Stories for October 9, 2008


Lead stories

Arthur investigation re-opened by school district

The Dallas Independent School District has re-opened an investigation into alleged improper grade changes for former Kansas University basketball player Darrell Arthur at South Oak Cliff High School, Dallas TV station WFAA reported Thursday.

KU football gears up for Colorado

The Kansas football team is less than 48 hours away from playing its first conference home game of the year. On Saturday, the Jayhawks will welcome Colorado to Memorial Stadium.

Sporting News ranks Lawrence at No. 15 for best sports city

It's the year in sports that keeps on giving.

KU sends students video of Mangino asking for end to explicit chant

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino asked students to stop an obscene football chant today.

MU Heisman campaign slides forward

In the tradition of the Ryan Leaf leaf, Joey Harrington's Times Square billboard and the DeAngelo Williams mobile, Missouri has found a unique way to remind Heisman Trophy voters to keep an eye out for Chase Daniel.

Keegan: Rebel returns to town

George Kimball, the face of Lawrence's anti-establishment movement in the '60s, returns to town today for a busy weekend. The real purpose of his trip? "It's just an excuse to see the Colorado game," Kimball said.

Hatch showing progress on field

Jeremiah Hatch smelled a rat. As an incoming freshman at Dallas' Carter High hoping to make the school's basketball team that winter, Hatch was approached one day by the Carter basketball coach, who offered him this ultimatum: In order to play for the basketball team, Hatch first would have to sweat his way through a season of football - a sport he'd never before played.

Fun is gone from college football

When did it happen, Gator fans? When did it reach a point where you became so persnickety and such perfectionists that you sucked the joy out of winning football games like a boa constrictor squeezes the life out of small rodents?

Tar Heels' Ginyard injured

North Carolina's pursuit of a return to the Final Four is off to a bumpy start. Senior Marcus Ginyard will miss eight weeks after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot, robbing the Tar Heels of their do-everything swingman who started every game last season.

Tease photo

Youth movement

Pritchard stockpiles Blazers with draft picks

"Boy Wonder" is bringing his young, exciting Portland Trail Blazers basketball team to Kansas City's Sprint Center on Friday night. It's a Brandon Roy/Greg Oden/LaMarcus Aldridge-led squad expected to vie for an NBA playoff berth after last year's respectable 41-41 campaign.

OU's Bradford better in no-huddle

Here's the question: Does Oklahoma's no-huddle offense make Sam Bradford better, or is the Sooners' offense so great because he's the guy who makes it go? It's about as close to a riddle that can't be solved, but one thing's for certain: The top-ranked Sooners (5-0, 1-0) are rolling with Bradford at the controls.

KU's volleyball comeback falls short

Kansas University's volleyball team could save itself a whole lot of heartache by winning the first set against opponents. Winning the second set wouldn't hurt, either.

McCoy all-around threat

Texas quarterback has matured from skinny, small-town kid

Colt McCoy arrived on the Texas campus in 2005 as a skinny, small-town country kid. He weighed about 180 pounds and looked even smaller than that. Slender shoulders, skinny arms and legs and a wide-eyed expression made some teammates wonder whether he could play.

Lawrence listed No. 15

The Sporting News has ranked Lawrence the 15th best sports city in the United States. The complete list will be in the Oct. 13 issue of the Sporting News. Boston is No. 1, followed in the top 15 by Detroit/Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix/Tempe, Denver/Boulder, Los Angeles, Chicago/Evanston, Washington, Pittsburgh, Houston, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Nashville and Lawrence.

Auburn fires offensive coordinator

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville fired offensive coordinator Tony Franklin on Wednesday just seven games into his tenure, pulling the plug after the Tigers' rocky transition to his spread offense. The 20th-ranked Tigers have struggled offensively all season after entering as the favorites to win the Southeastern Conference Western Division.

KU hoops adds Hinson to staff

Former Missouri State head basketball coach Barry Hinson will join Kansas University's staff as an administrative assistant, KU coach Bill Self confirmed Wednesday. Hinson, who was fired last March after nine seasons at the Springfield, Mo., school, was an assistant under Self for three years at Oral Roberts.