Three former Kansas Jayhawks - Wayne Simien, Bud Stallworth and David Jaynes - were inducted into the state of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame at the Wichita Boathouse Sunday afternoon.
The KU trio is part of a nine-person class that marks the 51st Anniversary Class of the Hall of Fame. The Hall now has 219 enshrinees. Others inducted Sunday included Michael Bishop, Kurt Budke, Harold Manning, Willie Murrell, David Snyder and Brenda Stolle.
A forward on the KU men's basketball team, Simien was a consensus First Team All-American his senior year (2005) and was also a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection (2004 and 2005). The Leavenworth, Kan., native was the 2005 Big 12 Player of the Year, after averaging 20.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.
"I'm not here because of what I've done, but because many people have made significant contributions in my life," Simien said at Sunday's induction ceremony. "I've played for some great coaches and with some great teammates, and now I want to be remembered as someone who helped others achieve greatness in all areas of their lives."
Stallworth is one of three Jayhawks to earn All-America honors on the court and academically, as he played basketball for head coach Ted Owens at Kansas from 1970-72. He was named the 1972 Big Eight Conference Player of the Year when he averaged 25.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. The Hartselle, Ala., native was a two-time all-league selection who ended his career with an 18.1 scoring average and his 50 points against Missouri in 1972 ranks second on the KU single-game scoring list.
"The lesson my parents taught me -- that education is the most important thing -- has led me to this honor. I thank you for including me among the great athletes, coaches and administrators who are in this Hall," Stallworth said.
Jaynes was an All-America football player from 1971-73. A Bonner Springs, Kan., product, Jaynes brought a lethal arm to the Kansas offense in the early 1970s and would go on to break virtually every season and career passing mark in the Jayhawk record book. He finished his career ranked No. 1 all-time in passing yardage with 5,132 yards and his 35 career passing touchdowns stood as a school record for 34 years. Jaynes led KU in passing for three consecutive seasons, while leading the conference in two of those seasons (1972 and 1973).
"I've looked at the names of those who are already inducted in this Hall, and the kid from Bonner Springs in me is asking, `What am I doing in a group like this!' This is my day to say `thank you' to all the people who helped me become what I wanted to become," Jaynes said.
10/7/12, 5:22 PM
Celebrating w/ KU 2012 Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductees Bud Stallworth & QB David Jaynes @KU_Football @KU_Hoops pic.twitter.com/uNq9FlCp
@Wizard_of_Hoz: @franfraschilla is Allen Fieldhouse one of you fav places to visit??
No.1 on my list followed by Palestra and Cameron!
10/6/12, 7:17 PM
Already have ran into a few different Kansas fans here at this Ducks game. #JayhawkNation is everywhere! Lol
The Coaches vs. Cancer Tipoff Reception begins Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the College Basketball Experience. The event raises money and awareness for the American Cancer Society, and Haith, Self and Weber, along with UMKC Coach Matt Brown will join former Missouri Coach Norm Stewart at the event.
Stewart, enshrined at the college basketball hall of fame in the CBE, is a cancer survivor who has championed the cause for two decades.
Tickets are $50. More information: 816.218.7278.
Beginning Monday, October 15, current members of the Williams Education Fund (WEF) will be able to purchase reserved single-game tickets for select men's basketball games in Allen Fieldhouse.
Reserved tickets are available for as low as $25 and GA tickets are just $20. In addition, KU's first two exhibition games against Emporia State and Washburn are just $10 for GA tickets, $15 for Tier 3 and $20 for Tier 2.
Single-game ticket sales are based on availability. The best way fans can guarantee reserved tickets to KU's best games is by ordering one of three mini-packs on sale now. Each mini-pack includes seven games - including six games in Allen Fieldhouse and the Oregon State (Nov. 30) game in Kansas City's Sprint Center. Packages are available in Tier 2 seating for $400. In addition, for $100 more, fans can add the Feb. 16 game against Texas to any of the three mini packs.
At Saturday’s scrimmage, he knocked down a variety of shots from the 3-point arc to the rim, but played with more poise and without forcing things as he often had as a rookie.
“I’m just taking my time, letting it come to me, being patient,” Morris said. “Over the summer I had some time to be with my family and got my confidence back on the court. Hopefully, I can be the backup three. I’m ready. I’ve been playing hard, trying to compete and play the best that I can.”
Register for a seat at the premiere of ESPN Film's 30 for 30 "There's No Place Like Home" live at the Lied Center of Lawrence on October 13th at 7 p.m.
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The University of Kansas men’s and women’s basketball teams will celebrate the beginning of the 2012-13 season at the 28th annual Late Night in the Phog Friday, Oct. 12, in Allen Fieldhouse.
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Fran Fraschilla, the coach turned college basketball analyst, fired off a recent tweet that should ring sweet for Oklahoma State fans.
“Somehow I think Marcus Smart is good for 6 to 8 more Cowboy wins this year.”
From last year's disappointing 15-18 finish, that's a boost to 21-12 or 23-10.
All that from one guy; and a freshman at that?
Smart hasn't played a minute of official hoops at OSU, yet he's already setting up as the new face – and a shining face – of the program.
And at a time when OSU basketball stands at a crossroads of sorts, having missed the past two NCAA Tournaments and desperate to reignite a fan base, the Cowboys can use a fresh face capable of flipping their fortunes.
“You have to be careful praising young guys,” said OSU coach Travis Ford, “but he does everything.”
Baylor and Fox Sports announced a long-term agreement Friday to televise the school’s athletic events and related programs on the network’s platforms.
Those platforms include Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Southwest Plus and Fox College Sports. Fox Sports Southwest, which reaches approximately 9 million homes, will be the flagship network for Baylor athletics with distribution through Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.
Fox Sports had previously reached similar agreements with Texas Tech, TCU and Oklahoma for programming as part of the Big 12’s third-tier television rights package.
“The Baylor brand has never been stronger, and we are excited about the opportunity to build on the well-established partnership we have enjoyed for many years with Fox Sports,” Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said in a statement. “This agreement, coupled with the recently negotiated Big 12 television contracts, will afford unprecedented exposure for Baylor athletics on Fox Sports Southwest and other Fox Sports platforms on both a national and regional basis.”
Virginia Commonwealth freshmen Jordan Burgess and Mo Alie-Cox will not play basketball this season after being declared partial qualifiers by the NCAA.
Burgess, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound wing from Benedictine who is considered a top 100 recruit, was given only partial approval under the NCAA's initial eligibility standards. He will be allowed to practice and remain on scholarship.
Alie-Cox, a 6-6, 260 forward from Middleburg Academy in Middleburg, was given a lesser degree of partial approval. He will not be allowed to practice, but will remain on scholarship.
Both will be eligible to play in 2013-14 and be classified as sophomores. They can earn a fourth year of competition as redshirt seniors if they have more than 80 percent of their degree requirements completed after four years, according to VCU officials.
The school would not provide specifics about why Burgess and Alie-Cox were not cleared by the NCAA's Eligibility Center.
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10/5/12, 12:46 PM
Kansas midnight madness next weekend !!
10/7/12, 5:03 PM
@AndrewWhite03 is home for the weekend and watching his little brother at #phenom150 . A former @espn Top 100 player pic.twitter.com/Xd3opbE0
10/5/12, 11:14 AM
Kansas is expected to offer 2015 SG Malachi Richardson of Roselle Catholic in the next week or so, coach Dave Boff told @SNYtv
Rivals: USA basketball minicamp recap
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In July, Jabari Parker -- top recruit in the class of 2013, Sports Illustrated cover boy, and a prospect talented and academically capable enough that he could pick just about any school in the country -- didn't seem all that eager to narrow his decision down. He included a whopping 10 schools on his list, which is a big number even by modern recruiting standards.
But on Friday, Parker made the first significant cut to his potential collegiate destinations of his recruitment. And I have to admit -- I was somewhat surprised.
You may notice, among the dispatched schools, are three of the country's top recruiting outfits over the past five years: Kentucky, Kansas, and North Carolina. Leaving any one of these schools off the final list would have been somewhat surprising; to see all three of them bite the dust is downright shocking. That goes double for Kentucky.
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