Dave Ranney, a senior Kansas government reporter, regularly covers state social services issues and a variety of general assignments.
It's an odd match - Jayhawk basketball, quilters and shoes for needy kids.
Jayhawk fans will have more than a few memories rekindled Saturday afternoon, when the new Booth Family Hall of Athletics officially opens its doors.
Kansas University officials have asked veteran announcer Max Falkenstien to scale back his retirement plans. "We hope that Max will continue to be part of the broadcasts, particularly home games," said Jim Marchiony, associate athletic director in charge of external affairs. "We've talked to him about it and we'll talk some more," Marchiony said.
A few seconds after he'd worked his way past security and into the Jayhawks' dressing room, veteran broadcaster Max Falkenstien fielded a warm, friendly - but unexpected - greeting. "Hey, Max, how're you doing?"
By week's end, Fort Worth is going to look a lot like game-day Lawrence. "I think we'll have 10,000 people down there," predicted Jim Marchiony, associate athletic director at Kansas University.
Call it the Big Swap. Dozens of Jayhawk basketball fans whose past contributions to Kansas University and its athletic department earned them enough points to sit within a few rows of courtside in Allen Fieldhouse gave up their seats Monday, preferring the comfort of the higher-up, chair-back seats.
Carol Floersch was in Allen Fieldhouse late last year when the Jayhawks' head coach, Bill Self, was called for a rare technical foul.
Jeremiah Creswell, the man who stabbed former Kansas University basketball player J.R. Giddens at a Lawrence night spot, was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months' probation for pulling a steak knife on his uncle and threatening to kill his mother.
He's been charged with battery and disorderly conduct. But former Kansas University basketball player J.R. Giddens didn't throw the first punch the night of an infamous brawl at a Lawrence bar. That's according to Douglas County's prosecutor, who today filed charges against Giddens and another man in connection with a fight May 19 at the Moon Bar, a then-popular night club at Ninth and Iowa Streets.
Kansas University officials are offering access to two men's basketball season tickets to businesses that buy 10 football season tickets.