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Kansas volleyball opens 2022 season ranked 23rd in AVCA poll

The Kansas women’s volleyball team will open the 2022 season where it ended the 2021 season — ranked in the top 25 of the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. By Matt Tait

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Fifth-year Kansas volleyball senior Rachel Langs aiming to make her final year her best yet

Kansas volleyball player Rachel Langs, a fifth-year senior from Fairview, Texas, spent four years falling in love with all things KU and four months hoping she could stick around. By Matt Tait

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Kansas volleyball to retire jerseys of former greats Ainise Havili and Kelsie Payne on Sept. 17

Seven years removed from leading Kansas volleyball to its first ever Final Four appearance, and five years after their graduation from KU, former All-Americans Ainise Havili and Kelsie Payne are planning to return to Lawrence next month to have their jerseys retired by the program. By Matt Tait

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KU's Caroline Bien, Rachel Langs land on preseason all-Big 12 volleyball squad; Jayhawks picked to finish 4th

After playing big roles in helping lead the Kansas volleyball team to the Sweet 16 in 2021, returning Jayhawks Caroline Bien and Rachel Langs both landed spots on the preseason all-Big 12 team, the conference announced this week.

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KU AD Travis Goff announces NIL partnership with industry leader Altius Sports Partners

The University of Kansas athletic department has joined forces with Altius Sports Partners for its name, image and likeness initiatives, KU Athletic Director Travis Goff announced Monday. The partnership, which is centered around Altius as a consultant for best practices in the NIL space, was announced by Altius late last week. By Matt Tait

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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KU AD Travis Goff reports nearly $500,000 in NIL deals for Jayhawk athletes thus far

In the seven months since the NCAA made profiting on one’s name, image and likeness legal, athletes at the University of Kansas have cashed in on close to half a million dollars. By Matt Tait

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KU athletic director predicts some challenging financial years as Big 12 Conference reorganizes

In what has become nearly an annual affair at the University of Kansas, members of the University Senate quizzed KU’s athletic director on whether the athletic program can provide more money to support general university operations. By Chad Lawhorn

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Looking back at the top KU sports stories of 2021

It was another wild and unpredictable year in KU sports in 2021, with upsets, debuts, memorable moments and incredible individual performances dominating the landscape. As we prepare to turn the page to 2022 and begin to look ahead to all that’s in store for the coming year, here’s a quick look back at the top 10 sports stories in Kansas athletics from the past 12 months. By Matt Tait

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Kansas Athletics sets school record for graduation rate

Kansas Athletics recently announced that student-athletes at KU set a school record with a combined 90% Graduation Success Rate for student-athletes who began their full-time collegiate careers in the fall of 2014.

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KU's Jenny Mosser named Big 12 volleyball Scholar Athlete of the Year

Kansas volleyball senior Jenny Mosser was named the Big 12 volleyball scholar-athlete of the year for 2021 earlier this week.

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