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 virtual no-show against Kentucky and his team’s most productive player two days into the Orlando Classic that concludes Sunday, Perry Ellis’ disparate performances could say as much about his opposition than himself. Column by Tom Keegan
The Jayhawks are shooting .444 from long-range two games into the Orlando Classic. But their new-found outside shooting accuracy was the last thing on the mind of Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall in the wake of an 82-67 loss in the HP Fieldhouse. By Tom Keegan
Rhode Island, coached by Danny Hurley, came into Thursday's Orlando Classic game against Kansas University with a game-plan based on the Jayhawks' dismal three-point shooting in the first three games of the season. The Rams dared them to shoot. By Tom Keegan
Kansas University put a 76-60 beat-down on Rhode Island in an opening round Orlando Classic game at HP Fieldhouse. So many strong efforts to discuss, yet the message-board mentality of “I want the world and I want it now,” forever lurks and occasionally finds its way into KU coach Bill Self’s world. Column by Tom Keegan
The stage is set for one Kansas University basketball player, more than any other, to have a breakthrough weekend and transform himself into a permanent rotation player.
In wearing multiple hats on one head, Clint Bowen routinely has given the good-soldier response to questions regarding how to juggle the duties of a head coach and defensive coordinator.
Sharp mind, meet your perfect match: The first time Bob Dylan took pen to paper to write lyrics. Bill Gates’ introduction to a computer. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk playing his initial game of five-on-five. Column by Tom Keegan
It didn’t take Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops long to realize he had someone really special in freshman running back Samaje Perine. By Tom Keegan
What has to rank as one of the worst weeks in the history of Kansas University athletics included basketball coach Bill Self reaching for a glass of water and cracking that he had hoped it was filled with Vodka. It ended with interim head football coach wishing he could reach for amnesia dust to sprinkle on his players. Column by Tom Keegan
Any time a coaching-search adviser is employed by a university, suspicion percolates that the adviser will push buddies of his upon the athletic director.