Opinion

Tom Keegan: Competitive football teams, not shiny stadiums, draw crowds

“Raise the Chant” seems far too ambitious a slogan for the fundraising campaign aimed at giving David Booth company in trying to bring state-of-the-art upgrades to the Kansas football stadium.One must crawl before walking, walk before jogging, jog before sprinting.Given that progression ...

Tom Keegan: 11 players remain from David Beaty’s first Kansas recruiting class

Signing day always makes ever-energetic Kansas football coach David Beaty percolate faster and louder than ever. Beaty loves talking about the fruits of the staff’s recruiting. So far, his best two recruits came from his first class.Back on Feb. 4, 2015, Beaty sounded especially excited about ...

Tom Keegan: Spring slump grows deeper by day for Kansas Athletics

The weekend that just concluded pretty much summarized how things have been going of late for Kansas Athletics.Slump probably isn’t a strong enough word to capture the state of a department that outside of the blue-blood basketball program and a few other exceptions has as much trouble ...

Tom Keegan: Changes coming this week in college basketball

The commission charged with cleaning up college basketball has been at work for several months, and it will present its findings Wednesday to the NCAA. Before going to the trouble of rolling your eyes, let NCAA president Mark Emmert do it for you.“I recognize everybody says this is sort of ...

Tom Keegan: Count on Silvio De Sousa rebounding from scandal

Silvio De Sousa remains a member of the Kansas basketball program, but will he ever play another game for the Jayhawks? Probably not.To believe otherwise would be to believe that the NCAA would ignore all the FBI-generated evidence in the federal indictment pointing to De Sousa’s guardian ...

Tom Keegan: Najee Stevens-McKenzie back at fighting weight, battling for job

Considering how long it took Najee Stevens-McKenzie to reach Lawrence, his new address just might mean more to him than it means to most Kansas football players.A native of Bedford, Ohio, Stevens-McKenzie spent the past two seasons at ASA College in Brooklyn, NY, where he played defensive end ...

Tom Keegan: Is Adidas money worth the embarrassment for Kansas Athletics?

The Kansas athletic department finds itself in an interesting pickle, having negotiated a 14-year, $191 million sponsorship and apparel agreement scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2019.The deal hasn’t been signed, which is interesting, because the crimson trim of the blue Adidas uniforms ...

Tom Keegan: Adidas cloud hovers where all college basketball roads lead

All roads in college basketball, many so often are fond of saying, lead to Lawrence.Wilt Chamberlain, Jo Jo White, Danny Manning, Paul Pierce and Joel Embiid played here. So did legendary coaches Adolph Rupp and Dean Smith.Basketball inventor James Naismith is buried here and he, Phog Allen, ...

Tom Keegan: Talented Dom Williams hunting big sophomore season

A smorgasbord of excuses for a so-so freshman season lies well within reach for running back Dom Williams should he choose to go there.Kansas has had a substandard offensive line and passing game for several years in a row. When the defense loads the box, what’s a running back supposed to ...

Tom Keegan: Former Lawrence High quarterback playing for pay in Germany

Another class of University of Kansas students will walk down the hill May 13. The lucky among them then will stuff all their belongings, including the money they have saved, into a backpack and will head for Europe, delaying their entry into the real world.A hostel here, an Airbnb there and ...

Tom Keegan: David Beaty says Kansas will commit to running game

Kansas football coach David Beaty has been known to talk up his players in a way that leaves the audience looking forward to impending better times, even bowl contention.A 3-33 record translates to nobody buying that pitch anymore, so Beaty seems to have toned down his act, at least based on ...

Tom Keegan: Kansas offense can’t crackle and pop until it snaps

Per usual, members of the Kansas offense were on the spring football field Wednesday with no clue as to the identity of the starting quarterback.Newcomer Miles Kendrick joins holdovers Peyton Bender and Carter Stanley for a 15-practice trial from which only so much can be judged because the ...

Tom Keegan: NCAA tournament a memorable one in 2018

Kansas had a remarkable run, all right, all the way to the Final Four.Devonte’ Graham’s upbeat leadership. Malik Newman’s killer shooting. Udoka Azubuike’s battle back from a knee injury. Svi Mykhailiuk’s 3-point shot and Newman’s defensive stop that forced the game into overtime, ...

Tom Keegan: Next season’s Kansas basketball roster deeper, more balanced, greener

Turning a player into a redshirt in order to have him use a year of eligibility later in his career happens way more often in college football than basketball.It’s not that common in basketball because it only makes sense if the player has enough talent to justify tying up a scholarship for ...

Tom Keegan: Graham will be missed even more than he misses it

San Antonio — Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham could have gone on so long as to miss the team flight home when asked after a national-semifinal loss to Villanova what he’ll miss about playing basketball for Kansas.“Everything,” Graham said. “I can't say just one thing. The coaching ...

Tom Keegan: Final Four loss doesn’t take away from Jayhawks’ accomplishments

San Antonio — The better team doesn’t always win. If it did, college basketball would be dreadfully dull and not worth watching, instead of a billion-dollar industry that draws 68,257 spectators to the Alamodome for a Saturday night game on the final day of March.But the better team does ...