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, 51, 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.
Tarik Black looked so strong, so focused, so talented in place of injured Joel Embiid, it was difficult to stop picturing the two centers playing together when KU faces a team armed with long and strong inside players. By Tom Keegan
Seven years as a college football head coach and 10 years of wisdom later, humility has replaced fantasy for Kansas University coach Charlie Weis. Column by Tom Keegan
If KU were to break out the confetti cannons and stage a full-bore celebration Wednesday, it would signal a step away from authentic and onto a slippery slope toward Hollywood. By Tom Keegan
Kansas University had Marcus Smart’s Oklahoma State team, which desperately needed a victory to revive sagging NCAA Tournament hopes, on the ropes. Then Markel Brown got hot. Then Smart smelled blood, and when that happens, all best are off. By Tom Keegan
Even with three games left in the Big 12 season, it’s difficult to imagine anything happening that could prevent Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins from winning the Big 12's Player of the Year award. Column by Tom Keegan
The lyrics and notes change, but the song remains the same. High school All-Americans around whom their teams revolved come to Kansas University with little clue just how hard they must compete to maintain a winning tradition like few others in sports. By Tom Keegan
In the chummy world of college basketball, everybody knows who sits at the cool kids’ table. Wichita State is not welcome at the cool kids’ table and will not be ranked No. 1 when today’s Associated Press college basketball poll is released. Column by Tom Keegan
Statisticians have a number for everything else, so why not decapitation execution? Translation: Stop the opposing point guard’s dribble before he gets anywhere near the paint. Cut off the head and the body dies. By Tom Keegan
I hate the one-and-done rule, but with no change on the immediate horizon, maybe it’s time to relish the gifts the rule has bestowed upon Lawrence. After all, one year of watching Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins certainly trumps not getting to watch them at all, doesn’t it? Column by Tom Keegan
So far this season, Kansas University’s point guards have encountered difficulty preventing several opposing point guards from going where they want to go with the play and from playing at the pace they desire. Column by Tom Keegan