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Saturday, April 4, 2009

KU’s Self adds to coaching awards

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Kansas University’s Bill Self continues to pile up coaching awards for his work during the 2008-09 season.

Self on Saturday was presented the CBS/Chevrolet Coach of the Year Award in a nationally televised presentation at halftime of the Michigan State/UConn Final Four game at Detroit’s Ford Field.

“It’s a humbling honor,” Self said in accepting the trophy presented by the CBS talent and production staff that worked games all season.

“I very much appreciate it, but first and foremost, I’ve got to thank our players, our staff and our university. On behalf of all of them, I thank Chevrolet for all you do for college athletics.”

CBS and Chevrolet will make a monetary donation to KU’s general scholarship fund in Self’s name. Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin was named CBS/Chevrolet Player of the Year at the same halftime ceremony Saturday.

Self on Friday was presented the Henry P. Iba Coach of the Year Award presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association of America as well as the Associated Press Coach of the Year Award.

Self also has won 2008-09 coach of the year awards as presented by the Big 12 Conference, Yahoo Sports, Sporting News, Athlon Sports and CBSsportsline.com. He’s a Naismith Coach of the Year Award finalist.

l Collins honored: KU’s Sherron Collins on Saturday was named to the 10-player State Farm Div. I All-America team as presented by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Collins was in Detroit for the awards ceremony and attended the Final Four semifinal games.

l Robinson honored: Future KU player Thomas Robinson, a 6-8 power forward from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., has been named a fourth-team Parade All-American.

l More on Henry situation: ESPN reportedly ran a scroll on the bottom of the screen Saturday indicating Xavier Henry would enroll at KU and C.J. Henry, Xavier’s older brother, would transfer from Memphis to KU and petition the NCAA to play right away. ESPN apparently cited a Rivals.com report that actually never said the decision was final.

Rivals.com, as well as the Journal-World, on Friday quoted Carl Henry, the father of the two players, as saying Xavier definitely wants to attend KU after asking out of his Memphis letter of intent. However Carl indicated three scenarios remain: the two could play at KU together, the two could play at Memphis together or the two could split up — Xavier to KU and C.J. to stay at Memphis where he red-shirted his freshman season as a walk-on.

“What is scrolling across ESPN is not true,” Carl Henry told the Daily Oklahoman. “I gave (Rivals.com) them a possible scenario of what could happen.”

Rivals correctly reported the scenario.

“They still want to play together,” Carl told the Oklahoman. “But we haven’t decided yet, we haven’t even talked.”

Meanwhile, Carl Henry told Zagsblog.net on Saturday that the Henry brothers “should have their releases from Memphis as early as Monday,” and at that point would be able to talk to coaches about a transfer.

Carl repeated to Zagsblog on Saturday what he told Rivals and the J-W. “Xavier does want to go to Kansas,” Carl said.

Zagsblog’s Adam Zagoria, who is one of the East Coast’s top recruiting analysts, said if Xavier Henry ends up at Kansas, “look for Brooklyn’s Lance Stephenson to potentially end up at Maryland or St. John’s.”

Stephenson, 6-6 from Lincoln High, has a final three of KU, Maryland and St. John’s.

l Orton, Calipari meet: Daniel Orton, a 6-10, 260-pound senior center from Oklahoma City’s McGuinness High, met with new Kentucky coach John Calipari on Wednesday. Orton, who signed with Kentucky over KU and others last November, has not yet decided whether he’ll attend UK following the firing of Billy Gillispie.

“He (Calipari) was here for about one hour,” Daniel’s father, Larry, told the Daily Oklahoman. “The visit went good. We are still waiting (to see what happens),” added Larry, who wants to talk in-depth with Calipari on how he plans on using Daniel in his system at Kentucky.

l Drew to stay at Baylor: Baylor's Scott Drew removed himself from consideration Saturday night to become the University of Memphis basketball coach, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported. CBSsports.com says Memphis will now possibly consider Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton and former New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus.

l Salary info: Here are the salaries of the Big 12 coaches (per year) as reported by the Daily Oklahoman: Self, $3 million; Texas’ Rick Barnes $2 million; Missouri’s Mike Anderson, $1.55 million; Oklahoma State’s Travis Ford, $1.3 million; Texas A&M;’s Mark Turgeon, $1.2 million; Oklahoma’s Jeff Capel, $1.05 million (new contract on the way); Nebraska’s Doc Sadler, $800,000; Iowa State’s Greg McDermott, $800,000; Kansas State’s Frank Martin, $760,000; Colorado’s Jeff Bzdelik, $750,000. Texas Tech’s Pat Knight is paid the median range of Big 12 coaches. Baylor will not reveal Scott Drew’s salary.

l Aldrich cheers: KU soph center Cole Aldrich enjoyed supporting KU’s women’s team during its postseason run to the title game of the NIT.

“It’s a blast to come out here and support another team of ours. We don’t have the opportunity to come out and support our women’s team that many times,” Aldrich said from Allen Fieldhouse, site of Wednesday’s semifinal victory over Illinois State and Saturday’s title-game loss to South Florida.

Aldrich, who is still wearing a boot in response to the stress reaction in his left foot, said he does not need surgery. He said he’ll wear the boot, “about another week until it’s totally healed.”

Self says he’ll gather information on the NBA Draft stock of Aldrich and Collins and speak with the two later this week. Draftexpress.com’s Jonathan Givony believes Aldrich definitely “is returning to Kansas for his junior season.”

Cole’s dad, Walt, told Charlie Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press on Saturday that his son probably will return for his junior year, “so he can get bigger and stronger.”

Of his and Collins’ future, Cole said this week: “We’re just trying to rest our bodies right now and enjoy the little time we’ve had off. We’ve been busy the last seven months. We’re enjoying the week off.”

Comments

MrPilot 10 years, 10 months ago

Congrats, Coach! They'll have to add on another wing to his office to hold all the hardware.

KUSmurf 10 years, 10 months ago

Keep the awards coming! Congratulations again.

kufan1993 10 years, 10 months ago

Congrats Coach Self! You deserve every single one of these awards! Thanks for all the work and dedication you put into the Kansas program. It is greatly appreciated.

sustainabilitysister 10 years, 10 months ago

We LOVE YOU Coach Self!!! CONGRATULATIONS to you, the team, your staff and family!

rawkhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

I loved all the press that KU got today, despite not being in the final four. Go Spartans. Hope that Xavier and CJ come to KU and it would be nice if Sherron and Cole stay... Coach Bill Self is the man!!!!

craigers 10 years, 10 months ago

sustainabilitysister nailed it right no the head. Not only congrats to Coach Self, but congrats to the staff because they all made this possible by being great at their own jobs.

jchawkfan 10 years, 10 months ago

Congratulations coach!! We are very lucky to have you.
Congratulations to Collins as well. I hope your family time with your son went well.
Thank you both for a great seasons. I can't wait till next year.

Michael Auchard 10 years, 10 months ago

Wow. This article is just about perfect. So much to look forward to next year. Crossing my fingers that it all comes to fruition. RCJH.

Greg Lux 10 years, 10 months ago

Congrats HCBS you certainly are deserving of the honors. Congrats to Coaches Manning Dooley & Townsend who didn't get awards but without who's help HCBS would not have gotten his, so I believe the award is for all the Staff not just the Head Coach. Congrats to our team who came so far under you and your fellow coaches leadership. And Congrats to Cole and his family for making a great decision (staying and continuing to build his body and experience) for his and your future in the NBA. I know the last is not final but I have always believed he would return for his junior year.

Rock Chalk

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 10 months ago

You've got to figure that Scott Drew will be getting a bump just following his NIT run. Then, since he was the target of Memphis' search for a while, that must be worth more money to him in a new feal. That makes two Big 12 coaches that wanted nothing to do with being Cal's successor. I pity the fool who comes in behind him! What do you want to bet that the NCAA is poking their noses into the former Calipari offices right now. Surely there are skeletons hiding in his ex-closets, and they don't belong to the biology department!

Kudos to our revered coach on his many honors. It's time that the program is recognized nationally for having a man of integrity and skill at the helm.

thisis 10 years, 10 months ago

Wow. This was an info-PACKED article. Totally awesome to read.

Brett Glover 10 years, 10 months ago

Hey does anyone know where I can find a video of the COY award, can't find it. . . .

Chris Shaw 10 years, 10 months ago

Anybody else hoping and praying that North Carolina doesn't win the National Title.

Brett Glover 10 years, 10 months ago

Me, I really want to see little Tyler Hansbrough cry. That would make my day.

HaiL2ThAjHaWkX 10 years, 10 months ago

i am Kushaw. Sparties better bring their A game

milwaukeeJAYHAWK 10 years, 10 months ago

yeah, i never rooted for UNC anyways. State better bring it better than they did in December and not lose by 35 points or whatever the score was last time they played...

Alex Wishart 10 years, 10 months ago

http://www.squidoo.com/KU-Jayhawks-2008

they renamed the UNC mascot after stealing from our legacy. i still dont want 'em to win. Go Spartans! Go Magic! Go Detroit Rock City!

keith horinek 10 years, 9 months ago

Does that make 3 Coach of the Year awards now? Big 12 coach of the year, AP coach of the year and now CBS/Chevrolet coach of the year? How many more are there? That's gotta be good for recruiting. Congratulations Coach Self!

100 10 years, 9 months ago

Nice thinking Cole -- sounds like you will stay. Nothing could be better for you, strengthwise, basketballwise, moneywise...

Best of all it will be the best year of your life.

Off topic, I saw a rumor in a Memphis paper that their new coach might "try" to hire Carl Henry as an assistant coach to lure X and CJ.

I hope Carl understands the risk that would be to his sons' careers. Their coach has never even coached a high school game!

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