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Matt Tait: Rock Chalk Roundball Classic just keeps getting bigger, better

For years, the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic was a fun summer event that brought together a bunch of former KU basketball players for a night of highlights. Today, the Roundball Classic has become a powerhouse, three-day fundraiser for a great cause — helping area families that are fighting ...

Give the man credit, Les Miles is going for it — for now

It’s been 137 days since Les Miles was introduced as the next football coach at the University of Kansas and, in that time, the program has taken on an entirely different look. From a new coaching staff and fresh crop of players to the way things are done around the complex and inside the ...

Matt Tait: With coach Cal in for life at Kentucky, will Kansas, others follow suit?

So John Calipari is now at Kentucky for life and the whole thing got me wondering if this kind of contract extension is going to become more popular in the coming years. On the surface, keeping one of the game’s best coaches and recruiters at a place like Kentucky for a long, long time seems ...

Benton Smith: No miracle March run for Dedric Lawson and Jayhawks

Salt Lake City — On a Kansas basketball team devoid of both senior stars and heavy March experience, the Jayhawks would only go as far in this NCAA Tournament as a junior transfer could carry them. Although Dedric Lawson’s first shining moment two days earlier made it seem as if the ...

Matt Tait: Big 12 men’s basketball race far from a foregone conclusion

With the fifth-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team now less than a week away from the actual start of its run toward a 15th consecutive Big 12 title, the conference’s list of true challengers has basically been divided right down the middle. Four teams look like real threats, four teams ...

Tom Keegan: Coaching search thoughts and a farewell to Lawrence

You know you can’t run or jump or withstand contact the way the athletes you cover do, which brings us to why coaching searches are such a blast to follow: You very often are convinced that you can do a better job with those than the people conducting them. Too often, you are right. Turner ...

Tom Keegan: Kansas primed to upset Kansas State

Three weeks ago, when Kansas State was enjoying its bye week, coming off of a 31-12 blasting of Oklahoma State and Kansas was getting torched by Texas Tech, 48-16, it didn’t occur to me that the duly named Sunflower Showdown could amount to much this season. More of the same seemed on the ...

Tom Keegan: How old is Les Miles? Who cares?

Free agent football coach Les Miles’ age seems to be a concern for some who wonder if it’s a reason for Kansas to pass on hiring him. I assume they mean that he’s too young because fans have had it to here with watching KU get hammered by football coaches older than theirs. Miles turns ...

Tom Keegan: Pick your favorite next KU football coach from this list of 17 names

Jeff Long held a very candid press conference Sunday night in the wake of the announcement that David Beaty would coach the final three games of the season for Kansas and wouldn't be retained. During the half-hour question-and-answer session, he opened a window into what a search looks like ...

Tom Keegan: Even Bill Self wonders what preseason No. 1 really means

Kansas carries college basketball’s No. 1 preseason ranking into Tuesday night’s season opener vs. No. 10 Michigan State in Indianapolis, and its 16th-year head coach posed an interesting question about the ranking. “I don’t know whether preseason rankings are supposed to be who the ...

Tom Keegan: Snappy Wirtel family on both sidelines and in stands Saturday

The better the long snapper, the less likely anybody is to recognize his name. He is to football what the third-base coach is to baseball. In both jobs, he only merits mention if he screws up. John Wirtel has a realistic shot of having the longest NFL career of any senior on the Kansas ...

Tom Keegan: Udoka’s time will come, just not Thursday

The day before Kansas played Emporia State at Allen Fieldhouse in the exhibition opener, coach Bill Self spoke in interesting fashion about the contrasting styles of his two tallest starters, Udoka Azubuike and Dedric Lawson. “We’ve got the past and the future,” Self said. Prototypical ...

Tom Keegan: Gap between KU and K-State narrowing in two sports

Kansas has the better basketball program, Kansas State the superior football team. It’s been that way nearly every year for more than a quarter of a century. At the moment though, it’s a tough call in both sports. Kansas is No. 1 in the nation in basketball, but with so many new faces and ...

Tom Keegan: Jury rules Adidas defrauds KU, strangely happy news for ‘victims’

Kansas City, Mo. — Adidas, apparel partner of the University of Kansas athletic department, was found guilty of defrauding the university, and it was the best news the nation’s No. 1-ranked college basketball program had heard in months. It was this type of trial: You find out it has been ...

Tom Keegan: Why does Carter Stanley keep drawing the short stick?

If you found watching Kansas football on television even more excruciating than usual Saturday, consider how lucky you were compared to redshirt junior quarterback Carter Stanley. He had to fly all the way to Lubbock to watch it in person. At least you had the option of changing the channel. ...