Stories for September 2010


Thursday, September 30

Maryland prep forward Hopkins to visit Jayhawks

Mikael Hopkins, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound basketball power forward from tradition-rich DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md., this weekend will make his official recruiting visit to Kansas University.

Austin Rivers commits to Duke

Austin Rivers, the No. 1-rated basketball player in the class of 2011, has committed to Duke over Kansas and North Carolina, ESPN reported Thursday.

Tease photo

KU football's 2011 conference schedule announced; nonconference game will be dropped

The Kansas football team will have home games against Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Kansas State and Baylor next season, the Big 12 announced Thursday.

Big 12 approves round-robin football schedule

Get ready for a look at the Big 12’s new round-robin football schedule.

Rush admits he ‘messed up pretty bad’

Third-year Indiana Pacers guard Brandon Rush, who was handed a five-game suspension by the NBA league office this offseason for testing positive for marijuana for a third time, admitted at Pacers’ Media Day that he “messed up pretty bad.”

KU football notebook: Gill reflects on social media troubles at OU

On Wednesday, Oklahoma receiver Jaz Reynolds was suspended indefinitely after posting a pair of insensitive remarks on his Twitter account about the recent shooting on the University of Texas campus.

Sooners suspend WR for tweet

Oklahoma has suspended receiver Jaz Reynolds indefinitely after he posted what coach Bob Stoops called “insensitive remarks” on his Twitter page about a gunman who committed suicide on the University of Texas campus.

Tease photo

Streak squashed: KU volleyball puts end to Missouri mastery, triumphs 3-1

Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard spent some time visiting with athletic department officials, family members, parents of his players and assorted well-wishers after a rousing four-set victory over rival Missouri on Wednesday at sold-out Horejsi Center.

Jayhawks hopeful for Big 12 football schedule

KU players speak of lofty expectations

With the start of Big 12 Conference play looming, the Kansas University football team is not hiding its intentions.

Wednesday, September 29

Missouri suspends safety Jasper Simmons

Senior safety Jasper Simmons has been indefinitely suspended from the Missouri football team.

Nick Collison held out of Thunder’s camp

Forward Nick Collison will miss an unidentified portion of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s training camp because of a bone bruise in his left knee.

A tall order: getting Wilt Chamberlain on a stamp

A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to team up with Jayhawks across the nation to score what he considers the ultimate honor for a favorite son who went on to become one of Kansas University’s tallest students and the world’s most dominant basketball player: Wilt Chamberlain on a stamp.

Thiry, Nugent propel KU to women’s golf title

Grace Thiry claimed medalist honors and teammate Katy Nugent finished as the individual runner-up and they led the Kansas University women’s golf team to the title of the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Women’s Golf Invitational Tuesday at Alvamar Public Golf Course.

Markieff Morris passes weight milestone, tops 250 pounds

Markieff Morris passed a significant milestone this past summer.

Matt Tait’s KU football notebook

Though no one on Kansas University’s football roster lists Waco, Texas, as his hometown, 38 players list Texas as their home state and that alone makes this week’s trip to the Lone Star State something special.

KU men’s golf team third at Colorado invite

Kansas University’s men’s golf team finished third at the Colorado Invitational on Tuesday with a score of 869.

Receiver Daymond Patterson’s height not an issue for KU

Everybody knows a Napoleonic Complex guy or 10. Short man whose height defines him, colors his soul dark and desperate, poisons his spirit with malevolence and generally makes him act in a way that constantly calls attention to his shortcomings. Meet the anti-Napoleon, Kansas University junior receiver Daymond Patterson, who fills a room with positive vibes and never gives the impression he feels the slightest bit of regret about his height.

Tease photo

Ready for action: QB Mecham moves up to second team

As the youngest male sibling of 13 children, Kansas University junior Quinn Mecham is used to competing for everything in life.

Tuesday, September 28

Jayhawks finish first day of dreaded basketball Boot Camp

Jayhawks survive strenuous workout

The first day of Kansas University basketball Boot Camp proved as rugged as advertised. “It was probably the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my life. High school is nothing compared to the first day of Boot Camp,” said KU freshman walk-on Niko Roberts.

KU men's golf tied for third

After two rounds, the Kansas University men’s golf team sat in a tie for third place at 583 on Monday at the Colorado Invitational.

Kansas women’s golf sits atop leaderboard

With two rounds complete, the Kansas University women’s golf team sat in first place at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational on Monday at Alvamar.

Monday, September 27

Tease photo

Special scamper: Beshears earns Big 12 (but not KU) special-teams honor

The Big 12 Conference announced Monday morning that Kansas University sophomore D.J. Beshears was the league's special teams player of the week for Sept. 25.

Kansas duo invited

Kansas University’s No. 1 doubles team of Ekaterina Morozova and Erin Wilbert qualified for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women’s All-American Championships.

Huskers No. 1 in Big 12

The original intention here was to rank the 12 best YouTube videos of all-time, but a deadlock for No. 1 couldn’t be broken, so instead the Big 12 football teams will be ranked for their nonconference performances.

KU soccer falls, 2-0

Kansas University’s soccer team fell to Iowa State, 2-0, on Sunday.

Tease photo

Beshears’ day not unexpected

Three touchdowns, nearly 200 total yards and big-time production as a runner, receiver and special-teams return man. Surely the performance turned in by Kansas University sophomore D.J. Beshears during the Jayhawks’ 42-16 victory against New Mexico State on Saturday night was the best game of his life, right? “In college, yes,” Beshears said.

Forward Julius Randle to attend Late Night in the Phog

Julius Randle, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound sophomore basketball forward from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, will be attending the Oct. 15 Late Night in the Phog on an unofficial recruiting visit, reports.

Tease photo

Dreaded KU hoops Boot Camp under way

Marcus Morris was in a good mood last Wednesday ... until mid-afternoon, when a media member reminded him that Kansas University’s Basketball Boot Camp loomed just five days away. “I know. Don’t remind me,” junior forward Morris said, frowning. “Every time somebody starts talking about it, I drag my head and get all ...” Depressed? Concerned? Anxious? Actually, all of the above.

Sunday, September 26

Tease photo

Kale Pick out 3 weeks with leg injury

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill said Sunday night that second-string quarterback Kale Pick sustained a leg injury during Saturday’s victory against New Mexico State and will be out of action for three weeks.

Tease photo

NMSU beat up by KU

New Mexico State quarterback Matt Christian nursed more than a bruised ego after the Aggies’ 42-16 loss to Kansas University on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Tease photo

Big 12 football roundup: No. 7 Texas stunned by UCLA

Johnathan Franklin rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown Saturday, and UCLA stunned Texas on its home field again.

Tease photo

Kansas’ James Sims special

It seemed such a strange move when first-year Kansas University football coach Turner Gill took his most productive returning offensive player and sent him to the other side of the line of scrimmage to play linebacker.

KU volleyball falls to Colorado

Kansas University’s volleyball team battled back from a two-set deficit to force a fifth set against Colorado, but it wasn’t enough as the Buffaloes prevailed, 3-2, on Saturday.

Tease photo

On hand for Hall ceremony, Miles to pursue NBA

Aaron Miles, who played pro basketball in Greece last season, leaves Lawrence today for what he hopes is an even greater adventure — one in the NBA.

Tease photo

Rock ’em, sock ’em: Ags KO’d by KU’s 1-2 punch

The dash came early, the smash came late, and Kansas University’s football team finally came away with a result that was expected.

Tease photo

Matt Tait’s KU football notebook

Through three games this season, Kansas University quarterback Jordan Webb had been sacked an average of four times a game.

Tease photo

Jayhawks pick up pace

Johnathan Wilson said the Kansas University football coaches had greater intensity during practice in the days leading up to the Jayhawks’ 42-16 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday.

Saturday, September 25

Alumni top KU swimmers

Kansas University’s swimming alumni took first in all but one event of the annual Alumni Scrimmage against the present Jayhawks on Friday at Robinson Natatorium.

Spurs add former Jayhawk Vaughn to coaching staff

Retired NBA veteran Jacque Vaughn is joining the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach.

Big 12 teams on outside looking in on title race

When Big 12 football fans take a quick glimpse at the top of the rankings, there’s something missing.

Former runner Gruber thrilled for today’s Kansas Athletics HOF induction

U.S. Olympic distance runner Charlie Gruber officially retired from track and field at the conclusion of the 2006 season.

Tease photo

Explosive material: Jayhawks hope to add to list of big plays

There’s a section in the Kansas University football weekly notes that is dedicated entirely to “explosives.”

KU vs. NMSU Head to head

Aggies not overlooking Jayhawks

Know the foe: New Mexico State

For weeks, the official website for New Mexico State University athletics feverishly has been promoting the Aggies’ Oct. 2 football game against No. 3 Boise State. As odd as it may seem for a team that has started the season on the wrong end of back-to-back blowouts, it’s clear that at least a few people at NMSU are looking past the Aggies’ game at Kansas University at 6 tonight.

Two presidents talking KU basketball

Kansas University made national news Friday, thanks to a famous alumnus.

KU soccer falls to Missouri, 4-1

Missouri scored four straight goals to overcome the Kansas University soccer team, 4-1, on Friday.

Tease photo

Henry officially signs with Grizzlies

The Grizzlies signed first-round draft picks Xavier Henry and Greivis Vasquez on Friday, getting the deals done just four days before the start of training camp.

Friday, September 24

Tease photo

Bill Self releases statement about Josh Selby

KU coach says NCAA process ongoing

Kansas coach Bill Self released the following statement about freshman point guard Josh Selby on Friday.

Tease photo

KU center Jeff Withey out four to six weeks with broken foot

Kansas sophomore center Jeff Withey will miss the next four to six weeks after breaking his foot, KU coach Bill Self announced Friday. staff’s Week 4 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World/6Sports staffers' picks for Week 4 of the college football season.

Maryland basketball prep Mikael Hopkins changes visit to Kansas

Mikael Hopkins, a 6-foot-8 senior basketball power forward from DeMatha High in Hyattsville, Md., has pushed back his official visit to Kansas University from this weekend to next weekend, reports.

Tease photo

Jayhawks adjusting to Gill's phone policy

On the night before his team’s first game, Deshaun Sands saw his phone charger in his hotel room and instinctively plugged it in. There was one problem: The Kansas running back’s phone wasn’t with him.

KU Athletics board restructuring

What began as the formation of a sub-committee to explore the possible avenues the Kansas Athletics, Inc., Board of Directors could go in reshaping the board’s structure and purpose, ended with a unanimous show of solidarity from all six of the board’s members.

Thursday, September 23

Tease photo

KU’s Selby part of UT violations

The Tennessee basketball program has reported several NCAA violations committed under coach Bruce Pearl, including nearly 100 excessive phone calls to recruits — including Kansas University freshman Josh Selby — and permitting families of recruits to stay longer than allowed by the NCAA when visiting Knoxville.

Tease photo

Miscommunication: Violation prompted signal change

There is more to the story of why the Kansas University football team’s offense had so much trouble getting plays to the field in a timely manner Friday than KU’s coaching staff has let on.

Athletic fee at $80 per year for students

Kansas University students provide $80 a year to Kansas Athletics through campus fees, a source of financing that has pumped about $2 million a year into women’s and other nonrevenue sports at Kansas Athletics Inc.

NU volleyball rallies past KU

Kansas University won the first set, but fourth-ranked Nebraska rallied for a 3-1 Big 12 volleyball victory over the Jayhawks on Wednesday.

AD says Mangino not hired by UM

A television report that former Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino is back in the game appears to be inaccurate.

No. 28 rated hoops player to visit to Kansas

Quinn Cook, a 6-foot-1 senior point guard from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., plans to make an official recruiting visit to Kansas University.

Wednesday, September 22

Tease photo

Report: Mangino hired by Minnesota

Out of football for a little more than nine months, former Kansas University head coach Mark Mangino apparently is back in the game.

Leaving Big 12 costs Nebraska, Colorado millions

The Big 12 will become a 10-team league next year after all in the wake of agreements Tuesday that require Nebraska and Colorado to forfeit a combined $16 million in conference payouts.

Matt Tait’s KU football notebook

During the first three weeks of the season, the Kansas University football team already has had two punts blocked, one which was returned for a touchdown in last week’s loss to Southern Miss.

Pierce looking forward to Shaq pairing

Paul Pierce is eager to help Shaquille O’Neal catch up to Kobe Bryant. Pierce enthusiastically endorsed the Boston Celtics’ decision to sign O’Neal after Pierce’s No. 34 jersey was retired at Inglewood High School on Tuesday.

Tease photo

Kansas men’s golf sixth at home invite

Kansas University’s men’s golf team ended the final round of the Kansas Invitational in a tie for sixth place with Kansas State on Tuesday at Alvamar.

Missed practices costs Sooners LB Lewis

Linebacker Ronnell Lewis didn’t play a single snap on defense in Oklahoma’s game, and coach Bob Stoops says it has to do with time he missed in practice.

KU-NU volleyball on tape delay

The Kansas University at Nebraska volleyball match at 7 p.m. on Wednesday will be televised on tape delay on Metro Sports (Sunflower Broadband channel 37) at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Tease photo

KU coaches keeping it simple for QB Jordan Webb

The first three weeks of the Kansas University football season have been anything but a smooth ride, particularly for the offense. Young players have been put into prime-time roles, play-calls have been slow to get to the huddle and the offensive line has struggled to move together as one unit.

Sooners face first road test

With their own fans surrounding them in the friendly confines of Owen Field, the Oklahoma Sooners have been practically invincible.

No. 1 hoops prep in Class of 2011 will visit KU

Austin Rivers, the No. 1-rated high school basketball player in the Class of 2011, has set a date for an official recruiting visit to Kansas University.

KU’s Gill praises his staff...a lot

It never hurts to see how closely you’ve been studying your favorite football team’s new coach during Tuesday news conferences he uses to communicate to the public.

Tuesday, September 21

Gill’s message remains the same to Jayhawks

Three weeks into the 2010 season, fans of Kansas University’s football program have seen three vastly different KU teams take the field.

MU end Smith breaks leg

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel says star defensive end Aldon Smith will miss the Tigers’ game Saturday against Miami of Ohio due to a broken bone in his leg.

Tease photo

Simien tickled by team induction

For former Jayhawk, group honor trumps individual recognition for KU Hall of Fame

Wayne Simien will be inducted into the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday morning as an individual and as part of the 2003-04 Jayhawk team, Bill Self’s first team at KU.

Gilbert paces KU golf to seventh place

Kansas University junior golfer Chris Gilbert shot a 71 and a 74 to put him in a tie for 14th place, and the Jayhawks sat in seventh place after two rounds of the Kansas Invitational on Monday at Alvamar.

KU volleyball's Riley earns rookie of week

Kansas University freshman libero Brianne Riley, who led the KU volleyball team with 3.67 digs per set in two matches last week, earned Big 12 Conference rookie of the week honors Monday.

Monday, September 20

KU-Baylor game to start at 11 a.m. on Oct. 2

Contest will be televised on FSN

The Kansas-Baylor football game on Oct. 2 will kick off at 11 a.m., the Big 12 conference announced Monday.

KU lineman Hatch probable

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill said Sunday night that offensive lineman Jeremiah Hatch was probable for this week’s game against New Mexico State.

Tease photo

No easy fixes for KU football

In many ways, Friday night’s one-sided loss to Southern Miss illustrated more completely than did its first setback why Kansas University’s football team falls short of bowl-caliber quality.

Michigan State coach has mild heart attack

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio had a mild heart attack and was hospitalized Sunday morning, shortly after calling an audacious fake field goal to beat Notre Dame in overtime.

Tease photo

Clifton lifts Kansas to 2-0 soccer victory

Kortney Clifton scored both goals as Kansas University’s soccer team concluded its nonconference schedule with a 2-0 victory over Missouri State on Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Sunday, September 19

Tease photo

Recruit Josiah Turner picks Arizona

Josiah Turner, a 6-foot-3-inch basketball point guard from Sacramento (Calif.) High, orally committed to the University of Arizona on Sunday at the conclusion of his official campus visit, Turner told

Tease photo

New A.D. will have full slate of projects

Investments in future of athletics clear from fundraising activity, debt

Kansas University’s next athletics director will be coming into a department with new and expanded facilities developed during Lew Perkins’ seven-year tenure on campus.

Tease photo

Simien makes a difference

Chosen in the first round the previous night by the Miami Heat, Wayne Simien was on his way to a Florida Marlins baseball game when his cell phone rang. Shaquille O’Neal was on the other line.

Tease photo

Trouble in the trenches: KU O-line struggling to keep defenses away from QB

In the three phases of football that offensive lines typically are judged, Kansas University’s guys up front had issues in all of them during the Jayhawks’ 31-16 loss at Southern Miss on Friday night.

Tease photo

Bechard wins No. 200 in KU volleyball victory over A&M

Karina Garlington led Kansas University with 14 kills, and the Jayhawks topped Texas A&M, 3-2, in Big 12 volleyball on Saturday to earn coach Ray Bechard his 200th career victory at Kansas.

KU tennis wins four consolation flights

Kansas University’s tennis team won four consolation flights of the KU Invitational on Saturday at the Jayhawk Tennis Facility.

Saturday, September 18

Tease photo

Last year’s loss motivates Eagles

QB Davis fueled by setback in Lawrence

Austin Davis says he was haunted after last year’s game against Kansas University.

Tease photo

Webb proves toughness in face of adversity

Now Kansas University red-shirt freshman quarterback Jordan Webb knows what it feels like to stand on top of a freeway median with semis barreling toward him from both directions.

Tease photo

Matt Tait’s KU football notebook

Getting plays from the coaching booth to the field posed a problem for Kansas University during Friday night’s 31-16 loss at Southern Miss.

KU soccer edged in OT

Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s soccer team tripped Kansas University, 1-0, in overtime on Friday at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Tease photo

Southern hostility: Jayhawks struggle on road

Most folks in the South are known for their Southern hospitality.

Friday, September 17

Tease photo

KU chancellor names six-member committee to find new athletics director

Members of a six-member search committee are on the lookout for candidates to become Kansas University’s next athletics director. staff’s Week 3 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World/6Sports staffers' picks for Week 3 of the college football season.

Southern Miss a different challenge

Made up of rugged and precise tacklers, the Kansas University football team’s defense has proven it has the aptitude and attitude to stymie a running offense. A different challenge awaits it tonight in The Rock.

KU vs. Southern Miss head to head

A look at Kansas' match-up against Southern Mississippi.

Tease photo

Know the foe: Southern Miss Eagles boast top offensive weapon in WR

In junior wide receiver DeAndre Brown, the Southern Miss football team entered the 2010 season with a known commodity on offense, one of the best individual weapons in the nation.

Tease photo

Friday night lights: Friday kickoff conjures up prep nostalgia

During his days as a standout prep quarterback in Fort Worth, Texas, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill earned all-state, all-county and all-district honors at Arlington Heights High.

Tease photo

Growing pains: KU’s Tyshawn Taylor learns from mistakes

Talkative Tyshawn Taylor — who likes to express himself through both the spoken and written word — had a heart-to-heart conversation with Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self in early August.

Saturday’s Big 12 games encapsulated

A preview of the weekend's Big 12 action.

Thursday, September 16

KU Chancellor Gray-Little says school may pursue civil litigation in ticket scandal

Acknowledging the public relations nightmare created by the ticket-scalping scandal at Kansas University, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Thursday said the school is increasing control of the ticket system, transparency of seating allocations, and oversight of the athletic department.

Kansas volleyball falls to K-State, 3-1

Kansas University’s volleyball team lost a 10-point lead in the fourth set and fell, 3-1, to Kansas State on Wednesday in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.

Tease photo

Late Night attendee Ben McLemore adjusts to prep school

Ben McLemore, who left the comforts of his St. Louis home for Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., in late August, checked in with his old high school coaches via Skype earlier this week.

TV lights an incurable addiction

Something about a TV camera turns relatively normal human beings into moths, swirling around the klieg lights. We all like to mock others who flock to the TV camera, yet we stealthily seek its eye.

Tease photo

Report: Former Jayhawk Xavier Henry could sign today

Xavier Henry has won his contract battle with the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies.

Tease photo

Arduous assignment: KU football team praises ability of So. Miss WR Brown

In two days, various members of Kansas University’s football team used more than half a dozen different words to describe Southern Miss wide receiver DeAndre Brown.

Wednesday, September 15

Matt Tait’s KU football notebook

Reserve tight end AJ Steward, a 6-foot-3, 233-pound junior, will miss three to four weeks because of a shoulder injury suffered during Saturday’s win against Georgia Tech.

Huskers QB not worried about noise

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez says he’s prepared for the hostile environment Saturday at Washington’s Husky Stadium that will be his first college road game.

KU women’s golf team ties for second

Behind fourth-place finishes from seniors Meghna Bal and Grace Thiry, the Kansas women’s golf team tied for second at the Chip N Club Invitational.

Vols’ Pearl hosted recruits

Selby visited coach’s home

Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl’s admission that he made “mistakes” during an investigation into his program include Pearl providing “incorrect and misleading information” to the NCAA about illegally hosting recruits at his home during the fall of 2008, reported Tuesday night.

Jayhawks’ tackling sound

So many things in life escape mention until they don’t work right. Third-base coaches, cornerbacks, automobile brakes, deodorant, bullet-proof vests.

KU goalie Liebetrau named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

Kansas University goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday.

KU men’s golf team sixth at Nebraska

Kansas University’s men’s golf team placed sixth in the rain-shortened Fairway Club Invitational on Tuesday.

Southern Miss gets second shot at BCS foe

Southern Miss’ first attempt at beating a team from a BCS conference didn’t go so well.

Tease photo

New territory: Gill gets chance to see how KU responds after first win

Last week, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill learned a lot about the way his team responds to a tough loss. This week, Gill has turned an even more critical eye to watching how his team moves forward from its emotional, 28-25 victory against No. 15 Georgia Tech.

Tuesday, September 14

Tease photo

Report: Kansas Athletics debt on the rise

Kansas Athletics Inc. has reported financial liabilities of $93.67 million for the 2008-09 fiscal year, up nearly 57 percent from a year earlier.

Kansas men's golf sixth

The Kansas University men’s golf team sat in sixth place after severe thunderstorms and a tornado warning stopped play at the Fairway Club Invitational on Monday.

UCLA transfer can play at Baylor

Former UCLA player J’mison Morgan has been granted an NCAA waiver that will allow him to play at Baylor immediately without sitting out a season.

Tease photo

KU football turns to shotgun formation for revitalized success

A lot of the talk this offseason focused on the new offense that first-year head football coach Turner Gill would run at Kansas University and how Gill and his coaching staff would ask its quarterbacks to go under center more than KU fans were used to seeing.

KU-KSU volleyball on TV

The Kansas University volleyball team’s Big 12 Conference opener at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kansas State will be televised on Metro Sports (Sunflower Broadband channel 37).

KU women's golf third

Kansas University senior Meghna Bal was tied for third place Monday when the first round of the Chip N Club Women’s Golf Invitational was delayed due to inclement weather. Action will resume at 9 a.m. today.

Ex-girlfriend accuses MU RB

An ex-girlfriend is accusing former Missouri running back Derrick Washington of hitting her in the face several times over the weekend, leading to his arrest.

Simien, 2 others honored in Kansas Athletics HOF

Former Kansas University basketball forward Wayne Simien, track distance runner Charlie Gruber, three-sport letterwinner Harold Patterson and the 2003-04 KU men’s basketball team will be inducted into the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 25 at the Booth Family Hall of Athletics.

Monday, September 13

Tease photo

KU's Justin Springer named Big 12 defensive player of the week

Kansas senior linebacker Justin Springer was selected as the Big 12's defensive player of the week, the conference announced Monday.

Five KU players to watch

Depth remains an area of concern for the Kansas University football team, which has exciting talent, but looks thin in some spots.

Ex-Tiger Derrick Washington arrested again

Former Missouri captain Derrick Washington has been arrested again.

Tease photo

A running start: Freshman James Sims sensational in college debut

James Sims, 6-foot, 206 pounds from Irving, Texas, made history Saturday by rushing for 101 yards and a touchdown in KU’s 28-25 victory against No. 15 Georgia Tech. He became the first freshman to crack the century mark in his debut and, in doing so, breathed life into a rushing attack previously on life support.

KU soccer clips Oregon, 1-0

Kansas University’s Emily Cressy scored in the 85th minute to give the Jayhawks a 1-0 victory over Oregon on Sunday in UNLV’s Rebel Classic.

Sunday, September 12

Tease photo

Gill engineers Jayhawks’ reversal

The outlook for the Kansas University football team made a gray day in Buffalo seem like a vacation in Cancun.

Tease photo

Matt Tait’s Kansas football notebook

After playing one of the roughest games in the history of the program during last week’s loss to North Dakota State, Kansas University’s junior tight end Tim Biere bounced back in a big way during Saturday’s 28-25 victory against No. 15 Georgia Tech.

Tease photo

KU volleyball sweeps Arkansas-Little Rock

Kansas University sophomore Tayler Tolefree collected a career-high 11 kills for the second consecutive match, and the KU volleyball team swept Arkansas-Little Rock in the Kansas Invitational on Saturday at Horejsi Center.

Tease photo

Georgia Tech calls KU's play ‘inspired’

Georgia Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt knew from the opening snap that his No. 15-ranked Yellow Jackets were in for a battle Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas men's cross country first, women second

Kansas University’s men’s cross country team placed first, while the women took second at the Missouri Cross Country Challenge on Saturday.

Saturday, September 11

Tease photo

Emotional LB Justin Springer has big day vs. Georgia Tech

Justin Springer said it all hit him once he sat down at his locker following Kansas University’s 28-25 upset over No. 15 Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Tease photo

KU upsets No. 15 Georgia Tech, 28-25

Kansas' defense came up with a fourth-down stand in the final minute, helping the Jayhawks to a 28-25 victory over No. 15 Georgia Tech on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

KU vs. Georgia Tech head to head

Know the Foe: Yellow Jackets wary of smarting Jayhawks

While Kansas University’s football team was fighting for its life last week against North Dakota State — a game the Jayhawks ultimately lost, 6-3 — the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were rolling up 372 yards on the ground and running over South Carolina State, 41-10.

Once pass-happy Big 12 ready to run again

The Big 12 is ready to run again. The pass-happy league that’s been known in recent years for producing Heisman Trophy finalists at quarterback is now home to the nation’s top three rushers.

Kansas QBs judged rapidly

Kale Pick and Jordan Webb signed up for the Evelyn Wood speed-reading class for college football defenses. Their checks cleared. So look for them to make their reads as if they had a combined 35 starts now, instead of one.

KU soccer falls in double overtime

A late goal in the 102nd minute doomed the Kansas University soccer team to a 1-0 double overtime setback on Friday against Cal-State Northridge at the UNLV Rebel Classic.

Ostertag hopeful for another comeback

Former Kansas University basketball center Greg Ostertag is thinking about making a comeback ... again.

Tease photo

Ready to ramble: Tech gets most out of its option offense

Others may be given credit for inventing the option offense, but Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson certainly has had a hand in perfecting it.

Former KU pitcher Smyth promoted

Former Kansas University relief pitcher Paul Smyth was promoted in the Oakland Athletics’ organization to Double-A Midland, in time for the Rockhounds’ postseason series with Frisco, which began Friday.

KU football receives commitment from Texas kicker

Kansas University’s football program on Thursday received an oral commitment from Class of 2011 place kicker Alex Mueller, a 5-foot-10, 155-pound senior from Grapevine (Texas) High.

Tease photo

Kansas volleyball splits pair vs. Winthrop, Northern Iowa

Kansas University’s volleyball team fell in five sets (25-16, 25-20, 23-25, 20-25, 15-11) to No. 18 Northern Iowa on Friday night at the Kansas Invitational in Horejsi Center.

Friday, September 10

Flyover planned before Saturday's KU-Georgia Tech game

The Kansas Air National Guard is scheduled to perform a flyover at Memorial Stadium before Saturday’s Kansas University football game. staff’s Week 2 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World/6Sports staffers' picks for Week 2 of the college football season.

Problems surround charity started by football legend Gale Sayers

A charity founded in 2006 by legendary Bears running back Gale Sayers has collected more than $581,000 in contributions yet failed to fulfill its stated mission to open a state-of-the-art facility offering after-school programs to Chicago children.

Fambrough: KU football needs love

The vinegar back in his voice, Don Fambrough will be back in his seat at Memorial Stadium on Saturday morning, rooting on his alma mater, Kansas, which battles Georgia Tech and long odds.

Jayhawk freshman DE Keba Agostinho a quick study

At 9 years old, Keba Agostinho quickly found out the best way to entertain his classmates.

Tease photo

Ben McLemore to attend Late Night

Ben McLemore, a 6-foot-5 senior guard from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., will attend Kansas University’s Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 15 as part of his official recruiting visit.

Tease photo

Matt Tait’s KU football notebook

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill said on his weekly Hawk Talk radio show Thursday night that sophomore linebacker Toben Opurum sprained his ankle in practice, making him questionable for Saturday’s game against No. 15 Georgia Tech.

KU chancellor meets with staff about AD

Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little met with KU athletic department staff members Thursday morning about the upcoming search for a new athletic director.

California prep Faulk to visit Kansas

Moriah Faulk, a 5-foot-9 senior guard from Santa Monica (Calif.) High School, will be making an official recruiting visit to Kansas University this weekend.

Thursday, September 9

Chancellor speaks on athletics search

Kansas University’s chancellor will be looking for a new athletics director with experience, integrity and a style that relates well to people.

NDSU coach rips KU

Don’t be surprised if the back of the new massive Memorial Stadium scoreboard is fitted for corkboard today. The insults dumped on the Kansas University football team in the wake of a 6-3, season-opening loss to North Dakota State are far too plentiful to fit on any bulletin board.

Self puts on happy face

Addressing metro leaders, KU coach spins ‘opportunity’

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who emerged as the unofficial face of the KU athletic department through a turbulent 2009-10 school year and again into the start of 2010-11, conveyed an optimistic outlook to top business leaders in the metro area at Wednesday’s Boots, Barbecue and Business Luncheon in Kemper Arena.

Wednesday, September 8

Tease photo

Gill names Webb starting QB for Saturday

Junior lineman Hatch also to return to starting lineup

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill has named red-shirt freshman Jordan Webb the starting quarterback for Saturday's game against Georgia Tech.

Jeffries, Simmons ask for sentencing delay in KU ticket scandal case

A former University of Kansas athletics official has asked a federal judge to delay his sentencing in a case tied to a $1 million ticket scalping scandal at the school.

Tease photo

Perkins’ reign over: New athletic director must be subject to checks and balances

Money, the very thing that enabled Lew Perkins to gain such unfettered power during his reign as athletic director of Kansas University, raised its voice, screamed “Enough is enough,” and brought about the end of his reign.

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Kansas University freshman basketball point guard Josh Selby attended his first classes of the semester Tuesday.

Tease photo

AD successor with Midwestern ties likely

Not even two hours after Kansas University acting athletic director Sean Lester said he wants to become an athletic director at Kansas or elsewhere, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little issued a statement that said, in part: “While I am confident in Sean Lester’s ability to lead Kansas Athletics as interim athletics director, he has expressed to me that he is not a candidate to be our next athletics director.” Clearly, the search for a replacement for Lew Perkins got off to a confusing start Tuesday.

Tease photo

Kansas offensive line struggling

All offseason, coaches and players talked about the offensive line — and its five returning starters — being a strength of the Kansas University football team heading into 2010. But then Saturday happened, and all that talk went flying out the window after a 6-3 loss to North Dakota State.

Georgia Tech coach warns team about KU

Paul Johnson is warning his Georgia Tech players they better not be distracted as they prepare for the program’s first road game at a Big 12 school since 1992.

Tease photo

Self: KU in much better place than 8 years ago

Bill Self made it perfectly clear Tuesday that he’s not a candidate to replace Lew Perkins as athletic director at Kansas University.

KU volleyball swept for first loss

After opening its season with seven straight victories for its best start since 2004, the Kansas University volleyball team suffered its first loss on Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 7

Tease photo

Lew Perkins' tenure as Kansas athletic director comes to a sudden conclusion — months ahead of schedule

KU's athletic director abruptly retires

The buzzer has sounded on Lew Perkins’ tenure as Kansas Athletics director. Perkins on Tuesday abruptly retired his post — effective immediately — accelerating his previously announced retirement by a full year.

Tease photo

Lew Perkins timeline

Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins, who resigned Tuesday, nearly a year earlier than expected, arrived at KU in 2003 after a highly successful stint at the University of Connecticut.

Chancellor will use national search to find new athletic director

Hiring an athletics director will involve a nationwide search.

Tease photo

Lester 'shocked' by Perkins' resignation

In a statement on the Kansas University website, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Athletic Director Lew Perkins announced that Perkins will retire, effective immediately.

Tease photo

Reaching new height(s): Taller, bulkier guard Elijah Johnson eager to prove himself in 2010-2011

Kansas University sophomore combo guard Elijah Johnson has stretched from 6-foot-2, 183-pounds to 6-foot-4, 195 in just one calendar year.

KU men’s golf sixth at Turning Stone

Kansas University’s men’s golf team finished in sixth place on Monday at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate.

Tease photo

KU football focus quickly shifts to Georgia Tech

Jayhawks coach Gill moving on after difficult loss

Often times, after big victories, coaches will give their players a set amount of time to celebrate before requiring them to refocus and move on to the next game.

Kaun scores six in Russia's victory

Former Kansas University center Sasha Kaun scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in Russia’s 78-56 victory over New Zealand on Monday at the world basketball championships.

Monday, September 6

Tease photo

Briscoe signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Former Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the St. Petersburg Times reported Sunday.

Tease photo

Is Gill facing quarterback quandary?

The stage was set, everything was in place for quarterback Jordan Webb to come in and save Kansas University’s football team during Saturday’s season opener against North Dakota State. Of course, the fact the Jayhawks needed saving in the first place was too much for some people to fathom

KU soccer falls to Illinois State

Emily Cressy scored a second-half goal off an assist from Whitney Berry in Kansas University’s 2-1 soccer loss to Illinois State on Sunday at Adelaide Street Field.

Harder edge in order

Pride, ego and so many other factors rank high among the reasons football players take losses so hard. So does the fear of what they’ll be put through in the coming week of practice from a cranky coach bent on punishing them as a deterrent to future embarrassing outcomes. No such fear was evident after Kansas University’s 6-3 loss to North Dakota State in front of a stunned, at-times booing crowd.

Gilbert fourth; KU men's golf fifth

Sophomore Chris Gilbert bounced back from a morning round of 78 to shoot a 2-under-par 70 in the afternoon to lead the Kansas University’s men’s golf team to a fifth-place standing after two rounds of the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate on Sunday.

Tease photo

Martinez muddles NU outlook

Of the three Big 12 teams in the national rankings, the biggest preseason quarterback question was at Nebraska.

Sunday, September 5

Tease photo

Josh Selby to attend class Tuesday

NCAA still has not cleared freshman to play

Kansas University freshman basketball point guard Josh Selby will be attending class on Tuesday but has not been cleared to participate during the 2010-11 basketball season, coach Bill Self confirmed to the Journal-World on Sunday afternoon.

Tease photo

KU volleyball sweeps at Classic

Red-shirt freshman Jarmoc MVP as Jayhawks beat Chattanooga, improve to 7-0

Red-shirt freshman Caroline Jarmoc led Kansas University’s volleyball team to a sweep of Chattanooga and earned MVP honors Saturday at the Jayhawk Classic.

Tease photo

Matt Tait’s Kansas football notebook

Kansas University’s football team added a new wrinkle to its pregame ritual Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Tease photo

Teammates encourage TE

Jayhawks give Biere show of support

Receiver Daymond Patterson made sure to find Tim Biere in the locker room after Kansas University’s 6-3 loss to North Dakota State on Saturday.

Tease photo

Bison expected win

NDSU happily notches upset

North Dakota State’s football players stood on benches in the visitor’s locker room at Memorial Stadium, loudly singing the school’s fight song while hugging and high-fiving each other.

Tease photo

KU still can win four, but only if …

Call me an eternal optimist, you always do, but I’ll say it anyway: Despite an embarrassing, historically bad loss in Saturday evening’s season-opener to a Division I-AA football school, I still believe Kansas University can get to four victories this season.

Kansas women's CC team dominates 5K

Kansas University sophomore Kyra Kilwein claimed a victory in the women’s 5K run at the Bob Timons Classic on Saturday at Rim Rock Farm.

Saturday, September 4

Tease photo

North Dakota State stuns Jayhawks, 6-3

Jayhawks stunned in Gill's debut

In March, University of Northern Iowa shocked Kansas University’s basketball team with an upset in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Saturday at Memorial Stadium, a similarly scrappy North Dakota State University football team handed KU another crippling loss. Hard to believe that a three-pointer — a 32-yard field goal from NDSU kicker Ryan Jastram with 8:04 to play in the third quarter — from a Missouri Valley upstart did the Jayhawks in again.

Tease photo

Report: Former KU receiver Dezmon Briscoe waived by Bengals

Former Kansas receiver Dezmon Briscoe has been cut by the Cincinnati Bengals, The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting.

Tease photo

The family guy: Gill’s parents on hand for KU debut

As far as debuts go, this one figures to be a doozy. Sure, there’s the part about Kansas University football coach Turner Gill coaching his first game with the Jayhawks — 6 tonight vs. North Dakota State — the questions surrounding how this year’s group of players will fill the void left by some of the school’s all-time greats and the usual nerves, jitters and hype that always seem to surround the opening weekend of college football. But compared with what’s happening for Gill and his family this weekend, that stuff seems secondary.

Know the foe: Bison had similar preseason to KU

After an entire spring, four weeks of fall camp and an intense week of game preparation, North Dakota State University football coach Craig Bohl feels pretty prepared for this week’s challenge.

KU vs. NDSU: Head to head

Tease photo

Today’s Big 12 games encapsulated

Here's a little rundown of what's going on in the Big 12 today.

Gabbert takes reins at Missouri

Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert made a grand debut in last year’s 37-9 victory over Illinois. It’s a stronger, more experienced Gabbert that has teammates heavily anticipating an encore in today’s season opener against the Illini in St. Louis.

Add it all up? KU 4-8

The mystery that is Turner Gill’s Kansas University football team goes public for the first time at 6:10 p.m. today, so it’s last-chance time to guess how this team will perform on offense and defense.

KU soccer nips No. 14 Northwestern

Kaitlyn Cunningham booted a shot into the back of the net off a corner kick to lift Kansas University’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over No. 14 Northwestern on Friday night at Lakeside Field.

Tease photo

Kansas volleyball wins two, remains unbeaten

Kansas University swept Arkansas and Akron in a day/night Jayhawk Classic volleyball doubleheader Friday at Horejsi Center and improved to 6-0 for the program’s best start since 2004.

Friday, September 3 staff’s Week 1 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World/6Sports staffers' picks for Week 1 of the college football season.

Tease photo

Weather dampens pep rally crowd

The 1000 block of Massachusetts Street closed to traffic Thursday afternoon for what was supposed to be a large pep rally to celebrate the start of Kansas University’s football season.

Tease photo

Texas QB Gilbert had clear path to take over

Garrett Gilbert has hardly played since high school, and in his only meaningful college game, he threw four interceptions as Texas lost the national championship to Alabama. When Gilbert takes the field Saturday to lead No. 5 Texas against Rice, he will be replacing a quarterback who won an NCAA-record 45 games as a starter. And he’ll do it with the full faith and confidence of Longhorns coaches and fans who believe he’s the guy to keep them chasing national titles.

Volleyball players from Lawrence to make trip back

Horejsi Family Athletics Center will be a hotbed of activity for former prep volleyball stars from Lawrence during the next couple of weekends.

Tease photo

Getting around on game day

Hey, Jayhawk football fans, it’s time to get your game face on.

Tease photo

KU basketball players bulking up during offseason

Kansas University’s basketball big men have gotten bigger since the start of last season.

Tease photo

Kansas DTs stick together

Pat Dorsey and Richard Johnson’s big hits in practice also come with some friendly advice to the Kansas running backs.

Thursday, September 2

Tease photo

Releford confident in tweaked jump shot

Kansas University sophomore Travis Releford should have no trouble rolling out of bed for 6 a.m. basketball Boot Camp conditioning sessions later this month.

Tease photo

DE Kevin Young looks to break out, with help from Laptad

Kevin Young hasn’t played so much as a down of major-college football.

Kansas softball finalizes roster

Kansas University softball coach coach Megan Smith announced Wednesday that freshman Marisa Malazzo will round out the 2011 KU softball roster.

Tease photo

Look familiar? Younger Sands embraces underdog role just like dad

Vertically challenged and not capable of getting to the tape first in a straight-ahead sprint against most featured Div. I running backs, Kansas University red-shirt freshman running back Deshaun Sands is the pitching prospect just up from Triple A labeled marginal because his fastball and body type are a tad on the short side, the guy who doesn’t get as long a trial as the first-round draft choice who short-circuits radar guns.

Wednesday, September 1

Tease photo

Opurum OK with switch to LB

Webb’s role still undecided for Saturday opener

Although Kansas University football coach Turner Gill and offensive coordinator Chuck Long made sophomore Kale Pick the clear-cut choice at quarterback nearly two weeks ago, there seems to be some question about what role red-shirt freshman Jordan Webb will have in the offense.

Missouri dismisses RB facing sex assault charge

Missouri running back Derrick Washington has been dismissed from the team after being charged in an alleged sexual assault.

Matt Tait’s Kansas football notebook

After switching Toben Opurum to linebacker and watching Rell Lewis go down with a knee injury, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill was left with four running backs in his regular rotation. Tuesday, at his first weekly news conference of the season, Gill revealed that two of those four were ahead of the game.

Nebraska’s Pelini still mum on QB

In football-mad Nebraska, it’s the biggest state secret.

Bucs’ Talib suspended

Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib will miss the Buccaneers’ regular season opener after being suspended one game without pay for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Tease photo

KU volleyball sweeps UMKC

Kansas University’s volleyball team swept UMKC, 3-0, on Tuesday night at Horejsi Center and improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2005.

Tease photo

All eyes on Pick: Gill will be watching QB closely in his first start for KU

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill no doubt will have his eyes in a lot of different places during Saturday’s season opener against North Dakota State. But the one place that figures to get the most fixed gazes from Gill’s direction will be a familiar one.

Long’s debut one for the books

Grandparents tend only to see the good in their offspring’s offspring, yet for Kansas University offensive coordinator Chuck Long, one day 28 Septembers ago even his grandmother couldn’t think of anything more encouraging to tell him than to suggest quitting. Long can laugh now about a messy-in-every way college starting debut in his red-shirt freshman season in 1982.

Recruit Perry Ellis schedules unofficial visit to KU

Wichita Heights junior forward Perry Ellis will make an unofficial visit to Kansas University’s campus on Tuesday.