WRITER: Benton Smith

KU argues Beaty attempting to distract from relevant facts in lawsuit

Lawyers for Kansas Athletics Inc. are accusing David Beaty’s legal team of attempting to distract from facts relevant to the former KU football coach’s lawsuit with “salacious allegations against (KU Athletic Director) Jeff Long made by a disgruntled former employee.” In a reply filed Wednesday, KU’s lawyers accused the plaintiffs of ignoring case law and focusing on diversions, such as the deposition ...

Study: KU spent 3rd-highest amount in football contract buyouts in past 15 years

It came as no big surprise when a new study on spending in high profile college athletics found that the University of Kansas has paid more than most to get rid of football coaches. An analysis of coaching buyouts over the past 15 years published by AthleticDirectorU.com revealed that, among public universities, KU ranks third in football severance spending in that span, having paid $23,731,412 to its former ...

Deposition alleges KU AD Long planned to fire football coach Beaty before 2018 season began

Newly released depositions from former Kansas football coach David Beaty’s ongoing court battle with Kansas Athletics Inc. include claims that Athletic Director Jeff Long planned to fire Beaty even before the coach’s final season with the Jayhawks began. It also includes allegations that KU administrators were digging for personal information on Beaty before his firing, such as whether the coach had ever ...

'Stick to the game plan': Les Miles videos urge everyday preventive actions amid pandemic

Just like a slew of prominent athletes, leaders and celebrities of late, Kansas football coach Les Miles decided to use social media as a way to urge people to do their small part in fighting a global pandemic. Via public service announcement type videos posted to Twitter on Monday, Miles spoke about everyday preventative actions that can stop the spread of COVID-19. “I’m Les Miles, and like you, I’m ...

Newest assistants on KU football staff all signed 6-year contracts

Each of the three newest assistant coaches hired earlier this year to join Les Miles’ University of Kansas football staff signed a six-year contract, with only the first two years guaranteed. The deals for running backs coach and special teams coordinator Jonathan Wallace, tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Josh Eargle and outside linebackers coach Chidera Uzo-Diribe also were all structured ...

'Hello, Twitter': KU football assistants coaching via tweets amid social distancing

It began with Kansas football offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brent Dearmon, barefoot in his basement, standing next to a white board and saying, “Hello, Twitter.” The video featuring Dearmon, posted to the team’s Twitter account this past week, served as an introduction to the KU coaching staff’s latest way of navigating social distancing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. After ...

Paul Pierce's all-time KU starting 5 goes heavy in frontcourt

Without any NBA games or March Madness to discuss, the crew from ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” decided to take a nostalgic approach earlier this week and have former players, including 1997-98 Kansas All-American Paul Pierce, assemble their all-time teams. The task was an easy one for Pierce and his colleagues, Jalen Rose and Jay Williams: go back through the history of the program for which each played and take ...

'Not everyone's going to like you': KU's Bryce Torneden remains confident as under the radar pro prospect

Bryce Torneden isn’t the biggest, fastest or most coveted pro football prospect coming out of the University of Kansas this year. In fact, it’s a near certainty that Torneden, a three-year starter in KU’s secondary, won’t be selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. But after arriving at the program’s pro day earlier this month in peak shape and showing off what he brings to the gridiron in front of scouts ...

Pandemic already costing Big 12 millions and commissioner details uncertainty ahead

The Big 12 Conference lost two large revenue streams when the coronavirus pandemic canceled college basketball’s postseason tournaments, and the financial outlook of the league could look far worse if football games are lost in the fall. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby revealed during a media teleconference Thursday afternoon the Big 12 lost roughly $6.6 million when its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments ...

KU AD Long: Administrators discussing contingency plans for 2020 college football season

KU’s athletic director says the university is already talking about contingency plans in case the coronavirus pandemic that canceled the NCAA’s winter and spring championships affects the 2020 football season, too. “Certainly there’s some question about the September football season starting off,” Athletic Director Jeff Long said during a video conference with local reporters earlier this week. ...

'It's really tough': Loss of spring practices could hit KU football hard

By this point of March, the Kansas football team was supposed to be four practices into its spring schedule. At least that was the plan before the coronavirus pandemic changed everything. Instead, spring football as the Jayhawks know it will be lost, and it remains unclear when they will next have a chance to practice again. “It’s really tough,” former KU starting quarterback Carter Stanley told the ...

In filing, KU reveals some evidence against former coach Beaty, says it's spent 'several hundred thousand' in court battle

Kansas Athletics Inc. says it has evidence that former football coach David Beaty broke NCAA rules while at KU, and that it has spent “several hundred thousand” dollars in the court battles tied to Beaty’s lawsuit against the university, according to recently released court documents. In a 66-page memo, which was filed by KU’s lawyers on Jan. 31 but was only unsealed by a judge this past week, KU argues ...

KU athletic department monitoring physical and mental health of athletes amid pandemic

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to grow, University of Kansas Athletics Director Jeff Long said on Monday afternoon that neither any athletes on KU teams nor staff members within the department have tested positive for COVID-19. “Candidly, I only know of one or two student-athletes that have been tested on our campus because they have shown the signs and whatever,” Long said during a video conference ...

KU football off to fast start in 2021 recruiting

Even before University of Kansas football coaches secured a verbal commitment from hometown Lawrence High prospect Devin Neal this weekend, the program’s 2021 recruiting class looked to be ahead of schedule. In fact, KU had four high school prospects committed as juniors in 2019, more than a year before any of them could sign with the Jayhawks and make their pledges official. “Usually with Kansas ...

Brent Dearmon points to former Auburn QB when discussing potential of KU signee Jalon Daniels

Years before he joined the Kansas football staff, Brent Dearmon worked behind the scenes at Auburn as an analyst. Those two seasons are a span Dearmon remembers fondly, and it’s not just because that job helped catapult his coaching career. “I was around a guy named Nick Marshall for two years and those are two fun years for me,” Dearmon, now KU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, said of ...

Why didn't KU have a 1st-team AP All-American? It's complicated

Some years in college basketball, picking All-America teams can be uncomplicated, even obvious. This bizarre, postseason-less 2019-20 campaign was not one of those years. Sure, Dayton’s Obi Toppin fell into the clear-cut category, but as Friday’s release of the Associated Press All-America teams reminded everyone, it got a little trickier for the 65-member voting panel after that. The complex nature of ...

With junior day canceled, KU football goes 'virtual' instead

Like college coaches in every sport throughout the country, the Kansas football staff quickly figured out in the past week or so that all of its recruiting plans for the immediate future would have to be scrapped. Instead of holding back, the Jayhawks pivoted and innovated. For head coach Les Miles and his assistants, the coronavirus pandemic didn’t just wipe out the start of spring practice, it also nixed ...

16 teams that could have won it all

Even though there won’t be an NCAA Tournament in 2020, we thought it might be entertaining — and a decent distraction — to think about the would-be field and some of the teams that could have joined Kansas in the chase for this year’s national championship. Kansas Many people considered the Jayhawks the favorites entering this year’s Big Dance. With 7-footer Udoka Azubuike controlling the paint on ...

Pre-draft process could look unrecognizable for NBA prospects, such as Devon Dotson

College basketball stars such as Kansas point guard Devon Dotson didn’t get to take advantage of the NCAA Tournament as a showcase in front of potential NBA employers this March. And the way everything is trending, future opportunities between now and the 2020 draft — whenever that happens — could be scarce. According to a Tuesday report from ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA sent ...

Former KU football OT Hakeem Adeniji confident in draft status as NFL cancels visits

The plan was for Hakeem Adeniji to stick around Lawrence for a couple of more weeks. The former Kansas football offensive lineman would use his college town as a home base of sorts leading up to the NFL draft. That was before everything went haywire. Just like most of the sports world, the NFL couldn’t avoid abandoning its normal state of affairs because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday the league put a ...