Chris Cottrell (Sports Copy Editor)

Chris Cottrell has been a Journal-World employee since 1978, coming to Lawrence after a stint as sports editor of the Great Bend Tribune. He formerly covered Kansas University women's athletics, and now works as a copy editor in the sports department.

Recent stories

Kansas City Royal-turned-Angel Bob Oliver
January 1, 2007
It was a lot tougher following your favorite athlete in 1972 compared to today.
Arizona bemoans turnovers
March 30, 2003
Down three. Seven seconds left. Who would Arizona go to? Seniors Jason Gardner and Luke Walton, of course.
Woodling: Big 12 lacking spectators
Basketball attendance down at 11 schools
January 4, 2003
Where have all the Big 12 Conference men’s basketball fans gone? According to the latest league statistics, Kansas is the only school in the league that hasn’t experienced an attendance decline. The Jayhawks, as they have been for years, are filling Allen Fieldhouse to its 16,300 capacity — or very close to it.
Jayhawks plucked by Ducks, 84-78
December 7, 2002
After not holding the lead since three minutes into the contest, Kansas battled back from down by as many as 14 points to forge a tie with 3:40 remaining in the game. Oregon scored the next basket to regain the lead, and held KU to just one free throw on the next Jayhawk possession. In fact, Kansas could only hit one field goal after that tie, getting outscored 10-4, and let the game slip away.
Jayhawks skin Mules, 97-70
December 4, 2002
Kansas did just fine without Kirk Hinrich. The four other regular starters each notched over 20 points - career nights for Wayne Simien and Aaron Miles - completely absorbing Hinrich’s absence. On the down side, the Jayhawk bench did not step up, scoring just 10 points, including two from plug-in starter Bryant Nash on the only shot he put up. Combined, KU’s bench went 2-for-13 from the floor, and 6-for-9 from the foul line.
Gators chomp Jayhawks, 83-73
November 29, 2002
Roy Williams warned everyone that he thought his team did not deserve all the preseason accolades heaped on them. This week the team proved him right. Before this week, Williams had never lost a preseason NIT game. Now he has lost two in a row. Despite a furious second-half comeback that whittled Florida’s lead from 19 down to two points, Kansas could not overcome 14-for-31 three-point UF shooting. Overall, Kansas turned in a worse performance than Wednesday’s loss to North Carolina, hitting just 38 percent from the floor, and only 22-of-36 free throws.
Kansas loses to the Tarheels: 67-56
November 27, 2002
Kansas and Florida looked to come to New York City and slug it out for the preseason NIT championship. They will still play, but the prize will be not leaving the Big Apple with two straight losses. Roy Williams has never lost a pre-season NIT game until tonight. His team was unable to recover from 21 turnovers and UNC’s fabulous freshmen, who played like seasoned veterens.
Jayhawks blow out Spartans: 105-66
November 22, 2002
Kansas’ five starters are among the best in the nation. They are so good that saying they overshadow their bench would be a gross understatement - either that, or the Jayhawk bench is so far below standard that the starting five MUST carry the load. Either way, KU dominated the Spartans in every way that one basketball team can dominate another. Take out UNCG’s top scorer and the visitors would have had only 39 points.
Heartbreak in Waco: Baylor 35, Kansas 32
October 5, 2002
In what on-air commentator Bob Davis called “a honey of a game” Baylor has ended its 29-game Big 12 losing streak by nipping Kansas 35-32. The Bears knocked through a 33-yard field goal with just half a second left on the clock. On the ensuing kickoff, the Baylor student body did not even wait for the play to end before starting to tear down the goal posts.
World Online report: Kansas sweet again: KU 86, Stanford 63
March 16, 2002
(Updated Sunday at 3:32 a.m.) Rumors of the Kansas Jayhawks’ demise proved to be unfounded, much to the dismay of the Stanford Cardinal. Despite an ankle injury to Kirk Hinrich, and a sub-par performance against Holy Cross on Thursday, KU exploded out of the gate and scored the game’s first 15 points.

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