School district won't say what it plans to pay Hayden in new COO position; new questions about timing of superintendent's resignation
Published May 16, 2017
Lawrence school district leaders won’t say how much they intend to pay soon-to-be ex-Superintendent Kyle Hayden in his new role as chief operations officer. When news broke on Friday that Hayden intended to resign as superintendent of Lawrence Public Schools — a position that pays him $205,000 annually — and take a new position of chief operations officer for the district, spokeswoman Julie Boyle declined to provide expected salary information for the new position, which still requires board approval.
Published April 13, 2017
In what was one of the best individual seasons ever turned in by a Kansas basketball player, KU point guard Frank Mason III swept 10 national player of the year awards and left KU as the No. 6 scorer in program history.
Published March 25, 2017
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self often has mentioned through the years a team can have a great season without making a deep NCAA Tournament run. Tonight at Sprint Center, the top-seeded Jayhawks have a chance to make 2017 special. All KU (31-4) has to do to reach the program’s first Final Four in five seasons is top third-seeded Oregon (32-5) in Kansas City, Mo.
Published March 23, 2017
Only one conference champion will get a chance to move on to the Final Four after the Big 12’s Kansas Jayhawks and the Big Ten’s Purdue Boilermakers meet Thursday night at Sprint Center, in the Sweet 16. The No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region, KU is led by senior point guard Frank Mason III. But No. 4 seed Purdue has its own national player of the year candidate in sophomore big man Caleb Swanigan.
Published March 19, 2017
Two of the most successful programs in college basketball will go head-to-head in Tulsa, Okla., for a spot in the Sweet 16. It’s the Midwest’s No. 1 seed, Kansas (29-4) versus No. 9 Michigan State (20-14) at the BOK Center. The Spartans are 7-5 all-time against the Jayhawks. The two powerhouse programs last met in 2015, an MSU victory experienced by KU’s Frank Mason III, Devonte’ Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk, Landen Lucas and Carlton Bragg Jr.
Published March 17, 2017
After months of battles that were played with March seeding and postseason success in mind, the NCAA Tournament is finally here for the Midwest’s No. 1 seed, Kansas (28-4). Bill Self’s Jayhawks aim to make a deep run in 2017, behind star senior point guard Frank Mason III and outstanding freshman Josh Jackson, and it all begins today in Tulsa, Okla., versus 16 seed UC-Davis (23-12).
Published March 9, 2017
For the first time this season, the Kansas Jayhawks, now ranked No. 1 in the country, will play without starting guard Josh Jackson. It will be up to capable veterans Frank Mason III, Devonte’ Graham and Landen Lucas to carry KU (28-3) past TCU (18-14) in a Big 12 quarterfinal at Sprint Center, in Kansas City, Mo.
Published March 4, 2017
Now ranked No. 1 in the nation, the Kansas basketball team secured the program’s 13th consecutive Big 12 title three games ago. Playing for pride and a possible No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament at this point, the Jayhawks (27-3 overall, 15-2 Big 12) wrap up the regular season on the road against another team bound for March Madness, Oklahoma State (20-10, 9-8).
Published February 27, 2017
Between the three of them, they’ve scored 2,298 career points, and while Frank Mason III is responsible for the bulk of those numbers, the veteran point guard, center Landen Lucas and walk-on Tyler Self all figure to be in for an emotional Monday night. It’s the first time this season their Kansas Jayhawks (26-3 overall, 14-2 Big 12) will take the court as the No. 1 team in the nation, and it’s Senior Night for Mason, Lucas and Self — meaning it’s the last time they will play at Allen Fieldhouse. They’ll do so against an Oklahoma team (10-18, 4-12) that’s lost its last five Big 12 road games.
Published February 25, 2017
The No. 3-ranked Kansas Jayhawks already can call themselves Big 12 champions for the 13th consecutive season. But KU (25-3 overall, 13-2 Big 12) can claim the title outright with a Saturday evening victory at Texas (10-18, 4-11).
Published February 22, 2017
There will be plenty to digest at Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday night, with the No. 3 Jayhawks trying to earn at least a share of the Kansas basketball program’s 13th consecutive Big 12 regular-season title, and former KU great and national champion Brandon Rush having his jersey retired at halftime. The Jayhawks (24-3 overall, 12-2 Big 12) hope it’s a night full of celebrations as they welcome TCU (17-10, 6-8) to Lawrence.
Published February 18, 2017
When two of the nation’s top teams square off in Waco, Texas, No. 4 Baylor will attempt to end the program’s nine-game losing streak against the Big 12’s marquee team, No. 3 Kansas. Coach Scott Drew’s Bears (22-4 overall, 9-4 Big 12) have only won four of their past 12 games against top-five teams over the past several seasons. This marks the fifth top-10 matchup for Bill Self’s Jayhawks (23-3, 11-2) this year. KU enters the game at Baylor 4-0 versus top-10 opponents.
Published February 13, 2017
The Kansas basketball team hasn’t lost consecutive games inside Allen Fieldhouse since the 1988-89 season. The No. 3 Jayhawks, who pulled off back-to-back road wins last week after seeing their home winning streak end at 54 games against Iowa State, look to start a new streak — and avoid a rare home skid — on Big Monday versus No. 9 West Virginia. The Mountaineers (20-5 overall, 8-4 Big 12) defeated KU (22-3, 10-2) in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Jan. 24.
Published February 11, 2017
With the end of the regular season and a possible No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament not too far ahead of them, the Kansas Jayhawks look to improve upon their stellar 6-1 road record Saturday, when they visit Texas Tech. No. 3 KU (21-3 overall, 9-2 Big 12) leads the conference in scoring (80.8 points) in league games, while Tech (16-8, 4-7) ranks last (67.1).
Published February 10, 2017
Lawrence and Douglas County are the capital of higher education in Kansas, as evidenced by the presence of three universities, a campanile and several houses that make the bell tower sound like a quiet library. There is news, though, that Lawrence is losing one provider of higher education.