KU Football

Former KU All-American defensive end John Zook dies at age 72

John Zook, the anchor of the Kansas defense during the Jayhawks’ 1968 Orange Bowl season, died Sunday at age 72. His brother, Dean Zook, confirmed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that John Zook had died after a long battle with cancer. Zook's death comes 24 days after his college ...

KU reaches $2.55 million settlement with former football coach David Beaty

Story updated at 7:30 p.m. Friday: After a 15-month legal battle, the University of Kansas and former football coach David Beaty have reached a $2.55 million settlement in Beaty's lawsuit over his disputed firing. Beaty was fired in November 2018, and he sued the university in March 2019, ...

KU student-athletes set department record with 3.43 spring GPA

The University of Kansas athletic department overcame an unusual spring to set a department record with a combined 3.43 grade-point average, KU announced Wednesday. According to a news release, all 14 of KU’s varsity programs posted a GPA of 3.0 or better “for the first time since GPAs ...

Kansas football coach Les Miles says KU’s QB race has yet to begin

The Kansas football program hasn't identified a replacement for 2019 starting quarterback Carter Stanley — and without the chance to observe players in spring football, coach Les Miles says the QB contest hasn't even truly begun. “There’s no race,” the second-year head coach recently ...

Former KU, Free State standout Joe Dineen Jr. moving on to coaching ranks at SMU

Former Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. has officially retired from football and has taken the first step in what he hopes will be a long and successful coaching career. Dineen, who starred at Free State High before becoming one of the top linebackers in the Big 12 from 2015-18, announced ...

KU coaches, former Jayhawks speak out against racism

Amid the nationwide protests against racism and police brutality that were sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, University of Kansas athletics leaders and several other sports figures with KU ties are speaking out. In a joint statement issued Saturday by the athletic ...

NCAA extends recruiting dead period through July 31

Cue the virtual visits and keep those cellphones charged. It’s going to be a quiet summer on the in-person college athletics recruiting front. That much was learned this week, when the NCAA’s Division I Council Coordination Committee announced that the current recruiting dead period had ...

KU AD Jeff Long announces departmentwide furloughs, pay cuts

University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long on Wednesday announced staffwide furloughs and pay cuts for all Kansas Athletics employees, including coaches, from June 1 through the end of 2020. An email sent to KU’s donors on Wednesday afternoon outlined four tiers of the department’s ...

Girod, Long discuss what a fall semester could look like for KU academics, sports

An overarching theme of the COVID-19 crisis, University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod said Tuesday, is that it’s been much easier to shut down operations than to open them back up. Girod, appearing at the KU Health System’s daily media briefing, acknowledged that many things would ...

Three-star Georgia linebacker commits to Kansas football

Three-star linebacker Trey Staley announced his commitment to Kansas on Saturday and in doing so spoke of a challenging road ahead. “They say you have to go outside your comfort zone to get where you want to be in life,” Staley wrote in a note on Twitter. “And this decision definitely ...

NCAA votes to lift moratorium on football, basketball workouts

The NCAA Division I Council voted Wednesday to lift a moratorium on voluntary workouts by football and basketball players effective June 1 as a growing number of college leaders expressed confidence that fall sports will be possible in some form despite concerns about the coronavirus ...

Kansas Athletics survey aims to find out how ready fans are to return

Kansas Athletics Inc. is conducting an online survey to gauge fan interest in attending KU sporting events in the fall and beyond. The COVID-19 Fan Impact Survey, which is run through a third-party website, was sent to all donors, season-ticket holders and single-game ticket buyers and takes ...

Former Kansas football coach Pepper Rodgers dies at age 88

Former Kansas football coach Pepper Rodgers, who led the Jayhawks to the 1969 Orange Bowl, died Thursday at age 88, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. Born Franklin Cullen Rodgers on Oct. 8, 1931 in Atlanta, the former KU coach died after being taken off life support following ...