KU Football

KU football veterans encouraged by addition of OL Alex Fontana

One of the freshest additions to the Kansas football program, offensive lineman Alex Fontana quickly impressed new teammates upon arriving in Lawrence earlier this summer. According to those who train alongside the graduate transfer from the University of Houston, it’s Fontana’s maturity, ...

‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 1: Jason Candle, Toledo

Paul Brown, Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler, Chuck Knoll and Don Shula, Urban Meyer and Bob Stoops, Ara Parseghian and Jim Tressel, football coaching giants, every one of them. The best college football coach you never heard of, who just might be the best college coach, period, also is from ...

Big 12 Commissioner on sports gambling: Still in ‘wait-and-see’ mode

Bob Bowlsby wasn't quite prepared for some of the questions he received during a news conference Monday at Big 12 Media Days in Frisco, Texas. Among the first questions directed at the Big 12 commissioner were those revolving around legalized sports gambling, a topic he said he had not ...

Kansas WR Steven Sims Jr. dashing into forefront as senior

Anyone who follows the University of Kansas football program knows how impactful Steven Sims Jr. can be as a receiver. Leading into his senior year with the Jayhawks, others are beginning to pay attention to Sims, too. A 5-foot-10 wideout from Houston, Sims spent each of the previous two ...

‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 2: Willie Fritz, Tulane

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/jul/12/327051/ No. 2 — Willie Fritz, Tulane Age: 58 Record at school: 9-15 Overall record: 163-84 Impressive win: vs. Army, 21-17, Sept. 23, 2017 Why he’s on the list: A Johnson County native who played defensive back at Pittsburg State, Fritz ...

Oklahoma defensive end Amani Bledsoe on opposite side as high school coach now

FRISCO, TEXAS — In his 19 seasons as head football coach of Lawrence High, Dirk Wedd did not coach many players as talented as Oklahoma defensive end Amani Bledsoe. Wedd and Bledsoe will be wishing a loss on each other Nov. 17 when Kansas travels to Norman to play the Sooners. Wedd was ...

New Big 12 coordinator of officials discusses rule changes

Big 12’s new coordinator of officials made his debut at the Big 12 Media Days in Frisco, Texas. Greg Burks, who replaced Walt Anderson in June, spoke to reporters Tuesday about the new rule changes that were implemented over the offseason. Burks was a referee for the first CFP National ...

‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 3: Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic

Some names in sports evoke strong reactions in both directions with nobody sitting on the fence. A-Rod. LeBron. Tonya Harding. Nancy Kerrigan. Tiger. And Lane Kiffin. No. 3 — Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic Age: 43 Record at school: 11-3 Overall record: 46-24 Impressive win: vs. ...

Quarterbacks dominate 2nd day of Big 12 Media Days

Nearly every summer, football conversation starts with the quarterback position. The second day of Big 12 Media Days was no different, as all five coaches were asked about their respective signal callers. Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas and West Virginia all fielded questions about ...

‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 4: Jeff Monken, Army

The biggest misconception held by some surrounding college football is that it's the schmoozers who make the best recruiters. Wrong. It's those blessed with the best ability to project talent who make the best recruiters. They can study high school players, make educated guesses as to how ...

Tom Keegan: Khalil Herbert reflects on coach he lost in Parkland shooting

Frisco, Texas — Big 12 football players take being selected to represent their universities at Media Day as an honor. They dress like business executives and genuinely seem to enjoy the experience. But it’s not all smiles all the time. Kansas junior running back Khalil Herbert dealt with ...

David Beaty: KU football was down to 39 scholarship players when he took over

FRISCO, TEXAS — As David Beaty’s breakout session with reporters drew to a close Monday afternoon at Big 12 Football Media Days, a question brought the fourth-year Kansas football coach back to the day he took over the program, in December of 2014. The straight-to-the-point inquiry led ...

At Big 12 Media Days, coaches weigh in on upcoming seasons, starting QBs

The coaches of some of Kansas football's Big 12 competitors had a lot to say Monday about their own respective programs during the first day of the NCAA's College Football Big 12 Media Days event. Here are some noteworthy items discussed by coaches at Oklahoma, TCU, Texas Tech and Iowa State, ...

‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 5: Troy Calhoun, Air Force

The service academies have found a path to competing against schools with less stringent academic standards and far better track records for sending players to the NFL, schools with bigger, stronger athletes. Precise, disciplined execution of the triple-option offense has become an equalizer ...