It's a crying shame that CBS Sports ran out of time and couldn't follow its rendition of
Maybe next year.
Nonetheless, we're still picking on
Self's situation, though, is anything but the traditional song and dance. In nearly all instances, coaches are lured from their comfort zones to "better" jobs by the prestige of top-shelf programs. In fact, this was the exact reason rumors swirled about Donovan leaving for Kentucky, and actually, why Self migrated from Illinois to Kansas in the first place. Usually, coaches take steps "up" to get more money, not the other way around.
And that's why this is different. Leaving Kansas for Oklahoma State would be a clear challenge to conventional wisdom. In essence, Self would be taking a step "down" to a "lesser" program, but still get a hefty raise thanks to the deep pockets of
Of course, you can't fault Self for being a successful coach, nor can you blame him if he's mildly interested in a steep pay hike. (Yeah, like you'd scoff at 3.5 million bones per year.) That's certainly his prerogative, and nobody should hold it against the guy if decides to cash in. But you also can't blame us, the general fandom, for poking fun at the looming situation, knowing full well that more pay with fewer expectations is every working man's American dream.
Without a doubt, this figures to be a news story for weeks to come. In a pure battle between loyalty and prosperity, which do you think will win? I think I know the answer. Though sentimentality factors in when alma maters are involved, this will ultimately come down to a monetary decision. You don't honestly think he'd leave Kansas for less money, do you?
And if he does decide to go, perhaps the last verse to Rockapella's re-written song will actually be true:
After we all waited with bated breath and offered predictions on the 2008 national championship "Nantz-ism," it was nothing short of disappointing to hear
"Rock Chalk, championship!"
Congrats, indeed, to Kansas. But, uh, Jim? We just watched six straight months of college basketball and that was the best you could do? I get the reference, but could you have humored us with a "
Campus Clicks scribe
(And Carolina fans, can we please stop it with the debate over Williams wearing a Kansas sticker to the national championship game? Seriously, knock it off. You should already be numb to all things Kansas after getting blown out of the Alamodome on Saturday night.)
With March Madness ratings
In an effort to pump up the viewing audience, America's "most watched network" (wink, wink) uncorked two chilling introductory spots before announcing the starting lineups. If you had your television on mute, you wouldn't have thought anything of it. However, if you were listening, you would've sworn the voiceover artist was calling
Instead of harping on why Kansas won Monday's championship game or how Memphis lost it (depending on your perspective), people should be talking about how, for the first time in a while, the absolute two BEST teams ended up playing for the title. It's a novel occurrence in any sport where tournaments decide winners. And to college football, well, it's practically other-worldly.
It's all too easy to look at the scores from Saturday night's games and say they were "boring," as some prominent media members -- the names don't matter; we're all friends here -- already have. But refreshingly, you can't say that either Kansas or Memphis got "lucky" and found themselves in the title game. Neither team just happened upon the opportunity while playing in the park.
The beauty of blowout victories is that they leave little wiggle room for doubters. North Carolina and UCLA each lost by double-digits. There were no fortuitous bounces or curious calls to blame. The best teams won fair and square. (And killed my bracket in the process.)
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