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Column: Downtown event made for Hoffa

Just about everything in life has a face. Here, Bill Self is the face of basketball, Jim Ryun the face of the mile, Mike Amyx, barber shears in hand, the face of Lawrence politics.

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Column: Perry Ellis’ return huge for KU

Now that Perry Ellis has eased tension about next season’s outlook by announcing his return, the Kansas University basketball program has one necessity and one luxury remaining. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Shot putter says street sweet

Late-blooming, world-class shot put athlete Kurt Roberts has competed all over the world, thanks to his ability to launch a 16-pound lead ball long distances. His favorite venue? The Kansas Relays Downtown Shot Put. By Tom Keegan

Column: Older Turgeon right fit for KU women

The more I learn about Iowa Western Community College basketball coach Jim Turgeon, the more I think he is the right fit to succeed Bonnie Henrickson to lead Kansas University’s women’s basketball program. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Coaching secondary at Kansas presents challenge

Both starting safeties are gone, as are cornerbacks JaCorey Shepherd and Dexter McDonald, both potential NFL draft picks. And a pile of fast-paced Big 12 football offenses will be eager to run up scores to impress the selection committee that chooses the four schools that will vie for the national title.

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Column: Cliff Alexander proof system flawed

I feel sorry for Cliff Alexander. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Skilled Duke, UW deserve to be in title showdown

It can’t be anything but good for college basketball that two of the top three most-efficient offensive teams in the nation, per rankings, play for the national title tonight in Indiana. By Tom Keegan

Column: KU makes dependable receivers a priority

The No. 1 required quality for success in coaching is the ability to communicate clearly. After all, coaching is nothing if not teaching

Column: Top-flight quarterback may not be enough for Kansas

Many a football season the mind naturally drifted to the same question: If Kansas University just had a good quarterback, how many more victories could it squeeze out of its brutal schedule?

Column: Jayhawks in no hurry for hiring women’s coach

Sheahon Zenger wants to get it right, even if that means the naming of Kansas University’s next women’s basketball coach might not happen for another fortnight, even longer.

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Column: Kansas hurdler Stigler blazing early

Kansas University's Michael Stigler posted a personal-record 48.44, best time in the world in 2015 and the best time for anybody in any college meet since 2011. Researchers are in the midst of trying to find a faster March time in a college meet. So far, nothing. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Coleman could be best bet at WR

Signs of spring: Flowers budding, birds chirping louder, the scent of fresh-cut grass floating in the breeze and jaws dropping watching Kansas University wide receiver Rodriguez Coleman, long, lean and, above all, fast. By Tom Keegan

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Column: KU football focus must be to trend upward

The Kansas University cornerback got burned, and the receiver had nothing but air between him and the end zone during Saturday morning’s spring football practice. That happens. The cornerback stopped running. That won’t happen again, unless he wants to be caught in the middle of a vise of incensed coaches one more time. By Tom Keegan

Column: NCAA needs to fight back

The one-and-done rule, a one-way street in favor of the NBA, has flattened college basketball’s nose, and it’s time for a counter-punch. By Tom Keegan

Column: Jayhawks working with what they’ve got this spring

Such good weather leading up to the first day of spring football practice and then Tuesday arrives and wham. Gray skies. A brief appearance of the sun. Heavy rain. Two different hail storms. A brief blast of thunder and lightning.