Summer Svi: Lakers 2nd-rounder Mykhailiuk proving himself in Las Vegas

Some around the NBA may have found themselves caught a little off guard the past couple of weeks by the summer success of Los Angels Lakers second-round pick Svi Mykhailiuk. L.A. assistant coach Miles Simon is not one of those people. After Mykhailiuk scored 15 points and ... Continue reading


‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 6: Craig Bohl, Wyoming

It’s always a dangerous thing to shrink a pool of candidates for any job by disqualifying someone based on a trait that has nothing to do with the ability to do the job, such as: “Too old. They need a younger guy.” Mention any football coach approaching ... Continue reading


New Kansas AD Jeff Long addresses still-defunct KU-MU Border War

For the past seven years, after watching Missouri leave the Big 12 for the SEC, Kansas, as an unofficial athletic department policy, has been steadfastly against scheduling the rival Tigers for any regular season games in any sport. But with recently hired athletic director Jeff Long now ... Continue reading


‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 7: Neal Brown, Troy

This series is a list based largely on how one section of potential coaching hires — head coaches at “Group of Five” schools — shape up on paper. So it’s a nice first step for deciding which candidates to interview. Once candidates advance to the phase of ... Continue reading


Say What? Tait’s weekly appearance on Rock Chalk Sports Talk

Wednesday was a big day for the Kansas athletic department. In introducing Jeff Long as the 11th athletic director in school history, the Jayhawks received a new lease on life in all of their athletic programs, some in need and others not as much. During my latest ... Continue reading


Senior guard Lagerald Vick off to good start in return to KU basketball program

The experiment known as [Lagerald Vick’s return to Kansas][1] evidently is off to a good start. Talking with reporters shortly after [the official introduction of new athletic director Jeff Long,][2] KU men’s basketball coach Bill Self on Wednesday classified Vick and him as being “definitely right now ... Continue reading


Highlights from Jeff Long’s press conference Highlights from Jeff Long's press conference Wednesday at the University of Kansas. Long, who was named the university's new director of athletics July 5, will begin his role Aug. 1. Long brings more than two decades of experience in athletic administration at the Division I level, ... Continue reading


‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 8: Bryan Harsin, Boise State

Schools shopping for a head football coach are not unlike investors trying to decide which company’s stock to purchase. Ideally, an investor wants as many evidence as possible about a company, but wait too long and the bargain disappears. Similarly, a school wants to know that a ... Continue reading


Lightfoot ready for leadership role regardless of his place in KU’s rotation

As he enters his third season with the Kansas basketball program, [up a few pounds and dozens of memorable moments,][1] KU forward Mitch Lightfoot heads out on an interesting adventure. As arguably the most naturally gifted leader in the program — from the standpoint of energy, action ... Continue reading


How to watch Jeff Long’s 11 a.m. introductory press conference

After a week of waiting, we have officially arrived at Jeff Long Day at the University of Kansas. Today, at 11 a.m. central time, Long, KU's newly hired athletic director, officially will be introduced as the 11th AD in KU history at a joint news conference with ... Continue reading


‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 9: Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State

For today’s installment of a 10-part series looking at “Group of Five” coaches ready for “Power Five” jobs, we look at a leader who doesn’t have any ties to the region, but is doing mighty impressive things coaching at the school for which he once played quarterback. ... Continue reading


Confident, more mature K.J. Lawson ready to find role with Kansas basketball through whatever means necessary

On a roster loaded with depth, talent and even a little experience, it remains to be seen exactly how Kansas redshirt sophomore K.J. Lawson fits in during his first season as an eligible Jayhawk. But if the 6-foot-8, 205-pound Memphis transfer’s focus this summer is any indication ... Continue reading


‘Group of Five’ countdown: 10 ‘Power Five’-ready coaches — No. 10: Blake Anderson, Arkansas State

One advantage of hiring an existing head coach compared to an assistant coach ready to head a program for the first time involves the assembly of the staff of assistants. A head coach can bring most of his staff with him, which eliminates concerns over how a ... Continue reading


New KU AD Jeff Long willing to let people in via social media

It’s now been four days since Jeff Long was announced as the next athletic director at the University of Kansas and we’re just two days away from Long’s official introduction. But in the time between then and now, Long has slowly but surely made the transition to ... Continue reading


KU senior Lagerald Vick picks 24 as his new jersey number

Two plus two equals four. Two times two equals four. Perhaps that is the way former-turned-new Kansas guard Lagerald Vick made a decision about the new number he will wear for his senior season with the Jayhawks. More likely it has something to do with a set ... Continue reading


Devonte’ Graham credits Bill Self for smooth transition to NBA

Since joining the Charlotte Hornets as a second-round draft pick, former Kansas point guard Devonte’ Graham has encountered, and been accountable for processing, loads of information. Learning how to best complement his new summer roster teammates and playing within new offensive and defensive systems is just the ... Continue reading


New AD Jeff Long ranked among his high school’s best all-time football players

Former quarterback and defensive back Jeff Long, new athletic director at Kansas, was cited by [the Dayton Daily News][1] as the fifth best football player in the history of Fairmont East High in Ohio in a story written by Marc Pendleton, dated July 18, 2017. The school ... Continue reading


National reporters praise KU for hiring Jeff Long as new athletic director

The University of Kansas hired Jeff Long as the program's newest athletic director, which was announced Thursday afternoon. Multiple national reporters supported the hiring of Long on Twitter immediately following the announcement. Long brings more than two decades of experience in athletic administration at the Division I ... Continue reading


Prediction: Jeff Long will be KU’s next athletic director

Once candidates for an athletic director's job are told they no longer are being considered, an announcement for the choice is not far behind. The Kansas search for a new athletic director has reached that stage and an announcement could come as soon as this week, even ... Continue reading


Committee’s answers may be as important as its questions in KU’s A.D. search

Most of the focus in the University of Kansas’ search for an athletic director has been on what KU is looking for, but it’s every bit as important to consider what questions potential candidates might need answered before they convince themselves it’s a job they want. None ... Continue reading