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.
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
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
If Josh Jackson, the nation’s No. 1 recruit, can bring to the Kansas University basketball team in his one season what his mother brought to UTEP in her one year in El Paso, he will make Allen Fieldhouse rock even louder, predicts someone who would know.
A year ago, oddsmakers put the over/under for Kansas University football victories at 1.5, and I urged readers who might find themselves in front of a window in Las Vegas to jump through it with a fist full of cash and plunk it down on the under. Las Vegas hasn’t budged on the 1.5 number, but the wager has gone from a layup to a full-court heave in terms of degree of difficultly. Don’t get anywhere near a window with cash in your hand if your intention is to go either over or under on Kansas. By Tom Keegan
Kansas University football coach David Beaty didn’t go public with a depth chart until the brink of the 2015 season-opener and doesn’t have one now, which makes it fun to cobble together an educated guess. Here’s a stab at the two-deep on defense heading into summer conditioning, listed first string/second string. By Tom Keegan
Any time a McDonald’s All-American advertised as a one-and-done sensation struggles to find consistency as a freshman and transfers, the spoiled-brat radar goes up, especially when a parent does his talking for him. Then you look at what Horatio Webster said about his son, Malik Newman, leaving Mississippi State and a different picture emerges. By Tom Keegan
No rational thinker could deny that Bill Self’s 13th Kansas University basketball team was the third-best in the nation, ranking behind only national champion Villanova and runner-up North Carolina. And third is as good a guess as any as to where the Jayhawks will open next season. By Tom Keegan
Late October, 1999, defensive coordinator Pat Henderson took over for fired Dave Rader as interim head football coach at the University of Tulsa and charmed the media with straight talk spiced with humor.
A look at the statistical profiles of past highly recruited power forwards who played for Bill Self at Kansas University forecasts a season of significant improvement for sophomore Carlton Bragg Jr., who showed promise in limited action as a freshman. By Tom Keegan
Predicting Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self’s starting lineup seldom is as easy as it seems on paper during the offseason. By Tom Keegan
Coach David Beaty’s desire for an ultra-fast-paced Air Raid offense demands a deep stable of wide receivers, and it looks as if his Kansas University football team is making progress in that regard. By Tom Keegan
The first time Bill Snyder decided to retire as Kansas State football coach, the school didn’t get it right in hiring a replacement. By Tom Keegan
Coming off back-to-back Big 12 titles at Texas Tech in women’s tennis, Todd Chapman decided to give that up and take a job at a school that was in the midst of a 15-year NCAA Tournament drought. My first thought was he must have lost a bet on a golf course. By Tom Keegan
It will take expanding all the way to 16-member conferences for power brokers in college athletics to realize that the size that makes most sense is cutting that number in half.