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Realignment Talk: What’s happening, where’s it going, does it make sense & what’s next for Kansas?

Things have gotten a little crazy in college athletics again, and this time we're not just talking about the transfer portal or name, image and likeness issues.

It's everyone's favorite and least favorite topic once again, so we figured we'd take a deeper look at all of the goings on in the conference realignment world of late.

With rumors of Big 12 expansion running wild and the college landscape shifting toward what looks to be a Power 2 model, it's survival of the fittest time in college sports, with universities from coast to coast scrambling to explore their best options, best moves and best way to survive in the future.

In our latest episode of The KU Sports Hour, we discuss:

• The rumors and speculation that are out there

• How, and if, it might affect Kansas

• What's the best move for KU?

• What happens to conferences not named the Big Ten and SEC?

• And much, much more...

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Examining the comings & goings with Kansas basketball & football during transfer portal season

Kansas guard Christian Braun (2) celebrates before Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) after hitting a three against Miami during the second half on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at United Center in Chicago. The Jayhawks defeated the Hurricanes, 76-50 to advance to the Final Four.

Kansas guard Christian Braun (2) celebrates before Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) after hitting a three against Miami during the second half on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at United Center in Chicago. The Jayhawks defeated the Hurricanes, 76-50 to advance to the Final Four. by Nick Krug

It's been a busy — and not so busy — week in Kansas athletics, with several key Kansas basketball players weighing their future plans and a handful of KU football players entering the transfer portal.

In our latest episode of The KU Sports Hour, we breakdown the comings and goings in both sports and take a look at what they mean and what might happen as a result.

Included in this episode:

• Christian Braun and Jalen Wilson seem to have the biggest decisions to make among the current Jayhawks with immediate NBA aspirations.

• Could the departures of 11 KU football players actually be a good sign?

• What to make of KU's wide receiver room after key transfer portal departures at that position.

• And much more...

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KU Sports Hour: Breaking down Kansas’ wild run to the title, all that went into it & what comes next

Kansas head coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks celebrate with the NCAA championship trophy.

Kansas head coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks celebrate with the NCAA championship trophy. by Nick Krug

After a month on the road with the 2022 national champions, Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait and new LJW sports reporter Zac Boyer look back at the Jayhawks' run to the title.

From where it began to what stood out, we look back at all of the highs and lows of the last month and the 2021-22 season. What went right? What went wrong? What went WHHAAAAT? And everything in between.

As you surely know by now, it all led to Kansas winning its last 11 games, including three straight in the Big 12 tournament to jump-start the run and six in a row in the NCAA Tournament.

From Fort Worth, Texas, to Chicago, Illinois, to New Orleans, Louisiana and all the way back home, the Jayhawks took their adoring fans on a wild ride and we were there to chronicle all of the important steps and big moments in stories, photos, videos and more.

Photographer extraordinaire Nick Krug joined us to capture some incredible and memorable images and the three of us brought all kinds of content to KUsports.com during the past month. In New Orleans alone, we posted nearly 70 separate pieces of content as the Jayhawks prepared for the ride that led them past Villanova in the Final Four and to a thrilling, comeback win over North Carolina in the national championship game on Monday night.

All of that and more is in this recap — Zac's first ever appearance on The KU Sports Hour — and now that he's out of the gate, we'll have plenty more of these ahead. Enjoy! And thanks so much for following along with all of our coverage and for your feedback and support.

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Kansas football takes down Texas, brings intrigue to final month of Lance Leipold’s first season; What now?

Kansas players celebrate their 57-56 win over Texas in overtime of an NCAA college football game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Kansas players celebrate their 57-56 win over Texas in overtime of an NCAA college football game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

The Kansas football team went into Austin, Texas, last weekend as a 31-point underdog and came out with its first ever victory at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium.

After building a 35-14 lead by the end of the first half, the Jayhawks held on to beat Texas, 57-56, in overtime, when QB Jalon Daniels hit reserve walk-on Jared Casey with a 2-point conversion pass to win the game in the first overtime.

The play set off a wild celebration for the visitors and handed the home team its fifth consecutive loss. The Longhorns have not lost 5 in a row at home since 1956. Speaking of 56, KU's win snapped a 56-game conference road losing streak that went back to 2008.

Tons of storylines and highlights emerged from both the game and the aftermath. And, all of a sudden, KU football fans are wondering if Lance Leipold's first team can finish the 2021 season with some momentum.

KU is now 2-8 overall and 1-6 in Big 12 play. The Jayhawks will finish the season at TCU on Saturday at 3 p.m. and at home on Nov. 27 against West Virginia for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

We look at all of that, what it means & what's next in this episode of The KU Sports Hour...

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It’s Crossover Season: KU basketball hosts Late Night & KU football is at Iowa State

Kansas' Jalen Wilson (10) controls the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Justin Rex)

Kansas' Jalen Wilson (10) controls the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Justin Rex) by Associated Press

The 2021-22 Kansas basketball season officially gets under way Friday night, when the Jayhawks return to an in-person Late Night in the Phog at Allen Fieldhouse, featuring this year's team, Rob Riggle and Run-DMC.

Several key recruiting prospects also will be on hand for Friday's fun.

In addition to that, the Kansas football team jumps back into Big 12 play with a 6 p.m. game at Iowa State on Saturday night.

The Cyclones are a 33-point favorite in that one, and the Jayhawks are hoping to both get the game to the fourth quarter for a change and stop a 3-game losing skid.

In this week's episode of The KU Sports Hour, we discuss all of that and more, including:

• What's gone wrong (and right) with Kansas football

• Players we're looking forward to watching on the hardwood

• And past Late Night memories

Come hang out...

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KU Sports Hour: How big is this week’s game at Duke for Kansas football & what do the Jayhawks do at RB with Velton Gardner gone?

Kansas quarterback Jason Bean (17) throws against the Baylor defense during the third quarter on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 at Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Nick Krug/Special to the Journal-World)

Kansas quarterback Jason Bean (17) throws against the Baylor defense during the third quarter on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 at Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Nick Krug/Special to the Journal-World) by Nick Krug

After opening the 2021 season with a feel-good win over South Dakota at home, the Kansas football team has dropped two straight, including last week's 45-7 beatdown at the hands of Baylor.

So KU heads to Durham, N.C., for its final nonconference game of the season against a Duke team that lost its opener but won the next two, including a win over Northwestern last week.

Even though the big picture rebuilding process continues to be king for Kansas, there's still a lot at stake in this week's game and we go over some of that here.

This episode of The KU Sports Hour includes:

• Just how big a better showing against Duke would be for KU

• How realistic is it that Kansas can be in this game?

• What does the Kansas offense do at running back now that Velton Gardner has left the team?

• How does you define progress for KU QB Jason Bean?

• And more...

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Reacting to Big 12 expansion and examining what’s next, plus a look at KU’s chances this weekend vs. Baylor

Kansas coach Lance Leipold watches the team during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C., Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Kansas coach Lance Leipold watches the team during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C., Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

A lot has changed in the Big 12 Conference since our last KU Sports Hour podcast. Well, sort of.

While no schedules have been altered or seasons modified, the conference does officially have four new teams.

In this week's episode of The KU Sports Hour, we'll examine what BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF bring to the conference and what it means for KU.

After that, we'll take a deeper look at KU football's Big 12 opener against Baylor, which is set for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff this Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

What will KU have to do to stay competitive?

Could the Jayhawks entertain the idea of pulling the upset?

Where do Lance Leipold and the Jayhawks sit 2 weeks into the season?

All of that and more...

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KU Sports Hour: Breaking down a season-opening KU football win & a monster of a challenge in Week 2

Kansas wide receiver Lawrence Arnold (2) reacts after scoring what proved to be the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 at Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Nick Krug/Special to the Journal-World)

Kansas wide receiver Lawrence Arnold (2) reacts after scoring what proved to be the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 at Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Nick Krug/Special to the Journal-World) by Nick Krug

The Kansas football team picked up a rare victory in the opening game of the Lance Leipold era last Friday night, 17-14 over visiting South Dakota.

Now, the 1-0 Jayhawks head south to take on No. 17 Coastal Carolina in a monster of a challenge in Week 2. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by ESPN2.

Here's a look back at the opener and a look ahead at the challenge that awaits.

This episode includes:

• Jason Bean's strong debut

• What to make of the running game issues

• Game balls from Game 1

• Can KU stay competitive with Coastal Carolina?

• And more...

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KU Sports Hour: It’s Game Week! Over/Under 1.5 wins, Players to watch, Team strengths & more…

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