Kansas tennis junior Anastasia Rychagova became the first Jayhawk to be named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American in 20 years following the conclusion of the 2017-18 season.
Four kickoff times on the Kansas football team’s 2018 schedule are set, with the Big 12 revealing on Thursday television broadcast assignments for early-season matchups, as well as special dates for the coming fall. By Benton Smith
He returned to work on his game, which he will do with the extra motivation of trying to make those who told him that his game wasn’t yet worthy of NBA dollars regret they didn't guarantee him a spot in the first round.
Hasan Defense spent the spring lining up against University of Kansas receivers, fixated on stopping them from making catches. Through those countless repetitions, as well as video reviews of practices, the junior cornerback learned a great deal about the Jayhawks’ receiving unit. By Benton Smith
The Kansas Jayhawks officially have their big man back. Sophomore center Udoka Azubuike, who spent the past month or so testing his status with the NBA, announced today that he would return to Kansas for his junior season. By Matt Tait
Kansas needs a strong leader loaded with common sense and a forceful, charismatic personality that wears well. The department needs a leader who has experience working with massive budgets, hitting aggressive financial targets, can demonstrate a history of growing a business.
Kansas basketball fans who each year count down to the official beginning of yet another KU season on the hardwood have to be thrilled by Tuesday's news that the 34th annual Late Night in the Phog season tip-off event will take place on Sept. 28 at Allen Fieldhouse.
A man who knows a little about streaks himself, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self was in complete awe on Sunday night when he watched Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James knock off the Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals to reach his eighth consecutive NBA Finals. By Matt Tait
"I’ve watched 27 years of golf and he has about as high a ceiling as I’ve been around. Now whether he gets there, that’s up to him. He’s going to have to work harder." — KU men's golf coach Jamie Bermel and freshman Harry Hillier.
As former prep teammates Mike Lee and Corione Harris reunited at the University of Kansas during this past spring semester, Lee appreciated Harris’ situation. Entering his junior season with the Jayhawks, Lee, a safety, wouldn’t judge the young corner too harshly if it took Harris some time to adapt to playing at the college level. And that’s why even the KU veteran who knew Harris best walked away from spring practices impressed. By Benton Smith
Kansas moved up six spots Sunday to finish 23rd in the 30-school NCAA tournament championships, and even after it became obvious the team wouldn’t make the cut to play another day, a little drama remained.
Just a few years ago, Kevin Feder was a four-star prep offensive lineman with enough potential to sign with national powerhouse Ohio State. Now he's oh his way to Kansas. By Benton Smith
The difficulty of the course, the short turnaround, the searing heat and the enormity of the stage combined to make this not just another Saturday on the golf course for the Jayhawks.
Oklahoma sent Kansas home from the Big 12 baseball tournament with a 4-2 victory Friday and needed just one inning of offense to do so.
Andy Spencer, No. 1 player for the University of Kansas golf team, decided to hit one more shot, and it was a beauty.
After a first-round victory in the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Doubles Championships, University of Kansas juniors Nina Khmelnitckaia and Anastasia Rychagova suffered a season-ending defeat Friday, in the Round of 16.
Kansas sophomore Gleb Dudarev won the men's hammer throw to lead the KU track and field team on Day 1 of the NCAA West Preliminaries on Thursday at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento.
Sweating from the outset on an intensely steamy day, Kansas co-ace Ryan Zefferjahn felt the heat more than he was able to deliver it within the boundaries of the strike zone Thursday in a second-round Big 12 tournament game against Baylor in Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Other than sophomore Andy Spencer, the University Kansas golfers had not played a round on Karsten Creek, Oklahoma State’s home course and site of the NCAA golf finals, until today’s practice round.
Though they hadn’t played together since mid-March, the University of Kansas doubles pairing of Nina Khmelnitckaia and Anastasia Rychagova advanced out of the first round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Doubles Championship.
The University of Kansas men's basketball team will face fellow blue blood Kentucky for the fifth straight season in 2018-19, the schools announced Thursday.
Hired by Iowa State at the start of the 2005-06 academic school year, Jamie Pollard has seen quite a change in the office he has occupied as the Cyclones' athletic director for the past 13 years. By Matt Tait
Harry, the younger brother, is more outgoing and arrived in the spotlight in need of taming, compared to his older brother, who is more reserved and naturally blessed with a personality befitting the expectations that accompany his role.
Oklahoma City — When a No. 8 seed defeats the regular-season champion in any conference tournament it’s called an upset. Yet, it doesn’t really feel like one when Kansas, the No. 8 seed, sends one of its co-aces to the mound.
Though they play for a team often overlooked on the national landscape, Kansas football redshirt seniors Daniel Wise and Joe Dineen won’t go unnoticed in their final year with the Jayhawks. By Benton Smith
The five Kansas golfers who won the NCAA Pacific Regional last week and delivered the university in the NCAA finals for the first time since 2000, gathered Tuesday at the new practice facility at Jayhawk Club to field about the upcoming tournament at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Oklahoma, which starts Friday.
On the eve of the Big 12 Baseball Championship, the conference unveiled Tuesday its All-Big 12 teams for the 2018 season. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Ryan Zeferjahn led the way for Kansas, as a second-team selection.
Former Kansas Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger agreed to a contract change that could cost KU tens of millions of dollars in additional lease payments at Rock Chalk Park, a review by the Journal-World has found.
If the recent Scottsdale pow-wow attended by billionaires (with a ‘b’) didn’t cost Sheahon Zenger his job, it obviously didn’t save it.
The University of Kansas is in the market for a leader of its athletic department for the first time since late 2010 now that Sheahon Zenger is out. Monday morning's news that KU Chancellor Doug Girod had relieved Zenger of his duties, effective immediately, means that the university is looking for its 11th AD in school history. By Matt Tait
The man who hired David Beaty to coach the University of Kansas football program lost his job Monday.
University of Kansas Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger has been fired, effective immediately, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod announced Monday.
Realistically, it would be difficult for any of KU football's leaders of today to come close to reproducing the success of the program’s all-time greats. So how do the Jayhawks go about getting back to the point where they’re playing in and winning big games? By Benton Smith
This week's NBA combine in Chicago brought with it a mixed bag of results for Kansas center Udoka Azubuike, the lone KU player of the five in attendance who still could return to KU for the 2018-19 season. By Matt Tait
Kansas reached base 14 times on walks and three times on hit batsmen in a 19-6 rout over visiting Western Illinois in a game shortened to seven innings in Sunday’s regular-season finale.
The best basketball prospect playing Saturday night on Court 3 at Lawrence Sports Pavilion wasn’t difficult to spot. He was the one calling for the ball and more often than not, not having it passed to him.
When University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod thinks about his university’s athletic department, a number sometimes comes to mind. It is not one you’ll find on the scoreboard or in the record books, though. Rather, look through enrollment records.
“Power” may not be a strong enough word to describe the financial benefits of being a member of a Power 5 Conference.
Oklahoma rode a seven-run third inning and hit four home runs to defeat Kansas, 14-6, Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark.
The NBA combine taking place this week in Chicago is all about drills, testing, scrimmages and interviews designed to give all 30 NBA franchises an even better picture of the players they might draft during the June 21 NBA Draft in Brooklyn, N.Y. By Matt Tait
The June amateur free agent baseball draft is just 2 1/2 weeks away, so the 26 scouts aiming radar guns from several rows behind home plate at Hoglund Ballpark weren’t local bird dogs trying to get lucky by identifying a sleeper.
While Day 2 at the NBA combine in Chicago proved to be beneficial for all five Jayhawks in attendance, sharp-shooting guard Svi Mykhailiuk may have helped himself the most. By Matt Tait
Receiver Bobby Hartzog Jr. won’t be a part of the University of Kansas football program this coming fall.
The official KU roster lists linebacker Kyron Johnson at 220 pounds, up 10 from his weight as an early high school graduate and spring enrollee, in 2017. But linebacker Joe Dineen thinks Johnson looks and plays as if he’s added 20 to 25 pounds since joining the program a little more than a year ago. By Benton Smith
The five Kansas golfers competing at the Pacific Regional wondered why assistant coach Chris Wilson and wife Heather weren’t at the team dinner on the eve of Wednesday’s final round, so head coach Jamie Bermel summoned the composure to do what he had to do and told them the truth. It wasn’t easy.
The mere idea that former Kansas point guard Devonte' Graham, he of 17 games of 40-plus minutes and 11 more of 38-plus during the 2017-18 season, could be deemed “out of shape” less than two months after the end of his senior season is borderline laughable. By Matt Tait
Before getting too euphoric over the Supreme Court’s decision to put the fate of legalized sports gambling in the hands of the states, consider the reason that an inordinate number of gamblers still wear polyester disco shirts that went into and out of style in the early 1970s.
If the Kansas men’s golf team can play as well in Wednesday’s third and final round of the NCAA Pacific Regional as it did in the first two, the Jayhawks will qualify for the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2000.
During his first season competing at the Big 12 level, Hasan Defense didn’t master the art of cornerback. As the self-assured, 5-foot-11 corner prepares for his upcoming junior year, though, Defense feels optimistic he can free himself of the blown coverages, penalties and other errors that spoiled his debut fall with the Jayhawks. By Benton Smith
Kansas senior Daniel Sutton caught fire on the back nine of the first day of competition at the men’s golf NCAA Stockton Regional and carried the Jayhawks into a second-place standing, three strokes behind Iowa State and one stroke ahead of Alabama, the nation’s seventh-ranked team.
It is still too early to know whether Kansas will legalize sports betting in the wake of Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling, but already Kansas Athletics can envision the ruling changing its operations. By Matt Tait
KU sophomore Udoka Azubuike may have made his first trip to workout with an NBA franchise at this time last week, but according to Kansas coach Bill Self, now that final exams have finished, Azubuike's workout schedule may increase dramatically. By Matt Tait
Two days after securing her third 10,000-meter conference title in a row, Kansas senior Sharon Lokedi had another repeat gold-medal performance left in her legs.
For the second time in its weekend series with Kansas State in Manhattan, the Kansas baseball team found itself in extra innings on Sunday. This time, however, it was the Wildcats who emerged victorious, 7-6 in 11 innings in the series rubber match, to take this year's Sunflower Showdown two games to one. All three games were decided by one run.
When Joe Dineen thinks about this stage of his college football career, and how close he is to launching into his senior season, one word springs from his mind and out of his mouth. “Finally.” By Benton Smith
The Kansas State Wildcats baseball team out-dueled Kansas, 1-0, on Saturday night at Tointon Family Stadium to even the series at one win apiece heading into Sunday's rubber match.
In Lawrence, college athletics is a basic necessity. Don’t believe it? Look at the numbers. In 2017, according to budget documents, the city of Lawrence spent $81.9 million on police, fire and roads — often ranked among the most important of government services. Kansas Athletics during its fiscal year 2017 spent $94.7 million hosting athletic events and serving the university’s approximately 500 student athletes.
The year of the big deal for the Big 12 conference was 2012. The year for big paychecks at Kansas Athletics Inc. came right after it with administration salaries increasing by $6 million — or 42 percent — in a single year, a review by the Journal-World has found.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has celebrated plenty of Mother's Days throughout his 55 years, honoring both his mother, Margaret, and wife, Cindy, many times over on the special holiday. But he's never had one like this. By Matt Tait
When Kansas freshman Alexandra Emilianov released her fifth and final discus throw of the night Saturday at Baylor’s Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium, it set program, stadium and Big 12 Track and Field Championship records.
After dropping five of the six first sets in singles play in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Kansas tennis team never recovered against No. 12 Pepperdine.
The University of Kansas’ Cheer Team has been placed on probation for a year because of at least one incident of hazing and action that harmed people, the university has confirmed.
Miles Kendrick first met the man who will mold him into whatever type of quarterback he becomes for the University of Kansas football program late this past year. By Benton Smith
Kansas senior Sharon Lokedi’s final journey to the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship looked a lot like her previous two when the distance runner from Kenya captured her third consecutive league title in the 10,000 meters race on Friday.
Despite a five-run ninth inning by Kansas State, the visiting Kansas baseball team emerged victorious in Game 1 of its Sunflower Showdown series in Manhattan Friday night, 9-8 in 10 innings.
The Kansas tennis team needed one more victory to advance past the NCAA Tournament’s opening round for the first time in 19 years, and sophomore Maria Toran Ribes delivered it Friday at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center, in Malibu, Calif.
Chase Hanna, Big 12 individual golf champion as a senior at Kansas in 2017, eagled two of his final three holes Friday in the Costa Rica Classic, carding a 3 on a pair of par-5 holes.
Former Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. didn’t waste any time making his partnership with the team that drafted him official. By Benton Smith
As far as weekends go, they don't make them much bigger than the one KU senior Devonte' Graham and his family will experience during the next couple of days. By Matt Tait
When an athlete takes up track and field at the age of 17 and within four months becomes the national junior champion of Moldova, word has a way of spreading to college coaches in the United States.
On the eve of their NCAA Tournament opener, four members of the Kansas tennis team earned awards from the Big 12 conference.
In Nashville to check out the Justin Timberlake concert with his wife, Kelly, former Kansas basketball player and current Washburn head coach Brett Ballard got a first-hand look this week at the end of an era. By Matt Tait
Former Kansas great Nick Collison on Thursday announced his retirement from the NBA after spending 15 years with the same franchise in Seattle and Oklahoma City. By Matt Tait
Even sports, from time to time, fall prey to fads. In basketball, NBA and college, 3-pointers are all the rage.
A Kansas football secondary already counting on contributions from newcomers this coming fall could have another addition in the mix.
After shooting just 27 percent from 3-point range and losing a little bit of his confidence during his freshman season at Kansas, KU guard Marcus Garrett has big plans for how to fix his jumper and improve his game this summer. By Matt Tait
When Mike Lee lined up in the secondary during practices or sat down for a meeting with his fellow defensive backs this spring, someone new to the Kansas football roster tended to be right next to him, or at least nearby. By Benton Smith
With a background that includes serious accolades on the court and a small part in the 1994 movie "Blue Chips" on the silver screen, former KU guard Rex Walters offers an interesting perspective into the corruption surrounding college basketball. By Matt Tait
Playing softball during her teenage years for the Lawrence Legends, which became the Kansas City Fusion, Jamie Stanclift’s head coach was her father, former University of Kansas softball coach Bob Stanclift and his long-time assistant, Gary Hines.
Depending on the circumstances, walk-ons can have a hard time adjusting to the world of big time college basketball. But doing so does not sound like it will be a problem for new Jayhawk E.J. Elliott, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard from just outside of Dallas, who made his plans to come to Kansas official over the weekend by announcing his decision to walk on via Instagram. By Matt Tait
Taylor Turski called his start against West Virginia on Sunday the best performance on the mound this season, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Kansas baseball team.
Sam Dellinger belted a three-run home run in the first inning to set the tone in the Kansas softball team's 4-1 win over Iowa State on Sunday at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park.
Part of Kansas football and its falling fortunes involves a math problem. The key number in the equation is about $6 million. A Journal-World review of Kansas Athletics Inc. finances found that KU needs to sell about $6 million in additional tickets per year just to get the program back to the brief glory days it had nearly a decade ago in the Mark Mangino era.
Brendt Citta went 3-for-5 with two home runs, a double, five RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Kansas baseball team to a 13-3 victory over West Virginia on Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark.
Iowa State scored a run on a wild pitch in the top of the eighth inning to upend the Kansas softball team, 4-3, on Saturday at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park.
West Virginia slammed the reeling Kansas baseball team, 21-3, Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Holglund Ballpark.
The Kansas softball team made its first Big 12 victory of the season a convincing one Friday at Arrocha Ballpark.
As University of Kansas football coaches evaluated their quarterbacks throughout the spring, each of the three Jayhawks vying for the starting job received equitable chances to make his case. By Benton Smith
In the period of about four weeks, Joe Cremo transformed himself from little-known college basketball player who hails from a town of 3,000 people just north of Albany, N.Y., to one of the hottest commodities on the recruiting trail. By Matt Tait
The search committee, multiple people who would know have told me, recommended University of Kansas Provost Neeli Bendapudi as successor to Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, but the regents went with their own choice, Dr. Doug Girod.
Every time a Kansas football quarterback experienced the misfortune of throwing an interception during a football practice this spring, the guilty party had more to deal with than the instantaneous frustration related to making a mistake. Those passing turnovers, whether they transpired during drills, seven-on-seven work or team periods, came with an impromptu party in the KU secondary, hosted by safety Mike Lee. By Benton Smith
The Kansas baseball team snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 9-4 road win over Missouri State on Wednesday at Hammons Field. Jaxx Groshans powered the KU offense with two two-run doubles. James Cosentino also provided some pop for the Jayhawks with a solo shot in the sixth inning.
“Raise the Chant,” seems far too ambitious a slogan for the fundraising campaign aimed at giving David Booth company in trying to bring state-of-the-art upgrades to the Kansas football stadium.
Although numerous injuries among offensive linemen inhibited the Kansas football team’s ability to scrimmage as it typically would throughout the past several weeks, veterans of the program deemed the spring portion of the offseason a success. By Benton Smith
Gathered in a half-circle in front of a flat screen TV Tuesday afternoon on the second-floor deck inside Jayhawk Tennis Center at Rock Chalk Park, members of the University of Kansas women’s tennis team didn’t greet their inclusion in the upcoming NCAA Tournament by jumping out of their seats or howling with joy.
While anybody who follows the program knows how valuable veterans such as Daniel Wise, Steven Sims Jr. and Joe Dineen are for Kansas football, the significance of dozens of their teammates easily goes unnoticed, especially this time of year, with the season still months away. Accordingly, head coach David Beaty recently commended some of the less heralded players who impressed him in one way or another over the past several weeks. By Benton Smith