Stories for April 2020


Thursday, April 30

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Matt Tait: At least three key questions remain on whether endorsements will be good for college sports

The NCAA’s recent show of support for compensation through endorsement deals for college athletes was a win for the athletes. But there are still so many questions to ask, loopholes to close and concerns to consider before this development can be called a success for college athletics. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, April 29

Kansas tennis adds Canadian transfer

Kansas women's tennis coach Todd Chapman announced Wednesday the addition of UC Santa Barbara transfer Tiffany Lagarde.

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NCAA board supports allowing college athletes to get paid for endorsement and other deals

The NCAA is moving forward with a plan to allow college athletes to earn money for endorsements and a host of other activities involving personal appearances and social media.

Tuesday, April 28

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Three KU tennis players earn academic all-Big 12 honors

Three Kansas tennis players earned spots on the 2020 academic all-Big 12 first team, the conference announced on Tuesday.

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Judge rules ‘Miles to Go’ footage, 2019 practice film can be part of Beaty case

The raw, unedited footage of the “Miles to Go” documentary that profiled coach Les Miles’ first season at the helm of KU football can be subpoenaed and used as evidence in the case of former coach David Beaty’s disputed firing, a U.S. magistrate judge ruled Tuesday. By Conner Mitchell

Monday, April 27

10 KU golfers earn first-team academic All-Big 12 honors

Ten University of Kansas golfers have been named to the 2019-20 men’s and women’s academic All-Big 12 squads, the school announced Monday.

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KU administrators, Self, Miles and Long to take 6-month pay cut amid COVID-19 pandemic

The University of Kansas has joined colleges around the country in implementing a temporary pay cut for high-ranking administrators to mitigate some of the coming losses from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sunday, April 26

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Azur Kamara signs with Dallas, other former Jayhawks still waiting

He did not hear his name called during last week’s 255-pick draft, but former Kansas edge rusher Azur Kamara is still getting his shot at a spot in the NFL. Shortly after the seven-round draft wrapped on Saturday evening, Kamara agreed to a free agent deal with the Dallas Cowboys. By Matt Tait

Saturday, April 25

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Cincinnati drafts KU lineman Hakeem Adeniji in 6th round of 2020 NFL draft

Kansas offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji is headed to Cincinnati. The 6-foot-4, 302-pound tackle who started all 48 games of his KU career was drafted by the Bengals with the first pick of the sixth round on Saturday, No. 180 overall. By Matt Tait

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Danny Manning dismissed by Wake Forest

Danny Manning’s days as the head basketball coach at Wake Forest have come to an end. By Matt Tait

Friday, April 24

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KU soccer adds Israeli standout to 2020 recruiting class

A recent recruiting trip to Tel Aviv, Israel, paid off for Kansas women’s soccer coach Mark Francis.

Thursday, April 23

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Former KU walk-on Terry Nooner joins KU women's basketball coaching staff

One of Kansas basketball's all-time favorite walk-ons is coming back to Lawrence. On Thursday night, KU women's coach Brandon Schneider announced that Terry Nooner would join the Kansas women’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach. By Matt Tait

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NCAA moves toward allowing athletes to be paid sponsors

The NCAA is moving closer to allowing Division I athletes to earn money from endorsements and sponsorship deals they can strike on their own as early as next year.

Wednesday, April 22

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Kansas football's 2021 recruiting class jumps to No. 26 nationally after commitment from 3-star offensive lineman

An already loaded offensive recruiting class for the Kansas football program got a little bigger on Wednesday when three-star offensive lineman De’Kedrick Sterns orally committed to KU.

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Kansas offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji hoping to put the Jayhawks back in the NFL draft

Kansas offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji this week is aiming to stop KU’s NFL draft drought at one season. If successful, he’ll become just the second Jayhawk since 2016 to be drafted. By Matt Tait

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KU's outside legal bills in lawsuit over Beaty firing surpass $350,000

A legal battle over the termination of former Kansas football coach David Beaty has cost Kansas Athletics and the University of Kansas upward of $350,000 in outside legal fees in the 13 months since Beaty sued the athletic department over his November 2018 firing.

Tuesday, April 21

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In newly obtained response to NCAA allegations, former football coach Beaty says KU 'concocted' violations against him

Unbeknownst to the public, former Kansas football coach David Beaty issued a response in his personal capacity to the Notice of Allegations KU received from the NCAA in September 2019. In it, Beaty — who went 6-42 in four seasons as the Jayhawks' coach and was fired in November 2018 — says the minor NCAA violations levied against him in the NOA were “concocted” by KU officials and are ultimately the result “of an institutionally initiated investigation” designed to avoid paying him a $3 million contract buyout.

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3-star Arkansas tight end Mason Brotherton picks Kansas

The Kansas football program picked up a class of 2021 tight end commitment on Tuesday night.

KU swimmer Haley Downey named co-Big 12 scholar athlete of the year

Kansas swimmer Haley Downey on Tuesday was named the Big 12 women’s swimming and diving co-scholar athlete of the year.

Monday, April 20

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Looking back on the night Michael Jordan suited up in Lawrence

Long before the Chicago Bulls went on to win their sixth championship of the Michael Jordan era, the 1997-98 season, highlighted by the current ESPN documentary "The Last Dance," they made a stop at Allen Fieldhouse for an exhibition game on a Saturday night in early October. Here are some of the memories from a few people who were there. By Matt Tait

Saturday, April 18

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KU women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider relying on 'short list' to fill staff opening

Kansas women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider is relying on an ever-present list of names to help him fill an unexpected opening on his coaching staff during the current health crisis. By Matt Tait

Friday, April 17

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KU Athletic Director Jeff Long says Kansas has not considered cutting sports in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

While colleges and universities across the country wrestle with the idea of cutting sports to save money in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long said no such discussions had taken place in Lawrence. By Matt Tait

Thursday, April 16

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KU football to host virtual spring game in place of regular event

A handful of University of Kansas football coaches are stepping up to fill the void left by the cancellation of spring practices and this year’s spring game, which had been slated for Saturday.

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Sophomore big man David McCormack the latest Jayhawk to announce return to Kansas

KU sophomore David McCormack on Thursday joined teammates Ochai Agbaji and Marcus Garrett in announcing his return to Kansas for the 2020-21 season. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, April 15

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Former Kansas football coach says he lost his chance at Texas job after KU athletic director intervened

Former Kansas football coach David Beaty testified in a February deposition that he lost his shot at a coaching position at the University of Texas after KU Athletic Director Jeff Long intervened in the hiring process.

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Kansas junior Marcus Garrett announces plans to return to KU for senior season

The reigning Naismith Defensive Player of the Year will be on the 2020-21 KU basketball roster, as junior guard Marcus Garrett on Wednesday announced his plans to return to Lawrence for his senior season. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, April 14

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Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji returning to school for junior season

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji, a 6-foot-5 sophomore from Kansas City, Mo., announced Tuesday afternoon that he planned to return to KU for his junior season instead of testing his stock in the NBA. By Matt Tait

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Kansas football lands commitment from first defensive player in 2021 class

Kansas football coach Les Miles and the KU program picked up a commitment from a Class of 2021 defensive end on Monday.

Monday, April 13

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KU women's hoops assistant Larry Tidwell leaving program

The Kansas women’s basketball program on Monday announced that its top assistant, Larry Tidwell, was stepping down from his role as associate head coach. By Matt Tait

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Born For The Big Time: How an older brother, Derrick Rose and a no-fear attitude shaped Devon Dotson's path to Kansas and beyond

From age 4 in Chicago all the way through his early days as a high school standout in Charlotte, Kansas point guard Devon Dotson tested himself against older players and the toughest challenges. When he finally caught back up with his age group, Dotson became a star and that journey led him to Kansas and beyond. By Matt Tait

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Kansas point guard Devon Dotson declares for 2020 NBA draft

After two seasons of running the show as the point guard at Kansas, Devon Dotson is ready to test himself at the highest level. By Matt Tait

Sunday, April 12

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Kansas basketball's top trio brought confidence throughout 2019-20 season

While all three players earned a variety of postseason accolades, Udoka Azubuike, Devon Dotson and Marcus Garrett brought confidence to the entire Kansas team throughout the 2019-20 season. By Matt Tait

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Three Jayhawks earn All-American honors in softball and swimming and diving

Long after their seasons were called off because of the global health crisis, three Jayhawks on the women’s swimming and diving and softball teams earned All-American honors over the weekend.

Saturday, April 11

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Former Jayhawk Chris Harris Jr. named to NFL's All-Decade team

When he signed a $2,000 deal with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in July of 2011, former Kansas cornerback Chris Harris Jr. was just hoping to make the roster. Today, he’s a member of the NFL’s All-Decade team.

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Jayhawks' ability to execute specific roles led Kansas to strong 2019-20 basketball season

While individual talent and elite skill played a big part in KU's 28-3 season, Kansas coach Bill Self said his team's ability to fill specific roles at a high level played a huge part in the memorable season. By Matt Tait

Friday, April 10

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Thousands of miles away from home, Azubuike, De Sousa enjoying the comforts of Kansas during crisis

While the rest of the Kansas men’s basketball team has returned home to be with family, KU big men Udoka Azubuike and Silvio De Sousa are still in Lawrence riding out the pandemic. By Matt Tait

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Miles Kendrick: Jayhawks doing what they can during bizarre spring

When the COVID-19 pandemic nixed spring football and everything else Miles Kendrick had planned for this stretch of the offseason, the University of Kansas quarterback had a decision to make. By Benton Smith

Thursday, April 9

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Kansas Athletics joins Light It Blue campaign to show support for healthcare, essential workers

Kansas Athletics is joining major sporting and entertainment venues, historical buildings and landmarks from across the United States in the Light It Blue campaign in an effort to show solidarity and gratitude for essential workers and healthcare providers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Changes to college basketball's recruiting calendar have minimal impact on Kansas

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self recently classified the current recruiting landscape as “an inexact science.” However, unlike a lot of programs still trying to fill their rosters, Self's squad is currently full and may not feel the full impact of the recent changes to the recruiting calendar. By Matt Tait

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Report: Football Border War on brink of returning

A football rivalry left for dead almost a decade ago, the Border War reportedly will be exhumed and brought back to the gridiron sometime in the not too distant future.

Wednesday, April 8

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Will there be college football in 2020? 'We've got to think about this,' Mark Mangino urges

Like most people doing their best to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis, former University of Kansas football coach Mark Mangino isn’t sure what will come next in these unpredictable times. And for the retired Mangino, who often spends his fall Saturdays attending college football games or watching them on TV, that uncertainty is hanging over the sport he loves. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, April 7

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KU golfers facing unusual stay-or-go scenario in wake of COVID-19 crisis

With the NCAA recently granting additional eligibility to all spring sports athletes, KU golf seniors Andy Spencer and Drew Shepherd are facing the decision of moving on with their lives or returning to KU for a second shot at their senior seasons. By Matt Tait

Monday, April 6

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KU AD Jeff Long, head coach Brandon Schneider looking for more after 'small step forward' for KU women's basketball during 2019-20 season

The Kansas women’s basketball team during the 2019-20 season endured another rough run through its Big 12 Conference schedule. But, as a whole, KU Athletic Director Jeff Long called KU’s fifth season under head coach Brandon Schneider, “a small step forward.” By Matt Tait

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5 prospects for 2021 have included KU football on recently narrowed lists

This year college football coaches haven’t been able to invite recruits to campus for spring visits as they normally would, due to the COVID-19 crisis. Nevertheless, Les Miles’ staff at the University of Kansas has seen in recent weeks a number of prospects identify KU as one their top college choices.

Saturday, April 4

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Kansas coach Bill Self delighted over Hall of Fame call for mentor Eddie Sutton

The wait is over for former Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton, who on Saturday morning was announced as one of nine members of the 2020 class headed into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. By Matt Tait

Friday, April 3

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Jayhawks' new safeties coach, Jordan Peterson, shares takeaway philosophies

One of the new voices in the Kansas football program got to share some of his defensive philosophies this week, as safeties coach Jordan Peterson made his debut appearance for the team’s ongoing “KU comes to you” series on Twitter. A former defensive coordinator at New Mexico, Peterson used his video session to discuss forcing fumbles in particular. By Benton Smith

Thursday, April 2

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Beaty's lawyers press KU AD about Miles' use of noncoaches

Lawyers for former Kansas football coach David Beaty are zeroing in on the university’s treatment of allegations against Les Miles — allegations that they say are just as serious as the ones that the university is using to justify not paying Beaty a $3 million buyout.

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KU AD Jeff Long says cost-cutting measures not on the horizon for Kansas Athletics

Pay cuts taken by coaches in the Iowa State University athletic department this week will not be replicated at the University of Kansas for now, KU Athletic Director Jeff Long said. By Matt Tait

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Kansas junior Marcus Garrett's reputation as a lockdown defender dates back to elementary school

Known during his time at KU as a defensive stopper, Kansas junior Marcus Garrett began sharpening his defensive skills at an early age under the watchful eyes of his uncles back in Dallas. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, April 1

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KU argues Beaty attempting to distract from relevant facts in lawsuit

Filing describes deposition as coming from 'disgruntled former employee'

Lawyers for Kansas Athletics Inc., in a reply filed Wednesday, accused David Beaty’s law team of attempting to distract from facts relevant to the former KU football coach’s lawsuit with “salacious allegations against Jeff Long made by a disgruntled former employee.”

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KU junior Marcus Garrett named Naismith Defensive Player of the Year

Kansas junior Marcus Garrett on Wednesday backed up his status as the best defender in the Big 12 Conference by winning the national 2020 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award. By Matt Tait