Friday, February 10, 2012


Jeremy Case digs aide gig


Had this been Jeremy Case’s senior year, he probably would be averaging at least 20 minutes a game as the Kansas University basketball team’s third guard. In his day, he warmed the bench, but expresses no regrets.

The national-championship ring he won in 2008 comes in handy.

Case is an assistant basketball coach at Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, Mo., working under head coach Dickey Nutt.

“Yeah, oh yeah, I wear the ring,” Case said in a telephone interview. “On a home visit, I’ll wear it. If I go see a player play, I’ll wear it. It’s a great conversation piece. A lot of guys see it and ask me about it.”

Does he let the recruits try it on?

“No,” Case said. “They can’t do that.”

But they can ask away about his alma mater. He’s always happy to discuss KU, which he watches play on TV when his schedule allows.

“I don’t think they’re as talented as they have been in the past, but they work hard, they play hard, and coach Self is doing a great job,” Case said. “I can tell they’re starting to do exactly what he wants them to do.”

After graduating from KU and exhausting his playing eligibility as a fifth-year senior, Case entertained thoughts of playing professionally in Europe, where in the right league he could have been a scoring sensation drawing big paychecks.

He sought advice from the wisest man he knows, his father, Win Case. Win won two NAIA national championships at Oklahoma City University and now is an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee State. Win told him, “If this is what you want to do, you better get started.”

Jeremy worked one season as a graduate assistant for Self and asked him to call Nutt on his behalf, when Nutt inherited a program on NCAA probation and coming off a 3-27 record. Nutt hired Case to join in him in a rebuilding project that in its third year already has reversed the Redhawks’ fortunes. SEMO is 13-11 overall, 8-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Redhawks had a chance to make national news in a road game against undefeated, ninth-ranked Murray State recently, but couldn’t hang onto a halftime lead.

All the lessons the second-generation coach Case learned from his father and his college coach — teammates at Oklahoma State, where Nutt had just finished playing — couldn’t prepare him for the extent of renovation needed in Cape Girardeau.

“The first year was miserable,” Jeremy said of a 7-23 season in 2009-2010. “To go from one end of the spectrum to the other was really an eye-opener. Coach Nutt did a great job of keeping the players going. Every day he walks in he’s got a pep in his step, and that rubs off on our guys. He knows what he’s doing.”

Ten games into Nutt’s second season, the Redhawks’ losing streak reached 18, making Nutt, with the help of Case, 7-33 in his first 40 games, 23-23 in the next 46.


jaybate 8 years, 1 month ago

Show case son of Win Case who lives in a suitcase in the coaching rat race and fills his brain case like a brief case trying to get from first base to first place.

Rock Chalk, J Case.

jhox 8 years, 1 month ago

2:06 am post. That pretty much explains everything.

jaybate 8 years, 1 month ago

Incredible. How does it explain freezing light in a photon matrix? :-)

yates33333 8 years, 1 month ago

Ha! Ha! Ha! Very droll!!! Guess which comment!

youowethehawks 8 years, 1 month ago

My take away was that Dickie Nut really rubs off on his players.

John Randall 8 years, 1 month ago

but his undies couldn't hold the overflow . . .

8 years, 1 month ago

I think I prefer your canonized proverbs, son of David.

nuleafjhawk 8 years, 1 month ago

2:06 am ?

Did you take a shot of mace in the face? Or have you been in outer space? I had to ask, just in case, but mostly just to fill some space in this place.

all in fun jaybate - i literally lol'd. funny stuff.

nuleafjhawk 8 years, 1 month ago

lol - dude - nobody ever tops you!

(and I forgot to ask if you had watched "Arsenic and Old Lace".....)

jaybate 8 years, 1 month ago

Just the old one with Cary Grant.

Am I missing a new one with Hugh Grant, or something?

lincase 8 years, 1 month ago

Let us hope there are no undies trimmed with lace in the suitcase because that would be a disgrace.

nuleafjhawk 8 years, 1 month ago

Yeah - that was beautiful ralster!!

Some of us made haste, and made a pretty good case, but you trumped us with your ACE !!

jaybate 8 years, 1 month ago

Now this has been some serious mongrel doggerel.

John Randall 8 years, 1 month ago

What do you expect from a crowd of bloggerall?

yates33333 8 years, 1 month ago

too fast a pace for an old guy's taste.

I close in haste.

Phoghorn 8 years, 1 month ago

Good to hear about this. Mr. Case will make an awesome coach someday.

Imagine what a player he would have been had he not been injured early in his career!

Bailey Perkins 8 years, 1 month ago

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middleoftheroader 8 years, 1 month ago

I lived next door to Bill Self and his family when he first moved to town. They were good neighbors.

jaybate 8 years, 1 month ago

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Phoghorn 8 years, 1 month ago

I had my photo taken with Vanna White.

Bailey Perkins 8 years, 1 month ago

Did I even mention Bill Self? The article only discusses J. Case.

Details? If anyone really cared, they would have discovered it long ago. I only felt it was necessary to share such information.

Hopefully he's grown and matured since then and actually plans to provide good things to the world......

middleoftheroader 8 years, 1 month ago

No you didnt. I only mentioned it to brag, cuz it was awesome living next to him.Sorry for the confusion, and i'm sure living above Jeremy was as bad as you say.

jaybate 8 years, 1 month ago

Names. The police and DA's office will require names. Maybe some evidence, too.

klynne08 8 years, 1 month ago

Although he may have been "busy" as an athlete at KU like any male athlete with every girl chasing him would be, please do ot get on here and disrespect him by speaking of illegitimate children you know NOTHING about. He is a great dad and person and my son LOVES his dad more than anyone! So for you to speak on a situation that you know nothing about is offensive. And yes his son thinks he is a GREAT coach, person and dad so anything else negative you would like to comment on...i find irrelevant.

Phoghorn 8 years, 1 month ago

Okay Bailey, do you actually know this or are you just stirring the pot?

Bailey Perkins 8 years, 1 month ago

Quite possibly, but if I share too much they'll remove the post so I'll just leave it at that.

Also, seems ridiculous they leave random posts of people playing childish rhyming games and delete those that actually spark interest/concern.

Ron Prichard 8 years, 1 month ago

I lived near a guy named Ted once. Contrary to what you would think, Ted wasn't really a boring guy. He was a KSU fan, though. He moved. I'm not really bragging, but I thought you all might want to know.

PS...I didn't mention Bill Self or Jeremey Case. Just thought I should point that out. I didn't live near either of them, if anyone was wondering.

Ron Prichard 8 years, 1 month ago

I guess I should have tried to rhyme, this stupid little post in time. Oh, well...

jaybate 8 years, 1 month ago

I lived next to a guy who lived next to Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby and and Danny Ferrie and John Connally and JFK and Martin Luther King and RFK and George Wallace and John Lennon. He didn't know who the shooters were though. It was a riddle wrapped inside an enigma inside a....

Close proximity is a poor substitute for facts.

sleepy33 8 years, 1 month ago

I believe you mean David Ferrie, and yes I only know that because of Joe Pesci's character in JFK.

Ron Prichard 8 years, 1 month ago

Although Danny Ferry could shoot pretty well. A basketball, that is...

REHawk 8 years, 1 month ago

One of the best posts of the year from someone yesterday: I can explain it to you, but can't help you understand it. Applicable to 1 of 10 posters?

John Randall 8 years, 1 month ago

MU Antler in a bar next to 3 guys wearing black sweatshirts, asks bartender, "Hey, you want to hear a story about how dumb Cornhusker cheerleaders are?"

All three guys (safety, linebacker, d-tackle) turn around to show a big red N on their chest. One says, "We all date Nebraska cheerleaders . . . you sure you want to tell that story?"

Not yet quite sober, the fellow answers, "Not if I have to explain it 3 times."

Phoghorn 8 years, 1 month ago

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Tony Bandle 8 years, 1 month ago

Holy guys on this string had some really good hashish and didn't share with the rest of us.

Shame on you all!!

I came up with a game many years ago I called "Name Chain". The idea was to connect as many famous names as possible by combining the first and last names in order i.e Denise Richards - Richard Marcks - Marc Anthony - Anthony[Tony] Bill - Billy Williams - William[Billy] Crystal - Crystal Gayle - Gayle Sayers

I wish I had been up when this chain started...I think you guys would have been spectacular!!!

Joseph Kuebel 8 years, 1 month ago

Billy Williams- William Williams (same guy).

Scott MacWilliams 8 years, 1 month ago

Okay, since everybody is in fine mettle with the petal in the kettle,

I'm starting the list for the 'Great Names' AllStar Team: I hereby nominate: Scoop Jardine Dash Harris

Anybody else?

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