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.
Quiet body language can lead to misconceptions that cause talent evaluators to miss badly. Wesley Matthews had quiet body language during his career as a four-year starter at Marquette. By Tom Keegan
During this year's NBA playoffs, it occurred to me that Kansas coach Bill Self’s stock must be rising in the eyes of NBA executives because he has proven to be terrific at inspiring players trust each other.
As Twitter was blowing up with some of the world’s greatest golfers mocking the USGA for messing with Dustin Johnson’s head for telling him in the middle of his final round Sunday that he might be assessed a one-stroke penalty after he finished, another professional golfer who had a good week was behind the wheel of his car, making his way from Nashville back to Lawrence. By Tom Keegan
A 6-foot-5 third-year sophomore defensive tackle from Lewisville, Texas, Daniel Wise — the first Workout Warrior of the Week — weighed in at 288 Friday, up 17 pounds from a year ago. He successfully has added weight and improved his conditioning, not an easy juggling act. By Tom Keegan
Some images live somewhere in the brain and every so often surface to the conscious level. They never will disappear until that brain shuts down completely.
The word expectations appears a lot in stories about pre-ordained “one and done” basketball talents. Mine generally are very low in terms of how interview sessions go with them. By Tom Keegan
If Josh Jackson, the nation’s No. 1 recruit, can bring to the Kansas University basketball team in his one season what his mother brought to UTEP in her one year in El Paso, he will make Allen Fieldhouse rock even louder, predicts someone who would know.
A year ago, oddsmakers put the over/under for Kansas University football victories at 1.5, and I urged readers who might find themselves in front of a window in Las Vegas to jump through it with a fist full of cash and plunk it down on the under. Las Vegas hasn’t budged on the 1.5 number, but the wager has gone from a layup to a full-court heave in terms of degree of difficultly. Don’t get anywhere near a window with cash in your hand if your intention is to go either over or under on Kansas. By Tom Keegan
Kansas University football coach David Beaty didn’t go public with a depth chart until the brink of the 2015 season-opener and doesn’t have one now, which makes it fun to cobble together an educated guess. Here’s a stab at the two-deep on defense heading into summer conditioning, listed first string/second string. By Tom Keegan
Any time a McDonald’s All-American advertised as a one-and-done sensation struggles to find consistency as a freshman and transfers, the spoiled-brat radar goes up, especially when a parent does his talking for him. Then you look at what Horatio Webster said about his son, Malik Newman, leaving Mississippi State and a different picture emerges. By Tom Keegan