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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."

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.

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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.

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.

Ex-Jayhawk Jackson remains unsigned

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