Monday, October 29, 2007

Out to make his own name

Freshman walk-on no relation to Royals outfielder



Kansas University guard Conner Teahan (2) poses for a photo with 11-year-old Margaret Schorgl. Schorgl visited with Teahan, her neighbor growing up, at KU basketball media day Oct. 12.

Conner Teahan's dad's name is Mark Teahan. No, not THAT Mark Teahen, not the Kansas City Royals' baseball player. Note the subtle difference in spelling.

"One time I was sitting in class," Conner Teahan said, "and the teacher asked if my dad's name was Mark, and I said yes."

Momentarily, however, Teahan realized the teacher mistakenly believed he was the son of the Royals' outfielder, and Conner quickly set the record straight.

"It's been confused a lot," said Teahan, a walk-on freshman on Kansas University's basketball team. "One time, some people came to our house bringing furniture for him."

The Teahans live in Lenexa, one of the K.C. Metro's numerous Johnson County suburbs, so the confusion is inevitable even though the Royals' Mark Teahen couldn't possibly be Conner's father because of the age factor.

Mark Teahen and Conner Teahan are only seven years apart. Curiously, though, their birthdays are nearly the same. Teahen was born on Sept. 6, 1981; Teahan on Sept. 7, 1988.

It goes without saying that Mark Teahen is better known to Kansas Citians than Conner Teahan, yet the KU freshman cut a large swath of his own while starring in both football and basketball at Rockhurst High in Kansas City, Mo. Twice he was named Missouri's Gatorade Player of the Year and in April received the DiRenna Award as the Metro's top athlete.

Although a handful of Rockhurst products have gone on to play football for the Jayhawks - Sal Capra, Kevin Kane and Jim Davis, to name a few - Teahan is the first Hawklet to pt for basketball on Mount Oread.

"Football is such a huge deal there," Teahan said. "They have a great football tradition. They have the second most wins in Missouri high schools. Of 200 freshmen one year, 120 went out for football."

Yet even though he was a standout quarterback for the Hawklets - good enough to earn recruiting interest from Missouri, Kansas State, Wisconsin and Stanford - he never envisioned wearing a helmet in college.

"My football interest wasn't as much as people thought," he said. "I told myself that if I had the opportunity to play basketball I'd do that."

After averaging 25 points and eight rebounds for state-runnerup Rockhurst, he had plenty of offers, including several offers of full rides. Basically, what it came down to was whether he would pay his own way at Kansas or accept a scholarship offer from then-Wichita State coach Mark Turgeon.

"Telling him I was going to KU was probably the toughest thing I've had to do," Teahan said. "I really did not want to tell him since he's such a great guy."

Money may talk most of the time, but not in the case of Conner Teahan, who has lived and died with the Jayhawks ever since he was in the second grade and his folks took him to games in Allen Fieldhouse.

"I was here a lot," he said. "We'd come three or four times a year, and I would just sit in awe of guys like (Greg) Ostertag and (Raef) LaFrentz. I remember being so upset if KU would lose."

Quite likely, if Teahan had opted for Wichita State, he would be penciled in as a probable starter right now. Not at Kansas, however, where walk-ons customarily wind up as mop-ups late in blowout victories.

"I'll do my best to change that," he said. "I want to play immediately, but I understand. Playing as a freshman...only the best players do that."

Kansas coach Bill Self has compared Teahan to Christian Moody, a walk-on who defied the odds and became a starter. Moody made it, in large part, because he was accomplished, if not gifted, in all phases of the game.

Unlike Moody, however, Teahand comes with a reputation as a talented three-point shooter, and players who can nail the trey coming off the bench usually can count on some playing time.

"Coach Self talked to me, and he was just like, 'You're known as a scorer. I want you, when you are open, to shoot the ball,'" Teahan said. "He was like, 'I don't want you to hesitate at all,' and that's what I'm trying to do."


Trey Hohman 14 years, 2 months ago

weird article...Get a real story or job, please, please

Displayhawk 14 years, 2 months ago

LMAO! ........Good reply there, afilmer!

Chris Weaver 14 years, 2 months ago

it should also be noted that sherron collins is not related to bootsy collins, that brandon rush is not related to rush limbaugh, and that cole aldrich is not related to actual coal.

but after some real good investigative reporting, the ljw is ready to report that coach bill self is related to him self.

Joshua Hann 14 years, 2 months ago

Anyone notice the uni's? Not sure what I think.

KU 14 years, 2 months ago

Royal.....I don't care about the uni's. I care about what's pumping beneath that tradjan font "KANSAS". If Russ Rob can get all those guys' hearts beating like champions, this could be a fun year.

chetp 14 years, 2 months ago

It obviously doesn't matter that much but I'm sorry the uni's are terrible.

boomrsoonr26 14 years, 2 months ago

"but after some real good investigative reporting, the ljw is ready to report that coach bill self is related to him self." - afilmer


hobrauer 14 years, 2 months ago

afilmer - that was great, I haven't laughed so hard on a Monday morning in a while! Keep it up!

Steve Day 14 years, 2 months ago

Once, someone thought my dad was Dr. Phil because my dad is a tree surgeon and his name is Phil........

And then my mother Oprah was once confused for being the fry cook at my local Denny's, when she actually hosts a nationally syndicated TV show. Ahhh...Good Stuff. Those were the days!!


gutter 14 years, 2 months ago

Cooner should just change his name to Babe because he is hot! He kind of makes me wish I was a woman.

clintt 14 years, 2 months ago

One thing that jumps out at me: the Royals' Mark Teahen is somewhere between 25-27 years old. How dumb was Conner's teacher to think his dad fathered him at the age of 9?

rgreene 14 years, 2 months ago

Sorry the whole story wasn't there earlier. I've got it in there now. Enjoy.

Ryan Greene

Dirk Medema 14 years, 2 months ago

Ryan - You might want to go back and check the typos. Conner's last name isn't capped in one spot, and one paragraphs starts with "Make Teahen".

Steve Tramba 14 years, 2 months ago

Not funny update.... The blonde in the tease for the Women of KU is not related to the Brunette in the Women of KU.

Whole story or not, AFILMER had me laughing out loud & having to share the story w/ some cube mates. I loved Chuck back in the day, but we're approaching HariKari-ness (or spell it your own way playing on either the Cubs announcer or Japanese word... it does go both ways :) ).

Great post AFILMER! Keep 'em coming!

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