Stories for July 2022


Friday, July 29

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Lance Leipold's second season at Kansas to feature Big 12-high 19 transfers

It wasn't until late in October that Kansas coach Lance Leipold realized the Jayhawks needed to get older. Leipold, who was hired the previous April, had too many challenges to confront during his first several months on the job to recognize what it meant to have a team full of underclassmen. By Zac Boyer

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KU football notebook: Daniels befriends South Florida freshman, Neal an admirer of Deuce Vaughn

Quarterback Jalon Daniels' attempt to form a bond with each of his Kansas teammates led to a seemingly unlikely friendship developing over the summer. By Zac Boyer

Thursday, July 28

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As others look for more wins, Kansas football coach Lance Leipold continues to emphasize importance of establishing solid foundation

Despite the perception of improvement during the offseason and a newfound belief in the program's ability to compete, any measures of the Kansas football team's progress this season aren't likely to be seen in the standings. That doesn't deter coach Lance Leipold — or any of his players, who remain committed to the project of trying to turn the woebegone program around. By Zac Boyer

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KU golf standout Luke Kluver transferring to Oklahoma

The Kansas men’s golf team lost one of its top players to the transfer portal this week. After three strong seasons with the Jayhawks, sophomore Luke Kluver is headed to Oklahoma to finish his college career. The move was announced by OU on Monday. Kluver has two years of eligibility remaining. By Matt Tait

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Kansas football lands commitment from 3-star defensive end in the Class of 2023

The Kansas football program picked up a commitment in the Class of 2023 from 3-star defensive end Blake Herold on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, July 27

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Rebranded KU NIL initiative announces major gift, creation of nonprofit organization

Name, image and likeness efforts by the University of Kansas took a big step forward on Wednesday with the announcement of a major donation, a rebranding effort and the creation of a nonprofit organization called Reaching Champions Joining Hearts (RCJH). By Matt Tait

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KU men's basketball exhibition opener pushed back one day

The 2022-23 Kansas men’s basketball schedule was altered slightly on Wednesday so that KU will not be hosting a men’s basketball game and a home volleyball match on the same night this fall. By Matt Tait

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Bella Swedlund eager to contribute in Year 1 with Kansas women's team

There's a photo Bella Swedlund shares whenever anyone asks about her fondness for basketball. It's of her as a baby, during her first Easter, holding a bright orange ball instead of an egg. By Zac Boyer

Tuesday, July 26

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Bold, aggressive Big Ten leaves door open for more expansion

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren talked Tuesday about the conference being bold and aggressive as college sports goes through a period of sweeping change, and he left the door open for more expansion after adding Southern California and UCLA in the offseason's biggest move.

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KU safety Kenny Logan Jr. has lofty goal for interceptions

After a season in which Kansas' Kenny Logan Jr. led all safeties in Power 5 conferences with 113 tackles, he has his sights set higher as a senior. By Zac Boyer

Monday, July 25

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Big 12 honors Kansas' Ochai Agbaji as Male Athlete of the Year

Ochai Agbaji was named the Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year on Monday afternoon following a season in which he helped the men's basketball team win the NCAA national championship. By Zac Boyer

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Kansas coach Lance Leipold 'very impressed' by QB Jason Bean's development

Coach Lance Leipold hasn't formally named Jalon Daniels the Jayhawks' starting quarterback as he is still looking forward to the preseason performance of Jason Bean. By Zac Boyer

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Report: Kansas' Bill Self, Kurtis Townsend avoid off-campus recruiting amid NCAA probe

Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self and assistant coach Kurtis Townsend did not recruit in person over the past six weeks, a move that appears to be an attempt to lessen the impact of any penalties handed out in the wake of allegations of recruiting improprieties. By Zac Boyer

Saturday, July 23

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Kansas' Craig Young emerging as leader after transfer from Ohio State

Even though linebacker Craig Young only transferred to Kansas before the spring semester, safety Kenny Logan Jr. said he has already begun to take a leadership role on the team. By Zac Boyer

Friday, July 22

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Jalon Daniels: Kansas freshman QB Ethan Vasko already 'more than meets the eye'

Even though Ethan Vasko has only been at Kansas for a few informal offseason practice sessions, he has already impressed Jalon Daniels. By Zac Boyer

Thursday, July 21

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Former Jayhawk Bryce Hoppel falls short in 800 at World Championships

Former University of Kansas track standout Bryce Hoppel failed to advance out of his heat in the 800 at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, this week, bringing an end to his bid to add to his long list of victories and records in the event.

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Kansas' Sevion Morrison should add 'really dynamic' talent to backfield

The more unfamiliar of the two running backs who chose to transfer to Kansas after last season, Sevion Morrison figures to be a different type of player. By Zac Boyer

Wednesday, July 20

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Kansas, track coach Stanley Redwine agree on three-year contract extension

Kansas has signed track and field and cross country coach Stanley Redwine to a contract extension that will last through the 2024-25 season.

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Kansas freshman Gradey Dick says team chemistry is already a strength for 2022-23 Jayhawks

Kansas freshman Gradey Dick said earlier this summer that the closeness of KU's current roster could have a huge impact on the 2022-23 season. By Matt Tait

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Kansas QB Jalon Daniels eager for Doug Emilien to make impact after transfer

Jalon Daniels, who is expected to be the Jayhawks' starting quarterback, is likely to benefit from the addition of speedy wide receiver Doug Emilien, a transfer from Minnesota. By Zac Boyer

Tuesday, July 19

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Kansas turns overtime win against Texas into fuel for rebuilding program

With hundreds of members of the media gathered at AT&T Stadium for Big 12 football media days, coach Lance Leipold was able to bring up Kansas' win over Texas. By Zac Boyer

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Kansas' Ioanna Chatzileonti powers Greece in FIBA U20 Women's Championships

Kansas forward Ioanna Chatzileonti made an impact in the FIBA U20 Women's European Championships, which concluded over the weekend.

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Kansas' Ochai Agbaji, Alexandra Emilianov nominated for Big 12 Athlete of the Year

Ochai Agbaji and Alexandra Emilianov were chosen as Kansas' nominees for the Big 12 Athlete of the Year awards, which will be determined next week. By Zac Boyer

Monday, July 18

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Former Jayhawk Marcus Garrett signs second two-way contract with Miami Heat

Former University of Kansas standout Marcus Garrett’s NBA career is going to continue right where it began. By Matt Tait

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Kansas football team expects offense, defense to look different in Year 2

Kansas football coach Lance Leipold said the offense and defense should look different this season now that he, his assistant coaches and his players have a foundation to build upon entering their second year together. By Zac Boyer

Saturday, July 16

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Kansas' Earl Bostick Jr. back for sixth season to help continue 'changing the program'

With a sixth year of eligibility available and the most stability he's had at Kansas, there was no doubt left tackle Earl Bostick Jr. was going to return for this season. By Zac Boyer

Friday, July 15

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New Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark: Kansas 'a big part of what we're building'

Incoming Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark said Kansas is "a pillar school in the conference" whose success is central to that of Big 12's amid continual conference realignment. By Zac Boyer

Thursday, July 14

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Kansas football team expects depth, additions to raise level of competition

Kansas safety Kenny Logan Jr. reminded coach Lance Leipold earlier this week about a winter conversation about players facing increased challenges this season.

Wednesday, July 13

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Notebook: Kansas' Lance Leipold coy on Jalon Daniels starting; Devin Neal sticking with baseball

Kansas coach Lance Leipold didn't directly say whether Jalon Daniels would be the starting quarterback but pointed to evidence that shows that will be the case.

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Kansas AD Travis Goff: Jayhawks remain 'right here comfortably' in Big 12 amid realignment

Kansas athletic director Travis Goff said Wednesday that he believes in the direction of the Big 12 amid the latest round of conference realignment, even though it seems "it's a natural sentiment" the era of the superconference is beginning. By Zac Boyer

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New Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark declares conference 'open for business'

New Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark declared Wednesday the league “open for business,” saying that while nothing is imminent all options will be considered as he takes over with conference realignment again shaking college sports.

Tuesday, July 12

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At Big 12 media days, conference realignment, a new commissioner and QB transfers will be hot topics

As the Big 12 holds its annual football media days beginning Wednesday, conference realignment will again be one of the most-discussed topics — as will be the quarterbacks who have transferred and whether Baylor can repeat as champion.

Monday, July 11

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Kansas point guard Dajuan Harris Jr. not planning to alter approach even if his role in KU's offense increases

Kansas basketball point guard Dajuan Harris Jr. has a stated goal of finding a way to be more aggressive on offense this offseason. But his plan has nothing to do with scoring more points, being the man or hogging the spotlight during his fourth season as a Jayhawk. By Matt Tait

Saturday, July 9

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Agbaji, Braun shine in NBA Summer League debuts

It took former Kansas All-American Ochai Agbaji exactly one Summer League game with his new team to draw praise from both Cleveland Cavaliers fans and those who cover the NBA. Here's a look at his NBA debut, as well as other recent Summer League action involving former Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

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Ex-Utah State defensive back Monte McGary to transfer to Kansas

Monte McGary is transferring from Utah State to Kansas and will be eligible to play this season after his application for admission to the university was approved.

Friday, July 8

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Kansas sophomore KJ Adams hopes improvement with his jump shot brings clarity to his position

Kansas sophomore KJ Adams is hoping that extra offseason attention on his jump shot will bring clarity to his position for the 2022-23 KU basketball season. By Matt Tait

Thursday, July 7

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Kansas football team again projected to finish last as Big 12 preseason poll released

The Kansas football team has been projected for the 12th consecutive season to finish last in the Big 12, according to the preseason poll released Thursday.

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Chancellor Douglas Girod says Kansas will 'land in a good place' as college athletics goes through another round of realignment

Chancellor Douglas Girod on Thursday expressed confidence Kansas will "land in a good place" as conference realignment again grips college athletics, but didn't quite rule out that place could be somewhere other than the Big 12. By Chad Lawhorn

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Four players on Kansas women's basketball team selected to national teams

Greece's Ioanna Chatzileonti and Danai Papadopoulou, Sweden's Sanna Strom and Hungary's Zsofia Telegdy have been chosen to represent their countries at the FIBA U20 Women's European Championship, which begins Friday.

Wednesday, July 6

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Kansas safety Kenny Logan Jr. named to preseason All-Big 12 team

Kenny Logan Jr. was the lone Kansas player selected to the All-Big 12 preseason team, which was announced by the conference on Wednesday.

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Kansas women's basketball boosts schedule strength with games vs. Texas A&M, Arizona

The Kansas women's basketball team has conceived a significantly stronger nonconference schedule that coach Brandon Schneider hopes should better prepare the Jayhawks for the postseason.

Tuesday, July 5

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Kansas football adds transfer O-lineman; defensive back mulls Jayhawks

The Kansas football team added another offensive tackle to the mix when Dominick Puni, formerly of Central Missouri, decided to transfer and join the Jayhawks.

Monday, July 4

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Kansas' Eriq Gilyard brings old school to new school after transfer from UCF

Eriq Gilyard has always been a smash-mouth, run-stuffing middle linebacker. After transferring to Kansas from UCF, he can't wait to be that again.

Saturday, July 2

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Former Kansas standout Sherron Collins uses past to prepare for future at Free State

Sherron Collins, at age 35 and with his playing days behind him, is now in a position to do for others what Longstreet did for him as the head boys basketball coach at Free State High. By Matt Tait

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Could Kansas' Jalen Wilson be in line for Big 12, All-America honors?

Kansas coach Bill Self believes Jalen Wilson, who decided to return to the Jayhawks instead of entering the NBA Draft, could be the team's next player to receive preseason accolades entering a season.

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Kansas women's basketball team adds Breeley Oakley as walk-on

Breeley Oakley, who played the last two seasons at Howard junior college in Big Spring, Texas, has joined the Kansas women's basketball team as a walk-on.

Friday, July 1

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UCLA, USC's move to Big Ten may mean conferences undergo another seismic shift

UCLA and USC bolting the Pac-12 for the Big Ten could be part of a tectonic shift — not just because of the schools involved but because it happened when the NCAA is looking to take a more decentralized approach to governing college athletics.

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Kansas receives commitment from Colorado HS linebacker Logan Brantley

The Kansas football team picked up a second commitment in two days as Logan Brantley, a linebacker from Englewood, Colorado, will play for the Jayhawks.

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After difficult first season, Kansas' Joe Yesufu 'had to get past the mental part'

Kansas' Joe Yesufu played an inconsistent role after transferring from Drake and spent time in the spring trying to better prepare himself for next season.

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One year into NCAA's NIL endorsement era, questions emerge about its future

The first year of the athlete compensation era in college sports evolved into almost everything the NCAA didn't want when it gave the green light last summer.