That stretch between semesters is improvement time for college basketball squads across America because restrictions on practice time are when student-athletes take a hiatus from the first half of their titles and focus on making their games better.
The same question has been asked late in the season of every Kansas University head football coach in recent years: What players who are red-shirting this season have stood out in practice? By Tom Keegan
Timing isn’t everything, but it can play cruel jokes on those who don’t wait patiently before making decisions. By Tom Keegan
This is not your typical Kansas basketball team, not like most top-10 teams, either. The Jayhawks are great and then they’re awful and so it goes. They do consistently get it together in time to pull out close games, ones in which they come from behind and others in which they fall from ahead, watching huge leads vanish. Column by Tom Keegan
In team sports, confidence for a struggling player almost always starts building when that player has reason to believe he made a major contribution to a victory. For ballyhooed freshman recruit Kelly Oubre Jr., that seed took root Wednesday night in the Verizon Center. Column by Tom Keegan
Frank Mason and Devonté Graham can be game-changers when they're on the floor together for Kansas University.By Tom Keegan
The last time I heard a man with a Texas twang passionately insisting that Kansas is the place that all recruiting must start for the Kansas University football program, Don Fambrough was the man doing the talking. By Tom Keegan
Newly hired David Beaty and his mostly new coaching staff, which hasn’t yet been announced, enter an exciting time, and they’ll need every ounce of adrenaline to recover so much lost time in recruiting. By Tom Keegan
The question of where Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger would turn for his next head coach dominated the headlines for most of the 2014 football season, which overshadowed fine performances from a handful of seniors worthy of all-conference consideration. By Tom Keegan
The Allen Fieldhouse crowd that watched its basketball team play olé defense and handle the ball as if it were more slippery than Oleo margarine needed something about which to cheer with the halftime scoreboard showing a 15-point deficit. Onto the court walked the school’s new head football coach, David Beaty, microphone in hand, Texas twang at the ready, familiar with the lines that trigger the roars. Column by Tom Keegan
The next Kansas head football coach will need to entice more than just scholarship players to sign on the dotted line in order to assemble a roster with any significant depth. He also will need to convince walk-ons to come on board with a chance to earn scholarships after two years.
Sunday's Orlando Classic championship game wasn’t too physical for the shortest guy on the floor to move among the giants and come away with a game-high 10 rebounds. Column by Tom Keegan
On the brink of a big game, at least by November standards, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo used his postgame news conference in the wake of an 11-point victory against undersized Marquette to let his players know how little he thinks of their toughness.
A virtual no-show against Kentucky and his team’s most productive player two days into the Orlando Classic that concludes Sunday, Perry Ellis’ disparate performances could say as much about his opposition than himself. Column by Tom Keegan
Kansas University put a 76-60 beat-down on Rhode Island in an opening round Orlando Classic game at HP Fieldhouse. So many strong efforts to discuss, yet the message-board mentality of “I want the world and I want it now,” forever lurks and occasionally finds its way into KU coach Bill Self’s world. Column by Tom Keegan