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Tuesday, May 31

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Kansas guard Joe Yesufu eyeing a bigger leadership role in his second year as a Jayhawk

As the Kansas men’s basketball team awaits the final stay-or-go NBA draft decisions from Jalen Wilson and Kevin McCullar Jr. — both are expected sometime Wednesday — the Jayhawks who have been on the path to returning are preparing for the start of summer workouts. By Matt Tait

Monday, May 30

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Former Jayhawks Andrew Wiggins, Aaron Miles to battle it out for 2022 NBA title

With the 2022 NBA Finals set, it’s official that one former Kansas basketball player will be winning a world championship in the next couple of weeks. By Matt Tait

Sunday, May 29

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Kansas men's golf team misses cut at finals, finish 17th overall at first NCAA Championships appearance since 2001

The Kansas men’s golf team finished Round 3 of the NCAA Championships on Sunday in 17th place at +40 overall after shooting a 17-over 297 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. The final score ended the Jayhawks’ season three strokes shy of cracking the top 15 and qualifying for Monday’s round.

Saturday, May 28

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Kansas men's golf drops 6 spots but still very much alive to make Sunday cut at NCAA Championships

The Kansas men’s golf team dropped six spots into a tie for 10th at the NCAA Championships on Saturday after shooting a 23-over team score at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Friday, May 27

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Kansas men's golf team sets program record on Day 1 at NCAA Championships, sits tied for 4th after opening round

The Kansas men’s golf team opened the 2022 NCAA Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona on Friday, by recording a school-record team score of 286 to finish at 6-over par for the day.

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Iowa State guard Tyrese Hunter announces he's headed to Texas

Iowa State transfer Tyrese Hunter announced Friday afternoon that he was joining Chris Beard's team in Austin, Texas next season. Hunter, who was a star at ISU during his freshman season in 2021-22, had Kansas on his list of six finalists. By Matt Tait

Thursday, May 26

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Kevin McCullar Jr.'s point guard potential and defensive skills fit anywhere but make him particularly well-suited for Kansas

For a decent chunk of his youth basketball career, it looked as if Kevin McCullar Jr. might be destined to be a point guard. While that has not been his primary position in college, he has carried those skills with him and added to them to make himself a good fit for any style and any program. By Matt Tait

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Television times announced for KU football's first 3 weeks of the 2022 season

The Kansas football program, in conjunction with its television partners FOX and ESPN, announced Thursday the kickoff times and television networks for the Jayhawks’ first three games of the 2022 season. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, May 25

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Kansas football lands commitment from juco safety with well-known last name

Junior college defensive back Jalen Dye, the son of former MLB outfielder Jermaine Dye, announced his commitment to the Kansas football program on Wednesday evening.

Tuesday, May 24

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Kansas guard Christian Braun to keep his name in 2022 NBA draft

Kansas junior Christian Braun is staying in the NBA draft after making what his mother, Lisa, called “a tough decision” to forego his senior season at KU. By Matt Tait

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Kansas coach Bill Self says roster movement, uncertainty making college coaches 'uncomfortable' this offseason

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said recently that the uncertainty surrounding the transfer portal, name, image and likeness deals and offseason roster movement has made college coaches everywhere uncomfortable this offseason. But he's not yet convinced that that means the headaches will linger forever. By Matt Tait

Monday, May 23

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self still a believer in underclassmen testing NBA draft stock

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has made one thing abundantly clear about early-entry NBA draft hopefuls and his players testing their draft stock each summer. He’s in favor of it. By Matt Tait

Sunday, May 22

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Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price retiring after 20 seasons

Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price formalized his decision to retire Sunday, a day after the Jayhawks finished the season with an 11-6 loss at No. 17 Texas.

Thursday, May 19

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Jayhawks Christian Braun, Jalen Wilson showcase skills at Day 1 of NBA combine scrimmages

After a day of measurements and skills tests, Kansas basketball players Christian Braun and Jalen Wilson took part in a pair of scrimmages at the NBA combine in Chicago on Thursday. By Matt Tait

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Not yet withdrawn from the NBA draft, Texas Tech transfer Kevin McCullar Jr. commits to play for Kansas if he returns to school

Although he plans to continue the process of testing his NBA draft stock through the end of the month, former Texas Tech wing Kevin McCullar Jr. revealed on Thursday night that if he returns to college it will be at Kansas. By Matt Tait

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Ex-Purdue safety Marvin Grant intends to transfer to Kansas

Marvin Grant, a highly regarded safety in the Class of 2019 who was a starter at Purdue last season, became the latest player to commit to transfer to Kansas when he did so on Thursday.

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Kansas basketball to host Seton Hall in 2022 Big East-Big 12 Battle

The non-conference portion of the Kansas men’s basketball program’s 2022-23 schedule has begun to take shape with another game being announced on Wednesday. KU will play host to Seton Hall on Dec. 1 at Allen Fieldhouse in one of the featured games of next season’s Big East-Big 12 Battle. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, May 18

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Kansas lands commitment from Eastern Michigan safety Jarrett Paul

Jarrett Paul, who spent last season at Eastern Michigan, became the latest player to commit to transfer to Kansas when he did so Wednesday.

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Kansas men's golf team qualifies for nationals after disciplined Day 3 at NCAA regional in Texas

The Kansas men’s golf team is headed to Scottsdale, Arizona for nationals after punching its ticket to college golf’s biggest tournament on Wednesday at the Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas. By Matt Tait

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Kansas could be granted roster relief as NCAA passes football scholarship limit waiver

Kansas, which has struggled to have 85 players on scholarship for years, will be allowed to restock the roster quickly following a Wednesday decision by the NCAA's Division I council.

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Former Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji to sit out scrimmages at NBA combine

Former Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji is in Chicago at the NBA’s pre-draft combine for the second year in a row, however, this time he will not be scrimmaging. Agbaji’s father, Olofu, told the Journal-World on Wednesday afternoon that his son elected to sit out of the scrimmages because he decided he’s “not taking any chances.”

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LV Bunkley-Shelton, Kansas football transfer target, commits to Oklahoma

Former Arizona State wide receiver LV Bunkley-Shelton committed to Oklahoma late Wednesday after he narrowed his choices to the Sooners and Kansas.

Tuesday, May 17

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KU's Jalen Wilson earns NBA combine call up after second straight strong showing at G League Elite camp

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson has been invited to attend the NBA’s pre-draft combine after a strong showing in the two-day G League Elite Camp this week in Chicago. By Matt Tait

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Kansas men's golf team moves up to 6th, sits 1 stroke out of national qualifying spot

The Kansas men’s golf team improved by two strokes at Day 2 of the NCAA regional in Bryan, Texas, and finished Tuesday one shot out of fifth place heading into Wednesday’s final round. The top five teams after Wednesday's round will advance to NCAA nationals later this month. By Matt Tait

Monday, May 16

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KU's Jalen Wilson heats up at G League Elite Camp scrimmage

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson picked up where he left off during the Jayhawks’ run to the national championship, filling up the stat sheet in his first scrimmage at the NBA’s G League Elite Camp on Monday in Chicago. By Matt Tait

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Kansas men's golf team sits in 7th after opening round of NCAA Tournament play

The Kansas men’s golf team shot a team score of 1-over par in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at the 13-team Texas A&M regional in Bryan, Texas on Monday. By Matt Tait

Saturday, May 14

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'Bring it on': Kansas' Maui Ahuna embraces simple approach to find baseball success

Kansas' sophomore shortstop sensation, Maui Ahuna, is a potential first-round draft pick who "has a God-given gift, and he doesn't make it complicated."

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Former Jayhawks Wayne Selden Jr., Thomas Robinson to join 2022 graduates in KU commencement ceremony

When Wayne Selden Jr. first set foot on the campus of the University of Kansas in the summer of 2013, he figured he would leave before graduating but always knew he would return. By Matt Tait

Friday, May 13

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A closer look at what went into Kansas basketball freshman Gradey Dick's historic NIL deal with WME Sports

Years from now, when Kansas basketball fans look back at the start of the name, image and likeness era in college athletics, Gradey Dick probably will be a name that comes up quite often. Here's a look at why and how that came to be. By Matt Tait

Thursday, May 12

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'I am ready for it': Kansas' Alexandra Emilianov, from Moldova, eyeing third Big 12 discus title

Alexandra Emilianov, who represented Moldova at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, is hoping to again win the discus at the Big 12 championships this weekend.

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Kansas softball team blanked by Oklahoma State in opening round of Big 12 tourney

The Kansas softball team ended the 2022 season with a hard-fought, 2-0 loss to second-seeded Oklahoma State in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament on Thursday at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

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MVP or not, Kansas coach Bill Self believes it's clear that former Jayhawk Joel Embiid is among the best in the world

Admittedly disappointed by former Jayhawk Joel Embiid finishing second in the NBA’s MVP voting for the second year in a row, Kansas coach Bill Self said this week that he expected the 7-foot star to have “more opportunities to win it moving forward.” By Matt Tait

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Kansas guard Erica Haynes-Overton transferring to Tennessee State

Former Kansas guard Erica Haynes-Overton, who is from Nashville, has decided to transfer home to Tennessee State for her sixth year of eligibility.

Wednesday, May 11

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self honored in New York with Winged Foot Award

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and several members of his coaching staff, along with others from the KU athletic department, were in New York City this week for Self to receive the Winged Foot Award from The New York Athletic Club. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, May 10

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NCAA clarifies compensation rules but is crackdown likely?

Eleven months after the NCAA lifted most of its restrictions against athletes cashing in on their fame, college sports leaders are trying to send a warning to schools and boosters it believes have crossed a line: There are still rules here and they will be enforced.

Monday, May 9

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Kansas gets commitment from DE Davion Westmoreland of Hutchinson CC

Defensive end Davion Westmoreland became the latest player to commit to transfer to Kansas when he did so Monday at the end of his official visit.

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KU's Jalen Wilson officially invited to NBA G League Elite Camp

Kansas basketball standouts David McCormack and Jalen Wilson highlighted the list of 44 draft hopefuls who have been invited to the G League Elite Camp next week in Chicago. By Matt Tait

Friday, May 6

KU women's tennis falls to UCSB in opening round of NCAA Tournament

After jumping out to a 3-0 overall lead on Friday, the 25th-ranked Kansas women’s tennis team dropped the final four matches and lost a heart-breaker to No. 27 UC-Santa Barbara, 4-3, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Kansas guards Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun officially invited to NBA combine

Kansas starters Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun have both received invitations to the NBA's pre-draft combine, while fellow-starter, forward David McCormack, has been invited to the NBA's G League Elite Camp. All three players, along with Jalen Wilson and Remy Martin, have begun preparations for the key upcoming skills showcases. By Matt Tait

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Buffalo's Deondre Doiron commits to Kansas football, ready for 'great opportunity'

Right tackle Deondre Doiron became the latest Buffalo football player to decide to transfer to Kansas when he did so Friday.

Thursday, May 5

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Reaching 2,000-win milestone a special feat for past, current Kansas baseball coaches, players

Despite having more wins at Kansas than the three coaches who came before him combined — in one less season — KU baseball coach Ritch Price deflected credit for the KU program reaching the 2,000-win milestone on Wednesday night to countless Jayhawks from the past. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, May 4

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Kansas men's golf qualifies for postseason for 6th consecutive year

The Kansas men’s golf team qualified for its sixth consecutive trip to the postseason on Wednesday, but there was no roar or wild celebration when the Jayhawks heard the news. It’s not that they weren’t thrilled. Rather, the Jayhawks viewed their spot as the No. 5 seed in the 13-team Texas A&M regional as the next step on their journey. By Matt Tait

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‘Momentum’ for dumping yearly scholarship limits in football

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — College football coaches are pushing for changes to NCAA rules to help stabilize rosters depleted by transfers.

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Kansas freshman Caroline Bien named to U21 USA Volleyball training squad

Kansas standout Caroline Bien has been named to the 20-person Women’s Under-21 National Training Team for USA Volleyball, KU announced on Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 3

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WR Doug Emilien transferring to Kansas because of relationships, Ky Thomas

Kansas' newest wide receiver, Doug Emilien, said the connections he built during the month-long transfer process led him to the Jayhawks.

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Two college hoops transfer options have meaningful connections to KU program

Options continue to surface and interest in the Kansas men’s basketball program continues to rise among college players in the transfer portal. Even with a couple of players linked to KU already picking other schools — SMU’s Kendric Davis, who never had any contact with Kansas coach Bill Self, picked Memphis and South Dakota State’s Baylor Scheierman chose Creighton on Monday — the Jayhawks still appear to have options should they need them. By Matt Tait

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Kansas women's tennis program earns trip to 2022 NCAA Tournament

The Kansas women's tennis team is headed back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2019, when they made a memorable run to the Sweet 16.

Monday, May 2

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Missouri State coach: Kansas transfer Aniya Thomas 'certainly going to impact us'

Missouri State women's basketball coach Beth Cunningham said she had been recruiting former Kansas guard Aniya Thomas from the moment she decided to transfer in March.

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Kansas receives commitment from Minnesota's Douglas Emilien

The Kansas football team received a commitment Monday morning from former Minnesota wide receiver Douglas Emilien, whose addition will address what had been an emerging need.

Sunday, May 1

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Kansas football gets commitment from O-lineman Flavio Gonzalez

Flavio Gonzalez, an offensive lineman who played the last two seasons at Butler Community College in El Dorado, has committed to play football at Kansas.