Five themes have dominated the offseason for a Kansas University basketball program that has so much experience, balance and talent that expectations run even higher than usual, which says a lot.
FBS and FCS schools ignored Chevy Graham. So did every Div. II school except East Stroudsburg University. Several Div. III schools wanted him to play football. By Tom Keegan
Nobody had reason to complain about the way Hunter Mickelson played in the World University Games, where his performance gave him reason to believe he’ll have a more significant role than last season. By Tom Keegan
When asked for their impressions of KU’s true freshman quarterback Ryan Willis, Baylor coach Art Briles and nickelback Travon Blanchard didn’t have to watch their words. All they had to do was speak the truth. By Tom Keegan
Texas takes great pride in its enormity and it is a huge state, except to one man who has managed to shrink the state into one massive small state.
In one sense, Kansas University true freshman quarterback Ryan Willis can’t win in his starting debut Saturday at home vs. Baylor. Upsets do happen, but not in games that involve a 44-point underdog.
In the event Cheick Diallo is cleared to play basketball for Kansas University, the Jayhawks will become fashionable picks for the No. 1 spot in the nation and with good reason. Someone, somewhere will then connect the dots and claim that the school with the nation’s best basketball program also has the worst football team in the Football Bowl Subdivision. By Tom Keegan
First-year head coach David Beaty had four options from which to choose Saturday early in the second quarter of Kansas University’s 38-13 loss to Iowa State in packed Jack Trice Stadium. The situation called for an aggressive play, not a passive one. By Tom Keegan
Kansas University basketball media day, 2014: The youngest college basketball player in the nation sat on his assigned chair — eyes a little wide, expression on the reserved side — doing his best to answer the questions sent his way. By Tom Keegan
Driving a wooden peg into the ground, putting a dimpled golf ball on top of it, taking dead aim with a stick from 140 yards a way and hitting it so precisely that it drops into a hole in the ground that measures 4.25 inches in diameter isn’t supposed to be as easy as Alvamar Country Club fixture Jerry Waugh makes it look. By Tom Keegan
Stop me if this sounds familiar, but the next opponent on the Kansas University football schedule presents the best opportunity for a Jayhawks victory of all remaining games. By Tom Keegan
Playing so short-handed in terms of depth, talent and experience, first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty’s stated goal was for his team to become the smartest football team in America.So far, not so good on that front. By Tom Keegan
The Kansas University football program has arrived at the birthplace of college football to bury a monster, otherwise known as a 33-game losing streak in games played outside of Lawrence.
Saturday was supposed to be a triumphant homecoming for Charlie Weis, who 26 years ago led Franklin High to a New Jersey state championship. By Tom Keegan
A football team that doesn’t complete down-field passes faces defenses that have the advantage of forever playing as if it’s in the red zone, crowding the short field with bodies.