Stories for September 2013


Monday, September 30

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Three top preps to be at Late Night

KU — which has had six first-round picks in the past four NBA Drafts, including one-and-dones Ben McLemore and Xavier Henry — will have three stellar senior prospects in town for Friday’s Late Night in the Phog (6:30 p.m., Allen Fieldhouse). By Gary Bedore

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Kliff's notes: KU’s Weis familiar with Tech coach

In April of 2003, the New England Patriots made 6-foot-3, 213-pound gunslinger Kliff Kingsbury, of Texas Tech University, the 201st overall pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Kansas wideout situation mystifying

A remarkably unproductive group of wide receivers continues as a major factor in the Kansas University football team having a flat offense for the second year in a row. By Tom Keegan

Kansas volleyball players honored again

Kansas University sophomore Tiana Dockery and fifth-year senior Caroline Jarmoc were named the Big 12 Conference’s offensive and defensive players of the week on Monday.

KU women’s golf a stroke out of 1st

Two Kansas University women’s golfers are in the top 10, and the Jayhawks are just a stroke out of first place after the first two rounds of the Challenge at Onion Creek on Monday.

Hanna, Foth lead KU men’s golf

Kansas University freshman Chase Hanna remains in the top 10 and teammate Jackson Foth is just outside it after two rounds of the Badger Invitational.

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KU women's basketball Gonzalez twins ailing

At least one twin to miss Late Night

The Gonzalez twins are on the injured list as the Kansas University freshmen prepare for the start of their first season in women’s college basketball.

Oct. 12 KU football game at TCU set for 11 a.m. kickoff

Game will be televised by FSN

Big 12 Conference officials announced Monday that KU's Oct. 12 game at TCU would kick off at 11 a.m.; and KU coach Charlie Weis said on Monday morning's teleconference that there were no new injuries to report for the Jayhawks.

Sunday, September 29

Hanna paces KU men’s golf

Kansas University freshman Chase Hanna shot a 1-under 71 to earn a tie for eighth after the first round of the Badger Golf Invitational on Sunday at the University Ridge Golf Course.

Kansas softball sweeps pair at Fall Invite

Kansas University struck out 20 and allowed just one run in two games of a softball sweep of Cowley and Butler at the KU Fall Invitational on Sunday at Arrocha Ballpark.

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Kansas buck Michael Reynolds grows up

For junior-to-be Michael Reynolds, the offseason message from coach Charlie Weis was simple and came in the form of a two-word nudge: Grow up. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Kansas football primed to upset Red Raiders

Oddsmakers will favor Texas Tech against Kansas University, but Kansas has a real shot to end its 21-game Big 12 losing streak. By Tom Keegan

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Brannen Greene: Kansas players ‘get along great’

One of the best things about playing basketball at Kansas University, Brannen Greene says, is the camaraderie of a close-knit team. By Gary Bedore

KU softball blanks Washburn, 3-0, in fall opener

Kansas University opened its fall softball schedule with a 3-0 victory over Washburn on Saturday at Arrocha Ballpark.

Saturday, September 28

Santa Clara edges KU soccer, 3-2

Sophomore Liana Salazar’s free kick from 19 yards out pulled Kansas University’s soccer team to within a goal of No. 20 Santa Clara with just 16 minutes remaining, but that was as close as the Jayhawks would come, falling to the Broncos, 3-2, on Friday night.

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Low-key Ellis learning to lead on young KU team

Kansas University sophomore forward Perry Ellis may be one of Bill Self's quietest Jayhawks, but Self says that, as a leader on a young KU squad, Ellis' "fire burns, there is no question." By Gary Bedore

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Home sweep home: KU volleyball rolls over TCU in rare Big 12 opener at home

The Big 12 volleyball schedule-maker finally did Kansas University a favor this season. “This is the first time we’ve played at home in a while to open the Big 12. We did it in fine fashion,” 16th-year KU coach Ray Bechard said after a 3-0 sweep of TCU on Saturday in Horejsi Center. By Gary Bedore

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Self: First hoops practice ho-hum

Kansas University’s elite, eight-man recruiting Class of 2013 didn’t distinguish itself during the first official practice of the season, held Friday afternoon in the Jayhawks’ practice facility adjacent to Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

Friday, September 27

Freshman KU basketball player on diversion following July citation

Incoming freshman Kansas University basketball player Brannen Greene was accepted into a one-year diversion program this week after being cited in July for leaving the scene of an accident.

KU great Galen Fiss to get Browns honor

Galen Fiss, a former Kansas University football and baseball standout, will be inducted into the Cleveland Browns Legends this weekend.

Thursday, September 26

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Donors to get reserved seats at Late Night

There’s one sure-fire way to avoid standing in line for first-come, first-served seating at Kansas University’s Late Night in the Phog basketball extravaganza, set for a week from today in Allen Fieldhouse. It’s by donating a minimum of $10,000 to KU’s Williams Fund. By Gary Bedore

Ex-Jayhawk Peters cleared to play for Arizona

Former Kansas University forward Zach Peters will be able to play this season at the University of Arizona and have four years of eligibility left, the NCAA announced.

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KU offensive line seeking more toughness during bye week

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis is still trying to pinpoint the five best players to make up KU's offensive line. After back-to-back games in which the Jayhawks were handled up front, Weis said toughness would go a long way toward determining which guys get the most snaps the rest of the way. By Matt Tait

Despite loss, KU volleyball enjoys test vs. Italy

Kansas University's volleyball team wasn't happy about its loss, even in an exhibition, but the Jayhawks were glad for the challenge of facing the Italian U-23 national team, Wednesday at Horejsi Center. By Matt Tait

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And so it begins: Freshman Wiggins, Jayhawks set for season

Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins and teammates entertained media members for 30 minutes during the KU men's basketball media day on Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Opinion: 7-footer Embiid rare talent among Kansas big men

It seems a strange thought on a roster that includes Andrew Wiggins, but the player on this year’s Kansas University basketball team with the highest ceiling just might be the guy whose head comes closest to the ceiling, Joel Embiid. Column by Tom Keegan

Self: Newcomers’ talents impressive

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self has been impressed with the eight players in his recruiting Class of 2013. “This is the most talented class we have signed,” Self said Wednesday at KU’s media day. By Gary Bedore

Wednesday, September 25

KU women win Sunflower Invitational golf

Seniors Meghan Potee and Thanuttra Boonraksasat finished 1-2 to lead Kansas University’s women’s golf team to its second straight Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational title Tuesday at Colbert Hills Golf Course.

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Hard-earned goal: In quest to play, KU soccer's Salazar tackles grueling course load

Kansas University sophomore midfielder Liana Salazar completed over 50 credit hours in one calendar year to regain eligibility after the NCAA denied her academic waiver. By Jesse Newell

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Former Jayhawk Aldrich signs with NBA's Knicks

Former Kansas University center Cole Aldrich on Tuesday signed a contract with the NBA’s New York Knicks. By Gary Bedore

Tuesday, September 24

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KU football still tinkering with trial and error of faster tempo on both offense and defense

This offseason the Kansas University football team made it a point to work on both handling a faster tempo on defense and playing at a faster tempo on offense. Three games into the season, the verdict remains out on how KU has done, but both units have seemed more comfortable playing at faster speeds. By Matt Tait

Monday, September 23

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ESPN: Bill Self top coach for NBA

Bill Self, who in the past several weeks was ranked the No. 2 recruiter of all college coaches (behind John Calipari) and No. 4 X’s and O’s coach (behind Tom Izzo, John Beilein and Rick Pitino), on Monday was named the college coach most qualified to run an NBA franchise successfully. By Gary Bedore

Big 12 honors KU volleyball

Kansas University volleyball picked up a pair of individual Big 12 Conference awards on Monday.

KU women’s golf leads Smith meet

Kansas University’s women’s golf team took a quick 13-stroke lead after the first two rounds of the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational on Monday at Colbert Hills Golf Course.

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KU defensive lineman Marquel Combs to transfer

Kansas University junior defensive lineman Marquel Combs has asked for and been granted a release to transfer to schools outside of the Big 12, KU coach Charlie Weis announced Monday.

KU, Texas Tech to kickoff at 11 a.m. Oct. 5

KU's Big 12 Conference opener against Texas Tech on Oct. 5 at Memorial Stadium will kickoff at 11 a.m., the Big 12 announced Monday morning.

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KU kickers honored for play vs. Louisiana Tech

KU punter Trevor Pardula and place kicker Matthew Wyman were honored Monday for their roles in KU's 13-10 victory over Louisiana Tech last weekend.

Sunday, September 22

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Chicago guard Charles Matthews keeps KU hoops on his list

Charles Matthews, a 6-foot-4 junior combo guard from Chicago St. Rita High School who is ranked No. 11 in the recruiting Class of 2015 by, on Saturday included Kansas University on his revised list of 10 schools.

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Kansas football still a work in progress

Even though everyone associated with Kansas University’s football program was overjoyed about Saturday’s improbable, last-second, 13-10 victory over Louisiana Tech, the Jayhawks (2-1) did not leave the field believing that all’s well in Lawrence. By Matt Tait

KU soccer rolls, 2-0

After getting shut out in three straight games heading into the weekend, the Jayhawks delivered their second straight two-goal effort Sunday, posting a convincing 2-0 victory over Illinois State at Jayhawk Soccer Complex. By Jesse Newell

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Keeping the faith: KU volleyball finishes nonleague slate strong

Kansas University’s veteran volleyball players, who led the Jayhawks to a 26-7 record and spot in the NCAA Tournament last year, were not happy with a so-so 4-3 start to a much-anticipated 2013 season. By Gary Bedore

Opinion: Ailing golfer Jim Phillips on mend

Every time former Kansas University golf coach Ross Randall’s phone dinged with a text alert, he hoped it contained good health news about Jim Phillips, one of his early golfers. Randall no longer needs to check his phone for an update on Phillips, who was among those in town over the weekend for a KU golf alumni get-together. By Tom Keegan

Saturday, September 21

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Opinion: Matthew Wyman earns rock-star status with clutch kick

Matthew Wyman — in the bleachers a year ago and the most anonymous player in camp a few months ago — made a name for himself with Saturday's game-winning kick, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes.• Box score• Weis postgame audio

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Notebook: TE Jimmay Mundine responds to benching; KU shuffles offensive line

He may have started the game on the bench, but Kansas University junior tight end Jimmay Mundine was on the field when it mattered most. By Matt Tait

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Key fumbles by key players doom Lousiana Tech

The unthinkable happened as Louisiana Tech sophomore running back Kenneth Dixon carried the football to Kansas University’s five-yard line with a minute-and-a-half left and the score knotted at 10 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. By Gary Bedore

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Turning a corner? KU finally wins close one in improbable 13-10 victory over LA Tech

At a school like Kansas, where wins and feel-good moments have been hard to come by, Saturday's come-from-behind win in front of 39,823 fans at Memorial Stadium may have been just what the program needed. By Matt Tait• Box score• Weis postgame audio

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Game Balls and Gassers: LA Tech

Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers following Kansas' 13-10 victory over LA Tech on Saturday.

KU soccer tops S.D. State, 2-1

Kansas University junior defender Haley Yearout scored her first career goal in the 75th minute, and the Jayhawks beat South Dakota State, 2-1, in nonconference soccer Friday at Fishback Soccer Park.

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Jayhawks survive tougher, condensed Boot Camp

Kansas University senior Tarik Black and the rest of his Jayhawk teammates completed the five-day Bill Self Basketball Boot Camp on Friday. By Gary Bedore

Opinion: KU must get football to playmakers ... a lot

Kansas University's football team is at its best when the Jayhawks' star backfield gets the football on offense. If KU wants to win comfortably against Louisiana Tech today, James Sims, Tony Pierson, Darrian Miller and Brandon Bourbon should combine for over 50 touches, at least. Column by Tom Keegan

Friday, September 20

Dockery sparks KU volleyball

Tiana Dockery had a team co-leading 14 kills in a pair of 3-0 victories over Georgia and North Dakota State on Friday in a festive Horejsi Center. By Gary Bedore

Tale of the tape: KU vs. Louisiana Tech

A unit-by-unit look at Kansas and Louisiana Tech.

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Full-speed ahead: Kansas LB Ben Heeney gung-ho from the get-go

To say that Ben Heeney has blown up during the past 13 months would be an understatement. But to say his overdrive attitude and blue-collar success came out of nowhere would be flat-out wrong. By Matt Tait

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KU football notebook: Jayhawks new, old look to bounce back vs. LA Tech

After a slight rearranging of the depth chart this week, the KU football team will feature a few new faces in new places during Saturday's 11 a.m. kickoff against Louisiana Tech at Memorial Stadium. That makes the game even bigger than it already was for the Jayhawks, who are coming off a tough road loss to Rice.

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Boot Camp is over; Bill Self impressed with Jayhawks

Kansas University’s one-week version of basketball Boot Camp ended about 7 this morning in the Jayhawks’ practice facility.

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KU, UK basketball vying for prep Oubre

It appears to be a Kansas University-Kentucky recruiting battle for Kelly Oubre, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound senior shooting guard from Findlay Prep High in Henderson, Nev. By Gary Bedore

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Jayhawk duo reunite in defensive backfield

During the 2011 season, one of the best battles on the Kansas University football practice field featured a couple of freshmen in the passing game. By Matt Tait

Thursday, September 19

New Jersey defensive end picks KU football

Austin Stevens, a 6-4, 245-pound defensive end from Montclair (N.J.) High orally committed to KU on Thursday, according to

Wednesday, September 18

Opurum released, McDougald added for practice squad

The Kansas City Chiefs have released fullback Toben Opurum and signed safety Bradley McDougald to their practice squad in a swap of former Kansas University standouts.

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Scout praises 2016 KU recruit in new ranks

Jayson Tatum, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward from St. Louis Chaminade High who has already received scholarship offers from Kansas University and Missouri, has been ranked No. 4 in the Class of 2016 by Notes by Gary Bedore

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KU shuffles O-line to overhaul toughness, not chemistry

With a couple of changes affecting KU’s offensive line this week, it’s logical to wonder if putting senior Riley Spencer into the starting lineup and opening up the competition between Pat Lewandowski and Dylan Admire at center will have an impact on the chemistry up front. By Matt Tait

CoSIDA names Lawrence's Doug Vance new executive director

Former KU official returns to college athletics

Doug Vance of Lawrence has been named executive director of CoSIDA.

KU football adds home-and-home series with Houston for 2019-20

The Kansas University football team will meet Houston for the first time since 2005 when the Jayhawks travel to Houston in 2019 as the first part of a home-and-home series, KU announced Wednesday afternoon.

Jayhawk men's golf 8th at CSU tourney

Kansas University’s Ben Welle carded a final-round 2-under 68 to lead the KU men’s golf team to an eighth-place finish Tuesday at the 15-team Ram Master Invitational.

KU women’s golf second in opener

Kansas University’s Yupaporn Kawinpakorn tied for second place as the KU women’s golf team finished runner-up on Tuesday at the Cardinal Cup.

Top basketball recruits tease possible 2-for-1 at KU

It’s starting to look as if Kansas University is the top choice of JaQuan Lyle, a 6-foot-5 senior guard from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, who recently decommitted from Louisville. Recruiting notes by Gary Bedore

Tuesday, September 17

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KU defensive lineman Marquel Combs likely to red-shirt

RB Taylor Cox also might take potential red shirt with nagging leg issues

It's been an interesting couple of weeks for Kansas University defensive lineman Marquel Combs, but KU coach Charlie Weis cleared things up quite a bit on Tuesday, when he said the former No. 1-rated juco player in the country likely would red-shirt the 2013 season. By Matt Tait

Monday, September 16

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No problem: Weis not worried about QB play

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has more than a few things occupying his mind as he tries to get his offense going and his team to bounce back from a tough loss at Rice. But quarterback play is not one of them. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Texas football should turn to …

Two long weeks into Kansas University’s football season, the fan base understandably is frustrated. But it could be worse. You could be a supporter of the Texas Longhorns. By Tom Keegan

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Boot Camp opens; ‘nobody threw up’

Kansas University’s basketball players didn’t act as if they’d just rolled out of bed during Monday’s 6-7 a.m. Bill Self Basketball Boot Camp session in the Jayhawks’ practice facility next to Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

Big 12 honors KU volleyball’s Riley

Kansas University senior Brianne Riley was named Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Foth paces KU in men’s golf

Kansas University’s Jackson Foth shot 70-75—145 (+5) Monday during the first round of the Ram Master Invitational to sit in a tie for 29th individually.

KU women’s golf in second place

Kansas University sophomore Yupaporn Kawinpakorn sits in sole possession of second place and the Jayhawks are in second in the team race after Monday’s first day of the Cardinal Cup.

KU soccer falls to Dons, 1-0

San Francisco’s Kelsey Moe corralled a corner kick that ricocheted off the cross bar and put it in the net Sunday to send Kansas University to its third straight soccer setback.

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KU hoops Boot Camp starts today

When Kansas University’s basketball veterans or past players want to see a Jayhawk newcomer squirm, they tell the rookies tall tales about Bill Self’s Basketball Boot Camp. By Gary Bedore

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Kansas football afflicted with dropsies

It may be too early to make a definitive call on what kind of football team Kansas University has. But there’s no questioning that two games have been enough to determine the KU offense has a major problem developing: drops. By Matt Tait

Sunday, September 15

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Rice O-line coach, former KU aide John Reagan sees promise in Jayhawks' D-line

Rice offensive coordinator John Reagan, offensive line coach at Kansas University under Mark Mangino, was on the winning side against his former employer, 23-14, Saturday night in Rice Stadium, but he left impressed with the unit against which he coached. By Tom Keegan

Kansas linebacker Heeney glum, mum

Kansas University junior Ben Heeney was in no mood to talk following KU’s 23-14 football loss to Rice on Saturday night at Rice Stadium. By Matt Tait

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Lakers give Xavier Henry a shot

Former Kansas University basketball guard Xavier Henry, whose rookie contract expired at the end of the 2012-13 season, will try to resurrect his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers at the still-young age of 22. By Gary Bedore

KU volleyball wins in 5 sets

Kansas University’s volleyball team defeated Bowling Green, 25-22, 22-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-8, on Saturday to win the InnTowner Invitational.

KU’s Ludueña reaches quarters

Maria Belen Ludueña took Kansas University the farthest on day two of the Midland Invitational on Saturday as she advanced to the consolation quarterfinals after defeating Jessica Birowski of UT-Arlington (6-0, 6-4).

Saturday, September 14

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Lone-star letdown: Offense disappoints in KU's 23-14 loss to Rice

Although the Jayhawks stuck together and pinned this loss on the entire team, the offensive players seemed a lot more apologetic about struggling to score 14 points and gain 270 yards in their second straight loss to Rice in front of 22,974 fans, many of them wearing crimson and blue. By Matt Tait

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Opinion: Charlie Weis too ambitious in trying to balance coaching, coordinating

It’s becoming apparent that Kansas coach Charlie Weis should have recruited an offensive coordinator to take those duties off of his own plate, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes.

Game Balls and Gassers: Rice

Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers following Kansas' 23-14 loss to Rice on Saturday.

KU volleyball wins 2

Kansas University rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat host Wisconsin, 3-2, in the InnTowner Volleyball Invitational on Friday at UW Field House.

KU soccer falls, 2-0

Senior Taylor Housley scored two goals, and San Diego defeated Kansas, 2-0, in women’s college soccer Friday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Friday, September 13

Jayhawks see odds as motivating factor

When the week began, oddsmakers in Las Vegas pegged the match-up between 1-0 Kansas and 0-1 Rice as a game without a favorite. The opening line was set at pick ’em, and, in the eyes of the gambling world, both teams had an equal shot to win. By Matt Tait

Tale of the tape: KU vs. Rice

A unit-by-unit comparison of Kansas University and Rice. By Matt Tait

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Payback time? Revenge on Jayhawks’ minds

Make no mistake about it: The contest against Rice is a revenge game for Kansas University’s football team. But that concept includes more than just getting back at the Owls, who stunned the Jayhawks, 25-24, last season in Lawrence. By Matt Tait

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KU cornerback Kevin Short to sit out 2013 season

Kansas University cornerback Kevin Short has been declared ineligible by the NCAA and will red-shirt the 2013 season while remaining at KU, KU coach Charlie Weis announced in a press release this morning.

KU hoops schedule rated toughest

Kansas University’s upcoming 2013-14 nonconference basketball schedule rates as the toughest in the country, stated Monday. By Gary Bedore

Thursday, September 12

KU-Rice telecast available locally … at bars

Kansas University football fans who are WOW! cable subscribers will have options outside their homes if they want to catch Saturday’s game against Rice.

Kansas focuses on road victory

Earlier this week, as Kansas University’s football team began its preparations for Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. kickoff at Rice, KU coach Charlie Weis asked his team of more than 100 Jayhawks if any of them had won a road game while at Kansas. Crickets. By Matt Tait

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Opinion: Has KU football found its deep threat?

Might Rodriguez Coleman be the deep threat this team so desperately needs to complement possession receiver Justin McCay? By Tom Keegan

Wednesday, September 11

Self visiting top prep basketball recruits

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self was to visit with the families of top ten guards Tyus Jones and Rashad Vaughn on Wednesday in Minnesota, about the same time No. 43-rated point guard Jordan McLaughlin orally committed to USC. By Gary Bedore

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KU's Sims eager for shot at Rice after sitting out loss

Last season, when Rice kicker Chris Boswell knocked a 45-yard field goal through the uprights as time expired to give the Owls a one-point victory over Kansas University, the Jayhawks’ best football player wasn't even at the game. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Jayhawk fans can take over at Rice

The Coors Events Center on the Colorado campus became known as Allen Fieldhouse West once a year because when Kansas University came to town half the noise from the stands was made in support of the visiting team. Saturday represents a rare opportunity for KU alumni to turn Rice Stadium into Memorial Stadium South. Column by Tom Keegan

Ex-Jayhawk Newton achieves goal of becoming NBA GM

When Milt Newton was finishing up his graduate studies at Kansas University, he told anyone that would listen that his goal was to one day become an NBA general manager.

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Darnell Jackson signs free agent deal with Indiana Pacers

Former Kansas University power forward Darnell Jackson has signed a free agent contract with the Indiana Pacers, the NBA team announced on Tuesday. By Gary Bedore

KU volleyball falls at No. 24 Creighton

Freshman middle blocker Tayler Soucie slammed three block assists to help Kansas University fight off match point seven times against No. 24-ranked Creighton, but the Bluejays defeated the Jayhawks, 25-21, 15-25, 25-17, 29-27, on Tuesday night.

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Jayhawks aware of Rice QB’s talent

The Kansas University defenders know they will have their hands full this weekend in Houston when they stare across the line of scrimmage at Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Receivers dropping? Go hand shopping

Some Jersey sarcasm bubbled to the surface again Tuesday afternoon when Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis turned his attention to the performance of his wide receivers in Saturday’s victory against South Dakota: "I say different things to different players. Usually, it’s the Kmart special. I say, ‘They’re selling hands. Why don’t you go buy yourself a pair.’" Column by Tom Keegan

Monday, September 9

Big 12 honors KU volleyball’s Jarmoc

Kansas University senior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc earned the Big 12 Defensive Volleyball Player of the Week award, the conference announced Monday.

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Trio of Jayhawk freshmen projected atop NBA Draft

Kansas University freshmen Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Wayne Selden were included in analyst Chad Ford’s first mock NBA Draft of the 2013-14 school year, which was released on Monday. By Gary Bedore

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Ex-walk-on Embree earns keep as KU's standout returner

Kansas University's Connor Embree had four punt returns for 92 yards in Saturday’s season-opener against South Dakota, and his coach thinks it may be the start of big things for the former walk-on, who earned a scholarship in August. By Jesse Newell

City to add more buses to keep up with demand for downtown gameday shuttle service

Quite a few people who relied on the shuttle service from downtown to Memorial Stadium were late for Saturday's season-opening contest, as ridership spiked with the opening of the city's new parking garage near Seventh and Vermont streets. By Chad Lawhorn

Weis: Top KU football recruit Combs a backup, for now

Because of his colorful personality and impressive recruiting ranking, defensive lineman Marquel Combs stood out this offseason among the long list of newcomers to Kansas University’s football team. As it turns out, Combs,’s top-ranked junior-college prospect in the country, is just like everybody else — a player fighting for his chance to play. By Matt Tait

Sunday, September 8

Arizona State routs KU soccer

Arizona State scored on its first shot, in the seventh minute, and went on to claim a 4-0 rout over Kansas University in a nonconference soccer match Sunday.

KU hoops target to pick this week?

Jordan McLaughlin, a 5-foot-11 senior basketball point guard from Etiwanda (Calif.) High, is expected to announce his college choice this week, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Kansas running back Darrian Miller relishes chance

The first game back was pretty overwhelming for Kansas University football running back Darrian Miller. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Rice key test for KU

Thursday marks the four-year anniversary of the Kansas University football program’s most recent victory away from Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. Saturday represents a chance to end the futility streak of 22 games in 11 states under three coaches. By Tom Keegan

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Red carpet sweepers: Track takes two top awards at Rock Chalk Choice Awards

A record-breaking year for Kansas University’s track and field teams was capped off with a clean sweep of the final three awards during Sunday’s Rock Chalk Choice Awards at Lied Center. By Jesse Newell

Coyotes swept up in ‘waves’

South Dakota football coach Joe Glenn knew it’d take a remarkable effort from his FCS Coyotes to defeat FBS member Kansas University on Saturday night at steamy Memorial Stadium. By Gary Bedore

UA gets even with KU volleyball

After two Kansas University-Arkansas volleyball matches in the last three days — encompassing five hours of action — only one thing has been established: The Jayhawks of the Big 12 and Razorbacks of the SEC appear to be clones of each other. By Gary Bedore

Saturday, September 7

Game Balls and Gassers: South Dakota

Game Balls and Gassers for Kansas' 31-14 victory over South Dakota.

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Opinion: KU's offense not quite right in opener

Based on first glance, something isn’t quite right with the Kansas University football team’s offense, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan says. • Charlie Weis postgame audio• Box score

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Notebook: KU's special teams impress; LB Ben Heeney deals with cramps

The Kansas University football team's offense and defense may have taken small steps forward during a 31-14 victory against South Dakota at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night, but the special teams made a giant leap. By Matt Tait• Charlie Weis postgame audio• Box score

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Sharing the load: Jayhawks' stable of backs successful in 31-14 win over South Dakota

Last year, week in and week out, it was James Sims who did the heavy lifting for the Jayhawks' running game. That wasn't the case Saturday. By Matt Tait • Charlie Weis postgame audio• Box score

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Catch him if you can: Despite challengers, Sims still KU's No. 1 RB

Tony Pierson, Brandon Bourbon and Taylor Cox are faster than James Sims. Bourbon and Cox weigh more than Sims. Darrian Miller and Pierson are even more slippery than Sims. So what is it about the senior from Irving, Texas, that enables him to keep his role as the Kansas University football team’s featured running back? By Tom Keegan

Kansas vs. South Dakota: Tale of the Tape

A unit-by-unit look at the Kansas-South Dakota football game.

Matt Tait’s KU football notebook: South Dakota vs. Kansas

Asked if he would hold back some of the playbook in the opener to keep from giving away anything to future opponents, Kansas coach Charlie Weis made it clear that he’d thought plenty about that. Notes by Matt Tait

Weis combats ‘loser’s mentality’

As Kansas University’s football team gets set to enter its second season under head coach Charlie Weis, it seems clear that Weis and his coaching staff have been successful in chipping away at the losing culture that has lingered around the program for the past few seasons. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Jayhawk running backs' skills stack up nicely

Tony Pierson isn’t only the fastest player at the deepest position for the Kansas University football squad, he’s the speediest on the entire roster. So, if the other four running backs, James Sims, Taylor Cox, Darrian Miller and Brandon Bourbon, lined up to chase Pierson, which guy would finish second? Depends, naturally, on the person answering the question. Column by Tom Keegan

Newton takes post as Timberwolves’ GM

The Minnesota Timberwolves hired former Washington Wizards executive Milt Newton as general manager Friday, with new president of basketball operations Flip Saunders tapping a familiar face to help him reshape the franchise’s front office.

KU soccer ties Arizona

Caroline Kastor’s third goal of the season and goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stroud’s six saves helped Kansas University’s soccer team to a 1-1 tie with Arizona on Friday night as part of Arizona State’s Sun Devil Classic.

Friday, September 6

KU volleyball rallies past Arkansas

Despite a first-set loss and big deficit in the second, Kansas University rallied for a 3-2 volleyball victory over Arkansas on Thursday inside Barnhill Arena.

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Jake Heaps has routines down

New Kansas QB ‘very superstitious’ about pregame rituals

Kansas University quarterback Jake Heaps has been through this whole thing before. Just not at KU. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Questions surround O-line at Kansas

Every starting Kansas University offensive lineman who looks either to his immediate left or right from his position on the field will see an O-line face that was unfamiliar to him as recently as last winter. By Tom Keegan

Ex-Jayhawk Henry signs with Lakers

Former Kansas University basketball guard Xavier Henry on Thursday signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, general manager Mitch Kupchak announced.

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KU tight end Trent Smiley believes 'little things' will add up to more catches in 2013

After earning the reputation as a blocking tight end in his first two seasons, Kansas tight end Trent Smiley believes work with his route-running and hands will help him become a more complete player in 2013. By Jesse Newell

Wednesday, September 4

KU target Okafor keeps top ranking

Chicago big man Jahlil Okafor, who will be visiting Kansas University the weekend of Oct. 18-20, maintained his No. 1 national high school basketball ranking on Wednesday. By Gary Bedore

Kansas AD gets new, longer contract

Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger has entered the school year with a new and improved contract, the Journal-World learned Wednesday. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Kansas kicker defies norm

Fairy tales don’t come true in the most savage team sport of all. As a football player, either you get dirty, take pain and dish it, like it, rise above the competition and move to the next level, or you hang up your pads and hope the sport didn’t give you lifelong aches and limps. Unless, of course, you are a kicker. By Tom Keegan

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A fresh start: Kansas WR Justin McCay eager to hit field

It has been three years since Kansas University wide receiver Justin McCay ran onto a college football field for the first time. By Matt Tait

Chiefs re-sign ex-KU safety McDougald

The Kansas City Chiefs placed rookie safety Sanders Commings on injured reserve and signed Bradley McDougald to replace him on the roster heading into Sunday’s season opener at Jacksonville.

Jarmoc reaches milestone as KU volleyball defeats UMKC

Kansas University middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc needed just four kills on Tuesday night at UMKC to total 1,000 kills in her KU career. Jarmoc, a redshirt senior, tallied a match-high 19 kills to go along with 10 blocks, and the Jayhawks defeated the Kangaroos, 25-17, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21.

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Wiggins collects early All-America nod

Kansas University freshman basketball player Andrew Wiggins has been named 2013-14 preseason All-America by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. By Gary Bedore

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Weis announces Jayhawks' Week 1 lineup, position switches

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis on Tuesday released the first depth chart of the 2013 season. On it, defensive back Cassius Sendish was listed at his third different starting position since March. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, September 3

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Offensive lineman Pearce Slater hasn't returned to KU

Kansas offensive lineman Pearce Slater still has not returned to Kansas University, KU coach Charlie Weis announced at his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

Monday, September 2

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Self excited, but realistic, about upcoming season

Bill Self knows fan interest is as great, maybe even greater this year than any of his previous 10 seasons as basketball coach at Kansas University. While stressing he is “very excited about working with these guys,” Self cautioned that the 2013-14 Jayhawks might have a tough time totaling as many victories of some of his recent powerhouse squads. By Gary Bedore

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KU bye gives Weis extra chance to scout first foe

Saturday afternoon, as Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis watched the rest of the college football world open its season a week earlier than the Jayhawks, he had one goal: last-minute scouting of KU's upcoming opponents. By Matt Tait

Sunday, September 1

Paul Pierce making noise in New York

Former Kansas University basketball standout Paul Pierce has been stealing headlines in the Big Apple this summer.

Chiefs brain trust puts stamp on roster

Kansas’ McDougald cut; Opurum signs with practice squad

Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid are assembling what they believe is the right 53, and they made a slew of transactions on Sunday in pursuit of it.

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Under the radar: Five Jayhawks who could surprise

Here are a few Jayhawks flying under the radar who could play important roles before season’s end. By Matt Tait

Kansas soccer pounds Purdue

After a 4-1 victory over Purdue on Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex, coach Mark Francis' new strategy might be sticking around awhile. By Jesse Newell

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Mental fitness at core of KU football’s workouts under Holsopple

Kansas University strength and conditioning coach Scott Holsopple's office extends well beyond the weight room. His job is as much about mental fitness and team-building as bodybuilding. By Tom Keegan

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Jayhawks’ top prospects climbing recruiting ranks

At least two high school blue-chip basketball prospects who have Kansas University on their list of prospective colleges figure to jump in’s updated rankings, to be released this week, analyst Eric Bossi reports. By Gary Bedore

KU volleyball defeats Arizona, Morgan St.

The Kansas University volleyball team defeated Arizona, 3-1, on Saturday night at the Arizona Invitational.

Chiefs waive injured Moeaki, KU’s Opurum; McDougald sticks

Tony Moeaki’s career in Kansas City has apparently come to an end. Meanwhile, the Chiefs cut Kansas University product Toben Opurum, but ex-Jayhawk Bradley McDougald survived the roster cut Saturday.