Opinion

Tom Keegan: Khalil Herbert reflects on coach he lost in Parkland shooting

Frisco, Texas — Big 12 football players take being selected to represent their universities at Media Day as an honor. They dress like business executives and genuinely seem to enjoy the experience. But it’s not all smiles all the time. Kansas junior running back Khalil Herbert dealt with ...

Tom Keegan: Can Jayhawks turn saving coach’s job into motivational fuel?

It’s time to shelve all other building projects to put all efforts on an expansion that won’t take long and just might supply the motivation fuel the Kansas football team will need to overachieve in 2018. The program is badly in need of an expanded bulletin board because the hits are ...

Tom Keegan: Resuming rivalry with Missouri would help KU football

He doesn’t officially start his job as 11th athletic director in University of Kansas history until Aug. 1, so it’s no surprise that Jeff Long isn't ready to state a definitive position on the dormant rivalry with Missouri. He doesn’t yet know the sentiments of Kansas alumni on the ...

Tom Keegan: Why landing high-profile AD important to Kansas chancellor

It was important to Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod to land an athletic director who has a national profile. First, Kansas utility man Drue Jennings, the first person Girod turned to when he knew it was time to find a new AD, said so at Jeff Long’s introductory press conference ...

Tom Keegan: Youth no longer the issue for veteran Kansas football team

If you’re a college football coach fighting for your job, you have to take at least a little comfort in knowing that, if all the players you have in camp qualify academically and stick around, you’ll have a roster stocked with 47 juniors and seniors recruited on scholarship, as compared to ...

Tom Keegan: Eric Peterson follows baseball dream back home to Lawrence

Dreams take the sleeping mind to such strange places, so different from anywhere the waking mind wanders. Perhaps it’s fitting, then, that young people so often are willing to take wild detours to places so different from where they imagined they would travel to pursue their career ...

Tom Keegan: How many more games for David Beaty?

Now that Sheahon Zenger is gone, the length of the Kansas football coach’s tenure will be based purely on what’s best for the university’s future, not what’s best for anybody else’s job security. Firing Beaty would have been the same as Zenger firing himself because there was no way ...

Tom Keegan: A report card on Jeff Long’s past football hires

Fundraising, facilities upgrades, running a department in a cost-efficient, classy manner, compliance, hiring coaches in non-revenue sports, those all are important aspects of any athletic director’s job. But in the end, the way most ADs are remembered is by the performance of the football ...

Matt Tait: KU maximizes reach in hiring Jeff Long as new athletic director

The punchy, popular and somewhat impatient question floating around following Thursday’s announcement of the hiring of Jeff Long as the new athletic director at the University of Kansas was short and sweet. Was this a good hire? People from all walks of life will, and certainly already do, ...

Tom Keegan: Facing Japan in Taiwan next step in Kansas ace’s baseball education

Never let it be said that right-hander Ryan Zeferjahn isn’t willing to go the extra 10,000 miles to advance his baseball education. A Topeka native who earned second-team All-Big 12 honors for the University of Kansas this past spring, Zeferjahn had been in North Carolina last week, pitching ...

Tom Keegan: LeBron to Lakers great news for Svi Mykhailiuk

Svi Mykhailiuk’s prospects for success as an NBA rookie just took a gigantic leap forward with Sunday night’s news that LeBron James decided to sign a four-year, $154-million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, who drafted Svi in the second round last month. This is how it works for ...

Tom Keegan: Kansas banking on three juco blockers to bolster O-line

Running back Anthony "Pooka" Williams and quarterback Miles Kendrick were the most celebrated signings recruited to spice up a sluggish offense, but unless Kansas significantly upgrades its offensive line, newcomers and holdovers alike at skill positions won’t have space to show their ...

Tom Keegan: Ochai Agbaji, KU’s stealth recruit, fits right in

TOPEKA — His junior year soccer season at Oak Park High in Kansas City, Mo., was winding down, basketball season around the corner, when Ochai Agbaji received a couple of scholarship offers to play Division I basketball. That was when he decided to finish up his soccer career to concentrate ...

Tom Keegan: Does anybody care who wins Kansas QB job?

Nobody knows the identity of the starting quarterback for the upcoming Kansas football season. Nothing new there. That has been the case pretty much every summer since gunslinger Todd Reesing hopped on his horse and rode it back to Austin. The problem, I fear, is that few care anymore as to ...

Tom Keegan: Chris Thompson inches up Web.com Tour money list

WICHITA — The beauty of golf’s version of baseball’s Triple A is that, unlike baseball players, golfers don’t reach a point where their paths to the big leagues are blocked by the dreaded “nonprospect” label. In golf, it’s all there on the black and white of the rule book that ...

Chris Thompson fires 64, tied for third at Wichita Open

Web.com touring pro Chris Thompson fired a 6-under 64 Friday at Crestview Country Club to move into a tie for third halfway through the Wichita Open. Thompson and Ben Kohles are one stroke out of second place and three strokes behind leader Scott Pinckney. Thompson teed off on No. 10, started ...

Tom Keegan: Nice guys don’t always finish last

Sometimes good things really do happen to good people. Devonte’ Graham, a grounded, friendly sort who didn’t allow the gathering fame he experienced in four years at Kansas change him, decided to come back for his senior year of college to give himself a better shot at getting drafted. It ...

Tom Keegan: A 10-year look back at 2008 NBA draft

Even 10 years later, looking at who should have gone where in the 2008 NBA draft has a subjective element to it. Still, in order to look at it, it helps to find an objective measure that best tells the story of a player’s career. Obviously, rebounds would not be a fair measure, because big ...