Stories for June 2011


Thursday, June 30

Deal near for KU Coach Bill Self to donate $1 million for new west Lawrence recreation center

A deal is in the works for Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self to make a more than $1 million donation to spur construction of a new West Lawrence recreation center.

KU athletic department IRS form shows women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson paid almost $2 million in 2009

A check of the IRS 990 form filed by the Kansas University athletic department and made public on its website revealed that women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson was listed as having a “base compensation” of $1,834,008 in 2009.

Kansas Hall of Fame calls Jayhawks

Frederick, Harp, LaFrentz to be inducted

Former Kansas University athletic director Bob Frederick, basketball coach Dick Harp and basketball player Raef LaFrentz will be inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 2 in Wichita, the Hall of Fame announced Wednesday.

Jayhawk wins golf tourney

Kansas University sophomore-to-be Meghan Potee won the Indiana Women’s Golf Open, edging a pair of professionals by two shots in the two-round tournament, which concluded Tuesday.

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Kansas overpaid Bonnie Henrickson

Your favorite local university not only has the best college basketball coach west of the Mississippi working for it, but for at least one year it also had the most overpaid college basketball coach on its payroll. The first one’s name is Bill Self, the second Bonnie Henrickson.

Wednesday, June 29

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Mizzou adds three transfers under new coach Haith

For new Missouri coach Frank Haith, freshmen can wait.

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The time is now for Tyshawn Taylor

LeBryan Nash (Oklahoma State), Angelo Chol and Josiah Turner (Arizona), Trevor Lacey (Alabama), DeAndre Daniels (Connecticut). OK, that’s enough about the recruits Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self and his staff didn’t land.

KU golf signee named to Nicklaus team

Kansas University golf signee Paul Harris was recently named one of 24 honorees for the 2011 All-Nicklaus Team, which is selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Players from Div. I, II, III, NAIA and NJCAA were recognized this season.

QB Brock Berglund’s status popular topic of discussion

One of the most popular questions surrounding the Kansas University football team this summer has centered on the status of freshman quarterback Brock Berglund, a three-star, dual-threat prospect from Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Thunder pick up option on Aldrich

The Oklahoma City Thunder have picked up the option year on the contracts of Kansas University’s Cole Aldrich, as well as Serge Ibaka, James Harden, Eric Maynor and Byron Mullens, keeping them all with the franchise for two more seasons.

Thomas Robinson wows crowd at Stoudemire skills camp

Thomas Robinson’s powerful, one-handed slam dunk off an alley-oop feed from Syracuse’s Scoop Jardine highlighted play at last weekend’s Amar’e Stoudemire Skills Academy in Chicago.

Tuesday, June 28

Final ticket scandal co-conspirator Ben Kirtland awaits designation at Massachusetts federal prison

The last co-conspirator in an operation that stole and sold thousands of tickets for Kansas University basketball and football games is behind bars, awaiting designation in a federal medical complex in Massachusetts.

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‘88 teammates helping Cole Aldrich at camp

Gueldner wages successful battle against cancer

Former Kansas University basketball player Jeff Gueldner teamed with his college roommate, Mark Randall, in a three-day member/guest golf tournament last week.

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KU safety and former Ohio State recruit Bradley McDougald discusses OSU football scandal

Last month, the Ohio State University football program was rocked by investigations into improper benefits and an alleged cover-up stemming from a tattoo-parlor scandal that involved some of the team’s highest profile players.

Greg Gurley to work with Williams Fund

Former Kansas University basketball guard Greg Gurley has been named director of development for KU’s Williams Fund.

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Duck tales: Ex-MLB pitcher, KU coach Marty Pattin recalls playing days

Escalating fuel prices don’t make the hourlong drive from Lawrence to Kauffman Stadium any easier, even for those who can afford to invest so much time commuting. Those who can’t just might feel as if they are in the middle of a major-league baseball game by pulling up a stool next to Marty “Duck” Pattin, who spent 13 seasons as an American League pitcher.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

KU coach Bill Self was asked if his six-man recruiting class might grow to seven on Monday during an appearance on 810 radio’s Border Patrol:

Monday, June 27

Vandy transfer Andre Walker plans to visit KU basketball

Vanderbilt transfer Andre Walker, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound power forward from Flossmoor, Ill., is expected to visit KU in coming days, reported Sunday.

KU snares two 11th-place track finishes

Kansas University’s Mason Finley placed 11th in the shot put and Rebeka Stowe was 11th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on the final day of the U.S. Championships on Sunday.

Underhanded free-throw shooting underrated

The man on the other end of the phone called back too late to help me prepare for Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Hoops for Men’s Health free-throw shooting contest Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse, but in time to assure me I’m not the only one perpetually puzzled by a basketball mystery.

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The one to beat: Jordan Webb best of the bunch at QB for Kansas — at least so far

KU football position by position: Quarterback

Quarterback. It’s the one position on a football team that can make or break a season. It’s also the one position on the Kansas University roster that has more questions than answers.

Sunday, June 26

Josh Selby lectured about maturity by Grizzlies coach and executives

Former Kansas University combo guard Josh Selby met with Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and several team executives before addressing the media Friday afternoon at FedExForum.

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KU renovating Touchdown Club in south end zone

Jerry Jones and the new Cowboys Stadium in Dallas might have the most gaudy luxury viewing area in football, but Kansas University is closing in.

KU sprinter Diamond Dixon triumphs at nationals

Kansas University sprinter Diamond Dixon added another honor to her freshman season Saturday as she was crowned the U.S. junior national champion in the 400 meters at Hayward Field.

Saturday, June 25

Five KU track athletes compete at nationals

Five Kansas University track and field athletes saw action on Friday at the Senior and Junior USA Championships at Hayward Field.

College fund set up for KU softball coach’s son

A college scholarship fund has been established for the 3-year-old son of Kansas University softball coach Megan Smith, whose husband, Paul Buske, passed away earlier this week after a battle with cancer.

Markieff Morris to team up with Suns point guard Nash

Markieff Morris was born seven minutes ahead of twin brother Marcus. He was first in the NBA, too, selected by the Phoenix Suns at No. 13 overall, five minutes before the Houston Rockets made Marcus the No. 14 pick.

Josh Selby gets emotional upon draft selection

Former Kansas University combo guard Josh Selby said he broke down and cried on Thursday night when selected in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Rockets beef up frontcourt with Marcus Morris pick

The Houston Rockets hired a Hall of Fame power forward to coach the team, then added more big men to play for him during Thursday night’s NBA Draft.

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Danny Manning encouraged by Morris twins’ pro destinations

There are a lot of reasons for former Kansas University forwards Markieff and Marcus Morris to be encouraged about the fit associated with them being taken 13th by Phoenix and 14th by Houston, respectively, in Thursday night’s NBA Draft in Newark, N.J.

Friday, June 24

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Cavaliers take Duke star Irving at No. 1 overall

Kyrie Irving traveled just a few miles down the road to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. The players that followed him came from across the globe.

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Josh Selby missed his shot

Josh Selby’s post-season, pre-draft tour took much the same path as his short time in the Kansas University basketball program. It started with so much promise, veered off path and wound up in the ditch.

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KU’s Self supports Morris twins in New Jersey

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said he felt honored to share a special Thursday evening with the Morris twins and their mother, Angel, in the 2011 NBA Draft Green Room at The Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

KU track's Mason Finley takes eighth place

Kansas University sophomore Mason Finley placed eighth in the senior men’s discus throw on Thursday at the USA Championships.

Memphis Grizzlies draft Josh Selby with 49th pick in NBA Draft

The Memphis Grizzlies took a shot at filling one of their needs in Thursday’s NBA Draft — a reserve guard.

Thursday, June 23

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Guess on Josh Selby's draft position: No. 42

Let’s pretend that a day after Josh Selby executed that oh-so smooth pass-fake to the right corner and then buried the beautiful three-pointer to defeat USC in December the NCAA stepped in and decided it wanted to suspend Selby for the rest of the season.

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Back-to-back: Markieff Morris selected No. 13 to Suns; Marcus Morris one pick later at No. 14 to Rockets

As the first 12 picks of the 2011 NBA Draft rolled in without Kansas University’s Marcus and Markieff Morris hearing their names called, the easy reaction would have been to panic.

Wednesday, June 22

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A dream come true: Morris twins soak up N.Y., eagerly await NBA fate

For the past two decades, former Kansas University basketball stars Marcus and Markieff Morris have gone everywhere and done everything together.

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California prep Merv Lindsay chooses KU basketball

Small forward cites Jayhawks' winning tradition as deciding factor

Merv Lindsay, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound basketball small forward from Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, Calif., has committed to the Kansas men's basketball team, he confirmed via a text message to the Journal-World.

KU's Daymond Patterson on special teams watch list

Kansas senior wide receiver/kick returner Daymond Patterson was named to the 2011 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) specials teams watch list on Monday.

KU jumper Jareb Stallbaumer honored for academics

Kansas senior jumper Jareb Stallbaumer was named to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-America men’s track and field second team on Tuesday, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Four-star guard Caprice Dennis chooses KU women's basketball

Caprice Dennis, a 5-foot-9 guard from Pershing High School in Detroit, has orally committed to play for the Kansas women’s basketball team, ESPN HoopGurlz reported Tuesday.

Husband of KU softball coach Megan Smith dies

The husband of Kansas University softball coach Megan Smith has died.

Reports: Pistons a possibility for Markieff Morris

Kansas University forward Markieff Morris appears to have boosted his NBA draft stock after working out Tuesday with the Detroit Pistons.

Jayhawks unveil soccer schedule

Another challenging schedule awaits the KU soccer team as nine games versus NCAA Tournament participants highlight the 2011 schedule, released Monday by 12th-year head coach Mark Francis.

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Stock up, stock down: Morris twins soaring in NBA draft projections; Selby plummeting

No need to look beyond the local college basketball team to reach the conclusion that trying to figure out how the Egyptians built the pyramids presents no tougher a challenge than attempting to determine why NBA general managers make the draft choices they make.

Tuesday, June 21

Kevin Young eager to bulk up at KU

Kevin Young, who committed to the Kansas University men’s basketball program on Friday, has not yet met Andrea Hudy.

Phillies come to terms with ex-Jayhawk Colton Murray

The Philadelphia Phillies announced Monday that they have come to terms with former Kansas pitcher Colton Murray on a minor league contract after selecting the junior right-hander in the 13th round of this season’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Big Ten commissioner highest paid

Four of college football’s six powerhouse conferences paid their top executives $1 million or more, an Associated Press analysis of tax records shows, far eclipsing the compensation of most university presidents.

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Jayhawks’ forte: RB James Sims returns as leader of KU’s strongest position

Coaches and analysts alike have said that running back is the strongest position on the current Kansas University football team.

LeBron James not greatest of all time

Read the text of Michael Jordan’s Hall of Fame induction speech to understand why Scottie Pippen might want to go out of his way to tweak his former teammate by saying LeBron James has surpassed Michael Jordan.

Monday, June 20

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Former Jayhawk Jeff Graves has no plans to retire

Former Kansas University basketball power forward Jeff Graves — who has played for pay in Slovenia, Turkey and Croatia and in the NBA’s Developmental League but been idle the past two seasons — says he’s not ready to retire at the age of 29.

Sunday, June 19

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A father's love: Kansas offensive coordinator Chuck Long cherishes lifelong bond with late father

Chuck Long has had some pretty great football years during his life, be them as a legendary college quarterback at the University of Iowa or an assistant coach at various stops, including Oklahoma, where he helped the Sooners win a national championship in 2000.

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San Diego State's Steve Fisher unhappy in losing recruit

Coach angered by Kevin Young’s switch to Kansas

San Diego State basketball coach Steve Fisher was not a happy camper Friday upon learning prize Aztec recruit Kevin Young had decided to switch his commitment to Kansas University.

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Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook: Twins to Green Room

The NBA invited KU’s Marcus and Markieff Morris to sit in the Green Room for Thursday’s NBA Draft in Newark, N.J.

Pair commits to Kansas football

The Kansas University football program picked up a pair of commitments from the Class of 2012 on Saturday.

Saturday, June 18

‘DP, AJ’ Kansas football video clever concept

With the start of football season still three months away, Kansas University seniors Daymond Patterson and AJ Steward dreamed up an idea to keep them busy and entertain their friends and fans at the same time. But not everybody found the idea amusing.

Friday, June 17

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Kevin Young joins KU men's basketball team

Six-foot-eight forward Kevin Young has joined the Kansas men’s basketball team, KU coach Bill Self announced Friday.

LMU transfer Kevin Young eyes KU basketball

Former Loyola Marymount University basketball player Kevin Young, who attended classes at Barstow (Calif.) Community College during the 2010-11 school year, made an unofficial recruiting visit to Kansas University this week.

‘No harm done’: Boxer Victor Ortiz relishes charity hoops game

“Vicious” Victor Ortiz’s agent, handlers and promoters of Sept. 17’s dream boxing matchup between Ortiz and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. had to breathe collective sighs of relief after Thursday’s Rock Chalk Roundball Basketball Classic at Free State High.

Thursday, June 16

Heat make qualifying offer to Mario Chalmers

Getting in position to try to keep Mario Chalmers has become the first personnel move of the Miami Heat offseason.

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Look who's back: NBA veteran Drew Gooden returns to Lawrence

Drew Gooden, who had last played in Bill Self’s basketball campers game in June of 2005, brought his talents to Kansas University’s Horejsi Center on Wednesday afternoon.

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Bridge program paying dividends

Five-year-old class helps acclimate incoming KU freshman athletes

During their Wednesday afternoon tour of downtown Lawrence, six freshmen on Kansas University’s football team were part of a rescue mission that placed a trio of baby birds who had fallen out of their nest back near their home.

2-iron suits Gary Woodland just right

Approaching lightning inspired Lee Trevino to utter one of golf’s most memorable quotes when he suggested it would be safe to keep playing as long as everyone used 1-irons.

A’s sign former Kansas pitcher Walz to minor-league deal

The Oakland Athletics announced Tuesday that they signed former Kansas University pitcher T.J. Walz to a minor-league contract after selecting the right-hander in the 15th round of last week’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Wednesday, June 15

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FINAL: Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford lead KU's current players to 70-58 camp win over alums

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from the Horejsi Center on the Kansas University campus where the KU men's basketball team is getting set for its second summer camp game.

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Nick Collison voted as Player of the Decade

Former Kansas forward Nick Collison has been voted as the Player of the Decade.

Defensive end an area of need for KU football

Most football coaches secretly love it when the temperature soars during conditioning season. They await reports from strength coaches regarding which players melted, which pushed through the heat to stand above peers, which embraced the reality that every second not spent getting better is a second spent getting worse.

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Delighted to be here: KU basketball walk-on Niko Roberts optimistic heading into sophomore season

Norm Roberts, who was hired as an assistant basketball coach at the University of Florida last April, hasn’t tried to convince his oldest son, Niko, to join him in Gainesville, Fla.

Kansas softball adds South Alabama transfer Morgan Druhan

South Alabama softball pitcher Morgan Druhan, a former Alabama High School Association Class 5A Pitcher of the Year, will transfer to Kansas University for the 2011-12 academic year.

Tuesday, June 14

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KU’s Justin Wesley honing skills

Laker-loving sophomore forward bears resemblance to Kobe Bryant

Kansas University sophomore basketball forward Justin Wesley, who was born and reared in Fort Worth, Texas, rooted for the Dallas Mavericks to win the 2011 NBA championship. Well, sort of.

KU coach Turner Gill stresses importance of family

Since his first day on campus, Kansas football coach Turner Gill has stressed the importance of family and relationships, both on and off the field. Gill shared his personal family-building experiences Monday night at the Liberty Memorial Central Middle School auditorium, 1400 Mass. The event kicked off Dad Days, which is a series of activities planned for this week sponsored by Dads of Douglas County — a group that promotes fathers’ involvement in the lives of their children.

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Waiting game: Ritch Price uncertain of draft’s effects

After watching three key members of his 2011 pitching staff get picked in last week’s Major League Baseball draft, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price needs Free State High standout Cody Kukuk.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

There were Internet rumors that Justin Wesley might ask Jeff Withey to switch jersey numbers this year. Wesley wears No. 4; Withey wears Langford’s old number, 5.

Monday, June 13

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KU basketball's Conner Teahan gearing up for senior season

Conner Teahan is serious about making an impact his senior season at Kansas University.

Sunday, June 12

Kansas track relay sets record

Kansas University’s 1,600 relay team of Kendra Bradley, Shayla Wilson, Denesha Morris and Diamond Dixon placed eighth in a school-record clocking of 3:33.0 at Saturday’s NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Chad Ford rethinking Josh Selby to Knicks pick

Chad Ford of still has former KU guard Josh Selby being taken No. 17 overall by the New York Knicks in the June 23 draft. Yet in a June 10 blog, Ford wavered just a bit.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich staying put

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who worked one year for Larry Brown at KU, tells San Antonio’s WOAI-TV he may want to keep coaching a few more years, even after Tim Duncan retires.

Marcus Morris lauds KU

Former KU forward Marcus Morris, who is expected to be a lottery pick in the draft, praised KU’s coaches in an interview with the Charlotte Observer after a workout with the Bobcats last week.

New Big 12 men's basketball coaches have connections

Before they became new Big 12 head basketball coaches, Missouri’s Frank Haith and Texas A&M’s Billy Kennedy had already known each other nearly two decades.

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7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski finishes KU visit

Kaleb Tarczewski, a 7-foot, 220-pound senior-to-be out of St. Mark’s High in Southborough, Mass., completed a two-day, unofficial basketball recruiting visit to Kansas University on Friday.

Saturday, June 11

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New-look defense? Torbush supports direction, potential changes with Kansas football ‘D’

Though he won’t be around to see it, former Kansas University defensive coordinator Carl Torbush said in no uncertain terms at his retirement news conference that the KU football defense was a unit on the rise.

California prep visits Kansas

Recruit Lindsay: Trip to KU ‘unbelievable’

Merv Lindsay, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound basketball small forward from Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, Calif., who orally committed to Texas Tech in April but has since reopened his recruitment, completed an official visit to Kansas University’s campus on Friday.

Kansas freshman Diamond Dixon takes third place in 400

Kansas University freshman Diamond Dixon placed third in the 400 at Friday’s NCAA Outdoor track and field meet at Drake Field.

Friday, June 10

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Former KU guard Royce Woolridge to transfer to Washington State

Former Kansas University basketball guard Royce Woolridge announced Friday that he will transfer to Washington State University.

KU football assistant Robert Wimberly promoted to Pass Coordinator

Friday, KU coach Turner Gill announced that safeties coach, Robert Wimberly, had been promoted to Pass Coordinator and will assume responsibility for putting together KU’s gameplan against opposing offense’s aerial attacks.

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Bill Self confident KU hoops will remain atop league standings

If Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self is worried about losing three possible first-round NBA draft picks — and seven players overall — from a dominant 35-3 league champion/Elite Eight team, well, he certainly didn’t act like it Thursday morning.

Bergmann leads KU track

Kansas University sophomore Heather Bergmann garnered First Team All-America honors after collecting a seventh-place finish in the women’s javelin throw at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Thursday at Drake University.

Missouri lands Louisville transfer

University of Louisville senior George Goode, a 6-8 forward out of Raytown (Mo.) South High, on Thursday announced plans to transfer to Missouri.

Thursday, June 9

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Bill Self gives update on recruiting during summer teleconference

KU coach: 'We could still add another piece or two ... '

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said on Thursday’s Big 12 summertime coaches call that the Jayhawks may not yet be finished recruiting players in the Class of 2011.

KU basketball season tickets on sale

KU hoops season tickets are on sale for the 2011-12 season.

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Kirk Hinrich joins four No. 1 seeds on All-Decade Team

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Battle of bigs: KU's Thomas Robinson excited to learn from Cole Aldrich

Kansas University junior power forward Thomas Robinson has the perfect practice partner this summer: Oklahoma City Thunder big man Cole Aldrich.

DeAndre Daniels talks about recruiting rumors

DeAndre Daniels, a 6-8 senior from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., who committed to UConn on Tuesday, told he considered enrolling at KU or Texas second semester of the past school year.

Morris twins to Bobcats? It's possible

With the 2011 NBA Draft two weeks away, here’s an exercise that can be both challenging and therapeutic for Kansas University basketball fans who can’t wait to find out which NBA teams will land former Jayhawks Marcus and Markieff Morris in the June 23 draft in New Jersey.

KU’s Mason Finley third in discus at NCAAs

Kansas University sophomore Mason Finley placed third in the discus at the NCAA track and field championships Wednesday with a mark of 197 feet, 4 inches.

Wednesday, June 8

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FINAL: Led by Cole Aldrich, Elijah Johnson, Red team wins first camp scrimmage

Johnson scores 19 points; Tyshawn Taylor has 20 for Blue team

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from the Horejsi Center on the Kansas University campus where the KU men's basketball team is getting set for its first summer camp game.

KU pitcher Tanner Poppe popped in 37th Round by Tampa Bay

For the second time in his baseball career, Kansas University sophomore Tanner Poppe has been picked in the 37th round of Major League Baseball’s amateur draft.

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Kansas guard Elijah Johnson puts on shooting clinic at Bill Self hoops camp

Kansas University junior combo guard Elijah Johnson put on an impressive three-point shooting exhibition for Bill Self’s basketball campers on Tuesday afternoon in Horejsi Center.

Kansas last in Big 12 in Director’s Cup

Kansas University’s athletic department ranked in 87th place of 263 teams overall — last of all Big 12 schools — in the current Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings.

KU's Colton Murray, T.J. Walz selected in MLB draft

As the years have gone by, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price has seen more and more former Jayhawks work their way up from the college ranks into minor league and, in some cases, Major League success. That, Price says, can be a helpful tool in recruiting, as he can point to the affiliations between his former Jayhawks and Major League ballclubs with more regularity each year.

No DeAndre Daniels, no sweat

Forgive me if I’m not ready to move back to Connecticut in order to cover the college basketball career of DeAndre Daniels.

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Diamond in the rough: Freshman track star Dixon takes top time in country into today’s NCAA championships

When you’re given a name like Diamond, nicknames don’t really seem that interesting. Such is the case for Kansas University freshman track star Diamond Dixon, one of a handful of KU athletes who will compete at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships, which begin today in Des Moines, Iowa.

Tuesday, June 7

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Wait, what? DeAndre Daniels picks UConn

Huskies make late push for prize recruit, who spurns KU

Prize college basketball recruiting prospect DeAndre Daniels, who for the longest time had listed Kansas University, Texas and Oregon as his three finalists, has decided to play college basketball at ... Connecticut.

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KU pitcher T.J. Walz drafted by Oakland in 15th Round

Kansas University senior pitcher T.J. Walz was drafted in the 15th round of Major League Baseball's amateur draft — 466th overall — by the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.

KU junior pitcher Colton Murray picked by Philadelphia in Round 13

Kansas University junior pitcher Colton Murray was picked in the 13th Round of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday.

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Lefty Kukuk picked by Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox made Free State High standout Cody Kukuk the 20th pick of the 7th Round in Tuesday's amateur baseball draft.

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Back in town: Fresh off his rookie season, Cole Aldrich entertains campers

Gregarious former Kansas University center Cole Aldrich flashed a big smile as he fielded 15 minutes worth of questions from Bill Self’s 700 basketball campers Monday afternoon in Horejsi Center.

LB coach Vantz Singletary excited to be at Kansas

Vantz Singletary has been around football long enough to know a good matchup when he comes across one.

Andre Walker a new name in recruiting

KU may be in the running for Andre Walker, a 6-7, 220-pound power forward, who has graduated from Vanderbilt University and decided to play at another school his senior season.

Jayhawk Tennis Center hires new head pro

Vance VanPelt, director of tennis at Top Gun Tennis Academy and the boys and girls tennis coach at Hutchinson High School, has been named head professional at the Jayhawk Tennis Center in Lawrence.

Mario Chalmers hoping to stay consistent

Inconsistent through the first three rounds of the NBA playoffs, Miami Heat backup point guard Mario Chalmers has now strung together three productive efforts in the NBA Finals, helping the Heat to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series against the Dallas Mavericks.

Enter the NBA Draft contest to win $100 in KU gear

Think you know you stuff when it comes to this year's NBA draft? Prove it with the NBA draft contest.

Monday, June 6

Website maintenance planned for Monday night, may lead to service outage

Planned maintenance of our web servers may lead to some brief down time for this website Monday night.

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Vote for the All-Decade Team: Brandon Rush vs. Xavier Henry

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Former KU football player Elvis Patterson arrested on DUI charges

Former Kansas football player Elvis Patterson was arrested in Douglas County on Kansas Highway 10 early Saturday morning on charges of driving under the influence.

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Welcome to Kansas: Freshman Ben McLemore settling in to new surroundings

Ben McLemore, who witnessed Kansas University basketball mania for the first time at Late Night in the Phog, experienced his second dose of the craziness on Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Steve Stricker holds on; Gary Woodland sixth

Steve Stricker finally found the winning formula at the Memorial on Sunday.

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Naadir Tharpe all smiles after watching former Jayhawk Mario Chalmers

Incoming Kansas freshman Naadir Tharpe grinned when he was asked if he watched former KU guard Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat sink a big game-tying three near the end of Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Mario Chalmers was the only former Jayhawk in NBA action Sunday, May 5, 2011.

Sunday, June 5

LB Tunde Bakare looking to make big impact

Juco transfer’s goal to crack KU football starting lineup in fall

Two years ago, linebacker Tunde Bakare left Woodbridge, Va., for Highland (Kan.) Community College and had every intention to go back.

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Former KU standout Danielle McCray leads Sun in opener

Connecticut’s Danielle McCray had more than a year to think about what it would be like to play her first WNBA game.

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Dressed to impress: Freshman Naadir Tharpe looks sharp on first day in town

Bill Self wore a green silk shirt, gold chain and white slacks to his third Bill’s Basketball Boogie held Saturday night at the College Basketball Experience next to Sprint Center.

Saturday, June 4

Vantz Singletary hired as new KU linebackers coach

His uncle’s eyes are some of the most famous ever to play linebacker. Now, future Kansas University football players who line up at that position for the Jayhawks will be tutored by a man who has looked into those eyes many times. Friday, KU coach Turner Gill announced that Vantz Singletary, the nephew of Hall-of-Famer, Mike Singletary, would join the Jayhawks’ coaching staff as the new linebackers coach.

Big 12 giving more money to have-nots

The Big 12’s lower-revenue schools walked out of the conference meetings Friday with a multimillion dollar pay raise.

KU center Jeff Withey back in U.S.

Jeff Withey and Jordan Juenemann, who had just returned to the United States after a 20-hour travel day, weren’t too tired to work as counselors Friday night at Bill Self’s parent-child basketball camp.

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Scoring forecast: Ben McLemore, Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor candidates to lead KU basketball team

Trying to forecast which player will lead one of Bill Self’s teams in scoring often presents a challenge.

Gale Sayers challenges NFL players

Former Kansas running back wants help for retirees

Gale Sayers sent a stern message to NFL players, challenging them to help those who paved the way.

Friday, June 3

Big 12 finalizes new plan for hoops tourneys

Finishing among the top six in the regular season will be rewarded with a first-round bye in the redesigned men’s and women’s Big 12 basketball tournaments.

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Markieff Morris feels Michael Jordan’s presence at pre-draft camp

Markieff Morris didn’t actually see NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan enter the Charlotte Bobcats’ practice facility on Thursday morning.

Tweaking KU football LB corps tempting

For the record, I’m not interested in the linebackers vacancy on Turner Gill’s staff unless I can coach Jimmay Mundine and Brandon Bourbon.

Justice Department to meet with BCS

The Justice Department’s antitrust division will meet with the BCS this summer, following up on concerns the department raised with the NCAA about college football’s postseason format.

Thursday, June 2

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Marcus Morris visits Bucks

Milwaukee says forward ‘impressive’

Former Kansas University forward Marcus Morris, who continues his tour of NBA cities leading up to the June 23 draft, worked out for the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

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High praise: At Big 12 meetings, Commissioner Dan Beebe to Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger: Nice work (but lose the tie)

Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe has known Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger long enough to offer up some friendly advice following Wednesday’s second day of the conference’s spring meetings at the Intercontinental Hotel near the Country Club Plaza.

Wednesday, June 1

Retiring Carl Torbush preaches patience

A reporter approached retiring Kansas University defensive coordinator Carl Torbush, who seemingly sensed the young man’s unease over having to ask questions about the football coach’s cancer diagnosis. “You need to smile,” Torbush told him Tuesday in Mrkonic Auditorium. “You look better when you show some teeth.”

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Brady Morningstar ‘winded’ during Jazz workout

Brady Morningstar needed a few seconds to catch his breath Tuesday after a rigorous workout with the NBA’s Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.