Benton Smith ( reporter)

Benton Smith is a sports writer for the Journal-World.

Recent stories

Dogged pursuer: Junior DL Semke relentlessly chases perps, QBs
August 15, 2014
Now a 6-foot-2, 265-pound junior defensive lineman on scholarship after bouncing around from position to position as a special-teams and show-team warrior in 2013, T.J. Semke spent some of his spare summer time as “extra muscle” for a bail bonds business. By Benton Smith
KU passing offense confident in turnaround
August 10, 2014
For a guy joining a football team that finished 117th out of 123 FBS programs in passing yards per game a year ago, wide receiver Nick Harwell sure seems upbeat about what Kansas University can accomplish by throwing the ball this season. By Benton Smith
KU assistant prof weighs in on Ray Rice ‘spectacle’
August 5, 2014
The “whole spectacle” surrounding the NFL’s handling of Ray Rice’s suspension and the ensuing commotion regarding the punishment — and the leniency of it — has intrigued Jordan Bass, an assistant professor in KU’s Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences Department. By Benton Smith
Drop-plagued TE Jimmay Mundine heeds coach’s call: ‘Catch the ball’
August 2, 2014
Junior-year drops kept Kansas University tight end Jimmay Mundine from transforming into the total package he aspired to be, so this summer he has lived by three words: catch the ball. By Benton Smith
One true champion?
League touts title purity — except when, you know, there’s a tie
July 30, 2014
The Big 12 Conference’s ability to implement a full round-robin schedule distinguishes it from the other four power conferences, all of which boast more than 10 teams. It is that unique characteristic that led the league to its slogan: one true champion. By Benton Smith
KU football players shrug off negativity
July 29, 2014
It takes a special kind of confidence and optimism to represent Kansas University football. By Benton Smith
Cavs sign Andrew Wiggins, starting 30-day hold on trades
04:22 p.m., July 24, 2014 Updated 12:46 a.m.
Andrew Wiggins signed his first NBA contract on Thursday. The one-and-done Kansas University product is a Cleveland Cavalier, for now.
Ben McLemore relishes NBA hardware
July 24, 2014
Hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy, it was not. But second-year guard Ben McLemore and his Sacramento teammates did get a trophy and on-court presentation after winning the 24-team Las Vegas Summer League tournament this week. By Benton Smith
Big 12 football notebook: WVU loss to KU still stings
July 23, 2014
A junior punter for West Virginia, Nick O’Toole has heard his share of verbal insults spewed from fans in nearby seats. Such is the life of a college football player, particularly on the road. O’Toole, on Tuesday at Big 12 football media days at the Dallas Omni Hotel, said one taunt in particular stood out from the Mountaineers’ trip to Kansas University in 2013. Notebook by Benton Smith
Reports: Wiggins to sign contract, but Cavs still pursuing trade
11:37 a.m., July 22, 2014 Updated 12:12 a.m.
Let the Andrew-Wiggins-for-Kevin-Love debate continue — for at least 30 days. An Associated Press report, citing a source close to the situation, claimed Wiggins, the No. 1 pick out of Kansas University, will sign with Cleveland as soon as Wednesday.

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The Big 12 Conference's football media days take over the third floor of the Omni Dallas Hotel.

Lawrence High's football team has three quarterbacks vying for the Lions' starting spot. Pictured, from left, are sophomore Alan Clothier, junior Nyle Anderson and senior Tucker Sutter.

Lawrence High's Grace Morgan

Fred Wyatt, left, and Joe Dineen

Joe Dineen

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