Rundown: ESPN reveals Kansas vs. Coastal Carolina football viewership information

Jordan Guskey
Topeka Capital-Journal
Kansas Jayhawks linebacker Taiwan Berryhill (6) linebacker Gavin Potter (19) and safety Ricky Thomas Jr. (3) bring down Coastal Carolina Chanticleers wide receiver Kameron Brown (11) during action at Brooks Stadium.

LAWRENCE — ESPN announced Tuesday that Kansas and Coastal Carolina’s matchup this past Friday was the most-viewed college football game on ESPN2 since Sept. 21, 2019.

The Jayhawks lost the road contest 49-22 against the Chanticleers, who are now ranked No. 18 after playing as the No. 19-ranked team in the nation. The game averaged 1.3 million viewers. Kansas’ next contest is its Big 12 Conference opener Saturday at home against Baylor.

Here’s more that’s happened in recent days in Kansas athletics:

Kansas soccer athlete to compete for Israel’s national team

Shira Elinav has been a key factor for the Jayhawks so far this season, and according to a release “will be taking a brief break from KU soccer and traveling to Israel this week to play on the Israeli women’s national team.” Elinav will be with the team for its World Cup qualifier matchup with Portugal on Sept. 19.

“We are excited that Shira has this opportunity to represent her country in a World Cup qualifier,” Kansas head coach Mark Francis said in the release. “With a new national team coach for Israel, we felt it was important for her to go to the first camp with the new staff. We wish her the best of luck this week.”

Elinav added in the release: “I am really excited and looking forward to the opportunity to play with the national team again. It is an honor to represent my country and play international soccer. I hope to bring pride to Israel and represent the country in the best way possible.”

Kansas track and field athletes honored at the 2020-21 Jayhawk Celebration

The Jayhawks’ women’s track and field and men’s track and field programs each saw an athlete earn prominent recognition at the 2020-21 Jayhawk Celebration. On the women’s side, Alexandra Emilianov was named the female athlete of the year. On the men’s side, Gleb Dudarev was named the male athlete of the year.

Emilianov set outdoor school records in the shot put and discus, in addition to winning a Big 12 indoor title in shot put and becoming an All-American for indoors and outdoors. And according to a release, she “also earned a trip to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, where she represented her native country of Moldova in the discus.”

Dudarev won a Big 12 title in the hammer throw, was as a first-team All-American and finished as the runner-up at the NCAA’s 2021 outdoor championship. And according to a release, he “earned a trip to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games in the hammer throw, where he represented his native country of Belarus.”

Kansas volleyball wins Kansas Invitational

The Jayhawks improved to 5-3 overall on the season with three-straight victories at the Kansas Invitational, which they won, all of which came in three-set sweeps. Kansas topped Delaware (25-15, 25-22, 25-15), Wichita State (25-22, 25-20, 25-16) and Kent State (25-21, 26-24, 25-17). Elise McGhie had 25 assists against Delaware, Lacey Angello 10 digs against Wichita State and Caroline Bien 14 kills against Kent State.

“The mission was to win the tournament and be a better team on the back side than when we started,” Kansas head coach Ray Bechard said in a release. “I thought we started to build some good momentum last night (vs. Wichita State). It was a little choppy today. We know our best volleyball is ahead of us, but we saw some good growth this weekend.”

Bien would later be recognized as the Big 12's rookie of the week.

Kansas men’s golf ties for first at Gopher Invitational

The Jayhawks shot 14-under for the tournament to tie with Notre Dame for first place. Luke Kluver won the individual competition for Kansas with a 10-under performance.

“It was an absolute grind out there today,” Jayhawks head coach Jamie Bermel said in a release. “The course was fairly tough and we got punched in the nose early in the round. To the team’s credit, the guys responded and we came fighting back. Hats off to Notre Dame; they made some big birdies on the last hole.”

Bermel added in that release: “Luke was a man out there this week. He was in total control of his golf ball and putted really well. He has a chance to win every week, and if he has a good putting week, like he did this week, it’s a win. He really has matured himself on the golf course, and I’m excited to see him continue to progress.”

Kansas soccer beats Cincinnati, loses against Washington State

The Jayhawks won 4-1 against Cincinnati, before losing 3-0 against Washington State to reach a 4-3-1 record. In the victory, Melania Pasar had five saves for Kansas and Brie Severns, Avery Smith, Kate Dreyer and Shira Elinav all tallied one goal.

Kansas women’s golf places seventh at Dick McGuire Invitational

The Jayhawks started their 2021-22 season with a seventh-place finish at the event among 16 schools. BYU won with an 858 (-6), while Kansas shot 878 (+14) as a team. Sera Tadokoro led the Jayhawks with a 212 (-4), and placed fifth.

“The team showed a lot of grit and confidence and proved that they can compete with the nation’s best,” Kansas head coach Lindsay Kuhle said in a release. “We accomplished our team goal of a top-seven finish this week with six teams returning in this event that finished the season ranked in the top 50 in Golfstat.”

Kuhle added in the release: “I am so happy for Sera and her strong finish today of 70. She fought the entire tournament and this is her second college tournament shooting under par all three rounds.”

Kansas, Duke football matchup time has been set

Kansas and Duke will face off at 3 p.m. CT, in the two sides’ Sept. 25 matchup at Duke. The ACC Network will broadcast the game. Both teams are 1-1 right now with games scheduled for Saturday.

Jordan Guskey covers University of Kansas Athletics at The Topeka Capital-Journal. Contact him at jmguskey@gannett.com or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.