Matt Tait ( editor)

The year was 1978 and on a warm day in late June, I entered the world at the base of the Flatirons in beautiful Boulder, Colorado.

Because I am a native of Colorado (yes, I used to have the sticker on my car) I instantly was granted membership into the fandom of any and all Colorado sports teams. Throughout the years, I've even been known to embellish the circumstances surrounding my birth to tell the tale that the first thing I remember seeing was glorious Folsom Field, home of the Colorado Buffaloes. Not true. Sue me.

My parents are both natives of Kansas, my mom attended Lawrence High and my dad is a Shawnee Mission South graduate. Because of that, and their love for Kansas University, I moved to Lawrence when I was 10, a few months after Danny and the Miracles made their run to the title (sweet timing, right) and have been here ever since.

I continue to call Colorado home and made many attempts at returning there after moving to Lawrence. I intended to return for high school.... didn't happen. I was certain that I would attend Colorado State University for college.... that didn't happen either, mostly because of the reputation of KU's Journalism School and my in-state status. After that, though, I was sure I would move back to Colorado for my first job. As you surely know by now, that didn't happen either. I used to wonder why I never made it back there, but then it hit me: Lawrence must be a pretty great place and I must like it here. Both are true.

During my time in Lawrence, I attended Pinckney Elementary School for two years, West Junior High for three and graduated from Lawrence High in 1996. After that I attended Kansas University and graduated in 2000 with a degree in Journalism.

During my college days, I covered the KU baseball and basketball teams for the University Daily Kansan. While I enjoyed covering baseball and learned a lot while doing it, basketball was the beat everybody wanted and I still remember my first hoops story for the UDK: Michael Jordan retires. There was something pretty cool about seeing my byline next to a mug shot of Jordan. Other highlights from my time at the UDK included my work following the death of Wilt Chamberlain and a great series that my roommate (Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star) and I did on the top 10 KU athletes of the century around the Y2K craze. The KU athletic department voted on the top 10 and Sam and I split up the names to do stories on five each. Mine: Wilt, Ray Evans, Al Oerter, Jim Ryun and Ralph Miller. What a great time.

In addition to working for the UDK, I was the publisher of a KU sports web site run by — — which I continued to operate for a little more than a year after graduation.

I joined the World Company in June of 2001, when I was hired to become the sports editor of the Bonner Springs Chieftain and Basehor Sentinel weekly newspapers. In 2004, my position grew to include becoming the sports editor of the Shawnee Dispatch, another weekly, which I helped start from the ground up. In July of 2007 I got the call to the big leagues when I was named High School Sports Editor at the Journal-World.

It was an awesome feeling covering high school sports in the town I grew up in. Many of the coaches who were around when I was at LHS still are there today and it has been an absolute blast reconnecting with them.

In February of 2010, my job title changed again when I was promoted into the role of KU football beat writer. After helping out with our football coverage during Mark Mangino's final couple of seasons, I covered the entire Turner Gill era and lived to tell about it. I never played football — unless you count games in the snow or flag football with friends — but have made it my daily goal to dig as deep as I can into the KU program to help explain how and why things happen while also analyzing the players, coaches and trends surrounding the Kansas football team in a basketball-crazed town.

In May of 2007, my wife, Starr, and I were married in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, where we were anointed by the natives as "Jamericans."

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, basketball, golf, tennis, yard games, playing guitar, fantasy sports and cheering for any and all Colorado teams.

Recent stories

KU’s road losing streak continues
November 22, 2014
The Kansas University football team is now down to one chance this season to snap a road losing streak that has grown to 32 consecutive games and dates back to a 2009 victory at UTEP. By Matt Tait
Sooners’ O-line paves way for record day
November 22, 2014
Kansas University senior Keon Stowers, who finished Saturday’s game with three assisted tackles during Saturday’s 44-7 loss to No. 23 Oklahoma, said after the game that he did not think the KU defense was beat up as badly as Samaje Perine’s record-breaking performance made it look. By Matt Tait
Perine’s record-breaking day reminiscent of Sands
November 22, 2014
Until Saturday’s 44-7 loss to Oklahoma, which featured OU freshman Samaje Perine breaking the NCAA single-game rushing record with 427 yards on 34 carries, those associated with Kansas University football always thought fondly of that record. By Matt Tait
Perine adds his name to list of greats at KU’s expense
November 22, 2014
You’ll have to excuse Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon if he’s not the biggest Samaje Perine fan right now. One week after Gordon was the talk of college football after breaking former TCU great LaDainian Tomlinson’s 15-year-old, single-game NCAA rushing record with a 408-yard romp in a victory over Nebraska last weekend, the Oklahoma freshman Perine dropped Gordon into second place on the all-time list with a 427-yard effort during Saturday’s 44-7 whipping of Kansas University. By Matt Tait
KU-OU kickoff pushed back to 12:30 p.m.
November 22, 2014
Kickoff for today’s football game between Kansas University and No. 23 Oklahoma has been delayed at least an hour and a half. Stadium officials announced just before 9 a.m. that the kickoff, originally scheduled for 11 a.m., would be pushed back to 12:30 p.m.
Visinia paying dividends for KU
November 21, 2014
He arrived at Kansas University with the funny Samoan name and huge frame but quickly has become one of the brightest spots of the 2014 KU football season.
KU’s Bowen hearing voices of support
November 19, 2014
For the past seven weeks — six games and one bye — interim head coach Clint Bowen has deflected all questions about his chances of becoming Kansas University’s permanent football coach in the near future by throwing the praise and focus back onto the players and talking in general terms about establishing a foundation the program can build upon regardless of who’s calling the shots next season.
Cummings giving Jayhawks lift
November 19, 2014
When interim head coach Clint Bowen handed the keys to the Kansas University offense to Eric Kiesau hoping for a boost in production, the veteran assistant coach’s mind quickly cut to quarterback Michael Cummings. By Matt Tait
KU offensive lineman Fusimalohi finished for the season
Injury will force left guard to miss KU’s final 2 games
November 18, 2014
Senior left guard Ngalu Fusimalohi, who, last week, missed the first game of his two-year Kansas University career, is finished for the season.
KU QB Cummings OK for Oklahoma
November 18, 2014
Kansas University quarterback Michael Cummings, for the second week in a row, played through pain in his right arm in last week’s 34-30 loss to No. 5 TCU, but interim head coach Clint Bowen said Tuesday that Cummings was not dealing with anything serious.

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Recent photos

The Kansas University football game scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Oklahoma has been pushed back to at least 12:30 p.m. because of storms in the area.

Kansas University offensive coordinator and offensive-line coach John Reagan gets down to pad level with a couple of KU lineman during a spring practice in March at Memorial Stadium.

Former NBA all-star Isaiah Thomas talks with Kansas University product Andrew Wiggins before the start of the 2014 NBA Draft in Brooklyn, New York.

One-and-done Kansas University basketball player Andrew Wiggins meets with members of the media Wednesday in New York, the day before the 2014 NBA Draft.

Former Kansas University running back James Sims sprints through the finish of the pro shuttle drill in front of a couple of NFL scouts on Friday at Memorial Stadium. Thirteen other former Jayhawks joined Sims at KU’s annual Pro Day on Friday, March 14, 2014, at the KU football facilities.

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