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.
The smart money says that status quo will prevail at expansion discussions among Big 12 presidents/chancellors and athletic directors next week in Dallas.
A look at the statistical profiles of past highly recruited power forwards who played for Bill Self at Kansas University forecasts a season of significant improvement for sophomore Carlton Bragg Jr., who showed promise in limited action as a freshman. By Tom Keegan
Predicting Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self’s starting lineup seldom is as easy as it seems on paper during the offseason. By Tom Keegan
Coach David Beaty’s desire for an ultra-fast-paced Air Raid offense demands a deep stable of wide receivers, and it looks as if his Kansas University football team is making progress in that regard. By Tom Keegan
The first time Bill Snyder decided to retire as Kansas State football coach, the school didn’t get it right in hiring a replacement. By Tom Keegan
Coming off back-to-back Big 12 titles at Texas Tech in women’s tennis, Todd Chapman decided to give that up and take a job at a school that was in the midst of a 15-year NCAA Tournament drought. My first thought was he must have lost a bet on a golf course. By Tom Keegan
Sometimes, things really are as enjoyable as they would appear from a distance. For example, taking a college golf road trip after finishing final exams sounds like emerging from a blizzard and landing on a sun-kissed beach that has a seat with your name on it. By Tom Keegan
It will take expanding all the way to 16-member conferences for power brokers in college athletics to realize that the size that makes most sense is cutting that number in half.
When Kansas last qualified for the NCAA Tourney in men’s golf, Todd Reesing had not yet started a game at quarterback, Danny Manning played for the last basketball team to win a national tournament and Kansas Golf Hall of Fame inductee Ross Randall was the coach. By Tom Keegan
The recent report that the coach-shopping Houston Rockets were “intrigued” by Big 12 bosses Bill Self and Shaka Smart served as a reminder that all good things come to an end. Eventually, although not likely any time soon, Self will probably want to take a crack at coaching the best basketball players on the planet and see if he can join one-time mentor Larry Brown as the only coaches to win NCAA and NBA titles. By Tom Keegan