Stories for September 2016


Friday, September 30

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Ryan Willis regrets missed opportunities in loss at Texas Tech

Ryan Willis left Lubbock, Texas, late Thursday night wondering how the Kansas football team’s trip to play Texas Tech might have changed if one key third-quarter series had played out differently. The backup quarterback went as far to take the blame for how the game turned in favor of the Red Raiders afterward. By Benton Smith

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Late Night brings range of emotions for KU basketball teams

While tonight's Late Night in the Phog marks the official beginning of another Kansas basketball season, it also brings with it a fair amount of nervous energy for the KU players who have to dance in front of more than 16,000 people at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Too Fast, Too Furious: Jayhawks can't keep pace against Tech, 55-19

As many likely expected, the University of Kansas football team couldn’t put together nearly enough stops on defense or scores on offense to keep pace with Texas Tech in a 55-19 defeat Thursday night at Jones AT & T Stadium. By Benton Smith

Game balls and gassers: KU at Texas Tech

Dorance Armstrong had two first-half sacks and a third was nullified by a teammate’s penalty.

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks take small steps toward respectability

The road losing streak reached 37 games. The perplexing quarterback rotation continued. The hurry-up offense still has a round-peg, square-hole feel to it for a perpetual underdog. And the offensive line, even at full strength, is too weak for the Big 12. By Tom Keegan

Thursday, September 29

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Notebook: Beaty, Kingsbury have long history; Dineen remains out

Years before David Beaty and Kliff Kingsbury became Big 12 head coaches, they got to know each other, really by chance, as assistants on opposing college football staffs in Texas. By Benton Smith

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Offensive struggles hurt Jayhawks at Texas Tech, 55-19

Despite improved play on defense, the Kansas football team couldn’t keep pace with Texas Tech in a 55-19 loss Thursday at Jones AT & T Stadium — which was closer than the final score indicated.

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Self confirms 2016-17 Jayhawks survive Boot Camp

Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self on Thursday confirmed that every player who started Boot Camp two weeks ago made it through the grueling nine-day preseason conditioning test. By Matt Tait

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Tech N9ne to perform at KU's Late Night in the Phog

KU officials confirmed that Kansas City-based rapper Tech N9ne will be performing at the 32nd annual Late Night in the Phog event, slated to start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football at Texas Tech

Get the keys for Kansas, mega matchups and more for the Jayhawks' Big 12 opener at Texas Tech. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, September 28

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Tom Keegan: Time to give Ryan Willis four quarters

Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II steadily develops, his statistics improving with each year. A year ago in Lawrence, he and then freshman Kansas quarterback Ryan Willis produced nearly identical passing statistics, a game won by Texas Tech, 30-20. By Tom Keegan

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Like Xavier Henry before him, KU freshman Josh Jackson joining talented, experienced Kansas roster

The current crop of Jayhawks, with freshman Josh Jackson, is going through something eerily similar to what the 2009-10 team did with Xavier Henry. The names, numbers and faces may be different, but there’s a certain amount of symmetry between the two teams. By Matt Tait

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David Beaty keeps finding positives amid KU's struggles

A quarter of the way through his second season in charge of the dormant University of Kansas football program, head coach David Beaty makes sure to appreciate signs of growth anywhere he can find them. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Any time is a good time to be on national television

Kansas takes a 36-game road losing streak into Lubbock, which lends credence to the argument that this is not a good time for the Jayhawks to play on national TV. But what if the streak ends on national TV?

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Graham, Jayhawks eyeing end of Boot Camp, arrival of Late Night

KU fans and Jayhawks alike are starting to get excited about Late Night in the Phog 2016, which is slated for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Kliff Kingsbury warns Red Raiders not to overlook KU

Kliff Kingsbury carefully reviewed the video from his next opponent’s most recent outing and Texas Tech’s head football coach said he came away unconvinced Kansas actually is as bad as the score indicated in the Jayhawks’ 36-point loss at Memphis a week and a half ago. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, September 27

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Firebirds' Hickman thrilled to commit to KU volleyball

Last week, Free State High sophomore Rachel Hickman picked up a cake on her way to the University of Kansas athletic department, making an oral commitment to play volleyball for the Jayhawks. By Bobby Nightengale

Monday, September 26

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David Beaty hopeful familiarity with Air Raid will help KU defense

Now in his second season as head coach at Kansas, David Beaty was asked on Monday’s Big 12 coaches media teleconference whether last year's 10-point home loss to Texas Tech served as a starting point for preparing for the upcoming Thursday night rematch of sorts at Jones AT & T Stadium, in Lubbok, Texas.By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks' leadership on full display at Boot Camp 2016

Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self said last week that his team had shown good leadership qualities, both from veterans and newcomers, during the first week of Boot Camp. By Matt Tait

Sunday, September 25

KU women 11th in Oklahoma

Kallie Gonzales shot a 1-over 72, Pitsinee Winyarat shot a 2-over 73, and Kansas women’s golf team placed 11th among 12 teams Sunday in the Schooner Fall Classic at Belmar Golf Club.

KU’s Rychagova claims crown

Kansas sophomore tennis player Anastasia Rychagova won the Flight A championship Sunday at the Little Rock Invitational.

Kansas golfers fourth in Arizona

Chase Hanna shot a final round of 3-under 68, and Kansas’ golf team placed fourth Sunday in the Maui Jim Intercollegiate.

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KU's Bill Self says heavy recruiting load nothing new for Jayhawks

In addition to running his team through Boot Camp and spending the bulk of the past couple of weeks on the road tracking targets in the Class of 2017 and beyond, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self found time to offer up a state of the union regarding KU’s current recruiting. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks preparing to take on top passing offense

Sure, the University of Kansas football team had a bye this past week, but the Jayhawks likely wouldn’t have minded even more time off for preparation, considering what awaits them Thursday night in Lubbock, Texas. By Benton Smith

KU tennis posts 6-0 record in singles

Kansas sophomore Nina Khmelnitckaia and freshman Maria Toran Ribes teamed up for a doubles win and they each earned a win in their singles match to lead KU tennis at the Little Rock Invitational at the Little Rock Country Club Saturday.

Chandra leads KU women's golf

Kansas sophomore golfer Victoria Chandra tied for 32nd place at the Schooner Fall Classic, carding a career-best 70 on her second round Saturday at Belmar Golf Club.

Hanna tied for fourth in Arizona

Kansas senior golfer Chase Hanna shot a three-under-par, 68, to lead the Jayhawks to sixth place on the leaderboard at the Maui Jim on Saturday.

Saturday, September 24

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KU volleyball falls in four sets at No. 5 Texas

The eighth-ranked Kansas volleyball team dropped its second match of the season in a competitive four-set match (27-25, 25-16, 18-25, 25-19) on the road to fifth-ranked Texas at Gregory Gymnasium on Saturday.

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Tom Keegan: Biggest X factor for Kansas basketball is biggest player

Udoka Azubuike, a 7-foot, 280-pound center from Lagos, Nigeria, has a very high ceiling but just turned 17 eight days ago, so projecting how close he'll come to his ceiling as a freshman qualifies as one of the more intriguing aspects of a deep and talented Kansas basketball team.

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KU football had plenty to address during bye week

The Kansas football team’s 2016 schedule ordered Saturday as a day off for the Jayhawks (1-2), but second-year head coach David Beaty, his staff and players obviously had plenty of work to do this week. By Benton Smith

KU soccer upsets No. 25 Texas Tech

A pair of penalty kicks helped the Kansas Jayhawks secure a victory in come-from-behind fashion over the No. 25 Texas Tech Red Raiders Friday night at Rock Chalk Park.

Four Jayhawks start under par in Arizona

In his first event as a member of the Kansas men’s golf team, junior Daniel Sutton got off to a quick start at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate, followed closely by sophomore Charlie Hiller, with four Jayhawks posting scores under par, resulting in a tie for the third sport on the leaderboard at the Mirabel Golf Club.

Rychagova leads KU tennis in Little Rock

The Kansas women's tennis team opened its season Friday as sophomore Anastasia Rychagova posted singles and doubles victories on the first day of the Little Rock Invitational at the Little Rock Country Club on Friday.

Friday, September 23

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Rachel Hickman commits to KU volleyball

Free State High sophomore Rachel Hickman made an oral commitment to the University of Kansas volleyball program Tuesday.

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Tom Keegan: Next chancellor must make football a priority

Tom Keegan believes Bernadette Gray-Little's successor has a chance to make football a priority and in the long run the investment will pay off.

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KU's Lagerald Vick 'hard to beat' during first week of Boot Camp

With one week of Boot Camp now in the books, Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self went into the weekend feeling pretty good about his team’s effort and performance during the first five days of the annual conditioning camp that tests every ounce of his players’ minds, bodies and souls. By Matt Tait

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Bill Self on Chancellor Gray-Little: 'She's been fabulous for our university'

Friday, after a 50-minute Boot Camp session that capped the first week of the Jayhawks’ intense, offseason training regimen, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self expressed his appreciation and admiration for the job Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has done during her time in charge. By Matt Tait

Thursday, September 22

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Tom Keegan: Chancellor timetable benefits Sheahon Zenger and David Beaty

Athletic director Sheahon Zenger and football coach David Beaty haven't had much cause for smiling in recent weeks, but chancellor Bernadette-Gray Little's decision to step down in the summer of 2017 bodes well for the job security of both men.

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5-star big man Billy Preston to visit Kansas for Late Night

Late Wednesday night, it was revealed that five-star forward Billy Preston, of Oak Hill Academy, will be the latest in a long line of marquee visitors who plan to attend this year's Late Night in the Phog, Oct. 1 at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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QB Montell Cozart apologizes to teammates for latest Kansas loss

KU quarterback Montell Cozart took time during Monday's practice to apologize to teammates for his play during the Jayhawks' 43-7 loss at Memphis and vowed to never let it happen again.By Matt Tait

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KU's Carlton Bragg takes time at NCAA Leadership Symposium to heart

Kansas sophomore Carlton Bragg last weekend spent a couple of days in Indianapolis, representing Kansas at the NCAA Leadership Development’s Elite Student-Athlete Symposium. By Matt Tait

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Freshman trio helps Kansas execute volleyball sweep of Oklahoma

Signs of growth among Kansas volleyball freshmen were easy to find in Wednesday night in sweep of Oklahoma in the Big 12 opener.

Wednesday, September 21

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T-Rob goes to Hollywood: Former Jayhawk signs with Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers and former Kansas forward Thomas Robinson on Wednesday agreed to a one-year deal, making the former KU force the final player on the Lakers roster for the 2016-17 season.

Tuesday, September 20

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Landen Lucas eager to help, watch freshman Udoka Azbuike develop

In 7-foot freshman Udoka Azubuike, Kansas senior Landen Lucas has some company in the big man department on this year's KU roster. And he's loving every second of it. By Matt Tait

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KU football coach David Beaty: 'I’m going back to the way that I was'

After taking on some extra coaching duties during recent weeks, Kansas football coach David Beaty is lightening the load on his shoulders in hopes of better results for the 1-2 Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

Monday, September 19

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KU sophomore Carlton Bragg confirms bigger, bulkier frame

Listed in last season’s media guide at 6-foot-9, 220 pounds, KU sophomore Carlton Bragg confirmed Monday that he actually played closer to 215 pounds a season ago and now, after an offseason's worth of hard work, stands 6-10, 245 heading into the 2016-17 season. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Two sets of numbers tell tale of Montell Cozart

Montell Cozart has an impressive statistical portfolio vs. FCS competition, an unimpressive one vs. FBS schools. Given that the rest of the schedule is against FBS competition, it's time to see what Ryan Willis can do.

Sunday, September 18

KU soccer ties Pepperdine

Kansas sophomore Grace Hagan scored her fourth goal of the season, and the Jayhawks played Pepperdine to a 1-1 draw Sunday in women’s college soccer.

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Tom Keegan: Football heading south under Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger

Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger, who hired and fired Charlie Weis, won't get to make another hire if David Beaty doesn't turn around a Kansas football team that was creamed in Memphis, 43-7.

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Ready or not, KU basketball set to kick off another Boot Camp

It’s Boot Camp time for the Kansas men's basketball program, and whether that means another run for the returning veterans or the first encounter for the freshmen and newcomers, all can agree that having the right mindset is the key to survival. By Matt Tait

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KU football struggles to produce sustainable drives

As much as turnovers plagued the Kansas football team’s offense in a one-score trip to Memphis on Saturday, the inability to sustain drives brought torment, too. By Benton Smith

Saturday, September 17

KU swimmers win Open Water event

Kansas sophomores Haley Bishop and Libby Walker tied for first to share the individual title at the inaugural CSCAA National Collegiate Open Water Championship on Saturday at Lone Star Lake.

KU volleyball sweeps Southeastern Louisiana

Kansas’ volleyball team swept Southeastern Louisiana in its final nonconference match of the regular season Saturday in Purdue’s Stacey Clark Classic.

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Self: Jayhawks not likely to join preseason combine craze

While Duke and Kentucky going to the preseason combine system for its NBA prospect certainly catches the attention of the college basketball world, don’t expect to see Kansas follow suit any time soon. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Bragg laments mistakes at center; Dineen injured

For the first time in his career at Kansas, sophomore Jacob Bragg started at center Saturday at Memphis. Afterward, the young offensive lineman, pushed into a new role due to injuries to starter Joe Gibson and would-be backup Mesa Ribordy, regretted his role in what became a mistake-heavy showing, and a 43-7 road loss at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Less is more for Beaty, Jayhawks

Seemingly in disbelief that the team he coaches vomited the football over and over for the second week in a row and made it so easy on the opponent, Kansas second-year head coach David Beaty belly-flopped onto the sword to open Saturday’s post-game press conference. By Tom Keegan

Game balls and gassers: KU vs. Memphis

RB Khalil Herbert, a true freshman, turned a catch into a 35-yard gain and on his second carry he sprinted down the left sideline to a 66-yard touchdown.

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Roadkill: Jayhawks dismantled in Memphis, 43-7

The Kansas football team took its traveling road show of horrors to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Saturday, and the seven-year long spectacle refused to die. Capitalizing on KU drives that went nowhere and an array of Jayhawk giveaways, Memphis dismantled the visitors, 43-7, extending the program’s losing streak away from Lawrence to 39 games. By Benton Smith

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Turnovers, slow start hand Jayhawks another road loss

Looking to end a seven-year road losing streak, the Kansas football team had another abysmal start with four first-half turnovers in a 43-7 loss to Memphis on Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Friday, September 16

Kansas soccer falls to USC

Kansas surrendered a pair of second-half goals to Southern California in a 2-0 road loss on Friday. The loss snapped the Jayhawks’ three-match win streak, dropping them to 5-3-1.

Purdue hands KU first volleyball loss

Fourth-ranked Kansas dropped its first regular-season nonconference match since 2014 to No. 14 Purdue, 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 25-19, 25-14), on Friday night at Holloway Gymnasium during the Stacey Clark Classic.

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Notebook: Daniel Wise recognized for stellar performance

According to Pro Football Focus, Kansas sophomore tackle Daniel Wise played better than almost every interior defensive lineman in the nation last week during the Jayhawks’ loss to Ohio. By Benton Smith

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5-star forward Billy Preston eyeing October visit to Kansas

Oak Hill Academy forward Billy Preston, who recently trimmed his list to five finalists, including Kansas, told’s Krysten Peek that he planned to make an official visit to KU “sometime in October.” By Matt Tait

Jayhawks set to host first ever CSCAA open-water swim meet

The Kansas swimming and diving program is set to host the first ever CSCAA open-water competition Saturday morning at Lone Star Lake.

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Gameday Breakdown: Kansas football at Memphis

Get your keys to the Kansas football team's road game at Memphis, find out the mega matchup and check out five questions with senior safety Bazie Bates IV.By Benton Smith

Thursday, September 15

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Kansas volleyball undergoes final tuneup for Big 12 play

Kansas plays three matches on the campus of Purdue this weekend to get ready for Big 12 play, which opens Wednesday at home against Oklahoma.

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KU basketball's Late Night set for 6:30 p.m. start Oct. 1

KU officials revealed Thursday that the 32nd annual Late Night event, scheduled for Oct. 1, will kick off at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse. Doors will open to KU students at 5 p.m. and to the general public at 5:30.

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Tom Keegan: Kansas football team tries to get off the road to dubious record

Kansas football team running out of chances to get off the path to the worst road losing streak in college football history. The Jayhawks take a 35-game road skid into Memphis and the all-time record, held by Western State, is 44.

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Jet setting continues for KU coach Bill Self on recruiting trail

The jet-setting continued for Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and his staff on Thursday. And it looks as if it will continue through the rest of the week. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks 'embarrassed' by lack of run production

The Jayhawks ran the ball 35 times for 171 yards and two touchdowns against an overmatched FCS opponent in their debut, but after KU averaged a meager 1.7 yards a carry in a home loss to Ohio, offensive line coach Zach Yenser went as far as referring to the team’s run-blocking the “elephant in the room.” By Benton Smith

Three Jayhawks enter year nationally ranked

Following successful freshman seasons, Anastaysia Rychagova (singles) and doubles pair Janet Koch and Nina Khmelnitckaia earned spots in the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis DI Women’s Preseason Rankings Tuesday.

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Tom Keegan: Second time the charm for Gary Woodland and Butch Harmon

Gary Woodland, one of the final 30 golfers still standing in the FedEx Playoffs, has improved since reuniting with world-famous swing coach Butch Harmon.

Wednesday, September 14

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Kansas football can't afford another sluggish start

The concept of valuing the opening plays of a game or practice certainly isn’t new to Kansas football coach David Beaty or his players. Following a Week 2 home loss to Ohio in which the Jayhawks (1-1) failed early on to show much fight on either offense or defense, the words “fast start” likely have been uttered more than ever as KU prepares for its first road game of the season, Saturday at Memphis. By Benton Smith

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KU basketball again makes cut for 5-star forward Billy Preston

Ranked No. 8 in his class by, five-star forward Billy Preston on Tuesday revealed in an updated Final 5 on his Twitter page that Kansas again had made the cut. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Jayhawks not good enough on 'money down'

QB plan this week 'very similar' for KU

Kansas football coach David Beaty likes referring to third down as the “money down.” In Saturday’s home loss to Ohio, his Jayhawks went broke on offense, going 0-for-8 on third-down conversions. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Giving it to Kinner key to coming out of Memphis a winner

Ke'aun Kinner rushed for 113 yards vs. Memphis last season and provided the high point of an 0-12 season with a touchdown that gave KU its biggest lead of the season, 10-0, on the way to a 55-23 loss. Might as well hand him the ball over and over Saturday in Memphis.

Tuesday, September 13

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David Beaty to coach KU's punt returners

Gonzalez will remain Jayhawks' return specialist

When David Beaty spoke to his 87-year-old mother, Bobbie Ford, following his Kansas football team’s Saturday home loss to Ohio, she told her son the same thing everyone who watched the game was thinking, too. "Y'all got to hang on to that ball when they punt it to you,” Beaty said of her opening line in their conversation. By Benton Smith

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East Coast swing: KU coaches back east visiting recruits

The Kansas men’s basketball coaching staff is headed out East to make the rounds on the recruiting trail. By Matt Tait

Monday, September 12

KU’s Winyarat 8th at Minnesota

Kansas junior Pitsinee “Lizzie” Winyarat shot rounds of 5-over 77 and 3-under 69 and was tied for eighth place Monday in the Minnesota Invitational at The Minikahda Club. Winyarat was at 2-over 146.

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Tom Keegan: New year, same story for powerhouse Kansas program

The Kansas volleyball team, ranked fourth in the nation for the past three weeks, has not lost its mojo from a 30-3 season that ended in the Final four.

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Wait earns second consecutive Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honor

The Kansas volleyball program maintained its No. 4 national ranking and senior libero Cassie Wait earned Big 12 defensive player of the week honors.

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David Beaty looks ahead to Memphis and weighs in on Big 12 expansion

As David Beaty and his staff prepare for the Jayhawks’ first road game of the season, the second-year Kansas football coach knows the Memphis Tigers waiting for them Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium will look significantly different from the team that came to Lawrence a year ago and trounced KU by 32 points. By Benton Smith

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KU cracks final three for Orlando guard Chaundee Brown

Four-star Orlando shooting guard Chaundee Brown recently eliminated Maryland from his list of finalists and is now down to Kansas, Florida and Wake Forest. That and much, much more from a busy couple of days on the recruiting trail for the KU coaches. By Matt Tait

Sunday, September 11

Woodland ties for 24th place in BMW golf tourney

Dustin Johnson closed with a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win the BMW Championship by three shots and move to the top of the FedEx Cup.

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Tom Keegan: Too early for KU to pass on run

First, a moment to wish everyone involved in the historic day a happy anniversary. That’s right, today is the seven-year anniversary of the Kansas football team’s most recent road victory, a 34-7 blasting of UTEP.

Kansas soccer blanks UMKC

Senior Jackie Georgoulis had one goal and two assists, and Kansas’ soccer team defeated UMKC, 3-0, on Sunday night.

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Big hit brings scary flashback for KU QB Cozart

The first thing Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart thought about when he slammed into the turf in front of the KU bench on the fourth snap of the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 37-21 loss to Ohio was a play that came 343 days earlier and ended his 2015 season. By Matt Tait

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3-on-3 tourney adds to KU's strong tradition of supporting Coaches vs. Cancer

Kansas basketball's 3-on-3 tournament which will be one of the featured events at this year's Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 1, will become the latest instance of strong support coming from KU and head coach Bill Self for Coaches vs. Cancer. By Matt Tait

Kansas golfers seventh at Duke

Sophomore Charlie Hillier fired a final round of 2-under-par 70, and Kansas’ golf team finished seventh among 14 teams Sunday in the Rod Myers Invitational at Duke University Country Club.

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Five-star forward to host KU staff

The Kansas men’s basketball program on Monday will continue its pursuit of a big man to take the spot once reserved for No. 1 overall recruit DeAndre Ayton, who, last week, committed to Arizona. Five-star Class of 2017 forward P.J. Washington will host the Kansas staff for an in-home visit on Monday. By Matt Tait

Saturday, September 10

Payne leads KU volleyball to sweep over UNI

With a dominant night from junior All-American right-side hitter Kelsie Payne, the Kansas volleyball team swept Northern Iowa on Saturday, 26-24, 25-17, 25-23, at Horejsi Family Athletics Center.

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Tom Keegan: Sloppy Jayhawks on the menu at Memorial Stadium

For the second week in a row, Kansas showed it has faster football players than a year ago, but the football they played resulted in a not-so-fast verdict in declaring the Jayhawks a much better football team than when they went 0-12. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Beaty rides 'hot hand,' keeps Cozart at QB

Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart handled all but nine offensive snaps during Saturday’s 37-21 loss to Ohio at Memorial Stadium. This, after rotating with sophomore QB Ryan Willis throughout most of last week’s season opener. By Matt Tait

Game balls and gassers: KU vs. Ohio

Safety Bazie Bates knocked the ball out of receiver Jordan Reid’s hands to deny him a touchdown and save Kansas four points when Ohio kicked a field goal. He also contributed nine solo tackles and two assists.

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Failing Grade: KU football starts slowly in 37-21 loss

One of the many favorite phrases of second-year Kansas football coach David Beaty is that his players often “have the answers to the test.” Saturday, during his team’s 37-21 loss to Ohio in front of a crowd of 28,467 at Memorial Stadium, the Jayhawks were equipped with the right answers but could not effectively utilize them. By Matt Tait

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Mistakes costly for Jayhawks in 37-21 loss to Ohio

Searching for its first winning streak since the start of the 2011 season, too many mistakes cost the Kansas football team in a 37-21 loss against Ohio on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

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Gameday Breakdown: Kansas football vs. Ohio

A preview of the Kansas football team's Saturday matchup against Ohio, when the Jayhawks need to be disciplined. By Matt Tait

Duggan lifts KU soccer to win over Pitt

The Kansas soccer team picked up its second win in a row with a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Friday at Rock Chalk Park.

Friday, September 9

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No. 4 KU volleyball remains unbeaten with 4-set win in Omaha

After a thrilling, five-set victory over host Creighton on Thursday night, the fourth-ranked Kansas volleyball team returned to the gym in Omaha, Nebraska, early Friday afternoon, and kept its undefeated season alive with a 3-1 victory over Chattanooga in the Bluejay Invitational.

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Finalist Friday: Jayhawks crack Top 5 for two Class of 2017 prospects

Two highly sought-after Class of 2017 prospects on Friday narrowed their lists of finalists to five schools and KU and Bill Self made the cut for both five-star forward Kevin Knox and four-star point guard Matt Coleman. By Matt Tait

Thursday, September 8

KU volleyball clips Creighton

Fourth-ranked Kansas volleyball remained unbeaten after withstanding a test from preseason-No. 18 Creighton in front of a packed home-opening crowd at D.J. Sokol Arena on Thursday night to open the Bluejay Invitational.

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Tom Keegan: Saturday presents a chance to show football rebuilding project on schedule

Considering how few recruits Kansas has remaining from its recruiting classes of 2012 and 2013 compared to Ohio University, a victory Saturday at Memorial Stadium would say a great deal about how well second-year football coach David Beaty's reconstruction project is progressing.

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Getting 'dirty' the key to success for Kansas football

If the Kansas football team is to move to 2-0 on the season with a victory over MAC program Ohio this weekend, it’s the “dirty work” that’s going to get it done. By Matt Tait

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Venue change on tap for KU-Indiana in Honolulu

The Kansas men's basketball program, in conjunction with ESPN, on Thursday announced a venue change for the Jayhawks' Nov. 11 showdown with Indiana in the Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu.

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Elite 2017 PG Trae Young to host KU coaches on Friday

PG Collin Sexton, KU commitment Marcus Garrett also set in-home visits

Highly coveted Oklahoma point guard Trae Young, the 14th-ranked player in the Class of 2017, has set a date for his in-home visit with Kansas. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, September 7

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Tom Keegan: Contrasting styles of Ohio and Kansas make for intriguing football clash Saturday

From their head coaches to their playing styles, Ohio and Kansas have little in common, which should make for an entertaining, tough-to-forecast game Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

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QB rotation a non-issue for KU wide receivers

The Kansas wide receivers have created a culture that transcends the name and number of the Jayhawks' quarterback. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, September 6

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KU football heads into Week 2 with even more hop in its step

The Kansas football team entered this week's practices still feeling sky-high about its Week 1 rout of Rhode Island last Saturday in the season opener. By Matt Tait

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No. 1 overall recruit DeAndre Ayton picks Arizona over Kansas, Kentucky

The Kansas basketball program’s long pursuit of No. 1 ranked prospect DeAndre Ayton ended Tuesday just after 5:20 p.m., when Ayton announced on ESPN’s SportsCenter that he was headed to Arizona. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks' move from heavy underdog to slight favorite not that crazy by Las Vegas standards

Veteran Las Vegas bookmaker Chris Andrews said this week's wild point-spread swing from Ohio -9 to Kansas -3 was noteworthy but not anywhere close to the craziest he has seen. By Matt Tait

Monday, September 5

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Wait named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

After leading the Kansas volleyball team to three wins in the KU Invitational last weekend, senior libero Cassie Wait was selected as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

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KU passing game could get boost with return of Jeremiah Booker

For all the touchdowns and highlight plays the Kansas football team’s passing attack put together in a season-opening blowout, the Jayhawks might get a boost from another target Saturday against Ohio. By Benton Smith

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KU commitment Marcus Garrett recaps memorable visit

Garrett tells Kansas target Chaundee Brown: 'It really doesn't get any better'

Kansas commitment Marcus Garrett took his official visit to Lawrence over the weekend and in addition to playing a little 21 and two-on-two with a few current members of the KU squad at the basketball court inside McCarthy Hall, the Dallas native played a small role in helping the KU coaches recruit more talent. By Matt Tait

Sunday, September 4

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KU's Bill Self dishes on potential Big 12 expansion

Busy with visitors from the recruiting class of 2017 — KU commitment Marcus Garrett and target shooting guard Chaundee Brown — KU men's basketball coach Bill Self may not have spent much time contemplating expansion during the past couple of days, but earlier this summer he spoke on KLWN’s Rock Chalk Sports Talk about the topic. By Matt Tait

Kansas soccer tops Valparaiso

Sophomore Grace Hagan scored the game-winning goal and also had an assists as Kansas’ soccer team defeated Valparaiso, 2-1, on Sunday.

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Notebook: KU's first starting lineup featured some surprises

Days after David Beaty admitted he didn’t even want to release a two-deep before the Jayhawks faced Rhode Island, KU’s starting lineup against the Rams featured eight starters not listed on the first team on the week’s depth chart. By Benton Smith

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David Beaty wants Jayhawks to learn quickly from poor mistakes

KU had 'nightmare' sequence in 1st half of win

For all the excitement in the air at Anderson Family Football Complex Saturday night following his first victory as Kansas head coach, David Beaty wasn’t about to give his team a free pass. By Benton Smith

Game balls and gassers: KU vs. Rhode Island

Midway through the first quarter, defensive lineman Daniel Wise came back to the play and reached out to grab a Rhode Island ball carrier, which gave Damani Mosby time to poke the ball out and force KU’s second takeaway of the day.

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Another point guard in the mix for KU?

According to his Twitter account, Class of 2017 point guard Matt Coleman recently received scholarship offers from both Kansas and Duke.

KU cross country wins Dual Classic

The University of Kansas men’s and women’s cross country teams both won the Bob Timmons Dual Classic Saturday at Rim Rock Farm in the Jayhawks’ first meet of the season.

Saturday, September 3

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Notebook: First win extra special for KU football after winless season

Second-year Kansas football coach David Beaty couldn’t help himself Saturday night. After losing all 12 games in his debut season a year ago, the ever-enthusiastic coach with the Texas accent had to stop himself and gain his composure while discussing his Jayhawks’ 55-6, season-opening victory over Rhode Island at Memorial Stadium. By Benton Smith

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Domination: KU football snaps winless streak with 55-6 victory

Over the past several months of training and preparation, and the more recent weeks of preseason practices, the football players at Kansas put in enough work to convince themselves this season wouldn’t resemble the historically inept campaign that preceded it. Saturday night at Memorial Stadium, in front of an announced crowd of 26,864, the Jayhawks got their first chance to prove it. By Benton Smith

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Could a 2-QB system be right for Kansas?

Playing two quarterbacks all season might not be the obvious recipe for success. But it certainly did not hurt the Jayhawks on Saturday night in a 55-6, season-opening victory over Rhode Island.By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks crush Rhode Island for first win since 2014

In dominant fashion, the Kansas football team earned its first win since 2014 with a 55-6 victory over Rhode Island in its season-opener Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

KU volleyball outlasts Arkansas in five-set thriller

Saturday's match against Arkansas had all the ingredients for another routine win for Kansas volleyball. After taking the first set and holding a lead in the second, it seemed like Kansas may get its sixth consecutive sweep to open the season.

Nebraska drops KU soccer in double overtime

The Kansas soccer team lost to Nebraska, 1-0, Friday after giving up a goal with less than 26 seconds left in double overtime.

Friday, September 2

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Gameday Breakdown: Kansas football vs. Rhode Island

A preview of the Kansas football team's Saturday night season opener against Rhode Island, when the Jayhawks need a quick start. By Benton Smith

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KU volleyball sweeps two more matches to improve to 5-0

The 4th-ranked Kansas volleyball team swept six sets from Chicago State and Maryland on Friday during Day 1 of the Kansas Invitational. The perfect day pushed KU to 5-0 and ended with the Jayhawks still not having lost a set this season.By Matt Tait

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Former KU linebacker files concussion lawsuit against NCAA

Eric Washington claims to suffer from 'severe depression, mood swings'

One-time University of Kansas linebacker Eric Washington has joined a group of former college football players in the latest wave of concussion lawsuits against the NCAA. A complaint filed in federal court this week reveals Washington still suffers from “severe depression, mood swings and other debilitating issues,” due to head injuries he suffered while playing for the Jayhawks. By Benton Smith

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Weekend visitors likely part of plan by KU basketball

Marcus Garrett was scheduled to arrive in Lawrence on Friday morning and Chaundee Brown on Saturday. Both are highly coveted Class of 2017 hoops prospects and one of them already has pledged his services to Kansas and head coach Bill Self. According to recruiting analyst Eric Bossi, it might not be merely a coincidence that these two were brought to town at the same time. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks show support for young fan battling cancer

KU football players on #TeamCole

Normally Shanda Hayden wouldn’t even consider asking her son Cole whether he would be up for going to a Kansas football game. She would already know his answer was yes. But the past few months have taken a toll on her 7-year-old Jayhawk enthusiast, who just returned home from his latest five-day chemo regimen. The Haydens learned a few weeks ago Cole is battling undifferentiated sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. By Benton Smith

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Top 30 player in 2017 Class adds name to KU's Late Night list

On Friday, forward Cody Riley, the No. 29-ranked player in the Class of 2017, according to, told Shay Wildeboor of that he, too, was planning a trip to Late Night. By Matt Tait

Thursday, September 1

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Notebook: KU defense not worried about who gets most tackles

In the race to surpass KU senior safety Fish Smithson as the leading tackler during the months ahead, the most likely candidates play linebacker. While Smithson’s 111 total tackles topped the unit a year ago, Joe Dineen (86) and Marcquis Roberts (71) often contributed to stops, as well. By Benton Smith

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Another 2019 point guard plans unofficial visit to KU for Late Night

Yet another PG from the Class of 2019 on Thursday made known his plans to attend this year’s Late Night in the Phog event Oct. 1 at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Self: Opening Big 12 play in December significant, but conference had no choice

The Big 12 Conference on Thursday released the conference portion of the Kansas men’s basketball schedule for 2016-17 and it included both new and familiar sights. By Matt Tait

Big 12 no longer considering East Carolina, UNLV, New Mexico

East Carolina, UNLV and New Mexico are out of the Big 12’s expansion derby.

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Class of 2019 PG adds name to list of Late Night visitors

The row of visitors sitting behind the Kansas bench on Oct. 1 at Late Night in the Phog could soon stretch from baseline to baseline as another Kansas target on Wednesday revealed to that he was planning to attend this year’s Late Night festivities. By Matt Tait

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Curb your enthusiasm: Jayhawks don't want to play overexcited

In the moments leading up to kickoff, particularly for a season opener, college football players try to harness any boosts in adrenaline, testosterone and general euphoria that accompany the pre-game buzz. A year ago, in his first game as head coach at Kansas, David Beaty not only saw that first-hand, he had the medical numbers to back it up. By Benton Smith