Tom Keegan

Column: Kansas not so dynamic without freshman duo
March 8, 2014
Even on a day Andrew Wiggins totaled 41 points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots and five steals, he needed another superior talent, fellow freshman Joel Embiid, for KU to knock off a hungry West Virginia team that played a terrific game. By Tom Keegan
Column: Weis makes winning moves in offseason
March 3, 2014
Seven years as a college football head coach and 10 years of wisdom later, humility has replaced fantasy for Kansas University coach Charlie Weis. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: At KU, confetti cannon overkill
March 2, 2014
If KU were to break out the confetti cannons and stage a full-bore celebration Wednesday, it would signal a step away from authentic and onto a slippery slope toward Hollywood. By Tom Keegan
Column: Desperate Cowboys steadier than KU
March 1, 2014
Kansas University had Marcus Smart’s Oklahoma State team, which desperately needed a victory to revive sagging NCAA Tournament hopes, on the ropes. Then Markel Brown got hot. Then Smart smelled blood, and when that happens, all best are off. By Tom Keegan
Column: Andrew Wiggins the right choice for Big 12 Player of the Year
February 28, 2014
Even with three games left in the Big 12 season, it’s difficult to imagine anything happening that could prevent Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins from winning the Big 12’s Player of the Year award. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Familiar song emanates from Allen Fieldhouse
February 24, 2014
The lyrics and notes change, but the song remains the same. High school All-Americans around whom their teams revolved come to Kansas University with little clue just how hard they must compete to maintain a winning tradition like few others in sports. By Tom Keegan
Column: WSU deserves top spot in poll
February 24, 2014
In the chummy world of college basketball, everybody knows who sits at the cool kids’ table. Wichita State is not welcome at the cool kids’ table and will not be ranked No. 1 when today’s Associated Press college basketball poll is released. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Defensive decapitation keys Jayhawks’ thumping of Texas
February 22, 2014
Statisticians have a number for everything else, so why not decapitation execution? Translation: Stop the opposing point guard’s dribble before he gets anywhere near the paint. Cut off the head and the body dies. By Tom Keegan
Column: Freshmen duo’s KU stay short, sweet
February 22, 2014
I hate the one-and-done rule, but with no change on the immediate horizon, maybe it’s time to relish the gifts the rule has bestowed upon Lawrence. After all, one year of watching Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins certainly trumps not getting to watch them at all, doesn’t it? Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Kansas guards’ defense subpar
February 21, 2014
So far this season, Kansas University’s point guards have encountered difficulty preventing several opposing point guards from going where they want to go with the play and from playing at the pace they desire. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Joel Embiid thrives in return to Kansas lineup
February 18, 2014
After the bumps and bruises that tend to gain steam through the night settle in, more will be known about just how close freshman Joel Embiid’s long, graceful, athletic body is to a full recovery from knee and back injuries. But he was far enough recovered to play a huge role in Kansas University getting out of a United Spirit Arena with a victory. By Tom Keegan
Column: Kansas’ Perry Ellis strives for perfection on, off court
February 16, 2014
Show me a straight-A student, a high school valedictorian, and I’ll show you a perfectionist. Perry Ellis is no exception. By Tom Keegan
Column: Jamari Traylor learns from punishment
Backup forward scores career-high 10 points in return
February 15, 2014
Membership on a team, any team, is a privilege, not a right. Jamari Traylor, Kansas University’s third-year sophomore reserve forward, did something to have that privilege revoked for a game that his teammates lost without him. By Tom Keegan
Column: Movie, hate-bill timing divine
February 15, 2014
What else but divine intervention could explain the accidental, pluperfect timing of the release of “Jayhawkers,” Kevin Willmott’s film centered on the racial climate in Lawrence when Wilt Chamberlain came to town? By Tom Keegan
Column: LCC chooses terrific top pro in Kristen Samp
February 13, 2014
Well, it only took a hundred years, but the city of Lawrence finally has a female head golf pro. Lawrence Country Club got its year-long, 100th-anniversary celebration off to a great start in promoting Kristen Samp from assistant to boss of the pro shop. Column by Tom Keegan

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