Kansas captured its fourth national championship in show history with a thrilling 72-69 win over North Carolina on Monday night in New Orleans.
For Jayhawk fans, this not-so-easy fact is important in the present moment and in the immediate days and weeks. That’s good. That’s how it should be.
KU head coach Bill Self, now things are so much better. They may be a little more complicated in the not-too-distant future.
With the win within the Superdome, Self became the third active coach in college basketball with several national championships alongside Jay Wright and Rick Pitino. He also became the first coach in Kansas basketball’s long and long history to bring back more than one national title to Lawrence.
Two championships of the self will be remembered as a pair of historical comebacks.
In 2008, against John Calibari and Memphis, Kansas was nine points behind 2:12 in the game. Some missed free-throws by the Tigers and a Mario Salmers, before the Regulation Buzzer sent the game into extra time, with the Jayhawks winning 75-68.
Against North Carolina on Monday night, the Kansas National Championship was the biggest win in game history, beating the Thar Heels from 16, 72-69. The Jay Hawks became the first team to win again, trailing 15 or more at the break of the national title game.
Self is now staring down, possibly at his most significant return to a third monster career.
You may not have known it by listening to one of Kansas’ last four broadcasts on TBS. Three of the Level I violations were named directly by Self, the most serious of the NCAA tolls.
There is good news for Kansas. In its only judgment so far, the independent liability determination process that the KU has used for its case has allowed the NC State to consider what most consider to be a slap in the face. Why the biggest reason?
“We do not want to hurt or punish the student-athletes who are currently competing,” said IARP member Dana Welch.
In the weeks that followed, NCAA President Mark Emart echoed this sentiment.
Mark Emert says the process of resolving cases coming from the FBI investigation “took too long”. He thinks the process should be “fair and speedy and not punish innocent people – those who do not take action”.
– Jeff Porcelo (jeffborzello) March 31, 2022
The quotes from Welch and Emmert feel even more significant when NC State deals with Level 2 I violations compared to Kansas Five. After all, there is no player on KU’s current list who has been involved in any misconduct that allegedly happened 4-6 years ago.
Of course, there is a key figure in the NCAA’s announcement of the allegations. Was In the Kansas basketball program, at the time of the alleged violations, Jayhock was the face of the basketball program.
Coaches like Rick Pitino (Louisville), Mark Godfrey (NC State … and Call State Northridge), Sean Miller (Arizona) and Will Wade (LSU) have all lost their jobs, at least because of the FBI’s corruption scandal. Grew up. The Jayhawks advanced to the final four in 2018, ranked 4th in 2019, were selected as pre-match favorites in 2020, were 3-seeded in 2021, and now sit first in the world of college basketball. .
Mike Krzyzewski at age 75 called this a career. Roy Williams did the same at the age of 71 last year. He did not even turn 60 until December 27 this year. Currently there are some who will tell you that he is the best active coach in college basketball, and with the current landscape of the game it is not difficult to predict that some of his best years will still be ahead of him.
This is where sin comes into play But What was faltering around the perimeter of this story is finally jumping to the center.
Self-inflicted by NCAA / IARP with some form of personal punishment. That seems almost certain. It could be a multi-game suspension, a multi-year show cause, or an entire season suspension; Who knows.
Trying to predict exactly what the NCAA is going to do is as silly as filling in the parentheses in early March, but the next time Kansas plays a real game it feels as safe as picking 2-seed not to set itself aside. A 15 should be taken care of. Of course, the situation of a Saint Peter may be in our hands, where the self slips inexplicably completely, but the Villanova-Delaware scene is still a safe bet.
After 19 years of top-notch success, all of these suspension speculations are swirling around him, but nothing to prove. So what’s next?
The obvious and often answer is that he swallows any sandwich the NCAA gives him and returns to expand the empire already built in Lawrence. But is there another challenge that appeals to him? NBA? The other top 10 jobs in the game? Do you take some time off from the game? West Coast Mini-Concert Tour with Snoop?
Again, the most likely scenario is that in a couple of years we will return to Shelf and Kansas as usual, and the Jayhawks will return to do what we expect them to do: win the Big 12 titles and chase the national championship. For the well-being of a game that has lost two of its most famous head coaches in the last two years, it may be better to lose a few more in the coming years.
But, Is an uncomfortable and unpleasant journey, one of which is to take and finish it before passing. For now, Kansas fans will have to pretend that this episode is not.
Soon, however, the self had no choice but to turn to the next page.