Ted Owens coached basketball at Kansas for 19 seasons, recording a 206-47 record at Allen Fieldhouse. That’s a home winning percentage of 81 percent. For almost any college coach, at almost any other college program, such a record might culminate with you getting building or floor named in your honor.
By the strict definitions of football, Kansas’ 34-21 loss to Texas Tech concluded early Saturday evening, just past 5:45 p.m. at Jones AT&T Stadium. In the moments after the loss, the KU players walked slowly up a turf-lined ramp. Interim coach Clint Bowen, exhausted after more than three hours of clapping and stalking on the sideline, did the same.
Michael Reynolds, a graduate of Kapaun Mount Carmel in Wichita, had two sacks in last week’s 27-20 loss to Oklahoma State, wreaking havoc in the Cowboys’ backfield. The recent surge has provided cover to the Jayhawks’ talent secondary.
Here was Wayne Selden, standing in the bowels of the Sprint Center on Wednesday morning. He wore a red tie and dress pants. He yawned once, preparing for a day of interviews at the annual Big 12 basketball media day in Kansas City.
As Kansas coach Bill Self walked toward the dais at Sprint Center on Wednesday morning, Big 12 media day was already nearly two hours old. Self spent 10 minutes talking about expectations for the season, a group of four newcomers and the competition in the backcourt.
Dave Campo, 67, has the career credentials and longevity that command respect in the football coaching profession. So perhaps it was worth listening on Tuesday, when Campo, now KU’s assistant head coach, lobbied for Kansas interim head coach Clint Bowen to take over the program in a full-time capacity at the end of the season.
Bill Self strutted onto the floor with a microphone and a grin. And as the cheers rained down upon him Friday for the Jayhawks’ 30th annual Late Night in the Phog, Kansas’ coach had to know his outfit was every bit as funny as it was unusual.
Imagine traveling halfway across the world and trying to explain Kansas’ annual Late Night in the Phog. OK, where to start? There are the ritualistic skits and dancing; the montage videos that play at fighter-jet decibel levels; and the 16,300 fans in blue, packing Allen Fieldhouse for what is ostensibly a lot of prepackaged entertainment and an informal basketball scrimmage.