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Matt Tait

Column: Five intriguing elements of KU football’s upcoming spring game
April 11, 2014
Saturday’s spring football game will give Kansas University fans a chance to see plenty of elements of Charlie Weis’ third Jayhawk team. Column by Matt Tait
Column: Jayhawks will keep things interesting in second half
December 28, 2013
A few random hoops thoughts while wondering how many more columns and features will be written this season about amazing and talented freshman Joel Embiid. Column by Matt Tait
Column: Stowers powers recruiting for KU
December 24, 2013
Two years ago, right around this time, I had my first telephone conversation with Keon Stowers. I learned then what a lot of current Kansas University football recruits are discovering today. Stowers is someone you want to be around. By Matt Tait
Opinion: JaCorey Shepherd could be two-way standout
October 20, 2013
Playing both ways at the college level is more demanding than in high school, but maybe it’s time to consider giving junior cornerback JaCorey Shepherd a chance to do it. By Matt Tait
Opinion: August crucial for these 5 KU football players
August 10, 2013
With the Kansas University football team’s fall camp officially under way, it’s time to start identifying the players who have the most to gain in the month of August. By Matt Tait
Opinion: Don’t count out Kansas LB Schyler Miles
August 5, 2013
The tendency in today’s world of college athletics is to write off a guy if he doesn’t come in and make a major impact as a true freshman. By Matt Tait
Opinion: Wide receiver Nick Harwell still coming to KU whether his former school cooperates or not
July 5, 2013
Miami (Ohio) University transfer Nick Harwell, a wide receiver who announced in May that he was heading to Kansas University, is still seeking immediate eligibility to play for the Jayhawks this fall, but the 6-foot-1, 193-pound senior-to-be needs the cooperation of his former school to make that happen. By Matt Tait
Opinion: Freshman given rock-star treatment
June 19, 2013
There’s no doubting that Andrew Wiggins, the 6-foot-7, freak-of-nature forward, belongs in the company of the biggest rock ’n’ roll stars ever to invade the United States. He’s that fab. By Matt Tait
Opinion: Track title sets tone for other KU sports
June 12, 2013
During Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s first two-and-a-half years in town, perhaps no team better illustrated his vision for KU sports than the women’s track and field team that was crowned the 2013 NCAA outdoor champions last weekend in Eugene, Ore. Column by Matt Tait
Opinion: Firebirds’ window for state softball title not shut
May 24, 2013
The tears flowed, the hugs seemed never-ending, and the pain of bowing out of the Class 6A state softball tournament before they could even get comfortable was just beginning. The only thing that came close to alleviating the pain felt by Free State High’s softball players after Thursday’s crushing 3-2, eight-inning loss to Derby at Blue Valley West High was the immediate talk about making it back to the state tournament again a year from now. Column by Matt Tait
Opinion: Dismal KU football season featured players and plays to celebrate
December 10, 2012
Journal-World beat writer Matt Tait looks back on the players and moments to remember from the 2012 Kansas University football season.
Opinion: TV rights agreement ensures Big 12’s long-term stability
12:32 p.m., December 7, 2012 Updated 12:19 a.m.
Journal-World writer Matt Tait examines how the Big 12’s “Grant of Rights” agreement works to protect the league’s teams from the ever-active forces of conference realignment.
Opinion: Leaving Big 12 doesn’t make sense for KU now
November 22, 2012
With conference realignment waters stirring again, the Journal-World’s Matt Tait looks at whether members of the Big 12, including Kansas University, should make moves of their own or sit this round out.
Five sleepers who could be a factor for Kansas football in 2012
August 18, 2012
Camp life is over for the Kansas University football team, no more cramped quarters, uncomfortable beds or snoring roommates for the Jayhawks.
Weis masters motivational art of ‘button-pushing’
July 18, 2012
One of the eye-opening bits of information that came from a recent sit-down with Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis was the fact that the man keeps a mattress and blankets in his office so he can grab some quick sleep before getting back to work without having to go home for the night.

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