Tale of the Tait

New Kansas AD Jeff Long addresses still-defunct KU-MU Border War

For the past seven years, after watching Missouri leave the Big 12 for the SEC, Kansas, as an unofficial athletic department policy, has been steadfastly against scheduling the rival Tigers for any regular season games in any sport. But with recently hired athletic director Jeff Long now ...

Senior guard Lagerald Vick off to good start in return to KU basketball program

The experiment known as [Lagerald Vick’s return to Kansas][1] evidently is off to a good start. Talking with reporters shortly after [the official introduction of new athletic director Jeff Long,][2] KU men’s basketball coach Bill Self on Wednesday classified Vick and him as being ...

How to watch Jeff Long’s 11 a.m. introductory press conference

After a week of waiting, we have officially arrived at Jeff Long Day at the University of Kansas. Today, at 11 a.m. central time, Long, KU's newly hired athletic director, officially will be introduced as the 11th AD in KU history at a joint news conference with KU chancellor Doug Girod and ...

Lightfoot ready for leadership role regardless of his place in KU’s rotation

As he enters his third season with the Kansas basketball program, [up a few pounds and dozens of memorable moments,][1] KU forward Mitch Lightfoot heads out on an interesting adventure. As arguably the most naturally gifted leader in the program — from the standpoint of energy, action and ...

New KU AD Jeff Long willing to let people in via social media

It’s now been four days since Jeff Long was announced as the next athletic director at the University of Kansas and we’re just two days away from Long’s official introduction. But in the time between then and now, Long has slowly but surely made the transition to being KU’s new ...

Committee’s answers may be as important as its questions in KU’s A.D. search

Most of the focus in the University of Kansas’ search for an athletic director has been on what KU is looking for, but it’s every bit as important to consider what questions potential candidates might need answered before they convince themselves it’s a job they want. None of this ...

Say What? Tait’s weekly appearance on Rock Chalk Sports Talk

In case you missed it live, here's your connection to my latest appearance on Rock Chalk Sports Talk with Nick Schwerdt. In this week's segment, we discussed a number of KU basketball related topics, but started out touching on the big news of LeBron James headed to Los Angeles to join the ...

Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale now for KU-MU alumni game later this month

OK, now that some of the players expected to play in the game are starting to promote it, the showdown between Kansas and Missouri looks like it’s actually going to take place. Former KU shooting guard Tyrel Reed last weekend promoted the game on his Facebook page, saying, “Make sure to ...

The 5 most intriguing aspects of Lagerald Vick’s return to Kansas

Now that we know Kansas guard Lagerald Vick is returning to the program for his senior season, [a move that was made official on Friday night,][1] let’s dive a little deeper into exactly what that means and how and why it could benefit Vick and the Jayhawks. Vick’s return, though ...

Jayhawk jersey numbers now official for 2018-19 hoops season

While the Kansas men’s basketball team continues to battle through summer workouts and summer classes, the powers that be within the athletic department who update KU’s web site slapped the Jayhawks 2018-19 roster on the Internet on Thursday. While none of the names on the list were a ...

Potential AD candidates starting to get crossed off of KU’s list

We might not be any closer today to knowing the identity of KU’s next athletic director. But we are making progress on who it will not be. In back to back days, two names of potential top-tier candidates for the open athletic director job were removed from the running — if they ever ...

Lagerald Vick to return to Kansas for senior season

The Kansas men's basketball team no longer has an unused scholarship. KU coach Bill Self on Friday evening told the Journal-World that Lagerald Vick will return to KU for his senior season. KU later confirmed Vick's return via a news release. Vick, a 6-foot-5 guard from Memphis, who ...

KU sophomore Marcus Garrett emerging as key leader during summer workouts

There were times during the 2017-18 season when freshman Marcus Garrett was so overshadowed by the talent and experience on the floor around him that he almost seemed invisible. That’s not a knock on Garrett. Far from it, in fact. See, Garrett, like a good umpire or quality football ...

KU freshman Quentin Grimes adjusting nicely to life in Lawrence

[After his two-plus weeks with Kansas coach Bill Self and the U18 USA Basketball team earlier this month delayed his arrival in Lawrence,][1] KU freshman Quentin Grimes finally has been able to get a taste of life as a Jayhawk. Grimes, who earned MVP honors while helping lead Team USA to a ...

KU’s Silvio De Sousa confident he’ll be able to play next season

Whether watching him, talking to him or hearing it from others, it’s clear that Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa’s mind is fixed on one thing this summer — improving his game so he’ll be ready for a big sophomore season. With his name covered by the cloud of the FBI investigation ...

Annual summer camps benefit both KU players, young campers

https://twitter.com/mctait/status/1009093560602386432 With the start of summer school and team workouts and NBA Draft talk dominating the month, June tends to fly by in the world of Kansas basketball. But each year and pretty much for each player on the team, June also is about working camps ...

Report: Former Jayhawk Billy Preston agrees to join the Cleveland Cavaliers

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/oct/13/319842/ On Saturday evening, nearly two full days after the completion of the 2018 draft, Shams Charania, of Yahoo Sports, reported that Preston had signed a free agent deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The landing spot is notable because, after ...

The good and the bad of Malik Newman’s two-way contract

It did not take former Kansas guard Malik Newman long to catch on with an NBA franchise after going undrafted during Thursday night’s 2018 NBA Draft. Newman, who was a projected second-rounder by most mock drafts leading up to the draft, watched 60 other players hear their names called and ...