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Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Beaty gives captains big role in choosing punishment for handshake snub

David Beaty wasn't part of the captains' plan to stiff Baker Mayfield at the coin-toss handshake, but the coach did let the captains have a role in deciding the nature of the "punishment."

Tom Keegan: Put him in, coach, he's ready to play

Third-year Kansas football coach David Beaty defined the identity of this year’s team as “resiliency.” And there's one player on the roster who personifies that characteristic better than any.By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Self not one to coach to a game's score

No one can ever accuse Kansas basketball coach Bill Self of not practicing what he preaches to his players regarding not playing to the scoreboard. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Defensive-stopper role in Lagerald Vick's future

Rare is the basketball player who leaves for the arena with his mind trained on how miserable he’s going to make life for the man he will guard that night.

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Tom Keegan: KU's undisciplined football showing grants chancellor chance at mulligan

At what point will the power brokers at the University of Kansas pretend to care about the football team enough to be embarrassed into action? By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Heisman favorite Baker Mayfield's right hand at center of two controversies

When the best football team in the Big 12 meets the worst, the last thing anyone expects is a memorable game that grabs national attention. Yet that’s exactly what happened Saturday at Memorial Stadium, and for all the wrong reasons.

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Tom Keegan: Walk-on Clay Young fit right in during KU's win over SDSU

Blending with stars from the perennial national powerhouse Kansas basketball team and trending on Twitter, senior forward Clay Young had an even more memorable Friday night than the luckiest of college students. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Better stamina and fewer fouls mean more minutes for Udoka Azubuike

The most significant number produced in Kansas’ 65-61 victory over Kentucky in the Champions Classic leapt off the box score as if it were a typo. Udoka Azubuike, a broad-shouldered 7-footer who carries 280 pounds, played 34 minutes and did it against fast and quick Kentucky.

Tom Keegan: Duke, led by Grayson Allen, justifies No. 1 ranking at Champions Classic

Chicago — Legendary Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski talked about his team after it defeat Michigan State, but some of his words applied just as well to Kansas after its attractively flawed grinder of a close triumph over ridiculously young, talented Kentucky.

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Tom Keegan: Udoka Azubuike lifts up the Jayhawks in win over Kentucky

Udoka Azubuike and Mitch Lightfoot. That’s it as far as front-court players go for Kansas unless and until athletic department administrators are satisfied that a “clearer financial picture specific to the vehicle,” freshman Billy Preston was driving in a one-car accident Saturday morning does not impair the talented freshman forward’s eligibility. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Beaty and Zenger prove Leo Durocher still right

The day after David Booth’s $50 million donation was announced at a dinner at the Jayhawk Club attended by most of the coaches in the University of Kansas athletic department, I chatted with him for 20 minutes before KU’s 56-34 loss to West Virginia.

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Tom Keegan: Does winning in football mean as much as it once did to Kansas Athletics?

Of all the conversations between new University of Kansas chancellor Douglas Girod and seventh-year athletic director Sheahon Zenger, the one I most would have liked to hear: The chancellor asking the AD some form of the question on the minds of many: You fired Turner Gill with a 5-19 record and Charlie Weis at 6-22. What makes 3-31 better than 5-19 and 6-22?

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks' road futility reaches record length

A revolving door of quarterbacks is the face of the longest road losing streak in the history of college football’s highest division. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Freshman Marcus Garrett makes most of surprise start

Malik Newman, who had been starting in the exhibition games, didn’t hear his name called with the KU basketball starters, replaced by the stealth newcomer, the one who was not a hamburger All-American and didn’t play on the national AAU circuit, freshman swingman Marcus Garrett from Dallas. Garrett handled the nerves that went with the promotion and his debut well enough to record a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He also had two steals and had just one of his team’s 20 turnovers. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks not the same without master of all volleyball trades Madison Rigdon

For the second match in a row, Kansas senior outside hitter Madison Rigdon from Pflugerville, Texas, was sidelined because of an undisclosed medical condition Wednesday night at Horejsi Center with rival Kansas State in town.

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Tom Keegan: Devonté Graham relieves stress whenever he's on the court

Devonte’ Graham takes a seat and the possessions become ragged, questions surface about this Kansas basketball team. Stress enters the viewing experience. By Tom Keegan

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Kansas extends scholarship offer to dual-threat, junior college quarterback

Kansas has extended a scholarship offer to Victor Viramontes, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound quarterback, according to

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Tom Keegan: Facts contradict Sheahon Zenger's faith in David Beaty

If only third-year Kansas head football coach David Beaty had followed his own advice, he might have more fodder with which to state his case for keeping his job beyond this season.

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Tom Keegan: Clear need emerges on cloudy day; time for change

The flyover before kickoff Saturday morning at Memorial Stadium could be heard but not seen. The cloud that has hovered over Kansas football for nearly a decade blocked it from view, a harbinger of what was to come on a day in which little went according to plan. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Winning more expensive than ever

If you want to be remembered in sports, generate a buzz, become the center of attention, you have to win. Sometimes, especially in desperate times, that means you must keep on spending money until you get it right.

Tom Keegan: Chuck Woodling, a bona fide original

One of my first days on the job in August of 2005. Chuck Woodling had recently stepped down as Journal-World sports editor and into his new role as the most productive, famous part-time sportswriter in Kansas. We were walking up Mass Street to grab lunch.

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Tom Keegan: Baylor game arrives at perfect time for Kansas

Baylor, the best shot for Kansas to win a Big 12 game, arrives at the perfect time on the schedule for the Jayhawks.

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Former Journal-World sports editor Chuck Woodling dies at 76

Chuck Woodling, sports editor of the Journal-World for 37 years and a resident of Lawrence for 49 years died Wednesday after battling the effects of acute myeloid leukemia for nearly four years.

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Tom Keegan: Malik Newman leads Kansas in scoring in stealth fashion

He’s so smooth, so efficient in his movements that it sometimes is easy to forget that Malik Newman is on the floor. Then he gets the ball on the left wing, ball-fakes his defender into thinking he’s going left, blasts right and is at the basket in an instant for an easy bucket.

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Tom Keegan: Lagerald Vick aims to make this the year he rebounds

Kansas junior Lagerald Vick experienced the thrill of hearing the roar of the Allen Fieldhouse crowd when his named was announced as a starter in five consecutive games last season.

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Tom Keegan: Sloppy special teams to blame for Kansas loss to Kansas State

Kansas State’s gifted return man D.J. Reed must have salivated at the thought of facing the beleaguered Kansas special teams in Saturday's rivalry game at Memorial Stadium. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Kansas football defense better, still not good

The center of the ineptitude of the Kansas football team has shifted from a disappointing defense to an offense that hasn’t scored in nine-plus quarters.

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks must prove they can play on Saturday before worrying about Sunday

In explaining his well meaning post-game tirade directed at some teammates not playing with enough passion, junior defensive tackle Daniel Wise just might have unwittingly exposed a deep-rooted flaw in the team’s thinking. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: West Virginia's Bob Huggins a fountain of smart, original ideas, wardrobes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As he does every year at Big 12 Basketball Media Day, supervisor of officials Curtis Shaw explained new rules interpretations, including this year's emphasis on enforcing traveling more strictly. Not surprisingly, it was West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, who had the most interesting take on officiating Tuesday.

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Tom Keegan: Third year not the charm for Kansas football coach David Beaty

Today is Big 12 Media Day for basketball, so it seems an appropriate time to look back on Big 12 Media Day for football.

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Tom Keegan: Devonte Graham shows smarts, aggressiveness against Missouri

The mere mention of the name Devonte’ Graham instantly brought a sigh, wide eyes, a side-to-side shake of the head and ultimately a smile from first-year Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Kansas football continues to take steps backward

One play can’t capture the state of a football program. It doesn’t work that way, except with Kansas football. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Udoka Azubuike raises ceiling for Kansas basketball

Kansas forward Billy Preston, equipped with a well-developed physique for a freshman at 6-foot-10, 240 pounds, readily acknowledges that his perimeter game is more developed at both ends than his post play. He also believes the crash course he takes in practice will benefit his paint play. Preston said that when teamed with Dedric Lawson and playing against Udoka Azubuike and Mitch Lightfoot in practice, he guards the 7-foot, 280-pound Azubuike. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Billy Preston and Michael Porter Jr., foes for a day, friends the rest of the way

Don’t look for the animus that might percolate in the Sprint Center seats Sunday during the Sunday’s Border War exhibition basketball game to be duplicated on the court.

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Tom Keegan: TCU brings out best in Kansas football

It’s one of the great mysteries of our time, ranking right up there with the location of Jimmy Hoffa’s corpse, the success of unwatchable reality shows and a giraffe only needing 30 minutes of sleep per day. Why does Kansas compete way better against TCU than vs. any other Big 12 school? It defies explanation.

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Tom Keegan: Playing for an Eddie Sutton disciple prepared Marcus Garrett for Bill Self

The words of his former boss have echoed through the years for Dallas Skyline High basketball coach Paul Graham. So when Marcus Garrett was a freshman at Skyline and one of his teachers informed Graham that he was “being silly, standing up, disrupting the class,” the coach told the student he had better stop if he wanted to continue to play basketball. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Clock tick, tick, ticking on Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger

David Beaty has the second half of his third season to prove he has made progress with the Kansas football program. But D-Day comes earlier than that for the man making the call on Beaty’s boss, athletic director Sheahon Zenger. A generous estimate for that timetable is two weeks.

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Tom Keegan: Cyclones in a blowout; Jayhawks in a tailspin

A dreary, rainy day in the Big 12’s northern-most outpost took a turn for the worse when a football game started and a Keystone Cops routine broke out at Jack Trice Stadium, home of Iowa State’s tough, disciplined, steadily improving football team.

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Tom Keegan: Self fields Adidas questions without sweating

Predictably, at the end of Friday's Kansas basketball Media Day, Bill Self deftly handled questions about the Adidas scandal that rocked college basketball three weeks ago and keeps on rockin'.

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Keegan: KU volleyball's loss to Texas a learning experience

It’s always better to win than lose. It feels better. Your supporters head home happy. Your confidence soars. It always beats losing. Always.

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Tom Keegan: Matt Campbell showing major progress already in second season at Iowa State

Nobody freaked out last season when Matt Campbell started his Iowa State career 0-3, losing to FCS school Northern Iowa, then at Iowa, 42-3, then at TCU, 41-20.

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks show no signs of progress in loss to Texas Tech

Fans of KU sports teams know the drill. When the basketball schedule comes out, they circle the few possible losses. When the football slate is released, they circle the possible upset victories. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Kansas football on lookout for tough guys

It takes more than a stopwatch to determine who would make the best fireman to run into a building when everybody else is running out of it.

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Tom Keegan: Time for bad-start trend to end for Kansas football

Kansas opened its Big 12 football schedule in Lubbock last season with a realistic shot at shedding its habit of getting off to woeful starts. Texas Tech was coming off consecutive games in which it had allowed 68 points to Arizona State and 45 to Louisiana Tech.

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Tom Keegan: Kansas safety Mike Lee eager to show he's more than a hard hitter

It didn’t take Kansas safety Mike Lee long to establish himself as one of the Big 12's most feared bone-crushing tacklers.

Tom Keegan: Paranoia haunts cheating college basketball coaches more now than ever

Put yourself inside the mind of a cheating college basketball coach who hasn’t yet been implicated in the bribery/fraud scandal that rocked the college basketball world with 10 arrests.

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Tom Keegan: Brandon Schneider has game-changing recruiting day

Sure, women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider won big at the Div. II and mid-major levels, but would he be able to go up against heavyweights in recruiting battles and come away with commitments from prospects capable of playing winning basketball in the Big 12?

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Tom Keegan: Scandal can't bring down college basketball

The heat closed in on the Kansas basketball program Saturday night and made everyone sweat. No, not the FBI. Not that kind of heat, rather the sort that makes Allen Fieldhouse stuffy on a warm September night.

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Late Night big night for KU women's basketball recruiting

The first day of women’s basketball practice isn’t until Oct. 3, so the Kansas women’s team didn’t get to scrimmage as part of Late Night, but still participated.

Tom Keegan: Ex-Jayhawk Tony Guy battled Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson

Ted Owens likes to tell the story of when he introduced himself to Michael Jordan at agent David Falk’s party in Washington, D.C., and told him that he was the coach for Kansas when Jordan played against the Jayhawks in his first college game.