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Matt Tait

Column: OC John Reagan gets point across
August 4, 2014
To say I was impressed by what I saw from John Reagan during the 90 minutes of one spring practice open to the media would be putting it mildly. I was blown away. By Matt Tait
Column: This year could make memories of No. 1 at NBA Draft
June 24, 2014
This week marks the fifth year in a row that I’ve made the summertime trek to the Big Apple to cover the NBA Draft, an obvious sign that the Kansas University basketball team has had some pretty good players during recent years.
Column: Think unique in naming new rec center
May 8, 2014
Earlier this week, Lawrence’s city commissioners settled on three finalists in their quest to name the city’s new recreation center being built adjacent to Rock Chalk Park, where Kansas University soon will house its track, soccer and softball programs. If there’s any justice, being constructed next to KU’s newest sports facilities will be where the similarities end. Column by Matt Tait
Column: Lions, Firebirds united by firing
April 30, 2014
When hundreds of community members, young and old, packed the meeting room at the school district office Monday to show their support for recently fired Lawrence High boys basketball coach Mike Lewis, they did so as one voice. Column by 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.

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