Monday, March 7, 2011

KU coach Bill Self wins Associated Press Big 12 coach of the year

Kansas head coach Bill Self calls a play during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self calls a play during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Kansas' Bill Self, whose remarkable run of seven consecutive Big 12 championships has astounded his rivals and probably spoiled his fans, is the Associated Press Big 12 coach of the year.

Self easily outpolled everyone else in voting by writers and broadcasters who regularly cover the Big 12. It's the third time in his eight seasons at Kansas that the affable Oklahoma native has won the honor.

Of all the championships in Self's trophy case, this year's was perhaps the most improbable.

The Jayhawks lost two NBA lottery picks off last year's team as well as playmaking guard Sherron Collins. They also had injuries, suspensions and the tragic death of one player's mother. But they still finished 29-2 overall and 14-2 in the league, losing only to Texas and Kansas State.


Michael Auchard 7 years, 2 months ago

Nice. I expected as much, but very nice to see.

txjayhawk54 7 years, 2 months ago

Congrats to Bill Self. HCBS is very deserving of the recent honors as are others that comprise the KU Jayhawk basketball team.

Dale Koch 7 years, 2 months ago

I say National Coach of the Year is not out of the question. Congratulations Coach Self.

Andrew Moore 7 years, 2 months ago

Mike Brey (Notre Dame) vs Bill Self would get my vote. Though Ol Roy has done a great job, as has the San Diego State coach.

Adam Evans 7 years, 2 months ago

I think the SDSU coach, Boeheim (what was UConn expected to do?), or Brey would be the most likely. Roy shouldn't get it IMO. Not that he had a bad year...but even now after winning a super easy ACC, they are still underperforming from where they were projected to be. But he did get their season set straight after they were making a very strong NIT statement early.

Kye Clark 7 years, 2 months ago

Boeheim doesn't coach UConn, he coaches Syracuse. Jim Calhoun coaches UConn.

Jared Grillot 7 years, 2 months ago

"Probably" spoiled? Duh. How long has it been since we weren't spoiled by success? When was the last year that a loss (of any kind) in the NCAA's was considered a "good run" by our own fans?

Even so, this is a good call. Players change, but the wins keep coming, and that's why he's the best. Congratulations, Coach!

rockchalk_dpu 7 years, 2 months ago

um, not to contradict your point because i agree, but i do think that losing to michigan state the year after losing our starting 5 and role players on the national title team was a good run based on our youth and inexperience. other than that, as i've told my friends when they talk junk on us for losing early, it's good to have expectations year in and year out that we will go deep into the tourney, it means we are a good team.

Ron Prichard 7 years, 2 months ago

Congratulations Coach Self!! So proud to have you as our coach. I got to meet Coach Self at one of the Hawk Talk shows at Salty Iguana, and I was completely impressed with how down to earth he was. You hear everyone say it, but it really is true. We are lucky enough to have a great coach who is an even better person!

The most amazing stat I saw in one of the articles on here was that he has won 11 conference titles in 13 years as a head coach, covering KU, Illinois and Tulsa. 11 out of 13!!! Un-freaking-real!

Self is not just the man. He's THE MAN!!

KU_FanSince75 7 years, 2 months ago

Wow! Another "Coach of the Year!" Congrats Coach Self. It would be nice for the team to cap off another shining moment and drive down that road to the Final Four in Houston. And then, just win the damn thing again! Second that notion, dek9219, receive the National Coach of the Year honors. Rock Chalk!

Linda Daxon 7 years, 2 months ago

To HCBS: The honors just keep coming and are well deserved. But more important than all the hardware in the trophy case, I hope you are having fun, and never have cause to regret not taking the job at your alma mater, Okla. State.

You have been a perfect fit for the storied Jayhawk program, which you have enriched even more with your coaching talent and personal warmth and humility. The Jayhawk Nation is so proud to have you.

Bob Forer 7 years, 2 months ago

29-2 is among the best won-lost records in KU BB history. And while this team probably doesn't come very close to being one of the top teams in KU history, I would argue that it is probably one of the best coached teams in our storied history.

JJHawq 7 years, 2 months ago

although there's not many big man combo's in KU history as multi-talented as morris/morris - so maybe WE just don't realize how good this team really is...

Jack Wilson 7 years, 2 months ago

Best coach in the country, and my favorite one to second guess. RCJH!

jayhawktalk 7 years, 2 months ago

"...and my favorite one to second guess."

Classic post. I love it!

rockchalk_dpu 7 years, 2 months ago

We are playing in Maui next year with Duke, Georgetown, Memphis, Michigan, Tennessee and UCLA... AND we are starting the Champions Classic with Kentucky, Duke and Michigan State which will rotate through those teams starting with Kentucky next season in Madison Square Garden. I'd say we've done a pretty decent job of scheduling out of conference for the near future.

Mike Bratisax 7 years, 2 months ago

Pretty dumb remark. We played several teams i.e. UCLA, Arizona, Memphis that are usually in the top 15. Pretty hard to predict how good a team will be when you play them at the time you schedule them.

chriz 7 years, 2 months ago

Frank Martin: "For Kansas to do what they've done, seven consecutive years, is remarkable," Martin said. "It's a credit to Bill Self. It's a credit to his assistants, to their recruiting, their consistency in handling young men, making them perform, and getting people to coexist and put their egos aside and play and compete. That's hard to do one year. But to do it seven years in a row is just amazing."

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