Stories for September 11, 2008


Lead stories

Jayhawks to be tested on the road

Kansas last played a ranked non-conference opponent back in 2001 when 14th-rated UCLA came to town. The last time KU played a ranked non-conference opponent on the road was way back in 1988 at number 6 Auburn.

KU last faced South Florida in 2006

It's been two seasons since the Kansas football team faced off against South Florida. Back in 2006, the Bulls made the trip to Memorial Stadium.

Keegan: Talib still a Jayhawk

It's Thursday morning inside the posh locker room at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice facility, across the street from Raymond James Stadium, not far from a giant billboard picturing Aqib Talib and coach Jon Gruden, both smiling. Talib is standing in front of his locker, conducting a one-on-one interview, and is asked about when Gruden wasn't smiling, thanks to the rookie chosen with the 20th selection of the first round.

Arkansas-Texas postponed

Hurricane Ike has pushed back the Arkansas-Texas football game to Sept. 27.

'Cats to train with soldiers

The Kansas State University men's basketball team will spend a day at Fort Riley training and playing ball with an artillery unit that's preparing for war.

Sooners ready to face Pac-10 officials again

Oklahoma certainly isn't hoping for a replay of what happened on its last trip to play a Pac-10 team.

Ex-CU coach Crowder dies

Eddie Crowder, who spent nearly half a century at the University of Colorado as a football coach, athletic director and mentor to generations of players, coaches and administrators, died Tuesday night from complications of leukemia, the school said. He was 77.

Self, KU against changing tradition

Don't expect Kansas University to copy Kentucky and move its season-opening Late Night basketball practice up a week. "There's no reason for us to do that. It's part of the history and tradition we have," sixth-year KU coach Bill Self said. He'll continue to hold Late Night in the Phog on the Friday closest to Oct. 15 - this year that's Oct. 17 - the first day practices are allowed in accordance with NCAA rules.

Ohio State RB Wells practices

Ohio State tailback Chris "Beanie" Wells worked out with the team in pads and is on target to play against No. 1 Southern California on Saturday night.

Arthur, Chalmers fined $20,000

NBA announces penalties against ex-Jayhawks

Former Kansas teammates Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers were fined $20,000 apiece after being banished last week from the NBA rookie symposium, the league said Wednesday.

Tease photo

A bad, bad Bull

USF's Selvie dangerous defensive threat

Since Jeff Spikes, Kansas University's red-shirt freshman offensive lineman, is currently preparing for the biggest challenge of his collegiate career, now would probably not be the best time to bring to his attention the following pieces of information about South Florida defensive end George Selvie, the man he will be charged with blocking come Friday: 1. Selvie was the nation's leader in tackles for loss in 2007 with 31.5 and was second in sacks (14.5)...

Dugan Arnett's KU football notebook

True freshman Tim Biere this week replaced sophomore Bradley Dedeaux as Kansas' No. 1 tight end, Kansas University offensive coordinator Ed Warinner said.

Missouri freshman QB happy to be playing

A little advice from Chase Daniel helped Blaine Gabbert make it through his college debut.

Keegan: Reesing great equalizer

Much of the hype for Friday night's Kansas-South Florida game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa centers on a matchup that pits proven performance against potential. South Florida's George Selvie, second in the nation in sacks with 20 and an All-American as a sophomore last season, faces redshirt freshman Jeff Spikes, making his third career start. The mismatch of experience plays a part in South Florida being favored by a field goal. It's a legitimate concern. It also is overplayed because it doesn't take into account the equalizer.