Tom Keegan, sports editor/columnist/Spodcaster/panelist for "The Drive" television show for the World Company, has a diverse media background as a baseball writer, author, and sports talk radio host.
A 1981 graduate of Marquette University, Keegan has written for the Orange County Register, National Sports Daily, Daily Southtown, Baltimore Sun and New York Post. Keegan also was co-host of an afternoon drive-time radio show on 1050 ESPN Radio in New York.
Keegan, 51, has written three baseball books: He co-authored "Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms," the autobiography of late K-State great Elden Auker; authored "Ernie Harwell: My 60 Years in Baseball," an authorized biography of the Detroit Tigers Hall of Fame broadcaster; authored "The First Baseman," a look at the nuances of the position through interviews with several major league first basemen, past and present. During his career, Keegan has interviewed, among others, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Jim Brown, John Hadl, Michael Jordan, Sandy Koufax, Tommy Lasorda, Willie Mays, Liza Minelli, Denny McLain (in prison), Terrell Owens, Cal Ripken, Jim Ryun, Wes Santee, Gale Sayers, Mike Tyson and Dwyane Wade. Keegan was named Marquette University 2005 Communicator of the Year at the Alumni Association Awards. He earned a second-place finish in the Associated Press Sports Editors contest, breaking news category, in 2006.
When all around him looked too green to handle what Kansas University coach Bill Self likes to call “a big-boy game,” Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins represented hope. He didn’t shy from a physical opponent and the mistakes he did make were those of aggression, not passivity. By Tom Keegan
The last time Kansas University and Florida met in a basketball game, it was played in an arena inside a hotel-casino, the Orleans in Las Vegas. It’s interesting to look back and see just how much talent was in that game against the Gators. Twelve players who played in that game went on to play in the NBA. By Tom Keegan
Kansas will get better, but not in the way a meal gets hotter by sticking it in the microwave. It’s going to be more of a slow, bumpy road with stops and starts, on the way to hotter performances. By Tom Keegan
Colorado junior guard Askia Booker burned visiting Kansas University with long buzzer shots not once but twice Saturday in leading the Buffaloes to a 75-72 victory in front of loud crowd of 11,113 Saturday in the Coors Event Center. Both three-pointers broke ties.By Tom Keegan
Same place, same time of year, same opponent, more seniors, which translates to an even greater sense of urgency for Kansas University’s volleyball team. By Tom Keegan
When the young players reach a deeper understanding of what their coach wants them to do, things could become extremely interesting. By Tom Keegan
Andrew Wiggins played one lousy basketball game in the Bahamas. During the three-game Battle 4 Atlantis, he was no better than Kansas University’s third-best freshman, ranking behind Joel Embiid and Frank Mason. Columnist Tom Keegan has two words to say about that: So what?
Nearly everybody returned from last year’s Kansas University volleyball team, but one question hung in the air like a 50-50 ball above the net: How were they going to replace the long, lean star middle blocker, first name Tayler, who came to KU from an area high school? It didn’t take long to find an answer. Column by Tom Keegan
Freshman center Joel Embiid, who has emerged as KU’s most dominant, most important player, must learn how to stay out of foul trouble. By Tom Keegan
Kansas State’s featured running back, senior John Hubert, made up in one day for an inconsistent season that started slow and finished strong. Hubert rushed for 220 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries Saturday, leading K-State to a 31-10 victory against Kansas in Memorial Stadium. By Tom Keegan