Three days of ahead of his induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self talked about the start of his coaching career when he was an assistant to his mentors Larry Brown, Leonard Hamilton and Eddie Sutton, and his start at Oral Roberts.
When he started his coaching career, Self said he was focused on trying to make the most of his $4,400 salary versus any thoughts of a Hall of Fame career.
“Thirty years ago, I was dreaming, ‘OK, where can I eat free in town and who I can give my two complimentary tickets to that would actually pay for them so I’d have some spending money,’” Self joked.
When asked what he learned from all of his coaching mentors, Self remembered a humorous story involving a practice under Brown.
A few days before Thursday's induction in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self discussed what it means to him and how he learned from his mentors, which includes Larry Brown, Leonard Hamilton and Eddie Sutton.
Brown will be Self's presenter for the Hall of Fame ceremony in Springfield, Mass. In 1985-86, Self was a graduate assistant to Brown at KU.
"It'll probably mean more to me after being there than it probably does now," Self said Tuesday. "I think that would be like, 'What does it mean to you to win a championship?' And it would probably mean a little bit different after you actually won it than going into it."
After a 38-16 victory over Southeast Missouri State in the season opener Saturday, Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender and receiver Steven Sims Jr. discuss the positives and negatives of the offense's first game.
Bender threw two touchdowns on KU's first two drives, which helped set the tone for the rest of the night. The junior transfer threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns, along with two interceptions.
"It just nice to see us clicking as an offensive unit early out of the gate," Bender said. "We just to get more consistent. We showed glimpses of how explosive we can be."
Entering the third week of preseason fall camp, the Kansas football team continues to ramp up its practices in preparation for the team's season opener on Sept. 2 against SEMO.
During the first 20 minutes of Monday's practice, the Jayhawks split into their usual position groups and worked on several individual drills. Running backs worked on ball security and keeping their eyes up field, while offensive linemen practiced blocking in space. Quarterbacks and receivers went through their usual passing routes, including some time in the red zone.
On defense, the KU secondary had a chance to work on defending the ball, while defensive linemen used the sleds to practice using their hands to shed blocks.
At the beginning of Friday's preseason practice, before a scrimmage, the Kansas football team worked on its special team units including punt return, kick return and field goals.
The Jayhawks had several returners practice fielding punts including receivers Quan Hampton, Steven Sims and Kerr Johnson.
After a couple of field goal attempts from various spots on the field, KU players shifted into their kickoff and kick return units and went live for a few repetitions, an area that coach David Beaty said needs to improve this upcoming season.
More than a week into preseason practices during fall camp, Kansas football players aren't afraid to share their lofty expectations for the upcoming season.
"I think a team goal of ours is definitely to go to a bowl game," junior transfer quarterback Peyton Bender said at the team's media day.
At the media day Bender, quarterback Carter Stanley, defensive end Dorance Armstrong, receiver Daylon Charlot and offensive tackle Charles Baldwin discussed the start of camp and much more.
More than a week into fall camp practices, the Kansas football team continues to work through drills in preparation for the season opener against SEMO on Sept. 2.
All of the positions split into their separate groups for the beginning of practice. It allowed quarterbacks and receivers to work on timing, cornerbacks learning to play the ball and linebackers to refine their tackling technique.
After watching the Jayhawks practice in pads for two days, Kansas football coach David Beaty talked about freshman running back Dom Williams, the quarterback battle and why he sees Keith Loneker Jr. as an inspiration to the team following his father's death in June.
A few days into fall camp, the Kansas football team continues to work on the fundamentals, which includes tackling, route-running for receivers and linemen getting off of the ball.
The Jayhawks will move to fully padded practices for the first time on Friday.
After the first two practices of fall camp, Kansas offensive coordinator Doug Meacham met with the media and discussed the quarterback battle between Peyton Bender and Carter Stanley, along with a few freshmen receivers who have caught his eye.
"I think it's healthy to just let that competition roll so those guys are competing every day," Meacham said, "so at the end of it, you can make an assessment of who that guy is that you want on the field."
In addition to Meacham, defensive coordinator Clint Bowen and special teams coordinator Joe DeForest discusses other players who have stood out at the beginning of camp.