WRITER: Benton Smith

Jayhawks add CBs Dotson and Bryant, DE Anokwuru to 2020 class on National Signing Day

National Signing Day looked relatively uneventful for the Kansas football program for a while Wednesday morning, as the program’s 2020 recruits validated their commitments with signatures as planned. The scene heated up by midday, though, as the Jayhawks officially added three of its targets to the class. First, cornerback Ra’Mello Dotson and defensive end Clinton Anokwuru signed. Then even more ...

Notebook: Azubuike and Dotson land on Wooden watch list

Two of the Jayhawks most responsible for No. 3 Kansas maintaining its place throughout the season as one of the best teams in the country, both Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson made the John R. Wooden Award late season watch list. KU’s top two scorers, Dotson (18 points per game) and Azubuike (12.6 points per game), join 18 other players who are now considered the frontrunners for the Wooden Award and its ...

Kansas WRs Quan Hampton, Evan Fairs enter transfer portal

Two more Kansas football skill players have entered the NCAA’s transfer portal. A day after running back Dom Williams announced his decision to play out the remainder of his college career elsewhere, 247Sports reported KU receivers Quan Hampton and Evan Fairs also have put their names in the portal. Both Hampton and Fairs redshirted in 2018 and then played sparingly this past season, after head coach Les ...

Jayhawks have just a few spots to fill for 2020 on National Signing Day

With most of their 2020 recruiting class sorted out in December, Kansas football head coach Les Miles and his assistants just have a few loose ends to tie up on Wednesday for National Signing Day. The Jayhawks could add somewhere around four to six new additions to fill out the class, after announcing the signing of 19 high school seniors during the early signing period. While previously known commitments such ...

RB Dom Williams leaving KU football, entering transfer portal

After three seasons in the Kansas football program, running back Dom Williams announced Monday he plans to finish his college career elsewhere. The 5-foot-10 rusher from McKinney, Texas, took to Twitter to let people know he’s entering his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal. “I would like to thank all the coaches who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to live out my dreams,” Williams wrote in ...

Benton Smith: 'Timid' no more, Christian Braun much more valuable in UT rematch

It was barely more than two weeks ago that Christian Braun couldn’t stay on the floor against the athletic, long arms and legs of the Texas Longhorns. The University of Kansas freshman guard looked out of his depth, and, as a sub, watched the entire second half from the bench. At the time, KU basketball coach Bill Self lumped Braun in with some of the team’s other reserves, calling the group “so timid” ...

Les Miles names Joshua Eargle new TEs coach and recruiting coordinator

When Jeff Hecklinski left the Kansas football staff to become the offensive coordinator at San Diego State, head coach Les Miles decided to promote the departing assistant’s replacement from within. Miles and KU announced on Super Bowl Sunday afternoon, the promotion of Joshua Eargle to tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. “Joshua will bring a wealth of experience to our program,” Miles stated in ...

Benton Smith: Jayhawks fortunate to win on off day for Udoka Azubuike

Every head coach who is about to lead his players up against the Kansas basketball team this season builds a game plan around trying to stop the Jayhawks’ senior center, Udoka Azubuike. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, one of the best tacticians in the country, Texas Tech’s Chris Beard, didn’t even really have to show his hand. Typically one of college basketball’s most dominant big men, Azubuike wasn’t ...

Lifelong Chiefs fans, including one who attended Super Bowl 4, eager for Super Sunday

Although many lifelong Kansas City Chiefs fans are experiencing something entirely new, with their favorite team advancing all the way to the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years, there are plenty of others around Lawrence who knew from experience it wasn’t impossible for the Chiefs to play on the NFL’s grandest stage. Well, they were at least fairly optimistic it could happen again. “It started to ...

Jayhawks' 3-point defense improving as season progresses

After the Kansas basketball team yet again went on the road and held an opponent to a scoring total in the 50s, Marcus Garrett didn’t mind calling the Jayhawks’ defensive effort “great.” The Cowboys’ 50 points marked the fewest by an opponent in a KU road game since the Jayhawks held Texas Tech to 46, in January 2013. OSU shot just 28.1% from the floor and 11.1% on 3-pointers. “We know they have ...

NCAA amends KU's Notice of Allegations

The NCAA has amended the Notice of Allegations it sent the University of Kansas a little more than four months ago to add a minor violation that the university self-reported, and KU will now have more time to respond. The NOA was amended on Thursday to add the new football-related allegation, which involves impermissible actions by noncoaching staff. Unlike the other allegations against the football ...

Les Miles lauds 'anticipatory vision' of Super Bowl-bound Tyrann Mathieu

It didn’t take moving to Lawrence or seeing the local NFL franchise sign one of his favorite former players for Kansas football coach Les Miles to feel connected to the Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, Miles will tell you he became a Chiefs fan long before the organization signed Tyrann Mathieu this past offseason, a move that helped the organization reach the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years. Miles ...

KU football loses commitments from 2 Class of 2020 prospects

A little more than a week before college football’s National Signing Day, Kansas lost commitments from a couple of potentially promising high school prospects in the Class of 2020. Chris Jones, a 6-foot-4 defensive end from Pompano Beach, Fla., announced Monday night his plans to reopen his recruitment, a little more than five months after committing to the Jayhawks. Then on Tuesday night, Ja’Cobee ...

Benton Smith: Jayhawks should be even tougher to beat with McCormack back — as a backup

Stillwater, Okla. — It wasn’t easy the past few days for the Kansas basketball team to get by without suspended big man David McCormack, even against the only winless team in Big 12 play. But when McCormack comes back, it should be in a slightly different role, as a backup. The Jayhawks got lucky that their two opponents following the rivalry game fracas that cost McCormack his spot in the lineup were ...

KU football adds another O-lineman to 2020 class

While Kansas football coach Les Miles and his staff welcomed many high school juniors to campus this weekend for visits, they kept working on their 2020 recruiting class, too, picking up another commitment. A 6-foot-6 offensive lineman from Clovis, N.M., Bryce Cabeldue committed to the Jayhawks on Sunday, on the heels of his official visit to Lawrence. “I am 100% committed to furthering my academic and ...

Les Miles, KU staff welcomed many visitors this weekend

Outside of a quick drive over to Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday to make a cameo on ESPN’s College GameDay, Kansas football coach Les Miles spent the majority of the past few days with high school prospects and their families at Anderson Family Football Complex, during a busy recruiting weekend. While some of the players who made the trek to Lawrence for the program’s big junior day — some high school ...

Benton Smith: Jayhawks needed to play a game after woeful week

After spending the past several days absorbing hits in the form of national criticism for their roles in a nasty rivalry game fight, the Kansas Jayhawks returned to the scene of that brawl Saturday hoping to move past the ugliness. They heard, thought and talked often about the encounter with Kansas State that left them without suspended bigs Silvio De Sousa and David McCormack, and now they had to take their ...

Chidera Uzo-Diribe promoted to become KU football's new OLBs coach

Les Miles filled one of his vacant assistant coaching positions by promoting Chidera Uzo-Diribe, the Kansas football team announced Friday afternoon. A defensive quality control staffer at KU this past year, Uzo-Diribe, who was a defensive end at Colorado during his playing days, will now be a full-time assistant, coaching the Jayhawks’ outside linebackers. “Chidera is a really bright young coach who has a ...

ESPN GameDay analysts assess punishments that followed rivalry brawl

The late-game brawl that tainted the final moments of this week’s Sunflower Showdown remained a topic of conversation Friday as members of ESPN’s College GameDay arrived at Allen Fieldhouse for the Jayhawks’ next game. Not only did analyst and former head coach Seth Greenberg think two Kansas State players should have received longer suspensions, but he also was surprised KU forward David McCormack’s ...

KU's bench production picks up in win over K-State

Given the ugly fashion in which the Sunflower Showdown ended earlier this week, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self didn’t spend much time in the hours that followed a rivalry game brawl thinking or talking about the actual 40 minutes of basketball that took place inside Allen Fieldhouse on Tuesday night. When Self had a chance during a Wednesday teleconference to briefly address the Jayhawks’ 81-60 win over ...