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Roy Williams puts up a few points in bookstore battle

Self’s book a clear winner, but former coach still has fans

Former KU coach Roy Williams has a new book out, and copies are selling in Lawrence. This book display is at Borders, 700 N.H., which put in a second order for the books after brisk sales of the first shipment.

Former KU coach Roy Williams has a new book out, and copies are selling in Lawrence. This book display is at Borders, 700 N.H., which put in a second order for the books after brisk sales of the first shipment.

December 7, 2009

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Former KU coach Roy Williams has a new book out, and copies are selling in Lawrence. This book display is at Borders, 700 N.H., which put in a second order for the books after brisk sales of the first shipment.

Former KU coach Roy Williams has a new book out, and copies are selling in Lawrence. This book display is at Borders, 700 N.H., which put in a second order for the books after brisk sales of the first shipment.

Rock Chalk it up to home-court advantage.

As expected, Bill Self’s chronicle of coaching basketball at Kansas, “Bill Self: At Home in the Phog,” continues to outpace the latest literary effort from his predecessor: “Hard Work” by Roy Williams.

In Lawrence, anyway.

“There’s no comparison,” said Lisa Eitner, general books buyer for Oread Books, in the Kansas Union.

But Williams isn’t exactly getting run out of the gym.

The book, written by the former Kansas coach with help from Tim Crothers, outlines Williams’ approach to coaching and how it came to be: from his childhood in North Carolina, to prominence in Lawrence, and back again to Chapel Hill to win national championships and continue striving for more at North Carolina.

A respectable six out of the 10 copies delivered to Oread Books have been sold so far, Eitner said.

“I think everyone knows that he is a good man,” Eitner said. “He just wanted to go home.”

Self’s “At Home in the Phog,” written with John Rohde, has sold more than 800 copies at Oread Books. That’s where he drew about 300 people for a signing event a year ago, and he’ll be doing another one from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 18, when he’ll also be signing copies of the “ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia.”

“We’re very honored that Coach Self has agreed to do this,” Eitner said.

At Borders in downtown Lawrence, buyers have snapped up 23 copies of “Hard Work,” spurring the store to bring in a second shipment for holiday shoppers.

“I’m not surprised, because I don’t think there’s any bad blood,” said Rob Dover, who orders books for the store. “People are interested in what he’s doing now.”

Scot Pollard, who played for Williams before embarking on an NBA career, read “Hard Work” and acknowledges that his former coach is a Tar Heel and the book is “written for a Tar Heel crowd.” But the pages offer insight into the man, Pollard said, and his genuine love for all things crimson and blue.

“It’s Roy,” said Pollard, who used to live down the street from Williams in Lawrence. “It’s definitely him writing it. I can hear him talking.

“He goes through his time here and has nothing but positive things to say about his years in Kansas. You wouldn’t expect anything else from him.”

Comments

dlkrm 5 years ago

"Self’s book a clear winner, but former coach still has fans"

No fans of the former coach in my house.

beawolf 5 years ago

Hard Work? Coaching is a lot of things (challenging, fulfilling, complex and enjoyable, after all it IS only a GAME) but it is not HARD WORK. Put ol Roy on a road construction crew for a few weeks and then he may have a better perspective of what hard work really is.

Steve Jacob 5 years ago

To be honest, how much of these books was actually "written" by Williams or Self?

nbnozzy 5 years ago

Don't know why some of you are still bitter about Roy leaving. We have a better coach now in my opinion. I always thought Williams over coached, much like Bonnie does now on the girls team. Let the players play, I say...

BigPrune 5 years ago

Since the forward was written by John Grisham, it can't be too bad.

lounger 5 years ago

This lame a*s Story is tops?? Historic Climate Change meetings in copenhagen are happening and the New York Times and a host of other papers are following with top story's of this important event and LJW Drops the ball (no pun intended). Who needs replaced in the office.....

jfcm77 5 years ago

This is a local paper, not a national one.

TopJayhawk 5 years ago

Hate on people. You do it so well.

hesshawk 5 years ago

"These will be available at garage sales for 25 cents soon"

And that's when and where I'll buy my copy. He gave us a great run but if it's written for a Heel audience, I'll wait.

lounger 5 years ago

jfcm77 (Anonymous) says… This is a local paper, not a national one.

Yes but the LJW still has a responsibility to report world news.....not this bunk fluff...

loverofdogs 5 years ago

Caoching is challenging and tough. Bill Self's book is worth reading. Quite a journey he has been on.

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