Stories for March 2021


Wednesday, March 31

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Women Leaders in College Sports CEO Patti Phillips aiming to change attitudes about women as Power 5 ADs

While the number of women both in and interviewing for athletic director jobs at the Power 5 level has grown in recent years, their involvement in the process remains far below where many want it to be. By Matt Tait

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KU big man Gethro Muscadin enters transfer portal

For the third consecutive day, a member of the 2020-21 Kansas men’s basketball team added his name to the transfer portal on Wednesday, with 6-foot-10 forward Gethro Muscadin joining Tyon Grant-Foster and Tristan Enaruna in announcing his decision to leave Lawrence. By Matt Tait

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KU football QB competition an 'all-out race' as spring practices begin

There’s no telling now who will be considered the Kansas football team’s No. 1 quarterback by the conclusion of spring practices — let alone at the start of the season in September.

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KU lands commitment from 3-time Division II All-American Cam Martin

Although he was best known for his ability as a shooter, former Kansas guard Jeff Boschee picked up an assist for his alma mater this week, when he helped the Jayhawks land a commitment from Missouri Southern big man Cam Martin. By Matt Tait

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KU's David McCormack out 12 weeks after surgery to repair broken bone in foot

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self told the Journal-World on that junior forward David McCormack had surgery Wednesday to repair a broken bone in his foot. By Matt Tait

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Former KU starting LB Dru Prox puts his name in transfer portal

One of the Kansas football team’s top defensive players early in the 2020 season, linebacker Dru Prox is looking to continue his career elsewhere.

Tuesday, March 30

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Emmett Jones trying not to worry about interim tag as spring football begins for KU

Without a permanent athletic director or head football coach in place, the exact path for the future of the University of Kansas football program remained unsettled as the Jayhawks opened their spring practice schedule this week. In fact, the way interim head coach Emmett Jones described his status, even he remains in the dark about what will come next — and when.

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Kansas baseball rallies late for 10-9 win over Missouri

An eight-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning propelled the Kansas baseball team to a 10-9 victory over Missouri on Tuesday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.

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'I just tried to be myself': Interim head coach Emmett Jones reflects on KU's 1st spring practice

Having a different job title and the attention of the entire Kansas football team didn’t affect interim head coach Emmett Jones’ approach on Tuesday, at the Jayhawks’ opening spring practice.

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Prep point guard from North Carolina commits to Kansas

Less than 24 hours after learning about the departure of two players from the 2020-21 roster, the Kansas men’s basketball program got word of a replacement when Bobby Pettiford Jr., a 6-foot, 170-pound point guard from Creedmoor, N.C., announced his commitment to the Jayhawks on social media. By Matt Tait

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3 former Power 5 head coaches KU could potentially consider in its football coaching search

Here are three former Power Five head coaches who KU’s next athletic director could potentially consider while deciding who will lead the football program into the future.

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Sophomore wing Tristan Enaruna leaving Kansas, adding name to transfer portal

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self told the Journal-World on Tuesday that KU sophomore Tristan Enaruna was leaving the program and had entered his name into the transfer portal. By Matt Tait

Monday, March 29

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KU junior Tyon Grant-Foster enters transfer portal

Kansas junior Tyon Grant-Foster has entered the transfer portal, according to multiple reports from outlets that track college basketball transfers and the action in the portal. By Matt Tait

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5 questions facing KU football as spring practices kick off

Here are five questions facing the Jayhawks as spring practices get underway.

KU baseball begins Big 12 play with series loss at West Virginia

The Kansas baseball team began Big 12 play with a series loss to West Virginia at Monongalia County Ballpark this past weekend in Morgantown, West Virginia.

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First-time ADs, ADs at their alma maters & women all rare but not entirely absent at Power 5 level

A recent examination of the sitting athletic directors at Power 5 universities across the country showed that first-time ADs, ADs leading their alma maters and women in the top athletic office at Power 5 universities is rare but not entirely absent. By Matt Tait

KU softball suffers series loss to Oklahoma State after earning upset in opener

After an upset victory in the series opener, the Kansas softball team proceeded to drop the next two games in a series loss at home to No. 10 Oklahoma State this past weekend at Arrocha Ballpark.

Kansas track earns 16 event victories during weekend at multiple meets

The Kansas men’s and women’s track and field teams completed a successful weekend at the 93rd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays and the Oral Roberts Invitational on Saturday. The Jayhawks won a total of 16 events throughout the weekend.

Kansas women's golf secures 7th at Clemson Invitational

Lauren Heinlein and Aristelle Acuff shot under par in their third rounds to lead the Kansas women’s golf team to a seventh-place finish at the Clemson Invitational Sunday morning. Due to heavy thunderstorms, only four holes remained in the third and final round played Sunday at The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, S.C.

Kansas tennis falls at Iowa State, 4-1

To conclude the weekend, the Kansas women’s tennis team was handed a 4-1 defeat by Iowa State Sunday afternoon at the Forker Courts. It came two days after a convincing 6-1 road victory over West Virginia.

Friday, March 26

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Former North Texas starting QB Jason Bean to join KU football

The Kansas football team’s quarterback competition has a new contender. A former starting QB at North Texas, Jason Bean announced Friday his plans to transfer to KU and join the Jayhawks.

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KU football severs ties with WR Quay Davis, program's highest-rated signee ever

The top-rated prospect the Kansas football program ever signed, Quay Davis won’t ever play for the Jayhawks.

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Program-best 8 KU men, 5 from women's team earn Academic all-Big 12 honors

Eight Kansas men’s basketball players and five more from KU’s women’s hoops team earned Academic all-Big 12 honors this week, the Big 12 announced this week.

Thursday, March 25

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4 potential KU football coaching candidates who are established Group of 5 winners

If the next athletic director at the University of Kansas wants a head coach who already has proven for several years that he can win at a high level, the AD likely won’t be able to pluck a candidate away from another Power Five program.

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KU's Bill Self offers fond farewell to retiring Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger

After years of competing against him and admiring his programs, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self sends warm regards to retiring Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger, who announced Thursday that he was stepping away from coaching at the age of 68. By Matt Tait

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Photos of battered woman have KU Athletics examining possible connection to football recruit

The University of Kansas athletic department is “working to gather details” after photos posted to Twitter show a battered woman who insinuates she has a connection to a KU football recruit.

Wednesday, March 24

Kansas softball suffers 7-4 home loss to Arkansas

The Kansas softball team couldn’t overcome an early deficit in a 7-4 home loss to Arkansas Wednesday night at Arrocha Ballpark.

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Emmett Jones welcoming his unexpected opportunity as KU football's interim head coach

Emmett Jones didn’t envision getting an opportunity at this point of his career to lead the Kansas football program. But as the Jayhawks’ interim head coach explained in his first interview since accepting the position, Jones is welcoming his current unexpected circumstances.

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Jayhawks in the mix for Northeastern point guard Tyson Walker

Stadium’s Jeff Goodman reported on Wednesday that Northeastern sophomore Tyson Walker, a 6-foot point guard from Christ The King in New York, has narrowed his list of finalists to six and that a decision would come this weekend. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, March 23

Kansas baseball rolls past Lafayette for 20-5 win

Thanks to its best offensive performance in four years, the Kansas baseball team cruised to a 20-5 road victory over Lafayette on Tuesday at Kamine Stadium.

Monday, March 22

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Jayhawks rolled by Trojans in 85-51 defeat during Round 2 of NCAA Tournament

Indianapolis — USC’s Mobley brothers, Evan and Isaiah, did to third-seeded Kansas on Monday night what Eastern Washington’s Groves brothers, Tanner and Jacob, could not just two days earlier. They sent the Jayhawks home with a gut-wrenching 85-51 loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Matt Tait

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KUsports Live: No. 3 seed Kansas vs. No. 6 seed USC, Round 2 NCAA Tournament

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

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Jalen Wilson arrives in Indy, expected to play tonight vs. USC

Indianapolis — The Journal-World learned Monday morning that Kansas freshman Jalen Wilson landed in Indianapolis a little after 9:30 a.m. local time, roughly 12 hours before tipoff of 3rd-seeded KU’s Monday night game with No. 6 seed USC at Hinkle Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

Sunday, March 21

Kansas softball finishes off 5-0 weekend with walk-off win

It might have taken some theatrics on Sunday, but the Kansas softball team finished off a five-game weekend sweep in the Jayhawk Invitational at Arrocha Ballpark.

Kansas baseball sweeps Creighton in four-game series at home

Behind another complete performance, the Kansas baseball team completed its sweep of Creighton with a 7-4 win Sunday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.

Kansas tennis cruises to 4-1 win over Kansas State

The Kansas women’s tennis team got back in the win column by securing a 4-1 win over Kansas State Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Tennis Center in Lawrence.

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Game day breakdown: No. 3 seed Kansas vs. No. 6 seed USC, Round 2 NCAA Tournament

A look at some of the keys for 3rd-seeded Kansas in Monday night's second-round NCAA Tournament match-up with 6th-seeded USC at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. By Matt Tait

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KU freshman Jalen Wilson on track to arrive in Indianapolis Monday morning

The Kansas men’s basketball team expects to have redshirt freshman forward Jalen Wilson back with the team on Monday morning, and KU coach Bill Self said that if Wilson is with the team, he will suit up and play. By Matt Tait

Saturday, March 20

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Kansas-USC to tip off at 8:40 p.m. Monday from Hinkle Fieldhouse

Third-seeded Kansas’ second-round clash with No. 6 seed USC will tip off at 8:40 p.m. central on Monday night at famed Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. By Matt Tait

Kansas volleyball sweeps Wichita State for fifth consecutive victory

Kansas volleyball extended its win streak to five consecutive matches by sweeping Wichita State (25-22, 25-22, 25-20) Saturday afternoon in the Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.

Kansas tennis drops 4-3 decision to Wichita State

The Kansas women’s tennis team fell in a thrilling match against Wichita State, dropping a 4-3 decision on Saturday at the Sheldon Coleman Tennis Complex.

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Notebook: Senior guard Marcus Garrett knocks down a trio of 3-pointers in win over Eagles

Indianapolis — With just under 5 minutes remaining in Saturday’s 93-84 win over No. 14 seed Eastern Washington, Kansas senior Marcus Garrett drained his third 3-pointer of the day and bounced up and down while screaming with joy as he got back on defense.

No. 22 Kansas soccer records a 1-1 draw with Iowa State

Thanks to a game-tying goal in the 57th minute by Rylan Childers, No. 22 Kansas battled through two overtimes with Iowa State for a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon at the Cyclone Sports Complex.

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Southern Cal defeats Drake, setting up matchup with Kansas

Evan Mobley had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 6 seed Southern California used smothering defense in a 72-56 victory over Drake on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Kansas tracks wins 13 events in Missouri Spring Opener

The Kansas men’s and women’s track and field teams visited Columbia, Missouri to compete in the Missouri Spring Opener this weekend, winning 13 events throughout the two-day meet.

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Behind gutsy performance from David McCormack, Kansas escapes with 93-84 win over Eastern Washington in NCAA tourney

The KU big man who finished Saturday’s game with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting to go along with nine rebounds and a pair of steals, followed a similar routine whenever he checked out during his 25 monster minutes off the bench in Saturday’s win that sent Kansas (21-8) to Monday’s second round. Matt Tait

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Quick recap: No. 3 seed Kansas avoids upset in 93-84 win over No. 14 seed Eastern Washington

Third-seeded Kansas avoided an upset by taking control down the stretch in its 93-84 win over No. 14 seed Eastern Washington Saturday afternoon in Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

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KUsports Live: No. 3 seed Kansas vs. No. 14 seed Eastern Washington, Round 1 NCAA Tournament

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

Friday, March 19

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Game day breakdown: No. 3 seed Kansas vs. No. 14 seed Eastern Washington, Round 1 NCAA Tournament

A look at some of the keys for third-seeded Kansas in Saturday's first-round NCAA Tournament game against No. 14 seed Eastern Washington at Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis. By Matt Tait

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KU junior David McCormack rejoins Jayhawks in Indianapolis

Kansas forward David McCormack has rejoined his teammates after arriving in Indianapolis on Friday morning, KU coach Bill Self told the Journal-World. By Matt Tait

Kansas volleyball defeats Wichita State to earn 4th consecutive win

The Kansas volleyball team continued its winning ways during the spring portion of its schedule after defeating Wichita State in four sets in Charle Koch Arena on Thursday.

Thursday, March 18

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Start of KU football spring practices delayed a week

Players on the Kansas football team will have to wait an extra week before they get to start spring practices.

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Bill Young, former KU football defensive coordinator, dies at 74

The Kansas football team’s defensive coordinator from 2002-07, when the Jayhawks made three postseason appearances and won the Orange Bowl, Bill Young has died at the age of 74.

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Near-upset at Arizona provided EWU with lessons for NCAA tourney meeting with Kansas

A loss from three months ago still doesn’t sit quite right with Eastern Washington basketball coach Shantay Legans. And the lessons the Eagles learned from it might turn out to be useful as they try to knock Kansas out in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Kansas senior Marcus Garrett gearing up for potential final tourney run

After playing in the Final Four during his freshman season, Kansas guard Marcus Garrett has been trying to get back to that point ever since. His latest — and potentially last — try begins Saturday at 12:15 p.m. against Eastern Washington in Indianapolis. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, March 17

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KU's Christian Braun, Bill Self describe early encounters with life inside the Indianapolis bubble

Kansas sophomore Christian Braun’s first taste of the NCAA Tournament has been different than what most Jayhawks have gone through before him. By Matt Tait

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EWU making 'a little bit of noise' while existing in Gonzaga's shadow

Undefeated and NCAA Tournament favorite Gonzaga isn’t the only successful college basketball program operating out of eastern Washington. There’s also, well, Eastern Washington.

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Tristan Enaruna tests positive for COVID-19, KU's roster status more clear for opening weekend of NCAA Tournament

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Wednesday cleared up the status of the Jayhawks’ roster for the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament in the wake of three positive COVID-19 tests in the program. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, March 16

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EWU coach Shantay Legans knows what KU is going through in return from COVID pause

As Kansas enters the NCAA Tournament coming off its first COVID pause of the season, the Jayhawks’ first-round opponent, Eastern Washington, knows all about how challenging that can be.

Monday, March 15

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Big Sky assistant: Eastern Washington's 5-out style will stretch KU's defense

When opposing coaches prepare to face Eastern Washington, it doesn’t take long for them to start worrying about the challenges that come with defending the Eagles’ five-out offense.

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KU freshman Jalen Wilson did not travel with Jayhawks to Indianapolis on Monday

The Journal-World has confirmed through multiple sources that Kansas forward Jalen Wilson did not travel to Indianapolis with the team on Monday and is expected to miss KU’s first-round game against Eastern Washington on Saturday. By Matt Tait

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Former standout safety Darrell Stuckey returning to program as KU's director of football relations

A key contributor to the Kansas football program’s most recent successful run, more than a decade ago, former defensive back Darrell Stuckey is joining the Jayhawks’ staff as director of football relations.

Sunday, March 14

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COVID-19 reshapes look, format of 2021 NCAA Tournament

Out of all the ways the COVID-19 pandemic reshaped the 2020-21 college basketball season, Kansas coach Bill Self says the changes made to the format of the 2021 NCAA Tournament could be some of the most enjoyable. By Matt Tait

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Four reasons Kansas can make a run this postseason

No one’s picking Kansas as a lock Final Four team entering the 2021 NCAA Tournament, but the Jayhawks themselves still believe a memorable March is possible. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks have now been selected for 31 NCAA Tournaments in a row

After missing out on what looked to be a golden opportunity to make a run at a national championship in 2020 because of the pandemic, the Kansas Jayhawks have been selected for the NCAA Tournament for an NCAA-record 31st consecutive season. By Matt Tait

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Self, Jayhawks hoping for big things from KU's bench to open NCAA Tournament

With third-seeded Kansas shorthanded entering the 2021 NCAA Tournament, KU coach Bill Self was adamant about the fact that some of his reserves would need to step up in the week ahead to help Kansas survive and advance. By Matt Tait

Kansas softball goes 1-1 during two-game set with Northern Iowa

After winning just once in three games against South Dakota State earlier in the week, the Kansas softball team didn’t fare much better in its two-game stretch against Northern Iowa over the weekend.

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KU coach Bill Self says 3rd-seeded Jayhawks 'in as good a shape as we can be in'

The Kansas men’s basketball team received a No. 3 seed in the West region in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, and KU coach Bill Self said that the COVID-19 issues that kept the Jayhawks from finishing the Big 12 tournament had not created any further problems. By Matt Tait

Kansas baseball posts 3-1 clip during road series with Omaha

Thanks to a strong showing by the lineup, the Kansas baseball team went 3-1 during a four-game series at Omaha this past weekend. The Jayhawks (8-6) scored 33 total runs during the back-to-back doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday.

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At a glance: Big Sky champion Eastern Washington awaits KU in Indy

Before the Jayhawks can start worrying about how they match up with USC, Wichita State or Drake — or even dream about looking ahead in the West region to Iowa or Gonzaga — the Kansas basketball team first will have to get past a hot Eastern Washington team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Kansas tennis suffers 4-0 road loss to Texas Tech

The Kansas women’s tennis team couldn’t win a match during a 4-0 defeat to Texas Tech on Sunday at the McLeod Tennis Center.

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Kansas Jayhawks enter 2021 NCAA Tournament seeded 3rd in West

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self’s streak of top 4 seeds or better is alive and well, as the 11th-ranked Jayhawks enter the 2021 NCAA Tournament as a No. 3 seed in the West. Kansas will face 14th-seeded Eastern Washington in the first round late next week in Indianapolis. By Matt Tait

Saturday, March 13

Kansas soccer records scoreless draw with Kansas State

No goals were scored in 110 minutes of Saturday’s rivalry matchup between the Kansas women’s soccer team and Kansas State, ending in a 0-0 draw after two overtimes at Rock Chalk Park.

KU's Zach Bradford secures third-place finish in pole vault at NCAA Indoor Championships

Kansas track and field junior Zach Bradford placed third overall in the men’s pole vault on the third and final day of the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Kansas volleyball finishes off sweep of TCU with another 4-set win

For the second time in as many days, the Kansas volleyball squad defeated TCU in four sets inside Schollmaier Arena.

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Kansas coach Bill Self believes NCAA Tournament bubble will have familiar feel for players

Talking to the media before this week's Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas basketball coach Bill Self provided a glimpse into what life might be like inside the NCAA Tournament bubble. Turns out, it's not that different from what the Jayhawks have experienced in the past. By Matt Tait

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KU women's basketball coach Schneider optimistic about team's future

At the conclusion of a challenging season, Kansas women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider left Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday once again disappointed about a defeat, but at least in relatively good spirits about how his team competed.

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'It's all authentic': Former KU football players explain what makes Emmett Jones popular

A popular assistant on the Kansas football staff since he arrived in Lawrence as the receivers coach in December of 2018, Emmett Jones’ reputation with the program’s players clearly played a role in KU naming him the interim head coach, following the departure of Les Miles.

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Selection Sunday about more than just the bracket this year for Kansas

While the 11th-ranked Kansas men's basketball team is eagerly awaiting Sunday's release of the 2021 NCAA Tournament bracket, the Jayhawks also have their hands full with a few COVID-19 issues that surfaced this week.By Matt Tait

Kansas tennis drops 4-3 decision to TCU

The Kansas women’s tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision to TCU on Friday at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

Kansas track has 4 athletes earn All-American honors at NCAA Indoor Championships

Four Kansas track and field athletes earned NCAA All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Friday.

Friday, March 12

Kansas volleyball defeats TCU in four sets

The Kansas volleyball team defeated TCU in four sets (25-14, 25-20, 25-19, 25-14) in the first of two matches at Schollmaier Arena this weekend. KU’s lone loss in Friday's match came during the second set.

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KU's Bill Self on pulling out of Big 12 tourney: 'The end game hasn't been affected'

In a phone interview Friday afternoon, just hours after telling his team that Kansas had withdrawn from the Big 12 tournament because of a positive COVID-19 test within the program, KU coach Bill Self said the whole morning felt eerily similar to delivering the same news in 2020. By Matt Tait

Kansas softball splits doubleheader with South Dakota State

The Kansas softball team (10-7) split a doubleheader with South Dakota State (12-3) on Thursday, earning a 4-1 win in game one before dropping a 6-3 decision in the second outing. It came after KU’s 15-11 loss to SDSU in 10 innings on Wednesday.

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Jayhawks withdraw from Big 12 tournament because of positive COVID-19 test

A positive COVID-19 test within the Kansas men’s basketball program on Friday morning has forced the Jayhawks to withdraw from the remainder of the Big 12 tournament. By Matt Tait

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GAME OFF - Game day breakdown: No. 11 Kansas vs. No. 13 Texas, Big 12 semifinals

A look at some of the keys for 11th-ranked Kansas in tonight's Big 12 semifinal match-up with No. 13 Texas at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Mo. By Matt Tait

Thursday, March 11

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KU's late surge comes up short vs. TCU at Big 12 women's basketball tournament

A furious fourth-quarter rally from the Kansas women’s basketball team couldn’t completely erase TCU’s lead Thursday night in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.

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Notebook: KU freshman Bryce Thompson gets the start to matchup with OU's smaller lineup

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self had a simple plan for how he would fill the fifth spot in KU’s starting lineup for Thursday’s 69-62 victory over No. 25 Oklahoma at T-Mobile Center. By Matt Tait

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Ochai Agbaji's career-high 26 points lead No. 11 Kansas past No. 25 Oklahoma and into Big 12 semis

11th-ranked Kansas held Oklahoma to 15 first-half points and got a career-high 26 from junior guard Ochai Agbaji to knock off the 25th-ranked Sooners, 69-62, in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Mo. By Matt Tait

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KU names Emmett Jones the Jayhawks' interim football coach

At least some of the uncertainty surrounding the Kansas football program’s future dissipated Thursday, as Emmett Jones was named the Jayhawks’ interim head coach.

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Kansas advances at Big 12 tournament with 69-62 win over OU

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

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3 potential candidates with rising stock since KU football's last coaching search

There are some intriguing potential candidates with college head coaching experience whose stock has risen in the two-plus years since KU brought in Les Miles in its latest rebuild attempt.

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Schneider hoping for consistency out of KU at Big 12 tournament

Ahead of his team’s trip to the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider had one specific, yet wide-ranging, word in mind when asked about areas where he would like to see his team improve.

Wednesday, March 10

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No. 25 Oklahoma tops Iowa State, 79-73, advances to face No. 11 Kansas in Big 12 quarterfinals on Thursday

No. 25 Oklahoma knocked off Iowa State, 79-73, in the nightcap of the opening round of the Big 12 tournament Wednesday night at T-Mobile Center.

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A few early names to watch in KU's search for a new athletic director

It's been a whirlwind couple of days at the University of Kansas, which finds itself looking for both a new head football coach and new athletic director after this week's departures of Les Miles and Jeff Long. Here's a quick look at a few names that KU Chancellor Douglas Girod, with help from a group of notable alumni, might consider to fill the AD job. By Matt Tait

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KU's Ioanna Chatzileonti makes All-Big 12 freshman team

Kansas freshman Ioanna Chatzileonti earned a spot on the Big 12’s All-Freshman Team for the 2020-21 season, the conference announced on Wednesday.

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Game day breakdown: No. 11 Kansas vs. No. 25 Oklahoma, Big 12 quarterfinals

A look at some of the keys for 11th-ranked Kansas in tonight's matchup in the Big 12 tournament at T-Mobile Center. By Shane Jackson

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Jeff Long out as KU athletic director amid fallout from football coach's departure

Less than 24 hours after he fielded questions about what went wrong with his hiring of football coach Les Miles, the University of Kansas and Athletics Director Jeff Long announced Wednesday he was stepping down.

Tuesday, March 9

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AD Jeff Long defends KU's vetting of Les Miles; KU reaches base settlement of nearly $2M with former coach

With his hiring of former head football coach Les Miles now facing much public criticism, University of Kansas Athletics Director Jeff Long on Tuesday defended his vetting process in 2018 and provided some insight into what the search for Miles’ replacement will entail.

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Self says McCormack, Enaruna will not play in Big 12 tournament because of COVID-19 protocol

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self announced Tuesday that the Jayhawks will be without junior forward David McCormack and sophomore wing Tristan Enaruna for this week’s Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo. By Matt Tait

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Names of potential KU football coaching candidates emerging quickly

Even though KU football's head coaching position just officially became vacant late Monday night, some potential candidates for the job already are emerging.

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KU's McCormack earns 2nd-team all-Big 12 nod from Associated Press

One day after being named the Big 12's Most Improved Player, Kansas junior David McCormack earned a second team all-Big 12 nod from the Associated Press. By Matt Tait

Monday, March 8

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Les Miles done as KU's football coach

After two losing seasons at the University of Kansas, it wasn’t the lack of victories that led to Les Miles’ demise, rather sexual harassment allegations from his past ultimately cost the Jayhawks’ head football coach his job, as KU announced late Monday night Miles’ time with the program was over.

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KU women open Big 12 tourney play Thursday vs. TCU

The Kansas women’s basketball team will open postseason play at 5 p.m. Thursday against TCU in the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo.

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Coaches name KU junior David McCormack Big 12's Most Improved Player

Garrett, Wilson, Agbaji and Braun also among KU's all-Big 12 honorees

Kansas forward David McCormack was voted by the conference’s coaches as the Big 12’s Most Improved Player for the 2020-21 season. By Matt Tait

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With Les Miles on leave, new O.C. serving as KU football's acting head coach

Although no interim head coach was named to step in for Les Miles when the Kansas football coach was placed on administrative leave on Friday, for now offensive coordinator Mike DeBord is KU football's acting head coach.

Complete game from Lexy Mills helps Kansas softball finish off 4-1 weekend

The Kansas softball team ended a strong weekend in style when Lexy Mills tossed a complete game during a 6-2 win over Northwestern State Sunday afternoon to conclude the Woo Pig Classic in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Kansas baseball earns road series victory over Saint Louis

It took 12 innings, but the Kansas baseball team earned a 7-5 win over Saint Louis in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Billiken Sports Center.

Sunday, March 7

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3-star Texas OT Cory Hendrix commits to KU football

Even though the immediate future of the Kansas football program is unclear, with head coach Les Miles being put on administrative leave, the Jayhawks picked up a commitment for their 2022 recruiting class on Sunday from Cory Hendrix, a highly sought after high school offensive lineman.

No. 25 Kansas soccer secures 2-0 win over Kansas State

No. 25 Kansas soccer scored two second-half goals to defeat Kansas State, 2-0, in the Sunflower Showdown on Saturday in Manhattan.

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Jayhawks officially the No. 2 seed in 2021 Big 12 tournament

Oklahoma State’s 80-75 win over West Virginia on Saturday secured a second-place finish in the Big 12 Conference for the Kansas men’s basketball team. By Matt Tait

Saturday, March 6

Kansas tennis sweeps SEMO with 7-0 home win

The Kansas women’s tennis team defeated Southeast Missouri State, 7-0, at the Jayhawk Tennis Center on Saturday. The Jayhawks (5-3) have now won four of their last five matches.

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No. 6 Baylor rolls as Jayhawks finish regular season on 8-game losing streak

It was going to take an extraordinary performance for the Kansas women’s basketball team to close the regular season with a win Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks’ chances against No. 6 Baylor got even worse when an injury to starting forward Ioanna Chatzileonti kept her out of KU’s lineup, and sure enough, the Bears rolled, 93-67.

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Les Miles' lawyer blasts KU for placing coach on administrative leave, claims school knew about allegations beforehand

A day after the University of Kansas placed head football coach Les Miles on administrative leave amid sexual harassment allegations, Miles’ lawyer blasted the measure and accused the school of “bending to the winds of media blowback.”

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KU's Dajuan Harris gains major confidence from strong 2nd half vs. UTEP

The strong showing by Kansas guard Dajuan Harris in the Jayhawks’ five-point win over UTEP on Thursday included a season-high 17 second-half minutes for the redshirt freshman from Columbia, Mo. By Matt Tait

Friday, March 5

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Former KU RB Pooka Williams discusses opt out, NFL possibilities at pro day

Back in Lawrence to show off his speed, footwork and more, former Jayhawks running back Pooka Williams returned to the Kansas football spotlight on Friday, more than four months after he opted out the 2020 season.

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KU's rebounding point of emphasis entering regular season finale

As the Jayhawks prepare to close their regular season Saturday afternoon against No. 6 Baylor, Kansas women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider hopes one problem area in KU’s latest loss won’t be a harbinger of more to come.

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Patience, poise paid off for Kansas junior David McCormack in 67-62 win over UTEP

For more than 25 minutes of Thursday’s 67-62 comeback victory over visiting UTEP, Kansas junior David McCormack was alarmingly quiet and more than a little off. But, as he has done throughout the season, McCormack never let himself get taken out of the game entirely, setting the stage for a huge stretch that helped KU find a way to win. By Matt Tait

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LSU's Title IX review includes allegations Les Miles 'attempted to sexualize' student staff; KU places him on administrative leave

AD recommended Miles' firing in 2013, report shows

More allegations surfaced on Friday that University of Kansas football coach Les Miles “attempted to sexualize” football student employees when he was the head coach at LSU, and KU Athletic Director Jeff Long placed Miles on administrative leave.

Thursday, March 4

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No. 13 Kansas survives scare from UTEP en route to 67-62 win in regular-season finale

Despite leading for just 1:26 of Thursday’s 40-minute game, the 13th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks survived a scare from UTEP, closing with clamp-down defense and enough offense to prevail, 67-62, at Allen Fieldhouse. Matt Tait

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Notebook: KU freshman Bryce Thompson believes he is 'around 97%' back from broken finger

Although he’s been back in the lineup for a few weeks, freshman guard Bryce Thompson has still been battling through his recovery from a broken finger that sidelined him earlier this season.

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KUsports Live: No. 13 Kansas basketball 67, UTEP 62

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

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Report: LSU's internal investigation led to Les Miles being banned from 1-on-1 contact with student employees

According to an internal investigative report released by LSU, former football coach Les Miles, now the head coach at the University of Kansas, was accused of texting female students, taking them into his condo and allegedly kissing a student and suggesting they visit a hotel together, USA TODAY reported Thursday.

Wednesday, March 3

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Game day breakdown: No. 13 Kansas basketball vs. UTEP

A look at some of the keys for 13th-ranked Kansas in tonight's regular season finale against UTEP at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Cyclones blow out Jayhawks as KU's skid extends to 7 games

The Kansas women’s basketball team’s losing streak hit seven games Wednesday night at Iowa State, where the Jayhawks suffered their most lopsided loss of the skid, 83-53.

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Report: Les Miles’ lawyer now wants LSU’s 2013 internal investigation released

University of Kansas football coach Les Miles’ lawyer is now calling for the release of a 2013 investigative report on allegations of Miles sexually harassing LSU student workers when he was the coach in Baton Rouge, La.

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Five-star Sunrise Christian guard Gradey Dick commits to Kansas

Just after 7 p.m. on Wednesday night, five-star, Class of 2022 guard Gradey Dick, of Sunrise Christian Academy, announced his plans to attend the University of Kansas. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, March 2

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Jayhawks aim to 'finish' following recent string of narrow defeats

After coming out on the wrong end of more tight games than they would like to remember lately, players on the Kansas women’s basketball team will try again at Iowa State Wednesday night to snag that elusive win.

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Thursday's trip to Allen Fieldhouse not entirely new for everyone on the UTEP roster

Although Thursday’s game between No. 13 Kansas and visiting UTEP at Allen Fieldhouse was added at the last minute, it will hardly be a new experience for a couple of people on the Miners’ roster. By Matt Tait

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Former KU RB Pooka Williams to participate in NFL combine virtually, via KU's pro day

Former Kansas football star running back Pooka Williams will be back in Lawrence this week, hoping to prove himself as an NFL prospect at the Jayhawks’ pro day on Friday.

Monday, March 1

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Texas prep Jacobe Chester becomes newest 3-star recruit in KU's 2022 class

The Kansas football coaches picked up another three-star prospect for the Jayhawks’ 2022 recruiting class on Monday night, when Texas prep Jacobe Chester announced his decision to commit to KU.

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Pandemic creates new challenges for KU basketball broadcast teams

With the Kansas men's and women's basketball programs facing new travel protocols during the pandemic, the Jayhawk Sports Network broadcast crews occasionally had to master the art of calling games remotely. Here's a look at how they made it happen. By Matt Tait

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Recent win over previously unbeaten Baylor propels Kansas to No. 13 in latest AP poll

The Kansas men's basketball team used a big win over Baylor to move up four spots in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Jayhawks are one of seven Big 12 teams ranked in the top 18 of this week's poll. By Matt Tait

Kansas softball posts 4-1 record during UTSA Tournament

After not playing last weekend, the Kansas softball team returned to action by earning four wins and one loss at the UTSA Tournament this past weekend in San Antonio, Texas.

KU baseball suffers 3 losses during 4-game series at Florida Gulf Coast University

In the second weekend of the 2021 campaign, the Kansas baseball team dropped three of four games in a road series against Florida Gulf Coast University.