Bourbon, who was expected to be the starter, suffered a torn ACL during a scrimmage on Sunday, while Cox tore his Achilles tendon during a non-contact drill on Monday. Both Bourbon and Cox, who have already used redshirts, will explore ways to finish their careers next season.
The redshirt offensive lineman — related to KU lettermen Ray Evans and Harry Gibson — is more than just another body on the roster. He was put on scholarship this summer and is in the middle of a three-man battle for the starting job at center.
He broke his back in high school, became a Division I athlete after seeing an ad in the newspaper, and later earned a football scholarship at a Big 12 school. But, you know, these are not the most amazing facts about Kansas junior defensive lineman T.J. Semke. No, the craziest thing would be this: Semke is also a part-time bounty hunter.
The three former Kansas coaches, plus current coach Bill Self, will come together on Oct. 27 to celebrate 60 years of basketball at Allen Fieldhouse. Roy Williams, Ted Owens, Larry Brown and Self are the only four living men to have coached at KU.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self is not shy about anointing his latest class as one of his best. But measuring recruiting classes can be a murky exercise. There are myriad star ratings, and the noise of recruiting services. So as the three-week July recruiting period loomed — it officially started Wednesday — The Star set out to determine which recruiting class produced the biggest on-court impact during Self’s 11 seasons in Lawrence.
On Tuesday, KU revealed that senior tight end Jimmay Mundine will be out two weeks after undergoing a “minor” procedure to repair and clean out an injured knee. Mundine, the presumptive starter, is expected to be ready for Kansas’ opener against Southeast Missouri State on Sept. 6.
Kansas will be featured on four of the eight ESPN “Big Monday” broadcasts this Big 12 men’s basketball season, with two games in Lawrence and two on the road, including a Feb. 23 contest at Kansas State. That’s the Wildcats’ lone appearance on Big Monday.
The new government structure could allow the biggest schools to pass legislation without interference from smaller schools, while the O’Bannon ruling will allow college athletes to cash in on their likeness while in school.