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4-star Dallas LB Brennon Scott announces commitment to KU football

For all of the Kansas football program’s recruiting success this summer, as it stacked up new commitments in bunches, the Jayhawks’ 2020 class lacked a marquee talent. Until Tuesday night. Even though four-star Dallas linebacker Brennon Scott’s list of five finalists included programs synonymous with college football success — Texas, USC, Auburn and Oregon — Scott ultimately decided to commit to ...

Notebook: 5-star recruit J.T. Thor reclassifies, joins 2020 class

One of the top basketball prospects in the country plans on joining the college ranks a year sooner than originally expected. Joining the recent reclassifying trend for players of his caliber, Kansas basketball recruiting target J.T. Thor, rated a five-star power forward, decided to move up a year and join the Class of 2020, Corey Evans of Rivals reported. Listed at 6-foot-9 and 185 pounds, Thor already ...

3-star Texas prep WR Lawrence Arnold commits to KU football

The massive recruiting weekend enjoyed by the Kansas football program in late June is still paying dividends for the Jayhawks more than a month later. One of the numerous visitors to Lawrence the weekend before KU’s 2020 recruiting class exploded with nine new commitments in a span of five days earlier this summer, Texas high school receiver Lawrence Arnold announced Monday his intentions to join Les Miles’ ...

Les Miles looking for 'composure' out of eventual starting QB

Precisely how soon the decision will be reached remains to be seen. But sometime in the days or weeks ahead, Kansas football coach Les Miles will see enough of some specific qualities in one of the team’s two most trusted quarterbacks that the head coach and his assistants will be ready to name a starter. Considered by many to be the favorite in the QB race since the spring, junior Thomas MacVittie hasn’t ...

Les Miles: Jayhawks look 'better' as preseason practices begin

Early preseason impressions don’t win college football games, but the ones made by Kansas football players on their head coach this week seemed to reveal that the Jayhawks opened camp right on track. Minutes after walking out of the team’s indoor practice facility on Friday for his first camp press conference, Les Miles opened his session with reporters by declaring the Jayhawks looked “a lot better” ...

Prep LB Kershawn Fisher decommits from KU football

The Kansas football program’s lengthy list of 2020 commitments shrank by one this weekend. Among the earlier players during a busy June to pledge to head coach Les Miles and his staff, linebacker Kershawn Fisher announced Saturday night on Twitter that he’s now a “free agent,” having decommitted from the Jayhawks. A three-star prospect from Northshore High, in Slidell, La., Fisher declared himself ...

Ben Miles transfers to KU, joins brother and father with Jayhawks

Just as many anticipated when word of his name entering the transfer portal became public knowledge earlier this week, Ben Miles found his new football home at the University of Kansas. Formerly a fullback at Texas A&M, the son of KU head coach Les Miles officially joined the Jayhawks on Thursday, the first day of preseason camp. Following KU’s first August practice on Friday, the man who has known Ben ...

Down a linebacker, Les Miles remains optimistic about group as KU opens camp

For a man who lost a potential starting linebacker ahead of preseason camp, Kansas football coach Les Miles came across as more upbeat than worried about the position following his team’s first practice on Friday. Although Miles declined to get into what exactly led would-be KU junior Drew Harvey to leave the program and enter the transfer portal, saying all he could divulge was that Harvey isn’t with the ...

5 important questions to track during KU football preseason camp

It’s nearly go time in Year 1 of the Les Miles era at the University of Kansas. With the KU football team’s season opener rapidly approaching, Miles and the Jayhawks will spend most of the upcoming four weeks making sure they’re as prepared as possible to put a competitive product on the field and distinguish themselves from KU teams of recent memory. Exactly how successful they prove to be in those ...

Report: Former KU linebacker Drew Harvey enters transfer portal

A first-string linebacker for the Kansas football team at the conclusion of spring practices, on the eve of preseason practices Drew Harvey has left the program and reportedly entered the transfer portal. According to a Thursday report from 247 Sports, citing a source with access to the list of available transfers, Harvey’s name is now in the portal, indicating his interest in leaving KU to play elsewhere. A ...

Jayhawks ready for 'anything' in first preseason camp under Les Miles

The Kansas football team’s veterans feel at this point like they know head coach Les Miles relatively well, after spending eight months around the man who was hired to turn around the program. That doesn’t necessarily mean, though, that they have a strong sense of what awaits them at their first preseason camp with Miles in charge. “I’m ready for anything,” senior running back Khalil Herbert ...

Notebook: Les Miles' son, Ben, reportedly enters transfer portal

For the second time since he became the head football coach at the University of Kansas, a son of Les Miles has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal. According to a report from 247 Sports, Ben Miles, a sophomore walk-on fullback at Texas A&M, has put his name in the system, indicating his interest in joining a different college football program. Earlier this year, Manny Miles, a walk-on quarterback at ...

Why Les Miles thinks his first KU team is more talented than his first OSU team

It’s true that Les Miles after more than two years away from the college football coaching world is taking on a monumental task in attempting to reinvigorate a long flatlining Kansas football program. In the eight-plus months since Miles began this endeavor, however, the 65-year-old football coach with an impressive résumé heads into his first season in Lawrence not only confident, but also willing to make ...

KU veterans, Les Miles upbeat about inexperienced defensive front

When the Kansas football team makes its debut under head coach Les Miles on Aug. 31, the players who end up starting within the defensive front won’t exactly enter the opener with name recognition. Mostly unproven and inexperienced, KU’s defensive line and linebacker groups lost the bulk of their starters from a year ago. The only player returning who started at least six games in 2018 is junior linebacker ...

Notebook: Les Miles wants to reproduce KU football's 2007 success

During the most successful year of Les Miles’ career as a head football coach, another program with a far less stellar reputation than LSU experienced the most prosperous season in its history. While Miles plugged away in Baton Rouge, La., in 2007, eventually leading the Tigers to a national championship, LSU’s coach couldn’t help but notice what was transpiring in Lawrence. More than a decade before ...

Freshman LBs Steven Parker and Gavin Potter already impressing KU veterans

Ask senior leaders on the Kansas football team which freshmen have managed to impress them during summer workouts and the same two names emerge. Steven Parker and Gavin Potter. Both linebackers and two of the more hyped signees in KU’s 2019 recruiting class, neither Parker nor Potter have yet endured a true college football practice. Still, during conditioning and weigh lifting sessions and other settings ...

One-time signee Jayden Russell granted release from KU football

One of the first players to commit to Les Miles once he took over the University of Kansas football program late this past year, Jayden Russell won’t play for the Jayhawks in Miles’ first season after all. Russell announced Monday night he was granted a release from his letter of intent with KU and that he is reopening his recruitment. A KU spokesperson confirmed to the Journal-World that the team did ...

Les Miles' track record vs. Top 25 teams far better than what KU football is used to

Each summer the Kansas football program publishes its annual media guide, and every year the book is stuffed with pertinent facts and information, hitting on everything from rosters, to player and coach bios, to the team’s history. Among the 190-plus pages in the latest edition, few stand out quite like one within the section dedicated to KU’s new head coach. The entry is simply titled, Les Miles versus ...

Former KU O-lineman Cam Durley transfers to Tennessee State

Former Kansas football offensive lineman Cam Durley went into the NCAA transfer portal and came out on the other side. A Houston native who didn’t play in any games for the Jayhawks during his third year with the program in 2018, Durley announced via social media he has transferred to Tennessee State University. In an Instagram post that included a photo of Durley standing on the field inside Nissan Stadium, ...

David Beaty's lawyers file response to Kansas Athletics' motion to dismiss lawsuit

Lawyers representing former University of Kansas football head coach David Beaty say Kansas Athletics Inc., “continues to move the goal posts” when it comes to paying Beaty his $3 million buyout. The coach’s legal team filed on Monday in the U.S. District Court of Kansas its response to a KAI motion to dismiss Beaty’s lawsuit against his one-time employer, countering in part that KAI’s argument based ...