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BUT NET GETS FACELIFT

October 17, 1998

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Journal-World Web Works has unveiled a new look for its ``Nothin' But Net'' Kansas University basketball site.

If you're shooting to score the best online source of information about Kansas University basketball, you can do it at http://www.kusports.com/basketball -- and hit Nothin' But Net.

Journal-World Web Works on Friday launched the new look for its wildly popular ``Nothin' But Net'' site on the Internet.

``It seems like every year there are opportunities to use new technology to disseminate information and users continue to express new ideas,'' said Dan Simons, director of New Ventures for the World Co., the parent company of JW3 and the Journal-World.

``We're proud to raise the bar one more time to meet the changes in technology and continue to offer a superior product,'' Simons said. ``Many sites around the Web claim to be the official site of this or that. We may or may not be the official, but we're the definitive Jayhawk site.''

Nothin' But Net, now entering its fourth year, has been recognized by Sports Illustrated and The Associated Press as the best Jayhawks basketball Web site in the country.

What's new this year on Nothin' But Net? For starters, the design.

``It's more efficient from the user's point of view, allowing them to quickly find information, from stories to photos to stats,'' said Kevin Dixon, JW3 Web designer.

The site will provide stories and photos from the J-W's award-winning sports writers, led by Gary Bedore, the J-W's assistant sports editor.

``Gary Bedore is Mr. Kansas Men's Basketball,'' said Chuck Woodling, J-W sports editor. ``He's the most experienced and knowledgeable KU men's basketball beat writer anywhere. No one is more in tune with Roy Williams' team than Gary.''

Besides his stories, Bedore will answer questions e-mailed to him on his popular ``Ask Gary'' column.

Nothin' But Net will also feature game photos taken by veteran sports photographer Earl Richardson.

``Earl's pictures are a great bookend for Bedore's words,'' said Bill Snead, Journal-World deputy editor. ``Without question, Earl Richardson is one of the best sports photographers in the country. The Journal-World and our readers are very fortunate he's plying his trade in Lawrence.''

Player and team statistics available on Nothin' But Net will be vastly improved from past years.

``For the first time, our stats will be served by a database, allowing us more flexibility and the ability to display a much wider range of analysis,'' Dixon said.

The new look for Nothin' But Net includes ``player cards,'' which provide more information about each player.

Plans call for Nothin' But Net to have even more video clips from Sunflower Cablevision than last year, capturing the highly-ranked Jayhawks as they make sweet jumpers, dazzling passes and thunderous dunks.

Game and play analysis from the Coach's Edge will be back, bigger than ever, providing fans who want to know more about KU's system with animated play analysis.

The site will also include a Full Court Press section, featuring stories from news media who cover the Jayhawks' opponents. The idea is to let fans get a pre-game view of the game from the perspective of the opponents' hometown news media.

Another feature that will be returning this year is the basketball trivia contest, which will have weekly prizes.

And one of the most popular areas of the site, the Whoop it Up forum, will continue to be a place for a wide-open, no holds barred, 24-hour-a-day discussion on KU basketball.

``The bulletin board will have some new features,'' said Alesa Johnson, JW3 Webmaster. ``You can view posts by thread, date or author. And also, our users are going to have the ability to help us police the board.''

Nothin' But Net will continue to have a Satellite Coordinates bulletin board, where users can share information about which satellite is broadcasting the game and what the coordinates are.

The site also includes a chat room, which will have weekly features, including our weekly live chat room that will link visitors to the Monday night ``Hawktalk'' radio call-in show featuring coach Roy Williams.

The site will also include 360-degree photos from inside Allen Fieldhouse during games.

And visitors will be able to get views of Allen Fieldhouse's exterior with our 24-hour live camera.

-- Dave Toplikar's phone message number is 832-7151. His e-mail address is dtoplikar@ljworld.com.

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