Stories for October 2013


Thursday, October 31

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Oct. 31

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, Oct. 31.

Second trial set in case of former KU football player charged in May armed robbery

A former Kansas University football player, one of four men arrested and charged in connection with the robbery of cash and marijuana at gunpoint at a Lawrence home earlier this year, pleaded not guilty Thursday and awaits trial on a charge of aggravated robbery.

Twelve KU runners on academic lists

Twelve Kansas University men’s and women’s cross country runners were named to the Academic All-Big 12 teams, the conference announced Wednesday.

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Weis: Heaps, Cozart co-existing

Both Montell Cozart and Jake Heaps have played in Kansas University’s last two football games and coach Charlie Weis says there does not appear to be so much as a hint of animosity from the starting quarterback about the hard-charging backup. By Matt Tait

KU volleyball swats Baylor

Kansas University’s volleyball players finally rested last weekend, courtesy of the Big 12’s bye week, and said they felt refreshed during a 25-14, 25-13, 25-15 rout of Baylor on Wednesday in Horejsi Center.

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White’s work ethic evident in, after win

Andrew White III was in no hurry to go out and celebrate after playing a major role in Kansas University’s exhibition rout of Pittsburg State on Tuesday. The sophomore instead put himself through an individual workout after his 12-point, four-rebound performance. By Gary Bedore

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Opinion: Andrew Wiggins has the tools, but the hype's unfair

Andrew Wiggins didn’t ask for expectations to soar higher and faster than he does flushing lobs. Column by Tom Keegan

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Cole shows speed, control for KU women in exhibition victory over PSU

If the flashes that Kansas University point guard Lamaria Cole showed in Wednesday’s 85-54 exhibition victory continue, the transition from the Angel Goodrich era might be a whole lot smoother for the Jayhawks than anyone imagined. By Jesse Newell

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Oct. 30

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Wednesday, October 30

Journal-World website wins national honor

For the second year in a row the Lawrence Journal-World's website,, was chosen in a prestigious national contest as having the best daily newspaper website of its size in the country.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Oct. 29

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Oct. 29.

Tuesday, October 29

KGA honors KU golfer

Kansas University’s Chase Hanna was one of four golfers named a Kansas Golf Association Player of the Year.

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KU’s Tony Pierson still not well

Just three days after returning to the huddle following a two-week absence, Kansas University receiver Tony Pierson was nowhere to be found on KU’s latest depth chart, released Tuesday by coach Charlie Weis. By Matt Tait

Young KU women to open with Gorillas

A Kansas University basketball coach is ready to see how a young Jayhawks team reacts to a game situation against Div. II Pittsburg State. Sound familiar? By Jesse Newell

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Andrew Wiggins' acrobatic dunk highlights KU's exhibition win over Pitt State

The first slam dunk of Andrew Wiggins’ Kansas University basketball career — the flushing of a deep lob from Jamari Traylor, who was stationed well beyond the three-point stripe — had 16,300 Jayhawk fans thankful on Tuesday night that the much-anticipated 2013-14 basketball season is finally under way. By Gary Bedore

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Opinion: Bill Self's best choice? No redshirts

Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan says the wisest choice for Kansas coach Bill Self regarding redshirts is to have none of his players sit out.

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Pitt State coach sees glimpses of Andrew Wiggins' ability

Like seemingly everyone on the planet, Pittsburg State men's basketball coach Kevin Muff entered Tuesday's exhibition game at Allen Fieldhouse fully aware of the talent and potential possessed by Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Naadir Tharpe to miss KU's season-opener; Self says redshirts still possible

Kansas University junior point guard Naadir Tharpe will miss the season-opener on Nov. 8 against Louisiana Monroe after he illegally played in a summer-league game in Chicago, KU coach Bill Self announced after KU's 97-57 exhibition victory over Pitt State on Tuesday in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

KU women’s golf wins Palmetto

Kansas University freshman Pornvipa Sakdee tied for fourth, and the KU women’s golf team claimed its second title of the fall season on Monday at the Palmetto Intercollegiate.

Brannen Greene knows Gorillas

Brannen Greene tonight makes his Kansas University basketball debut against a familiar foe — his dad’s alma mater, Pittsburg State. By Gary Bedore

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Last year’s football film fodder for KU, Texas

As 2-5 Kansas University prepares for a trip to Austin, Texas, this weekend to take on the 5-2 Longhorns, the two opposing head coaches are turning to the same thing for motivation — last year’s game film. By Matt Tait

Wiggins era begins

The cover of Sports Illustrated. Shirtless, hanging from a rim in GQ magazine. Jamming nasty dunks — 360, between the legs, behind the back, you name it — all over YouTube. Cited on mock NBA drafts as the likely No. 1 pick. Is there anywhere Andrew Wiggins hasn’t been spotted yet? Oh, yeah, playing in an actual college basketball game. That changes tonight. By Sara Shepherd

Monday, October 28

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It’s go time: Andrew Wiggins, KU to debut tonight

Andrew Wiggins, who arrived on Kansas University’s campus on June 15 for the start of his one-year college adventure, has picked up plenty of pointers from his new coaches and teammates. By Gary Bedore

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Cole, Hawkins step up for KU women

Kansas University’s Lamaria Cole was the first point guard on the floor during five-on-zero drills Monday, racing up the court while leading her teammates in the fast-break exercise. It’s quite a change from a year ago. By Jesse Newell

KU women’s golf leading Palmetto

Kansas University’s Minami Levonowich and Pornvipa Sakdee shot 2-over 74s in the first round of the Palmetto Intercollegiate on Sunday at the par-72 Turtle Point Golf course, an event suspended due to darkness.

Kansas soccer falls to OSU

Kansas University’s offensively challenged soccer team suffered its 10th shutout loss of the season, a physical 2-0 setback Sunday at Oklahoma State that had 31 fouls and seven cards issued.

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Veterans, rookies alike keep KU positive

Saturday night’s 59-14 loss to sixth-ranked Baylor marked the 11th time in the past four seasons that Kansas University’s football team had given up 50 points or more in a game and the sixth loss of at least 45 points during that same stretch. By Matt Tait

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Bill Self: Kansas hoops lineup coming clear

If everybody stays healthy — and produces as expected — Kansas University’s starting basketball lineup might not change much during the course of the 2013-14 season. By Gary Bedore

Opinion: Ex-coach says Woodland puts on ‘amazing’ display

Three weeks ago today, former Kansas University golf coach Ross Randall received a call from his greatest-ever player, Gary Woodland, wondering if he would like to watch him play nine holes at Alvamar public. “It was the most amazing nine holes of golf I had ever seen,” said Randall. By Tom Keegan

Sunday, October 27

Ex-KU golfer Woodland falls short in CIMB playoff

Ryan Moore birdied the first hole of a playoff with former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland on Monday to win the CIMB Classic after an overnight wait caused by thunderstorms.

KU men’s golf fourth at UTEP

The Kansas University men’s golf team finished fourth out of 16 teams on Saturday at the UTEP Price’s Give ’Em Five Invitational.

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KU newcomer Tarik Black a big animated guy

Tarik Black, who turns 22 on Nov. 22, is still a child at heart. By Gary Bedore

Lawhorn's Lawrence: When a national championship is just the beginning

Hard to believe, but it has been 25 years since that magical KU season of 1988. One thing hasn't changed. Chris Piper still can legitimately chant "We're No. 1," although it will sound a bit different these days. By Chad Lawhorn

Saturday, October 26

Game Balls and Gassers: Baylor

Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers following Kansas' 59-14 loss to Baylor ...

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Notebook: Freshman QB Montell Cozart gets extended time; Tony Pierson leaves with dizziness

True freshman quarterback Montell Cozart figures to remember Saturday's 59-14 loss to sixth-ranked Baylor for something much different than the final score. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Success hasn't changed Baylor coach Art Briles

What you get is what you see with Baylor coach Art Briles, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes, and what you see is a brilliant football coach who shows great respect to his players and gets the same in return.

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KU football lacks fire in 59-14 loss to Baylor

On Saturday night, the Jayhawks strolled onto the field without so much as a hint of the juice that they had shown in previous weeks at home, and it showed in a blowout loss to Baylor. By Matt Tait

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Bears 'amped up' for KU

Baylor’s second road game of what has been a magical 2013 season was much better than the first. By Gary Bedore

Opinion: Mangino staffers keep on winning

One criticism leveled against Mark Mangino during his 50-48 reign as coach of a Kansas University football program trying to avoid a second consecutive bad century was that he was so hard to work for that it led to a high rate of turnover among assistants. Mangino did have more staff defections than some, but he knew how to recruit quality replacements. Column by Tom Keegan

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KU basketball notebook: Larry Brown's second SMU team sixth in preseason conference coaches poll

The coaches in the 10-team American Athletic Conference aren’t forecasting an NCAA Tournament appearance for Larry Brown’s second SMU men’s basketball team. By Gary Bedore

Kansas soccer falls to Tech, 1-0

Janine Beckie’s goal just under 15 minutes in lifted Texas Tech to a 1-0 Big 12 soccer victory over Kansas University on Friday at John Walker Stadium.

Friday, October 25

Logan Philley paces KU men’s golf

Kansas University’s Logan Philley shot 2-under par in the morning and 4-under in the afternoon for a two-round score of 138 to put himself in a tie for seventh place Friday at the UTEP Price’s Give ’Em Five Golf Invitational on Friday at the Butterfield Trail Golf Club.

Expect KU to play ball-control game against Baylor

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has made no secret of the fact that the best plan of attack when facing Baylor’s incredibly potent offense is to grind the clock by running the ball and play keep-away. By Matt Tait

Tale of the tape: KU vs. Baylor

A unit-by-unit look at the Kansas-Baylor football match-up. By Matt Tait

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Beware of Bears: Baylor boasts scary-good offense

With sixth-ranked Baylor and its 714 yards and 65 points-per-game averages in Lawrence for a 6 p.m. kickoff against Kansas University, it’s only natural to wonder if looking at BU’s statistics or watching the film was a more trying experience for the Jayhawks this week. By Matt Tait

Thursday, October 24

KU grad rates ‘good’ again

Kansas University’s athletic department just missed tying the school record for collective graduation by earning a Graduation Success Rate score of 84 percent.

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Kansas center Gavin Howard completes cycle

Shortly after he received word that he would become Kansas University’s new starting center a few weeks ago, Gavin Howard texted his best friend to brag a little. By Jesse Newell

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Opinion: Wayne Selden working hard for KU

Wayne Selden is all about right now, and that as much as anything is why he has such a bright basketball future. By Tom Keegan

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Self sees matchup options with big backcourt

At least one thing stands out when evaluating Kansas University’s possible starting lineup of 5-foot-11 Naadir Tharpe, 6-5 Wayne Selden, 6-8 Andrew Wiggins, 6-8 Perry Ellis and 6-9 Tarik Black. It’s one, fairly tall unit — sure to provide matchup problems for opposing coaches. By Gary Bedore

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Jayhawks hope Pierson return can spark offense

A lot of analysis has gone into exploring what is wrong with Kansas University’s struggling passing game. But it should come as no surprise that two of the Jayhawks’ worst passing performances came during the games when their leading receiver, junior Tony Pierson, was out with an injury. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Cozart has QB skills, swagger

True freshman quarterback Montell Cozart has not been made available for interviews since his name first appeared on the Kansas University football depth chart nine days ago. He did make an appearance at an Aug. 21 interview session, where he revealed himself to be smart, confident and blessed with youthful innocence, so excited to be part of a college football program close to home. Column by Tom Keegan

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Bittersweet, Caroline: Jarmoc tops KU volleyball record book in loss to ISU

Kansas University volleyball's Caroline Jarmoc became the school’s all-time leader in blocks on Wednesday in Horejsi Center, but the Jayhawks lost to Iowa State in five sets. By Gary Bedore

Wednesday, October 23

Hanna leads KU men’s golf at N.M.

Kansas University freshman men’s golfer Chase Hanna fired a final round of 1-under 70 on Tuesday for a 4-over 217 total and a tie for 13th at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate.

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KU installs Cozart as backup, change-up QB

Last week, Montell Cozart’s name appeared on the depth chart for the first time, penciled in next to sophomore quarterback Michael Cummings as the co-backups to junior starter Jake Heaps. This week, as the Jayhawks prepare to host No. 6 Baylor at 6 p.m. Saturday, the true freshman from Bishop Miege High is listed as Heaps’ sole backup. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Noise needed to slow Bears

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis needs your help Saturday, moments after the Campanile booms six times, when the KU defense takes the field for the first time to try to slow down Baylor’s breakneck-pace offense. Column by Tom Keegan

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One of a kind: Wiggins focused on own career, not comparisons

Kansas University freshman sensation Andrew Wiggins says he'll work hard to play at a high level, but admits he has "a long way to go" before he can be compared to past and present superstars. By Gary Bedore

Tuesday, October 22

Self: Rule changes may increase points, fouls

The NCAA’s outlawing of handchecking and using one’s forearm to impede an offensive player are new points of emphasis designed to help increase scoring in men’s basketball this season. By Gary Bedore

Monday, October 21

Opinion: Reflections on Bud, Border War

The way John Hadl sees it, there is not, never was, and never will be anything controversial about the Border War football game 53 years ago that the two sides both count as victories. By Tom Keegan

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Kansas hoops recruiting on a roll

Bill Self can’t comment on specific recruits in accordance with NCAA rules. Kansas University’s 11th-year basketball coach can, however, speak in generalities about the fact that he and his powerhouse sales staff of Kurtis Townsend, Norm Roberts and Jerrance Howard have been on a hot streak in the pursuit of top players. By Gary Bedore

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More to come: Weis says freshman QB Montell Cozart in the mix

It might have been a small sample size, but Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis saw enough from true freshman quarterback Montell Cozart during Saturday’s 34-19 home loss to Oklahoma to keep him in the mix the rest of the way. By Matt Tait

Chase Hanna paces KU men’s golf

Kansas University freshman Chase Hanna shot 73-74—147 to put himself in a tie for 25th place after the first two rounds Monday of the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate.

Big 12 honors KU volleyball hitter Chelsea Albers

Kansas University junior outside hitter Chelsea Albers was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Titans owner/KU grad Bud Adams dies at 90

Titans owner Bud Adams, who helped found the American Football League and whose battles for players helped lead to the merger with the NFL, has died. He was 90.

KU tennis 1-3 at ITA regional

Kansas University tennis went 1-3 on the final day of the ITA Central Regionals on Sunday.

KU rowing shines at home regatta

Kansas University claimed eight top-five finishes at its first Jayhawk Rowing Jamboree on Sunday, KU’s first true home regatta since 2005.

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KU soccer snaps drought

Finally, Kansas University soccer coach Mark Francis believes his team was able to catch a few breaks. By Jesse Newell

Sunday, October 20

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Kansas recruiting targets' tweets positive

Blue-chip high school senior basketball prospects Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones completed their official visits to Kansas University on Sunday morning amid growing speculation that KU and Duke might be co-leaders for’s No. 1- and 5-rated players who wish to attend the same school. By Gary Bedore

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Opinion: JaCorey Shepherd could be two-way standout

Playing both ways at the college level is more demanding than in high school, but maybe it’s time to consider giving junior cornerback JaCorey Shepherd a chance to do it. By Matt Tait

Saturday, October 19

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Jayhawks show 10K fans reluctance to run

Kansas University’s basketball coaches have been encouraging their players — actually pleading with the players — to get the ball and run this preseason. By Gary Bedore

Buchanan paces Kansas runners

Junior Reid Buchanan placed 37th to pace the Kansas University men, and sophomore Hannah Richardson led the women with her 36th-place finish Saturday at the Indiana State Pre-National Invitational on Saturday.

KU tennis 7-0 at regional

Kansas University tennis went 7-0 and put two players into the Round of 16 on Saturday at the ITA Central Regional.

Kansas volleyball upends WVU

Fifth-year Kansas University senior Catherine Carmichael had 18 kills, including crucial back-to-back kills in a second-set comeback, to spark KU to a four-set Big 12 volleyball victory over West Virginia on Saturday at the WVU Coliseum.

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Opinion: Jayhawks playing hard for Charlie Weis

With each Kansas loss, some people might jump off the Charlie Weis bandwagon, but it doesn't appear his players are doing the same thing, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes.

Trick play sparks Sooners

Lacoltan Bester who connected with Sterling Shepard for 49 yards and a score that erased a 13-8 deficit and gave the Sooners the lead for good in a 34-19 victory. By Gary Bedore

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Notebook: KU sees early ground success; Weis gives injury updates for Heeney, Pierson

Aslam Sterling was a busy man during his second start of the season at right tackle on Saturday. And that's because most of the power running plays that worked beautifully during the early portion of Kansas University's 34-19 loss to No. 18 Oklahoma went right behind the 6-foot-5, 315-pound senior, who started the season at left tackle. By Matt Tait

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Passing judgment: Weis says KU air attack 'not acceptable' following 34-19 loss to Oklahoma

On a day when Kansas University coach Charlie Weis took the first step toward looking to the future at quarterback, the present bit him in the rear as the Jayhawks managed just 16 yards passing in a 34-19 loss to 18th-ranked Oklahoma in front of 41,113 at Memorial Stadium. By Matt Tait

Game Balls and Gassers: Oklahoma

Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers following Kansas' 34-19 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday ...

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Andrew Wiggins scores 21; KU draws 10,000 fans for scrimmage

Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points in a series of three, 10-minute scrimmages before 10,000 fans on Saturday morning at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU unselfishness impresses ex-NBA coach Van Gundy

There might not be a more qualified man to assess a Kansas University basketball practice than Stan Van Gundy, former head coach of the NBA’s Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. “What I like beyond the obvious talent is it’s a very unselfish team," Van Gundy, a guest speaker at Bill Self's KU coaches clinic, said Friday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

Opinion: Open practice a peek at recruits, rotation

Late Night resulted in so many local crazed basketball fans getting turned away at the door that Kansas University coach Bill Self has decided to have another open practice. Call it Early Morning. Column by Tom Keegan

KU tennis wins three on Day 2 of ITA regionals

Kansas University doubles partners Maria Belen Ludueña and Maria Jose Cardona advanced to the round of 16 before losing Friday at the ITA Regional Tennis Championships.

WVU blanks KU soccer

Kansas University’s soccer team gave up two goals in the first 15 minutes at West Virginia on Friday night, and the Mountaineers held on for a 2-0 victory.

Friday, October 18

KU football notebook: McCay says OU just another opponent

Kansas University’s game against Oklahoma is a reunion of sorts for KU wideout Justin McCay. By Matt Tait

Tale of the tape: KU vs. OU

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

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Ring a Bell? Oklahoma quarterback’s cousin a walk-on linebacker for Jayhawks

Earlier this week, on his “Hawk Talk” radio show, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis joked that he just might insert walk-on linebacker Beau Bell into the KU lineup this week so the first-year Jayhawk can blitz his older cousin, Blake Bell, the starting quarterback at Oklahoma. Beau’s all for it. By Matt Tait

KU swimmers fall to TCU

Sophomore Bryce Hinde and freshman Yulduz Kuchkarova posted winning performances Thursday as Kansas University’s swim team fell to TCU, 176-124.

Opinion: Kansas football offense to learn if less is more

Some plays might be too ambitious for the talent-challenged KU offense. By Tom Keegan

Thursday, October 17

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Kansas safety Dexter Linton focuses on tackling

Overshadowed somewhat by the stellar play of Kansas University cornerbacks Dexter McDonald and JaCorey Shepherd, senior safety Dexter Linton quietly has gotten his final season off to a solid start. By Matt Tait

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Just cause: ‘Ladies’ event serves as fundraiser

Naadir Tharpe considered it an honor to pose for pictures, sign autographs and demonstrate a few fundamental basketball skills to 450 Ladies Night Out attendees on Thursday night in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

Former KU football player sentenced to 3 years probation for May armed robbery

Former Kansas University football player Jeremiah Letrell Edwards, 22, was sentenced to three years probation this week in connection with a May 13 robbery of cash and marijuana at gunpoint from a man at a home in the 1900 block of Camelback Drive.

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KU men's basketball No. 6 in USA Today preseason coaches poll

The Kansas men's basketball team is ranked No. 6 in the USA Today preseason coaches poll released Thursday.

Opinion: Swing leads to stings for KU men's golfers

Kansas University men's golf coach Jamie Bermel and one of his players endured a particularly painful round on Tuesday at a tournament in Indiana. Column by Tom Keegan

Wednesday, October 16

KU volleyball sweeps Texas Tech

Kansas University’s volleyball team rallied for a second-set victory on its way to a sweep of Texas Tech on Wednesday night.

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Trying times: Losses wearing on QB Heaps, KU offense

If there’s such a thing as trying too hard, Kansas University quarterback Jake Heaps may be doing it. The former BYU quarterback, who took the reins of KU’s offense this offseason after sitting out 2012, has been up-and-down during his first five games as KU’s starter, a stretch in which the Kansas offense averaged 18 points and 305 yards per game. By Matt Tait

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Self: OSU coach’s Wiggins joke ‘not a big deal’

Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford’s comments concerning the hype surrounding Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins have made their way from Stillwater to Jayhawk Nation. KU coach Bill Self on Wednesday told the Journal-World that Ford’s quotes were “not a big deal.” By Gary Bedore

KU men’s golf places ninth in Indiana

Kansas University freshman Chase Hanna carded his second straight 74 on Tuesday in the final round of the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate. Hanna finished tied for 17th place as the Jayhawks placed ninth in the 14-team, three-day tournament.

Tuesday, October 15

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Notebook: Wiggins hyped as top baller, brand

Kansas University freshman guard Andrew Wiggins is the No. 1-ranked college basketball player in the country and the likely top target of a basketball shoe bidding war, according to media reports Tuesday. Notes by Gary Bedore

Opinion: Mid-season change an encouraging step for Weis, KU football

He tried, but he couldn’t do it alone. So Charlie Weis, Kansas University’s head coach, implemented a new plan for Charlie Weis, the offensive coordinator this week. It entails the OC listening first and then talking. And if you think that will be easy for the man, well, you just haven’t spent enough time in the company of Jersey smart alecks. Column by Tom Keegan

KU bowling takes 6th in Mid-States Tournament

The Kansas University men's club bowling team finished sixth out of 21 schools at the Mid-States Collegiate Tournament at Wichita last weekend. KU, which moved up to sixth after ending Day One in seventh, finished ahead of the field average by eight pins.

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Charlie Weis announces shakeup with way KU offense is coordinated

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis announced a shakeup with his own staff on Tuesday to try to jump-start a KU offense that has struggled most of the season. By Matt Tait

Monday, October 14

KU men’s golf in 11th place

Freshman Chase Hanna is tied for 15th, and the Kansas University men’s golf team is in 11th place after two rounds Monday of the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate.

KU volleyball ranked 23rd

Kansas University’s volleyball team was ranked No. 23 nationally in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll on Monday. The (14-4, 4-1) Jayhawks were ranked No. 20 in the preseason poll.

Jayhawks work over ‘break’

Kansas University’s basketball players are not taking it easy during Monday/Tuesday Fall Break. By Gary Bedore

Opinion: Kansas defense showing progress

The frustrating ineptitude of the Kansas University football team’s offense has overshadowed signs of progress on the other side of the line of scrimmage. And the signs are as real as they are encouraging. By Tom Keegan

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14-and-O(U): Stoops’ Sooners perfect after Rivalry

Since taking over as head coach in 1999, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops is 14-0 during the week following the Sooners’ Red River Rivalry game against Texas. By Matt Tait

KU, Baylor to kick off at 6 p.m. Oct. 26

The Kansas University football team's Oct. 26 battle with Baylor in Lawrence will kick off at 6 p.m. and be televised by ESPNU.

Sunday, October 13

Howard helps KU reduce snap snafus

Dating to the spring game, Kansas University coach Charlie Weis had tried three different men at starting center. None of them could get the snaps down with any consistency. By Tom Keegan

Kansas women's golf second

Kansas University sophomore Yupaporn Kawinpakorn claimed her second runner-up finish of the season, and three other Jayhawks finished in the top 15 as KU placed second in the team race at the Diane Thomason Invitational on Sunday at Finkbine Golf Course.

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Author/ex-coach Ted Owens to speak, sign

“An Evening With Former KU Coach Ted Owens,” featuring the man who ran Kansas University’s basketball program from 1964 to ’83, is scheduled for 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Kansas Union Ballroom. By Gary Bedore

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KU football struggling, but battling

The aspect of coach Charlie Weis’ second KU team that emits the most light just might be its mind-set and mental toughness, which was called upon often during Saturday’s 27-17 loss at TCU. By Matt Tait

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Opinion: Kansas punter puts up huge, All-American-like stats

Kansas University’s Trevor Pardula, a 6-foot-5, 209-pound junior from San Jose, Calif., who also handles kickoff duties, ranks second in the nation with an average of 47.09 yards a punt. By Tom Keegan

KU swimming falls to Air Force

Kansas University senior diver Alyssa Golden finished first in both diving events, but the KU swimming and diving team fell to Air Force, 154-146, on Saturday.

KU women’s golf in 2nd at Iowa

The Kansas University women’s golf team is one stroke off the lead after two rounds on Saturday at the Diane Thomason Invitational.

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KU hoops notebook: KU still in prep Turner's plans

Myles Turner, a 6-foot-11, 225-pound senior center from Trinity High in Euless, Texas, who is ranked No. 6 in the recruiting class of 2014 by, will make his first official visit to Ohio State next weekend, his dad told By Gary Bedore

Saturday, October 12

UT wins battle of volleyball league leaders

Texas — the country’s No. 1 team in RPI — downed the No. 14 (RPI) Jayhawks three sets to one in a battle for sole possession of first place in the Big 12 Conference. By Gary Bedore

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Notebook: JaCorey Shepherd gets first INT; Ben Heeney, Andrew Turzilli injured

Although the Kansas University offense struggled mightily, once again, during KU's 27-17 loss to TCU on Saturday, the defense delivered more than its share of quality moments. By Matt Tait

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TCU not happy with offense, either

The football coach at the podium in the wake of TCU’s 27-17 victory Saturday against Kansas University was asked a question about his defense being put in a bind because of the performance of his offense. By Tom Keegan

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Opinion: It's time to rip red shirt off QB Montell Cozart

Quarterback Jake Heaps isn’t the right fit for a team that has an offensive line that can’t protect the quarterback without holding, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan says, but true freshman Montell Cozart just might be.

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Failed plan: KU's conservative offense not good enough in 27-17 loss to TCU

For the fourth straight game, the KU offense's inability to put points on the board left nothing but questions following a 27-17 loss to TCU on Saturday. By Matt Tait

Game Balls and Gassers: TCU

Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers following Kansas' 27-17 loss to TCU ...

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Mario Chalmers flashes fine form for Heat

A slimmer, trimmer version of Mario Chalmers ran the show for the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat on Friday night in Sprint Center. By Gary Bedore

Opinion: Heaps, McCay lack luster

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis all but salivated a year ago when he talked about how his dynamic scout-team duo was giving the first-team defense all it could handle daily in practice. By Tom Keegan

Friday, October 11

Kansas soccer shut out again

Kansas University was held scoreless for the third straight match and suffered a 1-0 loss to Texas Christian University on Friday at the Jayhawk soccer Complex.

Tale of the tape: KU vs. TCU

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

Kansas center Gavin Howard not approaching new position gingerly

Tuesday was the first time Kansas University quarterback Jake Heaps took a snap from new starting center Gavin Howard. And the hope for the struggling Kansas offense is that one week will provide time for quarterback and center to get in sync enough to allow KU’s offense to break out of its sluggish start. By Matt Tait

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O-for-home: Kansas RB James Sims gunning for first win in Texas

When running back James Sims signed to play football at Kansas University out of high school, one of the biggest draws for the Irving, Texas, native was the chance to play in front of family and friends multiple times during his college career. It has hardly been the dream Sims imagined. By Matt Tait

Thursday, October 10

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Keon Stowers: Kansas football will rebound

Kansas University junior Keon Stowers has experienced a lot of losses during his first 16 games in a KU uniform. And that makes him somewhat of an expert on critiquing the way a team bounces back from a loss. By Matt Tait

KU basketball to play home-and-home series with UNLV

KU and UNLV have agreed to a series in men's basketball.

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KU men's basketball to hold open practice at Allen Fieldhouse

The Kansas men's basketball team will host an open practice and scrimmage Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9:45 a.m. until approximately 11 a.m. prior to KU's home football game against Oklahoma. The event is free to the public.

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KU, Oklahoma State picked to share Big 12 men's basketball title

For just the third time in Big 12 history, there is a tie at the top of the conference's preseason poll, as Kansas and Oklahoma State were both selected to win the league regular-season crown.

Opinion: Kansas volleyball confident as Texas looms

Beating big, bad Texas in any sport means something to Big 12 athletes. It means something a little extra special when the sport is volleyball and the woman facing the Longhorns happens to have grown up in Nebraska. Column by Tom Keegan

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KU volleyball's sweep of OU sets up battle atop Big 12 standings

With one of the biggest home matches in Kansas University volleyball history looming on Saturday, the Jayhawks might have been tempted to overlook Oklahoma on Wednesday night in Horejsi Center. By Gary Bedore

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Oubre latest Texan to join Kansas basketball

Bill Self — who has covered the entire country, signing players from both coasts, the North, South and Midwest in his 11 years at Kansas University — has corralled four scholarship players from the state of Texas. By Gary Bedore

KU women 7th in Big 12 hoops poll

Big 12 Conference women’s basketball coaches voted Kansas University seventh in the league’s preseason poll, released Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 9

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KU football searching for right fit on offense

It’s starting to look like a painful game of musical chairs for the Kansas University football program, as head coach Charlie Weis continues to search for ways to shuffle the deck in hopes of getting the Jayhawks’ offense going. By Matt Tait

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KU football shuffles offensive line once again

For the fourth time since Sept. 10, the Kansas University football team will take a new-look offensive line into game week, as the Jayhawks prepare for Saturday’s 11 a.m. kickoff at TCU. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Jayhawks set at QB for future

Save yourself the trouble of tossing over your shoulder haystack after haystack of negativity surrounding the Kansas University football program in search of that elusive needle pointing upward. You won’t find it on the rest of the schedule, but it will start to show its head during spring football. Column by Tom Keegan

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Self: KU needs Tharpe to be irreplaceable

Kansas University coach Bill Self expects more — much more — from point guard Naadir Tharpe in his junior season. “I need Naadir to be our most valuable player,” Self said Tuesday before the Coaches vs. Cancer Season Tipoff Reception at Municipal Auditorium. By Jesse Newell

Journal-World websites to require commenters to identify themselves

To our readers: We will be making a significant change in the system we use to allow readers to comment on stories: We are ending anonymity and requiring commenters to post under their real names.

Tuesday, October 8

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SG Kelly Oubre commits to Kansas basketball

No. 12-rated player says 'nobody is bigger than the program' at KU

Kelly Oubre Jr., a 6-foot-7 senior shooting guard from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada, has orally committed to play basketball at Kansas University, he confirmed on his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon. By Gary Bedore

Monday, October 7

KU volleyball players honored again

Kansas University earned its third consecutive Big 12 Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week honor, and added the Defensive Player of the Week award, too.

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Prep Oubre expected to announce today

Cliff Alexander says he'll announce Nov. 20, then changes to Nov. 16

Blue-chip basketball shooting guard Kelly Oubre, a 6-foot-7 senior wing from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., who has pared his list of prospective colleges to Kansas and Kentucky, caused quite a stir on Twitter on Monday night, writing, “Big News Tomorrow!!” By Gary Bedore

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KU to look into 'ways to improve' procedures for Late Night

Kansas University associate athletic director, public affairs Jim Marchiony issued a statement Monday addressing problems related to fans storming the various entrances of Allen Fieldhouse for general admission seating at Friday's Late Night in the Phog.

KU-Oklahoma to kick off at 2:30 p.m., Oct. 19

The Big 12 Conference today announced that KU's game against OU will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and will be shown on national television by either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. The network decision will come at a later date but the time is set.

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KU football's Tony Pierson 'day-to-day' with head injury

Kansas University running back/wide receiver Tony Pierson, who was injured during last week's loss to Texas Tech after being slammed to the ground following a long catch and run, is listed as day-to-day, according to KU coach Charlie Weis.

Sunday, October 6

Texas soccer clips KU, 1-0

Texas sophomore Aaron Strawser’s goal with less than four minutes remaining lifted the Longhorns to a 1-0 Big 12 soccer victory over Kansas University on Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Ex-Jayhawks join state Hall of Fame

Three members of the 1952 Kansas University men’s basketball national championship team — Al Kelley, Bob Kenney and Bill Lienhard — were inducted into The State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday at the Wichita Boathouse.

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Jayhawks lament lack of consistency

Embarrassed by their latest performance and upset that they looked powerless to stop the onslaught, the Kansas University football players who suffered a 54-16 loss to No. 20 Texas Tech at Memorial Stadium on Saturday were not shy in explaining where the team must go from here. By Matt Tait

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Kansas hoops recruit Kelly Oubre feels ‘love’

Blue-chip high school basketball wing Kelly Oubre told reporters at last weekend’s USA Basketball developmental camp in Colorado that he had an amazing time at Friday’s Late Night in the Phog. By Gary Bedore

Opinion: Kansas football making same mistakes

Blowouts happen, but when they feature so many of the same issues that have eaten at the football team getting blown out all year, it’s especially disturbing. You have to wonder why things keep getting worse. By Tom Keegan

Kansas volleyball rolls at Baylor

Junior outside hitter Sara McClinton drilled one of the final kills for Kansas University, wrapping up a performance that powered her team to a four-set win at Baylor on Saturday afternoon, 25-16, 23-25, 25-22, 25-17.

KU cross country wins at Rim Rock

Kansas University senior Josh Munsch ran to his first collegiate victory and helped lead the Jayhawks’ men’s cross country team to its second win of the season Saturday at the Rim Rock Classic.

Saturday, October 5

Kelley, Kenney, Lienhard to be honored

Three U.S. Olympic gold medalists and NCAA basketball champions out of Kansas University will be inducted into The State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame today at the Boathouse in Wichita.

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Riggle, wiggles highlight ‘Night

Actor Rob Riggle, who drew rave reviews for his work as host of the 2012 ESPY Awards, had a stellar encore performance at Friday’s 2013 Late Night in the Phog. By Gary Bedore

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Notebook: Tony Pierson injured; Weis not upset KU fans left early

As if the numbers on the scoreboard were not bad enough, the worst news for the Kansas University football team after Saturday's 54-16 loss to No. 20 Texas Tech may have come in the form of an injury to one of its top players. By Matt Tait

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Seeing red: Charlie Weis 'not content with anything' after KU's 54-16 loss to Texas Tech

The Kansas football team was left trying to explain what went wrong in a game in which the home team raced out to a 10-0 lead and then fell flat. By Matt Tait• Box score

Game Balls and Gassers: Texas Tech

Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers following Kansas' 54-16 loss to Texas Tech ...

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Opinion: Fake punt a risk not worth taking

It certainly wasn’t difficult to pinpoint the moment the tide turned in Kansas' 54-16 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes.• Box score

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Texas Tech wins, but loses quarterback

Texas Tech freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 33 of 51 passes for 368 yards, no touchdowns and one interception before suffering a right knee injury late in the third quarter. By Gary Bedore

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Charlie Weis: Tony Pierson could miss 'substantial' time with head injury

Kansas receiver Tony Pierson could miss extended time after suffering a head injury in the third quarter, KU coach Charlie Weis said in his press conference following the Jayhawks' 54-16 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday.

Line-cutting, mobbing has KU Athletics reviewing Late Night admittance protocol

Kansas Athletics will be examining its admittance procedure to future Late Night in the Phog events after many fans complained about a lack of crowd control, line cutting and mobbing at the entrance of Allen Fieldhouse on Friday. By Stephen Montemayor

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KU women kick off season with nods to past, hope for future

For the Kansas University women's basketball newcomers, Late Night in the Phog represented the chance finally to kick off their time as Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

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Dunks, anticipation and heat higher than ever at Late Night

More than 16,300 fans who were shoehorned into Allen Fieldhouse for the 29th-annual Late Night in the Phog shared an unexpected group sauna Friday night in KU’s tradition-rich building. By Gary Bedore

Opinion: 2013-14 Jayhawks' ceiling limitless if ...

The 2013-14 Kansas University men's basketball team looked like a Sweet 16 squad to one set of eyes on Friday at Late Night in the Phog. But if two developments occur throughout the course of the season, KU could blossom into the school to beat heading into March Madness. Column by Tom Keegan

KU football recruit from SMW dies following stroke

Shawnee Mission West standout Andre Maloney, who committed to play football at Kansas University, died Friday after suffering a stroke in a game on Thursday. By Matt Tait

Notebook: Texas Tech to test KU ‘D’

Even though Kansas University already has three nonconference football games in the books, today’s 11 a.m. match-up with No. 20 Texas Tech might feel like the opener for the Kansas defense. By Matt Tait

Friday, October 4

Kansas soccer ties ISU, 0-0

Kansas University and Iowa State played to a scoreless soccer draw on Friday at the ISU Soccer Complex.

Tale of the tape: KU vs. Texas Tech

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

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Collision course: Kansas nickel Simmons tasked with trying to stop Texas Tech tight end Amaro

After a strong start to his third college football season, Kansas University junior Victor Simmons finally will get his shot at a welcome-to-the-big-time moment when the Jayhawks (2-1) play host to No. 20 Texas Tech (4-0) at 11 a.m. today. By Matt Tait

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Fans gather, wait overnight, for Late Night in the Phog

Jayhawk fans erupted into cheers at every chance they got Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse. Applause, yelps and the sounds of noisemakers greeted everything from a Simon Says contest to Bill Self's speech about the upcoming season. Somewhere between the women's basketball players dancing to "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer and comedian Rob Riggle being carried onto the court on a white throne, the 16,000 fans experienced more than a bit of ridiculousness at the 29th annual Late Night in the Phog, a variety show and scrimmage that serves as the opening to the 2013-2014 Kansas University basketball season. By Nikki Wentling

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Behind the Lens: 'Jayhawk Decade'

Looking through images I’ve made during 359 games has taught me a lesson about being somewhat selective while shooting, but I also learned a little about the importance of meticulous archiving practices.

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Gary Bedore's top Late Night moments at Allen Fieldhouse

Everybody loves lists, so without further ado, here are the top five moments in Late Night history as compiled by Gary Bedore, who has been in Allen Fieldhouse for all 28 season-opening extravaganzas.

Opinion: KU freshmen vs. vets could spice up Late Night

Since Late Night in the Phog is all about having fun, here’s a suggestion on how to make the night even more entertaining this year: Put the six freshmen and three of walk-ons on the red team and let the veterans play on the other. Column by Tom Keegan

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Weis fired up for Homecoming weekend’s festivities

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has never tried to hide his appreciation for Kansas basketball and that came through again earlier this week when Weis spoke with reporters about the huge weekend ahead. By Matt Tait

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Late Night offers first look at KU stars

Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self expects tonight's Late Night in the Phog festivities to be "one of the most anticipated Late Nights we’ve had,” thanks to star freshman Andrew Wiggins and seven other Jayhawk newcomers. By Gary Bedore

Thursday, October 3

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Andrew Wiggins named to preseason all-Big 12 first team

KU's Tarik Black voted as conference's newcomer of year

Kansas freshman guard Andrew Wiggins was named to the preseason all-Big 12 first team, marking the first time a freshman has earned that honor in the conference's history.

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Dunks to be on display at Late Night

Kansas University’s basketball players don’t compete in a formal dunk contest during Late Night in the Phog festivities in Allen Fieldhouse. Sometimes they do, however, rattle the rims in the layup lines prior to a short scrimmage that concludes the three-hour proceedings. By Gary Bedore

KU volleyball sweeps K-State

Junior outside hitters Sara McClinton and Chelsea Albers combined for 25 kills, and Kansas University swept Kansas State in Big 12 volleyball Wednesday at Ahearn Fieldhouse.

Kansas football aims to score more

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. The popular proverb could be considered an appropriate rallying cry for Kansas University’s football team, which, according to junior running back Tony Pierson, is set to reveal its third new offense of the 2013 season. By Matt Tait

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KU turns attention to stadium revamp

With construction crews making progress on Kansas University’s new $39 million soccer, softball and track venue known as Rock Chalk Park, KU’s athletic department has moved into more serious planning stages for a renovation to Memorial Stadium. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Talent limiting football offense

A cynic’s dark soul would insist it won’t make any difference how Charlie Weis tweaks the Kansas University football offense.

Wednesday, October 2

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Changing of the guard: Bonnie Henrickson welcomes new faces

Speaking at Wednesday’s media day, Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson says she has had to re-emphasize patience — even to herself — as it will be especially important with a 2013-14 team that lost three 1,000-point scorers while adding five freshmen who all should compete for immediate playing time. By Jesse Newell

KU men’s golf finishes second at Madison

Freshman Chase Hanna tied for fifth place and sophomore Jackson Foth tied for 10th to lead Kansas University’s men’s golf team to a runner-up finish on Tuesday at the Badger Invitational.

KU women golfers fourth in Austin

Kansas University senior Thanuttra Boonraksasat recorded her second straight top-10 finish Tuesday as KU’s women’s golf team finished fourth in the Challenge at Onion Creek.

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Selden: Late Night visit made impression

Freshman Wayne Selden was sold on Kansas University after watching the 2012 Late Night in the Phog. This year, he’ll be meeting a batch of prospects with KU on their lists. By Gary Bedore

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Weis, Jayhawks well-aware of Big 12 loss streak

By the time Saturday's kickoff against Texas Tech rolls around, 1,063 days will have passed since the Kansas University football team last defeated a Big 12 Conference opponent. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Running on first down best bet for KU

Kansas University coach Charlie Weis said Tuesday that the Jayhawks have been "crummy" this season on third downs with more than six yards to go. More runs on first down could help the Jayhawks stay out of that bind. Column by Tom Keegan