“It's so tough here for a lot of reasons,” he said. “(KU coach) Bill (Self) does a great job. They're so talented. The atmosphere's great. Those two or three stretches where we just gave them those (runs) are what you have to try to avoid.”
“We allowed Jerrance to dance for everybody. He’s a helluva lot better dancer than I am,” said Self, who let first-year assistant coach Jerrance Howard boogie to the “Nae Nae” dance in a giddy locker room.
This kind of made me miss 'Rio.
Because with the Sooners threatening to spoil the celebration and the Jayhawks’ offense gone stale, Tharpe took over — dropping in 14 of his game-high 19 points with the game on the line.
“At the end,” Perry Ellis said, “he didn’t let us lose.”
"This is a game we would have lost in November or even January," Self said. "I thought OU played very well, and our guys just kind of figured out a way to do it."
As he walked out of the tunnel to leave the court, Self celebrated by holding up both hands with fingers extended, signifying the number of consecutive league titles his teams had accrued. The KU fans roared back in satisfaction.
“Kansas is so tough here for a lot of reasons,’’ Kruger said. “Bill does a great job, they are very talented, the atmosphere is great and the difference is in the runs they make. … We gave them those moments of run that you have to try and avoid.’’
The addition of Parmalee is the third major change to the coaching staff this offseason. In December, Weis hired John Reagan to be his offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Reagan, a former KU assistant under Mark Mangino, was brought on board to replace Tim Grunhard, who stepped down as O-Line coach after the 2013 season.