WRITER: Matt Tait

Proactive approach critical for KU if Oklahoma and Texas really do leave the Big 12

Remember when the most important thing on new Kansas Athletic Director Travis Goff’s to-do list was to make sure he got the football hire right? Well, the first-year AD got all of 78 days to enjoy the work he did on that front. And we don’t even truly know how that’s going to turn out yet. But now, before new KU football coach Lance Leipold can even conduct his first official practice, it’s on to ...

A look at KU's options if departures by Oklahoma and Texas put the Big 12 in jeopardy

It may still be a little premature to look at possible landing spots for Kansas in the event that Oklahoma and Texas really do leave the Big 12 Conference for the SEC. But the two-week timeline that was reported and the mere fact that this is even being discussed in the first place make it a worthwhile endeavor. So here it goes. The way I see it, if OU and UT leave the conference, KU would have five ...

Kansas track coach Stanley Redwine overjoyed to finally clear Olympic hurdle

University of Kansas track coach Stanley Redwine is on the verge of seeing a dream come true. After qualifying but coming up short at five consecutive Olympic trials as an athlete from 1980-1996, Redwine finally is headed to the Olympics with the United States track team. Beginning next week in Tokyo, Redwine will serve as an assistant coach to head coach Michael Holloway, with his focus being mostly on the ...

Report: Former Jayhawk Silvio De Sousa transferring to Chattanooga to finish college basketball career

Former University of Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa confirmed to the Journal-World on Tuesday afternoon that he is headed to Tennessee to continue his college basketball career at Chattanooga. Stadium’s Jeff Goodman was the first to report the news. De Sousa, whose Kansas career was known as much for what he did off of the stat sheet as on it, announced last fall that he was leaving the KU basketball ...

Kansas basketball players stage surprise scrimmage for Lawrence Boys & Girls Club members

What was supposed to be a summer scrimmage between fourth- and fifth-grade Boys & Girls Club basketball teams on Monday morning turned into a wild surprise featuring the Kansas Jayhawks. For a little more than an hour, nearly the entire KU men’s basketball roster scrimmaged with 14 Boys & Girls Club members at Prairie Park Elementary School. The Prairie Park kids thought a similar group from ...

KU's Dajuan Harris headed to Spain in August with USA all-star team

Kansas point guard Dajuan Harris is scheduled to head to Spain in August to play for the USA East Coast all-star Red team in a series of games against international competition. Harris, who is set to enter his third year with the Jayhawks during the 2021-22 season, will play for a team led by former Kansas coach Larry Brown, who recently joined Penny Hardaway’s staff at Memphis. Joining Harris on the Red ...

Gary Woodland misses cut at 2021 British Open

Former University of Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland finished his second round at the British Open with three consecutive birdies to finish even on the day. But Woodland’s late run was not enough to save him and he missed the cut after shooting 3 over par during the event’s first two rounds. [Woodland shot 73 on Thursday][1] and followed that up with a 70 on Friday to miss the cut line by two strokes. ...

KU football leaders Kwamie Lassiter II, Kenny Logan Jr. make the best of strange circumstances forcing them to miss out on Big 12 Media Days in Dallas

Up early and dressed to the nines by 6 a.m., Kansas football players Kwamie Lassiter II and Kenny Logan Jr. spent the rest of Thursday lounging in the team facility in their suits instead of representing the program at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas. The disruption in the day’s plan came when inclement weather in and around Lawrence forced KU pilots to cancel their flight to Dallas. Head coach Lance Leipold, ...

Gary Woodland fires a 3-over 73 at opening round of 2021 British Open

Across the pond, playing in golf’s final major of the season, former University of Kansas All-American Gary Woodland shot a 3-over 73 in Round 1 of the 2021 British Open on Thursday in Sandwich, England. Woodland played even-par golf through 13 holes at Royal St. George on Thursday — a bogey at No. 4, a birdie at No. 10 and the rest pars — but carded bogeys on three of his final five holes to fall down ...

KU men's basketball to face North Texas in opening round of ESPN Events Invitational on Nov. 25

The Kansas men’s basketball team will face North Texas in the opening round of the ESPN Events Invitational on Nov. 25 in Kissimmee, Fla., the network announced Thursday. KU is one of eight teams playing in the Thanksgiving-week event, which will feature three games in four days. The game time is set for either 1 or 1:30 p.m. that day and the winner will advance to the 12 p.m. semifinal on Nov. 26 against ...

Details for the return of an in-person Rock Chalk Roundball Classic starting to surface

The annual Rock Chalk Roundball Classic is back, with this year’s charity basketball game slated for 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at Free State High. The 13th such game that routinely features dozens of some of the biggest names from Kansas basketball’s past, will be part of a two-night fundraiser that also will incorporate bowling into the mix on Aug. 6. “Don’t think of Roundball this year as being better than the ...

Kansas senior Ochai Agbaji believes returning to KU was the right decision and now he's ready to win

Eudora — Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji said he knew he was going to come back to school “a couple of days after the combine,” and that the final decision came down to him feeling comfortable with his next move. “(It was) really just me and the mirror,” Agbaji said Tuesday during a break in Washburn Basketball’s satellite camp at Eudora High. “There’s a lot of outside voices, different people ...

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self gearing up for final 2 summer camp sessions in late July

After a year off because of the pandemic, Bill Self Basketball Camps at KU are back in full swing and, in some ways, better than ever. “Our first camp, in late June, was very successful, even though it was different,” Self told the Journal-World this week when looking ahead to the final two sessions at the end of the month. The camps, which typically feature instruction and interaction with current and ...

Kansas basketball big man David McCormack returns to practice floor after offseason foot surgery

Kansas forward David McCormack was back on the court practicing on Monday afternoon, KU coach Bill Self told the Journal-World. McCormack, who had surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot on the final day of March initially was expected to miss around 12 weeks during his recovery. Wednesday marks the 15-week mark since McCormack’s surgery. Self said the senior forward was “in good shape” on ...

Lawrence High grad and KU linebacker Cole Mondi one of the country's first walk-ons to capitalize on NCAA's new NIL rules

Earlier this week, Kansas linebacker and Lawrence native Cole Mondi became one of the country’s first walk-ons to capitalize on the NCAA’s new name, image and likeness rules. The former Lawrence High football star who is in his first year with the KU football program agreed to an NIL deal with 23rd Street Brewery. The details of the deal are still being finalized, but Brewery owner Matt Llewellyn said ...

Kansas football once again picked to finish last in Big 12 in preseason media poll

The way the media sees it, first-year Kansas football coach Lance Leipold has his work cut out for him. With 39 points — one from each voter — the Jayhawks were a unanimous pick to finish last in the 10-team Big 12 conference in this year's preseason media poll which was released Thursday. In fact, KU was nowhere near ninth-place selection Texas Tech, which finished with 103 points. Seeing KU in the ...

New Kansas point guard Remy Martin to wear No. 11 during 2021-22 season

Tuesday’s news that KU guard [Ochai Agbaji][1] and [Remy Martin][2] were withdrawing their names from the NBA draft pool brought with it the finalization of KU’s roster online. It also revealed that Martin will be changing numbers for his lone season with the Jayhawks. After wearing No. 1 for four years at Arizona State, Martin is changing to No. 11 at Kansas. We have yet to talk with Martin about his ...

Marcus Garrett keeping one eye on Kansas while working out for NBA teams ahead of July 29 draft

Plenty busy with his own schedule at the moment, former Kansas guard Marcus Garrett said Tuesday that he was still keeping a close eye on what was happening in Lawrence at his alma mater. And on a day when the Jayhawks learned that returning senior Ochai Agbaji and Arizona State transfer Remy Martin were both staying in school for one more season, Garrett said he liked what he saw. “Best team in the ...

Kansas senior Ochai Agbaji sitting on a golden opportunity; all he has to do is take it

After weeks of working on his game and debating the decision to turn pro or return to college, Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji announced Tuesday that he was coming back to KU for his senior season. While no one ever has – or likely ever will — confused Agbaji for a Devonte’ Graham type of personality, he has the opportunity to follow in Graham’s footsteps and be the face of the program during the upcoming ...

Lineup versatility at an all-time high with new-look Kansas basketball roster

There are 125 days between now and when it actually matters, and that should provide KU fans with plenty of time to dream up at least that many different lineups for the 2021-22 Kansas men’s basketball team. Luckily, the current KU roster is loaded with both the kind of talent and the number of bodies that make such an exercise a possibility. From five super seniors and four returning starters to four ...