Matt Tait

Column: KU freshman Aldridge ‘loves’ new coach’s message
April 23, 2015
Because of her Tuesday class schedule, Kansas University women’s basketball point guard Lauren Aldridge — and the rest of the KU women’s team — was unable to attend the news conference introducing new coach Brandon Schneider. By Matt Tait
Column: Jayhawks as tough to figure out as ever
March 7, 2015
Is this the worst team among Bill Self’s 11 Big 12 champions at Kansas? Probably not. Hardest to figure out? Yep. Most inconsistent? You bet. Toughest to predict? Absolutely. Saturday’s road loss to the Sooners was all the proof you needed of that. By Matt Tait
Column: Kansas baseball extra motivated
February 12, 2015
As the Kansas University men’s basketball team charges toward another Big 12 championship and 26th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, several other KU programs that get far less attention are starting to follow in the elite hoops program’s footsteps.
Column: Devonté Graham managing to learn while sidelined
January 7, 2015
Plenty has been made so far this season about Kansas University’s lack of point guard depth behind Superman starter Frank Mason III. But spend a game watching injured freshman Devonte’ Graham operate on the bench and it’ll leave you feeling just fine about the Jayhawks’ lead guard position. Column by Matt Tait
Column: Beaty’s approach — If you can’t beat ’em, hire ’em
December 27, 2014
As we wait for Kansas University football coach David Beaty to fill out his coaching staff, a quick glance at a lesson from Beaty’s past provides a hint for the direction in which he might be going. By Matt Tait
Column: Traylor should turn up the heat
December 23, 2014
Since starting the first two games of the season and playing 29 and 26 minutes in a victory over UC Santa Barbara and a loss to Kentucky, Kansas University junior Jamari Traylor has seen his minutes dip and only once — Dec. 13 vs. Utah — played as much in a single game as he did in either of those contests.
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


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