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Tom Keegan: Sloppy special teams to blame for Kansas loss to Kansas State

Kansas State’s gifted return man D.J. Reed must have salivated at the thought of facing the beleaguered Kansas special teams in Saturday's rivalry game at Memorial Stadium. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Kansas football defense better, still not good

The center of the ineptitude of the Kansas football team has shifted from a disappointing defense to an offense that hasn’t scored in nine-plus quarters.

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks must prove they can play on Saturday before worrying about Sunday

In explaining his well meaning post-game tirade directed at some teammates not playing with enough passion, junior defensive tackle Daniel Wise just might have unwittingly exposed a deep-rooted flaw in the team’s thinking. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: West Virginia's Bob Huggins a fountain of smart, original ideas, wardrobes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As he does every year at Big 12 Basketball Media Day, supervisor of officials Curtis Shaw explained new rules interpretations, including this year's emphasis on enforcing traveling more strictly. Not surprisingly, it was West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, who had the most interesting take on officiating Tuesday.

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Tom Keegan: Third year not the charm for Kansas football coach David Beaty

Today is Big 12 Media Day for basketball, so it seems an appropriate time to look back on Big 12 Media Day for football.

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Tom Keegan: Devonte Graham shows smarts, aggressiveness against Missouri

The mere mention of the name Devonte’ Graham instantly brought a sigh, wide eyes, a side-to-side shake of the head and ultimately a smile from first-year Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Kansas football continues to take steps backward

One play can’t capture the state of a football program. It doesn’t work that way, except with Kansas football. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Udoka Azubuike raises ceiling for Kansas basketball

Kansas forward Billy Preston, equipped with a well-developed physique for a freshman at 6-foot-10, 240 pounds, readily acknowledges that his perimeter game is more developed at both ends than his post play. He also believes the crash course he takes in practice will benefit his paint play. Preston said that when teamed with Dedric Lawson and playing against Udoka Azubuike and Mitch Lightfoot in practice, he guards the 7-foot, 280-pound Azubuike. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: TCU brings out best in Kansas football

It’s one of the great mysteries of our time, ranking right up there with the location of Jimmy Hoffa’s corpse, the success of unwatchable reality shows and a giraffe only needing 30 minutes of sleep per day. Why does Kansas compete way better against TCU than vs. any other Big 12 school? It defies explanation.

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Tom Keegan: Playing for an Eddie Sutton disciple prepared Marcus Garrett for Bill Self

The words of his former boss have echoed through the years for Dallas Skyline High basketball coach Paul Graham. So when Marcus Garrett was a freshman at Skyline and one of his teachers informed Graham that he was “being silly, standing up, disrupting the class,” the coach told the student he had better stop if he wanted to continue to play basketball. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Clock tick, tick, ticking on Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger

David Beaty has the second half of his third season to prove he has made progress with the Kansas football program. But D-Day comes earlier than that for the man making the call on Beaty’s boss, athletic director Sheahon Zenger. A generous estimate for that timetable is two weeks.

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Tom Keegan: Cyclones in a blowout; Jayhawks in a tailspin

A dreary, rainy day in the Big 12’s northern-most outpost took a turn for the worse when a football game started and a Keystone Cops routine broke out at Jack Trice Stadium, home of Iowa State’s tough, disciplined, steadily improving football team.

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Tom Keegan: Self fields Adidas questions without sweating

Predictably, at the end of Friday's Kansas basketball Media Day, Bill Self deftly handled questions about the Adidas scandal that rocked college basketball three weeks ago and keeps on rockin'.

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Keegan: KU volleyball's loss to Texas a learning experience

It’s always better to win than lose. It feels better. Your supporters head home happy. Your confidence soars. It always beats losing. Always.

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Tom Keegan: Matt Campbell showing major progress already in second season at Iowa State

Nobody freaked out last season when Matt Campbell started his Iowa State career 0-3, losing to FCS school Northern Iowa, then at Iowa, 42-3, then at TCU, 41-20.