Saturday, October 5, 2013

Riggle, wiggles highlight ‘Night

Comedian Rob Riggle is carried onto the court during Late Night in the Phog Friday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Comedian Rob Riggle is carried onto the court during Late Night in the Phog Friday at Allen Fieldhouse.


Late Night leftovers. ...

Actor Rob Riggle, who drew rave reviews for his work as host of the 2012 ESPY Awards, had a stellar encore performance at Friday’s 2013 Late Night in the Phog.

The 1992 Kansas University graduate out of Shawnee Mission South received a thunderous ovation from 16,300 fans as he was carried into Allen Fieldhouse on a white chair while wearing a white wig, white coat and slacks.

“Rob Riggle is a comedian. Rob Riggle is an actor. Rob Riggle is a United States Marine (lieutenant colonel). Rob Riggle is a Jayhawk. Tonight, Rob Riggle is your host,” proclaimed an intro video on the center videoboard.

“I love this place, so much you have no idea. I used to watch every game in that section there,” Riggle told the fans, pointing to the northwest bleachers, upper deck. “I used to sit there and dream that one day I’d be carried into Allen Fieldhouse on a white throne in a white tuxedo to ‘Thunderstruck.’

“It’s the greatest place on earth to play basketball, and it’s because of you (fans) ... this is basketball paradise. We have the greatest fans in the world, greatest team in the world. Now that we stopped playing Missouri, we finally got rid of that smell,” Riggle added to laughter. “KU is where basketball is perfected; K-State is where basketball is attempted. Enough about teams we’re better than. Tonight is about the Kansas Jayhawks.”

Dancing: KU’s players each took part in a Late Night dance routine. Conner Frankamp, Christian Garrett, Evan Manning, Hunter Mickelson and Tyler Self wore red coats, black pants, black hats and black adidas shoes in their number; Tarik Black, Perry Ellis, Joel Embiid, Justin Wesley and Andrew Wiggins wore tuxedos.

“I enjoyed myself tonight, dancing in front of the crowd, getting them hyped up. That’s what it’s about, the fans,” sophomore Andrew White III said. “You get that fan support, it’s a great feeling. The least we can do is compete hard and carry it through the season.”

Noted coach Bill Self: “Considering I actually judged ‘Dancing with the Stars’ one year at Late Night, I’d say I’d give it (best dancer) to Naadir (Tharpe). Naadir probably has more talent when it comes to that stuff than anybody else.”

No D: As far as the 20-minute scrimmage, Tharpe’s Blue team actually hit 30 of 40 shots for 75 percent in a 66-40 victory over the Crimson squad, which hit 18 of 32 shots for 56.3 percent.

“It doesn’t mean anything at all. We made shots tonight, I guess,” Tharpe said. “It won’t be like that when it comes time for the season at all.”

Self was dismayed by the defense, or lack of it.

“We’ve spent a lot more time on offense so far. I think we can get them to guard,” Self said. “This has a chance to be a great defensive team. We’re quick and long. You can’t give up layups. All that was was a layup line.

“I think patience is important when coaching a young team,” added Self. “We can also make excuses for guys and say they are young. A lot of times with a young team you show less patience ... that way the tone is set on how you want them to be. I’ve probably done them a disservice being too patient with them. This is where it gets tricky. As a coach you see where they can be potentially. Sometimes you get impatient. You forget the process takes time. With young kids, it takes time. I have to be patient in many regards but not tolerate not trying.”

Recruiting: Kelly Oubre, a 6-7 shooting guard from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., ended his Thursday-Saturday campus visit Saturday morning so he could fly to Colorado Springs to compete in USA Basketball’s developmental minicamp. Oubre, who will visit Kentucky for Big Blue Madness on Oct. 18, told’s Eric Bossi that KU and Kentucky were his co-leaders.

“Kelly Oubre had a 4:30 am wake up call to get here from Kansas official. He packed his flamethrower. Shoots so similar to young Kareem Rush,” tweeted Eric Bossi of, who is attending the Colorado camp.

Okafor down to four: Jahlil Okafor, a 6-10 senior center from Chicago Whitney Young, has narrowed his list of schools to four: KU, Kentucky, Baylor and Duke, several recruiting analysts reported Saturday. He’s’s No. 1-rated player nationally.


VailHawk 8 years, 3 months ago

KU, Kentucky, Baylor and Duke...which of those seems out of place?

Eric TheCapn 8 years, 3 months ago

KU is the only one that's an acronym.


jhox 8 years, 3 months ago

Those Baylor alums must have a lot of money. Just sayin'.

Jack Wilson 8 years, 3 months ago

That has to make Greene and White feel good .. the part about taking Wiggins' spot.

Ben Simonett 8 years, 3 months ago

if they don't like it, they can beat Oubre out for PT by outperforming him on the court

Jack Wilson 8 years, 3 months ago

Got that .. however, the reports have been that Self has sold Oubre on attending KU by saying that he would come in and take Wiggins' spot. Oubre said that specifically a few weeks back. That doesn't sound like a competition to me.

With top guys like this, it's highly unlikely that they're coming if it's a competition.

FearlessJayhawk 8 years, 3 months ago

If Okafor wants to have a truly memorable one year of college ball, it's rock, chalk, Jayhawk all the way!

Boouk 8 years, 3 months ago

Why would Jones and Okafor go to Baylor?

jayhawkinATL 8 years, 3 months ago

I've always said that something shady is going on with Drew and Baylor for top talent to keep considering the armpit that is Waco.

drtommy 8 years, 3 months ago

Maybe the Baylor has a Green & Gold pride org, like Okie State had the Orange Pride. You would not want to deny those cute Blond blue eyed bow headed Baptist girl the opportunity to check THAT off there Bucket list

jaybate 8 years, 3 months ago

With Kenneth Starr as university chancellor of Waco State?

Oh, that couldn't possibly be.


hawk316 8 years, 3 months ago

This is one reason why I would not want anyone else on the planet to be coaching KU basketball:

“I think patience is important when coaching a young team,” added Self. “We can also make excuses for guys and say they are young. A lot of times with a young team you show less patience ... that way the tone is set on how you want them to be. I’ve probably done them a disservice being too patient with them. This is where it gets tricky. As a coach you see where they can be potentially. Sometimes you get impatient. You forget the process takes time. With young kids, it takes time. I have to be patient in many regards but not tolerate not trying.”

Ken Sedgwick 8 years, 3 months ago

Unfortunately teaching offensive players to play defense is a process and not an event.

jaybate 8 years, 3 months ago

Part 1

Bill Self sounds a lot like a Wolfman, as a full moon approaches.

The Wolfman is always talking about how good he wants to be, and how he does not want to turn into a creature that savages other human beings. He says with pensive hope that he is going to try his best not to turn into the Wolfman this time; this time, he will be different.

But behind his talk is always his dread that he knows exactly what he will become, when the next full moon does comes.

Scrimmage, or no scrimage, anyone familiar with KU basketball and its players under Self has to know that what went on out on the floor at Late Night was nothing less than a disgrace to the Self Defensive Legacy, a disrespecting of ten years of hard-nosed Self Ballers, a scoff at the lineage of pressure defense of Roy/Dean/Dick, a flipping off of Larry Brown and Eddie Sutton, a derisive hoot at Ted Owens, a smug shrug at Henry and Forest and James.

Watching them not playing defense on the James Naismith Coach with Self in the building was like Jews going to the Wailing Wall with their rabbi and not wailing. It was like watching Moslems pray with their Imam in the opposite direction of Mecca. It was like Catholics giving up lent in front of their priests. It was like Protestants refusing to tithe in front of their pastors. It was like Fundamentalists saying no to being born again.


It was...almost...EVIL.

Self's act as a recovering Wolfman maybe virtuous, but it is going to end within one, maybe two, full moons.

Deep down, Justin knows this. Naa knows this. All the guys who have been here before know this. They are disoriented right now, because Self kept his word about Boot Camp. He kept it to one week. But boot camp is just a ritual. Self sooner, or later, becoming the Wolfman, when defense is not played, is an evolutionary imperative. It is what he does. It is part of what he is.

Perhaps Self has decided that the freshmen are too delicate to meet the Wolfman before Duke.

Perhaps the mind of Bill Self is telling him that he must emulate John Calipari to get the most out of his freshmen.

There are two Bill Self's afterall.

There is Bill Self, the winner, that will embrace any opposite, adopt any necessary tactic, work with any necessary player, or coach, to get the W.

But there is also Bill Self, the defensive savant.

The former Bill Self will try to emulate John Calipari, because it worked for Cal and it could work for Bill and his team.

But the latter Bill Self, the defensive savant; that Bill Self would rather eat a steady diet of fresh, steaming hot bull biscuits than have a team not play defense.

Defense is Talmudic Law to the latter Bill Self.

Defense is New Testament Salvation to the latter Bill Self.

It is credo.

Its is the Tao.

It is my way or the high way.

jaybate 8 years, 3 months ago

Part 2

The mind can tell one many things. The mind basking in metaphysical hopes and dreams can tell one that elephants can line dance on the head of Norm Roberts. The mind can tell one that in the age of the casual, a stylish dresser like Kurtis Townsend can no longer recruit. The mind feasting on computerized game theory models can tell us that winning is not critically determined by minimizing Clauswitzian Friction.

The mind at times lives in a nightmare of reason, as Franz Kafka taught any that would read him.

But the body, and the soul, the blood and the spirit, and the heart and the want-to invariably deliver one from that nightmare into the harrowing reality of how things really are.

These young players are a bunch of Neos.

They don't even know what they don't know.

They don't even know there is a crimson and a blue pill.

They don't even know that if you take the crimson pill (the no-defense pill) that you go home and that if you take the blue pill (the defense pill) you play.

They don't know this. because in their own private matrices that they walk around in during practices, there has not yet been a Wolfman with a blood curdling howl for a whistle show up in sneakers yet.

They don't know this, because they still have their asses inside their shorts.

When the Wolfman comes, you will know it, because the greatest recruiting class of the Self Era will be walking around with no asses left at all. The backs of their shorts will be nothing but blood stained shreds of one set of Adidas shorts, or another.

The Wolfman is coming, boys. Don't you even doubt it for a second.

By the next full moon, or the next, the Wolfman will have his way with these freshman. Mother and Father Wiggins have only seen a bit of Self, but they, being great athletes in their own rights, surely recognize this in Self. They sent their phenomenally gifted son here precisely because of the Wolfman in Bill Self. Mother and Father Wiggins know what they have been protecting their beloved son from in the world all this time, what they have been teaching and loving and training him to be able to stand up to. The world is one TOUGH place, especially for the greatly gifted. They know that a finishing school without a Wolfman is not a finishing school at all, but rather an incubator for future failure under stress. Mother and Father Wiggins understood the toughening box. They did not send their son to the Basketball Monastery of the Midlands for him to avoid it.

And so, there WILL be extended times when the greatest freshman class, including the greatest prospect since Lebron, are sitting on the bench, on the remnants of their asses, watching unsung players that at least know how to play basketball play it the right way, even if they are not going to the L one day.

jaybate 8 years, 3 months ago

Part 3

Self may even hold off the Wolfman urge for two full moons by having Norm and Kurtis drug him and tie him up down in the crypt under center court. But before the week of getting better starts, the "ain't we hot shizzes," looks are going to disappear and be replaced with the eternal present that Self Ballers live in like Marine Raiders waiting for the next order on the next mission.

Now Private Wiggins you will glue, defend, and wipe that stupid grin off your face.

Now Private Selden, you will guard a post man for the next week of practice just because you need to find out what it feels like to get brained by someone that can make it stick. SGT Black, brain that man.

Now Private Frankamp, you will make shots, and you will quit looking like a deer caught in the landing lights of a B-1 bomber.

Now Private Embiid, you will develop a drop step and dunk, while hedge defending in your sleep and stop wasting my time with 3-point shots, when you cannot even find your way through a latrine with a GPS.

Now Private Greene, you will set a screen with your unprotected, southern testicles that will rattle the fillings out of the head of a charging Sumo wrestler.

Now Private Mason, you will make a read and understand what it means for 15 straight times and until you, do, Private, you will sleep with the entire team's play books.

And you will all do this, because the Wolfman cometh to rend your behinds, each time you do not.

The Wolfman is your savage shepherd. You shall not want. The Wolfman helps you lie down in green exhaustion. He guideth you through the picks and screens. He leadeth you from the temptation of smugness. He deliverith you to the promised land of rings. Thgat man living in a nightmare of reason? He recruited you. He was nice to your mothers. But I am the Wolfman. I did not recruit you; that man caught in the nightmare of reason will only return after the season.

If any of you fail, it will be because you are dead from self inflicted wounds. Failure is not an option here in this man's field house, unless you are already a spent husk of a Jayhawk on a bus home to nowhere.

I expect most of you to make it.

But I do not care about those of you that do not make it because you will not defend.

Those that do not defend are subhuman things that this basketball team offers no luv to.

Non defenders are M-Rats for The Wolfman.

Non defenders might as well call their mothers now.

For when the full moon comes and The Wolfman rampages, there will be no nondefenders left at all.


OOOOOOOwwwwooooooooooooooo...I mean baaa...

jaybate 8 years, 3 months ago

I have a question for board rats familiar with Rob Riggle's career: what is the significance of the white suit, wig and aviator glasses that Riggles showed up in?

SoCalAlum 8 years, 3 months ago

Post Late-Night commitments yet? Questions in the interim -

Is Cliff Alexander serious about sticking with Jaquan Lyle (especially as it seems Lyle is not a KU priority)? If so, those guys lean to Mich State. Does he leave Lyle at the altar and pop for KU?

Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones? Buzz seems to be they're Duke-leans and (although I don't follow recruiting religiously), I don't see much KU-chatter from Jones (from Okafor, yes). Nov 12 vs Duke in Chicago could be influential...

What about Myles Turner? I don't see he's scheduled a visit but apparently KU still in the running.

Dale Kroening 8 years, 3 months ago

I think Alexander is more likely to stick with his gf at KU than with Lyle somewhere else. I agree though that Lyle doesnt seem to be a priority, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

texashawk10 8 years, 3 months ago

Players talk about wanting to play together a lot, but it doesn't always happen. I do think Okafor and Jones will be a package deal, but I don't think Alexander and Lyle are tied at the hip.

Kevin Huffman 8 years, 3 months ago

Myles Turner will be deciding in the spring as will Rashad Vaughn... Look for us to invite both of them on Jan. 18th (day OSU comes).

jayhawkintexas 8 years, 3 months ago

If only Olivia Wilde had been at Late Night--that would have made it perfect.

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