WRITER: Benton Smith

Notebook: Les Miles wants to reproduce KU football's 2007 success

During the most successful year of Les Miles’ career as a head football coach, another program with a far less stellar reputation than LSU experienced the most prosperous season in its history. While Miles plugged away in Baton Rouge, La., in 2007, eventually leading the Tigers to a national championship, LSU’s coach couldn’t help but notice what was transpiring in Lawrence. More than a decade before ...

Freshman LBs Steven Parker and Gavin Potter already impressing KU veterans

Ask senior leaders on the Kansas football team which freshmen have managed to impress them during summer workouts and the same two names emerge. Steven Parker and Gavin Potter. Both linebackers and two of the more hyped signees in KU’s 2019 recruiting class, neither Parker nor Potter have yet endured a true college football practice. Still, during conditioning and weigh lifting sessions and other settings ...

One-time signee Jayden Russell granted release from KU football

One of the first players to commit to Les Miles once he took over the University of Kansas football program late this past year, Jayden Russell won’t play for the Jayhawks in Miles’ first season after all. Russell announced Monday night he was granted a release from his letter of intent with KU and that he is reopening his recruitment. A KU spokesperson confirmed to the Journal-World that the team did ...

Les Miles' track record vs. Top 25 teams far better than what KU football is used to

Each summer the Kansas football program publishes its annual media guide, and every year the book is stuffed with pertinent facts and information, hitting on everything from rosters, to player and coach bios, to the team’s history. Among the 190-plus pages in the latest edition, few stand out quite like one within the section dedicated to KU’s new head coach. The entry is simply titled, Les Miles versus ...

Former KU O-lineman Cam Durley transfers to Tennessee State

Former Kansas football offensive lineman Cam Durley went into the NCAA transfer portal and came out on the other side. A Houston native who didn’t play in any games for the Jayhawks during his third year with the program in 2018, Durley announced via social media he has transferred to Tennessee State University. In an Instagram post that included a photo of Durley standing on the field inside Nissan Stadium, ...

David Beaty's lawyers file response to Kansas Athletics' motion to dismiss lawsuit

Lawyers representing former University of Kansas football head coach David Beaty say Kansas Athletics Inc., “continues to move the goal posts” when it comes to paying Beaty his $3 million buyout. The coach’s legal team filed on Monday in the U.S. District Court of Kansas its response to a KAI motion to dismiss Beaty’s lawsuit against his one-time employer, countering in part that KAI’s argument based ...

Continuity expected to benefit KU O-line, with lack of 2019 signees

When Les Miles introduced his first signing class at the University of Kansas this past February, the head coach provided some sort of details about every incoming prospect. Not one of them was an offensive lineman. That meant when practices began in the spring, there were no transfers or early enrollees to acclimate. Similarly, KU’s first preseason practices in August will involve only experienced ...

Notebook: Les Miles delighted to share grass-eating habit with another champion

If Les Miles’ sporadic dietary urges spawned a trend it was news to him. The Kansas football coach, known through the years to grab a blade of grass or two from the playing field for a taste, didn’t know that another prominent sports figure shared his eccentric habit. At Big 12 Football Media Days earlier this week, one reporter asked Miles whether he saw Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic polishing off his ...

Khalil Herbert: 3 Kansas RBs give Jayhawks 'best' rushing unit in nation

No one outside of the staff and players who spend so much of their time inside the Anderson Family Football Complex know exactly what the Kansas football team’s offense will look like in the first year of the Les Miles era. It seems a safe assumption, though, that the Jayhawks’ running game will feature heavily in the coach’s plans. Senior running back Khalil Herbert deduced as much long before he ever ...

Les Miles explains recruiting approach that has KU football off to hot start for 2020

As much of an emphasis as Les Miles puts on recruiting, maybe he should have seen the wave coming. But eight months after he became the University of Kansas head football coach, Miles admitted earlier this week that the Jayhawks might be off to an even better start on the recruiting front than he expected. “I think we’ve done a good job of identifying the guys that we want, going after them, giving them an ...

KU to begin beer, wine sales at football games this fall

Head coach Les Miles won’t be the only new attraction coming to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium this fall. University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long announced Wednesday that fans attending KU home games now will be able to buy beer and wine, beginning with the Jayhawks’ Aug. 31 season opener versus Indiana State. With the introduction of widely available alcoholic beverages, Kansas Athletics ...

Why one KU veteran thinks WR Takulve Williams is poised for breakout season

If anyone is searching for a breakout performer on the Kansas football team this season, Mike Lee just might have your playmaker in waiting. Lee, a senior safety from New Orleans, is a talker. So any subject matter thrown his direction is generally met with a welcoming response. Ask him about Takulve Williams, though, and Lee’s eyes widen as his grin stretches. “Oh, great,” Lee said earlier this week at ...

New ESPN+ streaming series to feature Les Miles and KU football

ARLINGTON, Texas — With the help of a camera crew that has followed Les Miles since this past November and will continue documenting the head football coach and his staff throughout his debut season at the University of Kansas, fans soon will get to go behind the scenes for glimpses of Miles’ endeavors to rebuild the program. ESPN and the Big 12 announced Tuesday that an 18-part series starring Miles will ...

Jayhawks: Player-led summer workouts crucial for KU football

ARLINGTON, Texas — While spending the past several weeks counting down the days to their first preseason practice, Kansas football players have done all they can to head into August in prime shape. Just as importantly, the Jayhawks spent June and will continue spending July going through player-driven football specific workouts that they think foster chemistry and keep them knowledgeable about their playbook, ...

Les Miles, Big 12 commissioner weigh in on Pooka Williams' 1-game suspension

ARLINGTON, Texas — It didn’t take long Monday morning at Big 12 Media Days for Kansas football coach Les Miles to address the recently announced one-game suspension for high profile running back Pooka Williams, which was met on social media and other platforms with some backlash. Less than a minute into his opening press conference at AT&T Stadium, Miles veered from pleasantries to offer his ...

Latest KU football roster features numerous additions since spring

Arlington, Texas — As the Kansas football program unveiled its 2019 media guide for the first time on Monday at Big 12 Media Days, the Jayhawks’ roster included many new additions. KU football’s communications staff updates the roster throughout the offseason according to when new players arrive on campus and join the program, but the latest version was the first one published since April. As the roster ...

Jayhawks appreciate star power Les Miles brings to KU football

ARLINGTON, Texas — Those expecting to prop up their feet, munch on some popcorn and enjoy The Les Miles Show at Big 12 Football Media Days didn’t get much of the fun-loving, grass-eating persona that so many associate with the University of Kansas head coach. In his first trip to the annual summer event since his final season at Oklahoma State, in 2004, Miles proved to be more reserved and less of “The ...

Notebook: QB Thomas MacVittie heads into camp with edge over Carter Stanley

ARLINGTON, Texas — When Les Miles heads into his first preseason camp as the head football coach at the University of Kansas in a couple of weeks, he will do so with a quarterback competition to resolve. As Miles indicated at the end of spring practices, he reiterated Monday at Big 12 Football Media Days that he has not yet decided who will open the season as KU’s No. 1 QB. However, just as the coach ...

Jayhawks: Les Miles and staff's emphasis on physicality helped O-line's run blocking

The most experienced veteran on the Kansas football roster, three-year starter Hakeem Adeniji will gladly dodge your questions about the Jayhawks’ offense and the new system being implemented by head coach Les Miles, offensive coordinator Les Koenning and the rest of the staff. “I really don’t want to say a lot about our scheme, so…” senior left tackle Adeniji warned during one interview session. So ...

Jayhawks confident RPO plays will be effective with their personnel

In the seven-plus months since he was hired to breathe some life into a dormant Kansas football program, head coach Les Miles has proven unwavering in his quest to reveal only the vaguest details about what he envisions for KU’s offense this coming fall. Nevertheless, it seems one key component for the Jayhawks will be the run-pass option calls that appear in offensive coordinator Les Koenning’s ...