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KU football on hunt for 'marquee' recruits to bolster program's rebuilding project

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/dec/17/300763/ As Kansas football coach David Beaty and his staff keep persevering in their ongoing venture to reinvigorate a program that had been left to languish, the offseason months are just as critical as Saturdays in the fall. The two most direct avenues for improvement — as Beaty referenced shortly ...

David Beaty enters offseason optimistic about KU's player development

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/nov/26/312336/ David Beaty’s first fall as Kansas football coach went pretty miserably. Twelve games. Twelve losses. Minimal hope for the future for a frustrated fan base. Only someone as positive as Beaty could come away from the 2015 campaign feeling optimistic, and, of course, he did. So it came as ...

Bill Self disappointed with Kansas bigs in victory over Long Beach State

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2016/nov/28/kansas-basketball-v-long-beach-state/119298/ The limited second-half contributions of Kansas post players Tuesday night against Long Beach State weren’t enough to restore head coach Bill Self’s trust in his team’s bigs. After all, the Jayhawks already had put the 49ers away by halftime, long before starting center Udoka Azubuike or sophomore power forward ...

Who's the best 3-point shooter for Kansas this season?

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/nov/22/312238/ A little less than three weeks into the season, the No. 4-ranked Kansas basketball team has shot just 35.5% from 3-point range. Dozens of games remain to be played and it’s a small sample size, but that rate of success marks a noticeable dip from last year, when the ...

Watch Wayne Selden Jr. sky for a savage D-League slam

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/mar/19/305135/ Since Wayne Selden Jr. left the University of Kansas a year early to enter the NBA Draft, things haven’t exactly gone according to plan for the young shooting guard. A meniscus tear in his right knee slowed Selden down leading up to the draft, which came and went without ...

Kansas needs QB Carter Stanley to take next step in second start

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/nov/12/311885/ David Beaty has seen redshirt freshman Carter Stanley manage a game. Now the Kansas football coach wants his starting quarterback to take the next step this week, in his second career start. In completing 26 of 38 throws for 171 yards and a touchdown against Iowa State this past ...

Josh Jackson learning it's better to drive than dance

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/nov/06/311670/ For all the hype he received as a high school prospect, Kansas freshman guard Josh Jackson will tell you days ahead of the Jayhawks’ regular-season opener he is more pupil than alpha male. Just a basketball player easing his way into the offense. Sunday night at Allen Fieldhouse, where ...

KU football players shave heads to support young fan battling cancer

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/sep/02/310073/ While discussing [Joe Dineen’s season-ending hamstring injury][1] Tuesday, head coach David Beaty and defensive coordinator Clint Bowen alluded to the junior linebacker’s leadership within the program and how he remains engaged with teammates. Another example of Dineen’s impact at Kansas showed up this week, when he and some teammates ...

Stock watch: Josh Jackson enters season competing to become No. 1 pick in 2017 draft

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/apr/23/272327/ The season doesn’t really start for more than a week, but when you’re dealing with a talent such as Kansas freshman Josh Jackson, it’s never too soon to check out where he might end up in the NBA Draft, following the conclusion of his inevitable one-and-done season in Lawrence. ...

Jayhawks — like fans — tired of Big 12 losing streak

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2014/nov/08/kansas-football-v-iowa-state/107180/ The last time the University of Kansas football team won a Big 12 game, many of the men who occupy key roles on this year’s roster weren’t even involved with the program. The Jayhawks, with interim coach Clint Bowen leading them, defeated Iowa State on Nov. 8, 2014. KU ...

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