Sharp mind, meet your perfect match: The first time Bob Dylan took pen to paper to write lyrics. Bill Gates’ introduction to a computer. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk playing his initial game of five-on-five. Column by Tom Keegan
What has to rank as one of the worst weeks in the history of Kansas University athletics included basketball coach Bill Self reaching for a glass of water and cracking that he had hoped it was filled with Vodka. It ended with interim head football coach wishing he could reach for amnesia dust to sprinkle on his players. Column by Tom Keegan
Any time a coaching-search adviser is employed by a university, suspicion percolates that the adviser will push buddies of his upon the athletic director.
So much has changed from last season for the Kansas University basketball team, but two games into the season, one thing remains the same: The Jayhawks don’t play at an elite level without a healthy Joel Embiid protecting the paint.
When trying to figure out why Larry Brown said what he said about Kentucky going undefeated, so many possibilities came to mind. Not once did it occur to me that he might have said it because he meant every word of it. By Tom Keegan
Here in the first days of the college basketball season, Kentucky coach John Calipari walks that fine line that separates brilliance from madness. For that, we all owe him a debt of gratitude. By doing so, he has made November so much more interesting. By Tom Keegan
Although it’s common for teams to play better when an assistant coach is promoted to interim head coach, nothing is typical about the way Clint Bowen has transformed a depleted roster into a high-flying, hard-hitting ball of focused fire. By Tom Keegan
College basketball freshmen arrive at various stages of that transition from style — which is oh-so important at high school games and parties, AAU showcases and recruiting visits — to substance, which earns minutes. That journey was on full display for four KU freshmen during Friday's 69-59 victory over UC Santa Barbara at Allen Fieldhouse. By Tom Keegan
Turner Gill’s second recruiting class at Kansas University was made up of 25 high school seniors from the Class of 2011. Just 11 of them remain in the program.
It's down to Frank Mason III, a sophomore, and freshman Devonte Graham. They both seem more concerned with how they play than how they are used, which always is a good thing for a basketball team’s chemistry. By Tom Keegan
Clint Bowen has not been easy on the players, just good for them, as evidenced by the Jayhawks’ more spirited performances with him at the controls. Sure, Kansas is 1-4 under Bowen, all in Big 12 games. Compare that to Turner Gill’s 1-16 and Charlie Weis’ 1-18 and it doesn’t look so bad. By Tom Keegan
On the way to a 34-14 victory against Iowa State in Memorial Stadium, the KU defense opened with a trio of three-and-outs and each of the Cyclones’ first five possessions ended with a punt. Nobody came up bigger than senior outside linebacker/defensive end Victor Simmons, a graduate of Olathe North High. By Tom Keegan
Sheahon Zenger has an adviser and a nationwide committee helping him this time, but the choice of the next Kansas University football coach officially still will be made by the athletic director who for his first hire swung for the fences and missed so badly he drilled himself into a bunker.
Perry Ellis doesn’t easily fit into the profile of any position as an NBA prospect. He’s not as big as most power forwards, not as quick as the average NBA small forward.
Clearly, patience isn’t a virtue fired Kansas University head football coach Charlie Weis had when trying and failing to assemble an offensive line capable of keeping sleek Big 12 behemoths from fooling with the best-laid plans. By Tom Keegan