Stories for August 26, 2008


Lead stories

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.

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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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.