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Danny Manning moves to next phase of coaching career with no shortage of options

[Fired from his job as the head basketball coach at Wake Forest on Saturday morning,][1] Danny Manning will move forward in an enviable position. Set financially and loaded with connections throughout all levels of basketball, Manning has the luxury of being extremely picky about what he does ...

Matt Tait: NFL draft brings drama of live sports back to TV sets

Live, unscripted sports temporarily returned to our television sets this week. And boy was it glorious. We have the NFL draft to thank for that. And this year’s event, which began with Round 1 on Thursday night and continues through Saturday evening, was more important than ever before. ...

Benton Smith: Defensive identity the reason these Jayhawks are elite

Fort Worth, Texas — The Kansas Jayhawks are so good it’s confounding. A college basketball team isn’t supposed to go on the road and win with only two players consistently producing. But, as the Jayhawks reminded everyone yet again in a 60-46 victory at TCU on Saturday, what they do ...

Matt Tait: Get to know the Kansas women’s soccer team

Kansas’ women’s soccer team has been on a roll in recent weeks. The Jayhawks won their first Big 12 tournament title two weeks ago. They kicked off their NCAA Tournament appearance with a Round 1 victory over Iowa last weekend at Rock Chalk Park. Last Friday night, the team was greeted ...

Matt Tait: Rock Chalk Park helping Kansas women’s soccer reach new heights

There’s a theory floating around the Kansas athletic department that suggests that brand new, first-rate facilities for the KU football program will help the Jayhawks return to their winning ways. The resurgence of the Kansas women’s soccer program is proof that such a vision can come ...

Matt Tait: Next time, the matchup with K-State has to mean more

Not yet, KU fans. Despite all kinds of momentum suggesting it might be, and a fun and flashy new offense to play with, Kansas football under Les Miles is not quite ready to beat Kansas State, even with a new coach leading the Wildcats. Instead of snapping a 10-game losing skid and partying ...

Matt Tait: Moral victories have their place with Kansas football

Moral victories suck. By definition, they’re a cold, empty reminder that the one reason all teams suit up did not happen. But that doesn’t mean they’re totally worthless. KU’s 50-48 loss at Texas on Saturday night in Austin, Texas, was all the adjectives you could possibly imagine ...

Matt Tait: QB Carter Stanley the big winner in KU’s Brent Dearmon promotion

Facing yet another new opportunity and fresh start, Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley picked up a big win during the Jayhawks’ bye week. It came in the form of a vote of confidence from new KU offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon and was delivered in both private and very public ways. Not ...

Matt Tait: New O.C. Brent Dearmon has all the tools to spark the Kansas offense

It takes about 10 seconds for anyone talking to him to get a feel for why the Kansas football players like new offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon so much. Funny and full of knowledge, interesting and intelligent, confident and dedicated, Dearmon put all of those traits on display Thursday ...

Matt Tait: Hopping off the roller coaster the next step for Kansas football

The first three weeks of Kansas football have provided an interesting case study in riding the proverbial roller coaster. Twists and turns, peaks and valleys and thrills and chills all have been a part of the Jayhawks’ 2-1 start under new head coach Les Miles. But 2-1 is 2-1 and, at least ...

KU football player greeted with show of support at local burger joint

Thursday night, after playing a little basketball with some friends, I stumbled onto a pretty cool moment at Five Guys while grabbing a hard-earned burger on my way home. While I waited for my food, KU defensive lineman Codey Cole III walked in and approached the counter to place his ...

Matt Tait: KU’s new-look front seven earns passing grade with room to grow

Call the Kansas football team's 24-17 victory over Indiana State a good first step in the Jayhawks’ quest to replace the sizable hole left in the lineup by the departures of Joe Dineen and Daniel Wise. Full of new faces and unproven players getting their first taste of the big time and first ...