Wednesday, April 30, 2014

KU’s Self offers his take on LHS coach firing


As an 11-year member of the Lawrence community with two children who graduated from Free State High, Bill Self follows the fortunes of Lawrence’s two high schools closely.

As such, Kansas University’s basketball coach has an opinion on the recent unexpected, unexplained firing of Lawrence High hoops coach Mike Lewis.

“Hey, I am not picking sides. I liked coach Lewis a ton,” Self told the Journal-World Tuesday when asked for his take on the situation.

“Usually when things like this (firing) are done, they are done with the thinking that there’s a definite reason for dismissal. From what I understand, there’s no smoking gun. The administration has said there’s no smoking gun. Coach Lewis has expressed there’s no smoking gun. If that’s true, this probably has something to do with basketball,” Self added.

“If it’s from a technical standpoint, maybe I should be concerned because, hey, we run a lot of the same stuff as LHS and have a lot of the same philosophies on some things. I hope that’s not it.”

LHS went 17-5 last season.

“If there’s nothing else, is it about basketball?” Self repeated. “If that’s the case, maybe I should be worried because our philosophies are very similar.”


Jonathan Allison 6 years, 1 month ago

There has got to be something more to this story.

The HS school coach gets canned for going 17-5? That's insane. It's High School. I understand that winning still matters at the HS level, but a HS coach getting fired because he lost 5 games doesn't make any sense. This has to be a personnel issue and not a basketball issue. Either the coach pissed someone off and lost his job for it, or he was not getting his job done in the classroom, players were not making the grades, or there is something that happened that is being kept hush hush. I'm guessing that the coach didn't get along with an administrator and it ultimately cost him his job.

Erich Hartmann 6 years, 1 month ago

Maybe the coach that went 25-10 sounds like he's worried now...

Walter Bridges 6 years, 1 month ago

Agree Jonathan:

Crowd packs school board meeting to protest firing of LHS basketball coach Mike Lewis

Doesn't seem the players, parents and others are happy with this decision. There must be a 'smoking gun' somewhere as this firing is obviously not going over well.

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