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With new AD in place, KU football players continue to back Emmett Jones

The University of Kansas athletics department filled one of its two major vacancies on Monday, as Travis Goff became the new athletic director. And while Goff’s plan for the KU football job remains to be seen, several Jayhawks didn’t waste any time backing interim head coach Emmett ...

Jayhawks’ troubles finishing inside made deep March Madness run unlikely

The way the Jayhawks struggled to score inside this season, Kansas was going to need some good fortune in terms of March Madness matchups to make any kind of deep run in 2021. In the NCAA Tournament’s 68-team field, there might not have been any team more perfectly suited to knock out Kansas ...

What-ifs of NCAA Tournament even tougher for Jalen Wilson, Jayhawks

This year’s NCAA Tournament will be remembered for years to come by those who live and die with March Madness outcomes. And around Lawrence, where the absence of brackets and a potential national championship run in 2020 still stings for some, it will be impossible to look back on the 2021 ...

USC’s Evan Mobley is a problem, capable of ending KU’s season in the 2nd round

If facing one set of brothers in the NCAA Tournament translated to automatic success against any pair of siblings, then No. 3 seed Kansas would be a shoo-in for the Sweet 16. With all due respect to Eastern Washington’s Groves brothers, the Jayhawks have an entirely different type of ...

Why Bill Self isn’t feeling any extra pressure entering the NCAA Tournament

As his Kansas basketball team geared up this week for an inherently pressure-packed situation, playing in the win-or-your-season’s-over NCAA Tournament, head coach Bill Self pondered the importance of the moment — not just for his program, but the entire athletic department. From Self’s ...

The Jayhawks are entering the NCAA Tournament with a rebounding problem

Entering the NCAA Tournament without their best rebounder, Jalen Wilson, and not expecting a whole lot from their top big man, David McCormack, the Jayhawks have a rebounding problem on their hands at quite an inconvenient time. At full strength, No. 3 seed Kansas wouldn’t have to devote an ...

Jayhawks have too much to worry about to look ahead in tough West region

At a program with the college basketball pedigree of Kansas, one of the time-honored traditions of Selection Sunday for coaches, players, fans and media alike is inspecting the rest of whatever region the Jayhawks ended up in and gauging just how difficult their road to the Final Four will ...

Jayhawks still have some hope at conclusion of rough week for KU

One of these years — one would hope — the Kansas basketball team will actually get to experience a complete weekend at the Big 12 tournament again. The pandemic improved to 2-0 against the Jayhawks in Kansas City, Mo., with Friday’s news of a positive COVID-19 test on the KU roster, a ...

Mitch Lightfoot plans on keeping KU in win column while David McCormack is out

Kansas had to play without its best big man in its postseason debut Thursday night at the Big 12 tournament. But at least the Jayhawks had one true post player to throw at Oklahoma — and a confident one at that. Before the Jayhawks even tipped off at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Mo., ...

With head coaching job vacant, Jayhawks endorse Emmett Jones

With the future of the Kansas football program in limbo, some Jayhawks on Wednesday night began publicly drumming up support for Emmett Jones to become the team’s next head coach. The endorsements for Jones, KU’s third-year receivers coach, began hitting the Twittersphere hours after Jeff ...

The case for D.J. Eliot as KU’s interim head coach

At some point in the next 24 to 48 hours, the Kansas football program is expected to at least have an interim head coach in place, even if that person ends up merely keeping the seat warm for a yet to be determined replacement for Les Miles. As KU Athletic Director Jeff Long weighs his options ...

Jayhawks’ nearly fell all the way into complacency trap before escaping vs. UTEP

When the Kansas basketball program announced last week it was adding Thursday’s nonconference game against UTEP to the schedule to bridge the gap between a much anticipated rematch with Baylor and next week’s Big 12 tournament, the news might as well have come attached with a Star Wars GIF ...

How the Jayhawks’ February resurgence compares with nation’s best teams

In the business of college basketball, whether your team has been flexing all season or took a detour on the struggle bus at some point, it better be trending upward when March rolls around, because what transpires in the postseason is what everyone will remember anyway. That’s why there is ...

Mitch Lightfoot a surprise star late in KU’s marquee win over No. 2 Baylor

It took a lot of heroes in some fire red throwback Kansas uniforms for the No. 17 Jayhawks to knock off No. 2 Baylor inside Allen Fieldhouse Saturday night. So of course KU’s signature 71-58 victory needed a blockbuster level plot twist. On a night when KU big man David McCormack annihilated ...

Jayhawks might be catching No. 2 Baylor at perfect time to pull off an upset

If everything had gone according to plan, it would be hard to talk yourself into the idea that this Kansas team could beat this year’s Baylor team anywhere, including at Allen Fieldhouse. As it turns out, though, the Jayhawks just might be catching BU at an opportune time for an upset. Few ...

With postseason just ahead, David McCormack needs to put inconsistencies behind him

As pivotal a role as David McCormack has played in Kansas turning its season around, the time has come for the Jayhawks’ veteran big to make one last step in his progression and put his inconsistencies behind him. Lapses in judgement and execution from McCormack cost KU in what could’ve ...

David McCormack shows Jayhawks how to play with free mind in crucial win over Tech

The most imposing player on the floor, Kansas big man David McCormack did much more than outmuscle the Red Raiders in the paint Saturday afternoon in a top 25 battle at Allen Fieldhouse. And with McCormack as a game-changing focal point on both ends of the court at Allen Fieldhouse, the ...