so. Sixty foursomes, another way of saying 240 golfers, participated in the fourth-annual Bonnie Henrickson Golf Tournament. Quite the turnout for a fourth-year coach whose Kansas University team never has posted a better Big 12 record than 6-10.

Saturday, August 16

KU football ranked 14th in AP preseason poll

Five Big 12 teams ranked in top 14

The Kansas Jayhawks are ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press preseason poll released Saturday. KU is joined by four other Big 12 teams in the top 14: Oklahoma is fourth, Missouri is sixth, Texas is 11th and Texas Tech is 12th.

OSU receiver sidelined

William Cole, a converted cornerback who had become a prospect to start at wide receiver for Oklahoma State, will miss this season because of a knee injury.

Rowing team loaded with experience

Experience is big advantage when it comes to sports. Especially when it's in the leadership positions - like point guard in basketball or quarterback in football. Or in rowing, it's the coxswain.

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Musicians jump on the KU bandwagon

Athletic success pumps up band

For the first time in a decade, the small but proud contingent of Marching Jayhawks has exceeded 200 members. Scott Weiss, Kansas University director of bands, said he was thrilled to see such a positive turnout. The Marching Jayhawks band, which has lagged behind other Big 12 schools in the number of students, had 239 show up for registration Friday. Last year, 177 musicians were in the athletic bands. Weiss has his theories for the increase.

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QB security: Enabled

KU offensive tackle Spikes relishes starting opportunity

Things you would not realize by looking at Jeff Spikes, the monstrosity of an offensive lineman for the Kansas University football team: He is quite fluent in matters involving the saxophone. It's true. No lie. He started playing in sixth grade, realized that he liked it, and hasn't really stopped since. And he's good. In fact, if push came to shove, he says, he could grab the sax right here and now and provide teammates with a little post-practice entertainment.

Dugan Arnett's KU football notebook

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino put months of speculation to rest Friday when he announced following the team's open practice that redshirt freshmen Jeff Spikes and Jeremiah Hatch will start at the Jayhawks' two vacant offensive tackles positions.

Bechard facing changing of guard

Over the past four years, Emily Brown had been the face of Kansas University volleyball. But in 2008, KU coach Ray Bechard will begin life without the Baldwin City native. And while Brown was an integral player on the court, Bechard already has prepped for the post-Brown era.

Price counting on ballyhooed recruits

Rarely one to avoid hyperbole, Ritch Price nonetheless raised more than a few eyebrows when he announced his group of signees.

Keegan: Focus shifts to football

Now that the Royals are back to back to back to back to awful, surrendering four consecutive home runs in Thursday night's loss, nothing within miles qualifies as a decent way to capture the local sports fan's attention in the days leading up to the Kansas University football team's season opener Aug. 30 at Memorial Stadium against Florida International.

Several track and field stars departed

On the heels of easily the best year in program history, the 2008-09 Kansas University women's track and field team will have to overcome a lot of hurdles to reach the same bar as the 2007-08 season.

KU picked sixth in Big 12

The Kansas University soccer team was picked to finish sixth in the Big 12 by the league's coaches in the annual preseason poll, released by the conference office Friday. Texas was selected to finish first, garnering five first place votes and 94 total points.

Self prepares for Canada

The first day of school will be tougher than usual for Kansas University's men's basketball players this year. The 2008-09 Jayhawks on Thursday not only will attend class, but also begin pre-Canada trip training camp.

Coach Bunge's outlook: 'I like what I see'

Tracy Bunge can't help but be optimistic about next spring and her 13th season as Kansas University's softball coach.

Friday, August 15

Kansas volleyball team hoping to return to NCAA tourney

The time is now for the Kansas volleyball team. After a 13-17 record in 2007, there's a sense of urgency for a program that reached three straight NCAA Tournaments in 2003, 2004, and 2005.

Traffic officials brace for first game-day blitz

Hundreds of motorists will need to call a game-day audible as they enter and exit Lawrence for Kansas University's season-opening football game, now just two weeks away.

KU releases 2009 football schedule

While Kansas University released its 2009 football schedule Friday, the site for the Jayhawks' annual Border War matchup with Missouri - and college football's oldest rivalry west of the Mississippi - hasn't yet been determined.

KU football coach Mark Mangino names starting offensive tackles

Jeff Spikes and Jeremiah Hatch named starting offensive tackles.

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Mortensen on Butkus Award watch list

Kansas University senior Joe Mortensen, a first-team all-Big 12 selection a year ago, was one of 66 players named to the 2008 Butkus Award watch list Thursday.

Mayer: Injuries concern for QBs

All the football teams in the Big 12 Conference are one ligament or torn cartilage away from being transformed from contenders to also-rans. The league never has had such a wealth of vital triggermen. Kept healthy they will give us a sterling season. Yet take away, for even a game or two, a Todd Reesing of Kansas, a Chase Daniel of Missouri, a Josh Freeman of Kansas State, a Joe Ganz of Nebraska or a Cody Hawkins of Colorado, and a genuine wannabe can in an instant become an almost-but-not quite.

Uhart on preseason All-Big 12 team

Kansas University senior middle blocker Natalie Uhart has been named to the preseason All-Big 12 volleyball team, it was announced Thursday.

Thursday, August 14

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Lawrence natives cherish Olympic basketball gold

Bill Lienhard, Charlie Hoag, Bill Hougland and Al Kelley hope the 2008 USA Olympic men's basketball team leaves Beijing with the same memories as they did during the 1952, 1956 and 1960 Games.

Jimmy V matchups set

West Virginia and three other schools that made deep runs in the NCAA Tournament will meet in the Jimmy V Classic doubleheader on Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Ex-OU recruit lands at Troy

Josh Jarboe, a highly regarded wide receiver recruit who was kicked off the team at Oklahoma two weeks ago, has decided to enroll at Troy.

Hoops recruit Robinson to visit KU next month

Thomas Robinson, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound basketball power forward from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., tells he will make his official visit to Kansas University Sept. 19-20.

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State of the art: part II

Practice facility anchors renovations

If any members of Kansas University's sports teams other than football were feeling left out, they shouldn't feel that way for long. As the KU football team luxuriates in the Anderson Family Football Complex, its princely new home away from home, the rest of the Jayhawk student-athletes soon will get new digs of their own.

Wednesday, August 13

John Larson leads experienced Kansas defense

Experience is not an issue for the Kansas defense this Fall. In fact, 9 of 11 starters return for Clint Bowen's unit. None though can claim more experience than 5th year senior defensive end John Larson. Kevin Romary goes one-on-one with KU's elder statesman...

Kansas athletes watching Olympics for inspiration

Eat, sleep, practice and watch the Olympics. That's the desired schedule for Kansas athletes right now.

LHS girls basketball standout commits to KU

Until Wednesday, the biggest moment of Tania Jackson's basketball life came in March, when she drilled a three-pointer from the baseline that tied the state championship game and led the Lions to the 2007-08 Class 6A state title.

KU's allotment of Border Showdown tickets nearly sold out

Only 100-150 tickets remain for Kansas-Missouri showdown at Arrowhead

Those wishing to get their Kansas-Missouri football tickets will need to act fast, as KU's allotment of tickets is running out quickly. KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said Wednesday that the university only had single tickets remaining, and that only 100-150 of those seats remained.

Arkansas wide receiver gives verbal commitment to KU

Neal Barlow ranked No. 71 wideout in class of 2009

Kansas University's football team received its 14th commitment in the Class of 2009 when Neal Barlow, a 6-foot-6 receiver out of Little Rock, Ark., passed up LSU and Missouri to become a Jayhawk.

NU wrestlers dismissed

Two Nebraska wrestlers have been dismissed from the team after allegedly posing naked on an Internet pornography site.

Missouri tight end sidelined

Missouri tight end Chase Coffman is expected to miss the next two weeks of practice due to a broken pinkie finger.

Sherron Collins' court date set for April 15

A civil lawsuit against Kansas University basketball player Sherron Collins is scheduled to be heard by a Douglas County jury on April 15.

KU issues warning about solicitors

Kansas Athletics Inc. officials are warning about an attempted scam in Kansas City, Mo., in which young men claiming to be Kansas University baseball players are going door-to-door soliciting donations to fund a team trip to Hawaii.

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1952 U.S. men's hoops roster/results

A list of participants on the 1952 team, along with scores from their games in Finland.

QB Club opener set for Aug. 28

Kansas University's Quarterback Club will hold its first meeting Aug. 28 at Paddy O'Quigley's inside the Holiday Inn.

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Looking out for No. 1

Sharp's hard work pays off as he's listed as top RB

They seemed inevitable, really, these questions directed at Jake Sharp. With camera lenses, microphones and audio recorders swarming his space at Kansas University's football Media Day, Sharp figured it wouldn't be long before someone brought them up. He barely had taken a seat in a front right corner of the Mrkonic Auditorium in the Anderson Family Football Complex when talk of him being the team's starting running back commenced.

Tuesday, August 12

Joe Mortensen ready to anchor talented linebacking unit

Opposing offenses have the right to fear the Kansas linebacking unit this Fall. All three starters return, including all-Big 12 First team selection Joe Mortensen. Kevin Romary chats with Mortensen in a one-on-one interview.

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Ronnie Chalmers resigns from KU

Father of former Jayhawks player to pursue 'other interests'

Ronnie Chalmers, director of basketball operations for Kansas University's men's basketball team and father of former Jayhawk guard Mario Chalmers, has resigned from his position, head coach Bill Self said Tuesday. "We are very thankful to Ronnie for his efforts the past three years," Self said. "We have all enjoyed his connection and participation with the basketball program. His family will obviously be remembered at Kansas."

Final Four floor for sale

Kansas University basketball fans now have the opportunity to own a piece of the San Antonio Alamodome floor on which the Jayhawks won the 2008 NCAA Championship.

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Meier relishing roles

Kansas receiver/QB/punter flourishing

Kerry Meier could have been the poster boy for taking one for the team. He ended up the Sports Illustrated cover boy instead. Meier, starting quarterback for the Kansas University football team for most of the 2006 season, lost that job last year to Todd Reesing. But the KU coaches thought Meier could help the team more on the field than the sideline, so they approached him about the possibility of becoming a slash - as in, quarterback/wide receiver - and Meier agreed.

Another day, another KU back defection

And then there were four. The Kansas University football team's running-back corps, already facing the recent loss of two young backs, was dealt another blow Monday when it was revealed tailback Donte Bean would be leaving the program. Just a day after sophomore Carmon Boyd-Anderson decided to leave school citing personal reasons, Bean, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound sophomore out of North Garland (Texas) High, confirmed he will pursue a transfer as well.

Ex-Jayhawk Jackson remains unsigned

Former Kansas University power forward Darnell Jackson has not yet signed a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Monday, August 11

Former Firebird Ryan Murphy ready to contribute for Jayhawks

Redshirt freshman cornerback Ryan Murphy knows all about the transfer process. His twin brother, Brian, left KU this summer to pursue more playing time at Emporia State. Now, for the first time in their football careers, the two Free State High products will be wearing different uniforms.

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Too close to call

Kickers locked in tight battle

When starting Kansas University kicker Scott Webb graduated last year, he left some pretty big shoes to fill. Good thing three new players are ready for the job. Jacob Branstetter and Stephen Hoge, both red-shirt freshmen, and Grady Fowler, a junior-college transfer from Butler Community College, are battling for the starting kicker spot.

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KU back leaving program

Boyd-Anderson gone; position getting thin

While things atop the Kansas University football team's running-back depth chart appear to be in fine shape, the list of reserves has thinned considerably. Sunday, sophomore running back Carmon Boyd-Anderson notified Jayhawks coach Mark Mangino of his plans to leave KU and is now waiting to hear from the university whether he'll be released from his scholarship.

'Hard-earned' early lessons guide KU's Perkins

If you had an annual salary package of more than $500,000 and a $54 million operating budget, would you remain a bargain-hunter? Lew Perkins, Kansas University's 13th athletic director, has. He looks for deals during department store sales. "It's something I've always done," Perkins admits. "I've never forgotten my roots. Money was scarce and hard-earned."

Sunday, August 10

CB Harris ready to shine for KU football squad

He won't be wearing number three this Fall, but he's one of Mark Mangino's best bets to help Kansas fans forget about Aqib Talib. Cornerback Chris Harris is only entering his sophomore year on the hill, but since starting the season opener as a rookie in 2007, he's been consistently impressive...

KU's Carmon Boyd-Anderson considering transfer

Running back's mother says no decision has been made

Former KU coach saddened by tragedy

Tragedy once again has darkened the mood of one of sport's greatest events - the Olympic Games. On Saturday, an assailant from the Games' host country of China stabbed to death the father-in-law of the head coach of the U.S. men's volleyball team, and wounded the mother-in-law and a tour guide in a brutal attack at the Drum Tower landmark in central Beijing.

Woodling: Self's contract a rarity

Uh, oh. Another 10-year contract. That was my knee-jerk reaction to the news Kansas University had awarded men's basketball coach Bill Self a 10-year pact. Decade-long deals for coaches are rare. I know of only two and, in both cases, the recipient failed to make it to the max. Self is, in fact, the second KU coach to secure a 10-year contract. The first was Jack Mitchell, a gregarious football mentor who endeared himself to the KU masses with that famous 23-7 victory over previously unbeaten Missouri at the end of the 1960 season.

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KU safety's contagious attitude visible on gridiron

Where Darrell Stuckey comes from, football is less of a way of life and more of a way to live. A 2005 graduate of Washington High in Kansas City, Kan., Stuckey's younger days as a three-sport standout with the Wildcats were spent surrounded by crime, violence and, perhaps worst of all, a lethargic attitude about the world around. Through his ever-sunny demeanor and genuine zest for life, Stuckey always did his part to change that.

Arthur's prep coach 'thankful'

Dallas South Oak Cliff High basketball coach James Mays wasn't surprised the high school grades of Darrell Arthur were deemed legitimate following a Dallas Independent School District investigation. "I knew all along there was no wrongdoing. I'm just thankful it's over. Our school district recognizes we did no wrong," Mays said Saturday.

Saturday, August 9

New TE Steward radiates 'meanness'

A.J. Steward is trying to become a meaner person. Not in general, necessarily - he was, after all, recently voted the Kansas football team's funniest player in a poll of players - but on the football field, where he's currently attempting to transform from a backup quarterback to the Jayhawks' No. 1 tight end by the start of the 2008 season.

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Give Jocques the rock

KU practice paints picture of explosive offensive unit

More than the sky was sunny at the Friday morning Kansas University football practice. So was the outlook for an offense that lost five key starters from a 12-1 season. With 20 of the top 22 players returning on defense, the development of the offense will get more attention in coming weeks. Those who sunned themselves at Memorial Stadium had to be pleased with what they saw from the skill positions. And let's be honest, isn't that what most people watch? The first thing to grab the eyes was the low-to-the-ground, slithery running style of Jocques Crawford, who makes quick cuts and has the look of a guy who instinctively knows how to make tacklers miss.

Mangino to speak at Kickoff Rally

Kansas Athletics Inc. and the Kansas University Alumni Association will play host to a Kickoff Rally, which will feature KU coach Mark Mangino, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, at the Corinth Square (83rd and Mission Road) parking lot in Prairie Village.

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Fans get an eyeful at new field

It may be the best deal on Mount Oread these days: A free, almost daily glimpse of the Orange Bowl Champion KU football team. Leaders of the Kansas University Athletic Department may not have planned it this way when they built a new $31 million practice field and football complex south of Memorial Stadium, but it now appears that members of the public will get a free look at the team even during "closed" practices.

Arkansas guard out

Arkansas guard Patrick Beverley won't play for the Razorbacks this season, the school said Friday.

KU assistant basketball coaches rewarded

KU's men's basketball assistant coaches have received pay raises following the NCAA title season.

Friday, August 8

DISD: Allegations in Arthur case unfounded

An investigation by Dallas Independent School District's Office of Professional Responsibility concluded this week that allegations of improper grade changing involving South Oak Cliff High's 2005 and 2007 boys state championship basketball teams are unfounded.

Oklahoma picks up dismissed LSU lineman

An offensive lineman dismissed from LSU after breaking team rules has transferred to Oklahoma.

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Hoops honor on tap

Champs to be recognized Sept. 20

There's some added incentive for Kansas University sports fans to pack Memorial Stadium for the Jayhawks' Sept. 20 football game against Sam Houston State. On that day, KU's 2008 national basketball champions will be recognized, likely in a halftime ceremony during the nonconference contest.

K-State extends Prince's contract

Kansas State football coach Ron Prince signed a five-year contract through 2012, receiving a vote of confidence from school administrators after the team struggled to a disappointing finish last season.

Mayer: Rookies have lot to prove

It's amusing to watch the annual media frenzies about newcomers on an athletic roster. Touted and statistics-laden as they may be, they haven't yet done anything of note and have a lot of dues to pay before they do. Yet writers and throats tend to go nuts trying to depict them as messiahs, while people who have set the stage so the new blood can ooze may get brushed aside.

NCAA won't touch beer ads

Beer ads will continue to pay for college sports telecasts, and college fantasy leagues could become the next real moneymaker on Web sites. On Thursday, the NCAA's executive committee decided it couldn't eliminate alcohol advertising nor stop the incorporation of college sports into the fantasy games and decided, essentially, to retain the status quo.

Thursday, August 7

KU soccer team has high hopes

Two weeks is all that remains before the start of the fall season for the Kansas soccer team. Andrew Baker has the story.

Great Jayhawks come in small packages

Two of the most important Jayhawks on Mark Mangino's roster also happen to be two of the smallest.

McCormack to be added to Kansas Football Ring of Honor

NFL Hall of Famer played for KU from 1948-1950

Former Kansas football player Mike McCormack will be the newest member of the Kansas Football Ring of Honor, as he will be inducted during halftime of the Jayhawks' Sept. 6 game against Louisiana Tech. McCormack, who played at KU from 1948-50, earned All-Big Seven distinction in 1950.

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Return to greatness?

Dynamic wide receiver happy to fill multiple roles

As a redshirt junior last year, Marcus Herford earned a major name for himself as a killer kick returner. Herford was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year in a coaches' vote and earned a spot on Phil Steele Magazine's All-Big 12 First Team as a return specialist. Big 12 coaches, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and also awarded him All-Big 12 Second Team Return Specialist honors.

College coach contract notes

Some contract notes according to published reports.

Ex-Toledo player charged

A former University of Toledo basketball player has been charged with point shaving, according to a federal bill of information filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

Perkins leading list of sports executives

Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins appears to be on his way to being named Time Magazine's "Top Sports Executive" of 2008. With fan voting continuing, Perkins on Wednesday remained No. 1 on the 35-person list.

KU football No. 15

Kansas University's football team has been ranked as preseason No. 15 in Sports Illustrated's annual college football preview issue.

Wednesday, August 6

Sharp may see 1000 yards this season

He hasn't yet rushed for 1000 yards in his college career, but don't be surprised if Jake Sharp rumbles into four digit territory during this season alone.

KU soccer season starts

The 2008 Kansas soccer team took the pitch for the very first time Tuesday.

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Self discusses his new deal

KU hoops coach guaranteed $3 million a year

Bill Self, who has signed a new 10-year contract that will provide him a guaranteed $3 million a year through March of 2018, has one wish for the next decade. "In my perfect world, everybody will be happy the next 10 years, that we continue to recruit good guys and we win. That's my hope. That everybody involved with KU is happy," Self said in a cell phone conversation with the Journal-World Wednesday -the day details of his newly signed contract were released to the public.

Self signs new contract at KU

Bill Self has signed a new deal at Kansas University.

Case joins Self's KU basketball staff

Former KU basketball guard Jeremy Case has been tapped as replacement for Michael Lee as student assistant/team manager on Bill Self's Jayhawk staff

Woodling: Stadium pretty, imperfect

Few college football stadiums can boast as picturesque a setting as Kansas University's Memorial Stadium. Located at the foot of Mount Oread, with green space sprawling southward up Campanile Hill, Memorial Stadium is one of the few college facilities remaining that juxtaposes football with scenery. Nevertheless, Memorial Stadium is still the oldest campus stadium west of the Mississippi River, and it does have its drawbacks. Parking, for instance.

Mangino spills punt-return plans

For a moment Tuesday, during the Kansas University football team's annual Media Day, coach Mark Mangino opened up. Not one to reveal the inner-workings of his program readily, the normally reserved Mangino had no problem responding candidly to a question about who was in line to take over punt-return duties for the Jayhawks. "It's down to me and (offensive coordinator) Ed Warinner," he offered. "I've got better hands, but Ed runs better."

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Off and running

RB Crawford hopes to live up to hype

Jocques Crawford's dad, Xavier, played football at the University of Memphis. His aunt, who ran track at UM, and uncle are die-hard fans of the Blue and Gray. So Crawford admittedly had some mixed emotions on April 7, 2008, watching on TV in his Cisco (Texas) Junior College dorm room as Kansas University toppled his hometown Tigers, 75-68, in overtime in the 2008 NCAA basketball championship game.

Heels to play Chaminade

North Carolina, which returns national player of the year Tyler Hansbrough and its top five other scorers from last season's Final Four team, will open the 25th annual EA Sports Maui Invitational against host Chaminade.

Tuesday, August 5

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Kansas football team not backing down from expectations

Jayhawks have high hopes following 12-1 season

Mark Mangino and the rest of the Kansas Jayhawks aren't about to shy away from the high expectations heaped on them after completing a 12-1 season a year ago. In fact, the KU coach said his team needed to embrace its new standing as one of the favorites in the Big 12. "There is nobody outside this program that has higher expectations than the kids here," Mangino said during media day on the KU campus Tuesday.

Woodling: Mario's shot still goes in

I wonder how many times over the weekend Mario Chalmers nailed his famous three-point goal against Memphis. While channel-flipping, I saw Chalmers do it twice on CBSC, the cable outlet that was telecasting an NCAA Final Four retrospective. Heck, I even watched some of Kansas University's semifinal victory over North Carolina in April at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

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No place like Memorial Stadium

Jayhawks haven't lost at home since Oct. 14, 2006

As a ruby-shoed Kansas girl once mused, "There's no place like home," and on the eve of the Kansas University football team's 2008 season, that proclamation seems to be coming to fruition for the Jayhawks.

Henrickson: Strength of schedule unchanged

Games against Iowa, Marquette and UCLA highlight the 2008-2009 Kansas University women's basketball schedule.

Georgia suspends another

High expectations for Georgia were overshadowed by off-field troubles as the Bulldogs held their first practice Monday.

Henry to visit for Late Night

Xavier Henry, the No. 2 prospect in the college basketball recruiting Class of 2009, on Monday told he will visit Kansas University for the Oct. 17 season-opening Late Night in the Phog.

Ex-Irish aide Yonto dies

Longtime Notre Dame assistant football coach Joe Yonto, who worked under Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Lou Holtz, died Monday.

YouTube hasn't changed Mangino

During a 2007 season that far surpassed expectations, Kansas University coach Mark Mangino picked up a few new titles: Orange Bowl champion, national coach of the year, and, following a heated exchange caught on camera, YouTube cult hero.

Summitt gives $600K

Coach Pat Summitt will donate $600,000 to the University of Tennessee to be shared by the Knoxville and Martin campuses.

Celtics' Pierce detained, released

Former Jayhawk cuffed in Las Vegas traffic incident

Police detained NBA star Paul Pierce in handcuffs during a weekend traffic stop on the Las Vegas Strip, but released him without issuing a summons.

Monday, August 4

U.S. wins defensive battle

Russia contained the speedsters. Controlled the backboards. Everything a team needs to do to beat the United States. Except stop Kobe Bryant.

Sunday, August 3

Expectations high for KU football team

In 2008 expectations for a return trip to the Orange Bowl may be a tad premature for the Kansas football team, but for the first time in a long time, preseason hype is swarming around the Jayhawks.

KU football preview to air on FSN

The Fox Sports Network will be broadcasting a 30-minute preview segment on the Kansas University football team airing throughout August on FSN Kansas City and FSN Midwest.

Henrickson to host annual golf tourney

Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson's annual golf fund-raiser will be Aug. 16 at Alvamar.

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Reaching the pinnacle

Former Kansas Relays director Beijing-bound

Saturday, Tim Weaver began one of the longest - but certainly most rewarding - journeys of his life. The former Kansas Relays meet director left Kansas City International Airport in the early morning, for San Francisco where he and other U.S. Track and Field officials and some competitors flew 13 hours to Beijing, China, site of the 2008 Olympic Games.

Saturday, August 2

Illinois dismisses guard

Junior guard Jamar Smith has been dismissed from the Illinois men's basketball team after a prosecutor asked a judge to revoke his probation for allegedly drinking alcohol.

Former Missouri basketball player stars in independent hoops movie

All that drama during the Quin Snyder meltdown at Missouri must have rubbed off on Jimmy McKinney.

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Lucky No. 13?

Jayhawks one of five Big 12 teams in Coaches' Top 15

For those Kansas University football fans suffering from triskaidekaphobia (an irrational fear of the number 13), Friday's release of the 2008 USA Today preseason coaches' poll might come as a traumatic karmic development.

OU freshman dismissed

An incoming freshman player at Oklahoma was dismissed from the football team Friday by coach Bob Stoops after a video of him rapping about guns and shooting people appeared on the Internet.

Pelini maintains balance in new job as Nebraska coach

A large family portrait hangs on the wall behind Bo Pelini's desk. In front is a window overlooking the Nebraska weight room, a sort of window to the future.

Pierce says he's the best

Paul Pierce said it. He meant it. And he still means it. The Boston Celtics small forward/guard recently was asked by a Spanish publication whether he thought Kobe Bryant was the best player in the world.

Friday, August 1

Judge sets aside default judgment in Collins civil case

Kansas University basketball player Sherron Collins will get a second chance to defend himself in a civil suit filed against him last year.

KU picked 13th in USA Today Coaches' Poll

On the heels of a 12-1 season and its first BCS Bowl victory in school history, the Kansas football team is ranked 13th in the nation in the preseason USA Today Coaches' Poll released Friday.

Missouri lands Dixon

Michael Dixon, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Lee's Summit (Mo.) West High, on Thursday orally committed to play basketball at the University of Missouri.

Memphis reports violation

The University of Memphis men's basketball program reported a possible violation to the NCAA on Thursday.

Jayhawk football team reporting to campus

More than 95 Kansas University football players are expected to arrive on campus today for the beginning of training camp.

Wall headed to Baylor?

John Wall, the No. 1 prospect in the college basketball recruiting Class of 2009, is expected to soon commit to Baylor University, according to

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Refreshed Pollard ready for action

An NBA general manager in need of a 6-foot-11, 278-pound good-luck charm might consider giving free agent power forward Scot Pollard a call. "I've been lucky enough to be in The Finals the last two years. You sign me ... you go to The Finals. That's the angle I'm using right now," said former Kansas University standout Pollard.