WRITER: Matt Tait

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self pleased with early effort being put in by transfer guard Remy Martin

There may still be a long way to go until Kansas transfer Remy Martin fully has a grasp of what his role will be with the Jayhawks during the upcoming season. But, after spending a little over two weeks around him — including the end of summer workouts and the first full week of preseason practices — KU coach Bill Self has discovered one thing he really likes about his new point guard. “He’s thinking ...

Kansas hoops coach Bill Self enjoying veteran roster during early workouts for 2021-22 season

With roughly a month still to go before the first official practice of the 2021-22 Kansas basketball season, KU coach Bill Self is starting to take inventory of what this team has while not putting too much stock in anything just yet. “We’re a deep team,” Self said Monday before teeing off at his annual golf tournament to benefit the Boy Scouts of America at The Jayhawk Club. “And we’re an old team. ...

KU Fall Sports Preview: New faces, same goal for Kansas women's soccer program

The number of former Kansas women’s soccer players playing professionally has increased drastically during the last five years, and head coach Mark Francis believes that’s a product of the way his team prepares and plays. As Francis and his coaching staff travel to homes and soccer fields to recruit the next crop of KU players, one of the first things they hear from the players they target is that they ...

KU Fall Sports Preview: Deepest roster in program history aiming to make Kansas volleyball a contender again

With every player back from the shortened 2020 season and the biggest roster the program has ever had, Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard believes the Jayhawks are well positioned to start climbing back toward the top of the Big 12 Conference. Memories of consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and even the program’s first ever Final Four berth in 2015 are still fresh in many minds around the program. And ...

KU Fall Sports Preview: Young KU cross country squads eager to see what depth can do in 2021

Building depth throughout a roster without a single senior will be a key part of the 2021 Kansas cross country season for both the men and the women. Two weeks removed from the season-opening Bob Timmons Classic, KU coach Michael Whittlesey emphasized that while both teams have quality returners at the top of their lineups, the team’s success this season may depend on how hard their teammates can push them. ...

Fall Sports Preview: Lawrence High fall sports programs feature mixture of new leadership and hungry returners

It’s a year of firsts for some of the most visible Lawrence High sports positions, as the Lions will be led by both a new athletic director and new football coach in 2021. Mike Gillman takes over for Nick Wood in the AD office and football newcomer Clint Bowen steps in to coach the high school program he played for after a long coaching career at the college level. Beyond that, recent renovations to the ...

Realignment Today: Report pegs KU Chancellor Douglas Girod as part of Big 12's expansion committee

According to [a Thursday report from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal,][1] it appears that University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod is part of a sub-committee charged with looking into potential Big 12 expansion, as the winds of realignment blow back toward the middle of America. In the report, Texas Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt reportedly said he, Baylor AD Mack Rhoades and “presidents” from Iowa ...

New faces, fresh starts the focus for many Free State High fall sports teams in 2021

The 2021 high school fall sports seasons at Lawrence High and Free State are officially under way, with a few programs opening play or practicing for the first time since last October. Like many things, the 2020 fall seasons were dramatically altered by the COVID-19 pandemic, and while precautions remain in place, the coaches, athletes and administrative staff at both schools are hopeful that the upcoming ...

Realignment Today: Why KU remaining patient (for now) is the right move as the ACC, Big Ten & Pac-12 formally announce new alliance

Updated at 3:27 p.m. Commissioners from the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 joined together on Tuesday to formally announce an alliance between their three power conferences. While doing so, they made sure to point out that they’re rooting for the Big 12 Conference and emphasized that a thriving Big 12 is good for college athletics and the power conference landscape as a whole. Not so good that they would ...

Kansas basketball roster returns to campus in full, begins work for 2021-22 season

Monday marked the official start of the 2021-22 University of Kansas school year and, as a result, the unofficial beginning of the college basketball season. While Lance Leipold’s football team, along with volleyball, soccer, cross country and a few spring sports with fall sessions, will be operating in the spotlight first, KU coach Bill Self’s Jayhawks began working toward the start of their season, as ...

QB Race 2021 - Who brings what to the Kansas football huddle?

It’s almost game week for the Kansas football program and we still don’t know which quarterback will be the first to take a snap for Lance Leipold’s first KU team. Truth be told, Leipold still might not even know yet. As he has promised repeatedly throughout preseason practices, this battle is one that could go right up until kickoff on Friday night. All three QBs who appear to have been in the ...

Kansas cracks final four for 5-star forward Mark Mitchell

It’s down to Kansas, Duke, UCLA and Missouri in the recruitment of five-star small forward Mark Mitchell, who trimmed his list down to four on Saturday. Mitchell, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing ranked No. 8 overall in the 2022 class by Rivals.com, released his trimmed-down list on social media on Saturday afternoon. The posts featured images of Mitchell in all four uniforms along with logos of his finalists ...

Five-star KU hoops target Mark Mitchell to narrow list on Saturday

Five-star prospect Mark Mitchell, one of the top-rated players in the prep class of 2022, has announced that he will trim his list of schools down to a small group of finalists on Saturday. Ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 8 overall player in his class, Mitchell spent his first few years of high school at nearby Bishop Miege before transferring to Sunrise Christian Academy during the offseason. The talented ...

Grunhard family's past experiences at KU aided Colin's decision to join Jayhawks

When I first heard that Colin Gunhard was transferring to Kansas to finish his college career, one thought went through my head. There was no way his father, former Kansas City Chiefs center Tim Grunhard, would have let him come to KU if he did not believe the football program was in a better spot today than it was when the elder Grunhard was an assistant coach at KU for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. I never ...

Realignment Today: As reports surface of a power conference alliance moving forward, at least one of those conferences remains open to expansion

As the alliance between the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 continues to move toward reality, at least one of those conferences appears to still be considering expansion. The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach reported Friday [that a formal announcement about the alliance between the three power conferences could be announced as soon as next week.][1] Her report indicates that in addition to making sense from a scheduling ...

Want KU to end up in the Big Ten? Now's a good time to start acting like it belongs

As Kansas football’s first preseason camp under head coach Lance Leipold nears its end, the evaluation of this team remains a work in progress and is expected to continue right up to kickoff on Sept. 3. But while Leipold and his staff still have plenty to sort out before the opener, would you believe that it’s the Kansas fans that could be the most important part of the 2021 season? For years, you’ve ...

Former KU guard Brady Morningstar officially added to Kansas basketball staff

After four years as an assistant coach at lower levels and several more as a playing professional, former Kansas guard Brady Morningstar is coming back to his alma mater. KU coach Bill Self officially announced on Thursday evening that the 2010 KU graduate from Free State High in Lawrence is joining his staff as video coordinator. Morningstar, 35, takes the job previously held by Jeremy Case who was promoted ...

IARP rule changes could alter timeline for ruling in KU basketball infractions case

Two full years into its existence, and still without making a ruling on any of its cases, the NCAA’s Independent Accountability Resolutions Process has tweaked its rules in an effort to speed things up. The independent accountability oversight committee recommended the changes, according to an NCAA release. The NCAA’s infractions case against the University of Kansas men’s basketball program, which ...

New job means new approach for KU football coach Lance Leipold, even if his core philosophies remain the same

Last spring, before Les Miles was sent packing and long before Lance Leipold knew he would be a top candidate at Kansas, Leipold had the next several months of his life lined up pretty well. With a talented team returning to Buffalo and players and coaches he knew well in key spots, he would run through spring practice and roar into the fall with visions of trophies, championships and rings in his head. But ...

My top four takeaways from a long and productive Kansas football media day

Tuesday’s Kansas football media day delivered the largest collection of individual access that I can remember in a single day in all of my years covering the program. Head coach Lance Leipold and his offensive and defensive coordinators, Andy Kotelnicki and Brian Borland, answered questions for nearly an hour. They were candid about the performances and prospects of those players they were asked about [and ...