Does Baylor's title make Self hungrier?



  • @Fightsongwriter i think the brief dust up stemmed from you saying you wouldn’t “dignify it with refutation”. I enjoyed your refutation once you got prodded a bit 🙂 Lets continue on the point.

    I do see the point @tis4tim is making, and I took it as a devils advocate position. I think the challenges that resurrecting a program present are much more apparent than coaching a program that is already enjoying success.

    I often thought about Shakas struggles at Texas as a similar situation. Just because he had access to OAD talent in the Texas pipeline doesn’t mean he would be better at building with it than with mostly 4 year talent at VCU.



  • @Fightsongwriter Saying someone’s comment is not worth responding to is not a contribution to “debate” and seems designed only to inflame.

    You are now in ongoing confrontations with 2 different posters on 2 threads. Just an observation since we on this board generally try t0o be at least somewhat respectful. In other words, even if calling someone a damned fool might be accurate, it is better to do so in other, respectful, terms.

    Like “That’s crazy! Can you show me when…?” rather than, “You [effing] clown!”



  • @mayjay lol you effing clown!



  • @jayballer67 no question what Drew has accomplished in his time at Baylor is just incredible. Still don’t like him. Can’t get over how much he reminds me of Saul Goodman! LOL



  • None of the other coaches in the league really like Drew, and that was before he was winning at a high level. Says a lot.



  • @Oldmanhawk feel the same way, love the show!



  • @BShark

    Interesting that his players seem to like him, they stick around and redshirt. Don’t know if he’ll get away with that going forward but he definitely benefitted from it winning a title



  • @BeddieKU23 it takes being like…Bruce for players to not like you. Most kids like their coach. Self is also REALLY honest with kids.



  • @BShark Bruce…LOL



  • @mayjay I was at a church thing that night so i wasn’t watching, (one of the benefits of being a man of faith if there is one!) but wasn’t EJ also guilty of the 10 second call?



  • @BShark “none of the other coaches like him”. It’s those kind of comments by people here that drove me away from this board for quite some time. That’s a ridiculous thing to write, sorry bro, but you have no basis for writing that.



  • Feel free to block me, I’m sharing what I’ve heard.





  • @wissox We don’t always know what other people have heard or who they know.

    Being here in the 19th century Confederacy–oops, South Carolina–I rely on you for Big 10 and Chicago info (surprised we don’t have more in Windy City), @Crimsonorblue22 for Lawrence through Wichita stuff, @RockChalkinTexas for all things Lone Star, @jayballer67 and virtually anyone except me for recruiting info, etc etc etc. I think we have people like @BShark and @FarmerJayhawk who certainly seem to have a lot more sources connections than most of us.



  • All the other coaches in the league might be a little unfair. I know Self is not a fan. I have posted things early recently, choose to believe what you will I won’t stop anyone. I certainly hope I am wrong about Ochai.



  • I wonder if Wissox saw Yesufu play any in high school. Wasn’t a big time recruit back then, from Bolingbrook.



  • @BShark No never saw nor heard of him until this month. So much talent around here. I’ve only lived here for 4 years, after being gone for 25 years so it’s possible he was out of HS when we moved back.

    I’m always amazed when I look at a roster of an opponent and see Chicago kids on it and have no clue who that person is.



  • @Fightsongwriter said in Does Baylor's title make Self hungrier?:

    What I hear you saying is you are above someone challenging you for a ridiculous (my opinion) comment on a message board dedicated to dialog and opinions. But you can then turn around and do the exact same thing you accused me of being uncivil for (calling me a homer).

    What I am “above” is a caustic discourse that devolves into personal attacks. Like I said earlier, respond or don’t but there is a tactful way to do so. Calling someone “ridiculous” or suggesting that their opinion doesn’t merit a reply instantly dismisses said opinion. At that point, there is neither robust discussion nor free exchange of ideas. It becomes “I’m right and you’re wrong”, which is the antithesis of dialog and of a board such as this. That is the root of my “uncivil” comment. I could care less about being called a homer. We’re KU fans on a KU board. Are we all not homers to some degree?

    And I never said following a legend and keeping the train on the track wasn’t a challenge, but to say it was more difficult than what Drew inherited perhaps just reveals you never coached a program.

    I didn’t know coaching was a pre-requisite for an opinion on the matter. But that seems to fall in line with your MO of negating any opinion that you deem to be “less than”. I also never said that what Drew has accomplished is anything short of amazing. It’s an incredible story from stem to stern and if Hollywood fails to capitalize on it I would be shocked.

    But to stoke the fires a bit further: let’s pretend Drew takes over the Baylor program and fails to show any progress what so ever and is summarily fired after a few years. What would the prevailing opinion have been? I suggest it would have been along the lines of, “Oh, well, it was an impossible situation; nobody could have turned around that program as far as it has fallen.” Drew would have most likely emerged unscathed, ego intact and untainted as a potential coaching hire as everyone knew the cards were stacked against him.

    Now, let’s pretend Bill wins 10-15 games his first few seasons at KU after we just came off a National Championship appearance in 2003 and after 15 great years of Roy Williams. What would the prevailing opinion have been? Having been a member of this community for some years I know exactly what it would have been. I can recall us losing 3 out of 4 games during one stretch in 2005-2006 and the fan base calling for Bill’s head. That is pressure. And that was my point. Yes, massive difference between Pinto and Lamborghini, but also massive difference in the amount of pressure both men faced at the outset of their tenures and how they would have been perceived nationally had things not panned out the way they did. If you run the Lamborghini into the ditch, the Pinto becomes more reliable transportation, does it not?

    In 17 seasons at Kansas, Bill Self is 501-109 (82.1 percent), averaging 29.5 wins per year. That is astounding. Even with looming sanctions plus Covid and a less-than-vintage team we racked up 21 wins. How do you think Drew would have performed with our team? How do you think Bill would have performed with Baylor’s roster? How do you think Baylor would have performed under the threat of sanctions? Drew has won at a 63.4 percent clip over his career. So, even with Nike backing and superior athletes year over year Bill wins 20% more games. Now that he has an NC in his pocket, let’s see if Drew can sustain a winning program for as long as Bill has and at the same elite level.

    By the way, how has Indiana done in recent years? UCLA? Arizona? Heard from Matt Doherty lately? The pressure to succeed at those programs is immense and not everyone is cut out for the job. It’ll be interesting to see how Drew handles the pressure cooker that is now Baylor basketball.

    And please don’t call me a liar either (talk about uncivil), there is nothing “self-described” about my contribution to KU history; it’s a relatively meaningless blip in the annals of KU lore, but it is fact. Look it up.

    I did look it up. I assume you wrote the bio on your profile page. Therefore “self-described” is an apt term. And for the record, the word liar shows up nowhere in my posts. Saying I called you a liar when it’s clearly not the case actually makes you the liar. Ironic, isn’t it? Huh, I guess I do know the definition after all.

    I’ve got no beef with you @Fightsongwriter. If you are looking for a fight, you can look elsewhere. Not interested. I won’t disrespect @approxinfinity and the others here and all the work they’ve accomplished with this site by turning it into a cesspool of infighting as has happened with other KU boards. So, this comment marks the end of my discussion with you on this particular matter.

    Best of luck to you. Stay safe.



  • @wissox Indeed, it is a very talent rich area up there with NYC.



  • @Oldmanhawk said in Does Baylor's title make Self hungrier?:

    @jayballer67 no question what Drew has accomplished in his time at Baylor is just incredible. Still don’t like him. Can’t get over how much he reminds me of Saul Goodman! LOL

    well never said I like the guy, just to many just because they don’t like the guy not willing to acknowledge what success he has done and what he has done for that program. - - People don’t have to like good Caoch and alot don’t. - I’m sure there is a lot of People who don’t like Self - doesn’t mean he isn’t a great Coach.

    Hell I can’t stand Coach K from Duke or Calipari doesn’t mean they are not really good Coach’s



  • @mayjay said in Does Baylor's title make Self hungrier?:

    @wissox We don’t always know what other people have heard or who they know.

    Being here in the 19th century Conderacy–oops, South Carolina–I rely on you for Big 10 and Chicago info (surprised we don’t have more in Windy City), @Crimsonorblue22 for Lawrence through Wichita stuff, @RockChalkinTexas for all things Lone Star, @jayballer67 and virtually anyone except me for recruiting info, etc etc etc. I think we have people like @BShark and @FarmerJayhawk who certainly seem to have a lot more sources connections than most of us.

    ya they do lol. - Me ? – it’s like the blind trying to lad the blind lol



  • @jayballer67 my sentiments exactly. And you know what? The more he wins the greater my dislike for him will probably show. Doesn’t make it right it’s just human nature. Still doesn’t take away the fact he has won a lot of games over the years and has serious momentum



  • Speaking of talent in various areas of the country… I was surprised that there was a KC native on the UCLA starting 5 at the FF. Riley… What’s the story on him? Never interested? Not a fit here with Doke and Silvio? Or did we go with Dave over him?



  • @bskeet

    He took a visit here but his mom worked at ucla



  • Fun discussion here about coaches. I think it’s hard for us to compare coaches because we aren’t behind the scenes. But if a coach has a long run at a school, it’s pretty tough to say that where he leads the school is not based on his own abilities. And there are so many factors going into a coach having a great record. Timing is huge… one coach may be the perfect choice for a school because of current situations. How they get along with their AD and above is extremely important. I think the Self contract reflects how good Self has been within the Kansas world. He knows how to handle himself in front of the camera, but also behind it, when working with the entire structure of Kansas above him. He’s been a great match and hence, his record supports that. Lots of factors go into winning NCs, and I think we’ve just suffered some unlucky misfortunes for not winning more… like last year (now two years ago), with Doke and company!

    There will always be a frenzy wrapped around a current NC coach. It is quite an achievement and worthy of some attention, but best look at the overall body of work when evaluating greatness.


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