Stories for June 2010


Wednesday, June 30

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Colorado looks for Big 12 exit strategy

Buffaloes hoping to start play in Pac-10 by 2011

University of Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn said he hopes to know within a month how much it’s going to cost the school to bolt the Big 12 for the Pac-10.

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Recruit Zach Peters soaks up camp experience

Jayhawks commitment lauds Stoudemire, Morris

The 16 high school basketball players at last week’s Amar’e Stoudemire Skills Academy weren’t allowed to scrimmage against the camp’s college counselors in accordance with NCAA rules.

KU lands fourth OL commitment in six days

Tuesday, the Kansas University football staff received yet another oral commitment from an offensive lineman in the Class of 2011.

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Time for a change: Rule on NBA Draft eligibility must go

Here’s hoping Xavier Henry is not only the first one-and-done player from Kansas University, but the last.

Report: Boston’s Pierce to become NBA free agent is reporting Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce has notified the team he will opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent.

Tuesday, June 29

Online ticket exchange helps schools limit fraud

College sports fans searching for a coveted ticket to a sold-out game can bypass the shady guys hanging outside the stadiums and arenas. Just try your favorite school's website or go straight to the NCAA.

Realignment a wake-up call for Big 12 hoops coaches

It was a harrowing and humbling experience for everybody who coaches basketball in the Big 12. With talk of conference realignment swirling around them like floodwaters, nobody at the highest administrative level where historic decisions were being made even bothered to pretend that basketball was a factor.

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Summer skills: Marcus Morris works at NBA player’s camp

Marcus Morris finally knows what it’s like to be separated from his twin brother, Markieff. “That was the first time I ever flew or did anything away from him in my whole life — 20 years. It was kind of different,” Marcus, half of KU’s junior basketball twin combo, said Monday after returning from last weekend’s Amar’e Stoudemire Skills Academy in Chicago.

Offensive lineman commits to Kansas

Another day, another offensive lineman from the Class of 2011 for the Kansas Jayhawks.

Monday, June 28

Nathan Lindeman of Lawrence wins NBA Draft contest

Nathan Lindeman of Lawrence is the winner of the NBA Draft contest conducted last week. Lindeman beat out 315 other entries to win the grand prize, which is a Paul Pierce Boston Celtics jersey and a Pioneer Blu-ray disc player courtesy of Kief's in Lawrence.

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Selby's finger healing well, Self says

Kansas University freshman basketball point guard Josh Selby, who broke the pinkie on his left, non-shooting hand in a June 7 pick-up game, is “progressing fine,” coach Bill Self said on Monday’s Big 12 summer coaches teleconference.

Jayhawk golfer third

Kansas University senior-to-be Jennifer Clark tied for third in the Women’s Amateur of Kansas City Golf Championship.

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A driven duo: Ex-KU golfers Vermeer, Thompson chase dream

Ryan Vermeer and Chris Thompson, former teammates on the Kansas University golf team that won the Big 12 title in 1999, make for good travel partners on frequent road trips from Lawrence to North Carolina, where they play in mini-tour events.

KU’s Finley eighth

Kansas University sophomore Mason Finley recorded a personal-best mark of 19.74 meters to place third in the shot put at the 2010 USA National Track and Field Championships on Sunday.

Dons have Kansas look

Lee: USF resembles ‘Jayhawks West’

Kansas University’s basketball program has spread its wings to the Bay Area in California. “It’s kind of obvious we’re ‘Jayhawks West,’ if you want to call it that,” said former KU guard Michael Lee, who earlier this month accepted a job as assistant coach at the University of San Francisco.

Junior college OL commits to Kansas football

The Kansas University football staff continues to build on its Class of 2011 recruiting haul, this week adding a pair of offensive linemen, including junior college transfer Nick Johnson, who orally committed to KU late Friday night.

Sunday, June 27

KU junior golfer Clark one back

Kansas University junior Jennifer Clark (74) sat in third place, one shot off the lead, after the first round of the Women’s Amateur of Kansas City Golf Championship Saturday. The event will conclude today at Swope Memorial Golf Course.

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Post man Aldrich a good fit with Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City is as much the right place for Cole Aldrich to baptize his professional career as declaring for the NBA Draft after his junior season was the right time.

Post-NBA Draft chatter: Clemente joins Collins

Leftovers from the 2010 NBA Draft. ...

Saturday, June 26

Briscoe, Stuckey sign with NFL teams

The Cincinnati Bengals have announced the signing of former Kansas University wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe to a four-year contract.

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Taking care of business: Henry busy during his first day with Grizzlies

A millionaire at the age of 19, Xavier Henry already is working hard for his money.

KU’s Guebelle wins triple jump at junior national championships

Kansas University sophomore Andrea Guebelle made it two-for-two in qualifying for the 2010 World Junior Championships as she claimed the triple jump title at the USA Junior National Track and Field Championships on Friday with a jump of 13.29 meters.

Offensive tackle commits to Jayhawks

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill may have just won his biggest recruiting battle to date.

Kansas soccer adds transfer from Ole Miss

Kansas University soccer coach Mark Francis announced Friday that sophomore defender Brittany King will transfer to KU from Mississippi and will be eligible to play for the Jayhawks in the 2010 season.

Friday, June 25

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Bobcats to give Collins a shot

Sherron's high school coach not pleased his pupil was ignored in NBA Draft

The NBA delivered a cold slap in the face not only to Sherron Collins, but the entire city of Chicago late Thursday night. So says former Crane High basketball coach Anthony Longstreet, who was both surprised and upset that league officials passed on Kansas University’s winningest player of all-time in the 2010 NBA Draft.

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Self thrilled with landing spots of Aldrich, Henry

Bill Self apparently has some influence not only in college basketball circles, but in the NBA, too. Self, Kansas University’s eighth-year coach, revealed Thursday night, that he flew to Memphis on Monday to speak with Grizzlies’ officials about “players” eligible for the 2010 draft.

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Back-to-back: Emotional Aldrich, Henry savor consecutive selections to draft lottery

For the past 12 months, former Kansas University basketball player Xavier Henry spent his days developing a strong friendship with teammate Cole Aldrich.

NCAA proposes end to early offers

An NCAA committee wants to prohibit scholarship offers to recruits before July 1 of their junior season of high school.

Oklahoma knocked out of College World Series

Brady Thomas singled in the winning run in the 12th inning and South Carolina eliminated Oklahoma from the College World Series with a 3-2 victory Thursday night.

Bonds garners academic honor

Kansas University senior middle-distance runner Lauren Bonds (3.93 four-year GPA) was recently named to the 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All America Women’s Track and Field Second Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

KU track sophomore second in long jump

Kansas University sophomore Andrea Guebelle placed second in the long jump at the 2010 USA Junior National Track and Field Championships on Thursday.

Collins a draft punch line

Sherron Collins looked like the best player in college basketball back in January when he relentlessly refused to let his team lose against a loaded Baylor team that was on fire in Allen Fieldhouse. Collins played 38 minutes, didn’t turn it over once, dished four assists, scored 28 points and answered every challenge in in-your-face fashion. Remarkable performance.

Thursday, June 24

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Sherron Collins goes undrafted

Kansas senior guard Sherron Collins was not selected during the two-round NBA Draft on Thursday night.

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Trail Blazers fire GM Kevin Pritchard

The Portland Trail Blazers fired general manager Kevin Pritchard after six seasons with the team, ending months of speculation that he had fallen out of favor with billionaire owner Paul Allen.

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Xavier Henry taken by Memphis Grizzlies with 12th pick in the NBA Draft

Kansas forward Xavier Henry was taken by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 12th pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.

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Cole Aldrich taken by New Orleans Hornets with the 11th pick

ESPN's Chad Ford reports Aldrich will be traded to Oklahoma City

Kansas center Cole Aldrich was taken by the New Orleans Hornets with the 11th pick in Thursday's 2010 NBA Draft.

Bad smell near KU's fields should dissipate with a little bit of heat, sun

A foul smell wafting across 19th Street near Ousdahl Road should soon dissipate, as construction crews prepare to clean up after their dirt-hauling operations in the area, a KU official said.

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Mario Chalmers' foundation donates $25,000 to establish 'Mario's Closet' for cancer patients

Former Kansas University basketball star Mario Chalmers brought smiles and tears of joy this afternoon to cancer patients, doctors and nurses in Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Oncology Department.

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Hinrich traded to Washington Wizards

The Chicago Bulls agreed to trade veteran guard Kirk Hinrich and their first-round pick to the Washington Wizards for a future second-rounder on Thursday, a person familiar with the situation said, creating enough salary cap room to go after two star free agents.

Kansas Athletics board may get outside help in wake of ticket scandal

Lew Perkins may soon have company in the leadership ranks at Kansas Athletics Inc.

OU president: Sooners, Aggies got SEC invite

The president of the University of Oklahoma said Wednesday that his school and Texas A&M both received invitations to join the Southeastern Conference during the last round of conference realignment.

KU’s Neville in sixth at junior nationals

Kansas University sophomore Rebecca Neville collected 3,017 points after the first day of heptathlon competition Wednesday at the 2010 USA Junior National Track and Field Championships. Neville, who is one of 11 KU track and field athletes competing in either the junior or senior championships at Drake Stadium, is currently in sixth place with three events remaining

Collins in Chicago for NBA Draft

Two of the three former Jayhawks who may hear their names called at tonight’s NBA Draft are in the Big Apple this week, soaking up the scene. The third is in his hometown with his family.

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Big moment: Aldrich soaks up experience in NYC

It didn’t take former Kansas University basketball standout Cole Aldrich long to realize the enormity of what he had gotten himself into on Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 23

Kansas Athletics details extent of seat upgrade medical equipment company received

Executives of a medical device company that loaned $15,000 worth of equipment to KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins did receive a substantial upgrade in seating at Allen Fieldhouse for the 2005-2006 season.

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Aldrich, Henry relaxed in meeting with media on day before NBA draft

It was a fitting way for former Kansas University basketball players Cole Aldrich and Xavier Henry to be welcomed into the NBA — side by side.

KU long jumper named to academic team

Kansas University senior long jumper Eric Fattig (4.0 GPA) was named to the 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men’s Track and Field Second Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

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Pritchard on Blazers’ hot seat

With the NBA draft looming, the Portland Trail Blazers have a lot more issues than just who to take with the 22nd pick. From the looks of it, the Blazers — at least the part of the team that doesn’t actually suit up — are in disarray.

Thursday night's NBA Draft projections

Here’s a look at where Cole Aldrich, Xavier Henry and Sherron Collins are projected to be picked in Thursday’s NBA Draft. There are 30 picks each in Round One and Two.

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KU’s Self predicts lottery for Cole Aldrich, Xavier Henry

Coach pinpoints second round for Collins

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who will be working as an analyst for NBA-TV and during Thursday night’s 2010 NBA Draft coverage, shared his up-to-the minute insight regarding the Jayhawks’ three hopefuls on Tuesday.

Kansas softball hires assistant coach

D.J. Mathis, a former All-American softball player and two-time all-region selected, was named the assistant softball coach at Kansas University on Tuesday.

Tuesday, June 22

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Report: Xavier Henry invited to NBA Draft Green Room

Former Kansas forward Xavier Henry has been invited to attend the Green Room at the NBA Draft on Thursday in New York City, reported on its Twitter account Tuesday.

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KU’s Bochy signs with dad’s team

Relief pitcher Brett Bochy announced Monday that he has signed a professional contract with the San Francisco Giants organization and will forego his senior campaign at Kansas University.

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Henrys to swap roles for draft

Xavier watched C.J. get selected by Yankees in 2005

C.J. Henry remembers hanging out with his younger brother, Xavier, as well as his mom and dad on June 7, 2005 — the day he was selected No. 17 overall in the Major League Baseball draft.

Monday, June 21

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KU’s Aldrich ponders Green Room attire

Cole Aldrich — who has been allotted six tickets — will be sitting in the 2010 NBA Draft Green Room with his mom, dad, girlfriend, brother and agent, waiting for his name to be called, he hopes in the 14-team lottery, on Thursday night at New York’s Madison Square Garden. What the 6-foot-11 former Kansas University center will be wearing is anybody’s guess.

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Nitpicking picks: Scout dishes on KU’s Aldrich, Henry, Collins

Now, more than ever, scouts who work for NBA teams wear a muzzle. That’s why now, more than ever, Jim Clibanoff, an independent scout several NBA teams use, is a man in demand. He works without a gag order and has no agendas.

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Oklahoma holds on, tops South Carolina, 4-3

Caleb Bushyhead homered and drove in the winning run, and Jeremy Erben and Ryan Duke worked out of bases-loaded situations in the eighth inning to lead Oklahoma to a 4-3 victory over South Carolina in the rain-plagued College World Series on Sunday night.

Sunday, June 20

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Dear old dad: Gill’s girls reflect on growing up with famous father

For two people who know him perhaps better than anyone else, the memories of Turner Gill have very little to do with football, especially on Father’s Day.

2010 NBA Draft capsules

A thumbnail look at potential first-round selections for the NBA Draft to be held Thursday:

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KU’s draftees ‘solid, great'

Self has heard good reports on Aldrich, Henry, Collins

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who is well connected in NBA circles, has been briefed on KU’s three entries in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Still no guarantees Big 12 will last

The Big 12 gained a reprieve this week.

Saturday, June 19

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Raising the bar: Suddenly popular Scott reflects on pole vault title

A funny thing happened when Jordan Scott dropped by the Kansas University athletic-department offices the other day.

Two more Kansas baseball players sign pro deals

Former Kansas University baseball players Robby Price and Brian Heere signed professional contracts with major-league organizations and likely will make their pro debuts this weekend.

Heat exercise contract option on Mario Chalmers

The Miami Heat on Friday exercised the team option for the final year of former KU guard Mario Chalmers’ contract. Chalmers will make just over $850,000 in his third season.

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Former KU guard Russell Robinson hoping for spot in NBA

Russell Robinson has decided to shoot his way into the NBA.

Woodland closes with 76, misses cut at U.S. Open

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland shot a 76 for the second straight round of the U.S. Open golf championship on Friday, finishing 10-over par and missing the cut.

Friday, June 18

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Every second counts: Vinson beats buzzer after Mario’s Miracle (part II) misses

Mario Chalmers, who, as all Kansas University basketball fans know, has a flair for the dramatic, lofted a three-point shot from the corner with time running out in a tie game in Thursday’s Rock Chalk Roundball Classic at Free State High.

Former Jayhawk Woodland shoots 76 on Day 1 of U.S. Open

Former Kansas University standout Gary Woodland completed the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament with a 5-over par 76 on Thursday.

Three KU baseball players sign pro deals

Three former Kansas University baseball players — third baseman Tony Thompson and pitchers Cameron Selik and Travis Blankenship — have signed contracts with professional organizations in the last week and likely will begin their professional careers this weekend.

Dallas Cowboys issue statement on Arkansas expansion talks

Rich Dalrymple, vice president/public relations for the Dallas Cowboys, contacted the Journal-World on behalf of his boss, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, to issue the following statement.

Mangino’s son joins staff as aide at Hutch CC

Former Kansas University graduate assistant Tommy Mangino, the son of former KU coach Mark Mangino, has accepted a position as an assistant coach at Hutchinson Community College.

Thursday, June 17 honored as top website in its category, the Lawrence Journal-World’s website dedicated to comprehensive coverage of the Kansas Jayhawks, was honored with an EPpy Award Thursday as the top website in its category.

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KU fight song lyrics need some tweaking now that Nebraska and Colorado are leaving the Big 12

Nebraska, Colorado references no longer make sense after Big 12 realignment

George “Dumpy” Bowles, we need you, man. Bowles, from the Kansas University class of 1912, is credited with writing “I’m a Jayhawk,” that oldie but goodie fight song that has rung in the ears of Jayhawk fans everywhere. Dumpy, get out your pen.

Utah receives invite from Pac-10

Utah is poised to become the 12th member of the Pac-10 as the conference quickly pivoted Wednesday to invite the Utes after being turned down by Texas and four other members of the Big 12 two days ago.

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Sibling revelry: Langford, brother scrimmage together

Kansas University sophomore walk-on Justin Wesley tried to keep his eye on the basketball at all times during Wednesday’s Bill Self campers game in Horejsi Center. That proved an impossible task since one of his teammates on KU’s Red Team happened to be his role model and “hero” — older brother, former KU standout Keith Langford.

Razorbacks have ‘no interest’ in leaving SEC

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long says the school has “no interest” in joining another conference amid speculation the Razorbacks could be a candidate to move to the Big 12.

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Perkins: Big 12’s 10 ‘in here for the long haul’

It appears as if 10 is the magic number for the Big 12 Conference.

Wednesday, June 16

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FINAL: Current Jayhawks take down alums, 65-45, in camp game

Here are some general observations following the second camp game. Take these observations for what they're worth, as this is just one exhibition scrimmage months before practices even begin.

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Perkins: KU, Big 12 happy with 10 schools

Perkins says staying together is the best thing for KU and the rest of the Big 12

Just as he insisted before the realignment mess exploded, Kansas University Athletics Director Lew Perkins still believes that the Big 12 Conference is the best place for KU.

KU coaches laud Big 12's survival

Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price was in Phoenix when he heard the reports last Thursday that the Big 12 might be dissolving.

Beebe elated about future, discusses outlook for conference

On the first day of the Big 12 Conference’s spring meetings, commissioner Dan Beebe sat at the podium, spoke confidently and seemed to glow with optimism for his conference.

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New challenges ahead: Self embraces biannual hoops meetings against South foes

Big 12 ship-jumpers Colorado and Nebraska will be erased from Kansas University’s basketball schedule starting in 2011-12.

Notre Dame, Arkansas: Come on Down

Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, former University of Arkansas football player and big-time power broker in the world of professional and now college athletics, is the driving force behind a potential move that would make the Big 12 the most compelling conference in the history of college football.

Tuesday, June 15

Watch Dan Beebe's press conference

Listen to Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe address the media live via teleconference at 11 a.m.

KU’s Self excited that Big 12 will survive

Bill Self said all along he believed the Big 12 Conference could, and probably would, be saved.

Beebe deserves thanks

Dan Beebe, take a bow. You earned it.

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Big 12 (10) lives on

Very little official business took place on Monday, but that’s all it took.

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Jayhawks healing after injuries

Robinson OK after collision in last week’s camp scrimmage that broke his nose

Thomas Robinson looks in the mirror and still likes what he sees these days.

Hand Beebe Nobel Prize for efforts

If Dan Beebe actually pulls off this reconciliation of what’s left of the Big 12, Barack Obama should forward his Nobel Peace Prize.

Monday, June 14

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Self comments on Texas staying in Big 12

Bill Self had this to say to the Journal-World Monday night about University of Texas officials indicating on the school’s official website that the Longhorns will remain in the Big 12:

KU Endowment Association President says KU going to be 'OK'

No, Dale Seuferling doesn’t have any inside information about the fate of the Big 12 Conference, nor the future partners for Kansas University athletics.

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Michael Lee added to Oregon men's basketball staff

Former Kansas University guard Michael Lee has been hired as the assistant director of basketball operations at the University of Oregon, according the school's website,

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Big 12 not dead yet

Source says league could survive, with Oklahoma in North

A source close to the situation told the Journal-World late Sunday night that the Big 12 Conference appears to have moved closer to an agreement with its remaining schools to keep the league together and that Oklahoma University will move to the North Division.

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Reed reveals broken big toe

Kansas guard played through pain in NCAA Tournament

Tyrel Reed didn’t say anything about it at the time. But it turns out Kansas University’s 6-foot-3 guard from Burlington played two games in last year’s NCAA Tournament with a broken big toe on his left foot.

Kansas might get its way

After a few nerve-wracking weeks of seconds that felt more like minutes and minutes that felt more like hours, Kansas University stood Sunday night where it had at the beginning: wanting to stay in the Big 12, where its hottest rivalries can continue, travel remains reasonable and recruiting regions stay the same. For the first time in what seems like a long time, it felt Sunday as if Kansas would get its way.

As Big 12 teeters on brink, Missouri scrambles

Missouri curators met behind closed doors Sunday night for the fourth time in as many days as the school turns its attention to saving the Big 12 Conference after its apparent bid to join the Big Ten failed.

Sunday, June 13

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Two Buffalo players follow Gill to KU

A pair of University of Buffalo football players appear to have followed their former coach to the Midwest.

Texas claims mythical crown

Texas claimed nearly a third of the regular-season sports championships offered by the Big 12 Conference in the 2009-2010 school year.

KU's Finley second in shot put

Kansas University freshman Mason Finley added to his hardware collection by taking second place in the shot put Saturday morning at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

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Blunder + tie = distraction

U.S. soccer game provides 2-hour break from conference limbo

We’ve all experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat by participating in a sporting event, watching one live or even just catching the opening of ABC’s Wide World of Sports back in the day. Remember Vinko Bojataj, the crashing skier?

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KU’s Releford working on jump shot

Kansas University sophomore basketball guard Travis Releford has one goal in mind when he hits the gym for individual, off-season workouts.

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Could Mountain West merger save Big 12?

With each day that passes it appears as if the Big 12 Conference moves one step closer to extinction. However, a scenario emerged Saturday that might go a long way toward saving the conference.

AD: Texas looking at options

Texas is still “looking at all options” before deciding whether to stay in the crumbling Big 12 or move to another league, athletic director DeLoss Dodds said Saturday.

Osborne: Big Ten move trumps tradition

When Nebraska beat Oklahoma in the 1971 Game of the Century, when Johnny Rodgers took that punt return the distance, Tom Osborne was there.

Saturday, June 12

Chancellor, A.D. reassure alumni of proactive measures

Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Athletic Director Lew Perkins sent a letter to all members of the KU Alumni Association on Friday, regarding the shakeup in the Big 12 Conference:

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Self’s hoops boogie eases realignment tension

There was no sulking, no brooding, no gnashing of teeth on Friday night at the College Basketball Experience next to Sprint Center.

What does it mean for KU?

All this talk of conference realignment often spurs concerns about Kansas University athletes missing more class time because of increased travel demands, or coaches struggling to recruit athletes without the help of a strong Big 12, or even fans missing out on familiar trips to schools that have become woven into the fabric of KU’s athletics history.

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Huskers hightailing it: Football-rich Nebraska leaves Big 12 for Big Ten

One thing many people worried about when Kansas University football coach Turner Gill was hired in December doesn’t seem like much of a problem anymore.

What's next for KU?

The Big Ten is stopping at 12 schools for now, and the Big 12 is hoping to hang on to 10 members. Ten means 12, and 12 means 10. Oh, and Big means small, considering 16-member conferences are all the rage.

Friday, June 11

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Dan Beebe LIVE: Big 12 Commissioner answers questions via teleconference

With the loss of two Big 12 schools in the past two days, Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe spoke to reporters via conference call Friday, regarding the future of the conference and whether or not it can move forward with 10 members. Here is a paraphrased version of that conference call. The complete audio will be available at and shortly.

KU athletic department records third-highest GPA in school history

Kansas University student-athletes recorded the third-highest grade-point average in department history, the school announced Friday, with a combined 3.01 GPA for the spring semester.

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Self not shocked by Perkins’ decision

Bill Self is sure of one thing in this time of great uncertainty: He does not want to succeed Lew Perkins as athletic director at Kansas University.

Colorado jilts Big 12 for Pac-10

The school with the second-most skiing championships in NCAA history will spend its future competing on the sunny shores of the West Coast.

KU football lands commitment

Olathe North High junior Victor Simmons has committed to Kansas, according to

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Defining faces of KU: Perkins, Gray-Little and Self exposed in spotlight

On one of the biggest news days in the history of Kansas University, a spotlight shined on the three defining faces of the institution and exposed them for what they were Thursday. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little: out of touch. Athletic Director Lew Perkins: out of time. Basketball coach Bill Self: out of this world.

Jayhawk vaults to title

It took more than 41⁄2 hours to complete, but Kansas University’s Jordan Scott won the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships pole vault title on Thursday.

KU responds to questions over report

Prior to Thursday’s announcement that Athletic Director Lew Perkins would retire at the end of the upcoming school year, Kansas University’s chancellor was presented with a host of unanswered questions about Perkins’ involvement in an ethics scandal.

What other KU coaches are saying about Perkins' retirement

Football coach Turner Gill: On Lew Perkins: “I am saddened and I love him. Lew has done some great things for the University of Kansas and all of college athletics during his career. He has had a tremendous influence on all student-athletes he has had contact with. His leaving doesn’t affect the vision our staff has for our football program. We are here to build relationships with our fans, alumni and everyone associated with the university and to bring excellence to our football program.”

Thursday, June 10

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Kivistos fall behind on donations pledged to Kansas Athletics

Two of the most generous donors for Kansas Athletics Inc. in recent years did not fulfill their pledge for the past year, money that had been expected to help finance KU’s new football practice facility.

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Live from Allen Fieldhouse: KU hoops coach Bill Self meets with media to discuss Lew Perkins' retirement

Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self is scheduled to speak to reporters at the Allen Fieldhouse media room at 6:30 today.

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Live from the Dole Institute: KU Chancellor discusses Lew Perkins' retirement

Camera crews and news organizations have descended upon the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, where Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will speak to reporters at 5:45 p.m. regarding the announced retirement of KU athletic director Lew Perkins.

Alumni, locals react to Perkins' retirement

Dana Anderson, a major KU booster whose contributions have helped establish the Anderson Family Strength Center and the Anderson Family Football Complex, said that Lew Perkins had mentioned the “concept” of retirement several times during the past year.

Company saw sales to athletic department increase after installing equipment in Perkins' home

A medical equipment company at the heart of the controversy surrounding Lew Perkins’ use of $15,000 worth of exercise equipment saw its sales to the athletic department increase significantly after the equipment was installed in Perkins’ home.

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Lew Perkins set to retire as Kansas University's athletic director at end of 2010-11 school year

KU’s A.D. to leave beleaguered department next year

Kansas Athletic Director Lew Perkins, the man who saw KU's athletic budget more than double, will retire Sept. 4, 2011.

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Self reacts to news of Colorado's departure from Big 12

Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self spoke to the Journal-World today about Colorado announcing plans to leave the Big 12 for the Pac-10.

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Stuckey named Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year

Former Kansas University football player Darrell Stuckey, a native of Kansas City, Kan., was named the Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year, the conference announced Thursday, positive news for a conference reeling from realignment talks.

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Nebraska to announce move to Big Ten

The Journal-World has confirmed reports that Nebraska University is planning to leave the 15-year-old Big 12 for the 115-year-old Big Ten.

KU football lands defensive end

The KU football program received some good news Wednesday when it learned Aldine (Texas) High defensive end Julius Green had committed to Kansas.

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Camping scare: Physical KU hoops scrimmage produces minor injuries

With Jeff Hawkins and Brad Witherspoon the only Kansas University basketball alumni available, Wednesday’s annual Bill Self campers game turned into a glorified intrasquad scrimmage.

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Finley second in discus

Scott competing today in pole vault finals

Kansas University freshman Mason Finley placed second in the discus throw at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships on Wednesday with a toss of 58.35 meters (191 feet, 5 inches) at Hayward Field.

Next-best fit for KU? Big/Pac-20

Now that Nebraska has set the dominoes tumbling and the Big 12 is teetering on the brink of extinction, it’s time to consider what becomes the best-case scenario for Kansas University.

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Quarterback Reesing unsure about football future

Former Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing was back in Lawrence on Wednesday, one day after being released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Wednesday, June 9

Internal review clears KU's Perkins of wrongdoing

A Kansas University internal review of a former employee’s claims against Athletics Director Lew Perkins has found “no evidence” to substantiate them.

Marcus Morris bruises back; Robinson suffers broken nose in camp game

Action was rough and tumble at Kansas University's camp game on Wednesday in Horejsi Center, resulting in three injuries.

KU baseball players Walz, Heere, Blankenship taken in MLB Draft

The Kansas Jayhawks have now had seven players taken in the 2010 MLB Draft. T.J. Walz, a junior right-handed pitcher, was taken by the Oakland Athletics in the 50th round of the draft on Wednesday.

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Final: Blue defeats Crimson, 65-62, Marcus Morris carried off floor with injury

Guards dominate as Taylor scores 25 and Reed records 24

The crimson squad had a shot to win it but C.J. Henry's three-pointer banged off the back iron. That led to a jumper by Elijah Johnson on the other end, which gave the blue team a three-point victory, 65-62. Tyshawn Taylor led all scorers with 25 points and seemed to do whatever he wanted on offense in the second half. Tyrel Reed led the victorious blue squad with 24 points, 11 of those coming in the first half.

Kansas Board of Regents reaches out to Nebraska, Missouri

Letter pleads with NU, MU as report surfaces that Nebraska is leaning toward Big Ten

The Kansas Board of Regents, the governing body for Kansas University and Kansas State University, on Wednesday released a letter it sent to the Nebraska Board of Regents and the Missouri Board of Curators earlier this week regarding the future of the Big 12 Conference.

’Riders release Reesing

After a long courtship of former Kansas University football player Todd Reesing, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have released the record-setting quarterback.

Kansas baseball has 4 players drafted

Joining Robby Price (14th round, Tampa Bay) in this year’s draft were junior third baseman Tony Thompson (Oakland, sixth round), relief pitcher Brett Bochy (San Francisco, 20th round) and starting pitcher Cameron Selik (Washington, 22nd round).

Tuesday, June 8

Offseason more like off-the-wall season

The Big Ten Conference started this expansion-talk mess but might not know how to end it.

Chancellor meets with members of KU athletic department

Gray-Little emphasizes efforts being made to keep Big 12 together

Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little met with athletic department officials Tuesday afternoon for what university spokesperson Lynn Bretz deemed a “show of support.”

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Selby out 4 to 6 weeks with broken little finger in left hand

Freshman guard greets media with hand in a cast

On Tuesday KU freshman Josh Selby met with the media for the first time since arriving in Lawrence.

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KU's Price picked by Tampa Bay in Rd. 14

KU's Price picked by Tampa Bay in Rd. 14

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Oakland A's select KU's Tony Thompson in 6th Round

Oakland A's select KU 3rd baseman Tony Thompson in 6th Round

Kansas Politicians up pressure on neighbors, trying to keep Big 12 Conference together

Kansas’ elected leaders on Tuesday mounted a political blitz, urging Nebraska and Missouri to stay home in the Big 12.

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Grand jury kept Perkins from Big 12 meetings

The Journal-World has learned that Kansas University Athletic Director Lew Perkins missed a portion of last week’s Big 12 meetings because he was testifying in Topeka before a federal grand jury regarding the university’s ticket scandal.

Former Jayhawk Woodland qualifies for U.S. Open

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland qualified Monday for the U.S. Open for the second year in a row.

CU hires Rodney Billups

New Colorado men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle has brought Rodney Billups on board as director of basketball operations.

With UT, there is no deadline

Texas remains king of the Big 12 and any attempt by any other school to force the conference’s hand won’t work. Commissioner Dan Beebe made that clear by setting deadlines for Nebraska and Missouri to declare their intentions. Notice that Beebe didn’t put any such pressure on Texas.

KU notebook: Jayhawk coaches speak on realignment

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill, men’s basketball coach Bill Self and women’s coach Bonnie Henrickson spoke at Monday’s Topeka Jayhawk Club’s annual Otto Schnellbacher Classic at Shawnee Country Club.

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Comeback trail: Energized, healthier Little ready for what’s next

Mario Little has been seen wearing some new sports attire the past couple weeks: Chicago Blackhawks style.

Baylor president hopeful

New Baylor president Ken Starr says he is “cautiously optimistic” and hopeful that the Big 12 will remain intact.

Monday, June 7

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KU Chancellor urges Nebraska, Missouri to stick with Big 12 Conference

Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little urged her Nebraska counterpart Monday to remain in the Big 12 and help avoid a potential calamity for the Jayhawks.

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KU football announces non-conference start times

Jayhawks to open vs. North Dakota State at 6 p.m., Sept. 4 at Memorial Stadium

The KU football program has announced the start times for its 2010 non-conference games.

Former KU golfer wins N.C. tourney

Former Kansas University golfer and Lawrence resident Chris Thompson earned the biggest check of his career by winning the eGolf Tour’s HGM Hotels Classic at Rock Barn in Conover, N.C.

Ex-KU golfer wins N.C. tourney

Former Kansas University golfer and Lawrence resident Chris Thompson earned the biggest check of his career by winning the eGolf Tour’s HGM Hotels Classic at Rock Barn in Conover, N.C.

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Woolridge signs at camp

Kansas University freshman Royce Woolridge sat in the middle of a long table in Anschutz Pavilion, signing autographs for Bill Self’s campers for three hours Sunday while surrounded by his new Jayhawk teammates.

Phog’s grandson recalls Wooden

As a college student, Mark Allen was reading legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden’s book, “They Call Me Coach,” when he was startled by the words, “the late Phog Allen.” “He was very much alive at the time,” Phog Allen’s grandson Mark Allen said.

Who’ll protect students?

Phog Allen’s grandson is mad as heck, and he’s not going to take it anymore.

Big Ten officials mum on expansion

The Big Ten did not take formal action during a meeting Sunday about conference expansion, although officials say their timeline may change after the Pac-10 revealed plans for its own expansion.

Sunday, June 6

Pac-10 commish gets authority to pursue expansion, possibly at expense of Big 12

The Pac-10 concluded its meetings Sunday by giving commissioner Larry Scott the authority to pursue any possible expansion, while not committing the conference to adding any more schools.

KU adds pair of basketball walk-ons in Wesley, Roberts

Brother of former KU player Keith Langford, son of former KU assistant Norm Roberts join program

KU has added a pair of men's basketball walk-ons, Bill Self confirmed Sunday at his basketball camp for youths.

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Gazing into Big 12: Pundits predict who will challenge for league football title

Phil Steele won’t be surprised if Alabama is the No. 1-ranked college football team in the country when the Associated Press preseason poll comes out in August. It’s just that Steele, one of college football’s most well-known analysts, simply doesn’t agree.

KU men's basketball coach Self ready to Boogie

After hosting his Elite camp and first session of his regular summer camp for youths, Bill Self will be ready to party next Friday night.

Analyst Steele picks KU football to finish 4th again

Phil Steele took a lot of heat for picking Kansas University to finish fourth in the Big 12 North last season in his college football preseason magazine.

Saturday, June 5

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Self voices support for athletic director Perkins

Bill Self stands behind his boss, Lew Perkins, during this trying time for Kansas University’s athletic director.

KU's Self laments Wooden's death

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self spoke on Friday about the death of former UCLA coaching legend John Wooden.

Texas prep QB commits to KU

Killeen, Texas quarterback Michael Cummings wasted little time becoming the latest player in the Class of 2011 to orally commit to the Kansas University football program.

Pless, Renko to be inducted into Kansas Sports HOF

Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Board of Trustees and President/CEO Ted Hayes announced the induction of Kansas University football great Willie Pless and three-sport athlete Steve Renko into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

KU track freshman Finley honored

Kansas University freshman Mason Finley was named the Midwest Region Field Athlete of the Year on Friday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Friday, June 4

Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden dies

John Wooden, college basketball’s gentlemanly Wizard of Westwood who built one of the greatest dynasties in all of sports at UCLA and became one of the most revered coaches ever, has died. He was 99.

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Perkins comments on Big 12 meetings

KU athletic director talks of strong tie between KU and Kansas State

Absent from the final three days of the Big 12's spring meetings in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins on Friday afternoon provided his thoughts on the discussions that took place throughout the week.

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United they stand? Realignment questions remain unanswered on final day

When taking this week’s Big 12 spring meetings on a day-by-day basis, one might have been able to conclude that a lot was getting done on the ballroom level of the InterContinental Hotel on the Plaza. The reality of it all couldn’t be farther from that view.

E-mail hints at Texas in Big Ten addition talks

An e-mail sent by the president of Ohio State to the commissioner of the Big Ten hints that the conference is pursuing Texas as part of its expansion plans.

Statehouse Live: Parkinson unhappy with KU athletic department problems

“I expect an aggressive investigation and serious consequences to take place as a result of the scandal,” Gov. Parkinson said.

KU track athletes Fattig, Bonds honored

Kansas University senior long jumper Eric Fattig and senior middle-distance runner Lauren Bonds were named CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first team honorees on Thursday.

KU staff members conducting review of equipment loan

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has appointed two university staffers to review KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins’ free use of rehabilitation equipment in his home, use that has led Perkins to report that he had been blackmailed by a former employee. Perkins also recently paid $5,000 to cover the fair rental value of the equipment, which he had returned last year.

Future Jayhawk Selby earns award

Incoming Kansas University freshman basketball player Josh Selby was named The Balimore Sun’s Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday.

KU’s Clark named alternate for golf event

Kansas women’s golfer Jennifer Clark is an alternate for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship after her performance at the sectional qualifying this week.

Regent: KU must rebuild support

No matter what comes of federal investigations or personnel changes or anything else relating to the tickets and blackmail issues swirling around Kansas Athletics Inc., both Athletics Director Lew Perkins and Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will have some work to do repairing the damage left behind, the chairwoman of the Kansas Board of Regents says.

Texas can save Big 12

The substance behind the salvo Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins fired Tuesday when he called the threat of conference realignment “serious, serious, serious stuff,” took shape Thursday, and it’s not a pretty shape for Kansas.

Thursday, June 3

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Report that Pac-10 is pursuing 6 teams heats up Big 12 meetings

The answers were sparse and the soundbites few and far between, but the prevailing message from the third day of the Big 12’s spring meetings at the InterContinental Hotel on the Plaza indicated that the conference was anything but united regarding its outlook for the future.

Report: Pac-10 after six Big 12 teams, not KU

The head of the University of Missouri is giving no assurances that the Tigers intend to remain in the Big 12, while a report from claims the Pac-10 is after Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado.

KU golfer named to all-region team

Kansas University golfer Nate Barbee was named to the PING All-Region team, as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America on Wednesday. A total of 153 players from six regions were named to the teams. Barbee was one of 25 selected to the Central Region squad.

Two KU football targets make top-100 list

The first two rounds of player rankings for the high school Class of 2011 were released by this week, and two Kansas University targets cracked the top 100.

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Taking stock: Kansas’ Bonds tickled to make NCAA field

Kansas University senior Lauren Bonds is used to winning. This fall, she won nearly every race she entered for the KU cross country team, and she also has won her share of races with the indoor and outdoor track squads during her time at Kansas. Heck, even her earliest memories of running involve crossing the finish line in first place.

KU’s new address: Elm St.

Schadenfreude — taking great pleasure in the suffering of others — has a way of traveling the path of a boomerang.

Wednesday, June 2

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KU chancellor orders review of equipment loan allegations, cautions against rush to judgment of Perkins

Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little is ordering an internal review of allegations that Athletics Director Lew Perkins improperly accepted free use of rehabilitation equipment at his Lawrence home.

KU to seek insurance payment to cover losses from diverted tickets

Kansas University still hasn’t been billed for an internal investigation that documented the diversion of nearly 20,000 football and basketball tickets by five former employees and a paid consultant.

Will Perkins be next?

Jan. 3, 2008. A cold night in Miami. Mark Mangino, the football coach who recruited and drilled talent so well that Kansas University won the Orange Bowl with a 12-1 record, stood on the podium and held up an orange to an adoring crowd. Lew Perkins, the athletic director who maneuvered to help KU land the game, stood beside him and beamed approval.

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Self: AAU players aren’t funneled to KU

Bill Self would disagree strongly with anybody who says AAU basketball players have been funneled to Kansas University.

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Re-alignment hot topic at Big 12 meetings

With the college athletics landscape seemingly ready to change around them, administrators from the Big 12 Conference assembled Tuesday at the Intercontinental Hotel to discuss the different scenarios associated with conference re-alignment.

Tuesday, June 1

KU chancellor to report on Athletics Director Lew Perkins' job status

Employees diverting tickets for personal gain, his department missing out on more than $1 million in revenue, his personnel policies called into question and, now, questions surfacing about his free use of rehabilitation equipment in his Lake Alvamar home, equipment now part of a reported case of blackmail. Throughout it all, Lew Perkins is confident he’ll weather the storm that continues to build around him as Kansas University’s athletics director.

Questions arise whether Lew Perkins violated state ethics law by accepting 'loan' of exercise equipment

Questions are arising whether Kansas University Athletic Director Lew Perkins violated a state ethics law that prohibits government employees from accepting many types of loans or gifts.

KU AD Perkins speaks with reporters prior to Big 12 meetings in K.C., Mo.

KU AD Perkins speaks with reporters prior to Big 12 meetings in KC, Mo

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KU-KSU football game officially moved to Thursday night

Jayhawks also release four gametimes; KU-MU to play at 11:30 a.m.

The Kansas-Kansas State football game originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16, has been moved to Thursday, Oct. 14 and will be televised on Fox Sports Net, KU athletics announced Tuesday.

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Kansas on the mind: Gill emphasizes importance of in-state recruiting

Don’t let Kansas University football coach Turner Gill’s first recruiting class mislead you. Gill is a believer in Kansas high school football.

Coach Fambrough stays strong

There would be no Memorial Day picnic, no round of golf, no hanging out by a swimming pool with friends and family for the most revered of all former Kansas University football coaches.

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Ex-employee links KU tickets to AD gift

A former sports medicine director at Kansas University claims that athletic director Lew Perkins helped two business owners get premium tickets to men’s basketball games after they gave him $35,000 worth of exercise equipment to use in his home, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Monday.

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Barfield finding comfort at cornerback

When Kansas University football coach Turner Gill arrived earlier this year, he gave out questionnaires to his players, asking them which position they’d like to play.