@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.