- Kansas Football -
Williams’ name disappeared from KU’s official roster. A team spokesperson confirmed to the Journal-World Williams no longer plays for the Jayhawks, but didn’t specify what sort of infraction led to the tackle’s discharge.
"Banks played his best game that he’s played since he’s been here, graded out at 86 percent," Yenser shared. "That’s even counting the holding call — whatever they want to call it — on the chop block."
So far, Long, who chose KU over Ohio State, UCLA and other more reputable programs, has one carry for one yard. But Kansas sure could use another dynamic option on offense as Beaty and company keep building for the future. In his senior year at North Shore, Long carried the ball 200 times, racking up 984 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also passed for 1,785 yards and 16 touchdowns.
The voice of the Kansas Jayhawks, Brian Hanni, visits with this week's opponent in Know Your Foe, a weekly segment from KUAthletics.com and the Jayhawk Radio Network. As Kansas prepares for its Big 12 contest at Baylor, Hanni caught up with the Bears' John Morris.
The voice of the Kansas Jayhawks, Brian Hanni, will periodically catch-up with former Kansas student-athletes and staff members as part of his Throwback Thursday podcast. Take a stroll down memory lane with Hanni as he's joined this week by former Kansas football player Todd Reesing.
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For the 15th time in the 21-year history of the Big 12, Kansas men's basketball has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the conference regular-season championship as the league released its coaches' preseason poll Thursday.
They've been practicing since Oct. 1 and Thursday afternoon the Kansas men's basketball team met with members of the media in Allen Fieldhouse to preview the upcoming 2016-17 campaign.
"I think we’d be a hard team to guard if we can spread the floor with those four guards out there," Self said. "With Josh and Lagerald and Svi, you’re big enough to play two of those three at the 3 and the 4."
Jackson also talked about trying to work on his jump shot, which he admitted needed an adjustment entering college. Jackson, a freshman, has been working with Kansas assistant coach Kurtis Townsend on two things in particular: spreading out his fingers on the ball so he can get better control and lifting his release from in front of his face to over his head.
On a lighter note, Azubuike told reporters he has torn down basketball rims in games before, yet "I don’t go into games to break rims. It’s pretty much my game. I don’t see any dunk I don’t like. Once I see the rim, I don’t care who is over there. I’m going to try to dunk. I am going to try to go up and shatter the rim. That’s my game. It’s what I do."
"I don’t think that’s an unrealistic goal, to try to win every game," Self said. " … There’s nothing wrong with goals. That’s good. But I don’t think that would be a realistic prediction."
Wednesday night, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self made KU academic advisor Scott "Scooter" Ward a lighthearted promise in his hospital room in Kansas City, where he continues to grind through his recovery from recent surgery to repair a torn aorta.
Every home matchup this year will be showcased on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and ESPN3 as a part of the Jayhawk Television Network. KU's Kansas Athletics' partnership with Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and ESPN3 brings fans closer to the Jayhawks with each passing season.
It doesn't take a tragedy or hard time to see how close KU softball is. The Jayhawks spend a lot of time together away from Rock Chalk Park attending other KU sporting events, camping, fishing and volunteering in the community. Softball and the activities away from the field all help better the Jayhawks as individuals – on and off the field.
With each passing year the Jayhawk Jamboree has increasingly become a spectacle for the community of Lawrence. This year will be no different as the Jamboree welcomes an assortment of food and drink vendors, live music, and an appearance by the Kansas Spirit Squad.
- College Sports -
The Big 12’s expansion drama might be over as early as Monday. The Big 12 has scheduled a press conference following its board of directors meeting. And while the conference didn’t say what the press conference was about, it’s hard to believe it won’t bring some sort of closure to what has been a sordid three months (18 months) of potential expansion.
A woman who alleges Baylor University ignored her claims that she was raped by a former football player is seeking to have ex-coach Art Briles added as a defendant to the federal lawsuit.
"He is a tremendous offensive-minded football coach," Jackson said following Wednesday's practice. "I'm always looking at different ways of doing things and preparing things. What happened at Baylor is at Baylor."
LSU will now host Florida on Nov. 19, with the two teams buying out their nonconference games with South Alabama and Presbyterian. In return for taking the home game this year, LSU will now play at Florida in 2017 and 2018 before resuming the usual every other year home-and-home rotation for the rivalry game.
(Mr. Ed says: I don't understand why they couldn't reschedule it in Gainesville. I would be pissed if I was Florida.)
West Virginia quarterback Will Grier wants to be known as just that, not the former Florida quarterback suspended for use of a performance-enhancing substance in the middle of the Gators' 2015 SEC East title campaign.
Please hoop it up, because it’s much more enjoyable than what’s going on on the field.
(Mr. Ed says: Surprisingly, Kansas is not on this list - but TCU is!)
- Professional Sports -
The Los Angeles Dodgers are moving on to the National League Championship Series for the first time since 2013 -- they lost in the NLDS in both 2014 and 2015 -- after taking care of the Washington Nationals in a thrilling Game 5 of the NLDS, 4-3.
We might indeed have an ideal XI, or something closely resembling it, backed by clear alternatives and options off the bench. With World Cup qualifying ramping up in earnest less than a month from now, with a home game against fellow CONCACAF duopolists Mexico on Nov. 11 and an away game at World Cup quarterfinalists Costa Rica on Nov. 15, this development is well-timed.