WRITER: Benton Smith

Bill Self might prove more patient with KU's 2-big lineups than expected

Don’t bury this Kansas basketball team’s two-big lineups just yet. Bill Self hasn’t. It doesn’t even sound like he has bothered locating his shovel. KU’s head coach wants to see more evidence of what combinations of Udoka Azubuike, David McCormack and Silvio De Sousa can do for the No. 5 Jayhawks before he gets too caught up in what they haven’t a couple of games into a long season. “Right ...

Self-examination critical aspect of bye week for KU football offense

Bye weeks usually involve plenty of reflection for most football teams, so the Kansas Jayhawks’ most recent stretch of downtime wasn’t unique in that regard. But the KU offense had so underperformed its expectations in its most recent loss that a hard, long look in the mirror basically became a priority. New offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon had plenty to tell the Jayhawks this past week, coming off a ...

Bryce Torneden named semifinalist for Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award

A senior Kansas football captain, Bryce Torneden was named Wednesday a national semifinalist for the 2019 Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award. A Lawrence native and Free State High graduate, Torneden was one of 20 players from around the country to make the cut for the Witten award, which was established to honor players for their leadership, courage, integrity and sportsmanship on and off the ...

Les Miles looking forward to returning to OSU, where he first became a head coach

It was 15 years ago Wednesday that Les Miles last was inside Boone Pickens Stadium, in Stillwater, Okla., for a college football game. On that mid-November Saturday back in 2004, Miles led the Oklahoma State football team, ranked No. 25 in the country, onto the field. He’ll return, of course, this coming Saturday, in charge of the Kansas Jayhawks this time, and looking to knock off the No. 25-ranked ...

Notebook: Kansas S Jeremiah McCullough out for season

The Kansas football defense will finish out the season without one of its starting defensive backs. That much head coach Les Miles would admit Monday, even if he refused to publicly rule out a late season return for a starting linebacker. Miles said during his weekly press conference senior safety Jeremiah McCullough will not be able to rejoin the lineup in the next three weeks. Though he didn’t share his ...

'We have 3 opportunities left': Urgency a theme as Jayhawks prepare for final stretch

The days remaining in the 2019 Kansas football season are disappearing quickly. And as the Jayhawks’ game week preparations for Oklahoma State started rolling on Monday, the need for urgency wasn’t lost on anyone. Before a weight-lifting session inside Anderson Family Football Complex, an impromptu group talk among players epitomized the current vibe in the building. “We know that our back is against the ...

2 O-linemen leave KU football's 2020 recruiting class

The Kansas football program’s 2020 recruiting class looks a little smaller as of Monday, when two potential signees — both of whom are high school offensive linemen — announced their futures won’t include playing for KU. Both Jackson Stoefen, rated by Rivals as a three-star offensive lineman from Iowa, and Tommy Brandt, a two-star O-lineman, shared hours apart via Twitter that they no longer were ...

Isaiah Moss, Tristan Enaruna ideal 6th men — for now

The attrition began in boot camp, when one reserve guard, Issac McBride, left the program on his own accord. Then came another blow to the Kansas basketball bench on Friday night, during the first half of the season’s second game, when freshman forward Jalen Wilson broke his left ankle. That depth and wealth of talent the No. 3 Jayhawks boasted entering the preseason suddenly looks significantly thinner than ...

KU's 3rd down defense a concern entering season's final 3 weeks

Following a letdown of a performance by the entire Kansas football team in front of a sold out stadium a week ago, the Jayhawks’ defense headed into a bye week with no shortage of concerns. With only three games remaining on their November calendar, it didn’t take any deliberating by safety Mike Lee to identify the most worrisome development in KU’s 28-point loss to Kansas State. “Third downs,” Lee ...

Jayhawks encounter different type of battle, beat UNCG in home opener

If Tuesday night was a blue blood battle, Friday was a dogfight in the streets. Led by a dangerously determined Devon Dotson and a strong surge to open the second half, the third-ranked Jayhawks scrapped their way past UNC Greensboro, 74-62, on Friday night in the home opener at Allen Fieldhouse. After opening the game with a two-big man lineup that included Udoka Azubuike and David McCormack for the second ...

KU football LT Hakeem Adeniji to play in Senior Bowl

The bye week came with some good news for Kansas football offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji, who discovered Thursday he will have a chance to showcase his skills to NFL draft coaches and evaluators in January. His head coach, Les Miles, had a little fun, too, in delivering the word to Adeniji. “Certainly I’m the older guy, and they could call me a senior, but I don’t think that this is for me,” Miles ...

KU big Silvio De Sousa will prove to be more effective than he looked in opener

The much anticipated season debut of Kansas big man Silvio De Sousa didn’t quite live up to the hype this week, when the Jayhawks lost to Duke at Madison Square Garden. After a lengthy appeal process with the NCAA that won De Sousa’s 2019-20 eligibility back, the 6-foot-9 forward looked more like someone who hadn’t played in a college basketball game in 19 months than an instant energy provider off the ...

Pooka Williams: KU offense 'out of character' in latest defeat

It had only been two games, but the Kansas football offense performed so well under new coordinator Brent Dearmon that the Jayhawks began looking at themselves differently. This was the type of team, they were convinced, that should regularly put up 500-plus yards of offense and 30-plus points. “It’s very disappointing,” KU running back Pooka Williams said of the team’s inadequate 241 yards in a 38-10 ...

Jayhawks' frontcourt not ready to defend 3-point shooting bigs

As alarming as all those turnovers were for the Kansas basketball team in its season opener against Duke, another issue that could vex head coach Bill Self and his staff all season popped up on the defensive end of the court. No, not all bigs who space the floor are as gifted as Duke freshman Matthew Hurt. But the Jayhawks’ issues with defending the 6-foot-9 forward on the perimeter during a 68-66 loss in New ...

Fiery KU football leaders Daylon Charlot, Andrew Parchment keep preaching postseason

As the first Kansas football team coached by Les Miles heads into the final three games on its schedule, a pair of outspoken receivers remain vigilant in spreading the message that the season doesn’t have to end in November. Senior receiver Daylon Charlot said the Jayhawks as a whole felt like they let their fans down in a 38-10 loss to Kansas State this past weekend. Despite their disappointment, Charlot ...

Jayhawks hoping to once again capitalize on bye week

It hasn’t even been a month since Kansas football players learned how valuable a bye week can be for a team. Now the Jayhawks will try to make the days surrounding their second open date of the season as productive as their first. With an idle Saturday in mid-October providing a break in the schedule, head coach Les Miles opted for drastic measures, firing offensive coordinator Les Koenning and replacing ...

Notebook: ‘Miles to Go’ grabs Wildcats’ attention

It turns out Kansas football fans aren’t the only people paying attention to the niche ESPN+ streaming series “Miles to Go.” The Jayhawks’ in-state rivals may not be binging it exactly, but some Kansas State Wildcats said after thoroughly beating KU, 38-10, in Lawrence on Saturday that they at least were aware of one scene from the most recent episode. The 13th installment of the season-long, ...

'Crushing': Jayhawks regret failing to give sellout crowd a proper show

Kansas football players aren’t exactly accustomed to playing in front of a packed house in Lawrence. “When I first ran out of the tunnel, it was beautiful,” senior receiver Daylon Charlot said of the crowd awaiting the Jayhawks at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium for Saturday’s Sunflower Showdown. With a sellout crowd of 47,233 watching on a picturesque fall afternoon, the rivalry game against ...

Jayhawks stunned in lopsided loss to Wildcats in front of sellout crowd

The Kansas State Wildcats didn’t only harass, hurry and sack Carter Stanley throughout Saturday’s Sunflower Showdown. They blindsided his outlook for one of the most anticipated KU home games in a decade. “I never in a million years saw that result coming,” said Stanley, a joyless and beaten quarterback, after the Wildcats rolled, 38-10, in front of a sellout crowd of 47,233. The Jayhawks’ offense ...

Notebook: Carter Stanley's injury not considered serious heading into bye week

An already miserable Saturday for Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley at least didn’t conclude with a serious injury. Stanley spent much of a 38-10 Sunflower Showdown loss suffering hits. And eventually one forced him off the field in the fourth quarter, when Khalid Duke sacked KU’s senior QB and he hobbled to the sideline. Stanley told reporters after the loss that he had X-rays taken of his right knee ...