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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.
Thrills absent in July sports schedule
July 15, 2012
With the NBA Draft, NBA Finals, and, really, this year’s entire thrilling NBA postseason now over, it’s time to roll into the leanest and meanest days of the summer months.
KU football’s GPA jump a ‘big stinkin’ deal’
June 6, 2012
Kansas University associate athletic director for student support Paul Buskirk has been employed by the department since 1987.
LHS searches for silver lining in state loss
May 26, 2012
With the sting of Friday’s quarterfinal state baseball loss fresh in their minds and the pain still showing in their eyes, the Lawrence High baseball team tried to find a silver lining to the 1-0 loss to Blue Valley West that ended the season.
LHS iron man clutch for champs
May 16, 2012
Just call him Kirk Gibson. Sure, the ball stayed in the yard, and, yeah, this big hit came in the early innings of Tuesday’s 3-2 regional championship victory against Olathe Northwest instead of stacked against the drama of the late innings. But still, there was something about the way LHS senior Troy Willoughby limped between first and second base that brought visions of the legendary Los Angeles Dodgers slugger to mind.
’Mates respect Tyshawn Taylor
March 29, 2012
When Kansas University senior Conner Teahan reflects on the season that led the Jayhawks to the Final Four, he finds himself in the Kansas locker room in the Lahaina Civic Center, site of the Maui Invitational. KU had just lost to Duke, 68-61, to drop its record to 3-2.
Reserves contribute early, often for Kansas
December 30, 2011
Kansas University’s basketball coaching staff might not throw the game film into a time capsule, but for this team Thursday’s 89-34 victory against Howard University might wind up being noteworthy.
A look back at the highs and lows of KU football in 2011
November 30, 2011
Even though the Kansas University football season officially ended just four days ago, most people have moved on and are focused solely on the ongoing coaching search that could take another couple of days or another couple of weeks.
Though KU football future uncertain, players deserve support in finale
November 19, 2011
If Kansas University football coach Turner Gill could get his players to execute on the field the way he has them talking in the media room, he might be on to something.

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