Stories for September 2017


Saturday, September 30

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Notebook: Lil Yachty performs at Late Night; Graham enjoys skits

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self made no attempt to hide his feelings about the performance turned in by Grammy-nominated rap artist Lil Yachty during Saturday night’s 33rd-annual Late Night in the Phog at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Opening Act: Graham steps into senior role at Late Night

Long before his name was announced, well after he showed off his dance moves on the floor, senior guard Devonte’ Graham was showered with love from the adoring Kansas basketball fan base that packed Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday night for the 33rd-annual Late Night in the Phog. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Scandal can't bring down college basketball

The heat closed in on the Kansas basketball program Saturday night and made everyone sweat. No, not the FBI. Not that kind of heat, rather the sort that makes Allen Fieldhouse stuffy on a warm September night.

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Late Night big night for KU women's basketball recruiting

The first day of women’s basketball practice isn’t until Oct. 3, so the Kansas women’s team didn’t get to scrimmage as part of Late Night, but still participated.

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Ainise Havili's play, hustle leads No. 11 KU volleyball to sweep over TCU

After a pair of intense, hard-fought matches to open Big 12 play, No. 11 Kansas volleyball wasn’t letting this one go five sets — or four, for that matter. By Scott Chasen

Friday, September 29

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Louisville names David Padgett interim head coach

Former Pitino assistant, Cardinals player began playing career at Kansas

The Louisville men's basketball program has taken its first step toward moving on. In the wake of an FBI investigation that left longtime Cardinals coach Rick Pitino and Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich on the outs, the program turned to a familiar face to take the reins.

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‘The fans would never know’: A look inside the basketball team dances at Late Night in the Phog

Marcus Garrett had the perfect playcall in his head — well, sort of. The play was actually a dance, and he was starting to have second thoughts. By Scott Chasen

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Five things to watch at Late Night 2017

The unofficial start of yet another college basketball season is now right around the corner, and Kansas coach Bill Self said Thursday night that he was eager for Late Night in the Phog to arrive because of what the event represents. By Scott Chasen

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Going to Late Night in the Phog? Take some nonperishable food donations with you

Lawrence food pantry Just Food will hold a food and collection drive Saturday in conjunction with Late Night in the Phog, the traditional kickoff event for the KU basketball season.

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White-collar crime attorney says high-profile coaches now at risk in fast-moving college basketball probe

An expert in white-collar crime cases said one group should be particularly on guard as federal investigators dive deeper into the college basketball world: prominent coaches.

Thursday, September 28

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KU coach Bill Self: 'It's been a dark week'

In Kansas City to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Coaches vs. Cancer, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self took time to address what he referred to as “a tough week for college basketball,” before the event began.By Matt Tait

Wednesday, September 27

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‘This was our house’: Madison Rigdon, Kelsie Payne lead dramatic comeback over Iowa State

Moments removed from an improbable comeback against a ranked opponent, KU volleyball coach Ray Bechard couldn’t help but laugh — four times to be exact. By Scott Chasen

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KU Boot Camp comes to a close; Late Night on deck

The end of KU’s always-dreaded preseason boot camp finally arrived Wednesday morning, after eight grueling, early-morning sessions during the past two weeks, with every member of the 2017-18 Kansas basketball roster smiling and still in one piece. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, September 26

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Beaty: 'I don't believe in moral victories'

Entering a bye week, Kansas football coach David Beaty said he saw some improvements during his team’s 56-34 home loss to West Virginia last weekend. But following KU’s third straight defeat, Beaty wasn’t going to spend much time emphasizing only the positives. By Bobby Nightengale

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Kansas Athletics monitoring charges against Adidas exec; feds have not contacted KU

University of Kansas officials are monitoring allegations against a high-level Adidas executive but have fielded no inquiries from federal investigators about a federal probe into college basketball recruiting practices, KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony told the Journal-World Tuesday afternoon. By Matt Tait

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NCAA basketball coaches, Adidas executive among 10 charged in bribe scheme

In one of the biggest crackdowns on the corrupting role of money in college basketball, 10 men — including a top Adidas executive and four assistant coaches — were charged Tuesday with using bribes to influence star athletes' choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents, financial advisers, even tailors.

Monday, September 25

Tom Keegan: Ex-Jayhawk Tony Guy battled Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson

Ted Owens likes to tell the story of when he introduced himself to Michael Jordan at agent David Falk’s party in Washington, D.C., and told him that he was the coach for Kansas when Jordan played against the Jayhawks in his first college game.

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Trust in Jerrance Howard helped deliver David McCormack to Kansas

Known as a player’s coach who isn’t afraid to clown around, talk some trash and jump into the middle of a circle to show off his dance moves and free spirit, Kansas basketball assistant coach Jerrance Howard needed none of that to land four-star center David McCormack, who orally committed to Kansas on Sunday. By Matt Tait

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Herbert regains his confidence with breakout games

Despite little playing time in the first two games of the season, Kansas football players and coaches were aware of the talent of sophomore running back Khalil Herbert. By Bobby Nightengale

Sunday, September 24

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Tom Keegan: Woodland future appears promising

What professional golfer Gary Woodland told Golf Channel was “the toughest year of my life by far,” came to a close Sunday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, where the top 30 golfers in the FedEx Cup competed for four days.

KU soccer draws with Texas Tech

Sophomore Sophie Maierhofer scored for Kansas’ soccer team, and the Jayhawks played Texas Tech to a 1-1 draw Sunday in Lubbock, Texas.

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2018 big man David McCormack says coaching staff, tradition made picking KU an 'easy decision'

A little less than a month ago, the Kansas men’s basketball team officially jumped into the Class of 2018 recruiting game by landing a commitment from five-star big man Silvio De Sousa, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward from IMG Academy by way of Angola. On Sunday, the Jayhawks added even more size to the family when four-star center David McCormack, of Oak Hill Academy, orally committed to Kansas during a live segment on a local news station in Norfolk, Virginia. By Matt Tait

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Ainise Havili’s vision on display as KU bests K-State in five sets

After setting up her teammates all day, Ainise Havili nearly took one out of the game. Or perhaps it was the other way around. By Scott Chasen

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Starting slow: Latest KU football loss similar to 2 preceding it

In three consecutive losses for the Kansas football team, a troublesome trend emerged. First came an 18-point deficit against Central Michigan, then another on the road at Ohio. In Saturday’s Big 12-opening defeat at the hands of West Virginia, the Jayhawks fared even worse, falling behind by 25. All three of those substantial holes came before halftime, too. By Benton Smith

Saturday, September 23

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Recent weeks marred by one nightmare after the next for KU volleyball's Patricia Montero

When Kansas volleyball's Patricia Montero this August suffered a season-ending knee injury for the second time in three years, the sophomore from Puerto Rico didn't think things could get any worse. And then they did. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Offense supplies sign of progress for KU football

Now that new University of Kansas chancellor Dr. Doug Girod made it clear he stands behind athletic director Sheahon Zenger and football coach David Beaty and no changes will be made there any time soon, the challenge to Saturday’s home football game became seeking a sign, any sign, of progress from a football program running on a hamster wheel for going on eight years. By Tom Keegan

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Donor David Booth explains his $50M gift for KU football stadium

As word spread that Lawrence High and University of Kansas graduate David Booth had pledged $50 million, in $10 million installments over five years, toward a $300 million football-stadium renovation, many wondered aloud “Why would he do that?”

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Notebook: Jayhawks disappointed by 'unacceptable' penalties in loss to WVU

Among the miscellaneous errors that made it impossible for the upset-minded Kansas football team to topple West Virginia Saturday at Memorial Stadium, the penalties and turnovers bothered head coach David Beaty most of all. By Benton Smith

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Falling Short: Khalil Herbert's career day not enough in 56-34 loss to West Virginia

If it were possible for one man on an outmatched Kansas football roster to carry the entire program to an upset victory over West Virginia Saturday, it was going to be Khalil Herbert. By Benton Smith

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'Glimpses' of defensive progress not enough in KU football loss to West Virginia

The ball was at 30. It was third down, and KU needed a stop. By Scott Chasen

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Grounded: Mountaineers spoil Herbert's big day, KU's comeback bid

Despite one of the best outings in school history by sophomore running back Khalil Herbert on Saturday, the Kansas football team couldn’t keep up with West Virginia in a 56-34 loss at Memorial Stadium in its Big 12 opener. By Bobby Nightengale

Friday, September 22

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Tom Keegan: New KU chancellor backs football coach, athletic director

A couple of things quickly became clear about the new University of Kansas chancellor, Douglas Girod, during his initial session Friday with reporters who cover KU Athletics.

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Memorial Stadium renovation plans unveiled; campaign bolstered by $50M pledge

The future of Memorial Stadium now has a vivid picture to go with it — and some of the money required to eventually carry out that vision. Kansas Athletics on Friday unveiled renderings for large-scale improvements to the football program’s facilities, which were met with a $50 million pledge — the largest in the athletic department’s history — from KU alumnus and benefactor David Booth.

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Quickley picks Kentucky; McCormack to announce Sunday

Five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley officially committed to Kentucky on Friday evening during a ceremony at his school, leaving the Kansas basketball program to turn its attention to an announcement from four-star big man David McCormack, who has scheduled his announcement for Sunday. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. West Virginia

Get the keys to the KU football team's Big 12 opener before the Jayhawks (1-2) take on West Virginia (2-1). By Benton Smith

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Gary Woodland tied for sixth heading into second round of Tour Championship

Gary Woodland fired a 3-under 67 Thursday in the first round of the Players Championship, the final tournament of the FedEx Cup playoffs, played at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Thursday, September 21

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Kansas basketball program continues strong pursuit of top 2018 talent

With 6-foot-9 big man Silvio De Sousa already on board, the Kansas men's basketball program continues to pursue several of the top players in the 2018 recruiting class in hopes of adding even more elite talent to one of the most important recruiting classes KU coach Bill Self has gone after. By Matt Tait

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Meacham stoked to get RB Martin back; QB Stanley 'not 100 percent'

While first-year Kansas coordinator Doug Meacham never would claim his offense is anywhere near where he wants it to be three games into the season, he does think the Jayhawks are improving. Headed into Saturday’s Big 12 opener against West Virginia, Meacham feels even better about the offense, which is averaging 452.7 yards a game, because junior running back Taylor Martin will be back in the mix. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, September 20

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Tom Keegan: Coaches say the darndest things

The question put to West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen made sense: “You said before going into that venue you have to kind of warn your team (about) the crowd and kind of the lackadaisical atmosphere. Do you still worry about that?”

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KU gets approval for $22 million in upgrades to baseball, volleyball facilities

The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday authorized the University of Kansas to spend $22 million, all from private donations and athletic funds, to upgrade its baseball stadium and volleyball center.

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Dorance Armstrong 'determined' to erase 0 from his season sack total

Much like the KU football fan base, standout defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. knows all too well he enters Week 4 behind schedule in the sack department. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, September 19

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Self against the idea of 'free agency' as NCAA explores changes to transfer rules

As the Kansas men’s basketball team prepares to jump into a season during which three Jayhawks will sit out and two others finally will play after transferring in, landing athletes via transfer could be on the brink of becoming easier in college athletics.By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Kansas DT Isi Holani out for season

Other banged-up Jayhawks hope to return

Although diehard optimist David Beaty opened his Tuesday press conference with some good news on the injury front for his football team, the Kansas coach also revealed the Jayhawks suffered a blow to their defensive line. By Benton Smith

Monday, September 18

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Tom Keegan: Punter Bucky Scribner remembered for strength of left foot and character

You have two seconds to answer this question: Is a punter an offensive or defensive player? One thousand one, one thousand two. Time’s up. (Buzzer sound).

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Mykhailiuk: Day 1 of KU boot camp as tough as ever

The one and only message uttered by Kansas senior Svi Mykhailiuk and the rest of the KU upperclassmen to a handful of first-year Jayhawks before the opening day of KU’s annual boot camp on Monday morning was simple — be on time. By Matt Tait

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KU opens Big 12 play vs. 'explosive' West Virginia

The non-conference portion of the Kansas football schedule didn’t exactly go to plan. Now, Saturdays turn even more demanding for the Jayhawks, with West Virginia’s upcoming trip to Lawrence marking the opening of Big 12 play. By Benton Smith

Sunday, September 17

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Tom Keegan: Big 12 armed to exploit KU's young, vulnerable secondary

A couple of Kansas offensive linemen weren’t cutting it, second-stringers were promoted and they performed well in the 42-30 loss to Ohio, KU's 42nd consecutive road setback. If only the defense could hope for the same from its beleaguered secondary.

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Kansas QB Bender needs to find 'quick answer' to avoid sacks

In the early stages of Peyton Bender’s evolution as the starting quarterback at Kansas, new lessons come every week. Saturday, in the Jayhawks’ 42-30 loss at Ohio, though the junior transfer misfired on some passes, Bender found a bit more consistency in terms of completions, going 30-for-47 for 343 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. By Benton Smith

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Annual KU basketball boot camp set to begin bright and early Monday

With this year’s Late Night scheduled earlier than ever — 6:30 p.m., Sept. 30 at Allen Fieldhouse — the annual exhaustion known as boot camp will begin earlier, as well, at 6:15 a.m. Monday, when Bill Self and his team meet before the sun rises to put in a full day’s work before many people get out of bed. By Matt Tait

Saturday, September 16

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Notebook: Jayhawks mix up offensive line; Stanley makes appearance at QB

As so often has been the case during his two-plus seasons on the job, Kansas football coach David Beaty left a loss with more problems than solutions Saturday. Still, a potential fix for some of the Jayhawks’ woes up front might have been discovered with a change to the lineup. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Sheahon Zenger's seat hottest of all

Well, this was a new look: The seats began trending toward empty at halftime and the home team was winning easily. Even the boosters of the victors couldn’t stay interested in watching Kansas football, which lost by double digits to a MAC school for the second week in a row Saturday, this time by a misleading 42-30 score to Ohio University at Peden Stadium. By Tom Keegan

KU volleyball closes out nonconference play with win

After suffering a five-set loss to Santa Clara on Friday night, the Kansas volleyball team bounced back Saturday afternoon with a four-set victory over Idaho (25-23, 21-25, 25-15, 26-24) to conclude nonconference play at Leavey Center in Santa Clara, Calif.

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The Beat Goes On: Kansas' road losing streak continues in loss at Ohio

During the course of the past eight seasons, the Kansas football team’s personal road-losing streak phantasm accrued enough frequent flier points to make the trip outside of Big 12 country, all the way to Ohio’s Peden Stadium, where the Jayhawks lost their non-conference finale Saturday, 42-30. By Benton Smith

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Road woes continue: Jayhawks fall at Ohio, 42-30

Like so many road games in the past several seasons, the Kansas football team fell into an early deficit and couldn’t climb back. By Bobby Nightengale

Friday, September 15

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Former Ohio assistant Jesse Williams helps KU enter road game well informed

For five years, the Ohio sideline inside Peden Stadium served as defensive line coach Jesse Williams’ workspace. It’s where he educated Tarell Basham, whom Williams helped mold into the 2016 MAC Defensive Player of the Year and a third-round NFL Draft Pick. Saturday, though, Williams will find himself on the opposite boundary of the field, instructing other potential pros on what they need to do to help Kansas defeat his former boss, Frank Solich. By Benton Smith

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Testing complete, DA awaits input from alleged victim in KU basketball dorm rape case

Additional testing in the case of a 16-year-old girl’s alleged rape at the University of Kansas men’s basketball dorm is now complete, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said this week. Now, the DA’s office is awaiting input from the alleged victim.

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football at Ohio

Get the keys to the Kansas football team's Week 3 road trip to Ohio, a score prediction and much more in this week's Gameday Breakdown. By Benton Smith

Thursday, September 14

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Bowen: KU's D-linemen 'doing their part' versus opposing passing attacks

Coming off a troubling home loss to Central Michigan, Kansas defensive coordinator Clint Bowen knows the numbers as well as anyone. Two games into the season, the Jayhawks have made just one sack and been credited with five quarterback hurries. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: OC Doug Meacham wise to tap brakes on KU offense

Coaching is all about assessing the personnel you have and figuring out how to bring out the best in it. It’s not about trying to make the athletes fit the preferred style of the coach.

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Markieff, Marcus Morris assault trial begins

Jury selection in the aggravated assault trial of NBA twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris concluded Wednesday after the eight-member panel was chosen

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Tom Keegan: Kansas needs upset victory in Athens, Ohio, to restore hope

Taking the podium for weekly state-of-the-program addresses ranks as one of the many, many steep challenges of wearing the title head football coach at Kansas.

Wednesday, September 13

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Wynton Marsalis' Lincoln Center jazz orchestra to compose new music celebrating KU basketball

The Lied Center announced on Wednesday a partnership that will pair the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with, of all things, legends of KU basketball.

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Both KU and Ohio looking to recover from losses fueled by turnovers

Earlier this week, when Kansas football coach David Beaty began watching video of the Jayhawks’ next opponent, the footage seemed strangely familiar — and not just because KU faced Ohio at Memorial Stadium in 2016. As Beaty caught himself up on how the Bobcats’ trip to Purdue played out, he saw Ohio’s fortunes take a turn for the worst in a fashion comparable to KU’s turning point against Central Michigan. By Benton Smith

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KU's Azubuike one of 19 attendees at NCAA symposium designed to educate pro prospects

KU sophomore Udoka Azubuike was one of 19 current college players invited last weekend to an Elite Student-Athlete Symposium in Indianapolis designed to give draft-eligible athletes a better and closer look at life in the NBA and the things they must consider before making the decision whether to turn pro early or stay in school. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, September 12

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Notebook: WR Steven Sims hopes to return at Ohio

The most experienced skill player on the Kansas football roster, Steven Sims Jr. knew his hobbled right ankle would limit his effectiveness this past Saturday, but he wanted to give it a shot and see if he could overcome the pain enough to play. However, both Sims and his head coach felt optimistic Tuesday about the team’s leading receiver getting back on the field for KU’s road opener at Ohio. By Benton Smith

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Juco teammates de-commit from KU football

The Kansas football program’s 2018 recruiting class took a pair of losses a little more than 48 hours after the Jayhawks dropped a home game to Central Michigan. By Benton Smith

Monday, September 11

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Tom Keegan: Charles Baldwin vanishes from Kansas football depth chart

In an offseason rife with hollow hope for the Kansas football program, nothing shapes up as more off base than celebrated anticipation for right tackle Charles Baldwin’s Div. I debut.

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Notebook: Beaty says 'rough' outings part of learning process for QB Bender

A couple days removed from seeing his team’s starting quarterback complete 51.6 percent of a program-record 62 attempts, without even one touchdown throw to fortify the numbers, Kansas football coach David Beaty hadn’t taken on a defeatist attitude regarding Peyton Bender’s ability or potential. By Benton Smith

Sunday, September 10

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Tom Keegan: Ending road losing streak supplies motivation for Kansas football

It didn’t feel like just one loss, even though that’s what the record shows. Kansas lost more than a football game Saturday in coming up way short against Central Michigan, 45-27.

KU golfers 4th in Wisconsin

Charlie Hillier and Andy Spencer fired 1-under-par 71s, and Kansas’ men’s golfer team was fourth among 16 teams after the first round of the Badger Invitational on Sunday in Madison, Wis.

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KU's road opener at Ohio moved up, to air on ESPNU

With Hurricane Irma leaving many college football programs in the southeast scrambling to rearrange their schedules, the Worldwide Leader in Sports found a gap in its programming which the Kansas Jayhawks will help fill. By Benton Smith

KU soccer coach Mark Francis displeased with energy in 5-1 loss to Texas A&M

If it wasn’t clear enough from his words, Mark Francis certainly made it so with his laugh. By Scott Chasen

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Following loss, David Beaty declares need for balance in KU's offense

No quarterback in Kansas football history ever had attempted as many throws in one game as Peyton Bender did Saturday in a 45-27 loss to Central Michigan. And if head coach David Beaty has it his way, Bender’s new mark will stand alone atop the record book well into the distant future. By Benton Smith

Saturday, September 9

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KU volleyball swept by Creighton for first loss of season

After picking up wins over nationally-ranked opponents in No. 13 Kentucky and No. 17 Purdue earlier in the week, the No. 7 Kansas volleyball team had plenty of confidence that it could exact some revenge No. 9 Creighton to round out the Kansas Invitational on Saturday at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. KU hadn't lost since dropping a five-set thriller to the Bluejays in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Horejsi, but Creighton continued to be a thorn in the Jayhawks' side on Saturday by coming away with a sweep, 25-20, 25-16, 29-27.

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks fail pivotal test to prove themselves

Central Michigan came to Lawrence to give a Kansas football program in the midst of yet another rebuilding project a test it absolutely had to pass in order to be taken seriously. A suspicious public needed convincing that the upset of Texas last November was a turning point and not a one-week blast with the shelf life of a loaf of bread. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: KU receiver Steven Sims limited with ankle injury

A “tough sucker,” according to his head coach, junior Kansas receiver Steven Sims Jr. did all he could to try and get healthy enough to make an impact Saturday against Central Michigan. By Benton Smith

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'We just sputtered': Jayhawks dropped by Central Michigan, 45-27

College football seasons almost never follow the idyllic scripts a program’s coaches, players and fans map out when they look at a schedule, as Central Michigan reminded Kansas Saturday at Memorial Stadium. By Benton Smith

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First-half miscues cost Kansas momentum, points in loss to Central Michigan

In a game the Jayhawks put up 27 points, their quarterback felt they could’ve — and should've — scored into the 50s. By Scott Chasen

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Jayhawks crushed against Central Michigan, 45-27

Any momentum the Kansas football team picked up last week in a season-opening victory disappeared during a 45-27 loss to Central Michigan on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. By Bobby Nightengale

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Oscar-style celebration with those closest to him highlighted Bill Self's big night

Friday’s Hall of Fame induction for Kansas coach Bill Self turned out to be one heck of a celebration, complete with a red-carpet entrance, a national television audience and some of the biggest and brightest celebrities in the game of basketball on hand. By Matt Tait

Kansas soccer ties Saint Louis, 1-1

The No. 19 Kansas Jayhawks played the Saint Louis Billikens to a 1-1 soccer draw Friday night at Hermann Stadium.

Friday, September 8

Madison Rigdon tallies 1,000th career kill as KU volleyball downs Purdue

Posting 15 kills against Purdue, Madison Rigdon became the 16th player in KU volleyball history to record 1,000 career kills, yet her demeanor didn't show it at all. By Scott Chasen

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Hall of Fame Notebook: Huge support system the best part for Bill Self

If he were at all nervous when he stepped onto the stage at Symphony Hall to lead off the induction speeches for this year’s class joining the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Kansas coach Bill Self was quickly comforted when he looked into the crowd and saw dozens of familiar faces. By Matt Tait

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Self expresses deep emotion, appreciation during Hall of Fame speech

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self never met a crowd he couldn’t charm. And Friday night, after overcoming some early nerves and a couple of cracks in his voice, Self left Symphony Hall with his perfect record in tact. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. Central Michigan

Get the keys for Kansas football's Week 2 matchup with Central Michigan prior to Saturday's 3 p.m. kickoff at Memorial Stadium. By Benton Smith

Thursday, September 7

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Hall of Fame status starting to sink in for Kansas coach Bill Self

The night before first fitting into his Hall of Fame jacket — Naismith Orange in color and ultra-exclusive in its membership — Kansas basketball coach Bill Self received a phone call from a friend who offered some heartfelt advice. By Matt Tait

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Setting a good example: KU's Havili continues to cherish leadership role

As the accolades continue to roll in, University of Kansas senior setter Ainise Havili is cherishing the chance to show off her leadership skills in her final season with the Jayhawks.

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Using Daniel Wise on edge adds hulking look to KU's D-line

Coordinator Clint Bowen doesn’t have anything against the Kansas football team using a traditional defensive front, with two edge rushers bookending a pair of big tackles. But upon seeing what the Jayhawks could accomplish with a super-sized D-line, Bowen sees incentive to go big up front this season. By Benton Smith

Affidavit alleges KU football player threatened to shoot girlfriend's 'kneecaps out'

A University of Kansas football player allegedly threatened to shoot his girlfriend while holding a loaded gun, according to a newly released court document, leading to his arrest and dismissal from the team.

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Bill Self on path to Hall of Fame: I had the 3 best mentors in basketball

Thanks, but first a phone call. That was the general thought and feeling that overtook Kansas coach Bill Self when he learned this spring that he had been elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, September 6

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Successful introduction: KU football newcomers prove to be valuable additions

Amid the commotion that accompanies the first appearance of a ballyhooed quarterback such as Peyton Bender, it might have been easy for some to overlook the numerous Kansas football players making their debuts in the Jayhawks’ season-opening victory over Southeast Missouri State. From true freshmen to key transfers, head coach David Beaty entered Week 2 of his third season satisfied with how the least experienced players on the roster handled themselves under the Memorial Stadium lights. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, September 5

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Notebook: LB Joe Dineen named Big 12 Defensive Player of Week

Joe Dineen watched the final nine games of the 2016 season from either the Kansas sideline or a comfortable couch back in Lawrence, after suffering a season-ending hamstring injury in the Jayhawks’ third game, at Memphis. Back on the field Saturday for the first time since, Dineen unleashed a game-high 15 total tackles, leading to a Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week award. By Benton Smith

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Hall of Fame experience all about relationships for Kansas coach Bill Self

When Kansas basketball coach Bill Self is officially inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., on Friday night, he will be joining a group of some of the biggest names and best coaches to ever blow a whistle or scribble X’s and O’s onto a clipboard. By Matt Tait

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Beaty not alarmed by KU's rushing output in Week 1

If a swath of the population that follows Kansas football left Labor Day weekend openly concerned about the Jayhawks’ running game, head coach David Beaty didn’t fall into that demographic. “Well, you've got to call a run play to get any rushing yards,” the third-year KU coach joked immediately following a 73-yard output against Southeast Missouri State, which by the end of the college football weekend ranked 107th among FBS teams. By Benton Smith

Kelsie Payne receives Big 12 offensive player of the week honors

For the second straight week, a Kansas volleyball player was named the Big 12's offensive player of the week, announced Monday.

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Joe Dineen relishes chance to meet Orange Bowl team, 'standard' of KU football

Saturday’s experience was a special one for Lawrence native and Free State High graduate Joe Dineen, but it was far from the first time he’d set his eyes on the 2008 Kansas Orange Bowl squad. By Scott Chasen

Monday, September 4

No. 7 KU volleyball overcomes heat, No. 13 Kentucky to move to 7-0

After finishing off a sweep over No. 13 Kentucky, Kansas volleyball senior Kelsie Payne couldn't help but comment on one thing: The temperature. By Scott Chasen

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Matt Tait: Bender's debut worth feeling good about

It was hardly a perfect game and he left plenty of room for improvement. But the Week 1 debut by Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender certainly qualified as reason for optimism among the long-suffering Kansas football fan base. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks anticipating improved Central Michigan team following 3OT win

Some might cite Central Michigan’s triple-overtime victory over Rhode Island this past Thursday as a sign the Kansas football team should have no problem in Week 2 defeating the visiting Chippewas, picked by Mid-American Conference coaches to finish fifth in the MAC’s West Division. Third-year KU football coach David Beaty spun it the other way Monday morning, during his time on the Big 12 coaches media teleconference. By Benton Smith

Sunday, September 3

Maddie Dobyns' improbable save preserves KU soccer's upset win over No. 7 USC

Once ahead by two goals, the Kansas soccer team had one thing in mind as it neared the final whistle against No. 7 USC: Just hang on. By Scott Chasen

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David Beaty expected much cleaner on-field product for KU's season debut

In general, upbeat Kansas football coach David Beaty is happy to see his Jayhawks notch a mark in the victory column in any fashion. Still, following KU’s season-opening win against overmatched FCS visitor Southeast Missouri State, Beaty pinpointed numerous areas in need of improvement. By Benton Smith

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Houstonians Dorance Armstrong, Steven Sims thinking of home in midst of KU football opener

Steven Sims and Dorance Armstrong, a pair of Houston natives, took the field for KU football on Saturday against Southeast Missouri State. They had more than the game on their minds. By Scott Chasen

Saturday, September 2

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Notebook: Tyriek Starks enters after Bender; several players make first starts

No quarterback other than junior transfer Peyton Bender, officially the Kansas football team’s new starter, threw a pass in the Jayhawks’ season-opening, 38-16 victory over Southeast Missouri State Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. By Benton Smith

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KU honors, learns from 2008 Orange Bowl team in first game

A day before being inducted into the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame, Mark Mangino sat at a table in the Chancellor’s Lounge of the Anderson Football Complex, some 40 feet away from the windows overlooking Memorial Stadium. He had one piece of advice for the current team, though it wasn't something that could be spoken. By Scott Chasen

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Happy debut: Peyton Bender starts fast in opening win over SEMO

The path that first took him through Pullman, Wash., then Fulton, Miss., eventually led quarterback Peyton Bender to Lawrence, Kansas. And although the junior transfer’s highly-anticipated debut didn’t venture into the realm of flawless, Bender proved worthy of his place atop the depth chart on a 364-yard, four-touchdown Saturday night and piloted KU’s Air Raid offense to a 38-16 victory over Southeast Missouri State in the Jayhawks’ season-opener. By Benton Smith

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Matt Tait: Harrell's acrobatic catch showcases KU's potential

Let’s say you spend the next four months watching nothing but college football on Saturdays. In all of that time, after thousands of plays, you may not find a better catch by anyone, anywhere, than the one Kansas sophomore Chase Harrell hauled in during the Jayhawks’ 38-16 victory over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. By Matt Tait

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Bender throws 4 TDs, Jayhawks roll in opener

On a night to celebrate the 2008 Orange Bowl champions team, the current version of the Kansas football team put on its own show Saturday at Memorial Stadium. By Bobby Nightengale

KU volleyball coasts past Montana, wins Wolverine Invitational

The University of Kansas volleyball team made quick work of Montana in a 25-9, 25-22, 25-16 victory over the Grizzles on Saturday, which secured the Wolverine Invitational title for the ninth-ranked Jayhawks.

KU cross country wins Bob Timmons Dual Classic

The University of Kansas men's and women's cross country teams both ran to first-place finishes at the Bob Timmons Dual Classic on Saturday at Rim Rock Farm.

KU soccer blanks Colorado College

Senior Lois Heuchan and junior Grace Hagan scored goals, and senior goalkeeper Maddie Dobyns recorded a shutout to lead Kansas’ soccer team past Colorado College, 2-0, on Friday at Rock Chalk Park.

KU volleyball tops Long Beach

Kansas volleyball beat Long Beach State 3-1 on Friday at Lockhart Arena on day two of the Wolverine Invitational (17-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-23).

Friday, September 1

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Mark Mangino: 'Hard-working, grinding' approach to thank for Orange Bowl legacy

David Beaty only spent two seasons as an assistant on Mark Mangino’s Kansas football staff. But when he looks back on it now, Beaty appreciates the groundwork he saw Mangino put in more than ever. Before Mangino and the entire 2007 Orange Bowl team is enshrined in the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the Jayhawks’ season-opener versus Southeast Missouri State (6 p.m., Memorial Stadium), Beaty said his former boss found a way to make an impact on the program during his eight-year run (50-48 record from 2002-09) that remains even today. By Benton Smith

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. SEMO

Get the keys for Kansas football, the mega matchup, hear from quarterback Peyton Bender and much more, before the Jayhawks open the 2017 season versus Southeast Missouri State. By Benton Smith

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KU Athletics to offer Free State beer at sporting events — for a very limited number of fans

Kansas Athletics has inked a deal with Lawrence’s own Free State Brewing Co. that will bring some of the brand’s most popular craft beers to KU sporting events.

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KU volleyball sweeps Utah Valley, improves to 4-0

Kansas senior setter Ainise Havili recorded her fourth double-double and the KU volleyball team rolled past Utah Valley in straight sets, 25-20, 25-19, 25-23, on Thursday in Orem, Utah.