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Public deserves truth surrounding Bubba Cunningham backing out of KU job

Something happened between the time Bubba Cunningham told friends he was going to leave Tulsa University to accept the athletic director’s position at Kansas University and the time Tulsa announced Thursday he had signed a new contract with the Conference USA school.Cunningham thought he ...

Rare buzz around Rams this week

St. Louis ? There was a distinct buzz under the big roof at Rams Park’s indoor practice facility Thursday, an uncommon feeling that used to be so commonplace in Earth City. It was the buzz of the Big Game. It was that unmistakable sense that the Rams were preparing to play a game with “must ...

Commentary: The ultimate Christmas gift for sports fans

Los Angeles — Here comes Santa Claus ... right down Santa Claus Lane. Whistle. Foul. Charging.Listen, you’ll be doing a lot of charging yourself if you opt for some of these high-end gifts for the sports fans in your life. On the other hand, Santa’s bag also includes some novelty gifts ...

Coming into his own: Maturing Tyshawn Taylor making most of his potential

Not many college basketball players bring such speed and quickness to the court. He’s on the long side for a point guard, a nice complement to that quickness on the defensive end. He’ll draw a huge ovation from the grateful Allen Fieldhouse crowd Saturday morning against USC because he ...

Keegan: Bubba Cunningham would be right hire for KU

In answering Tuesday the question of whether he would be Kansas University’s next athletic director, Bubba Cunningham showed he has more “cunning” in him than “ham.”“I do not talk about it until there’s a change in employment status,” Cunningham told Tulsa radio station 1430 The ...

Metrodome collapse sign from above

The Minneapolis Metrodome died suddenly Sunday, when its roof collapsed under the weight of too much snow. The big, ridiculous balloon/metaphor was only 28.“Frankly, I’m glad to see it go,” said Santa Claus, a tackle for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1960s, when the team played outdoors. ...

Commentary: Help wanted with Texas football

For everyone who predicted Will Muschamp never would become the head coach at Texas, take a bow.As things turned out, the head-coach-in-waiting might have gotten tired of biding his time. Or maybe Florida, with all its football resources and family ties, was simply too good a coaching job to ...

Break, Selby should boost KU

KU vs. Colorado StateBox ScoreJayhawks survive injuries, RamsGary Bedore’s KU basketball notebookRams’ Green frustrated by setbackKeegan ratingsKansas University’s basketball team made it through the pre-Selby portion of its schedule undefeated in nine games, the last by a 76-55 score ...

Jimmy V’s brother, Bob, discusses KU hoops

New York ? On Tuesday night, the working press room at Madison Square Garden is a slice of New York. The space is too small for the number of people on hand to cover four of the nation’s top 13 teams in the Jimmy V Classic. So the workers spill into the dining room, where the lack of ...

KU women’s basketball team unselfish, thriving

Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson is no different from any other coach in America.Before the start of each season, the Jayhawks outline team goals and, before the start of each game, Henrickson and her squad map out a few goals for the upcoming 40 minutes.Depending ...

KU sophomores Elijah Johnson, Thomas Robinson make most of minutes vs. Memphis

KU vs. MemphisBox ScoreGarden party: Kansas’ Taylor has happy homecoming Memphis ‘out-toughed’Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebookKeegan ratingsNew York ? Ideally, by the time conference play starts Jan. 12 in Ames, Iowa:Markieff Morris will have mastered the art of playing defense with ...

Haskell Indian Nations University basketball coach instills integrity

His name sets him apart from other college basketball coaches.Chad Kills Crow, Haskell Indian Nations University men’s basketball coach, doesn’t have to explain his background to impart the obvious to Native basketball players. Not that he minds tracing his roots. He doesn’t. Ask him the ...

Phoenix Coyotes exec Brad Treliving on Kansas AD list

From out of left field, or maybe from behind the blue line is a better way to put it, enters the mystery candidate in Kansas University’s search for a new athletic director.He has no experience in college athletics, played a sport professionally that KU only offers on the club level and works ...

Season in review: Reporter Matt Tait hands out his KU football postseason awards

Those who preceded me in this position often penned a few paragraphs to put the finishing touches on the football seasons that were. After a two-year hiatus, it’s time to bring that back. There’s no flashy name for the following awards, nor does there need to be since very little about this ...

Football talent on hand at KU campus this weekend

Members of senior classes that change football programs tend to return to campus recruiting visits when asked to identify the day the tide turned.It’s common of players to talk about how a few guys who met during their visits huddled together out of range of the coaches’ ears and made a ...

Jayhawks lucky to survive off night

KU vs. UCLABruins coach bemoans game-ending callLittle’s free throw helps KU escapeKeegan ratingsGary Bedore’s KU basketball notebookBox ScoreThe “L” in the standings comes after the “W,” not before it. There is no “LW” to track lucky wins. Otherwise, Thursday night’s could ...

Wind whispers tidbits about KU AD candidates from Illinois State, Tulsa

Some gossips like to drop hints and leave it at that so they can pass lie-detector tests about whether they were the source of leaks.With the search committee chaired by Ray Evans keeping such a tight lid on the candidates’ names, listening to the whispering wind is the best way to formulate ...

TCU’s move to Big East makes sense, but strange

Fort Worth, Texas ? Starting in the fall of 2012, the road to the Big East championship in football will go through Fort Worth ... where the West begins?We are used to strange geographical alignments in college sports by now. Teams don’t really have to be along the Atlantic Coast to play in ...

Jayhawks taking smart shots, KU basketball leads nation in shooting percentage

If memory serves, the opponent was Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Tightly guarded in the left corner, Thomas Robinson launched a shot. Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self cupped his hand over his mouth to blind the lip-readers. Assistant coach Joe Dooley stared at the floor and ...

Better seasons await for KU football

Lost amid the rubble of blowout losses for the Kansas University football team that finished 3-9 lies an encouraging sign. The defense should improve as soon as next season.Three players who came into the summer as offensive players eventually were switched to defense, and all three will be ...