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.
A school doesn’t win 12 consecutive Big 12 basketball titles without at least a little variance in relative strengths and weaknesses. Take the case of Kansas and rebounding. By Tom Keegan
Big 12 expansion talk runs hot so it’s time for us all to board the plane to Fantasy Island, time for Herve Villechaize to come back from the dead to greet us, time for us to talk about what to wear for the wedding between the Big Ten and Kansas.
Microwaving is not an option when turning high school offensive linemen into Big 12-ready blockers. It’s purely a slow-cook. Shortcuts don’t exist. Kansas center Joe Gibson, entering his fourth season in the program, spent his first season as a red-shirt walk-on determined to get bigger, stronger and quicker. By Tom Keegan
The next college football head coach or assistant who says the staff has downgraded recruiting will be the first and won’t be in office for long.
Based on the inflated heights on some college basketball rosters, the players must have been measured when standing on high school press clippings. By Tom Keegan
David Beaty was asked at Big 12 Media Days if he has found his job as football coach at Kansas to be as tough as he thought it would be, and naturally he polished his answer with positive paint. The Kansas job is considered a career-killer by many, and several factors do make it a risky challenge for a young coach to undertake. By Tom Keegan
Lufkin, an East Texas town of 35,000 hit hard by the job reductions in the oil industry, still brings spirited passion for its main attraction.
NBC has done a nice job through decades of Olympic coverage at shining a light on athletes overcoming odds, turning obstacles into opportunities, tears of agony into joyful sobs.
Even at a wide, muscular, massive 6-foot-8, former Kansas University weight thrower Mason Finley has a distinctly different look these days. He looks so much thinner, which makes sense because he has lost more than 80 pounds over the past three years. By Tom Keegan
Anyone not willing to acknowledge that the SEC ranks ahead of every other college football conference views it through green glasses colored so by envy. As for the best quarterback conference, the Big 12 rules in terms of talent, excitement and famous genes. Three of the 10 projected starting quarterbacks in the Big 12 are sons of former major-league baseball players who combined to play in 36 seasons. By Tom Keegan