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Silvio De Sousa’s return ‘motivating’ Jayhawks already

Topeka — On what seemed at the time like an uneventful Friday afternoon in late May, a two-word text message sent University of Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji into a frenzy. “He’s free,” read the incoming note on Agbaji’s phone, sent from Fred Quartlebaum, the team’s director of ...

Devon Dotson’s presence eliminates concerns, raises KU’s ceiling

A Devon Dotson-less Kansas basketball team would have figured out some way to succeed in the 2019-20 season — Bill Self is still the Jayhawks’ head coach, after all. That alternate reality isn’t one even the most die-hard KU follower could stomach in fan fiction form, though. If Dotson ...

Jayhawks need a decision season victory from contemplative PG Devon Dotson

Since the Kansas basketball team’s loss to Auburn in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Jayhawks have been steeped in decision season. Which players would decide to declare for the NBA Draft? Who among the 2018-19 Jayhawks would elect to transfer? Would five-star prospects such as ...

Welcome to the year of Silvio De Sousa

Silvio De Sousa wasn’t just the man of the hour in Lawrence when news broke on Friday that the NCAA had backed off its bizarre decision to ban him for a second season. Nor was De Sousa only the man of the day, even though his name was the predominant topic of discussion throughout this ...

KU’s Les Miles lands just inside top 40 in Power Five coach rankings

What a difference a year makes. Or more specifically, in the case of the University of Kansas football program, what a difference two leadership shakeups seem to have made. A year ago at this time, when CBS Sports rolled out its rankings of Power Five college football coaches, the man in ...

How Kansas QBs learned the offense during early stages of Les Miles’ 1st year

Thomas MacVittie was only two-thirds of the way through spring football when he plopped down in one of Mrkonic Auditorium’s numerous seats inside Anderson Family Football Complex. The University of Kansas quarterback and his teammates had just wrapped up their 10th practice and MacVittie had ...

Bill Self to San Antonio conspiracy theorists won’t be proven right any time soon

From the time that it became clear to those who obsess over Kansas basketball that Bill Self was indeed the long-term answer for the program and a more than suitable replacement for Roy Williams, who left KU for North Carolina, those among the fan base prone to worrying about these types of ...

Udoka Azubuike’s presence elevates KU’s ceiling

With so many rotation players from the Kansas basketball team transferring, declaring for the draft or testing the NBA waters it seemed a safe bet that Udoka Azubuike, who dipped his sizable toes into the pre-draft process a year ago, might not be around for the 2019-20 season, ...

Les Miles and Bill Self become ‘Step Brothers’

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/feb/06/328652/ The Kansas football fans who showed up Saturday for the Jayhawks’ spring game at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium got a bit of a surprise during one of the breaks in the action. And for that matter, so did the man responsible for ...

Evolving early entry rules even make it hard for Bill Self to manage a roster

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/mar/23/329080/ Since the day he accepted the position 16 years ago, Bill Self’s job title at the University of Kansas has been head men’s basketball coach. But it might as well be general manager, CEO, president of basketball operations and czar of ...

Open KU football practice provides hints of what depth chart could look like

If Kansas football coach Les Miles and his assistants currently have a depth chart they feel good about during the final stage of spring practices, they’re certainly not making it public. However, during the Jayhawks’ open practice on Thursday — a light, pads-free warmup for Saturday’s ...

Once Jayhawks digest dismaying loss, they’ll use early March exit as motivation

As much as the Kansas basketball players who lived through Saturday’s second-round NCAA Tournament encounter with Auburn would like to wipe the night full of lowlight memories from their heads, that’s not the way season-ending defeats work. These types of losses frustrate, linger and ...

1 win down and … how many to go for the Jayhawks?

Salt Lake City — Thursday afternoon inside the Kansas locker room, shortly after the Jayhawks opened their path through the NCAA Tournament with a first-round victory over Northeastern, head coach Bill Self had a question for his players. “Good job. Hey, guys. One down and how many to ...

Mitch Lightfoot preparing KU’s NCAA Tournament newbies for what’s to come

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/mar/20/329017/ Salt Lake City — On Thursday afternoon at Vivint Smart Home Arena, seven members of the Kansas basketball team’s rotation will experience the NCAA Tournament — and all the nerves and pressure and highs and lows that accompany it — ...

Jayhawks get 4-guard do-over to open NCAA Tournament

On Saturday night in Kansas City, Mo., shortly after Kansas lost to Iowa State in the Big 12 tournament championship game, freshman point guard Devon Dotson sat in the Jayhawks’ Sprint Center locker room answering questions about what went wrong. As he detailed both the positives and ...

Luck shines on the Jayhawks on Selection Sunday

If Selection Sunday is any indication, the Kansas Jayhawks should enter the NCAA Tournament feeling lucky. While it’s true this team experienced way too many valleys during an at times rocky regular season to make any assumptions about what’s in store for the Jayhawks this week in Salt ...