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KU football notebook

Only 81 days until college football resumes on the hill. Saturday, August 30 at 6 p.m., the Orange Bowl champion Kansas Jayhawks return to Memorial Stadium to open the 2008 season against Florida International.

June 11, 2008

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KU-Mizzou game either 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m.

The 2008 Border War game between Kansas University and Missouri, originally scheduled as a home game for MU but switched to Arrowhead Stadium as part of a two-year arrangement that started last year, will be played Nov. 29 and will kick off either at 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m., it was announced Tuesday.

FSN announced the Kansas-Missouri game will be one of at least two KU contests that the network, the cable television home for Big 12 football, will televise nationally. KU's home game against Louisiana Tech, a 6 p.m. kickoff, is the other.

ESPN2 will carry the Kansas game at South Florida on Sept. 12. That game kicks off at 7 p.m. Other TV games will be announced during the season.

Jayhawks still searching for punt returner

Cornerback Anthony Webb, forced into nine starts his freshman season by injuries to KU's secondary, saw little action as a sophomore, other than a punt returner. He gained just 16 yards on 19 returns.

Finding a reliable punt returner remains a challenge for KU coach Mark Mangino.

Junior Raimond Pendleton averaged 12.1 yards on 14 returns last season, including one he turned into a 77-yard touchdown.

Daymond Patterson, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound freshman out of Mesquite, Texas, will compete for the job. Also a wide receiver and kick returner for North Mesquite High, Patterson averaged 21.6 yards per punt return as a senior. Patterson set school records in the triple jump and as a member of the 4X200 relay team.

KU begins second week of voluntary workouts

The Kansas football team is in the midst of the second week of voluntary summer conditioning workouts, supervised by strength and conditioning coach Chris Dawson.

Football tickets on sale

Season tickets remain on sale at the KU Ticket Office on the south end of Allen Fieldhouse, by phone (785) 864-3141 or 1-800-34-HAWKS, and online at kuathletics.com. Single-game tickets go on sale Aug. 1. Season ticket prices are $300, $240 for KU faculty and staff and recent graduates (2006-08), and $400 for the Family Zone, which includes two adult and two youth tickets.

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