WRITER: Benton Smith

Jayhawks looking to recover after discouraging one-possession losses

Kansas women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider left a 99-98 overtime loss at Texas Tech this past weekend discouraged about a number of things, but not his team’s performance. After losing back-to-back games by the narrowest of margins last week, the Jayhawks will have to move past those disappointing results and build on the positives they showed in two- and one-point setbacks when Texas visits Allen ...

Jake Schoonover added to KU football staff as OLBs coach, special teams coordinator

Kansas football will have a new outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator in 2021, and former Bowling Green assistant Jake Schoonover will handle both of those roles. Head coach Les Miles announced Monday the hiring of Schoonover, who replaced Chidera Uzo-Diribe as a defensive assistant, with the former KU OLBs coach moving on. ESPN reported SMU is hiring Uzo-Diribe to coach its defensive line. ...

Kansas only Big 12 team to enter week on target to play full league schedule on time

Most of the men’s basketball teams in the Big 12 will be making up missed games next week. Not Kansas. The Jayhawks proved to be the only program in the league fortunate enough amid a season marred by COVID protocols and even severe weather postponements to enter this week having already played 16 conference games — the exact number that every Big 12 team would have been at, if not for the pauses and ...

KU coach Schneider not pleased with non-call late in OT loss at Tech

A controversial ending at Texas Tech on Saturday sent the Kansas women’s basketball team back home with a 99-98 overtime loss. The Jayhawks had a chance to go ahead in the final seconds of OT, in Lubbock, Texas. But as KU sophomore Holly Kersgieter (29 points, 16 rebounds) found a driving lane toward the basket, her defender, Bryn Gerlich, reached across to try and swipe the ball away. The officials called a ...

David McCormack shows Jayhawks how to play with free mind in crucial win over Tech

The most imposing player on the floor, Kansas big man David McCormack did much more than outmuscle the Red Raiders in the paint Saturday afternoon in a top 25 battle at Allen Fieldhouse. And with McCormack as a game-changing focal point on both ends of the court at Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks delivered their first marquee victory since December, a 67-61 win over No. 15 Texas Tech that signaled they actually ...

KU women's basketball coach sees 'focus, fight and balance' from Jayhawks

The Jayhawks lost their third game in a row on Wednesday, a nail-biter against Iowa State. Nevertheless, Kansas women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider left the defeat feeling hopeful about his team’s play. Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Texas Tech, Schneider thought what he saw in an 84-82 home loss to ISU might have been the “most consistent focus, fight and balance” the Jayhawks have shown all ...

FSHS girls close out competitive City Showdown with road win

It took almost the entirety of Friday night’s City Showdown, but Free State High’s girls basketball team finally put rival Lawrence away late in a 55-46 victory at LHS. The Lions, who trailed by four entering the fourth quarter, scrapped in the opening minutes of the period, much like they had all night, to make sure FSHS wouldn’t be able to cruise. However, Robin Todd’s 3-pointer pushed the FSHS lead ...

KU football's new OC inheriting offense without clearcut No. 1 QB

Pending might be the best way to describe the Kansas football program’s current quarterback situation, leading up to the start of spring practices in late March. Now that the QB group has a new position coach — Mike DeBord, Les Miles’ latest offensive coordinator — the starting job for 2021 could end up going to any number of the contenders, depending on how everything plays out. After starting in six ...

Jayhawks are about to find out if they can beat a quality team again

The Jayhawks have looked far from flawless, but the least complicated part of their February calendar is complete. Welcome to the make or break portion of the Kansas basketball schedule. Now that KU has another aesthetically challenged win over one of the Big 12’s lower-tier teams out of the way, it’s time to find out if the Jayhawks truly are trending in the right direction leading up to March. Yes, ...

Jayhawks can't hold on to 4th quarter lead in home loss to ISU

Despite a career-high 26 points from sophomore guard Zakiyah Franklin, the Kansas women’s basketball team couldn’t quite pull off the upset against Iowa State Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The Cyclones’ Ashley Joens (24 points) rebounded her own missed layup late in the fourth quarter and scored on her second chance to give ISU a four-point cushion at the time, and just enough wiggle room to get ...

Path to a top 4 seed in NCAA Tournament still in play for Jayhawks

This year’s Kansas basketball team might do something that hasn’t happened since Bill Self took over the program in 2003. Not that it would be advisable. The Jayhawks certainly aren’t chasing the distinction of becoming the first KU team coached by Self to fail to achieve an NCAA Tournament seed between Nos. 1-4. But it’s very much in play. In the most recent edition of Bracketology from ESPN’s Joe ...

Jayhawks hoping to open games more assertively

As his Kansas women’s basketball team aims to bounce back from consecutive losses, head coach Brandon Schneider would like to see the Jayhawks take a more assertive approach early in their home matchup with Iowa State on Wednesday night. KU set a season-low for first half points this past weekend at Kansas State, producing only 18 in a road loss. It marked the sixth consecutive game in which KU scored 30 or ...

Study: KU spent more per win than any FBS program in recent span

Considering the dearth of victories experienced by the Kansas football program in recent years, KU predictably ended up at the top of an unflattering list that examined costs across FBS programs. An analysis of college football spending from 2014-18 published by AthleticDirectorU.com found that KU, by far, had the highest cost per win average, at $10,740,347. That figure came in at nearly $4 million more than ...

KU football continues adding walk-ons for 2021

In the days leading up to and following February’s National Signing Day, the Kansas football program continued to add preferred walk-ons to its list of additions for the 2021 season. Just this past week, Landon Nelson, a cornerback from West Des Moines, Iowa, announced his commitment to the Jayhawks. Nelson, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound corner from Valley High, isn’t rated by Rivals, but did receive a two-star ...

Rough 1st half costs Jayhawks in rivalry game road loss

The Jayhawks couldn’t pull off a season sweep in the Sunflower Showdown this year, as the Kansas women’s basketball team fell, 77-66, at Kansas State on Saturday. A couple of brutal offensive quarters to open the afternoon rivalry road game proved costly for KU, which produced just nine points in both the first and second quarters, enabling the Wildcats to put an end to their 10-game losing streak and pick ...

KU's ugly road win had entertainment value — if you were watching Jalen Wilson

In a game filled with ugly basketball, one man in a Kansas uniform helped keep the Jayhawks’ Saturday road win at Iowa State at least relatively watchable. If you happened to zero in on Jalen Wilson and all that he did in a 64-50 victory at Hilton Coliseum it distracted from the other unpleasantness. The Jayhawks needed every bit of Wilson’s 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes, too, ...

Les Miles expecting freshman QB Conrad Hawley to be 'tremendous asset' for KU

Kansas football coach Les Miles was in the middle of talking up the program’s 2021 signing class when unprompted he brought up a particular incoming freshman who is already on campus. “The Missouri lad,” Miles would go on to call the young quarterback during a recent phone interview with the Journal-World. “Conrad Hawley, I just want you to know something,” Miles said of the three-star QB from ...

Jayhawks head into rivalry rematch on heels of strong defensive finish

With only seven games left in the regular season, the Kansas women’s basketball team may need to rely on its defense down the stretch, beginning with a Saturday trip to Manhattan to take on rival Kansas State. KU earlier this week held an opponent under 70 for the first time in six games, and the Jayhawks did that on the road at No. 19 West Virginia, albeit in defeat. “I think we just stayed with it, stuck ...

Cooper Jackson, Firebirds deliver in OT, beat SME for 7th consecutive win

Cooper Jackson’s scoring carried Free State High’s boys basketball team much of Friday night in a marquee Sunflower League battle with Shawnee Mission East. But it was Jackson’s defense that put the Firebirds over the top in a 78-75 overtime victory at FSHS. The Firebirds had just taken a one-point lead in OT following a basket by Mozae Downing when Jackson jumped a Lancers dribble handoff. The steal ...

KU football's 2021 schedule finalized

Barring another unforeseen global catastrophe, the Kansas football team’s calendar will return to normal in 2021. The Big 12, after altering its teams’ schedules this past year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for its programs to play 12 regular season games again this coming fall. The conference announced on Thursday dates for all Big 12 games, finalizing the Jayhawks’ schedule. The third season under ...