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Still hope for Tyshawn Taylor on defense

Something so startling happened Friday afternoon that I marked down the date, Jan. 14, 2011, and the time, 3:17 p.m. For the first time in 51 years, somebody changed my mind.That somebody was basketball buff Dr. Artie Shaw, a retired psychologist who lives on a 120-acre farm on the border of ...

Broncos coach ‘proven’ this time

Say hello to the anti-Josh.Two years ago, the Denver Broncos took the risky route and hired a 32-year-old named Josh McDaniels, who was all about youthful possibility. We all know how that one turned out. It wasn’t the worst head-coach hire in NFL history, but it was close.Thursday, the ...

Former player Howard Engleman truly was KU basketball great

No Kansas University student athlete ever met Phog Allen’s ultimate standard for excellence better than Howard Engleman, the multi-faceted former basketball All-American who died Wednesday at age 91.Allen, the Jayhawk coaching immortal, often was asked to name his top players. His answer ...

Stanford QB Andrew Luck sets good example

During my time as president of West Virginia University, our quarterback was a young man named Oliver Luck.Oliver was more than just a promising athlete for the Mountaineers. He represented what college athletics was supposed to be about: spirited, fair competition, and opportunity through ...

Versatile junior Marcus Morris a triple-threat for Jayhawks

KU vs. Iowa StateBox ScoreDouble whammy: Marcus Morris erupts for 33Cyclones awed by MorrisesGary Bedore’s KU basketball notebookKeegan ratingsAmes, Iowa ? This wasn’t the night to fret that Kansas University’s basketball team didn’t deliver a convincing enough knockout punch to ...

KU basketball’s real test starts with conference play

Ames, Iowa ? Marcus Morris begins his third Big 12 season tonight in Hilton Coliseum, so he is well acquainted with the difference between the nonconference and conference seasons.When the playing-dumb question “Which would be tougher, going undefeated in nonconference or the Big 12?” was ...

Wolverines go with safe, solid pick in Brady Hoke

Michigan settled on Brady Hoke. There’s no getting around that. Convincing the public that Hoke was the No. 1 candidate all along becomes an impossible sales pitch for athletic director Dave Brandon.He kept Michigan football in a state of limbo for six weeks, and the result of all that ...

New football hires generate optimism at Texas

New Texas football hires Manny Diaz and Bryan Harsin waited about three minutes into Friday’s lunch with Mack Brown to start talking business.Barbecue took a back seat to strategy and serious planning of spring practice. Ideas bounced around the table between Diaz, the incoming defensive ...

How good is KU basketball??Good question

KU vs. MichiganBox ScoreFar from perfect: Jayhawks survive Wolverines in OTUM: Jayhawks tough on ‘D’Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebookKeegan ratingsAnn Arbor, Mich. ? If not for an overtime in which Kansas University’s basketball team played like its confident, aggressive self, it ...

Transparency the best medicine for KU athletic department

News has come out of the Kansas University athletic department ticket scandal like a dripping faucet. You know it’s coming, but it still keeps you awake at night.The latest drip — last week’s revelation that Kassie Liebsch and Rodney Jones will have change-of-plea hearings Thursday and ...

Jake Sharp’s dream still alive

Too small. Won’t make the transition from high school record-breaker to featured running back in college. Dreamer.Jake Sharp, on the short and narrow side, took all those outside doubts and turned them into jet fuel he used to burn his way to 2,239 rushing yards (10th in school history) and ...

Break makes KU basketball better, but could immaturity return?

KU vs. UMKCBox ScoreWell adjusted: Taylor comfortable with Selby nowRoo relishes reunionTravis Releford's windmill dunk draws kudosGary Bedore’s KU basketball notebookKeegan ratingsThe list of things to love about Kansas University’s undefeated, third-ranked basketball team runs deep.For ...

About that name … it’s ZENG-er

Jayhawk fans worried about nailing down the pronunciation of new Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s first name need look no farther than Tom Cross for help.Cross, Zenger’s football coach at Hays High in the 1980s, had a simple way around the issue. “Officials used to ...

Bill Self uses holiday break to teach Morris twins a lesson

KU vs. Miami (Ohio)Box scoreThe magic touch: Massage from mom helps Selby reboundRedhawks say KU better than DukeReed, Jayhawks hit boards hardGary Bedore's KU basketball notebookAh, the holidays. A time to slip into your comfort zone, do whatever it is that makes you happiest, relieves you of ...

Raiders’ Tom Cable has earned another chance

Kansas City, Mo. ? The Oakland Raiders returned to relevancy this season, and coach Tom Cable finally won me over in the process.So I paid him my respects after Sunday’s season-ending 31-10 victory over the host Kansas City Chiefs.We shook hands in the locker room, reviewed this 8-8 season ...

Rodriguez embarrasses Michigan

The sentiment grew in resonance from the few remaining Michigan fans seated near the team as the clock mercifully counted down the closing moments of Michigan’s worst beating ever in a bowl.“Har-baugh! Har-baugh!” they chanted on Saturday afternoon.It caught the attention of some players ...

Wide-receivers coach Wyatt crucial to KU

More than eight months out from the first game of the 2011 college football season, Kansas University coach Turner Gill is staring down the first huge decision of his second season at KU.With rumors of wide-receivers coach Darrell Wyatt heading to Texas picking up steam, it’s time for Gill to ...

TCU’s speed, Wisconsin’s size meet today

Los Angeles ? The toughest part comes, TCU senior safety Colin Jones said, on the day before the game.That’s when the nation’s No. 1-ranked defense finds itself in a darkened room ... alone ... with laser-pointer-wielding head coach Gary Patterson.“He runs a play on the projector and ...

Educated guesses necessary

Kathy Vogel Kuettner, a beautiful young wife and mother of three, died from lymphoma in July 2000, and a year later, Kathy’s House, a hospital hospitality house, was born in Milwaukee.During one of my stays at Kathy’s House with my late brother John, in July 2005, we viewed a replay of ...