WRITER: Henry Greenstein

Bowl preview: Spotlighting a pair of underappreciated Jayhawks

Ahead of the bowl game is a great time to give some shine to players who don’t always get the star treatment. Here are a couple of Jayhawks who helped the team grow this year and didn’t always get much recognition for it. Both of them have additional eligibility and could figure prominently in KU’s future plans. Lawrence Arnold Junior wide receiver from DeSoto, Texas. Numbers to know: 112 receiving ...

Former OC Kotelnicki had chance to go to Penn State even before joining KU

Given the swiftness with which former Kansas offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki left for Penn State at the start of the month, and with which KU replaced him with Jeff Grimes, the coaching staff hasn't spent much time reflecting on his departure amid a busy bowl season. But head coach Lance Leipold did comment on the recent loss of his longtime assistant, who helped elevate the Jayhawks' program over the ...

KU arrives in Phoenix with bowl game approaching

The Kansas football team landed at Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport on Friday afternoon, kicking off a five-day sojourn that the Jayhawks hope will conclude Tuesday night with their first bowl win since 2008. "Our team is extremely excited to be here," head coach Lance Leipold told reporters shortly after touching down. "I think it's going to be a great experience. Got a great opponent in UNLV that has had an ...

Career-best scoring by McCullar lifts KU over Yale

The Christmas break has mercifully arrived for the Kansas men’s basketball team, but not without a scare more fit for Halloween. Head coach Bill Self said all week that to succeed Friday night — in a tricky post-finals, pre-holiday matchup against Yale — his team would need to understand that the holidays don’t start until after the game ends. For about 15 minutes, it appeared that message had fallen ...

Timberlake took full advantage of extended action Friday

Nick Timberlake was already positioned well to defend Yale’s fast break with three minutes left, but what he actually managed to do to the Bulldogs’ 7-foot center Danny Wolf exceeded any and all expectations. With the two players initially running stride for stride, Timberlake was able to cut in front of Wolf, swipe the ball from him in one fluid motion, feed it to point guard Dajuan Harris Jr. and then ...

Preview: KU plans to stay focused against Yale

Kansas coach Bill Self knows just how treacherous the days before Christmas can be for an unprepared basketball team. In 2014, his Jayhawks lost by 25 points to Temple in advance of the holiday. On the other hand, as he pointed out on his “Hawk Talk” radio show Monday, the Jayhawks have picked up plenty of great wins with the break approaching. “It’s usually the team that understands that Christmas ...