WRITER: Henry Greenstein

KU's Baumgartner signs with Rockies as undrafted free agent

Missouri will have to wait a little longer to certify its next lawyer. Kansas right-handed pitcher Collin Baumgartner has been signed as an undrafted free agent by the Colorado Rockies after one season in Lawrence, KU announced in a press release Wednesday. Baumgartner, who already has an MBA, had been slated to attend Saint Louis University for law school in the fall — the native of Brighton, Illinois, ...

Linebacker group shows how KU can balance continuity, new ideas

Arlington, Texas — By any metric, Kansas football has retained one of the most similar rosters to its 2022 iteration of any Division I team in the country. The most concise way to express this fact is via the Jayhawks’ first-place position in the returning production rankings from ESPN’s Bill Connelly; according to his post-spring assessment, KU returns effectively 91% of its offense and 79% of its defense ...

KU football reckoning with uncommonly high expectations

Arlington, Texas — Two years ago, the Kansas football team didn't even make it to the Big 12 Conference Media Days. Severe weather coming out of Lawrence grounded head coach Lance Leipold in his first year at the helm, and he and the Jayhawk players had to videoconference from afar. In 2022, after a 2-10 season, the new-era Jayhawks made the rounds at their media-day debut at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, ...

Three storylines to watch at a supersized Big 12 Media Days

The Big 12 Conference Football Media Days are back Wednesday at a familiar venue in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, complete with a familiar set of Kansas speakers in quarterback Jalon Daniels, running back Devin Neal, linebacker Rich Miller, safety Kenny Logan Jr., and head coach Lance Leipold. Miller will be the only new addition to the media-day contingent, but he’s hardly new to the program as an ...

Late Night in the Phog set for Oct. 6; preseason volleyball honors announced

Kansas Athletics' annual preseason basketball celebration is back for a 39th iteration. Late Night in the Phog, the exhibition and entertainment extravaganza that has anchored the KU basketball preseason for 39 years, will return to Allen Fieldhouse on Oct. 6, the school announced Monday. Further details on the event were not disclosed, but it typically features scrimmages by the men's and women's basketball ...

Hoppel wins 800-meter title, current KU athletes place well at USATF Outdoor Championships

It wasn't pretty, but Bryce Hoppel did it again. The former Kansas athlete and current professional middle-distance runner overcame a physical race that saw athletes jockeying for position along the track, winning the 800 meters for the second year in a row Sunday at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. As noted by Jonathan Gault of LetsRun.com, just once in the last two decades has a runner won ...