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Tom Keegan: Beaty gives captains big role in choosing punishment for handshake snub

David Beaty wasn't part of the captains' plan to stiff Baker Mayfield at the coin-toss handshake, but the coach did let the captains have a role in deciding the nature of the "punishment."

Tom Keegan: Put him in, coach, he's ready to play

Third-year Kansas football coach David Beaty defined the identity of this year’s team as “resiliency.” And there's one player on the roster who personifies that characteristic better than any.By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Self not one to coach to a game's score

No one can ever accuse Kansas basketball coach Bill Self of not practicing what he preaches to his players regarding not playing to the scoreboard. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Defensive-stopper role in Lagerald Vick's future

Rare is the basketball player who leaves for the arena with his mind trained on how miserable he’s going to make life for the man he will guard that night.

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Tom Keegan: KU's undisciplined football showing grants chancellor chance at mulligan

At what point will the power brokers at the University of Kansas pretend to care about the football team enough to be embarrassed into action? By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Heisman favorite Baker Mayfield's right hand at center of two controversies

When the best football team in the Big 12 meets the worst, the last thing anyone expects is a memorable game that grabs national attention. Yet that’s exactly what happened Saturday at Memorial Stadium, and for all the wrong reasons.

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Tom Keegan: Walk-on Clay Young fit right in during KU's win over SDSU

Blending with stars from the perennial national powerhouse Kansas basketball team and trending on Twitter, senior forward Clay Young had an even more memorable Friday night than the luckiest of college students. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Better stamina and fewer fouls mean more minutes for Udoka Azubuike

The most significant number produced in Kansas’ 65-61 victory over Kentucky in the Champions Classic leapt off the box score as if it were a typo. Udoka Azubuike, a broad-shouldered 7-footer who carries 280 pounds, played 34 minutes and did it against fast and quick Kentucky.

Tom Keegan: Duke, led by Grayson Allen, justifies No. 1 ranking at Champions Classic

Chicago — Legendary Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski talked about his team after it defeat Michigan State, but some of his words applied just as well to Kansas after its attractively flawed grinder of a close triumph over ridiculously young, talented Kentucky.

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Tom Keegan: Udoka Azubuike lifts up the Jayhawks in win over Kentucky

Udoka Azubuike and Mitch Lightfoot. That’s it as far as front-court players go for Kansas unless and until athletic department administrators are satisfied that a “clearer financial picture specific to the vehicle,” freshman Billy Preston was driving in a one-car accident Saturday morning does not impair the talented freshman forward’s eligibility. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Beaty and Zenger prove Leo Durocher still right

The day after David Booth’s $50 million donation was announced at a dinner at the Jayhawk Club attended by most of the coaches in the University of Kansas athletic department, I chatted with him for 20 minutes before KU’s 56-34 loss to West Virginia.

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Tom Keegan: Does winning in football mean as much as it once did to Kansas Athletics?

Of all the conversations between new University of Kansas chancellor Douglas Girod and seventh-year athletic director Sheahon Zenger, the one I most would have liked to hear: The chancellor asking the AD some form of the question on the minds of many: You fired Turner Gill with a 5-19 record and Charlie Weis at 6-22. What makes 3-31 better than 5-19 and 6-22?

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks' road futility reaches record length

A revolving door of quarterbacks is the face of the longest road losing streak in the history of college football’s highest division. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Freshman Marcus Garrett makes most of surprise start

Malik Newman, who had been starting in the exhibition games, didn’t hear his name called with the KU basketball starters, replaced by the stealth newcomer, the one who was not a hamburger All-American and didn’t play on the national AAU circuit, freshman swingman Marcus Garrett from Dallas. Garrett handled the nerves that went with the promotion and his debut well enough to record a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He also had two steals and had just one of his team’s 20 turnovers. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks not the same without master of all volleyball trades Madison Rigdon

For the second match in a row, Kansas senior outside hitter Madison Rigdon from Pflugerville, Texas, was sidelined because of an undisclosed medical condition Wednesday night at Horejsi Center with rival Kansas State in town.

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