WRITER: Tom Keegan

Tom Keegan: Can West Virginia stop Khalil Herbert this time?

Just 53 Saturdays ago, Khalil Herbert cut around, sped past and bowled over West Virginia defenders to finish with a whopping 291 yards in a game Kansas lost, 56-34. Herbert carried the ball 36 times that afternoon and has 28 carries five games into this season. How did he do it? “After that first drive, we just realized we could run the ball that day,” said Herbert, who is averaging a career-high 5.7 ...

KU football interim HC countdown: No. 3, Garrett Riley

Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley checked his temper and maintained his composure in impressive fashion during his press conference after the Kansas football captains did not shake Baker Mayfield’s hand at the coin toss. Even so, it was clear that he was fuming just beneath the surface. The thought occurred to me at the time: How badly will Riley run it up on Kansas when the Jayhawks visit Oklahoma in ...

Former Royals pitcher, KU baseball coach Marty Pattin dies at 75

Former Kansas City Royals pitcher and University of Kansas baseball coach Marty Pattin, of Lawrence, died in his sleep Wednesday during a trip to visit friends in his hometown of Charleston, Ill., according to family friends. Pattin, 75, pitched in the major leagues from 1968 to 1980 for the California Angels, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox, and spent the final seven seasons of his career ...

Tom Keegan: Ryan Willis makes big splash for Virginia Tech

Ryan Willis left the Kansas football program taking far less confidence out of it than he brought into it. He was a beaten young man in need of a fresh start. So he went to a winning ACC football program that already had four scholarship quarterbacks on the roster and didn’t have room for a fifth. He was welcome to join the Virginia Tech program as a preferred walk-on with a chance to earn a scholarship. He ...

Tom Keegan: What to make of Day 1 of college basketball trial

Interesting first day of the trial on the scandal that has the potential to rock college basketball. So let’s try to figure out what’s going on. The feds are trying to prove that Adidas officials, including Jim Gatto, defrauded universities by stripping athletes of their amateur status by paying them without the knowledge of the schools. Gatto believes he has a Get Out of Jail Free card, and through his ...

KU football interim HC countdown: No. 5, Cassius Sendish

College football head coaches aren’t paid by the game. They’re paid by the week, just like the rest of us, except at the FBS level they’re paid better because they landed one of just 130 available positions. Kansas coach David Beaty’s salary calls for him to be paid $1.7 million this season, plus incentives. He already has earned $150,000 in bonuses. He earned $50,000 for defeating Central Michigan, per ...

Keegan: Carter Stanley should remain the team's starting QB

David Beaty wasn’t the first football coach to say he needed to look at the film before evaluating a player’s performance. And if the fourth-year leader of Kansas’ program lets the minutia of the Oklahoma State game film outweigh the big picture that unfolded on the field, he won’t be the first to do that either. But if Beaty does nitpick until he sees enough to justify basing his decisions on which ...

Carter Stanley tops ratings in 48-28 loss to Oklahoma State

1 - Carter Stanley: Made his first start of the season and performed in a way that makes it difficult to imagine it will be his final start. Completed 24 of 32 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception. Was sacked five times for 27 yards in losses and finished the day at negative-1 in rushing yards since sacks count against a quarterbacks run totals in college, a system that ...

One more reason to start Carter Stanley vs. OSU

Carter Stanley's mobility is his biggest advantage over fellow Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender, so it stands to reason that Stanley will play the majority of the snaps, if not all of them, given KU's opponent Saturday at its homecoming game. Oklahoma State leads the nation with 19 sacks, three more than Alabama, Boston College and Clemson, all tied for second. Defensive end Jordan Brailford, a preseason ...

Tom Keegan: Lagerald Vick's unexpected return should benefit guard and KU

The evening’s biggest shocker came when the final buzzer sounded on the Late Night scrimmage and one of the quietest players in recent Kansas basketball history took the court with microphone in hand. And then Lagerald Vick thanked the crowd for coming. Public speaking is outside of Vick’s comfort zone, but there really won’t be any comfort zone for him in his final season. He’ll have to be comfortable ...

Svi's amazing 3-point shooting captured on video

LeBron James’ history shows he prefers playing with veterans, but given how many assists James could make on Svi Mykhailiuk 3-pointers, don’t you think it might be a good idea for James to make an exception? Sure, he would have to guard his man and Svi’s much of the time, but even so, if Svi’s scoring three points at one end and giving up two at the other, the Lakers are ahead in that equation. The ...

Pooka Williams not only David Beaty recruit having monster season

Even if Kansas freshman running back Pooka Williams continues on the pace he has set in his first three games it will be difficult for him to earn first-team All-American honors. Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor and Stanford’s Bryce Love had the advantage of entering the season as Heisman Trophy candidates and Taylor is off to a terrific start. And then there is Darrell Henderson of Memphis. So far, ...

Tom Keegan: Freshman David McCormack leads with 'brute force'

University of Kansas freshman post player David McCormack obliged when asked for a self-scout. “I would say, I’m just kind of like a brute force,” McCormack said. “I’m a hard worker. I go after every rebound, every loose ball. I run the floor. I bring whatever I can to help the team to have an impact on the game.” Kansas coach Bill Self himself couldn’t have written a better job description for a ...

Tom Keegan: Carter Stanley KU's QB best suited to facing Big 12 competition

Carter Stanley’s nameplate was on an empty table in the front of the Gridiron Room, where select Kansas football players do media interviews every Tuesday afternoon. The empty table reserved for Peyton Bender was tucked in the left corner of the room. Neither player ever showed, a sure sign that something’s brewing at quarterback. It was eerily similar to when Stanley broke a bone in his hand before last ...

Basketball powers off to good start in football

Carrying the label “basketball school” doesn’t make recruiting any easier for football coaches, but multiple basketball powerhouses, including a pair ranked in the top 25, are showing it is possible to overcome the label. No. 17 Kentucky (4-0): Mark Stoops has taken the slow, steady approach to building a program, exercising the discipline to avoid quick fixes in recruiting, and it’s paying off in a big ...

Tom Keegan: Gary Woodland's confidence riding high

Gary Woodland finished the PGA Tour season ranked 29th on the money list with $3,108,907, 26th in the final FedEx Cup standings and is 40th in the Official World Golf Rankings. He’s done that well before, even better in 2011 when was 17th on the money list, but in many ways this felt like Woodland’s best season and felt as if it’s going to be a launching pad for an even better year. For one thing, he ...

Tom Keegan: Army's near upset of Oklahoma a nice blueprint

Look for eight more Big 12 defenses to play Kansas the way Baylor did Saturday in scoring a 26-7 victory vs. the Jayhawks: Put eight men in the box, gang tackle Pooka Williams and trust that KU’s receivers won’t get open deep. So if the Kansas passing game can’t take the heat off of the lone running back, what remains as a means of making defenses play with more balance? Maybe it’s not realistic to ...

Kansas offense reverts to past in 26-7 loss to Baylor in Big 12 opener

By Tom Keegan Twitter: @TomKeeganLJW Waco, Texas — The Baylor football team’s defense figured out how to take Pooka Williams out of the game for all but one big run and poof, just like magic, the Kansas offense vanished. And even if the feel-good vibes born of a two-game winning streak against nonconference foes didn’t completely disappear, they were pushed beneath the surface by a question that ruled ...

Quarterback Miles Kendrick injured during 26-7 loss to Baylor

By Tom Keegan Twitter: @TomKeeganLJW Waco, Texas — Backup quarterback Miles Kendrick left the game with an unspecified injury midway through the third quarter and did not return. Kendrick had run on back-to-back plays for gains of 13 and 5 yards. After getting up from the second play he was rubbing his shoulder and headed to the sideline. “He was unavailable after that play,” Kansas head coach David ...

Joe Dineen tops ratings in 26-7 loss at Baylor

1 - Joe Dineen: Had 11 solo tackles, two assists, two tackles for losses and two quarterback hurries. 2 - Pooka Williams: Thrown for 14 yards in losses on 14 plays to offset 103 gains for a net total of 89 yards on 14 carries. Busted a 72-yard run to set up KU’s only score. Defense keyed on Pooka and KU’s offensive line gave him very little breathing room. Pass protection not Pooka’s specialty. He might ...