Tale of the Tait

It's gotta be the shoes

Matt Tait

When people used to talk (and probably still do) about a school’s footwear of choice playing a role in the decision-making process of top-ranked basketball recruits, I used to think they were crazy. I mean, are we really living in a world where a young man might pass on going ...

Does the extra year of eligibility make it easier to move Montell Cozart?

Matt Tait

For the past couple of years a lot of the talk surrounding Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart focused on what other position Cozart could play as much as it did on his qualities as a quarterback. And given the Bishop Miege graduate’s elite-level athleticism, that type of chatter made perfect sense. ...

Which version of Frank Mason was better? 2014-15 or 2015-16?

Matt Tait

The speculation from most fans and observers regarding Kansas guard Frank Mason throughout the 2015-16 KU men’s basketball season was that some kind of nagging injury might have been bothering him during various portions of the Jayhawks’ run to a 33-5 record and trip to the Elite Eight. There certainly ...

What caught my eye at Tuesday's open KU football practice

Matt Tait

Tuesday afternoon’s two-hour practice, which came three days after the annual spring game, represented our final chance to see the 2016 Kansas University football team until preseason camp. And, at least through these eyes, the 14th session of spring ball offered a much better look at this group of Jayhawks, ...

Josh Jackson better set up to succeed than previous KU wings

Matt Tait

It’s a dangerous and somewhat foolish endeavor to put expectations of any kind on incoming college freshmen, but most of us just can’t help ourselves, can we? Whether you’re talking about the type of insane hype that surrounded Andrew Wiggins — which would’ve been there wherever he chose to go ...

What caught my ear during spring football 2016

Matt Tait

[As you may have read yesterday,][1] the Kansas University football team has changed up its open-practice policy and limited how much we can see this spring. Because of that, the “What Caught My Eye” blogs that many of you have come to enjoy during the past six years have gone ...

Have we reached the end of the What Caught My Eye era?

Matt Tait

Sadly, it seems we might have reached the end of an era here at Tale of the Tait — at least for now. For the past half a dozen years, as you all well know, I’ve done my best to bring a little bit of insight and analysis from all ...

KU's NCAA tourney success, failure tied to title game in 14 of past 30 seasons

Matt Tait

While watching Villanova celebrate and cut down the nets after Monday night’s thrilling victory over North Carolina in the national title game, a topic popped up on Twitter that I felt was worth looking into a little deeper. Seeing how Kansas was knocked out of this year’s tourney by the ...

Former KU running back Brandon Bourbon on missing persons list

Matt Tait

Friends and teammates of former Kansas University running back Brandon Bourbon (2010-14) have become concerned about Bourbon’s safety after attempts to reach his phone for the past two-plus days have been unsuccessful. Monday afternoon, a missing persons report was filed with the Missouri State Highway Patrol that indicated Bourbon had ...

KU basketball fans still have rooting interest in Final Four — 3 of them, actually

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jan/30/302528/ For those KU basketball fans who have not sworn off college hoops and crawled into a cave until October, when another season rolls around, this weekend’s Final Four offers a trio of intriguing rooting options. With that in mind, I checked in with a dozen of the most die-hard ...

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