Stories for August 2016


Wednesday, August 31

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Matt Tait: Weekend challenge for KU football fans: Protect the posts

With the KU football season opener now just a few days away, it’s time to address something that has been floating around my brain for the better part of the summer — What happens when Kansas beats Rhode Island on Saturday and improves to 1-0 while giving Beaty and his staff their first victory at Kansas? By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: Beaty striking right balance at start of second season

As he prepares for the start of his second season leading the Jayhawks, Kansas football coach David Beaty is keeping his focus on the present and not letting the hopes and excitement of the team's progress and potential knock him off course. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, August 30

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Two KU football players to miss 2016 season

While head coach David Beaty left preseason camp thinking his Kansas roster remained in pretty good shape in terms of avoiding injuries, he announced Tuesday that two Jayhawks won’t be able to play this year. By Benton Smith

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KU quarterbacks remain in competition as opener approaches

David Beaty didn’t really want to release a depth chart this week, but when the communications department at Kansas asked the head football coach for one — what with the Jayhawks opening the season against Rhode Island on Saturday — he accommodated the request. When Beaty reached the quarterback portion of the list, he deemed three players worthy of consideration for the starting job. By Benton Smith

KU women's cross country debuts at No. 21 in national poll

The Kansas women’s cross country team will open its season Saturday ranked No. 21 in the nation, according to a preseason poll released Tuesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

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Add another to KU's Late Night visit list

Five-star Bishop Miege prospect Bol Bol confirms plans to attend

Bishop Miege standout Bol Bol, the son of former NBA player Manute Bol, has added his name to the ever-expanding list of visitors for this year’s Late Night in the Phog event at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Monday, August 29

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KU's Tyler Patrick evolves as receiver and leader

When Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart is asked about receiver Tyler Patrick, one of the first words that comes to his mind is deceptive. By Bobby Nightengale

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KU's first depth chart of season includes revelations, options

The Kansas football team’s first official depth chart of the season contained a few surprises — including three names for KU’s possible starting quarterback — when it first became public Monday afternoon. By Benton Smith

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David Beaty doesn't plan to announce starting QB before opener

Five days away from his team’s season opener, Kansas football coach David Beaty remains coy on the subject of who will start at quarterback against Rhode Island. By Benton Smith

Sunday, August 28

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Houston family considers David Beaty a hero

KU coach helped young man who suffered head injury at trampoline park

A little more than three years ago, Max Menchaca’s life changed forever. In the opinion of his mother, Trace, the Menchaca family has Kansas football coach David Beaty to thank for Max’s existence not taking a worse turn on that fateful day, when the coach saw her son suffer a horrific accident and leapt into action. By Benton Smith

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KU's Bill Self sees importance of strong football program

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self is and always has been a big supporter of Kansas football and he, like many fans, is eager to get the 2016 season rolling. By Matt Tait

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KU, LHS baseball featured in Cape Cod championship

Lawrence High baseball coach Brad Stoll has watched countless baseball games and there was one earlier this month that he said he would never forget. By Bobby Nightengale

Kawinpakorn finishes with 82

Former Kansas women’s golfer Yupaporn “Mook” Kawinpakorn earned a spot on the 2017 Symetra Tour, but failed to qualify for Stage 2 of the LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifying School after shooting her highest round of the event Sunday on the Dinah Shore Course at the Mission Hills Country Club.

KU soccer ties South Dakota State

Kansas freshman Katie McClure scored the first goal of her career, and the Jayhawks tied South Dakota State, 1-1, on Sunday in women’s college soccer.

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2017 PG Collin Sexton to attend KU's Late Night in the Phog

Collin Sexton, one of the top point guards in the 2017 recruiting class and the No. 12 overall player in the rankings, is planning to visit Kansas for Late Night in the Phog the weekend of Oct. 1. By Matt Tait

Saturday, August 27

Kawinpakorn survives cut

Former Kansas women’s golfer Yupaporn “Mook” Kawinpakorn finished the third day of the Stage 1 LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifying School on Saturday with a 1-over, 73 on the Gary Player Course at the Mission Hills Country Club.

Foreign tour gives KU women's basketball educational experience

Kansas women's basketball team had an all-around educational experience during its foreign tour from Aug. 8-18 in France and Switzerland. The Jayhawks posted a 4-0 record on the court, and did plenty of sight-seeing off of it.

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KU big man Dwight Coleby still searching to carve out role

With so many front-court contributors gone from a season ago, arguably the most intriguing option in KU’s new-look big man rotation is former Ole Miss transfer Dwight Coleby, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound junior who sat out during his transfer season because of NCAA rules and rehabbed a knee injury in the process. By Matt Tait

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Attention to details gives freshmen Mayberry and Lee inside track in KU's secondary

One of the room’s senior leaders, Brandon Stewart arrived a good half-hour early for a morning cornerbacks meeting at the beginning of preseason camp. But Stewart wasn’t alone. True freshmen Mike Lee, who KU now lists as a safety, and Kyle Mayberry were right there with him, ready to dive in. By Benton Smith

KU volleyball takes tourney

Kansas’ volleyball team won its sixth consecutive nonconference tournament title with a 25-17, 25-14, 25-9 victory over Lamar on Saturday night in the Bulldog Invitational.

KU soccer shuts down Colorado, 1-0

Kansas freshman forward Mandi Duggan scored her second goal of the season Friday to lift the Jayhawks over Colorado, 1-0, at Rock Chalk Park.

KU volleyball opens with sweep of MSU

No. 5 Kansas opened its season Friday with a 25-22, 25-20, 25-17 victory over Mississippi State at the Bulldog Invitational.

Friday, August 26

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Crowd pleaser: Beaty brings Jayhawks to stage at pep rally

Of all the challenges facing Kansas football coach David Beaty, stage fright isn’t one of them. Still, instead of flying solo Friday night at the athletic department’s annual KU Kickoff at Corinth Square, Beaty addressed the fans flanked by some of the more promising Jayhawks in his rebuilding program. By Benton Smith

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Late Night visit list grows by one

Earlier this week, KU's list of Late Night in the Phog visitors for the Oct. 1 extravaganza grew by one, when Class of 2018 point guard Brandon Williams became the latest to make his intentions known. By Matt Tait

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Clemons' gold medal highlights Olympic experience for 4 former Jayhawks

Earlier this month, four former Jayhawks made their way to Rio de Janeiro to compete for their countries at the 2016 Summer Olympics. One came home with a gold medal and all four came home with memories that figure to last a lifetime.By Matt Tait

Thursday, August 25

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David Beaty's play-calling has stimulated a college offense before

Through his travels up the football coaching ranks, few obligations invigorated KU's David Beaty as much as calling plays for his team’s offense. When he took over as offensive coordinator at Rice, the program experienced significant gains in some key statistical categories. By Benton Smith

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Mission Accomplished: KU's Josh Jackson makes most of summer, ready for next step

With summer school behind him, the fall semester in full swing and the official start of the 2016-17 season a little more than a month out, KU freshman Josh Jackson already has been able to get feedback on several of the factors that influenced him to pick Kansas in early April. So far, Jackson’s KU experience has lived up to what he visualized all those months ago. By Matt Tait

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Smart, skilled and 'nasty': Freshman Hakeem Adeniji instant hit on KU's O-line

When true freshmen arrived on campus this summer, Kansas offensive line coach Zach Yenser greeted the new blood in his unit with a straightforward message: “Don’t come in here with the mindset that you’re gonna redshirt.” Apparently newcomer Hakeem Adeniji latched onto that piece of advice and blocked with it. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, August 24

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Bigger role with Ukrainian team helps KU's Mykhailiuk regain confidence

Third-year Kansas Jayhawk Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, who still is just 19 years old, recently returned to Lawrence a more confident player after more than two months overseas training in his native Ukraine and playing at the Under-20 European Championships in Finland. By Matt Tait

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5-star Norman PG Trae Young announces date for KU visit

Trae Young, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound point guard ranked 14th in the 2017 recruiting class announced the dates of four of his official visits on Twitter on Wednesday.By Matt Tait

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Champions Classic renewed through 2019

The State Farm Champions Classic, which pits Kansas, Kentucky, Duke and Michigan State in a neutral site matchup in November, will continue through 2019, ESPN announced Wednesday.

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Tom Keegan: Lochte deserves lifetime ban from swimming for USA

Tom Keegan believes that it's ridiculous to even think about giving Ryan Lochte another opportunity to represent the USA in swimming after the hateful lies he told at the expense of Brazil, the host country of the just-concluded Olympic Games.

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Notebook: Improved receiving corps testing KU's cornerbacks

As much as assistant Kenny Perry loves seeing KU’s secondary expand its depth, this month at preseason practices the fiery coach also has enjoyed spotting the improvements on the opposite side of the ball. By Benton Smith

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Strong summer sets stage for big junior year for KU's Devonté Graham

After finishing the 2015-16 season with career bests in points (11.3), assists (3.7), rebounds (3.3), three-point shooting (.441) and more, KU guard Devonté Graham spent the summer focused on getting bigger and stronger and is eagerly awaiting the start of his junior season. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, August 23

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Tom Keegan: 7 Kansas football concerns linger

Tom Keegan writes that Kansas won't have any trouble winning its season opener but after that, envisioning another victory gets a little murkier. Quarterback and offensive line are two of seven concerns about the 2016 Jayhawks.

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Game of drones: KU football adds new technology to video preparation

The first time Brandon Stewart heard the faint buzzing emanating from the airspace above the Kansas football practice field, he assumed the worst. A senior cornerback, Stewart knew the team had expanded its video equipment to include a drone. It just took a few preseason practices for the Jayhawks to get used to the newest addition to the program. By Benton Smith

Monday, August 22

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KU basketball takes next step toward 2016-17 season

After holding a team meeting on Monday, Kansas coach Bill Self and his Jayhawks will officially begin preparations for the 2016-17 season on Tuesday. By Matt Tait

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Four-star PG Tremont Waters plans visit to Kansas

Class of 2017 point guard Tremont Waters, the No. 39 ranked player in the class according to, plans to visit Kansas in September. By Matt Tait

Sunday, August 21

KU soccer tops Marquette

Freshman Mandi Duggan scored her first career goal, and Kansas’ soccer team claimed its first victory of the season, 1-0 on Sunday night at Rock Chalk Park.

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David Beaty: Jayhawks need to give fans reason to fill Memorial Stadium

Every time the Kansas football team plays a home game, head coach David Beaty would like to see Memorial Stadium filled to capacity, with more than 50,000 spectators cramming into the nearly century-old venue. The second-year coach also understands the struggling program has a lot of work to do before that vision comes close to reality. By Benton Smith

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Chris Thompson ties for 44th in News Sentinel Open

Former Kansas All-American Chris Thompson finished tied for 44th in the News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tenn., pushing his tour season earnings to $18,879.

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KU's Frank Mason III laments bouncing first pitch at KU Day at The K

There was a lot of hype and, yes, even a few nerves in the hours leading up to Kansas point guard Frank Mason III throwing out the first pitch at Kauffman Stadium before Sunday’s game between the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins. But when all was said and done, the KU senior from Petersburg, Virginia survived. Barely. By Matt Tait

Saturday, August 20

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Former KU track standout Kyle Clemons grabs gold in Rio

Former Kansas track & field sprinter Kyle Clemons became the latest Jayhawk to capture a gold medal on Saturday, after the United States won the 4x400-meter relay event inside Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Bill Self gives unexpected answer for favorite athlete of all-time at KU's Traditions Night

While Ali and Jordan were among the names you might expect to hear when listening to answers about one's favorite athlete of all-time, KU coach Bill Self threw an energetic crowd a curveball when answering the question Saturday at KU's Traditions Night. By Matt Tait

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Unveiling of Final Four banner, cut-throat intensity highlight KU volleyball scrimmage

If anyone was worried that the Kansas volleyball team would enter the 2016 season a little fat and happy over its magical run to the Final Four, a 30-3 record and No. 4 national ranking a year ago, the intensity on display on Saturday at Horejsi Family Athletics Center, where the Crimson team defeated the Blue in three sets, 14-25, 25-16, 25-22, likely quieted all concerns. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks appreciate details as fans watch open practice

If David Beaty’s plan comes to fruition, his Kansas players will exit preseason camp more football savvy than when they arrived. In an effort to make the Jayhawks a smarter team, the second-year coach made a point this week to simulate as many specific game scenarios as possible. The KU faithful who made it out to Memorial Stadium Saturday morning for Fan Appreciation Day got to witness exactly what the coach meant. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks remain in good position with 2017 No. 1 overall prospect DeAndre Ayton

There’s still a long way to go in the pursuit of 7-foot center DeAndre Ayton,’s top-ranked prospect in the class of 2017, but Bill Self’s Jayhawks certainly seem to be in a good position. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Flyover country no more for college volleyball

Kansas was in the first all-Central time zone Final Four last fall and is ranked No. 5 in a preseason poll that features three Big Ten and two Big 12 schools. The Jayhawks remain hungry and eager to start the season with today's public exhibition at Horejsi Center.

Friday, August 19

Kansas soccer drops opener

Kansas’ Grace Hagan scored on a second-half penalty kick, but the Jayhawks’ soccer team fell to Minnesota, 2-1, in its season opener Friday at Rock Chalk Park.

Clemons in 4x400 final

Former Kansas sprinter Kyle Clemons ran the third leg and aided his 4x400-meter relay team to a spot in the Olympic final Friday night inside Olympic Stadium. The Americans finished second overall in the qualifying heats with a time of 2:58.38 and will compete in the event final at 8:35 (CDT) Saturday.

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David Beaty still contemplating KU's quarterback race

Coach cites Manziel, Reesing as examples for QB leadership

One of these days Kansas football coach David Beaty will be ready to name a staring quarterback. Friday just wasn’t that day. By Benton Smith

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Bill Self looks back on six seasons of one-and-done Jayhawks … and one to come

The more things change, the more they stay the same. For the fifth consecutive season — and seventh time in the past eight years — Bill Self’s Kansas roster has another one-and-done candidate in 6-foot-8 freshman forward Josh Jackson, who, for months, has been labeled a sure-fire Top 5 pick in next year’s NBA Draft. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Al Kelley represented 'the greatest generation' of Jayhawks

The loyal KU lettermen who attend various sporting events on the campus of their alma mater lost one from their ranks when Al Kelley, member of the 1952 national-championship team and a 1960 Olympic gold medalist, died last week.

Thursday, August 18

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KU's first-string O-line close to decided

While KU’s season opener is still a couple weeks away, offensive line coach Zach Yenser expects to know as early as this weekend which five Jayhawks he’ll ask to protect sophomore Ryan Willis or red-shirt junior Montell Cozart at quarterback against Rhode Island on Sept. 3. By Benton Smith

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Set to enter his 14th season at Kansas, Self still hungry for more

With rings galore and a reputation as one of the best coaches in college basketball, it would be easy for KU's Bill Self to get complacent. But KU's 53-year-old leader is anything but that as he prepares for his 14th season leading the Jayhawks.By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: A vote for KU volleyball and women's basketball sharing new venue

Both the Kansas volleyball and women's basketball programs would benefit from a new facility for their home games — a larger venue for volleyball and a smaller one for women's basketball. By Tom Keegan

Wednesday, August 17

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Jayhawks point to improved depth as sign of progress

Each time David Beaty, preparing for his second football season at KU, gives an update on the progress witnessed at practices, his handy list of Jayhawks who have impressed him seems to grow. Likewise, players and assistant coaches often cite the quality and quantity of players competing for spots as a true sign of the program’s improvement over the last 12 months. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Horejsi Center is the place to be Saturday afternoon

The Kansas volleyball team, coming off a 30-3 record and Final Four appearance, has grown so popular that the entire season is sold out. Saturday's 1 p.m. scrimmage at Horejsi will be the last chance for many to see the team live this season.

KU women's basketball wraps up European tour 4-0

The Kansas women’s basketball team on Tuesday won its fourth and final game in Europe, a 113-27 victory over Nice Select in Nice, France.

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KU hoops notebook: Big week for several Jayhawk targets

Between trips to the White House and a flight to paradise, it's been a big week for several KU basketball targets in the Class of 2017. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, August 16

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Notebook: KU tight end Ben Johnson ignites offense to start practice

One play into the Kansas football team’s 12th preseason practice, junior tight end Ben Johnson became the offense’s Monday morning hero at Memorial Stadium. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Field coming into focus for Ryan Willis

On-the-job-training for a true freshman, brutally painful though it was at times, has helped Ryan Willis prepare for his sophomore season. Still, he'll only be as good as the protection in front of him.

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Big addition: Former Alabama lineman Charles Baldwin now practicing at KU

Pair of Crimson Tide transfers part of Kansas rebuild

The number of Jayhawks practicing at Kansas football preseason camp only grew by one Monday morning at Memorial Stadium, but given the size of new offensive lineman Charles Baldwin, the roster felt significantly altered for the better. By Benton Smith

Monday, August 15

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Rising 2017 power forward picks up offer from Kansas

The Kansas men’s basketball team took a step toward rounding out its 2017 recruiting class this week, when it extended an offer to three-star power forward Jericho Sims of Cristo Rey Jesuit High in Minneapolis. By Matt Tait

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Former KU PG Russell Robinson relishes overseas career

Set to begin his ninth season playing professionally overseas, former Kansas point guard Russell Robinson was back in Lawrence last week, soaking up the sights and sounds of his second home. By Matt Tait

Sunday, August 14

KU women win again in Europe

Kansas’ women’s basketball team improved to 3-0 on its 2016 foreign tour with an 87-22 victory over Sion Select on Saturday in Switzerland.

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Margin for victory: KU football focused on winning turnover battle

As second-year head coach David Beaty keeps chipping away at turning around KU's football program, he and his staff try to help players identify optimal plans of attack. Few occurrences on the field can help accelerate an overhaul more than big plays, and unless you’re talking touchdowns, nothing swings a result quite like a turnover. By Benton Smith

Saturday, August 13

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Louisiana native Tony Hull making KU feel like home

RBs coach wants to bring in more recruits from SEC country

Kansas running backs coach Tony Hull knows that he has a challenge ahead of him as he begins his first season of working at the collegiate level, but it is not a situation that the mild-mannered Louisiana native is nervous about. His first five months on David Beaty's staff have gone smoothly, as he has learned the ins and outs of Big 12 football, while also helping the program make huge recruiting strides in his home state. By Chris Duderstadt

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Former KU national champion Al Kelley dies at 83

Al Kelley, one of Kansas basketball's 1952 national champions and a former Olympic gold medalist, passed away Saturday at the age of 83. Kelley died in Lawrence, his family confirmed to Kansas Athletics on Saturday night. By Matt Tait

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Ex-Jayhawk Finley 11th in discus

A pair of former Kansas track and field athletes went up against the world’s greatest Saturday at the Olympic Games. Mason Finley placed 11th in the finals of the men’s discus, and Andrea Geubelle was 21st in the qualifying rounds of the women’s triple jump.

Friday, August 12

Kansas soccer blanks Creighton

A goal and an assist from sophomore Grace Hagan and Ashley Pankey’s second goal of the preseason helped send Kansas past Creighton, 3-0, in a soccer exhibition Friday night at Rock Chalk Park. Freshman Katie McClure also scored for KU.

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Notebook: Dorance Armstrong Jr. still sitting out of KU practices

A week after Kansas football coach David Beaty announced standout defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. would be kept out of preseason practices as a precaution due to an unspecified leg injury, the sophomore still hasn’t returned to camp activities. By Benton Smith

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Deeper KU defense focused on winning 'money down,' improving as unit

In year number two of his rebuilding project with the Kansas football program, head coach David Beaty recognizes the need for a vastly improved defense. Now just more than a week into preseason camp, with Friday marking KU’s 10th practice, Beaty says defensive coordinator Clint Bowen and his troops have shown progress in key areas. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Free State's Torneden impressing early at KU

One of the last to be offered a scholarship in the Class of 2016, former Free State High star Bryce Torneden has performed so well in KU's fall football camp that head coach David Beaty said he "definitely" will play, as a true freshman.

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KU commitment Marcus Garrett finalizes plans to visit campus

One committed Kansas basketball prospect plans his visits while another shares his thoughts about the final four schools still in the hunt to land him.By Matt Tait

KU women improve to 2-0 overseas

The Kansas women's basketball team on Friday morning improved to 2-0 during its overseas exhibition tour with a 95-52 victory against AMW All-Stars at Le Stadium in Paris.

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Former Jayhawk Mason Finley reaches Olympic discus finals

Friday morning, inside Olympic Stadium in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, former Kansas thrower Mason Finley delivered a monster throw of 63.68 meters (208 feet, 11 inches) on his final throw of the qualifying round to earn a spot in Saturday's finals.

KU women earn victory in France

The Kansas women’s basketball team earned a victory Thursday in its first of four games on a 10-day European tour.

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KU guards Graham, Mason turn heads at adidas Nations showcase

Earlier this week,, which tracks and predicts the top prospects on the NBA radar, released the Top 10 college players from the event and KU guards Devonte' Graham and Frank Mason both landed on the list. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks among nation's 10 worst teams according to preseason rankings

KU players and coaches more optimistic about prospects ranked every FBS program in the nation — all 128 of them. Less than a month away from the season opener, the Jayhawks come in near the bottom of the list, at 119th. Or for the glass-half-empty population, 10th worst. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Kansas football roster family tree full of notable branches

From the NBA Development League record for three-pointers to the only triple-double in UT-Arlington history, relatives of several current Kansas football players have achieved big things in sports.

Thursday, August 11

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Why no pads?: Beaty would like to see players better protected at early practices

While more contact guidelines and better awareness regarding head injuries have come about in recent years, Kansas coach David Beaty wonders why college football players aren’t better protected in practice at the start of every season. By Benton Smith

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Prep coach believes KU's Carlton Bragg is poised for a monster season

Kansas sophomore Carlton Bragg sits on the brink of an enormous opportunity as he heads into the 2016-17 Kansas basketball season. And a recent visit from his high school coach, Babe Kwasniak, provided the coach will all the proof he needed that Bragg was ready. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, August 10

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KU volleyball ranked 5th in AVCA preseason poll

After finishing with a final ranking of fourth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll following its first ever trip to the NCAA Final Four a season ago, the KU volleyball team opens the season ranked No. 5 in the AVCA preseason coaches poll.

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Former Jayhawk Brett Ballard uses basketball to promote peace in Israel

Former Kansas player and assistant coach Brett Ballard, now an assistant for Danny Manning at Wake Forest, recently returned from a six-day trip to Israel, where he joined PeacePlayers International in promoting peace through the joys of basketball. By Matt Tait

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Wise guy: KU defensive tackle maturing and improving

Kansas defensive tackle Daniel Wise doesn’t need any encouragement to enjoy himself. His KU football teammates know the lineman as much for his comedic outbursts as his sturdy, 6-foot-3 frame. But coaches say his growth and maturity since arriving in Lawrence have made him a better player. By Benton Smith

KU soccer plays Butler to 2-2 draw in exhibition

The Kansas soccer team salvaged a 2-2 draw against visiting Butler in Tuesday’s exhibition opener at Rock Chalk Park.

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Tom Keegan: Take away one starter and Kansas still team to beat in Big 12 basketball race

Kansas is so deep that Tom Keegan believes that if the Big 12 were allowed to choose one starter to remove from KU's roster it still would be favored to win a 13th consecutive Big 12 title.

Tuesday, August 9

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Prep kicker Liam Jones commits to Kansas

In Lawrence to watch football practice a few days after receiving a scholarship offer from Kansas, kicker Liam Jones didn’t waste any further time contemplating his decision. The Chocktaw High (Okla.) senior told David Beaty and his staff in person he accepted the opportunity, prompting Jones to tweet out the news later in the evening. By Benton Smith

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KU women's basketball eager to build chemistry on European tour

The Kansas women’s basketball squad will get a taste of international competition and culture over the next week and a half, with four exhibition games in France and Switzerland.

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Still no starter, but Ryan Willis leading KU's QB pack

The ongoing preseason camp battle for the job of starting quarterback at Kansas might not be over, but head coach David Beaty indicated Monday an early leader has emerged. By Benton Smith

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David Beaty: Jayhawks striving for special teams success

Amid his ongoing strides to rebuild the Kansas football program, second-year coach David Beaty often cites the significance of special teams success in speeding up a turnaround. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Bigger, stronger, faster KU football team still needs to get bigger, stronger, faster

Second-year Kansas football coach David Beaty is upbeat about the gains the program has made in strength, speed and recruiting, but also sounds a realistic voice about how far Kansas has to go to compete at Big 12 standards.

Monday, August 8

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Basketball Notebook: Allen Fieldhouse vying for title of toughest venue in college basketball

Allen Fieldhouse, long considered one of the best venues in all of sports, is currently in the running for the title "college basketball's most difficult venue," as determined by a series of college hoops polls on By Matt Tait

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Former Jayhawk Wayne Selden signs with Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies on Monday announced the signing of free agent guard Wayne Selden, who went undrafted following his junior season at Kansas.

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Tom Keegan: KU true freshman Khalil Herbert making strong first impression

First impressions don't always last, but true freshman running back Khalil Herbert is making one for Kansas.

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David Beaty in no hurry to name KU's starting QB

Every time Kansas football coach David Beaty starts discussing quarterbacks, he can’t seem to stop himself from rattling off the qualities he most enjoys about four or five of the Jayhawks he works with every day. By Benton Smith

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Light on numbers, KU basketball's freshman class as stacked as any

Although Kansas basketball's incoming freshman class is a little light in terms of prospect per class in the Bill Self era, the 14th-year KU head coach is plenty excited about its make-up. By Matt Tait

Saturday, August 6

Ex-Jayhawks play for Colombia

Former University of Kansas soccer players Liana Salazar and Ingrid Vidal played significant roles in Colombia’s second Olympic match Saturday, a 1-0 loss to New Zealand.

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Jayhawks one of four schools in running for 4-star guard Chaundee Brown

Four-star Class of 2017 shooting guard Chaundee Brown recently revealed his final four schools, and three of them, including Kansas, have ties to KU. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Dorance Armstrong Jr. to miss time at KU football practices

According to David Beaty, Kansas sophomore defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. “kind of tweaked his leg a little bit,” leading KU’s trainers and coaches to take a cautious approach and have him sit out of some practices. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Kansas football receives dynamic boost from Speedy Gonzalez

Speedy wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez followed father figure David Beaty from Texas A&M to Kansas. Now the challenge for Beaty becomes not wearing out the versatile, explosive athlete who brings a lot of potential as a return man as well as a receiver.

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Kansas QB Ryan Willis putting spring setback behind him

Sophomore ready to compete for starting job

In the midst of a preseason quarterback competition, sophomore Ryan Willis only concerns himself with his reality: in order to open the season atop the depth chart, he will have to outperform every QB on the roster. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: History preaches caution on KU football transfer front

Tom Keegan looks at 16 recent transfers to the KU football program from four-year schools and urges caution in celebrating too wildly this week's addition of two Alabama transfers.

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Offensive knowledge on display at KU football's preseason practices

David Beaty made one thing abundantly clear to his offensive players in the months leading up to the first practice of preseason camp. Sure, the offseason strength and conditioning would do wonders for the Kansas football players’ development, but they better not slack off on their play books, either. By Benton Smith

Friday, August 5

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Jeremy Case calls chance to return to KU basketball 'a no-brainer'

Former Kansas men's basketball guard Jeremy Case has rejoined the KU staff as video coordinator, KU coach Bill Self announced Friday. Case has been coaching elsewhere for the past seven seasons and has not returned to Lawrence since 2011. By Matt Tait

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Charles Baldwin — another former Alabama football player — transferring to KU

While the Kansas football team opened preseason camp this week, its coaches have been just as busy off the field, building the roster for the future. On Friday, for the second time in less than 24 hours, KU landed a former Alabama player, via transfer. By Benton Smith

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Former Jayhawk Jeremy Case returning to KU

Former Kansas men's basketball guard Jeremy Case has rejoined the KU staff as video coordinator, KU coach Bill Self announced Friday.

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KU's Josh Jackson continues to be a hot commodity on NBA Draft boards

He has yet to play a minute of college basketball, yet Kansas freshman Josh Jackson already is being touted as a sure-fire NBA prospect. The No. 1 overall player in the 2016 recruiting class recently received some more praise from NBA pundits. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks 'revel in the strain' on Day 1 of football practice

Between the speed demanded of the Jayhawks and the sheer number of Day 1 tests the Kansas football coaches threw their way, second-year head coach David Beaty walked away from the first preseason practice impressed. By Benton Smith

Thursday, August 4

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Former Alabama WR Daylon Charlot announces transfer to KU

Earlier this week, wide receiver Daylon Charlot announced he was leaving the powerhouse football program at Alabama. On Thursday evening, he surprised Kansas fans by tweeting out his decision to join David Beaty and the Jayhawks. By Benton Smith

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KU volleyball picked 2nd in Big 12 preseason poll

Fresh off of its historic 2015 season, the Kansas volleyball team enters the 2016 season picked second in the Big 12 Conference preseason poll.

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5 KU football storylines to watch during preseason camp

During the Jayhawks’ opening practice today, and the 22 more to follow during preseason camp, second-year coach David Beaty, his staff and the players have much to accomplish. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: KU Air Raid offense needs better ground attack

In order for David Beaty's Air Raid offense to work Kansas must mount a far better ground game than it did a year ago. Improvement from a still-too-young offensive line should help.

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Like many others, Self eager to see Svi take next step

KU junior-to-be Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk spent his second summer in a row separated from his Kansas teammates for several weeks, but head coach Bill Self believes they all got better and, like many, is wondering if the 2016-17 season will be the one in which Svi breaks out. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, August 3

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Kelsie Payne named KU volleyball's first Big 12 preseason player of the year

The Kansas volleyball team, which set program records during the 2015 season and postseason, will carry its streak of firsts into 2016. Junior right-side hitter Kelsie Payne became KU’s first Big 12 preseason player of the year in a vote of the league’s coaches, announced Wednesday.

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Denzell Evans and Mike Lee added to KU football roster

While every member of the Kansas football team reported to campus Wednesday for the first day of the Jayhawks’ preseason camp, two players in particular stood out as welcome arrivals. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: KU coaches have new recruiting tool with updated social media rules

Earlier this summer, Kansas football coach David Beaty became an instant hit in the college football Twitterverse when Class of 2017 recruit Reggie Roberson posted a video of Beaty riding around on a so-called hoverboard, while asking the Texas receiver whether other coaches could match Beaty’s balancing and navigation skills. As of this week, Beaty and the rest of his staff have more ways to win over potential players via social media. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: KU football with twice the offense still worst in Big 12

To appreciate the difficulty of Kansas winning a Big 12 game, consider that the Jayhawks could double their average point total from 2015 in the nine-game conference schedule and still score fewer points than any other Big 12 school, based on last year’s statistics.

Tuesday, August 2

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Strong defense a passion of new KU commitment Marcus Garrett

Although his 6-foot-5 frame affords him plenty of opportunities to make plays on the offensive end, both as a scorer and a passer, recent KU basketball commitment Marcus Garrett continues to hang his hat on defense, just as he always has. By Matt Tait

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Derby receiver picks Jayhawks over Wildcats

Derby senior Kenyon Tabor drew offers from both of his home state’s Big 12 football programs, but when it came time for the 6-foot-3 pass-catching weapon to make an oral commitment Tuesday afternoon, he picked Kansas over Kansas State. By Benton Smith

Monday, August 1

Woodard returns to coaching ranks with Winthrop

Hall of Famer Lynette Woodard wanted a new start in college coaching. Winthrop, with her old friend Kevin Cook, seemed like a perfect place.

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Lineman Armstrong wins one for Kansas

The oldest college football rivalry west of the Mississippi lays dormant, so fanatical Jayhawks must look elsewhere to celebrate more subtle victories against their once-regular enemies.

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KU lands commitment from 4-star Dallas guard Marcus Garrett

Kansas basketball’s 2017 recruiting class is well positioned to land at least a couple of top-tier, elite prospects. But it officially will be remembered as the class that began with four-star Dallas guard Marcus Garrett. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks eager to operate in David Beaty's Air Raid offense

After laying what he deemed an appropriate organizational foundation for Kansas — albeit during an 0-12 debut — in his first season as football coach, David Beaty dove head-first into an expanded offensive role, taking on every responsibility he originally envisioned when he accepted the job. Red-shirt junior quarterback Montell Cozart is glad he did. By Benton Smith