Stories for December 2011


Saturday, December 31

Jayhawks in the NBA for Dec. 31

How former Jayhawks fared in the NBA in games of Dec. 31, 2011.

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Uncle gives Elijah Johnson 'extra boost' against North Dakota

If he keeps playing like this, Kansas guard Elijah Johnson might consider bringing a family member to all of his home games.

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Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook: KU coach Bill Self concerned with team's soft play

Kansas University’s basketball team, which lost NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris and Josh Selby off last year’s 35-3 Elite Eight team, finished the 2011-12 nonconference campaign with a 10-3 record.

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Elite company: Thomas Robinson posts first KU 30/20 game in 50 years as Jayhawks rout UND

The only players in Big 12 men’s basketball history to score 30 points and grab 20 rebounds in a game are ... Blake Griffin (twice), Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley, Mario Boggan ... and Kansas University’s Thomas Robinson. “Nice names right there,” Robinson, KU’s junior power forward from Washington, D.C., said with a smile, after setting career best marks in points (30) and boards (21) in the Jayhawks’ 84-58 rout of North Dakota on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU's bench needs work

Lost in the justifiable marveling at just how terrific — substantively, stylistically and statistically — a game Thomas Robinson played Saturday was the nagging reality that the junior forward has so few teammates ready for the rigors of Big 12 basketball.

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North Dakota drops game, nickname

Saturday was a historic day for the University of North Dakota men's basketball team, but not just because UND played its second game in Allen Fieldhouse or made its first appearance on an ESPN network.

Oklahoma dismantles Northwestern State, 83-63

Oklahoma wrapped up what has to be considered a successful non-conference schedule. And Saturday, the Sooners might have just got some of their confidence back, too.

J'Covan Brown leads Texas past Rice 73-59

Sheldon McClellan is Texas' second-leading scorer this season, but it took an injury to Julien Lewis to get the freshman from Houston the first start of his collegiate career.

Iowa State beats Mississippi Valley State, 67-65

Iowa State's run of glorified exhibitions and scattered tests are over, as Big 12 play starts next week.

Virginia Tech staves off Oklahoma State, 67-61

A rare nonconference rematch between Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State didn't end up all that different than the first meeting.

Aggies get 33-22 win over Northwestern

Northwestern's comeback attempt came too late and doomed the Wildcats to yet another bowl loss.

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K-State tunes up for Big 12, routs Howard 82-46

Frank Martin didn't want to see Kansas State play down to the level of the opposition.

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Making it count: Ineligible freshmen duo push KU practice, prep for future

It didn’t take Ben McLemore long to remind his Kansas University basketball teammates of what they’re missing this season and what they can look forward to during the 2012-13 campaign.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how the Jayhawks in the NBA fared in games of Dec. 30, 2011.

Friday, December 30

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Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Howard University’s 34 points scored were the fewest by a Kansas University opponent since Alcorn State totaled 31 in KU’s 98-31 win on Dec. 2, 2009, in Allen Fieldhouse.

College traditions taking a hit

There is nothing like college football on Jan. 1 to ring in the New Year, but don’t ring this Sunday because only the NFL will be home.

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Bench-clearing ball

Seldom-used Merv Lindsay, Christian Garrett, Niko Roberts and Jordan Juenemann became reacquainted with Kansas University’s basketball fans during a festive, feel-good 89-34 romp over Howard University on Thursday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

KU baseball signs seven in fall class

Kansas University signed seven baseball players to national letters of intent during the fall signing period, KU announced Thursday.

How former Jayhawks fared

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action.

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Bison undone by Kansas’ ‘atmosphere’

Howard coach Kevin Nickelberry was honest when asked what he learned following his team’s 89-34 loss to Kansas on Thursday night.

Reserves contribute early, often for Kansas

Kansas University’s basketball coaching staff might not throw the game film into a time capsule, but for this team Thursday’s 89-34 victory against Howard University might wind up being noteworthy.

Thursday, December 29

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Robert Griffin III, Baylor win record-breaking Alamo Bowl

Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III wasn't dazzling — and didn't need to be — as No. 15 Baylor pulled out a thrilling Alamo Bowl victory in the highest-scoring bowl game in history, beating Washington 67-56 in a record-smashing shootout Thursday night.

Kansas hoops players clear air

It remains to be seen if Monday night’s Kansas University basketball team meeting in Allen Fieldhouse proves as effective as two memorable sessions of the past.

David Ash leads Texas over Cal in Holiday Bowl

David Ash added his name to the list of quarterbacks who’ve caught a touchdown pass in the Holiday Bowl and he also threw for one score to lead Texas to a 21-10 victory against California on Wednesday night.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how the Jayhawks in the NBA fared in games of Dec. 28, 2011.

Alamo may be Robert Griffin’s finale

Since winning the Heisman Trophy, Robert Griffin III is often shadowed by a bodyguard of sorts to dissuade autograph seekers, and this week Griffin tucked his dreadlocks under a hat in hopes of strolling through Sea World incognito.

Wednesday, December 28

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QB Dayne Crist eager to reunite with Charlie Weis

Dayne Crist has wanted to play in the NFL since he first picked up a football at the age of 6. And if things go well during his one season at Kansas University under the coach who recruited him to Notre Dame out of high school, Crist may get that chance.

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KU women improve to 11-1

Kansas University's women's basketball team finished up the non-conference portion of its schedule Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse with an 87-59 defeat of Sam Houston State.

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Naadir Tharpe, Jayhawks return to fieldhouse for camp

It took Kansas University freshman Naadir Tharpe all day Friday to travel from Los Angeles — site of the Jayhawks’ 63-47 victory over USC — to his hometown of Worcester, Mass. “It was six or seven hours maybe (in the air). It was intense, but as long as I got home safe and sound is all that matters,” said the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder, who spent three nights at home before returning to Lawrence in time for practice Monday night.

Drew Gooden suspended for foul

Milwaukee Bucks forward Drew Gooden was suspended without pay for the team’s first home game Tuesday night for his flagrant foul in the season opener.

Kansas women hot shots

Understanding the difference between a good shot and a bad shot has helped Kansas University’s women’s basketball team become one of the most effective shooting teams in the nation.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here's how former Jayhawks fared in the NBA in games of Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011.

Jordan Tolbert sparks Texas Tech, 74-58

Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie said freshman forward Jordan Tolbert is going to be a special player one day.

Tuesday, December 27

Court date delayed for KU basketball player charged with possessing alcohol

A Tuesday afternoon court date for Ben McLemore, the Kansas University basketball player who faces a a charge of minor in possession of alcohol, has been delayed.

MU bowls over Heels

James Franklin’s hard running and timely passing led Missouri to an easy victory in its final game as a member of the Big 12. It also gives the Tigers plenty of hope heading into their new home in the Southeastern Conference.

Bucks’ Drew Gooden ejected

Milwaukee forward Drew Gooden was ejected from the Bucks’ game against the Bobcats in the third quarter Monday night after a flagrant foul.

AP men’s poll same from 1-7

With Syracuse No. 1 for a third straight week, the top seven teams remain the same in the Associated Press’ Top 25.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here's how the Jayhawks fared in NBA games Dec. 26, 2011.

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Kansas hoops busy over break

College basketball coaches can only work with their players 20 hours a week when school is in session. During semester break, however ...

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Charlie Weis’ search for D.C. ongoing

KU football coach might be eyeing NFL assistant

Kansas University’s search for a new head football coach is long over, but the Jayhawks’ quest to find a new defensive coordinator has moved into its third week.

Monday, December 26

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011.

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Teahan time: KU senior ‘happy to be out there’

One feel-good story during the pre-Christmas portion of Kansas University’s 2011-12 basketball schedule had to be the emergence of fifth-year senior Conner Teahan as a regular rotation player.

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Well-positioned: Ex-Jayhawks Reesing, Whittemore excited for future KU QBs

As the starting quarterbacks in three of the 12 bowl games the Kansas University football program has played during its 121-year history, Todd Reesing and Bill Whittemore certainly are qualified to talk about what it takes to play quarterback at KU.

Sunday, December 25

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Building a winner: Former Jayhawk Brett Ballard has Baker basketball on the rise

It’s nearly impossible to count all of the lessons Brett Ballard learned from Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self during Ballard’s time as the program’s director of basketball operations.

Weis’ renown akin to Larry Brown’s

Sheahon Zenger’s Charlie Weis hire inspired Bob Davis, voice of the Kansas University Jayhawks and Kansas City Royals, and his son, Steven, voice of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and UMKC Kangaroos, to do what they do best: talk.

Saturday, December 24

Taylor pushes himself, KU onward

Somewhere between Los Angeles and Chicago, 39,000 feet above snow-covered fields, Kansas University senior guard Tyshawn Taylor stole a nap Friday in Seat 19C on Southwest Airlines Flight 105.

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New QBs could help Weis’ recruiting

Many around Lawrence — both fans and those within the program — are still in a state of euphoria.

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Thomas Robinson adjusts to defensive attention

There will be upcoming basketball games, especially in Big 12 Conference play, in which Kansas University All-America candidate Thomas Robinson will be double- and triple-teamed.

Friday, December 23

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Pair of coveted quarterbacks commit to KU

Just about everywhere he has coached, Charlie Weis has worked with great quarterbacks.

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Trojans awed by Jayhawks

USC coach Kevin O’Neill believed playing a big name like Kansas University was too much for his young team during Thursday night’s 63-47 loss to KU.

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Holiday cheer: It wasn’t pretty, but KU rips USC

Happy holidays, indeed. Kansas University’s basketball team completed the pre-Christmas portion of its 2011-12 schedule with a 63-47 victory late Thursday night over USC at Galen Center.

Jayhawks must embrace ugliness

Maybe FSN scheduled such a late start time in an attempt to find a temporary cure for the suffering insomniacs on the East Coast. If so, it undoubtedly was a smashing success. They’ll be rested and ready for Christmas.

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Players scatter for trips home

There was to be more leg-room than usual on Kansas University’s red-eye charter flight from L.A. to Topeka early this morning.There was to be more leg-room than usual on Kansas University’s red-eye charter flight from L.A. to Topeka early this morning.

Thursday, December 22

Kansas State runs past Southern Illinois, 83-58

Angel Rodriguez is feeling at home in the Tropics and finding himself getting more comfortable with his shots.

No. 6 Baylor tops St Mary's 72-59 to stay perfect

Quincy Miller scored 15 points and Perry Jones III had 14 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 6 Baylor over Saint Mary's 72-59 Thursday night in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational.

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No. 9 Missouri holds off No. 25 Illinois, 78-74

Not much bragging for Missouri after this one.Phil Pressey had 18 points, five assists and two steals, and the ninth-ranked Tigers held off a second-half charge by No. 25 Illinois for a 78-74 victory in the annual Braggin' Rights game on Thursday night.

Rice defeats Texas A&M, 65-58

Rice managed a first in 15 years on Thursday night against Texas A&M -- the Owls defeated the Aggies.

Oral Roberts cruises to 72-56 win over Texas Tech

Dominique Morrison wasn't going to let a rare chance for Oral Roberts to defeat a Big 12 team slip away on Thursday night.

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BYU quarterback Jake Heaps to transfer to Kansas

Former four-star quarterback Jake Heaps will transfer to Kansas, is reporting.

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Former Notre Dame QB Dayne Crist picks Kansas

When Charlie Weis was hired as the head coach of the Kansas University football team earlier this month, he came to town with a big name and the promise of bringing big-time quarterbacks to Lawrence. With the first part already well in hand, Weis delivered on the second part of that equation on Thursday, when former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist announced, via Twitter, that he was joining the Jayhawks for his final season of college football.

Former KU athlete wins Brazil’s version of ‘The Apprentice’

When 28-year-old Kansas University graduate Jana Correa won Brazil’s version of the reality television show “The Apprentice,” her friend Erin Sheridan was watching a live feed of the show online from Nebraska.

Kansas men's basketball faces first test on road

Kansas University’s well-traveled basketball team, which has played five of its first 10 games outside of Allen Fieldhouse, today tackles its first test in a true enemy gym.

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Killer combo: Carolyn Davis, Angel Goodrich clobber ORU

Between point guard Angel Goodrich setting things up and forward Carolyn Davis finishing inside, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team had the perfect combination to knock off Oral Roberts, 85-68, Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU might land offensive lineman Thursday

Thursday could be a big day for the future of Kansas University’s offensive line. After originally expecting to announce his college choice in January, Orlando offensive lineman Duaron Williams now plans to choose between KU, Iowa State and Central Florida today.

Ex-USC coach unknown

If college basketball received the exposure then that is does now, the tall man who cobbled together a nifty back nine Wednesday afternoon at Rancho La Quinta Country Club might have been wearing sunglasses to hide his identity.

Wednesday, December 21

Captains lead KU women to victory over ORU

With huge nights from two of its junior captains Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas University's women's basketball team handled Oral Roberts, 85-68.

No prosecution from Arizona Fiesta Bowl ticket probe

An investigation into whether politicians violated gift and disclosure laws when they accepted free game tickets or trips from the Fiesta Bowl led a prosecutor to conclude Wednesday that a maze of state laws was so complex and contradictory that he cannot pursue charges.

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Ex-Notre Dame QB Dayne Crist still weighing options

It’s been 11 days since Dayne Crist sat with members of the Kansas University football team in Allen Fieldhouse and watched the Jayhawks’ basketball team upend No. 2 Ohio State.

Injury sidelines Darrell Arthur for entire season

Memphis forward Darrell Arthur will miss the season after an MRI exam confirmed a torn right Achilles tendon.

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Bill Self: After Davidson, KU is all-business on road

The day after a men’s basketball defeat tends to be a bit somber at Kansas University — a school that has suffered just nine losses over the last three seasons.

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Blue chip recruit Brannen Greene picks KU

Kansas University landed an oral commitment Tuesday from one of the prize basketball prospects in the Class of 2013 — Brannen Greene, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound junior small forward from Mary Persons High in Forsyth, Ga.

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Monica Engelman slumping in nonconference play

Named one of three captains for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team before the season began, junior Monica Engelman wasn’t a likely candidate to go through a slump in the nonconference part of the schedule.

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‘Jayhawk love’: Team spreads holiday joy, gifts at Lawrence Memorial

This time of year, there is no shortage of holiday traditions among friends and family. The same is true for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team.

Tuesday, December 20

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Small forward Brannen Greene commits to KU basketball

Brannen Greene, a 6-7 junior small forward from Mary Persons High in Forsyth, Ga., on Tuesday orally committed to play basketball at Kansas University.

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(Mid)major bummer: Davidson proves KU ‘not that good’

Mid-major Davidson’s 80-74 victory over No. 12 Kansas University on Monday night certainly would be considered a major upset in the eyes of most college basketball fans. Not in the realm of KU coach Bill Self, however, who has seen enough of his team to realize the 2011-12 edition of the Jayhawks (7-3) are ripe for the picking on any given night.

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Charlie Weis undergoes successful hip surgery

Kansas football coach Charlie Weis had successful hip-replacement surgery Monday in Florida, KU announced on its Twitter account Monday night.

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Coach thrilled by Wildcats’ defense

Davidson coach Bob McKillop was beaming about his team’s defensive effort following Monday’s 80-74 victory over No. 12 Kansas.

Lack of depth costs Kansas carrot, stick

If Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self sounded Monday night like a man who has been working without his two best friends this season, well, maybe that’s because he has had to make that adjustment.

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Kansas basketball notebook: Kansas’ Tyshawn Taylor ‘fine’ after 33-minute stint

Kansas University senior guard Tyshawn Taylor started and played 33 minutes just eight days after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Pacers send Brandon Rush to Golden State for Lou Amundson

The Golden State Warriors have completed a trade sending forward Lou Amundson to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for guard Brandon Rush.

Monday, December 19

National briefs: Pacers trade Brandon Rush to Golden State

The Indiana Pacers will trade guard Brandon Rush to the Golden State Warriors for forward Louis Amundson.

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KU, Travis Releford return to K.C.

Junior expects plenty of family, friends on hand for tonight’s clash

Kansas University junior forward Travis Releford sat behind the University of Alabama basketball bench with his mother, Venita, and other relatives Saturday night in Sprint Center.

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Memory of Charlie Weis: No ‘D’

The pressure of Charlie Weis’ new job certainly will be a relief. I witnessed his first season at Notre Dame from the bleachers. I attended nine games that season, but one sticks out.

Sunday, December 18

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Tyshawn Taylor likely to play Monday against Davidson

Kansas University senior point guard Tyshawn Taylor is expected to play in Monday night's game against Davidson at Kansas City's Sprint Center, KU coach Bill Self said Sunday afternoon.

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Justin Wesley grins, bears loss of tooth

Justin Wesley recently has drawn a lot of comparisons to former Kansas University basketball player Cole Aldrich. Not Wesley’s game, but his smile.

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Tim Grunhard seeking specific linemen

He was a second-round draft pick, played 11 seasons and 164 games in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs and was a standout offensive lineman at Notre Dame during the late 1980s. It’s safe to say that Kansas University offensive line coach Tim Grunhard knows a thing or two about playing the position he now coaches. Although he won’t officially begin his new job until Jan. 1, Grunhard, who was hired Tuesday by new KU coach Charlie Weis, also has a specific vision for the type of player he wants representing the Jayhawks in the trenches during his time in Lawrence.

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Behind the Lens: Capturing the coach

In a little more than a 36-hour period, on three separate occasions Journal-World photographer Nick Krug and I covered the arrival and introduction of Charlie Weis to Lawrence as Kansas University’s new football coach.

Saturday, December 17

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Jayhawks rout 'Roos, 77-52

After a nine-day stretch without a game, Kansas University's women's basketball team returned to action Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse and defeated UMKC, 77-52.

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ISU gives Paul Rhoads 10 years

Johnny Majors left Iowa State for Pittsburgh in the early 1970s and later won a national title. Earle Bruce dumped the Cyclones for Ohio State in the late 70s, and Gene Chizik needed just five wins in two seasons to land the Auburn job.

Realignment, scandals ruin 2011 football

’Tis the season to honor college football players and coaches, with fresh All-America and all-conference teams surfacing on a daily basis.

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Decorated QB Jake Heaps to visit KU

Jake Heaps, the No. 1-ranked pro-style quarterback in’s class of 2010, will visit Kansas University this weekend, is reporting.

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Jayhawks regroup, refocus after transfer of playmaker Keena Mays

It has been more than a week since Kansas University’s women’s basketball team has played, and when the Jayhawks return to action at 7 tonight at Allen Fieldhouse, their lineup will have a very different look.

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Tyshawn Taylor ‘feeling good’ after surgery

Tyshawn Taylor wasn’t having any trouble walking around during the Kansas University basketball team’s trip to Wal-Mart on Thursday to shop for needy families.

Friday, December 16

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KU men's team shops to share holiday joy

Tyshawn Taylor knew he had a lot in common with the 2 1⁄2 year-old girl on his shopping list Thursday night.

Charlie Weis deal looks smarter every day

Every day Charlie Weis spends on the job, Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger looks smarter for gambling that a football coach with such a high profile would be eager to get into grinder mode to embrace the challenge of upgrading a football program that finished two games out of ninth place in a 10-team conference.

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Shoot-first, injury-free Angel Goodrich does it all for KU women

The Iowa State Cyclones were barely guarding her. It was March 1, 2011, and whenever Kansas guard Angel Goodrich had the ball on the perimeter, her defender was a few feet away, just daring her to take a three-point shot.

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Liberty University introduces Turner Gill as coach

Former Kansas coach Turner Gill was introduced as the new coach of Liberty University on Thursday. And he might not be the only member of the 2011 KU coaching staff that ends up there.

Thursday, December 15

Defensive lineman Keon Stowers commits to KU

Keon Stowers, a a 6-foot-3, 273-pound defensive end out of Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga., committed to the Kansas football team on Thursday night.

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Former KU coach Turner Gill hired at Liberty University

Former Kansas coach Turner Gill has been hired as the eighth coach at Liberty University — an FCS school in Lynchburg, Va.

Receiver Tre Parmalee commits to KU football

Tre Parmalee, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound receiver out of Bishop Miege High School in Overland Park, orally committed to the Kansas football team on Wednesday night.

Thomas Robinson moving up menu nicely

Coach Bill Self’s ninth Kansas University basketball team had all that going against it and somehow less than three weeks shy of the Jan. 4 Big 12 opener against Kansas State in Allen Fieldhouse is ranked No. 12 in the nation. The Jayhawks can’t be counted out of any conversation about Big 12 title contenders and have a 7-2 record with the only losses coming on neutral courts against Kentucky and Duke, now ranked third and seventh in the country. How is this possible?

Wednesday, December 14

Lawrence commissioners considering renaming street after former KU football coach Don Fambrough

Presumably Missouri motorists would still be allowed, but Lawrence city commissioners will soon consider renaming a city street after former Kansas University football coach Don Fambrough.

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Charlie Weis contract finalized

New KU football coach will make $2.5 million per year through 2016

The contract for newly named Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has been finalized, and, like the one drawn up for former KU coach Turner Gill in 2009, it does not include a buyout for early termination.

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Bill Self: Tyshawn Taylor criticisms unfair

Kansas coach Bill Self believes guard Tyshawn Taylor is taking more criticism this season than is warranted.

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J’Covan Brown leads Longhorns in rout of Nicholls St.

J’Covan Brown scored 23 points to lead Texas to a 93-40 victory against Nicholls State on Tuesday night.

‘Tis the season: A guide to the 35 bowl games

Like it or not, the BCS championship game will be a rematch between LSU and Alabama.

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Charlie Weis adds coaches to staff

When asked at his introductory news conference last week what he would do if his son wanted to coach defense, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis painted a clear and comedic picture.

Tuesday, December 13

KU basketball player Ben McLemore arrested after failing to appear in court for minor in possession case

Ben McLemore, a Kansas University freshman basketball player who is ineligible to play this year, was arrested on a warrant Tuesday morning for failing to appear to court.

KU football coach Charlie Weis names former Notre Dame QB Ron Powlus as quarterbacks coach

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis added to his staff Tuesday afternoon by announcing the addition of former Notre Dame and Akron quarterbacks coach, Ron Powlus. Powlus will coach the quarterbacks at KU.

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Thomas Robinson named Oscar Robertson national player of week

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson was selected as the Oscar Robertson national player of the week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association for games ending the week of Dec. 11.

KU football taps Tim Grunhard as offensive line coach

Tim Grunhard has been added to the Kansas football coaching staff, new coach Charlie Weis announced Tuesday.

Self: Weis has a commanding presence

Kansas coach Bill Self said he was finally able to talk at length with new football coach Charlie Weis on Sunday morning. Both were at The Oread hotel in Lawrence, having breakfast with recruits.

Football recruits, count the rings

When Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger last left town, he vowed he would not return without a new football coach on the flight back with him. Zenger kept his promise.

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Weis guys: KU's new coach credits two legends for his success

Years ago, during the week leading up to one of the New England Patriots’ three Super Bowl victories in four seasons under Bill Belichick, the man known for his hooded sweatshirt and stoic nature was asked about the role then-offensive coordinator Charlie Weis played in the Patriots’ success.

Monday, December 12

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Thomas Robinson wins Big 12 player of the week

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson won Big 12 player of the week honors, the conference announced Monday.

K-State wins in OT

Wildcats coach Martin miffed

Kansas State went to overtime for the second time in four days. The Wildcats managed to win this time, but that didn’t mean coach Frank Martin was happy about it. “We had 19 turnovers halfway through the second half,” Martin said after Kansas State beat North Florida, 79-68, on Sunday. “We were completely disinterested, couldn’t make any shots. It’s hard to win that way.”

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Fun in the Fieldhouse: Allen was rockin’ for big showdown with Ohio State

Thousands of fans — including a batch of students who painted their faces and bodies — arrived a couple of hours early for Saturday’s Kansas-Ohio State nonconference basketball matinee in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Charlie Weis recruiting to KU already

The Charlie Weis Era may be just a couple of days old, but, already, the Kansas University football program has seen a change in how recruiting is handled under its new head coach.

Sunday, December 11

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Tyshawn Taylor has successful surgery on right knee

Kansas senior guard Tyshawn Taylor had successful surgery on his right knee Sunday morning and is expected a full recovery, KU coach Bill Self said.

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Charlie Weis wins over fieldhouse crowd

It didn’t take long for new Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis to win over the KU basketball crowd. If he can get the same response from roughly three times as many people next fall at Memorial Stadium, he might be on his way.

Baylor’s RG3 wins Heisman

Robert Griffin III is Baylor’s Superman and when he won the Heisman Trophy he was wearing the socks to prove it. Who knows? Maybe they even helped him outluck Andrew Luck.

Kevin Sumlin named A&M coach

Coach Kevin Sumlin and his prolific offense made Houston a power in Conference USA. His next challenge will be trying to replicate that success in the Southeastern Conference, the country’s toughest football league, as Texas A&M’s new coach.

Saturday, December 10

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KU coach Bill Self: Kevin Young 'bailed us out'

Junior scores season-high 14 points against Ohio State

Kevin Young’s breakout performance Saturday surprised Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self as much as anyone.

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Thad Matta to Bill Self: 'Merry Christmas'

Ohio State coach jokes with counterpart before game after deciding to sit out Jared Sullinger

Although the big day is still two weeks away, Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta thought he was offering Bill Self, his Kansas University counterpart, glad holiday tidings prior to Saturday’s showdown in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook: T-Rob picks up 'T'

Kansas University junior forward Thomas Robinson was whistled for a technical foul for yelling at a Buckeye player following a Tyshawn Taylor bucket with 8:44 left, KU up, 59-48.

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Elijah Johnson emerging at good time for KU

Now that under-appreciated Kansas University senior guard Tyshawn Taylor will miss time after he undergoes surgery to repair a torn meniscus of the right knee, it will be on Elijah Johnson to bring along freshman Naadir Tharpe.

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No asterisk needed: Gutsy Tyshawn Taylor, KU not apologetic for beating Sullinger-less Ohio State, 78-67

Ohio State sophomore sensation Jared Sullinger, who has a bad back, didn’t play in Saturday’s marquee matchup against Kansas University. KU senior point guard Tyshawn Taylor, who has a bum knee, did participate. He dished a career-high 13 assists against seven turnovers, while scoring nine points and grabbing three rebounds in the No. 13-ranked Jayhawks’ 78-67 victory over the No. 2 Buckeyes in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Tyshawn Taylor tears meniscus in right knee, will be out an estimated 1-3 weeks

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor will miss an estimated three weeks and is scheduled for surgery Sunday after tearing his meniscus in his right knee.

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger out for Kansas game

Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger will not play in Saturday's game against Kansas because of a back injury, is reporting.

Players welcome Charlie Weis’ idea of discipline

There will be puke buckets. Kansas offensive tackle Tanner Hawkinson didn’t remember everything from Friday morning’s team meeting with new football coach Charlie Weis, but he did recall that detail, which was promised during winter conditioning.

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Next job for Charlie Weis: find QB

The question came from across the table, from a friend who knows how to get to the heart of the matter.

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Coach Charlie Weis ‘recruited’ Sheahon Zenger

Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger said that Mike Leach let him know before he brought his list of 12-to-15 candidates to Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little that Leach had found a university (Washington State) he felt would fit him better.

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Jayhawks ready for battle with No. 2 Buckeyes

Kansas University’s basketball players and 16,300 crazed fans hope the Jayhawks’ third appearance against a Top-10 team will be the charm Saturday.

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‘Power surge’: KU introduces ‘old ball coach’ Charlie Weis to fix, fire-up program

Friday evening, in Mrkonic Auditorium at Kansas University’s Anderson Family Football Complex, new KU football coach Charlie Weis was asked a variety of questions on topics ranging from his time at Notre Dame and in the huddle with Tom Brady in the NFL, to why he came to Kansas or even had interest in becoming a head coach again.

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Iowa State extends hex over Iowa with 86-76 win

Scott Christopherson volunteered to play point guard this season to help stabilize new-look Iowa State, and coach Fred Hoiberg took him up on his offer.

Friday, December 9

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Kansas guard Keena Mays to transfer

Kansas University women’s basketball player Keena Mays will transfer from the school at the end of the fall semester, according to head coach Bonnie Henrickson on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.

Sheahon Zenger’s pick: Take it or Leavitt

Some might ask why Charlie Weis, a coach with a national profile, accepted an offer to coach football at Kansas University. That’s an easy one to answer. He failed at Notre Dame and has too much pride to let that be his lasting legacy as a head coach. The tougher questions will be sent Sheahon Zenger’s way today at a 5 p.m. news conference in the football complex, starting with “Why Charlie Weis?”

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Name recognition: Jayhawks get big name — Charlie Weis

In announcing the hire of Charlie Weis as Kansas University’s newest head football coach Thursday afternoon, KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger steered the program into new territory.

OSU’s Jared Sullinger probable for Kansas

Nothing’s official yet, but it sure sounds as if Jared Sullinger will be healthy enough to play in Saturday’s Ohio State-Kansas University basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse.

Thursday, December 8

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KU women rout Wisconsin, 73-44

In her first start of the season, Keena Mays scored a team-high 17 points, leading the Kansas women’s basketball team to a 73-44 victory over Wisconsin on Thursday night during the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge at Allen Fieldhouse.

Charlie Weis to be announced as next KU football coach

Kansas University will introduce Charlie Weis as its next football coach Friday.

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Gus Malzahn? More likely Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren

A friend asked if I would be surprised if Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn were announced as the next head coach of the Kansas University football team.

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Jayhawks’ top priority: ‘make the right plays’

The statistics support Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self when he refers to the 2011-12 Jayhawks as the “worst passing team” he’s ever seen.

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New day, new faces: Rumors, uncertainty abound in KU coaching search’s 11th day

The Kansas University football program’s search to hire a new head coach, now entering Day 11, seems to be mirroring the path of the program during the past few decades.

Sheahon Zenger still has a few options

It doesn’t matter how many people from how many different levels of football Sheahon Zenger talked to in his search for a new football coach for Kansas University.

Bonnie Henrickson: Top freshman needs to play within KU's system

Kansas University freshman women’s basketball guard Asia Boyd arrived on campus touted as coach Bonnie Henrickson’s highest-rated recruit in her time as KU coach.

Wednesday, December 7

K-State AD: BCS needs more consistency

Kansas State athletic director John Currie wishes the Bowl Championship Series would pick a philosophy and stick with it.

Big East to introduce Boise State, San Diego State, SMU, other new members

The Big East introduced Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, SMU and Central Florida as its new members, effective 2013.

DA: Statute of limitations to prosecute former Syracuse basketball coach Bernie Fine has passed

A county district attorney who has sharply criticized police and Syracuse University for their handling of sex-abuse allegations against an assistant basketball coach said Wednesday that he cannot bring charges but found that two men who accused him of sexual abuse are credible.

Sheahon Zenger looking at former NFL head coaches

Highly regarded Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst interviewed for the Kansas University job, but KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s focus recently has turned to “NFL guys,” according to an industry insider.

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Gary Bedore's KU notebook: Jeff Withey close to triple-double

Kansas University junior center Jeff Withey came close to a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks in 31 minutes.

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Conner Teahan plays big for Jayhawks

Three Kansas University basketball players sat at the interview table after the Jayhawks survived 16 second-half turnovers and a talented Long Beach State team to win, 88-80, Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse. honored by APSE was honored as one of the top sports sites in the nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors Tuesday.

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LBSU’s gamble on Thomas Robinson backfires

Long Beach State coach Dan Monson figured the best way to contain Kansas University junior Thomas Robinson was to make KU’s 6-foot-9, 237-pound monster of a man hang around the perimeter as often as possible. Oops.

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KU’s Thomas Robinson ready for OSU’s Jared Sullinger

Kansas University forward Thomas Robinson was asked if his 26-point, 11-rebound performance against Long Beach State on Tuesday sent a message to Ohio State preseason All-America big man Jared Sullinger.

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Not great late: KU’s carelessness has Bill Self steaming

Sure, it was great that Thomas Robinson scored a career-high 26 points and dandy that Jeff Withey nearly recorded a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks.

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Ex-KU AD lauds Sheahon Zenger’s approach

Fans of Kansas University football may be growing tired of the silence surrounding KU’s quest to find a new head coach, but there are those out there who are impressed by the crafty way with which KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger has conducted the search.

Tuesday, December 6

Iowa State rolls past Prairie View A&M

Percy Gibson laid out a simple goal for himself in his first start for Iowa State.

Sheldon McClellan lifts Texas past Texas-Arlington

A fresh face stepped up to lead Texas to another victory over Texas-Arlington.

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Marcus Denmon leads No. 10 Missouri over Villanova, 81-71

Missouri was No. 25 in the preseason poll. The Tigers have moved into the top 10 and are playing as though they mean to stay up there.

Bill Self meets with President in Osawatomie

KU hoops coach learns that Barack Obama is 'huge basketball fan'

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self met with President Barack Obama at a meet-and-greet session before the President's speech on Tuesday at Osawatomie High School.

K-State's Bill Snyder named AP's Big 12 coach of the year

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is the runaway pick as the AP's Big 12 coach of the year after leading the Wildcats to a 10-2 finish and an appearance in the Cotton Bowl.

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KU coach Bill Self calls for harder, smarter play from Jayhawks

Bill Self, who has had a lot to say to the media about the lackluster play of Kansas University’s basketball team after the last two games, discussed some of the same concerns with his players on Sunday.

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KU search may look for current head coach

With so many potential candidates and so little information surfacing, it can be difficult to dissect the Kansas University football program’s ongoing coaching search.

Big-time coach wants KU job

Ideally, Kansas University needs to hire a football coach who has won a national championship, has Bill Self’s personality and Bill Snyder’s attention to every detail of a football program.

Monday, December 5

If biggest coaching names choose other schools, Phillip Fulmer could fit at KU

Tracking the Kansas University coaching search recalls the conference realignment musical-chairs game, replete with wild swings from optimism to pessimism and right back to optimism. It’s so fluid because it involves so many different parts, competing interests, emotion-driven changes in the market.

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Junior forward Kevin Young opportunistic boarder

Kansas University junior forward Kevin Young made the most of his five minutes of playing time in Saturday’s 70-42 rout of South Florida in Allen Fieldhouse.

Tiger Woods ends drought with Chevron win; Gary Woodland 10th

Two years after his life and career came crashing down, Tiger Woods is a winner again.

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Victory gives Larry Fedora boost

Southern Miss coach hot commodity after win over UH

It turns out Southern Miss’ victory against Houston in the Conference USA championship game Saturday might have been a major development in the coaching search at three universities, perhaps more.

Cupboard not totally bare at KU

Kansas University’s new football coach will need to identify, recruit and develop a quarterback, a few explosive defensive lineman, at least one long, strong, fleet wideout and a linebacker or two. If that reads like a classified ad begging for a best offer — needs a rebuilt engine, new tires and a brake job — for a jalopy, it’s not quite as bad as it sounds.

Sunday, December 4

KU women suffer first loss, fall to Alabama, 80-76

Carolyn Davis and Keena Mays scored 21 points apiece, but it wasn't enough, as the Kansas women's basketball team fell to Alabama, 80-76, on Sunday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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Bulls’ lament: Tyshawn Taylor ‘just the difference’

University of South Florida men’s basketball coach Stan Heath was asked a lot of questions about what went wrong following USF’s 70-42 loss to Kansas University on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Gary Bedore's KU notebook: 1965-66 Jayhawks honored

Kansas University’s 1965-66 Big Eight championship team was introduced at halftime of Saturday’s KU-South Florida game in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Duke loss weighed on Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor

On his team’s flight back from the Maui Invitational last week, Kansas University guard Tyshawn Taylor pulled out his iPad to watch a replay of KU’s 68-61 loss to Duke.

Texas A&M must become unlike A&M

When it comes to hiring football coaches, Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne is George Costanza.

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KU hoops team can’t pass, either

Nationally ranked, playing in front of a sellout crowd every game and for a coach with total job security, the Kansas University basketball team doesn’t have much in common with the school’s football team. That’s a good thing.

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Ol’ cruddy duddy: Bill Self: KU sick on, off court

A case of the “crud” has stricken Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self and several of his players this past several days.

No. 25 Texas A&M beats Stephen F. Austin, 55-42

Texas A&M's shooting continues to be a work in progress.

Texas beats UCLA 69-59 behind 22 points by J'Covan Brown

The power went out late in the first half with UCLA leading Texas by 11 points. The Bruins were never the same afterward.

Tim Hardaway, Jordan Morgan help No. 14 Michigan top Iowa St.

Jordan Morgan kept Michigan out of trouble when the Wolverines seemed likely to fall into some.

No. 13 Sooners blown out 44-10 by No. 3 Cowboys

With a chance to lead No. 13 Oklahoma to another Big 12 championship, Landry Jones couldn't find a way to dig the Sooners out of big first-half deficit for a second straight year.

Bob Timmons inducted into USA Track and Field Hall of Fame

Former Kansas University track and field coach Bob Timmons was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Saturday, December 3

No. 19 Tech downs No. 19 Penn St.

Kierra Mallard had 18 points and 15 rebounds to help No. 19 Texas Tech beat No. 16 Penn State, 70-66, on Saturday.

Griffin leads No. 19 Baylor over Texas, 48-24

Robert Griffin III lifted Baylor to its best football in a generation.

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No. 16 Wildcats hold off Iowa State, 30-23

Bill Snyder wouldn't bite when he was asked to compare this season's Kansas State team to those of years past, Wildcats that won Big 12 championships and went to prestigious bowl games.

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Mike Sherman miffed at firing

Former Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman is unhappy with the way he was informed of his firing and doesn’t believe his dismissal was justified.

Oklahoma cruises past Sacramento State

Cameron Clark scored 18 points, and Steven Pledger added 15 as Oklahoma ran away from Sacramento State, 82-53.

Pokes’ road to BCS goes through Bedlam

In more than a century’s worth of Bedlam games, the stakes have never been higher for Oklahoma State.

It’s time to talk Heisman

Some Heisman Trophy voters have already entered the secret password, filled in the proper ballot number and hit the send button. With so many teams playing today, that seems strangely premature. Ballots, which require voting for three candidates in order of preference, are due at 4 p.m. Monday. I’ll send mine Sunday, choosing three from the 10 names I still consider worthy of consideration.

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KU track and field kicks off season

Fifteen members of the Kansas University track and field team won events on Friday during the season-opening Bob Timmons Challenge at Anschutz Sports Pavilion.

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Conner Teahan set to score against USF

Kansas University senior Conner Teahan knows what is expected of him as the Jayhawks’ first or second guy off the bench.

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KU coach list shuffles in six days of searching

As Kansas University’s search to find a replacement for former head football coach Turner Gill enters its sixth day, a few things — both in terms of additions and subtractions — are starting to become clear about KU’s list of candidates.

Don’t scoff at Larry Fedora

None of us gets to sit down with the candidates interested in the Kansas University football job, yet that doesn’t keep us from having strong reactions to hires.

Friday, December 2

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Basketball recruit Andrew White commits to KU

Virginia high school basketball sensation Andrew White capped one of the most memorable days of his life by scoring 23 points in Miller School’s 80-55 home victory over Woodberry Forest on Friday night in Charlottesville, Va.

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As more coaching jobs open, KU's search continues

While Thursday turned out to be another quiet day for Kansas University’s search to find a head football coach, plenty of moves that might impact what happens at KU unfolded across the country.

Thomas Robinson cashes in free throws

Kansas University junior power forward Thomas Robinson, who hit 11 of 13 free throws Wednesday against Florida Atlantic, has made 71.4 percent of his attempts this season.

KU swimmers break records at Mizzou Invitational

Kansas University swimmer Morgan Sharp broke the KU record in the 500 freestyle as the Jayhawks competed in the first day of the Mizzou Invitational on Thursday.

Pat Ruel knows keys to winning

Coaching searches provide an excuse to call guys about whom you’ve heard so many good things but never had a chance to visit with on the phone.

Thursday, December 1

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KU women's basketball takes down SMU, 75-52

If Kansas’ 75-52 victory against Southern Methodist taught the Jayhawks anything, it was that they can tough it out with the physical opponents.

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Kansas football search takes a turn

With news breaking Wednesday that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach had agreed to a five-year deal to become the next head football coach at Washington State, the search at Kansas University took an abrupt turn.

Oklahoma State recovers to beat Tulsa, 59-56

Oklahoma State's players don't want to become known as the Comeback Cowboys.

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Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook: Thomas Robinson doubles up again

Kansas University junior forward Thomas Robinson had 19 points and 17 rebounds. It marked his sixth-straight double-double. It’s the longest streak of consecutive double-doubles to open a KU season.

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Poor shooting dooms Florida Atlantic

Florida Atlantic coach Mike Jarvis had one lament in his opening statement following his team’s 77-54 loss to Kansas on Wednesday.

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Jayhawks stress extra effort

The message is spreading. Since junior guard Monica Engelman’s benching for a lack of effort in Kansas University’s game against Florida Atlantic on Sunday, the KU women’s basketball players know that any slacking can result in a significant loss of playing time.

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Northern Iowa beats Iowa State, 69-62

Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson tried to downplay his program's third straight win at Iowa State, chalking it up to a few late shots that the Panthers hit and the Cyclones didn't.

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Thomas Robinson will get better

Potential, many a wise man who makes his living evaluating athletes will tell you, is a French word for “ain’t bleepin’ got it yet.”

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Hawaii hangover: Jayhawks lethargic in victory over FAU

Kansas University’s basketball team, which drew rave reviews last week in Maui, looked like a squad with a case of jet lag in a 77-54 victory over Florida Atlantic on Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.