The NCAA allows schools to play two exhibition games or up to two “secret scrimmages,” in which no fans or media are allowed. Texas played Gonzaga over the weekend in Arizona as it has the past few preseasons.
Self said on his radio show the Jayhawks will always play the two exhibitions with fans.
“We do it because we have to make budget. Financially, it’s part of our season-ticket package,” Self said. “I think it’d be beneficial to play one game and one scrimmage. Regardless of who you (secret) scrimmage, somebody of comparable talent, you can play three 20-minute scrimmages working on all man-to-man, play one 10-minute scrimmage working all zone. You could have special situations for one 20-minute scrimmage, down six (points) with five (minutes) left; side out of bounds, short clock. There’s a lot of things you could do that would be better for the team.
“There are some benefits playing under the lights. I don’t know which is best. It’s seemed to work out for us, playing exhibition games. Plus, it’s good to help those guys out,” he added of coaches from Div. II schools such as Washburn, Pittsburg State, Fort Hays State and Emporia State. “Chip (Bob Chipman, Washburn) and those guys support our program. They recruit to that,” he added of telling recruits they play the Jayhawks every two years.