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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. ...

Benton Smith: Defensive identity the reason these Jayhawks are elite

Fort Worth, Texas — The Kansas Jayhawks are so good it’s confounding. A college basketball team isn’t supposed to go on the road and win with only two players consistently producing. But, as the Jayhawks reminded everyone yet again in a 60-46 victory at TCU on Saturday, what they do ...

Matt Tait: Get to know the Kansas women’s soccer team

Kansas’ women’s soccer team has been on a roll in recent weeks. The Jayhawks won their first Big 12 tournament title two weeks ago. They kicked off their NCAA Tournament appearance with a Round 1 victory over Iowa last weekend at Rock Chalk Park. Last Friday night, the team was greeted ...

Matt Tait: Rock Chalk Park helping Kansas women’s soccer reach new heights

There’s a theory floating around the Kansas athletic department that suggests that brand new, first-rate facilities for the KU football program will help the Jayhawks return to their winning ways. The resurgence of the Kansas women’s soccer program is proof that such a vision can come ...

Matt Tait: Next time, the matchup with K-State has to mean more

Not yet, KU fans. Despite all kinds of momentum suggesting it might be, and a fun and flashy new offense to play with, Kansas football under Les Miles is not quite ready to beat Kansas State, even with a new coach leading the Wildcats. Instead of snapping a 10-game losing skid and partying ...

Matt Tait: Moral victories have their place with Kansas football

Moral victories suck. By definition, they’re a cold, empty reminder that the one reason all teams suit up did not happen. But that doesn’t mean they’re totally worthless. KU’s 50-48 loss at Texas on Saturday night in Austin, Texas, was all the adjectives you could possibly imagine ...

Matt Tait: QB Carter Stanley the big winner in KU’s Brent Dearmon promotion

Facing yet another new opportunity and fresh start, Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley picked up a big win during the Jayhawks’ bye week. It came in the form of a vote of confidence from new KU offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon and was delivered in both private and very public ways. Not ...

Matt Tait: New O.C. Brent Dearmon has all the tools to spark the Kansas offense

It takes about 10 seconds for anyone talking to him to get a feel for why the Kansas football players like new offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon so much. Funny and full of knowledge, interesting and intelligent, confident and dedicated, Dearmon put all of those traits on display Thursday ...