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Column: 50 years after Olympic gold, Billy Mills has sweet memories

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

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Column: Bowen's passion, intensity rubbing off on Jayhawks

Two games, both losses, don’t supply enough evidence for Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger to call off the coaching search and remove the interim tag from Clint Bowen. Yet, anybody who hasn’t seen a serious change in the way the team plays either isn’t watching, doesn’t want to see it, is blinded by Bowen’s lack of celebrity, or all of the above. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Alexander doesn't have to be great, but freshman headed that direction

Kansas University freshman center Cliff Alexander didn’t have a baby hook shot until Bill Self taught him one in Lawrence. Now he looks as if he has had it his whole life. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Football is passion of Bowen family

Clint, the youngest of three sons born to Charley and Joyce Bowen, said his brother Charley was a better football player than he was for Lawrence High and Kansas University. Charley said his kid brother Clint was a harder worker.

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Column: CB Boateng received trial by fire

Dexter McDonald, Kansas University’s talented senior cornerback, ran off the field with his shoulder stinging, and the West Virginia announcers were on it immediately. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Jayhawks’ Graham exudes confidence

All sorts of modifiers capture different types of confidence, ranging from “quiet” to “obnoxious.” “Classy” is the best word to put in front of confidence as it relates to Kansas University freshman point guard Devonté Graham.

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Column: Know who’s perfect 6th man?

Two starters return from last year’s Kansas University basketball team, but a surplus of starter-caliber players, not a shortage, makes projecting which five will make the most starts together a tricky proposition. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Now is not the time for Bowen, Jayhawks to hesitate

New Kansas University football coach Clint Bowen is trying to make something out of nothing. Based on how Bowen handled his first week of practices and first of eight games during his head-coaching tryout, hesitation won’t be a problem for him. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Pierson, RBs give Kansas a chance

Corey Avery and De'Andre Mann bring excitement to KU’s rushing attack, but nobody the team has puts a scare into a defense the way senior Tony Pierson does. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Mason an expert on Kansas turnaround

One of the many things Kansas University’s interim football coach Clint Bowen said that resonated during his Monday introductory news conference was that he is prepared for this job because he witnessed turn-around efforts under Glen Mason and Mark Mangino.

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Column: QB play now Bowen’s problem

Now Clint Bowen is responsible for the entire team, which includes an offense that scored a combined three points in losses to Duke and Texas, an offense triggered by a relative newcomer. What are Bowen’s plans for injecting life into an offense that hasn’t gotten off the ground for four-plus seasons? By Tom Keegan

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Column: Bowen brings needed passion

Having a poor shot is better than no shot at all, and Clint Bowen has a shot at winning his dream job, minus the interim tag. His eight-game job interview begins Saturday in Morgantown, West Virginia, where as is almost always the case in Big 12 play, KU will come in as a double-digit underdog. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Can Cozart continue as KU's QB?

The question will hang in the air all week, which was about how long that failed third-quarter fade pass in the end zone felt like it floated. And the question is this: Is it time? By Tom Keegan

Column: Nazis, gators, ’Horns, oh my

Nazi Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, to start World War II, a more recent event than Kansas University’s last football victory against Texas. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Harwell’s maturity evident in attitude

Nick Harwell’s handling of the invisible-man treatment from the quarterback he protects in the way a big brother does a struggling kid brother defines the senior receiver as the most mature man on the Kansas University football team.