Stories for October 2020


Saturday, October 31

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Notebook: Kansas LB Dru Prox opting out for the remainder of 2020 season

Winless through the six first games of the season, the Kansas football program will have to traverse the remainder of the schedule without one of its top defensive players, linebacker Dru Prox.

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Shorthanded Jayhawks overwhelmed by Cyclones in 52-22 defeat

A depleted Kansas football roster couldn’t keep up with No. 23 Iowa State Saturday at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. With the Jayhawks missing nine potential starters, including two on the offensive line, a two-score game midway through the fourth quarter ended in a 52-22 rout.

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Quick recap: Kansas football suffers 52-22 loss to No. 23 Iowa State

Missing key starters on both sides of the ball, the Kansas football team never really stood a chance.

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KUsports Live: Kansas football vs. No. 23 Iowa State

Follow along during the game with our crew and the community.

Friday, October 30

KU volleyball falls in 5-set rivalry rematch with K-State

It took all five sets Friday night, but the Kansas State volleyball team avenged the previous day’s Sunflower Showdown loss at rival Kansas.

KU soccer drops road match, 2-1 at WVU

The University of Kansas soccer team lost consecutive matches for the first time this season, with a 2-1 defeat Friday night at No. 6 West Virginia.

KU cross country runners Butler, Latema earn All-Big 12 in season finale

The Iowa State women won the 2020 Big 12 Conference Cross Country Championship and the Oklahoma State men needed a tiebreaker to beat out the Cyclones for the league title Friday at Rim Rock Farm.

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. No. 23 Iowa State

If this Kansas football team ever is going to truly compete with a Big 12 opponent this year, the Jayhawks will need to produce more than two touchdown drives in a game — a small feat that KU has yet to pull off in conference play in 2020. And the offense won’t be making any drastic improvements without some improvements along the offensive line.

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KU coach Bill Self says Jayhawks, Zags 'committed to playing each other'

Although there still is no official word on the season-opening event that would pit Kansas against Gonzaga and Saint Joseph’s in late November in Fort Myers, Fla., Kansas coach Bill Self said Friday that he and Gonzaga coach Mark Few were “committed to playing each other.” By Matt Tait

Thursday, October 29

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KU volleyball snaps 7-game skid with 4-set win over K-State; Bechard nets win No. 400

Throughout the past 33 days and seven matches, Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard insisted that all his young team needed to get on track was to close out a match and feel good about themselves again. By Matt Tait

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Redshirt freshman Steven Parker beginning to prove he can 'rattle your chain'

The top-rated prospect in Les Miles’ first Kansas football recruiting class, Steven Parker is beginning to exhibit at the college level the type of defensive disruption that made him a four-star prospect.

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Bears picked over Jayhawks in preseason Big 12 poll

For the first time in 10 years, a program other than Kansas has been picked to win the Big 12 men’s basketball title in 2020-21. By Matt Tait

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'It'll be different' — Jayhawks unfazed by idea of playing in mostly-empty arenas this season

Allen Fieldhouse and other venues around the country will be mostly empty throughout the 2020-21 college basketball season, but Kansas coach Bill Self and his players have chosen not to dwell on the negative entering what promises to be the strangest season of their lives. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, October 28

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KU defense aiming to build on recent 1st half successes, 'stay buoyant and fight like hell'

While a misfiring offense may lie at the heart of an 0-5 start for the Kansas football team, the Jayhawks’ defense, while flashing signs of progress of late, is hoping to take another crucial step toward making the team more competitive. In each of KU’s recent back-to-back road losses, the defense showed some mettle early before the opposing offense took off in the third quarter.

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Marcus Garrett a unanimous choice for coaches' preseason All-Big 12 team

Already known as one of the best defenders in the conference and the country, Kansas guard Marcus Garrett on Wednesday was honored for the potential of his all-around game. By Matt Tait

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Former KU basketball player Silvio De Sousa facing charge of aggravated battery, court records show

A University of Kansas senior who recently announced he was leaving the men's basketball team is facing a case in Douglas County District Court, records show.

Tuesday, October 27

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'No ceiling': Freshman CB Karon Prunty standing out with coverage, breakups

Kansas football coach Les Miles can’t seem to get through a press conference these days without mentioning one of the program’s youngest talents by name. Miles doesn’t necessarily have to be asked about the secondary or even the KU defense, but inevitably he will find a way to bring up cornerback Karon Prunty.

Monday, October 26

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KU adds commitment from another southeastern DB, Jayson Gilliom

If all goes according to plan, an influx of new players will be joining the Kansas football secondary next year. KU picked up a sixth commitment from a high school defensive back in the Class of 2021 — all of whom are from the southeast — when Jayson Gilliom announced Monday night his plans to sign with the Jayhawks.

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KU plans to ride with true freshman Jalon Daniels as 'the guy' at No. 1 QB

It appears the Kansas football team’s starting quarterback question is finally resolved. Barring an injury or any other unpredictable turns, freshman quarterback Jalon Daniels should retain his spot atop the depth chart from here on out.

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KU men's basketball releases all but 3 games of 2020-21 schedule

KU also announces 1,500-seat capacity for Allen Fieldhouse this season

The Kansas men’s basketball program on Monday released all but three games of its rebuilt 2020-21 schedule, 18 of them being conference clashes which will begin in mid-December. By Matt Tait

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KU women's basketball to open 2020-21 season Nov. 25 vs. Northern Colorado

The Kansas women's basketball program released its 2020-21 schedule on Monday, and Brandon Schneider’s Jayhawks will open on the first down allowed by the NCAA, Nov. 25 at home against Northern Colorado.

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KU junior Ngounoue takes 2nd at ITA Central Regionals

Kansas junior Malkia Ngounoue finished second at the 2020 ITA Central Regional Championship on Sunday in Fayetteville, Ark.

Sunday, October 25

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KU rushing attack struggles yet again, this time without its star RB

Playing for the first time this season without preseason All-Big 12 running back Pooka Williams, the Kansas football team’s rushing attack, which hadn’t been that productive with Williams, once again rarely found success in a blowout loss to rival Kansas State — even with the added element of a rushing quarterback.

Saturday, October 24

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KU football special teams no-show in Sunflower Showdown

The winless Kansas football team found a new way to lose in 2020 on Saturday in Manhattan. In earlier games this season, it had been KU’s offense or defense — or both — that did the Jayhawks in. But during the Sunflower Showdown, the Jayhawks’ special teams no-showed and took the majority of the blame in a 55-14 rout.

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Notebook: Miles expecting Williams to return in 2021

According to Kansas football head coach Les Miles, the Jayhawks are expecting to have running back Pooka Williams back on the roster in 2021.

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Quick recap: KU football suffers lopsided loss to Kansas State in Sunflower Showdown

Kansas State scored on two different punt returns and added a pick-six for good measure in a 55-14 win over Kansas Saturday afternoon.

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KUsports Live: Kansas football at Kansas State

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Friday, October 23

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Enaruna, Agbaji pace crimson squad to 23-18 win over blue team at Late Night in the Phog

Showcasing just how deep the 2020-21 Kansas basketball team is, sophomore guard Tristan Enaruna stole the show and led the crimson team to a 23-18 victory during Friday’s pre-recorded scrimmage at Virtual Late Night in the Phog. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football at No. 20 K-State

Ideally, upon losing arguably the most important skill player on the roster earlier this week, the Kansas football team would be able to ease into life without running back Pooka Williams by leaning on its veteran receivers and the passing game. However, the Jayhawks’ lack of any consistency at quarterback and struggles along the offensive line make that a risky venture.

No. 8 Kansas falls to No. 5 TCU in Big 12 soccer clash

The 8th-ranked Kansas soccer team dropped its first match at home of the season on Thursday night, falling 2-0 to No. 5 TCU at Rock Chalk Park.

Thursday, October 22

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Alabama prep WR Tanaka Scott Jr. commits to KU

With the early signing period a little less than two months away, the Kansas football program added another receiving prospect to its upcoming recruiting class.

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Jayhawks exploring five-guard lineups in preparation for 2020-21 hoops season

The recent departure of senior forward Silvio De Sousa has inspired Kansas basketball coach Bill Self to explore the idea of playing five-guard lineups this season. By Matt Tait

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Les Miles reiterates his support of Pooka Williams' opt out

Speaking in a public forum for the first time since Pooka Williams opted out of the rest of the season, Kansas football coach Les Miles said Wednesday night on his “Hawk Talk” radio show that the running back made a “great decision” given the circumstances.

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Five-star Kansas freshman Bryce Thompson much more than just a scorer

Kansas freshman Bryce Thompson has been known as a scorer throughout his basketball playing life, and his ability to put the ball in the basket has expanded with each passing year. But those who know the KU freshman best believe his defense could be an equally dangerous element of his success at the college level. By Matt Tait

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Les Miles indicates more than 1 QB could play at K-State

Perhaps Miles Kendrick won’t start for Kansas in the upcoming Sunflower Showdown after all. KU football coach Les Miles was back to his old tricks on his “Hawk Talk” radio show Wednesday night, speaking in vague terms while discussing the quarterback position.

Wednesday, October 21

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Klieman: Wildcats know they can't look past Jayhawks

If ever there was a time for an opponent to look past the Kansas football team, it’s this week. The Jayhawks are winless. Their star running back just opted out of the season. And even with Pooka Williams, KU averaged just 261.3 yards per game (75th in the country, out of 77 FBS teams that have played) and 15.3 points (74th) during its 0-4 start.

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TCU postpones this week's volleyball matches versus Kansas

The Kansas volleyball team's two-match series at TCU, scheduled for Thursday and Friday at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, has been postponed.

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KU sophomores Franklin, Kersgieter earn preseason honorable mention Big 12 nods

The Kansas women’s basketball program landed two players on the Big 12 Conference’s preseason all-Big 12 teams on Wednesday, with sophomores Zakiyah Franklin and Holly Kersgieter earning honorable mention nods.

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KU secondary delivers 10 pass breakups, highest total for Jayhawks in 6 years

While Les Miles observed his Kansas football team from afar this past weekend, the recuperating head coach enjoyed watching the defense perform, especially during the first half at West Virginia. “There was a lot of pass breakups,” Miles recalled earlier this week of one aspect of KU’s play that encouraged him as he isolated one final day due to his COVID-19 diagnosis. “There was a lot of action around the ball.”

Tuesday, October 20

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Replacing Pooka: Why a former KU RB thinks Velton Gardner is up for the challenge

Though Pooka Williams opting out of the remainder of the 2020 schedule may seem like a death knell to some, at least one person close to the program thinks the Jayhawks can manage the blow, because of the presence of Williams’ backup, sophomore Velton Gardner.

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KU women's basketball returns to practice ahead of 2020-21 campaign

Even with a mask on during his interview, it was easy to sense the joy head coach Brandon Schneider had about returning to practice.

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KU football's recruiting class loses 2021 O-lineman

The Kansas football program’s 2021 recruiting class lost a prospect for the second time this month on Monday night, when offensive lineman Edgar Amaya announced he was backing out of his commitment.

Monday, October 19

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Pooka Williams Jr. opts out of remainder of KU football season

What was shaping up as a potentially disappointing year for preseason All-Big 12 running back Pooka Williams Jr. came to an abrupt end on Monday, as the Kansas junior announced he would be opting out of the remainder of the 2020 season.

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Notebook: Miles Kendrick in line to start again as other QBs recover

Les Miles and his Kansas football assistants might not until later in the week have a clearer picture regarding the Jayhawks’ quarterback situation for their upcoming rivalry game at Kansas State. But one thing was for sure as of Monday: junior Miles Kendrick is in line to start.

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Les Miles describes his 'hard' Saturday away from the Jayhawks

Les Mies has basically seen it all in his 200-plus games as a head college football coach. But the 66-year-old was out of his element this past Saturday, when his Kansas football team kicked off a road game at West Virginia, and Miles was some 900 miles away, back at home watching the game play out on his television.

Sunday, October 18

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KU defense encouraged by takeaways, disruptive plays at WVU

Despite another poor showing for the KU offense, the Jayhawks remained within striking distance of the Mountaineers late into the third quarter, thanks to the efforts of the KU defense.

Saturday, October 17

KU volleyball suffers three-set loss to Oklahoma

The Kansas volleyball team dropped its second consecutive match to Oklahoma with a three-set loss Saturday afternoon at McCasland Field House. The Jayhawks are now 1-7 on the year, while the Sooners improved to 2-4.

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Notebook: KU's QB situation remains unsettled after Miles Kendrick's start

Four losses and zero wins into their 10-game football season, the Kansas Jayhawks still lack an obvious first-string quarterback. Junior Miles Kendrick’s audition for the job Saturday at West Virginia, Kendrick admitted following a 38-17 defeat, didn’t help his case.

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KU offense squanders positive start in 38-17 loss at WVU

With head coach Les Miles back in Lawrence, watching his Kansas football game on television, the offense misfired far too often Saturday at West Virginia for the Jayhawks to rally around their absent recovering leader. Benton Smith

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Quick recap: Kansas falls to 0-4 after 38-17 loss to West Virginia

Playing without its head coach on the sideline, it was a familiar result for the Kansas football team on Saturday. KU jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but gave up 38 unanswered points in a 38-17 loss to West Virginia in Morgantown.

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KUsports Live: Kansas football at West Virginia

Follow along during the game with our crew and the community.

Friday, October 16

Kansas soccer wins battle of Top 10 teams, 1-0 over Oklahoma State

The 10th-ranked Kansas women’s soccer team improved to 4-1 on the season with its fourth 1-0 victory of the season, this one over No. 8 Oklahoma State on Friday night at Rock Chalk Park.

KU volleyball falls in 5 sets at Oklahoma

The Kansas women’s volleyball team’s losing streak reached six matches in a row following a five-set loss to Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., on Friday night.

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Senior forward Silvio De Sousa leaving Kansas basketball program

Citing “personal issues,” Kansas senior Silvio De Sousa announced Friday afternoon on Twitter that he was leaving the KU basketball program. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football at West Virginia

With 30% of the 2020 season already behind them, the winless Jayhawks have yet to unleash the full potential of star running back Pooka Williams.

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self tweaking plans to adjust to COVID-19 climate

A recent conversation with an old friend sparked an idea that could change the typical flow of the preseason for Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

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Kansas basketball's virtual Late Night set for Oct. 23

There will not be fans in the Allen Fieldhouse stands to usher in another college basketball season, but the Kansas men’s and women’s basketball programs still plan to host Late Night in the Phog this month. By Matt Tait

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Les Miles to skip WVU trip in wake of COVID-19 diagnosis

After contracting COVID-19 more than a week ago, Les Miles won’t be coaching the Kansas football team at West Virginia after all.

Thursday, October 15

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Notebook: Senior forward Mitch Lightfoot intrigued by the idea of yet another year at Kansas

Before the question was even finished, Kansas basketball senior Mitch Lightfoot already had begun smiling. By Matt Tait

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Senior guard Marcus Garrett ready for new role as KU's unquestioned leader

After three seasons of playing a supporting role on the Kansas men's basketball team, senior guard Marcus Garrett is ready to step into the leadership position that many believe he was born to fill. By Matt Tait

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KU defense once again struggling to create takeaways

The next time a Kansas football player intercepts a pass or recovers an opponent’s fumble it will mark the first time a Jayhawk creates a takeaway in 2020.

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KU's Caroline Crawford named Big 12 rookie of the week

Kansas middle blocker Caroline Crawford, the Big 12's preseason pick for conference freshman of the year, was named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week earlier this week.

Wednesday, October 14

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KU AD: Les Miles 'upbeat' after COVID-19 diagnosis, expecting to coach at WVU

A little less than a week after Les Miles learned he tested positive for COVID-19, the expectation remains that the Kansas football coach will travel for the Jayhawks’ game at West Virginia on Saturday.

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NCAA votes to grant additional year of eligibility to winter sports athletes

Like their fall and spring sports counterparts before them, all NCAA Division I winter sports athletes have been granted an additional year of eligibility and an extra year in which to use it. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Corione Harris easing into new role as safety

A former starting cornerback at Kansas, junior Corione Harris is easing his way back into the defensive lineup this fall as a backup safety. After missing all of the Jayhawks’ preseason practices, as well as the season opener, due to a suspension following an offseason arrest, Harris finally played significant snaps in KU’s third game of the season, against Oklahoma State.

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'Physical' walk-on LB Nick Channel impresses in surprise start for KU football

A reserve so under the radar that up until this week he was listed as a safety on the Kansas football roster — even though he plays linebacker — Nick Channel got the sense ahead of the Jayhawks’ most recent game he was in line for his first real taste of action on defense. The sophomore walk-on really had no idea what was in store, though. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, October 13

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School officials push back renewal of KU-Mizzou hoops series

The renewal of the Kansas men’s basketball program’s series with longtime border rival Missouri will have to wait. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks doing their best to navigate preparation without 'captain of this ship,' Les Miles

While Kansas players and assistants alike admit the atmosphere around the football team’s complex feels a little different with the head coach’s office vacant, the Jayhawks insist their preparations for the next game on the schedule have regained normalcy, even in Les Miles’ absence. That’s not to say the news of Miles testing positive for COVID-19 left them unaffected.

Monday, October 12

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Coordinators: No backup plan currently in place if Les Miles can't coach due to virus

According to Kansas football’s top two coordinators, there currently is no plan for who would fill in for Les Miles if the head coach isn’t cleared to travel with the Jayhawks this week for their game at West Virginia.

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Kansas OC reveals Miles Kendrick will start at QB vs. West Virginia

In a move head coach Les Miles has proven this year he might not make during a video press conference, offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon decided Monday morning to announce who will start at quarterback for the Kansas football team.

Saturday, October 10

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Shorthanded KU volleyball falls in 5 sets to West Virginia for second consecutive night

Playing without kills leader Jenny Mosser for the second day in a row, the Kansas volleyball team rallied to build a 2-1 lead Saturday over West Virginia only to see the Mountaineers prevail in five sets, 25-16, 22-25, 22-25, 25-21 and 15-12. By Matt Tait

Baylor hands Kansas soccer its first loss of the season

The fifth-ranked Kansas soccer team lost its first match of the season on Friday night, falling 2-0 to Baylor in Waco, Texas.

KU volleyball drops first match to West Virginia

The 10th-ranked Kansas volleyball team lost in five sets to visiting West Virginia on Friday night at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.

Thursday, October 8

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Kansas football coach Les Miles tests positive for COVID-19

Kansas football coach Les Miles found out Thursday he tested positive for COVID-19, the university announced. By Benton Smith

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KU's offense bottomed out in latest loss as O-line continues to struggle

Jayhawks rank among FBS' worst in scoring, yards per play

With neither rushing nor passing plays functioning with any consistency behind an offensive line that continues to encounter issues, KU produced against Oklahoma State only 193 yards of offense — the second-lowest total during Miles’ 15 games as head coach and the worst output since Brent Dearmon became the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the midway point of the 2019 season.

Wednesday, October 7

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Notebook: KU QB Jalon Daniels will be out for 'a bit'

It sounds as if Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels will likely be out longer than originally expected.

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KU defense coming off one of its worst outings of Les Miles era

Les Miles said after a 47-7 homecoming loss to Oklahoma State part of his plans for the extra time between games would be slightly different than usual. “I think the defense is improving,” Miles said, “but I want to spend some time with those guys, too.”

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self offers high praise for strength coach Ramsey Nijem's impact in Year 1

When the Jayhawks wrapped up boot camp 2020 on Tuesday morning, Kansas basketball strength and conditioning coach Ramsey Nijem was officially off and running for his second year with the program. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, October 6

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KU football loses commitment from prep wide receiver Keon Coleman

Previously one of the top prospects in the Kansas football program’s 2021 recruiting class — and a would-be walk-on for KU basketball — Keon Coleman announced Tuesday evening he no longer plans on playing for the Jayhawks. By Benton Smith

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Dealing with blowout defeats currently part of job for Les Miles at KU

No Power Five college football program knows the despair of a blowout defeat quite like Kansas. It was an experience head coach Les Miles wasn’t too familiar with before inheriting the ever-rebuilding program.

Monday, October 5

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Notebook: Pooka Williams Jr. leaves another KU loss early with an injury

After Pooka Williams Jr. finished with only 32 rushing yards against Oklahoma State in the Kansas football team’s 47-7 homecoming loss, head coach Les Miles addressed the challenging day for the junior running back. “Well, I can tell you. It’s not Pooka."

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New-look Jalen Wilson one of a few early standouts at Kansas basketball boot camp

Redshirt freshman Jalen Wilson continues to be one of the most talked about players on the Kansas men’s basketball roster this offseason. By Matt Tait

Sunday, October 4

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Marred by injuries, KU football's QB situation remains unresolved after 0-3 start

Only head coach Les Miles knows for sure whether he would have stuck with his QB game plan on Saturday versus the Cowboys. Either way, Miles said KU is “fortunate” to have junior backup Miles Kendrick.

Saturday, October 3

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Notebook: Jayhawks without 4 key defensive players in loss

When the Kansas football defense took the field versus Oklahoma State on Saturday, it had to do so without two starting defensive backs, a starting linebacker and a key reserve linebacker.

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Happy Kansas football fans treated to rough showing in first game back

The jokes surfaced as soon as the University Kansas athletic department announced that it would allow fans in the stands for Saturday’s home football game against Oklahoma State. By Matt Tait

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No. 17 Cowboys dismantle KU football as Jayhawks' offense stumbles

With the Kansas football offense overwhelmed even before it lost its starting quarterback to an injury against No. 17 Oklahoma State, the Jayhawks never came close Saturday to securing the program’s first victory over a ranked opponent in a decade. By Benton Smith

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KUsports Live: Kansas football vs. No. 17 Oklahoma State

Follow along during the game with our crew and the community.

Friday, October 2

KU women's soccer tops Kansas State, 1-0 in Manhattan

For the third time this season, the Kansas women’s soccer team wound up on the right side of a 1-0 victory in a Big 12 Conference soccer match.

No. 1 Texas drops Kansas volleyball in 3 sets for second night in a row

The ninth-ranked Kansas volleyball team dropped its second consecutive match to No. 1 Texas on Friday night, falling in three sets, 25-20, 25-19, 25-15.

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. No. 17 Oklahoma State

In the Jayhawks’ conference debut at Baylor, the offense only scored twice on 12 drives. That type of production won’t keep a team competitive in the Big 12, and in order for the offense’s skill players to find the end zone with more frequency, the big blockers up front will have to keep improving.

Thursday, October 1

No. 1 Texas sweeps No. 9 Kansas in Big 12 volleyball

Top-ranked Texas swept No. 9 Kansas in three sets, 25-22, 25-19 and 25-22 on Thursday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.

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AD optimistic KU football fans will follow rules

Long: Obeying measures will allow for future attendance, including at basketball games

As a small crew in the bleachers behind him set up stadium chairs Thursday afternoon inside David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long made clear that the behavior of the fans who occupy those seats on Saturday will play a part in determining what attendance looks like for KU games moving forward.