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September 26, 2008

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Self to be inducted into Chicagoland Hall

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self will receive the Ray Meyer national coach of the year award, presented by the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, on Oct. 15 at Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney, Ill.

Self also will be inducted into the organization's shrine, with 17 others. Self's three years as coach at the University of Illinois qualify for him for induction in the sports hall.

Florida's Billy Donovan received the Meyer award a year ago.

Former KU and Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers will receive the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley will also be honored for his contributions to sports in the Windy City.

Kickoff event set

KU coach Self, Kansas State's Frank Martin, Missouri's Mike Anderson and UMKC's Matt Brown will attend the first Kansas/Missouri Coaches vs. Cancer kickoff event at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 7 at College Basketball Experience in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

Coaches' presentations will begin at 6:15 p.m., in the building located at Sprint Center. For ticket information visit kcseasontipoff.org.

Free agents hopeful

Former KU power forwards Wayne Simien and Scot Pollard still hope to play in the NBA this season. Simien worked out with the Atlanta Hawks over the summer and accepted an invitation to attend the team's fall training camp. However, the Hawks recently rescinded the offer. Pollard, who played for the NBA champion Boston Celtics last season, was not offered a contract with the Celts. Both players are free agents. Europe remains an option for Simien.

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