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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Simien tickled by team induction

For former Jayhawk, group honor trumps individual recognition for KU Hall of Fame

Wayne Simien meets his golfing partners, Lori Isabel, left, and Peggy Darrow before teeing off at the Wayne Simien Golf Tournament Monday at Alvamar Country Club. Simien will be inducted into the KU Hall of Fame Saturday.

Wayne Simien meets his golfing partners, Lori Isabel, left, and Peggy Darrow before teeing off at the Wayne Simien Golf Tournament Monday at Alvamar Country Club. Simien will be inducted into the KU Hall of Fame Saturday.

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Wayne Simien will be inducted into the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday morning as an individual and as part of the 2003-04 Jayhawk team, Bill Self’s first team at KU.

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Wayne Simien tees off on the first hole to kick off the Family Promise of Lawrence golf tourney Monday at Alvamar Country Club.

It should come as no surprise which of the two accolades former consensus first-team All-American Simien wished to discuss Monday at the Family Promise of Lawrence Golf Tournament at Alvamar Country Club.

“I’m really excited for the 2004 team induction, to get the guys together and be honored and of course be able to tell a few stories. We’ll be real excited come Saturday,” Simien said, downplaying his own induction by saying, “it’s because of the incredible coaches and teammates I had to make my individual success possible.”

The ’03-04 team went 24-9, tied for second in the Big 12 and earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s St. Louis Regional. KU advanced to the regional final, falling to Georgia Tech in overtime.

“It was that main transition year, ushering in a new era of Kansas basketball,” Simien said of switching from the Roy Williams era to the Self era.

“It was important being able to keep the success, retain the success. I definitely want to hold the team award up more than the individual.”

Juniors Simien and Keith Langford each scored their 1,000th career points during that season. Simien was named All-Big 12 first team and was named to the St. Louis regional all-tourney team with Aaron Miles. Christian Moody and Brett Olson were both named first-team academic All-Big 12.

“I remember a lot about that year,” Moody said Monday from Alvamar. “That was an eye-opening year of the first Boot Camp with coach Self, some long practices, some great wins for coach’s first year. A lot of new guys, new faces that year came in and really stepped up. I can’t forget about our seniors — Jeff Graves, Bryant Nash, Brett Olson — they were great leaders for us.”

The team consisted of players already mentioned in this article, plus Nick Bahe, Jeremy Case, J.R. Giddens, Jeff Hawkins, Michael Lee, Moulaye Niang, David Padgett, Stephen Vinson and Omar Wilkes. Staff members included Self, Norm Roberts, Joe Dooley, Tim Jankovich, Danny Manning, Ben Miller, Sean Harrington and Brett Ballard.

Of former Leavenworth High standout Simien, second-year KU Med Center student Moody said: “Wayne is deserving of every award out there. He’s such a great guy and humble man. I mean he is a great basketball player, even more so a great person, great friend.”

Simien served as co-chair of the 2010 Family Promise Tournament with Cindy Self. Family Promise helps homeless families with children seek ways to find employment and housing. It started with eight congregations participating in November, 2008, and now has 34. For more information go to the website Lawrencefamilypromise.org.

“The tournament is a great success of being able to bring awareness to, and raise funds for the organization which has so much to offer the community in helping homeless families with children,” said Simien, one of 97 golfers to participate in the scramble event.

“We’re not only helping those in need, but really bringing the community together in a collaborative effort, multiple congregations all over the city to help out for a great cause. I see myself being involved as long as I can help bring awareness and any other type of good efforts to the organization,” added Simien, head of his own “Called to Greatness” ministry.

Noted Moody: “Last year I got to help with this golf tournament. With med school, I haven’t been able to get away from the books as much as I wish I could. My wife and her family are volunteers for the program. I get to hear a lot about it through them.”

Moody and wife, Nicole, have a 3-month old son, William.

“We have all kinds of nicknames for him. We used to call Wayne Simien ‘Big Dub.’ William is ‘Little Dub’ right now,” Moody said. “He is a joy, and we’re having a blast with him.”

Crimson and Blue on top: KU basketball staff members Barry Hinson and Kyle Keller, as well as interim KU athletic director Sean Lester and KU golf coach Erin O’Neil, won the scramble tourney with a score of 58.

More on KU Hall ceremony: KU track and field standout Charlie Gruber and three-sport letter-winner Harold Patterson also will be inducted Saturday. The Hall of Fame picture revealing, which is open to the public, will be at 10:15 a.m. at the Booth Family Hall of Athletics. The Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame was established “to formally recognize outstanding individual and team achievements and to preserve the heritage and tradition of the University’s intercollegiate athletics program.” The Hall of Fame display is located in the Booth Family Hall of Athletics.

Comments

Ted Toulouse 11 years, 1 month ago

I'm a huge fan of KU basketball and I think every team is special and noteworthy. But I'm not really seeing the significance of inducting this team. Not too much accomplishment here. No Big 12 championships, 9 loses and no Final Four? I personally think Roy's first year team deserves more credit for having a winning season despite the loss of players and the knowledge of nothing to play for at the end of the season.

My 2-cents

Martin Rosenblum 11 years, 1 month ago

agreed ttoulouse..

Look at the names of the players being inducted as part of the team. Three of them left the program for other schools after (or during) that season cutting their ties with KU. Hope those three don't show up for the ceremony!

Wayne deserves his personal honor without doubt, however.

KEITHMILES05 11 years, 1 month ago

No, four of them left the program, not three.

KU_FanSince75 11 years, 1 month ago

Wayne is a good man---he deserves the award---congrats!

REHawk 11 years, 1 month ago

For the upperclassmen on the team this was a huge transition year, the tumultous departure of Roy Williams and the emergence of a very different but rock solid innovator Bill Self. I remember Lankford and Graves, especially, finding the adjustment quite difficult. As, obviously, did David Padgett's father. And the mercurial play of J.R. Giddens. Wayne Simien, as rock solid as his new coach, helped guide this group to a near conference and regional title. In the brilliant assist play of Aaron Miles we got a glimpse of the tough team oriented point guard play which would become a hallmark of Bill Self Basketball. With all the titles accumulated by the Jayhawks since the playing days of Danny Manning, sometimes KU basketball followers tend to forget the monumental efforts exerted to do so well as this team, considering the tough conference competition and a new coach with a very different vision arriving on the scene. A quick perusal of the Kansas basketball record book for individual and group success would allay doubts about the prominence of the 2003-04 Jayhawks. By season's end we had waved goodbye to good ol' Roy and welcomed a new era of winning Jayhawk Roundball. This staff and this group of players weathered the storm.

KUFan90 11 years, 1 month ago

Big Dub rockin' the "Urkel" look...he needs to loosen up and unbutton a button or two on that shirt.

REHawk : breaking out the old thesaurus on us today eh? "tumultous", "monumental", "perusal", "allay", "mercurial", "hallmark"...top notch my good man! Bully!

jaybate 11 years, 1 month ago

I actually just gave birth to a Herford. :-)

not_important 11 years, 1 month ago

The criteria for team induction was changed to a Regional Final or "Elite 8" team many years ago. The '66 team with Jo Jo White's controversial call against Texas Western was a special team and is in the HOF. The '96 team was the farthest a team with Vaughn, Pollard, LaFrentz, Pierce and others got in the tournament and it is in the HOF. In the future the '07 team will get inducted as well. The '04 team met the criteria for induction, so they deserve the honor.

Do not dismiss the squad because it didn't win its last game. It IS special to reach that level in the tournament. Good teams slip up as this past year clearly showed. To get three wins in the tournament shows that a team is talented, focused, and steady. Not to mention that Ga Tech game went to overtime and a bogus charging call on Langford by an out of position Jim Burr sent him to the bench way too early. To finish as one of 8 teams out of 300+ in Division I basketball is worthy of the honor. To dismiss it does not give the players, coaches, and staff near enough credit.

WilburNether 11 years, 1 month ago

This is a great example of "dumbing down" the recognition of truly special players and teams. The criteria for hanging a number on the wall at AFH have been dumbed down, and now the criteria for including a team in a HOF have been dumbed down. It seems now that truly significant accomplishments are no longer needed, as long as a player or team have some degree of popularity, whether with fans, or with their coach, or both. (See Roy Williams changing the criteria so he could get his favorites' names on the wall.)

How long before EVERY team gets in, and EVERY player who gains some popularity gets his name and number on the wall at AFH?

Next thing you know, some dolt will be calling for the likes of Giddens and Moody to have their jerseys on the wall.

It's getting ridiculous, folks.

Tony Bandle 11 years, 1 month ago

Miles, Simien, Langford and Lee went onto to greater fame as I recall by being shown on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the Preseason Number One for 2004/2005 and promptly lost in the first round to a "B" Team.

If I remember, Simien played with essentially one arm that year, but this Senior laden team for some reason, never really gelled.

Please correct me if I'm wrong...the memory is the second thing to go with old age. I can't remember the first!

jaybate 11 years, 1 month ago

"Some Ways You Know It Is a Slow KUSports.com News Day"

~Wayne Simien stories abound.

~No Keegsian scribing about Lew Perkins being resident evil.

~Board rats giving links to other sites with lingerie advertisements.

~Careless typos that when combined spell "Get here quick, Late Night."

~Bill Mayer found mainlining last known bottle of Geritol.

~Keegs observed at Sansabelt costume party.

~Chancellor Bernie found in The Wheel taking "administrative break" and no one posts a cell phone pic to Facebook.

~Tyshawn says he only weighs 173, despite being listed 185, and announces he will bring a new style of play called XTReme Lite, yet board rats focus instead on trying to get in touch with their feelings about Hunk.

~Team found nude sunbathing on the roof of AFH by Nick Krug and he nudes up and joins them, rather than snapping photos of beefcake for Players of the Big 12 spread in Playgirl.

~Coaching staff found on the lawn in front of Allen Field House having a group discussion about one of Oprah's old books of the month: Soul Stories by former Kansan Gary Zukav.

<p>~KUSports.com Online Editor "taps" Bob Knight getting a pedicure in Lubbock as the top story for the day, despite The General slapping the pedicurist for not pushing back his nail beds forcefully enough.

~Sliver's rumor that Self just offered Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man a scholie to be KU's designated enforcer taken seriously by TexasBuzzard33&a1/3 and he swaps his Rick Barnes doll for an RDJ doll.

~jaybate posts "Some Ways You Know It Is a Slow KUSports.com News Day."

(Note: None of the above happened, but some has erroneously been misconscrewed as true. Malice? Not.)

jaybate 11 years, 1 month ago

"Some Ways You Know It Is a Slow KUSports.com News Day"

~Wayne Simien stories abound.

~No Keegsian scribing about Lew Perkins being resident evil.

~Board rats giving links to other sites with lingerie advertisements.

~Careless typos that when combined spell "Get here quick, Late Night."

~Bill Mayer found mainlining last known bottle of Geritol.

~Keegs observed at Sansabelt costume party.

~Chancellor Bernie found in The Wheel taking "administrative break" and no one posts a cell phone pic to Facebook.

~Tyshawn says he only weighs 173, despite being listed 185, and announces he will bring a new style of play called XTReme Lite, yet board rats focus instead on trying to get in touch with their feelings about Hunk.

~Team found nude sunbathing on the roof of AFH by Nick Krug and he nudes up and joins them, rather than snapping photos of beefcake for Players of the Big 12 spread in Playgirl.

~Coaching staff found on the lawn in front of Allen Field House having a group discussion about one of Oprah's old books of the month: Soul Stories by former Kansan Gary Zukav.

<p>~KUSports.com Online Editor "taps" Bob Knight getting a pedicure in Lubbock as the top story for the day, despite The General slapping the pedicurist for not pushing back his nail beds forcefully enough.

~Sliver's rumor that Self just offered Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man a scholie to be KU's designated enforcer taken seriously by TexasBuzzard33&a1/3 and he swaps his Rick Barnes doll for an RDJ doll.

~jaybate posts "Some Ways You Know It Is a Slow KUSports.com News Day."

(Note: None of the above happened, but some has erroneously been misconscrewed as true. Malice? Not.)

FairgroveJayhawk 11 years, 1 month ago

~Careless typos that when combined spell "Get here quick, Late Night."

+1

jaybate 11 years, 1 month ago

Erratum:

~jaybate double-posts "Some Ways You Know It Is a Slow KUSports.com News Day."

Martin Rosenblum 11 years, 1 month ago

It's so slow that I decided to defrag my computer today!

jaybate 11 years, 1 month ago

Erratum:

~jaybate double-posts "Some Ways You Know It Is a Slow KUSports.com News Day."

Tony Bandle 11 years, 1 month ago

Jaybate..is your avatar the Holy Grail that Indiana Jones drank out of and is that why there will be sequels to the end of this century because he will live forever?

"Some Ways You know It Is a Slow KUSports.com News Day".......asking about Jaybate's Avatar.

TexasHawk44 11 years, 1 month ago

Thank God I was not disappointed. I just knew I would find a mindless rant from Carrot Top, I mean Jaybate, here.

Nothing compares to an endless diatribe of unfunny running comments from the internet mongloid that is Jaybate -- oops, I mean Carrot Top.

God, you two are so easy to confuse as stupidity is often difficult to differentiate from idiocy. Flip a coin and it could go either way.

Chris Shaw 11 years, 1 month ago

Game, set, match.................Jaybate!

Tony Bandle 11 years, 1 month ago

TexasHawk44

Just a tip. When blasting someone for stupidity and idiocy, spell check your remarks. It kind of dilutes the message. M-O-N-G-O-L-O-I-D

jaybate 11 years, 1 month ago

@ Oak...classic.

@ kushaw...thx.

@Txasschickenhawk...u r in extreme pain and I am your Texorcist. :-)

melrank 11 years, 1 month ago

Texorcist - LOL - I just spilled coffee on my shirt.

RockChalk26 11 years, 1 month ago

I am a fan of Wayne. But enough already with all these articles about him.

KU_FanSince75 11 years, 1 month ago

@ Jaybate---- You forgot one, man!!!!!!!!! You know it is a slow news day at KUSports.com when: "Mulaza posts are everywhere that make no sense and uses Kansas University in one of the posts----uh, it's University of Kansas. Please spare us, mulaza!!!!!!!

jaybate 11 years, 1 month ago

Am I the only board rat paralysed with fear at reading the quote by Tyshawn that he plans to be the point guard?

I still want him to master the 2 guard position before he starts and plays PG at crunch time.

I still want him to show me that he does not fade away from the basket someone taller than him exhales at him in the paint.

I still want him to gain 10 pounds, so he's merely wiry and not fragile.

He can do all of this, of course, but he hasn't done it yet.

I am your original ultra-fan, Tyshawn. I named you Quantum T your freshman year, because you had quickness few possessed. I defended your long, slow and fitful progress toward becoming the fastest glue player in history last year.

But even I am not bullish enough on you yet to turn the point over to you at crunch time.

Since Selby is now in limbo, I suppose there will be pressure to rush Tyshawn at PG, but at least Tyrel was a PG in high school. And EJ, if he can now trifectate, showed me PG tools even as he was stinking up the floor last season. During your stints at PG you just dribbled the ball up the floor and passed it to Sherron who then did his PG thing. You never exhibited point guard behavior that I can recall, even when asked to do so.

Please, Coach Self, let Quantum T get his bearings at the 2 again this season. Please platoon Tyrel and EJ at the PG, if Selby can't suit up. Bring Quantum T along slowly. He's proven he's too fragile to be thrown to the dogs at the outset.

By mid season, with Quantum T splitting ball handling duties from the 2, he should be ready to take over occassionally at crunch time and bring his incredible speed to bear in the service of the legacy...if he doesn't fade away from exhales, and if he has worked on stretching out the periods of times he can focus. His attention deficit has to be remedied. He needs to prove consistency at the 2, before he's thrown in over his head at the 1.

Rock Chalk.

KU_FanSince75 11 years, 1 month ago

Hey, mulaza----just for the record--the future female KU soccer player you are referring to did not go to Derby Middle School---want to go for "Double Jepardy," you wanna be Jayhawk fan? The egg is on your face, not mine. Sixth graders are not at the Middle School, in Derby. You only embarrassed yourself and the real fans/alumni at KU will know now how inaccurate your posts continue to be. HA, HA, HA. Damn, why am I even bothering to respond to you!

FairgroveJayhawk 11 years, 1 month ago

anyone want to make a guess on when Selby will be cleared to play?

oh me! me! ..... tomorrow!!

Martin Rosenblum 11 years, 1 month ago

Can't believe nobody has commented on Wayne's golf partners!

Where did they tee off from? I bet the two women used the ladies tees but was Wayne allowed to do the same since it was his tournament? If so, he must have gotten on the green pretty quickly. His tournament, his rules!

melrank 11 years, 1 month ago

Winning score of 58 - either the KU Golf Coach is really good or we've got too many admins playing golf all the time. Sounds like that team was stacked.

TexasHawk44 11 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for the tip. But Carrot Top's idiocy isn't from his spelling or grammar. It is from his arrogant rants...

jaybate 11 years, 1 month ago

SexlessJock.22micron, er TexasHawk44,

It must be a lean living you make from words, judging from your limitations and as Clint said, "A man has to know his limitations."

Next, in info theory, and in military Psy-Ops, er MISO (military information support ops) 101, repeating signal, aka staying on message among political hacks, media strategists and journalistic hatchet dorks, aka repeating a lie among black ops only works, when the opponent fails to counter the signal with more skill and more signal; i.e., fails to stay on message and fails to repeat the truth about the fop initiating attack. Surely they taught that to ewe, when ewe sucked on the government teat with a keyboard, rather than manning up and volunteering to carry a gas-operated, selectively automatic, or semi-automatic shoulder weeeeapon. No, wait. You did man-up. That's what you'll say, isn't it? You served your country, just like you now make your living from words, right? Oh, yes, I believe it. :-)

Hey, have you heard that the "Society of American Fake Journalists Claiming To Make Their Livings from Words" is meeting at The Village where Patrick McGoohan filmed "The Prisoner?" Have you heard the theme of this year's meeting is "Teaching Fake Journalists How to Disinform?"

Next, "arrogant rants" is the kind of epithet a Viagra addict two weeks off his regimen would use. It sounds un-manly. It sounds like a guy with a gender crisis contemplating a sex change, being interviewed by Barbara Walters and the girls. It sounds un-manly, if I may repeat myself. Stay on message, right? You're impotent with words, right? Why, you sound un-Texan. You sound anti-liquified natural gas proprietary infrastructurist. Your post sound anti-super corridorian. It sounds anti-Gov. Bush reputedly high-jacking the UT-Austin oil endowment by appointment. It sounds anti-pre-emptive war doctrinesque. It sounds un-water boarding and un-torture supporting. Why, why, why, it sounds un-central bank-centric, my good fop, TayhossSquawkCapGun. Why it sounds as absurd as World Trade Center Tower 7 falling in its own foot print without ever having been hit by anything. Stop it. Don't use "arrogant rant" again. It recalls so much of the bad old days the world is now trying to dig out of. Go to the online thesaurus that seems your wan, post Viagra addiction and use it again, use it again, use it again. :-)

You da wordsmith, TexasLurkerAirGun. You got chops.

:-)

KEITHMILES05 11 years, 1 month ago

This Jaybate person is way over the top. Enough said.

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