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Tom Keegan: Nicholls coach Tim Rebowe shares blueprint for flipping losing program

Both Nicholls State from the FCS and Kansas had fallen on hard times and decided to make coaching changes shortly after the end of their 2014 seasons. Both schools hired position coaches who had worked at the school earlier in their careers and had built reputations as hotshot recruiters. Both ...

Tom Keegan: Alex Fontana’s road to Kansas anything but typical

Alex Fontana’s passion for football has taken him from his hometown of Toronto to faraway places. Fontana spent his final two years of high school at a boarding school in Connecticut, his next two years at the UFO Capital of the World — otherwise known as Roswell, N.M. — and his next ...

Tom Keegan: One depth chart not a death sentence for nonstarting newcomers

Familiar names on a depth chart, particularly for a football team coming off a 1-11 season, can breed contempt in a fan base. Understandable, but before jumping off the Kansas football bandwagon — or is it a unicycle? — calm down and consider a few mitigating factors. Remember, this is the ...

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Tom Keegan: How many games will Kansas football win?

Every starter except defensive end Dorance Armstrong returns on defense. Center Mesa Ribordy, tight end Ben Johnson and part-time starters Chase Harrell at receiver, and Zach Hannon from various spots on the offensive line, are the only significant losses to the offense. The returning players ...

Tom Keegan: Red Bridge Wee Links, where big dreams start

Basketball and instant replay are two of the bigger contributions to sports that can be traced to Canada. Dr. James E. Naismith, inventor of basketball, was born in Canada. So was instant replay. It made its debut during a 1955 Hockey Night in Canada broadcast on CBC Television. Now is the ...

Tom Keegan: Physical gains should lead to better turnover margin for KU football

Long before he made his debut as a head coach, David Beaty talked about how Kansas needs to become the smartest football team in the country. By that, he largely meant becoming a team that consistently wins the turnover battle. It hasn't happened yet for Beaty's teams — it last happened at ...

Tom Keegan: Same starting quarterback still could mean livelier offense

A same old, same old malaise overcame a segment of the Kansas football fan base after Peyton Bender was announced as the starter for the Sept. 1 season opener against Nicholls State. Does this mean nothing has changed with the approach KU will take to trying to score enough points to remain ...

Tom Keegan: Young new safeties coach Cassius Sendish mature beyond his years

Too many recent college graduates seem convinced that, because they compiled a nearly perfect GPA, piled up the volunteer hours and used just the right blend of colors on the resume, Fortune 500 companies will engage in a bidding war to hire them as their new CEO. The majority don’t take ...

Tom Keegan: Newcomers bring hope to Kansas football offense

Three and out after three and out. The quarterback seeing stars, but not open stars slipping behind the secondary, stars in his eyes from getting slammed to the turf yet again. Bubble screens bursting, blown up by a lack of blocking, the ball floating in the air too long or both. Those are the ...

Tom Keegan: Wild Woodland week to end with a round with Tiger

St. Louis — As if this week hasn’t been wild enough already for Gary Woodland. He’s been the target of Mizzou hecklers ad nauseam during the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, was the sole leader after the first and second rounds, and carded a triple-bogey on the 10th hole ...

Tom Keegan: Bullies had hand in KU punter’s free education

University of Kansas punter Kyle Thompson called what led him to become a punter “actually a pretty funny story,” but nothing about his expression hinted at humor when he told it. Neither Thompson’s eyes nor lips smiled. “When I was in eighth grade as a soccer player I actually got ...

Tom Keegan: Will the real Daylon Charlot stand up this season?

Write off Daylon Charlot at your own risk, but before doing so, consider something just one more time. Alabama’s Nick Saban, worthy of a bust on the all-time Mount Rushmore of college football coaches, wanted him to play for the Crimson Tide not just once, but twice. Saban gave Charlot a ...

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 ...