Tale of the Tait

Breaking down Bill Self's comments on newly signed KU guard Josh Jackson

Matt Tait

Although it never was in doubt, the Kansas basketball fan base no doubt breathed a little sigh of relief on Tuesday, when [KU officially announced the signing of freshman-to-be Josh Jackson.][1] Jackson, the top-ranked prospect in the Class of 2016 according to Rivals.com, already is pegged as the No. 1 ...

It never went away, but is Big 12 expansion back in the spotlight?

Matt Tait

So here we go again.... again. As if any of us needed any more proof that it’s college football, and nothing else, that’s driving (and has driven) the seemingly constant changes on the landscape of college athletics, we now have more evidence. The Big 12 Conference, which in the past ...

How this year's draft impacts the Jayhawks in the NFL

Matt Tait

Another NFL Draft has come and gone and, not so surprisingly, no Jayhawks were selected in this year’s seven-round draft. That’s a far cry from a year ago, when three former Jayhawks — Ben Heeney, JaCorey Shepherd and Dexter McDonald — were drafted in the seven rounds. As is the ...

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 ...

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