Stories for October 2009


Saturday, October 31

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FINAL: Reesing benched in 4th quarter of 42-21 loss to Texas Tech

The Jayhawks collapsed in the fourth quarter, fumbling three times in the final 12 minutes as quarterback Todd Reesing was benched for the game's final two possessions.

Today’s Big 12 capsules

Texas defense: ‘We’re the firemen’

The No. 3 Texas Longhorns have given up 15 turnovers this season and have yet to pay much of a price for it.

Tech vows no more complacency

There’s been a lot of “fat little girlfriend” talk out of Lubbock, Texas, this week. In case you missed it, Texas Tech coach Mike Leach insinuated last week that his team’s 52-30 home loss to Texas A&M was due at least in part to his players’ “fat little girlfriends,” who apparently had spent the previous week telling their beaus how great they were and thus created a sense of complacency among members of the Red Raiders football team.

KU vs. Tech Head to head

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Armed, dangerous: Raiders to throw, as usual

When it came to light Wednesday that Texas Tech coach Mike Leach had opted to start red-shirt freshman quarterback Seth Doege over incumbent Taylor Potts in today’s matchup with Kansas University, it’s hard to imagine the move was met with more than a shrug by members of the Kansas University defense.

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KU soccer tames Tigers

Jayhawks advance to Big 12 tourney

Not a bad day for the Kansas University soccer team. The Jayhawks downed No. 20 Missouri, 3-2, on Friday at Jayhawk Soccer Complex, then squeaked into next week’s Big 12 tournament thanks to the conference’s three-way tiebreaker rule.

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Morris twins adding bounce to their step

There was a time last season when Markieff and Marcus Morris left members of the Kansas University basketball team wondering if they actually could dunk.

KU swimming falls to Missouri

Despite a record-breaking time by junior Iuliia Kuzhil and a first-place finish by senior diver Meg Proehl, the Kansas University swimming and diving team (0-3 in dual meets) lost to Missouri, 119-176, on Friday in Robinson Natatorium.

Rojas candidate for Ray Guy Award

Kansas University junior Alonso Rojas was named one of 42 candidates for the 2009 Ray Guy Award, given to the country’s top punter each season.

Friday, October 30

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KU women ranked No. 20 in preseason AP poll

Jayhawks pick up first national ranking in nine seasons

The Kansas women's basketball team is ranked No. 20 in the preseason Associated Press poll released Friday.

Tease photo staff’s Week 9 college football picks staff’s Week 9 college football picks

Kansas softball announces schedule

Twenty-one contests versus NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago highlight the Kansas University softball team’s 2010 schedule, revealed Thursday by first-year head coach Megan Smith.

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KU's Tolefree contributing already

LHS product second in blocks as freshman

At this time last year, former Lawrence High Lion and current Kansas University freshman Tayler Tolefree was preparing for the Class 6A state volleyball tournament in Topeka.

Texas Tech isn’t a pushover

Prior to the 1965 football season, Kansas traded TCU for Texas Tech on its schedule. Many local fans exuded a huge sigh of relief, thinking KU had found a softer touch to take the place of a dominator. Not even close.

No. 1 recruit visiting Kansas

Brandon Knight, the No. 1-ranked high school basketball player in the recruiting Class of 2010, will be making his official campus visit to Kansas University today through Sunday morning.

Thursday, October 29

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KU basketball player Chase Buford enters diversion agreement in July DUI case

Kansas University basketball player Chase Buford has been placed on diversion for operating a vehicle under the influence, Lawrence Municipal Court records said.

How Keegan voted — Preseason AP basketball poll

Here is how Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan voted in the AP preseason college basketball poll, released Oct. 29, 2009.

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Reesing named Campbell Trophy finalist

Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing was named one of 16 finalists for the Campbell Trophy, it was announced Thursday.

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Jayhawks perched atop another poll

Kansas University’s tradition-rich men’s basketball program — which has claimed five national championships — has been ranked preseason No. 1 by the Associated Press just twice in 49 years.

Jayhawks tapped No. 1

Kansas hoops clear favorite in USA Today poll

Kansas University’s men’s basketball team remains the popular preseason pick to win the 2010 NCAA championship.

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Reesing, offense stuck in rare rut

It’s a far cry from the “No More Potts!” chant showered upon Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts during the Red Raiders’ 52-30 loss to Texas A&M last week. So that’s good. But as the quarterback of a Kansas University football team coming off a pair of disappointing losses and a stretch of less-than-stellar offensive play, Todd Reesing has become the face of the team’s recent struggles.

Nine KU cross country runners earn academic honors

Nine members of Kansas University’s cross country team have been named Academic all-Big 12, the league announced Wednesday.

Senior Proehl named diver of the week

Kansas University’s Meghan Proehl was named Big 12 Diver of the Week on Wednesday.

Opurum may be equalizer

College football offenses have come so far since the days of the Ohio State teams of Woody Hayes employing the three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust approach. The spread offense makes defenses cover the entire field. Scoring has soared.

Wednesday, October 28

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Cowboys pressing on

Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson honors his late grandfather on game day with two simple, encouraging words written on adhesive strips under his eyes: Press on.

Barbee takes fourth; KU finishes 11th

Nate Barbee fired his second-straight under-par round to finish tied for fourth place and lead the Kansas University men's golf team to an 11th-place finish at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate.

Mangino won’t take date bait

Fat paychecks make gaining celebrity status in sports all worthwhile, but that doesn’t mean the job is not without drawbacks.

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KU volleyball rolls over Roos

Jayhawks tune up for A&M with sweep

A run-away, three-set victory over UMKC gives Kansas University’s volleyball team three victories in four matches heading into Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. showdown against No. 25-ranked Texas A&M in Horejsi Center.

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Kansas’ Reed can hit big shots

Jayhawk guard’s shooting touch extends to golf course

Evidently, Tyrel Reed’s dead-eye accuracy extends to the golf course as well.

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook

Whatever the reason for the Kansas University football team’s early-game struggles this season — unfamiliar defensive looks, turnovers, nerves — things need to improve.

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Back on track?

KU hoping to re-establish running game

Jake Sharp is tough. Just about everyone associated with the Kansas University football team will tell you so. They will tell you this any time you ask about the speedy running back, and, often, when you don’t.

Tuesday, October 27

KU football lands Fink

Ed Fink, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker from Althoff Catholic in Belleville, Ill., orally committed to play football at Kansas University, reported Monday.

Women’s golf tied for seventh

After two rounds, the Kansas University women’s golf team was tied for seventh on Monday at the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate.

Barbee’s career-low 64 paces KU men's golf

Nate Barbee’s career-best 64 on Monday helped the Kansas University men’s golf team rise six spots into a tie for ninth place entering the final round of the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate.

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Logic? Throw it out the window in Big 12

Simple mathematics tell us that if “A” is greater than “B”, and “B” is greater than “C”, then “A” is most certainly greater than “C.” Unless, of course, you’re talking Big 12 college football.

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Taylor welcomes family’s support

After each game last year, Tyshawn Taylor could always expect three or four missed cell-phone calls from his mother critiquing him on his play.

Kansas women's point guards selfless

Competitiveness in the pursuit of a defined goal doesn’t always breed mutual admiration.

Monday, October 26

Deadlines nearing for latest round of grants from Bill Self's foundation

Assists Foundation targets youth, wellness

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self and his foundation are seeking ideas this week from organizations on how to help young people in Kansas.

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KU-KSU gametime will not be determined until this weekend

Game will be televised on either ABC or Versus

The Kansas-Kansas State football matchup set for Nov. 7 in Manhattan will not have an official kickoff time announced until this weekend.

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Alive and kicking

Dolinsky lifts Kansas over ISU, 1-0

Kansas edged Iowa State, 1-0, to keep its slim playoff hopes alive.

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Nine ex-Jayhawks in NBA

Nine former Kansas University basketball players have made the rosters of NBA teams for the 2009-10 season, which opens Tuesday night.

Machine taps NU in North

The Sagarin predictor says Nebraska should win the convoluted Big 12 North division.

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Bradford’s season officially done

OU quarterback to have surgery, will enter NFL Draft

Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford will have season-ending shoulder surgery and expects to enter the NFL Draft in April.

KU’s Goff-Dzuba wins in doubles

Kansas University junior Kate Goff and sophomore Alessandra Dzuba recorded a doubles victory over Iowa State on Sunday to conclude Day Three of the Jayhawk Invitational at First Serve Tennis center.

Sunday, October 25

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KU's Sharp playing hurt

Ailing KU running back has lost a step

The undisclosed leg injury that forced Kansas University running back Jake Sharp to miss nearly three games earlier this season has failed to heal completely, coach Mark Mangino said Sunday night.

How Keegan voted

The following is Tom Keegan’s Oct. 25 ballot for the Associated Press college football poll.

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KU football falls out of both polls

Jayhawks were ranked 21st, 24th before loss to Oklahoma

Kansas University's football team fell out of both top 25 polls one day after losing its second straight game.

KU swimming loses 2

Despite a pair of victories for Kansas junior Iuliia Kuzhil and senior captain Meg Proehl, the Jayhawks swimming team dropped its first two dual meets of the year to Arkansas (196-112) and Florida (205-103) on Saturday.

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KU volleyball loses to MU

Despite a season-high 14 kills from senior Brittany Williams and a double-double from sophomore Nicole Tate, the Kansas University volleyball team dropped a four-set decision to rival Missouri on Saturday at the Horejsi Center.

Martinez leads KU tennis

Kansas junior tennis player Maria Martinez made it to the singles semifinals in the main draw before being eliminated by Missouri's Kristin Bleakley on Saturday to conclude day two of the Jayhawk Invitational at First Serve Tennis Center.

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Reesing stopped; KU falls

The Oklahoma Sooners stopped Superman on Saturday.

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Crash and burn

Kansas merely mediocre

That southbound train to nowhere known as the Big 12 North looked uglier than ever Saturday.

Game balls and Gassers

Game balls and gassers from Kansas' contest against Oklahoma.

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OU defense dominant

Any question as to whether the Oklahoma defense was for real was quickly answered Saturday, as the No. 25 Sooners had their way with what was supposed to be one of the nation’s most potent offensive attacks.

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Field goal fires up kicker

Jacob Branstetter had good reason to be excited after his 57-yard field goal to end the first half.

Harris: Coaching in NBA different

Del Harris, who served as an NBA head coach for 12 seasons and assistant for 21 campaigns after working on both the high school and college levels, says it takes a certain breed to lead a pro team.

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Franks’ pick-six sparks Sooners

Oklahoma cornerback Dominique Franks actually felt as if he were the intended receiver — not a ball-hawking defender — on one of the biggest plays in the Sooners’ 35-13 rout of Kansas on Saturday afternoon in Memorial Stadium.

Saturday, October 24

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FINAL: Oklahoma overwhelms Kansas, 35-13

The Sooners' defense intercepted KU's Todd Reesing three times in the first half and held the Jayhawks without a touchdown in the first 55 minutes.

MU’s Alexander puts injuries behind

Two years ago, Danario Alexander beat out future NFL first-round draft pick Jeremy Maclin for a starting wide receiver spot at Missouri. Then he broke his wrist.

KU vs. OU Head to head

Breaking down KU versus OU.

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Self, Gillispie reunite at coaches clinic

Good buddies Bill Self and Billy Gillispie sat in the lower-level, west-side bleachers of Allen Fieldhouse on Friday night, listening intently to NBA legend Del Harris, who served as guest speaker at Self’s annual Kansas University basketball coaches clinic.

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No-trouble double: McDougald comfortable on defense, too

In a perfect world, violence would be non-existent, vegetables would taste like brownies, and college football players would finish the season on the same side of the ball on which they started.

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KU soccer team loses ground in postseason race with 7-4 loss

Disheartening is how Kansas University soccer coach Mark Francis described his team’s loss to Nebraska on Friday.

Martinez leads KU at tennis tourney

Kansas University’s Maria Martinez won her singles match and teamed with Kunigunda Dorn for a doubles victory at the Jayhawk Invitational on Friday at First Serve Tennis Center. KU sophomore Alessandra Dzuba also notched a singles victory.

Defense has carried Sooners so far

Last year, as the Oklahoma University offense made its assault on the national record books, the team’s defense was afforded a good bit of breathing room, the security that comes with knowing that perfection is not always required when your offensive teammates were regularly putting up 60-plus points.

Friday, October 23

Tease photo staff’s Week 8 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World/6Sports staffers’ picks for Week 8 of the college football season.

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Big 12 men’s capsules

The following capsules break down the Big 12 teams outside of Lawrence for the upcoming hoops season.

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KU men’s basketball notebook

Kansas University freshman center Jeff Withey will miss four to six weeks of practice after suffering a stress fracture in his right knee earlier this week in practice.

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Media darlings

But seriously, folks, Self likes his squad

Bill Self says his Big 12-favorite Jayhawks are "doing fine" in the early preseason.

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OU backup QB Jones has endured trial by fire

Less than halfway through his first game as the backup to Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, Landry Jones got called on to make his Oklahoma debut much earlier than expected.

Aikman stunned by KU

Kansas University football fans are hopeful that Oklahoma’s quarterback situation leads to a repeat of some history in 1984. That’s when OU came here with its top quarterback injured and a promising but untested freshman from Henryetta, Okla., as the only alternative. That sacrificial lamb? Troy Aikman.

Thursday, October 22

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Withey out four to six weeks with knee injury

Kansas freshman center Jeff Withey will miss four to six weeks of practice after suffering a knee injury earlier this week in practice, KU coach Bill Self said at Thursday's Big 12 media day at the Sprint Center.

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Mangino: Special teams not up to snuff

Kansas University's football special teams are better than they were last year, but coach Mark Mangino's still not satisfied.

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Facing McCray

Big 12 coaches admire KU star

Texas A&M coach Gary Blair thinks Kansas University’s women’s basketball team has its own Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Their names are Danielle McCray and Sade Morris.

Kansas volleyball sweeps

Kansas University junior Melissa Manda dug up a team-best 19 digs, and senior Melissa Grieb added a season-high 14 on Wednesday as the KU volleyball team swept its second straight opponent — Texas Tech.

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Collins: Jayhawks similar to ’08 squad

Sherron Collins, who played a sixth-man role on Kansas University’s 2008 national championship basketball team, agrees with those who believe the 2009-10 Jayhawks ultimately could match the accomplishments of that wildly successful squad.

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Bradford’s decision put on hold

Injured Sooners quarterback needs more time

Just when it seemed as if Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford was ready to make a decision about his future, the injured Oklahoma quarterback decided he needed more time to think about it.

Wednesday, October 21

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Brady Morningstar gets diversion in driving under the influence case

Morningstar fined $500 for Oct. 3 incident on I-70

Douglas County prosecutors have granted a diversion to Kansas University basketball player Brady Morningstar, who was arrested and charged for driving under the influence on Oct. 3, court records said.

KU tennis qualifies 4

Kansas University sophomores Ekaterina Morozova and Erin Wilbert, and freshmen Sara Lazarevic and Victoria Khanevskaya will travel to Norman, Okla. to compete in the ITA tennis Regionals, which begin Thursday.

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No time to waste

KU offense’s first-quarter production could use a boost

Finding something about which to nitpick the Kansas University football team’s offense would be akin to winning the Batmobile in a raffle and griping about a scratch on the door, getting selected by Cindy Crawford in the Dating Game and obsessing on her mole, having Eli Manning under center and complaining his name’s not Peyton.

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Pelini finds rebuilding rough

No one told Bo Pelini that rebuilding Nebraska would be easy.

Stuckey honored

Kansas safety Darrell Stuckey on Tuesday was named one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy.

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Rejuvenated Little puts last year’s injuries behind

Too polite to issue a no-comment or walk away from an interview, Mario Little nonetheless makes it clear he’d rather not discuss a painful subject — the 2008-09 season, his first as a Jayhawk.

Texas has no place to go but up

If Texas finishes unbeaten, it will play for the national title, independent BCS analyst Jerry Palm said Sunday.

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Backups pushing KU defense in new direction

It’s difficult — impossible? — to look at the Kansas University football team’s recent defensive facelift and not notice the resemblance to last year’s midseason overhaul.

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook

It took Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino all of about 15 hours to get over his team’s upset loss at the hands of Colorado.

KU men’s golf places 7th in K.C.

The Kansas men’s golf team shot a final-round 313 to place seventh on Tuesday at the Bill Ross Intercollegiate at Blue Hills Country Club.

Trial ordered in post-brawl confrontation

On Tuesday a Douglas County District Court judge ordered a man to stand trial on charges of threatening to shoot two women outside Jayhawker Towers.

Tuesday, October 20

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook

The Oklahoma football team might be down by its own lofty standards — struggling to a 3-3 record to start the year and having dropped to No. 25 after losing two of their last three games — but Kansas University coach Mark Mangino is far from comfortable heading into the teams’ 2:30 p.m. matchup Saturday in Lawrence.

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Up for grabs

Mangino: It’s going to be a wild race for North title

A victory over a one-win Colorado team Saturday would have put the Kansas University football team alone atop the Big 12 North standings and in prime position to battle for its first outright division crown.

KU men’s golf team in fourth place

Nate Barbee and Jeff Bell both fired second-round 71s to help the Kansas men's golf team improve on its first round score by 12 strokes and enter the final round in fourth place at the Bill Ross Intercollegiate at Blue Hills Country Club.

KU volleyball to host Jayhawks For a Cure

The Kansas University volleyball team will participate in the 2009-10 Jayhawks For a Cure campaign on Tuesday, Oct. 27, when it hosts UMKC for a 6:30 p.m. match.

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Aaron Miles will play pro basketball in Greece once again this season. The 26-year-old former Kansas University point guard, who competed for Panionios on Telecoms Athens in 2008-09, has signed a one-year deal with Aris BSA — a franchise located in Thessaloniki.

KU-MU volleyball match time set

The Kansas volleyball match scheduled for Saturday versus Missouri has been given a 7:30 p.m. start time.

Monday, October 19

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Bradford out for Saturday's game against KU

Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford has been ruled out of No. 25 Oklahoma's game this week at 24th-ranked Kansas, but coach Bob Stoops says any decision beyond that is yet to come.

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KU to meet Texas Tech at 2:30 on ABC

The Big 12 Conference announced Monday afternoon that KU-Texas Tech would meet at 2:30 p.m. in Lubbock, Texas, on a game to be televised by ABC.

Woolridge thrilled with visit to Allen Fieldhouse

Royce Woolridge, who orally committed to Kansas University as a sophomore in high school, has never second-guessed his decision to become a Jayhawk.

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New faces impacting Jayhawks’ defense

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino didn’t need to see much from a group of defensive newcomers to know that his team would be better off with them contributing.

Tide take over No. 1 spot

After a steady climb, Alabama has reached the top of the AP poll.

Florida, Alabama in lead in BCS standings

Florida, Alabama and Texas hold the top three spots in the first BCS standings and control their fates in the national championship race.

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook

A day after Kansas University wide receiver Bradley McDougald made a short cameo at defensive back in a 34-30 road loss to Colorado, KU coach Mark Mangino said the true freshman from Dublin, Ohio, will play both offense and defense for the remainder of the season in an effort to add depth to a struggling secondary.

Reesing makes cut for Unitas award

Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing was one of 10 players to make the cut as a candidate for the 2009 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The award is presented to the country’s top senior college quarterback.

Kansas soccer falls, 2-1

Lisa Silwinski’s goal in the 107th minute gave Baylor a 2-1 overtime soccer victory over Kansas University on Sunday.

Kansas will beat Sooners

Members of the local Pessimist Breakfast Club — they know who they are — between complaints about the texture of the eggs and the weakness of the coffee undoubtedly are grousing about how, if the Kansas University football team can’t defeat reeling Colorado, then it’s curtains for KU on Saturday against Oklahoma.

Sunday, October 18

How Keegan voted

The following is Tom Keegan’s Oct. 18 ballot for the Associated Press college football poll.

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KU football drops to 21st, 24th in polls

The Kansas football team fell six spots to 21st in the USA Today coaches poll and seven places to No. 24 in the Associated Press poll. Both rankings were released Sunday.

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Buffs relish rare win over Reesing

Colorado cornerback Jalil Brown was tired of seeing Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing lead his team to victory against the Buffaloes.

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KU rallies, but suffers first loss

Kansas University’s football team came back from the dead Saturday night.

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Changes solidify defense

A lackluster defensive effort in last week’s narrow victory over Iowa State led Kansas University coach Mark Mangino to say unit changes were imminent, and the coach made good on that declaration Saturday.

KU cross country teams finish 17th, 18th

The Kansas men’s cross country team finished 17th in a field of 34 teams, four of which are ranked in the top 10 nationally, while the women placed 18th in field of 37, also with four of the nation’s top 10 squads, at the ISU Pre-Nationals Invitational on Saturday.

Game balls and Gassers

Game balls and Gassers from KU's contest against Colorado.

KU’s Robinson enjoys Late Night

The 25th-annual Late Night in the Phog was everything Kansas University freshman Thomas Robinson expected. And more.

Kansas volleyball sweeps Kansas State

Sophomore Allison Mayfield's team-high 14 kills powered the Kansas University volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-22) sweep over in-state rival Kansas State on Saturday afternoon.

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Texas squeaks past Oklahoma

Sooners' Bradford re-injures throwing shoulder

Colt McCoy was a mess. His right thumbnail was ready to fall off, a nagging cold was wearing him down and Oklahoma was confusing him with blitzes he’d never seen.

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Off the unbeaten path

Call costly, but so were 2 turnovers

Makeup calls by officials don’t happen in football games. That’s a basketball thing. Or is it?

Saturday, October 17

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FINAL: Colorado defeats Kansas, 34-30

Dezmon Briscoe couldn't hold on to a potential touchdown catch on the game's last play, as KU falls for the first time this season.

KU-Oklahoma start time announced

The Big 12 Conference announced Saturday that next week's Kansas-Oklahoma football game will have a kickoff time of 2:30 p.m.

KU track names captains

Kansas coach Stanley Redwine selected team captains for the 2009-10 seasons on Friday.

Kansas swimming 4th

The Kansas University swimming and diving team took fourth place (43 points) at the annual Big 12 Relays on Friday.

KU vs. CU Head to head

Kansas soccer tops Sooners

Sophomore Emily Cressy’s goal in the 73rd minute broke a 1-all tie and powered the Kansas University soccer team to a 2-1 triumph over Oklahoma on Friday night at John Crain Soccer Field.

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Gary Bedore’s KU Basketball Notebook

Five top high school basketball prospects received a loud, enthusiastic ovation as they entered Allen Fieldhouse through the northwest tunnel at Friday night’s Late Night in the Phog.

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Goodrich just fine in ‘09

Freshman puts surgery behind, ready for season

It was her second Late Night, but freshman guard Angel Goodrich hopes what follows this year’s Late Night scrimmage in the Phog will play out a little better than it did last year.

KU win vs. Colorado far from shoo-in

Kansas University football fans, particularly since 2005, understandably have become optimists.

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Let’s get it started

Anniversary edition jump-starts exciting hoops year

The 25th-anniversary edition of Kansas University’s “Late Night in the Phog” had a lot in common with so many season-opening basketball extravaganzas of the past.

OU, Texas QBs become friends

Bradford, McCoy buddies despite rivalry

When Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford injured his shoulder last month, one of the first people he heard from was Colt McCoy.

Buffs’ QB takes promotion in stride

In the moments before Tyler Hansen takes the field today against No. 17 Kansas University, the Colorado quarterback will do what he always does before a game.

Briscoe, Stuckey make Steele’s list

Kansas University wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe and safety Darrell Stuckey highlighted the Jayhawk selections on the Phil Steele Midseason All-Big 12 Football Teams, which were announced Friday.

Dynamic duo: KU’s Briscoe, Meier pack quite a punch

They try everything. Three-man rushes. Eight-man drops. Two-deep zones. Cover fours. Stunts. Double teams. Blitz after blitz after blitz.

Friday, October 16

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Live from Allen Fieldhouse: Late Night in the Phog

Welcome to the 25th Late Night in the Phog, live from Allen Fieldhouse.

Brady Morningstar's court appearance in DUI case rescheduled to Nov. 19

KU player applies for diversion in DUI case

Kansas University standout Brady Morningstar will no longer appear this afternoon in Douglas County District Court on charges stemming from his recent arrest of driving under the influence, the court said. staff’s Week 7 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World/6Sports staffers’ picks for Week 6 of the college football season.

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Late Night wowed prep Johnson

It’s safe to say no high school recruit ever has been more impressed with Kansas University’s Late Night in the Phog than Las Vegas Cheyenne High’s Elijah Johnson.

Memories from 24 Late Nights

Last year at this time, I commented on — OK I bragged about — the fact yours truly is believed to be the only person to have attended all 24 season-opening Late Nights in Allen Fieldhouse.

Robinson has right mind-set

The funniest lines usually are delivered with straight face and serious tone, and that’s how Kansas basketball coach Bill Self communicated his best quip Thursday during Media Day.

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Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Kansas University junior guard Brady Morningstar, who issued a written apology to fans following his arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, on Thursday reiterated he’s sorry for his actions.

Guard Kohn a star during Late Night

Too often, Late Night skit participants look like basketball players trying to come off as show-business performers and in the process look like, well, basketball players.

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Reesing has had success against Colorado

By now, it’s as well known to Kansas University football fans as the nickname “Sparky,” the gunslinger antics or the story about the undersized, overlooked quarterback from Texas getting a chance in the Land of Oz.

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Wright, Chalmers reunite in K.C.

There was a good chance the plan would end up blowing up in his face, but once the Kansas University men’s basketball team advanced to the 2008 national championship game against Memphis, Julian Wright really had no choice but to attend.

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Last chance

KU guard Collins excited for senior season

Sherron Collins — who moved out of Jayhawker Towers into an off-campus apartment for his senior year at Kansas University — has a new roommate. That’d be his mother, Stacey.

No. 2 recruit to be in stands tonight

The No. 2-ranked basketball player in the high school recruiting Class of 2010 will be in the stands for tonight’s Late Night in the Phog.

Kansas women aim for NCAA Tourney

McCray-led Jayhawks made WNIT run last season

Those who believe Kansas University’s women’s basketball program turned the corner last season may be correct.

Remember when: a look back to ‘85

Larry Brown was no visionary back in 1985 when he hosted the first Late Night in Kansas University history.

Thursday, October 15

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KU women picked to tie for second in Big 12

The Kansas women's basketball team has been picked to tie for second in the Big 12 in a vote of the conference coaches.

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KU women eyeing Big 12 crown

Sometime today the Big 12 Conference office will release its preseason women’s basketball poll, and it should be a bit different than the last five. On this coaches’ ballot, Kansas University should be picked to finish somewhere in the first division.

Murphy setting example

It’s certainly not fashionable to write nice words about anyone associated with the Kansas University football team’s defense, but since fashion never has been a strength of mine, here goes:

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Five-star rating

Players, coaches awed by fieldhouse’s fancy renovations

A Wednesday afternoon tour of renovated Allen Fieldhouse begins fittingly outside the northwest tunnel of the 54-year-old building. It’s the tunnel the Jayhawks sprint through — as they enter and exit James Naismith Court — each and every basketball practice and game.

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Allen Fieldhouse sporting new look

Renovations include donor atrium, bridge

Lew Perkins has never entertained the idea of replacing 54-year-old Allen Fieldhouse.

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Wright has special plans for K.C.

Fans need to keep a close eye on New Orleans Hornets forward Julian Wright during pre-game drills tonight in the Sprint Center.

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Students’ halftime exits disappoint Jayhawks

Fans of the Kansas University football team have come out in droves this season — setting a single-game attendance record in the Jayhawks’ season-opener against Northern Colorado and exceeding the 50,000 mark in both of the team’s other non-conference home games.

KU’s Bal has career finish in sixth

Kansas University junior Meghna Bal tied for sixth individually and the Jayhawks women’s golf team placed in a tie for seventh on Wednesday at the Price’s Give Em Five Intercollegiate.

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Kansas volleyball swept by Texas

When you open for The Beatles, your notes can’t be flat. Using that mentality, the Kansas University volleyball team played sweet music for parts of the first and second sets Wednesday against No. 2-ranked Texas at Horejsi Family Athletic Center.

Wednesday, October 14

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Report: KU basketball player Morningstar had nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in system when arrested

Suspended Kansas University basketball player Brady Morningstar had nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he was arrested for driving under the influence on Oct. 3, according

KU wants to alter 11th Street to increase parking for new Gridiron Club

Project would improve traffic flow, add parking

A split formation for 11th Street near Memorial Stadium would be straightened out in conjunction with Kansas Athletics Inc.’s game plan for a new $34 million Gridiron Club.

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KU men's basketball is unanimous pick to win Big 12

The Kansas men's basketball team is the unanimous choice to win the Big 12 title, according to a vote of the conference coaches released Wednesday.

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No defender left behind

Jayhawk coaches realizing defense a little overwhelmed

Bill Miller had something to say, and so Kansas University’s first-year linebackers coach/co-defensive coordinator gathered his unit following Saturday’s narrow 41-36 victory over visiting Iowa State.

Coaching your son not easy

Whoever coined the phrase, “Hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sports,” probably never coached his son.

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Taylor might scrimmage at Late Night

Jayhawk’s thumb healing; guard should have no problem with skits

Injured Kansas University sophomore basketball guard Tyshawn Taylor, who will participate in the skits at Friday’s Late Night in the Phog, also may play in the Jayhawks’ intrasquad scrimmage.

KU women up to eighth

Grace Thiry fired a 1-under-par 71, while Meghna Bal and Emily Powers shot 74s to help the Kansas University women’s golf team move up to eighth place in the team standings at the Price’s Give ’Em Five Intercollegiate Tuesday.

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook

Any time a college football coach starts nudging one of his players into the Heisman Trophy talk, it means the player’s obviously doing something right. When coach Mark Mangino hops onto your Heisman bandwagon, it means you must be Superman.

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Hawkins: Both Colorado QBs will get playing time

Following Saturday’s loss to Texas, word out of Boulder, Colo., was that Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins — son of head coach Dan Hawkins — would be benched this season in favor of sophomore Tyler Hansen.

Tuesday, October 13

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KU Alumni Association to host pregame tailgate in Boulder

The KU Alumni Association will host a pregame tailgate for Kansas fans traveling to Boulder, Colo. to watch the Jayhawks take on the Buffaloes.

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Heisman worthy?

Mangino: QB deserves trophy consideration

Mark Mangino said before his Kansas University football team’s season began that fans shouldn’t expect to see any type of “Todd Reesing for Heisman” campaigning on behalf of the school.

KU’s lost scholarships significant

From my chilly vantage point at the Kansas University soccer field, I could see Parrott Complex, the stronghold of Kansas Athletics Inc.

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LaFrentz’s NBA career likely coming to an end

Former Kansas University basketball standout Raef LaFrentz’s NBA career appears to be over.

Bal paces KU women's golf

Kansas University junior Meghna Bal is in fourth place individually after the first round of the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Intercollegiate. Bal’s 71 matched a career low.

Monday, October 12

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KU football will play Oklahoma at either 2:30 or 7 p.m. on ABC

The Kansas football team will play its home game against Oklahoma at either 2:30 or 7 p.m. on Oct. 24, the Big 12 announced Monday. A final decision on the game time will be made Sunday.

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Mangino: Reesing should be a part of Heisman discussion

Kansas coach Mark Mangino isn't one who usually advocates for personal awards for his players. That changed a bit on Monday when Mangino was asked about his quarterback Todd Reesing.

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KU soccer suffers 1-0 setback

Kansas soccer fell to Colorado, 1-0.

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Change coming to KU football

Jayhawks tinkering to shore up defense

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino said that defensive changes were imminent following his team’s near-upset at the hands of Iowa State on Saturday, a game in which the Jayhawks gave up 512 yards of total offense to a Cyclones team that had averaged just 379 per game in its previous five outings. Sunday, he began the process of making them.

Defensive disparity damning

The recruitment of Toben Opurum and Bradley McDougald points to part of what led to the disparity between KU's offense and defense.

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Mizzou alums seek KU students of similar stripe

Robert Rescot is looking for some Kansas University students brave enough to wear their black and gold colors in the epicenter of enemy territory.

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Buffaloes switch QBs

Hansen in, Hawkins out for Colorado

Unlike last year, when coach Dan Hawkins only temporarily benched his quarterback son, the Colorado Buffaloes are set to go with Tyler Hansen for the remainder of the season.

Sunday, October 11

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KU football ranked 15th, 17th in polls

Kansas University's football team slipped one spot in the Associated Press poll and did not move in the USA Today coaches poll this week.

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Kansas only half bad

KU undefeated, not invulnerable

Kansas University is the worst undefeated Football Bowl Subdivision team in the nation.

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Oh, brother: Meier huge

Kerry Meier says it wasn’t good sleep at night or Wheaties in the morning that helped him to his record-setting performance Saturday.

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Iowa State volleyball stuffs Jayhawks

Iowa State swept Kansas, 3-0, at Horejsi Center.

Game balls and Gassers

Game balls and gassers for KU versus ISU.

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Opurum earns coach’s praise

Toben Opurum did a little bit of everything Saturday against visiting Iowa State.

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‘We had a chance’

Cyclones lament near miss

As right-handed Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud scrambled to his left, he spotted speedy receiver Darius Darks improvising a route straight up-field.

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Jayhawks’ defense exposed by ISU

Yeah, the Kansas University football team did what it had to do Saturday at Memorial Stadium, holding off Iowa State. And, yeah, at this point in the season, a victory is a valuable commodity, no matter how you go about getting it. But, man …

Saturday, October 10

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FINAL: KU survives scare, defeats Iowa State, 41-36

Todd Reesing passed for 442 yards, and Kerry Meier had a school-record 16 receptions for 142 yards in the five-point victory.

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Jayhawks soccer edges Tech

Berry scores 2 goals in KU’s 3-2 victory

Well, this was refreshing. Having played three Big 12 games entering the weekend — and having come away winless in each — the Kansas University soccer team was in need of a breakthrough, and it got one Friday, using a three-goal second half to hold off visiting Texas Tech, 3-2, and earn its first conference victory of the season.

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The kicker who didn't know he was a kicker

Branstetter ‘like a little heat-seeking missile’

The placekicker was talking about tackling. This was Tuesday, an overcast afternoon, inside the Kansas University football complex. It was a rather odd scene, truth be told, this waif of a young man — at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, Jacob Branstetter is built like a very sturdy computer programmer — discussing big hits and wrapping up and the joy he derives from carrying out such acts.

KU vs. ISU Head to head

Breaking down the unit-by-unit matchups between KU and Iowa State.

Cyclones vow to bounce back

Right about the time Iowa State receiver Jake Williams caught a 23-yard touchdown pass with 32 seconds remaining against Kansas State last Saturday, the mood on the Cyclones’ sideline turned jubilant.

Perkins honored in New England HOF

Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday.

KU swimming’s blue team outlasts crimson squad

The Kansas University swimming and diving’s blue squad defeated the crimson, 130-110, on Friday at the annual Intrasquad meet at Robinson Natatorium.

Aldrich’s baseball wish list: Twins make deep run

One of the biggest Minnesota Twins fans in the country lives in Lawrence.

Weather cancels two events

Inclement weather canceled two Kansas University athletic events this weekend: the KU softball Fall Invite, scheduled to take place in Lawrence, along with KU rowing’s Sunflower Showdown, scheduled for Manhattan.

Friday, October 9 argues judge's ruling would mean end to T-shirt company

Defense attorneys are calling it the “legal and economic equivalent of the death penalty” for a Lawrence T-shirt retailer.

KU officials deserve pat on the back

Whether or not you like Lew Perkins, Bill Self and Mark Mangino as administrators, coaches and whatever, you gotta pat them on the back for how they have faced up to the recent lousy behavior by basketball and football players. They have given no hint of sweeping anything under the rug and have declared their eagerness to wipe off the soot that has tainted Kansas University’s image.

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Thoroughly pleased with his players’ effort, Self canceled today’s final Boot Camp conditioning session in the Jayhawks’ new practice facility.

Sayers to serve as grand marshal

Former Kansas football star Gale Sayers will serve as grand marshal of this year's Homecoming parade down Jayhawk Boulevard, which will begin at 9 a.m.

Stuckey a finalist for CLASS award

Kansas safety Darrell Stuckey is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for Football, it was announced Thursday.

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Ahead of schedule

Jayhawks offensive line better than expected so far

When a size-15 shoe and a size- 141⁄2 are asked to co-exist within 6 to 10 inches of space, precise movements, coherent communication and unwavering trust are required just to get the job done.

Thursday, October 8

Brady Morningstar delivers open letter to KU fans

KU junior guard Brady Morningstar wrote this open letter to KU fans and delivered it to the media Thursday afternoon. staff’s Week 6 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World/6Sports staffers' picks for Week 6 of the college football season.

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Late Night in the Phog to be featured on ESPNU

Kansas University's Late Night in the Phog will be featured on ESPNU's program "Going Mad of Midnight Madness," a four-hour special that will air on Oct. 16 starting at 8 p.m.

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Aldrich, Collins honored together

Top players together in everything, class included

The Big 12’s Preseason Co-Players of the Year happen to be bosom buddies.

NU’s top-ranked ‘D’ prepares for MU

No one in the country has scored less than whoever is playing Nebraska in a given week. No one has cared less, it seems, than Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini.

KU Quarterback club meets today

Lawrence Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan and Big 12 blogger Eric Sorrentino will be the featured guest speakers at today’s KU Quarterback Club meeting at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1012 Mass St.

Kansas volleyball falls to Nebraska, 3-0

No. 9 Nebraska swept the Kansas University volleyball team, 25-20, 25-20, 25-21, on Wednesday night before 4,034 fans at sold-out NU Coliseum.

Mangino lauds his players’ attention to detail

Every so often, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino and members of his coaching staff will be sitting in their respective offices at 9 or 10 p.m., going about their business, when a player will drop by to talk football.

KU fall incidents will fade

The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, may it rest in peace, died 20 autumns ago and not a day has gone by in which I haven’t missed it.

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Close to consensus

Sayers widely respected as KU’s greatest of all-time

When the news hit last month that former Kansas University running back Gale Sayers was coming back to Lawrence to become the athletics department’s Director of Fundraising for Special Projects, it didn’t take long for his return to the program to make an impression with the members of the 2009 team.

Wednesday, October 7

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Markieff Morris involved in non-injury accident driving teammate's car

According to a Lawrence Police accident report, Kansas University basketball player Markieff Morris was involved in a two-vehicle accident last month while driving a Chevrolet Tahoe registered to former KU basketball player Scot Pollard. Both Pollard and KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said Wednesday that Pollard in fact did not own the vehicle driven by Morris.

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Oklahoma State WR Bryant ineligible

All-America wide receiver Dez Bryant has been ruled ineligible by Oklahoma State, four days before the 15th-ranked Cowboys' first Big 12 game.

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Danielle McCray named Big 12 preseason player of the year

Kansas senior Danielle McCray has been selected as the Big 12's women's basketball Preseason Player of the Year in a vote of the league's coaches.

KU women golfers 10th

Emily Powers shot a 231 to place 24th individually, and the Kansas University women’s golf team placed 10th Tuesday at the Johnie Imes Invitational.

Mangino calm, collected

They thought they were walking into an eardrum-assaulting Motorhead concert, and what they instead got was elevator music.

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Open-door policy

Self discusses lineup after suspension of Morningstar

Some folks have speculated that the first-semester suspension of returning starter Brady Morningstar means a certain slot in the lineup for highly acclaimed Kansas University basketball freshman Xavier Henry.

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook

As recently as Monday, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino seemed confident that injured running back Jake Sharp, the Big 12’s second-leading rusher before the setback, would be ready to go in the 16th-ranked Jayhawks’ matchup with visiting Iowa State on Saturday.

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Jayhawks not taking Cyclones for granted

In the opinion of coach Mark Mangino, his Kansas University football team in the early stages of last season was akin to a petulant child in need of some good, old-fashioned disciplining.

Tuesday, October 6

Late Night specifics revealed: doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Allen Fieldhouse doors will swing open at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 16 for the 25th-annual Late Night in the Phog, Kansas University athletic department officials announced Monday.

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KU, ISU ground games look to get healthy

Jayhawks’ running back Sharp progressing; Cyclones’ Robinson expects to play

Heading into the weekend, two of the Big 12’s top rushing attacks will be forced to deal with a level of uncertainty in their teams’ respective ground games.

Powers paces Kansas women's golf

Kansas University senior golfer Emily Powers shot a 76 and tied for 11th after the first round of the Johnie Imes Invitational on Monday.

Jayhawks softball goes 2-1

Amanda Jobe hit a grand slam to pace the Kansas University softball team in its 2-1 showing over the weekend at the Jayhawk Fall Invitational.

KU women’s CC No. 5

After a second-place showing at the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree, the Kansas University women’s cross country team moved up seven spots to No. 5 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association regional poll, announced Monday.

CB Talib matches franchise record

Cornerback Aqib Talib had a career day for the winless Tampa Bay Bucs on Sunday, matching a franchise mark held by Ronde Barber, with three interceptions.

Yankees choose Budig

The New York Yankees have selected Gene Budig to be the honorary chairman of the soon-to-be-named football bowl game featuring teams from the Big East and the Big 12 conferences.

Monday, October 5

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KU-CU to be broadcast on FSN at 6 p.m.

The Kansas-Colorado football game on Oct. 17, in Boulder, Colo., will be at 6 p.m., televised by Fox Sports Network, according to the Big 12 Conference.

KU soccer falls

Texas sophomore Kylie Doniak’s successful penalty kick in the 78th minute broke a 1-all tie and gave the Longhorns a 2-1 Big 12 soccer victory over No. 19 Kansas University.

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Induction touches Owens

Former Kansas University basketball coach Ted Owens, who was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in August, on Sunday was enshrined into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in an emotional ceremony in Wichita.

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KU couple name kids after football, basketball heroes

Two of the littlest Jayhawks fans in Lawrence have some big KU names to live up to.

Sunday, October 4

How Keegan voted

The following is Tom Keegan’s Oct. 4 ballot for the Associated Press college football poll.

KU football moves up in both polls

Jayhawks ranked 15th in coaches poll, 16th in AP

Even after a bye week, the Kansas football team moved up two spots in the Associated Press poll and one spot in the USA Today coaches poll this week.

Owens, Sutton to be inducted today

Former Kansas University basketball coach Ted Owens is one of 14 individuals to be inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame today in Wichita.

KU rowers start strong

The Kansas University rowing team won the Collegiate Eight Petite 500 meter sprint, finishing in a time of 1:36.29 on Saturday at the Boot of Oklahoma event.

Bonds, KU women take second; men finish 6th

Senior Lauren Bonds’ set a career-best time and finished in second place to lead the Kansas University women’s cross country team to a second-place finish at the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree on Saturday.

KU volleyball swept by Texas A&M

Despite a match-high 18 kills from sophomore Allison Mayfield, the Kansas University volleyball team fell in three sets (25-17, 25-22, 25-23) Saturday afternoon at Texas A&M.

Saturday, October 3

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KU’s Morningstar suspended

Jayhawk guard out for first semester after being arrested

Kansas University junior basketball guard Brady Morningstar has been suspended for the first semester by coach Bill Self.

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At long last, KU’s Reed dethroned at Boot Camp

One of the biggest upsets in Boot Camp history took place early Friday morning in Kansas University’s new basketball practice facility.

Kansas soccer upended by Texas A&M

Despite goals from Estelle Johnson, Caitlin Noble and Shelby Williamson, the No. 19 Kansas University soccer team fell at No. 15 Texas A&M, 4-3, on Friday night.

Friday, October 2

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KU police connect crimes to sports brawl

Kansas University police now are associating two crimes with a public fight that broke out between members of the football and men’s basketball teams.

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Henry brothers weigh in on Boot Camp

C.J. Henry, who as a professional baseball player attended spring training camps of both the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies, now finds himself in preseason Boot Camp basketball drills at Kansas University. So which is more grueling, C.J.: baseball or basketball?

Reesing named semifinalist

Kansas University senior quarterback Todd Reesing was named Thursday as a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced.

Violent hits take their toll

So far, Kansas’s Todd Reesing, Texas’s Colt McCoy and other Big 12 quarterback compatriots don’t appear to have much cause for concern. Florida’s Tim Tebow does, along with countless former professional football players, in particular high-profile QBs such as Troy Aikman, Trent Green and Steve Young.

Thursday, October 1

Yankee Stadium bowl game to officially kick off in 2010

The teams are set, one from the Big East, one from the Big 12. The site: the new $1.5 billion Yankee Stadium.

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Stuffin’ the Buffs

KU’s 3-1 win extra special for Colorado native Garlington

Denver native Karina Garlington never seriously considered playing volleyball at the University of Colorado.

Giddens reacts to fight

News of last week’s disputes between football players and basketball players at Kansas University struck a chord with second-year Boston Celtics guard J.R. Giddens, who was stabbed in the calf after getting mixed up in an early-morning fight outside a Lawrence bar his sophomore year at KU.

Cross country coach has strong pedigree

No, Jay Bilas hasn’t shrunk. No, you haven’t seen him around town. And, no, new Kansas University distance coach Michael Whittlesey wasn’t driven out of North Carolina for looking too much like a Duke icon.