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Bill Self hopeful vaccinations and boosters will keep KU basketball from having COVID pause this season

As COVID-19 cases among players in the NFL, NBA, NHL and college basketball in recent days have games being postponed and rescheduled, Kansas basketball head coach Bill Self is knocking on wood while feeling “fortunate” that the Jayhawks haven’t yet encountered such issues.

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Lance Leipold tried to keep Emmett Jones on KU football staff

Even though Texas Tech’s hiring of former Kansas football receivers coach Emmett Jones means KU will benefit from a $600,000 buyout, KU head coach Lance Leipold said the university did its best to keep Jones in Lawrence.

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Sources: Kansas volleyball sophomore Caroline Crawford planning to leave KU

A source close to the Kansas volleyball program confirmed to the Journal-World on Friday night that reports of sophomore middle blocker Caroline Crawford’s plans to transfer were accurate. By Matt Tait

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Transfer portal a source of depth and experience for KU football

When head coach Lance Leipold and his staff took over the Kansas football program this past May, they knew recruiting for the 2022 class would be slow-going at first, given the timing of the transition and only a handful of months left before the early signing period arrived. It didn’t take long for them to adapt and embrace the possibilities that the NCAA’s transfer portal had to offer.

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Bill Self hopeful vaccinations and boosters will keep KU basketball from having COVID pause this season

As COVID-19 cases among players in the NFL, NBA, NHL and college basketball in recent days have games being postponed and rescheduled, Kansas basketball head coach Bill Self is knocking on wood while feeling “fortunate” that the Jayhawks haven’t yet encountered such issues.

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KU football to kick off 2022 season on a Friday

Whether it will become a new Kansas football tradition remains to be seen, but for the second straight season the Jayhawks will kick off their schedule with a Friday night home opener in 2022.

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Game day breakdown: No. 7 Kansas basketball vs. Stephen F. Austin

A look at some of the keys for seventh-ranked Kansas in Saturday's home clash with Stephen F. Austin at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait