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UCLA grad: Stay at KU, Roy

Transplanted Jayhawk shuns L.A. school

March 30, 2003


— Attorney Lisa Henoch can make a pretty strong case for Kansas University's Roy Williams to reject any overtures from UCLA regarding the school's vacant head-coaching job.

"I'm a UCLA graduate," said Henoch, who lives in Olathe and follows the Jayhawks at NCAA Tournament time. "There's no reason for him to go to UCLA."

Her evidence: UCLA is a commuter school, she said, with little campus atmosphere and fans so laid back that they barely make noise at games and rarely fill the 17,000 or so seats at once-venerable Pauley Pavilion.

On cross, Henoch concedes Williams could enjoy golf at the area's exclusive courses and recruit almost exclusively in the talent-rich Los Angeles area during his golden years.

Her close: "When I was in school, I lived a mile from the beach. How often do you go to the beach when you live there? Not much. He's not going to be playing golf every day, and he's not going to be going to the beach every day. He's going to be working. The traffic is terrible."

The zinger: "He can't slick his hair back, like Pat Riley or Steve Lavin. Or at least he shouldn't."

As for the other rumor making the rounds -- that North Carolina might be angling to boot Matt Doherty and replace him with Williams -- Henoch's husband, fellow attorney Rex Henoch, figures that's an open-and-shut case.

"UCLA isn't a concern, and he's already turned North Carolina down once before," he said. "I can't believe coach Williams would go to a school that (would have) fired one of his former assistants."

Williams playing through

When Williams returns to the Los Angeles area in two weeks to pick up his John Wooden Legends of Coaching Award, he'll also get a chance to squeeze in a couple of rounds of golf on two of the area's finest courses.

Williams will tee off April 12 at Riviera Country Club, home to the PGA's Los Angeles Open. The next day he is scheduled to play the exclusive Bel Air Country Club, courtesy of club member, friend and KU booster Dana Anderson.

The foursome: Williams; Richard Konzem, KU associate athletic director; Scot Buxton, a friend from Lawrence; and Randy Towner, a friend and head golf professional at Lawrence's Alvamar Country Club.

Konzem is looking forward to it. He has played Bel Air a few times before, each time coming across a rather lengthy list of notable linksters.

Among them: Jim Garner, George C. Scott, Jerry West, Joe Namath, Al Michaels and Larry King

"It's just unbelievable," Konzem said.

Cleaning up

Being a No. 2 seed helped lighten the load for team managers this week at the NCAA Tournament's West Regional.

"Less laundry to do," said Jessica Johansen, a Kansas University senior and head manager.

Saturday's matchup against Arizona, the West Regional's No. 1 seed, allowed KU's six managers to pack away the white uniforms that had been worn in Thursday night's game against Duke. The white uniforms will be laundered today, back at Allen Fieldhouse.

Higher seeds wear white jerseys, while lower seeds wear dark. But teams bring both versions no matter what comes down the road, just in case a problem comes up.

Maryland, for example, was forced to wear its road uniforms in the opening round after three of the team's white jerseys were stolen from the team hotel, Johansen said.

"That's why you bring both," she said.

One other laundry note: The team packs 13 jerseys and 12 pairs of shorts.

"Nick (Collison) has two jerseys," Johansen said. "He has the option to switch at halftime, because he sweats so much."

-- Staff writer Mark Fagan can be reached at 832-7188.

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