Sports Opinion

College football’s playoff problem nothing new; so why all the fuss?

Everybody seems to have an opinion on why the College Football Playoff got it wrong this year or why the system is broken. I just have a question: What’s new? Sure, there have been seasons when it has been much more clear who the four best teams in college football have been. But there ...

Guest column: KU’s 2020-21 season opener a strange but spectacular experience

Fort Myers, Fla. — If someone had told me a year ago that I would be watching No. 6 Kansas play top-ranked Gonzaga five miles from my Fort Myers, Fla., home, I would have pinched myself. The dream would have been too good to be true. If that same someone also had told me that I would be ...

Matt Tait: Props to the LHS football team for its grace following a tough defeat

Dream seasons aren’t supposed to end the way the Lawrence High football team’s did on Friday night. After a wild start that gave you the feeling that the Lions really might be destined to become the first LHS football team since 1995 to bring home a state championship trophy, things went ...

How KU junior David McCormack can fill the void left by Udoka Azubuike’s departure

Spoiler alert for the quickly approaching college basketball season: David McCormack is not Udoka Azubuike. No one should expect McCormack, now a junior in the Kansas front court, to suddenly be able to pull off everything Azubuike did a year ago just because he is stepping into the sizable ...

Harsh realities starting to surface for struggling Kansas football team

For nearly three full quarters of Saturday’s 38-17 loss to West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va., the Kansas football team did all that its disgruntled fan base has ever asked it to do. It competed. Before Leddie Brown’s 87-yard touchdown run put the Mountaineers up 24-10 with 3:37 to play ...

Lowering bowl requirements in 2020 a missed opportunity for college football

In a year when eliminating bowl games would be not only justifiable but also welcomed, the NCAA now sits on the brink of watering them down even further. The NCAA’s Division I Football Oversight Committee on Thursday [recommended waiving the requirements for bowl eligibility during the 2020 ...

Kansas football seeking both week-to-week and big-picture improvement in 2020

Putting a consistently competitive product on the field continues to be the preferred scale of progress for the University of Kansas football program. And while that means week-to-week improvement in the eyes of head coach Les Miles, his bosses are looking at it from a slightly larger ...

Matt Tait: College football’s back, but it sure looks and feels different

The first snap of the 2020 Kansas football season was taken by KU senior Thomas MacVittie at 9:21 p.m. on Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium and it led to a routine completion to Takulve Williams for no gain in KU's eventual 38-23 defeat to Coastal Carolina. Everything that ...

Jayhawks OK with sacrifices if it means there’s football this fall

It’s easy, on Aug. 20, for anyone on the Kansas football team to say in a mostly empty room that they’re going to be smart and safe during the upcoming season so the Jayhawks can actually play football this fall. But it’s something else entirely to ask those same guys, and dozens like ...

Matt Tait: Fate of the 2020 college football season now in the hands of the players

In a world where so much is still unknown about the COVID-19 virus that has derailed the 2020 college football season, let me share with you one certainty — this thing is on the players now. With the Big 12 moving forward with a 10-game season this fall, it’s the players who will decide ...

NCAA leadership lacking when college athletics needs it most

It’s astonishing to me how college football, which operates under the NCAA umbrella and has done so gainfully and successfully for decades, can be so segmented during a time when conferences need to come together to find a way to play during the pandemic. There’s no one to blame but NCAA ...

Danny Manning moves to next phase of coaching career with no shortage of options

[Fired from his job as the head basketball coach at Wake Forest on Saturday morning,][1] Danny Manning will move forward in an enviable position. Set financially and loaded with connections throughout all levels of basketball, Manning has the luxury of being extremely picky about what he does ...

Matt Tait: NFL draft brings drama of live sports back to TV sets

Live, unscripted sports temporarily returned to our television sets this week. And boy was it glorious. We have the NFL draft to thank for that. And this year’s event, which began with Round 1 on Thursday night and continues through Saturday evening, was more important than ever before. ...