Stories for July 2019


Wednesday, July 31

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Longtime KU Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine, Murphy Grant, hired by Wake Forest

Longtime Kansas football fixture Murphy Grant has found a new home. Grant, who most recently served as KU’s head football trainer and Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine, was hired this week by Wake Forest to fill a similar role.

Hailey Reed joins Kansas softball for 2019-20 season

Kansas softball head coach Jennifer McFalls announced the addition of Hailey Reed, a transfer from Pacific, to the 2019-20 roster.

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Jayhawks ready for 'anything' in first preseason camp under Les Miles

The Kansas football team’s veterans feel at this point like they know head coach Les Miles relatively well, after spending eight months around the man who was hired to turn around the program. That doesn’t necessarily mean, though, that they have a strong sense of what awaits them at their first preseason camp with Miles in charge. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, July 30

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KU standout Bryce Hoppel will forgo senior season to run professionally

The Kansas track and field team is losing a sensational standout. In a letter to the fans, which was posted via Kansas Athletics Tuesday night, Bryce Hoppel announced he had decided to forgo his senior season to pursue his dream of running professionally.

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Former KU football player accused of choking woman, pointing shotgun pleads not guilty, will go to trial

A former University of Kansas football player will face trial in connection with a woman’s allegation that he choked her and pointed a shotgun in her face.

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'It is my last ride': KU safety Mike Lee plans to cherish senior season

Mike Lee is not sure what to expect. Shane Jackson

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Notebook: Les Miles' son, Ben, reportedly enters transfer portal

For the second time since he became the head football coach at the University of Kansas, a son of Les Miles has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal. By Benton Smith

KU tennis doubles team falls in final of ITA Summer Circuit Event

Incoming freshman Carmen Roxana Manu and rising KU sophomore Julia Deming competed for the first time as a doubles team this weekend and made a run to the final of the ITA Summer Circuit event in Wichita.

Monday, July 29

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Why Les Miles thinks his first KU team is more talented than his first OSU team

Just as he did at the conclusion of his new program’s spring practice schedule a few months back, Les Miles reiterated recently his hunch that the first team he’ll coach at KU has “a better talent base” than the one he led at Oklahoma State in his debut season as a head coach 18 years ago. By Benton Smith

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Former KU broadcaster Max Falkenstien dies at 95

Max Falkenstien, whose enthusiastic voice was a key part of the soundtrack of Kansas basketball and KU football for decades, died Monday afternoon. He was 95. By Matt Tait

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Despite ending impressive streak, Bryce Hoppel punches ticket to IAAF World Championships

It was a weekend filled with some good and bad news for Kansas standout Bryce Hoppel at the 2019 Toyota USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium.

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'I want to be All-Big 12': KU safety Bryce Torneden has clear goal for senior season

Since the moment he stepped on campus, Bryce Torneden has been willing to do whatever it takes for the Kansas football team. Torneden has played multiple positions in the KU secondary throughout his career. Shane Jackson

Sunday, July 28

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Daniel Hishaw Jr. announces commitment to KU football for 2020

Les Miles continues to add to the 2020 recruiting class for the Kansas football team. On Sunday, Daniel Hishaw Jr. announced via his personal Twitter account that he was committed to the Jayhawks. According to Rivals, Hishaw is a two-star athlete from Moore, Oklahoma.

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Niko Roberts, LHS teammates involved in NCAA’s new College Basketball Academy

Before the second session even began, Niko Roberts was thinking of improvements. Roberts, who was a member of the Kansas men’s basketball team between 2010-14, held an administrative role at the first-ever NCAA-sponsored College Basketball Academy.

Friday, July 26

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KU veterans, Les Miles upbeat about inexperienced defensive front

When the Kansas football team makes its debut under head coach Les Miles on Aug. 31, the players who end up starting within the defensive front won’t exactly enter the opener with name recognition. By Benton Smith

Thursday, July 25

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Perry Ellis injured early, Self Made suffers lopsided loss in opening round of TBT

Self Made was forced to face reality within the first minute of this year’s TBT tournament. Despite being a No. 3 seed, and the ninth-ranked squad in the entire field, the Kansas alumni team never led in an eventual 87-63 loss to sixth-seeded Sideline Cancer during the opening round of the TBT tournament Thursday night at Wichita State’s Koch Arena. It was an abrupt ending during Self Made’s first year in the event.

3 KU golfers finish in top-20 at Prairie Invitational

Three Kansas women’s golfers excelled at the 2019 Prairie Invitational with all securing a top-20 finish at The National Golf Club of Kansas City in Parkville, Missouri.

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KU basketball to face Tennessee in Big 12/SEC Challenge

It won’t be a battle of blue bloods after all. Pairings for the 2020 Big 12/SEC Challenge were announced Thursday morning, and the Kansas men’s basketball team will play host to Tennessee this season in the seventh annual event

Wednesday, July 24

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Self Made to square off with unfamiliar opponent in first round of TBT tournament

It’s hard to know exactly how the Self Made squad will fare in both the TBT tournament as a whole and in today’s 6 p.m. opener against Sideline Cancer at Wichita State’s Koch Arena. But the former Jayhawks suiting up in the uniforms that bear their former head coach’s last name believe they’ve got all they need to make a run. Matt Tait

KU's Kyle Thompson earns spot on Ray Guy Award preseason watch list

The Augusta Sports Council announced the preseason watch list for the 2019 Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate punter, and Kansas junior Kyle Thompson was one of 26 players on the prestigious list.

Tuesday, July 23

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One-time signee Jayden Russell granted release from KU football

One of the first players to commit to Les Miles once he took over the University of Kansas football program late this past year, Jayden Russell won’t play for the Jayhawks in Miles’ first season after all. By Benton Smith

Jayhawks victorious in Week 5 of ITA Summer Circuit

Incoming Kansas freshman Vasiliki “Vasia” Karvouni has won her third singles crown at an Oracle Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Summer Circuit this summer.

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Kansas OL Hakeem Adeniji has lofty expectations for senior season

It was as good of a time as any for Hakeem Adeniji to reflect on his collegiate debut. At Big 12 Media Days, which took place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas a little over a month before his senior season, the Kansas offensive lineman took a trip down memory lane. Adeniji can now laugh about his Jayhawk debut as a true freshman, even though he was startled at the time. Shane Jackson

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Matt Tait: Training camp a key component of Self Made's TBT journey

Organized by Elijah Johnson and coached by Brady Morningstar, the Self Made TBT squad has run through a short training camp on KU's campus during the past few days in preparation for Thursday's tourney opener in Wichita. By Matt Tait

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Freshman LBs Steven Parker and Gavin Potter already impressing KU veterans

Ask senior leaders on the Kansas football team which freshmen have managed to impress them during summer workouts and the same two names emerge. Steven Parker and Gavin Potter. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Les Miles wants to reproduce KU football's 2007 success

During the most successful year of Les Miles’ career as a head football coach, another program with a far less stellar reputation than LSU experienced the most prosperous season in its history. By Benton Smith

Monday, July 22

KU football player arrested on suspicion of DUI

A Kansas football player has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the Douglas County Jail booking log.

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David Beaty's lawyers file response to Kansas Athletics' motion to dismiss lawsuit

Lawyers: KU 'continues to move the goal posts' on buyout

Lawyers representing former University of Kansas football head coach David Beaty say Kansas Athletics Inc., “continues to move the goal posts” when it comes to paying Beaty his $3 million buyout. By Benton Smith

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Former KU O-lineman Cam Durley transfers to Tennessee State

Former Kansas football offensive lineman Cam Durley went into the NCAA transfer portal and came out on the other side.

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Les Miles' track record vs. top 25 teams far better than what KU football is used to

Over the course of 15-plus seasons as a college football head coach, Miles’ teams have gone 45-33 against top 25 opponents. Miles enters his first season at KU with 197 games behind him, and roughly 40 percent of them came with his teams going up against ranked competition. By Benton Smith

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Former Jayhawk guard Brady Morningstar to handle coaching duties for Self Made

When former Kansas guard Brady Morningstar first heard that his friend and former teammate Elijah Johnson was putting together a team for The Tournament, he knew he wanted to get involved. By Matt Tait

Sunday, July 21

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Continuity expected to benefit KU O-line, with lack of 2019 signees

When Les Miles introduced his first signing class at the University of Kansas this past February, the head coach provided some sort of details about every incoming prospect. Not one of them was an offensive lineman. By Benton Smith

Saturday, July 20

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KU's Bill Self, others react to new college hoops recruiting calendar

The first of two annual Hardwood Classic AAU basketball tournaments hit Lawrence this weekend. But it did so without a key part of past events — big name coaches. By Matt Tait

Friday, July 19

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Khalil Herbert: 3 Kansas RBs give Jayhawks 'best' rushing unit in nation

It seems a safe assumption that the Jayhawks’ running game will feature heavily in Les Miles' offensive plans this season. Senior running back Khalil Herbert deduced as much long before he ever saw even a single page out of KU’s new playbook. By Benton Smith

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Gary Woodland misses cut at British Open

Kansas golf alum Gary Woodland’s dream of winning back to back majors came to an end on Friday evening at The Open Championship in Northern Ireland. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Les Miles delighted to share grass-eating habit with another champion

If Les Miles’ sporadic dietary urges spawned a trend it was news to him. By Benton Smith

McFalls tabs Lamberth as assistant coach for KU softball

Meghan Lamberth, a former assistant coach at Maryville University and Northwestern pitcher, has been named a Kansas softball assistant coach.

Kansas tennis adds Luniuska Delgado to 2019-20 roster

Kansas coach Todd Chapman announced Thursday that Luniuska “Luna” Delgado has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play tennis for KU, starting in the fall of 2019.

Thursday, July 18

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Les Miles explains recruiting approach that has KU football off to hot start for 2020

As much of an emphasis as Les Miles puts on recruiting, maybe he should have seen the wave coming. By Benton Smith

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The Big 3: Former KU greats set to return to KCMO this weekend with Ice Cube's BIG3 basketball league

Three of the biggest names in recent Kansas basketball history are coming back to the area this weekend, and they’re bringing a new brand of basketball with them. By Matt Tait

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Gary Woodland starts with 74 in Round 1 at British Open

Former Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland got off to a slow start at the 2019 British Open in Northern Ireland on Thursday.

Wednesday, July 17

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Gary Woodland ready for first major since joining golf's elite

The last time he played in one of the PGA Tour’s four major golf tournaments, former Kansas golfer Gary Woodland had to hold off major monster Brooks Koepka to win the U.S. Open. This time, he’ll have to deal with the tournament favorite for the first two rounds. By Matt Tait

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MOKAN Connections: Four players from nearby AAU program now on KU basketball roster

With the count of recent MOKAN players at Kansas now up to four, head coach Chris Neff needed just three words to explain his feelings about Chris Teahan, Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun and Dajuan Harris all joining the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: Beer sales at Memorial Stadium worth the risk for Kansas football

Selling beer at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium won’t automatically fill the place with 50,000 rabid KU football fans. But it’s a start. By Matt Tait

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Why one KU veteran thinks WR Takulve Williams is poised for breakout season

If anyone is searching for a breakout performer on the Kansas football team this season, Mike Lee just might have your playmaker in waiting. By Benton Smith

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KU bringing beer, wine sales to masses at football games this fall

New head coach Les Miles won’t be the only new attraction coming to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium this fall. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, July 16

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Jayhawks: Player-led summer workouts crucial for KU football

While spending the past several weeks counting down the days to their first preseason practice, Kansas football players have done all they can to head into August in prime shape. Just as importantly, the Jayhawks spent June and will continue spending July going through player-driven football specific workouts. By Benton Smith

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Big 12 coaches notebook: Iowa State's Matt Campbell handling higher expectations

Arlington, Texas — Five league coaches wrapped up the second and final day of Big 12 Media Days at AT&T Stadium on Tuesday.

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New ESPN+ streaming series to feature Les Miles and KU football

With the help of a camera crew that has followed Les Miles since this past November and will continue documenting the head football coach and his staff throughout his debut season at the University of Kansas, fans soon will get to go behind the scenes for glimpses of Miles’ endeavors to rebuild the program. By Benton Smith

Jayhawks come up short in ITA finals

Three members of the Kansas tennis team dropped finals matches in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Summer Circuit event at the Jayhawk Tennis Center in Lawrence on Monday.

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Living the Dream: Former KU basketball coach Ted Owens turns 90

Still humming along with equal amounts of pride in his home state of Oklahoma and the basketball program at Kansas, former KU head coach Ted Owens turns 90 today. By Matt Tait

Monday, July 15

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KU seniors relish opportunity to represent program at Big 12 Media Days

Arlington, Texas — The first thing that Khalil Herbert learned is that it wasn’t anything like the movies. The senior running back was one of four representatives — along with Hakeem Adeniji, Mike Lee and Bryce Torneden — for the Kansas football team during the Big 12 Media Days on Monday at AT&T Stadium. While the event went smoothly for the four KU seniors, the night before was anything but that for Herbert.

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Notebook: QB Thomas MacVittie heads into camp with edge over Carter Stanley

When Les Miles heads into his first preseason camp as the head football coach at the University of Kansas in a couple of weeks, he will do so with a quarterback competition to resolve. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks appreciate star power Les Miles brings to KU football

Even if In his first trip to Big 12 Football Media Days since his final season at Oklahoma State, in 2004, Les Miles proved to be more reserved and less of “The Mad Hatter," the four players who accompanied KU's football coach left the event feeling as though their head coach possesses star power unlike they’ve ever before seen. By Benton Smith

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Head coaches discuss quarterback battles at Big 12 Media Days

Arlington, Texas — Half of the head coaches in the league kicked off Big 12 Media Days Monday morning at AT&T Stadium. Les Miles of Kansas and Matt Wells of Texas Tech were the only new head coaches to step to the podium on the first day. Familiar faces such as Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma), Gary Patterson (TCU) and Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State) also took their turn at center stage in Jerry World.

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Latest KU football roster features numerous additions since spring

Les Miles on Jayden Russell: 'We want him to end up with us'

As the Kansas football program unveiled its 2019 media guide for the first time on Monday at Big 12 Media Days, the Jayhawks’ roster included many new additions. By Benton Smith

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Les Miles, Big 12 commissioner weigh in on Pooka Williams' 1-game suspension

It didn’t take long Monday morning at Big 12 Media Days for Kansas football coach Les Miles to address the recently announced one-game suspension for high profile running back Pooka Williams, which was met on social media and other platforms with some backlash. By Benton Smith

Sunday, July 14

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Jayhawks reach Monday finals in singles, doubles at ITA Summer Circuit event in Lawrence

The Kansas tennis team will be represented in the finals of both the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s women’s singles crimson bracket and the women’s doubles bracket Monday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center at Rock Chalk Park.

Saturday, July 13

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Kansas tennis program hosting ITA action at Jayhawk Tennis Center

The University of Kansas is one of eight schools nationwide hosting Week 4 matches in the Oracle Intercollegiate Tennis Association Summer Circuit this weekend.

Friday, July 12

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Jayhawks: Les Miles and staff's emphasis on physicality helped O-line's run blocking

Gauge Hakeem Adeniji’s opinion about an ingredient near and dear to his heart, and KU's senior starting left tackle provides a peek behind the curtain. Was he impressed by KU’s run blocking in the spring? “I could see how you say that,” Adeniji replied, sporting a crafty grin. By Benton Smith

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Matt Tait: What if college basketball followed the NBA's free agency model?

Imagine a world in which KU big man Udoka Azubuike left for North Carolina, Devon Dotson jumped ship to Texas and Michigan State point guard Cassius Winston wound up at Villanova for his senior season. By Matt Tait

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'This is where I want to be': Clint Bowen provides continuity for KU football

It didn’t take long for Les Miles to meet with Clint Bowen. Once Miles was named the Kansas head football coach last November, he promised to meet with each assistant from the 2018 coaching staff. Bowen, who was KU’s defensive coordinator last fall, was one of the first assistants to sit down with Miles. Shane Jackson

Thursday, July 11

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Jayhawks confident RPO plays will be effective with their personnel

In the seven-plus months since he was hired to breathe some life into a dormant Kansas football program, head coach Les Miles has proven unwavering in his quest to reveal only the vaguest details about what he envisions for KU’s offense this coming fall. Nevertheless, it seems one key component for the Jayhawks will be the run-pass option calls that appear in offensive coordinator Les Koenning’s playbook. By Benton Smith

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KU to face host school Chaminade in Round 1 of the Maui Invitational in November

It’s been known for quite some time that the Kansas men’s basketball team was headed back to paradise this season. But now the Jayhawks know who they will be playing when they get there. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, July 10

Dudarev places 4th at World University Games

Kansas thrown Gleb Dudarev was in action Tuesday, competing for his home country of Belarus at the World University Games in Naples, Italy.

Hoppel remains undefeated at 2019 Sunset Tour

Kansas senior-to-be Bryce Hoppel kept his undefeated season in tact on the track Tuesday night at the 2019 Sunset Tour, a brand-new meet that brought together top professionals and NCAA stars in pursuit of honing their skills and times for upcoming meets later this summer.

Bradford breaks Jordan Scott's meet record in runner-up finish

For the second time in as many years, Zach Bradford competed for Team USA over the weekend, this time at the North American, Central American, & Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships in Queretaro, Mexico.

Bradford breaks Jordan Scott's meet record in runner-up finish

For the second time in as many years, Zach Bradford competed for Team USA over the weekend, this time at the North American, Central American, & Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships in Queretaro, Mexico.

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KU football picked last in preseason Big 12 poll for 9th year in a row

Coaches come and go, but the Kansas football program’s place within the Big 12 hierarchy remains unchanged. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, July 9

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Jayhawks pick up first 2021 commitment from Texas prep WR Majik Rector

Still five months away from their first chance to sign recruits in the Class of 2020, the football coaches at Kansas are off to a significant head start on the 2021 batch. By Benton Smith

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'Back home': Hasan Defense returning to CB for senior year with KU

When Chevis Jackson approached Hasan Defense with the question, the assistant coach caught his new player a bit off guard. Jackson, shortly after being hired to coach defensive backs at the University of Kansas, sought out Defense’s opinion on which position he wanted to play. By Benton Smith

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KU's Pooka Williams and Kyle Thompson land on preseason All-Big 12 team

Despite an offseason full of uncertainty regarding his exact status for the coming Kansas football season, expectations remain high for sophomore running back Pooka Williams. By Benton Smith

Megan Falcon named associate head coach for KU tennis

Megan Falcon, a former All-American singles player and currently the assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin, has been named associate head coach of the Kansas women's tennis program.

Monday, July 8

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Group of KU seniors to accompany Les Miles to Big 12 Media Days

While Les Miles will attract most of the cameras, questions and attention during his first trip to Big 12 Media Days as the head coach at the University of Kansas, The Mad Hatter will have some veterans alongside him for the ride next week in Arlington, Texas. By Benton Smith

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Pooka Williams reinstated by KU football after domestic violence arrrest, will miss season opener

The Kansas football team’s undeniable star a season ago, running back Pooka Williams is rejoining the program after a seven-month suspension. By Benton Smith

Friday, July 5

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KU's depth eye-opening for freshman point guard Issac McBride

Throughout his time as a standout basketball player on the Arkansas prep hoops scene, Kansas freshman Issac McBride made a name for himself as a prolific scorer. But he might not need to tap into those skills much during his freshman season at KU. By Matt Tait

KU pole vaulter Zach Bradford set to compete for Team USA

University of Kansas All-American Zach Bradford is temporarily trading in his crimson and blue for a little red, white and blue.

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Acting was a 'passing fancy' for football lifer Les Miles

Les Miles never thought while in between head coaching jobs he’d suddenly find himself in another line of work. But that’s what happened to the up for anything football coach when, during his downtime, a friend of Miles’ put him in contact with an executive producer on a small budget movie.By Benton Smith

Wednesday, July 3

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Drew Harvey could play key role for inexperienced KU linebackers

Even if KU’s starting lineup in Week 1 ends up featuring only two linebackers, it’s difficult at this point to project who they would be. The safest bet for one of those jobs on the first Saturday of the season seems to be Drew Harvey. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, July 2

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U.S. Open champ Gary Woodland honored with celebration in downtown Topeka

A little more than weeks removed from his first major golf victory at the 2019 U.S. Open, Gary Woodland found himself at Kansas basketball practice Tuesday afternoon. By Matt Tait

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KU football D.C.: Steven Parker 'very similar' to young Josh Allen

When D.J. Eliot thinks about the Josh Allen he first saw as a high school prospect, KU’s defensive coordinator sees a resemblance between the Kentucky player who would go on to become a top-10 NFL draft pick and an incoming freshman who could play for the Jayhawks’ defense this fall. By Benton Smith

Monday, July 1

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Joe Dineen confident about future with Denver ahead of Broncos' training camp

For someone who loves the city of Lawrence, where he grew up playing football and even stuck around for another five years after graduating from Free State High in order to play linebacker at the University of Kansas, Joe Dineen hopes to soon become a longterm resident of Denver, Colo. By Benton Smith

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KU newcomer Tristan Enaruna noticed Bill Self's success with foreign-born players when picking Kansas

Kansas freshman Tristan Enaruna, a versatile wing forward from Netherlands, said the success of a few former Jayhawks from outside of the United States helped convince him that KU was the school for him during the recruiting process. By Matt Tait