Stories for October 2012


Wednesday, October 31

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Dave Campo making great strides with KU football defense

Five games into his first run through the Big 12 Conference football schedule, Kansas University defensive coordinator Dave Campo has upgraded the Jayhawks’ defense despite facing some of the nation’s most potent offenses week after week.

How former Jayhawks fared in Oct. 30 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday's NBA season openers.

KU soccer lands 11 on Academic All-Big 12 teams

Eleven members of the Kansas University soccer team earned spots on the Academic All-Big 12 teams, the conference announced Tuesday.

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KU's Goodrich receives votes for preseason All-America team

Kansas University’s Angel Goodrich was recognized among the top college women’s basketball players in the country Tuesday. Goodrich, a senior guard, received votes toward the Associated Press preseason All-America Team and was selected as honorable mention.

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Big, bad Bears offense latest test for Jayhawks

Getting ready for another record-setting, scoreboard-rocking Big 12 offense has become an every-week sort of thing for the Kansas University football program. This week, as the Jayhawks prepare for a road contest at Baylor, the song remains the same. Story by Matt Tait.

Tuesday, October 30

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Notebook: Elijah Johnson starts on bench after showing up late to class

Kansas University senior point guard Elijah Johnson did not start Tuesday’s exhibition opener against Emporia State. “Elijah was substantially late to a class today. He knows the deal. (It’s) not a big deal,” Self said.

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Stoic Perry Ellis shines in KU's exhibition win over Emporia State

Kansas freshman guard Perry Ellis didn't show much emotion in his major-college debut, but that didn't stop him from pouring in a team-high 15 points on perfect 5-for-5 shooting in Kansas' 88-54 exhibition victory over Emporia State on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Opinion: Red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore jumps but nowhere near as high as his ceiling

To watch red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore play basketball is to wonder just how his ceiling is as a player. His put-back dunk was the highlight of the night for Kansas, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan says.

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Jayhawks' pressure defense overwhelms Hornets

Emporia State men's basketball coach Shaun Vandiver knew when he saw the starting lineup for Tuesday's exhibition contest with Kansas University that his undersized squad would have its struggles. The Jayhawks outrebounded the Hornets, 43-23, including a 13-7 advantage on the offensive glass. By Matt Tait

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Jeff Withey selected as AP preseason All-America honorable mention

Kansas senior Jeff Withey has been named honorable mention for the 2012-13 Associated Press preseason All-America Team released Monday.

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Low penalties a positive for Weis' Jayhawks

Charlie Weis' first Kansas University football team might be 1-7, but it's in elite company in one area of the game. Through eight games, the Jayhawks are tied for second nationally for fewest penalties. Story by Matt Tait

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KU's Jamari Traylor sees wait, work rewarded with start vs. Emporia State

The long wait is over for Kansas University red-shirt freshman basketball power forward Jamari Traylor. The 6-foot-8, 220-pounder from Chicago — who, as a partial qualifier was ineligible to play in games all last season — has been slotted a spot in the starting lineup for today’s exhibition opener against Emporia State. Story by Gary Bedore

KU soccer trio on All-Big 12 teams

Kansas University senior Whitney Berry claimed first-team All-Big 12 honors, junior Caroline Kastor and sophomore Jamie Fletcher earned second-team honors on Monday. Freshman Ashley Williams was named to the All-Big 12 Newcomer Team.

KU women's golf seventh, golfer fifth in S.C.

Kansas University junior golfer Thanuttra Boonraksasat tied for fifth place individually on Monday at the Palmetto Intercollegiate at the Oak Point Golf Club in Kiawah Island, S.C.

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Emporia State upset KU basketball? It happened 65 years ago

Gene Cusic only missed one game during his collegiate basketball career because of sickness. Sixty-five years later, he wishes it hadn’t been when his Emporia State Teachers College team defeated Phog Allen-coached Kansas University, 67-44. Story by Jesse Newell

Monday, October 29

Tolefree perfect as KU volleyball sweeps WVU

Lawrence High product Tayler Tolefree made some history on Monday night, becoming the first Kansas University volleyball player to post a perfect attack percentage of 1.000 in KU’s 25-16, 25-12, 25-18 sweep of West Virginia.

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Opinion: Jayhawks' next top scorer tough to predict

It’s business as usual for Kansas University coach Bill Self’s powerhouse basketball program. Last season's top scorers are gone and his team is a bona fide threat to make it to the Final Four. Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan tries to predict where the points will come from.

KU-Texas Tech football game to kick off at 11 a.m. on Nov. 10

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

Kansas women’s golf in 10th place

Junior Thanuttra Boonraksasat leads the Kansas University women’s golf team after shooting an even-par 72 in the first round of the Palmetto Intercollegiate on Sunday at the Oak Point Golf Club.

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KU’s Naadir Tharpe enamored of his little girl

One of Naadir Tharpe’s tiniest, yet most vocal, fans resides in his hometown of Worcester, Mass. That person is Naadir’s 9-month-old daughter, Amara Grace Tharpe, who voices her pleasure for her papa in an enthusiastic way. By Gary Bedore

Opinion: Bring back wishbone

Luckily, Kansas doesn’t have a rip-off artist football coach who simply does what everybody else does. Here’s an outrageous suggestion for Charlie Weis to shock the world and the Baylor defense this Saturday in Waco. Column by Tom Keegan

Sunday, October 28

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James Sims quietly becoming one of KU's best

Saturday’s career game from running back James Sims did nothing to change the all-too-familiar outcome for the 1-7 Kansas University football team. Despite getting 176 yards from their top offensive weapon and leading visiting Texas for most of the second half, the Jayhawks dropped their seventh straight game of the season and lost for the 17th time in a row in Big 12 play. By Matt Tait

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KU women win exhibition opener, 57-35

Kansas University senior forward Carolyn Davis played her first game since suffering a left ACL tear in February and scored eight points in the Jayhawks' 57-35 exhibition win over Washburn Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. By Benton Smith

Oklahoma City Thunder trade Cole Aldrich to Houston in James Harden deal

Unable to work out an extension with James Harden, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded the Sixth Man of the Year, as well as former Kansas University center Cole Aldrich and two other players, to the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

Saturday, October 27

Texas ‘woke up’ at halftime

Longhorns forced to rally for victory over KU

Texas football coach Mack Brown, whose Longhorns barely defeated down-on-its-luck Kansas University on Saturday in Memorial Stadium, sees better days ahead for the Jayhawks. “They are going to beat somebody here. I’m just glad it wasn’t us,” Brown said. By Gary Bedore

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Jamari Traylor looks like T-Rob

Jamari Traylor grinned when asked if he’s ever been approached by somebody who thinks he’s former Kansas University basketball All-American Thomas Robinson. “That happens all the time, more than I like,” Traylor, KU’s 6-foot-8, 220-pound red-shirt freshman power forward, said. By Gary Bedore

Kansas men place fourth at Big 12 cross country

Kansas University’s men’s cross country team placed fourth Saturday at the Big 12 Championships, totaling 121 points for its highest conference finish since 2006. The KU women had 173 points to finish seventh.

’Bods first foe for KU women

The chance to start building upon last season’s success begins today for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team.

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Notebook: Jayhawks find success with 'secret' formation

The name of the formation was not divulged, with quarterback Michael Cummings even going as far as to call it "a secret," but a new-look offensive wrinkle for the Kansas University football team proved successful for the Jayhawks during Saturday's 21-17 loss to Texas.

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Opinion: In defense of a much-improved defense

How did a Kansas football team that now has a 17-game losing streak in Big 12 games almost beat a roster jammed with future pros? Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan says it was a matter of desire ... and heart.

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'Not our time': KU can't close out lead, falls 21-17 to Texas

A heavy Kansas rushing attack wasn't enough, as Texas backup quarterback Case McCoy led Texas to a touchdown with 12 seconds left as the Jayhawks fell, 21-17, to the Longhorns. By Matt Tait

Bobby Cremins (finally) visits fieldhouse, speaks at clinic

Hard to believe, but until Friday, college coaching legend Bobby Cremins had never stepped foot in Allen Fieldhouse.

KU soccer wins finale

Senior Nicole Chrisopulos tallied a goal and an assist, and junior Jamie Fletcher added a pair of assists as Kansas University soccer celebrated Senior Day with a 5-0 victory over Northern Colorado on Friday in the regular-season finale at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

KU's 2006-07 men's basketball team among Hall inductees

Kansas University’s 2006-07 basketball team was inducted into the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony Friday morning in the Booth Family Hall of Athletics. Also inducted: track and field thrower Egor Agafonov and soccer player Holly Gault.

Friday, October 26

Michael Cummings clear No. 1

Heading into preparations for last week’s Oklahoma game, Kansas University quarterback Michael Cummings knew he would play, had heard he might start but also knew that senior Dayne Crist also would play several snaps.

Kansas vs. Texas: Tale of the tape

A unit-by-unit look at the Kansas-Texas football match-up.

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Turning the corner: JaCorey Shepherd relishes role as DB

This whole season — which continues at 11 a.m. today when the Jayhawks (1-6 overall, 0-4 Big 12) play host to Texas (5-2, 2-2) at Memorial Stadium — has been a wild ride for Shepherd, last year’s team leader in both touchdown receptions (3) and average gain per reception (16.8). By Matt Tait

KU men's basketball No. 7 in preseason AP poll

The Kansas men's basketball team is ranked No. 7 in the preseason Associated Press poll released Friday.

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KU forward Kevin Young breaks bone in right hand, expected to miss two weeks

Kansas University senior forward Kevin Young suffered a broken bone in the middle of his right hand at practice on Thursday and is slated to miss about two weeks of action, coach Bill Self said Friday.

KU swimming tops Nebraska-Omaha

Kansas University freshman Chelsie Miller won two events, leading KU’s swim team to a 137-98 victory over Nebraska-Omaha on Thursday night.

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Weis dials back KU's offense to safeguard defense

It’s no secret that the Kansas University football team’s offense has struggled this season. Outside of the 31-point performance in the season opener against FCS foe South Dakota State, the Jayhawks have averaged just 15 points per game, a number that dips to 11 against Big 12 defenses. While KU’s erratic quarterback play has been the main reason behind the poor output, KU coach Charlie Weis said this week that low-scoring games had been part of the plan.

Tease photo staff's Week 9 college football picks

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

Jayhawk women looking forward to shot at Griner, Big 12 favorite Bears

With Brittney Griner and all the starters back from Baylor’s 40-0 season, the race in the Big 12 likely will be for second behind the Lady Bears.

Thursday, October 25

Men's basketball among six perfect KU teams in Graduation Success Rate

The Kansas athletic department posted its highest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) ever, helped by six teams — including men’s basketball — that achieved perfect scores.

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KU men's basketball to start four-year series with Georgetown in 2013-14

The Kansas men’s basketball will play Georgetown in a four-year home-and-home series starting in the 2013-14 season, the school announced Thursday.

Wednesday, October 24

Kansas volleyball falls at Iowa State

Kansas University’s volleyball team opened the second half of the Big 12 season with a 25-22, 25-21, 27-29, 25-23 loss Wednesday at Iowa State.

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Mario Chalmers makes preseason debut for Heat

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra grinned widely, pausing a second before talking about point guard Mario Chalmers’ progression during his four seasons with the Heat.

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Jayhawks follow bad practice with good cause

Kansas University’s basketball team had its worst practice of the young 2012-13 season Wednesday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. “We had a bad day today, but something positive came out of it. I think we got in better shape today,” KU coach Bill Self told 450 women who attended Wednesday’s “Ladies Night Out” cancer benefit in the fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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KU football seeks improvement from sad-sack special teams

Special teams have been a sore spot for Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis this season.

Kansas men's golfer Gilbert ties for Herb Wimberly title

Kansas University golfer Chris Gilbert carded a final-round 2-under 69 to earn a share of the individual title at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate on Tuesday at New Mexico State Golf Course.

KU volleyball's Jarmoc named national player of the week

Kansas University junior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc was named national volleyball player of the week on Tuesday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

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Self: Tall order for KU to replace Thomas Robinson's toughness

Former Kansas University forward/current Sacramento Kings rookie Thomas Robinson was trending on Twitter — his name momentarily flooding that popular website on Sunday night — after his spectacular, one-handed putback dunk over Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Tuesday, October 23

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Weis shakes up starters, gives Cummings nod at quarterback against Texas

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis on Tuesday removed the “or” between the names of his two starting quarterbacks. Red-shirt freshman Michael Cummings will start against Texas this weekend and former starter and fifth-year senior Dayne Crist will back him up.

Monday, October 22

Opinion: Big 3 — Klein, Snyder, Self — help Kansas save face

Just when you start to get paranoid that some parts of the country view us as oddballs, college sports figures ride to the rescue.

KU volleyball honored again

Two Kansas University volleyball players were named Big 12 players of the week, and the Jayhawks ascended to unprecedented heights in the national rankings and NCAA RPI projections.

Kansas’ Chris Gilbert tied for golf lead

Chris Gilbert fired consecutive rounds of 3-under 68 to match Blake Biddle of UNLV for the tournament lead, and Kansas University’s men’s golf shot a combined 570 to sit in fifth place after two rounds of the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate on Monday at New Mexico State Golf Course.

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Bill Self pleased with Jayhawks’ progress

Overall, Bill Self likes what he’s seen at practice 10 days into the 2012-13 college basketball season.

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Kansas, Texas football bemoan plight of rebuilding

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis and Texas coach Mack Brown seem to have different views about what constitutes rebuilding.

Jayhawks land commitment from Mississippi juco defensive tackle

Tedarian Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive tackle from Hinds Community College in Mississippi, orally committed to KU on Monday, according to Johnson, a juco teammate of current KU commitment Andrew Bolton, a 6-3, 280-pound defensive end, becomes the 11th member of the Class of 2013 to pledge his services to the Jayhawks.

KU-Baylor to kick off at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 3

The Kansas football team's road game against Baylor on Nov. 3 will kick off at 2:30 p.m., the Big 12 conference announced Monday.

Sunday, October 21

Kansas’ Cardona falls in ITA quarters

Kansas University freshman Maria Jose Cardona fell in the quarterfinals of the main singles draw Sunday at the ITA Regional Tennis Championships.

Prep F Tyler Roberson visits KU

Tyler Roberson, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound senior basketball small forward from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic High School, completed his official recruiting visit to Kansas University on Sunday.

Kansas soccer ‘unlucky’ in loss

Unlucky is a term that often gets kicked around in soccer to describe why something went wrong. Following their Big 12 finale against Texas Tech — a 3-1 loss — Sunday afternoon at Jayhawk Soccer Complex, Kansas University’s players and coaches felt not just unlucky but also somewhat confused.

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Quick study: Ben McLemore hit books — hard

Ben McLemore had a heart-to-heart talk with his mom, Sonya, in the summer of 2011 before beginning his academic and athletic career at Kansas University.

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KU football coach Charlie Weis expected to name starting QB on Tuesday

Saturday’s 52-7 loss at Oklahoma was painful for the Kansas University football team in a lot of ways, but it seems as if the Jayhawks came out of it one step closer to nailing down the identity of their starting quarterback. Who that is remains a mystery for now, but KU coach Charlie Weis said Sunday night that he expected to announce whether fifth-year senior Dayne Crist or red-shirt freshman Michael Cummings would start Saturday against Texas much earlier than he did a week ago.

KU’s Cardona advances to quarterfinals at ITA tennis regional

Kansas University’s only remaining representative at the ITA Regional Championships, freshman Maria Jose Cardona, advanced to the quarterfinals on Saturday at Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

KU swimmers fall to Minnesota

Kansas University’s swim team fell to Minnesota, 179-119, in the Jayhawks’ first home meet of the year on Saturday at Robinson Natatorium.

KU volleyball tops TCU, 3-1

The Kansas University volleyball team extended its school-record home winning streak to 12 matches with a four-set victory over TCU on Saturday at Horejsi Center.

Trubica wins singles draw at KU Invitational

Kansas University freshman tennis player Anastasija Trubica won two matches to top Singles Draw C on Saturday at the KU Invitational at Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Saturday, October 20

Sooners thought KU would be 'formidable opponent'

Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops scoffed when asked if his team spent any extra time earlier in the week looking at film of its next opponent, No. 5 Notre Dame.

KU notebook: Michael Cummings makes first start

Red-shirt freshman quarterback Michael Cummings made the first start of his career on Saturday, and even though his squad wound up on the wrong end of a 52-7 drubbing by the 10th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, Cummings managed to crack a smile when talking about his debut.

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Opinion: It's time for Charlie Weis to move on from Dayne Crist

It takes quite a while for a man who weighs 309 pounds to pick up a football and run 45 yards with it, which only served to prolong the pain of everyone on the opposite sideline watching the play that ended an unforgettable mini-series featuring Charlie Weis and Dayne Crist.

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Playing two quarterbacks doubles the troubles for KU football in 52-7 loss to Oklahoma

If you had to pick one series to recap the failed experiment that was Kansas University's two-quarterback approach on Saturday night against No. 10 Oklahoma, the only option came late in the first quarter of the Sooners' 52-7 domination of the Jayhawks at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

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All eyes on James Sims: Kansas RB making up for lost time

Many players in James Sims’ position would have entered the 2012 season on cruise control, ready to reap the benefits of leading the Kansas University football team in rushing as a freshman and sophomore, eager to soak up the special treatment that comes with being one of the team’s top players. Not Sims. By Matt Tait.

Jayhawk doubles tennis team advances to semis of KU Invitational

The Kansas University doubles tennis team of Claire Dreyer and Anastasija Trubica won two matches on Friday to advance to the semifinal round of the KU Invitational at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

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Pay-for-play among Bill Self talk topics

Bill Self, who is beginning his 20th season as a college basketball head coach and his 10th at Kansas University, has modified his position regarding certain issues throughout the years.

KU wary of 'Belldozer'

While Kansas University’s football team has begun to look to red-shirt freshman quarterback Michael Cummings to bring a different — read: more mobile — look to the Jayhawks’ offense, what Cummings does on the field pales in comparison to what the Sooners get from their change-of-pace quarterback, Wichita native Blake Bell. By Matt Tait.

Kansas-Oklahoma tale of the tape

A unit-by-unit look at the Kansas-Oklahoma football game

Cardona lone Jayhawk left at ITA regional tennis championship

Kansas University’s Maria Jose Cardona picked up two wins in her first singles action to stay alive at the ITA Regional tennis championships on Friday at the University of Tulsa.

Friday, October 19

Kansas soccer reignites offense with 4-1 victory over Iowa State

Kansas University’s soccer team, which had been shut out in three of its last four games, rediscovered its offense in a 4-1 rout of Iowa State on Friday at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Tease photo staff's Week 8 college football picks

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

Thursday, October 18

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Jayhawks' 2007 Elite Eight squad to enter KU Hall of Fame

The 2006-07 Kansas University men’s basketball team, which won Big 12 Conference regular season and postseason tournament titles and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, will be inducted into Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame at 11 a.m., a week from today, in the Booth Family Hall of Athletics.

KU tennis' Windom loses qualifier at ITA Regional Championships

Kansas University junior Dylan Windom lost to Saint Louis’ Mia Elmore, 6-7 (2), 6-2, 1-0 (11-9), on Thursday in the first round of the qualifying draw at the ITA Regional Championships.

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Cummings or Crist? KU, OU downplay quarterback question's effect on prep

A day closer to kickoff and the mystery remains: Who will start at quarterback for the Kansas University football team this weekend at Oklahoma?

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Ring out the old: Jayhawks sport jewelry at Media Day

Kansas University’s four senior basketball players brought out the bling for Wednesday’s Big 12 Media Day festivities in Sprint Center.

KU women’s golf places ninth

Kansas University junior Meghan Potee fought through flulike symptoms and was KU’s top finisher Wednesday at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic.

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KU football defense takes baby steps

Last year, Kansas University ranked near or at the bottom of Div. I football in most relevant defensive categories.

Wednesday, October 17

21st-ranked KU volleyball team takes care of No. 14 Kansas State in four sets

If Kansas University’s volleyball team felt as if it gave away Wednesday’s first set against archrival and 14th-ranked Kansas State, the Jayhawks sure made up for it in the next three. After responding to the disappointment of letting two set points escape them in the opener, the 21st-ranked Jayhawks dominated Set 2, ground out Set 3 and closed out a convincing victory against the Wildcats, 26-28, 25-15, 28-26 and 25-20, at Horejsi Center.

Plans advance for School of Business building, `Rules of Basket Ball' museum, razing McCollum

Higher education officials on Wednesday endorsed two major building projects totaling more than $83 million on the Kansas University campus, and the destruction of a residence hall.

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KU ranked No. 7 in first USA Today coaches poll and other Big 12 Media Day notes

The Kansas men's basketball team is ranked No. 7 in the preseason USA Today coaches poll released Wednesday. Two other Big 12 schools made the top 25: Baylor at No. 18 and Texas at No. 25. Missouri was picked No. 17.

KU women’s golf fifth in Oklahoma

Kansas University women’s golf moved into fifth place after two rounds of the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club on Tuesday.

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ESPN: KU hoops has No. 2 recruiting class for 2013

Kansas University’s men’s basketball recruiting Class of 2013 is currently ranked No. 2 in the country by

Tuesday, October 16

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Column: James Sims leading when Jayhawks need it most

A football team with an uncertain quarterback situation is a team in need of a leader. Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis shared Tuesday an anecdote that revealed which one of his players has filled that void.

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Weis: Both Cummings and Crist will play against Oklahoma

It was an answer, only in the fact that we now know that Kansas University quarterbacks Dayne Crist and Michael Cummings both will play Saturday, when the Jayhawks travel to Oklahoma to take on the Sooners at 6:05 p.m. Who will start? That’s still anybody’s guess, and, in a way, that’s exactly how KU coach Charlie Weis likes it.

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Overlook KU? Not Sooners

Captain Optimistic could look at 10th-ranked Oklahoma’s schedule, see the Sooners’ match-up with Kansas University on Saturday is sandwiched between last week’s Red River Rivalry game against Texas and next week’s showdown with No. 5 Notre Dame and think, “Maybe OU will overlook the Jayhawks.”

KU golfer in 10th; team in seventh

Kansas University freshman Yupaporn Kawinpakorn shot a 1-under 71 and is tied for 10th after Monday’s first round of the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic at the Jimmie Austin Golf Club.

Big 12 honors Kansas libero

Kansas University junior libero Brianne Riley was named Big 12 Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Monday, October 15

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Big pick-up: Combo guard Wayne Selden commits to KU basketball

Mom, five-star recruit had great time at Late Night in Phog

Wayne Selden, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound combo guard from Tilton School in Tilton, N.H., has orally committed to the Kansas men's basketball team.

KU-Texas kickoff set for 11 a.m. Oct. 27

The Big 12 conference announced Monday morning that Kansas University's homecoming football contest against the University of Texas on Oct. 27 would kick off at 11 a.m.

Sunday, October 14

KU soccer blanked again, 1-0 by Texas

Kansas University managed a season-low three shots on goal and suffered a second straight 1-0 setback, the more recent on Sunday to Texas at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

KU women entertain committed twins

Kansas University’s latest two women’s basketball commitments — twins Dakota and Dylan Gonzalez of Highland High School in Pocatello, Idaho — attended Friday’s Late Night in the Phog in Allen Fieldhouse as part of their official recruiting visits.

Hoops target Joel Embiid elevates KU

Joel Embiid, one of three uncommitted high school senior basketball prospects who attended Friday’s Late Night in the Phog, on Sunday listed Kansas University as his current leader in recruiting.

Column: Lubbock Smith welcome upgrade

Every regime change in college football is accompanied by a promise from the new head coach that he and his staff will seek to upgrade the speed of the defense.

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Questions, no answers, for Kansas at QB

The question will be asked at least a thousand times this week, and Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has no plans to share the answer.

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After festivities, Jayhawks get down to business

Kansas University’s basketball players were back on the court — for the first real practice of the 2012-13 season — a mere 13 hours after Friday’s festive Late Night in the Phog.

Kansas had a plan for ‘tragic’ rain delay

While Saturday’s 20-14 loss to Oklahoma State will likely be remembered as red-shirt freshman quarterback Michael Cummings’ coming-out party, the one-hour and 19-minute weather delay also may be talked about for some time.

LB Jake Love responds

Jake Love couldn’t get the bad play out of his mind.

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Column: QB switch affects RB James Sims, too

The lights were turned up at a factory in 1924, and productivity increased. After a while, the lights were dimmed, and productivity increased again. It’s known as the Hawthorne effect. Part of what happened when Charlie Weis replaced immobile senior quarterback Dayne Crist with the more elusive red-shirt freshman Michael Cummings in the third quarter of Saturday’s lightning-interrupted football game could be attributed to the way the quarterbacks handle pressure from the defense.

Saturday, October 13

Mike Gundy: Win ‘painful to watch’

Oklahoma State’s football team has put up some astronomical numbers on offense the past couple of seasons.

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Turning the tide: Michael Cummings-led rally falls short as KU falls to OSU

For three quarters Saturday at rain-soaked Memorial Stadium, Kansas University’s football offense did next to nothing against Oklahoma State and found itself staring at 20-point hole in the final quarter with a feeling of hopelessness washing over whatever remained of the 31,115 announced attendance.

Late Night notebook: Rio Adams gets a boost

Kansas University senior leader Elijah Johnson was pleased to see freshman Rio Adams score three points and dish two assists in the scrimmage portion of Friday’s Late Night in the Phog in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Carolyn Davis: ‘I still got it’

About a minute into Friday’s Late Night scrimmage, Kansas University senior Carolyn Davis caught a pass in traffic, turned, and bounced in a layup off the glass.

Kansas volleyball loses first Big 12 match, at Texas

Texas ran its homecourt volleyball conference winning streak to 37 with a three-set sweep of Kansas University on Friday at Gregory Gymnasium.

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A banner day: Final Four flag highlights Jayhawks’ Late Night

It was not an actor or a rapper but a banner that stole the show at the 28th annual Late Night in the Phog on Friday night in jam-packed Allen Fieldhouse.

KU soccer falls to Sooners, 1-0

Oklahoma senior Renae Cuellar’s goal in the 22nd minute was the decider in a 1-0 Big 12 soccer victory over Kansas University on Friday at John Crain Field.

Buchanan leads KU men's cross country to finish 20th

Sophomore Reid Buchanan placed 74th overall and led the Kansas University men’s cross country team to a 20th-place finish at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Friday.

Friday, October 12

Kansas vs. OSU: Tale of the Tape

A unit-by-unit look at the Kansas-Oklahoma State football game

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Young guns: Kansas hopes to take advantage of youth at QB

Although Kansas University’s football team does not know for sure which Oklahoma State quarterback it will face at 2:30 today in Memorial Stadium, the Jayhawks know one thing — whichever Cowboy starts will be awfully inexperienced.

Tease photo staff's Week 7 college football picks

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

KU women kick off trek to tourney with Late Night

The Kansas University women’s basketball team went dancing, as in playing in the NCAA Tournament, last March for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

KU football preps for up-tempo OSU

Last season, in a 70-28 loss to Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., the Kansas University football team marched down the field on its opening drive, took a 7-0 lead, blinked and found itself trailing by 49 points at halftime.

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Setting the pace: Senior guard Elijah Johnson relishing lead role for KU

For the first time in a long time, there’s a new point guard running the show at Kansas University.

KU men looking forward to Late Night festivities

There’s a lot of sweat — and little payoff at the time — for Kansas University’s basketball players, who work on their bodies and their individual skill-sets during the months of April, May, June, July, August, September and early October.

Nine newcomers set to make KU hoops debut tonight

A whopping nine Kansas University basketball newcomers will be playing before a crowd in Allen Fieldhouse for the first time tonight.

KU welcomes trio of senior prep recruits for Late Night

Three of the top uncommitted high school senior basketball prospects in the country will attend tonight’s Late Night in the Phog in Allen Fieldhouse.

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A look back at Late Night's colorful history from 1985-2011

No party pooper, Bill Self has been willing to wear whatever wacky costumes the producers of Late Night in the Phog have presented him the past couple years in Allen Fieldhouse.

Thursday, October 11

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KU basketball notebook: Freshman Peters out for month with shoulder injury

Kansas University freshman basketball forward Zach Peters will be out four to six weeks because of a left shoulder injury, KU coach Bill Self reported at Thursday’s Media Day in Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU picked for first in Big 12 preseason coaches poll

The Kansas men's basketball team is the unanimous pick to win the Big 12 conference according to the preseason coaches poll that was released Thursday.

KU women's golfers win individual, team titles at Price's Intercollegiate

Kansas University freshman Yupaporn “Mook” Kawinpakorn won her first tournament at the college level, and the Jayhawks won the team title Wednesday at the Price’s “Give ’Em Five” Intercollegiate at the New Mexico State University Golf Course.

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Driving force: Jayhawks wary of OSU RB Joseph Randle

All season, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has gushed about KU sophomore Tony Pierson and his ability to score from anywhere on the field at any time. Saturday, when the Jayhawks play host to Oklahoma State at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, they’ll face a similar back: Wichita native Joseph Randle.

Kansas volleyball escapes Sooners

Fourth-year junior Catherine Carmichael blasted three kills in the final five points to force a fifth set and went on to fire a career-high 18 kills on the night, sending No. 21 Kansas University volleyball past Oklahoma, 25-16, 21-25, 13-25, 25-21, 15-10, on Wednesday in the McCasland Field House.

Charlie Weis consults with Chiefs’ Brady Quinn

It wasn’t long after Matt Cassel had sustained a concussion and Brady Quinn finished out a loss to the Ravens that the Chiefs’ backup quarterback got in touch with an old friend. It happened to be Charlie Weis, his former coach at Notre Dame.

Wednesday, October 10

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Bill Self to receive the Wooden's Awards 'Legends of Coaching' honor in 2013

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self will receive the John R. Wooden Award’s “Legends of Coaching” honor in 2013, Coach Wooden’s daughter, Nan Wooden Muehlhausen, announced Wednesday at the annual Los Angeles Athletic Club Wooden Award Tipoff Luncheon. The award recognizes coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden’s high standards of coaching success and personal integrity.

KU, Georgetown working on home-and-home series in men's basketball

KU and Georgetown will likely begin a home-and-home series in men's basketball next season.

KU-Mizzou match-up in NCAA tournament wouldn’t shock Self

Kansas and Missouri might be meeting again in men’s basketball sooner than anybody expected.

Healthy Carolyn Davis aims for return trip to NCAAs

Although it’s been eight months since she tore up her left knee, both dislocating it and tearing the anterior cruciate ligament, the memory of that day and the torture that came after it will never be far from the mind of Kansas University senior Carolyn Davis.

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Weis promises to explore all options before OSU game

Following Saturday’s loss to Kansas State, and again during a conference call with reporters on Sunday night, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis vowed to explore anything and everything that could solve his squad’s second-half struggles. Tuesday morning, during his regular weekly news conference, Weis shared the details of a new plan that was mostly personnel driven.

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KU women's basketball eager to turn tourney run into Big 12 success

Kansas University junior forward Tania Jackson is ready for a stress-free Selection Monday, especially after having to suffer through an uncertain one last year.

Tuesday, October 9

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Column: Get-out-and-go Goodrich makes Bonnie Ball a must-see event

Raise your hand if you ever attended a women’s basketball game at empty Allen Fieldhouse and went home feeling as if you had just watched a doubleheader between the Royals and some other tight-fisted non-contender on a hot day in late August. You’re not alone. But this is not that team. Not by a long shot.

Former Penn State coach Sandusky sentenced to at least 30 years for sexually abusing boys

Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall.

KU golfer leads; Jayhawks in 2nd

Kansas University junior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn shot a 3-under 69 to lead all golfers after the first round of the Price’s “Give ’Em Five” Intercollegiate on Monday at the N.M. State University Golf Course. KU sits in second place in the team standings.

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LB Ben Heeney bright spot for KU defense

When a team gives up 475 yards, eight touchdowns and 56 points to its in-state rival, it can be pretty tough to find positive things to point to on the defensive side of the field.

Monday, October 8

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Sherron II? Collins-like guard Frank Mason picks KU

Virginia native Frank Mason, who cited Kansas University’s tradition in basketball as one reason for orally committing to the Jayhawks, hopes his college career mirrors one of his all-time KU favorites.

Column: Time for Weis to get creative

Business as usual won’t cut it for a Kansas University football team armed with squirt guns and facing one Big 12 nuclear offense after another the rest of the schedule.

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Kansas trailer soon to have Kansas tags

Formerly, it was licensed in Maine

Nearly everywhere you look, ‘Kansas’ is plastered somewhere on the big semitrailer that hauls shoulder pads, helmets and other gear for the Kansas University football team to road games. Well, almost everywhere. It isn’t on the license plate.

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Point guard Frank Mason commits to KU basketball

Frank Mason, a 5-foot-11 point guard from Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va., has orally committed to Kansas University, Mason told the Journal-World on Monday afternoon.

KU-OU kickoff set for 6:05 p.m. Oct. 20

The Big 12 Conference announced Monday morning that Kansas University's Oct. 20 football game at Oklahoma would kickoff at 6:05 p.m. and would be televised on Fox Sports Net.

Sunday, October 7

Chris Gilbert 11th; KU men 10th at Brickyard

Chris Gilbert holed a shot from approximately 100 yards out on No. 12, which ignited a stretch of three birdies over his last seven holes to record a final-round 70 and tie for 11th place with a 2-under 214 on the final day of the Brickyard Collegiate on Sunday at Riverside Golf Club.

Kansas tennis 5-1 at Tribe

Kansas University’s tennis team went 5-1 in singles play on the final day Sunday of the Tribe Invitational.

KU soccer ties Deacons

Caroline Kastor scored her team-leading ninth goal, and senior goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau made three saves as Kansas University played to a 1-1 tie against Wake Forest on Sunday at W. Dennie Spry Stadium.

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Charlie Weis, KU football get back to work

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis claims he’s just like everybody else. He feels better after wins than he does after losses. That’s why, following Saturday’s 56-16 stinker in Manhattan, Weis hunkered down in his office at the Anderson Family Football Complex and did not leave for six hours.

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Ceremony has KU flavor

Former Jayhawks David Jaynes, Bud Stallworth, Wayne Simien enter Hall

A blue-chip quarterback at Bonner Springs High School, David Jaynes committed to play football for Bear Bryant’s powerhouse University of Alabama football program in the fall of 1970. Jaynes changed his mind after Kansas University assistant football coach Terry Donahue invited him to a KU-Kansas State basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU RB Pierson practices Sunday as x-rays come back negative

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis said Sunday night that sophomore tailback Tony Pierson practiced Sunday and was not expected to miss any playing time because of an injured elbow that kept him out of the final three quarters of Saturday’s loss at Kansas State.

Three Jayhawks to enter Kansas Sports Hall of Fame today

Former Kansas University basketball standout Bud Stallworth, who has worked part-time as a radio talk-show host in Lawrence the past several years, spoke eloquently Thursday about his fellow Jayhawk inductees in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012.

KU swim team wins dual at Rice

Kansas University freshman Bryce Hinde helped earn three first-place finishes and set a pool record on Saturday as the KU swim team topped Rice, 166-132, in the Jayhawks’ first dual of the season.

KU golf's Gautier tied for 10th at Brickyard

Stan Gautier fell from a tie for second place to a 10th-place tie after carding a 2-over 74 in the second round of the Brickyard Collegiate Championship on Saturday at Riverside Golf Club.

KU's Becker runs to first at Haskell Invitational

Kansas University junior runner Natalie Becker made her season debut for the KU women’s cross country team and broke away from the pack for first place at the Haskell Invitational on Saturday at Haskell Indian Nations University.

Kansas tennis duo wins doubles flight

Kansas University tennis partners Claire Dreyer and Anastasija Trubica won two matches to clinch their doubles flight Saturday on the second day of the Tribe Invitational.

Riley, KU volleyball dig in to hold off Baylor

Brianne Riley is well on her way to setting Kansas University’s all-time volleyball digs record ... in just three seasons. Riley, KU’s junior libero out of Benet Academy in Lisle, Ill., had a match-high 22 digs in the No. 24-ranked Jayhawks’ five-set victory (25-17, 26-24, 17-25, 23-25, 15-11) over Baylor on Saturday in Horejsi Center.

Saturday, October 6

Wildcats: Lopsided win not enough

Even a 40-point victory over his team’s biggest rival wasn’t enough to make Kansas State receiver Chris Harper happy.

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Column: For first time since 1800s, KU football no longer has all-time winning record

Discussing the present state of Kansas University’s football team is too depressing, so before looking into the future for potential relief, a look into the distant past is in order.

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Notebook: Backup QB Michael Cummings gets first action; RB Tony Pierson injured

The fourth quarter of Saturday's 56-16 loss to Kansas State proved to be the answer to the question that many Kansas University football fans had been asking: When would KU coach Charlie Weis replace quarterback Dayne Crist?

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Same ol', same ol': Wildcats continue domination over KU with 56-16 romp

For the past two weeks, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis preached finishing to his rebuilding program. But on a cold and windy Saturday in front of a crowd of 50,334 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, it was the Jayhawks who were finished.

KU basketball notebook: Spurs cut Collins; prep Parker drops Jayhawks from list

Former Kansas University point guard Sherron Collins was cut by the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs on Friday, just four days after signing a training camp contract.

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Armed and dangerous: K-State QB Klein powerful rusher, can fling it, too

Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein can throw the football.

KU tennis 7-3 on first day at Tribe Invitational

The Kansas University women’s tennis team started its second tournament of the season by winning seven of ten matches on the first day of the Tribe Invitational hosted by William & Mary.

Kansas soccer falls to No. 16 West Virginia, 1-0

Kate Schwindel’s goal in the 43rd minute gave No. 16 West Virginia a 1-0 victory over Kansas University in a Big 12 soccer match Friday at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Kansas vs. KSU: Tale of the tape

A unit-by-unit look at Kansas vs. Kansas State

Bowen thrilled to be part of KU-KSU rivalry again

Lawrence native and current Kansas University assistant football coach Clint Bowen has the unique perspective of having cheered, played and coached for the Jayhawks football team during the past four decades.

Friday, October 5

Tease photo staff's Week 6 college football picks

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

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Kale Pick glad he picked Kansas

Mention the name Kerry Meier to the average Kansas University football fan, and the image of No. 10 slipping behind the Missouri defense on a freelance pattern immediately surfaces, replete with snowflakes falling in Arrowhead Stadium and Todd Reesing lobbing him the game-winning touchdown pass.

KU defense drastically better on third downs

After watching film of his new team, Kansas University football defensive coordinator Dave Campo set out two main goals for his defensive players during their first meeting in the winter.

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Boot Camp ends early

Jayhawks survive early-morning conditioning drills

Perry Ellis didn’t particularly enjoy hopping out of bed at 5 a.m. and staying up until 10 p.m. or so the past two weeks.

Thursday, October 4

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Jeff Withey named to preseason all-Big 12; Elijah Johnson honorable mention

Kansas senior center Jeff Withey was a unanimous selection to the preseason all-Big 12 team, the conference announced Thursday.

Kansas volleyball downs W. Va.

Shaking off just its second first-set loss of the year, 24th-ranked Kansas University used a 14-kill effort from third-year junior Caroline Jarmoc to knock off West Virginia and improve to 3-0 in conference play for the first time in program history, 15-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-17, on Wednesday.

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Sunflower snapshots: Missouri’s departure for the SEC has sharpened the focus for KU on its other big rival

There are 24 native Kansans on the Kansas University football roster and several other players who have been in town long enough to understand the significance of the annual Sunflower Showdown between KU and K-State.

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Late Night plans announced

Kansas University’s 28th-annual Late Night in the Phog will run from 6:30 p.m. until approximately 9:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12 in Allen Fieldhouse, KU’s athletic department announced Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 3

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Angel Goodrich selected to preseason all-Big 12 team

Kansas senior point guard Angel Goodrich was named to the preseason all-Big 12 team, the conference announced Wednesday.

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Jayhawks' bye week spent on preparation, not relaxation

Although Kansas University’s football team was off last week, the Jayhawks’ bye afforded them very few opportunities to kick back, put their feet up and relax.

KU tennis duo loses on first day at All-American Championships

Kansas University senior Monica Pezzotti and junior Dylan Windom lost their first tennis doubles match on Tuesday at the ITA/Riviera All-American Championships.

Prep point guard Peters to visit KU

Roddy Peters, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound senior point guard from Suitland High in District Heights, Md., will make an official recruiting trip to Kansas University on Oct. 19-20, reports.

Weis, KU face huge mismatch at KSU

Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder, when pressed Monday, revealed more than he usually does during the weekly Big 12 conference call.

Tuesday, October 2

Kansas volleyball enters top 25 poll

Kansas University volleyball is ranked for the first time since the 2005 season.

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KU's Weis playing up first rivalry game with K-State, Snyder’s 21st

In the 21 years that Bill Snyder has paced the sideline as the head coach at Kansas State, he has stared across the field at four different Kansas University head coaches during the annual Sunflower Showdown.

Big 12 smaller but stronger thanks to top QBs

Nebraska players making the tunnel walk on red carpet. Red balloons climbing to the clouds after the Cornhuskers’ first score. The visiting team receiving a standing ovation after the game’s final play.

Seven-footer Embiid to visit KU for Late Night

Joel Embiid, a 7-foot, 220-pound senior center from Rock School in Gainesville, Fla., will attend the Oct. 12 Late Night in the Phog as part of an official basketball recruiting visit to Kansas University.

Monday, October 1

KU-Oklahoma State football game to kick off at 2:30 on FSN

The Kansas football team's Oct. 13 home game against Oklahoma State will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on FSN, the Big 12 announced Monday morning.