Thursday, August 27, 2015

Kansas hoops to bask in glow of TV

KU fans participate in the ESPN College Game Day show in this photo from February 16, 2013, in Allen Fieldhouse.

KU fans participate in the ESPN College Game Day show in this photo from February 16, 2013, in Allen Fieldhouse.


Kansas University’s basketball team will play 25 games on the ESPN family of networks and one apiece on CBS and the CBS Sports Network, KU’s athletic department announced Wednesday.

This marks the 24th consecutive season, dating to 1992-93, that every KU game will be televised.

Up to 22 games will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. KU will play Baylor on Jan. 2 on CBS and San Diego State on Dec. 22 on CBS Sports Network.

For the third-straight season, Time Warner Cable will air approximately 50 KU athletics contests – including two exhibition and four nonconference basketball games — exclusively on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in Kansas City and across Kansas on the Jayhawk TV Network.

ESPN3 will air those events nationally outside that territory. In addition to the Nov. 4 KU-Pittsburg State and Nov. 10 KU-Fort Hays State exhibitions, the other Jayhawk TV games are: Nov. 13 vs. Northern Colorado, Dec. 1 vs. Loyola, Dec. 9 vs. Holy Cross and Dec. 19 vs. Montana. Five of the six Jayhawk TV contests will start at 7 p.m.; the Montana game will begin at 1 p.m.

Big 12/SEC Challenge: The Big 12 on Wednesday announced more details for the Jan. 30 Big 12/SEC Challenge slate of games.

KU’s game against Kentucky will be shown on ESPN. It will start no earlier than 1 p.m. and no later than 6 p.m. Central time. Other games with similar undecided time slots on ESPN are Oklahoma at LSU and Iowa State at Texas A&M.; Game times will be announced the week of Jan. 4, 2016.

Game times have been set for the other games: Vanderbilt at Texas, 11 a.m., ESPN or ESPN2; West Virginia at Florida, 11 a.m., ESPN or ESPN2; Tennessee at TCU, 1 p.m., ESPN2; Mississippi at Kansas State, 1 p.m., ESPNU; Texas Tech at Arkansas, 3 p.m., ESPNU; Georgia at Baylor, 5 p.m., ESPN2; Oklahoma State at Auburn, 7 p.m., ESPN2. Missouri of the SEC is left out of the challenge this year. There are 10 teams in the Big 12; 14 in the SEC.

KU fourth-best job: A poll of college coaches lists Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina as the “top three college basketball jobs in the country.” KU came in fourth, followed by Texas, UCLA, Arizona, Indiana, Stanford, Gonzaga, Louisville and Florida.

Of the KU job, one anonymous coach told “Great tradition. Great fans. Coolest facility in the sport. The only question is whether it’s a great job because it’s a great job or because they’ve always had great coaches. It’s been 30 years since Kansas didn’t have a Hall of Fame coach.”

Of North Carolina, led by former KU coach Roy Williams, an anonymous coach said: “UNC could get five-star recruits no matter who the coach is. M.J. played there. The tradition is great. Dean won championships. Roy has won championships. And I don’t mean this in a bad way, but even Matt Doherty signed a top-ranked recruiting class there. Almost anybody could win big there. To me that’s the best job in the country.”

Writes’s Gary Parrish at “In the spirit of honesty, I’m a little surprised Stanford made the list. It’s a fabulous school, undeniably. But is it really a top-three job? One worthy of some coaches’ first-place vote? With all due respect, I’d say no. The one job I was surprised that didn’t receive a single vote is Ohio State because Ohio State is a great job for most of the same reasons Texas is a great job. Not sure if it’s a top-three job, exactly. But it’s definitely a better job than some of the answers we received. Either way, the top three is a solid top three. Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina. Makes total sense to me.”

KU’s Bill Self received votes for “best defensive coach in all of college basketball.” Virginia’s Tony Bennett came in first, followed by Louisville’s Rick Pitino, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan. Others to receive votes: Self, plus Arizona’s Sean Miller, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, S.D. State’s Steve Fisher, South Carolina’s Frank Martin, Stephen F. Austin’s Brad Underwood, Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin, UTEP’s Tim Floyd and Kentucky’s John Calipari.


Len Shaffer 7 years, 1 month ago

Can't argue with any of the comments. And it's always good to be reminded about how lucky we've been when it comes to coaches. Let's hope that whoever follows Self (in hopefully at least 10 more years) keeps the tradition going.

Glen Miller 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm guessing as long as he has some success at Wake or wherever he is, Danny Manning will more than likely be that guy.

Robert Brown 7 years, 1 month ago

They are almost the same age. If Self coaches ten more years, I doubt that KU hires a 60 year old Danny Manning.

Joe Joseph 7 years, 1 month ago

Yup. Only way that happens is if Danny has unprecedented success at Wake.

Joseph Leon 7 years, 1 month ago

I graduated from Lawrence High with Danny. Thanks for reminding me I'll be 60 in 10 years. And really only 59.

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 1 month ago

Doubtful Manning is a serious candidate because of age. Jerod Haase or someone from his generation is probably more likely.

Len Shaffer 7 years, 1 month ago

On another note, I can still remember being in high school in the Bay Area and being lucky if one KU game a year was televised out here. I still relish the chance to watch every game.

Joe Ross 7 years, 1 month ago

“There’s no better place to coach, there’s no better place to go to school, there’s no better place to play (than Kansas).” -Hall of Fame Coach Larry Brown.

Keith Gellar 7 years, 1 month ago

With all the violations larry brown has racked up, don't know how much credibility we can give to him any more. don't get me wrong, he's a great coach, but he's literally a walking violation magnet.

Rodney Crain 7 years, 1 month ago

There is no doubt we are behind KY and Duke. NC was a great job for years, no one had to really take classes there, who would not want to go to school where, basically you did not have to really go to school? I think KU is slipping although there is nothing we can do about it. We have upgraded everything since 2008, everything is top notch but we just do not offer the same experience to attract numerous top tier talent early like the schools ranked above us, or like some of the other schools like AZ, UCLA, Lou, a few others are now who get more than their share.

Our coach is top tier no issue there, but it just does not seem enough any more. Its fine, I just wish we would do better in the NCAA tournament. It would be nice to get back to the final four more often like CT or MSU do who we seem on par with.

Suzi Marshall 7 years, 1 month ago

That was my reaction to Duke. We saw how much Duke faltered when Coach K took some time off. Then you have the UNC academic and UK gambling/recruiting things that should push them down further

With our expanded facilities (Dorm and DuBruce) combined with our traditions should easily make KU the top job to have. My top 5 are: Kansas, UNC, KY, Duke, and Arizona or UCLA or OSU.

Keith Gellar 7 years, 1 month ago

You must have never stepped out of Lawrence to call it town next to none. if you criteria is topeka, manhattan, then probably- but you need to get out more.

Micky Baker 7 years, 1 month ago

Lawrence is a dead tie with Ames as the best town, the number one town, to live in by their particular size.

Rodney Crain 7 years, 1 month ago

LOL Micky is back in typical form missing your point completely Keith.

You are right no spot here.

Greg Ledom 7 years, 1 month ago

RC, you comment that '...we just do not offer the same experience to attract numerous top tier talent early like the schools ranked above us, or like some of the other schools like AZ, UCLA, Lou, ...' What exactly is it that we do not offer that the others do? Just curious as to what you think that is.

As a general comment to all (not just RC). I'm curious as to what tournament success looks like to you. Obviously a Championship in 2008 and a return trip in 2012 isn't enough. So, is it a final 4 every other year and an appearance in the final every third year and a chmpionship every four years? History for all schools (short of UCLA in its heyday) suggest many ebbs and flows of success. In this case, history repeats itself quite often in single elimination tournament play. RCJH!

Rodney Crain 7 years, 1 month ago

Well Greg and poor poor Adam who seems lacking in how we have faired in recruiting against those other schools, I will try to explain.

Having lived in Lawrence and than numerous other cites for different jobs as I was promoted, Lawrence though I love, does not offer many choices for nightlife, hotels, or even airports that most if not all of these other schools cities offer.

Having loved Lawrence it just cannot compare to a city who has more options and amenities that large cities can add. You want to catch a commercial flight, upscale food or hotels, or just about anything else outside of a nice normal college experience you have to look outside of the city. I believe this effects a recruits consideration of where they go to school today.

Greg you can not consider KU a elite basketball program when it fails to advance, especially with good to great talent just two times in the last 12 years to the final four and recently cannot even make the Sweet 16. You would think a 11 straight conf. champion, out of the mighty B12 would at least make it to the sweet 16.

It is no surprise that all these other schools are passing us by, they are more appealing, more successful and likely in a more affluent town than our school is in.

That is ok, we are doing everything we can and it is just not good enough for most of the top talent, especially those players who like to choose a school early.

We are still in on a lot of players, we have pt to offer too in 2016 we should be fine.

Its just not a surprise we have slipped some as a destination school.

Trent Rose 7 years, 1 month ago

The biggest factor with today's top recruits (one and done players) is how they are prepared (and marketed) for the next level. I think Wiggins success helped recruiting - but Oubre and Alexander might hurt their recruiting if they perform poorly in the NBA. Those other schools have players making NBA All-Star teams. If I am not mistaken, no Bill Self coached player (at KU) has made an NBA All-Star team. I think this is a huge factor with the top-tier recruits. I don't think Lawrence as a town or KU as a school effects recruits consideration of going there.

Suzi Marshall 7 years, 1 month ago

No doubt college towns like Austin add to UT being a prime job. However, Austin a very large seedy side and more than its share of "zeros- a type of person." You don't see near the number of freaks in Lawrence. Plus, Lawrence is so unique and quaint in so many ways. Nearly everyone in todays environment gets around a lot. Lawrence is a nice quite and safe town to come back home. We are seriously looking at moving up to Lawrence, probably off the LCC, to live for half the year.

Kansas, clearly is the bluest of blue blood elite programs. In my book, there simply is not argument for all the very obvious reason. Sure, I'd like to have some better NCAA finishes, but we get in the dance every year. Since the NCAA Tournament is set up as a gambles paradise, I can't put all that much stock in the results.

Danny Hernandez 7 years, 1 month ago

I resided in Tucson a few years and that city's a dump. Durham's nothing to write home about and Lexington's nice but nothing spectacular. Lots of trashy areas in Lexington plus it's the South! most of these athletes are under 21 so doesn't matter if they have New York City equivilant restaurants or bars in those college towns, these student-athletes are both not old enough or rich enough to afford dining there. It's a college experience and only UCLA, USC and St. John's has a true big city feel because of their proximity to LA & NYC. Lawrence is just fine when compared to the majority of college towns.

Tom Longhofer 7 years, 1 month ago

"...even Matt Doherty signed a top-ranked recruiting class there." I was a little surprised by this since there a people who point out that Williams won his championships with Doherty's recruits. I don't think Doherty was near the coach Williams is, but he may have been a better recruiter, although Williams might have brought more talent to KU and NC if he were a little less particular about his recruits' character.

Bob Thompson 7 years, 1 month ago

I guess that scandal was not part of the equation picking the top 3. Real glad that is not a problem at KU.

Jay Beakum 7 years, 1 month ago

Yeah so I wonder how it is that Kansas keeps luring these Hall of Fame coaches. Certainly NOT because it's a top coaching opportunity. Smh.

Dale Rogers 7 years, 1 month ago

The article's notation of several head-scratching votes kind of says the validity of this poll is questionable, at least in my estimation.

Patrick Bryant 7 years, 1 month ago

Hold on. I may be mistaken but in the recent past Kentucky didn't even make the tournament and NC is in the middle of a long standing academic scandal. Those 2 schools are on the "top of the list" because of KU people. What makes a top job is it's roots and stability. KU and Duke tie @ #1 and then "let the hogs go after the rest".

Patrick Bryant 7 years, 1 month ago

Current consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances by programs[edit]


Consecutive Appearances


Kansas 26 Big 12 Duke 20 ACC Michigan State 18 Big Ten Gonzaga 17 WCC Wisconsin 17 Big Ten Louisville 9 ACC Ohio State 7 Big Ten San Diego State 6 MW Virginia Commonwealth 5 A-10 Cincinnati 5 AAC North Carolina 5 ACC

Rodney Crain 7 years, 1 month ago

Your reaching. When has perception matched reality?

Rodney Crain 7 years, 1 month ago

So you did understand my post huh Adam, hmmm

Keith Gellar 7 years, 1 month ago

Spin it as you will. No question Duke is #1 and UK is #2 and KU and UNC are tied for #3.

Rodney Crain 7 years, 1 month ago

Good posts on this thread Keith!

Its ok, we lose recruits to these top schools, we have no real pull when the recruit wants to stay at home and play for a school with less to offer than KU. We just need to face the fact we are not as shiny as we hoped, even with all we have to offer. I have no idea how to fix that, it seems beyond our control. We certainly have tried, that is for sure. Its just not enough.

Rodney Crain 7 years, 1 month ago

Ahh Micky it was so nice with you away. Oh well it does have to rain to make the the flowers grow I guess.

Welcome back dark doomy clouds, cold perspectives and snowy rain. It is always nice to know your needless stormy view is lurking in the shadows just waiting to enlighten us.

Patrick Bryant 7 years, 1 month ago

Who will want to follow Calapari @ UK after what he has established there with all the OAD's? That person will either have to lower themselves to that type of program or fight through some tough times running a college program. Those kids are not going to UK for it's tradition but for Calapari. Student athletes go to KU for the tradition and Bill Self. Coaches will line up a mile long to take over whenever Self retires from coaching.

Kris Weidling 7 years, 1 month ago

Will be interesting to see what happens to Duke after Coach K. Is it a top 3 program b/c of Duke or Coach K?

Danny Hernandez 7 years, 1 month ago

Xebec amuse of K and when he no longer coaches the Olympic/NBA players, he won't attract the recruits. Remember, he wasn't getting the recruits he was a few years ago. Once he leaves, the program will endure a few years of mediocrity

Danny Hernandez 7 years, 1 month ago

I guess if I took my clothes off, I'd make that much or more

George Bures 7 years, 1 month ago

If it was as easy as coaching at a school with a great reputation, Doherty would still coaching at NC Chapel Hill. Roy would still be with KU. Who knows where Coach Self would be but I bet he'd be winning. Overall I'm very glad things worked out they way they did.

Tom Jones 7 years, 1 month ago

People should not be getting bent out of shape that KU "came in fourth" in some online poll, whether it's accurate or not.

The fact that KU is the only one of the blue bloods that is not within an afternoon's drive from major recruiting areas speaks volumes for how much tradition we have and how passionate the fanbase is. The fact that KU's staff can convince recruits from Texas, Florida, the East Coast, Ohio, California or even Chicago to come to KU when mom and dad can't come watch them at the drop of a hat and when they know nothing about Lawrence, Kansas besides the fact that they have a consistently top notch basketball program is remarkable.

John Pritchett 7 years, 1 month ago

Let's get real here. Why is Kentucky anybody's best coaching job? Just ask any coach who's coached there but the present coach and they'll tell you, it's a brutal coaching job (Coach Cal would probably tell you the same). Win big or pack your bags. There's no other coaching job in the country with as high an expectation of winning and as quick a trigger to look to the next guy. When you compare all of the positives between KU and UK and factor in fan (certain fans on this site notwithstanding) and admin loyalty to their coach, KU wins hands down.

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