Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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Kansas head coach Bill Self discussed Wednesday's senior night and his senior players Tyrel Reed, Brady Morningstar and Mario Little at his weekly press conference Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Bill Self weekly press conference, Feb. 28, 2011


Starters revealed

Kansas University coach Bill Self said he would start seniors Brady Morningstar, Tyrel Reed and Mario Little to go with the Morris twins in Wednesday’s 8 p.m. Senior Night game against Texas A&M.;

He said sophomore point guard Elijah Johnson, who has started the past two games for suspended junior Tyshawn Taylor, would be first guard off the bench.

Self was asked on his Hawk Talk radio show if he’d come to a resolution regarding Taylor’s status.

“There probably is in our (coaches) mind. I will not say anything yet. He has done well,” Self said. “He has to take care of some business. He is well on his way to taking care of that. I’ll keep it at that until everything is complete.”

As far as Johnson being ahead of Taylor in the rotation, Self said: “It doesn’t matter if we bring Tyshawn back or not. Elijah has earned that right (to be first guard off bench),” Self said, noting Johnson would be starting point guard if the NCAA Tournament started today. “I like Tyshawn and his game and a lot of things, but we played pretty well when he didn’t play. It’s not something I feel we have to change what we’re doing.”

Morris on list

Marcus Morris on Monday was named one of 10 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy. The other finalists for the U.S. Basketball Writers player of the year award: Jordan Hamilton, Derrick Williams, Jimmer Fredette, JaJuan Johnson, Terrence Jones, Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith, Jared Sullinger and Kemba Walker.

Brevity works

Self said he placed a four-minute limit on Wednesday’s Senior Day speeches.

More on travel

The Jayhawks’ long travel day back from Saturday’s game at Oklahoma, chronicled in Monday’s Journal-World, included a 3.5-hour bus ride from Tulsa. It turns out the Jayhawks rode one old bus.

“It was a ’67 model. We had VHS (movie capability), but we didn’t have the big cassette so we couldn’t watch anything,” Self said. “We had air, but the bus driver had never driven a bus that old and didn’t know how to turn it on. He called for instructions and said, ‘Thirty minutes from now it’ll kick in.’ He was right. It finally did. It all just added to the stories we’ll tell 30 years from now,” Self added.

Mum is word

Self said he would not make public what Taylor did to warrant suspension.

“If I have a problem with my son or daughter, I am not going to tell the neighbors, period,” Self said. “Coaches even though they want to discipline their guys I don’t think want to embarrass their guys. I want them (players) to understand if I get on them and these are the ramifications they understand it but also it stays within us. It has to be that way.”

Self was told there have been some wild rumors in the Internet.

“I have heard some of the rumors going on. I haven’t heard one that I would look at and say, ‘That’s a very educated, thought-out deal.’ There are some out there that’s pretty far-fetched,” he said.


Nino Jackson, a 6-2 junior from Ardmore (Okla.) High, confirmed Monday he has eliminated Oklahoma from his list of schools. He has a final two of KU and Baylor.

Big 12 title talk

Texas’ loss to Kansas State on Monday dropped the Longhorns (12-3) a half game behind KU in the Big 12 standings. The (12-2) Jayhawks can earn at least a share of the league title with a victory Wednesday against Texas A&M.; KU has won six league titles in a row.


The Jayhawks are ranked No. 2 in the country behind Ohio State this week in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN polls.


Chris Shaw 8 years, 9 months ago

And the Jayhawks now get to control their own destiny for a 7th straight Big 12 Championship! Bill Self has to like having an opportunity like that.

Seriously, how well is K-State playing at the moment? They looked really good last night against Texas have finally lived up to their preseason hype. IMO, you really to credit Frank Martin. He never gave up despite some of the teams troubles and even had enough wisdom to completely change his offense right before the second Colorado loss. Seems to be working as they are 7-1 in their last 8 games and will most likely finish 10-6 conference. How much does KU want potentially want to play KSU in the semis of the Big 12 tourny? I'll tell ya, K-State's freshman in Spradling and Southwell are really stepping up in this win streak.

"As far as Johnson being ahead of Taylor in the rotation, Self said: “It doesn’t matter if we bring Tyshawn back or not. Elijah has earned that right (to be first guard off bench),” Self said, noting Johnson would be starting point guard if the NCAA Tournament started today. “I like Tyshawn and his game and a lot of things, but we played pretty well when he didn’t play. It’s not something I feel we have to change what we’re doing.”

As far as this quote above, pretty stern words coming from Self directed at Taylor. It makes you wonder if Taylor's suspension is more severe than what even the rumors are portraying? Definitely makes you scratch your head.

Nino Jackson: For a guy that really wants to be a Jayhawk, it amazes me that Jackson would add Baylor to his list. Playing time is certainly a wonderful thing and Baylor definitely needs some guards. They sure do miss Tweety Carter.

Why am I picturing the "Almost Famous" Stillwater Tour bus?

100 8 years, 9 months ago

No doubt KUshaw. Also you forgot about their biggest key who makes sure the guards get their looks -- Curtis Kelly. Without him none of this would be going on for KSU the last six games. He's doing all the dirty work & getting very little credit.

Cmill1221 8 years, 9 months ago

K-state is playing very well but if u think about it it wouldent be much of a story if they would have taken care of business vs Colorado (twice) and not pissed away the first half of the season. If we play them again we will be ready.

Hawkin8r 8 years, 9 months ago

Really? It is the last home game already?!!? Dang this season is going by fast...

But what a great way to setup senior day - playing for the conference championship. All we need to do is take care of business Wednesday and we'll be putting up another banner. Even better, take care of all our conference business and beat Mizery too so UT can't get a share of the conference title.

Alohahawk 8 years, 9 months ago

LOL :-) Did you really say Tyshawn is "one of the best penetrators" ? Were you referring to the possibile reason he has been suspended? Or was that an unintentional gaff?

Sure would love to see the seniors cut down the nets a game early for the (share/tie) of the Big 12 Championship on Wednesday.


AsadZ 8 years, 9 months ago

ralster, In an earlier interview when asked about Tt Self said something like

When TT returns will he be the buy who is really hungry to play and focused or will he be in a mode to show people what they have been mising?

ljmhawk 8 years, 9 months ago

how great would it be to win on wednesday, then go to mizzou on Saturday and cut down the nets there? it would be PRICELESS!!

ohmixmaster 8 years, 9 months ago


Cutting down the nets at Misery would be BEYOND priceless!!

Michael Lindsey 8 years, 9 months ago

KU has too much class to cut down nets in Columbia.

ohmixmaster 8 years, 9 months ago

Baaaaahhhhhhaaaaaaahaaaaaa....too funny. Albeit true...:)

brooksmd 8 years, 9 months ago

I would still like to see them cut the nets in Columbia and send one to Dickie V along with some salt and pepper and a thank you note for providing some motivation.

ljmhawk 8 years, 9 months ago

so are you saying come back after a win on Saturday and cut down the nets in Allen? dumb...if we win Saturday cut those damn nets down!

Dee Shaw 8 years, 9 months ago

Thank you K-St. Seven Big 12 regular season titles are looking good. I will make sure I put K-St coaching staff and players on my Christmas list this year. Typical Texas. Throwing up on themselves late in the season. Texas goes from a #1 seed in the Big Dance to a possible #4. If Texas loses against Baylor and then a quick exit in the Big 12 tournament. Hello #4 seed. Rick Barnes has to be pounding his head. Just ten days ago it looked for sure they were going to win the Big 12 regular season title. WOW. Win one we share. Win two and we win out right and get to cut the nets down in Columbia. That would be sweet. Rock Chalk Jayhawk KU.

100 8 years, 9 months ago

How about the entire Big 12 north? Colorado. Nebraska. Kansas State. We owe these three a thank you.

Now we as a team just need to keep doing our thing.

addlime 8 years, 9 months ago

Who was it, early in the season that said if KU played in the south, it'd be a different story? Baylor's coach, Drew kid, right? I think he said KU wouldn't have won 6 titles in a row. What a tool! As if all the power was in the south or something. Well, maybe UT was drinking that cool-aid.

REHawk 8 years, 9 months ago

Come on, Tyshawn, pull it all together and get back in the good graces of your coach. Your teammates need you. And thousands of more fans than you probably imagine are hoping that you finish strong to help lead this squad to a chance for greatness.

Steve Brown 8 years, 9 months ago

LJW for those of us not able to be in Lawrence Wed. will you post Youtube links of the senior speeches for us to view.

Sf Boggsz 8 years, 9 months ago

You can watch the senior day speeches live on All-Access. Click on Jayhawk All-Access and find your link.

Jeremy Bolinger 8 years, 9 months ago

Texas is slumping........That is obvious. Kansas St. is finally starting to play to that preseason pontential. Thats what we are seeing here folks. And was texas that good to begin with? They caught us in some unusual circumstances, which in my opinion, is why they won. Oh well. Here's to a 7th straight big 12 championship!

Philip Garver 8 years, 9 months ago

How many times have I said or thought "I hope Tyshawn learns from this and comes out a better, more mature man".

HawkBBall 8 years, 9 months ago

“He has to take care of some business. He is well on his way to taking care of that. I’ll keep it at that until everything is complete.”

Only two senarios for the suspension that I can think of from this comment: (1) making up an academic requirement, or (2) a repayment issue.

hayjawk 8 years, 9 months ago

Right! And neither scenario would likely involve drugs or girls. There has been way too much jumping to false conclusions. Coach also mentioned the wild accusations. Most likely grades, failure to crack a book or attend class. I hope Tyshawn comes to realize that the Jayhawk Family needs him to be a good student athlete. If so, we may yet see him rise to his potential.

JHWK 8 years, 9 months ago

I agree, but it was too much of a temptation for fans to jump to when TT himself said he hung around with Sherron and Mario when they were in to watch the game on Saturday....... There would be a temptation to prove he was a man and partake in the fruits of the NBA salary.....

indyhawk 8 years, 9 months ago

Thank you to Colorado and Nebraska for their lovely going away gift to Kansas. I would say that you will be missed but that may be a bit of an overstatement. HA!

indyhawk 8 years, 9 months ago

Thank you to Colorado and Nebraska for their lovely going away gift to Kansas. I would say that you will be missed but that may be a bit of an overstatement. HA!

kcglowboy 8 years, 9 months ago

Four-minute limit on speeches? Appropriate coming during Oscars week ... once the seniors hit the three-minute mark, a "Wrap it up" sign will start flashing. At the four-minute mark, the KU Band will start playing the "Wheaties Song" softly, slowing increasing the decibel level until the five-minute mark when the speaking senior is officially "played off the stage." Funny.

P.S. Go Buffs (and Tad Boyle) ... Getting four Big 12 North teams in the tourney, including both Kansas schools. Throw in the fact that two NCAA tourney teams from our league are coached by KU grads and Selection Sunday will be especially gratifying around here.

Tony Bandle 8 years, 9 months ago

I think the time limit has been called "The Wayne Simean Rule". Wayne gave a heartfelt but long 22 minute Senior Night soliliquoy that foretold of his abilities as a minister.

I think Nino Jackson is hedging his bets. At one point in his recruiting it seemed like Kansas was saying don't call us, we'll call you. Plus with Nadiir coming in along with TT and The Prophet, that spot could get plenty crowded.

Colorado and Nebraska are leaving on the best possible circumstances, giving us a sweeping total of four victories and giving hell to our rivals!

Empirically thinking on Tyshawn's suspension: A] Tyshawn - no big deal, HCBS - big deal = B] Tyshawn repairing the damage, HCBS monitoring when and how much = C] Eliminate money, drugs, girls, breaking the law = D] Answer, class attendance and grades.

Ben Kane 8 years, 9 months ago

from insider:

Braeden Anderson has two new faves 11:25 AM ETBraeden Anderson Top EmailComments Share Update: Evan Daniels of reports today that Braeden Anderson has two new favorite schools.

"It would be really hard for me to not go to Kentucky or Kansas," Anderson tells

Anderson tells Daniels that Kansas has picked up its recruiting interest of late -- Jayhawks coach Bill Self put in a personal call on Monday -- and Kentucky is also coming on strong.

The 6-foot-8, 222-pound big man was very impressed with the unofficial visit he made to Kentucky over the weekend, and says he plans to still take an official trip to both Lexington and Lawrence. While Georgia, Indiana and Washington State remain interested (Cal appears to have backed off), this looks like it could come down to UK and KU.

Since his decommitment from DePaul, Braeden Anderson has maintained his two top choices were Cal and Georgia. However, in recent weeks, Kentucky has slowly begun to enter the forward's recruiting picture and Alex Kline of Recruit Scoop reports Anderson has taken an unofficial visit to Lexington.

We have written in recent weeks about the turnover that should beset the UK roster. Josh Harrellson is the only senior on the squad and though there may be some departures due to the NBA draft, UK could use some frontcourt help. It's safe to say Eloy Vargas has been pretty underwhelming in his first year wearing a Kentucky uniform.

Alex Kline of tweeted yesterday that Cal and Georgia watched former DePaul commit Braeden Anderson play this week. We mentioned these two schools a few weeks back, but now they may be the primary two choices for the Canadian big man.

Georgia already has two bigs in its 2011 recruiting class, but the Bulldogs could use all the help they can get if junior forward Trey Thompkins leaves Athens for the NBA as many expect.

Cal has one big man signed for 2011, but could surely use more help up front. David Kravish has been impressive in his final high school season but the Golden Bears lose their starting center, Markhuri Sanders-Frison, after this year and Harper Kamp will be a senior next season. After Kamp, freshman Richard Solomon and sophomore Bak Bak is all that Mike Montgomery has up front.

Dean Huggins 8 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for the update, Chuck. I know it's been said before, but I just don't understand as a forward coming out of high school how you CAN'T or WOULDN'T want to come to KU under the tutelage of HCBS & the best big-man coach in the hoops, D Manning. Can rest of the Big 12 call 'mercy rule' after 7 in a row? RCJH!

100 8 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for the UK-KU recruiting news Chuck. Well last year's wildness between Rupp's apostles & Naismith's apostles has settled down to almost a wimper this year. Kind of nice. Taking a look at your local newspaper this morning, I found this article interesting....

"500 win Milestone not yet reached yet"

By Jerry Tipton (Lexington Herald Leader)

On the plus side, Kentucky Coach John Calipari can celebrate his 500th college coaching victory again someday.

Gary Johnson, the head of Division I men's basketball statistics, said Monday that the NCAA does not recognize Kentucky's 76-68 victory over Florida on Saturday as Calipari's 500th college coaching victory.

Because his Memphis team had to vacate 38 victories in 2007-08 and his Massachusetts team vacate four post-season victories in 1995-95, Calipari has 458 college coaching victories going into Tuesday's game against Vanderbilt, according to the NCAA's official statistics. So after the Florida game, UK mistakenly presented Calipari with a basketball to commemorate his 500th victory.

Alohahawk 8 years, 9 months ago

Same old, same old. Announcers from ESPN and others still credit Poacher Cal with his so called wins. When will they stop kowtowing to Mr. Sleeze and admit that he has two entire seasons without a single win. I doubt there has ever been a coach that has two winless seasons on their resume. Admittedly, Rose is a fantastic guard, but it must be embarrassing for him to admit he spent an entire year in college without winning a single game.

100 8 years, 9 months ago

The funny thing is after the article you can see in the fans comments the Calipari show is growing a bit tired in Lexington. One fan even mocked the fact that last years UK team was credited with 35 wins when it was proven in Birmingham conveniently after Bledsoe was drafted that he didn't actually graduate high school with a 2.5. They called it "the missing grade book" analogy.

I must give it to the Lexington "rag" as Chuck calls it; from what I've read this year their local writers often call Calipari out for his "coaching style"... Early in the season to the chagrine of the fans.... At this juncture however the man behind the curtain is being revealed... It's surprising (not really) how many UK fans agree with many of these articles & are growing impatient with Calipari's "style" that was easily masked during his honeymoon year there.....

jaybate 8 years, 9 months ago

"Some New Yogi Berra-isms and Altered Cliches for Sports Writers and Board Rats:"

~Each year people underrate how overrated Texas is.

~The Antlers restored my faith in people, as soon as I learned they were subhuman.

~Texas plays a good clean game, when they are not cheap shotting.

~Texas has mastered finishing second.

~Rick Barnes can find more ways to finish second than the number 2.

~Texas Tech can play with anyone, they just can't beat anyone.

~Pat Knight is not only on the hot seat--he's pouring gasoline on himself with one hand and striking a match with the other.

~jacob Pullen is fully aware of just how unconscious he was against Kansas.

~Josh Selby is consistently streaky.

~NU couldn't buy a basket, because it had no money shooters.

~If Doc Sadler coached the way he dresses, the Cornhuskers would play ugly every second.

~Mike Anderson is a master of the press, but his teams are masters of being sliced.

~If Fred Hoiberg really were the Mayor, then ISU fans should demand a recall.

~Iowa State has everything but talent, skill, desire, and heart.

~CU can rebound with anyone with any team full of pygmies with torn achilles heels.

~Jeff Capel can lose with your'n and with his'n.

~Jeff Capel doesn't get that he doesn't get it.

~Texas A&M has given Mark Turgeon a Sysphus Complex: he can't stop rebuilding.

~Travis Ford proves mediocrity comes in all sizes.

~Scott Drew proves cheaters never prosper and can't coach either.

~Since Scott Drew can't even win by cheating, he seems the right guy to replace Dick Vitale.

~Dick Vitale being the ambassador of college basketball makes a strong case for ending diplomatic immunity.

~As a broadcaster, Bob Knight proves that without corporal punishment, no one listens to him.

jaybate 8 years, 9 months ago

~Hubert Davis has taken bias to a new low--Duke.

~Clark Kellog has overcome being witless and inarticulate to become a bad announcer.

~Without dumb defense, there would be no need for a smart foul.

~According to TV execs, the refs should let'em play till they all need transfusions.

~Frank Martin is the kind of coach that would never play for himself.

~Its been a game of runs that kaopectate couldn't stop.

~He really Stevie Wondered that no-look pass.

~If the refs had called any fouls, this might have turned into a free throw shooting contest instead of a blood donor drive for vampires.

~Any team can hunker down for a win, but it takes a truly special team to hunker up.

~He's counterfeit money on the blocks.

~No one scores baskets in transition, they score baskets after transition.

~The point guard dishes too soon: he suffers from premature dribble ejaculation.

~He likes to dish because he can't cook.

~He can really dish the rock, but noone likes to eat rock.

~They're making a living behind the 3-point arc, but it is definitely below the poverty line.

~No lie can live forever, but this one about Ohio State being Number One is going to die trying.

~It may be raining threes, but its hailing misses.

~In the grand scheme of things, sport is not so important, because there is no grand scheme of things.

~He's automatic...about turnovers.

~He can bury the three point shot, he just can't make it.

~He has the hot hand, unfortunately it is not his shooting hand.

~He provides them instant offense, and the opponent takes it.

~I don't question their shot selection: I question their shot missing.

~The ball doesn't just stick in his hands, it is super glued.

~Looks like the patent on his jumper has just expired.

~The big guy is really sweeping the glass, but its tough to rebound with a broom in your hands.

~He likes to shoot from that spot: too bad he doesn't like to make it from that spot.

Alohahawk 8 years, 9 months ago

Been taking Jaybate 101 at night school? :-)

brooksmd 8 years, 9 months ago

Damn, somebody has been getting some tutoring from jaybate. A+

Lance Hobson 8 years, 9 months ago

Great call on the 4-minute time limit!! Those speeches are a bit painful to watch and are usually repetetive and not exactly the Gettysburg Address (which was also only a few minutes long).

Alohahawk 8 years, 9 months ago

Sent this once, but it didn't go through. Second try.

How does the Texas pep song go? "The eyes of Texas are sobbing."

JayDocMD 8 years, 9 months ago

As mentioned elsewhere on this site, this NY Times article is about Barnes:

In addition to talking about his use of magic to dazzle recruits, this is the most interesting line to me: “I would have cared 10 years ago,” he said of critics questioning his 19-18 N.C.A.A. tournament record. “This is not the most important thing in my life. It’s what I do, but it’s not the most important thing in my life.”

Did he mention that its not the most important thing in his life? Seems like he could have squeezed that in the quote a few more times. "Its what I do." Now that's Passion! I just can't understand why he hasn't taken that elite talent from year after year to the next level. Can you? I mean surely he doesn't expect his players to have a greater devotion than this, does he? "We were going to play a full 40 minutes at Nebraska and Colorado coach, but 20 is good enough, right? I mean, this isn't who we are. Its just what we do."

I'm all for perspective and priorities and all, but maybe let your fan base know that winning it all at least ranks close to your aspirations of becoming a full-time magician.

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