March 3, 2012
Kansas forward Thomas Robinson is hugged by head coach Bill Self as he is recognized before the fieldhouse during the senior speeches.
Former Kansas University forward/current Sacramento Kings rookie Thomas Robinson was trending on Twitter — his name momentarily flooding that popular website on Sunday night — after his spectacular, one-handed putback dunk over Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kansas coach Bill Self was selected as the Sporting News' national coach of the year, the publication announced Tuesday.
Kansas University junior and national player of the year candidate, Thomas Robinson, was named the Big 12 Conference player of the year by the league’s coaches on Sunday afternoon. Robinson also earned all-Big 12, first-team honors and was joined by teammate Tyshawn Taylor on the first team. KU coach Bill Self was named the Big 12's co-coach of the year with Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg and junior center Jeff Withey was tapped as the Big 12's defensive player of the year. Withey also was named to the all-defensive squad.
No manufactured drama will follow Thomas Robinson into the postseason. Everybody, from coach Bill Self to Robinson himself, realized long ago that the issue of whether he would return to Kansas for his senior season was not an issue at all. So why fake it?