Stories for September 2021


Thursday, September 30

Kansas State tops Kansas, 2-1 in overtime in women's soccer showdown

The Kansas women’s soccer team dropped its fourth game in a row Thursday night, 2-1 to rival Kansas State at Rock Chalk Park.

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After a year off, the return of in-person Late Night evokes extra appreciation from Kansas basketball players, coaches

Various Kansas players and coaches this week said the return of in-person Late Night in the Phog on Friday will bring with it feelings of nostalgia and appreciation while a whole crop of younger Jayhawks get to experience it for the first time. By Matt Tait

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KU football defense lagging in sack production

As the Kansas football team moves past its nonconference schedule and into the awaiting Big 12 gauntlet, the defense’s lack of sack production is among the coaching staff’s assorted concerns. The Jayhawks (1-3 overall, 0-1 Big 12) went sackless in each of their last two losses and are averaging only 0.5 sacks per game — ranking them 127th out of 130 FBS teams — through four weeks.

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Q & A with KU football WR Trevor Wilson

Trevor Wilson gave the Kansas football offense a much-needed boost at Duke this past weekend, with his five receptions and 122 receiving yards. But there was one catch in particular that Wilson and everyone around the program will remember for a long time.

Wednesday, September 29

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QB Jason Bean is KU football's leading rusher — for now

A third of the way through the season, quarterback Jason Bean leads the Kansas football team in rushing. But if the Jayhawks’ offense continues making the progress the coaches and players have in mind, a running back will hold that distinction before long.

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IARP spokesperson says case timelines expected to be published early next week

Amy Hanna, a spokesperson for the NCAA’s Independent Accountability Resolutions Process, told the Journal-World on Wednesday that updates for the infractions cases currently being reviewed by the IARP would be available “early next week.” By Matt Tait

Kansas men's golf wins second consecutive tournament

Behind a final-round 67 from sophomore Davis Cooper, which gave him the individual title at 10-under, the Kansas men's golf team won its second consecutive tournament this week at the Windon Memorial at Lake Shore Country Club in Chicago.

Tuesday, September 28

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self deems Jayhawks ready for the next step, but not necessarily for a game yet

With Late Night looming and the first official practice of the 2021-22 Kansas basketball season slated for Wednesday, KU coach Bill Self is moving at a slightly different pace than normal. By Matt Tait

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Huge 3rd quarter swings ruining KU football's chances of late

Four games into his first season directing the Kansas football program, head coach Lance Leipold can’t help but notice an unpleasant tendency developing: the Jayhawks’ opponents are taking command in a hurry once halftime is over.

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3-star Texas prep Jacobe Chester decommits from KU football

The Kansas football program’s 2022 recruiting class lost its second prospect in a week on Tuesday, when Texas prep Jacobe Chester announced he had decommitted from KU.

Monday, September 27

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Jayhawks expect explosive plays, offensive variety shown in loss will bolster confidence

Head coach Lance Leipold will be the first to tell you his mind wasn’t on his Kansas football team’s offensive successes, such as the Jayhawks’ season-high 530 yards and 7.4 yards per play, after a Saturday loss at Duke. However, when asked during his postgame press conference about the explosive offensive plays that helped the Jayhawks (1-3 overall, 0-1 Big 12) take a lead into the third quarter, Leipold offered it was a “decent day” for the offense.

Sunday, September 26

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'It's been a minute': Torry Locklin scores 2 TDs in breakout game at Duke

It took a couple years and some patience, but redshirt sophomore Torry Locklin finally scored his first touchdown for the Kansas football team — and promptly added a second to his résumé on the Jayhawks’ following possession — during KU’s 52-33 loss at Duke.

Saturday, September 25

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Kansas volleyball caps off sweep of Texas Tech

For the second night in a row, the Kansas volleyball team went five sets with Texas Tech, and for the second night in a row it was the Jayhawks who delivered down the stretch.

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Notebook: KU football S Kenny Logan Jr. flagged for targeting late in L at Duke

The Kansas football team didn’t only suffer a 52-33 loss at Duke on Saturday. A targeting call in the fourth quarter against safety Kenny Logan Jr. means the Jayhawks will lose their veteran leader in the secondary for one half next week, too.

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Inconsistencies plague Jayhawks in 2nd half again during 52-33 loss at Duke

The underdog Kansas football team entered the third quarter Saturday at Duke with not just some promise, but even a lead. However, the Jayhawks’ familiar second-half woes and inconsistencies took the spotlight again — just as they did the previous two weeks — this time inside Wallace Wade Stadium during a 52-33 road loss.

Friday, September 24

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KU volleyball tops Texas Tech in Big 12 opener

The Kansas volleyball team ran its winning streak to seven consecutive matches with a five-set, come-from-behind road win at Texas Tech on Friday night.

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3 keys for KU football at Duke

Rudimentary as it may sound, simply making tackles has been an emphasis for the Kansas football defense at practices this week.

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Kansas Athletics announces hiring of new head team physician

Kansas Team Health is turning to a member of the United States Olympic Training Center to replace retiring head team physician Larry Magee at the end of the year. By Matt Tait

Thursday, September 23

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5 questions with KU football starting LT Earl Bostick Jr.

Ahead of KU’s nonconference finale at Duke (3 p.m. Saturday, ACC Network), Earl Bostick Jr. reflected on his career path and looked ahead to how KU’s O-linemen hope to make progress.

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KU football coaches hope to get former QB and WR Torry Locklin more touches at RB

When Kansas football head coach Lance Leipold and his staff finally got to start evaluating players during practices in August, Leipold figured the Jayhawks would find a way to use Torry Locklin. He just wasn’t sure how.

Wednesday, September 22

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self pleased with effort of KU veterans and newcomers at 'more intense' boot camp

Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self told the Journal-World that “a harder than average” boot camp ended early this week because the Jayhawks had accomplished all they needed to get done. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks appreciate seeing KU football coach Lance Leipold's fiery encounters with officials

Lance Leipold, like most head coaches, takes on a number of responsibilities from the sideline during a game. One of his duties, the Kansas football coach said this week, is letting officials know when they miss a call on the field that impacts his players.

Tuesday, September 21

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Notebook: Class of 2022 3-star CB Jalon Peoples decommits from KU football

The first high school recruit to publicly commit to Kansas football after Lance Leipold took over the program, Texas prep cornerback Jalon Peoples backed out of that decision on Tuesday.

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With Velton Gardner gone, RB Devin Neal to take on expanded role for KU football

Though the abrupt departure of Velton Gardner caught the Kansas football staff by surprise this week, head coach Lance Leipold explained Tuesday how the Jayhawks plan to quickly move forward and ask more of true freshman Devin Neal at running back.

Monday, September 20

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Reports: RB Velton Gardner leaving KU football via transfer portal

Three games into his junior season, running back Velton Gardner is ready to move on from the Kansas football program.

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2 defensive takeaways rare bright spots for KU football in Week 3 home loss

Following a game during which hardly anything went right for his Kansas football team, head coach Lance Leipold felt enthusiastic about at least one aspect of the Jayhawks’ performance against Baylor.

Kansas soccer falls at Harvard; Big 12 opener up next

The Kansas soccer team lost 2-1 at No. 19 Harvard on Sunday afternoon, dropping the Jayhawks to 5-4-1 on the season.

Sunday, September 19

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'Highly disappointed' after blowout loss to Baylor, Jayhawks aim to regroup quickly

Kansas football players will have to add regrouping to their typical game week preparation after the Jayhawks suffered their first one-sided defeat of the season against Baylor. One key takeaway from an unprosperous Saturday, KU sophomore receiver Trevor Wilson said following a 45-7 beating, was that the players can’t let what transpired impact their motivation.

Saturday, September 18

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Notebook: QB Jason Bean sits during 4th quarter of KU football's blowout loss

With the Kansas football team’s chances of opening up Big 12 play with a win all but gone by the fourth quarter Saturday against Baylor, head coach Lance Leipold let starting quarterback Jason Bean sit.

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Baylor dominates KU football, 45-7, in Jayhawks' Big 12 opener

The Kansas football team’s first Big 12 encounter on head coach Lance Leipold’s watch turned into a rout in the second half Saturday, as Baylor left David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium with a 45-7 victory.

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Kansas volleyball tough late in sweep of Albany at Jayhawk Classic

The Kansas volleyball team captured its second consecutive home tournament title on Saturday, with a sweep of Albany in the Jayhawks' final match of the Jayhawk Classic at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.

Friday, September 17

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Kansas volleyball sweeps Missouri State to push win streak to 5

The Kansas volleyball team pushed its winning streak to five consecutive matches with an easy sweep of Missouri State on the second day of the Jayhawk Classic on Friday.

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3 keys for KU football vs. Baylor

Jayhawks, Bears set for 2:30 p.m. kickoff in Big 12 opener

Instrumental for the Kansas football offense through the first two nonconference games of the season, junior quarterback Jason Bean will need to keep showing off his speed in the Big 12 opener.

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Run-DMC to perform at Kansas basketball's Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 1

Legendary hip hop group Run-DMC will be the featured musical act at the 37th annual Late Night in the Phog basketball celebration at Allen Fieldhouse on Oct. 1. By Matt Tait

Thursday, September 16

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After slow start, Kansas volleyball surges past Kansas City to push winning streak to 4 in a row

Kansas City snapped KU’s nine-set winning streak in the opening set on Thursday night, but the Jayhawks rallied to win the next three and left Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena with their four-match winning streak intact. By Matt Tait

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D.C. Brian Borland looking for improved physicality from KU football defense

The Kansas football defense faced its first substantial test of the season in Week 2 at Coastal Carolina. The 49-22 road loss against a veteran-laden top-20 team, KU defensive coordinator Brian Borland said, allowed him to learn about where the defense is at — and how it needs to improve — as the Jayhawks head into Big 12 play.

Wednesday, September 15

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Lance Leipold hopeful KU football RB Amauri Pesek-Hickson can play 'a little bit more'

Following a brief appearance for Amauri Pesek-Hickson late in the Kansas football team’s road loss at Coastal Carolina this past week, head coach Lance Leipold hopes the redshirt freshman running back can keep easing his way into a larger workload moving forward.

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5 questions with KU football super-senior D-end Kyron Johnson

Ahead of KU’s Week 3 Big 12 opener versus Baylor (2:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN+), Kyron Johnson spoke about his role and what he’s hoping to get accomplished — on and off the field — this fall with the Jayhawks.

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Freshman forward KJ Adams an early standout at Kansas basketball boot camp, according to 2 of his teammates

Three days into the Kansas basketball program’s latest round of boot camp, seniors Ochai Agbaji and Cam Martin highlighted freshman forward KJ Adams as one of the standouts so far. By Matt Tait

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Coming off first productive game with KU football, RB Devin Neal wants to be 'more physical'

The Kansas football coaches asked far more of running back Devin Neal in Week 2 than they did in the Jayhawks’ opener. So much so that the true freshman became the featured back for the offense on its second possession at Coastal Carolina, with Neal seven days removed from his one-carry, one-yard college debut.

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Kansas men's basketball program to open Big 12 slate at home vs. TCU on Jan. 1

The Kansas men's basketball team will open Big 12 play on Jan. 1 at home against TCU, the conference revealed Wednesday. The Big 12 Conference released the complete conference schedule for both the men's teams and the women's teams Wednesday, and the Kansas men's basketball program will be featured four times on ESPN's Big Monday.

Tuesday, September 14

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Notebook: KU football O-lineman Colin Grunhard 'doubtful' this week

The Kansas football team could be without starting offensive lineman Colin Grunhard again this week, when the Jayhawks open Big 12 play.

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KU volleyball's Caroline Bien earns Big 12 honor

Already carrying the title of preseason freshman of the year, Kansas outside hitter/libero Caroline Bien was named the Big 12 Conference's Rookie of the Week on Tuesday after her stellar weekend at the Kansas Invitational.

Monday, September 13

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KU golfer Luke Kluver wins Gopher Invitational as Jayhawks tie for team title

Kansas sophomore Luke Kluver won the Gopher Invitational golf tournament on Monday with a final-round 66 and led the Jayhawks to a co-championship with a team score of 14-under par.

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Lance Leipold: Big 12 adding 'highly successful' football programs in BYU, Cincinnati, UCF and Houston

Lance Leipold won’t have to worry about his Kansas football team taking on BYU, Cincinnati, UCF or Houston any time soon, but Leipold expects the four future Big 12 programs will be “fine additions” to the conference.

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KU Chancellor Girod believes KU is on good footing following recent Big 12 expansion

University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod said Monday that KU “ended up in a good place,” in the wake of last week’s addition of four schools to the revamped Big 12 Conference. By Matt Tait

Saturday, September 11

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Freshman Caroline Bien leads Kansas volleyball to 3rd sweep in a row with strong all-around play

Kansas freshman Caroline Bien recorded double-digit kills in three straight matches to lead the Kansas volleyball team to three sweeps in taking the Kansas Invitational crown over the weekend. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks see some offensive progress, despite loss at No. 17 Coastal Carolina

Members of the Kansas football team didn’t leave Brooks Stadium carefree Friday night following the Jayhawks’ 49-22 loss at No. 17 Coastal Carolina. But head coach Lance Leipold and KU’s skill players witnessed some offensive growth they considered promising in Week 2.

Friday, September 10

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Jayhawks can't keep up wtih No. 17 Chanticleers at Coastal Carolina

Quarterback Jason Bean flashed again for the Kansas football team Friday night at Brooks Stadium, but that wasn’t nearly enough for the Jayhawks to keep up with No. 17 Coastal Carolina.

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As Big 12 expands, AD Travis Goff vows to remain in pursuit of what's best for KU

University of Kansas Athletic Director Travis Goff considered Friday’s Big 12 expansion a good day for the conference, but Goff didn’t slam the door on KU looking elsewhere in the future.

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Big 12 invites BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston to join

The Big 12 extended membership invitations Friday to BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston to join the Power Five league that will be losing Oklahoma and Texas to the Southeastern Conference.

Thursday, September 9

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KU football veterans hoping for 'vindication' in Round 3 with Coastal

The Kansas football players who have been in the program the past two years know all about college football’s 2020 darling from the Sun Belt Conference, Coastal Carolina.

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3 keys for KU football at No. 17 Coastal Carolina

After a narrow, 17-13 win over FCS opponent South Dakota in the season opener last week, the Kansas football team is about to take on a Coastal Carolina program that returns nine starters from what proved to be one of the best offenses in all of the FBS in 2020.

Wednesday, September 8

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4-and-out stop to seal Week 1 win gives Jayhawks' defense confidence, momentum

In order for the Lance Leipold era to begin with a Kansas football win, the defense had to seal the Jayhawks’ season opener with a stop. Before the players took the field for the decisive series, veteran safety Kenny Logan Jr. had a message for Leipold. “I got you. We got you right here,” Logan told him.

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KU freshman Devin Neal's quiet opener a product of KU's inability to sustain drives

Kansas offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki said Wednesday that the coaching staff would like to give more work to freshman running back Devin Neal in the near future. But both Kotelnicki and head coach Lance Leipold believe that the KU offense is going to have to get off to better starts in order for that to happen. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, September 7

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5 questions with KU football starting QB Jason Bean

As the Jayhawks (1-0) prepare for a trip this week to No. 17 Coastal Carolina (1-0), Jason Bean shared his thoughts on his first start as a Jayhawk and where he needs to go from here.

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Coastal's Jamey Chadwell thinks 2021 Jayhawks look 'completely different'

College football’s reigning national coach of the year, Jamey Chadwell isn’t expecting his Coastal Carolina team to see the same Kansas Jayhawks this week that the Chanticleers beat each of the past two seasons.

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Entering Week 2, KU football running game has more than 'one easy thing to clean up'

The rushing attack many expected to be a staple of the Kansas football offense in Lance Leipold’s first season never got rolling in the Jayhawks’ season-opening victory.

Monday, September 6

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Notebook: Jason Bean took over lead in QB competition late in preseason

Although Kansas football head coach Lance Leipold waited until game day of his Jayhawks’ season opener to publicly announce who would start at quarterback, Leipold said he reached his final decision several days earlier.

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Deep D-line helps KU football defense build confidence in Week 1 win

Even though one of its veteran starters suffered an early injury in the Kansas football team’s season opener on Friday, the Jayhawks’ defense proved to be stout, particularly up front, in a 17-14 victory over visiting South Dakota.

KU soccer records 1-0 road win at Arkansas State

The Kansas soccer team won for the third time in its last four games on Sunday, knocking off Arkansas State, 1-0, on the road behind a goal from sophomore Shira Elinav in the 74th minute.

Saturday, September 4

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KU volleyball leaves Nashville with 2 match victories in 3 tries

The Kansas volleyball program picked up its first two victories of the season this weekend at the LUV Invitational in Nashville.

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Game day with Travis Goff: First-year KU AD experiences wide range of emotions during Kansas football debut

The text message came at 3:59 p.m. on Friday and was just six words long: “Thank you again for this opportunity.” By Matt Tait

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With injury behind him, Lawrence Arnold's breakout game propels KU football to Week 1 win

When Lance Leipold first took over the Kansas football program four months ago, he kept hearing from people around the team about the potential of a redshirt freshman receiver who only made six catches the previous season. Friday night during Leipold’s first game with the Jayhawks, the head coach saw why the buzz around Lawrence Arnold wasn’t just hype.

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Jayhawks navigate late-game pressure for 17-14 comeback win in Lance Leipold's debut

With a season-opening home loss to FCS opponent South Dakota very much in play late Friday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium in Lance Leipold’s first game as head coach, the Jayhawks survived a scare with the help of their new starting quarterback.

Friday, September 3

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Matt Tait: KU football opener not always pretty, but the journey is now under way

Midseason form was never the expectation, so it makes sense that it didn’t come. The Kansas football team had its moments during Friday’s season-opening 17-14 come-from-behind win over South Dakota, but it was also very clear that this was not only the first game of the season but also the first game of a new era. By Matt Tait

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Quick Gamer: KU football opens season with dramatic, come-from-behind win over South Dakota

The Lance Leipold era of Kansas football opened with a victory — in dramatic fashion — on Friday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

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Notebook: KU loses RB Daniel Hishaw Jr. for the season

The depth within the Kansas football team’s running back room took a substantial hit during the preseason, when an injury forced sophomore Daniel Hishaw Jr. to undergo season-ending surgery.

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Jason Bean named KU football's starting QB for opener vs. South Dakota

Kansas football head coach Lance Leipold and his staff didn’t need to spend the final hours leading up to the Jayhawks’ season opener further contemplating who would be the No. 1 quarterback. KU announced Friday afternoon, roughly six hours before kickoff, that junior Jason Bean would start in his debut with the program.

Thursday, September 2

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3 keys for KU football vs. South Dakota

The 2021 season opener, under new head coach Lance Leipold and his longtime offensive coordinator, Andy Kotelnicki, marks the Jayhawks’ first chance to bury the memories of three-and-outs past.

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5 questions with KU football starting center Mike Novitsky

No stranger to starting at center for a Lance Leipold coached football team, former Buffalo standout Mike Novitsky will put on a Kansas football uniform on a game day for the first time this week. Novitsky, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound redshirt junior who started every game at UB the past two seasons, shared his thoughts this week on his new situation, after he followed Leipold, offensive line coach Scott Fuchs and offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki to KU.

Wednesday, September 1

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'It's been a lot of preparation in a hurry': How KU football's new coordinators got the Jayhawks ready

This is the ninth year in a row that head coach Lance Leipold will enter a college football season accompanied by both defensive coordinator Brian Borland and offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki. But Leipold’s right-hand men never have launched into a campaign quite like this.

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KU football O.C. anticipates 'gametime decision' for Jayhawks' Week 1 starting QB

Two days out from the Kansas football team’s season opener, offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki didn’t want to spill the beans about the Jayhawks’ starting quarterback.