Stories for January 2019


Thursday, January 31

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Pittsburg LB Jerek Butcher plans to join KU football

As the Kansas football coaching staff geared up for the last weekend before National Signing Day, Les Miles and his assistants learned that one of their under-the-radar recruits plans to join the Jayhawks.

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'Crazy' Big 12 race 'jumbled' at top as contenders try to dethrone Kansas

The Big 12 title race is far from over, with at least 10 games remaining for each of the league’s 10 teams. But as perennial champion Kansas approaches the midway mark on the conference schedule, Bill Self’s Jayhawks find themselves in an unfamiliar position, with little elbow room existing between themselves and four other contenders to their throne. By Benton Smith

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Red Raiders' dynamic defense the next major test for Kansas basketball

The numbers say it all, but sometimes the coaches say it better. Such is the case when describing the defense played by 16th-ranked Texas Tech, which will come to Allen Fieldhouse for a 3 p.m. tipoff Saturday in a game that could have an enormous impact on the rest of the Big 12 Conference race.By Matt Tait

Corcoran promoted to executive associate athletics director

As Jeff Long, first-year athletic director at the University of Kansas, continues his reorganization of the department, he announced this week a promotion for Nicole Corcoran.

White hired to oversee Williams Education Fund

The Williams Education Fund has a new coordinator. Jeff Long, first-year athletic director at the University of Kansas, announced this week the hiring of Ryan White as Kansas Athletics’ senior associate athletics director for development.

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Les Miles and staff have a few days to complete 2019 recruiting class

With less than a week to go until college football’s National Signing Day, the hours between now and Wednesday figure to be critical for the Kansas football program, as new head coach Les Miles and his staff complete their first recruiting class.

Wednesday, January 30

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Balanced offensive attack leads KU women past Oklahoma

After hitting a career high of her own, Austin Richardson wanted to give a big hug to teammate Chelsea Lott, who also netted a career high with 10 points. “(Chelsea) works hard everyday,” Richardson said. “I was so proud of her, she went out there and worked her butt off and didn’t back down from a challenge.”

KU pitcher Ryan Zeferjahn voted to Preseason All-Big 12 Team

The Big 12 Conference announced Wednesday morning that Kansas junior starting pitcher Ryan Zeferjahn was named to its Preseason All-Big 12 Team, which is voted on by the league's coaches.

KU tennis earns highest ranking in over 20 years

The University of Kansas women's tennis team moved up the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) poll to No. 11, the highest ranking for the Jayhawks since the team was ranked No. 7 in 1994.

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Kansas coach Bill Self puts onus on him to help Jayhawks' struggling offense

Whether rattling in and out, clanging off the rim or missing the mark altogether, making baskets, and therefore scoring points, has become quite a challenge for the Kansas men’s basketball team. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, January 29

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Benton Smith: Lack of leadership evident during Jayhawks' recent road woes

Austin, Texas — Call it a lack of leadership, the absence of a coldblooded mindset, relative inexperience or all of the above. But this Kansas basketball team doesn’t yet know how to win on the road. The evidence against the Jayhawks turning this season into one that will be deemed as acceptable or memorable in basketball-crazed Lawrence mounted Tuesday night at Frank Erwin Center, where KU trailed for more than 37 minutes of a 73-63 loss at Texas.

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Notebook: KU freshman Ochai Agbaji shines in starting debut, scoring team-high 24 points

Austin, Texas — After strong efforts in five of the six games he had played since taking off his redshirt a few weeks ago to help this evolving Kansas basketball team, freshman Ochai Agbaji cracked the starting lineup during Tuesday night’s 73-63 loss at Texas.

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No. 11 Kansas falls on road again, drops 73-63 defeat at Texas

Austin, Texas — Losing at Kentucky is one thing. Losing at Iowa State is another. But now this? Behind a lackluster first half and another off-key offensive night in the city dubbed the Live Music Capital of the World, the 11th-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team dropped to 1-5 in true road games this season with a 73-63 loss to Texas on Tuesday night at Frank Erwin Center. By Matt Tait

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Quick recap: No. 11 Kansas suffers 73-63 defeat at Texas

The streak is over. Not KU’s streak of Big 12 regular-season titles, of course, as that remains intact for the moment. But Kansas’ dominating run against Texas came to an end Tuesday night in Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns led for all but nine seconds of their 73-63 win over the Jayhawks.

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 11 Kansas basketball at Texas

A look at some of the keys for 11th-ranked Kansas in tonight's Big 12 road battle at Texas. By Matt Tait

Monday, January 28

KU starter Ryan Zeferjahn named Baseball America Preseason All-American

Baseball America announced Monday morning that Kansas junior starting pitcher Ryan Zeferjahn was named to its Preseason All-America Team. Forty-two players from across the country represent 35 different schools on the three teams, with Zeferjahn earning a third-team nod. No other KU player has ever earned a Preseason All-America Team recognition from Baseball America.

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Kwamie Lassiter II, numerous former KU football players celebrate life of standout Jayhawk

A contingent of past and present members of the Kansas football program traveled to Richmond, Va., this past weekend to celebrate the life of Kwamie Lassiter.

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Les Miles announces 3 more support staff additions

The amount of support staffers in place for the Kansas football program grew again on Monday, as head coach Les Miles announced three more hires.

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Jayhawks fall out of AP top 10 for first time this season

For the first time this season the top 10 doesn’t include Kansas. By Benton Smith

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Dedric Lawson once again earns Big 12 weekly honor

In what’s becoming a bit of a Monday routine for Kansas forward Dedric Lawson, the redshirt junior picked up his seventh weekly award from the Big 12.

Sunday, January 27

KU women's basketball team falls short at TCU

Despite a valiant comeback effort, the University of Kansas women's basketball team effort fell short at TCU, suffering a 58-53 loss Sunday afternoon inside Schollmaier Arena.

Former KU golfers Thompson, Woodland finish strong at latest PGA Tour stop

Playing into the weekend together for just the second time this PGA Tour season, former University of Kansas golfers Chris Thompson and Gary Woodland put together solid tournaments in La Jolla, Calif., this week.

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New OC Les Koenning signed five-year deal with KU

Terms include hefty buyout for this year, KU options beyond first 2 years

Having now hired two offensive coordinators in the two-plus months since Les Miles took over the University of Kansas football program, the Jayhawks would love to avoid doing so again anytime soon. By Benton Smith

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Success in true road games remains out of reach for Kansas basketball

The Kansas men’s basketball team is 1-4 this season in true road games played in the home venue of its opponent, and the Jayhawks have another road test on tap Tuesday night in Austin, Texas.By Matt Tait

Saturday, January 26

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Benton Smith: No. 9 Jayhawks can put marquee loss behind them

Lexington, Ky. — Pretend for a second like Saturday night never happened. Congratulations. You’re now thinking like a Jayhawk. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Bill Self on UK’s Rupp Arena: ‘It’s no Allen Fieldhouse’

Lexington, Ky. — With the amount of hours dedicated to the hype and buildup for Saturday’s blue-blood battle soaring into the triple digits, Saturday’s 71-63 victory by No. 8 Kentucky over 9th-ranked Kansas certainly delivered the type of atmosphere one might expect of the two winningest programs in college basketball history. By Matt Tait

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No. 9 Kansas drops 71-63 decision at No. 8 Kentucky during SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Lexington, Ky. — Kansas junior Dedric Lawson recorded his NCAA-leading 14th double-double of the season, with a 20-point, 15-rebound effort at Rupp Arena on Saturday night. But 8th-ranked Kentucky countered with three players capable of putting up Lawson-type numbers, overwhelming offensively challenged Kansas, 71-63 in ESPN College GameDay’s showcase game of the day. By Matt Tait

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Quick recap: Kansas falls to Kentucky in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

The battle of blue blood programs lived up to the billing. No. 9 Kansas and No. 8 Kentucky traded punches during a gritty, slugfest in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge Saturday afternoon. In the end, though, the Wildcats delivered the decisive blows in the second half to secure a 71-63 victory over the Jayhawks in Rupp Arena.

Friday, January 25

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Les Miles announces hiring of more KU football staffers

On a busy week for staffing moves, highlighted by the hiring of offensive coordinator Les Koenning, Kansas football coach Les Miles capped it off by announcing the addition of five new employees.

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Self: KU-Kentucky about so much more than moments on the court

The 9th-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team will not win or lose the Big 12 Conference, nor win or lose the 2019 national championship, based on the result of today’s showdown with No. 8 Kentucky at Rupp Arena. By Matt Tait

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 9 Kansas basketball at No. 8 Kentucky

A look at some of the keys for 9th-ranked Kansas in tonight's blue blood showdown with No. 8 Kentucky at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kent. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, January 23

Cold-shooting night dooms KU women's basketball at No. 12 Texas

An uncharacteristically cold-shooting night plagued the University of Kansas women's basketball team during a 62-43 to No. 12 Texas Wednesday night at Frank Erwin Center.

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Dearmon leaves behind NAIA head coaching job to become KU's senior offensive consultant

As Kansas football coach Les Miles continues to add to his program’s support staff, he announced Wednesday the hiring of a senior offensive consultant, Brent Dearmon, who left a head coaching position to work at KU.

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KU football spring game scheduled for April 13

Even though spring games rarely reveal too much about a college football team’s schemes or strengths, Kansas football fans eager to get their first peek at what the Jayhawks will look like under new head coach Les Miles will soon have that chance. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, January 22

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Les Koenning hired to become KU's offensive coordinator and QBs coach

Miles completes 1st KU staff — again

Twelve days after first-year Kansas football coach Les Miles lost his shortlived offensive coordinator to an FBS head coaching job, Miles announced Tuesday he has hired a replacement. By Benton Smith

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KU football's trip to Boston College moved to Sept. 13

The first road football game of the Les Miles era at the University of Kansas will come a day earlier than expected. By Benton Smith

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Big Response: KU freshman Devon Dotson flips script from rough game at West Virginia to help Kansas top Iowa State

He has just 19 college basketball games under his belt to date, but last Saturday’s 65-64 loss at West Virginia was one of Kansas freshman Devon Dotson’s worst. It also was played a huge role in his masterful game against Iowa State on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Monday, January 21

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Garrett, Lawson carry No. 9 Kansas to crucial home win over Iowa State

For all the big performances, memorable moments and clutch plays that helped lead No. 9 Kansas to a wild, 80-76 home victory over No. 24 Iowa State on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas coach Bill Self had a way of summing it all up that made this latest KU victory sound rather simple. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Jayhawks have become a regular on Big Monday for good reason

Monday night’s 80-76 win by No. 9 Kansas against No. 24 Iowa State marked the second of four ESPN Big Monday appearances this season for the Kansas men’s basketball program, a ritual of sorts that has become as common as Kansas returning to Maui every four years for the Maui Invitational. And as important as the Big Monday showcases are to the Jayhawks and their passionate basketball fans, there are people at ESPN who believe the Kansas brand is equally as important to Big Monday.

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Benton Smith: Jayhawks back on top of wild Big 12 race following win over Cyclones

One way or another the four-way tie atop the Big 12 standings was getting broken up by the end of Big Monday at Allen Fieldhouse. At least for a day. The winner of Kansas State-Texas Tech will get a chance to join Kansas 20-some hours after the fact, but until then, the conference lead belongs to the Jayhawks.

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No. 9 Kansas knocks off Iowa State behind decisive 14-0 run in second half

The eyes said it all. With No. 9 Kansas making a hard run and expending every ounce of energy it had to overcome a night when it was outplayed, outpushed and outexecuted by visiting Iowa State, Devon Dotson looked up the floor right about midcourt and saw Lagerald Vick slip behind the defense. The rest was easy.

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Quick recap: Kansas avoids season sweep with 80-76 win over Iowa State

Kansas flipped the script in the second half to secure another Big Monday victory. After suffering a 17-point loss to Iowa State just a few weeks ago, KU got its revenge with a 80-76 victory Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse. Since the 2013-14 season, the Jayhawks (16-3, 5-2 Big 12) are 37-3 following a loss. With the loss, ISU (14-5, 4-3) dropped from a four-way tie for first place in the Big 12.

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Game day breakdown: Kansas basketball vs. Iowa State

A look at some of the keys for Kansas in tonight's Big Monday, Big 12 showdown with Iowa State in a rematch of a game from Jan. 5, which Iowa State won in Ames, Iowa, by 17 points. By Matt Tait

Sunday, January 20

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Benton Smith: Rare Ochai Agbaji turnovers kept freshman on bench at WVU

At some point before the season’s conclusion it was bound to happen. Ochai Agbaji’s uncanny transition from redshirt player to sixth man would hit some turbulence. The first jolt to the University of Kansas freshman’s surprisingly smooth assimilation to college basketball came against a program and in a venue known to vex Jayhawks. By Benton Smith

Saturday, January 19

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Notebook: Marcus Garrett’s offensive encore a bright spot during KU's latest loss

Morgantown, W.Va. — Five days earlier, in a home win over Texas, it was Marcus Garrett’s jump shot that led to a career night and 20-point outburst for the Kansas sophomore. On Saturday, in KU’s 65-64, gut-wrenching loss at West Virginia, Garrett’s offensive encore was one of the few bright spots in a day gone horribly wrong for the 7th-ranked Jayhawks at WVU Coliseum.

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Benton Smith: Lagerald Vick's woes in crunch time loom large against Mountaineers

Morgantown, W.Va. — The senior guard should have known better. Playing in his 112th game at the University of Kansas and making his 57th career start, Lagerald Vick, by osmosis alone, should have picked up somewhere along the line a mental note about what to do when his team is down a point with the game on the line.

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Kansas women's basketball team falls short against Oklahoma State

In a game where it never had the lead, the Kansas women's basketball team attempted to mount a comeback before falling to Oklahoma State by a 72-62 margin Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Morgantown mishap: No. 7 Kansas falters late in 65-64 loss at West Virginia

Morgantown strikes again. Despite controlling the second half and leading for more than 26 minutes of Saturday’s game at West Virginia — including nearly all of the second half — the No. 7-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team said hello to an old nemesis as the final horn sounded at WVU Coliseum. By Matt Tait

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Quick Recap: Mountaineers knock off No. 7 KU in final seconds

Trips to WVU Coliseum never seem to go too smoothly for the Kansas basketball team, and the Jayhawks’ experience against West Virginia on Saturday afternoon was no different. Jermaine Haley’s layup in the final seconds proved to be the game-winner for the victory-starved Mountaineers, who picked up their first Big 12 win, 65-64.

Friday, January 18

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 7 Kansas basketball at West Virginia

A look at some of the keys for 7th-ranked Kansas in today's Big 12 road battle at winless West Virginia. By Matt Tait

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KU claims it has $1.5 million in new Adidas money, but when asked to point to it on financial statements, it won't

Kansas Athletics is refusing to release information about its 2018 financial statements as questions persist about KU’s dealings with apparel provider Adidas, which is embroiled in a pay-for-play college basketball scheme.

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Potential OC candidate for KU football reportedly withdraws from consideration

The reported courtship between the University of Kansas football program and one potential offensive coordinator didn’t last long.

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5 Jayhawks to showcase skills for NFL decision-makers Saturday

Though they will be playing in separate stadiums on opposite coasts of the continent, five seniors from the 2018 Kansas football team will have very similar agendas Saturday: impressing NFL scouts, coaches and decision-makers.

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Despite all the empty seats, KU says football ticket sales were up in 2018

Despite the frequent sight of empty seats on a Saturday at Memorial Stadium, University of Kansas officials are now saying they actually saw an increase in football ticket sales during the 2018 season.

Thursday, January 17

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De Sousa's attorney: 'It's time for the NCAA to be fair to Silvio'

Lawyer calls for KU forward's reinstatement

A Kansas City-based attorney representing Kansas basketball forward Silvio De Sousa released a statement on De Sousa’s behalf Thursday afternoon and its message was simple. “It’s time for the NCAA to be fair to Silvio and immediately reinstate his eligibility,” wrote Scott Tompsett, of Tompsett Collegiate Sports Law in Kansas City, Mo. By Matt Tait

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Senior Class Award names Joe Dineen 1st-team all-American

Down in Florida this week for Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game, Lawrence native and recent University of Kansas graduate Joe Dineen learned the Senior CLASS Award named him a first-team All-American.

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Tyler Johnson medically disqualified from basketball

Junior center Tyler Johnson has been medically disqualified and will step away from basketball after suffering from chronic knee issues throughout her career at Kansas.

Wednesday, January 16

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KU women's basketball team handed 94-68 loss by No. 2 Baylor

Kansas seniors Jessica Washington and Kylee Kopatich didn’t need to say much to describe what it’s like to play against a Baylor team that handed UConn its first regular season loss since 2014. “Big, big, huge, done … Trees, trees,” Washington and Kopatich said together as they traded adjectives.

Tuesday, January 15

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Les Miles hires more support staff for KU football

First-year Kansas coach Les Miles announced Tuesday the hiring of three new football support staff members.

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Marcus Garrett's emergence on offense could mean big things for Kansas

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self constantly preaches to his players that if they focus on the right aspects of the game, good things will follow. There has been perhaps no better example of that philosophy this season than sophomore Marcus Garrett, who dropped a career-high 20 points in Monday night’s win over Texas at Allen Fieldhouse, but did not let his offensive explosion get in the way of the rest of his on-court duties. By Matt Tait

Monday, January 14

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Benton Smith: Freshman PG Devon Dotson indispensable for KU

He’s neither the type of player to bewilder observers with explosive scoring nights nor one to rack up eye-popping assist numbers. But freshman point guard Devon Dotson might be the most indispensable player on the Kansas basketball roster.

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Jayhawks claim 10th consecutive victory over Longhorns with 80-78 win

For all of the power and prestige that the burnt orange brand represents throughout college athletics, the Kansas men’s basketball team sure has found a way to give the Longhorns the short end of the stick. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Per report, KU officials to ask NCAA to reinstate Silvio De Sousa

According to a Monday report from Seth Davis of The Athletic, the Kansas men’s basketball program is prepared to rule KU sophomore Silvio De Sousa ineligible and request that the NCAA immediately reinstate him. Davis’ report, which cites multiple sources who claim KU is prepared to “formally acknowledge to the NCAA that a violation took place,” answers the question that KU officials would or could not answer last week.

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Quick recap: No. 7 Kansas tops Texas 80-78 on Big Monday

On its first Big Monday of the season, No. 7 Kansas was tested by Texas in a game that came down to the wire. Despite being in control for much of the night, the Jayhawks surrendered multiple 3-pointers down the stretch to make things close at the end. In the end, KU made enough plays to secure a 80-78 victory over UT Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The win marked KU’s 31st consecutive victory at home on Big Monday.

After serious car accident, KU safety Nick Caudle expected to be full spring participant

A few days removed from his involvement in a serious car accident, University of Kansas safety Nick Caudle is expected to make a full recovery.

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Notebook: Daniel Wise invited to NFL Scouting Combine

It won’t be his first or his last chance to prove himself as a pro football prospect, but Daniel Wise will get to step onto one of the most coveted stages in the pre-draft process. By Benton Smith

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Game day - No. 7 Kansas vs. Texas

A look at some of the keys for 7th-ranked Kansas in tonight's Big Monday matchup vs. Texas at 8 p.m. on ESPN, the first of four Big Monday games for the Jayhawks this season. By Matt Tait

Sunday, January 13

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KU women's basketball team nets first win over Kansas State since 2014

The University of Kansas women's basketball team earned its first Big 12 Conference win with a 61-54 victory over rival Kansas State Sunday afternoon inside Bramlage Coliseum. The win by KU (11-3, 1-2 Big 12) marked its first win over KSU since 2014, which snapped the program's 10-game losing streak in the rivalry.

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Benton Smith: Ochai Agbaji invigorating lineup as KU recalibrates on the fly

Replacing a 7-foot, three-year starter with a fresh-out-of-his redshirt 6-5 guard in the middle of a season isn’t a tradeoff any college basketball coach would seek out. Not even Kansas mastermind Bill Self. No one could have guessed Ochai Agbaji would be so ready to step into KU’s rotation. By Benton Smith

Saturday, January 12

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Notebook: KU senior Lagerald Vick reaches 1,000-point milestone on 22nd birthday

Waco, Texas — Kansas senior Lagerald Vick has had a bunch of memorable moments in a KU uniform, but none quite like this. Late in the first half of Saturday’s 73-68 victory at Baylor, Vick drained a 3-pointer from the wing, just left of the top of the key, that put Kansas ahead 27-22 and launched Vick into some exclusive company.

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Benton Smith: Dedric Lawson becoming more complete player for Jayhawks

Waco, Texas — In the midst of his ongoing evolution to become the total basketball player that Kansas needs him to be, Dedric Lawson made some headway in some uncharted territory Saturday afternoon at the Ferrell Center. A redshirt junior, Lawson has proven time and again that he can score from most spots on the floor, drive and spin his way to easy baskets and attack the glass as well as any big man in the Big 12.

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No. 7 Kansas survives late scare to claim road win over Baylor

Waco, Texas — There were some issues at the end of Saturday’s 73-68 victory by No. 7 Kansas over Baylor at the Ferrell Center that certainly will be talked about, but might never be watched. None of them will change the way KU coach Bill Self felt about his latest road victory in the Big 12.

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Quick recap: No. 7 Kansas takes down Baylor for 73-68 win

No. 7 Kansas put its recent road woes to bed at last. The result was basically never in doubt, as KU cruised to a 73-68 win over Baylor Saturday afternoon in Waco, Texas. The Jayhawks took a 3-2 advantage at the 18:25 mark and never looked back en route to their second consecutive win since suffering 17-point loss at Iowa State a week ago.

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Game day: No. 7 Kansas at Baylor

A look at some of the keys for 7th-ranked Kansas in today's Big 12 road battle with Baylor in Waco, Texas. By Matt Tait

Friday, January 11

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Les Miles hires director of player personnel, senior special teams analyst with SEC backgrounds

As new Kansas football coach Les Miles looks to fill the recently vacated offensive coordinator spot on his full-time coaching staff, Miles announced Friday the hiring of a pair of support staffers who used to work for SEC programs.

Thursday, January 10

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Chip Lindsey leaves KU football to become head coach at Troy

It took Les Miles roughly two weeks to search for and hire an offensive coordinator after becoming the head football coach at the University of Kansas. Now Miles will have to do it all over again, a little more than five weeks after landing on Chip Lindsey. By Benton Smith

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Matt Tait: Chip Lindsey departure doesn't have to spell doom and gloom for Kansas football

There’s enough reason to believe that Chip Lindsey was not Kansas football coach Les Miles’ first choice as KU’s new offensive coordinator to make Lindsey’s departure a little easier to digest. But that’s only if Miles’ Plan C or Plan D or Plan E or wherever we’re at on the list at this point can bring the same kind of buzz and clout to the long-suffering KU program. By Matt Tait

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Though still not perfect, the Kansas offense was a much prettier product vs. TCU

The easy thing to do would be to credit the high-flying freshman for bringing an entirely new dimension to the Kansas basketball lineup. And, sure, no one would blame you for crediting Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji and his lob-catching, high-leaping, energy-laden offensive game for adding life to a sometimes-stagnant KU offense. By Matt Tait

Former KU soccer player charged with molesting student

A former goalkeeper for the University of Kansas soccer team has been charged with molesting a student while coaching and working as a teacher's aide at a Seattle high school.

Wednesday, January 9

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Self: Doc says Azubuike's surgery 'couldn't have gone any better'

While most, if not all, followers of Kansas basketball knew that KU junior Udoka Azubuike would not play in Wednesday night’s 77-68 victory over No. 25 TCU, there were a few who were curious where he was during the 7th-ranked Jayhawks’ bounce-back win at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Oh my, Ochai: KU freshman Agbaji delivers dazzling debut to help No. 7 Kansas top No. 25 TCU

He waited 14 games and 9 weeks to finally play, and then had to wait 4 minutes and 9 seconds longer to actually get into a game. From there, it took Kansas freshman Ochai Agbaji just 10 more seconds to make an impact that was felt throughout Allen Fieldhouse long into the night during the Jayhawks’ 77-68 victory over No. 25 TCU on Wednesday. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Freshman Devon Dotson continues to grow as leader for Jayhawks

Before Wednesday night’s 77-68 victory over No. 25 TCU at Allen Fieldhouse, the last time the 7th-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team was on the floor for Big 12 play, an obvious lack of leadership led to a meltdown at Iowa State and the Jayhawks walked away on the wrong end of a 17-point beating after coughing up 24 turnovers.

Jayhawks drop 69-66 decision at Texas Tech

Kansas women's basketball team couldn't stop Texas Tech's Zuri Sanders during a 69-66 loss Wednesday night inside United Supermarkets Arena.

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Benton Smith: KU eager to go small in first crack at life without Udoka

Some wondered, when Udoka Azubuike’s season ended, how Kansas could survive with a four-guard lineup when its current crop of perimeter players aren’t exactly known for their lights-out 3-point shooting. Even if it wasn’t a convincing one, the Jayhawks provided their first answer Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, as they embraced their new small-ball image.

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Quick recap: No. 7 Kansas bounces back to claim win over No. 25 TCU

Few things are as automatic as a Bill Self-led Kansas team bouncing back from a loss. Following its first conference defeat of the season, No. 7 Kansas got back in the win column with a 77-68 victory over No. 25 TCU Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks are now 87-11 in games following a loss over the last 16 years, which is the best win percentage in the nation in such contests.

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Update: KU football OC Chip Lindsey reportedly leaving to become Troy head coach

Hired Dec. 3 to become the first offensive coordinator under new Kansas football coach Les Miles, Chip Lindsey is reportedly already on his way out of town. By Benton Smith

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KU football player Pooka Williams applies for diversion in domestic battery case

University of Kansas star football player Pooka Williams has applied for a diversion in the domestic battery charge he is facing, his attorney Hatem B. Chahine said Wednesday morning, and the court has granted his request.

Tuesday, January 8

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Game day - No. 7 Kansas vs. No. 25 TCU

A look at some of the keys for seventh-ranked Kansas in tonight's Big 12 battle with No. 25 TCU at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Kansas tennis picked second in Big 12 preseason poll

The Kansas women's tennis team is predicted to finish second in the 2019 Big 12 Conference standings, the league announced Tuesday morning.

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Schadler, Wallace, Lipscomb and Saunders to represent KU at Tropical Bowl

Four former University of Kansas football players are headed southeast this week to showcase their skills at the fourth annual Spiral Tropical Bowl.

Monday, January 7

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KU football redshirted 27 players in 2018

In the final season before head coach Les Miles took over the Kansas football program, 27 different players on the 2018 roster finished the season eligible to use the year as a redshirt season. According to KU, as the Jayhawks head into 2019, every one of them ended up taking a redshirt. By Benton Smith

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Benton Smith: Bill Self and Jayhawks about to reinvent their 4-guard lineup

The two-big go-to lineup Bill Self envisioned for his Kansas basketball team this season is no more. While that configuration technically is still available by sliding a substitute big man into the spot in the starting lineup Udoka Azubuike’s season-ending wrist injury left behind, Self has little incentive to take that route, nor to try and replicate KU's four-guard lineups of the past two years. By Benton Smith

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Seventh-ranked Jayhawks, injured Azubuike preparing to move forward into uncertain times

With KU junior Udoka Azubuike lost for the season, the 7th-ranked Kansas men's basketball team is preparing to move forward into uncertain times for both the program and Azubuike. By Matt Tait

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self exploring idea of pulling redshirt off freshman guard Ochai Agbaji

Even though there are seven inches and 60 pounds difference between them, one unexpected benefactor of the season-ending wrist injury to Udoka Azubuike could be Kansas freshman Ochai Agbaji.By Matt Tait

Sunday, January 6

Former KU football standout Kwamie Lassiter dies

A former standout defensive back for the University of Kansas football program and a 10-year pro in the NFL, Kwamie Lassiter died Sunday at 49, after suffering a heart attack.

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Udoka Azubuike injury shifts focus even more to the status of KU sophomore Silvio De Sousa

The Silvio De Sousa question likely just went from a simmer to a full-blown boil for Kansas basketball fans. By Matt Tait

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KU center Udoka Azubuike out for the season

Sunday MRI reveals torn ligaments in right hand

According to a news release from the KU basketball program sent out Sunday night, an MRI of KU junior Udoka Azubuike’s right hand and wrist revealed that the junior from Nigeria tore ligaments and would need season-ending surgery. By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self after KU's ugly night at Iowa State: 'The sky's not falling, even though we sucked'

There’s no telling exactly how Kansas basketball coach Bill Self felt about things when he woke up on Sunday morning, anywhere from 12-20 hours after fifth-ranked KU’s 77-60 loss at Iowa State on Saturday. But not long after the Jayhawks’ second setback of the season, which came largely as the result of a season-high 24 KU turnovers, Self already was providing himself — and the KU fan base — with instructions on how to move forward. By Matt Tait

Saturday, January 5

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Notebook: Udoka Azubuike misses game against Cyclones with wrist injury

Ames, Iowa — Throughout the month of December, after an ankle sprain against Wofford cost him a few weeks of game time, the Kansas men’s basketball team knew it would be without junior center Udoka Azubuike during the four full games he missed and planned accordingly.

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Benton Smith: Dedric Lawson not yet take-charge leader KU needs

Ames, Iowa — The stage was set for a Dedric Lawson takeover. The Jayhawks would have to play without 7-footer Udoka Azubuike in their first Big 12 road game of the season, inside one of the best environments the conference has to offer.

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No. 5 Kansas coughs up 24 turnovers in 77-60 thumping at Iowa State

Ames, Iowa — With a grin hardly befitting the two hours of torture he had just endured, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self stepped to the podium inside the Hilton Coliseum media room on Saturday evening after No. 5 KU’s 77-60 thumping at the hands of Iowa State and asked a simple question. “How was you guys’ day?” the KU coach asked rhetorically after watching his team struggle through 40 face-melting minutes of whoa-that-looks-hard basketball.

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Quick recap: No. 5 Kansas suffers 77-60 loss to Iowa State for first Big 12 defeat

Winning inside a hostile Hilton Coliseum is no easy task. No. 5 Kansas did itself no favors, though, during Saturday’s 77-60 loss to Iowa State. The Jayhawks struggled to take care of the ball on the offensive end, and they gave up to many open looks on the defensive side as well.

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KU women's basketball opens Big 12 play with loss to No. 25 Iowa State

Midway through the third quarter, senior Christalah Lyons drew a hard foul on Iowa State’s Bridget Carleton. With a 20 point lead, 6-foot-1 Carleton towered over Lyons who laid flat on the floor as she got up to take her free throws with a smug, serious, look on her face.

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KU center Udoka Azubuike out against Iowa State with wrist injury

No. 5 Kansas will be without its biggest mismatch in its first Big 12 road game. Over an hour before the start of KU’s road tilt with Iowa State, head coach Bill Self announced that center Udoka Azubuike would not be available Saturday afternoon due to a wrist injury he sustained in practice.

Friday, January 4

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Game day - No. 5 Kansas basketball at Iowa State

A look at some of the keys for fifth-ranked Kansas in today's first Big 12 road test of the 2018-19 season, at 11-2 Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. By Matt Tait

Thursday, January 3

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KU football perpetually searching for next impactful QB in post-Reesing era

Yet another college football season came and went at the University of Kansas in 2018 without the downtrodden program putting an upper echelon Big 12 passing attack on the field. Now it will be on head coach Les Miles and his offensive coordinator and QBs coach, Chip Lindsey, to do the improbable and give Kansas — as well as its long suffering fan base — a QB that can keep pace with the rest of the Big 12. By Benton Smith

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self calls KU's 3-point woes 'worrisome' after 4-of-21 effort vs. Oklahoma

Thirteen games into the 2018-19 Kansas basketball season, the fifth-ranked Jayhawks are shooting .344 from 3-point range as a team, which puts them in the bottom half of all Division I basketball teams as we head into conference play. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, January 2

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Benton Smith: KU's newcomers find their footing in Big 12 debuts

Big 12 basketball victories are never guaranteed — even for the league’s perennial champion Kansas Jayhawks when they’re playing inside Allen Fieldhouse. Conference battles in this league typically trend toward less difficult only if a coach can utilize a group of veterans with the Big 12 scars to prove their collective value.

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No. 5 KU overcomes slow starts in both halves to take down No. 23 OU

Say this for the fifth-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team: It sure does know how to make things hard on itself. The latest example of this reality, call it unnecessary complexity, came Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, where the Jayhawks struggled through sleepy starts to both halves, but still held off No. 23 Oklahoma, 70-63, in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

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Notebook: Jayhawks begin quest for 15th straight Big 12 title with win over Sooners

With Wednesday’s 70-63 victory at Allen Fieldhouse, the games are underway and the race is on, as No. 5 Kansas — and three other Big 12 teams that won on Wednesday night — took an early lead in the chase for the 2019 Big 12 Conference crown. While 17 games and a ton of grinding remains in the weeks ahead, KU coach Bill Self recently was asked what he thought it would take to win the Big 12 this season.

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Quick recap: No. 5 Kansas tops No. 23 Oklahoma to win another Big 12 opener

Death, taxes, and Kansas winning the Big 12 opener. KU has rattled off 14 consecutive conference titles, which is an NCAA Division 1 record. But the program’s most remarkable streak may just be its mind-boggling run of winning the first game of Big 12 play.

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Kansas WRs coach Emmett Jones speaks 'truth' when recruiting

In his brief time as the wide receivers coach at the University of Kansas, Emmett Jones has been active on the recruiting front, telling prospects about the program now being run by head coach Les Miles. So how does Jones sell players on the idea of joining the Jayhawks? Let him stop you right there. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, January 1

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The 10 most-talked-about KU basketball games of 2018

Before the Kansas men's basketball team gets going with another round of memories in 2019, here’s one last look at the team's most-talked-about games from 2018. By Matt Tait

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Shane Jackson: Time for KU women's basketball to prove it can win in Big 12

One. That’s the number of losses the University of Kansas women’s basketball team suffered during nonconference play in 2018. The Jayhawks went 10-1 in their 11-game nonconference slate, outscoring opponents by 177 points in the process. Yet, in many ways, KU still has plenty to prove as it heads into the start of Big 12 play by playing host to Iowa State at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Game day - No. 5 Kansas basketball vs. No. 23 Oklahoma

A look at some of the keys for fifth-ranked Kansas in tonight's Big 12 opener at Allen Fieldhouse against No. 23 Oklahoma. By Matt Tait