Tale of the Tait

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 ...

Why KU freshman Cheick Diallo is neither crazy nor delusional

Matt Tait

In the hours that followed Monday’s news that Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo was throwing his name into the NBA Draft pool — though not hiring an agent just yet — I must’ve seen and heard from hundreds of KU fans who called him crazy for even thinking he’s ready for ...

Did Ellis, Selden help or hurt their NBA stock in 2016 NCAA Tourney?

Matt Tait

As fans of college basketball, we’ve all seen it a hundred times. A player who has some ability but may be a little under the radar explodes during the NCAA Tournament and, just like that, finds himself listed as one of the hot draft prospects for the next NBA Draft. ...

The Day After: Elite Eight marks the end of the road

Matt Tait

Just like that, another wildly successful Kansas basketball season ended in disappointment for the players and fans in Louisville and around the world on Saturday night. Villanova 64, Kansas 59. In a game that featured two veteran teams that could score in such a wide variety of ways, the low-scoring ...

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