WRITER: Matt Tait

Report: KU to host Coastal Carolina in lone nonconference football game of 2020

A Wednesday report from The Southern Illinoisan indicated that the Kansas football program will host Coastal Carolina on Sept. 12 in the Jayhawks' lone nonconference game of 2020. During a Wednesday Zoom call with local media members, KU AD Jeff Long confirmed the Sept. 12 date of KU's season opener but did not reveal the opponent because the contract was not yet in hand. Long said KU and its Week 1 opponent ...

Matt Tait: Fate of the 2020 college football season now in the hands of the players

In a world where so much is still unknown about the COVID-19 virus that has derailed the 2020 college football season, let me share with you one certainty — this thing is on the players now. With the Big 12 moving forward with a 10-game season this fall, it’s the players who will decide not only the outcome of the games but also whether there will even be games in the first place. The challenge that ...

Big 12 Conference planning for the best while prepared for the worst

The Big 12 Conference is moving forward with college football in 2020, but not at the expense of common sense. During an hourlong conference call with reporters from across the country on Wednesday, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby explained the thinking behind the Big 12’s decision to press on while making it clear that no one involved expects a season without issues. “It’s an ever-evolving ...

NCAA leadership lacking when college athletics needs it most

It’s astonishing to me how college football, which operates under the NCAA umbrella and has done so gainfully and successfully for decades, can be so segmented during a time when conferences need to come together to find a way to play during the pandemic. There’s no one to blame but NCAA leadership for that. Instead of one voice tying all of these conferences and football programs together, it’s been ...

Pac-12's Tuesday announcement the latest move to impact KU's 2020-21 men's basketball schedule

The 2020-21 Kansas men’s basketball schedule, as currently constructed, took another hit on Tuesday, when [the Pac-12 Conference announced it would postpone all sports competitions through the end of 2020.][1] The news came in conjunction with the Pac-12 calling off the 2020 college football season and it impacts at least three games on the KU men’s basketball schedule. The KU women’s basketball ...

Jayhawks not planning anything unusual despite late start to summer workouts

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self does not believe that the delays brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have forced him into pushing his team more at the start of workouts this week. Whenever the Jayhawks get back on the court after returning to Lawrence on Sunday for the first time since March, Self said things will be cool, calm and collected from the start. “We’re not going to try to make up for ...

Despite injuries, KU redshirt freshman Jalen Wilson grew during 2019-20 season

It took less than 30 seconds of KU’s second game of the 2019-20 season for freshman Jalen Wilson’s focus for Year 1 to shift from finding a way to get minutes to finding a way to get healthy. And Wilson, who is expected to return to KU’s campus this weekend for COVID-19 testing and the start of team workouts next week, believes he did exactly that. Talking this spring on a Facebook Live video hosted ...

Newly formed Kaw Valley Junior Golf Foundation to host inaugural event Monday

A nonprofit organization that aims to support the growth of youth golf in the Douglas County area will host its first major event Monday at Lawrence Country Club. The Kaw Valley Junior Golf Foundation, which was born from the vision of area golf course operator Jeff Burey, is still in the infant stages of its existence. But Monday's tournament — an 18-hole challenge for ages 16-18 and a 9-hole event for ages ...

Former KU golfer Gary Woodland sits at even par after 2 rounds in Memphis

Former University of Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland shot a 1-under-par 69 at the St. Jude Invitational on Friday to move up three spots into a tie for 43rd. After shooting a 1-over 71 on Thursday, Woodland is now even for the tournament. Woodland made the turn on Friday after carding three birdies and a pair of bogeys on the front nine. Things got pretty vanilla from there, with Woodland parring seven ...

Four-star forward KJ Adams picks Kansas

The Kansas men’s basketball program picked up another commitment in the 2021 recruiting class on Friday night, when four-star forward KJ Adams picked the Jayhawks. A 6-foot-6, 220-pound power forward from Westlake High in Austin, Texas, Adams picked Kansas from a final 10 that included Arkansas, Baylor, Georgetown, Iona, Iowa, KU, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech and Central Florida. He announced his decision ...

5 key questions for Kansas football heading into the start of the 2020 season

One of the most unusual seasons in Kansas football history opens Friday, when the Jayhawks conduct their first official practice of 2020. In addition to the typical football-related questions that surface each August, the upcoming season features a host of other unknowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s a quick look of the five most pressing questions about Kansas football as the Jayhawks begin ...

Citing scheduling uncertainty, Big 12 Conference cancels annual media day for second time this summer

For the second time this summer, the Big 12 Conference has canceled its virtual media day for the 2020 football season. The event was originally slated for July 20-21 and rescheduled for Aug. 3. Conference officials announced the latest cancellation in a news release Thursday afternoon and said it was not yet known whether the event would be rescheduled again. “There continues to be a lot more questions ...

KU's football game with Boston College could be in jeopardy after ACC's new scheduling provisions for 2020

Wednesday’s newly unveiled plans for the 2020 football season in the Atlantic Coast Conference figure to have a direct impact on the Kansas football schedule. In addition to moving to an 11-game format, with one nonconference opponent and 10 league games, the ACC on Wednesday announced that it would require all nonconference games to be played in the state of the ACC school. That likely eliminates KU’s ...

Four-star Kansas hoops target to announce college choice on Friday

Four-star forward and current Kansas basketball target KJ Adams is expected to announce his college of choice at 6 p.m. on Friday evening, according to 247 Sports recruiting analyst Brian Snow. A 6-foot-6, 220-pound power forward from Westlake High in Austin, Texas, Adams narrowed his list to a final 10 in May and appears to be ready to pick one. His list includes Arkansas, Baylor, Georgetown, Iona, Iowa, KU, ...

KSHSAA executive board rejects proposal to delay start of fall sports seasons

A motion to delay the start of fall high school sports competitions in Kansas failed by a vote of 5-4 during Tuesday’s meeting of the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s executive board. As a result, all fall sports and activities programs will be allowed to start practices on Aug. 17 and to move forward with their regularly scheduled competitions. Local school boards, however, will still be ...

Kansas Athletics reports zero positive results in latest round of COVID-19 testing

Kansas Athletics on Tuesday night released the results of its most recent round of COVID-19 testing, which yielded zero positives in 156 tests. The testing, which included 136 athletes, took place last Saturday. KU did not provide a sport-by-sport breakdown of the athletes who were tested. But a large number of them were likely football players. On July 22, one day before KU’s football program resumed its ...

How Kansas and Southern Illinois came together to replace a pair of canceled college football games

Although it took time to finalize the details, Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long identified a replacement for New Hampshire on KU’s 2020 football schedule the same day that UNH pulled out. Mere hours after UNH AD Marty Scarano informed Long that the Wildcats would not be competing in any fall sports this year, Long placed a call to Southern Illinois AD Liz Jarnigan. Jarnigan was on the other line with ...

Walk-on guard Elijah Elliott officially transferring from KU

Sophomore walk-on Elijah Elliott is officially leaving the Kansas basketball program. The news of Elliott's decision to transfer comes one month after Kansas coach [Bill Self told the Journal-World Elliott had entered his name into the transfer portal][1] and was made official through a news release from KU on Monday. "We want to thank Elijah for all of his contributions to our program in his two years ...

Three-star defensive back from Florida commits to Kansas

Less than a week after decommitting from Ohio, three-star defensive back DeVonte Wilson orally committed to the Kansas football team Saturday afternoon. Wilson, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound cornerback from Robert F. Munroe Day School in Quincy, Fla., is close with fellow Class of 2021 KU commitment O.J. Burroughs and did not need long to make a decision. “As soon as I got the Kansas offer, I told myself I am ...

Former KU golfer Daniel Sutton finishes 4th at Korn Ferry Tour's Price Cutter Charity Championship

Former University of Kansas golfer Daniel Sutton fired his fourth consecutive round in the 60s on Sunday to take fourth place at the Korn Ferry Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship in Springfield, Mo. Playing in the final group at Highland Springs Country Club, and starting the day three strokes behind Round 3 leader Brandon Wu, Sutton did what he had to do to catch Wu, firing a 3-under par 69 while Wu ...