WRITER: Henry Greenstein

KU's defensive leaders await climactic Senior Day

Watch the first defensive snap of any Kansas football game from the Lance Leipold era and you’ll almost invariably see Nos. 1 and 30 anchoring the defense. Safety Kenny Logan Jr. has started in 33 of Leipold’s 35 games at KU; linebacker Rich Miller has started 32. Both are fifth-year seniors, longtime fixtures and consistent contributors who either (in Logan’s case) saw what KU football was like before ...

Kansas rallies from double-digit deficit to survive Kentucky in Champions Classic

Chicago — Kentucky was missing three seven-footers, two injured and one not yet eligible, in the paint, and that disparity was apparent from the opening minutes Tuesday night at the United Center, as Hunter Dickinson scored practically at will — at least, whenever he was able to snag the ball in the paint. The Wildcats got better at denying entry passes to Dickinson as the night went on, though, and their ...

Preview: Experienced KU core to battle high-ceiling Kentucky in Champions Classic

KJ Adams Jr. and Dajuan Harris Jr. remember their first experiences at the Champions Classic, the annual event that features rotating matchups between powerhouse programs Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan State. For Harris, one of the most experienced players on the KU roster, it came in an iteration of the competition pushed back to December 2020 due to COVID-19. For Adams, taking the floor against Michigan ...

Leipold 'very optimistic' about Bean's chances of playing after head injury

Kansas' quarterback situation may have seemed dire after Jason Bean missed nearly three full quarters of Saturday's home loss to Texas Tech with a head injury, but KU coach Lance Leipold suggested Monday that Bean has a chance to make a swift return against Kansas State. “My latest is I’m very optimistic that he’ll be playing on Saturday," said Leipold, who also noted that Bean did not take part in ...

Notebook: Mahomes visits game; Texas Tech staff features KU connections

Kansas fans don’t usually find themselves at odds with Patrick Mahomes, but Saturday was a rare exception. The Kansas City Chiefs’ star quarterback — who played his college ball at Texas Tech, KU’s opponent Saturday — was spotted in the suites near the press box at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, and his wife Brittany posted an Instagram story of Mahomes and daughter Sterling taking in the game a ...

Third-string quarterback Ballard guides KU rally, but Jayhawks fall 16-13 to Texas Tech

The quarterback injury saga that has cast a shadow over a successful Kansas football season took another dramatic turn Saturday at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Sixth-year senior Jason Bean took a hard hit plunging ahead on a third-down quarterback draw on the penultimate play of the first quarter against Texas Tech, and suffered what head coach Lance Leipold called a head injury. Bean tried to return ...