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Tom Keegan: New KU chancellor backs football coach, athletic director

A couple of things quickly became clear about the new University of Kansas chancellor, Douglas Girod, during his initial session Friday with reporters who cover KU Athletics.

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Tom Keegan: Coaches say the darndest things

The question put to West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen made sense: “You said before going into that venue you have to kind of warn your team (about) the crowd and kind of the lackadaisical atmosphere. Do you still worry about that?”

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Tom Keegan: Punter Bucky Scribner remembered for strength of left foot and character

You have two seconds to answer this question: Is a punter an offensive or defensive player? One thousand one, one thousand two. Time’s up. (Buzzer sound).

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Tom Keegan: Big 12 armed to exploit KU's young, vulnerable secondary

A couple of Kansas offensive linemen weren’t cutting it, second-stringers were promoted and they performed well in the 42-30 loss to Ohio, KU's 42nd consecutive road setback. If only the defense could hope for the same from its beleaguered secondary.

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Tom Keegan: Sheahon Zenger's seat hottest of all

Well, this was a new look: The seats began trending toward empty at halftime and the home team was winning easily. Even the boosters of the victors couldn’t stay interested in watching Kansas football, which lost by double digits to a MAC school for the second week in a row Saturday, this time by a misleading 42-30 score to Ohio University at Peden Stadium. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: OC Doug Meacham wise to tap brakes on KU offense

Coaching is all about assessing the personnel you have and figuring out how to bring out the best in it. It’s not about trying to make the athletes fit the preferred style of the coach.

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Tom Keegan: Charles Baldwin vanishes from Kansas football depth chart

In an offseason rife with hollow hope for the Kansas football program, nothing shapes up as more off base than celebrated anticipation for right tackle Charles Baldwin’s Div. I debut.

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Tom Keegan: Ending road losing streak supplies motivation for Kansas football

It didn’t feel like just one loss, even though that’s what the record shows. Kansas lost more than a football game Saturday in coming up way short against Central Michigan, 45-27.

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Matt Tait: Bender's debut worth feeling good about

It was hardly a perfect game and he left plenty of room for improvement. But the Week 1 debut by Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender certainly qualified as reason for optimism among the long-suffering Kansas football fan base. By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: Harrell's acrobatic catch showcases KU's potential

Let’s say you spend the next four months watching nothing but college football on Saturdays. In all of that time, after thousands of plays, you may not find a better catch by anyone, anywhere, than the one Kansas sophomore Chase Harrell hauled in during the Jayhawks’ 38-16 victory over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Mark Mangino opens window to his Kansas success, obsession with job

Now that he is retired from coaching, Mark Mangino can reveal the secret sauce that led to his football success at a basketball school.

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Tom Keegan: David Beaty didn't name KU's starting quarterback; Peyton Bender's parents did

In trying to prevent Southeast Missouri State from finding out the identity of the starting quarterback for Saturday’s season-opener, Kansas football coach David Beaty lapsed into double-speak on the Big 12 conference call. That left a significant portion of the fan base wondering if he knows what he’s doing at QB, wondering if the Jayhawks are headed for the same old story at the most important position on the field.

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Tom Keegan: One more look back at the Orange Bowl triumph against Virginia Tech

The signature play from Kansas 24, Virginia Tech 21, in the Orange Bowl 10 football seasons ago came early, courtesy of the biggest star in a game loaded with future NFL players.

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Tom Keegan: Per usual, Kansas basketball roster loaded with future NBA players

So how many players who compete in games for KU this coming season will play in at least one NBA game? Six.

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Tom Keegan: Quarterbacks need heed 'Mean' Isaiah Bean

On a 1-to-10 scale that starts with easy and progresses to difficult, Kansas sophomore defense end Isaiah Bean ranks playing football with a mean spirit a 1 and putting weight on a 10. So many of us can attest to the challenges of taking off weight. Not Bean.

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