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.
One good omen for the Kansas University football team can be found in the broadcast booth for Saturday’s 11 a.m. kickoff against South Dakota State.
Kansas trails by two points with two seconds remaining and has the ball on South Dakota State’s 18-yard line. A decision will have to be made whether to send Matthew Wyman, the kicker with the stronger foot, or Nick Bartolotta, the more accurate kicker on short distances, to attempt the 35-yard field goal. By Tom Keegan
When last we spoke, indomitable Abby Vestal, one of my all-time favorite athletes, was busy making arrangements before heading out of town to chase a dream. By Tom Keegan
It’s that time of year: time to predict the Kansas University football team’s record, and then get ready to duck from verbal darts accusing me of a “negative” slant. By Tom Keegan
Maybe the coaching staff can get creative and find ways for junior-college transfer Ke’aun Kinner and senior De’Andre Mann to play at the same time, with Kinner lining up in the slot or motioning out of the backfield and lining up as a wide receiver. By Tom Keegan
Every school’s football schedule has a litmus test. The season opener vs. South Dakota State of the Football Championship Subdivision qualifies as Kansas University’s. By Tom Keegan
Now that Montell Cozart has been named starting quarterback, it’s time to look at the most promising targets he’ll look for when a pass play is called. To Cozart’s detriment, tight end Jimmay Mundine and receivers Nigel King and Nick Harwell have exhausted their eligibility. They all had a knack for getting open and consistently catching what was thrown their way.
The purpose of head football coach David Beaty’s news conference Monday inside Mrkonic Auditorium was to announce Kansas University’s starting quarterback of the present, Montell Cozart. Those listening closely could hear the thundering footsteps of the program’s QB of the not-necessarily-distant future. By Tom Keegan
In recent years, Kansas has been well-equipped in the secondary, but a steady pass rush has been lacking. Now, it looks as if the Jayhawks have the athletes to bring heat, but could get exposed at the back end of the defense when the quarterback has time. By Tom Keegan
The more possessions a game has the more it favors the team with more talent, the favorite. That’s pretty much true in every sport. By Tom Keegan