Stories for September 2011


Friday, September 30

Tease photo staff’s Week 5 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World staffers' picks for Week 5 of the college football season.

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Kansas receivers motivated by … Snickers?

Kansas assistant coach David Beaty has given his receivers two additional reasons to block hard this season: competition and chocolate.

McClinton not limited to football

We got around to talking football eventually, but it’s just that when you only have an hour to spend on the phone with a man who has seen so much, learned so passionately and lived so fully as has Curtis McClinton Jr., sports don’t dominate.

Jayhawks’ basketball Class of 2012 ranked 19th

Kansas University’s basketball recruiting Class of 2012 is currently ranked No. 19 in the country by, the website reported this week.

Kansas football gears up for Tech

Juices flowing for Big 12 opener

Through four weeks and three games of the 2011 season, Kansas University’s football team has faced some pretty good opponents. But starting Saturday, when the Jayhawks (2-1) play host to Texas Tech (3-0) at 11 a.m., the level of talent on the opposite sideline is about to go up.

Thursday, September 29

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Robertson enjoyed ‘Legends’ game despite guarding Chalmers

Twenty-three former Kansas University basketball players and 16,300 fans had no idea what to expect Saturday afternoon as they entered Allen Fieldhouse for a late-September alumni game entitled, “Legends of the Phog.”

Kansas volleyball drops match to No. 16 Iowa State

Kansas lost to No. 16 Iowa State, 22-25, 17-25, 15-25, on Wednesday at the Horejsi Center.

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A win to remember: 1961 bowl champs to reunite at homecoming game

With Kansas University’s homecoming set for this weekend, more than three dozen members of the 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl team have taken that as a challenge.

Big 12 Commish: I think Mizzou will stay

Interim Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas says he is confident Missouri will stay in the Big 12.

Wednesday, September 28

Big 12 ADs seeking stability

Expansion secondary topic at meeting

Big 12 athletic directors discussed ways during their meeting Tuesday to stabilize their league before they can determine if and how much they might expand.

Cyclone QB Steele Jantz welcomed bye

After week off, Iowa State will play host to 17th-ranked Longhorns on Saturday

For Steele Jantz, the last seven weeks have been a whirlwind few could be fully prepared for.

Alex Gutesha, KU men 10th at golf meet

Alex Gutesha improved two positions on the final day of the Cardinal Intercollegiate to tie for 10th place, finishing with a two-round score of even-par to lead the Kansas University men’s golf team at the event hosted by Louisville at the Cardinal Club Golf Course.

Kansas women’s golf 5th at Smith Invite

Kansas University sophomore Thanuttra Boonraksasat tied for fourth, and KU placed fifth as a team at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational on Tuesday at Colbert Hills Golf Course.

T. Boone Pickens: League in trouble if MU leaves

Oklahoma State billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens says the Big 12 is in trouble if Missouri leaves.

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Prep big man Kaleb Tarczewski to visit KU, UA

Blue-chip high school senior basketball big man Kaleb Tarczewski will make official recruiting visits to Kansas University and Arizona before choosing a college.

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Big Pat’s back: DT Dorsey hustles to return from injury

Because of a broken foot that had kept him out of action since Aug. 17, defensive tackle Patrick Dorsey was forced to watch Georgia Tech dismantle his Kansas University football team from a television set in Lawrence.

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'Beyond the Phog' excerpt: J.R. Giddens on leaving KU

Any thoughts I had about leaving (school early) for the NBA ended when I got stabbed. After that I knew I wasn’t going anywhere. If anything, I was trying to figure out if I was ever going to play basketball again.

Tuesday, September 27

Difficult Boot Camp begins

Day 1 of conditioning brings mixed results for KU hoops players

Kansas University freshman basketball walk-on Christian Garrett stopped to chat with a reporter and KU administrator as he traipsed to the weight room for a Boot Camp lifting session Monday afternoon in Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center.

SEC gives Texas A&M warm welcome

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive welcomed Texas A&M as the 13th member of the league Monday and said he doesn’t expect to add another team before the Aggies begin play next season.

KU XC teams move up in polls

Both the Kansas University men’s and women’s cross country teams moved up in this week’s Midwest Regional polls.

Thanuttra Boonraksasat paces KU women’s golf

Thanuttra Boonraksasat fired two rounds of 74 and was tied for fourth place individually, leading the Kansas University women’s golf team to a fourth-place team standing on Monday after Day One of the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational.

Alex Gutesha leads KU golf on Day 1

Alex Gutesha posted an opening round of 71 to tie for 12th place on a rain-shortened Monday in the Cardinal Intercollegiate. As a team, Kansas shot a 299, 11-over par, which put it in 14th place out of 18 teams at the end of Day One at the Cardinal Club Golf Course.

Unbeaten K-State, ISU surprising league

Kansas State and Iowa State were picked to finish near the bottom of the Big 12 standings before the 2011 season. After undefeated starts in nonconference play, they will get a chance this week to show whether they’re contenders or pretenders.

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Remember him? Tech QB Seth Doege — KU’s next foe — lighting up stat sheet

In 2009, with Texas Tech quarterbacks suffering injuries all around him, a freshman named Seth Doege was thrust into a starting role for then-head coach Mike Leach’s high-octane passing offense.

Monday, September 26

Expansion not in Pac-12’s immediate future, but …

While the door is shut to Pac-12 expansion for now, that doesn’t necessarily mean the league won’t entertain offers in the future.

Sorry, Sooners: LSU AP’s new No. 1

Another decisive victory away from home pushed LSU to No. 1 in the Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 2007.

Gary Woodland takes 13th after firing 66

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland recorded four birdies and didn’t make a bogey on his way to a tie for 13th place at The Tour Championship on Sunday at the East Lake Golf Club.

Oklahoma center Ben Habern out 6-8 weeks

Starting center Ben Habern could miss six to eight weeks for top-ranked Oklahoma after breaking a bone in his right arm.

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Boot Camp begins

KU hoops to start 2-week conditioning nightmare Monday

Merv Lindsay, who has developed a close friendship with former Kansas University basketball player Marcus Morris since arriving on campus in June, had a heart-to-heart talk with his brother-figure the other day.

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Snapper helps shore up KU punting

Although it has gone largely unnoticed, one of the biggest areas of improvement for Kansas University’s football team thus far has come in the kicking game. Specifically, on punts.

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'Beyond the Phog' excerpt: Wayne Simien on getting caught up in the college lifestyle

When you go on a recruiting visit, it’s not uncommon to see things get wild and crazy. But once you sign with a school and get to campus, you realize that life can be like that every night. It’s up to you.

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KU soccer clobbers Oral Roberts, 6-1

Kansas University freshman Ingrid Vidal collected two goals, and four other Jayhawks scored as KU soccer topped Oral Roberts, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Sunday, September 25

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Texas A&M to join SEC in July 2012

Texas A&M is set to join Southeastern Conference, the league said Sunday, possibly signaling legal hurdles have been cleared for the Aggies to leave the Big 12.

Kansas volleyball swept by Texas

Despite 14 kills from senior outside hitter Allison Mayfield and four blocks by redshirt sophomore middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc, Kansas Universty’s volleyball team fell to No. 8 Texas (20-25, 21-25, 17-25) on Saturday.

Texas earns the right to call its shots

This is now class warfare.

Legends provide relief

For the past few weeks, on a very public stage, Kansas University had been reduced to the role of second-class citizen because of the turbulent conference realignment talk that, at times, left KU in the very unfamiliar position of feeling like an outsider.

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Mario's Miracle 2: Paul Pierce returns; Mario Chalmers drills game-ending 3

Boston Celtics phenom Paul Pierce knew Saturday’s “Legends of the Phog” would be no ordinary exhibition basketball game.

Gary Woodland 11 back going into final found

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland slipped two spots to 23rd place Saturday after shooting a 2-over 72 in the third round.

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Gary Bedore’s Legends of the Phog notebook

Former Kansas University guard Darnell Valentine, 52, was the oldest Jayhawk to play in Saturday’s Legend of the Phog exhibition in Allen Fieldhouse.

KU women’s XC 14th; men take 15th

Kansas University’s women’s cross country team placed 14th out of 26 teams, while the KU men placed 15th of 24 teams on Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational.

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Ryan Broyles leads No. 1 Sooners' rally for 38-28 win

For the first time, Landry Jones found himself leading Oklahoma on Owen Field with another team in the lead.

Saturday, September 24

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Julian Wright fired up for Legends exhibition

Former Kansas University basketball forward Julian Wright, who speaks in rapid-fire sentences, was rendered speechless Friday afternoon upon entering the Jayhawks’ shiny, new practice facility for the first time.

KU women’s hoops recruits in town

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will have several high school prospects in town this weekend on recruiting visits. They are: Taya Reimer, 6-foot-2 center,

Matt Tait's KU football notebook: KU already aware of talented Texas Tech QB

Although Kansas University’s football team won’t face them for another week, the Texas Tech Red Raiders already have the Jayhawks’ attention.

Interim Big 12 commish Chuck Neinas delivers strong introduction

Think Josh Selby versus USC. That’s how strong interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas’ introduction to the media was Friday during an early-evening conference call that lasted about 40 minutes.

No. 2 OSU upends KU soccer

Junior Whitney Berry scored in the 77th minute, but Kansas University suffered a 5-1 soccer loss to No. 2-ranked Oklahoma State on Friday night in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.

Adam Scott leads, Gary Woodland 21st at Tour Championship

Adam Scott is playing well enough to win the Tour Championship. With a little help, he could win a lot more.

No. 7 Cowboys look for 4 in row vs No. 8 Texas A&M

When No. 7 Oklahoma State meets eighth-ranked Texas A&M today, it will be the first Top 10 matchup at Kyle Field since 1975.

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No. 1 Sooners seek redemption in Missouri rematch

The rush onto the field was a long hoped-for release for Missouri fans, a celebration of a monumental upset after so much heartache over the years — and so much recently against Oklahoma. The Sooners haven’t forgotten.

Friday, September 23

Beebe doesn't deserve all the blame

Imagine, for a second, if Kansas University football coach Turner Gill had stayed at Buffalo for the 2010 season instead of coming to Kansas.

K-State, Arthur Brown head to Miami

He’s not quite King Arthur of Kansas just yet. The start that linebacker Arthur Brown has gotten off to with Kansas State may earn him that nickname in due time, though.

Marcus Morris looks forward to potential 'Legends' match-up

Marcus Morris hasn’t heard if he’ll be playing with — or against — NBA phenom Paul Pierce during Saturday’s Legends of the Phog exhibition game in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Big 12's Beebe out, conference leaders consider future safeguards

The Big 12 dumped embattled Commissioner Dan Beebe on Thursday and announced a plan to bind nine member schools together by holding a huge financial hammer — their TV rights for the next six years — over their heads.

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'Beyond the Phog' excerpt: Sherron Collins on Brandon Rush

B-Rush is one of the goofiest guys I know. When you were around him, you couldn’t help but laugh.

WR Kenny Stills stands out for OU football

With a bleached blonde streak on the back of his mohawk, his bottom lip pierced and his chest and arms covered with tattoos, Kenny Stills is clearly the wild child for top-ranked Oklahoma.

Shealy: KU's defense will stick to the plan

The Georgia Tech game notwithstanding, Kansas University’s football team has not panicked regarding its defensive approach during the bye week.

Thursday, September 22

Former KU football player Anthony Collins at home of Bengals teammate during drug raid

For authorities tracking a marijuana shipment from California, the trail ended unexpectedly at the home of a Cincinnati Bengals player in suburban northern Kentucky where police say they found more drugs.

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Good news: It's KU: Standout recruit Perry Ellis chooses Jayhawks

Soft-spoken Wichita Heights senior basketball sensation/4.0 student Perry Ellis sat at a table in the Falcons’ gymnasium Wednesday afternoon, his mother, Fonda, positioned to his left, and dad, Will, to his right.

Injured WR Daymond Patterson to take red shirt

So far, Kansas University wide receiver Daymond Patterson’s senior year has not gone according to plan.

Big 12, Big East start picking up pieces

Turned away by the Pac-12, the Big 12’s most powerful members are trying to find ways to live together again after weeks of hurtling toward a break-up.

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Reports: Big 12 commish Dan Beebe could be ousted Thursday

Dan Beebe’s days as commissioner of the Big 12 Conference appear to be numbered.

Wednesday, September 21

Conference realignment roundup: Pac-12 Conference decides it won't expand further

A roundup of conference realignment news.

KU baseball class ranked 40th

Kansas University’s baseball team pulled in the 40th-ranked recruiting class in the country, according to College Baseball Newspaper’s annual rankings released on Tuesday.

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KU golf disappointed with 5th

Paul Harris shook his head at the leaderboard after the Kansas Invitational on Tuesday at the Alvamar Golf Club. He was either squinting from the sun in his eyes or wincing at the disappointing numbers.

Texas QB Garrett Gilbert out for season, shoulder injury

Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who lost his starting job after the second game, will miss the rest of the season for the No. 19 Longhorns after having surgery on his right throwing shoulder.

In time of conference realignment madness, KU silence golden

Late Tuesday night, as one of the wildest days of the conference realignment saga was starting to wind down, the Pac-12 Conference released a statement saying it was not interested in expanding past its current 12-member set-up.

Big 12 needs to get tough on its members

If it takes buying out the remaining three years of Dan Beebe’s contract to calm the stormy waters, then do it. But that’s only the first step on the road to recovery for a conference in need of a more powerful bilge pump to keep the ship from sinking the next time it tries to negotiate stormy waters.

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Turning back the clock: Former KU forward Nick Collison hoping to make splash this weekend at Legends of the Phog

Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Nick Collison — who set numerous screens on offense and guarded some of the NBA’s biggest bruisers on defense last season — plans on turning back the clock to his high-scoring college days Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.

Rules result in strange happenings in college football early in season

Surprises never cease in college football. Just three weeks into this season we’ve learned that a game can be won on the field without any individuals piling up stats and that a team can take three minutes between snaps and not get penalized for delay of game.

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'Beyond the Phog' excerpt: Keith Langford on Kris Humphries, Roy Williams

Most people don’t know this, but we had a lot of recruits take visits here, guys that are in the NBA right now, that Roy turned down.

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Perry Ellis to decide on school Wednesday

Wichita Heights senior sensation Perry Ellis, who has emerged as one of the top players in Kansas high school basketball history, Wednesday will orally commit to either Kansas University, Kansas State, Wichita State or Kentucky at 2:45 p.m., at the Heights gym.

Tuesday, September 20

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Turner Gill: KU’s bye week comes at a good time

Fresh off one of the worst defensive performances in school history, Kansas University’s football team laced up the cleats and got back to work quickly despite not having a game to prepare for this week.

Bob Stoops’ extension worth $34.5 million

Two days after winning one of the college football season’s early marquee games, Bob Stoops was rewarded Monday with a new contract extension that could keep him as the coach of top-ranked Oklahoma through 2018 and pay him $34.5 million over the next seven years.

Big 12 notebook: Sooners say focus solely on Missouri

Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops insists he hasn’t thought too much about the possibility that it could be the last season of the Big 12 as he knows it.

Kansas men’s golf ends day in fourth

Kansas University golfer Paul Harris tied for seventh overall and finished five shots back of the leader after the first two rounds of the Kansas Invitational Monday at Alvamar Golf Club.

OU, UT better off in Big 12

The New York Times, not claiming to have conducted a scientific study, used various data to calculate an estimate on the size of each of the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools fan bases.

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Exit strategy: Oklahoma, Texas regents give presidents authority to leave Big 12

Oklahoma cleared the way Monday for its possible departure from the Big 12, with university president David Boren demanding the league move toward an equal revenue-sharing model and create stability or else lose the Sooners to the Pac-12.

Monday, September 19

Statehouse Live: Kansas Board of Regents to discuss future of Big 12

Regents Chairman Ed McKechnie of Arcadia said Monday that he wanted to make sure board members were up to speed on all the talk about conference realignment.

KU football player pleads not guilty to misdemeanor obstruction charge

An attorney entered a not guilty plea Monday for a Kansas University football player accused of running from a police officer earlier this month.

KU-Texas Tech to kick off at 11 a.m.

Game will be televised on FSN

The Kansas football team's Oct. 1 home game against Texas Tech will kick off at 11 a.m. and will be televised on FSN, the Big 12 announced Monday.

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Prep star Perry Ellis to announce college choice on Wednesday

Wichita Heights senior blue-chip basketball forward Perry Ellis will orally commit to Kansas University, Kansas State, Wichita State or Kentucky at a 2:45 p.m. assembly Wednesday in the Heights gymnasium.

NCAA all about the money

Remember that it’s always about the “student-athlete.” In a world more populated by frauds every second, college sports may have more frauds per square inch than any endeavor on earth.

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Jayhawks insist they’re ‘better’

They might not have done much Saturday to back it up, but Kansas University’s football players want people to know this year’s team is different than the one that finished 3-9 and rarely competed during 2010.

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Legends of Phog drawing close

Exhibition slated Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse

There’s no football game on tap Saturday at Kansas University. Instead, there’s an early preview of basketball season — the Legends of the Phog exhibition game involving KU’s current NBA players, set for 4 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse.

Leftovers on menu for KU

If you just can’t stand to read the painful truth, put the paper down and go for a walk, or pop in a CD, or turn on the TV, or read a book, or swear off following sports for the rest of your life and replace it with a more stable hobby, you know, like playing the stock market.

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'Beyond the Phog' excerpt: Stephen Vinson on Moulaye Niang and the Oregon Duck

One of my favorite Coach Williams stories involves Moulaye Niang.

Conference realignment: Pitt, Syracuse head to ACC

The latest dominos have fallen in the ever-changing world of college conference realignment. Now schools from coast to coast are left to figure out how they will be affected.

Kansas’ Claire Dreyer wins her singles draw

Kansas University sophomore Claire Dreyer won the Singles Draw E on Sunday on the third and final day of the Kansas Invitational at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

OSU, Tulsa play way late

As the time kept ticking away, quarterback Brandon Weeden began to wonder if it was getting too late for Oklahoma State to play its game against Tulsa.

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KU soccer falls, 7-2

No. 8 Florida steamrolls Jayhawks

Despite freshman Ingrid Vidal’s conference-leading sixth goal of the season and another score from sophomore Caroline Kastor, Kansas University soccer lost to No. 8 Florida, 7-2, on a cloudy Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Sunday, September 18

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Floyd Mayweather controversially KO’s Victor Ortiz

In just one round, Floyd Mayweather Jr. got a head butt, a kiss and a hug from Victor Ortiz. He responded with a right hand that ended a bizarre fight early.

Bonnie Henrickson tourney attracts 200

More than 200 people came out to support the Kansas University women’s basketball team and the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Breast Center on Saturday afternoon for the seventh-annual Bonnie Henrickson Golf Tournament at Alvamar Golf Club.

Kansas volleyball takes title ... again

Kansas University’s volleyball team just keeps winning tournaments.

Fans, followers lift Braeden Anderson’s spirits

Kansas University basketball fans who follow Braeden Anderson on Twitter and Facebook have helped lift the spirits of the fallen freshman with their supportive posts the past couple of days.

Oklahoma defense holds Florida State in Top 5 matchup

Kenny Stills reached high to grab a 37-yard touchdown pass from Landry Jones midway through the fourth quarter for the tiebreaking score, and Oklahoma’s defense made the lead stand as the top-ranked Sooners beat No. 5 Florida State on Saturday night.

Saturday, September 17

Game Balls and Gassers

Candidates for Game Balls

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Georgia Tech fired up by last year's loss, KU talk

Georgia Tech’s players made it clear following Saturday’s 66-24 victory over Kansas that this game had extra significance.

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Matt Tait's football notebook: Source says ACC expansion could include KU, Texas

A source within the ACC told the Journal-World on Saturday morning that the league could announce the addition of Big East schools Pittsburgh and Syracuse as early as today, a move that likely would set off widespread movement in conference realignment.

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Buzzkill: Jayhawks suffer first defeat in record-setting 66-24 loss to Georgia Tech

If reports are true that Kansas University has become a target of the ACC, it’s a safe bet the Georgia Tech football team is OK with it.

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Kansas defense short on scheme, talent

The points Georgia Tech scored didn’t do justice to the more revealing indictment of Kansas University’s defense, which was the ease with which the Yellow Jackets scored them.

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Georgia Tech plays down revenge angle

If Georgia Tech is still seething over last year’s unexpected loss to Kansas University in Lawrence during the second week of the season, the Yellow Jackets are not making it obvious.

Iowa State edges UConn

Cyclones 3-0 for first time since 2005

Darius Reynolds had 128 yards receiving and two second-half touchdowns to lead Iowa State to a 24-20 victory over Connecticut on Friday night and a 3-0 start for the first time since 2005.

Big East sensible option, from a football perspective

If the Big 12 fades away and doesn’t revive itself under a new name, Kansas University must find a new conference home. Assuming the Big Ten has no interest in extending an invitation, it feels as if the ACC might be the school’s preferred destination.

KU volleyball topples San Diego

Kansas University’s volleyball team opened the DePaul Invitational with a four-set victory (20-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-18) over San Diego State on Friday.

Pezzotti starts 2-0 for KU tennis

Kansas University junior tennis player Monica Pezzotti began the first day of the Kansas Invitational by going undefeated in both singles and doubles play on Friday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Top-ranked Oklahoma makes first trip to Florida St

Florida State believes it’s ready to return to the big time.

Kansas State on rebound from underwhelming win

Kansas State has spent two weeks stewing over a victory. That’s what happens when it takes about 59 minutes to finally put away Eastern Kentucky.

Tale of the Tape: KU vs. Georgia Tech

Pick a back, any back. By now, it’s clear that the Kansas University ground game is a force to be reckoned with.

Friday, September 16

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Braeden Anderson says he's ineligible to play at KU

Self, freshman forward disappointed at Big 12 faculty reps' decision to not approve player for aid

Braeden Anderson shed tears during an emotional meeting with Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self late Friday afternoon.

Former KU, NFL player Elvis Patterson faces DUI, speeding charges in Douglas County

Douglas County prosecutors have filed three misdemeanor charges against Elvis Patterson, a former Kansas University and NFL football player, related to a June vehicle stop on Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence.

Tease photo staff’s Week 3 college football picks

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

Kansas O-Line vastly improved

So big and so raw, Jeff Spikes projected as an offensive lineman who would need five years of practice and four years of game experience to maximize his potential.

Oklahoma holds the key to Big 12's future

The head of the Big 12 board of directors says the future of the embattled league largely rests with Oklahoma.

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Hot-lanta reunion: Kerry Meier expected to attend KU-Georgia Tech rematch

When the Kansas University football team invades Atlanta this weekend for its highly anticipated rematch against Georgia Tech, the Jayhawks are expected to get a boost from an old friend.

KU golf adds aide

Former Newberry College head men’s golf coach Brian McCants was named an assistant coach for the Kansas University men’s golf team on Thursday. McCants will begin working with the team Wednesday.

Kentucky's John Calipari to visit Wichita recruit Perry Ellis

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari will conduct an in-home recruiting visit with Wichita Heights blue-chip senior forward Perry Ellis this afternoon in Wichita.

Thursday, September 15

Freshman WR Marquis Jackson set to play vs. Georgia Tech

With two wide receivers out for this week’s game at Georgia Tech and a couple more coming back from suspension, the Kansas University football team is in need of a spark in the pass-catching department.

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Former Jayhawk Michael Lee keeping busy as coach

Donning a San Francisco Dons T-shirt and sweats, Michael Lee marched toward Kansas University’s men’s basketball offices at 5 p.m., Wednesday, in search of any or all Jayhawk hoops coaches.

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"Beyond the Phog" excerpt: Mario Chalmers on Villanova coach Jay Wright

People like to talk about the North Carolina and Memphis games, but one of the biggest wins for us during the NCAA Tournament was against Villanova.

Wednesday, September 14

Big East best bet for KU

Now that the Big 12 appears closer than ever to death, the obvious question becomes which direction makes the most sense for Kansas University. All indications are north is not an option because the Big Ten isn’t interested. So it boils down to east or west.

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Auspicious debut: James Sims fondly recalls first college foe — GaTech

When James Sims leaves the locker room on game days, his body is consumed by nerves. That’s how it’s always been for the Kansas University sophomore who leads the team in rushing with 214 yards and three TDs on 45 carries. And that’s how he hopes it always will be.

KU golfer Chris Gilbert takes 9th at Simpson Invite

Kansas University junior Chris Gilbert recorded four birdies and one eagle in the final round of the Mark Simpson Invitational Tuesday to card a 68 and finish ninth in the first men’s golf tournament of the fall season.

KU women’s golf falls to 13th place

Kansas University’s women’s golf team dropped a place to 13th after the second round of the Dale McNamara Invitational on Tuesday.

KU runner Rebeka Stowe honored

Kansas University senior Rebeka Stowe was named the Big 12 Runner of the Week on Tuesday.

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Recruit Zach Peters proves he can play football, too

Zach Peters didn’t forget how to catch the football during his two-year hiatus from the sport.

KU football notebook: Winning vibe intoxicating

For a team that finished the 2010 season at 3-9 and went more than a month without a victory, all of this winning early stuff has the juices flowing.

In Big 12, it’s good to have some options

The most important commodity in an unsteady Big 12 is options.

Tuesday, September 13

Attorney: KU freshman linebacker seeking diversion on drunken-driving charge

A freshman Kansas University football player who faces a drunken driving charge has applied for diversion, his attorney said Tuesday.

KU football player Bradley McDougald booked into jail

Kansas University safety Bradley McDougald was booked into the Douglas County Jail on Friday afternoon on a warrant related to a Chase County traffic case, according to jail records.

Garrett Gilbert out, duo in at quarterback at Texas

Garrett Gilbert is out as the starting quarterback at No. 23 Texas. The Longhorns will go with Case McCoy and David Ash when they play at UCLA.

Report: Top college athletes worth $100K

The average fair market value of top-tier college football and men’s basketball players is over $100,000 each, and the athletes are entitled to at least a portion of that, a new report from an advocacy group argues.

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Big 12’s future uncertain as Oklahoma, Texas meet

A person with knowledge of the situation says Texas and Oklahoma officials met over the weekend amid speculation that the Sooners are considering leaving the Big 12.

Georgia Tech another tough test for Kansas

After seeing how easily Northern Illinois senior quarterback Chandler Harnish exploited the soft spots in Kansas University’s pass defense, it’s natural to consider the run-oriented option spread offense favored by Georgia Tech a welcome change of pace. Not so fast.

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Josh Selby confirms plans for ‘Legends of the Phog’

Former Kansas University basketball guard Josh Selby has confirmed he will be playing in the Legends of the Phog alumni exhibition game at 4 p.m., Sept. 24, in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Return to the top: Big 12 honors D.J. Beshears’ play-making for second time in career

Kansas University junior D.J. Beshears left Memorial Stadium last Saturday night as one of the heroes in KU’s 45-42, come-from-behind victory against Northern Illinois after hauling in what proved to be the game-winning touchdown catch with nine seconds remaining.

KU men plagued by bogeys at Colorado

Kansas University golfer Alex Gutesha finished in 15th place with a 69 and 74 in two rounds at the Mark Simpson Invitational on Monday.

A&M indignation

Everything is bigger in Texas, apparently hyperbole included.

It has been tough to read the recent comments of Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin and not be concerned about how a man in such a leadership position is so lacking in perspective.

KU women golfers finish tied for 14th

Kansas University freshman golfer Nadia Luttner finished with a 2-over 74 to tie for 14th place in the first round of the Dale McNamara Invitational at The Patriot Golf Club on Monday.

Monday, September 12

University of Houston lands building block: Danuel House

Hoops forward picks Cougars over KU, others

The country’s No. 15-ranked basketball player in the Class of 2012 shocked the recruiting world Sunday by orally committing to the University of Houston.

Ingrid Vidal’s goal lifts KU soccer in OT

Freshman Ingrid Vidal’s golden goal in the 98th minute lifted Kansas University to a 1-0 overtime soccer victory against Purdue on Sunday at the Boilermaker Challenge.

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KU football loses D-lineman John Williams

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill announced Sunday night that defensive tackle John Williams would miss the remainder of the season because of a torn ACL.

Big 12 might survive

The ledges recently packed with schools ready to jump seem to have emptied. Did they step inside to hide behind the curtains while final details get worked out, or have they reconsidered and reached the conclusion that staying put with a few adjustments here and there makes more sense?

Sunday, September 11

Matt Tait's KU football notebook: KU running game solid again

For the second straight game, Kansas University’s football team wowed its home crowd with an awesome display of running the football.

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Blitz gamble costly for NIU

The last thing Northern Illinois wanted to do was give red-hot Kansas University quarterback Jordan Webb time to throw the football.

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Best for last: D.J. Beshears caps wild victory

For better or worse, Kansas University junior wide receiver D.J. Beshears had his hands all over the Jayhawks' 45-42 victory against Northern Illinois on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas defense frustrated by NIU

Kansas University linebacker Steven Johnson’s first stop in the locker room was to find teammates Jordan Webb and D.J. Beshears, who combined on the Jayhawks’ game-winning touchdown Saturday.

New McCoy leads No. 24 Texas over BYU 17-16

BYU had a chance to make a big statement. A week after a road win in the Southeastern Conference, the Cougars were dominating Texas in the Longhorns' backyard.

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Iowa State beats Iowa 44-41 in 3 OT thriller

Nebraska, Texas and now Iowa. Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads is knocking off the big boys one by one.

Game balls and gassers: KU vs. Northern Illinois

Candidates for game balls and gassers against Northern Illinois.

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Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor reflects on 9/11 memories

A somber Tyshawn Taylor plans to take time today to reflect on the 10-year anniversary of the worst day of his life — one of the worst days in U.S. history — Sept. 11, 2001.

KU XC claims men's, women's titles

Kansas University claimed both the men’s and women’s team titles at the Missouri Cross Country Challenge on Saturday morning.

Kaleb Tarczewski to visit

Kaleb Tarczewski, a 7-foot senior center from St. Mark High Southborough, Mass., will make an official recruiting visit to Kansas University on Sept. 17 and Arizona the following week, then decide between the two schools, reported Saturday night. Tarczewski is’s No. 12-rated player nationally.

Kansas volleyball sweeps in Iowa

Kansas University’s volleyball team made Minnesota its highest-ranked victim in program history in the morning, then beat Saint Louis in the evening to complete a sweep on the final day Saturday at the Clarion Inn-vitational.

Jordan Webb shows off improvement

Players and coaches in the Kansas University football program are not allowed to answer this upcoming question. For the hundreds of thousands of the rest of you who follow KU football, a show of hands please: Who thought Jordan Webb ever would look as good at quarterback as he looked in directing his school to a 45-42 upset victory Saturday night against Northern Illinois at Memorial Stadium?

Saturday, September 10

ASU makes statement with 37-30 OT win over Tigers

Lightning flashing above a stadium filled with a sea of black, Arizona State found itself in a precarious position after blowing a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter.

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Darrell Arthur confirms appearance at alumni game

Former Kansas University basketball power forward Darrell Arthur has confirmed he will be playing in the Legends of the Phog alumni exhibition game at 4 p.m., Sept. 24, in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Secondary education: Kansas defenders say they've learned from opening-game mistakes

Of the 325 passing yards the Kansas University defense gave up to McNeese State last week, nearly half came on screen plays.

Tale of the Tape: KU vs. N. Illinois

In rushing for 301 yards on 55 carries last week, the Jayhawks topped the 300-yard mark for just the second time in the last 10 seasons. The way they did it was the fun part. Four backs got meaningful carries, and KU ran inside, outside and over McNeese State. That’s the game plan again this week, and if the blocking holds up, KU should succeed.

KU picks up recruit

The Kansas University football team picked up another commitment from the Class at 2012 on Friday, as Clarksville (Texas) High cornerback H.B. Rosser orally pledged his future to KU.

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WR Shepherd emerges for KU

With senior Daymond Patterson listed as doubtful because of a groin injury and sophomores Erick McGriff and Christian Matthews sitting in street clothes due to suspensions, Kansas University quarterback Jordan Webb will be missing a few of his top targets when the Jayhawks play host to Northern Illinois at 6 tonight.

OSU lands pair

Teammates Marcus Smart and Phil Forte of Flower Mound Marcus High School in Texas orally committed to play basketball at Oklahoma State on Friday, the Tulsa World reports. The 6-foot-4 Smart, who at one point had Kansas on his list, is ranked No. 14 nationally by He also had Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina and others on his list. The 5-11 Forte is son of former KU football player Phil Forte. He is unranked. He made an unofficial visit to KU this summer.

Barnstorming BYU a big test for No. 24 Texas

The Texas Longhorns passed the first test of their big rebuilding project. Now comes a much more difficult one.

Huskers relish chance to face BCS-level foe

The big-time stage. A BCS road game in front of tens of thousands. Northern Illinois defensive end Alan Baxter has been through it all before.

Kansas soccer suffers 3-1 setback

Kansas University’s soccer team suffered a 3-1 setback to Dayton on Friday at the Purdue Boilermaker Challenge, ending the Jayhawks’ five-game winning streak.

KU volleyball falls to Northern Iowa

After sprinting out to a two-set lead, the Kansas University volleyball team couldn’t hold on against No. 15 Northern Iowa and fell, 25-19, 25-20, 20-25, 8-25, 8-15, on Friday night at the Clarion Inn-vitational

Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

Still no word from NCAA on eligibility of freshman Braeden Anderson

The Associated Press on Friday incorrectly listed KU as a possible opponent for Connecticut in the second-annual Carrier Classic basketball game set for Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), 2012, aboard an aircraft carrier in San Diego Bay.

Commish Larry Scott against expanding Pac-12

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has said the conference is not actively seeking new members.

Frank Seurer celebrates football all day and night

Firemen work in 24-hour shifts, so when they use vacation, they need to make the most of it. Frank Seurer, former Kansas University quarterback and now the proud father of Olathe South’s junior quarterback, certainly didn’t waste any of his vacation Friday.

Texas A&M isn’t staying in Big 12

As the Big 12’s future continued to hang in limbo Friday, a Texas A&M official stressed that the Aggies have no desire to be part of it after June 30, regardless of other schools’ efforts to prolong their stay.

Baylor stingy on Aggie ticket purchase

While Baylor is pushing an email campaign to preserve the Big 12 Conference and rivalry games in the state, Texas A&M said Friday that the Bears purchased only 830 tickets from a possible allotment of 3,850 for their Oct. 15 football game at Kyle Field.

Friday, September 9

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Hundreds pay tribute to former KU coach Don Fambrough at funeral

The Kansas University football program and the city of Lawrence bid farewell to one of their most relentless promoters this afternoon by celebrating the life of Don Fambrough at First Christian Church with pastor David Rivers presiding.

UConn to play basketball game on aircraft carrier in San Diego; Kansas no longer believed to be a possible opponent

Three-time national champion Connecticut has signed a deal with the Morale Entertainment Foundation to play in the second edition of the Carrier Classic basketball game in 2012 aboard an aircraft carrier on San Diego Bay.

Tease photo staff’s Week 2 college football picks

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

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Underdog mentality: KU, NIU players approach matchup with similar mind-sets

More times than not, when a Big 12 football school takes on a team from the MAC, the Big 12 team is favored, especially when that game takes place in Big 12 country.

Fambrough memorial service today

A memorial service for former Kansas University football coach Don Fambrough will be held at 1 p.m. today at Lawrence’s First Christian Church, 1000 Kentucky Street.

Big 12 realignment chaos quiets down for a change

Relative to Wednesday’s mass chaos, Thursday was a calm day in the world of conference realignment.

Homegrown talent makes NIU tough

As uncertainty muddies Kansas University’s conference affiliation, fears grow the Jayhawks could end up in a league without strong ties to their most fertile recruiting ground, the state of Texas. KU will continue to recruit Texas football players, regardless of its affiliation, but must expand its recruiting nets.

Weeden, Oklahoma State rout ’Zona, 37-14

Brandon Weeden connected with Justin Blackmon on two short touchdown tosses, Joseph Randle ran for two scores, and No. 9 Oklahoma State used an early burst of offense to beat Arizona, 37-14, on Thursday night in a rematch of last year’s Alamo Bowl.

Thursday, September 8

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Freshmen Traylor, McLemore attending class

Braeden Anderson still awaits word from NCAA

Kansas University freshmen basketball players Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor attended classes Thursday morning for the first time this semester, but have not yet been fully cleared by the NCAA to participate during the 2011-12 basketball season, coach Bill Self said Thursday.

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Huskies QB has seen it all

Veteran Harnish to lead NIU against Jayhawks

The way Kansas University’s defense sees it, the best way to frustrate a veteran quarterback like Northern Illinois senior Chandler Harnish is to mix things up.

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Kansas’ Self: It’s ‘crucial time’

Basketball coach remains optimistic about KU's future

Bill Self gave a simple, direct, forceful answer when asked if the uncertainty surrounding conference realignment is something that might someday drive him out of college athletics. “No. No ... because everybody adjusts,” Self, Kansas University’s ninth-year basketball coach, said Wednesday in an interview with the Journal-World.

OU prez holds key to league

One man could put a halt to the impending mass fratricide of the Big 12, a conference that makes so much sense and packs such a powerful punch in football and basketball.

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Big 12’s future cloudy, with a chance

For at least a few hours Wednesday, Baylor University felt what it was like to be king of the conference.

Wednesday, September 7

Texas A&M accuses Big 12 of backtracking

The Big 12 erupted in infighting Wednesday, with Texas A&M angrily accusing the commissioner of going back on his word and suggesting one of its fellow league schools was deliberately slowing its departure to the Southeastern Conference.

Legends of the Phog exhibition to be televised on Metro Sports

Metro Sports will televise the Legends of the Phog exhbition basketball game on Saturday, Sept. 24, to the Kansas City area, KU announced Wednesday. Former KU broadcaster Max Falkenstien will join veteran broadcaster Dave Armstrong on the call.

KU soccer's Vidal honored (again)

For the second straight week, Kansas University soccer freshman Ingrid Vidal was named the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week. The announcement came Tuesday.

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Strength in numbers: Jayhawks favor running-back-by-committee approach

The big question surrounding Kansas University’s offense heading into last week’s season opener against McNeese State was whether the Jayhawks would have enough carries to pass around to keep their deep and talented stable of running backs happy.

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LHS soccer falls to defending state champ BV West

Lawrence High’s boys soccer team did everything right against defending state champion Blue Valley West.

KU football notebook: Jayhawks view Northern Illinois as must-win game

Kansas University might call the Big 12 home (for now), and Northern Illinois might be coming to Memorial Stadium on Saturday with the tag of mid-major, but you’d never know it listening to the Jayhawks on Tuesday.

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WR JaCorey Shepherd made the right call

Luckily, Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self didn’t accompany receivers coach David Beaty on his recruiting trip to a Horn High basketball game in Mesquite, Texas, last winter to watch JaCorey Shepherd.

Tuesday, September 6

KU freshman football player arrested for fake ID, misdemeanor battery on a law enforcement officer

A Kansas University football player was arrested early Saturday, accused of carrying a fake ID, misdemeanor battery on a law enforcement officer and obstruction before he posted bond Sunday evening.

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Legends of the Phog exhibition sold out

The Legends of the Phog exhibition game — scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, in Allen Fieldhouse — is sold out, the KU athletic department announced Tuesday.

Kansas will stay in BCS

The last time conference realignment threatened to blow up the Big 12, a move to the Big East for four schools, including Kansas University, came closer than most realize, according to an insider with strong ties to one of the conferences.

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Young gun: Merv Lindsay billed as ‘pure shooter’

Lefty Merv Lindsay is developing a reputation as somebody who can stretch the defense.

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Matt Tait's KU football notebook

Running success a group effort

While realignment talk dominated Monday’s call, there was some football tossed around. Asked who deserved the credit for KU’s solid showing on the ground during Saturday’s 42-24 victory against McNeese State, Gill handed out gold stars to several positions.

Big 12 coaches all over the map

Realignment rules teleconference talk

Most years, the opening weekend of a new college football season would’ve dominated the talk at the weekly Big 12 football coaches teleconference. But that was not the case Monday.

Gary Woodland falls, Webb Simpson wins Deutsche Bank

Webb Simpson finished off an amazing comeback with three clutch birdies, the final one on the second extra playoff hole Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship for his second win in three weeks.

Nation’s top passers to meet in Stillwater

Arizona’s Nick Foles, OSU’s Brandon Weeden paired in Thursday night shootout

Sure, Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden wants to outplay fellow quarterback and NFL prospect Nick Foles of Arizona this week. That’s because the quarterback that plays better usually wins the game.

Monday, September 5

Missouri latest school with digital sports network

The Texas Longhorn Network that pushed rival Texas A&M out the door of the Big 12 has quickly become a model for other conference schools.

Bye week timely for K-State

When Kansas State’s schedule was first announced, Bill Snyder wasn’t exactly pleased to see that the Wildcats would have a week off after just one game.

Texas A&M rips SMU, 46-14

While almost everyone else has been worried about Texas A&M’s conference affiliation, the Aggies have been concentrating on SMU.

Freshman lifts KU soccer, 2-1

Freshman Liana Salazar scored her first collegiate goal in the 81st minute to lift Kansas University to a 2-1 soccer victory over South Dakota State on Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Don Fambrough’s passing saddens Ted Owens

Ex-KU basketball coach heartbroken to hear of Fam’s death

Former Kansas University basketball coach Ted Owens was heartbroken Saturday after learning that former KU football coach Don Fambrough — his friend of 51 years — had died at the age of 88.

Texas lawmakers may get involved in Big 12 jockeying

As buzzards begin circling, anticipating the imminent demise of the Big 12, top Texas lawmakers are reaching out to slow the realignment process.

Young talent exciting

In Northern Illinois, a much tougher opponent awaits Kansas University’s football team Saturday than the McNeese State squad the Jayhawks defeated 42-24 Saturday night in Memorial Stadium.

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Heavy heart: Brother’s memory motivates Tunde Bakare

Studying the box score in Mrkonic Auditorium after Kansas University’s 42-24 victory against McNeese State on Saturday night, junior linebacker Tunde Bakare searched for what he believed should’ve been half a sack on his stat line.

Gary Woodland two shots back at Deutsche Bank

For all that went wrong for Bubba Watson on the back nine Sunday, at least he still had the lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Sunday, September 4

Matt Tait's KU football notebook

Preoccupied with preparing for his team’s 42-24, season-opening victory against McNeese State for most of the day Saturday, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill took time out after the game to comment on the passing of legendary KU coach and supporter Don Fambrough, who died Saturday at the age of 88.

Squares ruining athletics

It looks as if the days of Kansas University playing in the same conference as Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are numbered. Based on the pass defense’s performance in Saturday’s season opener, it’s evident the Jayhawks already are not in the same league as the Sooners and Cowboys.

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KU celebrates season-opening win

The perfect opening-game scenario for Kansas University’s true freshmen must have looked something like this: Darrian Miller runs hard all night and has every carry but one go for positive yardage; Tony Pierson picks up a touchdown and delivers a few electrifying runs; and JaCorey Shepherd, the wide receiver teammates said all summer was nearly unguardable, picks up a TD in his first game.

AD Sheahon Zenger ‘disappointed’ by OU stance

Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger took time away from KU’s season-opening football victory against McNeese State on Saturday to discuss the uncertain future of the Big 12 Conference.

Eastern Kentucky falls to Kansas State 10-7

Eastern Kentucky shut out Kansas State for 49 minutes, 49 seconds on Saturday night. The Colonels would rather forget the rest of the game.

No. 21 Missouri beats Miami of Ohio 17-6

James Franklin’s gut reaction: He flunked his first career start.

Cowboys not too miffed by setback to Kansas

McNeese State’s football players didn’t gift-wrap a victory for their head coach Saturday on his 48th birthday.

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Kansas volleyball wins tourney

For the second consecutive weekend, Kansas University’s volleyball team won a tournament title.

No. 1 Sooners destroy Tulsa, 47-14

Landry Jones re-established his connection with All-American receiver Ryan Broyles, Dominique Whaley ran for four scores in his debut and top-ranked Oklahoma routed Tulsa Saturday night.

Boone Pickens speaks out, sees OSU in Pac-12

Oklahoma State billionaire booster Boone Pickens says he doesn’t think the Big 12 will last much longer and believes the Cowboys eventually will end up in what’s now the Pac-12 Conference.

Pac-12 commish will listen to proposals from Big 12 teams

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is willing to listen if Oklahoma or others want to join his conference.

KU mourns loss of Don Fambrough

Don Fambrough, 88, beloved former Kansas University football player, assistant coach and two-time head coach, died Saturday morning after hitting his head in a fall.

KU men capture race crown

After winning his first collegiate cross country race at the Bob Timmons Classic on Saturday, Kansas University fourth-year junior Zach Zarda’s post-race celebration became the focal point of camera lenses on hand to witness the event.

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RB Darrian Miller has dandy debut

Finally, Kansas linebacker Steven Johnson was able to see some other defense try to tackle KU freshman running back Darrian Miller.

Saturday, September 3

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Former KU coach Don Fambrough, 88, passes away

Former Kansas University football player and coach Don Fambrough passed away today at the age of 88.

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Brandon Rush, Julian Wright to play in Sept. 24 alumni game

Former Kansas University basketball standouts Brandon Rush and Julian Wright have confirmed they will be playing in the Legends of the Phog alumni game at 4 p.m., Sept. 24, in Allen Fieldhouse.

Longhorn Network, Jayhawk Network will show KU game

ESPN’s Longhorn Network has announced a second Texas football game that it will carry in its inaugural season, and the first Big 12 matchup.

Wild finish as Baylor edges No. 14 TCU

Aaron Jones kicked a 37-yard field goal with 1:04 left and Baylor averted a monumental collapse to pull out a 50-48 season-opening victory over 14th-ranked TCU on Friday.

OU pres says school is exploring options

University of Oklahoma president David Boren says multiple conferences have shown interest in the Sooners recently and he expects to decide whether to leave the Big 12 or not within the next three weeks.Boren said Friday that Oklahoma is seeking stability in its conference relationship.

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Eager leader: When senior LB Steven Johnson talks, the Jayhawks listen

Kansas University senior linebacker Steven Johnson will be the first to tell you he’s not a complex man.

KU soccer rolls, 3-1

Kat Liebetrau collected six saves, and Kansas University’s soccer team secured a 3-1 victory over Missouri State on Friday.

KU XC has lofty goals

If the expectations for the Kansas University cross country teams weren’t high enough, athletic director Sheahon Zenger made sure the teams knew that he wants to see success.

Volleyball wins pair

Kansas University’s volleyball team won a pair of matches Friday in the Jayhawk Invitational at Horejsi Center.

Friday, September 2

OU president takes latest swing at Big 12's future

With everyone still exhaling from reaching a resolution on Texas A&M's decision to leave the Big 12, Oklahoma has entered the picture.

Tease photo staff’s Week 1 college football picks

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

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Morris twins take lockout in stride

Former Kansas University basketball forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris prefer to look at the bright side regarding the NBA lockout.

Texas says it tried to partner with A&M

Texas A&M could have been a partner with Texas in a lucrative television network but wasn’t interested in joining the Longhorns when the idea was hatched, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said Thursday.

Big 12 creating anxiety

A basketball Cinderella story plays out in the NCAA Tournament. Inevitably, the focus shifts away from celebrating the players who made it happen to guessing the coach’s next job. What a buzz kill for the alumni.

KU to a bowl game? It’s possible

Last month,’s Brad Edwards revealed that he picked Kansas University’s football team to play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl this December.

Thursday, September 1

KU football players hope to find some luck with newly installed bronze Jayhawk

A new bronze Jayhawk statue found its perch Thursday just outside the Anderson Family Football Complex facing the south side of Memorial Stadium.

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Kansas football veterans can’t wait to see rookies

With a roster that includes more than 30 new players and seven to 10 true freshmen expected to play, Saturday’s Kansas University football season opener against McNeese State figures to give fans in the stands an early read on which newcomers they like best. They won’t be the only ones paying close attention.

Vegas prep Shabazz Muhammad to host KU coaches

Shabazz Muhammad, a 6-foot-6 senior guard from Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman High, who is ranked No. 1 nationally by, will welcome Kansas University’s coaches into his home Sept. 14.

KU takes A&M’s departure from Big 12 in stride

There were no TV trucks parked outside Kansas University’s Strong Hall and athletic department offices Wednesday after Texas A&M officially announced plans to flee the Big 12 Conference.