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The question has been dressed in different ways, asked by countless people in every situation imaginable: Is this the best coaching job of Kansas coach Bill Self's career?
The second-seeded Jayhawks have played a who's who of major college basketball: Duke and Kentucky, Missouri and Baylor. They beat Ohio State during the regular season, the team they'll play in the Final Four on Saturday night, and won their record eighth straight Big 12 title.
And they've done it with an All-American forward (Thomas Robinson) who hardly got off the bench last year, one of the nation's most dynamic guards (Tyshawn Taylor) whose career has taken more plot twists than a telenovela, and one of the best shot-blockers in school history (Jeff Withey) who averaged all of 6.2 minutes per game last season.
It was such a mish-mash of talent that even Self tried to temper expectations of a fan base that considers anything less than a trip to the Final Four to be just another year.
BEST OF MAXIM
The first time he rode to the Final Four, Bill Self was at the wheel of an Aston Martin, the envy of the lot. The Jayhawks had Darrell Arthur up front and Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush in the back. He'd built a Kansas team that was sleek, sporty, and went from zero to 60 in about two seconds flat.
Four years later, Self is back in the promised land. Only this time, he'...
This magical time of year is coming to a close, so it’s time to put on the full court college basketball cheerleader press. We’re lucky to have some of the hottest cheerleaders in the country represented in this year’s Final Four, and I’m going to do my best to make sure you guys are fully prepared to enjoy the last 3 college basketball games of the year.
We’ll start with...
As a future parent, one thing I look forward to is being able to brainwash my kids into adoring the same teams I am passionate about with a selfish hope that one day they can get a career in sports that I can mooch off.
That dream is now a reality for the parents of 5 year old Kansas Jayhawks fan and future PA announcer, Nick Sprecker who has blown away any skepticism of...
(Eds: Updates with details. With AP Photos.) By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer Bob Hurley remembers the moment Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor first walked into his gym.
Taylor was visiting family in New Jersey and had tagged along with a cousin to St. Anthony's, the high school program that Hurley has built into a powerhouse. Taylor showed up the next day, too, and the day after...
Confession time: Over the last few winters, I’ve developed a bit of an uncomfortable habit. Two hours a day, twice a week, I hole up in the bedroom, lights off, oblivious to the world around me. I turn off the cell, stop checking e-mails, and if the dog needs to use the bathroom well, shoot, he better find a nice potted plant to relieve himself on. I’m stuck, hooked, obsessed...
NEW ORLEANS – Kansas coach Bill Self says there were no distractions to deal with in 2008 when the Jayhawks won the national championship. He wants it to be the same way on this Final Four trip.
Ohio State coach Thad Matta has already cashed in on the Buckeyes' trip to the Final Four.
So have the rest of the coaches whose teams are headed to New Orleans.
Matta has racked up $100,000 in incentives tied to his team's performance in the Big Ten and the NCAA tournament this season. And that doesn't include the one-year extension that was triggered when the Buckeyes...
Danny Manning to be the Next Coach of Tulsa
Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com is reporting that Kansas assistant Danny Manning will be the next head coach of the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes. The move comes as no surprise as Manning’s name has been linked to this job for a while. There is one obvious connection to this gig.. Before current Kansas head coach Bill Self was in Lawrence he...
The Nation’s #1 recruit, Shabazz Muhammad, will not be staying at home to play college basketball this fall. Cross UNLV off his list, as the Las Vegas native now has his own set of final four schools left remaining for his services.Two of them will be competing this Final Four weekend as Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, and UCLA remain in the mix.
On the day after he won the high school...
It's probably something of an overstatement to say that for the Kansas Jayhawks the success of the 2012 football season rests on the shoulders of Dayne Crist. But there's no denying the senior transfer's talent - or his potential as a catalyst for change on a team so desperately in need of a spark.
OMG guys, a high school girl dunked twice last night during a McDonald's All-American Dunk Contest. Women's basketball is evolving into just like the boy's game. WRONG! It was ridiculous as I watched it live. If you saw my endless mockery tweets of the whole event, you know how angry I was. Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma and Brittney Griner were de-evolutionized...