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Early signs indicate KU might need to embrace its ground game

No one expected the Kansas offense to feature an elite passing attack when college football returned. But the first weekend of Big 12 games also magnified how far behind the rest of the league the Jayhawks might be in that category in 2020. While Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech posted the top ...

Andrew Parchment bluntly gives himself an F after frustrating performance

Andrew Parchment made it unmistakably clear that the Kansas football team’s second home loss to Coastal Carolina in as many years was unacceptable. And the senior receiver did so by pointing the finger at himself. After the Jayhawks’ offense turned the ball over three times in the first ...

Some predictable (and other more intriguing) KU football odds and props

Kansas football fans, you may want to sit down for this. Oddsmakers don’t like the Jayhawks chances of winning the Big 12 title this year. Obviously that doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone. But if you follow the Jayhawks closely, the types of odds and props that SportsBettingDime.com ...

NCAA waiver could allow KU football to bring back seniors for bonus season in 2021

The NCAA is doing what plenty of people wish they could — pretending like 2020 never happened. At least that’s the approach its Division I Board of Directors is taking with eligibility for its fall sports athletes. The board this past week officially gifted football players and other D-I ...

Jayhawks share standout moments from preseason scrimmage

Ask Les Miles about what he saw in his team’s first preseason scrimmage and the Kansas football coach will intentionally keep his answer vague and broad. You know, just to be sure no one outside of the closed practice somehow discovers some nugget or piece of insight that would provide a ...

KU football preseason camp thoughts (from afar)

Adapting common approaches to various aspects of life has become routine in the time of COVID-19. No one likes the new normal, but most of us grin and bear it as best we can while following guidelines that hopefully make this all go away before long. One very minor consequence of the ...

Les Miles sees consistency from Jayhawks during stop-and-go preseason

There was no mention of quarterbacks, position battles or depth charts, but Kansas football coach Les Miles finally spoke publicly about the Jayhawks’ preseason camp on Monday night. The Jayhawks, now with an official season-opening date and opponent, resumed practicing in pads and prepping ...

What happens if an outbreak forces a Big 12 team to miss a game?

While planning a college football schedule the Big 12 hopes to play to completion during a pandemic, the conference tried to build in a little wiggle room. The Big 12’s programs might need some flexibility after all, if a team or two have to suspend play in the middle of the season due to a ...

Jayhawks eager to practice again

On a busy Wednesday in the Big 12, University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long spent a portion of his afternoon over at the football team’s indoor practice facility addressing the Jayhawks. Hours after the conference officially announced its plans to try and play fall sports during the ...

Schedule uncertainty led to preseason pause for Jayhawks

It’s been a strange preseason for the Kansas football team to say the least. As recently as Tuesday it remained to be seen whether the Big 12 would try to play this fall. Then came some good news for the Jayhawks that the conference would keep at it, even though the Big Ten and Pac-12 had ...

KU teammates Azubuike, Dotson project as 2nd-rounders in newest mock draft

There weren’t 30 better college basketball players than Kansas stars Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson in the shortened 2019-20 season. But at least that many prospects from the NCAA ranks and overseas are expected to get selected before the pair of Jayhawks in this year’s NBA ...

Ranking KU football’s 2020 matchups, from most to least winnable

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2020/jan/01/330612/ If the oddsmakers in Las Vegas are correct, the second season of the Les Miles era at the University of Kansas won’t be that much more successful than his debut run with the Jayhawks in 2019. Consider the key players KU has lost from last ...

Devonte’ Graham a top candidate for NBA’s Most Improved Player award

The 2019-20 NBA season remains on a prolonged pause as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its return seems more in doubt than a certainty. Regardless of whether he gets to play another game this season, former Kansas star Devonte’ Graham should find himself in contention for one of the ...

Paul Pierce’s all-time KU starting 5 goes heavy in frontcourt

Without any NBA games or March Madness to discuss, the crew from ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” decided to take a nostalgic approach earlier this week and have former players, including 1997-98 Kansas All-American Paul Pierce, assemble their all-time teams. The task was an easy one for Pierce ...

Why didn’t KU have a 1st-team AP All-American? It’s complicated

Some years in college basketball, picking All-America teams can be uncomplicated, even obvious. This bizarre, postseason-less 2019-20 campaign was not one of those years. Sure, Dayton’s Obi Toppin fell into the clear-cut category, but as Friday’s release of the Associated Press All-America ...

16 teams that could have won it all

Even though there won’t be an NCAA Tournament in 2020, we thought it might be entertaining — and a decent distraction — to think about the would-be field and some of the teams that could have joined Kansas in the chase for this year’s national championship. Kansas Many people ...

Hiatuses in sports put life in perspective for Bill Self

Life has a way of reminding people about what’s actually important and what’s ultimately of far less consequence. On a Monday afternoon that many of us would’ve spent scrutinizing the still fresh NCAA Tournament bracket, and maybe even getting into occasionally heated debates about ...

KU football’s spring practices in limbo during these uncertain times

The most crucial portion of the Kansas football team’s offseason was just days away from starting up when the entire sports world came to a breakneck halt. The Jayhawks were scheduled to start their first spring practice of 2020 at 3:40 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. That was before the threat ...

March Sadness reigns supreme with cancellation of NCAA Tournament

You thought watching your favorite team get upset in the first or second round of the NCAA Tournament was tough. Welcome to the truest form of March Sadness. The idea of any basketball being played this weekend or in the weeks to come toppled, domino style, beginning Thursday morning. As ...