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Kansas Memorial Stadium Renovation Begins Tuesday

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Work will begin next Tuesday (June 24) on a project that will remove the track from KU’s Memorial Stadium.

Workers will surround the field with new artificial turf, which will extend 37 feet from the sidelines. Additional turf in the north end zone will extend 80 feet from the back of the end zone, some 25 feet more than exists today. Ten feet of asphalt will extend from the end of the turf to the stands on the north, east and west sides of the stadium. The south end zone will remain largely unchanged, except that a new decorative fence will replace the 10-foot chain-link fence that currently stands in that end zone.

The project will take approximately six weeks.

“Rarely in facilities work do we get to do something that directly benefits players and fans at the same time,” KU Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger said. “We’ll have a larger safety zone for players and more usable practice space for the team. Fans will immediately appreciate the improved optics that these changes will provide.

“During our recent discussions with players, coaches and fans,” Zenger continued, “their highest priority was that we remove the track. We are grateful that a donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, stepped up to make possible this intermediate phase of renovation.”

Recognized as the first stadium built on a college campus west of the Mississippi River, Memorial Stadium is the seventh oldest collegiate stadium in the nation; it has a capacity of 50,071. The Jayhawks moved into Memorial Stadium in 1921. The stadium is dedicated to the University of Kansas students who fought and died in World War I.

$2.4 Million Upgrade Planned For Bramlage Coliseum

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Dramatic improvements in fan experience amenities and game atmosphere will highlight upgrades to Bramlage Coliseum, as K-State Athletics announced that a new high-definition Panasonic center-hung videoboard, six additional LED displays and a state-of-the-art, innovative lighting and sound systems will be installed this fall.

In keeping with its goal of providing The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12, K-State Athletics partnered with Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon and Williams, Inc. (WJHW), one of the top acoustical consulting and electronic systems design firms in the country, to manage the project, which will begin later this summer and be completed in October. WJHW, which is based out of Dallas, is well known for its work in sports, convention centers and concert venues.

ksu-video-board“We are excited to announce these improvements to Bramlage Coliseum as we continue to provide The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12,” said Director of Athletics John Currie. “These additions will greatly enhance our gameday atmosphere at Bramlage which is already one of the best in the Big 12 and in all of college basketball. We’re excited for all of K-State Nation to fill Bramlage in 2014-15 and experience these new enhancements.”

The focus of the nearly $2.4 million in enhancements will be the unique Panasonic center-hung 25’x 18’ SMD LED videoboard, which will have a display more than four times larger than the existing videoboard in Bramlage Coliseum. The four-sided videoboard features a 6mm high-definition display on each face with a 5-foot upper ring and 2-foot, 4-inch lower ring for statistics, crowd engagement and sponsor integration.

Six additional 6mm LED displays will be installed above the seating on the north and south ends of the arena with three located above Sections 12-15 on the north end and three above Section 24 to Section 1 on the south end. These displays will provide additional opportunities for crowd engagement, out of town scores and sponsor integration. The total cost of the main video board and six LED displays will be $1.4 million.

Additionally, the system will be powered by Panasonic’s next generation of LED controller. Based on the same software that all major sports networks around the world use, this exclusive solution generates real-time graphics and animation in true three-dimensional space. This creates among the most dynamic presentations of statistics, graphics and interactive features seen at any college venue.

“K-State Athletics’ commitment to providing the best fan experience in the Big 12 is clear in this initiative,” said Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company Richard Ballard. “We share that commitment to excellence and use our technology and know-how to engineer a better fan experience. The center-hung videoboard and displays deliver content unparalleled in clarity and resolution, allowing thousands of loyal fans to experience the excitement and action in the arena up close and personal.”

The sound system in Bramlage Coliseum will be replaced with the best of class in modern audio equipment, including nearly 100 total loudspeakers, and utilize the latest amplifier and digital signal processing with more than 200,000 watts of amplification. The increased speaker locations will provide for more distribution of sound, while also improving audio clarity throughout the arena. The project will be managed by Pro Media/UltraSound and cost $660,000.

“The modernization of the Bramlage Coliseum sound system is going to enable a vibrant and additive game day element to what is already an exciting fan experience,” said project manager Ted Leamy. “Our technology group is very excited to participate in the technology refit of this iconic collegiate venue.”

The new LED lighting system will provide a more efficient and higher quality of output in the arena and allows for special effects during pregame introductions and during special halftime shows and recognitions. The project will be directed by Musco Lighting and cost approximately $300,000.

The improvements will mark the first to Bramlage Coliseum since the construction of the $18 million Basketball Training Facility to the east side in August 2012 and the first significant renovation to the interior of the arena since the addition of Loge Boxes in 2007. The new video boards and sound system replace existing ones last renovated in 2000-01.

“Our players and staff couldn’t be more excited about these updates to Bramlage Coliseum,” said head men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber. “Obviously, when you make improvements to your facilities with new technology, it brings great energy to a program. It was the case with the Basketball Training Facility a few years back and I’m sure it will be the same for our fans at Bramlage. We already have one of the top gameday atmospheres in the country and these improvements will only make it a more intimidating place for opponents.”

Funding for the upgrades will be made through general athletic department revenue without the aid of tax, tuition or general university dollars. These improvements are yet another example of the margin of excellence provided by the generous support of Ahearn Fund donors and season ticket holders.

Bramlage Coliseum has given K-State one of the top home atmospheres in the country, as the men’s and women’s basketball teams have combined to win nearly 75 percent of its games in the arena’s 26-year history.

The men’s team has played in front of an average of more than 12,000 fans for four consecutive seasons at Bramlage Coliseum and has ranked among the nation’s Top 35 in average attendance five times in the last seven years. The women’s squad has annually played before strong home crowds, as they ranked 23rd nationally in average attendance in 2013-14. It marked the 11th time in the last 13 seasons that K-State has finished among the Top 35 in attendance.

“We have a great environment in Bramlage Coliseum and it just keeps getting better and better,” said head women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie. “I think we are doing the right thing by enhancing that environment and the fans’ ability to see replays and all the bells and whistles that all the fans want now in arenas. We are going to have every available tool for that experience.”

Men’s and women’s basketball season tickets for the 2014-15 season go on sale Monday, June 23 with a variety of ticket packages available. Season-ticket holders will have until Friday, August 1 to arrange payment and retain their seats for the upcoming season. New full season-ticket requests will be handled utilizing the K-State Priority Points system, which rewards fans for their history of season ticket purchases and contributions to the Ahearn Fund.

The partnership will extend to Bill Snyder Family Stadium, as K-State Athletics will consult with WJHW and Panasonic as well as Populous, which is serving as the architect of the Vanier Football Complex and North End Project, to study and finalize future video and sound improvements to the stadium.

Story courtesy of the K-State Sports Information Office. http://www.k-statesports.com

Royals Blast Tigers; Take First Place In AL Central Division

By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com – Courtesy of Royals.com

DETROIT — The first-place Kansas City Royals. Now that’s a combination of words rarely seen in recent years.

Yet that became a reality when the Royals knocked off Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers, 11-4, on Tuesday night to take over the lead in the American League Central. The Tigers fell out of first place for the first time all season, now trailing by a half-game.

Rookie Yordano Ventura pitched seven innings for the victory and Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas each belted a two-run homer in a seven-run second inning.

Predictably, the Royals approached their newly-won status with extreme caution.

“What’s the date?” said manager Ned Yost. “It’s nice, but we’ve got a lot of games to play. We don’t get all geeked up. We’re on a nice run right now, we’ll just keep it going. It’s better than the alternative, trust me.”

Gordon, who’s been around since 2007, finds first place a comfortable fit.

“It feels good, it’s better than last place which we’d been accustomed to in June early in my career,” he said. “This is a lot better.”

The Royals’ ninth straight win matched their longest streak of last year, July 22-Aug. 1. But they were buried in the standings by then.

Such a lofty perch this deep into a season is unusual indeed for the Royals. This was their 70th game, and the last time they had sole possession of first place at 70 games or beyond was on Aug. 29, 2003, after the 124th game. They led the White Sox by one game.

“It’s fleeting. It can leave tomorrow,” Yost said. “You’ve got to stay on top of your game.”

The Royals faced a tough assignment at Comerica Park where a crowd of 34,328 gathered. Scherzer, last year’s Cy Young Award winner, had won his last five decisions against Kansas City. He also had a 5-0 record so far this year at Comerica. And he was coming off a three-hit shutout in Chicago.

None of that mattered in the second inning when the Royals jumped on Scherzer for seven runs on seven hits — including the homers by Gordon and Moustakas.

Eight batters came to the plate before Scherzer got the first out. Billy Butler started it with a single and took second on right fielder J.D. Martinez’s error. Gordon pounded a 1-0 pitch over the right-field wall for his eighth homer.

“Anytime you can do that to a starting pitcher in the second inning, you know they’re going to be frustrated a little bit,” Gordon said.

Salvador Perez walked and Moustakas lofted a 3-2 pitch down the right-field line for his seventh homer. That was followed by three singles by Alcides Escobar, Jarrod Dyson (an overturned out call) and Nori Aoki. Omar Infante knocked in two more runs with a single to center.

The seventh run scored as Eric Hosmer tapped back to Scherzer. Then Butler and Gordon went out to end the inning — the Royals’ biggest since an eight-run sixth on June 13, 2013, at Tampa Bay.

As the 90-degree evening wore on, Scherzer was finished in the fifth inning after three hits with nobody out. He was charged with 10 runs on 10 hits and one walk. This came one night after the Royals hammered Justin Verlander for seven runs.

Ventura got a helping hand, or glove, from Lorenzo Cain in the fourth. Cain, who had replaced the injured Aoki in right field, leaped to take a home run away from Martinez.

“When you’re on a roll, you get breaks,” Yost said.

Such as the bizarre out that helped Ventura in the fifth inning. With two outs, a run in and the bases loaded, Ventura unleashed a pitch that sailed over catcher Perez. But the ball crashed into a gate behind home plate, rebounded directly to Perez and the catcher whirled and threw out Eugenio Suarez before he could get back to third base. Inning over.

“Nothing was planned obviously,” Moustakas said, “but the ball went past Salvy and I saw it shoot back to him so I shot over to third just in case he throws it. And he threw it, a great play and we were able to get him out.”

Just a lucky break?

“No, we’ve got a sign for that,” Perez joked.

With an 11-8 victory in Monday’s series opener, this marked the first time the Royals had scored double digits in consecutive games since April 30 and May 1, 2011, when they dispatched Minnesota, 11-2 and 10-3 in that order.

Looking back three weeks, Yost remembered how things were after the Royals had lost three straight to Houston. They were in fourth place, four games under .500 and 6 1/2 games behind Detroit.

“Before we went to Toronto, we had a press conference and we were coming into a real tough stretch,” Yost said. “I said we better get our act together quick, or we’re in trouble. And, man, we got our act together. From that point on, we’ve played spectacular baseball.”

The Royals are 14-4 since then. The Tigers are in a 5-11 slide and manager Brad Ausmus said his players are fed up.

“They’re getting sick of it for sure,” Ausmus told reporters. “Anyone that would go through something like this, especially on a team that’s supposed to win, would get sick of it. I’m sick of it. They’re sick of it. The fans are sick of it. I’m sure you’re tired of writing about it.”

The Royals, though, were enjoying life at the top. Cautiously.

“It feels great,” Moustakas said. “This is where we wanted to be all year, but we’re not going to take anything for granted. We’ve got a lot of baseball left.”

Kim Tennal Inducted Into Volleyball Hall Of Fame

The Kansas Volleyball Association recently recognized Centralia coach Kim Tennal with induction into its Hall of Fame. With a 745-127 overall record, her career began in 1976, coming to Centralia in 1988, where she guided the team to the state’s longest streak of state titles 1997-2004, with only a single losing season in her first year with the panthers.

KVA All-Star Volleyball Match Held In Topeka

June 7, 2014, Topeka, KS — The Kansas Volleyball Association held its 29th annual All Star Match on June 7 at Washburn University in Topeka. The Blue Team defeated the Red Team in five games by the scores of 21-25, 25-23, 25-16, 24-26, and 15-12. Leading the Blue Team in kills was Paige Regnier of McPherson High School with 12. Madison Fletcher of Blue Valley West High School also added 11 kills. Hannah Billings of Mill Valley High School led the Blue Team in assists with 50, while Mattison Dusin of Phillipsburg High School contributed 4 assists. The Blue Team was led by Danae Bina of Hillsboro High School with 16 digs and Madison Fletcher of Blue Valley West High School chipped in with 14 digs. Janae Barnes of McPherson High School led the Blue Team in blocks with 4 total blocks. Danae Bina of Hillsboro High School added 2 aces.

The Red Team was led by Arianna Person of St. James Academy with 14 kills. Perrin Spears of Valley Center High School contributed 9 kills. Moira Pyle of McPherson High School led the Red Team in assists with 42. The Red Team was led in digs by Moira Pyle of McPherson High School with 18 and Addie Barry of Hayden High School added 17. Jessie Kujawa of Manhattan High School led in blocks with 4 total blocks. Person, Barry, and McKenzie Turner of Wamego High School each contributed 1 service ace.

The K.V.A. also presented four of its annual awards at the conclusion of the match. Arianna Person of St. James Academy received the Joan Lundstrom Wells Award of Excellence. The Flo Hyman Scholarship was awarded Danae Bina of Hillsboro High School . Madison Fletcher of Blue Valley West High School received the Judy Bellomo Most Inspirational Award. The Don Bechard Scholarship was awarded to Paige Regnier of McPherson High School.

Marysville High School State Track & Field Results From Wichita

The Kansas State High School Activities Association Track & Field Championships were held this past weekend at Cessna Stadium in Wichita. Below are the Marysville High School results from the meet, with complete results available at the following link. [ COMPLETE 3A RESULTS ]

3A Girls Results

Team Results
11. Marysville.

200 M Dash
4. Rachel Heiman – Marysville – 26.46

400 M Dash
5. Bryclin Alstrom – Marysville – 1:01.12

1600 M Run
6. Aubrie Peschel – Marysville – 5:38.00

3200 M Run
7. Aubrie Peschel – Marysville – 12:13.54

4×100 M Relay
3. Marysville – 50.46

4×800 M Relay
5. Marysville – 10:09.82

3A Boys Results

1600 M Run
13. Josef Smith – Marysville – 4:51.49

Area 2A State Track & Field Results From Wichita

The Kansas State High School Activities Association Track & Field Championships were held this past weekend at Cessna Stadium in Wichita. Below are the area team results from the meet, with complete results available at the following link.COMPLETE 2A RESULTS ]

2A Girls Results

Team Results:
11. Washington County.

3200 M Run
15. Maggie Revell – Onaga – 13:39.26

4×800 M Relay
14. Onaga – 11:09.40

Pole Vault
4. Heidi Stegman – Washington County – 9’00.00”

Long Jump
15. Mandi Allerheiligen – Washington County – 14’04.00”

Triple Jump
15. Mandi Allerheiligen – Washington County – 31’07.25”
16. Rebekah Glessner – Onaga – 30’05.25”

Shot Put
1. Erin Alexander – Washington County – 43’01.00”
9. Courtney Bekemeyer – Washington County – 33’00.00”

1. Erin Alexander – Washington County – 118’00”
6. Brooke Tuma – Washington County – 106’04”

Javelin Throw
9. Brooke Tuma – Washington County – 111’10”

2A Boys Results

Team Results:
2. Washington County, 32. Onaga.

400 M Dash
8. David Koelzer – Onaga – 52.84

800 M Run
1. Dylan Hodgson – Washington County – 1:59.55

1600 M Run
1. Dylan Hodgson – Washington County – 4:22.73 (State Record)

3200 M Run
1. Dylan Hodgson – Washington County – 9:20.76 (State Record)

4×400 M Relay
6. Washington County – 3:41.26

Pole Vault
9. Colin Cudney – Washington County – 11’6.00”
10. Levi Gauby – Washington County – 11’6.00”
11. Justin Hoover – Washington County – 11’6.00”

Long Jump
8. Tristan Miller – Washington County – 20’00.75”

Shut Put
3. Brett Herrs – Washington County – 51’09.00”
10. Logan Kier – Washington County – 44’01.00”

Discus Throw
8. Logan Kier – Washington County – 143’02”

Javelin Throw
5. Michael Bliss – Onaga – 161’07”

Area 1A State Track & Field Results From Wichita

The Kansas State High School Activities Association Track & Field Championships were held this past weekend at Cessna Stadium in Wichita. Below are the area team results from the meet, with complete results available at the following link. [ COMPLETE 1A RESULTS ]


1. Valley Heights, 4. Linn, 14. Baileyville B&B, 15. Centralia, 17. Clifton-Clyde, 24. Axtell

100 M Dash
2. Brandi Jo Roepke – Valley Heights – 12.92
8. Kendra Bargman – Linn – 13.11

200 M Dash
2. Brandi Jo Roepke – Valley Heights – 26.69
5. Kendra Bargman – Linn – 27.10

400 M Dash
3. Brandi Jo Roepke – Valley Heights – 59.08
5. Bradie Schmitz – Axtell – 1:00.63

800 M Run
5. Kiersten Talbot – Axtell – 2:31.70
8. Mayda Stallbaumer – Centralia – 2:32.11

1600 M Run
13. Nicole Ohlde – Linn – 6:07.37

3200 M Run
9. Mayda Stallbaumer – Centralia – 12:46.76

4×100 Relay
1. Linn – 50.69
4. Clifton-Clyde – 52.42

4×400 Relay
3. Linn – 4:16.85

4×800 Relay
8. Axtell – 10:43.44
10. Centralia – 10:45.98
11. Hanover – 10:53.53

High Jump
3. Acacia Thalmann – Linn – 5’2”
7. Cassidy Hulsing – Baileyville B&B – 5’00”

Pole Vault
4. Chelsea Huerter – Centralia – 8’6”
9. Kathleen Haufler – Centralia – 8’0”

Long Jump
1. Brandi Jo Roepke – Valley Heights – 17’2.25”
3. Brooke Diederich – Linn – 16’4.75”
10. Katelyn Jueneman – Hanover – 15’5.75”

Triple Jump
5. Samantha Wessel – Baileyville B&B – 34’1.25”
8. Ashley Kramer – Baileyville B&B – 33’5”

Shot Put
1. Laura Sudbeck – Baileyville B&B – 40’9.50”
2. Shelby Vermetten – Valley Heights – 37’10”
5. Sidney Blackburn – Valley Heights – 35’10”
9. Tara Bergman – Centralia – 33’7.50”

1. Sidney Blackburn – Valley Heights – 113’01”
2. Shelby Vermetten – Valley Heights – 108’07”
3. Tara Bergman – Centralia – 107’06”

Javelin Throw
1. Kourtni Hubert – Clifton-Clyde – 131’07”
4. Riley Hanzlik – Centralia – 122’11”
10. Elizabeth Hasenkamp – Centralia – 109’06”


TEAM SCORES: 1. Centralia, 3. Hanover, 5. Valley Heights, 7. Linn, 14. Clifton-Clyde, 17. Frankfort, 26. Blue Valley, 33. Axtell & Baileyville B&B (Tie)

100 M Dash
2. Kurt Van der Merwe – Linn – 11.37
5. Jacob Koelzer – Baileyville B&B – 11.56
7. Darrian Turner – Centralia – 11.61

200 M Dash
2. Kurt Van der Merwe – Linn – 22.51
3. Evan Zabokrtsky – Hanover – 22.71
4. Elijah Smith – Valley Heights – 22.87
5. Darrian Turner – Centralia – 22.91

400 M Dash
3. Preston Jueneman – Hanover – 50.36

800 M Run
10. Zachary Rootring – Blue Valley – 2:06.97

1600 M Run
3. Adam Koch – Frankfort – 4:35.23
9. Zachary Heinen – Axtell – 4:45.10

3200 M Run
5. Adam Koch – Frankfort – 9:56.35
8. Tracy Schmitz – Axtell – 10:31.78

110 M Hurdles
1. Elijah Smith – Valley Heights – 14.68
3. William Ohlde – Clifton-Clyde – 15.46
5. Brett Burdiek – Centralia – 15.86

300 M Hurdles
1. William Ohlde – Clifton-Clyde – 39.45
7. Brendon Asch – Clifton-Clyde – 41.84

4×100 M Relay
1. Hanover – 44.08
2. Centralia – 44.44
6. Linn – 45.36

4×400 M Relay
2. Hanover – 3:29.29

4×800 M Relay
3. Blue Valley – 8:29.43
5. Axtell – 8:32.93
8. Hanover – 8:39.42
11. Frankfort – 8:43.15

High Jump
3. Chad Gross – Linn – 6’04”
8. Brett Burdiek – Centralia – 6’00”

Pole Vault
2. Cody Huerter – Centralia – 13’06”
3. Lucas Adams – Frankfort – 13’00”
7. Derek Trimble – Valley Heights – 12’00”

Long Jump
1. Elijah Smith – Valley Heights – 21’10.75”
2. Darrian Turner – Centralia – 20’10.75”
5. Sam Steinlage – Centralia – 20’05.00”

Triple Jump
1. Elijah Smith – Valley Heights – 45’10.25”
4. Sam Steinlage – Centralia – 42’02.00”
10. Devin Jueneman – Hanover – 41’00.00”
13. Derek Trimble – Valley Heights – 38’04.75”

Shot Put
1. Ethan Fritschi – Hanover – 49’05.50”
5. Joey Ferron – Centralia – 46’01.00”
6. Brett Peters – Linn – 46’00.25”
15. Alex Wohler – Linn – 38’03.50”

Discus Throw
6. Sam Steinlage – Centralia – 145’05”
9. Brett Peters – Linn – 140’08”
14. Josh Meyer – Linn – 125’02”

Javelin Throw
6. Josh Meyer – Linn – 163’01”
8. Cameron Haug – Baileyville B&B – 158’03”

National TV Broadcasts Highlight K-State Football Schedule

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Four of K-State’s 2014 football games are among the Big 12 Conference’s early national television selections, highlighted by the much anticipated September 18 matchup with SEC Champion Auburn, as the league office announced today designations for the opening three weeks of the season and special Thursday night broadcasts.

The Wildcats’ August 30 season opener against Stephen F. Austin will be broadcast exclusively on K-StateHD.TV with kickoff slated for 6:10 p.m., at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. K-StateHD.TV programming will begin at 5:10 p.m., with its K-State Gameday show featuring Brian Smoller.

K-State will then open up Big 12 Conference play in week two, its earliest league game since the 1996 inaugural Big 12 Conference game with Texas Tech, as the Cats head to Iowa State on September 6. The game will kick at 11 a.m., and be broadcast nationally on FOX Sports 1.

Manhattan and Bill Snyder Family Stadium will be the focus of the college football world on Thursday, September 18, as the Cats and Tigers meet in an ESPN nationally-televised game. The Thursday night matchup, one of the most-watched games in the country each week, will be the first in Manhattan since the 2010 Nebraska game and the fourth overall at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.

The Big 12 Conference also announced that the Wildcats’ November 20 game at West Virginia will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1. The matchup, K-State’s second appearance on Thursday night of the season, will kick at 6 p.m. CT.

For those interested in subscribing to K-StateHD.TV, which features live game broadcasts as well as premium content such as original K-State shows, game replays and press conferences, the service is available for $9.95 per month and $79.95 per year.

To visit the home of K-StateHD.TV, or to subscribe to the service, go to www.k-statehd.tv. The subscription service remains a product of K-State’s All-Access platform through the CBS College Network and has ranked No. 1 nationally in subscriptions among all institutions since its launch in 2010.

Following record sales this spring, season ticket numbers for the upcoming season have hit an all-time high and are completely sold out. Single-game tickets for the seven-game home schedule go on sale online June 11 and via phone and in person July 16.

Fans can now join the 2015 season ticket waiting list online or by contacting the K-State Athletics Ticket Office. For more information regarding tickets, contact the ticket office at 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.k-statesports.com.

Television Selections for K-State Games 
Saturday, Aug. 30 – Stephen F. Austin at K-State, 6:10 p.m., K-StateHD.TV
Saturday, Sept. 6 – K-State at Iowa State, 11 a.m., FOX Sports 1
Thursday, Sept. 18 – Auburn at K-State, 6:30 p.m., ESPN
Thursday, Nov. 20 – K-State at West Virginia, 6 p.m., FOX Sports 1

Kansas Football Sets Game Times & Television Coverage

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Big 12 Conference released the television broadcast assignments for the first three weeks of the 2014 college football season, with Kansas being tabbed for television in each of its first two games. The Jayhawks have a bye the opening week of the 2014 college football season.

Kansas, playing under third-year head coach Charlie Weis, will open the 2014 football season with a home game versus Southeast Missouri State on Saturday, Sept. 6. The KU-SEMO game will be played at 6 p.m., on the Jayhawk Television Network in the state of Kansas and the Kansas City metro area and is available outside of the state lines to a national audience on ESPN3. More information on the Jayhawk Television Network (JTV) and its affiliates is available at KUAthletics.com/TV.

As previously announced, Kansas will travel to Duke on Saturday, Sept. 13 for a 2:30 p.m. (CT), game versus the Blue Devils. The KU-Duke game will be televised on the ACC Regional Sports Networks.

Kansas made four appearances on Fox Sports 1 in 2013, two on Fox Sports Net and JTV and one each on ESPN, ESPNU and CBS Sports Network.

Kansas will also host Central Michigan (Sept. 20), Texas (Sept. 27), Oklahoma State (Oct. 11), Iowa State (Nov. 8) and TCU (Nov. 15) at Memorial Stadium during the 2014 campaign. Season tickets are available online at KUAthletics.com, by calling 800-34-HAWKS or in-person at the Allen Fieldhouse ticket office.

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