Stories for December 2010


Friday, December 31

Big 12 roundup: Kansas State cruises past North Florida

Kansas State, playing without three starters, got huge games from Jamar Samuels and Wally Judge in a victory Friday over North Florida.

KU coach Self to give peas a chance

Jayhawks coach talks superstition, new year’s resolution

Not that Kansas University’s basketball players or coaches are superstitious or anything, but today … “We’ll definitely eat our black-eyed peas as a group,” KU coach Bill Self said Friday, referring to the food that, if sampled on New Year’s Day, is supposed to bring good luck.

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Happy campers: Kansas University's annual hoops clinic draws a huge crowd

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self deemed Friday’s annual Holiday Hoops Clinic at Allen Fieldhouse a success.

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Self: Starting lineup won't be revealed until gametime

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said Friday that he hadn't decided on Sunday's starting lineup against Miami (Ohio) and wouldn't until the day of the game.

Big 12 men’s basketball roundup: Mizzou rolls

Marcus Denmon matched his season best with five three-pointers and scored 22 points in Missouri's win over Old Dominion.

Recruit Ben McLemore making unofficial trips to finalists Kansas, Missouri

Recruiting: Ben McLemore, a 6-5 senior guard from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., is making unofficial trips to his finalists, KU and Missouri, over holiday break, reports.

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Kansas’ Taylor shaking off rust

A dusting of snow on Christmas Day is generally a good thing ... buckets upon buckets of the white stuff in conjunction with 40 to 50 mph wind gusts not so much.

NU defends business deal with QB’s dad

Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne says there is nothing inappropriate about his department having a business agreement with the father of the Cornhuskers’ starting quarterback.

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Commitment Dylan Admire to play in all-star game

Kansas University commitment Dylan Admire will put his skills on the national stage tonight in South Carolina.

Washington takes down No. 17 Nebraska, 19-7 in Holiday Bowl

Jake Locker bounced back from an injury and scored on a 25-yard run in the third quarter, and tailback Chris Polk ran for 177 yards and a score to help the Washington Huskies to a win over the listless Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Holiday Bowl.

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Celebration penalty costly for K-State

The first Pinstripe Bowl turned into a home run derby, with Syracuse and Kansas State trading big plays and touchdowns in one of the most exciting games of this postseason.

Thursday, December 30

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Careless win: Henrickson not happy with 21 turnovers

Following the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s 80-57 victory over Texas Arlington on Thursday, freshman Keena Mays walked into the interview room and picked up a copy of the box score.

Thunder dispatch Aldrich back to D-League Tulsa 66ers

The Oklahoma City Thunder is sending rookie center Cole Aldrich back to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

Maryland cruises in Military Bowl, Friedgen’s finale

Ralph Friedgen soaked in the chants and fought back a few more tears. He gave a parting gift to his alma mater — the highest point total Maryland has ever posted in a bowl game — then followed it with a parting shot at the administration that fired him.

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QB Gabbert’s future at MU uncertain

In his last remarks at a postgame news conference following Missouri’s 27-24 football loss to Iowa in the Insight Bowl on Tuesday night, junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert glanced ahead at MU’s prospects next season.

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Kansas’ Elijah Johnson puts in his time

Kansas University guard Elijah Johnson is used to being subbed out when he gets tired.

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Juco offensive-line recruit Bo Adams won’t come to KU after all

Kansas University recruit Bo Adams, an offensive lineman from Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, said Wednesday that his efforts to transfer to KU were blocked by the NCAA clearinghouse, making Adams’ move to KU unlikely.

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A good start: Thomas Robinson powers Jayhawks past UTA

Kansas University power forward Thomas Robinson, who had three vicious dunks en route to a career-high 20 points, paid the price for his rim-rattlers Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

Releford carves his niche

Quietly, while most of the rest of the players frustrate their coach with uneven performances, particularly at the defensive end, Kansas University red-shirt sophomore Travis Releford continues to get better.

Darrell Wyatt linked to Texas?

KU wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt, who also serves as the Jayhawks’ co-offensive coordinator, has been linked to a similar vacancy at the University of Texas on various Internet message boards for the past few weeks.

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Henrickson: Jayhawks have work to do

Nearly all of the numbers have gone the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s way this season.

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Mavericks awed by fieldhouse

When UT Arlington junior Bo Ingram first walked into Allen Fieldhouse, he was hit with a small-scale version of the video that Kansas University runs before its games.

KU hoops notebook

Displeased with his team’s play overall, Kansas University coach Bill Self was especially bothered by the last play of Wednesday’s game against Texas Arlington.

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Cowboys crush ‘Cats in Alamo Bowl, 36-10

Justin Blackmon caught two touchdown passes, including a 71-yard strike, and No. 16 Oklahoma State finished its first 11-win season with a 36-10 victory over Arizona in the Alamo Bowl on Wednesday night.

Leshoure, Illinois run all over Bears in Texas Bowl

Mikel Leshoure isn’t sure whether he’ll declare for the NFL Draft or return to Illinois for his senior season. But if Wednesday night’s Texas Bowl ends up being his college send-off, it will certainly be remembered as a good one.

Wednesday, December 29

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Men's basketball notebook: Marcus’ nickname? ‘Mook’

His name is Marcus Morris, but you can call him ‘Mook.’

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Hawkeyes edge Mizzou

Micah Hyde ran around, even behind the Missouri Tigers. Fill-in freshman Marcus Coker ran right over them.

Josh Selby gives Tyrel Reed a boost

Nothing in a game played at such a fast pace with five parts moving in scripted symmetry and five others trying to disrupt those movements is ever as simple as it seems, but on the surface, it appears nobody will benefit from the addition of freshman Josh Selby more than senior Tyrel Reed.

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The Top 10 KU football stories of 2010

Comeback can’t be topped: Epic 52-45 victory over Colorado No. 1

The 2010 college football season was as rough as we’ve seen at Kansas University for a few years.

A&M routs Drexel

Danielle Adams scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half and No. 7 Texas A&M rolled to a 74-45 victory over Drexel on Tuesday night in the Surf ‘N Slam tournament.

DE Ballard closes career with win

Tuesday’s Insight Bowl marked the final game in the college career of former Free State High standout Christian Ballard.

OU looks to end streak

As Winston Churchill said, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Fins sign ex-KU LB Rivera

The Miami Dolphins signed former Kansas University linebacker Mike Rivera.

Pinstripe Bowl hit by snowstorm

Yankee Stadium isn’t accustomed to digging out for anything. The ballpark in the Bronx is usually dormant this time of year, the sweet sounds of spring still months away.

Tuesday, December 28

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Josh Selby to start first game, Marcus Morris to come off the bench

Josh Selby will start his first game in a Kansas uniform Wednesday against UT-Arlington, however, Marcus Morris will not be in the starting lineup, which will include Elijah Johnson, Markieff Morris, Thomas Robinson and Tyrel Reed.

K-State's Curtis Kelly to sit out 6 total games for NCAA infraction

Kansas State forward Curtis Kelly will miss four more games after committing a secondary NCAA violation while buying clothes at a Manhattan department store.

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Tyshawn Taylor’s travel troubles ending?

KU guard should be back in Lawrence by midday Tuesday

Tyshawn Taylor’s extended Christmas vacation should finally end Tuesday.

No. 9 Missouri downs Northern Illinois, 97-61

Marcus Denmon scored 24 points to lead Missouri to a blowout victory over Northern Illinois.

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Former KU football coach Mark Mangino would be a good fit at Nebraska

When ousted Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino rode his $3 million parachute out of town and moved to Naples, Fla., the general consensus was Mangino would spend the year exhaling and then get back into coaching. Well, now that the year is up, will Mangino get back in? The guess here is yes.

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Former KU wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe makes NFL debut

Former Kansas University wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe made his NFL debut Sunday, starting for Tampa Bay during the Buccaneers’ 38-14 victory against Seattle.

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Big 12 bowl guide, from blockbusters to snoozers

The Big 12 Conference has representatives in eight bowl games this postseason, starting with tonight’s Insight Bowl. Not all are worth watching. Big 12 blogger Eric Sorrentino dishes on which deserve your tube time and which don’t.

Monday, December 27

Court date for KU basketball player Mario Little moved to May

The municipal court date for Kansas University senior basketball player Mario Little has been delayed from Jan. 5 to May 19 after his attorney recently entered an appearance for him.

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Markieff Morris named Big 12 player of the week

Kansas junior forward Markieff Morris was selected as the Big 12's player of the week, the conference announced Monday.

Prep CB Kenneth Lynn out of Dallas commits to Kansas football team

This weekend, the Jayhawks learned cornerback Kenneth Lynn, out of Kimball High in Dallas, had become the latest member of the Class of 2011 to commit orally to KU.

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Update: KU basketball's Tyshawn Taylor still stuck in New Jersey on Monday

A massive snowstorm that slammed into the East Coast on Sunday has delayed one Kansas University basketball player’s return from three-day Christmas vacation. “Tyshawn could not get out today. All the flights were canceled,” KU coach Bill Self said Sunday night, referring to Hoboken, N.J., junior guard Tyshawn Taylor.

Saturday, December 25

Florida State upends Baylor

The Florida State Seminoles are heading home with smiles on their faces and a good feeling about their game. No. 15 Baylor is going back to the mainland with two losses.

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Former KU basketball forward Rodney Hull top educator

Ex-Jayhawk reserve bonds with students at inner-city Chicago elementary school

Principal Rodney Hull doesn’t strike fear in his pupils while patrolling the halls of Nicholson Technology Academy on the far south side of Chicago. The kindergarten-to-eighth-graders at the inner-city elementary school see the 6-foot-7 former Kansas University basketball player as a human teddy bear — somebody to love, not loathe.

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Bright and early: Two K.C.-area preps KU-bound at semester

While most members of the high school Class of 2011 are still several months away from heading off to college, two nearby football prospects have their bags packed and are ready to settle in on the Kansas University campus.

Clint Bowen new D-coordinator at North Texas

After spending all of his life in Lawrence, Clint Bowen is on the move for the second year in a row. Bowen, a former Lawrence High and Kansas University standout player and 12-year KU assistant coach, recently agreed to become the defensive coordinator at North Texas.

KU football's Christmas gift? QB commit Berglund

Last Monday night, shortly after hearing about prep quarterback Brock Berglund switching his commitment from Colorado to Kansas, I couldn’t help but think of Bubba Cunningham.

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Rebuilding project: Former KU guard Jeff Hawkins enjoying challenge in first year as prep head coach

After his playing days were over, the desire to coach was, at first, only natural for Jeff Hawkins. Hawkins, who played point guard at Kansas University from 2002-2006, looked at coaching as the next-closest option to still being on the court.

Friday, December 24

Football recruit Pierson visits KU, still undecided

Last weekend, eight members of the high school Class of 2011 made their official visits to Kansas University to tour the football facilities and meet with the coaching staff.

Self reflects on heated victory against Cal

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self — who pulled into Allen Fieldhouse at 7 a.m., Thursday after an overnight charter flight from Oakland, Calif. — wasn’t too weary to watch tape of Wednesday’s chippy KU-California game.

Selby is Kansas’ wild child

Growing up, we all knew the wild child who had the knack for doing crazy things and not only getting away with them but hogging the gold stars. The rest of us would get caught up in his mischievous spirit and get nailed by teachers, principals, parents, etc.

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California love: KU guard Reed amazed by fans on road

A fired-up Tyrel Reed pointed into the stands, thumbs up, after the final horn sounded in Kansas University’s 78-63 victory over California on Wednesday in energized Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif.

Thursday, December 23

Big 12 men’s basketball roundup: No. 9 Missouri holds off Illini, 75-64

Laurence Bowers made a four-point play with a layup and two free throws after an intentional foul with 40 left for Missouri in a victory over Illinois on Wednesday night.

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Kansas enters a short holiday break 11-0 for the second-straight season and fourth time in Bill Self’s eight seasons at KU.

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Bruise cruise: Jayhawks win ‘chippy’ contest vs. Golden Bears

Ho ho ho and mistletoe? Peace on earth, good will toward men? Kansas University’s basketball players obviously were saving those sentiments for today through the weekend, not Wednesday night during an intense, heated — call it a Scrooge-like — 78-63 victory over California in Haas Pavilion.

Bears: Basketball game against Jayhawks ‘just physical’

The Cal players said there were no hard feelings following their 78-63 loss to Kansas University in a rough game Wednesday night.

Larry Brown out as Charlotte Bobcats head coach

After a miserable start to the season in which he took shots at his players and himself, Larry Brown is out as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats in another messy exit in his well-traveled career.

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Lack of composure in chippy game vs. Cal shows KU basketball team's immaturity

For a two-minute blitz at the beginning of the second half, Kansas University’s basketball team showed its very high ceiling, as high as any team’s in the country.

Wednesday, December 22

KU women pick up 64-58 road win over Creighton

Forwards Carolyn Davis and Aishah Sutherland combined for 32 points, helping the Kansas women's basketball team to a 64-58 road victory over Creighton on Wednesday night in Omaha, Neb.

Charlotte Bobcats recall Sherron Collins from NBA D-League

The Charlotte Bobcats have recalled point guard Sherron Collins after his five-game stint with Maine of the NBA Development League.

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KU's new QB Brock Berglund says his skill set has elements of Tim Tebow, Michael Vick and Peyton Manning

It takes less than five minutes of talking to him to realize two things about Brock Berglund, the latest Kansas University football commitment who orally pledged to join the Jayhawks on Monday. First, Berglund is confident. Extremely. Second, he was born to be a quarterback.

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Hitting the road: KU men's basketball to play first true road game vs. Cal

Brady Morningstar, who has lived in Lawrence the vast majority of his life, has a favorite getaway spot in scenic San Francisco.

Jacob Pullen, Curtis Kelly suspended from K-State basketball team for receiving impermissible benefits

Preseason All-America guard Jacob Pullen, who had made 82 consecutive starts for No. 11 Kansas State, was suspended by the NCAA for three games just before the Wildcats’ game against UNLV on Tuesday night.

Kansas women’s basketball team back to full strength

For the first time this season, the Kansas University women’s basketball team will hit the road at full strength.

KU basketball notebook: Jayhawks making first trip to Berkeley since 1956-57 season

KU today visits Cal’s campus in Berkeley for the first time since the 1956-57 season, when KU beat the Golden Bears, 66-56, behind 23 points from sophomore Wilt Chamberlain.

Tuesday, December 21

Christmas Eve Skype call with Bill Self sells for over $4,000 in eBay auction

A Christmas Eve Skype call with Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self has sold for over $4,000 on eBay.

KU basketball assistant coach Kurtis Townsend familiar with Cal

Townsend worked for Golden Bears from 1993 to '97

Kurtis Townsend knows all there is to know about University of California basketball, having worked as a Golden Bears’ assistant coach from 1993 to ’97.

Monday, December 20

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Report: Three-star QB Brock Berglund decommits from Colorado, commits to KU football

It turns out there was a Plan B for Kansas University’s football program after all.

How Keegan voted: Dec. 20, 2010

The following is Lawrence Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's Associated Press ballot for the Dec. 20, 2010, college basketball poll.

KU stays at No. 3 in both polls

The Kansas men's basketball team stayed at No. 3 in the latest ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and Associated Press poll released Monday.

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KU's Josh Selby wins Big 12 rookie of the week

Kansas freshman guard Josh Selby was named the Big 12 rookie of the week, the conference announced Monday.

Nebraska safety Rickey Thenarse cited for DUI

Nebraska safety Rickey Thenarse was cited for drunken driving hours after his graduation ceremony.

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KU basketball's Josh Selby proves 'tough' in Allen Fieldhouse debut

Freshman shows confidence

The topic of toughness was addressed in Kansas University’s basketball locker room the other day.

College basketball roundup: Irish win; CU streak hits five

Cory Higgins scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half as Colorado outgunned Longwood.

Sunday, December 19

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Win-win situation: Goodrich, Brown back for victory

Sophomore guard Monica Engelman posted 20 points in 25 minutes, leading the Kansas women's basketball team to a 91-52 victory over SIU-Edwardsville on Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

Saturday, December 18

Kansas women expect to ‘get a lot better’ against SIUE

With the Big 12 Conference portion of the schedule right around the corner — Kansas University opens with Texas Tech on Jan. 8 — KU women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson has a luxury few teams are able to enjoy.

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Freshman Selby has fairy-tale beginning

It’s been some time since anybody has put on a better show for those lucky enough to gain admission to Saturday’s basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse as the guy whose picture was on the ticket.

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Sudden impact: Selby lives up to hype in debut

Josh “Showtime” Selby gazed into the lower-level, southwest-corner bleachers of Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas University’s 6-foot-2 freshman combo guard was looking for a loved one after draining his dramatic, game-winning three-pointer with 26 seconds left in Saturday’s spine-tingling 70-68 victory over Southern California.

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Kansas-USC notebook: Morningstar, Reed involved in big plays at end, too

Brady Morningstar’s defense was dandy on an inbounds pass play that resulted in a USC turnover with :05 left and KU up, 69-68, in Saturday’s 70-68 victory over the Trojans.

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Other guy’s debut not so storybook

Jio Fontan suffers setback in first game for USC

Saturday afternoon at Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse, two highly touted college basketball players made their 2010-11 debuts.

These ADs fit bill for KU

The first search resulted in Kansas University selecting Tulsa’s Bubba Cunningham as its next athletic director, after he proved more impressive in interviews than Notre Dame deputy AD Bill Scholl, the other finalist.

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Selby’s debut finally here

Josh Selby walks into an office on Kansas University’s campus wearing a beige and black winter coat with writing on the left sleeve. What kind of coat is that, Josh?

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Taylor to face best friend

Through all the adversity he’s faced at Kansas University, junior guard Tyshawn Taylor always had someone helping him through: best friend and current USC guard Jio Fontan.

Reserve leaving Nebraska

Nebraska reserve Christian Standhardinger is leaving the team to explore other basketball options.

Friday, December 17

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Judge sets February trial date in Kansas ticket scandal case

The case against five former University of Kansas officials accused of conspiring to steal more than $2 million in sports tickets has been set to go to trial in February.

Kansas will find another good choice for athletic director

Kansas University didn’t get its first choice for athletic director, but you can remain confident the school will land a quality person with high integrity and deeply rooted NCAA connections to handle conference realignment issues when they inevitably resurface.

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KU basketball recruit Perry Ellis cuts school list to six

Perry Ellis, a 6-foot-8 junior forward from Wichita Heights, has trimmed his list of prospective schools to six.

Mario Little's suspension opens door for Travis Releford, Jeff Withey

Mario Little’s indefinite suspension from Kansas University’s basketball team will mean additional playing time for one or more players on the Jayhawks’ deep roster.

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Lights, camera, anticipation: Josh Selby, respecting tradition, ditches headgear, prepares for warm welcome at Allen Fieldhouse

A burning question was presented to Josh Selby on Day Five of “Selby Week” on Kansas University’s campus. “Will you be wearing a headband Saturday?” Selby, KU’s flashy freshman point guard from Baltimore, was asked Thursday during a 10-minute interview session with more than a dozen print, radio and TV reporters outside the famed northwest tunnel of Allen Fieldhouse.

Public deserves truth surrounding Bubba Cunningham backing out of KU job

Something happened between the time Bubba Cunningham told friends he was going to leave Tulsa University to accept the athletic director’s position at Kansas University and the time Tulsa announced Thursday he had signed a new contract with the Conference USA school.

Thursday, December 16

Bubba Cunningham staying at Tulsa

In a statement released late Thursday afternoon, Tulsa University announced that Bubba Cunningham would remain its athletic director. Kansas University’s search for a new athletic director, which had reached its destination at the doorstep of Tulsa University’s Bubba Cunningham, has resumed.

For a donation to the Assists Foundation, KU basketball coach Bill Self available for 15-minute chat on Christmas Eve

This Christmas Eve, there’s an opportunity to welcome one more addition to the family game of charades — Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self.

KU basketball player Mario Little arrested after altercation involving girlfriend, suspended indefinitely

Kansas University senior basketball player Mario Little was arrested early Thursday on charges of battery, criminal damage and criminal trespassing.

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Bill Self up for Peace Award

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self has been nominated for the inaugural 2010 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Awards in the coach category, Celebrate Positive announced Wednesday. The award honors and recognizes individuals, businesses, athletes, sports teams, entertainers and schools around the world for their positive contributions.

Missouri suspends guard Michael Dixon over rule violation

Missouri point guard Michael Dixon has been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Wednesday, December 15

Kansas RB Sims earns freshman All-America honor

He started as an unknown commodity on a team loaded with depth at running back. He finished with an honorable-mention nod on College Football News’ freshman All-America team and a spot on’s Big 12 all-freshman team. Not a bad way for Kansas University running back James Sims to break into college football.

Mom expects to be emotional at Selby’s debut

Josh Selby believes his mom will be in serious need of tissues late Saturday morning in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Coming into his own: Maturing Tyshawn Taylor making most of his potential

Not many college basketball players bring such speed and quickness to the court. He’s on the long side for a point guard, a nice complement to that quickness on the defensive end. He’ll draw a huge ovation from the grateful Allen Fieldhouse crowd Saturday morning against USC because he deserves one. Before you say, “Oh no, not again,” wait.

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Keegan: Bubba Cunningham would be right hire for KU

In answering Tuesday the question of whether he would be Kansas University’s next athletic director, Bubba Cunningham showed he has more “cunning” in him than “ham.” “I do not talk about it until there’s a change in employment status,” Cunningham told Tulsa radio station 1430 The Buzz during his weekly appearance. “And there is not a change in employment status.”

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One year in the making: Reasons for hope, fear after coach Turner Gill’s roller-coaster KU football season

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the date that Turner Gill was introduced as the next football coach at Kansas University.

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KU basketball spreads holiday cheer, shops for needy families

A big, bruising enforcer on the court, Thomas Robinson showed his softer side while Christmas shopping for a needy family Tuesday night at the Walmart in south Lawrence.

Tuesday, December 14

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Sources: Bubba Cunningham to be KU's next athletic director

Kansas University has chosen Tulsa University’s Lawrence “Bubba” Cunningham as its next athletic director, according to sources, but as of Tuesday, the sources were unaware of a scheduled news conference to announce a successor to Lew Perkins.

Oklahoma assistants promoted

Oklahoma assistants Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell are now co-offensive coordinators for the Sooners.

Northern Illinois taps ex-KU aide

Northern Illinois reached into the Big Ten as it completed a whirlwind search on Monday for its new head football coach.

Texas A&M joins men’s Top 25

Duke is still the unanimous No. 1 in the Associated Press college basketball poll, and Texas A&M has moved into the Top 25 for the first time this season.

Monday, December 13

Zack Stoudt chooses Ole Miss

Juco QB passes on Jayhawks

Iowa Western Community College quarterback Zack Stoudt, orally committed to Mississippi today, ending Kansas University's chances of landing the No. 2 rated juco quarterback in the nation.

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Selby: Kansas didn’t give up on me

Josh Selby said he never considered dropping out of school — and perhaps heading overseas to play professional basketball — as he waited month after month for the NCAA to rule on his eligibility.

How Keegan voted: Dec. 13, 2010

The following is Lawrence Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's ballot for the Associated Press college basketball poll on Dec. 13, 2010.

KU basketball moves up to No. 3 in both Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls

The Kansas men's basketball team moved up to No. 3 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls released Monday.

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Off the bench? Bill Self leaning toward not starting Josh Selby against USC

Kansas University freshman guard Josh Selby will probably not start his first college game Saturday against USC, coach Bill Self said on Monday’s Big 12 coaches teleconference.

Iowa Western Community College OL Bo Adams commits to Kansas football

With six offensive linemen in the Class of 2011 already committed, Kansas University’s football program added a seventh this weekend, when Bo Adams, an offensive guard from Iowa Western Community College, orally committed to KU and will arrive on campus next month as a preferred walk-on.

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Josh Selby a ‘luxury’ for KU basketball

Jayhawks should benefit from final part

Off to a 9-0 start without Josh Selby, Kansas University’s basketball players can only wonder how strong they’ll be with the country’s No. 1-ranked prospect in the lineup.

Sunday, December 12

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KU women notch 79-57 victory over Alabama

Carolyn Davis posted 24 points on 8-for-10 shooting, leading the Kansas women's basketball team to a 79-57 victory over Alabama on Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Break, Selby should boost KU

Kansas University’s basketball team made it through the pre-Selby portion of its schedule undefeated in nine games, the last by a 76-55 score Saturday night against Colorado State in the Sprint Center.

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Rams’ Green frustrated by setback

For 40 minutes on the floor, a few more during the postgame handshakes and 7:09 in front of the media, Colorado State sophomore Dorian Green kept it together.

Sources ID Kansas AD finalists

Tulsa AD Cunningham, Notre Dame deputy AD Scholl recommended to KU chancellor

Tulsa University athletic director Bubba Cunningham and Notre Dame deputy AD Bill Scholl were the two finalists sent to Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little by the search committee she appointed, multiple sources said.

Texas defensive coordinator Muschamp to coach at Florida

Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has left the Longhorns to take over at Florida.

Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

Kansas coach Bill Self exclaimed, ‘Wow,’ when asked about KU grad David Booth’s purchase of James Naismith’s original rules of basketball for $4.3 million.

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Scared witless: Jayhawks survive injuries, Rams

The 18,756 fans in Sprint Center weren’t the only folks scared to death when Kansas University junior Marcus Morris crumbled to the floor just 21⁄2 minutes into Saturday’s nonconference clash against Colorado State.

Saturday, December 11

Christopherson sparks Cyclones

Sharpshooter scores career-high 30 in Iowa State’s narrow 75-72 victory over Iowa

Iowa State’s Jamie Vanderbeken thinks teammate Scott Christopherson is the best shooter in the nation. After the performance Christopherson put on Friday night, it’s hard to argue with him.

KU coach Self lauds Booths for buying Naismith's rules

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self applauds the generosity of KU graduate David Booth and Booth’s wife, Suzanne, who purchased the original 13 rules of basketball for $4.3 million in an auction on Friday.

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LHS grad and Colorado State sophomore Green excited to play Kansas

Colorado State sophomore guard Dorian Green, who grew up a big Kansas University basketball/football fan, today gets a chance to compete against his second-favorite school.

Friday, December 10

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Booths purchase original Naismith basketball rules at auction for more than $4 million

Lawrence High and Kansas University graduate David Booth felt so strongly that the two pages on which James Naismith wrote the original 13 rules of basketball should find a home on the KU campus he paid $4.3 million in an auction Friday to guarantee that.

Ole Miss joins KU atop list of juco QB Stoudt

Once thought to be the clear leader for junior college quarterback Zack Stoudt, the Kansas University football program appears to have company.

Budig crucial to Pinstripe Bowl

The biggest names involved in the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl, to be played at Yankee Stadium between Kansas State and Syracuse on Dec. 30, all praised the man who has worked in the shadows to make a dream become a reality: Former Kansas University chancellor and American League president, Dr. Gene Budig.

Naismith’s rules at auction today

Dr. James Naismith’s “Founding Rules of Basketball,” will be up for auction today.

Jimmy V's brother, Bob, discusses KU hoops

On Tuesday night, the working press room at Madison Square Garden is a slice of New York.

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Kansas men's basketball team struggling at charity stripe

Kansas University’s basketball team — which hit 89.3 percent of its free throws during the two-game exhibition season — has struggled to a 63.9 percent mark through eight regular-season games.

Thursday, December 9

KU women fall 75-67 to Michigan for first loss of season

Keena Mays and Monica Engelman combined for 31 points, but Michigan rallied in the second half and handed the Kansas University women’s basketball team its first loss of the season, 75-67, on Thursday night.

Charlotte Bobcats send former KU basketball star Sherron Collins to D-League

The Charlotte Bobcats have sent little-used rookie point guard Sherron Collins to Maine of the NBA Development League.

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City-star showdown: Ex-Free State Firebird Brady Morningstar, ex-Lawrence High Lion Dorian Green face off for first time Saturday at Sprint Center

Earlier this week, former high school basketball coaches Chris Davis and Jack Schreiner responded in similar, agonizing fashion after being asked which was the better high school basketball player, former Free State star Brady Morningstar or former Lawrence High standout Dorian Green. The reaction? A loud groan, a shake of the head and a shoulder shrug that seemed to imply, “Are you really going to make me answer that?”

KU women's basketball team unselfish, thriving

Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson is no different from any other coach in America.

Wednesday, December 8

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Four former KU Athletics officials enter not guilty pleas at preliminary hearing in Wichita; another defendant set for plea change in January

While four of her former colleagues were entering not guilty pleas in U.S. District Court, Kansas Athletics' former director of ticket operations was taking steps to change her plea and — perhaps — begin cooperating with investigators.

Defense attorney: Trial unlikely in case involving former KU football player Jamal Greene

A defense attorney on Wednesday said he doesn’t expect a trial to be held on allegations that a former Kansas University football player held four students at gunpoint last May.

KU joins Champions Classic with Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State

College basketball powers Kansas University, Kentucky, Duke and Michigan State will participate in ESPN’s Champions Classic over the next three seasons, the network announced on Wednesday.

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Memphis ‘out-toughed’ by Kansas basketball at Madison Square Garden

Memphis guard Will Barton needed only a few words to explain what went wrong for his team on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

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Garden party: KU basketball's Tyshawn Taylor has happy homecoming in New York City

Kansas University point guard Tyshawn Taylor bumped fists with head coach Bill Self as he headed through the center tunnel of famed Madison Square Garden toward the locker room following Tuesday’s 81-68 Jimmy V. Classic victory over Memphis.

Gary Bedore's KU hoops notebook: Elijah Johnson denies transfer rumors

Elijah Johnson, who had seven points, three assists and a steal in 21 minutes against Memphis on Tuesday, spent some of his postgame interview session commenting on transfer rumors that never seem to die.

Texas A&M LB Von Miller wins 2010 Butkus Award

Texas A&M’s Von Miller has won the Butkus Award as college football’s best linebacker.

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KU sophomores Elijah Johnson, Thomas Robinson make most of minutes vs. Memphis

Ideally, by the time conference play starts Jan. 12 in Ames, Iowa, Markieff Morris will have mastered the art of playing defense with his feet, not his hands, and can consistently play 30 minutes a game.

Tuesday, December 7

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Former Kansas Athletics Inc. employees headed to court in KU ticket scandal case

Five people who raised money from Kansas University ticket buyers, oversaw KU ticket operations or worked to help manage the school’s ticket operations are headed to federal court to face charges.

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Former Jayhawk Gary Woodland qualifies for PGA Tour — again

It took six difficult rounds, but Gary Woodland is back on the PGA Tour.

KU baseball adds 10 to 2011-12 roster

Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price announced Monday the addition of 10 players to the 2011-12 roster during the early-signing period.

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Walking on Memphis? KU basketball aims for another triumph over upstart Tigers Tuesday night

Marcus Morris hoped for the best, but definitely feared the worst, as Memphis lefty sharpshooter Elliot Williams launched a possible game-winning three-point shot with two seconds left in the 2009 Hall of Fame Showcase in St. Louis Scottrade Center.

UCLA’s Howland speaks with NCAA

UCLA coach Ben Howland said over the weekend he spoke with NCAA coordinator of men’s basketball officials John Adams about the foul called against Malcolm Lee in the final second of UCLA’s 77-76 loss Thursday at Kansas University.

Monday, December 6

Texas prep defensive end commits to KU

This weekend, Kansas University’s football coaching staff got a good feel for what a blitz from West Brook High in Beaumont, Texas, might have looked like this season.

Big 12 roundup: Oklahoma, Texas men upended

Arizona forward Derrick Williams has come to expect more physical play from the opposition as the season progresses. Williams was hit hard early by Oklahoma on Sunday but scored 16 points to lead the Wildcats to an 83-60 victory.

Phoenix Coyotes exec Brad Treliving on Kansas AD list

From out of left field, or maybe from behind the blue line is a better way to put it, enters the mystery candidate in Kansas University’s search for a new athletic director.

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Jayhawk Niko Roberts can’t wait to show off Big Apple to KU basketball teammates

Kansas University freshman walk-on guard Niko Roberts, who lived in New York the past six years, hopes to play walking tour guide for his teammates during the Jayhawks’ Sunday-Tuesday stay in the Big Apple.

Colorado replaces Hawkins with Jon Embree

Jon Embree will be introduced as Colorado’s new football coach on Monday morning.

Sunday, December 5

KU football notes: Jayhawks land Texas LB

The commitments just keep on coming for Kansas University football coach Turner Gill and his staff.

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KU guard Taylor excited to play in N.Y.

KU guard will be near New Jersey home

Tyshawn Taylor is looking forward to a happy Homecoming today through Tuesday.

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Season in review: Reporter Matt Tait hands out his KU football postseason awards

Those who preceded me in this position often penned a few paragraphs to put the finishing touches on the football seasons that were. After a two-year hiatus, it’s time to bring that back. There’s no flashy name for the following awards, nor does there need to be since very little about this year’s Kansas University football team had much flash.

KU women rally to remain perfect

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team missed nine of 10 shots to open Saturday afternoon’s game at Southern Methodist University.

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Sooners send Huskers packing in Big 12 football title game

No. 10 Oklahoma is keeping the conference title in the Big 12 family.

Saturday, December 4

KU women notch second road win with 73-65 victory over SMU

Monica Engelman scored 17 points and added eight rebounds, leading the Kansas women's basketball team to a 73-65 victory over SMU on Saturday afternoon in Dallas.

K-State to play in Pinstripe Bowl

Kansas State and Syracuse will be ending bowl droughts when they meet in the Pinstripe Bowl later this month. Yankee Stadium will be, too.

KU defensive back Ryan Murphy done with football

Former Free State High standout Ryan Murphy, a junior defensive back on the Kansas University football team, informed KU coach Turner Gill this week during individual meetings that he would not return for his senior season, instead electing to focus on academics and his future.

Huskers get last shot at Big 12 title

It’s time for Nebraska to take its final bow in the Big 12.

Football talent on hand at KU campus this weekend

Members of senior classes that change football programs tend to return to campus recruiting visits when asked to identify the day the tide turned.

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NCAA: Referee made right call in KU's victory over UCLA

John Adams, the NCAA’s coordinator of men’s basketball officials, on Friday said official Doug Sirmons made the correct foul call on UCLA’s Malcolm Lee with 0.7 seconds left in Kansas University’s 77-76 victory over the Bruins on Thursday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

Friday, December 3

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Self, Pollard sport red heels to support fight against domestic violence

Former NBA and Jayhawk basketball star Scot Pollard has landed on the cover of newspapers and magazines, but never a calendar — until now. He’s pictured trying on a pair of red stilettos at Garry Gribble’s Running Sports store in downtown Lawrence.

Kansas Athletics looking for bidders to run its retail, online stores

Kansas Athletics Inc. is accepting bids to operate its KU Store retail and online operations, five years after awarding the contract to Rock Island, Ill., based Sports Avenue.

Pair of K.C. preps to join Jayhawks in January

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill turned an eye toward the future on Friday at a season-ending news conference at Mrkonic Auditorium in the Anderson Family Football Complex.

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Bruins coach bemoans game-ending call

Noticeably upset by the way Thursday’s 77-76 loss to Kansas University ended, UCLA men’s basketball coach Ben Howland stepped to the podium and explained the frantic final seconds for anyone who would listen.

Jayhawks lucky to survive off night

The “L” in the standings comes after the “W,” not before it. There is no “LW” to track lucky wins.

KU rowing signs four

Kansas University’s rowing program announced the signing of four student-athletes Thursday.

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Future KU football players shine at 6A state

Saturday’s Kansas high school Class 6A state championship game in Topeka featured a heavy dose of future Jayhawks.

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Little’s free throw helps KU escape

Mario Little wasn’t shaking as he stepped to the foul stripe with a chance to win Thursday’s thriller against UCLA. He was as calm as a fifth-year college senior could be.

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ESPN's Fraschilla provides take on crucial last-second call

ESPN-TV color announcer Fran Fraschilla provided the Journal-World with his take on the most crucial call of the college basketball season to date — UCLA’s foul of Mario Little with seven-tenths of a second left in the Jayhawks’ 77-76 victory over the Bruins on Thursday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Thursday, December 2

Speculation that an athletic director candidate was bound for Lawrence turns out to be false

Search committee chairman says end is 'close'

Speculations swirled in Lawrence Thursday afternoon that a plane bound for Lawrence from Tulsa would carry Lawrence “Bubba” Cunningham, one of the most-rumored candidate to replace Lew Perkins.

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KU's Turner Gill helps honor Character Counts award winners at New York School

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill helped honor 11 students and one paraeducator with special awards Thursday during New York School’s monthly Character Counts assembly.

UCLA wary of KU, Allen Fieldhouse

Bruins coach expects ‘big challenge’ against Jayhawks Thursday night

One of the best defenders in Weber State basketball history, Ben Howland remembers shuffling his feet — and taking his share of charges — three decades ago in tradition-rich Allen Fieldhouse.

Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma's Jeremy Beal Big 12 football players of year

Justin Blackmon was named the Big 12’s offensive player of the year Wednesday after a breakthrough season in which he went from a relative unknown to the nation’s most productive wide receiver for No. 16 Oklahoma State.

Wednesday, December 1

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KU women break school record in 126-63 thrashing of Maine

Victory was program's 700th all-time

Sparked by an incredible 45-6 run to open the game, the Kansas University women’s basketball team shattered the school record for most points in a single game during a 126-63 drubbing of Maine on Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Longtime friends Bob Stoops, Bo Pelini face off in 2010 Big 12 Championship

Bob Stoops has never had any interest in leading Oklahoma against any of his brothers who are also in the coaching profession.

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Kansas basketball team excited to play UCLA on Thursday

Tyshawn Taylor, who has been a part of Kansas University’s tradition-rich college basketball program the past three years, acknowledges another school with vast hoops history — UCLA.

KU women’s basketball approaching 700th victory, looking for 7-0 start

The Kansas University women’s basketball team will be gunning for a pair of milestones at 7 tonight when they play host to Maine at Allen Fieldhouse.

Wind whispers tidbits about KU AD candidates from Illinois State, Tulsa

Some gossips like to drop hints and leave it at that so they can pass lie-detector tests about whether they were the source of leaks.