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KU's Self receives two coach of the year awards

Today was a busy hardware collecting day for Kansas Coach Bill Self.

Before noon, Self received the Henry Iba Award presented by the United States Basketball Writers Association before more than 300 fans at the Detroit Athletic Club.

Later that morning, Self received the Coach of the Year award from the Associated Press.

Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin won player of the year honors from both groups.

Self said he believes his two star underclassmen, sophomore center Cole Aldrich and junior point guard Sherron Collins, hadn’t decided on where to play next season.

“I think there’s a chance they’ll both be back, but I don’t know,” Self said. “We haven’t had much time to make the phone calls that are necessary to make the decision. That will happen next week.”

A decision could be announced early the following week, Self said.

Oklahoma Coach Jeff Capel said he was reading a book to his daughter Cameron on Wednesday when he saw his name mentioned with the Arizona job, in a message crawl along the bottom of the TV screen.

“Then my phone blew up,” Capel said.

Capel said he hadn’t been contacted by Arizona.

RUMOR CENTRAL: Memphis will approach Baylor coach Scott Drew about the opening created by John Calipari’s departure to Kentucky. Baylor fell to Penn State in the NIT final on Thursday.

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