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Tom Keegan

Column: Downtown Shot Put should be quite a show
April 14, 2014
The Downtown Shot Put, an event that has greatly overshadowed the rest of the Kansas Relays the past few springs, will do so more than ever again Friday evening. By Tom Keegan
Column: Kansas corners stand up, out
April 14, 2014
The days of Kansas University cornerbacks, short to begin with, shrinking in the rear-view mirrors of tall Big 12 receivers are gone. By Tom Keegan
Column: Second-year QB sure looks like Jayhawks’ starter
April 13, 2014
The play that killed any suspense for me as to the identity of the Kansas University football team’s quarterback this coming fall came long before Montell Cozart busted a 60-yard run, long before he found the end zone on two short runs. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Todd Reesing recalls career, has hope for KU’s new offense
April 11, 2014
Coaches often downplay the importance of spring football, particularly the spring game, but significant developments do take place during the 15 practices. It was during the spring of 2007 that Todd Reesing beat out Kerry Meier for the Kansas University starting quarterback job, a development that greatly strengthened both ends of the KU passing game. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Joel Embiid top 5? Puh-lease
April 9, 2014
Every time I hear someone say that Joel Embiid will be a top-five pick in the next NBA Draft, I wonder if I have missed something. By Tom Keegan
Column: Watch KU football go as Cozart grows
April 9, 2014
Charlie Weis hinted Tuesday that the goal for his third Kansas University football team equals the win total of the last three seasons combined (six). That might sound unrealistic, but if one player with exciting raw talent develops at a far faster pace than anyone has a right to expect, six is not only a reasonable goal, but as good a place as any to set the over-under bar. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Embiid waits; public wonders
April 8, 2014
In most cities, “Hello, how are you?” is the most commonly asked question, although it’s really more of a greeting than a question. Nobody listens to the auto-answer. In Lawrence, it ranks a distant second to the runaway winner: “Why hasn’t Joel Embiid announced his decision yet?” The implied, though not stated, finish to that sentence is, “so that I can get on with my life already.” Column by Tom Keegan
Column: ’Cats, Huskies like cats, dogs
April 6, 2014
Here’s the beauty of tonight’s matchup for the college basketball national title: It blows to bits every theory about what it takes to make it to the season’s final night. By Tom Keegan
Column: Harwell obvious standout wideout
April 5, 2014
To watch wide receiver Nick Harwell run is to recall all the words typically used to describe athletes when they’re doing something right: balanced, smooth, precise, efficient, graceful, powerful, tireless. By Tom Keegan
Column: Senior urgency driving Kansas football this season
April 4, 2014
Every magic bullet — another new coach, another new quarterback, a blockbuster junior-college recruiting class — wrapped in hope and designed to reverse the sagging fortunes of Kansas University football opens one more wound in the heart of even the most optimistic fan. The cause for hope this year is the most substantial, least flashy of any in recent years. It’s called experience. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Kansas RB Miller veteran learner
April 3, 2014
Looking ahead to his third season as a Kansas University football player and not behind at the two that ended with him leaving to address personal problems, Darrian Miller is happy to be back on the team, slipping tackles with the ball tucked under his arm. By Tom Keegan
Column: KU WR Coleman breaking out this spring
April 2, 2014
Spring football is the season for blossoming and Rodriguez Coleman’s name has popped up so often among coaches and teammates that it’s obvious the junior-to-be wide receiver is catching more eyes now than he did footballs last season. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Kansas football’s potential on defense intrigues
March 30, 2014
If defensive coordinator Clint Bowen and the Kansas University football position coaches can draw maximum effort and attention to detail out of the players, KU should field a competitive defense this coming fall. The blend of talent, experience and depth is the best it’s been in years. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Familiar name would be nice fit for coaching vacancy
March 28, 2014
No officials from Marquette University, my alma mater, have asked for my opinion since basketball coach Buzz Williams left for the browner pastures of Virginia Tech. And really, why should they? Don’t forget, they have access to my transcript. Then again, I’ve never been one to wait to be asked for my opinion, so I’ll offer it here. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: For our sakes, Embiid should stay at KU
March 27, 2014
Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan hopes that Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid returns for a second year. His motives are pure, as in purely selfish.

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