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Matt Tait: What’s next for Kansas after Tyty Washington commitment to Kentucky?

While Tyty Washington’s commitment to Kentucky on Wednesday night no doubt dealt a blow to the KU fan base, the talented point guard’s decision does not spell doom for the Jayhawks. Far from it. What it comes down to now is proven talent versus development projects, and the Jayhawks are ...

The give and take of increased player movement throughout college athletics

Despite one player standing 6-foot-4, 320 pounds and the other at 6-foot, 180 pounds, Da’Jon Terry and Joseph Yesufu are basically the same person. To accept this, you have to embrace the idea that Kansas football and Drake basketball are also on the same level, which, at this point, is ...

Eight college basketball teams that can win it all in 2021

We’ve waited two full years to see another NCAA Tournament bracket, and now that it’s finally out, here’s a quick look at eight teams that could win six games in the next three weeks, some obvious and others not as much. 1: Gonzaga There are going to be brackets out there that do not ...

What Kansas should be looking for in its next head football coach

Anyone can make a coaching candidate list. And if you look right now you’ll find no fewer than 25 such lists out there that correspond to the suddenly vacant football job at the University of Kansas. We’ll have our list, too. And it likely won’t be the last one we make, depending, of ...

Matt Tait: Clint Bowen the perfect pick to lead LHS football

There are a couple dozen different reasons why Clint Bowen being named the next football coach at Lawrence High makes sense and should be celebrated. But one of those reasons, which Bowen hopes will tie him to some of the great Lawrence High coaches of the past, makes Bowen a dream hire for ...

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 ...