- Kansas Basketball -
No. 4/5 Kansas, 11-time defending Big 12 regular-season champions, officially opens the 2015-16 season when it plays host to North Colorado on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse.
There’s one topic currently off limits in Kansas University’s basketball locker room: It’s next week’s trip to Chicago for a Champions Classic matchup between No. 4-ranked KU and No. 13 Michigan State.
The fourth-ranked Jayhawks have hung 11 consecutive Big 12 championship banners in those rafters, and the minimum expectation is to make it a dozen this season. But it will have been eight years since they last hung a national title banner, and that is where expectations are hovering these days going into Friday's night opener versus Northern Colorado at Allen Fieldhouse.
Another day in the ongoing saga of Cheick Diallo’s quest for eligibility came and went Thursday, and a news conference scheduled to preview tonight’s regular season opener at Allen Fieldhouse against Northern Colorado quickly turned into the latest dose of your daily Diallo update.
Diallo is only one player on a Kansas team that goes 12 players deep, but his eligibility is absolutely key for Kansas. If he’s eligible, Kansas gets what Self terms a “difference-maker” – an elite athlete with a motor that always runs hot, a nose for rebounds and a talent at blocking shots. If he’s not eligible, Kansas has to get a bit more creative down low, which would mean patching the only hole on a team that otherwise is as balanced as any in college basketball.
Don Jackson, attorney who is working on KU freshman Cheick Diallo’s eligibility case, sent out an e-mail to media Thursday indicating the NCAA Eligibility Center was “incapable of objective analysis of African American and African student-athletes’ credentials for initial eligibility at NCAA member institutions.”
Rated as the No. 1 player to come out of the state of Arizona for the 2016 class, Lightfoot is a four-star recruit who is ranked No. 99 by ESPN100 and No. 117 by Rivals. He was named Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Division II All-State First Team selection last season at Gilbert Christian High School, as well as an all-section first team honoree.
- Kansas Football -
After battling through nagging injuries for the past five or six weeks, Kansas University running back Ke’aun Kinner is finally back, and he’s ready for Saturday’s 11 a.m. showdown at TCU.
Falco gives senior safety Michael Glatczak a minute and a half to answer as many questions as he can in rapid-fire format.
Contrary to Thursday morning reports that TCU's Josh Doctson was to be out for the season because of injury, head coach Gary Patterson told FOX Sports that his star WR has been practicing and is fine to return to the lineup in the Horned Frogs' next game against Kansas.
ESPN.com went behind the scenes with Beaty and the Jayhawks for their road trip to Texas for an unvarnished look at how the Power 5's biggest uphill battle is being waged.
- Kansas Sports -
"With Tiana graduating, the acquisition of Jada Burse is big for us," Bechard said. "She's a young lady who is very athletic, played at a high level in club competition, can play on either pin – left-side or right-side, has a great presence. Our fans are going to love her. She has a chance to come in and really make a seamless transition to our team. We are thrilled about that. High-level attacker, but she also has a physicality too. I think she is a Big 12-level blocker right now."
Kansas, currently ranked 41st in the Golfweek.com national poll, will add Shepherd, who helped Hinsdale Central High School (HCHS) to three-straight Illinois State titles, and Spencer, who helped Shawnee Mission East High School (SMEHS) to a 2015 Kansas State Championship.
Head coach Clark Campbell announced a six-person signing class, including three top-five recruits and all five swimming signees among their state's top 25, on National Signing Day Wednesday.
- College Sports -
College basketball season is just about here, and to wrap up our conference previews, today we’ll dive into the Big 12.
College basketball begins this week, and we tip things off with 10 storylines to watch this year, starting with John Calipari's Wildcats.
- Is the Universe funny sometimes? -
Yes. Yes it is.
If timing is everything, then context is a close second, and the Missouri football team will learn that the hard way this week.
The Missouri Tigers will be making an appearance at the game against BYU on Saturday, but it seems the Mizzou whiteout shirts might not.