Stories for August 2017


Thursday, August 31

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KU women's basketball releases Big 12 schedule for Year 3 under Brandon Schneider

A few hours before the release of the men's conference schedule, the Big 12 Conference released the complete women's basketball schedule for the upcoming season.

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Massachusetts Street's 1000 block to close Friday for free concert in celebration of KU football

Even if Saturday’s first football game of the season (against Southeast Missouri State) doesn’t pan out for the Jayhawks, KU fans may still have occasion to celebrate this weekend.

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Jayhawks to open Big 12 portion of 2017-18 schedule at Texas on Dec. 29

The Kansas men’s basketball team now has a clearer view of what the path to a 14th consecutive Big 12 title looks like. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Mark Mangino opens window to his Kansas success, obsession with job

Now that he is retired from coaching, Mark Mangino can reveal the secret sauce that led to his football success at a basketball school.

Wednesday, August 30

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Jayhawks explain what set newly elected captains apart

As the head football coach at Kansas, David Beaty has his hands full with a myriad of responsibilities, so he doesn’t mind letting his players have a voice in at least one critical decision. The Jayhawks, not the coach, decide on team captains, via private votes. They elected Dorance Armstrong Jr., Daniel Wise, Joe Dineen, Jeremiah Booker and Denzell Evans. By Benton Smith

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KU lands commitment from 5-star, 2018 power forward Silvio De Sousa

His visit came out of nowhere and the whole process of recruiting him only lasted about a month. But that was all of the time Class of 2018, five-star big man Silvio De Sousa needed to discover that Kansas was the right place for him. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, August 29

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Notebook: Trio of Lawrence natives poised to start for KU football

The faces of the Kansas football team’s defense, no doubt, are junior defensive linemen Dorance Armstrong Jr., and Daniel Wise. But the starting lineup when the Jayhawks take the field Saturday for their season-opener will have a distinct Lawrence vibe to it. By Benton Smith

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Daylon Charlot heads into KU debut as second-string receiver

When the Kansas football team published its first depth chart of the season this week no revelation on the 2-deep resonated quite like former Alabama wide receiver Daylon Charlot’s presence on the second string. What’s more, Charlot, a four-star recruit during his prep days in Patterson, La., was listed by his coaches as an either/or option, with sophomore Evan Fairs. By Benton Smith

Monday, August 28

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Tom Keegan: David Beaty didn't name KU's starting quarterback; Peyton Bender's parents did

In trying to prevent Southeast Missouri State from finding out the identity of the starting quarterback for Saturday’s season-opener, Kansas football coach David Beaty lapsed into double-speak on the Big 12 conference call. That left a significant portion of the fan base wondering if he knows what he’s doing at QB, wondering if the Jayhawks are headed for the same old story at the most important position on the field.

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First KU football depth chart of 2017 includes unresolved battles

Kansas football head coach David Beaty and his staff made public Monday evening their first depth chart of the 2017 season, which included some expected “or” distinctions at the most contested positions on the roster. By Benton Smith

Prosecutors: Woman accused of battery against former KU basketball player now charged with DUI

The woman accused of battery against former University of Kansas basketball player Carlton Bragg Jr. reportedly got a DUI, which appears likely to cost her her diversion in the case.

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Kansas RB Octavius Matthews' football career over

4 Jayhawks out for season

When David Beaty announced the signing of running back Octavius Matthews this past February, the Kansas football coach envisioned Matthews, a junior college standout, becoming a versatile weapon in KU’s Air Raid offense. The Jayhawks won’t get to see Matthews reach that on-field potential, though. By Benton Smith

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Houston natives on KU football roster monitoring Harvey devastation closely

Hurricane Harvey’s devastation throughout the greater Houston area hit home for a number of Kansas football players the past several days. KU head coach David Beaty said Monday the program is doing all it can to support Jayhawks who call the flooded metropolitan Texas area home, as well as their families. By Benton Smith

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David Beaty says KU has a starting QB, but claims nothing is cemented

According to head coach David Beaty, the Kansas football team has a clear starting quarterback for Saturday’s season-opener versus Southeast Missouri State — for the time being. By Benton Smith

Sunday, August 27

KU soccer stops Oregon State

Senior Hannah Lukinac and sophomore Sophie Maierhofer scored goals, and senior goalkeeper Maddie Dobyns recorded a shutout to lead Kansas’ soccer team past Oregon State, 2-0, on Sunday in Corvallis, Ore.

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'A heck of a player': Big 12 offensive linemen respect Dorance Armstrong

Following a breakout sophomore year, Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. won’t be sneaking up on any opponents during the 2017 season. By Bobby Nightengale

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Report: Mitchell Robinson saga set to end where it began

Long off the Kansas radar, the Mitchell Robinson saga appears to be ending right where it began. According to a report from Chad Bishop of WBKO 13 in Kentucky, the 7-foot, McDonald’s All-American who, earlier this summer, asked for his release from Western Kentucky University after his godfather left the coaching staff, is planning to return to WKU for his freshman season. By Matt Tait

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Kansas cross country team brings mix of youth, experience

As the University of Kansas begins to celebrate its 50th year of having women’s athletics, cross country coach Stanley Redwine began to ponder at KU fall sports media day about the special impact that junior Sharon Lokedi has already made in his program in just two years.

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Coaches encouraged by Kansas football team's growth

In late 2014, David Beaty agreed to become the head football coach at the University of Kansas, knowing the job in front of him came with various challenges. Heading into his third season in charge, the eternally optimistic Beaty feels better today than he could at any point during his first two years, when the Jayhawks went 2-22 overall.

Saturday, August 26

KU volleyball improves to 3-0

Senior Kelsie Payne had 23 kills, 15 digs and five blocks, and Kansas’ volleyball team defeated Missouri State, 25-23, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19, in the Wolfpack Invitational on Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.

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KU football players share media day experience with parents

When Hakeem Adeniji and Daniel Wise returned to their home state for Big 12 football media days last month, they had some special guests by their side. By Bobby Nightengale

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Tom Keegan: One more look back at the Orange Bowl triumph against Virginia Tech

The signature play from Kansas 24, Virginia Tech 21, in the Orange Bowl 10 football seasons ago came early, courtesy of the biggest star in a game loaded with future NFL players.

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Kansas QBs Peyton Bender and Carter Stanley have made cases for starting

With the opening Saturday of the Kansas football season now less than a week away, either Peyton Bender or Carter Stanley will soon find out he will start at quarterback for the Jayhawks against Southeast Missouri State. By Benton Smith

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As football season approaches, a reminder on KU Athletics' new security policies

Next week brings the start of a new football season at the University of Kansas, and with it ramped-up security measures meant to keep fans safe in the wake of on-campus concealed carry.

Friday, August 25

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Many familiar KU football faces meet fans at annual pep rally

When Kansas football head coach David Beaty had to decide which players to bring with him to the team’s Friday night pep rally, he opted not to limit it to a handful of familiar faces as he had in the past. And that’s because the third-year coach thinks KU’s fan base has gotten to know a lot more of the Jayhawks wearing those crimson and blue helmets and uniforms since he took over the downtrodden program. By Benton Smith

KU volleyball wins regular season opener over NC State

The Kansas volleyball team won its season opener on Friday, defeating North Carolina State in four sets. By Scott Chasen

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Late Night 2017 officially set for Sept. 30

Kansas officials announced Friday afternoon the official date of Late Night in the Phog 2017. As had been expected by fans and recruits alike, the 33rd annual season tip-off event will take place Sept. 30 and will feature a variety of activities beginning at 10 a.m. and running through the on-court basketball fun slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. inside Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Per usual, Kansas basketball roster loaded with future NBA players

So how many players who compete in games for KU this coming season will play in at least one NBA game? Six.

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After Big 12 title last season, KU volleyball searching for more

The seniors on the Kansas volleyball team are proud of the banners that the Jayhawks have been able to hang over the past two years, but they're not content.

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'This is my role model': KU volleyball's Allie Nelson aims to fill void left by Cassie Wait

Sophomore libero Allie Nelson is hoping to fill the void left by the departure of program stalwart Cassie Wait. As it were, their paths are quite similar. By Scott Chasen

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Diligent junior WR Jeremiah Booker expected to become playmaker for KU

When offensive coordinator Doug Meacham has his Kansas receivers all in a room together and he wants them to understand how much effort their position requires, the coach can cite some handy footage of the men who run routes and catch passes for the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. At KU’s preseason practices this month, the program’s new Air Raid expert sees junior Jeremiah Booker meeting his standards as well as anyone. By Benton Smith

Thursday, August 24

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Hall of Fame officially announces Larry Brown as Bill Self's presenter

Although Kansas coach Bill Self revealed his choice several weeks ago, the pick became official on Thursday, when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the presenters for this year’s class. When the KU coach is inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sept. 8 in Springfield, Mass., Self will be presented by former Kansas coach Larry Brown.By Matt Tait

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Notebook: KU offense shifting toward game-plan mode

Although the Kansas football team is nearing the completion of its fourth week of preseason practices, the Jayhawks’ first-year offensive coordinator, Doug Meacham, didn’t want to start any specific game-planning for the season-opener versus Southeast Missouri State until this stage. By Benton Smith

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System for awarding KU basketball, football seats changing in effort to boost donations

The amount of annual donations it takes to secure prime seating at KU sporting events — especially including men's basketball — is likely to change for many University of Kansas fans. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, August 23

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Playing smarter, longer keys for Azubuike entering sophomore season

As was expected, Kansas sophomore Udoka Azubuike returned to Lawrence for the start of the fall semester a couple of days after the rest of his teammates earlier this week, a notable arrival for arguably the most important player on KU coach Bill Self’s roster this season. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, August 22

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Notebook: KU 'not' close to naming starting QB

In less than two weeks, the Kansas football team will make it’s season debut. So it’s just a matter of time before the coaches will announce the Jayhawks’ starting quarterback, one would assume. By Benton Smith

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KU basketball notebook: Reports rolling in about Robinson leaning toward skipping school

Reports are starting to roll in that say 7-foot center Mitchell Robinson, who recently was given a release by Western Kentucky University, may be considering sitting out the 2017-18 season altogether. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Quarterbacks need heed 'Mean' Isaiah Bean

On a 1-to-10 scale that starts with easy and progresses to difficult, Kansas sophomore defense end Isaiah Bean ranks playing football with a mean spirit a 1 and putting weight on a 10. So many of us can attest to the challenges of taking off weight. Not Bean.

Monday, August 21

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KU football coaches, players conscious of head injuries and CTE studies

Kansas football coaches and players are aware of the dangers of their sport. Head injuries, including concussions, have become a popular topic. By Bobby Nightengale

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Tom Keegan: 'Violation of team rules' phrase needs to go away

The crutch phrase on which athletic departments lean, the infamous “violation of team rules,” for suspensions and dismissals serves the purpose of remaining so vague as to not reveal anything, sometimes in order to save the athletic department and/or dismissed individual embarrassment. By Tom Keegan

KU football player charged with felony assault, dismissed from team

A University of Kansas football player has been kicked off the team after allegedly threatening someone with a gun and being arrested Sunday evening in Lawrence.

Sunday, August 20

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Tom Keegan: Bill (Forever) Young unsung force behind KU's Orange Bowl team

As spectacular as the Kansas Orange Bowl team's offense was, the defense coordinated by Bill Young was even better.

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Jayhawks back in town, ready for next step toward 2017-18 season

Kansas coach Bill Self confirmed to the Journal-World on Sunday night that all but one player on the 2017-18 roster had arrived back in town. Self said sophomore center Udoka Azubuike was expected to return to Lawrence sometime today or Tuesday morning. By Matt Tait

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KU punter Cole Moos brandishing reshaped mentality, physique in 2017

Cole Moos has several goals for 2017, but they aren’t the only thing the senior punter is hoping to tackle. By Scott Chasen

KU soccer coach Mark Francis notches 200th win at KU in 3-0 win over Central Michigan

With temperatures all the way up into the mid-90s, KU soccer coach Mark Francis couldn’t complain about the post-match celebration, even if it caught him off guard. By Scott Chasen

Saturday, August 19

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Self lauds KU's culture at annual Traditions Night

When it comes to traditions, one of the most overlooked but one that's still plenty exciting at the University of Kansas is the annual Traditions Night at Memorial Stadium, when incoming freshmen are introduced to the ins and outs of the KU way, with coaches, chancellors and occasionally even celebrities welcoming the new students to KU. By Matt Tait

KU volleyball unveils banner, survives jitters in exhibition sweep over UMKC

KU volleyball swept UMKC in its lone exhibition match, but things didn't quite go off without a hitch. By Scott Chasen

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KU's Late Night visitor list starting to take shape

The visitor list — official or otherwise — for Kansas basketball's Late Night 2017 is starting to take shape. Here's a look at the prospects expected to visit Lawrence during KU's big weekend. By Matt Tait

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Spotlight turns to reserves at KU football's Fan Day practice

Program supporters hoping Saturday morning to get a good look at the 2017 Kansas football team had to discern what they could out of a lot of drill work and third-string repetitions during an open practice at Memorial Stadium, as part of KU’s Fan Day. By Benton Smith

Friday, August 18

Kansas women's soccer experiences growing pains in non-conference opener vs. Nebraska

The Kansas women's soccer team came up with several chances against No. 22 Nebraska, but the Jayhawks were unable to capitalize in the regular season opener at Rock Chalk Park.By Scott Chasen

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'There's no way': Four KU football walk-ons surprised at Royals game with scholarships

When they got on a bus and headed to Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Mazin Aql, Beau Lawrence, Cole Moos and Reese Randall had no idea what was in store for them. By Benton Smith

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LaQuvionte Gonzalez lands at NAIA program Southeastern

Former Kansas receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez didn’t take long to find a new college football home. By Benton Smith

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Kansas DE Dorance Armstrong Jr. throws first pitch at Royals game

Growing up in Houston, Dorance Armstrong spent much of his youth on the baseball diamond, which allowed him to feel right at home Friday night at Kauffman Stadium, where the Kansas defensive end threw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of the Royals’ “KU Night.” By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: David Beaty and Clint Bowen hope former boss Mark Mangino has big crowd for return to Memorial Stadium

Listening to Kansas football head coach David Beaty and defensive coordinator Clint Bowen talk about what Mark Mangino's return to Memorial Stadium means to them and listening to Mangino talk about the role his gratitude for KU’s loyal football fans played in his decision to come back, a thought occurred: Could the season-opening game vs. Southeast Missouri State be the school’s first football sellout since Mangino was head coach?

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Kansas backup QBs Starks and Fallin bring different strengths to field

Barring unforeseen injuries or issues, KU will at no point in the coming months have to consider the merits of redshirt freshman Tyriek Starks or true freshman walk-on Miles Fallin as a starting quarterback. Still, both are just one unavailable QB in front of them away from moving up the depth chart. By Benton Smith

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KU soccer setting big goals for '17 season

After finishing second in the Big 12 regular season race in 2016 and as runners up in the Big 12 tournament the year before, the Kansas women's soccer team is looking to end on a different number in 2017. By Scott Chasen

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Notebook: Jayhawks practice at Chiefs' facility

When the weather forecast for Wednesday morning called for rain, the Kansas football staff decided to turn a negative into a positive and reward the Jayhawks with a new experience. By Benton Smith

Thursday, August 17

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KU soccer's Grace Hagan prepping for more attention, higher expectations

When Grace Hagan arrived in Seattle for the U.S. Soccer U23 Women's National Team Camp, her greeting came in the form of a rather ominous message from B.J. Snow, head of U.S. Women's National Team talent identification. By Scott Chasen

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Server accuses KU's Dedric Lawson of skipping out on bar tab; eatery's manager issues statement supporting KU forward

Early Thursday morning, the name of Kansas forward Dedric Lawson appeared in a police report in his hometown of Memphis after a server at a local bar and grill alleged that Lawson skipped out on a tab worth $88.20. But by Thursday night, the general manager of the Bar Louie restaurant had given The Commercial Appeal in Memphis a statement that was sympathetic to the Kansas sophomore. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, August 16

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'He'll make you miss': WR Steven Sims' role and production expected to expand

Among all the words offensive coordinator Doug Meacham has used since accepting his position at Kansas to describe what type of weapon junior receiver Steven Sims Jr. can become in his Air Raid system, three stand tall above the rest. Makes. You. Miss. By Benton Smith

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Self calls Dedric Lawson's handling of recent suspension 'very good'

Asked on a radio appearance Wednesday about the recent suspension of transfer forward Dedric Lawson, who missed KU's trip to Italy earlier this month, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said the former Memphis standout was "very good about it" and understood why he was disciplined the way he was. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: James McClinton deserves banner on Memorial Stadium exterior

A second-team All-American in 2007, James McClinton was a beast of a defensive tackle, so explosive, so quick, so strong, so consistently enthusiastic.

Tuesday, August 15

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Notebook: Tight ends and H-backs not extinct in KU's Air Raid

As recently as the spring semester, the Kansas football roster only featured two tight ends: senior Ben Johnson and redshirt freshman Ryan Renick. While it seemed an indicator of the need, or lack there of, for tight ends in the Jayhawks’ Air Raid offense, head coach David Beaty disclosed earlier this week his pleasure with the team’s ability to add a number of tight ends and H-backs. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Mark Mangino explains why he accepted invitation to return to Memorial Stadium for season-opener

Kansas went 50-48 in eight seasons under Mark Mangino and is 14-70 in the eight seasons since. In his final two seasons, the average attendance at Memorial Stadium was 50,907 (2008) and 50,581 (2007). Attendence has dropped every season since and was 25,828 in 2016.

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2007 Kansas football team to be honored at Sept. 2 season-opener

Talib, Collins, Mangino to join KU's hall of fame

Nearly 10 years after the 2007 Kansas football team became the winningest in program history, members of the squad, who went on to lead the Jayhawks to an Orange Bowl championship, will see their names become permanent fixtures at the university. By Benton Smith

Monday, August 14

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Golf tournament a reminder of strong connection between Lawrence and former KU star Mario Chalmers

There are very few people who can steal the spotlight of an entire golf tournament without ever swinging a club. But that’s exactly what former Kansas star Mario Chalmers, the hero of the 2008 national title game, did on Monday afternoon at The Jayhawk Club, which hosted Chalmers’ ninth annual charity golf tournament benefitting the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation. By Matt Tait

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Camp notebook: Meacham doesn't mind observing lengthy QB competition

While observing the ongoing quarterback competition between junior transfer Peyton Bender and redshirt sophomore Carter Stanley, Kansas offensive coordinator Doug Meacham has gone on record saying he doesn’t care if the Jayhawks wait until kickoff of the Sept. 2 opener to announce a starter. Meacham had no update on the timetable while speaking with media Monday, but said the lengthy battle has benefited both Bender and Stanley. By Benton Smith

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Bowen: KU defense has lacked 'edge' expected at preseason practices

The defensive playbook has been installed and athletes on coordinator Clint Bowen’s side of the ball have no problems getting lined up or identifying assignments. Still, following Kansas football’s 13th preseason practice Monday, Bowen explained what the defense has shown him has left him underwhelmed. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Kansas State primed for great football season

Kansas State left tackle Scott Frantz, a Free State High graduate, earned a spot on the Associated Press all-bowl team by holding No. 1 overall draft pick Myles Garrett of Texas A&M without a sack. Right tackle Dalton Risner did a better job against Big 12 2017 preseason defensive player of the year Dorance Armstrong than anyone Kansas faced in 2016.

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KU guard Lagerald Vick continuing to emerge

Set to enter his third year with the program, Kansas junior Lagerald Vick continues to make the kind of progress that has transformed him from deep reserve as a rookie to bona fide weapon in Year 3. By Matt Tait

Sunday, August 13

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Veteran LB Joe Dineen goes old school for KU football camp

“I decided it’s go-time. Time to dye this thing in, get ready to go,” Joe Dineen said of rocking a mustache for Kansas football's preseason camp. By Benton Smith

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KU walk-on Vaughn Taylor making early impact on defensive line

At one of the deepest and most talented position groups, defensive end Vaughn Taylor Jr. quickly impressed his Kansas football teammates and coaching staff. By Bobby Nightengale

Saturday, August 12

KU soccer slips 1-0 in exhibition game

In the team's lone exhibition game prior to the start of the 2017 season, the Kansas soccer team was shutout, 1-0, against Iowa on Saturday at Rock Chalk Park.

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Camp notebook: Variety of individuals impressing David Beaty

As he is wont to do, Kansas football head coach David Beaty used a portion of his interview time this week to highlight the names of players who grabbed his attention with their play over the course of the past several practices. By Benton Smith

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The Journey Continues: Opportunity to play in Italy meaningful for KU walk-on Clay Young

After starring at Lansing High and moving on to Kansas City Kansas Community College, KU walk-on Clay Young's journey with the Jayhawks has taken him places he never would have imagined he'd go.By Matt Tait

Friday, August 11

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Mario Chalmers returns to Lawrence for weekend of fundraising fun

Former Kansas guard Mario Chalmers returned to Lawrence late Friday night to kick off a weekend of fundraising events for The Mario V. Chalmers Foundation that will culminate with his annual golf tournament on Monday at The Jayhawk Club Golf Course. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks encouraged following camp's first thorough scrimmage

After 10 practices worth of playbook install, drills and meticulous buildup designed to keep players healthy throughout the preseason, the Kansas Jayhawks finally on Friday experienced their first thorough camp scrimmage. While third-year head coach David Beaty said KU previously went through two “mini-scrimmages” involving roughly 60 live plays apiece, he described the morning’s activity as the initial “big scrimmage” since the team opened camp July 31. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Five close battles for starting spots highlight Kansas football camp

Five position battles for the top spot on the depth chart stand above the rest as most intriguing during the Kansas football team’s fall camp. By Tom Keegan

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'It's like he's been here before': WR Quan Hampton doesn't look like true freshman to KU teammates

After several practices and more repetitions and routes than anyone in his group could count, sophomore Daylon Charlot understood what each of his fellow Kansas receivers brought to the mix at preseason camp. The former Alabama wideout came away impressed with three Jayhawks in particular: juniors Steven Sims Jr. and Jeremiah Booker, and Quan Hampton, a true freshman. By Benton Smith

Thursday, August 10

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Beer and wine available at Memorial Stadium to KU fans who join new Field Goal Club

A limited number of Kansas football fans observing a touchdown from the north end of Memorial Stadium now have the option of doing so accompanied by some celebratory beer or wine. By Benton Smith

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Class of 2018 PG Devon Dotson sets August visit to KU

It’s shaping to be a big recruiting month for the Kansas men’s basketball team and that goes far beyond the arrival of Mitchell Robinson, the 7-foot center and former McDonald’s All-American who is expected to make a visit to campus this weekend. By Matt Tait

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Aaron Miles officially introduced as new G League coach

Former Kansas point guard Aaron Miles, who got a crack at the NBA and spent eight years playing overseas and later coaching on KU coach Bill Self’s staff, officially was named the head coach of the NBA G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors on Wednesday. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, August 9

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KU's mostly inexperienced secondary progressing at preseason camp

While it’s true defensive coordinator Clint Bowen has found early signs from the Kansas football secondary encouraging at preseason practices, the program’s assistant head coach also will tell anyone listening his current opinion of the group doesn’t necessarily correlate with fall success. To truly know how the best of his defensive backs mesh as a unit, Bowen will have to wait and see cornerbacks Hasan Defense and Shakial Taylor, safeties Mike Lee and Bryce Torneden, and nickelback Derrick Neal react to in-game adversity. By Benton Smith

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KU volleyball ranked No. 8 in preseason poll

With a powerful senior lineup that includes three All-Americans, the Kansas volleyball team will enter the season ranked No. 8 in the AVCA coaches poll, released Wednesday.

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Jayhawks grew closer in Italy but still are striving for more

Team bonding and a better understanding of the newcomers was a major point of emphasis for the Kansas men's basketball team during its recent trip to Italy. And while many Jayhawks felt progress was made in that department, they also feel there's still room to do more. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, August 8

Tom Keegan: Hakeem Adeniji growing bigger and better by the minute

The Dallas Cowboys have one of the most passionate fan bases on the planet but even given that, it would be difficult to find one who watches the team as often and as closely as Kansas left tackle Hakeem Adeniji.

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Jayhawks would like for one-two punch to emerge at running back

Less than four weeks away from his team’s season-opener, Kansas football coach David Beaty might not be able to characterize any of his team’s running backs as a definitive No. 1 option on the depth chart. But as far as Beaty is concerned, the offense would be better off with more than one featured back. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks enjoy tour of Lake Como on final day of Italy trip

After cruising through four games against Italian foes on the basketball court during their eight-day exhibition tour of Italy, the Jayhawks boarded a boat on Monday morning and spent their final day abroad on an actual cruise.

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Camp notebook: Meacham doesn't care about KU offense's turnovers before he arrived

For all that ailed the Kansas offense in 2016, nothing deflated the football team’s chances a year ago quite like turnovers. None of that, of course, happened under the watch of first-year KU offensive coordinator Doug Meacham, who joined David Beaty’s staff this offseason after working as a co-coordinator at TCU. By Benton Smith

Monday, August 7

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Tom Keegan: USATF official not happy with news in wake of Junior Olympics at Rock Chalk Park

If Royals general manager Dayton Moore had taken the podium during the World Series parade of 2015 and announced, “We’re hiring a new manager,” and that was the first Ned Yost had heard of it, it would have come as no less a surprise than what happened in the wake of a successful USA Track and Field Junior Olympics event at Rock Chalk Park.

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Arrivederci: Before heading home, Jayhawks impressed Self with fast pace in Italy

The competition wasn’t great and the games were completely one-sided, but that did not keep Kansas coach Bill Self from learning something about his basketball team during the Jayhawks’ recently completed eight-day, two-city tour of Italy. By Matt Tait

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Dorance Armstrong back practicing with Jayhawks

Dorance Armstrong Jr. is no fan of sitting out. So when the defensive end’s right hamstring sidelined him during many important repetitions the first week of Kansas football’s preseason camp, Armstrong took his typically assertive style and applied it to recovering. By Benton Smith

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A stroll through Milan: Jayhawks explore top attractions, celebrate a birthday

Andrea Hudy has had a handful of memorable birthdays in her life — most on a beach somewhere, or during her childhood — but none of them were spent in Italy. Until Sunday, that is.

Sunday, August 6

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KU notebook: Graham tickled by assist total on quiet scoring night

Kansas senior Devonte’ Graham, the pick by many to lead the Jayhawks in scoring during the 2017-18 KU basketball season, did not score his first basket of his team’s 118-74 win at Palasport gymnasium outside of Milan on Sunday night until the midway point of the third quarter. By Matt Tait

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Charles Baldwin maturing, doing 'little things' to impress his KU coaches

Kansas right tackle Charles Baldwin told his position coach Zach Yenser before he got to Lawrence the whole recruiting process — being considered a five-star junior college prospect, signing with powerhouse Alabama, etc. — changed his mindset for the worst. “I got a big head about it,” Baldwin admitted to Yenser. Since then, KU coaches see Baldwin maturing. By Benton Smith

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Red hot Jayhawk: Newman's 32 points key 118-74 Kansas win in Italian finale

Saving their best for last, the Kansas men’s basketball team, behind 32 points from Malik Newman, steam-rolled Dream Team Italy, 118-74, at Palasport gymnasium outside of Milan on Sunday night. By Matt Tait

Saturday, August 5

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Tom Keegan: Kansas linebacker Keith Loneker Jr. doing name justice

As his father was dying, Kansas junior linebacker Keith Loneker Jr. took a break from summer conditioning to be with him. Upon Loneker’s return, head coach David Beaty took him aside.

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Camp notebook: No scrimmage yet, but Jayhawks going live in pads

His Kansas football team isn’t yet deep enough into August practices to have experienced a scrimmage, but head coach David Beaty gave his Jayhawks a taste of gameday-like situations Friday. In full pads for the first time at preseason camp, KU players went live during certain team periods. By Benton Smith

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Beaty: Both Bender and Stanley operating Air Raid at 'high level' thus far at camp

Six practices into Kansas football’s preseason camp, the quarterback competition remains as close as when it began in January, with the arrival of junior transfer Peyton Bender. Head coach David Beaty offered no indications of redshirt sophomore Carter Stanley or Bender taking the lead or out-playing the other at practices this week. Beaty only reveled he has enjoyed watching the pair of quarterbacks vie for the starting job. By Benton Smith

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KU notebook: Italian guard both familiar with and impressed by Jayhawks

His older brother’s status as a bona fide NBA scorer with the Denver Nuggets and now Los Angeles Clippers makes him at qualified to know what good basketball looks like. And Players Group guard Federico Gallinari believed he saw it on Saturday night. By Matt Tait

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Staying hot: Jayhawks cruise to another easy victory in Italy, 99-71 in Milan

The Kansas men’s basketball team moved to 3-0 in Italy this month with a 99-71 victory over the same Players Group team they beat 92-61 a couple of nights ago in Rome. By Matt Tait

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Smashing hit: Lee looking to improve on solid freshman season

During the spring football game in April, Kansas safety Mike Lee saw a screen pass developing in front of him around the 15-yard line and his eyes lit up. By Bobby Nightengale

Friday, August 4

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KU guard Svi Mykhailiuk easing into senior status in Italy

Fresh off of a summer spent playing with his home country in the U20 European Championships, Kansas guard Svi Mykhailiuk has rejoined the Jayhawks in Italy looking to slide into the role of senior leader.By Matt Tait

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Beaty impressed by long list of Jayhawks

This time of year, with more than 20 practices remaining before the season-opener, Kansas head football coach David Beaty doesn’t mind spreading the love, and praising the numerous players who have found various ways to impress him. Following KU’s fourth preseason practice on Thursday, the third-year head coach took time to single out many Jayhawks, some far more prominent than others. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Bowen reports early positive signs from KU's corners at camp

Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen has been doing this long enough to know there is no reason for him to feel overly excited about what he sees out of players at an August practice that doesn’t even involve full pads. Although cornerback qualifies as the least experienced position on KU’s roster, Bowen, who works directly with safeties during drills, said assistant Kenny Perry’s corners have shown some promise this week. By Benton Smith

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Lawrence's Boye-Doe picks up offers from KU, K-State

After beginning the summer searching for his first Division I college football scholarship offer, Lawrence High senior cornerback Ekow Boye-Doe landed offers from Kansas State and Kansas on back-to-back days. By Bobby Nightengale

Thursday, August 3

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Tom Keegan: Solution to free-throw woes lies down under for Udoka Azubuike

As well as he did in so many other areas in a pair of exhibition games in Rome, center Udoka Azubuike did nothing to quiet concerns about the gaping hole in his game: He can’t shoot free throws. If he doesn’t become significantly better, he leaves himself open to opponents employing a Hack-A-Dok strategy against him on a regular basis.

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KU notebook: Udoka Azubuike learns his lesson

The thing about Udoka Azubuike’s second game in Italy this summer — a 92-61 win over Players Group at Honey Sport City gymnasium in Rome — was not that he stopped dunking or even that he stopped dunking so hard. Instead, the KU big man started dunking smarter. By Matt Tait

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KU holding Armstong out of practices, but Beaty wants DE back on field quickly

The Big 12’s preseason Defensive Player of the Year watched most of Thursday morning’s Kansas football practice from the sideline. But Dorance Armstrong’s coaches aren’t nearly as concerned about the severity of what ails the star defensive end as they were a year ago at this time. By Benton Smith

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Repeat performance: Jayhawks deliver another blowout in Italy

The talent of the opponent was slightly better but so were the Jayhawks. That was the story Thursday night from Rome, where the Kansas men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 on its four-game Italian exhibition tour with a 92-61 victory over Players Group Roma, a collection of professional players from various Italian leagues. By Matt Tait

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Vatican tour a mind-blowing experience for Jayhawks

For Kansas guard Sam Cunliffe, an Italian Catholic who grew up among pictures on his grandparents’ walls of the old country’s most magical places, the signature moment of Thursday’s team trip to Vatican City came when he was in the silent Sistine Chapel staring up at Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” some 70 feet above his head.

Wednesday, August 2

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KU coordinator Meacham likes pair of freshman receivers

Sure, new Kansas football coordinator Doug Meacham is in charge of the entire offense. But when Meacham runs back and forth across the practice fields he finds himself zeroing on the receivers he coaches. Camp just began Monday, so the first receivers the coordinator mentioned were the ones he’s just getting to know. By Benton Smith

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KU notebook: Preston makes start in unofficial KU debut

Freshman Billy Preston joined Udoka Azubuike, Devonte’ Graham, Malik Newman and Lagerald Vick in the starting lineup during the Jayhawks’ 90-56 exhibition victory over Stella Azzurra / HSC Roma at Happy Sport City gymnasium in southwest Rome on Wednesday night. And, according to Kansas coach Bill Self, did so with good reason. By Matt Tait

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Rolling in Rome: Jayhawks grab 90-56 win in exhibition opener

The signature moment of the Kansas basketball team’s 90-56 victory in its Italian exhibition opener over Stella Azzurra/HSC Roma was not the three monster dunks by sophomore center Udoka Azubuike nor the three Devonte’ Graham 3-pointers that unofficially kicked off the KU point guard’s senior season. By Matt Tait

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Kelsie Payne repeats as preseason Big 12 player of the year

Kelsie Payne, a senior All-American, was named the preseason Big 12 Player of the Year for the second straight season on Wednesday, voted by the conference's coaches.

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Tom Keegan: Kansas quarterback competition has everything but controversy

Peyton Bender and Carter Stanley take the fun out of what could be a percolating quarterback controversy because they’re good friends, roommates even. By Tom Keegan

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Colosseum, Pantheon highlight KU basketball's city tour of Rome

The Kansas men’s basketball players can now add walking out of the tunnel at the Roman Colosseum to the thrill of running out of the tunnel for home games at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, August 1

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Notebook: Beaty says Baldwin's Alabama background doesn't mean O-lineman is great

After leading his team through a morning practice, David Beaty entered Anderson Family Football Complex Tuesday as jovial as ever. The jokes soon subsided, though, as the subject of the head coach’s recent disciplinary actions permeated his media session. Beaty said junior offensive lineman Charles Baldwin "is another guy that is really having to toe the line when it comes to standards.” By Benton Smith

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Beaty provides no specifics on Gonzalez dismissal; only wishes WR well

Kansas football coach David Beaty declined to specify Tuesday what former receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez did to earn a dismissal from the program just days before preseason camp began. By Benton Smith

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KU freshman Billy Preston fully cleared, looking to make a jump in Italy

Shortly after arriving in Rome, where his team will play two of its four games in this week’s exhibition tour on Italian soil, Kansas coach Bill Self confirmed that freshman forward Billy Preston had been fully cleared by the NCAA to play this season. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks arrive in Rome weary but ready to go

By the time Kansas big man Udoka Azubuike took the first steps off the team bus after leaving Fiumicino Airport and taking an all-encompassing city tour en route to the Jayhawks' hotel in the heart of Rome, the clock read 1:51 p.m. local time, more than 19 hours after the Kansas basketball team’s flight took off from Kansas City, Mo. By Matt Tait

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Midweek yoga keeps KU football players fresh, focused throughout summer

It’s a late-July morning inside the Kansas football team’s training facility on the bottom floor of Anderson Family Football Complex. A few grunts reverberate off the ceiling. No clangs or thuds follow, though. The weight plates, dumbbells and machines remain a static backdrop for the Jayhawks, laid out nearby on a 25-yard patch of artificial turf. Welcome to Wednesday morning yoga. By Benton Smith