Stories for November 2021


Tuesday, November 30

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Talented freshman class played huge role in KU volleyball program's return to NCAA Tournament

A talented trio of freshmen, all of whom were honored by the Big 12 Conference in one way or another this season, has played a huge role in the Jayhawks' run back to the NCAA Tournament. Now, that group and KU's upperclassmen will look to keep their season rolling when they face Oregon at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Omaha, Neb., in Round 1. By Matt Tait

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Best performance of Gavin Potter's KU football career left LB wanting more

In the 24th start of his college football career, Kansas junior linebacker Gavin Potter put together the most prolific individual outing of his time with the Jayhawks. His night of firsts didn’t have Potter in a celebratory mood, though.

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2022 Kansas Relays postponed; KU planning 100th anniversary celebration in 2023

Because of “ongoing challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kansas Athletics Inc., announced Tuesday that the 2022 Kansas Relays have been postponed. By Matt Tait

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QB Jalon Daniels wants KU football to 'come in with a bang' in 2022

Jalon Daniels’ improbable sophomore season, when he went from a redshirting third-stringer to the starting quarterback in the final weeks, had just come to an end this past Saturday night when Daniels already had 2022 on his mind.

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Kyron Johnson, Kenny Logan Jr. land on PFF All-Big 12 2nd team

Two of the Kansas football team’s veteran leaders proved to be among the most impactful players in the Big 12 this season. When Pro Football Focus announced its all-conference teams this week, KU super-senior defensive end Kyron Johnson and junior safety Kenny Logan Jr. both landed on the second team.

Monday, November 29

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Assistants Drake, Jackson leaving KU football; Leipold promotes Onatolu, Peterson

Lance Leipold’s Kansas football coaching staff for next year already has a new look to it, just two days after the conclusion of Leipold’s first season in charge.

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Jayhawks upbeat about KU football's future as Season 1 of Lance Leipold era concludes

When the Kansas football season ended this past Saturday night with a six-point home loss to West Virginia, the emotions in the locker room minutes after the finale reflected not only the conclusion of a challenging year, but also a growing sense of hope about the program’s future.

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Kansas big man David McCormack takes 'step in right direction' in KU's 3rd-place win over Iona

After struggling in the first two games of last week's ESPN Events Invitational, Kansas senior David McCormack showed small signs of improvement in KU's 96-83 win over Iona in the third-place game on Sunday.By Matt Tait

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Kansas junior Christian Braun breaks out in Orlando, lands on all-tourney team

Kansas guard Christian Braun was one of KU's top performers last week in Orlando, leading the team in several statistical categories and landing on the ESPN Events Invitational all-tournament team. By Matt Tait

Sunday, November 28

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They're in! Kansas volleyball earns spot in 2021 NCAA Tournament

Jayhawks will play Oregon at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Omaha, Neb.

The Kansas volleyball program found out on Sunday night that its 2021 season would continue at this week's NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks, who finished tied for third in the Big 12 Conference, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, marking the 10th time in school history that KU has qualified for the postseason event. By Matt Tait

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2-star juco TE Tevita Noa commits to KU football

A day after the conclusion of his first season as the Kansas football head coach, Lance Leipold received a commitment from a junior college tight end who could help the Jayhawks in his second season.

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Iona's Rick Pitino on Kansas coach Bill Self after first ever meeting: 'He doesn't have a weakness'

After combining to coach more than 2,000 college basketball games and racking up more than 1,500 victories, Kansas coach Bill Self and Iona coach Rick Pitino finally faced one another on Sunday at HP Field House. By Matt Tait

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4th-ranked Jayhawks ride offense, bemoan defense in 96-83 win over Iona in Orlando

With their chances of an early-season tournament title already dashed by Dayton at the ESPN Events Invitational, the No. 4-ranked Jayhawks wrapped up their holiday weekend in Florida with a 96-83 victory over Iona in the tourney's third-place game on Sunday afternoon. By Matt Tait

Saturday, November 27

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Notebook: Lance Leipold, KU football honor 'special' group of seniors

Before the Kansas football team played its season finale Saturday night against West Virginia, the program honored a group of 15 players — which included both seniors and super-seniors — who were about to experience the final game of their KU careers.

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KU women roll over UTEP in Las Vegas

The Kansas women’s basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the 2021-22 season by drubbing UTEP, 81-55, at the South Point Shootout on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

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Jayhawks come up short in season finale, 34-28, against West Virginia

In another tight November game for the improving Kansas football team, the Jayhawks’ late mistakes kept them from concluding Lance Leipold’s first season as head coach with another upset win.

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Kansas volleyball completes sweep of K-State, sets up Jayhawks for possible postseason berth

The Kansas volleyball program strengthened its case for an NCAA Tournament bid on Saturday night by coming back from two sets down to top Kansas State in Manhattan. By Matt Tait

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Game day breakdown: No. 4 Kansas vs. Iona - ESPN Events Invitational 3rd-place game

A look at some of the keys for fourth-ranked Kansas in Sunday's third-place game matchup with Iona at the ESPN Events Invitational in Florida. By Matt Tait

Friday, November 26

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Kansas volleyball takes down K-State in 4 sets in Manhattan

The Kansas volleyball team knocked off in-state rival Kansas State in four sets Friday night in Manhattan, 25-22, 21-25, 25-23 and 25-14.

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No. 11 Tennessee hands KU women's basketball 1st loss of season

After sticking within striking distance of 11th-ranked Tennessee for much of Friday’s game at the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas, the Kansas women’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, 68-58.

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Notebook: KU, Dayton play another classic, Flyers snag historic win

Friday’s wild win by Dayton over fourth-ranked Kansas marked the second time in three seasons that the Jayhawks and Flyers have played a memorable November basketball game. By Matt Tait

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3 keys for KU football vs. West Virginia

Even as Kansas stopped getting blown out and began playing a competitive brand of football the past two weeks, the Jayhawks’ defense has still given the team some problems.

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Wild ending pushes Dayton past 4th-ranked Kansas in Orlando

The ending was almost too outrageous to believe, but the sobering reality of losing to Dayton as a double-digit favorite on a buzzer-beater was not just a bad dream for fourth-ranked Kansas. By Matt Tait

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Game day breakdown: No. 4 Kansas vs. Dayton - ESPN Events Invitational semifinals

A look at some of the keys for fourth-ranked Kansas in today's ESPN Events Invitational semifinal clash with Dayton from HP Field House in Kissimmee, Fla. By Matt Tait

Thursday, November 25

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Notebook: KU's Bill Self on struggling big man David McCormack: 'He's got to do better'

Following Thursday’s 71-59 victory over North Texas, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self did not hide his frustration over another sub-par performance by starting big man David McCormack. By Matt Tait

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4th-ranked Kansas both good and bad in 71-59 win over North Texas in Orlando

A hot start and strong second half led the fourth-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team to a 71-59 victory over North Texas in the first round of the ESPN Events Invitational on Thursday afternoon. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks thrilled to see blue collar O-lineman Joey Gilbertson 'seize the moment' in 1st career start

One of the unsung contributors to the Kansas football team’s late-season upswing, redshirt senior offensive lineman Joey Gilbertson had never started a game for the Jayhawks until he was called upon for KU’s road finale at TCU.

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Stakes are high for Kansas volleyball in regular season finale at Kansas State this weekend

In case facing in-state rival Kansas State in the regular season finale was not already big enough, the Kansas volleyball team has a couple of others carrots it’s chasing this weekend in Manhattan. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, November 24

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KU football coaches want to give Jason Bean opportunities as a rusher in his new role

The Kansas football team found a new starting quarterback in Jalon Daniels. Now KU’s coaches are trying to concoct ways to keep the Jayhawks’ former No. 1 QB, Jason Bean, involved in a different capacity.

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Game day breakdown: Kansas basketball vs. North Texas in Orlando

A look at some of the keys for fourth-ranked Kansas in Thursday's opening-round game against North Texas at the ESPN Events Invitational in Orlando, Fla. By Matt Tait

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'He's kind of embraced being the man': Jayhawks credit QB Jalon Daniels for reenergizing KU football late in season

A Kansas football team that looked dead in the water not long ago found a source of revitalization for the season’s final weeks when the Jayhawks unexpectedly landed on a new starting quarterback, sophomore Jalon Daniels.

Tuesday, November 23

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KU volleyball standouts Langs, Turner snag Big 12 weekly honors

Senior middle blocker Rachel Langs and freshman setter Camryn Turner both won Big 12 Conference player of the week honors this week, after strong showings in a sweep of TCU over the weekend.

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QB Jalon Daniels rested his arm 'a little bit' after taking 'a few nicks' in KU football's tight road loss

Jalon Daniels had another productive start for the Jayhawks this past weekend at TCU, but the Kansas football quarterback didn’t leave the narrow road loss completely unscathed.

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Kyron Johnson's 'adrenaline was rushing' when KU football D-end earned NFLPA Collegiate Bowl invite

When Kansas football players were informed after practice on Tuesday that a representative from the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl was in attendance and about to address the team, Kyron Johnson “knew something was up.”

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Three Jayhawks fighting through minor injuries, another set to return as 4th-ranked KU heads to Orlando

The fourth-ranked Kansas men’s basketball program is taking a bruised and battered backcourt to Orlando for this week’s ESPN Events Invitational. By Matt Tait

Monday, November 22

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Availability of TEs in question heading into KU football finale

The Kansas football running back room isn’t the only one where available bodies are dwindling late in the season. When asked during his Monday press conference which tight ends might actually be in uniform and able to contribute in the team’s upcoming season finale versus West Virginia, KU head coach Lance Leipold had to think for a second.

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Unbeaten Jayhawks jumped by Purdue in latest AP college basketball poll; KU still 3rd in coaches poll

The Kansas men’s basketball team maintained its spot at No. 3 in the USA Today coaches poll but dropped a spot in the Associated Press poll to No. 4.

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Jayhawks' RB depth could be tested, with Devin Neal 'questionable to doubtful' for finale

The Kansas football team could be without its starting running back, Devin Neal, in its season finale this Saturday.

Sunday, November 21

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Former Kansas great Paul Pierce inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., earlier this year, former Kansas great Paul Pierce was one of eight former college standouts inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday evening. By Matt Tait

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Juco LB Mike Smith joins KU football's 2022 recruiting class

The first recruiting class for head coach Lance Leipold at the University of Kansas won’t be completely comprised of high school prospects. The Jayhawks got their first junior college addition to the Class of 2022 this past week, when Mike Smith committed.

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Slow start doesn't stop KU women's basketball from moving to 4-0

The University of Kansas women’s basketball team recovered from a slow start versus St. Louis in the first half Sunday to remain unbeaten.

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Walk-on Jared Casey 'a baller' again in KU football's narrow road L at TCU

No one-hit wonder, Kansas football walk-on Jared Casey proved to be even more productive in his second game contributing as a tight end than he was in his first.

Saturday, November 20

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Kansas volleyball completes sweep of TCU in home finale

The Kansas volleyball team completed its sweep of visiting TCU with a four-set victory at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena on Saturday evening, 25-15, 25-18, 23-25 and 25-20.

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Notebook: Devin Neal hurt, misses 2nd half of KU football loss to TCU

The Jayhawks had to try and rally back on the road at TCU Saturday without Devin Neal in the second half.

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Horned Frogs' late FG puts end to KU football road rally

Despite a promising start Saturday at TCU, the Kansas football team couldn’t quite replicate its road magic from a week ago. The Horned Frogs’ Griffin Kell kicked a 25-yard field goal with six seconds to play, and the Jayhawks fell, 31-28, at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

Friday, November 19

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Long-struggling KU football program hopes to build off of marquee win at Texas

Nearing the end of his sixth year in the Kansas football program, super-senior receiver Kwamie Lassiter II has witnessed more losses than he cares to remember, as well as a handful of victories — 11 to be exact. But the Jayhawks’ latest victory, a 57-56 overtime shocker at Texas that grabbed the attention of the college football world, seemingly was on another level.

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3 keys for KU football at TCU

Kansas football offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki often mentions how just a handful of plays can ultimately decide a game’s outcome. In an overtime thriller at Texas last week, there was no shortage of crucial snaps. But given the Jayhawks’ struggles this season and how important it was to get off to a positive start, Kotelnicki was asked whether the third snap of the game — a Jalon Daniels rush on third-and-7 — was a game-altering play. “Hell, yes,” Kotelnicki replied.

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Unbeaten Jayhawks ready to welcome Jalen Wilson back to lineup

Three games into a regular season in which third-ranked Kansas has outscored its opponents by an average margin of 88-65, the Jayhawks are poised to bring back one of their top players from a season ago. By Matt Tait

Thursday, November 18

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Another scoring outburst from Ochai Agbaji propels No. 3 KU past Stony Brook

The man who entered the day as the leading scorer in Division I proved to be too much for visiting Stony Brook on Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse, where Kansas senior Ochai Agbaji’s latest show included 25 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in an 88-59 win. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Jacobee Bryant's big game for KU football earns CB spot on PFF team of the week

In a game that featured numerous standout moments and plays for the Jayhawks this past Saturday at Texas, the performance by Kansas football cornerback Jacobee Bryant graded out as one of the best individual showings in the country.

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Jalon Daniels: KU football's near upset at Texas 2 years ago inspired him

QB gets NIL money with award from Gorilla Glue

If the Kansas football team hadn’t nearly upset Texas on the road in 2019, Jalon Daniels might not have ever joined the Jayhawks.

Wednesday, November 17

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Big 3rd quarter helps KU women's basketball put away Omaha

A lopsided third quarter in the Jayhawks’ favor helped the Kansas women’s basketball team defeat Omaha, 81-56, Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU football walk-on Jared Casey never thought he would be in a commercial, getting such attention

Kansas football walk-on Jared Casey neither asked for nor expected any of this — being approached about NIL opportunities, starring in a commercial, becoming the leading figure in features that will air nationally on FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff and ESPN’s College GameDay this coming Saturday. But the redshirt freshman from Plainville will humbly ask that you refer to him as a tight end now.

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Third-ranked Kansas looking for faster play, better defense vs. Stony Brook

The way Kansas basketball coach Bill Self sees it, last week’s battle with Tarleton State was the perfect tune-up for Thursday’s matchup with Stony Brook. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, November 16

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KU basketball player Jalen Wilson formally charged with DUI; attorney says he will apply for diversion

University of Kansas basketball player Jalen Wilson was formally charged with a DUI in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday.

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Kansas volleyball announces signing of 4 top prospects in 2022 recruiting class

The Kansas volleyball program recently announced the signing of four top prospects, each of whom head coach Ray Bechard said could make an immediate impact with the Jayhawks.

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After breakout game in OT win at Texas, QB Jalon Daniels 'could' start for KU football going forward

QB doesn't mind abandoning redshirt plan

An emergency No. 3 quarterback who was planning to redshirt just a couple weeks ago, sophomore Jalon Daniels could remain the Kansas football team’s starting QB after helping the Jayhawks pull off an upset win at Texas this past weekend.

Monday, November 15

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Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji named Big 12 men's hoops player of the week

After scoring 29 and 25 points in back-to-back Kansas victories to open the 2021-22 season, senior guard Ochai Agbaji was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

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Notebook: KU football freshman RB Devin Neal named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week

After playing a starring role in the Kansas football team’s attention-grabbing overtime win at Texas this past Saturday, running back Devin Neal was named the Big 12’s Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

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KU women's basketball moves to 2-0 with another comfortable home win

The Kansas women’s basketball team improved to 2-0 on Sunday, with the Jayhawks’ 83-60 win over Tennessee State at Allen Fieldhouse.

Sunday, November 14

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'That was Jared, wasn't it?': KU football reserve walk-on Jared Casey makes game-winning catch at Texas

Jared Casey, a walk-on fullback with Kansas football, isn’t exactly the type of player who features prominently in the offensive game plan. In fact, the redshirt freshman had only appeared on special teams for the Jayhawks prior to Saturday night, when Casey delivered the game-winning catch in KU’s overtime victory at Texas. That’s why not even Casey’s parents, Jerry and Karen, realized at first it was their son who caught the two-point conversion that wrapped up the upset win.

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Shocking KU football win at Texas meant ‘the world’ to RB Devin Neal

On a Kansas football team exhilarated by the Jayhawks’ 57-56 overtime victory at Texas, running back Devin Neal couldn’t help but feel overcharged emotionally by the result as he contemplated what happened late Saturday night.

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Jalon Daniels 'outstanding' for KU football in start; but next week's QB plans undetermined

When Jason Bean wasn’t able to play, the Jayhawks figured sophomore Jalon Daniels, who ended up making his first start of the season, was more than ready to step in.

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Lance Leipold wanted KU football to go for 2 — and the win — even before OT began

Kansas football head coach Lance Leipold didn’t wait until Saturday night’s game in Austin, Texas, was on the line to figure out how the Jayhawks would handle overtime.

Saturday, November 13

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Jayhawks win OT thriller at Texas, ending KU football's 13-year Big 12 road losing streak

A blissful opening half for the perennial Big 12 underdog Kansas football program set the stage for the Jayhawks’ first conference road victory in 13 years Saturday night at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. But it would take overtime to make it happen in Austin, Texas.

Friday, November 12

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Freshman guard Kyle Cuffe Jr. the latest Jayhawk to decide to redshirt 2021-22 basketball season

Kansas coach Bill Self said after Friday’s 88-62 victory over Tarleton State at Allen Fieldhouse that freshman guard Kyle Cuffe Jr. had decided to redshirt the season. By Matt Tait

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Third-ranked Kansas basketball pushes past scrappy Tarleton State, 88-62 in home opener

The final score showed an easy, double-digit Kansas victory. But most on the Kansas bench will tell you that Friday’s 88-62 win over Tarleton State at Allen Fieldhouse was anything but easy. By Matt Tait

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Quick Recap: No. 3 KU basketball cruises, 88-62, vs. Tarleton State

Kansas senior guard Ochai Agbaji continued to shine as the Jayhawks handled Tarleton State, 88-62, Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

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3 keys for KU football at Texas

Regardless of whether it’s Jason Bean or Jalon Daniels at quarterback for Kansas, the Jayhawks need to get back to effectively running the ball if their offense is going to stay on the field and have a chance to challenge Texas.

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KU senior Cam Martin vows to continue to work hard while redshirting 2021-22 season

Kansas senior Cam Martin said Thursday that his decision to redshirt the upcoming season came down to wanting more time to improve his game and his body. By Matt Tait

Thursday, November 11

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Self reunion with longtime friend, Billy Gillispie, only part of the picture for Kansas vs. Tarleton State

While last year’s opportunity at a reunion with longtime friend Billy Gillispie was erased because of a COVID-19 issue, Kansas coach Bill Self said Thursday that KU promised to put Gillispie’s Tarleton State squad on this season’s schedule as soon as the 2020 game was canceled. By Matt Tait

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KU football OC: Freshman QBs Conrad Hawley, Ben Easters 'have a passion to improve'

Two of the least experienced quarterbacks on the Kansas football roster aren’t expected to be needed any time in the final weeks of the season. But that doesn’t mean freshmen Conrad Hawley and Ben Easters are taking an idle approach to their development.

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KU men's basketball program signs 4 in 2022 class, KU women ink 2 in early signing period

The Kansas men’s basketball program received letters of intent from four members of its 2022 recruiting class on Wednesday and the KU women's program signed two.

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RB Amauri Pesek-Hickson stepping into larger role for KU football

Up to this point in the season, Amauri Pesek-Hickson hasn’t been heavily involved with the Kansas football team’s offensive game plan. But that could change when the Jayhawks play at Texas this week.

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QB Jason Bean's availability at Texas expected to be 'gametime decision' for KU football

Kansas football coaches don’t expect to know until Saturday whether quarterback Jason Bean will be able to start in the Jayhawks’ road game at Texas.

Wednesday, November 10

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KU women's basketball blows by SIU-Edwardsville to open season

The Kansas women’s basketball team showed off its depth Wednesday night in a season-opening rout of SIU-Edwardsville at Allen Fieldhouse.

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QB Jason Bean remains 'questionable' for KU football's road game vs. Texas

Three days out from Saturday’s road game at Texas, Kansas football head coach Lance Leipold said Wednesday night he still didn’t know whether starting quarterback Jason Bean will be available.

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Lance Leipold, KU football coordinators expecting progress in final weeks of season

As the first season of a new coaching era for the Kansas football program nears its conclusion, head coach Lance Leipold and his longtime coordinators envision brighter Novembers ahead for the Jayhawks.

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Teammates call trio of Kansas freshmen 'perfect' in season-opening win over Michigan State in NYC

New York — On a night when Kansas senior Ochai Agbaji carried the Jayhawks’ offense, three freshmen playing the first game of their careers showed that this KU team already has reliable pieces on the bench. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, November 9

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Senior guard Ochai Agbaji explodes for career-high 29 points to lead No. 3 Kansas past Michigan State at Champions Classic

New York — Kansas senior Ochai Agbaji recently admitted that he occasionally found himself daydreaming about what life would be like right now if he had elected to jump to the NBA instead of returning to college. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Bill Self says KU basketball transfer big man Cam Martin will redshirt

Super-senior forward Cam Martin did not play during Tuesday’s 87-74 victory over Michigan State at Madison Square Garden because he has decided to take a redshirt this season. Kansas coach Bill Self announced the move during his pregame radio appearance.

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Quick Recap: No. 3 KU basketball opens season by beating Michigan State in NYC

The No. 3-ranked Kansas basketball team lived up to its preseason billing in its season debut Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, where the Jayhawks handled Michigan State, 87-74.

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Already a super-senior, Sam Burt eying a return to KU football in 2022

The arm injury that knocked super-senior defensive lineman Sam Burt out of the Kansas football starting lineup minutes into the season opener will actually end up extending the former walk-on’s college career.

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Numerous key Jayhawks returning as KU women's basketball opens season

As Kansas women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider enters his seventh season leading the program, he’s bringing a core of experienced players with him into the Jayhawks’ 2021-22 debut.

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Notebook: QB Jason Bean suiting up for practices, but still 'day to day' for KU football

Lance Leipold unsure which QB will start at Texas

Kansas football head coach Lance Leipold still wasn’t sure on Tuesday whether his team’s starting quarterback, Jason Bean, will be able to play for the Jayhawks this week at Texas.

Monday, November 8

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Torry Locklin injury latest blow to KU football's RB depth

The Kansas football team’s quarterback room isn’t the only one experiencing shrinking numbers late in the season. “It’s bigger than our running back room,” head coach Lance Leipold said Monday, while discussing injury issues for the offense.

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Game day breakdown: No. 3 Kansas basketball vs. Michigan State

A look at some of the keys for third-ranked Kansas in Tuesday's Champions Classic championship game showdown with Michigan State at Madison Square Garden in New York City. By Matt Tait

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Key backups Miles Kendrick, Torry Locklin out for rest of KU football season

QB Jason Bean 'questionable at best' this week

The Kansas football offense lost two key reserves to season-ending injuries this past weekend, head coach Lance Leipold revealed on Monday.

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NCAA streamlines constitution, set to give power to schools

The NCAA on Monday set the stage for a dramatic restructuring of college sports that will give each of its three divisions the power to govern itself.

Saturday, November 6

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Michigan State coach Tom Izzo happy with team, eager to see what it has in tough test vs. Kansas

With a Champions Classic clash with Michigan State now just a couple of days away for the third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks, here's a first-glance look at the 2021-22 Spartans. Tom Izzo's latest team features a mixture of size, experience, fresh talent and, of course, toughness. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Jalon Daniels comes in as emergency QB for KU football; redshirt season up in air

In the midst of a one-sided home loss to rival Kansas State on Saturday, the Kansas football team had to play three quarterbacks — including sophomore Jalon Daniels, who is supposed to redshirt this year — before the Jayhawks even got to halftime.

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'Subpar' Showdown: K-State dominates, 35-10, in rivalry win over KU football

Rival Kansas State kept the Kansas football offense out of the end zone until late in the third quarter Saturday at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, where the visiting Wildcats dominated in a 35-10 road win.

Friday, November 5

Kansas volleyball falls flat at West Virginia for second day in a row

The Kansas volleyball team dropped a critical match in Morgantown, W.V., on Friday, falling to West Virginia for the second day in a row, 29-27, 13-25, 20-25, 15-25.

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3 keys for KU football vs. Kansas State

In recent weeks, the Kansas football defense has encountered running backs such as Coastal Carolina’s Reese White (102 rushing yards, three touchdowns), Baylor’s Abram Smith (123 yards, one TD), Duke’s Mataeo Durant (132 yards, one TD) and Iowa State’s Breece Hall (123 yards, two TDs). But KU defensive coordinator Brian Borland said the back the Jayhawks are facing this week, Kansas State sophomore Deuce Vaughn, might be “the most impactful player” that they’ve gone up against this year.

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KU Athletics will allow reentry for 2nd half of Jayhawks' rivalry game vs. K-State

In a reversal of typical policy for Kansas football games at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, fans will be permitted Saturday to reenter the venue for the second half if they choose to exit at halftime.

Thursday, November 4

Kansas volleyball drops opener at West Virginia

The Kansas volleyball team fell in three sets at West Virginia on Thursday night, losing 25-18, 30-28 and 25-15 in the series opener in Morgantown, W.V.

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Sam Burt may not play in KU football's rivalry game, but the veteran is making an impact

One of the Kansas football players most fired up for this week’s Sunflower Showdown might not get to play one snap versus Kansas State on Saturday at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Nonetheless, super-senior Sam Burt is having an impact for the Jayhawks during their rivalry week.

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'We've got to get better' Kansas basketball putting in extra court time to prepare for season opener vs. Michigan State

By the time tipoff rolled around for the Kansas men’s basketball program’s exhibition game against Emporia State on Wednesday night, the Jayhawks already had practiced twice that day. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, November 3

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Kansas Basketball Notebook: 14 play vs. Emporia State, but Self says redshirts will be considered

With 14 scholarship players on this year’s roster and talent up and down the lineup, Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self will have his hands full with figuring out how to find enough playing time to keep everyone happy. By Matt Tait

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Delayed debut: KU guard Remy Martin brings fire, production off the bench to lead Kansas past Emporia State, 86-60

Wednesday night was a night of so many firsts for the third-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team in its lone exhibition game of the season, an 86-60 victory over Emporia State. But none of them quite popped like seeing transfer guard Remy Martin in action — off the bench, no less. By Matt Tait

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Lawrence native, KU football freshman Devin Neal not a newcomer to K-State rivalry

Look up and down the Kansas football team’s depth chart heading into this week’s rivalry game with Kansas State and you will only spot a handful of players who hail from the Sunflower State. But one of them — starting running back Devin Neal — might be as well versed in the series as anyone in the program.

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NCAA denies Oklahoma State appeal, Cowboys get postseason ban

The NCAA on Wednesday upheld a one-year postseason ban and other penalties against the Oklahoma State men’s basketball program.

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Kansas soccer's Raena Childers lands on Big 12's all-freshman squad

Kansas midfielder Raena Childers earned a spot on the Big 12 all-freshman team, the conference office announced Tuesday. Childers received the postseason honor after starting all 19 games for the Jayhawks during her first season in Lawrence.

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KU's Caroline Crawford named Big 12 volleyball defensive player of the week

Sophomore middle blocker Caroline Crawford was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday following the Jayhawks weekend series against Oklahoma.

Tuesday, November 2

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Jayhawks old and new eager to return to packed Allen Fieldhouse for exhibition clash with Emporia State

Kansas senior David McCormack has played in 92 games during the first three years of his KU career, but there’s something about Wednesday’s exhibition game against Emporia State that has him buzzing. By Matt Tait

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Adding 'new old guys' and freshmen all part of chemistry equation for KU basketball this year

Any college basketball team with Final Four aspirations as its baseline for expectations knows chemistry can be just as crucial as talent when it comes to chasing a national championship. While this year’s Kansas basketball team has a six-man core of returning players, the Jayhawks are doing more than just trying to incorporate a talented freshman class into the mix for the 2021-22 season.

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Freshman cornerback Cam'Ron Dabney impresses in 1st career start for KU football

A pair of injury issues within the Kansas football secondary pushed true freshman cornerback Cam’Ron Dabney into his first career start this past weekend at Oklahoma State. And from what head coach Lance Leipold saw out of Dabney, the young defensive back might have secured a permanent spot in the rotation.

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Kansas basketball forward Jalen Wilson suspended 4 games for weekend DUI arrest

Kansas sophomore Jalen Wilson has been suspended four games — Wednesday’s exhibition and the first three regular season games — after a weekend arrest for suspicion of DUI. By Matt Tait

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Kansas men's golf wins 4th straight stroke-play tourney with dominant showing in Maui

As if playing golf in Maui wasn’t reward enough, the Kansas men’s golf team made the long trip even more worth its while last week by winning a fourth consecutive stroke play tournament.

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Lance Leipold: KU football still has 'a long way to go'

Kansas football head coach Lance Leipold didn’t want the Jayhawks’ best showing of the season to date, versus Oklahoma on Oct. 23, to be a “blip.” And he definitely didn’t want KU’s level of play to plunge the very next week after experiencing such an encouraging spike. However, Oklahoma State crushed the Jayhawks, 55-3, in Stillwater, Okla., seven days after KU threatened to upset the Sooners in Lawrence.