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Lawrence High kicker Grant Glasgow plans to walk on with KU football

After booting the football for Lawrence High, Grant Glasgow’s new gridiron home will be just a few lengthy kickoffs north, at the University of Kansas. Glasgow announced this week his plans to join KU football next year as a walk-on. A senior at LHS, Glasgow handled the Lions’ kickoffs, field goals and extra points. He went 8-for-9 on field goals, with a long of 48, and delivered a game-winning kick in the ...

Former Michigan State CB Kalon Gervin commits to KU football

A former starting cornerback at Michigan State, Kalon Gervin’s venture into the transfer portal has landed him at the University of Kansas. Just a little more than six weeks ago, Gervin planned to transfer to Wisconsin and committed to play for the Badgers in 2022. However, Gervin announced Friday he has flipped on that decision, and committed to KU. “Change of plans,” Gervin posted to Twitter, along ...

KU volleyball's NCAA Tournament run ends in Sweet 16 vs. No. 3 Pitt

A hot start proved to be brief and ultimately unsustainable Thursday for a Kansas volleyball team trying to upset the NCAA Tournament’s No. 3 overall seed, Pitt, on the road. The Panthers recovered quickly from a first-set deficit to sweep the Jayhawks, 25-19, 25-21, 25-18, at Fitzgerald Field House, in Pittsburgh. “We jumped on them pretty good in the first set, but you didn't see a lot of panic or ...

Kenny Logan Jr. KU football's lone representative on AP All-Big 12 teams

Just one Kansas football player — Kenny Logan Jr. — made the Associated Press All-Big 12 team this year. The conference’s leading tackler, Logan, a junior safety, was a second-team selection when the AP announced its postseason honors for the league on Thursday. The Jayhawk defender who most often came through with the stop his team needed, Logan totaled 113 tackles, leading the conference, as well as ...

Freshman LB James Wright leaving KU football via transfer portal

After six months with the Kansas football program, freshman linebacker James Wright is moving on. Wright announced on Wednesday his decision to put his name in the transfer portal. In a note Wright posted to Twitter, he thanked head coach Lance Leipold and the KU staff, and called his experience with the Jayhawks “nothing less than amazing.” Wright wrote that after “a lot of talks with family and loved ...

Offensive breakthrough taking KU volleyball to new heights, and unexpected spot in Sweet 16

Even as he watched his Kansas volleyball team steadily improve before his eyes as the postseason drew near, head coach Ray Bechard thought the Jayhawks were only playing “OK” offensively. Then came a breakthrough performance at Creighton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament this past week. Bechard said he considers siding out 60% of the time “really good.” Well, the Jayhawks sided out on 68% of ...

KU's backup guards will have to earn Self's trust before they get more chances

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2021/dec/07/333144/ Kansas City, Missouri — With Kansas boatracing UTEP Tuesday night at T-Mobile Center, in what will soon be a footnote of a meaningless nonconference December game, the conditions were ripe for the Jayhawks’ reserve guards to slide into starring roles for a change. And head coach Bill Self surely would have let the team’s veteran leaders, Ochai Agbaji ...

Former 4-star prospect Steven Parker leaves KU football via transfer portal

The top-rated signee in the Kansas football program’s 2019 recruiting class, defensive end Steven Parker is entering the transfer portal after three seasons at KU, according to Monday reports from Rivals and 247 Sports. A 6-foot-4, 240-pound edge rusher from Dallas, Parker played exclusively as a reserve this past season, appearing in all 12 games for the Jayhawks. A few weeks into the 2021 season, KU ...

Former KU volleyball player Maggie Bowen sees familiar 'we've got it' approach from 2021 Jayhawks

It was only a few years ago that Maggie Bowen was in a Kansas volleyball uniform, helping the Jayhawks make their best NCAA Tournament run in program history. Now in her fifth season on head coach Ray Bechard’s staff as director of operations, Bowen is getting a different perspective on another postseason hot streak for KU. Maggie Anderson in her playing days, before she married former KU pole vaulter Casey ...

Reports: Emmett Jones leaving KU football; Lance Leipold hiring Syracuse's Terrence Samuel

The interim head coach for Kansas football this past spring and the Jayhawks’ receivers coach each of the past three seasons, Emmett Jones reportedly is leaving the program to return to Texas Tech. RedRaiderSports.com reported early Monday evening that Tech and new head coach Joey McGuire are set to hire Jones as the Red Raiders’ next receivers coach. That news came shortly after another report, from Yahoo ...

2nd half recovery gives KU women's basketball home win over Vanderbilt

The Kansas women’s basketball team saved its best for the second half Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse, where the Jayhakws dug out of a nine-point hole to beat Vanderbilt, 74-67. Though KU led throughout the fourth quarter, the home team had to fend off the Commodores late to prevail in the nonconference matchup, which was part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Veterans Holly Kersgieter, Zakiyah Franklin and Aniya ...

KU volleyball riding 'why not us' mentality into Sweet 16

Kansas volleyball head coach Ray Bechard doesn’t mind acknowledging that, just a month ago, he wasn’t exactly sure the Jayhawks had an NCAA Tournament run in their future. At the time, KU had lost eight of its past nine matches and had just four more dates on the schedule to alter its trajectory. As it turned out, the Jayhawks were on the verge of not only a four-match winning streak to close the regular ...

Kenny Logan Jr. will be 'back for more' as a KU football senior in 2022

Anyone worried about the future plans of Kansas football safety Kenny Logan Jr. got some reassurance on Thursday, when the defensive back from St. Augustine, Fla., announced he’s not going anywhere. The KU defense’s — and the entire Big 12’s — leading tackler (113) in 2021, Logan took to social media to inform the public of his plans to be “back for more” with head coach Lance Leipold and the ...

Wrestling preview: Girls program makes debut; Firebirds and Lions have ranked grapplers

The Lawrence High and Free State wrestling teams aren’t the only prep grappling squads in town anymore. The 2021-22 winter season marks the first official year of competition for the district’s girls wrestling program, which combines athletes from both high schools. While KSHSAA sanctioned girls wrestling matches and held state championships for girls the past two years, this season is the first where the ...

'Oh my gosh. We're in the Sweet 16': KU volleyball pulls off another NCAA Tournament upset

One NCAA Tournament upset win wasn’t enough for the Kansas volleyball team. The Jayhawks made it two in as many nights on Friday, in Omaha, Neb., where KU took down host Creighton in four sets. Sophomore Caroline Crawford sealed KU’s first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2015 with a kill set up by freshman Camryn Turner. Within an instant of the 25-13, 26-24, 19-25, 25-22 KU victory going final at D.J. Sokol ...

Veteran KU football defenders Kyron Johnson, Kenny Logan Jr. make All-Big 12 2nd team

Though the Kansas football team registered just one victory during Big 12 play in 2021, the conference’s coaches didn’t overlook two of the Jayhawks’ most impactful players when making all-league selections. Both super-senior defensive end Kyron Johnson and junior safety Kenny Logan Jr. made the All-Big 12 second team, the conference announced on Thursday. A fifth-year defender for KU who bounced around ...

After pair of 'poor' games, Bill Self expecting sophomore Jalen Wilson to get back on track

Three games into his redshirt sophomore season, Kansas wing Jalen Wilson’s production has lagged behind what he did for the Jayhawks a year ago. But head coach Bill Self isn’t expecting that trend to last long. “I certainly anticipate him playing better and better as we continue moving forward,” Self said. After Wilson’s DUI arrest got him suspended for KU’s exhibition against Emporia State and the ...

No pressure: KU volleyball upsets No. 19 Oregon to reach 2nd round of NCAA Tournament

Whatever pressure that is supposed to go hand in hand with playing in the NCAA Tournament was nearly nonexistent for the Kansas volleyball team Thursday, as the Jayhawks swept their way to the second round with a three-set upset victory over No. 19-ranked Oregon, in Omaha, Neb. Even though KU was making its first postseason appearance since 2017, sophomore middle blocker Caroline Crawford said the Jayhawks ...

KU football's 2022 schedule finalized

The calendar for Lance Leipold’s second season coaching the Kansas football team is now set. The Big 12 announced Wednesday dates for all conference games in 2022, making the Jayhawks’ complete schedule official. As it turns out, KU will play in the Big 12’s opening game next year, with a Sept. 2 road matchup with West Virginia serving as the only league game being played in Week 2. It marks the earliest ...

KU Athletics: Calling off 2022 Kansas Relays 'the financially responsible decision'

When KU Athletics Inc., decided to call off the 2022 Kansas Relays, citing ongoing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the athletic department’s concerns centered around the financial implications of hosting the large-scale track and field event. KU spokesman Dan Beckler told the Journal-World on Wednesday that not hosting the event this coming spring was tied to the athletic department operating at ...