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Bill Self: College game needs work

And don't forget about moving screens. They aren't even called and it hurt us a lot.

April 5, 2015 at 7:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Column: NCAA needs to fight back

I'm confused. Not once did I state shady things didn't go on, in fact I did the opposite. I invite you to tell me where I said that. And your last sentence is my point. Those were situations the NCAA frowned upon. I am STRICTLY talking about what rules should or shouldn't be passed. 30 years ago players went to school for multiple years without a dime from the NCAA and had the ability to play pro ball. While there were many backdoor deals, that's not the matter I'm speaking of.

March 27, 2015 at 8:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Column: NCAA needs to fight back

I'm also assuming that many athletes still do get back behind closed doors somehow. What you're arguing is a whole different subject. While there was a lot of dirty stuff going on, those circumstances were against the rules. Point remains is that kids didn't go to college to receive those things. They most likely would have gone to college not matter what and just happened that accepted some benefits. Something that we all know still happens. The issues is the rules. Should the NCAA adopt those ideas? Should the NBA? My arguments isn't about the illegal activity rather the legal one.

March 26, 2015 at 5:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Column: NCAA needs to fight back

My main question is why was this not an issue during the 80s? Jordan, Bird, Johnson, Thomas, Ewing and many other stars stayed in school multiple years. The NBA did not have rules at the point that restricted high school seniors or freshman to enter, yet most players stayed a couple years. The NCAA was still making a ton of money, not nearly as much but still a lot. Yet, we didn't hear of players asking for pay to play? Or complaining of unfair NBA rules? Why is it suddenly a big deal?

Education has shifted in our culture from being a privilege to being a right. We don't emphasize the importance of education so why should these young players? I agree that they should let players return to school if they don't like their draft stock. However, if they commit and receive money from agents, then no.

The MLB is a bad comparison because the MLB has a farm league. Going strait out of high school is still a risk because farm league doesn't pay that well. If a high school baseball player declares for the draft and doesn't like where was drafted, can he go to a D1 school to improve stock? If yes, then basketball players should be allowed also. However, it is the NBAs right to have requirements for employment. While LeBron, Howard, Bryant and KG have all been very successful, there are more names of players who didn't make it. The difference between a player in the 80s whose pro career didn't pan out and those of the 00s who didn't pan out was a college education.

March 26, 2015 at 8:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Column: NCAA needs to fight back

I'll take a couple issues. Saying this team isn't coach-able isn't fair. The only real way to see that is if you personally witness practices. Now if you did and you saw that then it's fair. Second issue is all the drag on Alexander. I think everyone is being unfair to him like he wanted this. It's the double standard with our fan base. We yell that we don't want one and done players but when Freshman don't play like seniors, we thrown them under the bus. Go watch the study habits of a Freshman vs a Senior in College. I can promise on most cases, Seniors study better and with a better sense of urgency. In sports, the same concept applies. Freshman most times do not have the same sense of urgency that older players do. How fans interpret that is that the player doesn't care. You college basketball usually dominated their high school leagues and aren't used to having to give 100% all the time. When most college freshman enter school, they also don't know how to give it 100%. It's why so many Freshman drop out or transfer. The other ones are learning how to be independently motivated. Does this mean Freshman don't care about school? NO, they just aren't mature enough yet to have that sense of urgency. I never came away with the impression that Cliff didn't care. In fact, I fully believe he does care. I certainly also believe that Cliff didn't play with a sense of urgency. Our 05/06 team had the same problems. They didn't bring it all every game, they overlooked teams and didn't play well together. They lost in round 1 to an older team. Fast forward two years and that same team won the national championship. Let's not blame Cliff for his family mistakes and accuse him of not caring unless their is hard evidence of that. Which usually happens by having personal conversations with him. Most people think they read body language well but they don't. Everyone acts differently and it's unfair of us to assume that just because some reacts one way that it means they don't care.

March 26, 2015 at 8:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bounced: Shockers do as they please, send Jayhawks home

To me, their post players won the game. They did not give our guys position. We were playing outside the paint all game and missing our shots. They played far more physical, and set better screens (albeit, seemed liked a lot of moving screens but that isn't called anymore....its an epidemic). Plus a guy who isn't that good at 3s was a sniper.

My biggest critiscm of coach is Hunter. It was obvious our post was getting nothing and our guards were getting burned. Hunter should have played a lot more. I don't understand why he hasn't been given a chance, he changes our D completely.

Hopefully Kelly and Cliff comeback, we get a true center, and Wayne learned to become consistent. We have two point guards, we just need everyone else to step up.

March 23, 2015 at 7:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bounced: Shockers do as they please, send Jayhawks home

Both. 08/12 teams did both, so I would like to have both.

March 23, 2015 at 7:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jayhawks dispose of NMSU, move on to next round

I'm baffled why Svi and Mickelson don't play more. Especially Mickelson. We need him for when we play against long teams. Even those 2 minutes he played, you could see how much he bothered their best player. I would like Svi to get some love. A couple minutes in each half. Overall good win. Controlled the game from start to finish, law of averages started to rebalance with our shooting. They played with great energy and determination.

Let's get to next weekend please

March 20, 2015 at 1:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jayhawks share blame after blowing 17-point lead to Iowa State

So let me get this strait... We win the regular season in the toughest conference, make it to the title game (which half of you said we wouldn't), lose to a healthy veteran team, while our front court was depleted and we are an sure early round exit? Are we the only team that has flaws? Is some lower seed really that much better than us? If we are bad enough to get a 2/3 seed at worst, what makes a 15,7/10 seed so much better. This isn't last year where we lost our best player for the tourney. Take Shabazz away from UCONN last year and they lose round 1 instead of winning it all. Anything can happen tourney time, but you guys act like these lower seeds are flawless teams. They are lower seeds for a reason, remember that and let's step back from the ledge my friends.

In another note, conference tournies are the dumbest thing ever. 3 games over 3 days should have no weight compared to an 18 game season. They need to get rid of the auto bid for tournaments and conference champ title. Iowa State acted like they won the Super Bowl but who won the season? It's one of the biggest tragedies in sports. Defies all logic and screws over mid major teams who won the regular season instead of a short/ flurry of games. Basketball can be a cruel sport, and any team can beat anyone.

Last note, Iowa State fans are easily the most annoying in sports. Even in jubilation, they annoyed me. It's nice for KU to share some of the glory everyone once in a while.

March 15, 2015 at 9:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Latest Big 12 road loss leaves Jayhawks searching for answers

Let's remember a couple things. We still are in first place in the toughest conference in America. We have beaten a lot of ranked opponents, we are a good team. K State also got their heart and soul back with Foster. He might not have been the star, but that team is much better when he is playing. We have things to fix, we aren't a championship team but neither was UCONN last year. Crazy things happen in March. I wonder why Bill hasn't played Hunter. I think he could change a lot on defense. Would like to see him get some PT. Frank had an off night, he's the leader of this team. Last, we stopped feeding our best player last night, Perry. Practice hard, make some adjustments and play like their lives depend on it.

How lucky are we that many fans are so low on this team, a team that still has a good shot at 11 strait?

February 24, 2015 at 7:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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