Overall, it appears Kansas University’s football team has more depth than at the end of spring football 2015, but still not have sufficient depth by Big 12 standards. The defense in particular looks deeper and more experienced. Yet, the search is on for signs that Kansas will have an easier time scoring than in recent seasons. By Tom Keegan
The Kansas University football team held its second public and 14th overall practice of the spring Tuesday afternoon.
No. 1 in his class. Slender. Explosive dunker. Best suited to play on the wing. In those ways, Josh Jackson is similar to former Kansas University one-and-done sensation Andrew Wiggins.
The spring football event, which used to be but no longer is a game, also serves as a dress rehearsal for reporters who cover the Kansas University football program. That’s another way of saying it’s a day to practice writing the truth without being mean, no easy juggling act in recent seasons. By Tom Keegan
It doesn’t rank high among the many reasons I believe David Beaty made a move he will live to rue when he decided to take the offensive reins from the hands of Rob Likens, but doing so while still leaving “offensive coordinator” as Likens’ title does eat at me.
Jason Phillips, Kansas University's first-year wide receivers coach, is on the low-key side and doesn’t reference the big names and accomplishments of his football career unless you introduce them into conversation. By Tom Keegan
The answer to what happened to Kansas University in the NCAA basketball tournament as in what went wrong elicits a very easy four-word response: Villanova happened, that’s what.
Pretend you’re an NBA general manager holding a pick late in the first round. You have a balanced roster with no one glaring position need. For the sake of argument, you can only choose from players on the 2015-16 Kansas University basketball roster.
Kansas University forever appears on the lists of schools McDonald’s All-Americans are considering. That, coupled with Kansas winning the Big 12 every year, creates the sometimes-inaccurate perception that the Jayhawks always have a talent advantage when they take the floor. By Tom Keegan
Wayne Selden Jr.’s decision to enter his name in the NBA Draft and hire an agent means that Kansas University must replace a starting wing in Selden and a go-to scorer in Perry Ellis.
Any college basketball player with even a remote chance of earning an invitation to the NBA pre-draft combine would be a fool to do anything other than precisely what Cheick Diallo did Monday.
Any season that ends one loss to a No. 2 seed shy of advancing to the Final Four qualifies as a successful one. That’s especially so in a year that included a 12th consecutive Big 12 regular-season title, a Big 12 tournament championship and 17 consecutive victories leading up to the elimination game. At the same time, no loss in any other round stings quite the same as coming so close and then having to watch the Final Four on television.By Tom Keegan
Sure, there were chances at the end, a five-point, second-half lead, even. But the reality is Villanova won Saturday night’s Elite Eight game in the KFC Yum! Center by making Kansas University lose it, 64-59, with as bad a seven-minute stretch of basketball as it had played in months. By Tom Keegan
He is a highly skilled power forward in the midst of the hottest scoring streak of his career, defending much better than in younger years and coming off a monster Thursday night game that launched his school into an Elite Eight game today. His name is Perry Ellis. His name is Kris Jenkins. By Tom Keegan
He beat out a pair of McDonald’s All-Americans in practice daily to earn a spot in the starting lineup, so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that Landen Lucas beat up another hamburger All-American to help Kansas University advance to the Elite Eight. Maryland freshman Diamond Stone showed early why he projects as a one-and-done, first-round talent and Lucas proceeded to take him right out of the game so that he could do what he does best, dominate the boards. By Tom Keegan