WRITER: Benton Smith

End of the Line: Equipment manager Jeff Himes says goodbye to Kansas football after more than 3 decades of service

Someone is finally going to have to figure out how to replace Kansas football equipment manager Jeff Himes. A fixture around the Jayhawks’ facilities since he was hired way back in 1988, Himes retired at the end of April, closing the book on his 32 years with the team. Head coaches have come and gone, time after time, since Glen Mason brought Himes to Lawrence. But in a program associated with near constant ...

Miles Kendrick: Jayhawks doing what they can during bizarre spring

When the COVID-19 pandemic nixed spring football and everything else Miles Kendrick had planned for this stretch of the offseason, the University of Kansas quarterback had a decision to make. Stay in Lawrence or head back to his home state of California? It didn’t take much contemplation for Kendrick, and even though sequestering comes with some challenges, he’s glad he decided to stick around the college ...

Report: Football Border War on brink of returning

A football rivalry left for dead almost a decade ago, the Border War reportedly will be exhumed and brought back to the gridiron sometime in the not too distant future. University of Missouri Athletic Director Jim Sterk on Thursday in an email sent to donors teased an upcoming four-game football series with Kansas, saying it’s “being contracted,” Gabe DeArmond of Rivals reported. KU football hasn’t ...

KU teammates Azubuike, Dotson project as 2nd-rounders in newest mock draft

There weren’t 30 better college basketball players than Kansas stars Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson in the shortened 2019-20 season. But at least that many prospects from the NCAA ranks and overseas are expected to get selected before the pair of Jayhawks in this year’s NBA Draft. Although Dotson hasn’t yet officially reached a decision on entering his name into the pool, the latest mock draft from ESPN ...

Will there be college football in 2020? 'We've got to think about this,' Mark Mangino urges

Like most people doing their best to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis, former University of Kansas football coach Mark Mangino isn’t sure what will come next in these unpredictable times. And for the retired Mangino, who often spends his fall Saturdays attending college football games or watching them on TV, that uncertainty is hanging over the sport he loves. Will there be college football games this ...

Ranking KU football's 2020 matchups, from most to least winnable

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2020/jan/01/330612/ If the oddsmakers in Las Vegas are correct, the second season of the Les Miles era at the University of Kansas won’t be that much more successful than his debut run with the Jayhawks in 2019. Consider the key players KU has lost from last season’s 3-9 team and you quickly realize why Caesars Entertainment placed the Jayhawks’ over/under at 3.5 wins for ...

5 prospects for 2021 have included KU football on their recently narrowed lists

This year college football coaches haven’t been able to invite recruits to campus for spring visits as they normally would, due to the COVID-19 crisis. Nevertheless, Les Miles’ staff at the University of Kansas has seen in recent weeks a number of prospects identify KU as one their top college choices. Some Class of 2021 players have longer lists of potential landing spots than others, but since in-person ...

Devonte' Graham a top candidate for NBA's Most Improved Player award

The 2019-20 NBA season remains on a prolonged pause as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its return seems more in doubt than a certainty. Regardless of whether he gets to play another game this season, former Kansas star Devonte’ Graham should find himself in contention for one of the NBA’s featured individual honors. After bouncing back and forth between Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C., as a rookie, ...

Jayhawks' new safeties coach, Jordan Peterson, shares takeaway philosophies

The Kansas football program’s new safeties coach, Jordan Peterson, wants his unit to focus aggressively on forcing fumbles when the Jayhawks return to action. A former defensive coordinator at New Mexico who was hired by KU in January, Peterson discussed his defensive philosophy in a video last week on the Kansas football program’s Twitter account. “We want safeties that are ball hawks, that ...

Beaty's lawyers press KU AD about Miles' use of noncoaches

Lawyers for former Kansas football coach David Beaty are zeroing in on the university’s treatment of allegations against Les Miles — allegations that they say are just as serious as the ones that the university is using to justify not paying Beaty a $3 million buyout. But in a deposition released earlier this week, University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long said that the allegations against Miles and ...

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. ...