Opinion

Tom Keegan: How Bill Self has grown as coach the past three years

Bill Self’s basketball teams always have been known to play tough defense, but in recent seasons, it sunk in to me that what they actually do best is play with an extreme degree of confidence offensively. I attributed noticing that more than ever last season to one of two factors: either an ...

Tom Keegan: Golf Channel candor great for the game

The 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills featured a pair of controversies that not surprisingly were analyzed brilliantly by the Golf Channel, led by the man who consistently shines the brightest on a superstar panel. Brandel Chamblee is to golf what Charles Barkley is to basketball: the best ...

Tom Keegan: Ben McLemore still reaching for the stars

That time of year arrived again Thursday night, that time when Ben McLemore dominates the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic and leaves everyone in the packed gymnasium at Free State High wondering the same thing to themselves as they either line up for autographs or head outside for fresh ...

Tom Keegan: Charlie Moore leads with confidence

It seems not at all uncommon for a team’s smallest athlete in the huddle, on the diamond or in the layup line to double as the most confident. Think: Todd Reesing, Jose Altuve, Allen Iverson. It makes sense when you think about it. If they lacked confidence, they wouldn’t dare venture ...

Tom Keegan: Devon Dotson knows freshman season won’t be easy

For freshmen, one of the more enjoyable aspects of the first days as Kansas basketball players involves playing with and against NBA athletes that they, in the past, had seen only on television. For example, Devon Dotson was able to meet and share the court with free agent Mario Chalmers, a ...

Tom Keegan: Lawrence golfer proves it’s never too late to pick up the game

I would label my myriad golf swing thoughts as competing, except that in competitions there generally is a winner and all of my swing thoughts clearly are losers. Given that, I’ve always thought that reading the book “Zen Golf” might be the key to vacuuming the clutter between the ears. ...

Tom Keegan: It just might pay for Kansas coach Bill Self to think bigger than ever

Here’s how the popular storyline goes for Kansas and its perennial powerhouse basketball program: After a two-year, personnel-driven shift from a lineup with two post players to just one big man, Hall of Fame basketball coach Bill Self will return to his comfort zone and send two big men onto ...

Tom Keegan: Credit 12-1 Orange Bowl team’s leading rusher with recruiting assist

For Brandon McAnderson, leading rusher for Kansas during its 12-1 Orange Bowl season, what started as a project intended to help his cousin ended up as a means of helping his alma mater. McAnderson’s first cousin, Brian Lipscomb, had a “monster junior year,” as McAnderson put it, for ...

Tom Keegan: KU pitcher Jackson Goddard gives MLB scouts plenty to like

For college baseball players, it’s not the first impression that lasts the longest, it’s the last one. That reality can only benefit right-hander Jackson Goddard, who finished his University of Kansas baseball career in dominant fashion. Goddard missed six weeks of his junior season, ...

Tom Keegan: Decision benefits Udoka Azubuike and KU

Soon, the story of Michael Jordan getting cut from his high school basketball team will grow to the point that the coach not only cut him, but broke his legs with a baseball bat, prompting doctors to tell Jordan he never again would walk. The truth: As a freshman, Jordan was cut from the ...

Tom Keegan: KU needs to find the department leader who can find the football leader

If the recent Scottsdale pow-wow attended by billionaires (with a ‘b’) didn’t cost Sheahon Zenger his job, it obviously didn’t save it. It represented Zenger’s last chance to scratch out a hit with two strikes by getting the heavy hitters to join the chant for a renovated football ...

Tom Keegan: Class of 2020 basketball prospect N’Faly Dante worthy of hype

The best basketball prospect playing Saturday night on Court 3 at Lawrence Sports Pavilion wasn’t difficult to spot. He was the one calling for the ball and, more often than not, wasn't having it passed to him. Such is the fate of AAU centers more often than not it seems. They still benefit ...

Tom Keegan: Legalized gambling will make sports more exciting, more dangerous

Before getting too euphoric over the Supreme Court’s decision to put the fate of legalized sports gambling in the hands of the states, consider the reason that an inordinate number of gamblers still wear polyester disco shirts that went into and out of style in the early 1970s. It’s not ...

Tom Keegan: Jamie Stanclift latest success story from family coaching tree

Playing softball during her teenage years for the Lawrence Legends, which became the Kansas City Fusion, Jamie Stanclift’s head coach was her father, former University of Kansas softball coach Bob Stanclift and his longtime assistant, Gary Hines.Now Jamie’s father and Hines are working for ...

Tom Keegan: Billionaires latest to hear Matt Baty’s stadium-renovation pitch

The search committee, multiple people who would know have told me, recommended University of Kansas Provost Neeli Bendapudi as successor to Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, but the regents went with their own choice, Douglas Girod.Right out of the chute, Girod announced a Kansas Athletics’ ...