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One day before what wound up being the final day of the 2016-17 season, Self was asked if he ever thought back to the days when people questioned whether he would play fast enough for KU fans’ liking or if he would bring Big Ten basketball to Lawrence.
You may have learned by now Preston, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward ranked No. 8 in the Class of 2017 by Rivals, went for 21 points and 9 rebounds in his high school finale against Findlay Prep (Nev.) on the short turn-around that involved an early-morning flight from Chicago to NYC. Preston’s Hall of Fame coach, Steve Smith, said Oak Hill’s star forward, who came in off the bench on Thursday, was tired entering his second ESPN-broadcasted event in one day.
Bill Self and 13 other finalists will find out Saturday if they have officially been named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. The announcement will be made at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.
“I have kind of a banking system with my players,” Manning explained. “In order to coach ’em hard, you gotta put your deposits in the bank with your team and your players. And that’s something I definitely picked up from Bill Self. Anybody that’s ever played for him, at the end of the day when they were done playing for him and had gotten older, they knew how much he cared for them because he pushed them to be the best they could be every day."
“He told me this one time, and I’ve never forgotten it: ‘It’s a great job, but don’t ever quit having fun doing it.’ And I think he’s that guy,” said Sadler, now head coach at Southern Miss. “Some people who have the success he’s had take themselves too seriously. He’s never changed since the first day I ever met him. And that’s just him.”
“There’s so much joy; I think every father in his lifetime should experience the joy that I feel,” said his father, Frank Jr., a fork-lift operator who added that he always believed in his son but … “My imagination wasn’t (this) big.”
Saturday's match will be the first of five exhibitions Kansas will take part in this spring. Following its match with the Gophers, KU will play host to the two-time champions of the National Women's Soccer League, FC Kansas City, on Monday, April 10. The match with FCKC will begin at 7 p.m. inside Rock Chalk Park.
"I thought it was a really good college baseball game," Price said. "We made a couple mistakes, but we gave ourselves a chance at the end. Kingham had really good numbers and is as good as advertised. We had opportunities with bases loaded and Kingham made all the right pitches to get out of it. If you are going to beat Texas on Friday night, you better win 3-2."
“We want to stress a fast start in everything we do, and I think that kind of lets us set our pads at the beginning of practice,” Beaty said of the drill. “And really it’s more than just running into each other. There’s very direct things that we’re working on.”
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Marvin Bagley III, the No. 1-ranked basketball prospect in the recruiting Class of 2018, on Friday revealed a new top six list of schools in a Bleacher Report video. They are: Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, Arizona, Southern California and UCLA.
Morgan William’s buzzer-beater snapped UConn’s 111-game winning streak, but this was a classic before that shot ever went through the net.
UConn had not lost since Nov. 17, 2014 to Stanford. That was 866 days ago! The world has changed in so many ways since then.
The Gamecocks coach is infamous for his tirades. Just don’t think his players begrudge him for it.
Despite no charges, the school's administration has removed the cheerleading team from its website. The squad has also been barred from participating in an upcoming national competition on April 4 while the investigation proceeds.
The prevailing trend in college sports is for the rich to get richer – more money and more trophies for the five major conferences, a Darwinian consolidation of power in the hands of 65 schools that have all the advantages. But if Gonzaga wins the college basketball national title Monday night, you can consider it a noteworthy counter-trend. It would mark two straight years in which schools that don’t feed at the big-time football revenue trough win it all. Last time that happened was 1984-85 – well before football became the 800-pound gorilla it is now.
Before he became an NCAA tournament hero, a social media sensation and one of the pillars of Oregon’s first Final Four team in 78 years, Jordan Bell used to drive his high school coach crazy with his unwillingness to shoot when he was open.
These two invented football. They should commemorate that together.