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Benton Smith (KUsports.com reporter)

Benton Smith was born in Kansas City, Mo., and bounced around in the years that followed, living in Pennsylvania, Iowa and North Carolina, before moving to Lawrence in 2006. Along the way, he lived in Sanford, N.C., for a huge chunk of his life and graduated in 2002 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — an institution, he assures die-hard Kansas fans, which he attended primarily for its in-state tuition and journalism program. Shortly after moving to Lawrence, Smith began working part-time at the Journal-World, initially covering youth sports. Next, he covered Free State High athletics and area sports for the J-W, before taking on the position of sports editor for one of The World Company's weekly newspapers, The Mirror, in Tonganoxie. He worked there from 2008 to 2011, until returning to the Journal-World to lead its high school sports coverage. In 2013, Smith took on a new role with KUsports.com, as a digital editor, blogger and writer.

Recent stories

Former South Carolina LB announces intentions to join KU football
April 27, 2015
Less than 24 hours after from former Texas A&M wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez tweeted out his plans to make KU his new college football home, former South Carolina linebacker Marcquis Roberts announced on his Facebook page his intentions to become a Jayhawk.
Michael Cummings to have surgery on left knee
10:58 a.m., April 27, 2015 Updated 07:14 p.m.
Kansas senior quarterback Michael Cummings will require surgery on his left knee, KU coach David Beaty announced in a release Monday morning.
Spring over, Beaty turns attention to recruiting — especially in-state
April 27, 2015
Now that first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty and his staff have completed their first spring season, it’s time to hit the recruiting trail. By Benton Smith
Jayhawks’ softball rally falls short vs. OU
April 27, 2015
On most days, loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning means a softball team just needs one or two positive at-bats for a tie or a win. However, when Kansas University’s first three batters reached in the final frame Sunday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park, the Jayhawks would have needed a grand slam and then some to make up their deficit. By Benton Smith
Former Texas A&M WR says he’s headed to Kansas
April 26, 2015
This past Monday, Texas A&M wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez took to Twitter to announce he was leaving the program to pursue his college football career elsewhere. Sunday night, he hopped back on social media to tweet he is headed to Kansas. By Benton Smith
Spring game nets KU receiver Braylon Royal
April 26, 2015
A cavalcade of Kansas University football recruits and commitments watched Saturday’s spring game at Memorial Stadium, and before the big weekend concluded for the Jayhawks, one of those undecided high school players in attendance told KU’s coaches he plans to make Lawrence his future home. By Benton Smith
Bryan Sperry, 89, steals show in alumni flag football game
April 25, 2015
Prior to Saturday’s spring football game, Kansas University had about 40 alumni take the field for a flag football contest. While most participants weren’t too far removed from their glory days, it was a Kansas standout from 1946-48 who stole the show. By Benton Smith
Notebook: David Beaty brings back Kansas greats
April 25, 2015
While Saturday’s Kansas University spring football game served as a reminder of the uphill climb ahead for new coach David Beaty and his staff, the days leading up to the exhibition also featured examples of attainable success. By Benton Smith
Jayhawks’ productive spring ends with plenty left to accomplish
April 25, 2015
Shortly after the conclusion of Kansas University’s annual spring game, head coach David Beaty showed up for his news conference with the same bounce and energy he takes with him everywhere. But even the most optimistic person in the room didn’t try to paint a false picture of the Blue team’s 20-7 victory against White in the Saturday scrimmage at Memorial Stadium. By Benton Smith
Out-dualed: Firebirds handily dispatch LHS in swimming City Showdown
April 25, 2015
For years, Lawrence High swimming coach Kent McDonald has talked about having a head-to-head dual with rival Free State. It finally happened Friday at Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center. By Benton Smith

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Recent photos

Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis walks through drills at the Jayhawks' shoot-around Wednesday afternoon at Sprint Center, in Kansas City, Missouri. Ellis didn't go full-speed at the session, but coach Bill Self said the injured forward, who will wear a knee brace the rest of the season, did earlier in the day at a practice in Lawrence.

Kansas University football coach David Beaty meets with fans during the team's Football in February event at Sporting Park, in Kansas City, Kansas, on Thursday evening, February 19, 2015.

Kansas University men's basketball sophomore guard Wayne Selden Jr. goes through one of many interviews Wednesday morning at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, for Big 12 Media Day.

Fans can vote for which uniform they want Kansas University football to wear for its Sept. 6 home opener by texting their choice to 37664, with the keyword corresponding with a helmet: “KUWhite,” “KUBlue” or “KUCrimson.”

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

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