Column: Mickelson to play big role as senior

Nobody had reason to complain about the way Hunter Mickelson played in the World University Games, where his performance gave him reason to believe he’ll have a more significant role than last season. By Tom Keegan

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Column: QB Ryan Willis gives KU hope for down the road

When asked for their impressions of KU’s true freshman quarterback Ryan Willis, Baylor coach Art Briles and nickelback Travon Blanchard didn’t have to watch their words. All they had to do was speak the truth. By Tom Keegan

Column: Bears don’t need to run up the score

Texas takes great pride in its enormity and it is a huge state, except to one man who has managed to shrink the state into one massive small state.

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Column: Willis’ burden a bit too daunting

In one sense, Kansas University true freshman quarterback Ryan Willis can’t win in his starting debut Saturday at home vs. Baylor. Upsets do happen, but not in games that involve a 44-point underdog.

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Column: Kansas not the worst, but close

In the event Cheick Diallo is cleared to play basketball for Kansas University, the Jayhawks will become fashionable picks for the No. 1 spot in the nation and with good reason. Someone, somewhere will then connect the dots and claim that the school with the nation’s best basketball program also has the worst football team in the Football Bowl Subdivision. By Tom Keegan

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Column: David Beaty's decision-making puzzling at ISU

First-year head coach David Beaty had four options from which to choose Saturday early in the second quarter of Kansas University’s 38-13 loss to Iowa State in packed Jack Trice Stadium. The situation called for an aggressive play, not a passive one. By Tom Keegan

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Column: ‘Svi’ no longer new kid in town

Kansas University basketball media day, 2014: The youngest college basketball player in the nation sat on his assigned chair — eyes a little wide, expression on the reserved side — doing his best to answer the questions sent his way. By Tom Keegan

Column: Eights are wild for Jerry Waugh

Driving a wooden peg into the ground, putting a dimpled golf ball on top of it, taking dead aim with a stick from 140 yards a way and hitting it so precisely that it drops into a hole in the ground that measures 4.25 inches in diameter isn’t supposed to be as easy as Alvamar Country Club fixture Jerry Waugh makes it look. By Tom Keegan

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Column: ISU no cupcake, but rest are brutal

Stop me if this sounds familiar, but the next opponent on the Kansas University football schedule presents the best opportunity for a Jayhawks victory of all remaining games. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Mistakes cost KU rare shot at 2015 victory

Playing so short-handed in terms of depth, talent and experience, first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty’s stated goal was for his team to become the smartest football team in America.So far, not so good on that front. By Tom Keegan

Column: Losing streak becomes a monster

The Kansas University football program has arrived at the birthplace of college football to bury a monster, otherwise known as a 33-game losing streak in games played outside of Lawrence.

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Column: Weis history, but skid lives on

Saturday was supposed to be a triumphant homecoming for Charlie Weis, who 26 years ago led Franklin High to a New Jersey state championship. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Jayhawks’ offense looking to improve

A football team that doesn’t complete down-field passes faces defenses that have the advantage of forever playing as if it’s in the red zone, crowding the short field with bodies.

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Column: Kick (not) off: Bartollota, Wyman are perfect on season

Team Imperfect has been Team Perfect in the kicking department. Meet Mr. and Mr. Perfect, aka Nick Bartolotta and Matthew Wyman. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Diallo’s potential impact: 1 seed

Late last month, Bill Self said he didn’t expect to hear anything conclusive from the NCAA Eligibility Center about prize recruit Cheick Diallo’s eligibility for the upcoming season until mid-September, “at the earliest.” So it’s too early to panic, but not premature to wonder what Kansas University’s experienced basketball team might look like with and without the 6-foot-9, 220-pound freshman from Kayes, Mali, Africa. By Tom Keegan