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Tom Keegan: Coaching search thoughts and a farewell to Lawrence

Congratulations, good luck, and thanks for all the great articles and columns.

Some alleged fans hated the fact that you wrote the truth but you kept on.

If the Herald and the Journal-World would allow it, I would love to see a series of retrospectives about your days in Lawrence.

Good luck with Boston traffic. And, if you ever find a parking space, keep it.

November 12, 2018 at 7:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Record book battle: Both Joe Dineen and Daniel Wise closing in on KU's career TFL mark

My apologies. I found the error. Out of the thousands of statistics in the media guide, one was in error- the one I relied on. Several other pages had the correct career total for Dineen: 34.5.Breaking he record is a tremendous accomplishment.

October 21, 2018 at 7:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Notebook: Kansas DB Mike Lee ejected in loss to Texas Tech

Congratulations to both Joe Dineen and Steven Sims! Amazing accomplishments!

October 21, 2018 at 7:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Record book battle: Both Joe Dineen and Daniel Wise closing in on KU's career TFL mark

Where did Dineen's figure of 39.0 TFL come from? The 2018 Media Guide says that his career total before this season was 30.5. 2018 Football Cumulative Statistics (https://kuathletics.com/cumestats.asp...) says that Dineen has 4.5 TFL this season. That's 35.0 total.

I would love for Dineen to break the record (no one deserves it more) but I would hate for everyone to get excited about a new record only to discover afterwards that it was an error.

October 20, 2018 at 10:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU Kickoff 2018: Why the Jayhawks could win only 1 game — or none

Snyder may have had an easy nonconference schedule but he went from 8th to 6th to 4th in the Big 8 with records of 0-7, 2-5, 4-3. Remember, too, that Snyder's second tenure is because KSU fired Ron Prince with three games remaining in his third season, effective at the end of the season.

August 28, 2018 at 1:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tom Keegan: How many games will Kansas football win?

Jeff Coffman, it is even worse. Beaty could go to bowl and have a record of 7-6 and STILL have the lowest winning percentage of any regular coach in KU history. (Interim Coach Bowen would be worst if we count interim coaches.)

August 27, 2018 at 4:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tom Keegan: How many games will Kansas football win?

Freddie Garza, name one coach in the last 50 years (from and FBS school) who had three or more bad seasons but turned a program around in his fourth or fifth season

It hasn't happened with KU in the last 50 years.

1. Pepper Rodgers
In 1966, Jack Mitchell's last year, the team went 2-7-1 (0-6-1 in conference). In his first year, Rodgers had a record of 5-5-0 but 5-2-0 in the Big Eight. In his second year, the team went 9-2-0, tied for first in the Big 8 and played in the Orange Bowl.

2. Mike Gottfried
In 1983, Gottfried took a team that was 2-7-2 the year before and took it to 4-6-1 and then showed steady improvement (5-6-0 and 6-6-0) the next two years before he was hired away by Pittsburgh.

3. Glen Mason
Mason had a tough year in 1988 when he had a 1-10 record in his first year. In his second year, he was 4-7-0 and, by his fourth year, he had a winning record.

4. Mark Mangino
In his second year, Mangino took the team to the Tangerine Bowl and he went to the Fort Worth Bowl in his fourth season.

So, Rodgers and Gottfried showed major improvements in their first years and Mason and Mangino showed major improvements in their second years. The improvements were not just in coming closer to the opponents but in actual wins.

Let's look at it another way.

Of KU's 38 coaches, only nine have served for five or more years. Therefore, there are only 9 possibilities of coaches being given 5 years. Of the nine, six coaches increased the number of victories within 3 years. Two of the remaining three coaches took over teams that won 5 games in a 10 game season. Both of those coaches got 5 wins with fewer losses within 3 years. The only coach not to improve the team's record in either victories or winning percentage was J. V. Sikes. He took over from a George Sauer team that was 8-1-2 and Sikes never did better than 7-3.

I only checked a few other schools but the pattern was consistent: improvement within three years or never.

I hope Beaty becomes the first coach to improve a team after three bad years but I am not betting on it.

August 27, 2018 at 3:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tom Keegan: Next football hire will determine new AD Jeff Long's KU legacy

Why do you think Beaty should be given 5 years? Can you name a college football coach who failed to improve his team in four years but succeeded in his fifth? What is the risk in replacing Beaty today?

July 6, 2018 at 8:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tom Keegan: KU needs to find the department leader who can find the football leader

Mr. Brazelton, I am trying to understand your comment. By "setting up the negative climate," do you mean "reporting that Beaty's record is 3-33 and stating an opinion that 3-33 is not a winning record"?

Then you say, "Simply look at the number of football coaches OU and Nebraska have had versus their number of basketball coaches. Then look at the number of basketball coaches that KU has had versus the number of football coaches." Do you really believe that, if a school keeps a bad coach around long enough, the coach will somehow learn competence?

Nebraska fired Bernie Masterson after 2 years, George Clark after 1 year, Pete Elliott after 1 year, NU then tried keeping an incompetent coach but, after 5 years, he was still losing, so they fired him. The Huskers then hired Bob Devaney. He was 9-2 his first year and kept winning so NU kept extending his tenure. Next came Tom Osborne, another long time winner. Frank Solich was next and he was fired because he had a 9-3 record after a 7-7 season. NU followed with Bill Callahan, who was fired after 4 years with a 27-22 record.

In other words, you have it backwards. Success leads to long tenures, long tenures don't lead to success.

May 22, 2018 at 11:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )