Stories for January 2012


Tuesday, January 31

Oklahoma knocks off KU women in OT, 74-68

In a game that was played by two teams that stayed within a few buckets of one another all night, the Oklahoma Sooners outlasted the Kansas University women’s basketball team, 74-68, in overtime on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU women ranked 25th in latest coaches poll

The Kansas women’s basketball team is ranked No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll released Tuesday morning.

Stipends for student-athletes? KU has mixed feelings

Former Kansas University football player Gary Green said an extra $2,000 could have gone a long way when it came time to pay the bills. “Playing football is pretty much a full-time job,” with practices, games and the like, said Green, a running back who played at KU from 2004 to 2008.

Bill Self worried about energy

Coach says KU flat in past two outings

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self spoke with his players in a Monday afternoon film session about a trend that needs to stop.

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Big-game experience: Former Jayhawk Mike Rivera relishes second chance

Former Kansas University linebacker Mike Rivera had one close call with the Super Bowl and feared it might be his last. He never expected a second chance.

Jayhawks in the NBA for Jan. 30

How former Kansas University players fared in NBA games on Jan. 30.

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KU women, Angel Goodrich familiar with next foe

As a prep star at Sequoyah High in Tahlequah, Okla., Kansas University point guard Angel Goodrich was an avid Oklahoma Sooners fan.

QB Turner Baty eager to compete

When Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis learned Monday that City College of San Francisco quarterback Turner Baty had orally committed to join the Jayhawks, he knew exactly the kind of player he was getting. The reason? Weis kind of already has one like Baty.

Monday, January 30

KU drops to eighth in both polls

The Kansas men's basketball team dropped three spots to eighth in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches polls released Monday.

How Tom Keegan voted: AP college basketball poll for Jan. 30, 2012

The following is Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's ballot for the Associated Press college basketball poll on Jan. 30, 2012.

Two more in Class of 2012 pick Kansas

Jayhawks add QB Turner Baty and CB Tyree Williams

Recent recruiting visits continue to be fruitful for the Kansas University football program. One day after landing two commitments in the Class of 2012 — Dallas linebacker Courtney Arnick and El Camino CC defensive tackle Jordan Tavai committed to KU on Sunday — the KU coaches picked up two more oral commitments on Monday, as City College of San Francisco quarterback Turner Baty and Sugar Land, Texas, athlete Tyree Williams both pledged their services to the Jayhawks.

Jayhawks in the NBA

A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012.

KU men’s bowling No. 15 nationally

Kansas University’s men’s bowling club placed ninth of 53 teams in the Blue and Gold Tournament and ascended to 15th in the national rankings.

Jayhawks land two recruits, lose one

The final recruiting weekend for the Class of 2012 produced some mixed results for the Kansas University football team, as KU coach Charlie Weis picked up two commitments and may have lost another.

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Happier campers: Clinic helps Jayhawks put loss behind

Upset with himself and the world after Kansas University’s 72-64 loss to Iowa State on Saturday, Bill Self elected to delay the agonizing task of reviewing game film for 24 hours.

Sunday, January 29

Records fall at Jayhawk Classic

Fourteen Kansas University track and field athletes won individual events on Friday at the Jayhawk Classic in Anschutz Pavilion.

Jayhawks in the NBA, Jan. 29

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in the NBA in games of Jan. 28.

ISU’s Royce White can, does hit free throws

Following a made free throw with 8:04 to go, Iowa State forward Royce White walked all the way up to the rim and inspected the underside of the net.

KU basketball notebook: ISU puts end to KU’s 10-game streak

Iowa State snapped Kansas University’s 10-game winning streak. KU had won seven straight on the road, which dates to last season.

Road test exposes Kansas’ thin bench

It sure is nice to have a quality bench when the need arises.

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Taken by storm: Cyclone fans swamp floor to celebrate win over KU

Hundreds of Iowa State students raced onto the court, swaying and singing the song “Sweet Caroline” before finally heading home after the unranked Cyclones’ 72-64 victory over No. 5 Kansas on Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum. There certainly was a lot for ISU (15-6, 5-3) to celebrate.

Saturday, January 28

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Baylor women rout KU, 74-46

The Kansas women's basketball team was no match for No. 1 Baylor, dropping a 74-46 decision on Saturday night at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

KU women: Baylor more than just Brittney Griner

During last year’s 86-51 loss to perennial powerhouse Baylor in the second round of the Big 12 tournament, Kansas University point guard Angel Goodrich made just three of nine shots and finished with seven points.

How former Jayhawks fared, Jan. 28

A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 27.

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Kansas aware of ISU ‘magic’

Just two of 10 teams in the Big 12 Conference have won more league road games than they have lost during Bill Self’s nine seasons at Kansas University. They are ... KU, which takes a 50-17 league road record (.746) under Self into today’s 1 p.m. contest at Iowa State, and Rick Barnes’ Texas Longhorns, a whopping 15 games behind the Jayhawks at 35-32 (.522).

Friday, January 27

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Brock Berglund saga over; KU grants QB full release

Former Kansas University quarterback Brock Berglund has been granted a release from his scholarship and is free to enroll at another university.

Cleveland prep CBs visiting KU

The final recruiting weekend for the Class of 2012 begins today, and Kansas University’s football program is scheduled to welcome a couple of potential impact players to town.

Jayhawks in the NBA for Jan. 27

Here's how the Jayhawks in the NBA fared for games of Jan. 26.

ISU will challenge Jeff Withey

In sports, when something is as important to its fan base as the Kansas University basketball team is to its followers, conclusions tend to be reached quickly. The memory of Jeff Withey missing a few wide-open 15-footers in the first half of the Jan. 14 game against Iowa State in Allen Fieldhouse has rooted so deeply and replayed so many times in some brains that the 7-foot center is struggling with his jump shot.

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Tyshawn Taylor’s treys ‘aren’t important’

Teahan, Johnson struggling behind arc

Tyshawn Taylor has been hot from three-point land — teammates Elijah Johnson and Conner Teahan not so much — in recent Kansas University basketball games.

Thursday, January 26

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Conner Teahan working to correct three-point woes

Conner Teahan didn’t need a stack of box scores to give an evaluation of his recent three-point shooting stats.

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Dynamite Davis: KU’s No. 21 blows out 21st-ranked Texas Tech

Wednesday afternoon, Kansas University junior Carolyn Davis stopped by the office of KU women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson and was shown a box score from a 2011 game against Texas Tech that revealed that Davis took just five shots in a road loss.

Kansas women on track for tourney appearance

Even without sophomore scoring sensation Keena Mays, who quit the team after her hottest stretch of games, and even without Asia Boyd, the highest-ranked recruit of the Bonnie Henrickson era, getting meaningful minutes, the Kansas University women’s basketball team has what it takes to get to the NCAA Tournament.

Jayhawks in the NBA

A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.

Wednesday, January 25

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KU women top No. 21 Texas Tech, 62-43

The Kansas University women’s basketball team picked up its second Big 12 victory of the season against a ranked opponent on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, knocking off No. 21 Texas Tech, 62-43.

Assault charge dropped against former Kansas QB Brock Berglund

Prosecutors in Castle Rock, Colo., have dismissed an assault charge against former University of Kansas quarterback Brock Berglund after he completed community service, took a conflict management course and paid restitution to the alleged victim.

Weis looks to shore up QB reserves

With quarterbacks Brock Berglund and Jordan Webb off of the roster, and BYU transfer Jake Heaps forced to sit out the 2012 season because of NCAA transfer rules, Kansas University coach Charlie Weis has a pretty big hole to fill at quarterback, despite having landed projected starter Dayne Crist from Notre Dame.

Struggles in Phog perplex KU women

To hear Texas A&M coach Gary Blair tell it, the Kansas University women’s basketball team has nothing to worry about.

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No place like home: Vegas oddsmaker talks KU’s advantage of fans, fieldhouse

The man on the other end of the phone sets betting lines on sporting events for a Las Vegas hotel casino. He has some news that might shock you, so you might want to sit down.

Practice makes perfect for Jeff Withey

Kansas University junior center Jeff Withey hasn’t been surprised by his season-long success at the free-throw line.

Jayhawks in the NBA

A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012.

Tuesday, January 24

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City agrees to rename street for Fambrough

If ever there is to be a museum devoted to exploring all things vile about Missouri, Lawrence soon will have the perfect intersection for it.

Federal Judge Wesley Brown, who presided over KU ticket scandal case, dies at age 104

As the nation's oldest sitting federal judge in history, U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown allowed himself few concessions to his advancing age as he insisted on presiding over significant and often complex cases right up until his death at 104.

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Roger, Dodger: Tommy Lasorda tells Bill Self to 'enjoy the wins' following KU's 64-54 victory over Texas A&M

Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda visited with Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self in the Jayhawks’ locker room after KU’s somewhat-lethargic 64-54 victory over Texas A&M on Monday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Matt Tait's football notebook: Sheahon Zenger comments briefly on Brock Berglund situation

There’s still no word on the appeal process for former KU quarterback Brock Berglund, who made more news last week by sending a press release penned by his attorney informing the media that KU had not released him to transfer.

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Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook: Tommy Lasorda impressed by Allen Fieldhouse

Baseball Hall of Famer/former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda came away from Allen Fieldhouse impressed by the atmosphere in Kansas University’s tradition-rich basketball barn.

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Texas A&M Aggies offensively challenged. Still.

With junior forward Khris Middleton’s 12.4 points per game and general experience out of the Texas A&M lineup because of injury Monday night, scoring became an issue for the visitors from College Station, Texas.

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Anti-Jayhawks dig big hole in first half

It was as if some of the players on the fifth-ranked Kansas University basketball squad had been instructed by an acting professor to pretend, for a half, to be a team as diametrically opposed to itself as possible, just to see how that might work.

Jayhawks in the NBA

A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.

Monday, January 23

Official says radio station committed to KU men's basketball games

For a day anyway, Lady Gaga took precedence in Lawrence over Kansas University basketball.

How Tom Keegan voted: AP college basketball poll for Jan. 23, 2012

The following is Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's ballot for the Associated Press college basketball poll on Jan. 23, 2012.

Kentucky new No. 1 in both polls; KU up to 5th

Kentucky, the only team in last week's top four not to lose over the weekend, is back on top of The Associated Press' college basketball poll.

KU football lands three more commitments

With recruiting for the Class of 2012 heading into its final full week, Kansas University’s football program made another splash Monday, landing three more commitments.

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Texas A&M not planning on having Khris Middleton against Kansas

Texas A&M junior forward Khris Middleton, who suffered a knee injury in Saturday's home win over Oklahoma, will likely not play in Monday night's game at Kansas, coach Billy Kennedy said on Monday's Big 12 coaches call.

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Filling the gaps: Weis seeks jucos, transfers to bolster KU's roster

Less than 10 days remain before the Feb. 1 college football signing day, and first-year Kansas University coach Charlie Weis and his staff continue to try to make up for lost time.

Numbers don’t lie: Kansas is good

Kansas University, which lost two lottery picks and four starters from last season, will appear somewhere in the top five when today’s national rankings are released.

Jayhawks in the NBA

A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012.

Aggies, Self pupil take on Jayhawks

Texas A&M assistant basketball coach Kyle Keller considered bringing his entire family to Allen Fieldhouse for today’s 8 p.m., ESPN Big Monday battle against Kansas University.

Sunday, January 22

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A&M’s layup clinic sinks KU women

To say the Texas A&M women’s basketball team cruised to Saturday’s 76-65 victory against Kansas University at Allen Fieldhouse because of layups would be fair. To say the Aggies (13-4 overall, 4-2 Big 12) were only successful when they shot layups would not be.

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Emotional rescue: KU, Thomas Robinson hold it together, edge Texas

Thomas Robinson once again made his loved ones proud — he tweeted the simple message “FOE” (Family Over Everything) 90 minutes before the game — by scoring 17 points, grabbing nine rebounds and coming up big in crunch time in the Jayhawks’ 69-66 victory over Texas in Erwin Center.

KU swimming falls in Arkansas dual

Arkansas won the first seven events on the day and cruised to a 199-96 victory over Kansas University in a swimming and diving dual on Saturday.

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KU men's basketball notebook: Foul J'Covan Brown? No way

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self wasn’t tempted to foul J’Covan Brown — instead of letting him hoist a possible game-tying three — on Texas’ final possession.

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UT’s J'Covan Brown laments misses

‘Big-time players have got to hit big-time shots’

Texas guard J’Covan Brown took Saturday’s 69-66 loss to Kansas University the hardest after missing a potential game-tying three-pointer from the left wing at the buzzer. “If I want to be a big-time player, big-time players have got to hit big-time shots,” Brown said, “and I didn’t make it tonight.”

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Elijah Johnson deserves lot of ‘D’ credit

Tyshawn Taylor again sped his Kansas University basketball team to victory, 69-66 against Texas in the Erwin Center on Saturday, and the toughest defensive assignment, as usual, went to Travis Releford. But Taylor isn’t the only guard playing well for the Jayhawks, and Releford isn’t the only perimeter player taking pride in his defense.

Saturday, January 21

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Steven Johnson reunites with Mark Mangino at East-West Shrine Game

During his week-long stay in St. Petersburg, Fla., as a member of the West roster in the 87th annual East-West Shrine Game, former Kansas University linebacker Steven Johnson met a lot of people, developed some key connections and even enjoyed a reunion or two.

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Texas guards take aim at KU

McDonald’s All-American Myck Kabongo seriously considered playing college basketball at Kansas University.

Jayhawks in the NBA

A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Friday, Jan. 21, 2012.

Confident Jayhawks host defending-champ Aggies

Off to a 4-1 start in Big 12 Conference play — and a 15-2 record overall, the best start since the 1993-94 season — the Kansas University women’s basketball team seems ready for a statement game.

Friday, January 20

Travis Releford excels at ‘little things’

Here’s what’s really cool about Kansas University junior wing Travis Releford: You never hear him say he’s a combination of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

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Altered anthem bothers Bill Self

‘Home of Chiefs’ chant not ‘honoring your country’

For some inexplicable reason, the words “Home of the Chiefs” instead of “Home of the Brave” emanate from Kansas University’s student section at the conclusion of the “Star-Spangled Banner” before KU basketball games in Allen Fieldhouse. Ninth-year KU coach Bill Self hopes that peculiar rendition of the national anthem will end as soon as the next home game — Monday versus Texas A&M.

Volleyball tops Jayhawks’ fall GPA list

Volleyball and women’s golf were the top teams among the eight that posted grade-point averages of 3.0 and above for Kansas University’s fall 2011 semester.

KU recruiting budget tops Big 12

Kansas University’s athletic department had the Big 12’s biggest overall recruiting budget for men’s sports during the 2010-11 school year, according to

Thursday, January 19

Attorney enters plea of not guilty for KU basketball player accused of possessing alcohol

Kansas University basketball player Ben McLemore pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon to a misdemeanor charge of minor in possession of alcohol.

Charlie Weis names DeMontie Cross as new KU linebackers coach

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has announced the final piece to his coaching staff puzzle. Thursday, Weis named DeMontie Cross as KU's linebackers coach.

P-OF Alex Jones to miss KU softball season

Alex Jones, a two-year starter at center field and pitcher for Kansas University’s softball team, will miss the 2012 season because of a torn anterior-cruciate ligament.

Coach Charlie Weis a Jersey straight talker

Charlie Weis must have played hooky the day the media consultant visited the football coaches convention and taught how to speak in politically correct platitudes, how to put a greater premium on image than integrity. Ask Kansas University’s new football coach a question, and he answers it as honestly as he can. If he can’t, he might even tell you why he can’t.

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Charlie Weis heaps praise on QB

New Kansas University quarterback Jake Heaps doesn’t appear to fit the major-college quarterback stereotype. He’s married. He’s shorter than the ideal height for the position. And, despite coming to KU during the middle of his sophomore year at BYU, he looks as if he’d fit in fine posing as a high school sophomore.

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Travis Releford exemplifies KU’s thieving ways

While talking during a postgame interview just outside the Kansas University locker room Monday night, KU small forward Travis Releford was interrupted by someone behind him. “Great game,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said, shaking Releford’s hand. “Good luck this year.”

Wednesday, January 18

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KU women notch third Big 12 road win in 65-60 victory over Oklahoma State

Aishah Sutherland scored 15 points to go with 22 rebounds, leading the Kansas women's basketball team to a 65-60 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night in Stillwater, Okla.

Visitor to KU campus to discuss intercollegiate athletics, higher education

Amy Perko, the executive director of the Knight Commission, will be in Lawrence next week for a dialogue on intercollegiate athletics and higher education.

Three transfers, one goal: Win at KU

One by one, they walked into Mrkonic Auditorium looking the part of proud, polished, prepared college football players.

KU’s biggest gains tough to judge

A thought camped in my mind and I decided to write it down before it died of loneliness: More than just the Kansas University basketball players have improved this season. The Allen Fieldhouse crowd has gotten even better too. Louder. Prouder.

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Hair and there, Withey changes game for KU

Jeff Withey was quick to accept a fashion tip from his boss last weekend.

KU track and field athlete honored by Big 12

The Big 12 Conference named Kansas University junior Andrea Geubelle its Female Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week on Tuesday for her performances on Friday.

KU's Henrickson on Big 12 play: Nail-biters might be the norm

Check out the way conference play has started for the Kansas University women’s basketball team, and you easily will see why KU coach Bonnie Henrickson is thinking about petitioning the league to change its name.

Jayhawks in the NBA

A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012.

Tuesday, January 17

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Big 12 honors Tyshawn Taylor, other notes

Kansas University senior point guard Tyshawn Taylor was named co-Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday — with Baylor forward Perry Jones III — by a panel of media covering the conference.

Jayhawks in the NBA

A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.

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Baylor bothered by raucous fieldhouse

The deafening noise might not have impacted his ability to showcase his NBA game, but Baylor University big man Perry Jones III admitted after Monday’s 92-74 loss to No. 7 Kansas University that the Allen Fieldhouse crowd played a huge role in the outcome.

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Charlie Weis kicks backsides, returns names

For the first time since being introduced as the new Kansas University football coach on Dec. 9, Charlie Weis spoke with the media Monday, partly to offer a state-of-the-program address and partly to introduce quarterbacks Dayne Crist and Jake Heaps and wide receiver Justin McCay.

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Tyshawn Taylor transforms magically

It’s as if Tyshawn Taylor woke up a few mornings ago and his identity had changed, even if his body had stayed the same. He became Sherron Collins, plus a few inches and minus a few dozen pounds.

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QB Dayne Crist, coach Charlie Weis happily reunite

Nobody in the room knew the quarterback as well as the coach. And nobody on hand knew the coach as well as the quarterback. That’s the way it’s supposed to work but generally doesn’t when both men are new to the scene.

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Awesome babeee! KU routs Baylor, wows Dick Vitale

Dick Vitale removed his headphones, leaned forward in his press row seat and proceeded to lavish praise on Kansas University’s basketball team late Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

Monday, January 16

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Weis announces dismissal of 10 Jayhawks from KU football program

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis on Monday announced the dismissal of 10 players from the KU football team.

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Tyshawn Taylor shares Big 12 player of the week honor with Baylor's Perry Jones III

Baylor coach Scott Drew will keep team on court for KU pregame video

Kansas senior guard Tyshawn Taylor has been named the Big 12's co-player of the week, the conference announced Monday.

Dreamin’ until tonight’s tipoff

Close your eyes and picture places you might want to be at 8:30 p.m. today.

Jayhawks in the NBA

A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.

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Battle of the bigs: Big-name big men to meet on Big Monday

Bill Self worked at Kansas University — as a graduate assistant — the last time a visiting Big 12/Big Eight team came to Allen Fieldhouse with an unblemished overall record. One has to go back to Jan. 21, 1986, when No. 5-ranked Oklahoma (17-0) was taken down by No. 7-rated KU, 98-92.

Sunday, January 15

KU women pick up road win at Missouri, 72-63

Carolyn Davis and Aishah Sutherland scored 24 points apiece, leading the Kansas women's basketball team to a 72-63 victory over Missouri on Sunday afternoon in Columbia, Mo.

3 more junior college football prospects commit to Kansas

With less than three weeks remaining before national signing day (Feb. 1), Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis and his new coaching staff continue to make up for lost time by landing commitments in a hurry.

Cyclones find positives in close loss

The frustration was evident, but there were no tears in the Iowa State locker room following ISU’s 82-73 loss to No. 10 Kansas University on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. Three days after nearly gutting out a victory at home against No. 9 Missouri, the Cyclones controlled Saturday’s game most of the way, but fell victim to one of those signature KU runs and walked away wondering what happened.

2002 KU team honored

Kansas University’s 2002 Final Four team was recognized during a first-half timeout. Those who attended: players Wayne Simien, Jeff Hawkins, Lewis Harrison, Todd Kappelmann and Chris Zerbe; trainer Mark Cairns; and managers Jessica Zuniga and Jeff Hackel. NBA players Drew Gooden, Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich couldn’t attend.

Kansas swimmers win dual with NU

Kansas University junior Brooke Brull took first place in three events, and the KU swimming and diving team edged Nebraska, 155-145, in a dual on Saturday at Robinson Natatorium.

KU tennis player goes undefeated

Kansas University tennis player Dylan Windom won her third singles match Saturday and went undefeated at the Rainbow Wahine Spring Invitational.

Saturday, January 14

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T-Rob troubled by ISU

Big man contributes despite attention

Kansas University forward Thomas Robinson was swarmed so much by Iowa State’s defense Saturday that he didn’t even have a field-goal attempt after halftime. That didn’t mean he wasn’t a big contributor in the Jayhawks’ 82-73 comeback victory over the Cyclones.

KU women fired up for Columbia finale

Fortunate to survive its double-overtime battle with Iowa State on Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse, the Kansas University women’s basketball team heads to Missouri today for what could be the last time in a long while.

Wide-open Jeff Withey makes Cyclones pay

Shock can do amazing things to the mind. It even can make Jeff Withey look more like a 7-footer than an 82-percent free-throw shooter.

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Tweet nothings: Tyshawn Taylor scores 28, silences Twitterati

Much-criticized Tyshawn Taylor, who sparred with some Kansas University basketball fans on Twitter little over a week ago, said he definitely “felt the love” Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse and again Saturday night on the Internet.

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Jeff Withey, KU look to hook Iowa State

Kansas University junior basketball center Jeff Withey, who tries to “dunk everything,” does possess a second weapon in his offensive repertoire.

Kansas tennis competes in Hawaii

Kansas University tennis player Dylan Windom took a win over her University of Hawaii opponent on Friday at the Rainbow Wahine Spring Invitational.

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‘Big D’-fense: Ex-Dallas Cowboys coach Campo to head Weis’ defense

New Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis reached into the NFL to hire a defensive coordinator, and his choice comes highly recommended from a man who knows how to win the ultimate prize in college and professional football.

KU track and field wins Mizzou dual

A strong performance by the Kansas University women’s track and field team propelled the combined men’s and women’s team to a 191-167 head-to-head victory at Missouri on Friday.

Friday, January 13

KU hires former Dallas Cowboys assistant Dave Campo as defensive coordinator

Kansas University announced the hiring of Dave Campo, most recently the secondary coach for the Dallas Cowboys, as defensive coordinator.

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Kevin Young guns (and runs and rebounds and passes and … )

Kansas University junior basketball forward Kevin Young — who sat out last season while working as a student assistant coach at Barstow (Calif.) Community College and earning his associate degree at San Bernardino CC — says he’s had no problem re-adjusting to the demands of major-college basketball.

Recruit impressed by Kansas’ NFL ties

A man who stands 6-foot-8 and weighs 360 pounds is going to draw interest from football coaches whether he plays the game or not. In the case of Carlos Lozano, a mammoth offensive lineman at East Los Angeles College, it just so happens that football also is one of his passions, and that was enough to entice new Kansas University coach Charlie Weis to offer the lineman a scholarship.

It’s time for RPI to RIP

It never hurts to dream. Permanent world peace. Full employment. A shining sun every day. Last, but far from least, a Selection Sunday in which the acronym RPI never is mentioned and is not in any way a part of the process.

Thursday, January 12

Texas Tech's Terran Petteway suspended one game

Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie announced Thursday that he has suspended freshman Terran Petteway one game after he was ejected in Wednesday's Big 12 contest against Kansas.

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Gary Bedore's KU notebook: Kansas to fete ’02 team

Kansas University’s 2002 Final Four team will be recognized during Saturday’s KU-Iowa State game, set for a 3 p.m. tipoff in Allen Fieldhouse.

Big 12 women's basketball roundup

Brittney Griner had 28 points with 11 rebounds and Baylor remained undefeated with a victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday.

KU softball adds coaches

Former Kansas University softball player Brittany Hile and ex-Purdue player Alicia Spack will join the KU softball coaching staff for spring 2012, coach Megan Smith announced Wednesday.

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Former D-coordinator Clint Bowen to coach special teams for Charlie Weis

Two years after leaving, Clint Bowen is coming home.

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Carolyn Davis saves best for last to ensure win

During the first and second halves of Wednesday’s battle with Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas University junior Carolyn Davis played just 22 minutes because of foul trouble.

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Red Raiders suffer ‘good whipping’

Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie was able to summarize Wednesday’s 81-46 Big 12 basketball loss to Kansas University pretty well in the first five words of his news conference.

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Thomas Robinson dominates atypically

Thomas Robinson’s national Player of the Year tour hit a pair of speed bumps that limited his time on the United Spirit Arena floor to 19 minutes Wednesday night.

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Milestone mauling: Bill Self gets 250th KU win

Nobody dumped a bucket of Gatorade on Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self late Wednesday night at Texas Tech’s United Spirit Arena.

Jayhawks in the NBA

A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012.

Wednesday, January 11

Robert Griffin III makes it official: he's headed to NFL draft

When Robert Griffin III arrived at Baylor four years ago with new coach Art Briles, the Bears had never even had a winning season in the Big 12.

Julien Lewis leads Texas over Texas A&M 61-51

With leading scorer J'Covan Brown still limited by a right ankle injury, a committee of players shouldered the offensive burden for Texas on Wednesday night.

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No. 9 Missouri gets past Iowa State, 76-69

No. 9 Missouri was down to five players with a minute left and the host Cyclones breathing down its neck.

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KU football announces additions of Clint Bowen, Jeff Blasko to Charlie Weis' staff

Clint Bowen's return to Kansas University is now official. The Jayhawks announced Wednesday that Bowen and Jeff Blasko (TEs) were the newest members of head coach Charlie Weis' staff.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012.

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ISU coach focuses on basketball, not cancer

Sometimes, in sports, situations arise that take the focus away from the game and put it squarely on real life.

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Bill Self, KU wary of Billy Gillispie, Texas Tech

Kansas University’s basketball team has left Lubbock red-faced — whether from anger or embarrassment — three times in the nine-year Bill Self era.

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Baylor owns crunch time in 75-73 win over K-State

Baylor coach Scott Drew isn't oblivious to criticism — no matter how spotless the record or high the ranking.

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Former Mangino assistant Clint Bowen to return as part of Charlie Weis’ staff

The Journal-World has learned that former Kansas University assistant coach and player Clint Bowen has accepted a position on new head coach Charlie Weis’ staff.

Ex-KSU coach Vince Gibson dies

Former Kansas State and Tulane football coach Vince Gibson has died. He was 78. The Kenner, La., mayor’s office said in a news release that Gibson died at his home on Tuesday.

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III plans to declare for NFL Draft

The exciting dual-threat quarterback is bypassing his senior season at Baylor and is projected to be one of the top picks in April.

Tuesday, January 10

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Talking Tim Tebow: Ex-Jayhawk Chris Harris happy to have quarterback on his side in Denver

The first time former Kansas University defensive back Chris Harris met Tim Tebow, he was too fired up to notice.

Thomas Robinson’s game (not head) expanding

Two days after Thomas Robinson freed himself late during a coast-to-coast drive with a behind-the-back dribble, and five days after ESPN’s Dick Vitale chose him as his mid-season college basketball player of the year, teammate Travis Releford talked about an advantage to Robinson flying solo. “We can just take off,” Releford said. “We don’t have to wait for the pass.”

Bedlam victory suits Cowboys

Travis Ford waited until about five minutes before the Bedlam rivalry game to have a team manager bring in the special suit jacket he was going to wear. It was the brightest shade of orange, just like the one women’s coach Kurt Budke used to wear when his Cowgirls faced rival Oklahoma.

Steve Stricker seesaws to title; Gary Woodland 24th

Steve Stricker always believed experience would go a long way toward winning the PGA Tour season opener at Kapalua. This wasn’t the kind he was thinking about.

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Travis Releford scores Big 12 honor

Travis Releford, who is known as Kansas University’s defensive stopper, put up some wildly impressive numbers on offense last week.

Monday, January 9

How Tom Keegan voted: AP college basketball poll for Jan. 9, 2012

The following is Lawrence Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's ballot for the AP college basketball poll on Jan. 9, 2012.

KU moves up to No. 10 in both polls

The Kansas men's basketball team jumped to No. 10 in both national rankings following victories over Kansas State and Oklahoma last week.

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Travis Releford wins Big 12 player of the week

Kansas small forward Travis Releford was honored by the Big 12 on Monday as the conference's player of the week.

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Justin Wesley makes mom proud

‘Snaggletooth’ solid in front of mother at OU

Kansas University sophomore basketball forward Justin Wesley hasn’t received any extra pampering or T.L.C. from his mother since he had a front-right tooth knocked out at practice on Nov. 28.

Sunday, January 8

KU track and field continues strong start

Kansas University’s track and field teams swept both relay events, and 10 athletes won 11 individual titles Saturday in the Bill Easton Classic at Anschutz Pavilion.

Saturday, January 7

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KU women drop home game to Kansas State, 63-57

If you’ve followed the rivalry between the Kansas University women’s basketball team and in-state foe Kansas State, you probably figured that K-State guard Brittany Chambers would play a huge role in Saturday’s Sunflower Showdown at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Sooners wowed by Travis Releford

Kansas University forward Travis Releford made quite an impression on Oklahoma’s players and coaches following his 28-point effort in KU’s 72-61 victory on Saturday at Noble Center.

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Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook: Travis Releford OK after shoulder stinger

KU junior Travis Releford hurt his shoulder in the second half. He left the game for a minute or so before returning.

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This year's identity? Defend and dash

Not many college basketball teams have four starters who could hang with Kansas University’s four best players in a sprint-relay/high-jump competition.

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Tyshawn Taylor on Twitter criticism from fans: ' ... I'm going to leave it alone'

Kansas University senior guard Tyshawn Taylor entered into a brief war of words on Twitter with some of his most vocal critics Friday night.

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Putting on a show: Travis Releford impresses family, scores 28 in KU's 72-61 victory over Oklahoma

After hitting the showers and meeting the media, Kansas University’s Travis Releford traipsed back into Noble Center on Saturday to meet his own personal cheering section — one led by his grandmother, Rose Cliff, who lives in Wagoner, and seven cousins from Tulsa.

Unbeaten No. 4 Baylor upends Texas Tech, 73-60

Pierre Jackson scored 19 points and No. 4 Baylor beat Texas Tech 73-60 on Saturday.

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No. 23 Kansas St. runs past No. 7 Missouri, 75-59

Rodney McGruder scored 20 points to lead No. 23 Kansas State past No. 7 Missouri 75-59 Saturday.

Kansas, Oklahoma still tied together

Men moving to start new phases of their basketball lives so often travel the roads that connect Kansas and Oklahoma.

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Arkansas clips ’Cats in Cotton Bowl, 29-16

Joe Adams had his fourth punt return for a touchdown this season and No. 7 Arkansas matched a school record with its 11th victory, beating No. 11 Kansas State, 29-16, in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night.

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Local WR Justin McCay to transfer to KU

A couple of weeks ago, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis delivered what many were calling the biggest recruiting day in program history when he landed former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist and Jake Heaps, a QB who is transferring to KU from BYU.

Jayhawks in the NBA

A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Friday, Jan. 6, 2012.

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Momentum’s on the line in Sunflower Showdown

In the latest Associated Press women’s basketball poll, released early last week, Kansas University received one vote after an 11-1 start to the season.

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Lon Kruger, rebuilding Sooners host Jayhawks

Well-traveled Lon Kruger, who has been all over the map since leaving Kansas State in 1990, has returned to the heartland to coach college basketball.

Friday, January 6

OU WR Justin McCay picks Kansas and will enroll for spring semester

Former Bishop Miege High wide receiver Justin McCay, a former five-star prospect who spent the last two seasons at Oklahoma University, has joined the parade of impact recruits to commit to Charlie Weis and the Kansas University football team.

Kansas State announces athletics complex project

Kansas State is planning a $75 million expansion project at its football stadium.

Recruits reflect faith in Charlie Weis

After the season Russell Wilson had as a one-year, play-right-away transfer for Wisconsin, after leaving North Carolina State, it had to be extremely difficult for Dayne Crist to say no to the Badgers.

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Goodrich leads Jayhawks to strong Big 12 start

Kansas University women’s basketball player Angel Goodrich first arrived in Lawrence in the fall of 2008. Since that time, the oft-injured point guard has been part of a couple of disappointing seasons and 72 KU victories.

D-tackle commits to KU football

The Kansas University football team picked up another commitment on the defensive line on Thursday night, when Tyler Holmes, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive tackle from Sachse, Texas, orally committed to KU.

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Releford happy to set defensive tone for KU

Travis Releford completed a post-game interview with at center court of Allen Fieldhouse, then walked through the building’s fabled northwest tunnel with another reporter 45 minutes after scoring a career-high 16 points and grabbing

Jayhawks in the NBA

A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012.

Thursday, January 5

Big 12 women's basketball roundup: K-State stings A&M

Mariah White fought through traffic and banked in a runner with 1.6 seconds left in overtime to lift Kansas State on Wednesday night.

Jayhawks in the NBA

A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012.

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Jeff Withey heeds ‘dunk everything’ advice

Kansas big man bounces back from benching with big game against KSU

When Kansas University center Jeff Withey received a pass from teammate Elijah Johnson on the baseline midway through the second half, three words from assistant coach Kurtis Townsend rattled through his head.

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Gary Bedore's KU notebook: ‘Old man’ lauded

KU has won 21 consecutive conference openers dating to 1991-92.

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K-State’s Frank Martin bemoans board battle

He flapped his arms, barked at officials, tore into his players and flashed his many ferocious faces throughout the game.

Kansas women down No. 23 Texas, 72-67

Angel Goodrich scored 22 points, and Kansas University held on to beat No. 23 Texas, 72-67, on Wednesday night to win its Big 12 opener for the first time in six years.

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Rough and ready: ‘Intense’ Jayhawks trip KSU

Kansas University’s basketball starters knew they were in for a fierce, physical battle — a war — against ultra-aggressive Kansas State on Wednesday night.

Oklahoma football transfer Justin McCay on hand for hoops

Former Bishop Miege High wide receiver Justin McCay, who has announced that he will transfer from Oklahoma, was in Lawrence on Wednesday night to take in the KU-K-State men’s basketball game. McCay, a red-shirt freshman who played in three games this season because of injury, sat in the KU student section with a handful of other recruits and Tim Grunhard, who coached McCay in high school.

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Travis Releford sets tone for KU

All week in practice, the end-of-the-bench guys on the Kansas University basketball team followed instructions to prepare for the much-anticipated game against rival Kansas State.

Wednesday, January 4

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Iowa State upends Texas, 77-71

Iowa State's transfer-laden team has struggled with consistency at times this season. The newcomers didn't have any trouble carrying the Cyclones in their Big 12 debuts.

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Oklahoma State holds off Texas Tech rally, 67-59

In a game filled with newcomers to Big 12 basketball, one of the few veterans made sure Oklahoma State came out on top.

Memphis Grizzlies trade Xavier Henry to New Orleans Hornets

The 76ers are sending Marreese Speights to Memphis, the Grizzlies will move Xavier Henry to New Orleans and the Grizzlies and Hornets each will send a second-round draft pick to Philadelphia.

Weis taps Scott Holsopple as KU football's strength and conditioning coach

The past connections continue to roll in to shape Charlie Weis' future at Kansas University. Wednesday, one day after naming former Notre Dame assistant Rob Ianello as KU's wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, Weis hired Scott Holsopple to lead KU's strength and conditioning program.

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‘Hawks kick off conference play against ‘Horns

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team is about to encounter its biggest challenge of the season.

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Charlie Weis’ defensive line a priority

When Charlie Weis was introduced as the new football coach at Kansas University in early December, he was asked how much he knew about the KU program.

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Talking toughness: Jayhawks say they’re ready to grind it out with rival KSU

Kansas University junior power forward Thomas Robinson has watched Kansas State’s basketball team on television this season ... and also studied the Wildcats in person.

Good and bad, Tyshawn Taylor is key to KU

Using your own brain to judge someone who has a different brain type invites trouble. Generally, the best approach lies in challenging yourself to look for something to appreciate about the person who thinks not at all the way you think.

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No. 7 Missouri routs Oklahoma 87-49

Missouri played as if its 13-0 start was no big deal. So much for Oklahoma's impressive start.

Tuesday, January 3

Prep wide receiver Gehrig Dieter picks SMU

Three-star wide receiver and Max Preps first team All-American Gehrig Dieter announced Tuesday on Twitter that he will play his college football at SMU.

KU bowling team ranked 18th nationally

The Kansas University men's bowling team is ranked 18th nationally out of 156 schools, according to's team rankings at the end of the fall semester.

KU football names Rob Ianello WR coach and recruiting coordinator

Buddy Wyatt retained as D-Line coach

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis continues to lean on his experience at Notre Dame to shape his coaching staff at Kansas. Tuesday, Weis named Rob Ianello the program's wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, the same positions he held under Weis at Notre Dame from 2005-08.

Dave Bingham, Lee Stevens honored

Former Kansas University baseball coach Dave Bingham and Lawrence High product Lee Stevens have been elected to the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame.

Cowboys claim wild Fiesta Bowl

Brandon Weeden threw for 399 yards and three touchdowns to Justin Blackmon in his final collegiate game, and Quinn Sharp hit a 22-yard field goal in overtime to give No. 3 Oklahoma State a 41-38 win over Andrew Luck and No. 4 Stanford in a wildly entertaining Fiesta Bowl on Monday night.

Baylor opens Big 12 with win

With its highest ranking ever and already with the best start in school history, fourth-ranked Baylor opened Big 12 play accomplishing another first.

Jayhawks in the NBA for Jan. 2

How former Jayhawks in the NBA fared in games of Jan. 2.

Marcus Morris sent to NBADL

Former Kansas University forward Marcus Morris is being sent to the NBA Developmental League for some seasoning, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday night. First-round draft pick Morris is headed to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in Hidalgo, Texas.

’Cats will put KU to test

Kansas State forward Jamar Samuels has played three games in Allen Fieldhouse, Jordan Henriquez, Martavious Irving, Rodney McGruder and Victor Ojeleye two, Will Spradling and Shane Southwell one. Frank Martin has been the Wildcats’ head coach four times, an assistant to Bob Huggins at K-State once, in Allen Fieldhouse. All those Wildcats have something in common. They never have tasted victory in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Bill Self OK with K-State opener

Bill Self has never been the type of guy to complain about things he has no control over, like the Big 12 basketball schedule.

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What a year: Sheahon Zenger had eventful first 365 days

Today marks Sheahon Zenger’s one-year anniversary as the athletic director at Kansas University.

Monday, January 2

How Tom Keegan voted: AP college basketball poll for Jan. 2, 2012

The following is Lawrence Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's ballot for the AP college basketball poll on Jan. 2, 2012.

KU moves up three spots in both polls

The Kansas men's basketball team moved up three spots in both national polls, jumping to No. 14 in the Associated Press poll and No. 15 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.

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Thomas Robinson takes third Big 12 player of the week honor this season

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson was selected as the Big 12 player of the week, the conference announced Monday morning.

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Jordan Juenemann thrilled to land internship in athletics

Jordan Juenemann will be spending more time than usual in Allen Fieldhouse second semester.

Baylor barely team to beat

Once the Big 12 season tips off at 6 p.m. today on ESPNU when Texas A&M travels to Waco to face undefeated Baylor, discussion of where the conference stands compared to other heavyweights gives way to talk of the far more compelling race for a league title.

Jayhawks in the NBA for Jan. 1

How Jayhawks in the NBA fared in games of Jan. 1, 2012.