Perry Ellis doesn’t easily fit into the profile of any position as an NBA prospect. He’s not as big as most power forwards, not as quick as the average NBA small forward.
Clearly, patience isn’t a virtue fired Kansas University head football coach Charlie Weis had when trying and failing to assemble an offensive line capable of keeping sleek Big 12 behemoths from fooling with the best-laid plans. By Tom Keegan
Mr. October could have spent the third night of November anywhere in the world and chose to spend it in a chair-back seat in Allen Fieldhouse, watching an exhibition basketball game. There as guest of Wichita businessman and Kansas University Endownment trustee David Murfin, Reggie Jackson put his popcorn down for a few minutes early in the second half to talk about his first fieldhouse foray and about the Kansas City Royals’ wildly entertaining October. By Tom Keegan
KU doesn’t field a Big 12-caliber football roster in terms of either quantity or quality. But that doesn’t mean it can’t play in a big game. It just so happens that game is the same one so many in Lawrence had circled on their calendars Jan. 6, the day Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads hired Mark Mangino as his offensive coordinator. By Tom Keegan
I’m trying to figure out how losing Game 7 of the World Series instead of winning it made the Kansas City Royals any less worthy of the respect and gratitude typically reserved for World Champions. The empty feeling from finishing second quickly gave way to admiration for the remarkable baseball team that posted the best possible postseason record a team could have without winning the World Series. Column by Tom Keegan
Dayne Crist, Jake Heaps and Montell Cozart stand so much taller, and Cozart runs so much faster than current Kansas University quarterback Michael Cummings. Yet Cummings, a Turner Gill recruit, moves the offense better than those three Charlie Weis recruits did. By Tom Keegan
Michael Cummings has started two games and senior tight end Jimmay Mundine set a different career record in each one. You think maybe Mundine likes the way Cummings finds him?
If you think the Kansas University football team lacks talent this season, wait until next year. By Tom Keegan
Jay Bilas is to college basketball what Charles Barkley is to the NBA, which is to say the smartest, funniest, most candid commentator on the air. By Tom Keegan
Just six months ago, left-hander Brandon Finnegan stared in at the catcher’s signs from atop the mound at Hoglund Ballpark, a Jayhawk in the batter’s box. By Tom Keegan
Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price, who has friends in the organizations of both World Series teams, did a nice job of articulating the key moment for the Royals, America’s darlings. By Tom Keegan
Seldom has a football player who does everything so right and with all his might so often been asked to explain what went wrong as Ben Heeney. Kansas University’s senior middle linebacker is a team captain and as such a team spokesman. His team usually loses. So he has to try to break down why. By Tom Keegan
When true freshman Derrick Neal made the switch from offense to defense, team captain Ben Heeney initiated him with five words: Welcome to the Dark Side. It’s the side you want to be on. By Tom Keegan
When Charlie Weis draws his final paycheck from Kansas Athletics in 2016, he will have been paid $12.5 million for winning one Big 12 game. Turner Gill made $10 million for one Big 12 victory.
Billy Mills, who shocked the world 50 years ago today by winning the gold medal in the 10,000 meters at Tokyo, considers his memories and friendships from his days in Lawrence priceless. By Tom Keegan