Stories for January 2010


Sunday, January 31

Four-star running back Bourbon commits to Kansas

Four-star running back prospect Brandon Bourbon has switched his commitment from Stanford to Kansas University and is expected sign with the Jayhawks on Wednesday's National Signing Day, according to

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Collins wills Kansas past Wildcats in OT

ESPN Game Day announcer Digger Phelps intercepted Sherron Collins as Kansas University’s sweat-soaked senior guard made his way to the locker room after the Jayhawks’ 81-79 overtime victory over Kansas State on Saturday night in Bramlage Coliseum.

KU tennis beats Drake

The Kansas University tennis team opened its season with a 6-1 victory over Drake on Saturday.

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Gary Bedore’s Kansas hoops notebook

Stats, facts and notes from KU's victory against Kansas State.

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’Cats meant to foul

KSU suffered ‘major breakdown’

Following Kansas University’s 81-79 overtime victory over Kansas State, many Wildcat fans might have wondered why KSU didn’t opt to foul the Jayhawks late in overtime.

Aldrich enjoying the journey

An estimated 8,200 students shook off another Friday night in Aggieville and showed up for the Saturday morning taping of ESPN’s Game Day. All the big names — Dick Vitale, Jay Bilas and Digger Phelps — came to town for it.

Saturday, January 30

Kansas women get rare road victory

Freshman forward Carolyn Davis recorded a career-high 20 points and pulled down nine rebounds, senior Danielle McCray added 19 points and the Kansas University women's basketball team held off Missouri, 61-59, on Saturday night in Columbia, Mo.

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FINAL: Clutch Collins helps sink KSU, 81-79, in overtime

After sitting out most of overtime with an ailment, Collins' floater with 9 seconds left in overtime helped the Jayhawks seal the victory.

KU-KSU won’t be pretty

Officially, the sport Kansas State plays in Bramlage Coliseum is known as basketball. In reality, it blends elements of football, wrestling, boxing and basketball.

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KU women seek road win at MU

It’s no secret Kansas University’s women play better — usually MUCH better — basketball at home.

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Rivalry reborn: K-State fans have returned to chicken-throwing roots

Kansas State nemesis Wayne Simien dodged some debris tossed from the Bramlage Coliseum stands during pregame Sunflower Showdown warmups on Feb. 9, 2005.

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’Cats perfect vs. Top 25

Kansas State University’s basketball team takes a 4-0 record against ranked squads into tonight’s Sunflower Showdown in sold-out Bramlage Coliseum.

New faces spark Kansas track

Given the level of acclaim bestowed upon the Kansas University women’s track team’s 2009 recruiting class — a group that featured three high school All-Americans and was tapped as the nation’s fourth-best by “Track and Field News” — it was reasonable to assume the unit eventually would have a major impact on the program.

Friday, January 29

Federal government considering official investigation into legality of BCS

The Obama administration is considering several steps that would review the legality of the controversial Bowl Championship Series, the Justice Department said in a letter Friday to a senator who had asked for an antitrust review.

Aldrich still trails Wilt, Born

Cole Aldrich flirted with his second triple-double as Kansas University ripped Missouri Monday. When he gets No. 2, he’ll still be tied for second with B.H. Born on the legitimate Jayhawk basketball charts

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Morningstar holds no grudges

KU guard: Clemente incident ‘in heat of battle’

Kansas State guard Denis Clemente paid the price for elbowing Kansas University’s Brady Morningstar in the back and popping Tyrel Reed in the head during last year’s Sunflower Showdown in Manhattan.

Thursday, January 28

KU football adds cornerback, defensive end

With next Wednesday’s National Signing Day quickly approaching, Kansas University’s football coaching staff padded its commitment list Thursday with the addition of a pair of three-star prospects.

If not Kansas, who?

Kansas University will play 40 games this season if it makes it to the title game of the Big 12 tournament and the national title game, which means half a season is in the history books. Two things haven’t changed: Nobody looked like an obvious choice to win it all before a game was played, and nobody looked like a smarter choice than Kansas.

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Little, Releford better off red-shirting

Kansas University’s second team — better known as the Red Team — holds its own at daily basketball practice sessions.

Wednesday, January 27

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Slump busted: McCray carries KU past Buffs

KU women defeat Colorado, 75-64

Danielle McCray scored 29 points and tied a career high with 16 rebounds, helping the Kansas women to a 75-64 victory over Colorado on Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU releases details of Gill's contract

Kansas to pay Gill $2M

New Kansas University football coach Turner Gill has signed a contract that will pay him $10 million over the next five years and make him the Big 12’s fifth highest-paid coach, the university announced Wednesday.

10 teams that can win it all: No. 8, Villanova

Wildcats need major improvement defensively to have a chance

With Villanova, it’s all about the offense.

KU’s Gridiron Club flops

Glowing rhetoric to the contrary, the vaunted Gridiron Club sure looks dead in the water to me.

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Greatest KU games: No. 8

KU won Big 12 with comeback vs. UT, Durant

The passionate Kansas University basketball fans have given numerous standing ovations to show their appreciation of an awe-inspiring performance at Allen Fieldhouse.

Slumping KU women’s team returns home

Bonnie Henrickson isn’t ready to push the panic button and probably never will be.

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K-State holds off Baylor

Jacob Pullen made two free throws with 8.2 seconds left and scored 25 points, lifting No. 11 Kansas State to a 76-74 victory over No. 24 Baylor on Tuesday.

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Manning: Aldrich a true shot blocker

Kansas University junior center Cole Aldrich, who blocked a season-high seven shots against Missouri on Monday night, now has something in common with his mentor, Danny Manning.

Tuesday, January 26

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Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

National recording artist Eddie Money sang the national anthem.

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Men among boys

Kansas big guys play big

Cole Aldrich and Marcus Morris held their own personal two-man huddle during the first TV timeout of Monday’s Border War clash in Allen Fieldhouse.

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History lesson inspires Markieff

Markieff Morris found himself a little more amped up than normal before Kansas University’s most recent game against Missouri.

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Sharp-shooting Reed knows all about rivalry

It’s not uncommon for Kansas University basketball players, recruited from all over the nation, to say they arrive at school treating Missouri as if it’s any other school and then they learn to hate the Tigers.

Former KU walk-on hits shot, foils prank

Joel Branstrom figured he was about to be the butt of some kind of joke when he was blindfolded at a pep rally and told he would win tickets to the NCAA’s Final Four if he could hit a half-court shot.

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Lopsided loss mystifies MU

Shooting dooms Tigers

Of all the questions facing the Missouri men’s basketball team following Monday’s road matchup with Kansas University —and there were a lot of them — perhaps the most baffling was how a team that managed to win the turnover battle by 18 somehow suffered a 19-point loss that really wasn’t as close as it sounds.

Monday, January 25

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FINAL: Strong first half pushes KU to 84-65 victory over MU

The Jayhawks out-rebounded the Tigers, 56-28, while KU center Cole Aldrich flirted with a triple-double, posting 12 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks.

KU moves up to No. 2 in both polls

After picking up victories over Baylor and Iowa State last week, the Kansas men's basketball team moved up one spot to No. 2 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches polls.

How Keegan voted — Jan. 25 college basketball poll

The following is Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's ballot for the Jan. 25 Associated Press college basketball poll.

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Changing their stripes?

Former Tigers coaches Norm Stewart and Quin Snyder did their part to stoke the Border War nastiness, but new coach Mike Anderson ‘brings a little more class’ to the storied rivalry

Kansas University basketball fans loved to hate Missouri’s Norm Stewart. They lived to pester Quin Snyder. But they’ve been pretty placid — some might say downright respectful — toward fourth-year Tiger basketball coach Mike Anderson.

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Can KU deliver against MU?

Jayhawks hand pizza to fans on eve of Border War

Kansas University’s basketball players fed their hungry fans at 2:45 p.m. Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas’ key: ‘Just play’

Protecting the basketball against Missouri is not unlike trying to hit a baseball against former big league pitcher Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez. They come at you from so many different angles that if you let them, they’ll tie your brain in knots.

Sunday, January 24

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Poetry in motion

Lyric Aldrich plays big

A loving mom who is willing to give her son some space, Kathleen Aldrich does not spy on her son Cole’s Facebook page.

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Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

Kansas freshman guard C.J. Henry did not make the trip to Ames because of a severely bruised tailbone.

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Stuckey has big day at Shrine game

Darrell Stuckey made the most of his final collegiate game Saturday, turning in the best performance of any of the three former Kansas University football players who participated in the annual East-West Shrine football all-star game in Orlando, Fla.

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Withey presence in post

Early foul trouble Saturday forced Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self to take a deep breath, summon courage and tell seldom-used red-shirt freshman center Jeff Withey to enter the game early in the first half against Iowa State.

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Brackins lauds KU

Cyclone heaps praise on Marcus

Right after Kansas University forward Marcus Morris made a long two-pointer, Iowa State’s Craig Brackins couldn’t help but crack a smile.

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Big 12 roundup: Cowboys stun Kansas State

UConn tops No. 1 Texas

James Anderson scored 30 points to boost Oklahoma State past Kansas State on Saturday.

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Behind the Lens: Time-lapse photography captures Fieldhouse atmosphere

I'm always going to put a premium on quality over quantity. However, there are days when it would be really beneficial to be paid by the image...

Saturday, January 23

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KU women lose to Oklahoma, 81-69

Jayhawks fall to 1-3 in Big 12

The Kansas University women's basketball team lost Saturday to Oklahoma, 81-69, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.

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C.J. Henry out with deep bone bruise

Kansas freshman guard C.J. Henry did not make the team's trip to Iowa State because of a deep bone bruise on his tailbone that he suffered at practice Friday.

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FINAL: KU's big men impress in 84-61 victory over Iowa State

Cole Aldrich posted 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Marcus Morris added 16 points and Jeff Withey provided eight points off the bench in the Jayhawks' runaway win.

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Taking his shot: 42 points or not, Brackins just wants a win

Craig Brackins, whose eye-opening stat line stood at 42 points, 14 rebounds and counting, took a seat on Iowa State’s basketball bench with just under a minute left in last year’s Kansas University-ISU basketball battle in Hilton Coliseum.

Scouting KU and its future in the 2010 NFL Draft

Three former Kansas University football players — Kerry Meier, Todd Reesing and Darrell Stuckey — will suit up for the West in today’s East-West Shrine Bowl, set for 2 p.m. on ESPN2 (Sunflower Broadband channels 34 and 234). Another, Dezmon Briscoe, surely will hear his named called during the NFL Draft, which starts in 91 days.

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KU women travel to No. 13 OU

Jayhawks struggling on road in Big 12 play

Uh, oh, another Big 12 Conference road game for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team. And against a ranked team at that.

Shrine Game to feature 3 Jayhawks

Receiver Kerry Meier, safety Darrell Stuckey and quarterback Todd Reesing, three players commonly associated with the ascension of the Kansas University football program, will participate in their final collegiate game today, the East-West Shrine Game at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Friday, January 22

White Owl gets probation, ordered not to return to KU campus

Jimmy Tucker, also known as White Owl, was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered not to return to Kansas University after pleading no contest to a charge of violating a protection order, Douglas County prosecutors said Friday.

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Taylor’s Facebook account deleted

Tyshawn Taylor’s days of posting controversial messages on Facebook appear to be over.

Wooden connected to Memorial Stadium

You see all the promos for the new Kansas University Gridiron Club, note how things have changed at that site since 1919 and suddenly recall that basketball legends Phog Allen and John Wooden both figured in the evolution of the old football horseshoe.

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KU's Xavier Henry excelling on defense

Best known for his offense, Xavier Henry was dandy on defense in Kansas University’s 81-75 basketball victory over Baylor on Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

Former KU pitcher Smyth honored

Former Kansas University pitcher Paul Smyth has been named the Short-Season Reliever of the Year by Minor League Baseball, which handed out its awards earlier this month.

Thursday, January 21

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Gridiron Club moving forward, but behind schedule

Kansas Athletics Inc. knows how big the new Gridiron Club will be, how much it will cost and even who will be building it on the east side of Memorial Stadium.

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The old college try: Students organize fundraiser for Joe College in its fight against Kansas University

The controversy between KU and Joe College will be reignited this week with the Joe College Jamfest, a student-organized fundraiser for the T-shirt shop on the brink of collapse ...

McCray struggles in Hilton again; KU women fall, 53-42

Danielle McCray has to be glad she won’t have to play in Hilton Coliseum again. Kansas University’s preseason All-America candidate was in foul trouble early and finished with only six points as Iowa State pinned the Jayhawks, 53-42, on Wednesday night.

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Aldrich weighed down

Center mourning grandmother

Kansas University center Cole Aldrich couldn’t help but think about his late grandmother, Ann, following his team’s 81-75 victory over Baylor on Wednesday.

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Baylor meant no disrespect

It didn’t take long for word to get back to Baylor coach Scott Drew that his decision to lead his team off the court and into a nearby hallway during Kansas University’s pregame introductions Wednesday had rubbed some of the Jayhawks’ coaches and players the wrong way.

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Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

News and notes from KU's victory against Baylor Wednesday night.

Collins finds way to win — again

A tough conference opponent threw in amazing shots and teetered on the brink of a streak-busting upset when the best player in college basketball gathered his team in the huddle and restored the confidence of all his mates.

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KU motivated by Bears’ snub

Sherron Collins glanced over at Baylor’s basketball bench during pregame introductions of Kansas University’s players on Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse. The Bears were nowhere to be found.

Wednesday, January 20

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FINAL: KU survives hot-shooting Baylor, 81-75

The Bears became the first KU opponent in 91 tries to shoot over 50 percent, but Sherron Collins' 28 points and clutch three-pointer late helped the Jayhawks secure the win.

10 teams that can win it all: No. 9, West Virginia

Surprisingly, WVU offense excelling

With Bob Huggins at the helm, West Virginia’s strength has to be defense, right? Well, not this season.

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Flying high

Bears’ Tweety Carter leads Big 12 in assists

When Baylor University senior Demond Carter reflects on his days as a child in Louisiana, he’ll admit he had no problem keeping his family up at night.

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Greatest KU games: No. 9

Roy’s boys run wild vs. ‘Cats

With more than 1,100 victories between them, Roy Williams and Rick Pitino long have been considered two of the greatest minds to work college basketball’s sidelines.

Baylor coming off postseason win against KU

Baylor University’s basketball team, which has dropped seven straight Big 12 road games, likely won’t be lacking in confidence tonight in Allen Fieldhouse.

Hilton hasn’t been kind to KU women's hoops team

Hilton Coliseum has hardly been like a Hilton hotel for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team over the years.

Tuesday, January 19

KU athletes tie school's GPA record

Kansas University athletes tied a school record in the fall semester, posting a combined 2.99 grade-point average.

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Knocking off No. 1

Kansas State drops Longhorns, 71-62

Kansas State wasn’t about to disappoint. Not on such an historic night, one in which two top 10 teams met at Bramlage Coliseum for the first time in the history of the 21-year-old building.

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Junior Aldrich dealing with loss of his grandmother

Cole Aldrich’s eyes welled with tears as he talked about his late grandmother, Ann, on Monday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.

KU picked for ninth in Big 12 softball

Big 12 Conference softball coaches picked Kansas to finish ninth in league standings this spring.

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Post men difference for motivated KSU

Kansas State associate head basketball coach Dalonte Hill looked like the most underpaid man in sports Monday night and he makes $420,000 a year.

Monday, January 18

Mild concussion sidelines Thunder's Collison

Oklahoma City center Nick Collison is sitting out Monday's game against Atlanta after sustaining a mild concussion in the win over Miami.

Texas No. 1 for second straight week

Texas is number one for a second week in The Associated Press and USA Today college basketball polls.

How Keegan voted — Jan. 18 college basketball poll

The following is Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's Associated Press college basketball ballot for Jan. 18, 2010.

Four football preps commit to Kansas

Following a busy recruiting weekend in Lawrence, the Kansas University football team landed four new commitments to its 2010 recruiting class, according to

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Two Jayhawks in mourning

Aldrich, Collins lost grandparents prior to victory over Texas Tech

Last weekend was a tough one for Kansas University basketball players Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins.

Kansas slugger real deal

This lean young man’s name is Tony Thompson. Nothing about him screams Paul Bunyan. Everything about this 6-foot-4, 220-pound native of Reno, Nev., screams major-league-baseball prospect.

Sunday, January 17

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Morris helps Kansas hold off Tigers

Kansas senior guard Danielle McCray scored 26 points, leading the KU women to a 72-59 victory over Missouri on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU women to open second post-Goodrich era today

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team lost point guard Angel Goodrich prior to last season, and now the Jayhawks will be sans Goodrich for the remainder of this season.

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Tech gagged, handcuffed

Red Raiders speechless after offensive struggles

Scoring never has represented much of a problem for Texas Tech junior forward Mike Singletary.

Kuzhil leads KU swimming and diving team

Junior Iuliia Kuzhil broke two pool records to help the Kansas University women’s swimming and diving team defeat Nebraska, 182-109, Saturday at Robinson Natatorium.

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Motivated force

Marcus Morris on a roll

Ever-honest Marcus Morris, who is Kansas University’s leading scorer and No. 2 rebounder through two games of the still-young Big 12 season, shrugs his shoulders when asked if he can keep up his highly productive pace.

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Morningstar, Reed rise to occasion

Guards prove KU’s depth as starters languish on bench

On a day when two of his starters (Sherron Collins and Tyshawn Taylor) combined for just 13 points while playing an average of 19 minutes each, Kansas University coach Bill Self sure was glad to have Brady Morningstar and Tyrel Reed on his bench.

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Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

Kansas University center Cole Aldrich scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds with three blocks in 22 minutes.

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Brilliance, frustration in equal measure

Kansas no longer sits atop the polls, so it’s not necessary to hold the Jayhawks to the standards demanded of the No. 1 team in the nation.

Saturday, January 16

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FINAL: Balanced Jayhawks take care of Texas Tech, 89-63

Three KU players scored 14 points or more, led by 20 points from sophomore Marcus Morris.

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Greatest KU games: No. 10

Nick’s night: Collison hooks ‘Horns

Dick Vitale, the voice and spirit of college basketball, first worked a game for ESPN on Dec. 5, 1979, sitting next to play-by-play man Joe Boyle. Mark Aguirre and DePaul defeated Wisconsin, 90-77.

Kansas State offense dandy

If Wildcats can pick up defense, they could contend for Final Four

The Wildcats have one of the top offenses in the nation, scoring at least 85 points in six of their last seven games.

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Self: KU likes to pressure, not press

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self added some new wrinkles to the Jayhawks’ offensive and defensive repertoire over the monthlong semester break.

KU track falls to MU

For the second year in a row, Kansas University’s track and field team lost its head-to-head battle with Missouri.

KU soccer player selected in WPS draft

Kansas University senior defender Estelle Johnson has been selected in the third round of the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league draft by the Los Angeles Sol with the 22nd overall pick.

Friday, January 15

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Pat Knight's approach to revitalizing Texas Tech hoops is refreshing

Jayhawks, Red Raiders to clash Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse

Big 12 blogger Eric Sorrentino caught up with Texas Tech hoops coach Pat Knight before the season and asked about his plan to take the Red Raiders to new heights. Knight talks about his relationship with Bill Self, the challenge of taking over a program from Bob Knight and Tech's recent heightened expectations.

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Irish introduce Warinner

Former Kansas University offensive coordinator Ed Warinner was officially introduced as the Notre Dame offensive line coach this week, nearly a month after new KU coach Turner Gill elected not to retain the fifth-year Jayhawks assistant.

Kansas must find chemistry

The Kansas basketball team had an iffy 14-0 start, looked all-world at Temple, and floundered in a two-game funk with Cornell and Tennessee. Maybe the Nebraska victory is that mid-course correction many great KU teams have needed.

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Aldrich, Jayhawks start classes on short rest

Cole Aldrich, who hopped off Kansas University’s charter bus with the rest of his teammates at 2:40 a.m. Thursday, headed to class just a few hours later.

Thursday, January 14

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Bowen not named to K-State coaching staff

Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder named San Jose State defensive coordinator Keith Burns the team’s defensive-backs coach Wednesday, a job that former Kansas University defensive coordinator Clint Bowen had previously interviewed for.

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Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

As promised, Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self met with sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor after Tuesday’s practice to discuss Taylor’s assertion to reporters that, at times, he’s unsure of his role on KU’s basketball team.

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‘We didn’t get it done’

Huskers bemoan home setback

Nebraska basketball coach Doc Sadler wasn’t in the mood to talk about moral victories following his team’s 84-72 loss to Kansas University on Wednesday.

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Morris responds to punishment

Kansas sophomore forward Marcus Morris found his basketball coach’s tone and words more to his liking after Wednesday night’s 84-72 victory against Nebraska inside the packed Devaney Center than those sent his way after Sunday’s loss in Tennessee.

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A fresh start

Collins, KU open Big 12 with win

A red-clad Nebraska basketball fan, who was seated in the student section, yelled in the direction of Sherron Collins after Kansas University’s 84-72 victory over the hometown Huskers on Wednesday night in Devaney Center.

Wednesday, January 13

Four-star recruit Clark will not attend KU

Four-star football recruit Dave Clark, who last month committed to play at Kansas University and was expected to enroll for the spring semester, will no longer be attending KU, a university spokesman said Wednesday.

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FINAL: Hot shooting lifts KU to 84-72 victory over Nebraska

The Jayhawks made 26 of 45 shots (58 percent) and 13 of 21 threes (62 percent).

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Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

The Big 12 Conference may find out tonight if Nebraska freshman Christian Standhardinger is for real.

Tuesday, January 12

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KU's Goodrich to miss remainder of season with torn ACL

Angel Goodrich, a red-shirt freshman on the Kansas University women's basketball team, will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus damage in her right knee during Tuesday's 70-68 loss to No. 15 Oklahoma State.

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KU guard Taylor says, at times, he's unsure of his role

Tyshawn Taylor, who was a starter last season and is a starter playing similar minutes this season, nonetheless said Tuesday he’s unsure of his role on the 2009-10 Kansas University basketball team.

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KU women's basketball falls in final seconds

Jayhawks confident after near upset

The outcome might not have been perfect, but following a week members of the Kansas University women’s basketball team would just as soon forget, Tuesday’s promising showing during a 70-68 loss at the hands of visiting Oklahoma State was at least a step forward.

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Oklahoma State's Riley to provide tough test for Kansas women

While members of the Kansas University women’s basketball team surely could have used a break following a week in which they were beaten twice and saw themselves drop from the national rankings, they won’t get one today against No. 15 Oklahoma State.

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KU press effective, but hardly the difference

Kansas University’s frantic fullcourt press forced a pair of turnovers in the final 1:24 of the Jayhawks’ 76-68 loss to Tennessee on Sunday in Knoxville.

Kicker backs out of commitment to KU

Justin Castor, a kicker from Arvada, Col., has backed out of his commitment to play football next season at Kansas University, according to

Monday, January 11

Jayhawks drop to third in both polls

Texas moves to top spot

The Kansas Jayhawks dropped to third in the The Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches college basketball polls after falling to Tennessee on Sunday. Texas grabbed the top spot.

How Keegan voted — Jan. 11 college basketball poll

The following is Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's Jan. 11 ballot in the Associated Press college basketball poll.

Kansas’ big men didn’t play big

The nation’s No. 1-ranked college basketball powerhouse made seven of 27 three-point shots, committed 16 turnovers, forced just eight, and lost Sunday to a team that used six scholarship players and three walk-ons.

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Vols’ McBee stings KU

Walk-on hits huge three to lift UT

Tennessee guard Skylar McBee heard the crowd growing louder, and he knew it was time to look up at the shot clock.

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Jayhawks suffer first loss of year

Self: 'We were awful'

A national media member, who hadn’t seen Bill Self in a while, innocuously asked Kansas University’s coach how he was doing Sunday night in Thompson-Boling Arena.

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Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

Notes from KU's Sunday afternoon loss against Tennessee.

Sunday, January 10

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FINAL: Unbeaten no more: No. 1 KU falls to No. 16 Tennessee, 76-68

Tennessee walk-on Skylar McBee's leaning, off-balanced three-pointer with 36 seconds left killed a KU comeback, as the Jayhawks fell to 14-1.

Sherron Collins better than ever

It took a 33-point explosion against Cornell for the college basketball world to start shouting about Sherron Collins, but the evidence shows that he already had been playing the best basketball of his career.

Gary Bedore's KU Basketball Notebook

Tennessee, which has outscored its opponents 81.9 points to 63.6, has lost to Purdue and Southern California and defeated Memphis, Wyoming, North Carolina A&T, Middle Tennessee, East Tennessee State, College of Charleston, DePaul, East Carolina, UNC Asheville, Austin Peay and Charlotte.

Kansas swimming wins two duals

The Kansas University swimming and diving team defeated Loyola Marymount (137-67) and UC San Diego (150-53) on Saturday.

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Kansas men's hoops cognizant of Vols’ pressure

It takes somebody cool, calm and collected to inbound the basketball against full-court pressing Tennessee.

Saturday, January 9

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Nowhere to hide: KU women suffer historic loss to Wildcats

The Kansas University women's basketball team struggled through its worst perforance of the season Saturday, falling 59-35 to rival Kansas State in both team's Big 12 opener.

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Tennessee captain kicked off team

Other three suspended Volunteers will not play against KU

University of Tennessee all-SEC forward/team captain Tyler Smith, who scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Vols’ 92-85 loss to Kansas University last Jan. 3 in Allen Fieldhouse, won’t be around for Sunday’s rematch in Knoxville.

KU's Scott, Finley qualify

Senior All-American pole vaulter Jordan Scott and freshman shot put thrower Mason Finley led the Jayhawks at the Bill Easton Classic on Friday at KU, as both athletes hit NCAA provisional qualifying marks.

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KU women hoping to break Manhattan losing streak

So far this season, the road hasn’t been overly kind to the Kansas University women’s basketball team.

KU swimmers split dual

Junior Iuliia Kuzhil and freshman Monica Johannessen both recorded two first-place finishes to lift the Kansas University swimming and diving team past Fresno State on Friday.

Mayhem captured on video

Kansas basketball practice hadn’t started yet Tuesday afternoon, so it was time to have a little fun. Generally speaking, men need to turn just about everything into a competition to enjoy themselves.

Friday, January 8

Report: Four suspended Tennessee players will miss Sunday's game against KU

Four Tennessee basketball players — Tyler Smith, Melvin Goins, Cameron Tatum and Brian Williams — will not play in Sunday's game against Kansas, according to

How Keegan voted — 2010 final college football poll

The following shows Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's final college football ballot of the season for the Associated Press poll.

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Alabama unanimous No. 1 in final AP poll

Alabama received all 60 first-place votes in the final Associated Press football ranking released Friday morning.

No decision on Vols players

Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl said Thursday that no official decision has been made on the status of four players for Sunday’s game against Kansas.

Déjà vu all over again

Almost daily I renew my respect for the observer who noted that “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” Take college football, university governance, money, personal conflicts, faculty input, name your own poison … it’s all happened at one school after another, including our own Kansas University — would you believe it, 100 years ago right now?

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Reed on trey: ‘It’s my job’

Junior excited big three key to Kansas’ narrow victory over Cornell

Tyrel Reed pumped his fist, pounded his chest and jumped high in the air after hitting perhaps the biggest shot of his three-year Kansas University basketball career. The Jayhawks’ junior combo guard was all fired up after accepting a pass from Sherron Collins and swishing a three-pointer to give KU a 61-60 lead with 3:55 left in Wednesday’s 71-66 home victory over gritty Cornell.

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High Tide: Longhorns lose McCoy, national title

Eryk Anders forced a fumble on his blindside sack of Texas backup quarterback Garrett Gilbert with 3:02 left Thursday night to help the top-ranked Crimson Tide hold on for a 37-21 victory in the BCS title game — a victory that figured to be much easier when Alabama knocked out Colt McCoy early in the first quarter.

Thursday, January 7

Troubling? Nonsense; this one was wonderful

Danger loomed on the unsalted, unplowed roads. Cars spun out of control. Others stopped dead on hills, unable to climb the incline. Still, most of the 16,300 fans who held tickets showed up Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse and were rewarded with one magnificent college basketball game between No. 1 Kansas and underrated Cornell.

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Big Red menace: Collins rescues Jayhawks

Sherron Collins grabbed the final rebound of the game, then after tossing the basketball high in the air, found himself face-to-face with Kansas University’s other preseason All-American — Cole Aldrich.

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Scot Topic: Jayhawk and NBA star Scot Pollard sounds off on everything from Twitter to Tiger

Can someone known for his larger-than-life persona really retreat quietly into domesticity or muzzle his notoriously opinionated mouth? Nope...

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Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Tyrel Reed’s one bucket was a big one. His three from the corner, following a pass from Sherron Collins, gave the Jayhawks a 61-60 advantage with 3:55 left.

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Cornell didn’t falter

Big Red not intimidated by KU

Generally speaking, there is a moment in every men’s basketball game played at Allen Fieldhouse when the opposing team seems to take stock of its surroundings — Kansas University’s stable of All-Americans, the unrelenting fan base, the decades of history packed into the old venue — and realizes that it’s in over its head.

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Morningstar locks down

Guard answers challenge

Kansas University guard Tyshawn Taylor had seen enough.

Wednesday, January 6

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FINAL: KU uses late surge to top Cornell, 71-66

The Big Red led most of the game before a Sherron Collins three-point play with 41 seconds left gave KU the lead for good. Collins had a career-high 33 points on 9-for-16 shooting.

Cornell forward like dad

The numbers, as did the name, jumped off the page of Cornell University’s most recent basketball box score. Ryan Wittman played 14 minutes in a game against Bryant University. He did not attempt a free throw, took seven shots from the field and scored 19 points. He made all seven field-goal attempts, including five three-pointers.

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Kansas guard Reed to face ex-teammate

Tyrel Reed paid the price for being the only freshman on the 2003-04 Burlington High boys basketball team.

Tuesday, January 5

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Gill announces full coaching staff

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill officially announced his 10-man coaching staff Tuesday, a group that includes two former KU assistants and 213 years of college coaching experience.

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KU coach Gill officially announces two signings

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill officially announced the first two signings of his tenure Monday, welcoming in junior college players Quinn Mecham and Dave Clark.

Narodowski named to All-Canadian team

Former Kansas University shortstop David Narodowski on Monday was named to the 2009 All-Canadian College Baseball Team, which was selected by the publishers of

Kansas women slip to 24th after loss to NMSU

In the wake of Sunday’s 61-60 loss at New Mexico State, Kansas University’s women slipped from No. 21 to the 24th slot in the Associated Press weekly basketball poll.

KU players mostly aides in NFL

Mike McCarthy and Mike McCormack. Similar names. Similar distinctions. McCarthy is the only former Baker University football player who has been an NFL head coach. He’s currently the Green Bay Packers’ head man.

Monday, January 4

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Aldrich earns Big 12 co-player of week honor

Kansas University junior center Cole Aldrich on Monday earned Big 12 player of the week honors for the first time in his college basketball career.

How Keegan voted — Jan. 4 college basketball poll

The following is Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's college basketball ballot in the Jan. 4 Associated Press poll.

KU nearly unanimous No. 1 in coaches poll; KSU moves into top 10

The Kansas men's basketball team was a near-unanimous No. 1 in the most recent ESPN/USA Today coaches poll released Monday, picking up 30 of the possible 31 first-place votes.

KU-Tennessee game will be played at 3:30 p.m. CST

The Kansas-Tennessee men's basketball game scheduled for Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn., will be played at 3:30 p.m. CST, CBS announced Monday.

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KU fans flocked to Philly

Kansas faithful rock, chalk Temple’s gym

There were so many Kansas University basketball fans in Temple’s Liacouras Center on Saturday night that the spectators became a significant part of the Philadelphia Story.

Starters above the rest

Bill Self will sort out the bench minutes in time — the guys who bring the most effort in practice and make the most strides defensively and in understanding the offense will play the most — and opposing coaches will continue to marvel at the KU bench. As all that goes on, one undeniable truth will not get much attention: It’s clear which five players are the team’s best. The starting five has established itself and clearly separated itself from the pack.

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Aggies stun No. 21 Jayhawks

New Mexico State stunned the No. 21-ranked Jayhawks, 61-60, in the Pan American Center.

Sunday, January 3

KU women falter at New Mexico State

Former Longhorn Boyd leads Aggies with 25 points

Crystal Boyd scored 25 points to lead New Mexico State to a 61-60 upset of No. 21 Kansas on Sunday.

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Bigs impress Owls

Temple overpowered in paint

A few times, Temple fans screamed for junior Lavoy Allen to shoot more in the first half of Saturday’s game against Kansas University.

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Retooled Aggies next test for Kansas women

Danielle McCray and her Kansas University basketball teammates will finish the nonconference portion of their schedule today against the Aggies.

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Collins, Aldrich still key for Kansas

Now that looked like the No. 1 team in the nation that tore into the Liacouras Center and blitzed Temple, ranked 18th, 84-52, Saturday evening.

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Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Kansas University coach Bill Self noticed extra fire in his basketball team Saturday afternoon.

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Oh, Brother!

KU twins win big in return home

Marcus and Markieff Morris completed a brief on-court interview with ESPN2’s Len Elmore Saturday night in Liacouras Center, then raced over to their own 50-person cheering section behind the Kansas University basketball bench.

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Longhorns’ ugly win leaves Barnes displeased

It’s not very often a coach calls a victory a “huge step backward.”

Saturday, January 2

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FINAL: KU overwhelms Temple, 84-52

The Jayhawks held the Owls to 25-percent shooting in the runaway victory.

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KU coach Self: Temple toughest test yet

The Kansas-Temple game was viewed as a homecoming for the Morris twins, nothing more, nothing less, when the Jayhawks’ 2009-10 basketball schedule was released last June 3.

KU women’s hoops hosts holiday clinic

More than 300 children and parents attended the Kansas University women’s basketball Holiday Hoops Clinic on Friday afternoon.

Gary Bedore's KU Basketball Notebook

Kansas University’s fabled treadmill has been situated just off the northwest corner of the Allen Fieldhouse court for two-a-day practices this week.

Four Tennessee basketball players suspended 'indefinitely' after drug, gun charges

High profile players involved

Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl indefinitely suspended four Tennessee basketball players, including starting senior forward Tyler Smith, who were charged with gun possession and other counts after a Friday traffic stop.

Friday, January 1

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Warinner expected to coach offensive line at Notre Dame

Former Kansas University offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, who was not retained following the arrival of new KU football coach Turner Gill, is expected to join the staff of Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly in the coming days, a source close to the situation told the Journal-World on Friday.

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KU twins eager for return to Philly

Kansas twins Marcus and Markieff Morris can't wait for their return to Philadelphia for Saturday's game against Temple.

These 2 should be in Hall

The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame is opening two new locations, in Wichita and Newton, to honor Sunflower athletic heroes. Two former Kansas basketball personalities of note are not included on the roster and, considering some of the relative non-entities who are, it’s tragic that Paul Endacott and Dick Harp are missing.