WRITER: Matt Tait

Darrell Stuckey one of a kind among KU football greats

There were dozens of Kansas football players who embodied everything former KU coach Mark Mangino was about as a football coach. But few of them did it with the likable blend of character, class, passion and dogged pursuit of safety Darrell Stuckey. On Thursday, [KU announced that Stuckey would be added to the school’s Ring of Honor][1] at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium during a ceremony on Oct. 26, ...

KU basketball's Big 12 schedule features 4 Big Monday dates, opens Jan. 4 vs. West Virginia

The Kansas men’s basketball team’s quest to begin a new Big 12 title streak officially will get under way on Jan. 4 at Allen Fieldhouse against West Virginia. The Jayhawks' NCAA-record streak of 14 straight Big 12 regular season titles came to an end last season, when Kansas State and Texas Tech shared the title, two games ahead of KU, which finished third. KU's clash with West Virginia in early January ...

Matt Tait: Hopping off the roller coaster the next step for Kansas football

The first three weeks of Kansas football have provided an interesting case study in riding the proverbial roller coaster. Twists and turns, peaks and valleys and thrills and chills all have been a part of the Jayhawks’ 2-1 start under new head coach Les Miles. But 2-1 is 2-1 and, at least in the eyes of the oddsmakers in Las Vegas, the Jayhawks — a 4.5-point home underdog to West Virginia in Saturday’s ...

KU basketball coaches ramp up recruiting in 2020 and beyond

It’s been a busy stretch of recruiting for the Kansas basketball coaching staff, who traveled around the country last week to check in on some of KU’s top targets in the 2020 class and beyond. Last Monday marked the first day of an open recruiting period that leads up to Nov. 13, the first day of the early signing period, and coaches nationwide made sure to get out on the road to catch up with some of the ...

Ramsey's road: A dog, a chain and a fast path to becoming the strength coach at Kansas

The weight room gains of dozens of current and future Jayhawks eventually will be traced back to a dog named Hunter. Years before new Kansas basketball strength coach Ramsey Nijem became the youngest strength coach in the NBA, it was Hunter, a black lab/pit bull mix, whose digging in Nijem’s Bay Area backyard uncovered a gold chain that Nijem thought was lost forever. While dozens of classes, three ...

Jayhawks excited to add grad transfer Isaiah Moss' veteran presence to roster

Iowa graduate transfer Isaiah Moss has been on KU’s campus for about a month but already has shown he fits in well. The reason? “He’s a veteran,” sophomore point guard Devon Dotson recently told the Journal-World. “He knows what it takes out there and in practice. He knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level.” Dotson has seen that from Moss for years. Back when the KU point guard was ...

KU football's 1-1 start not in sync with high bar of hope, expectations

Kansas football head coach Les Miles said all the right things after [Saturday’s disheartening, haven’t-we-seen-this-before 12-7 home loss][1] to Coastal Carolina. From calling the setback painful to making it clear he was “unhappy” and even explaining that the rough result was an obvious sign that he and his program still had serious work to do, everything Miles said was both right and reasonable. ...

New KU strength coach Ramsey Nijem greets Jayhawks with great energy at inaugural boot camp

As far as introductions go, the one Kansas junior Marcus Garrett had with new KU strength coach Ramsey Nijem on Monday morning during Day 1 of boot camp still had him smiling hours later. “When he came in there, he was energetic,” Garrett said of Nijem, who was hired last week to replace Andrea Hudy and went through his first day on the job Monday. “He came in there saying, ‘Don’t look at me crazy, ...

KU basketball boot camp set to begin Monday

Although the 2019 edition of KU men’s basketball boot camp will feature the same drills and challenges as most years, it also will have a new look. Kansas coach Bill Self told the Journal-World on Sunday that first-year strength and conditioning coach Ramsey Nijem will be on hand for the start of this year’s event, scheduled for 6:50 a.m. Monday. Officially hired by Self last week to replace Texas-bound ...

Matt Tait: Offensive line continues to be an issue for Jayhawks under Les Miles

I’ve covered Kansas football long enough to know better, and even I thought this was going to be different. It wasn’t. It isn’t. Oh, the dangers of listening to, and believing, what the coaches are saying during preseason camp. “This is a painful second game,” KU coach Les Miles said after Saturday’s 12-7 home loss to Coastal Carolina. “But this team will fight.” It’s not that I thought ...

KU football player greeted with show of support at local burger joint

Thursday night, after playing a little basketball with some friends, I stumbled onto a pretty cool moment at Five Guys while grabbing a hard-earned burger on my way home. While I waited for my food, KU defensive lineman Codey Cole III walked in and approached the counter to place his order. Well aware that Cole was a Jayhawk and wildly interested in just how big his order might be — after all, Cole, a ...

Former KU AD Sheahon Zenger named athletic director at the University of New Haven

Former KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger, who spent the past year in a combined academic and athletic role at TCU, is back in the AD's office. Zenger on Thursday morning was officially introduced as the new AD at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Conn., roughly 15 months after being fired at KU following a seven-year stint in charge of Kansas Athletics. Zenger, officially the school's director of ...

KU hires former Kings strength coach to replace Andrea Hudy

A 28-year-old NBA strength coach has been hired to replace Andrea Hudy with the Kansas basketball program, KU coach Bill Self announced Wednesday afternoon. Ramsey Nijem, who spent the past five years working with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, has agreed to fill the role of men’s basketball director of sport performance at KU, and he is expected to arrive in Lawrence this weekend. Shortly after the hire ...

Matt Tait: KU's new-look front seven earns passing grade with room to grow

Call the Kansas football team's 24-17 victory over Indiana State a good first step in the Jayhawks’ quest to replace the sizable hole left in the lineup by the departures of Joe Dineen and Daniel Wise. Full of new faces and unproven players getting their first taste of the big time and first chance to break out, KU’s defensive linemen and linebackers on Saturday made enough plays to get noticed and left ...

Matt Tait: Les Miles' decision to stick with 1 QB the right move for Kansas

Carter Stanley was not perfect during Saturday’s 24-17 KU victory over Indiana State. But the decision to use him was. And, no, I’m not just talking about Les Miles picking Stanley as the winner of a seven-month quarterback battle with newcomer Thomas MacVittie. I’m talking about Miles picking Stanley as the winner and then sticking with him for four full quarters. Decisions like those win games. And ...

Freshman point guard Dajuan Harris en route to KU, expected to redshirt 2019-20 season

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/jul/16/329596/ [After committing to KU in mid-July][1] and working tirelessly on his academics since then, Dajuan Harris got some good news this week. The freshman point guard from Columbia, Mo., has completed the necessary classes for admission into KU and is expected to arrive on campus today. A source with knowledge of Harris' summer class load said the work he did ...

4-star center Mady Sissoko visiting KU this weekend

Let the onslaught of fall visits officially begin. This weekend, the Kansas men’s basketball program will host four-star Class of 2020 center Mady Sissoko for an official visit during the opening weekend of the college football season. In years past, KU coach Bill Self often has talked about the importance of a quality football program and how having David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium full when visitors ...

Recruiting update: In-state prospect Gradey Dick plans KU visit for Late Night

In-state hoops prospect Gradey Dick is planning to make an unofficial visit to Kansas for Late Night on Oct. 4, a source told KUsports.com on Monday. Dick, a 6-foot-5, 170-pound guard in the class of 2022 from Wichita Collegiate, received a scholarship offer from the Jayhawks this summer and made a name for himself in the recruiting world with a solid summer when he showcased his extreme athleticism. “This ...

How a wild ride of recruiting ups and downs shaped the 2019-20 Kansas basketball roster

Although Late Night and the season opener remain in the distance, the start of another school year marks the unofficial beginning of a new journey for the Kansas men’s basketball program. And what a journey it’s been already. Just four months ago, as Bill Self and his coaching staff sat in the unusual spot of potentially having as many as five or six scholarships still to hand out, the KU fan base ...

Remembered with smiles: 1,000 admirers show up to celebrate life and legacy of late Max Falkenstien

For a little more than an hour on Saturday afternoon, 1,000 friends, family members, admirers and KU fans packed the Lied Center to celebrate the life and legacy of late Kansas broadcaster Max Falkenstien. One of them, Sandra Simonett, came from California to pay her respects. And Simonett, better than any of the seven speakers or anyone else in attendance, was uniquely qualified to express what Falkenstien ...