WRITER: Henry Greenstein

Preview: KU and Wichita State to revive long-dormant in-state matchup

The Kansas men’s basketball team has one last tune-up before conference play, and this one is three decades in the making. For the first time since January of 1993, the Jayhawks will take on in-state foe Wichita State during the regular season. The Shockers, who just lost to Kansas State at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City on Dec. 21, will now face KU at that same venue on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Jayhawks ...

KU receivers seized spotlight in bowl win

Phoenix — Luke Grimm initially celebrated his third touchdown Tuesday night, the dagger in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, by running across the end zone holding up three fingers. Appropriate, if a bit predictable. Then, just as he slowed to a stop and was joined by his fellow two starting receivers Lawrence Arnold and Quentin Skinner, he switched to another gesture: a sort of Spider-Man “thwip.” The three ...

Dickinson "very refreshed" after returning from break

Kansas' Hunter Dickinson said that once upon a time, he used to find it flattering when he would get double-teamed earlier in his career. “Now it kind of gets a little annoying," the 7-foot-2 center said Thursday. "You get so used to it, it’s kind of expected. Like I’m almost shocked if I get a one-on-one.” The experience is nothing new for Dickinson; as his coach Bill Self noted, he's probably been ...

Year in review, Part 2: The most memorable quotes of 2023

One of the great pleasures of journalism is depicting people via their own words. The following array of quotations aims to provide a frank, sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant look at the most significant events in Kansas sports over the course of the last year, in the words of those who experienced them. Many more nearly made the cut — Bill Self’s “chicken finger sandwich” after a loss in Ames, ...

Report suggests Neal will return in 2024; Leipold defers comment to Neal

Phoenix — Kansas running back and Lawrence native Devin Neal just closed the curtain on a 1,280-yard, 16-touchdown junior campaign, but he may have an encore performance still to come. ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported just over an hour prior to kickoff of Tuesday night’s Guaranteed Rate Bowl that Neal had told the KU coaching staff he intends to return for the 2024 season. Neal ran 20 times for 71 yards and a ...

Bowl-game redemption reflects Bean's year of progress

Phoenix — Jason Bean threw a pair of nearly identical third-and-long interceptions in the third quarter Tuesday night — both rolling to his right, both forced into coverage, both snagged by UNLV’s Cameron Oliver. The rest of his game, though, could have gone down one of two distinct paths: the Oklahoma State route or the Oklahoma route. At Oklahoma State in October, Bean threw two picks in the second half ...