Thursday, May 31, 2018

Nonconference, season-finale kickoff times announced for KU football’s 2018 schedule

Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender (7) passes while under pressure from the CMU defense during the Jayhawks game against Central Michigan Saturday, Sept. 9 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender (7) passes while under pressure from the CMU defense during the Jayhawks game against Central Michigan Saturday, Sept. 9 at Memorial Stadium.


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.

The Jayhawks begin their fourth season under head coach David Beaty against Nicholls State at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, on Sept. 1. The opener is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and air on the Jayhawk Network within the state of Kansas and the Kansas City metro area.

Week 2 takes KU to Central Michigan, where the program gets its first chance this calendar year at putting an end to its 46-game road losing streak — 49 if you count all games played outside of Lawrence. Those wishing to watch the Jayhawks try to win their first road game since 2009 will have to do so via ESPN+, a new subscription-based streaming service. The rematch of the Chippewas’ 45-27 win in Lawrence this past season will kick off at 2 p.m. (CT), in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

Kansas closes its non-conference portion of the schedule on Sept. 15, with a home game against the Big Ten’s Rutgers. It will air on FOX Sports Networks, with an 11 a.m. kickoff.

Because KU’s season finale comes on a non-Saturday, the Big 12 also announced details for the Jayhawks’ day-after-Thanksgiving home meeting with Texas. The Nov. 23 matchup in Lawrence begins at 11 a.m. on FOX Sports 1.

Every home Big 12 football game is available for telecast, in accordance with the Conference’s 13-year joint agreement with FOX Sports and ESPN. Each league member is allotted one member institution retained football game (MIRFG) for telecast on an institutional platform. Per Big 12 contractual agreements, at least four non-Saturday games are played annually by league teams.

All remaining Big 12 package television selections will be announced 12 or six days ahead of time throughout the season.

Kansas made three appearances on FSN in 2017 and two on JTV. KU was featured on FS1 in three of its 2017 games, ESPNU in two games, ESPN for one game and kicked off one time on FOX.

Kansas went 1-11 in 2017, losing 11 straight to close the season.


Laura Wilson 3 years, 11 months ago

I assume this espn subscription service is something you have to pay for and is not available on television but on other platforms. If so, how do that fit under the definition of telecast?

tel·e·cast Noun 1. a television broadcast.

You don't see them trying to pull this with any KU basketball games.

Matthew Gaylor 3 years, 11 months ago

It's apart of the MAC's TV/streaming agreement with ESPN. It technically can be streamed through the TV if you have a Roku or stuff, but it costs $5 a month.

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 11 months ago

After the IST and TCU game last year l don't blame them for making people pay to watch. At least you know that the viewer is a fan, instead of subjecting others to watch it for free lol.

2-0 or 1-1 I'll watch the Rutgers game, otherwise DVR baby.

John Brazelton 3 years, 11 months ago

Benton, do you keep your job with LJW Sports if you put a final dig in against KU football in all your stories. Is that a Tom Keegan requirement?

[''] 3 years, 11 months ago

It's not a dig if it is an undeniable fact John. Was he wrong?

Bryson Stricker 3 years, 11 months ago

“It’s not a dig if it’s an undeniable fact”


Bryson Stricker 3 years, 11 months ago

LMAO dude, I was just pointing out that you were a mile off saying that it isn't a dig if it is an undeniable fact.

That's literally as wrong as you could be lmfao.

Whitney Tangeman 3 years, 11 months ago

Not to pile on here, but for example, “Your bank account has a balance of -$10,000 dollars and has carried that balance consecutively for 11 months.” That truth hurts, but is not arguable if it’s the actual account balance. Benton’s last sentence is very similar.

Chris Condren 3 years, 11 months ago

Last year the team was 1-11! After the first game the team found its stride and was remarkably consistent, it was consistently bad.

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 11 months ago

I'm always so dumfounded by people on this board, who complain about the writers of the articles stating facts and then complaining about those stated fact. Or the fact that the stated facts which are bad of course but are continuously repeated in these articles. The team was, non competitive and a national joke last year yet people take the fact that the writers continuously state the record of the team the ineptitude of the coaching and the over all bad play as a personal attack.

Everybody on this board wants the team to win, wants to turn this program around and have something that we can all be proud of, but right now that's not the case and the facts are the facts as painful as they might be.

Stop being upset with the weatherman who says it's going to rain again. Would you like him to make something up to tell you that it's gonna be 70゚ clear skies when all you have to do is open the front door and see that it's raining cats and dogs?

The job of a writer is to state the facts whether that's 1 time 10 times or a 100 times. The job of a writer is to report on what he sees give and give his opinion, the job of a writer is not to make the reader feel good. The team was 1-11 last year, was non competitive, horrible and inept if you don't like that like it, lump it or leave it. Just Stop complaining that the writers don't write an article that you would like to see.

Bryson Stricker 3 years, 11 months ago

Honest question Kevin.

Do you enjoy negative articles?

I'm aware of how bad we are and don't think writers should avoid it. But they reported on how bad we were in september and october and november and december and january and february and march and april and still in May with no signs of it stopping.

It is not the job of the writer to state something 100 times. That is just false, the rest of what you said is spot on for the most part however. Their job is to inform us of things, they do a decent job of it. But they also do a damn decent job at telling us the same thing 15x. We all know how bad we were, but an article that is informing us about the non-con doesn't need to unnecessarily mention that we went 1-11 last year. That is 100% unnecessary.

People take it as an attack because this is their university. I dont know if you went to post-secondary school, couldn't care tbh, but for those of us that spent 4+ years @ KU and poured thousands into the university... it emotionally hurts to see the school get broadcast in a bad light. There's nothing we can do besides support and hope for the best. The negative reporting hurt through February, but it is now May. There is 0 need for the continuity of this, in every. damn. article.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 11 months ago

I might be short, bald, fat, toothless, live in a run down trailer, and work at a horrible job, but that wouldn't make it polite or appropriate to draw attention to any of that repeatedly if we met regularly. If someone did most people would refer to it as ignorant bullying. Apparently that's not the case when it is a group of young men.

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 11 months ago

Bryson Did you watch last season? (I know that you did) it wasn't close, not even competitive in most games. Not just with Beaty but with Gil and Weis. No sign of progress no sign of anyone knowing what they are doing. It's been years that the team has been horrible, and lm sure that negative articles were written back then. When does it end? When the program, athletic department, administration, actually puts something out there resembling a competent product. I get it if the team was only bad for the last couple of years but this is now going on 7-8 years. The team has regressed under Beaty. I get it the coaches, players etc are trying to get better, but no one can bury their heads in the sand and hope for the best.

Before you look at the football team and how bad they are look at the administration who got the football team to this point. The basketball program is a shining example of what can happen when the university cares. You of all people an alum should be screaming at the top of your lungs over the incompetence of this team, administration. You are an alumni a donor, season ticket holder you say people like me they don't count Because I didn't go to KU or am not a season ticket holder a donor, but people like you are the ones or they're afraid of. Because if the team is this bad for this long people like you won't donate or go to the games and that's where it really counts when they team starts losing money. I get it you are a glass half full guy, but 7-8 years of pure garbage is enough for me and maybe it's enough for the writers.

If there was ANY indication that the program was going in the right direction then l would fault the writers, yeah l do know the record from last year and the past several years. Maybe it doesn't need to be included in every article. But this program had been bad for far too long to blame writers about articles. KU finally did something now let's see how things turn out. Like you lm hoping for the best.

Bryson Stricker 3 years, 11 months ago

I'm a firm believer that the most unqualified candidate since Mangino has done the best job (Beaty).

This team hasn't regressed, but we are just more fighting more battles. Charlie Weis could coach the game of football on Saturday. Couldn't do much more tbh, including preparation. Turner Gill had a wealth of knowledge but didn't know how to connect the dots and connect to his team.

With Beaty we have to fight his battle of learning how to coach against elite teams and the biggest problem was last year teams thought we were going to be decent and they were actually taking us serious. With that, our lack of readiness and lack of talent in some areas was significantly exploited. A significant repair job in EVERY area we lacked last year with the exception of possibly QB (TBD) has been implemented. If HCDB doesn't win at minimum 4, he should and will be shown the door. This team is ready to play football, the question is whether or not we are a team.

I'd love to see an article blaming Lew Perkins for running of Harbaugh, I'd love to see articles about literally the actions in a timeline that lead us to now, but frankly, I couldn't give a sh** about the fact we were 1-11 last year. We lived it, we mourned it and it has 0 impact on whats going to happen this year. It is okay to reference it every once in awhile but THIS site is the only place that continually references it, this is also the only site that has received negative backlash from the Athletic Department. Coincidence? I think not.

John Fitzgerald 3 years, 11 months ago

Between these four games I'm guessing we go 1-3. But I'm hoping we go at least 2-2. Or even 3-1. 4-0 would just be a miracle.

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