Talent is always available on the recruiting trail, but experience is harder to manufacture.
Kansas will have both in its incoming recruiting class thanks to the addition of Memphis transfer Tarik Black, a 6-foot-9 forward who will be eligible immediat… Continue reading →
Bill Self stepped off of a charter bus in Kansas City, his mood noticeably sour.
Kansas had just arrived at its team hotel, the Westin Crown Center, for the opening weekend of NCAA Tournament play at Sprint Center. This typically is one of the most ant… Continue reading →
Former Kansas guard Ben McLemore, speaking to reporters at the NBA draft combine, said he had no involvement in a scheme involving his former AAU coach and would cooperate with NCAA investigators if asked.
Darius Cobb, McLemore’s AAU coach, told USA To… Continue reading →
One Andrew Wiggins Watch is over, but another is just getting started.
Now that college basketball’s No. 1 prospect has signed with Kansas, the next question is when he’ll arrive on campus. It might not happen immediately, with Wiggins having ex… Continue reading →
Tuesday morning, as the hour of judgment approached, Bill Self tapped out a text message to Andrew Wiggins.
This wasn’t the first time Self had tried to reach out since the nation’s No. 1 prospect took his recruitment underground. Wiggins had been largely incommunicado, so there wasn’t much point in delivering a final, passionate plea. Instead, Self kept it simple.
“Hey, man, I hope you have a great day today,” he remembered writing.
Self’s phone buzzed, and the response came back: “Thank you.”
Andrew Wiggins, international man of mystery, has had Kansas fans and the rest of the college basketball world guessing since he revealed the four schools under consideration for his services.
Beyond the basic question of which school Wiggins would pic… Continue reading →
LAWRENCE — Kansas has executed some late-inning magic this season, and it seemed like more was on the way after Connor McKay’s at-bat to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.
With the Jayhawks trailing Kansas State by two runs, McKay stepped to the plate needing a triple to complete KU’s first cycle since 2006. McKay laced a ball that bounced just inside the chalk in right field, then kicked over the head of an outfielder as McKay motored into third base.
LAWRENCE — Kansas was picked eighth in the Big 12’s preseason baseball poll, so there’s an element of the unexpected to a season that has the Jayhawks a half-game out of first place entering their final conference series.
Even more improbable, the Jayhawks have gotten there despite a shakeup to one of their preseason certainties, a pitching rotation that returned all three starters from a year ago.
Not without a degree of irony, Darius Cobb — the St. Louis AAU coach who admitted to accepting thousands of dollars to steer Kansas star Ben McLemore to particular agents — released a statement on Monday with the stated purpose of clearing his name, accompanied by a picture of McLemore photoshopped onto a video game cover.
Cobb maintained that he “mentored Ben McLemore in good faith” and reiterated his desire to expose Rodney Blackstock, the man who allegedly provided cash and travel expenses for the purpose of steering McLemore toward agents and financial advisers.
Andrea Geubelle realized she wasn’t signing with a track and field powerhouse when she decided to leave the Northwest and compete at Kansas.
The Jayhawks finished 10th at the Big 12 Outdoor the year before Geubelle arrived, so envisioning the program a… Continue reading →