Tale of the Tait

Big 12 Conference planning for the best while prepared for the worst

The Big 12 Conference is moving forward with college football in 2020, but not at the expense of common sense. During an hourlong conference call with reporters from across the country on Wednesday, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby explained the thinking behind the Big 12’s decision to press ...

NCAA leadership lacking when college athletics needs it most

It’s astonishing to me how college football, which operates under the NCAA umbrella and has done so gainfully and successfully for decades, can be so segmented during a time when conferences need to come together to find a way to play during the pandemic. There’s no one to blame but NCAA ...

Despite injuries, KU redshirt freshman Jalen Wilson grew during 2019-20 season

It took less than 30 seconds of KU’s second game of the 2019-20 season for freshman Jalen Wilson’s focus for Year 1 to shift from finding a way to get minutes to finding a way to get healthy. And Wilson, who is expected to return to KU’s campus this weekend for COVID-19 testing and ...

Four-star Kansas hoops target to announce college choice on Friday

Four-star forward and current Kansas basketball target KJ Adams is expected to announce his college of choice at 6 p.m. on Friday evening, according to 247 Sports recruiting analyst Brian Snow. A 6-foot-6, 220-pound power forward from Westlake High in Austin, Texas, Adams narrowed his list to ...

Walk-on guard Elijah Elliott officially transferring from KU

Sophomore walk-on Elijah Elliott is officially leaving the Kansas basketball program. The news of Elliott's decision to transfer comes one month after Kansas coach [Bill Self told the Journal-World Elliott had entered his name into the transfer portal][1] and was made official through a news ...

KU’s Bill Self to serve as virtual Grand Marshal at Kansas Speedway on Saturday

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self will be the voice behind some of the most famous words in racing on Saturday at Kansas Speedway. Self, now in his 18th season at KU, will serve as the virtual Grand Marshal ahead of Saturday’s 4 p.m. Kansas Lottery 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kansas ...

‘Hawks in the NBA: Ben McLemore loving his role with the Houston Rockets

**Editor's Note:** *Here's the latest installment in our series of updates on former KU players in the NBA. After the league was shutdown in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, 22 teams and several KU players made their way to Orlando to prepare for the resumption of the 2019-20 season ...

KU’s Norm Roberts voted by peers as one of Big 12’s top assistants

University of Kansas men’s basketball assistant Norm Roberts recently landed on a short list of the top aides in the Big 12 Conference. [Roberts ranked fourth on the list that was recently released by Stadium’s Jeff Goodman,][1] who has covered college basketball on the national level ...

Gary Woodland roars to strong start at PGA Tour’s Memorial

Former Kansas golfer Gary Woodland finished Round 1 at the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio, in roughly the same place he finished Round 4 at least week’s PGA Tour event at Muirfield Village Golf Course — near the top. Woodland, who finished tied for fifth at last week’s Workday Charity Open on ...

KU basketball recruiting notebook: Examining a couple of top-tier 2021 point guards

Class of 2021 point guard Nolan Hickman appears to be nearing a decision about his college future. The 76th-ranked player in the senior class recently told JayhawkSlant.com’s Shay Wildeboor that he was getting close to making a decision but that he still did not know when he would make an ...

At least one national pundit believes Kansas football is ready to climb in 2020

Was last year’s 3-9 record a baseline for Les Miles and the Kansas football program, and are the Jayhawks bound to make more progress in 2020? At least one national pundit seems to think so. To be fair, Brandon Marcello of 247 Sports did not put a win total on his 2020 predicted order of ...

Gary Woodland stays hot on Sunday, finishes tied for 5th at Workday Charity Open

On Friday, former University of Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland was in danger of missing the cut for a second consecutive tournament on the PGA Tour. By early Sunday afternoon, Woodland was in the clubhouse with a Top 5 finish and one of the best weekends of his 2020 season. Woodland ...

Gary Woodland’s 66 in Round 3 moves him into contention at Workday Charity Open

Riding the momentum from a strong finish to Round 2 on Friday, former University of Kansas golfer Gary Woodland delivered one of the best rounds of the day on Saturday at the Workday Charity Open in Dublin, Ohio. The former Jayhawk put himself firmly in contention for the title at the top of ...

Kansas senior Kyle Mayberry makes public plea to NCAA for full football season

With Thursday's news that the Big Ten won't be playing nonconference games in 2020, college football players seem to be realizing that their fall season is in jeopardy — including one KU player who's asking the NCAA for help. “Dear @NCAA, Please don’t jeopardize my last season by just ...

Gary Woodland finishes strong to make cut at Workday Charity Open

Former University of Kansas golfer Gary Woodland used a furious rally late in his second round to make the cut at 3-under par for the tournament at the Workday Charity Open in Dublin, Ohio. Woodland sat in a tie for 29th when the second round was suspended for the day because of darkness. ...