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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Victory valedictorian: Tyrel Reed could leave KU as college basketball player with most wins

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed high fives forward Markieff Morris after a three by Morris against Illinois during the first half on Sunday, March 20, 2011, at the BOK Center in Tulsa.

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed high fives forward Markieff Morris after a three by Morris against Illinois during the first half on Sunday, March 20, 2011, at the BOK Center in Tulsa.

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Tyrel Reed says foot injury like ' ... having a rock in your shoe all the time'

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed talks more about his foot injury on March 22, 2011, three days before KU's game in the Sweet 16 against Richmond.

Now that he has cemented his spot in Kansas University basketball history, senior Tyrel Reed can begin his assault on the rest of college basketball.

Last Sunday, with KU’s 73-59 victory over Illinois in the round of 32 at the NCAA Tournament in Tulsa, Okla., Reed, who now has 131 victories in a Kansas uniform, surpassed former KU great Sherron Collins as the player who won the most games in school history. In doing so, he pulled within one victory of tying four former Kentucky greats for second on the all-time wins list (132) and within two from tying former Duke standout Shane Battier for first all-time at 133.

As expected, Reed deflected the credit for his accomplishment to teammates past and present. When asked what it would mean to pick up three or four more wins to vault into first place all-time before his career ends, Reed said the mere thought was overwhelming.

“I can’t even imagine that,” Reed said. “That’s kind of hard to even think of. I just give credit to all the great teams I’ve played on, all the great teammates I’ve had and all the hard work that’s gone into it each and every season.”

Funny, because his teammates give credit to Reed.

“These last two years, he’s been a big part of us winning. Last three years, really,” junior guard Tyshawn Taylor said. “Maybe not so much his freshman year, when they won it all, but the last three years, we’ve won a lot of games because Tyrel made some big shots for us. We call him ‘Big Shot Ty,’ and he got that name for a reason.”

There were several marquee pit stops along Reed’s road to 131 wins during the last four seasons. In 2008, the Jayhawks won the national championship in San Antonio, a city they’ll return to this week to prepare for their Sweet 16 match-up with Richmond on Friday.

Reed also suited up for three victories in Big 12 tournament championship games. He was there when KU coach Bill Self won his 200th game as a Jayhawk and 400th game all-time. And, last year, in early March, Reed contributed four points and 17 minutes toward the 2,000th victory in Kansas history.

The 6-foot-3, 193-pound shooting guard from Burlington, remembered each of those games. But, for the life of him, he could not recall his first official victory as a Jayhawk. It came on Nov. 9, 2007, and Reed, then just a freshman, scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting in 11 minutes as KU topped Louisiana-Monroe, 107-78, at Allen Fieldhouse.

“Now that you say that, I remember the game,” Reed said. “First regular season game as a Jayhawk, it was just fun being out there.”

That fun has continued throughout the years, whether his numbers have been up or down. Reed averaged just six minutes and two points per game as a freshman, but Kansas won 37 games and a national title. His numbers jumped to 21 minutes and 7 points per game the next year and KU’s win-total stayed high at 27. Last season, Reed’s numbers dipped a little, as he played just 16 minutes a game and averaged 5 points per outing. KU won 33 games. And this year, with Reed starting all 36 contests and averaging 10 points a game, KU’s win total has remained elite. The Jayhawks are 34-2 entering Friday’s game.

“Kansas is a winning program,” sophomore Travis Releford said. “So if you decide to stay here four years, you’re gonna be a part of a lot of wins.”

With a maximum of four games remaining in his college career, Reed’s eyes and mind remain fixed on finding a way to help his team win them all. If that happens, Reed will close his KU career with an all-time NCAA record 135 victories on a team that won the most games in a single season (38) in NCAA history. He also will walk away with two national championship rings.

“I’m just a normal kid who grew up in a small town in Kansas,” Reed said. “That’s just me. But it would be awesome if it happened. Coming from a small town like that, it just shows it can be done.”

Injury update: Reed on Tuesday gave an update on his left foot injury that will require surgery after the season.

“It’s fine. It’s still there attached to the leg,” he said of his foot, which has a lingering stress reaction. “It’s still sore, sore after most all our games.”

Reed only practices full-time the day before games.

“It’s nagging, constant pain. I’d explain ... it’s really not my heel but my ankle. It’s like having a rock in your shoe all the time,” Reed said. “It never goes away. It’s most sore in the morning. That’s when it’s most stiff. I tape it up. I may take some meds to make the pain go away. Once I get it going, once I start playing, I usually don’t think about it.”

Comments

100 3 years, 6 months ago

The entire Jayhawk nation (including Jayhawk nation scattered all over the globe) is all real proud of you Tyrel.... Now its time to turn it up again Friday night.......

Defense!!!!!!

Wins!!!!!!

Championships!!!!!!!!!

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BahrainJayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

Is that Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?!?!!?? I am in Bahrain, where are you in Saudi? Watch party for the games this weekend? I grill some sausages and smoke some ribs. Pork taste so much better in the Middle East.

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Martin Rosenblum 3 years, 6 months ago

KSA 21 3503 has been rumored to be linked somehow to the following:

Statute 21-3503: Indecent liberties with a child. (a) Indecent liberties with a child is engaging in any of the following acts with a child who is 14 or more years of age but less than 16 years of age

This is a State of Kansas Statute.

May have nothing to do with Saudi.Then again it may be a total coincidence regarding the Statute as well. He/She has never explained..

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BahrainJayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

Shoot me a text, lets stay in touch, +973 38488646

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coloradojayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

My guess is it's snark, what with the pork comment, but what do I know? I had Syracuse vs. KU in half my brackets for the championship.

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Alohahawk 3 years, 6 months ago

We're all proud of your accomplishments, Tyrel. Another one for the KU record books. Just think, if the team wins the NC, we'll have two records to add to the overall KU basketball legacy.

I'm sure every Kansas fan in the world would gladly trade their good foot/ankle to you during these upcoming tournament games.

One game at a time, Hawks. Richmond will not prevail. The Hawks will gain retribution for the loss to the Spiders back in 2004.

RCJHGKU and FOE.

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theboehr89 3 years, 6 months ago

If we did win out, we would finish the season with 38 wins, which would be the most of any NCAA bball team all-time (memphis had their 38 win season in 2008 taken away due to violations), giving us 3 new records this year!

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Alohahawk 3 years, 6 months ago

My mistake. How could I forget that. :-P

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AsadZ 3 years, 6 months ago

Tyrel, What a great story for future players and generations of players to come and play at KU and be part of the great Jayhawk nation. RCJH. FOE

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actorman 3 years, 6 months ago

It's a shame that Norman Rockwell isn't around to see Tyrel. Tyrel would be a natural for a Rockwell painting. It's just such a beautiful story that simply HAS to end with another championship. Bookend titles for Tyrel just seem so right.

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Woody Cragg 3 years, 6 months ago

Check out this site-maybe Ted Watts would do one. He's done many in the past. http://www.tedwatts.org/index.php Astounding work!

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omng392 3 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for the link... So, many jayhawks pictures I'm going to have to get a bigger basement!!!

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Woody Cragg 3 years, 6 months ago

My avatar is Ted Watts portrait if Wilt. He's several different ones in Allen Field House.

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KU_Alumn_2000 3 years, 6 months ago

Got to love the home grown Kansas boys...Tyrel and Brady...and how they stablize this team. They are so experienced...and coach self has taught them to play so well within his system. That's gonna be hard to replace next year. What most of the national media doesn't understand...is that they are not the typical slow white boy. They can actually play some ball with the best in all of college basketball !!!

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Alohahawk 3 years, 6 months ago

There have been a few white farmboys known to shine. Larry Bird wasn't the best leaper (At 6'9", did he ever dunk the ball?), but he had that natural shooter's touch, and maybe, the best basketball IQ of any college player and most, if not all, NBA players. Not placing KU's pair quite that high but, in this day and age of OAD's, KU was lucky to get two of the best.

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Al Martin 3 years, 6 months ago

While Larry generally did not dunk, he would throw one down on special occasions. One of my favorite plays of all time occurred in a Celtics-Pistons game. The Pistons were matching up on transition defense and Dennis Rodman was clearly heard over TV microphones saying, "I got him, by myself", while pointing at Bird. Bird immediately called for the ball, backed into Rodman, pivoted around him and threw down a two handed slam.

A classic moment. For the next few years in my pickup league, whenever one of us got burned badly on a play, we would call out, "I had him, by myself!".

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BahrainJayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

Tyrel, if you are looking to take a year off before you start physical therapy school. I have a part time job for you as a coach at my University, I am the Athletic Director. I also have a part time job for you playing basketball professionally here in Bahrain, great friend is the Director of the Bahrain Basketball Association.

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Martin Rosenblum 3 years, 6 months ago

How many teams are in the BBA? Do they have to have salary caps like the NBA? Can a college player go into the BBA draft after one year on a university team like the NBA? Is there a high profile player over there like a Lebron James?

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Carter Patterson 3 years, 6 months ago

I think 135 would be a good place to stop.

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3 years, 6 months ago

Great article today from Jason King on Reed and Morningstar:

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/news?slug=jn-king_morningstar_and_reed_the_glue_that_holds_kansas_together_032311

I love the last line where Mc. Morris is asked where we would be right now without them :^)

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huggybearhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

tx, that was a well written article by J King; thanks to you for sharing it. The timing is paramount. I can certainly see Richmond slipping into a zone that clogs the lane and therefore opening the perimeter for all our guards. Reed's consistency from behind the arc should combat that; additionally, Brady has shown he's very capable of driving to the rack & scoring (see last game's reverse that TNT showed from one of many questionable camera angles). Equally, Tyshawn can stay poised and look to kick it out to the perimeter when he hits traffic in the lane. Unlike the OSU game, we've got to be ready to knock down shots. Regardless, our defense will win this year's championship & we shouldn't lose sight of that. Two rings, Four years. RCJH!

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AsadZ 3 years, 6 months ago

Great article. RCHK and FOE for Brady and Tyrel

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jaydeamin 3 years, 6 months ago

Wow.. so true!! Great article.

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TimmytheJayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

What an amazing career!!!!

Go kick that sharpei head, Battier, off of the top spot.

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Dyrk Dugan 3 years, 6 months ago

Tyrel has had a great career....i think he has overachieved. what a great rep. for the university....as a student, in the community and as a basketball player. what a cool thing to be college bball's all time wins leader.

it all starts with Richmond...and it only starts there. Go get 'em Tyrel and Go Jayhawks!

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Woody Cragg 3 years, 6 months ago

His Dad is a coach-don't be surprised to see him back at Allen as an assistant.

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kcglowboy 3 years, 6 months ago

Not that I wouldn't love seeing him back in AFH, but isn't he planning on becoming a doctor? And heaven knows, rural Kansas could use a few more doctors.

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Jabberhawky 3 years, 6 months ago

If Tyrel is an Academic All-American, his jersey will be in the rafters.

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kcglowboy 3 years, 6 months ago

Well, not quite. Being AN A A-A doesn't get his JERSEY in the rafter; but it has already gotten his name on the Academic All-American's banner hanging along the north wall. Still a great honor, all the same.

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lincase 3 years, 6 months ago

STUDENT athlete. It would be so great if the player with the most wins was also an Academic All-American!

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justinryman 3 years, 6 months ago

In regards to TT's mention of Tyrel being a huge help the past three seasons, but probably not his first.

Who ran the scout team? Who pushed all the starters in practice? Tyrel!

TT got a little press from the AP in the Omaha World Herald today as well. http://www.omaha.com/article/20110322/SPORTS/703229826#kansas-guard-got-the-point-after-suspension-benching

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REHawk 3 years, 6 months ago

For me, one of the things which stood forth in this article was the Taylor qoute, offering accolades to his teammate. Right before our eyes, Tyshawn Taylor is growing into a leadership role this late season. The Jayhawks are fitting the mold of terrific team basketball.

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REHawk 3 years, 6 months ago

txrockchalk, thanks for the tip on that Jason King article. Kudos to Rick Barnes and Marcus for their input.

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justinryman 3 years, 6 months ago

WARNING!!!!!!!!!

Troll comment below!!!

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Lance Hobson 3 years, 6 months ago

This is getting ridiculous. The guy goes 1-5 on threes and passes up many others and now we're congratulating him like he got us to the Sweet 16. Start contributing and then this will become a story.

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kcglowboy 3 years, 6 months ago

This IS ridiculous. The guy has one "off" game offensively, and several posters on this site thinks he should be benched. I know! In fact, I think we should "revoke" all of those victories. That Tyrel, he's such a loser!!!

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Woody Cragg 3 years, 6 months ago

Pretty amazing he's playing at all with a stress fracture. It put Selby in the tank, right? Say something good or don't say anything out of courtesy. That way no one refers to you as a troll and you don't get hammered over, and over, and over...

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3 years, 6 months ago

You bet, huggybear and RE. shaw and justinryman had some nice comments this morning on another article regarding the most of the posters on here. Couldn’t agree with them more.

http://www2.kusports.com/news/2011/mar/23/path-final-four-not-easy-ku/#c1566300

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jaybate 3 years, 6 months ago

(Warning: Repost)

"Some Suggested Aliases For Lurkers from D1 Schools Still in the Madness"

~KntkySkank--ideal for Ashley Judd, or most any other Kentucky cougar.

~SuckEyeInDenial--well suited to any Ohio State fan harboring delusions that Thad Matta, even with the Los Angeles Lakers, could out coach Bill Self.

~DookDik--a good fit for any Dook fan that wants to defend Coach Consonants pioneering of XTReme Cheap Shotting against Butler last season and then continuing to use it this season even against mid majors.

~OwingKUEverythingButFrankMcguire'sCheating--a really nice nom d'keyboard for that rarest of all lurkers--the UNC fan who knows KU is responsible for about half of UNC's wins and all but one of its rings.

~UConnBloodPressureCuff--an alias for the health conscious UConn fan that knows Jim Calhoun could flat line with a coronary event, if he ever reverts to crying about the refs the way he used to before the plaque built up.

~WeRBaKBcuzWeKeepIllegalHandCheking--the alias for the self-aware Butler lurker.

~BillSentUsSomeRecruitsSoWeR4Better--a great handle for the grateful Florida Seminole lurker.

~BillyGotABreakWithucla&ucsb--for the Gator fan in touch with reality.

~SDSUAbout2Lose2Kemba--the perfect alias for those that like to blow dry while they lurk.

~ZonaMeetTheKingofCheapShotting--an alias that says it all about UA having to play Dook next.

~BuzzChannelsAlButCoachesLikeBill--the alias for the lurker from the city of really bad beer and really good Catholic university basketball.

~BoKnowsBangBall--the alias for the lurker from Wisconsin savoring getting by Butler.

~WithHotHandGr8/Without HotHandHistory--the alias for self aware Spider fan.

(Note: All fiction. No malice.)

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Andy Tweedy 3 years, 6 months ago

I must say I highly disagree with the use of "Skank" when referring to Ashley Judd! While I understand this was more of a dig on Kentucky fans, please leave the object of my most dedicated crush out of it...PLEASE!!! Ashley can't be a skank because she's saving herself for me!!!

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Kye Clark 3 years, 6 months ago

She's hideous without spraying a gallon of make-up on.

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Jack Wilson 3 years, 6 months ago

I don't know .. those knockers don't look as good in UK t-shirt. Skank.

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ku_foaf 3 years, 6 months ago

Wrong species for Ashley. She is definitely fox.

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Redlandsjhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

Hilarious!! Hello I'm Missouri. People consider moving to ARKANSAS an upgrade!!! Hah! Hitch the house to the Pontiac honey, we're moving to Arkansas!

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Rockchalk_Mom 3 years, 6 months ago

I kind of hate to see Anderson leave Mizzou. I enjoyed beating his teams. I think he's the best dressed coach in the NCAA. Going from Quin to Anderson was like night and day. Maybe they can get Bobby Knight back into coaching. At least that would get him out of announcing KU games. The man needs to retire and go fishing!

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Scott Oswalt 3 years, 6 months ago

Mike Anderson is the best dressed coach in the NCAA? For real?!?! You heard of Jay Wright?

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Alohahawk 3 years, 6 months ago

Very interseting. When the going gets rough, the "40 minutes of he** " couldn't take it. Highly doubt any KU assistants or associates will contribute their name in the hat to coach at Misserable Mizzou. Wonder what the Antlers are doing right now?

This should pretty much seal Ben McLemore as a Jayhawk. If it doesn't, he was never coming anyway.

Also, this puts a damper on the recruit I was very high on for 2012, Archie Goodwin. He is from Arkansas and had Missery high on his list. Can only assume he has good rapport with Anderson. Staying in Arkansas and playing with Anderson would seem somewhat logical. Or, it might work in reverse, and he would prefer a more stable situation, what with Arkansas passing coaches through like a sieve.

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Kye Clark 3 years, 6 months ago

What's hilarious is that he played both schools perfectly. Not only using his current job for leverage, but using offers to get Misery in talks of more money and another extension, in turn using a contract he didn't even have yet as leverage to squeeze more money out of Arkansas.

Even more hilarious is reading the comments from Misery on the ESPN article. They honestly think they're going to be able to lure a marquee coach to their dump of a school. Unless they overpay for some hot mid-major coach...no way. Look at all the problems Oregon had and they had all the money in the world backing them up, as well as a brand new arena, and they had to settle for Dana Altman!

As someone commented to me a few days ago (paraphrasing a bit): "this is what Misery just couldn't comprehend during the conference realignment with them whoring themselves out to the Big 10 - they have zero national presence".

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Kye Clark 3 years, 6 months ago

*that should read "comments from Misery fans on the ESPN article"

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100 3 years, 6 months ago

Great story today (attached below) about what happens when a kid from Kansas lives his dream to play even a game in Allen Fieldhouse.....

If anybody has footage of his 3 points he scored in the Phog, it would be great to see.... And if you are this 26 year old kid from Kansas reading these posts, you might consider marketing your 3 points scored at the Phog into a national commercial of some sort.

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jaybate 3 years, 6 months ago

"Some Persons with Missouri Connections Under Consideration for MU Job Bailed on by Mike Anderson"

~Ghost of John Ashcroft.

~Ghost of Norm Stewart.

~Ghost of Quin Snyder.

~Ghost of Sparky Stalcup.

~Ghost of William Quantrill

~Ghost of Huck Finn's Father.

~Ghost of Kit Bond.

~Ghost of Tom Eagleton.

~Ghost of T.S. Eliot.

~Ghost of George C. Scott.

~Ghost of Tennessee Williams.

~Ghost of Forest Allen.

(Note: MU doesn't have a ghost of a chance hiring a living person for that job.)

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Jack Wilson 3 years, 6 months ago

I'd vote for the ghost of Tom Eagleton .. but that would be shocking, wouldn't it?

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Mike Bratisax 3 years, 6 months ago

How FANTASTIC that would be!! Go get it Tyrel!! RCJGKU

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jaybate 3 years, 6 months ago

jaybate news service (jns):

Dateline: Mike Anderson's Brain Case

Slug: jaybate channels Mike Anderson, gets low down on his dump and jump--dump Fizzou, jump to UArk.

jaybate: After a lot of struggling with radioactive cloud interference blown over USA from Fukushima, I have achieved the same wavelength as Mike Anderson and will now act as a conduit for Mike's thoughts as to why he first declined and then reputedly accepted the UArk job....ooooohhhhhhmmmmmmm.....

More money offered by Jerry...realized beating KU was hopeless...More money offered by Jerry..had to get out of B12, or would never have a chance for a conference crown...really like Fayetville...more money offered by Jerry...really hate Columbia...more money offered by Jerry...prefer Hot Springs to Cape Girardeau...more money offered by Jerry...more ticks, but fewer cases of Antler born CBW...more money offered by Jerry...more drugs in Mena, but fewer assassins like James Earl Ray in St. Louis...more money offered by Jerry...Hilary likely to be next president, since Carribou Barbie running, so Hil might make me the Presidents Advisor on Physical Fittness...more money offered by Jerry...

Ooops! I lost the connection. Oh, well, all for now.

(Note: all fiction. No malice.)

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gchawk 3 years, 6 months ago

Tyrel, definitely one of my favorite Hawks. Such a gutsy, hard working, and cerebral player, and person. I'm confident he'll be a success at whatever field he goes in. He's a prime example of someone getting the most out of his talents on the floor, and classroom. Rock Chalk!!!!

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jaybate 3 years, 6 months ago

"UTenn Coaching Job--Cha Ching"

~Dick Vitale, an "apparent" Bruce Pearl hyper, if ever there "appeared" to be one, "appeared" to handle Bruce's disgrace the psy-ops way, though who can say for sure? Bruce lied and paid the price, according to a DVi story, getting the bad news out of the way first and succinctly--the bad news DVi perhaps does not want to be associated with any longer than absolutely necessary, as an apparent one time Bruce hyper. Then DVi "appeared" to chase down the bitter truth of Pearl lying to the NCAA with what appeared a diversion blaming UTenn for mishandling Bruce's dismissal. That's cool. That apparently diverts the reader away from Bruce's lying and onto a University that deserved better than a coach lying to the NCAA. But what appears a truly classic disinformation chaser, appeared to come with the following: Bruce will likely get another chance, according to DVi, and that will likely come in two years. It read vaguely like a priest ordering a sinner to do a few hail marys for two years, before getting back to the business of coaching. One can only guess at the subtext of what DVi suggests with his comments. Maybe it goes something like: some school with empty seats and not enough talent will hire him in two years, when the memory of him lying to the NCAA fades, because Bruce can put butts in the seats, attract the hype of certain broadcasters, like DVi, and Bruce will apparently do whatever it takes, including apparently lying to the NCAA about how he gets the talent. Or maybe that's not quite the subtext DVi was implying. Or maybe he was implying something worse. Or maybe he was implying nothing. Subtext is tough to infer, when apparent Bruce hypers are at once distancing themselves from him and in the next sentence paving the way for his return to coaching in two years. Capice?

~Last September, I wondered if Bruce were getting disciplined unusually hard, because he appears to be Jewish in a state, where being Jewish may still seem a bit unorthodox in certain communities. Now it seems, whatever his appearance, he just did lie and ran a program that appeared unseamly to university leaders. Now, Bruce seems just another putz who perhaps thought he could get away with stuff that helped him win.

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jaybate 3 years, 6 months ago

~Apparent Pearl-hyper Andy Katz appears to take a slightly different rhetorical tack than DVi. He asks something like, "how did the UTenn situation come to this?" The question made Bruce lying seem not really the critical issue, at least to me. Why Andy does not answer simply, "Because Bruce apparently lied to the NCAA" is unclear. Somethings are kind of self evident, aren't they, Andy? Instead, Andy Katz scatters the focus all over the place including on mis-steps made by UTenn leadership--the stuff that DVi only cursorily mentioned. Kind of deflected my attention off Bruce awhile. But then it came back.

~Bruce apparently lied to the NCAA.

~Bruce apparently got caught lying to the NCAA.

~UTenn apparently hung onto Bruce as long as it felt it could, apparently because they liked his W&L statement, his relations with broadcasters that hyped him, and because those two things helped put butts in the seats and pull good ratings. Cha-ching.

~Since Billy Gillispie is now Billy Red Raider, UTenn will probably try to grab the VCU coach, because he's a Donovan disciple, because Donovan is respected in the SEC, and because the VCU coach has already turned around a mid major, or is that an upper mid major, or a lower upper major, or a minor high major, or whatever VCU is these days. But KU assistant Joe Dooley is the guy they ought to grab, though again, I would advise Joe wait for a "University of" without a football jones.

~Okie Ballers Doc Sadler, or Buzz Williams, would also be great fits for UTenn, but again, why jump from one football school to the next, and from B10 to SEC, if you're Sadler, or from a basketball school to a football school, if you are Buzz Williams, unless...UTenn really opens the wallet.

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jaybate 3 years, 6 months ago

~UTenn has acted for years like a school that wanted to be a Maybach basketball program, but hasn't seemed to be able to stay behind any coach long enough to make it happen, or else the coach has not been able to stay out of trouble long enough to make it happen.

~UTenn is in the right time zone. UTenn is in a decent conference. UTenn has a good population base to recruit from.

~Another great hire for UTenn would be Rick Pitino. Talk about a sudden ramping up of rivalries in the SEC. Pow! But Rick's love life could get in the way of a hire.

~Another good fit for UTenn would be Travis Ford, a border state guy, who has proven that he can coach, but not recruit enough talent at Okie State to take it to the next level. But UTenn is apt to want another "winner" and so that may leave Travis out.

~Frankly, Larry Brown could solve a lot of UTenn's problem. And he hasn't coached in the SEC yet.

~Or maybe they should just hire Pat Summit. Gino does okay with the girls at UConn. Why couldn't Pat coach the boys at UTenn. And she likes to dress up like a cheer leader, too. Cha-ching.

(Note: I don't want to pile on Bruce Pearl, at all. I know very little about his situation--just what I read. He has been disciplined and dismissed. I am much more fascinated by the stories written by Dick Vitale and Andy Katz that at least seem to anticipate (and so seem to indirectly pave the way for) a return to coaching for Pearl. Why do they do that? What makes them think a fellow that lies to the NCAA would be a coach to hire in two years? What makes them want to take this position? The most I could imagine myself saying about Pearl's coaching future is: I don't know.)

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Woody Cragg 3 years, 6 months ago

Not to mention he snitched out another coach for violations to the NCAA when he worked at Iowa. But then again, in this day & age ethics & morals mean very little if you have star power; Elliot Spitzer, Kendra Wilkinson, Tiger, Charlie Sheen... etc.

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DaNeille Davis 3 years, 6 months ago

I will miss Tyrel the most of any Jayhawk. He is the sterling example of what Kansas Jayhawk basketball is! Go Tyrel! Now win your second national championship!

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BernieLomax 3 years, 6 months ago

EVERYBODY CELEBRATE OUR PENDING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BY DOING 'THE BERNIE' DOWN MASSACHUSETTS STREET!!!

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jaybate 3 years, 6 months ago

Am I the only one still amazed at the springs on Tyrel. Geez, every time I look at Nick's gallery photos, when he isn't straining for a steal, or clawing on the floor for a loose ball in a crowd, he's hanging around the rim for a reeb, or elevating on a three platform. He even dunked one recently.

One of the biggest mysteries in the history of KU basketball is how Tyrel concealed these 42-inch air-lifts of his during his first three seasons. I mean, I knew Brady could get up, since he began starting the season before the X-periment. Brady just doesn't have the balance for aerial acrobatics; he's got the springs though.

But I truly did not see Ty's jumps coming. He seemed the definition of the horizontal man his first three seasons. For a time, I suspected the thighs got Hudy-ized over this past summer, but then I read where he used to run around dunking in high school. And then someone posted a link to a feed of the team during warm ups and every so often Tyrel was up hanging like an albino bat around the rim. I've never heard of jumping and dunking requiring the right state of mind. I thought it was just you had springs, or you didn't. Dang, I hope I didn't miss out on dunking all those years just because my "mind" wasn't into it!!! :-)

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jaybate 3 years, 6 months ago

"While I'm on Guards..."

Has KU ever been this flush at point guard before, and had enough players at the other perimeter positions to use two terrific guys at the point?

Tyshawn Taylor, despite all his struggles with concentration, with dribbling and shooting boo-boos from playing with two fingers taped together most of the the season, with turnover-itis, he just is this incredible athlete. He just does look like, when he steps on the accelerator, he is shot out of an electron gun. He just is Quantum T. It is flippin' scary to think how good Tyshawn will be next season, when he actually gets to play the point without having to learn it.

And Elijah is like this potential Oscar Robertson in a chrysalis.

In the beginning, I saw in EJ what every one else saw; this speed merchant with 5000 pound springs and a good ambidextrous dribble. What I did not see was this upright, Oscar Robertson kind of play-maker presence in the making, with a nice stroke to go with the above. I am serious about the Oscar reference.

There are relatively few 6'4" point guards with this up-right kind of presence that can also go like greased lightening. And I wouldn't be surprised if EJ reaches 6'5" by next year. Oscar Robertson was the greatest point guard ever to have had this stature and presence on a floor. Derek Rose has a bit of it. I thought O.J. Mayo and Lance Stephenson had it to, but they have not done as much with it as I had hoped.

It is this upright, and somewhat towering presence that lets these kinds of guards see the floor and operate in ways that shorter guards just can't do.

I am hopeful EJ continues to develop along this path...as a great side to side guard, as Self terms it, who just happens also to be able to go lickety split lengthwise, too.

And then there is Josh Selby. Board rats doubt it now, but he is just going to super nova next season if he stays at KU.

Good lord, if Self can square the front court away into 3-4 reliable bigs next year, these three guards, hooked up with Travis 2-3-4 swing man ability, are just going to be beasting on the perimeter!

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