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.
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.

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