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Column: Naadir Tharpe jolly good chap

Again, I'm not sure it can be definitely said it's not color related. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt. I don't think the worst should automatically be assumed of him. That being said, right or wrong, commenting on the way a person of color speaks is dangerous territory for a mid 50s small town white sports writer. Right or wrong, it's probably best to take a well thought-out and developed approach. If the approach is humor related, it's probably best to have a documented history of taking on whoever whenever. People love/hate Whitlock. But for the most part, he gets away with what he gets away with because he's relatively consistent in his tone and approach (candid, mostly humorous, etc.). Was this column consistent with Keegan's typical approach and tone? I don't know the answer to that. The last column I remember similar to this was his attack on Brock Berglund (white football player). Even though Berglund eventually turned out to be a flake, I didn't agree with Keegan targeting him like he did. But, it did seem like he was direct in what he was criticizing him for (not showing up to campus). I honestly can't say if I feel he took the same approach with Tharpe that he took with Berglund. Probably, I guess. Neither was well executed in my opinion, so he has that going for him. But, I definitely feel he could have exercised better judgement in how he said what he was trying to say. We shouldn't assume the worst, but I think it's fair to ask him to clarify, as (at least in this forum) everyone doesn't seem to be on the same page.

May 6, 2014 at 10:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Column: Naadir Tharpe jolly good chap

I agree Tharpe seemed lost at the end of the season, and had a similar feeling of dread when he forgot the handshake at the Big 12 tourney. However, maybe it's just me, but I'm not sure if Keegan's article makes sense. If the big reveal is Tharpe didn't say what was crafted and released to the press, OK. But I don't think that is a huge shocker or big deal to the average fan. If there was something related to the instagram photo, I'm not sure how big a deal that is either. I think most assume that probably had something to do with Tharpe's depature. And if it did, so what? Collectively, what would we have wanted done differently? Heck, even Giddens got a relatively nicely worded send off (see below). As a reader that doesn't live in Lawrence, I would have rather Keegan reflected back on the access he had to the team because of his position (that a reader like myself doesn't have), and provide some plainly written perspective on Tharpe's time here and his ups and downs. Your "...arrived on campus wearing a shirt and tie, but will be remembered for wearing far less on Twitter." would have been a great approach and theme to such a column. Or, maybe a parallel with Tyshawn Taylor who had his own twitter issues, but ultimately prevailed. I would have enjoyed all of that better than whatever it was that Keegan put out.

http://columbustelegram.com/sports/gi...

May 6, 2014 at 9:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Column: Naadir Tharpe jolly good chap

I don’t think it’s racist, but I also think Keegan goes down territory that is extremely difficult for a mid 50s white sports writer at a small town newspaper to pull off. I think on occasion he has good opinions with good humor. But I don’t think he’s near hip enough to pull off what he thinks he’s pulling off here. He probably would have been better off just asking what he wanted to ask, and saying what he wanted to say. If he’s concerned about what KU is trying to accomplish and if there’s more to the story with them manufacturing a verbose press release, fine. I guess that’s the point. Tharpe certainly had some controversy at the end of the year that isn’t being addressed. However, as said earlier in the comments, a good case could be made that KU is simply trying to help him get a hardship, and as a result an opportunity to play immediately. Probably not the scandalous reveal everyone is looking for. His tone is so haughty and coy, I don’t think anyone can pretend to know exactly what he is trying to say. I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt, but I think he leaves plenty of room to at least ask if he’s being unnecessarily disdainful. Unfortunately for him, he leaves the door open enough for some to assume worse. And, just my opinion, I don’t think he’d write the same thing about Conner Frankamp. When he took on Brock Berglund, he was at least mostly direct.
He’s certainly had some head scratchers in the past. With the Baylor prediction below, maybe he was trying to cash in on the untapped basketball murder cover up humor market, I don’t know. http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2005/sep...

May 6, 2014 at 9:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Danny’s new digs: Manning brings ‘new brand of hoops’ to Tulsa

I'm trying to figure out how "it didn't work" for Steve Robinson from 96-97. He went 46-18, to a pair of NCAA tournaments and even won a tournament game. He was the WAC coach of the year one of those seasons, and garnered a promotion to Florida State out of the gig. If Manning did all that, wouldn't his stay be considered a resounding success?

February 20, 2013 at 6:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )