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Tom Keegan: Speed bump boosts Kansas outlook

The next college football head coach or assistant who says the staff has downgraded recruiting will be the first and won’t be in office for long.

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Tom Keegan: It's tough to win at KU, but …

David Beaty was asked at Big 12 Media Days if he has found his job as football coach at Kansas to be as tough as he thought it would be, and naturally he polished his answer with positive paint. The Kansas job is considered a career-killer by many, and several factors do make it a risky challenge for a young coach to undertake. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Olympian Geubelle overcomes adversity

NBC has done a nice job through decades of Olympic coverage at shining a light on athletes overcoming odds, turning obstacles into opportunities, tears of agony into joyful sobs.

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Matt Tait: Big 12 honors elude Kansas football; here are top Jayhawk candidates

Wednesday, the Big 12 Conference released this year’s preseason all-conference football selections as voted by the media. As you might have guessed, no Kansas University players were mentioned. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Big 12 signal callers ranked

Anyone not willing to acknowledge that the SEC ranks ahead of every other college football conference views it through green glasses colored so by envy. As for the best quarterback conference, the Big 12 rules in terms of talent, excitement and famous genes. Three of the 10 projected starting quarterbacks in the Big 12 are sons of former major-league baseball players who combined to play in 36 seasons. By Tom Keegan

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Matt Tait: Despite lingering questions, it's still too early to judge KU's QB situation

I noticed recently that the Kansas University football coaching staff had extended a scholarship offer to Class of 2018 pro-style quarterback Cammon Cooper, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound Utah prospect who already is receiving interest from several big-time programs.

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Tom Keegan: Who will lead 2016-17 Jayhawks in scoring?

Bill Self ranks “hard to guard” as one of the most important qualities in a basketball player when he wears the general manager’s hat and determines which players to offer scholarships. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Newman decision helps KU even more this time

Malik Newman commits to Kansas University out of high school, and the internet breaks, the Mass Street bars sell out of legal beverages, and every baby boy born in Lawrence for the next six months is named Malik.

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Tom Keegan: Ellis still has shot at long career

Quiet body language can lead to misconceptions that cause talent evaluators to miss badly. Wesley Matthews had quiet body language during his career as a four-year starter at Marquette. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Trusting teammates hallmark of winners

During this year's NBA playoffs, it occurred to me that Kansas coach Bill Self’s stock must be rising in the eyes of NBA executives because he has proven to be terrific at inspiring players trust each other.

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Matt Tait: On golf course, Bill Self strives to be just one of the guys

Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self has one goal when he trades in his whistle for a driver and heads out to the links for a round of golf: He just wants to be one of the guys. By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: Freshmen show hustle, drive

Freshmen Josh Jackson, Udoka Azubuike and Mitch Lightfoot showed that, even in a pick-up basketball environment, they understand clearly that the easiest way to earn minutes on a Bill Self-coached team is to give maximum effort when they’re on the floor and make that the baseline for the rest of their game.

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Tom Keegan: Embiid deserves a bit of luck

Some images live somewhere in the brain and every so often surface to the conscious level. They never will disappear until that brain shuts down completely.

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Matt Tait: Kinner’s shoulder is ready, so is he

The Kansas University football program received some much-welcomed good news earlier this week, when Arkansas running back Denzel Evans revealed that he was planning to graduate early from Arkansas to transfer to KU. Though still unproven, the addition of Evans would add depth and experience to a thin KU backfield. But the Jayhawks gained help at that position this offseason in ways other than player additions. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Freshman Jackson shows elite poise

The word expectations appears a lot in stories about pre-ordained “one and done” basketball talents. Mine generally are very low in terms of how interview sessions go with them. By Tom Keegan

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