Stories for October 2011


Monday, October 31

KU-Baylor football game will not be televised

The Kansas football team's Senior Night game against Baylor on Nov. 12 will not be televised, the Big 12 announced Monday.

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KU coach Bill Self gives probable starters for Pittsburg State game

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self acknowledged that "walk-ons will play" in Tuesday night's exhibition opener against Pittsburg State.

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Recruit Kaleb Tarczewski says picking Arizona over KU came down to 'gut feeling'

Kaleb Tarczewski, a 7-foot, 220-pound senior center from St. Mark’s High School in Southborough, Mass., on Monday orally committed to play basketball at Arizona.

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Not dead yet: Turner Gill eager to put October behind

It doesn’t take much to figure out how fans feel about the current state of Kansas University football program.

KU volleyball falls at A&M

Kansas University forced a fourth set, but ultimately suffered a 25-21, 25-20, 24-26, 25-20 Big 12 volleyball loss to Texas A&M on Sunday.

Ho, hum: Kansas guards must sit

I’ll be with you in a second. Now that Elijah Johnson and Tyshawn Taylor have been suspended for two games, both exhibitions against Division II opponents, I must consult my sports-opinions handbook to see what I’m supposed to write to sound smart, mature and virtuous.

Sunday, October 30

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Kansas guards Tyshawn Taylor, Elijah Johnson will miss KU's two exhibition games for violation of team rules

Kansas guards Tyshawn Taylor and Elijah Johnson will not play in KU’s two exhibition games for violating team rules during the offseason, coach Bill Self announced Sunday.

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Starters return to preserve UT shutout

Without asking anyone, Texas linebacker Emmanuel Acho ran back onto the field. Immediately, linebacker Keenan Robinson followed him.

Another sorry trip to Austin

For the second time in three years, a Kansas University football coach sitting on the hottest seat in college football came into Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium with his reeling team.

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No offense taken: Jayhawks futilely founder along

Stick together. Keep working. Move forward. For the past several weeks, those have been the words used by Kansas University football coach Turner Gill and his coaching staff to encourage a struggling football team.

Rebeka Stowe, Kansas CC teams place 7th

Kansas University senior Rebeka Stowe collected All-Big 12 honors for the second-consecutive season after she placed seventh at the Big 12 Cross Country Championships on Saturday. Stowe’s finish propelled the women’s team to a seventh-place team finish, while senior Austin Bussing also paced the KU men to seventh in the team standings.

Matt Tait's KU football notebook: Keeston Terry steps up for KU

Red-shirt freshman Keeston Terry, a safety who has struggled to overcome injuries throughout 2011, finished Saturday’s 43-0 loss to Texas with 15 tackles and delivered what many believed was his best performance of the season.

KU swimming upends Illini

Kansas University’s swimming and diving team won its second-straight meet, a 174.5-118.5 victory over Illinois on Saturday at Robinson Natatorium.

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Jeff Van Gundy a fan of Allen Fieldhouse

Ex-coach gives Bill Self a little love, too

Jeff Van Gundy has made a vow that his first trip to Allen Fieldhouse will not be his last.

Saturday, October 29

Iowa St. upends No. 19 Texas Tech 41-7

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads watched as redshirt freshman Jared Barnett's confidence grew.

Missouri beats No. 16 Texas A&M 38-31 in OT

Missouri quarterback James Franklin had the worst game of his short career last week, with four turnovers in the second half a loss to No. 3 Oklahoma State.

Joseph Randle has 4 TDs, No. 3 Cowboys beat Baylor 59-24

When it mattered the most, No. 3 Oklahoma State made every yard seem like the longest yard for Robert Griffin III and Baylor.

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No. 11 Sooners roll over No. 10 K-State, 58-17

Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles put Oklahoma's season back on track.

KU athletics department says $58.8 million debt 'manageable'

According to documents from Kansas Athletics Inc. and an interview with its chief financial officer, the athletics department owes about $58.8 million in debt as of the end of the 2011 fiscal year, which ended June 30.

KU soccer falls, 3-0

Oklahoma spoiled Kansas University’s soccer senior day, 3-0, on Friday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

North Carolina runaway No. 1 in AP preseason poll

North Carolina broke a tie with its fiercest rival and moved into one with one of college basketball’s most storied programs.

KU's defensive woes weigh on coordinator Vic Shealy

Kansas University football defensive coordinator Vic Shealy talks to reporters Wednesday with his teenage son, Will, a few steps behind him.

Cowboys hope Justin Blackmon back Saturday against Baylor

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy had enough trouble convincing All-American receiver Justin Blackmon he wasn’t going to get to play again after taking a shot to the head.

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Practice leaves Larry Brown wanting

Kansas University’s basketball team practiced for a little over two hours Friday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. The spirited session was much shorter than most of those conducted by former KU coach Larry Brown from 1984 to ’88.

Tale of the tape: KU vs. Texas

Kansas, which ranks 31st in the country in rushing yards per game (188), seems to have narrowed its attack to a three-back approach that includes sophomore James Sims (485 yards, 7 touchdowns) and true freshmen Darrian Miller (320, 4) and Tony Pierson (285, 2).

Kansas overrated at No. 13

As favorites, underdogs and somewhere in between, Kansas University’s basketball team has won at least a share of the Big 12 title seven seasons in a row.

Aggies recall loss to MU

Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman was so unhappy with his team’s 30-9 loss to Missouri last season that he set fire to the game plan, play book and tape the Monday after the game.

Tech aims to put OU win behind

Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege is hoping for a memory lapse when the 19th-ranked Red Raiders take the field tonight against Iowa State.

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Familiar face awaits KU

Texas reunion, starring Darrell Wyatt

During the recruitment of Kansas University freshman JaCorey Shepherd, one man led the charge.

Friday, October 28

Kansas ranked No. 13 in AP preseason poll

Kansas is ranked 13th in The Associated Press' 2011-12 preseason college basketball poll.

West Virginia's two US senators ecstatic over Big 12 move

Officials say Big 12 did proper thing by setting aside political overtones

The Big 12 did the proper thing by setting aside political overtones and looking at the merits of what West Virginia would bring to the conference, the state's two U.S. senators said Friday.

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West Virginia leaving for Big 12

The Big 12 welcomed West Virginia from the Big East on Friday and said goodbye to Missouri before the Tigers even had a chance to make their move to the Southeastern Conference official.

Kansas officials welcome West Virginia to Big 12

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas University officials say they're pleased West Virginia is joining the Big 12.

Big 12 lists 2012 teams; Missouri not among them

The Big 12 appears to be resigned to losing Missouri.

Tease photo staff's Week 9 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World staffers' picks for Week 9 of the college football season.

Sheahon Zenger: KU-UT game will look, feel familiar

When plans for the creation of the Longhorn Network first were revealed, Kansas University’s role was not on anybody’s radar. Thanks to a joint effort between TLN and The Jayhawk Television Network, the Jayhawks this weekend will be all over the new network, available sparsely in Texas and to online subscribers.

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Kansas basketball notes: Thomas Robinson OK after injury

Kansas University junior basketball forward Thomas Robinson posed for pictures and signed autographs for hordes of female fans who attended Thursday’s “Ladies Night Out With Bill Self” in Allen Fieldhouse.

Sooners, Wildcats ready for Big 12 showdown

One of the biggest wins during Bill Snyder's first tenure at Kansas State came in 1993, on a Saturday in late October, when Oklahoma came rolling into town.

Missouri isn’t very SEC-like

Missouri fits in the SEC about as well as a tractor tire on a Honda Civic.

Thursday, October 27

KU basketball team, Coach Self enjoy night out with 450 ladies in support of cancer treatment, research

About 450 women got the unique opportunity Thursday evening to mingle with KU basketball players and staff while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres. They learned some basketball moves, asked personal questions and got lots and lots of pictures and autographs. It was all part of the second annual "Ladies Night Out with Bill Self."

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KU forward Thomas Robinson hyperextends knee, could miss a few days of practice

Kansas University junior forward Thomas Robinson hyperextended his left knee in practice on Thursday and could miss a few days of practice, coach Bill Self said Thursday night.

Michael Beasley suit alleges improper benefits at K-State

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley says in a lawsuit that his former agent gave him and his mother improper benefits during his one season at Kansas State.

Kansas’ top 11 football prospects

My guess at the best 11 NFL prospects on the Kansas University football roster, listed in reverse order with draft class in parentheses:

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Jayhawks wary of UT blitzkrieg

Through six games, the University of Texas football team has recorded eight sacks and six interceptions.

OU ‘confused’ by Big 12 Network plan

Oklahoma officials say they don’t understand how a proposed Big 12 Network could work considering that Texas already has an independent channel and the Sooners are working on one of their own.

Kansas volleyball falls at Iowa State

Kansas University’s volleyball team ran into a buzzsaw Wednesday and suffered a lopsided, three-set loss at Iowa State.

Fran Fraschilla touts Bill Self for Hall of Fame

Four active college basketball coaches — Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, UConn’s Jim Calhoun, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina’s Roy Williams — already have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

WVU not done deal just yet

The Big 12 is still deciding: West Virginia or Louisville? Could be one or the other, or maybe neither.

Wednesday, October 26

Tale of the tape: West Virginia vs Louisville

Some facts about Louisville and West Virginia, two public schools that are under consideration for a spot in the Big 12 if Missouri leaves the conference for the SEC.

Turner Gill emphasizes the positives and the process

Tuesday, at his regularly scheduled news conference, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill found himself in a dogfight, fielding a barrage of questions about his future and the way he would go about fixing the problems that plague the Jayhawks.

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AP source: West Virginia will replace Missouri

The Big 12 has a replacement lined up for Missouri before it even leaves the conference.

KU runners named Academic All-Big 12

The Big 12 Conference named 15 Kansas University runners to the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 cross country teams Tuesday.

KU men’s golf team takes fifth in N.M.

The Kansas University men’s golf team ended its fall season Tuesday with a fifth-place finish in the 14-team Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate at the New Mexico State University Golf Course.

Matt Tait's KU football notebook: Coaches try to simulate halftime

With his team having been outscored 149-24 in the third quarter of 12 Big 12 games, Kansas University coach Turner Gill constantly is searching for ways to spark his team.

Danny Manning runs walk-on hopefuls through drills

In all, 17 basketball players — ranging from 5-foot-5 to 6-foot-7 — flocked to Allen Fieldhouse on Tuesday night for Kansas University walk-on tryouts.

Mizzou who? WVU’s nice too

West Virginia, on the verge of joining the Big 12, brings a ton of fascinating history.

Tuesday, October 25

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Overlook KU? No way ... Longhorns vow not to relive last year's stunning loss to Iowa State

During his 28 seasons as a college football head coach, University of Texas’ Mack Brown has won 223 contests, 11 bowl games and one national championship.

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Missouri hasn't left for SEC — yet

It was supposed to be the day that the University of Missouri officially announced its intentions to leave the Big 12 Conference.

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Thomas Robinson must be 'main course' for KU

Speaking just before lunchtime, Bill Self had food on his mind when asked about his expectations for preseason All-American Thomas Robinson this season.

KU men's golf in 4th at tourney

Three Kansas University men’s golfers shot rounds under 70 at the first day Monday at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate.

KU women's basketball, volleyball make schedule changes

Kansas University’s women’s basketball exhibition opener against Emporia State has been moved two days, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

Meghan Potee places third to pace KU women

Sophomore Meghan Potee shot a career-low 5-under-par 67 in the final round of the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate on Monday and finished tied for third, her best finish as a Jayhawk. Potee shot 75-76-67—217.

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Big 12 quickly becoming no-defense league

The Blackshirts at Nebraska are gone to the Big Ten and the once-vaunted Wrecking Crew at Texas A&M is looking awfully porous these days.

Athletes press NCAA for reform

More than 300 major-college football and men’s basketball players are telling the NCAA and college presidents they want a cut of ever-increasing TV sports revenue to fatten scholarships and cover all the costs of getting a degree, with athletes picking up still more grant money when they graduate.

Monday, October 24

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'Reed All About It' excerpt: Tyrel discusses recruitment

Fortunately, I didn’t have a cell phone until I was 17. I say fortunately because not having a cell phone meant college coaches couldn’t call and text my cell phone all the time. My parents were really good about managing all of that, because the calls started coming in pretty much every day when I was in high school.

KU-Iowa State to kick off at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 5

The Kansas football team's game at Iowa State on Nov. 5 will kick off at 11:30 a.m., the Big 12 announced Monday.

Kansas tennis 3-2 at tournament

Kansas University’s tennis team went 3-2 in singles competition Sunday, the final day of the KU Tennis Invitational at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Luke Donald roars to Disney win; Gary Woodland 12th

Already No. 1 in the world, Luke Donald left little doubt who was No. 1 on the PGA Tour.

KU women’s golf tied for 14th

Kansas University’s women’s golf team was tied for 14th after the first round Sunday of the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate. The second round was shortened due to darkness and will resume this morning.

Berry gets record, KU soccer wins, 6-1

Kansas University junior Whitney Berry became the school’s single-season record holder in assists in the Jayhawks’ 6-1 Big 12 soccer victory over Iowa State on Sunday.

Futility records in reach for KU football defense

The Kansas University football team’s defense, on the wrong end of domination weekly, is on pace to break every Football Bowl Subdivision scoring record for futility.

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Loss to KSU ‘step back’ for KU

Despite dropping five straight games after starting the season 2-0, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill has continued to talk about improvement and progress. Sunday, one day after suffering an embarrassing loss to in-state rival Kansas State for the second year in a row, Gill shed some light on how he and his coaching staff measure improvement.

Bill Self: Practices leave thin Jayhawks ‘gassed’

Kansas University’s 13 basketball players practiced bright and early Saturday morning, before attending the Jayhawks’ home football game against Kansas State.

Sunday, October 23

Jayhawk volleyball gets first league win

Kansas University volleyball defeated Texas Tech for its first conference victory, Saturday at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.

OSU roughs up Mizzou

Even without its starting wide receivers, Oklahoma State had plenty left on offense. The Cowboys’ big-play defense stepped up, too.

Sooners stunned, 41-38

Seth Doege threw for 441 yards and connected with Alex Torres on three of his four touchdown passes, and Texas Tech snapped No. 3 Oklahoma’s 39-game home winning streak with 41-38 victory Saturday night.

KU swimming and diving defeats two teams

Kansas University swimming and diving defeated Northern Iowa and North Dakota Saturday and evened their record at 2-2 on the season.

KU doubles partners win finals match

Kansas University tennis doubles partners Paulina Los and Monica Pezzotti won the championship match in the main doubles draw Saturday at the KU Invitational at Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Saturday, October 22

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Jayhawks: Blown coverage at end of half 'unacceptable'

It was only a single play, but it might have been the one that shifted the momentum to Kansas State for good in its 59-21 victory over Kansas on Saturday.

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Kansas State coach, players gracious following blowout

Members of Kansas State’s marching band — and several thousand purple-clad fans standing in the southeast stands of Memorial Stadium — chanted “Just like last year” on Saturday afternoon as the clock expired in the Wildcats’ 59-21 football victory over rival Kansas University.

Game Balls and Gassers: Kansas State

Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers ...

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Matt Tait's football notebook: Center Jeremiah Hatch solid in return; penalties pile up for KU

One week after being carted off the field with a scary neck injury that left him temporarily unable to move his arms and legs, senior center Jeremiah Hatch started Saturday's loss to K-State at his regular position.

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Sunflower downer: Two-minute stretch seals KU's fate in 59-21 loss to Kansas State

Want to know just how wide the gap is between the football programs at Kansas University and Kansas State? Look no further than the two-minute sequence that spanned the end of the first half and the beginning of the second on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

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Sheahon Zenger's challenge: Find money to make coaching change

Sheahon Zenger, this is your mission: Find a way to get the Kansas University athletic department out of the financial pressure your predecessor, Lew Perkins, put it in, in part because he believed in giving coaches everything they needed to succeed with little regard for how much it cost.

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KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger on football program: 'We will get this thing fixed'

Discouraged by yet another lopsided loss by the Kansas University football team, Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger spoke briefly after Saturday's 59-21 loss to in-state rival Kansas State at Memorial Stadium.

Recruit Ioannis Papapetrou commits to Texas

Ioannis Papapetrou, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound senior basketball shooting guard from Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, Fla., on Saturday orally committed to play basketball at Texas, his coach Aubin Goporo told the Journal-World.

Jay Bilas, Bill Self on top of games

Inevitably, Jay Bilas and Bill Self, two men at the top of their professions playing different roles in the same industry, would enjoy each other’s company.

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Tim Biere a quick study of Showdown

Even non-Kansans quickly learn weight of annual KU-K-State game

Throughout high school, Omaha, Neb., native Tim Biere knew very little about the Sunflower Showdown between Kansas University and Kansas State.

Tale of the Tape: KU-K-State

Once again, the featured match-up of the week comes when KU has the ball and tries to run. The Jayhawks rank 23rd in the nation in rushing (207 yards per game) and have done most of their damage on offense this season by utilizing their deep and talented stable of running backs. On the flip side, the K-State defense, led by linebacker Arthur Brown, ranks 16th in the country but has given up more than 100 yards rushing to an opponent four times in six games.

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Collin Garrett called to duty

Freshman linebacker burns red shirt to fill in

Kansas University linebacker Collin Garrett wondered what he’d done wrong. Last Tuesday afternoon, while he was resting in bed after class, Garrett’s cell phone started ringing. The call was from KU coach Turner Gill.

Cyclones try to slow Ryan Tannehill, Aggies

Texas A&M’s offense appears to be hitting its stride, scoring 100 points in its last two games.

Sooners go for 40th straight home win vs. Texas Tech

No. 3 Oklahoma has been downright dominant at Owen Field.

KU tennis duo win at regional

Kansas University senior Ekaterina Morozova and sophomore Dylan Windom won their first match in the Main Doubles Draw on Friday at the USTA/ITA Central Region Tennis Championships. Morozova also advanced to the third round in the Main Singles draw of the tournament.

Jayhawk tennis players advance

Monica Pezzotti and Paulina Los made it to the semifinals of Doubles Draw A Friday on the first day of the KU Tennis Invitational at the Jayhawk Tennis Center. Kansas went 4-0 in doubles competition and 3-3 in singles matches.

KU soccer falls to Missouri, 3-2

Kansas University surrendered three goals in six minutes and fell to Missouri, 3-2, in Big 12 soccer on Friday.

Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

Former KU guard Keith Langford has signed a one-year contract with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, a pro team based in Israel, the team announced Friday

Mizzou one step closer to leaving Big 12

Missouri has taken another step toward leaving the Big 12 Conference and there is interest in the SEC in taking the Tigers.

Friday, October 21

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Braeden Anderson to attend Fresno State

Braeden Anderson, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, who originally planned to play basketball at Kansas University, on Friday announced plans to attend Fresno State.

Missouri gives chancellor authority to strike deal

The governing board of the University of Missouri has given its chancellor the authority to move the school out of the Big 12 Conference if that's what the school decides to do.

Kansas Highway Patrol putting extra troopers on the road for Saturday's KU-KSU game

The Kansas Highway Patrol plans extra traffic patrols around the area for Saturday’s Sunflower Showdown game at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence.

Tease photo staff's Week 8 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World staffers' picks for Week 8 of the college football season.

Football player gets diversion on DUI

A freshman Kansas University football player who faced a DUI charge has been granted diversion, according to court records.

MU curators meet; SEC not on agenda yet

The University of Missouri’s governing board opened a two-day meeting Thursday amid speculation that the university is close to leaving the Big 12 Conference for the SEC.

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Stepping up: Self, team leaders reveal Jayhawks who might surprise

So far, six Kansas University basketball players have “really separated themselves” from the rest of the squad during the first week of the 2011-12 preseason, coach Bill Self said at Thursday’s Big 12 Media Day in Sprint Center.

Big 12 Media Day notebook: Bill Self talks MU again

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self believes Sprint Center will remain a viable site for the Big 12 postseason basketball tournament if Missouri bolts to the SEC.

Thursday, October 20

KU now charging for garage parking for women's basketball fans

The days of free, covered parking for Jayhawk women’s basketball games is over.

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KU men's basketball 13th in preseason ESPN/USA Today coaches poll

The Kansas men's basketball team is ranked No. 13 in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll released on Thursday.

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Carolyn Davis grilled about … cooking?

Carolyn Davis wasn’t named to the Preseason All-Big 12 women’s basketball team for her cooking.

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Still slumping: KU volleyball wins first set, then falls apart

Armor of ice bags taped around her, Kansas University freshman Sara McClinton had plenty of ailments to nurse after the volleyball version of the Sunflower Showdown against Kansas State.

KU needs to shape up in 3rd quarter

The following numbers rank as the most disturbing reflection of a Kansas University football season that has reached halftime: 59-7, the combined score of KU’s past four third quarters.

Wednesday, October 19

Tanner Hawkinson’s house divided

They’re everywhere these days, but it’s possible that the Hawkinson family was one that inspired the license plates that read: A House Divided.

Florida prep Ioannis Papapetrou to announce college choice on Saturday

Ioannis Papapetrou, a 6-foot-6 senior shooting guard from Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, Fla., will announce his college choice on Saturday, Air Academy basketball coach Aubin Goporo said Wednesday.

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Keith Langford: Little brother Justin Wesley, KU will surprise

Former Kansas University standout Keith Langford — who played professional basketball in Moscow last season — was eager to hit the gym with his brother, Justin Wesley, at a family reunion last summer in Texas.

Matt Tait's KU football notebook

When news broke Friday that Kansas University freshmen Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor would be ineligible for the 2011-12 season, that left the KU basketball team with just eight players who were given scholarships when they were recruited.

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Back on his feet: Senior Jeremiah Hatch healing, hoping for one last go against K-State

You’d never know from watching him at Tuesday’s football practice that Kansas University senior Jeremiah Hatch recently had been strapped to a stretcher and forced to wonder if he’d ever walk again.

Big 12 honors goalie in weekly awards

The Big 12 conference named Kansas University goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stroud as its Defensive Player of the Week for games played Oct. 10-16.

Women place 8th, despite weather

The Kansas University women’s golf team battled cold and windy weather placed eighth Tuesday at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic.

Big East keeping eye on MU

The Big East wants to expand to 12 football teams, and “the sooner the better.”

Bill Snyder has eye for talent

Study the recruitment of Kansas University offensive coordinator Chuck Long as a quarterback from Wheaton North High in Illinois for a hint at why Hayden Fry and Bill Snyder became such fruitful coaching trees.

KU men’s golf team ties for 15th place

Kansas University golfer Doug Quinones tied for 15th place, and the men’s team finished in 12th Tuesday after the final round of The Invitational at The Ocean Course.

Tuesday, October 18

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Source says Mizzou primed to join SEC

The University of Missouri appears primed to leave the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference, a university official with direct knowledge of the situation told the New York Times on Monday night.

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KU coach Bill Self: Elijah Johnson might 'blow up'

Elijah Johnson — who has not played significant minutes in his two-year Kansas University basketball career— enters 2011-12 as a candidate for a breakout season in the Jayhawk backcourt.

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Kansas State coach Bill Snyder: KU better than numbers suggest

Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder isn’t interested in hearing about how bad the Kansas University defense is or how poorly the Jayhawks have played through the first six games of the season. He’s not buying it.

Doug Quinones paces KU men's golf

Doug Quinones fired five birdies in round one en route to a 1-over par 73 and followed it up with a second-round score of 72 to finish the first day of The Invitational at The Ocean Course in 11th place.

KU women's golf moves up to ninth

Kansas University’s women’s golf team moved up a spot to ninth after the second day of the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic on Tuesday.

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KU basketball notebook: Thomas Robinson named preseason first-team All-American; recruit Kaleb Tarczewski to visit Arizona

Kansas University junior forward Thomas Robinson has been named first-team All-American by, the website announced Monday.

Monday, October 17

KU football has chance at upset against K-State

For the third week in a row, the young Kansas University football team faces an undefeated school ranked in the top 12 in the nation.

National briefs: SEC, Big 12 dominate first BCS standings

LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State hold the top four spots in the first BCS standings, setting up two potentially huge conference games that could determine which teams play for the national title.

KU women’s golf in 10th at Maxwell

Kansas University’s women’s golf team is in 10th place of 17 teams after the first round Sunday of the Susie Maxwell Invitational.

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Russell Robinson leaves team

Former Kansas University guard Russell Robinson has left his pro team in France — JSF Nanterre — by mutual decision, Robinson said over the weekend.

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Board games: Big Bird, rappers come to KU defense’s aid

With Kansas University’s football defense ranking dead last among FBS programs heading into Saturday, KU coach Turner Gill and his defensive coaches opened their minds to any idea that may put the Jayhawks on the right path. That even included using Big Bird, a couple of rappers and an actor or two.

Sunday, October 16

Kansas volleyball falls to OU

Kansas University jumped to a 2-0 lead, but ultimately suffered a five-set Big 12 volleyball loss to Oklahoma on Saturday, 23-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-9.

This time, Kansas not punch line

It sounds absurd to talk about a football team taking a step forward on a night in which it allowed 610 yards and 47 points, a night in which it had one second-half first down and lost by 30 points, but the fact is Kansas University looked significantly better Saturday in a 47-17 loss to Oklahoma in Memorial Stadium.

No. 21 Texas A&M beats No. 20 Baylor, 55-28

Texas A&M hasn't been able to throw the ball deep all season.

No. 17 Kansas St comes back to beat Tex Tech 41-34

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is working on another Miracle in Manhattan, one small stroke at a time.

Missouri wallops Iowa State 52-17

James Franklin accounted for five touchdowns. Got humbled a bit, too.

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A turn for the better: KU loses again, but shows gain

The final result was another loss, but this one didn’t feel like all the others.

Jeremy Smith runs Oklahoma State over Texas 38-26

Twice Oklahoma State’s Jeremy Smith took a handoff, hit the line of the scrimmage and braced himself to get smacked. Instead, there was nothing but yards of green field, the burnt orange end zone and the groans of nearly 100,000 Texas fans in front on him.

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KU football notebook: Jeremiah Hatch hurt, but 'fine' after scare

Kansas University offensive lineman Jeremiah Hatch left the game late in the first quarter following an apparent back injury.

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Sooners satisfied with win

Undefeated Oklahoma, the No. 1-ranked team in the country in the coaches’ poll — the same OU that annihilated Texas, 55-17, the previous week — looked human in Saturday’s 47-17 victory over Kansas in Memorial Stadium.

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Travis Releford shrugs off Kansas’ losses

Junior aware Jayhawks not deep, but ‘of course we are going to be able to survive it’

To Travis Releford, it matters not that Kansas University’s basketball team enters the 2011-12 season with just eight recruited scholarship players on the roster.

Saturday, October 15

Matt Tait's KU football notebook: Jayhawks see game vs. OU as ‘opportunity’

To take on one of the top teams in the country one week after being battered by another can be a daunting, if not humiliating, task.

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All revved up: Jayhawks fired up at Late Night

Donning a black leather jacket and chaps — with sunglasses draped over his eyes — Bill Self drove a custom-made motorcycle onto the Allen Fieldhouse floor Friday night.

Kansas thin, but fun

The Kansas University basketball team, under the guidance of strength and conditioning coach Andrea Hudy, has managed to stay more healthy than most in this era of year-round basketball players.

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Crowd fires up Kansas women

After hitting the game-winning basket in Friday night’s Late Night in the Phog scrimmage, Kansas senior forward Aishah Sutherland talked about the extra energy she received from playing in front of a packed Allen Fieldhouse.

KU soccer rolls over Texas Tech

Kansas University soccer beat Texas Tech, 3-1, in front of a Walker Stadium-record crowd of 2,288 fans on Friday.

Kansas men’s CC 23rd, women 34th

Rebeka Stowe and Austin Bussing were the top Kansas University finishers Friday at the Wisconsin adidas Cross Country Invitational, helping the KU women capture 34th overall and the men place 23rd.

Kennedy takes time off for medical condition

Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy is taking time off at the recommendation of his doctor because of an undisclosed medical condition.

Mountain West, C-USA plan football merger

The Mountain West and Conference USA are planning to join forces to secure their future in the rapidly changing college football landscape.

Longhorn-Aggie rivalry to end

Texas A&M’s upcoming move to the Southeastern Conference will end its storied rivalry with Texas for at least the next few years.

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WR JaCorey Shepherd emerges as deep threat for Jayhawks

He has played just a small percentage of snaps and even missed a game because of a groin injury. Still, Kansas University wide receiver JaCorey Shepherd already has established himself as the Jayhawks’ big-play threat in the passing game.

Tale of the Tape: KU vs. Oklahoma

This week’s key match-up pits the 18th-ranked KU rushing offense (219 yards per game) versus the 30th-ranked OU rushing defense (110 ypg against).

Friday, October 14

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KU freshmen Ben McLemore, Jamari Traylor ineligible for 2011-12 season

Kansas University basketball freshmen Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor are ineligible for participation during the upcoming 2011-12 season, coach Bill Self announced Friday.

Tease photo staff’s Week 7 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World staffers' picks for Week 7 of the college football season.

Kansas' Chuck Long to face former team

For seven years in the early 2000s, Kansas University offensive coordinator Chuck Long had the luxury of going behind the curtain at one of the most successful college football programs of the BCS era.

Women’s team hosts top prep recruits

Kansas University’s women’s basketball program will entertain three top high school seniors in the Class of 2012 this weekend on official recruiting visits.

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A look at ‘Late Night’ through the years

Dressed in gold from head to toe, Bill “Vanilla Ice” Self provided arguably the coolest moment at the 2010 Late Night in the Phog in Allen Fieldhouse.

Jayhawks won't shy away from poll ranking

Tyshawn Taylor senses some negativity nationally surrounding Kansas University’s 2011-12 basketball team.

Taylor’s ready to lead

Everything about Kansas University senior point guard Tyshawn Taylor is quick. His feet. His hands. His mind. The motor in his mouth. The man is one fast talker.

Thursday, October 13

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Lots of new faces ...but will they all play? McLemore, Traylor still ineligible

Ben McLemore says that, outside of basketball, his greatest talent is ... dancing.

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KU men's basketball shares top spot in preseason Big 12 poll with Texas A&M

The Kansas men's basketball team has been picked to finish first in the Big 12 preseason coaches poll along with Texas A&M, the conference announced Thursday.

Ex-Jayhawk Jake Laptad signs with Bears

Former Kansas University defensive lineman Jake Laptad has been signed by the Chicago Bears. Laptad, an undrafted free agent who graduated from KU in 2011, joined the team Wednesday in Chicago.

KU volleyball falls to MU

With head coach Ray Bechard mourning the death of his mother, Kansas University’s volleyball team dropped a four-set match to rival Missouri on Wednesday at Hearnes Center.

Athletes need support

Saturday’s game between Oklahoma and Kansas involves a suspense factor. It’s located in the stands. KU students who hold season tickets can bring another student free of charge for the 8:15 p.m. kickoff televised on ESPN2.

Hoops hoopla upon us

Media day, Late Night kick off season for depleted Jayhawks

Bill Self and his Kansas University basketball players will answer dozens of questions — some serious, some silly — during today’s two-hour media day festivities in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Overcoming: Kansas LB Isaac Wright faced adversity from start

If you met him today, you might not notice anything remarkable about Kansas University linebacker Isaac Wright.

Wednesday, October 12

Defense holds player-only talk

On most Tuesdays, Mrkonic Auditorium in Kansas University’s Anderson Family Football Complex is the spot where KU players and coaches talk to the media from 11:30 a.m. until well after 1 p.m.

Scott Drew’s parents have cancer

Homer and Janet Drew, the parents of Baylor coach Scott Drew, have both been diagnosed with cancer, the Northwest Indiana Times reported Tuesday. Homer Drew, former head coach at Valparaiso, confirmed the diagnosis but declined to elaborate on the types of cancer or when the diagnosis occurred.

KU runners awarded Big 12 weekly honor

Big 12 Conference officials named Kansas University cross country runners Devin Wiegers and Brendan Soucie as Big 12 Runners of the Week Tuesday.

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Bill Self assists at Coaches vs. Cancer

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self applauds the addition of TCU to the Big 12 Conference.

Can’t quite ‘believe’

Credit Kansas University football coach Turner Gill with consistency. He arrived in Lawrence from Buffalo sharing a one-word acronym, and there he stood again Tuesday touting the same.

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All the right pieces: KU women aim for more successful March

It wasn’t easy for Kansas University forward Carolyn Davis to watch NCAA Tournament games from her apartment last year — especially after seeing a few teams the Jayhawks had beaten.

Texas Tech RB Eric Stephens done

Texas Tech junior running back Eric Stephens is out for the season after dislocating his left knee in last weekend’s 45-40 loss to Texas A&M. Stephens was averaging 114 yards per game and was on pace to reach 1,000 for the season.

Tuesday, October 11

Former KU, pro football player Elvis Patterson pleads not guilty to drunken driving, speeding

A former Kansas University and NFL football player who faces a DUI case in Douglas County pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Neinas says Big 12 set for 10 teams in 2012

Interim Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas said Tuesday that the league is set with 10 teams for 2012 with the addition of TCU, even though Missouri is exploring a possible departure to the Southeastern Conference.

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Run it up? Oklahoma Sooners wouldn't stoop so low

With his team penciled in as a 35-point favorite over Kansas University on Saturday, Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops was asked Monday morning on the Big 12 coaches teleconference about his philosophy on running up the score.

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‘Late Night’ great night for KU hoops recruits

Kansas University’s season-opening “Late Night” basketball extravaganza, which this year is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday in Allen Fieldhouse, has always been about introducing the current Jayhawks to their legions of fans.

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Kansas' Carolyn Davis on Wooden preseason list

Kansas University senior Carolyn Davis was named to the 30-player Preseason John R. Wooden Award list on Monday.

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Matt Tait's football notebook: Communication an issue for KU

After reflecting on Saturday’s loss for a few of days, KU coach Turner Gill said Monday there were a couple of factors that led to the loss to OSU.

Texas A&M bus vandalized at Texas Tech

Texas Tech officials “strongly condemned” vandalism that targeted a Texas A&M bus before the Aggies played the Red Raiders, but said fish bait, not manure, was used in the incident.

Monday, October 10

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Beware of the Frogs: TCU officially accepts invitation to join Big 12

TCU accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 on Monday night, seizing an opportunity to be a part of a conference with natural geographic rivals despite the league’s recent instability.

Document outlines Mizzou SEC options

A document obtained by the Associated Press shows how University of Missouri leaders are weighing their conference options, from travel costs to academic standing.

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KU-Kansas State football game to kick off at 11 a.m.

The Kansas vs. Kansas State football game on Oct. 22 at Memorial Stadium will kick off at 11 a.m., the Big 12 announced Monday.

TCU expected to announce it will join Big 12

TCU says it will have a "major announcement" on Monday evening in what is expected to a move to the Big 12 Conference.

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Josh Selby waits out NBA labor strife

Second-round NBA Draft pick Josh Selby, who is unable to negotiate a contract with the Memphis Grizzlies during the lockout, is patiently playing the waiting game with league rookies and veterans alike.

KU soccer wins in OT

Kansas University freshman Ingrid Vidal recorded her fourth game-winning goal in KU’s 2-1 overtime victory over Creighton on Sunday.

TCU trustees to meet today on Big 12 invite

TCU trustees are scheduled to meet today, when they will discuss the school’s invitation to join the Big 12 Conference.

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Jayhawks ‘hurting’ after loss to OSU

One by one, Kansas University’s football players strolled off the field and up the ramp to the visitors’ locker room at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., after Saturday’s 70-28 loss at Oklahoma State. Not one said a word, and each had the same look in his eye and limp in his step.

Don’t count KU out of basketball title chase

Bill Self’s ninth season as basketball coach for Kansas University begins Friday with Late Night and opens with a foggier outlook than usual.

Sunday, October 9

Hypothetically, Self would take Big 12 over SEC

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self was asked by 810 radio last week to pretend KU has been offered a spot in the Southeastern Conference — the league Missouri is considering joining.

Texas A&M edges Tech

Ryan Tannehill ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead No. 24 Texas A&M over Texas Tech, 45-40, on Saturday night.

Baylor runs wild against Iowa State

Robert Griffin ran for a season-high 107 yards, Terrance Ganaway rushed for a career-high 200 yards and three scores and No. 25 Baylor beat Iowa State, 49-26, on Saturday.

KU swimming edged

Kansas University’s swimming and diving team dropped its first dual meet of the season, 170-80, against Arizona on Saturday at the Hildebrand Aquatic Center. KU senior captain Stephanie Payne finished first in the 200 IM with a 2:08.23 to pace KU.

K-State starts 5-0, upends Missouri

Kansas State was the ranked team, the unbeaten team, the team coming off a confidence-building victory over then-No. 15 Baylor. The Wildcats were playing host to an unranked opponent in Missouri that had lost two of its last three games.

No. 3 Oklahoma pummels UT

Travis Lewis took the Golden Hat trophy and treated it like a real hat, holding it to his head as he trotted along the field, waving to the thousands of Oklahoma fans still in their seats.

KU volleyball falls

Kansas University’s volleyball team sprinted to a two-set lead, but couldn’t hold on and fell in five sets (25-14, 25-19, 25-27, 22-25, 13-15) to Texas A&M on Saturday at Horejsi Center.

Soucie takes 4th, paces KU men

The team scores of the Haskell Indian Nations University Invite didn’t have Kansas University listed on Saturday, but that’s not a bad thing.

Saturday, October 8

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy: No reason to play starters after second quarter

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said pulling quarterback Brandon Weeden with five minutes left in the second quarter wasn’t meant to be a slight against Kansas.

Game Balls and Gassers: Oklahoma State

Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers ...

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Matt Tait's football notebook: Players say fans should be patient with KU coach Turner Gill

Message boards, Twitter feeds and a variety of KU web sites raged with a similar message during and after the Kansas University football team's latest lopsided loss, a 70-28 setback at Oklahoma State on Saturday.

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Easy Pickens: Jayhawks set more records for futility in 70-28 loss to Oklahoma State

At this point, it almost has become a carnival-like atmosphere around the Kansas University football team. Come one, come all, schedule the Jayhawks and set a school record. Find the magic combination and you may be able to rewrite your entire record book.

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No defense for KU coach Turner Gill

Somewhere, two large men had to be experiencing unspoken, non-stop “told-you-so” moments Saturday as score updates crawled across the bottom of their TV screens or iPhones, or however they get their information.

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Emergency halftime column: Gun for 100, Gundy!

Running up the score is considered bad form and I get that, in high school. I never have understood the big deal about college football teams putting huge numbers on the board, especially teams in the run for national titles.

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Baylor upends KU soccer

Despite a goal by junior Whitney Berry in the 71st minute, Kansas University’s soccer team fell to Baylor, 3-1, on Friday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

AP sources: Big East leaders discuss expansion

Big East leaders still aren’t sure which schools to invite to their troubled conference.

Big 12 tip: stay at 10

Big, bad Texas wanted its own TV network and all the money that goes with it. The original plan called for the Longhorn Network to televise high school games, giving Texas an even greater recruiting advantage.

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'Miss Angel' Morris accepts Life Saver award

Angel Morris, the mother of former Kansas University basketball forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris, received Headquarters Counseling Center’s inaugural Life Saver Award on Friday night at Maceli’s.

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Bradley McDougald has made strides since first start at safety vs. OSU in 2010

After playing most of his first two seasons at wide receiver, Kansas University’s Bradley McDougald found himself shifted to safety for the final two games of his sophomore season.

Junior linebacker taking steps forward

Kansas University junior Malcolm Walker may have figured out the fastest way to earn more playing time. Finish near the top of the stat sheet in tackles and the coaches will have no choice but to at least consider giving him more snaps.

Money, not just school rivalries, at stake in Big 12 shake-up

There is tremendous interest in the musical chairs game currently being played by schools that have been, or currently are, members of the Big 12 Conference, as well as universities that may become part of the conference.

Tale of the Tape: KU vs. Oklahoma State

The Jayhawks have continued to show that they can run the football, no matter who the opponent is. Never was that more evident than last week, when second-leading rusher Darrian Miller went down early and was replaced by red-shirt freshman Brandon Bourbon, who, ho-hum, picked up the first 100-yard game of his career.

Friday, October 7

Tease photo staff’s Week 6 college football picks

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

Kansas football picks up ‘D’ pace

With Big 12 offenses playing so fast these days, the Kansas University defense has made a couple of changes to try to keep up.

KU tennis duo advances

Kansas University’s Ekaterina Morozova and Dylan Windom won their first doubles match in the main draw of the 2011 ITA/Riviera Women’s All-American Tennis Championships on Thursday.

Thursday, October 6

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Thomas Robinson unanimous choice for preseason all-Big 12 first team

Tyshawn Taylor picked as honorable mention selection

Kansas junior forward Thomas Robinson was a unanimous choice by coaches for preseason All-Big 12 team released on Thursday.

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KU officials celebrate big day for Big 12

AD Zenger: TCU an obvious fit

Intentionally quiet throughout most of the conference realignment chaos that had plagued the Big 12 conference during the past six weeks, Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger was happy to speak up following the positive news that came from the league office on Thursday.

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KU basketball mom Angel Morris to receive 'Life Saver' award

Angel Morris, mother of former Kansas University basketball stars Marcus and Markieff Morris, will receive Headquarter Counseling Center’s first “Life Saver” award. She is being honored for her sacrifice and selfless actions to help others, including KU basketball player Thomas Robinson and his younger sister after the death of their mother, Lisa Robinson, last January.

Boot Camp lives up to the hype

Bill Self’s Basketball Boot Camp has lived up to its billing as far as Kansas University newcomer Kevin Young is concerned.

Kansas bowling places 15th in opener

Justin Thompson averaged 202.89 pins to place 42nd and lead all Kansas University bowlers as the KU bowling club opened its season over the weekend at the Midwest Collegiate Tournament.

KU forward Carolyn Davis named preseason All-Big 12

Kansas University women’s basketball forward Carolyn Davis was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team on Wednesday.

Tennis player inspires

The greed of a sports fan knows no bounds. It’s not enough that we want athletes to run faster, jump higher, hit the target more accurately, and in the end, defeat the bad guys.

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D-line will play more bodies to stay fresh

There have been times this season when Kansas defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt signals to outside linebacker Toben Opurum to come out of the game.

Dangerous duo: Oklahoma State stars to provide serious test for KU ‘D’

Kansas University defensive coordinator Vic Shealy praised junior cornerback Greg Brown with a pretty strong statement after last weekend’s loss to Texas Tech.

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Mizzou official: We wanted Big Ten, but we’ll take SEC

Missouri is hoping to join the Southeastern Conference but would have preferred an offer from the Big Ten that never came, a university official said Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 5

KU basketball ‘mini plans’ include tickets for big games

Kansas University no longer scores enough points-holding, ticket-buying fans to fill Allen Fieldhouse — a loss of demand that is leaving seats for the season’s most intense rivalries available to the general public.

Regent: Big 12 still best fit for Kan. schools

Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Ed McKechnie says the Big 12 remains the best fit for Kansas and Kansas State, regardless of whether Missouri is looking at other conferences.

KU AD Sheahon Zenger says KU-MU rivalry belongs in Big 12

Amidst reports coming out of Missouri that MU's board of curators had authorized Missouri chancellor, Brady Deaton, to handle the school's conference affiliation, Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger released a statement late Tuesday night pledging KU's support to one of the Big 12 Conference's best rivalries.

KU women’s golf 11th at invite

Kansas University’s women’s golf team finished in 11th place at the Johnie Imes Invitational on Tuesday. The Jayhawks ended the tournament with a score of 922 (313-302-307).

KU’s Ekaterina Morozova falls in ITA qualifier

Kansas University tennis senior Ekaterina Morozova went 0-2 in singles competition and was eliminated Tuesday on the first day of qualifying for the ITA/Riviera Women’s All-American Tennis Championships. Morozova was one of 64 tennis athletes selected for the qualifying.

Ex-KU official Konzem named COO of GCSAA

Former Kansas University senior associate athletic director Richard Konzem, who worked as AD at Rockhurst University since 2007, on Tuesday was named chief operating officer for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

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KU volleyball notches sweep

Despite facing a four-point deficit at match point in the final set, Kansas University’s volleyball team rallied to complete a sweep against Nebraska-Omaha on Tuesday at Horejsi Center. KU won by scores of 25-20, 25-16, 28-26.

Keeston Terry switch frees safety’s mind

Last week, against Texas Tech, Kansas University red-shirt freshman Keeston Terry switched positions for the second time in his seven-game career.

Time announced for Oct. 14 Late Night in the Phog

Kansas University’s Late Night in the Phog season-opening basketball extravaganza will run from 6:30 p.m. to approximately 9:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, in Allen Fieldhouse, KU officials announced Tuesday.

Freshman Brandon Bourbon becomes latest KU back to hit the big time

Last week, about this time, Kansas University running back Brandon Bourbon was still a bit of an unknown.

Missouri curators vote to explore leaving Big 12

It wasn’t too long ago that Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton spoke of “working every day to hold the Big 12 together.” Now he’s been tasked with helping decide whether the Tigers are the latest program to leave a troubled conference fighting for its future.

D-tackles difficult to find

An engineering brain equipped with a salesman’s personality. A nakedly honest politician. A creative thinker with a clean car.

KU soccer’s Berry honored by Big 12

Kansas University junior soccer midfielder Whitney Berry on Tuesday was named Big 12 offensive player of the week for games played Sept. 26-Oct. 2.

Aggies try to move on after 2 tough losses

Two big leads. Two heartbreaking losses. A once promising season falling apart.

Sooners’ Tony Jefferson emerging in Superman’s old spot

It wasn’t until after Tony Jefferson started to excel in Oklahoma’s nickel back position that he began to hear the buzz about Roy Williams.

Mizzou forward Laurence Bowers gone for season with knee injury

Missouri senior forward Laurence Bowers has torn an ACL in one of his knees and won’t play this season.

Tuesday, October 4

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Bill Self won't promise continuation of KU-MU series if Tigers bolt Big 12 for SEC

Bill Self says he wants MU to remain a member of the Big 12. If the Tigers leave, however, it could mean the end of regular season basketball games between the rivals.

Kansas golf in 12th at Jonie Imes Invite

Kansas University golf was in 12th place out of 15 teams Monday on the first day of the Johnie Imes Invitational.

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Thomas Robinson named to Wooden Award Top 50

Thomas Robinson’s motto of “No Days Off” seems to be paying off. “A summer of hard work ... I’m glad it’s being recognized,” Robinson, Kansas University’s 6-foot-9, 237-pound junior basketball power forward, said Monday after being named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list.

Big 12 schools agree to share TV rights

Big 12 university leaders agreed to share the wealth equally from the conference’s most lucrative television deals if its members agree to lock those top-tier TV rights into the league for at least six years.

Sixth-ranked Cowboys wary of KU’s improved offense

Perhaps Kansas University’s best chance for success this weekend at Oklahoma State is for the sixth-ranked Cowboys (4-0 overall, 1-0 Big 12) to look past the Jayhawks (2-2, 0-1), who will enter Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. contest in Stillwater, Okla., on the heels of back-to-back losses.

Monday, October 3

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Thomas Robinson named Wooden Award preseason candidate

Kansas junior forward Thomas Robinson has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list, The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Monday.

Big 12 presidents approve revenue sharing

Big 12 university leaders agreed to equally share the wealth from the conference's most lucrative television deals if its members agree to lock those top-tier TV rights into the league for at least six years.

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KU's home game vs. Oklahoma will kick off at 8:15 p.m. on Oct. 15

Game will be televised on ESPN2

The Kansas football team's home game against Oklahoma on Oct. 15 will kick off at 8:15 p.m., the Big 12 announced Monday.

Kansas soccer falls to A&M, 3-0

Texas A&M and its nation’s-best offense upended Kansas University, 3-0, in Big 12 soccer on Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

K-State jumps back in national spotlight

Kansas State was minutes from losing to Eastern Kentucky. A goal line stand from getting beat at Miami. And trailed most of the way against Baylor. The Wildcats won all of ’em. Now they’re back in the Top 25.

Three with ties to KU inducted into Hall

Frederick, LaFrentz, Harp enshrined

Bob Frederick used to grow uncomfortable when friends, co-workers, dignitaries in the sports world and/or fans told him they planned to nominate him for induction in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Same ol’ Bill Snyder, just older

Many criticized Kansas State for lacking imagination when it reached into its past, dusted off its Hall of Fame football coach and announced he would replace the ousted Ron Prince.

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Turner Gill insists KU defense ‘better’

A little more than 24 hours after watching his team squander a 20-0 lead and drop its second straight game, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill made a bold statement. “I do believe that our defense did play better than what they had played,” Gill said.

KU tennis 2-4 at meet’s final day

Kansas University juniors Victoria Khanevskaya and Monica Pezzotti both took third place in their respective singles draws Sunday on the third and final day of the Kentucky Invitational. KU went 2-4 during the final round of singles competition.

Luthi paces Kansas at Head of Oklahoma

Kansas University’s Melanie Luthi was third in women’s collegiate single to pace the Jayhawks on Sunday at the Head of the Oklahoma.

Sunday, October 2

No. 2 Sooners obliterate Ball State

Landry Jones threw for 425 yards and five touchdowns, Tony Jefferson fueled a second-quarter scoring surge with three interceptions and second-ranked Oklahoma geared up for its rivalry game against Texas next week by beating Ball State, 62-6, on Saturday night.

Kansas volleyball falls, 3-1, to Baylor

After jumping out to the program’s best start since 2002, Kansas University’s volleyball team lost its third straight Big 12 contest in a loss to Baylor (25-23, 23-25, 25-17, 25-22) on Saturday at the Ferrell Center.

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Three ex-Jayhawks to be enshrined today

Former AD Frederick, coach Harp, hoops forward LaFrentz to be inducted into Kansas Sports Hall of Fame

Former Kansas University athletic director Bob Frederick, basketball coach Dick Harp and All-America forward Raef LaFrentz today will be inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in Wichita.

A&M blows lead again, falls to Hogs

Give Texas A&M credit for one thing. In the last two weeks, the Aggies have made a lot of folks happy in both the conference they’re leaving, and the one they’re joining.

No. 17 Longhorns clobber Cyclones

Freshman David Ash threw for 145 yards and his first two career touchdown passes and 17th-ranked Texas drilled Iowa State, 37-14, in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Kansas State stuns No. 15 Baylor

Arthur Brown never saw Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Saturday, October 1

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Slow start not a problem for Red Raiders

Texas Tech’s undefeated football team has trailed in three of its four games this season.

Game Balls and Gassers: Texas Tech

Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers ...

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Third quarter haunts Jayhawks once again

For the second straight game, the Kansas football team played competitive football in the first half only to suffer through a brutal third quarter.

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Coach, team make it tough to 'believe'

From the outside, it’s growing more difficult to believe in the one-word motto preferred by Kansas University football coach Turner Gill: Believe.

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Matt Tait's football notebook: Darrian Miller leaves game with hamstring injury; Brandon Bourbon tops 100

On the second play from scrimmage of Saturday's 45-34 loss to Texas Tech, Kansas University freshman Darrian Miller caught a quick pass, danced around a few defenders and raced 25 yards to set up KU's first touchdown.

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Sharing the blame: KU's offense, defense both struggle late in Jayhawks' 45-34 loss to Texas Tech

You've heard coaches talk about total team victories? Saturday, the Kansas University football team suffered a total team loss.

KU swimming holds intrasquad meet

Kansas University swimming and diving team competed in its annual Crimson and Blue intrasquad meet Friday at Robinson Natatorium in Lawrence. The Blue squad defeated the Crimson squad 144-123.

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Jordan Webb’s hot start places him among nation’s best

In nearly every way it can be measured, Kansas University sophomore Jordan Webb is a better quarterback this season than he was a year ago.

Matt Tait's KU football notebook: Freshman WR Marquis Jackson ready for more

With his red-shirt already burned, Kansas University freshman Marquis Jackson knows more playing time lies ahead. He’s ready.

Tale of the Tape: KU vs. Texas Tech

A look at the matchup between Kansas and Texas Tech.

Scenarios abound for Big 12

Before the Big 12 decides its expansion targets, the shrinking league must decide how many.

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Kansas clips Texas in double OT

The Kansas University soccer team defeated Texas 3-2 in a double overtime victory Friday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Jayhawks compete at Kentucky tennis invite

The Kansas University tennis team finished 4-2 in singles competition and 5-1 in doubles play on Friday in the first day of the Kentucky Invitational.

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'Beyond the Phog' excerpt: Tyshawn Taylor on Thomas Robinson

I remember the whole game, in my head, all I’m thinking about is, “How is T-Rob not crying right now?”