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MU guard adds fuel to rivalry

March 8, 2012

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— Outspoken Missouri guard Kim English figures to hear some jeers from Kansas University fans if the rival teams advance to Saturday’s Big 12 tournament finals.

Check out his comments in Wednesday’s Columbia Missourian that have made their way to various Internet message boards: “I respect Kansas basketball to the fullest. I respect their players. I respect their coaches big time. I just hate their fans,” English, a 6-6 senior from Baltimore, said.

“Their fans kind of have a false sense of security about what Kansas basketball is. It’s not Kentucky. It’s not UCLA.”

He sees it as KU has three national titles, not five. “If they want to count championships from 1922 and ’23, then that’s fine,” he told the paper, referring to Helms Foundation titles.

English on Wednesday jokingly thanked KU and Kansas State fans for spending money in the state of Missouri while attending the 2012 Big 12 tournament. He also referred to K.C. as “our town.”

KU coach Bill Self was not bothered by English’s comments.

“He’s got a little Norm (Stewart, former MU coach) in him. There’s nothing wrong with that,” Self said after Wednesday’s short practice in Sprint Center.

“Everybody loves and respects Norm, especially after Norm retired,” the coach added with a laugh. “That’s one thing that does kind of crack me up. There’s been so many things that have been said innocently that aren’t stories that people can take the ball and run with because they are leaving (for SEC). I’ve not followed what everybody is saying. That’s a pretty good quote by Kim.”

Self said earlier in the week that “Kansas City is more of a K-State, KU town than it is a Missouri town, at least the way we see it.”

On Wednesday, Self said: “I actually had people do some research. If you add K-State and KU alums that have graduated and alums that did not graduate but at least went to school there for a brief period of time, they’re not close,” he said of fans of the three schools that live in K.C.

“I don’t know what I said that is even remotely controversial. I always thought controversial statements were things that could be taken one way or another. To me, if it’s fact, I don’t see what’s controversial.

"I don’t think the numbers lie. We are only 45 minutes from here. We have 88,000 alums that live in the five-county area. This is a big deal to come play in Kansas City. That’s why the tournament will be great here no matter what. ... We need to sell it. That’s all I’m trying to do is sell it. This is the place to have the Big 12 tournament, period.

“If Kansas and Missouri are not playing Saturday, it’ll still be a full house. That’s why the tournament always needs to stay here.”

Recruiting: Jordan Tebbutt, a 6-5, 230-pound small forward from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., attended Saturday’s Senior Night game against Texas as part of an unofficial recruiting visit. Tebbutt, who is originally from Tualatin, Ore., has received scholarship offers from USC, UCLA, Virginia, Oregon State, Portland, Virginia, Washington and Washington State.

“I loved it and the fans at Kansas are amazing,” Tebbutt told Rivals.com. “It was a fun night and a great atmosphere.”

Comments

Gregory Newman 2 years, 1 month ago

If Ej quits relying on the three and punch that gas with dribble drives with pull up mid-range jumpers. Its lights out for Mizzou and Kentucky period. If hes scared to drive the lane well than the Hawks are done. BS recruited him because thats what he saw in recruiting. He needs to junk those 2 assistants. Him and Danny can go alone until he can find real guard coaches. They will beat Mizzou but Kentucky it will take a full EJ not just a three EJ leave that to Teahan

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nate cleveland 2 years, 1 month ago

Kim English can suck it! The history of basketball starts right here in Lawrence. Mizzery will never win a college championship in basketball. They wont ever win an SEC title either until calipari is gone from Kentucky. Kansas City is a KU and Kstate town and always will be. Go back to columbia cryin after we beat ur ass in the championship game in Allen Fieldhouse East! (if they can make it there lol)

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ksbball1 2 years, 1 month ago

"Everybody loves and respects Norm,especially after Norm retired," the coach added with a laugh. Not true, this KU fan still hates Norm Stewart and always will.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 1 month ago

Sigh... He does not know his basketball history, which begins with Kansas. He needs to Look up the all-time winningest programs, etc. I won't waste my time trying to educate him

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agilla 2 years, 1 month ago

Five national championships or three national championships, we still have more than Mizzou. How many do they have? ZERO. They have never even been to the Final Four. So what about UCLA? All I have to say about that is Tyus Edney. And Kentucky, well, they will have to play them in the SEC, so instead of KU kicking their Tiger tails, it will be UK instead! Good riddance!

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kujayhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Kim English is an idiot. Based on his logic, Missouri is a low level mid major.

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Robert Rauktis 2 years, 1 month ago

Kim English is very commendable. Like Bill Walton, he had a tremendous stuttering problem and both are now articulate, if unbearably so. He could come to my class anytime and lecture about anything. "Now that Bill (Walton) has learned to speak, we need to teach him to keep quiet." (near quote) Coach John Wooden

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