WRITER: Henry Greenstein

Self signs new lifetime contract to become nation's highest-paid college basketball coach

Updated 6 p.m. Nov. 7: Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self signed an amended lifetime contract, athletic director Travis Goff announced Tuesday. The new deal makes him the current highest-paid coach in college basketball, surpassing Kentucky head coach John Calipari’s salary of $8.5 million. Between his new contract and two holdover payments that date back to his previous contract, Self will make about ...

Tracking the decline of this year's KU kicking game, and how Leipold plans to steady it

In the fourth quarter of Kansas’ season opener against Missouri State, which started as an unexpectedly close game but developed into a 31-point blowout, the Jayhawks let redshirt sophomore kicker Owen Piepergerdes attempt a late extra point. He made it. The development wasn’t especially surprising on its face; he and Texas State transfer Seth Keller were listed as co-starters on KU’s depth chart (and ...

Top-ranked Kansas dominates North Carolina Central in season opener, 99-56

It didn’t take long for Hunter Dickinson to announce his presence in Allen Fieldhouse to the Kansas faithful. The preseason All-American scored the first three baskets of the game in his KU debut, progressively farther from the basket — a putback on a Kevin McCullar Jr. three-point attempt, a short-range baseline jumper and a top-of-the-key 3-pointer — to force an immediate timeout from North Carolina ...

Notebook: Leipold and Campbell helped create D-III legacy, NFL quarterback visits Ames

Ames, Iowa — They didn’t overlap, but Iowa State coach Matt Campbell and Kansas coach Lance Leipold each played key roles in shaping one of the most prominent — and most completely organic — rivalries in all of 21st-century college football. They did it down in NCAA Division III. Campbell was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio, the first two years that ...

KU football holds off Iowa State for 28-21 road win

Ames, Iowa — Kansas rose to the occasion and turned in a top-shelf defensive performance on the road for the first time all season, holding Iowa State to 75 rushing yards and supplying just enough offense to claim a 28-21 win. Jason Bean found Lawrence Arnold for an 80-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to keep the Cyclones at arm’s length, and then Jared Casey held on to a crucial catch that ...

Aggressive decision-making helped KU take down Iowa State

Ames, Iowa — Kansas was struggling to run the ball to a greater degree than it had all season, but if there was any time the Jayhawks would have wanted to grind it out and kill the clock, it would be after back-to-back Iowa State touchdowns, with the lead looking more precarious than ever before and just eight minutes left in the game. Instead, KU put the pedal to the metal. “We figured that they think ...