WRITER: Matt Tait

The give and take of increased player movement throughout college athletics

Despite one player standing 6-foot-4, 320 pounds and the other at 6-foot, 180 pounds, Da’Jon Terry and Joseph Yesufu are basically the same person. To accept this, you have to embrace the idea that Kansas football and Drake basketball are also on the same level, which, at this point, is probably more of an insult to Drake than the other way around. But thanks to the recent rise of the transfer portal ...

Former KU All-American Chris Thompson takes over as club pro at Lawrence Country Club

Lawrence Country Club has a new head golf pro and his title is merely a variation of the one he’s had for the past two decades. Former University of Kansas All-American Chris Thompson, a 44-year-old Independence native, recently accepted the job as the club’s new golf guru, transitioning from playing professional to club pro. The move for Thompson comes at the end of a 20-plus year career that featured ...

Gary Woodland within striking distance entering final round of Wells Fargo Championship

A third consecutive below-par round on Saturday at Quail Hollow has former University of Kansas All-American Gary Woodland within striking distance at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte. After entering Round 3 in a tie for the lead, Woodland shot a 1-under 70 on Saturday and, at 7-under for the tournament, sits two strokes behind leader Keith Mitchell heading into Sunday’s final round. Woodland ...

KU makes top 4 for Georgia transfer Sahvir Wheeler

The Kansas men’s basketball program made the cut for Georgia point guard Sahvir Wheeler, a sophomore transfer who released his four finalists on Friday morning. Wheeler, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound lead guard who averaged 14 points per game for the Bulldogs last season, is down to Kansas, Kentucky, LSU and Oklahoma State. He announced his four finalists on social media Friday morning via a 10-minute video of ...

Gary Woodland sits atop leaderboard after 2nd-round 69 at Wells Fargo Championship

On a day when the three players who finished ahead of him in Thursday’s first round struggled, former University of Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland moved up to the top of the leaderboard at the Wells Fargo Championship. [After finishing Round 1 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte in a tie for fourth place with a 4-under 67 on Thursday,][1] Woodland shot a 2-under 69 on Friday and finished the day in a ...

New Kansas football coach Lance Leipold's approach to building a staff drastically different than his predecessors — and that's a good thing

Continuity was one of the most popular themes of Lance Leipold’s introductory press conference on Monday, and the new KU coach’s moves since that day have delivered the Jayhawks with a fair amount of it already. Sure, Leipold and his coaching staff are new to Kansas. But the fact that they’re not new to each other is massive. In fact, [Leipold’s reported plan to bring seven Buffalo assistant coaches ...

Andrea Hudy headed back to UConn to work with Huskies' women's basketball program

Former University of Kansas men’s basketball strength coach Andrea Hudy is headed back to where it all began. After two years at Texas following a 15-year career with Bill Self at Kansas, Hudy is returning to UConn to take over as the director of sports performance for Geno Auriemma’s women’s basketball program, the school announced Wednesday. Hudy, who earned her Master’s degree from UConn in 1999, ...

KU target Tyty Washington to announce college choice on May 15

Four-star prospect Tyty Washington, a highly coveted point guard from Compass Prep in Phoenix, has pegged May 15 as decision date. Washington revealed the news on social media Tuesday morning by first announcing May 12 as the big day before later correcting himself with a tweet that said May 15 was the date to circle. Kansas, which currently has one scholarship available to hand out, is on the list. Bill ...

Matt Tait: The fit for Kansas and new football coach Lance Leipold appears to be a two-way street

The word “fit” was used at least a couple dozen times during Monday’s introduction of Lance Leipold as the new Kansas football coach at KU’s indoor facility. But the most noteworthy thing about its prominence was the belief from both sides that the idea of KU finding the right man to lead its struggling football program was not a one-way street. Leipold fits KU and what the Jayhawks need to start the ...

Leaning into the running game should be KU's primary focus heading into the 2021 season

Most years, it’s hard to take too much, good or bad, out of Kansas football’s annual spring game. But this year, during the White team’s 74-42 win over the Blue, it was darn near impossible. However, throughout all of the big plays by the defense, missed opportunities and depth chart juggling that went on during Saturday’s spring game, one thing stood out that could — and absolutely should — be a ...

Substance-over-style approach makes Lance Leipold a great fit for Kansas football

It did not take long for first-year/first-month University of Kansas Athletic Director Travis Goff to identify [Lance Leipold as the right hire for the KU football job,][1] proof positive that Goff was talking to the right people during the recent search to replace Les Miles. From the minute Miles left town, Leipold’s name was the one I heard most often from multiple people who are deeply invested in the ...

No reason to expect KU's football roster to fall apart after hiring of Lance Leipold

After what will go down as a thorough search for its new football coach, [the University of Kansas has its man in Lance Leipold.][1] And just because Leipold is not the name that a large and loud chunk of the current KU roster backed throughout the search does not spell doom for Kansas football. There’s little doubt that several of the Jayhawks who just went through spring ball with interim coach Emmett ...

KU AD Travis Goff is not taking too long to hire a football coach, you're just excited; both are OK

There should be no concern among the Kansas fan base over how thorough new KU Athletic Director Travis Goff has been in his vetting of football candidates. Multiple sources familiar with the most recent KU football coaching search have raved about Goff’s preparedness, his plan and his execution of that plan, as he sought to make the first major hire of his career. One source with decades of college ...

Former Jayhawk 3-point king Billy Thomas named new head coach at Rockhurst High

Former Kansas sharpshooter Billy Thomas has been named the head basketball coach at Rockhurst High in Kansas City, Mo., the school announced Thursday. Thomas, who left KU as the program’s all-time leader in 3-point makes, — the record has since been broken by Jeff Boschee — played at KU from 1994-98. He takes over for Pete Campbell, who announced his retirement in early March. The job is Thomas’ ...

NCAA says decisions in all 6 current IARP infractions cases expected in next 12 months

Although still vague and potentially months away, the NCAA on Tuesday provided an updated timeline for rulings in the six infractions cases currently being reviewed by the Independent Accountability Resolution Process. In a news release, the NCAA revealed that decisions in all six cases, including the one tied to the University of Kansas men’s basketball program, are expected in the next 12 months. Memphis, ...

Breaking down the 2021-22 Kansas basketball roster as things stand today

If all of the activity surrounding the Kansas men’s basketball program of late has your head spinning a bit, you’re definitely not alone. I can’t tell you the number of KU fans who have reached out to me in the past couple of weeks in search of some insight into the state of KU’s current roster. At least on paper, it looks to me like the Jayhawks have gotten better. A lot better. That’s not a ...

Reports: Danny Manning to join Mark Turgeon's coaching staff at Maryland

According to multiple reports, including one from 247 Sports Maryland site InsideMDSports and another from The Baltimore Sun, KU legend Danny Manning is joining Mark Turgeon’s coaching staff at Maryland. Manning and Turgeon were teammates at KU for three seasons, from 1984-87. Manning will take over for former Maryland assistant DeAndre Haynes, who recently left the program to join Shaka Smart at ...

Marcus Garrett says goodbye to Kansas, declares for 2021 NBA draft

Kansas senior Marcus Garrett’s college career is over. Garrett announced on KU’s website on Wednesday night, in a goodbye letter titled “Rock Chalk Forever,” that he was declaring for the 2021 NBA draft and that “putting all my efforts into preparing for the 2021 NBA draft,” and not planning to return to KU for another season. “There’s only one bad part about being a basketball player at ...

A few key questions surrounding the KU football coaching search

As yet another Kansas football coaching search moves through a new week, the most obvious question on the minds of KU fans is simple: Who are the Jayhawks going to hire? It may take a little bit of time to sort that out. And we probably will never know the full extent to which new KU Athletic Director Travis Goff went during his first football hire. Some information will leak out. And the identity of a ...

KU target TyTy Washington shares Bill Self's recruiting pitch in Instagram Live interview

Kansas coach Bill Self is prepared to give a prominent role to four-star point guard TyTy Washington, a current KU recruiting target out of Compass Prep in Phoenix, Ariz. During an Instagram Live interview with ESPN recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi over the weekend, Washington shared the content of his first conversation with Self, which came on a Zoom call several weeks back. “So, the very first time I ...