Stories for October 2016


Monday, October 31

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Oct. 31, 2016

Here's a look at how former Kansas players fared in NBA games of Oct. 31, 2016.

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 3 KU basketball vs. Washburn

A look at some of the keys to the KU men's basketball team's 2016-17 exhibition opener against Washburn on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Four-guard lineup just one thing Jayhawks eager to evaluate in exhibition opener

With third-ranked Kansas opening the 2016-17 exhibition season against Washburn at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks are eager to discover more than a few things about this season's team. At the top of the list is how the Jayhawks new-look, four-guard lineup performs. By Matt Tait

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Kelsie Payne named Big 12 Offensive Player of Week for sixth time

Kansas junior Kelsie Payne earned her second Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week recognition in three weeks and sixth of her career, the conference announced Monday.

Hagan named to All-Big 12 soccer team

Kansas sophomore forward Grace Hagan was named first-team All-Big 12, highlighting a group of KU soccer honorees, announced Monday.

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Kansas volleyball returns to No. 4 in AVCA poll

The Jayhawks (20-2) returned to No. 4 in the AVCA poll released Monday in the wake of Saturday’s five-set victory that ended a 25-match losing streak to Texas.

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David Beaty contends KU made progress in latest road thrashing

The road, as anyone who keeps up with University of Kansas football would tell you, can be cruel to a struggling program. So can timing. The Jayhawks, coming off their seventh straight loss of the year and 42nd consecutive setback outside of Lawrence, travel this week to No. 14 West Virginia. Oh, and the Mountaineers just lost Saturday for the first time this season, at Oklahoma State. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Freshman Josh Jackson taking shot at improving shot

Josh Jackson's not afraid to admit his shot needs work and he welcomes assistant coach Kurtis Townsend's tips for making it better.

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AP voters give KU No. 3 spot in preseason poll

A day before making their exhibition debut, the Kansas Jayhawks, as expected, appeared near the top of the first AP Top 25 of the upcoming college basketball season.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Oct. 30, 2016

Here's a look at how former Kansas players fared in NBA games of Oct. 30, 2016.

Sunday, October 30

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Transfers Washington, Calvert spark Kansas women in exhibition opener

Transfer guards Jessica Washington and McKenzie Calvert showed the Jayhawk faithful a glimpse of what the season could have in store for the Kansas women’s basketball team.

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Jayhawks trying to recover from worst loss of season

After surrendering a season-high 56 points and scoring a season-low three Saturday night at Oklahoma, the down-and-out Kansas football team’s players and coaches couldn’t leave Norman, Okla., feeling as if they made any progress. By Benton Smith

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Oklahoma appeals Bledsoe suspension

Sources with knowledge of the NCAA’s suspension of Oklahoma freshman defensive end Amani Bledsoe because he tested positive for a banned substance are hopeful the Lawrence High graduate’s reputation will be upheld and his suspension lifted or at least shortened once Oklahoma’s appeal on Bledsoe’s behalf is heard.

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Former Jayhawk Brannen Greene selected 7th overall in D League draft

Brannen Greene on Sunday was drafted No. 7 overall by Delaware in the first round of the NBA’s Developmental League draft, a six-round, 126-selection preseason event. By Matt Tait

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Tuesday's KU basketball exhibition opener holds special significance for visiting coach

Longtime Washburn basketball coach Bob Chipman on Tuesday night will tip off his final season with the Ichabods against Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse. And, in Chipman's mind, there's no better place to tip off his final season on the Washburn sideline. By Matt Tait

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UT coach Elliott: Kansas victory good for Big 12 volleyball

Asked outside of the team bus about the impact of No. 2 Texas’ five-set loss to No. 6 Kansas Saturday night at Horejsi Family Athletics Center, UT coach Jerritt Elliott had nothing but positive things to say about the team he is now tied with atop the Big 12 standings. By Matt Tait

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New book aims for a clearer look at Phog Allen

Most Kansas basketball fans can recall from memory the classic photo of the game’s creator James Naismith standing proudly on the left with the coach Phog Allen to his right. The two figures of basketball royalty are both wearing fedoras and the only thing stopping them from holding hands is a basketball that they hold together. The image portrays the two as allies and collaborators in lock step, cradling the game in its fledgling years. But a new book on Phog Allen suggests reality wasn't nearly as picturesque.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Oct. 29, 2016

Here's a look at how former Kansas players fared in NBA games of Oct. 29, 2016.

Saturday, October 29

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Notebook: Jayhawks fail to produce enough QB pressure at OU

If massive underdog Kansas had any chance of competing on the road at No. 16 Oklahoma Saturday, the Jayhawks’ defense needed to get pressure on Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: One great play is better than none for Kansas football

Daniel Wise, a defensive tackle turned into a wide receiver and running back on one memorable play and the sideline went ballistic. But the euphoria died a quick death in a 56-3 loss to Oklahoma.

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Jayhawks have no answers for Sooners in blowout

The high-octane, score-at-will Oklahoma football offense lived up to its hype Saturday night at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. However, the Sooners’ homecoming foe, ever-overmatched Kansas, couldn’t expose OU’s biggest weakness, its defense. By Benton Smith

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KU volleyball notebook: Horejsi helps Jayhawks topple Texas

Asked after Saturday's thrilling victory over No. 2 Texas if they would rather have finally broken through against the Longhorns in Austin, Texas, or in Lawrence, the Kansas volleyball team discussed the role their home fans and wild on-campus arena played in the big win.By Matt Tait

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Oklahoma blasts Kansas, 56-3

KU’s inept offense and the versatility and speed of Oklahoma’s wide receiver/return man DeDe Westbrook were more than enough for the Sooners to shake a slow start and run away with a 56-3 victory in front of a homecoming crowd of 86,301 spectators.

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Sixth-ranked Kansas volleyball knocks off No. 2 Texas in 5-set thriller

It took five sets and traveled through dozens of peaks and valleys, but the Kansas volleyball team finally knocked off Big 12 king Texas in five sets (17-25, 25-11, 27-25, 12-25, 15-10) at Horejsi Family Athletics Center on Saturday night. By Matt Tait

KU’s Lokedi runs to title

Kansas sophomore Sharon Lokedi won the women’s individual title Saturday at the Big 12 cross country championships.

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Oklahoma freshman Amani Bledsoe of Lawrence suspended a year by NCAA for PED violation

Lawrence High graduate Amani Bledsoe, a freshman defensive end at Oklahoma, was suspended for the rest of this season and seven games in 2017 for flunking an NCAA performance enhancing drug test.

Toran Ribes leads KU tennis in Alabama

Freshman Maria Toran Ribes led the way for the Kansas tennis team with a 3-0 record on the first day of the 29th Roberta Alison Fall Classic Friday.

KU soccer wins in home finale

Freshman Katie McClure’s goal with less than five minutes left in regulation gave No. 25 Kansas a 1-0 win over Iowa State at Rock Chalk Park Friday night. The win secured a second place finish in the Big 12 for the Jayhawks, their highest since 2004.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Oct. 28, 2016

Here's a look at how former Kansas players fared in NBA games of Oct. 28, 2016.

Friday, October 28

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KU's Self feels the need for speed for 2016-17 Jayhawks

Earlier this week, at Big 12 Media Day in Kansas City, KU coach Bill Self was asked to get specific about what excited him most about his 14th Kansas basketball team. And he answered with one word: Speed. By Matt Tait

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KU football offense costing team's defense

One could point to any number of factors while explaining how the Kansas football team has lost six consecutive games this season. Still, it’s difficult to ignore how the Jayhawks’ offensive tribulations have undermined the team’s defense. By Benton Smith

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Self expects former Jayhawks Ellis, Selden to find NBA homes soon

Another season of NBA basketball opened Tuesday night and it did so without three of the four KU players who left early from last year’s team on a roster. By Matt Tait

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Joining Jayhawks like returning home for KU freshman Mitch Lightfoot

Even with perennial college basketball powerhouse Arizona nearby, KU freshman Mitch Lightfoot chose to make his career at Kansas because of family ties to the Kansas City area. By Chris Duderstadt

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football at No. 16 Oklahoma

Get the keys for Kansas as the Jayhawks travel to No. 16 Oklahoma, and read about the mega matchup, receiver Bobby Hartzog Jr. and much more. By Benton Smith

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Red-hot KU volleyball team eager for weekend showdown with No. 2 Texas

Saturday night, at 6:30 p.m. inside rocking Horejsi Family Athletics Center, the No. 6-ranked Kansas volleyball team will get its shot at revenge against No. 2 Texas and the excitement and anticipation leading up to the match is as big as ever. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Oct. 27, 2016

Here's a look at how former Kansas players fared in NBA games of Oct. 27, 2016

Thursday, October 27

KU swimmers topple TCU

Kansas won 13 of 16 events in a 190-108 swimming and diving victory over TCU on Thursday at Robinson Natatorioum.

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Tom Keegan: Josh Jackson feeling at home in Kansas

You won’t catch Josh Jackson glancing at his watch — an old expression that means turning your iPhone in your palm to check the time — because he’s not counting down the months, weeks, hours, days, minutes and seconds until his required year of college basketball is behind him.

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Beaty wanted to hire Oklahoma offensive coordinator

KU coach added different Riley instead

Every week when David Beaty previews his team’s upcoming foe, the Kansas football coach with seemingly endless ties to his home state of Texas references various assistants he knows on opposing staffs and praises them for what they’re accomplishing. Leading up to the Jayhawks’ trip to face No. 16 Oklahoma, Beaty shared his admiration for Sooners offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley dated back a few years. By Benton Smith

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5-star PG Collin Sexton sets Nov. 10 decision date

With November fast approaching and a decision from five-star Class of 2017 point guard Collin Sexton expected soon, the No. 7 ranked player in the country, according to, has pinpointed a date for his decision. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, October 26

KU volleyball cruises past Texas Tech

Behind dominant offensive performances from juniors Madison Rigdon and Kelsie Payne, the sixth-ranked Kansas volleyball team swept Texas Tech, 25-15, 25-16, 25-20, on Wednesday at United Supermarkets Arena.

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Tom Keegan: Udoka Azubuike never has seen a dunk he does not like

Kansas freshman center Udoka Azubuike boils the game of basketball down to six words: See the ball, dunk the ball.

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David Beaty wants Montell Cozart to be game manager at QB

No young Pop Warner quarterback thinks to himself, “One day, I want to be a game manager.” In the highly competitive Big 12, though, that’s exactly what University of Kansas coach David Beaty needs his QB to be. By Benton Smith

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Class of 2018 PF Carte'Are Gordon picks St. Louis

One day after losing Class of 2017 forward Deng Gak to the University of Miami, the Kansas basketball program learned that a top-tier Class of 2018 prospect had chosen to go elsewhere, as well. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, October 25

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Kansas volleyball peaking at good time

Kansas resumes its volleyball schedule with matches Wednesday at Texas Tech and then at home Saturday vs. Texas.

KU soccer enters top 25 rankings

For the first time since 2014, the Kansas soccer team entered the NSCAA coaches' poll and was ranked No. 25 on Tuesday.

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Tom Keegan: Josh Jackson talks up and looks up to veteran teammates

Josh Jackson says one of his talented, experienced teammates has improved so much that he "will surprise a lot of people."

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All those years ago: Current Jayhawks not even teenagers when Big 12 title streak began

Landen Lucas was 11. Frank Mason III was 10. Devonte' Graham was 9. And Josh Jackson was only 7. While all of those current Kansas basketball players have grown up a lot since 2004, KU's Big 12 title streak has grown with them. By Matt Tait

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Guards Graham, Mason like 'peanut butter and jelly' for Kansas basketball

Could it be time for a catchy nickname for KU's dynamic backcourt duo of Frank Mason III and Devonte' Graham? Kansas coach Bill Self took a stab at coming up with one Tuesday at Big 12 Media Day in Kansas City. By Matt Tait

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David Beaty: Sooners' defense better than ranking indicates

Yes, David Beaty has seen the numbers. But, no, the University of Kansas football coach doesn’t have much interest in giving them a lot of merit. The digits in question are those associated with Oklahoma’s defense, specifically the total yardage allowed by the Sooners this season — 475.9 a game — and their corresponding ranking, ninth in the 10-team conference. By Benton Smith

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2017 PF Deng Gak picks Miami over Kansas

Eric Bossi, of, on Tuesday morning Tweeted that Kansas target Deng Gak, a 6-foot-9, four-star forward from Blairstown, New Jersey, had committed to Miami. By Matt Tait

Monday, October 24

KU’s Chou 10th at Louisville

Kansas women’s golfer Yi-Tsen Chou, playing as an individual, shot a 4-over 76 on Monday in the Cardinal Cup and was tied for 10th place entering the final round.

KU men’s golfers 8th in Florida

Kansas’ Daniel Hudson shot two rounds of 1-under-par 71, and KU’s men’s golf team was tied for eighth among 15 team Monday after two rounds of the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational.

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Tom Keegan: Gamblers on Kansas football spell ATS with a P and a U

Bookmakers entice gamblers to bet on Kansas by giving them a lot of points, but even at that, Kansas is tied with Connecticut for the worst FBS winning percentage against the spread in the past five seasons.

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High-scoring Sooners next challenge for KU football

Like most people who caught the Big 12’s latest football shootout Saturday night between Oklahoma and Texas Tech, University of Kansas football coach David Beaty often just shook his head, marveling at the display. By Benton Smith

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Intense initiation right on schedule for KU freshman Josh Jackson

Kansas freshman Josh Jackson never hid the fact that one of the biggest reasons he chose to play his college basketball in Lawrence was the opportunity to be coached — and pushed — by KU coach Bill Self. By Matt Tait

Sunday, October 23

KU freshman golfer tied for seventh

Playing as an individual, Kansas freshman Yi-Tsen Chou finished the first round of the Cardinal Cup tied for seventh overall after she shot a career-best 75 on Sunday.

KU rowers win in Jamboree

Kansas rowers Kaelyn Thierolf and Olivia Loney won the open pair, double and singles race Sunday in the Jayhawk Jamboree on Sunday with a time of 15:53.31.

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Tom Keegan: Kansas defense among best in Big 12

Kansas' defense statistically ranks among the best in the Big 12 and it all starts up front, where all-conference-worthy sophomores Daniel Wise and Dorance Armstrong already have developed into disruptive forces.

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Jayhawks make strong impression on 2017 PG Trae Young during weekend visit

The Kansas men's basketball program definitely put its best foot forward during a weekend visit from Class of 2017 point guard Trae Young. By Matt Tait

KU soccer stuns No. 24 Baylor

The Kansas soccer team scored two goals in the final 12 minutes and upset No. 24 Baylor, 3-1, on Sunday at Betty Lou Mays Field.

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David Beaty: Offense looked better, but Jayhawks aren't scoring enough

The 250 passing yards and season-high 204 rushing yards posted in a loss to Oklahoma State allowed David Beaty to call his offense an improved product this week. The reality of life in the Big 12, though, meant the University of Kansas football coach could hardly characterize the effort as a success. By Benton Smith

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How did player KU banished for alleged sexual assaults make it onto another D-1 team? New information reveals possibilities

Transfer school has since added safeguards; KU says student was allowed to withdraw in lieu of expulsion but that it’s not responsible for him joining new team

A University of Kansas football player who KU kicked off campus for allegedly sexually assaulting two women followed his former coach to another NCAA Division I football team. It appears that happened without the knowledge of the new school’s top athletics officials, though it’s unclear exactly what — if any — university policy lapses enabled it. In new court filings, KU says its actions aren’t to blame for the banished player’s ability to join the other school’s team. The school the player transferred to has since kicked him off the team, disciplined the coach and changed admission procedures to prevent something similar from happening again.

Saturday, October 22

Game balls and gassers: KU vs. Oklahoma State

Ke’aun Kinner rushed for 145 yards on 14 carries.

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KU football notebook: Big play nets first career sack for KU's Smithson

When Kansas safety Fish Smithson delivered the first sack of his college career in the first quarter Saturday against Oklahoma State, the impact of the play didn’t stop with junior quarterback Mason Rudolph heading toward the Memorial Stadium turf. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Kansas loses to Oklahoma State, ends quarterback controversy in same game

Montell Cozart bounced back from a two-week benching well enough for head coach David Beaty to say Cozart will start Saturday in Norman vs. Oklahoma. Reading what else Beaty said leads to conclusion that he Cozart will start the remainder of the season, barring injuries. By Tom Keegan

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Homecoming Horror: Mistakes cost Kansas again in 44-20 loss to Oklahoma State

Even on a homecoming afternoon when the University of Kansas football team teased the 26,262 in attendance at Memorial Stadium into thinking the Jayhawks just might stick around and give Oklahoma State a legitimate battle, KU’s upset bid Saturday only lasted as long as the offense’s ability to steer clear of self-inflicted wounds. By Benton Smith

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Okie State Runaway: Cowboys roll past Kansas 44-20 with strong second half

With Montell Cozart back in the starting role at quarterback for Kansas, the Jayhawks got out to a good start, took two first-half leads but, once again, could not escape their own mistakes during Saturday’s 44-20 loss to Oklahoma State at Memorial Stadium.

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KU sophomore Lagerald Vick now more comfortable with role

After practicing patience during his first season as a Jayhawk, Kansas sophomore Lagerald Vick is determined to carve out a role for himself and his teammates have taken notice. By Evan Riggs

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Montell Cozart to start at QB vs. Oklahoma State

After two weeks of sophomore Ryan Willis at quarterback, Kansas football coach David Beaty announced Saturday morning, a few hours before the Jayhawks’ homecoming game against Oklahoma State, his decision to return to junior Montell Cozart as the No. 1 QB. By Benton Smith

Kansas swimmers lead double dual

Kansas’ women’s swim team won five individual events and two relays, and the Jayhawks led Missouri State and North Dakota midway through a two-day double dual Friday at Robinson Natatorium.

KU soccer draws with Sooners, 2-2

A pair of second half goals helped the Kansas soccer team to a 2-2 draw with Oklahoma on Friday.

Friday, October 21

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KU football facing OSU QB who seldom makes mistakes

When Kansas football coach David Beaty watches his defense play Saturday against Oklahoma State, he’ll hope they can stop quarterback Mason Rudolph, a 6-foot-5 junior who has specialized in making wise decisions as a passer. By Benton Smith

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. Oklahoma State

Get the keys for Kansas football this week as the Jayhawks take on Oklahoma State, and read about the mega matchup and much more. By Benton Smith

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Huge visit from 2017 PG Trae Young on tap for KU basketball this weekend

The Kansas men’s basketball team’s pursuit of some of the top talent in the 2017 class picks up some serious steam this weekend, when Trae Young, of Norman, Oklahoma, makes his official visit to Lawrence. By Matt Tait

Thursday, October 20

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Kansas sweeps West Virginia in volleyball

Kansas, ranked No. 6 in the nation, ran its streak of consecutive sweeps to four matches.

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Kansas defense unsatisfied, eager to bounce back

In a 49-7 defeat at Baylor, the University of Kansas football team surrendered just more than twice as many points as it did seven days earlier against TCU. Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen, though, didn’t head into this week’s preparation thinking his group regressed. By Benton Smith

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KU sophomore Carlton Bragg Jr. named to Karl Malone watch list

The Karl Malone Award on Thursday revealed that KU sophomore Carlton Bragg Jr., was one of 20 players named to the award’s watch list for the 2016-17 season. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks debut at No. 2 in preseason coaches poll

As usual, college basketball’s coaches have a lot of respect for Bill Self’s Kansas team this year. In fact, those polled by USA Today enter the season thinking more highly of only one other team in the nation.

Wednesday, October 19

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7th annual Ladies Night Out with Bill Self another rousing success

Whether it was Bill Self’s comedy, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk’s singing or all of the photo shoots, autograph sessions and behind-the-scenes exposure more than 400 women got to their favorite college basketball team, Wednesday night’s 7th annual Ladies Night Out with Kansas basketball was a rousing success.By Matt Tait

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Who's No. 3? KU football looking for more productivity at WR

In the ongoing search for a more productive offense, the Kansas football team could benefit from the emergence of a third receiving threat within the passing game. Halfway through the season, the Jayhawks know they can rely on junior wideout LaQuvionte Gonzalez and sophomore Steven Sims Jr. However, no other player on the roster averages more than three catches a game. By Benton Smith

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KU junior Devonte' Graham named to Jerry West watch list

A day after seeing teammate Frank Mason named to the Bob Cousy Award watch list, Kansas junior Devonte’ Graham found his name on a similar list. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Career statistical quarterback comparison at Kansas virtual dead heat

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy must prepare for both Ryan Willis and Montell Cozart this week. Statistically, neither one has emerged as more deserving than the other.

Tuesday, October 18

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Injured KU linebacker Joe Dineen out again

Redshirt decision getting closer

Joe Dineen has missed every snap for Kansas since a hamstring injury forced him to walk off the field in the first of a Sept. 17 loss at Memphis. David Beaty said the would-be starting linebacker isn't expected to play for the fourth consecutive game Saturday, and it’s nearly reached a point where the staff isn't sure if the team captain will make another appearance this season. By Benton Smith

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Tyriek Starks running scout team for now and running it well

Red-shirt freshman Tyriek Starks, a dual-threat quarterback from New Orleans, will compete for starting QB job during spring football.

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Jayhawks loaded but pieces still have to 'fit'

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said at KU's recent media day that the 2016-17 Jayhawks have the chance to be more talented and perform better in the biggest moments than last year's team as long as the individual pieces fit together the way he believes they can. By Matt Tait

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KU quarterbacks not progressing like David Beaty hoped

David Beaty possesses no “magic little answer.” If the head coach could “sprinkle some dust” on a quarterback and fix the Kansas football team’s offensive tribulations he would. At the midway mark of his second season in charge and first as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Beaty said Tuesday at his weekly press conference the Jayhawks’ passers have not made the progress he envisioned. By Benton Smith

Monday, October 17

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Big 12 presidents pass on expansion

The Big 12 Conference has decided against expansion from its current 10 schools after three months of analyzing, vetting and interviewing possible new members. The announcement came after a six-hour meeting Monday with the conference's university presidents and Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.

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The verdict is in: Big 12 not expanding

One of the most highly anticipated meetings in the history of the Big 12 Conference lasted more than five hours, ended a couple of hours earlier than expected and left everyone watching with the following verdict: The Big 12 is not expanding. By Matt Tait

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David Beaty: QB competition 'always open'

University of Kansas football coach David Beaty didn’t name a new starting quarterback Monday morning on the Big 12 coaches conference call, but he didn’t necessarily endorse incumbent Ryan Willis, either. By Benton Smith

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KU guard Frank Mason named to Bob Cousy Watch List

Kansas senior Frank Mason was one of 20 players named to the preseason Bob Cousy Award watch list on Monday. By Matt Tait

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KU punter Cole Moos named Big 12's top specialist of week

When you punt a football 82 yards in a Big 12 game, odds are people will take notice. Kansas junior punter Cole Moos found out as much Monday, when the conference named him its special teams player of the week. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Joel Embiid back on his feet and looking elite

Sidelined two seasons by a stress fracture of the right foot, former Kansas center Joel Embiid is coming off of a 20-minute, 15-point effort for the Philadelphia 76ers against the Detroit Pistons.

KU tennis doubles tandem reaches ITA Regional final

Kansas tennis players Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum and Nina Khmelnitckaia clinched a spot in the ITA Central Regional championship match after earning victories in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds Sunday in Minneapolis, Minn.

Sunday, October 16

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David Beaty understands frustration with KU’s offense

Head coach: 'I'm upset at me'

Between the Kansas football program losing 17 of its 18 games since he took over and the Jayhawks’ often defective offense under his watch as coordinator and quarterbacks coach during his second season in Lawrence, David Beaty can’t help but discern the swelling groans from within KU’s fan base. By Benton Smith

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KU transfer Malik Newman soaking up Kansas basketball experience

He’s still more than 12 months away from actually being able to experience the rivalries for himself, but Kansas transfer Malik Newman recently indicated that he had a pretty good idea of just how competitive Big 12 basketball can be. By Matt Tait

KU volleyball sweeps TCU

Kansas volleyball swept TCU in straight sets (25-12, 25-19, 25-22) Saturday to improve to 17-2 overall and 6-1 in the Big 12.

Lokedi leads KU cross country at Pre-Nationals

Sophomore Sharon Lokedi paced the Kansas University women’s cross country team to a 13th-place finish at the Pre-National Invitational Saturday after taking 10th overall with a 6,000-meter time of 20:26.3.

Four KU tennis players advance to ITA Central Regional quarterfinals

The Kansas tennis team sent four players through to the quarterfinal round of the ITA Central Regionals presented by Oracle Saturday.

Saturday, October 15

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Notebook: Jayhawks lead the nation in turnovers

More times than he’d like to recall, Kansas football coach David Beaty has discussed following a Jayhawks loss how costly his team’s turnovers were against a particular opponent. Saturday at No. 11 Baylor proved no different. By Benton Smith

Game balls and gassers: KU vs. Baylor

Freshman Khalil Herbert continues to look sharp running the ball. He bounced his way to 34 yards and a rushing touchdown.

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Tom Keegan: Oh, snap! He snapped it already!

Every laughable performance deserves a punch line and Kansas center Joe Gibson unwittingly supplied one Saturday in Baylor’s merciful 49-7 execution of the Jayhawks at McLane Stadium. By Tom Keegan

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Air-Rout: No. 11 Baylor crushes Jayhawks with big first half, 49-7

By the time the second half began Saturday afternoon at McLane Stadium, Baylor starting quarterback Seth Russell didn’t even need to take the field. The first 30 minutes of the homecoming game provided his 11th-ranked Bears more than enough time to jettison Kansas in what inevitably turned into a 49-7 trouncing. By Benton Smith

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Steps backward: Jayhawks demolished at Baylor, 49-7

If last week’s one-point loss against TCU represented a step forward for the Kansas football team, then Saturday’s 49-7 loss to Baylor was several steps back.

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Identity of likely starting five puts Jayhawks in solid shape entering 2016-17 season

For the first time in four years, the Kansas men’s basketball program enters a season with the distinct possibility that its opening-night lineup could start nearly every game of the season. By Matt Tait

Friday, October 14

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Tackles for loss remarkable sign of Kansas defense's improvement

By the time a winless 2015 came to a close for the University of Kansas football team, the program had plenty to address in the offseason. Defensively, coordinator Clint Bowen seemed to have as immense a reclamation project to take on as anyone. Looking back at it now, head coach David Beaty says his defensive leader took the team’s underwhelming performance personally. By Benton Smith

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football at No. 11 Baylor

Get the keys to the game, mega matchups and more, as Kansas heads to No. 11 Baylor this week. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Big, fast Bears like to run, run, run

The Baylor Bears score most of their touchdowns through the air but do most of their damage on the ground. It's as a tough a matchup for Kansas as there is on the schedule.

Thursday, October 13

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Tom Keegan: KU boasts blend of youth, experience

Unlike in professional sports, in college the general manager of a program never needs to worry about the coach back-stabbing him by blaming him for roster shortcomings.

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With D'Andre Banks back at right tackle, KU O-line at its best

Back in August, University of Kansas offensive line coach Zach Yenser made senior tackle D’Andre Banks a promise. Yenser didn’t know when exactly, but the coach told one of his most talented linemen he intended to get Banks back to playing right tackle. By Benton Smith

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Seldom-used 4-guard lineup coming to a Kansas basketball team near you

Loaded with talented, athletic guards in the backcourt and a hint of uncertainty in its frontcourt, the Kansas men’s basketball team will play plenty of four-guard lineups during the upcoming season. Thursday, at the team's annual media day, KU coach Bill Self explained why and how. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks unanimously favored to bring home 13th straight Big 12 title

The Kansas men’s basketball team was a unanimous choice by the Big 12 Conference coaches to repeat as Big 12 champions for the 13th season in a row. That and other notes and nuggets from KU Basketball media day on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.By Matt Tait

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Bill Self makes good on promise to Scott "Scooter" Ward

Wednesday night, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self made KU academic advisor Scott “Scooter” Ward a lighthearted promise in his hospital room in Kansas City, where he continues to grind through his recovery from recent surgery to repair a torn aorta. By Matt Tait

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KU football dismisses defensive tackle D.J. Williams

The Kansas football defense will have to play the remainder of the season down one defensive lineman. The program dismissed sophomore defensive tackle D.J. Williams this week for a violation of team rules. By Benton Smith

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KU safety Fish Smithson up for Senior CLASS Award

A standout defender for the Kansas football team, senior safety Fish Smithson has earned recognition for his off-the-field abilities, as well. Smithson became one of 30 NCAA FBS student-athletes nominated for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award. A standout defender for the Kansas football team, senior safety Fish Smithson has earned recognition for his off-the-field abilities, as well. Smithson became one of 30 NCAA FBS student-athletes nominated for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award. By Benton Smith

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KU basketball recruiting notebook: Oct. 13, 2016

A few notes and nuggets from the recruiting trail, where several KU basketball targets in the Class of 2017 and beyond continue to make news. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Kansas volleyball throws block party, sweeps Kansas State

Kansas volleyball followed the scouting report, which led to early blocks and ultimately a sweep of Kansas State. Kansas has is 8-1 in its last nine matches against Kansas State.

Wednesday, October 12

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Media Day primer: KU basketball storylines from yet another season kickoff event

Here’s a quick look at seven things to expect from KU basketball media day 2016, which will take place Thursday, Oct. 13 at Allen Fieldhouse and feature input and insight from every player on KU's roster and, of course, Kansas coach Bill Self. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks to wear new 'limestone' uniforms for homecoming

The University of Kansas football team will have a new look when it takes the field Oct. 22 for its homecoming game against Oklahoma State. Adidas and Kansas Athletics revealed Wednesday what they’ve branded as the Jayhawks’ “limestone” alternate uniforms and helmets. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, October 11

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Ryan Willis working through and learning from mistakes

David Beaty waited for University of Kansas quarterback Ryan Willis to reach the sideline Saturday afternoon following the Jayhawks’ first offensive series. Willis had just thrown an interception and his head coach wanted to make sure the sophomore QB knew what a bad decision he made on that particular heave, retrieved by TCU safety Nick Orr. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Kansas defensive end Cameron Rosser far from football impostor now

Kansas senior defensive end Cameron Rosser never played high school football and has learned the sport so well that he's a key member of Clint Bowen's defense. By Tom Keegan

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Bill Self's assessment of early Kansas basketball practices has familiar ring

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self's recent assessment of his team's slow start to the 2016-17 practice schedule sounded a little like the breakdown he gave his teams in the recent past. By Matt Tait

Monday, October 10

Kansas golfers lead in Texas

Kansas sophomore golfer Charlie Hillier shot a two-round total of 7-under 137 and was tied for the lead Monday at the Bayou City Collegiate Classic. The Jayhawks led the team standings by 11 strokes over second-place Rice.

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Tom Keegan: David Jaynes living proof that Kansas can beat the best in football recruiting

David Jaynes, an All-American quarterback for Kansas in 1973, originally committed to Bear Bryant and the Alabama Crimson Tide. He remains bullish on KU's ability to win similar recruiting battles.

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David Beaty not making excuses for KU following near upset

In the Kansas football team’s narrow loss Saturday to TCU, the Jayhawks only drew five penalties for 61 yards. It just so happened one of those flags cost Kansas a touchdown in a 24-23 loss. By Benton Smith

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KU coach Bill Self discusses transition from heartbreaker vs. Villanova to hope for 2016-17

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Monday joined CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein for 15 minutes on his regular weekly college basketball podcast and covered a variety of topics from the Jayhawks’ Big 12 title streak to losing to Villanova last year and entering the 2016-17 season with a team that’s good enough to extend the streak and make some noise in March. By Matt Tait

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2017 PG Collin Sexton talks Alabama, Kansas

Recruiting analysts from 247 Sports and are starting to get the feeling that it's down to Alabama and Kansas for Class of 2017, five-star point guard Collin Sexton. By Matt Tait

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49ers sign former KU corner JaCorey Shepherd

Former University of Kansas cornerback JaCorey Shepherd has a new team and a familiar head coach. By Benton Smith

Sunday, October 9

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Wiggins offers advice for Josh Jackson; Chalmers says he will be 'real good'

Kansas men’s basketball players were watching Saturday's NBA preseason game from a suite, which included freshman Josh Jackson — the first No. 1-ranked recruit to play for the Jayhawks since Andrew Wiggins suited up for Kansas in 2013-14. Wiggins said he’d only seen Jackson’s highlights, but he was asked if had any advice for the 6-foot-8 freshman from Detroit.By Bobby Nightengale

KU soccer 'disappointed' with 1-1 draw

The Kansas soccer team learned the hard way Sunday afternoon that it can’t come out sluggish in the first half and expect to win in the Big 12. By Shane Jackson

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Jayhawks could have used few extra seconds in loss to TCU

In the final minutes of the Kansas football team’s one-point loss to TCU Saturday at Memorial Stadium, visiting junior kicker Brandon Hatfield nailed a 34-yard field goal that proved to be the deciding score. Just before that kick, though, a bit of chaos may have cost the Jayhawks some precious seconds of game clock. By Benton Smith

Game balls and gassers: KU vs. TCU

Sophomore wide receiver Steven Sims delivered his third 100-yard receiving game of the season, finishing with 101 yards on nine receptions.

Saturday, October 8

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NBA exhibition game turns into Jayhawks '08 reunion

Nearly a decade after winning an NCAA title in 2008, several former Kansas basketball players held an unofficial reunion Saturday at the Sprint Center. With three Jayhawks playing in an exhibition game for the Minnesota Timberwolves — Cole Aldrich, Brandon Rush and Andrew Wiggins — many of their old teammates were more than happy to watch. By Bobby Nightengale

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Playing and praying for Scott "Scooter" Ward, Kansas volleyball sweeps Texas Tech

Dedicating the match to academic adviser and personal mentor Scott "Scooter" Ward, who in the words of Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard is "fighting for his life," the Jayhawks were dominant in a sweep of visiting Texas Tech.

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Tom Keegan: Kansas defense creating loud footsteps of hope

Four quarters of competitive play, especially from an injury-torn defense, brought realistic hope to the Kansas football program.

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KU Football notebook: Keith Loneker Jr. solid in first start for Jayhawks

Filling in for injured linebacker Joe Dineen Jr., fellow Free State High grad Keith Loneker Jr., made the first start of his Kansas career during KU's 24-23 loss to TCU on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

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Oh so close: Poor execution costs Kansas in heartbreaking home loss to TCU

The Kansas football team survived four first-half turnovers and took a lead down to the final minutes on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. But a made field goal by TCU's kicker and a miss by Kansas' left Kansas one point shy in the program's latest heartbreaking loss. By Benton Smith

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TCU's Patterson: Kansas has always played us well

After Saturday’s heartbreaking, 24-23 loss to TCU at Memorial Stadium, it’s safe to say people are starting to recognize this whole Kansas-plays-TCU-close phenomenon as a true trend. By Matt Tait

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KU football drops heartbreaker against TCU, 24-23

After leading for most of the fourth quarter, the Kansas football team suffered a 24-23 loss against TCU on Saturday at Memorial Stadium when TCU junior kicker Brandon Hatfield made a 37-yard field goal with 1:21 left.

KU soccer falls to West Virginia, 1-0

Despite being outshot 18-5, the Kansas women’s soccer team was able to push No. 3 West Virginia, but ultimately came up short, 1-0, at Rock Chalk Park on Friday night.

Friday, October 7

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Jayhawks won't worry if starting linebackers can't play

Should Kansas (1-3 overall, 0-1 Big 12) be forced to face TCU (3-2, 1-1) without its starting linebackers, defensive coordinator Clint Bowen has confidence in what senior Courtney Arnick and others can bring to the field. By Benton Smith

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Bill Self: More polished jumper could make Josh Jackson 'unbelievable'

A lot was made this summer about the odd shooting stroke owned by Kansas freshman Josh Jackson. While discussing the topic at a recent charity event, KU coach Bill Self said Jackson could become "an unbelievable player" if he can turn the quirk into a strength. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Slow starts stopping Kansas football

Offensive coordinators open games with the advantage because they script the first 15 plays and usually mix in new plays that haven't appeared on film. So far though, only opposing offenses have taken advantage of that.

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. TCU

Before the Kansas football team returns to Memorial Stadium to face TCU, get the keys to the game, the mega matchup and more. By Benton Smith

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KU basketball, volleyball programs rally prayer support for Scott "Scooter" Ward

Scott “Scooter” Ward, KU’s associate athletic director for academic and career counseling who oversees academics for the KU men’s hoops and women’s volleyball teams, on Friday morning suffered a tear in his aorta after a cardiac episode and was flown from Lawrence Memorial Hospital to the University of Kansas Hospital for surgery, according to a colleague. By Matt Tait

Thursday, October 6

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Tom Keegan: Selling Graham short is big mistake

On the same day the Big 12 released its preseason all-conference team that included Iowa State’s gifted scoring point guard Monte Morris as player of the year, Bovada Sportsbook released odds for Associated Press player of the year.

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Self on preseason Big 12 honors: 'It doesn't mean anything'

KU coach also offers Day 2 practice update, thoughts on Coaches vs. Cancer and more

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said nobody in Lawrence would be celebrating too hard over the preseason honors bestowed upon first-team all-Big 12 selections Frank Mason and Devonte' Graham and Big 12 freshman of the year Josh Jackson.By Matt Tait

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Retired Jayhawk Jordan Shelley-Smith says hits started to 'feel different'

Jordan Shelley-Smith details the factors that led up to his decision to retire from football after suffering from recurring concussion symptoms.

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Daniel Wise's trash-talking didn't give KU intended lift

As Daniel Wise finished the earliest portion of his pre-game routine and made his way toward the visiting locker room last week at Jones AT & T Stadium, in Lubbock, Texas, he noticed some Texas Tech football players talking at him. The Kansas defensive tackle freed his right ear from under his headphones and engaged the Red Raiders in a bit of trash-talking. By Benton Smith

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KU backcourt represented on preseason All-Big 12 team

Jackson projected as top freshman

The preseason buzz surrounding the Kansas basketball team grew Thursday afternoon with the unveiling of the Big 12 coach’s All-Big 12 preseason honors.

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Jayhawks picked 3rd in ESPN's preseason hoops rankings released its preseason rankings on Thursday morning, and there were some awfully familiar names sitting at the top, including Kansas, which came in at No. 3. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, October 5

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Pepper Rodgers to celebrate 85th birthday at old stomping grounds Saturday

Pepper Rodgers left Kansas before quarterback David Jaynes was eligible to play for him, but no hard feelings. Quite the contrary. Jaynes has organized a Kansas reunion for Rodgers, who will celebrate his 85th birthday Saturday at Memorial Stadium with former assistants and players during the Kansas-TCU football game.

Kansas volleyball wins in Ames for second year in a row, 3-1

Kansas has won more volleyball matches against Iowa State in Ames in the past 49 weeks than it had in the previous 10 years. KU defeated the Cyclones, 3-1, Wednesday in Hilton Coliseum.

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Day 1 in the books for Kansas basketball

Despite a lot more instruction and a little less action, Kansas coach Bill Self said the first true day of practice for the 2016-17 men's basketball team was a success. By Matt Tait

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Freshman safety Mike Lee contrite following blown plays at Texas Tech

Jayhawks confident DB has bright future

Hours removed from the Jayhawks’ nationally televised game at Texas Tech and a late-night flight back home, Mike Lee didn’t want to remind senior Fish Smithson about a highlight hit, a pass breakup or leading KU with 8.5 total tackles in the loss. Instead, the true freshman safety reached out to one of his team captains to apologize. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, October 4

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Ryan Willis 'excited' to reclaim starting QB spot

David Beaty remains vague on rotating quarterbacks

A starter for eight games during his freshman season a year ago, sophomore Kansas quarterback Ryan Willis learned Monday from head coach David Beaty he would take over that rank once again after losing it in the offseason. By Benton Smith

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2017 point guard Trevon Duval reopens recruitment

Feedback from Late Night 2016 continues to roll in from a handful of the recruits who were in attendance at this year's season kickoff event at Allen Fieldhouse.By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Kansas lineman Jordan Shelley-Smith's retirement from football sparks concussion discussions

Jordan Shelley-Smith, driven to retiring from football, will be missed by teammates who appreciate increased concussion awareness in football.

Monday, October 3

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Schneider builds new foundation, home with Jayhawks

Kansas women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider had his work cut out for him last year when he took over one of the youngest rosters in all of women’s basketball. But what made things even more difficult during the team’s 6-25 season were Schneider’s living arrangements. By Shane Jackson

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Malik Newman to benefit Jayhawks, self during transfer season

Although he won’t be able to play an actual game until the start of the 2017-18 season, Mississippi State transfer Malik Newman got the most out of his first appearance at Allen Fieldhouse last Saturday night. By Matt Tait

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Ryan Willis to start for KU against TCU

The Kansas football team has a new starting quarterback. KU coach David Beaty announced Monday night on his weekly “Hawk Talk” radio show sophomore Ryan Willis will start this week, when the Jayhawks play host to TCU at Memorial Stadium (11 a.m. kickoff, ESPNU). By Benton Smith

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David Beaty on KU's offensive woes: 'We've gotta finish drives'

It’s obvious to University of Kansas head football coach David Beaty, and anyone keeping tabs on the team four games into the season, the Jayhawks’ lack of offensive production has cost them dearly in three consecutive losses. By Benton Smith

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Duke's Harry Giles has knee surgery, status for Champions Classic vs. KU unknown

According to press release from Duke Basketball, five-star freshman forward Harry Giles had successful knee surgery on Monday and is expected to miss six weeks. By Matt Tait

Sunday, October 2

KU represented at hall ceremony

The University of Kansas has ties to six new inductees into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

KU doubles duo eliminated

The Kansas women’s tennis doubles team of Anastasia Rychagova and Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum lost in the Riviera ITA Women’s All-American Championships on Sunday and was eliminated from the pre-qualifying bracket.

Kansas soccer edges Texas, 1-0

Kansas freshman Katie McClure scored with less than five minutes remaining, and the Jayhawks defeated Texas, 1-0, on Sunday in Big 12 women’s soccer.

Hanna, Kansas first in Golfweek

Kansas senior Chase Hanna shot a 5-under 67 and tied for first place in the Golfweek Conference Challenge, and the Jayhawks won the team title Sunday at Spirit Hollow Golf Course.

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Tom Keegan: Kansas football special to Keith Loneker Jr.

Baker University transfer Keith Loneker Jr.'s performance measures out better than his tangibles.

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The search is on for KU basketball's leading scorer in 2016-17

When Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self sat down to meet with the media following Saturday night’s Late Night scrimmage, the KU coach joked that the box score sitting in front of him could be “the most studied box score” he had ever read. By Matt Tait

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KU basketball lands commitment from 2019 guard Markese Jacobs

After visiting Lawrence for Late Night in the Phog on Saturday, Markese Jacobs knew it was the place he wanted to spend his college career.

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Brennan Bechard repeats $10,000 shot

An unexpected star of Late Night in the Phog, Kansas basketball director of operations Brennan Bechard reluctantly sat down in front of a room full of reporters Saturday night and talked about hitting a half-court shot worth $10,000 to one KU fan for the second year in a row. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Vick set to click as rotation player

No shortage of talented graduate transfers would have said yes to a scholarship offer from perennial power Kansas, but Bill Self decided not to go that route. That decision gave sophomore guard Lagerald Vick a shot of confidence and it showed in Saturday night’s Late Night in the Phog exhibition. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Late Night skits and videos were 'one of the best'

Kansas coach Bill Self may have given his son Tyler a perfect 10 during Saturday’s Dancing with the Jayhawks portion of Late Night in the Phog. But the 16,300 wild and crazy fans who packed Allen Fieldhouse for the 32nd annual season kickoff and voted for the winner via text messages proved that Self was not merely showing favoritism toward his son. By Matt Tait

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New Beginning: Bragg makes the most of 'fresh start' at Late Night

One of the biggest questions about the deep, talented and experienced Kansas basketball team entering the 2016-17 season was whether sophomore forward Carlton Bragg could adequately fill the role and hole left by the departure of Perry Ellis. By Matt Tait

KU doubles advances

Kansas University’s tennis tandem of Anastasia Rychagova and Tess Bernard-Fiegenbaum are now two wins away from securing a spot in the qualifying bracket at the 2016 Riviera ITA Women’s All-American Championship.

KU, Sutton lead Golfweek event

Kansas golfer Daniel Sutton led the Golfweek Conference Challenge after second round Saturday, and KU led the team standings in the 12-team field.

KU 2nd, 3rd at Rim Rock

Kansas’ men’s cross country team placed second and KU’s women’s squad took third in the Rim Rock Classic on Saturday at Rim Rock Farm.

Saturday, October 1

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KU women's basketball transfers thrilled to play at Allen Fieldhouse

After sitting out all of last season because of the NCAA transfer rule, Kansas women’s basketball guards Jessica Washington and McKenzie Calvert were more than happy to step back on the court at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday. By Bobby Nightengale

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Kansas ends Baylor's 10-match volleyball winning streak

Jayhawks Kelsie Payne and Tayler Soucie had an answer for Baylor's hot hand and KU's Madison Rigdon never cooled off.

Kansas volleyball team kneels for cause, stands for anthem

Kansas volleyball players knelt for a moment of silence to call attention to social injustice and then players then stood at attention for the national anthem before Saturday's match against Baylor.

Kansas soccer tops TCU, 2-1

Junior forward Lois Heuchan snapped an enormous scoring drought with a pair of goals to lift Kansas soccer over TCU, 2-1. With the road win, the Jayhawks moved to 7-3-2 on the season and 2-0 in the Big 12.