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Archive for Thursday, April 16, 1998

BEDORE COLUMN

April 16, 1998

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Kansas will hold its annual men's basketball banquet at 6:30 tonight at Allen Fieldhouse.

Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. In all, 1,190 tickets were sold.

Kansas radio color man Max Falkenstien will emcee the banquet, subbing for KU play-by-play announcer Bob Davis, who has a commitment broadcasting a Kansas City Royals game.

KU junior forward Paul Pierce, who didn't return to school after declaring for the NBA Draft, electing to stay in his hometown of Inglewood, Calif., is expected to be back for the dinner and awards ceremony.

Barnstorming tour: The winningest senior class in Kansas history will take its show on the road for a nine-game ``barnstorming'' tour.

Three KU seniors -- Raef LaFrentz, Billy Thomas and C.B. McGrath -- will lead the KU team. Former Jayhawks Joel Branstrom and Steve Ransom also will play in all nine games. Ex-KU players Jerod Haase and Sean Pearson will join the team for part of the schedule.

The tour begins Saturday with games in Hays (noon) and Lindsborg (6 p.m.). KU will play in Salina on Sunday.

Here's the schedule: April: 18-at Hays; at Lindsborg. 19-at Salina (3 p.m.). 21-at Topeka Washburn University (7:30 p.m.) 24-at Olathe North (5:30 p.m.). 29-at Osage City (6 p.m.) May: 2-at McPherson (11 a.m.); at Great Bend (5:30 p.m.). 3-at SM South (2 p.m.).

Coaching carousel: Orlando Magic assistant coach Tree Rollins is interested in the Clemson vacancy. Former Clemson assistant Larry Shyatt, the head coach at Wyoming, is considered the frontrunner. Former KU assistant Kevin Stallings, the coach at Illinois State, is a possibility.

-- Gary Bedore's phone number is 832-7186. His e-mail address is gbedore@ljworld.com.

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