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 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.
James Sims exhausted his eligibility and cleared the path for seniors Brandon Bourbon and Taylor Cox to compete for the starting tailback job as seniors. The competition ended for both of them when they suffered season-ending injuries on back-to-back days in mid-August. By Tom Keegan
Those held hostage by numbers, which only speak to the past and leave so much to be desired when the topic is the future, probably don’t spend much time thinking about the contributions Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk will make next season.By Tom Keegan
True, they are called highlight videos for a reason. Bad plays don’t make the cut. The videos are intended to spark the interest of college coaches holding precious scholarships. Still, I challenge anyone to watch the highlight video of 2014 Vero Beach (Florida) High quarterback Carter Stanley and find a potential weakness.
Sometimes, it’s easy to predict a college football team’s MVP coming into a year, as was the case with Kansas University in advance of Todd Reesing’s final two seasons. Other times, it’s a challenge, which can be either a good or bad thing. By Tom Keegan
Our local touring PGA player can be a frustrating guy to follow. By Tom Keegan
Nearly every talent evaluator who watches Cheick Diallo comes away with reports that go something like: Runs rim to rim with excellent speed and passion. Super high motor. Explosive leaper. Potential to become a decent shot-blocker. Physical. Strong rebounder at both ends. Powerful. Raw offensive skills keep him from being a guy around whom a team would want to build its offense.
A look at seven Kansas football players who helped their bids for fall playing time during the spring, listed in alphabetical order. By Tom Keegan
Oh well, at least nothing was falling from the sky during the Kansas University football team’s annual spring game. Yet, plenty else was falling, including the sky itself. The big black cloud that hovered over the stadium seemed appropriate. By Tom Keegan
Most coaches, by nature, are control freaks: “Go here. Don’t go there. Do this. Don’t do that.” Almost to a man, coaches who have worked with male and female basketball players say that women follow instruction better. New Kansas University women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider said it Tuesday at his colorful introductory news conference. By Tom Keegan
New Kansas University women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider didn’t have to look outside of his family to fully appreciate where the program he has taken over stands on the school’s hoops pecking order.