Stories for November 2010


Tuesday, November 30

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Trio of KU football players earn honorable mention all-Big 12 nods

D.J. Beshears, Jake Laptad and Alonso Rojas honored by league's coaches

Though the Kansas University football team finished just 3-9 and won just one game in Big 12 play, three Jayhawks made enough of an impression on the league’s coaches to earn All-Big 12 Honorable Mention nods.

Gary Bedore's notebook: Jayhawk Marcus Morris wins award; KU too chippy?

Kansas University junior forward Marcus Morris earned his first Big 12 Player of the Week honor on Monday.

Jayhawks taking smart shots, KU basketball leads nation in shooting percentage

Rank smart shot selection high among the contributing factors to Kansas leading the nation in shooting percentage (.581, according to NCAA statistics, well ahead of No. 2 Central Florida at .554).

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Going great guns: ‘Manchild’ Thomas Robinson starts fast for KU basketball

Don’t let Thomas Robinson’s boyish grin and smooth look fool you. “He’s not a nice guy,” Kansas University freshman Josh Selby said.

‘Mayor’ motivates Diante Garrett for Iowa State basketball

ISU coach getting most out of senior point guard

One of the first things Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said when he took over at his alma mater was that point guard Diante Garrett would play a major role in the offense.

Jacob Pullen propels K-State Wildcats over Emporia State

Pullen breaks school record for career three-pointers

Jacob Pullen broke the school record for career three-pointers, leading Kansas State to an easy victory over Division II Emporia State on Monday night and giving the Wildcats their first six-win month of November.

ESPN, Texas close to TV deal?

Austin American-Statesman sports columnist Kirk Bohls wrote that ESPN is close to finalizing a deal with the University of Texas to become broadcast partners as a first step toward acquiring all the Big 12’s television rights that will be negotiated next spring.

KU’s Karina Garlington honorable mention to All-Big 12 Volleyball Team

Karina Garlington was an honorable-mention selection to the All-Big 12 Volleyball Team, the only Kansas University player to earn all-league honors.

NFL reviewing argument between former KU football star Aqib Talib, game official

The NFL is looking into a verbal confrontation between Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib and an official who worked the Buccaneers’ game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Iowa Western Community College QB Zack Stoudt has KU football atop his list

KU is one of seven schools to have extended a scholarship offer to junior-college standout Zack Stoudt, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound, pro-style quarterback from Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Monday, November 29

Jayhawks move to No. 4 in latest AP basketball poll, highest in Big 12 and above K-State at No. 5

After beating Arizona, Ohio and Texas A&M Corpus-Christi, the Kansas Jayhawks moved up two spots in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, out Monday afternoon.

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KU basketball's Marcus Morris wins Big 12 player of the week

Kansas forward Marcus Morris was named Big 12 player of the week, the Big 12 announced Monday.

Vegas trip learning experience for Kansas basketball

Bill Self said he was anxious to find out more about his Kansas University basketball team on the squad’s first road trip — make that neutral-site trip — of the season.

Oklahoma Sooners to face Nebraska Cornuskers in 2010 Big 12 football championship

No. 9 Oklahoma is headed back to the Big 12 championship game to face No. 13 Nebraska after winning a tiebreaker based on the Bowl Championship Series standings.

After rough 2010 football season, Jayhawks optimistic about future

Though it might seem the end of such a rough season would bring a little relief, that wasn’t the case for Kansas University’s football team.

Better seasons await for KU football

Lost amid the rubble of blowout losses for the Kansas University football team that finished 3-9 lies an encouraging sign. The defense should improve as soon as next season.

Sunday, November 28

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What a relief! KU women top Fordham, 81-68, in OT

Carolyn Davis scored 26 points on 8-for-11 shooting, helping the Kansas women's basketball team to an 81-68 overtime victory over Fordham on Sunday in the BTI Classic at Allen Fieldhouse.

Big 12 football roundup: Sooners knock off Cowboys, 47-41

Landry Jones matched the school record with 468 yards passing and threw two long touchdown passes in a wild finish to the Bedlam game as Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State on Saturday night to forge a three-way tie atop the Big 12 South.

KU volleyball sweeps Oklahoma

Three Kansas University volleyball players collected double-digit kills, KU hit a .343 attack percentage and the Jayhawks swept Oklahoma (25-21, 25-21, 25-16) in the regular-season finale for both teams on Saturday.

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Jayhawks awed by Robinson’s slam

Forward’s ‘unbelievable’ one-handed dunk impresses teammates

The buzz after Kansas University’s 87-79 men’s basketball victory over Arizona on Saturday night was all about KU forward Thomas Robinson’s slam.

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Freshman drives KU women, 90-58

With Kansas University sophomore point guard Angel Goodrich out two to three weeks after having a knee scoped, a lot of responsibility falls on the shoulders of freshman guard Keena Mays.

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Jayhawks need big-time QB

Turner Gill’s Kansas University football team is only three players shy of contending for a Big 12 title next season: Terry Bradshaw, Jerry Rice and Ray Lewis.

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Vegas victors: Kansas holds off pesky Wildcats

Kansas University’s basketball players rejoiced during the first of what they hope will be a batch of mid-court trophy-raising ceremonies on Saturday night at Orleans Arena.

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KU basketball notebook: Wildcat attacks

Arizona sophomore Derrick Williams exploded for 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 29 minutes in Saturday’s 87-79 loss to Kansas at Orleans Arena.

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Border War notebook: Pick to return?

One of the hottest topics of late has been the future of Kansas University quarterback/receiver Kale Pick.

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Beat like a drum: Tigers dismantle Kansas in finale

Maybe T.J. Moe had it right. Five days after the Missouri wide receiver drew some heat for saying Kansas University’s football team had no advantages in this year’s Border War at Arrowhead Stadium, Moe’s offense and the entire KU team proved that claim to be true as the Tigers rolled to a 35-7 victory against Kansas.

Saturday, November 27

KU women knock off Memphis, 90-58

Sophomore Carolyn Davis had 15 points, leading six Kansas players in double figures as the KU women defeated Memphis, 90-58, on Saturday at the BTI Classic in Allen Fieldhouse.

Saturday’s Big 12 games encapsulated

A preview of Saturday's Big 12 match-ups.

KU vs. MU: Head to head

A head-to-head look at Kansas vs. Missouri.

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Withey to face former team: Arizona

Jeff Withey had a good time during his one semester at the University of Arizona.

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Victims of foul play: Fired-up Jayhawks hammer Ohio

Elijah Johnson’s dad, mom, brother, sister, high school coach — even his hometown barber — watched in horror as Kansas University’s sophomore guard was tackled on a breakaway dunk try late in the first half of Friday’s 98-41 rout of Ohio University at Orleans Arena.

We said, they said

A collection of quotes from both sides of the Kansas vs. Missouri rivalry.

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KU notebook: Morningstar laughs about pass/shot

Brady Morningstar lofted a pass toward Marcus Morris early in Friday’s Las Vegas Invitational game against Ohio University. The pass missed its mark. It fell through the hoop for a three that gave KU a 7-2 lead.

More off than on, KU women survive tournament opener

Friday night, in the opening round of the BTI Tip-Off Classic at Allen Fieldhouse, two Kansas University women’s basketball starters sank into early foul trouble, the team shot 22-of-66 (33 percent) from the floor and the Jayhawks did not make a three-pointer. Yet, somehow, they won.

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Bobcats coach sorry ‘It got chippy’

Following Kansas University’s 98-41 men’s basketball victory over Ohio, Bobcats guard Ricardo Johnson immediately checked with his coach, John Groce, to see if KU guard Elijah Johnson was OK.

Nebraska advances to Big 12 title game

Nebraska is off to the Big 12 championship game — and Bo Pelini won’t go kicking and screaming.

Sooners ‘borrow’ from OSU playbook

One day this summer, Dana Holgorsen concocted a scheme that would add Kendall Hunter’s running ability to the spread passing game that he planned to bring to Oklahoma State.

Cowboy ‘in awe’ of return

As he lay in bed after playing in the Bedlam rivalry game for the first time, Andrew McGee just couldn’t sleep.

Kansas QB Missouri native

Kansas University will turn to a Missouri native at quarterback today as the Jayhawks attempt to finish their season a high note by knocking off 15th-ranked Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium.

Friday, November 26

Know the foe: Missouri Tight end Egnew key for Tigers

Meet Michael Egnew. You might not recognize the name. You probably wouldn’t know him if you passed him on the street. And you almost certainly wouldn’t name him if someone asked you to list 10 Missouri football players.

KU women take down North Dakota State, 61-53

Aishah Sutherland posted 17 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Kansas women to a 61-53 victory over North Dakota State on Friday night in the Basketball Traveler's Classic at Allen Fieldhouse. staff's Week 13 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World/6Sports staffers' picks for Week 13 of the college football season.

Kansas women ready for 3 games in 3 days

Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson knows she’ll have to look to her bench during the Basketball Travelers, Inc., Tip-Off Classic at Allen Fieldhouse this weekend.

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Turkey before tourney: Jayhawks feast before kicking off games in Las Vegas

Kansas University’s basketball players, coaches, family members and support-staff members filed into a Renaissance Hotel dining hall at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, gathering to eat an old-fashioned traditional Thanksgiving Day meal.

Fambrough won’t be rallying KU before Mizzou game this year

One by one, former Kansas University football players stepped forward this week to talk to the current Jayhawks about what this weekend’s game with Missouri means. As spirited as the speeches were, they generally lacked one thing — hatred.

Gray carries A&M past UT

Texas finishes with first losing record since 1997

Texas A&M heaped one final insult on Texas’ miserable season. Cyrus Gray rushed for 223 yards and had two long touchdowns, helping No. 17 Texas A&M beat Texas, 24-17, on Thursday night, sending the Longhorns to their first losing season since 1997.

You didn’t hear it from me

This isn’t for publication, so whatever you do, don’t breathe a word of it to anybody.

CU-NU finale has luster of yesteryear

Colorado and Nebraska will meet one more time as members of the Big 12 before they head off to different leagues, and the game is setting up like one of those day-after-Thanksgiving throwdowns of yesteryear.

Thursday, November 25

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Vegas second home for KU’s Elijah Johnson

Elijah Johnson has some advice for Kansas University basketball fans traveling to Glitter City for this week’s Las Vegas Invitational. “Stay off the Strip. Stay off the Strip,” KU’s 6-foot-4 sophomore combo guard said with a smile.

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Close call: KU volleyball falls to ’Cats in five sets

Wednesday against rival Kansas State at Horejsi Center, the Jayhawks showed spirit in forcing a fifth set after losing the match’s first two sets. But Kansas State had little trouble winning the decisive set and won the match played in front of a passionate sellout crowd, 25-23, 30-28, 21-25, 21-25 and 15-6.

Aldrich sent to NBADL

The Oklahoma City Thunder are sending first-round draft choice Cole Aldrich to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

Young, Suh lead all-time, All-Big 12 team

In the 15 seasons of the Big 12, the talent pool has been deep enough to produce perennial contenders for the national championship, the Heisman Trophy and all other measures of success. But who was the best of the best?

KU’s Gill thankful for job, health

Coaching: ‘I don’t even really call it a job’

A 3-8 first season hasn’t dampened Kansas University football coach Turner Gill’s spirits so much to have obscured the big picture.

Talking turkey, Lions

Thanksgiving and the Detroit Lions go together like pumpkin pie and pecan pie, with whipped cream on one and melting vanilla ice cream on the other, all mushed into one delightful meal finale.

Wednesday, November 24

Gary Bedore's KU Basketball Notebook

The Jayhawks were to fly to Las Vegas today for the Las Vegas Invitational so Thanksgiving would not be a travel day.

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Islanders coach Perry Clark: Jayhawks ‘love to play’

When Texas A&M-Corpus Christi coach Perry Clark scouted Kansas University’s basketball team in preparation for Tuesday night’s game at Allen Fieldhouse, the veteran coach noticed one thing. “Coming in, I thought they were one of the most intelligent basketball teams that I’ve seen play,” Clark said.

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History in the making: KU home-court winning streak hits record 63

Kansas University interim athletic director Sean Lester presented the game ball to basketball coach Bill Self in a short ceremony immediately following the Jayhawks’ 82-41 rout of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

KU's Turner Gill all fired up for Border War rivalry debut at Arrowhead Stadium

Turner Gill, ever the steady personality, opened his Tuesday news conference with a bang, showing in no uncertain terms that he understands what lies ahead as Kansas prepares to take on No. 15 Missouri at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

Top-ranked Duke outlasts K-State at CBE Classic in Kansas City

Freshman guard Kyrie Irving and senior guard Nolan Smith both had 17 points and led No. 1 Duke’s outstanding defensive effort on Kansas State’s Jacob Pullen as the Blue Devils beat the fourth-ranked Wildcats 82-68 on Tuesday night to win the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.

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Defense keys slam-dunk win, KU basketball extends Allen Fieldhouse winning streak to 63

Count not wanting to be the recipient of a scolding from the coach and a glare from a disapproving teammate among the motivating factors for Kansas University basketball players to bring defensive intensity on every possession.

Former Jayhawk Nick Collison signs multi-year contract extension with NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder

Center Nick Collison has signed a multi-year contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Tuesday, November 23

Fire outside KU's Anderson strength center under control

No major injuries were reported during a three-alarm fire that broke out Tuesday morning in a HVAC unit attached to one of Kansas University’s sports facilities.

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It’s Border War week: KU’s Turner Gill, Missouri’s Gary Pinkel well aware of rivalry’s history, bitterness

Although Missouri coach Gary Pinkel has been through nine of these and Kansas University coach Turner Gill is preparing for his first, the two football coaches navigated similarly speedy paths to understanding exactly what the Border War rivalry was all about upon being hired at their respective schools.

Nebraska's Bo Pelini apologizes for sideline tirades

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini tried to tamp down the frenzy surrounding his program Monday, apologizing for his sideline tirades and assuring fans that his star quarterback hasn’t quit the team.

KU softball signee Lexi Bryant tapped high school All-American

Kansas University softball signee Lexi Bryant was recently named an ESPN RISE High School All-American.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi familiar with Big 12

Islanders have faced Texas A&M, Oklahoma State

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has played four games this young season — three against teams Kansas University will meet later on.

KU's Donny Wasinger 233rd at NCAA cross country championship

Kansas University junior Donny Wasinger concluded his season with a 233rd-place finish on Monday at the NCAA Cross Country Championships at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course.

KU sports legend Wes Santee will be missed

Friends, family members, fellow Kansas University sports legends and American Legion officials assembled Monday afternoon at Plymouth Congregational Church to bid farewell to a father, a grandfather, a Marine and one of the all-time great milers.

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Kansas men's basketball team tries to break home-court win record at Allen Fieldhouse Tuesday night

Kansas University’s basketball players, coaches and fans didn’t celebrate after the final horn sounded in the Jayhawks’ 93-60 victory over North Texas last Friday in Allen Fieldhouse. That’s because the win — as impressive as it was — merely tied the school’s all-time homecourt win streak record of 62 games.

Monday, November 22

Brady Morningstar's quickness helps KU basketball win games

Players who don’t slide their feet consistently well never get off the bench. Defenders who complement their smart feet with active hands tend to annoy the players they’re assigned to guard. Brady Morningstar is one such player. The senior guard out of Free State High does a better job of winning games than selling tickets, and his quick hands play a big part.

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Bradley McDougald shows promise at safety for KU football

Wide receiver Bradley McDougald’s slide over to safety seemed to be done with an eye to the future.

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Josh Selby returns to KU basketball practice for first time in two weeks

Josh Selby was back on the basketball court with his Kansas University teammates and coaches Sunday for the first time in two weeks.

Sunday, November 21

KU women notch road win, defeat Wisconsin, 93-86, in overtime

Kansas sophomore forward Carolyn Davis contributed 29 points and nine rebounds, leading the KU women's basketball team to a 93-86 overtime victory over Wisconsin on Sunday at Kohl Center in Madison, Wisc.

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Finally! NCAA ruling a relief for Josh Selby's mother

Waiting for an NCAA ruling regarding her son’s future proved excruciating at times for Josh Selby’s mom, Maeshon Witherspoon.

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Oklahoma State football shrugs off travel snafu, routs Kansas

Oklahoma State’s football players sat at Stillwater Regional Airport for 5 1/2 hours Friday afternoon/evening, waiting for their replacement charter jet to arrive.

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Cowboys prolong KU's pain

Call it slow death. After being rocked so many times this season by rapid fire, the Kansas University football team on Saturday suffered through a sluggish and methodical 48-14 beatdown by No. 12 Oklahoma State at Memorial Stadium.

Big 12 football roundup: Texas A&M denies Nebraska

Cyrus Gray ran for a career-high-tying 137 yards, and Randy Bullock kicked the go-ahead field goal with about three minutes left for Texas A&M.

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KU can't adjust, keep up

From the opening play on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, the Kansas University football team’s offense screamed, “Let me entertain you; let me make you smile.” It amounted to a big tease.

Saturday, November 20

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QB-turned-WR Kale Pick quickly adjusting to new position

Kansas sophomore hauls in two passes in 48-14 loss

Kale Pick was trying his hardest to catch up.

Know the foe: Oklahoma State Cowboys boast explosive offense

There’s no easy way to say it.

Saturday’s Big 12 games encapsulated

A preview of the weekend's conference action in Big 12 football.

Finally! NCAA ruling a relief for Selby’s mother

Waiting for an NCAA ruling regarding her son’s future proved excruciating at times for Josh Selby’s mom, Maeshon Witherspoon.

KU vs. OSU: Head to head

Oklahoma State’s defense ranks 85th overall and has given up an average of 408 yards per game. Of that total, 141 have come on the ground. The Jayhawks have started to have success on the ground in recent weeks, but suffered a setback against Nebraska, when they ran it 34 times for just 72 yards.

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Josh Selby missing piece for Kansas

It’s not Josh Selby’s No.1 ranking in his recruiting class that made Friday night’s news so significant. It’s that he’s precisely what Kansas lacked to be viewed as a legitimate contender for a national title.

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Fit to be tied: KU matches Allen Fieldhouse winning streak

Nick Bradford, who helped Kansas University’s basketball team win a school-record 62 home games from 1994-98, forever will remember being in the Allen Fieldhouse stands the night the current Jayhawks tied the old mark.

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NCAA clears Josh Selby to play for KU starting Dec. 18

Freshman must first serve suspension, pay $4,600 to charity

Josh Selby, KU’s 6-foot-2 freshman guard from Baltimore, who has missed two exhibition games and the first three games of the regular season, will make his collegiate debut against Southern California on Dec. 18 in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Mean Green lean on threes: 0-for-12, to be exact

In the process of extended its homecourt winning streak, Kansas University ended an even longer streak in its 93-60 basketball victory over North Texas on Friday night.

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Jayhawks anonymous: Largely overshadowed class to bow out today

For the past few seasons, several of the 20 seniors on the Kansas University football roster suited up with names on the backs of their jerseys but faces unknown.

KU volleyball falls

Kansas University’s volleyball team lost to No. 8 Texas, 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 24-26, 25-23), on Friday.

Friday, November 19

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Josh Selby nets nine-game suspension

The NCAA released the following statement regarding Josh Selby on Friday night: Week 12 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World/6Sports staffers' picks for Week 12 of the college football season.

KU football players wary of risks with Twitter, Facebook pages

Even though Kansas cornerback Chris Harris couldn’t ignore the yelling, he was able to walk away from it.

KU basketball notebook: North Texas dangerous, experienced

The University of North Texas takes a 2-0 record — 1-0 against Big 12 competition — into today’s 7 p.m., nonconference clash against Kansas University.

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Protect this Allen Fieldhouse: Former Jayhawks want KU basketball home win record broken

Billy Thomas never experienced the agony of defeat in Allen Fieldhouse in his four-year Kansas University basketball career. “Fifty-eight and 0: Raef and I and C.B.,” former KU shooting guard Thomas said proudly, referring to the undefeated trio of Thomas, Raef LaFrentz and C.B. McGrath.

KU football seniors recall fondest memories

Every season, the most popular question asked by the media during the week leading up to Senior Day is the same: What’s your best memory at Kansas?

KU's Brady Morningstar mired in shooting slump

Brady Morningstar’s high school coach at Free State, Jack Schreiner, has a good laugh when he thinks back to his former star player coming into the gymnasium all fired up, convinced he finally had found the perfect jump shot.

Thursday, November 18

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Federal charges filed against five former Kansas Athletics officials accused of stealing tickets from KU

KU's current head of ticket operations resigns just hours before her name is listed in indictment

The director of ticket operations resigned Thursday morning from Kansas Athletics Inc., as a grand jury indicted her and four others for their roles in an alleged ticket scam prosecutors say cost the department up to $5 million during the past five years.

Kansas proud of homecourt winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse

Allen Fieldhouse has been heaven for the home team, a house of horrors for the opposition in Bill Self’s seven-plus seasons at Kansas University.

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Baylor defeats KU volleyball

Kansas University’s volleyball team, which defeated Baylor in Texas earlier this season, fell to the Bears, 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-12), on Wednesday in Horejsi Center.

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Too tall an order: Islanders can’t match up with Jayhawks

Even as Kansas University women’s basketball forward Carolyn Davis crouched at midcourt awaiting the opening tip, she was easily a full head taller than her opponent. Davis won the tip before floating in a layup on KU’s opening possession, then used her superior size and length to control the game whenever she was on the floor.

Kansas soccer honored for academics

Kansas University’s soccer team has earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Team Academic Award for the eighth straight season.

Free State Firebirds Cody Kukuk, Colin Toalson sign with KU baseball

If all goes according to plan, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price just officially added two talented, home-grown players to next year’s recruiting class.

Coach Self: Elijah Johnson to play for Jayhawks Friday against North Texas

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said Elijah Johnson, who has missed two games because of disciplinary reasons, likely will play Friday against North Texas.

Saturday's KU football game vs. Oklahoma State finally it for running back Angus Quigley

You’ll have to excuse Kansas University running back Angus Quigley if you see him shaking his head or taking a little extra time to soak up the scenery during Saturday’s home finale against Oklahoma State. The game will be Quigley’s last at Memorial Stadium, an emotional milestone to be sure. But it actually will be the second “last game at Memorial Stadium” of Quigley’s career.

Kansas swimming team signs four

Kansas University swimming and diving coach Clark Campbell announced the signing of four athletes for the 2011-12 season.

Let’s talk KU women’s sports

Meaningful, eyeball-to-eyeball conversations rank as the No. 1 victim of the mass shift to those so-impersonal communication methods, e-mails and texts. So what do we all do? Talk about the weather. Surely, we can do better, so let today be city-wide, “Don’t Talk About the Weather Day.”

Wednesday, November 17

KU women rout Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 85-44

Boosted by a quick start, the Kansas University women's basketball team cruised to a 85-44 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Phone companies set up mobile signal boosters at Memorial Stadium to ease network strain during KU football games

All those texts, photos and calls zipping into and out of Memorial Stadium on football game days are putting a strain on wireless phone signals.

Blue Valley West lineman Dylan Admire officially a Jayhawk

The Kansas University football program received its first official commitment from the Class of 2011 on Tuesday, when Blue Valley West offensive lineman Dylan Admire signed a letter of intent with KU.

KU QB Quinn Mecham receives nod vs. Oklahoma State

Three completions versus nine that hit the turf during last week’s loss to Nebraska were not enough to knock Kansas University junior Quinn Mecham out of the starting quarterback role.

K-State pulls away from Virginia Tech, 73-57

Martavious Irving, Rodney McGruder and Nick Russell came off the bench to hold things together in the first half and then helped spark a 28-9 run when Jacob Pullen got back, carrying the third-ranked Wildcats to a 73-57 victory Tuesday over the Hokies.

Texas A&M RB Cyrus Gray gives boost to red-hot Aggies

Cyrus Gray had a role in No. 18 Texas A&M’s offense before fellow running back Christine Michael broke his leg Oct. 30.

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Bright future ahead: KU safety Olaitan Oguntodu’s professional outlook felt on, off field

One of the easiest ways to spot a football player on the Kansas University campus is to look for the guys wearing sweats and sweatshirts that say Kansas Football. That’s not the case with KU senior Olaitan Oguntodu.

Billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens revels in Oklahoma State's football success

As a self-made billionaire, T. Boone Pickens can relate to being an underdog that comes out on top. Seeing his favorite team do just that makes Oklahoma State’s top booster smile.

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KU women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson looking for spark from offense

It’s only one game into the season, so Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson doesn’t expect her young team to have perfected its offensive identity just yet.

KU women’s golf signs 4

Kansas University announced four women’s golf signees Tuesday: Michelle Woods (Manhattan), Gabriella DiMarco (West Chester, Pa.), Nadia Luttner (Pittsburgh) and Jamie Caylor (Indianapolis).

KU volleyball lands 7 on honor roll

A league-leading seven Kansas University volleyball players were named to the Academic All-Big 12 team Tuesday.

Coach Bill Self counting on slew of leaders this KU basketball season

Self says Morris twins, Taylor, Morningstar, Little and Reed all leaders in their own way

Kansas University’s basketball players aren’t shy about speaking up when a teammate needs direction on the court.

Tuesday, November 16

Search committee leader says no finalists yet to replace former KU AD Lew Perkins

The head of a committee looking for a new Kansas University athletic director says no finalists for the job have been found yet.

Oklahoma State D-coordinator Bill Young eager for return to KU's Memorial Stadium

Oklahoma State’s surprising rise to Big 12 championship contender has a common thread with a similar run by Kansas three seasons ago: defensive coordinator Bill Young.

Report: Kentucky AD, Kansas native Mitch Barnhart finalist for KU position

A national sports blog reported Sunday night that University of Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart is a finalist for the same position at Kansas University, but Barnhart — a Kansas native — said in a statement he has not been contacted formally by KU.

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Jayhawks pay heed: Wary KU rips Valparaiso, extends winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse

In the eyes of Kansas University’s basketball players, mid-major Valparaiso University entered Monday’s nonconference game a serious threat to the Jayhawks’ 60-game homecourt winning streak.

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Gary Bedore’s notebook: Basketball recruit Ben McLemore says he will choose either Kansas or Missouri Saturday

Prize basketball recruit Ben McLemore, a 6-foot-5 senior guard from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., said Monday night he will not sign a letter-of-intent during the early signing period.

Despite not being bowl eligible, Turner Gill says youth movement not necessarily headed to KU

For several programs throughout the country, the end of bowl-eligibility one week signals a noticeable youth movement the next. Don’t throw Kansas coach Turner Gill into that group just yet.

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KU's Marcus and Markieff Morris are double trouble for opposing teams

His team had just shot .105 from three-point range and .274 overall and was run out of Allen Fieldhouse, 79-44, by Kansas University, the nation’s seventh-ranked team.

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Jayhawks’ Mario wins battle of Littles in KU's win over Valparaiso

Valparaiso guard Howard Little didn’t say much to his cousin, Mario, when the two were on the court together during Kansas University’s 79-44 victory Monday night.

Monday, November 15

Kansas officially announces signing of Naadir Tharpe

Kansas coach Bill Self officially announced the signing of 6-foot guard Naadir Tharpe to a national letter of intent on Monday.

KU target Ben McLemore may wait until April to decide on school

Kansas University's top remaining target in the recruiting Class of 2011 may wait until the spring period to sign. Ben McLemore, a 6-5 guard from Oak Hill Academy of Mouth of Wilson, Va., has until Wednesday to sign with one of finalists KU or Missouri or wait until April.

Valpo basketball coach Homer Drew fond of KU's Allen Fieldhouse

Homer Drew has coached all over the country — in basketball arenas big and small — during his 22 seasons at Valparaiso University. “We’ve played a quite a few of the top teams. We’ve played at Duke and KU, and those two are the loudest arenas we’ve played in. I’d say ESPN’s poll was pretty accurate,” Drew said Sunday night.

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Turner Gill: Nebraska simply ‘won battle’ against Kansas

Huskers controlled line of scrimmage in win

Trying to explain why his offense gained just 87 yards and five first downs during Kansas University’s 20-3 loss to Nebraska on Saturday night, KU coach Turner Gill simply said his team could not get anything going. Sunday night, a few hours after reviewing the game film for the first time, Gill had a more specific answer.

Monday's KU basketball game against Valparaiso no gimme

Richmond, Nevada, Oral Roberts. Half of eighth-year Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self’s six Allen Fieldhouse losses have come in nonconference games against opponents nobody in the stands believed had any chance of beating the Jayhawks.

Sunday, November 14

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KU women open with 73-40 victory over South Dakota

The Kansas women's basketball season opened the regular season with a 73-40 victory over South Dakota on Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Former Kansas track great Wes Santee dies at age 78

Wes Santee, former Kansas University track star and Olympian, died Sunday morning at the age of 78. A native of Ashland, Santee had been battling cancer.

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Like Opurum, Jayhawks making strides

From the opening-week loss to North Dakota State to Saturday night’s 20-3 setback to Nebraska, Toben Opurum’s growth has mirrored that of Turner Gill’s staff. Nobody’s doing backflips, but you have to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time.

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Matt Tait's KU football notebook

Quiet for most of the week about his returning to the place he spent so many years as a successful player and coach, Kansas University coach Turner Gill finally gave a glimpse of what Saturday’s game at Nebraska meant to him.

KU’s Donny Wasinger earns automatic NCAA cross country bid

Kansas University junior Donny Wasinger earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Cross Country National Championships after a 10th-place finish Saturday at the Midwest Regional Championships.

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Going nowhere: Kansas offense sputters

In the press box at Nebraska University’s Memorial Stadium, there’s a poster from 1983 that features Kansas University coach Turner Gill in his Nebraska gear and the headline “The Scoring Explosion.”

Kansas swimming tops Drury, North Dakota

Iuliia Kuzhil set a pool record in the 200-yard backstroke, and the Kansas University swimming and diving team defeated Drury (189-108) and North Dakota (195-119) on Saturday at Robinson Natatorium.

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NU undaunted by KU’s wrinkles

Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini had never seen most of the formations and plays he saw from Kansas University on Saturday — and he’d studied six weeks of the Jayhawks’ game film.

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Markieff 14-15-5-4-2 kind of guy

Versatile Jayhawk ponders triple-double possibilities in wake of opening rout of Longwood

Versatile Kansas University junior forward/center Markieff Morris put up some eye-opening numbers in several categories on Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

No more tune-ups: KU women's basketball opens today vs. South Dakota

The Kansas University women’s basketball team did exactly what it was supposed to do in its two-game exhibition slate: It made the easy ones look easy.

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Big 12 football roundup: Gabbert sparks No. 20 Mizzou over K-State, 38-28

Colorado cruises without former coach Hawkins

Blaine Gabbert got a pep talk from his coach, who reminded him of his starring role in a victory that knocked Oklahoma out of the BCS lead a few weeks ago. Then he broke out of his slump.

Saturday, November 13

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Recalling the rout: A few current Jayhawks were on hand for ’07 blowout of Nebraska

For Kansas University football fans, there have been dozens of forgettable games played against Nebraska.

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Self channels Wooden, Carson

On his best days, Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self’s postgame news conferences are something of a cross between John Wooden doling out basketball wisdom and Johnny Carson kicking back and controlling the room with snappy one-liners.

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A long time coming: Withey helps KU make short work of Longwood

Jeff Withey completed a Jayhawk Network radio interview Friday night on the Allen Fieldhouse floor, then made his way back toward the locker room through the fabled northwest tunnel 40 minutes after Kansas University’s 113-75 season-opening basketball lashing of Longwood.

Mizzou QB says he’s just fine

Gabbert says reporters want him benched, not Tiger teammates or coaches

It has been a tough couple of weeks for Blaine Gabbert. The Missouri quarterback insists he’s fine and says support from the coaching staff has not wavered.

Know the foe: ‘T-Magic’ key for Cornhuskers

During the first nine games of his college football career, Nebraska University quarterback Taylor Martinez has shown a little bit of everything.

KU vs. NU: Head to head

A look at Kansas' head-to-head matchup with Nebraska.

Saturday’s Big 12 games encapsulated

A look at all of Saturday's Big 12 matchups.

Big 12 hoops roundup: No. 3 K-State turns back James Madison

Manhattan — Jacob Pullen scored 20 points, and Kansas State held off James Madison on Friday night.

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Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

Kansas University sophomore guard Elijah Johnson did not suit up. He was held out for disciplinary reasons.

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Taylor a ‘wow guy,’ in both senses

Just a few minutes after watching junior guard Tyshawn Taylor deliver 17 points and 10 assists in a 113-75 victory against Longwood on Friday night, Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self made this quick assessment.

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Lancers play fast, lose fast

Longwood’s players weren’t tall, but that didn’t mean they were backing down from Kansas University in the Jayhawks’ 113-75 victory Friday night.

Friday, November 12 staff's Week 11 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World/6Sports staffers' picks for Week 11 of the college football season.

KU softball inks five for 2011-12 school year

Five players signed with Kansas University’s softball team this week.

KU volleyball signs two from Nebraska for 2011-2012

Kansas University’s volleyball team inked two players for next season.

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Kansas vs. Nebraska game ends nation's longest uninterrupted college football series after 105 games

Saturday’s meeting between Kansas University and Nebraska — 6 p.m. on pay-per-view — will mark the end of the nation’s longest uninterrupted college football series, as the Jayhawks and Cornhuskers will meet on the gridiron for the 105th consecutive season.

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Sterling reviews: KU basketball's Tyshawn Taylor, putting last year behind, off to solid start

Tyshawn Taylor continues to erase memories of a somewhat shaky sophomore season at Kansas University. “I think he has played really well. I do,” KU coach Bill Self said, applauding the 6-foot-3 point guard/shooting guard’s effort in exhibition routs of Washburn and Emporia State.

KU basketball coach Bill Self still mum on starters for Friday's season-opener against Longwood

Kansas University coach Bill Self wasn’t prepared to announce a starting lineup during Thursday’s media session held in advance of tonight’s season-opener against Longwood University.

Thursday, November 11

Bill Self addresses issues at pre-Longwood media session

Still no word on Selby; Teahan likely to red-shirt, Woolridge likely to play; lineup uncertain

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self held a media session in advance of KU's opener against Longwood University on Thursday afternoon, addressing a few topics of interest.

Kansas defensive tackle Patrick Dorsey shows interest in coaching

Turner Gill cited continuity of the coaching staff as one key to Nebraska establishing itself as a consistent national powerhouse that he intends to bring to Kansas University. Consider the position coaches of Patrick Dorsey, a junior defensive tackle for KU: Bill Young during Dorsey’s 2007 red-shirt season; Joe Bob Clements in 2008; Tom Sims in 2009; Buddy Wyatt this season.

Basketball recruit Naadir Tharpe signs with Kansas Jayhawks

Wearing a beige suit and crimson and blue tie, Naadir Tharpe sat at a table with four of his Brewster Academy basketball teammates on Wednesday in Wolfeboro, N.H.

Five players sign letters of intent with Kansas women's basketball

Five basketball players signed national letters of intent with Kansas University’s women’s program on Wednesday.

Nebraska AD Tom Osborne says basketball coach Doc Sadler’s job is safe

Nebraska coach Doc Sadler goes into Friday’s opener against South Dakota with strong support from athletic director Tom Osborne.

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Emotional meeting: KU coach Turner Gill faces Tom Osborne, Nebraska for first time

Sometime Monday afternoon, Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne reached out to Kansas University football coach Turner Gill by telephone. Osborne’s attempt to chat up his former quarterback was not uncommon. Throughout the years the two have built a bond that seems to be just one step below family and certainly is as strong as any that exists between a former player and his coach.

KU volleyball edges Texas A&M

hind a career-best 32 digs from freshman Brianne Riley, Kansas University’s volleyball team recorded its first victory in College Station, as the Jayhawks defeated Texas A&M, 3-2, Wednesday.

Texas rolls over LaTech

Jordan Hamilton scored 19 points, and freshman Tristan Thompson had a breakout performance with 17 to lead Texas to an 89-58 victory over Louisiana Tech on Wednesday night in the 2K Sports Classic.

Wednesday, November 10

Husker relishes wildcat role

With QBs ailing, sophomore running back NU’s go-to guy in single-wing formation

Rex Burkhead found a silver lining in Nebraska’s quarterback injury problems.

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KU's Josh Selby circling, waiting on NCAA to tell him to land at Allen Fieldhouse

It’s such a weird dynamic, watching a college basketball team play exhibition games without having a clue if or when a player who might be its best pure talent will be allowed to play.

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Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

Naadir Tharpe, a 6-foot senior point guard from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, Mass., said Tuesday he will sign a national letter-of-intent with Kansas University today.

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Emporia State forward ‘proud’ of KU’s Thomas Robinson

Emporia State forward Christian “Boo” Jackson came away most impressed by Kansas University forward Thomas Robinson following KU’s 90-59 exhibition victory over the Hornets on Tuesday.

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Big things to come? Robinson powers Jayhawks

Former Kansas University basketball center Sasha Kaun and his newlywed bride, ex-Jayhawk soccer player Taylor Blue, stopped by Allen Fieldhouse to watch basketball practice the other day.

Axing Dan Hawkins costs Colorado $2 million

The University of Colorado will pay coach Dan Hawkins around $2 million to go away. His replacement might not get that much to fix the Buffaloes’ broken football program.

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Kansas quarterback Quinn Mecham gets nod, pats on back

When junior quarterback Quinn Mecham arrived on the Kansas University campus, he was a quiet guy with a loud resume.

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Kaun on hand for blowout

Former Kansas University center Sasha Kaun of CSKA Moscow, who had left knee surgery Thursday in Cleveland to remove a diseased component of the patellar tendon, attended Tuesday’s game with his wife, former KU soccer player Taylor Blue.

Tuesday, November 9

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Gill: Nebraska game isn’t any different

The first question came Sunday night, barely 24 hours after Kansas University football coach Turner Gill and the Jayhawks delivered a record-setting comeback in a victory against Colorado.

Reports: Dan Hawkins out as football coach at Colorado

Multiple reports said Monday night that Dan Hawkins is out as Colorado University football coach.

Nebraska’s Bo Pelini expects QB Taylor Martinez to start vs. KU

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini says he expects Taylor Martinez to be the starting quarterback against Kansas this week.

Is that really Markieff Morris?

A couple of dribbles toward the post, then, wham, with lightning-quick footwork, next thing you know, he’s shooting and making a turn-around jumper against Washburn in last week’s exhibition opener.

KU’s Josh Selby still waiting for word on eligibility

KU coach Bill Self said he “wouldn’t be shocked, but would be surprised,” if he heard word (from the NCAA) about freshman Josh Selby’s eligibility by Friday’s 7 p.m., season-opener against Longwood.

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Getting up to speed: Still without Josh Selby, KU coach Bill Self challenging Elijah Johnson

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who is known to mix and match all sorts of combinations at practice, recently played lightning-quick Josh Selby, Elijah Johnson and Tyshawn Taylor on the same team — at the same time.

Big 12 South up for grabs

The only thing that’s ever been close to certain in the Big 12 is that, by the end of November, either Oklahoma or Texas would emerge atop the South division.

Monday, November 8

KU football to play Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. on Nov. 20

Game to be televised on FSN

The Kansas football team's Nov. 20 home game against Oklahoma State will kick off at 11 a.m. and will be televised on FSN, the Big 12 announced Monday.

QBs deserve credit

The big agenda for the past few years for Pro Football Hall of Fame voters has centered on taking great care to make sure overlooked candidates from non-glory positions get their due. Quarterbacks, the thinking was, hogged too much of the hall’s space.

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Like KU against Buffs, Mecham ‘got hot’

After completing 11 of 16 passes in the first half, with two interceptions and one touchdown, Kansas QB Quinn Mecham was lights-out in the second half against Colorado.

Jeff Withey returns to drills for Jayhawks

Kansas University sophomore basketball center Jeff Withey, who had surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot in late September, has returned to practice.

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Loud and clear: KU women heed coach, blast Washburn

Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson sat at her postgame news conference following the Jayhawks’ 80-46 trouncing of Washburn on Sunday and was slightly apologetic about her voice — which she said had been under a bit of strain this past week.

Sunday, November 7

KU women take down Washburn, 80-46, in preseason finale

Monica Engelman scored 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting, leading the Kansas women's basketball team to an 80-46 victory over Washburn in the Jayhawks' final preseason game.

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Wow. Just … wow: ‘Relentless’ rally lifts KU past Buffs

With 26 different buzz words at his disposal, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill flipped through his notebook at the beginning of the week and decided the key term for Week 9 would be “relentless.”

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You did stay until end, right?

Purchasers of a ticket to watch Kansas University battle Colorado on a sunny Saturday afternoon for the right to avoid last place in the Big 12 North could be grouped into three categories:

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Buffs bemoan setback

Jayhawks ‘not human’ in comeback

In 121 years, the University of Colorado never had blown a 28-point lead in a football game.

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Matt Tait's KU football notebook

The 28-point fourth quarter comeback was the largest in Kansas University football history, surpassing a 26-point comeback against Iowa State in 1992. In that one, the Jayhawks trailed the Cyclones, 47-21, in the final quarter before coming back to win, 50-47.

K-State crushes Texas

Texas Tech upends Missouri, 24-17

Collin Klein and Daniel Thomas ran for two touchdowns apiece, and Kansas State intercepted Garrett Gilbert five times en route to a victory Saturday night over struggling, mistake-prone Texas.

KU women set for Washburn hoops tune-up

They don’t call preseason games tune-ups for nothing.

Kansas volleyball sweeps Colorado

Kansas University seniors Karina Garlington and Jenna Kaiser each recorded 12 kills, and the Jayhawks swept Colorado (25-19, 25-22, 25-23) Saturday at Horejsi Center.

Saturday, November 6

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Onside kick turning point in KU's 52-45 comeback over Colorado

Chris Harris grinned sheepishly before sharing his secret following Kansas’ 52-45 victory over Colorado on Saturday.

Jayhawk statue and ATMs at Kansas Union damaged overnight

The Classic Jayhawk statue in front of the Kansas Union was discovered damaged this morning by KU staff.

Huskers, Cyclones close out football rivalry

On paper, Nebraska’s final trip to Iowa State as a conference foe looks like the bitter end of a rivalry that dates to 1896.

Struggling KSU, UT do battle today on gridiron

Kansas State wants to get bowl-eligible. Texas just wants to get well.

At 7-2, Baylor still not getting any respect

Not amused by actor Ferrell’s slight, Bears notch memorable victory over Texas, set sights on Oklahoma State

Baylor’s players are waiting for the rest of the planet to start believing in their turnaround, just like they do.

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Ups and downs: Senior Harris has ridden roller coaster at KU

In January of 2008, 18-year-old Chris Harris was being sized for an Orange Bowl ring, celebrating his interception in a BCS bowl game and dreaming of how much better things would get during the next three years of his Kansas University football career. As Harris remembers, life was good.

Colorado turns attention inward

Both teams are winless in Big 12 Conference play, both have suffered some forgettable beatings in 2010 and both have head coaches who have drawn the ire of angry fan bases.

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Dick Vitale predicts KU basketball fifth…in Big 12

The most famous college basketball analyst of all — Hall of Famer Dick Vitale of ESPN — is taking a wait-and-see attitude toward Kansas University’s men’s basketball team.

KU tennis nets key singles wins

Five Kansas University tennis players and two doubles teams advanced to the semifinals of their respective brackets Friday afternoon at the San Diego State Fall Classic II.

OU’s Broyles, A&M’s Fuller boost high-powered offenses

Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles and Texas A&M’s Jeff Fuller will be on the same field today when the Sooners visit the Aggies.

Colorado AD Mike Bohn not talking about KU opening

University of Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn, whose Buffs play Kansas University in football today at Memorial Stadium, tells the Denver Post he has not been contacted about his alma mater’s AD vacancy.

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KU women's coach Bonnie Henrickson lands star recruit for next season

Bonnie Henrickson has landed the highest-rated recruit in her seven seasons at Kansas University.

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Gill not revealing starting QB

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill might have picked a starting quarterback for today’s 1 p.m. kickoff against Colorado, but he isn’t letting anyone in on the secret.

KU vs. CU: Head to head

Friday, November 5 staff's Week 10 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World/6Sports staffers' picks for Week 10 of the college football season.

Baker wins at buzzer to give former Jayhawk Brett Ballard first win

The night was supposed to be about Baker University basketball coach Brett Ballard — former Kansas University point guard and director of basketball operations — as he made his head coaching debut. That is, until sophomore guard Sam Kenney stole the show.

Turner Gill’s staff recruits with truth

Always tell the truth. That way you don’t have to remember what you said. Unless you’re recruiting. Then you invent words to get the teenager to sign a national letter of intent.

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Threes falling for Markieff Morris

The tallest available player on Kansas University’s basketball team was the Jayhawks’ most effective three-point bomber Tuesday night.

Matt Tait’s Kansas football notebook: Quarterback selection expected Friday

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill said Thursday, on his “Hawk Talk” radio show, that he and offensive coordinator Chuck Long still had not decided which quarterback would start Saturday’s game — 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium — against Colorado.

KU football struggling in third quarter

Kansas tight end Tim Biere admits that the statistic doesn’t make much sense. In four Big 12 games, the Jayhawks have been outscored 70-0 in the third quarter.

KU volleyball team’s Garlington honored

For the second time in her career, Kansas University senior volleyball player Karina Garlington has been named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.

Thursday, November 4

KU-Nebraska football to kick off at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13

Game will only be televised on pay-per-view

The Kansas football team's game Nov. 13 at Nebraska will kick off at 6 p.m. and will only be televised on a pay-per-view basis, the schools announced Thursday.

Hearing on ethics complaint against former KU AD Lew Perkins re-scheduled for January

A complaint before the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission alleges that he violated the law by accepting free exercise equipment and physical therapy sessions.

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KU volleyball swept by No. 5 Nebraska

No. 5 Nebraska had a bit too much for the Kansas University volleyball team to handle on Wednesday night.

Conner Teahan mulls taking redshirt this year

It’s decision-making time for Kansas University basketball player Conner Teahan ... again.

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Streak of suffering: KU football mindful of conference losing skid with CU next

After rattling off five victories in a row to open the 2009 season, the Kansas University football team suffered its first hiccup in Game No. 6 at Colorado.

Atypical Ron Artest a hero for mental health awareness

Hero. There isn’t a more overused word in sports. Meet an athlete who fits the definition.

Road hasn’t been kind to Dan Hawkins, Buffs

The Colorado Buffaloes, who haven’t won a road game since 2007, find themselves in a very unfamiliar position: they’re more than a touchdown favorite Saturday at Kansas.

KU senior Nate Barbee earns Big 12 golfer of month

Kansas University senior Nate Barbee on Wednesday was named Big 12 Golfer of the Month for October.

Wednesday, November 3

Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez practices

Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson says injured quarterback Taylor Martinez practiced “surprisingly well” Tuesday and will be ready to play Saturday at Iowa State.

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Gary Bedore’s notebook

Kansas University freshman Josh Selby, who wore a black shirt, black slacks and black shoes while sitting near the end of the bench during Tuesday’s exhibition rout of Washburn, still waits for an NCAA ruling on his amateur status.

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Washburn coach, players laud Jayhawks

Washburn basketball coach Bob Chipman made sure to shake hands with Kansas University players Marcus Morris and Tyshawn Taylor before leaving the media room Tuesday night.

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Slash and ’burn: Marcus Morris torches ’Bods

Marcus Morris didn’t approach Washburn University enforcer Virgil Philistin in a menacing way.

KU soccer players on academic team

Seven Kansas University soccer players were named to the Big 12 All-Academic team Tuesday.

Special teams concern KU

The Kansas University football team’s offense and defense have had both good and bad moments throughout the first eight games of the season. KU’s special-teams play, however, has been a consistent problem.

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Tyshawn Taylor appears to have grown up

We all grow up at different rates. For example, maturity-wise, I’m looking forward to my teenage years.

Tuesday, November 2

How Keegan voted: Sports editor explains AP All-American selections

The following is Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's preseason Associated Press ballot for men's college basketball All-Americans.

KU evaluating after Notre Dame tragedy

While the mourning continues at Notre Dame, officials at schools around the country are taking steps to make sure that an accident like the one that killed Fighting Irish videographer Declan Sullivan last week will not happen again.

Gary Pinkel wants Big 12 to evaluate hit on Blaine Gabbert

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini says safety Courtney Osborne put a clean hit on Blaine Gabbert. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel wants to make sure.

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Ready for action: After red-shirt season, KU's Travis Releford eager to play again

It’s seemed like an eternity since Travis Releford last played in a Kansas University men’s basketball game.

KU soccer’s Whitney Berry honored by Big 12

Kansas University sophomore midfielder/forward Whitney Berry was named to the All-Big 12 second team Monday.

Blackmon back for OSU

Top receiver Justin Blackmon is back in the mix after a one-game suspension, with no harm done to No. 19 Oklahoma State in the Big 12 South race.

Bowl bid no guarantee for Texas Longhorns

Five Big 12 teams enter November bowl-eligible. Defending champion Texas, which played in the national title game last season, is not among them.

Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez has ankle sprain

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez has a sprained right ankle, not a bone bruise in his leg as coach Bo Pelini initially said.

Monday, November 1

KU's Woolridge, Teahan could red-shirt

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self says it’s possible freshman Royce Woolridge and/or senior Conner Teahan could red-shirt — that is, practice but not play in games — this season.

KU gains ground against ISU

The final statistics told one story, and the gaping holes told another. Saturday, during Kansas University’s 28-16 football loss at Iowa State, the Jayhawks turned in their best rushing performance in weeks, buoyed by new schemes, all-out effort and the fact that many Jayhawks were embarrassed by their recent performances.

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Unstoppable: KU's Carolyn Davis makes short work of Fort Hays State Tigers

Carolyn Davis scored 35 points in 33 minutes, nearly all coming right at the basket, allowing the Jayhawks to coast to an 83-62 victory over Fort Hays State in Allen Fieldhouse.

Markieff Morris returns to drills for KU, might play vs. Washburn

Kansas University junior center Markieff Morris, who had hernia surgery Oct. 21, has returned to practice part-time.