Stories for August 2012


Friday, August 31

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Rookie Steven Johnson makes Denver Broncos' 53-man roster

The 2012 Denver Broncos will ultimately be known as the team led by quarterback Peyton Manning. But for fans of Kansas University football, this year's Broncos represent something else — the professional home of a couple of former Jayhawks. Friday, the Broncos trimmed their roster from 75 to the league-mandated 53-man squad that will open the regular season and both rookie linebacker Steven Johnson and second-year cornerback Chris Harris were on it.

KU football announces select non-conference opponents through 2018

The Kansas football team will play non-conference games against nine different schools from seven different conferences over the next six years, KU announced Friday.

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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Guard 'Cat' Barber visiting Kansas

One of the top high school basketball point guards in the Class of 2013 will make an official recruiting visit to Kansas University this weekend.

KU thrower Finley transfers to Wyoming

Former Kansas University track distance thrower Mason Finley has transferred to the University of Wyoming for his senior season, the Wyoming athletic department has announced.

Thursday, August 30

Dayne Crist not the only playmaker in KU's offense

It sometimes seems as if the moment a college football coach signs a contract to head a program he then moves to the next chair and has injected into his DNA a gene that makes him poor-mouth the talent he inherits.

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Getting defensive: Kansas defense out to prove it’s improved

By now, the veterans on the Kansas University defense have heard just how bad the Jayhawks’ defense was during the past two seasons more times than they would care to remember.

Former KU guard Milton Doyle to transfer to Loyola

Former Kansas University basketball guard Milton Doyle has decided to attend Loyola University of Chicago, Doyle’s mom, Lisa Green, reported on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, August 29

Rivals boosts KU commit Brannen Greene into top 25

Future Kansas University small forward Brannen Greene’s national recruiting ranking improved nine slots — from No. 31 to 22 overall — announced on Tuesday.

Self’s test this year: give KU guards options

Interchangeable guards capable of initiating and leading the offense have been as much a part of Bill Self’s tenure as Kansas University basketball coach as sarcastic one-liners and 30-win seasons.

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KU linemen Sterling, Tavai among new arrivals to earn starting jobs

Two of Kansas University team’s most recent arrivals officially became starters on Tuesday, when KU football coach Charlie Weis released the first depth chart of the regular season.

Tuesday, August 28

KU mourns death of Edith Evans, wife of All-American Ray Evans

A dedicated and loyal Jayhawk supporter and the wife of former Kansas University athlete Ray Evans died early Tuesday morning at her Prairie Village home.

Bill Self tees off for Scouts

Coach happy to help cause, but ‘I hate golf’

Bill Self had modest expectations as he teed it up in the 15th-annual Boy Scout Classic on Monday afternoon at Lawrence Country Club.

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Kansas OL Gavin Howard ‘has stepped up’

When Kansas University’s first depth chart of the 2012 regular season is released today, junior offensive lineman Gavin Howard figures to find his name in two places — starting right guard and reserve right tackle.

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Welcome back: Tyshawn Taylor thrilled to visit

Tyshawn Taylor took to Twitter on Saturday night in his new, Hoboken, N.J., two-bedroom, two-bath condo to express his emotions regarding this week’s trip to Kansas.

Monday, August 27

Former KU golfer Chris Thompson falls in Oklahoma Open playoff

Former Kansas University golfer Chris Thompson took second place at the Oklahoma Open on Sunday after losing a playoff to Matt VanCleave at the Oak Tree Country Club East Course.

Sunday, August 26

Tim Biere among Chiefs’ cuts

The Kansas City Chiefs have released 14 players ahead of the NFL’s deadline to reach the 75-man roster limit, including former Kansas University tight end Tim Biere.

Future Jayhawks solid in basketball showcase

Future Kansas University basketball players Brannen Greene and Conner Frankamp scored 13 and five points respectively in helping the Raymond Lewis squad defeat the Marques Johnson squad, 164-138, in Saturday’s Under Armour Elite 24 all-star game in Venice Beach, Calif.

It’s a marriage made in … Hilton Head ... for local golf instructors

KU assistant, Firekeeper instructor met at golf academy

Heritage Academy in Hilton Head, S.C., is listed as a previous school for three Kansas University golfers, including two on the women’s team. It’s not difficult to trace the connection to the school where world-renowned Hank Haney heads the golf instruction and students partake in an academic year that stretches from mid-August through the end of May.

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Kansas soccer blanks UNLV

Senior Whitney Berry had a goal and two assists, and senior goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau recorded her second-straight shutout as Kansas University blanked UNLV, 3-0, in nonconference soccer on Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

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Lubbock's last stand: KU safety Lubbock Smith's career comes full circle

There are a dozen different ways to describe Kansas University safety Lubbock Smith.

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KU forward Carolyn Davis’ recovery on course

Kansas University senior basketball forward Carolyn Davis has entered the final stages of rehab from ACL surgery on her left knee.

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End all, be all: Versatile Toben Opurum settling in

From promising running back to adaptable defensive end and several stops in between, Kansas University senior Toben Opurum has done plenty during his first three years in a KU uniform.

KU volleyball falls in final

Kansas University’s volleyball team suffered a four-set loss to Arkansas in the championship match of the Arkansas Invitational on Saturday at Barnhill Arena.

Saturday, August 25

Angel Goodrich trends upward

In the wake of a rain-free Bonnie Henrickson golf tournament Saturday at Alvamar, each member of the women’s basketball team took a turn at the microphone and shared her favorite thing about the NCAA Tournament in which the Jayhawks advanced to the Sweet 16. “Trending on Twitter,” senior Angel Goodrich said.

KU long snapper Justin Carnes suspended three games

Kansas University junior snapper Justin Carnes has been suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season for a violation of team rules, KU football coach Charlie Weis announced Saturday afternoon.

Kansas volleyball flies past Northwestern State

The Kansas University volleyball team rolled past Northwestern State, 25-12, 25-14, 25-18, in its season opener Friday afternoon at the Arkansas Invitational.

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Former KU center Sasha Kaun makes history with Olympic medal

Sasha Kaun and 11 of his closest friends piled on top of each other at the top of the key in Olympic Park Basketball Arena after the final horn sounded in Russia’s 81-77 bronze medal victory over Argentina on Aug. 12 in London.

KU soccer takes down No. 24 Georgia

Kansas University junior Caroline Kastor scored the game’s only goal in the 22nd minute as the KU soccer team beat No. 24 Georgia on Friday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

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Diamond Dixon learning to shine brighter than before

Many described Diamond Dixon as shy. Others even said unfriendly, using the labels as if she had been born with those traits, as if nothing in her background had contributed to the cocoon she had built around herself. Now that she wears a smile that goes so well with her Olympic gold medal and sprinkles feel-good dust on everyone within range of its radiant glow, few seem to spend much time wondering how she has come so far so quickly. Everyone is just glad she did because the emerging personality is loaded with charm and sweetness.

Friday, August 24

Weis: Defensive lineman Ty McKinney to report to campus Sept. 7

The inconsistent and uncertain saga surrounding Kansas University defensive lineman Ty McKinney received a little clarity Friday.

Thursday, August 23

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Big 12 commish gets (more) familiar with KU

League leader — already acquainted with coaches Weis, Self — tours Jayhawks’ facilities

Bob Bowlsby, the Big 12’s first-year commissioner, toured Kansas University’s campus and athletic-department facilities Wednesday and Thursday.

KU facilities fix lies in West Campus

Here’s my proposal for how KU can eliminate that facilities embarrassment, save the city of Lawrence a bundle and help two other sports: Sell to the city a big enough piece of West Campus to build the proposed city recreation center and KU soccer and track and field venues at a bargain-basement price and use some of the proceeds to bring softball facilities into the 21st century.

Wednesday, August 22

Virginia prep 'Cat' Barber plans KU visit

Hampton (Va.) High School senior basketball point guard Anthony “Cat” Barber will make an official recruiting visit to Kansas University Aug. 31-Sept. 2, his mother reported Wednesday.

Dave Campo: JaCorey Shepherd fits CB mold

Kansas University defensive coordinator Dave Campo on Wednesday offered insight into sophomore JaCorey Shepherd’s recent work with the defense.

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KU defensive lineman Jordan Tavai proud of heritage

Since arriving in Kansas on Aug. 10 for his first day of practices, Jordan Tavai has been busy telling teammates about his heritage.

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Planned two-story student center near KU's Allen Fieldhouse to house Naismith's rules of basketball

Kansas University has plans to build a two-story student center next to the northeast corner of Allen Fieldhouse that will serve as the new home for James Naismith’s original rules of basketball, KU officials confirmed on Wednesday.

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Freshman playmaker Parmalee impressing KU football coaches, teammates

Almost every time Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis addresses the media, wide receiver Tre’ Parmalee’s name comes up.

2013 Texas center has KU men's basketball on short list

Karviar Shepherd, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound senior basketball center from Grace Prep High in Arlington, Texas, has narrowed his list of prospective colleges to eight — including Kansas University — reports.

Newest KU golfer has Olympic-sized hopes

The excitement that has swept across Kansas University generated by Diamond Dixon’s Olympic gold medal in the 4x400 relay inspires the question who else on campus might participate in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro?

Monday, August 20

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Tim Grunhard’s gospel: No softies allowed on KU offensive line

The hidden, swollen-knuckle world of line play, where the dirtiest, nastiest shots are taken and given, is no place for softies. It’s a mean place where Tim Grunhard thrived for Notre Dame and then the Kansas City Chiefs, but he has seen much nastier places.

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Milton Doyle spoke with Self on phone before deciding to transfer

Several schools have 'major interest' in Chicago guard, mom says

Milt Doyle, who returned to his hometown of Chicago on Aug. 13 for a weeklong visit with his family following Kansas University’s basketball excursion to Switzerland and Paris, planned to catch a flight to Kansas City International on Sunday for the start of first semester classes Monday at KU.

Kansas soccer falls in OT

Northwestern sophomore Georgia Waddle’s golden goal off of a rebound in the 95th minute lifted the Wildcats past Kansas University, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

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Family matters: Health scare led to KU football coach Charlie Weis’ Hannah & Friends charity

When Charlie Weis nearly died, hundreds of people got the chance truly to live.

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Wilt Chamberlain’s family protests movie

Barbara O. Chamberlain-Lewis has written letters that essentially scream “cut!” on local filmmaker Kevin Willmott’s “Jayhawkers,” but the command has fallen on deaf ears.

Sunday, August 19

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Freshman Milton Doyle to leave KU men's basketball team

Freshman combo guard Milton Doyle will not attend Kansas University this year, his mother confirmed to the Journal-World on Sunday night.

KU runner Donny Wasinger eager for second shot at senior season

Donny Wasinger ran his way to the kind of momentum-boosting year any soon-to-be senior could appreciate.

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Snap judgment: KU QBs coach stresses leadership between plays

Every highlight involves a quarterback in mid-play, but such an important part of the most important position on the field takes place in that time between when the referee spots the football to the instant the center snaps the ball for the next play.

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KU linebacker Huldon Tharp returning healthy, hungry

Kansas University junior linebacker Huldon Tharp is playing for his third set of football coaches in four seasons ... but who’s counting?

Jayhawk volleyball kicks off season with intrasquad scrimmage

The Kansas University volleyball team kicked off its 2012 campaign with its annual Crimson and Blue match, Saturday at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.

Saturday, August 18

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Charlie Weis should make KU entertaining

Season hinges on QB Crist's health, success of offensive line

Sheahon Zenger, the latest athletic director to try to prove that establishing Kansas University as more than a basketball power is just one good football-coach hire away, very easily could have talked himself out of entrusting Charlie Weis with the job.

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Jayhawks' offense should be better: Addition of Dayne Crist increases optimism

New faces and an increase in talent figure to turn the Kansas University offense into one of the biggest surprises in the Big 12 Conference this college football season.

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Coach Dave Campo gives defense a lift

Former Dallas Cowboys coach just who Weis was looking for

During Kansas University’s forgettable 2010 and 2011 college football seasons, the defense consistently ranked among the worst in Div. I and too often forced KU to play from behind.

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Weis: Early season schedule sets up superbly

Even though Kansas University football program’s 2012 nonconference schedule will be interrupted by a home game against new Big 12 foe TCU, first-year KU coach Charlie Weis loves the way things look for his rebuilding ballclub.

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TCU football: 'Now the real work starts'

After posting 36 victories over the last three years, the TCU football team will get a chance to prove it can maintain success against better competition in 2012.

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Sooners football seeks to shore up defense

Oklahoma adds another Stoops to put end to big plays

Perhaps the biggest addition for Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops this year wasn’t a recruit; instead, it was his brother.

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Quarterback key question for Longhorns

Following a disappointing 8-5 season a year ago, Texas’ biggest question mark is the same in 2012 as it was in 2011.

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Baylor Bears out to prove they don't need RGIII

The question at Big 12 media days to Baylor coach Art Briles was simple: How do you adjust to not having the Heisman Trophy winner (quarterback Robert Griffin III) on your team anymore?

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Red Raiders football 'closer' defensively

Texas Tech solid offensively, but Tuberville turns attention to 'D'

Texas Tech was so desperate on defense last year that coach Tommy Tuberville moved receiver Cornelius Douglas to cornerback in the middle of the season ... then ended up starting him there.

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Cyclones football sets sight on another bowl bid

The highlight of Iowa State’s 2011 season was a 37-31 double-overtime victory over Oklahoma State — one that more than likely kept the Cowboys out of the BCS championship game.

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Mountaineers football team seems to fit right into Big 12

Like new league-mates, WVU can fling it, but not great on ‘D’

On the surface, West Virginia looks like a perfect fit as a new member of the Big 12 Conference.

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Kansas State football to be underdogs again

Despite 10-3 record in 2011, Wildcats picked to place 6th in Big 12

After finishing 10-3 in 2011, which included a trip to the Cotton Bowl, Kansas State was picked sixth in the Big 12 preseason poll.

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Oklahoma State football must find key replacements

Just after winning the Oklahoma State starting quarterback position in the spring, 18-year-old Wes Lunt returned briefly to Rochester High School in Illinois ... to attend his high-school prom.

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Weis leaves impression on Self during practice

Kansas University coach Bill Self attended his first Charlie Weis football practice Friday.

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KU soccer wins opener in overtime

Kansas University freshman Ashley Williams scored her first career goal in the 97th minute to lead the Jayhawks’ soccer team past UC Santa Barbara, 2-1, in overtime in its season opener Friday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

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KU quarterbacks coach Powlus defines position

Finding the right quarterbacks to recruit involves more than picking up the telephone and requesting one from central casting. So many factors, mental and physical, enter the equation when coaches try to determine which high school quarterbacks have what it takes to perform in a college game played at a faster speed with bigger players executing more sophisticated schemes.

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Five sleepers who could be a factor for Kansas football in 2012

Camp life is over for the Kansas University football team, no more cramped quarters, uncomfortable beds or snoring roommates for the Jayhawks.

Friday, August 17

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Self: Don’t count on Olympics call

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self was asked Friday if he’d be interested in being the coach for the 2016 United States Olympic men’s basketball team.

Riley County looking for former K-State player

Riley County authorities are looking for a former Kansas State football player from Arkansas who has not been seen since Wednesday.

KU soccer, volleyball, cross country kick off season at media day

Kansas University soccer coach Mark Francis didn’t have to spend a long time in the offseason coming up with ways the Jayhawks could improve upon their 11-9-1 record in 2011.

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Sizing him up: D-lineman Agostinho adds bulk with offseason strength plan

Of all the body transformations by Kansas University football players this offseason, one player’s journey has been the most talked about.

Shuffled starters see second chance with Weis

When a coaching change takes place, it’s common for football players who had earned starting jobs to worry that their status could be in jeopardy. Those who feel buried lower on the depth chart see the change as a second chance.

Thursday, August 16

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KU newcomers adjusting to new roles

Every August, at colleges across the country, new students go through orientation, a meet-and-greet with school representatives which helps the fresh faces get acclimated to new surroundings.

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Jayhawks’ Dixon home after earning Olympic glory

Diamond Dixon had just the right accessory to wear over her Ralph Lauren-designed white “Team USA” dress and blue blazer on Wednesday.

Ex-KU QB Webb to start for Colorado

Former Kansas University quarterback Jordan Webb has been named starting QB at the University of Colorado.

Weis hiring seen as a bit risky by analyst

In another week or two, national pundits will begin to weigh in with opinions on Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s decision to turn the football program over to the biggest name ever to coach the sport here.

Wednesday, August 15

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Coming on fast: Speedy, energetic LB Heeney takes aim at starting job

Kansas University linebacker Ben Heeney knows one way — and one way only — to play football, and, so far this fall, his style has led to good things and high praise for the sophomore from Hutchinson.

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Firebirds teammates linked by a common present, past

They both play quarterback. Each has received all-league recognition as a defensive back. But Free State High teammates Joe Dineen and Kyle McFarland have even more in common.

KU’s oft-invisible D-line solidifying

A year ago, the pocket made the perfect environment for quarterbacks opposing Kansas University to study the defense, existentialism, rhetoric, physics, introduction to western civilization, thermal dynamics, anthropology and whatever other disciplines they might have been exploring in their classes that semester.

Fresh from Europe, Jayhawks already looking ahead

It took Kansas University’s basketball players, coaches and support staff members about one-third of the time to return from Europe as it took to get there.

Tuesday, August 14

Weis' success measured in wins, wary foes

Las Vegas has put the over-under on victories for the first Charlie Weis football team at Kansas University at 3.5, which would make a 4-8 season a success for anyone taking the over on that proposition.

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Self: Jayhawks need to go back to basics

Kansas University coach Bill Self said he had one main takeaway from his team’s four-game European tour: That his team — at least right now — isn’t very good.

Notebook: Weis looks to build flexibility in offensive line

Kansas University junior Riley Spencer has missed the past week, and will miss another, because of a knee injury, KU coach Charlie Weis said Monday.

Baty, Cummings vie for backup QB job

As the Jayhawks move toward the end of the second week of fall camp, the only thing settled about Kansas University’s back-up quarterback competition is that playing the position can be unsettling.

Ex-KU star McCray staying busy in WNBA

Danielle McCray is flip-flopping on the merits of the Olympics-necessitated break in the WNBA season.

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Teammates, coaches praise Pick as 'natural' wideout

When talking about Kansas University wide receiver, Kale Pick, one word continues to come from the mouths of Pick’s teammates: “natural.”

Monday, August 13

NBA forward: Kansas post players 'really good'

Kevin Seraphin, who averaged 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Washington Wizards last year, said he was impressed by what he saw from Kansas’ young post players.

Woodland ties for 42nd in PGA Championship

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland shot 71 in the final round of the PGA Championship and tied for 42nd place.

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French, pro overpower Jayhawks' inexperienced lineup in exhibition finale

Kansas University coach Bill Self already knew winning without four potential starters was going to be difficult Sunday.

Former Jayhawk Sasha Kaun wins bronze medal with Russia

Former Kansas University center Sasha Kaun is an Olympic bronze medalist.

Sunday, August 12

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Open practice lovefest for QB Dayne Crist

One by one, Kansas University football fans filed through the longest of the autograph lines that lined the Memorial Stadium track after Saturday’s open practice, all with the idea of meeting one player — quarterback Dayne Crist.

Lineman Aslam Sterling has huge potential

Early last week, the bank clocks screamed triple digits. Offensive line coach Tim Grunhard screamed to “go all out on every play. EVERY PLAY!” And No. 77 kept putting one step in front of another, his breath running away from him. Can Aslam Sterling catch it in time to make a positive impact on this year’s Kansas University football season? Too early to answer, but, man, what an important question.

Gary Woodland struggles with 75

The back nine again proved Gary Woodland’s undoing Saturday at the PGA Championship.

Veterans to sit today's game

Kansas University’s men’s basketball team will have a different look for today’s final exhibition game against AMW Team France.

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Euro-trashed: KU ‘humbled’ by French

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self wasn’t in the mood to discuss moral victories following the Jayhawks’ 74-73 exhibition loss to AMW Team France on Saturday at Stade Pierre do Coubertin.

Saturday, August 11

KU's Diamond Dixon wins gold medal at Olympic Games as part of 4 x 400 relay team

Foursome of Felix, Richards-Ross, Trotter, McCorory prevail on Saturday; Jayhawk ran in semis Friday

KU's Diamond Dixon earned a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games

Mike Ragone ‘animal’ at tight end for KU

A colorful character with a thick South Jersey accent, a sharp sense of humor, an endearing laugh that has a hint of sinister to it and a deep love for Italian cooking and barbecue, Kansas University senior tight end Mike Ragone has but one color to his collar, and it’s blue.

KU’s Diamond Dixon, relay team advance

Kansas University junior-to-be Diamond Dixon ran the third leg for Team USA in the semifinals of the 4x400-meter relay Friday evening inside the Olympic Stadium. The U.S. finished in 3:22.09, the fastest time among the eight finals qualifiers. The U.S. team will run in the event final, which is slated for 2:25 p.m. (Central) today.

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Jayhawks in dark over next pro foe

Kansas University coach Bill Self hasn’t been able to gather much information about AMW Team France, which is KU’s opponent in today’s 1 p.m. Central exhibition game at Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris.

Gary Woodland struggles to 79

Gary Woodland had two double-bogeys and four bogeys on an eight-hole stretch during a rough second day at the PGA Championship.

Friday, August 10

Versailles wows KU men's basketball team

Following a two-hour tour of the Palace of Versailles on Friday, Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self felt a little young as an American.

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Jayhawks take break to see sights of Paris

From atop the second story of the Eiffel Tower — nearly 400 feet above the city of Paris — Kansas freshman forward Landen Lucas leaned against a railing and tried to describe the view around him.

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Like father, like son: Charlie Weis Jr. ‘invaluable’ to Jayhawks

To those on the outside of the Kansas University football program, Charlie Weis Jr. looks nothing like a college football coach, barely looks like a college student and goes virtually unnoticed at most KU football gatherings. To those on the inside, it’s a much different story.

Kansas women’s schedule revealed

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will meet Kansas State in its Big 12 Conference opener on Jan. 2 in Allen Fieldhouse, the league has announced. Here is KU’s women’s schedule for the 2012-13 season:

Thursday, August 9

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Former KU golfer, Gary Woodland, in four-way tie for second at PGA Championship

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland carded a first-round, five-under par 67 Thursday in the opening round of the PGA, the final of the PGA tour’s four major tournaments.

KU football announces home-and-home series with Rutgers

The Kansas University football program on Thursday announced that a deal had been completed for a home-and-home series with Rutgers. KU will travel to Piscataway, N.J., in 2015 and the Scarlet Knights will play in Lawrence in 2018.

Big 12 announces men's conference basketball schedule

KU to open versus Iowa State on Jan. 9 in Allen Fieldhouse

The Big 12 today released its men's basketball schedule for the 2012-13 season.

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Welcome to the comeback club: KU vets rally new-look Jayhawks to second Swiss win

Elijah Johnson believes Kansas University’s come-from-behind, 83-79 victory over the Swiss national team Wednesday had greater significance than an early August exhibition game.

Following Weis to Kansas an easy call for ex-Irish linebacker

Although text messages and social media have changed recruiting, the story of how linebacker Anthony McDonald landed at Kansas University pays homage to Ma Bell.

McLemore's injury limits playing time on European trip

Kansas University red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore started but played just five minutes in Wednesday’s game because of a nagging injury.

Wednesday, August 8

KU to play Texas as part of ESPN GameDay festivities

Crew to come to Lawrence on Feb. 16

ESPN'S crew will visit Lawrence for GameDay again this basketball season.

KU's Weis no stranger to turning around football teams

Those who think Charlie Weis is entering into new territory by attempting to lead the rebuilding project at Kansas University have not paid enough attention to Weis’ past.

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Swiss miss: KU survives late rally by Switzerland in tour opener

Early in the fourth quarter, Jeff Withey playfully razzed teammate Kevin Young about his passing skills. He probably won’t do it again after Young’s performance in the final minute Tuesday.

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Charlie Weis now a 'big fan' of James Sims

The uncertainty surrounding suspended running back James Sims’ future with the Jayhawks became a little clearer Tuesday.

Big-play Pierson has chance to lead KU in rushing

The average football fan hears the name Charlie Weis and immediately thinks about quarterbacks and pass-happy gameplans.

Self, Jayhawks get front-row seats to spit show

Even Kansas University coach Bill Self had trouble describing what he saw from Swiss forward David Ramseier in the second quarter of Kansas’ 79-76 exhibition victory Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 7

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Wish you were here: Travel woes make Jayhawks miss Swiss festivities

About 100 Kansas University men’s basketball fans gathered at the second floor ballroom of the Marriott Zurich on Monday night, enjoying a four-course meal while overlooking a Switzerland sunset through ceiling-high panoramic windows.

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Scenery change suits DE

Ex-Husker Josh Williams hopes to make most of final season

When Josh Williams reached the end of his rope with the Nebraska football program, he had no idea what was next.

Jeff Withey finds goaltending rule ‘weird’

Kansas University senior center Jeff Withey wasn’t a fan of the international basketball rules regarding goaltending when he played in Europe last summer during an exhibition tour with Athletes in Action.

Monday, August 6

Jayhawks to arrive in Switzerland ... eventually

KU basketball team to leave D.C. on afternoon flight

KU's basketball team is headed to Switzerland today with a stop in Germany.

Europe must wait day for KU

Jayhawks’ trip to Zurich, Paris delayed by weather

Kansas University’s European adventure will begin a bit later than originally planned.

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Daymond Patterson is making up for lost time

When Kansas University wide receiver Daymond Patterson first realized that the groin injury he suffered early in the 2011 season opener would keep him out for an extended period of time, his thoughts quickly shifted to 2012.

Sunday, August 5

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One for the road: Ben McLemore motivated in final practice before tour, KU debut

Ben McLemore, who hit two three-pointers and an inside shot in the first 10 minutes of Saturday’s Kansas University basketball intrasquad scrimmage, was on pace for quite an offensive performance in the Jayhawks’ practice facility next to Allen Fieldhouse.

Bowen: KU football is back on right track under Weis

When Clint Bowen first came back to the Kansas University football program this past offseason, his focus was on reconnecting with his hometown and the joy of seeing some familiar faces on a daily basis.

Saturday, August 4

KU freshman Rio Adams fully qualified for scholarship

Self says all Jayhawk frosh have made the grade academically

Rio Adams, a KU freshman from Seattle, has qualified for a college scholarship, coach Bill Self said Saturday.

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Total package? Coaches say QB Dayne Crist has all intangibles

Throw. Run. Lead. Console. Counsel. The many jobs of a quarterback run the gamut of actions and emotions, and the way each is executed, as well as the demeanor with which the quarterback operates, can make or break a team.

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Travis Releford no fan of grub overseas

The challenge has been presented to top chefs in Zurich and Paris: Cook something indescribably delicious Aug. 6-14, when Kansas University’s basketball players and coaches are in town — dishes to placate the palate of senior forward Travis Releford.

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Big OL Aslam Sterling practices

Although he had only been around him for a day, Kansas University offensive line coach Tim Grunhard on Friday gave pretty much the same scouting report as everyone else on newcomer Aslam Sterling.

Friday, August 3

Europe just the latest stop in a busy summer for KU's Jeff Withey

Jeff Withey, who traveled to Greece, Germany and Macedonia last summer as a member of Athletes in Action’s all-star basketball team, now gears for an equally exciting adventure — a Sunday through Aug. 14 journey to Switzerland and Paris with Kansas University’s hoops squad.

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Jayhawks' offseason conditioning evident at first fall football practice

Of all the events that go into offseason conditioning, Kansas University co-captains Dayne Crist and Toben Opurum zeroed in on one number. Forget faster sprint times, bigger biceps muscles or even added stamina. Crist and Opurum’s main focus this summer was to slice into their body fat percentage.

Thursday, August 2

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Weis sets KU's first fall depth chart as Jayhawks get to work

With the first football practice of the Charlie Weis era at Kansas University slated for today, we finally know where the newcomers stand on KU’s depth chart.

Self: No defense, no problem for KU on upcoming European tour

Bill Self will spend a good portion of the six-month 2012-13 college basketball season stressing defense to his freshmen-laden Kansas University hoops squad.

Wednesday, August 1

Kansas soccer players eliminated from Games

Kansas University soccer sophomore Ingrid Vidal started and played 81 minutes Tuesday morning, but Elodie Thomis scored the deciding goal in the fifth minute as France advanced to the second stage with a 1-0 triumph over Colombia at St. James’ Park.