WRITER: Matt Tait

2 years after calling out KU, Baker Mayfield is back in the middle of a handshake controversy

It’s been nearly two years since Joe Dineen Jr. and the rest of the Kansas football captains walked to midfield at Memorial Stadium and [refused to shake hands with the Oklahoma Sooners and future Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield][1] after the opening coin toss. Evidently, that’s long enough for Mayfield to forget how he felt about that move. After that game, a 41-3 drubbing by the Sooners in ...

Leaner, more explosive Azubuike eager to bring rim protection to Kansas lineup

Although the official roster still lists him at 7 feet tall and 270 pounds, the word around the Kansas basketball program is that senior center Udoka Azubuike has dropped some serious weight. “He’s lost (about) 40 pounds since the beginning of the summer,” Kansas coach Bill Self said recently during an appearance on 610 Sports Radio. “His body just looks terrific and he’s so much more confident now ...

Kansas makes final cut for 5-star forward Isaiah Todd

Five-star power forward Isaiah Todd on Monday morning narrowed his list from a final five to a top two, keeping Kansas in the mix along with Michigan. The 6-foot-10, 200-pound Todd, who hails from Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C., revealed his two finalists in a Tweet early Monday and said he would pick between KU and Michigan on Oct. 17, which also is his 18th birthday. Todd, who is ranked No. ...

3-star center, Late Night visitor Davion Bradford to announce college choice Friday

3-star-center-late-night-visitor-davion- Late Night visitor and Kansas basketball target Davion Bradford has pegged Friday as decision day. Three days after attending KU’s annual season tipoff event at Allen Fieldhouse, the 7-foot center from St. Louis announced on Twitter that he would announce his college choice at 5 p.m. Friday. Bradford is a three-star prospect ranked No. 133 overall in the 2020 class ...

Confident, comfortable David McCormack makes strong season debut at Late Night

Fans who have heard all offseason about Kansas sophomore David McCormack’s expanded range got to see it firsthand during the Jayhawks’ 12-minute scrimmage at Late Night in the Phog on Friday night. After his first outside jumper, a 3-pointer midway through, McCormack raced back down the floor with three fingers in the air and a little extra pep in his step. After his second, an 18-footer late in the ...

Matt Tait: Les Miles' move to name Brent Dearmon KU's new OC only works if he lets it

Give Kansas football coach Les Miles credit for making the difficult move to part ways with offensive coordinator Les Koenning. Now for the easy part — slide out of the way and let Brent Dearmon do his thing. Making a coaching change of this magnitude midseason is never easy. It threatens stability, tests friendships and introduces the risk of having to start all over when you don’t really have time to ...

Late Night Notebook: Ochai Agbaji with the ball, KU's speed demons and an injury update

Given the fact that Snoop Dogg’s Late Night set was three times as long and a lot more eye-opening than the Jayhawks’ scrimmage, it makes sense that the music stole so many headlines Friday night and Saturday morning. But this was a basketball event after all, and KU coach Bill Self was more than happy to talk hoops after it was over. “I thought neither team guarded a lick tonight and I thought it ...

Expectations unchanged for Jayhawks as they tip off season with Late Night

Never one to have trouble firing up an Allen Fieldhouse crowd, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self took his hype machine to a whole new level on Friday night. Speaking to a packed house just before 8 p.m. at the 35th annual Late Night in the Phog, Self talked briefly about last season’s disappointing 26-10 finish before setting the bar for the 2019-20 season. “We don’t allow our expectations to change,” ...

Snoop Dogg's performance more than KU officials expected

With legendary hip hop artist Snoop Dogg bringing the bulk of his tour show to Allen Fieldhouse for Late Night in the Phog on Friday, the Kansas men’s basketball program got a little more than it bargained for in terms of the props and theatrics that were included. With dancers, a money gun and profanity all a regular part of Snoop’s set and songs, Kansas coach Bill Self was noticeably concerned about how ...

How Kansas basketball landed Snoop Dogg for Late Night in the Phog

Despite what you might have seen in a promotional video earlier this year involving KU's Les Miles and rapper Rick Ross, scheduling a world-famous musician for an event at KU is not as easy as a head coach simply picking up the phone. And when you consider that Snoop Dogg, the headliner for Friday’s 35th annual Late Night in the Phog at Allen Fieldhouse — 6:30 p.m. on ESPN+ — has sold more than 35 ...

Late Night Primer 2019 - 5 things to watch at KU basketball's annual season tipoff extravaganza

Late Night is now just two days away and there appears to be more than ever to keep an eye on this year. From a rowdy fan base to a deep roster and dozens of skits, one-liners, videos and highlights, this year’s season tipoff figures to be one of the most energetic in recent memory. Maybe that’s because fans of the program believe today that Kansas basketball is under attack and they’re dying to show ...

Self talks California law change; complete list of scheduled Late Night visitors

It has yet to arrive in Kansas and might never get here, but if it does KU basketball coach Bill Self believes wild times are ahead for college athletics. Self for the first time on Wednesday morning publicly shared his thoughts about the new law passed in California that allows college athletes to make money off of their likeness and endorsement deals while still in school. “It’s wild,” Self said ...

Marcus Garrett ready to handle backup point guard role for Kansas

Down a guard after the sudden departure of freshman Issac McBride, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self recently said McBride’s departure did nothing to hurt KU’s depth in the backcourt. The reason? According to Self, KU already had a more experienced option behind starting point guard Devon Dotson in place in junior Marcus Garrett. “He wasn’t a point anyway,” Self said of McBride. “Marcus was ...

Player, positional versatility bring serious flexibility to 2019-20 KU basketball lineup

When it comes to covering the Kansas basketball program, there are few things more fun than taking a look at all of the different lineups available to KU coach Bill Self before another season of Jayhawk basketball. Most years, because of the depth and talent lining the Kansas locker room, this exercise is full of options and new ways to build a half dozen different lineups. And this year is certainly no ...

If this is the end, Khalil Herbert's Kansas career closes with a sour taste

This new college football rule about playing four games and still being able to redshirt — now in its second year of existence — is great for the players when used properly. And it’s an absolute disaster when it’s not. Although there has been no official word from the University of Kansas or senior running back Khalil Herbert, that certainly appears to be what’s happening with the 2-3 Jayhawks ...

Increased intensity, shiners and Late Night chatter all a part KU's first official hoops practice of 2019-20

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/jun/18/329534/ The first official practice of the 2019-20 Kansas men’s basketball season lasted one hour and 59 minutes. But don’t tell that to the six newcomers on the KU roster going through a real Bill Self practice for the first time. “They did well,” Self said of the KU rookies shortly after Thursday’s first practice wrapped. “But I think about an hour ...

KU coach Bill Self says looming NCAA situation no distraction for team, motivation for him

Making his first public comments since receiving a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA on Monday, Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self said he did not think the looming NCAA situation would be a distraction for his team and that instead it would motivate him. “I do think it could become that if I’m not very mature about it,” Self said Thursday after the Jayhawks’ first official practice of the ...

Bill Self addresses KU recruiting challenges brought on by NCAA allegations

One of the most noticeable and immediate potential pitfalls from the NCAA’s case against the Kansas men’s basketball program [figures to come on the recruiting trail.][1] [With the stage set for a hefty battle between Kansas and the NCAA in the coming months following the delivery of Monday’s Notice of Allegations to Lawrence,][2] KU coach Bill Self on Thursday shared his thoughts on the status of KU’s ...

Sizing up the state of KU's point guard play with McBride out of the picture

Kansas coach Bill Self used the word “disappointed” when talking about [freshman Issac McBride’s decision to leave the program last week.][1] But don’t for a second let that lead you to believe the Jayhawks are in bad shape at point guard moving forward. For one, they still have Devon Dotson, who has only gotten better this offseason and proved during his freshman year that he was capable of playing ...

Postseason bans, lack of institutional control not necessarily a death sentence for blue blood programs

When it comes to big time college athletic programs being punished by the NCAA for major violations, history shows that even the harshest penalties can be overcome in time. It’s still far too early to know exactly what is coming for the Kansas men’s basketball program and head coach Bill Self in the wake of Monday’s Notice of Allegations sent by the NCAA. [But severe penalties are on the table.][1] [The ...