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Saturday, April 30

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Kansas men's rugby team loses to Fresno State in D1AA title game

A late surge by the Kansas men's rugby team wasn't enough to overcome an early deficit as it lost 22-17 to Fresno State in the Division 1AA title game.

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Pleased with how Year 1 played out, Kansas AD Travis Goff eyeing even more momentum in Year 2

One of the primary goals of first-year Kansas Athletic Director Travis Goff was to improve morale in the department during his first 12 months on the job. Now that he believes he’s done that, Goff said the goal for Year 2, which is already a month old, is to further cement KU’s culture and push the standard for Kansas Athletics higher. By Matt Tait

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Kansas' Kyron Johnson drafted by Eagles; Kwamie Lassiter II headed to Bengals

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Kansas' Kyron Johnson in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday after trading up seven spots to No. 181 to acquire him.

Friday, April 29

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Kansas rugby team to face Fresno State with with Division 1AA title on the line

On Saturday afternoon, the Kansas men's rugby team will face Fresno State in the Division 1AA championship game in Arlington, Texas, with a chance to take home its first national title. By Zac Boyer

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Friday's Kansas basketball barnstorming event in Topeka has been called off because of severe weather

Friday’s Kansas basketball barnstorming stop at Washburn University in Topeka has been canceled because of the threat of severe weather, according to an email from 6th Man Strategies. By Matt Tait

Thursday, April 28

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Former Kansas guard Aniya Thomas transferring to Missouri State

Former Kansas guard Aniya Thomas will play for one of the more successful mid-major programs in women's basketball.

Wednesday, April 27

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Kansas' Kyron Johnson feeling 'lucky,' ready to be chosen in NFL Draft

Kyron Johnson never expected to be able to make a career out of playing football. Come this weekend, he is almost certain to be selected in the NFL Draft.

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NCAA President Mark Emmert stepping down no later than 2023

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert is stepping down after 12 tumultuous years leading an association that has become increasingly marginalized while college sports has undergone massive changes and been besieged by political and legal attacks.

Tuesday, April 26

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Kansas' Kwamie Lassiter II prepares to follow father's path to NFL career

After six seasons at Kansas, Kwamie Lassiter II is ready to embark on a professional career — one that could begin formally this weekend with the NFL Draft.

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Kansas basketball barnstorming tour continues Friday in Topeka, more dates coming this summer

The Kansas men’s basketball program’s national championship barnstorming tour will continue Friday night at Washburn University in Topeka. The event begins at 5 p.m., and it looks like there could be even more dates coming in the months ahead.

Monday, April 25

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Kansas' Lawrence Arnold chooses to stay on football team, will not transfer

Wide receiver Lawrence Arnold has decided to remain at the university and on the football team following conversations with coach Lance Leipold, Arnold's high school coach said Monday.

Sunday, April 24

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Kansas All-American Ochai Agbaji officially declares for 2022 NBA draft in Sunday social media announcement

Three weeks removed from guiding Kansas to its sixth national title, KU senior Ochai Agbaji, as everyone expected, announced on Twitter that he was declaring for the NBA draft. By Matt Tait

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Kansas guard Christian Braun declares for 2022 NBA draft

Junior plans to retain his college eligibility through the process

On the final day to declare for the 2022 NBA draft, Kansas junior Christian Braun did exactly that, announcing his decision to enter the draft process on Twitter late Sunday morning. By Matt Tait

Friday, April 22

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Kansas' Sevion Morrison ready to make an impact following transfer

Sevion Morrison played sparingly during his two seasons at Nebraska. The running back wants that to change now that he has transferred to Kansas.

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KU AD Travis Goff says changing landscape of college athletics creates challenge as Big 12's search for new commissioner heats up

The Big 12 Conference on Thursday announced that it has secured the services of powerhouse search firm TurnkeyZRG to help find the conference’s next commissioner. By Matt Tait

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Seven1 Sports & Entertainment agency announces signing of KU's Jalen Wilson as client

On Thursday, Seven1 Sports & Entertainment group noted on both its Twitter and Instagram pages that Kansas forward Jalen Wilson had signed with the agency, which suggests that the third-year Jayhawk is planning to at least test the NBA waters this offseason. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, April 20

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Kansas' Brandon Schneider: Aniya Thomas transferring to boost her coaching career

Kansas women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider said Wednesday that guard Aniya Thomas' decision to transfer was made with a potential career in coaching in mind.

Tuesday, April 19

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Kansas baseball celebrates Negro Leagues, defeats Texas Southern in Buck O'Neil Classic

The Kansas baseball team beat Texas Southern 7-6 on Tuesday in the Buck O'Neil Classic, a game meant to honor the Negro Leagues legend.

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Lawrence Arnold, one of Kansas' top returning WRs, plans to transfer

Lawrence Arnold, who will be a redshirt sophomore in the fall, started nine games last season but has decided to leave Kansas.

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Kansas basketball forward David McCormack declares for 2022 NBA Draft

Kansas forward David McCormack is turning his attention toward chasing his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA. By Matt Tait

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Kansas women's basketball team adds Tulsa's Wyvette Mayberry via transfer

Wyvette Mayberry, a combo guard who led Tulsa in scoring last season as a sophomore, has decided to transfer to Kansas.

Monday, April 18

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Kansas safety Johnquai Lewis is 8th football player to transfer in 5 days

Free safety Johnquai Lewis, who will be a redshirt sophomore in the fall, became the most recent Kansas football player to decide to leave the university.

Saturday, April 16

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'The 2022 Miracle' - National champion Jayhawks rode balance, team-first mentality to NCAA title

After winning NCAA titles in 1988 and 2008 on the heels of some individual miracles, the Kansas basketball program's 2022 title was delivered via a true team effort and head coach Bill Self is determined to make sure it's remembered that way. By Matt Tait

Friday, April 15

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Kansas senior David McCormack not leaning either way as he awaits feedback to make stay-or-go decision

While his immediate future is up in the air, Kansas forward David McCormack is looking at his decision to turn pro or return to KU for one more season as “a bonus.” By Matt Tait

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Danny Manning joins Louisville basketball staff as assistant coach

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — First-year Louisville head coach Kenny Payne has hired former Kansas great and college basketball Hall of Famer Danny Manning as an assistant, a month after the coaching veteran completed an interim stint at Maryland.

Thursday, April 14

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2022 national champs celebrate special season with annual Kansas basketball banquet at Allen Fieldhouse

College basketball’s 2022 national champions got together one last time on Thursday night inside the very building where they’ll soon be raising another banner. It was team banquet time for the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse, and this team had more to celebrate than most. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, April 13

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Future KU walk-on announces commitment on social media

The Kansas men’s basketball roster grew by one on Wednesday, when 6-foot-3 guard Wilder Evers, of Oak Mountain High in Alabama, announced his commitment to Kansas. By Matt Tait

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Eight Jayhawks still alive for NBA title as playoffs begin

Eight former Kansas Jayhawks will have the opportunity to help their teams make a run at an NBA title this spring in the NBA playoffs. By Matt Tait

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KU's David McCormack named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's basketball

Fresh off of winning a national title in New Orleans, Kansas forward David McCormack was named the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s basketball on Tuesday. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, April 12

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Examining the case for adding Kansas forward David McCormack's name and number to the Allen Fieldhouse rafters

After narrowly missing out on Most Outstanding Player honors at the Final Four, the question of whether Kansas big man David McCormack’s name belongs in the Allen Fieldhouse rafters anyway has been red-hot of late. By Matt Tait

Sunday, April 10

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Celebration City: Jayhawks and adoring fans turn Mass. Street into a party during national championship parade

The first Kansas basketball parade in 14 years featured some of the same sights and memories from the last two — in 2008 and 1988 — and plenty of new euphoria for thousands of KU fans who took over Massachusetts Street from 6th Street to 19th to celebrate the 2022 national champs on Sunday afternoon.By Matt Tait

Saturday, April 9

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KU football program aims to 'maximize today' at final spring practice of 2022

The 2022 Kansas football spring preview began with a short review on Saturday in front of a couple thousand KU football fans at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. By Matt Tait

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Teahan touchdown pass wows crowd, KU football players at annual spring game

Kansas walk-on Chris Teahan on Saturday added another chapter to what was already a memorable week for the Leawood native. By Matt Tait

Friday, April 8

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Ky Thomas' Kansas homecoming begins with football team's spring game

Topeka native Ky Thomas, who transferred from Minnesota to Kansas in January to be closer to home, will make his first appearance before the public in a Jayhawks uniform on Saturday during the football team's annual spring game.

Thursday, April 7

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Kansas' Lance Leipold wants football team to benefit from men's basketball team's success

Kansas football coach Lance Leipold hopes that between the support of the fanbase and the lessons provided by the men's basketball team during its run to the NCAA title, he can inspire a new degree of belief in the football program.

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Parade celebrating KU's NCAA Championship victory slated for Sunday afternoon in downtown Lawrence

A parade to celebrate the University of Kansas men's basketball team's NCAA Championship victory will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday in downtown Lawrence, the university announced Wednesday evening.

Wednesday, April 6

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Kansas finishes 2021-22 college basketball season as national champs, all-time wins leader

Kansas’ 72-69 victory over North Carolina in Monday’s national title game delivered the Jayhawks their sixth national championship and moved the program to 2,357-877 all-time. For the first time in decades, the Jayhawks ended a college basketball season with the most wins of any program in NCAA history. By Matt Tait

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Kansas basketball's Remy Martin experience ends on an incredible high

New Orleans — Of all of the wide smiles, huge hugs and starry-eyed looks that took place on the stage where the Kansas Jayhawks collected the 2022 national championship trophy, there was one moment that proved to be the perfect exclamation point to a crazy season. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, April 5

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Jayhawks say Monday's national title win helped avenge lost opportunity in 2020

New Orleans — Of all the motivating factors that led the 2021-22 Kansas men’s basketball team to the top of the college basketball world on Monday night, avenging the lost opportunity in 2020 sat near the top of the list. By Matt Tait

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Kansas basketball to host welcome home event at 4:15 p.m. today at Memorial Stadium

New Orleans — The Kansas men’s basketball program, and the brand new, national champions trophy they collected on Monday night, will host a welcome home party at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium at approximately 4:15 p.m. this afternoon. By Matt Tait

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David McCormack's positivity, production lift Kansas in second-half comeback

David McCormack's halftime optimism, as well as his second-half offense, gave his Kansas teammates the boost they needed to defeat North Carolina 72-69 in the national championship game.

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'We can do this' How Kansas kept hope alive at halftime and powered its way to the 2022 national title

New Orleans — Heads down, but far from out, the top-seeded Kansas men’s basketball team had plenty of ammunition to believe a comeback was possible when it went to the Superdome locker room down by 15 points to North Carolina in Monday night’s national title game. By Matt Tait

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Armando Bacot helps UNC dominate paint in first half vs. Kansas

Armando Bacot, North Carolina's dominant 6-foot-10 center, battled through a sprained ankle to finish with 15 points and 15 rebounds — and had a double-double in the first half — even though Kansas won 72-69 in the national championship game.

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Kansas' Ochai Agbaji named NCAA Tournament's most outstanding player

Ochai Agbaji was recognized as the most outstanding player of the NCAA Tournament after he had 12 points in 37 minutes as Kansas claimed its sixth national championship and first since 2008.

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Christian Braun's big stop helps Kansas hold off North Carolina for title

Christian Braun keyed a second-half rally and defended Caleb Love's last-chance 3-point attempt with 2.2 seconds remaining as Kansas held on for a 72-69 victory against North Carolina in the national championship game.

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KU-UNC Notebook: Famous faces show up for seniors’ run to Kansas' sixth national title

Four years ago, Kansas coach Bill Self brought in a four-man recruiting class that, as usual, featured some promising young players. Two of them were still with the KU program on Monday night, playing in the school’s first national title game in 10 years. By Matt Tait

Monday, April 4

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Toughness Title: Stellar second half leads Kansas past North Carolina 72-69 for program's sixth national championship

NEW ORLEANS — Thirty-four years to the day after winning the 1988 title, and 14 years after hanging another banner in 2008, the Kansas men’s basketball team added to its haul of championships on Monday night with a thrilling 72-69 victory over North Carolina at Caesars Superdome. By Matt Tait

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Time with Bill Self nearly convinced UNC's Armando Bacot to play for Kansas

North Carolina junior center Armando Bacot said Sunday that the experience he had playing for Kansas coach Bill Self during the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in 2018 made him want to play for the Jayhawks.

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 1 seed Kansas basketball vs. No 8 seed North Carolina - 2022 National Championship Game

A look at some of the keys for top-seeded Kansas in tonight's national title game showdown with No. 8 seed North Carolina at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tipoff between two of college basketball's most storied programs is slated for 8:20 p.m. (central) on TBS. By Matt Tait

Sunday, April 3

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North Carolina's Brady Manek provides Kansas with unique 3-point shooting challenge

North Carolina's 6-foot-10 fifth-year senior forward, Brady Manek, has an adept 3-point shooting touch — and it will provide Kansas with a challenge Monday in the national championship game.

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Why this KU run, at this particular time, means so much for a Kansas basketball team that sits 1 win shy of a national title

Throughout his 19 seasons in charge of the Kansas basketball program, KU coach Bill Self has always celebrated the fact that the school expects to win championships and that the opportunity to do it is always. This top-seeded Kansas team has embraced all of that, put in the work to do something special and now sits just one win away from delivering the school its sixth national title and first in 14 years. By Matt Tait

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UNC's Armando Bacot expects to face Kansas in NCAA title game despite ankle injury

North Carolina center Armando Bacot joked Sunday that doctors would have to "cut off my right leg" in order to prevent him from playing in the national championship game against Kansas on Monday.

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Jayhawks' mindset heading into Monday night: 'Might as well give it all we've got'

With just one game standing between them and the ultimate goal of winning a national championship, the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks are planning to leave nothing in the tank during Monday's NCAA title game showdown with 8th-seeded North Carolina. By Matt Tait

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North Carolina the final obstacle for Kansas on road to sixth national championship

Kansas' final NCAA Tournament opponent will be North Carolina, which will try to be only the second No. 8 seed to win the national championship when the teams play on Monday.

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North Carolina assistant and Lawrence native, Brad Frederick, calls chance take on Kansas program he grew up cheering for 'unbelievable'

New Orleans — The first text North Carolina assistant coach Brad Frederick got from the crew he went to Lawrence High with in the 1990s after advancing to Monday’s title game with a Saturday win over Duke posed a simple question. “Congrats,” it began. “But are you going to root for KU on Monday?” By Matt Tait

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Villanova's Collin Gillespie: 'We felt like we were right there' in loss to Kansas

Villanova's Collin Gillespie scored a team-high 17 points, but his time in college ended on Saturday with a Final Four loss to Kansas at the Superdome.

Saturday, April 2

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Coach K KO'd: North Carolina beats Mike Krzyzewski, Duke to advance to title game vs. Kansas

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski's remarkable career came to a thrilling and sudden close Saturday night after Caleb Love made a key 3-pointer and three late free throws to lift archrival North Carolina to a 81-77 victory.

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KU-Villanova Notebook: KU senior Ochai Agbaji's pose a player of the year statement

New Orleans — Kansas senior Ochai Agbaji has been known, throughout his career, for his humble nature and friendly demeanor. That’s what made his uncharacteristic gesture early on in KU’s 81-65 Final Four clubbing of Villanova on Saturday night at Caesars Superdome, worth paying attention to. By Matt Tait

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Christian Braun's crucial 3-pointer helps Kansas close out win over Villanova

Christian Braun made an off-balance 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring in Kansas' 81-65 win over Villanova in the Final Four on Saturday evening.

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'One more' - Behind big nights by Agbaji, McCormack Kansas rolls past Villanova and into Monday’s NCAA title game

David McCormack scored a season-high 25 points and Ochai Agbaji added 21 to power Kansas into the national championship game with an 81-65 victory over Villanova in the Final Four on Saturday. The Jayhawks (33-6) will now take on No. 8 seed North Carolina (29-9) in Monday's national title game at 8:20 p.m. on TBS. By Matt Tait

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Kansas golfer Hanna Hawks chosen to sing national anthem before Final Four

A sophomore on Kansas' women's golf team, Hanna Hawks will represent the university by joining athletes from Villanova, North Carolina and Duke to sing the national anthem before the Final Four.

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'This is it': Kansas' seniors staring down their final games with Jayhawks

Ochai Agbaji, David McCormack, Remy Martin, Mitch Lightfoot, Jalen Coleman-Lands and Chris Teahan will be ending their time at Kansas this weekend, whether that's against Villanova on Saturday or against Duke or North Carolina in the national championship game on Monday.

Friday, April 1

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 1 seed Kansas basketball vs. No 2 seed Villanova - 2022 Final Four

A look at some of the keys for top-seeded Kansas in Saturday's Final Four showdown with No. 2 seed Villanova in New Orleans. Tipoff is slated for 5:09 p.m. from Caesars Superdome. It will mark the third NCAA Tournament meeting in the Elite Eight or later between these two programs since 2016. By Matt Tait

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Kansas' confidence, swagger during Final Four run drawn from experience

As Kansas approaches its Final Four game against Villanova on Friday, it does so with the swagger of a team that has reached that stage before.

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Kansas will be tested by Villanova's strategy of posting up its guards

Villanova's insistence upon having its players post up on opponents despite their size will provide a different wrinkle for Kansas to defend on Saturday in the Final Four.

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Kansas, Villanova don't care if they're playing in the Final Four shadow of Duke and North Carolina

New Orleans — On a stage with four college basketball powerhouses, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said this week that he thought the shine of the first-ever Final Four matchup between Duke and North Carolina has fewer people talking about the Kansas-Villanova matchup that will precede it on Saturday night. By Matt Tait

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NCAA president decries pace of basketball investigations, including KU probe

NCAA President Mark Emmert said investigations into allegations of major violations against several high-profile men's college basketball programs — including 2022 Final Four participant Kansas — have taken "way too long."