Stories for January 2008


Thursday, January 31

6News video: Wildcats celebrate victory

It's a marquee day in Wildcat country. Fans and signs in Aggieville today celebrated K-State's big win over KU last night at Bramlage Coliseum.

6Sports video: 25th time's the charm for K-State

The season-long goals remain, but the undefeated run is over for the Kansas men, and so is their winning streak in Manhattan.

6Sports video: The streak is over

Threes, Beas and B-Walk: that pretty much sums up Wednesday nights in Manhattan, Kansas. After dropping 24 straight games to Kansas in the Little Apple, Kansas State finally won one.

Extra Minutes: Kansas State 84, Kansas 75

Tying up loose ends from Kansas' 84-75 loss to Kansas State, which snapped a 24-game win streak for the Jayhawks in Manhattan. Paced by three freshman scoring at least 20 points, K-State took over sole possesion of first place in the Big 12 standings at 5-0.

KSU freshmen growing up fast

Superstar Kansas State freshman Michael Beasley and first-year coach Frank Martin still maintained that it was just another game, just another victory. Freshman Bill Walker, who contributed 22 points and five rebounds to the 84-75 upset victory against Kansas, couldn't have disagreed more.

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'Cats walk the walk

KU's Manhattan mastery halted

The Streak is dead. Long live The Streak. "It's tough to take a loss here. It's tough to take a loss when we own a streak like that. It's really tough. Things happen," KU junior Brandon Rush said after the Jayhawks' 84-75 loss to Kansas State on Wednesday night at crazed Bramlage Coliseum.

Commentary: Tough love just what Missouri needs

Until now, we have relied mostly on large doses of symbolism and hope to convince us that Missouri's basketball program was headed in a new direction. Mike Anderson has been like a barnstorming preacher or a breathless politician selling prosperity to the impatient masses, yet mostly delivering uneven supplies of frustration and disappointment.

Rockne crash witness dies

James Easter Heathman, who was 13 when he raced to a field near his family's central Kansas farm to find the plane crash that killed legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne, has died. He was 90.

Michigan State off to best start ever

No. 1 Memphis handles Houston, becomes lone unbeaten team in Division I

Tom Izzo turned Michigan State into a national power, building his program upon a foundation of toughness. The eighth-ranked Spartans set a school record with a 51-41 victory over Illinois on Wednesday, but none of them were in the mood to celebrate.

Wildcats keep rolling on road, sink Huskers

Kansas State is feeling right at home on the road these days. The 18th-ranked Wildcats ended another opponent's long home winning streak Wednesday night, overcoming their coach's ejection and Marlies Gipson's foul trouble to beat Nebraska, 77-75, on Ashley Sweat's baseline drive with seven seconds left.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Notes from Wednesday's game at K-State.

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Keegan: Wildcats make statement with win

Young 'Cats, yes. 'Fraidy Cats, not even close. Kansas State's freshman-driven slaying of second-ranked Kansas in front of a loud, proud Bramlage Coliseum crowd evoked memories of Michigan's Fab Five freshman class. The K-State rookies showed that much confidence, that much talent, that much savvy.

A&M crushes rival Texas

Nebraska edges Mizzou

Texas A&M's confidence was sagging after a tough start to Big 12 play. Nothing like a victory over archrival Texas to get things back on track.

Pullen catches KU by surprise

Mario Chalmers doesn't anticipate being caught off-guard by Jacob Pullen when Kansas University entertains Kansas State on March 1 in Allen Fieldhouse. Chalmers and the rest of the KU guards came to that resolution the hard way in Wednesday's 84-75 loss to KSU in Bramlage Coliseum.

Expenses settlement reached

The NCAA plans to ease restrictions on educational expenses for current student-athletes while setting aside $10 million to reimburse former athletes as part of a tentative class-action lawsuit settlement.

Hofstra players accused

A former athletic manager for Hofstra University's football team claims in a federal discrimination lawsuit that players sexually harassed her repeatedly, including when an assistant coach played a sexually explicit movie on a team bus.

KU women fall despite OU miscues

Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale chalked up the latest outing in a baffling stretch of basketball to a simple case of growing pains. Nyeshia Stevenson scored 15 points, Courtney Paris extended her double-double streak to 79 games and the 11th-ranked Sooners routed Kansas University's women's basketball team, 67-51 on Wednesday night, but it was a 25 in the turnover column that jumped off the stat sheet.

Wednesday, January 30

6Sports video: New home of KU football under construction

6Sports reporter Kevin Romary takes us on a tour of the new football facility at KU.

6News video: KU fan Jayhawks' lucky charm?

One Lawrence resident has been to every match-up between KU and K-State in Manhattan since the Jayhawks' winning streak began 24 years ago.

6Sports video: 24 years coming: Jayhawks fall to K-State

Until tonight, KU had taken a bite out of the Little Apple and defeated Kansas State in Manhattan every season for 24 years.

Guaranteed: K-State ends 24-year home court drought to KU, 84-75

Manhattan - If streaks were meant to be broken, then the Jayhawks could take solace in having held off fate for this long. After 24 years of home court suffering, the Kansas State Wildcats ended a drought in Manhattan against in-state rival Kansas University, taking home a resounding 84-75 win in Bramlage Coliseum Wednesday night. Behind three freshmen, Kansas State did what no WIldcat team had done since 1983. Mike Beasley had 25 points and six rebounds, while Bill Walker supplied the 'Cats with 22 points and five boards. Point guard Jake Pullen stole the spotlight, though, with 20 points and four assists, including perfect 10-of-10 free throw shooting. Senior Clent Stewart also had 11 points.

Missouri suspends five players

Hannah, Horton, Brown, Butterfield, Lyons penalized

Three days after a weekend brawl left his top scorer with a broken jaw, Missouri basketball coach Mike Anderson has suspended five players indefinitely. In a statement from the university, Anderson declined to indicate the reason for the discipline, calling the infractions a violation of team rules.

Sunflower Showdown analysis

So much of the Sunflower Showdown pre-game chatter has focused on which Kansas University player will guard Kansas State's Michael Beasley, the nation's leading Player of the Year candidate.

Keegan: This fan may be run's key

Paul Showalter, retired Navy man living in Lawrence with wife Peggy, is determined to gain admission to tonight's big game in Bramlage Coliseum. "I may have to go up and stand on the corner with my finger in the air," Showalter said.

KU braces for Bramlage crowd

Atmosphere will be 'as good as it gets,' Self says

It was ear-splitting loud in Bramlage Coliseum for last year's Sunflower Showdown ... and that was two hours before tipoff. Then-Kansas State assistant coach Frank Martin's pep talk had purple-clad fans worked into a frenzy - cheers that continued throughout the Wildcats' 71-62 loss to rival Kansas University.

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Streak's peak?

Jayhawks downplay Manhattan mastery

Bill Self will not mention "The Streak" to his Kansas University basketball players at morning shootaround or afternoon pre-game meal today. "I don't need to address that," Self, KU's fifth-year coach said, referring to KU's 24-game, 24-year win streak over Kansas State in the Little Apple that includes 19 victories in Bramlage Coliseum and five in old Ahearn Fieldhouse.

KU football rescinds scholarship

Kansas University's football team now has three known scholarships left to pass out this recruiting season. An extra one opened up after the coaching staff was forced to rescind its offer to Zach Stadther, according to

Rodriguez files letter

Former West Virginia football coach Rich Rodriguez filed a $1.5 million letter of credit Tuesday, claiming that's the amount he owes the university after leaving for Michigan.

Tigers' Temple ends appeal

It turns out Tony Temple's career at Missouri is, in fact, over. Temple announced Tuesday he will give up on any further appeals for an extra year of eligibility and focus on readying himself for the NFL Draft.

OU lineman's request granted

Oklahoma defensive end John Williams was granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA on Tuesday, allowing him a sixth season of eligibility with the Sooners.

A&M women handle MU

Takia Starks led Texas A&M with 18 points as the Aggies beat Missouri 62-43 on Tuesday. Starks hit three jumpers in the first four minutes as the Aggies jumped out to an 8-0 lead. Missouri turned the ball over 19 times in the first half as Texas A&M (15-6, 3-4 Big 12) coasted to a 36-23 halftime lead. The Aggies never trailed in the game.

Cyclones top Buffs

Craig Brackins and Jiri Hubalek each scored 10 points and Iowa State beat Colorado 57-41 on Tuesday night to snap a two-game losing streak.

Vols upend 'Bama

Chris Lofton and JaJuan Smith got hot from the outside in plenty of time to bail No. 7 Tennessee out of serious trouble.

Jayhawks' Morris to return home tonight

Sade Morris vows she'll try to maintain a normal heartbeat. For the first time as a collegian, Morris, the second-leading scorer on Kansas University's women's basketball team, will be playing tonight in her hometown. "I'm trying not to make it any different than any other game," Morris said, "because I don't want to psych myself out."

Tuesday, January 29

6Sports video: KU women 1-5 in Big 12 play

The Kansas women's basketball team must take on one of the best players in the nation. On Wednesday, Bonnie's bunch travels to Oklahoma to take on Courtney Paris and the Sooners.

6Sports video: KU, KSU to battle it out at Bramlage

Two undefeateds remain in Big 12 play, and both call the state of Kansas home. Tomorrow the KU men make the drive west to Manhattan to battle with Kansas State at Bramlage Coliseum.

6Sports video: Beasley the one to beat

If Kansas wants to win #25 in a row in Manhattan, the Jayhawks will have to find a way to stop or at least contain Wildcats freshman phenom Michael Beasley.

Former MU coach dies

Larry Smith, the emotional coach who led Southern California to the Rose Bowl three times and won 143 games with Tulane, Arizona, USC and Missouri, died Monday after a long bout with chronic lymphatic leukemia. He was 68.

Mangino undergoes medical tests

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino released a statement Monday evening indicating he underwent medical testing for undisclosed reasons.

Poll vexes Gaels again

For 2nd time this year, St. Mary's loses after entering top 25

Another ranking, another loss for Saint Mary's. For the second time this season the Gaels lost in their first game after moving into the Associated Press' Top 25.

Griffin brothers power OU

Sooners prevail in heated Bedlam rivalry matchup

Taylor Griffin got wrapped up in a headlock and got slammed to the ground. Then he and his brother made sure Oklahoma got the last laugh.

Mizzou guard out 4-6 weeks

Tigers' leading scorer sidelined after suffering broken jaw

Missouri guard Stefhon Hannah, the team's leading scorer, remained hospitalized Monday with a broken jaw after a weekend brawl outside a downtown nightclub. The senior is expected to miss at least four to six weeks and could be out for the rest of the season.

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Confident 'Cat

Star's chatter doesn't bother coach

Michael Beasley's boasts do not bother Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin, whose Wildcats now will have to back up the freshman phenom's guarantee of victory against Kansas University on Wednesday night. "Do you think Darrell Arthur will become a better player because of what Michael says? Do you think Kansas will become a better team because of what Michael says? They are competing for a national championship. Do you think that will make them better?" Martin said forcefully Monday.

Woodling: Last time KSU won at home ...

It happened exactly a quarter of a century ago, and it hasn't happened since. On Jan. 29, 1983, Kansas State's men's basketball team trimmed Kansas, 58-57, in cacophonus and claustrophobic Ahearn Fieldhouse on the K-State campus - the Wildcats' last victory over KU in their own bailiwick.

K-State has other freshmen, too

Beasley, Walker make headlines, but rest of class is silently solid

Darnell Jackson said after Saturday's 84-49 Kansas University men's basketball victory over Nebraska that it takes more than one player to beat a team. The 'one player' to which the Jayhawk forward was referring was Kansas State's über-talented freshman forward, Michael Beasley. In the Wildcats' eyes, though, they see themselves as more than one player.

Memphis holds onto top spot

Memphis made it to a second week as No. 1. The Tigers led the Associated Press' college basketball poll Monday, doubling their only other stint as a top-ranked team. In January 1983, Memphis went to No. 1 and lost hours later.

Monday, January 28

6Sports video: Self says current streak not best

According the Kansas head men's basketball coach Bill Self, the Jayhawks' current win streak of 20-0 isn't as impressive as the end of the 2005-06 season's 15-1 run.

6Sports video: Jayhawks brush off Beasley guarantee

KU players fended off questions regarding KSU freshman Michael Beasley's comments that the Wildcats would beat the Jayhawks at Bramlage, in Allen Fieldhouse and even in Africa.

6Sports video: KU women struggling in conference play

For Bonnie Henrickson and the Kansas women's basketball team, the first six games of the Big 12 season haven't gone according to plan.

Mangino undergoes medical tests

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino released a statement Monday evening indicating that he underwent medical testing this week in Lawrence. "I underwent some tests over the past couple of days at Lawrence Memorial Hospital," Mangino said. "These are tests that I had put off until after the season. The tests have been completed, I'm fine and I'll be back in the office and recruiting starting tomorrow."

Oklahoma St. remembers anniversary

The message on the card attached to a bouquet of red roses was simple, yet eloquent. "We all love you and miss you. Still."

Freshman class

KSU boasts top two rookies - maybe players - in league

For a change, the best player in the Sunflower Showdown wears purple and white, instead of crimson and blue. An argument could be made that the second-best player does, as well. Kansas State's Michael Beasley and Bill Walker, both classified as freshmen and both already built like NBA veterans, have combined for 41.1 points and 19.3 rebounds. Both men were recruited to Manhattan by Bob Huggins and play for first-year coach Frank Martin.

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Jayhawks relish work at annual clinic

Kansas players, coaches spend 'day off' working with Special Olympians at Allen Fieldhouse

The Streak continues for another year. Not Kansas University's 24-game winning streak against Kansas State in men's basketball in Manhattan. That's still to be decided, with the latest edition of the Sunflower Showdown set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bramlage Coliseum. It's KU's 24-year uninterrupted stretch of working with Special Olympians that continued Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Top 25 Roundup: Duke rallies to topple Terps

Facing its biggest deficit of the season in a hostile environment, No. 4 Duke showed its resilience in denying Maryland another upset. DeMarcus Nelson scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half, Gerald Henderson added 23, and the Blue Devils rallied to beat the Terrapins, 93-84, Sunday night.

K-State clips OSU for 9th straight win

Marlies Gipson had a season-high 21 points and 16 rebounds, and Kimberly Dietz hit four three-pointers in the second half to help No. 22 Kansas State win its ninth straight game, beating No. 14 Oklahoma State, 68-63, on Sunday.

Hinrich's 31 not enough

Phoenix outlasts Chicago in brick fest

Shots were flying in all directions. They hit the rim, they hit the backboard. They seemingly hit everything but the bottom of the net until Leandro Barbosa got going early in the fourth quarter and buried the Bulls again.

Mizzou guard hospitalized

Missouri senior point guard Stefhon Hannah was in serious condition at University Hospital Sunday night, a hospital representative told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

KU football player arrested, released

Scott David Webb, 23, a Kansas University senior and kicker for the 2007 Jayhawk football team, was arrested Saturday on a failure to appear charge. He was originally issued a notice to appear in Municipal Court for having a dog at large on Oct. 30. He failed to appear in court on that charge.

Sunday, January 27

6Sports video: KU women host Aggies

The Kansas University women's basketball team took on Texas A&M Saturday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

6Sports video: 'Hawks rout Huskers

The result of Nebraska's rematch with KU on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse isn't exactly what the Huskers were looking for.

Keegan: Beasley bigger challenge

The day of basketball entertainment started in Allen Fieldhouse and finished inside Bramlage Coliseum. The focus for Nebraska, as usual, was to get the ball inside to its best player, Aleks Maric. Kansas didn't let that happen.

KU shrugs off Beasley's boasts

Kansas State freshman phenom Michael Beasley has been telling anybody and everybody who'll listen that the Wildcats will halt Kansas University's 24-game winning streak in Manhattan this season. "We're gonna beat KU at home. We're gonna beat 'em at their house. We're gonna beat 'em in Africa. Wherever we play we're gonna beat 'em," Beasley said at a summertime Catbacker function.

A&M flummoxes KU women, 58-51

As many 21s as came up for Texas A&M, the Aggies should have spent the rest of the night at the blackjack table. A&M's women's basketball team forced 21 turnovers and grabbed 21 offensive rebounds in dispatching Kansas University, 58-51, on Saturday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas basketball notebook

Tom Younger of Victoria held a sign that read: "Jayhawk Fan for 66 years: First game in fieldhouse." Younger, 75, attended with five friends who made the long trip via limo.

Husker star Maric shut out

Center blanked in 21 minutes against Jayhawks

Late in the second half, Nebraska University's best basketball player, 6-foot-11 center Aleks Maric, pulled up from 18 feet and heaved a prayer toward the basket. By that point, it was really all he had.

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Big Red bore

Rush leads rout of Huskers

Brandon Rush insists he doesn't see red when he takes the court against Nebraska's basketball team. "I've got nothing against Nebraska," Rush, Kansas University's 6-foot-6 junior guard, said, indicating he's as fired up to play the Cornhuskers as any other Big 12 squad. Then how does he explain hitting five of seven threes and scoring 17 points in Saturday's 84-49 rout of the Big Red just two weeks after sinking an identical five of seven from beyond the arc and scoring 19 points in a 21-point victory in Lincoln?

KU swimmers clip Iowa

Junior co-captain Danielle Herrmann and junior Maria Mayrovich each recorded three event victories as the Kansas Unviersity's swimming and diving team defeated Iowa, 144-89, Saturday at the Missouri Aquatics Center Saturday. KU improved its record to 6-2 (1-1 Big 12).

Top 25 Roundup: Memphis dispatches 'Zags

No. 1 Tigers pass midseason nonconference test

John Calipari knew his Memphis Tigers would need a little jolt right about now. That's why he wanted to play Gonzaga at this point of the season. He got what he hoped for from the Bulldogs.And his top-ranked Tigers still won.

Beasley tallies 33 in blowout

KSU now can look ahead

Now Kansas State can focus on Kansas University. After an 82-57 dismantling of Iowa State on Saturday, Kansas State freshman Bill Walker admitted it was a relief to finally be able to concentrate on the No. 2 Jayhawks.

Aggies eke out much-needed win

A&M rebounds from five-OT loss to Baylor, puts end to three-game losing streak

Any victory would do for No. 18 Texas A&M just a few days after losing the game that wouldn't end. Dominique Kirk hit the go-ahead free throws with 44 seconds left, and the Aggies snapped their three-game losing streak by beating Oklahoma State, 59-56, in a game that was anything but pretty.

Griffin's return boosts OU

Freshman tallies 17 points, 15 rebounds in unexpected appearance

Blake Griffin clenched his fists, looked up and let out a loud scream. One of triumph, not pain.

Missouri rallies after horrid start

Colorado set the tempo and the tone, so the Missouri Tigers turned to their pressure defense to secure their first road win of the season.

Texas steamrolls Tech

Bob Knight got a standing ovation and a rousing cheer from Texas fans for getting his 900th victory earlier this season.

Tisdale, Bears crush Huskers

Longhorns, Red Raiders score easy victories

Angela Tisdale stood in the backcourt letting the clock wind down a bit. When the time was right, Baylor's smallest player and lone senior blew by a defender and drove all the way through the lane for a layup.

Saturday, January 26

KU women drop 58-51 decision to A&M, fall to 1-5 in league play

Texas A&M was just 20-of-61 from the floor, but KU couldn't capitalize, as lack of scoring punch again appeared as a bugaboo for the Jayhawks. Danielle McCray, KU's leading scorer, played 39 minutes, but was just 4-of-14 from the floor, finishing with a team-high 11 points. Sade Morris and LaChelda Jacobs each scored 10, but the two combined for 11 of KU's 21 turnovers.

Extra Minutes: Kansas 84, Nebraska 49

Tying up loose ends from the Jayhawks' throttling of Nebraska, sweeping the season series from the Huskers and helping set the stage for a showdown Wednesday between the only two teams left who are undefeated in Big 12 play (KU and K-State, FYI).

KU will head to Bramlage undefeated after 84-49 waxing of Nebraska

Now it's official: Kansas University will head to Bramlage Wednesday night not just protecting an unscathed record in the Manhattan arena, but also a 20-0 record for the 2007-08 season. For the second time this month, KU took off right from go and ended up throttling its neighbor to the north, besting Nebraska 84-49 Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. Darrell Arthur was efficient yet again despite tweaking a calf muscle in practice Tuesday, scoring 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting. The sophomore forward also had seven rebounds. Brandon Rush scored 17 for the Jayhawks, including a 5-of-7 showing from three-point range. Darnell Jackson (13 points) and Sherron Collins (10 points) were the only other Jayhawks to notch double figures as KU improved to 5-0 in Big 12 play.

Unreasonable delay

Kansas University Athletic Department officials are dragging their heels on releasing financial information on two key football contests.

More than three weeks after the Orange Bowl and almost two months after the Kansas-Missouri football game in Arrowhead Stadium, the Kansas University Athletic Department still has not provided details about revenue and expenses connected to the two games.

Pinkel not sold on Arrowhead

At his first news conference in Columbia, Mo., after his team's Cotton Bowl victory, Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel was asked if he would be interested in continuing to play the series with Kansas University in Arrowhead Stadium beyond the current two-year contract that expires after the 2008 game.

Stewart happy to help any way

Dwindling minutes don't alarm senior

Kansas University senior guard Rodrick Stewart, who averaged 17.1 minutes per game during the nonconference season, is down to 8.0 minutes in four league contests. But hey ... who's counting? Not team player Stewart, that is for sure. "This is bigger than me. It's not about me," Stewart said simply.

Husker looking to Olympics

Australian hopes for chance to play in Beijing games

A steady, sometimes spectacular basketball big man, Aleks Maric figures to make some money playing the game he loves. "Nobody has told me that," Maric, the University of Nebraska's 6-foot-11, 275-pound senior center, said of being a "lock" for the NBA.

Keegan: Another stunner for Drew

Ever wonder what became of Bryce Drew, the Valparaiso player you see every March, hitting that buzzer-beating three-point shot against Mississippi in the 1998 NCAA Tournament? He's the busiest man in college basketball. Not only does he have to perform the duties of a Division I assistant coach for Valparaiso University, he also has to find time to fulfill his passion as No. 1 long-distance fan of Baylor University basketball.

Rice aide to coach KU's wideouts

Any hole left by the departure of assistant coach Tim Beck may have been filled nicely. Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino announced Friday the hiring of David Beaty to replace Beck. Beaty, 37, served as wide-receivers coach at Rice for the last two seasons.

Kansas raises football season-ticket prices slightly; points special announced

The price of watching Kansas University's football team just went up. KU released football-ticket prices for the 2008 season and an online "priority points special" on Friday.

Sprinter sets two records for Kansas

Four races into her Kansas University track-and-field career, junior Nickesha Anderson has set four records.

Kansas women to meet similarly 'underachieving' A&M

Go figure Texas A&M. Tapped as the preseason favorite by Big 12 Conference women's basketball coaches, the Aggies are off to a surprising 1-4 start in league games.

NCAA: Mayo violated rule

Southern California freshman O.J. Mayo violated an NCAA rule by accepting free tickets from Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony to an NBA game, but his punishment won't include missing games.

Two A&M players indicted

Two Texas A&M football players accused of tying up and mugging a drug dealer at gunpoint have been indicted on felony robbery charges, the district attorney's office said.

Friday, January 25

6Sports video: KU Indoor Track and Field team in action Friday

The Kansas Indoor Track and Field team was in action on Friday at the Anschutz Sports Pavilion.

6Sports video: Huskers vs. 'Hawks: Round Two!

The Jayhawks and Huskers played just two weeks ago. On that night, KU hammered NU by 21 in Lincoln. Preparing for Doc Sadler's team this time around should be much easier. After all, the game plan from matchup number one is still fresh on the minds of the 'Hawks.

Beaty hired as KU wide receivers coach

Beaty replaces Tim Beck, who took a job at Nebraska. He will coach the wide receivers. KU plucked Beaty from Rice University, where he coached the Owls' wide receivers for two seasons. One of his prized pupils was All-American Jarett Dillard.

Mangino to be featured

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino will be featured on a 30-minute television special devoted to the 2007 Bear Bryant Coach of the Year, which Mangino won.

ESPN's Vitale lauds Kansas

Popular perception is Kansas University's basketball team has flown "under the radar" this season despite being undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the country. That's changing with each and every victory, of course.

Top 25 Roundup: Arizona hands Washington State second loss

No. 4 Duke too tough for Virginia Tech; No. 8 UCLA survives scare

After Arizona beat No. 6 Washington State, 76-64, on Thursday night, Wildcats sophomore Chase Budinger dismissed the notion that his team had pulled off an upset. "I think we can beat anyone in the country right now," said Budinger, who scored 22 points.

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No looking back

Galindo hits stride at FIU

Three years later, it certainly looks like Alex Galindo made a pretty fair trade when he gave up the tradition at Kansas University for the opportunity at Florida International. True, the Sun Belt Conference is not the Big 12. True, FIU hasn't enjoyed a winning season since the 1999-00 campaign. And, true, the crowds for home games in Pharmed Arena aren't quite as plentiful as those in Allen Fieldhouse. Program prestige isn't everything, though.

Quarterback Club event

The Kansas Quarterback Club will play host to a special gathering on Feb. 7 to review the KU football team's 2008 recruiting class.

USC coach takes blame for ticket flap

Southern California coach Tim Floyd has taken the blame for a possible NCAA rules violation by freshman standout O.J. Mayo.

Thursday, January 24

6Sports video: Baylor stays perfect

It took five overtimes, but Baylor stayed perfect on Wednesday night by beating Texas A&M to join KU at the top of the Big 12.

6Sports video: Jayhawk bigs step up

When Iowa State decided to tighten the defense on KU's guards Wednesday night, the Jayhawks took over in the paint.

Memphis improves to 18-0

Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 20 points, Derrick Rose added 19 points, and top-ranked Memphis beat pesky Tulsa, 56-41, Wednesday night.

Baylor survives in 5 OTs

Bears outlast Texas A&M, 116-110

Curtis Jerrells sat down, slumped his shoulders and exhaled audibly. "I'm tired," he said. No one could blame him after he scored a career-high 36 points in 53 minutes of No. 25 Baylor's 116-110 five-overtime win over No. 18 Texas A&M on Wednesday night.

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Darnell doubles up

Jackson lifts KU past ISU

Danny Manning, who works with Kansas University's big men every day, likes to kid fun-loving senior power forward Darnell Jackson. "I tease him all the time: 'Darnell you ever gonna get a double- double?''' Manning said Monday night in subbing for Bill Self as guest host on Self's weekly Hawk Talk radio show.

Kansas basketball notebook

Title forfeit: Darrell Arthur's alma mater will forfeit its 2005-06 Texas high school state basketball championship. Dallas TV station WFAA reported that former South Oak Cliff player Kendrake Johnigan should have been academically ineligible for the 2006 regional and state tournaments.

Keegan: Kansas displays balance

Individuals seek physical balance through weight-lifting and aerobic exercise. They seek emotional balance through methods as diverse as yoga and psychological counseling. Nutritionists preach the importance of balanced meals. Rare is the individual who can maintain balance. Why? Because it's extremely difficult.

Jayhawks Collins, Arthur hobbled

Guard plays despite sprain; forward tweaks calf muscle

Sherron Collins, who missed six games after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot, likely would be missing some time right now due to a right ankle sprain ... if he weren't so tough.

Cyclones pick their poison

ISU concentrates on guards, gets burned by big men

It's so cruel. Iowa State's men's basketball team arrived at Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday and pretty much knew it only had two options once the game with Kansas University tipped off. Option one: Drink this poison and hope it doesn't kill you. Option two: Drink that poison and hope it doesn't kill you. Disclaimer: Both of them probably are going to kill you.

As expected, Bowen made coordinator

Kansas University's football coaching staff officially made another transition Wednesday, when the poorly kept secret of Clint Bowen's promotion to defensive coordinator was announced. Bowen will replace Bill Young, who will be defensive coordinator at Miami. KU coach Mark Mangino, as familiar with Bowen as anybody, was quick to give the 35-year old Lawrence native a promotion.

Jayhawks add two pitchers

Kansas University's baseball team has added a pair of pitchers, coach Ritch Price announced Wednesday. Junior lefties Sam Freeman (North Central Texas) and Daniel Manos (Santa Ana, Calif.) have both transferred to Kansas from junior colleges.

Mayo may have broken rule

Southern California freshman standout O.J. Mayo might have violated an NCAA rule by accepting free tickets to Monday night's NBA game between Denver and the Los Angeles Lakers from Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony.

Pelini's pact for five years

New Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini's contract is for five years and pays a base salary of $1.1 million annually. The contract was made public Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 23

Extra Minutes: Kansas 83, Iowa State 59

Tying up loose ends from KU's 19th straight win to open the 2007-08 season. This one, an 83-59 win over Iowa State, improved the Jayhawks to a perfect 4-0 in league play. Darnell Jackson led the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds, good for his first double-double of the season, as the Jayhawks outscored the Cyclones in the paint 42-16.

6Sports story: Cyclones hope to knock off unbeaten Jayhawks

Just ten days into the 2008 Big 12 conference men's basketball season, and only three unbeatens remain. This evening 2-1 Iowa State hopes to become the first team to knock off the Jayhawks.

6Sports story: Average game leads Hawks to win

The numbers are downright ridiculous. On the season, the undefeated Kansas men have the best scoring margin average in the nation at plus 24 points a game. Break it down, and the Jayhawks average 83 points while giving out just 59.

Jackson's 21 points, 11 boards lead KU to 83-59 win over Iowa State, Jayhawks stay undefeated

After winning in a game Saturday where Missouri tried to speed things up, Kansas University was able to garner the same result Wednesday night against a team which did the exact opposite. Darnell Jackson and Darrell Arthur combined for 37 points on combined 17-of-27 shooting as the Jayhawks won round one of the two-game season series with Iowa State 83-59 Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

Iowa State's Johnson moved to guard out of necessity

One of the best rebounders in the Big 12 Conference, Wesley Johnson was moved from forward to shooting guard for his sophomore season at Iowa State University. The shift was not designed to give the 6-foot-7, 210-pound Johnson - who grabbed a team-leading 244 boards last year (sixth best mark by a freshman in Big 12 history) - more room to maneuver on the court. It was out of necessity.

ISU has new look for guard

One of these days, when Russell Robinson returns to his old haunts in The Bronx, he won't be surprised if a former nemesis approaches him with basketball in hand. "I've not seen him in a couple years. I heard he was asking about me when I went back to New York. He never found me," Robinson, Kansas University's senior point guard, said of ex-Iowa State standout Curtis Stinson.

Woodling: No tears for former talent

Gee, if only Julian Wright hadn't left early for the NBA. Admit it. You thought you might be uttering those words sometime during this Kansas University men's basketball season. Instead, the Jayhawks have missed Wright about as much as they've missed a shot putter on the roster.

Oklahoma State hires aide

Jason Jones, an assistant at Tulsa, has been hired as the secondary coach at Oklahoma State.

Jayhawks freeze up

Fast start vanishes in 59-41 loss

Once again, points proved to be at a painful premium for Kansas University's women's basketball team. After racing out to an early advantage Tuesday against Colorado, the Jayhawks found it strangely difficult to keep putting the ball in the basket. It led to a second-half slump and a 59-41 loss at the Coors Events Center, KU's second-lowest scoring output of the season.

KU shooting the ball well

The Kansas University men's basketball team ranks second in the nation in field goal percentage with a .516 mark, behind Boise State's .522 accuracy rate.

Wildcats take out Vols

No. 3 Tennessee has tough time in SEC road showdown

"Billyball" may have finally arrived at Kentucky. Patrick Patterson scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Wildcats knocked off No. 3 Tennessee 72-66 on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, January 22

KU women fall to 1-4 in Big 12 play, losing at Colorado, 59-41

The Jayhawks (12-6 overall, 1-4 Big 12) led 18-8 at the 8:20 mark in the first half after freshman Nicollette Smith cashed one of her two three-pointers on the night. But Colorado (13-5, 2-4) then went on a 13-0 run over the next 4:59 and never looked back.

6Sports story: Despite similarities, KU women fall hard to Buffs

The similarities between the Kansas women's basketball team and the Colorado women are too many to ignore. This season the Jayhawks and the Buffaloes are both 12-5 overall and 1-3 in conference.

6Sports story: Win at Mizzou may spell trip to Final Four

It wasn't pretty, but it was a win: something not all great Kansas basketball teams can say about visiting Columbia, Missouri. The '01-02 and '02-03 teams also won at Mizzou, and they both advanced to the Final Four.

6Sports story: KU, CU tied in conference

Depending on which way you look at it, the Kansas women's basketball team is either in a tie for 6th in the Big 12, or in a tie for 12th. It's hard to believe that four games in, seven conference squads have identical lead records of 1-3.

6Sports story: Hawks up against pesky foe

Bill Self's squad returns to Allen Fieldhouse tomorrow night to battle Iowa State. The Cyclones have been one of the peskiest foes for the Jayhawks in recent years.

Hoyas hold on in OT

Jeremiah Rivers spent the final seconds of overtime with a hand in Jonny Flynn's face. No surprise there. After all, Rivers had been making life rough for the Syracuse freshman for the last 15 minutes of the game.

Memphis new No. 1

Memphis replaced North Carolina as the No. 1 team in college basketball Monday, the Tigers' first appearance in 25 years at the top of the Associated Press poll.

Texas survives another scare

With Texas struggling on offense, D.J. Augustin showed why he's the Longhorns' leader. The sophomore point guard scored the 12th-ranked Longhorns' final 10 points Monday night, leading them to a 63-61 victory over Oklahoma State.

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Jayhawks climb polls

Kansas new No. 2 in AP, coaches tallies

A No. 2 national ranking in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN college basketball polls satisfies Kansas University's players ... for now. "If I had my way, I'd rather be 2. When you are 1, there's nowhere to go but down," KU senior Russell Robinson said Monday after learning Memphis moved from No. 2 to 1 and KU from No. 3 to 2 two days after top-ranked North Carolina's loss to Maryland.

Bowen snares top job on 'D'

It appears that Clint Bowen will become the Kansas University football team's next defensive coordinator. The Sporting News, citing an unidentified source, said that Bowen - the best guess to replace outgoing coordinator Bill Young - indeed is the guy, and a source confirmed it to the Journal-World on Monday. Bowen has worked as co-defensive coordinator under Young for the last two seasons.

Keegan: Jackson stays out of trouble

For all the things to marvel at on this undefeated Kansas University basketball team, Darnell Jackson working so hard and still finding the time to smile so often on the court ranks near the top.

UCLA taps ex-USC aide

Norm Chow, who tutored a pair of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks at Southern California, is returning as offensive coordinator at crosstown rival UCLA. Chow, fired last week by the Tennessee Titans, joins the staff of new UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel.

Baylor adds aide from UCLA

Baylor coach Art Briles completed his staff Monday by adding former UCLA assistant Dino Babers as outside receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.

Bucknell coach suspended

Bucknell men's basketball coach Pat Flannery has been reprimanded and will be suspended for one game for arguing a call during Friday's game against Holy Cross.

Giles dismissed from Oregon State

Beavers fire coach; interim shows ex-Jayhawk the door

Oregon State interim basketball coach Kevin Mouton's first act as Beavers' coach on Monday was to kick C.J. Giles off the team. Mouton, who took over for Jay John, who was fired, said former Kansas University forward Giles likely will transfer to a Div. II school or try to play pro basketball.

Kansas looks to break free from logjam

KU, CU clash tonight with identical records

Talk about a logjam. Four games into the Big 12 Conference women's basketball race, and seven of the dozen teams are sitting on identical 1-3 records. Two of those seven - Kansas and Colorado - will tangle tonight in Boulder, Colo. Tipoff will be at 8 p.m. (Lawrence time) in the Coors Events Center.

Monday, January 21

6Sports story: KU moves to #2

North Carolina's loss is Kansas' gain, but only by one spot. Memphis claims the top spot this week in both college national basketball polls, just a handful of points ahead of KU thanks to Maryland's win at UNC.

6Sports story: Ugly but effective: KU 18-0 following Mizzou trip

It's safe to say the Kansas men had to grind out a victory against Missouri this weekend. The Jayhawks and Tigers traded the lead 10 times at Mizzou Arena, with KU coming out on top by a 76-70 final.

Marquette drops second straight

Jim Calhoun needed a way to get his team's attention after a bad home loss. He simply wrote down the rest of the schedule. It worked like a charm.

Big, small, KU wins 'em all

MU win proves Kansas can win close, too

Kansas University's undefeated men's basketball team has proven it can win blowout games, outscoring 18 opponents 83.3 to 59.0 for a nation's-best scoring margin of 24.3. Saturday night, the Jayhawks showed for the fourth time in 2007-08 they can win nail-biters as well.

Keegan: KU great relished 12-1 year

He was named All-Pro nine times. He blocked for Jim Brown, the greatest football player ever, and for Otto Graham, one of the game's most famous quarterbacks. He was inducted into the pro football Hall of Fame.

Rodriguez's deal six years

Rich Rodriguez agreed to six-year deal worth $2.5 million annually when he left West Virginia last month for Michigan.

Juco running back commits to Kansas

Kansas University's football team received a commitment on Sunday from one of its top remaining targets. Jocques Crawford, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound running back originally from Memphis, Tenn., gave the Jayhawks an oral commitment after taking an official visit this weekend, according to

North Carolina loses luster as ACC play revs up

North Carolina spent the first two months of the season looking every bit like the nation's top-ranked team. Things have gotten much tougher now that the Tar Heels are starting Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Baylor ends skid against Oklahoma

Angela Tisdale scored a career-high 35 points and directed the sixth-ranked Bears' decisive run in an 84-73 victory against No. 11 Oklahoma on Sunday. The win snapped Baylor's six-game losing streak to Oklahoma.

Padgett's last stand

Captain now carrying Cardinals, not vice versa

Not long ago, they were carrying him onto airplanes. David Padgett couldn't bend either of his knees, so a couple of his Louisville teammates had to hoist the 6-foot-11 forward up the steps, squeeze him through the front door and cart him to the rear of the Cardinals' charter, where he could stretch out across three seats.

Sunday, January 20

6Sports story: Hawks headed to NCAA Indoor Championships

Yesterday the Kansas track & field team hosted their annual Kansas Invitational.

6Sports story: Herrmann breaks records in KU victory

Yesterday on senior day the Kansas swim team hosted the Nebraska Cornhuskers, looking to improve to 5-3 on the year.

6Sports story: KU women claw past Tigers

The Kansas women yesterday afternoon won their home half of the Border Showdown against the Missouri Tigers.

6Sports story: And then there were two

Yesterday afternoon as the Kansas Jayhawks prepared for their first installment of this year's Border Showdown, Roy Williams and the #1-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels suffered their season's first blemish.

Hoskins out for season

Senior forward David Hoskins will undergo surgery on his left knee and not play this season, Kansas State announced Saturday.

McCray saves day

Kansas women hold off Tigers, 66-60

Little doubt the wind that waves the wheat on Kansas University's women's basketball team is Danielle McCray. Stop McCray, and you stop the Jayhawks. "That's what teams are doing now," said McCray, KU's leading scorer and rebounder. "But teams can't do that for 40 minutes. They won't be able to stop me for 40 minutes."

Kansas basketball notebook

KU senior Russell Robinson had to leave the game early in the second half for a short spell.

Home crowd lifts KU

A little home-field advantage made for quite an entertaining day for Kansas University's track and field team Saturday at Anshutz Pavilion. KU athletes gushed over the pumped-up crowd of Jayhawk faithful at the Kansas Invitational.

USC tops No. 4 UCLA, 72-63

Southern California's two freshmen were better than UCLA's one.

No. 2 Memphis cruises

With the No. 1 ranking in sight, the Memphis Tigers wanted to seize the opportunity.

MU: Foul disparity 'hard to swallow'

Tigers' biggest lament: poor field-goal shooting against KU

A whopping 52 personal fouls were whistled Saturday night during Kansas University's 76-70 victory against Missouri in Mizzou Arena.

KSU topples No. 25 Colorado

Kimberly Dietz scored 18 points, and Kansas State rallied to beat No. 25 Colorado, 67-60, Saturday night.

Pelini pact worth $1.1 million

Bo Pelini's new contract to coach at Nebraska is a multiyear deal worth more than $1 million a year, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

West cruises in Shrine Game

Jayhawks' Henry snares one catch for nine yards

Despite a standout college career at Utah State, Kevin Robinson was virtually unknown to most football fans.

K-State tops No. 10 Texas A&M

Kansas State's first home victory over a Top-10 opponent in almost four years may have gone a long way toward answering the question of whether Frank Martin can coach.

Turtle power! UNC loses first

Bambale Osby dropped to the court with his hands covering his face. He knew his basket had given Maryland the lead late. He heard the horn as North Carolina's final desperation shot clanged off the rim.

Keegan: Nobody a Final Four lock

When Kansas University's undefeated basketball team tipped it off Saturday night against rival Missouri, four top-15 teams had been knocked off earlier in the day by unranked opponents.

KU knew about upsets

Yes, Kansas University's basketball players knew No. 1-ranked North Carolina lost to Maryland on Saturday afternoon, hours before the Jayhawks' game against their Border War rival, underdog Missouri.

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KU twists Tigers' tail

Jayhawks survive MU scare

Bundled up in his winter garb, a white and blue Kansas University stocking cap covering his ears, Brandon Rush was in a hurry to head out into the bitter cold and board the team bus Saturday night outside Mizzou Arena. "I'm going to go text my brother. I will say I got him : again," Rush said with a grin.

Swimmer Hermann sets two Robinson records

Junior co-captain Danielle Herrmann set Robinson Natatorium records in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, and Kansas University's swimming and diving team won all 16 events in a 197-99 victory over Nebraska on Saturday.

Saturday, January 19

Extra Minutes: Kansas 76, Missouri 70

Tying up loose ends from KU's grinder of a win Saturday night in Columbia. Neither team shot the ball particularly well, but the Jayhawks were able to get to the free throw line enough late in the game to hold off the Tigers and improve to 3-0 in league play.

KU remains perfect, edging Mizzou 76-70 in ugly, foul-marred road contest

COLUMBIA, Mo. - It certainly wasn't pretty, but the Kansas University men's basketball team found a way in the second half to avoid the fate suffered by fellow Top-5 residents North Carolina and UCLA Saturday, knocking off Missouri 76-70 in Mizzou Arena. The Tigers jumped out to a 7-1 lead right off the bat on the Jayhawks, but KU fought back with a 9-2 run and from there, it was a slugfest until the closing minutes. Darnell Jackson and Darrell Arthur played much of the second half in foul trouble in a game ruled by an abundance of whistles.

KU women down Mizzou, 66-60, for first Big 12 win

Behind 15 points and 12 rebounds from sophomore forward Danielle McCray, the Kansas University women's basketball team broke into the Big 12 win column Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse, knocking off Missouri 66-60.

Home court kind to Tigers

The latest edition of the Border War features two undefeated teams tonight. Well, sort of. There's No. 3-ranked Kansas with its sparking overall record of 17-0 and unranked Missouri, a perfect 10-0 - at Mizzou Arena. That 10-0 mark includes last Saturday's 97-84 win over then-No. 12 Texas.

Wright recalls muzzling Mizzou

Julian Wright and his Kansas University basketball teammates looked up at the videoboard in Mizzou Arena. They could not believe their eyes.

Keegan: Jankovich comes up a winner

As Kansas University and Missouri renew an intense rivalry tonight in Columbia, Mo., a basketball game tips off in Des Moines, Iowa, featuring another coach with strong ties to Lawrence trying to extend a long winning streak.

After seizure, McClinton won't play in showcase

Former Kansas University standout James McClinton is in Houston for today's East-West Shrine Game. But after a scary incident earlier this week, he won't be playing. McClinton suffered a seizure on Monday - the second time he's had one in the last year - and was held out of football this week for precautionary reasons.

UK reveals Brooks successor

Kentucky offensive coordinator Joker Phillips will eventually become the Wildcats' head coach following Rich Brooks' retirement.

Stubblefield pleads guilty

Ex-KU lineman admits lying to investigators

Former Kansas University and NFL defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield pleaded guilty Friday to lying to investigators in the BALCO steroids case, making him the first football player charged in the long-running federal investigation.

KU player celebrates King

Even when the odds are against you, you have to keep fighting for your dream. That's the message a Kansas University football player had for South Junior High School students Friday.

KU women, too, to tangle with MU

Hey, college basketball fans, there's more than one Border War skirmish today. The women's teams will rumble, too. "There's never a bad time to play Missouri because of the rivalry and intensity involved," Kansas University coach Bonnie Henrickson said. "Hopefully, we'll get a nice crowd."

Friday, January 18

6Sports story: Former KU standout pleads guilty in steroids case

Former Kansas and NFL defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield pleaded guilty to lying to investigators in the Balco steroid case.

6Sports story: Unbeaten KU up against Tigers tomorrow

One week into the Big 12 conference men's basketball season, and only three unbeatens remain in league play. KU's opponent tomorrow, the Missouri Tigers, had a change, but MU blew it on Wednesday night against Ohio State.

6News story: KU football player speaks at MLK, Jr. celebration

After helping the Kansas University football team win the Orange Bowl, Darrell Stuckey, a KU sophomore and football safety, has proved hard work and perseverance pay off.

6Sports story: Seizure forces McClinton out of Shrine game

Bad news for Kansas defensive lineman James McClinton: he suffered a minor seizure on Monday in Houston where he was preparing to play in the annual East-West Shrine game.

Mayer: Jayhawks compare favorably

You take a basketball team with the vast proclivities of Kansas, which includes a senior quarterback the caliber of Russell Robinson, and, mercy sakes, you just might have yourself a national collegiate champion.North Carolina? UCLA? KU without any new injuries is clearly on a par with both of them, and these three are clearly the pick of the 2008 litter, Memphis with its softer schedule be damned.

Mangino adds another coach-of-the-year award

Kansas coach Mark Mangino won the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award on Thursday as the college football coach of the year.

KU softball picked ninth in Big 12 poll

Kansas University's softball team has been projected to finish ninth in this season's Big 12 Conference softball race. In a vote of league coaches, the Jayhawks were predicted to wind up ahead of only Iowa State in the 10-team league.

Robinson 'dreaming' of shot at Tar Heels

Not about to leave his cozy apartment on a bitterly cold, snowy Wednesday evening, Russell Robinson chose to watch a marquee college basketball game on TV. Not a Big 12 battle between Missouri and Iowa State, but an ACC clash between No. 1 North Carolina and upset-minded Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

Cleveland St. sinks No. 12 Butler

Cedric Jackson scored 14 points as Cleveland State, a program in disarray for most of the past 20 years, stunned No. 12 Butler 56-52 on Thursday night for the Vikings' first regular-season win over an AP Top 25 team.

Assistant to leave for Miami

D-coordinator Young takes on 'new challenge'

With a blanket of snow covering Lawrence on Thursday, Kansas University defensive coordinator Bill Young was dreaming of the sunshine. "I like palm trees and beaches," Young said. He'll get his share now.

Missouri lawmaker wants open season on Jayhawks

Before entering Missouri, Jayhawks beware.

Thursday, January 17

6Sports video: Jayhawks scout UNC

Some members of the KU men's basketball game choose to watch fellow undefeated North Carolina on Wednesday night rather than their next opponent, the Missouri Tigers.

6Sports video: KU defensive coach leaves for Miami

Only paperwork stands in the way of Kansas football's defensive coordinator, Bill Young, accepting a coaching job at the University of Miami.

6Sports video: KU looks forward to Columbia trip

History is against KU when an undefeated Kansas basketball team travels to play an unranked Missouri team in Columbia. Despite that, the Jayhawks are looking forward to the trip.

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6News video: Missouri shooting for new bird?

A bill proposed in the Missouri Senate would make the Kansas Jayhawk the official game bird of the "Show Me" state.

Young accepts Miami assistant coaching job

Kansas University defensive coordinator Bill Young confirmed to the Journal-World that he is in line to become defensive coordinator at Miami. The official announcement is awaiting the processing of paperwork. "It's a new challenge," Young told the Journal-World. "Sometimes as a coach, you need that." Young said it's not a done deal because of paperwork that needs to be completed. He said details of a contract have not been finalized. He will replace Tim Walton, who was fired last month by Miami head coach Randy Shannon.

Tech trips A&M, gives Knight 900th victory

Bob Knight reached another milestone. Texas Tech beat No. 10 Texas A&M, 68-53, on Wednesday night, the Hall of Fame coach's 900th career victory.

OSU's Anderson OK

Oklahoma State coach Sean Sutton says freshman James Anderson likely won't miss any basketball games because of an ankle injury.

No. 18 OSU has no trouble with Tigers

Andrea Riley scored 19 points, and Taylor Hardeman matched her season high with 16 points to help No. 18 Oklahoma State rout Missouri, 76-41, on Wednesday night.

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Who's No. 1?

The college basketball polls have North Carolina ranked No. 1, Memphis No. 2 and Kansas No. 3. They are the only remaining undefeated NCAA Division I schools. Unlike in college football, a tournament is in place to crown the champion, but that won't happen until April 7. The schools will not have a chance to play each other unless it happens in the NCAA Tournament, perhaps in the Final Four in San Antonio.

Aldrich makes most of minutes

Cole Aldrich realizes he's not playing as many minutes as several of his McDonald's All-America Game contemporaries. Does that fact bother Kansas University's 6-foot-11, 240-pound big man from Bloomington, Minn.? Not in the least.

Baylor D holds KU in check

Off to its first 3-0 start in the Big 12, Baylor is in uncharted territory.

KU aide denies taking Miami post

Hold it, Hurricanes. Kansas University defensive coordinator Bill Young, who has been on coach Mark Mangino's football staff since 2002, denied a published report Wednesday that he already has accepted a deal to be defensive coordinator at Miami.

Hawaii promotes coordinator

Greg McMackin was hired as Hawaii's football coach Wednesday after serving as its defensive coordinator last season on a team that went undefeated until losing the Sugar Bowl.

Applewhite joins Texas staff

Former Texas quarterback Major Applewhite is rejoining the Longhorns as an assistant coach, Texas announced Wednesday night, leaving his current job as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Alabama.

Top 25 Roundup: Tar Heels survive scare

Late block helps North Carolina edge Georgia Tech, 83-82

North Carolina usually does its best work at the offensive end. This time, it was a defensive play that kept the top-ranked Tar Heels perfect.

Rodriguez suit transferred

West Virginia University's lawsuit against Rich Rodriguez was transferred to federal court on Wednesday because the former Mountaineers coach had moved to Michigan when it was filed.

Wednesday, January 16

6Sports video: 'Hawks ready themselves for Columbia

The Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team will travel to Columbia on Saturday to take on rival Missouri.

6Sports video: KU women fall 59-35 to Baylor

The Kansas University women's basketball team's rough start to the Big 12 slate got no smoother Wednesday night, as No. 6 Baylor slugged Bonnie Henrickson's squad 59-35 in Waco, Texas.

6Sports video: Young denies accepting Miami job

Kansas University defensive coordinator Bill Young denied a published report stating he accepted a job at Miami on Wednesday. "I haven't accepted a job anywhere," Young said when reached Wednesday evening.

6Sports video: Rush hopes to remain hot against Missouri

Columbia, Mo. is the perfect place for junior guard Brandon Rush to continue his torrid conference shooting stretch.

6Sports video: From LHS Lions to KU seniors

In 2002, they led Dirk Wedd's team to a 8-3 record and a spot in the Class 6A Semi-finals. Five years later, they helped Mark Mangino's squad to a 12-1 record and an Orange Bowl win. Coincidence? Certainly not! Kevin Romary takes a look at the careers of Brian Seymour and Brandon McAnderson.

KU women fall 59-35 to Baylor, drop to 0-3 in Big 12 play

The Kansas University women's basketball team's rough start to the Big 12 slate got no smoother Wednesday night, as No. 6 Baylor slugged Bonnie Henrickson's squad 59-35 in Waco, Texas. The Jayhawks drop to 0-3 in conference play and 11-5 overall.

Young denies accepting Miami job

Kansas University defensive coordinator Bill Young denied a published report stating he accepted a job at Miami on Wednesday. "I haven't accepted a job anywhere," Young said when reached Wednesday evening.

KU women not panicking, but No. 6 Baylor awaits

Jayhawks head to Waco still looking for first conference victory

Back-to-back Big 12 Conference defeats don't mean Bonnie Henrickson is reaching for the button with the capital P on it.

Jayhawks relieved Griffin to return

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self was relieved Tuesday to learn Oklahoma freshman forward Blake Griffin would not need surgery on his injured left knee. "It's great news in what could potentially have been a terrible situation. It's not good, but better than what it could have been," Self said, commenting on reports Griffin will be out up to four weeks after suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament five minutes into Monday's 85-55 victory over the Sooners in Allen Fieldhouse.

KU to celebrate football season

Kansas University athletics officials have scheduled a free public event to celebrate the football team's Orange Bowl victory.

Woodling: Kansas all over the dial

I'm like most of the rest of you. I watch Kansas University's multi-talented men's basketball team on television. This, of course, has been an adjustment after covering the Jayhawks in person for nearly four decades. Sure, I miss the fieldhouse buzz and all that, but that's not really the biggest change.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

One of the most intriguing positions Kansas is pursuing in the final weeks of recruiting is running back, with the loss of Brandon McAnderson to graduation still on the minds of KU coaches.

KU athletes set GPA record

Kansas University student-athletes earned a combined 2.93 grade-point average during the 2007 fall semester, setting an athletic-department record for a fall semester.

Texas proves it can sustain departures

Untrained observers might have wondered how Texas could have defeated two top-10 teams in November and be ranked as high as No. 4 without Kevin Durant, unequivocally the best player in college basketball last season.

Top 25 Roundup: Boston College back on track

Tyrelle Blair blocked five shots against Miami, and that was enough to make the Hurricanes worry about him every time they put the ball up.

Big 12 Roundup: Baylor runs record to 14-2

Henry Dugat scored 23 points as the Baylor Bears got off to their best start since the 1940s with a 79-71 victory over Oklahoma State Tuesday night.

Oklahoma cornerback leaving

Cornerback Reggie Smith has become the third University of Oklahoma junior to declare for the NFL Draft.

Cal receiver to enter draft

California receiver DeSean Jackson will skip his senior season to enter the NFL Draft. Jackson, a punt returner who had an underwhelming junior season as a receiver, waited until the last possible day to declare his long-assumed intention to leave the Golden Bears (7-6), who lost six of their final eight regular-season games.

NU's Lucky says he'll return

With a deep pool of running backs set for the NFL Draft, Marlon Lucky announced he would return to Nebraska for his senior season.

Tuesday, January 15

6Sports video: Jayhawks sorry to see OU's Griffin hurt

The last thing Darnell Jackson wanted to see Monday night was his buddy, Blake Griffin, hit the deck because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

6News video: KU to celebrate Orange Bowl win

Allen Fieldhouse site of event

Kansas athletics officials have scheduled a free public event to celebrate the football team's Orange Bowl victory.

Extra Minutes: Kansas 85, Oklahoma 55

Tying up loose ends from KU's 85-55 win over Oklahoma Monday night. Four Jayhawks scored in double figures, further brandishing the team's overall balance, and KU showed continued improvement from the free throw line, converting 17 of 18 attempts.

Heisman runner-up heading to NFL

Arkansas' McFadden declares for draft; Ohio State LB Laurinaitis decides to return

An NFL Draft rich with running backs has a new star at the head of the class: Darren McFadden.

Keegan: Can KU win 'em all? Don't ask Self

As minds go, Bill Self's is about as quick as Mario Chalmers' first step when the guard pops into a passing lane. Self's always quick with a one-liner and is even quick to check his swing when he thinks the quip that popped into his head might come back to haunt him. He's quick to ask for a stranger's name, slow to forget it.

Kansas basketball notebook

The 30-point margin of victory tied for the second largest in Lawrence against OU. It tied for KU's third-largest overall versus the Sooners. KU beat OU by 37 points back in 1970 and 30 in 1978, both at Allen.

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Bittersweet blowout

Jayhawks sorry to see OU freshman phenom Griffin hurt in loss

The last thing Darnell Jackson wanted to see Monday night was his buddy, Blake Griffin, hit the deck because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. "I was looking forward to playing against him. I know he was looking forward to playing against me. I've known him since he was a little kid," Jackson, Kansas University's senior forward, said of fellow Oklahoma native Griffin, who went down battling Jackson for a defensive rebound five minutes into KU's 85-55 annihilation of Griffin's Oklahoma Sooners at Allen Fieldhouse.

Texas A&M still clicking

Losing its head coach and best player doesn't seem to be slowing down Texas A&M one bit. If anything, says Texas Tech assistant coach Pat Knight, the Aggies are better than last year, when Billy Gillispie and Acie Law led them to a school-record 27 wins in one of their greatest seasons ever.

Unbeaten trio leads AP poll again

The last of the unbeatens are 1-2-3 in the Top 25 - again. North Carolina, Memphis and Kansas, the only Division I teams yet to lose this season, were the top teams in the Associated Press' college basketball poll for a seventh straight week Monday.

Pitt overcomes injuries, Hoyas

A few days after Pitt lost starters Levance Fields and Mike Cook to injuries last month, coach Jamie Dixon delivered a simple message to his nine healthy scholarship players.

Sooners say KU No. 1

'They are the best team in the country'

Kansas University might not be at the top of the national basketball rankings, but upon losing to No. 3 KU, 85-55, Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse, Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel thinks the Jayhawks should be."They are the best team in the country," Capel said.

Kansas changes stripes

Jayhawks improved from line

Now - two weeks into the new year - is typically about the time those new year's resolutions tend to deteriorate, whether they be to lose weight, quit smoking or not to curse so much. So far, the Kansas University men's basketball team has bucked that trend - at least at the charity stripe.

Monday, January 14

6Sports video: KU handles Oklahoma

After less than 48 hours since the Jayhawks took the floor against Nebraska, they went against Oklahoma and looked to remain unbeaten on Monday night.

Balanced Jayhawks continue to roll early in Big 12 play, smashing OU 85-55

Some might say Oklahoma was deflated when losing star freshman Blake Griffin five minutes into Monday night's 85-55 KU win over the Sooners in Allen Fieldhouse. Though, in all honesty, it might not have mattered had Griffin been able to play 35, as the Jayhawks never trailed in routing OU. Four Jayhawks scored in double figures, led by 17 points from senior Darnell Jackson on 8-of-10 shooting. That went with eight rebounds on his final stat line. Darrell Arthur chipped in 14 points and eight boards alongside Jackson in the paint. Griffin, who figured to be the duo's biggest road block, left early in the game with a sprained left knee.

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Year of the rookie

OU's Griffin just one fab freshman

Two years ago, as the Kansas University basketball team hit the road in the Big 12 Conference, newspaper after newspaper would hype that night's game with stories on the Jayhawks' talented freshman class visiting for the first time. Now, Kansas is on the other end of those stories. Oklahoma power forward Blake Griffin, coming off a 27-point, 14-rebound effort in Saturday's two-point loss to Kansas State, tonight becomes the first freshman of many elite recruits from the Big 12 to test his game against the conference's best team.

Pregnancy nearly protected

Athletes who become pregnant or have other medical conditions moved closer to NCAA protection of their scholarships under legislation overwhelmingly approved Sunday by the Division I management council.

No. 10 Indiana holds off Illini, 62-58

Eric Gordon and No. 10 Indiana stuck it to Illinois again. The high-scoring freshman, who reneged on an oral commitment with the Illini and signed instead with the Hoosiers, had 17 points and Indiana rallied from a seven-point deficit in the second half to beat Illinois, 62-58, Sunday.

Wildcats upend 'Horns

Shalee Lehning scored 21 points to lead Kansas State to a 77-74 overtime upset of No. 15 Texas in the Longhorns' Big 12 home opener on Sunday.

Don't worry: Jayhawks rested

Despite late game, travel day: 'We will be fine'

Kansas University's basketball players showered, met the media, then signed autographs for 200 or so Crimson and Blue-clad fans before boarding the team bus about 11 p.m., Saturday outside Nebraska's Devaney Center.

KU grad on a roll on Tour

Page in line to win PBA rookie award

In just a few short months, former Kansas University bowler Rhino Page has gone from hoping to be a part of the Professional Bowlers Association tour to nearly taking his first title in December at Spartanburg, S.C. Page, 24, came within 10 pins of defeating PBA veteran Parker Bohn III at the Spartanburg Classic, the tour's eighth event of the season.

Sunday, January 13

6Sports video: Jayhawks roll over Huskers

The Kansas Jayhawk men's basketball team added another victory to their season after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers 79-58.

6Sports video: Jayhawk women fall to Nebraska

The Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated the Kansas Jayhawk women's basketball team by a final score of 71-51.

Extra Minutes: Kansas 79, Nebraska 58

Tying up loose ends from Kansas' 79-58 thumping of Nebraska to open up the 2008 Big 12 season. Brandon Rush answered his coach's call for more offensive aggression, leading the Jayhawks with 19 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting.

Keegan: Sorry, NU, not this year

The Devaney Center crowd was into it, filling the arena with red sweaters. The Nebraska game plan - keep turnovers and in turn transition buckets the other way to a minimum - was sound and well executed. And the Cornhuskers didn't stand a chance.

Kansas basketball notebook

Ever wonder where athletic directors of all Big 12 Conference schools sit during their home men's basketball games? The Journal-World's Nate Reed received responses from all schools in the league with the exception of Colorado.

Kansas' Kaun wins war with Maric

Husker big man has better stats, but KU center gets victory

There were nothing more than congratulations and smiles dealt out between Kansas University senior Sasha Kaun and pal Aleks Maric, Nebraska's monstrous senior center, following Saturday's game in the Devaney Center. But one couldn't blame Maric if there was a bit of frustration still stewing underneath the friendly facade.

Eh, what's wrong, Doc? Nothing

Head coach Doc Sadler and sophomore guard Ryan Anderson, the only two members of the Nebraska basketball program available for interviews after Saturday night's 79-58 loss to Kansas University, tried to look in the mirror to explain the blowout. The more they looked, the harder time they had finding any warts.

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Is that better?

Rush responds, KU rolls

Message received. Loud and clear. "That's going to be the last time he (coach Bill Self) ever says anything to me about being aggressive," Kansas University junior guard Brandon Rush said Saturday night after scoring a season-high 19 points - 16 in the first half - of the Jayhawks' 79-58 victory over Nebraska in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

McFadden report denied

The father of Arkansas star Darren McFadden denied a report that he has sent paperwork to the NFL so his son can enter the upcoming draft.

UW booster wants firing

It's kind of assumed: Big-money boosters will, from time to time, try to influence the direction of their favorite college teams, however discreetly. But when Ed Hansen - lawyer, multimillionaire, University of Washington alumnus and former three-term Everett mayor - wrote UW President Mark Emmert six weeks ago, he abandoned all sense of delicacy.

Ban on text messaging upheld

Attempt to repeal prohibition fails by 240-65 vote

Division I coaches are barred from text messaging recruits. An attempt to override a ban failed Saturday at the NCAA convention. The vote by delegates was 240 to 65, with one abstention.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

KU lands recruit: Kansas University's football team picked up a junior-college wide receiver this weekend - and he's coming soon.

Cougars unbeaten no more

UCLA weathers WSU onslaught; UK topples Vandy

Washington State couldn't make a dent against UCLA's defensive pressure most of the game. When the Bruins let up, the Cougars unleashed a stunning barrage of three-pointers and still lost.

Up for the challenge

Not 'in awe,' Tigers dispatch Longhorns

A succession of narrow losses to top teams from the Big 10, Southeastern Conference and other power leagues had some Missouri fans wondering whether the Tigers would have been better served with a bunch of early-season patsies.

Muonelo, Cowboys deny Knight No. 900

It took Bob Knight 42 seasons to get to the brink of 900 wins. Oklahoma State's Obi Muonelo needed less than 2 minutes to call off the celebration.

Turgeon livid despite A&M win

Texas A&M didn't feel much like celebrating after opening Big 12 play with a convincing victory. The team that prides itself on defense deemed its performance in that area subpar, despite an easy 86-69 victory over Colorado on Saturday.

Baylor's second-half run sinks ISU

Iowa State coach Greg McDermott knew all about Baylor's ability to make runs. That didn't help him or the Cyclones stop a 22-2 Baylor spurt in the second half that propelled the Bears to a 74-67 victory Saturday night.

K-State prevails at OU

Freshman Michael Beasley scored 32 points, including the game-winner with 2.3 seconds left, as Kansas State outlasted Oklahoma 84-82 on Saturday in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.

Bear connects when it counts

Tisdale misses first 10 three-pointers before nailing go-ahead trey in last minute

Angela Tisdale missed her first 10 three-point attempts Saturday. Try No. 11 was the one Baylor needed. Tisdale made her first three-pointer of the day with 38 seconds left to give the Bears a one-point lead, and eighth-ranked Baylor went on to a 59-56 victory over No. 13 Texas A&M.

Late three boosts Mizzou

Alyssa Hollins scored 25 points and hit a crucial three-pointer in the final minute to lead Missouri past Texas Tech 68-59 on Saturday night.

Marshall quarterback impressive in Hula Bowl victory

With only a few days of preparation for the Hula Bowl, the Aina team had a simple game plan. Marshall's Bernard Morris threw for 172 yards and a touchdown in the first half to lead the Aina to a 38-7 victory over the Kai in the Hula Bowl on Saturday.

Riley leads Cowgirls to upset

With the way Andrea Riley kept scoring, No. 6 Oklahoma tried just about everything to slow her down. Even the kind of double-teams the Sooners normally see deployed against Courtney Paris. None of them worked.

Orange Bowl offers unique photo challenge

After all the whooping, hollering and celebration had ceased following the Jayhawks' Orange Bowl victory, 1,075 was the magic number of total photos I shot by the game's end.

Foul-plagued KU drops second straight

Again for the Kansas University women's basketball team, three days will have to do. KU will take on No. 8 Baylor on Wednesday night in Waco, Texas, but now carries with it an 0-2 Big 12 record after being haunted Saturday at Nebraska by a not-so-old nemesis - foul trouble - in a 71-51 loss to the Huskers in the Devaney Center.

Saturday, January 12

Rush's 19 points, aggressiveness, key Kansas in Big 12 opener, a 79-58 win at Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. - Four days after Bill Self again used a public forum to express his want for Brandon Rush's offensive aggressiveness to show through, the junior guard responded. Rush scored a game-high 19 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting, plus went a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line, as KU continued its warpath through the 2007-08 schedule with a 79-58 win at Nebraska to open Big 12 play. Nebraska (12-3 overall, 0-1 Big 12) was led by Aleks Maric, who finished with 16 points. Ryan Anderson was just 3-of-10 from three-point range and scored 12. The Jayhawks (16-0, 1-0) have a quick turnaround, as they'll host Oklahoma for Big Monday in Allen Fieldhouse at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

KU women tumble at Nebraska, 71-51, drop to 11-4 overall, 0-2 in Big 12 play

LINCOLN, Neb. - Foul trouble again hurt the Kansas Unversity women's basketball team in insurmountable ways. First, when leading 19-16 in the first half, fouls on sophomore Danielle McCray and senior Taylor McIntosh put both on the bench, while Nebraska then went off on a 17-2 run. The other crippling product of the Jayhawks' 21 personal fouls Saturday afternoon was the Huskers' 30-of-32 performance from the charity stripe. Both aided equally in Nebraska's 71-51 win over KU, dropping the Jayhawks to 11-4 overall on the season and 0-2 in Big 12 play.

Can KU women rebound?

Jayhawks must bounce back: Sky-high Huskers await

Thursday's Kansas University women's basketball practice session - a little more than 12 hours removed from a 59-54 loss in the Big 12 opener to No. 25 Oklahoma State - was a tad quiet. A year ago, that might have concerned Bonnie Henrickson.

Keegan: Mangino wins fans with class

Ask him his name and he'll answer, "First name, 'Cow,' last name 'Boy.'" Refer to him as Larry Wiezorek and some of his friends might not know the name. They know him as Cowboy, the proud Kansas State fan working in Lawrence as project superintendent for Gene Fritzel Construction.

LHS honors KU duo

Ex-Lions McAnderson, Seymour feted

Former Lawrence High football players Brandon McAnderson and Brian Seymour, honored Friday morning during an assembly at their old high school, looked back on their Kansas University football careers without regrets.

A thief from the start

Chalmers showed knack for swiping balls at early age

Squatting in a defensive stance while wearing his "Golden Green Gang" uniform, Mario Chalmers must have looked like the cutest, most innocent little 5-year-old basketball player in Anchorage, Alaska, Military League history.

Williams falls, needs stitches

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams cut his scalp and needed five stitches Friday when he tripped over a cord in his office and hit his head on a door, giving the Tar Heels a bumpy start to their final day of practice for today's game against rival North Carolina State.

Oregon RB to turn pro

Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart will pass up his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. The school confirmed Stewart's decision Friday. The junior ran for a school-record 1,722 yards.

Vols tap Richmond coach

Richmond coach Dave Clawson resigned Friday and accepted a job as Tennessee's offensive coordinator.

Last season's blowouts still sting Cornhuskers

There was nowhere to go, nowhere to hide. Aleks Maric simply had to grin and bear it - and try to do something about it - as Kansas University's No. 8-ranked basketball team built a commanding 43-8 lead over his unranked Nebraska Cornhuskers on Jan. 29, 2007, in Devaney Center.

Henry added to Shrine roster

Kansas University senior wide receiver Marcus Henry was added Friday to the West squad for the East-West Shrine Game, to be played Jan. 19 in Houston's Robertson Stadium.

KU track wins 4 titles at Arkansas

Junior Zlata Tarasova, sophomore Kelsey Erb, senior Jordan Scott and freshman Amanda Miller each won their respective events for the Kansas University track and field teams Friday at the Arkansas Invitational.

Friday, January 11

6Sports story: Is Nebraska better?

A year ago the Kansas men's basketball team beat Nebraska not once, but twice. It's not that the Jayhawks beat the Huskers, but how they did it.

6Sports story: Former Lions return as Orange Bowl champs

Six years ago, Brandon McAnderson and Brian Seymour roamed the halls of Lawrence High as seniors. Today, they're both Orange Bowl champions.

6Sports story: Marcus Henry joins Shrine squad

Kansas wide receiver Marcus Henry has been added to the Shrine Game roster.

Illinois running back leaving

Rashard Mendenhall will skip his senior year at Illinois and enter the NFL Draft after rushing for a school-record 1,681 yards while leading the Illini to the Rose Bowl.

McFadden handcuffed

Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden was handcuffed by police and then released without charges after being involved in a "pretty rowdy scene" at a piano bar early Thursday.

Mayer: Success begets pay days

Anyone worried that their kids spend too much time reading sports sections shouldn't assume that's harmfully myopic, with just wins-losses, statistics and scores. Anymore, there are countless articles on crime and punishment, medicine and better living through chemistry, political chatter, social action, loyalty and betrayal, the seven deadly sins, sexual peccadilloes ... a kid also can learn a lot about high finance.

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The 13 Greatest Hits of the 2007 KU Football Season

Plays of the games

The 6Sports, Journal-World and staffs combine to come up with a list of the most memorable plays from each weekend this fall during KU's historic 12-1 run to the Orange Bowl title. Watch them all right here.

Chalmers: 'I'm good to go'

Mario Chalmers, who has missed just one game in his three-year Kansas University basketball career, hopes to sit out no more. "I feel good. I'm good to go. I practiced today. I'll play Saturday (at Nebraska)," said the 6-foot-1 junior guard, who dressed but did not enter Tuesday's game against Loyola College because of a strained groin.

OU receiver to turn pro

Wide receiver Malcolm Kelly will skip his senior season at Oklahoma and enter the NFL Draft.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

It appears that next season's Kansas-South Florida game in Tampa, Fla., will not be moved to the opening week of the season for television.

Unbeaten WSU topples Trojans

No. 4 Washington State passed its first major test of the season most impressively Thursday night. The Cougars will face an even bigger one Saturday.

A record: SLU's 20 points fewest in shot-clock era

Shooting abysmally in the first half and improving to awful in the second, St. Louis University was demolished by George Washington, 49-20, at Smith Center.

Oklahoma forward Clark academically ineligible

Oklahoma forward Keith Clark will miss the rest of the basketball season after becoming academically ineligible, coach Jeff Capel said Thursday.

NU: Miracle or mirage?

Huskers off to best start in 13 years, but schedule raises questions as KU visits

At a school that hasn't won a conference championship in 58 years and has never won an NCAA Tournament game, an 11-2 record in January should be cause for celebration. Not so at Nebraska, whose best start since 1994-95 has come against a schedule that ranks 331st out of 341 teams, according to

Thursday, January 10

6Sports story: Boschee follows Williams' lead

Former Kansas guard Jeff Boschee was back in Lawrence last night as the head man of the Barstow Knights. Boschee's coaching path mirrors that of his mentor Roy Williams.

6Sports story: Hawks prep for Big 12 season

Fifteen games down, sixteen conference match-ups to go: the Big 12 season gets underway for the undefeated Kansas men in less than 48 hours.

6Sports story: Mario good to go

Mario Chalmers' tweaked groin muscle is feeling much better. He will play against the Cornhuskers after sitting out Tuesday's win over Loyola.

6Sports story: Boschee on Roy: 'I just copy whatever he did'

Once a player, now a coach: that's the story for former KU sharpshooter Jeff Boschee.

Vols hand Mississippi first loss

Tyler Smith did just what Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl wanted done with the Volunteers' Southeastern Conference opener against undefeated Mississippi on the line. "He took it right to the basket. He stuck it up their nose," Pearl said.

Kansas falls to 25th-ranked Okie State

To understand how good Oklahoma State guard Andrea Riley was against the Kansas University women's basketball team Wednesday night, just listen to the player responsible for guarding her nearly every second of the game.

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Former KU guard returns to Lawrence in new role

To the members of the Barstow School's varsity boys basketball team, he isn't former Kansas University basketball player Jeff Boschee. He's simply Coach Boschee.

Commentary: Georgia president's plan self-serving

Funny how University of Georgia president Michael Adams suddenly found his voice and lent it to the cause of college football reform. Several months ago, at the Southeastern Conference meetings in Destin, Fla., Adams didn't have very much to say when the subject of a college football playoff came up. Florida president Bernie Machen suggested one as an alternative to the deeply flawed Bowl Championship Series, but was greeted by the sound of chirping crickets.

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Keegan: Rush up more shots, Brandon

We all have our pet peeves. Ice chunks in ice cream. Self-centered cads who recline their seats into my face on airplanes. Politicians who say "change" every other word. Cats. Last but not least, basketball players who equate "pass" with "unselfish."

New Mexico proposes penalty

New Mexico plans to self-impose penalties, including the reduction of two scholarships for next season, in response to an NCAA investigation into academic fraud involving the school's football team.

Willingham elected

Washington coach Tyrone Willingham has been elected president of the American Football Coaches Association.

Top 25 college football briefs

¢ Michigan QB departs¢ Clemson's Davis leaving

Big 12 football briefs

¢ UT aide gets new position¢ A&M hires line coach¢ OU lineman misses court

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Nebraska basketball coach Doc Sadler, whose Cornhuskers lost to Kansas University by 20 points in Lincoln, Neb., and 53 in Lawrence last season, fears the No. 3-ranked Jayhawks are even better this year.

Freshman helps No. 6 Oklahoma hold off Iowa State

Freshman Danielle Robinson scored a career-high 23 points to lead No. 6 Oklahoma past Iowa State, 67-64, on Wednesday night in a rematch of last season's Big 12 title game.

Knight sets sights on No. 900

Texas Tech coach one victory away from rare milestone

Bob Knight is about to enter a realm occupied by only two other Division I basketball coaches, and they're both women. When the Hall of Fame coach gets win No. 900 he will join former Texas coach Jody Conradt and Tennessee's Pat Summitt as the only members of the Division I club. Knight's first shot comes Saturday at Oklahoma State.

Wednesday, January 9

6Sports story: Cowgirls edge out Hawks

The Kansas women began Big 12 conference play this evening against an angry Oklahoma State squad. The last time KU battled OSU, the Jayhawks knocked the Cowgirls out of the first round of the Big 12 tournament.

6Sports story: Coach Boschee in Lawrence; Knights crush Bishop Seabury

Former Kansas guard Jeff Boschee now stalks the sidelines of high school gyms as the head boys' basketball coach for the Barstow Knights. Boschee was back in Lawrence this evening as his team battled Bishop Seabury.

Riley's late heroics - and crossover - push No. 25 OSU past KU, 59-54 in Big 12 opener

The Jayhawks fought back to tie things up with No. 25 Oklahoma State, 36-36, with 10 minutes to play, but as was the case late in the first half, 5-foot-5 lightning rod Andrea Riley was too much for KU's backcourt - and frontcourt - to handle. The Big 12's leading scorer finished with 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting as the Cowgirls survived a trip to Allen Fieldhouse, 59-54. The loss drops Kansas to 11-3 overall on the season and gets Bonnie Henrickson's club off to an 0-1 start in Big 12 play.

Despite QB's plea, Collins hung up on NFL

Blindside blocker, cornerback Talib hire same agent, prepare to drill for draft

Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing fought hard for his blindside. He knew that All-America left tackle Anthony Collins protected him well this football season. So after last week's Orange Bowl, Reesing pleaded with Collins to stay at KU for another season.

Jayhawks split on final ranking: No. 7

Kansas University's football team showed up at No. 7 in both of the final Top 25 polls released Tuesday - behind six two-loss teams. The reaction? From All-America cornerback Aqib Talib, nothing more than a shrug.

Keegan: Football playoff overdue

College basketball awards the national championship to the last team standing after a 65-team, single-elimination tournament. College football allows sports writers, coaches and computers to decide which two teams get to play it off for the national title.

Kansas basketball notebook

In the eight games previous to Kansas University's 90-60 victory against Loyola of Maryland, senior guard Jeremy Case did not get off the bench twice and averaged five minutes of playing time in the other six games. Mario Chalmers' groin injury took Chalmers out of the rotation Tuesday night, a factor in Case playing 12 minutes.

Rush draws ire of coach

Self 'pretty angry' at his star's lack of aggression

Bill Self was mad at Brandon Rush and let his star player know it. "Coach was pretty angry. He jumped me a little bit at halftime. I was not shooting the ball at all. I don't think he was pleased with me," said Rush, Kansas University's junior guard who attempted just three shots the first half of Tuesday's 90-60 rout of Loyola College.

'Hounds laud KU

Coach compares team to '02 squad

Six years ago, Loyola (Md.) basketball coach Jimmy Patsos was an assistant at Maryland, helping coach his Terrapins against Kansas University in the 2002 Final Four. That's the last time he saw the Jayhawks play in person. Truthfully, he doesn't think a whole lot has changed.

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Back up to speed

Collins proves he's well

Sherron Collins darted through the lane, went up as high as a 5-foot-11, 205-pound guard can sky and flipped the basketball through the hoop with his left hand while getting hammered by a defender. It was apparent just five minutes into Tuesday's 90-60 rout of Loyola (Md.) College that Collins is finally close to recovered fully from Nov. 12 surgery on his left foot.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

KU seniors James McClinton and Brandon McAnderson will play in the annual East-West Shrine game on Jan. 19.

UGa president floats playoff proposal

The president of the University of Georgia proposed an eight-team playoff system to determine the NCAA's national football champion.

Two-loss LSU No. 1 in year's final AP poll

For the first time, a team with two losses ended up No. 1.

No. 6 Spartans survive

Reserve Kalin Lucas scored 16 points, and Travis Walton had his only four points in the final 22 seconds to help No. 6 Michigan State survive a scare from Purdue with a 78-75 victory Tuesday night.

KU women carry momentum into conference play

Five days ago, Kansas University's women's basketball team was busy polishing off its nonconference season with a sparkling 11-2 record and a come-from-behind victory against Xavier on the road. No doubt players were pleased already to have matched KU's victory total from last season's 11-20 team.

Hawaii fires athletic director

The University of Hawaii fired athletic director Herman Frazier on Tuesday after he failed to re-sign football coach June Jones.

MU standouts plan to return

Five Missouri football players who were thinking about entering the 2008 NFL Draft have decided to return for their senior season instead.

Commentary: Who needs playoffs? BCS worked

The buzz didn't reach the Bayou. The BCS national championship game didn't generate much electricity because there was a consensus that neither LSU nor Ohio State was worthy of participation. The whiners were out in full force.

Tuesday, January 8

Extra Minutes: Kansas 90, Loyola 60

Tying up loose ends from KU's non-conference finale against Loyola. Sherron Collins replaced the injured Mario Chalmers in the starting lineup, scored 18 points, and KU polished off it's non-con slate unscathed for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

6News sports: Jayhawks round out non-con, smash Loyola

Bill Self's squad reached a perfect non-conference record after defeating Loyola (Md.) on Tuesday night.

6News sports: Collins, Talib speak

Aqib Talib and Anthony Collins talked on Tuesday about foregoing their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft.

6News video: Virginia council tips hat to KU

The mayors of Lawrence and Blacksburg, Va., the home of Virginia Tech., settled a friendly wager tonight.

Collins subs for Chalmers in starting rotation, leads Jayhawks to 90-60 win

With Mario Chalmers as a late scratch tonight, Sherron Collins took his turn to officially re-introduce himself to the starting five. The sophomore guard's 18 points - including three trifectas - paced KU to a 90-60 win in its non-conference finale against Loyola (Md.) Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse. Darrell Arthur, who scored 22 for the Jayhawks on Saturday in Boston, added 14 points, while Sasha Kaun scored 14 and had eight rebounds off of the bench. Darnell Jackson and Brandon Rush each scored nine, while Jeremy Case sparked KU off the bench with eight points, including two three-pointers and an assist coming while saving a ball from going out of bounds late in the game. The Jayhawks open Big 12 play Saturday night in Lincoln, Neb., against the Cornhuskers at 8 p.m.

Collins, Talib talk NFL decisions, final AP poll

Both visibly relieved to have one of the toughest decisions of their lives out of the way, KU juniors Aqib Talib and Anthony Collins met with the media Tuesday evening on what will be the last day in Lawrence for each of the NFL hopefuls. Talib, the MVP of last week's FedEx Orange Bowl, and Collins, along with Talib a first team All-American selection following KU's historic 12-1 2007 ride, both leave tomorrow for Tempe, Ariz. There, they will train leading up to the 2008 NFL Draft Combine, held in Indianapolis from Feb. 20-26.

KU finishes seventh in final AP poll

Kansas University's football team finished ranked No. 7 in both the Associated Press and the USA Today coaches poll. The Jayhawks entered bowl season ranked eighth. After beating Virginia Tech, 24-21, in the Orange Bowl, Kansas passed Oklahoma and VT in the polls, but dropped behind West Virginia.

K-State breaks records

Shot after shot clanged off the rim. Passes went to the wrong team, leading to easy baskets at the other end. Fans started yelling "Mercy bucket!" in hopes that Savannah State could find some way to get the ball in the basket at least once. Finally, one did, though it wasn't enough to avoid the record books.

Collins, Talib to enter draft

All-Americans leaving KU after junior season

Anthony Collins couldn't hide his excitement. After all, Mama is about to eat. Collins and Aqib Talib, both juniors on Kansas University's football team, each confirmed Monday that they will skip their senior season and enter the 2008 NFL Draft.

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Jackson has clear mind, big ideas for senior season

Family tragedy in past, forward becomes frontcourt force

Shawn Jackson, so strong and brave around her son, Darnell, before and after her 10 surgeries the past two years, no longer could mask the pain. Following last July's triple fusion procedure to repair ankle, heel and talus injuries sustained in a May 29, 2005, car crash that claimed the life of her mother, Evon, Shawn confided in her oldest of three children she was hurting ... badly.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

There was smoke, and now there's fire. Kansas University football assistant coach Tim Beck officially was named running-backs coach at Nebraska on Monday, ending weeks of swirling rumors that he would be leaving KU after the Orange Bowl.

Bayou beat-down

Tigers hand Bucks another title-game defeat

Les Miles unleashed an ear-piercing whoop, then leaned back and exhaled as if he had been holding his breath all night. "I just had to do that," the LSU coach said. Easy for him to say, now that he has the BCS national championship trophy.

Preseason finale awaits Jayhawks

There's plenty of motivation for Kansas University's basketball players tonight in their final nonconference game of the 2007-08 season. "This is basically our championship game for the preseason, so we're going to treat it like a championship game," KU senior Russell Robinson said, referring to a 7 p.m. home battle versus Loyola (Md.) College. The championship he refers to would be an undefeated nonconference campaign. KU enters 14-0; Loyola 6-8.

Plus-one format on the table

BCS officials are going to have some serious discussions in the upcoming months about going to a plus-one format, which could create a four-team major college football playoff.

No. 14 Butler rolls, 66-55

Matt Howard scored 19 points, and No. 14 Butler won its sixth straight game, pulling away for a 66-55 victory over Loyola of Chicago on Monday night.

Tar Heels hang on to top spot

North Carolina's overtime win at Clemson kept the Tar Heels unbeaten and the top of the Associated Press' college basketball poll unchanged Monday.

Jones says 'Aloha' to SMU

Staying at Hawaii would have been the easy choice for June Jones. It was the challenge of rebuilding a tattered football program that led him to take the coaching job at Southern Methodist, which stumbled to a 1-11 record this season.

UConn unanimous No. 1

Connecticut steamrolled its way to a unanimous choice at No. 1.

Monday, January 7

6Sports video: Jackson becomes 'a beast' for senior year

It turns out the starting lineup is the perfect place for KU basketball senior Darnell Jackson.

6Sports video: Talib, Collins to enter NFL Draft

As expected, Juniors Aqib Talib and Anthony Collins will skip their senior seasons to enter the NFL Draft.

6Sports video: KU assistant coach heading to Nebraska

Kansas University football assistant coach Tim Beck was officially named running-backs coach at Nebraska on Monday.

Vick confirmed at Federal Prison Camp in Leavenworth

Michael Vick, who pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting charges, appears to be transferring to a drug rehabilitation program in Leavenworth County.

Collins confirms entry into 2008 NFL Draft pool

KU junior offensive lineman Anthony Collins confirmed to the Journal-World on Monday that he will skip his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft. "I'm done with KU," Collins said when reached by cell phone. "I loved every minute of it. I enjoyed my time here. I enjoyed working under coach Mangino. I felt like there was nothing else to prove. I felt like I need to get better at the next level."

KU assistant Beck heads to Nebraska

Kansas University assistant football coach Tim Beck officially has been hired to coach running backs at Nebraska. The Huskers made the announcement on Monday, ironically the same day new Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was preparing for one last game - the BCS National Championship Game - as defensive coordinator of LSU.

Talib going to NFL

As expected, Kansas University football standout Aqib Talib plans to skip his senior season and enter his name into the NFL Draft, according to his father, Theodore Henry. "God has blessed him and not let him get injured," Henry said. "It's time." Talib long was considered to be on his way out if he had a healthy, productive junior season. He did, playing all 13 games and registering 66 tackles and five interceptions, two returned for touchdowns.

Jackson named Big 12 Co-Player of the Week

Kansas University senior forward Darnell Jackson, whose career-high 25 points and nine rebounds paced the Jayhawks' 85-60 win at Boston College Saturday, was named Monday as the Big 12 Conference's Co-Player of the Week alongside Texas sophomore point guard D.J. Augustin. Jackson is the first Jayhawk to be honored by the league in the 2007-08 season, while this is Augustin's second time being named Player of the Week (Dec. 10). Jackson also scored 20 points in the Jayhawks' 86-53 thrashing of Yale to close out the calendar year in Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 29.

Title game end of wild year

Tonight's BCS championship culmination of crazy football season

After months of twists, turns, detours, U-turns and upsets, tonight's Bowl Championship Series title game has arrived. Ohio State (11-1) vs. LSU (11-2) in the Superdome is not necessarily the game everyone pined for or expected.

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Greats' grandsons

Three Firebirds trace lineage to '52 Jayhawks

When Free State High junior Chase Hoag was in sixth grade, he experienced something very few young men get to encounter during their lifetime. Hoag, a budding basketball fanatic, had a one-on-one conversation in his living room with legendary coach and former Jayhawk Dean Smith.

Carolina survives scare

Duke wins; Huggins stuns No. 10 Marquette

No. 1 North Carolina passed its first true test - barely. Wayne Ellington's three-pointer with 0.4 seconds left in overtime lifted the top-ranked Tar Heels to a 90-88 victory over 19th-ranked Clemson on Sunday night.

D-Day today for pair of KU football players

Kansas University football juniors Anthony Collins and Aqib Talib are expected to make an official announcement today regarding their futures. The two are considering skipping their senior seasons to enter their names in the NFL Draft.

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Kansas among half-dozen remaining undefeateds

Just six of the country's 341 Div. I men's basketball teams take perfect records into Week Two of the New Year. The Sensational Six? North Carolina (15-0), Memphis (13-0), Washington State (13-0), Vanderbilt (15-0), Mississippi (13-0) and Kansas University (14-0).

Hawaii coach pondering SMU job

Jones in Dallas trying to choose between two jobs

June Jones spent Sunday night trying to decide whether to accept an offer to coach SMU or return to Hawaii, where the governor is among those trying to keep him.

Keegan: Stability welcome at KU

From now until election day, the political buzzword "change" will bombard our senses. For the next 10 months, candidates will jockey for position to try to make more vague promises of "change" than the competition.Hillary Clinton placed first in the change count among the 10 candidates who debated Saturday night in New Hampshire on ABC. She used it 21 times.

Sunday, January 6

6Sports video: Red uniforms remain undefeated

Before KU's 24-21 Orange Bowl victory over Virgina Tech, head coach Mark Mangino decided to have the team wear their undefeated red uniforms.

6Sports video: 'Hawks handle Boston College

On Saturday, the Jayhawk men's basketball team remained perfect after a 85-60 beating of Boston College.

KU basketball notebook

Rice is nice: Boston College's Tyrese Rice scored 14 of the Eagles' first 22 points and finished with 18 the first half.

Cupboard far from bare for KU football

Kerry Meier knows what's up. Just minutes after Kansas University's football team defeated No. 3 Virginia Tech, 24-21, to win the Orange Bowl, KU's sophomore utility man was asked to put the present aside for a second and think about the future. It was hard work to get here, Meier answered. It will be even harder to stay.

Baylor surrenders lead; Knight wins 899th

Sonny Weems scored 18 of his 21 points after halftime, including consecutive three-pointers that tied the game and four free throws in the final 19 seconds, to help rally the Razorbacks to an 85-78 victory over Baylor on Saturday night.

Keegan: Arthur shows ceiling

Ask NBA scouts to name the Kansas University player who will make the most money in his basketball career and most will answer Darrell Arthur. They watch him run the court so swiftly, consistently getting back on defense, which allows the guards to protect the perimeter against three-point shots. They watch Arthur catch the ball reliably. They watch him throw down a one-handed slam as he did in Saturday's 85-60 blowout against Boston College in sold-out Silvio O. Conte Forum.

Fired-up teams trade words

Chalmers, Sanders yap, but 'it was no big deal'

There was no real pushing or shoving and certainly no fisticuffs exchanged. But plenty of words were traded between Kansas University's Mario Chalmers and Boston College's Rakim Sanders with 9:55 left in KU's 85-60 pasting of Boston College on Saturday in Conte Forum.

Cavs showing stability

Gooden part of consistent front line

Last month, as his starting lineup was changing and players were shuttling back and forth between getting heavy minutes and being on the inactive list, Cavaliers coach Mike Brown stated the obvious when he proclaimed himself in "search mode."

Rutgers rips Ball State in International Bowl

Ray Rice ran over Ball State and through the 2,000-yard barrier in the International Bowl, giving Rutgers the second postseason victory in its 138-year history.

Pac-10 powers drop league games

Oregon played like the Pac-10 contender it is supposed to be. "Finally," coach Ernie Kent said. Malik Hairston tied his career high with 29 points, and the Ducks shot 56 percent from the field Saturday to beat Arizona at McKale Center for the second year in a row, 84-74.

Eagles: KU just faster

Leader's foul trouble hurt BC

Speed kills. Having its leading scorer - junior guard Tyrese Rice - spend 10 second-half minutes on the bench in foul trouble only compounded the problem for Boston College's men's basketball team.

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Ballin' and bawlin'

Emotional Jackson lifts Jayhawks past BC

Darnell Jackson stood outside a tunnel of Conte Forum, desperately trying to compose himself before returning to the court at halftime of Saturday's Kansas University-Boston College game. Jackson, the Jayhawks' 6-foot-8, 250-pound senior forward, sobbed after exploding for 15 points and six rebounds and helping KU to a 47-29 lead en route to an 85-60 blowout victory.

A&M tight end to enter draft

Texas A&M tight end Martellus Bennett said Saturday he would skip his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.

A&M names Cromwell coordinator

Former Kansas quarterback to coach Aggies' offense

Seattle Seahawks receivers coach Nolan Cromwell was named Texas A&M's offensive coordinator Saturday. Cromwell, who played quarterback at Kansas University in the 1970s, will join the Aggies and new coach Mike Sherman after the Seahawks' season ends. Seattle beat Washington, 35-14, in an NFC wild-card game Saturday and will play at Green Bay next weekend.

Ryan Wood's Kansas Football Notebook

The Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star is reporting that KU assistant coach Tim Beck "appears" to have been hired by Nebraska.

Arkansas crushes Tech

Ayana Brereton scored 16 points, and No. 25 Arkansas beat Texas Tech, 80-57, on Saturday to improve to 15-0, the best start in team history.

Saturday, January 5

Extra Minutes: Kansas 85, Boston College 60

Tying up loose ends from the Jayhawks' 85-60 win at Boston College, which included a 25-7 run to close out the first half - possibly the team's most complete half played this season.

Jackson, Arthur combine for 47 points as KU smashes BC, 85-60

Boston - So much for second half woes striking on the road for a third time. The Jayhawks put on a show, start to finish with the exception of a few minutes midway through the second half, and slammed Boston College Saturday on Chestnut Hill, 85-60. It was nearly the same score as last year (84-66), and KU goes down with a sweep of the two-game home-and-home series with the Eagles. Darnell Jackson and Darrell Arthur carried the load in the traditional way to start the game and never let up. The two were able to get more involved in transition late in the game, and finished with a combined 47 points on 19-of-25 shooting. They were also a combined 9-of-10 from the free throw line. The team was 15-of-19 from the stripe.

Allison helps Bears slip past Texas State

Texas, Colorado pick up victories

Rachel Allison helped Baylor ride out a bumpy first half before taking control. She had 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 9 Baylor to an 84-57 victory over Texas State on Friday night.

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Jayhawks bask in victory

'I have a feeling we're starting a new tradition'

The kids didn't know any better, and as a result they had the party figured out better than anyone. A gap-toothed 7-year-old held high a poster of coach Mark Mangino wearing a crown of oranges. Ten-year-old Sydnee Pointer of Independence, Mo., showed off her KU cheerleader outfit and told how she got to wear it to school.

Orange Bowl notebook

For a sports fan about to see his program's biggest victory in at least 40 years, and perhaps ever, the biggest sin is forgetting the tickets. By that measure, count Adam Shaull, a Kansas University fan from Hattiesburg, Miss., as a sinner. The 2005 KU graduate left the two Orange Bowl tickets he purchased at home.

Rush on T-shirts follows Orange Bowl win

There was no time for employees to even put the new Orange Bowl champion shirts on hangers. "We've just lined up the boxes, and people are going through them," Ryan Owens, manager and buyer at Jock's Nitch, said Friday as customers of all ages streamed through the downtown store.

Commentary: Jayhawks worthy of BCS title game

Any two-loss team chirping about belonging in the Bowl Championship Series national title game instead of Louisiana State needs to get in line behind Kansas University. Yeah, that's right, Kansas, the basketball school. It's the team some didn't think even belonged in the Orange Bowl, the last game of the BCS undercard.

Mayer: Victory vindicates Jayhawks

Paraphrasing Old Bear Bryant again, when you finish a football season victoriously at 12-1, you don't explain or apologize about the teams you beat. Throw in a nationally televised triumph in one of the elite bowl games and the prospect of finishing among the top five or six clubs in the final ratings; the Kansas Nation has a delightful trophy to cuddle up to on cold and lonely nights.

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Trivial pursuits

KU's most meaningless accolades yet

The Woodys never have been more meaningless. I'd like to think that for the last few years, winning a Woody was a huge accomplishment for Kansas University football players. I pictured them sending a copy back home to mama, or putting it on the fridge, or maybe recreating the scene in "He Got Game" where Booger pulls the clipping out of his sock and screams "You didn't read the paper that day, son?"

Kansas sluggish in last morning bout

Bottom line is, Kansas University's basketball team won the game. But the Jayhawks struggled at times in a 59-55 victory over USC in an 11 a.m. (Pacific Time) tipoff on Dec. 2 in Los Angeles.

Sutton: One season only

Eddie Sutton, who came out of retirement last week to be San Francisco's interim coach, has no intention of remaining on the job permanently.

Reid likely leaving OSU

Bobby Reid's Oklahoma State football career appears to be finished, coach Mike Gundy acknowledged Friday.

A&M taps Arkansas coach

Reggie Herring, Arkansas' interim head coach in the Cotton Bowl, was hired Friday to become the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M.

Ex-players dismayed

Pollard, Pierce to miss Jayhawks' visit

If only he could, Scot Pollard would be sitting behind Kansas University's bench today at Boston College's Conte Center. "I'm ticked off. We play Detroit. I wish it was different. This NBA schedule ... you can't do anything about it," the frustrated Boston Celtics forward said.

Women eke out victory

KU earns 11th win, sets sights on Big 12

Kansas University won 11 games all of last year. This year, the Jayhawks have won 11 before the start of the conference season.

Buffs hold off SMU

Marcus Hall scored 16 points and six assists to lead Colorado to a 63-52 victory over SMU on Friday night.

Friday, January 4

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6News video: Jayhawk Nation celebrates victory

The Orange Bowl champs received a heroes' welcome upon their return to today to the Sunflower State.

6News video: Victory redeems generations of Jayhawks

KU's sweet win in Miami helps erase the foul taste that generations of Jayhawks endured.

6News video: Bowl shirts going fast

A hot item on the streets of Lawrence today: Orange Bowl championship t-shirts.

6News video: Back home, fans go wild

Moments after the Jayhawks clenched the victory, fans poured out of downtown bars to celebrate.

6Sports video: Amidst football hype, hoops still going strong

Lost in the middle of all the Orange Bowl celebration is the Kansas men's basketball team. Tomorrow morning the Jayhawks look to stay unbeaten at Boston College.

6Sports video: Guess we finally played somebody -- and won

For the first time in nearly 40 years, last night the Jayhawks returned to the Orange Bowl to put a cap to the season they'll never forget.

6Sports video: KU women edge past Xavier

The Kansas women were on the road earlier this afternoon. The Hawks fought their way past Xavier to a 62-60 finish.

KU women close non-con slate with 62-60 win at Xavier

Behind 24 points from sophomore Danielle McCray, the Kansas University women's basketball team avenged last year's home loss to Xavier Friday night in Cincinnati with a 62-60 win. The victory puts the Jayhawks at 11-2 with Big 12 conference play now on the horizon. The women open the league slate Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse against Oklahoma State, who the Jayhawks defeated last season in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.

Virginia governor: Ham's on its way

Sebelius wins Orange Bowl wager

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine told Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius "the ham is on its way."

No parade planned - yet

Some Jayhawk football players didn't return to Lawrence

The Kansas University athletics department currently has no immediate plans for a Lawrence parade to celebrate Thursday's Orange Bowl victory.

Jayhawks land at Forbes Field in Topeka

KU Jayhawks football team landed at Forbes Field this afternoon.

The Fifth Quarter: Kansas 24, Virginia Tech 21

Tying up loose ends from possibly the biggest win in KU football history. The Jayhawks silenced several critics who had questioned the team's schedule this season, and the defense, which returns at least 10 starters next season, ended 2007 with possibly its best performance yet.

KU women eye aggressive road showing

The road has been a tricky place for the Kansas University women's basketball team this season. Tonight, at 5 p.m. against Xavier in Cincinnati, KU will get a chance to add to the chapter.

Kaun finds touch at free throw line

Six games into the season, Bill Self had seen enough. It was time for a coach/player chat with Kansas University senior center Sasha Kaun, who bricked three of four free throws in a Nov. 28 rout of Florida Atlantic.

DePaul stuns No. 17 'Nova

C.J. Giles suspended for Beavers' loss to UA

After a disastrous non-conference season, Cliff Clinkscales and DePaul teammates were more than ready to get the Big East portion of the season under way.

Game doesn't 'fit' for Tech

Virginia Tech has earned a reputation under coach Frank Beamer as being a program that thrives on forcing opponents to make mistakes. The emphasis, heavy on special teams and defense, even has a nickname familiar to many college football fans: "Beamerball." On Thursday night at the Orange Bowl, however, the Hokies got beat at their own game.

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B-C-Yes indeed

Talib sets tone as KU gets signature win

It was an early warning - albeit an illegal one - that Kansas University was here to win a football game and do so with a little spunk. Aqib Talib, after jumping in front of a Virginia Tech pass, high-stepped his way into the end zone in the first quarter of KU's 24-21 Orange Bowl victory on Thursday.

Mountaineers stick with Stewart

Interim tag taken from West Virginia football coach

Bill Stewart didn't need an actual job interview. His performance in the 21â2 weeks since Rich Rodriguez resigned, punctuated by West Virginia's resounding victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, was enough.

Ads promoting Kansas run during Orange Bowl

Come back to Kansas. That's the underlying message in television ads that ran in selected markets Thursday night during the Orange Bowl matchup between Kansas University and Virginia Tech.

Mortensen's kick block proves huge

Virginia Tech's football team had one tangible chance to tie Thursday's Orange Bowl game in the second half. But Joe Mortensen's unblocked body put a quick end to it.

Keegan: Jayhawks prove they're best ever

The 21st century is young, but it already has clinched the title as the best in the history of a Kansas University football program born in 1890. Orange Bowl champions. A 12-1 record. The last of lingering doubts perished Thursday night in Dolphin Stadium.

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Jayhawk heaven

Kansas defeats Virginia Tech in historic Orange Bowl victory

As oranges flew into the crowd Thursday night and with their favorite players on the grandstand, fans of the Kansas University Jayhawks danced in their seats. And fans in Lawrence crowded downtown, screamed for joy and shot off fireworks.

Texas A&M cruises, 84-53

Morenike Atunrase scored 22 points in her best game since returning from an injury last month, helping No. 13 Texas A&M to an 84-53 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Thursday night.

Big 12 tourney tickets on sale

A limited number of tickets for the 2008 Big 12 men's basketball tournament, scheduled for March 13-16 at Sprint Center, will be available to the public.

Commentary: Bowl participants reap fringe benefits

They don't take home the Hibachi grill or a set of steak knives. Those are the parting gifts for contestants who leave the "Wheel of Fortune" a few spins short of winning the Bermuda vacation. College football players who go to bowl games get show-up gifts, precious presents for being present, and we're not talking about wicker fruit baskets or mere tokens of logo-emblazoned pens, trinket travel mugs or souvenir T-shirts.

Orange Bowl notebook

Kansas University offensive tackle Anthony Collins said after Thursday's game that there will be a press conference, probably on Monday in Lawrence, with him and cornerback Aqib Talib regarding the players' decisions on the NFL.

How they scored

Minute-by-minute Orange Bowl analysis

Thursday, January 3

6News video: Lawrence fans settle in to watch the big game

With just an hour to go before the Orange Bowl kickoff, fans were out in force.

6Sports video: Lady Hawks look to improve to 11-2

Tomorrow night the Kansas women's basketball team will take to the road after their recent win over Boston. Kansas is looking to improve to 11-2 on the season against Xavier.

6Sports video: Jayhawks hope third time is the charm

Virginia Tech's senior class has had at least 10 victories every year, while KU is coming off a record season. The 'Hawks are playing for respect, and Tech is playing to maintain a legacy.

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6News video: KU fans catching football fever

KU is known for its basketball program, and now the football team is garnering national attention. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more on the fans that are catching football fever.

6Sports video: KU men headed to Boston College

Amidst all the Orange Bowl festivities, the Kansas men's basketball team has quite a large ACC test in front of them.

Pick this: MVP Talib paces Jayhawks to 24-21 win in Miami over Virginia Tech

Reesing was KU's offensive sparkplug as always, finishing with 219 yards and one TD pass on 21 completions. His favorite target on this night was Dexton Fields, who caught seven passes for 100 yards. Senior Marcus Henry had two grabs for 20 yards, ending his KU career with a 1,000-yard season (1,014, 9 TDs). VT's offense couldn't get much going through the air until late, with Taylor and Glennon combining to go 15-of-32 through the air with the aforementioned three interceptions. Branden Ore rushed for 114 yards on 23 carries for VT, but missed the pivotal first quarter due to suspension. The Jayhawks now have their signature win, and are the first Division-I football team in the state of Kansas to ever win 12 games in a season. Log back onto later tonight and tomorrow for full postgame coverage.

Orange Bowl ads aimed at luring Kansans back to state

Spots to run in several major markets

Come back to Kansas. That's the underlying message in television ads slated to run tonight during the Orange Bowl matchup between Kansas University and Virginia Tech.

Gary Bedore's KU hoops notebook

There's a touching Christmas story for all the world to see currently playing on the popular Internet site And it involves Kansas University basketball.

Commentary: Football part of Tech healing process

The Virginia Tech football team carries the names in its hallowed lunch pail. Professor Bryan Cloyd carries the memories in his heart. Both are seeking inspiration - Cloyd in the New Year, the team in tonight's Orange Bowl game against Kansas.

Miami notebook

Former Kansas University coach Don Fambrough electrified the crowd Wednesday night at the WaMu Fan Fest. With a quote that can only be described as not suitable for a family newspaper, Fambrough convinced the crowd that they were going to beat Virginia Tech in tonight's Orange Bowl game.

KU grad finally makes it after missing out in 1969

Just $50. That's how much Mark Robinett needed to scrape together for an entire trip to the Orange Bowl in 1969. That amount of money wouldn't cover the cost of a student ticket to tonight's Kansas University-Virginia Tech football game.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

KU coach Mark Mangino is not being mentioned among candidates for any head coaching openings, despite leading the Jayhawks to an 11-1 record and Orange Bowl appearance this year. The sixth-year coach said he believes it's because the word is out about his loyalty to Kansas.

KU coach downplays fuss

Mangino: 'I'm coaching football. It's a game'

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino said he was told that roughly 100 friends and family members from New Castle, Pa. are in town to attend tonight's Orange Bowl game. The sixth-year Kansas coach seemed almost embarrassed at the fuss that has been made over his success this season.

Keegan: All signs point to VT victory

The phrase "freezing warnings in effect," is only a click of the remote away, and it's colder here than it's been at any time in the past five years. Weird.

Former Jayhawks recall the old days

Members of KU's 1948, 1969 Orange Bowl teams swap stories at reunion

Members of the 1948 and 1969 Kansas University Orange Bowl teams swapped stories Wednesday night over drinks at Daisy Duke's, when Don Fambrough started bragging about his roommate from the '48 team that lost to Georgia Tech, 20-14.

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It's finally go time

Chance to shine a long time coming for KU

Mark Mangino was stopped by a Kansas University football fan coming out of the team hotel in Sunny Isles Beach earlier this week. "Coach," the fan told him, "I think your team has done the unthinkable."

Texas RB Charles leaving

Jamaal Charles was the fourth Texas Longhorn to rush for more than 1,500 yards in a season. He'll be the first from a list that includes a pair of Heisman Trophy winners to leave early for the NFL.

Boylan big hit with Bulls again

By now, the Bulls' Dec. 15, 2004, road victory over the Memphis Grizzlies has faded from the memory of most people.

Missouri football poised for first top-5 finish since 1960

Missouri finished its season by routing Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl. The Tigers will soon learn whether the victory in their first Jan. 1 bowl appearance since 1970 helps as much as their lopsided loss in the Big 12 championship game hurt.

Mountaineers hand Sooners 4th straight BCS loss

Rich who? The West Virginia Mountaineers didn't need coach Rich Rodriguez. They had Pat White, and their elusive quarterback led them to a surprising 48-28 romp over No. 3 Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl on Wednesday night.

Texas rolls past TCU

Damion James is doing quite the Kevin Durant impersonation for No. 14 Texas. James had another big game Wednesday, scoring a career-high 29 points and grabbing 14 rebounds as Texas beat TCU, 67-59. He also swatted five blocks and made the defensive play of the game as the Longhorns snapped a two-game losing streak. James had his seventh double-double in nine games.

Hansbrough lifts Heels

Tyler Hansbrough scored 25 points to lead No. 1 North Carolina to a 90-61 rout of Kent State on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, January 2

6Sports video: 1969 Hawks reunite in Florida

Tomorrow's game against Virginia Tech is the Jayhawks' third trip to the Orange Bowl. Tonight in Hollywood, Florida, members of the Jayhawks' 1969 Orange Bowl team gathered at a reunion.

6News video: Lawrence Hokies ready to battle the Hawks

Lawrence may be Jayhawk country, but there are a few Virginia Tech Hokies that roost here. With the Orange Bowl putting the two birds head to head, the Tech grads are ready to cheer on their team.

6News video: Fans thankful for BCS chance

On the eve of the Orange Bowl, several fans took advantage of the sunshine today on South Beach and say they are thankful to have the chance to see the Jayhawks in a BCS contest.

6Sports video: KU weak down low

The Kansas men's basketball team continues its streak of perfection after a recent 86-53 win over Yale on Saturday. Yet as the Jayhawks take to the road for their last nonconference trip of the season, things could be better down low on the low block for the Kansas men.

6Sports video: Mangino to stay at KU

In other news from Miami, head coach Mark Mangino assured KU fans that Kansas is the place for him.

6Sports video: Mangino, Beamer share pre-game thoughts

Today coaches Mark Mangino and Frank Beamer met with the media one last time before the Orange Bowl. Kevin Romary has more from Miami.

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6News video: Die-hard fan waits 40 years for Orange Bowl trip

Just over 24 hours until KU kicks off against Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Tonight we bring you the story of one fan who's waited nearly 40 years to see the Hawks play in Miami.

6Sports video: Coaches gear up for game

We're finally just a little less than 24 hours until the Jayhawks and the Hokies take the field. Today coaches Mark Mangino and Frank Beamer made their final Orange Bowl preparations. DJ Whetter's in Miami with more on the Jayhawks' dream that has become reality.

6Sports video: What do the Hokies know about the Hawks?

For the past week we've covered all the hard-hitting stories of this year's Orange Bowl, including the true definition of a Hokie. It's time to flip the coin and find out how much the Hokies know about the Jayhawks.

Bowl Roundup: Southern Cal rolls in Rose, 49-17

Southern California was every bit as good as advertised, and the Rose Bowl was even more lopsided than expected, with freshman tailback Joe McKnight gaining 170 of USC's 633 yards in a record-setting romp Tuesday, 49-17 over outmatched Illinois.

Temple, Tigers gut 'Hogs

Back goes for 281 yards as Missouri rolls, 38-7

Colorful confetti flip-flopping around him, fans in black and gold chanting his name, Tony Temple and his Missouri teammates were basking in a terrific ending to a magical season.

Tech's 'Macho' man lives up to name

Victor "Macho" Harris isn't as big as a yacht. He doesn't have biceps the size of your head, and he's not a particularly scary guy on the surface. So why is Virginia Tech's All-ACC cornerback, who will line up against Kansas University's deep receiving fleet Thursday in the Orange Bowl, nicknamed Macho?

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Been there, done that

Jayhawks have big-game experience

Crews finished painting the Dolphin Stadium end zones Tuesday - one in Kansas University blue, one in "Chicago maroon" for Virginia Tech. At the Orange Bowl on Thursday night, some 72,000 fans are expected to file into the stadium to watch the premier college football game being played that day. Millions more will watch on television. The fans' allegiance, of course, will be split between the Jayhawks and Hokies. Sound familiar?

Ryan Wood's Orange Bowl notebook

Scattered rainfall dotted South Florida on Tuesday, and KU became a victim of it.

Late kick caps Raiders' rally

Texas Tech comes back from 14 down to beat Virginia, 31-28, in Gator Bowl

Texas Tech didn't score 40 or more points, as it had all season. Through three quarters, the nation's top passing offense couldn't score much at all.

Kansas women's hoops clinic draws more than 200 campers

More than 200 children and their parents attended Kansas University's women's basketball Holiday Hoops Clinic on Tuesday afternoon.

Freshman Reed healthy - and playing like it

Tyrel Reed, who had missed four of seven games primarily because of ankle sprains, had his best game in five weeks Saturday against Yale. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Kansas University freshman from Burlington scored eight points off 3-of-3 shooting - including a pair of threes - and had a steal while playing 10 minutes of the Jayhawks' 86-53 victory over the Bulldogs.

Keegan: Kicker puts past to rest

It's always better to peek inside a kicker's head than to check the weather forecast when trying to determine kicking conditions.'s prediction for Thursday night's Orange Bowl that pits underdog Kansas University against Virginia Tech, by the way, calls for a low of 59 degrees and winds of 11 mph out of the northeast.

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Orange zest

Recipe ideas to help you celebrate the BCS berth

At first blush, the idea seemed OK. It was even appeeling. Er, appealing. When the Jayhawks were picked for the Orange Bowl, my wife and I were looking for some sort of theme for the bowl-watching party we were planning for a few friends. Jana suggested we serve only foods that included oranges.

UM coach heads to Louisville

Michigan assistant coach Ron English accepted Louisville's offer to be its defensive coordinator, the same job he had at Michigan, where incoming coach Rich Rodriguez fired all of Lloyd Carr's assistants.

First taste of citrus in 1948

Ex-KU cheerleaders recall trip to Miami

In late 1947, before the advent of jet aviation and the interstate highway system, the best way to get to the 1948 Orange Bowl was by train. Two former Kansas University cheerleaders recall that train ride lasting two days. While it has been 60 years since KU made its first appearance in an Orange Bowl, Alberta Cornwell and Dick Wintermote remember that trip vividly.

Lamar scares Texas Tech

Red Raiders hold on for 79-77 victory

Bob Knight knew his Texas Tech team would have its hands full with Lamar. "I told our team this was the most athletic team we've played against all year," said Knight, who got win No. 898 with the Red Raiders' 79-77 victory over the Cardinals Tuesday night. "They keep coming at you and coming at you and playing hard."

Tuesday, January 1

6sports video: KU women host clinic

Head coach Bonnie Henrickson and the Kansas women's basketball team rang in the new year by hosting their annual Holiday Hoops clinic.

6Sports video: KU's Robinson, Chalmers master thieves

When it comes to picking the pocket of opponents on the hardwood, there are few better in the nation than KU's Mario Chalmers and Russell Robinson.

6Sports video: 'Hawks battle rain in Miami

Mark Mangino and the Jayhawks were forced to practice in some unexpected elements in Miami on Tuesday.

6News video: Fans make the drive to Orange Bowl

For many KU fans, seeing the Orange Bowl on a big screen TV just doesn't do it.

6News video: Orange Bowl of yore not forgotten

As KU prepares for its Orange Bowl appearance, some fans are thinking of a similar game.

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Virginia Tech fans call Lawrence home

Birds of different feather to root for Hokies

Not all Lawrencians will be donning crimson and blue for Thursday's Orange Bowl. There are some Virginia Tech Hokies in town. Steve and Ashley Strand are two local Hokies who bleed maroon and orange, even though Steve is a native Kansan. "I figured we were going to play either KU or Mizzou," Steve Strand said. "I was a little hesitant at first because I didn't want to root against KU because I love KU, but I've got to go with the alma mater."

Ryan Wood's Orange Bowl notebook

Virginia Tech standout cornerback Brandon Flowers is from nearby Delray Beach, Fla., meaning that Thursday's Orange Bowl at Dolphin Stadium will be a great chance for family to see him play.

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Lesser lights shine

Small stars help make KU offense go

It sounded like a cliche six months ago, the kind of quote you've heard before. Ed Warinner sat behind the desk in his second-floor office over the summer, trying to explain Kansas University's new offensive approach on the football field without giving away too many secrets.

Self's vote for most improved: Jackson

Two Kansas University basketball players appear to be ahead of the rest in early-season running for the Jayhawks' most-improved-player award.

Woodling: A look at year ahead

Happy New Year. You have questions about 2008 and I don't have answers, of course, because I don't have a crystal ball. But I do have opinions.

Dayton charges into AP's Top 25

Rout of Pitt gives Flyers first ranking in four years; guard Roberts making name for himself

Dayton was impressive with its road win over Louisville. The Flyers went a lot further with their 25-point rout of previously unbeaten Pittsburgh last weekend, a victory that moved them into The Associated Press' Top 25 for the first time in four years.

Sooners' tackle sent home

Oklahoma defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger will miss the Fiesta Bowl after being sent home from Arizona following an arrest for shoplifting.

Robinson lifts Cowboys, 49-33

Back in September, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy made headlines by ranting "I'm a man!" But Zac Robinson is the man for the Cowboys.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Kansas University freshman Cole Aldrich's parents, Walter and Kathleen, made the trip from Bloomington, Minn., to watch their son score five points and grab seven boards while playing 12 minutes in KU's rout of Yale on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

1948 players revisit Orange Bowl experience

Jayhawk fans hope the third time's a charm in the Orange Bowl, but perhaps none more so than members of Kansas University's first team to make that trip to Miami.

Xavier beats up on K-State

There was nothing subtle about Xavier's approach. The Musketeers were going to make a point by making it painfully tough to get any points.