WRITER: Shane Jackson

Kansas, Kansas State players compare advantages/disadvantages of having new coach

New is always better. At least that is the mindset during the honeymoon phase, which both members of the Sunflower Showdown are currently in. Kansas head coach Les Miles and Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman are both entering their first season with their respective program. It marks the first year since 1986 that both Kansas and Kansas State will have a new head football coach in the same season. The Big ...

Senior RB Khalil Herbert compares KU's backfield to his favorite superheroes

Arlington, Texas — Senior running back Khalil Herbert has always been enthralled with the superhero universe. Herbert is a fan of both Marvel and DC, which has been the case for as long as he can remember. He has a collection of comic books and his walls are draped with posters in his room. And, of course, he has watched all the movies as well. Herbert’s favorite superhero is Flash. But when asked to ...

Big 12 coaches notebook: Iowa State's Matt Campbell handling higher expectations

ARLINGTON, Texas — Five league coaches wrapped up the second and final day of Big 12 Media Days at AT&T Stadium on Tuesday. Neal Brown of West Virginia and Chris Klieman of Kansas State were newcomers to the event, as they both enter their first year at their respective programs. It was quite a contrast to Iowa State’s Matt Campbell and Texas’ Tom Herman, both of whom enter the season with league ...

Head coaches discuss quarterback battles at Big 12 Media Days

Arlington, Texas — Half of the head coaches in the league kicked off Big 12 Media Days Monday morning at AT&T Stadium. Les Miles of Kansas and Matt Wells of Texas Tech were the only new head coaches to step to the podium on the first day. Familiar faces such as Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma), Gary Patterson (TCU) and Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State) also took their turn at center stage in Jerry World. Kansas ...

KU seniors relish opportunity to represent program at Big 12 Media Days

Arlington, Texas — The first thing that Khalil Herbert learned is that it wasn’t anything like the movies. The senior running back was one of four representatives — along with Hakeem Adeniji, Mike Lee and Bryce Torneden — for the Kansas football team during the Big 12 Media Days on Monday at AT&T Stadium. While the event went smoothly for the four KU seniors, the night before was anything but that ...

'This is where I want to be': Clint Bowen provides continuity for KU football

It didn’t take long for Les Miles to meet with Clint Bowen. Once Miles was named the Kansas head football coach last November, he promised to meet with each assistant from the 2018 coaching staff. Bowen, who was KU’s defensive coordinator last fall, was one of the first assistants to sit down with Miles. Bowen eventually became one of two assistants — along with running backs coach Tony Hull — to ...

Conference odds released, KU football at 80/1 to win Big 12 title

It won’t be much longer before the college football season is finally here. I know this because the Big 12 conference released its preseason poll today, and Big 12 Media Days will take place next week. But also more betting information has become available as of late, which is always interesting to look at. Last week, over/under win totals were released on FanDuel for most FBS teams. Today, I looked at odds ...

Why Les Miles might bring stability at QB for Kansas football

Only two teams will be bringing a quarterback to Big 12 Media Days next week. Kansas obviously was not going to be one of those programs, though it is surprising to see how few signal callers will be in attendance. KU head coach Les Miles has yet to name a starter, and he does not have to commit to one player under center anytime soon. At the conclusion of spring ball, however, Miles did admit that Thomas ...

Why KU's rushing production should improve under new coaching staff

Since taking over the Kansas football program, Les Miles has not revealed many details about his offensive scheme during any of his press settings. There is a reason for that, of course. Miles, like most head football coaches, would like an element of surprise for his 2019 opponents. That is probably something even more important for a coach that has been out of the game since 2016. In early March, Miles was ...

Head coach Jayme Savage aims to improve culture for FSHS volleyball

Just because Free State’s volleyball team has a familiar face at the helm, doesn’t mean there won’t be any changes to the program. Jayme Savage was named the FSHS volleyball head coach this past spring after serving as an assistant with the program for nine years. It was clear during the team’s summer camp in early June that Savage had every intention of switching things up for the Firebirds. “I’m ...

Journal-World 2019 All-Area girls soccer team

Player of the Year: Anna Chieu, Lawrence Chieu poured in a school-record 19 goals to lead the Sunflower League in scoring during her senior season. Chieu scored five goals, including a game-winning goal in overtime, against Free State. She also scored five goals in a win over Gardner-Edgerton in a variety of ways. Chieu delivered the game-winning score with 20 seconds left in overtime at Pembroke Hill. Coach ...

Journal-World 2019 All-Area boys track team

Athlete of the Year: Shane Quinlan, Perry-Lecompton Winning a state title in Quinlan’s senior season was always the goal. After a runner-up finish last year, Quinlan won the Class 3A boys 400-meter run with a school-record time of 49.52. He was also a regional champion and league champion in the event. Quinlan was the first leg on a 4x400-meter relay team that took second at the state meet. Coach of the ...

Journal-World 2019 All-Area girls track team

Athlete of the Year: Evann Seratte, Lawrence Seratte placed in four events in her final meet, but a fall in the 800-meter run kept her from doing even better. Seratte still scored more points at the state meet in her career than any other athlete — boy or girl — in program history. The KU signee was the anchor on the 4x800-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay, both of which finished inside the ...

Journal-World 2019 All-Area baseball team

Player of the Year: Ethan Bradford, Free State No pitcher was as dominant as Ethan Bradford this season. The Nebraska signee was named the Class 6A Pitcher of the Year, posting a 7-1 record and a .565 ERA in 14 games. He struck out 81 batters and walked 25 in a total of 62 innings. In his final outing, Bradford threw 103 pitches in a complete-game shutout during the Class 6A quarterfinals. Coach of the Year: ...

Journal-World 2019 All-Area softball team

Player of the Year: Tatum Clopton, Free State The Oklahoma State commit was named the Gatorade Kansas Player of the Year as a sophomore, posting a 0.59 ERA in 17 outings. Clopton went 16-1 with 200 strikeouts and 15 walks in 107 innings. Opposing team posted a .081 batting average against Clopton, who was the unanimous choice as Player of the Year in the Sunflower League. Coach of the Year: Lee Ice, Free ...

Multiple factors kept Luke Meadows in Lawrence when Chip Lindsey left for Troy

Kansas offensive line coach Luke Meadows wasn’t surprised when Chip Lindsey approached him. Their relationship is the very thing that brought Meadows to KU. Five weeks after Lindsey was named the offensive coordinator for the Jayhawks, he left that position to become the head coach at Troy in January. As a result, Meadows wasn’t caught off guard when Lindsey gave the O-line coach an opportunity to follow ...

How Kansas football has fared against new Big 12 coaches

On the surface, Kansas might have an easier schedule than normal. At least as easy as it can be for a power five football team trying to finish higher than last in the Big 12 for the first time since 2014. A common response from [a blog about KU’s win tota][1]l was the fact that the team will play three new head coaches in the Big 12 this season, all three of which will take place in David Booth Kansas ...

Free State boys basketball hoping experience pays off this year

In just one year, things are a lot different for Free State’s boys basketball team. Entering last season, the Firebirds were facing a massive roster turnover that involved promoting several players from the junior varsity team. This year, though, Free State brings back a ton of experience from a team that went to the Class 6A state tournament. And the difference was evident during the team’s summer ...

Over/under win totals released, KU projected to finish last in Big 12

Why is FanDuel giving away money? That was my first thought when FanDuel Sportsbook released 2019 win totals for a majority of the FBS teams on Tuesday. I immediately scrolled to the team I cover to see what the number was. And, I must admit, I was shocked. Kansas opened with a 3.5 over/under win total for the 2019 season, which marks the first year under Les Miles. It has since been dropped to 3.0, as the ...

Turner Corcoran '100% committed' to Nebraska, FSHS football players earning offers

Turner Corcoran does not plan on flipping his commitment. The Free State senior has no intention of straying away from his original collegiate destination. Corcoran, a left tackle, announced his verbal commitment to the University of Nebraska on April 13 via his personal Twitter account while attending the Huskers’ Spring Game. In early June, Corcoran attended a two-day camp at the University of Kansas with ...