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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

KU hall of fame to induct 33

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Several Olympians and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famers will be among those inducted Saturday into Kansas University's Athletics Hall of Fame.

Fifteen teams and 33 individuals - including those who played on the 1952, '56 and '60 Olympic men's basketball championship teams - will be inducted during KU's 7 p.m. men's basketball game against Baylor.

Olympic champs from 1952 to be inducted are: Charlie Hoag, Bill Hougland, John Keller, Dean Kelley, Bob Kenney and Bill Lienhard. Hougland is a 1956 champion and Al Kelley a '60 champ.

Those to gain admittance as Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame inductees are: John Bunn, John McClendon, Ralph Miller, Adolph Rupp and Dean Smith.

At 11 a.m. that same day, to honor the achievements of the previous inductees and these storied individuals and teams, KU's athletic department will unveil a new Hall of Fame exhibit in the Booth Family Hall of Athletics, complete with nearly 300 images of KU's rich sports history.

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hawk4evr 10 years, 4 months ago

Dean Smith? You gotta be kidding me. With freinds like him who needs enemies. There a lot of former athletes that have done so much more for the university than Smith ever did and are not in the Hall of Athletics. It's time we honor some of the people who really care about KU.

10 years, 4 months ago

I agree, hawk4evr. However, even though I view Dean as the real traitor in the Roy back to UNC deal, he would never have been at KU in the first place without Dean's influence.

actorman 10 years, 4 months ago

Hawk4evr, that's a ridiculous comment. I harbor as much resentment as anyone over the way the Roy to UNC deal came about, but it would be incredibly classless for KU to induct every Olympian but one. That would be the type of thing we would expect from Misuse. The fact is that it's KU policy to put all Olympians in the HOF, and that policy should be consistent.

Besides that, it's not just that Roy would never have come here in the first place if it weren't for Dean, but we can thank him for Larry Brown as well. So he had an impact on the '88 championship. As much as it bothered me when Roy left, I still feel some gratitude for the things that DS has contributed to KU.

OmahaKUAlum 10 years, 4 months ago

I agree. Roy Williams did a lot of KU basketball, and he ran a classy program. It's hard to blame a guy who left to "go back home" under the influence of his family. It's not like he left the cupboard bare, and we definitely got a great coach to replace him. It's time for Jayhawk fans to get over it and be happy with what we have! I will always wish Roy well...although I wouldn't mind us beating UNC in the national title game! :)

10 years, 4 months ago

actorman -

Do you think Dean may have tried helping us out with those coaching changes since he turned us down when we asked him to replace Ted Owens? Perhaps I am being a little hard on him. It's just tough to stomach, Dean asking Roy to "come home" after he rejected basically the same proposal from his alma matter.

Oh, well. We have an awesome coach now, and it was great having Roy while he was here.

Displayhawk 10 years, 4 months ago

I agree with njjayhawk, KU fans need to get over being mad at both Dean and Roy. As Dean Smith said when asked to replace Ted Owens, "It's kind of hard to leave a place that names a building after you!" I don't blame him at all for staying, and he did send Roy Williams our way. All Roy did was elevate the KU program to elite status! The man's Mother was dying and his son lived close by, and he was going back to a place where he graduated from, and a state he grew up in. How many of you wouldn't have done the same thing??? Why don't you direct your angst toward those who truly deserve it! ........Missourians!

Kenny George 10 years, 4 months ago

Dean Smith sends Roy Williams our way.

Thank You.

Roy turns down N.C. job on first offer and says he is here to stay.

Good Move

KU goes to championship game and looses to Syracuse and after the game ends up in Williams room convincing him to come to NC.

Classless on both sides.

Hall of Famers should be rewarded for on the field/court performance not coaching somewhere else. Smith should not be a Hall of Famer as he was not All-America caliber on the court.

actorman 10 years, 4 months ago

You're right that he wasn't All-America caliber on the court, and perhaps KU needs to change its policies. But again I point to the fact that IT IS KU POLICY TO INDUCT OLYMPIANS IN ITS HOF. That's simply the way KU does it and--again--if that's the policy, then they should not exclude Dean Smith simply because he pissed some people off.

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