WRITER: Henry Greenstein

Houston prepares for dog of a time in Big 12

Kansas City, Mo. — At T-Mobile Center on Wednesday for his first Big 12 Conference media day since he left Oklahoma in 2006, Houston coach Kelvin Sampson wasted no time winning the hearts of the conference’s reporters with a protracted canine analogy. The Big 12 head coaches had a meeting at which Sampson said he was warily sizing up his competition like a dog in a dog park. “It used to be you could look ...

Competition rages on for Jayhawks' last starting spot

Kansas City, Mo. — Kansas coach Bill Self says a characteristic of the best teams is a clear separation between their fifth- and sixth-best players. As good as Self thinks this year's Jayhawks can be, they don't have that quite yet. KU has returning veterans KJ Adams Jr., Dajuan Harris Jr. and Kevin McCullar Jr. and transfer center Hunter Dickinson locked into four of its five starting spots. But the ...

It will be much harder to take a charge this year, but KU defenders aren't worried

Kansas City, Mo. — The charge signal — that hand-behind-head, opposite-way point that can be so demoralizing for one basketball team and exhilarating for the other — will be a much rarer sight at Big 12 Conference games this season. Big 12 Coordinator of Officials Curtis Shaw said at the league’s men’s basketball media day Wednesday that the conference intends to call far more blocking fouls than ...

KU football secures commitment from 2024 O-lineman Abajian

The Kansas football coaching staff has secured the services of a player the world thought it had lost for good. Offensive tackle David Abajian, a consensus three-star prospect in the class of 2024 from Chaminade College Prep in West Hills, California, announced Thursday evening that he has committed to KU. The Jayhawks had long targeted the 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman, but he had gone with Oregon State ...

KU women embracing challenging nonconference schedule

Kansas City, Mo. — The Kansas women’s basketball team is playing what coach Brandon Schneider calls “the toughest nonconference schedule we’ve ever played” this season, and it’s because the players asked for it. “We need to play some competition, you know?” center Taiyanna Jackson said at the Big 12 Conference media day Tuesday, recalling what the team told Schneider. “We don’t want to keep ...

KU tumbles and OSU soars in latest Big 12 power rankings

On the strength of a 39-32 upset of No. 23 Kansas, Oklahoma State made the biggest move in this week’s Big 12 Conference power rankings. The Cowboys climbed six spots to fourth place in voting by a panel of 14 beat writers who regularly cover the league. Meanwhile, KU had the biggest drop of the week, going from third to eighth. Idle Oklahoma remained the unanimous No. 1 for the second consecutive week, ...