Just six months ago, left-hander Brandon Finnegan stared in at the catcher’s signs from atop the mound at Hoglund Ballpark, a Jayhawk in the batter’s box. By Tom Keegan
Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price, who has friends in the organizations of both World Series teams, did a nice job of articulating the key moment for the Royals, America’s darlings. By Tom Keegan
Seldom has a football player who does everything so right and with all his might so often been asked to explain what went wrong as Ben Heeney. Kansas University’s senior middle linebacker is a team captain and as such a team spokesman. His team usually loses. So he has to try to break down why. By Tom Keegan
When true freshman Derrick Neal made the switch from offense to defense, team captain Ben Heeney initiated him with five words: Welcome to the Dark Side. It’s the side you want to be on. By Tom Keegan
When Charlie Weis draws his final paycheck from Kansas Athletics in 2016, he will have been paid $12.5 million for winning one Big 12 game. Turner Gill made $10 million for one Big 12 victory.
Billy Mills, who shocked the world 50 years ago today by winning the gold medal in the 10,000 meters at Tokyo, considers his memories and friendships from his days in Lawrence priceless. By Tom Keegan
Two games, both losses, don’t supply enough evidence for Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger to call off the coaching search and remove the interim tag from Clint Bowen. Yet, anybody who hasn’t seen a serious change in the way the team plays either isn’t watching, doesn’t want to see it, is blinded by Bowen’s lack of celebrity, or all of the above. By Tom Keegan
Kansas University freshman center Cliff Alexander didn’t have a baby hook shot until Bill Self taught him one in Lawrence. Now he looks as if he has had it his whole life. By Tom Keegan
Clint, the youngest of three sons born to Charley and Joyce Bowen, said his brother Charley was a better football player than he was for Lawrence High and Kansas University. Charley said his kid brother Clint was a harder worker.
Dexter McDonald, Kansas University’s talented senior cornerback, ran off the field with his shoulder stinging, and the West Virginia announcers were on it immediately. By Tom Keegan
All sorts of modifiers capture different types of confidence, ranging from “quiet” to “obnoxious.” “Classy” is the best word to put in front of confidence as it relates to Kansas University freshman point guard Devonté Graham.
Two starters return from last year’s Kansas University basketball team, but a surplus of starter-caliber players, not a shortage, makes projecting which five will make the most starts together a tricky proposition. By Tom Keegan
New Kansas University football coach Clint Bowen is trying to make something out of nothing. Based on how Bowen handled his first week of practices and first of eight games during his head-coaching tryout, hesitation won’t be a problem for him. By Tom Keegan
Corey Avery and De'Andre Mann bring excitement to KU’s rushing attack, but nobody the team has puts a scare into a defense the way senior Tony Pierson does. By Tom Keegan
One of the many things Kansas University’s interim football coach Clint Bowen said that resonated during his Monday introductory news conference was that he is prepared for this job because he witnessed turn-around efforts under Glen Mason and Mark Mangino.