Hall of Fame to fix mistake on Bill Self tribute bench


The Bill Self bench outside the entrance to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has one small mistake that the Hall says soon will be fixed.

The Bill Self bench outside the entrance to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has one small mistake that the Hall says soon will be fixed. by Matt Tait

Of all of the great tributes to Bill Self that the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has rolled out, one left Kansas basketball fans frustrated on Thursday.

Outside of the main entrance to the Hall of Fame, just before reaching a statue of James Naismith, visitors encounter a walkway with several stone benches honoring the coaches who are in the Hall of Fame.

Larry Brown has one. Roy Williams has one. And now Bill Self has one, too.

Carved into the top of the benches, where people presumably would sit, are the coaches' names and signatures, the class they went in with, the honorees they selected to be named — most often family members or mentors — and a section at the bottom that lists all of the schools that are most important to them.

For Self, who starred at Edmond (Okla.) High before going on to play at Oklahoma State, both of those schools are on there, along with the four schools at which Self has been a head coach — Oral Roberts, Tulsa, Illinois and Kansas.

One problem. Where it lists Kansas, it reads, “Kansas University” instead of the University of Kansas.

With KU fans taking to social media to voice their displeasure, one KU official reached out to the Hall of Fame to inform it of the error.

The KU official told the Journal-World that the Hall of Fame regretted the mistake and promised to correct it as soon as possible.

All’s well that ends well. And, hey, it’s not like they spelled it “Bill Slef” on the KU coach’s official portrait or got the man the wrong jacket size.

Everything about the Hall of Fame and this induction experience has been first class and there’s no doubting that the bench will be fixed soon.


Daniel Reinigungsmittel 1 week, 5 days ago

Hey, maybe the Journal World could change their style guide too and stop with the "Kansas University" stuff too! (or maybe you did and I missed it?)

Matt Tait 1 week, 5 days ago

Yes. We did. More than a year ago, when the new ownership took over. You missed it.

Lawrence McGlinn 1 week, 5 days ago

If Kansas University is unacceptable, what's the story of the KU abbreviation? Anybody know?

Bryan Mohr 1 week, 5 days ago

Apparently, because some people long ago thought it sounded better. Read this:

Charles Dillon 1 week, 4 days ago

Right on Bryan. It is part of our glorious tradition.

Mike Auer 1 week, 4 days ago

It is an abbreviation. Take it for what it is. The point is that KU is the correct abbreviation and the University of Kansas is the correct name. Also, take note that this uncommon at all among university names and abbreviations especially for other large state institutions in the middle of the country such as OU (University of Oklahoma), NU (University of Nebraska), and MU (University of Missouri) among others.

Brett Clifton 1 week, 4 days ago

I found this rather entertaining while watching the Cubs game, after former KU pitcher Sam Freeman entered the game, Cubs broadcasters Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies were very confused if it is KU or UK.

Charles Dillon 1 week, 4 days ago

I don't know who these complainers are. Probably not true Jayhawks. You see, KU = Kansas University and UK = University of Kentucky. UK is KU backwards .... Kansas is forwards and Kentucky is backwards ... get it? Ah well, this younger generation has so much to learn.

Charles Dillon 1 week, 4 days ago

Aw come on folks. Remember the school fight chant is "Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, KU" not "Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, The University of Kansas."

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