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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.

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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.

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chriz 3 years, 1 month 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."

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/basketball/ncaa/03/07/kansas.bill.self.ap/index.html#ixzz1FyUXApMD

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eagle64 3 years, 1 month ago

Congrats, maybe you an find the confidence to schedle one of these non big 12 teams sometime soon.

2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - Week 18 (Mar. 7) Year: 2010-11 2009-10 2008-09 2007-08 2006-07 2005-06 2004-05 2003-04 2002-03 Week: Preseason | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 Poll: AllESPN/USA TodayAssociated PressESPN.com Power RankingsInsideRPI Rankings Add Widget AP Top 25 RK TEAM RECORD PTS 1 Ohio State (52) 29-2 1,612 2 Kansas (13) 29-2 1,569 3 Pittsburgh 27-4 1,493 4 Notre Dame 25-5 1,416 5 Duke 27-4 1,265 6 North Carolina 24-6 1,209 7 San Diego State 29-2 1,197 8 Brigham Young 28-3 1,187 9 Purdue 25-6 1,108 10 Texas 25-6 1,081 11 Syracuse 25-6 984 12 Florida 24-6 931 13 Wisconsin 23-7 870 14 Louisville 23-8 794 15 Kentucky 22-8 639 16 Arizona 25-6 562 17 St. John's 20-10 462 18 Xavier 24-6 437 19 Kansas State 22-9 345 20 West Virginia 20-10 294 21 Connecticut 21-9 281 22 Georgetown 21-9 244 23 Utah State 28-3 234 24 Temple 24-6 209 25 Cincinnati 24-7 202

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Jack Wilson 3 years, 1 month ago

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

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Bob Forer 3 years, 1 month 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.

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Linda Daxon 3 years, 1 month 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.

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KU_FanSince75 3 years, 1 month 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!

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Ron Prichard 3 years, 1 month 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!!

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Jared Grillot 3 years, 1 month 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!

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dek9219 3 years, 1 month ago

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

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txjayhawk54 3 years, 1 month ago

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

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Michael Auchard 3 years, 1 month ago

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

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