WRITER: Benton Smith

Welcome to the year of Silvio De Sousa

Silvio De Sousa wasn’t just the man of the hour in Lawrence when news broke on Friday that the NCAA had backed off its bizarre decision to ban him for a second season. Nor was De Sousa only the man of the day, even though his name was the predominant topic of discussion throughout this Kansas basketball crazed city. Welcome to the year of Silvio De Sousa. Yes, the Jayhawks’ frontcourt depth went from ...

Colts trample Firebirds' title hopes with 9th inning walkoff

If the severe weather rolling through Lawrence hadn’t forced them out of the dugout, the shellshocked Firebirds may have sat inside Hoglund Ballpark all night. Instead, members of the Free State High baseball team filed out despondently Friday evening with the Class 6A state runnerup hardware in their possession. A walkoff, state championship-sealing line drive from Haysville-Campus leadoff hitter Tanner ...

KU baseball stays alive at Big 12 tournament with wild Sunflower Showdown victory

It took some late-game heroics, but the Kansas baseball team survived to see another day at the Big 12 tournament, finally knocking out rival Kansas State after two extra innings on Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, in Oklahoma City. The Jayhawks sent four runs across the plate in the bottom of the 11th inning, prevailing 15-14, thanks to five consecutive two-out singles in the decisive frame. Junior ...

'I know these guys now': Jayhawks' talent impressed Les Miles this spring

When Les Miles agreed to take over the struggling Kansas football program this past November, he did so with a working knowledge of the situation he was inheriting. And while his familiarity with KU’s roster of players steadily grew the longer he was on the job, the truest testing ground wouldn’t come until March, when spring football began and Miles and his staff could work hands on with the ...

Defending state champion Firebirds aspire to 'go take' another title

Sure, some of them already own Class 6A state championship rings. But members of Free State High’s softball team know that jewelry they earned in 2018 guarantees them nothing as they try to defend their title this week. The Firebirds enter their very short trip to Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park for this year’s state tournament in quite a different spot. “We kind of snuck up on people last year,” ...

Les Miles: Coaching football 'more fun' than retirement

Retirement didn’t suit Les Miles. After a little more than two years of being away from college football, the former LSU head coach gladly reentered the work force at the University of Kansas this past November. Asked recently why he dove back into working nonstop when he could be out golfing or relaxing, Miles explained the allure of coaching for him and other FBS head coaches in his age demographic who ...

KU tennis seniors advance to Sweet 16 in singles, doubles championships

Apparently playing in just one Sweet 16 this spring wasn’t enough for a trio of University of Kansas tennis seniors. Less than two weeks removed from helping the program reach the round of 16 for the first time since 1998, the Jayhawks’ No. 1 singles player, Anastasia Rychagova, as well as the No. 1 doubles team of Nina Khmelnitckaia and Janet Koch, are at it again, this time at the NCAA Division I Women's ...

Les Miles shares KU football expectations at charity event in LSU country

Though Les Miles could be seen wearing the purple and gold colors of his former employer, LSU, this past weekend at a charity event in Metairie, La., the head football coach spent much of his time sharing his thoughts on what he hopes to build at the University of Kansas. At Tyrann Mathieu’s Kickball Classic to support his former LSU player and roll out a ceremonial first pitch, Miles informed reporters about ...

Motion filed by KU aims to dismiss David Beaty's lawsuit

Kansas Athletics has filed a motion in federal court to dismiss a lawsuit from former KU head football coach David Beaty that claims the athletic department owes him $3 million. As first reported by the Kansas City Star, lawyers representing Kansas Athletics filed this past Friday in the U.S. District Court of Kansas a motion for dismissal of Beaty’s lawsuit for, in part, a “lack of subject matter ...

Jeff Long: NCAA needed 'more information' from KU after initial Silvio De Sousa appeal

A month after the University of Kansas filed its formal appeal to the NCAA’s two-year suspension of Silvio De Sousa, the status of the forward from the KU men’s basketball team remains unresolved. During an interview with the Journal-World, KU Athletic Director Jeff Long provided an update on the state of the appeal. Long admitted he didn’t think De Sousa, KU officials, the basketball team and Jayhawks ...

AD Jeff Long pushing for rule change that would help dig KU football out of scholarship hole

A hopeful Jeff Long is putting in the legwork needed to try and speak a major college football change into existence. Once he officially became the athletic director at the University of Kansas last August, it didn’t take much time for Long to fully understand the troubling state of the football program’s scholarship situation, with the Jayhawks trying to survive on a roster that didn’t come close to ...

Analysts question Dedric Lawson's athleticism, praise his basketball acumen

In terms of his NBA potential the knock on Dedric Lawson always has centered around his athletic abilities and whether his relative lag in that area would keep him from competing at basketball’s highest level. And while those concerns may still exist for some, at least a couple of analysts think Lawson’s basketball skills and acumen should help him get drafted and make an NBA roster. ESPN’s Jay Bilas, ...

5-star forward Precious Achiuwa commits to Memphis

One of the Kansas basketball coaching staff’s biggest recruiting targets is officially off the board. Five-star forward Precious Achiuwa committed Friday to join the Memphis Tigers, according to multiple reports. Considered a talented modern forward by various recruiting experts, the 6-foot-9 Achiuwa became the second prospect in the past week to pick Memphis when Kansas also was in the mix. This past ...

Devon Dotson productive at combine scrimmage, while Quentin Grimes struggles

Devon Dotson still has 12 days to decide whether he will return for his sophomore season at the University of Kansas or keep his name in the 2019 NBA Draft. On Friday at the league’s draft combine in Chicago, Dotson may have done enough to at least slightly improve his stock. During his team’s five-on-five scrimmage the 6-foot-2 point guard produced 10 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. ...

4-star forward Jalen Wilson requests release from Michigan, reopens recruitment

A high school senior who had been off the recruiting market since November is firmly back on the Kansas basketball team’s radar. A four-star small forward in the Class of 2019, Jalen Wilson announced on Thursday he is requesting a release from his National Letter of Intent with Michigan and reopening his recruitment. Wilson’s change of heart was a direct result of Monday’s news that John Beilein had left ...

Jayhawks measured at combine; Grimes and Dotson reportedly undecided on staying or returning

If you ever deliberated about exactly how tall Devon Dotson is or how long Dedric Lawson’s arms are, well, wonder no more. The NBA published on Thursday body measurements for every prospect at the NBA Draft Combine who elected to go through the process — surefire lottery picks Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, RJ Barrett and Darius Garland, for example, declined to be appraised as such. Each of the three ...

Firebirds get angry, win regional title game, 1-0

In the heat of a scoreless Class 6A regional championship game Thursday evening, Free State High’s softball players proved it’s a bad idea to anger them. The Firebirds were not at all pleased when the bottom of the fifth inning concluded on their home field with a double play on a would-be sacrifice fly. They responded with sophomore pitcher Tatum Clopton, who delivered a perfect game, striking out the ...

KU involved with 1 of top 2020 prospects and possible favorite to land 2019 standouts

As the Kansas basketball coaching staff continues filling out its 2019 recruiting class the Jayhawks also find themselves in good standing with one of the elite prospects for the Class of 2020. Considered one of the nation’s prime junior prospects, Cade Cunningham already has a scholarship offer from KU, and according to Rivals national basketball analyst Eric Bossi, Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina have ...

Les Miles to appear in 4 Kansas cities as part of 'Hawks & Highways'

Kansas football fans around the Sunflower State who are eager to see head coach Les Miles in person before the Jayhawks’ season opener will have a few opportunities to spot The Mad Hatter in the coming weeks. Kansas Athletics and the University of Kansas Alumni Association announced Wednesday the continuation of their annual "Hawks & Highways" series of programs in communities throughout the state, ...

Jayhawks to take part in NBA combine scrimmages

On an actionless day — unless you count getting weighed and measured and posing for photos — at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago for all of the invited prospects, the three in attendance from the University of Kansas at least learned Wednesday some more details about what’s to come. While much of the combine for players involves drills, interviews and meeting with representatives from various NBA ...