WRITER: Matt Tait

Ottawa, Baker postpone upcoming college football games

The Ottawa University and Baker University football programs have pushed back Saturday's previously scheduled games because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ottawa postponed its game with Sterling College and next week’s game at Kansas Wesleyan after one of its football players tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. According to a news release, the university tested three additional players following the ...

Ailing Gary Woodland shoots second straight 74 to drop to 8-over at 2020 U.S. Open

Defending U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland followed up Thursday's 4-over 74 with another 74 on Friday to fall to 8-over for the tournament after two days. Woodland finished Round 2 two shots off of the cut line and will not be around Winged Foot to defend his title in Rounds 3 and 4 this weekend. The former KU All-American opened Friday's round with a double bogey and never got on track from there, ...

A simple idea that could make KU's 2020-21 nonconference slate spectacular

Now that we know the start date for the 2020-21 college basketball season, it’s time to start diving a little deeper into what the Kansas men’s basketball schedule might look like. While four games on the schedule were slated to take place before the new Nov. 25 start date, it’s likely that at least one of them will be saved. That, of course, is the Champions Classic clash with Kentucky, previously ...

Gary Woodland opens title defense with a 4-over 74 in Round 1 of 2020 U.S. Open

Former University of Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland opened defense of his 2019 U.S. Open title on Thursday with a 4-over 74 at the Winged Foot West course in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Woodland finished the day in a tie for 92nd and will have some work to do on Friday to make the cut to stick around for the weekend. His U.S. Open victory in June of 2019 made Woodland the first Jayhawk to win one of golf’s major ...

Gary Woodland's U.S. Open title defense begins with a special introduction before a recent practice round

Former University of Kansas golfer Gary Woodland is in New York this week, preparing to defend his U.S. Open crown at Winged Foot Golf Club. But before moving on to make new memories of what he hopes will be another run to claim the U.S. Open Championship Trophy, Woodland received a special surprise to kick-start his Tuesday practice round. As he went to tee up his ball on the first hole of the Winged Foot ...

Just 1 Jayhawk still standing in the NBA's bubble in Orlando

Nine former Jayhawks made their way into the NBA’s “bubble” in Orlando when the season resumed earlier this summer and just one is still standing. With the NBA’s conference finals now set (Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver in the West and Boston vs. Miami in the East), it’s up to Lakers forward Markieff Morris to bring a championship ring to Jayhawk Nation this season. His brother, Marcus, was ...

KU-Oklahoma women's soccer match postponed because of COVID-19 issues on OU roster

The University of Kansas women’s soccer team’s home opener against Oklahoma on Friday has been postponed because of COVID-19 issues with the OU roster. According to a news release from KU, the number of positive tests and contacts on OU’s roster exceeded the Big 12 Conference’s minimum standard for competition which states that teams must have 14 student-athletes available to play, including at least ...

NCAA pegs Nov. 25 as start date for 2020-21 college hoops season

The NCAA Division I Council on Wednesday afternoon identified Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving, as the official start date for the 2020-21 college basketball season. In addition, the Council outlined several parameters for the upcoming season, including a minimum (13) and maximum (27) number of regular season games, a recommendation of at least four nonconference games and the elimination of all exhibition ...

Report: Orlando becoming a key part of the start of the 2020-21 college basketball season

College basketball soon could be taking a page out of the NBA’s return to play to jumpstart the 2020-21 season. According to a report from CBS Sports Insider Jon Rothstein, Orlando, Fla., is in line to be the host site for several early-season college tournaments, including the Champions Classic and Wooden Legacy tournaments that the Kansas men’s basketball team is scheduled to play in. Orlando, which ...

Trying to make sense of the KU offense's season-opening struggles

Twenty-three points and 367 yards, including just a field goal by halftime, was not exactly the offensive explosion Kansas football fans were expecting to see in the debut game of Offensive Coordinator Brent Dearmon’s first full season in charge of the Jayhawks’ offense. But as unimaginative and ho-hum as the KU offense looked for much of the game on Saturday night, there were a couple of reasons why. ...

Saturday's 38-23 loss to Coastal Carolina the latest in a long line of setbacks just like it for Kansas football

One did not need to dissect the scene too intensely to see just how tough [Saturday’s 38-23 loss to Coastal Carolina][1] was on the Kansas Jayhawks. It sucked. It stung. And there was no doubting that these guys saw the 2020 season opener playing out differently than it did. But there was a strange sense of calm about the way they handled it. Well versed in dealing with disappointing outcomes, the four ...

Matt Tait: College football's back, but it sure looks and feels different

The first snap of the 2020 Kansas football season was taken by KU senior Thomas MacVittie at 9:21 p.m. on Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium and it led to a routine completion to Takulve Williams for no gain in KU's eventual 38-23 defeat to Coastal Carolina. Everything that led up to it, however, was anything but normal. And we’re not just talking about the roller-coaster summer during ...

Why Les Miles gets a free pass in 2020 and season predictions from the KUsports.com staff

Recent history indicates that the second year of a head football coach’s career at Kansas has been critical to his staying power. Turner Gill was fired after going 2-10 in his second season. Charlie Weis made it just four games into his third season after posting a 4-20 mark with two last-place Big 12 finishes during his first two years. And David Beaty made it through four seasons as a sort of dead man ...

ACC hoops coaches to propose all-inclusive 2021 NCAA Tournament

There has been talk in the past about expanding the men’s basketball NCAA Tournament from 68 teams to 72, 96 or even 128. But if the ACC coaches get their way in 2020, those numbers will look tiny. According to multiple reports Wednesday morning from national college basketball writers across the country, the ACC coaches this week voted unanimously to propose a plan that allows all Division I men’s ...

Former KU standout Aqib Talib retiring from the NFL

Former University of Kansas All-American and Super Bowl 50 champion Aqib Talib has decided to call it a career. Talib, who starred with the Jayhawks for three seasons from 2005-07 and won Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos in 2016, playing alongside fellow former Jayhawk Chris Harris, announced his retirement on Wednesday morning on Twitter. Instead of covering wide receivers in 2020, Talib is jumping ...

Why I'm not buying the talk of KU playing 2 QBs on Saturday night vs. Coastal Carolina

I know Kansas football coach Les Miles said Monday that he could see the Jayhawks playing both Thomas MacVittie and Miles Kendrick in KU’s season opener on Saturday night against Coastal Carolina. In fact, I’m well aware that [Miles even went as far as to call it “a good possibility” that both would play.][1] But I’m not buying it. Miles is too smart to do that in the opener of a season in which ...

Former KU All-American Thomas Robinson bringing "Beyond Basketball" camp to Kansas

Former Kansas All-American Thomas Robinson is bringing an elite basketball experience for children ages 9-17 to the Sunflower State later this month. Through his new camp, dubbed The Thomas Robinson Beyond Basketball Performance Program, the former KU forward plans to introduce young athletes in the area to all aspects of the game, from education and nutrition to drill work and film study. The three-day camp ...

KU basketball recruiting notebook: A PG to watch, big men options and a college hoops newcomer

After being cut from his list of finalists a couple of weeks ago, the Kansas men’s basketball program returned to Class of 2022 point guard Skyy Clark’s top 10 earlier this week. The reason? While most programs Clark dropped when announcing his final eight simply went away, the Kansas coaching staff stayed in touch and grabbed Clark’s attention by doing so. “Even though they didn’t make the top ...

Lawrence High rocks Shawnee Heights, 53-0, in 2020 season opener

Although Shawnee Heights technically was Lawrence High football's opponent in Friday’s season opener, the Lions’ 53-0 victory at LHS turned out to be a battle between the LHS offense and defense. And it was nearly impossible to determine a winner. Behind a stifling defense and an offense full of big plays, the Lions pounced on the Thunderbirds from the opening kickoff and never let up. LHS (1-0) led ...

LHS, Free State football teams eager to kick off unusual 2020 season

Preparing for the start of any high school football season is always a challenge, but doing it in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic has made it tougher. After weeks of worrying, wondering and finding a way to get ready, the Free State and Lawrence High football teams open the 2020 season at 7 p.m. Friday, with LHS hosting Shawnee Heights and Free State welcoming De Soto to town. Both games will serve as ...