Rundown: Big 12 announces when network, kickoff time for Kansas football's Oct. 23 game will be determined
LAWRENCE — The Big 12 Conference provided a timeline Monday of when the kickoff times and network selections for its Oct. 23 football games would be determined.
“FOX and ESPN are using 6-day selections for (Big 12 football) games on 10/23,” the Big 12 announced on Twitter, “so kick times and network selections will be determined after the 10/16 games.” Kansas will face Texas Tech this week and then Oklahoma next week, with both contests coming at home for the Jayhawks. The Big 12 stated that the windows for games will be “11am CT on an ESPN platform,” “11am CT on FS1,” “2:30pm CT on FOX” and “6:30pm CT on an ESPN platform.”
Here’s more that’s happened recently in the world of Kansas athletics:
National Women’s Soccer League honors former Kansas athlete
The NWSL recognized Estelle Johnson as a member of its team of the month for September. Johnson, a member of NJ/NY Gotham FC, played in college for Kansas from 2006-09. A NWSL release stated that Johnson appeared “in nearly every minute of Gotham FC’s matches in September” and her “reliable presence on the backline helped her team to an unbeaten month of play.”
Big 12 announces decision related to educational benefits, academic awards for scholarship athletes
The Big 12’s Board of Directors, according to a release, “agreed to permit member institutions the discretion to provide education-related benefits and academic or graduation awards or incentives up to $5,980 per academic year to student-athletes in all sports who are receiving athletically related aid.” It’s a decision made by the conference’s presidents and chancellors, that comes by way of a recommendation by the conference’s athletic directors. It’s one that can be made due to the Supreme Court decision in the Alston v. NCAA case.
“Following the Court's decision in Alston, the Board wanted to take time to assess the national landscape before determining how best to activate in this space,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a release. “Today’s action allows each Big 12 member institution the latitude to decide at the campus level the degree to which it provides education-related benefits and/or academic achievement awards or incentives to its scholarship student-athletes.”
Kansas women’s basketball player selected for preseason All-Big 12 team
The Jayhawks’ Holly Kersgieter is one of 12 members of the preseason All-Big 12 team. Kersgieter, a junior guard, led Kansas in scoring and rebounding last season.
Kansas athlete named Big 12’s men’s golfer of the month for September
The Big 12 honored Jayhawks sophomore Luke Kluver as the conference’s men’s golfer of the month for September. Kluver finished first at the Gopher Invitational with a 10-under performance and placed in the top 10 at two other events. He’s the first Kansas athlete to earn this award since Chase Hanna in 2017.
Kluver is a key reason why the Jayhawks were able to move up to No. 9 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. Kansas is currently competing in Big 12 Match Play.
Kansas athlete honored as Big 12 women’s swimmer of the week
The Big 12 recognized Jayhawks senior Kate Steward for her effort at the Sunflower Showdown earlier this month and named her the conference’s women’s swimmer of the week. This is the second time she’s earned the honor. Steward recorded victories in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard individual medley and 200-yard medley relay at the Sunflower Showdown.
Kansas soccer upsets two top 25 opponents
The Jayhawks (7-8-1, 2-4 in Big 12) faced Baylor, then ranked No. 23 in the United Soccer Coaches poll, and West Virginia, then ranked No. 9, and came away with 2-1 victories against both. Kansas’ Rylan Childers and Brie Severns each scored a goal against Baylor, while Severns and Raena Childers were responsible for the goals against West Virginia. Severns scored the winning goal against West Virginia in double overtime, and across the two matches Emilie Gavillet collected eight saves.
“I’m just so proud of the group,” Jayhawks coach Mark Francis said in a release after the win against West Virginia. “We used seven subs today and the level of intensity didn’t drop. It’s interesting what a difference a weekend makes. Last weekend, we had two disappointing losses. This weekend, we beat a top-25 team and then a top-10 team. Now, I think the group believes we can beat and compete with anybody.”
Kansas tennis competes at SMU invitational
The Jayhawks participated in the Red and Blue Challenge, and came away with the doubles team of Julia Deming and Maria Titova winning a tournament championship. Deming and Titova went 3-0, with wins against teams from Auburn, Central Arkansas and SMU. Among other Kansas athletes who competed, Tiffany Lagarde went 2-1 in singles.
Kansas volleyball loses twice against Texas
The Jayhawks (11-6, 3-3 in Big 12) went up against the Longhorns, who’re ranked first in the American Volleyball Coaches Association coaches poll, and nearly won the first match before losing in five sets 25-18, 25-21, 21-25, 19-25, 13-15. Kansas then lost the second match in three sets 11-25, 16-25, 18-25. Caroline Bien led the Jayhawks with 21 kills in the first match, while Camryn Turner led the Jayhawks with 10 digs in the second.
Kansas’ RPI is now ranked 15th.
Kansas women’s basketball picked to finish last in preseason coaches poll
The Jayhawks received just 17 points and placed 10th in the Big 12’s preseason coaches poll. Baylor, with the majority of the first-place votes, is the conference favorite with 79 points. Kansas finished 7-18 last season and lost in its Big 12 tournament opener.
Kansas women’s golf places sixth at Ron Moore Intercollegiate
The Jayhawks shot 867 (+3) to finish sixth at the event, which Cal Poly won with an 849 (-15). Kansas’ Lauren Heinlein tied for seventh individually with a 213 (-3).
“This team has made great strides this fall and (associate head coach) Katy (Nahm) and I couldn’t be prouder of how we’ve grown this fall,” Jayhawks head coach Lindsay Kuhle said in a release. “We’re focused. We work hard, play with confidence, and most importantly our body language, positivity and belief in our games has improved. We have a very bright future ahead and I’m confident that we will continue to make big improvements through this year.”
Kansas adds Drew Gaschler as associate athletic director for marketing
Kansas announced the addition of Drew Gaschler as an associate athletic director for marketing. According to his bio, Gaschler started in this role this month and “is responsible for the oversight and coordination of all marketing efforts for Kansas Athletics.” Gaschler’s past stops in collegiate athletics include Oklahoma and Arizona.
Jordan Guskey covers University of Kansas Athletics at The Topeka Capital-Journal. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.