It all started at KU. The number of programs simply touched by KU is unbelievable.
Tad Boyle. Mark Turgeon. Jerod Haas. Joe Dooley. Danny Manning. Rex Walters. Kevin Stallings. Jerry Green. CB McGrath. Tim Jankovich. John Calipari. Gale Catlett. Larry Brown. Adolph Rupp. Dean Smith. Dutch Lonborg. Ralph Miller. Barry Hinson. David Padgett. Doc Sadler. Ben Miller. Kyle Keller. Norm Roberts. Matt Doherty. Neil Dougherty. Jerry Green. Steve Robinson.
And that doesn’t even include the NBA. Alvin Gentry. Greg Popovich. Jacque Vaughn. R.C. Buford. Mark Randall. Milt Newton. Kevin Pritchard. Bob Hill.
If you were to do one branch further off of anyone who was simply touched by KU basketball, we are talking about 1/3 of college basketball and 1/2 of the NBA having been connected to KU in some form or fashion.
So, in my opinion, KU’s Blue Blood status really has little to do with it’s success. At least compared to that of the others. It has to do with the fact that damn near every single piece of basketball history has a trail that somehow leads all the way back to 1651 Naismith Dr.