WRITER: Matt Tait

Gary Woodland's 66 in Round 3 moves him into contention at Workday Charity Open

Riding the momentum from a strong finish to Round 2 on Friday, former University of Kansas golfer Gary Woodland delivered one of the best rounds of the day on Saturday at the Workday Charity Open in Dublin, Ohio. The former Jayhawk put himself firmly in contention for the title at the top of the leaderboard by firing a 6-under par 66 for the day to move to 9-under for the tournament and into a tie for fifth ...

T-Mobile Center taking over for Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

It remains to be seen if the 2020-21 college basketball season will be played as currently scheduled. But if it is, Bill Self’s Jayhawks will have a new venue on their slate — sort of. In the aftermath of its recent merger with Sprint, T-Mobile announced this week that the venue known as Sprint Center since 2007 now will be called T-Mobile Center through at least 2032. In addition, the building, which ...

Kansas senior Kyle Mayberry makes public plea to NCAA for full football season

With Thursday's news that the Big Ten won't be playing nonconference games in 2020, college football players seem to be realizing that their fall season is in jeopardy — including one KU player who's asking the NCAA for help. “Dear @NCAA, Please don’t jeopardize my last season by just playing half a season or playing only conference games," Kansas defensive back Kyle Mayberry tweeted Thursday night. "I ...

Four former Jayhawk greats to participate in 3-on-3 pay-per-view tourney in Las Vegas

Four former Kansas basketball standouts will be among the 30 players participating in a pay-per-view basketball event in Las Vegas later this month. KU national champions Mario Chalmers, Darnell Jackson and Brandon Rush, along with former NBA lottery pick Julian Wright, are all on different teams at the six-team, three-on-three, half-court tournament that is scheduled to take place July 19-29 at Orleans Arena. ...

Wild Wednesday in college athletics a sign of things to come?

Even if no games were played, Wednesday was one of the biggest, most eventful days in college sports I can remember. First, Stanford announced it was cutting 11 of its 36 varsity sports, a scary move for the rest of college athletics that could be the beginning of a nationwide trend. “If it can happen at Stanford, it can happen anyplace,” Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Wednesday in an ...

Gary Woodland shoots 1-over at Round 1 of Workday Charity Open

Former University of Kansas golfer Gary Woodland returned to action from a one-week break to shoot a one-over 73 during Thursday’s opening round of the Workday Charity Open in Dublin, Ohio. Woodland started his round on the back nine and went bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie to get things started. He added a double-bogey on the par-3 16th hole to move to two over par after nine holes. Woodland bogeyed again at ...

Kansas football hires Texas staffer as new director of operations

The University of Kansas football program has hired a new director of football operations from one of the premier programs in the Big 12 Conference. On Wednesday, a Kansas Athletics spokesperson confirmed to the Journal-World that Tory Teykl had been hired as assistant athletic director for football operations. Teykl comes to KU after three full seasons in the same position at the University of Texas under UT ...

Bishop Seabury hires assistant coach Jamelle Blunt to take over boys hoops program

Longtime assistant coach Jamelle Blunt has been named the new head coach of the Bishop Seabury Academy boys basketball program. Blunt, 33, takes over for Jonathan Raney, who left the program after leading BSA to the state semifinals last season. Blunt worked as an assistant under Raney for all three of Raney's seasons at BSA and also was with the program for four seasons before Raney took over. With the ...

Ivy League scheduling changes could impact Kansas basketball

The University of Kansas may soon be facing its first scheduling conflict from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to reports, the Ivy League decided on Wednesday that all of its fall sports seasons had been canceled and that the league’s winter sports seasons would not begin until after Jan. 1. The Associated Press reported that the league left open the possibility of moving some seasons to the spring if the ...

Time to pull the plug on the idea of fans in the stands in 2020

The only thing sports leaders should be promoting for fans right now is big-screen televisions, because the only way sports will have a chance to resume is if teams stay isolated and fans stay home. Even without fans, it’s far from a guarantee that things will go smoothly enough to actually have college sports, baseball, football or the resumption of the NBA season. But at least if league and school ...

Four-star KU football commitments Devin Neal, Keon Coleman both have big goals for multiple sports at Kansas

Lawrence High senior Devin Neal had a feeling that the Kansas football program would get good news last weekend, when four-star wide receiver Keon Coleman committed. But Neal made sure to check in with Coleman before the announcement anyway. During the past couple of weeks, the two future Jayhawks have spoken a few times on the phone to lay the foundation for a relationship they both hope will bring a lot of ...

Former Jayhawk Tyshawn Taylor fills up the stat sheet in TBT loss with the Stillwater Stars

Despite being decked out in black and orange instead of crimson and blue, former Kansas point guard Tyshawn Taylor filled up the stat sheet in the Stillwater Stars’ opening-round loss at The Basketball Tournament on Saturday. Taylor, [who teamed with fellow former Jayhawk Naadir Tharpe to join the Oklahoma State alums,][1] finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the Stars’ 87-71 loss to ...

Former Jayhawk Jacque Vaughn gearing up for next NBA head coaching opportunity

While the upcoming restart to the NBA season will be big for a handful of former Jayhawks still chasing a title, it may be even bigger for former KU point guard Jacque Vaughn. Vaughn, who graduated from KU in 1996 and played 12 seasons in the NBA with five franchises, is currently holding a lottery ticket that could be worth a lot: In March, four days before NBA officials shut down the 2019-20 season because ...

Kansas coach Bill Self in no hurry to determine who plays where during 2020-21 season

The Kansas men's basketball team will be welcoming a handful of new faces and seeking to replace popular starters Devon Dotson and Udoka Azubuike in the upcoming season, but coach Bill Self is hardly concerned with roles and minutes right now. “As far as tinkering and stuff, it’s hard for me to come up with ideas on how to play when I haven’t even seen four of them play yet,” Self said of newcomers ...

The return of the Percentage Wheel, a look at KU's 2020-21 strengths and weaknesses and a little recruiting

There's no time like the present to get back to our "Ask Us Anything" blog, which will feature questions from readers about KU hoops, KU football and anything else on your minds. We got a bunch of good questions this week and look forward to more in the weeks ahead. So if we didn't get to yours today, look for it next week and keep the questions coming in the meantime. We'll plan to post a new version of the ...

Louisiana wide receiver Keon Coleman picks Kansas over Oklahoma, South Carolina

At an outdoor Fourth of July barbecue on Saturday night in his hometown of Opelousas, Louisiana, Class of 2021 wide receiver Keon Coleman orally committed to play football at Kansas. The two-sport athlete who also hopes to play basketball in college picked KU over Oklahoma and South Carolina. Seated in front of a camera in his driveway with his mother to his left, Coleman revealed on Instagram Live that Kansas ...

A couple of options for a Kansas men's basketball Mount Rushmore

KU asked. So I figured I’d answer. OK, so they didn’t ask me specifically. Instead, the Kansas men's basketball Twitter account recently put out a tweet that asked all of its 930,000 followers one simple question. Who’s on your KU basketball Mount Rushmore? I know people have done this over and over for decades. But, with tomorrow being the Fourth of July, I figured it made sense to do it again. ...

Kansas football suspends voluntary workouts after 12 positive COVID-19 tests

An uptick in positive COVID-19 tests has led the Kansas football program to suspend its voluntary summer workouts, KU officials announced Friday morning. Twelve football players have now tested positive for COVID-19, and KU is requiring a 14-day self-quarantine for all football players and staff members. The number of positive tests is four times what the figure was on Monday morning, the last time the program ...

Former Jayhawks Tyshawn Taylor, Naadir Tharpe ready to ride with Oklahoma State alums in 2020 TBT

The Self Made KU alumni squad won't be in this year’s field at The Basketball Tournament, but that doesn't mean the Jayhawks won't be represented. Former KU point guards Tyshawn Taylor and Naadir Tharpe have joined a team of Oklahoma State alumni in the annual tournament, which is now in its seventh year and features former college players from all over the country competing for a $1 million prize. Last ...

KU linebacker Steven Parker dubbed one to watch during 2020 season

Kansas linebacker Steven Parker recently made an appearance on a list of redshirt freshmen poised for breakout seasons — a list that also includes players from powerhouse programs such as Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas and Auburn. Parker, who played four games during his true freshman season, made 247 Sports analyst Chris Hummer’s list of under-the-radar players who could make a big impact in 2020. The fact that ...