Stories for July 2021


Saturday, July 31

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KU's Bryce Hoppel, assistant coach Christina Clemons reach semifinals at Tokyo Olympics

Former Kansas track standout Bryce Hoppel’s charge toward Olympic glory will continue bright and early Sunday morning in the semifinals of the 800-meter run. KU assistant coach Christina Clemons also will look to qualify for the finals in the 100 hurdles on Sunday morning.

Friday, July 30

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SEC welcomes Texas, Oklahoma after boards accept invitations

Oklahoma and Texas accepted invitations to join the Southeastern Conference in July 2025 on Friday, worried that their storied athletic programs were in danger of losing ground if they stayed in the Big 12. The Associated Press

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Former KU thrower Mason Finley finishes 23rd in discus at Olympics

Former University of Kansas track and field star Mason Finley’s second trip to the Olympics concluded Friday in Tokyo without a berth in the medal round.

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3-star St. Louis prospect Kaleb Purdy latest 2022 DB to commit to KU football

Over the course of the past several months, Kaleb Purdy picked up scholarship offers from more renowned Power Five football programs than Kansas. But on Friday, the defensive back from St. Louis announced he plans to play at KU.

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Kansas Athletics launches new "Jayhawks Ascend" program designed to help student-athletes navigate NIL era of college athletics

Twenty-nine days after the NCAA’s new name, image and likeness rule went into effect, the University of Kansas launched a four-tiered policy on how to navigate the new era of college athletics. By Matt Tait

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Former Kansas guard Marcus Garrett inks free agent deal with the Miami Heat

According to a Friday morning Instagram post from Young Money APAA Sports, the agency that represents him, former Kansas guard Marcus Garrett has signed a free agent deal with the Miami Heat. By Matt Tait

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Kansas guard Marcus Garrett not selected in 2021 NBA draft

Former Kansas guard Marcus Garrett went undrafted in Thursday’s NBA draft, leaving the Dallas native in search of a free agent deal to kickstart his professional basketball career. By Matt Tait

Thursday, July 29

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Anthony Davis, another 3-star CB from Dallas, joins KU football's 2022 class

For the second time this summer, the Kansas football program has landed a three-star cornerback from the Dallas area, as Anthony Davis announced late Thursday night his commitment to the Jayhawks.

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One-time Jayhawk Quentin Grimes picked in first round of NBA draft, headed to New York

The New York Knicks ended up with Houston guard Quentin Grimes with the No. 25 pick in the NBA draft after dealing two picks that were higher.

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SEC invites Oklahoma and Texas to join league — in 2025

Southeastern Conference university presidents voted Thursday to invite Texas and Oklahoma to the league and create a 16-team powerhouse on the field and at the bank. The Associated Press

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KU football's Kenny Logan Jr. and Kwamie Lassiter II land on preseason watch lists

Two of the Kansas football team’s key veteran leaders, junior safety Kenny Logan Jr. and super-senior receiver Kwamie Lassiter II landed on separate preseason watch lists on Thursday.

Wednesday, July 28

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KU sophomore Dajuan Harris no longer headed to Spain for summer exhibition tour

Kansas point guard Dajuan Harris’ August exhibition trip to Spain has been called off after the U.S. State Department added the country to its “Do Not Travel” list. By Matt Tait

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Big 12 accuses ESPN of trying to 'destabilize' conference

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby accused ESPN of encouraging other conferences to pick apart the league so Texas and Oklahoma can move to the Southeastern Conference more quickly and without paying a massive buyout. The Associated Press

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'Don't panic,' Girod says of Big 12 unrest; stakes are high for KU, but school must avoid making a rash decision

The decision by Texas and Oklahoma to pursue a move to the SEC came like a thunderbolt. The response to that decision shouldn’t, University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod said in some of his first public comments about unrest in the Big 12 Conference. By Chad Lawhorn

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Former Jayhawk Marcus Garrett eager to find out NBA fate at Thursday's draft

For former Kansas basketball standout Marcus Garrett, years of dreaming and imagining life as a professional basketball player have come down to a single night. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, July 27

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Approval from Board of Regents a requirement if KU, K-State desire to negotiate moving into new conference

As the future of the Big 12 Conference hangs in the balance, one thing is clear: The University of Kansas will need approval from the Kansas Board of Regents to make any type of move regarding its conference affiliation. By Matt Tait

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Big 12's Texas, Oklahoma make request to join powerhouse SEC

Big 12 commish Bob Bowlsby says league will remain 'vibrant and successful'

Texas and Oklahoma made a request Tuesday to join the powerhouse Southeastern Conference, with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey saying the league would consider it in the “near future.” The Associated Press

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Former KU thrower Gleb Dudarev has realistic expectations for Olympics debut

Gleb Dudarev, who has been a hammer thrower since he was 3-years-old, has quite literally been training his entire life for this moment. But even the former University of Kansas thrower knows to temper his expectations for his first trip to the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Monday, July 26

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Texas, OU take first formal steps to leave Big 12; questions about future of KU's conference grow

Oklahoma and Texas took the first formal step Monday toward moving to the Southeastern Conference, notifying the Big 12 they would not be renewing an agreement that binds the league’s members through 2025.

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KU volunteer coach Christina Clemons enters her first Olympic Games as fan favorite

Despite being a debutant at the Olympics, Christina Clemons is already well known entering the track portion of this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Sunday, July 25

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Big 12 leaders meet with OU, Texas presidents as rumors, theories swirl

Barring a dramatic change of direction, Texas and Oklahoma are moving toward taking the Red River Rivalry to the Southeastern Conference in a seismic shift that will have repercussions in college sports from coast to coast. The Associated Press

Saturday, July 24

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Transfer point guard Remy Martin arrives on KU campus

Transfer point guard Remy Martin arrived in Lawrence on Friday, bringing the number of 2021-22 Kansas men’s basketball players on campus to 100%. By Matt Tait

Friday, July 23

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KU coach Bill Self tests positive for COVID-19; feeling ‘pretty good’ but is in isolation

University of Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in isolation.

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KU's nonconference meeting with St. John's pushed back one day

A nonconference matchup between the Kansas men’s basketball team and St. John’s will take place one day later than expected.

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Kansas center Mike Novitsky named to Rimington Trophy Watchlist

New Kansas football center Mike Novitsky enters the 2021 campaign as one of the top players at his position. Novitsky was named to the Rimington Trophy Watchlist on Friday, the Boomer Esiason Foundation announced.

Wednesday, July 21

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AP source: Texas, Oklahoma talk to SEC about joining league

The last time Texas got a wandering eye for an alternative conference affiliation it fueled a series of realignment in college sports that nearly killed the Big 12. Texas is once again exploring free agency, stealing the headlines at the Southeastern Conference media days and cranking up speculation about another round of conference shuffling.

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Kansas track coach Stanley Redwine overjoyed to finally clear Olympic hurdle

After qualifying but coming up short at five consecutive Olympic trials as an athlete from 1980-1996, University of Kansas track coach Stanley Redwine finally is headed to the Olympics with the United States track team.By Matt Tait

Tuesday, July 20

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Player-led practices, studying video clips crucial parts of summer for KU football

With the start of preseason camp in early August on their minds all summer, Kansas football players have made sure to invest much of their down time in preparing on their own for the first practices of the Lance Leipold era.

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Silvio De Sousa transferring to Chattanooga to finish college basketball career

Former University of Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa confirmed to the Journal-World on Tuesday afternoon that he is headed to Tennessee to continue his college basketball career at Chattanooga. By Matt Tait

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No longer 'starstruck,' former KU thrower Mason Finley heads to 2nd Olympics with big goals in mind

Nearly five years ago, when it was time for Mason Finley to make his Olympics debut in Rio de Janeiro, the former University of Kansas thrower discovered the stage felt even larger than he had imagined. Now that Finley knows what to expect, though, he anticipates a different experience awaits him in the men’s discus this week in Tokyo.

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Quintet of Jayhawks slated to represent KU at upcoming Olympics

Five athletes with ties to the Kansas track and field program are slated to participate in this year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo, bringing pride to the KU program and head coach Stanley Redwine. By Shane Jackson

Monday, July 19

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Jayhawks understand no quick fixes exist for Lance Leipold's rebuilding project

Since Lance Leipold agreed to take on the renovation project that is the Kansas football program, the team’s newest head coach said he has come to appreciate the excitement his players have for the new staff’s vision, which he hopes will make the Jayhawks consistent winners. Eventually.

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Kansas basketball players stage surprise scrimmage for Lawrence Boys & Girls Club members

What was supposed to be a summer scrimmage between fourth- and fifth-grade Boys & Girls Club basketball teams on Monday morning turned into a wild surprise featuring the Kansas Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

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KU football veterans say defense needs 'pretty young' corners to 'play big'

Not one of the three players who started at least one game at cornerback for the Jayhawks last year will even be on the roster when the Kansas football defense makes its 2021 debut in the fall. The two cornerbacks who end up on the first-team defense for the season opener on Sept. 3 versus South Dakota will make their first starts in a KU uniform.

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KU's Dajuan Harris headed to Spain in August with USA all-star team

Kansas point guard Dajuan Harris is scheduled to head to Spain in August to play for the USA East Coast all-star Red team in a series of games against international competition. By Matt Tait

Friday, July 16

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Veteran Kwamie Lassiter II expects some young KU football WRs to step up

Now entering his sixth season with the Kansas football program, super-senior Kwamie Lassiter II has seen plenty of receivers come and go through the years. During his interview session at Big 12 media days this week, the veteran leader told reporters what makes some of his current younger teammates stand out.

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NCAA's Emmert: It is time to decentralize college sports

NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday the time is right to consider a decentralized and deregulated version of college sports, shifting power to conferences and campuses and reconsidering how schools are aligned.

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Lance Leipold and KU football prepping for preseason amid abnormal circumstances

In each of his 14 previous years as a head coach, Lance Leipold headed into his team’s preseason camp with a wealth of knowledge about the program’s personnel and a strong handle on what he and his staff could expect from most of the players once practices began. Leipold’s first summer in charge of the Kansas football program brings with it an entirely different set of circumstances.

Thursday, July 15

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KU men's basketball to face North Texas in opening round of ESPN Events Invitational on Nov. 25

The Kansas men’s basketball team will face North Texas in the opening round of the ESPN Events Invitational on Nov. 25 in Kissimmee, Fla., the network announced Thursday. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Jayhawks see Lance Leipold's presence already making a difference for KU football

In the roughly two and a half months the Jayhawks have been around their new head coach, even though they haven’t yet practiced under Lance Leipold's watch, Kansas football players are starting to learn about Leipold's persona, expectations and approach.

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Lance Leipold waiting to truly assess KU football's QB competition

For most college football coaches, it’s never too early to talk about a quarterback competition. But as Kansas head coach Lance Leipold explained Thursday during Big 12 media days, his ability to forecast the race ahead for KU’s QBs remains far from fully informed.

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KU football leaders Kwamie Lassiter II, Kenny Logan Jr. make the best of strange circumstances forcing them to miss out on Big 12 Media Days in Dallas

Up early and dressed to the nines by 6 a.m., Kansas football players Kwamie Lassiter II and Kenny Logan Jr. spent the rest of Thursday lounging in the team facility in their suits instead of representing the program at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas. By Matt Tait

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Lance Leipold and Jayhawks unable to attend Big 12 media days

Day two of the Big 12 Conference’s football media days commenced Thursday morning at AT & T Stadium without Kansas head coach Lance Leipold and the two Jayhawks who were scheduled to join him.

Wednesday, July 14

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Details for the return of an in-person Rock Chalk Roundball Classic starting to surface

The annual Rock Chalk Roundball Classic is back in 2021, with this year’s charity basketball game slated for 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at Free State High. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, July 13

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Kansas senior Ochai Agbaji believes returning to KU was the right decision and now he's ready to win

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji said he knew he was going to come back to school “a couple of days after the combine,” and that the final decision came down to him feeling comfortable with his next move. By Matt Tait

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Former Buffalo LB Rich Miller expected to showcase abilities, leadership with KU football

If Kansas football linebackers coach Chris Simpson is correct, the best days of Rich Miller’s college career are just ahead of him, heading into Miller’s first season with the Jayhawks.

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Kansas basketball big man David McCormack returns to practice floor after offseason foot surgery

Kansas forward David McCormack was back on the court practicing on Monday afternoon, KU coach Bill Self told the Journal-World. By Matt Tait

Monday, July 12

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KU AD Travis Goff announces Jason Booker as Deputy AD, also makes 2 in-house promotions

University of Kansas Athletic Director Travis Goff has turned to fellow-KU graduate Jason Booker to serve as his Deputy AD for External Affairs and Revenue Generation, KU announced Monday evening.

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Two KU volleyball players representing countries at U20 World Championships

Two Kansas volleyball players are overseas representing their countries in the 2021 FIVB Women’s Under-20 World Championships that run through Saturday.

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Jake Schoonover believes KU has 'nice nucleus' on special teams entering 2021 season

Jake Schoonover has only been coaching the special teams since joining the Kansas football staff in February, but he saw enough in the spring to be optimistic about the unit entering the 2021 campaign.

Sunday, July 11

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Former football player says KU ignored harassment complaints, 'tried to buy' silence

A former University of Kansas football player says the university offered him more than $50,000 in benefits if he left the program and stayed quiet about harassment he experienced from four other players on the team. The Associated Press

Friday, July 9

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KU linebacker Cole Mondi one of the country's first walk-ons to capitalize on NCAA's new NIL rules

Earlier this week, Kansas linebacker and Lawrence native Cole Mondi became one of the country’s first walk-ons to capitalize on the NCAA’s new name, image and likeness rules. By Matt Tait

Thursday, July 8

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Kansas football once again picked to finish last in Big 12 in preseason media poll

The way the media sees it, first-year Kansas football coach Lance Leipold has his work cut out for him, as the Jayhawks were picked to finish in a familiar spot in the Big 12 Conference in 2021 by select media members who cover the conference. By Matt Tait

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Key returners to represent KU football at Big 12 media days

One player on each side of the ball will represent the Kansas football program at the Big 12’s annual football media days event next week in Arlington, Texas.

Wednesday, July 7

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Marcus Garrett keeping one eye on Kansas while working out for NBA teams ahead of July 29 draft

As he travels the country working out for NBA teams who have interest in adding them to their roster, former Kansas guard Marcus Garrett has kept an eye on the roster at his alma mater. So far, Garrett likes what he sees. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, July 6

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Unexpected path still led to Olympics for former KU track star Bryce Hoppel

Bryce Hoppel’s string of successes in the 800 meters over the past couple of years made a trip to the Tokyo Olympics seem inevitable for the former University of Kansas track star. But his path toward qualifying turned more dramatic than Hoppel was counting on when he suffered an injury just a month before the U.S. Olympic Trials.

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Remy Martin withdraws from NBA draft, will play 2021-22 season at Kansas

The final piece of the Kansas basketball roster for the 2021-22 season is in place, as Remy Martin has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft pool and will attend Kansas. By Matt Tait

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Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team includes 61 KU athletes

The names of 61 University of Kansas athletes appeared on the Big 12 Conference’s 2020-21 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team, with 13 first-year Jayhawks earning a 4.0 grade point average.

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Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji returning to KU for senior season

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji has decided to return to KU for his senior season after spending the last several weeks testing his NBA draft status. By Matt Tait

Monday, July 5

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Former Michigan reserve LB Cornell Wheeler transferring to join KU football

A former Michigan reserve linebacker who’s not far removed from receiving a four-star grade as a high school prospect, Cornell Wheeler announced on Monday he’s transferring to the University of Kansas.

Saturday, July 3

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Kansas AD Travis Goff's thorough search to hire Lance Leipold impressed those who were a part of it

It was the first major hire of his career as an athletic director and it came with extraordinarily high stakes attached to it, but Kansas AD Travis Goff's approach to hiring Lance Leipold as KU's next football coach earned high praise from those he came in contact with along the way. By Matt Tait

Friday, July 2

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Trio of KU football true freshman DBs made most of early enrollment in spring

Throughout a spring practice schedule filled with uncertainty for the Kansas football program, a few of the youngest players on the roster discovered ways to shine through the transition.

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'Back to work': Jalen Wilson announces he'll return to KU basketball for sophomore year

Exactly what the Kansas basketball roster might look like next season became a little more clear on Friday, when Jalen Wilson announced he will return to Lawrence instead of embarking on a professional career this summer.

Thursday, July 1

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KU freshman Bobby Pettiford nearing return after being sidelined with left foot injury

Kansas freshman point guard Bobby Pettiford is itching to get on the court with his teammates, and he will be one step closer to doing just that starting on Monday.

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4-star Class of 2022 big Zuby Ejiofor commits to KU basketball

A high school big man in demand in Big 12 country and beyond, Texas prep Zuby Ejiofor committed to play his college basketball at the University of Kansas.

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KU football coach Lance Leipold wants Jayhawks to have 'fullest opportunities' in new NIL era

Thursday marked the dawning of a new era for college athletics, with the NCAA clearing the way for athletes to make money off their names, images and likenesses without violating any rules. Exactly how that will impact football players at the University of Kansas remains to be seen.

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'It's kind of a long time coming': Kansas basketball players in favor of new NIL policy

The college sports world changed overnight, when the NCAA board of governors approved an interim policy that allows athletes to be able to profit from their names, images and likenesses. By Shane Jackson

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Former Denver coach Lindsay Hulwick Kuhle hired to take over KU women's golf program

The University of Kansas women’s golf program has its new head coach, as Athletic Director Travis Goff on Thursday announced the hiring of former Denver head coach Lindsay Hulwick Kuhle.