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Tom Keegan: Does Kansas have a clean basketball program?

It’s reached the point where the issues that need to be addressed with the Kansas basketball program have grown beyond what’s provable and what may or may not lead to an NCAA violation.

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Tom Keegan: For KU tight ends past and present, it's all about catching opportunities

The Associated Press released its midseason All-American team Tuesday afternoon, and not surprisingly, one of David Beaty’s Kansas recruits made the first-team offense.

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Tom Keegan: Stormy texting puts KU basketball on center stage at trial

What you make of the Monday revelations from the trial on corruption in college basketball very well could depend on what the giant letters in fancy font at the top of the framed diploma on your wall spell.

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Tom Keegan: Marcus Garrett has ugly jumper, beautiful game

Every so often, an athlete so obviously lacks a particular skill to such a degree that the image of his or her deficiency can color a fan’s nightmares. In some cases, that very same athlete is a coach’s dream.

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Tom Keegan: Beaty goes from meddler to autocrat

Athletic directors in search of new head football coaches find that there are advantages and disadvantages to hiring assistant coaches to their first jobs as head coaches.

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Jayhawks rising ahead of schedule

Ainise Havili, Kelsie Payne and Madison Rigdon were so talented they led Kansas to its first Final Four volleyball appearance as sophomores, when Laura “Bird” Kuhn was named national assistant coach of the year.

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Tom Keegan: David Beaty still firing away

David Beaty almost found the right solution to the Kansas football program’s main problem. In fact, he only missed by one letter. Beaty hired himself again as offensive coordinator. He should have fired himself as head coach. By Tom Keegan

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Doug Meacham out: David Beaty fires OC, hires himself for second time during rocky tenure

Fourth-year Kansas football coach David Beaty engaged his itchy trigger finger yet again Wednesday, firing offensive coordinator Doug Meacham in a two-paragraph press release. Beaty said he will handle in-game play-calling and will coach quarterbacks, duties Meacham handled for the first half of a 2-4 season.

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Tom Keegan: Silvio De Sousa says, 'I know I am going to play this year'

Silvio De Sousa was sitting in his assigned seat at Kansas basketball Media Day, fully decked out in his home uniform and sharing his delight at his sophomore season drawing closer.

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Tom Keegan: KU legend John Hadl never will retire friendships made on the job

Sure, John Hadl’s name helped him to do his job so well for the Williams Fund, but his ears were an even greater tool in his former role as Kansas closer on big gifts to the athletic department.

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Tom Keegan: Kurtis Townsend's basketball life filled with stars

So maybe it’s fitting that a basketball lifer who before ever working his first practice at KU already had crossed paths with so many basketball giants ended up here to become the longest tenured assistant coach in the history of the school’s men’s basketball program.

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Tom Keegan: Kansas football coach David Beaty safe for now

In the wake of Saturday’s closer-than-expected, 38-22 loss to West Virginia, first-year Kansas athletic director Jeff Long accommodated my request for an interview about his impressions of the football program at the halfway point of the season. Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: KU defense did its part in loss to WVU

Morgantown, W.V. — The Kansas defense played with anger, born of an insult, one delivered by the opposing coach no less. The Jayhawks played as if they were tired of being the butt of jokes, fed up with not getting credit for the improvements they have made, ready to fight back and fight hard. The defense did its part Saturday in a 38-22 loss to West Virginia at Milan Puskar Stadium, where 57,419 watched a more competitive game than they imagined, but little else went right for the Jayhawks (2-5 overall, 0-3 in the Big 12).

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Self on KU forward Dedric Lawson: 'He's the best passer we've ever had here'

Not all great passers in basketball are small guards who take the ball down the court and run the team. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Can West Virginia stop Khalil Herbert this time?

Just 53 Saturdays ago, Khalil Herbert cut around, sped past and bowled over West Virginia defenders to finish with a whopping 291 yards in a game Kansas lost, 56-34.

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Chris Thompson set to start rookie season on PGA Tour

Two-time University of Kansas All-American and Lawrence resident Chris Thompson tees off at 3:20 p.m. Central time Thursday in the Safeway Open, his first tournament as a member of the PGA Tour.

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Former Royals pitcher, KU baseball coach Marty Pattin dies at 75

Former Kansas City Royals pitcher and University of Kansas baseball coach Marty Pattin of Lawrence died in his sleep Wednesday while visiting friends in his hometown of Charleston, Ill., according to family friends.

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Tom Keegan: What to make of Day 1 of college hoops trial

Interesting first day of the trial on the scandal that has the potential to rock college basketball.

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Tom Keegan: Ryan Willis makes big splash for Virginia Tech

Ryan Willis left the Kansas football program taking far less confidence out of it than he brought into it. He was a beaten young man in need of a fresh start.

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Tom Keegan: Carter Stanley should remain the team's starting QB

David Beaty wasn’t the first football coach to say he needed to look at the film before evaluating a player’s performance. And if the fourth-year leader of Kansas’ program lets the minutia of the Oklahoma State game film outweigh the big picture that unfolded on the field, he won’t be the first to do that either. But if Beaty does nitpick until he sees enough to justify basing his decisions on which quarterback to start on how each one matches up against the next opponent, he would be making a mistake.

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Tom Keegan: Lagerald Vick's unexpected return should benefit guard and KU

The evening’s biggest shocker came when the final buzzer sounded on the Late Night scrimmage and one of the quietest players in recent Kansas basketball history took the court with microphone in hand. And then Lagerald Vick thanked the crowd for coming. Public speaking is outside of Vick’s comfort zone, but there really won’t be any comfort zone for him in his final season. He’ll have to be comfortable with whatever the coach asks of him. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Freshman David McCormack leads with 'brute force'

Nothing about how the sculpted McCormack looks or talks suggests he’s a teenager. He carries himself with a maturity more typically displayed by college graduates. He seems so buttoned-up that it’s hard to imagine that he’s just a couple of years removed from tipping the scales at more than 300 pounds.

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Tom Keegan: Carter Stanley KU's QB best suited to facing Big 12 competition

Carter Stanley’s name plate was on an empty table in the front of the Gridiron Room, where select Kansas football players do media interviews every Tuesday afternoon. The empty table reserved for Peyton Bender was tucked in the left corner of the room.

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Tom Keegan: Gary Woodland's confidence riding high

Gary Woodland finished the PGA Tour season ranked 29th on the money list with $3,108,907, 26th in the final FedEx Cup standings and is 40th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

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Tom Keegan: Army's near upset of Oklahoma a nice blueprint

Look for eight more Big 12 defenses to play Kansas the way Baylor did Saturday in scoring a 26-7 victory vs. the Jayhawks: Put eight men in the box, gang tackle Pooka Williams, and trust that KU’s receivers won’t get open deep.

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QB Miles Kendrick injured during KU loss at Baylor

Waco, Texas — Backup quarterback Miles Kendrick left the game with an unspecified injury midway through the third quarter and did not return.

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Kansas offense reverts to past in 26-7 loss to Baylor in Big 12 opener

Waco, Texas — The Baylor football team’s defense figured out how to take Pooka Williams out of the game for all but one big run and poof, just like magic, the Kansas offense vanished.

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Tom Keegan: KU football bettter prepared for Baylor this time

There are tangible reasons to believe KU has a better shot of competing in the Baylor game this time. Yet, the intangible factors appear even stronger.

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Tom Keegan: Pooka Williams as flexbone QB?

So you have to wonder, if KU implemented a flexbone offense, a la Army and Navy, would that improve both the running game and the passing game?

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Tom Keegan: Azur Kamara grateful for journey from African soccer player to Kansas football player

Before taking up football, Azur Kamara’s dream was to return to Ivory Coast to become a soccer player for the national team. He said when he walked onto the field for his first high school football practice, he didn't have the first clue how to watch the sport, much less play it.

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Tom Keegan: Growing KU football fan club includes KU basketball

Mike Lee, third-year starter for the Kansas football team, and basketball player Marcus Garrett both are skilled at intercepting passes and that’s not all they have in common. They both also happen to be big fans of Mike Lee.

Brad Davis wins Ross Randall Shootout

Eudora — It’s been a good year for members of the 1999 Kansas men’s golf team that won the Big 12 title.

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Tom Keegan: Pooka Williams, through the eyes of a Louisiana high school football fan

If you’re still on the fence about whether to head out to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium for an 11 a.m. kickoff Saturday vs. Rutgers, don’t take my word for it. Heed the words of someone who has witnessed a ton of Pooka highlights live.

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Tom Keegan: A comparison of KU's 98 games under Mangino to the 98 since

It took the 98th game of the post-Mark Mangino era for something to happen to make an awakening from a prolonged slump for the Kansas football program feel even possible.

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Tom Keegan: Mike Lee early key to Kansas recruiting in Louisiana

No matter how great a new product looks on paper, it’s going to be tough to sell unless the salesman has that first satisfied customer to stand as proof of concept. For the Kansas football program's Louisiana recruiting plan, junior safety Mike Lee represents proof of concept.

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Tom Keegan: Pooka Williams worth price of admission

Mount Pleasant, Mich. — Debuting Kansas freshman running back Anthony “Pooka” Williams killed more than a nine-year road losing streak late Saturday afternoon, so far from his hometown of Marrero, La.

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Tom Keegan: KU football's nightmarish road losing streak ends at 46

In sports, long streaks of futility tend to end on a fluke play. Many a hitter has broken his batting slump with a swinging bunt single. A tipped ball that leads to an interception returned for a touchdown or a blocked punt is how football teams are supposed to score their first wins in a long time. That’s not how it went down for the University of Kansas football team Saturday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on the campus of Central Michigan University. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Kwamie Lassiter II returns punts, name for KU football

on Kirby, who covers Kansas football for Rivals, said hello to Kansas punt returner Kwamie Lassiter II and told him he remembered watching his father play for KU as a defensive back.

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New York Yankees scout Darryl Monroe back in town as featured speaker

Former Lawrence High football and baseball standout Darryl Monroe has a long history of competing for the winning side.

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Tom Keegan: Les Miles has 30-year connection to Kansas

The early scouting report that I received on first-year Kansas athletic director Jeff Long included high marks for hiring football coaches in stealth fashion, so don’t necessarily take his decision not to fire David Beaty after the coach’s egregious mismanagement of the overtime loss to Nicholls State as inaction on the AD’s part. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: KU AD Jeff Long responds to questions on reeling football program

A pair of curious substitutions that took starting quarterback Peyton Bender out of the game, ill-timed timeouts, repeated troubles with the snap from center, a drop in the end zone by the team’s best receiver, Steven Sims, and several other tough moments during Saturday’s season-opening loss to Nicholls State cranked up the heat on fourth-year Kansas coach David Beaty’s seat.

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Tom Keegan: KU's curious QB shuffle not the recipe for building swagger

Try to slide into Peyton Bender’s shoulder pads and wonder what the past couple of weeks must have done to his chances of developing the swagger any team’s starting quarterback needs.

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Tom Keegan: KU football lets season opener slip away

It happens all the time in sports. It starts to occur to the underdog from the smaller conference that it’s about to score a significant victory. The moment becomes too big. The jitters set in. The underdog makes one too many mistakes and the bigger school escapes with a victory.

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Tom Keegan: Nicholls coach Tim Rebowe shares blueprint for flipping losing program

Both Nicholls State from the FCS and Kansas had fallen on hard times and decided to make coaching changes shortly after the end of their 2014 seasons. Both schools hired position coaches who had worked at the school earlier in their careers and had built reputations as hotshot recruiters. Both men last had been head coaches in high school.

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Tom Keegan: Alex Fontana's road to Kansas anything but typical

Alex Fontana’s passion for football has taken him from his hometown of Toronto to faraway places.

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Tom Keegan: One depth chart not a death sentence for nonstarting newcomers

Familiar names on a depth chart, particularly for a football team coming off a 1-11 season, can breed contempt in a fan base. Understandable, but before jumping off the Kansas football bandwagon — or is it a unicycle? — calm down and consider a few mitigating factors.

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Tom Keegan: How many games will Kansas football win?

Every starter except defensive end Dorance Armstrong returns on defense. Center Mesa Ribordy, tight end Ben Johnson and part-time starters Chase Harrell at receiver and Zach Hannon from various spots on the offensive line, are the only significant losses to the offense.

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2018 banner year for generations of KU golfers

For members of the University of Kansas men’s golf team, from this century and last, 2018 has been a stupendous year.

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Tom Keegan: Physical gains should lead to better turnover margin for KU football

Long before he made his debut as a head coach, David Beaty talked about how Kansas needs to become the smartest football team in the country. By that, he largely meant becoming a team that consistently wins the turnover battle.

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Tom Keegan: Same starting quarterback still could mean livelier offense

A same old, same old malaise overcame a segment of the Kansas football fan base after Peyton Bender was announced as the starter for the Sept. 1 season opener against Nicholls State.

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