Though he's paid most, Bill Self 7th in Big 12 in dollars/win; the best GIFs, buzzer-beaters of 2012-13


A lot of links for your Tuesday ...

Journal-World news reporter Shaun Hittle posed an interesting question to me earlier in the week: Which Big 12 coach produces the best value when comparing his salary to his wins?

If you remember, USA Today did a similar study a few months ago with college football showing KU had the highest cost-per-win ratio in the nation ($2.5 million/win).

With help from Hittle and the Des Moines Register, which pulled each Big 12 coach's salary for a piece it did last week, here's a look at the Big 12 coaches and their wins compared to their salaries.

Big 12 coaches

Big 12 coaches by Jesse Newell

Note: We previously had 30 wins for KU, which was one too many. It should be fixed now with 29.

Though KU coach Bill Self is easily the highest-paid coach in the Big 12, he ranks seventh in cost per win because of the Jayhawks' success. Obviously, West Virginia and Texas can't be happy with the results they received from their well-paid coaches this season.

While we're on the topic of money, a study by Forbes Magazine finds Kansas has the second-most valuable basketball team at $32.9 million, trailing only Louisville ($38.5 million).

KU was third last year on the Forbes list but passed North Carolina, which checked in right behind KU at $32.8 million.

This is one of the best blogs I've seen all year: Barstoolsports put together the top 14 GIFs of the college basketball season. (Warning: There's some language in the link above that might not be appropriate for the workplace.)

KU makes three separate appearances on the list, with KU guard Ben McLemore's locker room dance earning the No. 3 spot.

Seriously, though, it'll be tough to have a bad day if you take a few minutes to watch all of these (and especially No. 1, which is mesmerizing).

Here's a video showing the top 26 buzzer-beaters of the college basketball season. CBS's Gregg Doyel described the video well on Twitter, saying, "My goosebumps have goosebumps."

New York Times' statistician Nate Silver gives his analysis of the NCAA brackets in this column, and he also does a good job of explaining why statistical models like the third-seeded Florida Gators so much.

The answer boils down to margin of victory. Florida’s losses came by margins of 1, 3, 3, 4, 6, 6 and 11 points. By contrast, its wins came in blowouts; the Gators didn’t win a single game by fewer than 10 points.

As much as the conventional wisdom might chide Florida for having performed poorly in the clutch, there is an abundance of statistical evidence that a team’s record in close games is mostly a matter of luck, and that this luck turns around often enough. Had Florida split its single-digit games, for instance, it would have gone 29-4 this year, which may be a better indication of its strength.

Facebook has released some color-coded maps based on people "liking" the teams in the NCAA Tournament. KU seems to be well-represented in the Midwest, especially when compared to the other No. 1 seeds. The final map also compared KU basketball fans to Kansas State basketball fans ... and the result isn't surprising.

KU Athletics released its highlight video following the Jayhawks' 70-54 Big 12 championship victory over Kansas State. And for those fans of the "McLemore" dance, you'll want to be sure to make it to the 2:05 mark.

Want to look at some unconventional brackets? took a look at how the current bracket would end up if teams won each game based on enrollment, tuition, student/faculty ratio and acceptance rate.

And finally, in case you haven't heard, the Kansas women's basketball team made the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, earning a No. 12 seed. The Jayhawks will take on fifth-seeded Colorado at 5:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2.

I love this photo from Journal-World photographer John Young of the players' reactions once they saw "Kansas" on the TV screen. The best facial expression is from KU guard CeCe Harper right in the middle of the front row.

Members of the Kansas women's basketball team celebrate as they learn their fate in the 2013 NCAA Women's Tournament Monday evening at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks earned the 12th seed in the Norfolk region and will play fifth seeded Colorado at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Members of the Kansas women's basketball team celebrate as they learn their fate in the 2013 NCAA Women's Tournament Monday evening at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks earned the 12th seed in the Norfolk region and will play fifth seeded Colorado at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. by John Young

Also, here's some video of the scene from KU Athletics. Be sure to pay attention to Carolyn Davis (back row, far left), who couldn't play in last year's NCAA run to the Sweet 16 because of a torn ACL. She gets the most congratulations, and at the end, she also wipes away a tear.


BainDread 9 years, 4 months ago

Jesse, after reading the headline saying Self is paid the most total salary of any coach in the Big-12, I would have expected you to count down from most-expensive to least-expensive per win and said he was fourth most-expensive coach per win in the Big-12, not the seventh least-expensive. Mixing the directions (high to low vs. low to high) was confusing for me. However, thanks for the interesting data.

eastcoasthawk 9 years, 4 months ago

Really like this column Jesse. Would also be interesting to see how the coaches salaries stack against the teams valuation. Seems HCBS makes about 11-12% of the 32.9M. Thanks for all the great reporting.

jgkojak 9 years, 4 months ago

Look at that chart from Nate Silver - what do 2011, 2012 and 2013 have in common?

2011 - KS 3rd best chance to win tourney 2012 - KS 3rd best chance to win tourney 2013 - KS 4th best chance to win tourney


jgkojak 9 years, 4 months ago

And who on the cmte owes Bonnie a favor saving her job like that?

Jim Erickson 9 years, 4 months ago

I don't think a tournament birth should save her job. She had her time and Kansas Women's Basketball is mediocre.

Jennifer Nikkila Pressgrove 9 years, 4 months ago

McClemore's three vs. Iowa State had to have been No. 27 in buzzer beaters. There were some pretty amazing shots on that video!

Bobby Burch 9 years, 4 months ago

It's been said before, but Jesse, seriously, you're threatening my employment status with these awesome posts! Keep it up, and I'll keep strategizing new ways to distract my bosses.

kellerman411 9 years, 4 months ago

Fred Hoiberg at 1.2 million? That makes Rick Barnes and Bob Huggins look like ketchup popsicles on sale by the dozen for 10,000 USD.

ccarp 9 years, 4 months ago

So Huggins would get a quarter of a million dollars per victory against Kansas? Crazy! Coach Barnes is in trouble. Rock Chalk to the women's program!

Curtis Stutz 9 years, 4 months ago

I think he was adding that to the 230k he's already being paid per win

Phil Leister 9 years, 4 months ago

7 in that GIF link refers to Rio Adams as "this Kansas bro". I'm pretty sure the author of that article didn't know who Rio is, let alone that he plays on the team.

Boouk 9 years, 4 months ago

ESPN's Dave Telep predicted today that KU will get Julius Randle tomorrow.

Eric TheCapn 9 years, 4 months ago

Aaaaaand Dave Telep sinks into being just a fan-who-can-write like the rest of us.

VaJay 9 years, 4 months ago

OK Jessie, interesting stuff. But the analysis should also include $$$ paid for each coach per:

  1. Big 12 Championships

  2. National Championships


Joel Thomas 9 years, 4 months ago

I noticed Adams feeding himself imaginary cereal during at least one game. GIF is even better. Better than air guitar.

jaybate 9 years, 4 months ago

~If I am TCU, I am looking hard at hiring Chris Walker for a slight salary increase.

~Interesting how the value of an average NBA franchise is $370M, with the Lakers and Knicks valued around $1 Billion, but a college team is only worth $30 plus million. The NBA team has awesome overhead. A college team has miniscule overhead by comparison. Value estimates for not-for-profits are fools gold. Ask yourself what would be the stock value of KU basketball were it taken for profit and taken public? Ask what the controlling ownership position would sell for were it put of for sale?

justanotherfan 9 years, 4 months ago

You also have to remember that NBA teams have more merchandising opportunities, more games, higher ticket revenues, etc. Box seats (the real revenue drivers) are standard in the NBA. College hoops rarely has those. You also have to factor in that most college players aren't revenue drivers, whereas there are dozens of NBA players that are in and of themselves revenue drivers.

Derrick Rose hasn't played a single second of this NBA season, yet his jersey is still selling well, as are the adidas shoes he wears. If a college player (even an elite one) were to not play at all for a season due to injury or whatever, there's little chance that they would have that type of market reach.

jaybate 9 years, 4 months ago


This dollars per win unit value is interesting in KU basketball, but I am afraid it may open up a hornet's nest for KU football. Best avoid emphasizing this unit value till Coach Weis gets the pieces in place. Don't want people clamoring for buy out money to replace Coach Weis.

Weis for five!

buckleyhawk 9 years, 4 months ago

I agree the $$/win is interesting. It is also confusing to say Self is 7th -- you should probably say he's 4th, but whatever.

The deal is classic. Air guitars and bow and arrows + marshall henderson + a lot of Hawks, you are right, it's hard to have a bad day having seen that.

Jeffery Barrett 9 years, 4 months ago

Two favorite moments in the "We are Kansas" video is when EJ takes Spradling to the bucket and Ben's dance at the end. Why isn't Jeff's trey in the video?

colreader 9 years, 4 months ago

What does GIF stand for? doesn't have a suitable listing.

Eric TheCapn 9 years, 4 months ago

Fourth in dollars/win, seventh in value/win.

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