WRITER: Benton Smith

Bill Self: Punishments for rivalry game brawl not completely resolved

Updated story - KU forward Silvio De Sousa suspended indefinitely following rivalry game brawl Roughly 14 hours after players from the Kansas and Kansas State basketball teams brawled in the south end of Allen Fieldhouse, KU coach Bill Self did not yet have an update Wednesday morning on the coming “consequences” that will be doled out in the wake of the confrontation. “It’s only 10 a.m., and ...

2 KU football assistants leaving program after 1 year

Les Miles has two open positions to fill on his Kansas football coaching staff. As first reported by Football Scoop, both Jeff Hecklinski and Mike Ekeler are leaving the program. Hecklinski, KU’s tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator during Miles’ first season with the Jayhawks, is expected to be named the offensive coordinator at San Diego State, a source confirmed to the Journal-World. Ekeler, who ...

Big 12 suspends Silvio De Sousa 12 games; McCormack, two K-State players also suspended

The Big 12 announced suspensions Wednesday evening for four players involved in the brawl that marred Tuesday’s Sunflower Showdown between Kansas and Kansas State. KU backup forward Silvio De Sousa received the most severe punishment, as the conference suspended him for 12 games. Additionally, the Big 12 suspended KU starter David McCormack for two games. On the other side of the rivalry, the Wildcats’ ...

Notebook: KU's Pooka Williams expected to be one of nation's top RBs in 2020

The large-scale expectations for Pooka Williams Jr.’s junior year at the University of Kansas aren’t emanating exclusively from Lawrence and the football program’s fan base. Far ahead of the 2020 season, Williams already is gaining recognition as one of college football’s best running backs. Pro Football Focus recently ranked the top 25 running backs returning to college football and slotted Williams, ...

Lopsided Sunflower Showdown ends with all-out brawl between No. 3 Kansas and K-State

An otherwise uneventful Sunflower Showdown spiraled into chaos in the final seconds Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, as a fracas surrounding Kansas big man Silvio De Sousa spilled into the courtside seats. What began innocently enough, with Kansas State freshman guard DaJuan Gordon stealing the ball from De Sousa, turned into an all-out brawl involving players from both rival teams at the conclusion of ...

Bill Self considering both data and chemistry while sticking with KU's two-big starting five

Anyone out there pondering the pros and cons of the Kansas basketball team continuing to start two bigs — even though it ends up playing more four-guard lineups — isn’t alone. Bill Self is right there with you. While the Jayhawks’ head coach has started sophomore forward David McCormack in 16 of KU’s 17 games, Self these days seems more contemplative on the matter. The way he explained on Monday his ...

Jayhawks' bench gets smaller in 2nd half of road win

In the heat of a Big 12 road battle Saturday in Austin, Texas, the Kansas basketball team’s typically ample nine-man rotation shrunk. It wasn’t injuries that had the Jayhawks shorthanded. Rather head coach Bill Self decided for the stretch run he liked his chances with six players in particular. “I obviously was so frustrated with the bench in the first half,” Self said after a 66-57 KU win, “that I ...

Benton Smith: Jayhawks capable of winning ugly with strong defensive play

Austin, Texas — Ugly is in the eye of the beholder. As far as Kansas basketball coach Bill Self was concerned, what he gazed upon Saturday at Frank Erwin Center was magnificent in all its grime. “This is not ugly,” Self said after his Jayhawks’ 66-57 victory at Texas. “It’s beautiful.” KU’s offense certainly failed to please the senses during much of the afternoon road win. But it wasn’t ...

Jayhawks will take scoring however they can get it

Replacing the 18 points per game leading scorer Devon Dotson typically brings to the floor wasn’t going to be a cinch for Kansas at Oklahoma. But upperclassmen Marcus Garrett (9.4 points per game), Udoka Azubuike (12.8 points) and Isaiah Moss (8.3 points) all provided more than their usual share. What the Jayhawks lacked was some complementary production from the rest of the roster. Garrett (15 points on ...

Jayhawks don't want Christian Braun passing up open 3-pointers

Further along than most freshmen in his position might be thanks to an ideal frame of mind, Christian Braun knows he doesn’t have to score to make an impact when he checks into a game off the Kansas bench. But when Devon Dotson’s hip injury kept the Jayhawks’ leading scorer out of the lineup at Oklahoma, Braun actually could have taken a more assertive approach and heard zero complaints from his coaches ...

New KU safeties coach Jordan Peterson signed 6-year contract

The newest member of Les Miles’ football coaching staff at the University of Kansas, Jordan Peterson signed a contract to become the Jayhawks’ safeties coach for at least the next two seasons. Formerly the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at New Mexico, Peterson signed a deal that’s guaranteed for both the 2020 and 2021 seasons, and could potentially last four additional years, through the 2025 ...

Mobile Udoka Azubuike taking his defense to another level as senior

Norman, Okla. — Anyone who has watched Udoka Azubuike play knows he can score over the top of defenders when opponents allow him to catch the ball inside and don’t quickly and aggressively double team the big man. His 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting in the Jayhawks’ road win at Oklahoma? That’s nothing new. When Azubuike’s healthy, this type of performance against that type of defense has been the ...

KU signed Emmett Jones to potential 6-year deal that includes pricey buyout

When the University of Kansas promoted the football team’s receivers coach, Emmett Jones, to passing game coordinator and extended his contract, the administration also made sure to make it a little less appealing for other teams to hire him away. Jones’ new deal with Kansas Athletics gave him a raise that will pay him $300,000 a year, for as many as six years, with the first two guaranteed. But if another ...

Benton Smith: Despite win at OU, Jayhawks desperately need Devon Dotson back to reach full potential

Norman, Okla. — Deep as it is at full strength, take away one of this Kansas basketball team’s most important players and it starts to look a lot more beatable. The Jayhawks didn’t need to play a game without Devon Dotson to understand just how critical the starting point guard is to their success. They had to experience it, though, Tuesday night at Lloyd Noble Center, when Dotson’s lingering hip injury ...

Jayhawks should learn from Baylor's masterful defense of Udoka Azubuike

Baylor wasn’t the first team this season to scheme a game plan around taking away Kansas center Udoka Azubuike. And especially after the Bears’ win at Allen Fieldhouse, they won’t be the last. Sticking to a Baylor blueprint, though, will be more easily devised than executed for future opponents in search of the best formula to knock off the Jayhawks. KU usually outscores its opponents by double digits ...

KU great Gale Sayers named 10th-best college football player of all-time

The Kansas football team hasn’t participated in the postseason since 2008, but the Jayhawks got to share a small fraction of the spotlight during Monday’s national championship game, when the most renowned player in the program’s history picked up another honor. Gale Sayers, a Wichita native who accounted for 4,020 all-purpose yards in just three seasons for the Jayhawks (1962-64), was named one of the ...

Jordan Peterson named KU football's new safeties coach

A Texas native and former Big 12 defensive back at Texas A & M, Jordan Peterson is returning to the conference, this time at the University of Kansas, as the newest assistant on Les Miles’ coaching staff. KU announced Saturday that Miles hired Peterson, most recently the defensive coordinator at New Mexico, as the Jayhawks’ new safeties coach. “He is an excellent teacher,” Miles said of ...

Stanley, Moragne and Cole to represent KU at Tropical Bowl

The long and difficult path to a professional football career is taking three former Kansas football players to Florida this weekend, for the SPIRAL Tropical Bowl. Quarterback Carter Stanley and defensive linemen Codey Cole III and Darrius Moragne will be among the more than 130 prospects participating in the showcase, set to be played Sunday morning at Spec Martin Stadium, in Deland, Fla., in front of NFL ...

KU promotes WRs coach Emmett Jones to passing game coordinator

After one season as the receivers coach on Les Miles’ Kansas football staff, Emmett Jones impressed his boss and the Kansas Athletics administration enough to gain a new job title and a contract extension. KU announced Friday afternoon Miles promoted Jones to become the program’s passing game coordinator and extended Jones’ contract through February 2022. Jones will remain the receivers coach as ...

More active than ever, Udoka Azubuike finally defensive anchor KU needs

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/nov/19/330316/ This Kansas basketball team may not have a next-level human shot eraser manning the paint, but as the Jayhawks’ defense and toughness have emerged as their supreme traits this year, there’s no question Udoka Azubuike’s improvements as a defender have made that possible. The Jayhawks’ 7-footer is averaging a career-best 2.0 blocks per game through the ...