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Best year ever?

Success in 2007-08 just the beginning of juggernaut, KU A.D. says

Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins chews on a cigar after the KU men’s basketball team beat Texas in this file photo from March 3, 2007, at Allen Fieldhouse. Perkins abruptly retired on Tuesday, a year ahead of his announced retirement.

Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins chews on a cigar after the KU men’s basketball team beat Texas in this file photo from March 3, 2007, at Allen Fieldhouse. Perkins abruptly retired on Tuesday, a year ahead of his announced retirement.

April 3, 2008

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KU forward Darnell Jackson hoists a piece of net after KU advanced to the Final Four on Sunday.

KU forward Darnell Jackson hoists a piece of net after KU advanced to the Final Four on Sunday.

KU football coach Mark Mangino celebrates after the Jayhawks won the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.

KU football coach Mark Mangino celebrates after the Jayhawks won the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.

Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins chews on a cigar after the KU men’s basketball team beat Texas in this file photo from March 3, 2007, at Allen Fieldhouse. Perkins abruptly retired on Tuesday, a year ahead of his announced retirement.

Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins chews on a cigar after the KU men’s basketball team beat Texas in this file photo from March 3, 2007, at Allen Fieldhouse. Perkins abruptly retired on Tuesday, a year ahead of his announced retirement.

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Gridiron and Hardwood

Kansas is enjoying a super school year with its two high-profile sports, football and men's basketball. Here are some other schools with similar success this decade:

Florida, 2006-07

Football: 13-1, won national championshipBasketball: 35-5, won national championshipNotable: The standard. Two national championships within four months of each other is a dream for every school.

Ohio State, 2006-07

Football: 12-1, lost in national-championship gameBasketball: 35-4, lost in national-championship gameNotable: A tremendous year for the school, but outdone twice by Florida - including a stunner in the football title game.

Maryland, 2001-02

Football: 10-2, lost in Orange BowlBasketball: 32-4, won national championshipNotable: Juan Dixon-led basketball team beat Kansas in Final Four en route to basketball title.

Oklahoma, 2001-02

Football: 11-2, won Cotton BowlBasketball: 31-5, went to Final FourNotable: Hollis Price and the OU basketball team topped Missouri to get to the Final Four. Meanwhile, it was typical 11-win Oklahoma in football.

Texas, 2002-03

Football: 11-2, won Cotton BowlBasketball: 26-7, went to Final FourNotable: An average year by football's standards, but the T.J. Ford-led basketball team made it special for the wealthy athletic department.

Rodrick Stewart watched the Orange Bowl as a big Kansas University football fan on Jan. 3. But after seeing the Jayhawks beat Virginia Tech, 24-21, Stewart's feelings of elation soon subsided.

They were replaced with a bit of anxiety.

"It felt like it was a little more pressure on us," chuckled Stewart, a reserve on KU's men's basketball team. "The football team went so far, and we were like 'Man, now we have to at least go to the Final Four. That's the worst we can do.'

"Now that we're here? We made it this far. Why not try to get the whole thing done?"

Might as well. Every other goal seems to have been met in this incredible year.

KU's two high-profile programs are teaming up to dominate the college sports scene in 2007-08. KU's football team finished a magical season with an Orange Bowl victory and 12-1 record. Not to be outdone, the Jayhawks' men's basketball team secured a Final Four berth on Sunday and will take a 35-3 record into Saturday's game with North Carolina.

It certainly is a special time to be a KU fan. The two revenue sports are a combined 47-4, and basketball still has a shot at capturing the national championship if it wins two this weekend.

Kansas never has come close to this kind of success before, and it makes life good at KU. People walk around the athletic department with smiles. Reporters across the country flock to Lawrence to tell the world about the Jayhawks. It's priceless exposure.

Up in his second-floor office, KU athletic director Lew Perkins calls the school year "just tremendous." Yet he sees 2007-08 as the beginning - not the aberration.

"I'm about as happy as you could possibly be right now because of where we are," Perkins said. "But we still have a lot of work to do.

"I want to make sure everybody understands: We're not finished."

Assembling a run

They have started, though. Perkins, for one, began to get hints of this year's promise last spring.

After KU hoops went 33-5 and fell just short of the Final Four last year, the entire team minus Julian Wright assembled for the 2007-08 season. One important piece, guard Brandon Rush, returned after injuring his knee preparing for an NBA career.

Basketball was fine. Many thought that if Wright's production could be replaced - and it was by Darnell Jackson - that Kansas would have a strong chance at a Final Four. That was realized when the Jayhawks won two in Omaha, Neb., and two more in Detroit to land their invitation to the final weekend.

But football? Now that was a stunner.

Coach Mark Mangino's squad finished a disappointing 2006 season with a 6-6 record and a slew of injuries. A new offensive coordinator came in. A quarterback competition lingered into the summer. Still, Mangino and Perkins talked often, and the coach seemed to brim with confidence about the 2007 prospects.

"He kept saying to me, 'Lew, this is a pretty special team. I really like these kids. I really like what we're doing. I think we can have a great year,'" Perkins said. "Now, did I think in my wildest dreams we'd go on to be 12-1 and play in the Orange Bowl? No. But I thought we could be very good. Mark's done a great job."

Tight family

It's a weekly tradition on Saturdays in the fall. The third quarter of a KU football game rolls around, and basketball coach Bill Self stops by the Memorial Stadium press box to say hello to those he knows.

For the most part, Self obeys the golden rule: No cheering in the press box. But he's slipped once or twice, getting juiced when a big play unfolds or a big hit is unleashed in KU's favor.

Self is a big Jayhawk football fan. Mangino sends the love back to basketball, even showing up in Omaha for the first round of the NCAA Tournament two weeks ago.

"We've really worked hard," Perkins said, "at making this a family."

And of course, giving fans are welcome to join the circle. KU's budget has increased by roughly $25 million since Perkins was hired in 2003, and is around $51 million now.

In addition, facilities have been upgraded as a result of donations, including the building of the Anderson Family Strength Center, the Booth Family Hall of Athletics and the Anderson Family Football Complex.

All are now recruiting tools used to lure in more talent.

"I couldn't be any happier," said Dana Anderson, the namesake of several athletic facilities. "I jokingly told Lew Perkins, 'You know, my investments have certainly paid off. I wish my other investments in this world were doing as well as what KU has done with the money we've gifted there.'"

Anderson and Perkins both point out the obvious: More winning will bring more gifts from jubilant boosters. More money conceivably could lead to even more winning.

It's a cycle KU is happy to be joining.

"If we lose on a Saturday or a basketball game, the bathrooms are bad, the parking is bad, the concessions are bad," Perkins said. "When you win, everything is fine.

"Obviously, people really enjoy giving back when you're winning. But the one thing about Kansas I've really respected is the tradition and history and commitment that our alums at this university have. We couldn't have gotten this far without them."

Sustaining it

Needless to say, Joe Fan is loving this too.

After Kansas football beat Oklahoma State to move to 10-0 last fall, Perkins walked toward the locker room next to the KU cheering section at the corner of Boone Pickens Stadium. The joyful crowd cheered so loudly for him that he had to respond with a pump of the fist.

Perkins is the first to pass the credit on to the coaches and players, saying "all we are is support people."

But Perkins certainly doesn't mind the love.

"I'd rather they be yelling 'Lew, Lew, Lew,'" Perkins says, "than 'boo, boo, boo.'"

Perkins is quick to point out that KU as a one-year wonder is an undesired achievement. Consistency has been talked about constantly in football and proven constantly in basketball, and Perkins is on board.

"We can't sit back and say 'OK, we're here now and it's a one-time thing,'" Perkins said. "We have to be real consistent to have a really good athletic program. We're going to have to work harder and do more things than we've ever done before in order to really be a good athletic program."

That's the future's concern, though.

For now, fans are soaking in KU's historic run, one that surely will be remembered fondly as it ages in memories down the line.

But the incredible thing is, it's not even done yet. KU's basketball team traveled down to San Antonio on Wednesday to prepare for Saturday's Final Four tilt with North Carolina.

It's the last step. The cake has been baked with 47 victories, priceless media exposure and all that joy. The icing could come late Monday night if the basketball team finishes its season with a victory.

Considering how things have played out so far, don't bet against Kansas. It hasn't worked yet.

"The athletic department is really happy and pleased with the way things have been going," KU basketball guard Mario Chalmers said. "Now we've got to go out there and finish it."

Comments

SteelHorseRider 6 years ago

Ryan-"Kansas never has come close to this kind of success before, and it makes life good at KU."You have too short of a memory. Maybe I am wrong with the year, but didn't KU go to a Bowl Game, the Final Four and the College World Series in 1995??? That sounds like a pretty good year to me.

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camper 6 years ago

KU go win. Bill Self go to OSU. Get away from these numbskull fans who will turn on you on a dime. Just look at what they are doing to Roy Willams. Use KU as a stepping stone, smear your shoe in crap, and rub it into the KU stone as you leave. Go win the game for yourselves, not us idiots>>>

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martyks 6 years ago

Some people are beyond stupid. They'd go arrest grape snatchers at the grocery store or men giving out congratulatory "It's a Boy!" cigars at the hospital. For all you know, it's made of bubble gum... I can't get over how stupid someone would have to be not to figure out that he was given this cigar after a big win.... I'm in awe.

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camper 6 years ago

It is the best year ever. KU has a great team of dedicated players and one great coach. But after the year ends, I hope all of the players go pro and Coach Self goes to OSU. I think the team and the coach see thru the shallowness of KU fans and are trying to win this in spite of them. Take this as a chip on your shoulders KU team, if you have a bad game, the fans will jump on you. Coach Self, if you leave, some numbskull is going to put your picture in the restroom. So all I can say to the KU team...win the final four, and then give the the KU faithfuls the finger and go on your way. Take the high road, and leave these idiots in the dust.

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Marion Lynn 6 years ago

Ah, yes, logic......I'm sure that Lew is EXACTLY like Bill Clinton who "liked the taste" of his cigar as well.Idiot.

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absentee 6 years ago

Tell the kids that.A picture is worth a thousand words!!

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logicsound04 6 years ago

Marion, he is not smoking the cigar.Some people just like the taste....

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Marion Lynn 6 years ago

Lew Perkins is not a role model for our children!He is part of the University of Kansas; a place ensconced inside the People's Republik of Lawrence; a burg which has its very own smoking ban.Lew Perkins should be chastised soundly and the LJW should print an apology to all whom have been offended by the publication of this photo.The reporter on whose byline this article appears should be sent to sensitivity classes such that in future, he/she might write articles which conform to the proclamations of the Kommission.Unless Lew was in a Lebanese joint when the photo was taken.

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kujayhawk 6 years ago

We didn't just play in the Orange Bowl. We won the Orange Bowl...big difference.

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acoupstick 6 years ago

"I'm hoping Ole Roy will coach Dean Smith's team the same way he coached the Jayhawks in their Final Four appearances during his time here."He will. His teams still can't play defense, although they can score and rebound with the best.

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absentee 6 years ago

By your reactions in this blog, I can still tell it hurts you guys badly that Roy left for a bettter program, but that's the business of basketball. No one remembers who made it to the final four, only the national champion garners that memory and the last time I checked, it's been TWENTY years since ol'ku were in the memories of college basketball fans. I don't think Self is the man either. He should look at greener pastures as well (OSU). Commonsense is right, ku fans should forgive ROY and forget and thank him for the wonderful 15 or so years in lawrence when you worshiped his every move. Please let by gone's be by gones. Pathetic

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Mariann 6 years ago

Roll 365 used condoms into a tire and call it a GOODYEAR.

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Pilgrim 6 years ago

The weekend after the Final Four, Williams still hadn't reached a decision. He flew to Los Angeles to attend the Wooden Award ceremony with Collison and stayed at the home of close friend and Kansas booster Dana Anderson. Anderson said he and Williams discussed his situation in his living room a few hours before he drove him to the airport. "He had tears in his eyes the whole time," Anderson said. Williams told Anderson that his mentor, former North Carolina coach Dean Smith, had told him that he was the only coach who could get the Tar Heels' program turned around and that it was time to come home. Smith, ironically, is a Kansas alum, and Anderson reminded Williams that the Jayhawks once tried to lure Smith back to his alma mater after it hired Ted Owens. "Dean turned us down," Anderson said. "He told us, 'No, I've built something special at North Carolina and I have to stay.' Then they built the Dean Dome. I told Coach Williams that there will never be a Williams Dome at North Carolina. Apparently I wasn't a very good salesman." There were other factors. Williams' sister was not in good health, and he wanted to develop a better relationship with his father, with whom he'd never been close. His wife Wanda's family was in North Carolina, too, and his daughter, Kimberly, attended school there. Anderson talked about those things with Williams on the drive to the airport that morning. Once they dropped the coach off, Anderson turned to his wife. "We've lost him," he told her. The following day Williams announced he was leaving Kansas for North Carolina. By Easter Sunday the Jayhawks had hired Illinois coach Bill Self, who led Kansas to two Elite Eight appearances prior to this year's 35-3 record and Final Four berth. Still, five years later, there are still plenty of people who snarl at the mention of Williams' name. Not long ago a Kansas writer published an article about Williams on Dec. 25. When the writer went to church that morning he was approached by an angry fan. "Thanks for ruining my Christmas!" the man snapped. Joe Holladay hears those stories and shakes his head. "Most of the people that are griping have changed jobs at least once in their life, I would think," said Holladay, Williams' top assistant at both Kansas and North Carolina. "Who hasn't changed jobs? Who hasn't moved? "He changed jobs because he wanted to come home. His dad was sick. His wife's family lives here. His kids live and work here. He wanted to go back to where he grew up. A lot of people want to do that. "It's been five years. You've got a great coach at Kansas. You've got a great program. It's like, get a life, you know? Get over it. Move on."

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Pilgrim 6 years ago

For most Kansas fans, the biggest problem with Williams' departure wasn't so much that he left, but that he did so three years after vowing to finish his career as a Jayhawk. Williams flirted with the North Carolina job when the Tar Heels tried to woo him in 2000. Then, with nearly 15,000 Kansans watching on the Memorial Stadium JumboTron, he gave his famous "I'm stayin'" speech. The future of the Jayhawks' program seemed set. Things changed, though, over the next few years. The Jayhawks enjoyed tremendous success on the court reaching the Final Four in 2002 and 2003 but away from it Williams was often miserable. The athletic director who hired him, Bob Frederick, had been forced out in the spring of 2001 and replaced with Al Bohl. Williams' relationship with Bohl was strained from the get-go, and the administrative goings-on caused him so much discontent that, when the Tar Heels offered him the job again in 2003, he accepted even though Kansas had tried to appease Williams by firing Bohl less than a week earlier. Even today, there is a faction of Kansas fans who believe Williams-to-North Carolina II was scripted, and that he and the Tar Heels administration had worked out the deal months before he officially accepted it following KU's loss to Syracuse in the national title game. "That's so far from the truth that I wouldn't even do it the dignity of discussing it with someone," Williams said. "Other than a serious thing happening to someone in my family, there is no way a situation could bother me any worse." Indeed, so torn was Williams that, during the week when he was attempting to make his decision, he'd wake up in the middle of the night, dart toward to the toilet and throw up.

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Pilgrim 6 years ago

Tuesday night, in the middle of all his game prep, media responsibilities and film sessions, Roy Williams found time for a quiet dinner at his home with family friend Ted Seagroves. The crab legs and Caesar salad were delicious. But when he looked across the table at his buddy, Ted sensed something wasn't right. "It was obvious," he said, "that Roy was hurting." Earlier in the day, Williams read an Associated Press article about the family-owned barbershop where he used to get his haircut in Lawrence. Williams' picture was once displayed prominently in the front of the store. Now it hangs near the commode in the restroom or as it's been re-named, The Roy Room. "We figured if Roy had stuck around, they would have named a building after him," owner John Amyx said. "So we decided to name a room after him. That seemed to be the best place to see his picture, too." Seagroves said Tuesday wasn't the first time his friend had been disappointed by a derogatory article. "He still reads the paper and hears those comments," Seagroves said. "You can see the hurt in him when he talks about it now. I don't think he expected such strong resentment from the fans and folks there. He loves Kansas. There's a part of him that would still love to be there." As much as those situations upset Williams, some Jayhawk faithful say they have plenty of reasons to be angry, too. Many of them refer to Williams as a traitor and a turncoat and say he "betrayed" them when he left Kansas for North Carolina. "People view the situation like a messy divorce or an ugly breakup," said Scott Buxton, one of Williams' closest friends in Lawrence. "It's a shame they have to be so mean-spirited about it."

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Pilgrim 6 years ago

Three days before North Carolina takes the court in the Final Four, the coach who tells his players to "enjoy the ride" is having trouble heeding his own advice. That's because the Tar Heels are matched against Kansas the one school Williams prayed he'd never have to play. "He's dreading this for a number of reasons," Williams' son, Scott, said. "He's thrilled to be in the Final Four, and he won't lose his focus when he's on the court. But from a personal standpoint I know this is bothering him a great deal." As if trying to defeat his former school isn't burdensome enough, Williams is aware that a large group of Jayhawks fans are still livid with him for leaving Kansas for North Carolina his alma mater in 2003. Williams guided Kansas to four Final Fours during his time in Lawrence, yet the crowd goes bananas when a losing North Carolina score is announced at Allen Fieldhouse. He won more games than any coach in the 1990s, but "Benedict Williams" shirts are still seen frequently throughout town. Kansas claimed conference championships in nine of Williams' final 13 seasons, but in the Jayhawks' pregame highlight video, his image is shown only for a few seconds. And even then, almost on cue, fans hiss. "I know he hears those stories, and I know it hurts him," said Boschee, who played for Williams from 1998-2002. "He's a sensitive guy. He doesn't care what people think about his coaching. But I think he listens to comments about what type of person he is. He takes great pride in his character. "It really is ridiculous. The people who boo him are childish. They need to get over it." Some have, but even Williams' staunchest supporters know the focus of Saturday's national semifinal won't be Kansas vs. North Carolina. It'll be Kansas vs. Roy. That, more than anything, has Williams on edge as he prepares for the most emotional game of his career. "We can sit here for two hours and talk about all the negative things," Williams said. "But the negative things should only take about one percent of our time. This should be about a great Kansas team playing a great North Carolina team. That other stuff should command about one percent of our attention. "The fact that it's not isn't very pleasant."

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Pilgrim 6 years ago

Ceallach (Anonymous) says:I'm hoping Ole Roy will coach Dean Smith's team the same way he coached the Jayhawks in their Final Four appearances during his time here.******You are pathetic.=================================Miss match By Jason King, Yahoo! Sports Apr 2, 1:05 pm EDT http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaab/expertsarchive;_ylt=Aqf2fKfJoxs9t9q.UXc5AFfqz4x4?author=Jason+King CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Outside the door and down the steps, they're waiting for him with cameras. Roy Williams' press conference begins in 2 minutes, but as he paces about his digs at the Smith Center, the North Carolina basketball coach hardly seems hurried as he points toward the wall and begins to count. "That's Drew Gooden and I at the Wooden Award ceremony," says Williams, motioning toward a photo. "There's Nick Collison : Jeff Boschee : Paul Pierce : Allen Fieldhouse on Senior Day." Each shelf is stacked with stories, each wall mounted with memories from Williams' 15-year tenure as Kansas' head coach. A final tally reveals that 34 pieces of Jayhawks memorabilia adorn Williams' second-floor office. There's even a picture of North Carolina and NBA legend Michael Jordan wearing a Kansas shirt. Jordan requested it after working one of Williams' camps more than a decade ago. "He was on his way to speak at a Boys and Girls Club," Williams says. "And he told me he wanted to let everyone to know where he stood." Williams reaches for his desk and fiddles with a Kirk Hinrich bobblehead. His eyes sparkle and his voice booms with energy. Each time he talks about his former team : his former school he says he can't help but smile. If only folks in Lawrence could do the same.

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Pilgrim 6 years ago

Pogo (Anonymous) says:How many of our guys got killed in Iraq today? This week? This month? Tomorrow? How many got maimed for life?That's the real world. Not this absurd sports crud.******So what are you doing here? If you don't give a damn about sports, you sure spend a lot of time reading the articles.And you never did answer my earlier question: What basketball tournament have your Fizzou Tiggers been playing in the past three weeks?

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commonsense 6 years ago

I've been reading everything I can on this incredibly significant game. I truly hope our fans are respectful of Coach Williams when they see him in San Antonio, afterall, we're NOT MIZZOU FANS. So please, let the man enjoy his ride at North Cariolina, it's his alma mater, his home, his profession, and he'll die there with a loving family by his side. He gave us 15 years and they were fantastic. That being said, how about diverting our attention on Roy and focus on KU and Bill Self. I believe Bill Self was a blessing, and he is the future of KU basketball. Roy couldn't win the big one here, perhaps Bill can. Roy won with another coach's players a few years ago, let's see if he can do it with his own. IF Self and the Hawks win, then there shouldn't be anymore pessimism in reference to Roy Williams, afterall, we're NOT K-STATE FANS. Our energy and praise should be directed towards the ability of Bill Self and this years team. He will have done what Roy couldn't, and that's "dag gum" exciting! So, keep the anti-Roy T-shirts at home or leave them in the suitcase. To me, it's an insult to Bill Self that we still have this love-hate affliction with Coach Williams. Bill Self is the man now, and he deserves all of our support and enthusiasm.

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commonsense 6 years ago

I've been reading everything I can on this incredibly significant game. I truly hope our fans are respectful of Coach Williams when they see him in San Antonio, afterall, we're NOT MIZZOU FANS. So please, let the man enjoy his ride at North Cariolina, it's his alma mater, his home, his profession, and he'll die there with a loving family by his side. He gave us 15 years and they were fantastic. That being said, how about diverting our attention on Roy and focus on KU and Bill Self. I believe Bill Self was a blessing, and he is the future of KU basketball. Roy couldn't win the big one here, perhaps Bill can. Roy won with another coach's players a few years ago, let's see if he can do it with his own. IF Self and the Hawks win, then there shouldn't be anymore pessimism in reference to Roy Williams, afterall, we're NOT K-STATE FANS. Our energy and praise should be directed towards the ability of Bill Self and this years team. He will have done what Roy couldn't, and that's "dag gum" exciting! So, keep the anti-Roy T-shirts at home or leave them in the suitcase. To me, it's an insult to Bill Self that we still have this love-hate affliction with Coach Williams. Bill Self is the man now, and he deserves all of our support and enthusiasm.

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logicsound04 6 years ago

Yep, definitely a bitter KSU or MU fan.Tell-tale #1: no real argument, so must latch onto semantic-based arguments. Saying "we" in reference to your alma mater's sports team is commonplace loser.Tell-tale #2: actually believes that UNC has "true [basketball] tradition" over the likes of KansasKU's 1st coach invented basketballKU's best coach invented basketball coachingKU's best coach also conceived the NCAA tournamentUNC's best coach is a KU alumUK's best coach is a KU alumUNC's current coach made his name at KUI wont argue that UNC has produced better results (especially over the last 20 years), but to argue that they have more tradition is just ignorant.

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absentee 6 years ago

LS4,When you refer to those ku teams and say "we," does that mean that you played on any of those teams? Didn't think so!I'm rooting for UNC over ku because the way ku fans treated Roy when all he did was head home and to greener pastures, and a far superior, rich in true basketball tradition school. :)

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logicsound04 6 years ago

absentee,You clearly know nothing about sports, or at least, nothing about KU sports. Tradition is about far more than simply winning a title, although that is an important component. Are you aware that only 5 schools have more titles than KU? What about the fact that KU is 3rd on the all-time wins list? Or that we have more conference championships than any other school in history?Your cheap shot at Self is quite ironic, considering the "me-first" attitude that Roy always had. But before you lump me in with those that are giving Williams a hard time, let me point out that I don't have a problem with him, but that his ego precedes him.Self is a far more down-to-earth coach than Roy ever was, although that says nothing about either of their coaching abilities, as both are great coaches.With all your waffling (OU, Texas, UNC), it's hard not to peg you as a bitter KSU or MU fan. That is usually the common denominator for people who just look to whatever measure they can find to place KU in a bad light.Perhaps "absentee" is a reference to your brain's apparent disappearance from inside your head....

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absentee 6 years ago

Wow,It's really sad that this is becoming known as the best year ever in ku sports history:( What ku has done this year in sports would be considered as mediocre to some other big XII schools (ie. OU or texas). And its been how many years since ku won a national championship? 20, come on, you call that tradition. You guys are starting to sound like ksu football fans. And for pete's sake, give Roy a break, can't blame him for going to greener pasture's!!!!UNC 82, ku 76Another Bill "all i care about is my" Self, disappointment.Oh yeah, Congratulations to the lawrence journal world for showcasing the ku AD and using a picture of him slobbering all over a cigar. What a role model for the kids!

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macon47 6 years ago

everyone should do thier job as wellas the job lew perkins was hired fordid ja ever notice the ones thathate him the most ,, dont evenhave a job.. or at least a real jobi dont agree with everything lew has donebut he does what he was hired forand it does it very well.

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logicsound04 6 years ago

"That's the real world. Not this absurd sports crud."--pogo-----------------Yet you are spending your time posting here. Interesting, to say the least.============================================="did north carolina, the tourney #1 overall pickdecide to forfeit the game, or are you just expectingtheir team to get food poison the day of the game."--a..whore-------------------You're the only one here acting like the outcome of the game (between two of the top 4 teams in basketball this year) is a foregone conclusion.The rest of us are just rooting for our team in an optimistic manner.I only hope that you will return to the message boards on Sunday if UNC loses. It is much more of a possibility than you seem to realize.

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logicsound04 6 years ago

The basketball team needs AT LEAST one more win to match the football team's winning percentage....12-1, .92335-3, .921.......36-3, .923

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lounger 6 years ago

Cool! Now can we put some of this $$ into the crumbling old grand buildings on the campus????

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littlejohnny 6 years ago

This is the year of Kansas !!!Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk!!!

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BigAl 6 years ago

Posted by ceallach: "I'm hoping Ole Roy will coach Dean Smith's team the same way he coached the Jayhawks in their Final Four appearances during his time here."Best comment of the day!!!

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Rickyonealku 6 years ago

Good Luck KU...can't wait until Saturday....Rock Chalk Jayhawks. Oh one last thing I did click on the Sports section of this online website, right.

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Tony Kisner 6 years ago

Some times a cigar is just a cigar, some times.

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ontheotherhand 6 years ago

Just when I think Lew Perkins cannot look any creepier, VOILA! That picture just needs to be darkened up a bit and with cigar smoke twirling in the air and I swear Lew would look like the Mafia.If you are with the Mafia, Lew, I was just kidding. OK? Really! JK! JK! JK!

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68fbrd 6 years ago

I hope Lew is enjoying the stogie (NOT REALLY). He personally DESTROYED basketball at WSU when he fired Gene Smithson in the mid 80's and just about fired the baseball coach Gene Stephenson. This guy rates LOW on my list.

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Alia Ahmed 6 years ago

artwhore,I'm sure no one can say with certainty how the game will turn out. However, to say KU doesn't have a chance against NC seems to be a reflection of your own biases. Several knowledgeable sportscasters on ESPN pick KU to win. Others, I'm sure, pick NC. I guess that is why we play the game. Rock Chalk!

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Ceallach 6 years ago

Just when I thought Lew Baby couldn't look any worse, he sticks a cigar in his mouth :)Yes, there are many problems in this country/world. Many bad things happening. But there are also good things happening, here and abroad. The tournament for many fans is a good thing. I'm hoping Ole Roy will coach Dean Smith's team the same way he coached the Jayhawks in their Final Four appearances during his time here.

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artwhore 6 years ago

talk about living in a fantasy world.national champs??? ROFL!!!did north carolina, the tourney #1 overall pickdecide to forfeit the game, or are you just expectingtheir team to get food poison the day of the game.keep on smoking it KU fans, if it helps.

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Jock Navels 6 years ago

iraq? iraq is a poor neighborhood in Saigon just across the river from Cholon, a video game, pogo dude....the 'hawks are real...you live in some fantasy world or what?

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repaste 6 years ago

Someone get that cigar out of his mouth - wrong message. I could not stand there with a cigar , why can beavus?

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The_Original_Bob 6 years ago

Pogo is a troll. Just click on his name and take a stroll through his past comments. He lives in bizarro world.--I was thinking the same thing this morning. Orange Bowl and NCAA Hoops title? Best year ever. I just wish some of these cowardly KU "fans" would go away. "Oh, we have no chance against Roy. We played terrible on Sunday. We're just happy to be at the Final 4. Oh me oh my!!!" Cowards. Reminds me of KSU fans back when they had minor success in football.

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jonas 6 years ago

Probably because he hasn't developed anything to divert him for a time from all of the crap that is, always has, and always will be going on in the world. It has been a great year for our athletic department. Many more to come, I hope.

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fabian_zimbabwe 6 years ago

Pogo=Stick in the Mud.

What a happy life you must lead.

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RonBurgandy 6 years ago

You're right Pogo, let's just shut down everything that doesn't suck in the world.

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booze_buds_03 6 years ago

You are right, that is the real world. However, life would be miserable if everyday minute of everyday all we did was focus on the horrible attrocities that are being committed around the world. People need an escape and something that makes them happy for many here including myself KU sports is it.

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Pogo 6 years ago

How many of our guys got killed in Iraq today? This week? This month? Tomorrow? How many got maimed for life?That's the real world. Not this absurd sports crud.

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Rickyonealku 6 years ago

It has been a fun fun fun year.....THE BEST YES...and the NCAA 2008 Mens National Champion is?????THE BEST YEAR EVER FOR KANSAS UNIVERSITY!!!

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