Jayhawks basketball coach Bill Self had a chance to talk hoops with Barack Obama during the president's trip through Kansas on Tuesday.
Self said he received an email from Obama's staff inviting him to a speech being delivered in Osawatomie, Kan., a small town about 60 miles from the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence.
Self initially declined the invitation because of the Jayhawks' game Tuesday night against Long Beach State, but he wound up meeting Obama before the president delivered a speech that touched on the economy and began to lay the groundwork for his re-election.
''You know, pretty cool. I don't suppose he emails everybody,'' Self said. ''So I emailed back and said, `Sorry, I have to respectfully decline. We have a game and we have to practice.' And they said, `Well, you could come to the meet and greet.'''
Obama asked that Self go last so that they could spend a little extra time discussing hoops.
Obama is a big basketball fan who regularly plays in pickup game...