Originally published March 10, 2013 at 06:06p.m., updated March 11, 2013 at 12:01a.m.

Jeff Withey, Ben McLemore selected to All-Big 12 first team

Withey also honored as Big 12 defensive player of year

Kansas center Jeff Withey blocks a shot by Kansas State guard Rodney McGruder during the first half on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Earlier in the game, Withey set a new KU career block record.

Kansas center Jeff Withey blocks a shot by Kansas State guard Rodney McGruder during the first half on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Earlier in the game, Withey set a new KU career block record.



Kansas' Jeff Withey (5) and Baylor's A.J. Walton (22) position for a rebound in KU's 81-58 loss to the Baylor Bears Saturday in Waco, Texas.

Kansas University senior center Jeff Withey on Sunday was named Big 12 defensive player of the year for the second straight season in a vote of league coaches.

Withey, a 7-footer from San Diego who is the all-time KU and Big 12 leader in blocked shots (289), also was named first-team all-conference with KU freshman Ben McLemore, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Kansas State’s Rodney McGruder and Oklahoma’s Romero Osby. Smart was tapped the league’s player of the year and unanimous pick for freshman of the year.

“This is a big honor to be named the defensive player of the year for two straight years in such a tough conference,” Withey, a unanimous pick, said Sunday. “These are prestigious honors from the coaches, and to have my other teammates listed throughout those awards shows how much of a team we have been (this season).”

KU senior Travis Releford was named second-team all conference with Baylor’s Pierre Jackson, Iowa State’s Will Clyburn, KSU’s Angel Rodriguez and OSU’s Markel Brown. KU senior Elijah Johnson was honorable mention.

Releford and Withey made the all-defensive team and McLemore the all-rookie team.

“I’m happy for all of them,” KU coach Bill Self said. “We knew Ben and Jeff would be on the first team, but I feel sometimes when you have guys on the first team it could split the vote for player of the year.

“Marcus Smart is a very deserving player of the year in leading Oklahoma State to a good finish in the league and an NCAA Tournament bid. Any of those four — Ben, Jeff, McGruder and Smart — could have been player of the year.

“Travis and Jeff both deserve to be on the all-defensive team, and it’s great for Jeff being named the defensive player of the year for the second straight season,” Self said. “I’m glad Elijah is honorable mention. I am so pleased for Travis to make second team. He’s put so much time into this program. He’s the rock nobody talks about.”

Withey is the first player in Big 12 history to win the defensive award outright in back-to-back seasons. Cole Aldrich won the award in 2009-10 after sharing it with Missouri’s J.T. Tiller in 2008-09.

Withey has 124 blocked shots this year, a total that ranks fourth on the single-season Big 12 chart after he set the record with 140 in 2011-12.

Also, Kansas State’s Bruce Weber was named coach of the year, Iowa State’s Will Clyburn newcomer of the year, ISU’s Tyrus McGee sixth man award winner and ISU’s Melvin Ejim scholar-athlete of the year.

McLemore, who on Saturday passed Danny Manning as KU’s all-time leading freshman scorer, has nine games of 20 or more points, including three 30-point efforts against Big 12 competition. Releford and Johnson are appearing on All-Big 12 squads for the first time in their careers. Releford leads KU with 37 steals, while Johnson has a team-high 149 assists.

“I’m happy for all those guys,” Self said. “They are all very deserving. Individual awards are terrific, but I know our guys are focused on team achievements, which mean much more.”

KU tied K-State in winning its ninth straight Big 12 crown — the Jayhawks’ 13th Big 12 title and NCAA-leading 56th overall regular-season conference championship. Kansas had two players on the All-Big 12 first team for the second straight year and the sixth time in the last seven seasons. The Jayhawks have had two first-teamers nine times in the 17-year history of the Big 12, which began in 1996-97.

KU (26-5, 14-4) will meet the winner of Wednesday’s West Virginia-Texas Tech game at 2 p.m. Thursday in Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Nine in a row: Self on Sunday praised his team for winning a ninth straight Big 12 title. “The regular season is over. It was an exceptional regular season,” Self said on his weekly TV show. “To go 26-5 after losing Tyshawn (Taylor), Thomas (Robinson) and Conner (Teahan) and have them play as well as they have for the most part all year long …

“We had a rough eight-day stretch (losing three in a row), which has been well documented. We played poorly yesterday (in 23-point loss at Baylor). We also ran into a team that probably played the best anybody has played against us in a long, long time. That’s a talented team. They put it on us pretty good even though we cut it to six late. We didn’t play well down the stretch.

“I’m proud of this team,” he added. “Nine in a row for these guys ... five for Travis, four for Jeff, four for Elijah and two for Kevin (Young). Whatever it is, they all maxed out. I’m happy for them and proud of them.”

Wiggins finishes campus tours: Andrew Wiggins, a 6-7 senior forward from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, visited North Carolina last weekend and has completed all his campus visits. The country’s No. 1-rated player will choose between KU, UNC, Kentucky and Florida State at a yet-to-be determined date.

KSU party tonight: K-State, which tied KU for the Big 12 title, will hold a Big 12 title celebration at 6 tonight in Bramlage Coliseum. The celebration will include a net-cutting ceremony and remarks from university president Kirk Schulz, athletic director John Currie, coach Bruce Weber and seniors Jordan Henriquez, Martavious Irving and Rodney McGruder.



Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, G


Jeff Withey, Kansas, C


Will Clyburn, Iowa State, G


Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, G


Tyrus McGee, Iowa State, G


Melvin Ejim, Iowa State, F


Bruce Weber, Kansas State

All-Big 12 First Team

Ben McLemore, Kansas G

Jeff Withey, Kansas C

Rodney McGruder, Kansas State G

Romero Osby, Oklahoma F

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State G

All-Big 12 Second Team

Pierre Jackson, Baylor G

Will Clyburn, Iowa State G

Travis Releford, Kansas G

Angel Rodriguez, Kansas State G

Markel Brown, Oklahoma State G

All-Big 12 Third Team

Isaiah Austin, Baylor C

Melvin Ejim, Iowa State F

Amath M'Baye, Oklahoma F

Steven Pledger, Oklahoma G

Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State G/F

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (Listed alphabetically by school)

Cory Jefferson (Baylor), Korie Lucious (Iowa State), Tyrus McGee (Iowa State), Elijah Johnson (Kansas), Shane Southwell (Kansas State), Michael Cobbins (Oklahoma State), Jaye Crockett (Texas Tech), Eron Harris (West Virginia), Deniz Kilicli (West Virginia)

Big 12 All-Defensive Team

Chris Babb, Iowa State G

Travis Releford, Kansas G

Jeff Withey, Kansas C

Angel Rodriguez, Kansas State G

Michael Cobbins, Oklahoma State F

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State G

Big 12 All-Rookie Team

Isaiah Austin, Baylor C

Will Clyburn, Iowa State G

Georges Niang, Iowa State F

Ben McLemore, Kansas G

Amath M'Baye, Oklahoma F

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State G


BackflippingCowboy51 1 year, 1 month ago

Marcus Smart definitely deserves to be the Player of the Year. After the way he wiped your own floor with your sorry butts in Allen Whorehouse, that alone should be reason enough to be POY. GO COWBOYS!


oddgirl 1 year, 1 month ago

KU was picked to finish 1st. They finished t-1st. Kansas State was picked to finish 5th. They finished t-1st. I think it's pretty clear that Weber deserves Coach of the Year. Aside from McGruder, I don't know if there is one player on the Wildcats who would see significant playing time if he was on the Jayhawks. I don't like Kansas State as a rule, but I have to give Weber credit for the job he did with the team this season.

As for Self, yes, he deserves COY consideration pretty much every season. But that's the disadvantage of coaching a team that is strong year after year -- you aren't going to win these awards very often, because voters simply expect your team to do well. I would bet that guys like Coach K, Pitino, Donovan, etc rarely win the COY Award in their conference, as well.


William Blake 1 year, 1 month ago

Just announced:

Kansas Coach Bill Self - 2013 International Developmental Coach Of The Year!


Konkis Dongington III 1 year, 1 month ago

Personally, I think the BMac/Smart debate is kind of silly. Marcus Smart deserves Big 12 POY over BMac. Sorry, but it's true. BMac is a fantastic baller the likes of which we may not see again for quite a while, but overall, Smart gets the nod.

POY isn't just about stats. POY is about being a great player. Great players are fierce. Great players are competitors. Great players lead. Great players play well. BMac is a better baller than Smart, but Smart is the better player. Don't let the draft thing obfuscate the facts. Yeah, BMac will probably go higher and probably be the better NBA player, but he's still learning to be aggressive. He's still learning to take over games. He's still learning to harness all of his talent. Smart is just there, though. He doesn't have BMac's ceiling, his grace, nor his smooth release, but he knows better how to take advantage of his talents and he makes his team a competitor. Okie State is Smart. KU needs BMac to be elite, but we'd be dancing no problem without him.

I could go on, but I think I've made my point. Love BMac. With the right combination of luck and toughness, BMac is a kid we can ride to another NCAA title. He could be MOP. He could be #1 NBA Draft pick 2013. But in Big 12 play, it's just gotta be Marcus Smart.


For those bemoaning that Smart committed on his first visit, we'll get our chance once Selden steps on to campus. Exact same kind of player, only bigger, stronger, and even more athletic. He alone is going to make a young squad next year a contender. Selden + Randle would probably be enough for a pre-season top 5. Should be a good season, but lets let this one play out for now.


Sally Presson 1 year, 1 month ago

What a great year the Jayhawks have given us fans, thank you so much and congratulations to our guys who received the special awards!! But what a team we have, it's been a fun year as a fan and looking forward to the rest of the season at the final 4!!! Jaybate has given Elijah all the credit he deserves, I just hope he feels the love from all of us who have watched him through the years and espeically this year when he's given us his all playing hurt, I can't imagine what pain he's gone through and still plays and give us his all. Thank you thank you Elijah, there's no one like you!!! And thanks so much to Travis, taking a red shirt, and keeping that winning attitude he has, you are one special man Travis, we are so blessed to have you.

Bottom line---I'm so proud of all of our players and the pride they have in KU and each other, that family atmosphere is a special gift you guys have for one another and it shows at every game. And that doesn't happen at every school.


yates33333 1 year, 1 month ago

JB. The coaches were very kind to Johnson. Enough said. Jake (HJY)


jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

Part 2

I say seemed, because it turned out that he also injured his knee that junior season. His superb athleticism and some masking of duties by Self and staff covered up the injury to this fan much of the season. But there were stretches where the game seemed to dictate him to penetrate and he did not penetrate. This fan began to wonder. Maybe he was more injured than he seemed. It was so hard to tell, because he could do more injured than most of his teammates could healthy.

No matter. By the stretch run, EJ found a stroke that was not quite as good as his original one, but very good--good enough to win us several games late in the season, and somehow he learned to guard, with teammate help and make it all look effortless.

But then came the summer cut to "clean up" his knee.

And the long, slow heal.

The heal that never really came 100%.

The heal that involved quilts on knees, and god only knows what kinds of treatments.

The heal that lead eventually to limping, and leg dragging, and no paint touching and missing easy shots and no aerial acrobatics.

The healing that finally lead to two blue hub caps--one strapped on each knee.

The healing that finally did not yield any "pop" at all until very late February.

Marcus Smart was awarded first team All Conference guard. He ought to thank Elijah Johnson. Had Elijah Johnson been healthy Marcus Smart would have been second team. Period.

No KU player that I can recall has played point guard without knees and lead his team to a conference title. No Big 12 player that I can recall has ever done it either.

Elijah Johnson should not only be first team All Injured Conference Player, he should be in the All Injured Hall of Fame.

And the rest between now and the Big 12 tournament is likely to give him one more game with some pop, but then two without pop., since the conference tourney is 3 in 3.

And then the Madness starts.

And one of the greatest injured players of all time at KU (joining Bill Bridges and Sasha Kaun and BRush his senior season) gets to start the hunt for a ring in a series of two game tournaments in which he will have pop for the first of each two game series.

Elijah Johnson is right where a great injured player needs to be.

He has a shot to become the second great injured KU player to lead KU to a ring.

Brandon Rush. Send our Elijah a text message right now. Tell him that it can be done. And tell him one more thing.

Tell him: Elijah, you can be the first KU player with two bad knees to win a ring!!!

Get it done, injured superstar, get it done.


jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

"In Praise of All Injured Conference Elijah Johnson"

Part 1

There ought to be an All Playing Injured Team.

Elijah made Honorable Mention All Conference WITHOUT KNEES.

It is scary to think how great he could have been.

Coulda, woulda, shoulda is okay to engage in after the fact, especially if it helps inspire a guy like EJ to work to come back the rest of the way.

Had EJ been healthy this year, the team would be undefeated, and almost a certain National Champion.

Had EJ been healthy this season, this would have been Bill Self's version of Lute Olson's Arizona ring team with Mike Bibby and the two other wing guys I can't recall right now.

EJ exploded for 39 points with no knees; that 39 was a flash of the EJ that Self had recruited back in Vegas--a flash of the kid who played with big kids when he was only 5--a flash of what he could have been, when the body was working and the pop was there.

But one big game did not mean the hardware went away. One big game did not mean the knees were good as new. One good game did not mean he was what he could have been.

Think about it.

EJ quarterbacked a team to a tie for a conference championship with no knees.

EJ is one of those incomparable athletes that comes along once in awhile that gets more than his share of curve balls.

EJ came to KU a 6-2 jack-in-the-box PG.

EJ was a bit young for his age, as a freshman.

EJ took awhile for the neural nets to grow in, which seemed then no big deal.

Then suddenly between freshman and sophomore seasons, EJ had a growth spurt that took him to 6-4 and gave him the PG body of the next Oscar Robertson.

It seemed like the greatest blessing possible turning a shortish PG into a near can't miss NBA stature point guard.

But it meant EJ had to take another year to grow into the new body and learn to move as gracefully and quickly with it as he had before.

Again, it didn't seem like that big of a deal--that bad of a trade-off. What is a sophomore season of development, when he was going to come out of the chrysalis Big O 2.0?

The only hitch came some where late in that sophomore development season, he seemed to suffer a shoulder injury that impaired his sweet stroke.

But that was okay because Tyshawn and TRob could do it all and EJ could still lock down. And, oh my god, how he could defend. He was one of the most beautiful and effortless defenders at the 2 guard I have ever seen.

And then his junior season came.

KU had Tyshawn, who was ripe to run the point, so EJ slid over to the 2 and, like all incomparably great athletes, he assumed the role of starting in a new position as if it were easy as breathing.

Ty and EJ formed one of the most perfectly complementary back courts I have seen.

And best of all, EJ fought through a shooting slump that seemed mostly due to him struggling to find slightly new mechanics to compensate for his shoulder injury from the previous season.


Tony Bandle 1 year, 1 month ago

Next year's scholarship team will be uber-talented and uber-young [ counting Randle and a red-shirt Lucas], 7 freshmen, [Ellis, Jamari, White, Adams] total 4 sophomores, 1 junior [Tharpe], 1 senior [Wesley - that could be the shortest Senior Night on record!!].

I foresee a pretty rough start [2-4 losses including Duke] but the team getting formidible by conference play.

Regarding this year's team, if they can get to the championship game of the Big 12 Tourney and get to the Sweet Sixteen, that will guarantee another 30 win season. [If they get to 31 wins it will mean HCBS has AVERAGED 30 wins a season for 10 seasons!!]

My Labor Day prediction for the 12/13 team was 29-8...looks like I'm going to be close.


Jonathan Allison 1 year, 1 month ago

I'm trying to figure out who's going to compete with us next year for the Big 12 title.

I'm seeing LeBryan Nash listed in a lot of mock drafts, but I only saw Markel Brown listed in one. So OK State could have Brown back, but would be losing Smart, Nash, and Jurick, which will hurt. They've got a couple of good guards coming in, but no bigs.

K-State is losing Henriquez, Irving, McGruder, but they'll still be pretty good next year as long as Rodriguez, Spradling, Southwell and co can pick up some of McG's scoring.

ISU loses Babb, Clyburn, Lucious, and McGee so they will likely be weaker next year. They have some Juco talent coming in with a ~top 30 class.

Baylor loses Jackson, Austin, Walton, and maybe Cory Jefferson, but they'll still have talent... just never enough talent to compete for the championship. They have a top 20 recruiting class, but no one too exceptional...

OU loses, Osby, Fitzgerald, Pledger, and probably M'Baye, they're backcourt will be in fine hands probably, but they'll need BIG help for the big men.

Texas just loses Kabongo, but who knows whether or not they'll compete with KU and KSU.

KU should have the talent to take #10 in a row, and if we land Randle (or Wiggins) then we have no excuse.


jayhawkinATL 1 year, 1 month ago

I'm sure many of us feel the same way about sharing OUR title with KSU as KSU does with sharing THEIR title with OU (in f-ball). Ironically, KU b-ball managed the same feat as KSU f-ball...choking at Baylor!


BigAl 1 year, 1 month ago

A couple of things about Weber I have noticed. When he loses, he rarely gives credit to the opposing team or coach. It is almost always about how his boys didn't play up to their ability. In the KU loss at AFH, which was a blowout loss, he still didn't give credit to KU. Again, it was about his team missing opportunities. After the loss to OSU, he complained about a perceived bad call on Angel Rodriquez vs Marcus Smart saying "Smart flopped like he always does." Where does that come from? I don't think I have ever seen Marcus Smart "flop". Just like it did in Illinois, I believe Weber's act will run thin.


Danny Hernandez 1 year, 1 month ago

That's exactly how I feel as a Kansas it greed, call it entitlement and expectations...either way, I haven't celebrated yet nor have I shouted from the rooftop, 9 time Big12 champs


nuleafjhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Regarding the 2012-2013 Big 12 Conference Championship:

If you're elated, hungover and planning a ticker tape parade - you are a K-State fan.

If you're ticked off, disgusted and feel like you just got punched in the face - you are a KU fan.


Shawn Otrimble 1 year, 1 month ago

Here is my argument for why Bill Self should be Coach of the Year;

  1. 9th in a row conference championship
  2. Number 2 recruiting class in the nation coming in next year (with or without the number 2 or 3 picks added)
  3. winner of 3 overtime conference games. (say what you want but coaching has a lot to do with winning close games)
  4. Best over all record of any big 12 team this year.
  5. The year in and year out ability to reload and have each team play defensive minded first, team ball.
  6. The development of talent, this year with Withey, Releford, and Young. (all of which I never thought would get much playing time, based off their first years here)
  7. The ability to adapt to other teams playing styles. (something Roy was not good at)

I believe I have at least made a case for Coach Self.


Sam Constance 1 year, 1 month ago

ATTENTION: The COY award is not a "who exceeded expectations the most" award. It's also not a "give extra credit to the guy who had the 'tough' job of coaching someone else's players" award.

I'm not going to sit here and say that Weber was undeserving of the award, but I don't think he deserves the award head and shoulders over anyone else (including Bill Self) either. For one thing, how do you give the COY award to a coach who couldn't beat another coach (in two tries) who was also a worthy COY candidate? Self defeated Weber head to head twice, and it was never really in doubt either time.

And who's to say that anything KSU went through this season was harder than the three-game skid that KU went through? These message boards were catatonic with people worried that we were going to end the conference title streak. The fact that they came through that terrible skid and won several tough games down the stretch to ensure that they didn't NEED the Baylor game to win the title should count for something.

The thing that really annoys me is the "UNANIMOUS" win for Smart, and the fact that he got POY. I know he's a physical, big point guard who can rebound and get a lot of steals, but I'm not sure why everyone seems to be okay with ignoring the fact that he's not a good shooter. He finished the season 41% from the floor and 29% from three. He also had an A/TO ratio (1.30) worse than Elijah Johnson's (1.60), and fewer assists than him.


KULA 1 year, 1 month ago

Congratulations Jeff. You are "El Jefe."


Robert Brown 1 year, 1 month ago

Weber is clearly Coach of the Year in the Big 12. The only close that come close is Lon Kruger. Both OU and KSU exceeded expectations. Self and Ford probably met expectations. Hoiberg struggled on the road so I would give it to him.

I doubt KSU would have done as well this year had Frank Martin stayed. It will be interesting if Martin fades into obscurity or if he will ascend to the status he got as KSU's coach.


phogphan2000 1 year, 1 month ago

Congrats to the award winners.

Go get some more hardware in KC!


RealityBites 1 year, 1 month ago

And to the fans who are bashing kstate, remember there are three years in our current streak where we tied (once with ou and twice with Texas...and they beat us head to head in those years. So if you want to bash KSU for sharing then remember we shared too. Otherwise you'll just look like a fool. It's the reality.


cjp22152 1 year, 1 month ago

Don't get me wrong, I hate K-State, but if Weber isn't COY then who the hell is? It damn sure isn't Self, KU had another title in the bag and they lost to TCU (and thus they share a title). If it's not Weber then I don't know who is.


cjp22152 1 year, 1 month ago

How did Pierre Jackson not get 1st team? Led the league in scoring and assists and McGruder gets his spot?


RealityBites 1 year, 1 month ago

Highelitemajor: thanks for the brutal honesty. It's the truth and a lot of fans don't want to believe it. Also, we lost to Baylor by 23. Twenty three. KSU had zero bad losses and we had two. Finally, we had to beat KSU TWICE in order for us to tie them for the championship. KSU had a great season and weber is a great coach.


parrothead8 1 year, 1 month ago

McLemore is a very good player, and I know he'll be a lottery pick, but this year proved how much he still needs to learn.


RJ King 1 year, 1 month ago

Speaking of objectivity, the numbers for McLemore vs. Smart are very even, and each was playing within the team they were on (example: Smart probably got more rebounds if OSU shot more threes). One thing is clear - KU would've been better off with Ben touching the ball more. Shooting more 3's or shooting free throws might've resulted in higher point totals for him (and one more victory for Kansas?)

As far as the Davis vs. Withey debate mentioned above, on paper at least Davis gets the nod.


Jack Wilson 1 year, 1 month ago

I'm sorry, you folks that don't think Weber is COY really have your blinders on. KSU's talent isn't near our talent. No players that will get drafted and none that will play in the NBA. They weren't ranked in the top 25 in the preseason, and they were picked to finish 5th in the Big 12. Not only that, but coming in and taking over someone else's players is a huge challenge. To fend off transfers or other issues is a big deal.

Perhaps Weber can't recruit, but he sure as heck can coach.

This was truly the best coaching job in the Big 12. If you can't recognize it, then you truly are viewing life through crimson and blue colored glasses, and without any real objectivity.


William Blake 1 year, 1 month ago

Congrats to Jeff, Ben, Travis and EJ for a job well done!

And if this league had a "Mr. Hustle" award... Kevin... it would be all yours!


ljmhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

I think Pierre Jackson got royally screwed. he should have been first team


Janet Scott 1 year, 1 month ago

If Weber is COY, then Sarah Palin wins the Nobel Prize for Intelligence.


hawken 1 year, 1 month ago

I don't have a problem with Weber getting coach of the year. It's not who is the best coach, but who did the best job this year. Recruiting is out because none of those players were recruited this year and the result of this year's recruiting are not in. It's who did the best job with his team from November to March and that is clearly Bruce Weber. He can't hold a candle to Self overall as a coach, but he had a great year.


Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Ya, the total laughable joke that is Manlesshattan is likely making a DVD right now of:...(wait for it...)...Baylor beating KU (to allow the purple pussies to wear the Champ shirts they already printed up)....What a joke. They couldnt git-er-done themselves, either against us, or against ChokieState. Just watch what happens to purple next year. More laffs... :) :) :)


Steve Gantz 1 year, 1 month ago

I don't get too worked up over these awards, even national POY awards. I can see Weber getting it, he did have a great year, surprising year really, at least to me. Smart was phenomenal. So was BMac and Withey. Let's win our last 6 games of the year and we'll all be happy.


upinsmoke 1 year, 1 month ago

I agree with vlbptt. Weber has nothing going for him, I don't think any player he brought in had much of an impact. But, you gotta laugh at these imbeciles out west, they actually believe that they are the champs of the Big 12. Facebook is lit up with these morons saying things like K State is closer to being champs than KU. I don't know who said it but " To be the man, you gotta beat the man." They couldn't beat KU themselves, and brag about winning when someone else does the beating for them. Again, they haven't won anything league wise since 1977 for God's sake, which is also the last time they beat KU in basketball.


iamakufan 1 year, 1 month ago

Weber did a good job with KSU this year but being a quality coach requires much more than x's and o's. It also requires being able to get quality recruits who it within your style, will mesh with his teammates, and will be a good ambassador for your school. At Illinois, Weber had a good first two years. But then his own recruits were in the system and he went downhill quickly and did not recover. I don't believe any coach should be eligible for COY in his first two years at a school. Wait until the entire package can be assessed. If he does as well two years from now, great, he's coy.


Vince Brown 1 year, 1 month ago

Weber COY? I don't think so. At IL he had success in his first year with Bill Self's recruits. At KSU he's working with Frank Martin's players. Vote him COY when he succeeds with players he's brought in.


justinryman 1 year, 1 month ago

A few years back the offensive player of the year in the NFC was Brees, but the QB of the year was Rodgers, or visa versa. But how is that possible??

It's just their way of saying, "we really are not sure who is better so we will split the award so hopefully there are not hurt feelings."


LLH 1 year, 1 month ago

I'm not normally one to get worked up over individual awards, but there are two instances in time where I have. One being last year when ESPN led the charge for Davis when Robinson was clearly a better overall player. Of course I'm bias, but I still believe Thomas got robbed. On to today. Smart is a hell of a player. It makes sense that if you are the POY and a freshman, then, you probably are also the FOY. That being said, I'm not sure that he really was the POY. Basketball is a team sport, and his team finished 3rd in the league, so apparently the POY is based solely on stats and or impact right? IF that is the case, one could argue that Jackson leading the league in assists and points is just as likely a candidate. Sure his team was 9-9 but 3rd, 6th, who cares, you didn't win the league. Being a KU homer, I would argue that Withey had just as much of an impact for the success of his team as Smart did, and you MAY even be able to say the same for Ben. Oh well, congrats to Smart. My point is I just don't "get" how these things are decided. Withey is the DPOY so apparently he is mainly viewed as a defensive prescence first and foremost. Okay, fair enough, but was Davis not basically the same thing and he is NPOY? Whatevs.


jayhawkintexas 1 year, 1 month ago

No offensive player of the year??


ljmhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

I think self deserves COY every year until KU loses their current streak


Rock Chalk 1 year, 1 month ago

Congratulations, Jeff. I know I speak for many when I say we are proud of you.


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