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Sunday, November 30

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 30, 2014

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 30, 2014

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KU volleyball to host NCAA game again ... in Topeka

For the third straight year, Kansas University's volleyball team will serve as host for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

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Notebook: Traylor clutch at foul line in final minute

Kansas University backup power forward Jamari Traylor bounced back from two sub-par showings at the Orlando Classic by scoring six points and grabbing a rebound in 15 minutes Sunday in KU’s 61-56 win over Michigan State. By Gary Bedore

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Mykhailiuk finding his way

'Svi' goes 3-for-6 from deep vs. Spartans

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk let fly from beyond the arc just before the halftime buzzer of Kansas University's 61-56 Orlando Classic championship victory over Michigan State in HP Fieldhouse.

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Disney princes: Jayhawks impress in Mickey's territory

Ellis named Orlando Classic MVP

Mickey Mouse stretched to place his over-sized right hand on Perry Ellis’ shoulder as the Kansas University junior accepted Orlando Classic MVP honors on Sunday afternoon in HP Field House. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Lack of size doesn't hinder Mason

Sunday's Orlando Classic championship game wasn’t too physical for the shortest guy on the floor to move among the giants and come away with a game-high 10 rebounds. Column by Tom Keegan

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Izzo: 'A dead man can make a layup'

MSU coach laments blown opportunities vs. Kansas

High-flying Michigan State senior forward Branden Dawson, slowed by the flu since Monday, might have a get-well card waiting for him upon his return from East Lansing, Mich., but it won’t be from his coach, Tom Izzo. By Tom Keegan

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No. 2 Notre Dame dismantles KU women's team

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team didn’t get a chance to ease into its away-from-home schedule. Playing away from Allen Fieldhouse for the first time this season, the Jayhawks got shellacked, 89-47, by No. 2 Notre Dame, at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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KU defeats Michigan State to win Orlando Classic

With another big game in the Orlando Classic, Perry Ellis cemented his spot as the tournament's Most Valuable Player and helped lead the No. 11 Kansas University men's basketball team to the early-season title with a 61-56 victory over No. 20 Michigan State.

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No more fun and games: KU prepares for MSU

There’s no way Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self was going to drag himself away from a Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center meeting room to join his players for fun and games Friday night at Walt Disney World. By Gary Bedore

Jayhawks claim five-set victory

Trailing by three points midway through the fifth set against Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon, Kansas University seniors Chelsea Albers and Sara McClinton told their volleyball teammates in the huddle that they were going to fight back for the win.

Column: MSU’s Izzo, like Self, values toughness

On the brink of a big game, at least by November standards, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo used his postgame news conference in the wake of an 11-point victory against undersized Marquette to let his players know how little he thinks of their toughness.

Saturday, November 29

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 29, 2014

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 29, 2014

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Column: Tight end's touchdown a special ending to tough career

After toiling four years in Kansas University’s football program as a tight end known for his blocking, senior Trent Smiley left the visiting locker room at Bill Snyder Family Stadium Saturday night, with the ball from the first touchdown reception of his career tucked tightly to his ribs.By Benton Smith

Game balls and gassers: KU at Kansas State

Senior tight end Trent Smiley, playing in the final game of his career, picked up his first touchdown as a Jayhawk, a third-quarter snag in the back of the end zone that pulled Kansas to within 38-13. The grab was just the fifth reception of Smiley's career.

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Young Lockett passes dad for K-State record

From 1993-96, Kevin Lockett tortured Big Eight secondaries to the tune of a school-record 217 receptions for the Kansas State Wildcats. On Saturday, during K-State's 51-13 drubbing of visiting Kansas University, Lockett's son, Tyler, bumped his father into second place on K-State's all-time receptions list. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Mundine injured in finale

Clint Bowen said after Saturday's 51-13 loss at Kansas State that senior tight end Jimmay Mundine suffered an injury during the loss and was unable to continue.

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Bowen, Zenger discuss what's next for Kansas football

Asked, after Saturday's 51-13 loss to Sunflower State rival Kansas State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, what came next, Kansas University interim football coach Clint Bowen sounded a lot like a man who planned to have a role in the program moving forward. By Matt Tait

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Grim finish: K-State once again better than KU

With a little more than 12 minutes to play in a game that turned hopeless more than an hour earlier, Kansas University quarterback Michael Cummings slammed the ball into the turf after falling victim to yet another sack by the Kansas State defense during Saturday's 51-13 whipping by the Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. By Matt Tait

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K-State shuts down KU's season with 51-13 romp

Playing in the eighth and final game of Clint Bowen’s interim head-coaching run, Kansas University’s football team got a taste of Kansas State football early and never recovered in a 51-13 rivalry loss at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Friday, November 28

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 28, 2014

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 28, 2014

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GAMEDAY BREAKDOWN: A look at Saturday's Kansas-Kansas State football game

A gameday breakdown of Saturday's Kansas-Kansas State football game By Matt Tait

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Column: Ellis proving himself at holiday tourney

A virtual no-show against Kentucky and his team’s most productive player two days into the Orlando Classic that concludes Sunday, Perry Ellis’ disparate performances could say as much about his opposition than himself. Column by Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Alexander ahead of fellow frosh Oubre

Kansas University newcomer Kelly Oubre Jr. had no points and two turnovers in five minutes of an 82-67 KU win Friday. On the same day, fellow freshman standout Cliff Alexander had 16 points and four boards against Tennessee at the Orlando Classic.

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Selden whistled for flagrant foul vs. Tennessee

Kansas University sophomore guard Wayne Selden Jr. was whistled for a flagrant one foul for hammering Kevin Punter on a layup try with the Jayhawks up 10 late in the first half of an 82-67 win over Tennessee at the Orlando Classic.

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Bill Self talks minutes, rotation

Bill Self played Frank Mason III 20 minutes the second half of the Kansas University basketball team’s 82-67 Orlando Classic win over Tennessee on Friday.

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Jayhawks dominate glass in classic semifinal

Led by frontcourt player Perry Ellis and backcourt partner Frank Mason III, Kansas University’s basketball team outrebounded Tennessee, 44-22, in Friday’s 82-67 Orlando Classic semifinal victory at HP Field House.

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UT 'pushed around' in loss to Kansas

The Jayhawks are shooting .444 from long-range two games into the Orlando Classic. But their new-found outside shooting accuracy was the last thing on the mind of Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall in the wake of an 82-67 loss in the HP Fieldhouse. By Tom Keegan

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'Going to Disney World': Jayhawks beat Vols, head to resort

Frank Mason III had something in common with various Super Bowl MVP’s in the wake of Kansas University’s 82-67 Orlando Classic semifinal victory over Tennessee on Friday at HP Field House. He was “going to Disney World.” By Gary Bedore

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Wildcats not likely to fall victim to trap game mentality vs. KU

With the seventh-ranked Baylor Bears and a shot at a share of the Big 12 Conference title looming a week from Saturday, the Kansas State University football program has much more in its sights than just preparing for this weekend's Sunflower Showdown. Don't expect that to distract the Wildcats (8-2 overall, 6-1 Big 12) for a second, though. By Matt Tait

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KU overcomes late Tennessee push to advance in Orlando

There was no Thanksgiving Day hangover in Orlando for the Kansas or Tennessee men's basketball teams, which waged a heck of an entertaining battle in the semifinals of the Orlando Classic, won by KU, 82-67.

Thursday, November 27

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Kansas LB Heeney a Wildcat? ‘Glad I’m not’

In some alternate reality, Ben Heeney could be the face of another team’s defense. By Benton Smith

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Bombs away: Rhode Island's game plan backfires

Rhode Island, coached by Danny Hurley, came into Thursday's Orlando Classic game against Kansas University with a game-plan based on the Jayhawks' dismal three-point shooting in the first three games of the season. The Rams dared them to shoot. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Self prefers patience with first-year prodigies

Kansas University put a 76-60 beat-down on Rhode Island in an opening round Orlando Classic game at HP Fieldhouse. So many strong efforts to discuss, yet the message-board mentality of “I want the world and I want it now,” forever lurks and occasionally finds its way into KU coach Bill Self’s world. Column by Tom Keegan

Jayhawks bond while stuck in hotel elevator on Wednesday

"What's your favorite color?" a popular question

KU's basketball players were stuck on an elevator on Wednesday for about 10 minutes. By Gary Bedore

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Extra oomph: Ellis forceful in win over URI

One of Kansas University’s most forceful dunkers thus far this basketball season has been the unlikeliest of candidates: calm, cool, collected, laid-back Perry Ellis. The 6-foot-8 Ellis score a team-leading 17 points in the Jayhawks’ 76-60 first-round Orlando Classic victory over Rhode Island in HP Field House. By Gary Bedore

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Jayhawks celebrate Thanksgiving with victory at Orlando Classic

There clearly was no concern about the tryptophan effect for the Kansas University men's basketball team on this Thanksgiving in Orlando. Playing in the quarterfinals of the Orlando Classic on the Walt Disney World resort, the Jayhawks stormed out of the gate and put Rhode Island in a big hole in a hurry en route to a 76-60 victory over the Rams.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 26, 2014

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014.

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Jayhawks put it all together in convincing victory

Sometimes basketball really is a simple game — shoot, pass, score, rebound, win. Wednesday night was one of those times for the Kansas University women’s basketball team, which rocked Iona, 90-49, at Allen Fieldhouse.

Wednesday, November 26

Column: Greene gearing for big weekend

The stage is set for one Kansas University basketball player, more than any other, to have a breakthrough weekend and transform himself into a permanent rotation player.

Kansas volleyball sweeps West Virginia

It wasn’t always as easy as it looked for Kansas University’s volleyball team on Wednesday in a straight-set, 25-19, 25-23, 25-15 victory over West Virginia.

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KU expresses respect for K-State program

As the Kansas University football program prepares for Saturday’s Sunflower Showdown in Manhattan against a team it has defeated just five times in the past 23 seasons, the focus is on K-State quarterback Jake Waters, Wildcats wide receiver Tyler Lockett and KSU defensive end Ryan Mueller.

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Self: Tourney title a priority

Bill Self would like to see Kansas University’s basketball players hoist a trophy after playing three games this week in the Orlando Classic.

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KU women rock Iona, 90-49

Behind red-hot shooting from three-point range on Wednesday night, the Kansas University women's basketball team rocked Iona, 90-49, at Allen Fieldhouse.

Tuesday, November 25

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 25, 2014

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.

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Column: Bowen discovers dual roles daunting

In wearing multiple hats on one head, Clint Bowen routinely has given the good-soldier response to questions regarding how to juggle the duties of a head coach and defensive coordinator.

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Kiesau’s counsel: Savor the moment

Kansas University co-offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau has spent the early part of the week doing his best to break down the reality that lies ahead for the KU football team, which will play its season finale at 3 p.m. Saturday against Sunflower State rival Kansas State in Manhattan.

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Lucas likes first time in KU's starting lineup

Landen Lucas now knows what it’s like to be introduced as a starter at tradition-rich Kansas University.

Tharpe has strong start in D-League

Former Kansas University point guard Naadir Tharpe has averaged 6.8 points and 4.8 assists a game in his first five games with the Los Angeles D-fenders of the NBA Developmental League. The team plays in the Lakers’ practice facility which seats under 200 fans.

Kansas women’s basketball at a glance (11-26-2014)

Here's a look at Wednesday night's women's basketball matchup between Kansas University and Iona.

Monday, November 24

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 24, 2014

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 24, 2014

Report: Henry done for season

ESPN reported Monday that former KU guard Xavier Henry of the Los Angeles Lakers has a ruptured left Achilles and will miss the rest of the season.

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Notebook: KU freshmen make watch list

Kansas University’s Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre Jr., are included on the preseason Wayman Tisdale Award watch list. The award, which goes to the country’s top freshman, is sponsored by the USBWA. Duke’s Jabari Parker won a year ago.

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Perry Ellis scores 17 to bounce back

Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis, who had four points and two boards against Kentucky, responded with 17 points in 26 minutes during KU’s 87-60 home win against Rider.

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Self has hard time starting 'guys who are late to tutoring'

Sophomore Landen Lucas (career best nine points, four boards, two steals) was in the starting lineup for this first time in his career Monday night in Kansas University’s 87-60 victory over Rider.

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Column: Graceful Mykhailiuk plays older than his age

Sharp mind, meet your perfect match: The first time Bob Dylan took pen to paper to write lyrics. Bill Gates’ introduction to a computer.  Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk playing his initial game of five-on-five. Column by Tom Keegan

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Graham could've played against Rider

Kansas University freshman guard Devonté Graham could have played if necessary on Monday night against Rider.

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Scoreless Selden goes pass-happy in rout of Rider

Kansas University sophomore Wayne Selden Jr. failed to score a point for the first time in his 38-game college career on Monday night. Before anybody thinks he had an off night ... the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder from Roxbury, Massachusetts dished a career-high nine assists against one turnover in an 87-60 rout of Rider. He took just four shots in 28 minutes. By Gary Bedore

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KU's energy, Alexander far too much for Rider

Following Monday night's 87-60 loss to Kansas University at Allen Fieldhouse, Rider basketball coach Kevin Baggett joked that he knew, however briefly, what it felt like to be KU coach Bill Self. By Matt Tait

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Kansas bounces back against Rider

In need of a feel-good effort to bounce back from last week's 32-point loss to Kentucky in Indianapolis in the Champions Classic, the Kansas University men's basketball team returned home to warm and cozy Allen Fieldhouse and got exactly what it was looking for in the form of a 87-60 victory over Rider.

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Bowen, Snyder have crossed paths plenty of times before

As interim KU football coach Clint Bowen prepares to square off for the first time against legendary K-State coach Bill Snyder, past connections between the two Sunflower State coaches came roaring back on Monday morning.

Sunday, November 23

KU swimming wins classic

Lindsay Manning, Chelsie Miller and Yulya Kuchkarova won individual races in Sunday’s final session to help the Kansas University’s swimming and diving team win the Kansas Classic.

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Self undecided on lineup for Rider

Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self on Sunday said he hadn’t decided on his lineup for Monday night's game against Rider. By Gary Bedore

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Rider familiar with Kansas

Rider University basketball coach Kevin Baggett, a standout guard at St. Joseph’s in the late 1980s, took a recruiting trip to Kansas University. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 23, 2014

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 23, 2014

Terry Allen out at Missouri State

Former KU coach Terry Allen is done as the head coach at Missouri State. Allen’s contract expired following Saturday’s season-ending loss to Northern Iowa, and MSU plans to move on without the 57-year-old Allen, who was 37-64 in nine seasons with the Bears.

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KU football to test resilience one last time

After all of the times they’ve had to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and fast-forward past the pain of an embarrassing loss during the past four seasons, there’s something fitting about the Kansas University seniors having to do that one last time heading into the final game of their KU careers at 3 p.m. Saturday at Kansas State. By Matt Tait

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KU women finish challenge with a win

Playing its third game in as many days Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team didn’t have the greatest shooting game against Georgetown. But the Jayhawks produced more than enough points to win. By Benton Smith

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Seriously, folks, Self wants 40-plus points

The question tossed to Bill Self served as a perfect set-up for a comical one-liner. By Gary Bedore

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Kansas women bounce back, flog Temple

A narrow loss Friday to Alabama to open the Naismith Hall of Fame Challenge Tournament did not sit well with Kansas University’s women’s basketball team. By Chris Duderstadt

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 22, 2014

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 22, 2014

KU swimmers lead Classic

Kansas University’s swim team received victories by Chelsie Miller in the 400-yard individual medley, Haley Molden in the 200 freestyle and Yulduz Kuchkarova in the 100 backstroke, and the Jayhawks kept their lead after day two of the Kansas Classic on Saturday.

Kansas volleyball endures sweep by Texas

Third-ranked Texas swept Kansas, 25-20, 25-23, 25-18, on Saturday in Big 12 volleyball.

Kansas runner Morgan 91st

Kansas University’s Jacob Morgan placed 91st in the NCAA cross country championships Saturday at LaVern Gibson Championship Course.

Saturday, November 22

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KU's road losing streak continues

The Kansas University football team is now down to one chance this season to snap a road losing streak that has grown to 32 consecutive games and dates back to a 2009 victory at UTEP. By Matt Tait

Sooners' O-line paves way for record day

Kansas University senior Keon Stowers, who finished Saturday's game with three assisted tackles during Saturday's 44-7 loss to No. 23 Oklahoma, said after the game that he did not think the KU defense was beat up as badly as Samaje Perine's record-breaking performance made it look. By Matt Tait

Perine's record-breaking day reminiscent of Sands

Until Saturday's 44-7 loss to Oklahoma, which featured OU freshman Samaje Perine breaking the NCAA single-game rushing record with 427 yards on 34 carries, those associated with Kansas University football always thought fondly of that record. By Matt Tait

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Stoops: Timing, pace, strength make freshman RB great

It didn’t take Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops long to realize he had someone really special in freshman running back Samaje Perine. By Tom Keegan

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Column: One week left in Bowen's trial run

What has to rank as one of the worst weeks in the history of Kansas University athletics included basketball coach Bill Self reaching for a glass of water and cracking that he had hoped it was filled with Vodka. It ended with interim head football coach wishing he could reach for amnesia dust to sprinkle on his players. Column by Tom Keegan

Game balls and gassers: KU at Oklahoma

In falling 389 yards shy of OU freshman Samaje Perine, freshman Corey Avery led KU with 38 yards on 11 carries and there weren’t many holes for him. He also had two receptions for 32 yards, making him responsible for 70 of KU’s 103 total yards.

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Perine adds his name to list of greats at KU's expense

You'll have to excuse Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon if he's not the biggest Samaje Perine fan right now. One week after Gordon was the talk of college football after breaking former TCU great LaDainian Tomlinson's 15-year-old, single-game NCAA rushing record with a 408-yard romp in a victory over Nebraska last weekend, the Oklahoma freshman Perine dropped Gordon into second place on the all-time list with a 427-yard effort during Saturday's 44-7 whipping of Kansas University. By Matt Tait

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Freshman Perine's record day leads OU to 44-7 win

As if Kansas University’s football team hasn’t had enough issues winning away from Lawrence, the Jayhawks found it to be an impossible task once again Saturday afternoon at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium, in Norman, Oklahoma, where true freshman running back Samaje Perine set a new FBS single-game record, with 427 rushing yards on 34 carries.

KU-OU kickoff pushed back to 12:30 p.m.

Kickoff for today's football game between Kansas University and No. 23 Oklahoma has been delayed at least an hour and a half. Stadium officials announced just before 9 a.m. that the kickoff, originally scheduled for 11 a.m., would be pushed back to 12:30 p.m.

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Gardner scores 30, but Jayhawks fall to Alabama

On a night star senior forward Chelsea Gardner delivered 30 points and Kansas University’s women’s basketball team made 51 percent of its field goals, coach Bonnie Henrickson would like to think her team had done enough to leave Allen Fieldhouse with a victory.

Kansas swimmer Miller wins twice

Twenty-two season-best marks were posted by the Kansas University swim team, Friday, at the first day of the Kansas Classic at Topeka.

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Self seeks urgency after loss to Kentucky

After suffering a 32-point loss to Kentucky on Tuesday night, then getting a day off Wednesday, Kansas University’s basketball players figured to be itching to return to the gym and practice with passion on Thursday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 21, 2014

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.

Friday, November 21

Alabama knocks off KU women at Allen Fieldhouse

Chelsea Gardner scored 30 points and three other Kansas University women’s basketball players produced double-digit point totals against Alabama Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse, but the Jayhawks couldn’t get the stops they needed late in an 85-80 loss to the Crimson Tide.

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GAMEDAY BREAKDOWN: A look at Saturday's Kansas-Oklahoma football game

Update from Norman: Kickoff has been pushed back from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Here's a look at Saturday's Kansas-Oklahoma football game.

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Graham injured shoulder vs. Kentucky; hasn't practiced

Kansas University freshman guard Devonté Graham suffered a sprained right shoulder in Tuesday’s game against Kentucky, coach Bill Self said Friday.

Jayhawks gather in gym for 6 a.m. practice today

Self not pleased with Thursday's workout; today's much better

Bill Self had his Jayhawks run through a 6 a.m. practice Friday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 20, 2014

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.

Column: Zenger has help in search for coach

Any time a coaching-search adviser is employed by a university, suspicion percolates that the adviser will push buddies of his upon the athletic director.

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Visinia paying dividends for KU

He arrived at Kansas University with the funny Samoan name and huge frame but quickly has become one of the brightest spots of the 2014 KU football season.

Thursday, November 20

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Pollard plays role of delivery guy

Scot Pollard led a UPS film crew through an Allen Fieldhouse hallway to the current Kansas University basketball locker room.

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Busy weekend awaits KU women's basketball

This weekend will be far busier than most for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team.

Wednesday, November 19

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 19, 2014

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.

Kansas volleyball cruises past Iowa State in four sets

Four weeks ago, Kansas University’s volleyball team traveled to Iowa State, left with a loss and returned home with a losing record in the Big 12.

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Late return fitting finish following KU’s loss to Kentucky

Kansas University’s basketball players and coaches, who hoped to be sleeping in their own beds between 1 and 2 a.m., Wednesday, instead reclined at Topeka Regional airport shortly before the sun came up.

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KU’s Bowen hearing voices of support

For the past seven weeks — six games and one bye — interim head coach Clint Bowen has deflected all questions about his chances of becoming Kansas University’s permanent football coach in the near future by throwing the praise and focus back onto the players and talking in general terms about establishing a foundation the program can build upon regardless of who’s calling the shots next season.

Column: Jayhawks plagued by lack of size

So much has changed from last season for the Kansas University basketball team, but two games into the season, one thing remains the same: The Jayhawks don’t play at an elite level without a healthy Joel Embiid protecting the paint.

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2015 Big 12 football schedule released by conference

The Kansas University football program, along with the rest of the conference, received its first look at the Big 12 Conference slate for the 2015 season on Wednesday.

Jayhawks delayed at airport for hours after loss

A mechanical problem with KU's plane had the Jayhawks spending the night in Indianapolis after the 32-point loss to Kentucky. KU did not arrive back in Lawrence until 6:25 a.m. Wednesday.

Five Jayhawks all-academic in volleyball

Five Kansas University volleyball players have been selected for the academic All-Big 12 team.

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Cummings giving Jayhawks lift

When interim head coach Clint Bowen handed the keys to the Kansas University offense to Eric Kiesau hoping for a boost in production, the veteran assistant coach’s mind quickly cut to quarterback Michael Cummings. By Matt Tait

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Calipari: Waves of Wildcats wore KU down

Kentucky coach John Calipari stuck to his two-platoon system almost exclusively throughout the first half and started with it in the second half of Tuesday night’s 72-40 victory against Kansas University in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 18, 2014

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 18, 2014

Florida's Finney-Smith ailing

Florida forward Dorian Finney-Smith, who suffered hairline fractures in the index and middle fingers of his left hand after a fall against William and Mary, is attempting to play with a cast protecting the injured fingers. 

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Mighty early NBA draft analysis

Admitting the sample size is “ridiculously small,” ESPN’s Chad Ford nonetheless issued some grades for various NBA prospects after speaking with some scouts over the weekend.

Self: Calipari not the first to platoon

Kentucky coach John Calipari has said he has not been running a platoon system “to be a genius.” Proof of that is the fact other coaches have used the same strategy throughout the years.

KU hoops recruiting update

Brandon Ingram, a 6-foot-8 senior small forward from Kinston (North Carolina) High, who has both Kansas University and Kentucky on his list of schools, will announce his college choice in the coming days or weeks, his high school coach tells zagsblog.com.

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Jayhawks speak their minds following blowout

A team meeting involving Kansas University's basketball players probably is not necessary in the wake of Tuesday’s 32-point loss to Kentucky. The Jayhawks spoke their minds in the locker room after the game. By Gary Bedore

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Manning off to hot start at Wake Forest

Danny Manning’s initial Wake Forest team (2-0) thrashed Tulane, 71-49, on Monday in New Orleans.

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Abysmal in Indy: Top-ranked Kentucky throttles Kansas

Drubbing marks worst loss of Self era

Kansas University’s basketball team figured to have some problems with Kentucky’s star-studded Wildcats and their nine McDonald’s All-Americans on Tuesday night at the Champions Classic. But a 72-40 thrashing? The worst loss of the Bill Self era and fourth worst in Jayhawk history? That proved quite a sobering surprise to the (1-1) Jayhawks and their legion of fans who helped sell-out Bankers Life Fieldhouse (19,306). By Gary Bedore

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Column: Wildcats could make serious run at unbeaten season

When trying to figure out why Larry Brown said what he said about Kentucky going undefeated, so many possibilities came to mind. Not once did it occur to me that he might have said it because he meant every word of it. By Tom Keegan

Tuesday, November 18

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NBA execs, scouts fill Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Champions Classic

More than 60 NBA execs and scouts attended Tuesday night's Champions Classic to see some highly regarded players who played in victories by Duke over Michigan State and Kentucky over Kansas University.

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Olathe native Cauley-Stein not heavily recruited by KU

Kentucky junior Willie Cauley-Stein was not recruited heavily by Kansas University.

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Kansas women hammer Texas Southern, 69-44

Chayla Cheadle came off the bench to score a game-high 15 points as Kansas University’s women’s basketball team routed Texas Southern, 69-44, on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Chris Duderstadt

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KU offensive lineman Fusimalohi finished for the season

Injury will force left guard to miss KU's final 2 games

Senior left guard Ngalu Fusimalohi, who, last week, missed the first game of his two-year Kansas University career, is finished for the season.

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KU QB Cummings OK for Oklahoma

Kansas University quarterback Michael Cummings, for the second week in a row, played through pain in his right arm in last week's 34-30 loss to No. 5 TCU, but interim head coach Clint Bowen said Tuesday that Cummings was not dealing with anything serious.

KU volleyball adds 2 hitters

Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard announced the signing of two players to letters of intent on Monday.

KU men’s golf signs five

New Zealand prep Charlie Hillier, the 40th-ranked boys golfer according to Golfweek.com, highlights a five-member Kansas University golfing class announced Monday by coach Jamie Bermel.

KU-UK notebook: Jayhawks on Wooden list

Four Kansas players have been named to the 2014-15 John R. Wooden Award preseason top 50. They are: Cliff Alexander, Perry Ellis, Kelly Oubre Jr. and Wayne Selden Jr. By Gary Bedore

KU, UK are recruiting rivals

Kansas and Kentucky often go head-to-head in recruiting. By Gary Bedore

'Cal' addresses Kansas

UK coach John Calipari spoke Monday about KU. By Gary Bedore

KU ‘anxious’ for Classic

After dropping games to Kentucky and Michigan State in the first two editions of the Champions Classic, Kansas University’s basketball team was delighted to deck Duke last November in Chicago. By Gary Bedore

KU women preparing for ‘track meet’

As Kansas University’s women’s basketball team prepared for its game tonight against Texas Southern, the Jayhawks did so with another sport in mind. By Chris Duderstadt

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Bowen: TCU game product of hard work

Last weekend’s near-upset of No. 5 TCU brought renewed hope to a Kansas University football program that has just two games remaining in its season, Saturday at Oklahoma and next week at Kansas State. By Matt Tait

Column: Calipari system adds intrigue

Here in the first days of the college basketball season, Kentucky coach John Calipari walks that fine line that separates brilliance from madness. For that, we all owe him a debt of gratitude. By doing so, he has made November so much more interesting. By Tom Keegan

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Arch rivals: KU-UK an All-American reunion

Kansas University freshmen Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre Jr. won’t have to be introduced to four equally accomplished Kentucky newcomers at the Champions Classic tonight in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 17, 2014

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 17, 2014

Monday, November 17

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KU-KSU kickoff set for 3 p.m. Nov. 29

The annual Sunflower Showdown football game between Kansas University and Kansas State, set for Nov. 29 in Manhattan, will kick off at 3 p.m., and be televised on FOX Sports 1, the Big 12 Conference announced Monday morning.

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KU TE Jimmay Mundine a semifinalist for Mackey Award

Fresh off of a career game in which he caught seven balls for 137 yards and a touchdown, Kansas University senior tight end Jimmay Mundine learned he had cracked the list of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation's best tight end.

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Thanks to Cummings, Kansas’ QB play improves

No one will ever mistake Michael Cummings for Todd Reesing, but the two have a couple of shared characteristics that have led to some pretty good passing days for Kansas University’s football team when either guy is under center. By Matt Tait

Sunday, November 16

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Can Kentucky run the table? ‘I don’t know’

There was much talk of John Calipari’s Kentucky’s basketball team going undefeated during the 2013-14 season. The undefeated talk is back again this preseason. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 16, 2014

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 16, 2014

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Gardner joins 1,000-point club; KU women open with 68-60 victory

The Allen Fieldhouse crowd of 1,984 gave Chelsea Gardner a standing ovation when her second half layup-and-the-foul bucket against South Dakota made her the 27th Jayhawk with 1,000 career points. But Gardner’s score had only tied the game, and after the announcement, she still had plays to make. By Bobby Nightengale

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KU soccer season ends with 3-1, Border War loss in NCAAs

Kansas University’s soccer team had not allowed more than two goals in a game all season prior to its NCAA Tournament first-round matchup against Missouri on Sunday at Rock Chalk Park. The Tigers came into enemy territory for the first Border War showdown since 2011 and changed that, defeating the Jayhawks, 3-1. By Chris Duderstadt

Morgan selected for NCAA cross country meet

Kansas University’s Jacob Morgan has been picked for an at-large spot in the NCAA cross country championships. Morgan, a junior from Topeka, was among 38 runners selected.

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Self: Jayhawks can finally turn attention to Kentucky

With a 10-point opening-night victory over a veteran UC Santa Barbara basketball team in the books ... “Now we can talk about the Wildcats of Kentucky,” Kansas University coach Bill Self said after the Jayhawks’ 69-59 victory on Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU women set for South Dakota in opener

After two exhibition games, ready or not, the season has arrived for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 15, 2014

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014.

Saturday, November 15

Border War resumes Sunday in NCAAs

The Jayhawks will play Missouri for the first time since the Tigers departed the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference in a first-round NCAA Tournament matchup at 1 p.m. Sunday at Rock Chalk Park. By Chris Duderstadt

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Twitter poll: Should Clint Bowen be the next KU head coach?

The Journal-World’s Gary Bedore was surfing on his computer after deadline and posed a question his Twitter followers: "Do you want Clint Bowen as the next head coach, or do you want to keep looking?"

Game balls and gassers: KU vs. TCU

Jimmay Mundine turned plenty of short catches into huge plays. He finished with 137 yards and a touchdown on seven catches, the most yards by a KU tight end since at least 1974.

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Column: Easy call, Bowen deserves head coach job

Although it’s common for teams to play better when an assistant coach is promoted to interim head coach, nothing is typical about the way Clint Bowen has transformed a depleted roster into a high-flying, hard-hitting ball of focused fire. By Tom Keegan

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TCU coach supports Bowen for head coach

TCU football coach/Rozel native Gary Patterson — whose Horned Frogs kept their Big 12 and national title hopes alive with a down-to-the-wire 34-30 road victory against Kansas University on Saturday afternoon — believes the Jayhawks’ next head coach just might be their current interim coach. By Gary Bedore

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Zenger: Bowen a 'strong candidate' for head coach

Six games into his eight-game audition for the permanent head coaching job, Clint Bowen continues to build a strong resume for having the interim tag removed from his title at some point in the near future. By Matt Tait

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Mundine's career day is one for the ages

Senior tight end Jimmay Mundine turned in one of the all-time great receiving games by a Kansas tight end. By Matt Tait

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KU football notebook: Seniors make most of final home game

Talk about going out with a bang. Saturday marked the final home game in the careers of 21 Kansas University football seniors and, to honor them, a handful of those veteran leaders and underclassmen banded together to push No. 5 TCU to the brink of disaster in a 34-30 KU loss at Memorial Stadium. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks give scare but fall short against TCU, 34-30

As the final seconds of what was nearly one of the most epic upsets in Kansas University football history ticked away on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, the KU fans who actually showed up to watch it serenaded fifth-ranked TCU with chants of “over-rated,” mocking the Horned Frogs' 34-30 escape over the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

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GAMEDAY BREAKDOWN: A look at Saturday's Kansas-TCU football game

A gameday breakdown of Saturday's Kansas-TCU football game By Matt Tait

KU’s Morgan seventh at regional meet

Kansas University junior Jacob Morgan placed seventh in the men’s race, and KU finished 13th Friday at the NCAA Midwest Regional cross country championships. KU finished 14th in the 32-team women’s race, led by sophomore Nashia Baker, who took 85th.

Jayhawks happy to host soccer showdown with Missouri

It has been a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows for the Kansas University women’s soccer team’s first season at Rock Chalk Park, but the new facility is set to host the Jayhawks’ biggest game in recent memory on Sunday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 14, 2014

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.

Friday, November 14

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KU freshman Cliff Alexander dealing with sore wrist

After pouring in nine points in 12 minutes during Friday's 69-59 victory over UC Santa Barbara, Kansas University freshman Cliff Alexander iced his right hand after the game and talked about the injury with Gary Bedore.

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Self reacts to Larry Brown's comments about UK going unbeaten

The Kansas University men's basketball team next will meet Kentucky at approximately 8:50 p.m., Tuesday at the Champions Classic in Indianapolis. SMU coach Larry Brown, who is mentor of both KU coach Bill Self and UK’s John Calipari, this week captured headlines when he said Kentucky’s ultra-deep team should go “45-0.” After Friday's victory, Self reacted.

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NBA scouts flock to Fieldhouse for season opener

Thirteen NBA teams were represented at the season opener between the Kansas University men's basketball team and the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, a game won by the Jayhawks, 69-59.

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PG Graham grand in guiding Kansas to season-opening win

Freshman point guard Devonte' Graham, a 6-foot-2 native of Raleigh, North Carolina, scored a team-best 14 points while playing 26 minutes in KU’s 69-59 season-opening victory over UC Santa Barbara on Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Column: KU freshmen finding different paths to PT

College basketball freshmen arrive at various stages of that transition from style — which is oh-so important at high school games and parties, AAU showcases and recruiting visits — to substance, which earns minutes. That journey was on full display for four KU freshmen during Friday's 69-59 victory over UC Santa Barbara at Allen Fieldhouse. By Tom Keegan

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Missed shots or not, Gauchos encouraged by 10-point loss to Kansas

Despite walking out of Allen Fieldhouse proud to have fought with the fifth-ranked team in the country and overjoyed by the experience of playing in one of college basketball’s most historic arenas, the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos probably will first remember Friday night as the night they struggled to shoot the ball.

KU basketball to face Indiana in 2016 Armed Forces Classic

The Kansas University men's basketball team soon will be able to add another event to its list of early-season showcases featuring the Jayhawks. KU and ESPN announced Friday that Kansas and Indiana will play in the 2016 Armed Forces Classic on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. KU is second all-time in NCAA Div. I victories with 2,126, and Indiana ranks 10th with 1,736.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 13, 2014

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.

Thursday, November 13

Column: Class of ’11 scattered, but gems still remain

Turner Gill’s second recruiting class at Kansas University was made up of 25 high school seniors from the Class of 2011. Just 11 of them remain in the program.

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Jayhawks set to open against UC Santa Barbara

Build-up for Tuesday’s Kansas University-Kentucky game can definitely wait a day or so.

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KU football's JaCorey Shepherd one of 10 finalists for 2014 Senior CLASS Award

Kansas University senior JaCorey Shepherd has not done all he has to help others in his life for awards. He's done it because he believes it's the right thing to do. That's why the KU cornerback from Mesquite, Texas, who will be playing the last home game of his college career at 2 p.m. Saturday against No. 5 TCU at Memorial Stadium, was shocked to learn he was one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award, announced earlier this week. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 12, 2014

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014.

Wednesday, November 12

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KU seniors reflect on highlights at Memorial Stadium

Saturday afternoon marks the final chance for 20 Kansas University football seniors to make one last memory at Memorial Stadium, the place they’ve called home for the past four or five seasons.

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Traylor, Selden impressive, Self says

If Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self issued a Most Valuable Player award for the two-game exhibition season, the hardware would go to ... Jamari Traylor and Wayne Selden Jr.

Kansas women's basketball inks four in Class of 2015

Kansas women’s basketball head coach Bonnie Henrickson announced that the Jayhawks signed four players on Wednesday from the Class of 2015.

McClinton keys KU volleyball’s sweep of Kansas State

Kansas University senior outside hitter Sara McClinton tied her season high with 18 kills against no errors, added a season-high four digs — and converted a rare serve attempt — in the Jayhawks’ 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 sweep of in-state rival Kansas State on Wednesday in Ahearn Coliseum.

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KU running back Tony Pierson ‘a special individual’

East St. Louis, Illinois, consistently ranks at or near the top of national listings in unemployment, poverty and violent-crime rates. Nobody has to look for trouble there. It typically is more a matter of being lucky and wise enough to outrun it. Tony Pierson, fastest member of the Kansas University football program, has done it and is closing in on a degree. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 11, 2014

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

Stowers, Bolton expected back

A few Kansas University football players missed last week’s victory over Iowa State, and a few more went down during the game. KU interim head coach Clint Bowen said Tuesday that defensive linemen Keon Stowers and Andrew Bolton were expected back for Saturday and that a few others could play as well.

KU seniors featured during TCU week

Three games remain in the 2014 Kansas University football season, and just one of them — 2 p.m. Saturday vs. No. 5 TCU — is at Memorial Stadium.

Tuesday, November 11

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Column: KU point guards show flashes of potential in exhibition

It's down to Frank Mason III, a sophomore, and freshman Devonte Graham. They both seem more concerned with how they play than how they are used, which always is a good thing for a basketball team’s chemistry. By Tom Keegan

Graham Dandy: Devonté shines in exhibition

KU freshman guard Devonté Graham had 10 points, three assists and one turnover in 14 minutes.

Quiet signing period expected for Jayhawks

All is currently quiet on the Kansas University recruiting front as the week-long early signing period begins today.

Manning drains three with dad watching

KU junior walk-on Evan Manning hit a three-pointer in the closing moments with his mom and dad in the stands. Dad Danny Manning is first year coach at Wake Forest.

Self: No restrictions for Frankamp

KU coach Self said after the game that former KU guard Conner Frankamp would not be blocked from attending any school.

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Cliff Alexander makes most of second-half playing time

Cliff Alexander was the last Kansas University scholarship freshman and the last of the Jayhawk big men to enter Tuesday’s exhibition game against Emporia State.By Gary Bedore

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Kansas too big and strong for Emporia State

If taken literally, Emporia State coach Shaun Vandiver's word for the Kansas University men's basketball team's front court sounds more like an affectionate nickname from a young child to one of his grandparents. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks spread ball, playing time around in exhibition win

One thing was obvious after eight Kansas University basketball players scored in double figures — and 11 played 12 or more minutes — in the Jayhawks’ 109-56 rout of Emporia State on Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

KU volleyball sweeps awards

Kansas University again swept the Big 12 volleyball player-of-the-week honors on Monday.

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Bowen: KU not focused on Big 12 race

With three games left in the 2014 Kansas University football season, including matchups against current Big 12 Conference co-leaders TCU and Kansas State, interim head coach Clint Bowen’s team has a lot more than just pride to play for down the stretch. By Matt Tait

Column: Kansas can’t afford football mis-hire again

Clint Bowen has not been easy on the players, just good for them, as evidenced by the Jayhawks’ more spirited performances with him at the controls. Sure, Kansas is 1-4 under Bowen, all in Big 12 games. Compare that to Turner Gill’s 1-16 and Charlie Weis’ 1-18 and it doesn’t look so bad. By Tom Keegan

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Self: Mykhailiuk deserves to start

So far, the transition from Ukrainian club team basketball to international competition to college basketball/USA style hasn’t overwhelmed 17-year-old Kansas University freshman Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk. By Gary Bedore

Monday, November 10

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 10, 2014

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 10, 2014

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KU soccer to play host to Mizzou Sunday in NCAA Tournament

The Kansas University women's soccer program learned Monday that it had earned a spot in this year's NCAA Tournament and would play host to Missouri — yep, that Missouri — in a first-round game in Lawrence on Sunday. By Chris Duderstadt

KU-OU to kickoff at 11 a.m. Nov. 22 in Norman

The Kansas University football game slated for Nov. 22 at Oklahoma will kickoff at 11 a.m. and air on FOX Sports 1, the Big 12 Conference announced Monday morning.

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Self lists Mykhailiuk as probable starter for Tuesday's exhibition game against Emporia State

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is a probable starter for Tuesday's exhibition game against Emporia State.

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Clint Bowen deflects credit

There’s a reason Clint Bowen, Kansas University’s interim head football coach of six weeks, keeps deflecting all of the attention and praise thrown his way onto his players. By Matt Tait

Bill Self not a fan of 'secret scrimmages'

The NCAA allows schools to play two exhibition games or up to two “secret scrimmages,” in which no fans or media are allowed. Texas played Gonzaga over the weekend in Arizona as it has the past few preseasons. Kansas coach Bill Self said on his radio show the Jayhawks will always play the two exhibitions with fans. By Gary Bedore

Dwyane Wade seeks out Andrew Wiggins

Former Kansas University basketball guard Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves guarded All-Star Dwyane Wade at times in the Wolves’ 102-92 loss to Miami on Saturday night in Miami. After the game, Wade sought out Wiggins. By Gary Bedore

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Landen Lucas, Kansas struggle at line

Kansas University sophomore forward Landen Lucas had a rather impressive stat line — nine points off 4-of-4 shooting, with six rebounds and two blocks in just 13 minutes — in last week’s 2014-15 exhibition basketball opener against Washburn. The only eyesore was his 1-of-4 free-throw shooting on a night the Jayhawks hit just 16 of 32 charities in a 85-53 victory. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 9, 2014

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 9, 2014

Sunday, November 9

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KU women win final exhibition, 78-58

With a week until the season opener, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team still has plenty to work on despite a 78-58 victory over Washburn University in its final exhibition game on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Bobby Nightengale

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Hunter Mickelson sets sights on swats

A big-time shot-blocker in his two seasons at the University of Arkansas, Hunter Mickelson erased two of Washburn’s attempts Monday in his 12-minute Kansas University exhibition basketball debut. By Gary Bedore

KU volleyball rolls at Tech

Tiana Dockery made 20 kills, and Kansas University toppled Texas Tech, 22-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-21, on Saturday in Big 12 volleyball.

Kansas swimmers turn back Illinois

Kansas University’s swim team edged Illinois, 154-146, in a dual meet Saturday at Robinson Natatorium.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 8, 2014

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.

Kansas golfers fifth in Hawaii

Ben Welle shot a 2-over 73 on Saturday for a two-round total of 1-under 141, and Kansas University’s men’s golf team was in fifth place after day two of the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic.

Saturday, November 8

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Iowa State 'ashamed' of slow start

Paul Rhoads was focused on shaking the hands of Kansas University’s coaches and players, not the KU students who stormed the field after the Jayhawks’ 34-14 victory over his Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Seniors lead defense of Bowen

On the way to a 34-14 victory against Iowa State in Memorial Stadium, the KU defense opened with a trio of three-and-outs and each of the Cyclones’ first five possessions ended with a punt. Nobody came up bigger than senior outside linebacker/defensive end Victor Simmons, a graduate of Olathe North High. By Tom Keegan

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Twitter poll: Sacrificing goal posts a good or bad idea?

The Journal-World’s Gary Bedore asked his Twitter followers to comment on what they thought of the KU students tearing down the South end zone goalpost after Saturday’s football win over Iowa State.

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KU football notebook: Bowen, Mangino share postgame moment

The Kansas University football team was not a very gracious host in welcoming former KU head coach and current Iowa State offensive coordinator Mark Mangino back to Lawrence for the first time since his ugly departure following the 2009 season. By Matt Tait

Game balls and gassers: KU vs. Iowa State

Victor Simmons had two sacks for 18 yards in losses, forced a fumble and recovered it and broke up a pass. He was all over the place.

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Bathing in Victory: Jayhawks grab first win under interim head coach Clint Bowen

In a locker room that Kansas University running back Tony Pierson called the most excited he had ever seen, KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger waited for the entire KU football team to finish celebrating Saturday's 34-14 victory over Iowa State on the field with some of the 33,288 fans who showed up and then tossed a football to senior captain Ben Heeney. By Matt Tait

KU basketball notebook: Recruit Rabb to wait; Self on Mr. October

Ivan Rabb, a 6-10 forward from Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland, California, is the latest player in the Class of 2015 to say he’ll be signing in the spring. By Gary Bedore

McLemore gives agent the boot

Former KU guard Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings, who fired his agent (Rodney Blackstock) a couple of weeks ago, has chosen Klutch Sports Group as his new representation.

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Former Jayhawks Releford, Morningstar pack bags

Former Kansas University guard/forward Travis Releford is playing for the Mississauga Power, a professional basketball team based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. By Gary Bedore

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GAMEDAY BREAKDOWN: A look at Saturday's Kansas-Iowa State football game

A game-day breakdown of Saturday's Iowa State-Kansas University football game. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 7, 2014

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.

Two KU golfers fire 66s in Hawaii

Kansas University golfers Chase Hanna and Brock Drogosch each shot a 5-under 66 on Friday to tie for eighth place in the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic.

Friday, November 7

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 6, 2014

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Nov. 6, 2014.

Thursday, November 6

Platoon system planned at Kentucky

Kentucky coach John Calipari has said he will use a “platoon system” this season in which 10 or 11 players could go about 20 minutes a game.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 5, 2014

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 5, 2014

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Jayhawks took quick peek ahead to Iowa State during recent bye

Although the Jayhawks spent the bulk of their bye week (Oct. 25) preparing for their match-up with Baylor, Kansas University interim head coach Clint Bowen said Tuesday that parts of the off week were spent looking ahead to this week's match-up with Iowa State. By Matt Tait

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KU's Kiesau says offense now about progress not complete overhaul

Energized by the chance to call plays again, Kansas University's co-offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau said this week that one of the most important aspects of the transition was not to throw too much at the Jayhawks too quickly. By Matt Tait

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Oubre takes devastating dunk in stride

Kansas University freshman Kelly Oubre Jr., who flushed a fierce one-handed dunk in the second half of Monday’s exhibition rout of Washburn, hustled back on defense without any fist-pumping at all.

Townsend takes UALR position

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has named Marques Townsend the school’s new director of basketball operations. Townsend has spent the past two years as a manager and administrative volunteer at Kansas University.

Column: Red flags appeared at Weis’ introduction

Sheahon Zenger has an adviser and a nationwide committee helping him this time, but the choice of the next Kansas University football coach officially still will be made by the athletic director who for his first hire swung for the fences and missed so badly he drilled himself into a bunker.

Oklahoma ousts Kansas in Big 12 soccer tournament

For the second time in six days, the No. 14 Kansas University soccer team suffered a one-goal loss to Oklahoma.

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Self: KU younger than ever

Kansas University, which started the freshman trio of Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Wayne Selden Jr. in 20 of the squad’s 35 games, fielded one of the youngest elite college basketball squads in the country a year ago.

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Jayhawks’ offense trying to play catch-up

Personnel moves often are tough to make for any coach, but some believe they’re even tougher for an interim guy taking his first stab at the whole head coaching thing.

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Column: Junior F Perry Ellis gives Kansas versatility

Perry Ellis doesn’t easily fit into the profile of any position as an NBA prospect. He’s not as big as most power forwards, not as quick as the average NBA small forward.

Wednesday, November 5

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Kansas volleyball sweeps Baylor

Kansas University outside hitter Tiana Dockery, who was inspired by a familiar voice on the bench, responded with a match-high 12 kills in the Jayhawks’ 3-0 volleyball rout of Baylor on Wednesday in sold-out Horejsi Center.

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KU football coaching search takes steps forward

With four games remaining in the 2014 Kansas University football season and still a world of uncertainty surrounding who will lead the program in the future, KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger has taken some significant steps forward in the search to find a full-time football coach. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 4, 2014

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 4, 2014

Column: Kansas must develop O-line

Clearly, patience isn’t a virtue fired Kansas University head football coach Charlie Weis had when trying and failing to assemble an offensive line capable of keeping sleek Big 12 behemoths from fooling with the best-laid plans. By Tom Keegan

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Self: Mason stood out against ’Bods

Somewhat hidden amid the hoopla surrounding the Kansas University basketball debuts of Cliff Alexander and three other freshmen was the performance of combo guard Frank Mason in Monday’s exhibition rout of Washburn. By Gary Bedore

Kansas soccer puts 8 on academic team

For the third consecutive year, Kansas University seniors Jamie Fletcher, Caroline Van Slambrouck and Haley Yearout were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Soccer First Team on Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 4

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With fond memories in hand, former KU football coach Mark Mangino calls Saturday visit to Lawrence 'a business trip'

It's been 1,817 days since Mark Mangino last coached a game inside Kansas University's Memorial Stadium, but the wait for his return is down to four. Mangino, Iowa State's current offensive coordinator who won 50 games as KU's head coach from 2002-09, will return to the town where he became a fan favorite and the 2007 consensus national coach of the year on Saturday, when the Cyclones (2-6 overall, 0-5 Big 12) invade Lawrence for a showdown with the Jayhawks (2-6, 0-5). By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 3, 2014

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 3, 2014

Big 12 soccer honors Kansas

Three Kansas University soccer players were named to the All-Big 12 First team and two others earned some all-league honors Monday.

Self stops by to speak to WU players

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self met with the Washburn team at the Ichabods’ shootaround on Sunday night — 24 hours before the teams squared off in an exhibition at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Fine and not-so-fine lines for Kansas

Kansas University sophomore guard Frank Mason III had 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the Jayhawks’ exhibition victory over Washburn Monday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Monday, November 3

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Lucas shakes off soreness against Washburn

Kansas University sophomore Landen Lucas scored nine points off 4-of-4 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in 13 minutes Monday against Washburn.

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Greene suffers concussion in exhibition

Brannen Greene suffered a concussion after running into the Ichabods’ Stephone Drane with 17:23 remaining. Greene, who scored three points while playing 11 minutes the first half, didn’t return to action.

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Column: Mr. October spends November night in fieldhouse

Mr. October could have spent the third night of November anywhere in the world and chose to spend it in a chair-back seat in Allen Fieldhouse, watching an exhibition basketball game. There as guest of Wichita businessman and Kansas University Endownment trustee David Murfin, Reggie Jackson put his popcorn down for a few minutes early in the second half to talk about his first fieldhouse foray and about the Kansas City Royals’ wildly entertaining October. By Tom Keegan

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What nerves? Alexander thrives off bench in Kansas debut

Cliff Alexander’s cheering section, which included mom, Latillia, dad Clifton, and a couple uncles, had a lot to applaud during the Chicago freshman’s Kansas University basketball debut on Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse. The big man scored a team-leading 14 points off 6-of-8 shooting, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots while playing 17 minutes in KU’s 85-53 exhibition rout of Washburn. By Gary Bedore

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Ichabods marvel at KU's size, dominance

The respect and admiration from the Washburn University basketball team that lost 85-53 to Kansas University's deep, young and roster during an exhibition game at Allen Fieldhouse on Monday night came through loud and clear during the Ichabods' postgame news conference. By Matt Tait

KU-TCU to kick off at 2 p.m. Nov. 15

The Big 12 Conference announced this morning that KU's Nov. 15 home match-up with TCU will kick off at 2 p.m. and be televised by FOX Sports 1.

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Bowen says Saturday's game vs. Iowa State not about his coaching future

In the five weeks and four games since he took over, Kansas University interim head football coach Clint Bowen often has been asked what it would take for him to land the job on a full-time basis. Each time, in no uncertain terms, Bowen has taken the focus off of himself with his answer. As the Jayhawks (2-6 overall, 0-5 Big 12) prepare to play host to an Iowa State team that could represent their last real chance at a victory this season, Bowen was asked the question again on Monday morning's Big 12 coaches teleconference. His answer did not change. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 2, 2014

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, Nov. 2.

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Reckless rout: KU women win, but turn it over 24 times

Coach Bonnie Henrickson only has two exhibitions to get her Kansas University women’s basketball team into regular-season form. So the last thing she wanted to see out of the Jayhawks Sunday in their preseason debut was a passive approach. By Benton Smith

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Bowen: Kiesau verdict still out

Interim head coach Clint Bowen said he was not ready to judge Eric Kiesau’s ability based on one loss to a top-15 team and tough defense. By Matt Tait

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First-game jitters likely await KU men tonight

Wayne Selden Jr. had severe stage fright — "It was unbearable," he said — on opening night of the 2013-14 basketball season. Selden, now a sophomore, would expect KU’s current freshman scholarship class to have just as many butterflies as past rookies in tonight’s exhibition opener versus Washburn (7 p.m., Allen Fieldhouse). By Gary Bedore

Sunday, November 2

KU women breeze by FHSU in exhibition debut

Kansas University’s women’s basketball players never had to sweat about any dramatics or threatening runs from Fort Hays State Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. By Benton Smith

Kansas women to welcome Fort Hays

There is just something about having four seniors in the lineup that puts Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson at ease. By Benton Smith

KU volleyball tumbles

Five Kansas University volleyball players had double-digit total kills, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a five-set loss to Texas Christian University.

Morgan paces Jayhawks at Big 12 cross country

Kansas junior runs to fifth-place finish

Kansas University junior Jacob Morgan placed fifth overall at the Big 12 cross country championships Saturday at Rim Rock Farm to lead the Jayhawks men’s team to finish fifth on its home course. By Chris Duderstadt

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KU freshman forward Cliff Alexander ‘great’ so far

Co-Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year Cliff Alexander has made steady progress during Kansas University’s practice sessions the past several weeks.By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 1, 2014

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Saturday, Nov. 1.

Saturday, November 1

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Column: Huge loss over, big game ahead for KU

KU doesn’t field a Big 12-caliber football roster in terms of either quantity or quality. But that doesn’t mean it can’t play in a big game. It just so happens that game is the same one so many in Lawrence had circled on their calendars Jan. 6, the day Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads hired Mark Mangino as his offensive coordinator. By Tom Keegan

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Baylor uses defeat as fuel while demolishing KU

After an emotional loss to West Virginia that knocked Baylor from the ranks of the unbeaten, two weeks off followed by a visit from Kansas University's football team proved to be the perfect tonic for the Bears. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Kiesau now calling plays for KU offense

The Kansas University football team debuted a slightly new offensive look during Saturday's 60-14 loss to No. 12 Baylor, as wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau took over play-calling duties after being promoted to co-offensive coordinator. By Matt Tait

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Bears do as they please in dominating victory

The juggernaut that is the Baylor offense is good enough to score points and rack up ungodly yardage totals without help. But those advantages did not prevent the Kansas University football team from acting as gracious Homecoming guests on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at brand-new McLane Stadium, where the 12th-ranked Bears benefited from several Kansas mistakes, great field position most of the afternoon and routed the Jayhawks, 60-14. By Matt Tait

Game balls and gassers: KU at Baylor

Nick Harwell had five receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns.

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KU WRs coach Eric Kiesau promoted to co-offensive coordinator

Wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau has been promoted to co-offensive coordinator for the Kansas University football team, KU officials announced shortly before today's 3 p.m. kickoff between Kansas and Baylor.

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GAMEDAY BREAKDOWN: A look at Saturday's Kansas-Baylor football game

A game-day breakdown of Saturday's Kansas-Baylor football game. By Matt Tait

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KU players express surprise at Frankamp transfer

There were unconfirmed whispers last spring that Kansas University guard Conner Frankamp was considering a transfer to Creighton.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Oct. 31, 2014

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.

Kansas soccer falls to OU

Oklahoma’s Rasha Roberts scored on a penalty kick late in the first half, and the Sooners defeated Kansas University, 1-0, on Friday night in Big 12 women’s soccer.

Kentucky No. 1, Kansas No. 5 in AP poll

The story seems to be the same every season at Kentucky: Lose star players to the NBA, replace them with another group of one-and-doners, compete for a national championship.