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Thomas Robinson won’t make Colorado trip

Kansas coach Bill Self announced Monday afternoon that KU sophomore forward Thomas Robinson will not travel with the Jayhawks for their Tuesday night game at Colorado.

Robinson’s mother, Lisa Robinson, died Friday night of what is believed to be a heart attack. Robinson has also lost his grandmother and grandfather in the last month. He is expected to practice Monday and then return to Washington, D.C., to be with his 9-year-old sister, Jayla.

With Robinson out of the lineup, the Jayhawks will look to small forwards Mario Little and Travis Releford for minutes in the paint against the Buffaloes.

News and notes from Friday

SELF NEARING DECISION ON LITTLE

Kansas coach Bill Self said Friday he needs to make a decision “pretty soon” on what role senior forward Mario Little will have with the Jayhawks the rest of this season.

Little has been suspended indefinitely since Dec. 16 after an arrest early that morning for misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass, criminal damage to property and battery.

“There is a chance (of him playing),” Self said. “I don’t know positively yet. I want what is best for us more than anything, but I want what’s best for him, too, and hopefully that is in conjunction with what’s best for us. I’ve got information, and I need to make a decision pretty soon, but I’m holding off on doing that just yet. I would say that in the relatively near future, we’ll probably have a more definitive plan on what his role will be.”

Little is currently able to practice with the Jayhawks and attend home games. Before his suspension, he was averaging 6.2 points and 3.7 rebounds in 16.3 minutes.

ROBINSON BACK WITH TEAM

Kansas sophomore forward Thomas Robinson was back with the Jayhawks on Friday after missing Wednesday’s game while attending the funeral of his grandmother, Shirley White, in Washington, D.C.

Robinson was raised by White and his mother, Lisa Robinson.

“As a man of his house, (Robinson) said it was more important for him to be with his family,” KU coach Bill Self said. “I totally agreed. I’m sure it was hard for him to come back, but he has family here, too. I’m sure it’s heavy on his heart, but he’ll deal with it.”

Robinson said he was glad to be back with his Kansas family.

“My teammates and coaches have been the best,” Robinson said. “I don’t think this situation would have been as smooth (without them). They talked to me every day when I was home, calling and checking to see how I was doing. Also the fans. A lot of fans wrote on my Facebook and Twitter, so I appreciate that also.”

Colorado high school QB signs with Jayhawks

Turner Gill announced Tuesday that Highlands Ranch (Colo.) quarterback Brock Berglund has signed a financial aid agreement to play for the Jayhawks and will enroll at KU this month to be available for spring practice.

“Brock is the ideal student-athlete we want in our program,” Gill said. β€œHe has proven that he is a winner. He not only has great football skills, but he possesses great vision and tremendous leadership abilities.”

Berglund, a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, led Valor Christian High to consecutive state titles, while earning all-state honors and being named the Colorado 4A Player of the Year in 2010. Berglund is ranked as the third-best overall player in the state of Colorado, as well as the 13th-best dual-threat quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com.

This past season he led Valor Christian to the 4A state title as he completed 140 of 229 passes (61.1 percent) for 2,150 yards and 23 touchdowns with just five interceptions. He also rushed 130 times for 952 yards and nine scores. In the state title game victory, he threw for 280 yards and ran for 122 more.

Berglund will compete with current KU quarterbacks Jordan Webb, Quinn Mecham and preferred walk-on Blake Jablonski for the starting job.

Zenger to make $450,000 annually

New KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s contract is for four-plus years at $450,000 annually and runs to June 30, 2015.

His benefits also includes the use of two cars as part of KU athletics’ Wheel Club and membership in either Alvamar or Lawrence Country Club. Zenger’s complete contract.