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Bill Self defends CU series

KU coach: ‘We have a great relationship with Colorado’

The Coors Events Center, home of the Colorado Buffaloes.

The Coors Events Center, home of the Colorado Buffaloes.

June 8, 2012

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Some Missouri fans, radio talk show callers and Internet message board posters were grumbling last week when it was revealed that Kansas University and Colorado would begin a home-and-home men’s basketball series next season.

KU coach Bill Self, who was on vacation when the furor hit, was asked by the Journal-World about playing former Big 12 member Colorado of the Pac-12 while having no plans to schedule former Big 12 member MU of the SEC.

“We have a great relationship with Colorado, plus we have 4,000 to 5,000 fans in Western Kansas. That’s an opportunity to see us play whenever we play in Boulder,” Self said of fans who likely will find tickets to the game during the 2013-14 season at Coors Events Center. This year’s game is in Allen Fieldhouse.

“It’s a great deal for us and our fans. We are playing a KU grad (CU coach Tad Boyle), who has done a remarkable job there in a short amount of time,” Self added.

As far as the nitty-gritty of the issue ...

“No one ever held Colorado responsible for them leaving the league. They did something they felt they had to do,” Self said. “There were so many rumors they could be left out in the cold, too. Everybody respected that without question. There are no hard feelings there. With the climate, the landscape at that particular time (summer, 2010), with all the talk about Texas, Oklahoma, A&M, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, all those schools going to the Pac-10 back then ... all the talk before that about Missouri and Nebraska going to the Big Ten ... Colorado was just making sure they had a conference affiliation. No hard feelings about that.”

Merv to New Mexico: Former KU small forward Merv Lindsay on Thursday orally committed to the University of New Mexico at the conclusion of his recruiting trip to the Albuquerque, N.M., school. Lindsay, 6-7, 195 pounds from Moreno Valley, Calif., will practice but not play in games next season and be eligible as a sophomore during the 2013-14 campaign.

He averaged 2.2 minutes a game in 12 games this past season, scoring 11 points.

“I felt really good there, very comfortable,” Lindsay said in a phone interview. “I liked everything about the place — the coaches, players. I didn’t have any complaints, none at all. It’s a family atmosphere. I’m going to use the year off to work on everything that is wrong with my game, get in the weight room and improve so I’ll be ready to contribute to the team the following season.”

Merv and his parents met with UNM coach Steve Alford at 9 a.m. Wednesday, quickly gobbling up the scholarship offer.

“He said, ‘Welcome to the family,’” Lindsay said.

Of his one season at KU, Merv said: “No regrets at all. I respect everything about Kansas. I love the school, the coaches, players and fans. I want to thank coach Self, his staff and my teammates for a great year, working with me in a family atmosphere. I’m also looking forward to playing at New Mexico. Coach is building a great program there.”

Juneau to Tulsa: Former KU player/assistant coach Danny Manning and his high school coach, Ted Juneau, have been reunited at Tulsa University. The J-W has learned that Juneau will soon be introduced as a liaison for men’s and women’s basketball players in the academic services area at TU. A Tulsa athletic department official said former Lawrence High coach Juneau currently is working in a volunteer capacity at Tulsa. No official appointment has yet been made or announced. Juneau also has coached at Topeka High and Haskell and worked as Haskell athletic director. Manning was named Tulsa basketball coach on March 29. His staff includes former KU players Steve Woodberry and Brett Ballard and former KU manager Justin Bauman.

Tickets on sale: KU basketball season tickets are now on sale for the 2012-13 season. The deadline to order and make a minimum pledge of $100 to the Williams Fund is July 20. Seat locations will be allocated at the Select-A-Seat event, which begins August 13. Season-ticket prices will remain the same for 2012-13, and all ticket packages include 20 home games – all 19 games in Allen Fieldhouse and one game in Sprint Center in Kansas City. Information is available at kuathletics.com or 800-34-HAWKS.

This, that: Jeff Goodman of CBSsports.com reports that Thomas Robinson measured 6-83⁄4 with shoes with a 7-3 wingspan and 5 percent body fat at the draft combine. Official measurements are released today. ... Class of 2015 players Austin Grandstaff and Elijah Thomas stopped by KU’s campus this week on unofficial visits, Rivals.com reported. “Great visit at Kansas deffinitley one of my favorites so far #rockchalk,” Tweeted Grandstaff, a 6-4 combo guard from Rockwall (Texas) High. Thomas is a 6-8 forward from the same school. Grandstaff is son of Team Texas AAU coach Wes Grandstaff. They also were to visit Oklahoma and Missouri this week. ... KU freshman-to-be Ben McLemore reports that he weighs 197 pounds, up 12 to 15 pounds from the start of last season. He’s a 6-5 guard/forward from St. Louis.

Comments

Robert Rauktis 2 years, 6 months ago

Rivals must be like a mosquito to those kids.

rtwngr 2 years, 6 months ago

Mizzou and their fans need to stuff a sock in it. MU started the whole thing when somebody, highly connected in the AD, leaked it to the press that there was a pending announcement about MU joining the Big 10. Well, it didn't happen. The Big 10 wanted Nebraska instead.

Mizzou has always fancied itself as a notch above everybody else without the stats to back it up. Good luck to them in the SEC and trying to recruit out of Texas. They will always be a bunch of wannabes.

WhatUtalkingabout 2 years, 6 months ago

Facts are HARD for you guys, we get that. MU never once mentioned the B1G publicly, but Jay Nixon did. But ultimately Jay Nixon has NO say on where MU ends up.

I know MU or Fizzou or Misery is totally irrelevant and all, and they were NOT the first Big 12 school to look at other conferences. Yet they almost single handily brought down the Big 12. Being as irrelevant as they are. (I can see why you guys enjoy the spin cycle, its almost fun)

Poor MU, according to sites like this and others with SPIN on it. MU is regretting the move to the SEC. I know, I know, they have never said anything like that, but if its on the message boards it must be true.

http://voices.yahoo.com/big-12-trouble-as-texas-oklahoma-9149923.html

http://www.mrsec.com/2011/10/mizzou-set-to-explore-conference-options/

http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/36190/video-katz-on-mizzou-exploring-its-options

http://missouri.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1274457

I know, I know October comes before September, wait..............

WhatUtalkingabout 2 years, 6 months ago

Facts are HARD for you guys, we get that. MU never once mentioned the B1G publicly, but Jay Nixon did. But ultimately Jay Nixon has NO say on where MU ends up.

I know MU or Fizzou or Misery is totally irrelevant and all, and they were NOT the first Big 12 school to look at other conferences. Yet they almost single handily brought down the Big 12. Being as irrelevant as they are. (I can see why you guys enjoy the spin cycle, its almost fun)

Poor MU, according to sites like this and others with SPIN on it. MU is regretting the move to the SEC. I know, I know, they have never said anything like that, but if its on the message boards it must be true.

http://voices.yahoo.com/big-12-trouble-as-texas-oklahoma-9149923.html

http://www.mrsec.com/2011/10/mizzou-set-to-explore-conference-options/

http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/36190/video-katz-on-mizzou-exploring-its-options

http://missouri.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1274457

I know, I know October comes before September, wait..............

WhatUtalkingabout 2 years, 6 months ago

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riverdrifter 2 years, 6 months ago

Up a bunch of misery fans and feed them dogfood. If Bill Self doesn't want the yellowbacks in Allen fieldhouse, I'm good with that. Misery was a bad conference member. As one commenter said, misery complaining about conference stability is akin to the guy who craps his pants in a room full of people and then complains about the smell. Don't need and don't want no stinking misery around.

WhatUtalkingabout 2 years, 6 months ago

Unlike kU, MU had an option and took it.. kU would have too, but they have none. Now that conference realignment has happened and will still happen. Maybe kU will focus on all sports instead of one. Because football drives college athletics not basketball.

I know, I know 2007 BCS Orange Bowl, greatest Orange Bowl ever, all the ones before the BCS and after the BCS suck.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 6 months ago

It's all about money-- if the money is right, there'll be an annual MU-KU series at Sprint Center within the next five years.

WhatUtalkingabout 2 years, 6 months ago

I also love how this article starts out. Message board and radio callers. LOL!!!

Breaking news phognets first page is halfway filled with threads about nothing but MU. You wont find that on a MU message board. To top all of that off, kU fans emailed the Scott Van Pelt show and asked him to remove the MU helmet.

Talk about total butt hurt and deranged obsession.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 6 months ago

"Talk about total butt hurt and deranged obsession."

You talk about it, all the while engaging in it yourself.

WhatUtalkingabout 2 years, 6 months ago

So deranged obsession is a one way street? No, not really but if you want to compare the two kU is winning in a land slide. Oh and to the east of you there is no "butt hurt" because MU is moving on to bigger and better things.

I am glad Neinas added the academic power house in WVU to the Big 12, his words.

I am glad your AD likened MU going to the SEC the same way BU womens coach did with TAMU.

Your AD said and I quote: MU going to the SEC is like your husband divorcing you, why would you want to have anything to do with them after that.

Now of course he was quoting the BU coach, but seems like a strange quote to make since you are so superior to MU on all levels. Yet he views kU as MU's bitch.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 6 months ago

"but if you want to compare the two"

I really couldn't care less. It's just entertainment.

WhatUtalkingabout 2 years, 6 months ago

So deranged obsession is a one way street? No, not really but if you want to compare the two kU is winning in a land slide. Oh and to the east of you there is no "butt hurt" because MU is moving on to bigger and better things.

I am glad Neinas added the academic power house in WVU to the Big 12, his words.

I am glad your AD likened MU going to the SEC the same way BU womens coach did with TAMU.

Your AD said and I quote: MU going to the SEC is like your husband divorcing you, why would you want to have anything to do with them after that.

Now of course he was quoting the BU coach, but seems like a strange quote to make since you are so superior to MU on all levels. Yet he views kU as MU's bitch.

riverdrifter 2 years, 6 months ago

Come on, Lefty. Please just post once. Your ignorance is hard enough to take once, let alone twice.

BigAl 2 years, 6 months ago

KU consistently earned more money in the Big 12 than MU. If basketball doesn't matter, please explain that. Outside of Kansas City, not many people care that MU left the Big 12. You go down south and they don't care at all. As far as KC, there are more KU and KSU fans/alum than there are MU folks. MU is not much of a loss for the Big 12. Even West Virginia has been to a final four or two and they also have won a couple of BCS bowls. MU has never been to a final four or a BCS bowl. A lot of people think the Big 12 has upgraded. The Big 12 is solid and in the driver's seat. Like T.Boone Pickens said: "no one cares about Missouri"

BigAl 2 years, 6 months ago

To quote WhatUtalkingabout: "MU is moving on to bigger and better things"
More like MU couldn't beat 'em so they are moving on. MU was second tier in the two major sports. They act as if they are "all that" in football but yet they never won the league in football or ever played in a BCS bowl. As far as basketball, they were totally dominated by KU.

So "moving on to bigger and better things" for MU means if you can't be successful where you've been, might as well get out. I see a tail between the legs. Good riddance.

puddleglum 2 years, 6 months ago

but didnt mizzou go to the final four this year?

tyus edney

shotgun 2 years, 6 months ago

For no one caring about Mizzou, you guys sure keep talking about them. Just can't let go of that hatred. You can bet that if Colorado should happen to win against KU that will end the agreement. There is certainly nothing to gain from a win against Colorado. This is a Self-ish jab at Mizzou, even the great Bill Self can't let go. Could it be that last season Self realized that playing Mizzou is no longer a sure win?

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