Stories for September 2012


Sunday, September 30

Kansas soccer tops TCU

Kansas University junior Caroline Kastor scored the golden goal in the 103rd minute as No. 23-ranked KU edged TCU, 3-2 in double overtime, on Sunday at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium.

Keegan: Tayler Tolefree prototype student-athlete

So long and springy, so agile and precise in her movements. To watch Kansas University senior Tayler Tolefree play volleyball is to come away with the impression that she has ideal physical attributes for the sport. To interview her is to realize that her mind trumps all as her greatest asset.

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Jersey boy: Is TE Mike Ragone happy? C’mon, bro

The early results have been disappointing and his own statistics — two receptions, 11 yards, a touchdown — hard to come by, but Kansas University tight end Mike Ragone is thrilled to be here.

Self: New KU contract ‘generous,’ built for long haul

Bill Self says he has no idea if stability in Kansas University’s basketball program will assist him in the pursuit of high school players.

Jayhawk men race to first place at Rim Rock Classic

Kansas University’s unranked men’s cross country team might have caught the attention of the pollsters on Saturday morning at Rim Rock Farm.

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KU safety Bradley McDougald credits big brother for perspective in tough times

During his four years with the Kansas University football program, wide-receiver-turned-safety Bradley McDougald has played two positions for three head coaches, lined up alongside some of the best players in school history and suffered through a trying period of consistent losing that has stretched into the first four games of his senior season.

Saturday, September 29

Brownback honors Kansas’ Dixon

Kansas University junior sprinter and Olympic gold medalist Diamond Dixon was honored by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback at the capitol building Friday morning. Dixon was a member of the 4x400-meter Olympic relay team that won gold in London in August.

KU soccer falls at Baylor, 1-0

Baylor forward Lisa Sliwinski’s goal with just over four minutes remaining in regulation broke a scoreless tie and lifted the Bears to a 1-0 Big 12 Conference soccer triumph over No. 23 Kansas on Friday at the Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field.

Friday, September 28

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Bill Self, KU agree on contract through 2021-22 season

Bill Self has been awarded a new contract at Kansas University, the athletic department announced Friday.Armed with a new contract to lead Kansas University basketball through the 2021-22 season, Bill Self on Friday was asked what he might say to any fans concerned that he’ll someday head to the NBA.

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KU freshmen feeling pain of first basketball Boot Camp

There’s a four-letter word that best describes Bill Self’s Kansas University basketball Boot Camp.

Thursday, September 27

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Allen Fieldhouse to get new HD video board

Fans in attendance at Allen Fieldhouse for the annual “Late Night in the Phog” event on Oct. 12 will be the first to experience a new high-definition (HD) video board and control room inside Kansas University's home basketball arena.

Federal judge rules wife of KU ticket-scandal defendant can't keep $400,000 in property, cash

A federal judge has ruled the former wife of a Kansas University official caught in a ticket scalping scandal cannot keep money and property fraudulently transferred to her in the couple’s divorce settlement.

KU volleyball makes case for top 25 with upset of No. 19 Iowa State

Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard says he hasn’t talked to his team much this season about national rankings.

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Shooting star: Future KU guard Conner Frankamp continues rise to prep elite

With the scoreboard clock running, Marty Frankamp fires a pass to his son. “Forty seconds left,” Marty says. “No more misses.” Conner — a senior at Wichita North High School and a Kansas University basketball commit — doesn’t say a word. He catches the pass and puts up a three from the left wing. Swish.

Hopes high for Jayhawks' non-revenue sports

A call went against the Kansas University volleyball team Wednesday night in its match against No. 19 Iowa State and KU basketball coach Bill Self, seated next to director of basketball operations Doc Sadler, slapped the table in front of him.

KU basketball notebook: Ex-Jayhawk Arthur injured again

Former Kansas University basketball forward Darrell Arthur of the Memphis Grizzlies, who sat out last season because of a torn right Achilles tendon, may miss some games during the upcoming 2012-13 campaign because of a broken bone in his left leg.

Wednesday, September 26

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Forget the strikeouts; Self's still landing top recruits

Every time a headline informs that Kansas University missed out on a highly rated basketball recruit, many local voices wonder, “Why can’t Bill Self and his staff get anybody anymore?”

Kansas soccer enters Top 25 poll

Kansas University’s soccer team re-entered a top-25 national poll for the first time since 2009 after a victory over then-seventh-ranked Oklahoma State last week.

Kansas women's golf cruises to victory on familiar greens

Kansas University’s women’s golf team continued its dominance of the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational on Tuesday at Alvamar, wrapping up a 21-stroke victory for the Jayhawks’ fourth win in eight tries at the event.

Dolphins re-sign former KU linebacker Mike Rivera

The Miami Dolphins signed former Kansas University linebacker Mike Rivera on Tuesday, hoping to bolster an injury-depleted position on defense and special teams.

Prep guard Selden to visit KU for Late Night

Wayne Selden, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound senior combo guard from Tilton (N.H.) School, will attend the season-opening Late Night in the Phog as part of an official recruiting visit to Kansas University, reports.

Gilbert, KU men's golf finish fifth at Colorado Invitational

Kansas University senior Chris Gilbert carded a 3-under 69 to land in fifth place on the final day of the Colorado Invitational on Tuesday at Colorado National Golf Club.

Tuesday, September 25

Roy Williams' tumor is non-cancerous

Biopsy will be taken to ensure second tumor is also benign

Roy Williams' surgically removed kidney tumor is not cancerous.

Big 12 boasts bevy of top QBs

Newcomers West Virginia and TCU are fitting in nicely to the pass-crazy Big 12.

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Kansas football moves forward

After taking its normal day off Monday, Kansas University’s football team will get back to work today even though the Week Five bye leaves the Jayhawks without an opponent this weekend.

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Right on course: Jayhawks surge to early lead

Kansas University’s women’s golfers spent a productive 11 hours at the office — in their case Alvamar Golf Club — on Monday.

Prep PG down to Irish, Illini; Bill Self visits F Aaron Gordon

Four-star point guard prospect Demetrius Jackson will be playing college basketball at either Notre Dame or the University of Illinois.

Monday, September 24

KU-KSU football to kick off at 11 a.m. on Oct. 6

The Kansas-Kansas State football game will start at 11 a.m. on Oct. 6 and will be televised on FX, the Big 12 announced Monday morning.

Sunday, September 23

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Jayhawks get dose of ‘reality’

Charlie Weis has whole team watch fourth-quarter collapse together

Every Sunday, win or lose, Kansas University’s football team gets together to watch film and break down what went right and what went wrong the day before. This Sunday, the review session took on a little different form.

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Bill Self fired up for dreaded Boot Camp

Bill Self views his 10th Kansas University basketball Boot Camp as one of the most important in his decade at KU.

Kansas football won’t be fixed quickly

Executing a pair of key completions that didn’t happen and the Kansas University football team could boast a 3-1 record, instead of 1-3. Not only that, the reality of the challenge that faces Charlie Weis could have been delayed, shoved for the moment into the shadow cast by a winning record.

Kansas tennis players advance at KU Invitational

Kansas University freshman Maria Jose Cardona remained undefeated in singles play after the second day of the KU Invitational, Saturday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Kansas volleyball sweeps Texas Tech in Big 12 opener

Kansas University’s volleyball team opened its Big 12 Conference season with a sweep of Texas Tech, 25-16, 25-16, 25-15, on the road Saturday at United Spirit Arena.

Saturday, September 22

Universally reviled Boot Camp awaits KU hoops

For former Kansas University basketball player Tyshawn Taylor, the best day of Boot Camp was his last day of Boot Camp, 2011.

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Keegan: Dayne Crist’s miss costly

Another week, another loss, another day Kansas University senior quarterback Dayne Crist found himself answering questions about his role from the wrong end of the game’s pivotal fourth-quarter play.

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Déjà ewww! KU falls apart in 4th (again)

With its second fall-from-in-front loss of the young season — both with two-score leads in the fourth quarter, no less — Kansas University’s football team pushed its road losing streak to 14 games with a 30-23 loss to Northern Illinois on Saturday at Huskie Stadium.

NIU coach Dave Doeren: Huskies were more physical team

A few seconds after reporters were asked if they had any final questions, Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren spoke up himself.

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Notebook: James Sims solid in return

RB goes for 91 yards in setback

Kansas University’s football team welcomed junior James Sims back to the huddle Saturday, and his return could not have come at a better time.

Kansas soccer upends No. 7 Oklahoma St., 2-1

Kansas University’s soccer team opened Big 12 Conference play with a 2-1 victory over No. 7 Oklahoma State on Friday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

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Jayhawks’ Doc Sadler mentioned for Tech job

Two former Texas Tech basketball assistants are being mentioned as possible replacements for Billy Gillispie, who resigned his Red Raider coaching position Thursday amid health concerns and allegations that he mistreated players.

Friday, September 21

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Jayhawks well aware of road losing streak

Three years ago, in September of 2009, a Kansas University freshman named Bradley McDougald hopped onto a plane and traveled to the first road football game of his college career.

Kansas vs. NIU: Tale of the tape

A unit-by-unit look at Kansas vs. Northern Illinois

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Looking out for Number One: Andrew Turzilli’s finally a starter, and he’s playing to remain one

A lot has been made about Kansas University wide receiver Andrew Turzilli’s 100-yard game in last week’s loss to TCU.

Tease photo staff's Week 4 college football picks

The following are the Journal-World staffers' picks for Week 4 of the college football season.

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KU fifth-year McDonald hopes to tackle FBI or CIA after football

During his last semester at Notre Dame, Anthony McDonald attended presentations but told recruiters there that they’d have to wait a year for him.

Former KU coach Roy Williams released from hospital

Former Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams was discharged from UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Thursday afternoon, a day after undergoing surgery to remove a tumor from his right kidney, University of North Carolina officials announced.

Thursday, September 20

Three-star juco linebacker from California picks Kansas

Kansas University’s football team picked up its second oral commitment of the week from the Class of 2013 on Thursday, landing a pledge from Marcus Jenkins-Moore, an outside linebacker from Pierce Community College in Woodland Hills, Calif., reported.

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Baker’s dozen: Twelve Wildcats (and two coaches) products of Lawrence high schools

High school football players from Lawrence follow Jason Thoren to Baker University the way rats followed the Pied Piper of Hamelin to the river.

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Roy Williams’ surgery ‘shock to everyone’

Roy Williams gathered his golf buddies last week in a cottage in western North Carolina to report some disturbing news. Williams, North Carolina’s 10th-year basketball coach who ran Kansas University’s program for 15 years, told his pals during their annual excursion that he needed surgery to remove a tumor from his right kidney and might need similar surgery on the left kidney.

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JaCorey Shepherd ascends at corner for KU

One of the most subtle tweaks to this week’s Kansas University football depth chart came at boundary cornerback, where sophomore JaCorey Shepherd moved into the two-deep as a back-up to starter Tyler Patmon.

KU volleyball gives coach Ray Bechard 950th win

Ray Bechard claimed the 950th victory of his coaching career in Kansas University’s 27-25, 25-21, 21-25, 19-25, 15-13 victory over Creighton on Wednesday at Horejsi Center.

Wednesday, September 19

UNC's Roy Williams has surgery to remove tumor

Professor of urology at UNC says Williams should be able to coach this season

North Carolina coach Roy Williams had surgery to remove a kidney tumor on Wednesday.

Arkansas State introduces KU's Terry Mohajir as new athletic director

Terry Mohajir, Kansas University’s senior associate athletic director for external relations, has been named the athletic director at Arkansas State University, the school announced Wednesday morning.

KU's Self checks in with top 2013 wing recruits

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who on Tuesday held an in-home recruiting visit with the mother of four-star shooting guard prospect Wayne Selden in New Hampshire, today visits five-star James Young in Rochester Heights, Mich.

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A welcome back: Jayhawks excited for James Sims' return from suspension

When the Kansas University coaching staff first started game-planning for this week’s Northern Illinois match-up, they did so with the knowledge that they would be getting one of their top offensive weapons back in suspended running back James Sims.

Randall Dent brings ‘D’ edge to O-line

Smart guys tend to give original answers that buck convention.

KU's Mohajir may be favorite for Arkansas State AD job

Kansas University’s Terry Mohajir, a senior associate athletic director for external relations, has emerged as a finalist for the vacant athletic director job at Arkansas State and may be the favorite.

Kansas men's golf team finishes 10th at Golfweek tourney

The Kansas University men’s golf team climbed two spots to finish in 10th place after the final day of the 15-team Golfweek Conference Challenge, Tuesday at Spirit Hollow Golf Course.

KU women's golf places 11th at Dale McNamara Invitational

Kansas University women’s golf concluded the Dale McNamara Invitational Tuesday, finishing in 11th place out of 15 teams at the Golf Club of Oklahoma.

Tuesday, September 18

Juco defensive end taps Kansas

Always looking to improve and add depth to its offensive and defensive lines, the Kansas University football team picked up a huge victory in the recruiting game late Monday night, when Andrew Bolton, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive end from Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss., orally committed to join the Jayhawks.

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Change of pace: After Army, NIU shifts gears for KU

Don’t let the numbers fool you. Sure, in its one-point loss last week, Army ran for 486 yards against the Northern Illinois defense, but the Black Knights also attempted 86 rushing plays and asked quarterback Trent Steelman to throw just three times.

Kansas men’s golf in 12th place

Stan Gautier fired five birdies, the most by a Kansas University men’s golfer this season, while senior Chris Gilbert added four to lead the Jayhawks to a team score of 9-over 297 in the second round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Monday at Spirit Hollow Golf Course.

KU women’s golf in 8th place

Thanuttra Boonraksasat shot an even par 72 on the second round of the Dale McNamara Invitational to lead the KU women’s golf team to a eighth-place, two-round score of 598 on Monday at the Golf Club of Oklahoma.

Monday, September 17

Juco recruit Chris Jones orally commits to play basketball at Louisville

Point guard picks Cardinals after weekend visit

Chris Jones, a 5-foot-11 sophomore point guard from Northwest Florida State College, has orally committed to Louisville.

Sunday, September 16

KU loses match, wins title

Kansas University volleyball lost the match but won the tournament.

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KU tied for turnover lead

Anyone needing proof that the Kansas University football team’s defense has taken a step forward from the woeful performances that were common during the past couple of seasons need look no further than the company the Jayhawks keep in total turnovers.

Upset NIU? You bet

Upsets happen when a football team feels disrespected. They happen when an underdog realizes what it does well and has the confidence to do it repeatedly, stubbornly believing it will work.

KU volleyball wins ninth straight

Kansas University’s volleyball team extended its winning streak to nine, tying the fourth-longest in program history, as KU defeated Xavier at the Golden Dome Invitational on Saturday, 25-15, 25-21, 25-17.

'Cat' Barber picks N.C. State

Elite senior point-guard prospect Anthony “Cat” Barber on Saturday orally committed to play basketball at North Carolina State during his campus visit to the Raleigh, N.C., school.

Saturday, September 15

Frogs: ‘We’ll take the win’

TCU’s football players and coaches, who competed in the Mountain West Conference the past seven seasons, have heard a lot about life in the Big 12.

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Notebook: Tony Pierson impresses in passing game; reserve WRs get chance with injuries

It's hard to call a team's leading rusher its secret weapon, but in a way, that's exactly what KU sophomore Tony Pierson was during Saturday's 20-6 loss to TCU.

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Positive takeaway: Jayhawks fall to TCU, but Weis says they're 'turning corner'

When quarterback Dayne Crist fumbled into the end zone from the three-yard line on Kansas University's final offensive play of Saturday's 20-6 loss to TCU, the turnover put an end to KU's chances and the game was all but over.

Thieving defense bright spot for KU

Hidden in the gargantuan shadows of the Kansas University football team’s inability to score touchdowns and kick field goals, Dave Campo’s defense week after week has practiced what he has been preaching in his hoarse voice since he left the NFL’s most famous franchise to work at the Big 12’s most famous basketball school.

Game Balls and Gassers: TCU

Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers ...

Kansas volleyball defeats LMU, 3-1

Kansas University’s volleyball team dominated the first and final sets to fend off Loyola-Marymount on Friday and open the Golden Dome Invitational with a victory.

KU commit Brannen Greene to visit for Late Night

Brannen Greene, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound senior small forward from Tift County High in Tifton, Ga., who orally committed to KU last Dec. 20, plans to make his official recruiting visit to KU for the Oct. 12 Late Night in the Phog.

Jayhawk soccer shut out by Denver

Visiting Denver held Kansas University scoreless for the first time all soccer season, snapping the Jayhawks’ six-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory on Friday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

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Patching up passing game a tall order as KU takes on TCU

Notre Dame. Five-star quarterback. Charlie Weis. Tom Brady. Brady Quinn. Jimmy Clausen. Matt Cassel. It all made for such a delightful blend of Kool-Aid, and it was bottoms-up all spring and summer in anticipation of Dayne Crist lighting up Kansas skies.

Friday, September 14

TCU’s Patterson has ties to Kansas

Gary Patterson’s past is full of moments in Kansas.

Kansas vs. TCU: Tale of the tape

A look at Kansas University's match-up with TCU.

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Beware of the Frogs: Today marks TCU’s Big 12 debut

There are no plans to roll out the red carpet, offer baked goods or host a reception of any kind. In fact, as far as first meetings go, the Kansas University football team is hoping to make today’s Welcome to the Big 12 party for TCU one the Horned Frogs would like to forget. staff's Week 3 college football picks

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

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Jayhawks focused on fixing passing attack

Kansas University senior Daymond Patterson didn’t hide his frustration when asked how he would grade KU’s receivers through two games this season.

Thursday, September 13

Bill Self to visit nation’s top-ranked preps

Julius Randle and Jabari Parker — the Nos. 1- and 2-rated high school basketball prospects in the country by — are playing host to Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self this week.

Eagerly awaiting women’s hoops

Sudden, loud noises rank near the top of my long list of pet peeves, such as the horn at women’s basketball games in Allen Fieldhouse. For one thing, it used to startle me awake. I hated that.

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Big gun: Jayhawks wary of TCU QB

When TCU quarterback Casey Pachall took the field for last week’s season opener against Grambling State, he did so under a little pressure.

Wednesday, September 12

Judge refuses to toss sentence of ex-KU official convicted in ticket scandal

A federal judge is refusing to throw out the sentence of a former Kansas University assistant athletics director convicted in a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy.

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Fun and games: Crist aims to trust teammates, loosen up after tight start

It’s no secret that Kansas University quarterback Dayne Crist’s start as a Jayhawk has been a little less spectacular than most people expected.

TCU's first Big 12 test: Forget KU's woes

First-year Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis thinks highly of the job Gary Patterson has done at TCU. Only a dumb guy would think otherwise.

Prep guard 'Cat' Barber keeps Jayhawks in top 3

Just three schools — Kansas University, Alabama and North Carolina State — remain contenders for prize point guard prospect Anthony “Cat” Barber.

Tuesday, September 11

Off and running: Big 12 teams embracing ground game, at least for now

Big 12 teams are piling up crazy stats again, just like they do every September. The difference this year? The numbers are not all through the air.

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Kansas’ Prinz Kande to miss season

The Journal-World has learned that Kansas University junior linebacker Prinz Kande, who made the first start of his career during Saturday’s one-point loss to Rice, injured the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee during the game.

McClure paces KU at men’s golf meet

Dylan McClure used three birdies and only two bogeys to fire the first under-par round by a Kansas University men’s golfer this fall, a 1-under par 71 on the Eisenhower Blue Course to tie for 23rd place at the season-opening Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational Monday.

KU’s Bill Self on road pursuing point guards

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who is recruiting a trio of point guards in Anthony “Cat” Barber, Demetrius Jackson and Chris Jones, met with Northwest Florida State sophomore Jones on Sunday in Niceville, Fla., and Jackson on Monday in Mishawaka, Ind.

KU volleyball sweeps awards

Kansas University’s Caroline Jarmoc and Brianne Riley earned Big 12 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week honors, respectively, marking the first time Kansas earned both awards in the same week in Big 12 history.

Monday, September 10

KU-Northern Illinois kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. Sept. 22

Game to be shown on ESPN3

Kickoff for the Kansas University football program's Week 4 game at Northern Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 22, has been scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 9

Ottawa prep Semi Ojeleye picks Duke

Semi Ojeleye, a 6-foot-6 senior forward from Ottawa High, orally committed to play basketball at Duke during Sunday’s in-home visit with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Kansas soccer edges ’Pack

Junior forward Caroline Kastor picked up her second-consecutive two-goal match to help Kansas University to a 3-2 victory over North Carolina State on Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

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KU football plans to bounce back

When a team comes up short in 27 of its last 33 games, losses have a way of becoming a little too familiar.

Don’t give up just yet

A Kansas University victory, even an unimpressive one, against Rice would have guaranteed a sellout for Saturday’s 11 a.m. kickoff against TCU in Memorial Stadium.

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And the winner is … Diamond Dixon, Thomas Robinson take top honors

Thomas Robinson, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, and Diamond Dixon, U.S. Olympic gold-medal winner in the 4x400 relay last month in London, claimed Kansas University men’s and women’s 2011-12 athletes of the year during Sunday’s Rock Chalk Choice Awards at Lied Center.

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Charlie Weis-Dayne Crist duo not so dynamic

The quarterback Midas touch of Charlie Weis, blended with his reunion with the five-star quarterback who spent four years at Notre Dame, made for such a natural marketing campaign to put Kansas University football back under bright lights.

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A kick in the teeth: Late FG lifts Owls past KU

About 30 minutes after the final horn sounded on Kansas University’s 25-24, fall-from-in-front collapse against Rice on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, KU senior Daymond Patterson sat with a bag of ice on his hand, a slight shrug in his shoulders and a stunned look on his face.

KU volleyball sweeps for Jayhawk Invitational title

The Kansas University volleyball team swept Wyoming in three sets to win the Jayhawk Invitational title on Saturday at Horejsi Center.

Saturday, September 8

Owls relish big kick

A jubilant group of Rice University football players lifted placekicker Chris Boswell into the air after the Keller, Texas, junior’s game-winning, 45-yard field goal split the uprights as time expired in the Owls’ shocking 25-24 victory over Kansas University on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Kicking game concerns KU

Two games into the 2012 season, Kansas University’s football team already has identified what could become a major problem: kicking.

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Holsopple teaches Jayhawks toughness from the heart

The instructions were clear and the tone plenty serious. Last winter, not long after being hired by head coach Charlie Weis, Kansas University strength-and-conditioning director Scott Holsopple received a phone call from one of his new players who was running late.

Defense leads KU volleyball to doubleheader sweep

Defense was on display as Kansas University’s volleyball team defeated Arizona State, 20-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-23, in the Jayhawk Invitational on Friday night at Horejsi Center.

Kastor scores twice in KU soccer victory

Caroline Kastor scored twice and assisted on another goal as the Kansas University soccer team took down Missouri State, 4-1, Friday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Friday, September 7

Tease photo staff's Week 2 college football picks

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

Big 12 reaches $2.6B deal with ESPN, Fox Sports

The Big 12 has reached an agreement with ESPN and Fox Sports on a 13-year contract reportedly worth $2.6 billion to televise football and men's basketball through 2024-25.

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Kansas WR Josh Ford has knack for blocks

Though Kansas University receiver Josh Ford was happy with his blocked punt in Saturday’s 31-17 victory over South Dakota State, he says it’s not his best one. Not even close.

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Wayne Simien proud of fundraising work

Lawrence Family Promise events set for Sunday, Monday

Former Kansas University All-America basketball power forward Wayne Simien and Cindy Self, wife of KU coach Bill Self, are fourth-year co-chairs of Sunday and Monday fundraisers for Lawrence’s Family Promise.

Thursday, September 6

Defensive lineman Ty McKinney to enroll at KU in January

Kansas football coach Charlie Weis announced Thursday afternoon that defensive lineman Ty McKinney will not enroll at KU until the spring semester.

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Cole Aldrich reflects on trip

Former Jayhawk center moved by visit to Johannesburg

Cole Aldrich couldn’t stop smiling on Tuesday’s 16-hour flight from Johannesburg back to the United States as he reflected on a rewarding 12-day NBA-sponsored Basketball Without Borders excursion to that impoverished land.

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Turn for the better: Emphasis on takeaways pays off

For a defense that recorded just 18 turnovers during the entire 2011 season, picking up five takeaways in one game, as Kansas University did in its season-opening victory Saturday, may seem a little bit like magic. It wasn’t.

Wednesday, September 5

Safety Bradley McDougald gets message

His wise-guy Jersey delivery might mislead some to believe that Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis is capable of talking without first thinking of the impact of his words, such as when he called Bradley McDougald, “as good a player as we have on the team, maybe the best,” after Saturday’s game.

Kansas soccer's Ashley Williams earns two Big 12 weekly awards

Kansas University freshman soccer player Ashley Williams earned Big 12 Offensive Player and Newcomer of the Week awards, the league announced Tuesday.

Jarmoc stars again in KU volleyball sweep of UMKC

For the third time in four matches, redshirt junior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc tied a career high, notching 16 kills to power Kansas University’s volleyball team past UMKC, 25-15, 25-17, 25-17, on Tuesday night at Horejsi Center.

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Charlie’s classroom: KU coach Weis grades players after every game

With Game 1 of the Charlie Weis era in the books, we can pull back the curtain and learn more about how the new football coach at Kansas University evaluates his team’s performance.

Seven former Jayhawks start 2012 season on NFL rosters

The 2012 NFL season officially kicks off tonight, when the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants play host to the Dallas Cowboys. While there are no former Kansas University football players on either roster, the Jayhawks are fairly well represented throughout the rest of the league, which begins play from coast to coast on Sunday.

Former Mangino assistant Reagan returning to KU as Rice coordinator

Assistant college football coaches shouldn’t drive automobiles to and from work. They should drive moving vans. Gypsies put down deeper roots.

Monday, September 3

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Return to Kansas ‘weird’ for Rice GA AJ Steward

A little more than a year ago, they stood together as teammates with only a camera tripod and the rest of the Big 12 Conference as their enemies. Today, it’s a different story for Kansas University wide receiver Daymond Patterson and former KU tight end AJ Steward.

Simply perfect: Big 12 undefeated in opening week, but some teams struggled more than others

It was a perfect Week 1 for the retooled Big 12, at least as far as the scoreboard goes. All nine of the league’s members in action, including newcomer West Virginia, got off to winning starts.

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'Cat’ Barber: Visit to KU a perfect '10'

Anthony “Cat” Barber told he had a great time on his weekend recruiting trip to Kansas University.

Sunday, September 2

Kansas soccer ties ASU, 2-2

Senior Whitney Berry netted the game-tying goal from 40 yards out in the 85th minute as Kansas University and the Arizona State played to a 2-2 soccer draw Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

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Xavier Henry relishes KU return

Ex-Jayhawk/current Hornet beats Isaac out of New Orleans

New Orleans Hornets guard Xavier Henry — who had been working out in the Big Easy after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on July 27 — hopped in his car and headed north last Monday, just a few hours ahead of Hurricane Isaac.

Recruits will fill the gaps

Spotting the Kansas University defensive lineman who came out of high school advertised as an outstanding prospect was an easy task in Saturday night’s 31-17, season-opening victory against South Dakota State. Too easy.

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What, Charlie Weis worry? Coach sees good, bad, ‘crummy’

Fans of Kansas University football — particularly those who had hoped to see a blowout in Saturday’s season opener — might have gotten a jump-start on critiquing KU’s 31-17 victory against South Dakota State on Saturday night. KU coach Charlie Weis did his best to catch up Sunday.

Jacks’ big run ‘pretty cool’

Zach Zenner accepted a handoff two to three yards deep in the end zone, busted through Kansas University’s line and 13 seconds later completed the longest touchdown run in South Dakota State football history.

Bradley McDougald stands out

For Kansas University safety Bradley McDougald, Saturday’s 31-17 victory against South Dakota State was much more than a feel-good way to kick off his final season of college football. It was a comeback.

Charlie Weis: Atmosphere good, but it’ll be better

So far, Charlie Weis says he’s happy with Kansas’ newest football tradition.

NCAA: Self, KU athletics can’t market new facility

If the city’s proposed $24 million recreation center in northwest Lawrence becomes a huge draw for regional and national youth sporting tournaments, it won’t be because Bill Self or Kansas University officials put their marketing power behind it.

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Dayne Crist solid, not spectacular — yet

For so much of Dayne Crist’s debut as Kansas University’s quarterback, Peggy Lee, a late singer from a bygone era, came to mind. You could almost hear her singing, “Is that all there is?”

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Changing their tune: Jayhawks run past Jackrabbits

It has been a long time since a football team at Kansas University did something that deserved to be compared to the magical 2007 squad, which finished 12-1 and won the Orange Bowl. But it was that kind of effort in Memorial Stadium on Saturday night that led the Jayhawks to a 31-17 season-opening victory against South Dakota State.

Jarmoc stars again as KU volleyball completes tourney sweep

Kansas University junior Caroline Jarmoc had a career game for the second day in a row, and the Jayhawks completed a sweep of the Kansas Invitational with a four-set victory over Arkansas State, Saturday at Horejsi Center.

Kyra Kilwein helps KU sweep Classic

Former Free State High runner Kyra Kilwein opened her senior season at Kansas University with a victory Saturday at the soggy Bob Timmons Classic at Rim Rock Farm.

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KU D-line believes it will improve upon last year's sad sack total

Some days, the objective is five sacks. Other days, it’s six. During practices this August, Kansas University’s defensive linemen have put pressure on themselves to hit certain marks.

Kansas RB Taylor Cox immune to hype

Think of Taylor Cox as the anti-Jocques Crawford, and keep your fingers crossed that he remains the polar opposite of the hyped bust when he takes the field Saturday for Kansas University in its football opener against South Dakota State in Memorial Stadium, 6:06 p.m. kickoff.

Caroline Jarmoc helps KU volleyball sweep

Caroline Jarmoc knew her mother, Zofia, had made the long trip from Canada to watch Caroline play volleyball for Kansas University for the first time in two years.

Kansas soccer blanks Jays

Kansas University freshman Ashley Williams scored a pair of goals and added an assist, and KU’s defense held visiting Creighton to just four shots to earn its third-straight shutout, 3-0, on a rainy Friday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Dallas prep Karviar Shepherd has KU on final list

Karviar Shepherd, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound senior basketball center from Prime Prep Academy in Dallas, has cut his list of prospective colleges to five, reports.

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Together again: Dayne Crist, Charlie Weis fired up for final fling

During his four seasons at Notre Dame, Kansas University quarterback Dayne Crist threw for 2,300 yards and 16 touchdowns in 10 starts. So this whole leader-of-the-team thing is not exactly new for Crist, KU’s prized offseason acquisition who became a team captain in four months and the face of the franchise overnight.