With Tharpe at point guard, Kansas went 25-10 overall and 14-4 in Big 12 play to capture its 10th-consecutive regular-season conference title in 2013-14.
KU has returning point guards in Frank Mason and Conner Frankamp and is recruiting Devonte Graham, who like Tharpe hails from Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. KU also reportedly has contacted No. 76-rated Shelton Mitchell, a 6-3 senior at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, who has been released from his letter of intent at Wake Forest.
"Naadir and I have talked numerous times since he’s been here about his role and about his situation back home with his daughter," Self said. "He’s told me many times how much he misses his little girl and she’s had some health issues that has certainly made it difficult for him to be away from her for this extended period of time. She’s doing very well now, but Naadir approached me after the season was over about him wanting to be closer to her. This is his decision to try and accomplish that."
Keegan's thoughts on Tharpe's departure.
Tharpe, who played three seasons at Kansas, will have one year of eligibility remaining. Unless he can secure an NCAA hardship waiver, he will need to sit out one season before being eligible in 2015-16.
The three-game series can be seen in its entirety on ESPN3, accessible online at Watch ESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox Live to Gold Members and on Apple TV. Saturday's and Sunday's contests will be broadcast throughout the state of Kansas on the Jayhawk Television Network and will be blacked out on ESPN3 throughout the state.
Kawinpakorn, a sophomore from Samutprakan, Thailand, is the fourth Jayhawk in league history to earn the honor and the first since 2008.
"There's no taking away anything that LSU and Alabama and Auburn recently have accomplished," (Stanford Coach) Shaw said. "They've been phenomenal. My take is to say, 'OK, the rest of us are playing our conference. We're playing nine out of 12 teams in our conference. Why can't you do the same thing?'
Title IX prohibits gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funds. It also regulates institutions' handling of sexual violence and increasingly is being used by victims who say their schools failed to protect them.
Duke at Wisconsin on Dec. 3 will pit teams ranked in the top four of the ESPN.com Way Too Early Top 25 for the 2014-15 season. The Badgers return most of their 2014 Final Four squad and the Blue Devils boast the No. 1 recruiting class.
A grocery store in Alabama is selling Jameis Winston crab legs because what else would you expect to happen after Winston's crab legs ordeal?
Texans general manager Rick Smith said he knows which player he would take with the first overall pick next week -- he just isn't sure Houston will be picking there.
Peter King interviews five "experts" about Johnny Manziel.
The Los Angeles Lakers plan a drawn-out and exhaustive search for Mike D'Antoni's successor as coach, but sources close to the process insist the team hopes to "make a splash" with its eventual hire.
Provided an upcoming bullpen session goes well, Clayton Kershaw will come off the DL in time to start Monday.
After quarterback Vince Young was dumped by the Packers last year, and then not picked up again, it looked like he was truly done in the NFL.
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday for charges of assault and battery, as well as with threats to inflict bodily harm to a fellow inmate, stemming from an incident that allegedly occured last November.
In an online apology, Sports Editor Mike Sherman wrote that the headline was "overstated and unduly harsh." He clarified that it was focused on Durant's play against Memphis, rather than the NBA scoring champion's body of work.
The Centennial Cup America (whatever that is) will be played in the United States in 2016.
The Kentucky Derby
What horse has the best name? I'm going with Uncle Sigh.
Around the state of Kansas
In recent weeks, two area high school basketball coaches with success on and off the court were fired without anything resembling a satisfactory public explanation.
Kansas legislators who seemed ready to pursue fines of up to $1,000 against federal employees who attempt to regulate prairie chickens in the state backed off that proposal Thursday night in favor of a less confrontational protest against the U.S. government.
Federal authorities say Jason Humphreys was operating a jamming device during his daily commute between Seffner and Tampa. He told investigators he was using it to keep people from talking on a cellphone while driving.
For the History Buffs
The 1919 World Series was marred by the notorious Black Sox scandal. Here is some rare video footage of parts of the series.
The ancient Egyptians who built the pyramids may have been able to move massive stone blocks across the desert by wetting the sand in front of a contraption built to pull the heavy objects, according to a new study.
This year marks the centenary of the start of the First World War, a conflict that still rouses considerable debate and controversy. It's also a war that's shrouded in many myths and misconceptions.
Funny Video(s) of the Day
As for the outcome, you'll need to watch for yourself. Suffice it to say, in situations like these, simple hypotheses like "safety in numbers" can fail to account for the uniquely human element in crowd psychology. The human herd is an incredible, if sometimes counterintuitive, thing.
One reporter gets asked out on live TV; Another reporter says "You don't know what you're going to run in to," as a man on a tall, circus-style bike rode in to the camera's view.