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Oh Lisa, haven’t you seen Home Alone? If some burglars come, it’ll be a very humorous and entertaining situation

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A month after KU coach caught on wiretapped phone call discussing recruit and money, chancellor has not talked to coach | KUsports.com
“We are waiting for direction from the NCAA, and we are officially in stand-down mode until they engage, and they have indicated they are going to engage. So, no, I have not,” Girod told the Journal-World Thursday evening when asked whether he had talked to Townsend or gotten an explanation about what he meant when talking about a recruit and cash payments.

Benton Smith: David McCormack makes case for more playing time | KUsports.com
After watching the entirety of the previous game from the bench, Kansas big man David McCormack didn’t know for certain if Friday night’s matchup with Louisiana at Allen Fieldhouse would play out any differently for him.

KU soccer falls to No. 1 seed North Carolina | KUsports.com
A strong first half by the third-ranked team in the nation proved to be too much for the University of Kansas women's soccer team to overcome, as No. 1-seed North Carolina claimed a 4-1 win in the second round of the NCAA tournament Friday night at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Game day Breakdown: KU football at No. 6 Oklahoma | KUsports.com
According to Las Vegas oddsmakers, No. 6 Oklahoma is favored by roughly five touchdowns. No one outside of the Kansas football locker room is expecting the visitors to leave Norman, Okla., with a massive upset victory.

Les Miles to be hired by Kansas, per report: 1 case for and 1 against - SBNation.com
But Kansas’ tangible problems lie with the roster itself, more than a lack of excitement. When Beaty took over in 2015, he had just 39 scholarship players on the roster out of the 85 available in FBS. Beaty’s only gotten so far in filling out a truly FBS-worthy roster. From Kansas blog Rock Chalk Talk:

Les Miles at Kansas: Home run hire or disaster waiting to happen?
The Jayhawks are also getting a coach with a national championship on his resume, and an ability to recruit legitimate football players. Lawrence, Kansas isn’t exactly a cultural hotbed, but talented football players not worried about the allure of a big city are definitely going to be more interested in a school like Kansas when a coach like Miles is running the team.

Kansas' Les Miles experiment could go better than many expect
The long-rumored Miles-to-Kansas connection came to a head Friday afternoon when Sports Illustrated reported Kansas is finalizing a contract to make Miles its next head coach. It’s a bold maneuver for a moribund Jayhawk football program. With Miles on the sideline, Kansas can claim one of only five active national championship-winning head coaches.

Kansas' Dedric Lawson scores on classic HORSE shot
But he began the Jayhawks’ game against Louisiana 1-for-2 after missing a shot, falling, grabbing his own rebound while sitting down and making the ensuing shot from his rear, a classic shot in HORSE.

Report: KU football 'finalizing deal' to hire Les Miles as coach
According to a report in Sports Illustrated, "multiple sources told" the outlet that "Kansas is finalizing a deal to make Les Miles the new leader of the Jayhawks football program." The report, which comes from Sports Illustrated's Ross Dellenger, comes on the heels of an announcement that Miles, the former LSU coach, had agreed to a settlement to end his buyout payments with his former school.

VIDEO: Allen Fieldhouse chants for Les Miles
The KU athletic director, who has somewhat famously trolled the fanbase with amusing tweets and emojis with regard to his coaching search, has leapt into the precess with a big smile. Of course, KU basketball's PA announcer had to be feeling some of the same thoughts when he tweeted at a reporter in the midst of Friday's game: "Are you not entertained?"

KU basketball vs. Louisiana: Quick recap and instant analysis
Playing for just the second time since a trip to Indianapolis for the Champions Classic, the Jayhawks looked sluggish from the start on Friday and quickly fell behind. Dealing with foul trouble from its two big men, KU trailed 32-20 in the first half. They then embarked on a 17-3 run to flip the deficit, before pushing the lead out to three by halftime.

'Enthusiastic' Vick drives KU in win with shooting, energy
But Vick had every reason to catch his breath. After all, he was about to play every minute of a game for the first time in his Kansas career. And KU needed every minute.

Dedric Lawson still adjusting to new role, new teammates
Still, anyone who has watched the Jayhawks' lone selection to the Associated Press' preseason All-America team can tell that something is a little bit off. Lawson, heralded as the best passer Bill Self has ever coached by the 16-year Kansas front man and as a likely candidate to lead the team in scoring, missed 13 shots in KU's opener, was held scoreless last Monday and still hasn't quite found his rhythm in 2018-19.

LHS senior Chisom Ajekwu signs with KU women's basketball | KUsports.com
After announcing her verbal commitment in March, Ajekwu on Friday signed her national letter of intent to play collegiate basketball for the University of Kansas. The 6-foot-3 center was keen on the idea of staying in Lawrence as she continues her basketball career.