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Column: Will Self keep Kansas playing faster?

Having innate ability to control situations that easily could spin chaotically out of control is one of the qualities that makes good coaches successful.

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Column: Coach saw football in the future for Frank Mason

Chris Beatty, now running-backs coach at Virginia, knows what a big-time football prospect looks like, even when the athlete doesn’t have a single football play on film. By Tom Keegan

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Column: U.S. 'next plays' its way to victory

If your goal is to minimize the gold medal that Kansas-dominated Team USA won in the World University Games, you can find fodder to do so. By Tom Keegan

Column: Bulk of KU’s top 20 football players history

Of the top 21 Kansas University football players in The Keegan Ratings last year, only two possibly will suit up this season. By Tom Keegan

Column: Kansas football’s media day delegation lacking in star power

Lack of depth is KU’s greatest concern in the upcoming season, one played against a particularly brutal schedule. But unlike last season, when depth was a problem, star power also is lacking. By Tom Keegan

Column: Beating Watson a thrill for KU’s Hanna

It’s evident from the stories, photographs and videos posted on KUsports.com by reporter Bobby Nightengale Jr. and photographer Mike Yoder that the Kansas University basketball players are having a blast on their basketball/culture-learning trip to Gwangju, South Korea.

Column: Kansas QB Ryan Willis turning heads

According to multiple eyewitnesses, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Ryan Willis has been a monster this summer, flashing good leadership skills, tremendous work ethic and his big arm on a regular basis. By Matt Tait

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Column: Wayne Selden Jr. shows board potential

Kansas University junior Wayne Selden Jr. has the strength and quickness advantage on most college basketball small forwards, yet he had such poor offensive rebounding numbers his first two seasons. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Clock reduction plays to Jayhawks’ advantage

Under international and NBA rules, teams have 24 seconds from the time they gain possession of the ball to the time a shot must go up.

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Column: Cliff Alexander learns a difficult lesson

Call Thomas Robinson a journeyman or reach a more harsh conclusion and label him a bust, but don’t call him anything but brilliant in the judgment he used in making the most important financial decision he’ll ever make.By Tom Keegan

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Column: Jayhawks’ Traylor develops maturity

Too often, Jamari Traylor looked like a young man whose emotions were residing in a cave, dark and damp. He didn’t look that way Tuesday night at Sprint Center, where he helped Team KU/USA to an entertaining 91-83 victory against Canada.

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Column: Jayhawks provide glimpse of priceless experience

It was just a sparring session in advance of a tournament that won’t budge the Kansas University basketball team’s 2015-16 record from 0-0. Consequently, heading into the night, it didn’t feel as if it meant anything. Then the players started diving for loose balls and exchanging the lead by answering clutch shots with clutch shots and it felt for a while as if the gold medal was at stake. Column by Tom Keegan

Column: U.S. Open course was no beauty

I much prefer to watch golf tournaments played on courses that don’t look thirsty, don’t have multi-colored greens, don’t need dots to inform where the fairway ends and the green begins. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Despite odds, Open in reach for Gary Woodland

I think Gary Woodland is the best bet on the board at 100/1 odds to win the U.S. Open, which begins Thursday at Chambers Bay in Seattle. By Tom Keegan

Column: New rule could distract high school football recruits

An early, extra letter-of-intent signing window of three days in mid-December could be voted into existence as early as today or Wednesday for college football recruits. As it stands, football signing day is the first Wednesday of February. By Tom Keegan