Stories for August 2010


Tuesday, August 31

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Downtown pep rally to celebrate start of KU football season

Downtown Lawrence will be filled with a sea of crimson and blue Thursday night as Jayhawk football fans take over Massachusetts Street.

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Kaun making impact for Russia at World Championships

Rush’s Pacers future unclear after incident

Former Kansas University basketball player Sasha Kaun is the starting center for Russia at the World Championships in Turkey.

Position battles still brewing for KU football

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill went through his first weekly Big 12 coaches teleconference Monday morning and, in doing so, shed some light on loose ends the Jayhawks are trying to tie up before Saturday’s season opener.

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Prayers answered: Steven Johnson’s strenuous journey leads to rewarding opportunity to start at linebacker for KU

Steven Johnson sits on the steps on the north side of the Kansas University football practice facility, his arms resting on his knees in front of him. The junior linebacker — with brown eyes, curly black hair and a few scraggly hairs on his chin straining to form a goatee — wants to talk about the upcoming season.

Monday, August 30

Prosecutors charge Mizzou RB with assault

Suspended Missouri running back Derrick Washington was charged Monday with sexually assaulting a former tutor over the summer.

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Kind of a big deal: Beefed-up Hawkinson finds home on O-line

There were times during the past couple of years when Kansas University football junior Tim Biere could have killed Tanner Hawkinson.

Another top prep to visit Late Night

LeBryan Nash, the No. 4-rated basketball prospect in the Class of 2011, will attend Kansas University’s Oct. 15 Late Night in the Phog as part of an official recruiting visit.

KU soccer shelled, 5-0

Susannah Dennis and Meghan Gibbons scored a pair of goals apiece in Georgia’s 5-0 rout of Kansas University’s soccer team on Sunday.

Sunday, August 29

Missouri reserve tight end arrested for DWI

A reserve tight end at Missouri has been arrested for driving while intoxicated, the program's third alcohol-related arrest this month.

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Safety net: Darrell Stuckey is gone from the Jayhawks’ defensive secondary, but his influence lives on

When Phillip Strozier speaks, his words evoke a sense of direction, clarity and professionalism.

Texas to rely heavily on RBs

The master plan, announced during spring drills, calls for fifth-ranked Texas to pound its way into prominence on the college football landscape this season.

KU volleyball moves to 3-0; Garlington MVP

Kansas University’s volleyball team picked up two more victories, and the Jayhawks’ Karina Garlington earned MVP honors Saturday at the Bluejay Invitational.

Nebraska’s Pelini mum on starting QB

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has hinted he’s picked a starting quarterback, but he isn’t saying who got the nod.

Former WR helping teammates, victims

Corey Wilson may not be able to run out and catch a pass for Oklahoma. Walking can still be a struggle for the receiver who injured his spinal cord in a car accident last year.

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In his own words: LOLs with Keith Langford

Outspoken former Jayhawk recalls ups, downs of college days and beyond

Former Kansas University basketball player Keith Langford recently penned this guest column for the Journal-World.

Saturday, August 28

BV West prep Admire to graduate early

Kansas University commitment Dylan Admire, an offensive lineman in the Class of 2011, told he plans to graduate early from Blue Valley West High in order to get to KU more quickly.

KU volleyball nips Lipscomb

Kansas University senior Karina Garlington collected 20 kills, while junior Allison Mayfield had 17 in the Jayhawks’ 3-1 season-opening volleyball victory over Lipscomb on Friday at the Creighton Invitational.

Oklahoma State DE pleads guilty

Oklahoma State defensive end Jamie Blatnick pleaded guilty Friday to an assault and battery charge that was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.

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Well received: Speedy Patterson glad to be back at WR

A hint of open space is all it takes to make Daymond Patterson’s eyes light up like a meteor shower in the night sky.

Iowa PG Paige to visit

Marcus Paige, 6-foot-0, 155-pound junior basketball point guard from Linn Mar Community School in Marion, Iowa, will attend Kansas University’s Oct. 15 Late Night in the Phog on an unofficial recruiting visit.

Suspended Mizzou RBB accused of assault

Missouri running back Derrick Washington was accused of sexual assault by a former tutor in June and still could face criminal charges related to the incident that may be behind his indefinite suspension.

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KU wins soccer opener

Kansas University’s soccer team, which went scoreless in its only exhibition game, exploded offensively in a 3-0 season-opening victory over Eastern Kentucky on Friday at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Friday, August 27

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Brandon Rush suspended five games for violation of NBA drug policy

Brandon Rush of the Indiana Pacers was suspended for five games by the NBA on Friday for violating the league's drug agreement.

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Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin takes job at KU Athletics

Lawrence’s retiring police chief will begin work next month at Kansas Athletics as the director of security/internal controls.

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KU football roster quiz: Are you ready for the season?

Shortly after he arrived, Kansas football coach Turner Gill announced that his players would no longer have their names on the backs of the uniforms. The question now is, with just over a week to go before the first game, are you ready for that switch?

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We're expecting!

Thumbthing amazing is coming to Lawrence

Born in the burning heart of the Jayhawk nation, it's a tiny Companion with a healthy kick that promises to deliver KU fans an even better Game Day experience.

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Making strides: KU freshmen running backs should compete with Quigley, Sands for time

With Kansas University junior tailback Rell Lewis out for the season, sophomore Toben Opurum settled in at linebacker and sixth-year senior Angus Quigley the only back with game experience, only one logical conclusion can be made about this year’s running-back corps.

Red Raiders’ AD Myers to retire in May

Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers, who brought Hall of Famer Bob Knight to the West Texas campus and got caught up in the contentious final year of football coach Mike Leach’s tenure, is retiring.

KU to be final stop for No. 10 hoops recruit

Top-10 basketball prospect Josiah Turner has reshuffled his list of official campus visits, giving Kansas University a shot to make the all-important final sales pitch.

MU tailback takes step forward

Kendial Lawrence, Missouri’s 5-foot-9 No. 2 tailback, can sing the advantages of being a little guy with the ball.

Ex-TTech coach Leach suited for TV

Mike Leach is ready to give the TV booth a whirl. Why not? He’s a football coach between jobs.

Missouri suspends RB Washington

Missouri tailback and team captain Derrick Washington was suspended indefinitely Thursday for unspecified disciplinary reason.

Several Big 12 freshmen could contribute right away

If Bob Stoops had his way, the practice of red-shirting incoming freshmen to save them for later would be scrapped at Oklahoma.

Thursday, August 26

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C.J. Henry to transfer to Southern Nazarene

Former Kansas University guard C.J. Henry will be playing basketball at NAIA school Southern Nazarene University this season, Crimson Storm coach Adam Bohac said Thursday night.

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Redemption motivates KU volleyball, soccer squads

Putting lost opportunities behind them and focusing on a chance for redemption in 2010 was the theme of Wednesday’s fall Olympic sports media day at Kansas University.

Support cause for college football playoff

Selection Sunday ranks among the coolest days on the calendar in hundreds of thousands of households across America.

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Patiently waiting: Henry hanging out in Lawrence with contract pending

One of these days, when he finally signs his NBA rookie contract, former Kansas University guard Xavier Henry will be a millionaire at the ripe young age of 19.

Fall Olympic sports media day notebook

With 19 players on its roster, Kansas’ volleyball team is the biggest ever during coach Ray Bechard’s time as head coach. Included in that number are 10 players who weren’t on the floor last year, one transfer and seven freshmen.

Ailing dad gets to see son play

Former KU football player battling cancer, travels

Sitting next to his father in the Citi Field visitors’ dugout Wednesday, Logan Morrison retold the story, how they were together on April 17 when Tom Morrison learned he had stage IV lung cancer.

Wednesday, August 25

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KU-KSU hoops to appear on GameDay

The Kansas men's basketball team will once again host an ESPN College Gameday in the 2010-11 season, this time on Jan. 29 against Kansas State, the Big 12 announced Wednesday.Allen Fieldhouse for the Jan. 29 Kansas University-Kansas State men’s basketball game, the Big 12 Conference and KU announced Wednesday.

Falcons won’t replace Meier yet

The Atlanta Falcons will not sign a receiver to replace injured rookie Kerry Meier (knee) for a couple of weeks.

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Pick adjusting to being starting QB

Kansas University sophomore Kale Pick has been through four practices and one scrimmage since being named the team’s starting quarterback late last week.

Tuesday, August 24

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Report: Colorado to remain in Big 12 until 2012

Buffs no longer planning to leave for Pac-10 after this season

The Boulder Daily Camera’s Kyle Ringo reported Tuesday that Colorado University, which made headlines this summer by announcing its intentions to leave the Big 12 for the Pac-10, will remain in the Big 12 through 2012.

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Jayhawk tour: NASCAR driver and Emporia native Bowyer visits KU facilities

KU teams welcome Emporia native to campus

NASCAR superstar Clint Bowyer sat at the desk of Bill Self on Tuesday afternoon, and, with a big smile on his face, signed a driver’s helmet for Kansas University’s basketball coach.

Perkins' state ethics violation case still under investigation

The question of whether Kansas University Athletic Director Lew Perkins violated a state gift-ban law is still before the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, according to Perkins’ attorney.

California prep Chol to attend Late Night

California prep Angelo Chol, the No. 5-rated big man in the high school recruiting class of 2011, will attend Kansas University’s Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 15 in Allen Fieldhouse.

KU football block party set for Sept. 2 in Lawrence

A Kansas University football block party will take place on Thursday, Sept. 2, on 10th and Massachusetts Streets in downtown Lawrence.

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Tower of strength: Big John, new weight-room coach, reaps big praise

After talking about themselves, their positions, their new coaches and just about every other aspect of Kansas University’s football program, several Jayhawks were asked about John Williams.

Keeston Terry’s prep coach: Move to safety could be a good one

The most surprising move of the Kansas University football team’s preseason camp may have been sophomore running back Toben Opurum’s shift to linebacker. The most fruitful? That could be true freshman Keeston Terry moving from wide receiver to safety.

Monday, August 23

Plans unveiled to accommodate KU-KSU football fans on a Thursday night

Kansas University has announced special parking plans and extra buses to help faculty and staff deal with a Thursday night football game later this semester.

‘Blue’ wins KU soccer intrasquad

Kansas University sophomore Whitney Berry scored a goal and had three assists in the Blue team’s 4-1 intrasquad soccer victory over the White team on Sunday at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

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Meet ’n’ greet: Gill fired up at Fan Appreciation Day

After an hour of running his team through proper alignments and assignments at Fan Appreciation Day, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill took the microphone and thanked the crowd for showing up. One problem. Gill’s adrenaline raced so much and his voice boomed so loudly that stadium officials had to turn down the public-address system to contain Gill’s excitement.

Potts to start at quarterback for Texas Tech

Texas Tech senior Taylor Potts will start the season at quarterback.

Georgia Tech seeks blue-collar workers

Jackets looking for replacement for fearsome defensive end

Andy McCollum would consider himself a football guy. He’d likely call himself the type of gritty, down-to-earth, jammed knuckles, blood-and-dirt-under-the-nails kind of guy who thinks every football player should be born with those characteristics only. Only thing is, not every football personality is made alike.

Corner turning corner

It takes more than speed, agility and a sense of timing to play cornerback in the Big 12. It also takes loads of confidence. On that front, Kansas University’s top corner and most experienced player draws high marks.

Sunday, August 22

Hansen gets nod at QB for Colorado

Tyler Hansen will start at quarterback for Colorado in its opener against Colorado State on Sept. 4.

RB Rell Lewis injures knee, could miss significant time

Kansas University running back Rell Lewis, a junior from Muskogee, Okla., injured his knee during Saturday morning’s scrimmage and could be sidelined for a significant period of time, KU officials confirmed to the Journal-World.

Crimson squad wins KU volleyball scrimmage

Team Crimson edged Team Blue in three closely-contested sets during the Kansas University volleyball team’s Crimson and Blue intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday at Horejsi Center.

’Bama preseason No. 1

Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska in top 10

Alabama will start this season where it ended last season. The Crimson Tide is on top.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson looking for consistency

Thomas Robinson spent a lot of time at the movies on steamy afternoons during his just-completed summer vacation. His personal, 1-on-1 screenings were held in Allen Fieldhouse, not at Liberty Hall or South Wind 12 Theatres.

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Community charm: Henrickson, Jayhawks tee it up for breast cancer research

If there’s one color, other than crimson or blue, that best suits Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson, it’s pink.

Saturday, August 21

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Sophomore Parish gladly returns to ‘D’

Darius Parish played in 12 games on Kansas University’s defensive line as a true freshman two years ago. Imagine his surprise, then, when halfway into his red-shirt season last year, coaches came to him and suggested — in the way that college football coaches often “suggest” things — that maybe, perhaps, Parish and the Jayhawks better would be served with Parish on the offensive line.

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Mark her words: Senior Garlington shooting for NCAA volleyball tournament berth

There’s an inspirational quote hanging on the walls of the Kansas University volleyball locker room that expresses perfectly the way senior Karina Garlington feels about the 2010 season.

Knee injury sidelines WR Meier

The Atlanta Falcons’ fifth-round pick, Kerry Meier, who was off to a great start in training camp, suffered a knee injury against New England on Thursday night and will miss the 2010 season, the team confirmed Friday.

KU football ranked 54th by Rivals

Nowhere to be found in the ESPN/USA Today preseason coaches poll and picked as high as No. 31 in the country by The Sporting News, Kansas University’s football team came in somewhere in between on’s preseason Top 120. The Jayhawks, led by first-year head coach Turner Gill, were tapped No. 54 by Rivals, good for eighth best in the Big 12.

QB turnover hits Big 12

Headline-making, record-setting quarterbacks defined the Big 12 more than any other conference the last two seasons.

Friday, August 20

Opurum move a gamble

Football helmets mask faces, which can make it tougher to personalize the players, but if you don’t feel for Kansas University sophomore Toben Opurum right this moment, your cold heart needs to bake in the sun for a while. It might even be time for a transplant.

PG Samantha Logic to visit KU

Samantha Logic, a 5-10 senior point guard from Case High School in Racine, Wis., will make a recruiting visit to Kansas University this weekend.

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Hoops recruit McLemore not ready to commit

Ultra-athletic St. Louis high school basketball guard Ben McLemore will leave for Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., a week from today as one of the top uncommitted players in the Class of 2011. Though the 6-foot-5, 185-pound McLemore appears to remain a heavy Kansas University lean — with no other school even close to be considered his second choice at this time — he may remain unsigned all the way until April.

Thursday, August 19

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Pick the pick: Sophomore from Dodge City will be KU starting QB

The quarterback on the roster who spent the most time with Todd Reesing will get the first crack at replacing him.

KU restructures athletics board; chancellor considering non-university members

State higher education officials on Thursday agreed with a decision by Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little to remove Athletic Director Lew Perkins as chairman of the Kansas Athletics Corp. Board of Directors.

KU women's basketball lands commitment

Catherine “Bunny” Williams, a 6-foot-2 senior forward from Duncanville (Texas) High, has orally committed to the Kansas women’s basketball team, according to

Pelini may relent on media lockdown

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini’s hard line with the media Wednesday morning seemed to be softening by nightfall.

Wednesday, August 18

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Jayhawks name captains for 2010 football season

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill has announced the captains for the 2010 season and all five are seniors.

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Walk-ons C.J. Henry, Chase Buford leave KU basketball team

Kansas guards C.J. Henry and Chase Buford have left the KU men's basketball team, KU coach Bill Self announced Wednesday.

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Danielle McCray, Sade Morris sign professional contracts

Former Kansas women's basketball players Danielle McCray and Sade Morris have signed contracts with international teams to continue their basketball careers.

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KU men's basketball players visit hospital patients

Kansas University's men's basketball players visited patients at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday morning, a day before the start of first-semester classes.

Sooners’ Box out 3-6 weeks

Linebacker Austin Box could miss the start of Oklahoma’s season because of a back injury that is expected to sideline him for three to six weeks.

Kansas AD Lew Perkins will still live in Lawrence

Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins said Tuesday he plans on making Lawrence his home following his retirement in September of 2011.

OU guard Whitney Hand suffers another setback

Guard Whitney Hand is expected to miss the first half of Oklahoma’s season after a setback in her recovery from a right knee injury that kept her out of the Sooners’ run to the Final Four last season.

Nebraska volleyball No. 2 in coaches poll

Nebraska will start the season ranked No. 2 behind Penn State in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll.

Pair of downtown pep rallies approved

The 1000 block of Massachusetts Street will be closed two times this fall for KU football parties.

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Pleasant surprise: O-lineman Zlatnik seizing opportunity at left guard

When Kansas University coach Turner Gill took over the KU football program last December, many talked about his luxury of returning a talented and experienced offensive line.

Henry, Grizzlies remain in contract stalemate

Xavier Henry slipped on a blue Memphis Grizzlies jersey with his name and the No. 13 on it. Still to be determined is if he will wear it in games.

Matt Tait’s KU football notebook

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill announced Tuesday that linebacker Jacoby Thomas, a red-shirt freshman from Texarkana, Texas, had been removed from the team for academic reasons.

Kansas ‘D’ lacks depth

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs might have the toughest job in America, but Kansas University defensive coordinator Carl Torbush can’t be too far behind.

Tuesday, August 17

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Jacoby Thomas dismissed from KU football team

QB battle rages on and two walk-ons earn scholarships

The Kansas University football team welcomed the media to campus before Tuesday's practice and KU coach Turner Gill shared some news about his team before practice began.

Jayhawks RB leader a mystery

Most of the preseason football curiosity centers on which inexperienced quarterback will get the call to start the season, a competition Kale Pick likely will win. Meanwhile, the race for featured running back receives not as much attention but offers more intrigue. The front-runner? If there is one, nobody’s saying.

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Making the switch: Matthews transitioning from QB to receiver

It’s a Monday, and Kansas University sophomore Kale Pick is answering questions — for what has to be the 500th time — about the quarterback battle between him and red-shirt freshman Jordan Webb.

Kansas TE Biere on watch list

Kansas University tight end Tim Biere, a junior from Omaha, Neb., has been named to the John Mackey Award’s preseason watch list, officials announced Monday.

KU volleyball team schedules scrimmage

Kansas University’s volleyball team will hold an intrasquad scrimmage at 6 p.m. Saturday at Horejsi Family Athletics Center.

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Coaches Self, Gill challenge KU freshmen

Kansas University’s eighth-year basketball coach and first-year football coach exited Memorial Stadium together Monday night after speaking to several thousand KU freshmen and transfers on hand for Traditions Night.

Monday, August 16

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KU soccer falls, 3-0

Kansas University’s soccer team fell to Creighton University, 3-0, in an exhibition match on Sunday at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Thornton making presence felt

Though he made the least noise of all former Jayhawks during last April’s NFL Draft, former Kansas University safety Justin Thornton, now with the Pittsburgh Steelers, came up with a loud hit during the Steelers’ 23-7 preseason victory against Detroit on Saturday.

Report: Perkins spendy traveler

Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins billed the athletics department more than $150,000 for 22 flights on university-owned and leased planes from July 2008 to May 2010, far more than his counterparts at Kansas State and Missouri spent during the same period.

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Film fan: Video sessions key for Rubles

Calvin Rubles was trying his hardest to learn on the practice field.

Yankees high on Jayhawk

Former Kansas University baseball player Rob Thomson, working in the New York Yankees organization since 1990, has had a close look for most of that time at the career of future Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter.

Sunday, August 15

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Special bond: KU kicker, punter stick together

There should be great chemistry between Kansas University’s placekicker and holder during the 2010 college football season.

Recruit Nino Jackson plans to attend Late Night

Nino Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior basketball shooting guard from Ardmore (Okla.) High, will make an unofficial campus visit to Kansas University for the Oct. 15 Late Night in the Phog.

KU students can take jab at fight song lyrics

New words needed after conference realignment; contest will be offered during Homecoming

As Kansas University residence halls fill up with students this weekend, the KU Alumni Association is hoping a few of the more creative types will help the organization out.

KU football team scrimmages

Kansas University’s football team held a 90-minute scrimmage on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

Saturday, August 14

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Same guy, different voice: Kansas WR Wilson, no longer as quiet, welcomes role of vocal leader

A few weeks ago, Johnathan Wilson ran into former Kansas University wide receiver Kerry Meier in the training room on campus.

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Jayhawks' defensive goal: Be more aggressive

Kansas University’s football team returns seven starters on defense from a season ago. But don’t expect those same faces to mean it will be the same ol’ defense for the Jayhawks in 2010.

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Kansas offense has pieces, but how will they fit?

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill must feel like he’s staring down at one of those 5,000-piece puzzles.

Georgia Tech, Southern Miss provide challenges for KU before conference play

First-year Kansas University football coach Turner Gill won’t have to wait long to get his first taste of big-time football as a Jayhawk.

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Gill celebrates birthday in style: with Jayhawks

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill turned 48 years old Friday and, on his birthday, spent some of his day celebrating with his team.

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Search for the new athletic director: ‘There are a lot of people that are going to lust for this job’

A. Drue Jennings isn’t sure yet whether he’ll help Kansas University in its search for a new athletic director when Lew Perkins retires following the 2010-11 school year. Jennings — KU’s interim athletic director when Perkins was hired in 2003 — does know this much, though: the university won’t have a lack of suitors.

Sayers will appear as guest speaker at Kansas Sports HOF event

Former Kansas University running back Gale Sayers will be the first in a series of sports celebrities invited to speak at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame’s newly-formed Boathouse Club on Aug. 30 in Wichita.

Friday, August 13

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Tough decisions: Blackwell dedicated despite lack of playing time

In a perfect world, Kansas University senior Brian Blackwell would be in China right now, soaking up the culture and reaping the benefits of a class trip he had a heck of a lot to do with arranging in the first place.

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Tigers reloading: Jackson, Kemp might be next star receivers at MU

Having a star wide receiver hasn’t been a problem for the Missouri University football team in the previous two seasons. This season, however, is a bit of a mystery.

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Meier, Atlanta to face K.C.

Former Kansas University football receiver Kerry Meier tonight makes his professional debut against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Key for Kansas State could be getting receivers involved

Everyone in the Big 12 knows Kansas State University running back Daniel Thomas is capable of rushing for 1,500 yards and double-digit touchdowns again in 2010.

Jayhawks’ Garlington honored

Kansas University senior outside hitter Karina Garlington was named to the 17-player preseason All-Big 12 team Thursday.

Thursday, August 12

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Buffaloes 'fired up': Colorado boasts 'great group of guys'

Every time Colorado football coach Dan Hawkins has done well at a school, he has left before being able to soak up the benefits.

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Cyclones on the rise? ISU faces tougher schedule in 2010

Iowa State was one of the surprise teams in the Big 12 in 2009, finishing with a 7-6 record and a victory in the Insight Bowl.

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Jayhawks focused on running game

Although most of the outside world is fixated on finding out which quarterback — red-shirt freshman Jordan Webb or sophomore Kale Pick — will win the starting job this fall for the Kansas University football team, the Jayhawks, for now, seem more interested in other areas.

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Full strength: KU's Dudley eager to prove himself after surgery

Last year, Drew Dudley made 88 total tackles — surpassed on Kansas University’s football team only by Darrell Stuckey’s 93 — had 8 1⁄2 tackles for loss and was credited with three sacks. Not half bad for a man operating at only half strength.

KU football captains predictions

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Huskers are back: Pelini says 'culture' has taken hold

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini has to love where his team sits entering the 2010 season, most likely the last for the Cornhuskers as a member of the Big 12 Conference.

KU soccer picked eighth in preseason poll

Kansas University’s women’s soccer team was picked to finish eighth in the Big 12 coaches’ preseason poll.

Wednesday, August 11

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Raptors acquire Julian Wright

Former Kansas University basketball forward Julian Wright, who posted on his Twitter account last February that he was “jealous of all those players that managed to get traded (before the deadline),” need not be envious of his peers any longer.

Six can’t-miss games for upcoming college football season

UT-Nebraska highlights Big 12 slate

Just ask any college football coach and he’ll tell you, all games are big games. OK, we’ll concede that point. But some games are more intriguing than others. Here are this season’s must-see games in the landscape of college football.

Prep hoops star Turner to visit Jayhawks, others this fall

Josiah Turner, a 6-foot-3 senior point guard from Sacramento (Calif.) High, will visit Kansas University, Louisville, Oregon and Arizona in the coming months, Turner’s mom tells

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Sooners expecting to bounce back

When Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford fell to the turf, re-injuring his throwing shoulder on Oct. 17, 2009, the Oklahoma University football team basically lost all hope of making a return appearance to the BCS Championship.

Cowboys chaotic: Oklahoma State to run wild offense

Mass chaos. Simply stated, it’s what the Oklahoma State University football team hopes to create for opposing defenses in 2010.

Cowboy gives up basketball scholarship

Oklahoma State captain Nick Sidorakis has agreed to give up his scholarship so that the Cowboys don’t have to cut a player from the basketball team.

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Texas A&M hopes to take 'next step'

If superstars are the key to success in college football, then Texas A&M could be set for a huge year in 2010.

Pair of former Jayhawks taking volleyball skills overseas

In just a couple days, two former Kansas University volleyball players will travel to Europe to begin another season of professional volleyball.

Oklahoma State football dons pads for first time

Oklahoma State took another step in its preparation for the upcoming season, breaking out football pads Tuesday for the first time in training camp.

Nebraska wide receivers thrive on competition

Senior Paul, junior Kinnie leading Huskers’ WR corps

Nebraska’s offense stands to gain if Niles Paul and Brandon Kinnie compete as hard against opponents as they do against each other.

Football buzz? ...Crickets

A year ago at this time, the days crawled. It seemed as if the opening kickoff for the final seasons of Todd Reesing, Kerry Meier, Dezmon Briscoe, Darrell Stuckey and Jake Sharp never would arrive.

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Spring in his step: Dog days of summer no bother to diligent Springer

Justin Springer was in no hurry to hit the showers after a three-hour practice in mid-90 degree temperatures last week on the practice fields outside Memorial Stadium.

Football notebook: Sweltering heat greets KU at two-a-days

The Jayhawks received a rough welcome to the world of two-a-day practices Tuesday as temperatures rose into triple digits.

Tuesday, August 10

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Jayhawks announce foes for 2012 non-conference season

Second year without Colorado and Nebraska features just three non-con games

Tuesday afternoon, the Kansas University football program announced its three non-conference games for the 2012 season, which will be the second year for the Big 12 without Colorado and Nebraska in the mix.

Texas counting on new quarterback

Garrett Gilbert shoulders great expectations for Longhorns

In his first full season of playing quarterback, University of Texas sophomore Garrett Gilbert probably will be held to lofty standards.

KU’s Gill a fearless recruiter

Based on the woman he so missed when she was in Buffalo and he was starting his new job in Lawrence, the woman he married, it’s obvious Turner Gill never was one to shy away from asking out the prettiest girl in the class.

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Back in action: Battle-tested Toben Opurum making up for lost time

Because he carried the ball 133 times, rushed for 554 yards and scored nine touchdowns in 2009, people may have a small misconception about Kansas University running back Toben Opurum.

Baylor Bears optimistic: QB Griffin's health could be key

Lengthy droughts have buried the Baylor football team into irrelevance in the last decade-and-a-half of college football.

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Texas Tech prepares for life after Leach

New coach Tommy Tuberville implementing fast-paced 'NASCAR' offense

Texas Tech’s reputation for being a pass-loving offense isn’t likely to change in 2010, even under new coach Tommy Tuberville.

Draft analyst lauds Morris twins’s Jonathan Givony scouted the five Kansas University basketball players — Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris, Thomas Robinson, Josh Selby and Tyshawn Taylor — who worked at camp counselors at the just-completed Adidas Nations Experience in Chicago.

Texas offensive lineman aggravates injury

Texas right guard Tray Allen will likely miss the rest of training camp after aggravating a left foot injury he suffered this past spring.

KU football notebook: Tharp lost for season

Lacking depth to begin with, the Kansas University linebacking corps became a little thinner last week, as sophomore Huldon Tharp was lost for the season because of a foot injury.

Oral arguments set in Leach suit

The Texas appeals court handling former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach’s lawsuit against the university over his 2009 firing has set Oct. 7 for oral arguments.

Monday, August 9

KU's Tharp to miss this season, may take medical redshirt

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill confirmed today that linebacker Huldon Tharp has suffered a foot injury and will red-shirt his sophomore season.

Prep Turner to visit KU

AAU teammate might come, too

Josiah Turner, the No. 12-ranked player in the college basketball recruiting Class of 2011, will attend the Oct. 15 Late Night in the Phog as part of his official recruiting visit to Kansas University.

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Gauging the Big 12 QB battles

With just under four weeks remaining until the start of the 2010 college football season, five Big 12 Conference teams are seeking an answer to the same question: Who will be the starting quarterback?

Sunday, August 8

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NBA contract hasn’t changed Aldrich

Cole Aldrich didn’t purchase anything extravagant Thursday after signing his rookie contract with the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Huskers’ QB battle heating up

Nebraska quarterback Zac Lee showed up for the start of preseason practice Saturday with a repaired right elbow and a new attitude.

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Celebrated students: KU tight ends learning to read defenses

It’s not uncommon for Kansas University assistant coach Aaron Stamn to pull his players aside at practice to quiz them on defensive football. Stamn, though, is the tight ends coach. And none of his players has taken a snap on defense in college.

Saturday, August 7

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Pro potential: Ex-Jayhawk Price having solid season for Renegades

Dutchess Stadium, constructed in 73 days in 1994, sits on the other side of I-84 from Fishkill Correctional Facility, a charming-looking structure from the outside built 98 years earlier and visible from the ballpark parking lot. It is here, on the right side of I-84, that Robby Price has started his professional baseball career.

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At Kansas, as pads go on, expectations go up

After two days of practicing in shorts, jerseys and helmets, in accordance with NCAA rules, Kansas University’s football team suited up in full pads for the first time Friday, adding another jolt to the feeling that football season has arrived.

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Collins inks deal with Bobcats

Sherron Collins is more than halfway to beginning a career in the NBA. The former Kansas University point guard, who was not selected in the league’s 2010 draft, on Friday signed a two-year non-guaranteed deal with the Charlotte Bobcats.

KU’s first football foe looks to improve on dismal year

North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl isn’t worried about the pressure for his team to improve upon last year’s losing season.

Friday, August 6

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Sherron Collins agrees to deal with Bobcats

After a successful stint with Charlotte's summer league team, the Bobcats have reached a deal with undrafted rookie Sherron Collins to help with depth at point guard.

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Cole Aldrich signs with Thunder

Rookie center Cole Aldrich has signed his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

KU swimmers 11th

Former Kansas University swimmer Danielle Herrmann and current Jayhawks Brooke Brull, Shannon Garlie and Joy Bunting placed 11th in the 4x200 meter freestyle relay at the ConocoPhillips National Championships.

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Freshman learning curve: Veteran Jayhawks helping rookies during first football practices

Wednesday marked the college football debut for 15 incoming freshmen at Kansas University.

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KU’s Self earns perfect Academic Progress Report scores

Coaches evaluated in NCAA Academic Progess Report

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self received good grades on his NCAA Academic Progress Report grade card for coaches, released Thursday.

Thursday, August 5

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Selby's eligibility in question; freshman's mom: ' ... I don’t foresee any problems at all'

Self releases statement Thursday evening

The mother of incoming Kansas University freshman Josh Selby is not alarmed that the No. 1-ranked prospect in the Class of 2010 has yet to be cleared by the NCAA to play college basketball because of questions about her son’s amateur status.

KU track team honored

Kansas University’s women’s track and field teams was one of 151 to be named a Div. I All-Academic team by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

KU swimmers 18th

Former Kansas University swimmer Danielle Herrmann and current Jayhawks Brooke Brull, Shannon Garlie and Joy Bunting took 18th in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay on the second day Wednesday of the ConocoPhillips National Championships.

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Back for more: Quigley embraces role as camp opens

Most college football players get four — maybe five — cracks at the first day of fall practice. On Wednesday, Kansas University senior Angus Quigley completed his sixth.

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Robinson follows money to Spain

Russell Robinson is putting his NBA dream on hold — for at least one year — as he heads overseas to make a good living playing basketball.

Wednesday, August 4

Defensive end Travis Stephens dismissed from KU football team

KU coach Turner Gill cites academic issues

Though excitement and energy ran rampant during the first day of fall practices Wednesday, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill announced some negative news concerning the Jayhawks.

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Pick ’em: Freshman Webb still co-leader with sophomore Pick for KU starting QB spot

Kansas University offensive coordinator Chuck Long has a simple theory on quarterbacks that might help explain why the KU coaching staff has yet to pick a starter for the 2010 season.

KU basketball notes

Former KU guard Russell Robinson has agreed to play basketball in Spain next season.

Huskers buzz of Big Ten media day

Not too long after Nebraska joined the Big Ten, Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema approached the league with a request: How about a Badgers-Huskers game to finish the season?

KU swimmers compete at national meet

Kansas University swimmers Abigail Anderson, Joy Bunting and Stephanie Payne and former Jayhawk Danielle Herrmann completed the first day of the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships.

Tuesday, August 3

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KU men to open Big 12 season at Iowa State

Two ESPN Big Monday games at home, two on the road, a Senior Day contest against Texas A&M, a season-ending trip to Missouri and the possibility of ESPN GameDay setting up shop in Lawrence highlight Kansas University’s 2010-11 Big 12 Conference basketball schedule, released Tuesday.

2010 Kansas football roster filled with changes to numbers, heights, personnel

Every year, at campuses around the country, college football rosters receive makeovers because of the departure of a bunch of seniors and the arrival of incoming freshmen and transfers.

OSU player charged with assault

Oklahoma State junior defensive end Jamie Blatnick was charged Monday with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after a fight with a former OSU offensive lineman at a Stillwater bar.

Complete KU women's basketball schedule released

Kansas University’s complete 2010-11 women’s basketball schedule, including Big 12 Conference games, was released on Monday.

Osborne: Nebraska's move to Big Ten about stability

Athletic director Tom Osborne insisted Nebraska wasn’t seeking riches or ducking competition when it decided to bolt the Big 12 for the Big Ten.

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Where is he now? Former KU player Kenny Gregory well-traveled in overseas circuit

One of the top players in Columbus, Ohio, high school basketball history, sky-walking Kenny Gregory flies under the radar these days.

Hoops recruit Sampson has KU, others on list

Jakarr Sampson, a 6-7, 190-pound senior forward from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, lists Kansas, St. John’s and Baylor as his leaders in recruiting, and report.

Monday, August 2

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KU’s Gill rallies, readies for year

First-year football coach ‘connects’ at Topeka gathering

New Kansas University football coach Turner Gill met with Jayhawk fans Sunday in advance of today’s unofficial start of the 2010 season.

Sunday, August 1

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First-rate reputation: Big 12 peers praise first-year KU coach Gill

Though he’s been at Kansas University for just seven months, KU football coach Turner Gill has been around college football long enough to make a pretty solid name for himself.

Manning analyzes LeBron

Annoying as it was, LeBron James and ESPN hooking up for a one-hour special for the purpose of James selecting his NBA destination was a sign of the times as much as anything else.

KU’s Self, K-State's Martin mingle at tourney

Proudly wearing a blue Kansas University golf shirt and khaki shorts, Bill Self descended from the top row of a set of bleachers at Okun Fieldhouse to sit next to a man wearing a purple shirt and black ballcap, both adorned with Wildcat logos.

Pump N Run captures title

Kansas City Pump N Run completed its most successful season in program history on Saturday.