KU Football

4 Jayhawks to join David Beaty at Big 12 Football Media Days

Those inquiring about what the upcoming season holds for Kansas football will direct their questions at head coach David Beaty and four of his players next week at Big 12 Football Media Days. KU announced Monday that program veterans Joe Dineen, Daniel Wise, Steven Sims Jr. and Khalil Herbert ...

Chris Harris Jr., Todd Reesing, Larry Brown to join KU football’s Ring of Honor

Two of the most popular and impactful Kansas football players in recent history, as well as a crucial member of the program’s first Orange Bowl team a half-century ago, will see their names added to the Ring of Honor inside David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium this coming fall. Chris Harris ...

Notebook: Hard-hitting Mike Lee plans to prove he can cover, too

Ever since the early weeks of his first college football season, when he became a full-time starter as a true freshman, University of Kansas safety Mike Lee began standing out with his cutthroat open-field hits. Those types of jolts made for thrilling video clips throughout each of his first ...

New KU AD Jeff Long willing to let people in via social media

It’s now been four days since Jeff Long was announced as the next athletic director at the University of Kansas and we’re just two days away from Long’s official introduction. But in the time between then and now, Long has slowly but surely made the transition to being KU’s new ...

Tom Keegan: How many more games for David Beaty?

Now that Sheahon Zenger is gone, the length of the Kansas football coach’s tenure will be based purely on what’s best for the university’s future, not what’s best for anybody else’s job security. Firing Beaty would have been the same as Zenger firing himself because there was no way ...

Tom Keegan: A report card on Jeff Long’s past football hires

Fundraising, facilities upgrades, running a department in a cost-efficient, classy manner, compliance, hiring coaches in non-revenue sports, those all are important aspects of any athletic director’s job. But in the end, the way most ADs are remembered is by the performance of the football ...

Former KU AD Lew Perkins gives school thumbs-up for hiring Jeff Long

Former Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins gave a ringing endorsement Thursday to new athletic director Jeff Long. “I just heard about it,” Perkins said by phone from his Lawrence home. “Phew, wow! Just one man’s opinion, but I think that’s a home-run hire. He’s a classy guy. He ...

Tom Keegan: Next football hire will determine new AD Jeff Long’s KU legacy

Kudos to the Kansas athletic department for not pretending David Beaty is anything but a lame-duck football coach who, at the longest, will last through the 2018 season. Kansas all but cemented his lame-duck status by including in the news release on new athletic director Jeff Long a statement ...

Jeff Long hired as KU’s new athletic director

The search for the next athletic director at the University of Kansas is over. KU Chancellor Douglas Girod officially named former Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long to the position on Thursday afternoon, a day after Long signed a five-year contract. Long, 58, brings more than two decades ...

KU’s Steven Sims Jr. sets sights on improving as punt returner

During his second consecutive year as the Kansas football team’s leading pass-catcher, Steven Sims Jr. absorbed no lack of lessons to carry with him into off-season preparations for his upcoming senior year. When the 5-foot-10 receiver from Houston chews over the meatiest matters on his ...

Daniel Wise determined to complete KU career at his strongest and fastest

Daniel Wise didn’t know for certain this past winter whether he would be back at the University of Kansas for his senior football season. As he contemplated leaving early for the NFL, Wise leaned heavily on his father, 1988 draftee Deatrich Wise Sr., and brother, 2017 draftee Deatrich Jr., ...

KU receivers expecting more out of Kerr ‘The Blur’ Johnson this fall

At the conclusion of spring football, University of Kansas standout receiver Steven Sims Jr., asked to identify teammates who impressed during the team’s 15 practices, did not hesitate with his answer. “Kerr, for sure,” Sims replied, referencing Kerr Johnson Jr., a former junior college ...

KU football defensive players encouraged by offseason strides

None of the Kansas football team’s defensive leaders entered the offseason feeling anything in the neighborhood of content, what with the Jayhawks allowing 43.4 points and 468.3 yards per game in 2017. And while none are about to assume the whole scheme and unit are completely mended now, ...

Notebook: KU receivers learning ins and outs of plays thanks to new position coach

Based on height, weight, speed, reach and other factors, receivers generally end up better suited to play either outside or in the slot. That may be true for the passing targets within the Kansas football team’s offense, too. But first-year receivers coach Justin “Juice” Johnson wants to ...

Potential AD candidates starting to get crossed off of KU’s list

We might not be any closer today to knowing the identity of KU’s next athletic director. But we are making progress on who it will not be. In back to back days, two names of potential top-tier candidates for the open athletic director job were removed from the running — if they ever ...

A preview of the final Big 12 football standings

Time to fill out my battle predicting the order of finish in the Big 12 football standings in advance of Big 12 Media Day (July 16 and 17 in Frisco, Texas): 1 - Oklahoma: Picking anyone else would require having a compelling reason to do so. The Sooners survived the retirement of coach Bob ...

Notebook: Unheralded KU RB Kezelee Flomo ‘a force,’ according to defenders

If everything goes according to plan, the Kansas football offense should have an abundance of running backs to deploy this coming fall. Each of the Jayhawks’ top three rushers from 2017 — Khalil Herbert, Taylor Martin and Dom Williams — return. Plus, KU added four-star Louisiana recruit ...

No shortage of bodies at O-line for Kansas in 2018

More than two-thirds of the starts at offensive line during the 2017 Kansas football season were made by players expected to suit up for the Jayhawks this coming fall. Those players should benefit from an extra year in the weight room and perhaps from their new offensive line coach, A.J. ...