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Some predictable (and other more intriguing) KU football odds and props

Kansas football fans, you may want to sit down for this. Oddsmakers don’t like the Jayhawks chances of winning the Big 12 title this year. Obviously that doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone. But if you follow the Jayhawks closely, the types of odds and props that SportsBettingDime.com put out this week are likely to intrigue in some fashion, even if you don’t want to send any of your hard-earned money ...

Notebook: KU O-lineman Antione Frazier enters transfer portal

The Kansas football team’s offensive line lost Wednesday a possible contributor as senior Antione Frazier decided to enter the NCAA’s transfer portal. Earlier during the Jayhawks’ preseason camp, head coach Les Miles listed Frazier as a starting candidate at tackle. Frazier tweeted a statement regarding his status Wednesday afternoon, in which he shared that he wants to play football "wherever" and ...

Jayhawks LB Dru Prox 'nicked' but not expected to be sidelined long

One of the most important defensive players on the Kansas football roster is missing camp reps right now, but the Jayhawks shouldn’t be without Dru Prox for long. KU coach Les Miles revealed during a Wednesday video press conference that Prox, a senior linebacker, is “a little nicked,” but the staff expects Prox will be back in the mix soon. An inside linebacker from Kaufman, Texas, Prox was trending ...

3-star S.C. safety James Wright joins Jayhawks' 2021 class

Add another state to the recruiting footprint being left by the Kansas football program’s 2021 class. A high school safety from South Carolina, James Wright, announced Wednesday via Twitter his plans to join the Jayhawks. KU’s coaches already had secured commitments from players who call Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana and Texas home, making South Carolina the ...

Les Miles: KU's O-line could be better than last year's unit

For a man who lost two key starters up front from last year’s lineup, Kansas football coach Les Miles doesn’t sound especially worried about the state of the Jayhawks’ blocking. Miles, while discussing the potential holes left by tackles Hakeem Adeniji and Clyde McCauley III, asked a rhetorical question that displayed his confidence: “How about if you think you’ve improved so much that you may be ...

'You can throw it anywhere': Freshman WR Lawrence Arnold already impressing KU QBs

It didn’t take long for University of Kansas quarterbacks to discover an important trait in one of the offense’s youngest receivers. After all, this particular talent possessed by freshman Lawrence Arnold helps the QBs look good, too. Senior Thomas MacVittie said Arnold began proving his worth as a target early on during preseason practices. “His catch radius,” MacVittie said of Arnold, “you can ...

3-star Georgia prep DB Shad Dabney gives KU 20 commitments so far

The spots in the Kansas football program’s 2021 recruiting class are filling up quickly. Les Miles and his staff now have 20 commitments in place as of Monday, when Georgia prep defensive back Shad Dabney became the newest member of the class and the fifth in the past three weeks. Dabney, listed at 5-foot-11 and 172 pounds, is rated a 3-star prospect by Rivals. He announced via Twitter his decision to choose ...

Jayhawks mourn former D-lineman Isi Holani, dead at 24

Former Kansas football defensive lineman Isi Holani died Saturday at the age of 24, the program announced Sunday. A native of Kaumana, Hawaii, the 6-foot-3 defensive tackle played for the Jayhawks from 2016-18. “Myself and the Kansas football family are saddened by the loss of one of our very own,” KU head coach Les Miles said Sunday in a statement. “He was a great member of our program and will always ...

NCAA waiver could allow KU football to bring back seniors for bonus season in 2021

The NCAA is doing what plenty of people wish they could — pretending like 2020 never happened. At least that’s the approach its Division I Board of Directors is taking with eligibility for its fall sports athletes. The board this past week officially gifted football players and other D-I fall athletes nationwide a blanket waiver to receive an additional year of eligibility, what with the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Texas prep DL Tommy Dunn Jr. becomes newest member of KU's 2021 class

Social media platforms have become the online stage for most high school athletes to announce their college commitments. Texas high schooler Tommy Dunn Jr., though, took his declaration to another level Saturday, committing to the Kansas football program via a 2-minute video he shared on Twitter. The clip included not only a monologue from Dunn about his journey and decision, but also clips of the prospect ...

KU's starting QB job remains up for grabs

Before preseason practices began on July 31, Kansas football coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon told the team’s quarterbacks they were about to embark on an open competition for the starting job. And so it remains at this juncture, with three weeks to go before the Jayhawks are scheduled to kick off their 10-game season. During KU’s scrimmage earlier this week, every QB took live reps ...

KU defense doing some 'catch up' in preseason

Though much of the conversation revolved around the Kansas football offense when head coach Les Miles and a handful of players had their first media session of the preseason earlier this week, some defensive assistants provided a slight peek at the progress on that side of the ball Friday. Heading into his second season as the defensive coordinator for the Jayhawks, D.J. Eliot shared during a KU-produced ...

KU football dealt with 40 positive COVID tests since players returned in June

Though Kansas football coach Les Miles reported Thursday during his first virtual press conference of the preseason that nobody in the program is currently suffering from a COVID-19 infection, the Jayhawks spent much of the past couple of months dealing with the virus. Miles revealed that since testing began on June 8, 117 people with KU football have gone through virus testing and 40 of those tests registered ...

Notebook: Corione Harris' future with KU football still up in air

Suspended from the Kansas football team since January, following an arrest, cornerback Corione Harris’ future with the program remains unresolved. Fielding questions from reporters for the first time since the team got started with preseason practices on July 31, KU head coach Les Miles said Thursday Harris is “working to untangle himself in this legal web.” According to court records, Harris was ...

Jayhawks share standout moments from preseason scrimmage

Ask Les Miles about what he saw in his team’s first preseason scrimmage and the Kansas football coach will intentionally keep his answer vague and broad. You know, just to be sure no one outside of the closed practice somehow discovers some nugget or piece of insight that would provide a glimpse at the Jayhawks’ plans, strengths or weaknesses. “Offensively I think we moved the football well,” Miles ...

‘Million-dollar question’: Experts' opinions vary on possible heart issues for athletes who get COVID-19

When the Pac-12 decided against playing college football this fall, the conference cited “evolving information regarding potential serious cardiac side effects” in athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 as one of its primary reasons for shutting it down. But on the same day that the Pac-12 and Big Ten announced there would be no football in 2020 for their conference members, the Big 12 didn’t follow ...

KU football preseason camp thoughts (from afar)

Adapting common approaches to various aspects of life has become routine in the time of COVID-19. No one likes the new normal, but most of us grin and bear it as best we can while following guidelines that hopefully make this all go away before long. One very minor consequence of the pandemic in the grand scheme of life is the fact that Kansas football preseason practices are completely closed to the ...

Moving football to spring 'viable' option as 'fallback,' per Big 12 commissioner

As of the start of the third week of August, six of the 10 FBS conferences plan on playing college football this fall. For the three Power Five programs forging ahead without the Big Ten and Pac-12, though, if something goes awry due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they might just all take the off ramp in one big caravan together and try to play a season in the spring. It’s not a scenario in which Big 12 ...

Les Miles sees consistency from Jayhawks during stop-and-go preseason

There was no mention of quarterbacks, position battles or depth charts, but Kansas football coach Les Miles finally spoke publicly about the Jayhawks’ preseason camp on Monday night. The Jayhawks, now with an official season-opening date and opponent, resumed practicing in pads and prepping for a season during a pandemic. It felt like all of college football was sitting in a holding pattern just a week ago, ...

Les Miles the 'closer' with KU's virtual recruiting efforts

There’s a reason the Kansas football program continues stockpiling Class of 2021 recruits amidst a pandemic that keeps the coaches from visiting with prospects in person. When head coach Les Miles and his assistants are able to meet with a player and his family via video calls, a virtual tour and meeting can almost be as good as the real thing, according to KU’s recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach, ...