WRITER: Matt Tait

Kansas officials announce a sellout for Saturday's KU football game vs. Duke

The Kansas football program’s 11 a.m. kickoff against unbeaten Duke on Saturday is officially sold out. Kansas officials announced Thursday afternoon that all 47,233 tickets for KU’s second home game of the season had been sold, marking the program’s first sellout since Nov. 2, 2019, and just the second in nearly 13 years. KU drew a respectable crowd of 34,902, for the season opener against Tennessee ...

Kansas women's basketball to host 5-star prospect S'Mya Nichols this weekend

Five-star recruits on campus is certainly nothing new for the Kansas men’s basketball program, but it’s the KU women who will be hosting one of the top talents in the country this weekend. S’Mya Nichols, a five-star prospect from nearby Shawnee Mission West High will be in town Friday and Saturday for her official visit to Kansas. The 6-foot guard who says she can play four positions on offense and ...

Five notable storylines that have surfaced during the Kansas basketball preseason

With Kansas basketball boot camp finished and Late Night in the Phog now less than a month away, it’s time to start looking ahead to the 2022-23 college hoops season. Yes, we can do that while still covering the heck out of the red-hot Kansas football team, as well. It’s definitely a little different to have both sports matter as much as they do at this time of the year, but that’s obviously been good ...

Big changes happening at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium even as full-scale renovation remains in the distance

While a full-scale renovation of David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium remains months or even years away and is still in the planning stages, big changes are happening to the venue anyway. For one, Kansas fans are starting to fill it up. KU officials told the Journal-World on Wednesday that nearly 12,000 new single-game tickets had been sold for Saturday’s 11 a.m. game against Duke since KU’s win at ...

With words and wardrobe, Kansas football coach Lance Leipold continues to emphasize team above everything in wake of Jayhawks 3-0 start

It may be cliché, and it isn’t because he’s unimpressed by his team’s fast start, but Kansas football coach Lance Leipold made it clear Tuesday that the Jayhawks haven’t done anything yet. “Yeah, it’s nice to be 3-0,” he said during his regular weekly press conference at Mrkonic Auditorium. “But it’s only as good as we’re going to do this week.” Those words, while common throughout ...

Kansas basketball team closing in on the end of boot camp 2022

After seven grueling days, the Kansas men’s basketball team has reached the finish line of its annual boot camp. Barring something unforeseen, the Jayhawks will wrap up this year’s preseason conditioning grind after Wednesday morning’s session. After Day 1 last week, Kansas coach Bill Self said things had gone “just OK,” and that he expected the Jayhawks would improve as the camp progressed. ...

Kansas men's basketball players make 'statement' that NIL opportunities can benefit more than just Jayhawks' bank accounts

Nine members of the Kansas men’s basketball team proved Sunday night that the benefits associated with name, image and likeness dollars can be a two-way street. In attendance at The Oread Hotel on Sunday night for Family Promise’s largest fundraiser of the year, the nine Jayhawks joined together to donate $17,000 of their own money to the organization, a nonprofit outlet that serves to combat homelessness ...

Former KU player, coach Jerry Waugh dies at age 95

Former Kansas student-athlete, coach and administrator Jerry Waugh died Saturday at his home in Wichita, his family confirmed to Kansas Athletics. Waugh was 95 years old. In addition to being a former KU captain and an assistant coach for Wilt Chamberlain, Waugh was regarded by many as one of the greatest ambassadors of the university he loved. Longtime KU play-by-play broadcaster Bob Davis called Waugh “one ...

Matt Tait: Don't look now, but the Kansas football offense is a whole lot of fun again

That’s two weeks in a row where the Kansas football team fell into a 14-0 hole to open the game but managed to crawl out of it to win on the road. Pro tip: Stop doing that. There’s no doubt that the Jayhawks felt some measure of comfort after going down to Houston 14-0 during Saturday’s 48-30 Kansas victory. After all, much like the Kansas men’s basketball team relied on the memory of its its ...

Could ESPN's College Gameday be coming to Lawrence, Kansas next week?

So now that the Kansas football program has done the unthinkable and ripped off three straight wins to the start the 2022 season, it’s only natural to wonder what’s next. From the fan perspective, wondering what’s next is tied directly to next week’s game against 3-0 Duke and questions about whether ESPN’s College Gameday might come to Lawrence to host its Saturday showcase and highlight the clash ...

KU volleyball greats Havili, Payne back in town to have jerseys retired

Saturday afternoon will mark the latest memorable chapter in the storied volleyball careers of former Kansas All-Americans Ainise Havili and Kelsie Payne. Already with their faces on the outside of the building, Havili and Payne now will have their jerseys hanging inside Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena. The two former teammates and close friends who own multiple school records will be the first two players ...

Fast start to season has boosted Kansas football team's confidence, Leipold says

Asked Tuesday how he felt about his offense’s explosiveness through two weeks of the 2022 football season, Kansas coach Lance Leipold borrowed a favorite phrase of offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki’s to keep things in perspective. “Statistics lie and liars use statistics,” Leipold said. “And you can skew these things to look a lot of ways you want. But for us to have that type of production and ...

Keeping Jalon Clean: How KU's offense has kept opponents from sacking QB Jalon Daniels through 2 games

Kansas offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki likes to equate giving up sacks in football to a plane crash. To be fair, KU’s OC borrowed the philosophy from a chapter in the book “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell, but he still believes it nonetheless. The chapter is called “The ethnic theory of plane crashes” and its principle theme is pretty simple. “It’s usually a series of little things that ...

Kansas football coach Lance Leipold says focus is on KU not Nebraska

Kansas football coach Lance Leipold, whose name has surfaced on media lists projecting possible candidates to replace Scott Frost at Nebraska, had little to say about the connection during Tuesday’s KU football press conference. Asked at the start of his regular weekly meeting with the media if he had seen the lists or had any had any reaction to them, Leipold smiled, shook his head briefly and said, “No. ...

The 2-0 Jayhawks racked up all kinds of honors & attention on a busy Monday

It’s amazing what winning can do in sports. Laughed at and mocked for the better part of the last decade, the Kansas football program is getting some serious love after its 2-0 start to the 2022 season. I supposed that’s what happens when the bar is so low and people have grown accustomed to writing you off before the season even begins. No one’s writing off this Kansas team, however. At least not ...

Kansas football team's offense among nation's best through 2 games, but tougher challenges await

Through two weeks of the 2022 college football season, the Kansas Jayhawks are averaging 55.5 points per game. That’s good for first in the entire FBS, a position in which Kansas is certainly not used to being. Get this: Only six teams in the entire NCAA have scored more points than Kansas through two games — FCS schools Arkansas-Pine Bluff (124) and Incarnate Word (119); Division II schools Virginia ...

What to make of Kansas football coach Lance Leipold's name surfacing in connection with the now-open Nebraska job

Long before Nebraska fired head coach and former favorite son Scott Frost as its football coach on Sunday, there were whispers about Kansas coach Lance Leipold potentially becoming a candidate there if the Huskers’ job came open. Now that Frost is out, those whispers have reached a fully audible level. Mere minutes after the news broke that Frost was out, multiple national college football writers included ...

Matt Tait: Outlook for Kansas football season gets a lot prettier with wild OT win in Morgantown

The path to an improbable 3-0 start to the season for the Kansas football team became truly realistic thanks to a 55-42 overtime road win at West Virginia on Saturday night. And if you want to get even more carried away, if you squint just a little, you might be able to see 4-0. What? Yeah. That just happened. After falling behind 14-0 and looking pretty uninspired while doing it, the Jayhawks (2-0) came ...

Can Kansas' running game keep the Jayhawks competitive as the opponents get tougher?

With Big 12 Conference play starting this weekend and the Kansas football team likely to be an underdog in nearly all of its remaining games, it’s time to shift the focus to what the Jayhawks can do to stay in games and compete into the fourth quarter. The easiest way to do that is by controlling the clock through running the football and KU Offensive Coordinator Andy Kotelnicki said this week that he viewed ...

15th annual Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser coming to Lawrence in October

The 15th annual Coaches vs. Cancer season tipoff fundraiser is moving to Lawrence this year. Normally held in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri, the event will move to the large ballroom at Crown Automotive in Lawrence for the 2022 event, which will officially be dubbed the Coaches vs. Cancer Rock Chalk Tipoff. According to a news release announcing the move, KU men’s basketball coach Bill Self “and several ...