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Notebook: Jayhawks dealing with non-COVID illnesses; Jossell returns

Kansas freshman K.J. Adams missed a game for the first time this season on Saturday, when he didn’t suit up for the Jayhawks’ home game versus Stephen F. Austin due to an illness.

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'He's a gamer': Remy Martin nails clutch 3 to help KU survive vs. Stephen F. Austin

Self looking for more from veteran guard

A late-game Remy Martin 3-pointer helped the No. 8-ranked Kansas basketball team survive a scare Saturday night against Stephen F. Austin at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Transfer portal a source of depth and experience for KU football

When head coach Lance Leipold and his staff took over the Kansas football program this past May, they knew recruiting for the 2022 class would be slow-going at first, given the timing of the transition and only a handful of months left before the early signing period arrived. It didn’t take long for them to adapt and embrace the possibilities that the NCAA’s transfer portal had to offer.

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Bill Self hopeful vaccinations and boosters will keep KU basketball from having COVID pause this season

As COVID-19 cases among players in the NFL, NBA, NHL and college basketball in recent days have games being postponed and rescheduled, Kansas basketball head coach Bill Self is knocking on wood while feeling “fortunate” that the Jayhawks haven’t yet encountered such issues.

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KU football to kick off 2022 season on a Friday

Whether it will become a new Kansas football tradition remains to be seen, but for the second straight season the Jayhawks will kick off their schedule with a Friday night home opener in 2022.

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'The whole package': Why KU football targeted prep QB Ethan Vasko out of Virginia

When the Kansas football staff determined the Jayhawks needed to add a high school quarterback to their 2022 recruiting class, the coaches already had Ethan Vasko in mind.

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Lance Leipold tried to keep Emmett Jones on KU football staff

Even though Texas Tech’s hiring of former Kansas football receivers coach Emmett Jones means KU will benefit from a $600,000 buyout, KU head coach Lance Leipold said the university did its best to keep Jones in Lawrence.

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Lance Leipold explains why KU football only signed 6 players on Day 1 of early period

Kansas football head coach Lance Leipold was all of 10 seconds into his opening remarks during his early signing period press conference when he brought up the fact that the Jayhawks only signed six players on Wednesday.

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QBs Miles Kendrick and Conrad Hawley leaving KU football

The Kansas football program’s quarterback depth for 2022 took a hit when two reserves — Miles Kendrick and Conrad Hawley — decided to leave via the transfer portal.

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Players in KU football's 2022 recruiting class begin signing

Members of the Kansas football team’s 2022 recruiting class began making their commitments official on Wednesday morning, as the early signing period kicked off nationwide.

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Juco LB Mike Smith decommits from KU football

The size of the Kansas football program’s 2022 recruiting class shrank by one on the eve of the early signing period, when junior college linebacker Mike Smith announced he has decommitted from the Jayhawks.

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Former UCF LB Eriq Gilyard announces commitment to KU football

Lance Leipold’s Kansas football staff continued to hit the transfer portal hard on Tuesday, as former UCF linebacker Eriq Gilyard announced his commitment to the program.

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Virginia prep QB Ethan Vasko commits to KU football

Kansas football head coach Lance Leipold and his staff found their prep quarterback for the 2022 recruiting class when Ethan Vasko announced Monday evening his commitment to the Jayhawks.

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KU football finds more transfer portal help, lands commitments from Craig Young, Nolan Gorczyca

It’s been a busy few days for the Kansas football program in the transfer portal, as the Jayhawks on Monday added two more transfers to bolster the roster for head coach Lance Leipold’s second season.

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KU football signs new WRs coach Terrence Samuel to 3-year contract

Hired to replace Emmett Jones, the Kansas football team’s new receivers coach, Terrence Samuel, signed a three-year contract to join Lance Leipold’s staff.

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Former North Dakota State recruit Mason Ellis flips, commits to KU football

The Kansas football program’s 2022 recruiting class now has its first in-state high school prospect.

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Former 4-star prospect and Nebraska RB Sevion Morrison to transfer to KU

A reserve running back at Nebraska a little more than a month ago, Sevion Morrison announced Sunday night he’ll soon be calling Kansas home.

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Strong 4th quarter gives KU women's basketball its 4th win in a row

With its best quarter coming just in time, in the fourth, the Kansas women’s basketball team turned a tight game into an 80-65 victory over Santa Clara on Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

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With 'so much to build on,' KU volleyball upbeat about program's future

Still feeling the sting of a season-ending loss at Pitt in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, members of the Kansas volleyball team at least exited the postseason encouraged about the program’s future.

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Former Michigan State CB Kalon Gervin commits to KU football

A former starting cornerback at Michigan State, Kalon Gervin’s venture into the transfer portal has landed him at the University of Kansas.

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Lawrence High kicker Grant Glasgow plans to walk on with KU football

After booting the football for Lawrence High, Grant Glasgow’s new gridiron home will be just a few lengthy kickoffs north, at the University of Kansas.

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Kenny Logan Jr. KU football's lone representative on AP All-Big 12 teams

Just one Kansas football player — Kenny Logan Jr. — made the Associated Press All-Big 12 team this year.

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KU volleyball's NCAA Tournament run ends in Sweet 16 at No. 3 Pitt

A hot start proved to be brief and ultimately unsustainable Thursday for a Kansas volleyball team trying to upset the NCAA Tournament’s No. 3 overall seed, Pitt, on the road.

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Offensive breakthrough taking KU volleyball to new heights, and unexpected spot in Sweet 16

Even as he watched his Kansas volleyball team steadily improve before his eyes as the postseason drew near, head coach Ray Bechard thought the Jayhawks were only playing “OK” offensively. Then came a breakthrough performance at Creighton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Freshman LB James Wright leaving KU football via transfer portal

After six months with the Kansas football program, freshman linebacker James Wright is moving on. Wright announced on Wednesday his decision to put his name in the transfer portal.

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Jayhawks not flying under the radar anymore, as they head to Sweet 16

It turns out there may be a catch to becoming the NCAA Tournament’s giant killer.

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Reports: Emmett Jones leaving KU football; Lance Leipold hiring Syracuse's Terrence Samuel

The interim head coach for Kansas football this past spring and the Jayhawks’ receivers coach each of the past three seasons, Emmett Jones reportedly is leaving the program to return to Texas Tech.

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Former KU volleyball player Maggie Bowen sees familiar 'we've got it' approach from 2021 Jayhawks

It was only a few years ago that Maggie Bowen was in a Kansas volleyball uniform, helping the Jayhawks make their best NCAA Tournament run in program history. Now in her fifth season on head coach Ray Bechard’s staff as director of operations, Bowen is getting a different perspective on another postseason hot streak for KU.

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Former 4-star prospect Steven Parker leaves KU football via transfer portal

The top-rated signee in the Kansas football program’s 2019 recruiting class, defensive end Steven Parker is entering the transfer portal after three seasons at KU, according to Monday reports from Rivals and 247 Sports.

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2nd half recovery gives KU women's basketball home win over Vanderbilt

The Kansas women’s basketball team saved its best for the second half Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse, where the Jayhakws dug out of a nine-point hole to beat Vanderbilt, 74-67.

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KU volleyball riding 'why not us' mentality into Sweet 16

Kansas volleyball head coach Ray Bechard doesn’t mind acknowledging that just a month ago, he wasn’t exactly sure the Jayhawks had an NCAA Tournament run in their future.

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'Oh my gosh, we're in the Sweet 16': KU volleyball pulls off another NCAA Tournament upset

One NCAA Tournament upset win wasn’t enough for the Kansas volleyball team. The Jayhawks made it two in as many nights on Friday, in Omaha, Neb., where KU took down host Creighton in four sets.

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Kenny Logan Jr. will be 'back for more' as a KU football senior in 2022

Anyone worried about the future plans of Kansas football safety Kenny Logan Jr. got some reassurance on Thursday, when the defensive back from St. Augustine, Fla., announced he’s not going anywhere.

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No pressure: KU volleyball upsets No. 19 Oregon to reach 2nd round of NCAA Tournament

Whatever pressure that is supposed to go hand in hand with playing in the NCAA Tournament was nearly nonexistent for the Kansas volleyball team Thursday, as the Jayhawks swept their way to the second round with a three-set upset victory over No. 19-ranked Oregon, in Omaha, Neb.

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After pair of 'poor' games, Bill Self expecting sophomore Jalen Wilson to get back on track

Three games into his redshirt sophomore season, Kansas wing Jalen Wilson’s production has lagged behind what he did for the Jayhawks a year ago. But head coach Bill Self isn’t expecting that trend to last long.

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Veteran KU football defenders Kyron Johnson, Kenny Logan Jr. make All-Big 12 2nd team

Though the Kansas football team registered just one victory during Big 12 play in 2021, the conference’s coaches didn’t overlook two of the Jayhawks’ most impactful players when making all-league selections.

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KU women's basketball turns slow start into blowout vs. UTRGV

After a slow first quarter Wednesday night versus Texas Rio Grande Valley, the lead for the Kansas women’s basketball team just kept growing in what turned into a 75-44 blowout at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU Athletics: Calling off 2022 Kansas Relays 'the financially responsible decision'

When KU Athletics Inc., decided to call off the 2022 Kansas Relays, citing ongoing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the athletic department’s concerns centered around the financial implications of hosting the large-scale track and field event.

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KU football's 2022 schedule finalized

The calendar for Lance Leipold’s second season coaching the Kansas football team is now set. The Big 12 announced Wednesday dates for all conference games in 2022, making the Jayhawks’ complete schedule official.

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Best performance of Gavin Potter's KU football career left LB wanting more

In the 24th start of his college football career, Kansas junior linebacker Gavin Potter put together the most prolific individual outing of his time with the Jayhawks. His night of firsts didn’t have Potter in a celebratory mood, though.

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QB Jalon Daniels wants KU football to 'come in with a bang' in 2022

Jalon Daniels’ improbable sophomore season, when he went from a redshirting third-stringer to the starting quarterback in the final weeks, had just come to an end this past Saturday night when Daniels already had 2022 on his mind.

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Kyron Johnson, Kenny Logan Jr. land on PFF All-Big 12 2nd team

Two of the Kansas football team’s veteran leaders proved to be among the most impactful players in the Big 12 this season. When Pro Football Focus announced its all-conference teams this week, KU super-senior defensive end Kyron Johnson and junior safety Kenny Logan Jr. both landed on the second team.

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Assistants Drake, Jackson leaving KU football; Leipold promotes Onatolu, Peterson

Lance Leipold’s Kansas football coaching staff for next year already has a new look to it, just two days after the conclusion of Leipold’s first season in charge.

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Jayhawks upbeat about KU football's future as Season 1 of Lance Leipold era concludes

When the Kansas football season ended this past Saturday night with a six-point home loss to West Virginia, the emotions in the locker room minutes after the finale reflected not only the conclusion of a challenging year, but also a growing sense of hope about the program’s future.

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2-star juco TE Tevita Noa commits to KU football

A day after the conclusion of his first season as the Kansas football head coach, Lance Leipold received a commitment from a junior college tight end who could help the Jayhawks in his second season.

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Notebook: Lance Leipold, KU football honor 'special' group of seniors

Before the Kansas football team played its season finale Saturday night against West Virginia, the program honored a group of 15 players — which included both seniors and super-seniors — who were about to experience the final game of their KU careers.

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Jayhawks come up short in season finale, 34-28, against West Virginia

In another tight November game for the improving Kansas football team, the Jayhawks’ late mistakes kept them from concluding Lance Leipold’s first season as head coach with another upset win.

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Jayhawks thrilled to see blue collar O-lineman Joey Gilbertson 'seize the moment' in 1st career start

One of the unsung contributors to the Kansas football team’s late-season upswing, redshirt senior offensive lineman Joey Gilbertson had never started a game for the Jayhawks until he was called upon for KU’s road finale at TCU.

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KU football coaches want to give Jason Bean opportunities as a rusher in his new role

The Kansas football team found a new starting quarterback in Jalon Daniels. Now KU’s coaches are trying to concoct ways to keep the Jayhawks’ former No. 1 QB, Jason Bean, involved in a different capacity.

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'He's kind of embraced being the man': Jayhawks credit QB Jalon Daniels for reenergizing KU football late in season

A Kansas football team that looked dead in the water not long ago found a source of revitalization for the season’s final weeks when the Jayhawks unexpectedly landed on a new starting quarterback, sophomore Jalon Daniels.

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